Monday, September 29, 2008

Training for Foster, Adoptive, Guardianship, and Kinship Families Oct 28

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Attached is our flyer for “Communication, A Key to Discipline” our quarterly resource family training . This training will help parents communicate with the children in their home and will provide disciplinary technique’s for parents as well.

I hope the families you work with will find it a valuable resource. The training will be held statewide. It is open to all foster, adoptive, guardianship, and kinship families. Dinner and childcare will be provided. If you know providers that would like to attend please have them call me and we can make arrangements.

I have attached Oahu ’s flyers for your convenience. If you would like to checkout our other locations please see our website. J

Our name has changed to Family Programs Hawai‘i to better reflect the diverse programs and services we provide for children and families.

My new email address is

My address and telephone number remains the same.

Kindly update your records and please visit our new website

Jamie McLaughlin
Program Coordinator
Resource Families Support Services
Family Programs Hawai'i
Phone (808)521-9531 ext 251
Cell (808) 348-0413

Free Mammogram & Pap Smear for Women

From: Michelle K []
Sent: Friday, September 26, 2008 10:09 AM
Subject: Free Mammogram and Cervical (Pap Smear) Health Screening for Women

Aloha Kakou,

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month - and I'd like to encouarge every woman ages 40 and older in my life to get your Mammogram and Cervical Cancer Screening done annually. If you or someone special you know uninsured or underinsured they may be eligible for a free screening - It is not too late today to make a difference in both your life and in the people you love.

Click the image above for a larger version of the flyer [or click here for a PPT version] - and pass it on but don't forget to make your appointment today. For more information call, fax or email your inquiry.

Aloha Friday!
Michelle Ka'aihue

Forward by: Connie Liu, Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii

Friday, September 26, 2008

Caution - White Rabbit Candy from China

Honolulu Advertiser, Fri, 26 Sep 2008: Consumer cautioned about White Rabbit candy

The Hawai'i Department of Health said today that it is still waiting to hear from the federal Food and Drug Administration about tests the agency has conducted on White Rabbit candy, a popular brand of confection made in China and sold in U.S. markets, including Hawai'i. Click here to read the rest of the story.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

HEART September 15, 2008 Report

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From: []
Sent: Tuesday, September 23, 2008 7:27 PM
To: Rep. Maile Shimabukuro ; Rep. Karen Awana ; Rep. Sharon Har ; Rep. Kymberly Pine; Rep. Marcus Oshiro
Subject: HEART September 15, 2008 Report


Attached is the September 15, 2008 status report on the HEART projects addressing the homeless situation on the Leeward Coast .

I'm providing this same report to Leeward Coast neighborhood boards and community groups. Since the last report, one project, Kahikolu Ohana Hale O‘ Wai‘anae, has become operational, and the other two, Villages of Ma‘ili and Building 36 at Kalaeloa, are progressing towards occupancy in mid to late October. We are happy to be enabling homeless people from the Leeward coast who are willing and able to move from their unsheltered spaces into safe shelters and living units.

Please call or email me if you have any questions

Russ Saito

Waianae Teens Teach Video In Washington

Source: Sarah Pacheco, "Waianae Teens Teach Video in Washington," MidWeek, 24 Sep. 2008. Click on the image to read the story. Forward from Francine Murray, 9.24.08, "Local Kids are Awesome! Go Waianae!"

Monday, September 22, 2008

Hawaii Literacy Orientation in Nanakuli Oct 11


Hawaii Literacy is having an Orientation at QLCC in Nanakuli in October. There are two flyers attached:

If you would like to sign up for the tutor orientation or training on October 11, call the Hawaii Literacy office at 537-6706 Monday to Friday and a spot will be saved for you. This free orientation begins at 9am, and the first training session follows. (See flyer above for details) Mahalo!

