Sierra Club director gets climate training
The director of the Sierra Club-Hawaii Chapter was selected to undergo a global-warming training program led by former Vice President Al Gore and renowned scientists and environmental educators.
Director Jeff Mikulina was to undergo intensive tutorial sessions on the threats of global warming in Nashville, Tenn., starting today through Wednesday.
Mikulina plans to spend time throughout the year holding presentations in Hawaii on how individuals, businesses, schools and organizations can contribute to solving the growing crisis of global warming, Gore said in a news release.
"I look forward to working with Al Gore and others who are serious about solving the Earth's climate crisis," Mikulina said in a news release.
"Nothing is more important to Hawaii's future sustainability," he said.
Big Isle animal control veto override fails
HILO » Deadlocked in a 4-4 vote, the Hawaii County Council failed to override Mayor Harry Kim's veto of a controversial animal control bill last week. The Council needed six votes for an override.
Kim had said the wide-ranging bill was unenforceable.
Councilman Bob Jacobson had unsuccessfully supported a simpler bill that would control barking, biting and loose dogs. He explained to Council colleagues that county officials were against the vetoed bill.
"The prosecutor can't prosecute it and the police can't enforce it," he said.
The 4-4 vote with one absence was a turnaround from the 8-1 vote that passed the bill, which included members no longer on the Council.
Asteroid scope on Mauna Kea proposed
KAILUA-KONA » A proposed telescope would survey the skies from the summit of Mauna Kea for potentially threatening asteroids and comets heading toward Earth.
The Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System combines relatively small mirrors with large digital cameras to create a system that could observe the entire sky several times each month.
It would be designed to find Earth-approaching objects, which rarely strike the planet but could cause widespread devastation if they did hit.
The projected outcome from such a collision could range from local devastation to an extinction-level event.
The system, which involves a wide-field imaging facility under development at the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy, is being funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.
Three meetings on the Big Island are being held this month to discuss the project. Public comments on an environmental impact statement will be accepted through Feb. 7.
Forum to discuss education of boys
Saint Louis School will hold a free public forum Wednesday on the "crisis" in the education of boys.
School president Walter Kirimitsu and alumnus Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona are partnering with the Gurian Institute, which researches gender psychology and teaching methodology, in a lecture titled "Understanding the Minds of Boys."
The forum at 7 p.m. at the school's Mamiya Theatre will focus on four aspects of male education, including learning styles, effective teaching techniques and the role of parents in children's education.
People interested in attending the event should call 739-7819 to make a reservation.
Media outlets offering college internships
The Hawaii chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will sponsor 14 full- and part-time internships at newspapers, TV stations and public relations firms this summer.
Applicants must be Hawaii residents attending college here or on the mainland who will have completed their sophomore year by June.
Applications, including a cover letter, samples of work and a copy of a college transcript, must be postmarked by Feb. 19.
Full-time summer internships paying at least $3,250 for 10 weeks, at 40 hours per week, will be offered at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Honolulu Advertiser, Maui News, Pacific Business News, Hawaii Business magazine, Honolulu magazine, Island Scene magazine, Trade Publishing Co., Alexander & Baldwin Inc. and Bright Light Marketing Group.
Part-time internships will be offered at KGMB Channel 9, KITV Channel 4, KHNL Channel 8 and KHON Channel 2. Part-time interns will earn $1,750 for eight 27-hour weeks.
Application forms should be mailed to Internship Committee, SPJ-Hawaii Chapter, P.O. Box 3141, Honolulu 96802. The forms are available online at www.hawaiispj.org. For more information, call internship chairman Craig DeSilva at 282-1038 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UH acoustic scientist wins national post
» Whitlow W.L. Au
, chief scientist of the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology's Marine Mammal Research Program, has been elected the next vice president of the Acoustical Society of America.
The acoustic society is the premier international group devoted to the science and technology of sound. Au researches the dolphin's ability to navigate and locate objects in the environment with the use of ultrasound; marine mammal foraging behavior, prey detection and discrimination; and humpback whale acoustics.
» Tom Brislin, chairman of the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Academy for Creative Media, has been selected in a national competition for the prestigious Faculty Fellowship Program of the National Association of Television Program Executives. He was also awarded a year's membership.
» Seniors Abigail Trenhaile and Jillian Freitas of the Kamehameha Schools (Kapalama campus) received awards of excellence at the National High School Journalism Convention in Nashville, Tenn., in November.
Both finished in the top 10 among 5,000 student participants.
Police, Fire, Courts
Man charged in Nanakuli beating death
A 19-year-old Nanakuli man was charged over the weekend with manslaughter*
in the beating death of another man.
The suspect was identified as Kristopher K.K. Kalani.
On July 22 the victim, Alexander Saballa, 18, and his friends were hanging out at BK Superette in Nanakuli when a group of unknown males assaulted them. Saballa was taken to the Queen's Medical Center, where he remained in a coma. He was taken off life support on Aug. 9 and died two months later.
Saballa died of multiple organ failure due to complications of blunt force injuries to the head due to the assault.
Kalani was arrested Friday on an unrelated incident when police questioned him about Saballa's death. He was arrested that day and charged Saturday*.
Kalani is being held in lieu of $75,000 and was to make his initial court appearance at District Court this morning.
3 surfers stranded on reef are rescued
Firefighters rescued three surfers yesterday after a family member reported them missing for about four hours.
The surfers -- an adult and two teenagers -- were stranded on a reef by strong currents about three miles from Kualoa Park, firefighters said.
A rescue helicopter located the surfers at about 6:30 p.m. and guided them safely back to shore.
The surfers were released after the incident.
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
» Kristopher K.K. Kalani, 19, was charged with manslaughter in the beating death of another man in Nanakuli last summer. A "Police/Fire" item in yesterday's morning edition incorrectly said Kalani was charged with second-degree murder.