By Star-Bulletin Staff

Monday, October 4, 1999

Millennium Moments

Millennium special

George Straub started
The Clinic in 1921

Straub Clinic & Hospital Inc. today is a major health-care corporation here, with a hospital and main clinic on South King Street, a renowned burn treatment center and a network of clinics throughout Oahu.

That's quite a lot of progress in just under 80 years. When German doctor George F. Straub opened The Clinic in 1921, later called The Straub Clinic, it focused on medical care by specialists.

Medicine ran in Straub's family: His father was surgeon general to King Ludwig III of Bavaria, according to "History Makers of Hawaii" by A. Grove Day.

After arriving in Hawaii in 1906, George Straub spent years in private practice before founding his clinic. He retired in 1933, says Day, but came out of retirement briefly during World War II.

Straub also had another talent: music. He was a cellist for the Honolulu Symphony and spent his retirement crafting violins, a cello and a viola, according to Day.


Fun, fury of ocean and earth shared in UH science weekend

Explore volcanoes and eruptions. Visit the solar system's outer limits. Hunt dinosaurs in "Jurassic Park."

These are a few of the science-related experiences awaiting children and adults at a free University of Hawaii event Oct. 15 and 16.

It's the fifth biennial open house of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology.

Activities will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics, the Marine Sciences and Pacific Ocean Science and Technology buildings and the surrounding grounds.

About 3,800 students are expected to visit the ocean, earth, atmosphere and space displays.

Visitors will have a chance to examine the impact of the El Nino and La Nina weather phenomena, examine the impact of earthquakes and landslides around the Hawaiian Islands, and observe findings on seamount Loihi and the planet Mars.

There will be hands-on and creative activities, laboratory tours, interactive demonstrations, high-tech equipment and displays.

Maps, schedules and programs of events will be available at an information booth. Mention the SOEST open house to the attendant at the quarry parking structure on Dole Street and receive a special rate of $1.50 on Oct. 16.

Contributors to the event include Aloha Rentals, HEI Charitable Foundation and the Alexander & Baldwin Foundation.

For more information, call 956-8763 or check the Web site,

Luau to help provide dentistry for abused

The public is invited to help make victims of domestic abuse smile again.

A benefit luau Sunday will raise money for the "Give Back a Smile" program, which provides free cosmetic dental care to physical abuse survivors.

The luau at the Royal Hawaii Hotel, hosted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, features dinner, dancing and an auction. Special guests include Miss America 1992 Carolyn Sapp.

Tickets are $100 each. For more information, call Nicole Costa at MicroDental Laboratories toll free at 1-800-229-0936, ext. 109.

Mahalo Domingo!

Wired Magazine asked San Francisco student Domingo Sanchez what he did on the Web. Sanchez said he uses it to read his home town newspaper online.

"'I use it to see what's going on back home,' said Domingo Sanchez, a psychology major at the University of San Francisco from Waipahu, Hawaii. Sanchez checks the Web sites of his home newspaper, local TV station, and his high school Web site." -- Wired

Two plead not guilty in disappearance

Two North Shore men indicted in the disappearance of a Waialua man pleaded not guilty today to charges in connection with his presumed murder.

Gregory Peregil, 39, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in connection with the death of John Wailehua-Hansen who disappeared around March. He is being held on $1 million bail, cash only.

Hansen was to have gone to do repair work at the Waialua home of a former prison guard currently in federal custody for drug offenses.

Hansen's car was later found abandoned in Pearl City.

Edward Vidal, 33, pleaded not guilty to charges of hindering prosecution. He allegedly drove and dumped Hansen's car in Pearl City. He is being held on $25,000 bail.

Trial for Peregil and Vidal is set for the week of Dec. 6.

Vidal has also been charged with second-degree murder in the murders of Steve Tozon and Tranquilino Bati Jr. -- two other North Shore men missing since June 1997. Their bodies have not been found. However a witness told police they were dumped in the ocean off Haleiwa.

