Center for Disease Control Confirms 4 Zika Cases This Year in Hawaii

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed that there were 4 cases of the Zika virus reported in Hawaii in the last year.

zika in HawaiiThis is news to many of us, as previously we had only heard of the one case that was brought here from Brazil!

Commentary – Hawaii State Teachers Association Files Formal Grievance Against Pahoa High School Principal

The Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) has filed a formal grievance against our principal. The grievance meeting will be held TOMORROW at KKP Conference Room, February 12, 2016 at 3:30 pm. We are focused on working towards a safe campus and better school climate.

Pahoa High and Intermediate

Supporters (other union members, other unions, parents, community etc) of the grievance are welcome. We are asking for written testimony or face to face presence. If you want you can submit testimony “anonymously” directly to the union: ryamanaka@hsta.org

A lot of the teachers have complaints, but they are thinking it’s not worth it, she will retaliate etc. So this is dividing the teachers already. We could use your point of view from a parent. We would also like to hear from parents who have pulled their students from this school.

Please pass the word on. And if you can please submit testimony about your own experience with her.

“Concerned Pahoa Resident”

Hawaii Takes Part in Multistate Settlement Against Moneygram

Settlement to Provide Restitution for Consumers that Used MoneyGram to Make Fraud Induced Transfers

Stephen Levins, Executive Director of the State of Hawaii Office of Consumer Protection, today announced a settlement with Dallas based MoneyGram Payment Systems, Inc. resolving a multistate investigation which focused on complaints of consumers who used MoneyGram’s wire transfer service to send money to third parties involved in schemes to defraud consumers. In addition to Hawaii, 48 states and the District of Columbia participated in this settlement.

Moneygram

Click to view details of settlement

“We believe that this settlement will help to protect vulnerable consumers from wire fraud”, said Levins. “Crooks routinely use wire transfers to con unwary consumers out of their money. Anytime someone insists that a money wire is the only method to transfer funds to them red flags should go up, especially if it involves a lottery or sweepstakes. No one should ever wire money to claim a prize. If you do, you’ve been scammed and you’ll never see your money again.”

The settlement has two main components. First, MoneyGram has agreed to maintain and continue to improve a comprehensive and robust anti-fraud program designed to help detect fraud and prevent consumers from suffering financial losses as a result of these types of fraud induced wire transfers. The program must be documented in writing and at a minimum, must include the following elements:

  • Mandatory and documented compliance training for agents and guidelines regarding when an agent’s conduct warrants suspension or termination;
  • Suspension or termination of agents who fail to take commercially reasonable steps to reduce fraud induced money transfers;
  • A hotline system – telephonic and electronic- where employees and agents can report noncompliance with anti-fraud measures;
  • Sound mechanisms to evaluate actual fraud rates and consumer losses from fraud induced money transfers in order to utilize that information to improve compliance; and
  • Continued enhancement of technology solutions, including its Anti-Fraud Alert System (AFAS).

Second, MoneyGram has agreed to pay a total of 13 million dollars to the states to fund a nationwide consumer restitution program and for the states’ costs and fees. Hawaii’s portion of the settlement will be $85,000.

The settlement provides for an independent third party settlement administrator who will review MoneyGram records and send notices regarding restitution to all consumers who are eligible to receive restitution under this settlement. Generally, consumers who are eligible for restitution previously filed complaints with MoneyGram between July 1, 2008, and August 31, 2009, regarding fraud induced transfers sent from the U.S. to foreign countries other than Canada.

More information about this settlement is available at the Settlement Administrator’s website: www.MoneyGramSettlement.com/.

In addition to Hawaii, the following states participated in the settlement: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia.

Navy Re-Sodding High School Football Field After Military Debris Discovered

Naval Facilities Engineering Command announced this week it is ready to begin re-sodding Radford High School football field.  The field has been the site of remediation actions by the Navy after decades-old military debris was discovered there two years ago.
Radford High Navy
The Navy has worked closely with the state Department of Education and Department of Health on required remediation actions at the school.

