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January 9, 2013
The Associated Press

Winner named in dolphin-naming contest

WAIKOLOA, Hawaii - Officials in Hawaii have named a baby dolphin whose birth captured on video became a viral video hit.

Lehua is one of three baby dolphins born recently at Dolphin Quest Hawaii at the Hilton Waikoloa Village resort on the Big Island.

Dolphin Quest Hawaii held a naming contest for Lehua and two other babies born in the man-made lagoon after closely monitoring their first months of life. Dolphin Quest officials say more than 1,200 names were submitted by the public.

The winning name was suggested by Kapua Smith of Keller, Texas. Lehua means "beautiful flower" in Hawaiian.

The contest winners won free dolphin swims.


Honolulu in top 5 among congested cities

HONOLULU - A company that makes a vehicle navigation device says when it comes to traffic Honolulu is the fourth-most congested city in North America.

Navigation device-maker TomTom compared travel times during congested periods, to times of day when traffic is flowing freely to come up with an index of 57 metropolitan areas. The index was compiled from information obtained between July and September of last year.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser says TomTom found that Los Angeles and Vancouver, Canada, were tied for most congested, followed by San Francisco, Honolulu and Seattle.


Kauai murder trial jury selection begins

LIHUE - Jury selection has begun in the Kauai trial of a man charged with murder.

According to the Garden Island, 150 prospective jurors will go through the screening process before a 12-member jury and four alternates are selected in the trial of Vicente Kote Kapika Hilario.

Hilario is charged with murder in the death of 34-year-old Aureo Moore at Anahola Beach Park on Dec. 17, 2010. He has pleaded not guilty and also faces charges of retaliating and intimidating a witness.



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