APRIL 6, 2019


BCWW and Hawaii Filipino Healthcare to Present Molokai Community Health Fair

The Bayanihan Clinic Without Walls (BCWW) and Hawaii Filipino Healthcare, in cooperation with the Molokai Filipino Community Council (MFCC) will present the Molokai Community Health Fair at the Mitchell Pauole Community Center, 90 Aiona Street, Kaunakakai, on Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5, 2019.

Free medical and dental services will be offered, including osteoporosis screening, physical therapy, mental health, spirometry, hypertension, diabetes, and cholesterol consultations. Tips on incorporating healthy diet will also be available.

Planned events:

May 4, Saturday, 6 p.m.-9:00 p.m. – Town Hall Health Lectures and Q&A, Karaoke, light pupus;

May 5, Sunday, 8 a.m. – 12 noon, Community Health Fair, free consultations; 1 p.m. -3 p.m. Mini Health Fair, Kalaupapa.

For more information, call BCWW at 888-674-7624 or visit www.bayanihanclinicwwhawaii.org; or call MFCC President Benito Piros at (808) 553-5735.

BCWW volunteers include: Elizabeth Abinsay, MD, Ding Adora, Maria Adora, DMD, Vernon Ansdell, MD, Josephine Waite-Ansdell, MD, Carolina Davide, MD, Jay Flores, DPT, Sorbella Guillermo, MD, Perlita Lampitoc, MD, Tim Llena, Benilda Luz-Llena, MD, Imelda Joaquin, Nicanor Joaquin, MD, Edgay Manuel, MD APRN, JP Orias, Christopher Regala, MD, Ross Simafranca, MD, Charlie Y. Sonido, MD, Chona Sonido, Russell Tacata, MD, Arnold Villafuerte, MD, Dory Villafuerte.

Bayanihan Clinic Without Walls is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free medical and dental services to the uninsured, underinsured, indigent and immigrant communities.


SSA Warns Public of Phone Scam

The Social Security Administration (SSA) and its Office of the Inspector General (OIG) warns the public of people falsely claiming to be Social Security employees in a fraudulent phone scam.

The SSA says calls can even “spoof” Social Security’s national customer service number as the incoming number on the caller ID.

“We urge you to always be cautious and to avoid providing sensitive information such as your Social Security number or bank account information to unknown people over the phone or Internet,” said Nancy A. Berryhill, Acting Commissioner of Social Security. “If you receive a call and are not expecting one, you must be extra careful – you can always get the caller’s information, hang up, and contact the official phone number of the business or agency the caller claims to represent. Do not reveal personal data to a stranger who calls you.”

Social Security employees do occasionally contact people--generally those who have ongoing business with the agency--by telephone for business purposes. However, Social Security employees will never threaten a person or promise a Social Security benefit approval, or increase, in exchange for information.


April Is Sexual Awareness Month in Hawaii

On April 12, 2019, Governor Ige officially will proclaim April 2019 “Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Hawaii” and recognize 14 community members and organizations who are making a difference in Hawaii by encouraging healthy relationships, teaching youth about consent, and how power dynamics impact consent.

These include: Barbie-Lei Burgess, Wai?anae Neighborhood Place; Jan Fukada and Ke?alapualoke Fukuda, Hawai?i State Department of Education; Lorrie Kanno and Officer Anson “Kaipo” Paiva, Weed and Seed Program Hawai?i; Gina Kaulukukui, Kaua?i Police Department; Cathy Kapua, Kua?ana Project; Cyril Lopez, Jr. and Jennifer Makuakane, Ka?u Middle and High School; David Matlin and Nick Rolovich, University of Hawai?i at Manoa, Athletics; Captain Romuel “Roy” Nafarrete, U.S. Navy, PACFLT SAPRO; Gregg T. Waki, Waiakea High School; and the Maui Sexual Assault First Responders.

The Department of the Attorney General, Department of Health, and the Hawaii Coalition Against Sexual Assault are partnering to raise public awareness about sexual violence and support initiatives that work to prevent sexual violence in our communities. Hawaii’s effort is part of a nationwide campaign.

This year’s SAAM theme, “I Ask, encourages and empowers everyone, no matter the scenario, to ask for consent, listen, and accept answers without pressuring or coercing another.”

