HPU to hold graduation in Waikiki
Nearly 350 Hawaii Pacific University graduates will receive their degrees at a commencement ceremony at the Waikiki Shell at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Nainoa Thompson, navigator of the voyaging canoe Hokule'a and a Kamehameha Schools trustee, will deliver the commencement speech and receive HPU's Fellow of the Pacific Award for his contributions and service to the community. The three valedictory speakers are Laura Smith, Jeremy DiMaio and Rhiannon O'Halloran-Waddell.
Waialua library will close for renovation
The Waialua Public Library is scheduled to be closed for a renovation project from Aug. 22 through Sept. 4.
Repairs are scheduled for the interior and exterior of the library to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The library, located at 67-068 Kealohanui St., will reopen Sept. 5 at 9 a.m.
During the renovation, the book drop will remain open to return library materials and for book donations.
Customers may call any public library to request a renewal of their materials.
They may also log on to the state library Web site at www.librarieshawaii.org to browse the catalog for book titles, eBooks, digital audio books and EBSCOhost, which features a wide variety of online databases.
Kailua intersection gets left-turn lanes
Double left-turn lanes have been installed to help alleviate traffic congestion from Oneawa Street onto Mokapu Boulevard in Kailua.
Area lawmakers and community leaders suggested the change to the intersection.
Similar double left-lane turns were installed earlier this year at the intersection of Kalanianaole Highway and Oneawa Street.
Farrington to host free workout classes
The city Department of Parks and Recreation will offer free activities -- circuit training, lunch volleyball, lunch dance, support group and hip-hop -- for Farrington High School students starting Sept. 5.
Activities are held during lunch hour or after school.
The department will also offer basic body fitness, exercise for educators and salsa and swing dance for adults who live in the area.
The program was put together by the Parks Department, the state Department of Health's Healthy Hawaii Initiative and the high school. For information, call Meghan McGurk at 554-4858.
Country club plans charity golf event
The Honolulu Country Club Foundation will hold a charity golf tournament Monday to benefit Lokahi Giving Project and Family Promise of Hawaii. The tournament chairman is entertainer Danny Kaleikini. Registration starts at 9 a.m. at the country club in Salt Lake.
What's inside your Star-Bulletin this weekend:
Ten University of Hawaii graduate art students found themselves given a rare opportunity this summer: to mount a group exhibit in a Manhattan gallery. It meant more than a trip to the Big Apple -- it was a chance for the young artists to become part of the vibrant New York scene. Page E1
Today: Rick Burke and Maria Torcia-Burke are walking advertisements for Body Balance Centre, the Pilates studio they co-own. Their work, their lives, their philosophy for bringing up son Massimiliano, all revolve around fitness. Page E1
Honolulu Lite: If you can't draw, you can't become a cartoonist. But if you think you have a lot of good jokes circulating in your brain, the next best thing would be to get a real cartoonist to draw up your ideas. And it is possible. Page E1
Business: Teens and tweens can now get into the act of being pampered and receiving pedicures with the opening of Hilton Hawaiian Village's Yspa. The interest in kids and teen spa programs has grown in recent years. Page D1
Business: Stop the music! Ring tones, whose mixture of songs can be disruptive in the office, rank second at 30 percent in a recent survey of workplace pet peeves among U.S. employees. Only loud talkers are more annoying, with 32 percent of workers claiming that as the most irritating part of their workday. Page D1
Travel: Today's spas are integrating cosmetic treatments like facials and manicures into holistic approaches to well-being. Page G1
Police, Fire, Courts
Ex-girlfriend allegedly attacks wife with knife
Police charged a 31-year-old Punchbowl woman with assaulting the wife of her ex-boyfriend and threatening her with two machetes.
Police said Noutthaya Saopeng threatened the wife, 25, with the machetes at about 6:45 p.m. May 10 in Hawaii Kai.
The victim told police that after Saopeng made the threats, she assaulted her and fled.
Undercover officers found Saopeng Wednesday, arrested her and charged her with second-degree terroristic threatening and third-degree assault.
Saopeng's bail was set at $500.
Police arrest 3 men after assault in Kailua
Police arrested three men who allegedly assaulted another man late Tuesday in his Kailua home.
Police said the men went to a home at Kaimake Loop and Kaha Street at about 10 p.m. and asked a 24-year-old woman if her boyfriend was home.
When the woman said no, the men went into the house without permission, found the 40-year-old boyfriend and assaulted him, police said.
The woman was slightly injured when she intervened in the fight, police said. The men then fled.
Police later found the men, two of whom are 30 and the other 45, and arrested them for investigation of first-degree burglary.
Stolen city toolbox leads to man's arrest
Police arrested a 41-year-old man who was caught allegedly trying to break into a large toolbox that had been stolen from a construction site.
Police said a trailer with five large toolboxes on it was stolen Tuesday from the site in Pearl City.
An anonymous call to 911 later reported that a man was trying to open a toolbox with a blowtorch, police said.
Officers investigating that call recognized the toolbox as one of those that had been reported stolen.
Police contacted a 43-year-old man who identified the toolbox as well as other tools as his.
Police arrested the suspect for investigation of detaining stolen property in the second degree. The tools were valued at $300.
Man catches suspect trying to steal mo-ped
Police arrested a 21-year-old man and a 13-year-old boy who allegedly stole a mo-ped in Waikiki early Monday.
Police said a 38-year-old woman was awakened at about 1:18 a.m. by the sound of her mo-ped chain being moved and saw the suspects in the parking lot of her apartment.
Police said the woman's fiance went downstairs and detained the juvenile until police arrived.
Patrol units found the older suspect and then arrested both suspects for investigation of second-degree theft.
Kihei man, 38, dies in car crash on Maui
A 38-year-old Kihei man died early today in a one-car crash on Maui, according to a news release from Maui County Police.
Police said David Castles was driving a two-door white 2006 Scion southeast on North Kihei Road at about 1:17 a.m. when he lost control of the car, veered onto the right shoulder of the road and hit a tree.
Police said Castles was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.
This was the 11th traffic fatality in Maui County, this year compared with seven at the same time last year.