Sewage gets into Nuuanu Stream
A 150-gallon sewage spill into Nuuanu Stream prompted the state Department of Health yesterday to warn the public to stay out of the stream from School Street to Honolulu Harbor.
The sewage entered the stream through a waste-water overflow near the Chinese Cultural Plaza, according to the Health Department's Clean Water Branch.
Signs were posted and water samples were taken.
Super-eye in the sky on display
Imagine a technology that would make photos taken from an airplane precise enough to measure tree height or check for invasive plants. It is here -- and a demonstration of the cutting-edge technology known as the Carnegie Airborne Observatory will be open to the public at 2 p.m. today at the state Capitol auditorium.
The presentation is co-sponsored by the Hawaii Statewide GIS Program, state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife, and the Hawaii Geographic Information Council.
Commencements feature mayor
Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann will be the commencement speaker at graduation ceremonies for Chaminade University tonight and Hawaii Pacific University Wednesday.
HPU will also give Hannemann its Fellow of the Pacific Award for his leadership, contributions to higher education and service to the community.
Chaminade's commencement will be at 7 p.m. at the Neal Blaisdell Center. HPU's 66th commencement ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Waikiki Shell.
Grant will help diabetics work
An $8.7 million federal grant has been awarded to the state Department of Human Services to help adults with diabetes maintain their health so they can continue working 40 hours or more per month.
"By providing preventive medical services and other forms of intervention, we intend to show that diabetics at high risk of becoming disabled can effectively manage their illnesses, remain employed and lead active, productive lives," DHS Director Lillian Koller said, announcing the grant.
The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' grant will supply more than half the funding for the Hawaii Demonstration to Maintain Independence and Employment project.
Collaborating are the University of Hawaii-Manoa Center on Disability Studies, state Department of Health and Hawaii Business Health Council.
The cost of the three-year project is $14.1 million, with 76 percent provided by federal and state agencies and 24 percent from employers and other nongovernment sources, according to DHS.
Residents 18 to 60 years old diagnosed with potentially disabling forms of diabetes are participating in the project. The study will examine whether a comprehensive program of medical assistance and other supports can prevent or delay loss of self-sufficiency caused by the disease.
Cafeteria noted for environmental design
A "green design" at Waipahu Intermediate School
has earned an award from the U.S. Green Building Council. The council will give the school its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification award today.
The award recognizes the campus' $5.8 million cafeteria design, which relies on natural light and ventilation.
The 750-seat, 19,175-square-foot cafeteria was built with local and recycled materials and has resulted in substantial energy and water-use reductions.
Ten public high school students from across Oahu will be awarded college scholarships worth up to $4,000 each by Hawaii Self Storage.
Each will receive renewable $1,000 awards for a maximum of two years for associate degrees and four years for bachelor's degrees. The 2007 scholarship winners are:
Amanda Tanhchaleun of Aiea High School, Maria Sabio of Farrington High, Olivia Vea of Kaimuki High, Timothy Lu of Kalani High, Matthew-Dane Bolusan of Kapolei High, Natalie Jacob of Mililani High, Brian Lee of Moanalua High, Monica Orcine of Pearl City High, Aimee Nobles of Radford High and Lorie Anne Acio of Waipahu High.
"Shining Stars" runs Monday through Thursday.
Police, Fire, Courts
Police charge man in fatal attack
Kauai police charged Shane N. Duncan, 27, of Wailua Homesteads on suspicion of manslaughter yesterday in connection with the death of a 65-year-old woman whom he allegedly kicked in the chest.
Marie Annette Mundon of Wailua died Wednesday of blunt force trauma to her chest area, an autopsy report said. Police reported that on May 9 Mundon was holding her grandchild in her driveway when Duncan, the child's father, drove up, pushed her and grabbed the child. Mundon's husband, James Mundon, 68, attacked Duncan, who then assaulted him, police said.
When Marie Annette Mundon tried to pull her husband away, Duncan kicked her in the chest, police said.
Mundon complained of chest pains and was taken to Wilcox Hospital, where she died the next day.
Police charged Duncan on suspicion of manslaughter, family abuse, third-degree assault and second-degree unlawful imprisonment. He is being held at Kauai Community Correctional Center in lieu of $101,200 bail.
Brush fire gets near golf course
Honolulu firefighters extinguished an Ewa Beach brush fire near the Ewa Villages golf course yesterday.
The fire burned about three acres near the 13th hole but did not threaten any structures or people, a Fire Department spokesman said.
Seven companies responded to the 12:12 p.m. alarm and contained the blaze by 12:55.
The cause of the fire was still undetermined yesterday.
Fall from truck injures man
A man was flown to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition last night after a single-vehicle accident on Kamehameha Highway near Hale Laa Boulevard in Laie.
Police responded to a call at 8:05 p.m. and found the man had apparently fallen out of the back of a pickup truck.
The man, in his late 20s or early 30s, was taken to Kahuku Hospital but was diverted to Queen's by helicopter, police said.