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Koko Crater stabbing victim receives UH Manoa scholarship

MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Since we first told his courageous survival story, Nicholas Iwamoto has been flooded with e-mails, cards and well wishes from around the world. University of Hawaii administrators were so touched by his positive spirit they gave the former UH student a four-year scholarship. He was forced to drop out of college and has not had the money to return since.

"Not many people could have survived the aftermath and the arduous journey you have endured," read one of many empowering e-mails that helped single mother, Kitty Iwamoto, survive the past three years. Her favorite surprise came from UH, which made the offer after hearing Nicholas' brave attitude in recovering from a vicious attack at Koko Head. They learned that suspect, Benjamin Davis, was allowed to attend college classes while Nicholas' eighteen stab wounds derailed his college dreams.

Maili Elementary, Kahaluu Elementary each awarded $25,000 Target grant

Maili Elementary, Kahaluu Elementary each awarded $25,000 Target grant

The following information is provided by the Department of Education:

Maili Elementary and Kahaluu Elementary each were awarded a $25,000 grant today from Target Corp. to invest in programs to raise student achievement.

At separate check presentations at their schools, Maili Elementary Principal Disa Hauge and Kahaluu Elementary Principal Naomi Matsuzaki said the funds would be strategically used to support staff and improve academic performance. Both K-6 campuses are celebrating increased reading and math test scores on the 2012 Hawaii State Assessment.

They are among 25 schools nationwide that Target announced earlier this month would be receiving "Give With Target" grants. The company plans to distribute a total of $2.5 million to 100 in-need schools in time for the start of the new school year.

DOE schools to be awarded Target grants

DOE schools to be awarded Target grants

The following information is provided by the Department of Education:

The Hawaii State Department of Education will accept two grants from Target Corp. to benefit Maili Elementary and Kahaluu Elementary in separate ceremonies at each school on Tuesday, August 28.
 

10:30-11 a.m. at Maili Elementary
(Courtyard behind office) 87-360 Kulaaupuni Street, Waianae (Ph. 697-7150)

1:00-1:30 p.m. at Kahaluu Elementary
(in Cafeteria) 47-280 Waihee Road, Kaneohe (Ph.

Local Montford Point Marine to be awarded highest civilian honor

Local Montford Point Marine to be awarded highest civilian honor

The following information is provided by Marine Corps Base Hawaii Public Affairs:

Koko Crater stabbing victim's survival story inspires others

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Twenty-six-year-old Nicholas Iwamoto returned to Hawaii for the first time since learning that his attacker was freed to take classes at Windward Community College twice a week.

Iwamoto said he won't let that injustice stop him from healing from the near fatal stabbing that left him with a broken neck and fractured skull.

Iwamoto revisited the Koko Crater trail with his therapy dog, Rapunzel, on Tuesday to face his demons. He called it his personal battlefield since that's where he shed blood and watched his dreams of becoming a soldier die.

Benjamin Davis, later acquitted by reason of insanity, stabbed him eighteen times in a random attack which left Iwamoto in tremendous pain to this day.

Vehicle crashes into pole near Heeia Kea Pier

KANEOHE (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kamehameha Highway is now open in both directions near the area of Heeia Kea Pier following a vehicle crash.

The incident happened at about 1 a.m. Tuesday when a four-door sedan slammed into a utility pole.

Honolulu police closed Kamehameha Highway in both directions while they investigated. The highway was reopened at about 5:20 a.m.

Officials say electric wires are hanging from the leaning utility pole. Hawaiian Electric Company crews are on scene.

No injuries or power outages were reported.

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Kaneohe water main breaks twice, 50 customers without service

KANEOHE (HawaiiNewsNow)- About 50 customers in Kaneohe are without water service after a water main broke again after Board of Water Supply crews repaired it.

The 6-inch break first broke early Saturday morning at 45-519 Keaahala Road. Crews repaired it around 12:45 pm, however, the break re-opened while BWS was backfilling the trench.

The mauka bound lane on Keaahala Road remains closed and the makai bound lane is being contraflowed to allow one open lane in each direction.

A water wagon is being provided at the Kapolei Playground

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