Union OKs cargo agreement
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers has reached a tentative agreement with the buyer of Aloha Air Cargo.
Under the tentative agreement reached Saturday, Aeko Kula -- a subsidiary of Aloha Air Cargo's prospective buyer, Saltchuk Resources -- would abide by a four-year agreement that recognizes the union, provides wage protections for former Aloha Airlines employees who are hired by the new company and establishes parameters for compensation and work rules.
In a news release, Mike Coffman, Aeko Kula's chief operating officer, and Randy Kauhane, lead negotiator for the union, provided no further details.
Kauhane represents between 200 to 300 cargo and supply agents who are responsible for handling goods while it is on the ground.
Last week the Air Line Pilots Association had yet to meet with Saltchuk after cargo pilots had returned to work and normal operations resumed. Capt. David Bird, chairman of Aloha's pilots union, had criticized Saltchuk for ignoring offers to meet to help solve problems and continue operations.
Saltchuk, a Seattle-based company that also owns interisland cargo shipper Young Bros., is expected to issue a statement today.
Program allows 2-campus learning
Kapiolani Community College and the University of Hawaii at West Oahu are cooperating on a new program that will allow students to enroll at both campuses.
The new program, called Mananawai, should allow students to complete their degree more quickly and with less cost, according to a UH news release.
Under the program, students admitted to UH-West Oahu can enroll in courses at KCC and pay the community college tuition rate.
After earning 24 credits at KCC and maintaining a 2.0 grade-point average, students who are accepted at UH-West Oahu can transfer and take courses at either campus.
The first program offered under the partnership is a degree in respiratory care. More programs, such as culinary management, are expected to be added to Mananawai.
Cayetano to speak on leadership
Former Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano, the first Filipino-American governor in the United States, will be the featured speaker Thursday at a University of Hawaii forum.
The program, "Leadership in a Changing World," is part of the Nisei Veterans Endowed Forum Series, "Universal Values for a Democratic Society."
The program will run from 9 a.m. to noon at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii on Beretania Street.
State winners of this year's Values for Life essay contest also will be announced, and students will read their essays on the topic of leadership in a changing world.
The forum is free and open to the public. Box lunches are also available for $8. For more information or to RSVP by today, call Laarni Gedo in the Colleges of Arts & Sciences' Office of Community and Alumni Relations at 956-5790.
SAT classes free or discounted
College Connections Hawaii and the state Department of Education will offer free and reduced-price SAT practice classes this summer.
Also, Secondary School Admissions Test classes will be available for students from grades 5 through 10 seeking to enroll in a private secondary school.
The SAT, which includes critical reading, writing and math questions, is typically taken by high school students in fall of their senior year or spring of their junior year. Many colleges and universities use SAT scores in admission decisions.
The classes, intended to help students familiarize with the SAT and SSAT exams' structure and content, are scheduled for Waianae, McKinley, Farrington, Kohala and Honokaa high schools as well as College Connections Hawaii.
More information is available at www.collegeconnections.org.
Police, Fire, Courts
Woman charged in officer's assault
Big Island police have charged a Puna woman, 27, with assault on a police officer and other offenses arising from an incident Thursday at the Hawaiian Beaches subdivision in Puna.
Rina L. Shimizu also was charged Saturday with reckless endangering, promoting a dangerous drug and drug paraphernalia offenses.
At 7:25 p.m. Thursday, police tried to serve a search warrant on a car at an intersection in Hawaiian Beaches when the car, with two occupants, allegedly accelerated toward one of the officers. Officers fired at the car, hitting it several times.
One of the officers was struck by the car, which was later found abandoned in the subdivision.
Shimizu was arrested later that evening in connection with the case and is being held in the Hilo cellblock in lieu of $10,500 bail pending a court hearing today.
The second suspect, 30, was arrested Friday and released pending investigation.
Sand at Kualoa yields human skull
Children digging in the sand at the beach across from Kualoa Regional Park found a skull Saturday, police said.
Police received the call at 2:59 p.m. A detective went out, and a miscellaneous case has been opened.
Police said it appeared to be an old skull. No further information was available.
Kualoa Park, near Mokolii Island (Chinaman's Hat), was where convicted murderer Kirk Lankford said he disposed of the body of Japanese visitor Masumi Watanabe, last seen in April 2007.