Students honored in video competition
Maui High School juniors Austin Michael Alimbuyuguen and Joseph Griffith received honorable mention in C-SPAN's national 2014 StudentCam video documentary competition.
Students were asked to answer the question: "What's the most important issue the U.S. Congress should consider in 2014?" More than 2,355 video documentaries were submitted from more than 4,800 middle and high school students in 46 states and Washington, D.C.
Alimbuyuguen and Griffith will receive $250 for their documentary, "Economic Inequality," which was one of 150 winning videos in the competition.
Punahou School junior Matthew Shimura of Oahu won second prize for his documentary about clean energy, "Breaking the Gridlock." He will receive $1,500 in prize money.
The documentaries, five to seven minutes in length, were evaluated based on thoughtful examination of the competition's theme, quality of expression, inclusion of varying sides of the documentary's topic and effective incorporation of C-SPAN programming.
The winning videos may be viewed online at studentcam.org/winners14.htm.
Governor releases funding for projects
Gov. Neil Abercrombie released more than $25.8 million for the construction of a new auditorium at King Kekaulike High School, according to an announcement from the Governor's Office on Tuesday.
The Upcountry school uses its cafeteria stage and student dining area for performing arts and assembly functions, the announcement said. The new auditorium will be a standalone structure to provide support for performing arts and music programs.
The funds come as part of more than $65.6 million released by the governor Tuesday to the state Department of Education for capital improvement projects statewide.
Lahaina Intermediate School also received $75,000 for pedestrian safety improvements that will address issues such as safe crosswalk placement, an island within the wide driveway for pedestrians and drainage improvements.
Abercrombie also released this week more than $96.6 million for capital improvement projects at state airports.
Kahului Airport received nearly $4.8 million to renovate restrooms at hold rooms, the ticket lobby and the commuter terminal. The airport also received an additional $3.6 million to replace the existing fire sprinkler lines and risers.
Weigh-in official start of projects for 4-H
The 4-H market hog, lamb and replacement nanny goat projects get underway from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday in Makawao with the weigh-in.
The 90-day projects culminate at the 62nd 4-H Livestock Show and Sale on June 7 at the Oskie Rice Arena in Makawao. All animals will be sold that day in an auction.
For the 90 days, 4-H'ers will be maintaining and training their animals for the annual show and auction.
The weigh-in will be held at a private residence. To learn the location of the weigh-in or for more information, call 264-9933.
Molokai and Maui slated to see high surf
A high-surf warning has been issued for north- and west-facing shores of Molokai and north-facing shores of Maui from 10 a.m. today to 6 a.m. Sunday.
The National Weather Service said that a strong low northwest of the islands has generated a large northwest swell that will arrive today and peak Saturday before gradually diminishing.
Surf along north-facing shores will build to 12 to 18 feet late Saturday morning and afternoon, peaking at 25 to 35 feet. Along west-facing shores, surf will rise to 8 to 12 feet late Saturday morning and afternoon, peaking at 15 to 25 feet.
A high-surf warning means that dangerous, battering waves will pound the shoreline. This will result in dangerous swimming conditions and deadly rip currents.
Practitioners sought for demonstrations
Haleakala National Park is seeking cultural practitioners for a series of cultural demonstrations to be offered in the Kipahulu District of the park beginning in mid-June.
Through support from the park's nonprofit partner, the Hawaii Pacific Parks Association, an honorarium of $200 will be offered to each group of practitioners.
Cultural demonstrations will occur between 1 and 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, starting June 14 and ending Aug. 23.
These demonstrations could include hula, music or native crafts.
The deadline to apply is April 18.
Applications may be found at any Haleakala National Park visitor center or online at www.nps.gov/hale/supportyourpark (click on the "2014 Call for Cultural Practitioners" link).