Hawaii Preparatory sets the tuition curve
Hawaii Preparatory Academy will once again charge the highest tuition among mainstream private schools in the state next year with a planned 9 percent increase to $16,350 for grades 9-12.
The school, located in Waimea on the Big Island, will charge $14,000 for grades 6-8, a 7.7 percent increase, and $12,750 for K-5, an 8.9 percent jump.
The sharp increases are due mainly to a planned 10 percent pay raise for teachers amid steadily rising teacher salaries statewide, said school spokeswoman Phyllis Kanekuni. Tuition had increased only about 3 percent for the current year.
Unlike most other Hawaii private schools, tuition includes daily lunch and Saturday schooling. Tuition for its lower grades also remains lower than some other schools.
Agency to test missile off Kauai this week
BARKING SANDS, Kauai » The Ballistic Missile Defense Agency announced yesterday another missile test in the waters off Kauai's Pacific Missile Range Facility.
The test, which is scheduled to occur sometime this week depending on weather, will test a new Japanese-designed nose cone, agency officials said.
Unlike previous tests, no target missile will be deployed from the missile range. Instead, the test will use a computer-simulated missile, which will be tracked by radar. The USS Lake Erie, using their Aegis sea-based missile defense system, will track the simulated target and fire the SM-3 outfitted with the new nose cone. After the missile fires through its three stages, the new nose cone will be deployed, and its performance will be tested, agency officials said.
The last test was in November, where a dummy missile fired from the range was destroyed by another missile, fired from the USS Lake Erie. That marked the sixth successful test of the Aegis system out of seven tries.
According to various media reports, Japan is outfitting its destroyers with a similar ballistic missile defense system.
» McKinley High School has received $5,000 from the First Hawaiian Bank Foundation to reach its Gear Up program goal of "College Is Possible."
» The 12th Annual Marriott Links to Literacy, a golf tournament fundraiser, collected $110,000 to benefit Hawaii's public libraries. The event was held last fall at the Ko Olina Golf Club.
» The Hawaii Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving was awarded a $40,000 Organizational Capacity Building grant from the Hawaii Community Foundation. The funds will support the Research Development Program.
» Saint Louis School student Brandon Low was nominated for Wendy's High School Heisman Award last fall in conjunction with the prestigious Heisman Trophy award. The program recognizes top high school seniors who best exemplify a well-rounded citizen-scholar-athlete.
» Chris Masaquel won the Golden Apple award in the Alliant Credit Union's National Education Program, winning him a $1,000 computer gift card. He won first prize in the 10- to 14-year-old category and was among nine winners in the national contest.
» Lacene Terri has been made the new community relations director for PBS Hawaii. A University of Hawaii graduate, Terri worked for the state government and the Pacific Basin Economic Council prior to her appointment last fall.
» Evelyn Fujishima of Honolulu won the $250 prize in Finance Factors' Customer Appreciation Week last fall at its Kapahulu branch.
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Police, Fire, Courts
2 male suspects held in car break-ins
An anonymous tip led police to two theft suspects who were allegedly scouting the North Shore for cars to break into, police said.
Police arrested the suspects, two men ages 36 and 27, at about 3:21 p.m. Sunday as they were allegedly driving a stolen truck along Waimea Valley Road. Officers found items in the truck that were taken during car break-ins earlier that day, as well as some drugs, police said.
Police arrested the men for investigation of auto theft, second-degree theft, detaining stolen property, and drug offenses.
Hilo police still seek inmate who fled ER
Big Island police are asking for the public's help in finding an inmate who escaped Friday from the Hilo Medical Center emergency room.
Arthur Dale Clayton, 44, had been taken to the emergency room by Hawaii Community Correctional Center staff for treatment. Police said he fled on foot heading east on Waianuenue Avenue.
Clayton is about 5-foot-6 and 180 pounds with brown eyes, a shaved or bald head, and tattoos on his right shoulder, right lower arm, back and abdomen. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a gray hooded pullover sweater and brown boots.
Police ask anyone with information about his whereabouts to call Detective Uwao Chartrand at 961-2382 or the police nonemergency number at 935-3311, or CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.
GPS tracker leads HPD to 2 car theft suspects
Police found two suspected auto thieves in Waianae over the weekend thanks to the global positioning system tracking device in a vehicle they allegedly stole.
A business owner noticed that his company vehicle had been stolen early Saturday. The owner tracked the car to 81-1051 Farrington Highway using the GPS tracker.
Police responded to the scene and arrested two men, ages 26 and 27, who were in the car. On Sunday, police charged Jessie James Kennedy and Earl K. Kani with auto theft. They were each being held in lieu of $11,000 bail.
5 men remain at large in assault in Kakaako
Police were looking for five men in connection with the stabbing Saturday of a 26-year-old man in Kakaako.
Police said the 26-year-old man and his friend, a 28-year-old man, were walking on Pohukaina and Kamani streets at about 3:50 a.m. when they stopped to speak to two women and a man. Police said the 26-year-old argued with the man with the two women.
Police said the 26-year-old man and his friend walked away and were in a Ward Avenue parking lot when five men attacked the 26-year-old man and stabbed him. He was taken to an area hospital in stable but serious condition. The five attackers fled, according to police. It was unclear if the five suspects included the man who originally argued with the victim.
The victim's friend was not hurt.
Alert postal clerk spots forged money order
Police arrested a 38-year-old man who allegedly tried cashing a forged money order Friday.
The man allegedly walked into an Oahu post office on Friday at 3 p.m. and tried cashing the money order, which was made out for $1,000. A clerk recognized the money order as having been forged and also confirmed that it was one of a series of USPS money order forms that had been stolen in a recent burglary. Details of the burglary were not immediately available.
The suspect was arrested for investigation of first-degree forgery, second-degree attempted theft and detaining stolen property. He was later released pending an investigation.
Man arrested leaving stolen-car crash site
Police arrested a 22-year-old man after he allegedly crashed a stolen car into a utility pole Sunday and then tried to walk away.
Kalihi police responding to the crash scene at 1592 Linapuni St. noticed the suspect and his girlfriend and said they matched the description of two people seen in a stolen vehicle. After confirming what had happened, the officers arrested the man for investigation of auto theft, according to police.