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Posted on: Thursday, February 8, 2001

O'ahu briefs

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Relay for Life begins tonight

The American Cancer Society will hold two rallies to kick off its annual Relay for Life overnight fund-raisers in Kapolei, Mililani and Waianae.

The one-hour rallies, which will feature door prizes and food, will be held at 6:30 tonight in the Campbell Estate Building’s Laulima Room, and at 6:30 p.m. next Thursday in the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center’s conference room.

Relay for Life is a noncompetitive event in which teams of 10 keep one member running or walking on a track during the entire 12-hour event.

This year’s relays will be held at Kapolei Regional Park on May 12, at Wai-

anae High School on May 19 and at Mililani High School on June 16.

Last year, more than 85 teams turned out for the relays and. with the sponsorship by Bank of Hawaii, the society’s Central/Leeward unit raised $131,622.

"Relay for Life is a way to help provide patients locally with free transportation to doctors' appointments, medical equipment, anti-tobacco teaching kits to kids in schools, educational activities and research to find a cure for cancer," said Hilary Kelly. He and his wife, Gloria, are co-chairmen of the Mililani Relay.

For more information, call 486-8420.

Auto shop fire leads to arrest

Police have arrested a 13-year-old boy on suspicion of pouring and igniting gasoline on the floor behind his auto shop teacher, according to police.

The teacher told police he was trying to start a car by priming the carburetor in Hale Naaupono at the Waianae Behavioral Health Center at about 9:35 a.m. Tuesday when the student poured gasoline on the floor behind him and lighted it. The man said his head was under the hood of the car when he felt the heat, turned to see the fire and quickly put it out.

The boy said it was a joke, police said.

The teacher was not injured.

Divers to help clean up waters

Volunteers will dive into a major cleanup effort from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Kahe Point Beach Park across from the Hawaiian Electric Co. power plant.

About 40 scuba divers are expected to help clear away old batteries, tires and other rubbish that has been dropped from boats or discarded at the beach.

"We look to see if there is any growth on it because then it is serving as an artificial reef and we won’t take it," said Julie Snider, assistant director of training and marketing for Ocean Concepts Scuba Inc., sponsor of the event. "We also look inside pipes and make sure it is not a home for any creatures."

Volunteers are still needed to help clean the beach. For more information, call 677-7975.

Library group plans festival

The Friends of the Library-Kapolei (FOLK) will hold a general membership meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Makakilo Recreation Center.

The group, which was formed to support the Kapolei Public Library now under construction, will discuss plans for a FOLK Festival set for April 14 at Kapolei Regional Park.

The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Carolyn Golojuch at 672-9050.


Bone marrow donors sought

The Hawaii Bone Marrow Donor Register will conduct a free donor registration and testing at Windward Mall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the lower-level Sears wing, next to Jeans Warehouse.

Because of Hawaii’s ethnic mix, finding donors for many residents can be difficult, said Kristen Cabral.

People of mixed ancestry are needed as donors for others who are waiting for the life-saving transplants.

More than 16,000 people nationwide are diagnosed with some type of fatal blood disease each year. The register matches donors for Hawaii residents who need marrow.

Donors must be 18 to 60 years old and in general good health.

A small sample of blood is collected from potential donors for tissue-typing.


School burglary suspect held

Police arrested a 19-year-old man at about 1:44 a.m. Tuesday in connection with a burglary at Pearl City High School.

Officers sent to investigate an alarm at the school stopped two vehicles in the parking lot and found four wooden louvers inside one of the cars.

Officers searched the campus and discovered louvers missing from a classroom window.

Police arrested the suspect and said they found other items from the burglary in the car.

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