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By Star-Bulletin Staff

Tuesday, April 29, 2003


CDC finds isle woman does not have SARS

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have ruled out another "suspect" case of the SARS virus in Hawaii, state health officials said yesterday.

The case involved a woman who traveled to northern China in March as part of a tour group.

"Even though this case turned out not to be SARS, the public still need to remain vigilant," state Epidemiologist Paul Effler said.

"People returning to Hawaii from infected areas should monitor their own health and get medical attention right away should they become ill."

The outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome has already killed at least 333 people worldwide and infected more than 5,000. There are now five suspected cases of the flulike illness in Hawaii. There have been no confirmed cases of SARS in Hawaii.

Kamehameha Schools awards outreach grant

WAIMEA, Hawaii >> Kamehameha Schools has awarded $153,603 to Kanu O Ka Aina charter school in Waimea to help it reach more students of Hawaiian ancestry, the schools announced.

The award is the first of its kind made by the Ho'olako Like program of Kamehameha.

Kamehameha Chief Executive Officer Hamilton McCubbin cited Kanu O Ka Aina as an outstanding example of a start-up charter school that includes both Hawaiian-focused and Western-based curriculums.

Led by Principal Ku Kahakalau, the school gained notice recently with its performance of "Holomua," a combination of hula and drama in which all 150 students participated.

The student body is 92 percent Hawaiian.

Kamehameha's Ho'olako Like program requires schools to serve at least 70 percent Hawaiians to be eligible for funding.

Schools may receive $1 for every $4 received from the state. Recipient schools are required to set goals and to measure outcomes through standardized tests.

[Taking Notice]

King Kekaulike students win IMovie grand prize

>> A two-minute video produced by three students from King Kekaulike High School on Maui has won the grand prize in the IMovie contest. Daniel Scott, Tara Liu and Mika Yama-guchi made the video, "Stop the Fear, End the Hate," to address teenagers' acceptance in society. The team was directed by teacher Jay Paa.

Two other teams from Kekaulike also won prizes. Troy Hashimoto, Cisco Pagan and Chandi Bickford won first place in the Teach Me Something category for their video, "Striving for Goals."

Winning honorable mention for videography were Stuart Lock, Chelsea Tschoerner, Jonny Leano and Chris Tranilla.

>> Fifth-graders Kealoha Ishikawa, Kalamaku Kana-Carmichael, Ka'anohi Eleniki and Pila Collins from Maui's Paia Elementary School won first place in the Environmental and Social Issues category for their age group.

>> A team from Mililani High School has won third place in the international Oracle Internet Academy competition by demonstrating their skills in database design, computer presentation and problem solving. Team members were Fred Mariano, Christie Mattos and Pamela Pang. They worked under the direction of teacher Cindy Mochida.

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Corrections and clarifications

>> John Clark wrote the "Hawaiian Moment" column on Page A2 Sunday. Helen G. Chapin was incorrectly identified as the author.

>> David McClain is interim vice president for research at the University of Hawaii. He also remains dean and First Hawaiian Bank Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Management for the College of Business Administration at UH-Manoa. An article on Page A14 Sunday incorrectly said he was interim dean of research and that he no longer held the business college dean and professor positions.

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin strives to make its news report fair and accurate. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, call Editor Frank Bridgewater at 529-4791 or email him at fbridgewater@starbulletin.com.






Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

HONOLULU

Waikiki robbery victim dies of brain injuries

The co-owner of a Waikiki business who was attacked during a robbery last week has died.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner has identified the victim as Michiko Sakata, 44, of Ewa Beach. The medical examiner attributed her death to brain damage caused by suffocation and strangulation.

Sakata, co-owner of Sea Wind Surf & Street Shop on Royal Hawaiian Avenue, triggered a silent alarm during the Tuesday robbery, police said.

When officers arrived, they found Sakata lying on the floor of the business and the robbery suspect on top of her. Sakata was unconscious and not breathing.

Officers tried to revive her but were unsuccessful. She was taken to Straub Hospital & Clinic where she died Friday.

Daiki Iba, 33, of Ala Moana Boulevard, was arrested at the scene. He was charged with robbery and attempted murder last week but police are reclassifying the case to murder.

Motorcyclist critical after running into car

A 21-year-old motorcyclist was taken to Queen's Medical Center in critical condition yesterday after he collided with a car on Wilder Avenue.

Police said the motorcyclist was injured about 2:25 p.m. when an oncoming car was making a left turn onto Kewalo Street. The motorcyclist, to avoid a collision, laid his motorcycle down but it slid and collided with the car, police said.

The victim was ejected and suffered head and body injuries. Police said he was not wearing a helmet.

The car driver, a 24-year-old man, was not injured.

Missing exotic dancer is found unharmed

A 24-year-old exotic dancer who was reported missing Sunday by her husband was found this morning, police said.

Raynalyn Longa was located about 5:30 a.m., officer Phil Camero said. He declined further comment, except to say she was unharmed.

Longa's husband, David, said he last heard from her about 11:30 p.m. Saturday when she called him just before she was to dance on stage at Club Femme Nu.

He said he was troubled that he did not hear from her afterward. She had left her belongings at a locker at the Kapiolani Boulevard strip club. They included her wallet, identification, jewelry and street clothes.

Longa's family and police put up missing-person fliers along Kapiolani Boulevard last night in hopes of finding her.

WINDWARD OAHU

Waianae woman, 21, held in man's stabbing

A 21-year-old Waianae woman was arrested yesterday for attempted murder investigation after she allegedly stabbed her ex-boyfriend in the arm and severed an artery.

Police said the woman went to her ex-boyfriend's Kailua home about 11:30 a.m. to drop off their child. The ex-boyfriend, 21, told police he got into an argument with her, and when he turned his back to walk out of the kitchen, she stabbed him in his right arm with a kitchen knife.

The ex-boyfriend was taken to Castle Medical Center for emergency surgery.

Police located the woman at her home and arrested her.

NEIGHBOR ISLANDS

Big Isle police probe fatal traffic accidents

HILO >> Big island police are investigating two fatal traffic accidents north of Hilo.

Details were not available but police said a pedestrian was struck and killed at 12:30 a.m. in North Kohala. Police said another fatal accident took place on the Hawaii Belt Highway near Honokaa during the night.

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