Free Business Courses from Small Business Administration

Written by Annie Au Hoon on April 10th, 2014

Government Contracting Classroom

Did you know the federal government buys nearly $100 billion worth of goods and services from small businesses each year?

Government contracts can offer significant opportunities for small businesses, but selling to the government requires a very different approach than selling to the commercial sector.

SBA has created a series of free online contracting courses designed to help prospective and existing small businesses understand the basics about contracting with government agencies. Whether you are just getting started or looking for ways to compete in the government contracting marketplace, the courses below are for you.

About the Courses

These self-paced courses include audio and take about 30 minutes to complete. You can exit a course at any time. Before entering a course, you may be prompted to complete a registration form, which includes a few short questions and takes less than a minute.

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IMPORTANT CHANGES FOR QUEST MEMBERS

Written by Annie Au Hoon on April 5th, 2014

Recent changes in the Hawaii Medicaid QUEST Plan now require that QUEST members re-enroll when their  QUEST coverage expires. 

QUEST members MUST respond to the Medical Assistance Eligibility Renewal Forms that are being mailed out a month before a members coverage is to expire.
QUEST COVERAGE WILL NOT BE AUTOMATICALLY RENEWED
QUEST members must watch for their renewal form in the mail (printed on either green  or blue paper.)

The Medical Assistance Eligibility Renewal Form  MUST be completed, signed and mailed back by the deadline provided on the form.
QUESTIONS?  Contact our Patient Assistance Service - 697-3477

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The Hawaiʻi Health Connector is ready to help you enroll in health care coverage on Thursday, April 17th

Written by Annie Au Hoon on April 5th, 2014

#EnrollHI at Disabled American Veterans Hall, Honolulu

April 17 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

The Hawaiʻi Health Connector is ready to help you enroll in health care coverage on Thursday, April 17th at the Head Start Family Health & Wellbeing Forum at the Disabled American Veterans Hall on Nimitz Highway.  The Honolulu Community Action Program (HCAP) will be there from 8:30am-11:30am ready to answer your questions about health care coverage.

The Hawaiʻi Health Connector (the Connector) is an online health insurance marketplace, created to help individuals and small businesses take advantage of the health insurance choices available to them.  The Connector is not an insurance company nor do we belong to any political party or interest group.

Our mission is to help the people of Hawaiʻi live happier, healthier lives by making sure that health insurance is not only easier to purchase, but also, easier to understand.  If you have any questions, please send an email to support@hawaiihealthconnector.com.

Honolulu Community Action Program (HCAP), a Marketplace Assister Organization, will be there to help consumers find the right health insurance plan that fits their budget and needs.

We hope to see you at the Disabled American Veterans Hall! #EnrollHI

Details

Date: April 17, 2014
Time: 8:30 am – 11:30 am
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Organizer

Andy Cullison Phone: 808-203-7647

Website: www.hcapweb.org

Venue

Disabled American Veterans Hall

2685 N. Nimitz Hwy,  Honolulu,  HI 96819 United States

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The Connector Signs Agreement with Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homesteads Assembly

Written by Annie Au Hoon on April 5th, 2014

HONOLULU, HI – The Sovereign Councils of the Hawaiian Homelands Assembly (SCHHA) signed a $675,000 agreement today with the Hawaiʻi Health Connector to serve as a marketplace assister organization that will reach out to native Hawaiians living in 34 Hawaiian Home Land communities who may not currently have health insurance coverage. The partnership is part of the Connector’s Hi’i Ola program, which provides outreach and education services in communities statewide to facilitate enrollment in a health plan.

“Native Hawaiians experience significant health disparities, and helping them enroll in a health plan through the Connector is the first step toward improving their access to quality healthcare,” said ʻĀnela McAfee-Torco, Hiʻi Ola Program Manager with the Hawaiʻi Health Connector.

“Our own people will be helping their neighbors in the Home Lands access affordable health care, and in doing so, we advance the health and self-determination of the Native Hawaiian people,” said Kamaki Kanahele, chairman of SCHHA, which is composed of member Hawaiian Homestead Associations located on Oʻahu, Kauaʻi, Maui, Molokaʻi, Lanaʻi and Hawaiʻi Island and represents more than 30,000 people.

“We will be meeting in every Hawaiian Home Lands community and knocking on every door to assist our people.  This project is another step towards our people overcoming the challenging health concerns that plague our community,” said project manager Jade Danner Jones.

SCHHA will be paid for their services to help people enroll in a health plan through the Hawaiʻi Health Connector from a federal grant earmarked for outreach. The Hokupili Foundation is serving as the fiscal agent for the SCHHA.

The contract, effective from March 1, continues through December 31, 2014, with the option for a no-cost extension, if the federal government allows the Hawaii Health Connector to extend its federal grants into 2015.

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About the Sovereign Councils of the Hawaiian Homelands Assembly

The mission of the Sovereign Councils of the Hawaiian Homelands Assembly is

to provide, preserve, and to defend the land trust by (1) advocating for the perpetuity of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1921, as amended and its land trust and to improve through rehabilitation, conditions for those residing on the land and wait list; (2) assist, facilitate capacity building and support member Associations who maintain distinct native communities that foster self-governance and self-determination over their own affairs; empower beneficiaries to participate in public policy and decision making that will impact the formation of sound policies and programs that are connected to our communities and all native Hawaiians.

About the Hawai‘i Health Connector

The Hawai‘i Health Connector is the online health insurance marketplace for Hawai‘i. The Connector was established as a non-profit organization in 2011 by the Hawai‘i State Legislature through Act 205, in order to comply with the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010. The Connector’s aim is an online marketplace that is of Hawai‘i-for-Hawai‘i, one that takes into account the State’s unique culture and works with the Prepaid Health Care Act, an employer mandate for health insurance coverage in effect since 1974. For more information, visitiwww.HawaiiHealthConnector.com.

