State to get $1.1M for Vioxx suit
Hawaii's share of a $58 million multistate settlement with Vioxx drug maker Merck & Co. is $1.1 million, said state Office of Consumer Protection Executive Director Stephen Levins.
The civil settlement between Merck and 29 states was announced Tuesday.
The states were investigating the drug maker over allegations that it was deceptive in its advertising and marketing of the once-popular painkiller and downplayed Vioxx's health risks.
Merck took Vioxx off the market in 2004 after research showed it doubled the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Levins said Hawaii's share will be used for consumer protection-related purposes.
Kumu hula to be remembered
Kumu hula John Keolamaka'ainana Lake will be remembered in a Mass at 11:30 a.m. next Saturday at the Mystical Rose Chapel on the grounds of Chaminade University.
The founder of Halau Mele and retired Saint Louis School teacher died May 14 of complications from pneumonia.
Visitation will be at 9 a.m. next Saturday at the university chapel. Another service will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday with visitation at 5 p.m. at the chapel. Burial will be Monday at Maui Memorial Park. The family requests aloha attire.
Fundraiser set for Myanmar aid
The Aloha Medical Mission will hold a benefit brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at E&O Trading Co., 1200 Ala Moana Blvd., Ward Centre, to raise funds for a Burma mission, the Tzu Chi Foundation and Save the Children.
The AMM hopes to send a medical mission to Myanmar to assist victims of the recent cyclone. But Dr. Carl Lum, veteran mission volunteer, said no date has been set because the government there is still holding up the volunteers' visas.
He said a portion of receipts from the a la carte brunch will be donated by E&O to the organizations cited. Tzu Chi and Save the Children are providing assistance in disaster areas of Myanmar, also known as Burma.
Beach party features fashion, film
The Sunset on the Beach event today and tomorrow will feature a fashion show and the movie "The Devil Wears Prada."
At 6 p.m. today a hula and beauty contest will be held following a premium fashion show to start at 7:30 p.m. The show is being presented by Tamaris, a Japanese hair care and beauty company that is celebrating its 60th anniversary.
Tomorrow the Friends of Adam band will perform at 5 p.m. The Air Force Band of the Pacific Hawaii Hana Hou will follow. "The Devil Wears Prada," a movie about a naive young woman who comes to New York and scores a job as the assistant to one of the city's biggest magazine editors, will start at 7:15 p.m. Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway star in the movie.
Sunday's event is presented by Tesoro Hawaii to celebrate Military Appreciation Month.
Food booths during the Sunset on the Beach event will open at 4 p.m. They will include Ba-le, K's Restaurant, Le Crepe Cafe, Leo's Taverna, M&N's Treats and Royal Hawaiian Hot Dog.
Dole principal receives honor
Dole Middle School Principal Myron Monte has won the Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award.
Monte received $10,000 and an extra $15,000 for a school project of his choice in a ceremony Wednesday. Monte, who has served as Dole Middle principal for five years, was vice principal at Farrington High School for 13 years.
The award was named in honor of the late Masayuki Tokioka, founder of Island Insurance Co.
The Island Insurance Foundation also presented a $2,000 cash award to the top two semifinalists, Castle High Principal Meredith Maeda and Moanalua Middle Principal Caroline Wong.
Eleven principals were nominated for the award. Each received $1,000 and a commemorative plaque.
Police, Fire, Courts
Hilo man missing since November
Big Island police are asking for the public's help to find a 42-year-old man who has been missing since Nov. 22.
Willie Dennis Eriksson, of a Kaiwiki Road address, is known to frequent the downtown Hilo area and travel between Hilo and Kona.
He was last seen in the evening at a general store in the Mountain View area of the Puna District. Police have not ruled out foul play.
Eriksson is 5 feet 9 inches tall, 165 pounds, with blue eyes, short gray hair and a goatee.
Police ask that anyone with information about his whereabouts call Detective Robert Hatton at 935-3311 or CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.
Woman arrested on burglary charge
A 19-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary after she was discovered inside the bedroom of a Kalihi house Thursday night, police said.
The 48-year-old resident was home alone when he heard someone rummaging around in one of the bedrooms at about 8:30 p.m., police said.
The man called police, and when officers arrived they found the woman inside the bedroom, police said.
She was also arrested on two counts of contempt of court.