Moore grant lets kids see stars
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is giving the Imiloa Astronomy Center on the Big Island a $670,000 grant so that schoolchildren can have free admission to the center, the University of Hawaii Foundation said in a news release.
The grant has a matching component to it: The Moore foundation will put up $2 for every dollar given to the Imiloa Astronomy Center by other donors.
Donors can give online to the Imiloa Astronomy Center at www.uhf.hawaii.edu/support, or can they can pledge by phone at 979-9732 or mail contributions to the Imiloa Development Office at 600 Imiloa Place, Hilo, HI 96720, ATTN: Visit Imiloa, Moore Matching Fund.
UH sets electronics recycling push
The University of Hawaii is holding a free electronic waste recycling drive to safely dispose of computers, cell phones, office equipment and other electronic waste, the university said in a news release.
The recycling program, which will be held Oct. 20-25, is open to Hawaii residents, public and private schools and universities, federal, state and county governments, small- to medium-size businesses and nonprofits.
Individuals can drop off e-waste on Oct. 25 at one of six locations on UH campuses on the Big Island, Kauai, Maui or Oahu, plus Kealakehe High School in Kailua-Kona.
Groups are asked to register before participating.
To register and to find out more information on drop-off sites, hours and a list of acceptable electronic items, visit www.hawaii.edu/ewaste.
All equipment collected will be processed and recycled into commodity-grade materials such as metals, plastics and glass. Recycling and disposal services are provided courtesy of Apple.
Geography scholarships funded
University of Hawaii-Hilo alumnus Ron Terry established a $25,000 endowment scholarship fund in honor of his professors at the university, UH-Hilo announced.
Terry, a geography major and 1980 graduate, started Geometrician Associates in Hilo, a consulting firm that conducts environmental impact assessments.
Terry also taught at geography at UH-Hilo.
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, the university said. Recipients must have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average, and preference will be given to Hawaii high school graduates.
He is also soliciting donations from other geography graduates.
Police, Fire, Courts
Man uses crowbar in road-rage attack
Police arrested a 46-year-old Waipahu man for allegedly assaulting another man with a crowbar in a road-rage incident on the H-1 freeway yesterday.
Police said that at about 5:20 p.m. the motorists were arguing while traveling westbound on H-1 and had stopped near the Airport exit. The suspect got out of his vehicle and used a crowbar to assault a 23-year-old man in the other car, police said.
Passengers in the victim's car subdued the suspect until police arrived. The man was arrested on suspicion of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.
Big Island blazes hit pair of houses
Two fires damaged houses on the Big Island yesterday.
In Pepeekeo a fire caused $30,000 in damage to a 1,400-square-foot house at 28-2845 Maukaloa St., according to the Hawaii County Fire Department.
The fire started at about 10:50 a.m., and as smoke and flames filled the living room, neighbors told emergency responders that an elderly woman was still inside.
Firefighters entered the house but no one was inside.
Thirteen firefighters, including three volunteer firefighters, extinguished the fire within 15 minutes.
The cause of the fire was still under investigation.
At 7:38 a.m. in Pahoa, 13 firefighters responded to a blaze at 13-771 Malama St. in Leilani Estates and found the single-story, 900-square-foot structure engulfed in flames that were blasting through the roof.
Firefighters extinguished the fire by 9:30 a.m. using water and foam. No one was home at the time. The fire caused $140,000 in damage; a detached carport was not damaged. Its cause was under investigation.