HONOLULU – Duane “Dog” Chapman and wife Beth Chapman said they were sad to hear about the death of 18-year-old Iris Rodrigues-Kaikana, who was found strangled last week in Kalihi.
The TV couple have added $10,000 to the reward fund for information that leads to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the McKinley High graduate’s death.
“I want to support this family,” said Duane Chapman. “I lost a daughter, too, and I know how much that hurts. I just wanted to give some money to help find and arrest the person who did this terrible thing.”
“Dog” Chapman also said he would help to bring in the criminal if asked.
“Right now, we don’t even have a suspect…but if I was asked to help by the authorities, yes, I would, for that father, that family, to help them heal. They can’t do that now while this murderer is still out there. Somebody knows, somebody has information.”
Chapman is the star of A&E’s “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” which is currently in production for Season 6.
A silent march in memory of Rodrigues-Kaikana will be at 5:30 p.m. today at the state Capitol.
When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you.
“If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do.”
— sung by Jiminy Cricket
11Two kids. Two wishes. The same types of wishes many children their age may have.
But what if time is short for wishes because the child is facing a life-threatening surgery or condition? Or what if the child is dying?
Can their wishes comes true?
That’s where the Children’s Wish Foundation steps in.
Our local chapter of the national organization grants wishes to children in Manitoba and Nunavut between the ages of three and 17 who are living with high-risk, life-threatening illnesses.
As the organization says on its website: “We will never say no to a wish child. We commit to use our talents, time and energy to realize our children’s wishes.”
Maria Toscano, director of Children’s Wish for Manitoba and Nunavut, says the foundation doesn’t have a magic wand to make wishes come true, but what it does do is constant fundraising.
“We don’t have a waiting list — we have to have the wishes ready when the families are ready,” Toscano said.
“We have to have the money ready to provide the wishes because sometimes we get the call and a child is very sick and they need to have the wish right away.”
Upcoming fundraisers for Children’s Wish are Exile Island and the Winnipeg Cops for Kids.
Exile Island will see various people — including local celebrities — compete against each other in castaway-themed challenges on Sept. 9.
The next day, members of the Winnipeg Police Service will jump on their bicycles and cycle 5,000 kilometres around the Perimeter Highway.
The local chapter of Wish was organized in 1986, two years after the organization came to Canada. It handed out its first wish in 1987 — a child’s wish trip to Disney World.
The organization is closing in on granting its 800th wish here while 15,000 have been granted across the country.
Most popular wish? Going to Disney World.
“But lately we’ve been doing a lot of PlayStations and a couple of trailers for camping,” Toscano said.
Celebrity visits are requested a fair amount of time, but Wish always warns families these wishes might not come true the way they’re hoped.
“We’re so at the mercy of the celebrities and their promotion people,” Toscano said.
“We can only say we’ll do our utmost to help.”
Lisa Smiley said her daughter Alexandra was four when her wish came true and she met Cinderella at Walt Disney World in Florida.
Actually, make that Princerella.
“That’s what she called her,” Smiley said.
“She not only got to visit with her, but talk with her. It was wonderful because she was real to her. And the trip was significant because it meant the bad times were over.”
That’s because the meeting with Cinderella and the fun at Disney World, followed by a Disney cruise on a ship, were used as the proverbial carrot through the child’s last open-heart surgery.
Alexandra had already had two open-heart surgeries and she was facing her third and last when her wish was granted.
“We wanted to use the trip to help her get through the surgery,” Smiley said.
“We talked a lot about the princesses and that got her through. We could say, yes, it is hard to be you but you’re going to get this afterwards.
“And it was great for our sons, too. For the first six months of Alexandra’s life it felt we didn’t have time for the boys so we were careful to say to them, ‘this trip is for all of you.’ ”
Now six, Alexandra herself says her trip, which also included her dad, Craig, and brothers Ross and Ryan “was fun.”
“I liked Cinderella. And I liked the other princesses.”
Smiley says “Children’s Wish is a fabulous organization — I can’t say enough about them.”
