***Commentary***What Became Of The Rat Lungworm Meeting In Kehena At Noon?

Didn’t make it to the Seaview meeting today about Rat Lungworm Disease plaguing us. I would like to know what became of that meeting and if there were any enlightenments.
You can either not have a salad again, or you can take the risk that you washed and cooked your vegetable to get rid of the nematodes. My little community of housemamas is having a meeting about Rat Lungworm.
It is so sad to hear about the people who are suffering from this disease. Apparently, our health professionals here are not prepared to deal with this plague. People having been suffering and getting misdiagnosed. Health officials have mistaken Rat Lungworm as Leptosporosis.
This is not just about washing and cooking your vegetables.
The first place they try to live is in the nervous system. You get burning sensations and joint aches… In this one woman’s case, the nematodes have infiltrated her brain.
The consensus in my meeting is that we must have a cat that gets the rats and mice, and does not live inside with us. We must be diligent about the eradication of slugs and snails.
How to make a trap: get an empty container that has a lid. Cut a door in the lip of the lid. Leave the door’s ramp in place so you can close it. Put one teaspoon of Sluggo in the jar.
One friend has a theory that chickens will eat the slugs. Another one disagrees with her.

Island News — Department of Health Offers Online SO2 Alert Index

Thanks, Mark, for information about a Department of Health website that offers the most up-to-date SO2 levels due to the Kilauea Volcano. At the time of this writing, the air quality was deemed “good” in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hilo, Kona, Mountain View, Pahala and the Puna East Station.  Click here http://www.hiso2index.info/for the current SO2 reading.

Dispatches From Curt — Melancholy 9s; Hui Okinawa, Our Only Hilo Okinawan [Uchinanchu] Org;Gov. Lingle & Ceded Lands; Keep Our Kids In Line — 1920s

(Curtis Narimatsu is a lifelong resident of Hilo who writes about the forgotten past such as the old plantation days & untold heroes.)

Melancholy 9s

Naalehu’s Gunji Kono started Hilo Transportation freight service on Kam Ave. next to Hilo Iron Works.  Gabriel Manning 1918-2008 saw Gunji perish in an instant as the April Fools Day 1946 3rd tsunami “wave,” 30 ft. high, slammed into Gunji’s huge wood frame 2 story bldg. b/n Emma St. [today’s DLNR aquatic structures driveway] & Hilo Iron Works bldg. parking lot, while Gunji was running up the back stairway to retrieve his cash [payday for employees] from his office.  Gunji’s baby brother is Joyce Kono Fasi’s dad.  Hiroaki Kono 1923-1969 took over Hilo Trans.  Hiroaki had a fear of flying [like John Madden/Ali] & would only fly on good weather days.  Hiroaki was a chain smoker & died of lung cancer in 1969.  Hiroaki’s lovely wife Elaine 1923-1989 outlived him by 20 yrs.  Their only child, Larry, destined for greatness [HPA grad/good athlete/businessman], died after jogging while in Africa, Larry 1948-1979.   Seemingly, Elaine suffered a broken heart, w/Larry dying so unexpectedly 10 yrs. before Elaine.  The melancholy 9s, death by decade [Hiroaki died 1969/Larry died 1979/Elaine died 1989].  So tragic/sad.  Love, –Curt 

Hui Okinawa, Our Only Hilo Okinawan [Uchinanchu] Org

 Sadly, Hui Okinawa doesn’t recognize Okinawan/uchinanchu leaders. It only rewards its members who do fundraising/reach old age.  Carol Uyehara Oki [husband is half-Okinawan, Afuso kin, not Yafuso], whose family came from my Wainaku mill camp, but who moved to O`ahu almost a century ago, was brave enough [she says too naive] to endorse Jimmy Yagi’s nomination as Hongwanji Living Treasure, on behalf of Hui Okinawa, 10 yrs. ago [Jimmy didn’t get enshrined because Jimmy is solely basketball, not community enrichment].  But she says Hui Okinawa won’t do endorsements anymore, & Yagi’s was the 1st & last one ever done.  She kidded me that I was so passionate about my nomination of Yagi that she made an exception only for Yagi. Yes, Yagi was a member of Hui Okinawa, just as Nancy Takayesu is a member [Nancy 1st female bar/tavern owner in Hilo/1st Okinawan proprietor in industry].   –Curt

Gov. Lingle & Ceded Lands

Private ownership makes up 55% of lands in Hawai`i State, w/the rest in Gov’t land ownership [43% ceded, 2% misc. gov’t].  Gov. Lingle tried to be “politically correct” in siding w/Haw’n separatists, but she had no legal footing.  Sovereign immunity emplaces ceded land authority in the legislature/gov’t, not Haw’ns per se [or OHA].  The U.S. Supreme Court will rule in favor of Lingle, who tried to appease Haw’ns by suggesting gov’t mgmt./usage, not gov’t sovereign ownership as the Constitution calls for.  Local CJ Ron Moon’s off-the-wall ruling favoring OHA is too much for Lingle to stomach, & she correctly now exercises sovereign immunity as the Constitution calls for.  –Curt

