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July 11, 2014
The Associated Press

Resignations lead to canceled meetings

HONOLULU - At least three meetings of state boards or commissions have been canceled for lack of quorums as members resign because of Hawaii's new public disclosure law.

The Honolulu-Star-Advertiser reports that 18 commission members have resigned.

The resignations meant the state Land Use Commission did not have enough members to meet Wednesday.

A University of Hawaii Board of Regents Committee on Community Colleges meeting scheduled for Thursday was canceled due to lack of quorum.

A meeting Thursday of the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp. also was canceled.

The disclosure law took effect Tuesday.

Four regents have resigned, as have five members of the nine-person Land Use Commission.

The disclosure bill passed the Hawaii Legislature unanimously.


75-year-old pedestrian killed in Honolulu

HONOLULU - A 75-year-old Honolulu man making his daily trek to a gas station to buy a morning newspaper was struck and killed by suspected drunken driver.

Honolulu police identified the victim as Andrew Park Jr. He died after the accident at 5:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Family members said that he usually drives to get his newspaper but for some reason decided to walk Tuesday morning.

Police say the driver of the car that struck Park failed a field sobriety test and was arrested on negligent homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant counts. Charges against the driver weren't immediately filed.


Thieves hit Pearl Harbor garden project

HONOLULU - Teachers at Pearl Harbor Elementary estimate a loss of $2,000 to $3,000 after thieves broke into lockers and a gardening shed and stole or damaged items.

Randall Galeon says that custodians on Monday discovered the theft of items that were to be used for a garden project during the next school year.

Thousands of seeds were taken, along with pots, gardening tools, gloves and other items.

Teacher Kristi Ingel says the thieves apparently unscrewed the shed roof and took it off but also cut locks.

Galeon says the stolen items were donated and staff members are not sure how long it will take to replace them.


Woman seriously hurt in fall from ledge

HONOLULU - A woman was seriously injured after falling from a ledge into ocean water at the mouth of Hanauma Bay.

The woman fell shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday near a rock formation known as "Baboon's Nose." Public access to the site is restricted and it's not visible to lifeguards.

A fisherman pulled the woman from the water.

Lifeguards on paddleboards and personal watercraft stabilized the woman on a backboard.

She was flown by Honolulu Fire Department rescue helicopter to Koko Head Shooting Range, where an ambulance crew treated her for a head injury and cuts.

She was taken to a hospital.


Community colleges deemed affordable

HONOLULU - The University of Hawaii system is touting the affordability of its community colleges.

The university announced this week that the U.S. Department of Education listed Leeward Community College, Kapiolani Community College and Honolulu Community College among 95 public two-year institutions with the lowest net price.

The net price represents the average cost of attending, including tuition, fees and living expenses, minus the average amount of institutional and federal financial aid.

The Education Department lists Leeward's net price at $1,745, Kapiolani's at $3,750 and Honolulu Community College's price at $3,880. That's for the 2011-12 academic year.

Those costs are below the national average for the same year, which was $7,163.

Vice President for Community Colleges John Morton says achieving low prices is an accomplishment in a state with high living costs.



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