Thursday, December 31, 2009

Non-Profit Events: 2010

Hawaii Community Foundation offers Nonprofit Event Planner: A Registry of Charitable Events in Hawaii on our web site. The Event Planner features all types of events from black-tie galas to training workshops and is designed to be the one-stop place for nonprofits to check out the events around town as well as to post their own.

We are seeking events scheduled for January - March of 2010. If your organization has any events planned during this timeframe, or anytime in 2010, please visit the Nonprofit Event Planner page to post your event.

When submitting events, please include the following:

- Title of Event
- Date
- Time Start
- Time End
- Island
- Event Type
- Location of Event
- Cost
- Benefitting
- Chairperson
- Event URL
- Description

If you have any questions, contact

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Rock and Roll Motorcycle Club Hosts 2nd Annual Christmas Party for Paiolu Kaiaulu Keiki

Santa made everyone smile at the 2nd annual Rock and Roll Motorcycle Club Christmas party for Paiolu Kaiaulu residents. Click on the photos for larger views.

Mahalo nui loa to the Rock and Roll Motorcycle Club for hosting their second annual Christmas party for the keiki and families of Paiolu Kaiaulu emergency shelter on 12/5/09. Rep. Jerry Chang of Hilo is a proud member of the motorcyle club, and he shared these and other photos with Maile.

For more information about Paiolu Kaiaulu, contact Rita Martin at

Bradah Mel Makaha Event - photo update

Congratulations to Bradah Mel Pu`u on hosting another successful event! Makaha resident Christine Johnson took some photos of the event:

World Longboard Champion Bonga Perkins and teammates catching a wave at the 2008 Bradah Mel's Canoe Surfing Championship fundraiser at Makaha.

The Bradah Mel's Canoe Surfing and Stand-Up Surfing Championships - an event to help raise funds for two Olympic kayak hopefuls from Hawai'i - is scheduled to run this weekend on Dec. 12 and 13.

Proceeds from this event will help the Dolan brothers — Patrick, 21, and Ryan, 19, members of the U.S. Olympic Kayak team — in their quest to reach the 2012 Olympics in London.

The surfing event, which attracts some of the best paddlers and surfers from Tahiti, Brazil, France, Hawai'i and other states, will be held at Makaha Beach.

Bradah Mel Pu'u, an avid waterman and Wai'anae Coast lifeguard, has been holding the surf contest for the past four years as a fundraiser for his friend Leighton Look, who was paralyzed in a diving accident and passed away last September. This year's event will be held in Look's memory.

Registration will start at 6:00 a.m., and the event at 8:00 a.m..The contest kicks off with the Stand-Up Surfing division, then on to the Canoe Surfing.

For information, call Bradah Mel Pu'u at 478-9086.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Ka Wai Ola Stream Meeting 1/19/10

FYI - The request for proposal for the EPA CARE cooperative agreement is out!  We will be submitting for a Level 2 cooperative agreement, which is due March 9, 2010.  Check out the RFP at:
I will need your assistance over the next two months as we develop the work plan for Level 1 (our work up to this point) and prepare the proposal for Level 2.
Our next meeting is Tuesday, January 19, 2010. Details forthcoming!
Have a Mele Kalikimaka i ka Hauoli Makahiki Hou!
Leslie Kahihikolo, Project Director
Pacific American Foundation

Wai`anae Coast Christmas Parade A Big Success

Scotty boy Butay, Draidon Wilson, "Santa" (Thomas Dods of First Hawaiian Bank), Kawena Nu`uanu, and Hohuli`i Nu`uanu, aboard the Santa Claus float at the Wai`anae Coast Christmas Parade. [Click on the photo for a larger view]

Mahalo nui loa to the Wai`anae Coast Rotary Club for organizing another wonderful Christmas Parade on 11/28/09. Maile was lucky enough to ride with "Santa" on the grand finale float, sponsored generously by First Hawaiian Bank, Bank of Hawaii, and the U.S. military.

Click here to view other pictures Maile took at the Christmas parade:
While waiting for the parade to start, Maile shot this video of the Kamaile Academy hula dancers, under the direction of Kumu Pua, rehearsing on their float (click on this link to view the video):

Kamaile Academy Hula Performance at Christmas Parade

Kamaile Academy performed beautifully at the Wai`anae Coast Christmas Parade on 11/18/09. Mahalo nui loa to Kumu Pua for her excellent work with the student halau.

Click here to view a video of the hula performance:

MACA November Meeting Minutes

From: Makaha Ahupuaa Community Assn.
Date: Sunday, December 13, 2009, 5:05 PM

Following are the minutes for the November meeting of the Makaha Ahupu~a
Community Association. There will be no meeting in December.

Makaha Ahupua~a Community Association
Regular Meeting


Date Thursday 12 November 2009

Place Makaha Marketplace, Farrington Highway/Makaha Valley Road, Makaha

Directors President Mark Suiso, Treasurer David Duke, and Secretary Jao


Meeting Opened 6:30 pm

1. Kamehameha Schools/Hawaiian Homelands. A proposal has been announced for
transferring ownership of the Makaha Valley Country Club and a large amount of
adjacent land to Kamehameha Schools (KS) and the State Department of Hawaiian
Homelands (HH). While the transfer is still pending, KS is going forward with
gathering data and developing a plan for the area, centering on a new learning
center. Joe Lapilio, speaking on behalf of KS, gave an informative
presentation on the plan, emphasizing that ³it is all conceptual at this
time.² Some problems brought up for discussion during refinement of
development plans were: pedestrian safety, storm water drainage, ³unilateral²
ageements still in effect, accounting for more traffic, and increased
drinkable water requirements.

2. Board Election. Following brief discussion of future ideas and options for
the Association,
Nine persons were named for consideration as Board members: Karen Ayau, Lanny
Busher, Debbie Castro, David Duke, Landis Ornellas, Jao Ottinger, Alex
Santiago, Terri Spotke, and Mark Suiso. All are current Board members except
Karen, Debbie, and Landis. The directors present voted to elect and retain
the six current members,and, to elect the other three persons as new members.
Following confirmation of those persons who agree to serve, and makeup of the
Board then finalized, election of officers will be scheduled for the next regular
Association meeting.

Meeting Adjourned 7:45 pm

Submitted by Jao Ottinger, Secretary

50-unit homeless project breaks ground


A developer broke ground yesterday on a 50-unit transitional and long-term housing project to serve the homeless in Wai'anae.

Housing Solutions Inc., the nonprofit developer of the 4.3-acre parcel for Sea Winds Apartments, said it is the only project in its inventory that includes transitional housing for couples without children.

Construction of 20 studios and 30 two-bedroom townhomes is expected to take 16 months. Sea Winds will be the eighth facility managed by HSI. Its seven other facilities have 646 units and house more than 1,200 men, women and children.

Legislative Update & News from Maile


The 2010 legislative session officially begins on 1/20/10, and I look forward to a challenging 4 ½ months at the capitol.

Due to our financial crisis, the usual “Opening Day” ceremony and public festivities are unfortunately cancelled this year.

This session, I will again serve as Vice-Chair of the Hawaiian Affairs Committee, and sit on the Education, Higher Education, Human Services and Health Committees. Some of the bills I will be introducing and supporting include:

1) Prohibit all Oahu landfills from accepting municipal solid waste as of July 2012, except for natural disasters and special waste (ie, waste that the city must show cannot be shipped, converted to energy, or recycled);

2) Following a non- judicial foreclosure, allow the previous homeowner 30 days to appeal if he/she can show that the sale price was unfair;

3) Require homeless shelters to allow participants to remain in their unit during the administrative appeal process;

4) Allow disabled patients to opt-out of mainland-based health plans (SB 1310), and prohibit pre-tax bids for QExA health insurance contracts (HB 1642);

5) Increase penalties for forced prostitution/human trafficking;

6) Prohibit all taking of sand from public beaches, except from designated areas;

7) Make assaults on lifeguards equal to a felony, similar to laws protecting firemen, police, and EMT's;

8) Urge State of Hawaii to recognize and adopt the UN declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples;

9) Allow property owners to designate beneficiaries on deeds;

10) Return the E Ala voyaging canoe to the Wai'anae Coast.

