Hawaiian charter schools get $2 millionKanu o ka Aina Charter School in Kamuela, Hawaii, will receive a one-year, $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to assist 12 native Hawaiian charter schools under the Native Hawaiian Gifted and Talented Education Program.
The grant will enable the school to expand its Aho Loa program, allowing students from kindergarten to eighth grade to attend workshops every Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students in grades 9 to 12 can enroll in an internship and mentoring program.
Each school will get a full-time coordinator to solicit and organize resources. The coordinator will help students identify their interests and link them to resources.
The schools are:
>> Big Island: Ke Ana Laahana (Hilo), Kanu o ka Aina (Kamuela), Ka Umeke Kaeo (Hilo), Kua O Ka La (Pahoa)
>> Maui: Halau o Maui (Wailuku)
>> Kauai: Halau Ipuhaa o Kauai (Anahola), Niihau School of Kekaha (Kekaha)
>> Oahu: Hakipuu Learning Center (Kaneohe), Halau Ku Mana (Honolulu), Halau Lokahi (Honolulu), Ka Lamaku (Hauula), Ka Waihona o ka Naauao (Waianae).
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By Star-Bulletin staff
Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers
Credit union bandit sought by police, FBIHonolulu police and the FBI are looking for the man who robbed the Pearlridge branch of the Hawaii State Federal Credit Union at 98-150 Kaonohi St. yesterday.
Police said the robber entered the credit union about 3:30 p.m. yesterday and demanded money from a teller.
After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, the robber fled on foot in the Ewa/Mauka direction. The robber is believed to be in his late 20s.
Broken ankle sours trip for visitor to Manoa FallsA visitor from Illinois broke her right ankle while hiking on the Manoa Falls trail yesterday.
Capt. Keith Kondo of the Manoa Fire Station said that at about 5:52 p.m., the woman and her friend were halfway down the trail when she slipped and broke her ankle.
She was listed in guarded condition last night at the Queen's Medical Center.
Suspect allegedly bites woman's ear during fightHonolulu police arrested a 43-year-old woman for assault Monday night for allegedly biting off a portion of another woman's ear during an argument.
Police said the suspect and the victim, 31, were arguing at a Makaha Valley Road address about a previous assault at around 7:10 p.m. when the suspect attempted to punch the victim.
The victim blocked the punch but then the suspect grabbed her and bit off a portion of her ear, police said.
Firefighters save 3 men from Spitting Caves surfFirefighters rescued three swimmers caught in high surf yesterday at Spitting Caves off Hawaii Kai.
At 6:18 p.m., Capt. Harold Ano of the Hawaii Kai Fire Station said, a Waikiki man in his 20s was unable to swim back to shore. Fire Department spokesperson Capt. Richard Soo said the swimmer yelled for his two friends to help him.
A passer-by used his cell phone to call for help. Two victims were rescued by helicopter and the third was rescued by boat. One of the swimmers was treated for minor scrapes.
Maili teenager arrested for threating motherA 16-year-old Maili boy was arrested Monday for allegedly threatening his mother with a knife.
Police said the boy and his mother, 36, were involved in an argument around 2 p.m. when the son pointed a knife at his mother from a distance of less than six inches and threatened to kill her, police said.
The mother called police, who arrested the boy for terroristic threatening.
Man charged with assault on fatherCy Moriwaki, 45, of Waiahole has been arrested and charged for assault for allegedly hitting his elderly father in the nose with a garden sickle.
Police said Moriwaki and his father, 88, were arguing at a home at 46-166 Kamehameha Hwy. about 8:55 a.m. yesterday when the he hit his father on the bridge of his nose with the sickle. The father was treated for his injuries and released.
Waipahu woman charged with arson of residenceA 36-year-old Waipahu woman whose apartment was destroyed by fire in February was arrested yesterday for setting the fire.
The fire caused $116,000 damage to the apartment. One dog died in the fire and another one escaped.
Police said neighbors had to convince the woman to leave her apartment at 94-333 Pupuole St. February 21 when they saw her standing on the balcony of the apartment just a few feet away from the flames. Police found her naked hiding under a blanket at a nearby park.
They took her to Castle Medical Center for a mental health evaluation. She was arrested at a Sand Island treatment center.