Hawaii Matters 2019

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JANUARY

1/06/19 – US Congressman Ed Case

In this week’s Hawaii Matters episode, we welcome newly elected US Congressman Ed Case.  He sits down with host Devon Nekoba to discuss what he sees are some of the opportunities and challenges that await him in Washington D.C., and how he plans to make the most of his second stint as a Congressman representing the state of Hawaii.

1/13/19 – Shawn Hamamoto, Executive Director of the Neighborhood Commission Office

This week on Hawaii Matters, Devon welcomes in Shawn Hamamoto, Executive Director of the Neighborhood Commission Office, which oversees the Neighborhood Board System.  We talk about the Neighborhood Board, what it does, and most importantly, how you can get involved in being a part of your community Neighborhood Board!

04/07/19 – Ku Aloha Ola Mau Drug Treatment

Hawaii Matters host Devon sits down with Sterling Bear from Ku Aloha to talk about Substance Abuse Treatment, dispelling myths about substance abuse addicts and the recovery process. They discuss the mission and role of the Ku Aloha group servicing the community.

01/27/19 – Marni Reynolds and Carly Gaffey from the Na Kupuna Makamae

On this week’s Hawaii Matters, Devon welcomes Marni Reynolds and Carly Gaffey from the Na Kupuna Makamae center to talk about one of the programs that they have been offering that is getting more and more popular, sound baths. It’s a whole new way to experience sound and it’s healing properties. They also discuss the healing properties of “gentle” yoga, and how Na Kupuna Makamae is helping the elderly and the succeeding generations work and play together to keep all ages healthy and happy.

FEBRUARY

02/03/19 – David Miyashiro, the founding executive director of Hawaii Kids Can

This week, Devon welcomes in David Miyashiro, the founding executive director of Hawaii Kids Can, a non-profit group dedicated to helping students discover how they can use their power and interest as students to drive public policy and make a difference in the state.

02/10/19 – Technical Error, Missed Schedule

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02/17/19 – Anthony Hallam, Lifestyle Coach at Kaiser Permanente

This Sunday, Devon talks to Anthony Hallam, Lifestyle Coach at Kaiser Permanente.  They talk about how their lifestyle coaches can help you set and keep your New Year’s Resolutions, and set SMART goals that will help you thrive in the new year.

02/24/19 – Melanie Joseph, Marketing Manager for Farmers Insurance

On this week’s Hawaii Matters, we discuss traffic and accidents in Hawaii with Melanie Joseph, Marketing Manager for Farmers Insurance.

MARCH

03/03/19 – Ian Ross, Public Policy and Advocacy Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter

This Sunday, Devon welcomes Ian Ross, Public Policy and Advocacy Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter to Hawaii Matters.  He discusses the challenges of getting the proper spotlight shone on Alzheimer’s disease as a public health issue, and how the disease is affecting Hawaii.

03/10/19 – Dr. John Sheehan, a physiatrist from Kaiser Permanente

On this week’s episode of Hawaii Matters, Dr. John Sheehan, a physiatrist from Kaiser Permanente comes by the studios to speak with Devon about workplace health issues.  The main focus will be discussing the many workplace injuries that regularly happen, and how to prevent them through proper form and even exercise.

03/17/19 – Anthony Hallam, Lifestyle Coach at Kaiser Permanente

This Sunday, Devon talks to Anthony Hallam, Lifestyle Coach at Kaiser Permanente.  They talk about how their lifestyle coaches can help you set and keep your New Year’s Resolutions, and set SMART goals that will help you thrive in the new year.

03/24/19 – Dr. Mabel Wong, Chief of OB/GYN of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii

In this week’s show, Devon welcomes Dr. Mabel Wong, Chief of OB/GYN of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii to speak about Women’s Health.  She will discuss some of the specific health issues facing women today.  Including reproduction, cancer and preventive measures every woman can take to keep herself healthy.

03/31/19 – Rat Lung Worm

Discussion on Angiostrongyliasis, also known as rat lungworm disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. What is Rat Lung Worm Disease and how it is passed. Discussing what to look out for and how to prevent it.

APRIL

04/07/19 – Ku Aloha Ola Mau Drug Treatment

Hawaii Matters host Devon sits down with Sterling Bear from Ku Aloha to talk about Substance Abuse Treatment, dispelling myths about substance abuse addicts and the recovery process. They discuss the mission and role of the Ku Aloha group servicing the community.

04/14/19 – Police Chief Susan Ballard

On this episode of Hawaii Matters, we talk to Susan Ballard, the first female Chief of Police for the Honolulu Police Department. She talks about some of the changes being implemented at HPD, females on the force, technology in use by HPD. Chief Ballard also talks about HPD helps with Hawaii’s homeless problem. She addresses the danger, complexity, and reality of being an officer in the field. Chief Ballard also talks about the recruitment and training processes.

