Sunday, November 20, 2016

November 28 Meeting: “Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness”

*** Note: this is the last meeting for 2016. There is no general meeting in December ***

PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH

Monday, November 28, 2016: “Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness”

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church
Nuuanu Ave. and S. Vineyard Blvd.−Ample parking−driveway off Nuuanu Ave

Agenda:

11:30 Luncheon (optional): Various Pizzas, Salad, and Dessert—$5.00 Donation

11:55 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks

12:00 Program: Steve Katz and Kumi Mcdonald: “Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness”

Steven Katz is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, the father of a man living with a mental illness and a woman who is a mental health counselor and music therapist.

Kumi Macdonald is the executive director of NAMI Hawaii (National Alliance for Mental Illness Hawaii) since 2015, a person living in recovery from depression, and a mother of child recovering from depression.

1:00 Adjourn

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Kokua Council Windward: Thursday, November 10, 2016: “Hawaii Says No More”

Pohai Nani, Club Room, 2nd Floor,
45-090 Namoku Street, Kaneohe

COMMUNITY WELCOME

Agenda:

11:30 (Optional) — Buffet Lunch in Dining Room, $11. Reservation and Information: Samuel Cox (808) 779-3606 or revsamuelcox@gmail.com.

12:30 Program: Catherine Betts and Toby Kapahu: “Hawaii Says No More”

Catherine Betts is the executive director of the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of women. Toby Kapahu is a survivor and advocate. Both are members of Hawaii Says No More.

Did you or someone you know experience domestic violence and/or sexual assault? Have you or someone you’ve known felt the shame and stigma that too often comes when victimized by these crimes? For the most part, these have been considered women’s issues. Hawaii Says No More wants to raise awareness and engagement to the rest of the community–especially youth, men and bystanders. Let’s all work together to end domestic violence and sexual assault.

Please come learn more about Hawaii Says No More and what you can do to help.

1:30 Adjourn

Monday, October 03, 2016

October 25 Program: Kokua Council’s 13th Annual Community Forum: “Looking out for our kupuna in 2017”

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Monday, October 24, 2016: Kokua Council’s 13th Annual Community Forum: “Looking out for our kupuna in 2017”

Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Nuuanu Ave. and S. Vineyard Blvd.−Ample parking−driveway off Nuuanu Ave

Agenda:

11:30 Luncheon (optional): Various Pizzas, Salad, and Dessert—$5.00 Donation

11:55 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks

12:00 Program: Kokua Council’s 13th Annual Community Forum: “Looking out for our kupuna in 2017”

Your comments and votes will be collected

1:30 Adjourn

Friday, September 30, 2016

New federal rules for long-term care homes are very extensive, will require more diligent state monitoring

by Larry Geller

New federal rules that are to take effect November 28 will prohibit pre-dispute binding arbitration agreements for long-term care facilities that receive federal funds—usually Medicare or Medicaid. Removing these clauses, which prevent families from suing, is very appropriate and welcome. This applies to new admissions only, after the effective date.

But the rule brings extensive changes in other areas, and it will be necessary to closely monitor whether long-term care facilities have made the changes necessary to comply. For example, surveyors may have to determine if staffing is sufficient to provide food to residents that is served at an appropriate temperature and in an appetizing form and is sufficient to prevent unintended weight loss and dehydration. That is just one new requirement of the new federal rule, but it illustrates that enforcement will not be a matter of simply taking a quick glance around the facility.

Hawaii’s Department of Health will have to drastically revise its lax attitude toward protecting residents of long-term care facilities

Kokua Council currently is suing the DOH to compel it to post inspection reports as required by state law.

DOH has declined to carry out unannounced inspections, which are the best way to uncover violations of these or prior state or federal rules.

It is also grossly underfunding the office of the Longterm Care Ombudsman to the point where the office cannot fulfill its mission to handle complaints related to the state’s 12,300 residents living in 1,700 long-term facilities.

The new rules are posted for download below and can be read on-line. Here are some highlights, which may not give a complete view of the changes—the document is 713 pages long, including comments and responses.

Mandatory arbitration prohibited in new agreements

This rule change applies to new agreements and does not prohibit arbitration in new disputes, if both parties choose that procedure. What the rule prohibits is pre-dispute arbitration clauses—that is, the prohibitions against court action that may be typically found in care home agreements. Again, these rules apply only to facilities receiving federal funds.

When a spouse or relative has to be admitted to a care home, the entire process is extremely traumatic for the family. Often, decisions have to be made on very short notice and without time to understand all the implications of the papers that must be signed. So requiring a family to sign away their right to sue in the event that a care home seriously injures their loved one is predatory.

