Three schools qualify for Blue Ribbon awardThree Hawaii secondary schools have won state-level Blue Ribbon Schools honors and have a chance to move on to the national competition.
Aiea and Kaimuki high schools on Oahu and Hana Elementary and High School on Maui were chosen from eight district nominees. Each school received a $3,000 cash award from sponsor Frito-Lay of Hawaii during an awards luncheon yesterday.
The other state nominees were Maui's Kalama Intermediate, Oahu's Radford High, Waianae High and Waimanalo Intermediate and Elementary, and the Big Island's Waiakea Intermediate.
Schools are judged on leadership, teaching environment, curriculum and instruction, student environment, and parent and community support.
In the past, schools that won at the state level automatically moved on to the national competition, state Department of Education spokesman Greg Knudsen said.
But qualifications for the national competition changed this year so the department will assess which of the three schools have met the national criteria, Knudsen said.
An announcement on who will advance to the National Blue Ribbon Schools contest will be made in a week or two, he said.
'Real World Hawaii' items being auctionedHave you ever dreamed of owning the pool table featured in "Real World Hawaii"? How about the cereal bowl used by Colin, one of the five roommates on the TV show?
"Real World" groupies can stop by the Real World Garage Sale at mtv.com and place their bids today through Tuesday.
The highest online bidders can take home items used by the "Real World" Hawaii roomies, including the pool table, computer and surfboards.
All of MTV's proceeds will benefit Recording Artists, Actors and Athletes Against Drunk Driving, and the Bacchus and Gamma Peer Education Network.
Visit mtv.com to get a view of the items up for grabs.Thousands of people have already registered online at mtv.com for the Web auction, the production said.
"Real World Hawaii" filmed here for five months earlier this year, starting in January. The Hawaii episodes were the highest rated in the eight years of "Real World."
The final episode airs Tuesday on MTV.
Be prepared to detour around closed H-3 lanesH-3 Freeway lanes will shut down tomorrow and Nov. 14 for maintenance.
Halawa-bound H-3 lanes will close tomorrow, and traffic will not be allowed to access H-3 from the Kamehameha Highway or Likelike Highway on-ramps.
Halawa-bound H-3 traffic between Marine Corps Base Hawaii and the Halekou Interchange will be detoured to Kamehameha Highway.
H-3 Kaneohe-bound lanes will close Nov. 14.
Traffic will not be allowed to access the H-3 from Moanalua Freeway, in both east-bound and west-bound directions.
A Star-Bulletin editorial Tuesday, "Military training needs must be respected," should have attributed three paragraphs of background information to the New York Times. We regret the omission.
Ronen Zilberman of the Associated Press took yesterday's A-1 photos of Byran Uyesugi; his name was misspelled in some editions.
The name of the district judge at yesterday's arraignment for Uyesugi was Paula Devens-Matayoshi; her name was incorrect in some editions.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers
Police charge driver who allegedly dragged officerPolice have charged a 39-year-old man who allegedly dragged an officer while driving a car in Waikiki on Wednesday.
Jose Luis Valdivia was charged with first-degree terroristic threatening and two counts of kidnapping, police said. He is being held on $50,000 bail.
Police said Valdivia held on to the officer's arm and drove away, dragging the officer for two car lengths before letting go.
Maui woman dies in solo crash near Waihee townWAILUKU -- A young woman died this morning in a single-car accident in central Maui about three-tenths of a mile west of Waihee town.
Police Sgt. Mollie Cameron said the victim's vehicle was traveling on Kahekili Highway toward Wailuku when it went out of control and ejected the woman at about 1:25 a.m.
The accident closed the highway for nearly three hours. It was the 13th traffic fatality on Maui this year.
Man robbed of car stereo at knife-point by two menPolice are searching for eight men in a blue Ford pickup truck who robbed stereo equipment from an 18-year-old man yesterday on Tantalus Drive.
Two men got out of the truck at about 7 p.m. and demanded stereo equipment at knife-point from the man, who was parked on Tantalus, police said.
The driver gave up amplifiers, speakers and several compact discs.
The two suspects got back into the truck and drove away. Six other men also were in the truck.
Male driver runs pair on motorcycle off H-1Police are investigating an apparent case of road rage in which a man ran a motorcycle off the H-1 freeway yesterday.
A man and woman on the motorcycle were forced off the road near the Keeaumoku Street overpass at 10:50 a.m., police said.
They were injured and taken to a nearby hospital.
The case has been classified as an attempted murder.
Man steals Japanese TV crew's $50,000 cameraPolice are searching for suspects who stole a video camera worth $50,000 from a Japanese television crew in Waikiki on Wednesday.
The crew was at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center filming a commercial, police said. The camera was stolen at about 1 p.m. by a well-dressed man who came out of the Paradiso Restaurant.
The suspect is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall, 150 pounds with a receding hair line. He is believed to be about 50 years old.
If anyone has information about the suspect or location of the camera, call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.
Police seek help finding alleged assaultive driverPolice are asking for the public's assistance in locating a man who allegedly drove through a crowd of people at a party.
Henry S. Feliciano Jr. is wanted for questioning in connection with the attempted-murder case stemming from the Oct. 24 incident on Lunalilo Home Road.
Feliciano allegedly struck at least five people. Four were hospitalized.
He is described as 22 years old, 5-foot-8, 200 pounds, of medium build and with short black hair.
If anyone has any information about his whereabouts, call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.
Ewa Villages contractor faces additional chargeAn electrical contractor indicted last year in the Ewa Villages relocation fraud faces an additional charge of second-degree theft.
An Oahu grand jury Wednesday indicted Kenneth Lauahi for overbilling the city for electrical work. Lauahi was first indicted in December for second-degree theft and second-degree forgery. He is expected to go to trial on those charges on Dec. 27.
Lauahi was the only electrician who actually did a job for former housing official Michael Kahapea, who is charged with masterminding a scheme that bilked the city of thousands of dollars for moving work that was done at inflated prices or never done.
Black student's mother files harassment suitThe mother of an African-American student who claimed he has been continually harassed by students at Waimea Canyon School because of his race and that school officials did nothing about it, has filed suit against the Department of Education.
Also named as defendants in the suit, filed yesterday by parent Rhoda Libre, were seven minor students, a Department of Health worker, the Board of Education and Akita Enterprises, which provides school bus transportation for students.
The suit claims in November 1997, when Libre's son was in the seventh grade, he fell after being tripped by some students while playing. Other students attacked him, got on his chest and tried to pull off his clothes and underwear. While school officials were present, they failed to take action, the suit claimed.
Her son managed to escape and reported the incident to the school office, but no one showed any concern that he had been physically attacked and suffered emotionally, Libre said in the suit.
School officials made no report of the attack and did not inform her of the incident.