University of Hawaii Security Warns of Male Perverted Driver Near UH Campus

Campus Security is warning people who are walking to and from their cars parked in the residential area between University Avenue and Mānoa Road to be aware of a male driver who stops pedestrians, especially female students, on the pretense of asking for driving directions, who then exposes himself and masturbates.
Today around noon, a student reported to Campus Security that she and a friend were walking to their car near College Hill, when a male driver stopped his vehicle to ask for directions to the freeway. The suspect spoke very softly, so the student moved closer to the car to better hear what he was saying. When the student looked down through the open window, she saw that the driver had exposed himself and was masturbating. The driver sped off when the student walked away.
The suspect is described as in his 40s, with short blond hair and mustache, possibly weighing about 150 pounds. He wore a white shirt, khaki shorts and sunglasses. He may have been driving a “green Jeep or small SUV.”
In an incident of this nature, Campus Security suggests the following:
  • Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe or uncomfortable, in any situation, act on that feeling. Your safety is the first priority.
  • If you find yourself in this type of situation, even if the suspect has left the scene, call Campus Security and officers will respond to your location.
Anyone with information relevant to this case is asked to call Campus Security at 956-6911.

A Tree Grows on Nimitz Highway… Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation Awards PBS Hawaii $5 Million Grant

Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation

Hawaii’s only public television station today announced that The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation has awarded PBS Hawaii a $5 million grant to help the organization build a new home in Honolulu. The educational nonprofit organization has an urgent need for a new facility because it is losing its lease at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where it has occupied space for more than 40 years.

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Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex Receives Site Dedication

The Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) conducted a cultural site dedication today for the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex (AAMDTC) to be constructed at two locations on PMRF.

The Hawaiian blessing site dedication was conducted by noted Waimea kupuna Aletha Kaohi, with assistance from Sherri “Puni” Patrick. U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, Rear Adm. Joseph A. Horn, Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) program director for Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense, and other dignitaries were in attendance.

Sen. Daniel Inouye places soil in an umeke bowl

Sen. Daniel Inouye places soil in an umeke bowl during a dedication ceremony for the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex to be constructed at two sites at PMRF. The Hawaiian blessing site dedication was conducted by noted Waimea kupuna Aletha Kaohi, with assistance from Sherri "Puni" Patrick. Rear Adm. Dixon Smith, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii, Rear Adm. Joseph A. Horn, Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) program director for Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense, and other dignitaries were in attendance. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh.

The AAMDTC will be a test and evaluation center in the development of the second phase of the Phased Adaptive Approach (PAA). The PAA was announced by the president in September 2009 to provide flexible, adaptable ballistic missile defense for our deployed troops, friends, and allies.

The test complex at PMRF is critical to the development of the Aegis Ashore capability. It is essential for verifying requirements and validating design capability prior to deployment at the first of two planned sites in Europe in 2015.

Aunty Aletha Kaohi hands Capt. Nicholas Mongillo, Commanding Officer, Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF)

Aunty Aletha Kaohi hands Capt. Nicholas Mongillo, Commanding Officer, Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), an umeke bowl during a dedication ceremony for the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex to be constructed at two sites at PMRF. The umeke held soil from both sites. The Hawaiian blessing site dedication was conducted by noted Waimea kupuna Kaohi, with assistance from Sherri "Puni" Patrick. U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, Rear Adm. Joseph A. Horn, Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) program director for Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense, and other dignitaries were in attendance. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh.

After initial certification, the AAMDTC will remain at PMRF as a Missile Defense Agency test asset and will be operated by the Missile Defense Agency.

Deployment of Aegis Ashore to Europe will greatly enhance coverage of defense of Europe as part of the overall Ballistic Missile Defense System.

Sisters on a Journey – Presented by the Pahoa Village Museum

Sister on a Journey Pahoa Village Museum

 

Kokua Kailua Village Stroll Presents Free Concert With Paula Fuga

Historic Kailua Village’s monthly Kokua Kailua is scheduled for Sunday, September 18 from 1pm until 6pm oceanfront along Alii Drive. September’s Kokua Kailua  welcomes Hawaiian songstress and Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner Paula Fuga for a free concert which will begin at 5:00pm.

