Westbound lanes on H-1 closing
All westbound lanes of the H-1 Freeway in the Waimalu area will be closed overnight for the next two nights as part of the freeway widening project.
The lanes will be closed from 9:30 p.m. tonight to 8:30 a.m. tomorrow, from the H-1/Moana-lua Freeway merge to the Waimalu-Pearlridge exit.
The lanes also will be closed from 9:30 p.m. tomorrow to 8:30 a.m. Sunday.
MAN CHARGED IN WIFE'S STABBING
A 42-year-old man was charged last night with the attempted murder of his wife in Kalihi on Wednesday.
Hong Van Ho was charged with one count of second-degree attempted murder. He was being held in a police cellblock last night on $250,000 bail.
Ho is accused of stabbing his 49-year-old wife several times during an argument in the couple's North School Street apartment. Police said the two were arguing when the woman was stabbed in the head, chest, arms and legs at about 6:50 p.m.
The woman was taken to The Queen's Medical Center in critical condition. Ho was arrested at the scene.
TEENAGER GETS $10K SCHOLARSHIP
'Aiea High School senior Jennifer Lam has been awarded a $10,000 Regional Coca-Cola Scholarship.
Scholars were chosen from an application pool of more than 50,000 students nationwide. Applicants were evaluated based on their academic achievements, school and community service, leadership and desire to succeed.
LITTERBUGS FACING HIGHER FINES
Gov. Linda Lingle yesterday signed into law tougher penalities for people caught littering.
Under the new law, the mandatory minimum civil fine gets a boost from $25 to $100.
And for those who "knowingly" litter on land or at sea — an act which qualifies as criminal littering — the required minimum goes from $250 to $500. The highest fine for a criminal offense goes from $500 to $1,000.
FEMA REJECTION CAN BE APPEALED
An appeals process is available to Hawai'i residents who are denied housing and other needs assistance under FEMA's Individuals and Households Program.
An appeal letter should explain why the applicant maintains the FEMA decision was incorrect. It should specify matters the applicant contends were not adequately addressed by the inspection process. If the person writing the letter is not a member of the household, there must be a signed statement saying that the writer is acting on the applicant's behalf. The letter should include the applicant's FEMA registration number and disaster number.
An appeal letter, which must be dated and postmarked within 60 days from the date of the decision letter, should be mailed to: FEMA — Individuals & Households Program, National Processing Service Center, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055.
Letters may also be faxed to (800) 827-8112 (Attention: FEMA — Individuals & Households Program). For more information, call FEMA at (800) 621-FEMA (3362).
VIDEO STUDENTS NATIONAL WINNERS
Searider Productions, Wai'anae High School's award-winning multimedia program, is among seven recipients of this year's prestigious National Student Television Award for Excellence, according to program director Candy Suiso.
The award is presented by The Foundation of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. There were more than 600 entries.
Wai'anae students will be honored next Friday in New York City. Attending will be the students who produced "A Paddle Through Time," a look at why paddling represents more than just a sport in Hawai'i. They are Katie Hoppe, James Kapu-Ka'aihue, Priscilla Mathewson and Justine Campos.
$180,000 TO AID FISHPOND PROJECT
A community group has received two grants to help it revitalize He'eia Fishpond.
Paepae O He'eia received $130,000 from the National Marine Fisheries Service and $50,000 from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. The Oceanic Institute is providing training in modern aquaculture techniques and about 1,000 moi fingerlings to stock the fishpond.
PEACE LESSONS FOR KIDS OFFERED
For children entering kindergarten through second grade in the fall, the Peace Table Project will offer three weeks of classes in June on everything from coping with everyday stress, to empathy, perspective-taking, cooperation, teamwork, peaceful resolution of conflict and more. The classes will run June 5 to 30, Monday through Friday from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at Unity Church.
Fee is $350 per child. A snack will be provided and late pickup is available at no extra charge.
FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR GOING TO S. KOREA
Rachel Yamakawa of Honolulu has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English and do research on economics in South Korea.
Yamakawa graduated this year from Occidental College in Los Angeles. The Iolani School graduate plans to enter dental school at the University of Missouri at Kansas City following her 13-month program in South Korea.