Castle Medical Center celebrating new care wing
A community celebration and blessing will be held from 1:30 to 5 p.m. today to mark completion of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Patient Care Wing at Castle Medical Center.
The wing is the second phase of a $15.5 million construction project that began 18 months ago and included expanding space for private patient rooms within the hospital, according to a Castle news release.
The new wing is part of a three-story, 15,000-square-foot tower.
Expansion plans included larger patient rooms to provide more space for bedside technology and visitors, refurbishing existing rooms and relocation and reconfiguration of nursing stations to improve efficiency and patient care and addition of telemetry monitoring. Kevin Roberts, Castle Medical Center president and chief executive officer, said donations enabled the center to complete the project.
Tours will be provided for visitors to see the new Laulima Patient Unit, Joint Care Center, Cardiac Catheterization Lab and Surgical Weight Loss Institute.
Leeward beaches get cleaned up
Mayor Mufi Hannemann and his Cabinet will join community volunteers Saturday to clean up some Leeward Oahu beach parks.
The city officials will also be available for lunchtime "talk story" sessions at Pokai Bay, one of the parks slated for cleanup. The others scheduled for cleanup are Tracks and Lualualei beach parks and Maili Point. Volunteers will meet at Pokai Bay Park at 8 a.m.
The city will begin renovation of Waianae District Park next month.
Police, Fire, Courts
Driver in 20s is killed in single-car crash near Waikoloa
One man died in a single-car crash yesterday on Highway 190, just south of the 17-mile marker in Waikoloa, the Big Island Fire Department reported.
The crash was reported at 10:24 a.m. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they found a midsize car overturned about 40 feet off the highway in rocky terrain.
The lifeless body of a man, possibly in his 20s, was found pinned in the driver's seat, according to a Fire Department incident report.
Highway 190 was closed and traffic detoured to Queen Kaahumanu Highway while police investigated.
Son, 16, is arrested in stabbing of parents
A 16-year-old boy apparently stabbed his parents at a home on Peterson Court in a Salt Lake Navy housing area, according to police and emergency medical spokesmen.
Police said yesterday that a 27-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman were taken to the hospital in critical condition at about 12:19 a.m. yesterday with numerous stab wounds to the head and body.
The 16-year-old suspect fled the scene after a neighbor challenged him about what happened, police said. The boy was arrested several blocks away and treated for minor injuries.
Aliamanu military base home hit by fire
Federal fire investigators were looking into the cause of a fire at a three-story home at 190 Milo Place in the Aliamanu Military Reservation, a Honolulu Fire Department spokesman said.
Eight Honolulu and federal fire companies responded to the 11:13 p.m. alarm and brought the fire under control at 11:43 p.m., said Capt. Gary Lum.
Two occupants, an adult and child, were placed in other accommodations by military authorities, Lum said.
Apartment complex residents escape fire
Residents were evacuated from a 25-story apartment building at 2121 Ala Wai Blvd. after a fire broke out in a sixth-floor recreation room at 2:42 a.m. yesterday.
Some residents used hose lines to fight the blaze, but the fire was too hot, said Fire Capt. Gary Lum.
He said someone pulled the alarm on the sixth and eighth floors to alert residents.
Eight companies responded, and the fire was under control at 2:59 a.m., he said. It was contained to the recreation room.
Investigators were looking into the cause yesterday and working on a damage estimate.
Firemen also responded to two other fires Friday night and early yesterday.
Man held in stabbing of teenager in Waikiki
A 16-year-old boy was stabbed last night after a fight in Waikiki.
Police said the fight occurred at about midnight on the corner of Kalakaua and Kapahulu avenues. The teen was stabbed in the right shoulder and was able to identify a 20-year-old suspect, arrested shortly afterward.
Police did not say where the victim or attacker lived or how they knew each other.
Arson is suspected at Waikiki surf shop
Investigators suspect arson in a fire at the Moku Surf Shop at 2446 Koa Ave. in Waikiki that caused $5,000 damage to the building and contents, a Fire Department spokesman said.
The fire was reported at 4:41 a.m. and quickly brought under control.