The knowledge that there is an arbitration clause may lead some homes to take fewer precautions to ensure good care, knowing that they cannot be sued.

Families are not equipped for and cannot usually afford to go to arbitration. The process is also inapproriate to handle claims of neglect such as might arise, and which would be far more common in a care situation than the monetary claims typically seen in commercial or consumer arbitration instances.

Changes in facility and procedure requirements

This short summary touches on only a few changes and is not intended to be comprehensive. If there are errors in the points below, they are mine.

The new rule mandates changes in newly constructed, reconstructed, or newly certified facilities including:

  • Bedrooms must accommodate no more than two residents
  • Each resident room must have its own bathroom equipped with at least a commode and sink

Changes for all long-term care homes include:

  • Each resident room must be equipped with or located near toilet and bathing facilities
  • The facility must be adequately equipped to allow residents to call for staff assistance through a communication system which relays the call directly to a staff member or to a centralized staff work area from each resident’s bedside, toilet and bathing facilities
  • The rule includes changes in personnel responsible for infection control
  • The facility must ensure that meal service is provided to meet residents’ clinical and nutritional needs

A table in the rule document summarizes all the changes.

Download New CMS Nursing Home Rule from KokuaCouncil.org

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

September 26 Program: “Homeless Overview and Update”

PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH

Monday, September 26, 2016:Homeless Overview and Update”

Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Nuuanu Ave. and S. Vineyard Blvd.−Ample parking−driveway off Nuuanu Ave

Agenda:

11:30 Luncheon (optional): Various Pizzas, Salad, and Dessert—$5.00 Donation

11:55 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks

12:00 Program: Jerry Coffee LCSW “Homeless Overview and Update”

Jerry Coffee serves as the Clinical Director for the Institute of Human Services (IHS), Hawaii's largest and most established homeless provider. As Clinical Director Jerry works to support IHS's day-to-day operations, which involves oversight for mental health, medical and outreach services and housing placement and employment training programs. IHS provides shelter to over 300 single men, woman and families each night, serves over 700 meals per day and is managed by over 100 employees.

1:00 Adjourn

Friday, September 02, 2016

Kokua Council Windward: September 8 Program: John McDermott: “Advocating for the Well Being of Our Seniors”

Pohai Nani, Club Room, 2nd Floor,
45-090 Namoku Street, Kaneohe

COMMUNITY WELCOME

Agenda:

11:30 (Optional) — Buffet Lunch in Dining Room, $11. Reservation and Information: Samuel Cox (808) 779-3606 or revsamuelcox@gmail.com.

12:30 Program: John McDermott LSW, ACSW, M.Div, Long Term Care Ombudsman, Executive Office on Aging: “Advocating for the Well Being of Our Seniors”

John McDermott, Hawaii’s Long Term Care Ombudsman, looks out for the rights and well-being of our pensioners.

From the website: “The Long-Term Care Ombudsman (LTCO) program was established by federal and state statutes. The LTCO identifies, investigates, and resolves complaints that are made by, or on behalf of residents, and related to action, inaction, or decisions that may adversely affect the health, safety, welfare, and rights of residents of long term care facilities such as nursing homes, adult residential care homes, assisted living facilities, and other long-term care facilities.”

John will give us an update on the current challenges facing senior citizens in Hawaii.

1:30 Adjourn

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

August 22 Program: “Defining the Responsibilities of the Campaign Spending Commission”

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Monday, August 22, 2016:Defining the Responsibilities of the Campaign Spending Commission”

Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Nuuanu Ave. and S. Vineyard Blvd.−Ample parking−driveway off Nuuanu Ave

Agenda:

11:30 Luncheon (optional): Various Pizzas, Salad, and Dessert—$5.00 Donation

11:55 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks

12:00 Program: Tony Baldomero “Defining the Responsibilities of the Campaign Spending Commission”

Tony Baldomero is the Associate Director of the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission. He has been
with the Commission for over 20 years.

1:00 Adjourn

Monday, July 25, 2016

Kokua Council files suit in state court to compel the Hawaii Department of Health to post long term care home inspection reports

Kokua Council filed a lawsuit in state court this morning to compel the Hawaii Department of Health to post long term care home inspection reports to their website as required by state law.

For details, please click here to read an article posted on Civil Beat. There was also an article in the July 26, 2016 Star-Advertiser, if you have a copy of the paper.

