Foodland running scholarship promotion
Foodland and Sack N Save shoppers have until April 4 to build up points for their favorite high school to win $2,000 scholarships.
The Shop for Higher Education Program, launched in late February, will entitle 100 students to $200,000 in scholarships.
The offer replaces the annual Shop for Better Education, which awarded computers and supplies to schools the past 17 years.
Customers may choose a participating high school when they are at the checkout stand, earning Maika'i Points (reward points) for themselves and the school.
The more points a school earns, the more scholarships it will receive. Schools will be required to earn a minimum of 20,000 points to be eligible for scholarships. Each scholarship is worth $2,000.
Customers can also make donations at the checkout through April 4.
For more information, call the Foodland Marketing Department at 732-0791.
Pilot error led to fatal crash, report finds
WAILUKU » A pilot's failure to maintain adequate airspeed while maneuvering resulted in a stall that probably caused the airplane crash that killed him and three passengers in the mountains of east Maui on July 13, 2002, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
Killed in the crash were pilot Stephen Betsill, 47, sales and marketing manager of Betsill Brothers Construction Inc.; his cousin Jerry Betsill, 44, of Forth Worth, Texas; Jerry's daughter Emma, 11; and Jerry's grandniece Merideth Fenimore, 10.
The investigation found the engine was buried about 12 inches in the ground at a near-vertical angle, and no discrepancies were found with either the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation, the Board said.
Stephen Betsill intended to take a look at recently purchased property near the crash site and was taking relatives on a tour of the northeast coasts of Maui and Molokai.
Meetings to discuss City Charter proposals
The city Charter Commission has scheduled three public meetings to take comments on proposed changes to the Charter, the governing document for the City and County of Honolulu.
The meetings will be held:
» Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Kailua High School cafeteria.
» March 28 at 6 p.m. at Kapolei Hale conference rooms A-D.
» April 4 at 6 p.m. at Hahaione Elementary School cafeteria.
The 13-member commission has so far given preliminary approval to 42 proposed amendments.
For more information on the amendments or on how to testify at the public briefings, contact the commission at 592-8622 or check the commission Web site at www.honolulu.gov/chc.
After the community meetings, the commission will meet again in April and May to vote on all proposals. Those that are approved will be prepared for the commission's final approval in the summer. Once approved, the final proposed amendments will be placed on the General Election ballot for voter approval.
Applicants sought for Goto Foundation grant
The Japanese Cultural Center is accepting applications for its Goto of Hiroshima Foundation $5,000 study grant until April 28.
The grant includes a research trip to Hiroshima, Japan, and will be awarded to a student who is interested in research related to Hiroshima and Hawaii or general Japanese culture, politics, economics or language.
Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 40, and Hawaii residents. Preference will be given from those from Honokaa, Hawaii. The deadline for applications is 4:30 p.m. April 28. For more information or to obtain an application form, visit the cultural center office at 2454 S. Beretania St., Honolulu; or call (808) 945-7633, ext. 33, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Goto Foundation was established by Hiroshima physician Fumiko Kaya in memory of her late uncle, Katsu Goto. In 1889, Goto, a general store owner in the plantation town of Honokaa on the Big Island, was lynched for helping Japanese immigrant laborers understand their rights as workers. The grant commemorates Goto as one of Hawaii's first labor rights activists.
Female lei makers invited to city contest
The annual Lei Queen selection contest will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the McCoy Pavilion.
The 2006 Lei Queen and princesses will be crowned at the city's 79th annual Lei Day Celebration on May 1 at Queen Kapiolani Park. Contestants in the contest will be judged on their knowledge and skills in the art of lei making, the Hawaiian language and hula proficiency. Women between 18 and 30 years old are encouraged to attend.
For more information, contact Jeff Gere at the city Department of Parks and Recreation at 692-5751.
Police, Fire, Courts
3 men arrested after Halawa break-in
Police arrested three burglary suspects in Halawa early Monday.
Officers came across the men at 3:09 a.m. while responding to a break-in alarm along Halawa Valley Road and finding an office door smashed in. Checking the area, they found two men in possession of tools suspected to have been used in the burglary.
One of the men escaped on foot when he saw the officers approach. Police said they later found two more men in a nearby vehicle that contained stolen property.
Three of the men were arrested for investigation of second-degree burglary and being in possession of tools used in a burglary. Police were looking for the fourth man.
2 med school guards sickened by fumes
Two security guards were overcome by fumes at the University of Hawaii Medical School in Kakaako early yesterday.
Honolulu Fire Department hazardous materials crews said the security guards walked into room 217 B -- a tissue culturing room -- sometime before 5:36 a.m. and began experiencing dizziness and nausea from inhaling the fumes. They were assisted by a third security guard and taken to the hospital in stable condition, fire officials said.
Another man who was passing by the school but did not enter the building said he was also affected. He was treated on site by fire department crews who washed him down with soap and water.
Fire officials said the fumes the guards inhaled were identified as coming from bleach.
Search for missing sailor is called off
The search for a 21-year-old Navy sailor who disappeared in waters off Spitting Rock near Hanauma Bay ended yesterday.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Zachary Ryan Johnson, an operations specialist, is a native of Windsor, Colo., assigned to the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie, based in Pearl Harbor. He has been stationed in Hawaii since December 2004 after joining the Navy in March of that year.
The Honolulu Fire Department used its helicopter, divers and personal water craft to search for the missing man. The city Ocean Safety Division contributed to the search with its personnel on two personal water craft.
The Coast Guard also searched yesterday morning using its cutter Washington and a Navy P-3 plane. But the cutter was diverted at 11 a.m. to respond to a Kauai disaster. The Coast Guard continued the search with a 41-foot motor lifeboat.