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July 28, 2013
The Associated Press

Skydiver who died ID'd as Army veteran

HONOLULU - A Honolulu skydiver who died after losing consciousness while jumping from a plane was a decorated Army veteran. Hawaii News Now reported Friday that 30-year-old Capt. Martin Monahan had been assigned to Schofield Barracks since 2010.

Monahan was practicing a maneuver when he attempted to jump over Dillingham Airfield on Tuesday.

Authorities said he lost consciousness and was unable to deploy his parachute. He died from his injuries the next day.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said Monahan had struck a horizontal stabilizer at the back of Skydive Hawaii's Cessna Caravan aircraft shortly after the jump.

Monahan had served three tours in Afghanistan and twice received the Bronze Star.


Suspect in Waianae shooting in custody

HONOLULU - Honolulu police have arrested a man who is accused of fleeing after shooting another man in the hand.

Hawaii News Now reported Saturday that authorities had detained a 46-year-old man in connection with the shooting of a 34-year-old man in Waianae.

Police said the two men got into a physical altercation Friday night.

Authorities said the 46-year-old allegedly shot the victim through his right hand with a .22-caliber rifle and then left the scene. Police found him a short time later.

The victim was transported to Queen's Medical Center, where he is listed in good condition.

Police have not yet filed charges.


Surfer lays Calif. woman's ashes to rest

HONOLULU - A surfer who found a sealed urn containing a California woman's cremated remains on a Hawaii beach has laid the ashes to rest.

KHON-TV reported that Heather Faustin scattered the ashes of Betty Rhea Hilton Hauptman on Saturday over waters just off Maunalua Bay in east Oahu.

Faustin said she was able to do it after getting final approval from someone with power of attorney over Hauptman's estate.

Faustin of Mililani discovered the urn along the shore of Diamond Head beach in January. The wrapped plastic container was labeled with Hauptman's name and city of residence, Marina del Rey, Calif.

Faustin found a contact after giving an interview to KHON-TV this month. A spokesman for the Southern California funeral home that cremated Hauptman said the urn was released to the party having Hauptman's power of attorney.


Woman receives lifetime kupuna award

HONOLULU - Gov. Neil Abercrombie is honoring a 97-year-old woman who once acted as a liaison between ethnic-Japanese civilians and the U.S. military as a lifetime honorary kupuna.

The award made possible by a law signed this year makes Shimeji "Shim" Kanazawa a permanent member of the Policy Advisory Board for Elder Affairs.

Abercrombie's office said Kanazawa was picked to receive the honor because of decades of pushing for policies that help Hawaii's elders and their caregivers.

Kanazawa was born in 1915 on the Big Island. After the attack on Pearl Harbor that pushed the United States into World War II, Kanazawa was hired as administrative secretary to the Swedish vice consul. She inspected living conditions of Japanese prisoners of war and traveled with families to internment camps on the U.S. Mainland.


Honolulu warns of counterfeit bus passes

HONOLULU - Officials are warning Honolulu residents who ride the bus to be on the lookout for counterfeit passes.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell said at a news conference Friday that anyone caught using or selling fraudulent bus passes could face jail time.

Caldwell said that even buying one could mean nearly a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

The city said it had confiscated only one phony monthly bus pass so far but officials believe there are more.

Director of Transportation Services Mike Formby said anyone making the passes is likely using expensive machines to make multiple passes at a time.

According to Hawaii News Now, the city confiscated 200 counterfeit passes in 2010. Officials said riders should obtain a pass only from authorized retailers.


Telescope partners sign an agreement

HONOLULU - The partners building the world's largest and most advanced optical telescope at Mauna Kea's summit have signed an agreement laying the foundation for the telescope's operation.

The Thirty Meter Telescope project said Friday that representatives from partnering institutions in the U.S., Canada, China, India and Japan signed the document.

The agreement defines project goals, member party rights, obligations and benefits. It also establishes a governance structure.

Construction will begin in April.

Scientific operations on Mauna Kea are expected to start in 2022.

The telescope is a partnership of the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy, the California Institute of Technology, the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, institutions in India, a consortium of Chinese institutions and the University of California.


Police make arrest in death of Realtor

HONOLULU - Honolulu Police have arrested a suspect in the death of a 58-year-old realtor whose body was found wrapped in a carpet.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that police announced Saturday the arrest of a 41-year-old man at Ala Moana Center in the killing of Mary Beth San Juan.

Authorities are not yet releasing his name but said he is an acquaintance of San Juan's.

The Medical Examiner's Office said San Juan was stabbed multiple times. Her body was found by her ex-husband Tuesday evening in the driveway of her Punahou Street home. The ex-husband is not a suspect, according to officials.

Police on Friday released surveillance video of a man, possibly wearing women's clothing, withdrawing cash from an ATM using the victim's debit card.


Protesters return to park despite raid

HONOLULU - Members of a group formed as an off-shoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement have returned to a Honolulu park, despite the city forcibly removing their belongings.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that members of (de)Occupy Honolulu headed back to Thomas Square on Friday night.

On Thursday, city officials for the first time implemented an ordinance allowing them to remove items seen as "nuisances" from city sidewalks.

City Spokesman Jesse Broder Van Dyke said workers collected 10 bins of items and a 72-year-old man was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

While protesters had only one tent set up at the intersection of Beretania Street and Ward Avenue, supporter Sugar Russell said more were planned.

Protesters are also challenging a $200 fee to reclaim items.


PETA to rescued Kauai man: Stop fishing

LIHUE - The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is asking a Kauai man to give up fishing after the Coast Guard had to rescue him when a 230-pound tuna capsized his boat.

PETA said Anthony Wichman should use the near-death experience to consider the cruelty of fishing.

The Garden Island reported that 54-year-old Wichman declined to talk about it Thursday.

The Honolulu-based company Honua Consulting on Wednesday created a petition to protest PETA's action. The petition on the website says fishing is a critical part of Hawaii's native culture.

Wichman was rescued a week ago. He got caught in fishing line and was dragged underwater when his 14-foot boat capsized while hooking the ahi. He freed himself, got on top of the hull and called his wife.



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