SB3034 Marcy’s Law as of 4/19/16

Marcy’s law is legislation to ensure the victim has rights as well as the accused. The legislation assures the victim standing in court and requires the victim be notified as to the status of the perpetrator. The victim can participate in parole hearings and will be notified if the perpetrator is released from prison. There is more and if you want the details click here.

If you believe victims of crime should have rights defined in law, encourage these legislators to pass SB3034.

SB3034 is in Conference.  Conference Committees do not take testimony so the only way to influence this legislation is to talk directly with Conference Committee Members.  Call today. Time is short.

House Conferees are:
Rhoads, 586-6180 and LoPresti, 586-6080 are Co-Chairs of the committee
House Committee Members are
San Buenaventura, 586-6530
Pouha, 586-6380

Senate Conferees are:
Keith-Agaran 586-7344 Chair; Tokuda 587-7215 Co-Chair;
Senate Committee member Gabbard. 586-6830

Kailua Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT) Meeting

Hurricane Iniki

Hurricane Iniki – be ready

Kailua CERT meeting will be held on April 19 @ 6:30pm in the Castle Medical Center auditorium. A mini search and rescue and medical treatment area exercise will be held.  Clem and Lesley will be evaluating participants on how well they implement their CERT skills.  Please review the standard operating guidelines before the Tuesday meeting.

WE NEED SURVIVORS.  If you do not have a search and rescue or medical treatment area role, please come and be a survivor.  Family members are welcome to be survivors.  Please email me if you are coming as a survivor.
If you are a Kailua CERT member, please bring the following:
Equipment
CERT backpack
Pants, Kailua CERT tshirt (if you have one), closed toe shoes
Hard hat
Vest
Work gloves
Goggles
N95 Mask
FRS radio (extras available if you do not yet have one) – no Ham radios
Flashlight/head lamp (we may or may not do a dark exercise)
Teams
Search & Rescue (auditorium)
SAR Team Leader – Ed
Triage – Jeffrey & Aloha
Extract – Rod & Barbara
Extract – John & Carol
Medical Treatement Area (Pikake Room)
MTA Team Leader – Open
Intake – Dana
First Aid workers – Claudine, Bear, Howard, Jane, Colette, Judy
Let me know if you have any questions!

BE ALERT – BE PREPARED – BE SAFE
Leslie Kahihikolo  WH6ESY
Kailua CERT Coordinator
Kailua Alert & Prepared (nonprofit) Co-Chair
808.728.7991

Somthing wrong here

NoburoA 95 year old 442sd WWII veteran and his wife want to live together in the care home of their choice. When Noburo needed a higher level of care and was sent to a 3-bed home.  Per state law, a 3-bed home must reserve 2 of its beds for Medicaid residents and only 1 bed can be private-pay.  There is no shortage of Medicaid beds – in fact, the 3rd bed in Noboru’s care home is empty!  All Noboru wants is to have his wife with him at this stage of his long life.

HB600 will resolve this injustice. HB600 is has passed both the House and the Senate and is currently in Conference Committee.  Senator Takuda is blocking action on HB600. It is going to take strong public pressure to make her realize  her support of the Large Care Home Lobby is wrong.  Large Care Homes want private pay patients because they can charge them 3-4 times what they get paid by medicare.  That is where the opposition is coming from.

Yes, I support HB600

Planning our future

Globalization and technology have changed the world.

RobotThe only thing we can be sure of is to change will only accelerate. Everything I read emphasizes the sharp divide between the outlook for unskilled labor versus the future for creative people.

Routine labor will be replaced by robots and algorithms. We can expect 25% of our white-collar jobs will be replaced by machines in the next 10 years. In isolated locations where jobs are scarce, only people who can develop a work-from-anywhere Internet business will have a secure financial future.

Creative people will always be in demand.

It is important to plan for the future. When I talk about planning for the future, I’m not just talking about investing in a 401(k). We have to plan for the big changes brought on by technology, globalization and the changing environment.
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Global Collaboration Tools

My mission is to help people around the world become more resilient in the face of an ever more chaotic world.

Global World

We can change world using small groups working for common goals.

We must work on our local problems because that is where our ability lies. But regional and global problems require a common effort. We must bring local groups together to solve global problems. The International Union of Conservationists for Nature (IUCN)is the oldest and largest international conservation organization in the world. Their approach is to coördinate and support the conservation efforts of local groups. In our modern world the person who controls the data has the power.

