Student wins $5K in poetry contest
Mid-Pacific Institute senior Kelli Anae placed third in the National Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington, D.C. Anae is this year's Hawai'i Poetry Out Loud champion.
Anae, a resident of Louisiana with relatives in Hawai'i, was displaced from her home after Hurricane Katrina.
She won a $5,000 scholarship for placing third.
$9.65M RELEASED FOR 13 SCHOOLS
The state has released $9.65 million to upgrade electrical distribution systems and telecommunication systems at 13 schools on O'ahu, Maui, the Big Island and Moloka'i.
The money includes $1.1 million for August Ahrens Elementary School, $1.3 million for 'Ilima Intermediate School and $2 million for Leilehua High School.
Other schools benefiting are:
O'ahu: 'Aiea Intermediate, Hau'ula Elementary, Hokulani Elementary, Kahalu'u Elementary, Kalihi Kai Elementary, Lunalilo Elementary and Waiahole Elementary School.
Maui: Hana High School.
Big Island: Holualoa Elementary School.
Moloka'i: Kaunakakai Elementary School.
$35.6M TO REPAIR SCHOOL FACILITIES
The state has released $35.6 million for repair and maintenance projects at dozens of schools across the state.
Among the largest individual projects are $1.69 million for Helemano Elementary, $1.58 million for Enchanted Lake Elementary, and $5.85 million for McKinley High (two projects), all for classroom renovations.
The money is the remainder of the $75 million appropriated in fiscal year 2006 for school repairs and maintenance, according to a press release from Gov. Linda Lingle's office.
GROUPS SUPPORT FISHPOND WORK
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Oceanic Institute will work together to revitalize the He'eia Fishpond at the base of Kane'ohe Bay.
The groups will work with Paepae O He'eia to teach the members modern aquaculture techniques.
The Institute will provide 1,000 moi fingerlings in batches to the fishpond, which is on land owned by Kamehameha Schools.
In addition, the National Marine Fisheries Service is providing a one-year $130,000 grant to support the revitalization effort.
OHA has given the group $50,000 to help with training.
CLASSICAL TRIO AT POHAI NANI
The chamber music trio of James Moffitt, Darel Stark and Tommy Yee will perform a free public concert at 7 p.m. on May 29, Memorial Day, at the Ruth Orcutt Bacon Auditorium at Pohai Nani Good Samaritan Retirement Community, 45-090 Namoku St., Kane'ohe.
The musicians will feature works by Johannes Brahms Bela Bartok.
The program is sponsored by Hui Pohai Nani, the Windward Arts Council and the Musicians Performance Fund.
Parking is available on Pohai Nani grounds.
CHINESE CLUB IN RECYCLING DRIVE
The Kaimuki High School Chinese Club will hold a recycling drive from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday in front of the school.
Money raised from the drive will fund scholarship money for the club.
The club also is accepting HI 5¢ cans and bottles also will be accepted at a designated drop off point in front of the school throughout the month.
RESCUERS RECOVER DIVER'S BODY
Fire department rescue crews found the body of a missing diver Friday night off Kapoho Beach Lots in the Pahoa district of the Big Island.
The diver was reported missing by a diving companion at about 9 p.m., fire department officials said.
A rescue crew spotted the body and it was brought to shore by helicopter. No other information was available yesterday.
MAN PULLED FROM BAY UNCONSCIOUS
A man was pulled unconscious from 'Anaeho'omalu Bay yesterday.
Bystanders told Fire Department rescue crews that the man was found floating unconscious on the south side of the bay at about 12:45 p.m.
People at the scene performed CPR until rescue crews arrived.
The man was taken to North Hawai'i Community Hospital. His condition was not known at press time.