>> Hawaii Maritime Center, a subsidiary of the Bishop Museum, has received a $100,000 grant from the late Robert "Bobby" J. Pfeiffer, who died last September. Pfeiffer, chief executive officer for the Matson navigation for 19 years, founded the center in 1982 with Henry Walker and former state Sen. Kenneth Brown.
>> The 2003 Visitor Industry Charity Walk of Kauai has donated $3,500 to the American Cancer Society on Kauai to give cancer patients free interisland air travel and ground transportation to receive treatment and help from support groups.
The G.N. Wilcox Trust has given the Kauai cancer society $8,131 to purchase voice- and video-conferencing equipment to allow volunteers to participate in statewide planning meetings, training, committee strategic sessions and more.
>> The Bank of Hawaii Charitable Foundation has given $5,000 to the American Cancer Society to support patient service and financial programs.
>> The University of Hawaii at Manoa has awarded grants from the Chung Fong & Grace Ning Fund for Chinese Studies to graduate students and faculty members with China-focused academic projects. They include:
Chung-ying Cheng, a professor of philosophy; Stephen Fleming, an instructor for technology and foreign language education; Yin Yee Kwan, a master's student in music; Andrew Lambert, a doctoral student in philosophy; Xiaojun Wang, an assistant professor of economics; and Kate Zhou, an associate professor of political science.
>> Melissa L. LePage, of Honolulu, a senior at Ripon College in Wisconsin, has been studying art history in Florence, Italy, with other international students.
>> KCAA Pre-Schools of Hawaii has received grants to support a new research-based curriculum at its seven Oahu schools from the McInerny Foundation, $25,000; the Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation, $20,000; the Mary F. and Walter D. Frear Eleemosynary Trust, $10,000; and the Jhamandas Watamull Fund, $1,000.
>> Dole Middle School has given its "Pride of Dole" alumni awards to Dr. Clayton Kimo Chan, a psychiatrist at Kalihi Palama Health Center, and Charly Espina Takahama, a radio broadcaster and community events organizer.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Bicyclist is killed in collision with van
A bicyclist was killed Sunday night when he was hit by a van along Kamehameha Highway near Shark's Cove, police said.
Witnesses told police that the victim was riding his bicycle on the mauka shoulder headed toward Haleiwa about 10:45 p.m. when he crossed the highway and was hit by a Dodge Caravan, also headed toward Haleiwa. The van was driven by a 49-year-old North Shore man, police said.
The bicyclist suffered massive head injuries and was pronounced dead at Kahuku Hospital, police said.
Body of visitor, 18, found in hotel foliage
KAANAPALI, Maui >> The body of an 18-year-old cheerleader was found in the ground-floor foliage of a Kaanapali hotel yesterday morning.
The woman from New Jersey was a guest at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa and was last seen by other guests at 1:30 a.m. yesterday, Maui acting police Lt. Tivoli Faaumu said.
Faaumu said the woman appeared to have fallen from the ninth floor of a Hyatt hotel room occupied by an acquaintance in the Lahaina tower.
She was found in the foliage by a guest, and police received the call about the body at 7:46 a.m., he said.
The woman had come to Maui as part of a national cheerleaders association and was scheduled to perform during the Hula Bowl on Saturday at War Memorial Stadium, Faaumu said.
Faaumu said there were no indications of foul play or suicide, and police were continuing to investigate the death.
Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers