Historic park to see paddling restrictions
KAILUA-KONA - Paddling restrictions will soon be in place in Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park.
Beginning on Wednesday, Hawaii News Now reports that there will be no operating, launching, transiting, beaching or landing of kayaks and other vessels from Napoopoo and at Kaawaloa Flats.
Restrictions also are being placed on other flotation devices and watercraft such as stand-up paddle boards, surfboards and boogie boards. The move is in response to the proliferation of unpermitted kayak rentals and concerns about the impact on the environment and visitor experience.
Park officials are developing an online permitting system that will allow a maximum amount of kayak permits.
Once the system is complete, launching and landing of kayaks at Napoopoo and Kaawaloa Flats will be allowed.
Donor promises to give $9 million to UH
HONOLULU - An anonymous donor is promising to give $9.2 million to the University of Hawaii in support of astronomy, oceanography, culinary arts and other programs.
University of Hawaii Foundation spokeswoman Margot Schrire said Wednesday that the donor had already given some of the money to the school. But most of the funds will be given upon the donor's death. The donor will remain anonymous until he or she dies.
The money will fund scholarships at the Institute for Astronomy and the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology.
It will also help pay for the design and construction of a new Culinary Institute of the Pacific facility.
The donation will support student scholarships and work in geriatric medicine and rare Hawaiian plants.
Busy holiday for North Shore lifeguards
HONOLULU - North Shore lifeguards were busy Christmas Day with high-surf conditions and thousands of holiday beachgoers.
Department of Emergency Services spokeswoman Shayne Enright says there were 18 rescues Tuesday and 1,325 preventive actions - such as warning people to stay on dry land - as waves reached heights of up to 20 feet.
The National Weather Service had issued a high-surf warning for the north-facing shores of Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Molokai and Niihau and the west-facing shores of Niihau, Kauai and Molokai due to a large northwest swell.
Souza appointed to Oahu family court
HONOLULU - A part-time family court judge on Oahu has been appointed to the bench.
Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald appointed Kevin A. Souza to the District Family Court of the First Circuit on Thursday.
A news release from the Hawaii State Judiciary says that Souza has been a part-time judge in the District Family Court on Oahu since February and has a private law practice specializing in criminal defense and civil litigation.
Souza's appointment must still be confirmed by the Hawaii state Senate. He would serve a six-year term.
Man facing attempted murder charge
LIHUE - A man accused of pushing a Japanese tourist off a cliff on Kauai earlier this month has been indicted on a charge of attempted murder.
The Kauai police department is seeking the public's help in finding 37-year-old Justin Wynn Klein. Police have been looking for Klein since the Dec. 16 incident.
Klein is believed to be homeless, as prosecuting attorney Justin Kollar says authorities have no fixed address for him.
Bail on the grand jury warrant was set at $1 million.
Boat washes up, may be tsunami debris
HONOLULU - A boat that may have washed out to sea during last year's tsunami in Japan has shown up on Oahu's windward coast.
The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources said earlier this week that a Punaluu family found the 24-foot boat and carried it upstream to their home.
The department says green mussels considered an invasive species in Hawaii were found on the boat. Staff plan to take the boat to the department's Halawa baseyard for examination.
The department is working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Japanese consulate to identify an owner.