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Check Six – 2013: Darren Morris Working with HIARNG Soldiers

U.S. Air Force photo by Amn Robert Cabuco

Senior Master Sgt. Darren Morris of the 204th Airlift Squadron, Hawai‘i Air National Guard, teaches Hawai‘i Army National Guard soldiers how to properly secure a vehicle aboard a C17 Globemaster III. 

This training was at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, during exercise Makani Pahili June 1, 2013. Makani Pahili is a state exercise testing Hawai‘i’s hurricane readiness.

Check Six: January 1993 Kūkā‘ilimoku

The Kūkā‘ilimoku is the official e-newsletter of the 154th Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard. The first issue came in September 1957 and continues as an e-newsletter today. 

Today we feature the January 1993 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* 203rd Gets First KC-135R

* CAMS News & Views: lots of familiar names

* Promotions: including Timothy Young, Carol Yamaguchi, Robert Joy, Joseph Kaaikaula, Solomon Ford, Herbert Padello, Robert Chun, Patrick Nam

* Aircrew style name patches on BDUs

Review the entire the January 1993 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue

12 IRS Audit Red Flags for Retirees

From the Kiplinger website

You may be wondering about your odds of an IRS audit. Most people can breathe easy. The vast majority of individual returns escape the IRS audit machine. In 2019, the IRS audited only 0.4% of all individual tax returns, and 80% of these exams were conducted by mail, meaning most taxpayers never met with an IRS agent in person. Also expect the audit rate to drop for 2020 because the coronavirus pandemic has dampened the IRS’s enforcement efforts. As a result, the odds that your return will be picked for review are generally pretty low.

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Coffee consumption associated with lower risk of prostate cancer

From the Medical News Today website

Researchers have analyzed 16 studies involving over 1 million men and found an association between increased coffee consumption and decreased risk of prostate cancer.

In a new meta-analysis, researchers have found an association between increased amounts of daily coffee consumption and decreased risk of prostate cancer.

The research, published in the journal BMJ Open, lays the ground for future studies to determine whether there is a causal relationship between coffee consumption and reduced prostate cancer risk.

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Off Track: How a Noodle Factory in Kalihi Fueled America’s Ramen Boom

From the Honolulu Magazine website

This is Honolulu Magazine article that first appeared in their November 2014 issue. At the time of the article – “Nine of the top 10 ramen restaurants named by The New York Times—and all but one of the 56 ramen shops in Honolulu—use Sun Noodle.”

Sun Noodle did not start America’s ramen revolution. But it certainly seems that way, when nine of the top 10 ramen restaurants named by The New York Times—and all but one of the 56 ramen shops in Honolulu—use Sun Noodle.

Not bad for a little factory from Kalihi. Thirty-three years ago, Hidehito Uki founded Sun Noodle. He was only 20 years old and hardly spoke any English. Uki’s father, a noodle maker in Togichi, Japan, had been working on a project in Honolulu that fell through, so Uki moved to Hawai‘i to adopt the small noodle machine that got left behind. There were only three ramen restaurants in the entire city, but he started making ramen anyway.

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This is what happens to unpaid debts when a person passes away

From the CNBC website

When a loved one passes away, it’s not unusual for the person to leave some unpaid debt behind.

The question for the surviving spouse or other heirs is often: What happens to those obligations?

Generally speaking, it depends on both the type of debt and applicable state laws.

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Great Senior Discounts for 2021

From the U.S. News & World Report website

Taking advantage of senior citizen discounts may reduce your retirement costs and free up funds for other activities. “Every dollar can really add up,” says Sara Skirboll, a shopping and trends expert at RetailMeNot. When looking for discounts, always keep your identification handy, as some places will ask to see a form of ID to check that you have reached the qualifying senior discount age before applying any promotions.

The amount you save might depend on factors like your age or whether you use the discount on a certain day of the week or month. “Some discounts and offers are only available for specific dates or times, and the age requirements vary from place to place,” Skirboll says. 

Here’s a list of great deals for senior citizens.

Information about COVID-19 vaccinations

From the Laulima Combat COVID-19 website

Points of dispensing (PODs) are being opened across the state for the initial phases of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Those eligible include healthcare workers, kūpuna age 75 and over, and frontline essential workers. In a new video, Department of Health’s Brooks Baehr visited the Windward Comprehensive Health Center and walks you through what to expect when it’s your turn to be vaccinated.

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Mission Complete and Coming Home

Off the Hawaii Adjutant General’s Facebook page

Hawaii National Guard photograph

Soldiers from the Hawaii National Guard were visited by their Congressional Delegation on Thursday January 21. The delegation wanted to thank the Guard men and women for their service and sacrifice to drop everything and responding with “Aloha.”

Comments by Jeff Hickman, Director of Public Affairs, State Department of Defense

Here is a shot of our Hawaii National Guardsmen wrapping up their mission at our nation’s Capitol with our Hawaii Congressional Delegation. Hiki No! So proud of these guys. It had to be cold! Mahalo for a successful and peaceful mission ensuring a smooth transition of authority. And to MSgt Andrew Jackson, the lone Airman on mission, for covering their every move with photos and video, documenting history. Now come home and start your quarantine in OUR weather!

More photographs   by MSgt Andrew Jackson

Older adults and retired people: Stimulus check rules for income, SSI, veterans, more

From the c/net website

A majority of the second stimulus checks have already been sent out across the US. And as long as you qualify for another payment, you can expect to receive yours through direct deposit or in the mail as an EIP card or paper check (here’s how to track it right to your mailbox). If you don’t receive a payment by January 15, your new stimulus check money could arrive after you claim an IRS rebate credit during tax season. With so much complication up front, have the rules for retired people, veterans and older adults changed?

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Can you be too old to travel? Age isn’t as important as your mental, physical fitness level

From the USA Today website

Can you be too old to travel? Only you can know the right answer but consider these factors:

Slowing down was the last thing on Elaine Schaefer’s mind when she turned 70 last year. She’d enjoyed an ambitious travel schedule for the previous decade, which included a 10-day horseback safari in Botswana and a snorkeling tour of Bora Bora. She didn’t feel too old to travel.

Then the pandemic hit. Suddenly, with the exception of a cautious staycation or two, she was confined to her home. Being in a high-risk group didn’t help. But she says that’s not going to stop her.  

“Ability to travel is not a function of age,” says Schaefer, who writes a blog about senior travel. “It’s determined by your physical and mental fitness.”

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Blood Pressure Often Differs Widely Between Arms

From the WebMD website

Blood pressure readings between the two arms can be different, and that disparity can sometimes be a warning sign of heart trouble down the road, according to a new analysis of 24 past studies. What you need to know:

A photo history of the Lihue Airport

Off the Remember Kauai From the Past Facebook page

From the Hawaii Department of Transportation

Lihue Airport under construction in 1949. Prior to its opening, flights to Kauai used Port Allen Airport. From the Hawaii Department of Transportation.

Plans for the airport originally included a north-south cross runway, which is seen under early construction here. The work was later stopped; second runway wouldn’t be built until almost forty years later.

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How to Get Your Homebound Parent a COVID-19 Vaccine

From the nextavenue website

On January 9, Donna Lackner-Horn made appointments for her parents, Trudy and Werner Lackner, and an aunt and uncle, to get their COVID-19 vaccines the following week at HealthAlliance Hospital-Foxhall in Kingston, N.Y., 45 minutes from their homes in Poughkeepsie, NY. Though she needed to transport them to the vaccination site, Lackner-Horn considered herself lucky to nab the appointments since her mom, 78, and uncle, 88, are mostly homebound with chronic health issues and she couldn’t find a way to get them vaccinated where they live.

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