Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Cylinder discovery forces Pali closure

Honolulu police closed a portion of Pali Highway yesterday while military officials secured an acetylene gas cylinder.

The 4-foot-tall cylinder was apparently dumped on the side of the highway, about 200 yards town-side of the Pali tunnels, off the Honolulu-bound lanes. According to Navy officials, the cylinder was old and rusted with the letters "USN," or "U.S. Navy," etched on the side.

Police closed off part of the highway in the afternoon while Navy officials first punctured the cylinder to empty it of any remaining gas, then hauled it away.

The cylinder was taken to Pearl Harbor, where it will be disposed of.

Dean for President supporters plan rally

Hawaii supporters of Howard Dean for U.S. President will hold a rally tomorrow at 1 p.m. on the mauka side of the Prince Kuhio Federal Building to mark the former Vermont governor's formal declaration as a presidential candidate in the 2004 elections.

Organizers say Dean, a Democrat and a medical doctor, will deliver his declaration speech on Monday from his hometown of Burlington, Vt. As part of a nationwide grass-roots campaign, local supporters will mark the event a day early to allow more people to participate.

Attorney Joshua Wisch, local campaign chairman, will speak at the event.

He said Dean's vision for America includes a strong economy, new jobs, environmental protection and greater access to health care.

Information on Dean can be found at the Web site

Earlier this month, former Democratic Gov. Ben Cayetano said he supported Dean for the Democratic Party's nomination for president.


Essay contest winners are, from left, Rachel Hu, Hawaii Baptist Academy, first place; Melissa Higa, Hawaii Center for the Deaf & the Blind, second; My Phung, Kaimuki High School, third; with nisei veteran Kenneth Otagaki.

>> Winners of the 2003 Values for Life Essay contest are Rachel Hu, of Hawaii Baptist Academy, first place; Melissa Higa, of the Hawaii Center for the Deaf & the Blind, second; My Phung, of Kaimuki High, third. The contest was sponsored by the Nisei Veterans Endowed Forum Series, Universal Values for a Democratic Society.

>> Partners in Care has been named recipient of the 2003 Beneficiary Services Certificate Award in recognition of its services to the homeless on Oahu.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal agency that administers Medicare, Medicaid and state Children's Health Insurance programs, selected the Oahu organization for the award.

Partners in Care comprises 73 nonprofit service providers, faith-based organizations and local, state and federal agencies.

>> Kimberly Naahielua, of Oahu, has joined the department of internal medicine at the University of Rochester's Strong Memorial Hospital as a first-year resident. Naahielua graduated from a program that trains future physicians to improve health care for diverse populations throughout the world.

The Ben-Gurion University of the Negev M.D. Program in International Health and Medicine calls for fourth-year students to work for two months in India, Kenya, Ethiopia, Israel or Nepal.

Naahielua studied international health and medicine in Israel, Nepal and New York City while with the program, conducted in collaboration with Columbia Health Sciences.

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Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Lifeguards help save Hanauma snorkeler

Lifeguards and paramedics were able to revive a 60-year-old visitor from Osaka, Japan, who was found unconscious and unresponsive at Hanauma Bay yesterday.

The woman had been snorkeling with her son and daughter-in-law and was found by other snorkelers in about three feet of water at about 3 p.m., said Jim Howe, operations chief of the city Ocean Safety Division.

Lifeguards performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the woman was able to regain a pulse, Howe said. The woman was taken to Straub Medical Center for further treatment.

Lifeguards were told by the woman's son that his mother could not swim and had never snorkeled before. Howe said the son told them that she and the other members of a group had been dropped off at the bay with snorkeling equipment by a tour operator.


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