Kamehameha Schools teachers approve contractKamehameha Schools Kapalama campus teachers and librarians have ratified a new three-year contract that will give them a substantial pay increase.
"Our main concern was that the school was competitive in this market for educators," said Larry McElheny, president of the Kamehameha Schools Faculty Association.
The state Department of Education, of which Kamehameha Schools is not a part, has 400 vacancies for teachers.
The new agreement will give an average increase every year for the next three years of 5.04 percent, 6.69 percent and 4.37 percent, officials said.
"Combined with a new 3 percent match by our employer for our retirement savings account to begin next year, this makes us pretty competitive," said Bill Follmer, the union's vice president.
Kuhio Beach closes after 3 sharks spotted offshoreThree black-tipped sharks spotted about 75 yards offshore forced the closure of Kuhio Beach just after 6 p.m. yesterday, authorities said.
The sharks, ranging in length from about 5 feet to 7 feet, were spotted by a person in an upper floor of the Hyatt Regency Hotel, fire battalion chief Adam Enos said. A helicopter and rescue squad dispatched to the scene confirmed there were sharks in the water, but no one in the water or on the beach had seen the sharks, and no one was hurt, Enos said.
"The chopper was announcing, 'Get out of the water,' just like in the movie 'Jaws,'" he said.
The beach was to remain closed until the city Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division has a chance to assess the situation this morning.
Walk/run to benefit Alzheimer's researchHonolulu Police Chief Lee Donohue is encouraging residents to help battle Alzheimer's disease by participating in Saturday's Memory Walk/5K Run at Ala Moana Beach Park.
The walk will be Sept. 22 in Hilo and on Maui.
"We must continue to work together to fight this awful disease," Donohue said.
The Honolulu Police Department is working with the association to locate and safely return people who become lost because of the disease.
People with Alzheimer's disease often wander off and become lost, sometimes in familiar surroundings. They can be found through the Alzheimer's Association's Safe Return program, which provides identification tags to patients.
A Safe Return registration table will be located at Ward Warehouse after the walk. Registered patients are listed in a national database so they can be located in other states.
All money raised from the Memory Walk/5K Run will be used to support research, a 24-hour Helpline, free home and office visits, support groups, education, a lending library and a monthly newsletter.
For more information about the run or the chapter's services and programs, call 591-2771. From the neighbor islands, call toll-free 1-877-43-ALOHA.
People with polio history invited to group meetingResidents who have had polio are invited to a Post Polio Network of Hawaii meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the March of Dimes Foundation, 1451 S. King St., Suite 504. For information, call 395-0261 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Isle Planned Parenthood offers free breast examsFree breast exams and Pap tests to screen for breast and cervical cancer will be available to uninsured women this month at Planned Parenthood of Hawaii clinics to celebrate Women's Health Month.
Planned Parenthood of Hawaii, which provides reproductive health services, education and advocacy, has clinics in Honolulu, Kahului, Maui and Kailua-Kona on the Big Island.
To schedule an appointment, call: Oahu, 589-1149; Maui, 871-1176; Big Island, 329-8211.
Prostate cancer takes the spotlight this monthHawaii has joined more than 30 states in declaring September Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. The states are calling for nationwide efforts to combat the disease that affects one out of six men.
They are urging increased research funding and participation in prostate cancer screenings to detect the disease early in men who are 40 or over.
US TOO, a prostate cancer survivors group, meets the second Wednesday of each month at Kuakini Medical Center. For more information, call 547-0651 or 541-0652, or write to 347 N. Kuakini St., Honolulu 96817.
Iowa doctor to canvass workings of the mindDr. Alarik Arenander, a neurophysiologist who directs the Brain Research Institute at Maharishi University of Management in Iowa, will discuss "Brain, Consciousness and Spirituality" at 7 tonight at the American Association of University Women, 1802 Keeaumoku St.
Call 947-2266 for reservations. Cost is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and students.
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Corrections and clarifications
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers
Landlady's name used in credit card fraudPolice arrested a 43-year-old woman yesterday who obtained a credit card and convenience checks under her 58-year-old landlady's name and made purchases amounting to over $40,000 over an 8 1/2-month period.
The woman allegedly made $25,000 in credit card purchases from Oct. 31, 2000, to July 13, and made about $15,000 in payments using convenience checks from another account.
The woman was arrested on felony fraudulent use of credit cards, two counts of second-degree theft and two counts of forgery.
Librarian allegedly lured Oregon girl over InternetA librarian at the public library in Kaneohe was arrested yesterday for luring a 14-year-old Oregon girl to Hawaii to engage in sex, the FBI said.
Lando Millare, 30, romanced the girl via the Internet from a computer in his Kalihi apartment, agents said. Federal law prohibits travel with intent of having sex with a minor. Honolulu police said they were called by the girl's parents after Millare met the girl in Los Angeles and the two traveled together to Honolulu on June 19.
Woman killed in Mililani hit-and-run is identifiedThe Honolulu medical examiner has identified the woman killed in a hit-and-run traffic accident early Sunday as 35-year-old Lanette Acasia.
Police said Acasia, who had no local address, was riding a bicycle on Kamehameha Highway in Mililani at 12:37 a.m. when she was struck by a black convertible that left the scene. Police arrested a Mililani couple nearby for negligent homicide and failing to render aid. They were later released.
The couple, who lives near where the accident occurred, told police they were returning to the scene.
Unpaid debt led to man's fall from third-floor lanaiPolice said a 33-year-old man who either jumped or was pushed from a third-floor lanai at a Waimalu hotel yesterday was being pursued by two men trying to collect a debt.
Authorities said they have opened an attempted-homicide investigation and are looking for two men in their 30s.
Police said two men broke into the victim's room at the Harbor Shores Apartment Hotel at 99-145 Lipoa Pl. at about 5:30 a.m. yesterday and confronted the victim about a debt. The man sprayed the suspects with pepper spray and fled with them in pursuit, police said. The man then jumped or was pushed over the lanai wall and fell into the parking lot. He was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition.
The suspects fled in a vehicle parked in the hotel parking lot.