State roundup for August 19
Tourist dies on Kauai trail
LIHUE, Kauai (AP) — A German tourist died while hiking the strenuous Kalalau Trail on the north shore of Kauai.
The death of the 61-year-old on Friday was near the eight-mile marker of the 11-mile-long trail that stretches from Ke’e Beach to the Kalalau Valley.
The man was hiking with friends when he collapsed. He did not respond to CPR.
A helicopter pilot for a tour company reported the incident to the Lihue Airport control tower, where personnel called police.
A rescue helicopter landed nearby and ferried the man to the Princeville Airport, where medics pronounced his death.
Police investigating the incident have not released the man’s name.
Drive to register Hawaiians lags
HONOLULU (AP) — An effort by Native Hawaiians to form their own government has signed up fewer than 20,000 of the 200,000 people it is seeking, but organizers are undaunted.
The initiative known as Kana’iolowalu launched in July 2012 after enactment of a state law recognizing Native Hawaiians as the only indigenous people of the island. The law created a Native Hawaiian Roll Commission to identify them.
The yearlong drive was extended until January because of the short pace of signups.
Organizers say they are set to add another 50,000 names Sept. 15 when they consolidate people who have signed previous registries.
The law says that those who are registered may decide on their form of self-government.
Nearly 290,000 natives live in the state.
Arrest in pellet gun shootings
HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police have made an arrest following pellet gun shootings at city buses that left one bus driver injured.
Police arrested a 17-year-old male late Thursday night in Honolulu.
Ernest Lake was driving one of four buses struck Wednesday night in what bus officials say were random shootings.
Lake said that he was on Route 2 near Liliha Public Library when a side window was hit. He says glass shattered and a piece lodged in his arm.
Lake’s bus was struck a few minutes after a Route 13 bus was hit.
About three hours later, buses on Routes 53 and 54 were hit by pellets.
Lake says drivers are not taking safety for granted and are keeping bus windows closed.
Damage to the buses was estimated at $1,600.
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