Aspiring farmers called to meet
State Rep. Karen Awana invites all community members interested in farming to a public meeting at Maili Elementary School cafeteria tomorrow.
Among the topics on the agenda is a possible farmers' market in the area, favored by Awana.
"Farmers must transport their produce out of the district only to have other distributors return the same produce within a few miles from where it was originally grown to nearby grocery stores," she says.
With the rising cost of fuel prices, Awana says farming on the islands is now feasible.
Meeting attendees will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from the state Department of Agriculture, University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agricultural and Human Resources, and Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation as well as other organizations.
Information about agricultural resources will also be provided. The meeting will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at 87-360 Kulaaipuni St.
Nuuanu sewer project planned
The city will hold a public meeting to discuss an upcoming sewer project in Nuuanu that will affect residents and traffic.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Kawananakoa Middle School cafeteria, 49 Funchal St.
The public meeting is part of a process required before the city begins work on selected sewer lines in upper and lower Nuuanu areas and in parts of Liliha Street. Work includes replacing or rehabilitating the sewer lines, some of which are some of the oldest in Honolulu at 50 to 100 years.
The work is expected to affect traffic, noise and air quality. The project will be similar to work done in Niu Valley and Waikiki, where temporary bypass sewer lines were used during the project.
State ID program event canceled
The state ID program to be held at the Windward Mall on June 28 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. has been canceled. The event was originally scheduled in the mall's summer calendar of events.
For more information on events at Windward Mall, go to www.WindwardMall.com.
UH-Hilo alum starts scholarship
University of Hawaii-Hilo alumnus Ron Terry has established a $25,000 endowment scholarship fund in honor of his professors at the university, UH-Hilo announced last week.
Terry, a geography major and 1980 graduate, started Geometrician Associates in Hilo, a consulting firm that conducts environmental impact assessments.
Prior to starting his own business in 1992, Terry taught geography at UH-Hilo, after getting his master's degree and doctorate at Louisiana State University.
The Geography Founders Scholarship is named for the department's founders: Jim and Sonia Juvik, Jim Kelly and Jack Healy.
The endowment will generate a $1,000 annual scholarship for geography majors at UH-Hilo. The first scholarship will be awarded in 2010 based on financial need. Recipients must have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average, and preference will be given to Hawaii high school graduates.
According to a UH-Hilo news release, Terry pulled weeds at anthurium farms to pay his tuition.
He is also soliciting donations from other geography graduates.
Between 400 and 500 UH-Hilo students enroll in a geography class every semester, and the department graduates 10 to 15 students every year.
"We are very honored Ron Terry has established this important scholarship," UH-Hilo Chancellor Rose Tseng said in a news release. "About 30 percent of our students come from families with very limited resources and nearly 70 percent are the first in their families to attend college. This generous contribution will help lessen the burden of debt with which so many UH-Hilo students graduate, while honoring the visionary founders of one of our stellar programs."
Police, Fire, Courts
Husband arrested in wife's stabbing
Police arrested a 71-year-old Waipahu man yesterday who allegedly stabbed his 70-year-old wife in the chest with a kitchen knife after breakfast.
The man was arrested on suspicion of second-degree attempted murder.
The woman suffered a 1-inch puncture wound to the chest and was taken to Hawaii Medical Center-West.
Police said the man stabbed the woman at 5:53 a.m. at their Pupukoae Street home.
The woman fought off her husband by biting his ear, police said.
Police recovered the weapon, a 10-inch kitchen knife, and arrested the husband.
A neighbor told police the man has dementia, police said.
Threats to parents bring teen's arrest
Police arrested a 13-year- old boy for allegedly threatening his mother and stepfather with knives shortly after noon at their home in Waianae.
The boy argued with his 50-year-old mother, who became frightened and started calling police.
The suspect grabbed two knives and allegedly held them in a threatening manner toward his mother and 56-year-old stepfather, telling her to hang up the phone. Police said she did and that the suspect put the knives away.
The parents later called police, who booked the boy on suspicion of two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening and family abuse.
Man crashes car, caught with drugs
A 29-year-old man was caught with suspected drugs after crashing a stolen car twice, police said.
A police officer saw the suspect's vehicle strike a fixed object in Waimanalo and flee at 7:13 p.m. Tuesday. An officer chased the car and saw it hit a parked vehicle before stopping.
Police said the driver fled on foot but was soon captured at the intersection of Hilu and Oluolu streets.
The suspect allegedly discarded a glass pipe with suspected narcotics before fleeing, according to police. Another bag with more drugs was found on him after his arrest. A check of the vehicle also found that it was stolen.
The suspect was arrested at 7:30 p.m. on suspicion of auto theft, promoting a dangerous drug in the third degree, promoting a detrimental drug in the third degree, fleeing a motor vehicle accident, refusing to stop, driving without a license, possession of drug paraphernalia and reckless driving.
Officials consider arson in brush fires
HILO » Arson is suspected in four brush fires set nearly simultaneously yesterday morning along Waikoloa Road about five miles uphill from Waikoloa village in West Hawaii, fire officials say.
Two fires joined to form a fire of about three acres, and the other two joined to form a fire of eight to 12 acres, said Big Island Fire Chief Darryl Oliveira.
The fires were reported at 9:23 a.m. and declared contained at 10:50 a.m.
A fire inspector and police officers were trying to determine the points of origin and were looking for evidence yesterday, he said.
Wind blowing the fires to the south meant no houses in the community of more than 5,000 people were threatened.
The upper portion of Waikoloa Road was closed at midmorning and reopened at about 12:30 p.m., Hawaii County Civil Defense said.
Suspect sought in pharmacy heist
HILO » Big Island police are investigating the robbery Tuesday of a Waimea pharmacy by a man who appeared to have a handgun, they said.
The man demanded drugs and then fled on foot.
The man, who wore camouflage clothing, was described as about 30 years old, 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet 2 inches tall, with a medium to slightly husky build.
At about the time of the robbery, two men were seen in the parking lot in a blue car similar to a Toyota Corolla, and a third was seen standing outside the car.
Police do not know whe ther the men were witnesses or participants in the robbery. They ask anyone with information to call 326-4646, ext. 277, or CrimeStoppers at 329-8181.