Mink's Title IX work celebrated
The late U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink will be honored this evening at a Washington, D.C., reception to mark the 35th anniversary of Title IX and University of Hawaii women's athletics.
Mink helped author Title IX of the Education Act, which bans gender discrimination in schools that receive federal funds. Proponents credit it with revolutionizing women's sports and the public's attitudes about women's abilities in athletics.
Following Mink's death in 2002, the legislation was renamed the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act.
The four members of Hawaii's congressional delegation -- Democratic Sens. Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka and Reps. Neil Abercrombie and Mazie Hirono -- were to attend the reception featuring Hawaiian entertainment at the Rayburn House Office Building.
Wendy Mink, the late Democratic congresswomen's daughter, was also to attend. Other guests included California Democratic Reps. Lynn Woolsey and George Miller, and Lisa Maatz, director of Policy and Government Relations of the American Society of University Women.
Constance H. Lau, president and chief executive officer of Hawaiian Electric Industries and chairwoman, president and chief executive officer of American Savings Bank, is chairing the reception. She is also chairing events planned in Hawaii this summer to raise funds to endow a women's athletic scholarship in Mink's name at the University of Hawaii.
Workshop explores osteoporosis
A "Bone Basics" seminar informing people how to prevent osteoporosis, a bone disorder that puts one at risk for broken bones, will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at Castle Medical Center's Weinberg Medical Plaza & Wellness Center.
A Castle physical therapist, pharmacist and nutritionist will participate in the seminar, which will include a cooking demonstration with recipes and tasting. The cost is $10 per person.
Registration is required by 4 p.m. today. Call 263-5400 or register online at www.castlemed.org.
Speaker addresses elders' role in the community
Mae Mendelson, formerly with the Hawaii Intergenerational Network and AARP, will speak at a Kokua Council meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at Harris United Methodist Church, Nuuanu Avenue and South Vineyard Boulevard.
She will discuss "Integrating Elders in the Community, Locally and Globally," which includes recruiting seniors to teach English in Japan and plan senior educational study tours in Europe, Asia and Africa.
Lunch will be available for a $5 donation.
Summer Fun sites offer meals
The city Department of Parks and Recreation is sponsoring free meals for children at certain Summer Fun sites on Oahu.
The Summer Food Service Program for Children is available to children under 19 without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, according to a news release.
Meals are provided at the sites listed below. The address and contact person can be found at www.honoluluparks.com.
SUMMER FUN SITES WITH MEAL SERVICE
» Palolo Recreation Center
» Beretania Community Center
» Fern Community Park
» Kalakaua District Park
» Kalihi Uka Community Park
» Kalihi Valley District Park
» Lanakila District Park
» Makiki District Park
» Sheridan Community Park
» Stevenson Community Park
» Ewa Beach Community Park
» Wahiawa District Park
» Waipahu District Park
» Whitmore Community Park
» Kahaluu Community Park
» Maili Community Park
» Makaha Valley Community Park
» Nanakuli Beach Park
» Pililaau Community Park
» Waianae District Park
» Hauula Community Park
» Kahuku District Park
» Waialua District Park
» Waimanalo Beach Park
» Waimanalo District Park
» Kailua Elementary (call Kailua District Park)
» Benjamin Parker Elementary School (call Heeia Community Park)
» Laie Community Park (call Kahuku District Park)
Police, Fire, Courts
Maui man dies after bridge jump
WAILUKU » A 35-year-old Maui man died last weekend after he jumped off Wailua Bridge into Wailua Falls in Hana.
Shannon Alfapada of Makawao suffered fatal head injuries when he landed on the rocks Saturday, Maui police said.
Police said a videotape of the victim's fatal jump was turned in to police and is under review.
Man sought in pocketknife threat
Police are looking for a man, described as 18 to 20 years old, who allegedly threatened another man with a knife Sunday night and stole his backpack in front of the Kailua Shell station at 434 Kuulei Road.
Police said that about 10:40 p.m., a 30-year-old man was sitting on the curb and talking on his cell phone.
Another man approached him and asked for $2, police said. When he refused, the man punched him in the arm, grabbed the backpack and started to walk away, police said.
The victim then went after him but the man brandished a pocketknife and fled, police said.
Heart attack killed driver, 70, in crash
A 70-year-old Big Island man involved in a single-vehicle crash Saturday in Hamakua died of a heart attack, an autopsy performed yesterday revealed.
Big Island police said Louis D. Vierra of Ahualoa was driving north on Old Mamalahoa Highway when his pickup truck ran off the roadway, struck an embankment, then went back onto the road, crossed the centerline and hit a utility pole.
He was taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:57 a.m.