By Star-Bulletin Staff

Monday, August 12, 1996

Waikiki center's night service is
'day care' with a twist

At 7:30 a.m., when Lynda Pelayo drops off her 2-year-old daughter at the Waikiki Community Center's child-care program, she has peace of mind.

Pelayo, a downtown stockbroker, knows if meetings run late until the wee hours of the night, Madison will be fed dinner, bathed and cared for at the center.

"It's unique. I don't know of any other nighttime child care," she said.

The center, which caters principally to Waikiki hotel workers and residents, wants to expand to serve 200 children aged 6 weeks through 5 years, instead of the current 90. It already has a waiting list, and, anticipating more demand for child care with the completion of the state convention center, it is trying to raise some money.

Hidden thrift shop
helps St. Francis hospice raise money

No huge banners and neon signs lead you there. It's not even on the Puck's Alley building locator map. But there's hidden treasure for bargain hunters in the two-month-old St. Francis Hospice Rainbow Thrift Shop.

The 1,000-square-foot shop, above Moose McGillycuddy's on University Avenue, is filled with new and used clothing, household items, jewelry and books.

All proceeds from the thrift shop go to the Hospice program, which provides health care to patients facing terminal illness. The 12-bed Nuuanu hospice has served patients ranging from 45-day-old infants to 102-year-olds. Many have cancer, heart disease, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's or AIDS.

Six Konko missions celebrate Yatsunami

Members of the six Konko missions in Hawaii will celebrate the birth of the religion's founder at the annual Yatsunami Festival on Sunday at Ihilani Resort and Spa.

The Konkokyo church's 70th anniversary in Hawaii will be marked Saturday with a worship service at the Konko Mission of Honolulu, 1728 Liliha St.

More than 200 people, including visitors from Japan and the mainland, are expected to attend the weekend celebrations, said Todd Takahashi, a member of the Honolulu mission. There are about 1,500 church members in Hawaii.

Takahashi said followers of the religion, founded in Japan in 1859 by Ikigami Konko Daijin, worship one divine being, Tenchi Kane No Kami, "the Principle Parent of the Universe." The Konkokyo faith "helps us to find the divine will in all aspects of life," he said.

For expanded versions of these and other stories,
see today's Honolulu Star-Bulletin.


By Star-Bulletin staff

Gang of four goes on
purse-snatching spree

Police are looking for four unidentified men who went on a hour-long purse-snatching spree in two stolen cars yesterday.

Detectives said the first incident occurred around 4:30 p.m. in Diamond Head Crater.

Five female Japanese tourists were walking to their car when two of four men, who were in a stolen vehicle, got out of the vehicle and approached the women.

One of the suspects pushed one woman and stole her purse while the other man punched another woman and did the same. The suspects ran to their car and fled the parking lot, police said.

Shortly after, the suspects appeared at a bus stop near Diamond Head Road and 18th Avenue where the foursome stole another purse from a couple at the bus stop. The suspects then drove to Kahala Mall, where they parked the vehicle and stole another car.

While passing by Domino's Pizza on 2334 South King St., police said the suspects spotted a 73-year-old woman in the Domino's parking lot. The stolen car then made a quick U-turn, striking a parked car, and returned to Domino's.

Police said the elderly woman fell after one of the men grabbed her purse while she was walking. Police said the woman suffered a dislocated shoulder and scrapes from the road. She was treated for her injuries.

Finally, the suspects made off to nearby Kirin Restaurant at 2518 South Beretania where at 5:30 p.m. two of the suspects stopped two Japanese tourists who were walking into the restaurant. The suspects punched and pushed them, and stole their purses.

Except for the elderly woman, all of the other victims were not seriously injured. Police said no arrests have been made but are not releasing the descriptions of the suspects. The stolen cars have been recovered, police said.

Big Island man dies
diving at remote beach

KAILUA-KONA - A Kona man died while free diving in 50 feet of water at a remote beach in South Kona yesterday, police and fire officials said. He was identified as Marquis Lowry, 37, of Honaunau.

Lowry had gone to Pebble Beach with his family and entered the water about 1:45 p.m. to fish for squid, police said.

When he didn't return by 3:30 p.m. the family called a friend who found him under 50 feet of water.

Other Police/Fire headlines
in today's Star-Bulletin:

  • Young man critical after gang-fight knifing
  • Kihei man tries to run over two men with car
  • Big Island home suffers $30,000 fire damage
See expanded versions in today's Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

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