UH-Hilo ranks fifth in diversity
U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Hawaii at Hilo in a tie for fifth place among the nation's liberal arts colleges for ethnic and racial diversity among the student body.
UH-Hilo had the highest percentage of Asian Americans among liberal arts colleges in the U.S. at 43 percent.
The rankings are part of the magazine's America's Best Colleges 2007 issue, which came out last week.
June Watanabe is on vacation. Her "Kokua Line" column returns Sept. 6.
Ko Olina scholarships awarded to 339
The Ko Olina Training Fund
awarded $401,532 in scholarship money to 339 West Oahu residents
for selected educational and training programs. The fund was established by Gov. Linda Lingle in 2003 to prepare residents to take advantage of the growing visitor industry on the Leeward coast.
The funding was made possible by donations from Ko Olina Charities and the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, a major landowner throughout the area. Over the next three years, the Ko Olina fund will give out a total of $2.5 million.
David Paul's Lahaina Grill selected Kawai K. Tsuha, a recent graduate of Lahainaluna High School, as its 2006 Maui Chef Scholarship winner. Tsuha will put the $3,000 scholarship towards her tuition at Maui Community College's Maui Culinary Academy
American Savings Bank donated $5,000 to Envision Hawaii to support its second annual conference in June at Kapiolani Community College. More than 200 attended the conference to learn about critical issues facing the state, develop their skills and knowledge, and to form relationships for lifelong networking.
Envision Hawaii is a group of young professionals who are involved in making a difference by serving the public.
The eighth annual Bernice Pauahi Bishop Awards Dinner raised more than $517,000 for the Bishop Museum's education programs. The event also honored Dr. Richard Mamiya, who received the Charles Reed Bishop medal for exemplifying the spirit and purpose of the museum's founder; and Dr. Michael Chun, given the Robert J. Pfeiffer Medal for his outstanding civic leadership.
"Shining Stars" runs Sunday through Thursday.
Police, Fire, Courts
Man dies, woman hurt as car rear-ends their motorcycle
A man was killed and a woman seriously injured when they were thrown from a motorcycle after it was hit by a car Friday in Kahului, police reported.
Filbert Carvalho was driving a 1999 Harley Davidson motorcycle with Leilani Carvalho as his passenger, police said. They were taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he died from the injuries. Mrs. Carvalho remained in the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Police said a 2006 Chrysler sedan driven by Curtis Wright in the Kahului direction on Kuihelani Highway struck the rear of the motorcycle at the intersection of Kuihelani Highway and Waiko Road at about 7:24 p.m.
Wright had minor injuries and refused treatment, police said. He was wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred, they reported.
This was Maui County's 13th traffic fatality compared to eight at the same time last year.
Man allegedly bites housemate in scuffle
Police arrested a 33-year-old man who allegedly threatened another man in their Honolulu house and then allegedly bit him.
Police said the men were arguing about 2:05 a.m. Wednesday when the suspect pointed a knife at the other man and threatened to kill him.
The victim, 26, knocked the knife out of the suspect's hand and tried to push the suspect out of their apartment, police said.
That's when the suspect allegedly bit the man on his left ring finger.
Police later arrested the suspect for investigation of first-degree terroristic threatening and abuse of family and household members.
Alleged knife attack follows rental dispute
Police arrested a 61-year-old man who allegedly lunged at the resident manager of his building with a knife.
Police said that about 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, the manager of the Chinatown building told the suspect that he was violating house rules by having a guest in his room.
After the female guest left, the suspect sought out the manager and lunged at him with a knife, police said.
The manager, a 48-year-old man, fled and called police, who arrested the suspect for investigation of first-degree terroristic threatening.