Then there are the wishes that end up being one of the last happy memories families have of their children.
Tyler’s mother, Jackie, said her son was in hospital being treated for his terminal cancer when he made the decision in August 2006 to meet Dog the Bounty Hunter, the star of an A&E reality show that sees Dog (real name Duane Chapman) catch people on the run from the law. Tyler had only been diagnosed with cancer a few months before.
Wish quickly organized the trip and paid for Tyler and his family to fly to Hawaii and spend a week in a hotel in Honolulu. Wish even gave the family spending money.
While there, Tyler spent two hours with Dog and other people from the TV show.
Time was short for Tyler. Just days after meeting Dog the week of Sept. 2 to 10, 2006, and then celebrating his 13th birthday on Sept. 15, he succumbed to his neuroblastoma on Sept. 28.
“We were still in the hospital and trying to figure out what wish he wanted and he said ‘how about a set of drums,'” Jackie recalled recently.
“But he would never have had the energy to play the drums so we said how about a trip. He loved Kiss and Gene Simmons and he loved Dog the Bounty Hunter. I think Dog was the right wish to make.”
Jackie said Dog was wonderful with Tyler, spending time with the boy, giving him shirts, and posing for photographs.
“They really wanted to have Tyler go out with them on one of their rides, but with their shooting schedule, it didn’t work out that day,” she said.
Jackie said a news station in Hawaii covered Tyler’s meeting with Dog, but the child never saw the report.
“I never told Tyler he was terminal,” his mother said.
“I always said I can’t tell him. But then the reporter in Hawaii said in the report Tyler would be dying in the next two weeks so we had to tell Tyler he couldn’t see the news, but we couldn’t say why.
“It was so hard to say no.”
But Jackie said Tyler figured it out for himself before the end.
“A few days before he died he said ‘I’m going to die’ and I asked if he wanted to talk about it, but he said no.”
Jackie has nothing but praise for Children’s Wish, agreeing that the trip gave Tyler a chance to literally take a vacation from the illness that would soon claim his life.
“I think they’re a fantastic organization,” she said.
“It was nice that he could focus on something other than cancer and be with our family, too. Tyler was really happy that day.”
To donate, call 945-9474 or go to http://www.childrenswish.ca and click on the ‘donate now’ icon and choose Manitoba and Nunavut under designation.
The case of a celebrity fugitive wanted for murder has captured the attention of television’s most famous bounty hunter who is ready and willing to join the manhunt.
Duane Chapman, better known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, who tracks down bad guys on his TV show, said if asked by Canadian authorities, he would join the search for Ryan Jenkins.
“If we get one legal agency saying ‘Dog, get up here,’ we’re ready — we’re boiling over,” Chapman said yesterday.
He said he wouldn’t want to step on the toes of Canadian officials, but is willing to offer his hunting skills if needed.
“I’m sure we can find him — we can catch him,” he said. “We’re waiting.”
U.S. marshalls have offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to Jenkins’ arrest, but Chapman said he doesn’t care about the money.
He said the case and horrific details really struck him.
“My friend in the FBI and I were brainstorming and we were talking about to be able to remove fingers like that and teeth, that is pretty calculated,” he said.
Chapman said if he was on the hunt, he would go on foot to where Jenkins’ was last seen at the same time of day and ask motorists who drive the route every day if they saw him. He said Canadian authorities are likely trying to track him down on foot as well.
“The hunt can’t be done on a computer — this hunt should be done on the front lines,” he said. “It’s not that I know more — I do it every single day. We know what to do.”
Chapman suspects because Jenkins is well educated and wealthy, he is laying low in someone’s home or a barn, and can disguise himself while on the run.
Aug. 27 (Bloomberg) — Walt Disney Co., Hearst Corp. and NBC Universal agreed to merge the Lifetime and A&E channels into a new company called A&E Television Networks, putting some of cable’s most-watched outlets under one umbrella.
