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Police seek Waipahu kidnapping, sex assault suspect

WAIPAHU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- CrimeStoppers and the Honolulu Police Department are seeking the public's assistance in locating a male wanted for Kidnapping and Sexual Assault in the Third Degree.

On April 25 at approximately 4:25 p.m., a juvenile female was walking on Farrington Highway in Waipahu when she was approached from behind by an unknown male.

The male inappropriately touched the victim then wrestled her to the ground, police say. A witness driving by observed the incident and drove her vehicle toward the suspect.

The male fled on his bicycle in an unknown direction.

The suspect description is as follows:

Suspect: Unknown male
Race: Filipino
Age: 30s
Height: 5'2"
Weight: 135 lbs.
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300, or *CRIME on your cellular phone.

Governor presents $450,000 grant to Filipino Community Center

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WAIPAHU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Gov. Neil Abercrombie Monday presented a $450,000 check to The Filipino Community Center, Inc. (FilCom), representing the recent release of a state capital improvement grant for installation of a photovoltaic (PV) system.

"This project will produce electricity for the FilCom Center that will substantially reduce its electric bills and move our community toward energy independence," said Gov. Abercrombie. "The FilCom Center will use the savings to expand its services while perpetuating the Filipino heritage within the larger multi-cultural community in Hawaii."

Appropriated by the 2012 Legislature, the grant will be used to construct and install a roof-mounted, micro-inverter, internet monitoring PV system that is expected to produce approximately 114,000 kWh of power per year, or about 40 percent of FilCom's current electricity usage. The installation is scheduled to be completed within six months.

Elderly man critically injured in Waipahu crash

WAIPAHU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Police shut down roads in the Waipahu area as they investigated a critical crash Monday morning.

Emergency crews say a man in his 70s is in extremely critical condition following the accident on Kunia Road. The man was in one of the vehicles involved in the crash, according to first responders.

Police closed Kunia Road at Anonui Street in Waipahu for about two hours.  The cause of the crash is not immediately known.

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Kili Drive re-opened after Makaha main break

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MAKAHA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Board of Water Supply (BWS) crews have re-opened Kili Drive between Farrington Highway and Huipu Drive in Mahaka after a 16-inch main break was reported Saturday morning.

The break was off the road in Makaha Valley near Kili Drive. The road was closed due to debris caused by the main break.

BWS crews were able to re-open all lanes of Kili Drive once most of the debris was removed. Motorists are advised to drive with caution as crews are still working to remove some debris.

Work to repair the break, which is not on the roadway, is expected to continue overnight and through tomorrow.

The number of affected customers is unknown at this time.

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Briefing addresses lack of ER for west Oahu

HONOLULU (AP) - The closure of a west Oahu hospital has led to increased ambulance transport times as remaining emergency rooms become over-crowded.

Honolulu Department of Emergency Services Director Mark Rigg says when ERs become full ambulances have to go to locations further away. He's concerned about a lack of standardized criteria for determining when an ER can't accept more patients.

West Oahu councilmembers hosted a briefing on Tuesday to address the lack of an emergency room in the fast-growing area. An emergency room will be available when a closed Ewa hospital reopens in 2014, but it will be more than two years that the area is without an ER.

Councilwoman Kymberly Pine says that before Hawaii Medical Center-West closed, it was the second-busiest emergency room on the island.

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Tesoro in talks with prospective buyer for Kapolei plant

KAPOLEI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Even as it moves ahead with the shutdown of the state's largest refinery next month, Tesoro Corp. said it's still talking to potential buyers for its Kapolei plant.

Tesoro officials made the disclosure during a meeting held by the Hawaii Refinery Task Force on Wednesday.

The company, however, said it has no agreement at this point and said today that it is proceeding with its efforts to mothball the refinery.

"As we had announced, we are proceeding with plans to convert the refinery to a storage and distribution terminal and we remain on schedule to complete the shutdown process this month," company spokesman Lance Tanaka said in an email.

"During this time, we continue to actively market the assets for sale, however all discussions with potential buyers remain confidential."

The news provides a faint ray of  hope for the refinery's 200 employees who will lose their jobs in May.

VIDEO: Shark surprises fishing kayaker in waters off Oahu

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- It's going to great lengths for food. That's the story for a fisherman and a tiger shark who were competing for the same tuna.

Isaac Brumaghim is an extreme kayak fisherman and he experienced just how extreme it can be Sunday afternoon.

Brumaghim was fishing about two miles from shore near Waianae in his 16 foot kayak. He was reeling in a kawakawa tuna when a shark leaped into the air trying to snatch the fish from the line. Brumaghim still tries to reel it in, but the shark bumps the kayak and takes the fish.

"The shark made a circle, came around and ate the kawakawa under my boat, hit my kayak and then it kind of hit me what just happened and I had a reaction to that," said Brumaghim.

"Holy ----! Oh my God!" said Brumaghim on the video.