Wednesday, July 15, 2015

July 27 Program: "The senior connection at DHS"

 

PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH

Monday, July 27, 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, Larry Geller, President

12:00 Program: "The senior connection at DHS", Rachael Wong, Director, State of Hawaii Department of Human Services.

Dr. Rachael Wong was appointed by Governor David Ige in January 2015 and currently serves as director nominee of the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services. Previously, she was the vice president and chief operating officer of Healthcare Association of Hawaii where she advocated for the state's hospitals, nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, and medical equipment suppliers. She has served as executive director of Kokua Mau (Hawaii Hospice & Palliative Care Organization) and the Hawaii Consortium for Integrative Care. Rachael earned a bachelor's degree in East Asian studies and certificate in women's studies from Princeton University, a master's degree in public health from University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a doctorate in public health from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She serves on numerous local and national boards and committees.

1:00 Adjourn

Friday, June 12, 2015

June 22 Program: "Shaping Honolulu"—citizen participation in planning our city

Note: This month’s program is in two parts. See below for Part I, on Hawaii Public Radio’s Town Square program with Beth-Ann Kozlovich. Part II is at Harris Church, as usual.

PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH

Monday, June 22, 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.


Part I: Hawaii Public Radio Town Square, June 18, 5-6 p.m. KIPO 89.3 FM on Oahu

Part II: At Harris Church, June 22:

Agenda:

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

11:55 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks, Larry Geller, President

12:00 Program: "Shaping Honolulu" with Jennifer Darrah, Lecturer and Graduate Faculty Affiliate, University of Hawaii, Annie Koh, PhD Candidate, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, UH, and Prof. Luciano Minerbi, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, UH. The discussion will be moderated by Beth-Ann Kozlovich, Executive Producer Talk Shows, Hawaii Public Radio.

All of us want to live in a high quality, affordable, people-friendly environment with open space, quality housing, and even preserve farmland for sustainable agriculture. Urban design can be a grass-roots activity, with communities participating with professionals in the design of their local environment.

How do we explain the growing affordable housing shortage while luxury condominiums sprout for the wealthy?

We'll ask the panelists to bring us up to date both on how Honolulu has been planned in the past and to what extent citizens have participated. But more important, since we are advocates: How can citizens participate in urban planning so they don't feel they are simply the victims of it? How do we guarantee walkable streets, open spaces, and an environment welcoming to children, adults and senior citizens? And finally, how might we become involved in current and future planning of our own living environment? Let's learn from our panel how this might be accomplished in Honolulu.

1:00 Adjourn

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

May 27 (Wednesday) program: “The Good, Bad and the Ugly

Please join us for the
9th Annual Post Legislative Forum

"The Good, Bad, and the Ugly"

Sponsored by the Hawaii Alliance for Retired Americans (HARA)
and
Kokua Council
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
8:30 am to noon
At the State Capitol, Room 325
Cost: Free

Invited Speakers include:
     Senator Donna Mercado Kim, Senate President
     Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland, Co-Chair, Kupuna Caucus
     Senator Will Espero, Senate Majority Floor Leader
     Representative Joseph Souki, House Speaker
     Representative Scott Saiki, House Majority Leader
     Representative Gregg Takayama, Co Chair, Kupuna Caucus

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

A continental breakfast and light lunch will be provided

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 2016 Legislative Session and beyond.

"Shining Light Awards" will be presented to individuals who have contributed to advancing senior issues in the Legislature and the community of senior advocates in the legislative process.

Monday, May 11, 2015

April 27, 2015 Meeting: Finding Funds for Your Advocacy

"Finding funds for your advocacy" with Nancy Aleck and Samantha Ruiz. Do you have a plan for action that needs an injection of resources to make it happen? Learn how to find funding so you can get busy. Alternatively, do you want to support grassroots social change in Hawaii and want to learn where to direct your contribution so it will do the most good?.

Download audio file here

Speakers:

Samantha Ruiz organizes Honolulu Soup, a micro-granting dinner meeting supporting creative projects in Honolulu. At the event, attendees eat, talk, share resources, enjoy art, and vote on the project they think benefits the city the most. At the end of the night, the organizers will collect the ballots and the winner goes home with all of the money raised to carry out their project.

