Tuesday, April 29, 2008

WNB Transportation Commmittee Meeting May 12

From: David Lawrence Brown

Transportation Committee meeting, scheduled for
Monday, May 12th,
from 7-9pm,
at the Waianae Community Center/C&C Satellite Office.

David Lawrence Brown
Waianae-Makaha Neighborhood Board
Transportation Committee Chair

Monday, April 28, 2008

Tickets Now On Sale for Konishiki Kids' "Ohana Day" at Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park 7/4

The Konishiki Kids Foundation is having a big blowout fundraising event on July 4th at Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park. It will be an Ohana Day and there will be entertainment all day into the night, raffle prize drawings for a trip for 2 to Japan and other wonderful prizes, dance contest, food booths, games and loads of fun for the entire family.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will be going to the 7 elementary schools that the Konishiki Kids attended and to build up the program for future Konishiki Kids. It's all about education and building strong families on the Wai` anae Coast .

Tickets are $25. Please contact Michele Leao at 286-1009 or michele@konishikipowerhi.com to buy tickets for yourself, your families, your relatives or your neighborhood! Checks can be made payable to Konishiki Kids Foundation. Mahalo nui loa for your support of education and awesome educational opportunities for Wai`anae Coast kids!

Konishiki Kids Foundation is a non-profit organization that was created by the Wai`anae Coast's own world reknowned sumo wrestler, Saleva`a Atisanoe, aka Konishiki, to help broaden the horizon of the Leeward Coast children so that they may have opportunities to make a difference in their community.

On March 17, 2008 Konishiki Kids Foundation donated $70,000.00 to 7 elementary schools on the Leeward Coast. The monies will be used to purchase educational equipment for each school. The principals of Makaha Elementary, Leihoku Elementary, Waianae Elementary, Nanaikapono Elementary, Maile Elementary, Nanakuli Elementary, and Kamaile Public Charter School have each been presented with a $10,000.00 check to help the needs of their school.

Konishiki Kids website: http://www.konishikikids.com/

Kapa Class to be Held at Ka`ala Farm

Your Keiki has probably had at least one field trip to Ka`ala Farm, but when was the last time you visited? Do you know what the Cultural Learning Center at Ka`ala has to offer you and your family?

To get "reacquainted" with your culture, the Cultural Learning Center at Ka`ala Farm will be offering another Kapa Culture class on May 10, 2008 beginning at 9:00 a.m. You can learn how to make kapa to give back to the iwi.

For more information and class registration, please call: (808) 696-4954


Click on the image to view the full size flyer.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Bike Safety Resolution - Nanakuli and Wai`anae

Subj: Bicycle resolutions - Nanakuli and Waianae
From: Natalie aka Bicycle Mom [the-green-one@hawaii.rr.com]
Date: Wed 4/23/2008 1:49 AM
To: maileshimabukuro@yahoo.com

Dear Maile,

It’s great that you have updated the community on the Leeward Bikeway. My understanding is this bikeway is long overdue.

Several bicyclists and I have been making presentations to neighborhood boards regarding bicycle safety. To date, 22 boards and the OMPO CAC have passed bicycle safety resolutions. Attached is a draft resolution [click on the image for a full-size view] I have asked the Nanakuli-Maili Neighborhood Board to consider at its next meeting. The Waianae board is going to consider a similar resolution at its May 5 meeting. If you have any suggestions for changes, please let me know. Your support of the resolutions would be appreciated.

Natalie Iwasa

O`ahu Bike Plan Meetings

Subj: Bike Plan Meetings
From: Rodlyn [rodlynb@juno.com]
Date: Wed 4/23/2008 7:56 AM

If you or someone you know is interested in a safe bike path then this may be information you want. If you know someone that is interested in this please pass this information on. This is part of the walking path we all want or feel we need here on the Waianae Coast, so please read and do whatever you can to get behind this project.


P.S. Please note: forwarded message attached from
Nalani Aki:

Attached is the Oahu Bike Plan Newsletter [click on the image to see a fuller version] and a link to their website www.oahubikeplan.org, please feel free to share with those who may be interested.

Nalani Aki, MPA
Community Programs Coordinator
Department of Health
Healthy Hawaii Initiative
1250 Punchbowl Street, Rm. 422
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
Phone: (808) 586-4526
Fax: (808) 586-4491
Website: www.healthyhawaii.com

Wai`anae Coast Tsunami Information

From: Polly Grace [mailto:pgrace_granny@yahoo.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2008 12:29 PM
To: Rep. Maile Shimabukuro
Subject: Fwd: Tsunami Information (UNCLASSIFIED)

Note: forwarded message attached.

Me Ka Pono,
Granny "Polly" Grace

From: Killian, Howard J COL MIL USA IMCOM [howard.killian@us.army.mil]
To: pgrace_granny@yahoo.com
Re: Tsunami Information (UNCLASSIFIED)

Aloha Ms. Grace,

My name is Howard Killian, we met at the Waianae/Nanakuli Special neighborhood Board meting last week where Mr. Davis spoke about Ordnance Reef. If I remember your question/concern from the meeting, you wanted to know what would happen in the event the Leeward Coast was hit by a tsunami.

I have attached some resources that maybe helpful and contacted the Hawaii Civil Defense to contact you and share the plan for such an event. We have a plan to address the ordnance and appreciate your patience as we work to accomplish our goals.

