News Release: State Hosts Consumer Education Fair During National Consumer Protection Week

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 in Consumer, News Releases








March 3, 2014


State Hosts Consumer Education Fair During

National Consumer Protection Week


HONOLULU —The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) will commemorate National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) from March 2 to 8 by hosting a Consumer Education Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 5 in the courtyard of the King Kalakaua Building at 335 Merchant St.


“The purpose of NCPW 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 Kealii Lopez. “We encourage residents to attend the free fair as a one-stop shop for consumer resources. We will have representatives from over two dozen government and nonprofit agencies available to answer questions.”


The NCPW website — — has myriad tools people can use to recognize a rip-off, sniff out a scam, and make smart choices for today’s market. People wanting more information about mortgage foreclosure will also have the chance to discuss their concerns with representatives at the NCPW fair.


Agencies participating in the March 5 Consumer Education Fair include:

  • AARP
  • Attorney General
  • Better Business Bureau of Hawaii
  • Blood Bank of Hawaii
  • City and County Elderly Affairs Division
  • Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Hawaii
  • Hawaii Credit Union League
  • Hawaii Homeownership Center
  • Hawaii SHIP
  • Hawaii State Public Library System
  • Hawaiian Community Assets
  • Hawaiian Electric Company
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • IRS – Taxpayer Advocate Service
  • Junior Achievement
  • SMP Hawaii
  • University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • U.S. Postal Inspection Service
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • The State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA)
    • Consumer Education Program
    • Division of Consumer Advocacy
    • Insurance Division
    • Office of Consumer Protection
    • Office of the Securities Commissioner
    • Regulated Industries Complaints Office
    • State Certified Arbitration Program


The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs is made up of 12 divisions and offices. DCCA’s goals are to promote a strong and healthy business environment while protecting the community from unfair and deceptive business practices.


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Media Contact:

Brent Suyama

DCCA Communications Officer


[email protected]