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August 25, 2012
The Associated Press

Hawaii, Japan governments agree

HONOLULU - Hawaii and three Japanese prefectures have agreed on clean energy and trade opportunities.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding with governors from Hiroshima, Saga and Shizuoka.

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The Governor's Office said the agreement solidifies Hawaii's and Japan's commitment to technological development in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Prior to signing the memorandum of understanding, the Japanese governors met with Sen. Daniel Inouye, Abercrombie and Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz to discuss exchange opportunities for clean energy and trade.


Sailor surrenders in shotgun standoff

HONOLULU - A 22-year-old Hawaii sailor was taken into custody after a standoff that required evacuating homes at Moanalua Terrace Navy Housing.

Police say the Pearl Harbor sailor was armed with a shotgun when he arrived home Wednesday afternoon and threatened his wife, along with other women and babies inside.

Police say the women picked up the children and ran out.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported the man and his wife walked out and he surrendered. He was arrested on suspicion of terroristic threatening and firearms offenses.

KHON-TV reported that the Navy said a military and family support center had been opened to help with counseling.


Tensions plague Oahu Jewish temple

HONOLULU - Tensions are consuming Hawaii's largest Jewish temple.

Members of Temple Emanu-El in Honolulu are set to vote on board members Sunday, giving members a choice between two slates led by two former board presidents.

The vote comes on the heels of a raucous May meeting where members voted against keeping Rabbi Peter Schaktman by a narrow vote that is generating controversy.

Police were called to the temple on Pali Highway after a female member of the congregation was allegedly forced to the ground by a male temple member during a scuffle over videotaping of the meeting.

Meanwhile, the temple has lost about 60 out of 230 families in the last year, and the loss of dues is threatening its finances.

The temple was dedicated in 1960.


Mayoral candidate sorry over daughter

HONOLULU - A Honolulu mayoral candidate has apologized to his opponent for the actions of his 18-year-old daughter.

Hawaii News Now reported that candidate and former city Managing Director Kirk Caldwell confirmed that his daughter Maya is one of two girls seen in photos setting fire to opponent and former Gov. Ben Cayetano's campaign sign.

One of the photos posted on Instagram shows Maya holding a lighter to the sign. The photos have been removed from the social networking application.

Her father says he's disappointed and planned to have a serious father-daughter talk. She was scheduled to leave for college in Massachusetts.

Caldwell said he apologized to Cayetano. Cayetano said he's sure Maya regrets what she did.

The election is centered on Cayetano vowing to stop Honolulu's rail project.


Tripler, Queen's to join, aid children

HONOLULU - A Honolulu hospital and a military hospital are partnering to provide behavioral health services to Hawaii's children.

U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye spoke during a ceremony at Wahiawa Elementary School on Wednesday for its new school-based behavioral health building.

The Queen's Medical Center has partnered with Tripler Army Medical Center and the state Department of Education to expand Tripler's behavioral health services to children and families of civilians or non-Department of Defense dependents.

Tripler has had a school behavioral health team for more than a decade, and this is the first time the services will be expanded outside the Army community.



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