STUDENT-CENTERED GIFT | The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation gave $2 million to Sacred Hearts Academy for the construction of a $6 million student center to replace the 53-year-old cafeteria. R. Stevens Gilley, left, Ching Foundation president; John Tsui, foundation chairman; Peter Ng, foundation treasurer; Raymond Tam, foundation vice chairman-secretary; Ellena Igari, Sacred Hearts student; Betty White, head of school; school trustees Catherine Ching and Ken Okamoto; and Sister Regina Mary Jenkins, provincial superior, stand with a rendering of the center. The $2 million check is on the wall behind them.
DOG DAY AFTERNOON | Christina Santos took her Jack Russell terriers, Keaka, left, and Kekoa, on their daily walk to Waikele to meet other canine pals Tuesday in Waipahu.
VIEW TO A CANOE | A canoe was framed amidst the shoreline trees at Ala Moana Beach Park on Tuesday.
SOMETIMES AVERAGE IS GOOD ENOUGH | Surfers took advantage of an average-size wave yesterday at the Kewalo’s surf spot off Kakaako Waterfront Park.
CRUSH OF COLOR | Crushed cans formed a colorful pattern yesterday at a recycling center on Waipahu Depot Road.
DARE TO BE DRUG-FREE | Students from Aliamanu Elementary School danced to the music yesterday during the Honolulu Police Department’s 26th annual Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) event at the Stan Sheriff Center. More than 10,000 public and private school fifth-grade students, teachers, parents and guests took part in the event, which featured a variety of entertainment, including rappelling demonstrations by the SWAT team and a skit with the canine unit.
TOGETHER AGAINST UNDERAGE DRINKING | Mayor Peter Carlisle had a photo taken yesterday at Honolulu Hale with members of the more than 30 community groups actively working to prevent underage drinking. Carlisle introduced a new public service campaign called “Be a Jerk,” which focuses on adults’ role in stopping underage drinking.
SPELL IT HOWEVER YOU WANT — ISH COOL | Motorists driving on Komo Mai Drive in Pearl City yesterday were supposed to be warned of a school up ahead. What was painted on the road, though, warned of something a bit different.
Several University of Hawaii campuses held commencement ceremonies yesterday. Covered in lei, Jamie Blair Rodriquez, who graduated from UH-West Oahu, got a hug from his mom, Virginia, following a ceremony at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.
Several University of Hawaii campuses held commencement ceremonies yesterday. Above, Satoko Ragan was excited after she received her diploma at the UH-Manoa advanced degrees ceremony yesterday afternoon at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Navy volunteers from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam led a cleanup of the shoreline area next to Pupuole Community Park in Waipahu yesterday. The volunteers cleaned overgrown brush and removed garbage and abandoned vehicles from the area, which is under Navy jurisdiction. “This is an excellent opportunity to partner with the Navy and to work with them to become good stewards of the land," said Rep. Rida Cabanilla (D, Waipahu-Ewa).
SERVICE REMEMBERS BLAST VICTIM | Funeral services for Bryan Keola Dean Cabalce, one of five victims in a fireworks blast last month in Waikele, were held yesterday at Mililani Memorial Park. Cousin Dion Cabalce did a hula during the service. Seated behind her are, from right, father Terrance Cabalce, mother Gail Cabalce, brother Jayson Cabalce and girlfriend Justine Magallones.
DEDICATED TO EDUCATION | Ewa Makai Middle School, a new $67 million public school on Oahu, was dedicated yesterday. The school can accommodate 750 students, but there are plans to build another wing to increase capacity with additional funding. Gov. Neil Abercrombie entertained Ewa Makai band students by playing a trumpet, his instrument in grade school.
DEDICATED TO EDUCATION | Ewa Makai Middle School, a new $67 million public school on Oahu, was dedicated yesterday. The school can accommodate 750 students, but there are plans to build another wing to increase capacity with additional funding. Taylor Madayag, left, and Nashlynn Anguay, members of the Na Pupu a o Ewa Makai Hula Halau, performed yesterday during the dedication ceremonies.
SETTING SAIL FOR SCIENCE | Scientists traveling aboard the research vessel Hesperides are exploring the Atlantic, Indian, Southern and Central Pacific oceans to assess the impact of global climate change on the oceans and explore the biodiversity found in the deep ocean. Rafel Sino, a marine scientist, explained Wednesday how the CTD Rosette, at right, gathers water samples from 2.5 miles deep.
A photo exhibition featuring Dr. Sun Yat-sen and the Republic of China opened yesterday at Honolulu Hale. The exhibit runs through May 27 and pays tribute to Sun Yat-sen, who was educated in Hawaii and established the Republic of China a century ago. Here, David Ma, a visiting scholar from Taiwan, was intrigued by photos of old Taiwan.
Lahela Hite, left, the great-great-great-granddaughter of Wallace Rider
Farrington, stood with Brittney Chun, who was presented yesterday with the prestigious Wallace Rider Farrington Memorial Scholar Award during Farrington High School’s 12th Annual Scholarship Awards Presentation program.