Cancer program wins 3-year accreditation
Kuakini Health System's cancer program has received a three-year accreditation and commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.
The hospital demonstrated a commendation level of compliance in seven of nine areas after an evaluation by a physician surveyor in October.
$1 million face lift due for Kahului boat ramp
Gov. Linda Lingle recently released $1 million for facility improvements at the Kahului boat ramp, to improve accessibility with a new, wider and longer boarding pier, a connecting walkway and a parking stall with an access aisle.
The Army Corps of Engineers is constructing a three-lane launch ramp and navigational improvements at the boat ramp facility. Construction has begun and is expected to be completed by next summer.
Medical marijuana center to open in Hilo
The Hawaii Cannabis (THC) Ministry will open the Medical Marijuana Center of Hilo at noon Wednesday in the Moses Building, 94 Kamehameha Ave., Suite 2, announced Roger Christie. The center will be open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
It will provide up-to-date information about medical marijuana, help to screen patients for the state medical marijuana program, refer patients to qualified doctors, provide services and products to help in the growing and processing of medical marijuana and provide for spiritual needs toward recovery and healing of patients. For more information, call 961-0488 or see www.thc-ministry.org.
Paralyzed ex-surfer will speak at hospital
Former athlete Jesse Billauer, 26, who suffered a spinal cord injury in a surfing accident at age 17 that left him paralyzed, will speak at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Frear Cafeteria of the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific.
Billauer was once the youngest member of the California State Lifeguard Team and was called one of the world's "top 100 up-and-coming surfers" by Surfer Magazine.
He suffered a spinal cord injury in March 1996 and has limited use of his arms and legs.
He graduated in 2002 with a degree in communications and has traveled around the world sharing his story as a motivational speaker through his "Life Rolls On" Foundation.
For more information, call the REHAB Hospital, 531-3511, ext. 791.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Argument on road leads to assault on 2 women
Police arrested a 34-year-old man after he allegedly ran over a woman's foot and struck her passenger in Ewa.
At about 12:25 p.m. Saturday, police said, the suspect, who was driving a sport utility vehicle, and the victim, 32, who was driving a sedan, had an argument while they were at a stoplight at the intersection of Fort Weaver Road and Geiger Road.
The suspect got out of his vehicle and punched and kicked the victim's car door.
Police said the victim got out of her car to see whether her exterior was damaged, when the suspect ran over her foot.
Her passenger got out of the car to check on the victim when the suspect struck her.
Police said the suspect fled in his vehicle without rendering aid. The 34-year-old man was later located and arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault.
Police said the victims received minor injuries.
Brush fire burns 5 acres in Nanakuli
Firefighters battled a brush fire yesterday that consumed about five acres in Nanakuli.
Capt. Emmit Kane, spokesman for the Honolulu Fire Department, said the blaze started at about 1 p.m. near Mokiawe Street and Ulei Loop. No homes were threatened, Kane said.
Kalihi man accused of assaulting 2 girls
Police arrested a 41-year-old Kalihi man after he allegedly sexually assaulted two girls over a two-month period.
The victims, both age 9, told police that a neighbor had sexually assaulted them between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31 at his home.
Police said the suspect turned himself in and was arrested Saturday on suspicion of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault and third-degree assault.
Man is arrested for alleged ax attack
Police are investigating a case in which a 41-year-old man allegedly threw an ax at another man Saturday.
The incident occurred abut 8 p.m. on Kamakee Street. The victim, 28, told police that he managed to avoid being hit by the weapon. He and other people detained the suspect until police arrived.