Bills must be introduced by late January, so let me know immediately if you have any other suggestions.

Please join me at two important events in January:


What: Yard Sale!
When: Sat. & Sun., Jan. 9 & 10, 8am-2pm
Where: 86-024 Glenmonger St. (corner of Pokai Bay St. & Glenmonger St., Waianae)
Why: Fundraiser to help Malama Makua pay court fees and other costs
Who: Call Karen or Maile at 696-4677 or email to donate items or for more information


Volunteers continue to work on this important project, which aims to create a pathway along the Wai`anae Coast. The state has already planned a partial pathway coming from the Honolulu direction, which ends at Lualualei Naval Road. The “People’s Path” will hopefully continue this pathway along the entire coast. For over a year, volunteers have cleaned and beautified the Maili Point section of the pathway, and are asking for your help again, in honor of Martin Luther King weekend.

What: Clean-up and Beautification of People's Path
When: January 16, 2010; 7:30-11:30am
Where: Maili Point (meet across from Kaukama Road)
Who: Sponsored by Rep. Maile Shimabukuro, Women of Wai`anae, AlohaCare, and others
Why: Our goal is to create a pathway along the Wai`anae Coast

Wear protective footwear and sun protection. Gloves, trash bags, and refreshments provided. For more information, contact: or call 696-4677

Please spread the word about these two events.

It continues to be an honor and privilege to serve you. Contact me with your questions and concerns, at or 586-8460. Mele Kalikimaka a me ka Hauoli Makahiki Hou!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Hale Wai Vista Application & Brochure

The contact person for the new Hale Wai Vista (HWV) affordable housing project located behind Wai`anae City Mill is Jim Gesser, the future HWV resident manager. HWV is a project of the Hawaii Housing Development Corporation, a private non-profit. Funding was provided by the state via the Hawaii Housing and Finance Development Corporation (HHFDC), and other sources. Prudential Locations, LLC, is handling HWV applications. For information regarding how to apply, and other questions, call Mr. Gesser at 738-3110.

1) Click HERE for a copy of an informational brochure regarding Hale Wai Vista
2) Click HERE for the Hale Wai Vista application

Hale Wai Vista applications are also available at this website:

December Rub-a-Dub Collection Drive

Clean bodies can improve health and help get good jobs, better grades in school and housing. Help the houseless on the Waianae Coast lead a cleaner, better life by donating hygiene products to the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center (WCCHC). WCCHC provides health care and outreach services to the homeless living along the Waianae Coast to improve health, to reduce barriers to housing and to help clients build a self-sufficient lifestyle.


Travel Sized or Hotel Sized Hygiene Products
Bath towels

Please get together with your office staff and start a collection drive for the month of December.

When you are ready for the items to be picked up, please call Dodie Rivera at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center at 697-3586 or Janet Kelly at the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii at 585-0077 ext. 220.


Thursday, December 10, 2009


The HOA`AINA O MAKAHA newsletter can be read from THEIR blog:

Once you are on their blog page you need to click on each page of the newsletter to be able to read it.

Waianae Library Furlough Friday Reading Program

Open to students age 13 and under

Come into the library and sign up NOW!!!!

Visit on furlough Friday's - December 11 and 18

Check out books and get a prize!

Call the library 697-7868 for more information-open from 1pm to 5pm

Waianae Library Christmas Party

"A Christmas Party"

Friday, Dec. 18 @ 2:00 p.m.

You & Me and Puppeteer, Christy Lipps

As an added feature, the children will decorate the Christmas tree w/homemade ornaments & sing some Christmas carols.

