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Luce Foundation Partners With Linguists To Save Endangered Languages

Luce Foundation Partners With Linguists To Save Endangered Languages

THE WORLD - The world is experiencing an alarmingly accelerated rate of language extinction. It is predicted that at least fifty percent of languages will not survive this century. Every time a language disappears without documentation, we experience a monumental loss of scientific and human information.

In order to help stem this linguistic and cultural crisis, the Henry Luce Foundation has awarded $160,000 to the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Department of Linguistics in the College of Arts and Sciences for research on endangered languages in China and mainland Southeast Asia for the Catalogue of Endangered Languages (ELCat).

Flood Watch issued for Oahu and Maui

Source: Google Maps

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Kahoolawe, Lanai, Maui, Molokai and Oahu.

A slow-moving front will pass over Oahu and Maui County through tonight.

The front will combine with a vigorous upper trough to bring the threat of widespread heavy rain that could result in flash flooding. The primary threat on Oahu will be through this evening, with the threat of heavy rain persisting through early Monday over Maui County.

The rain will be widespread, and will affect both the upper and lower elevations. The heavy rain will also fall over urban areas in the lower elevations, which will be more susceptible to flooding problems.

Stay with HawaiiNewsNow.com for the latest updates you can also check out our Interactive radar.

Kayaker discovers body in water off Sand Island

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Honolulu Firefighters pulled a man's body out of the water near Sand Island Thursday, and an investigation is underway to determine who he is and how he died.  

A kayaker found the body at 10:30 a.m. off the Keehi Boat Ramp near the Marine Education Center, HFD spokesperson Capt. Terry Seelig says.

The Medical Examiner's office has asked for the public's help with identifying the man and released the following description:

AAA: Hawaii gas prices dropping

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Local gas prices declined in many areas over the last week,
according
to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch.

The
Hawaii state average for regular unleaded is $4.34 per gallon, which is two
cents less than last week, four cents less than last month and 24 cents less
than on this day last year.

Honolulu's
average price is $4.24 a gallon for regular unleaded, down three cents since
last week, seven cents less than last month and down 20 cents from a year ago.

In
Hilo, the average gas price is $4.34 per gallon, which is three cents less than
last week, a penny less than last month and 39 cents less than this time a year
ago. 

Moped rider critically injured in Makiki collision

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- A man in his 50s was critically injured when his moped collided with a car at a busy intersection in Makiki Wednesday.

According to Honolulu Police, the collision happened shortly before 8 p.m.

Investigators said the moped was in the mauka-bound lanes of Keeaumoku Street and was trying to turn left onto Wilder Avenue when it went into the path of a makai-bound Mitsubishi. The moped driver tried to get out of the way, but hit the driver's side of the oncoming vehicle.

The Makiki-area man was taken to the Queen's Medical Center with head injuries. Police said he was not wearing a helmet. The driver of the car was not hurt.

Police closed the intersection of Wilder and Keeaumoku during the investigation. Lanes were reopened at about 10:30 p.m.

Investigators said speed and alcohol to do not appear to be factors in the crash.

Farrington High School gay awareness group wins national award

Source: GLSEN

HONOLULU (AP) - Farrington High School students are being nationally recognized for their work to ensure fellow students feel safe and are treated with respect regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network said Monday it's giving its Gay-Straight Alliance of the Year award to Farrington.

The organization says the Oahu school's Gay-Straight Alliance student club has brought attention to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students with events like AIDS Walk Hawaii. The club also organized a gay youth bullying awareness day in 2011.

Farrington senior Jonah Saribay says winning the award means a lot, especially since he's dedicated so much time and effort to spread equality and acceptance.

The network will present the award in New York on May 20.

Police investigate Honolulu cold case

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- CrimeStoppers and the Honolulu Police Department are seeking the public's assistance in identifying human remains that were recovered from Ford Island on October 25, 2005.

The partial remains were analyzed and found to be a Caucasian male with a predicted age of 45 years old, 5'8" to 6'0". The male had an injured knee and may have walked with a limp.

Evidence showed that the male died, and then somehow ended up in the water several days later.

Hawaii News Now will have a full report on this investigation starting at 5 p.m. on KGMB & KHNL.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300, or *CRIME on your cellular phone. The public may also send anonymous text and web tips. Text "CS808" plus your message to 274637 or CRIMES.

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