Schools get free summer lunches
The state Department of Education will provide free lunches for all summer school students at 11 public schools where more than 50 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.
Participating schools include Anuenue, Jarrett Middle, Kahuku High & Intermediate, Kaimiloa Elementary, Kapaa Elementary, Kauluwela Elementary, Linapuni Elementary, Molokai Intermediate, Nanaikapono Elementary, Pohakea Elementary and Waimea Elementary.
Widened H-1 freeway reopening on Monday
The widened westbound section of the H-1 freeway will open by midmorning Monday following a blessing at 9:30 a.m.
The ceremony will be held on the added shoulder lane.
Re-striping the width of the freeway between the Moanalua merge and Pearl City offramp will continue this weekend. The section will remain closed until 8:30 a.m. today. The freeway will be open tomorrow while final inspections are made.
State transportation officials will plan a one-day closure of the westbound section in a few months for inspection of the concrete material.
Trees and grass will be planted along the freeway, as well as bougainvillea flowers.
"The flowers will cover up the graffiti canvas," said state Department of Transportation spokesman Scott Ishikawa.
Handi-Van union continues negotiations
Negotiators for Local 996 of the Hawaii Teamsters Union and Oahu Transit Services are continuing their contract negotiations for about 60 Handi-Van employees.
The last three-year contract for dispatchers, reservationists, schedulers, customer service clerks and maintenance and clerical workers expired March 31.
The union members voted May 25 to reject the employer's last, best and final offer and authorized a strike if an agreement is not reached.
Pearl City Elementary earns NASA honor
Pearl City Elementary School
is one of 26 schools selected nationwide to be named a NASA Explorer School, which seeks to inspire students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The school's representatives will attend a one-week workshop in July at the NASA Ames Research Center under the leadership of Principal Susan Hirokane
and leader Traci Tanouye
Pearl City is the first elementary school in Hawaii and only the third school in the state to selected for this partnership. The program will be administered over the next three years.
» Bryan Chinaka of Honolulu has been promoted to the rank of Eagle Scout by the Aloha Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He belongs to Unit 115.
» Employees from TheBus placed third in the national bus safety "Roadeo" competition that tests safe driving, efficient bus maintenance and good customer service skills. The competition was held in California by the American Public Transit Association.
» Several Castle High School students who are members of the Health Occupations Students of America placed in competing events at the first Hawaii HOSA Student Leadership Conference.
Jenifer Guieb (newly elected HOSA state president) and Candace Sakamoto placed first in the CPR and First Aid Exam and Skills. Kawekiu Kawainui and Kellsie Sasaki placed third.
In the Medical Math event, Travis Osurman took first place and John Mendonca took third place.
In the Community Awareness event, the team of Tatiana Grant, Tami Kalaiwaa, Presley Louis and Waysyn Plunkett (newly elected HOSA state treasurer) placed second.
In the Researched Persuasive Speaking event, Alyssa Santos took first place.
» Hailey Crowel of Lahaina has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study the role of technology on Japanese literary reading habits. Crowel is a senior English and comparative literary studies major at Occidental College in Los Angeles.
» Moanalua High School has received a Hawaii State Senate certificate for a public service announcement, created by students Gerald Rojo and Sean Galera, for the National Academy of Television. The announcement was aired locally and distributed nationwide.
» The 2005 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the nation's highest honor for math and science teachers, have been given to:
Math, Loren Ayersman of King Kekaulike High School; science, Jeanine Nakakura of McKinley Complex; science finalist, Sandra Nakagawa of Moanalua High School.
The national awardees received $10,000 grants from the National Science Foundation to direct a math or science project at their schools, and all-expense-paid trips for two to Washington, D.C., to attend recognition events and meetings with government and education leaders.
» Maya Portner, a graduate student in the University of Hawaii at Manoa's fiber arts program, has received the $1,000 2006 Elsa Takesue Memorial Scholarship, awarded by Fibers Hui of Hawaii. She will use the funds for production costs of her master's thesis.
» Dan Flood, Hawaii Pacific University assistant professor of marketing, has been awarded the university's 2006 Trustees' Award for Teaching Excellence. He joined HPU's Military Campus faculty full time in 1993. In 2004 he was recognized for his teaching of the Reflective Use of Technology.
Police, Fire, Courts
Kaneohe bank robbed by man brandishing a knife
A male suspect robbed a teller at knifepoint yesterday at a Kaneohe bank at 4:09 p.m.
Police said the suspect entered the Kaneohe branch of Central Pacific Bank brandishing a knife.
He allegedly handed the teller a demand note, police said.
After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction, police said.
Man faces charges in sex assault of girl
Police charged a 24-year-old Waianae man yesterday with more than a dozen counts of sexual assault involving a 15-year-old girl.
Jowin H. Lewi, the victim's boyfriend, was charged with six counts of first-degree sexual assault and seven counts of third-degree sexual assault.
He is being held on $25,000 bail.
Police said Lewi sexually assaulted the girl on numerous occasions between April 29 and May 21.
He was later arrested on suspicion of six counts of first-degree sexual assault and seven counts of third-degree sexual assault.