The new company will include the History channel, Lifetime Television, the Lifetime Movie Network, as well as A&E, Military History and the Crime & Investigation Network, the companies said today in a statement. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
NBC may leave the partnership. Hearst and Disney have an option to buy out their minority partner over a 15-year period, according to the statement. The merger consolidates overlapping ownership of two separately run cable businesses. Burbank, California-based Disney and Hearst, located in New York, each own 37.5 percent of A&E, while NBC has 25 percent. Disney and Hearst share ownership of Lifetime.
“NBC probably needed a clear exit strategy,” said Tuna Amobi, an analyst at Standard & Poor’s in New York. “If you look at their networks, Lifetime is a competitor to what they are doing on their other women-focused cable channels. The cleanest thing would have been to buy out NBC’s 25 percent.”
Disney, the world’s biggest media company, gained 1 cent to $27.01 at 4 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. The stock has risen 19 percent this year. NBC’s parent, Fairfield, Connecticut-based General Electric Co., added 8 cents to $14.19 and has fallen 12 percent. Hearst, a broadcaster and publisher, is closely held.
Anne Sweeney, president of Disney-ABC Television Group, didn’t respond to requests for comment. Neither did NBC Universal Television Entertainment Chairman Jeff Gaspin nor Hearst Entertainment & Syndication President Scott Sassa.
The companies expect the merger to yield substantial, unspecified savings. The combined channels reach more than 250 million homes in 140 countries and operate 20 Web sites, the companies said.
Disney’s cable networks, including ESPN and Disney Channel, contributed 30 percent of the company’s revenue and 60 percent of profit in the fiscal third quarter ended June 27. Hearst owns 20 percent of ESPN.
NBC’s cable unit, which operates the USA Network, Bravo, CNBC and the women’s-oriented Oxygen, delivered a 7 percent gain in operating profit to $595 million. Cable revenue was up 3 percent to $1.2 billion in the June-ended quarter, the company said on July 17.
The accord includes provisions for New York-based NBC Universal to leave the partnership if it chooses, the companies said. Disney and Hearst would become 50-50 owners, they said.
With the deal, NBC ends up with a smaller stake in a larger business, Amobi said today in an interview.
“They probably couldn’t come to terms on a valuation and instead decided to merge the two entities so they can feed off each other and provide room for cost cuts, which helps everyone,” Amobi said.
The companies didn’t provide revenue projections or say how much each would own when the deal is concluded.
Abbe Raven, president and chief executive officer of AETN, will serve as head of the combined company, according to the statement. Andrea Wong, president and CEO of Lifetime Entertainment Services, will continue to lead the Lifetime Networks and will report to Raven.
Lifetime is based in New York and has offices in Chicago and Los Angeles, according to the company Web site. Lifetime Television carries “Project Runway” and “Army Wives.”
A&E, also in New York, employs 650 and operates in Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Chicago, London and Stamford, Connecticut, according to the network’s Web site. A&E shows include “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” and “Dog the Bounty Hunter.”
(CNN) — Many Google users probably didn’t notice this month that they can now display their search tips in the Hawaiian language.
Wedged between Hausa and Hebrew, Hawaiian is one of more than 125 “interface languages” now available on Google. The list also includes some humorous twists on English, including “pirate,” “Klingon” and “Elmer Fudd.”
But for Hawaiian educators, the addition of Hawaiian is a small step toward legitimizing a language that is considered “critically endangered” by the United Nations.
“It’s the capstone of a lot of work,” said Keola Donaghy, an assistant professor of Hawaiian studies at the University of Hawaii-Hilo.
“We’ve been doing this work for 18 years, simply trying to make it easier for people who speak Hawaiian to use these kinds of technologies.”
It marks the first native American language available through the “Google in Your Language” program.
It took Donaghy several years to get the project off the ground through the “Google in Your Language” program, which was launched by the California-based company not too long after it was founded in 1998.
“The idea was to enable users worldwide to be able to access Google in the language of their choice, and if it wasn’t available, to enable users to help make it so,” Google spokesman Nate Tyler said. “Why limit users to a set of dominant languages if they were willing to help make Google their own?”
The results of the search are still in English, although the user can select a preference for Web pages written in more than 40 other main languages.