Keep Our Kids In Line — 1920s

 As Marion Arakawa born 1922 colorfully describes, nagaya/tenement house Suzukida-man next to Taishoji church b/n Kino`ole/Kilauea Sts. was a benshi, who acted out the parts in silent movies.  Beside Mana Stable [by 1920s it was Mana Transport] corner Mamo/Kilauea Sts. was dense wood of guava trees.  This was where kimotori lived in middle of guava thicket, per benshi man.  Kimotori means liver stealer — who preys on small children for their liver — the younger the liver, the tastier it gets for kimotori man.  “This hair-raising horror story of the gruesome kimotori man terrified us kids like crazy,” says Marion.  The smoke from the open fire was an omen that kimotori man fetched a new victim.  “Our legs flew into the fastest mode that made our sides so sore w/sharp pain [from being out of breath by running for our lives] everytime we passed the scariest guava jungle!” John Roy Souza related similar real life story of the Luso man [Aunt Maggie’s former hubby “Bresil”] w/hole in cheek who told kids he was gonna eat’um [if they wandered away too far/long from their home/parents/family].  Impish John Roy/peers would steal eggs from coup, poke hole in top of egg, & slurp the inside.  Yikes!!   Love, –Curt

Volcano News — From Hula Kahiko To Exploring Fungi, Volcano Art Center Hosts A Range Of Activities In February

Hula Kahiko, “Love The Arts” fundraiser, exhibits honoring Pele or exploring the artistry of gourds and quilts, there is not going to be a dull moment at the Volcano Art Center in February:

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

First 2009 Na Mea Hawai’i Hula Kahiko performance — See traditional hula and chant performed outdoors on the hula platform overlooking Kilauea Crater, featuring Ka Pa Hula Na Wai Iwi Ola under the direction of kumu hula Keala Ching. Hawaiian crafts demonstrations at Volcano Art Center Gallery from 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Free (Park entrance fees apply). 

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“Amour des Arts” (Love the Arts) – A Fundraiser for the Volcano Art Center — Be a sweetheart to the arts while enjoying a cozy evening–replete with delectable pupus and sparkling entertainment–in front of the Great Room fireplace. Hosted by VAC’s board of directors, this annual fundraiser features a selection of gourmet hors d’oeuvres, wines, chocolates, and cheeses, as well as live music plus live and silent auctions. This year’s event features a French theme. Proceeds from the evening will raise funds for additional educational facilities at Niaulani. Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village (corner of Kalanikoa & Old Volcano Roads). $35. 

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Explore the Hidden Forest: Lichens, Mosses, and Fungi — a workshop with botanist Tim Tunison. This workshop is perfect for those intrigued by the flora that grow where most cannot and wonder what importance they have in a forest’s ecosystem. Tunison leads interpretive walks through the moderately wet forests of Kipuka Ki and Kipuka Puaulu in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park as well as the Niaulani and Ola’a rain forests near the Kilauea summit region. $60 includes an illustrated information packet and educational CD (financial aid available). 

Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009, 9 a.m. to noon

Niaulani Forest Work Day — Enjoy the open air while volunteering to help preserve the beauty and diversity of the native, old growth rainforest at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village (corner of Kalanikoa & Old Volcano Roads). Held on the third Sunday of each month, these work days are a unique opportunity for individuals, families, and groups to connect with nature and with each other while assisting in a variety of needed tasks, plus learn about the rich mixture of flora and fauna on the 7.4 acre property. Free. 

Friday – Sunday, Feb. 20, 2009 to Feb. 22, 2009 (beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday and ending at 3 p.m. on Sunday)

11th Annual Weekend Writers Retreat: Writing For Power, Heart & Vision — Facilitated by writer-instructor Tom Peek, join an intimate community of writers in a focused weekend of writing, sharing, and inspiration. Improve the emotion, depth, and potency of your work via extensive writing exercises, friendly reading of work, and engaging group discussion. Open to all levels and genres. 6 catered meals included; housing optional. $235 retreat only / $370 retreat plus 2 nights in a private room with shared bath (financial aid available). 

Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fabulous Gourds: Design & Decorating Techniques —  In a workshop with fiber artist Jelena Clay, learn how to select and prepare a gourd for various types of design and decorating techniques. Workshop topics include: design using patterns, weaving on gourds, surface embellishment, and stains and dyes. You gain the know-how to create decorative gourds, plus walk away with your one-of-a-kind finished piece. Open to ages 16 & up, beginning to experienced levels. $85 includes a pre-cleaned and prepared gourd, use of instructor’s dremel and wood burners, plus other materials (financial aid available). 

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009,  5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Opening reception for “Abundance,” an exhibit of quilts & gourds — By Lori Pasco & Michael Harburg, the exhibit continues through April 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Free (Park entrance fees apply). 