Adult Literacy Program Manager
Hawaii Literacy
200N. Vineyard Blvd. , #320
Honolulu, HI 96817
Tel: 537-6706
Fax: 537-3072

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Mao Ma Town Fundraiser - Sep 20 - 6-9PM

Honolulu, Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Mao benefit helps youth reap college scholarships

By Lauren Chang
Staff Writer

WAIANAE - Mao Organic Farms in Waianae is once again inviting the community to an evening of great food and entertainment during its fourth annual Mao Ma Town fundraiser scheduled for this Saturday, Sept. 20.

The event will be held at Downtown@the HiSAM restaurant, located within the Hawaii State Museum, from 6 to 9 p.m. Proceeds will help fund college scholarships at Leeward Community College (LCC) for 27 youth from the Waianae Coast.

"We really believe in these kids," said Summer Shimabukuro, director of education at Mao Organic Farms. "I'd say over 90 percent of them will be the first generation to ever attend college, so these kids are really trying to break the cycle and serve as good role models for their younger siblings. It's very inspiring."

Even more uplifting is the fact that the youths are not expecting a free ride. All individuals must complete a rigorous 11-week summer program, which includes working at the farm, as well as attending a skills building and Hawaiian studies course at LCC. For their efforts, the youth will not only receive a college internship, but also a monthly $500 stipend.

"The kids basically take part in every part of the process here at our farm," said Shimabukuro, adding that the majority of the youth are Waianae and Nanakuli High graduates. "They work 17 hours a week in the hot sun, and do everything from planting and weeding to harvesting, preparing the beds and packing.

"They also participate in our Farmers' Market on Saturdays in Makaha and at Kapiolani Community College, and help mentor school children," she continued. "So the idea is to build them up as leaders."

The fundraiser, which began in 2005 at Town restaurant in Kaimuki, generally draws in about 150 people. This year, they're expecting a similar turnout at the Downtown restaurant, which, like Town, is run by longtime Mao supporter chef/owner Ed Kenney.

"On top of sending kids to college, our mission is working toward community food security - the idea of Hawaii being able to grow its own food and support itself," Shimabukuro said. "We're only one part of the equation, and that's farming, and the other part are the restaurants and chefs, because if they don't buy into supporting local and organic, then we've got no customers.

"Town and Downtown restaurants have always been a huge supporter of Mao. I've heard stories of when Mao first began and were just growing radishes, and they'd buy it all up," said Shimabukuro, laughing. "They're just that supportive."

Ticket cost is $125, which is tax deductible. Table sponsorships are also available at the $2,000 and $5,000 levels.

According to Shimabukuro, the organization is hoping to raise an upward of $40,000, which would cover a full year's tuition for the 27 youths.

For more information, call Shimabukuro at 696-5569 or e-mail

Monetary donations may be mailed to Mao Organic Farms, earmarked Youth Leadership Training, P.O. Box 441, Waianae, HI 96792.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Pathway Clean-Up - Sep 27 - 7-10AM

Click the image for a full view of the flyer.

Charter School Book Fair - Oct 13-17, 9AM-8PM

Click the image for a fuller view.

Maryellen Monte-Lovelace & WOW Yard Sale on Sep 21 - 8AM to 2PM

Maryellen Monte-Lovelace and Women of Wai`anae Yard Sale on 9/21/08, 8am to 2pm.

Please come to find great bargains and support Women of Waianae's scholarship fund. The yard sale will take place at the house on the corner of Ala Poko St. and Pokai Bay Street. Sale may be extended to Sunday Sept. 21 also.

[Photo of Angela Lacey, previous grand prize scholarship winner. Click the photo for the related post.]

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Rail - Question #4 on the Ballot

From: Rodlyn
Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 8:06 am

When the issue of voting is brought up one of the issues is the rail system. I am not asking you to vote a certain way, only asking you to get out and vote. Of course AARP is in favor of this issue and so am I.

It was just confirmed with the City Clerk’s office that the rail question will be #4 on the ballot and confirmed with Elisa Yadao that the language will be as seen below:

Proposed Charter Amendment 4:

Shall the powers, duties, and functions of the city, through its director of transportation services, include establishment of a steel wheel on steel rail transit system?

