Month: March 2016

Hawaii Bans New Cesspools and Offers Upgrade Tax Credit

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March 11, 2016                                                                                                                                            16-016                        


HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) announced today that Governor David Ige has signed new Wastewater System rules that would ban new cesspools statewide. Hawaii has been the only state in the country that allows new cesspools. New cesspools are currently allowed on most of Hawaii Island and parts of Maui and Molokai, but are banned in the rest of the State. Today’s action banning new cesspools statewide would stop the addition of pollution from approximately 800 new cesspools per year.
Hawaii has about 88,000 cesspools, far more than any other state. Cesspools provide no treatment, and inject about 55 million gallons of raw sewage into Hawaii’s groundwater every day, potentially spreading diseases and harming the quality of drinking water supplies and recreational waters.
The new rules also implement a 2015 law providing a tax credit of up to $10,000 for cesspools upgraded to sewer or septic system during the next five years, limited to $5 million or about 500 cesspool upgrades per year. Under the law, owners of cesspools located within 200 feet of the ocean, streams or marsh areas, or near drinking water sources can qualify for the tax credit. DOH will be issuing forms soon for taxpayers who want to apply for the credit. Taxpayers should first establish with a contractor that their cesspool is in a location that qualifies for the credit and then keep records to show DOH and the Tax Department the amount spent on a qualifying upgrade.
The new administrative rules become effective ten days after filing with the Lieutenant Governor’s Office.
Deputy Director of Environmental Health Keith Kawaoka applauded the passage of the rules, and said “Today’s action protects public health and is a good first step toward eliminating water pollution from cesspools.”
Details on DOH’s proposal are available at

19th Annual GM Meeting & Conference

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The Public Is Invited To

Ka’u Rural Health Community Association, Inc.

19th Annual General Membership Meeting & Conference

Friday April 15, 2016

Pahala Community Center

8:30am – 1:30pm

“Rural Health At Work In Our Communities”


Ka’u Hospital & Rural Health Clinic

USDA – Rural Business & Development  Grant  Programs

Commission on the Status of Women

Alu Like Employment & Training Program

Community Health Workers Pilot Program

Ka’u Intermediate & High School Health Occupation Students of America

Hawaii County Office of Aging /Aging & Disabilities Resource Center



Vendors are Welcome –  Pre Registration Required

Deadline:  April 10, 2016

 For More information call: Ka’u Resource & Distance Learning Center @ 928-0101

Ka’u High & Pahala Elem HOSA Club Competes statewide

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Back row: Aislynn Carroll, Angie Miyashiro (Adv.), Jenny Mauricio, Ezra Ramones.  Front Row: Sheilla Felipe, Monica Covarrubio, Ty De SA, Travis Taylor

KA`U HIGH & PAHALA ELEMENTARY School’s Health Occupations Students of America club competed with 32 schools at the state level on O`ahu last month, and members qualified for Nationals by taking second and third places.  They team will be traveling to Nashville, Tennessee in June 2016  to compete at the Nationals.

HOSA is an international student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education Division of ACTE. HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance delivery of quality health care to all people.

HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult and collegiate students enrolled in health science education and biomedical science programs or have interests in pursuing careers in health professions.

Dr. Angie Miyashiro, HOSA Health Club Advisor and teacher is extremely proud of her students and welcomes any monetary donations to help defray travel expenses to attend the National competition.


KRHCAI Directors complete 2016-17 Strategic Plan

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On Feb. 29, 2016 KRHCAI board of directors met and completed their 2016-2017 Strategic Plan. Left to right: Donna Kekoa, Mahealani Taganas , BettyJo Adam , Daniel Mokiao, Jessie Marques, Delvin Navarro, Shawnette Navarro.  Missing from photo, Ashtin Karasuda, Wanda Louis and Theresa Richardson.

Strategic Plan KRHCAI 2016