Google works with linguists like Donaghy who are interested in translating search instructions into their language.
“Volunteers sign up on their own to provide translation,” Tyler explained. “They simply sign themselves up, declare a language proficiency, and then start translating or reviewing the products that are available for volunteer translation.
“When the translations are completed, we make the product(s) available in that language. Recent other languages like this include Maori language.”
It was the Maori project that launched last year which actually helped get Donaghy’s initiative moving.
Three years ago, Donaghy started e-mailing and calling Google about a Hawaiian language project, but he got no response. He put the project on hold until last year.
“When I heard the Maori version came out, I asked Google about it,” Donaghy said. “Apparently the original (language) coordinator had gone and as soon as a new coordinator was brought online, they set up the system. ”
Donaghy began working on the massive translation project sometime late last year.
“It was whenever I could find an hour or two in between teaching or other duties,” he said. “It was a combination of personal and work time.”
He spent more than 100 hours translating the search terms that appear on the Google page into Hawaiian through the program.
“I did the actual translation from beginning to end, and then I consulted with my colleagues at the university who have worked on these projects in the past,” Donaghy said.
“I wanted to be very consistent — such as how you say ‘Go to this menu and select this’ — or people may become confused.”
What’s Hawaiian for ‘browsing’ the Web’?
Some of the Hawaiian words for terms such as “links” or “Web browser” had already been established when Donaghy and others worked on translating Netscape Navigator search engine in 1997.
“Over the years, we usually face the debate of do we want to ‘Hawaiianize’ an English word, or take an old Hawaiian word and give it a new meaning,” he said.
He explained some of the challenges in translating terms, such as “browsing” or “surfing,” into Hawaiian.
“People use the term ‘surf the Internet’ and they’ll say ‘he’e nalu’ which is literally surfing the ocean out on a board,” he explained. “But we use ‘kele,’ which is what you do when you’re steering a canoe. So we chose that as you’re navigating the net.”
Donaghy finished the translation project in April, but there were issues with the code for the search engine that would not activate the Hawaiian language interface.
The Hawaiian language interface actually launched on Apple’s Safari browser first because Donaghy had worked with Apple to ensure that the language’s diacritical marks and characters were available on the company’s computers.
“Now, it comes with every computer that they ship,” he said.
Some Apple computer users who had selected Hawaiian as their primary language for other programs noticed a couple of weeks ago that Google’s search terms started appearing in Hawaiian, too.
“People started calling me and asking, ‘Did you hack into my computer? My Google is in Hawaiian,'” Donaghy said. “And that was the point I said, ‘OK word is getting out about this’ and I put out a news release. I was afraid someone was going to start freaking out, ‘Why is my computer in Hawaiian?'”
Important milestone for Hawaii’s culture
The initiative is an important milestone for Hawaiian linguists and cultural educators who have pushed to have their native language taught in schools alongside English.
It wasn’t until the 1980s that the law banning the Hawaiian language from being taught in schools was overturned. The law was established in the late 19th century as a prerequisite to Hawaii becoming a U.S. territory.
Today, more and more Hawaiians are studying and majoring in Hawaiian language programs. There are Hawaiian language immersion programs in which English is taught as a second language.
Mona Wood, a Hawaiian speaker and owner of a public relations firm in Honolulu, said there has been a kind of Hawaiian language “renaissance” in the state since the late 1970s.
“Even tourism has been learning and growing and realizing that our ‘host culture’ must be added to the visitor experience,” Wood said. “There are many more programs available at hotels and shopping malls that weren’t there 20 years ago.”
Wood said when she studied Hawaiian in college, it was under the foreign languages department.
“It has been so wonderful to see so many of our youth embrace the native culture and see the programs expand to the point where there is an entire Hawaiian Studies Department,” she said. “One can now get a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) and M.A. (Master of Arts) in Hawaiian language.”
Wood — who owns Ikaika Communications, which represents local officials, local and national companies and celebrities including Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman — said when she was growing up, “Our culture was dying in every way.”