Nancy Aleck is the Executive Director of the Hawaii People's Fund, a publicly supported community foundation established in 1972 to provide grants to progressive grassroots social change organizations working in Hawai'i. "Our philosophy of community-based strategic philanthropy offers a unique alternative to traditional charitable giving."

(note that the order of the speakers is opposite to my introduction)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mark your calendar: A Conversation with Ai-Jen Poo, April 30

Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE) presents:

A Conversation with Ai-jen Poo

Thursday, April 30, 6-9 p.m. in the Davies Hall of the St. Andrews Cathedral.

Ms. Poo is Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Co-Director of Caring Across Generations (CAG). She is the 2014 recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Award. Author of The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America. CAG is a national coalition of 200 advocacy organizations working to transform the long-term care system in the US, with a focus on the needs of aging Americans, people with disabilities and their caregivers. RSVP to Drew Astofi, email: drewastolfi@facehawaii.org.

Monday, April 20, 2015

April 27 Meeting: "Finding funds for your advocacy"

 

PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH

Monday, April 27, 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, Larry Geller, President

12:00 Program: "Finding funds for your advocacy" with Nancy Aleck and Samantha Ruiz. Do you have a plan for action that needs an injection of resources to make it happen? Learn how to make your needs known so you can get busy. Alternatively, do you want to support grassroots social change in Hawaii and want to learn where to direct your contribution so it will do the most good?

Nancy Aleck is the Executive Director of the Hawaii People's Fund, a publicly supported community foundation established in 1972 to provide grants to progressive grassroots social change organizations working in Hawai'i. "Our philosophy of community-based strategic philanthropy offers a unique alternative to traditional charitable giving."

Samantha Ruiz organizes Honolulu Soup, a micro-granting dinner meeting supporting creative projects in Honolulu. At the event, attendees eat, talk, share resources, enjoy art, and vote on the project they think benefits the city the most. At the end of the night, the organizers will collect the ballots and the winner goes home with all of the money raised to carry out their project.

1:00 Adjourn

Friday, April 17, 2015

Upcoming AARP Fraud Watch events

AARP emailed information on some upcoming events to help seniors avoid fraud:

Con artists don’t care how hard people work. They steal billions from Americans every year. AARP Hawaii is launching the Fraud Watch Network and a series of educational and service opportunities in Hawaii to help consumers fight back.  A brief description of these events is provided below.

Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 9:05 a.m. to 10:05 a.m.

AARP Hawaii is holding a statewide teleforum featuring the latest research information on fraud in Hawaii. The teleforum will include special guests:

· Scott Spallina, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the City and County of Honolulu
· Lisa Nakao, Better Business Bureau Serving Hawaii
· Joshua Bailes, Commodities Futures Trade Commission.
The general public can participate via their computers at http://vekeo.buzz/c04.

Friday, May 1, 2015
Free Oahu Smart Check Scam Jams
Participants will learn about the latest scams and how to avoid them.

Ala Moana Hotel
Hibiscus Ballroom 1
10:00 am – Noon
Phone registration:  1-877-926-8300
Register online:  http://aarp.cvent.com/scamjam5-1

or

Kahala Mall – Courtyard Area
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
No registration required. Drop in for 10 minutes or stay for the whole event.

Saturday, May 2nd from 8 a.m. to Noon

Free Document Shredding Event in Aiea
Access Information Management Destruction Plant
98-736 Moanalua Loop
Aiea, HI 96701
Limit 4 boxes or bags. No registration required.

Information: http://aarp.cvent.com/shred5-3

Monday, March 16, 2015

March 23 Program: Update on the Elderly Affairs Division, City and County of Honolulu, Aging and Disability Resource Center


PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH


Monday, March 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  pizza, Salad, Dessert—$5.00 donation

 

11:55 Welcome: Introductions and Remarks, Larry Geller, President

 

12:00 Program: Nalani Aki on "Update on the Elderly Affairs Division, City and County of Honolulu, Aging and Disability Resource Center."  Nalani Aki is the County Executive for the Elderly Affairs Division, City and County of Honolulu. She was previously a chief planner at EAD.

