Star-Bulletin staff and wire


>> Junior Achievement, in partnership with community organizations, has awarded three scholarships to Big Island students for outstanding scholastic achievement: Beth Yamashiro, a Hilo High School graduate, was the winner of a $1,000 award from We, the Women of Hawaii, and a prestigious 2004 Office Depot award of $10,000; Robert Manoske of Kohala High School won a $1,000 award from the NFL Pro Bowl Charities; and Cassandra McGraw of Keaau High School won a $750 scholarship from the Sales and Marketing Executives of Honolulu.

>> Meghann Panagsagan of Kapolei has received a $1,500 college scholarship awarded at Pearl Harbor under the Scholarships for Military Children Program from the Defense Commissary Agency.

>> Juliana Ho of Sacred Hearts Academy was among 30 young women who spent nine days at the 2004 Eleanor Roosevelt Center Girls' Leadership Workshop last summer at the former First Lady's historic home, Val-Kill, in New York.

>> The Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation awarded college scholarships to 47 scholar-athletes, valued at $45,750, throughout the state.

>> Monty Anderson of Honolulu, a graduate student at the University of Hawaii in clinical and cognitive psychology, was among 30 blind students to receive a scholarship from the National Federation of the Blind, the nation's largest consumer organization of the blind.

>> The American School Band Directors Association has presented its most prestigious award, the Edwin Franko Goldman Award, to Lloyd Nakahara of Mililani. He is a retired band director who taught at Nanakuli High and Intermediate School, Aiea High, and Aiea Intermediate.

>> The University of Hawaii Foundation has received a $20,000 gift from ABC Stores in direct support of the UH's Academy for Creative Media at Manoa.

>> The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., chose Jennifer Kemp-Smith, an English teacher at Sacred Hearts Academy, as one of its 11 Museum Teacher Fellows for 2004. She attended a five-day workshop for secondary teachers who will serve as leaders in Holocaust education locally and nationally.

>> Ronald C. Brown, a professor of law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, has been awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer Award at Peking University Law School during the 2004-2005 academic year. He will work on U.S.-Chinese labor and employment laws and legal reforms.

Residents challenge dealer's car storage

Two Windward Oahu residents have gone to District Court to challenge the city's decision to allow an auto dealer to store new and used cars on the top-level of a three-story Kailua Road parking garage.

In a suit filed yesterday, Don Bremner and Libby Tomar say the city Department of Planning and Permitting is not following its own zoning rules by allowing the cars from McKenna's Motors on Kailua Road to be stored in the garage.

City officials could not be reached for comment last night.

"The biggest concern is trying to not make all of central Kailua a new car parking lot," Bremner said.

Public water spigots added in Hamakua

HILO >> Hawaii County has added two new public water spigots on the Hamakua Coast north of Hilo due to drought, the county Civil Defense announced yesterday.

The new spigots in Paauilo and Ookala bring the islandwide spigot total to 15.

The island has been under a emergency declaration since last year due to low rainfall.

Most rural homes on the Big Island depend on water collected in tanks from rain on their roofs. Public spigots began in 1988 linked to concerns about rooftop water safety.

From 1992, their purpose has been to provide water during drought. During that time, spigots were never needed in the Hamakua District until last week, said Mayor Harry Kim's aide Wendell Hatada.

National Weather Service data for Honokaa, the main town on the Hamakua Coast, show rainfall for September of 0.48 inch, just 17 percent of the normal 2.8 inches. Even while Hilo got 0.71 inches of rain in 24 hours ending yesterday, Honokaa got only 0.01 inch.

Ala Wai Elementary celebrates milestone

Ala Wai Elementary School is celebrating its 50th anniversary this Saturday, with a country fair and entertainment including alumnus Jake Shimabukuro.

The program, from 2 until 8 p.m., will feature games for children including a jumper, an open market, silent auction and crafts. Other entertainers include Raymond Kane & Band, Makalolos/BB Shawn, Ala Moana Band and Frank De Lima.

The opening ceremony will offer historical highlights and an appearance by the school's first principal.

Pre-sale dinner tickets are available for $7. For more information or to get involved, call Marilyn Porter at 973-0075 or Anita Malama at 551-8028. Ala Wai School is at 503 Kamoku St.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff


Car hits off-duty officer directing traffic

An off-duty Pearl City police officer was hit by a car late Sunday on Farrington Highway while directing traffic near a Nanakuli construction site, police said.

The 28-year-old officer, whose name was not released, was listed in good condition at the Queen's Medical Center last night. The 45-year-old driver of the car was uninjured.

The accident occurred about 10 p.m. Saturday while the officer was directing traffic on Farrington Highway near Mohihi Street for Delta Construction, which was doing waterline replacement work in the area.

Police said a car traveling east on Farrington Highway failed to stop when the officer signaled for him to do so, and hit the man. Another officer stopped the car, driven by a 45-year-old Waianae man.

The officer was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in serious condition, but was later upgraded to good condition. Police said he was wearing white gloves and a reflective traffic vest when he was hit.

The driver was arrested on outstanding warrants and cited for driving without a license and insurance. Police are investigating the accident.

Waianae man accused of fondling 13-year-old

Police arrested a 20-year-old Waianae man who allegedly kidnapped and fondled a 13-year-old girl early Sunday morning.

Police said the girl went to a party in Waianae with her friends and the suspect.

During the party, the man grabbed the victim by her neck and took her through the housing complex on Ala Hema Street where he fondled her, police said.

Patrol officers arrested the suspect on suspicion of kidnapping and third-degree sexual assault.

The victim was taken to the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center for treatment.


Man wanted by police for alleged slashing

Police were looking for a man who allegedly slashed another man at an Iwilei bar early yesterday.

Police said the victim, 36, was at the C'est La Vie bar at 1007 Dillingham Blvd. at about 3 a.m. when he spotted the suspect, with whom he had previously gotten into a fight.

He confronted the man and the two began fighting again, police said. During the fight, the suspect pulled out a knife and slashed the victim on his torso, police said. The suspect fled, police said.

The suspect is described as 5-foot-10, about 130 pounds, with a thin build and dark hair, and was last seen wearing a light blue T-shirt and blue jeans.

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