Project aims for better access to education
Hawaii is one of two states to participate in a project to look at how the state's colleges and universities can better educate and train students to work in a global economy, according to the University of Hawaii.
The project, funded by the Ford Foundation, is designed to help states prepare a competitive workforce for the high-skill, high-wage global economy of the future and to assure that populations that have been disenfranchised in the past have access, through education, to those high-wage jobs, a UH news release said.
The study -- Escalating Engagement: State Policy to Protect Access to Higher Education -- is a project of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.
Hawaii, like many other states, is undergoing change when it comes to workforce education and training issues, said David Longanecker, WICHE's executive director, in the release. "In the past, most states assumed their low-income population only needed training for low-skill occupations, just to get basic employment. But those low-skill occupations are disappearing, and economic viability in the future will require bringing a much greater share of the population -- including low-income students and students from communities of color -- into high-skill sectors of employment. For them to participate successfully, we need to do a much better job of educating them."
Vagina Monologues get Filipino makeover
Eve Ensler's award-winning play, "The Vagina Monologues," will be performed by 25 Filipino or part-Filipino women in a cultural adaptation at 6 p.m. Wednesday at The Queen's Conference Room, corner of Punchbowl and Beretania.
In recognition of the centennial celebration of Filipino migration to Hawaii, the play pays tribute to female sakadas who raised parents of the current generation of Filipinos, formed their communities and passed the legacy of pinayhood to their daughters.
The play will be performed in English with vignettes in pidgin English, Cebuano, Ilokano, Tagalog and Visayan languages. A Proud to be Pinay reception will be at 5 p.m.
Proceeds from the play will benefit the Filipina Rural Project, which provides education and outreach services for battered women and develops leadership among Filipino survivors and allies to serve as advocates and resources, according to a news release.
Also, because Filipino women have the highest rates of late-stage breast and cervical cancer, the sponsors say they hope the play will make them more comfortable about their bodies so they will seek early screening for breast and cervical cancer. The pre-sale cost is $5 for students 12 to 21 years old and $15 general or $20 at the door.
Police, Fire, Courts
Skateboarder dies, hit by car in Kapolei
A 19-year-old man died after he was struck by a car while skateboarding across a highway in Kapolei.
The Department of the Medical Examiner identified the man as Michael P. Santos of Ewa Beach.
About 9:40 p.m. Saturday, police said a 34-year-old man was traveling eastbound in the center lane of Farrington Highway in a green 1999 Saturn sedan and passed the Papaiaulu Avenue intersection on a green light.
Police said Santos was riding his skateboard across the highway against the walk signal and outside of the crosswalk when he was struck by the vehicle.
Santos was transported to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition and later died from head and multiple bodily injuries. An autopsy will be performed today.
Police said the 19-year-old was wearing dark clothing at the time of the collision. A negligent homicide case was opened by police.
Teenager arrested in sex assault at school
Police arrested an 18-year-old man after he allegedly sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl at a school in the Leeward District.
The assault occurred about noon on Feb. 1.
Police said the suspect is the victim's school mate and former neighbor. The victim later reported the incident to school officials and police.
Police arrested the 18-year-old man Friday on suspicion of first-degree sexual assault. He was released the following day pending further investigation.
Woman, 61, was victim of domestic stabbing
The Department of the Medical Examiner identified a 61-year-old woman who was found dead in a Kalihi apartment last month as Sa Maloiseuga of Honolulu.
An autopsy performed Feb. 21 determined that she died from a stab wound to the chest and blunt-force injuries to her upper and lower extremities.
Maloiseuga, originally from Aua, American Samoa, worked as a parking lot supervisor for Apcoa Inc.
Police had said Maloiseuga was found dead in an apartment on the third floor of Building B at Kuhio Park Terrace on Feb. 19 about 7:30 p.m.
A man in his late 50s was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition from two stab wounds to the chest. A kitchen knife and possibly a hunting knife were recovered from the man's apartment.
Lt. Bill Kato of the Honolulu Police Department's Homicide Detail determined that a third party was not involved in the stabbing. It appeared to be a domestic dispute, Kato said.
The investigation is ongoing. Services for Maloiseuga was to be held today.
Police investigating infant's injuries
Police are investigating a case involving a 5-month-old Kaneohe girl who was taken to Tripler Army Medical Center.
At 4 p.m. on March 2, the victim's parents took the baby to a clinic for a checkup.
Police said multiple bruising was noted.
A skeletal scan was administered at Tripler that showed 14 current and healing fractures on the baby that include the ribs and clavicle.