Kamehameha Schools Serves More Than 45,000 Learners and Families

Media Release:

Kamehameha Schools served more than 45,000 keiki and their caregivers through its preschools, campuses, community education programs and collaborations with other organizations during this past fiscal year which ended on June 30, 2010.

The Schools’ support of Department of Education (DOE) schools and programs has been a key focus throughout its Education Strategic Plan implemented in 2005. Its support of DOE programs and services totaled $31 million this year, compared to $27.9 million last year – an increase of 10 percent.

“Most people think of our campuses when they see the name Kamehameha Schools, and we have very talented students in all three of our campus programs. But what many don’t realize is that we support talented young students in community programs and public schools throughout Hawaiÿi,” said Kamehameha Schools CEO Dee Jay Mailer.

Education and education support spending was also up from $258 million during FY 2009 to $299 million during FY 2010. Of this amount, $102 million was spent on community-focused programs.

“Our outreach numbers last year were well past the target for 2009-10 that we established in 2005, when the Education Strategic Plan was approved,” said Chris Pating, vice president of Strategic Planning & Implementation.

“Still, we know there are 75,000 school aged Native Hawaiian keiki in our public schools, so we are deepening our efforts to support initiatives and programs already in communities with large numbers of Native Hawaiians. For example, Kamehameha Schools worked closely with the DOE in preparation of the Race to the Top application. A large part of the $75 million awarded to Hawaiÿi will flow to public schools from Nānākuli to Mākaha, one of the Zones of School Innovation defined in the state’s application,” he said. According to Pating, this also means that additional support for initiatives that Kamehameha Schools has already invested in, such as New Tech High, which is already engaging students at Nänäkuli and Waiÿanae high schools in project-based, 21st century learning will enable these programs to become sustainable, meaningful parts of the educational success stories we’re already beginning to see.

“For example Kamehameha Schools worked closely with the DOE in preparation of the Race to the Top application. A large part of the $75 million awarded to Hawai`i will flow to public schools from Nānākuli to Mākaha, one of the Zones of School Innovation defined in the state’s application. This also means that additional support for initiatives that Kamehameha Schools has already invested in, such as New Tech High, which is already engaging students at Nānākuli and Wai`anae high schools in project-based, 21st-century learning will enable these programs to become sustainable, meaningful parts of the educational success stories we’re already beginning to see.”

Other examples of KS’ educational impact include:

Literacy Instruction & Support (LIS): LIS provides culturally relevant learning experiences which develop literacy skills of Hawaiian keiki. This past fiscal year, eight new sites were added, thereby doubling the number of students served. Students at our 21 school-based sites (220 K-3 classrooms) are meeting or exceeding all key literacy targets and schools report high levels of satisfaction among DOE principals and superintendents. Attendance rates are high and students are engaged in both in-school and After School programs.

Hawaiian-focused start-up and conversion public charter schools: Kamehameha Schools has provided $9.1 million in per-pupil funding for the 17 Hawaiian-focused start-up and conversion public charter schools serving more than 3,600 students and their families.

Educator training: $7.9 million (up from $6.4 million FY 2009) in educator training and support including funding for Teach for America participants serving predominantly Hawaiian public schools.

Other Education Strategic Plan milestones in FY 2010 include:

  • Over $12 million in scholarships to Native Hawaiian children attending eligible preschools and private-school kindergarten programs across the state. (2,194 keiki)
  • $12.6 million for Native Hawaiians attending college and post-high vocational/technical institutions. (2,508 awards)
  • $6.6 million in funding support for a variety of programs for students in DOE schools, including:
    • Tutoring and test preparation for students ages 16+ who wish to attain their competency-based high-school diploma.
    • Summer enrichment programs on campus.
    • Homework centers and after-school tutoring.
    • Place-based learning in loÿi kalo and Hawaiian fishponds.
    • Distance learning.
    • Classroom-based Hawaiian social studies instruction for grades 4-7.
    • After-school violence and substance abuse prevention for at-risk youth.

“Going forward, Kamehameha Schools is committed to supporting the work in the DOE as well as programs and services in the community. Our goal is to see our Native Hawaiian keiki thrive – whether they are on one of our campuses, attending a charter school on Kaua`i or in an after-school program through our Literacy Instruction and Support program on Hawai`i, Kamehameha Schools recognizes its kuleana to support educational success for Native Hawaiians in perpetuity,” said Pating.

Kamehameha Schools is a private, educational, charitable trust founded and endowed by the legacy of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. Kamehameha Schools operates a statewide educational system enrolling nearly 6,900 students of Hawaiian ancestry at K-12 campuses on O`ahu, Maui and Hawai`i and 31 preschool sites statewide. Approximately 37,500 additional Hawaiian learners and caregivers are served each year through a range of other Kamehameha Schools’ outreach programs, community collaborations and financial aid opportunities in Hawai`i and across the continental United States.