For information about any of the above, call (808) 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

Island News — Scholarships Offered For Cornell, Brown Summer Programs

The Kohala Center invites high school students to apply for scholarships to summer engineering and environmental science programs at Cornell and Brown universities.

Applications are due February 28 for the Cornell CATALYST Academy’s one-week residential engineering program and for the Brown University Environmental Leadership Lab (BELL) this summer.

The CATALYST Academy offers students classroom experience, lab sessions, and project research in engineering and related disciplines. Social events, panel discussions, and other out-of-classroom activities provide participants with opportunities to network informally with Cornell faculty, staff, and students. The Academy is July 19–25 on Cornell’s campus in Ithaca, New York.

Applicants to the Academy must be current freshmen, sophomores, or juniors, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and have completed the required Algebra II and science courses.

The Kohala Center, through the Earl E. Bakken Science and Engineering Scholarship Program, is offering two partial scholarships for qualifying Hawai‘i Island applicants to travel to and attend this summer’s CATALYST Academy. Application instructions and forms are available at www.kohalacenter.org/catalyst. All application and scholarship materials should be submitted to The Kohala Center by Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009. Contact Samantha Birch at sbirch@kohalacenter.org or 808-443-2755 with questions.

Scholarships are also available for three sessions of the Brown University Environmental Leadership Lab (BELL): BELL Sustainable Development, June 28–July 10 and July 12–25, and BELL Field Ecology, July 26–August 7.

BELL students learn and live outdoors at Brown’s 372-acre historic Haffenreffer Estate farm on Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island and enjoy a full program of study focusing on the natural environment and developing the leadership skills they need to tackle pressing environmental problems in their home communities. For more information on the BELL programs, visit www.brown.edu/scs/pre-college/leadership.

The Kohala Center, through the Earl E. Bakken Scholarship Program, is working with Brown University to offer two partial scholarships to travel to and attend BELL. Download all application materials at www.kohalacenter.org/bellRI.html or call The Kohala Center at 808-887-6411 to request an application.  The deadline for all applications is Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009.

All BELL application and scholarship materials should be submitted to The Kohala Center. Contact Samantha Birch at sbirch@kohalacenter.org or 808-443-2755 with questions.

The Kohala Center is an independent, not-for-profit center for research and education about and for environment. By respectfully engaging Hawai‘i Island as the world’s most vibrant classroom and laboratory for humanity, The Kohala Center builds teaching and research programs that enhance island environments, serve island communities, and advance the work of the academy. The Kohala Center operates in partnership with local, national, and international research and educational institutions. Among its current project partners are Hawaii Community College, the Edith Kanaka‘ole Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Kamehameha Schools, the University of Hawaii, Brown University, Cornell University, the Redlands Institute, the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. See www.kohalacenter.org.  

Puna News — ‘Fair Play For Puna’; Del Pranke And Terry Chambers Start Political Action Ad Hoc Committee And Yahoo! Discussion Group

Puna residents Del Pranke and Terry Chambers are among those who have started a political action ad hoc committee and a Yahoo! Discussion group to “increase Puna’s voice in the political arena,” Pranke said today.

“Our first project is to try to bring some fairness to the use of the lava flow hazard zone maps by the insurance companies,” Pranke said.

To visit or join the discussion group, click here http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fpfp/.


“FAIR PLAY FOR PUNA (FPFP) is a political action ad hoc committee to insure that the powers that be from the State and Federal to the County and local Governments give all our citizens here in Puna a “Fair and Balanced” opportunity to insure that all government, business, and community organizations follow an established “fair play for everyone” approach to governance & business in Puna!” the introduction to the discussion reads.   “We seek to insure that life in Puna is based on what is ‘RIGHT’ and not based on what is ‘Convenient’ for those who want to exploit, take advantage of, or capitalize on the people of Puna to improve their bottom line!  We also want to be a strong clearing house for all our citizens who wish to take part in volunteer work and actions that help us to become more sustainable and pro-active in finding solutions for our future. In these hard times we dare not do less. Please consider sharing your Mana`o and taking part in all or any selected activities that Fair Play for Puna promotes to insure that we all have the best chance to make Our Community the best place around to, ‘Live Long and Prosper’.  It would be foolish to forget that ‘Yes We Can’ make all our tomorrows the best we can hope for our families, our friends, and ourselves. Working together we are sure to succeed in building a future we can be proud of for having helped to bring about.  Mahalo for your Participation and Courage to Make a Difference for Puna!”

Island News — County Accepting Applications For Home Repair Loans

T Office of Housing and Community Development is currently accepting applications for its Residential Emergency Repair Program (RERP) and its Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) Home Reapir Loan Program, the Mayor’s Office announced.

NAHASDA was established by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) and is administered by the Office of Housing and Community Development to make low-interest loans available to low-and moderate-income DHHL lessees who are interested in repairing their primary residence.

