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March 23, 2013
The Associated Press

Student orchestra heads to Carnegie Hall

HONOLULU - A Honolulu high school orchestra is headed to New York City's Carnegie Hall.

KITV-TV said the Moanalua High School is scheduled to play at the prestigious concert hall on Easter.

Moanalua High School senior Margaret Lee said she's overjoyed by the opportunity. She said it has been a lot of work to get to Carnegie Hall, but it's worth it.

Orchestra leader Elden Seta said it's a privilege to get to play at Carnegie Hall. Seta has taken two other Moanalua orchestras to New York. The first was in 1998 and the second in 2005.


Officer loses part of finger during arrest

HONOLULU - A Honolulu police officer lost part of his finger during an arrest.

Police said the 41-year-old officer was attempting on Wednesday to arrest a 52-year-old man suspected of trespassing when the man bit off the tip of the officer's finger.

Hawaii News Now reported that the officer was taken to a hospital in serious condition.

The man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and trespassing.


Kauai man arrested after posting a video

LIHUE - Kauai police said a man was arrested after he posted an online video of himself drinking while driving.

Police said Richard Gerald Godbehere Jr. of Kapaa was arrested in February for allegedly consuming or possessing liquor while operating a vehicle and driving without a license. He has been released pending an April court appearance.

Police said the four-minute video appears to have been posted online in late December. In the video, police said Godbehere pops open a capped beer bottle and proceeds to drink it while speaking into the camera.

According to police, Godbehere says in the video, "I'm so happy to be drinking and driving."

Kauai Police Chief Darryl Perry said the video shows Godbehere exhibiting a blatant disregard for the law.


Honolulu priest admits to sex allegations

HONOLULU - A priest who taught in a Honolulu school in the early 1980s has admitted in a videotaped sworn statement that he engaged in sexual conduct with teenagers.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser said the Rev. Gerald Funcheon provided the videotaped deposition in response to questions related to civil lawsuits accusing him of molestation.

According to the Star-Advertiser, Funcheon said in the deposition that he did not consider his attraction to youths perverted or abnormal.

No criminal charges have been filed against Funcheon.


Man dies after missed jump into pool

HONOLULU - A Honolulu man who tried to jump from the fourth floor of an apartment building into a pool has died.

Hawaii News Now said that the medical examiner has determined that Quinn Kunitomo died from head injuries due to the fall.

Honolulu police said the young man tried to jump from an apartment building into a swimming pool at University of Hawaii at Manoa off-campus housing early Sunday morning. He missed the pool and landed on the pool deck instead.


Ill cruise ship passenger flown to Calif.

SAN DIEGO - The Coast Guard has flown a woman to San Diego after she fell seriously ill on a cruise ship headed to Ensenada, Mexico, from Hawaii.

The agency said the 71-year-old woman was rescued Friday about 200 miles southwest of San Diego.

The Holland America Zaandam cruise ship crew contacted the Coast Guard on Thursday for help and changed course to reduce the distance to San Diego.

The Coast Guard said the woman suffered a "serious internal medical condition," without elaborating.


Construction for Marine Corps under way

HONOLULU - Construction has begun for a new Marine Corps air station operations complex at Kaneohe Bay.

The $47 million complex will include an air passenger terminal, firetruck bays and a dormitory for air rescue and firefighting Marines.

The contractor broke ground last week. Construction should be finished in September 2014. The contractor for the work is dck pacific construction. The company is also building the South Range Project at Schofield Barracks.



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