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Honolulu mom who lied about baby is sentenced

HONOLULU (AP) - The lawyer of a 22-year-old woman who tried to give her newborn to authorities by pretending to find the baby on a beach says she kept her pregnancy a secret because she didn't want to disappoint her family.

Keala Simeona was sentenced Thursday for filing a false police report. Defense attorney Don Pacarro says Simeona can keep the misdemeanor off her record if she stays out of trouble for a year. Her sentence includes 25 hours of community service.

Police said Simeona reported finding an infant girl on Honolulu's Sandy Beach in April and took the baby to the hospital.

Pacarro says Family Court returned the baby to Simeona.

Simeona could have taken advantage of Hawaii's Safe Haven law, which provides immunity from prosecution for leaving an unharmed newborn within 72 hours of birth at a fire department, police station or hospital.

Local community groups can make their voices heard through Awareness Powered by Volta

Local community groups can make their voices heard through Awareness Powered by Volta

HONOLULUwww.VoltaCharging.com – Volta Industries (Volta) today announced the return of its corporate giving program, Awareness Powered by Volta, a community service outreach program specifically designed to help non-profit and community groups with building awareness by providing them free advertising space worth thousands of dollars on Volta’s electric vehicle (EV) charging station kiosks.

“We had a great response to the contest last year, and were able to provide both HUGS and Blue Planet with free ad space,” said Arden Penton, Director of Media and Operations.  “In fact, we ended up extending their free space from three months to eight months, for a total value of $25,000 in free ads. We want to help more community-based groups again this year, so we decided to run the contest again.”

Police seek driver who struck elderly pedestrian and fled

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KAHALA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- CrimeStoppers and the Honolulu Police Department are asking for the public's help to gather information regarding a motor vehicle collision that occurred on January 3, 2014, at approximately 7:37 a.m.

The victim, a 94-year-old male, was crossing Waialae Avenue near 5th Avenue when he was struck by an unknown vehicle travelling east on Waialae Avenue. The driver reportedly ran a red light and failed to stop.

The vehicle, a green four-door sedan with damages to the passenger side windshield, was seen fleeing eastbound on Waialae Avenue.

The victim suffered head and internal injuries and was taken to a local hospital.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on your cellular phone.

 

Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties Selected as Sales Agent for A&B Properties' Estates of Kahala

Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties Selected as Sales Agent for A&B Properties' Estates of Kahala

HONOLULU– Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties (CBP) today announced it has been selected as a sales agent for A&B Properties’ (A&B) Estates of Kahala. CBP will be the first residential real estate company in the state to offer sales of five properties to the general public. A&B Properties is the real estate subsidiary of Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.

Three of CBP’s top-producing agents and Coldwell Banker Previews Property Specialists, Tracy P. Allen (RA) and Beth Chang (R) of the King Street office, and Anne Hogan Perry (R) of the Kahala office, are teaming up as the “Team of the Avenue” to list the five properties. Together they have more than 80 years of residential real estate experience and have sold more than $1.5 billion in residential real estate.

First Insurance Company of Hawaii elects Stephanie Tokuhama vice president corporate underwriting

 First Insurance Company of Hawaii elects Stephanie Tokuhama vice president corporate underwriting

HONOLULU – First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) has elected Stephanie Tokuhama vice president of Corporate Underwriting. An insurance professional with more than 30 years of industry experience, Tokuhama oversees FICOH’s product development and new product and system training for FICOH’s independent agency network.

Tokuhama joined FICOH in 2004 as an underwriting manager and over the next 10 years has held several positions in FICOH’s Commercial Underwriting and Corporate Underwriting departments. In 2011, she was appointed assistant vice president of Corporate Underwriting. Prior to joining FICOH, she held positions at Hawaii Insurance Consultants, Sedgwick, and the State of Hawaii Department of Insurance.

Coast Guard seeks owner of kayak found adrift off east Oahu

HAWAII KAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- The Coast Guard is seeking the public's assistance after receiving a report of an unmanned and adrift red kayak approximately one mile south of Maunalua Bay, Wednesday.

A recreational vessel reported an Equinox red kayak adrift with two paddles and a seat inside.

The Koko Marina Harbormaster recovered the kayak where it remains for the owner to claim.

The Coast Guard is not actively searching and no one has been reported missing or in distress in the area.

The Coast Guard advises the public to register and label all watercraft and equipment with contact information in order to quickly account for owners and prevent any unnecessary searches.

Elderly man in critical condition after being hit by vehicle

KAHALA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- An 89-year old man is in critical condition after officials say he was hit by a car shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday in the Kahala area.

Officials say it happened on the corner of Hunakai Street and Kilauea Avenue.

Honolulu Police say the driver was a 24-year old female from Arizona. HPD arrested the woman on suspicion of driving under the influence. 

HPD says the man was in a marked crosswalk.

Officials say the man was transported in serious condition but was downgraded to critical condition. HPD says it is unknown if speed is a factor in the collision. 

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