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Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Thursday, January 25, 2001

Le Jardin will build its own high school

Le Jardin Windward Oahu Academy was to announce plans today for construction of a high school, the first private high school in Windward Oahu.

The private school, which encompasses preschool through eighth grade, moved from rented space in Kailua in 1999 to its newly constructed campus at the site of the old Kailua drive-in.

At a ceremony today at the scenic lookout on campus, the Castle Foundation will convey the deed to the 24-acre property to the school and also donate $1 million toward the building of the high school.

The high school is scheduled to open in August 2002, with 50 ninth-graders.

China nurses coming to study at UH-Manoa

Registered nurses will be coming from China for a year of study in Hawaii under a People's Republic of China nursing continuing education program.

Starting next month, nurses from China will enroll in courses at the University of Hawaii Manoa campus.

University Health Science signed an agreement for the program with the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, Office of International Affairs.

The Chinese nurses will take courses in mental health nursing, leadership and management and how to integrate what they learn into practice in China. They also will study conversational English.

Dr. Joyce Vogler, associate professor of nursing and project coordinator with Dr. Chen Wang, said the training program "is the first endeavor of its kind by a U.S. educational institution, and we are proud to be a part of it."

Up to 60 China nurses a year are expected to attend the UH-Manoa program.

Humane Society opens a helpful Web site

The public can now apply for a dog license or download a form to report a lost or found animal on the Hawaiian Humane Society's new Web site,

A wealth of information on pet care is available on the Internet, including adoptions, dog hikes, education programs, special events, feral cat sterilization, laws, neuter programs and current news releases.

For more information, call 946-2187.

September '99 concert restitution in works

The state Office of Consumer Protection will manage a restitution program to provide refunds for those who bought mail-order tickets to the Sept. 25, 1999, Glenn Miller Orchestra concert presented at the Ilikai Hotel.

Ticket-holders were charged an additional $10 a ticket for a "two-drink minimum" that was not disclosed at the time of purchase.

The restitution is a result of a settlement between JOWA Hawaii Co. and the Office of Consumer Protection.

If you believe you are entitled to a refund, call 586-2653 or write to the Office of Consumer Protection, 235 S. Beretania St., Suite 900, Honolulu, HI 96813-2419, no later than March 15.

Hawaii panel unveils teacher-friendly legislation

Teachers could get their student loans forgiven and get financial support for professional development under bills unveiled yesterday.

Recommendations from a 17-member Hawaii policy group of the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future led to bills that would also shift teacher licensing responsibilities from the Department of Education to the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board.

Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono, chairwoman of the Hawaii policy group, said members spent more than 1,000 hours examining the the state's public-education system in coming up with its recommendations.

Proposals also call for creation of incentives for Hawaii's public schoolteachers to obtain national board certification by reimbursing teachers the $2,500 application fee and awarding a $5,000 bonus for each year the certificate is valid.

Another bill proposes to help alleviate the teacher shortage by allowing making it possible for retired teachers to be rehired without affecting their retirement benefits.

School repair and maintenance funds could also get a boost under a measure that would allow income taxpayers to designate a $2 contribution toward a repair and maintenance revolving fund by checking a box on their tax returns.

Agencies help Big Island residents recoup losses

Federal, state, local and voluntary agencies are working together to help Big Island residents who sustained flood or storm losses last November.

More than 2,000 victims have registered for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's toll-free registration line.

The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved nearly $4.6 million in low-interest disaster loans, while FEMA, to date, has issued more than 1,100 checks for temporary disaster housing, totaling nearly $2.4 million.

Over $1.1 million in grants have been approved for individuals and families for serious, disaster-related needs not met through other resources. A FEMA grant of $63,000 has been given to the state Department of Health to provide counseling and other mental-health services to disaster victims.

People who have registered and need further information about assistance programs or the status of their applications should call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-525-0321 or 1-800-462-7585.

Caregiving, grief expert to speak

Douglas Smith of Madison, Wis., author and speaker on dying, caregiving and healing, will be featured at a free workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at Borthwick Mortuary, 1330 Maunakea St.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. for the event: "The Wounded Healer: Transform Grieving into Living."

Smith is program director for the American Academy of Bereavement's new Palliative Care Certification Program. He will provide techniques to experience emotional pain safely and in a healthy way. He will discuss the need for religious services and other rituals to promote the grieving process and provide social support.

He also will provide cultural and religious experiences that can help heal emotional pain and reduce stress.

His books include, "The Tao of Dying," "Caregiving: Hospice-Proven Techniques for Treating Body and Soul," "Being a Wounded Healer," and "Spiritual Healing."

The Queen Liliuokalani Children's Center and St. Francis Hospice are sponsoring the workshop with Borthwick Mortuary, the Bereavement Network of Hawaii and ART Calendar Hawaii Database.

Participants are asked to register in advance so workshop packets can be prepared and an accurate count taken for bento lunches.

Call 522-5200 to register and obtain more information.


Some events of interest


Bullet 9 a.m., Kalanimoku Building, Land Board Conference Room 132: Board of Land and Natural Resources monthly meeting.

Bullet All day, Waiakea Villas Resort: Big Island farmers/ranchers conference to discuss sustainable agriculture. Featured speaker: Paul O'Connell, World Bank consultant.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

Kihei woman is killed in Honoapiilani collision

WAILUKU -- A Kihei woman became the first traffic fatality on Maui this year when the sports car she was driving swerved into oncoming traffic and was struck by another vehicle.

Nava Perl-Koko, 49, was traveling on Honoapiilani Highway toward Wailuku when her car went left of the center line and was hit broadside by an oncoming car near Launiupoko at 12:25 p.m. yesterday.

A couple from Brighton, Colo., who were in the oncoming car were transported in fair condition to Maui Memorial Medical Center.

The cause of the crash was under investigation, including whether speed, drugs or alcohol might have been contributing factors.

Tourist robbery suspect linked to a second case

The suspect arrested in the attack on an elderly tourist Tuesday morning robbed and kidnapped a 25-year-old man in Waikiki a day earlier, police said.

At 4:30 a.m. Monday, the 43-year-old suspect pulled a knife on a man on Kuhio Avenue and went to the victim's Waikiki residence, where he robbed him of $3, police said.

The suspect tied up the victim and then used his computer to send an email message to the victim's girlfriend on the mainland demanding a ransom of $500, according to the police report.

The man was able to convince the suspect to allow him to use the bathroom and escaped. He reported the incident at the Waikiki substation.

The victim identified the suspect in a photographic lineup, police said.

The suspect was in custody after his arrest yesterday in the robbery of an 81-year-tourist at the Ohana Waikiki West Hotel on Kuhio Avenue, about four blocks from where the 25-year-old man was allegedly kidnapped.

The elderly man and his wife from Ontario, Canada were checking into the hotel.

The suspect hit the victim over the head with a blunt object and robbed him when he went to the restroom at about 1 a.m., police said.

The 81-year-old victim remains in very critical condition, police said.

Man caught in alleged theft of 146 pineapples

Police arrested a man for allegedly stealing 146 pineapples from a field at 94-1121 Kunia Road.

Security at the Del Monte Corp. saw the suspect in his vehicle filled with pineapples at 3:50 this morning and notified police.

The pineapples were recovered from the vehicle, and the man was arrested for theft.

Big Isle drunken driving arrests tally 19 in week

HILO -- Big Island police arrested 19 motorists for drunken driving last week, including two who were involved in accidents, they said.

The total for the year was 63, a decrease from the 81 drunken driving arrests at the same time last year.

The total of major accidents also declined to 106 for the year last week, compared to 148 at the same time a year ago.

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