10 isle schools flunk fire survey
All but 10 of Hawaii's 254 public schools have passed an annual fire inspection, the state Department of Education said yesterday.
The report showing 96 percent of isle schools meeting fire safety guidelines is slightly worse than last year's results, which had 97 percent of schools passing.
The Education Department says it has fixed a fire alarm system at Waianae High School and is working to bring nine schools with outstanding violations into compliance.
Schools with fire alarm deficiencies include Honokaa Elementary, Honokaa High, King Kekaulike High, King Intermediate, Konawaena High, Mililani High and Molokai High. Aliamanu Middle was cited for problems with the pressure of a dry standpipe, and Lokelani Intermediate was found to be in need of a ventilation system for its cafeteria. Charter schools were not listed in the report.
ROTC to start back up at UH-Hilo
HILO » The Reserve Officer Training Corps program will resume at the University of Hawaii at Hilo this fall after a gap of 16 years, the university announced.
The program was previously active on the Hilo campus from 1988 to 1992. It has been continuous at Manoa since 1914. Students at Oahu community colleges can take the first two years of classes at Manoa and then continue for a four-year degree.
The Hilo program will start with two classes, military science leadership and introduction to military science, followed by intermediate military science in the spring.
Although some people have avoided military service because of the war in Iraq, the service offers more than just combat duty, said Hilo political science professor Rick Castberg.
"You could easily end up working in a highly skilled position for 20 years, retire with a lifetime income, medical coverage and other benefits yet still be young enough to start another career," Castberg said.
Tribute offered to school backer
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Aug. 9 at Kawaiaha'o Church for Dr. Terence A. Rogers, 83, a major force behind the John A. Burns School of Medicine, who died July 16 at Kuakini Medical Center.
Rogers was instrumental in developing the University of Hawaii-Manoa's Pacific Biomedical Research Center and starting a two-year medical school in 1967. He became dean of the medical school and expanded it to a four-year program in 1973. He is credited with opening the medical school and medicine to more women, disadvantaged and minority students.
Physicians will offer musical tributes at the memorial service. A reception will follow on the church grounds.
Rogers willed his body to the medical school.
Gifts in his memory may be made payable to the University of Hawaii Foundation, Terence A. Rogers, Ph.D., Memorial Fund, to benefit students of the John A. Burns School of Medicine.
Hanauma Bay offers free program
The public is invited to explore Hawaiian ocean culture and traditions from 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Hanauma Bay.
This is the second in a series of free summer programs sponsored by the University of Hawaii Sea Grant Hanauma Bay Education Program to celebrate the 2008 International Year of the Reef.
Specialists will discuss Hawaii fish legends, fishing techniques and pono practices, ocean legends and traditions. Presentations will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Craft activities will be available for children. Creations can be taken home or displayed at Hanauma Bay during July and August. For more information, call 397-5840, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.soest.hawaii. edu/SEAGRANTeducation/HBEP.
Event to discuss diabetes
The Hawaii Medical Service Association and American Diabetes Association will give a presentation on diabetes from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Chinese Lutheran Church of Honolulu, 1640 Liliha St.
The event is one in a series of "Diabetes Sundays" programs at churches to raise awareness and educate communities about the seriousness of the disease. A health fair with free diabetes and blood pressure screenings, eye exams and possible cooking demonstrations will follow the informational session.
Police, Fire, Courts
Man allegedly uses car in assault
A 43-year-old Makiki man was arrested yesterday after he allegedly used a vehicle to hit a 51-year-old man.
Police said the suspect allegedly intentionally struck the other man with the vehicle he was driving at 8:40 a.m.
Officers arrested the man at 9:25 a.m. on suspicion of second-degree assault.
He was released pending investigation.
1 of 2 suspects arrested in robbery
Police arrested a 17-year-old boy who allegedly robbed two women earlier this month.
At about 2:30 a.m. July 15, two women, ages 19 and 20, were walking home from work in Kalihi when they were approached by two boys.
One of the boys, 17, brandished a handgun and demanded the women's money and purses, and threatened to shoot if they did not comply, police said.
The suspects fled. The 17-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of two counts of first-degree robbery. The other suspect, also believed to be a minor, was still at large.
Husband accused of choking wife
Police arrested a 32-year-old man who allegedly choked his wife Wednesday.
Police said that at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, the suspect and his 19-year-old wife were arguing in their Waianae home when the suspect choked her.
When police were called, the suspect fled.
He was found later at another Waianae home and arrested on suspicion of felony abuse of a family member.