Month: January 2013

Ka’u Rural Health Community Association awarded HMSA Foundation Grant

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Kau Rural Health Community Association, Inc. board of directors is proud to announce that funding to support the “Ka’u Rural Health Academy” Program, a demonstration project that focuses on health, education, research opportunities and economic sustainability was provided by the HMSA Foundation.

Jessie Marques president states that the program will 1) provide and promote health education / prevention: Health & Wellness education; 2) establish a Youth Mentoring Program that fosters health career pathways, education, training and employment opportunities; and 3) introduce consumers to the use of health information and technology in the healthcare industry. The project is slated to begin March  2013 and is open to the general public.

Applications are now being taken for Office Manager and Program Assistant.  Interested applicants can mail Resume to:  KRHCAI  P.O. Box 878  Pahala, HI  96777.  Deadline for application is Monday January 21, 2013.

KRHCAI’s 2nd annual Floating Lantern Celebration

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Thanks to the combined efforts of chairman Rey Javar, the KRHCAI board of directors, our guest performers, the generous donation and kokua from Pacific Quest, and the numerous hardworking volunteers,  Kaʻu Rural Health Community Association, Inc. enjoyed its second successful annual Floating Lantern Celebration on Saturday, November 24th 2012.


Welcomed by blue skies and pleasant weather, the event was host to quite a few participants from last year’s celebration, but also to many first time visitors from around the world.  In keeping with the sense of community spirit and togetherness, participants shared a potluck meal as they sat and crafted their lanterns, writing personal messages to their loved ones.

KRHCAI was also fortunate to have a selection of entertainers who generously donated their time and talents in adding to the positive ambiance of the floating lantern celebration.   Chase Cabudol and Patrick Kahele treated the audience to Hawaiian music, Hui Okinawa Kobudo Taiko group graciously delivered three engaging and pulse driving performances, and the senior citizens of Hannah’s Hula Halau from Ocean View captivated audience members with their graceful and charming dance numbers.

Hui Okinawa Kobudo  Taiko Group


Hannah’s Hula Halau from Ocean View

As the day drew to a close, participants made their way to the sand at Medicine Pond, and with a pensive, reverent bearing, launched their decorated lanterns in the pond.



Framed between the crashing ocean waves and the solemn mountains in the distance, the placid water of the Medicine Pond provided participants a perfect backdrop for reflection and emotional healing, as they shared a quiet moment to fondly recall memories of the friends and family members who were inscribed on their lanterns, and also written indelibly, in their hearts.

Fiscal Cliff Compromise Averts Tax Hikes and Delays Major Federal Spending Cuts

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Fiscal Cliff Compromise Averts Tax Hikes and Delays Major Federal
Spending Cuts

Health and safety net programs remain on the chopping block.

January 3, 2013

WASHINGTON—The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) is encouraged that Congressional leaders and the administration were able to reach a compromise to avert the “fiscal cliff,” but urges lawmakers to work expeditiously on an agreement to reduce the debt through balanced spending reductions and tax increases before March 2013.

The last-minute deal maintains tax cuts for the middle class and temporarily extends unemployment insurance, both of which are especially important for low- and middle-income Americans struggling in the weakened economy.  But, the agreement merely delays the automatic spending cuts, known as sequestration, for two months, setting the stage for continuing budget battles.

“We are pleased that Congressional leaders and President Obama came together on a compromise that protects middle-class Americans.  We remain concerned, however, that the major spending cuts called for under sequestration threaten the nation’s public health infrastructure,” said Kathy Ko Chin, APIAHF president and CEO.  “Sequestration must be addressed through a balanced solution that combines spending cuts with revenue raises and protects critical health programs.”

Sequestration calls for an over 8 percent reduction in federal discretionary spending, coming at a time when major federal health initiatives, including health care reform implementation, are underway.  While funding for Medicaid, health care reform and other critical safety net programs are largely protected under the sequester, these initiatives will likely be targets for significant cuts as Congressional leaders work on a more permanent solution in the coming weeks.

APIAHF is closely monitoring fiscal and budget negotiations and remains committed to ensuring that public health funding, safety net programs and funding for health care reform implementation are fully protected.

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