8 schools get improvement funds
Eight public schools on the Big Island will get more than $16 million for new gymnasiums, electrical upgrades, air conditioning, parking and other improvements, the state announced last week.
Pahoa High and Intermediate School will receive $7.4 million, nearly half of the funds released by Gov. Linda Lingle, for a new gymnasium and to buy sports equipment.
Hilo High School also will receive $1.1 million to replace a gymnasium built in 1937 on top of $250,000 it got for air conditioning and electrical upgrades.
At Kalanianaole Elementary and Intermediate School, $3.5 million will pay for air conditioning for three buildings, including the school's library, administrative offices, classrooms and multipurpose rooms.
Other projects include:
» $1 million for Waimea Middle School to design an eight-classroom building housing two science and computer resource classrooms, four classrooms, a student services coordinator and assistant office and a faculty center.
» $924,468 for Honokaa Elementary School and $780,000 at Honaunau Elementary School for electrical work to support computer and technology equipment needs.
» $735,000 to add 59 parking stalls at Naalehu Elementary and Intermediate School.
» $500,000 to build a second access road to Keaau Elementary School.
Honolulu picked as CNN 'favorite'
CNN's Web site lauds Honolulu as a travel destination for mixing "sophistication with nature's splendor."
In a travel department called "America's Favorite Cities," the report says Honolulu has struck an attractive balance between its urban setting and the environment. Attractions mentioned include Makiki-Tantalus trail, Ala Moana Center, Chinatown, Kaimuki town, Queen's Beach, Aloha Tower Marketplace and Foster Botanical Garden.
Health insurance option shared
The Department of Human Services is holding informational sessions across the state to reach residents who might qualify for a new state health insurance program called QUEST-ACE or other Medicaid programs.
QUEST-ACE was developed in March to insure up to 20,000 needy men and women without dependent children.
Unemployed or part-time workers particularly may be eligible for the benefits, the department said.
Meetings coming up are:
» 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at 25 Wailuku Drive, Hilo
» 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at Longs Kailua-Kona, 75-5595 Palani Road
» 3 p.m. Thursday, Lanai Community Hospital
Earlier meetings were held in Waimea and on Kauai.
Police, Fire, Courts
Biker hospitalized after car crash
A Hilo man was arrested yesterday and another Hilo man flown to Oahu in critical condition after a motorcycle and car collision on the Big Island.
Police determined that about 2:25 a.m., a 35-year-old man driving a Toyota station wagon rear-ended a 20-year-old motorcyclist heading west on Ainaola Drive, between Keone and Komohana streets.
Fire personnel took both men to the Hilo Medical Center. The driver of the station wagon was treated and released. The motorcyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, was flown to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition.
Traffic enforcement officers arrested and released the driver of the Toyota on investigation of driving under the influence of an intoxicant and negligent injury.
Swimmer goes missing off Kauai
The Coast Guard planned to continue a helicopter search through last night for a swimmer from Washington state reported missing off the North Shore of Kauai.
The 41-year-old man was swimming with a woman, who is also from Washington, near Kilauea Point when they became distressed and needed help, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Luke Clayton.
A Good Samaritan went into the water to assist and also ran into problems.
The Kauai Fire Department responded and rescued the Samaritan and the woman. The woman was taken to the hospital, Clayton said.
About 6:30 p.m., the Coast Guard launched its HH-65 Dolphin helicopter after firefighters called for assistance. The helicopter is equipped with night vision capabilities.
Firefighters are expected to resume their search at dawn.
Girl, 10, dies in possible drowning
A 10-year-old girl died yesterday in an apparent drowning off Iroquois Point.
The Medical Examiner's Office withheld the identity of the girl until today in deference to the family's privacy. A planned autopsy today will determine the exact cause of death.
Firefighters responded to a call at 4:24 p.m. and arrived 10 minutes later to find the girl already on the beach at Edgewater Drive, said Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Terry Seelig. The condition of the girl at the time was unknown. Firefighters helped paramedics load the girl into the ambulance and drove her to Hawaii Medical Center West at 4:58 p.m.
Man, 34, allegedly makes knife threat
Police have arrested a 34-year-old Ewa Gentry man who allegedly threatened his family with a fishing knife.
The man became upset after his wife, 30, discovered that he was having an affair and forced her into the bedroom, then threatened to kill her and their two kids with a fishing knife, police said. *
A neighbor called police, who arrested the man on suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening and kidnapping.
Man arrested after apartment break-in
A 26-year-old Kalihi man is under investigation for allegedly breaking into a woman's apartment on Saturday.
A woman, 30, left her Linapuni Street apartment locked about 5:45 a.m. A neighbor saw the suspect leave the woman's apartment with property and called police, according to a police synopsis of the incident. The neighbor identified the man, and police arrested him, then released him pending investigation.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
An Ewa Gentry man was arrested for allegedly threatening his wife with a knife after she discovered that he was having an affair. A Police/Fire brief on Page A4 of yesterday's morning edition incorrectly said the man found out that his wife was having an affair.
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