Principals nominated for award
Eleven public school principals were nominated for the Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award.
Nominees received a $1,000 cash award and commemorative plaque at a ceremony yesterday at Island Insurance Center. The award is named in honor of the late Masayuki Tokioka, founder of Island Insurance Co.
The winner and semifinalists will be announced at the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation Dinner on May 21. One principal will receive a $10,000 award and $15,000 toward a school project, while two semi-finalists will each receive $2,000.
The nominees are:
» Dr. John Brummel, Mililani High School
» Michael Harano, Washington Middle School
» Gregg Lee, Stevenson Middle School
» Meredith Maeda, Castle High School
» Amy Martinson, Highlands Intermediate School
» Myron Monte, Dole Middle School
» Wilfred Murakami, Kealakehe Middle School
» Annette Nishikawa, Kapolei Middle School
» Linda Puleloa, Molokai High School
» Caroline Wong, Moanalua Middle School
» Gilmore Youn, Kapaa High School
State waives e-filing tax fee
Starting at 11 a.m. tomorrow, the state Department of Taxation will waive the $2.50 electronic filing fee for people who use the state's Web site to file and pay their state income taxes.
The waiving of the fee is an effort to promote electronic filing, the tax department said in a news release.
The state's Web site address for e-filing and e-paying is: www.ehawaii.gov/efile. The deadline to file is before midnight April 21.
Taxpayers who pay their taxes with an electronic check will not be charged. But those planning to pay using a credit card will still be required to pay the credit card processing fee.
Taxpayers who are expecting a refund can already file electronically using the state's Web site and will not be charged, said tax department deputy director Sandra Yahiro.
Taxpayers who have questions may call the Tax Department's Call Center at 587-4242 or toll-free at 1-800-222-3229.
State union codifies drug tests
The state and the United Public Workers union signed off on an alcohol and controlled substance testing supplemental agreement.
The reasonable suspicion and random drug testing program will cover more than 2,300 blue collar, nonsupervisory employees in Bargaining Unit 01.
Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona says the agreement is the first to include random drug testing for state employees not subject to federally required commercial driver's license drug testing laws.
Aiona says the testing will take effect in about 30 days. He and UPW state director Dayton Nakanelua signed the agreement Thursday.
Members of the unit accepted the drug testing program when they approved a two-year contract last April.
Lawyers' discipline unit has posts
The Nominating Committee of the Hawaii Supreme Court is looking for applicants to serve on the Disciplinary Board.
The three-year terms begin on July 1.
Duties for the volunteer positions include overseeing the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, which investigates allegations of attorney misconduct and incapacity, and recommending action.
Deadline to apply is May 15. Send resume and letter to Gayle J. Lau, Chair of Nominating Committee, Supreme Court of Hawaii, P.O. Box 26436, Honolulu, HI 96825.
Police, Fire, Courts
Man accused of beating woman
Police arrested a 48-year-old man who allegedly beat a woman in the head with a baseball bat early yesterday morning.
The incident happened at about 3:15 a.m. during an argument between the suspect and a 29-year-old woman at their Waimanalo home, police said.
The woman went to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition.
Police arrest man after Kalihi brawl
A 31-year-old man was arrested after a brawl in a Kalihi parking lot at about 1:15 yesterday morning.
Police said two groups of friends were drinking on opposite sides of the lot when a 22-year-old man and his friends approached the suspect's group and confronted them.
Police said the 22-year-old man was struck on the head with a hammer during a fight between the two groups of men.
Police seek 5 men in alleged robbery
Big Island police are asking for the public's help in catching five men who robbed two people on Banyan Drive on March 2.
Police said five men approached a 26-year-old Hilo man and a 20-year-old man from France near a bus stop on the golf course side of the road and asked them if they wanted to make a donation. The suspects then knocked both victims to the ground, searched their pockets and removed their wallets and wrist watches.
One of the attackers had short, bleached hair and was wearing a green basketball jersey. Police ask anyone with information to call Officer Jeremy Kubojiri at 961-2213.