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Arson investigation opened following Kalihi house fire

Erwin Aranda

KALIHI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu Police Department has opened an arson investigation following a house fire in Kalihi Tuesday morning.

According to fire officials, the fire broke at 6:10 a.m. in a two-story home located on Leilani Street.

Crews arrived to the scene at 6:14 a.m. and had the blaze under control at 6:32 a.m. The fire was extinguished just after 6:50 a.m.

Officials say a woman, her husband, and their adult son were inside of the home at the time of the fire, but escaped unharmed.

The couple's son, 44-year-old Erwin Aranda, was taken into police custody. He was transported to the Queen's Medical Center for a psychiatric evaluation.

Damages to the home and its contents are estimated at $75,000.

The American Red Cross is assisting the family.

Stay with HawaiiNewsNow.com for the latest updates.

Have you Experienced an Act of Courtesy While Driving? First Insurance Wants to Hear About it!

Have you Experienced an Act of Courtesy While Driving? First Insurance Wants to Hear About it!

“I was driving back from the North Shore and all of my rubbish fell out of my truck. There was a nice person who pulled up on the side of the road and helped me pick everything up.” – Kristy S.

That is just one of the many acts of kindness that Hawaii residents are sharing with First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH), which is continuing its efforts to bring more courtesy to Island roadways. The idea is simple. Have you been part of or witnessed courteous behavior on the road? If so, FICOH invites you to “Share Your Thanks” on its “Take the HI Road” Web page (www.ficoh.com/takethehiroad), set up to encourage people to share examples of courteous driving and behavior on our roads and freeways.

The Work Week Perks Up with Return of Ward Wednesdays

The Work Week Perks Up with Return of Ward Wednesdays

Ward Centers recently welcomed back its popular Ward Wednesdays event, offering a fresh spin on mid-week pau hana. The weekly pau hana affair includes special deals and discounts on food and beverages at participating Ward Centers restaurants such as Big City Diner, Dave & Buster’s, Kincaid’s Fish, Chop and Steak House, REAL a Gastropub, Ryan’s Grill, Tangö Marketplace, Wahoo’s Fish Taco and more.  Each Wednesday evening, diners can actually look forward to tipping their glasses to “hump day” with good food, drinks and company.

FICOH Partners with EMS, HPD and Kalihi School to Sign-wave for Traffic Safety

FICOH Partners with EMS, HPD and Kalihi School to Sign-wave for Traffic Safety

In Kalihi, about 50 Kalakaua Middle School students and faculty, the city’s Emergency Medical Services Division and the Honolulu Police Department were out during the morning rush hour with First Insurance Company of Hawaii’s Community Action Team (“First CAT”) waving signs for driver safety. Kalihi Street, between North King Street and Dillingham Boulevard, has been identified as one of Oahu’s most dangerous pedestrian areas. The sign-waving event was to encourage drivers to be alert when approaching crosswalks, especially near schools, and to slow down in busy traffic corridors.

First Insurance recently launched a campaign called “Take the HI Road,” aimed at bringing back courtesy to Hawaii’s roads. The company commissioned a survey that found drivers are seeing less of the aloha spirit from fellow motorists than five years ago. Drivers are invited to share their thanks for acts of courtesy they experience on the road at www.ficoh.com/takethehiroad.
 

Man arrested in Hawaii to change plea in VP threat

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden

HONOLULU (AP) - A former U.S. service member arrested in Honolulu for allegedly sending emails from Thailand threatening to kill Vice President Joe Biden is expected to withdraw his not guilty plea.

Justin Alan Woodward is scheduled for a hearing in federal court Thursday to change his plea.

Secret Service agents arrested Woodward last year at the Honolulu airport when he arrived on a flight from Bangkok.

According to the criminal complaint, he admitted to agents that he wrote the threatening messages, including one sent to the White House website. The Royal Thai Police traced the IP address to a public Wi-Fi access point in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

He told officials he was medically discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps for bipolar disorder.

He pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

2012 Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani slated for October 11-21

2012 Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani slated for October 11-21

The following information is provided by Jake Anderson:

HONOLULU, HI — (August 15, 2012) –Now celebrating 32 years of successful festival showcases, the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) presented by Halekulani prepares for another star-studded 11 days of October. Running from Oct. 11-21, HIFF brings many world and international film premieres to Hawaii along with innovative and luxury events. Over 140 films will be screened at this year’s festival at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Theatres & IMAX and Hawaii Theatre.

“Every year the festival seems to get better and better and this year will be no different” said Hawaii International Film Festival Executive Director Chuck Boller. “Last festival, we began our new presenting partnership with Halekulani.

Kaiser's Moanalua Medical Center Recognized as 'Top Performer' in Quality by Joint Commission

Kaiser's Moanalua Medical Center Recognized as 'Top Performer' in Quality by Joint Commission

Hawaii’s Largest Integrated-care Organization Nationally Recognized as “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures TM”
 
Kaiser Permanente’s Moanalua Medical Center has been nationally recognized as a “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures TM” for 2011 performance in “Improving America’s Hospitals The Joint Commission’s Annual Report on Quality and Safety 2012.” Moanalua Medical Center was one of only two hospitals in Hawaii to receive this recognition.