» The Rotary Club of Kapolei has awarded $89,000 in scholarships to first-time recipients and $51,000 to past recipients who are pursuing a degree. Funds for the scholarships, which ranged from $1,000 to $2,500, were raised at the 2005 Taste at Kapolei.
The Rotary Club also awarded about $50,000 to various educational programs and grants. A portion of this amount was given to the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Leeward Community College.
Scholarship recipients include:
» Waipahu High School: Lenora Acidera, Joy Agraan, Jan-Zenas Aguirre, Chris Andres-Paguirigan, Melissa Batin, Ralph Jordan Bilan, Lebbie Lyn Buccat, Shelley-Ann Cabrera, Joy Calventas, Danilo Castillo, Jennifer De Leon of Sabrina Escobar, Paul Fai, Neslei Garcia, Jerryca Gasmen, Ridge Kaleikini, Hajel Lactaoen, Cheiryl Pactanac, Ryan Panida, Rachelle Joy Raposas; Whitney Shiroma, Roxanne Tuliao, Jansen Ucol.
» Campbell High: Fa'aluaina Afuola, Tiffany Benedicto, Patricia Cameron, Chadric Cruz, Janice Duldulao, Katarina Esmeralda, Melanie Layoso, Dianne Locquiao, Eric Madarang, Mikiala Malama, Joshua Mapanao, Luana Mayfield, Brittany Moncrease, Lance Ordonio, Jessica Parayno, Crystal Robello, Sheryl Mae Robinol, Erica Suzuki, Jovie Tinoko.
» Kapolei High: Shanon Arnold, Violeta Bernard, Mylah Carlos, Hyman Gaea, Sherry Mantalaba, Pamela Mizuno, Michael Moses, Kathleen Mae Salvador, Jon Santiago, Andrew Tabieros, Samantha Tolentino.
» Nanakuli High & Intermediate: Frank Bale, Annalise Hedin, Elway Kibota, David King II, April Lefu'a, Jonathan Lindstrom, Levi Luavasa, Sarah Matsumura, Krislyn Sebastian, Ofa Taulava, Aaron Watson.
» Waianae High: Sheryl Dumancas, Nalei Halemano, Natasha Iriarte, Alapaki Silva, Phetsamone Sinathalang, Jazlyn Wandasan.
» MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)-Hawaii has recognized the following individuals and companies in helping to save lives:
Law Enforcement Award for Drunk Driving Prevention -- Maui Police Department DUI Task Force, including Sgt. Stacey Yamashita, Officer Nicholas Krau and Officer Mark Hada.
Law Enforcement Award for Underage Drinking Prevention -- Officer Evi Feato Jr. of the Honolulu Police Department Juvenile Services Division.
Carol McNamee Award for outstanding volunteer contributions -- Cheryl Langton of Kamuela, Hawaii, for single-handedly representing MADD on the Big Island.
Special recognition: Bennet Group Strategic Communications; Cutter Family Auto Centers, KHNL News 8 and K-5 TV; Spunge; State Farm Insurance Cos.; Sports Car Club of America-Hawaii Region; Foodland Super Market; Harrington Publishing; Infiniti of Honolulu; King Auto Center; Windward King Nissan; Screenvision Direct; Cox Radio Hawaii; Clear Channel Communications and Visionary Related Entertainment.
Police, Fire, Courts
Ewa Beach house fire set while residents away
Fire investigators determined an early-morning house fire yesterday in Ewa Beach was intentionally set.
The fire started at about 3:30 a.m. at 91-1743 Paeko St.
The residents were on the mainland at the time and are due back today, police said.
Police have opened a first-degree criminal property damage case.
Damage to the structure was estimated at $300,000, and $50,000 to the contents.
Details unknown in couple's fatal fall
Police and the Medical Examiner's Office have not yet determined the cause of death in the case of a man, 55, and woman, 33, who fell yesterday from the Aloha Lani Condos.
Police said passers-by saw two bodies falling from the condominium building at 2211 Ala Wai Blvd. The two residents of the condo building had been arguing loudly before their death, police said.
They have not yet been identified.
They died of multiple internal injuries, the Medical Examiner's Office said.
Police have classified the case as an unattended death pending further investigation.
4 teens arrested in Kailua beer theft
Police arrested four teenagers and were looking for another who allegedly robbed the Kailua Safeway store Thursday night.
Police said four of the teens entered the store at 200 Hamakua Drive at about 10:40 p.m. while the fifth one waited outside with a baseball bat. The teens in the store allegedly each grabbed a 12-pack of beer and ran out of the store without paying.
The store manager ran after them and was confronted by the teen with the bat, who threatened him, police said. All five teens then jumped into a truck and fled, police said.
Police later found four of the teens and recovered most of the beer and the baseball bat. All four juveniles -- three 16-year-olds and one 15-year-old -- were arrested for investigation of first-degree robbery and released pending an investigation.
Teen arrested in June robbery in Moiliili park
Police arrested a 17-year-old boy yesterday who allegedly was one of two boys who robbed a 51-year-old man at the Honolulu Stadium State Recreational Park in Moiliili.
The suspects allegedly assaulted the man, demanded money and took his wallet at 9 p.m. on June 8, police said.
They arrested the 17-year-old on suspicion of second-degree robbery.
He was released pending investigation.
Arson damages Maui High portable
WAILUKU » A fire that started on the outside of a portable classroom at Maui High School was maliciously set with diesel fuel, county fire officials said.
The fire, which caused an estimated $3,000 in damage, was put out before it did major damage, said Battalion Chief Jeff Shaffer.
Shaffer said fire officials were on the scene minutes after receiving the alarm at 6:05 a.m. yesterday.
He said the fire occurred at a portable used for social studies and was connected to an adjoining portable that had a similar fire last year.
Police Lt. Glenn Cuomo said there were no suspects, but detectives were investigating.