Quake debris to be cleared out
HILO » Hawaii County crews plan to clear debris from a small stretch of Old Laupahoehoe Road in North Hilo that has been closed since the October 2006 earthquakes.
Extensive landslides caused by the temblors covered a one-mile stretch of the roadway, possibly causing permanent damage. The cleanup is needed to assess whether the pedestrian walkway will ever reopen.
Special equipment will be used to remove the soil that blocks the narrow winding road to the ocean, said Bruce C. McClure, director of the Department of Public Works.
McClure said the road may be deemed unstable after the debris is removed. A study will determine the road's future. The cleanup is expected to begin next week and could take up to five months to complete. The Federal Emergency Management Administration will pay 75 percent of the estimated $172,000 to clear the roadway.
Grant will promote healthy living
Kuakini Health System has received $10,000 from the Friends of Hawaii Charities Inc. to help sponsor community events to educate the public about healthy lifestyles.
Kuakini's "Healthful Lifestyle Promotions" are aimed at fostering good health habits. The funding will be used to provide free educational materials and health screenings at such events as the Great Aloha Run Sports, Health and Fitness Expo, the First Hawaiian Primetime Wellness Fair and Kuakini's annual open house for students.
Hospital staff at those events provide learning activities on such topics as nutrition, stress, exercise, alcohol abuse, smoking, cholesterol, diabetes, breast cancer, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, heart disease, stroke, sleep hygiene and infection control.
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Sacred Hearts Academy recently won a National School of Character award. Here, Principal Betty White addresses the student body.
Sacred Hearts wins for character
Sacred Hearts Academy has won a National School of Character award.
The academy, a private, Catholic elementary and high school for girls, will get a $20,000 grant as part of the award. The grant will be used on a character education program at the academy and to help other educators in the community.
Since 1998, the National Schools of Character awards program has recognized K-12 schools and school districts for providing exemplary comprehensive character education programs. The program is sponsored and administered by the Character Education Partnership, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan and nonsectarian coalition based in Washington, D.C.
UH medical school plans holistic center
Patients seeking a holistic approach to wellness will be able to get such services at a new Wellness Center planned at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine in Kakaako.
The Department of Complementary and Alternative Health Care will open the center next month with four physicians and an advance practice nurse, the medical school announced.
"We will establish an additional source of integrative medical services that are reputable and responsive to the needs of the community," said Dr. Rosanne Harrigan.
The doctors and nurse, trained in alternative healing methods, will provide services with emphasis on wellness evaluation, diabetic care, obesity, heart disease and pain management.
The group practice will be provided by the University Integrative Medicine group, nonprofit subsidiary of the University Clinical Education and Research Associates. To make an appointment, call Harrigan's office at 692-0909.
Police, Fire, Courts
Crash victim is Ahualoa man
Big Island police have identified a 70-year-old man who died Saturday in a single-vehicle crash after his truck ran off the road as Louis D. Vierra of Ahualoa.
Vierra was driving a 1984 Toyota pickup truck northbound on Old Mamalahoa Highway near Kapuna Road in the Hamakua district just before the accident at about 9:05 a.m. Police said his truck ran off the right side of the road and struck an embankment, then crossed over the roadway and hit a utility pole on the left side of the road.
Vierra was transported to North Hawaii Community Hospital, where he died at 9:57 a.m.
Traffic investigators said Vierra may have suffered from a medical condition before the crash and have ordered an autopsy before adding Vierra to the county's official traffic fatality count.
Swimmer injured at Kapena Falls
Firefighters assisted a woman who injured her head yesterday while swimming at Kapena Falls off the Pali Highway.
Honolulu Fire Capt. Earle Kealoha said firefighters responded to a call for help about 3:20 p.m. and found the woman with a gash on her head. She was still conscious and came out of the water on her own. Firefighters walked the woman out of the trail and transferred her to paramedics about 3:35 p.m.
Roommates' spat leads to car fire
Police arrested a 39-year-old man for allegedly setting his roommate's car on fire in Kapolei late Saturday night.
Just before midnight, police said the men were arguing when one allegedly threatened to set the 42-year-old man's car on fire and did so.
Police arrested the man for first-degree arson and second-degree assault.
Taxi driver struck by passerby
A 27-year-old man was arrested for allegedly punching a taxi driver who was sitting his parked car in Waikiki early yesterday morning.
Police said around 1:40 a.m., a man approached the 52-year-old independent taxi driver and punched him several times in the left shoulder through the open window.
A police patrol officer watched the incident and immediately arrested the man for unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.