Skin cancer screening offered free at Longs
Free skin cancer screenings will be available from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Longs Drug Stores in Kailua, Manoa Marketplace, Town Center of Mililani, Moiliili and Pali.
The American Cancer Society, Hawaii Dermatological Society, Hawaii Skin Cancer Coalition and Longs Drug Stores are sponsoring the screenings.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, but one of the most curable when discovered early, said Dr. Kevin Dawson, Hawaii Dermatological Society secretary/treasurer, in a news release.
The American Cancer Society says the best defense against skin cancer in a place like Hawaii, where the sun's rays are dangerously strong, is "slip, slap, slop." Everyone going out in the sun should slip on a shirt, slap on a hat and slop on some sunscreen, it says.
Melanoma accounts for only about 4 percent of skin cancer cases but causes the most skin cancer deaths. Melanoma is on the rise in the United States, the American Cancer Society said.
The group offers these suggestions:
» Avoid being in sunlight too long, especially in the middle of the day, when UV light is most intense.
» Protect your skin with a long-sleeved shirt and a hat with a broad brim.
» Use sunscreen and lip balm with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 or higher.
» Wear sunglasses. Wraparound styles give the best protection if they have at least 99 percent UV absorption.
Civil Rights Art Contest picks student winners
» The winners of the 2006 Hawaii Civil Rights Art Contest, held in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day: fourth grade, Kevin Davis
of Volcano School of Arts & Sciences, first place; fifth grade, Heather Lewis
of Volcano School and Mindy Silva
of Honokaa Elementary School, first-place tie; sixth grade, Koral Linsor
of Kapaa Middle School, first place; Maile Riehl
and Liesa Lovett
, both of Kailua Elementary School, tied for second place.
» Tiffany Lehuanani Yee, a graduating senior at Kamehameha Schools Maui, is one of about 550 semifinalists in the 2006 Presidential Scholars Program. Finalists are being selected by the Commission on Presidential Scholars.
» Ellias Nakahara of Kapiolani Community College and Andrew Ogata and Henry Schneider IV of the University of Hawaii at Manoa earned Certified Student Leader credentials during the recent National Conference on Student Leadership. They were among 125 students attending the conference in Nashville, Tenn.
» Winners of the Board of Water Supply's 2006 Water Conservation Week Poster Contest, whose art reflected many ways to save water, were selected from nearly 2,600 entries from public and private school students. They are:
Kindergarten: Peyten Gebgbard, Hawaii Baptist Academy, first place; Jason Fly, Hale Kula Elementary School, second place; Logan Mills, Makalapa Elementary School, third place.
First and second grades: Eleanor Yuan, Koko Head Elementary School, first place; Monalisa Sooalo, Linapuni Elementary School, second place; Chaz Horie, Kapolei Elementary, third place.
Third and fourth grades: Diane Low, Na'au Program, first place; Lauren Ko, Mililani Mauka Elementary School, second place; Bradley Hayashi, Na'au Program, third place.
Fifth and sixth grades: Kristen Tanabe, Na'au Program, first place; Sally Choi, Stevenson Middle School, second place; Nicole Yamane, Mililani Ike Elementary, third place.
Honorable-mention awards were given to Christine Andres of Makalapa Elementary; Dominique Blake and Jovanee Colon of Hale Kula Elementary; Malia Brooks of the Na'au Program; Saint Gelacio of Kauluwela Elementary School; Melannee Ipsen of Le Jardin Academy; Courtney Choy of St. Elizabeth School; Jadalynn Haia of Kainaliu Elementary; Jenna Kobata of Maemae Elementary; Alyse Allred of Laie Elementary; Caitlin Atienza of Niu Valley Middle School; and Lei'ohu Mattoon of St. Ann's Model School.
» Hawaii Pacific University has named three winners of its sixth annual Paul C.T. Loo Distinguished Alumni Awards.
Ray Vara (B.S.B.A. 1993) received the Professional Achievement Award for outstanding work in the health-care industry.
Ernest Fukeda Jr. (M.B.A. 1999), president and COO of the Hawaiian Insurance and Guaranty Co., was given the Alumni Service Award for his service to the community and HPU.
Jared T. Grugett (B.S.B.A./ Corporate Communication 2002), president of Hawaii Direct Telephone, received the Young Alumni Award for serving as an outstanding role model for future alumni.
Police, Fire, Courts
Waimanalo boy, 14, dies 4 days after mo-ped crash
A 14-year-old Waimanalo boy died Thursday from multiple injuries he received Sunday in a mo-ped accident in Waimanalo.
The Medical Examiner's Office identified him as Travis Guerrero.
Guerrero was riding a mo-ped toward Makapuu on Kalanianaole Highway when he was struck by a blue 2003 Chevy Blazer making a left turn into the 7-Eleven parking lot.
The accident occurred at 9 p.m. Sunday, three feet east of Tinker Road.
The sport utility vehicle was driven by a 23-year-old man who was headed in the opposite direction.
The boy was taken to the Queen's Medical Center with critical injuries, police had said. Guerrero died at Queen's.
He was not wearing a helmet and was unlicensed, police said.
Man charged in theft, ex-girlfriend's assault
A 21-year-old homeless man was charged yesterday with first-degree burglary, second-degree theft and first-degree trespassing after allegedly striking his former girlfriend with a walking stick.
Gregory Kazanas allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend's Waikiki home April 21 and confronted her, police said. He allegedly struck the 30-year-old woman with a wooden walking stick and fled, police said.
At about 12:20 a.m. Tuesday, the woman found Kazanas inside her apartment. He then allegedly grabbed her purse and fled.
On Thursday a patrol officer spotted Kazanas, detained him, contacted the woman to make a positive identification and arrested him.
Sex assault alleged over 2-week period
Police were seeking 18 charges of sexual assault against a 45-year-old man who allegedly assaulted a 21-year-old woman.
Police said the man, who has no local address, was suspected of sexually assaulting a 21-year-old woman in Waikiki over a period of about two weeks.
An ongoing police investigation led to the suspect's arrest, police said. They said the assaults occurred between April 15 and 29.
The man is under investigation for eight counts of first-degree sexual assault, three counts of second-degree sexual assault and seven counts of fourth-degree sexual assault. He remained in police custody.