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April 7, 2013
The Associated Press

Tsunami sirens accidentally triggered

HILO - A mistake led to all of the Big Island's tsunami emergency warning sirens being triggered.

According to the Hawaii Tribune-Herald, all of the island's 71 sirens sounded shortly before noon Tuesday.

Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira blamed the problem on human error. He said technicians were conducting system checks as part of their regular procedures following the systemwide tests conducted the first of each month when a worker accidentally set off the sirens.


Event draws archaeologists to Honolulu

HONOLULU - Archaeologists from around the world are gathered in Honolulu this weekend for an annual convention.

About 3,400 people are attending the Society of American Archaeology's meeting at the Hawaii Convention Center on the edge of Waikiki.

The group's 78th annual conference is expected to generate $16 million in visitor spending and $1.5 million in tax revenue for Hawaii. The conference features 170 organized sessions and a dozen forums.

Attendees plan excursions to the Joint POW/MIA Command's laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Lyon Arboretum and Bishop Museum. Some will visit Kaniakapupu, the summer residence of King Kamehameha III.


Moiliili man nets 10 years for arson fires

HONOLULU - A 47-year-old Moiliili man has been ordered to serve 10 years in prison for a series of arson fires in Honolulu in May 2011.

The Star Advertiser reported that Thomas Chong was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty in January to seven counts of arson.

Prosecutors said Chong set fire twice to the same car and also set four residences on fire.

The car belonged to a friend of his ex-girlfriend, and the residents of one of the home he set on fire were connected to his ex-girlfriend.

When Chong was arrested, police said, he had burn marks on his face from a fireball from one of the fires.

The Hawaii Paroling Authority will decide how much of the 10-year term Chong will have to spend behind bars before he is eligible for parole.


Mom charged with threatening toddler, 3

HONOLULU - Prosecutors have enhanced charges against a Honolulu mother accused of holding a knife to her 3-year-old daughter's throat during an argument with her husband.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser said 23-year-old Stephanie Pena was charged Saturday with first-degree terroristic threatening, which is a felony. Pena was initially charged with second-degree terroristic threatening, which is a misdemeanor, after being arrested Thursday.

Police allege that Pena held a knife to her daughter's neck during the Feb. 25 dispute until her husband relented and gave in to her demands.



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