“Sexual violence has no place in our communities,” said Attorney General Clare E. Connors. “I commend every effort to raise awareness of the problem and I am encouraged that so many are promoting the value and importance of healthy human relationships.”

According to the 2015 and 2017 Hawai?i Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 1 in 12 high school students (8.5%) who dated or went out with someone in the previous 12 months experienced sexual dating violence. Anyone can experience sexual violence, including children, teens, adults, and seniors. We encourage everyone to stand against all forms of sexual violence by attending a local SAAM proclamation during the month of April:

  • Kauai Mayor’s SAAM Proclamation/Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, Monday, April 1, 2019, 1:00 p.m., Kauai County Office Building Rotunda
  • Maui Mayor’s SAAM Proclamation, Monday, April 8, 2019, 10:00 a.m., University of Hawaii Maui College
  • Honolulu Mayor SAAM Proclamation and City Council Certificate Ceremony, Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 1:00 p.m., Honolulu Hale, City Council Chamber (3rd Floor)


Supporters of Kupuna Caregivers Program Push for Continued Funding

Supporters of the Kupuna Caregivers Program rallied at the Hawaii State Capitol to push for two measures (HB 467, HD1, SD1 and SB 1025, SD1, HD1) that would provide continued funding for the program.

The first-in-the-nation program of its kind, the Kupuna Caregivers Program became law in 2017. It provides assistance to caregivers who take care of an aging loved one as well as work full-time outside the home.

Currently, the program funds up to $70 a day in services that working family caregivers need in order to stay active in the workforce while also caring for their kupuna at home. Services that the program provides include adult day care, home care aides, transportation and meal services for up to five days per week. To qualify for the program, caregivers need to provide care for kupuna age 60 or older, who need help with at least two activities of daily living, and are employed outside of the home for 30 hours or more per week.

“This program is an innovative approach to the issue of long-term care, and it has received national attention because it’s a different model,” said Pedro Haro, Hawaii Advocacy Director for Caring Across Generations. “Providing a little bit of assistance to family caregivers and allowing elderly to age at home can potentially save the state millions of dollars by preventing more costly interventions, such as sending family members to care facilities or hospitalizations due to inadequate care during the day.”


Hawaii Community Health Centers Receive Federal Funding

Fourteen community health centers in Hawaii will receive federal funding totaling $28,750,365, announced U.S. Senator Brian Schatz, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

“Community health centers offer an affordable and accessible outlet for thousands of people across our state to receive care they might not otherwise be able to,” said Senator Schatz. “This funding will give these centers the resources to continue providing comprehensive health services to Hawai‘i families where they are needed most.”

Community health centers provide comprehensive, high-quality primary health care services to medically underserved individuals and families. The community health centers receiving funding are Kalihi-Palama Health Center on Oahu, $3,518,386; Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services on Oahu, $2,922,712; Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center on Oahu, $3,510,777; Community Clinic of Maui, $1,885,839; Waimanalo Health Center on Oahu, $2,031,688; Molokai Community Health Center on Molokai, $1,292,131; West Hawai‘i Community Health Center on Hawai‘i Island, $2,505,787; Hoola Lahui Hawai‘i on Kauai, $1,369,194; Hana Health on Maui, $1,367,995; Koolauloa Health Center on Oahu, $1,710,765; Waikiki Health on Oahu, $1,742,347; Hamakua-Kohala Health Centers on Hawai‘i Island, $1,497,992; The Bay Clinic on Hawai‘i Island, $1,724,793; and Lanai Community Health Center, $1,669,959.


Public Invited to Free Personal Finance Conference

AARP Hawaii invites the public to attend a free “Finance Your Future Conference” on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii from 8 a.m. to noon.

Topics presented at the conference include living on a budget, planning for increased health costs, understanding Social Security, estate planning, smart investing, financial planning for a 100-yearlife, the new realities of work, and understanding Medicare.

This year’s theme is about planning for and paying for a 100-year life. With better healthcare and healthier lifestyles, chances are increasing that you will live to be 100, especially in Hawai‘i which has the highest average lifespan of any state in the country.

“People need to prepare for retirement or risk being unable to retire. This conference will help you secure the kind of retirement that will give your choices,” said Barbara Kim Stanton, AARP Hawai‘i State Director.

