Eye Bank, Makana mark new office, lab
The Hawaii Lions Eye Bank and Makana Foundation has scheduled a triple celebration in recognition of a new office and lab facilities, its 25th anniversary and the fight against blindness.
A grand opening and anniversary celebration will begin at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the nonprofit organization's new laboratory and offices at 614 Queen St., Suite 101. Festivities will include a pupu buffet and lion dance from 6 to 8 p.m.
An open house will be held Friday with tours of the new facility starting at 2 p.m. and pupus and talk story scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m.
Since it began in 1980, the eye bank has made more than 2,820 cornea transplants possible in the Islands and around the world. The new facility includes a lab where donated eye tissue is processed for doctors for transplantation.
On Saturday, the organization will continue its celebration, starting at 11 a.m. Diabetic retinopathy vision screening will be performed with the newest mobile screening equipment in the Hawaii Lions Vision Van. Tours, talk story and pupus will be held until 5 p.m.
For more information, call 536-7416.
Suicide prevention walk scheduled
Those who have lost a loved one through suicide may find healing, support and information at the 2nd annual "Suicide Prevention Awareness" walk next Sunday at Kapiolani Park.
Supporters of those who suffer from depression, bi-polar disease or have attempted suicide are also welcome to participate in the walk, sponsored by the Hawaii S.P.E.A.R. (Suicide Prevention Education Awareness Research) Foundation.
The event is meant to increase statewide awareness that suicide is a problematic health issue that needs to be addressed. The stigma surrounding suicide should also be removed, hence the theme, "Standing Up ... and Breaking the Silence," the foundation said.
The walk will be held at 7.30 a.m. at the Kapiolani Park bandstand. For registration, call the foundation at 947-7327 or 381-8424.
Approximately every third day in Hawaii, someone dies by suicide, and the primary cause is depression, according to the foundation.
Chronic wound care is discussion topic
Dr. Victor Hay-Roe of The Queen's Medical Center will discuss "Chronic Wound Care" at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Queen's Conference Center Auditorium, 510 S. Beretania St.
His talk, part of the Queen's community health lecture series, will cover healing techniques and challenges of vein disease.
Call 537-7117 for information and to register because space is limited. Parking is available for $5 in the Miller Street parking garage.
Free meditation course starting
The Rev. Jan Schmidt is offering a free six-week course on meditation starting Tuesday at 1532 Ulupii St., Olomana in Kailua.
Classes will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.
The course will cover the purpose of meditation, healing and curative effects, developing concentration and expanded awareness, different types of meditation and other aspects of "The Art and Joy of Meditation."
For information and reservations, call 262-6598.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Boy and woman hurt during BYUH parade
A 3-year-old boy and a pa'u rider were injured during a parade celebrating Brigham Young University-Hawaii's 50th anniversary yesterday.
Police said the 3-year-old was walking alongside a float on Iosepe Street about 10:50 a.m., when he apparently fell and was run over by a pickup truck towing a float.
An Emergency Medical Services supervisor said the boy had a tire mark "down the left side of his body."
Minutes after the incident, a 20-year-old woman in the parade was thrown from a horse.
The two were taken in the same helicopter to the hospital, according to the EMS supervisor. Both were in guarded condition.
The 20-year-old woman sustained a head injury when she was thrown from her horse. Police said the animal may have been spooked when a band started to play.
Both victims were responsive at the scene, but were airlifted as a precaution, the EMS official said.
90-year-old man pulled from Hanauma Bay
Lifeguards found a 90-year-old man in the water at Hanauma Bay at 12:30 p.m. yesterday, not breathing and with no heartbeat, Honolulu Ocean Safety Capt. Tony Ho said.
The man was given cardiopulmonary resuscitation by lifeguards and taken by ambulance to Straub Clinic & Hospital, but his condition was not available yesterday afternoon.
The incident was not related to high surf conditions, Ho said.
Woman falls 30 feet into Big Isle lava tube
Firefighters rescued a 19-year-old woman late Friday who fell 30 feet into an underground lava tube near the Kilauea Military Camp.
The woman complained of ankle pain, but was otherwise uninjured.
The incident happened about 10:11 p.m., when the woman walked off Crater Rim Drive to relieve herself. Firefighters rappelled down to the victim and brought her up.
She was taken to the Hilo Medical Center.
Firefighters find hiker lost on Manana Trail
Firefighters walked into Manana Trail last night to rescue a hiker who apparently strayed from the marked pathway and got lost.
The man started the trail yesterday afternoon. His friends called firefighters around 7 p.m. to report the hiker missing.
The fire department's helicopter spotted the hiker, who was wearing camouflage, in the woods just after dusk. Firefighters walked into the trail about 8:30 p.m. and were expected to walk the man out.