Saturday morning, count whales
The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary needs volunteers to count whales Saturday. The annual ocean count is conducted from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at more than 65 sites around Oahu, Kauai, the Big Island and Kahoolawe on the last Saturday of January, February and March. Volunteers can register by calling (888) 55-WHALE, extension 253 for the Big Island; 397-2651 for Oahu; and (808) 246-2860 for Kauai.
Choe, Pearce to enter Senate program
and Carolyn Pearce
, both of Honolulu, have been appointed to the 45th Annual United States Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C., by U.S. Sens. Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka.
Choe is student body president at Saint Louis School, vice-chair of the Hawaii Secondary Student Conference, state president of the Leo Club and president of Model United Nations.
Pearce is senior class president of Mid-Pacific Institute, and formerly class secretary and treasurer. She is secretary of the National Honor Society and the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council.
Haseko, developer of Ocean Pointe, awarded the following grants: Ewa Beach Elementary School, $1,760, to install a cooling mist system in the schoolyard to protect against overheating during physical education and frequent outdoor activities; the Boys & Girls Club Hale Pono 'Ewa Beach, $2,000, for an existing cultural education program to preserve seaside history and traditions; and Hawaii Special Olympics, $2,000, for bowling programs.
Shannon Phenix of Kapiolani Community College is one of 50 students to receive the 2006 Phi Theta Kappa National Dean's List Scholarship of $250.
"Shining Stars" runs Monday through Thursday.
Police, Fire, Courts
Man accused of attack on girlfriend arrested
Police arrested a 47-year-old man suspected of trying to murder his ex-girlfriend earlier this month.
The woman was asleep in the back seat of her car about 6:30 a.m. Jan. 11 when he awakened her, police said. He allegedly tried to break through the window and punched her several times before she drove away.
Tilton Lasua Jr. followed her in his car mauka-bound on Kalihi Street, police said. They said he rammed the back of her car 13 times, causing her to crash into a parked car and then a telephone pole. She suffered minor injuries.
Police received an anonymous tip Monday that Lasua was seen near Liholiho and Lunalilo streets in Makiki. Police found him at an apartment building and arrested him for investigation of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree property damage and unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle.
Victim of fatal crash on Kauai is identified
A man killed Monday when a rental car collided with a tour bus on Kauai has been identified as 51-year-old Michael Caughran of Alaska, according to a news release from Kauai County.
Caughran apparently was trying to make a U-turn on Kuhio Highway near the Kauai Hilton Resort and his car was broadsided by the bus.
Two other people in Caughran's car, 50-year-old Jacquelyn Smail and 23-year-old Sean Caughran, both of Alaska, were treated for minor injuries and released.
The driver of the Polynesian Adventure Tour bus, 60-year-old Jerry Elwood of Omao, was also treated and released.
Man allegedly tries to run over officers
Police arrested a 42-year-old man for allegedly trying to run over several police officers who were trying to arrest him.
About 11 a.m. Monday, several officers saw Leonard Kealoha in his vehicle at a beach park in Maili. They had a warrant for his arrest on a charge of first-degree robbery. When approached by the officers, Kealoha refused to get out of his car and reversed his vehicle, almost hitting six officers, police said.
Kealoha crashed into an empty campsite, then drove forward, striking a police vehicle and stone wall, police said. Kealoha again reversed and ran over an officer's foot before crashing into a park bench and later into another police vehicle, police said.
A patrol officer followed Kealoha as he left the park and later found the car abandoned. Kealoha was found hiding in the bushes along a canal. He was arrested for investigation of eight counts of first-degree attempted murder, two counts of first-degree criminal property damage, third-degree criminal property damage, promoting dangerous drugs and five counts of motor vehicle collision.