We are all very much interested in participating in Dr. Terry Shintani's "Waianae Diet" - especially if someone else prepares the food! Where can we sign up? How much does it cost?
Waianae Diet different
The "Waianae Diet" has been getting a lot of publicity lately, especially because of Gov. Ben Cayetano's much publicized effort to lose weight on a program developed by Shintani.
But it's not the Waianae Diet that the governor and his group are on, Shintani emphasized. The Waianae Diet is aimed at a specific group - native Hawaiians - and is a strict dietary program based on traditional Hawaiian culture, history and food.
Cayetano and the other participants, although more than half are native Hawaiians, are on a Hawaii Diet, less strict and multicultural, although still low in fat and cholesterol.
The Hawaii Diet is a project of the Hawaii Health Foundation, which Shintani co-founded.
It is based on his "Eat More, Weigh Less" diet, with recipes from his cookbook, the Waianae Book of Hawaiian Health, the Hawaii Diet Study, and with contributions from local Regional Cuisine chefs.
"It's not available as a program," Shintani said of the three-week demonstration project.
It's meant, among other things, to get people interested in changing to a healthier diet and lifestyle and to promote Hawaii as a world center for health.
No taxpayer money is involved; the project is funded by the Hawaii Health Foundation, with help from the Hawaii Medical Service Association, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and AlohaCare.
Hawaii Health Foundation administrator Diane Nomura said similar projects will be offered as grants are obtained. In those cases, volunteers will be sought, screened and selected.
It seems like every nine months or so, we have to remind the trash vendor at Enchanted Lake Elementary School that they are not supposed to begin pickup until 6 a.m. When reminded, they comply for a while, then revert back to earlier pickups. During the past few weeks, 5:30 a.m. pickups have become the norm and you know how noisy this can be! Many people are still sleeping. Maybe a fine by the state agency handling such matters is in order.
No one from the school generally is there that early so school officials were unaware of your problem. But Principal Phyllis Unebasami contacted BFI, the garbage disposal company that services her school. She was told employees are instructed of the policy not to show up before 6 a.m. If it happens again, call the company directly at 833-9969.
"To the Child Support Enforcement Agency. Their excuse for not being able to respond to their clients in a timely manner - that they're trying to get computerized - has been the same excuse they've used for over five years! Why should they still be able to use that same excuse?"
"To the cashier at Longs Drugs in Kahala Mall who berated a Japanese tourist after she asked the cashier for change for her traveler's check. The tourist turned to speak to her companion in Japanese and the cashier rudely told her to speak in English and to address her. We were appalled. Retailers should conduct courtesy seminars for employees, especially if we want to convey an image of aloha to tourists. Anybody in the public eye should have such training."
(Gerald Saito, Longs district manager, said he would look into your complaint. "We do have training sessions to make sure our customer service level is what it should be," he said. "We don't think any retailer ought to give any consumer a bad time. That's just bad business practice.")