UH picks Hawaiian studies dean
Michigan State University professor Maenette Kape'ahiokalani Padeken Ah Nee-Benham will return to her alma mater to head the new Hawai'inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge.
Last year the Hawaiian studies and language programs at the University of Hawaii at Manoa were merged to create the School of Hawaiian Knowledge.
Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw, co-chairwoman of the advisory search committee, says Benham's background makes her a perfect fit as the dean of the department.
Benham received her bachelor's degree from San Francisco State University and her doctorate in educational administration from the University of Hawaii. In addition to working with Hawaiian immersion schools, Benham has written extensively about the effect of educational policy on indigenous communities. She is working on the book "Collective Leadership for Community Change," which examines community activism.
3 polluting businesses are cited
WAILUKU » State health officials have cited three businesses for alleged air pollution permit violations.
Maui Paving LLC has paid $3,600 for failing to conduct a 2006 annual source performance test and visible emission test at its portable asphalt concrete plant in Kalamaula on Molokai.
Schnitzer Steel Hawaii Corp. has about 20 days to contest a notice of violation and $4,000 fine alleging uncontrolled dust generated by excavators loading scrap metal onto trucks at Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor on Oct. 24.
Hamakua Macadamia Nut Co. has asked for a hearing to contest a $5,900 fine on a couple of charges, including the failure to install a pressure gauge on a scrubber at its Kawaihae facility, as required by its permit.
COURTESY HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY
A plume of ash and steam rises as lava enters the ocean at Waikupanaha on the Big Island. About 1,000 people a day are visiting the area to watch the lava flow into the sea, state officials said.
Cost of lava viewing site grows
KALAPANA, Hawaii » The costs of viewing Kilauea Volcano's lava flow pour into the ocean are adding up.
Federal, state and county governments have spent an estimated $630,000 for the lava viewing program since March.
The money has been used for security, toilets, staff, overtime, meals, supplies and construction of a 2-mile access road.
Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency Administrator Quince Mento says about 400 cars and 1,000 people per day are visiting the viewing site.
That is a decline from mid-April, when about 2,000 people a day visited the lava's ocean entry point. The first day the site opened, between 8,000 and 10,000 people watched the lava. Mento says lava continues to flow steadily into the ocean.
Learn how to install car seat
A recent study has found that 85 percent of children's car seats were improperly installed, risking serious injury or death in the event of an accident.
Queen's Medical Center is sponsoring a free educational event on proper installation and use of child safety seats Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at KCAA Kuapa Preschool, 6774 Hawaii Kai Drive.
Bring your vehicle and vehicle owner's manual, with child safety seat and owner's manual. Contact Cora Speck at 537-7059 for more information.
Charities seek school supplies
Aloha United Way's Society of Young Leaders and the Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union are collecting school supplies for homeless children on Oahu until June 30.
Needed supplies include folder paper, notebooks, binders, pens, pencils, rulers, crayons, calculators, backpacks and school bags.
Drop off the items at any Aloha Pacific credit union branch, located at 832 S. Hotel St., 988 Fort Street Mall, the Waikele Shopping Center at 94-799 Lumiaina St. and the Waimalu Shopping Plaza at 98-1277 Kaahumanu St. Check the Web site www.kalanet.com for branch hours.
The Aloha United Way office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 200 N. Vineyard Blvd., Suite 700, Marketing Department.
Police, Fire, Courts
Fire threatens house on Molokai
Firefighters on Molokai extinguished a 2-acre brush fire Sunday that threatened a home 150 feet away, a Maui County news release said.
Two fire engines and a water tanker responded to the Kaluakoi blaze at 3:30 p.m., the release said. The fire was extinguished by 7:25 p.m.
A contractor started the fire while using equipment to build a fence in the area, the release said. Twenty-five mph winds and tall grass helped spread the fire. No one was injured.
Odor sickens bank employees
Nine people were taken to area hospitals in stable condition yesterday after they suffered nausea and other symptoms at the Bank of Hawaii call service center in Kapolei.
Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to an 11:28 a.m. call yesterday after reports of employees complaining of a chemical odor and feeling nauseous.
Sixteen felt better and were treated at the scene for headaches, dizziness, and shortness of breath
Fire Capt. Terry Seelig said the fire department's hazardous materials team tested for common chemicals and ventilated the single affected room, the Kamokila Wing on the second floor of the four-story building.
Victim tracks down auto-theft suspect
Police arrested a 26-year-old man who was caught allegedly stealing another man's truck.
About 11:45 last night, a 28-year-old man heard his truck starting up outside his Waianae apartment and saw it being driven off, police said.
He followed the truck in another vehicle and called police.
Police found the suspect along Farrington Highway and arrested him on suspicion of auto theft.
Argument leads to man's arrest
Police arrested a 20-year-old man yesterday for allegedly abusing his roommate early Sunday.
The suspect and a 24-year-old woman are roommates in Kaneohe. Police said the two got into an argument shortly after midnight.
The woman told police that the suspect threatened her with a knife and hit her with his fist.
Police arrested the suspect yesterday on suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening and abuse of a household member.
Man, 25, arrested in domestic abuse
Police arrested a 25-year-old Pupukea man who allegedly punched his girlfriend and threatened a roommate with knives.
Police said the man suspected the roommate of flirting with his girlfriend, who also lives with them.
He punched the girlfriend, 27, in the back of the head and got two kitchen knives and threatened the 29-year-old roommate, police said.
Police arrested the suspect on suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening and abuse.