Month: March 2018

Proposed Kaneohe Bus Route Changes

Most Kaneohe bus riders commuting to Honolulu and Waikiki will be required to transfer. Only two bus routes will use the Pali to get to Honolulu and Ala Moana. Kaneohe Bay Drive and over Mokapuu Extension will have one express bus route from town. IMO bus riding to town from Kaneohe will be much more difficult. Several Windward Routes will now terminate at the Kalihi Transfer station where you can catch the rail to get where you want to go.

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Prevent rat lungworm disease

Legislation to address Rat Lungworm Disease, HB474 HD1, crossed over last week where it is being considered by the Senate. The Hawai‘i State Department of Health urges the public to take the following 10 precautions to prevent rat lungworm disease: Carefully inspect and wash and all fruits and vegetables under running water, especially leafy greens, in order to remove any tiny slugs or snails, regardless of whether the produce came from a local retailer, farmers’ market or backyard garden. Wash fruit before peeling or cutting it. Even if the fruit has a rind you won’t be eating, like pineapple, it should be scrubbed before being sliced so there’s no chance of contamination as the knife passes through the rind or peel into the edible flesh. Store all food and drinks in sealed containers to prevent contamination. Cook your produce. Heating veggies to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit for a minimum of 15 minutes will kill any parasites. Control snail, slug and rat populations—especially around home gardens—to curtail the spread of rat lungworm disease. Make sure to follow label instructions when using bait, and keep pets and children away. Gardeners, farmers, food handlers and processors should increase diligence in controlling slugs, snails and rats on the farm and in processing/packaging facilities. Don’t drink from the garden hose. Tiny slugs and snails can crawl into the hose opening and be swallowed. Supervise children playing outside, especially while on...

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