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Written by Annie Au Hoon on April 4th, 2014
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National Weather Service has issued a Weather Watch Name for Municipal Location until Expiration Time.
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URGENT – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HONOLULU HI 952 AM HST FRI APR 4 2014
..HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES OF NIIHAU KAUAI OAHU MOLOKAI AND NORTH FACING SHORES OF MAUI…
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..HIGH SURF ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 AM HST SUNDAY…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HONOLULU HAS ISSUED A HIGH SURF ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 AM HST SUNDAY.
* SURF…14 TO 18 FEET FOR NORTH FACING SHORES. 8 TO 12 FEET FOR   WEST FACING SHORES.
* TIMING…BUILDING TODAY AND REACHING ADVISORY THRESHOLD TONIGHT   THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT.
* IMPACTS…MODERATE…EXPECT STRONG BREAKING WAVES…SHORE   BREAK…AND STRONG LONGSHORE AND RIP CURRENTS MAKING SWIMMING   DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS.
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Come join us for our second Wai‘anae community film series screening!

Written by Annie Au Hoon on April 2nd, 2014

Wai‘anae Community Film Series

Understanding the Takeover and How Do We Get Our Land Back?

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What do Hawaiian Struggles and Black History Have in Common?

Come join us for our second Wai‘anae community film series screening!  Our next event covers parallels between struggles in Hawai’i and people of color in the continental U.S.

Friday, April 11

 Leeward Community College Wai‘anae Campus - 2nd Floor Room 1

5:00 pm - Pupu’s and Socializing

6:00 pm (sharp!) - 

Screening of Sand Island Story (a Victoria Keith Production) and Black Power Mixtape

 7:15 pm – Dinner and Community Discussion

9:00 pm – Pau

Thank you for those of you who made our March 14 event a success!  We look forward to seeing you again on April 11.

Guest speakers will include people intimately involved with these histories, including Carroll Cox, environmental justice activist, and Steve Boggs, UH Anthropology Professor Emeritus

Facilitated by Lucy Gay of LCC, Pake Salmon of Makaha Angels Productions, and Laurel Mei Turbin of Ethnic Studies UH Manoa.

Please RSVP to Laurel at laurelmei@gmail.com or 388-1383 so that we can get enough food for everybody.  Please also spread the word to your friends and ‘ohana about this event.

Event cosponsored by: Concerned Elders of Wai’anae, DMZ Hawai’i/Aloha ‘Aina, Hawai’i Peace and Justice, KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance, & the Waiʻanae Environmental Justice Working Group.

Change we must.  Must we change?  We must change!

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URGENT NOTICE: Honolulu Department of Emergency Management

Written by Annie Au Hoon on April 1st, 2014

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..HIGH SURF ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM HST THURSDAY…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HONOLULU HAS ISSUED A HIGH SURF ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM HST THURSDAY.
* SURF…5 TO 8 FEET ALONG EAST FACING SHORES.
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Don’t Leave Valuables In Your Car

Written by Annie Au Hoon on March 30th, 2014

Won’t be long before they’re in Hawaii…if not already!!

New device opens up ALL CAR DOORS, for thieves!

This short video is well worth watching.

Until we (the police) have a fix, keep NO valuables in your car.

I believe you’ll appreciate receiving this info…

Some crooks are looting parked cars again with a gadget that’s so new, few police have heard of it.

Check the video out and send it on.

Until we have a fix, keep NO valuables in your car.

A Texas law enforcement agency has one of these devices…

 

 

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Hikianalia Crew Training

Written by Annie Au Hoon on March 27th, 2014

Hikianalia Crew Training

March 19, 2014
Hikianalia Crew Training“We’re in continual process of crew training. And what we did today was kind of break up into our watches and the purpose for that was to familiarize ourselves and build that cohesiveness,” said Kealoha Hoe, a watch captain on Hikianalia.

Led by their watch captains, each group went over the protocol and desires laid out by pwo navigator Bruce Blankenfeld, who will captain Hikianalia on her voyage to Tahiti.

“He ʻokoʻa kēlā me kēia kāpena, ʻo kēia kāpena, ʻo kēlā kāpena,ʻoiai, ke holo mākou me ʻanakala Bruce, mamake ʻo ia i kekahi ʻano e hana ai. No laila, ʻo ia kekahi mea e hoʻoponopono, e hoʻomaʻamaʻa ai. (Each captain is very different. Since Uncle Bruce will be our captain, we’ll need to learn a standardized routine),” said watch captain Kaleo Wong.

“There’s definitely a chain of command on board. Ultimately, you have the captain, the po’o, he’s the luna to whatever happens on board. Then you have your watch captains, who are like the “in-between” guys, and they manage a group of people. For myself, I’m a watch captain. You’ve got Hauʻoli Smith and Kaleo Wong; they’re our watch captains too. It’s our job to relieve kuleana from the captain and distribute the work among our individual crew members. Click to continue »

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Welcome Home Hokule’a “Back Where She Belongs”

Written by Annie Au Hoon on March 27th, 2014

Back Where She Belongs

Thirty nine years after her launching at Kualoa in 1975, Hōkūleʻa returned to the ocean as she embarks on the Worldwide Voyage. The next dry dock will be in Aotearoa, and she will return to Hawaiʻi in 2017. Click the image above to see our recap.

Hōkūle’a Data Transfer Test As communications team for Hōkūle‘a’s Worldwide Voyage, we are responsible for getting information between the two canoes and to the World, in real time. We tested the system last week. Conclusion: the best connection between the two wa‘a is if they are less than 1/3 mile apart and clear line of sight between the two antennas. Next test will be to the satellite in the open ocean! Click the video above to see the system in action.
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