State roundup for April 3
Man is attacked by shark off Maui
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Maui officials say a 58-year-old man was bitten by a shark off Kaanapali Shores Place in Lahaina.
The man was bitten around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Fire crews described the wound as a 6-inch bite on the man’s thigh. He was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center for treatment.
Following the attack, surfers were evacuated from the water. The beach also was closed for about a mile in both directions from where the attack occurred.
Temperatures reach record low
HONOLULU (AP) — People in the state are donning sweaters and long-sleeve shirts as winds from the north send temperatures to record lows.
The temperature at Honolulu International Airport dropped to 61 degrees Tuesday, below the date’s previous record of 62 degrees set in 2002.
The lowest temperature ever recorded in Honolulu is 52 degrees, marked on Jan. 20, 1969.
It’s also cold on the Big Island, where temperatures dipped to 58 degrees at Hilo Airport on Tuesday, lower than the previous record of 60 degrees set in 1953.
Hilo hit an all-time-low of 53 degrees on Feb. 21, 1962. National Weather Service forecaster Ian Morrison says temperatures will warm slightly as the usual east-northeast trade winds return.
Man is seriously injured in drive-by
HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu Police say a young man was injured in a drive-by shooting in Ewa Beach.
Police say the victim was standing on a sidewalk Monday night when an unidentified man pulled up in his car and fired at the 18-year-old before driving away. The victim was taken to a trauma center in serious condition, where he was treated and released.
Senators debate gambling law
HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers are debating amending the state’s anti-gambling law to clarify that it’s illegal to sell goods or services that entitle people to play gambling machines.
The Senate judiciary committee met Tuesday to debate the bill and plans to vote today.
The committee is considering revising the bill to exempt bona fide business game promotions.
The Hawaii Bankers Association supports the exemption, saying it’s common for banks to hold promotional contests.
But organizations such as the Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling oppose the exemption.
The group represents dozens of organizations including the Honolulu Police Department and several faith-based groups.
The coalition says the proposed exemption would exclude sweepstakes machines that are the subject of an ongoing lawsuit.
Hawaii is the only state besides Utah that bans all forms of gambling.
Double murderer asks for release
HONOLULU (AP) — A man who was the first Japanese national to be extradited to the United States and convicted of murder is asking to be released from prison.
Raita Fukusaku, 47, is only halfway through his 40-year sentence and is being held in an Arizona prison. He asked the Hawaii Paroling Authority on Monday that he be paroled.
Fukusaka was convicted in 1995 of killing Japanese fortune teller Kototome Fujita and her son, Goro, when prosecutors say an extortion attempt failed. Fukusaka denies killing the two.
The case made headlines in Hawaii and Japan because it involved a famous fortune teller whose clients included four Japanese prime ministers, business leaders and organized crime figures.
The board is expected to make a decision within about two weeks.
USS Chung-Hoon deploys to Asia
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (AP) — The Pearl Harbor-based destroyer USS Chung-Hoon is deploying to Asia.
The Chung-Hoon and its crew of nearly 280 sailors set sail from Hawaii on Tuesday.
Navy Region Hawaii said Monday the ship will conduct operations with allies and partners while deployed.
Fishing vessel sinks off of Maui
HONOLULU (AP) — Authorities say six fishermen have survived the sinking of their vessel off Maui.
The Coast Guard says the problem began Monday when a 43-foot charter fishing vessel began taking on water about two miles off the coast of Kahoolawe.
The agency received a call from the captain saying the boat was sinking and passengers were putting on lifejackets. The six people then climbed into a life raft.
The Coast Guard launched a response boat from the station in Maui. It also notified other mariners in the area that the fishing vessel was in need of assistance. A recreational vessel responded and rescued the passengers and crew. They were brought to the harbor. No one was seriously injured.
Authorities have not determined what caused the vessel to start sinking.
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