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State roundup for October 11

Coast Guardsman missing on Oahu

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police are looking for a U.S. Coast Guardsman reported missing by his wife.

Police found Aviation Survival Technician 1st Class Russell Matthews’ car abandoned at the Mokuleia side of Kaena Point Tuesday night. He was last seen Tuesday afternoon driving a 2005 Subaru in Pupukea.

Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Gene Maestas said Wednesday Matthews is a rescue swimmer with 15 years of experience in the Coast Guard. He’s been stationed at Air Station Barbers Point on Oahu for five years.

The police say Matthews is emotionally distraught, and that his friends and family are concerned for his welfare. The Coast Guard is assisting the police in their investigation.

Man sentenced for kidnapping

HONOLULU (AP) — The ex-boyfriend of a woman killed in Ewa in 2009 has been sentenced for kidnapping.

Toi Nofoa was sentenced Tuesday to a mandatory 20 years in prison for kidnapping Royal Kaukani from her workplace on Sept. 11, 2008. He was found guilty of kidnapping in July. A previous jury found that the 34-year-old man was innocent of killing Kaukani, who was shot to death March 27, 2009 while sitting in her SUV.

Police said Kaukani filed numerous reports accusing Nofoa violating a protective order she had against him, and of threatening and assaulting her.

Anti-annexation exhibit in D.C.

HONOLULU (AP) — The names of more than two thousand people who more than a century ago signed petitions opposing the U.S. annexation of Hawaii will be displayed this month in the heart of Washington, D.C.

The names will be displayed on the center panel of the National Mall next Monday and Tuesday. Honolulu-based Ka Lei Maile Alii Hawaiian Civic Club is sponsoring the exhibit.

Nearly 40,000 people signed Kue petitions opposing annexation in 1897. The U.S. went ahead and annexed the islands in 1898.

Drought hurts coffee industry

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s coffee farmers saw production go down but prices go up. According to a government report, bugs and dry weather hurt coffee production, but higher prices offset some of the decline.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service report says coffee farmers statewide produced 7.6 million pounds of beans for sale during the 2011-12 season. That is a 14 percent drop from 8.8 million pounds in the prior season.

However, the report says the average price per pound of coffee paid to farmers rose 9 percent to $4.15 in the recent season from $3.80 in the prior season. The price increase added $2.7 million to total industry sales of $31.5 million.

Sales in the previous season totaled $33.4 million.

7 people rescued from Oahu surf

HONOLULU (AP) — A high surf warning is in effect for many areas of the state.

KGMB-TV ( reports that seven people had to be rescued Tuesday when they got too close to huge waves on Oahu’s North Shore.

Honolulu firefighters saved three men near Laniakea. Capt. John Hoogsteden of the Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division says the men were recent arrivals to the islands and went for a swim. He says they got stuck in a rip current more than a half-mile from shore.

Hoogsteden says two hours later a 16-year-old boy and his mother nearly drowned at Ke Iki Beach near Pupukea.

The National Weather Service says Hawaii residents on the north and west shores of the state can expect waves of up to 30 feet on Wednesday.


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