Refreshments to follow.

Please call 10-14 days in advance if you need a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation.

Wai'anae Public Library
85-625 Farrington Hwy.
Ph 697-7868

Education Resource Specialist needed for MA`O.

Aloha Community Partners,

We are now on the search for a new Education Resource Specialist whose main responsibility will be to coordinate and run our college internship program which provides 30-40 Waiʻanae youth (17-24) with farm work, full-college tuition scholarships to Leeward Community College and $500-$600 monthly stipends: see This is a position for someone who is rooted/connected with the Waiʻanae Coast (or any native Hawaiian community), passionate about transformative education, and deeply interested in working closely with young adults (and their ʻohana) in counselor/trainer/mentor/friend/coach roles. We are only accepting applications during a short window of time so please help us spread the word to your networks quickly! See below for the job description and general information

Position Title: Education Resource Specialist
Start Date: January 4, 2010
Salary Range: $38,000-$41,600
Responsibilities: direct recruitment into our College Internship (Youth Leadership Training Program) and provide the tracking and support necessary for our college interns to succeed in meeting work and academic internship demands through intensive case management.
How to Apply: send resume via e-mail (.pdf preferred) to Summer Miles at Resumes Due: December 14. Call Summer at 696-5569, 721-6592 if have questions.


Summer Miles
Director of Education
(office/fax) 696-5569


a non-profit ‘aina-based project of the Wai‘anae Community Re-Development Corporation

P.O. Box 441, Wai‘anae, Hawai‘i 96792
Office Tel/Fax. 808-696-5569

(posted December 7th, 2009)

Overview Since 2001, MA.O has run intermediate, high school and young-adult leadership programs thatfocus on building transformative educational experiences based on Hawaiian cultural values (ea, ho`omalu, kako`o, `ohana, kuleana), work with the `aina, higher education and public advocacy regarding community food security.

Recognizing the need to expand our staff to meet the multiple challenges our community is faced with when it comes to higher education, MA`O has created an Educational Resource Specialist position to help oversee the articulation gap betweenHigh School and College. This person will help direct recruitment into our College Internship (Youth Leadership Training Program) and provide the tracking and support necessary for ourcollege interns to succeed in the program through intensive case management.

Duties will also include strategic planning and leadership roles in projects, events and activities in the 7th grade to college educational pipeline.

Responsibilities Ability to work unsupervised, at maximum efficiency levels to:

• Recruit youth from the Wai.anae coast ages 17-24 into the YLT program each school year
• Provide training, counseling, guidance and mentorship to interns to meet both farm work and
academic demands
• Develop and nurture relationships with public and private high schools, organizations thatwork with youth, and Leeward Community College
• Work collaboratively with MA`O staff and school partners, and community stakeholders to evaluate and refine YLT program's effectiveness and 7th-college pipeline
• Support the mission, goals and activities of WCRC and MA.O wherever possible.

Desired We are looking for a person with leadership potential: a person who is willing to be trained.

Qualities are able to self-evaluate, assess programs, put plans into action, solve problems, network and whohas 100% commitment, dedication and perseverance to build on the foundation created inbuilding a 7th grade through College pipeline.
Minimum Minimum requirements include:

• Bachelors degree
• At least 1-to 2-year work experience counseling and directing at-risk young adults
• Ability to establish rapport with at-risk young adults and their families
• Understanding of the Wai.anae Coast

Other experiences that may be beneficial include:
• Counseling and facilitation experience
• Experience working on a farm or of growing food
• Exposure to leadership situations, ability to manage people and solve conflicts peacefully.
• Experience working collaboratively on special projects

Resident of the Wai‘anae community preferred. Passion for food
Compensation This is a salaried position with the possibility of significant career advancement. Salary in the firstyear will be $38,500-$44,500 per year depending on qualifications and experience. Benefits willinclude health care and annual vacation.
How to Apply E-mail resume (.pdf preferred) to ATTN: Education ResourcePosition. Resumes due: December 14, 2009. Position start date: January 4, 2010. Site: MA‘O
Organic Farms (Wai.anae). We will call you to schedule an interview. Call Summer Miles at 6965569
or 721-6592 if you have any questions.

