UH ethnobotanist cited for studies
University of Hawai'i ethnobotanist Isabella Abbott yesterday was awarded the Women of Discovery Award as part of the celebration of March National Women's History Month.
Abbott was honored for her work with the marine algae and land plants of Hawai'i and the Pacific. She has written dozens of books and papers on limu, and she is the author of "La'au Hawai'i: Traditional Hawaiian Uses of Plants."
The award was presented to eight women in various fields by WINGS WorldQuest, a non-profit organization that promotes scientific exploration and supports the work of pioneering women in science.
POLICE SEEKING MISSING GIRL, 15
Big Island police were searching for 15-year-old Tylor-Chei Lum-Perreira of Hilo, who has not been seen since Feb. 10. She is 5 feet 3 and weighs 109 pounds, with brown hair and eyes.
Anyone with information should call Officer BJ Duarte of the Juvenile Aid Section at (808) 961-2278, or Big Island CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICANTS SOUGHT
The Honolulu Police Department Community Foundation is accepting applications for college scholarships for college-bound high school seniors and current college students from O'ahu.
One-year scholarships of $1,000 per recipient will be awarded.
Applicants must be entering or enrolled in a bachelor's program at an accredited university or college in the United States. Except for prior scholarship recipients who attended Mainland schools, applicants must have lived in Honolulu for the 12 months before applying.
The scholarship is open to students in any field of study, although some preference is given to law enforcement or criminal justice system majors.
For more information about the scholarship, or for an application, call 942-3873. Deadline to apply is April 30.
SAND, BAGS OFFERED FREE TO RESIDENTS
Construction unions and businesses have donated sand and bags to distribute to Windward residents in anticipation of today's rainy weather.
The Iron Worker's Union, International Local 625, Pacific Aggregate, Ameron Hawaii and Hawaiian Cement have donated aggregate. Pacific Trucking will haul some of the sand and Grace Pacific Corp. and City Mill have donated sandbags.
Residents can pick them up from 2 to 6:30 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow at Kualoa Ranch and at the Ohana Family of the Living God Church at 54-058 Hau'ula Homestead Road.
People will have to help bag the sand, said Councilman Donovan Dela Cruz, 2nd (Wahiawa, North Shore, 'Ahuimanu), who along with state Sen. Clayton Hee, D-23rd (Kane'ohe, Kahuku), coordinated the effort.
BOARD WILL TRY TO FILL VACANT SEAT
The Aliamanu/Salt Lake/Foster Village Neighborhood Board will try to fill an at-large vacancy at its monthly meeting at 7 tonight at Aliamanu Middle School, 3271 Salt Lake Blvd.
The current board term runs through May 31, 2007.
The board also will hear a presentation on a proposed antenna facility next to Stadium Mall, on residential property.
PRESCHOOL PLANS KEIKI KARNIVAL
Calvary Episcopal Preschool in Kane'ohe will celebrate 43 years of service to the Windward community with a Keiki Karnival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The facility is between Castle High School and Windward City Shopping Center.
The carnival will offer games, rides, food, entertainment, a silent auction and more. All activities will require scrip, which can be purchased the day of the event.
For more information, call the school at 235-4833.