“On behalf of the Navy, I offer a big thank you to the parents, teachers and especially the students of Radford High School for their patience and understanding,” said Rear Adm. John Fuller, commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific.

“We were and are committed to doing a careful and thorough job in restoring the Radford track and field. Our highest priority continues to be the safety, health and welfare of people, especially young people,” Fuller said.

“We appreciate that this project is moving forward. The Hawaii State Department of Education is grateful for the patience of the Radford High School community throughout the delays,” Office of School Facilities and Support Services Assistant Superintendent Dann Carlson said.

The Navy contractor began site work this week, which includes scraping vegetation and weeds from the field area, placing new top soil, and shaping the field for drainage. Over the next two weeks, the Navy will continue field preparations and begin installing fresh sod.

“Special thanks goes to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii teams – environmental, contracting, engineers and other support. NAVFAC got the funding, ensured contractor availability, and worked closely with the Department of Education and the school administration to ensure the track and field will be ready for the 2016 football season,” Fuller said.

“By the way, congratulations again to Coach Fred Salanoa and the Radford Rams for winning the Hawaii High School Athletic Association Division II football championship last November at Aloha Stadium. Go Rams!”

Hulihe’e Palace Remembers Princess Ruth Ke‘elikolani

The Daughters of Hawai‘i and Calabash Cousins present Afternoon at Hulihe’e on Sunday, Feb. 21. The 4 p.m. event on the grounds of Hulihe‘e Palace remembers the late Princess Ruth Ke‘elikolani.

Hulihee

The event presents the Merrie Monarchs and Hawaiian performing arts by Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his Halau Na Pua U‘i O Hawai‘i. Kindly bring a beach mat or chair as seating won’t be provided.

Princess Ruth (1826-1883) was the half-sister of King Kamehameha IV and V. She inherited Hulihe‘e after the death of her husband, William Pitt Leleiohoku; he was the adopted son of John Adams Kuakini. Kuakini built the palace in 1838 after erecting Moku‘aikaua Church, which sits directly across from the palace on Ali‘i Drive.

Hulihee Hula

Hulihe‘e Palace is open for docent-guided and self-guided tours. Museum hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday—with the exception of the palace open 1-4 p.m. the Monday following the monthly Kokua Kailua Village stroll.  Palace admission for a self-guided tour is $8 for adults, $6 for kama‘aina, military and seniors, and $1 for keiki 18 years and under. Docent-guided tours are available upon request. For details, contact the palace at 329-1877, the palace office at 329-9555 or visit www.daughtersofhawaii.org. The gift shop, open 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday- Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, can be reached by phoning 329-6558.

Caretakers of Hulihe‘e Palace are the Daughters of Hawai‘i and the Calabash Cousins. The Daughters 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.

Confirmed Dengue Fever Cases on the Big Island of Hawaii Rises to 254

The Dengue Fever outbreak on the Big Island continues and the total confirmed amount of cases rose by 2 more since the last update bringing the total amount of confirmed cases to 254:

Mosquito Bite

As of February 11, 2016*:

Since the last update, HDOH has identified 2 new case of dengue fever.  Currently, as many as 2 of the confirmed cases to date are potentially infectious to mosquitoes. All others are no longer infectious.

Potentially infectious individuals
2 Illness onset 2/1/16 – 2/6/16
Cases no longer infectious
252 Illness onset 9/11/15 to 1/30/16
Past and present confirmed cases (Cumulative TOTAL)
254

Of the confirmed cases, 230 are Hawaii Island residents and 24 are visitors.
208 cases have been adults; 46 have been children (<18 years of age). Onset of illness has ranged between 9/11/15 – 2/6/16.

As of today, a total of 1177 reported potential cases have been excluded based on test results and/or not meeting case criteria.