Poor schools to get $36 million
Hawai'i's high-poverty public schools will receive more than $36 million next school year, Sen. Daniel Inouye announced this week. The money, an increase of
7 percent over last year's federal financing known as Title I, is for services meant to improve the teaching and performance for high-poverty students who are considered to be at risk academically.
The Title I allocations will be as follows: City and County of Honolulu: $24.4 million; Hawai'i County: $6.9 million; Maui County: $2.8 million; Kaua'i County: $1.8 million.
H-1 lanes to be closed for work
The state Transportation Department says a portion of H-1 Freeway near Honolulu International Airport will be closed for repairs from 10 p.m. today until 6:30 a.m. tomorrow. All lanes of the highway will be closed in the 'ewa-bound direction between the Ke'ehi Interchange and the westbound on-ramp coming from the airport. During the work, both the airport on-ramp and the Nimitz Highway on-ramp to the freeway will be closed.
Satellite city hall reopens
The Ala Moana Center satellite city hall reopened yesterday after being closed for two days because of fumes. The source of the fumes, which were first noticed Monday, has not been found. City employees reported eye irritation and were moved to other locations during the closure.
Cancer relay this weekend
Waimanalo Beach Park plans two days of activities, entertainment and sports as it hosts a cancer Relay for Life and canoe regatta this weekend. The Windward American Cancer Society's Relay for Life takes place from 7 p.m. tomorrow to 7 a.m. Sunday. The regatta will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Plum picking season opens
LIHU'E, Kaua'i The plum-picking season in Kaua'i's Koke'e State Park begins tomorrow and runs through Aug. 3. The public can pick up free permits at the Koke'e State Park headquarters. There is a 5 pound limit per person. About 75 percent of the crop is normally picked on the first weekend of the season. The plums are from Methley plum stock first planted in the 1930s. Kaua'i state parks administrator Wayne Souza said this year's crop is poor.
H-2 on-ramp closed tonight
The on-ramp to the H-2 Freeway from Kamehameha Highway will be closed from 10:30 p.m. today until 6:30 a.m. tomorrow for guard rail repairs, the state Department of Transportation said. During the closure, northbound traffic will be routed to Farrington Highway, then to Kamehameha Highway.