About Town 10-04-18

What is Hawaii’s “Our Care, Our Choice” Act?

The “Our Care, Our Choice” Act authorizes medical aid in dying. The law allows qualified terminally ill, mentally capable adults with six months or less to live the option to request a doctor’s prescription for medication that they could decide to take in their final days or weeks to end unbearable suffering and die peacefully.


Hawaii’s new law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

Hawaii Island presentations by Compassion &Choices outreach volunteers will include strategies for having important conversations with your doctor, options for end-of-life care, and how to access Hawaii’s new medical aid in dying law.

Presentations will be held Oct. 23, 10-11:30 a.m. at the West Hawaii Civic Center council chambers, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Kailua-Kona; and 4-5:30 p.m. at Tutu’s House, 64-1032 Mamalahoa Highway, Suite 305 in Kamuela.

To register, please call the office of Sen. Lorraine Inouye at 974-4000 ext 67335.

Kauaha’ao Church planning November bazaar

Kauaha’ao Congregational Church in Waiohinu, Ka’u, will be having a fundraising bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the church campus. The church is located on the corner of Mamalahoa Hwy, Kamaoa Road and Pinao Street just above the Wong Yuen Store.

Come enjoy the entertainment provided by talented community groups.

Individuals, schools, clubs, sports/athletic groups are invited to be a vendor at the “flea market.” Submit a vendor application by Nov. 2; booth fee for a 10×10 space is a $10 suggested donation. To apply, email dwongyuen.kauahaaochurch@gmail.com, or call Debbie Wong Yuen at 928-8039. Vendors can sell anything except hot foods and plate lunches.

The Church will be selling kalua pig plate lunch, container of kalua pig, smoked meat bowls, as well as baked goods, produce, crafts.

For more information, call Debbie at 928-8039.

Kalanihale’s La Ohana 2018

The public is invited to the fourth annual La Ohana event, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10, in Milolii.

This year’s theme is preserving a sense of place. Covered will be a variety of topics including health, culture, marine conservation, Hawaiian crafts and practices and education. A free health screening through a continued partnership with the University of Hawaii at Hilo School of Pharmacy is included, and health insurance enrollment help will be available.

The event also includes Hawaiian cultural demonstrations including ohe kapala, la’au lapa’au, Hawaiian medicine from Hui Malama o na ‘oiwi, papa ku’i ai, poi pounding, lauhale and coconut weaving. Entertainment includes Milolii Hipu’u students, Tahitian performance from the Imai Ohana, Ka’u, Auntie Diana Aki, Micah De Aguiar, and sister Maka Gallinger.

Another ongoing project is efforts to preserve ocean resources through biological surveys including fish, coral, and intertidal work. A diverse biological system is key to ocean health.


The Milolii Hipu’u online virtual academy of Kua o Ka La Public Charter School will be fundraising for its online program. Baked goods, drinks, and more will be sold.

Info: http://www.kalanihale.com.

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