Free college and career fair
The 2006 Hawaii College and Career Fair will be held tomorrow from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Blaisdell exhibition hall. Admission is free.
Handouts, exhibits, demonstrations, and opportunities to speak with higher education institution representatives will be available for people planning a career change or continuing education. The annual event, which usually attracts more than 12,000 people, will also be held on Kona, Hilo, Maui and Kauai.
Interfaith service remembers hospice patients
An interdenominational memorial service, "A Rose for Remembrance," will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow at St. Francis Medical Center in observance of National Hospice Month.
The service is free and open to the public in the fifth-floor conference rooms, Weinberg Medical Pavilion.
Felicia Marquez-Wong, of St. Francis Hospice Bereavement Coordination, said more than 50 dozen roses have been ordered for the service. Those attending will be able to dedicate a rose to their loved one and take home the roses at the end "so they may create their own grief ritual at home," she said. "The service is a celebration of life, an affirmation that love never dies."
Speakers will include former state Sen. W. Buddy Soares and Paul Snipes, who lost their wives earlier this year.
Catholic, Buddhist and Universal faiths will be represented. Conducting the service will be the Rev. George Busto of St. Francis Hospice, the Rev. Shoji Matsumoto of Honpa Hongwanji and the Rev. Lori Wong of Universal Life Church.
More than 1,000 people die annually in the St. Francis Hospice Program, which serves the surviving family and friends as well as patients, Marquez-Wong said.
She said bereavement services are available to relatives for up to one year after a person's death, including educational letters, visits, counseling, support groups and a "walk in the mall" program.
St. Francis Hospice was established in 1978. Besides providing hospice care services to terminally ill patients and their families, it operates two freestanding, inpatient hospice facilities, the Sister Maureen Keleher Center in Nuuanu and the Maurice J. Sullivan Family Hospice Center in Ewa Beach.
Parking will be validated for the memorial service. For more information, call 595-7566.
Pacific Buddhist Academy honors 4 leaders
Pacific Buddhist Academy
honored four community leaders with its first Lighting Our Way awards, recognizing "leadership rooted in compassion." They are:
Haunani Apoliona, CEO and president of Alu Like and chairwoman of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs board of trustees; Brother Noland Conjugacion, entertainer, ukulele teacher and co-founder of the performing arts program at Palama Settlement, among other community groups; the Rev. David Coon, headmaster at Iolani School; and Rose Nakamura, retired social worker, teacher and program administrator at the East West Center and co-founder of Project Dana, which provides services to elderly and disabled people.
Castle & Cooke Hawaii
donated $30,000 to the Mililani Complex Schools for the 2006 to 2007 school year.
The money will be used to purchase school resource materials at Kipapa Elementary School and Mililani Waena Elementary School; new computers at Mililani Mauka Elementary School and Mililani Ike Elementary School; and the Let's Talk Story program and Student/Parent Involvement Nights at Mililani Uka Elementary School.
"Shining Stars" runs Monday through Thursday.
Police, Fire, Courts
Stolen check leads to woman's arrest
Police arrested a 32-year-old woman who tried to cash an allegedly stolen check.
Police said the woman walked into a financial institution in Kapolei at about 3:15 p.m. Monday and tried to cash a check. Employees of the financial institution determined that the check had been stolen.
The woman was arrested for investigation of second-degree forgery.
Teen allegedly steals grandmother's check
Police arrested a 17-year-old girl who tried to cash a check she allegedly stole from her grandmother.
Police said the girl went into a business on Atkinson Drive about 3:35 p.m. Monday to cash the check.
Police were called when it was determined the check had been stolen from the girl's grandmother.
The girl was arrested on suspicion of second-degree forgery and then released pending investigation.
Police charge man, 25, in attack with baton
A 25-year-old Kaneohe man was charged yesterday for allegedly striking a man in Kakaako with a collapsible baton.
Brandon Valeros was charged with second-degree assault. Bail was set at $11,000.
Valeros allegedly struck the man in the cheek with the baton about 2:20 a.m. Monday in Kakaako. He fled and was arrested in Waikiki.
Heart complications led to H-1 death
A man found dead in his van on the H-1 freeway during a major traffic tie-up died from an irregular heart rhythm (cardiac arrhythmia), according to the Medical Examiner's Office.
Gene Dela Pena, 67, was found dead behind the wheel of his van Sept. 5 after a television cameraman noticed he was not moving and called police.
The van was on the side of the freeway near the Aiea pedestrian overpass that was struck by an excavator being transported by an Army tractor-trailer.
The accident caused traffic backups across the island.
Hawaii visitor dies at Kapoho Tide Pools
A 40-year-old woman apparently drowned yesterday at the Kapoho Tide Pools in Pahoa.
Fire officials said the woman, who was a visitor from the mainland, was found at the beach and bystanders were performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on her.
The Fire Department was called at 12:25 p.m. and was on scene at 12:32 p.m. at 14-4968 Waiopae St. Fire Department paramedics treated the woman and transported her to Hilo Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.