11,900 without power in 2 communities
Two power outages yesterday affected about 11,900 residential and business customers in Waiau and Pacific Palisades.
At 8 a.m., a transformer problem at the Waiau power plant left 10,000 people without power for about an hour and a half.
It's unclear how many businesses in Pearlridge Center were affected.
About 9:45 a.m., 1,900 customers in Pacific Palisades lost power. Electricity was restored about six hours later, said Hawaiian Electric Co. spokesman Peter Rosegg.
That outage was caused by an equipment failure, he said.
Rosegg said the outages were not related to repairs on several generators that prompted HECO to call for reduced power use during peak evening hours early last week.
UH seeks candidates to teach math in DOE
The University of Hawaii at Manoa's College of Education is looking for at least 30 people who have a passion to teach.
The state has a shortage of mathematics and science teachers at the secondary level. With the help of a federally funded program, Transition to Teaching (TTT), a recruitment campaign, was launched in 2002.
It has been a struggle to recruit 70 participants over the past three years, and the college is looking for at least 30 candidates to reach its goal of 100 highly qualified teachers in the last year of the campaign.
People who want to change their careers to teaching mathematics and science, and those who graduated with a non-education bachelor's degree would qualify for TTT. Those who are interested should apply by Dec. 1 for the fast-track, three-semester program -- the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Secondary Education.
Participants will have a $1,500 stipend per semester, and be reimbursed for costs if they pass the tests required to teach in the public school system.
To apply, contact Jocelyn Surla Banaria, program manager, at email@example.com or 956-6093.
The college is working with the state Department of Education, UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, and the community college systems.
Waianae High wins marrow-donor honors
Waianae High School's Searider Productions has won an award from the National Marrow Donor Program for a series of local public service announcements highlighting the need for marrow and blood cord donors.
The student media program's director, Candy Suiso, traveled with video production teacher John Allen III and students Cherell Keamo and Kainoa Aila, who worked on the campaign, to Minneapolis to receive the annual Excellence in Local Media award last weekend.
The spots began airing on local television in November 2004.
Chinese tourism officials cruise isles
About a dozen travel industry executives from China are participating in a week-long cruise around the islands.
The visitors from Guangdong were invited following Gov. Linda Linda's visit to China in June.
The delegation will sail aboard the NCL America's new Pride of America cruise ship and meet with officials from the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau.
"We hope to showcase the diversity of tourism in our islands, including the cruise industry, as well as promote and market Hawaii as a tourist destination in China," said Robert Kritzman, executive vice president and managing director of Hawaii operations.
Red Cross banner has temporary home
A Red Cross flag that Queen Liliuokalani helped sew is temporarily hanging in the Mission Memorial Auditorium next to Honolulu Hale while the American Red Cross-Hawaii chapter's Diamond Head headquarters is being renovated.
The renovation is expected to take about a year.
Some 88 years ago, Liliuokalani sewed the flag at Washington Place and presented it to the then-newly formed Honolulu chapter of the Red Cross. It is on permanent loan from the state Archives and is encased in a koa frame.
UH center sponsors social services event
The University of Hawaii Center on the Family is holding statewide meetings to help grass roots, community service, faith-based and other organizations learn how to obtain training, assistance and grants to increase social services for low-income families.
Up to 40 organizations will be selected to participate in a Hawaii Moving Forward Fellows Program, providing individualized assessments to identify areas needing strengthening and technical assistance.
The meetings began on Kauai and will continue as follows:
Tomorrow: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Laulima 102, Maui Community College;
Tuesday: 2 to 3 p.m., Ilima B & C, Kapiolani Community College, Oahu;
Wednesday: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., 2nd Floor Conference Room A, Komohana Extension Service, 875 Komohana St., Hilo;
Thursday: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Kona Outdoor Circle Education Center;
The UH's Center on the Family, Hawaii Community Foundation and Hawaiian Islands Ministries are collaborating on the Hawaii Moving Forward project with a $950,000 "Compassion Capital" grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The Center on the Family received a $1.8 million grant in 2002 to conduct a Hawaii Moving Forward project as a three-year demonstration project.
UH-West Oahu gets funds for 2 facilities
Gov. Linda Lingle recently released $500,000 for the design and construction of two temporary facilities at the University of Hawaii-West Oahu campus.
The additional facilities will house newly hired personnel to service present and future enrollment at the college for accreditation purposes. Construction should be completed by June.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Man charged in Hilo gas station shooting
A 21-year-old man was charged with first-degree attempted murder after he allegedly shot at two men at a gas station in Hilo early Friday.
Josiah Keikaikapono Miller, of Hawaiian Beaches, was also charged Friday night with two counts of second-degree attempted murder, one count of first-degree criminal property damage and several firearm counts. He is being held in the Hilo cell block in lieu of $99,000 bail.
Police said that at 2:08 a.m. on Friday, Miller shot at two Hilo men, ages 18 and 21, outside a gas station on Kaumana Drive.
The gas station was damaged by stray bullets, but the victims were not injured.
The suspect fled the scene in a white Dodge van. Shortly afterward, the vehicle was pulled over on Mohouli Street, and Miller was arrested.
Detectives found a 12-gauge shotgun and ammunition in his vehicle.
Ewa Beach man held in attack on relative
Police arrested a 39-year-old Ewa Beach man for allegedly striking a family member with a golf club.
Police said the suspect struck a 21-year-old man in the head during an argument Thursday.
The suspect left the scene but later returned.
Family members called police, and the suspect was identified and arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault.
Boy, 15, charged with August auto theft
Police caught and charged a teenager Thursday with an auto theft in August in Pearl City.
The 15-year-old boy was identified and arrested at 6 a.m. Thursday for the Aug. 19. auto theft.
He was charged that evening with two counts of unauthorized use of a vehicle.
Police said the victim was a 60-year-old man.