School gets $248,000 for restoration
WAILUKU » The restoration of the Old Maui High School received some financial help Thursday from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Agency administrator Steven Johnson presented a $248,000 check for the cleanup and recycling of debris in the restoration of the 17,000-square-foot administration building at Hamakuapoko.
About a third of the structure was destroyed in a fire, and parts of it are dilapidated since its closing in 1972. But the basic concrete structure appears to be sound, according to restoration advocates. It was built in the early 1920s.
Barbara Long, president of Friends of the Old Maui High School, said her group is continuing to raise funds for the estimated $7 million to $10 million required for the restoration. Donations may be sent to Friends of Old Maui High School, P.O. Box 792165, Paia, HI 96779.
Police watch for more fights at Kapolei High
Police officers were stationed at Kapolei High School yesterday after a fight left four students with minor injuries Thursday.
The fight started at about 2:15 p.m. between Kapolei and Waianae high school students at the Kapolei Recreation Center, police said.
When the Kapolei students ran back to their school, the Waianae kids followed and the fight continued.
Three Waianae boys -- two 16-year-olds and a 17-year-old -- were arrested for disorderly conduct, Kapolei police Lt. Daniel Ford said.
A fourth Waianae boy is being sought in connection with a second-degree assault that left a Kapolei student with a broken bone. Three other students were also taken to area hospitals with minor injuries.
Ford said it is unclear why the fight started.
As a precaution, he stationed officers at Kapolei High School yesterday after police heard that Waianae High School students were planning to return to the campus. They did not.
Also yesterday, a fight broke out at Nanakuli High School and ended with three students arrested for disorderly conduct.
Ford said the two fights are not related.
Japanese Chamber names new president
The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce has chosen Wendy Abe as its president.
She succeeds Sharon Narimatsu, who retired.
Abe was Blood Bank of Hawaii vice president for strategic development and donor services, and vice president for community relations and campaign group for Aloha United Way. She is a University of Hawaii graduate and earned a master's degree in public administration from San Francisco State University.
Abe will oversee the strategic plan, membership development and daily operations of the 700-member business organization, according to an announcement.
Applicants sought for state ethics panel
Applications are being accepted for two positions on the Hawaii State Ethics Commission that will become vacant when the terms of Nadine Ando and Dawn Suyenaga end June 30.
The application deadline was extended to March 17. Three letters of recommendation are required in addition to the application form. They should be submitted to the Judicial Council, Hawaii Supreme Court, 417 S. King St., 2nd Floor, Honolulu 96813-2902.
Forms are available at the Supreme Court public affairs office, on the Judiciary Web page www.courts.state.hi.us or by calling the Judicial Council, 539-4702.
The Institute for Human Services
has received funding from various groups:
For general operating expenses:
» $55,000 from the Ellen M. Koenig Fund for women and family shelter
» $25,000 from the Cades Foundation
» $20,000 from the Henry & Colene Wong Foundation
» $16,075 from Mary Lou Cecil Charitable Trust
» $10,000 from American Savings Bank
» $10,000 from Kaneta Charitable Foundation
» $10,000 from the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii for health and safety upgrade
» $7,981.61 from the Mary and Paul Wagner Fund
» $6,000 from the Hawaii Hotel Industry Foundation for homeless family support
» $5,000 from Thomas & Elizabeth Brodhead Foundation
» $3,090.26 from the Ivena Ziegenhein Fund
» $3,050 from Central Union Church
» $2,000 from Aloha Petroleum
For the supportive housing program:
» $10,000 from the Seto Foundation
» $10,000 from HomeStreet Banking
For hot meal program:
» $10,000 from Pasha Hawaii for meals and general operating
» $1,489.96 from Feinstein Family Fund for matching gift/food program
» $250 from Hawaii United Methodist
» $200,000 from the Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation as part of an existing $1 million endowment
» $50,000 from the Atherton Family Foundation for third-floor renovation
» Andria MacDonald, a Le Jardin Academy teacher, was one of 50 teachers chosen nationwide to go to a food science workshop. The National Science Teachers Association and the Food and Drug Administration put on the workshops to educate teachers and students about critical food safety issues by exploring the science behind them.
