Man drowns at Maui beach.


Drowning occurred at Kamaole Beach Park on Maui.

Source:  Associated Press (Honolulu).

 

Maui County police say a 59-year-old Kahului man died in an apparent drowning in Kihei.  Stephen King was found floating face down Sunday afternoon about 5 yards offshore at Kamaole Beach Park.  Maui police said responders performed CPR after pulling King from the water.  But they were unable to revive him, and King was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police said an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

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Japanese tourist faces 3-month jail sentence.


Man receives penalty for a drunken altercation during a trip to Hawaii.

Source:  Associated Press (Honolulu).

 

A Japanese man who engaged in a drunken fight with flight attendants during a trip to Hawaii for his honeymoon in May will be released in a few weeks and will return to Japan.  According to Public Defender Salina Althof, Kenji Okamoto pleaded guilty last month to interfering with a flight attendant’s duties by assaulting and intimidating him.  Okamoto was flying from Osaka when he got upset because a flight attendant wouldn’t take his tray away.  The attendant told Okamoto he would return because his hands were full.  Okamoto became outraged, left his seat, and approached the flight attendant, who retreated to safety.  So much for spending a honeymoon in a luxury resort.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii foster parents: Pay raise not enough – Hawaii News Now


Hawaii foster parents: Pay raise not enough
Hawaii News Now
HONOLULU (AP) – A lawsuit claiming Hawaii foster parents are underpaid is moving ahead despite a recent increase in state payments.

Source: www.hawaiinewsnow.com

More than 1,000 Foster Parents in Hawaii are suing the state, despite a recent increase in state payments.  Those supporting the lawsuit claim the new payment schedule is inadequate and fails to consider Hawaii’s high cost of living.  Aloha, Russ.

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Kalihi pedestrian accident closes Kamehameha Hwy. – Hawaii News Now


Kalihi pedestrian accident closes Kamehameha Hwy.

Source: www.hawaiinewsnow.com

Another tragic case of not paying attention.  Honolulu police said the man was crossing the street against the red light when a 67-year-old woman driver of a Toyota Echo struck him.  The car had the green light.  The victim suffered head and body injuries and was taken to the Queen’s Medical Center for treatment.  It is unknown if speed was a factor in the accident.  Aloha, Russ.

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Under pressure to reverse Apple’s firing, UH president speaks – Hawaii News Now


Under pressure to reverse Apple’s firing, UH president speaks Hawaii News Now MANOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Under growing pressure from on- and off-campus to reverse his decision to remove University of Hawaii at Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple, UH…

Source: www.hawaiinewsnow.com

UH-Manoa President David Lassner said he is sorry the impending removal of Tom Apple as UH-Manoa Chancellor has become "a public spectacle."  Lassner’s veiled apology came as student government groups announced they would hold a sit-in on Tuesday protesting Apple’s removal, while faculty and Native Hawaiian groups released statements support Apple and calling on Lassner to reverse his decision.  Some UH observers believe Apple’s unsuccessful effort to oust Dr. Michele Carbonne, the controversial head of UH’s Cancer Center, was the primary impetus for Apple’s firing.  Apple was upset that Carbonne, the subject of 25 grievances and personnel complaints, was not fired.    Aloha, Russ.

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Two asteroids named after Hilo and Kona.


Astronomers succeed in named two new asteroids after Hawaii towns.

Source:  Stephens Media Hawaii.

Reporter:  Nancy Cook Lauer.

 

Hilo and Kona have reached the heavens in a figurative sense.  Astronomers in Germany and the Canary Islands have succeeded in naming two asteroids after Hilo and Kona in the Hawaiian Islands.  Tobias Hausler, an undergraduate astronomer at Starkenburg Observatory in Heppenheim, Germany discovered asteroid 342431, lated called "Hilo" on 25 October 2008, along with Matthias Busch, originator of the volunteer Teide Observatory Tenerife Asteroid Survey.  Busch, with Rainer Kresken at Teide Observatory in Teneife, Canary Islands, discovered asteroid 284891, named "Kona" on 13 September 2009 while he was searching for NEOs (near earth objects) that could pose a threat to the planet.   Hausler notified Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi about the discovery and  enclosed certificates as "a symbolic handover" of the two minor planets.  Astronomers who discover asteroids are able to name them after a lengthy process that includes multiple observations to establish and predict their orbits.  Discoverers apply to the International Astronomical Union to assign names to their numbered asteroids. There are rules, such as the asteroid can’t be for the discoverer.  Aloha, Russ.

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Major improvements coming to Hawaii Island Girl Scout camp.


Camp Kilohana to get portion of state grant.

Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

 

According to reporter John Burnett, Hawaii Island’s Camp Kilohana will get a share of a $1.25 million state capital improvement grant to the Girl Scouts of Hawaii for wastewater systems improvement.  The funds will also support wastewater upgrades at Camp Paumalu on Oahu and Camp Piiholo on Maui.  Although it’s not known what the Hawaii Island share will be, Marci Manker, the Girl Scout Hawaii membership and program services coordinator for Hawaii Island, said she is grateful for the funding.  Manker added that the improvements are needed at the Hawaii Island camp, which is adjacent to the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) on the Saddle Road.  Manker said the girl scout camp has "only a limited number of actual bathrooms, and they’re tiked to a catchment system…and then there are some outhouses…we’ve actually had to rent porta-potties for people to use because  there weren’t sufficient sanitary facilities."  Aloha, Russ.

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