Hawaiian health organizations get $100,000 grant from OHA
Papa Ola Lokahi and other Hawaiian health organizations have received a $100,000 grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs
to develop plans to improve the health of Native Hawaiians.
Participating in the project with Papa Ola Lokahi will be the five Native Hawaiian Health Care systems and the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program.
They will spend the next year gathering data, planning and developing resources and conducting professional training and development.
Partnerships will be developed with other organizations and community health centers that serve Native Hawaiian health needs, Papa Ola Lokahi said in a news release.
The one-year planning process will provide the foundation for OHA to commit annual resources to support activities to improve the health of native Hawaiians, it said.
UH vice chancellor takes Las Vegas post
Neal Smastresk, University of Hawaii vice chancellor for academic affairs, has accepted a job as the University of Nevada Las Vegas' executive vice president and provost.
Smastresk is expected to begin his new job by June 1, according to a news release from UNLV.
During Smastresk's time at UH, the university entered the ranks of the top 25 federally funded institutions, gained three National Academy of Science members and received recognition from the Chinese Ministry of Education as a Confucius Institute, an honor shared by 11 U.S. schools.
Smastresk has a doctorate in zoology from the University of Texas at Austin and worked 22 years at that school Arlington, including positions as biology chairman and dean of science.
Grocer raises record amount for Foodbank
Safeway Stores will present a check for $107,475 to the Hawaii Foodbank on Tuesday at the supermarket's Pali branch, the first time one retailer has donated more than $100,000.
According to a Safeway announcement, the amount is the highest ever awarded in the 14 years the foodbank's "Check Out Hunger" program has existed.
The money will benefit more than 130,000 residents in Hawaii who receive the food provided by Hawaii Foodbank member agencies.
For 10 weeks Safeway supermarkets placed donation coupons at each of its checkstands to help raise funds and awareness to prevent hunger. Customers had a choice of donating $2.81 to feed a child breakfast for a week; $12.43 to feed a senior lunch for a month; or $16.84 to feed a family dinner for a week.
Expert discusses hepatitis and Asians
Dr. Chia Wang, medical co-director of the Hepatitis and Liver Clinic at Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, will discuss "Hepatitis B, Impact on Asians and Asian-Americans," at a dinner at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at Roy's Restaurant.
Wang is a specialist in hepatitis and HIV. She is attending physician at the Madison/HIV clinic at Harborview Medical Center. She also volunteers at a medical clinic in Seattle's international district where she sees many new immigrants from Asia with hepatitis B.
The dinner is sponsored by the Hepatitis Prevention, Education, Treatment and Support Network of Hawaii and Roche Laboratories, Inc. It is limited to the first 40 registrations. Call M.R. Joyner, 395-4612 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarships offered for trip to Vietnam
Applications for the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council's Summer Study Tour to Vietnam this June are being accepted until Friday.
Twenty high school students from grades 9 through 12 will be awarded full scholarships, funded by the Freeman Foundation.
Visit www.paachawaii.org /travel for application forms. For information, contact Natasha Chappel at 944-7759 or email@example.com.
Students will visit the Old French Quarter in Hanoi and the Cu Chi tunnels, and learn about local lifestyles by staying with families in the Mekong Delta and ethnic minority groups in Sa Pa.
The PAAC is a nonprofit organization that increased understanding of world affairs.
Honolulu Hale exhibition showcases ikebana artists
Hawaii's top ikebana (traditional Japanese flower arrangement) artists and students will display their work in the Honolulu Hale courtyard from March 27 to 30.
For the second year in a row, "Splendors of Ikebana" will include demonstrations of traditional and contemporary techniques of the centuries-old art at 10 a.m. March 28 and 30.
Elaine Arita, president of the Ikebana International Honolulu Chapter 56, will lead the March 28 demonstration; and Karen Bowman-Kirk, an instructor from the Sogetsu School, March 30.
Arrangements from seven schools will be on display, and include a special section of arrangements by children.
Hours of viewing are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and open to the public. For more information, call 523-4674.
Police, Fire, Courts
Woman, 24, arrested for alleged slashing
Police arrested a 24-year-old Wahiawa woman for allegedly slashing her husband.
Police said that at about 10:15 p.m. Friday, the woman and her 22-year-old husband were arguing. The woman grabbed a knife and allegedly cut the husband on his left side.
Police arrested the woman for investigation of second-degree assault charge.
Theft suspect breaks leg while fleeing
A 47-year-old auto theft suspect broke his leg while running away from a man who was trying to question him about stolen rims, police said.
A 51-year-old man reported that his Honda Accord was stolen last Sunday.
On Friday, coincidentally, a motorist spotted a Honda Accord in Aiea sporting rims that resembled rims he had reported stolen earlier, police said.
The motorist tried to talk to the man driving the Accord about the rims, but the man ran away, police said. As the man ran, he jumped over a fence and broke his leg, police said.
Police determined that the Accord was the same one that was reported stolen last week. They arrested the man for investigation of auto theft. The question of the stolen rims remains unanswered.
Search for owners of surfboards canceled
A helicopter search for the owners of two loose surfboards floating off Diamond Head was called off Friday night after police found the owner of one board, the Coast Guard said.
Beginning at 6:10 p.m., firefighters sent out a helicopter, and the Coast Guard followed about an hour and a half later.
One of the board owners called the authorities after seeing news reports about the search. Police brought the board to McCully, where the owner confirmed it was his, the Coast Guard said.
Coast Guard officials called off the search about 11:30 p.m.
As for the other board, a spokesman for the fire department said no one has been reported missing.