Download 20160725 Kokua Council Complaint against Hawaii Department of Health from Kokua Council



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

June 25, 2016 Program: “Understanding Affordable Housing”

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Monday, June 25, 2016:Understanding Affordable Housing

Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Nuuanu Ave. and S. Vineyard Blvd.−Ample parking−driveway off Nuuanu Ave

Agenda:

11:30 Luncheon (optional): Various Pizzas, Salad, and Dessert—$5.00 Donation

11:55 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks

12:00 Program: Diane Terada and Rona Fukumoto: “Understanding Affordable Housing”

Diane Terada is Division Administrator of the Community & Senior Services (CSS) Division of Catholic Charities Hawaii (CCH). Rona Fukumoto is Division Administrator of the Housing and Referral Programs (HARP) of CCH.  They will describe the housing needs of seniors and the challenges seniors face in finding affordable rental housing, homeless issues, and the work of CCH’s Development Corporation which is currently building senior affordable housing in Mililani.

1:00 Adjourn

Kokua Council Windward: Thursday, July 14, 2016 Program: “Honolulu Civil Beat – Watchdog Journalism”

COMMUNITY WELCOME

Agenda:

11:30 (Optional) — Buffet Lunch in Dining Room, $11. Reservation and Information: Samuel Cox (808) 779-3606 or revsamuelcox@gmail.com.

12:30 Program: Chad Blair: “Honolulu Civil Beat – Watchdog Journalism”

Chad Blair is one of the best-known reporters for Honolulu Civil Beat. He has been a writer, editor, and teacher in Honolulu for more than 25 years. Chad has worked as a journalist for Pacific Business News, Hawaii Public Radio and Honolulu Weekly. He has taught at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu Community College, Hawaii Pacific University and Chaminade University of Honolulu.

Created in 2010 by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar, Honolulu Civil Beat has quickly become one of the most respected news sites in Hawaii. Civil Beat is a free on-line news site. Its mission is to inform and educate Hawaii residents so they can make good decisions about vital issues. It is a non-profit organization supported by community donations.

Chad will share his experience as an investigative watchdog journalist.

1:30 Adjourn

Thursday, June 02, 2016

June 27 Program: John G. McDermott: “The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is Broken, But Can Be Fixed With Your Support”

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Monday, June 27, 2016: “The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is Broken, But Can Be Fixed With Your Support”

Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Nuuanu Ave. and S. Vineyard Blvd.−Ample parking−driveway off Nuuanu Ave

Agenda:

11:30 Luncheon (optional): Various Pizzas, Salad, and Dessert—$5.00 Donation

11:55 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks

12:00 Program: John G. McDermott: “The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is Broken, But Can Be Fixed With Your Support”

John G. McDermott, LSW, ACSW, M.Div., has been the State Long Term Care Ombudsman since 1998. Prior to that, he was Director of Social Services at Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Center for 7 years and held that same position at Maunalani Nursing and Rehab Center the prior two years. Having seen and worked on both sides, Mr. McDermott is an expert on Hawaii's long term care options and will share with us why the LTCOP is no longer effective and what fellow senior advocates can do to strengthen this federal and state mandated program.

1:00 Adjourn

Kokua Council Windward: Thursday, June 9, 2016: “What Must Be Done to Save the Nation from Catastrophe?”

COMMUNITY WELCOME

11:30 (Optional) — Buffet Lunch in Dining Room, $11. Reservation and Information: Samuel Cox (808) 779-3606 or revsamuelcox@gmail.com.

Agenda:

12:30 Program: Richard Miller, “What Must Be Done to Save the Nation from Catastrophe?”

Richard Miller is Professor of Law, Emeritus and former Dean of the William S. Richardson School of
Law at University of Hawaii—Manoa, which he helped establish on his arrival in Hawaii in 1973. He has served as a board member for the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii, the Media Council Hawaii, and Kokua Council and as a legal consultant for the Hawaii Coalition for Health.

1:30 Adjourn

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Wednesday, May 25 Program: "The Good, Bad, and the Ugly"

Please join us for the 10th Annual Post Legislative Forum

"The Good, Bad, and the Ugly"

Sponsored by the Hawaii Alliance for Retired Americans (HARA) and Kokua Council

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 8:30 am to noon at the State Capitol, Room 325

Cost: Free
A continental breakfast and light lunch will be provided.

Invited Speakers include:

Senator Ronald Kouchi, Senate President Representative John Mizuno
Representative Joseph Souki, House Speaker Representative Mark Hashem
Senator Will Espero Representative Beth Fukumoto Chang
Senator Rosalyn Baker Representative Dee Morikawa
Senator Laura Thielen Representative Cynthia Thielen


To reserve a space, please RSVP by calling 722-9937 or email: wongj060@hawaii.rr.com.

The Legislative Review is a forum to hear from legislators about how senior issues fared this session and to allow attendees to share issues and concerns that may be considered in the 2017 Legislative Session and beyond.