» The Pacific Technology Foundation has named Honolulu Community College Chancellor Ramsey Pedersen as Educator of the Year in recognition of the community college's efforts in advancing technology education in Hawaii.
» The Estate of James Campbell named 10 students as Leeward Young Artists Award winners: Nicholas Vetting, kindergarten, Kapolei Elementary School; Sean Lorenzo, second grade, Kaleiopuu Elementary School; Drayton Kula Uso, second grade, Barbers Point Elementary School; Eliza Silva, fourth grade, Ewa Elementary School; Summer Palipti, fifth grade, Ewa Elementary School; Ashley Takashima, sixth grade, Holomua Elementary School; Destin Cardona, eighth grade, Waipahu Intermediate School; Lea Guzon, eighth grade, Waipahu Intermediate School; Daniel Mossman, 11th grade, Nanakuli High & Intermediate School; and Jacy Miyaki, 12th grade, Pearl City High School.
» The Honolulu Academy of Arts awarded scholarships for three students to attend art classes at the Academy Art Center: Fiona Burch, fifth grade, Waiau Elementary School; Krystal Pascua, seventh grade, Highlands Intermediate School; and Gradford Jacinto, 12th grade, Waipahu High School.
Police, Fire, Courts
Cellblock scuffle critically injures prisoner
A 52-year-old man was in critical condition after hitting his head on a concrete bed foundation during a scuffle with police at the Hilo cellblock on Thursday, Big Island police said.
The Hilo man had been arrested earlier in the day for abuse of a household member and was being put in a holding cell when he tried to leave while an electronically controlled door was closing, police said.
"During the course of keeping the prisoner secured and preventing him from leaving the cellblock, the prisoner fell ... and struck his head," a Big Island police news release issued yesterday said.
The man was taken to the Hilo Medical Center and then flown to the Queen's Medical Center.
Police are withholding the prisoner's name along with the names of the officers involved. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.
85-year-old driver dies in collision with vehicle
An 85-year-old Maui man died yesterday after a two-vehicle crash on Kuihelani Highway in Kahului, police said.
The victim was identified as Robert F. Love of Kihei.
The accident happened at about 1:16 p.m. when a 1991 Ford F-250 traveling Lahaina-bound on Kuihelani Highway hit a 2004 Ford Taurus, driven by Love, that was headed in the same direction.
Both drivers were taken to the Maui Memorial Medical Center, where Love later died. The condition of the second driver was not released.
Police said both drivers were wearing seat belts.
The traffic-related fatality is the fourth on Maui this year, compared with one at the same time in 2005.
2 in stolen car allegedly try to flee from police
Police arrested a 27-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy Thursday after they allegedly tried to outrun police while driving a stolen car.
Police said an officer spotted the car at about 1:30 a.m. and tried to pull it over for a stop sign violation, but the vehicle sped away.
The officer confirmed that the vehicle was stolen. An officer spotted the car later on the University of Hawaii-Manoa campus.
Witnesses pointed out the fleeing suspects to police, who arrested both of them near the Hale Noelani student dormitory, 2585 Dole St.
The older suspect was arrested for investigation of auto theft, reckless driving and a contempt-of-court warrant.
Police seek assistance finding clothes thieves
COURTESY OF CRIMESTOPPERS
Police need help identifying a male suspect wanted for theft at the Quiksilver Boardriders store at 1200 Ala Moana Blvd. on Feb. 9 at about 5:50 p.m.
CrimeStoppers and the Honolulu Police Department want help finding a man wanted for stealing clothes from a store in Kakaako.
On Feb. 9 at about 5:50 p.m., the man entered the Quiksilver Boardriders store at 1200 Ala Moana Blvd. and removed shirts from the display rack, police said. The man fled in a blue Isuzu driven by another male, police said.
The man who walked into the store is described as in his 20s, about 5 foot 8 inches and 140 pounds, with dirty-blond hair. He was last seen wearing a gray long-sleeve shirt and dark-blue denim pants.
The alleged getaway vehicle is described as a 1996 Isuzu, with license plate number GGC-731.
Anyone with any information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or by dialing *CRIME on a cellular phone.