Thursday, July 31, 2008

Legal Aid HI in Foodland's 'Give Aloha' Program

The Legal Aid Society of HI is now registered with the Foodland “Give Aloha” campaign that runs September 1-30. The codes are as follows:

O`ahu: 77232
Kaua`i: 78361
Big Island: 78360
Maui: 78362

Okay, so since we all gotta eat – shop at Foodland, use your Maika`i
card and make a donation to our favorite non-profit!

The following information is from the website:

* From Sept. 1 - 30, donations to Give Aloha participating
organizations will be accepted at checkout at all Foodland and
Sack N Save stores statewide.

* **Customers must use their Maika`i Card to make a donation, and
can donate up to a cumulative total of $249 per person, per
organization. Donations exceeding $249 per person, per
organization will not be matched.** **Donations** **made without
a** **Maika`i Card will not be matched.** **Individuals must use
their own Maika`i Card to make a donation. Multiple donations on
a Maika`i Card exceeding $249 for the same organization will not
be matched.**
* Customers who do not have a Maika'i Card may request one at
checkout. Only one Maika'i Card will be issued per person.

* Foodland and the Western Union Foundation will match each
donation up to a total of $300,000 for all organizations
combined. If total customer donations exceed $300,000, the
matching gift will be divided proportionately among all
participating organizations (see calculation of matching gifts
on page 2).

* Please do not inform donors that their donation will be matched
"dollar for dollar." Foodland and the Western Union
Foundation will match a portion of their donation

* Membership dues, fees, tuition, and other payments for which
goods and services are received in return are not considered
"donations." These payments will not be matched.

* Donations in the form of cash, check or credit card (VISA,
MasterCard, American Express, Discover and JTB) will be
accepted. Donations must be made payable to Foodland or Sack N Save.

* The donation amount and name of the organization will appear on
the customer's receipt.

* Donor names will not be released to organizations.
* Donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

* A thank you note will be given at checkout to customers who
donate, thanking them for giving aloha and reminding them to
save their receipt since it will be the only record of their

* Foodland reserves the right to refuse participation of any
non-profit organization.

Malama pono,
Merrill S. Oka
Legal Aid Society of HI Program Manager

Monday, July 28, 2008

Rep. Shimabukuro's DCCA Testimnoy

DCCA Public Comment Meeting: PEG Access Television Franchise Renewal

Click on the document above for a full-screen view.

Leeward District - BOE Meeting & Dinner - Aug 7

BOE Meeting and Dinner hosted by the DOE Leeward District

August 7th at 3:30 at Stanley Sakuma Cafeteria, Waipahu Intermediate School, 94-445 Farrington Highway

National Conference of State Legislatures - Waianae Community Meeting Notes

Sandie Morimoto,

Thank you for attending the community meeting with Rep. Karen Awana held at the Waianae Intermediate School on July 9th.

Attached are notes [click here] we took during the meeting discussion. Information from these notes will be included in a report submitted to the Hawaii Legislature later this year that addresses Native Hawaiian issues and programs. The meeting notes are attached for your information and we will also send you a copy of the report once it is completed this fall, if you'd like.
Thanks again for your participation!

Sia Davis
State-Tribal Institute
National Conference of State Legislatures
Denver , Colorado
303.364.7700 303.364.7800 fax

Click here for a related article.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Leeward Beach Park Night Closure Update

July 25, 2008


As announced earlier this month, several Leeward Coast beach parks will soon be closed at night in response to requests from residents and applicable Neighborhood Boards concerned with ensuring that the parks be kept safe and clean.

The closure dates for the following parks have been changed from
July 28 to August 11: Tracks, Nanakuli (Cove and Beach), Lualualei No. 2 and Pokai Bay parks. Night closure hours will be 10 pm to 5 am.
Plans call for Ulehawa No. 2 (the area between Nani Kai and Maili across from the 7-Eleven store) to also be closed from Sunday, September 28 at 10 pm to Friday, October 3 at 3 pm for extensive cleaning and maintenance. Effective October 3, the park is to be closed every night from 10 pm to 5 am.

