Flags to honor late senator
State flags will fly at half-staff at state and county buildings Tuesday in honor of former state Senate President John T. Ushijima, who died Aug. 13 at the age of 82.
Gov. Linda Lingle issued the order in recognition of the lawmaker's service. Ushijima was elected to the state Senate from the Big Island in 1959 and served until 1982, including four years as Senate President.
Services will be held at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Church of the Holy Cross in Hilo.
Box jellyfish alert continues as monthly influx declines
Lifeguards continued a box jellyfish warning yesterday as the stinging creatures continued to come ashore.
Lifeguards picked up fewer jellyfish than Friday, when about 60 were found, and expected a less-than-average count. The monthly influx of jellyfish has already peaked, the Ocean Safety Division said.
The most commonly affected area is Waikiki Beach, especially in the "pond" areas Ewa of the Kapahulu groin.
Lifeguards assess beaches for box jellyfish during the alert period and post warning signs as needed.
June Watanabe is on vacation. Her "Kokua Line" column returns Sept. 6.
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Expert to speak at Hawaii Health Care Summit
Emily Friedman, Chicago-based writer, lecturer, health policy and ethics analyst, will be key speaker at a Hawaii Health Care Summit from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Queen's Conference Center, 510 South Beretania St.
Friedman was named by Modern Healthcare's editors last year as one of the top 25 women in health care. Readers of the publication named her one of the 100 most powerful people in the healthcare field in 2002 and in 2004.
She will discuss, "The Good Fight: Advocacy, Health Care Reform and Shaping the Future."
Advocacy is the theme of the free meeting, organized by the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Oahu. Meals will be sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline.
Call 591-1297 for more information or e-mail email@example.com.
Substance abuse 'Recovery Walk' scheduled
Residents recovering from substance use disorders and their families and friends and health professionals are invited to "Walk the Walk" Sept. 30 at Magic Island and Ala Moana Beach Park.
Registration for the free "Recovery Walk" will be at 7 a.m. with a kickoff event at 7:30 a.m. The walk will begin at 8 a.m. at the entrance to Magic Island and will finish there.
Participants are encouraged to take a picnic lunch and "enjoy live music, fun and fellowship after the walk."
Sponsors are the City & County, Office of the Mayor, Hawaii Medical Service Association, Times Super Markets, Zippy's and Precision Moving & Storage.
A Recovery Walk T-shirt will be available for $5 to wear on the walk. For more information, call Greg at Hina Mauka, 236-2600, ext. 285, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prostate health is lecture topic at Queen's
Dr. John Lederer will discuss "Prostate Health Awareness" in a free public lecture at 6 p.m. Aug. 30, at the Queen's Conference Center Auditorium, 510 S. Beretania St.
Lederer, medical director of radiation oncology at the Queen's Medical Center, will discuss risk factors, diagnosis and treatment options for prostate cancer.
Call the Queen's Referral Line at 537-7117 for information and to register for the community health lecture. Space is limited. Parking is available for $5 in the Miller Street parking garage.
Leong endowment benefits Rehab Hospital
, a board member of the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific Foundation
since 1991, donated $50,000 to create an endowment for the hospital.
The Jack and Edith Leong Endowment for Charity Care at the hospital reflects her commitment to assisting people with disabilities, according to a news release.
Foundation President Ko Miyataki said Leong's gift will provide financial assistance to help patients make the transition from the hospital to a home setting.
The funds will be used to purchase wheelchairs, ramps, airfare for travel home, and to ease the transition from rehabilitation to home.
The REHAB Clinic in Aiea also received a gift from Leong and her children, Diane, Robert, David and James, and his wife Jeri -- a fluid-therapy machine to assist patients with hand and foot injuries.
Contributions may be made to the REHAB Foundation's Jack and Edith Leong Endowment for Charity Care by calling Miyataki at 544-3302 or sending it to 226 North Kuakini St., Honolulu, 96817.
The Ko Olina Training Fund awarded over $400,000 in scholarship funds to over 300 West Oahu residents this month. Ko Olina will donate a total of $2.5 million over the next few years.
HomeStreet Bank gave Habitat for Humanity one of eight regional HomeStreet Community Housing Awards worth $10,000 to help people with low to moderate incomes with transitional or affordable rental housing.
Habitat builds homes and provides ownership education, budget counseling and credit counseling. The funds will be used for the completion of additional homes this year in Maui.
Police, Fire, Courts
Security photos released in pair of bank robberies
Police are asking for the public's help in finding two men who held up separate branches of American Savings Bank on Friday.
Pictures of the suspects taken by security cameras were released yesterday.
At the Kapahulu branch at 737 Kapahulu Ave., the man gave a teller a demand note and brandished a handgun at about 1:13 p.m. on Friday before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The suspect is described as in his 20s with blond hair. He was about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a thin build weighing about 160 pounds. He wore a baseball cap with an unknown red and white logo, a blue denim button down long sleeve shirt and cargo shorts.
Police also released still pictures of a suspected bank robber from a security camera at the American Savings Bank at 200 C Hamakua Drive in Kailua.
The robbery occurred at about 1:50 p.m. on Friday. The man, wearing a dark T-shirt, handed a note to a teller demanding big bills, police said, and then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The suspect is described as in his 40s or 50s, weighing about 180 pounds with black, brown wavy hair.
Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.
Man held in alleged sex assault on juvenile
A 23-year-old man was charged with two counts sex assault after he was caught thanks to a CrimeStoppers tip, police said.
Anthony Rogers was arrested on Wednesday and charged on Friday.
Police said he befriended a juvenile female and sexually assaulted her on Aug. 8.
Women held after thefts from vehicles
Police arrested a 25-year-old woman who was allegedly reaching into cars and stealing items at a gas station in Wahiawa about 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Two men, ages 53 and 33, realized what was happening and called police.
Officers found the woman nearby and arrested her for investigation of two counts of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.