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RELEASE: State to Host Annual Consumer Education Fair

Posted on Mar 2, 2020 in News Releases

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS

Office of the Director

DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR

CATHERINE P. AWAKUNI COLÓN
DIRECTOR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 2, 2020

State to Host Annual Consumer Education Fair

Annual Event Brings Together Dozens of Organizations for National Consumer Protection Week

HONOLULU – The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) will commemorate National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) from March 1st to 7th by hosting a free Consumer Education Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4th in the courtyard of the King Kalakaua Building at 335 Merchant Street. The building is the location of the downtown Honolulu Post Office and metered parking is available for the public.

“The purpose of the fair is to promote consumer education by providing free information that will help protect people’s privacy, manage their money and debt, and avoid identity theft, frauds and scams,” said DCCA Director Catherine Awakuni Colón.  “We encourage residents to attend the free fair and visit the over two dozen government and nonprofit participating agencies.”

Consumers can pick up their free copy of the Consumer Guide to Healthcare Providers and Military Consumer Fraud Guide.  These booklets focus on issues relating to consumer rights regarding healthcare issues, basic consumer issues, and what to do if consumers need to file complaints.

Agencies participating in the March 4, Consumer Education Fair include:

  • AARP Hawaii
  • Better Business Bureau Northwest & Pacific
  • Department of the Attorney General, Tax & Charities Division
  • Department of the Attorney General, Crime Prevention & Justice Assistance Division
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Hawaii State Public Library System
  • Hawaiian Electric Company
  • Honolulu Fire Department
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • IRS – Taxpayer Advocate Service
  • Mediation Center of the Pacific
  • SMP Hawaii – Senior Medical Patrol
  • Social Security Administration
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • U.S.Census Bureau
  • U.S. Postal Inspection Service
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA)
    • Cable Television
    • Consumer Education Program
    • Division of Financial Institutions
    • Hawaii Post-Secondary Education Authorization Program
    • Office of Consumer Protection
    • Office of the Securities Commissioner
    • Public Utilities Commission
    • Real Estate Commission

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