SA: ‘After-hours Clinic for Children Opens at Queen’s-West’

By Kristen Consillio
Star-Advertiser, January 16, 2017

The Queen’s Medical Center has opened a pediatric after-hours clinic at its Ewa Beach hospital to care for the growing number of children in West Oahu.

The center, which opened Monday, treats infants and children up to age 17. It is the only pediatric specialty clinic in the burgeoning community, open Monday through Friday from 5 to 10 p.m. and on weekends and holidays from noon to 8 p.m.

“It’s the start of pediatrics at Queen’s-West,” said Dr. Kristin Fernandez, lead physician for Queen’s-West Pediatric After Hours Center. “Queen’s is committed to really looking at what the community needs are out here. We have a lot of young families, and the population’s just growing. Queen’s wants to be able to deliver care to pediatric patients when patients’ own doctors can’t see them.”

The hospital, which opened in 2014 after the closure of St. Francis Medical Center-West, is slowly ramping up services based on community needs and is looking to add maternity services in the future, she said.

“Parents have to do these long commutes, and by the time they discover their child is sick and they want them seen, it’s really like 7 p.m.,” she said. “So they really do need someone available in the hours when their doctors’ offices are closed.”

Queen’s also announced this week that its Punchbowl hospital is now certified as Hawaii’s first comprehensive stroke center, meaning patients will have 24-hour access to specialty neurosurgeons seven days a week. The center plans to do more outreach and teach the public about getting the latest medicines quickly after a stroke occurs to try to reverse its effects. The center also is working with other hospitals statewide through telehealth services so that patients in rural communities have access to stroke experts.

The center, established in 2012, will study health disparities among minority populations and research treatments unique to residents that potentially could result in new clinical trials. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in Hawaii, according to Queen’s.

“A lot of cutting-edge new treatments are only available under clinical trials. There may be a potential new drug or therapy that can make people better,” said Kazuma Nakagawa, Queen’s medical director of obstetric neurovascular service. “If (patients) come in with a devastating stroke to the comprehensive stroke center, their chances of having a full recovery and eventually going home is much higher.”

The Numbers Say You Won’t Make It Without a College Degree

Photo from a University of Hawaii-LCC graduation ceremony.

Photo from a University of Hawaii-LCC graduation ceremony.

From “Pay Gap Between College Grads, Everyone Else Hits Record,” Associated Press/Star-Advertiser, 12 Jan. 2017.

WASHINGTON >> Americans with no more than a high school degree have fallen so far behind college graduates in their economic lives that the earnings gap between college grads and everyone else has reached its widest point on record.

The growing disparity has become a source of frustration for millions of Americans worried that they — and their children — are losing economic ground.

College graduates, on average, earned 56 percent more than high school grads in 2015, according to data compiled by the Economic Policy Institute. That was up from 51 percent in 1999 and is the largest such gap in EPI’s figures dating to 1973.

Since the Great Recession ended in 2009, college-educated workers have captured most of the new jobs and enjoyed pay gains. Non-college grads, by contrast, have faced dwindling job opportunities and an overall 3 percent decline in income, EPI’s data shows.

“The post-Great Recession economy has divided the country along a fault line demarcated by college education,” Anthony Carnevale, director of Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, said in a report last year.

College grads have long enjoyed economic advantages over Americans with less education. But as the disparity widens, it is doing so in ways that go beyond income, from homeownership to marriage to retirement. Education has become a dividing line that affects how Americans vote, the likelihood that they will own a home and their geographic mobility.

The dominance of college graduates in the economy is, if anything, accelerating. Last year, for the first time, a larger proportion of workers were college grads (36 percent) than high school-only grads (34 percent), Carnevale’s research found. The number of employed college grads has risen 21 percent since the recession began in December 2007, while the number of employed people with only a high school degree has dropped nearly 8 percent.

Behind the trend is a greater demand for educated workers, and the retirement of older Americans, who are more likely to be high school-only graduates.

