Band director accused of sexual assault, fired
HONOLULU — A private school in Honolulu has fired its band director amid allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl.
Former Damien Memorial School band director Peter John Rucci was charged Saturday with three counts of first-degree sexual assault and four counts of third-degree sexual assault. He was arrested, but released after posting $150,000 bail.
The 61-year-old Rucci told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that his arrest “was a complete surprise.” He said he knows the alleged victim, but referred further comments to his attorney, who did not immediately return a message for comment.
Police said the alleged sexual assaults occurred in June, before Rucci was hired at Damien in August.
A school spokesman said the alleged assault did not involve any Damien students.
“Upon hearing the news, Damien has terminated Peter Rucci, effective immediately,” Damien President and members of the fishing and diving community decided to post a sign declaring their agreement that there will be no taking of aquarium fish from the dive site.
That sign was posted earlier this month.
Preserving eels at Koloa Landing is another goal that Tubbs says he thinks is unnecessary, because he says the market isn’t there for the species anymore.
He has fished for moray eels before, and has been named as one of the aquarium fishermen who frequent Koloa Landing, but said the last two eels that he had took months to sell.
“Dragon (moray) eel prices have dropped and the demand is not even there,” Tubbs said. “Dozens of other locations have dragon eels — I know where to attend is important to us,” Borden said. “We can help as much as we can, financially.”
Hiranaka got another offer from Island Temptations, a shirt screening shop in Hanamaulu, for another $3,000 to help cover the cost of rooms for the Kapaa team, which also had to re-arrange their travel plans.
“This is a miracle for the kids,” said Nemecio Ballesteros, a Lihue Bulldog parent. “Thank God. We were all worried, and to have these sponsors come through is ple who could claim a bona fide relationship with someone or a group in the U.S.
The justices did not list precisely what kinds of relationships were covered, but they left in place a subsequent 9th circuit ruling that protected grandparents, cousins and other relatives.
Monday’s ruling spells out the “close family relationship” includes grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-inlaw, sisters-in-law, aunts, un- tournament, will serve as alternates in the event one of the three qualifying teams are unable to make the trip.
During the tournament, teams build, test and program an autonomous robot using Lego Mindstorms technology to solve a set of missions in the robot game. During this process, teams operate under the First Lego League signature set of core values, which celebrate discovery, teamwork and gracious professionalism. The Core award was presented to the Kalaheo School group.
Points accumulated through the phases are an-
For the last six years, they have opened their home for the dinner, but for the first time they will be hosting the gathering at Kilauea Parish Hall.
“We are honored to make this holiday special for them by reaching out in the spirit of love and aloha, opening up our home and sharing this joyful community gathering with sacred music and amazing Thanksgiving dinner,” said Radha Harvey.
Volunteers make the dinner possible by bringing vegan dishes to share, while the Harveys provide the bulk of the meal and play music. CEO Wes Reber Porter said in a statement. “Based upon the dates of the allegations, the conduct occurred before his few months of employment with the school.”
Rucci said he began teaching at Honolulu Waldorf School in 2000 and was the school’s orchestra director until earlier this year when he left on good terms to be band director at Damien. He said he transferred to Damien because the school offered him better employment opportunities and more hours. some are on Oahu now and I won’t even go up and get them,” he said. “If I had one I could not sell it.”
In spite of the arguments against creating a voluntary marine protected area, a variety of fishermen, divers and conservationists jumped on board with the creation of Koloa Landing’s VMPA.
Surfrider Foundation’s Kauai Chapter was involved in the beginning, for instance, when divers and fishermen drummed up the idea to post a sign.
“Ecosystem health is based on all components being present,” said Carl Berg, senior science adviser for Surfrider Foundation’s Kauai Chapter. “You can’t take out one type of fish or eel without shifting the whole dynamic.” truly a miracle for these kids.”
KYF Coach Nardo Nacnac spearheaded an effort which generated $650, sufficient to cover the costs of transportation for the extra day required when travel plans had to be rearranged following Island Air’s closure.
“Words cannot express how happy and appreciative we are to see the smiles on these children’s faces,” Hiranaka said. “From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all you have done.” cles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
The decision “closely tracks guidance previously issued by the Supreme Court,” Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin said in a statement. “I’m pleased that family ties to the U. S., including grandparents, will be respected. We continue to prepare for substantive arguments before the Ninth Circuit on December 6 in Seattle.”- alyzed to determine the winner, this year the Hanalei Pixel Bots.
The Kilauea Robotics Kids earned the top Robot Design award, and the Kapaa Dolphins from the Kapaa Elementary School took the best Project award for their ideas covering the creation of timers for watering and showering to make most efficient use of water. The Robotic Voyagers earned the Robot Performance award for its performance during the Robot Game, where teams had three opportunities to accumulate as many points as possible in two and a half minutes.
“We are dedicated to continuing this tradition but looking to ease the financial and manual burden of making this special meal,” Radha Harvey said.
Feel free to bring a vegan dish to share, donate money, help spread the word, make people feel loved and supported, or help cleaning up afterwards, she said.
“You never know, even the smallest act of kindness can change the world forever,” she said.
The dinner begins at 5 p.m.
Info: Radha Harvey, 5516610-