The NAHASDA loan can be used for roof repairs, electrical and plumbing work, sewer improvements, termite treatment and damages caused by termites or wood rot and the installation of a solar water heating system in conjunction with repairs.  Loans range from $2,500 to $50,000 at 0% to 3% interest.  The interest rate is set based on age and income.   Applicants 62 years or older and very-low income may have a 0% interest and deferred payment loan with a possible grant provision.

The RERP program, meanwhile, was established in 1997 to make low-interest loans available to low-and moderate-income homeowners who are interested in repairing and improving their primary residence. 

The RERP loan can be used for roof repairs, electrical and plumbing work, sewer improvements, termite treatment and damages caused by termites or wood rot and the installation of a solar water heating system.  Loans range from $2,500 to $25,000 at 3% interest.  Loan payments are deferred for 15 years at which time full payment will be due.  Applicants 62 years or older or with special needs, may have 30% of the principal balance of the loan forgiven as a grant. 

For more information about either loan or to receive an application, contact Dawnelle Forsythe at (808) 959-4642 or e-mail at ohcdeh@co.hawaii.hi.us.  Application packets can also be found on-line at http://www.hawaii-county.com/directory/dir_housing.htm.

Island News — Little Earthquakes In East Hawaii Friday

A series of small earthquakes rattled East Hawaii Friday.  

Pu'u O'o

Pu'u O'o Crater

Situated about four miles southeast of the active Kilauea Volcano’s Pu’u O’o Crater, a 3.4 magnitude earthquake struck at 7:12 p.m., followed by a 3.5 magnitude quake four minutes later, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Hawaii Volcano Observatory. A third quake, measuring 2.0 on the Richter scale, occurred four miles north-northwest of the Kilauea Summit, USGS data indicates.

In all, six earthquakes occurred on Hawaii Island throughout the course of the day.  Two of them were quakes measuring less than 2.0, and a third one was a 3.1 magnitude quake that occurred two miles northeast of Pahala at 3:37 p.m.

Click here http://tux.wr.usgs.gov/Quakes/quakes0.html for a complete listing of the earthquakes that have occurred in Hawaii in the last couple of weeks.

***Commentary*** Puna and Maui Reps Raise The Marijuana Conversation, Introduce Bills To Reduce Penalties And Improve Medical Marijuana Accessibility

In a column entitled, “We’re Broke, But We Can Still Get High,” Hawaii writer David Shapiro reports that the House Public Safety Committee held a strategy meeting with medical marijuana advocates on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009.   http://volcanicash.honadvblogs.com/2009/01/29/were-broke-but-we-can-still-get-high/

After that meeting, our very own Puna representative, Faye Hanohano, who is the committee chairwoman, joined Maui Rep. Joe Bertram in introducing most of the bills that reduce the penalties for marijuana possession and make medical marijuana more accessible.  Two of the bills were introduced by request, meaning there is no representative in particular that is sponsoring them. 

Here is a breakdown of the bills that were introduced this week in regard to cannabis:

  • HB 190 reduces possession of less than an ounce of marijuana from a petty misdemeanor to a violation, while HB 227 and HB 1192 would decriminalize possession of less than a ounce of marijuana to a civil violation with a small fine.
  • HB 226 allows medical marijuana patients to have 12 plants at a time — five more than under existing law. Also, it would allow caretakers as well as patients to grow marijuana and prohibit the certifying physician from disclosing the patient’s medical condition.
  • HB 308 directs the attorney general to look into diverting marijuana and low-level felony drug offenders out of the criminal justice system and into treatment.
  • HB 967 transfers administration of medical cannabis from the Department of Public Safety to the Department of Health and allows licensed producers to dispense marijuana.
  • HB 1193 would follow a Big Island charter amendment and make prosecuting personal use of marijuana the lowest state and county law enforcement priority.
  • HB 1194 would require the Department of Health to operate marijuana growing collectives for qualifying patients, with the Department of Public Safety required to provide security.

David Shapiro reports that some of the bills are getting the endorsement of Speaker Calvin Say and Majority Leader Blake Oshiro and Judiciary Chairman Jon Riki Karamatsu. 

David Shapiro ends his column noting legislators are dealing with a budget crisis, and suggests the introduction of this marijuana-related legislation “makes you wonder if some Democrats are looking at pakalolo as an economic stimulus.” 

Well, Don O’Reilly made that very suggestion not too long on this very blog.  Since our Puna and Maui lawmakers have formally raised the discussion, let’s roll with it.  Say we did decriminalize marijuana.  Would it be so bad?  Critics will argue against the decriminalization, speaking about the horrors of drugs in general and the barbarity of their use and abuse.  But think about it.  There is alcohol and cigarettes, there are prescription drugs on the market that commercials warn have “anal bleeding” as a side effect, and they are all legal.  For those kinds of drugs to be on the market and available to those who dare, why not marijuana?

