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September 10, 2012
The Associated Press

OHA hires D.C. bureau chief

HONOLULU - The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has hired someone in the nation's capital to help improve federal law and policy for Native Hawaiians and Hawaii.

The office announced last week that Kawika Riley will be the new Washington, D.C., bureau chief.

The Big Island native is a former spokesman for the federal Transportation Security Administration. He also has experience with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs.

OHA Chief Executive Officer Kamanaopono Crabbe said that Riley's legislative and public policy background will help put the concerns of the Hawaiian community front and center on the agendas of federal policymakers.

Crabbe said Riley will make a meaningful contribution to national efforts to empower Hawaiians.


Medical students treat homeless

HONOLULU - The University of Hawaii medical students have treated homeless shelter patients more than 7,600 times in the six years since the university started its homeless outreach program.

The John A. Burns School of Medicine said Friday nearly 450 medical students have volunteered for the program since 2006.

Students set up mobile medical clinics three times a week at state-sponsored shelters in Kakaako, Waianae and Kalaeloa.

The program also takes its mobile clinic van once a month to the United Methodist Church in Honolulu to care for homeless people living on the streets and not in shelters.

The Hawaii Homeless Outreach and Medical Education Project is featured in the September issue of the Hawaii Journal of Medicine & Public Health.


Governments form ocean partnership

HONOLULU - The governors of Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands have formed a regional ocean partnership.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said recently that they agree to assist the region in identifying coastal and ocean management priorities that require coordination and collaboration among the governments.

He said that although separated by thousands of miles, the islands are tied together by one ocean, along with a shared sense of value for the environment and natural resources.

Some of the partnership objectives include preservation of historical, cultural and social heritage and promoting regional sustainability. The agreement also seeks to foster cooperation and collaboration on ocean research.



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