If you vote YES – the city will move ahead with its plan to build a fixed guideway rail system from Kapolei to Ala Moana.

If you vote NO – the city will not be allowed to build the proposed fixed guideway rail system from Kapolei to Ala Moana.

For the November election I’ve just learned that blank votes will not count as a no, they will just not count. If there are any more changes regarding this measure I will let you know.

AARP urges you to vote YES.
If you think traffic is bad now…
  • By 2030 there will be an estimated 30% more travel on Oahu.
  • The bus system alone will not be enough to relieve the pressure.
  • 80,000 people a day are expected to ride the new rail system taking an estimated 40,000 cars off the road.
  • In the next 23 years, the number of people in Hawaii that are 65+ will nearly double.
  • We need transportation options that will allow us, our parents, and our grandparents to age in place.
  • All drivers will benefit from fewer cars on the road.
  • Development around rail can be designed in a way that promotes walking and allows people to live in walking distance to shops and services. Kupuna living near a rail station might not need to drive at all.
  • Rail is a great transportation option for older people and the disabled because of the ease of getting on and off a train from a level platform.
  • Rail can help keep Hawaii’s families together…
  • We want our children and grandchildren to stay in Hawaii when they grow up. That means having a place to live and work.
  • Affordable housing will be on the Leeward side of the island where new development is happening.
  • Rail will help our families get to work and provide them with opportunities for work.

Hale Wai Vista: Project Update

From: Gary Furuta
Subject: project update Fwd: Hale Wai Vista...
To: "Bill Akiona"
Cc: "Jeffrey Furuta" , "Keith Kurahashi" , "Ardis" , "Maile Shimabukuro" , "randy"
Date: Monday, September 15, 2008, 11:53 PM

Hi Bill, this follows our telcon last week. Thank you for your and the P&Z Committee's interest in the affordable Hale Wai Vista 216-unit family rental project. I am the project manager for the private non-profit developer, Hawaii Housing Development Corporation ("HHDC"). HHDC has completed eight affordable family and senior rental projects in the last nine years.

The Hale Wai Vista project is essentially what was last presented to the Neighborhood Board. Any suggestions that were economically feasible or did not impact approved project financing, were incorporated into the design of the project. Some examples of the changes are, a) lowered the height of the mid-rise buildings from eight to seven stories, b) added additional on-site parking, c) relocated the project's two story residential buildings further away from the existing single family homes adjacent to the property, and d) moved the proposed community center away from the existing single family homes.

We are moving ahead with the project and have made considerable progress. The Final Environmental Assessment is done, the Finding Of No Significant Impact ("FONSI") letter has been issued by the city Department of Community Services, and was published by the state OEQC in its November 23, 2007 Environmental Bulletin. The Chapter 201H, HRS application for Hale Wai Vista design was submitted to the city DPP on September 26, 2007, and approved by the City Council on April 16, 2008. The Right of Entry to construct the off-site sewer line at the rear of the adjacent Waianae Mall was recently obtained from the mall owner.

With these approvals, we submitted and currently are in process with the city, for foundation and off-site sewer permits, and building permit for the first apartment building which is sited immediately adjacent to Waianae Mall. We hope to start construction within the next few months as permits are issued. Construction of the apartment building will take approximately 14 months. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me.

Thank you again.
Gary Furuta

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Bill Akiona
Date: Fri, Sep 12, 2008 at 11:45 AM
Subject: Hale Wai Vista...

Aloha Gary,

Attached is our P&Z Committee mtg agenda for next Wednesday the 17th... Please kindly provide a written update for the committee, as we will also be open to a more appropriate presentation in the near future.

Bill Akiona -- 923-1737
WNB#24 - P&Z Chair

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Makua Environmental Impact Statement - Oct 6

Stills from "Makua Valley, Oahu's North Shore," LiveLeak.
Date: Sun, 9/14/08
From: Malia Morales

Aloha kakou!

