West Oahu education degree OK'd
The University of Hawaii Board of Regents has approved a new Bachelor of Education degree in elementary education at its West Oahu campus.
The program is expected to start in the fall semester to help address the shortage of teachers, according to UH officials. The program is expected to serve incoming freshmen, transferred students and nontraditional students who want to become fully licensed teachers.
Coming this weekend in
The Koolau Golf Club will become sacred space tomorrow as national church leaders, government officials and island musicians join 1,200 church members at First Presbyterian Church's grand opening at the Kailua clubhouse. The celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is open to the public.
Illustrator Don Robinson takes drawing for children's books to an inspiring level of artistry. Also in Today, the new season of "24" begins Sunday with Jack Bauer as a broken man. But never fear, soon he'll be back at it, saving the world.
Molokai Ranch says an upscale community at Laau Point will pump needed cash into the economy, but residents living off the land fear the planned development will impair their food gathering and alter the culture of the area. Second of a two-part series. Also in Sunday's section, Starbucks, widely known for its coffee, is trying to expand its morning offerings to accommodate patrons on the go.
Police, Fire, Courts
Firefighters free (growing) boy stuck in banyan
Fire rescue crews used a lubricant to free a 7-year-old boy who was wedged inside the crevice of a banyan tree for 45 minutes last night. The boy was on the tree -- at the military housing area on Aliamanu Military Reservation -- when he attempted to retrieve an object he accidentally dropped into a 5-foot-deep hole in the middle of the banyan, fire Capt. Kenison Tejada said. The boy told firefighters he used to be able to fit in the opening, but this time became trapped in a standing position. He was not injured.
Man sought in fight that led to stabbing
Police are looking for a man who allegedly stabbed another man early yesterday during an apparent argument over a woman.
Police said the men were arguing on North King Street in Kalihi at about 12:40 a.m. The argument escalated, and one of the men, 41, pulled out a knife and tried to stab the other man but missed, police said.
The other man pulled out his own knife, stabbed the victim and fled on foot, police said. The injured man was taken to the hospital in stable condition. The victim gave officers the suspect's name, police said.
Theft of car leads to arrest of 2 men
A 43-year-old Honolulu woman awoke early yesterday morning to the sound of her car starting up, police said.
The woman called 911 after she looked outside and saw her car being driven away at 1:59 a.m., police said.
Responding officers saw the woman's car turn onto Robert Place in St. Louis Heights, where they found it abandoned.
The officers checked the neighborhood and discovered two men hiding in the bushes behind a house across from where the car was left.
Police said the officers recovered the woman's stolen property and arrested two Waianae men, ages 20 and 23, on suspicion of unauthorized entry into a car.
Piikoi apartment fire traced to hot lamp
An apartment fire at Piikoi Plaza on Tuesday afternoon was caused by combustibles located too close to a lamp, a fire official said.
The fire caused $50,000 damage at 725 Piikoi St., Apartment 206. The 58-year-old resident, who tried to put out the fire, was taken in serious condition to the hospital with smoke inhalation.
2 young teenage girls arrested in stolen car
Police arrested two teenage girls early Wednesday in connection with a stolen car.
They said that the girls, 13 and 15, were speeding on Kamehameha Highway in Waipahu at about 1:20 a.m. An officer following the car checked the license plate and found that the car had been reported stolen.
The vehicle was followed onto the Koko Head-bound lanes of H-1 freeway, and it stopped near Aloha Stadium, police said.
The girls tried to run away but were caught, police said. They were arrested on suspicion of auto theft, refusing to stop, driving without a license, fleeing the scene and unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.
Leeward Community College gas leak fixed
A private contractor working on the campus of Leeward Community College punctured a gas line yesterday afternoon, according to the Gas Co.
The utility received a call at 3:30 p.m. yesterday that a low-pressure service line to the physical sciences building was leaking, said spokesman Steve Golden. A gas company crew repaired the line by 6:30 p.m.
Woman is charged in stabbing of mistress
LIHUE » A Kauai woman stabbed her husband's mistress at a shopping center Wednesday night, Kauai police said yesterday.
The 33-year-old victim, who was not identified, was in stable condition at Wilcox Hospital. The suspect, whom Kauai police also refused to identify, is free on $100,000 bond.
Police said they received a call at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday about an assault taking place at Harbor Mall in the Nawiliwili Harbor complex.
They said the victim was stabbed multiple times in various parts of the body and was taken to Wilcox Hospital.
The suspect has been charged with attempted murder.
Maui man is killed in fiery 2-car crash
WAILUKU » A Maui man died yesterday in a fiery two-car crash in Kahului.
Albert Alfred Torres-Santos Bras, 26, of Haiku died at the scene on Kuihelani Highway, about 1.5 miles south of Waiko Road, Maui police said.
Traffic investigator Dukie Racadio said a four-door sedan being driven south on Kuihelani struck the two-door vehicle stopped on the roadway at 12:52 a.m. The two-door vehicle was hit broadside and burst into flames, he said.
The driver of the sedan, an 18-year-old woman, was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center. She was in stable condition.