Knudsen picked as BOE chair
The state Board of Education has picked longtime member Karen Knudsen to serve as its chairwoman.
Board members unanimously appointed Knudsen, the director of external affairs at the East-West Center, to serve the one-year term at their Thursday meeting at Kapaa Middle School on Kauai.
They also elected incoming board member John Penebacker as first vice chairman and Herbert Watanabe as second vice chairman.
Isle leaders earn honor from public affairs group
Community leaders who have made significant contributions in Hawaii's public affairs and public policy areas will be honored by the Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs at a celebration Feb. 22 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom.
Honorees include: Tom Coffman, writer and producer; Donald G. Horner, president and chief executive officer, First Hawaiian Bank; Micah A. Kane, chairman, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands; Carol H. McNamee, founder, Mothers Against Drunk Driving-Hawaii Chapter; and Ted T. Tsukiyama, arbitrator/mediator.
The nonpartisan, nongovernmental public policy institute was created in 2000. Its goal is to improve public decision-making through research on and analysis of public issues and serve as a neutral party to convene stakeholders to seek collaborative solutions.
Table sponsorships are: $7,500, platinum; $5,000, gold; $3,000, silver; and $1,500, bronze.
Call Bill Kaneko at 585-7931 for more information.
Honolulu ranks No. 2 for healthiest men
Honolulu is the second healthiest city in the country for men, following San Jose, Calif., according to MEN'S HEALTH magazine.
The January/February issue looks at 100 major cities to find the best "health, happiness and abs" for men.
Only San Jose and Honolulu received an A+, the magazine reported.
Cities were ranked in 24 categories, including heart disease and stroke and life and death data on cancer. Lifestyle issues such as annual income, crime and college graduation rates and daily commutes, also were considered.
"Lastly, we ran a sweat check, looking at how often, how long and how intensely men exercise," the magazine reported.
The 10 best cities also included Madison, Wis.; San Diego, Fremont and San Francisco in California; Anchorage, Alaska; Raleigh, N.C., Manchester, N.H., and Lincoln, Neb.
The 10 worst cities were Memphis, Tenn.;. Charleston, W.Va.; Toledo, Ohio; Louisville, Ky.; Tulsa, Okla.; Corpus Christie, Texas; St. Louis, Mo.; Detroit, Mich.; Oklahoma City, Okla., and Little Rock, Ark.
Overflow parking available at airports
Airport travelers should arrive earlier than usual, or get dropped off, during the busy holiday season this week, said the state Department of Transportation.
But if you are driving, the state has plans for overflow parking this week.
At Honolulu Airport, the DOT suggests passengers arrive 30 to 45 minutes earlier than usual. From Tuesday through Jan. 1, valet parking will be available at $10 a day for stays of two days or more.
At Kahului Airport, additional parking will be provided in a nearby lot, with shuttle service starting Thursday. The charge is $5 per day for the overflow lot. The parking shuttle will run through Jan. 3 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Overflow parking at the Kona Airport will be along Uu Street. The Paoo Street lot will be reopened from Christmas Eve until sometime after Jan. 1.
Hilo Airport will have overflow parking in the grass lots located on both ends of the regular lot in front of the terminal.
Alternative parking at Lihue Airport will be provided in the gravel lots that are located on both ends of the regular airport parking lot.
Plants, floral offerings allowed at Punchbowl
Floral items, potted plants and artificial flowers can be placed at grave sites in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl beginning Wednesday.
The plants will be removed Jan. 2. Prohibited items include Christmas trees, permanent plantings, statues, vigil lights, glass objects of any kind and other items such as toys, pinwheels, balloons and stuffed toys.
Floral items may not be secured to headstones or markers. Metal hooks aren't allowed to secure plants or decorations because they present a safety hazard during mowing.
THE GOOD NEIGHBOR FUND
Monetary gifts may be sent to:
Good Neighbor Fund
c/o Helping Hands Hawaii
P.O. Box 17780
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817-0780
Clothing, household items and gifts can be donated at the Community Clearinghouse, 2100 Nimitz Highway.
You may also participate in the Adopt-A-Family program, in which businesses, employee groups, social clubs, families or individuals can help a specific family.
Call 440-3804 for information about the program or to arrange for pickup of large items.
Police, Fire, Courts
Pedestrian is 'critical' after being hit by ATV
An all-terrain vehicle struck a pedestrian early yesterday morning, leaving the victim in critical condition, police said.
At about 12:15 a.m. yesterday, a 34-year-old Waianae man was traveling south on Farrington Highway on his 2006 red and white ATV. About a quarter-mile south of Makua Valley Road, the ATV struck a 22-year-old Waianae man who was not in a crosswalk, police said.
The driver was wearing a helmet. Both men were went to the Queen's Medical Center, where the driver was listed in stable condition and the victim was in critical. The victim suffered injuries in his lower body.
It is not yet known whether speed or alcohol were factors in the crash, which occurred on a clear night in an unlit section of the roadway.
Worker's hand tool sparks 'flash fire'
An Ihilani Spa maintenance worker was injured yesterday by a "little flash fire" when a spark from a hand tool he was using outdoors ignited a gas leak, Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. Frank Johnson said.
The man was treated by emergency services personnel at the resort shortly before noon, Johnson said. The fire was out and the gas leak shut off when firefighters arrived, he said.
Kuliouou hiker OK after losing her trail
Firefighter rescue crews assisted a woman who lost her way on the Kuliouou Trail yesterday evening, Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. Frank Johnson reported. The woman told rescue workers that she started up the trail about 3:30 p.m., but when she started returning at 5:30 p.m., it was getting dark and she couldn't see the trail.
The woman called for help on her cell phone and rescue workers were able to walk up the trail, find her and escort her out, Johnson said. The woman was not injured.
Missing kayaker makes it to shore
A group kayaking from Hawaii Kai to Kaimana Beach yesterday reported a woman kayaker missing in windy conditions at 12:25 p.m. yesterday, said Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. Frank Johnson.
However, by the time Fire and Coast Guard rescue teams arrived, the woman had been found safe onshore near Black Point and no rescue was needed, Johnson said.
Johnson didn't know what caused the woman, who was in her 20s, to go ashore, he said.
The same group had earlier reported a missing kayaker, but that report was called off shortly after it was made, Johnson said.
Alleged rifle threat, arrest end argument
A 30-year-old man was arrested Friday night after allegedly threatening another man with a rifle, police said.
The suspect and a 33-year-old man were having a verbal argument on the street in Kalihi when the suspect went into his girlfriend's home, returned with a rifle and allegedly threatened the victim, police said. Officers recovered the rifle and arrested the suspect for alleged first-degree terroristic threatening.