Month: October 2015

Domestic Violence Action Center 25th Anniversary Celebration

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Domestic Violence Action Center
We are 10 months IN …
We are a little giddy over here at the Domestic Violence Action Center. As we move through our Anniversary year achieving goals we set and maintaining momentum in celebrating the milestone with community allies.

It is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and all eyes and hearts are set on raising awareness. We have been able to gather the community to focus on domestic violence and we have had audiences with the Mayor, the downtown business community, men in our community, the Waianae and Waipahu communities and the television viewing audience through appearances on Hawaii News Now Sunrise. Matt Levi Investigates aired their Special Report on Domestic Violence an unprecedented 4 times (KFVE, KGMB, and KHNL). Rick Blangiardi has designated his Commentary this month on domestic violence. DVAC received 4 Sunrise segments during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, featuring different perspectives to highlight the breadth and depth of this complex community issue.

Matt Levi Investigates: Domestic Violence
Matt Levi Investigates: Domestic Violence

The Men’s March Against Violence was a raging success. Dr Jamie Ford has perfected the art of emcee-ing. Dr Salvatore Lanzilotti received the Distinguished Citizen Award for his unparalleled leadership in every position he has held, sharpening understanding about domestic violence. George Greene, CEO and President of the HealthCare Association of Hawaii lent his personal and professional perspective to the issue. Dr. Jerris Hedges, as Honorary Chair, mobilized the university community and employed media resources to emphasize the importance of men speaking out about domestic violence. Catholic Charities Hawaii, C&C of Honolulu, DVAC, HSCADV, Kapiolani Community College, PACT, PHOCUSED,  Bank of Hawaii, First Hawaiian Bank, Central Pacific Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Waipahu High School, University of Hawaii, Honolulu Police Department, Honolulu Fire Department, Hawaii Community Foundation, Damien High School, St. Louis High School, UH Athletics, Pacific Business News, Commission on the Status of Fatherhood, Salvation Army ATS, Ala Ku’ola, and government officials (State Legislators, Mayor’s Cabinet members, City Council members)… were all represented at the event.

UH Strong in Men's March
UH Strong in Men’s March Against Violence

The 25th Anniversary Gala, hosted by the Domestic Violence Action Center, featuring Travis Thompson, Starr Kalahiki and Na Wahine O La’akea brought friends, supporters and allies together to reflect on the progress that has been made in our communities over the last 25 years.

First Lady Dawn Ige presented the agency with a Commendation, Diane Paloma opened the evening with a beautiful oli, and Eric Schiff carried the guests through an exciting live auction, featuring paintings by Eva Makk, a surfboard shaped by Ninja Surfboards, a Roy’s feast prepared at the buyer’s home and a HASR Bistro wine tasting party. Iona dancers were there, Heart Art gave guests an opportunity to attach a ribbon (Peace Begins with Me) to further sculpt the artwork donated by Jonathan Swanz. The Chalkboards were available, for personal messaging about “A Loving Relationship is _______.” Services for Safety were available for support from guests and Pegge Hopper recyclable bags and mugs were on sale. Jade Moon served as the solo sister emcee, bringing her whole self to the task at hand. Her voice is one of beauty and conviction always. DVAC staff worked together with community allies who served on committees to bring the Gala to life. Judi Morris chaired the Gala Planning Committee which was comprised of Marsha Bolson, Suzanne Young, Bridget Holthus, Cori Weston, Cedric Duarte and Ikaika Hussey. Michele Nishikawa chaired the Silent Auction Committee which successfully collected donations of art, certificates for food, clothes, athletic and professional training and jewelry. Vera Wright, Cori Weston, Ikaika Hussey and Rex Fujichaku (current DVAC Board President) served as the Table Sales committee.  


November brings us The Art of Peace exhibition at the Pegge Hopper Gallery. This invitational fundraiser exhibit will feature more than 50 artists who have agreed to participate in the show, with A. Kimberlin Blackburn serving as the Committee Chair. The exhibit kicks off with an opening Reception on November 12, 2015 from 5:00pm – 7:30pm and runs through December 12, 2015. Some of the featured artists include Keli’i Beyer, A. Kimberlin Blackburn, Margaret Ezekiel, Jon Hamblin, Nanci Hersh, Ryan Higa, Pegge Hopper, May Izumi, John Koga, Marcia Morse, Betsy Robertson, Esther Shimazu and Liz Train. Through a month long silent auction bidding process or buy-it-now options, funds will be raised for DVAC.


