UH health services wins award
University Health Services, which serves University of Hawaii-Manoa students, has received continued national accreditation and a Laboratory Excellence Award for 2006-2007. The lab met rigorous standards to achieve accreditation from the Certification Organization for Laboratory Accreditation and received an award for "outstanding performance in quality patient testing and overall exemplary application of the principles of laboratory practices."
Network Enterprises Inc.
was awarded $10,000 by the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
for an employment program (job placement and support services) for those on public assistance or who are disadvantaged in finding work.
Junior Achievement of Hawaii Inc. received a $2,000 grant from the Alexander & Baldwin Foundation that will help support its educational programs. The organization reaches more than 6,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade and teaches about business, economics and the free enterprise system.
Duke's Waikiki restaurant employees donated more than $500 worth of school supplies to Palolo Elementary School.
The Friends of Hawaii Charities gave $5,000 to the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council to continue its "Connect to the World" After-School Class Initiative at Nanakuli High School. The class covers international topics, computer skills and attendance at student PAAC conferences.
The Mediation Center of the Pacific Inc. received $10,000 from the McInerny Foundation to hire a part-time development director to increase funding. The center assists more than 6,500 people annually to prevent and resolve conflicts before they escalate to violence or formal legal action.
ABC Stores has awarded $3,000 to the American Cancer Society to help support the Society's free Childhood Cancer Programs. The funds will support three camps to improve the quality of life for children with cancer and their families.
Mario Ramil, counsel to Imanaka, Kudo & Fujimoto LLC, was re-elected chairman of the board of directors of St. Francis Residential Care Community.
Also re-elected were Eugene N. Tiwanak, president, Sister Francis Regis Hadano, vice president, and Sister Norise Kaiser, secretary/treasurer.
Police, Fire, Courts
Big Island driver killed in car plunge
A car went off the road and plunged 120 feet to the bottom of Halawa Gulch early yesterday morning.
The Big Island Fire Department said a man about 26 years old was ejected from the car and pronounced dead after being taken to Kohala Hospital. He was the only person in the car.
The crash was reported at 4:15 a.m. Police are investigating the cause and have not released the victim's identity.
Smoke alarm saves 8 in Hawaii Kai house
A working smoke detector is credited with helping to save the lives of a Hawaii Kai family yesterday.
Fire broke out at 3:51 a.m. in the back bedroom of a four-bedroom home at 789 Ahukini St., said Capt. Frank Johnson, a spokesman for the Honolulu Fire Department.
The home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived. Five adults and three children were home at the time of the blaze, but a smoke detector alerted them and they escaped without injury, Johnson said.
The American Red Cross is assisting the residents. Damage is estimated at $300,000 and the cause is under investigation.
No one home when apartment catches fire
Firefighters responded to a high-rise fire at the Skyrise Ala Wai Plaza building at 555 University Ave. yesterday afternoon. Fire Department spokesman Capt. Frank Johnson said no one was at home in Unit 604 when the fire was reported at 5:34 p.m. Firefighters entered the apartment and found kitchen cabinets above the stove on fire.
The cause is believed to be a laundry basket that was left on the stove. The fire was under control at 5:45 p.m. and extinguished at 6:05 p.m. Damage was estimated at $12,000.
Sky diver is injured in Dillingham landing
A sky diver was taken by helicopter to the Queen's Medical Center on Saturday after his chute got caught in some trees near Dillingham Airfield and he swung into a wall, a Honolulu Fire Department spokesman said.
Firefighters responded to a sky-diver injury call at 12:31 p.m. The man suffered facial, back and hip injuries, the department said.