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Find Your Way Around the Health Care Law

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Learn how the health care law works for you.
AARP(R) Real Possibilities
Find Your Way Around the Health Care Law
Health Care
Register for this free webinar on January 23 on the health care law.
Are you like most people and have questions about what the health care law means for you and your family?
Join AARP and Consumers Union on January 23 for this free webinar on the Affordable Care Act.
Did you know that:
You get more preventive care for free.
Children up to age 26 can stay on their parent’s family plan.
You can’t be denied coverage if you have a pre-existing condition.
You get more from your Medicare benefits.
Register today to learn what the health care law means for people with insurance, people who are uninsured or buy their own
coverage, and people with Medicare.
In addition, this 60-minute web event will include a
question-and-answer period with the experts.
Closed captioning available
This webinar will be broadcast
Thursday, January 23 at 2PM ET
New to Webinars? All you need is a computer with Internet access and audio capability.
Can’t make it on this day? No worries. Register anyway and you will receive the link to the webinar recording so you can listen to it later at your convenience.

Don’t Stay Silent!

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Child Abuse Hits Hawaii Every Day.
Stop the Abuse.
PARENTS Logo with Motto
“I’m 25 years old, and to this day, I am frozen whenever I step outside.  I am vulnerable, and fear that one day, whether I like it or not, my past is going to catch up with me.  My past being namely my parents who abused my brother and I from back when I was three.  It’s been five years since we finally escaped from them and there doesn’t yet seem to be enough distance between what my life was and what it is today.  My parents would burn us, choke us, threaten us with knives, beat us (usually with a belt or hit us in the face.  I have hearing problems and suffer from memory loss because of them). They would keep us from sleeping and threaten to kill us and our pets.  This is far from normal behavior!
To all the teachers, guidance counselors, psychologists, and the like, grandparents, relatives and neighbors:  If you know a child is suffering at the hands of a parent, don’t brush it off.  Don’t stay silent because of what others will think. Don’t think it’s the child’s fault.  I wish someone had helped me instead of telling me that I needed to be stronger.  Instead of telling me it was my fault.
Please don’t overlook abuse.  If you’re confronted with a child that can’t concentrate, who begs you to help them, I hope you make the right call.  If you don’t you’re condemning them even long after the abuse has ended.”
-by Theresa
Hard to read, but this is a reality.
We believe every child should have the opportunity to grow up in a nurturing family!
  Help us keep our keiki safe!

Please support the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
(click on the link to donate now through January 12, 2014)
All proceeds stay in Hawaii, and 100% of your donation will go towards the prevention of child abuse and neglect here in our islands.









Healthy parents and relationships are key to healthy children.  Parenting is not always easy.  It is the most important responsibility one will ever undertake.  Parents are the role models that help to guide and shape the lives of their children who will grow up to be the leaders of tomorrow.  These children are part of our communities, they are our neighbors, they go to school with our keiki.
PARENTS, Inc. has been providing
education and support services to Hawaii’s families for 38 years.
 Child abuse can be prevented.
Please give now.
(click on the link to donate now through January 12, 2014.)
45-955 Kamehameha Hwy., Suite 403
Kaneohe, HI  96744
Ph: 235-0255
Fx: 247-0477

New Year’s Message

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New Years postcard e-file

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!

We are now on Facebook!

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Visit our new page: Ka’u Rural Health Community Association, Inc.
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National Island Rural Health Day – State Legislature lauds KRHCAI and HIRHCA

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Click on the link here  Joint Big Island Delegation for the PDF file of the resolution.




in support of

National Rural Health Day on November 21, 2013


WHEREAS, rural communities possess a strong sense of unity where everyone has a voice – people know each other, listen to/respect each other and work together for the greater good; rural communities are fueled by the creative energy of their community leaders – everyday people willing to step forward, share and implement a vision, and drive changes that benefit their neighbors; and

WHEREAS, rural doesn’t necessarily mean “remote” – diverse economic, cultural and recreational opportunities abound in rural communities; and

WHEREAS, the main emphasis of rural health care has always been on providing affordable, holistic, primary care – a model to follow as heath care transitions to a wellness/prevention-based system of health care; rural hospitals, clinics, centers, and healthcare practices are the economic foundation of their communities and are typically the largest employers that ensure a healthy workforce; and

WHEREAS, rural communities are locations where physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dentists, dental hygienists, licensed social workers, and other practitioners have the unique opportunity to establish their own practices and provide quality healthcare services; and

WHEREAS, addressing the shortage of healthcare providers is one of the greatest health issues – and one of the greatest economic issues – facing rural communities today; and

WHEREAS, while the Affordable Care Act may make health care more affordable for rural communities, it doesn’t necessarily make it more accessible – fragile infrastructures and geographic barriers must be addressed in order to ensure that basic healthcare needs are met; and

WHEREAS, the healthcare needs of rural residents are as unique as the communities in which they live; those needs cannot be addressed by utilizing a generic “one size fits all” approach – programs and policies must be flexible enough to allow rural communities to identify and address the unique needs of their residents; and

WHEREAS, the KA‘U RURAL HEALTH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC., and the HAWAII ISLAND RURAL HEALTH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION play a critical role by leading efforts to help Hawaii Island rural communities address their unique healthcare needs; now, therefore,

The Twenty-seventh Legislature of the State of Hawaii hereby congratulates and commends the many dedicated community leaders and partners from the KA‘U RURAL HEALTH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC., and the HAWAII ISLAND RURAL HEALTH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION that continue to volunteer their time, energy, and resources to ensure the health and well-being of Hawaii Island’s rural communities, and extends its sincerest appreciation, fondest aloha, and best wishes in celebrating National Rural Health Day in Hawaii on November 21, 2013.