NOAA ship marks 10th anniversary
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ship Ka'imimoana celebrated its 10th anniversary in Honolulu on Friday.
The vessel helps maintain instruments and buoys in the Pacific Ocean that help NOAA scientists monitor and better understand ocean conditions and tsunamis, according to a NOAA media advisory.
Ka'imimoana is Hawaiian for "ocean seeker." The ship is a converted Navy vessel and was commissioned by NOAA in 1996.
Doctor to be honored for work with MS
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Hawaii Division
board and staff will honor Dr. James F. Pierce
, neurologist in private practice and staff physician at the Queen's Medical Center, at a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3*
0 at the Oahu Country Club.
Pierce has served on the society's board for more than 15 years. He chairs the Hawaii Division's clinical advisory committee and is its research associate.
He has treated people with multiple sclerosis and other neurological diseases and disorders since 1976 and is considered one of the leading MS specialists in Hawaii, the society said in a news release.
Pierce has worked at most major hospitals on Oahu, Maui and in Hilo since coming to Hawaii in 1976. He was a clinical associate professor at the John A. Burns School of Medicine until resigning last year.
For more information, call 532-0806.
The Friends of Hawaii Charities gave $10,000 to the American Cancer Society to provide free support programs for children with cancer. Programs include Ho'oulu Me Ka Ikaika, a retreat held in March to help teens and young adults face their fears and limitations; Camp Anuenue, a weeklong camp for children to have fun; and Families Can*Sur*Vive for families to learn to be a strong support group.
The HMSA Foundation awarded $12,000 to the American Lung Association of Hawaii's Open Airways for Schools project for children with asthma, ages 8 to 11. The program teaches students asthma management skills.
The G.N. Wilcox Trust gave $15,000 to Goodwill Industries of Hawaii to buy production equipment for processing donations to its seven retail stores. Revenue generated through the stores provides funding for Goodwill's job placement and career development social service programs.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
» The Hawaii Division of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will honor Dr. James F. Pierce, one of the leading MS specialists in Hawaii, at a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Oahu Country Club. The date was incorrect in a "Shining Stars" item on Page A2 Sunday.
Police, Fire, Courts
Lifeguards spot shark near Maili Beach Park
Lifeguards posted warning signs and warned swimmers to stay out of the water after an eight-foot shark was spotted at Maili Beach Park yesterday at 3:15 p.m., Emergency Services Department spokesman Bryan Cheplic said.
Lifeguards were unable to report what type of shark they saw, but it was behaving "non-aggressively," Cheplic said.
Lifeguards will assess the situation this morning and decide whether to put up shark warning signs again. The signs are taken down at night to avoid theft, Cheplic said.
Cyclist hospitalized in critical condition
A 53-year-old man was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition at 8 p.m. last night, Emergency Medical Services spokesman Bryan Cheplic said.
The man apparently was riding a motorcycle or mo-ped on or near Mokuola Street in Waipahu, he said.
7-year-old boy injured in fall from building
A 7-year-old boy was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in serious condition yesterday at 7 p.m., after he fell from the third-floor of a Mayor Wright Homes building in Kalihi, Honolulu Emergency Medical Services spokesman Bryan Cheplic said.