We are grateful for your participation in last week’s meeting and we will continue to work on the community’s concerns.

H. Killian
DRD, IMCOM-Pacific

Comment: Click on the image to go to the website. For the Wai`anae Coast, there are two separate maps. In the "Island area" box, scroll down to and select "Oahu - Yokohama Bay to Pokai Bay" and "Oahu - Pokai Bay to Kahe Point."

Makaha Farrington Highway Clean-up - April 26

From: Makaha Ahupuaa Community Assn.


In coordination with the Hawaii Statewide Cleanup and celebration of Earth Day, we are having our second Makaha Farrington Highway Clean up this Saturday April 26th, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon. We will have a table with supplies at the parking lot at Makaha Marketplace (corner of Farrington Highway and Makaha Valley Road)

A group of Waianae High School students led by teacher and one of our board members, Lanny Buscher will also be coordinating the first streambed cleanup in Makaha Valley as well.

Bags, cloth gloves and free T-shirts will be provided. Bring some water, sunscreen and hat for your protection. Malama Makaha, help our beautiful valley and your neighborhood.


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Kids' Pic Lei Day Photos

Kids' Pics will showcase the art work of Angel and six talented Children from Ma`ililand transitional housing in Wai`anae. The children and Minako Ishii will celebrate Lei Day during the First Friday Gallery Walk.

Photo Exhibit
May 2, 2008 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Chinatown Courtyard
1126 Smith Street, Honolulu
Free Admission
Proceeds will go toward the Lei Fund, a scholarship fund for kids in transitional housing.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Grow Hawaiian Festival - Aprl 26, 9A-5P

From: Charlie Aldinger
Sent: Monday, April 21, 2008 1:36 PM
To: Charlie Aldinger
Subject: Grow Hawaiian Festival Free Admission


Hawaiian Electric Company is sponsoring Bishop Museum's Grow Hawaiian Festival on Saturday April 26 from 9am to 5pm. Updated schedule is attached. Admission is FREE for EVERYONE...please forward this to family, friends, and colleagues!

Charlie Aldinger

Grow Hawaiian Festival Celebrates Native Plants
Hawaiian Electric Company sponsors a free eco-festival at Bishop Museum

When: Saturday, April 26, 2008, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Where: Bishop Museum located at 1525 Bernice Street in Honolulu
Who: Leading biologists, conservationists, horticulturists, historians, and kumu hula talk about the selection, care, and traditional uses of the native and Polynesian-introduced plants of Hawaii. Foremost practitioners of Hawaiian arts, including lei makers, ipu makers, kapa makers, weavers, and woodworkers, demonstrate their art. Music by Pilioha, Ernie Cruz, Jr., and hula dancers provide entertainment. Hawaiian Electric Company sponsors the event.
What: A free, day-long festival that celebrates the Hawaiian culture and native plants will feature scheduled presentations by leading plant specialists and arts practitioners, a guided tour of Bishop Museum’s garden of native and indigenous plants, a native plants sale, and informational booths on local conservation and sustainability efforts. See page two for listing of events.
Why: Held in honor of Earth Day, the Grow Hawaiian Festival honors Hawaii’s culture, promotes sustainable stewardship of the environment, and encourages members of the community to make the best choices for the future of Hawaii.

MA`O Featured at Alan Wong's

Sent: Monday, April 21, 2008 12:33 PM
To: Rep. Maile Shimabukuro et al.
Subject: Alan Wong's Farmer Series Dinner


Alan Wong has been running farmer series dinners, and on 4/23/08 MA`O was one of the Leeward/North Shore farm’s featured. Please see the link: http://www.alanwongs.com/fsd-page.html

Mahalo nui
Gary Maunakea-Forth

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Makaha - Farrington Hwy Repaving - Apr 21-25

From: Scott.Ishikawa@hawaii.gov
Sent: Friday, April 18, 2008 6:24 PM
To: Rep. Maile Shimabukuro et al.
Subject: Repaving work begins along Farrington Highway in Makaha

Hi everyone,

Repaving work is scheduled to begin next week along Farrington Highway in Makaha from Orange Street to Kili Drive.

The contractor has been building new concrete bus pads this month, but will begin digging up the old asphalt pavement as part of the resurfacing project. Traffic will be contraflowed through the area during the work on weekdays. Traffic is rather light during the weekdays along that particular stretch.

The actual repaving work should begin the first or second week of May and should take a month. Re-stripping of the work and tying up loose ends will take another two months.

Contractor for the $2 million project is James Glover. Weekly updates for the project and other DOT projects can be viewed at our website at www.hawaii.gov/dot.

With this project underway, I like to inform everyone that I will be stepping down as DOT spokesperson effective May 2. After being on-call 24/7 for five years straight, I decided to take a job a public relations firm called Bright Light Marketing in order to spend more time with family.

It has been a pleasure working with all of you. If they ask me what I was most proud of that we accomplished at DOT, I would have to say hands-down it was the safety barrier we installed along Farrington Highway between Nanakuli and Maili. Thank you for your patience during the time it took to put that one in place. I hope to see you around.


Scott Ishikawa
Spokesperson, State Department of Transportation

Comment: Mahalo and aloha, Scott! We're going to miss you. Best wishes in your new career. -Maile

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Transportation Update Re: Emergency Access Road and Alternate Route

Please see the update below provided by David Lawrence Brown, Chair of Wai`anae Neighborhood Board Transportation Committee.