Kokua Council Windward: Thursday, May 12: “Same-Sex Marriage after 20 years” with Justice Steve Levinson

COMMUNITY WELCOME

Pohai Nani Retirement Community
45- 090 Namoku Street, Kaneohe   2nd Floor Club Room

11:30 (Optional) — Buffet Lunch in Dining Room, $11. Reservation and Information: Samuel Cox
(808) 779-3606 or revsamuelcox@gmail.com.

12:30 Program: “Same-Sex Marriage after 20 years” with with Former Hawaii Supreme Court Justice Steve Levinson

Justice Levinson reflects on why marriage matters 20 years after historic HI ruling. Twenty years ago, Steven Levinson and the Hawaii Supreme Court made history.

In May of 1993 Levinson authored the Hawaii Supreme Court opinion in Baehr v. Lewin (later, it became Baehr v. Miike), which became the first appellate court decision in global history to find that a state constitution presumptively prohibited the exclusion of samesex couples from access to marriage. In his opinion, Levinson declared that denying marriage to same‐sex couples violates the equal protection clause of the Hawaii onstitution, and that if the state could not show sufficient justification for its denial of the freedom to marry, the ban on same‐sex couples marrying would be overturned.

Discussion will follow.

He may also want to spend a bit of his time talking about some pending legislation that could significantly reduce the pay of Hawaii judges and cause serious problems.

For more information call Dick Miller 808 254-1796, Samuel Cox 808 779‐3606, or Ruth Peterson (808) 236=7814.

Optional buffet starts at 11:30 a.m. Call Samuel Cox for reservations.

1:30 Adjourn

Monday, April 11, 2016

Thursday April 14: Kokua Council Windward Program: “The Graying of Hawaii”

COMMUNITY WELCOME

Pohai Nani Retirement Community
45- 090 Namoku Street, Kaneohe   2nd Floor Club Room

11:30 (Optional) — Buffet Lunch in Dining Room, $11. Reservation and Information: Samuel Cox
(808) 779-3606 or revsamuelcox@gmail.com.

12:30 Program: Documentary video: “The Graying of Hawaii” 2009 Documentary Film will be shown, followed by updates by guests Tony Lenzer and Bruce McCullough COMMUNITY WELCOME

1:30 Adjourn

Monday, April 25, 2016 Program: “Update from the Center on Aging: Current Activities and Future Path”


PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH

Monday, April 25, 2016 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church Nuuanu Ave. and S. Vineyard Blvd.−Ample parking−driveway off Nuuanu Ave


Agenda:

11:30 Luncheon (optional): Various Pizzas, Salad, and Dessert-$5.00 Donation

11:55 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks

12:00 Program: Christy Nishita and Kathryn Braun: “Update from the Center on Aging: Current Activities and Future Path”

Christy Nishita, Ph.D. is Interim Director and Researcher at the University of Hawaii Center on Aging. She received her Ph.D. in Gerontology at the University of Southern California. She is a Board Member for the Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society. She is interested in the delivery and effectiveness of longterm care services, aging in place, health promotion, and disease prevention.

Dr. Kathryn Braun is Director and Professor of the Office of Public Health Studies. She is Co-Chair of the Barbara Cox Anthony Endowment and Director Emeritus of the University of Hawaii Center on Aging. Her research focuses on Asian and Pacific Island aging, with publications exploring ethnic differences in life expectancy and mortality as well as cultural variations in disease perceptions and health practices.

1:00 Adjourn

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

March 28 Meeting: Moses Haia: “A Lifetime Spent Waiting--Why Too Many Beneficiaries of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act Spend Their Lives Waiting in Vain for a Homestead” (video)

Moses Kalei Nahonoapi`ilani Haia III is the executive director of Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation. As a staff attorney at NHLC he obtaining landmark victories in native rights cases seeking to protect ancient Hawaiian burials and Native Hawaiian water rights.

Friday, February 12, 2016

February 22 Program: Victor Geminiani: “The barriers to economic justice for low and moderate income residents in Hawaii and some thoughts on reversing the downward trend”


PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH

Monday, February 22, 2016 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church
Nuuanu Ave. and S. Vineyard Blvd.−Ample parking−driveway off Nuuanu Ave


Agenda:

11:30 Luncheon (optional): Various Pizzas, Salad, and Dessert-$5.00 Donation

11:55 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks

12:00 Program: Victor Geminiani: “The barriers to economic justice for low and moderate income residents in Hawaii and some thoughts on reversing the downward trend”


Victor Geminiani is Co-Executive Director of the Hawai‘i  Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice. He has been recognized for his contributions to legal services delivery by being presented with the Reginald Heber Smith Award by National Legal Aid and Defender Association, John Minor Wisdom Award by the ABA's Litigation Section, and the Social Justice Award by Hawai‘i State Bar Association's Champion.

