$25M to pay for school repairs
The state will spend $25 million for repairs and maintenance work at 84 public schools on Oahu and Maui.
The projects, which include re-roofing, air conditioner replacements, fire alarm upgrades and resurfacing, are expected to be completed by June 2009, Gov. Linda Lingle said yesterday.
Most of the money, almost $20.6 million, will fund projects on Oahu. Maui schools will get $4.4 million, according to the state. Lawmakers appropriated the funds this spring.
Priory has interim leader
St. Andrew's Priory, an all-girls Christian school in Downtown Honolulu, has picked the head of a co-ed school in Ohio to serve as its interim leader.
Sandra J. Theunick became interim head of school in St. Andrew's for the 2007-08 school year, its board of trustees announced last week. The board will continue to search for a permanent replacement.
Theunick joins St. Andrew's from the Seven Hills School, a co-ed school in Cincinnati, where she served as head of school since August 2003. She has also led the all-girls Chapin School in New York, served as the headmistress at the Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Princeton, N.J., and was school head at Forest Ridge School in Bellevue, Wash.
St. Andrew's, a K-12 college preparatory school, is celebrating its 140th anniversary.
HCC facility renamed for alumnus
Honolulu Community College's Kapalama Media Conference Center is now the Norman W.H. Loui Conference Center.
The University of Hawaii Board of Regents renamed the facility after voting to accept a $3.4 million gift from the Norman W.H. Loui Estate. The gift will establish three endowed funds through the UH Foundation -- a tools of the trade scholars program, a community boating and marine technology program, and a student innovation fund for carpentry.
Loui is a former electrical and carpentry student at HCC. He built his fortune as longtime owner of the former Hawaiian Rental-All with his brother Gordon. Norman Loui died last year.
HPU accepting poetry entries
Hawaii Pacific University is welcoming entries for the James M. Vaughan Award for Poetry contest through Dec. 1.
The winner will receive a $500 cash award and the winning entry will be featured in Hawaii Pacific Review, the university's annual literary magazine. Patrice M. Wilson, assistant English professor, poet and editor of the magazine, will judge the contest.
The award will recognize a Hawaii writer for an outstanding poem or group of poems, a release said. Participants must be a Hawaii resident for at least a year.
Entrants should send three unpublished poems with a 100-line limit each, but do not include your name on the poems. Send a cover page (including your name, address, phone number, e-mail and the names of the poems), and a five-line biography to the James M. Vaughan Award for Poetry, 1060 Bishop St., LB 7A, Honolulu 96813.
Submissions must be postmarked by Dec. 1. Manuscripts will not be returned. For more information, call 544-1108 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The winner will be announced in January, though the award will be presented March 8 at HPU's annual Ko'olau Writing Workshops. The winner will be asked to share the winning poetry with HPU students during the spring semester.
'The Rock,' wife donate $1M to Miami football
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and his wife, Dany Garcia Johnson, announced a $1 million gift yesterday to the University of Miami's football facilities renovation fund -- the largest gift former Hurricane student athletes have ever made to the university's athletic department.
The Hurricanes' football locker room will be renamed in Dwayne Johnson's honor.
The Rock, who at one time attended McKinley High School here, played football and Dany was a rower for the Hurricanes. Last year they made a $2 million gift to help fund the construction of an on-campus alumni center.
The two announced their separation in June, but remain good friends.
Police, Fire, Courts
Drowning victim was from Kaneohe
A 19-year-old Oahu man who drowned Sunday on the Big Island has been identified as Chase I. Morrill of Kaneohe.
About 3:10 p.m. Sunday, Morrill dove into a pool at Boiling Pots recreation area mauka of Hilo and failed to surface. His body was later recovered. Police have referred the case to the coroner for an inquest.
Cell phones help locate lost hikers
Firefighters used global positioning tracking to rescue two hikers who got lost while trying to get to Mount Kaala yesterday.
About noon, the hikers, a resident and a visiting friend, started hiking up Mount Kaala, the highest point on Oahu at 4,020 feet, said fire spokesman Capt. Earle Kealoha.
At some point, they took a wrong turn, he said.
Using cell phones, they called for help about 10 p.m. Honolulu fire dispatchers helped the helicopter lock onto their position using global positioning signals from their cell phones.
By 11:40 p.m., both men were found in the valley across from the entrance to Poamoho Estates, Kealoha said. They were uninjured.
Teenager accused of sexual assault
Police arrested a 15-year-old boy yesterday who allegedly sexually assaulted a girl his age in the Leeward Oahu area.
The attack allegedly occurred June 7.
After investigating, police identified the teenage suspect and arrested him on suspicion of first-degree sexual assault and kidnapping.
He was released pending further investigation.