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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, April 3, 2008

HAWAII BRIEFS
Power goes out on most of Maui

Video: Family, friends search for missing Hawaii Kai man

Advertiser Staff

A problem at a power substation in Kihei yesterday triggered a power outage that affected most of Maui.

Maui Electric Co. spokeswoman Kaui Awai-Dickson said officials know where the malfunction began but were still investigating what caused the problem at the Kihei substation.

Power went out about 1 p.m. West Maui was the only area not affected by the blackout, Awai-Dickson said.

Awai-Dickson said power to most customers was restored by 5:30 p.m. and that everyone had power restored by 8.



MAN, 75, LAST SEEN ON EASTER SUNDAY

Family and friends are asking for the public's help in finding a 75-year-old Hawai'i Kai man who was last seen on Easter Sunday.

Roque Rivera, 5 feet 7 and 165 pounds, was last seen March 23 near the Dole Cannery, where his Ford Explorer was found. He was wearing a blue baseball cap with a United Airlines logo, a blue shirt with white stripes and blue jeans.

"He may be living as a homeless person," said the missing man's son, Raul Rivera, who arrived in Honolulu from San Francisco on March 25 after receiving a call from his father's friend, Rudolf Peschke. "He's never been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, but he may be. We've checked the beaches, his church, homeless shelters.

"I don't think he's off-island. I think he's either living as a homeless person or with someone. We need to find him."

Peschke said he grew concerned about Rivera after calling his house to confirm their weekly hiking trip. For the past 12 years, Peschke said, the two have spent every Monday hiking various trails across O'ahu.

"He'd never go off without telling me," Peschke said.

Anyone with information about Rivera can call the police at 529-3115.



SINCLAIR GOING TO WASHINGTON

Ivalee Sinclair, who has been a champion for special education for 40 years, was chosen yesterday to represent Hawai'i in June at the national Jefferson Award for Public Service ceremonies in Washington, D.C.

Sinclair, 79, was one of five people recently selected for their long-term commitment to volunteering in the community. Profiles of the five ran last week in The Advertiser and on KGMB-9, local sponsors of the award.

At the national ceremonies on June 16-18, 200 other unsung community heroes from around the country will be honored.



LINGLE'S MOTHER LAID TO REST

A burial service was held yesterday in California for Gov. Linda Lingle's mother, Mildred Cutter.

Cutter, 78, died Tuesday in Los Angeles.

The governor's family suggests a donation to the following in Cutter's memory:

  • NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness

    www.nami.org

    888-999-6264

  • NAMI O'ahu Chapter

    www.namihawaii.org

    591-1297

  • Jewish National Fund

    To make a donation to plant a tree in Israel, go to www.jnf.org and click "plant trees" or call 888-563-0099.

    Condolence messages may be sent to governor.lingle.condolences@hawaii.gov.



    HPD VETERAN RISES IN RANKS

    Randal "Randy" Macadangdang, who celebrates his 25th anniversary with the Honolulu Police Department in August, was promoted yesterday to assistant chief.

    As assistant chief of the Special Field Operations Bureau, the 50-year-old Macadangdang will oversee the Central Receiving, Homeland Security, Specialized Services and Traffic divisions. Macadangdang's promotion takes effect Sunday.



    HOME-INVASION ROBBERS TAKE SAFE

    A safe was among items stolen yesterday in a home-invasion robbery on Dillingham Boulevard in Kalihi.

    No injuries were reported in the 1:55 p.m. robbery in which a man, 37, and two women, ages 26 and 20, were tied up by three men who got into the home by posing as police officers.

    No weapons were seen. The suspects fled in a vehicle driven by a fourth male.

    Police have made no arrests.



    MISSING MAN FOUND IN WOODS

    A missing 78-year-old Pearl City man was found yesterday morning.

    Charles M. Fujiwara, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, had been missing since Tuesday night when he was last seen in his backyard, police said.

    Police Maj. Frank Fujii said the man was found in a wooded area and was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and sent home.