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| | Jul 18 2017 - 12:40am | Comments

HB 607 (Act 102) became law this month, appropriating $600,000 to the Executive Office on Aging to establish the Kupuna Caregivers Program. The goal of the program is to assist qualified caregivers in obtaining care for their care recipients while remaining in the workforce, provided certain criteria are met.

  1. | Posted: Jun 30 2017 - 12:30am

    Most of us have grown up hearing that we need to eat five servings of fruits and veggies a day. More than eight countries and the World Health Organization have had campaigns on this five-a-day public health topic.

  2. | Posted: Jun 27 2017 - 12:40am

    Aloha friends, welcome to the Dr. Patch Laughter column! Yep, that’s my new Dr. Patch Shay hat, and you will be amazed that it was indeed a gift from THE Dr. Patch Adams. I met Patch about 30 years ago at a medical conference in Boston, and we “hit it off immediately” as the old saying goes. He is an amazing, incredible, gifted human with a heart beyond imagination. He goes all over the world with his free medical clinics, mostly to very medically underserved areas. I have been able to attend only once but, oh wow, what an experience. I am blessed by his friendship and we continue to stay in touch. So that’s the new photo. Hope you like it!

  3. | Posted: Jun 23 2017 - 12:30am

    For decades, astronomers searched for the lower size limit for stars. How much mass does an object need to have before it can create its own energy — the hallmark of being a star? Astronomers Trent Dupuy from the University of Texas Austin and Michael Liu from the University of Hawaii used the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, W. M. Keck Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope for a decade to answer that very question.

  4. | Posted: Jun 20 2017 - 12:45am

    Continuing education beyond high school can help an individual secure local employment and increase their wages. This article highlights two recent initiatives regarding workforce and continued education in West Hawaii.

  5. | Posted: Jun 20 2017 - 12:40am

    Let’s get started with none other than a “make fun of our ‘leader’!” If you turn Donald Duck upside down, you’ll get the other Donald! I’m certain you all know this: the most efficient way to reduce gas emissions is by shutting up Congress. Lot’s of luck! So, while you are thinking about a way to do that, let’s have some real laughter!

  6. | Posted: Jun 16 2017 - 12:30am

    Residents living in the original Blue Zones areas share common lifestyle habits, or what we call the Power 9. Eating wisely is one of them.

  7. | Posted: Jun 13 2017 - 12:45am

    Aloha everyone.

  8. | Posted: Jun 13 2017 - 12:40am

    Today, I almost canceled writing my column, because everything about Trump is such a joke. It takes all my laughter! Just ain’t none left.

  9. | Posted: Jun 9 2017 - 12:35am

    Have you ever noticed how much easier it is to list off the things that are wrong with a situation than what is right? Ask yourself about the good qualities of a friend and you may pull forth a few nice words like “reliable,” “thoughtful” and “fun to be around.” Think about someone who has wronged you and you’ll have a gush of words fill your mind. “They were so selfish and rude and careless,” and on and on we go on the merry-go-round of someone’s faults or weaknesses.

  10. | Posted: Jun 6 2017 - 12:35am

    Surely there is a good Portagee joke for what is happening with the Paris Climate Accord. A good friend of Frank Delima said to him, “No wonder dey got problems. The word is accordion!”

  11. | Posted: Jun 2 2017 - 5:54am

    How can I ensure that my pet will be cared for properly, if something happens to me?

  12. | Posted: May 30 2017 - 12:30am

    In this day and age of world events, I have one suggestion: If you need a shoulder to cry on, just pull off on the side of the road!

  13. | Posted: May 26 2017 - 12:40am

    So far, 2017 has been a year of transformation. One of our colleagues, Representative Clift Tsuji, passed away and Representative Chris Todd was appointed by Governor Ige to serve out his term. At the end of the session, the Speaker of the House changed from Joseph Souki to Scott Saiki. I have been named the new Majority Leader and I am excited about the change in responsibility.

  14. | Posted: May 26 2017 - 12:35am

    Astronomy on Maunakea is predominantly nighttime activity. Those visiting the summit during the day see the domes of the telescopes closed until just before sunset. Exceptions exist; astronomers observing comets and other solar system objects in the daytime will occasionally use the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF).

  15. | Posted: May 23 2017 - 12:50am

    Aloha, my laughing friends. Let’s get the one political laugh done, even though I could do an entire column with political jokes or goofs. Here it comes … As the British have said: The American political staff are jumping ship so fast they are leaving the rats gaping and applauding. You seafaring folks will understand this “classic” about the sinking ship!