Summary of Recent Email from Wayne Yoshioka, Director of City Dept. of Transportation Services:

Subject: RE: $400K Waianae Coast Emergency Access Road Study

This e-mail is to clarify what is happening regarding the Waianae Coast Emergency Access Route (WCEAR). . .The [$400,000 federal] earmark has not been used by the City. The City is implementing WCEAR completely with local City funds. WCEAR is not a separate roadway but a network of existing and new roads that allow traffic to be detoured around blockages of Farrington Highway. The existing roadways tend to be open to traffic all the time, but the new roads that were constructed to link together these existing roadways are for emergency purposes only and will be gated when not being used.

We have only two more roadways links that need to be constructed to provide a WCEAR from Waianae to Nanakuli: Helelua Place between Helelua Street and Lualualei Naval Road and Paakea Road between Lualualei Naval Road and Hakimo Road. These are currently under construction and are projected to be complete by September 2008.

I believe the project that [the State is] dealing with is to provide a second major access into the Waianae Coast. If there are more questions or comments, please call or e-mail.

A hui hou,

Wayne Y. Yoshioka
Department of Transportation Services
City and County of Honolulu
650 South King Street, Third Floor
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
ph. (808) 768-8303, fax (808) 523-4730

Summary of Recent Email from State Department of Transportation Director Brennon Morioka:

Re: $400K Waianae Coast Emergency Access Road Study

This [federal] earmark has not been used by the City. Our research at this time is to see how the State might be able to use it for some of our planned work moving forward on some of the alternatives such as the Kole Kole Pass option which the DOT has been working with the military on its utilization and upgrade for the last year. Hope this answers your questions as there is nothing further to provide you in terms of how the earmark was used since it was not used nor is there a study that resulted from it.



HOKKON Pizza Nite Fundraiser - April 21

From: Kapua Keliikoa-Kamai
Sent: Friday, April 18, 2008 5:59 PM
Subject: HOKKON Pizza Nite, 4/21

Aloha na 'ohana & hoaloha,
Our Hawaiian immersion parent group, Hui 'Ohana O Ke Kula Kaiapuni O Nanakuli (HOKKON), is having another Pizza Nite fundraiser on Monday, April 21st. We ask for you support by purchasing a regular priced menu item from Pizza Hut (only Second pizza and Literacy Card discounts will be honored). You can place your order as soon as they open, you don't have to wait until dinner time. Don't forget to turn the claim check in with your payment to ensure we receive credit. I've attached the Flyer for you. [Click on the image on the right.] Mahalo nui loa for your continued support!

Me ka ha'aha'a,
Kapua Keliikoa-Kamai

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Free Health Insurance for Keiki Starting This Month; Aloha Airlines Employees Also Included

As an expectant mother, my heart goes out to the Aloha Airlines employees who have lost their jobs and health insurance. I am proud to announce that the neighbor island and rural legislators have come up with a proposal to make sure that all children of former Aloha Airlines employees are provided with free health insurance.

SB 69 expands the Legislature's Keiki Care program that debuts this month to include the children of Aloha Airlines employees. To be eligible, the child must be a Hawaii resident, currently uninsured, and not eligible for any other government or private health insurance, excluding COBRA. There are no income or asset limits, and coverage is free. The child will continue to be eligible until the the parent becomes employed and covered by a prepaid health care plan, or 12/31/08, whichever is sooner.

Keiki Care is also available to all other Hawaii children, provided that they are:

1. Hawaii residents;

2. 31 days to 18 years old;

3. Uninsured continually for at least 6 months (with some exceptions);

4. Have no other medical coverage (note: Parent can choose Keiki Care rather than private coverage);

5. Not eligible for any other state or federal medical insurance.

Coverage is FREE - HMSA and the state Department of Human Services will share the cost of dues for all eligible children under this plan.
HMSA’s Keiki Care Plan provides basic health care benefits needed to help keep children in good health, including coverage for doctor visits, immunizations, certain preventive services, diagnostic tests, emergency care, and mental health benefits, and limited coverage for prescription drugs.
Medical, drug and dental coverage for children.
No charge for well-child visits and immunizations.
$7 copayment for physician office visits, up to 12 per year.
$5 copayment for generic antibiotic drugs.
$100/day copayment for up to 5 inpatient hospital days per year.
Preventive dental care only covered.

For more information, call (808) 948-5555 on Oahu or 1 (800) 620-4672 from the Neighbor Islands. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Related Links
2008 Plan Brochure - http://www.hmsa.com/mediacenter/print/assets/keikicare_brochure.pdf
Member Handbook - http://www.hmsa.com/mediacenter/print/assets/memberhandbook_hmo.pdf
Aloha, Maile

Monday, April 14, 2008

UH Science Scholarship - May 9 Deadline

From the C-More site: "The C-MORE Scholars Program is excited to offer underrepresented UH students, especially Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, various opportunities to enhance their undergraduate education experience through participation in hands-on research. C-MORE Scholars receive guidance and help from a mentor who is a scientist at the university and/or industry. Three levels of awards are offered, depending on the skill and knowledge level of the applicant. Application deadline is Friday, May 9, 2008. Please download and read the application form (PDF) for more details." For more information, please contact Barbara Gibson at bgibson@hawaii.edu or at 956-0403.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Protest & City Council Hearing Re: Hale Wai Vista on 4/16/08, 10am, Honolulu Hale

The full City Council will be voting on the Hale Wai Vista project. The Council's options are to approve, deny, or approve with modifications. The date, time and place for the vote is:

Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Honolulu Hale, 3rd Floor Chamber (corner of Punchbowl & King St.)

