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June 25, 2012
The Associated?Press

Lease approved for Oahu learning center

WAIANAE, Oahu - A lease has been approved for Kamehameha Schools to build a learning center on Oahu's Leeward Coast.

The state and Kamehameha Schools announced the approval Thursday of a lease to develop a state-of-the-art learning center on 40 acres in Waianae's Maili area. The center will be integrated with a native Hawaiian residential community developed by the state's Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.

Developer Jeff Stone had agreed to donate several hundred acres to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and Kamehameha Schools to build a similar project in Makaha Valley, but that deal fell through.


Oceanarium at top for being 'kid-friendly'

HONOLULU - A restaurant at a Waikiki hotel is being recognized as one of the top 75 kid-friendly restaurants in the country.

Pacific Beach Hotel said Friday that its Oceanarium gets the recognition based on more than 5 million reviews during the past year on

The three-story Oceanarium has more than 70 species of Pacific fish, eel and stingrays as a fun background for diners of all ages. The ocean life makes for a unique attraction for families.

Diners are entertained by a mermaid performance and several fish-feeding shows each day in a 280,000 gallon indoor aquarium.


Man, 47, dies after being struck by truck

HONOLULU - A 47-year-old man has died in a hospital hours after being struck by a pickup truck on the H-3 Freeway in Honolulu.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that the man was driving a sedan on the freeway Friday morning when he lost control of the vehicle near Mokapu Boulevard, crossed a median and crashed in a wooded area.

Police said witnesses came to help the man as he sat on a guardrail waiting for medical responders. Police said for an unknown reason the man stood up and wandered into the southbound lanes where he was struck by the truck.

The man was taken to a hospital where he later died.

Investigators said speed, drugs and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the accident.



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