WAILUKU - Attorney Mimi DesJardins was appointed Friday to fill the District Court judge vacancy left by Rhonda Loo when she stepped up to the 2nd Circuit Court bench earlier this year.
Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald made the appointment of DesJardins, who has served as a part-time judge in the District Court of the 2nd Circuit since 2006.
DesJardins is a former deputy corporation counsel, deputy public defender and deputy prosecuting attorney on Maui, according to an announcement from the Judiciary. She received her law degree from the University of Puget Sound School of Law in 1989. She was one of six Maui attorneys considered for the position after a review by the Judicial Selection Commission.
If confirmed by the state Senate, DesJardins will serve in office for six years. She also may preside over cases in District or District Family Court.
Crash shuts down traffic
MAALAEA - A sedan and a sport utility vehicle headed in opposite directions collided on the pali Thursday afternoon along Honoapiilani Highway near the scenic overlook, closing traffic on the busy highway for up to an hour and a half.
However, both of the drivers escaped serious injury, said Maui Police Department spokesman Lt. Wayne Ibarra.
The crash was reported at 3:50 p.m., and firefighters arrived about 10 minutes later. Traffic also was stopped while fire emergency personnel cleaned up leaking fluids from the vehicles and police waited for tow trucks, fire and police officials said. The drivers were each alone in their vehicles, Ibarra said.
It was first believed that one of the victims was in critical condition and taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center, fire department spokesman Lee Mainaga said. But the person's condition improved.
Na Hoaloha gets grant
WAILUKU - Na Hoaloha - Neighbors Helping Neighbors has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the Hawaii Community Foundation.
The grant is for the nonprofit to support low-income, frail seniors and family caregivers to enable the elderly to "age in place."
The nonprofit recruits and trains volunteers to care for homebound elders to help them remain independent, live at home and enjoy an enhanced quality of life.
For more information or to volunteer, call 249-2545 or go online to www.nahoaloha.org.