To view the hearing notice, go to: http://www4.honolulu.gov/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-75088/041608%20Council%20Agenda.htm

FYI: Maile submitted testimony on this issue when it was heard by the City Council's Zoning Committee on 4/1/08. You may view her testimony by clicking on "comments" below. If you have or plan to submit testimony, please feel free to post it as a comment also.

Hale Wai Vista is an affordable housing complex that is scheduled for development behind City Mill in Waianae. The public is invited to participate by submitting written testimony, providing oral testimony at the hearing, or both.

Persons wishing to testify on the Hale Wai Vista project may do so by requesting to register prior to the hearing or by using the On-Line City Council Speaker Registration form available at http://www4.honolulu.gov/docushare/dsweb/View/Collection-1026 or by sending a fax indicating your desire to speak, along with your name, address, phone number and subject matter to 768-3826. You may also register in person or by calling 768-3811.

Registration consists of providing your name, address, phone number, whether you are representing a particular organization or yourself, and the specific hearing. In addition, speakers are requested to provide 15 copies of written testimony.

Testimony is limited to three minutes and shall be presented by the registered speaker only. Written testimony may be submitted by email at http://www4.honolulu.gov/docushare/dsweb/View/Collection-1026 or faxed to 768-3826. However, you are requested to register to speak if you wish to provide oral testimony.

If you are unable to attend the hearing, you may submit your written comments in advance or before the Council finally deliberates on the subject matter.

All correspondence should be addressed to:

Chair and Members of the City Council
Honolulu Hale
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813-3077

Any physically challenged person requiring special assistance should call 768-3821 for details at least one day prior to the meeting date.

* On Wednesday, April 16, 2008, 10am, there will be a protest at Honolulu Hale concerning the Hale Wai Vista project. Everyone is asked to bring their own signs stating why they are protesting this project. Most people are protesting this project because they feel that it is in the wrong location and will cause problems for the area: overcrowding of schools, traffic in the immediate area, not enough parking, etc. Many are also protesting because of the overriding of the Waianae Sustainable Plan's height limit of 40' and rural character. If you are unable to bring signs, go anyway because there will be some extra signs. Plus they could always use your voice and support!  For more information, email: uapolu@hawaiiantel.net

Wai`anae Lion's Club 2008 Officers, Update & Members Sought

Back row (L-R): Lions James Pakele, Emma Ho`ohuli, Antoinette Waiamau-Nunuha, Maile Shimabukuro, Connie Burchett, and David Oclinaria. Front Row: Lion Harriet Mahoe.

Wai`anae Lion's Club is proud to announce its 2008 slate of officers:

President: Isabel Oclinaria

1st Vice President: David Lopes, Jr.

Secretary: Harriet Mahoe

Treasurer: Emma Hoohuli

Membership: Muriel Ioane

Director: Connie Burchett

Tail Twister: Olinda Fisher

Sergeant-at-Arms ("Lion Tamer"): Emma Hoohuli

Historian: Arlene Kakalia

Bulletin Editor: Arlene Kakalia

Other members of the Wai`anae Lion's Club include: Charles Hinish; Joseph Hoohuli, Jr.; Clarence Oclinaria; David Oclinaria; Gilbert Quiniula; Alfredo Robino; Antoinette Waiamau-Nunuha; Brenda Carrigan; Glenn Fujihara; Carolyn Ioane; Grace Kahaulelio; Barbara Kawaihalau; James Pakele; Lola Raquedon; Denise Saylors; and Maile Shimabukuro.

The Club, which is a member of The International Association of Lions Clubs, participates in many community service projects. Some of these projects include services for the blind, such as collecting used glasses; The Great Aloha Run; Nani O Wai`anae; hosting international students; mentoring the Leo Club; and assisting with the shuttle and parking at Sunset on the Beach.

The Wai`anae Lion's Club, which celebrated its 55th year anniversary on April 20, 2008, is in need of computers, especially Apple computers, and office space.

The Club is actively recruiting new members. Membership meetings are held every 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7pm, at Wai`anae Satellite City Hall (potluck), and are open to the public.

To inquire about becoming a member of the Wai`anae Lion's Club, or for more information, call 696-4503, 696-2982, or 228-5608.

Friday, April 11, 2008

"Oahu spookies!!!"

On Wednesday, April 16 in celebration of National Library Week, friends of the Library of Hawaii and the UH-Manoa Outreach College's statewide cultural extension program sponsor "Oahu Spookies," at Wai'anae Public Library. Local storyteller Jeff Gere will capture everyone's attention in a 45 minute performance starting at 6:30PM. This program is recommended appropriate for anyone age 6 and up. How much? FREE!
For more information contact the library at 697-7868.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Video: Preparing for the April 26 Beach Clean-Up

UPDATE: On March 30, 2008, Representative Maile Shimabukuro and her mom, Karen Young, surveyed the areas along the Wai`anae Coast that they're targeting for the April 26 beach clean-up day. (Click here to view the earlier announcement - details for the event.) The clean-up is part of the Nani O Wai`anae “Keep Hawaii Beautiful Day." This video was shot and narrated by Maile.