Plans also call for Lualualei No. 1 (also known as “Sewers”) to be closed from Sunday, October 12 at 10 pm to Friday, October 17 at 3 pm for extensive cleaning and maintenance. Effective October 17, the park is to be closed every night from 10 pm to 5 am.

Park users are being informed of these closures in advance and encouraged to seek appropriate alternatives.

Media contact: City Parks Director Lester Chang at 768-3001.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Info on How to Recycle Green Waste

From: Colleen Young
Subject: Environmental Services websites...C&C
Date: Friday, July 25, 2008, 11:54 AM

Hi Maile:

For really good information for recycling green waste, click on the images:

Call for Artists

From "Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts"
Date Thu, 24 Jul 2008 13:40:57 -1000
To "Rep. Maile Shimabukuro"
Subject Call For Artists

Hawai'i Tourism Authority Promotes Cultural Tourism
Seeks Materials from Artists and Arts Organizations to Showcase the Variety of Culture and Arts in Hawai'i

Aloha HSFCA Constituent:

In a year-round marketing effort to showcase the variety of culture and the arts that Hawai‘i has to offer, the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA) seeks materials from artists and arts organizations for the purpose of promoting cultural tourism to help attract potential visitors to our islands.

The HTA has contracted Pacific Network, a newly created Internet network and website, to be the venue that features Hawai‘i’s artists and arts organizations on the Pacific Network website's Arts & Culture Channel. Artists and arts organizations may submit brief text, jpegs, and/or videos to the HTA for formatting on Pacific Network. A description of Pacific Network’s efforts is discussed in a Letter to Artists and Friends from Edgy Lee.

By focusing on more pre-arrival exposure, potential visitors who are looking for ways to connect more closely with our culture can go to the Pacific Network website and access information about artists plus calendar listings of cultural events and activities while they are still in their decision-making process.

Pacific Network will use the submitted material for the sole purpose of promoting an artist’s material as a means of featuring Hawai‘i’s artists and its arts organizations. The HTA and Pacific Network will not use any material submitted by an artist to promote the commercial sale of goods or services. In lieu of a general release, a Limited License Agreement has been provided to clarify the proposed use of the artist’s material by Pacific Network.

Please click on the links for the Specifications Sheet and the Limited License Agreement that you will need to submit along with your materials. Send your materials and form to:

Lois Kajiwara
Hawai‘i Tourism Authority
1801 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815

For more information, please call Lois at 973-2268 or email her at The HTA requests that materials be submitted by Tuesday, September 2, 2008.

Ronald K. Yamakawa
Executive Director
Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
250 South Hotel Street, 2nd Floor, Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 586-0300 - Fax (808) 586-0308

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

NHIS 'Summer Splash' - Aug 1 & 2

Nanakuli High and Intermediate School Performing Arts Program
"Summer Splash"

Cast members of the Nanakuli High and Intermediate School Performing Arts
Program present a 25 song musical production on August 1 and 2.
Photo by Michelle Kitsu

From: Robin Kitsu
Subject: NHIS Performing Arts presents "Summer Splash"

The show is called "Summer Splash" and it's a musical revue show featuring pop songs from the past and present and songs from Broadway. The show will play on August 1 and 2 at 7:00 pm at the NHIS multi-purpose building. Tickets are $5 for adults pre-sale, and $6 at the door, $3 for students, and children under 12 free. People may call 668-5823 and ask for performing arts program to make ticket reservations or for more info.

Click here for the link to the Honolulu Advertiser article.


Support MDA - Help Get Carolann Out of "Jail"!

Message from Carolann Rowe (Maile's co-worker at The Legal Aid Society of Hawaii's Wai`anae office):
I'm proud to tell you that I'm being locked up...that's right, I'm going behind barsto help Jerry's Kids and MDA. To be released on good behavior I have to raise bail and I need your help!

