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November 10, 2012
The Associated Press

Jellyfish warnings posted at beaches

HONOLULU - Warning signs have been posted on several Oahu beaches after more than 100 swimmers were stung by box jellyfish.

At least 145 people were stung Thursday at Ala Moana Regional Park, Makaha and Waikiki.

Nearly 120 jellyfish were spotted on the beach and in the water at Waikiki alone.

Jellyfish tend to move toward the shore on the ninth day after a full moon. Thursday was the 10th day after the full moon.

The number of jellyfish should drop over the weekend.


Police ask for help ID'ing Big Isle body

HILO - Hawaii police are seeking the public's help in identifying a body that was found at a campsite at a beach on the Big Island.

A boater found the body of a man who was 5 feet 9 inches tall and had long brown hair. The body was found nearly a week ago at Waikini Beach in Ka'u.

Police say hiking shoes, a blue backpack, and bags filled with empty cans of food and soft drink containers were found at the campsite.

The death is not considered suspicious.


Coral damaged - conservation group

HONOLULU - A conservation group says a vessel grounded on a barrier reef has damaged coral in Oahu's Kaneohe Bay.

The Nature Conservancy's Jason Durnin says considerable damage has been done to a portion of the barrier reef. Durnin says over 100 coral heads are smashed and one area has been "turned to rubble."

The 40-foot wooden sampan went aground at about midnight Tuesday. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources gave the owner until 10 a.m. Friday to have it removed.

But the owner has told state officials that he doesn't have insurance or money to remove the vessel, which is in a reef area used to conduct marine tours.

The state is making arrangements to have the sampan removed.


Army plans burn at Schofield Barracks

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS - The Army plans to burn 90 acres at a Schofield Barracks live-fire range this weekend to reduce the risk of fire accidentally breaking out there in the future.

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii officials say the prescribed burn will eliminate fire-prone vegetation.

The burn is scheduled for today but won't go ahead unless required wind conditions, temperatures and fuel moisture conditions are met.

The Army set Nov. 17 as an alternate date for the burn.

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii said in a statement Wednesday that the state Department of Health's Clean Air Branch approved the burn plan.

The Army has also notified the Honolulu Fire Department and the state's Division of Forestry.



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