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.
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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.
Hepatitis A Questions and Answers (FAQ) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The product tagline really should read:
Sunreaders: Sun protection with reading glasses
I probably shouldn't have taken that "shortcut" through the mystery product aisles at Costco. You know those aisles, the ones that change regularly and where seasonal products are kept. I stopped to look at reading glasses; we never seem to have enough when playing board games. I picked up the card containing two pairs of Sunreaders. "Hmm," I wondered to myself. "These might be good outside. Maybe they'd even cut the glare when reading my phone in the sun."
I bought the set of two tinted glasses: one with a classic gray tint, the other with amber. I gave the gray pair to my husband and kept the amber, a tint I'm partial to. As it would turn out, I bought them on the eve of Tropical Storm Darby. It would be another two days before I could properly say I'd tested them out in the sun.
These particular "readers" got terrible reviews on the Costco site. The real issue, to me, isn't that they're a terrible product. Rather, their primary purpose isn't magnification. Fact is, they make terrific sunglasses with the small bonus of a magnifier. At $16.99 for two pairs of sunglasses with 100% UVA/UVB protection and anti-reflective coating, they're a good deal. Problem is, if you bought them for reading, they're not what you were looking for.
The magnifier on these glasses is a small section of each lens, roughly the size of a nickel. It's so discreet that with the tint I didn't know it was bifocal-style until I unwrapped it. Personally, I can't see through the magnifier unless I adjust the glasses manually. My husband -- whose head is slightly bigger than mine -- says he can see through it by looking down. Clearly, if you were hoping for readers, by now you're already disappointed.
However, as sunglasses go, I like them. I took them on a drive around the Windward side and the tint is just right: not too dark and not too light. Because the reader portion is so small, I hardly noticed it as I drove. Just a FYI: Most sunglasses don't fit my head. This one was no exception. However, the product comes with nosepads, a must for me. Once I attached a Croakie, it was as good a fit as I'll ever get.
The quality is good: solid and sturdy. These are a product of DesignOptics, a Foster Grant division. My take on them: buy them if you need sunglasses and have an occasional need for far-sighted reading in the sun. Don't buy them if what you really need is reading glasses.
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.
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.