Bill aims to create Giugni archive
The Henry Giugni Kupuna Memorial Archives, named after a longtime aide to U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, will be established at the University of Hawaii under legislation advancing in Congress.
An amendment to establish the archives was included on S. 1642, the Higher Education Bill, which passed the Senate yesterday, Inouye and U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka's offices announced.
Hawaii's senators introduced the amendment in honor of Giugni, a former Honolulu firefighter and policeman who rose to become one of the most sought-after lobbyists in Washington.
Giugni died in 2005 at age 80.
"Henry lived a life full of rich experiences, and along the way he accumulated a wealth of wisdom," Akaka said in a news release. "Establishing these archives to perpetuate the traditional knowledge of all indigenous peoples, such as Henry, will ensure that future generations have access to that wisdom and, in a sense, will be able to learn from the original sources themselves."
Giugni served with Inouye from 1957 to 1987, when he was named Senate sergeant-at-arms. After retiring from the Senate in 1990, Giugni was hired as a lobbyist with Cassidy & Associates.
UH accreditor hails improvements
The accrediting body for the University of Hawaii praised progress being made in the last five years since a reorganization of the system administration by former UH President Evan Dobelle.
In a letter to UH President David McClain, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges praised the "much improved" relationship between the Board of Regents and the president and between the university, the Legislature and the governor.
However, WASC Executive Director Ralph A. Wolff also noted that new legislation will expand the size of the board that oversees the university and change the nominating process for regents.
"The commission is concerned that this progress continue and not be attenuated by the new nominating process or the new board membership," Wolff wrote in the July 6 letter.
A copy of the report the university prepared for the commission, the letter from Wolff, as well as a copy of the March 2007 Special Visit team report, can be found at http://www.hawaii.edu/offices/app/aa/
Mission Houses seeks docents
The Mission Houses Museum's Education Department is looking for people to tell the story of the relationship between New England missionaries and native Hawaiians in 19th century Hawaii.
Volunteers will be trained as museum docents in six sessions over 12 weeks. Residents who speak Hawaiian and Japanese are encouraged to apply.
Docents will learn Hawaii's history in a new context and discover the changes and resilience in Hawaiian culture, the museum said.
Training will begin Aug. 14 and be conducted every other Tuesday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. for an $85 fee covering materials, speakers and museum membership.
For information, call Kula Raquedan, 531-0481, ext. 707.
Colorectal cancer is lunch topic
Dr. Loic Le Marchand of the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii will discuss the high risk of colorectal cancer among Japanese and Japanese Americans at an Aug. 13 luncheon at the center, 1236 Lauhala St., Room 401.
He will present findings on the role of diet and genetics in colorectal cancer among Hawaii's Japanese Americans, who have the highest rates compared with other major ethnic and racial groups in the state and nation.
To register and obtain more information, contact Cecilia Kramer at 564-5815 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Police, Fire, Courts
Man charged with church sex assault
Big Island police charged a Laupahoehoe man yesterday with the sexual assault of a girl at a Pepeekeo church.
Police said Peter Bailey, 49, took the juvenile to church for choir practice Sunday and then sexually assaulted her.
A family member allegedly witnessed the assault and ran for help. Other family members detained Bailey until police arrived.
The assault happened at about 8:30 p.m. The age of the girl was not released.
Bailey was charged with three counts of first-degree sex assault and is being held in lieu of $300,000 bail.
Molokai brush fire burns 240 acres
Firefighters on Molokai were monitoring a brush fire that burned 240 acres early Monday morning, the Maui Fire Department said.
The fire near the Naiwa landfill outside of Kaunakakai was reported at 2:32 a.m. and contained at 6:27 a.m.
The fire had been burning toward gas company storage tanks but was contained before it could reach any structures, said Battalion Chief David Kamalani.
Three engine companies fought the fire. Two helicopters from Maui also flew over at daybreak, said Battalion Chief David Kamalani. Construction equipment and heavy machinery from Goodfellow Brothers and Maui County also assisted firefighters in building firebreaks.
2 threatened at knifepoint
Police arrested a 21-year-old man who allegedly threatened two people inside a corner market.
Police said that at about 10:49 p.m. Monday, the suspect was banging on the open door of a corner market at Keeaumoku and Kinau streets. The suspect brandished a kitchen knife and threatened a woman in the store, police said.
The woman screamed, drawing the attention of another man in the store, who was also allegedly threatened. A passerby saw what was happening, called police and detained the suspect. Police arrested the suspect on suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening.
1 nabbed, another sought in car theft
Police arrested one man and were searching for another who allegedly robbed a motorist of his car Monday night.
A 38-year-old man was sitting in his car in Honolulu at about 9 p.m. Monday when two men approached him and told him to get out of his car, police said. They allegedly struck him in the head with a beer bottle and drove away in his car.
About an hour later, a patrol sergeant saw the car on Hotel Street being driven by a 30-year-old man. The suspect was arrested on suspicion of first-degree robbery, unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle and auto theft. Police were looking for the second suspect.
3 held for torching car in Pearl City
Police arrested three men for allegedly stripping a vehicle then setting it on fire in Pearl City early Saturday morning.
About 2:30 a.m., three men fled in a pickup truck after allegedly stripping and igniting the car, police said. Patrol officers stopped a pickup truck nearby at Waihona Street and Kamehameha Highway. They arrested the men after finding evidence in the bed of the pickup.
A 26-year-old Mililani man, a 27-year-old Salt Lake man and a 22-year-old Kaneohe man were arrested on suspicion of second-degree arson and second-degree theft.