Mid-Pacific quiz team advances
The Mid-Pacific Institute WorldQuest team has placed first in the state out of 45 teams and will compete in the Nationals in Washington, D.C., during spring break.
WorldQuest is a quiz game in which teams compete in rounds testing their knowledge of current affairs, world leaders, geography, recent history, flags and international relations.
Mid-Pac adviser Mary Tanaka will chaperone the team and prepare them for the national competition.
The members of the first place Team Hui Na Pueo are Carolyn Pearce, Melissa Yoshimoto, Elliot St. John and Jane Moore. All earned an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Punahou School entered 10 teams, placing second.
The Pacific and Asian Affairs Council, which coordinated the event, is a private, nonprofit organization working to promote greater understanding of international affairs and strengthen Hawaii's role in the Asia-Pacific region.
$50,000 grant to aid earthquake victims
The Hawaii chapter of the Salvation Army is slated to receive a $50,000 grant from the Hawaii Community Foundation to help Big Isle residents still reeling from the Oct. 15 earthquakes. The money is the initial distribution of the foundation's Hawaii Island Earthquake Recovery Fund, which has $323,203. The fund was established with a $250,000 donation from salesforce.com. According to the foundation, the Salvation Army will use the grant to help residents "who have unmet needs related to long-term repair and rebuilding of homes" damaged by the quakes.
Fellowship available for UH law students
Students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa law school can apply for a $10,000 fellowship to spend at least eight weeks working with a nongovernmental or intergovernmental organization concerned with international human rights.
The Sam L. Cohen International Human Rights Summer Fellowship for 2007 will cover travel costs and living expenses up to $10,000.
"This grant was due in large part to the support of an exceptional champion of human rights, attorney Sherry Broder, who also has been a longtime supporter of the law school," law school Dean Avi Soifer said in a news release.
Applications are due Feb. 28. For more information, contact School of Law Chief Operating Officer/Senior Advisor Dale Lee at 956-8636.
Volunteers sought to help with foster kids
Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii is looking for volunteers to help foster kids visit siblings who live in separate homes.
A training for Project Visitation will be held 8:30 to 10 a.m. Feb. 24 at Ewa Beach Community Center, 91-955 North Road.
The visitations will be once a month. Volunteers are needed for six to eight hours, including scheduling, pickup and drop-off. Volunteers must have no criminal convictions, a clean driver's abstract and be at least 18 years old.
For more information, call 528-7050 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Female leadership group names president
, president and founder of Wilson Homecare, has been named 2007 president for the local chapter board of the Organization of Women Leaders.
The board of directors includes President-elect Pamela Martin; Barbara Pleadwell, immediate past president; Stacia Murray, vice president programs; Tracie Young, vice president membership (public); Anna Marie Springer, vice president membership (private); Claire Y. Nakamura, treasurer secretary; Linda Nakamura, recording secretary; Mary Sheridan, corresponding secretary, and Cheryl Ka'uhane Lupenui, Linda Dias, Cat Gelman and Kathy Jaycox, directors at large.
Richard "Rick" Keene was appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer of the Queen's Health Systems, Art Ushijima, president and chief executive officer, has announced.
Keene will serve as chief financial officer for all entities of QHS, parent company of the Queen's Medical Center, Queen Emma Land Co., Queen's Development Corp., Molokai General Hospital and other subsidiaries.
He is expected to start his new job in late March. He has been with the Bank of Hawaii since 2001, serving as vice chairman and chief financial officer since 2004.
"Shining Stars" runs Mondays through Thursdays.
Police, Fire, Courts
Truck suspected in girl's death found
Police have recovered a pickup truck that might have killed a 2-year-old Keaau girl Saturday.
Police are still investigating whether the truck was the vehicle that hit the girl at a home in the Orchidland Subdivision.
The victim was identified as Abygail Arquitola of Keaau. An autopsy is scheduled for today to determine cause of death.
Puna patrol officers said the girl and her family were at a friend's home for a gathering on 38th Avenue when someone apparently ran over the child at the rear of the residence at 6:12 p.m. Saturday.
The driver then left the scene, possibly not knowing that the girl had been struck, police said.
Fire rescue personnel took her to Hilo Medical Center, where she died at 7:19 p.m.
Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a standard negligent-homicide investigation.
Police ask anyone with information about the case to call officer Andres Fojas at 961-8889.
Because the death occurred on private property, it is not counted toward the island's traffic fatality count.
Man, 53, charged in stabbing during fight
Kauai police charged a 53-year-old Lihue man with second-degree attempted murder for allegedly stabbing another man during a fight Friday night on the lawn fronting the county building.
Police said Orlan Tesch was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail for allegedly stabbing Kasey Beno, 30, of Kapaa.
Both men were treated at Wilcox Hospital after the fight. Beno was charged with second-degree assault for his alleged role in the fight. His bail was set at $5,000.
Last in series of 4 fires damages Pawaa church
An intentionally set rubbish fire damaged a church in Pawaa early yesterday.
The fire at Door of Faith Church at 1161 Young St. near Piikoi Street was reported at about 2:30 a.m. Police said someone set fire to cardboard boxes and a pew that were stacked on the Koko Head side of the building.
The Honolulu Fire Department estimated damage at $15,000 to the outside wall and roof of the church, police said. No one was injured.
Fire Capt. Frank Johnson said the church fire was the last of four fires involving rubbish or Dumpsters that were reported in the area starting at about 6:30 Sunday night.
Hiker, 61, dies from injuries from a fall
A 61-year-old man died Sunday night from injuries he suffered in a fall while hiking at Diamond Head.
Police said the man fell at about 11 a.m. and died at about 11:50 p.m. Police said there were no signs of foul play.
Expired sticker tips off police to vehicle theft
An expired safety sticker led to the arrest of a man who was allegedly driving a stolen car.
Police said an officer pulled the car over in Wahiawa at about 7 p.m. Sunday after noticing the expired sticker.
The officer then learned that the car was reported stolen.
The officer arrested the driver, a 29-year-old man, for investigation of auto theft.
Worker allegedly takes cash from store
Police arrested a 19-year-old man Saturday who allegedly stole money from the Windward retail store where he worked.
About 4:40 p.m., security at the store told police they saw the man steal more than $300 from the cash register.
Police arrested the man on suspicion of second-degree theft.