Laughter Therapy 5-28-18

Today’s is a shorty, so just read its twice over! You see, I’ve reached that point in my life where my train of thought usually leaves the station without me! So, give me chocolate and no body gets hurt!

Legislatively Speaking

Mental health is at the core of many of the issues plaguing our communities in Hawaii and throughout the nation. At the legislature, we are continuing to address these issues to find solutions for the growing epidemic of violence and drug abuse.

Across the Universe

The morning of Jan. 31 will bring a distinctive celestial event to the skies over Hawaii: a lunar eclipse. During the second full moon of the month, commonly known as a “blue moon,” the eclipse will be visible starting at 12:51 a.m. with a very faint shadow beginning to cross the face of the moon. The total eclipse will run from 2:51–4:07 a.m. During the total eclipse, the moon will look red. Because of the red color of a lunar eclipse, popular media started calling the phenomena a “blood moon.”

Laughter Therapy 1-22-18

Aloha all. Be happy, don’t worry! Yes, easy to say, but with all that has been happening we definitely need some “belly-cramping” laughter!

Choosing immigration criteria is a Sisyphean task

WASHINGTON — In 1790, the finest mind in the First Congress, and of his generation, addressed in the House of Representatives the immigration issue: “It is no doubt very desirable that we should hold out as many inducements as possible for the worthy part of mankind to come and settle amongst us.” Perhaps today’s 115th Congress will resume the Sisyphean task of continuing one of America’s oldest debates, in which James Madison was an early participant: By what criteria should we decide who is worthy to come amongst us?

The declining respect for the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause

The states created the national government and for the sake of the union the states relinquished their absolute individual power and sovereignty to that newly created federal government. The Supremacy Clause is the most important guarantor of national unity. Article VI, Paragraph 2 of the U.S. Constitution establishes that the federal Constitution, and federal law generally, take precedence over state laws.

Legislatively Speaking

As the current 29th Legislature heads into session, I want to report back to you again and ask for your continued input and involvement during this legislative session.

Laughter Therapy 1-15-18

Aloha my friends. Yep, it’s still 2018! (Admit it, you wrote 2017 at least twice yesterday!) LOL, LOL … so let’s get started!

County Council Update

Aloha and a Happy New Year to everyone. I wanted to give you a brief update of some happenings in our county.

Kupuna Transitions

Beautiful gifts wrapped in pretty paper and bows recently filled our homes and workplaces as we celebrated the holidays. The anticipation of what was hidden inside, as well as the joy of receiving a new treasure, made the season enjoyable for many. Personally, I was also given a very different type of gift. And trust me, “gift” was the furthest word from my mind as I went through a great challenge throughout the holidays.

The Dr. Is In

Happy New Year! As I reflect on the past year and look toward the year to come, the philosophy that guides my medical practice is at the forefront of my mind. There are many ways to practice medicine, depending on the situation and the health care provider’s training, but it broadly falls into two categories: 1) squelch the symptom, and 2) address the cause. This brings me to New Year’s resolutions. But first, let me explain.

Laughter Therapy

Hello 2018! Are we really ready for this? I think a fresh start is a real blessing, howze about you? So, what was your favorite Christmas card from family and friends? Mine? “I wish a bright star would appear in the East over Washington, D.C.! We could use a few wise men up there!”

Across the Universe

December 21 was the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. Here in North Hawaii, sunrise on Dec. 21 was at 6:53 a.m. and sunset occurred at 5:49 p.m., giving us just around 11 hours of daylight. For friends and family on the mainland, the number of daylight hours is much shorter.

Laughter Therapy 12-25-17

Yep my friends, as you read this column it is Christmas Day. Hope you have a wonderful day with friends and family! Hope the Claus is good to you today. How else can you know whether you’ve been naughty or nice?

Blue Zones Project — North Hawaii

In March 2016, a group from the Waikoloa Senior Club learned about Blue Zones Project and decided to get moving by creating a Walking Moai — a group of people that meet to walk at least once a week for 10 weeks. Today, 21 months later, the group is still together and calls themselves the Waikoloa Wanderers.

Laughter Therapy 12-18-17

Aloha friends and happy holidaze! This will be a short column today, as you all will be doing the shopping you’ve been putting off and will not have time to read. But after looking at your checkbook and worn out credit cards, it’s time to relax and have a few laughs.

County Council Update

Aloha Everyone and Merry Christmas! I wanted to give you a brief update of some happenings in our county.

Kupuna Transitions

Christmas and Hanukkah are almost here, and many of us will have the opportunity to do some celebrating in our own special ways. From gift exchanges to baking parties, connecting in a loving way with family and friends is what it’s really all about. I would like to tickle your brain with some thoughts on how valuable it is to really take in the details of those precious gatherings.