Waianae Mall Craft Fair!

The second Saturday of every month there is a Craft Fair at Waianae Mall.

It officially opens at 9:00AM and ends at 2:00PM.

Be sure to go and check out some locally made goods.

For more information or interested vendors call:

Sara Epling, 696-9655

Tax Relief For Low Income: Economic Stimulus Act and Public Benefits

The federal government will be sending economic stimulus package payments to a lot of people (for SSDI recipients, $300, for most employed individuals, $600, married couples$1200 and parents will receive $300 for each eligible child under age17). The Department of Human Services issued a policy and program development clarification last week that states:

"For purposes of determining eligibility (and post eligibility) for or the amount of benefits under Medicaid or the State Children's Health Insurance Program, the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 provides that the tax rebates are exempt as income or resources for three months, which includes the month of receipt and the following two months. As Hawaii's State-funded medical assistance programs mirror that of the Federal programs, all rebates shall be treated the same."

The same is true for SSI and for Food Stamps. Information concerning confirmation of how the stimulus payments will affect eligibility for TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) has not yet been received.

AARP's Wai`anae Chapter is providing free tax preparation assistance twice a week at the Wai`anae Satellite City Hall.  For more information, call 696-6371 or email rodlynb@juno.com.  For other tax help referrals, call 211.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Hale Kipa - Wai`anae Office

Hale Kipa is a non-profit agency that specializes in working with at-risk children, adolescents and their families. Hale Kipa annually services over three thousand at-risk youth and their families with an array of programs and services throughout the state of Hawaii. Between 30% - 40% of the population served by Hale Kipa are Native Hawaiians. The services and shelter provided by Hale Kipa are at no cost. Hale Kipa depends entirely on public and private sources for its funding. The target population of the various youth service programs provided by Hale Kipa are : homeless and runaway youth, status offenders, pregnant teens, youth offenders supervised by the courts, youth served by the Child and Adolescent Mental Health systems, youth awaiting foster home placement, and youth that otherwise have no where else to turn.

Hale Kipa's operation of residential shelters in quite Oahu communities has long been a source of potential conflict with neighbors, and thus has become increasingly problematic with the corresponding growth of the island's population. Hale Kipa is building a new Services Center and Residential Shelter Complex in ' Ewa, Oahu. The plans are for an ADA-compliant, LEED-certified "green" facilities that will allow the agency to more effectively meet the many needs of at-risk youth in one on-site location and also consolidate the agency's operations in close proximity to a key service area. The completed building project is to include a main administrative and services facility and six group residential shelters for at-risk youth. The new buildings will be on a newly purchased 4.28-acre property in 'Eva.

For information on the Wai`anae Hale Kipa project, contact:

Harold Brackeen, Wai`anae Hale Kipa Coordinator


Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Makaha Ahupuaa Community Association Meeting

There will be a meeting on Thursday April 10th, 6:30 pm at the Makaha Marketplace.
Items on the Agenda:

1. Facility location for Boy's & Girl's Club in Makaha
2. Statewide Highway cleanup on April 26th
3. Transportation and Lahilahi park issues.
4. other community concerns (crime, homeless, traffic)
5. Summer Mango Festival update

Monday, April 7, 2008

LCC-Wai`anae April 2008 Newsletter

From: Leeward Community College at Waianae [mailto:waianae@hawaii.edu]
Sent: Saturday, April 05, 2008 3:20 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients
Subject: LCCW April Newsletter

Aloha LCCW 'Ohana,

We hope you all had a wonderful Spring Break! Attached you will find the LCCW April Newsletter [click on the image on the right to view the newsletter], in which you can read about SMARTHINKING free online tutoring, pre-registration for Fall 2008, the annual LCC Career, College, & Job Fair, the annual Hawaii Food Bank Food Drive at LCCW, scholarships, featured student Debora Silva, and more!

Leeward Community College at Wai`anae
86-088 Farrington Hwy. #201
Wai`anae, HI 96792
Phone: (808) 696-6378
Fax: (808) 696-4024

Friday, April 4, 2008

Talk story with the Veterans

“Talk story with the Veterans”

Cordially Invites You to Discuss Veterans Issues

The heroism and valor displayed by all armed forces veterans while serving in combat deserves the utmost respect. Because of the state’s long and illustrious military history, Hawaii is home to many veterans who face a variety of issues that require state involvement and assistance, such as employment, affordable housing, human services, and healthcare.
The committee of PSM is holding statewide meetings to ask veterans for their input.

1. Could the needs of the veterans be better met if the Hawaii State of Veterans Services and its responsibility for issues relating to veterans was transferred to another state agency?
2. How is the Hawaii State Office of Veterans Services handling the affairs of its Hawaii veterans?
3. Any suggestions on other relevant issues or concerns of veterans who live in the state.

