UH-Manoa gets $3M for projects
Gov. Linda Lingle has released more than $3 million in planning money for projects at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, including the first major classroom addition in 40 years.
UH is seeking the construction funds for the projects from this year's Legislature. The planning monies were approved last year.
According to a UH news release, the capital improvement funds provide:
» $1 million for improvements and expansion of the Campus Center into an activities center for students, including a 24 hour fitness facilities, shops, restaurants, activities, and gathering rooms.
>>$1.1 million for planning and designs for the renovation of historic Gartley Hall. The 85-year-old building is home to the Department of Psychology.
» $500,000 for expansion and renovation of the William S. Richardson School of Law. In addition to expanding the Law Library, the Law School courtyard will also be redesigned.
>>$380,000 to plan construction of a new 3-story classroom building on the site of Henke Hall.
Workshop shines light on records
The Office of Information Practices is sponsoring a free public workshop on Hawaii's open meetings and public records laws as part of Sunshine Week, the office said in a news release.
The workshop will provide a general overview of the public's rights under both laws, including practical information on the public's rights to participate in meetings of government boards and to obtain government records.
It will be held on Thursday, March 15, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the State Capitol, Room 423.
Sunshine Week is a week-long series of events designed to raise awareness of the importance of open government and to promote the public's right to know. Information about Sunshine Week as well as Hawaii's open records and open meetings laws is available through the Office of Information Practices Web site at www.hawaii.gov/oip.
Police, Fire, Courts
1 man dies and 2 hurt in crash
A 25-year-old Waimanalo man died and two other men were critically injured in a single-car crash on the H-1 Freeway at about 5:07 yesterday morning.
The victim and two male passengers, ages 26 and 21, were riding in a 2001 blue Volkswagen Jetta headed west when the Jetta veered off the roadway and overturned near the Farrington Highway overpass in Makakilo, police said. The men were thrown from the car during the crash.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other two men were taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition. The men were not wearing seatbelts and were ejected from the car, police said. Investigators said it is not clear who was driving the Jetta.
Hiker survives 40-foot drop
A man survived a 40-foot fall yesterday off a cliff at Makapuu Point, the Honolulu Fire Department reported.
The man and his wife, both of whom appeared to be in their 30s, left the marked path about 2 p.m. and were hiking on an unmarked trail described in a guidebook, Fire Department spokesman Capt. Terry Seelig said.
The man fell about 20 feet, landed on a ledge and then fell another 20 feet to another ledge below, Seelig said.
His wife was able to call out to other hikers for help.
A helicopter crew airlifted the man out and transferred him to paramedics about 3 p.m., Seelig said.
The man was conscious and alert but had some trauma injuries from falling on the sharp and jagged rocks.
Pedestrian dies in hit-and-run
A 34-year-old Big Island man died yesterday morning from a hit-and-run accident on North Kulani Road.
The Mountain View man was walking north near Hawaii Belt Road about 10:45 p.m. Friday when a northbound vehicle struck him and fled the scene, police said.
The man died at 2:38 a.m. yesterday at Hilo Medical Center. His identity was withheld pending notification of family.
An autopsy is scheduled, and police have opened a negligent homicide investigation.
Police are looking for a Chevrolet sedan, pickup or sport utility vehicle with damage to the right headlight area. The vehicle may be blue.
Anyone with information is asked to call Norbert Serrao at 961-8118 or police at 935-3311. Anonymous calls can be made to CrimeStoppers in Hilo at 961-8300 or in Kona at 329-8181.
The accident was the ninth traffic fatality on the Big Island this year, compared with nine at the same time last year.
City truck crash kills Nanakuli man
A city bucket truck that lost control and slid on a wet roadway into oncoming traffic was the cause of a fatal accident on Farrington Highway Friday night, traffic investigators said yesterday.
The 8:30 p.m. collision near Ulehawa Beach Park and Princess Kahanu Avenue claimed the life of a 38-year-old Nanakuli man who was driving a pickup truck Waianae-bound.
Police did not release the man's name yesterday. His two passengers, a 40-year-old woman and 9-year-old boy, were taken to the Queen's Medical Center in serious condition.
Police ruled out speed or alcohol as factors in the crash.
Officer claims assault by youth
Police arrested a youth after he allegedly punched a patrol officer Friday morning in Nanakuli.
The patrol officer had witnessed an argument between the youth and his 42-year-old mother at 7:28 a.m. Friday.
The youth was arrested on charges of police assault, harassment and resisting arrest.
Man arrested in abuse of wife
A 41-year-old man was arrested for allegedly abusing, threatening and kidnapping his 43-year-old wife.
The suspect allegedly attacked her, threatened her with a hammer and would not allow her to leave their Waimanalo home from Monday through Thursday.
Police were called to their home and the husband was arrested Friday on charges of terroristic threatening, kidnapping and family abuse.