HMSA, American Well, and Microsoft HealthVault in Hawaii

This video examines a physician-patient connectivity solution offered by one of the largest health insurance providers in the state of Hawaii in conjunction with American Well and Microsoft HealthVault.


What’s the Best Luau to be Had on the Kona Side?

Anyone  have any suggestions for the Best “Touristy” Luau on the Kona side of the Big Island?

Dryland Forest Grant Awarded

Media Release:

The Hawai’i Forest Industry Association (HFIA) has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Hawai’i County’s Department of Research and Development for its Ka Pilina Poina ‘Ole, “Connection Not Forgotten” project. This community-driven project provides interpretive materials and forest stewardship opportunities that connect two naturally and culturally significant destinations in North Kona; Ka’upulehu Dryland Forest Preserve and Kalaemano Cultural Center.

With grant monies, HFIA has already initiated the project, which involves sustaining fragile endangered dry forest ecosystems and sharing their unique historical, cultural, restoration, and scientific aspects to benefit Hawai’i residents and visitors. A Mauka-Makai (mountain to ocean) “Connection Not Forgotten” informal talk story evening is being planned for February 25, 2010 at the Kalaemano Cultural Center at 6 PM. Call 808-933-9411 no later than February 19 to RVSP for this free event.

Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Yvonne Yarber Carter has started developing educational and interpretive materials, stories for an audio story center, and curriculum for the stewardship outreach program. The story center will feature live voices from oral histories, bringing connections to the past alive. Educational materials include field learning guides for youth visitors. These rich remembrances and cultural stories are made possible through a partnership with the gifted Ku’ulei Keakealani, Director of the Ka’upulehu Cultural Center at Kalaemano, who has deep ancestral ties to the lands…

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Endangered Species Bill Passes Key Senate Committee

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Yesterday, SB 2441 introduced by 2010 Lieutenant Governor candidate, Sen. Gary Hooser, was approved and passed out of a joint committee hearing of the Senate’s Energy and Environment Committee and Water and Land Committee. The bill proposes changing the existing penalty for intentionally or knowingly harming or killing a Hawaiian Monk Seal or other endangered species in Hawaii from a misdemeanor to a Class C felony. Sen. Mike Gabbard, chairman of the committee, spoke with Sen. Hooser, Rep. Chris Lee, and several community activists in support of the bill at a press conference yesterday before hearings in the Senate.

“It is time to take action and address Hawaii’s bad reputation of being the endangered species capital of the world,” said Sen. Hooser. Sen. Hooser’s campaign for Lieutenant Governor is focused on “educational excellence, energy independence, and environmental protection to create a vigorous and sustainable economy.”

SB 2441 recognizes the exceptional biodiversity of the Hawaiian Islands while citing human activity as the cause for massive species extinctions. Two recent killings of Hawaiian Monk Seals, one on Kaua‘i and one on Moloka‘i have brought attention to the this issue. “On Molokai’s,” said Walter Ritte, “we really don’t get involved with things close to the heart. But there’s only 1,400 left and without action, we’re definitely going to lose the Hawaiian Monk Seal.”

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Valentines Day 5K Run/Walk

Coming up Sunday, Feb. 14, is the Valentine’s Day 5K (3.1-mile) run or walk hosted by Big Dog Productions.

The event will start from the parking area of Moku Ola (Coconut Island) at 8 a.m. and is FREE.

Signup will begin at 7 a.m. and there will be various divisions for couples.  Post race refreshments will be provided.

Complete results and some photos of the event will be posted later that day at

The New Year’s Day 5K hosted by the Big Dog is being televised during the entire month of February on channel 27, Seniors in Paradise, and the running/walking segment comes on right at 6:40 pm ever night, so take a look when you have time.