Date: Time: Place:

May 05, 2008 9:00am to 11:00am MAUI - JW Cameron Center
May 06, 2008 9:00am to 11:00am HILO - University of Hawaii @ Hilo Rm. UCB-127
May 07, 2008 5:30pm to 7:30pm MOLOKAI - Molokai
May 08, 2008 5:00pm to 7:00pm KAUAI - Kauai Veterans Center ballroom
May 10, 2008 10:00am to 12:00pm KONA - TBA
May 17, 2008 9:00am to 11:00am O’AHU - LEEWARD - Kapolei High School
May 17, 2008 1:30pm to 3:30pm O’AHU - WINDWARD - TBA


Thursday, April 3, 2008


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- 80 unit transitional housing will be for families currently residing in our emergency shelters in Waianae and Kalaeloa. Anticipated occupancy is approximately 250 people.
- Building slabs are being poured and some walls are being erected. Offsite sewer line work will begin shortly and last through April.
- Deed transfer processing activities continue between State and federal government agencies.
- Contract discussions continue with various on-site Providers that include overall management, children’s facilities, kitchen, and children’s receiving home.
- GSA is still pending federal funding for remediation work identified on the environmental study report on far corner of former Voice of America parcel that is not part of the Villages of Maili property. Clean up is expected to take 4-5 weeks once efforts begin.

Other Projects:

Kahikolu Ohana Hale O Waianae (part of Uluwehi subdivision)
- 72 unit emergency transitional shelter under non-profit Hawaii Coalition of Christian Churches. Anticipated occupancy is approximately 250 people.
- Construction is approximately 60% complete as of 2/29/08. Pastor Boo continues tours for community leaders and officials. Estimated time to open is July 2008. This project is primarily financed by the State and is under the Governor’s proclamation.

Bldg 36 (Kalaeloa)
- Former military enlisted quarters, three story building with 71 units (65 singles, 6 doubles). Anticipated occupancy is approximately 200 people. The facility will house primarily homeless singles and couples from the Leeward Coast.
- State continues to work with Navy BRAC on the deed transfer. We expect renovation work to begin in mid-April pending contractor acceptance any State concessions on bid terms affected by the delays in deed transfer. Target completion date is June 2008.
- Honolulu Community Action Program (HCAP) has been identified as the Service Provider.

Report submitted by Comptroller Russ K Saito, HEART Team Leader.
Phone: 586-0400
Email: dags@hawaii.gov

Wai`anae Neighborhood Board Meetings & Special Mtg Re: Munitions Dumping on April 16

Special Meeting Re: Munitions Disposal Off Wai`anae Coast with Tad Davis of the Pentagon
Hosted by Wai`anae & Nanakuli/Maili Neighborhood Boards
April 16, 2008.
Chairs: Jo Jordan & Patty Teruya
Wai'anae District Park, aka Wai`anae Regional Park
7:00PM- 10:00PM

Wai'anae Neighborhood Board Sub-committee Meetings:

* Health and Human Services & Public Safety Committee
Chair: Maralyn Kurshals
Tuesday, April 8, 2008 Wai'anae District Park- Meeting Room
85-601 Farrington Highway
6:00PM - 7:30PM

*Parks and Recreation Committee Meeting
Chair: Jo Jordan
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wai'anae Neighborhood Community Center, aka "Satellite City Hall"
85-670 Farrington Highway
7:00PM - 9:00PM

*Transportation Committee Meeting
Chair: David Lawrence Brown
Monday, April 14, 2008
Wai'anae Neighborhood Community Center, aka "Satellite City Hall"
7:00PM - 9:00PM

*Planning and Zoning Committee Meeting
Chair: Bill Akiona
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wai'anae District Park Meeting Room
85-601 Farrington Highway
7:00PM - 8:30PM

*Education Committee Meeting (tentative)
Chair: Calvin Endo
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Wai`anae High School portable near main office

Relay For Life: April 26-27 at Wai`anae High School

More than 20 years ago, one man took it upon himself to raise money to support the efforts of the American Cancer Society. Today, more than three million Americans participate in Relay events nationwide.
Relay For Life brings together over 2 million volunteers in 4400 communities across the nation, including 25 events in Hawaii, to honor cancer survivors, remember those we have lost, and raise money to help prevent cancer, save lives and diminish suffering from the disease. Volunteers and team members help to raise money for cancer research and also raise awareness for cancer prevention, early detection, treatment options and patient support. Relay brings together people from all walks of life with the common goal of eliminating cancer.
The Relay is a 12-hour, overnight event and each team is asked to have at least one team member on the track at all times to represent the fact that cancer never sleeps.
Shirley Davenport is the American Cancer Society Westside For Life Chair this year. The event will be held at the Waianae High School football field on April 26, 2008, with kick off starting about 6:00pm Saturday night and running until 7:00am Sunday morning, April 27, 2008. Contact Shirley or the American Cancer Society if you have any questions.

Shirley Davenport
Waianae Coast Cmmunity Mental Health Center
808-697-3024 office

