» Ka Papa o Kakuhihewa
, a nonprofit organization created to promote resource conservation and education on the Leeward Coast, has awarded four grants to the following:
Alu Like, $3,800, for a year-long water quality testing project in partnership with the Leeward Kai and Waianae High School Canoe Clubs; Hoa'ina o Makaha, $5,705, to work with Makaha Elementary School sixth-graders, their families and teachers to build a model ecosystem; Malama Learning Center, $7,700, to work with Kapolei High School students to produce at least three video vignettes on energy conservation and natural-resource stewardship for Oceanic Channel 16; and Ka'ala Farm Inc., $10,000 to organize a conference on alternative energy and sustainable living practices to be held in Waianae in October.
» American Savings Bank has revamped its scholarship program to allow qualifying students greater access to funds. The new program also includes a paid internship and mentoring.
Under the new scholarship program, American Savings Bank will provide a multiyear scholarship of $5,000 per year for up to four years and a total of $20,000 per student. Previously, the scholarship was limited to a single year and $3,000.
This year's scholarship recipients are Janice Nguyen, a 1998 Farrington High School graduate who plans to attend the graduate program at Hawaii Pacific University to earn a master's degree in finance; Xiaomeng Hu, a 2006 Moanalua High School graduate who plans to attend the University of Pennsylvania to major in finance; and Janelle Fukumoto, a 2003 Iolani School graduate attending the University of Pennsylvania and majoring in finance. Scholarship applications are available online via www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org.
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Mo-ped driver dies of crash injuries
A 58-year-old man who was involved in a crash in Leeward Oahu a week ago died Saturday.
The Department of the Medical Examiner identified him as Loreto E. Jose of Ewa Beach.
At about 3:30 a.m. Aug. 19, police said, Jose was heading south on Fort Weaver Road on a yellow 2004 Dayang mo-ped. A black 2006 Mazda Tribute operated by a 31-year-old man traveling in the same direction blew a tire and struck Jose near the intersection with Old Fort Weaver Road.
Police said Jose suffered head and body injuries and was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in good condition.
While he was treated at the hospital, doctors discovered that his brain was hemorrhaging, and he was downgraded to critical condition.
Police said he succumbed to his injuries on Saturday. An autopsy on Jose is expected to be performed today.
This is the 65th traffic-related fatality on Oahu so far this year, compared with 55 at the same time last year.
Altercation turns into alleged threat with car
Police arrested a 24-year-old man after he allegedly attempted to run over another man yesterday near Ala Moana Center.
At about 6:30 a.m., police said, the suspect was involved in a dispute with the victim, 24, and attempted to run him over at Kona and Kona Iki streets. The suspect and victim know each other, police said.
The victim was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in stable condition. Details of his injuries were not available.
Police arrested the 24-year-old man on suspicion of attempted second-degree murder.
Wife and daughter report firearm threat
Police arrested a 57-year-old man after he allegedly threatened and assaulted his wife and daughter.
The assault occurred at about 8 p.m. Saturday at an Aala Street residence.
Police responded when the suspect's wife, 53, and daughter, 25, told patrol officers that he had a gun. An unregistered firearm with a silencer was found.
The suspect returned three hours later.
Police arrested the 57-year-old man on suspicion of two counts of abuse of a household member.
Bystander stops man brandishing shovel
Police charged a 41-year-old man after he allegedly threatened another man with a shovel in the North Shore.
Police identified him as Penni Mailo.
At about 12:30 p.m. Saturday, police said, an argument occurred between Mailo and the victim, 43, on Waialua Beach Road. Mailo picked up a shovel and threatened the victim.
Police said Mailo swung the shovel toward the victim, but a bystander intervened. Mailo was charged Saturday with first-degree terroristic threatening. He is being held in lieu of $20,000.
Japanese visitor found dead at Hanauma Bay
A 73-year-old male visitor was found lifeless Saturday at Hanauma Bay.
The Department of the Medical Examiner identified him as Tetsuo Inaba of Saitama prefecture in Japan.
At about 12:19 p.m. Saturday, police said, a lifeguard observed that Inaba was motionless in the water. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. Police said there were no signs of foul play.
An autopsy is expected to be performed on Inaba today.
Man held after alleged punch to police officer
Police arrested a 44-year-old year-old Kailua man after he allegedly punched a police officer who was responding to a terroristic threatening call.
At about 3:35 p.m. Saturday, police said, the suspect verbally threatened a 48-year-old female resident. She called police.
Police said the suspect punched the officer when he arrived. The 44-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer and second-degree terroristic threatening.
Visitor, 36, stable after assault outside tavern
LIHUE, Kauai » A 36-year-old visitor is in stable condition at Wilcox Hospital after he was allegedly assaulted by several men outside Nawiliwili Tavern.
At about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, police said, one of the suspects struck the visitor, causing him to fall and hit his head on the pavement.
While he was unconscious for about five minutes, the suspect took his wallet and fled with the other suspects.
Police have initiated an investigation of the assault. Anyone with information is asked to call police dispatch at 241-1711 or CrimeStoppers at 241-1887.