About Town 2-11-13


Ford to speak at Rotary meeting

Councilwoman Brenda Ford will speak at the Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise meeting slated from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. Wednesday at Hale Halawai in Kailua-Kona.

Ford represents District 6, which includes South Kona, Ka‘u and Volcano.

Rotary provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build good will and peace in the world.

Breakfast is available at $10 per person. Rotarians and interested individuals are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Bev Fraser at 936-9965.

Legislative sessions streamed live at Hawaii’s libraries

Hawaii residents are invited to see how the Legislature conducts its business at the Hawaii State Capitol building via streaming video at public libraries statewide.

Patrons may visit their local library and access the proceedings through designated Legislative Webcast computers. There is a one-hearing time limit. Bring headphones to listen, as the computers are muted.

Two or more people may simultaneously view the webcasts of legislative hearings, meetings and sessions, if space permits.

Make reservations in advance to view the webcasts. Contact local library staff for assistance.

American Legion to hear about tax law

American Legion Kona Post 20 meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the meeting hall at Teshima’s Restaurant in Honalo.

Registered tax return preparer Don David will discuss changes to tax law, income adjustments, deductions and tax credits. He will answer any questions taxpayers may have.

All veterans and their families may attend the meeting. A $15 buffet dinner is served at 7 p.m.

For dinner reservations, or more information, contact Kalani Hamm at 329-7274 or 936-8033 or Antonio Gaspar at 329-8791 or 345-5478.

Brain injury survivors meet Wednesday

The Brain Injury Support group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawaiian Rehab Services, located mauka of Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union on Hualalai Road.

Carl Hoffman, a traumatic brain injury survivor, and his wife, Alice, will share the story of his rehab experiences and his continuing journey. A banjo player and bluegrass musician, he will share how music has been instrumental in his recovery.

All brain injury, stroke or other neurotrauma survivors, caregivers and members of the public are invited. For more information, contact Hawaiian Rehab at 329-0591 or Karen Klemme at 328-9498.

Hunt to discuss health care revolution

Tutu’s House in Waimea will host a lecture about the Hawaii Island “health care revolution” presented by the Hawaii Island Beacon Community.

From 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Susan Hunt, Hawaii Island Beacon Community CEO, will discuss innovations available to support patients with complex and chronic illnesses, coordinating care and sharing information across multiple health care settings, and improving communication and collaboration between hospitals and physicians.

Attendees will also be introduced to Blue Button for Medicare. Blue Button engages seniors to be active participants in their own health care. Bring a smartphone or computer to try it out during this hands-on session for anyone on Medicare or assisting a Medicare recipient.

Hawaii Island Beacon Community was formed with a vision to improve health care in Hawaii County using health information technology. To learn more, visit hibeacon.org.