The split is especially stark among white men. For middle-age white men with only high school degrees — the core of President-elect Donald Trump’s support — inflation-adjusted income fell 9 percent from 1996 through 2014, according to Sentier Research, an analytics firm. By contrast, income for white men in the same age bracket who are college graduates jumped 23 percent.  Continue reading

Town Hall Meeting 01/10/17


Mahalo to Cal Domen & Co. For Another Year of Providing Classic Cars at the Christmas Parade

Mahalo Cal Domen, Charmaine Padeken & Mr. Kuni for providing classic cars to me and other elected officials at the 12/10/16 Waianae Christmas Parade, and countless other past parades. Mahalo also for your generous and heartfelt community service. Domen received some well-deserved publicity in the newspaper in 2015 for his efforts to beautify Waianae High:  L-R: Charmaine Padeken, Sen. Shimabukuro, and Cal Domen

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Hawaiian Music Legend Palani Vaughan Died 12/8/16

Palani Vaughan

Palani Vaughan, testifying at the hearing for SR 124/SCR 163 commemorating and honoring the life of Robert William Kalanihiapo Wilcox, an enduring patriot and advocate for the rights of native Hawaiians, who served as Hawaii’s first elected representative to the United States Congress.

“Hawaiian music legend Palani Vaughan died Thursday at the age of 72. Vaughan, inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame in 2008, is best known for albums honoring King David Kalakaua. He formed the “King’s Own” and began to study, compose, publish, record, and perform tributes to Kalakaua and Hawaii’s monarchy, recording four albums in the 1970s and early 1980s in honor of Kalakaua…. Vaughan’s most important legacy as a songwriter and recording artist is his four-album series honoring Kalakua…. Vaughan’s albums corrected the politically driven misrepresentation of Kalakaua’s character and documented his commitment to preserving and perpetuating traditional Hawaiian culture, embracing modern technology, and defending the Hawaiian people…. While the third and fourth ‘Ia ‘Oe E Ka La’ albums received Hoku Awards, he received the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006” (Leila Fujimori, “Hawaiian Music Legend Palani Vaughan Dies,” Star-Advertiser, 12/8/16).

Palani Vaughan

Palani Vaughan and the Wilcox ‘Ohana at the hearing for SR 124/SCR 163.

Comment by Elizabeth Keka’aniauokalani Moreno (12/10/16): “Mr Vaughan’s passing has come as a shock to many. I’m sure he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family. He had a great spirit about him, and I, as a member of the Wilcox and La’anui family, will never forget his passion to learn, teach, and share. He still had so much more to do and was the reason SR 124/SCR 163 was proposed. My family hopes his efforts for this proposal will not be lost and will instead move forward in the near future as he thought deserving of my Great Great Grandfather, Robert Kalanihiapo Wilcox.”

Note from Senator Shimabukuro: “I am deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved Palani Vaughan. I have enjoyed working with him on various issues at the legislature.  I was always struck by how even in a simple email, his words read like the lyrics of a song. His son, Kilipaki, is my friend and classmate, and my heart and sympathy go out to the Vaughan ‘Ohana.”

Sen. Shimabukuro’s New 2017 Committee Assignments 

I am happy to announce my new committee assignments for the 2017 legislative session:

  • Hawaiian Affairs, Chair
  • Ways and Means, Member
  • Transportation and Energy, Member
  • International Affairs and the Arts, Member

Regretfully, I had to leave my Judiciary and Labor Vice Chair position in order to become a member of Ways and Means, since the two committees meet at the same time. However, I believe that I am now in a better position to further the interests of the Leeward Coast. I am very grateful that my new committee requests were granted. Here is a full listing of the 2017 Senate committees, and their meeting times:

Star-Adv: ‘Isle Volunteer Opportunities Are Described on Websites’ (12/5/16)

Excerpt from Christine Donnelly’s “Isle volunteer opportunities are described on websites” (Kokua Line, Star-Advertiser, 5 Dec. 2016):

There are several websites that match Hawaii volunteers with specific areas of interest and causes that need support. As a short-term volunteer, your guest might have fewer options than a year-round resident, but with so many nonprofits needing volunteer labor and other resources, she’s sure to find something suitable.

Be sure that she double-checks with her college to ensure that she meets whatever requirements the educational institution imposes, in terms of hours contributed. Here are few sites:

  • is an A-to-Z directory of Hawaii groups that welcome volunteers, as compiled by the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Service Learning Program. Entries on this easy-to-read list link to the websites of the individual nonprofits and agencies, where you’ll find specifics about volunteering.
  • is a landing page for the Aloha United Way’s portal to a variety of volunteer opportunities. After reading the general information, click on the red “volunteer” tab at the bottom of the page to go to, where specific volunteer gigs are listed (as well as some paying jobs in the nonprofit sector).
  • is a national site where you can narrow your search by city, cause and other filters. We found more than a dozen ongoing volunteer posts in Honolulu that promised flexible time commitments.

Read the full article on the Star-Advertiser site.