Also missing is Paris France who disappeared around October 1997. No one has yet been charged in his disappearance.

Police believe that the missing men are linked to a North Shore drug ring that netted $2.5 million in sales during a three-month period in 1998.

Federal grant to fund welfare/work program

A U.S. Department of Labor $4.7 million grant will fund the second year of Hawaii's Welfare-to-Work program.

U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye said an additional $3.366 million will go to Maui Economic Opportunity Inc. as a competitive grant by the U.S. Secretary of Labor.

Funds were appropriated nationwide in 1997 under the Budget Reconciliation Act, which encourages states to develop Welfare-to-Work incentives.

"The funding is not a quick-fix," Inouye said. "Instead, it moves long-term welfare recipients into lasting, unsubsidized employment. Through the Welfare-to-Work initiative, welfare recipients not only receive a steady income and meaningful work, but also gain an increase in self-esteem and self-worth."

Federal grant to fight street drugs on Lanai

A $100,000 federal grant will battle street drugs on Lanai, according to U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink.

Mink said the U.S. Justice Department money slated for the Coalition for a Drug Free Lanai will fight alcohol and drug abuse through coordinated substance abuse prevention, intervention and treatment.

The coalition provides education to prevent or delay the onset of alcohol and other drug use in the target population. Also, it works to improve family management skills and reduce crime and domestic violence.

Lanes to be closed on Sand Island access

Lanes will be closed on Sand Island Access Road Friday from 3:15 to 11:45 p.m. Oct. 8.

Nimitz-bound lanes will close with Sand Island-bound lanes contra-flowed for Sand Island Bridge repair work.

Motorists should use caution and allow for extra time.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

Police think they know identity of dead man

KAILUA-KONA -- Police say they think they know the identity of a man whose skeleton was found in a remote area of Kailua-Kona on Saturday, but they are awaiting autopsy results to confirm the name.

The man had previously been reported missing. The skeleton was found on Kamaka Eha Street by a person looking for rocks to build a wall. The cause of death was not determined, but there were no signs of foul play.

Canadian fugitive awaits extradition

WAILUKU -- A 29-year-old man wanted in Canada on various sexual assault charges involving children is awaiting an extradition hearing after being arrested on Maui.

Tobin T. Terpenning is scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi on Nov. 29.

He remains in custody of federal marshals in Honolulu without bail.

Federal marshals say evidence indicates Terpenning was intending to leave Maui for Los Angeles, Calif. after he became the subject of a recent Crimestoppers report .

Waipio woman found beaten Sept. 6 dies

A 20-year-old woman, who was found beaten and unconscious Sept. 6 on the Ka Uka Boulevard on-ramp to the H-2 Freeway, died Saturday morning in Queen's Hospital.

Evelyn Luka of Waipio was pronounced dead at 11:12 a.m., said police. The case is being investigated as a homicide.

Luka was last seen at the Venus nightclub on Kapiolani Boulevard. Police are looking for a man Luka had been talking to at the club and with whom she may have left.

Man jailed for threatening estranged wife, children

Police have charged 35-year-old Warren Castro of Kailua with three counts of first-degree terroristic threatening. Castro is being held in lieu of $40,000 bail for allegedly threatening his estranged wife, 35, and the couple's two children over a two-week period.

Gunman takes rings from jeweler in Chinatown

A Chinatown jeweler yesterday was robbed by a gunman who had asked to see a diamond ring and wedding band.

The robbery at Jerry's Jade & Gems at 1013 Maunakea St. was reported at 10:07 a.m. The suspect attempted to walk out of the store with the rings and took out a gun when confronted by the owner, police said.

Police seek arsonist who set tow truck on fire

A tow truck was found burning outside O'Sung Auto Body & Paint on North King Street in Kalihi Saturday morning. The incident follows a string of fires reported in the same area just a week ago.

Fire officials said a man tried unsuccessfully to extinguish the flames, and reported it to police at around 2:30 a.m.

Eight small fires were set last Sunday and police are looking for a suspected arsonist.

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