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McDonald’s supports 27,000 students in this year’s career and technical education program

HONOLULU – McDonald’s® Restaurants of Hawaii is proudly supporting this year’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs with a title sponsorship. Each year approximately 27,000 public high school students are enrolled in CTE and its challenging curriculum. Students may enter this rigorous program as ninth or tenth graders and focus on one of six career pathways for one to four years in addition to their academic requirements. Designed to integrate knowledge and technical skills in the resolution of real-world problems, the CTE program includes many initiatives connecting learning to industry and business. One of these is the Performance-Based Assessments (PBA).

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Koloa resident Emma Thain awarded in Toyota 2014 Dream Car Art Contest

Koloa resident Emma Thain awarded in Toyota 2014 Dream Car Art Contest

TOYOTA HAWAII AWARDS TWELVE LOCAL STUDENT WINNERS IN TOYOTA’S 2014 DREAM CAR ART CONTEST Finalists’ artwork have been submitted to the World Contest HONOLULU – ToyotaHawaii.com – Toyota Hawaii today held statewide award presentations at its dealerships on Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island to recognize the local finalists, People’s Choice winners, and winning school teachers in Toyota’s 2014 Dream Car Art Contest. Among the more than 500 entries received, only nine (three from each age category) were selected to participate to move on to the World Contest to represent Hawaii where the Grand Prize winner(s) will be awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to Japan for the awards ceremony in August 2014. The celebrity emcees at the Oahu event were Hawaii News Now’s Tannya Joaquin and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Honolulu’s Director of Public Relations Mahealani Richardson.

UHPA Fellowship Honors Plant Preservation Champion Dr. Lani Stemmerman

UHPA Fellowship Honors Plant Preservation Champion Dr. Lani Stemmerman

“Lani loved field work and jumped at every opportunity to traverse Hawai‘i’s
vegetation and landscapes.” —Dr. Dieter Mueller-Dombois

The University of Hawai‘i Professional Assembly of Honolulu is honoring UH alumna, innovative researcher and UH educator Dr. Lani Stemmermann through a $204,000 pledge to create the Dr. Lani Stemmermann Endowed Fellowship. This endowment will support graduate students pursuing their Ph.D. degree in Botany, in the Department of Botany University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Natural Sciences. 

Kauai officials find body in Kalalau Valley

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Toyota Hawaii awards twelve local student winners in Toyota's 2014 dream car art contest

Toyota Hawaii awards twelve local student winners in Toyota's 2014 dream car art contest

Finalists’ artwork have been submitted to the World Contest

HONOLULU – ToyotaHawaii.com – Toyota Hawaii today held statewide award presentations at its dealerships on Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island to recognize the local finalists, People’s Choice winners, and winning school teachers in Toyota’s 2014 Dream Car Art Contest. Among the more than 500 entries received, only nine (three from each age category) were selected to participate to move on to the World Contest to represent Hawaii where the Grand Prize winner(s) will be awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to Japan for the awards ceremony in August 2014.

The celebrity emcees at the Oahu event were Hawaii News Now’s Tannya Joaquin and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Honolulu’s Director of Public Relations Mahealani Richardson.

McDonald’s restaurants of Hawaii gives away 220,000 cups of free Mccafe coffee

McDonald’s restaurants of Hawaii gives away 220,000 cups of free Mccafe  coffee

HONOLULU – McDonald’s® Restaurants of Hawaii gave away 220,000 cups of coffee during a recent two-week promotional campaign to get customers reacquainted with its McCafe® coffee. During that same period, 14 customers – one each day – were also randomly selected at restaurants across the state to win a year of free daily coffee – 5,110 cups in all. The full-bodied flavor of the Royal Kona Blend brand by Hawaii Coffee Company is only served at McDonald’s locations in Hawaii.

From March 31 through April 13, all McDonald’s customers nationwide were offered a free small cup of McCafe® coffee during breakfast hours, no purchase necessary. In the U.S., more than 22 million cups of coffee were given away. Hawaii residents were also eligible — just by ordering a free small cup of coffee — to win a free year of coffee in the Ultimate Cup contest.

Kapaa woman sentenced in child sexual abuse case

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - A 33-year-old Kapaa woman has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in a child sexual abuse case.

The Garden Island reports Jean Agonoy Paleracio pleaded no contest to videotaping her sexual acts with a child.

Paleracio, a former worker with the Kauai Economic Opportunity Early Learning Center, was sentenced Wednesday in 5th Circuit Court.

Judge Kathleen Watanabe said Paleracio took "ultimate advantage of a young boy." The victim was 11 years old.

Paleracio pleaded no contest to first-degree sexual assault and first-degree promotion of child abuse, and eight other felony charges were dismissed in December.

Prosecutors say Paleracio engaged in sexual activity with a minor male between May 1, 2009, and Sept. 1, 2010. Prosecutor Lisa Arin says the child is probably scarred for life.