All you have to do is click here to make a secure, online donation before 08/21/08. Your donation will help families living in our community and help guarantee me an early release.I can't wait to add you to my list of contributors.

Thanks in advance for your help. Don't hesitate to email me at with any questions.

If you can, great! If no can, no can.

Your Friend,
Carolann Rowe

P.S. I'm counting on you. Click here to donate.

If the link above does not work, please cut and paste the address below into the address bar of your Internet browser.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Discuss Cable Franchise Renewal - July 28

What: Meet and discuss contract negotiation with Oceanic to renew their franchise agreement. We need you to help shape the future of cable services in your community!

When: Monday, July 28, at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Wai`anae Olelo (located at Wai`anae High School)

What else: Potluck, too

Who to contact: Kawika Nahoopii at
For More Information Call 696-1003

Environment & Hlth Discussion Aug 6 at 6:30PM

Click on the photo for a larger view of the flyer, or click here for a PowerPoint slide.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Summer Business Card Special

Click on the image for a full-page view.

Community Cleanup Aug 16 from 8:30-11:00AM


AUGUST 16, 2008
Click here to view the flyer.

  • Increase Your Awareness, Increase Your Activity
  • Individual and community efforts can make a diff erence!
  • 9 Simple Actions To Be An Everyday Environmental Hero
  • On an individual level, learning to change some of our behaviors can help protect our water resources.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Videos Urging Reinstatement of Hale Na`au Pono

From: Donald Hutton []
Sent: Wednesday, July 16, 2008 12:51 PM
To: governor.lingle;; Rep. Calvin Say; Rep. Karen Awana; Rep. Maile Shimabukuro; Poka_Laenui;; Dale @ Hale Na`au Pono; Lt. Gov. Aiona;
Subject: Please reinstate award-winning, accredited Hale Na`au Pono
Importance: High

Honorable Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Esteemed Legislators,

Please reinstate award-winning, accredited Hale Na`au Pono (Wai` anae Coast Community Mental Health Center) services. There is clear support for this valued facility. Over 1500 signatures were garnered and given to the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and select Legislators to save their services.

Presently there are several television programs and public service announcements directed at the government to continue their program. Here is only a few of them. Please review the reasons and reinstate their valued services.

Executive Director Request

Fourteen Hale Na`au Pono testimonies
Part 1

Part 2

Please note that the videos are ongoing and only will be removed if the service is reinstated.

Don Hutton

Hawaiian Children in Welfare System

From: Judith []
Sent: Wednesday, July 16, 2008 7:53 PM
To: Rep. Maile Shimabukuro
Subject: Community meetings on the disproportionality of Native Hawaiian/Part Hawaiian children in the Child Welfare System


We wanted to let you know about upcoming community meetings coordinated by the Department of Human Services (DHS) in collaboration with Casey Family Programs that will be occurring on Oahu . The purpose of these meetings is to generate discussion and feedback on the disproportionality of Native Hawaiian/Part Hawaiian children in the Child Welfare System and how we, as a community, can best care for our keiki and families.
F amilies, youth and providers are encouraged to be a part of this discussion. Location, date and times of meetings are listed below. Click on link below for more details.

Mahalo for your aloha for Hawaii 's children,

Judith Wilhoite
Executive Director
Hawaii Foster Parent Association

Disproportionality of Native Hawaiian/Part Hawaiian Children in the Child Welfare System
Community Meetings

Windward Coast Session:
Monday, July 28
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Waimanalo Public Library and School
41-1320 Kalanianaole Hwy

Honolulu Session:
Thursday, August 7
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m
Papakolea Community Association
2150 Tantalus Drive , Honolulu , HI

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Free Line Dancing Classes - Tuesday 7PM

Free Line Dancing Classes
Tuesdays at 7pm
Pililaau Park
Instructor: Shryl Jacoby

Rep. Shimabukuro Disputes Advertiser Editorial

Hale Na'au Pono: DOH has no clear transition plan in place

As a Wai'anae Coast resident and legislator, I must respond to The Advertiser's June 19 editorial, "State justified in canceling mental-health contracts."

I dispute your conclusion, but concur that "Caught in the middle are about 400 of Hale Na'au Pono's clients, who face potentially disruptive and wrenching changes as they switch to other providers."

Mental health consumers — not Hale Na'au Pono or the Department of Health — should be our main concern.

Media discussion has focused on contractual disputes between a private agency and a state department. The issue is not who is right or wrong. It is that consumers must receive the services they need, no matter who provides them.

Hale Na'au Pono has provided culturally sensitive, nationally recognized services for more than 20 years — something the health department has been unable to provide alone. My Wai'anae household's members — my sister as an educator, my mother as a nurse practitioner, and myself as a legal services attorney — have been more effective in helping many clients by collaborating with Hale Na'au Pono.

Your editorial rightly stresses the negative impact on consumers as the health department switches to other providers. Despite claims that it has staff and facilities to replace Hale Na'au Pono, the evidence is not there.

With no clear transition plan, the health department's small, new facility in Makaha, with skeleton staff and part-time hours, is no replacement for Hale Na'au Pono's full staff and adequate facilities.

The only sensible solution is to extend existing contracts until a viable alternative is found.

Rep. Maile Shimabukuro
District 45 (Wai'anae, Makaha)

(Click on the picture to see the video.)
Reader Arvid Youngquist's Comment re the letter
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Rep. Maile Shimabukuro's letter concerning Hale Na'au Pono on the Waianae Coast losing DOH funding for their contract to serve 400 mental health consumers.

First, let me congratulate the Representative and her husband for the birth of their first born son. I think it's indicative of the the Representative's committment to the mental health needs of her community by using her one letter for the month devoted to this urgent topic.

Second, I wish that Rep. Shimabukuro will continue to serve the Leeward Coast for another term. Her devotion to the Native Hawaiian culture and needs is remarkable. I know she and her family will be making sacrifices for the next two years to make this happen, and I hope the Legislature can help the Governor and the DOH restore the needed service contracts which should be in place until a suitable mental health care and follow-up for the 400 patients is in place.


Arvid Youngquist, former secretary
United Self Help, Inc.
07/16/2008 12:12:41 p.m.

Operation Heart Leeward Coast Update 6.30.08

Location: Maili
Date: 6.30.08
Name: Village of Maili (formerly Voice of America)

Click here to read the report.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Wai`anae Elem. Teacher Needs Your Aloha

From: Kassel Leona
Subject: Please consider making a difference in the lives of Wai`anae Elementary School's incredible students!
Date: Tuesday, July 15, 2008, 12:19 PM

Aloha Wai`anae Community Members,

I am a 5th and 6th grade math teacher at Wai`anae Elementary School. Although many of the students I work with have failed to meet state standards in the past, they have immense potential and are capable of achieving. Fortunately, I have the privilege of working with the same amazing students next year as sixth graders and will have another opportunity to help these students learn several years of material in just one.

While visiting Kapolei Middle School, I found an incredible math program that would enable me to more adequately meet the needs of each of my students. The average sixth grade classroom spans 9 years of proficiency and I will be better equipped to teach each of my students at their levels with the assistance of this program (Accelerated Math). Accelerated Math is a research-based program that has been shown to help students meet standards and develop greater proficiency of mathematical concepts. I need your help to bring this program to my classroom.

I have written an ambitious grant (url below) and individuals or businesses can donate. I am confident that there are innumerable individuals out there eager to help our local keiki and believe in the power of community members working collaboratively. Generous individuals throughout the country have already donated $654! Every bit helps, so even if you have $5 dollars to spare please consider donating!

Please help students in need by clicking on the link above! Contributions are tax-deductible, and the donors receive photographs, student thank-you notes, and a teacher letter for the project they choose to sponsor.

