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July 24, 2013
The Associated Press

Lassner picked as interim UH president

HONOLULU - University of Hawaii officials said its regents have picked Chief Information Officer David Lassner as interim president of the university.

The university said Tuesday that Lassner would replace M.R.C. Greenwood if approved by regents during a vote at a special meeting next week.

Lassner would begin as interim president Sept. 1 if approved.

University officials said Lassner would be paid $325,000 annually.

Board of Regents Chairman John Holzman said the choice was unanimous among board members.

Lassner said in a statement that he's honored to be considered.

Greenwood announced her retirement in May, saying she wanted to deal with health problems and spend more time with her family. She is expected to take leave for a year and return to a tenured faculty position.


Museum showcases cultural researcher

HONOLULU - Bishop Museum is paying tribute to the first Polynesian to receive widespread recognition for his research and scholarship on Pacific cultures.

The Honolulu museum's newly renovated Pacific Hall will showcase Sir Peter H. Buck, also known as Te Rangi Hiroa.

Buck served as Bishop Museum's director for 15 years starting in 1936.

As director, he focused on the anthropology of Pacific people, their origins, language and material culture.

The museum said Monday his work enabled it to expand and enhance its Pacific collections, helping to establish it as a world authority on the culture and natural environment of the Pacific.

The museum will hold a grand reopening celebration for Pacific Hall on Sept. 21.

Buck was born in New Zealand to a Maori chiefess and Irish father.


Police ID man who died while fishing

LIHUE - Police in Kauai have identified a man who died last week while fishing with friends as 59-year-old Paul Guenther of Kapaa.

Authorities say Guenther was about eight miles offshore when he collapsed after complaining of feeling faint.

Police said his friends radioed the Coast Guard, but Guenther did not respond when Coast Guard members tried to resuscitate him.

Authorities said they do not suspect any foul play.


Schools chosen for digital pilot program

HONOLULU - The Hawaii Department of Education has selected eight schools to participate in a pilot program that will equip every student and teacher with a digital tablet and laptop.

The pilot program is for implementation of new learning standards for English language arts and math, known as Common Core State Standards.

Three of the schools are in Nanakuli, two in Mililani, one in Moanalua and two are on the Big Island.

After some teacher training on the new curriculum and Google Apps for Education, Keaau and Pahoa elementary schools will be the first to receive their devices in the first semester of the upcoming school year. The remaining schools will receive their devices in early 2014.

The 2013 Legislature appropriated $8 million for the pilot program.



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