October 18 – Mental Health America of Hawai’i Fundraiser ft. Solomon Enos

Mental Health America of Hawaii is hosting a fundraiser featuring Solomon Enos, a Native Hawaiian artist with roots on the Wai’anae Coast:

Garden of My Mind

an evening of creative inspiration and wonder with artist Solomon Enos, a benefit for Mental Health America of Hawaii

Please join us to celebrate creativity and the connection between art and mental health at the beautiful Café Julia.  We are thrilled to partner for this celebration with Solomon Enos, internationally-renown Native Hawaiian artist, illustrator, and visionary. This occasion gives each of us the rare opportunity to own a piece of Solomon’s painting, Garden of My Mind as well as a poster of the whole work of art.

Garden of My Mind will be a large work painted on 96 six-inch by six-inch canvasses, sold separately with registration for the event. Each six-inch by six-inch canvas will be a piece of art in and of itself. Please see the registration and sponsorship options below to choose how you would like to support us in this celebration.

Solomon will be at the event to autograph the canvases and posters. He will also paint live at the event so we can all witness his artistic process.

BUY TICKETS

October 18, 2017
5:00pm – 8:00pm
Cafe Julia
at the YWCA
1040 Richards St.
Honolulu, HI 96813

Ticket Prices
$150 – Art Collector
Art Collectors will enjoy heavy pupus, two drink tickets, a Garden of My Mind poster, and one six-inch by six-inch canvas (one of the 96, six-inch by six-inch canvases comprising Garden of My Mind)
$75 – Art Supporter
Art Supporters will enjoy heavy pupus, two drink tickets and a Garden of My Mind poster.

Individual Table Sponsors 
Pakalana – $2000
Pakalana Sponsors have a reserved table with 10 seats, each with heavy pupus, two drink tickets, a Garden of My Mind poster, and a six-inch by six-inch canvas (one of the 96, six-inch by six-inch canvases comprising Garden of My Mind). The sponsor will receive 4 six-inch by six-inch canvases that can be framed together as one larger painting.
Puakenikeni – $1000
Puakenikeni Sponsors have a reserved table with 6 seats, each with heavy pupus, two drink tickets, a Garden of My Mind poster, and a six-inch by six-inch canvas (one of the 96, six-inch by six-inch canvases comprising Garden of My Mind). The sponsor will receive 4 six-inch by six-inch canvases that can be framed together as one larger painting.

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Hawai‘i unveils first cashless payment system for medical cannabis

The following press release was issued by Governor David Y. Ige:

DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR

Hawai‘i unveils first cashless payment system for medical cannabis

For Immediate Release
September 12, 2017

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige and state Financial Institutions Commissioner Iris Ikeda announced a “banking solution” that allows Hawai‘i’s medical cannabis dispensaries to access financial services and use a cashless payment system.

The solution makes Hawai‘i the first in the nation to have a cashless dispensary system.

The state has secured the services of Colorado-based Safe Harbor Private Banking that will provide limited and temporary financial services for Hawai‘i’s cannabis dispensaries. CanPay, a debit payment mobile application, will process sales transactions at retail dispensaries. Hawaii’s eight dispensary license holders have agreed to implement cashless operations by October 1, 2017.

Financial services are currently unavailable in Hawai‘i because cannabis remains a federally prohibited substance.

“This new cashless system enables the state to focus on patient, public and product safety while we allow commerce to take place. This solution makes sense. It makes dispensary finances transparent and it makes it easier and safer for dispensaries to serve their patients and pay their employees and vendors,” said Gov. Ige.

While determining a banking solution, the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ Division of Financial Institutions focused on safety—for patients, employees, dispensaries, as well as the wider community. The department sought a cashless solution to address concerns about increased crimes committed against cash-based operations.

“This solution for the dispensaries to conduct banking services in an entirely cashless method would directly address many concerns we have and problems encountered by the dispensaries,” said Iris Ikeda, Hawai‘i Financial Institutions Commissioner. “This will establish a safe environment for medical cannabis-using patients and businesses to operate. It is our hope that a Hawai‘i-based financial institution opens accounts in the future. For now, we are appreciative of the mainland credit union for stepping in,” added Ikeda.

Hawai‘i’s cashless system will allow cannabis dispensaries to use traditional financial services to legally conduct financial transactions. In addition, dispensaries will be capable of setting up direct deposit for employee payroll, collect and remit taxes, and make payments to vendors.

All transactions will be transparent, as purchases at retail dispensaries occur through the mobile application and other transactions would be recorded by the financial institution.

Maui Wellness Group, LLC dba Maui Grown Therapies and Aloha Green LLC, the state’s two operational dispensaries, have opened accounts with the mainland credit union and have begun using the mobile debit payment application. The remaining six dispensaries are now at different stages of development and varying stages of the approval process.

More information on the Medical Cannabis Registry Program and the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program is available at http://health.hawaii.gov/medicalmarijuana.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the banking solution can be found at https://cca.hawaii.gov/dfi/files/2017/09/MCD-FAQs.pdf.

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Media Contacts:

Jodi Leong
Deputy Communications Director/Press Secretary
Office of the Governor
Office: 808-586-0043
Mobile: 808-798-3929
jodi.c.leong@hawaii.gov

William Nhieu
Communications Officer
Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Email: Wnhieu@dcca.hawaii.gov
Phone: (808) 586-7582
Cell: (808) 389-2788