Remember, the future of Hawai`i depends on the condition of its children. People like you who generously support our children are working toward a brighter future.

Leona Kassel
5th/6th Grade TeacherWai`anae Elementary School

Friday, July 11, 2008

Makaha Parking Law Controversy

(Click on the image to read the news release.)

Some Makaha Residents Petition Against Parking Law While Others Say Law Should Be Enforced. To read the news release, click here.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Makaha Fashion Boutique Joins Host of Other Successful Locally Owned Businesses at Makaha Marketplace

Pictured: Makaha Fashion Boutique is open Mon-Sat. from 10am-6pm, at Makaha Marketplace. Kari (left) and Ursula (right) Robles will be happy to help you. [Click on image for full-sized view]

Makaha Fashion Boutique is the latest in the line of locally owned and inspired shops opening at Makaha Marketplace. Its day-long grand opening was held on July 16, and enjoyed by an enthusiastic crowd.

"Makaha Fashion Boutique provides affordable fashions for the whole family," explained owner Ursula Robles, a native Hawaiian long time Wai`anae resident. "We want to give Wai`anae residents a closer option for shopping than Waikele, Pearlridge, or Ala Moana."

The Boutique will feature high-end casual resort wear from a variety of brand names, in sizes 2T to 3X. Sales will be cash only, and no bills over $20 will be accepted.

“The Boutique will also be selling electronics, such as MP3 players and IPods,” Robles added. “Prices will be below retail, with nothing over $30.”

"It's exciting to see the old "Cornet" building being filled with locally owned businesses that give Wai`anae residents places to get what they need and avoid the high cost of gas," said Rep. Maile Shimabukuro (D-45th).

Makaha Fashion Boutique joins a host of other successful local businesses at Makaha Marketplace, including:

-- Makaha Studios. Video production company started by Wai`anae High School's Searider Productions.

-- Keaulana's Surf Shop. Surf boards, repair, clothing, supplies; owned and operated by Makaha's first family of surfing.

-- Paradise Isle Visitor Center. Kayak, fishing, souvenir, beachwear shop, to be owned and operated by long time westside waterman Walter Ana.

-- Cyberwest. Internet cafe, video games, computer repair and setup for personal or professional use. Snacks too!

-- Makaha Chop Suey. Specializing in homemade roast pork; open 7 days a week.

-- Treasure Box Charities. Thrift store with a conscious that donates a percentage of its earnings to charity. Open M-F 9:30a-5:30p, Sat. until 2:30p.

-- Affordable Fitness. Fully equipped gym.

--Leeward Martial Arts. Martial arts instruction for keiki and adults by instructor Sean Harflinger.

-- GotVoice. Technology allowing phone voicemail to be stored online, and mass calls to be made via computer, owned and operated by Makaha resident Martin Dunsmuir.

-- WashSpot. Convenient and affordable laundry center open from 6am-10pm daily with drop-off service available.

-- Captain Bruce Scuba. Offers scuba excursions from Waianae Harbor.

-- K. Kim Contracting. Owned and operated by Keone Kim, long time Waianae resident.

-- Dr. Tammie A. Kim, PhD. Psychologist offering mental health services to the Waianae community (new patients by referral).

-- Team Real Estate. Property management and real estate services managed by Wai`anae resident Brenda Holbron.

--YCS Corporation. Operates the successful A+ educational programs.

-- Hawaii Retail Services LLC. Fast growing service provider to major retail stores in all the islands and a major new employer in Waianae; includes retail service projects and facility management in Hawaii, Guam and the Continental USA. Visit for complete details.

-- The Voice of the Believers Christian Church.

-- The Remnant Church.

Makaha Marketplace is also home to non profits and government agencies such as Steps for Independence, Hina Mauka, The Institute for Family Enrichment, Alaka’i Na Ke’iki, State Mental Health Clinic and the Clubhouse, all of whom service the Waianae community.

