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June 11, 2012
The Maui News

Filipino center celebrates 10 years

HONOLULU - The Filipino Community Center in Waipahu is celebrating its 10th anniversary this week.

The center's bamboo instrument band the Banda Kawayan and the choral and dance troupe Himig ng Indak will perform at an open house that begins at 4 p.m. Friday. The theme of the open house is celebration and thanks.

The Oahu center is the largest Filipino community center outside of the Philippines. It has a tile roof inspired by Spanish architecture and evokes old Manila.

The three-story building includes ballrooms, a courtyard, a technology center and an art gallery.


Man gets 10 years for sex assault

HONOLULU - A Honolulu man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for kidnapping and sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl.

The girl was a playmate of 48-year-old Jhondireck Agpaoa's children.

Police said he lured the girl into his bedroom in 2010 with pizza.

A prosecutor said that the assaults continued for as long as five months before the victim's mother discovered what was happening.


Aerial hunting ban approved on Big Isle

HILO - The Hawaii County Council has approved a bill banning aerial hunting.

The council unanimously approved the bill to outlaw killing any animal for any reason from a helicopter, plane or any other similar means from the air.

Public comments were generally in favor of the ban.

A minority of opponents said that aerial shooting is a necessary tool to control the ungulate population and prevent an explosion of axis deer.


Navy ship returns from deployment

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM - The guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee has returned to Pearl Harbor from a six-month deployment to the western Pacific.

The Navy said that the Chafee and its crew of more than 250 sailors were welcomed home Thursday.

The ship deployed in November.

Executive Officer Cmdr. Anthony Littmann said that the Chafee traveled more than 45,000 nautical miles and executed a wide variety of missions.

The ship participated in maritime exercises, provided air defense for an amphibious task group and conducted fisheries patrols.

Activities also included volunteering to plant trees in Australia and teaching children to play soccer in the Philippines.



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