Attorney barred from practice for 1 year
The Hawaii Supreme Court is suspending Honolulu attorney Ryan H. Tomasa from practicing law "after he failed to initiate a probate proceeding and complete the administration of a trust for his client," according to court officials.
Tomasa also failed to inform his client about the status of her legal matter and provide accounting, court officials said in a news release this week. His suspension for a year and a day will become effective Monday, the court said. He will not be allowed to practice law until he is reinstated by the court.
Tomasa, 42, was admitted to the Hawaii bar in 1993.
No parking available at Blaisdell on Monday
There will be no parking Monday for daily users or City and County of Honolulu employees at the Blaisdell Center.
Motorists should make alternative plans, city officials say.
For more information, call John Fuhrmann at 527-5418.
Teeth whitening free for donation to charity
Three Honolulu dentists are offering professional teeth whitening in exchange for a donation to benefit seriously ill and disadvantaged children.
Participating in the annual Smiles for Life program are Dr. Wilfred Miyasaki, at 1139 Bethel St., and Drs. Greg Hurtado and Keith Koga at 98-211 Pali Momi, Suite 725, Aiea.
They are among dentists across America providing the service through June to raise money for the Smiles for Life Foundation. The charity has raised more than $20 million since 1998 to benefit more than 500 children's charities.
Donations requested are less than the normal fees for the service, Miyasaki said.
Half of the money raised will go to Parents and Children Together, a Hawaii family service agency, Miyasaki said. The rest will go to children's charities through the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation.
The campaign is organized annually by the Crown Council, an association of dentists throughout North America.
For information, call Miyasaki at 533-0000, Hurtado and Koga at 484-0600, or visit www.smilesforlife.org.
» The Dowling Community Improvement Foundation contributed more than $808,000 to more 100 organizations in 2005 in its first year.
Most of the funds -- more than $380,000 -- went to educational institutions. The largest gift went to Kamalii Elementary School, which received more than $150,000 worth of new computers, carpeting for the library and cash for curriculum and technology upgrades.
The foundation also made a $10,000 donation to the Hawaii Opera Theatre for its tour of Maui elementary schools. Other donations went to St. Anthony grade and high schools, the Pukalani Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association, Waihe'e Elementary and the 'Iao School Renaissance Ke'Ala Hou Educational Foundation.
Health and human services received more than $207,000, including a $125,000 challenge grant to Maui Memorial Medical Center; arts on Maui, $78,000; Hawaiian cultural organizations, $46,000; environmental groups and education groups, nearly $10,000; youth sports, more than $4,500; and miscellaneous community organizations, more than $81,000, including a $10,000 donation to the Maui Humane Society.
» The Pacific Rebekah Lodge No. 1 donated more than 100 volunteer hours to receive $10,000 from the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation for the Arthritis Foundation. The money will be used to support the Juvenile Arthritis Camp, Juvenile Arthritis Conference and Children's Advocacy Summit. The lodge's 30 members volunteered at the USS Missouri.
» Nanakuli Housing Corp. has received nearly $155,000 from the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and the Native American Housing and Self Determination Act. The funds will be used to continue the corporation's homeownership and financial literacy workshops for Hawaiians on the homelands wait list.
» Medicorps, the Hawaii-based international medical relief organization under the guidance of Executive Director Reynold Feldman in Honolulu, has received a $10,000 grant from the Smile Train to aid cleft-lip and cleft-palate patients in poor countries.
» Kahi Mohala Behavioral Health's Child and Adolescent Inpatient Facility has received $50,000 in grants from the G.N. Wilcox Trust ($25,000), Atherton Family Foundation ($15,000) and James & Abigail Family Foundation ($10,000). The renovation project will cost about $1.9 million and is scheduled for completion in 2007.
Police, Fire, Courts
Man, 29, is accused of raping 15-year-old
Police have arrested a 29-year-old man who allegedly raped a 15-year-old girl earlier this week.
Both the suspect and the victim met in Waikiki at about 10:20 p.m. Wednesday and drove back to the suspect's residence, where he allegedly sexually assaulted her.
The victim reported the incident to police, and the suspect was arrested yesterday for investigation of first-degree sexual assault.
Refrigerator stolen from Big Island gym
Big Island police are asking for the public's help in finding a refrigerator stolen from the Carvalho Park/Piihonua Gym pavilion kitchen.
The white, 4.3-cubic-foot GE refrigerator was reported missing last Saturday and was last seen April 12.
Anyone with information on the missing fridge is asked to call Officer Jason Grouns at 961-2213 or the nonemergency number at 935-3311.
Anonymous calls may be made to CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.