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Film slams plastic

"Bag It," an award-winning documentary about the widespread use of plastics in consumer products — and what happens when we’re done with them — will be shown in a free public screening Thursday at 5 p.m. at the University of Hawaii law school, Classroom 1. A discussion will follow. Visit and

OHA gives $30,000 to arts program

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is donating $30,000 to help the Nanakuli High and Intermediate Performing Arts Center attend the prestigious Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland this summer.

The Oahu school is one of 62 U.S. high schools selected to participate in the event.

OHA Chief Executive Officer Clyde Namuo said Thursday the agency is proud to support a program that inspires youth to achieve at a high level in the classroom and exceed the state’s education standards.

Ninety-five percent of the program’s students graduate, and 82 percent attend college.

Namuo says the Nanakuli community faces many socio-economic problems but that it’s inspiring to hear students say the arts program has changed their lives and made them dream about going to college to make a better life for themselves.


Kealakekua park facilities reopened

The state says restrooms and a pavilion at Napoopoo in Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park on the Big Island reopened Thursday after renovations and repairs.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources says the facilities have new toilet fixtures and security gates. The state also has repainted some areas and repaired barbecue grills. The Hawaii Tourism Authority paid $42,000 for the work.

The scenic bay where Capt. James Cook was killed in 1779 has recently become popular with tourists, including kayakers, boaters and snorkelers.


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