An ADRC is intended as a single point of entry available in every community across the country where people of all ages, incomes and disabilities go to get information on the full range of long-term support options. The ADRC simplifies access to either public or private resources.


1:00   Adjourn 


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

February 23 Program: Will Justice Prevail at the 2015 Legislature? with Kat Brady


PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH


Monday, February 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  pizza, Salad, Dessert—$5.00 donation

 

11:55 Welcome: Introductions and Remarks, Larry Geller, President

 

12:00 Program: Kat Brady, “Will Justice Prevail at the 2015 Legislature?”;

Kat Brady is Coordinator of the Community Alliance on Prisons. In addition to her advocacy work, Kat maintains an email list that provides information and guidance on public safety and other social justice issues inside and outside the Legislature, and of course, on the progress of important bills making their way through the committees.

12:30 Questions and Answers

1:00   Adjourn 


Friday, February 06, 2015

2015 Kupuna Caucus bills introduced

For bill status, or to submit testimony, click on the bill number to go to the Capitol website.

Bill Numbers

Description

SB296
HB490

 

RELATING TO CAREGIVING:
Requires hospitals to provide patients the opportunity to designate a caregiver upon entry to a hospital. Establishes hospital requirements regarding caregivers, including designation of a caregiver, notification to a caregiver, and a discharge plan for patients. Provides hospitals, hospital employees, and consultants or contractors that have a contractual relationship with a hospital with immunity regarding caregiving. Effective 7/1/16.

SB297
HB491

 

MAKING AN APPROPRIATION TO IMPLEMENT THE
RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE TASK FORCE ON MOBILITY
MANAGEMENT, ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO ACT 214,
SESSION LAWS OF HAWAII 2013:
Makes an appropriation to the department of health to implement
the recommendations of the task force on mobility management,
established pursuant to Act 214, Session Laws of Hawaii 2013.

SB295
HB492

 

RELATING TO THE JUDICIARY:
Appropriates funds for the judiciary to enter into contracts with
community mediation centers for mediation services.

SB294
HB494

 

MAKING AN EMERGENCY APPROPRIATION TO THE HAWAII
HEALTH SYSTEMS CORPORATION:
Makes an emergency appropriation to provide funds for the
functions of the Hawaii health systems corporation and its regions.

SB964
HB497

 

RELATING TO AGING:
Part I: Appropriates funds for the kupuna care program and an aging and disability resource center. Part II: Removes hiring requirement by director of health in accordance with chapters 76 and 89, Hawaii Revised Statutes, for the position of Alzheimer's disease and related dementia services coordinator. Appropriates funds for the Alzheimer's disease and related dementia services coordinator. Part III: Appropriates funds for fall prevention and early detection services for the elderly. Part IV: Appropriates funds for various senior center programs. Part V: Appropriates funds to support the healthy aging partnership program. Part VI: Appropriates funds for an Alzheimer's disease and related dementia public awareness campaign.

SB967
HB493

 

RELA TTNG TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAW ATI:
Appropriates funds for a permanent full-time director (1.0 FTE) and permanent full-time faculty specialist position (1.0 FTE) within the University of Hawaii center on aging.

SB965
HB496

 

RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT:
Establishes a family leave insurance program, which requires
employees to make contributions into a trust fund to be used to
provide employees with family leave insurance benefits in order to
care for a designated person. Appropriates funds to DLIR to
implement the program.

SB968
HB498

 

MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE ADULT PROTECTIVE
AND COMMUNITY SERVICES BRANCH:
Appropriates moneys for FY 2016 and FY 2017 from the state general fund for positions within the adult protective and community services branch.

SB966
HB495

 

RELATING TO THE LICENSURE OF SUPPLIERS OF DURABLE
MEDICAL EQUIPMENT:
Establishes a licensure requirement for durable medical equipment suppliers participating in the nationwide competitive bidding program. Appropriates funds from the office of health care assurance special fund to administer the durable medical equipment licensing program .

HCR14.

 

RECOGNIZING THE FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE OLDER AMERICANS ACT AND DESIGNATING MAY AS 'OLDER AMERICANS MONTH' IN HAWAII.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

January 26, 2015 Meeting: Public Involvement in the Proposed Sale of HECO

Are you confused  or concerned by the possibility of HECO’s acquisition by a Florida mega-corporation? Or about how the PUC works? Tune in to this critical analysis by Henry Curtis, Executive Director of Life of the Land, presented at Kokua Council’s January 26, 2015 luncheon meeting.

Original page on YouTube is here. Note: All Rights Reserved (2015) this video.

Click on the thingy at the lower right for full screen.

Monday, January 12, 2015

January 26, 2015 Program: Public Involvement in the Proposed Sale of HECO


PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH


Monday, January 26, 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  pizza, Salad, Dessert—$5.00 donation

 

11:50 Welcome: Introductions and Remarks, Larry Geller, President

2015 Board Elections

 

12:00 Program: Henry Curtis, Life of the Land, “Public Involvement in the Proposed Sale of HECO”;

                  Why should the public care about the sale of HECO, MECO and HELCO to Nextera?

                   What are the benefits and risks? How can the public influence the process?        

          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.

12:30 Questions and Answers

1:00   Adjourn 


Sunday, December 07, 2014

Notes from the 11th Annual Community Forum—Housing issues most concerning

At the end of the November 24 session, those present were invited to vote on which subjects they felt were most important. Kokua Council uses these votes to formulate its  priorities for the next legislative session.

This year, Housing issues including homelessness, affordable housing, and Housing First were the overwhelming concerns of attendees (see votes, below).


Notes by Laura Manis

In spite of hurricane warnings, changed date, a required retreat for State Senators, a full house attended the Forum “Tell it to the Governor”. Below is a compilation of issues discussed and the balloting of those attending.

Rep. Chris Lee: Chair, Energy & Environmental Protection Co.: The expected increase of 2-3 feet of water in the ocean is expected to cause a 30% increase in acidity which will affect the reefs leading to changes in decreasing numbers of tourists effecting income to the state. “Will we have a permanent drought, become more dependent on a food supply from the mainland?”

Sen. Chun-Oakland: (Sent written Report): Supports Housing First, Building more affordable housing, Mental Health training for teachers, Suicide prevention, Create a safer environment for LGBTQ youth.

Pam Lichty: Dispensaries for legal sale of marijuana although approved by Legislature is not happening. A task force is working to develop a more detailed bill.

Kathy Xian: Homeless: people in shelters need more protection, prison records need to be wiped clean if arrested for sidewalk blocking so they can be employed.

Tony Lenzer: Caregivers should be notified sooner of patients discharge and get training on home care. Family leave should be offered by employers with less than 100 employees.

Jenny Lee, Appleseed: Tax reform, Hawaii has highest tax on the lowest income people. Tax credit not updated since 1981.

Lisa Mitchell: Downsizing Army. The other services will still be here. Downsizing will open up more housing in communities. Put pressure on legislature to pressure Congress to pressure Department of Army.

Votes of those present:

Housing Issues: Homelessness, Affordable housing, Housing First (21)

Caregiving: Kupuna Care: Training (9)

Tax Reform to help low income people (7

Long Term Care Ombudsman support in basic state budget (5)

Suicide Prevention, Mental Health, LGBT Youth (4)

Keiki Abuse (foster child sent back to abuser parents) (4)

Subsidies to Health System Corporation Hospitals, GMO’s labeled (3 each)

Physician Aid in Dying, Help seniors sign up for health care (2 each)

Energy independence, Sustainable agriculture, News media owned by one Corp. (1 each)

COMMENTS: More on environmental issues (3) Tastier lunches (1)

Sunday, November 30, 2014

No December meeting

Just a reminder that Kokua Council has no general meeting in the month of December.