I just received word that the Army has confirmed the date of the public meeting for the Makua Environmental Impact Statement for 6 Oct 08 at 5:30 - 9:30 pm at Nanakuli High School. Just wanted to share in case any of us aren't already aware. Please feel free to share this with any/every one.


Waianae Coast Artificial Surfing Reef Study

Click either images for the full report.
Here is DLNR's study of an artificial surfing reef for the Waianae Coast, which was triggered by a resolution, HCR 174, introduced by Rep. Maile Shimabukuro in 2007. There is still much work to be done on this issue. Maile conducted an unofficial survey of Wai`anae Coast surfers last year, and one area several surfers suggested for an artificial surfing reef was Lahilahi. Please let Maile know if you have any thoughts on this topic. Special thanks to law student Thomas Berger, who worked on both a paid and volunteer basis for Maile, on this issue.

Camping in Public Parks - New Ordinance

Click the image for a view of the entire document.
Subject: new camping bill from the City
Date: Friday, September 12, 2008, 11:49 AM

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Infant Formula from China May Be Tainted

Infant formula from China may be tainted by chemical, FDA says
(, Updated at 12:10 p.m., Thursday, September 11, 2008)

AP WASHINGTON -- Tainted infant formula from China may be on sale at ethnic groceries in this country, even though it is not approved for importation, federal officials warned on Thursday.

However, the Food and Drug Administration stressed that the domestic supply of infant formula is safe.

FDA officials are urging U.S. consumers to avoid all infant formula from China, after several brands sold in that country came under suspicion of being contaminated with melamine, a chemical used in plastics. Officials said there have been reports from China of babies developing kidney stones as a result. There have been no reports of illnesses in the U.S.

Click here for the full story.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Letter re Wai`anae Coast Mental Health Concerns

Click the image for a full-size view of Rep. Maile Shimabukuro's letter to the Hawaii State Commission on Mental Health.

Letter to Gen. Lee in Support of Ja Van Yiu Lin

Click the image for a full-size view of Rep. Maile Shimabukuro's letter.
Click here for the related post.

Unique Baby & Women's Products; Photo & Printing Services Sold Online by Wai`anae Family

Aloha Maile,

I am sending you the link to my website . . . I'm adding new stuff constantly.

The website address is

There's also a blog, and a gallery. . .You can view those by going to the main site:

DaisyFly Designs

Makaha Ahupua'a Monthly Mtg - Sep 11, 6:30PM

From: Makaha Ahupuaa Community Assn. []
Sent: Monday, September 08, 2008 10:08 AM
Subject: Makaha ahupua'a monthly meeting


There will be a meeting Thursday Sept 11th, 6:30 pm at Makaha Marketplace to discuss neighborhood issues.

Hope to see you there.


Free Home Gardening Course - Sep 10, 4-8PM

Free Home Gardening Course
Wednesday, 9/10/08, 4-8pm
Ailani Gardens (organic farm)
Directions: Go up Waianae Valley Road, Pass Angel's Junk Yard,
go down a dip in the road, turn right before the mailboxes,
3rd house on the right
For more information, call Brian Keirns at 696-7616

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Bradah Mel's Canoe & Stand-Up Surfing Championships: Request for Donations

Steinlager, Quiksilver & Jamba Juice
presents the 4th annual
Bradah Mel's Canoe Surfing and Stand-Up Surfing
Championships at Makaha Beach

A Memorial for the Late Leighton Look


My name is Bradah Mel Puu, from Makaha, on the Island of 'Oahu, Hawaii. I am a life long resident of the Waianae Coast, and a Lifeguard for the City & County of Honolulu since 1982. I am an avid Surfer, Diver, and lover of the Ocean. For the Past three years I have had the privilege and honor to work with my sponsors and the community to host a very special event,on behalf of my good Friend and steersman, Mr. Leighton Look. An avid Paddler and Fisherman in his own right, Leighton was paralyzed from the neck down in a diving accident. Sadly on August 25th he went into cardiac arrest and did not survive. I am continuing to do the event as a way to keep him in our hearts and minds, and also to help the family in their time of need.