Should the drug be decriminalized, there would be fewer people incarcerated, leaving more room for the truly horrific individuals in our community who do really bad things like murder and molest people.  The marijuana users and dealers go back to their communities and families, and get “real jobs” as salesmen.  They get general excise tax numbers and deem themselves “self employed.”  They are taxed according to their reported sales, and they are subject to an audit like everyone else.  Collected taxes help to pay for our horrendous budget deficit, and we actually have funds to pay for the incarceration of truly horrific individuals in our community, along with road, sewer, and water improvements, and the salaries of police officers, firefighters and teachers.  My guess is that scenario is a little too utopic.  But, hey, who knows, it might be that bad in the state or in the nation that our lawmakers will actually blow our minds and give up on the war on marijuana.  At the very least, they could save some money.

Click here to learn how to submit testimony to the State Legislature on the above or other bills: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/site1/info/guide/process04.asp.

Island News — Hawaii County Council To Discuss Contraflow Lane On Highway 130 Among Other Issues On Feb. 4

A resolution calling for the Department of Transportation To Create A Reversible or Counterflow Lane During Peak Commute Hours on Highway 130 at the bottleneck near Kea’au High School is among the topics to be discussed at the Hawaii County Council meeting set for 9 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4 at the Ben Franklin Building in Hilo at 333 Kilauea Ave.  

Click here for the 2/4/09 Council Agenda.

Meanwhile, a Public Works and Intergovernmental Relations Committee public hearing on Bill 385 calling for county buildings to have energy efficiency standards is to be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009 at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa.

The next day, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009, council committee meetings are to be held at the same location, and on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, the County Council’s regular meeting is to be held there.  On Monday, March 2, 2009, council committee meetings are to be held at the Ben Franklin Building in Hilo and, the next day at the same location, the County Council’s regular meeting is to be held.

HILO BULLETIN — Komohana Street To Be Closed Feb. 4 And Feb. 5

Komohana Street will be closed to through traffic between Kawailani Street and Mauna Iho Place on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009 and Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009. from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Precast retaining walls will be installed by Isemoto Contracting Co., Ltd, as part of roadside improvements partially funded by the Federal Highways Administration.

Motorists are asked to use Kilaha Street. Only right turns will be allowed at Kawailani and Komohana streets. Residents on Mauna Iho and Uilani Place will have limited use of Komohana.

Off-duty officers will direct traffic and message boards at strategic locations on Komohana Street and intersecting roads will alert traffic to detour.

Roadside improvements began in late October and scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2009.  Improvements will be made to the drainage systems, road shoulders and building retaining walls for portions of Komohana and Kinoole streets. The majority of improvements along Kinoole were completed last year.

The $5 million project is a Statewide Transportation Improvement Program and federally funded. The Federal Highways Administration pays 80% of the improvement cost and the County of Hawaii pays the remaining 20%.

Weather conditions may change dates for road closures and alter detours.  For updates, please call the Department of Public Works hot line at (808) 334-9559.

Waimea News — North Hawaii Community Hospital Renews Doctors’ Contracts, Adds More To The Payroll

 North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) in Waimea has announced they have secured renewal contracts with three physicians and added three more physicians, bringing the total number of physicians on staff or having privileges at NHCH to 120.

Renewal contracts have been secured for Dr. William Park, a general surgeon and director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at North Hawaii Community Hospital; Dr. Jade Patti McGaff, an obstetrician/ gynecologist with the Waimea Women’s Center, and Dr. P.G. Rajan, a gastroenterologist, who rejoins the staff of Dr. Ron Ahloy.

Three new physicians will bring their expertise to patient care options at the full-service acute-care hospital, including: Dr. Rudolph Puana, an anesthesiologist; Dr. Terry Smith, an orthopedic surgeon; and and Dr. Michele Shimizu, who practices family medicine.

“Each one of these doctors brings personalized, professional care to patients within their respective practices and to patients at North Hawaii Community Hospital,” said interim Chief Executive Officer Ronald J. Vigus in a release. “Our commitment to Big Island residents and visitors alike is to provide them the highest quality of service and care. Our returning doctors, those new to our staff, and those physicians on island with privileges at North Hawaii Community Hospital recognize the benefits of our superior facility, the quality of care provided and our dedicated staff.”

  • Dr. William Park, General Surgeon and Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery, graduated from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Park interned in the Department of Surgery at UCLA’s School of Health Sciences and completed his Surgical Residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He then practiced at Cedars-Sinai Medical Care Foundation where he was the Chief of Surgery, and at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, New York where he was Senior Surgeon performing a full range of general surgical procedures and endoscopies, advanced laparoscopic surgeries and surgical endoscopy. He has been at North Hawaii Community Hospital since 2005. Dr. Park was instrumental in creation of the Big Island’s only advanced laparoscopic surgery suite for minimally invasive surgeries, also known as “endoscopic” or “keyhole” surgery, which opened in 2007 at NHCH. The benefits to patients who opt for minimally invasive operating techniques include smaller and less noticeable scars, reduced inpatient stay, and a shorter and less traumatic recovery period. Dr. Park is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a member of the Society of American Gastroendoscopic Surgeons. 

