Atomic bomb commemoration
The Hiroshima Commemoration and Peace Committee and the YMCA of Honolulu will mark the 61st anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima with a ceremony tomorrow at the Izumo Taishakyo Mission on Kukui Street. Children from the Nuuanu YMCA will place 1,001 paper cranes that they folded on the Peace Bell at the mission. Community and religious leaders will also speak at the ceremony, which begins at 11:30 a.m.
Isle attorney who blazed trail for women gets national award
Ellen Godbey Carson
, an attorney with Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing, is one of five women in the nation to receive this year's American Bar Association's Margaret Brent Award.
A major advocate of civil rights and in Hawaii, Carson distinguished herself by seeking redress for Japanese-American internment victims early in her career.
Carson was the second woman to serve as president of the Hawaii State Bar Association and one of its youngest presidents. She opened doors to women by creating networking opportunities to counter the "old boy's network" in business and law.
Past recipients of the award include Hillary Rodham Clinton and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Conor. The award honors outstanding women lawyers who have shown excellence in their area of specialty and paved the way to success for others.
Kahi Mohala Behavioral Health has received another $30,000 in grants to help fund the renovation of its Lokelani Child and Adolescent Inpatient Facility.
The McInerny Foundation donated $15,000; the Friends of Hawaii Charities $5,000; and the Kahi Mohala Board of Trustees $10,000. So far, the non-profit organization has raised $70,000 in grants, but needs $100,000 to complete the project.
Pohai Nani Good Samaritan Retirement Community has received a $50,000 grant from First Hawaiian Bank Foundation to be paid over two years. The grant will be used to build a wellness center for senior adults.
Police, Fire, Courts
5 people saved from sinking fishing vessel
Five people aboard a 110-foot fishing vessel that was taking on water Friday night were rescued by the Coast Guard and Navy, service spokesmen said yesterday.
The Pacific Laurel was 125 miles southwest of Honolulu when the Coast Guard was alerted at 6:30 p.m. Friday. A Coast Guard C-130 airplane dropped two de-watering pumps and a VHF radio to the distressed vessel Friday night.
Navy vessels USS Peleliu and USS Port Royal, already en route to Pearl Harbor, were diverted and assisted in the rescue, the Navy said in a statement.
Peleliu helicopters brought four of the five crewmembers aboard that vessel and brought them to Pearl Harbor, arriving at 5:30 p.m. yesterday, the Navy said.
Pacific Laurel crewmembers were examined by ship medical personnel, and there were no reports of any injuries, the Navy said.
The fishing boat captain stayed aboard to attempt to salvage the Pacific Laurel, with assistance from the Coast Guard Cutter Ahi, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Michael De Nyse.
Last night, the Pacific Laurel captain came aboard the Cutter Ahi, which was expected to return to Honolulu, De Nyse said. Coast Guard personnel attached a marker to the fishing vessel so that its location can be tracked, he said.
The USS Peleliu is homeported in San Diego and the Port Royal is based in Pearl Harbor. Both ships were returning from a routine overseas deployment, the Navy said.
2 men escape as fire burns down house
Two male occupants and pets escaped injuries when their two-story home was destroyed by fire Friday afternoon in Kalapana on the Big Island, the Hawaii County Fire Department reported.
One of the residents had reported an earlier propane leak, the department said.
Firefighters with backpack pumps walked into the site, off Highway 130, because it has no vehicular access, the department said. The loss was estimated at $5,000.