Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Thursday, June 27, 2002

Group sponsors workshop on coping with death

The Bereavement Network of Hawaii is sponsoring a free workshop for grieving families, "After a Death," from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 3 in the state Capitol Auditorium.

Speakers will include Ana Zir with the Center on Aging, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine.

Chaplain Clarence Liu of Hospice Hawaii will moderate a panel discussion, "Personal Insights of Grief: I Wish I Had Known Then What I Know Now."

The panel is intended to encourage workshop participants to start thinking about their own grief. Separate discussion groups will be held after the panel for participants to "talk story."

Group leaders will be:

>> Charlotte Boyd, chapter leader, Compassionate Friends, "When a Child Dies."

>> Cynthia White, Outreach for Grieving Youth Alliance, "Helping Children Cope with Death."

>> Chaplain Liu, "Where's God?"

>> Felicia Marquez-Wong, bereavement coordinator, St. Francis Hospice, "Remembering Well: How Rituals Help."

>> Patricia Nishimoto, registered nurse, Tripler Army Medical Center, and Joan Foley, Veterans Administration Medical Center, "Complicated Grief."

>> Rita Hunt, WIN Foundation, "Going Back ... Returning to Work after the Death of Someone Special."

>> Anne Sage, facilitator, Mattie Lyman Grieving Person Support Group, "Rage: Out of the Box."

>> Hiro Ito and volunteers from the Outreach for Grieving Youth Alliance will provide a special session for youths ages 6 to 18, where they will learn about peer support and coping with death through play and art.

Free parking will be available between the Department of Health and Liliuokalani buildings. Turn Ewa on Capitol Drive from the makai-bound lanes of Punchbowl Street.

The workshop is limited to 200 people. Reservations are requested by July 27. For more information or to register, call Check Lim at 847-7991 or e-mail

Dental convention to offer free hot line

Residents with dental problems can talk to a dentist on a free SmileLine that will be available during the Academy of General Dentistry's 50th annual meeting July 4-7 at the Hawai'i Convention Center.

The toll-free line, 800-SMILE-33 (800-764-5333), will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 5 so consumers can talk to a dentist.

The latest dental health information will be presented at the annual meeting.

Among topics will be computer technology allowing dental patients to "design" a perfect smile. They can see what it would look like before going ahead with cosmetic dentistry.

Participants also will learn about the newest uses for lasers in dentistry, from removing decay to treating gum disease, and information needed from patients to conform dental care to other health-care needs.

The academy's House of Delegates will vote on several policy issues related to dental health, including a proposed position statement supporting Centers for Disease Control recommendations on fluoride in local water supplies.

The nonprofit academy represents more than 37,000 general dentists.

For more information, see the academy's Web site,, or call 312-944-7785.

Hospice Hawaii receives 2 grants

Hospice Hawaii has received a $5,000 grant from the Kosasa Foundation to help pay for care of indigent patients at the hospice home in Kailua.

This is the third year that the foundation has supported the service, which allows hospice care for people with little or no health insurance or ability to pay.

Hospice Hawaii also received $4,000 from the Sidney Stern Memorial Trust in memory of professor Herbert Margulies. The trust, which supports health and science initiatives, was established in 1974 in California and is funded through the estate of S. Sidney Stern.

For more information about programs and services of Hospice Hawaii, a nonprofit organization, call 924-9255.

Cancer center hosts second annual benefit

"The Mauka Makai ... Voyage of Discovery," the second annual benefit for the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii, will be held Sept. 14 at the Children's Discovery Center and Kakaako Gateway Park.

James K. Schuler will receive the 2002 Mauka Makai Award as part of the program for his efforts to increase community awareness of cancer and cancer research in Hawaii.

John Landgraf, president of the Friends of the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii, sponsor of the benefit, said: "The Mauka Makai will be a unique, outdoor experience under the stars.

"With the community's support of this event and the efforts of cancer researchers, we are hopeful that one day there will be a cure for all cancers."

