Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Saturday, October 27, 2001

UH offers series of Islam discussions for the public

People interested in learning more about the Muslim world and Islam are invited to the following public lectures at the University of Hawaii-Manoa.

Tomorrow night, there will be a screening of a 20-minute film "A Tajik Woman" by Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa followed by a panel presentation and discussion by philosophy professor Tamara Albertini, English professor Laura Lyons, and women's studies professor S. Charusheela. It will take place in the Art Building auditorium, room 132, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

On Monday, two films will be shown, "Iraqi Women: Voices from Exile" by Maysoon Pachachi and "The Veiled Hope: Women of Palestine" by Norma Marcos. The films will be followed by a moderated discussion. The showings will also take place in the Art auditorium from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

On Tuesday, from noon to 1 p.m. in Kuykendall 410, there will be a screening of Jeanne C. Finley's "Conversations Across the Bosphorous," followed by a moderated discussion.

Maui financial aid bill passes the first reading

WAILUKU >> A bill to provide up to $1.5 million in aid to residents financially affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the East Coast passed the first reading before the Maui County Council on Thursday.

The bill, which requires a second reading before final passage Friday, would provide qualified residents with vouchers and purchase orders that they could use toward necessities, including food, medicine, utilities and rent or mortgage payments.

The money is part of a $4 million contingency fund arising from money collected from public utilities in a property tax dispute with the county.

Under the bill initiated by Mayor James "Kimo" Apana, the nonprofit group Maui Economic Opportunity Inc. would be in charge of administering the relief and qualified residents including workers and business owners would have to prove they were employed prior to Sept. 11.

Payments could range from $300 to $600 depending on the need and size of the family, county officials said.

Workshops to discuss updated master plan for bicycle paths

The state Department of Transportation will hold a series of community workshops to update the statewide bicycle master plan.

The two-hour workshops will provide the public with information about the scope of the plan, its purpose and goals and conditions that affect bicyclists. The public is invited to participate.

Transportation officials will help identify potential new bikeways, areas that are hazardous for bike riders and other bicycling issues.

Here are the listed dates of the workshops:


>>Thursday, Ihilani Marriott, in Conference Room at 7 p.m.

>>Nov. 13, Kaneohe Community and Senior Center at 6:30 p.m.

>>Nov. 14, Aina Haina Elementary School cafeteria at 6:30 p.m.

>>Thursday, Nov. 15, Mililani Mauka Elementary School cafeteria at 6:30 p.m.

Big Island

>>Nov. 3, University of Hawaii Komohana Agriculture Complex, Conference Room, Hilo at 9 a.m.

>>Nov. 3, Kalani Homua Rainbow Room, Puna at 2 p.m.

>>Nov. 5, Parker Ranch Town Hall, Waimea at 6 p.m.

>>Nov. 6, King Kamehameha Hotel, conference room, Kailua-Kona at 6 p.m.


>>Nov. 7, War Memorial Convention Hall, Lihue at 6:30 p.m.


>>Nov. 8, Wailuku Community Center at 6 p.m.

Directions to workshop locations and additional information are available at: or call Kimura International, Inc. at 944-8848.

Public hearings scheduled on cave protection plans

Public informational hearings on recommendations to protect caves will be held Monday in Yano Hall, Kona; Tuesday in the State Building, Hilo; and Thursday in Lihue Public Library, Kauai.

A similar meeting was held Thursday on Maui by the Historic Preservation Division of the state Department of Land & Natural Resources.

The meetings are being held to get public input on proposed legislation to protect caves and their resources.

The draft addresses the need to prevent vandalism, protect native life forms and prohibit pollution in caves. Permits would be required for cave access by groups of four or more people for commercial purposes.

Violators would be subject to fines of up to $10,000 for each infraction if the draft becomes law.

The proposed language provides landowners with liability protection if caves on their property are used for educational or scientific purposes.

For more information, call the Historic Preservation Division, 692-8015.


>> The newly formed Kailua Historical Society has announced the following individuals as officers of the organization: Joanne Flannery, president; Ted Gibson, secretary; Allen Miller, treasurer; Doris Barck, membership chairperson; and Peggy Froome, public relations chairperson. In addition, Mitsui Cook, Lucille Gibson and Muriel Seto were named as advisers to the organization. Officers and advisers were selected during a meeting of the KHS in July.

>> The Soroptimists International of Waikiki Inc. recently announced the following individuals as officers for the 2001-2002 club year: Vivian Tsuji, president; Faye Maeda, president-elect; Chris Chun, first vice-president; Betty White, second vice-president; Ann Katekaru, assistant secretary; Carolyn Ching, treasurer; Jean Ito, assistant treasurer; Esther Lau, club delegate; Linda Kano, club delegate; Maureen Muraoka, director; and Judge Sandra Simms, director. The club officers were installed during ceremonies held in June at the Pacific Club.

>> Dan Nelson has been named winner of the Chevron Science Teacher of the Year Award. The award is presented each year by the Hawaii Academy of Science to the Hawaii science teacher who has made the greatest contribution to the 44th Annual Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair. Nelson, a science teacher at St. Andrew's Priory School, received a $2,000 grant to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held in June at San Jose, Calif.

