U.S. Attorney Kubo to discuss identity theft

Due to unforeseen circumstances, U.S. Secret Service Special Agent Jody Okawaki won’t be able to make it to Kaua‘i for a presentation on identity theft at the 14th Annual Contractors Association of Kaua‘i Home Show today.

The event is at the Kauai Veterans Center on Kapule Highway in Lihu‘e, and organizers in a press release said they have found capable replacements for Okawaki.

United States Attorney for Hawai‘i, Edward H. Kubo Jr., and Tom Terry, supervisory inspector with the U.S. Postal Service, will speak on protecting people from identity theft.

Protecting You and Your Family Against Identity Theft is their presentation, free and open to the public, at 5 p.m. today.

Terry’s presentation will be on how the mail service is being used to steal people’s identity.

Kubo, who has had a lot of expertise in identity-theft prosecution, will speak on ways people can protect themselves from this growing crime.

New products and a wide variety of consumer seminars will be highlighted at the Home Show, presented by leaders of First Hawaiian Bank on Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Contractors Association of Kaua‘i and Big Save, Inc. leaders are partnering in the Home Show’s grand-prize giveaway of a five-minute, $500 Big Save shopping spree.

Other Friday seminars include:

• At 6 p.m., veteran roofing contractor Jim Rosa will offer a seminar on roof maintenance;

• At 7 p.m., Jeff Mira and Neal Kakimoto of Honsador Lumber will do a presentation on “Building and Remodeling Options for Independent Living for Baby Boomers and their Parents.” This workshop is designed to help families who need to remodel or expand their homes to accommodate older parents or adult children.

On Saturday at 10 a.m., Don Lutao of the county’s Department of Public Works Building Division will present a seminar on “Navigating the County of Kaua‘i’s Building Permit Process.” At 11 a.m. Saturday, Mario Antonio of the county DPW Engineering Division will share information on the county’s new grading ordinance and its applications to homeowners, especially those who are planning to use the owner-builder provisions of the Hawaii Revised Statutes.

At noon Saturday, Fay Rapozo of the county Offices of Community Assistance Kaua‘i Housing Agency will have information on housing programs and services available to Kaua‘i residents.

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