Native Hawaiian Perspectives December Webinar – December 1, 2022 – 12noon HST

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Hawaii Island Economic Development Board is honored to announce panelists for the upcoming webinar happening Thursday, December 1 at noon HST. The conversation will be moderated by Jacqui Hoover, HIEDB Executive Director.

Panelist: Lee-Ann Noelani M.H. Heely, DM

Dr. Lee-Ann Noelani Heely is the Director of Health Equity Department at Hawaii Island Community Health Center. The Health Equity Department supports the spectrum of community health providing upstream and midstream preventive education, community outreach and SDOH support through a team of Community Health Educators, Community Health Workers and SDOH Case Managers.


The goal is to reduce health disparities, increase health literacy, increase access to healthcare, link patients and non-patients with community-based organizations that support the social determinants of health.

Panelist: Wally Lau

Originally from Oahu, Wally Lau relocated with his ohana to Hawaii Island in 1997, first residing in Waimea then in Kailua-Kona. A graduate of Central Washington University, and passionate in helping strengthen families and communities, Wally began his career at Salvation Army Treatment Center for Children and Youth and Kamehameha Schools Alternative Education Programs on Oahu. Upon relocating to Hawaii Island, he started the E Ala Ike day treatment school for youths in Kapulena and the Neighborhood Place of Kona before accepting the appointment as Deputy Managing Director and then Managing Director for the County of Hawaii. 


He currently serves as the Cultural Liaison for the Hawaii Island Community Health Center and is a member of the Hawaii Island Fentanyl Task Force. Wally continues to strengthen families and communities through his volunteer work with such organizations as Royal Order of Kamehameha Ekahi, Kahu Ku Mauna, Kukio Community Fund, Hokupa`a Navigational Council, Five Mountain Hawaii and Na Leo O Hawaii Public TV.

Panelist: Shane Akoni Palacat-Nelsen

Shane Akoni Palacat-Nelsen is a Native Hawaiian born and raised in Kona. He comes from a humble family who fished and farmed where he learned the importance of malama aina. 

Shane is the president of Kuakini Hawaiian Civic Club of Kona, honoring Hawai’i Island’s first Governor, whose philosophy and focus was attuned to the diverse approaches to economic development. Shane also leads several Native Hawaiian organizations that promote and perpetuate ‘ike kupuna (traditional knowledge) and its role in modern Hawai’i. 

He currently is a Public Policy Advocate for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and enjoys spending ‘ohana time in gathering and celebrating generational traditions and customs. 

Moderator: Jacqui Hoover

Born and raised on Hawaii Island, Jacqui Hoover serves concurrently as President of Hawaii Leeward Planning Conference and as the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Hawaii Island Economic Development Board.  

She currently serves on the Military Native Hawaiian Advisory Council, Pohakuloa Training Area Community Advisory Group, State of Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative Steering Committee, Hawaii Aerospace Advisory Committee and other boards and commissions.

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About Hawaii Island Economic Development Board
Hawaii Island Economic Development Board incorporated in 1984 is a private non-profit 501(c)3 whose mission is to provide and promote private sector support and expertise for balanced growth in Hawai`i County in partnership with Federal, State, County, and private resources. HIEDB’s work includes developing and publishing the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Hawai`i Island and contributing to the CEDS for the State of Hawai`i (first published in 2005). Updated every five years, HIEDB is preparing to work with the community to update this important economic roadmap in 2021. Since 2006, HIEDB has also focused on its Kama`aina Come Home ®initiative to offer pathways for Hawai`i expatriates to return home.  To learn more, please visit or call (808) 935-2180.
Hawaii Island Economic Development Board | 67-1185 Mamalahoa Hwy, Unit D-104 #353 , Kamuela , HI 96743

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Lifestyle Choices Can Help Protect The Brain

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Research shows exercise, good nutrition and mentally stimulating activities can help protect the brain. On “The TODAY Show,” Laura Baker, Ph.D., co-primary investigator of the Alzheimer’s Association-led U.S. POINTER study, discussed recent research related to lifestyle interventions that may reduce the risk of cognitive decline.


Hawaii HIDTA Threat Bulletin – Fentanyl

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HAwaii HIDTA Threat Bulletin 9-26-22

Ka’u Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony – Sep 22, 2022

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Thursday Sept. 22, 2022
Ka’u Hospital – Pahala

United Nations 2022 Theme:    End Racism. Build Peace.

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.

But achieving true peace entails much more than laying down arms.  It requires the building of societies where all members feel that they can flourish. It involves creating a world in which people are treated equally, regardless of their race.

Secretary-General António Guterres has said:

“Racism continues to poison institutions, social structures, and everyday life in every society. It continues to be a driver of persistent inequality. And it continues to deny people their fundamental human rights. It destabilizes societies, undermines democracies, erodes the legitimacy of governments, and… the linkages between racism and gender inequality are unmistakable.”

As conflicts continue to erupt across the globe, causing people to flee, we have seen race-based discrimination at borders. As COVID-19 keeps attacking our communities, we have seen how certain racial groups have been hit much harder than others. As economies suffer, we have seen hate speech and violence directed at racial minorities.

We all have a role to play in fostering peace. And tackling racism is a crucial way to contribute.

We can work to dismantle the structures that entrench racism in our midst. We can support movements for equality and human rights everywhere. We can speak out against hate speech – both offline and online. We can promote anti-racism through education and reparatory justice.

