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First all-coed Candle-Rose ritual at St. Francis

First all-coed Candle-Rose ritual at St. Francis

It was a Candle-Rose Ceremony marking the start of a new era for 88-year-old St. Francis School on Thursday, May 16.

Inside the school’s new gym the 74 members of the first coed St. Francis graduating class received roses from the 70 junior class members.

The seniors handed lighted candles to the juniors to symbolically help them see their way through their last year of high school.

Valedictorian Germaine Kabutaulaka said being part of the first coed graduating class is both an honor and a responsibility to provide an example to the graduating classes to come.

Sister Joan of Arc Souza, the head of school who presided over the  Candle-Rose Ceremony, began admitting boys to the lower grades in 2006.  St. Francis was founded in 1924 as a convent school.
St. Francis will hold its commencement exercises on May 26 at the Ko'olau Ballrooms.

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Visitor Industry Charity Walk raises record $1.67 million

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- The 35th annual Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association (HTLA) Visitor Industry Charity Walk raised a record $1,671,436 Saturday.

"Our visitor industry works hard all year to put together this event that serves Hawaii's non-profits and communities.I'm so proud of this record-setting Charity Walk by the people and friends of our visitor industry," said Julie Arigo, this year's Charity Walk chairman and general manager of Waikiki Parc Hotel. "It's a wonderful outpouring of kindness and kokua that exemplifies our aloha spirit. A big mahalo to all of the thousands of folks who participated and gave so generously."

A total of 14,736 walkers on Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii Island participated in the fundraiserthat generates monies for hundreds of local charities. Maui raised the most funds of any of the Islands for the third consecutive year with an impressive $701,716 – a record for the Island.

National Police Week ends with motorcycle ride to honor fallen

Courtesy: Hawaii Department of Public Safety

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Sunday marks "Hawaii State Law Enforcement Ride For The Fallen Day," the ending event to National Police Week.

The ride serves to raise money for a memorial to honor fallen law enforcement officers who gave their lives in the line of duty. The memorial is to be constructed and maintained at the state Capitol.

State Sheriff Shawn Tsuha presented a proclamation from the Governor at the event.

The ride started at Iolani Palace Saturday morning. Riders made their way to the North Shore, and will finish at Cycle City in Honolulu.

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Honolulu Triathlon traffic restrictions for Sunday

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- The Annual Honolulu Triathlon will take place Sunday, May 19, 2013, and will start at Ala Moana Beach Park at 5:45 a.m.

Participants will begin with a 1500 meter swim, followed by a 25 mile bike ride along Ala Moana Boulevard, Nimitz Highway, and Lagood Drive, and finally will run 6.2 miles back to Ala Moana Beach Park.

The following traffic restrictions will be in place:

The Bike Course will be held on the Makai (ocean) side of Ala Mona Blvd from Ala Moana Beach Park, Ewa bound, to Nimitz under the viaduct, past the airport to the turnaround at Arizona and Nimitz - Halawa Gate (the intersection just before the Arizona Memorial). The bikes will make a 180 U-turn and return to Nimitz under the viaduct, making a right on Lagoon Drive, riding on the Diamond Head Side to the end, and then back to Nimitz, making a right and back onto Nimitz and Ala Moana Blvd, to Ala Moana Beach Park.

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Mid-Pacific Institute students conduct campus CSI

Alison Ashford remembers her youth in Oxford, England, and how she used to prepare  a thermos of tea for her father, a British policeman-turned-private eye, when he went out on a stakeout. (soundbites 2262, 2263)
"It's in the blood, I guess," said Ashford who created Mid-Pacific Institute's first elective forensic science course.
Using their iPads (every Mid-Pac student has one), Ashford's high school students sleuthed  through the stately old Chang House at the top of the campus  this morning.
Murder, suicide, burglary were all on the menu for crime-solving. 
Groups of students probed crime scenes, dusting for prints,  swabbing blood spatters, bagging and tagging all weapons and trace evidence. Photographers and sketch artists documented the process.
Ashford said she wanted to start the course "because of my own passion for the marriage of mystery and science."

Priory singers do Tin Pan Alley

The St. Andrew's Priory Chamber Singers performed a show-stopping rendition of the 1927 Tin Pan Alley standard, "Ain't She Sweet," at the Cathedral of St. Andrew on Wednesday, May 15.   The Chamber Singers also did "Lei No Ka'iulani," "Set Me As A Seal," the Korean folk song, Arirang," and "Benedictus."    The cathedral show, under the direction of Naomi Castro, who also led her Concert Choir in performances of Aaron Copland's "Simple Things," "Castle On A Cloud" from "Les Miserables," the Appalachian folk song, "I Wish I Was A Child Again," and Kirby Shaw's humorous "Chocolate!"    The choirs combined for "All Things Bright And Beautiful" and "How Can I keep From Singing?"