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November 7, 2012
The Associated Press

Shark attacks could be tied to migration

HONOLULU - Scientists are seeing growing evidence that eight shark attacks in Hawaii may be connected to the seasonal migration patterns of tiger sharks.

The University of Hawaii study involves about 10 years of information and tracking more than 100 tiger sharks with sonar and satellite monitoring devices, according to Tuesday's Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

University of Hawaii assistant researcher Carl. G. Meyer said a preliminary study indicates the tiger sharks migrate in deep water as well as in shallow areas where people swim and surf.

Tiger sharks migrate from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to the main Hawaiian Islands in October and November to give birth. The Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology says they are the most wide-ranging predator in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, routinely swimming hundreds of miles.

State officials have said most shark attacks occur during September, October and November.

Three of the recent attacks on Maui are thought to have been from tiger sharks.


Pavilions will honor Vietnam veterans

HONOLULU - Two new pavilions will be dedicated during a Veteran's Day ceremony this weekend at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

One pavilion includes Vietnam War battle maps complementing existing World War II and Korean War battle maps. The other pavilion will serve as an orientation center.

Outgoing U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka will deliver the keynote address during Sunday's ceremony.

Former U.S. senator from Georgia and current secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission Max Cleland will also speak.

The two pavilions were built at a cost of $4 million. They sit next to two flag poles flanking the processional stairs of the Honolulu Memorial.


Drug trial set for Big Island couple

HILO - The trial has been set for a Big Island couple charged with drug crimes.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that Hilo Circuit Judge Greg Nakamura on Monday ordered 53-year-old Gilbert Espiritu and 56-year-old Patricia Morby to appear for trial on March 18.

The Ainaloa couple was arrested Oct. 18 after police served a search warrant on three properties.

Police say what they found was an indoor marijuana-growing site, as well as other drugs including heroin and hydrocodone.


Female nene killed at Hawaii park

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park officials are urging motorists to slow down and watch out for endangered nene after one of the birds was killed there.

Park officials say a female nene was killed early Friday morning along Chain of Craters Road inside the park.

The bird's mate is still near the site. The pair were preparing to nest.

The park has placed nene crossing signs on roads where birds are known to congregate or cross, and where vehicles most frequently hit and kill the birds.

Park wildlife biologist Kathleen Misajon says it's imperative that drivers use caution in all nene crossing zones.

The nene is the state bird. There are only about 2,000 of them in the wild.


Surfer rescued at Sandy Beach

HONOLULU - A high- surf advisory remains in effect for north- and east-facing shores of Oahu.

Ocean Safety officials said a surfer was pulled from the water at Sandy Beach on Sunday afternoon after a snorkeler noticed that he was in trouble and alerted lifeguards.

Lifeguards reached the man using a paddleboard and got him out of the water.

Paramedics arrived and the man was taken to the hospital in critical condition.


Man accused of stabbing relative

HONOLULU - A young man has been charged with stabbing his 70-year-old grandmother in her Honolulu apartment last week.

Charles "Kealii" Amoy, 19, was charged with second-degree attempted murder Sunday. His bail was set at $500,000.

The stabbing occurred Friday. Aileen H. Amoy was taken to The Queen's Medical Center with multiple stab wounds. Police said neighbors had heard a woman screaming for help.

Amoy was apprehended later Friday after police issued an alert.



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