Travelers may get vaccinations for diseases common to their destinations at a Travel Clinic recently opened by The Queen's Medical Center's Queen Emma Clinics.
Queen's new Travel Clinic
advises on shots, food, water
"The idea of travel medicine has been around for a long time but has recently developed more fully, said Dr. Richard Frankel, medical director of the clinics. "People are traveling to uncommon destinations more and more.
Frankel works with infectious diseases and the World Health Organization.
Certain diseases are common to specific areas, such as Hepatitis A, polio and typhoid in Central and South America, and cholera, meningococcal outbreaks, malaria, Hepatitis B and Japanese encephalitis in Asia and the Middle East.
Vaccinations for tetanus, Hepatitis A and typhoid are recommended for visitors to Africa. People going to Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union are advised to have tetanus vaccinations and be aware of diphtheria outbreaks, Hepatitis A, typhoid and polio.
The clinic will help travelers determine what vaccinations they need, provide information on water quality and foods at their destination and give tips to avoid jet lag and motion sickness.
For information, call the Travel Clinic at 547-4162.
Princeville captures top water honorsPrinceville, Kauai, won best tasting water honors this year among resorts and developments in the annual contest American Water Works Association's "Ono Water Contest."
Kaanapali resort area on Maui took second and Gay & Robinson development on Kauai was third.
Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono judged in yesterday's contest, as well as Becky Choy, co-owner of Strawberry Connection. Executive chefs Fred DeAngelo of Palomino's, Tom Wong of Royal Hawaiian Hotel and David Reardon of Diamond Head Grill were among the judges.
Since 1985, the contest has called attention to the qualities of drinking water deemed to be above average.
Arizona's dead to get markers at PunchbowlSeventy-four graves at the National Cemetery of the Pacific now marked "unknown" may be labeled with "USS Arizona" and "Dec. 7, 1941" -- the day the Japanese attacked the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor by surprise.
While their identities are still unknown, the remains of 124 crewmen of the ship would receive this designation under a provision added to the 2001 Defense Authorization by Democratic Rep. Patsy Mink. The measure was approved by the House Armed Services Committee and is now before the full House of Representatives.
The proposed action is based on the research of Lorraine Marks-Haislip of the USS Arizona Reunion Association and the Ray Emory of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.
Weekend drive hunts bone marrow donorsThe Hawaii Bone Marrow Donor Registry will conduct two free bone marrow donor registration and testing drives Saturday and Sunday at Farrington High School.
New Hope Christian Fellowship is co-sponsoring the event in honor of Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, as designated by the National Marrow Donor Program.
Hours of registry Saturday will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m, and on Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Donors must be between 18 and 60 years of age and in general good health. A small sample of blood is collected from potential donors for tissue typing. The donor is placed on the Hawaii and the National Donor registries at no cost to them.
For more information, call 547-6154.
Meeting will address methods of healingEastern, Western and traditional Hawaiian healing philosophies are represented on a committee formed by the state Department of Health to study ways to treat and control arthritis.
A $62,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will support the Hawaii Arthritis Control Program Advisory Committee.
As physicians spend less time with patients, said Lulu Bagnol, project coordinator, residents turn increasingly to chiropractic medicine, acupuncture, massage therapy, traditional Hawaiian medicine, prayer, herbal medicine and other healing methods as their primary health care.
Papa Henry Auwae, renowned traditional Hawaiian healer and committee member, will open the first quarterly meeting today with a pule to mark its beginning.
Others on the committee include a chiropractor, rheumatologist, rehabilitation psychologist, physical therapist, acupuncturist, University of Hawaii sports team physician and several consumers.
For more information, contact the Arthritis Foundation at 942-3636.
Charles Feeney was one of the founders of Duty Free Shoppers. A story about Mandara Spa in Hawaii Inc. Tuesday had an incorrect last name.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers
Lanikai hillside search opens for missing womanPolice and firefighters returned to Lanikai this morning for a third day of searching for a New York woman who has been missing since Monday.
Today's search for 32-year-old Ming Fang Lee concentrated on the rocky hillside terrain above Aalapapa Drive. Police have been checking out witness reports of two incidents involving an Asian woman Monday, one on Aalapapa Drive and the other at a store at Kailua Beach Park.
Two suspects in custody in school computer theftTwo men are in custody this morning for allegedly breaking into Waianae High School and stealing a computer.
School security responded to an alarm at one of the portable classrooms and discovered a computer was missing at 12:14 a.m., police said. Police conducted traffic stops and came across a car with the stolen computer in the back seat and arrested the two men, 18 and 21, for burglary.
Candle blamed for fire at Ewa Beach townhouseFire and arson investigators determined yesterday's townhouse fire in Ewa Beach was caused by an unattended candle.
No one was home at the 4:23 a.m. blaze, which was initially reported to be suspicious, fire officials said.
It was later determined a resident left a burning candle in the living room of the Kilaha Street home, said Fire Capt. Richard Soo. About $151,000 damage was reported..
Tourist hurt while diving dies in hospital todayA 52-year-old woman died this morning at Kuakini Hospital from injuries she suffered while diving last week.
The woman, a tourist, was participating in a diving class on May 8 in the waters off of 7192 Kalanianaole Highway when she injured, police said.
Authorities identify victim of escalator fallA man who died after falling from an escalator at Ala Moana Center on Saturday has been identified by the medical examiner's office as Steven Ginoza.
Ginoza, 28, had just finished having drinks at a fourth-floor bar when he fell, police said.
Temporary release OK'd for hospitalized killerA man acquitted by reason of insanity in 1973 for the fatal stabbing of a 17-year-old boy was granted conditional release yesterday from Hawaii State Hospital.
Circuit Judge Michael Town granted Rogelio Sibolboro's temporary release under "strict terms to manage his ongoing mental problems as well as to manage any potential danger to himself and to others," said Deputy Prosecutor Rom Trader.
A hearing will be held in October to assess Sibolboro's progress and whether he should be released into the community permanently.
Sibolboro was charged with the stabbing death of Macario Badua, who was killed while watching a movie at the Zamboanga Theater in Palama in 1971. Two years later Sibolboro, then 23, was acquitted of the killing by reason of insanity and has been in and out of the Kaneohe hospital since.
Sibolboro, who has had his conditional release revoked previously, is required to be monitored and keep up with his mental health treatment.
While Town granted release for Sibolboro, he denied a similar request for Anthony Saldania, who was acquitted of murder by reason of insanity in 1984.
Three women indicted on charges of fraudA federal grand jury has indicted three women on charges they forged a dead man's signature to cash his monthly Social Security checks from 1995 through July 1998.
Mary Kaluna, 63, Bernadette Lagua, 31, and Barbara Ahquin, 47, were charged with fraud in connection with cashing checks ranging from $554 to $602. Lagua and Ahquin also were charged with conspiring to commit fraud.
The indictment said Cornelio Bugarin died in April 1988 but the Social Security Administration was not aware of it and continued to mail checks to his post office box. Lagua took the checks and later called the Social Security office to change Bugarin's mailing address.
The women face maximum prison terms between 135 and 140 years and a $3.5 million fine each, said U.S. Attorney Steve Alm.