Information on colorectal cancer and ways to prevent it through diet will be presented at a screening and seminar from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Ala Moana Park's McCoy Pavilion.
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Dr. Ronald Pang, gastroenterologist at St. Francis Medical Center, will discuss the signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer and procedures to test for the disease. He said all people over age 50 should have their colon checked for cancer.
Caroline Hamatake, dietitian at St. Francis, will provide some recipes and samples of foods for a healthy colon. Of all cancers, she said, colorectal cancer "is the one which you can really make a difference by what you eat."
The seminar is free to the public. For people age 50 and above who register, free screening kits will be provided to perform at-home fecal occult blood tests.
The event is sponsored by the Cancer Screening and Education Department of the Institute of Cancer at St. Francis Medical Center in recognition of March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
For more information, call 547-6798.
HILO -- A University of Hawaii-Hilo scientific writing class will clean up trash at a popular Honolii Beach surfing site March 24, assistant professor Christian Weisser said.
Class to clean up
Big Isle surf site
The cleanup will be preparation for a student report on how to prevent future littering and pollution there, he said.
Police chief gets high marks for leadershipPolice Chief Lee Donohue came through with flying colors on his annual performance evaluation by the Police Commission.
The January-December 2000 report card rated him tops on leadership qualities, managerial skills, interaction with the commission, community policing and traffic management.
The commission labeled him an excellent leader and administrator who improved the internal quality of the Honolulu Police Department and its service to the public.
For example, he was credited with increased visibility of patrol officers at such locations as public parks, parking lots, beaches and lookouts. Also, the department has kept abreast of new technology, the commission said.
It referred to Donohue as a positive person who consistently demonstrates openness, fairness and respect. The commission said it is confident the chief will continue to effectively lead and direct the department to enhance public safety.
Search for 3 swept off cargo ship suspendedThe Coast Guard suspended a search last night for three crew members swept off their ship 440 nautical miles west of Midway Island.
A C-130 long-range aircraft from Barbers Point left at 4 a.m. yesterday, flew 1,500 miles to the scene and began searching at about 11:30 a.m. It was decided not to resume the search today.
Rough seas washed the men off the Cherokee Princess, a 500-foot Philippines-based container ship, yesterday morning.
Two other ships nearby, the Hamburg Senator and the Pugwash Senator, assisted in the search.
The Coast Guard said 25-foot seas and 35- to 40-knot winds made the search difficult.
More tests on chemical disrupting Maui workWAILUKU -- An air quality consultant is expected to conduct more tests today to determine the cause of burning eye irritation among employees in a county building.
The last group of more than 80 employees left the building in Wailuku last Friday.
A county spokesperson, Karlynn Kawahara, said the consultant has preliminarily identified a chemical as a potential contaminant but wants to make sure by conducting more tests.
She said the consultant will also be taking air quality samples today to determine whether the chemical's presence has decreased since charcoal has been used in the air conditioning system.
Workers from the Department of Planning and Land Use and Codes Administration have been moved to other nearby facilities.
5:30 p.m., Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii: Jarrett Middle School Foundation Alumni and Friends Dinner, 2464 S. Beretania St.
TomorrowSome events of interest
6 p.m.-1 a.m., Rolando's Salsa Club, Kahala Mall: Latin fund-raiser.
An "Irish Fry" takes place 10 a.m.-1 p.m. tomorrow. A headline in Wednesday's Today section gave an incorrect day.
New Mexico youth counselor Albino Garcia told youth at Kalihi YMCA to "turn around and school your counselors. What we know comes from you." His remarks were credited to another speaker in a headline yesterday.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers
Man found in ocean off Kailua Beach diesA 20-year-old man was pronounced dead at Castle Medical Center yesterday after being found unconscious at Kailua Beach. Medical examiners identified him as Marc Moody of Wailupe.
About 3:29 p.m., Emergency Medical Services staff attempted to revive Moody before he was taken to Castle. An autopsy will be done today.
Separate forgery attempts lead to two arrestsTwo people were arrested in separate cases of attempted forgery yesterday.
An 18-year-old man was arrested shortly after 12:30 a.m. yesterday after he tried to buy $642 worth of merchandise in the electronics department at Wal-Mart in Waipahu.
Employees caught him using a check that did not match his driver's license and discovered the photo on the license did not look like him, police said.
After police were called, the suspect gave a fictitious name. He was later identified as being wanted on two outstanding warrants. Charges were pending.
About 2:30 p.m. yesterday, a 19-year-old woman was arrested after she tried to purchase groceries at Safeway in Salt Lake. A cashier noticed the check had a questionable signature.
The suspect left the store and drove away in a pickup truck but was arrested by police a short time later.
During her arrest, officers noticed numerous items from Daiei in the bed of the truck, allegedly purchased with a forged check. The woman was released pending investigation.