|Kaʻū Coffee Growers Cooperative President Gloria Camba with her husband and farming partner Rogelio Aquino. Their|
R&G Farm is one of the dozen Kaʻū Coffee Farms named in the virtual 2022 Kaʻū Coffee Festival, which launched in April
with additions to the ongoing Festival website and new facebook postings. See www.kaucoffefestival.com and https://www.facebook.com/Kaucoffeefestival/. Photo from Kaʻū Coffee Festival
band, Keaiwa, and hula by two beautiful Kaʻū coffee growers, Lori Obra and Gloria Camba, in the surroundings of a verdant Kaʻū coffee farm. We hope you enjoy it and share with those who also want to feel the aloha wherever they are." See it at https://www.kaucoffeefestival.com/events and on the Festival facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Kaucoffeefestival/.
The grant for the Coffee Festival went from Hawai'i Tourism Authority to Big Island Resource Conservation and Development Council as a Community Enrichment grant. See more at www.kaucoffefestival.com, https://www.facebook.com/Kaucoffeefestival/ and https://www.instagram.com/kaucoffeefest/?hl=en.
HAWAI'I RANKS 49TH FOR WOMEN'S PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES, among the 50 states and Washington D.C. The study was released on Monday by WalletHub. On the positive side, Hawai'i
ranks 16th in a category called Work/Life Balance. It ranks 36th in access to childcare.
Number one in Professional Opportunities for Women is Connecticut, followed by Idaho and Minnesota. Number One in Child Care is Minnesota, followed by Illinois and New York. Following
Massachusetts in Work/Life Balance are Number Two Rhode Island, followed by Washington state.
In metrics used to rank the states and D.C., Utah ranks last place in the number of women executives followed by South Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi. The highest percentage of women executives ar in District of Columbia, South Dakota, Mine and Vermont. Utah also ranks worst for women in the gender pay gap, followed by Louisiana, Wyoming and Idaho. The lowest gender pay gap is in Connecticut, followed by California, New Mexico and Texas.
The highest child care costs are in Nebraska, followed by Massachusetts, Nevada and California. The lowest child care costs are in Mississippis, Missouri, South Dakota and South Carolina. The worst day care systems are Idaho, Nebraska, California and Louisiana. The best day care systems are in New York, Washington, North Dakota and Okalahoma, according to the study.
See the entire study at https://wallethub.com/edu/best-states-for-working-moms/3565.
HAWAI'I RESIDENTS GRADUATING TO MEDICARE AS THEY TURN 65 are invited to a free seminar hosted by the Hawai'i State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) on Monday, May 9. Another for those wanting to volunteer to help guide kupuna will be Friday, May 27. SHIP offers virtual presentations to help newly eligible people and to welcome potential volunteers and partners that assist Medicare beneficiaries.
Medicare helps pay for healthcare services for kupuna age 65 and older, as well as those with disabilities or end-stage renal disease. Though the program has many different components and can be
The first program, called Project Grad 65, on Monday, May 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., is a virtual presentation for kupuna turning 65 and "graduating" into Medicare and for others recently enrolled in Medicare. Topics will include Social Security benefits and Medicare Basics, register at: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEkduuhqzovGdQxuF7fvWHnySsYy1GubXyG
The Virtual Open House on May 27, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Hawai'i SHIP is hosting a volunteer and partner Open House on Friday, May 27, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. To learn about the benefits of joining Hawai'i SHIP as a volunteer or partner register at: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYoc--pqjoqGNdr3Fhu-NJWaVBr5tioqwRG
The national SHIP mission is to empower, educate, and assist Medicare-eligible individuals, their families, and caregivers through objective outreach, counseling, and training to make informed health insurance decisions that optimize access to care and benefits.
Hawai'i SHIP, State Health Insurance Assistance Program, is federally funded by the Administration for Community Living and administered by the Hawai'i Department of Health, Executive Office on Aging. For 30 years, Hawai'i SHIP's Medicare-certified counselors have provided free, unbiased, local, one-on-one Medicare counseling to beneficiaries, their loved ones, caregivers, and soon-to-be retirees. Hawaii SHIP also offers free, virtual presentations on Medicare-related topics and participate in virtual fairs and exhibits that cater to Medicare-eligible individuals.
|Jo Hittner, speaker at the May 19 Kui'ikahi|
Mediation Center presentation.
This month's speaker is Jo Hittner, Ph.D., who said, "Empathy is different from sympathy and compassion and involves more than listening attentively. It is a process of getting outside oneself to see another person's perspective from their point of view."
In this talk, explore the beginnings of empathy, its impact on communication, the benefits of its use in many aspects of daily life, and how to improve one's empathic skills.
Hittner has worked in the counseling/psychology field for over 40 years. She holds a doctorate in counseling from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. Before retirement, she was a professor at Winona State University, Minnesota. Currently, Hittner is a professionally trained volunteer mediator at Ku'ikahi Mediation Center. "Empathy and its effects are at the core of her beliefs in making the world a more peaceful place," says a statement fro Ku'ikahi.
Ku'ikahi's Brown Bag Lunch Series is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to enjoy an
To get the Zoom link, register online at https://freebrownbagtalk.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Ku'ikahi Mediation Center at (808) 935-7844 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit www.hawaiimediation.org.
This lunch-and-learn series is made possible in part by funding from County of Hawai'i and Hawai'i Island United Way.
Bringing sturdy closed toe shoes and own cup/water bottle for beverages is recommended. Volunteers can confirm that they will attend at email@example.com.
See The Ka'ū Calendar May edition at
www.kaucalendar.com, on newsstands and in the mail.