>> Nguyet Nguyen and Rosemae Rosales have been awarded four-year scholarships by the Farrington Alumni and Community Foundation. In addition, 17 other graduating seniors from Farrington received one-year scholarships from the foundation. The 19 scholarships awarded this year by the FACF total $59,700.

>> The Housing and Community Development Corporation of Hawaii's board of directors has announced that the Kuhio Homes Tenants Association received formal recognition on July 20. Newly elected officers include: Erlyner "Mille" Phillip, president; Marion "Piko" Lolotai, vice-president; Pele Lafaele, secretary; Lurline K. Hoopai, treasurer; and Daisy Hoopai, sergeant-at-arms.

>> Judge Daniel R. Foley was awarded a $1,500 scholarship by the State Justice Institute to attend a one-week Appellate Judge Seminar -- New Judge Series in New York. Foley, a judge at the Intermediate Court of Appeals, attended the training program in July.

>> The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has named Sherie Char, Christina Simpkins, Anthony Lum, Mary Meyers, Merlenna Rodgers and Ma'i'i Kamilla as recipients of scholarships through the Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program. Char and Simpkins are students at Kapiolani Community College. Lum and Meyers attend Honolulu Community College. All four received $1,000 scholarships. Rodgers, who attends Heald Business College, also received $1,000. Kamilla, a student at KCC, was awarded a $2,000 scholarship. Every year the foundation awards 400 scholarships worth about $450,000 to students from around the country.

>> The Waianae Coast Rotary Club has announced the following individuals as its board of directors and officers for the year 2001-2002: Joanna Miranda, president; Albert Silva, vice-president; Paul D. Young, secretary; Ronald Young, treasurer; Willie Au and Rosemary Kane, club service chairs; Nalani Flinn and Rodney Anderson, community service chairs; Anson Rego, vocational service chair; Millie Takesue, international service chair; and Ted Pond, new generations chair. In addition, Hans Kok and Rosemary Kane were honored as Paul Harris Fellows and Paul D. Young was named Rotarian of the Year. The new board of directors members and officers were installed during ceremonies held July 10 at the Waianae Coast Rotary Club.

>> Hawaii Pacific University's Division of International Studies, as host of this year's National Endowment of Humanities Challenge Grant, recently awarded faculty development grants to the following individuals: Dr. Rob Borofsky, professor of anthropology; Grace Cheng, assistant professor of political science; Dr. Kenneth Cook, professor of linguistics; Dr. Christopher Fung, assistant professor of anthropology; Dr. Greg Gaydos, associate professor of political science; Dr. Carlos Juarez, assistant professor of political science; Dr. Ed Klein, professor of applied linguistics; Dr. Seung K. Ko, professor of political science; Serge Marek, instructor of geography; Dr. James Primm, associate professor of political science; Dr. Jeanne Rellahan, dean of international studies and associate professor of American studies; and Dr. William H. Warren, assistant professor of geography.

>> Becky Winters has been appointed to the 2001 Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Winters, director of the Hawaii Small Business Development Center Network, joins 400 experts from around the country to select winners of the award. She will be required to take a preparation course and go through an evaluation process before assisting in the review and evaluation of contest applications.

>> Campbell High School graduates Stephen A. Aguinaldo and Ivy J. Epan and Waipahu High graduates Ernafe B. Caliboso and Christian R. Susa have been selected as recipients of the Sen. Brian Kanno Scholarship. Each graduate will receive a $250 award to be applied toward college expenses.

>> Pualani Gandall-Yamamoto has been awarded the Morris K. Udall Scholarship. Gandall-Yamamoto, a nursing student at UH-Manoa, will receive up to $5,000 toward her education for academic year 2001-2002. She is one of two UH students nominated for the scholarship and the only Hawaii student awarded $5,000. Gandall-Yamamoto will travel to Arizona to accept the award.

>> The ARC in Hawaii has named Lambert K. Wai recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. Wai was selected for his more than 40 years of service as an advocate for people with mental retardation and their families. He was honored during ceremonies held July 11 at Treetops Restaurant.

>> William D. Hoshijo has been named Manager of the Year by the state Department of Labor & Industrial Relations. Hoshijo, executive director of the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission, has served DLIR since 1997. He is a graduate of the University of California-Davis law school.

Corrections and clarifications

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Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

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Grand jury indicts Hilo man on child porn charge

A 31-year-old Hilo man was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday for possession of computer disks containing child pornography at a Hilo residence.

Jed Abregana will be arraigned in federal court on a date to be set by the court.

Abregana's brother Jay Abregana, also 31, was indicted in September by a federal grand jury and pleaded not guilty, for mailing disks containing child pornography and possessing child pornography.

Kauai police investigate discovery of man's body

LIHUE >> Kauai police detectives are investigating the death of a man whose body was found at 3:15 p.m. Friday in brush on the mauka side of Kuhio Highway in Wailua.

Officers said they have not yet identified the man and are not ruling out either homicide or suicide.

They said he was Caucasian, about 6 feet tall and between 40 and 50 years old.

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