 

04/21/19 – Tennis Coach Rusty Komori

In this week’s edition of Hawaii Matters, we talk to former Punahou School tennis coach Rusty Komori. He discusses leadership, ethics, winning, and how he applied his principles to the Punahou tennis team and won 22 state championships in a row. He talks about achieving high levels of success in sports, business, and other areas of life. Rusty also addresses the advantage of having a positive attitude and how that affects one’s life.

04/28/19 – Phyllis Look

Please join Devon this Sunday as he welcomes Phyllis Look to the program to talk about “forest bathing.”  It’s not so much about getting your body clean, so much as cleaning your mind and your soul, and getting close to nature again so that you can feel more centered and relaxed as you go about dealing with the hustle and bustle of life.  It’s a fascinating practice, and you get to learn all about it this weekend on Hawaii Matters.

MAY

05/05/19 – Sheryl Ferido and Kurt Kendro and Dr. Ligaya Stice, Executive Director for the I’m A Bright Kid Foundation

This Sunday, it’s a 2 for 1 show as Devon welcomes Sheryl Ferido and Kurt Kendro to talk about the upcoming Law Enforcement Week activities and their reasons behind bringing “Light Hawaii Blue” here.  “Light Hawaii Blue is, a new initiative asking Hawaii Residents to turn their porch lights blue in honor of all law enforcement in the islands.  In our second show, Dr. Ligaya Stice, Executive Director for the I’m A Bright Kid Foundation, joins Devon to talk about the Summer Arts Program for students as well as upcoming productions that the organization is planning, as well as sharing some of the things they are planning for the future of the organization.

05/12/19 – Dr. Monique Canonico, a neurologist from Kaiser Permanente

Dr. Monique Canonico, a neurologist from Kaiser Permanente, joins Devon on today’s show to discuss strokes.  She talks about some of their causes, how best to prevent them, and also the latest advances in treatment.

05/19/19 – Karen Tan, President and CEO of Child and Family Service (CFS)

Karen Tan, President and CEO of Child and Family Service (CFS), stops by to talk about some of the various programs that CFS operates and how they are fulfilling their directive to support all the families and children of Hawaii.

05/26/19 – Dr. Valerie Besenbruch, Pediatrician with Kaiser Permanente

On this episode of Hawaii Matters, Devon welcomes Dr. Valerie Besenbruch, a pediatrician with Kaiser Permanente.  She will be discussing childhood vaccination and vaccines in general, and give you tips on how to keep your family healthy through the use of vaccines.

JUNE

06/02/19 – Rerun – Police Chief Susan Ballard

On this episode of Hawaii Matters, we talk to Susan Ballard, the first female Chief of Police for the Honolulu Police Department. She talks about some of the changes being implemented at HPD, females on the force, technology in use by HPD. Chief Ballard also talks about HPD helps with Hawaii’s homeless problem. She addresses the danger, complexity, and reality of being an officer in the field. Chief Ballard also talks about the recruitment and training processes.

06/09/19 – Dr. Jingwen Hou, OB/GYN physician from Kaiser

Dr. Jingwen Hou, an OB/GYN physician from Kaiser Permanente who specializes in fertility, comes in to talk about the different how’s and why’s of getting pregnant, and she and Devon discuss options and things that couples who are planning to try and have a family need to think about.

06/16/19 – Thomas Remington from the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council and Ruhul Amin from NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center

This week, Devon welcomes Thomas Remington from the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council and Ruhul Amin from NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center to talk about the upcoming Fishers Forum on June 25th at the Ala Moana Hotel.  They will discuss the status of the Western Pacific Regional fishery and how advances in technology are helping to ensure enough fish for the present and the future of Hawaii.

06/23/19 – 2019 Miss Hawaii, Nikki Holbrook

This week, a very special guest steps into the Hawaii Matters studios, recently crowned 2019 Miss Hawaii, Nikki Holbrook.  She speaks with Devon about the process of running for Miss Hawaii and about Service Nurtures All People, or S.N.A.P, the organization she founded to inspire kids to do more public service.

06/30/19 – Jacce Mikulanec, President and Executive Director Japanese Cultural of Hawaii

On this Sunday’s Hawaii Matters, Devon welcomes Jacce Mikulanec, President and Executive Director Japanese Cultural of Hawaii.  He talks about some of the JCCH’s programs and discusses his recent work with the Honouliuli national historical project, which preserves the Honouliuli internment camp that was used in World War II to house Japanese Americans during the war.

JULY

07/07/19 – Dr. Monique Canonico, a neurologist from Kaiser Permanente

Dr. Monique Canonico, a neurologist from Kaiser Permanente, joins Devon on today’s show to discuss strokes.  She talks about some of their causes, how best to prevent them, and also the latest advances in treatment.

