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Another 50 Years: Protecting Medicaid and Medicare

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Kathy Ko Chin

Protecting Medicaid and Medicare is vital. Like other minorities, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are less likely to access health care. Although minorities make up 40 percent of the U.S. population, they account for more than half of the uninsured population in the U.S.

Healing and Wholeness Through Cultural Practices

Hannah Preston-Pita | Posted 07.13.2015 | Hawaii
Hannah Preston-Pita

In Hawaiian culture it is the individuals' kuleana, their deeply rooted sense of responsibility, to realize their place, roles, and responsibilities in their environment.

Unique Trial Alternative Considered For Hawaii Telescope Protesters

AP | JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER | Posted 07.07.2015 | Crime

HONOLULU (AP) -- Instead of a trial, most of the people arrested in April for blocking construction of a giant mountaintop telescope will likely parti...

Hawaii Governor Approves Traditional Hawaiian Burial Practices

AP | CATHY BUSSEWITZ | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion

HONOLULU (AP) -- The governor of Hawaii signed a bill on Tuesday ensuring that Native Hawaiians can practice an ancient tradition in which a corpse is...

Hawaii Governor Says Protests Atop Volcano Are Acts Of Vandalism

AP | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige says recent attempts to block the road to the summit of Mauna Kea were unlawful and unacceptable. Hundreds of...

Protest Again Delays Hawaii Giant Telescope Construction

The Huffington Post | Landess Kearns | Posted 06.25.2015 | Science

Work on the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope on the Big Island of Hawaii was delayed again Wednesday after construction vehicles were blocked by h...

Protesters Bracing Themselves 'Mentally, Spiritually' For Battle Atop Hawaii Volcano

Posted 06.24.2015 | Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) -- A battle is poised to unfold on a sacred Hawaii mountain where plans call for construction of one of the world's largest telescopes. ...

Not All Hawaiians Are Happy About The New 'Aloha' Movie

AP | JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER | Posted 05.25.2015 | Entertainment

HONOLULU (AP) — Some Native Hawaiians disapprove of the name of a movie filmed and set in Hawaii, saying that titling it "Aloha" is a disrespectful ...

A Historic Gathering: The White House Summit on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 05.19.2015 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

This week, on May 12, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders hosted the first-ever White House Summit on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Washington, DC.

Is The Hawaii Telescope Cultural Sacrilege Or A Boon To STEM Education?

AP | JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER | Posted 05.11.2015 | Science

HONOLULU (AP) -- Before going up to Mauna Kea's summit on Hawaii's Big Island, Heather Kaluna makes an offering to Poliahu, the snow goddess of the mo...

Thirty Meter Telescope Construction Is Delayed Again

AP | AUDREY MCAVOY | Posted 04.18.2015 | Science

HONOLULU (AP) -- A nonprofit company planning to build one of the world's biggest telescopes on a mountain many Native Hawaiians consider sacred will ...

Native Hawaiians Want To Bring Back Environmentally Friendly Burial Practices

AP | CATHY BUSSEWITZ | Posted 04.17.2015 | Green

HONOLULU (AP) -- A group of Native Hawaiians wants to bring back a centuries-old island burial practice that it says is more environmentally friendly ...

Everything You Need To Know About The Viral Protests Against A Hawaii Telescope

The Huffington Post | Chloe Fox | Posted 04.13.2015 | Green

The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Hawaii's Big Island is slated to be one of the world's largest, most powerful telescopes. But the $1.4-billion pro...

Clash Over $1.4 Billion Telescope At Sacred Hawaiian Site Intensifies

AP | Caleb Jones | Posted 04.03.2015 | Science

HONOLULU (AP) -- Scientists hoping to see 13 billion light years away, giving them a look into the early years of the universe, are facing opposition ...

Obamacare at Five

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Kathy Ko Chin

Thanks to the ACA, millions of AAs and NHPIs now have access to critical cancer screenings, preventive health care services, such as birth control and diabetes screenings and much more.

Message to Congress: CHIP Matters to Our Kids

Jeffrey Caballero | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Jeffrey Caballero

Healthy kids grow up to be healthy adults, and together build strong families and communities. Right now, Congress has a chance to put differences aside and extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for four more years.

Let's Talk King v. Burwell and the Potential Impact of Higher Health Care Costs on Patients

Jeffrey Caballero | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Jeffrey Caballero

Removal of the tax credits from the Affordable Care Act means worse health outcomes for health center patients. Those who could have entered the health system at an early and treatable point of a health condition may end up visiting their health center/ER with a much more complicated (and costly) issue. Not only is this a moral argument, it's a basic public health argument.

September 30: Stakeholder Call on the Launch of

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

A version of this blog was originally posted on the White House Blog on September 24, 2014. The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific...

Breaking Affordable Care Act Enrollment Update

Jeffrey Caballero | Posted 10.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Caballero

Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) sent hundreds of thousands of notices to individuals, requesting they submit additional d...

Miss Universe 1997 Brook Lee on Hawaii and Aloha Spirit | SPEAK UP WITH JIMMY NGUYEN (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 09.22.2014 | Travel
Jimmy Nguyen

Brook talks about why she loves Hawaii, its tourism, the differences between its islands, and what makes Hawaii unique from other island groups.

The Mysterious Part Of This National Park You're Not Allowed To See

The Huffington Post | Clarke Reilly | Posted 07.15.2014 | Travel

Most of us have seen wacky images of how trees seemingly eat objects over time -- everything from street signs and park benches to long-abandoned bicy...

Native Hawaiians To Federal Officials: 'This Is Our Country.'

AP | CATHY BUSSEWITZ | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics

HONOLULU (AP) — Dozens of Native Hawaiian speakers expressed anger and mistrust with the federal government Monday during the first of a series of m...

What Does 'Federal Recognition For Native Hawaiians' Even Mean? | Posted 06.23.2014 | Hawaii

What would a Native Hawaiian government look like? No one knows. But as of Monday morning, federal officials are gathering public input on whether ...

Indigenous Knowledge Leads a Worldwide Voyage

Adrian Kamalii | Posted 08.05.2014 | Hawaii
Adrian Kamalii

Reconnecting ourselves to our mother tongue, our chants and song, a conscientiousness of our socioeconomic and political standings have provided a cumulative movement of the strengthening of our indigeneity.

OHA CEO Forces Standoff Over Sovereignty

Trisha Kehaulani Watson | Posted 07.14.2014 | Hawaii
Trisha Kehaulani Watson

Recent public volleys certainly reinforce suspicions that speculated conflict has been growing in the organization over the embattled and flattering nation-building effort.