Course teaches parents how to install child seatsParents who want to be sure they are properly installing their child's car seat may attend a free checkup course next Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kmart in Kapolei.
The event is sponsored by the Keiki Injury Prevention Coalition/National SAFEKIDS Hawaii, the Honolulu Police Department and State Farm Insurance.
Estate planning seminar to give advice to publicA free seminar on long-term care and estate planning will be presented from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 30 at Mariner's Cove Bay Club in Hawaii Kai by Transamerica Financial Advisors and the law firm of Devens, Nakano, Saito, Lee, Wong & Ching.
Those interested should call Charlene Sumida at 527-8817 or e-mail CSumida@AskOxy.com.
Free workshop examines 7 core issues of adoptionSharon Kaplan-Roszia, an adoption specialist, will present a free workshop on the "Seven Core Issues in Adoption" from 6 to 8 p.m. May 22 at the Queen Liliuokalani Children's Center, 1300 Halona St.
Such issues will be discussed as openness and consequences of secrecy in adoption over the years.
All members of the adoption triad, birth and adoptive parents, adoptees and others interested in adoption issues are invited to attend.
Call 851-7707 for more information.
Bone marrow registry hosts drive SaturdayA free bone marrow registration and testing drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday near the bandstand at Kapiolani Park.
The St. Francis Medical Center's Hawaii Bone Marrow Donor Registry is conducting the drive as part of the Honolulu Police Department Law Enforcement Community Fair.
The Police Department is trying to find a donor for a Seattle police detective's daughter who is Japanese and Caucasian.
A match may be possible from any Asian or Pacific Islander donor, the registry said.
Registered marrow donors are sought for patients who need transplants because of terminal blood diseases. More than 16,000 people nationally are diagnosed with some type of fatal blood disease annually.
The Bone Marrow Donor Registry wants to register as many potential donors as possible, especially those of Asian and Pacific Islander ancestry.
Donors must be between 18 and 60 years old and in general good health.
A small blood sample is collected for tissue typing, and the potential donor is placed on the Hawaii and national donor registries.
For more information, call 547-6154.
Workshop on Kauai to examine drug sceneKamehameha Schools is inviting Kauai parents to participate in a workshop called "Informed Parents: The Anti-Drug," Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at King Kaumuali'i Elementary School in Lihue.
The workshop will examine the current club drug scene and growing problems. Parents will also learn how to help their families handle drug addiction and other challenges.
Tiara Lee of the school's Health and Wellness Transition Team, Mervlyn Kitashima of the Parents and Alumni Relations office, and an officer from the Kauai Police Department will conduct the workshop.
For more information, call the school's Communication Division at 800-842-IMUA, ext. 6261.
Free CPR certification classesFree CPR training will be offered Saturday at the Kuhio Park Terrace Community Hall by the Hawaii Chapter of the American Red Cross through its Youth Power CPR project.
The first class will start at 8 a.m., and additional classes will begin at 30-minute intervals.
The last class will begin at 12:30 p.m.
Participants who complete the two-hour course will receive CPR certification for one year. All materials will be provided.
The Youth Power CPR Project, funded by the HMSA Foundation, is aimed at teaching young members of agency partners first aid and CPR so they can make a positive impact on their communities.
Big Island aging center awarded grantThe University of Hawaii-Manoa's Center on Aging has been awarded $68,000 to develop a curriculum and to train paraprofessionals in the field of aging on the Big Island.
Paraprofessionals provide as much as 80 percent of personal care for the frail elderly and disabled living at home.
Dr. Michael Cheang, curriculum developer and trainer for the project said that the work these paraprofessionals perform is physically, emotionally and morally challenging.
"The responsibilities are heavy, and yet these hardworking individuals are often the least skilled, lowest paid and sometimes under-appreciated workers in the long-term care industry," Cheang said.
"If we truly believe in providing quality care for our elders, then we need to commit to having better informed and trained paraprofessionals."
Training will be conducted four times this year at various sites on the Big Island, covering five modules: 1) background information on the aging process; 2) health and wellness; 3) understanding disease and disability; 4) basic care-giving skills and 5) dying, death and bereavement.
For more information, call 956-5001.
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Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers
Chinese national drowns at Hanauma BayA man believed to be a Chinese national drowned at Hanauma Bay yesterday, police said.
The man was discovered unconscious in the water at about 2:40 p.m. Attempts to revive him at the scene were unsuccessful and he was taken to the Queen's Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
No foul play is suspected, police said.
Man in critical condition after car crashes in pondAn 18-year-old Kaneohe man was in critical condition last night after being submerged underwater after a car crash in Punaluu just after midnight yesterday.
Police said the victim was traveling along Kamehameha Highway near Green Valley Road in a 1990 Honda Accord. Police said at some point the victim's vehicle started drifting on the right shoulder, struck a sand mound and overturned into a pond of water. Police said the victim was underwater for about five minutes before passersby pulled him out of the car.
The victim was airlifted to Queen's. Police said it does not appear speed was a factor in the crash and do not know yet whether alcohol or drugs were involved.
Fire crews rescue 3 men from boat adrift at seaThe Honolulu Fire Department rescued three men on board a 20-foot boat that lost power about a mile off of Kaena Point yesterday. The men used a cell phone to call for help at about noon. Crews from the Waialua station and Rescue One in Kalihi responded and towed the boat into Haleiwa Boat Harbor.
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