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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, April 17, 2001

Neighbor Island briefs

Advertiser Staff and News Services


Pedestrian killed near Pahoa school

PAHOA, Hawai'i — A pedestrian died yesterday after a vehicle hit her on the Pahoa-Pohoiki Road near Pahoa High School in Puna.

Police identified her as Felicia Hanohano, 48, of Pahoa.

Sgt. Samuel Jelsma said Hanohano was in the southbound traffic lane at about 5:15 a.m. when she was struck by a 1998 Toyota pickup truck driven by Emilio Agpaoa, 35, of Kea'au. Hanohano was taken to the Hilo Medical Center and pronounced dead at 9:50 a.m.

Neither the driver of the truck nor his passenger, Juan Agpaoa, 67, was injured.

Big Island residents win national awards

HILO, Hawai'i — A Big Island educator who has led the Upward Bound program at the University of Hawai'i-Hilo for 16 years received a national award for her work with disadvantaged and minority students.

Cornelia Anguay received the Steve Holeman Award from the U.S. Department of Education during a recent conference in Reno, Nev. Jim Mellon, director of support services at UH-Hilo, said Anguay has helped disadvantaged students for 22 years through her work at the college and past service with Head Start and the Hawai'i Multicultural Awareness project.

Mellon said Anguay has brought $5 million in grants to the Big Island. With her three Upward Bound co-workers, she provides year-round counseling and a summer residential program.

At the same conference, Abraham Kaleo Parrish of Puna, a 1990 Waiakea High School graduate, received the 2001 Achiever Award.

Parrish was honored not only for earning a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the University of Northern Colorado and a master's degree in library science and geography from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, but also for helping others.

He works as a computer mapping analyst at the National Imagery and Mapping Agency in Washington, D.C.

3.9 earthquake rocks Big Island

POHAKULOA, Hawai'i — An early morning earthquake deep under Mauna Kea gave South Kohala and Hamakua residents an early wake-up call yesterday but caused no known damage.

The center of the 4:18 a.m. quake was 19 miles deep and two miles north of the Army's Pohakuloa Training Area.

Scientists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said the event initially was registered at a 4.2 magnitude but later was reduced to 3.9.

The quake was widely felt, probably because of its depth more than its magnitude, said Arnold Okamura, a senior scientist at the observatory. Seismologist Stuart Koyanagi said calls came in from Waimea and Waikoloa, west of the temblor, and Pa'auilo on the Hamakua coast.

Money released for port improvements

KAWAIHAE, Hawai'i — Gov. Ben Cayetano has released $250,000 in state construction money to upgrade the 73-acre Kawaihae Harbor site in South Kohala. The money will pay for a major paving project that is part of $4 million in piecemeal improvements to the interisland barge terminal at West Hawai'i's main cargo port.

Kahalu'u park closed for training

KAHALU'U, Hawai'i — Hawai'i County will close down Kahalu'u Beach Park from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. today for lifeguard training by the county Fire Department and the Big Island Lifeguard Association.

UH placement exams rescheduled

HILO, Hawai'i — Placement exams for incoming students at the University of Hawai'i-Hilo have been rescheduled on four islands due to the faculty strike.

The English composition placement exam will be given from 9 to 11 a.m. April 28 in the UH-Hilo Campus Center Dining Room 28, and in Room 155 at Spalding Hall on the UH-Manoa campus.

The Maui test will be from 9 to 11 a.m. May 5 in Laulima Room 107 at Maui Community College. The Kaua'i test will be administered from 9 to 11 a.m. May 19 in the automotive classroom at Kaua'i Community College.

Call Karla Hayashi at (808) 974-7469.


California woman may have drowned

LIHU'E, Kaua'i — A visiting California woman apparently drowned shortly after jumping into the water Thursday at Waipouli.

Witnesses reported seeing Marilyn Van Dusen, 56, enter the water about 4:40 p.m. Within minutes, she was spotted floating 10 to 15 feet offshore.

Attempts at resuscitation failed. An autopsy was ordered.

Sharks spotted in Hanalei Bay

HANALEI, Kaua'i — County water safety officers have posted signs at Hanalei Bay warning swimmers of the possible presence of sharks attracted to the bay by an akule fishing boat last week.

Tiger sharks, seen earlier, appear to have left the bay, but reef sharks were spotted yesterday, said Kaleo Ho'okano, county water safety coordinator.

"We'll probably keep it closed tomorrow," he said.

The use of nets to surround schools of akule, or big-eyed scad, often leave some fish dead, which attracts sharks to Hanalei, Ho'okano said.

Lifeguards have posted signs warning of the danger.


Mentors, tutors needed on Maui

WAILUKU, Maui — Hui Malama Learning Center is looking for volunteers from the business world to mentor those who have just earned their general equivalency diplomas.

Hui Malama also is looking for academic tutors/mentors to provide support to students studying math, language arts, science and computer literacy. Call (808) 244-5911.