Holiday on the Hill + Farmers' Market this weekend at WCCHC

The Wai`anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center is hosting its annual Holiday On The Hill on Friday Dec. 11 from 7 am to 2 pm, and Saturday, Dec. 12, from 7 am to 12 pm.

The events will be held at the Ka`aha`aina Cafe with food booths, crafts, cooking exhibitions and storytelling by local author Tammy Yee.

WCCHC will combine its weekly farmers’ market with its Hill event on Saturday.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Live & Let Live Sign Waving Schedule

HPD Officers stood together at the 12/5/09 "Live & Let Live" Kick-Off at Waianae Police Station. L-R: Lt. Gerry Asato, Assistant Chief Michael Tamashiro, Major Michael Moses, Deputy Chief Paul Putzulu, Mr. Wynn Warner, Officer Michael Kahikina, Officer Tony Pacheco, Sergeant Glen Ishikawa and Officer Halani Barboza. [Click on the photo for a larger view].
Safe driving sign wavers will be at Nanakuli Avenue and Hookele Street (across Maili 76) the following dates from 3:30-5:30pm:

Wed, 12/9
Tues, 12/15
Thurs, 12/17
Mon, 12/21

Please join them and help spread this critical message during the holiday season!

For more information, contact:
HPD Officer Mike Kahikina
Regional Patrol Bureau
District 8 (Ewa-Kapolei-Waianae)
Ph: (808) 723-8403
Fax: (808) 692-4263

"Serving and Protecting with Aloha"

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Valley of Rainbows Scholarship Application

Aloha Community Leaders:

Attached you will find Valley of Rainbows application forms to share with your students, board members, neighbors and youth in our community. You will need Adobe Reader to view, you can download (free) at

Click HERE to view information and forms.

Please feel free to share with youth leaders/groups and encourage youth, ages 8-17 residing on the Leeward Coast (Kahe to Ka’ena) to apply for our monthly financial scholarship program. We fund/support all organized activity relating to: education, school, cultural or sports with the check payable to the organization, not the family/child. Deadline to submit application is the first Monday (postmarked) of each month with awards distributed on the 3rd Monday of each month at Waianae Satellite City Hall Conference Room starting at 6 p.m.

Please remind everyone to complete all questions and be sure to include attachments. Failure to fulfill application checklist will delay their application. Also, all forms should be mailed to: PO Box 1009, Wai’anae, HI 96792 – be sure to add additional postage to avoid delays. (Sorry, we do not pay for postage due letters).

Additional information can also be found on our website at Merrie Aipoalani, our Scholarship Chair, can be reached at or leave a message at (808) 668-1212.

Let us know if you have any questions. Thanks again for your continued support!



Denice Keliikoa, CFRE President
Valley of Rainbows ...Making Dreams Come True
PO Box 1009, Wai'anae, HI 96792
Phone: (808) 286-7869 Fax: (808) 696-3389

This is a great day to create, imagine, produce and visualize.

Ka Wai Ola Update Re: Wai`anae's Streams


Aloha Kakou,

We had an awesome meeting on Nov 30! Mahalo nui loa to everyone who stayed the extra hour! See the attached meeting notes by clicking HERE.

We prioritized the various environmental issues and decided to combine and take action on the following issues:

· Illegal dumping in and near streams

· Inactive landfills – inadequate maintenance has resulted in degradation of cover and subsequent erosion of soils.

· Non-point source pollution into streams and ocean

· Overdevelopment –decide how they want to incorporate this issue into the overall issue for action.

To complete the process, I need your input on two items. You can email your input or call Jolyn at 864-9260 or Pake at 258-7253.