Proceeds will benefit the Cancer Research Center's research and education programs.

The Kakaako site was chosen for the benefit, from 5 to 10 p.m., because the center is a major part of the University of Hawaii's health and wellness center there.

The cost is $200 per person. Table sponsorships also are available. For tickets or sponsorship information, call 589-2407.

Vegetarian Society seeks education funds

The Vegetarian Society of Hawaii, with more than 1,000 members, is seeking donations for an educational program to battle the obesity of Hawaii's children.

The society is working with other health-related organizations "to bring the many benefits of a vegetarian diet to the students" with a video presentation.

A newsletter, also produced by the nonprofit organization, offers articles by vegetarian experts and vegetarian-friendly businesses, information for restaurants and legislative advocacy for the vegetarian community.

Tax-deductible donations may be made to the society at P.O. Box 23208, Honolulu, HI 96823-3208.

For more information, call 944-VEGI (8344) or see or


[Taking Notice]


>> The University of Hawaii's College of Business Administration (CBA) and School of Travel Industry Management (TIM) have given Teaching Excellent Awards to David Griffith, associate professor of the Department of Marketing; Roberta Lamb, assistant professor for the Department of Information Technology Management; and Dean Cost, instructor for the Department of Financial Economics and Institutions of the TIM school.

Four new members were inducted into the UH Alumni Hall of Honor. From the business college are Barry Taniguchi, president and CEO of KTA Super Stores and K. Taniguchi Ltd. (1969); Nonie Toledo, vice president and general manager of Sprint Hawaii; and Keith Vieira, senior vice president and director of operations for Hawaii and French Polynesia for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. (1979). From the TIM school is Tsuyoshi Sakata, former vice president and regional director of Asian business development at Starwood Hotels.

The business college presented its Distinguished Service Award to Kamehameha Schools, its trustees and CEO Hamilton McCubbin for bold leadership and innovating thinking to help change the face of education. The TIM school honored J. Hans Strasser for his service as chairman of the TIM advisory board and community contributions to the tourism industry.

More than $30,000 in awards was presented to 26 students for the CBA and 11 students from the TIM School. They are Melissa Motosne, Roberta Arakawa, Jenny Garcia-Quinones, Barbara Obermaier, Ying Yan Chen, Benjamin Duquette, Jared Au, Alina Cheng, Aedward Los Banos, Jolene Walker, Lezlie Yamauchi, Danielle Tarumoto, Baron Nakano, Isa Chong, Reid Hoe, Davin Yasuda, Yu Jun (Cindy) Lei, Michael Goddard, Victoria A.S. Peters, Hey Heyse Ngan, Lezlie Ragamat, Bodil Lande, Carlos P. Sullivan III, Natalie S. Burgess, Martha Vanderbilt, Catherine Chunyi Liang, Monte A. Littlefield, Kristi Arakaki, Chanadda Atiser, David Brannon, Steve M. Hayamoto, Ryan Chun, Wendi A.K. Takemoto, Melissa Archpru, Amy Pesante, Daniel Chung and Alice Chiao.

>> Esti Tambay, a sophomore attending Columbia University from Honolulu, has been named a Goldman Sachs Global Leader, one of only 16 students in the nation to receive this honor. The Goldman Sachs Foundation and the Institute of International Education sponsor the program to reward the next generation of leaders internationally and to emphasize the necessity of global leadership and cooperation.

>> Punahou School's team won first place and a two-week trip to Japan in the 10th annual National Japan Bowl, language level 3, in Washington, D.C. Members include sophomores Kendrick Kunichika, Glenn Ghigetomi and team captain Brandon Yoshimoto, and advisor Jan Asato. Sponsored by the Japan-America Society of Hawaii, Punahou was one of three teams from Hawaii, which included Kamehameha and Iolani.

"Taking Notice" runs on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Please send items for "Taking Notice" to City Desk, Star-Bulletin, 500 Ala Moana, Suite 7-210, Honolulu, HI 96813.


Corrections and clarifications

>> State revenues from film and television productions in 2000 were $136 million. The "Reel News" column on Page D7 yesterday incorrectly said that the year was 2002.

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin strives to make its news report fair and accurate. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, call Managing Editor Frank Bridgewater at 529-4791 or email him at

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers


A fire started last night in a 10th-floor Holiday Manor apartment when cooking oil ignited. The apartment resident, 45, said he was cooking french fries when the oil caught fire. He suffered burns over nearly half his body and is hospitalized in serious condition.

Cooking-oil fire leaves man with severe burns

A 45-year-old man suffered first- and second-degree burns over nearly half of his body early this morning when cooking oil caught fire in his Kanunu Street apartment.

The man told firefighters he was cooking french fries in his 10th floor apartment at Holiday Manor, 1650 Kanunu St., when the oil ignited, said Capt. Courtney Seto, Pawaa Fire Station Commander.

The man said he tried to extinguish the fire with water but suffered burns to his hands and face. He was taken by ambulance to Straub Hospital in serious condition with burns over 45 percent of his body.

Before he left, he managed to pull the building's fire alarm. The manager and security personnel then knocked on doors to alert residents of the 224 apartments to evacuate.

The fire was reported at 2:48 a.m. Firefighters got the fire under control by 3:12 a.m. and extinguished by 3:38 a.m. Damage to the apartment and its contents is estimated at $65,000.

Car hits woman trying to run across highway

A 76-year-old Kalihi woman was struck by a car and critically injured last night as she tried to run across seven lanes of traffic on Kamehameha Highway near the Makalapa Gate to Pearl Harbor. The woman, whose name was not released, was taken by military ambulance to Queen's Medical Center.

The woman got off a city bus about 6:20 p.m. and tried to run from the makai side of the highway to the mauka side. Police said she was not in a crosswalk.

She was struck by a Honolulu-bound car driven by a 72-year-old man. Police said the driver saw her run in front of him but was not able to stop in time.

After the car came to a stop, it was struck in the rear by another vehicle. Neither driver was injured.

2 men sought in theft at stadium swap meet

Honolulu police want help identifying two men who stole a generator yesterday from the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet.

Police said that at about 12:40 p.m., a man grabbed a generator from the back of a jewelry stall. The vendor chased the thief who ran to a gray, late-model two-door sedan, police said.

The driver of the car pointed a handgun at the vendor, chambered a round in the gun and then drove around the vendor, nearly striking four to five women, police said.

The first man was described as in his late 20s, 5 feet 5, about 140 pounds, with a slim build, tan complexion and short, dark brown hair with blond tips.

The driver was described as in his late 20s, with a slim build and medium-length brown hair with blond and orange highlights.

Detective Taro Nakamura asks that the women who were nearly struck and other witnesses call him at 529-3392 or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.


Police hope the public can help identify two men caught on tape breaking into a Waikiki condo's lockers. See story below.

Police seek 2 suspects in locker break-ins

Honolulu police want help identifying two men who broke into storage lockers at a Waikiki condominium April 12.

Police said the men broke into numerous lockers about 4 a.m. at 435 Seaside Ave., and stole golf clubs and other items valued at $6,000.

One man was described as in his mid 20s, 5 feet 9 to 5 feet 11, about 185 pounds, muscular, with dark wavy hair and a bald patch on the back of his head. The other was described as in his early 20s, 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 8, clean shaven, with dark hair.

Anyone with information may call Detective Marie Kanealii-Ortiz at 971-2552 or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.


Maui restaurant fire possibly set by burglar

A burglar apparently set fire to the Lemongrass restaurant in West Maui this morning, causing $2,000 damage to the structure and contents, Assistant Fire Chief Alan Cordeiro said.

The fire began on the stove after items were placed on it, and the stove was turned on, he said.

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