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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, December 26, 2003

Hawai'i briefs

Advertiser Staff


Big Isle school gets $250,000

HONOKA'A, Hawai'i — Anonymous donors' early Christmas gift to a Big Island high school will do more than stuff students' stockings.

The $250,000 gift to Honoka'a High School announced Monday will create a research center in the school library and a state-of-the-art production center, principal Art Souza said.

Souza said the donors are local residents who "wanted to make a contribution, a commitment and a difference in public education."

He said the individuals approached him six weeks ago and presented the gift last week after reviewing a proposal from the school.

About $80,000 of the gift is earmarked to replace 1960s-era encyclopedias and other outdated reference materials. Money also was to be set aside for a bank of 30 research computers in the library and upgraded video capabilities to allow broadcasting throughout the school.


'Sunset' events are postponed

The city has postponed this weekend's scheduled "Sunset on the Beach" activities at Queen's Beach because of the possibility of heavy rain.

The films "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life" will be shown Jan. 3 and 4, respectively.

The National Weather Service on Wednesday said an upper-level, low-pressure system west of the state could bring heavy rain as early as tomorrow night.

Civil defense officials issued an advisory that residents and businesses should be prepared for the possibility of flooding.

Bar Association leader selected

Richard Turbin is the president-elect of the Hawai'i State Bar Association. Turbin will serve as president-elect in 2004 and president in 2005.

A graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School, Turbin founded the Law Offices of Richard Turbin, specializing in personal injury law, in 1975. Turbin served as a Peace Corps lawyer in Western Samoa and worked for four years as a Hawai'i deputy public defender.

Attorney gets new suspension

The Hawai'i Supreme Court has imposed a new suspension on a Honolulu attorney for practicing law while he was under a previous suspension.

The Supreme Court said Eric Marn cannot practice law for a period of two years and six months.

Marn, 57, originally was suspended in March 1998. But the court said Marn practiced law during his suspension and gave a false and misleading initial response when the Office of Disciplinary Counsel investigated.

Last July, the Supreme Court denied Marn's application for reinstatement because he had practiced law while suspended.

The Supreme Court also said it has granted the request of Honolulu attorney Damon Yonashiro to resign from his law practice in lieu of discipline. The allegations against Yonashiro were not made public.