State briefs for February 23

HVNP’s sister park has 14 volcanoes

VOLCANO (AP) — Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is forming a sister park relationship with a national park in China.

Wudalianchi National Park is located near China’s border with Russia and has 14 volcanoes.

Two of the volcanoes are active but aren’t currently erupting.

The park is also known for its mineral springs, giant boulders and lava tubes.

About 1 million people visit the park each year.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has two active volcanoes. Kilauea is currently erupting at two locations while Mauna Loa last erupted in 1984.

The Hawaii park said Friday the new partners will exchange managerial, technical and professional knowledge.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park also has a sister park agreement with Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes of South Korea.

Maui College chancellor to retire

KAHULUI, Maui (AP) — Maui College’s chancellor is retiring.

That means the University of Hawaii system will need to begin the process of finding a replacement for Clyde Sakamoto.

University officials said Sakamoto announced last week he plans to retire at the end of October.

He’s led the Maui campus since 1991 and served in the UH system for 41 years.

Under his leadership, Maui College’s enrollment increased 47 percent.

The university credits him with helping secure more than $13 million in rural development funds since 1997 and more than $147 million in extramural funds.

Court-martial in prostitute’s death set for April

HONOLULU (AP) — A trial date was scheduled for the court-martial of a Marine accused of killing a prostitute who was visiting Hawaii.

The Marine Corps announced Thursday that Master Sgt. Nathaniel Cosby’s trial is scheduled for the week of April 21.

Cosby will face a general court-martial in the death of Ivanice Harris, of Las Vegas.

Honolulu police said Cosby is seen on surveillance footage meeting Harris outside a Waikiki bar and the two were seen kissing in the elevator of a hotel.

Police said Cosby was later seen pulling a large duffel bag and loading it into the back of a sport utility vehicle.

Harris’ body was found in a remote area more than 30 miles west of Waikiki.

Originally from Oregon, she was in Hawaii celebrating her 29th birthday.


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