Hawaii Briefly: 9-25-2016

5-year-old found after leaving school prompts investigation

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5-year-old found after leaving school prompts investigation

HONOLULU — An investigation is underway after a 5-year-old boy walked off his school’s campus and was later found about a mile away.

The boy’s mom Crystal Dejesus tells KHON-TV that she wants the staff at Waianae Elementary School to pay more attention to the children.

The Hawaii Department of Education says the boy was supposed to wait for his mother in the school office but mistakenly started walking home.

Dejesus says her son never walks home.

She said her son’s sibling told her he was missing, not the school.

Area residents found the boy.

No one from the school or education department was available for comment, but an emailed statement said no further details could be provided during the investigation.

A spokesman said procedures are under review.

Hawaii utility tests battery in renewable energy push

HONOLULU — A Hawaii utility is spending the next two years evaluating safety and efficacy of its largest battery intended to put boost renewable energy sent to Oahu’s power grid.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports g-based Altairnano.

Shelee Kimura of Hawaiian Electric Co. said in a statement that the battery will push the state closer to its 100 percent renewable energy goal.

She said total renewable energy consumption depends on bringing power generated from the sun to customers whose electricity use peaks at night, and smoothly transitioning power from sources like wind and solar to the grid.

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Utility spokesman Peter Rosegg said the company is exploring how the battery works as well as the balance between performance and durability.

By West Hawaii staff and wire sources

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