A Special Message to Hawaii Residents From True Blood Star and Big Island Native Kristina Anapau

Big Island native Kristina Anapau has a special message for all of us:


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Kristina Anapau at the 2011 Big Island Film Festival

Kristina Anapau at the 2011 Big Island Film Festival

Capitol Event Urges Everyone to ‘Look Beyond’ Disabilities

Gov. Neil Abercrombie will declare March “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month” in Hawaii as the Hawaii State Council on Developmental Disabilities convenes its 13th annual “Day at the Capitol” on March 14, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the State Capitol Auditorium.


Approximately 500 self-advocates, family members, service providers, and advocates are expected to attend this special event to build awareness of the abilities and strengths of individuals with developmental disabilities.

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in Hawaii is part of a nationwide campaign to raise public awareness and build understanding. The 2013 national theme, “Look Beyond,” encourages people to get acquainted with someone who has a developmental disability, look beyond the person’s disability, and recognize that all individuals have talents and abilities to contribute.

“This year’s theme encourages people to understand that when individuals with developmental disabilities are welcomed into their local neighborhoods, workplaces, houses of worship, and schools, everyone benefits,” said Waynette Cabral, executive administrator for the Hawaii State Council on Developmental Disabilities. “We encourage people to learn more about the 22,000 individuals in Hawaii who have developmental disabilities, and to recognize that everyone has talents and abilities to help make Hawaii a better place to live.”

Event participants will be recognized during the House and Senate Floor sessions by Vice Speaker John Mizuno and Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland, as well as receive a briefing from the Council, have the opportunity to discuss developmental disabilities-related issues and concerns with legislators from their home districts, attend public hearings, take a tour of the State Capitol, and network with others.

The annual “Day at the Capitol” event is a collaborative venture coordinated by the Hawaii State Council on Developmental Disabilities in partnership with the Hilopa‘a Family to Family Health Information Center, the Ho‘opa‘a Hawai‘i State Autism Implementation Grant, and the Hawaii Waiver Providers Association.

Big Island March Against Monsanto – Kona Information

Big Island March Against Monsanto – Kona Poster:

March Against Monsanto - Kona

Big Island March Against Monsanto – Hilo Information

Big Island March Against Monsanto – Hilo Poster:
March Against Monsanto

North Hawaii Community Hospital Announces Leina’ala Crawford, M.D., as Medical Director of Kaheleaulani

Family Medicine Physician Leina’ala Crawford, M.D., joins North Hawaii Community Hospital’s Kaheleaulani, a Native Hawaiian Health Program. Her exciting addition to the NHCH team and Kaheleaulani program will help to better meet the needs of Native Hawaiians, who make up nearly 30 percent of the community NHCH serves.

Physician Leina’ala Crawford, M.D

Physician Leina’ala Crawford, M.D

As Medical Director of Kaheleaulani, Dr. Crawford will provide medical and administrative guidance, leadership, oversight and quality assurance for the clinic, in addition to seeing patients as Kaheleaulani’s primary medical physician. “It is an honor to be a part of a movement to better the health and well being of our people of Hawai’i,” says Dr. Crawford. Kaheleaulani’s mission is to clearly identify Native Hawaiian health disparities particular to North Hawai’i and to clearly formulate a plan of action with the goal of rectifying those health disparities.

“Dr. Crawford has energy and understanding of Native Hawaiian health that is obviously an important component of her personal identity. We are humbled and grateful to have her join our Kaheleaulani team,” says Dr. Claren Ku’ulei Kealoha-Beaudet, Kaheleaulani’s Clinical Psychologist and Program Director. Together, Dr. Crawford and Dr. Kealoha-Beaudet will oversee the program’s mission-driven Ho’omalule Project, which provides Native Hawaiian ‘ohana a comprehensive program with the highest quality, culturally informed medical, behavioral and psychosocial change interventions. Thanks to funding support from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the Ho’omalule Project supports qualified participants in reducing their body weight by 10% or more over a 12 month period by empowering Native Hawaiians to be proactive in their overall health and well-being.

Most recently, Dr. Crawford served as Urgent Care and Family Practice Physician at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, Washington. In addition, she has experience with obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, sports medicine, as well as managing hospitalized patients with chronic and complicated issues. Dr. Crawford received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Central Washington University, Medical degree from Creighton Medical School in Omaha, NE, and completed residency in Family Medicine at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN.

Dr. Crawford is another new physician recruited by North Hawaii Community Hospital’s North Hawaii Medical Group, which was established in 2011 to hire physicians directly in an effort to better retain physicians on Hawaii Island and work closely with community physicians to form a highly coordinated and integrated system of care. Kaheleaulani, formerly known as the Native Hawaiian Health Clinic at NHCH, opened in September 2011.

Kaheleaulani is currently accepting patients with a target population of Native Hawaiians age 13 and older, non-Hawaiians who are married to a Native Hawaiian or are a life partner of a Native Hawaiian, non-Hawaiians who are widowed and whose spouse was a Native Hawaiian, and non-Hawaiians who are divorced or separated from a Native Hawaiian and have Native Hawaiian children. Kaheleaulani is located in North Hawaii Community Hospital at 67-1125 Mamalahoa Highway, Kamuela, HI 96743. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 808-881-4843.


CNN Special – Hawaii Deals with Japan’s Tsunami Debris

Here is the video that aired on CNN – “Hawaii Deals with Japan’s Tsunami Debris


While CNN was setting up shop, HWF and volunteers quickly removed over 200 pounds of marine debris from the coastline with an hour’s effort. And until there is a better solution, HWF and volunteers will continue to pick up the pieces here in Hawaiʻi nei.

FYI another follow-up story that focuses on marine debris problems in general, NOAA’s Nets-to-Energy Program, and recycled “ocean plastic” bottled cleaning products by SF-based company, Method, will air on CNN national and international broadcasting programs in April.