State roundup for July 26
Man sentenced for meth mail
HONOLULU (AP) — A Southern California man has been sentenced to about 11 years in prison for mailing six pounds of crystal meth to Hawaii.
Christopher Woolem was sentenced Friday in federal court in Honolulu. Defense attorney Richard Hamar says Woolem’s total sentence is 135 months.
Woolem pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy with intent to possess and distribute methamphetamine.
Co-defendant Vyra Kaopua said Woolem paid her several thousand dollars to accept drug shipments at her Waianae home.
Kaopua was arrested after FedEx security intercepted a package containing six pounds of crystal meth that she signed for. She then helped agents arrest Woolem of Santa Ana, Calif.
Hawaii exhibit at Smithsonian
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is opening a new yearlong exhibit exploring the impact of air travel to the Hawaiian Islands.
“Hawaii by Air” opened Friday in Washington. It includes travel posters, model planes and historical photographs from the museum’s collection.
Curators say few people realize Hawaii is one of the most remote places on Earth, about 2,400 miles from San Francisco.
Early travelers included Mark Twain and other adventurers who wanted to explore the islands.
The first airplane flew in Hawaii in 1910, seven years after the Wright brothers’ first flight.
By 1936, Pan American Airways began regular passenger service, and travel increased dramatically after Hawaii became a state.
Sugar Cane Train will close
WAILUKU, Maui (AP) — A popular Hawaii train tourist attraction on Maui is set to close after 45 years in business.
The Sugar Cane Train will run its regular schedule until its Aug. 1 closure.
Ticket agent Blossom Flores says the 6-mile track that runs between Lahaina and Puukolii will hold a final, one-way run at 2:30 p.m. on the closing day.
The company was founded in 1969. It has one diesel train and two steam engines.
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