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Servco Employees Present Backpacks Filled with School Suppliers to Palolo First-Graders

Servco Employees Present Backpacks Filled with School Suppliers to Palolo First-Graders

First graders at Palolo Elementary School today have something to cheer about, thanks to Servco Pacific Inc. (Servco). In June and July, Servco employees collected 415 new backpacks and school supplies through an internal drive, to donate to first-graders at seven well-deserving schools across Oahu. In addition to Palolo Elementary, Ben Parker Elementary, Puohala Elementary, Lehua Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Honowai Elementary and Kalihi Elementary all received the special gifts. Each of the schools received backpacks full of school supplies including crayons, markers, portfolios, three-ring binders, pencil boxes, glue, scissors, erasers, pencils, composition books and other necessary items earlier this month.

The backpack drive was initiated by a team of Servco employees who recognized that families may struggle to provide their children with what they need to succeed in school, particularly in these difficult economic times.

Aussie tourist pleads no contest to negligent homicide

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Tyson Dagley pleaded no contest Thursday to the charge of negligent homicide in the third degree.

His attorney, Walter Rodby, said the decision to waive a jury trial was made after he and Dagley saw written accounts and video of the jet ski collision in Keehi Lagoon that killed 16-year-old Kristen Fonseca of Vacaville, CA.

"Our review of the police reports and the videos indicates that at the time of the impact he wasn't looking straight ahead," Rodby said.

Fonseca died of a brain injury. The police report said she had slowed down her watercraft just before impact. Dagley, 20, was going full speed and looking at his girlfriend, who was taking pictures of him.

"Are you pleading no contest of your own free will?" Circuit Court Judge Richard Perkins asked him.

"Yes, sir," Dagley answered.

Fonseca's stepfather, Mario Canton, told Hawaii News Now he's relieved.

Emergency Repair Work on Dillingham Boulevard

Emergency Repair Work on Dillingham Boulevard

The following information is provided by Hawai'iGAS:

Date: August 23, 2012

Time: Until 8:00 p.m.

Location: 1210 Dillingham Boulevard Between Kohou Street and Waiakamilo Road

Hawai'iGAS is continuing emergency repair work on its underground utility pipeline located near 1210 Dillingham Boulevard. Work for today will be extended until 8:00 p.m. The work will result in the closure of two Ewa bound lanes between Kohou Street and Waiakamilo Road. Two Town bound and the turn lanes will remain open.

Police will be on site and sign boards will be posted to help direct motorists around the construction area. Motorists are urged to take an alternate route if possible, exercise caution near the construction zone, and allow extra time to reach their destination.

Family of NY teen swept to sea in Hawaii file suit

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- By Rick Daysog

The family of the New York teen swept out to sea while hiking on the Big Island has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

The family also accused a Colorado tour operator of covering up the deadly conditions that led to 15-year-old Tyler Madoff's death.

Tour operators initially blamed a rogue wave when Madoff was swept to sea on July 4th.

But in the  lawsuit filed today, Susan Karten, an attorney for Madoff's family, said the companies -- Bold Earth Teen Adventures and Hawaii Pack and Paddle -- ignored high-surf warnings that day and recklessly placed Madoff and 11 other teens in harm's way.

"It sounded like a frightening, frightening situation for these kids. They were holding onto dear life on these jagged and crater-filled lava rocks," Karten said.

OHA acquires Pacific Design Center in Honolulu

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- The Office of Hawaiian Affairs on Tuesday announced its acquisition of the Gentry Pacific Design Center, located in the 500 block of Nimitz Highway in Honolulu.

"The acquisition represents another meaningful step forward in our strategy of creating new opportunities to improve conditions for all Native Hawaiians," said OHA Chief Executive Officer Kamana‘opono Crabbe. "This acquisition will be a positive addition to OHA's portfolio as we diversify our investments."

Colliers International will continue as property managers to minimize disruptions for businesses and to ensure that the transition is as seamless as possible. OHA will continue to honor current leases.

Council candidate challenging election loss

KALIHI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Martin Han said Honolulu City Council candidate Joey Manahan illegally placed his campaign banners within 200 feet of two polling places on Primary Election day.

"We did document it and we gave it to the necessary authorities," Han said.

In a complaint filed with the Hawaii Supreme Court, Han said a Manahan banner inside the entrance to Moanalua High School may have unfairly influenced undecided voters. Han said the polling captain removed Manahan's banner after he complained.

"We need to make sure we hold these politicians accountable for their actions. That's why we filed," he said.

Han also alleges Manahan pressured absentee voters to vote for him during home visits with outgoing councilman Romy Cachola.

Tripler, Queen's partner to help Hawaii's children

HONOLULU (AP) - A Honolulu hospital and a military hospital are partnering to provide behavioral health services to Hawaii's children.

U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye is expected to speak during a ceremony at Wahiawa Elementary School Wednesday for its new school-based behavioral health building.

The Queen's Medical Center has partnered with Tripler Army Medical Center and the state Department of Education to expand Tripler's behavioral health services to children and families of civilians or non-Department of Defense dependents.

Tripler has had a school behavioral health team for more than a decade and this is the first time the services will be expanded outside the Army community.

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