Searider Productions Awards

Island Movie Contest - Sponsored by the Department of Education Advanced Technolgy Research Branch Overall Winners - $1,000 prize Teacher Mike O'Connor Students Laken Antonio, Ingrid Neidhardt, Heidi Neidhardt, Tatiana Wilbur, Amanda Hammand, Kiani Aiu, Nathan McCloud, Jordan Aipoalani-Rita, Sam Spake, Korsyca Oya, Audrey Mayfield, Sean Bongo, Derek Santos, Justin Talalotu, John Mangrubang, and Robert Goodwin. Students from Searider Production's animation class entered an animation short on suicide in the "Tell Me A Story" category. 2008 Earth Month Awards - Sponsored by the City and County of Honolulu Storm WAter Quality Branch, KHON2, Lex Brodie's Tire Company and GeoTech Solutions, Inc. 1st Place - $1,000 Teacher John Allen III Students Ed-Recco Eli, Ceythan Moku Kamealoha, and Jerome Max Halloway Students created a :30 second Public Service Announcement on keeping our ocean pollution free from floatables, runnoff, nutrients, and sediments. 2008 First Freedom Award Sponsored by the Student Televsion Network 1st Place - Trip to Washington DC as part of the opening ceremony of the "Newseum" and $1,000 Teacher John Allen III Students Laurissa Asuega and Missy Trippett Students created a :30 second Public Service Announcement exercising their First Amendment rights through a creative "rap" style message. Students and their teachers will travel to Washington DC April 9-13 where their PSA will be shown at the "Newseum". 2008 Hawaii Technology Education Association Fair - Sponsored by the Department of Education Office of Curriculum & Student Services Department - Instructional Service Branch Teacher Mike O'Connor
  • Ingrid Niedhardt and Audrey Mayfield Honorable Mention in Desktop Publishing PD-1 - CD/DVD Cover
  • Kiani Aiu 2nd Place in Desktop Publishing Business Card/Stationary
  • Laken Antonio 3rd Place in Desktop Publishing Business Card/Stationary
  • Korsyca Oya Honorable Mention in Desktop Publishing Business Card/Stationary
  • Audrey Mayfield Honorable Mention in Desktop Publishing Business Card/Stationary
  • Jared Keeler Honorable Mention in Desktop Publishing Business Card/Stationary
  • Robert Goodwin Honorable Mention in Desktop Publishing Business Card/Stationary
  • Derek Santos Honorable Mention in Desktop Publishing Business Card/Stationary
  • Sean Bongo Honorable Mention in Desktop Publishing Business Card/Stationary
  • Ingrid Niedhardt Honorable Mention in Desktop Publishing Business Card/Stationary
  • Sean Bongo 3rd Place Desktop Publishing Invitation/Flyer
  • Laken Antonio 1st Place in Packaging
  • Tatiana Wilbur Honorable Mention in Packaging
  • Nathan McCloub 3rd Place in Magazine Layout
  • Laken Antonio Honorable Mention in Poster
  • Ingrid Neidhardt Honorable Mention in Poster

2008 Gold Circle Awards Sponsored by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association
Teachers Lorraine Gershun, John Allen III, and Mike O'Connor

  • 1st Place Commercial - Laurissa Asuega, Martinea Trippett & Brandie Morales, “Locally Grown Family,”
  • 2nd Place Commercial - Max Halloway, Ed-Recco Eli & Brittanay Gomes, "Pay Your Dues"1st Place PSA - SP Staff, "Motivation"
  • 2nd Place PSA - SP Staff, "Math Class"
  • 3rd Place PSA - SP Staff, "Determination", "Spark Change", & "The Walk Home"
  • 2nd Place News Package - Mhaniverl Moresla, "Teacher Greivance"
1st Place Feature Package - Shanti Sergovia-Manner & Marshall Mole, "Wack Challenge 2nd Place Feature Package - SP Staff, "Home is Where the Heart Is" 3rd Place Feature Package - Raquel Paaluhi & Ceythan Moku Kamealoha, "New Flight Club" 3rd Place Feature Package - Bryson Armitage, Malie Pine & Johalyn Arao, "About the Ride" 3rd Place Feature Package - Malie Pine & Brandi Baker, "A Tree Story" 2nd Place Documentary - SP Staff, "Finding Sun Yat Sen"

Wai`anae kids "ROCK."

Reminder: Public Comment Sought by 4/8 Re: 12,000 Homes Planned in Waipahu & 'Ewa

Note: Maile has submitted testimony opposing this project. To view her testimony, click on "comments" below.

Just a reminder that the public has until Tuesday, April 8, 2008 to comment on the Schuler Homes Ho`opili project in Ewa. See the March 31 Advertiser article: http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008803310303

Notice to all, this is a project that plans an estimated 12000 homes on the agriculture lands near the H-1, Waipahu & Ewa. This is the very early stages but your voices need to be heard now for the future. Public comment deadline is April 8th. Please pass along the word.

Oahu Notices from the OEQC
Ho'opili Project (HRS 343 DEIS)District: ˜EwaTMK: Petition Area: 9-1-17: 04 (portion), 59, and 72;9-1-18: 01 and 04. Remainder of the ProjectArea: 9-1-10: 02, 14 (portion), and 15 (portion);9-1-17: 04 (portion); 9-2-01: 04, 05, 06 and07; and 9-2-02: 02.
Applicant: D.R. Horton Schuler Division
828 Fort Street Mall, 4th Floor
Honolulu, Hawai'i 96813.
Contact:- Dean Uchida (808 521-5661)

State of Hawaii Land Use Commission
P.O.Box 2359
Honolulu, Hawai'i 96804-2359.
Contact- Rodney Maile (808 587-3822)

Facsimile: 587-3827
E-Mail: rmaile@dbedt.hawaii.gov

Consultant: PBR HAWAI'I ASB Tower , Suite 650
1001 Bishop Street
Honolulu, Hawai'i 96813.
Contact: Vincent Shigekuni (808 521-5631)

Public Comment Deadline: April 8, 2008

Status: Draft environmental impact statement (DEIS)notice pending 45-day public comment. Addresscomments to the applicant with copiesto the accepting authority, consultant and OEQC.Permits Required: State Land Use District Boundary Amendment,Zone Change, Subdivision Approval, NationalPollutant Discharge Elimination System(NPDES) Permit, Building/Grading Permits, and Water Use Permit.