Paula Fuga will perform at 5pm during Kokua Kailua on Sept. 18.

Fuga will be in town to help launch Kau Kau Kailua Restaurant Week which also begins on Sunday, September 18.

Following Kokua Kailua and the Fuga concert, residents and visitors are encouraged to seek out participating Kau Kau Kailua Restaurant Week eateries and enjoy specially crafted 3-course dinners for $20, $30 or $40 per person depending on the restaurant. Special values are also planned at quick service restaurants. Sunday, September 18 through Saturday, September 24 during Kau Kau Kailua Restaurant Week is an ideal time to discover new restaurants and re-visit favorites while supporting local businesses during this traditionally slow period.

Mahalo is extended to Kau Kau Kailua Restaurant Week partners Anheuser Busch Sales of Hawaii, First Hawaiian Bank, HFM FoodService and West Hawaii Today.

And remember, during Kokua Kailua when Alii Drive is transformed into a pedestrian-only walkway, farmers, artists, and crafts vendors line the thoroughfare and merchants showcase their wares, there is no better time to discover and support the businesses of Historic Kailua Village. There will also be free Hawaiian music on the lawn at Hulihee Palace beginning at 4:00pm.

The next Kokua Kailua is scheduled for Sunday, October 16, 2011,
Kokua Kailua Village Stroll is sponsored by the Kailua Village Business Improvement District, the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, Destination Kona Coast, Kailua Village Merchants Association, Hulihee Palace, West Hawaii Today and Pacific Radio Group. The program is designed to rally support for merchants and restaurants and to remind residents to shop, dine and buy local.

Alaska Airlines to Expand to Kauai and the Big Island Beginning March

Alaska Airlines announced today that it would expand its schedule starting daily, nonstop service from Oakland and San Jose, Calif., to Lihue, on the island of Kauai, and Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii starting March 12, 2012.

The airline has previously served the markets with three flights a week between San Jose and Lihue and between Oakland and Kona and four flights a week from San Jose to Kona and Oakland to Lihue.

“We are really excited to now offer daily service from San Jose and Oakland to three Hawaiian Islands,” said Joe Sprague, Alaska’s vice president of marketing. “Going to seven flights a week from both San Jose and Oakland to Kauai and Kona – along with our existing daily service from both cities to Maui – makes it more convenient than ever for Bay Area travelers flying to the Hawaiian Islands.”

To celebrate the new service, Alaska Airlines is offering one-way fares of $179* on flights from the Bay Area to Lihue and Kona and to Kahului on the island of Maui, which the airline serves from Oakland, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 3 for travel from March 12 through June 9, 2012. Fares are for travel Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to Hawaii and for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from Hawaii. Blackout dates apply. See terms and conditions below for information about all fares. A complete list of fares and days of travel is available at www.alaskaair.com or by calling 1-800-ALASKAAIR (800-252-7522 or TTY/TDD line 800-392-0228).

Summary of new service:

        Date   City pair      Departs    Arrives    Frequency

        Mar 12 San Jose-Lihue 8:50 a.m.  11:25 a.m. Daily

        Mar 12 Lihue-San Jose 1:45 p.m.  10:00 p.m. Daily

        Mar 12 Oakland-Lihue  7:35 a.m.  10:05 a.m. Daily

        Mar 12 Lihue-Oakland  12:25 p.m. 8:45 p.m.  Daily

        Mar 12 San Jose-Kona  7:25 a.m.  9:50 a.m.  Daily

        Mar 12 Kona -San Jose 2:00 p.m.  10:10 p.m. Daily

        Mar 12 Oakland-Kona   11:55 a.m. 2:20 p.m.  Daily

        Mar 12 Kona-Oakland   3:20 p.m.  11:25 p.m. Daily

        Times based on local time zones.