DCCA: Beware of Fake State Investigators

The State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) released the following press release regarding fake investigators:





October 11, 2017


HONOLULU – The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ Regulated Industries Complaints Office (RICO) is warning the public about at least one individual who posed as a RICO investigator.

The office received information that a letter was sent to a local business asserting a violation and that RICO would be conducting an investigation at that location.  The letter, however, was not sent by an investigator from the RICO office.

Notices from RICO are sent on official letterhead and include contact information for all RICO offices.  Legitimate RICO investigators carry official badges and credentials with their name and organization. Members of the public may request to view the credentials of a RICO investigator to confirm the investigator’s identity. To verify the authenticity of an investigator or a written notice from RICO, the public also may call the RICO office at (808) 587-4272.

The Regulated Industries Complaints Office has opened an investigation into the matter. The impersonation of a public servant is a crime in the State of Hawaii.


The Regulated Industries Complaints Office (“RICO”) is a division of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) and enforces the licensing laws for the various professional boards, commissions and programs that are administratively attached to the Department. RICO receives, investigates and prosecutes complaints about possible licensing law violations.  RICO also receives, investigates, and prosecutes complaints about possible unlicensed activity. In addition to complaints, RICO staff-initiates cases based on tip information, information from law enforcement agencies, information from professional organizations, insurance reporting, media reports and the like. Visit them online at http://cca.hawaii.gov/rico/.

 Media Contact:

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


Native Hawaiian Scholarship Aha – 10/18/17 – 5:30pm

The following announcement regarding the Native Hawaiian Scholarship ‘Aha comes from the Kamehameha Schools:

Scholarship Aha


Join us as multiple community groups come together to share information about scholarships available to Native Hawaiian and Wai‘anae Moku college students!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @5:30 p.m.
Community Learning Center – Mā‘ili
87-790 Kulauku Street

Scholarship providers include:

  • Kamehameha Schools
  • Pauahi Foundation
  • Hawai‘i Community Foundation
  • Alu Like
  • University of Hawai‘i
  • Chaminade University
  • Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship
  • Kapi‘olani Community College Lunalilo Scholars
  • Women of Wai‘anae

This FREE event is for anyone interested in financial aid and scholarship information. Students, parents, teachers, counselors — everyone is welcome!
For questions or more information, please call 843-9650 or e-mail clcprograms@ksbe.edu.

6th Annual Pa’akai Gala 10/14/17, 5-10PM

Aloha e Nā Kama Kai ‘Ohana & Supporters,

DTL, in partnership with Nā Kama Kai, is assisting in procuring support for this amazing non-profit organization. Nā Kama Kai’s mission is to connect our keiki with the kai and nurture a deep sense of aloha and kuleana for their natural environment through ocean clinic and programs throughout the state.

We are excited to announce that our 6th Annual Pa’akai Gala will be held on October 14, 2017 at the historic Royal Hawaiian Hotel’s Monarch Ballroom. It has been an incredible journey over the last nine years growing our program and Nā Kama Kai is thankful for the tremendous community support they have received.

We hope that you will consider donating to our silent auction or joining us at the event for a wonderful evening by attending our event or purchasing a table sponsorship. With your Kokua, we can continue to be directly engaged in growing Hawai’i’s youth into Hawai’i’s future leaders by strengthening their relationship with the ocean and our island-home! 100% of the proceeds from the gala and silent auction will go directly into increasing the capacity of our community through nurturing and engaging Hawai’i’s youth to become more aware of the importance of ocean safety and conservation.

I have attached a save the date invitation and the donation and sponsorship form. For more information about our gala and organization, please visit http://www.nakamakai.org/paakai.

Please email paakai@nakamakai.org for questions or completed forms.

Mahalo for your consideration.

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Honolulu Magazine: ‘Protect Your Family from Rat Lungworm Disease’

Excerpts from Jennifer Carlile Dalgamouni’s “Fifteen Ways to Protect Your Family from Rat Lungworm Disease in Hawai‘i” (Honolulu Magazine, 11 Aug. 2017):

1. Don’t panic.
2. Don’t drink from the garden hose.
3. Wash, wash, wash.
4. Heat or freeze your produce.
5. Scrub raw fruits and vegetables thoroughly.
6. Wash fruit before peeling or cutting it.
7. Examine your bananas.
8. Don’t eat or play with snails or slugs.
9. Don’t let kids run barefoot in the backyard.
10. Boil snails and fresh water prawns.
11. Cover water catchment tanks.
12. Hunt slugs.
13. Control rats and slugs in your garden.
14. Make a slug pub.
15. Don’t be afraid to buy local.

To read the full article, click here.

Hawaii DOH Recommendations for Extra Mumps Vaccination

The State of Hawaii is experiencing an outbreak of mumps. Mumps is a contagious virus infection with symptoms that are similar to the flu. It is spread via coughing, sneezing and touching of infected items.

The mumps vaccine is not 100 percent effective, and in some cases immunity seems to diminish with time. The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) is now recommending that persons who live or work in
crowded conditions should receive an extra mumps vaccination. The extra mumps shot is specifically recommended for individuals born after 1956 who:

  1. have had two doses of the vaccine ten or more years ago;
  2. have had one dose of the vaccine five or more years ago; or
  3. are not sure of whether they had the disease or any prior mumps vaccination.

The new DOH guidance is online here. For additional information, click here.

Child Passenger Safety Week Sep. 17-23, 2017 – Free Car Seat Checks

National Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 17-23, 2017 – Free Car Seat Checks Statewide

Waipio Shopping Center, Waipahu
94-1040 Waipio Uka Street
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

HART Traffic Advisory 2017: Sep. 17 to 23

HART Traffic Advisory 2017: Sep. 17 to 23