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March 31, 2013
The Associated Press

Gov. Abercrombie: April Tsunami Awareness Month

HONOLULU - Gov. Neil Abercrombie plans to issue a proclamation naming April 2013 Tsunami Awareness Month.

Abercrombie will hold a ceremony at the state Capitol on Monday to sign the proclamation.

Several agencies will participate in the ceremony, including the Hawaii State Civil Defense, the City and County of Honolulu, Department of Emergency Management and NOAA's National Weather Service.

The declaration emphasizes the importance of tsunami awareness and preparedness.

Hawaii is the only U.S. state made up entirely of islands and has a history of tsunamis.

The Pacific Disaster Center says tsunamis have killed more people in Hawaii than any other natural disaster.

Hawaii issued a tsunami warning as recently as October 2012 after a 7.7-magnitude earthquake hit the coast of Canada.


State Senate panel OKs bill regulating feral bird feeding

HONOLULU - The Hawaii Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a bill aimed at regulating feral bird feeding.

The proposal would make feeding feral birds a nuisance and authorize the director of health to investigate and prohibit the feeding.

The committee softened the House version of the bill that made feeding wild birds a violation of the penal code.

Numerous people and animal rights groups said they oppose criminalizing bird feeding.

Pearl City resident Shigeko Mukai testified that her neighbors' insistence on feeding wild birds causes an unbearable odor.

She said bird droppings have littered her property on a daily basis for more than 10 years.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Clayton Hee said there is no doubt about the problem but he believes that it is a health issue, not a criminal one.


Masked suspect in Makiki carjacking ID'd as man, 36

HONOLULU - Police have identified one of two masked man involved in a carjacking in Honolulu's Makiki area.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser said 36-year-old Justin "Face" Agustine is considered armed and dangerous.

Police said Agustine and another man demanded money from a man and woman at gunpoint early Thursday on Thurston Avenue. The victims were sitting in a Jeep Cherokee.

According to police, one suspect drove off in the Cherokee and the other suspect left in a dark colored sport utility vehicle.

Police said the suspects were wearing masks, but Agustine was positively identified. Police said he has a 2-inch scar on his left cheek.


Officials give name of woman backed over by garbage truck

HONOLULU - Officials have released the name of an 88-year-old woman who was killed by a private garbage truck in downtown Honolulu.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser said Margaret Soo Kyung Kim died last week. According to the Honolulu Medical Examiner's Office, Kim died of blunt force injuries to her torso.

Kim was returning from her morning walk to her apartment at the Queen Emma Gardens condominium complex in Nuuanu when she apparently walked behind the Rolloffs Hawaii truck while it was backing up in a loading zone.

Kim was transported to The Queen's Medical Center, where she died.



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