McKenna cracks $1M for schools
Auto dealer Mike McKenna has raised $1 million for the schools through a program that donates $100 for each new car sold by his car dealerships.
"I never thought the program would ever grow to hit a million," McKenna said, noting the program originally was for one month in December 1996 and has continued. "In that month, we received so many thank-you notes from the principals that we just decided to keep the program in place."
Customers choose the school, and the dealership then sends the $100 check in the customer's name.
School officials say the money has been used for a variety of purposes ranging from cookies for parent-teacher meetings to funding to help some students from low-income households take field trips.
» The Safeway Foundation
has presented $5,000 to the American Lung Association of Hawaii
for its Asthma Sports Day Camps for children from 5 to 12 who suffer with mild to severe asthma.
» ASSETS School for gifted and or/dyslexic children received a two-year $10,000 grant to assist with the growing needs of its high school mentorship program. The students are placed in work environments with mentors in business and from various community agencies.
» The Pacific and Asian Affairs Council received $18,000 from the McInerny Foundation to expand its "Connect to the World" After-School Class Initiative. Funds will support programs at three new schools, including Aiea and Kaiser High on Oahu, and Waiakea High on the Big Island.
Police, Fire, Courts
4 computers, cash stolen from city office
Honolulu police are investigating the theft of four computers during a burglary at the office of the city attorney at Honolulu Hale Sunday night.
Police said the break-in took place between 8:30 and 9:15 p.m. at the Department of the Corporation Counsel. City spokesman Bill Brennan said entry to the first-floor office was made through windows on the Punchbowl Street side of City Hall. The break-in occurred between the time one city attorney left the office and another arrived, police said.
In addition to the computers that were stolen, some petty cash was taken and several cubicles were searched , police said. Brennan said the computers contained general office information and there was no sensitive data on them. Workers were expected to inventory the office see if anything else was stolen. Police have no suspects in the case.
Suspect arrested after alleged extortion
Police arrested a 19-year-old man who allegedly tried to extort a Keeaumoku Street business Sunday night.
A 40-year-old woman told police she was returning to her business at Keeaumoku and Kanunu streets about 11:30 p.m. when she saw the man at her door. When she confronted the man he allegedly told her to give him money or else she would no longer be able to do business.
Police found the suspect about half an hour later at Keeaumoku and Young streets and arrested him for investigation of attempted extortion.
Man in store shops for marijuana, police say
A man who allegedly asked a Waikiki store owner for marijuana and then threatened customers was arrested Friday.
Police said the man, 25, walked into the store and asked to purchase marijuana at 10:45 p.m. and was told by workers that they do not sell it. The workers then asked the suspect to leave because he had been allegedly harassing other customers.
Police said the suspect then displayed a knife and made threatening gestures and said that he would cut them. The suspect was later arrested near Kalakaua and Ohua avenues for investigation of three counts of first-degree terroristic threatening.
Police identify victim in fatal gun accident
WAILUKU » The Maui man who died in an alleged accidental shooting in Hana has been identified as Kelsi Kaahui.
Kaahui, 20, who has residential addresses in Hana and Lahaina, died of a gunshot wound to the chest Saturday night.
Police said an 18-year-old Koali man was loading a rifle while standing outside of a pickup truck with two male acquaintances.
The rifle accidentally discharged and struck Kaahui in the chest.
Kaahui died before he could reach the Hana Community Medical Center.
"We have no evidence of foul play at this time," said Police Lt. Glenn Cuomo.
Cuomo said the investigation could take months as police await the results of forensic tests including an analysis of gun powder residue.