Star-Bulletin staff and wire

East-West Center gets $1M for scholarships

The East-West Center has received a $1 million grant to support U.S.-East Timor and U.S. South Pacific Scholarship programs.

The funding from the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will permit placement of 10 students in undergraduate and graduate degree programs at the University of Hawaii and other U.S. institutions.

The scholarships provide educational and leadership development opportunities to young people who are expected to contribute to political, economic and social development in their home countries and strengthen relations with the United States.

More than 50 Pacific island students have earned scholarships since 1994 through the East-West Center, and 24 East Timor students have received scholarships since 1999.

"These two scholarship programs demonstrate U.S. commitment to East Timor and the nations of the South Pacific, and are of significant long-term benefit to the people of these regions," said Thomas Farrell, deputy assistant secretary for academic programs at the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The East-West Center had 364 students from 43 countries enrolled last year in various education programs. Its student population overall is the largest in three decades.

Festival to celebrate access for disabled

The arts, disabilities and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 will be celebrated at a festival, Art Enabled, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at McCoy Pavilion, Ala Moana Park.

Students and children with disabilities will have an opportunity to work with members in the community to create a large mural.

The event will feature music and dance performances with artists Ed Chevy of Beethoven's Nightmare and Shawn Nishimoto, formerly known as BB Shawn.

Leaders from the disability community will discuss the importance of the ADA and the impact it has had on people with disabilities.

A kickoff fund-raiser with a raffle and silent auction will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the UH-Manoa Campus Center.

Items will include an autographed Denver Broncos game-used jersey from former UH star Ashley Lelie, a lunch cruise from Paradise Cruise and gift certificates from local restaurants.

Art Enabled will be free and open to anyone interested, said co-event directors Brian Kajiyama and Landry Fukunaga.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Broken mast sends man to hospital

A 40-year-old man was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in serious condition yesterday after he was struck with a broken mast from his 40-foot catamaran.

Jim Howe, operations chief of the city Ocean Safety Division, said the man was sailing about a mile off Diamond Head from the Elks Club when the catamaran's mast broke in half and struck him in the torso.

Howe said the man called 911 on his cellular phone. Dispatchers from the Honolulu Fire Department responded to the call.

Howe said they now have a new capability where ocean safety dispatchers can talk simultaneously with dispatchers at the Honolulu Fire Department and 911 to expedite response time.

A rescue craft and ambulance responded four minutes later.

The 40-year-old man was airlifted by Air One to Kapiolani Park where an ambulance was waiting to transport him to Queen's.

Victim, 24, dies of stab wounds

Police opened a homicide investigation after a 24-year-old man died from stab wounds yesterday.

A witness told police that the victim was arguing with three male suspects at 1:30 a.m. yesterday at an establishment located on South Pauahi Street and Bethel Street.

Police said the witness tried to calm the situation when the three suspects attacked the victim.

Two suspects punched and kicked the victim, and the third suspect dragged the victim on the pavement.

A fourth suspect then ran up to the victim and stabbed him before they all fled.

Police said the 24-year-old man was taken in critical condition to the Queen's Medical Center where he later died.

An autopsy will be performed to determine cause of death.

No weapon was located. Police said there were no arrests at this time.

Police ID driver killed in Kaaawa auto crash

The Honolulu Medical Examiner's Office identified the 22-year-old man who died Saturday after he was involved in a single-car crash in Kaaawa as Alema M. Lindley of Laie.

Lindley was traveling southeast along Kamehameha Highway in a 1993 Saturn when he rammed into a group of trees, a wall and a utility pole.

Lindley was pronounced dead at the scene.

Speed was a factor, police said.

HPD investigates death of 5-year-old

Police are investigating the death of a 5-year-old girl who was found unresponsive at her home.

Police said she was found unresponsive at her home at Wheeler Air Force Base at 7:19 p.m. Saturday.

She was transported to Wahiawa General Hospital by ambulance.

Police said efforts to revive the child failed, and she was pronounced dead.

An autopsy will be performed to determine cause of death.

Authorities suspect arson in Waialua

One of two brush fires that occurred near Kaukonahua Road in Waialua yesterday was believed to be intentionally set.

Firefighters responded to two separate brush fires at 12:13 p.m. that occurred near the S-turn on Kaukonahua Road.

Capt. Kenison Tejada, spokesman for the Honolulu Fire Department, said the smaller brush fire was extinguished at 12:47 p.m.

Fireworks were found in the area, Tejada said. Firefighters had the second brush fire under control two minutes later. The second brush fire scorched about one to two acres.

13-year-old arrested on sex assault charge

Police arrested a 13-year-old boy who allegedly pressured a 14-year-old girl to have sex with him.

The incident took place Wednesday in Waianae as the suspect, a classmate of the victim, met her as she was leaving a restroom, police said.

Police said the suspect turned himself in at the Kapolei Police Station yesterday and was arrested for investigation of first-degree sexual assault.

Man critically injured in crash on Maui

A 25-year-old man is in critical condition at Maui Memorial Medical Center after he was involved in a single-car crash in Puunene.

About 11:12 p.m. Saturday, Michael Correia was traveling Kahului-bound on Mokulele Highway in a silver 2003 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck when he veered to the right of the roadway and slammed into a traffic signal post at the intersection of Mehameha Loop.

The pickup continued through the intersection and struck another traffic signal post.

Correia suffered multiple injuries as a result of the crash and was transported to the hospital.

Police said a 20-year-old female passenger was also taken to the hospital. The passenger, who was wearing a seat belt, did not suffer any injury.

Police said Correia was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Big Isle police seek 28-year-old Hilo man

mug Big Island police are looking for a 28-year-old Hilo man for questioning in a domestic case.

Police described Jeremy Camvel as 5 feet 6 inches tall, about 180 pounds and having short black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Raymond Rodrigues at 961-8883 or the police non-emergency number at 935-3311.

Calls may also be made to CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.

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