Single car crash kills 1 on Big Island
A man was killed yesterday morning in a single-car crash on the Big Island.
Hawai'i County firefighters said the accident happened about 7 a.m. on Highway 11 near the 34-mile marker in the Volcano district.
Firefighters said the car was on the Ka'ū-bound shoulder of the highway. They said units arrived to find off-duty firefighters treating one man, who was described as ambulatory. They said another man, who was trapped in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.
LINGLE REBUTS HANNEMANN
Gov. Linda Lingle criticized Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mufi Hannemann over his remarks about her handling of the Superferry controversy.
Hannemann, the mayor of Honolulu, contended Thursday that Lingle will not allow his proposed commuter rail project to move forward while she is in office.
Lingle is now reviewing the project's environmental impact study.
Hannemann said the irony is Lingle "blew the Superferry" because she did not want to conduct a full environmental report on the interisland vessel.
Lingle said in a statement yesterday that Hannemann's comments were "misinformed and patently false."
She said the Hawai'i Supreme Court blocked the Superferry in March 2009 with an unprecedented reading of state environmental law.
WHALE SANCTUARY CHIEF IS MOVING ON
Naomi McIntosh, superintendent of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, is getting a new job with the federal sanctuaries program.
McIntosh will soon take a newly created position as the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries' regional education and outreach coordinator for the Pacific.
McIntosh is expected to lead the construction and development of several new projects in Hawai'i and American Sāmoa.
The marine sanctuaries regional director, Allen Tom, will be acting superintendent for the humpback whale sanctuary.
SENATE NAMES U.S. MARSHAL FOR HAWAI'I
Gervin Miyamoto, a 38-year veteran of county, state and federal law enforcement agencies, has won confirmation from the U.S. Senate to become U.S. Marshal for Hawai'i.
Miyamoto, an 'Aiea resident, succeeds Mark "Dutch" Hanohano.
Miyamoto was a Honolulu police officer for 25 years and served as a special assistant to the late Chief Michael Nakamura. After retiring from HPD, he worked as the state's counterdrug coordinator before taking a job as law enforcement coordinator under then-U.S. Attorney Ed Kubo.
BIRTHPLACE REMARK DRAWS DJOU DEFENSE
A tongue-in-cheek comment about U.S. Rep. Charles Djou's birthplace is leading him to claim he's being attacked and to send out a campaign solicitation.
According to The Hill newspaper, which covers Washington, Democratic Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts on Tuesday urged reporters to demand Djou's birth certificate as Djou was sworn in to represent Hawai'i's 1st Congressional District.
The newspaper reported Frank's comment was clearly a sarcastic reference to those who claim President Obama was born in a foreign nation.
Djou yesterday posted a note on his Facebook page saying he was born in Los Angeles. He contends Frank's comment is an example of Democrats "already launching attacks" and asked for campaign donations of up to $100.