Waialua High and Intermediate School's EV Team, including teachers Timothy Pregana and Glenn Lee and students Charles Nery and Justin Ermitanio, won the overall Student Class title during an electric car race in Oregon last month. CLICK FOR LARGE
Waialua wins electric car race
Waialua High and Intermediate School took first place overall in the Student Class race of the Electrathon Grand Prix, a national electric vehicle competition held in Oregon last month.
Isle students competed against 23 electric vehicles from high schools across the country between May 26 and 28 at Portland International Raceway, the school said in a news release.
The Waialua school's EV team, made up of four students and three teachers, engineered, designed and built an electric car. During the competition, senior Daniel Hollembaek drove 118 miles on a 1.95-mile track with speeds above 40 mph. The 62 laps gave Waialua the overall race title for the third time in the past five years. Kohala High's team placed fifth.
Free lectures mark UH Centennial Celebration
The climate crisis, spiritual ecology, Kahoolawe's future and other issues will be discussed in the University of Hawaii's Sakamaki Lecture Series during a free Centennial Celebration from June through August.
The lectures will be held on five Wednesdays and two Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Yukiyoshi Room of Krauss Hall, 012, on the Manoa campus.
The series will begin next Wednesday with a 92-minute film by Nikolaus Geyhalter titled "Our Daily Bread," about industrial food production and high-tech farming.
Ira Rohter, UH associate professor of political science, will give an introduction. The film will be followed by a question-and-answer discussion.
On June 28, Stephen Chun, second-year medical student at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, will discuss "Broken Heart Syndrome in Hawaii."
For information on July and August lectures, visit www.outreach.hawaii.edu/summer, or call 956-8246.
Not guilty plea in mother's death
A 25-year-old woman who may be suffering from a mental illness pleaded not guilty yesterday to allegedly stabbing and strangling her mother.
Carol Weidman was indicted June 6 on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of her mother, Lisa Weidman, 55, at their Halawa Heights home on May 30.
Carol Weidman appeared via video yesterday from the Oahu Community Correctional Center, where she is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail. A judge increased bail to $100,000 from $50,000 last week after prosecutors said she may have an undiagnosed mental condition.
Kahuku history teacher honored
A sixth-grade teacher at Kahuku Elementary School has been named Hawaii History Teacher of the Year.
Paul Waite, a Hauula resident, will get a $1,000 honorarium and will compete for the National History Teacher of the Year award this fall. His award was announced last week by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Preserve America.
Waite was recognized for his commitment to teaching American history, creativity in explaining the subject, and the use of primary sources such as oral history, artifacts and other documents.
Waite has taught for 15 years and has been at Kahuku Elementary for three years. He works with fourth- and fifth-grade students on the National History Day contest.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History promotes the study of history. Preserve America is a White House initiative that supports history education.
Apply for state ID cards Saturday
The public may apply for state ID cards Saturday at the Waipahu High School cafeteria from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fee is $10 for senior citizens 65 years and older, and $15 for all others, payable in cash only.
These certified documents will be required to process applications: an original Social Security card, and a certified copy of a birth certificate or resident alien card, if applicable; changes in status or name due to marriage, divorce, annulment, adoption or citizenship. Legal documents that are copied, altered or illegible will not be accepted.
Recorded information is available at 587-3111 or at www.stateid.hawaii.gov. Application forms and maps are available via the Web site. Other questions may be answered by calling 587-3112.
Police, Fire, Courts
Sting nabs enticement suspect
Law enforcement agents have arrested a 25-year-old Wahiawa man on suspicion of first-degree electronic enticement of a child.
The man allegedly thought he had met a 13-year-old girl on the Internet and allegedly arranged to meet her at Manoa Marketplace yesterday, where he was to have picked her up and taken her elsewhere to have sex.
Instead he was met by police detectives who arrested him.
The Hawaii Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is working to intercept Internet sexual solicitations of children. The task force includes the state Department of the Attorney General, police, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Naval Criminal Investigative Services.
Employee found dead in freezer
LIHUE » An unidentified 28-year-old man was found dead Monday morning in a freezer after an apparent workplace accident.
The man, whom police did not identify, was driving a forklift in the freezer of Kauai Beverage and Ice Cream when the forklift apparently slipped gears and pinned him.
A representative of the wholesale beverage company said the man, whom police said lived in Lihue, worked for the company for three years. He was found unconscious by a co-worker. An autopsy is scheduled for today to determine the cause of death, police officials said.
Man is charged in park shooting
A 21-year-old Waianae man was charged yesterday in the Pililaau Park shooting on Sunday.
Joshua T. Gualdarama was charged with second-degree assault, criminal property damage, terroristic threatening and reckless endangerment.
At about 4:30 a.m. Sunday, police responded to a call at Pililaau Park, after an earlier argument led to shots being fired into a group of people.
The last shot hit 24-year-old Charles Kipilii in the abdomen. He was hospitalized in stable condition. The suspect and a 25-year-old man drove away but was found on McArthur Street. Both were arrested in connection with the case.
2 teens arrested in man's beating
Police arrested two teenage boys who allegedly beat a local man unconscious in Waikiki and then slammed his head against the sidewalk.
Police said that about 4:30 a.m. Monday, the boys, ages 16 and 14, got into an argument with the 40-year-old victim on Kuhio Avenue. Police said the boys did not know the victim.
After the beating, the boys fled but were captured nearby and arrested for investigation of second-degree attempted murder, police said.
Police did not provide further details. Witnesses who did not wish to be identified said the man was lying in a pool of blood as the boys allegedly fled. However, the witnesses did not know what the argument was about. They said the suspects are part of a group of boys often seen hanging around by the Waikiki Beach Wall.
Boy allegedly breaks into car
Police arrested a 12-year-old boy who allegedly broke into a car and stole items.
About 3 p.m. Monday, a witness saw the boy break into a neighbor's parked car in Hawaii Kai, police said. The witness then contacted the owner.
Once the owner saw items were missing, police were called and the boy was arrested nearby on suspicion of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle. The missing items were returned, police said.