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Aloha Green sells Oahu’s first legal medical marijuana


Hawaii News Digest, 10 August 2017, 04:10 hrs, UTC, Post #15411.

Source:

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/08/09/business/business-breaking/aloha-green-sells-oahus-first-legal-medical-marijuana/

Accessed on 10 August 2017, 04:10 hrs, UTC.

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Reporter:  Kristen Consillio.

Comment:

Aloha Green LLC became the state’s second licensed medical cannabis dispensary when it opened its doors Wednesday (09 August 2017) morning in Honolulu. According to reporter Kristen Consillio, around 40 customers were standing in line for the opening at 11 a.m. Hawaii Time.

Kaimuki resident John Ruiz IV said he was lucky to be the first in line:

“I feel spoiled. I was just lucky enough to be here at the right place at the right time (to be the) first person on Oahu,” said Ruiz, 27, who uses the drug for pain relief and insomnia. “It’s a great thing for the state. It’s a great way for the state to make money as well as serve the people. They need this for many reasons.”

Maui Grown Therapies in Kahului, Maui became the state’s first medical marijuana dispensary on Tuesday, 08 August 2017.

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First case of rat lungworm disease reported on Oahu


Hawaii News Digest, 10 August 2017, 04:45 hrs, UTC, Post #15410.

Source:

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/08/09/breaking-news/first-case-of-rat-lung-reported-on-oahu/

Accessed on 10 August 2017, 04:45 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

State Health Department officials have confirmed the first case of rat lungworm disease on Oahu since 2010. This is the 16th case of the parasitic disease that leaves victims with intense pain and long-term care. Most of the rat lungworm disease have turned up on Hawaii Island and Maui.

Public Health officials are warning local residents to be careful when they are preparing vegetables, since slugs and snails, which carry the parasite, can leave the disease on plant leaves and stems:

“The source of the individual’s infection is still unknown at this time,” but the investigation is continuing, the department said in the release.

“This is a serious disease that can be acquired on any of our islands because slugs and snails throughout the state carry the parasite responsible for the illness,” said Keith Kawaoka, deputy director of Environmental Health. “This is a grim reminder that we all need to take precautions when working in our gardens and on farms, and eliminate slugs, snails and rats from our communities to reduce the risks posed by this parasitic disease.”

“Health officials urged the public to carefully inspect and wash all produce, especially leafy greens, under running water in order to remove any tiny snails or slugs. They also advise residents to eliminate slugs, snails and rats around their homes and gardens.”

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KHNL: Friends, family mourn deaths of 2 women killed in Maui crash


MAKAWAO, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) – Two women died in a four-vehicle crash caused by a driver who allegedly ran a red light on a busy Maui highway. Friends identified victims as Traci W

Source: KHNL: Friends, family mourn deaths of 2 women killed in Maui crash (m.hawaiinewsnow.com/hawaiinewsnow/db_330510/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=I6cFHQAS).

Accessed on 11 October 2016, 15:20 hrs, UTC.

Comment:

Another needless tragedy because someone was in a hurry. According to Maui police, a driver who allegedly ran a red light on the Haleakala Highway caused a four-car accident that killed 57-year-old Traci Winegardner and 63-year-old Debra Wylie of Pukulani.

The fatal accident occurred around 10:30 a.m. Saturday when a silver Nissan sedan ran a red light and broadsided a white Toyota truck making a onto the highway from Makani Road.  Both women died at the scene.

Police believe speed was a factor in the fatal crash.


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Two Hawaiian Airlines workers arrested for theft | KHON2


We asked the airline for details on the theft, but a spokesperson said he could not comment.

Source: Two Hawaiian Airlines workers arrested for theft | KHON2 (http://www.khon2.com/2016/10/09/two-hawaiian-airlines-workers-arrested-for-theft/).

Accessed on 10 October 2016, 15:45 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Hawaiian Airlines told KHON 2 News that the suspects were ramp workers on Maui.  The investigation was started by the airlines corporate security department with the help of Maui police.  The workers have been suspended without pay.


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Kaiser Permanente medicare changes to affect nearly 8K Hawaii me – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL


Kaiser Permanente says changes are being made to its medicare plans starting 2017 and some Maui and Big Island residents are frustrated with the announcement.

Source: Kaiser Permanente medicare changes to affect nearly 8K Hawaii me – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL (http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/33299556/kaiser-permanente-medicare-changes-to-affect-nearly-8k-hawaii-members).

Accessed on 03 October 2016, 04:40 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Jobeth Devera.

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Comment:

According to KHNL/Hawaii News Now reporter Jobeth Devera, nearly 8,000 medicare recipients covered under Kaiser Permanente plans on Maui and Hawaii Island will be losing their current plan in 2017.  Maui resident Robert Newell says he received a letter telling him that Kaiser Permanente “will not offer your medicare plan in 2017”.  This announcement has left many medicare patients confused and frustrated.

Laura Lott, the communications director for Kaiser Permanente, says “Everybody that’s currently a Kaiser Permanente member will be offered a new plan and that information should be in your mailbox by Thursday or Friday at the latest.”

On Hawaii Island, the “Essential” and “Essential Plus” individual medicare plans will be discontinued and replaced with a unified plan called “Kaiser Permanente Senior Advantage Hawaii Island (HMO).”

Lott adds that the changes are needed “to keep up with the rising costs of medical care, prescription drugs, and other services.”

Opinion:  You can’t afford to get sick these days.  Try to live a healthy life, eat right, quit smoking, and get some exercise.  An intriguing irony is becoming apparent:  it may be cheaper to die than to pay for medicines and treatments to keep you alive.


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Governor to request disaster declaration as Iao Stream damage surpasses $15 million | KHON2


Flooding caused at least $15 million in damage to public property alone, and that number could rise as officials continue to assess the area.

Source: Governor to request disaster declaration as Iao Stream damage surpasses $15 million | KHON2 (http://www.khon2.com/2016/09/22/governor-to-rquest-presidential-disaster-declaration-for-iao-stream-damage/).

Accessed on 23 September 2016, 15:25 hrs, UTC.]

Reporter:  Brigette Namata.

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Comment:

Following a helicopter tour of storm-damaged Iao Valley on Maui, Hawaii Governor David Ige said he would ask for a presidential disaster declaration for an estimated $15 million damage done by heavy rains and flooding.

More than 20 homes were damaged by the storm and major portions of the road serving the area were swept away.  Officials said that costly recovery efforts “will take months” adding that “the storm damage was an eye opener for Ige, who surveyed the area Tuesday.”

The original path of the Iao Stream may have to be restored in order to protect homes and rebuild the road into the area.  Kepaniwai Park and Iao Valley State Park remain closed because of extensive damage.


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Maui hospitals transition hits road block, Kaiser delays takeover to July 2017 | KHON2


Officials with the hospitals say they’ll do what they can, but may have to eliminate the number of beds and cut specialty services.

Source: Maui hospitals transition hits road block, Kaiser delays takeover to July 2017 | KHON2 (http://www.khon2.com/2016/08/29/maui-hosptials-transition-hits-road-block-kaiser-delays-takeover-to-july-2017).

Accessed on 30 August 2016, 14:25 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Maui hospitals may have to wait awhile before they become part of Kaiser Permanente.  A meeting between state officials and the HGEA–the union representing hospital workers–was unable to resolve key issues involved in the proposed transfer.

Kaiser said it won’t be able to assume operations at Maui County hospitals until 01 July 2017.

Maui hospital officials told KHON 2 News that they’ll what they can “to protect staff and patients, but may have to eliminate the number of beds and cut specialty services.”


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