For instance, ivory poaching is not just a problem for Kenya, it is a global problem because China and the USA are the biggest world markets for black market blood ivory.  The internet gives us the tools we need to share local problems with the world and to find the support needed to solve major environmental problems.

Globalization gives us both problems and opportunities.  One thing we know is that globalization will continue in ways that are difficult to imagine. If we are to use globalization effectively and for the benefit of humanity we must access and share appropriate data. We know applications that help people work together must be easy to use and immediately functional.  The cloud facilitates access to common data which can be used by geographically diverse teams in real-time. The problem is to pull it all together in a way that facilitates team building.

Building effective global teams become exponentially more difficult as projects become more complex.

Leadership for changing the world must work with local teams from around the world to build team trust and commitment to common goals. Leaders must understand cultural differences and work to improve cultural sensitivity within the team.

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Illegal Bed and Breakfasts

Illegal short-term vacation rentals are a growing problem in Hawaii.

They degrade residential neighborhoods, create shortages of long-term rentals and force up the rent on those properties still on the long-term rental market.

Thank you to everyone who submitted testimony to oppose HB1850! 84 people submitted testimony opposing the bill because illegal vacation rentals destroy affordable housing and our neighborhoods. The House Finance Committee hearing was heavily attended by people opposing the bill. Despite that, HB1850 passed with amendments. Once again, our politicians aren’t listening to us.

I OPPOSE HB1850 because:

  • it would allow companies like Airbnb to collect and remit taxes without any way of verifying that the amount they remit is anywhere near what the vacation rental owners owe;
  • it doesn’t hold companies like Airbnb responsible for making sure these vacation rental listings are legal or illegal;

Illegal vacation rentals are a growing problem in our state, and this bill does nothing to fix it. They’re a problem not just because they aren’t paying their fair share of taxes, but also because:

  • Illegal vacation rentals take away affordable housing for local people;
  • Illegal vacation rentals hurt our economy by directly competing with full-service hotels that provide good, local jobs;
  • Illegal vacation rentals are essentially illegal hotel operations in our own backyards. This impacts safety, parking, and the overall character of our neighborhoods.
 We can still kill HB1850 and its companion bill SB2693 SD 1. You can help:
  • Contact your State Representative and Senator and tell them you OPPOSE HB1850 and SB2693 SD1.
    • To find out who your Representative and Senator, visit the State Capitol website: http://capitol.hawaii.gov/. On the top-right corner, enter your street name next to “Find Your Legislator.”
  • Contact these legislators as well and tell them you OPPOSE HB1850 and SB2693 SD1:
  • You can still submit late testimony! To submit testimony, sign in at capitol.hawaii.gov, click on Submit Testimony and enter the bill number (HB1850 and SB2693). You can submit full written testimony or fill out the web form with comments.

To submit testimony, sign in at capitol.hawaii.gov, click on Submit Testimony and enter the bill number (HB1850). You can submit full written testimony, fill out the web form with comments, or testify in person. Don’t have an account? Email FINtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov with your support.

Leave a better world to our kids

Rock Creek Beach, Olympic National Park

Travel – A dream to live by

When I was young I decided I wanted to leave this earth a little better than I found it. Unfortunately, I have been unsuccessful, but that doesn’t keep me from trying. I think I may have succeeded in making my little corner of the earth a bit better for those around me.

I was fortunate. I chose to become a forester and work in conservation. For the most part, I enjoyed my job. However, I was never one to take orders well. When my values and those of my employer were in alignment, I would work to achieve my employers goals. I didn’t like being told what to do and how to do it. I wanted to use my initiative to carry out the goals set by my employer. I always considered myself more as a consultant than an employee.

I want to control of my time and have the money I need to do what I want, when I want.

A business of my own is the best way to develop the financial resilience that will allow me to achieve my dreams.

The internet gives us the ability to share our message with the world. We can work when we want from wherever we want and we have the potential to make an unlimited income. What business model could be better?

For most of us, a job is for survival until our business can replace the income our job provides. When we create a business income that replaces what we make on our job, a world of opportunity opens up.

I am working to create a dependable income of at least $5000 per month within the next five years. Do you need to increase your income? Lets work together. I’ll help you create your business.Join our team


Let’s work together to live our dreams.

