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Kaiser's Moanalua Medical Center Recognized as 'Top Performer' in Quality by Joint Commission

Kaiser's Moanalua Medical Center Recognized as 'Top Performer' in Quality by Joint Commission

Hawaii’s Largest Integrated-care Organization Nationally Recognized as “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures TM”
Kaiser Permanente’s Moanalua Medical Center has been nationally recognized as a “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures TM” for 2011 performance in “Improving America’s Hospitals The Joint Commission’s Annual Report on Quality and Safety 2012.” Moanalua Medical Center was one of only two hospitals in Hawaii to receive this recognition.  

Workers return to site where first rail bone discovered

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Excavation continued today at the site where the first human bone was found along the rail route.  Crews continued digging unsure of what would be found next.

Crews were sifting through the dirt for most of the day.  Some workers would scoop out shovels full of dirt from the trench.  Others would sift through it.  At times bigger chunks were separated and put into bags where it was then labeled and documented.  The rest of the dirt was piled into a dumpster to be taken away.

As many as four workers at a time were in the narrow trench all working around the bone.  The state wanted the bone left in the trench while the excavation continued around it.  The hope is the surrounding dirt will provide better information about the cultural layer where the bone fragment was found and help decide what to do next.

No new bones were found today.

State land board revokes kayak tour company's permit

Curt Cottrell

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- A state investigation determined Hawaii Pack and Paddle committed three infractions of its permit to operate kayak tours in Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park.

On July 4 the company went over its group limit, stayed at the site longer than allowed, and traveled out of bounds.

"On that day they went approximately a quarter mile off the map over to another location," assistant State Parks Administrator Curt Cottrell told the State Land Board.

A wave washed New York teenager Tyler Madoff into the ocean. His body was never found.

Pack and Paddle doesn't dispute deviating from the permitted area.

"Their guides brought the news crew down there and showed them exactly where they went to. So there's pretty good evidence of that," board member Rob Pacheco said.

But the company's attorney told the board his client was pressured into taking the group to the unauthorized area.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Ala Moana Boulevard Lane Closures

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Construction on Ala Moana Boulevard will cause some lane closures this week between Smith Street and Kalakaua Avenue.

According to the Department of Transportation, multiple lanes will close in both directions on Ala Moana Boulevard in both directions from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. through Friday, Sept. 21.

Crews will be paving, installing street lights, and repairing sidewalks.

Traffic detours will also take place at the following locations:

-Westbound traffic may be detoured between Queen Street and Ward Avenue on Auahi Street as a detour route.

-Access to Ohe Street and Koula Street from Ala Moana Boulevard will be closed. Eastbound motorists may use Coral Street and Ilalo Street and westbound motorists may use Ilalo Street as an alternate route.

Drivers are advised to use alternate routes including Beretania Street, King Street and Kapiolani Boulevard.

Surfers complain about new Kakaako venture

KAKAAKO (HawaiiNewsNow) - A new venture that replaced the John Dominis restaurant in Kakaako is creating quite a stir. 53 by the Sea, which includes wedding chapels, a restaurant and a bar, recently held its soft opening. Now complaints have come up about parking problems.

53 by the Sea sits right on the waterfront, offering a breathtaking view of Diamond Head. The $16-million project includes two chapels, an Italian restaurant and a bar. The facility is near a parking lot for Kakaako Waterfront Park. Frustrated bodysurfers said contractors and workers have been taking up the stalls for months.

"When they started building this structure, the construction guys came in and they used half the parking," said bodysurfer Doug Palama.

New effort aimed at saving lives, money when dealing with homeless

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- There are an estimated one thousand unsheltered homeless on the streets of Oahu. Efforts are now getting underway to determine how many of them are the most medically vulnerable and at-risk.

Partners in Care, an organization of homeless service providers, is spearheading Oahu's part the "100,000 Homes Campaign," a national effort to place the chronically homeless into permanent shelters. Some 200 volunteers will be fanning out in Waikiki, Downtown Honolulu and the Waianae coast, surveying the unsheltered homeless to find the 100 who are most at-risk.

"You target the top hundred who have the most vulnerable medical needs, and then you put them into housing with wrap-around services, so they're getting the mental health assistance that they need, they're getting the medical assistance that they need, they're getting the case management that they need," said Kent Anderson, the project coordinator for Partners in Care.

Bennet Group Hires Shin, Promotes Salter

Bennet Group Strategic Communications, Hawai‘i’s fourth largest public relations firm by revenue, announced on Thursday that Su Shin has been hired as senior vice president. In addition, Monica Salter has been promoted from senior account manager to director.

“Su and Monica are both business-savvy public relations professionals who meet client objectives by offering meaningful and thoughtful strategic counsel,” said Joan Bennet, president of Bennet Group. “With her impressive background, both as a TV reporter and respected communications professional, Su will provide high-level strategic communications counsel, as well as drive new business and continue to build upon Bennet Group’s reputation as Hawai‘i’s go-to agency for strategic guidance and creative solutions. Monica’s commitment to green initiatives distinguishes her as an innovator in aligning clients’ missions with sustainable strategies, and we are excited for her continued growth within the company.”