Health

Red Cross Volunteer Honored

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Molokai’s Lester Keanini has traveled across the country, dedicated thousands of volunteer hours and even moved to Maui — all to support the Red Cross. For this dedication, he was recently awarded the honor of Maui County Volunteer of the Year.

The award is based on nominations, said Michele Liberty, Red Cross Maui director, and Keanini got the most nominations. Final selection was made by the Maui Advisory Council. March is Red Cross month, and Liberty said it’s also a time to honor the organization’s many volunteers — and “Lester’s humble humanitarian, spirit embodies that of the Red Cross mission.”

For the past year, she said, Keanini’s been volunteering every day, full time, at Maui Red Cross office.…

Tips from the Vet for Your Pet: Tick Diseases

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Community Contributed

By Stewart Morgan Ph.D., D.V.M.

On Molokai, there are two common diseases that you and your pets can catch from ticks. The two diseases are ehrlichiosis and anaplasmosis. In people, ehrlichiosis can be fatal almost two percent of the time. Signs in people include fever, muscle pains, headache, fever, vomiting, diarrhea and signs similar to that seen with the flu, according to the Center for Disease Control. Anaplasmosis has similar effects in people, with a one percent mortality (death) rate.

The brown dog tick is the tick species that carries and spreads the diseases ehrlichiosis (ehrlichia) and anaplasmosis (anaplasma) on Molokai.…

Working to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Working to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Wednesday’s discussion closed with roses handed out to meeting attendees. Photo By Jessica Ahles

Molokai is a strong, tight-knit community with close family and neighborhood ties. However, issues such as child sexual abuse are often avoided in conversation and swept under the rug for fear of damaging those relationships, according to a statewide study conducted in 2011.

“About sexual abuse, there are generations of it [on Molokai],” said an anonymous participant in the study lead by the University of Hawaii School of Social Work. “Everyone knows but no one talks about it cause it is a small community.”

Yet Molokai women broke the silence last Wednesday at the first women’s group meeting to address child sexual abuse on the island.…

Ozone in Medicine

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Community Contributed

By Sheila Mohammed, MD, PhD

Ozone is a form of oxygen which possesses unique properties which are applied to clinical practice. It contains a large excess of energy which manifests bactericidal, virucidal and fungicidal actions which make it a treatment of choice in certain conditions. During the First World War, ozone’s bactericidal properties were used to treat infected wounds, mustard gas burns and fistulas. Today, medical ozone generators deliver the purest ozone-oxygen mixtures in precise dosages. Ozone must be freshly generated for immediate use at the treatment site.

Contraindications to ozone treatment include acute alcohol intoxication, recent myocardial infarction, hemorrhage from any organ, pregnancy, hyperthyroidism, thrombocytopenia and ozone allergy.…

New MHS Athletic Trainer

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

New MHS Athletic Trainer

Barnett wraps an athletes knee at the MHS trainer’s office. Photo by Catherine Cluett

Dalyann Barnett arrived on Molokai from Ohio on a Monday two weeks ago, and started work as Molokai High’s new athletic trainer the same day.

The school’s athletes have been without a trainer to ensure their health and safety during training and sporting events since last year. Before that, it had been two years since an athletic trainer had worked on campus.

“Dalyann is a gift from heaven,” said MHS Athletic Director Hoku Haliniak. “We now have someone on staff that will be able to assist our student-athletes and their injuries.”

Barnett moved to Molokai with her three-year-old and her fiancé.…

Be Fire Safe: Brush Removal

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Community Contributed

By Richard Schonely, Fire Inspector

Recent heavy rains have created new brush growth. Check your house or lot now and take steps to protect your property from fire hazards.

The Department of Fire and Public Safety asks property owners to make sure their land is in compliance with the Uniform Fire Code pertaining to brush as adopted by the County of Maui. Fire personnel will be inspecting parcels yearly throughout Molokai.

Visit the nearest fire station to pick up a brochure on how the parcel should be maintained. You can also visit firewise.org to get tips on making your home safe from a brush fire.…

The Cats of Ke Nani Kai

Friday, March 7th, 2014

The Cats of Ke Nani Kai

Feeding stations for cats that call Ke Nani Kai home. Photo by Jessica Ahles

It runs like clockwork. Every morning at 7 a.m. and once again at 5 p.m., a cluster of cats congregate on an empty patch of gravel on the eastern end of the West Molokai’s Ke Nani  Kai Resort. There, they have all they require, including a hand-constructed litter box and wooden containers for food and water, which are religiously filled by a group of resort residents.

“I think they bring comfort,” said Vera Huff, reaching out to scratch behind the ear of a cat she calls Marilynn.…

Faces of Molokai Community Health Center

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Faces of Molokai Community Health Center

MCHC News Release

There’s no doubt that 2013 has been a year of growth and renewal at the Molokai Community Health Center (MCHC).  In light of this, we would like to introduce the many new faces that you will be seeing on our campus and how they may be a resource to you.

May 2013 presented a big shift for the Molokai Community Health Center.  A re-organization of existing departments and services led to the dissolution of what was once “Family Support Services” to a much larger and integrated department of medical and family services now aptly called our Health and Wellness Department.…

MCHC Earns National Recognition

Friday, March 7th, 2014

NCQA News Release

The Molokai Community Health Center (MCHC) has received recognition from the Patient-Centered Medical Home 2011 (PCMH 2011) program, announced the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a private nonprofit dedicated to improving health care quality. The recognition is for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term participative relationships.

The patient-centered medical home is a model of care emphasizing care coordination and communication to transform primary care into “what patients want it to be.” Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and improve patients’ and providers’ reported experiences of care.…

Local Lions Club Celebrates 75

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Molokai Lion Club News Release

Seventy-five years is a long time to be consistently active within a community. The Molokai Lions Club has achieved this status! On March 14-16, the Molokai Lions Club will celebrate 75 year of continuing public service to the community of Molokai.

The club invites all past Lion members to come and join the present members for one or both evenings of fun and fellowship at Home Pumehana. Both nights start at 5:30 p.m. There is a $10 charge for Friday night and a $15 charge for Saturday night’s banquet luau. Please contact Lion Jackie at 553-5006 if you plan to come.…