Register online at aarp.cvent.com/fiance4-6 or by calling 1-877-826-8300. AARP membership is not required. Parking will be validated at the Japanese Cultural Center.


Hawaii Residents Encouraged to Participate in Census Count

Governor David Ige said the state’s population rate has been undercounted in the last few Census counts and he encourages all residents to complete the Census questionnaire which will be sent to them on April 1, 2020.

“It is very important that our population count is accurate. Census data will be used to distribute billions of federal dollars to states and communities each year during the coming decade,” said Gov. Ige.

The Governor announced the formation of the Hawai‘i Government Complete Count Committee (HGCCC), which will coordinate state and county government efforts to count Hawai‘i’s population in 2020. The committee is charged with increasing awareness about the importance of being counted; organizing state resources effectively and cost-efficiently to promote the count; and improving the response rate for the 2020 Census questionnaire.

The establishment of the committee also represents an important partnership between Hawai‘i and the U.S. Census Bureau which will conduct the 2020 Census.

In support of the Hawai‘i Government Complete Count Committee, Gov. Ige and Lt. Gov. Josh Green have proclaimed April 1, 2019 -- 2020 CENSUS DAY in Hawai‘i. Gov. Ige and Lt. Gov Green encourage every Hawai‘i resident to participate in activities related to the 2020 Census, which includes participation in the count.


Vasper Is Keynote Speaker at Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce Business Mixer

The Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce will discuss “Finding and Hiring Talent in Today’s Hawaii Labor Market” at its upcoming business mixer on Wednesday, April 17, 5:30 p.m. at Tante’s Fish Market located at the Ma’alaea Harbor Shops, Wailuku.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $20 per person for members and $25 per person for guests. Heavy pupu will be served.

The evening’s keynote speaker will be Mike Vasper of Hawaii Employers Council. Vasper is a Senior HR Consultant. He joined HEC with over 20 years of human resources experience in the healthcare, retail and staffing industry for small and medium locally owned businesses as well as large national corporations.

He supports HEC members with HR best practices, compliance issues, document and policy review, and training programs on topics such as discrimination and harassment, ADA, performance management, and supervisory skills.

Vasper earned his BA in Economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is a member of the local and national chapters of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and holds the SPHR and SHRM-SCP designations. He has taught classes for PHR and SPHR certification and is an active member of the Hawaii Healthcare Human Resources Association (HHHRA).

The event is sponsored by Trinity Environmental Solutions, Maui Federal Credit Union and Tante’s Fish Market. To RSVP for the event or for more information about the business mixer and Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce, please email mauifilipinocc@gmail.com or call Sharon Zalsos Banaag at (808) 359-1616.


Rat Lungworm Disease Case Confirmed on Hawaii Island

A second case of rat lungworm disease (angiostrongyliasis) contracted on Hawai‘i Island has been confirmed by the Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH).

The individual is a resident of North Hawai‘i and is the second person from Hawai‘i County to test positive for angiostrongyliasis in 2019, bringing the statewide total to two cases this year.

Health officials learned recently about the adult resident of North Hawai‘i, who became ill in January. Laboratory testing though DOH’s State Laboratories Division confirmed the individual’s infection in late February. The individual was hospitalized for a short time and has since recovered.

Disease investigators conducted a detailed investigation to learn more about possible sources of infection. The exact source of infection could not be identified, but investigators learned the individual had a home garden on their property. It is likely the individual accidentally consumed a slug or snail while eating produce from their garden.

“In Hawai‘i, we need to treat all slugs and snails as if they are infected with the parasite that causes rat lungworm disease, and this means washing all produce no matter where it comes from, whether it’s from the grocery store, the farmer’s market or grown in our own home gardens and yards,” said Health Director Bruce Anderson. “Washing all produce carefully and thoroughly using clean, running water is the most effective way to remove unwanted slugs or snails from fresh fruits and vegetables.”

DOH will host a community meeting in North Hawai‘i in late April to provide residents in the area with information about rat lungworm disease and how they can protect themselves. Health officials and experts on prevention will be on hand to answer questions and share information. The meeting is tentatively scheduled at the North Kohala Public Library for Monday, April 22, at 6 p.m. More details about the event and will be shared with the public at a later time.

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