UH to hold commencement
MidWeek columnist and former television news anchor Jade Moon will be the keynote speaker Sunday for the University of Hawaii's summer commencement exercises.
The ceremony starts at 9 a.m. in the Stan Sheriff Center. Doors open at 8 a.m. Parking in the lower campus parking structure and attendance are free. Friends and family members can meet the graduates in Les Murakami Stadium following the ceremony.
Seminar to promote energy conservation
Simple ways to reduce energy consumption in the home and save money in utility bills will be presented at a 10 a.m. discussion tomorrow at the Waikiki Community Center.
Darren Kimura, chief executive officer of Energy Industries, will give tips on low- or no-cost ways to save. Simple things like repairing a leaky faucet or using a compact fluorescent light bulb can save a household $150 a year, according to a press release.
Call 923-1802 to reserve a seat in the center auditorium, 310 Paoakalani Ave. The lecture is free. Parking is limited.
Lawyer suspended for ethical violations
The Hawaii Supreme Court has suspended Honolulu attorney Edwin L. Baker for 18 months for ethical violations.
Baker, 50, has not been practicing law since he was initially suspended on April 19, 2004, when he failed to cooperate with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel in its investigation.
The latest suspension was effective July 24.
According to the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, Baker's violations included failing to safeguard and deliver a client's file after his representation was terminated, failing to file briefs as ordered by the court, or to file and serve required affidavits and also to respond to the Office of Disciplinary Counsel's requests for information.
Baker is free to apply for reinstatement after the suspension. Meanwhile, he cannot accept any new retainers, have existing clients or be involved with any clients.
Baker, a graduate from the Hastings College of Law, was admitted to the Hawaii Bar in May 1985.
UH medical school gets $725,000 grant
The University of Hawaii medical school received a five-year, $725,000 federal grant to improve training for Hawaii pediatricians in treating children with developmental and behavioral issues.
The fellowship training program at the John A. Burns School of Medicine is one of only nine in the country and the only one on the West Coast or here, according to a university news release.
Physicians in the program become experts at conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
They learn about the fields of developmental psychology, child psychiatry, child neurology and rehabilitative medicine to improve care for children with disabilities and other issues, according to the news release.
African-American entrepreneurs sought
The African American Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii Inc. will hold its first membership drive from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Waipahu Civic Center.
The chamber of commerce is ready for general membership of dedicated African-American business owners.
The Waipahu Civic Center is located at 94-275 Mokuola St. Free parking available in back of center. RSVP by Aug. 26 to email@example.com.
Maryknoll names alumni award winners
Maryknoll School has honored Paul deVille, Laurie Hong Wong
and Debbie Nakanelua Richards
with its annual Alumni Achievement awards.
DeVille, class of 1966, is president and chief executive of Hilo Hattie, which operates Hawaiian-wear retail stores in Hawaii, California, Florida and Nevada. He also serves on numerous corporate and nonprofit community organizations.
Hong Wong, class of 1956, is an entrepreneur and community volunteer who operates her 18-year-old business the Paperie, a gift and stationery store in Kahala Mall.
She is also the reading coach at Ala Wai Elementary School, and has served as a religious education teacher and pastoral council member at Star of the Sea Parish.
Nakanelua-Richards, class of 1976, is Hawaiian Airlines' senior manager of government and community relations, and the recipient of the company's Employee of the Year and Kupono awards. She coordinates the airline's volunteer participation in community events.
A former Miss Hawaii, she performs hula at the Halekulani Hotel and is a student and teacher of the ancient Hawaiian martial art of lua.
Clinical Laboratories of Hawaii has donated 100 infectious-disease testing kits to Dr. Alan Tice of OPIVITA, a nonprofit organization that works to prevent and treat infectious diseases among the poor and homeless. Clinical labs will also conduct laboratory analysis on collected samples and provide results to Tice. The kits and services are valued at more than $12,000.
The Hawaii Baptist Academy has received a $500,000 grant from the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation for construction of a new middle school. The school will consist of three buildings for classrooms, administration and a multipurpose facility for 230 seventh- and eighth-graders.
American Savings Bank donated $30,000 to the Young Women's Christian Association to continue funding the Ways to Work program, which offers small loans mostly to working mothers to help them gain economic self-sufficiency. The program provides loans from $500 to $4,000 to buy a used car, make car repairs, or for a housing deposit.
Police, Fire, Courts
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A banner hanging yesterday at the front of the Kakaako Fire Station stated the station was closed for repairs.
Kakaako Fire Station closes for renovation
Kakaako Fire Station closed yesterday for asbestos removal and repairs.
A banner in front of the station advises people to call 911 in case of emergency. The station will reopen Sept. 16.
Engine 9 will temporarily relocate to Central Fire Station at 104 S. Beretania St., and Tower 9 will move to Kalihi Kai Station at 1334 Nimitz Highway.
The scheduled work is part of the project that includes construction of the new Honolulu Fire Department headquarters next door and restoration of the old Kakaako Fire Station around the corner.
Man, 20, is charged in laptop theft attempt
Police yesterday charged a 20-year-old man who climbed up the side of a Waikiki hotel building and allegedly attempted to steal a laptop computer from an occupied room.
Brandon Restler was charged with first-degree burglary, and his bail was set at $15,000.
Police said Restler allegedly broke into a hotel room at Doubletree Alana Hotel about 5:20 a.m. Sunday. The room was occupied by a woman, 22, and her fiance. He allegedly climbed onto the fifth-story balcony and entered through the glass door.
Restler allegedly tried to steal the laptop before fleeing to the balcony and climbing to the sixth floor. He was later caught by the woman, her fiance and a witness on Ala Moana Boulevard. Police then arrested the man.