While it may seem early to think about holiday gift giving, we are promoting Poinsettias for Peace now because we want to make your holiday shopping easy this year. With a few “clicks”, you can purchase beautiful locally grown 6″ Red Poinsettias to give to your clients or colleagues, family and friends while also supporting a valuable community resource.  Or, you can make a monetary donation in their name and we will send a Personalized Holiday Greeting from you to them. Click on the image above to find out more and place your order!

25th Anniversary Mugs and Bags!
How’s the plastic bag ban working for you? Need some new bags? Have the need to give any gifts? We have the gorgeous recyclable bags, featuring a Pegge Hopper design, available for YOU!
Our 25th Anniversary re-useable foldaway shopping bags are now on sale! Each bag comes imprinted with a beautiful Pegge Hopper “Kai Ho’lulu”artwork on one side and a silver 25th Anniversary DVAC logo on the other side. The bag is 16″ tall and 15″ wide and folds into a very convenient pouch (5″H x 3.5″ diameter). It’s available in 3 different color options: blue, purple or pink. AND we have beautiful 6” tall coffee mugs with matching artwork, too. Order yours today by clicking one of the images below or this link.

Speaker’s Bureau
DVAC is actively recruiting survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) who are interested in joining efforts by the agency to deepen the community’s understanding of living with abuse, efforts to seek help, and the work of healing and re-building their lives. The voice of survivors sharing their lived experience can be life altering, personally empowering and persuasive for the community. Call us if you are interested in joining our Speakers Bureau. Contact Cindy Spencer at 447-3510 or

These generous allies stand beside the work of the Domestic Violence Action Center.

Alexa and Kelly Sueda
Ann Botticelli
Cheryl and Ray Soon
Cori Weston
Dianne Brookins
Elisa Yadao
Gloria Garvey
Brook Gramann
Janis Reischmann
JoAnn Farnsworth
Loretta Sheehan
Louise Ing
Margery Bronster
Marsha Bolson
Sandra Lacar
Vera Wright

Mahalo for your gift to make possible our participation in ARTafterDark on February 27, 2015.

Anniversary Alliance
Local businesses and friends that are supporting DVAC during 2015, the 25th Anniversary of the agency’s work:
Angels by the Sea
Kaka’ako Kitchen 
Laka Skin Care & Spa 
Lanikai Bath & Body 
Marketing Connections 
Na Mea Hawai’i 
Noho Designs 
‘Ōlelo Community Media 
Summit Magazine 
Pegge Hopper Gallery
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USDA News Release – Adolf’s Meat Products recalls assorted deli meat due to possible Listeria Adulteration

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United States Department of Agriculture

Food Safety and Inspection Service

News Release

Adolf’s Meat Products Recalls Assorted Deli Meat Due to Possible Listeria Adulteration

Class I Recall132-2015
Health Risk: HighOct 26, 2015

Congressional and Public Affairs
Julie Schwartz
(202) 720-9113

EDITOR’S NOTE: FSIS has updated the recall release issued on Oct. 27, 2015 to reflect that the products associated with recall 132-2015 were only distributed at the company’s establishment in Connecticut.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2015 – Adolf’s Meat Products, a Hartford, Conn. establishment, is recalling approximately 224 pounds of assorted meat that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The following items, produced on Oct. 20, 2015, are subject to recall: [View Label]

  • 14-lb. of Smoked Kielbasa
  • 100-lb. of Hams
  • 40-lb. of Canadian Bacon
  • 30-lb. of Bone-In Pork Loins
  • 50-lb. of Liverwurst

The smoked kielbasa products bear establishment number “EST. 34651” inside the USDA mark of inspection, while other products were sold without labels from behind a deli counter. All recalled products were sold at the company’s store, Adolf’s Meat & Sausage Kitchen,  located in Hartford, Connecticut.

The problem was discovered during routine FSIS sample testing. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at

FSIS advises all consumers to reheat ready-to-eat product until steaming hot.

