Police look for bank gunman
WAIPAHU, Maui (AP) — Police are investigating whether the shooting of two people outside a bank Friday night might have been work-related.
A 39-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman were shot outside the Bank of Hawaii about 7:55 p.m. Friday.
The names of the victims have not been released, but police said one of them is a manager at Color-Tyme Rent to Own in Waipahu, a retailer of electronics and furniture. A manager at the retailer declined to comment on the shooting.
The manager shot Friday was at the bank to make a deposit, but was still in the car when the gunman approached and opened fire.
It appears the gunman, who was wearing a mask, came up from behind as the manager was making a deposit, opened fire and fled on foot, investigators said.
The man was hit several times, while the woman was shot at least twice. After the shooting, the two victims drove nearly a mile to a restaurant seeking help.
Tina Laupola, who was having dinner nearby at the time of the shooting, said she heard five gunshots.
“At night we always walk back and forth around the area,” Laupola said. “We thought it must be safe, but not anymore.”
The car the victims were in had at least six bullet holes. Police had it towed to their main station where it was being dusted for fingerprints.
USS Ariz. marks 50th anniversary
PEARL HARBOR, Oahu (AP) — The 50th anniversary of USS Arizona Memorial for those killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is being commemorated.
About 200 invited guests gathered Sunday for a ceremony at the white open-air memorial that sits above the battleship that sank on Dec. 7, 1941. The memorial’s structural engineer, Thomas Lum, and Jan Peter Preis, the son of the memorial’s architect, Alfred Preis, attended the ceremony.
The USS Arizona Memorial was dedicated in 1962. The names of Arizona sailors and Marines are chiseled on a wall in the white structure.
Invasive bird poses a threat
HONOLULU (AP) — Eight bird species native to Hawaii are being threatened by an invasive Japanese bird.
Two University of Hawaii researchers have found the Japanese white-eye mejiro has wiped out tens of thousands of native birds at the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge on the Big Island.
The researchers found that as the number of mejiros grew, young birds of the natives species showed stunted growth, indicating food was scarce, and birds of all ages had trouble replacing their feathers as they wore out.
Researcher Leonard Freed says the Japanese bird is particularly bad for one species, the akepa. The reserve was established in 1985 in part to protect those eight species.
The researchers’ findings appeared Wednesday in the journal NeoBiota.