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January 8, 2013
The Associated Press

Toddler nearly drowns in hotel pool

WAIKIKI, Oahu - A 3-year-old boy was taken to a hospital after nearly drowning in a hotel pool on Oahu.

Hawaii New Now says that the toddler was taken to the hospital in serious condition late Sunday night. Officials say the incident happened at approximately 10:44 p.m. at the Sheraton Waikiki.


Researchers study decline of native moth

HONOLULU - University of Hawaii researchers say the decline of a native moth species is likely correlated with the introduction of parasitic wasps and other non-native insects.

The native leafroller moth was widespread across the main Hawaiian Islands in the early 1900s. It was one of the most common native moths in Hawaii.

But populations have since declined dramatically.

The moth is now thought to be extinct on Oahu and Kauai but is still found from Molokai to the Big Island.

The moth can feed on many native and non-native grasses, so the researcher say the loss of native food sources is unlikely to limit the species.


Swimming pool in Waimea vandalized

WAIMEA, Kauai - Waimea's swimming pool has been vandalized.

Lenny Rapozo, director of the Department of Parks and Recreation, said that someone in the last few days ripped the pool's entire mobile chair lift off its platform and threw it into the pool.

He says staff spent several hours retrieving broken parts from the pool.

Rapozo said the vandalism means that people with special needs who require the chair to use the pool will no longer be able to do so.


Swimmer missing off the Big Island

HONOLULU - A swimmer is missing on the southeast side of the Big Island.

The Hawaii County Fire Department began searching for the swimmer on Sunday afternoon at about 3 p.m. The Coast Guard assisted in the search, which continued until sunset. Reports were that the swimmer was swept off the cliff and into the rough waters at Kehena Beach.


Sewage overflows on Hanapepe street

HANAPEPE, Kauai - Faulty pump controls are being blamed for sending more than 200 gallons of sewage up through manholes into a Hanapepe street Sunday morning.

The Department of Public works said crews cleaned up most of the spill and were disinfecting the area after the overflow.

The agency also said Kauai County's wastewater staff were working on repairs to the system.


Caldwell sworn in as mayor of Honolulu

HONOLULU - Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is marking his inauguration as the leader of Hawaii's largest city.

Caldwell was sworn into office on Wednesday by Hawaii Supreme Court Associate Justice Sabrina McKenna.

Five City Council members also took the oath of office at Mission Memorial Auditorium.

Caldwell's office says he wants to foster a new era of mutual respect and cooperation with the council. But his office said he acknowledges that some differences of opinion are to be expected.

The former acting mayor and state representative was elected in November when he defeated former Gov. Ben Cayetano.

Caldwell won 53 percent of the vote, while Cayetano won 45 percent.



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