The 2022 theme for the International Day of Peace is “End racism. Build peace.” We invite to join the efforts of the United Nations as we work towards a world free of racism and racial discrimination. A world where compassion and empathy overcome suspicion and hatred. A world that we can truly be proud of.

Peace Pole History

The planting of peace poles emerged fro the spiritual journey of Japanese philosopher and author, Masahisa Goi. His spiritual path emerged from the dark hours of post-World War II; he realized in the
course of his healing work that people needed help healing their emotional side as well as the physical. To that end, he sought a simple practice that could be done by anyone. (Ref. Ke Ola Magazine Article:
author Jan Wizinowich).

The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1918 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace  Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and tocontribute to building a Culture of Peace.


The first peace pole on Hawaii Island was planted at Kuhio Kalanaiana’ole Park in Keaukaha; followed by Kohala Innovations Charter School, Old Kona Airport Park, West Hawaii Civic Center, Palamanui Community College, Paleaku Peace Garden, Pahoa Puna Kai Shopping Center, STARS Peace Garden in Hilo, Tutu’s House in Waimea, Volcano Art Center, Liliuokalani Gardens and now on the grounds Ka’u Hospital in Pahala.
The planting of Ka’u Peace Pole on Ka’u Hospital grounds in Pahala embodies the cultural, spiritual, historical and personal commitment of keiki, family, Kupuna and community raising awareness and joining other Hawaii Island / global communities in promoting “World Peace”.

We look forward to celebrating “International Day of Peace” each year and invite everyone to join us. Be sure to bring your friends and family to visit our Ka’u Peace Pole in Pahala.

9:00am Dedication Ceremony Opening: Bell Ringing
9:05 Pule: Kupuna Jesse Ke, Ka’u Advisory Council
9:10 Pledge of Allegiance: Chuck Doyle, US Airforce Veteran
9:20 Welcome:
Bev Garrett, EmCee Volcano Rotary Club
Jennifer Aguiar, Ka’u Hospital & Rural Health Clinic
Auntie Jessie Marques, Executive Director Ka’u Rural Health
Community Association
9:30 Lee Lord, Hawaii County Mayors Managing Director
9:35 Michelle Galimba, Ka’u County Council Representative
9:40 Dan Brinkman, CEO Hawaii Health Systems Corporation
9:45 Unveiling of Peace Pole
9:50 Dedication
10:00 Closing Remarks:
MAHALO! to everyone for attending 2022 Ka’u Peace

Pole dedication ceremony

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Cancer Survivorship Seminar (October 13th 11:00am) & Mindfulness Meditation for Cancer Survivors (October 25th 11:00am) 

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[Please see Flyers for this event below]

Aloha Quality of Life Action Team,

The Queen’s Medical Center will be hosting an upcoming Cancer Survivorship Seminar on Thursday, October 13th from 11:00am – 12:00pm online via WebEx.  I have attached the flyer for registration information – please share with patients/providers that may be interested.  Dr.Michelle Murata, PsyD, will be speaking on how to “Empower Your Mind and Body Through Talk Therapy.”

I have also included a flyer for a brand new survivorship service – Mindfulness Meditation for Cancer Survivors!  This will start on Tuesday, October 25th at 11:00am – 12:00pm; we will be hosting monthly classes on the 4th Tuesday of every month.

Classes/Events are currently all virtual until further notice and open to all patients/providers at no cost.

I hope this finds you all safe and well!

Kristy Fujinaga, RN, BSN, OCN. (<> )
Clinical Nurse Navigator, Survivorship
The Queen’s Medical Center, Punchbowl Campus
1301 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: 808-691-8914  Fax: 808-691-5321

Invitation: Kaʻu Peace Pole Dedication – Sep 22, 2022 at 9:00am

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Please mark your calendars for Thursday Sept. 22 @ 9:00am for the dedication of Kau Peace Pole in celebration of National Peace Day.
Feel free to share flier (attachment) with family, friends, neighbors, schools, churches,  community and social media network.
KRHCAI, Kau Hospital & Rural Health Clinic and Volcano Rotary are partners of this special event and our organizations are acknowledged on a plaque.

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Press Release: by Bev Garret, Rotary Club of Volcano

The Rotary Club of Volcano is partnering with Kau Rural Heath Community Association, Kau Hospital &amp; Rural Health Clinic and invite the community to dedication ceremonies of a new International Peace Pole in Pahala on Thursday September 22 at 9:00am, at the entrance to Kau Hospital to celebrate International Peace Day.

A Peace Pole is an internationally recognized symbol of the hopes and dreams of the human family, standing vigil in silent prayer for peace on earth. Each Peace Pole bears the message
“May Peace Prevail on Earth” in different languages on each of its four or six sides. There are estimated over 250,000 Peace Poles in every country in the world, including one outside the
Volcano Art Center.

Planting a Peace Pole is a way of bringing people together to inspire, awaken and uplift the human consciousness the world over. The Pahala Peace Pole dedication ceremony includes
Kupuna, local church leaders, Hawaii County Mayor’s Office, Rotary Club of Volcano, Kau Rural Health Community Association, Kau Hospital &amp; Rural Health Clinic, Hilo Medical
Center, HHSC East Hawaii Board of Directors, elected officials and community.

We invite everyone to visit the Peace Pole the next time you are in Pahala town.

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