Biennial fishing ban back on Jan. 1
The area from just offshore of the Natatorium to the Diamond Head Lighthouse will again be closed to fishermen on Jan. 1.
The Department of Land and Natural Resources closes what's known as the Waikiki-Diamond Head shoreline fisheries management area during odd-numbered years, so that fish and other aquatic species can repopulate.
The area will reopen for fishing again on Jan. 1, 2008.
Breathe easily despite fireworks cloud
Straub Clinic & Hospital will hold its annual "Breathe with Ease into the New Year" program from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Ala Moana Centerstage.
Dr. Jeffrey Kam, allergy and asthma specialist at the hospital, and other health professionals will answer questions, discuss inhaler and nebulizer techniques and the use of a respirator (mask) to deal with the fireworks smoke that blankets Oahu every New Year's Eve.
Straub, an affiliate of Hawaii Pacific Health, will give out free respirators to people who suffer from pulmonary conditions as long as supplies last.
"Exposure to the irritant effects of fireworks smoke can exacerbate the symptoms of chronic lung disease like asthma and emphysema resulting in increased breathing difficulty," Kam said.
"It is important for people with respiratory disorders to avoid exposure to the fireworks smoke, wear a filter mask, drink plenty of fluids and make sure all their medications are readily available and not expired."
For more information, call the Straub Foundation, 524-6755.
THE GOOD NEIGHBOR FUND
Monetary gifts may be sent to:
Good Neighbor Fund
c/o Helping Hands Hawaii
P.O. Box 17780
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817-0780
Clothing, household items and gifts can be donated at the Community Clearinghouse, 2100 Nimitz Highway.
You may also participate in the Adopt-A-Family program, in which businesses, employee groups, social clubs, families or individuals can help a specific family.
Call 440-3804 for information about the program or to arrange for pickup of large items.
Police, Fire, Courts
Man is critically injured after motorcycle crash
A 58-year-old Ewa Beach man was in critical condition yesterday after crashing his motorcycle on Fort Weaver Road.
Police said that about 9:40 a.m. the man, driving north, crashed and was thrown from his motorcycle south of Aawa Drive after swerving to avoid stopped traffic in the right lane.
He was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition with head injuries. He was not wearing a helmet. Speed or alcohol were not factors, police said.
Mom released after death of 1-year-old
Police released the mother of a 1-year-old Ewa Beach boy who died of "abusive head injuries" Wednesday at the Queen's Medical Center.
The Medical Examiner's Office classified the death of Dante Puni as homicide.
The boy's 25-year-old mother was arrested Friday and released early yesterday afternoon without charges being filed.
2 suspects sought in robbery of teen
Police are looking for two men who robbed a 16-year-old boy in broad daylight Friday.
About 1:15 p.m. Friday, the boy was walking on Makaloa Street when he was called over to a vehicle. The passenger brandished a black handgun and demanded money. The passenger is believed to be in his early 20s, with average build, brown complexion, black baseball cap, and a blue and white T-shirt. No description of the driver or the car was provided.
Big Island man charged in shooting
Big Island police charged a 23-year-old Kalaoa man Friday with second-degree attempted murder and several gun charges following the shooting of a 32-year-old man. Steven Galyinug was in police custody yesterday in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Galyinug was arrested Wednesday after police responded to a series of gunshots in the industrial area of Kailua-Kona and found a 32-year-old homeless man had been shot, police said.
The victim was taken to Kona Community Hospital in guarded condition.