City donates $100,000 to Filipino celebration
The City and County of Honolulu has donated $100,000 toward the year-long Hawaii Filipino Centennial Celebration, which begins next month.
Hawaii's Filipino community has scheduled various events throughout the coming year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of when the first Filipino immigrants arrived in Hawaii.
Money from the city and county will help fund those events, with an emphasis on a Filipino International Trade Exposition set for Dec. 13-16, 2006, at the Hawai'i Convention Center.
"This is all about demonstrating ... Honolulu's commitment to ensuring a wonderful celebration because of the cultural heritage that many of our Filipinos are very proud of," Mayor Mufi Hannemann said yesterday at a news conference.
Meanwhile, Hannemann was scheduled to leave today on a five-day trip to the Philippines to promote the Hawaii Filipino Centennial and to study mass transit systems.
Hannemann and a delegation of 20 are scheduled to meet with Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Manila Mayor Jose "Lito" Atienza Jr. and business leaders before returning home on Thursday.
The mayor led a similar delegation to Japan in October to study that country's mass transit systems.
2 libraries to close for disability renovations
The Manoa and Kalihi-Palama public libraries will be closed for extended periods beginning in December due to renovations related to compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
The Manoa Public Library will close from Dec. 7 to Jan. 28, including its book drop.
Partial phone-in service will be available for help with renewals or to reserve library materials, which may be picked up at another library.
The Kalihi-Palama library will close from Dec. 19 to Jan. 17, including its book drop. However, after reopening, it will be open an additional day of the week, on Saturdays.
Kaneohe library to extend hours
More than two years after reducing its hours of operation due to budget cuts, the Kaneohe Public Library will add Monday evenings and Friday afternoons to its public service hours, beginning Dec. 4.
The library also will open two hours earlier on Wednesdays, at 10 a.m.
In all the library will add a total of nine hours to its schedule. The library will remain closed all day on Saturdays.
» The Honolulu Board of Water Supply's women's team took first place in the American Water Works Association's pipe-tapping championship, breaking the previous women's division record last summer in San Francisco. Members of Na Wahine O Ka Wai ("the women of water") include Anna Tanaka, Carolyn Sawai, Danielle Ornellas and coach Gary Fernandez.
» St. Andrew's Priory students are among the most successful fund-raisers in the nation for international famine relief, as participants in the World Vision 30 Hour Famine program for 2005. The girls went without food for 30 hours to experience the feeling of going to bed hungry, as so many children do all over the world, and raised $5,000.
» Marilyn A. Matsunaga, head of school at St. Andrew's Priory, has received the Leilehua Award from the Friends of Maui County Health for being a "Remarkable Planner." She has experience in health care administration including as the head of the state Health Planning and Development Agency under former Gov. Ben Cayetano.
» Brian Monaghan, the Medicare/Rehab admission coordinator for Pohai Nani Care Center in Kaneohe, has received the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Nurse Competence in Aging Award from the American Association of SCI Nurses.
» Brandon K. Kong of Kaneohe and Dan V. Padua of Wahiawa have been promoted to the rank of Eagle Scout by the Aloha Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Kong belongs to Troop 216, chartered by Calvary Episcopal Church; and Padua, Troop 171, chartered by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
» Former Hawaii TV news reporter and publicist Scott Shirai has received for the second year in a row the National Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Innovator Award at the White House. He has served as executive director for the Denver CFC the past five years since leaving Hawaii.
» Circuit Judges Victoria Marks and Patrick Border, along with retired Judges Walter Heen, Marie Milks, Rikki Amano, Gail Nakatani, Sandra Simms and Allene Suemori, successfully completed the most recent certification series by the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. Local mediators Carl Osaki and Michael F. Nauyokas were also among the 10 from Hawaii to be counted as the 250 most qualified mediators in the nation to make the grade.
» G.N. Wilcox Trust has awarded Goodwill Industries of Hawaii $10,000 to put additional community donation centers into neighborhoods. Goodwill also has received $10,000 from the Jessie Ann Chalmers Charitable Trust for global career development facilitator certification and additional instructor training for Goodwill officials.
» Maddie's Fund, the Pet Rescue Foundation, dedicated to programs providing homes for healthy shelter dogs and cats, has awarded $10,000 to the Hawaiian Humane Society.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Man in critical condition after being struck by car
A 35-year-old pedestrian was critically injured after he was struck by a car at 9:20 p.m. Thursday in Honouliuli.
Police said the man was walking west on the north side of Old Farrington Highway near Old Fort Weaver Road when the vehicle hit him.
The pedestrian received head injuries and was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition.
Police said the 60-year-old man driving the silver 2002 four-door Hyundai was not injured.
Navy crew saves 4 from capsized boat
An 18 1/2-foot luxury fishing boat capsized in Kaneohe Bay at about 2:25 p.m. yesterday.
Three men and a boy on board the boat were rescued by Navy personnel at Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe and were brought to shore by boat.
The four people did not appear to have any serious injuries, but were taken to Castle Memorial Hospital, a Marine spokesman said.
The boat overturned near Kekepa Island (Turtle Rock) west of Pyramid Rock, according to a Marine spokesman.
The owner of the boat was attempting to find someone to remove the vessel, a Coast Guard spokesman said.
Suspect, 25, allegedly steals 2 cars in Kapolei
Police arrested a 25-year-old man who allegedly stole two cars Wednesday night in Kapolei.
The suspect allegedly stole one car while it was parked in front of the Kapolei Theaters Wednesday night. The suspect was later spotted breaking into another vehicle at the Kapolei Home Depot parking lot, police said. A witness to the break-in flagged down a police officer who was driving through the parking lot.
Police stopped the suspect near Kahe Beach Park and arrested him for investigation of auto theft, unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, reckless driving and driving without a license.