  • Dr. Jade Patti McGaff, Board Certified OB/GYN with the Waimea Women’s Center, is a respected physician with an island-wide practice that integrates a traditional OB/GYN practice and nutritional and holistic medical approaches, including the use of bioidentical hormones. She also works very closely with the outstanding midwives to offer gentle birth choices to families in our communities. A graduate of the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo, Dr. McGaff completed her OB/GYN residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas after which she practiced for nearly 18 years in Vancouver, Washington. She relocated to the Big Island in 2002 and has been with the Waimea Women’s Center since 2004.
  • Dr. Rudolph Puana, Anesthesiologist, received his BA from the University of Hawaii and his medical degree from Creighton University Medical School in Omaha, Nebraska. As part of his graduate education, he conducted biomedical research studies at Harvard University. Dr. Puana completed his residency training in anesthesiology at Texas A&M’s Scott and White Hospital and at University Hospital in Temple, Texas. This was followed by an Anesthesiology Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Texas Medical School and a year of Clinical Safety and Effectiveness training at the University’s MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Puana has most recently been Anesthesiology Critical Care Assistant Professor and Associate Medical Director in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Texas Medical School, MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Puana was a recipient of Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate Higher Education Honors Program and Scholarship for Native Hawaiian Health Care Development and is a published co-author of numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. Board certified in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Puana currently serves as assistant editor for the Internet Journal of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine.
  • Dr. P.G. Rajan, a Board Certified Gastroenterologist, obtained his medical degree from Madras University, India. After undergoing training in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at Case Western University, Cleveland, Ohio, and completing his medical residency at Cleveland’s Metro General Hospital, he practiced in Anaheim, California for 30 years and also held positions as Clinical Assistant Professor at University of California, Irvine and Medical Director of Gastrointestinal Laboratory at Anaheim General Hospital. He has recently started private practice in Waimea with Dr. Ron Ahloy and NHCH. Dr. Raj, as he is known by his patients, and his wife Dr. Su Rajan, a Professor of Pathology at USC, love the Big Island and its people. They look forward to making this their final home. His special interest is colon cancer prevention.
  • Dr. Michele Shimizu, Family Medicine with obstetrical privileges at North Hawaii Community Hospital, graduated from Kamehameha Schools and received her medical degree from the University of Hawaii. Dr. Shimizu completed her residency in Family Practice at Scottsdale Healthcare in Scottsdale, Arizona followed by a fellowship in Obstetrics at the Central Texas Medical Foundation in Austin, Texas. She has practiced on Oahu for the past ten years. Dr. Shimizu is board certified by theAmerican Academy of Family Practice and on the board of Ahahui o na Kauka, an association for Hawaiian physicians with initiatives and projects to improve the health of Native Hawaiians. Her office is located in the Carter Professional Center in Waimea.
  • Dr. Terry Smith, Orthopedist, completed his undergraduate and medical school training at the University of Utah, graduating with honors (Magna cum Laude, Phi Beta Phi. Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha), after which he completed his orthopedic residency at the University of Hawaii, a Spine fellowship at Louisiana State University (LSU) and then returned to the University of Hawaii as a assistant professor of surgery for six years. His prior practice has included teaching as well as pioneering minimally invasive techniques in spine surgery. Dr. Smith believes that successful treatment of orthopedic conditions requires active involvement and rapport between the patient, the primary care giver and the specialist.  He is board certified in orthopedics, a member of the North American Spine Society and the Association of American Orthopedic Surgeons.

North Hawaii Community Hospital, which was ranked as the number one hospital in Hawaii and among the top ten percent of hospitals in the nation among all hospitals reporting in the 2007 Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey, is a 40-bed, full-service, acute-care medical center located in Waimea on the Big Island of Hawaii. It is ranked among the top five-percent of hospitals in the entire United States that patients would recommend.  The community-owned, non-profit hospital is managed by Quorum Health Resources. It opened in May 1996 and serves the residents and visitors of the Big Island.  On the web at www.NHCH.com.

East Hawaii News — Do Yoga And Raise Money For Cambodian Water Wells On Feb. 7

Balancing Monkey Yoga Center, in cooperation with Kalapana Tropicals, is hosting its second yoga retreat to raise money for water wells in Cambodia.  Set for 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, the yoga retreat is to be held at Kalapana Tropicals in Kurtistown.  Practice yoga, eat food, and know that your $50 minimum contribution for the event will be going to a good cause.  Call Heather Heintz at (808) 936-9590 or email yoga@balancingmonkey.com for more information or to reserve your spot.

