Singaporean man missing on Kauai after wave hits
LIHUE, Kauai — Authorities say they’ll continue searching for a Singaporean man swept off the rocks on Kauai’s north shore.
The Kauai Fire Department says the search will continue Wednesday after there was no sign of 62-year-old Phua Chuan Chin on Tuesday.
The fire department says Chin and three other people were walking along a rocky shoreline when a large wave hit.
Chin and another male were swept into the water. The other man swam to the rocks and was treated for minor injuries at a hospital.
The Coast Guard is searching with a helicopter and a life boat. Firefighters and lifeguards are using jet skis.
The search is focused on Kalihiwai Bay.
The fire department says Monday’s incident occurred in a remote location when a high surf advisory was in effect.
Senate approves school land development
HONOLULU — The state Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that seeks to raise state revenue by developing public school lands.
The proposal contends developing underutilized school lands can provide needed funds to improve public school infrastructure. The House was voting on a similar measure Tuesday.
The Senate proposal says the existing educational system “traps information-age students in agricultural-age schools” and that developing just 10 parcels of school land could bring in more than $100 million.
Majority Whip Jill Tokuda, chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Education, said the bill is necessary because the state will never catch up with school infrastructure needs by relying only on general funds.
But critics are wary of what they see as another attempt to gain revenue at the expense of local communities.
Some say the proposal is just an offshoot of the highly criticized state public land development agency. The House and Senate recently voted to dismantle the corporation amid strong community opposition to the agency.
But Tokuda says the proposal takes a cautious approach by limiting development to a three-year pilot project and taking community input into account.
Sen. Sam Slom and Sen. Laura Thielen voted with reservations for the bill. Thielen said the bill should include provisions governing the long-term leasing of public lands.
Sen. Josh Green and Sen. Brian Taniguchi voted against the measure.
2 people die in house fire
HONOLULU — Two people have died in a house fire in Honolulu.
Officials with the Honolulu Fire Department told Hawaii News Now that the fire in Waipahu early Tuesday morning destroyed the home.
Firefighters were alerted to the blaze at 12:45 a.m. By the time they arrived less than 10 minutes later, the front of the home was engulfed in flames. It took about another half-hour to bring the fire under control.
Officials say the bodies of a man and a woman were found in the home. A third person was able to escape. The cause of the fire is being investigated.
Kihei woman dies after being hit by truck
WAILUKU, Maui — Maui police say a woman was killed after being struck by a truck while walking across the Piilani Highway.
Police say 49-year-old Lynnette Marie Korinko of Kihei was hit at about 4 a.m. Monday on the highway near Waipuilani Road in Kihei. Police say Korinko had walked across two lanes of traffic and stopped briefly on the highway’s double yellow lines before proceeding. She got to the outside lane of traffic before being hit by a small truck that was traveling toward Maalaea.
The driver of the truck and two passengers were not injured.
Korinko was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center where she died.
Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce recognized
HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Senate is recognizing real estate agent Mary Begier and the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce for their work on invasive species.
State Sen. Malama Solomon presented them with the 2013 Community Hero Award on Monday.
Their award citation says they logged more than 110 volunteer days and 800 volunteer hours last year. It says they removed several hundred bags of invasive species from Mauna Kea.
The Senate says they helped the Office of Mauna Kea Management reach out to segments of the community that hadn’t been involved in invasive species control efforts before.
Solomon says invasive species control programs rely on community volunteers and organizations. She says their work is very important to our environment and ecosystem.