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October 15, 2013
The Associated Press

Police seek suspect who hurt 3 in crowd

HONOLULU - Honolulu police say a driver injured three pedestrians who were part of a crowd in Kahaluu.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that the suspect is a 23-year-old man.

Police say an altercation began and the man afterward drove through the crowd, injuring a 21-year old man, a 20-year-old woman and a 25-year-old woman.

The suspect fled.

Police say they're investigating the incident early Monday morning as a possible attempted murder.


Shutdown cancels refuge week events

KILAUEA, Hawaii - The Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge is canceling all events scheduled in celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week because of the federal government shutdown.

The refuge said Friday that it won't be offering a guided hike with seabird biologist and a talk at Kilauea Point.

Officials are unable to hold the events because the shutdown halted all preparation and planning by staff and volunteers.

All wildlife refuges within the Kauai National Wildlife Refuge Complex will remain closed until funding is restored.

The Kauai complex includes wildlife refuges at Kilauea Point, Hanalei and Huleia.


Scholar recipient of '13 Confucius honor

HONOLULU - China awarded a University of Hawaii at Manoa scholar of Chinese philosophy the 2013 Confucius Culture Prize.

Roger Ames recently received the award at the Sixth Annual World Confucian Conference in Shandong, China.

The prize is sponsored by China's Ministry of Culture and the provincial government in Shandong, where the ancient philosopher Confucius was from.

They established the award in 2009 to honor institutions and individuals who have tremendously contributed to Confucian studies around the world.

The university said Friday that Ames has been a Manoa faculty member since 1978. He received a 2012 Regent's Medal for Excellence in Research and other awards.


Council to consider reopening of stairs

HONOLULU - An ad hoc committee of Honolulu City Council members is looking into the possibility of reopening a popular trail dubbed "Stairway to Heaven."

The Navy built the stairs at Windward Oahu's Haiku Valley during World War II to access radio equipment at the mountain summit. They have been closed to the public since 1987.

That doesn't stop hikers who climb the 2,800-foot path at night to avoid security during the day. Hiking and environmental groups want to see the stairs reopened to give hikers access to the panoramic views, but neighboring residents complain that trespassing visitors trash the area.

The council group led by council parks Chairman Joey Manahan agreed to the requests of the nonprofit group Friends of Haiku Stairs to look into reopening the trail, but he said in a report last week that he and his colleagues haven't been able to physically inspect the trail because of insurance liability issues.


Kauai utility to build largest solar project

LIHUE - Kauai's electric utility plans to break ground next month on what would be the largest solar project in the state.

The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative will hold a blessing and groundbreaking for the $40 million project Nov. 6.

Solar panels will be installed on 67 acres near the old Koloa Mill that the cooperative is leasing from Grove Farm. Inc.

The utility has hired Solar-City to build the system. Construction is expected to be finished next year.


Agent facing retrial joins media request

HONOLULU - The federal agent facing a retrial in the shooting death of a man inside a Waikiki fast-food restaurant has joined in a request by Hawaii media to prohibit closed-court sessions in his case without giving the public a chance to object.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Hawaii News Now also want the Hawaii Supreme Court to release transcripts of closed proceedings from his murder trial that ended with a deadlocked jury.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that State Department Special Agent Christopher Deedy's attorney filed papers last week saying they adopt the arguments by the newspaper and television station.



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