Friday, January 29, 2010

Kupuna Caucus meeting - Feb 5

The Kupuna Caucus will meet Friday, February 5, 2010 from 2 to 4pm in state capitol conference room 329 to review the 2010 Kupuna Caucus Legislative Package bills and receive updates and reports on various ongoing Kupuna Caucus issues. The public is welcome.

Contact Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland's office for more information or to request email meeting alerts: (808) 586-6130.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

January newsletter posted

Kokua Council's January newsletter has been posted (see right-hand column).

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Monday, January 11, 2010

January 25 Program: What in the world is the new law POLST and why is it important to me?

(POLST is Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment. Some background is here.)

Monday, JANUARY 25, 2010

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

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


11:30 Luncheon: Homemade Vegetable Lasagna, Salad, Dessert - $5.00 Donation

11:45 Welcome, Introductions and remarks, Larry Geller, President

11:50 Election of Officers and Board Members

12:00 Program: Ken Zeri: What in the world is the new law POLST and why is it important to me? Zeri has been the President and Chief Professional Officer at Hospice Hawaii since Nov. 1, 2002. He has over 22 years of hospice experience, starting at the bedside, and progressing through a variety of leadership positions in several hospice organizations, both on the mainland and in Hawaii.

12:30 Questions and Answers

12:45 Announcements

1:00 Adjourn

President’s Letter

by Larry Geller

As the curtain rises on a new year and a new decade, America faces challenges that are more than economic. We the people, hoping for change in Washington, are learning that we’re still the audience rather than the playwrights. We may choose the actors, but we don’t write their lines or create the plot.

The current show is titled "Health Care Reform." Its patrons are the wealthy health insurers and drug companies. It’s no surprise that they get to write a happy ending for themselves. We may applaud or we may boo, but the show will go on despite the many critical reviews.

Act I was the passage of the House version of the reform bill, which includes a public option. It had its dramatic moments-for example, the last-minute inclusion of an outrageously restrictive anti-abortion provision that reverses a generation of gains in women’s rights.

In Act II the scene shifted to the Senate, where the action was punctuated by arrests of audience members demanding that single-payer be put on the table. It never was, though a public option lurked behind the arras until stabbed by a knife-wielding Senator Lieberman.

Critics are left to squabble among themselves whether these bills should be passed because they are the best we can get, or should be defeated because they are far worse than what we have. If we were truly in control of our government, since the majority favor publicly funded health care, we would have had it already. But politics is out of our hands. Our job as advocates in 2010, an election year, is to somehow reclaim our role and write the playbook ourselves.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Joint Legislative Committee on Aging in Place meeting - Jan 20

The Joint Legislative Committee on Aging in Place will meet briefly on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 in conference room 229 at 12:00noon to approve the JLCAIP's report to the 2010 Legislature. Here is a link to the hearing notice:

Here is a link to the draft report:

No testimony will be accepted at the meeting but comments will be accepted until 12:00noon January 19 via fax to (808) 586-6251 or email to: