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2 isle schools named to Blue Ribbon listTwo Hawaii public schools have been included among the nation's 256 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon schools for 2004.
Liholiho Elementary School in Kaimuki and Momilani Elementary School in Pearl City were selected for the program, which recognizes schools that make significant progress in closing the achievement gap or have students who achieve at high levels.
Both of Hawaii's winners had students who tested in the top 10 percent on their 2003 Hawaii State Assessment test.
"We congratulate Liholiho and Momilani for winning this prestigious national award," said schools Superintendent Pat Hamamoto. "As national Blue Ribbon schools, Liholiho and Momilani elementary schools are demonstrating that high student achievement is possible for all students in our public schools."
For a complete list of schools on the Blue Ribbon list, go to the U.S. Department of Education Web site at www.ed.gov.
Officials review site of fatal park accidentWAILUKU » National Park Service officials have been examining the site where a falling boulder killed a ranger in East Maui.
Haleakala National Park Superintendent Don Reeser said the officials are conducting the review to develop recommendations on how to prevent similar incidents.
Reeser said the team includes a safety officer and a ranger from the service's regional office.
Meanwhile, park officials are planning a memorial service for ranger Suzanne Roberts at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow at Hamoa Beach in Hana.
Roberts, 36, was fatally injured while clearing a rockslide Tuesday morning on Hana Road in Kaapahu between Kipahulu and Kaupo.
Aloha Tower deck reopens after repairsThe observation deck at Aloha Tower opened yesterday after being closed for more than four months while repairs were made to its ceiling.
The Department of Transportation closed the 10th-floor observation deck in May after small fragments of concrete fell from the ceiling of the area.
Officials believe water stored in tanks that were once located on top of the tower leaked into the ceiling area. The water tanks have since been removed.
Repairs began last month, and harbor officials have deemed the area safe for public use.
At 184 feet, Aloha Tower was the tallest building in Hawaii when it was built on Honolulu's waterfront in 1926. It is topped by a 40-foot flagpole.
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» The Ewa Weed and Seed program has received $50,000 from the Estate of James Campbell and the James and Abigail Campbell Foundation. Since the program began in 2002, the area has seen a reduction in property crime, truancy and major felonies, as well as the elimination of drug-related activities at Ewa Beach Community Park.
» Mental Health Kokua has been awarded $20,000 from both the Atherton Family Foundation and the Friends of Hawaii Charities. The Atherton funds will go toward the cost of acquiring three homes on Kauai, and the Hawaii Charities donation will be used for furnishings and equipment for a new transitional housing facility on Oahu.
» Kelly H. Kanayama of Honolulu has become a member in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars at Washington University in St. Louis.
» The Asian American Journalists Association held a six-day camp for 42 journalism students at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., including Aria Juliet Castillo of Lawai, Kauai; Joshua Huff of Honolulu; and Matthew Won of Kaneohe.
» Three University of Hawaii-Manoa employees have received this year's Chancellor's Awards for Outstanding Service. They are Richard Chock, a research support staffer at the Kewalo Basin Marine Lab; Joanne Kurosawa, a secretary in the College of Tropical Agriculture Molecular Bioscience and Bioengineering department; and Stan Yogi, a buildings and grounds maintenance employee at the College of Business Administration.
» The Hawaii chapter of the American Guild of Organists has awarded organ scholarships for the year 2004-2005 to Julia Chemotti and Roy Suetomi of Oahu and Wakako Oyama of Hilo, and second-year scholarships to Joey Fala of Oahu and Clayton Logue of Maui. Logue also was named Aloha Music Club Scholar.
» Luong Hoang of Kapolei High School attended LeadAmerica's 2004 Congressional Student Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., this summer.
» Heald College named Circuit City Stores Inc. its Employer of the Year for its exceptional support to the college's Career Services Office.
By Star-Bulletin staff
A 78-year-old maintenance worker at the University of Hawaii-Manoa died from head injuries due to a fall, according to the city Medical Examiner's Office.
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