Hawai’i Health Connector Permanent Board Members Seated July 1, 2012

Hawaii Health Connector, established to create and oversee the State’s health insurance exchange, seats 15 permanent board members this Sunday, July 1, 2012.

Cliff Alakai–Maui Medical Group
Clementina Ceria-Ulep, Ph.D., MSN, R.N.–Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE)
Joan Danieley–Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.
Jennifer Diesman–Hawai’i Medical Services Association (HMSA)
Patricia McManaman– Department of Human Services (DHS)
Beth Giesting–Hawai’i Office of the Governor
Michael Gleason–The Arc of Hilo
Robert Hirokawa, DC, DrPH, MPH–Hawai’i Primary Care Association
Faye Kurren–Hawai’i Dental Service (HDS)
Keali’i Lopez–Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs
Sherry Menor-McNamara–Chamber of Commerce of Hawai’i
Gwen Rulona–UFCW Local 480
Christina Mai’i Sakuda–Hawai’I Health Information Exchange (HHIE)
Hardy Spoehr–Papa Ola Lōkahi
Edward Wang–Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

The Connector’s aim is an exchange that is Hawai‘i-for-Hawai‘i, one that takes into account the State’s unique culture and works with the Prepaid Health Care Act, and employer mandate for health insurance coverage in effect since 1974.

Background

During the 2011 legislative session, Senate Bill (SB) 1348 relating to the Hawai‘i Health Insurance Exchange received strong bipartisan support. On July 8, 2011, Governor Neil Abercrombie signed into law Act 205 (SB 1348, CD1) establishing the Hawai‘i Health Insurance Exchange Act. The Hawai‘i Health Connector (Act 205) provides the framework for a private, nonprofit quasi-governmental health insurance exchange that conforms to the requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010. The Act also established an interim board of directors, appointed by the Governor to provide the guidance in which the establishment of the Connector was founded. Act 205 states that the Insurance Commissioner of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) shall determine eligibility for the inclusion of qualified insurers and plans. The Department of Human Services (DHS) will determine eligibility for applicants in the Medicaid adult and children’s health insurance program (CHIP). Act 205 was codified into law as chapter 435H, Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, establishing the Hawai‘i Health Insurance Exchange.

The Insurance Division of the DCCA applied for, and received, a Level I Cooperative Agreement to Support Establishment of the Hawai‘i Health Insurance Exchange in November 2011. DCCA in cooperation with the Connector is in the process of reassigning this grant to the Connector.

In December 2011, the interim board hired Executive Director, Coral Andrews to oversee the operational resources of the Connector, as well as recruit and hire the necessary staff needed to successfully implement the Hawai‘i Health Insurance Exchange. To date, the Connector’s staff continues to grow while working towards bringing transparent and affordable health care to the state of Hawai‘i.

Laupahoehoe School Converts to Charter

Laupahoehoe High & Elementary School officially converts to Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School (LCPCS), July 1, 2012. LCPCS staff will open the school on Monday, July 2 at 7:30 a.m.

The LCPCS vision is to provide students kindergarten through 12th grade a quality public education that is both experience-based and connected to the community.

Student applications for the upcoming school year are still being accepted.

The first day of school is Wednesday, August 1, 2012. In preparation, LCPCS is holding several events:

A “Volunteer Orientation” will be held on Saturday, July 7, 10-11a.m. in the school band room. LCPCS is looking to match the school’s needs with volunteers for tutoring, classroom assistants, shop project volunteers, after-school and office helpers, assistant coaches and more. Parents and community members are encouraged to come and see how they can be involved.

A “Parent & Student Orientation/Teacher & Staff Meet and Greet” is on Saturday, July 14 from 2-4 p.m. in the school cafeteria. There will be a short presentation introducing Director Dr. David Rizor, teachers and staff, followed by games and other opportunities to mingle. Information regarding registration, school uniforms, lunch and bus fares, and after school programs will be available. Light refreshments and shaved ice will be provided.

The LCPCS Interim Local School Board will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, July 10 from 6-8 p.m. in the school band room.

LCPCS invites and encourages the participation of parents, students, staff and the community ohana to guide its evolution into a learning institution where students succeed, families are engaged and teachers thrive.

More information on LCPCS can be found at http://www.laupahoehoecharterschool.com.

 

Hulihe’e Event Remembers Palace Builder John Adams Kuakini

The Daughters of Hawai‘i and Calabash Cousins present Afternoon at Hulihe‘e 4 p.m. Sunday, July 15 at Hulihe‘e Palace to remember the late John Adams Kuakini. Enjoy the voices of the Merrie Monarchs and Hawaiian performing arts by Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his Halau Na Pua Ui O Hawai‘i.

Afternoon at Hulihe‘e is part of the palace’s series of free monthly events that honor Hawai‘i’s past monarchs and historical figures; donations are appreciated. Kindly bring a beach mat or chair as seating won’t be provided.

Kuakini was a cousin to Kamehameha I and governor of Hawai’i Island. A Russian explorer, Captain Otto von Kotzebue, described Kuakini in 1816 as a “herculean figure.”

“Kuakini first built Moku‘aikaua Church, finishing in 1837,” details Casey Ballao, Hulihe‘e docent coordinator. “That same year, he started construction on Hulihe‘e, with the excavation of the cellar. Kuakini employed craftsman and laborers that had jumped sailing ships to build his grand home and it was completed in 1838. It was a great source of pride.”

Kuakini didn’t enjoy his mansion for long; he died at the age of 54 in 1844. His obituary stated he was “the sole survivor of the iron-hearted chiefs that constituted the household of Kamehameha I.”

Hulihe‘e Palace is open for self-guided tours. Museum and gift shop hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Hulihe‘e Palace admission includes a self-guided tour brochure and remains $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and $1 for keiki under 18. Volunteer docents are sometimes available to give guided tours. For details, contact the palace at 329-1877, the palace office at 329-9555 or visit www.daughtersofhawaii.org. The gift shop can be reached by phoning 329-6558.

Caretakers of Hulihe‘e Palace are the Daughters of Hawai‘i and Calabash Cousins. The organization was founded in 1903 and opens membership to any woman who is directly descended from a person who lived in Hawai‘i prior to 1880. Helping the Daughters in its efforts since 1986 are the Calabash Cousins; membership is available to all.

2012 Afternoon at Hulihe‘e schedule: 4-5 p.m. on the palace grounds All Afternoons at Hulihe’e present hula by Na Pua U‘i O Hawai‘i Hula Halau and vocals by the Merrie Monarchs. Some events also include the Hulihe’e Palace Band and are noted below. On band dates, only kahiko hula is showcased. Other events offer a full hula show.

  • Jan 15: Band appearance remembering King Charles “Lunalilo” and Aunty I‘olani Luahine
  • Feb 19: Event remembering Princess Ruth Ke‘elikolani
  • Mar 18: Band appearance remembering Queen Ka‘ahumanu and Prince Kuhio
  • Apr 15: Event remembering Prince Edward Albert
  • May 20: Event remembering King Kamehameha IV “Alexander Liholiho”
  • Jun 10: Band appearance remembering King Kamehameha I “Paiea”
  • Jul 15: Event remembering John Adams Kuakini
  • Aug 26: Event remembering King Kamehameha III “Kauikeaouli”
  • Sep 16: Band appearance remembering Queen Lili‘uokalani
  • Oct 21: Event remembering Princess Ka‘iulani
  • Nov 18: Band appearance remembering King Kalakaua, Palace Curator Aunty Lei Collins and Bandmaster Charles “Bud Dant
  • Dec 16: Event remembering Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop