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National accreditation panel warns UH West Oahu about lack of academic leadership

Kapolei, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) – The Western Association of Schools and Colleges has slapped the University of Hawaii West Oahu with a "notice of concern," one step below a formal warning that its brand new Kapolei campus could be in danger of losing its accreditation.

Students filled the UH West Oahu campus off Farrington Highway for the first time Monday as classes began for the new school year. They were shocked to learn that the accreditation panel found their new school is in danger of not complying with national standards. 

Governor, lawmakers get a preview of new UH West Oahu campus

KAPOLEI (HawaiiNewsNow)- Hundreds of people, including Gov. Neil Abercrombie and several lawmakers, were among those who gathered Thursday to celebrate the soon-to-open new campus for the University of Hawaii-West Oahu.

They were part of an invitation-only reception, held in a large tent on the Great Lawn of the new campus in Kapolei.

"It's the most important thing that's happened in higher education in the last 25 or 50 years here in Hawaii, and we've opened up a whole a new area of Oahu to its students," said UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.

The new campus along Farrington Highway currently has six buildings in Phase One, including classrooms, a campus center and a library, an administration building and a campus center. It's part of the state's plan to improve and expand the entire UH system, not just Manoa.

Teen in critical condition following crash near Yokohama Bay

YOKOHAMA BAY (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police are investigating an early-morning vehicle crash near Yokohama Bay.

According to HPD Lt. Robert Towne, a 1993 Acura was traveling east on Farrington Highway at about 2:45 a.m. Thursday. The vehicle then slid off the road, hit a guard rail, spun out, and crashed into the side of the mountain.

A 17-year-old male was then ejected from the front passenger seat. He suffered a head injury and was transported to the hospital in extremely critical condition.

The driver of the vehicle, a 19-year-old male, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

A second male passenger in the vehicle was reportedly in good condition.

Police say speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the crash.

Police shut down Farrington Highway in both directions prior to Yokohama Bay while they conducted their investigation.

University of Phoenix Has New Location in Kapolei

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Councilmember Berg removed from two Council committees

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Honolulu City Council Chair Ernie Martin has removed Councilman Tom Berg from the Transportation Committee following a outburst during a July meeting.

In a news release, Martin says, "During the Honolulu City Council's Transportation Committee meeting on July 26, Councilman Tom Berg reportedly created tension and anxiety among his colleagues when he ignored the Committee Chair's repeated calls for order."

Martin says it is in the best interest of the Council if Councilman Berg forfeits his assignments as a member of the Transportation  Committee and the Committee on Public Works and Sustainability.

Berg will remain as Chair of the Parks and Cultural Affairs Committee.

Martin says, "This action is not a censorship of Councilman Berg's right to speak on behalf of his constituents or to express his concern on matters of importance to his district."

Signed Rocks Help Thousands 'Be Part of the Foundation' at BYU–Hawaii

Signed Rocks Help Thousands 'Be Part of the Foundation' at BYU–Hawaii

Construction on campus continues as the foundation for new dormitories was poured on Wednesday, August 8, behind the existing Hales. ‎But there's something special about this foundation - it includes names of thousands of people who signed their name to rocks, allowing anyone who wanted to become a 'Part of the Foundation' and participate in building the future of campus.

For the past two weeks, stations were set up around campus and throughout the community so students, faculty, staff and community members could sign their names on a rock that would then be added to the foundation pour for one of the new buildings. On Wednesday, August 8, 3,681 signed rocks were added to the foundation, allowing all those involved to literally be a part of the changes happening at BYU-Hawaii.

Coast Guard rescues 7 people after boat sinks

KAENA POINT, Oahu (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Coast Guard performed an early-morning search and rescue after a boat in waters between Kauai and Oahu began to sink.

A Mayday call was made from the Cowabunga sailing vessel at about 12:40 a.m. Monday. According to the Coast Guard, the boat was located 29 miles off Kaena Point.

Officials say all seven people aboard the 30-foot vessel were forced to abandon ship with personal floating devices after the boat reportedly took on water from the bow and stern.

A rescue helicopter arrived on scene at about 1:50 a.m. and retrieved four people. The Coast Guard also dropped off a life raft for the remaining three boaters from the water. They were then picked up by another vessel.

The boat was returning from an Oahu-to-Kauai sailing race.

No injuries were reported. The Coast Guard says all seven people aboard were experienced mariners.