State roundup for June 3
Waikiki’s ‘black noodle’ to be removed from canal
HONOLULU (AP) — A contractor will begin removing a 5,000-foot-long sewer pipe dubbed the “black noodle” from Waikiki’s Ala Wai Canal.
The pipe was installed in the canal behind Ala Wai Elementary School after a major 2006 sewer main break. It snaked its way to the Diamond Head entrance of Ala Moana Beach Park and was sunk on July 17, 2006.
A section of the pipe floated to the surface last year, giving pedestrians on the Kalakaua Avenue bridge a clear view of the pipe sticking out of the water. Workers later put the pipe back under water.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell says a construction company will begin its removal starting July 15. The pipes will be cut up and hauled away. The city will then reopen the canal’s walking and bike path.
Coast Guard devises plan for Oahu ship evacuations
HONOLULU (AP) — The Coast Guard wants to set up a staging area about a half-mile off Oahu’s South Shore where ships could ride out tsunami warnings safely in deep water.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports (http://bit.ly/10IpVxT) that under the proposal, a tsunami warning would activate the Coast Guard to set up separate staging areas for vessels docked in Honolulu Harbor. Commercial ships would assemble off Keehi Lagoon, while recreational boats would go to the east.
Lt. Cmdr. Scott Whaley says that ships did not evacuate in an orderly fashion during past tsunami warnings. He said that could lead to collisions between ships and boats.
Whaley said 50 to 100 vessels are in the busy harbor at any given time.
The staging plan could go into effect in July or August.
AP source: Bruno Mars’ mother dies at age 55
NEW YORK (AP) — The mother of Grammy-winning pop star Bruno Mars has died in Hawaii.
Bernadette Hernandez died Saturday of a brain aneurysm, according to a publicist for Mars’ label, Atlantic Records, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak on the record.
Hernandez was 55 years old. She died in Honolulu at Queens Medical Center; no other information was given.
Mars is one of pop’s top acts with several No. 1 hits including his most recent, “When I Was Your Man.” His mother, a hula dancer and a singer who immigrated from the Philippines, nurtured her son’s interest in music at an early age.
Body found off windward Oahu is identified
KANEOHE, Hawaii (AP) — A body found floating in waters off windward Oahu has been identified.
The Honolulu medical examiner has determined that the body found Wednesday morning is that of 51-year-old Domingo Claro of Wahiawa.
An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.
Fire Department spokesman Capt. Terry Seelig says firefighters on personal watercraft recovered the body after being alerted by police and the emergency services department. The body, first spotted by fishermen, was about a quarter-mile from the coastline of Waiahole Valley.
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