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Star-Bulletin staff and wire

Waikiki Health Center celebrates its success

The Waikiki Health Center, at 277 Ohua Ave., has been holding an open house from 9 to 11 a.m. this week to recognize "National Health Center Week."

"We are celebrating the health center success story of keeping communities well and disease-free," Executive Director Paul Strauss said.

Today is Kupuna Day with free blood pressure and eye screenings.

The open house continues tomorrow and features talk-story sessions with experts from the National Kidney Foundation and Alzheimer's Association.

Exhibits describe the Health Center's many programs, and representatives are present to answer questions and receive community comments.

The Waikiki Health Center has served the community for more than 30 years with medical and social services accessible to all, regardless of ability to pay.

Annual Heart Walk includes free testing

About 2,500 participants are expected in the 11th Annual Oahu Heart Walk starting at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Kapiolani Park Bandstand.

"Change Tomorrow Today" is the theme of the event, which focuses on heart disease and stroke as the Nos. 1 and 3 killers of Americans.

More than 3,000 Hawaii residents died of heart disease and stroke last year, the American Heart Association reported.

Saturday's event will include a Health Fair with free blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, stroke risk assessments and a Keiki Fun Fair with heart healthy awareness games and prizes. Entertainment will include acts by Karen Keawehawai'i and Frank De Lima.

Walkers, including heart disease and stroke survivors, families and friends, can take a 4 1/2-mile route around Diamond Head or a 1-mile course around Kapiolani Park.


[Taking Notice]

>>The University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Education has honored photojournalist and alumnus PF Bentley with its Award of Distinction.

Other awards were given to Charles Arakaki, of the state Department of Education, the college's 2004 Distinguished Alumnus; and to Carl Takamura, of the Hawaii Business Roundtable, an Award of Excellence.

Judith Hughes, dean of the College of Arts & Humanities; the Honolulu Theatre for Youth; Ala Wai Elementary School; Farrington High School, and Lanai High & Elementary Schools received Awards of Excellence in Art Education.

David Pfeiffer was honored posthumously with the Lifetime Advocacy Award for outstanding leadership and tireless efforts advocating on behalf of individuals with disabilities by the American Public Health Association's DisAbility Special Interest Group.

"Taking Notice" also runs on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff


Police arrest woman for attempted murder

Police arrested a Makakilo woman after she allegedly shot a man in the leg during a domestic argument yesterday morning.

Officers were sent to investigate reports of neighbors hearing a gunshot at about 9:15 a.m. and found blood and bloody footprints near a two-story home where the shot occurred. However, when police questioned a 26-year-old woman at the home, she denied anything happened.

Police later learned that a 30-year-old man checked himself into St. Francis Medical Center-West for treatment for a gunshot wound to his lower right leg. Police said when officers questioned the man about the wound, he said he was shot by the woman police had questioned earlier.

Police then arrested the suspect for attempted murder. Later, the victim changed his story and said that he accidentally shot himself when he took the gun from the victim during an argument. As of last night, the case was still classified as an attempted murder.

Inmate claims beating in detention center

Police arrested a 37-year-old juvenile detention center worker Tuesday after he allegedly beat a 17-year-old male inmate.

The teenager told police that the suspect punched him several times after he tried to stop him from assaulting another youth at the facility, police said.

Police were called to the facility and arrested the suspect for second-degree assault.

The incident occurred at 3:50 p.m. at Hale Hoomalu, the Alder Street juvenile detention center.


Prison escapee may be headed to Philippines

A Big Island prison escapee might be trying to flee to the Philippines to be united with his mail-order bride, according to police.

Joshua Reed, 28, escaped from the Kulani Correctional Facility before 6 a.m. Aug. 1. He had been serving a 10-year sentence after he was convicted of burglary and sexually assaulting a juvenile female on Oahu in March 2001.

Detectives investigating the case said Reed was in contact with a woman from the Philippines who appeared to be his mail-order bride and has since tried to obtain a fake passport. Reed was last seen by police yesterday near a farm in Kalapana but managed to elude capture by officers.

Reed, also known as Erick Victor, is described as 5 feet 9 and 165 pounds, with a slim build, green eyes and blond hair, though police said he may have tried to change his appearance by dying his hair dark brown.

Reed was last seen wearing a red Ohio State T-shirt and black board shorts, and carrying a garbage bag with clothes. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911. Anonymous calls may also be made to Honolulu CrimeStoppers at 955-8300, or CrimeStoppers offices in Hilo at 961-8300 or in Kona at 329-8181.

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers



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