Month: December 2013

Center for Disease Control: New Project to collect data for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders

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Press Release

New project aimed at collecting health data for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have launched a new project aimed at improving health data collection for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. The information will be collected through the National Health Interview Survey, which is conducted by CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.
As a way to increase the number of Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander households included in the survey, the Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander National Health Interview Survey uses the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, which collects data on approximately 3 million households in the United States annually.
The Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders National Health Interview Survey will include a sample of approximately 4,000 households. Data collection for the survey begins in February 2014 and findings will be available in the summer of 2015. The data will help public health researchers to produce reports on a wide range of important health indicators for the Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander population.
The confidentiality of responses is assured under Section 308 (d) of the Public Health Service Act. Many procedures are in place to prevent the disclosure of personal data, including data encryption and secure data networks. Responses are collected by the U.S. Census Bureau and securely transmitted to the National Center for Health Statistics where the data undergo edits and removal of personal identifiers. The collected data are used for research and statistical purposes only.
“This project represents a significant milestone in our implementation of the HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities by enhancing the availability and quality of data collected and reported on racial and ethnic minority populations,” said Dr. J. Nadine Gracia, HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health. “This unprecedented survey, which further advances the goals of data collection as called for by the Affordable Care Act, will shed important light on the health status of the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander population.”

Ka’u Hospital Community Needs Survey

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The Ka’u Hospital Community Needs Survey Tool is now available. Please click on link below.

Public Access Room – Legislature sets FREE workshops –

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                                                                                  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 “We the Powerful!”

Discover the Public’s Power in the Legislative Process


  • Easy ways to add your voice & ideas to the process that determines State laws
  • Overview of the people at the Capitol, what they do there, and how and when lawmaking takes place
  • Handy tips for finding the information you need, including an overview of the legislature’s website
  • Assistance in writing and delivering effective testimony – at the Capitol or from your home on the Big Island

Honolulu, Hawaii – Between December 12 and December 18, the Public Access Room (the “PAR”) will conduct a series of free neighborhood workshops entitled, “We the Powerful!”  These meetings are designed to demystify the State lawmaking process, and will demonstrate ways that people can speak out at the legislature without ever having to leave the Big Island.  All are welcome.  No registration or prior experience is required.

Part 1 (1st hour): How the Legislative Process Works (and How to Work It)

Part 2 (2nd hour): Digging Deeper (interactive session) – Delving further into the legislature’s website and other resources.

People are welcome to attend either or both sessions.  The PAR, a division of the State of Hawaii’s non-partisan Legislative Reference Bureau, is the public’s office at the State Capitol and has long been devoted to assisting residents as they engage in State legislative government. There is never a fee for services.

PAR’s workshops are designed to be useful to both newcomers and veterans of the legislative process.  Covered topics will include an overview of the Legislature’s website, understanding the legislative process, delivering effective testimony, and making sense of the calendar and deadlines.  Renewed inspiration to be part of the solution will be the overriding theme.

The schedule of PAR’s December Hawaii Island presentations is as follows:

Thursday               December 12             6:00 p.m.            Pahala Plantation Manager’s Hous (at the corner of Maile & Pikake Streets)

Friday                     December 13             6:00 p.m.            UH Hilo Ho’oulu Terrace, UCB Room 127

Saturday                December 14           12:00 noon           Kailua-Kona Civic Center’s Liquor  Control Conference Room

Monday                 December 16             6:00 p.m.            Pahoa Community Center

Tuesday                 December 17             6:00 p.m.            Waimea Parker Library Conference Room

Wednesday          December 18             6:00 p.m.            Laupahoehoe Library Conference Room

For additional information, or to arrange for individual tutorials or group workshops, residents are invited to contact the Public Access Room toll free from the Big Island at 974 4000 ext.70478 or via email at Please contact PAR directly to make arrangements if special assistance or services such as sign language interpreters are needed.


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2013 Ka’u Community Lantern Ceremony – Nov 30

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2013 Ka’u Community Lantern Ceremony – November 30 at Punalu’u Black Sands Beach Park

“Honoring Past, Present and Future Generations”

Families and friends gather to honor and remember loved ones, families and caregivers.

Rep. Onishi visits Better Choices, Better Health Family Fair 11/9

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Representative Richard Onishi stops in and visits with Better Choices Better Health Family Fair on November 9. On left, Aunty Jessie, KRHCAI Executive Director, center, Rep. Onishi and right, Donna Kekoa, KRHCAI Board President. Rep. Onishi enjoyed talking to all the organizations and attendees!