State roundup for August 27
Federal officer dies in accident
HONOLULU (AP) — A 47-year-old man was killed in a motorcycle crash on an onramp of the Likelike Highway.
Long Hyuhn crashed at about 12:47 p.m. on the onramp to the westbound H-3 Freeway. He was not wearing a helmet.
Hyuhn was a federal police officer who was off-duty from his Department of Defense job. The retired Navy veteran was a member of the Iron Circle Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club.
Club president Ed Stankos describes him as “a cop with a heart” and says he will be greatly missed.
Stankos says Hyuhn had worked with the club on charity benefits for fallen officers.
Sea turtles spur traffic headache
HONOLULU (AP) — Community members are getting fed-up with gridlock on Oahu’s North Shore caused by crowds marveling at sea turtles on a beach.
Hundreds of thousands of people each year flock to Laniakea Beach to watch sea turtles that swim ashore. Traffic slows to a crawl as pedestrians dart across the highway.
The state Department of Transportation is considering blocking off parking at Laniakea, but community members say restricting beach access is not a good solution.
An online petition called “Save Laniakea Beach” asks state and city officials to come up with a traffic solution and protect the spot. The petition has garnered nearly 1,200 signatures since Aug. 11.
“It’s kind of like the No. 1 quality-of-life issue on the North Shore right now,” said Carol Philips, chairwoman of the North Shore Neighborhood Board’s transportation committee. “It’s just been getting worse and worse every year.”
It’s turning a quaint country town into a “tourist mecca,” she said. Delays can last 30 to 40 minutes in both directions on Kamehameha Highway.
Vandals destroy stone marker
KAILUA, Oahu (AP) — Vandals destroyed a stone marker on Oahu’s windward side just weeks after it was dedicated.
The stones mark the traditional boundary between the ahupuaa — traditional mountain to ocean land divisions — of Kaneohe and Kailua.
Mahealani Cypher of the Koolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club said the stone marker is meant to educate people about ahupuaa and people’s kuleana, or responsibility, to take care of the area in the ahupuaa.
Representatives from Hawaiian civic clubs, government agencies and community groups blessed the ahu last month.
The stones were vandalized between 2:30 and 4:30 on Saturday afternoon.
“Everyone was devastated. It was really disheartening because it was a symbol of reintroducing the Hawaiian concept of stewardship and caring for our resources,” Cypher said.
Club members hope someone saw what happened and will report it to the police. The marker is at Castle Junction, a busy intersection where Pali Highway and Kamehameha Highway meet.
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