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Update: Arson suspected in Beretania Street fire

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- [Update Monday 4:55 a.m.]

Honolulu
Fire Department (HFD) fire investigators have completed their investigation of
the fire at 1095 South Beretania
Street and have classified the cause of the fire
as incendiary.

Results of
the HFD investigation have been referred to Honolulu Police Department
(HPD) arson investigators.

The fire
destroyed an older, unoccupied home. There were no injuries. Damage is
estimated at $225,000.

The fire
occurred on July 20 at 5:50 p.m.  HFD fought the
two-alarm fire with six engines, two ladders, a rescue unit and a battalion
chief – approximately 45 firefighters.

The fire was brought under control by
6:19 p.m. and extinguished by 6:53 p.m.
 

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$1M Gift Establishes First Endowed Professorship at Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work

$1M Gift Establishes First Endowed Professorship at Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work

HONOLULU –Richard and Rose Takasaki have both passed away, but their positive impact in our community will continue through their $1 million bequest to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work program in social policy. Their gift establishes the Richard S. and T. Rose Takasaki Endowment Fund which will fund the Richard S. Takasaki Endowed Professorship.

City hosts emergency preparedness event

City hosts emergency preparedness event

The message is to be “Ready 2 React.”

Department of Emergency Management teamed up with over 25 City, State, Federal and other agencies to host an emergency preparedness event for the public at Pearlridge Center today.

“We can literally reach tens of thousands of residents with a unified message of be prepared, have a plan, get a kit, and think about how you’re going to get through the next disaster,” Department of Emergency Management Public Information Officer John Cummings III said.

One of the agencies on hand was the Honolulu Fire Department. They displayed one of their trucks and other tools so the keiki could get a firsthand look at what they do.

“Since we’re located next to Toys R’ Us, I think the parents are coming by…which is a good thing,” HFD Capt. Carl Chagami said. We really want to reach the kids and let them know what’s out there for them.”

And one of those kids who got to sit in the driver’s seat was six year old Luke Moniz.

Suspicious letter closes part of HPD headquarters

HONOLULU (AP) - A suspicious letter closed a basement level of the Honolulu Police Department headquarters.

A police spokeswoman said Friday afternoon employees were not evacuated from the building. She didn't have details about the letter or why it was considered suspicious.

She says a hazardous materials crew from the Honolulu Fire Department was investigating.  The 'all clear' was given a short time later, according to fire officials.

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Local artist Rachel Mark displays work in Chinatown

Local artist Rachel Mark displays work in Chinatown

Solo show featuring Rachel Mark AKA REMMZITA

Opening: Saturday July 20th @7-10 p.m. at Manifest (*stays open until 2 a.m.)

Address: 32 N. Hotel Street

USS Reuben James decommissioned

USS Reuben James decommissioned

Hawai`i’s last guided-missile frigate was decommissioned today after nearly 30 years of service.

Over a hundred of its crew members bid a fond farewell to the USS Reuben James today at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

“To be honest, it feels a little depressing,” crew member William Shammas said. “One of the first things I’m seeing in my naval career is the farewell of my first ship. I’ll never be able to point and say, ‘see that, that is the best ship in the Navy.’”

The ship’s head man is Capt. Dan Valascho. He joined the crew in 2009 and became the commanding officer in 2011.

American Red Cross – Hawaii State Chapter receives $15,000 from the Island Insurance Foundation

American Red Cross – Hawaii State Chapter receives $15,000 from the Island Insurance Foundation

The Island Insurance Foundation donated $15,000 to the American Red Cross Hawaii State Chapter in support of the organization’s programs and services which include: Disaster Relief, Safety Training, Military (Service to the Armed Forces), International Services, Red Cross First Aid Stations and Community Events and presentations.

“We are very grateful to Island Insurance for their compassion and support. Their generosity will help us save lives and give hope to those in need throughout the State. We cannot thank them enough for their wonderful contribution to the cause of humanity,” said Coralie Matayoshi, CEO of the American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter.