Free workshop on public records
The state Office of Information Practices will hold a free public workshop Thursday on Hawai'i's open records and open meetings laws.
The session will provide a general overview of the public's rights under both laws, as well as practical information on how to use them, such as by making a request for a government record.
The event is part of national Sunshine Week, which will feature a series of events aimed at raising awareness of the importance of open government and the public's right to know.
The 90-minute workshop begins at noon at the State Capitol, Room 414.
For more information, see www.hawaii.gov/oip.
FOURSOME WINS LIFESMARTS TITLE
A team of students from the Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama Campus has won the state title for the Second Annual Lifesmarts consumer education competition.
The game-show-style competition tested students' knowledge of personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology and consumer rights and responsibilities.
The members of the winning team are Kainoa Frank, David Choy, Tyler Lau and Gideon Logan. The team was coached by Jan Burns and Paul Choy. The winners will represent Hawai'i in the National Lifesmarts competition in Philadelphia, April 22-25.
MEETING TO FOCUS ON KIDS DRINKING
Underage drinking will be the topic of discussion March 28 at the Waipahu Community Association's Town Hall Meeting at the August Ahrens Elementary School cafeteria from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For information, call 677-6939.
NONPROFIT NAMES NEW PRESIDENT
Edmund C. Aczon, a manpower specialist for the Hawai'i Carpenters Union, has been named president of the nonprofit O'ahu Arts Center for 2006.
New executive committee members include Donna Ribellia-Abreu (first vice president), Ford Fuchigami (second vice president), Anthony J. Saguibo Jr. (secretary), Wayne Takahashi (treasurer), and Bennette Evangelista and Ann-Maile K. Yamasaki.
Serving on the board of directors are Elsha Bohnert, Mike Bilby, Eric Carson, Carleton Ching, Norman Fujioka and Ron Hirai.
CULTURAL EVENT MARCH 17 AT UH
The International Student Association at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa will hold its International Night from 6:30 to 9 p.m March 17 at Campus Center.
The free event will include music, ethnic performances and cultural games from different countries.
MAN ALLEGEDLY WIELDED KNIVES
A 48-year-old Makaha man was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening and abuse of a household member after he allegedly threatened to stab his 45-year-old girlfriend.
The woman told police she was arguing with her boyfriend at about 10 a.m. at their apartment on Kili Drive when he grabbed two knives and threatened to kill her. She said later, he put the knives on the floor but continued to argue with her and then assaulted her.
Police said the woman was able to get out of the apartment and call 911.
Police found the boyfriend in the apartment and arrested him.
TEEN ARRESTED IN ROBBERY
A 17-year-old boy was arrested at Pearlridge Center on Wednesday night on suspicion of second-degree robbery.
Police were told that the boy was attempting to steal merchandise from one of the stores about 6:40 p.m. What would have been a shoplifting case became a robbery when the boy allegedly used physical force against a store security guard to try to get away, police said.