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July 28, 2016 A bakery worker at Hawaii Kai Costco is confirmed to have Hepatitis A.  Costco members who purchased baked goods prepared or packaged in the bakery between June 16-20 are being contacted by the store.  "If you don’t receive a phone call or letter, you are not affected." [KHON]

July 28, 2016  A local company has drawn largely negative public feedback after sharing more details of an artificial reef it proposes to build using concrete infused with cremated remains of people who want to rest on the floor of Maunalua Bay.

Hawaii Memorial Reefs LLC made a presentation to the Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board on Tuesday night, hoping to gain some community support for the plan it claims will enhance coral and fish life in a largely lifeless area 40- to 60-feet deep about 1-1/2 miles off Paiko Peninsula in East Honolulu. . .public reaction at the meeting was mainly a mix of skepticism and opposition.

The company had applied for a conservation district use permit from DLNR for the Maunalua Bay site. DLNR's Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands rejected the application earlier this month because the application was incomplete, while another DLNR division governing aquatic resources has questioned whether a memorial reef would constitute a cemetery under state law and therefore have to comply with rules governing cemeteries.  [Star Advertiser - library card req.]

July 27, 2016 In an op-ed piece, Representative Gene Ward asks, "How Many More Spitting Caves Deaths Before Signs Are Posted" [Civil Beat]

July 25, 2016 Former MLB slugger Kila Ka’aihue accepts head coaching job at Kaiser High School [KHON]

July 24, 2016 Kaiser's "It's Academic" team wins season 5 semi-final and goes on to defend its title on Sunday.

 

 

Now that it has been confirmed that a bakery worker at Hawaii Kai Costco has Hepatitis A, you may be wondering what to do.

KHON reports that [Costco] "members who purchased baked goods prepared or packaged in the bakery between June 16-20 are being contacted by Costco."

KHON goes on to stress that the likelihood of infection is very low.

“This is purely as a precaution. We’re not saying, Costco — just like with the other businesses — Costco is not the source of the hepatitis A outbreak. There is no evidence at this point that any of the products sold on the dates in question were ever contaminated,” said Dr. Sarah Park, state epidemiologist. “The risk is likely very low, because Costco does have a very strict policy about no bare hands on ready-to-eat products, and the person we talked to, the person used gloves and washed hands appropriately.”

However, given that the department confirmed 93 cases of hepatitis A in the State as of Tuesday, July 26, one might want to look into getting vaccinated.  A list of participating pharmacies is available on the Hawaii Department of Health website [pdf].

Here in the Hawaii Kai area, your options include -- ironically -- Costco, Longs Drugs (multiple locations) and Walgreens.  A little further out, Times Kahala also offers vaccinations.  Call the pharmacies directly to inquire about insurance and other details.  According to the list, all of the pharmacies are walk-in.

BREAKING:

[Hawaii News Now]

 

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The Department of Health confirmed that Costco customers are being contacted, and urged to monitor for symptoms. Costco is using receipts to determine who might be at risk.

Symptoms of Hepatitis A infection include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, abdominal discomfort, dark urine, diarrhea, and yellow skin and eyes. 

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Hepatitis A Questions and Answers (FAQ) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC Hepatitis A Questions and Answers for the Public

 

This is the second time this year I've mentioned to a friend that Oceanic Cable / Time Warner has a service desk at Koko Marina Center.  I thought perhaps it also merited a mention here on the blog.

The desk will accept payments, exchange set boxes and set up service calls.  It is located in the lobby of the same building as Bank of Hawaii, right across from Zippys.

 

From the Koko Marina website, hours are 8:30-5pm, except Wednesdays when it is open until 6pm.  They take a lunch break from 1-2pm.

eo sodacanholder recycle

I've seen it time and time again: friends cutting six-pack soda rings so that no marine animal will be harmed.

Only thing is: we burn our Oahu trash, so none of it ends up in landfills.

If you think about it, it's probably the best solution for our island state.  Our trash is reduced to just 10 percent of its initial volume.  Metals, both ferrous and other, are sorted and recovered both before and after the incineration process.  The power that is produced is also captured and sold to Hawaiian Electric as alternate energy power.  The City and County of Honolulu has coined it H-Power.

As I contemplate the implications while drinking a cup of Keurig coffee, I'm relieved.  No longer will I live with the guilt of non-biodegradable coffee pods or strangled marine mammals.  

For those interested in the process, check out two videos from Opala.Org, the City's website.

 

 

Writes Ian Lind, "A company is proposing to build artificial reefs in two locations on Oahu using human remains encased in balls of concrete."

As it so happens, one of those locations is Maunalua Bay.  Hawaii Memorial Reefs is scheduled to present its proposal at tonight's Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board meeting.

If you don't want a graveyard off your balcony, I'd suggest you show up.  The meeting is being held at 7pm in the Hahaione Elementary School cafeteria.  I can't guarantee your voice will be heard, but a visible sentiment can do much to deter further action.

Honestly, I'm still bewildered at this proposal -- not just from the point of pure hubris on the part of Hawaii Memorial Reefs, but from a business perspective.  Would you want grandma buried in a concrete pill under the sea?