Former Big Island Resident Returns to Be Part of “Healthy Children – Healthy Smiles” Keiki Dental Project

The Daily Iowan:

When UI dentistry postdoctoral research fellow Donald Chi asked a first-grade class in Honokaa, Hawaii, how many of them had ever experienced a toothache, he was shocked to see all the students raise their hands.

Last week, Chi traveled to Hawaii with three other dentistry residents and faculty adviser Richard Burke as a part of the “Healthy Children — Healthy Smiles” Keiki Dental Project. The team arrived home Sunday after providing free dental care to children aged 1 to 13 who do not have adequate dental insurance.

“We did exams, X-rays, cleaning, and delivered care all in the same appointment,” Chi said. “We did fillings, crowns, and even extractions.”

This year’s trip was the second since the program began in 2007. Elaine Himadi of the UI’s Child Psychology Clinic called attention to the area’s poor dental care when creating the program, said Rebecca Slayton, the head of the UI pediatric-dentistry department.

Himadi lived in Kamuela on the Big Island of Hawaii before coming to Iowa, where she founded the Keiki Dental Project.

In May 2007, Burke brought the first group of residents to Hawaii to provide care for the children with little or no insurance. That year, the trip had to be paid for by the department.

But this year, a grant from the Kaiser Foundation paid for the trip’s expenses in full, Burke said. The funding permitted the group members to have their own, new mobile-dental clinic, which allowed them to see and practice on patients more conveniently. Many of the children were from poor, immigrant families who came to Hawaii from Marshall Islands, Fiji, and Tonga.

“From a public-health aspect, it was a way for the residents to practice outside of their comfort zone, being on the mobile van,” Burke said. “They also became more aware of the cultural differences of the area.”

And the experience was a mutually beneficial one.

The UI team saw more than 100 children for dental work and spoke with more than 400 on dental education, Chi said. The social impact that poor dental health has was also surprising, he added.

“Some kids had to miss school for weeks because of toothaches,” he said. “Others had eating problems.”

Burke said some have asked why the dental department chose to travel so far instead of focusing on the people in need who may be closer to home.

“Basically, the opportunity came about, and after the first time, the group just fell in love with us,” he explained. “We decided that we had to grab the bull by the horns and go with it. It was a completely worthwhile experience.”

Reach Out and Touch Someone – Building Community with New Media

Bill Dorman

Bill Dorman

The Hawai`i Island Chamber of Commerce (HICC) was fortunate to present the Emmy Award-winning journalist Bill Dorman as the guest speaker at the Third General Membership Meeting luncheon on May 4th at the `Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai`i Sky Garden Restaurant. Dorman, who has covered stories from more than a dozen countries and has interviewed corporate and political leaders around the Asia Pacific region, spoke about how to get media attention in a recession.

Dorman offered his advice to HICC members on how to bring value to your business through positive stories to get attention from the media. Dorman suggested that businesses should be sincere and brief to get the “nugget” of the story across in 15 seconds or less. Dorman advised, “the more you are able to define your standpoint, the better off you are because the controversy will not go away,” when asked how to handle media if controversial issues arise.

Dorman worked as a reporter, producer and executive producer at CNN for more than 20 years and most recently was Managing Editor of Asia Pacific Broadcast for Bloomberg Television.  He has a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Dartmouth College.  He currently lives in Tokyo and teaches at Temple University, Japan.  He is married to Noriko Namiki, his former producer.

In addition to hearing Dorman’s presentation, Chamber members elected the following Officers and Board of Directors for 2009-2010:

Officers: Barbara Hastings (Immediate Past President), Mary Begier (President), Mike Gleason (President Elect), Jon Miyata (1st Vice President), Vaughn Cook (Treasurer). Two year Directors: Howard Ainsley, Charles Erskine, Judith Fox-Goldstein, Marco Mangelsdorf, Eugene Nishimura, Glen Santos, Margaret Shiba, Alice Sledge, Mele Spencer, Art Taniguchi, Ron Terry. One year Directors: Jeanine Atebara, Kurt Corbin, Charles Ensey, Stan Fortuna, Jr., Stewart Hussey, Randy Kurohara, Karina Leasure, Linda Levine, Spencer Oliver, Robert C. Porter, Marcia Sakai, Steve Ueda, Jere Usui. The Officers and Directors will be installed on Monday, June 29th at Hilo Hawaiian Hotel Moku`ola Room. The ceremony will begin at 5 p.m.

