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Students at the Hawaii Vocational School have their own medical insurance program — one they “cooked up” themselves.
Each of the 168 students contributed 25 cents a year to the fund, which is used to pay first-aid expenses of youths injured while at school. Benefit payments are allowed for two accidents a year, and no more than $5 will be paid for a single accident.
The money is kept in a special account in the school office and is drawn upon by the executive committee of the student body with the consent of Eugene Jordan, principal. The insurance plan, the first of its kind in the territory, was conceived by Roy Mento, student body president, and the executive and safety committees of the student body.
Although safety practices are stressed in teaching at the school and all machines are equipped with modern safety features, accidents happen now and then.
To receive money from the fund, the student must be treated by a licensed physician of their choice. If the desired physician is not available, a government physician or other available doctor is called.
The state’s first Tropical Fruit Processing Conference opens Thursday at the Orchid Island Hotel with Gov. John A. Burns scheduled to deliver the opening remarks.
The conference opens three days of activity at the Orchid Island. The two-day Hawaii Papaya Industry Association meeting opens at 9:30 a.m. Friday. The fruit processing conference will probe the present state of the industry, explore change, assess technological changes and look into marketing procedures. …
Four panels of experts on the industry, changes, technology and marketing have been assembled to give in-depth treatment to those subjects.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park spokeswoman Mardie Lane said a fluid pahoehoe lava flow had covered three quarters of Moa Heiau by yesterday afternoon.
Word on whether lava has completely blanketed the archaeological site might not come until today. The heiau and other features in the area were spared for a couple of days as the flow slowed but the molten rock picked up speed yesterday morning and in just a few hours, lava began feasting on several sites.
“It really began moving fast and furious in that area,” Lane said.
Rangers reported at 6 a.m. yesterday that lava had completely surrounded the heiau and started to flow over the surface platform. By 2 p.m., the flow devoured three-quarters of the platform.