Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Tuesday, June 12, 2001

Best of the West

Stories on Hana, veterans
win journalism honors

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin won awards in the 2000 Best of the West journalism contest for an online video journey along the Hana Highway and a special section "Bringing Them Home," detailing the work of the scientists at the Central Identification Laboratory at Hickam Air Force Base.

The contest is run by Arizona-based nonprofit group First Amendment Funding Inc.

Star-Bulletin Webmaster Blaine Fergerstrom took the first-place prize for Online Enterprise reporting with a scenic look at Hana Highway. Maui correspondent Gary T. Kubota wrote the accompanying story.

"A nice presentation on the Hana Highway. The stories give the reader a feel for the highway, and the 360-degree virtual reality photos and video provide the visuals," the judge wrote.

"On the Road to Hana," published Oct. 27, 2000, can be viewed at

David Swann, Mike Rovner and Donica Croot won second place in the Words, Editing and Design category for their visual presentation of military reporter Gregg Kakesako's "Bringing Them Home" published on Nov. 10, 2000.

The insert recognized the extreme conditions that the forensic scientists had to brave to identify remains of U.S. servicemen throughout the world.

The first-place award went to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Kamehameha Schools names
chief administrative officer

Gerald Morihara has been named Kamehameha Schools' new chief administrative officer, announced Chief Executive Officer Hamilton McCubbin.

"Gerald Morihara's administrative skills were honed in the field of education," McCubbin said. "He has extensive managerial and oversight experience in the fields of personnel, budget, procurement, contracts, facilities management and technology, and all with an educational focus."

Morihara was selected from a field of 39 candidates by a 13-member Kamehameha Schools faculty and staff committee.

He will assume his duties on June 26. The position was created as part of Kamehameha's chief executive officer-based management structure adopted in 1999.

Morihara most recently served as director of education for the Kaplan Education Center, as a consultant to the dean of the University of Hawaii's Outreach College and in special projects for UH community colleges.

He began as management analyst in 1989 at UH. He also served as associate dean and later dean of the college of continuing education for 20 years.

He holds a bachelor's degree in business economics and master's degree in business administration in management, and he is a graduate of the Stanford Management Institute.

News magazine boosts
UH-Hilo to ‘national’ ranking

HILO >> U.S. News and World Report, which annually ranks colleges and universities nationwide, has boosted the University of Hawaii at Hilo from "regional" to "national" status.

For the past three years, UH-Hilo has been ranked by the news magazine as third in its category of liberal arts colleges in the Western region.

The school recently received word that it will now be ranked among liberal arts colleges with national reputations such as Amherst, Swarthmore and Wellesley, said admissions director James Cromwell.

The actual ranking is expected to be published in August or September.

Cromwell said the classification is a barometer of how well colleges know each other. "This is definitely a promotion," he said. The difference between the regional and national categories is based on freshmen living on campus, nonresident students and selectivity.

"With close to 50 percent of the freshmen class on campus and 30 percent out of state, it would appear the decision was made on these two factors," Cromwell said.

Sewage spill forces closure of Maui beach

LAHAINA >> Authorities are investigating the source of a raw sewage spill that forced closure of Ironwoods Beach Park at Kapalua yesterday.

Police Sgt. Leighton Kanaele said the sewage was detected in the ocean shortly before 6 yesterday morning. "The exact source is unknown," he said.

UH President Mortimer to become
Senior Scholar in Colorado

University of Hawaii President Kenneth Mortimer will become a Senior Scholar at the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems in Boulder, Colo. after he retires from UH this month.

Mortimer and his wife will move back to Bellingham, Wash., but plan to spend substantial time in Boulder, where he will be involved in developing programs to help educate future higher-education policy analysts and policy makers.

Mortimer came to UH as an internationally recognized scholar and consultant in higher-education policy.

UH to offer referrals for off-campus housing

The University of Hawaii at Manoa's Off-Campus Housing program will offer a free referral service for students and faculty looking for a place to live.

This year only, descriptions of off-campus vacancies will be updated daily on the program's Web site free of charge and left on for two weeks to be renewed or canceled at the owner's request.

Viewing will be limited to prospective and enrolled UH-Manoa and community college students and faculty who need alternatives to campus housing.

The listings are searchable by number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, location and rent amount. The program operates from Student Housing Services weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For further information, call 956-7356.

Seminars aim to raise recycling rates for silver

An environmental group is sponsoring workshops aimed at increasing recycling rates for silver and reducing the amount of the metal being discharged to Honolulu's waste-water treatment system.

The National Environmental Agency Task Force workshops are designed to assist dentists, veterinarians, chiropractors, hospitals, printers, photo labs and other business that generate silver-bearing waste.

A series of five free workshops is scheduled for June 26-27 at Ala Moana Beach Park. The workshops are being conducted with the cooperation of the city Regulatory Control Branch.

For more information or to register, call 523-4951.

Storyteller kicks off state summer reading program

Professional storyteller Sherry Norfolk will help kick off the 2001 Hawaii State Public Library System's Children's Summer Reading Program with performances this week at public libraries across Oahu.

Norfolk, a former librarian and college professor from Atlanta, has been a professional storyteller for 15 years and is one of the featured performers of the library's five-week reading program.

The free performances are scheduled for:

>> Today: 10:30 a.m., Mililani Public Library; 1:30 p.m., Waipahu Public Library
>> Tomorrow: 10:30 a.m., Manoa Public Library; 3 p.m., Kaneohe Public Library; 6:30 p.m., Waimanalo Public & School Library
>> Thursday: 10:30 a.m., Waikiki-Kapahulu Public Library
>> Friday: 11 a.m., Kailua-Kona Public Library

[Taking notice]

>> Sienna Palmer was awarded a $5,600 scholarship by Chaminade University. Palmer is a student at Kahuku High School.

>> Billy Nihipali and Colleen Kohashi won awards presented by author Nanette Purnell.

>> Kaaawa resident Kauilani Ostrem has been named a Distinguished Finalist in the 2001 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Ostrem, a senior at Kahuku High School, was selected for her efforts to reduce the number of deaths and accidents on the roadways in her community. She was honored with an engraved bronze medallion during Kahuku's annual student body government awards luau, held May 17 at the school.

>> Ewa Beach resident Kellen K.K.W. King has been awarded a $4,000 scholarship from the Elks National Foundation. Kellen will receive $1,000 a year for the 2001-2002 through 2004-2005 academic years. She is one of 494 high school seniors nationally to win this type of scholarship.

>> Hawaii Pacific University has named William Koo, Bradford Harrison and Dr. Chrisanne M. Christensen winners of the first Paul C.T. Loo Distinguished Alumni Awards. Koo, a 1998 HPU graduate, received the Young Alumni Award as a role model for future alumni. Harrison was presented with the Alumni Service award. He received his undergraduate degree from HPU in 1985 and a MBA in 1995. Christensen received the Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award. A 1983 graduate, Christensen was recognized for her contributions in the community. The three were honored May 5 at the Willows restaurant.

>> Mililani resident Tyler N. Tamashiro has been named an Eagle Scout by the Aloha Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Tamashiro is a member of Troop 164, Kaala District. He became an Eagle Scout on March 15.

>> Celia Mercado Ona, M.D., has been inducted as a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She is currently employed as clinical director for the Hawaii State Hospital and is an associate professor at UH-Manoa's John A. Burns School of Medicine. Dr. Ona was presented with a medallion during a ceremony May 7 in New Orleans.

>> The Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies has named the City and County of Honolulu's Waianae Wastewater Treatment Plant winner of the AMSA Platinum Award. The Waianae plant was recognized for maintaining perfect compliance with federal regulations for five years straight. The facility is one of only 12 in the country to earn the Platinum Award.

Do you have items about Hawaii residents earning academic or professional honors, winning scholarships, awards or elections to professional or civic groups? Please send them in writing for "Taking Notice" to City Desk, Star-Bulletin, 500 Ala Moana, Suite 210, Honolulu, HI 96813.

Corrections and clarifications

>> Li Anne Taft, a transgender woman, filed two grievances with the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission over demands by the Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association and the Oahu Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association that she produce a birth certificate to verify her sex as a requirement for competing on female paddling teams. She has not been asked to submit to a DNA test, as incorrectly reported on Saturday.

>> "TheBuzz" column that ran last Thursday should have identified the body of water close to Kimberly Mikami's home as Puget Sound. And while there is only one pharmacy on Molokai, there are two pharmacists, brothers David and John Mikami.

>> The new McDonald's in Hawaii Kai is in the Hawaii Kai Shopping Center. Sunday's "Letter to Our Readers" gave an incorrect location for the restaurant.

Corrections and clarifications

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin strives to make its news report fair and accurate. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, call Publisher and Editor in Chief John Flanagan at 529-4748 or email him at

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

Waialua head-on collision leaves 3 people injured

A 74-year-old man was in critical condition this morning after a head-on traffic collision in Waialua yesterday.

The man was driving his car northwest on Waialua Beach Road at about 11:10 a.m. yesterday when his car crossed the center line and collided with a car traveling in the opposite direction.

Police believe the man may have suffered a medical emergency causing him to lose control of his car.

The 25-year-old man driving the other vehicle suffered a broken leg and his passenger, a 4-year-old boy suffered a broken arm. The driver was wearing a seat belt, the boy was not, police said.

Man critically injured in crash on new motorcycle

A 30-year-old man driving a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle was speeding when a car allegedly braked suddenly in front of him on the Pali Highway causing him to crash at about 8:18 last night, police said.

The man was in critical condition in Queen's Medical Center. Police said he was thrown from the motorcycle after it skidded on its side.

Police said the man was not wearing a helmet and he did not have a motorcycle operator's license.

Boy, 7, killed in accident near Nanakuli identified

The medical examiner's office identified the 7-year-old boy who was killed in a traffic accident near Nanakuli Friday as Ethan Thomas.

At 8:15 p.m., Thomas and his father were struck while crossing Farrington Highway in front of the Hawaiian Electric Co. Kahe power plant. Police said they were not in the crosswalk at the time of the accident. The driver was arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide, driving under the influence and driving without a license.

Man, 22, is arrested in damage to ex's windshield

A 22-year-old man was arrested after he punched the windshield of his ex-girlfriend's car in Waianae yesterday. At 10:15 a.m., a 21-year-old woman went to the suspect's house to pick up her 1-year-old son.

Police said his parents refused to let her in. As she left, the suspect chased her with his vehicle, police said.

He then pulled in front of her vehicle by Waianae Mall Shopping Center and punched the front windshield, shattering the glass, police said.

Police arrested the 22-year-old man on suspicion of criminal property damage and reckless endangerment.

Big Isle woman dies after falling off horse

HILO >> A 38-year-old woman died after falling off a horse Sunday in Laupahoehoe.

The woman was unconscious at Spencer Road at 12:27 p.m. She was flown to Hilo Medical Center, where she died.

Female victim identified in fatal Mililani collision

A medical examiner identified the woman who died in a head-on collision last Tuesday in Mililani as Duk Yi Ahn of Pearl City. Ahn, 62, was traveling Wahiawa-bound on the H-2 freeway when she crossed the median and collided with a white van driven by a 39-year-old Mililani man. Ahn died at the scene from multiple injuries.

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