1. Decide on a framework for action. This is what we have so far, but it needs to be refined

a. The Waianae Coast has seen the degradation of the `āina and wai resulting from development. By focusing on these issues for action, it is the desire of the advisory committee to stop the degradation and restore the `āina and wai.
b. Key words - Restore, mālama, preserve, perpetuate?

2. Determine what aspect of overdevelopment (maybe the term incompatible development is appropriate?) to tie into the issue for action.


Leslie Kahihikolo, Project Director
Pacific American Foundation

Saturday, December 5, 2009

UPDATE: Rental Assistance for Wai`anae's Transitional Shelter Residents

Persons in need of rental assistance who are working and live in transitional shelters may be eligible for the new federal "Rent-to-Work" program.

An orientation regarding the program is scheduled for DECEMBER 16, 2009 at the Wai`anae Satellite City Hall. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required.

For more information, click HERE to see part 1 of an informational brochure and click HERE to see part 2 of the brochure; or call Joe Wigfall at Oahu Worklinks, at 696-7067.




Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Matson's Ka Ipu ‘Aina (Container for the Land): Fundraising Opportunity for Non-Profits

Community involvement has been a mainstay at Matson throughout our 125-year history. In Hawaii, Matson has earned its reputation as a ‘kamaaina’ company.

On the corporate level, Matson, in conjunction with our parent company, Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., has made it a priority to give most of our charitable contributions to organizations representing the communities with which it is most closely tied: the islands of Hawaii. Nearly nine out of 10 charitable dollars remain in the state. Equally important, Matson prides itself as being a company that is recognized as environmentally concerned. At sea, we have led the maritime industry with our “Zero Solid Waste Discharge” program, which was developed with the Center for Mar ine Conservation (now known as the Ocean Conservancy) and has reduced the waste disposed of at sea to food scraps, with all other waste materials recycled or disposed of carefully at shoreside facilities.

Matson’s environmental, community relations program is designed to further underscore our commitment to both Hawaii’s communities and environment. With this program, Matson will donate the use of container equipment on Oahu, Maui, the Big Island and Kauai for environmental cleanup projects arranged by non-profit organizations.

Matson will pay for the trucking expenses incurred in the delivery and pickup of the containers. In addition, Matson will make a $1,000 cash contribution to each of the non-profits that successfully complete a cleanup initiative. Matson personnel in each of our Hawaii offices will work directly with the non-profits to ensure all arrangements are made in the time frame requested.

It is our hope that this new program will encourage and facilitate more non-profit groups to organize cleanup efforts throughout the state. It is in all of our interests to make every effort to preserve Hawaii’s natural beauty, not only for those who live here, but also for those who travel from all over the world to marvel at the Islands’ unique and spectacular environment.

The non-profit group should call its local Matson contact (listed below) and request an information packet. Upon receipt of the packet, the cleanup coordinator should fill out and mail in the appropriate forms, and at least two weeks before the planned cleanup, call the local Matson contact to reserve a container.

A group may use the container for as long as three days. The group will schedule drop off and pick up of the container with its local Matson contact at least two weeks before the cleanup.

Prior to scheduling the container with Matson, the non-profit group will make arrangements with a waste facility to dispose of trash. A representative or representatives from the group will be responsible for disposing the bagged trash and Matson will pay for any disposal expenses incurred.

For more details, the non-profit group should call its local Matson contact to request an information packet, which details the program, including requirements and restrictions.

Upon completion of the organized cleanup, disposal of the waste at a disposal facility and return of the container in good condition to Matson, a check for $1,000 will be sent to the organization.


Honolulu, Oahu
Keahi Birch, 848-1252 or
Cliff Mattos , 848-1263
Matson Navigation Company
1411 Sand Island Parkway

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

ASUH Rally at the Capitol 12/8/2009

ASUH is organizing a rally at the capital on Tuesday, December 8 from 1:00 pm - 4:00pm. We still have available slots for speakers, so if anyone is interested in speaking at the rally, they can contact us at

The group that was created for the ASUH Rally at the capitol is:

Hawai‘i Needs UH

We are interested in having alumni attend the rally and urge them to call and send written testimonial to legislators to urge legislators to find a solution to the budget restrictions being imposed on the entire UH System over the next few years.