D.R. Horton Schuler Division is proposing the development of Ho'opili, a mixed-use, transit-ready community including residential (approx. 11,750 units, including affordable housing), business and commercial areas (approx. 145 acres), light industrial/business areas (approx. 50 acres), transit stops, schools and other public facilities (approx. 100 acres), parks (approx. 60 acres), and large amounts of open space (approx. 150 acres). The project area is located in the Ewa District, on the island of Oahu and is designated on the Ewa Development Plan as follows: Low and Medium Density Residential; High Density Residential; Parks; Transit Node (High Density Residential and Commercial); and Future Intermediate School.

The proposed action involves the reclassification of approximately 1,553.844 acres from the Agricultural District to the Urban District .

The petition area is situated in between the H-1 Freeway (north) and Mango Tree Road (south), and in between the proposed University of Hawaii West Oahu (UHWO) property (west) and Old Fort Weaver Road (east).In support of the Project, infrastructure facilities to be installed,expanded or improved include access and circulationPage 6 Office of Environmental Quality Control The Environmental Notice February 23, 2008 Oahu Notices roadways, drainage systems, water and wastewater collection lines, and electrical/communic ation systems; some or all of these utilities may occur within State and County road right-of-ways or lands.

While all infrastructure improvements will be designed and sized to accommodate the Project, the applicant is already sharing in the cost of installing regional infrastructure, even though the first homes are not expected until 2012.

To accommodate all of the off-site infrastructure, the project area may involve up to approximately 1,600.265 acres.


Malama Hawai'i is looking for several actors to star in a public service announcement for International Year of the Reef (www.iyor-hawaii.org) scheduled to air on local TV in April.

Shoot date is Monday, April 7 at a home in East Honolulu. Time will range from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Food will be provided. THIS IS NOT A PAID GIG.
The PSA will feature a variety of marine animals in costume. Some will have speaking parts. We'll looking for people who don't mind acting silly! We need the following:

- TWO men, preferably with a "local" look
- Grandmother, age 60-70 and of Asian and/or mixed descent

We need to cast these spots ASAP!

This is a GREAT opportunity for anyone who needs more work on his/her resume or for anyone who wants to support International Year of the Reef, a global campaign to raise awareness about the importance of our coral reefs. Please contact Catherine Toth at 587.6288 or ctoth@tnc.org.

Makua Exhibit at the Peace Center

Makua Valley is a 4,190-acre valley located on the leeward side of the Waianae Mountains. The valley contains more than 40 endangered plant and animal species. Abundant archaeological evidence suggests that Makua Valley had a thriving Hawaiian community during pre-contact days. Makua Valley is said to be a sacred place to native Hawaiians, the mythic birthplace of the Hawaiian people.

For decades, the Army and the other services carried out training exercises in Makua Valley. In recent years, however, the training has drawn protests from residents and, increasingly, the attention of federal regulators.

Fred Dodge, Malama Makua spokesman, presents photos and paintings of Makua Valley at the Hawaii Peace Center. Be sure to check out the exhibit.

The exhibit starts on First Friday (4-4-08) and runs through the end of the month. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11AM to 5PM.

Hawaii Peace Center
19 N. Pauahi Street
Honolulu’s Chinatown 96817

Hawaii's Adult Literacy Program - Free Orientation and Services Available!

Hawaii's Adult Literacy program offers free 1 on 1 help and they are looking for people who are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor.
On Monday, April 7, 2008 from 6PM to 8PM there will be a free orientation in the Waianae Library. To register call 537-6706.
If you are also interested in receiving help in reading and writing or know someone who is, you can contact Heidi or Laura at 537-6706.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

REMINDER: Join Maile and Her Family at Beach Clean-up, April 26


Please join me and my family at Nani O Wai`anae’s “Keep Hawaii Beautiful Day." We will be hosting a beach clean-up and beautification planting:

When: Saturday, April 26, 2008; 8-11am
Where: Maili Point across from Maili 76 gas station, aka Nanikai/Ulehawa Beach Park (located at 87-890 Farrington Highway, cross street is Hookele St.)
What: As part of Nani O Wai`anae “Keep HI Beautiful Day” Beach Clean-Up, we will be cleaning and beautifying the beach area from Maili Point to Hakimo Road; gloves and trash bags will be provided.
Bring: sun protection and water; optional - swimwear, native plants & planting tools.
For Information: Call 696-4677 or 586-8460

The dream is to create a “People’s Path” along the beach from Maili Point to Nanakuli McDonald’s. This path would connect with the State’s planned bicycle path, and someday extend along the entire Wai`anae Coast. We will be working with the City and other interested parties to hopefully make this “People’s Path” a reality, and the beach clean-up and beautification is the first step towards this goal.

Nani O Wai`anae, which was the first official “Keep America Beautiful” participant in the state, is in charge of organizing beach clean-ups throughout O`ahu on April 26. The Makaha Hawaiian Civic Club is also participating, and is planning to meet at Makaha Marketplace for a clean-up that morning. More volunteers are needed to host and help with other clean-ups. For more information, call Katy Kok or Lori at 696-1920 or 484-1000.

Additional Info: Click here to view a video of the area to be cleaned.