Media and consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Joseph Gorski, President, at (860) 522-1588.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or via smartphone at The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at:

USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
1-888-MPHOTLINE or visit

  • Wash hands with warm, soapy water before and after handling raw meat and poultry for at least 20 seconds. Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water. Immediately clean spills.
  • Do not eat hot dogs, luncheon meats, bologna or other deli meats unless reheated until steaming hot.
  • Do not eat refrigerated pate, meat spreads from a meat counter or smoked seafood found in the refrigerated section of the store. Foods that do not need refrigeration, like canned tuna and canned salmon, are safe to eat. Refrigerate after opening.
  • Do not drink raw (unpasteurized) milk and do not eat foods that have unpasteurized milk in them.
  • Do not eat salads made in the store, such as ham salad, chicken salad, egg salad, tuna salad or seafood salad.
  • Do not eat soft cheeses, such as Feta, queso blanco, queso fresco, Brie, Camembert cheeses, blue-veined cheeses and Panela, unless it is labeled as made with pasteurized milk.
  • Use precooked or ready-to-eat food as soon as you can. L. monocytogenes can grow in the refrigerator. The refrigerator should be 40º F or cooler and the freezer 0º F or colder.
  • Use an appliance thermometer to check the temperature of your refrigerator.

Product Label

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.
Last Modified Oct 28, 2015

MADD – How many youth (ages 15-20) have been a passenger with a drinking driver?

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month – Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the “Day of Unity” held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at the local, state, and national level. In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. That same year marks the initiation of the first national domestic violence toll-free hotline. In 1989, the U.S. Congress passed Public Law 101-112 designating October of that year as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Such legislation has passed every year since with NCADV providing key leadership in this effort. Each year, the Day of Unity is celebrated the first Monday of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
 —Adapted from the 1996 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Resource Manual of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
1987 was the first year of honoring victims, survivors and their families by celebrating Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The cost of intimate partner violence annually exceeds $5.8 billion, including $4.1 billion in direct health care expenses.

Women age 20-24 are at greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence and highest rates of rape and sexual assault.

Men experience 2.9 million intimate partner related physical attacks each year.

For more general information about domestic violence, including potential warning signs for emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline’s information page

 10 ways you can Take Action:
1. Join a local organization that supports victims & survivors.
2. Volunteer at a shelter for victims of domestic abuse.
3. Contact your local shelter to find out their most needed donation items and start a donation drive in your community.
4. Learn about mandated reporting, what it means and who it effects.
5. Raise awareness about domestic violence by wearing a purple ribbon and starting a conversation.
6. Learn how to recognize domestic abuse.
7. Know the facts and share them with others.
8. Teens: take the “Cool, Not Cool” online quiz to learn about digital dating abuse.
9. Write to your local legislative representative about the issue and urge them to work to support victims and survivors.
10. Wear purple on “Wear Purple Day” on October 15 in honor and support of victims and survivors of domestic violence.
San Diego Domestic Violence Council
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Awareness Project
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Presidential Proclamation on Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2015
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Blue Zones Project Community Kick-Offs October 16-17

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OCT 16-17

Join the movement for a Healthier Hawaiˋi as we launch Blue Zones Project in Ko’olaupoko, East Hawaiˋi, and North Hawaiˋi with a free, family-friendly celebration!

Blue Zones Project is a community-wide well-being improvement initiative to help make healthy choices easier in Hawaiˋi.Grab your friends, family, and neighbors and join us for this free, community-wide celebration event to launch Blue Zones Project®. Discover how you can get involved in transforming Ko`olaupoko, East Hawaiˋi and North Hawaiˋi into places where healthy choices are the easiest to make. You’ll learn how implementing Blue Zones® principles can lead to a longer, better life!

  • Ko`olaupoko | Friday October 16, 5-8 p.m.
  • East Hawaiˋi | Saturday October 17, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • North Hawaiˋi | Saturday October 17, 3-6 p.m.


DAN BUETTNER National Geographic Explorer and New York Times best-selling author of The Blue Zones and The Blue Zones Solution.
Don’t miss Dan’s SPECIAL presentation!
  • Koˋolaupoko: 6:30 p.m.
  • East Hawaiˋi: 10:30 a.m.
  • North Hawaiˋi: 5 p.m.
*Book signing with Dan to follow!
Click here to register and to find more information about the events and activities at each location.
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USDA Tip of the Day – Buy Vegetables that are easy to prepare!

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Tip: Make it easy.


Make it easy.

Buy vegetables that are easy to prepare. Pick up baby carrots, cabbage slaw mix and grape tomatoes for a salad in minutes. Veggies such as snow peas or celery sticks make quick snacks.