Some beaches reopen after sewage closures
It's OK to go into the water again at most of the locations contaminated by sewage overflows due to heavy rains Friday and Saturday, the state Department of Health said yesterday.
The advisory not to swim or play in the water was lifted from the following areas near known sewage overflows: beaches at the Hawaii Kai boat ramp (Kuliouou), Lanikai, Kaneohe, Bellows and Waimanalo, Palolo and Manoa streams, and Salt Lake.
Also cleared were Waialua to Kahuku on the North Shore, Kahaluu to Kahuku on the Windward Coast and Ewa Beach to Makaha on the Leeward Coast.
Still considered dangerous are Wailupe Beach in Aina Haina, Honolulu Harbor, Kaelepulu Stream (Enchanted Lake) and Kailua Beach in Kailua.
State funds to improve Honolulu Airport safety
Gov. Linda Lingle recently released $1.48 million to improve pedestrian and motorist safety at Honolulu Airport.
Work will include improvements to the roads adjacent to the interisland and overseas terminals on both the arrival and departure levels, according to a release from her office.
Lighting improvements are planned for the ground floor, to improve the ability of motorists to see pedestrians when entering the covered roadways on a bright, sunny day, the announcement said.
Another major project will be to make changes in traffic lanes on both levels to improve the ability of drivers to cross between the inner and outer lanes and to improve pedestrian safety.
Goodwill Industries to host charity auction
"Work: Making Dreams Real" will be the theme of the 13th annual fund-raising auction of Goodwill Industries of Hawaii 6-9 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Tapa Ballroom.
The program will include a silent auction with a Made in Hawaii section, a dinner and live celebrity auction.
Individual tickets are $150 each, and three table sponsorships are available at $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500.
The annual event showcases lives affected by Goodwill's services to people with disabilities and other employment obstacles.
The previous auction raised more than $59,000 that Goodwill used to reach more than 6,600 people.
AlohaCare offers $30,000 in diabetes grants
AlohaCare is accepting applications for a total of $30,000 in grants to address problems of diabetes in Hawaii.
Six 2004 AlohaCare Neighbors Grants of $5,000 each will be issued to support community-based projects that focus on diabetes detection, prevention, care and education.
Two nonprofit organizations will be chosen on both the Big Island and Oahu, and one organization will be selected from Maui and Kauai.
Dr. Rio Banner, AlohaCare medical director, said more than 86,000 residents are estimated to have diabetes. Asian Americans, native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are particularly susceptible.
Grant applicants must be nonprofit or have equivalent tax-exempt status and demonstrate a collaborative approach. Projects must be completed within one year and demonstrate that they can be duplicated in other communities.
Applications are due next Thursday. They may be obtained by calling 808-973-0712 or online at www.alohacarehawaii.org.
The nonprofit AlohaCare health plan serves more than 44,000 QUEST members through more than 1,800 health providers in Hawaii. For more information, see www.alohacarehawaii.org or call 973-1650.
Free medical tests are available to the needy
Diagnostic Laboratory Services says it is continuing to provide free medical tests for homeless and indigent residents in response to Gov. Linda Lingle's call to increase subsidies to community health centers.
For more than 10 years, Diagnostic Labs has donated up to $150,000 annually in free services and supplies to the poor and homeless.
Preventative services to these people, who are susceptible to HIV, hepatitis, diabetes and other diseases, reduce the need for more expensive medical treatment in the future, DLS said.
Diagnostic Labs works with the Aloha Medical Mission in Palama to care for 200 clients a month, as well as the River of Life Mission, Institute for Human Services, Waikiki Health Center, Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, Waikiki Health Center, Kokua Kalihi Clinic and Kalihi Palama Clinic.
DLS -- medical testing laboratories located throughout Hawaii, Saipan and Guam -- offers a comprehensive array of forensic toxicology and substance abuse testing and other services.
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>> Iolani School has placed second in a national mathematics contest administered by the National Assessment & Testing Service. Several 12th-graders also received individual awards in the 2003 Fall Startup Event, including Ryan Lau, who placed fifth; Matt Ardo, seventh; Kelly Nakamura, 13th; and Ina Tang, 21st.
In the 10th-grade division, Bryce Lee placed fifth.
>> Lopaka Purdy, of Waimanalo, a junior studying French at Willamette University in Salem, Ore., has won the Benjamin A. Gilman international scholarship to study for a year at the Universite de Lausanne in Switzerland. He is making a documentary film in the city that is both headquarters of the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Museum. Purdy hopes to work with the Olympics one day.
>> The Hawaii State Bar Association's board of directors has selected city Prosecuting Attorney Peter Carlisle as the Golden Gavel Award winner for outstanding service to the state Judiciary. He was chosen for his effective advocacy of new and innovative uses of technology in the courtroom, efforts to streamline court practices and procedures, and contribution to public awareness of current and important issues.
The President's Award (for outstanding service to the HSBA and its mission) was awarded to the Honorable Samuel P. King, senior judge of the U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii, for uniting and inspiring Hawaii's lawyers to promote justice, serve the public and improve the legal profession.
The Ki'eki'e Awards (for outstanding provision of professional legal services at no charge) went to David J. Reber, a partner at Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, for his service as president of the board of directors of the Legal Aide Society of Hawaii; and James K. Mee, a partner at Ashford & Wriston, for his time and counsel to various community groups.
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Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Big Isle accident kills 40-year-old woman
OCEAN VIEW, Hawaii >> A Big Island woman died Tuesday after she hit another car while apparently speeding down a subdivision street, police said.
She was identified as Elizabeth Mathewson, 40, of Ocean View, where the accident took place. Mathewson was driving a 1986 Toyota station wagon downhill on Koa Lane just before noon when she hit the rear end of a 1981 Jaguar sedan, police said. Excessive speed was apparently involved, they said.
Mathewson was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the car. She was taken to Kona Community Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 6:40 p.m. The driver of the Jaguar was not injured.
Police look for suspect in violent meeting
Police are looking for a man in his 40s who allegedly punched, threatened at knifepoint and tried to run over a 32-year-old Ewa Beach man Tuesday night at a Kalaeloa beach.
The victim was parked at White Plains Beach at about 10 p.m. when the suspect punched him through the open driver's window, police said. The victim got out of the car and confronted the suspect, who allegedly pulled out a knife and threatened him, police said. The victim chased off the suspect and called police. While he waited for police on Roosevelt Avenue, the suspect allegedly tried to run him over twice, police said.
Injured hiker rescued from trail in Hauula
An injured hiker was rescued yesterday afternoon from a trail above Kawaipuna Street in Hauula and flown to the Queen's Medical Center in serious condition.
The man had head injuries and was found at about 5 p.m. near the trail's head, fire officials said.
Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers