Woman survives jump onto H-1
A woman in her 30s suffered serious injuries after jumping from an H-1 Freeway overpass in Waipahu yesterday afternoon, officials said.
The incident happened shortly before 4 p.m. at the Waipahu Street overpass. The woman jumped onto the east-bound lanes of the H-1, police said.
Emergency medical personnel took the woman to The Queen's Medical Center in serious condition at 3:59 p.m., emergency services spokesman Bryan Cheplic said.
Some east-bound lanes on the freeway were closed, police Sgt. Lui Pestana said. Traffic was snarled, but the freeway was reopened before 4:45 p.m.
ALA WAI SCHOOL REOPENS TODAY
Ala Wai Elementary School will reopen today, a day after being closed because of a water main break in front of the school.
The water main break did not affect plans for fifth-graders at the school to go on a camp outing, school officials said.
HUMPBACK WHALE COUNT TOMORROW
A federal agency tomorrow is conducting a count of humpback whales during the annual shore-based whale survey done at more than 60 sites around O'ahu, Kaua'i, the Big Island and Kaho'olawe on the last Saturdays of January, February and March.
Tomorrow, from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., volunteers will be around the state counting humpback whales.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary holds the annual counts. More than 2,000 volunteers participated last year.
On O'ahu, surveys are taken from Diamond Head Scenic Lookout, Lana'i Lookout and Halona Blowhole. For a complete list of locations, go to www.hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov/volunteer_program/site_intro.html.
Volunteers are needed for the Feb. 23 and March 29 surveys. To register, call 888-55-WHALE, ext. 253 for the Big Island; 397-2651, ext. 253 for O'ahu; and 808-246-2860 for Kaua'i. The Pacific Whale Foundation conducts a separate whale count off Maui.
SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE NEARS
The Hawai'i Rotary Youth Foundation is accepting applications for high school seniors for scholarships.
The deadline to file is Thursday and scholarships will be awarded April 4. High school senior and home-school students who are applying for college are eligible.
Seniors should contact their high school college counselor, call one of the 43 Hawai'i rotary clubs or call the Hawai'i Rotary Youth Foundation at 735-1073 or e-mail at email@example.com.
Last year, 80 students from public and private schools received a total of $349,000 in scholarships. The Hawai'i Rotary Youth Foundation was founded by Maurice "Sully" Sullivan in 1976. More than $3 million in scholarships have been awarded.
HAWAI'I ID CARD FORMS ON INTERNET
Hawai'i residents can now apply and pay for state identification cards over the Internet.
The new service allows applicants to fill out a form and print out a receipt so that they can use an expedited line when they get to the ID office, where they only will need to have their required documents verified and their photo taken. The new service should reduce waiting time, the state said.
The online service is available at www.stateid.ehawaii.gov. There is a $3 fee.
The traditional application process will still be available for those without Internet access or who prefer to pay with cash.
The state ID office is in the Kekuanao'a Building at 465 S. King Street, Room 102.