Police, Fire, Courts

Star-Bulletin staff and wire

Tuesday, August 10, 2004


A trip to Waikiki Beach carried a bit of risk yesterday as the monthly jellyfish invasion hit Oahu's south shores. City lifeguards posted warning signs, but beach action remained brisk. Wisconsin visitors Nicole Schinke and Jacki Beierle reported no slimy encounters as they left Kuhio Beach.

Organic farming beckons

MA'O Organic Farm in Waianae is recruiting people between the ages of 17 and 25 to participate in a 10-month leadership training program that focuses on development of an organic agriculture industry.

The training is a collaboration between the Waianae Community Re-Development Corp.'s MA'O Community Food Security Initiative and Leeward Community College's Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. The training is conducted on an organic farm where youths become co-managers. At the conclusion of the training, each graduate receives a certificate of professional development from Leeward Community College.

For more information, call Gary Maunakea-Forth at 478-0316.


[Taking Notice]

2 Maui students win top volunteers' awards

Two Maui students, Tiffany Chou of Pukalani and Theodore Dodson of Wailuku, have been named the top outstanding youth volunteers in Hawaii as recipients of the 2004 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

They were among more than 100 top youth volunteers from across the country to be honored with the $1,000 awards during an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., early this year.

Chou, a senior at Seabury Hall School in Makawao, was inspired by her special-needs brother to create "The Dancing Palette Project," a weekend social program offering art, drama and dance activities for seven special-needs students.

She received approval to use high school facilities and recruited several teachers and teenage mentors to help with the program. Chou plans to double the number of students and mentors next year.

Dodson, an eighth-grader at St. Anthony Junior/Senior High School, has spent the last three summers volunteering as a senior patrol leader for elementary school children at a Cub Scout summer camp.

He is responsible for teaching classes, preparing activities, providing directions for campers and other junior staffers, and managing ceremonies.

The yearly awards program is conducted in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals. The Prudential awards were created nine years ago by Prudential Financial Inc. to encourage youth volunteerism and to identify and reward young role models.

>> Elizabeth Meriko Hartnett, a graduate of Mililani High School, received the Meghan Parker Memorial Prize for being an outstanding vocalist at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind.

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Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff


Toddler who died in high-rise fall is identified

A 2-year-old boy died yesterday afternoon after falling from the 14th floor of a University Avenue apartment building. The Medical Examiner’s Office identified the boy as Exodus Berger.

At about 12:32 p.m. the boy apparently fell while climbing on a lanai railing of the Ala Wai Plaza at 500 University Ave. He was found lifeless by his nanny, police said.

Police said there were no signs of foul play, but they would continue to investigate.


2 vehicles destroyed in Haiku garage fire

WAILUKU >> A Maui fire did $135,000 in damage to a Haiku residence Sunday night, acting Assistant Fire Chief Michael Cummings said.

Cummings said the cause of the fire, which started in the garage, remained undetermined yesterday.

The fire at 1810 Kalia Way destroyed about 25 percent of the residence, including the garage, which containing two vehicles, he said yesterday.

Firefighters took about 134 hours to extinguish the blaze after receiving the alarm at 9:50 p.m. Sunday.

Big Isle police arrest 27 motorists for DUI

Big Island police arrested 27 motorists for drunken driving last week.

One of the drivers was involved in a traffic crash, and two were under the age of 21.

So far this year, there have been 634 arrests for driving under the influence, compared with 591 during the same period last year, an increase of 7 percent.

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers



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