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HPR Launches On-air Fund Drive Oct. 1 with Goal of $1.03 Million

HPR Launches On-air Fund Drive Oct. 1 with Goal of $1.03 Million

Hawai‘i Public Radio goes on the air with its fall pledge drive “Celebration 2014” on Ocober 1st at 6:19 a.m. For the first time in many years, the station’s pledge goal of $1,032,000 remains the same as the last fund drive (in spring 2014). Early giving to Celebration 2014 totalling more than $100,000 has already reduced the remaining amount to be raised.

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Your Vote for the Hawaii Foodbank Will Secure $60,000 from Walmart!

Your Vote for the Hawaii Foodbank Will Secure $60,000 from Walmart!

The Hawaii Foodbank needs your vote to win $60,000! Vote every day in the Walmart Fight Hunger Spark Change campaign now through October 5, 2014. Your vote could help the Foodbank distribute food for 150,000 meals to help feed 1 in 5 people this year.

The Hawaii Foodbank is competing with 128 other food banks across the nation for the Walmart grant. The Top 50 food banks that receive the most votes will receive $60,000 each. Voting is easy:

Learn About Maui's Native Forest Birds at Makawao Library on October 8

Learn About Maui's Native Forest Birds at Makawao Library on October 8

“Maui’s Native Forest Birds,” a free presentation by the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project, will be conducted at Makawao Public Library on Wednesday, October 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Adult Section.      

Laura Berthold, ornithologist of the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project, will share information about the ecological history of Maui’s native forest birds.  These unique animals adapted to an island environment very different from ours today and continue to survive while facing many challenges.                

Berthold will share photos of the birds and the forest they inhabit.  In addition, Berthold will discuss the project’s research and habitat restoration efforts.  Learn how this and other projects are helping to save Maui’s endemic flora and fauna.                

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Awards $220,000 to Community Organizations

 Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Awards $220,000 to Community Organizations

Reinforcing its commitment to improving the total health and well-being of its community, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii today announced five organizations who will benefit from a combined total of more than $220,000 in community grant funds.

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DLNR to consider new fishing rules on uhu, goatfish around Maui

WAILUKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow)-New rules are being considered that would place fishing limits on two popular fish in waters around the island of Maui.

The proposed rules were developed over a five-year period to reverse a decline in the populations of parrotfish and goatfish.

According to aquatic biologists, the parrotfish, or uhu, is essential to reef systems in Hawaii.

"The way they graze on algae and scrape it off the rocks stimulates beneficial types of seaweed on the reef, and really helps keep the reef system healthier," said Russell Sparks, an aquatic biologist with the state Division of Aquatic Resource's Maui office. 

The new rules would limit the take to just two uhu per person, per day, to prevent overfishing in Maui waters.

"Parrotfish sleep at night," said Sparks. "Oftentimes people can go out at night with lights and scuba gear and whatever and affect the population on a particular reef."

Kaiser Permanente Wailuku Surgery Center Receives Top Marks In Quality

Kaiser Permanente Wailuku Surgery Center Receives Top Marks In Quality

Kaiser Permanente’s Wailuku Ambulatory Surgery Center has received a three-year accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), the highest level of achievement in the program. Accreditation distinguishes this ambulatory surgery center from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external evaluation process.

The Wailuku facility is the only AAAHC-accredited ambulatory surgery center on the island of Maui, and is one of only 14 accredited facilities in the state.