Aina Haina Library will host book sale
A variety of books, videos, DVDs, CDs and audiotapes will be sold at Aina Haina Public Library's annual book sale starting next week.
Sale prices start at $2 for hardcover books and $1 for paperbacks. Prices will go down each day.
The book sale is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Wednesday to next Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 10.
At the end of the sale, a bag of books will be sold for a $1 as part of the "Dollar-a-Bag" feature.
The four-day book sale will benefit the library, at 5246 Kalanianaole Highway in Aina Haina Shopping Center.
For more information, call the library at 377-2456.
March of Dimes sets fundraising record
The March of Dimes Hawaii chapter raised $512,000 in its recent WalkAmerica fundraiser to improve the health of babies, breaking its record for the second year in a row.
"Last year and this year have been our best walks ever," said Carmella Hernandez, state director of the March of Dimes. "Usually we've raised between $350,000 and $425,000, on average. Last year we raised over $490,000, and this year went over the half a million mark."
The March of Dimes focuses on preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The need is great, with the rate of premature birth on the rise for the last 20 years nationally, according to Hernandez.
More than 2,500 people statewide took part in the April 29 walk, which was chaired by Star-Bulletin/MidWeek President Dennis Francis. Central Pacific Bank, Honolulu Star-Bulletin/MidWeek and Times Super Market were the premier sponsors.
"Our company teams really went all-out to raise money, and so did their walkers," Hernandez said. "They held bake sales, mini golf tournaments, sushi parties."
State flags to honor former lawmaker
State flags at all state and county buildings will be flown at half-staff today to honor former territorial and state Rep. Joseph Ruiz Garcia Jr., who died May 19.
Gov. Linda Lingle ordered the flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sundown, according to an announcement from her office.
Garcia, from East Hawaii, was elected to the Territorial Legislature from 1949 through 1956, re-elected in 1958, and served in politics through 1974. He was majority floor leader for eight years and minority leader for seven.
He was also a member of the Hawaii County Council.
The Maui native worked for the Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association as an agriculturist, and moved to the Big Island in 1942.
Funeral services are to be held today in Hilo.
Skin cancer seminar offered free tomorrow
The Hawaii Skin Cancer Coalition will sponsor an education seminar titled "How to Prevent Sun Damaged Skin in Hawaii" from 1 to 2:30 p.m. tomorrow in Macy's special-events room, fourth floor, Ala Moana Center.
The event is free and open to the public.
Dermatologists from the Hawaii Dermatological Association, beauty consultants from cosmetic companies and researchers will present information.
An estimated 100 residents annually are diagnosed with malignant melanoma, one of the fastest-growing forms of cancer in the United States, according to the Hawaii Skin Cancer Coalition. For more information, call the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service toll-free at 800-4-CANCER or the American Cancer Society, 800-ACS-2345.
What's inside your Star-Bulletin this weekend:
From the ground up
A Waipahu church's festival celebrates its history as a spiritual and social center for generations of plantation workers.
Thriving after cancer
Children who survive cancer still must endure physical, cognitive, emotional and social challenges. A foundation steps in to help.
Hawaiian Telcom is going on the offensive against Oceanic Time Warner with a plan to offer television over phone lines statewide.
Despite rising interest rates, consumers are paying off larger chunks of debt and giving fits to credit-card issuers.
Kicking off the World Cup
We give you a two-page preview of the World Cup soccer tournament, which begins next Friday. Hawaii-grown Brian Ching, who will play on America's team, contributes a column on the experience.
Police, Fire, Courts
Robbery suspect is arrested after highway chase
Police arrested one of two armed robbery suspects who led them on a chase from Waipahu to Pearl City yesterday afternoon.
Police said the chase began after a robbery at the Golden Coin restaurant in Waipahu at 12:37 p.m.
"Several shots were fired and items were taken," said Maj. Debora Tandal.
The two men fled in a stolen car, she said. Witnesses saw the suspects switch cars and flee in separate cars, Tandal said.
Police got the license plate number of one car, and officers spotting it followed the car with the police helicopter joining in the pursuit.
"The car ended up going in the opposite direction on the freeway," Tandal said.
Helicopter personnel kept a close watch on the suspect vehicle as it got off the freeway and onto Kamehameha Highway in the right direction.
The car then headed toward Aloha Stadium, made a U-turn near Blaisdell Park, then turned into Leeward Bowl in the Pearl City Shopping Center, Tandal said.
Officers arrested a 25-year-old Ewa man on suspicion of first-degree robbery at 1:15 p.m. in the kitchen of Leeward Bowl. They did not recover a weapon.
Police continued to look for the second suspect last night.
Drowning likely in Big Island death
A man apparently drowned yesterday afternoon while swimming in Champagne Pond in Kapoho on the Big Island.
Witnesses said he was swimming underwater and failed to surface at 3:51 p.m.
Baby has broken rib; assault is suspected
Police have opened an assault case involving a 4-month-old baby boy brought to the hospital with a rib fracture.
They said the infant was taken to Tripler Army Medical Center on Wednesday with a fractured right rib. He remains in the pediatric care unit at Tripler, police said.
Police do not know what caused the injury. The case remains under investigation and no arrests were made.
Kalihi man arrested in stabbing of wife
Authorities have charged a 42-year-old Kalihi man for allegedly stabbing his 49-year-old wife.
Hong Van Ho was charged yesterday with second-degree attempted murder.
Police said the couple had been arguing at their 833 N. School St. home when the husband grabbed a knife and stabbed the woman several times in the head, chest, arms and legs.
The woman was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition, police said. Her condition improved to stable, police said.
Ho was being held on $250,000 bail.
Man arrested in 2005 Waikiki surf assault
Police arrested a 39-year-old surfer in connection with an attack last year on another surfer in the ocean off Waikiki.
Police said that a 43-year-old man was surfing at about 6:35 a.m. Sept. 15 when his ankle leash became tangled with a leash belonging to the suspect's son. Afterward, the suspect allegedly paddled up to the victim and punched him, causing serious injuries to his face.
Police recently identified the suspect, who turned himself in Wednesday. He was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault and released pending investigation.
Couple held in May robbery in Waikiki
Police arrested a 21-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman for allegedly robbing a woman at 12:05 a.m. May 11 on a Waikiki sidewalk.
They said the suspects approached a woman walking home on Olohana Street. The man allegedly punched her in the face, head and arms, and grabbed her purse as she fell to the sidewalk. The female suspect grabbed the woman's gym bag, police said.
The two, who have no local address, were arrested yesterday on suspicion of second-degree robbery.
Beaten woman jumps from moving truck
A 24-year-old woman jumped out of her estranged husband's moving truck last night to avoid being beaten, police said.
The husband, 30, picked up his wife in Waialua at about 9:30 p.m. and drove to the beach where they started arguing, police said.
The husband then began beating her and continued to hit her as he drove away from the beach, police said.
When the truck slowed the wife jumped out of the cab.
The husband drove off and the wife flagged down a passing motorist who took her to a police substation. Police found the suspect after his aunt called to tell them where he was. He was arrested for investigation of kidnapping and abuse of a household member.