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Hawaii Solar Industry Leaders Receive Prestigious U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Award

Hawaii Solar Industry Leaders Receive Prestigious U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Award

HONOLULU – SafeConnect Solar, a venture started by Hawaii solar industry veterans Mark Duda and Todd Georgopapadakos of Distributed Energy Partners, today announced it has been awarded $500,000 by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative.  The SunShot Incubator award supports development of SafeConnect’s patent-pending device that makes rooftop solar installations simpler, safer, and more affordable.

 

“Renewables are the future of energy generation, but price still limits adoption in many markets,” said Georgopapadakos, SafeConnect Solar Partner.  “For rooftop photovoltaics, the key challenge is reducing ‘soft costs’ – the expense associated with permitting, installation, interconnection, and maintenance.  These have remained persistently high even as module prices have plummeted. Our IP attacks these costs head-on.”

 

Free Health Screenings And Demonstrations At HMAA’s ‘Healthy For The Holidays’ Downtown Health Fair

HONOLULU – Hawaii Medical Assurance Association (HMAA) is hosting its third annual “Healthy for the Holidays” wellness health fair in downtown Honolulu on Friday, October 24. HMAA invites everyone to a fun-filled event promoting a culture of wellness focusing on a healthy mind, body, and spirit.

The health fair will take place at Tamarind Park, Bishop Square, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Participants will receive free giveaways (while supplies last) and health screenings that include blood pressure and body composition readings. This year’s health fair will feature more than ten wellness vendors and organizations that will share their expertise and give advice on what it takes to live a healthy lifestyle, especially as the stresses of the holidays begin to creep up at the end of the year. There will also be live fitness demonstrations and interactive activities from some of the vendors.

Kaiser Permanente Recognized as a Leader in LGBT Health Care Equality

Kaiser Permanente has been recognized as a leader in LGBT health care equality in the Healthcare Equality Index 2014 report, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organization. All 38 of Kaiser Permanente’s hospitals across the country submitted the Health Equity Index survey, and each achieved leadership status for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families.

In 2010, Kaiser Permanente was the first health care provider and hospital system that the Human Rights Campaign designated as a leader in LGBT health care equality. For the past five years, Kaiser Permanente has consistently achieved leader status for all of its hospitals.

Kiewit Building Group Inc. Appoints Michael Brumley as Operations Manager

Kiewit Building Group Inc. Appoints Michael Brumley as Operations Manager

Kiewit Building Group Inc., a leading general contractor serving Hawaii’s vertical construction markets, announced that Michael Brumley will be joining its Honolulu office as operations manager. Brumley comes to Hawaii from the company’s Denver, Colo. office, where he previously served as district project executive.

In his new position, Brumley will be responsible for managing Kiewit’s building operations on the island. He will collaborate closely with clients and project teams to ensure client satisfaction, logistics coordination, quality assurance and timely completion of projects within budget. He brings more than 12 years of experience to his new role, working in various positions on the redevelopment of Denver Union Station, as well as the Lincoln Parking Structure for T-REX (Transportation Expansion) project in metro Denver.

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii a National Leader in Quality

According to the 2014 National Committee for Quality Assurance's Quality Compass® Kaiser Permanente Hawaii leads the nation in:   

  • Childhood Immunizations (Combo 10)
  • HPV immunization for adolescent girls
  • COPD exacerbation treatment
  • LDL screening among cardiovascular patients

The annual Quality Compass data assesses the performance of more than 500 health plans on many important clinical and service standards, including medication management and respiratory conditions.

“We strive to put our members at the center of everything we do to ensure they’re receiving world-class care,” said Karen Ching, MD, Associate Medical Director of Quality at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “We are honored to receive this recognition by the NCQA for our commitment to quality and doing what is best for the patient.”

Big Island Libraries Close Oct. 17; Programs at All Libraries Cancelled Due to Ana

Big Island Libraries Close Oct. 17; Programs at All Libraries Cancelled Due to Ana

As Tropical Storm Ana approaches our Hawaiian Islands, and for the health and safety of our patrons and staff, all Big Island public libraries will be closed on Friday, October 17, announced State Librarian Richard Burns.

In addition, programs at all libraries on all islands scheduled for Saturday, October 18 have been cancelled including:        

•             “Make Your Own Apron Craft Workshop” featuring the Lei Ilima Club at Aina Haina Public Library, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. 

•             “Spooky Hawaii Tales” featuring storyteller Dann Seki at McCully-Moiliili Public Library, scheduled for 10:30 a.m.