Feb 25

State Offers Help to HMSA Members Whose Data Was Hacked

THE BEATCAPITOL WATCH

Anthem security breach affects roughly 18,000 current and former HMSA members.

·By NATHAN EAGLE

The state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs is offering advice to the roughly 18,000 current and former HMSA members whose personal information was compromised in a cyber attack on Anthem.

Members who sought treatment in one of the 14 mainland states where Anthem operates are being directed to AnthemFacts.com where they can learn about services the company is offering, including identity repair assistance, child identity protection and free credit monitoring.

The Hawaii Insurance Division and the Office of Consumer Protection will continue to monitor the situation, and suggests that consumers take extra precautions, such as reviewing their credit reports for signs of fraudulent activity, DCCA said in a news release Tuesday.

“We will continue discussions with Anthem and HMSA to ensure the members affected are notified in a timely manner and informed of the next steps and protections offered,” said Gordon Ito, insurance commissioner.

OCP also reminded consumers to be alert for scammers who may try to take advantage of the Anthem security breach, the release said.

“This is a good time to remind everyone to never provide personal information to anyone unless you’re 100 percent sure that they are who they say they are,” said Stephen Levins, OCP executive director. “The main point is to exercise caution. Just because someone says they’re calling from your bank or health insurance company, doesn’t mean that they are.”

Consumers should also be on the alert for phony emails, the release said. If you receive an email from Anthem asking for your personal information, do not provide it. Check with Anthem or HMSA through the phone number you usually use or one from the phonebook, confirm that the contact information is legitimate.

The security breach affects customers from Amerigroup, Anthem and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield companies, Caremore and Unicare, the release said. The 14 states where Anthem Inc. operates include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.

For more information, visit www.hmsa.com/anthem or www.anthemfacts.com.

Feb 25

Financial Aid and Scholarship Services available from Kamehameha Schools

Preschool                                                                                                                  Kamehameha Schools Preschool Financial Aid Program                                               For preschool keiki ages 3 and 4 currently attending or invited to attend one of  Kamehameha’s 30 preschool sites.                                                                        Application Deadline: April 30, 2015

 

Pauahi Keiki Scholars (PKS) Preschool Scholarship Program
For preschoolkeiki 3 years and older (must be born in 2010, 2011, or 2012) currently attending or planning to attend an eligible Non-Kamehameha Schools preschool.

 Application Deadline: April 30, 2015
K-12th Grade
Kamehameha Schools Summer School Financial Aid Program
Forkeiki planning to attend a Kamehameha Schools campus Summer School Program in 2015. Note: this is a separate application than other programs listed on this site.

Application Deadline: February 14, 2015
Kipona Scholarship Program
For new or returning/renewal students attending or planning to attend a Non-Kamehameha Schools private school in Hawaiʻi.

 Application Deadline: February 28, 2015
Kamehameha Schools K-12 Financial Aid Program
Forkeiki currently attending or invited to attend one of the three Kamehameha Schools campuses.

 Application Deadline: April 30, 2015

Post-High                                                                                                                     Nā Hoʻokama a Pauahi                                                                                                   Need-based scholarship available to students pursuing an under-graduate or graduate degree.                                                                                                Application Deadline: April 20, 2015

ʻImi Naʻauao                                                                                                             Merit-based scholarship available to students pursuing a graduate degree.  Application Deadline: March 9, 2015

Other Opportunities                                                                                                          A selection of scholarships & programs administered through affiliated organizations.

 

Feb 19

Free Workshop with Dr. Shintani Feb 20 and Feb 21

Get your Health Back in 10 Days:

Free Workshops w/ Dr. Shintani

This Week!

Friday, Feb. 20th • 7pm
Saturday, Feb. 21st • 1pm or 3pm

Get Your Health Back in 10 Days

5 Basic Steps to Keeping your Resolution for Health
7 Dangers of Diabetes You Need to Know
3 Keys for Arthritis, Asthma, & Autoimmune Disease
and much more!