Kehena News — There’s Always Something Going On At SPACE

Here is what is up and coming at Seaview Performing Arts Center for Education (SPACE):
  Le Chic Show II, an international, world-class circus variety show, is to be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, 2009 and Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009.  Tickets on sale now and can be purchased at the Saturday SPACE Farmers Market, or by contacting Jenna at 965-8756.  SPACE Members:  Adults $10, kids $5  Non-Members:  Adults $12, kids $7. 
SPACE Movie Nights — 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 30, 2009 — “NATIONAL VELVET” starring Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney; and  7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, 2009 — “THE U.S. VS JOHN LENNON”  documentary feature covering Beatle John Lennon’s transformation from rock-n-roll cover boy to anti-war activist. 
“Have a Heart” Sweetheart Dance — 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009,  $20 per person/$35 per couple.  A fundraising event for the Hawaii Island HIV/AIDS Foundation.  Tickets available at the HIHAF Keaau Office, Jungle Love in Malama Market Place and CD Wizard.  For more information call 982-8800.
Cerro Negro, flamenco-jazz fusion, with special guest flamenco dancer Nikki Conti — 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009.  Spanish guitars, blended with Latin Percussion, creates the gypsy-influenced, acoustic sound of Cerro Negro. Known for their live spontaneous and passionate Flamenco, Cerro Negro returns to Hawaii with an ever-widening circle of influences from around the globe including Brazilian, Turkish, Peruvian and Jazz.  $15 general admission, $10 senior/students w/ID

Balloon Art Class — 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009 —  Beginning balloon class with visiting balloon artist Pamela Sue Porter.  Learn to make animals, a hat, and simple balloon art. Fun and exciting art ideas to do with balloons. Open to all ages, $10.

1st Annual Talent Show for Young Artists — 7 p.m., Saturday, February 28, 2009 —  Performers 20 years old and younger. Fundraiser for SPACE and the Belly Acres Greenhouse project.  SPACE Members:  Adults $8, kids $3, Non-Members:  Adults $10, kids $3.  Kids 5 and under free, discounts for families with 4 or more kids.

 Circus Taste Test Teaser Class — 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009 — in anticipation of the 2009 Hawaii Circus Retreat!  Work with world class circus artists to challenge yourself, develop technique and deepen your artistry. Check out some of the amazing and spectacular skills you can learn at the circus workshops running from Mar. 1st – Mar 13th. The Teaser class is only $10 for two hours of fun. The circus workshops during the retreat are $20 per class. Both the Teaser and all workshops are open to adults of all skill levels. We welcome your participation and invite you to be a part of our end of session show on Mar. 15th. 

Farmer’s Market  — 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every Saturday  — All local products, including fresh vegetables, food, crafts, clothing, plants, massage, and more.  Come for shopping and socializing!  Spaces for vendors are available.  Contact Jenna for details (jennaway@gmail.com).

2009 Hawaii Circus Retreat — March 1, 2009 to March 13, 2009 —  Taught by world class professional circus artists from Canada.  Challenge yourself, develop technique and deepen your artistry.   All workshops are open to adults of all skill levels.  Be a part of our end of session show on Mar. 15th!  More detailed schedule soon.

Hiccup Circus Spring Break Camp
— Monday, March 23, 2009 to Friday, March 27, 2009 — day camp for kids ages 7+. $200.  Limited number of kids accepted.  Deposit of $75 required to hold a spot.  Partial scholarships available if registering by Friday, March 6, 2009.

Purnama Sari Balinese Dance Company — 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, March 19, 2009 — “Mysticism behind Balinese Dance” with Surapsari Megumi,  $12. For the Balinese, dance is not only a form of entertainment but a sacred ritual to please the deities and ancestors, as well as the medium for traveling between “Sekala”, the world of form, and “Niskala”, the world of spirits.  In this workshop, participants explore the beliefs and worldview of Balinese-Hinduism that are beautifully reflected in Balinese dance.  Surapsari Megumi holds a Master’s degree in intercultural relations from Lesley University.  She is a Balinese dancer, choreographer, published author, and teacher on Balinese dance, culture, and religion.   
“The Alchemy of Happiness” with Sampranata Pablo — 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday, March 20, 2009 —  This $15 workshop will feature an evening of interdisciplinary spiritual practices with emphasis on Sufi mysticism, esoteric alchemy, movement, chanting, singing, and meditation with sound and music.  Sampranata Pablo has a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Lesley University.  He is a non-denominational minister, certified retreat guide, and Balinese temple dancer.

 Balinese dance performance with Purnama Sari — 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 21, 2009 — Purnama Sari Balinese Dance Company will return to S.P.A.C.E to present classic court dances, the oldest Balinese theatre, and ritual mask dances from “The Island of the Gods”.  Since its inception in 2000, Purnama Sari has been performing and providing workshops nationally.  Its event at S.P.A.C.E last year was enthusiastically received.  Different dance pieces will be presented at this performance. $12 adults, $6 children 12 and under.  Visit www.PurnamaSariBali.com for more information.