Kaneohe/Kahalu’u Hazard Awarness Program(KKHARP)

KKHARP holds its meetings every 4th Tuesday (6:30) at the LDS church near King Intermediate School.

Last night (2/23/16) we discussed how the public is warned of impending emergencies.

From sirens to those annoying streamers across your TV screen, we are probably aware of most of the ways we get a warning. You may not know about nixle which streams warnings to any smart phone. It even works on some not so smart phones. Go to www.nixle.com and at the bottom of the screen enter your zip code. That will take you to a screen which will display all the announcements related to your community.

I recommend you go to settings and eliminate everything except Honolulu Department of Emergency Management. You may want to eliminate community announcements. This is the way I have set up my Nixle:

Nixle settings

You can join Nixle from your smart phone, but you can only adjust the settings from your computer.

Of course, it is important to get current information, but you must know how to respond to the information you get. For instance in a Tsunami alert, do not try to get out of Waikiki. Go to above the 3rd floor on any reinforced concrete highrise. The hotels have to let you in.

Next month we will be discussing personal preparedness. Then in March we start a series of 4 meeting designed to help us maximize our community resilience.

Because the emergency response in Kaneohe will be much different from in Kahaluu, we need to form two committees to help inventory our resources and plan our response. The one thing our two communities hold in common is, it is quite possible we will be cut off from the town side of the island. Kahaluu has a serious problem that must be incorporated into their planning. A hurricane or tsunami can make Kamehameha Hwy impassable and communities will be cut off for an extended time.

You have missed a lot, but it is not to late for you to be involved. We have a core group of about 30 people but we need you. If you want to volunteer, come to our next meeting or click the button Drop us a note

Alzheimer’s Disease in a Dish

Alzheimer’s disease is an oncoming epidemic as boomer’s age.

The Alzheimer disease epidemic will intensify as boomer’s age.

Early signs alzheimer disease include failure to remember recently learned information, confusion and difficulty solving problems. Medical care for Alzheimer’s patients is expected to exceed a trillion dollars annually within the next 20 years. brain160222

Dr Rudolph Tanzi, a leader in Alzheimer’s research, has developed a revolutionary new tool to study the disease. He and his team developed a method to grow brain cells in a dish where they can watch the development of plaques and tangles that are the cause of Alzheimer’s disease. The technique provides a way to test the effect of thousands of potential treatments quickly and cheaply.

While it will be years before effective treatments to slow or even stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease can be developed brain cells in a dish is a major research break through.

In the mean time, we know that life style has a major impact on the progression of the disease. Keep your brain young by keeping it active. Learn new things. Study a language or learn a musical instrument. Even learn to program a computer. Anything that exercises the little grey cells will help. So will a low-fat diet. Just as a low-fat diet keeps plaque from building up in your arteries, it keeps the sticky stuff from building up in your brain. We know the brain cleans itsself during deep REM sleep. To keep your brain healthy, get plenty of active exercise, eat a low fat diet, get plenty of sleep and continued active learning.

We know that our genes play an important role in whether we develop Alzheimer’s. We also know that 80% of degenerative diseases are caused by our environment. A National Geographic study of communities around the world where an unusual number of people lived a healthy active life into their hundreds had several traits in common. A low-fat diet, an active life style, strong family ties and a life lived with purpose can give us at least 10 extra years of quality life.

The Blue Zone Project has come to Windward Oahu with the purpose of helping us make the small changes that will make big changes in our quality of life. To learn more click the button below and let us know you want to improve the health and life style of yourself and your family.

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For more information you can Google “Alzheimer’s in a dish” or click the button to read a current story Read More

Do you have a message?

- Version 2If you have a message to share you need a website.

If you have a website you need traffic.

If you have traffic you need an auto-responder and an opt-in list.

If you have an opt-in list you need you need to build a relationship of trust with your list.

The message I want to convey is, we must leave a better life to our kids.

You need to have a website to use to convey your message.  But, a website without traffic is a waste of time.

Click here and follow the guidelines to help people and the search engines find your website.  While you are there check out the green “Starting Now” button in the top left corner of your screen.  The lesson is free and when you complete it you will have your website up and you will know how to promote your site.

I can help you get started. If you have any questions, drop me a note and I will find you the answer.

Do you have a message you want to share with the world?

Do you want to prepare for an emergency?

Do you want more free time to do what you want?

Do you need to create a dependable, monthly income?

 Please send me more information