UH panel to conduct presidential search
HONOLULU - The committee tasked with selecting the University of Hawaii's next president is forgoing services of a search firm.
The University of Hawaii Regents' Committee on Presidential Selection voted Thursday to conduct the nationwide search using university board staff, with advice from the human resources office. The university is seeking a replacement for M.R.C. Greenwood, who announced last year that she was retiring.
The committee hopes to make a recommendation to the full Board of Regents by June.
Man allegedly robbs bank three times
HONOLULU - A 55-year-old Waipahu man is accused of robbing a bank branch three times.
Edmund Lisowski was charged Wednesday with three counts of robbery and theft. Lisowski is being held on $35,000 bail.
Authorities said a man walked into a Bank of Hawaii Waipahu branch late Monday morning and passed the teller a demand note. Police say the man ran off after receiving the money but was later arrested. Lisowski is also accused of robbing the bank in October and November.
Bird develops tolerance for avian malaria
HILO - Research by U.S. Geological Survey scientists shows that a species of Hawaiian honeycreeper has developed a tolerance for avian malaria.
The agency said Thursday that its researchers found that Hawaii amakihi birds who live at lower elevations are able to tolerate infections much better than birds from higher elevations.
Microbiologist Carter Atkinson and his colleagues captured birds from higher and lower elevations, put some in a control groups and exposed others to malaria. Lower elevation birds exposed to malaria lost less weight and had a lower mortality rate than birds from higher elevations.