1:00 Adjourn

Thursday, February 11, 2016

January 25 Meeting: Judy Mohr Peterson, Ph.D.: "Updates on the MedQUEST Program" (video)

Thursday, January 21, 2016

January 25 Program: Updates on the MedQUEST Program with Dr. Judy Mohr Peterson


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here (pdf).
Get your copy today. Back issues available in the right side column of this web page. 

PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH

Monday, January 25, 2016 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church
Nuuanu Ave. and S. Vineyard Blvd.−Ample parking−driveway off Nuuanu Ave


Agenda:

11:30 Luncheon (optional): Various Pizzas, Salad, and Dessert-$5.00 Donation

11:55 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks, Election of Board members and officers

12:00 Program:  Judy Mohr Peterson, Ph.D.: "Updates on the MedQUEST Program"

Dr. Mohr Peterson served as Oregon's State Medicaid Director from 2009 and in that role was an architect of Oregon's successful health system transformation and coverage expansion. She has been Hawaii's Med-Quest Division Administrator since July, 2015 and brings with her 18 years of public health care experience. Dr. Mohr Peterson currently sits on the board of the National Association of Medicaid Directors and serves as an advisor to the National Organization for State and Local Officials. She also is a contributor to multiple organizations focused on health care delivery system and payment reform. In 2010, Mohr Peterson was named one of six Medicaid Director Fellows in the Robert Wood Johnson's Medicaid Leadership Institute.

1:00 Adjourn

Monday, December 07, 2015

Kokua Council Windward: Thursday, December 10: “Critical Issues for 2016” with Patrick Zukemura

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS
NO LUNCHEON MEETING IN DECEMBER AT HARRIS
SEE YOU JANUARY 25, 2016


Kokua Council Windward: Thursday, December 10: “Critical Issues for 2016” with Patrick Zukemura COMMUNITY WELCOME


11:30 (Optional) — Buffet Lunch in Dining Room. $11 Reservation and Information: Samuel Cox (808) 779-3606 or revsamuelcox@gmail.com.

12:30 Program: Patrick Zukemura was the Lead Organizer for Faith Action for Community Equity on Oahu from 2008-2012 when he retired. He remains active in FACE Oahu and co-chairs their Long Term Care Task Force. He is their President Elect for 2016. He will outline critical issues for seniors in 2016 including Long Term Health Care. Kokua Council is a partner member of FACE.

1:30 Adjourn

Monday, November 30, 2015

November 23 Meeting: (video) Henry Curtis: “Should HECO be converted into electric cooperatives?”

Henry Curtis is Executive Director & Vice President at Life of the Land Hawaii, a Hawaii-based, Hawaii-focused environmental and community action group founded in 1970. Website: ililanimedia.blogspot.com.  He spoke to Kokua Council on potentially converting the Hawaiian Electric Company into a cooperative—and much more.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

November 23 Program: Henry Curtis: "Should HECO be converted into electric cooperatives?"


Download the latest Kokua Council newsletter
here (pdf).
Get your copy today. Back issues available in the right side column of this web page. 

PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH

Monday, November 23, 2015

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church
Nuuanu Ave. and South Vineyard Blvd.
Ample parking - driveway off Nuuanu Ave.

Agenda:

11:30 Luncheon (optional): Various Pizzas, Salad, and Dessert—$5.00 Donation

11:55 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks

12:00 Program: Henry Curtis: "Should HECO be converted into electric cooperatives?"

Henry Curtis is Executive Director & Vice President at Life of the Land Hawaii, a Hawaiibased, Hawaii-focused environmental and community action group founded in 1970. Website: ililanimedia.blogspot.com.

1:00 Adjourn

Thursday, October 15, 2015

October 26 Program: Annual Community Forum "Be Part of the Solution"


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PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH

Monday, October 26,, 2015

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church
Nuuanu Ave. and South Vineyard Blvd.
Ample parking - driveway off Nuuanu Ave.

Agenda:

11:30 Luncheon (optional): Various Pizzas, Salad, and Dessert—with $5.00 Donation

11:55 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks

12:00 Program: Annual Community Forum "Be Part of the Solution": Panel of leaders of legislative caucuses, non-profits, service providers, administrators and community members like you. Vote on top issues.

The Annual Community Forum is step 1 in forming Kokua Council's 2016 legislative priorities. Meet and talk with issue leaders over lunch. Ask to speak if you like.

1:30 Adjourn