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Got an issue needing support? Tell it to the advocates on Monday at Kokua Council’s 11th Annual Community Forum

by Larry Geller

Are you concerned about the high cost of energy? Disappointed at the scale of media consolidation in the state? Looking for housing solutions? Dislike the way the homeless are being treated? Want decriminalization of marijuana in the state?

These issues and more—are on the agenda for tomorrow’s 11th Annual Community Forum. Vote on legislative priorities. Send a message (140 characters or less) to the new governor.

If you have an issue, there is likely to be some time after the planned program for anyone to take two minutes to ask for support and explain how others can do that.

Come to Harris United Methodist Church, Vineyard Blvd. and Nuuanu Avenue, 11:30-1:30. An optional lunch begins at 11:30, the formal program at noon.

Be there. Listen. Speak up. Speak out.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

11th Annual Community Forum postponed until November 24

Kokua Council’s 11th Annual Community Forum, this year themed “Tell it to the Governor!” has been postponed due to tropical storm Ana.

The new date is Monday, November 24, 2014 11:30-1:30 p.m.

Postpone

Friday, September 12, 2014

September 22 Program: Preventing hospitalizations and improving health outcomes in high-risk patients


PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH


Monday, September 22, 2014

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  pizza, Salad, Dessert—$5.00 donation

 

11:50 Welcome: Introductions and Remarks, Larry Geller, President

 

12:00 Program: “Preventing hospitalizations and improving     health outcomes in high-risk patients”, Dayna Minatodani, PhD, RN, Associate Program Director of Project H.O.P.E. (Home Outreach Program & e-Health).

Dayna Minatodani is a medical sociologist with subspecialties in aging and mental illness and am particularly interested in social inequality.

She is also a registered nurse with 20 years of clinical experience in a variety of health care settings in Honolulu, North Carolina and Virginia with the majority of those years devoted to caring for the older adult population with chronic illness.

Currently am Associate Program Director for the H.O.P.E. Program (Home Outreach and e-Health). H.O.P.E. is a home telehealth monitoring program with RN oversight and aims to prevent hospitalizations, improve healthcare outcomes and reduce healthcare spending in high-risk patient populations. 


12:30 Questions and Answers

1:00   Adjourn 


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

August 25 Meeting: Current Trends in Elder Abuse—Making Your Advocacy Count

Notes from August meeting: Current Trends in Elder Abuse

Scott Spallina

Scott Spallina, the Supervisor of the Elder Abuse Justice Unit at the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney in Honolulu named financial abuse of the elderly as the most common complaint. The elderly are easy targets because they are lonely and trusting.

Unfortunately, the perpetrator is usually a family member or a hired caretaker. They may cash checks made out to the elder by forging their signature, improper use of the power of attorney or using deceit to obtain assets.

This abuse often goes unreported because the victim doesn’t want to the family member to get in trouble, or the victim is too embarrassed.  Another scam targeting elders are letters claiming they have won a lottery.

These  letters are now well written and look legitimate.  Some include pre-printed checks that will initially fool even a bank teller. 

Other letters include a credit card that the victim is told the lottery winnings are on it and it just need to be activated.

In short, if you have been scammed do not feel embarrassed.  Report the crime.  All reports are confidential. Tel. 768-7536, or ElderAbuse@honolulu.gov

OTHER RESOURCES TO REPORT FINANCIAL/PHYSICAL FRAUD OR ABUSE

ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES, 832-5115, suspected adult abuse/neglect.

BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU, 536-6956, Monitors/provides info on businesses/contractors.
Consumer Protection, 586-2630, Investigates, businesses accused of being unfair.

CONSUMER RESOURCE CENTER, 1-800-394-1902, Info on businesses, licenses & resources for consumer complaints.

ELDER LAW PROGRAM, 956-6544, Free legal advice for seniors.

ELDERLY AFFAIRS DIVISION, 768-7705, City & County services for seniors.

LANDLORD/ TENANT HOTLINE, 586-2634, Information on Landlord/Tenant code.

SENIOR HELPLINE, 768-7700, Consultation , outreach and referrals.

