UH-Manoa welcomes 3 arboretum finalists
The University of Hawaii at Manoa has identified three finalists to become the next director of the Lyon Arboretum.
The three candidates will be on campus beginning this week for interviews and public presentations.
The finalists are Christopher Dunn, executive director for research programs and Smith family curator of native habitats at the Chicago Botanic Garden; Clifford Morden, interim director of the Lyon Arboretum and an associate professor of botany at UH-Manoa; and Stephen Weller, a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California at Irvine.
Morden will make his public presentation on Tuesday, followed by Weller on Thursday and Dunn next Monday.
The presentations and question-and-answer sessions will be held at 5 p.m. in the St. John Plant Science Lab, Room 11.
Alan Teramua, the last director of the arboretum, resigned in April 2004 after some of his staff resisted his plans for the 194-acre facility.
The facility was shut down in August 2004 because of safety concerns over its deteriorated buildings.
The Legislature appropriated $3 million dollars for repairs, and the facility was reopened to the public in January 2005.
Open house scheduled on spinal cord injuries
Residents who have suffered spinal cord injuries, their families, friends and doctors are invited to an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific.
Equipment will be demonstrated for spinal cord injury patients, and the "Beyond the Limit" event will showcase adaptive activities, such as tennis, surfing, archery, basketball, horseback riding and others.
Participants will meet Hawaii Wheelchair Sports athletes, and there will be live music and refreshments.
For more information, call 531-3511.
Police, Fire, Courts
Driver, 37, is critically injured in collision with bus in Pauoa
A 37-year-old man was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition yesterday after he was involved in a two-vehicle collision.
At about 12:01 a.m., police said, the man was traveling west on Pauoa Road in a silver 1994 Toyota Camry at high speed near Kaia Street.
He came around a curve, crossed the center line and collided head-on with a bus driven by a 44-year-old man. The bus was traveling east and in the middle of the narrow road due to a parked vehicle.
Police said a 23-year-old female passenger was on the bus when the collision occurred.
The Camry driver had head, torso and leg injuries and was transported to Queen's. The bus driver and passenger were not hurt.
Speed might have been a factor, police said.
Couple arrested over unregistered handguns
Police arrested a man and a woman Saturday for allegedly possessing two unregistered handguns.
At about 10 a.m., police were sent to investigate an argument in a vehicle at Kalihi Street near Nobrega Street.
Police arrested the 34-year-old man and 22-year-old woman for outstanding unrelated warrants.
When an officer grabbed a bag the woman was holding, he noticed the shape of a handgun, but the woman said the handgun police found in the bag was not hers.
A tow truck driver who arrived to haul away the vehicle for a fire hydrant violation discovered another handgun in the vehicle. Police said neither handgun was registered to either the man or woman.
Police arrested both on suspicion of two counts of possessing unregistered firearms.