We are asking for any type of donations possible, Cash, Prizes, and or Products, for this years event. All of the proceeds will be donated to the family of the late Leighton Look. Also the purpose of this event is not only to remember a good friend, but also to perpetuate the lost art of Hawaiian Canoe Surfing, as well as the sport of Stand-up Surfing. We will also have raffle give away's throughout the event. So I hope you can come and participate or just enjoy the beauty of Makaha. On behalf of my family, my sponsors, and myself, we all would like to thank you very much for taking the time to read my letter and hope to see you in the water.

Mahalo Nui Loa
Bradah Mel Puu
P.O. Box 1006 Waianae Hi. 96792
Ph. (808)478-9086

Contest Date's: Dec. 6th & 7th or 13th &14th
Make checks payable to H.A.S.A.

Nanakuli High & Inter - Aloha `Aina Earth Day

Click the image to view the flyer.

HLAC Calendar of Events for Sep 2008

Click the image to view the Sep 2008 calendar of events.

Celebration of Life for Katy, Sep 6, 6pm-7pm

Katy Kok
1947 - 2008

Katy Kok’s sudden and unexpected passing on August 19, 2008, has left us all with heavy hearts as we struggle to deal with the huge loss of such an incredibly inspiring, generous and loving human being.

Join us at Makua Beach in the spirit of aloha for a celebration of life as we look to the future with the heartfelt intention to carry on her legacy to keep Hawai‘i beautiful.

Makua Beach
September 6
6pm – 7pm

Please spread the word and bring your friends and family with you to join us. If you have a Nani ‘O Wai‘anae volunteer t-shirt, we encourage you to wear it to show your support for the organization that Katy guided for close to 20 years.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. -- Margaret Mead

[From: Jean McAuliffe, Nani 'O Wai'anae Board Member ]
Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2008 11:11 PM
Subject: Sept 6 Celebration of Life at Makua Beach for Katy Kok]

Children & Youth Day - Sunday Oct 5, 10am-3pm

From: ChunOakland1
Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2008 4:00 PM
Subject: FW: 2008 Children and Youth Day and Month Flyer
For your information. Mahalo for your support!
Children & Youth Day flyer 1: Children & Youth Day, Oct 5
Children & Youth Day flyer 2: Events for October
Alda Mae Takabayashi
for Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland
State Capitol, Room 226
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 586-6130; Fax (808) 586-6131

LCC-Wai`anae Newsletter Sep 2008

Click here for the Leeward Community College - Wai`anae newsletter.

Friday, September 5, 2008

AARP Mtg this Friday, Sep. 5

The Waianae Chapter of AARP meets this Friday, September 5, 2008 at the Army's Pilila'au Rec Center (Waianae Beach Club 85-010 Army Street, Waianae). Sign in at 10AM, meeting starts promptly at 10:30.
It will be a very full meeting this month. We have two guest speakers. Lahapa Borabora of Nanakuli, will speak about the QuestExA Medicare/Medicaid medical plan. Our second speaker is AARP Volunteer Ken Stanley, who will present information of the proposed rail system.
Buffet lunch is served for those that want it for $7.00 and includes coffee, iced tea and tip.
Even if you are not a member come join in for the meeting and speakers to see if you would like to be a member of our Chapter. We would love to see you there. This group, are all very much involved with our Community and we would like to have you as a part of it too.
Aloha, Rodlyn

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Kui's Poke Shop

Check out Kui's Poke Shop for ono poke! They also serve Hawaiian plates with lau lau, lomi salmon, rice, macaroni salad, and poke every Friday starting at 11:30 am.

They are located next to the Waianae Liquor Store, at: 85-814 Farrington Hwy.

Pictured are employees Shaina and Kat.