SPACE has a new circus instructor on the island. Solenne plans to offer three new classes at SPACE, including: Kids Circus Skills, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursdays, beginning Feb. 12, 2009.
Kids ages 7 and up will learn a variety of circus skills. They will have opportunities to learn juggling, unicycling, stilts, diablo, balancing, plate spinning, acrobatics, physical theater, and more. No experience necessary. Parent volunteers welcome. $8 per week or $30 per month.

O T H E R  SPACE classes include:

Beginner/Intermediate Poi (fire) Spinning, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays beginning Feb. 12, 2009.  Learn the basics of poi spinning: controlling planes, turning, wraps, stalls, various moves, and transitions. Learn effective practice techniques and performance tips. Potential fire spinning opportunities. Some (practice and fire) poi provided and for sale. All ages welcome.    $8 per week or $30 per month.

Intermediate/ Innovative Poi (fire) Spinning, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursdays, beginning Feb. 12, 2009.  Explore innovative poi styles: pendulums, behind the back and multiple beat moves, wraps, stalls, throws, anti-spins, and contact poi. Learn effective practice techniques and performance tips. Potential fire spinning opportunities. Some (practice and fire) poi provided and for sale. All ages welcome.   $8 per week or $30 per month.

Aerial Skills Exchange, 7p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Mondays for adults and teens with Taylor.

FICA Hawaii Capoeira Angola Study Group, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays with Joe.

 Kids Gymnastics, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesdays with Jill.

If you have questions or comments about any of the above information, or you are an instructor and would like to hold classes at SPACE, please contact Jenna to discuss scheduling and rental agreements at (808) 965-8756 or via email at jennaway@gmail.com.

Island News — Healing Ceremony And Peaceful Protest Of U.S. Military Planned For Saturday

A spiritual ceremony for healing the ‘aina and a peaceful protest of the U.S. military bombing, contamination, desecration of the aina are planned for 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009 at the military Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA).  

Organizers of the spiritual ceremony and peaceful protest say PTA and the military’s disregard of community concerns is a symbol of the continuing U.S. occupation of the Hawai’i Kingdom that must end.  

“We support a spiritual ceremony of healing for the ‘aina and peaceful protest of the U.S. military bombing, contamination, desecration, and occupation of the independent nation of Hawai’i,” said Jim Albertini, of Malu `Aina Center for Non-Violent Education & Action, who is organizing the event.

Below is a statement from Albertini:
“A Call to Action!

     This is a call to action to the people of Moku O Keawe (Hawai’i Island) to join in a protest and spiritual ceremony of healing for the ‘aina at Pohakuloa at 10 a.m., Saturday, January 3l, 2009. 

We are protesting the unprovoked invasion and continuing occupation of the Hawai’i Kingdom by the United States.  The military is desecrating our aquifer and sacred mountains, and spreading radiation contamination at the l33,000-acre Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) in the center of our island home.

     The Francis Newland Resolution of 1898 is the basis for the U.S. piracy of Crown and Government lands of Hawai’i to the U.S. by the pirate ‘Republic of Hawai’i’.  However, the U.S. refused to recognize the so-called ‘Republic of Hawai’i’ following the U.S. invasion of the Hawai’i Kingdom in 1893; attempted treaties of annexation failed; and neither U.S. nor international law allows annexation of a Kingdom to a Republic.

    The Hawaii County Council passed resolution, 639-08, on July 2, 2008 following extensive public testimony in reaction to health risks from military radioactive and chemically toxic Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation. The resolution calls for 8 protective measures, including a halt to live-fire, a full assessment and cleanup of the DU present at Pohakuloa, citizen monitoring system, public meetings, reports, etc.  To date, the military has not responded positively to any of the 8 points called for by the Hawaii County Council.  The continued stonewalling by the military over the issue of radiation contamination on our island completely ignores the community health and safety that the military is charged to protect and is disrespectful of the leaders and people of our island.  Military statements that the Hawaii County Council’s call to action is ‘only a resolution’ and that halting live-fire at PTA is ‘not going to happen’ tell us that community health and safety are secondary to military training and lead us to question who and what the military is defending.

    Hawai’i-based military forces have through executive order userped 200,000 acres of land; 60,000 square miles of special use airspace; and 200,000 square miles of Hawaiian waters. The military has been a bad steward of land and sea — it has desecrated and contaminated hundreds of sites with unexploded ordnance and other hazards, devastated large areas with wildfires, and dumped radioactive waste and thousands of tons of chemical munitions and unexploded ordnance in our oceans. Now the military further endangers the people of Hawai’i by refusing to clean up its harmful and long-lasting radiation contamination.

     Please join us in a spiritual ceremony of healing for the ‘aina and peaceful protest of the U.S. military bombing, contamination, desecration and occupation of the independent country — the Hawai’i Kingdom.  Meet at l0 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 3l, 2009 at Mauna Kea Park located 1 mile  on the Hilo side of PTA’s main gate. ”

Contact the Malu `Aina Center for Non-Violent Education & Action at (808) 966-7622, email ja@interpac.net or visit http://www.malu-aina.org.