Fair celebrates Maile's Dream
Washington Middle School today is holding Maile's Dream: A Celebration of Differences Awareness Fair in honor of 8-year-old Maile Lei Ling Ogata, the daughter of school counselor Cindy Ogata and her husband Ernest.
Maile was born with Apert syndrome, a condition involving distortions of the head and face and webbing of the hands and feet. The fair celebrates her life and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. will offer food, displays, games and activities that promote awareness of differences.
Entertainment will include Shirley Sypert's "A Class Act" and Mitchell Kouchi, winner of Hawai'i Stars of Extraordinary Abilities.
REMEMBERING AIR CRASH VICTIMS
Friends, co-workers and families of the victims of two fatal Hawaii Air Ambulance accidents will gather today at Kailua Beach to commemorate the anniversaries of the March 8, 2006, crash on Maui and the Jan. 31, 2004, crash on the Big Island.
In each accident, all three people aboard the plane were killed.
Killed in the Maui crash last year were Peter Miller, Marlena Yomes and Brien Eisaman. Danny Villaros, Mandy Shiraki and Ron Lubacher were killed in the Big Island crash.
Today's gathering will be at 1 p.m. in front of Popoia "Flat" Island, with a 2 p.m. prayer service and scattering of ashes followed by a potluck from 3 to 6 p.m. in the pavilion behind the boat ramp.
Donations will be accepted for a memorial fund.
Call Rick White at 342-2334 for more information.
ARRESTS MADE IN ATTACK ON CAMPERS
Big Island police arrested five Kona men this week for allegedly assaulting campers at Ho'okena Beach Park in January.
Police said officers responded to a call Jan. 27 from people reporting they had been assaulted by several men while camping at the park. Some victims were treated at Kona Community Hospital for injuries and released.
Police said an investigation found that several men who had been attending a function held earlier that day at a pavilion at the beach park confronted and assaulted campers at two separate camp sites. Police this week arrested two 18-year-old men, two 20-year-old men and a 24-year-old man. They were released pending further investigation.
Anyone with information about the assaults is asked to call Detective Gerald Wike at 326-4646, ext. 278, or Crime Stoppers at 329-8181 in Kona or 961-8300 in Hilo.
DRIVER INJURED IN HALE'IWA COLLISION
A 24-year-old woman was taken to The Queen's Medical Center in serious condition yesterday following a head-on auto collision at Kaukonahua and Waialua Beach roads outside Hale'iwa.
Police said the woman was driving the wrong way on Weed Circle and collided with an oncoming truck at 10:44 a.m.