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Student Poster Encourage Others To ‘Drive Safe’

Sen. Mike Gabbard

Aloha Friends,

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your ohana!

I won’t be hosting my “Listen Story” meeting in December because of the holidays. My next meeting will be at 9 a.m. Jan. 12 at the Ewa Zippy’s, 91-1717 Fort Weaver Road.

Here are some other things I’d like to share with you. Please contact me at 586-6830 or sengabbard@capitol.hawaii.gov if I can help you or your family in any way.

West Oahu Student Artwork Brings Attention to Driving Safely

I attended the Dec. 1 kickoff for this year’s “Drive Safe for Ewa/Kapolei Live & Let Live” traffic safety awareness campaign at the Kapolei Police Station. During the program, I recognized the winners of the poster contest that highlights the artwork of West Oahu high school students. The posters bring awareness to the dangers of driving recklessly and while intoxicated during the holiday season.

The winners were Kapolei High School senior Janel Tagalicud, Nanakuli High junior Dina Tuggle and Waianae High junior Joshua Camalig.

This year’s poster contest was particularly relevant, given the tragic death of Campbell High School sophomore Kawehi Adkins-Kupuka’a, which was a result of another teen who was drinking and driving. My prayers go out to Kawehi’s family and friends, and to the Campbell High ohana.

Best Buy Stepping Up Big for Recycling

I had the opportunity Nov. 14 to tour the in-store electronics recycling facilities at Best Buy’s Iwilei store. Both the Iwilei store manager Sean Oliver and Aiea store manager Dean Willis were nice enough to show me around.

Both of Best Buy’s Oahu stores allow customers to bring in three electronic items per day for recycling. These items include TV sets up to 32 inches, cameras, camcorders, computers, mobile phones and video games. When a customer buys a television or other appliance for home delivery, Best Buy also will haul away the old TV set or appliance.

In 2011, Best Buy collected 230,000 pounds of electronic waste for recycling. The electronic devices are placed on pallets and shrink-wrapped for shipment to California in containers. Given that this is a voluntary program, my hat’s off to the folks at Best Buy for going above and beyond to do the right thing for our environment.

Honoring Health Expert Dr. John McDougall

I honored internationally renowned physician and health expert Dr. John McDougall Nov. 13 with a certificate from the state Senate at Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse. Dr. McDougall was in town to make a presentation sponsored by the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii called “The Diet Wars: The Time for Unification is Now.”

He has been studying, writing and speaking out about the effects of nutrition on disease for more than 30 years. He is a veteran of the natural wellness movement and a best-selling author who has helped thousands improve their quality of life by helping them switch to a low-fat vegetarian diet.

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