Lifeguards issue box jellyfish warning
City lifeguards have issued a box jellyfish advisory for today and tomorrow.
Lifeguards found two jellyfish yesterday at Kuhio Beach in Waikiki.
Jellyfish usually affect South Shore beaches, primarily Ala Moana, Waikiki and Hanauma Bay. However, they have also appeared at Makaha Surfing Beach and Pokai Bay in West Oahu and at Waimea Bay on the North Shore.
The influx of jellyfish is expected to peak tomorrow, 10 days after a full moon.
Retailer offer grants for top teachers
Wal-Mart is asking for nominations for top teachers. The company is offering $1,000 educational grants to outstanding educators.
Nomination forms are available at all Wal-Mart and Sam's Club locations through Friday. Anyone can nominate a teacher, including current and past students, parents and co-workers.
Many winners will be honored at a surprise school ceremony on National Teacher's Day, May 9. More than 3,900 teachers nationwide will be selected.
One local winner will be selected for every Wal-Mart and Sam's Club, Neighborhood Market and Distribution Center in the United States and Puerto Rico.
Winners will receive $1,000 for their school, a $100 gift card to buy classroom supplies and an honorary Teacher of the Year polo shirt and a personalized certificate.
State winners, chosen by members of Phi Delta Kappa International, a national professional education association, will receive $10,000 for their school, business cards, a certificate and a one-year membership to Phi Delta Kappa.
One national winner gets $25,000 for his or her school and a trophy.
» Laura Manis, Bruce McCullough, Rose Nakamura
and Tony Lenzer
were honored Thursday by the state House of Representatives for outstanding service as caregiver advocates.
Les Ihara Jr. (D, St. Louis Heights-Palolo Valley-Kaimuki-Kapahulu-Ala Wai) helped to organize a buffet luncheon for the honorees in Room 407 after the presentation.
Manis is well known in the halls of the Capitol through her activities with the Kokua Council and other organizations concerning health issues and aging. She founded and was first chairwoman of the Hawaii Coalition for Affordable Long-term Care in 1992. She was project director for the Hawaii Silver Legislature, 2004-2005.
Lenzer, retired University of Hawaii School of Public Health professor of gerontology, worked with Manis and others on the Coalition for Affordable Long-term Care and has been an AARP volunteer since 1995. He served as chapter president and state training coordinator and was on two national task forces.
Nakamura administers Project Dana, a volunteer elder-care program organized through the Moiliili Hongwanji Mission. The project started about 15 or 16 years ago to help senior members of the Buddhist temple and neighboring area live independently as long as possible.
McCullough, retired regional director of the Social Security Administration, has been involved with the Executive on Office on Aging advisory board for more than 20 years. He chairs the Hawaii Association of Retired Americans' legislative committee.
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Police, Fire, Courts
Male suspect sought in robbery of woman in Wahiawa
Police are looking for a man who allegedly robbed a woman Saturday after she withdrew cash from an automated teller machine in Wahiawa.
At about 7:40 p.m., police said, a 23-year-old woman was returning to her vehicle after withdrawing cash from an ATM at the First Hawaiian Bank on California Avenue when the suspect approached her and demanded cash.
The suspect fled on foot with the victim's money and car keys. Police responded but could not locate the suspect. The suspect is described as a man in his early 20s, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing about 160 pounds and with a tan complexion.
Police said he was wearing a red T-shirt, white shorts and a white baseball cap at the time of the robbery.
Man is arrested in sexual assault
Police arrested a 25-year-old man after he allegedly sexually assaulted a 24-year-old woman in Kahului.
The assault occurred at 2 a.m. Saturday. Police said both the suspect and victim are employees of an interisland cruise ship.
Police said it is not known whether the assault happened on the ship or in Kahului.
On Sunday, police arrested the man at Aloha Tower Drive on suspicion of first-degree sexual assault.
He was released pending investigation.
Man snatches purse from store clerk
Police are looking for a man who grabbed a woman's purse at Bonnie's Closet in Nuuanu after begging her for money.
The man entered the shop, at 1026 Nuuanu Ave., at about 12:45 p.m. on Feb. 4 and asked to use the restroom.
After he got out, the man begged the clerk for money, and when she refused, he allegedly grabbed her purse, police said. The suspect took cash from her wallet and fled. The clerk was uninjured.
The man is about 6 feet tall and weighs 180 pounds, with brown eyes and short black hair. He was last seen wearing a blue, gold and white baseball jersey with an "M" for Michigan State University, blue jeans, athletic shoes and a blue cap with a kangaroo emblem.