Friday, August 15, 2014

August 25 Program: Current Trends in Elder Abuse—Making Your Advocacy Count


Find out how to make your own advocacy more effective



PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH


Monday, August 25, 2014

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  pizza, Salad, Dessert—$5.00 donation

 

11:50 Welcome: Introductions and Remarks, Larry Geller, President

 

12:00 Program:  “Current Trends in Elder Abuse—Making Your Advocacy Count

Guest Speaker: Scott Spallina, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Elder Abuse Justice Unit, Department of the Prosecuting Attorney, City and County of Honolulu. We’ll get current background on elder abuse in Hawaii and move towards a discussion of how to combat abuse through better advocacy.

Scott Spallina is the Supervisor of the Elder Abuse Justice Unit at the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney in Honolulu. Scott established the Elder Abuse Justice Unit in 2008, at the direction of the then Prosecuting Attorney Peter Carlisle. The goal of the unit was and still is to “enhance awareness, prevention, and prosecution of crimes affecting the elderly” in Hawaii. The current Prosecuting Attorney, Keith Kaneshiro remains committed to fighting elder abuse and improving the quality of life for all seniors in the State of Hawaii. He has expanded the unit to three additional attorneys, two staff members and three law clerks. During his 19-year career with the Prosecutor's Office, Scott also headed the Domestic Violence Branch.

 

12:30 Questions and Answers

1:00   Adjourn 


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mental Health America Hawaii releases its Human Services Directory

by Larry Geller

The timing is painful: we’ve just lost Robin Williams to an apparent suicide. Could he have been helped?

This morning a mass email announced the publication of Mental Health America’s updated Finding Help Human Services Directory. It’s a list of phone numbers for a variety of services, not limited to mental health. For example, they also list senior services. It’s not posted on their web page yet, apparently, so get your copy from the link above. A valuable contribution.

MHA-Hawaii also accepts donations here.

I hope this could turn into a phone app one day, so that smartphone users could just press a button to find out where to find or get help. It would be relatively simple to do, given the tools available these days for writing simple apps.

Friday, July 18, 2014

July 28 Program: Measuring Social Change: Some Ideas and Discussion


Find out how to make your own advocacy more effective



PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH


Monday, July 28, 2014

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 Subway Sandwiches or pizza, Salad, Dessert—$5.00 donation

 

11:50 Welcome: Introductions and Remarks, Larry Geller, President

 

12:00 Program: Measuring Social Change: Some Ideas and Discussion”

Guest Speaker: Darlene Rodrigues, Community Grants Program Coordinator, Hawai‘i People's Fund


Organizations such as the Kokua Council are striving to make positive differences in the lives of seniors and others in Hawaii. How do we measure social change and improve the effectiveness of our advocacy? How do we know if we are making a difference?

 

12:30 Questions and Answers

1:00   Adjourn 


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Meeting canceled–Monday, June 23, 2014

Both the general meeting and Kokua Council’s board meeting are canceled for June.

See you in July.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

April 21 Program: Defending Hawaii's food supply by fighting farm labor trafficking


PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH


Monday, April 21, 2014

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: Various Subway Sandwiches, Salad, Dessert—$5.00 Donation (optional)

 

11:50 Welcome: Introductions and Remarks, Larry Geller, President

 

12:00 Program: Defending Hawaii's food supply by fighting farm labor trafficking”

Guest Speakers: Malia Zimmerman and Clare Hanusz

Malia Zimmerman, Editor of the Hawaii Reporter, has won journalism awards for her public service reporting and for her investigation of human trafficking.

Attorney Clare Hanusz has represented many of the Thai farm workers trafficked to Hawaii. She is a founding member of the Hawaii Coalition for Immigration Reform and has spoken on immigration issues before many local groups and university classes.

Can Hawaii's food supply be considered safe if farm workers are compelled to apply pesticides in an unsafe manner?

 

12:30 Questions and Answers

1:00   Adjourn 


Monday, February 24, 2014

February 24, 2014 meeting: Congressional District 1 Candidate Forum

Here’s the video, taken by Doug Matsuoka. Click the thingy at the lower right for full screen, this image is rather small.