MOA Wellness Center

600 Queen St. • Suite C-2

FREE ADMISSION

Space is Limited so Registration is Required
Please Register Here

Dr. Terry Shintani, Harvard-trained nutritionist and medical doctor presents a workshop on how to Lose Weight and Reverse Chronic Disease in 10 Days. There will be new information presented on how people can and have reversed diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol and many other health problems in just 10 days. For more info, please visit www.HiDiet.org

Visit Down to Earth at www.downtoearth.org

Feb 14

Greetings and Update from US Senator Brian Schatz!

February 12, 2015

Aloha and happy new year to you and your family. As we begin a new Congress, I wanted to share with you the news that I have been selected to serve on four Senate committees important to Hawai‘i’s future.

Committee Assignments

  • Appropriations
    The Appropriations Committee writes the legislation that allocates funds to government departments, agencies, and organizations.  The Committee also has responsibility for supplemental spending bills as may be needed during the fiscal year.
  • Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    The Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committeehas jurisdiction over a wide range of issues which include communications, highways, aviation, rail, shipping, transportation security, merchant marine, the Coast Guard, oceans, fisheries, climate change, disasters, science, space, interstate commerce, tourism, consumer issues, economic development, technology, competitiveness, product safety, and insurance.

    • Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and  the Internet
      Ranking Member
      The Subcommittee oversees matters relating to the telecommunications industry.  Agencies within the Committee’s jurisdiction include the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).
  • Indian Affairs
    The Indian Affairs Committee has jurisdiction to study the unique needs of American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native peoples.  Specifically, the Committee works to address issues including Native Hawaiian education, economic development, land management, trust responsibilities, and health care.
  • Ethics
    The Select Committee on Ethics is a special committee tasked with governing the conduct of Members, officers, and employees of the Senate.

 

The Appropriations Committee allocates funds to government departments and agencies and continues to be critical for our state.  My new seat on the Appropriations Committee means I will have a unique opportunity to make sure Hawai‘i’s needs and priorities are represented in our national budget, and we continue to receive our fair share of federal funds.

I will retain my seat on the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, which is strategically of value, because it covers areas as wide ranging as roads, oceans, and tourism.  As part of my role, I will serve as the lead Democrat on the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet.  This is good for us because innovation and technology are major drivers of the economy and because increasing access to broadband as well as open and fast access to the Internet are essentials for Hawai‘i businesses and residents.

I’m also very pleased to continue as a member of the Indian Affairs Committee.  This is an assignment that I requested when I first began serving as a Senator because of its importance to Native Hawaiians and our state in general.

I have also been selected as one of three Democrats, along with three Republicans, to the Senate Select Committee on Ethics, which investigates allegations of improper conduct by senators.  And I have been named to the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, a leadership group that I’m honored to join.

Last week, I finalized my subcommittee assignments on the Appropriations Committee.  I am pleased to announce I will be serving on the following five subcommittees:

Appropriations Subcommittee Assignments

  • Defense
    Military forces in Hawai‘i are central to the Department of Defense’s (DoD) strategic engagement in the Asia Pacific.  Defense leaders continue to face hard choices in the years ahead as they work with a smaller share of the discretionary budget to train and ready our service members, provide for military families, protect the United States from threats abroad, and invest in the capabilities needed to address emerging challenges, particularly in Asia.  The Subcommittee on Defense provides an opportunity to ensure that DoD is aligning its limited resources appropriately to support national defense needs, including protecting critical military capabilities in Hawai‘i.  In addition, the subcommittee presents an opportunity to help DoD identify opportunities to accomplish its objectives by working with partners and allies, and support DoD’s investments in nontraditional defense programs—such as alternative energy, climate resilience, and infectious diseases research—that will pay dividends to national defense in the future.
  • Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
    With more than 117,000 veterans and 78,000 active duty and reserve personnel, the military has a significant relationship with Hawai‘i.  The Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs presents an opportunity to demonstrate that development of training ranges and other essential military facilities can be done in balance with local cultural and environmental needs, all while ensuring our obligation to support the veterans who have made sacrifices to our nation.
  • Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
    Hawai‘i’s representation on the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee is important to sustaining past gains and continuing to address the significant education and health disparities faced by the Native Hawaiian community—given the geographical, cultural, and financial barriers that prevent Native Hawaiians from accessing existing health services.  It will also help represent the needs of rural and low-income communities as well as underserved populations living in island communities and isolated parts of the country.
  • Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
    Because of Hawai‘i’s unique location and geography, the state depends on federal transportation funding to build and maintain the infrastructure it needs to grow the economy and connect its communities.  With the Department of Transportation’s help, Hawai‘i will complete the state’s first light rail project, invest in needed highway improvements, provide access to goods with port improvements, and make communities more walkable.
  • Legislative Branch
    Ranking Member
    The agencies and offices that provide for safety and functionality for those who work within and visit the United States Capitol Complex are funded in the Legislative Branch Appropriations bill.  Offices such as the United States Capitol Police and Senate Sergeant at Arms oversee and execute safety functions while agencies like the Library of Congress, Government Accountability Office, and Congressional Budget Office facilitate the work of the legislative branch and provide public access to the documents elected officials use every day to help them make informed decisions in their official capacity.

I am grateful to Appropriations Committee Chairman Cochran and Vice Chairwoman Mikulski for the opportunity to help shape the Department of Defense’s priorities, especially as it relates to the Asia-Pacific region.  These are challenging times, and we operate in a difficult budget environment, but these assignments put me in a position to help Hawai‘i move forward.

I am excited to continue our work to build a better future for Hawai‘i and our country.

In the year ahead, please feel free to contact me if there is anything we can do to assist you.  Our Washington phone number is (202) 224-3934 and our Honolulu phone number is (808) 523-2061.  We’re here to help.

Mahalo,

Brian Schatz
U.S. Senator

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Feb 11

Office of Hawaiian Affairs ~ ‘Ahahui Grant Program will be made available on February 27, 2015.

‘Ahahui Grants

The purpose of the ‘Ahahui Grant program is to provide funding support for community events that directly align with at least of one of OHA’s Strategic Results, provides significant benefits to the Native Hawaiian community and offers OHA valuable public relations and leveraging opportunities.

The public notice for the FY 2016 ‘Ahahui Grant Program will be made available February 27, 2015.

Feb 11

Native Hawaiian Scholarship’s  2014-2015

A higher education opens up a world of possibilities. OHA is committed to ensuring Native Hawaiians and their ‘ohana are aware of existing resources to assist them in pursuing their education and training goals. Each year OHA provides funding for scholarships through its Higher Education Scholarship Programs. In addition, OHA has created He Ipu Kāʻeo, a resource booklet created for Native Hawaiian students seeking post-secondary education; both college and career training programs. It includes information on scholarships, financial aid resources, and student support services.

OHA Scholarships

OHA is helping Native Hawaiian students pay for college with two scholarship programs:

Office of Hawaiian Affairs Higher Education Scholarship
Administered through the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation

Requirements:

  • Be of Hawaiian ancestry and be verified
  • Be a Hawaiʻi resident or resident of the continental United States
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be enrolled full-time or part-time at an accredited two-year or four-year college
  • Be a classified undergraduate or graduate student
  • Have a 2.0 or higher grade point average for undergraduates or 3.0 or higher for graduate students

To apply go to www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org and search for the “Office of Hawaiian Affairs Fund” scholarship. For more information call (808) 537-6333.

Office of Hawaiian Affairs Scholarship
Administered through the Liko Aʻe Native Hawaiian Scholarship Program with preference given to non-traditional students.

Requirements:

  • Be of Hawaiian ancestry and be verified
  • Be a Hawaiʻi resident or resident of the continental United States
    • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be enrolled full-time or part-time at an accredited two or four-year college OR accredited vocational education training program, as an undergraduate or graduate student
  • Demonstrate academic achievement of at least a 2.0 GPA (undergraduate) and 3.0 GPA (graduate)
  • Remain in good academic standing

To apply go to www.likoae.org. For more information call (808) 984-3630.

