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State roundup for July 22

$1M to endow social work prof

HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii is announcing a new endowed professorship at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work.

The Richard S. Takasaki Endowed Professorship is being funded by a $1 million gift from the late Richard and Rose Takasaki.

The university said Friday the position will be held by a full professor in the School of Social Work. It will be awarded on the basis of scholarly achievement in the field of social policy.

Richard Takasaki held various positions during his career, including chief of research and statistics for the state, director of finance for Honolulu as well as UH acting president. He taught social work courses at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. Rose Takasaki was a teacher at Manoa Elementary, Laupahoehoe School and Hilo Intermediate School.

Gore endorses Schatz in Senate

HONOLULU (AP) — Al Gore has endorsed U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in his push to keep his seat.

In a statement released by Schatz’s campaign, the former vice president praised the Democrat’s drive for alternative energy, saying the state has tripled its renewable energy production under Schatz’s leadership. Gore also lauded Schatz’s effort to promote clean energy.

Schatz, who is facing a primary challenge from Rep. Coleen Hanabusa, said he’s thankful for Gore’s support.

It was Sen. Daniel Inouye’s dying wish to have Hanabusa succeed him. But Gov. Neil Abercrombie appointed Schatz.

Interim historic director named

HONOLULU (AP) — The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is naming an interim administrator for its historic preservation division.

The department is also forming a committee to find a long-term replacement for the previous administrator who resigned earlier this month. Pua Aiu stepped down after a federal report criticized the way her office responded to operational problems threatening funding.

The department said Friday Bureau of Conveyances Registrar Nicki Ann Thompson will serve as acting administrator through Sept. 30. A four-person committee will review and interview candidates for a long-term appointment.

Committee members are department Chairman William Aila, Deputy Director Esther Kiaaina, Office of Hawaiian Affairs Chief Executive Officer Kamanaopono Crabbe and University of Hawaii anthropology and ethnic studies professor Ty Kawika Tengan.

Fire destroys vacant home; cause investigated

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Fire Department is working to figure out what sparked a blaze that leveled an abandoned home this weekend.

Hawaii media say the flames were first reported on Beretania Street Saturday evening. No injuries were reported and no other structures were damaged.

The home was next door to Auntie Pasto’s restaurant, which was temporarily shut.

Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. Robert Main told Hawaii News Now homeless people were known to live in the building. The cause of the fire isn’t yet known.

Man struck by trolley in Waikiki

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police say a man in his 20s is in critical condition after he was struck by a Waikiki trolley while crossing the street.

Hawaii News Now says the man was hit Thursday night while crossing a street near the intersection of Ala Moana Boulevard and Kamekee Street.

The man, whose name was not released, was not believed to have been using a crosswalk.

Police do not believe alcohol or speed were factors in the incident.


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