Further, Makaha Marketplace owner Lucky Cole has supported non profits such as the Hawaii Christian Coalition of Churches (HCCC) by providing storage space for supplies for HCCC's long anticipated transitional and low income housing project, Kahikolu Ohana Hale O Wai`anae. Cole also opens his doors to community groups such as the Makaha Ahupua`a and Makaha Hawaiian Civic Club, both of whom hold meetings at the Marketplace.

"Makaha Marketplace holds great hope for the future of entrepeneurialism on the Waianae Coast," Shimabukuro said. "The Marketplace, combined with other exciting developments, like the new Farmer's Market that's held twice a month at Makaha Resort, are making excellent progress toward "buying local" and our community’s self-sustainability."

Makaha Fashion Boutique is located at the Makaha Marketplace (87-1170 Farrington Hwy.), and is open Mon-Sat. from 10am-6pm. For more information, call 589-7315.

Discuss Native Hawaiian Programs with Legislators

Local Legislators-Coming to Your Community to Discuss Native Hawaiian Programs

Aloha All (sorry for the duplicates),

Received this in a printed e-mail...from CNHA's Resource Corner (July 6, 2008)-released 6/13/08

Who: Legislators from the Native Hawaiian Caucus and the National Conference of State Legislatures
What: Hosting community meetings to garner input on Native Hawaiian programs

Kapolei July 7th-Monday (5:30pm) Location to be Announced
Nanakuli July 8th-Tuesday (6pm) Ka Waihona o ka Na'auao School Cafeteria
Waianae July 9th-Wednesday (6pm) Waianae Intermediate School Cafeteria
Papakolea July 10th-Thursday (6pm) Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School Cafeteria
Waimanalo July 11th-Friday (6pm) Waimanalo Public Library

check out for more information

Sorry for the late notice....

Barbie Lei Burgess []
Mon 7/7/2008 6:19 PM

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Letter to the Governor re Plans to Veto Bills

This is a copy of Representative Shimabukuro's letter to Governor Lingle re the governor's plan to veto bills that the representative from Wai`anae feels are vitally important to the interests of residents in her district as well as the rest of Hawai`i. To read the letter, click on the image above or click here.

Envision Hawai'i 4th Annual Conference - July 12

(Click on the image to view the announcement.)

Date: Saturday, July 12
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Pau Hana to follow
Where: UHM Campus Center
Online registration: click here

Extended registration deadline: Tuesday, July 8, 2008

: Turn Your Passion into Action!

Envision Hawai'i's fourth annual conference focuses on transforming passions into actionable programs and initiatives. In addition to developing valuable skills tailored towards public servants, participants will engage in a unique and collaborative forum to explore ideas and issues brought to the table. Organizers hope connections forged at the conference will bring about changes participants seek and that Envision Hawai'i will continue to strengthen and mobilize the community for the good of our island home. Click here for more.

Federal Benefits at Your Fingertips

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Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2008 8:31 AM
Subject: Federal Benefits at your Fingertips

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LCC-Wai`anae Newsletter - July 2008

The Leeward Community College - Wai`anae newsletter for July 2008 -- click here.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Wai`anae Students Interning at HECO

Excerpts from Honolulu Advertiser story by Janeen Loose, Monday, June 30, 2008:

Four students from the Leeward community are gaining hands-on experience in the electric utility industry through summer internships at Hawaiian Electric Company. Mentored by experienced Hawaiian Electric employees, the students are working in a variety of areas including safety and security, power line maintenance, and support services.

Mikey Phomtavong and Rome Werner, both seniors at Waianae High & Intermediate School, were partnered with Journeyman Lineman Alden Almeida of the Construction and Maintenance division at the Koolau Baseyard. The students performed tasks in support of overhead and underground line crews, learning about the science and engineering of electricity. “These two young men have a lot of varied interests and dreams for their future,” said Kanai Kauhane, Construction & Maintenance Training Supervisor. “We provided them with an inside look into the electric industry, and encouraged them to learn what aspects of the job fit their interests and talents.”