To be eligible for these two scholarships you must be registered with OHA’s Hawaiian Registry Program. Go to www.OHA.org/registry to download an application form.

He Ipu Kāʻeo

NEW! He Ipu Kāʻeo 2014-2015 Scholarship Resources Booklet – This booklet was created to direct you to valuable resources available to Native Hawaiian students seeking post-secondary education; both college and career training programs. It includes information on scholarships, financial aid resources, and student support services. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 11

Department of Education seeks applicants for Director of the Office of Hawaiian Education

With the recent establishment of the Office of Hawaiian Education, the DOE is now accepting applications for a director. The director will lead the incorporation of Hawaiian knowledge, practices and perspectives in all content areas; oversee and coordinate Hawaiian education programs, projects, and initiatives; and provide organizational leadership for growth of Ka Papahana Kaiapuni.

http://oiwi.tv/news/15524/

Feb 11

Kamehameha Schools Introduces “Nā ʻImi Loa: The Explorers” this March 2015

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He wa‘a he moku, he moku he wa‘a. The canoe is an island, an island a canoe. This course traces the history and craft of Hawaiian ocean voyaging, from its origins and earliest traditions, to the contemporary, worldwide voyage of Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia. We also discuss the importance of caring for where we live. Like the seafarers of old, we need to practice sustainability, as well as respect for the ʻāina (land) and each other, in order to survive on our “island”—Earth. Family activities and social media challenges give learners the opportunity to aʻo aku, aʻo mai (to learn, to share) with their ‘ohana.

Click HERE to register. For more information, visit Kamehameha Schools Distance Learning News.

Feb 11

Waʻa Talk for Educators, February 24 from 3:30 to 6:00 pm

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Join the effort to connect classrooms, at home and around the globe with the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage

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Kamehameha Schools, the Hawaiʻi DOE, and Punahou Schools have come together to provide Waʻa Talks in support of teachers and students that want to learn through the global journey of Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia. Participants should be ready to share an activity, lesson, or idea of how to integrate the voyage into instructional practice. Through breakout sessions, teachers will learn strategies to integrate the voyage into instructional practice. Teachers of IB schools will gain insight into how to do this in PYP, MYP, and DP Curriculum. Teachers will be grouped in grade-level teams to talk story within a supportive learning community of 4-6 teachers.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Island Pacific Academy Multipurpose Room
909 Haumea Street
Kapolei, HI 96707 (Near Kapolei Public Library)
Free and open to K-12 Educators and Crewmembers
Pūpū provided

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The last ‘Waʻa Talks,’ held at the KS Hawaiʻi Campus (Elementary) on January 15th, was successful and highly engaging. Teachers from public, private and charter schools from Hilo to Kona came together to learn from each other, learn about the Hawaiian Star Compass with Kaimana Barcarse, and participate in a Google Hangout on Air with crewmember Noe Kamalu from Wellington. It was amazing!

Register online HERE. Space is limited to 75 participants

Save the Date or Register Now
for Future Waʻa Talks:
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Kuaihelani Learning Center
Punahou School
1601 Punahou Street
Honolulu, HI 96822

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Kailua Intermediate School
145 South Kainalu Drive
Kailua, HI 96734

Feb 11

Launch of MEd STEMS² Program – Accepting Applications Now!

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In 2015, the College of Education Department of Curriculum Studies will offer a new concentration within its master of education (MEd) in curriculum studies program, called STEMS². The adapted acronym stands for science, technology, engineering, mathematics, social sciences, and sense of place. Designed specifically for in-service teachers and informal educators, the concentration was created with input from an advisory panel of professors and researchers from UH Mānoa and Hawaiʻi Community College, classroom teachers, and community members.

Click HERE for the flyer and for details on how to apply. ClickHERE for a KHON story about the new degree program.

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