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July 10, 2012
The Associated Press

Life sentence for 2009 murder of woman

HONOLULU - A man convicted of murdering an 18-year-old woman whose nude body was found in the alley near a Honolulu public housing complex has been sentenced to life in prison.

Corbit Ahn was sentenced Monday in the 2009 death of Iris Rodrigues-Kaikana. She was last seen by friends the night before she was found strangled and beaten outside Kamehameha Homes.

Ahn, an amateur kickboxer, must serve 10 years before he is eligible for parole.

KHON-TV reported that the victim's father, Steven, turned to Ahn during his sentencing and said, "You're lucky we don't have the death penalty."

KITV reports Ahn's attorney plans to appeal the conviction.


Blessing starts 'Hawaii Five-0' production

HONOLULU - A traditional Hawaiian blessing opened the start of production on the third season of the CBS TV series "Hawaii Five-0."

Kahu Blaine Kamalani Kia conducted a blessing Monday morning in Honolulu before cast members, crew, executive producers and Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle.

"Hawaii Five-0" is a contemporary take on a classic series about an elite crimefighting team starring actors Alex O'Loughlin and Daniel Dae Kim.

The stars were among those who attended the blessing, along with actress Christine Lahti, who joins the cast playing the mother of O'Loughlin's character Steve McGarrett.


Ambulance to ease closed hospital impact

EWA BEACH, Oahu - An ambulance unit is now stationed in the west Oahu community most impacted by the recent hospital closures.

Mayor Peter Carlisle said Monday that basing an ambulance in Ewa Beach will allow paramedics to more rapidly respond to emergencies in the area.

West Oahu has been without a hospital since Hawaii Medical Center West in Ewa Beach closed in January. Its closure, along with the closure of Hawaii Medical Center's Liliha hospital, has pressured other emergency rooms around the island.

The city said extra ambulance units were made available to Ewa Beach and surrounding communities immediately after the hospitals closed. Officials planned to eventually station an ambulance in Ewa Beach to serve the area's growing population, but the closures brought a new sense of urgency and additional funding from the Legislature.


Police: Man found murdered in Waipahu

WAIPAHU, Oahu - Police are investigating the murder of a man found dead at a Waipahu park.

Police said the 42-year-old man's body was discovered Saturday night in a parked vehicle at Honowai District Park.

The man had what police describe as suspicious head injuries.

There are no suspects identified in the case.

Hawaii News Now reports that police said a weapon was possibly involved.


Officials eye Ala Moana as 'favorite park'

HONOLULU - Honolulu city officials are hoping that Ala Moana Regional Park gets voted as "America's favorite park."

The park with the most votes will win a $100,000 grant to restore, rebuild or enhance the park.

Voting ends Sunday for the Coca-Cola Live Positively contest.

Votes can be cast online.

The park in urban Honolulu features a beach protected by an artificial reef which creates calm waters ideal for swimming and water play.


Crew chosen for simulated space mission

HONOLULU - Researchers from the University of Hawaii and Cornell University have selected a six-person crew for a simulated Mars mission to test new forms of food for deep-space travel.

The Hawaii Space Exploration Analog Simulation is part of a study for NASA to determine the best way to keep astronauts well-nourished during multiple-year missions to Mars or the moon.

The University of Hawaii said that the crew members were selected from more than 700 applicants. The crew will participate in the four-month simulation mission early next year on a barren lava field in Hawaii.



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