Bay Clinic Announces Major Clinical Operations Makeover

Patient-centered approach promises more personal and efficient care

Media Release:

Bay Clinic, Inc. announced today that it will be pioneering a new initiative known as the “Patient-Centered Health Care Home” at each of its service sites.  The Patient-Centered Health Care Home is a progressive model of care that emphasizes communication and personal attention to radically improve the patient experience.  Health care homes have been shown to increase access to care, promote higher quality and lower costs, reduce medical errors and improve satisfaction of both patients and their providers.

“Putting this model into practice is both innovative and necessary,” explained Paul Strauss, Bay Clinic CEO. “Gone are the days when a patient of Bay Clinic does not know who his or her provider is. We want to go back to the days of the old style ‘family doctor’ where we have a relationship with each of our patients, and we know them and their extended families.  It’s the personal relationship that people have with their health care provider that helps in the healing and health promotion process, and more importantly, building mutual trust.”

Bay Clinic staff have been assigned “Patient Centered Health Care Teams” that are physician-led and include a nurse practitioner or physician assistant, a nurse, a care coordinator, a patient services representative and a behavioral health specialist.  Each team is collectively responsible for managing the same panel of patients, who in turn benefit from a greater continuity of care.  This structure results in comprehensive, continuous and coordinated care while strengthening the personal relationship between the patient and the team.

The patient-centered home model is a new concept for Hawai’i, but pilot programs across the United States have demonstrated remarkable outcomes for participating organizations.  Patients can expect significant improvements in all aspects of their care, from making appointments to getting referrals for specialists.  Unnecessary visits to the ER are reduced or eliminated altogether.  Electronic medical records and practice management systems aid in streamlining operations, costs are dramatically lowered, health care providers benefit from an improved work environment and patients report better health outcomes and overall satisfaction in their care.

According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, the patient-centered home transforms the health care delivery model from one that focuses not just on disease, but to one that focuses on the individual person’s needs.  “Health care services have historically been oriented toward illness alone,” stated Dr. Fatima Philips, Bay Clinic Medical Director. “The health of a person includes more than just the treatment of disease.  Health is about mind, body and spirit, and involves not just the patient alone but includes the health of one’s family, community, and support systems”.

An emphasis on quality is another priority outlined by Dr. Phillips. “The health care teams are expected to adhere to the most up-to-date and standardized clinical guidelines across the organization to ensure that the care a person receives in Hilo, Kea’au, Pahoa or Na’alehu will be of the highest quality and consistency across providers and locations”.  Physical improvements to clinic waiting areas and front office operations can also be expected.

The Patient Centered Health Care Home is an initiative supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration and will be a part of the Affordable Care Act to ensure efficient, high-quality, low-cost care that is outcome driven, improves population health, engages family and community and reduces health care disparities.

Bay Clinic is a nonprofit federally qualified community health center that started as a grassroots women’s health center in Hilo in 1983 and now provides comprehensive primary medical, dental, and behavioral health care services at seven locations for 18,000 people in East Hawai’i.  Bay Clinic welcomes comments on our services so that we can provide the best care for our community at madams@bayclinic.org.

Jack Johnson Encourages You To Reduce Your Waste

The Kokua Hawaii Foundation and Jack Johnson encourage you to become plastic free. Jack and the whole Kokua team encourage you to use a reusable water bottle, bring your own bags to the store, and do whatever else you can to reduce your waste.



Update on the Mangrove Lawsuit

Guest Commentary by Syd Singer:

The lawsuit filed against Malama o Puna et al for poisoning mangroves at Pohoiki, Vacationland (Wai Opae), Onekahakaha Beach Park in Hilo, and Paki Bay is still in the courts. Here is an update.

Sydney Ross Singer

Background: Malama o Puna has dedicated itself to the complete eradication of mangroves from the Big Island. They experimented at Wai Opae with a new, cheap method of eradicating mangroves, using herbicide to kill the trees and leave them to rot in place. The poisoning of about 20 acres at Wai Opae was done in 2008. In the Fall of 2009, several acres of mangroves at Paki Bay, owned by the Shipmans, were poisoned. By about December, 2009, mangroves at Pohoiki began to be poisoned. In Spring 2010, Onekahakaha Beach Park mangroves were poisoned. In all, about 35 acres of mangroves along the shoreline have been poisoned and left to rot.

The big trees were injected with poison and smaller plants were sprayed. Hundreds of thousands of trees have been killed. The spraying continues to this day to kill keiki mangroves.

In all other parts of the world, and even by many in Hawaii, mangroves are appreciated for the beneficial role they play in shoreline ecosystems – protection from tsunamis and storm surge, prevention of siltation of coral reefs, nursery habitats for fish, absorption of pollution from various sources, nutrient cycling, and other resource values

Facts that have surfaced…

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