Established in 1898, the Hawai`i Island Chamber of Commerce is an organization comprised of businesses and professionals who work together to provide leadership via services and advocacy for the business community while promoting the economic well-being of Hawai`i Island as a whole. The HICC represents more than 700 members and 360 businesses.

Community Links Hawaii hosts First Tuesdays, downtown at HiSAM (Hawaii State Art Museum). May featured a panel discussion titled “Reach Out and Touch Someone: Building Community with New Media.” Panelists: Jared Kuroiwa, KGMB9’s Director of Interactive Strategy; Bill Dorman, international Emmy Award-winning journalist formerly with CNN and Bloomberg. Moderator: Barbra Pleadwell

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Blogger Paid $225K for Having State Withhold Records From Him

Hat tip to Planet Kauai:

SEATTLE — King County has agreed to pay conservative blogger Stefan Sharkansky $225,000 to settle a public-records lawsuit he brought over the county’s delay in releasing documents about the 2004 governor’s election.

Sharkansky filed his request in December 2004, seeking a list of everyone who voted in the county in the election that year, but the county didn’t satisfy the request until more than two years later.

Additional documents that were released last month in discovery for my case confirmed that county officials both knew more about the illegal vote counting than they had previously acknowledged, and also knowingly withheld responsive documents from me during 2005 and 2006,” he wrote on his blog,

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Government Road Cruise

I came across this tree down Government Road today.

It caught my attention because from a distance it looked like it was two trees that had grown together into one.

But as I got closer… I found out that the poor tree was just a victim of some random asshole that burned a hole through it.


I saw a lot of cool stuff down there today.  It would make a great alternate route into town if they ever decided to make a road along the ocean  into town.


What was even cooler about this little road trip I took… was that I had a GPS on my me and I could tell exactly where everything was located in relation to the rest of the island.


It’s amazing how far off in the boondocks from civilization people actually do live.  I put on nearly 70-80 miles just driving around the area today, and I was only going about 15-20 mph tops most of the time.


As I was driving down the road, I remembered that this was actually the first time that I had ever driven down the road and saw many sights that I had never seen before.


And I even got to see an island I’ve never seen before!


Well it’s not really much of an island… but I bet it has a name!

The best thing about today… was that it was a paid day cruising around in some beautiful territory!

Las Vegas Trip Up For Grabs at Pahoa Spring Jam

The Pahoa Spring Jam is this Saturday.

Please plan to attend and have a very fun day with great music, ono grinds, arts and crafts, fun for the children, etc. Many of the Pahoa Businesses will be represented there as well as local talent and various community service organizations/non-profits.

Attendance is free however if you are interested in the drawings of our “Lucky Bookmarks” they are available for $1 each or 6 for $5. This year the grand prize, donated by Vacations Hawaii, is a round trip ticket and 5 days/4 nights in Las Vegas. Other prizes will be art, gift certificates and services donated by many people in the community. You do not need to be present to win if you leave your contact information. However, you do need to come and leave your ticket stub(s). There will be many happy winners and the money collected will be used to pay expenses for the Jamm.

This Saturday any time between 10 am and 7 pm you will find us in the parking lot of the Aquatic Center (aka swimming pool) in Pahoa. There will be a bus provided by the County of Hawai’i to provide free rides from either end of Pahoa Village Road. You can attend both the Jamm and the Sustainability Fair and then get your bus ride back to your car. Or save gas and take the bus from home! The Pahoa High and Intermediate Schools has given permission to park in their lot that day.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Pahoa Springtime Jamm Committee