POSTED: Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Health-law pair book ADHD talk

A prominent couple in the national field of health and law will use theater in a public lecture looking at attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder from 6 to 7:30 tonight at the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law, Classroom 2.

Presenting the second Galiher Ono Distinguished Public Lecture will be Karen Rothenberg, dean of the University of Maryland School of Law from 1999 to June and founding director of the Law & Health Care Program, and Jeffrey Seltzer, child psychologist and mental health coordinator for Head Start and pre-kindergarten programs of Montgomery County, Md., public schools.

Their talk is entitled “;Distracted in Focus: Legal and Ethical Implications of ADHD for the Child, Parents and Society.”;

“;Distracted”; is a play about a woman (Mama) who struggles to learn about the causes and treatments of ADHD after her 9-year-old son has been diagnosed with it.

Pair of public libraries to close for renovations

Two public libraries will close Monday for renovations.

The McCully-Moiliili Public Library at 2211 S. King St. is scheduled to close until Nov. 21 so its air conditioning can be upgraded, according to a news release. The nearest libraries are in Kaimuki and Manoa.

On the Big Island, the Thelma Parker Memorial Public & School Library in Waimea will close until Nov. 30 to repair earthquake damage. The library is at 67-1209 Mamalahoa Highway.

Book drops at both locations will remain open.

Patrons may also log onto the public library system Web site, http://www.librarieshawaii.org, to browse for book titles, eBooks and digital audio books. Also on the site is EBSCOhost, which provides full-text materials from magazines, newspapers, journals and other publications.

For brief informational reference questions, go to the “;Ask-a-Librarian”; e-reference service on the Web site. Click on the “;Information”; tab, select e-reference and follow the simple instructions. A library card is not required to use this service.

Free lectures to focus on end-of-life choices

“;Choices at the End of Life”; will be the topic of a free public lecture in Kaiser Permanente Hawaii's Senior Summit Program.

The importance of advance directives will be discussed in the lectures from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday at Kaiser Permanente's Honolulu Clinic, 1010 Pensacola St., and Monday at the Pohai Nani Retirement Community auditorium, 45-090 Namoku St., Kaneohe.

For more information and to register, call 432-2235.

Punahou president wins leadership award

Punahou School President James K. Scott has been awarded the 2009 Chief Executive Leadership Award for Independent Schools.

This is the first time the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education District VII has bestowed the award on an independent school leader, and the first time the district has recognized a Hawaii school leader.

Scott, who has served as school president since 1994, will receive the award at the CASE District VII annual conference in San Francisco on Nov. 17, a release said.

Robert Witt, executive director of the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools, in a letter supporting Scott's nomination, said, “;Jim Scott has built enduring relationships with colleagues in the ... private schools, and has forged new bridges for collaboration with our public education system.”;

Coast Guard moves boat to Maalaea, Maui

The U.S. Coast Guard has stationed a 45-foot boat at Maalaea, Maui.

It replaced a 47-foot boat that will be moved to Kauai's Nawiliwili Harbor after undergoing minor repairs on Oahu.

The Coast Guard said the 47-foot boat is well suited to the windy and larger surf conditions off Kauai, and the 45-foot boat is better suited for the conditions of the Maui Triangle, the area between Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe.

The 47-foot boat is primarily designed for fast response in high seas, surf and heavy weather, and can self-right in less than 30 seconds. It is better suited for the sometimes extreme conditions of Kauai's Na Pali coast, said Cmdr. Amy Cocanour, chief of response at Sector Honolulu.

As part of the small boat reallocation, the Coast Guard will also shift the 87-foot Kittiwake from its home port of Nawiliwili Harbor to Honolulu before next summer.