07/21/19 – Congressman Ed Case

A special guest joins Devon in the studio for this week’s Hawaii Matters.  Congressman Ed Case stops by to give us a 6 month “check up” on everything that has been happening with Congress and his priorities since the last time we saw him.  He also shares his insight into the race for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

07/21/19 – Brent Anbe, the Executive Director of the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival

On this week’s Hawaii Matters, Brent Anbe, the Executive Director of the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, shares what’s in store for this very special 30th anniversary of one of the longest running film festivals dedicated to sharing the stories of the LGTBQ community.  He also talks about being an associate  with Rachel Whitley Sutton and Ohana casting, the company that casts for Hawaii 5-0 and Magnum P.I. among other tv shows that shoot here in Hawaii.

07/28/19 – Dr. Christina Bell, Geriatrician with Kaiser Permanente

On this week’s edition of Hawaii Matters, Devon speaks with Dr. Christina Bell, Geriatrician with Kaiser Permanente.  We ask her questions about dementia, including causes, treatment, and common misconceptions about the disease.

AUGUST

08/04/19 – Percy Ihara and Margaret Wong, Aging in Place Workshop 

This Sunday Devon welcomes Percy Ihara and Margaret Wong to talk about the 13th annual Aging in Place Workshop on August 17th at the Ala Moana Hotel.  A fascinating opportunity for senior citizens and their families to learn about all the different resources they have to help them as they get older, this is a great show for you if you’re wondering “what now?” When it comes to being prepared for your future as a member of the elderly community.

 

08/11/19 – Percy Ihara and Margaret Wong, Aging in Place Workshop 

This Sunday Devon welcomes Percy Ihara and Margaret Wong to talk about the 13th annual Aging in Place Workshop on August 17th at the Ala Moana Hotel.  A fascinating opportunity for senior citizens and their families to learn about all the different resources they have to help them as they get older, this is a great show for you if you’re wondering “what now?” When it comes to being prepared for your future as a member of the elderly community.

08/18/19 – Dr. Rashmi Baragi from Kaiser Permanente

This week, Devon welcomes Dr. Rashmi Baragi from Kaiser Permanente to the show to talk about infectious diseases.  She discusses how different things like Tuberculosis, Rat Lung Worm, Measles, Leptospirosis, and the common flu can spread and be treated, and what to look for if you think you may have one of them.

08/25/19 – Karen Tan, President and CEO of Child and Family Service (CFS)

Karen Tan, President and CEO of Child and Family Service (CFS), stops by to talk about some of the various programs that CFS operates and how they are fulfilling their directive to support all the families and children of Hawaii.

SEPTEMBER

09/01/19 – Dr. Jay Ishida from Kaiser Permanente

Devon welcomes back Emergency Medicine physician Dr. Jay Ishida from Kaiser Permanente to talk about some of the things to look for when deciding whether or not to make an emergency room visit.  This includes breaks vs. sprains, head injuries, cuts and colds, and flu.  It’s a far-ranging discussion that will be very informative for everyone.

09/08/19 – Jonathan Hilts, Public Health Educator & Information Specialist with the Office of Public Health Preparedness for Hawaii State Department of Health

Jonathan Hilts, Public Health Educator & Information Specialist with the Office of Public Health Preparedness for Hawaii State Department of Health stops by Hawaii Matters for a very informative session discussing all the different disasters that his office helps to prepare the public for, and what you can do to make sure your family is ready to handle any event.

09/15/19 – Chris Apo, a licensed insurance agent with Farmers Insurance

Devon welcomes to the show Chris Apo, a licensed insurance agent with Farmers Insurance to the show.  He will talk about automotive and home insurance, and explain coverages and why insurance is a good idea, even if you live in an apartment.

09/22/19 – Nancy Kriedman of the Domestic Violence Action Center and David Tumilowica from Kaiser Permanente Hawaii 

An important edition of Hawaii Matters as Devon welcomes Nancy Kriedman of the Domestic Violence Action Center and David Tumilowica from Kaiser Permanente Hawaii to discuss Domestic Violence.  They discuss how people who are victims of Domestic Violence can get help, and how more people can be upstanders instead of bystanders about this issue.  Additionally, as October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, they talk about the 25th Annual Men’s March Against Violence which is coming up October 3rd, and how you can participate.

OCTOBER

10/06/19 – Tonya Ketza from the City & County’s Storm Water Quality branch

This week, Tonya Ketza from the City & County’s Storm Water Quality Branch, joins Devon on Hawaii Matters to talk about Make a Difference Month.  This is your chance to learn about the Adopt A Block and Adopt A Stream programs, and how participating in them during this month can help keep waterways clear and make the route from the mountains to the sea better overall.

10/13/19 – Susan Amina, Cancer Care Coordinator for Kaiser Permanente

Our guest is Susan Amina. She is the Cancer Care Coordinator for Kaiser Permanente. October is breast cancer awareness month. We cover some national and local statistics on breast cancer. Risk factors, various types of prevention measures, treatment procedures, the different levels and types of breast cancer. We also talk about the process from diagnosis to recovery. And in addition to the traditional treatments available, what are some of the advancements being made of in this area.