Again, thank you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me or send an e-mail to

James Linden
James Linden
Associated Students of the University
of Hawaii at Manoa
Chair, Finance & Investments Committee

Notice from Department of Emergency Management

December 6, 2009

Department of Emergency Management to open High Surf evacuation shelters for Leeward Coast and North Shore residents

Beginning at 2:00 PM this afternoon the Department of Emergency Management in coordination with the City Departments of Parks and Recreation and Transportation Services, American Red Cross, Oahu Transit Services – TheBus, Hawaiian Humane Society and H5 Hawaii will open three evacuation shelters on Oahu .

High surf evacuation shelters are being opened as a precaution due to the National Weather Service forecasting a period of extremely hazardous high surf that could pose a threat to Oahu ’s north and west facing shores beginning later tonight and continuing through Wednesday.

Residents going to a high surf evacuation shelter must bring all of their emergency supplies with them. Shelterees will need to provide at least two days worth of food, water, clothing, medical supplies and other personal items.

Shelters will be available to anyone needing refuge should the high surf become hazardous along the North Shore and Leeward Coast areas. Shelters will remain open until the high surf hazard has subsided.

North Shore residents in need of emergency shelter can go to:

· Liliuokalani Church

· Sunset Beach Community Center

o Pets may be brought to the shelter but they must be on leashes or in pet carriers or cages and shelterees will be responsible for assisting in their care. Food, water and cleaning supplies must be provided by pet owners.

Leeward Coast residents in need of emergency shelter can go to:

· Waianae District Park

o Pets may be brought to the shelter but they must be on leashes or in pet carriers or cages and shelterees will be responsible for assisting in their care. Food, water and cleaning supplies must be provided by pet owners.

-- More --

-- Cont’d --

Leeward Coast residents needing transportation assistance to the shelter should look for two evacuation shuttle busses that will begin roaming a circuit of Farrington Highway from Yokohama Bay to Nanakuli Beach Park from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM this afternoon.

Designated shuttle busses will display the word “EVACUATION”. The shuttle service is being provided free of charge and individuals requiring transport need only flag down the bus anywhere along the route. The following evacuation shuttle guidelines will apply:

· Individuals can only bring what they can carry in one (1) trip onto the evacuation shuttle

· Should there be more belongings than can fit on the evacuation shuttle H5 Hawaii will be contacted to provide assistance

· Pets may be brought on board the evacuation shuttle but they must be on leashes or in pet carriers or cages

The City’s Emergency Operating Center located in the Frank F. Fasi Municipal Building has been activated and will remain operational throughout the high surf event.



John M. Cummings III

Public Information Officer

Department of Emergency Management

(808) 723-8957 Office

(808) 499-7937 Cell

Monday, November 30, 2009

Advisory from Honolulu Board of Water Supply


The Honolulu Board of Water Supply (BWS) is asking all residents from Honokai Hale to Makaha to please conserve water overnight on Friday, December 4th between 7 p.m. and 9 a.m., as crews work to replace a broken valve.
The BWS will fill reservoirs along the Leeward Coast before the closure so that customers will continue to have water service. However, the 24-inch water main that brings approximately 60 percent of the water to the Leeward Coast will not be in service while crews are making the repair. Therefore, the BWS asks all residents to use water sparingly and for priority needs only during this time. This means using water for cooking, drinking and personal hygiene.

Homeless Christmas Outreach and Beach Clean-Up on 12/19/09


This is to let my family and friends know that Young's Island Gem Production family, participants and parents has come together this year to help the many families that are houseless at Keaau Beach Park. Several Local Businesses has made donations of Food, Toys, and Miscellaneous items to be distributed to where our group feels that are in need, so we have chosen all of the families that reside at Keaau beach park. Unfortunately, there are some items that may not be easy to obtain. We are asking you if you would like to make a donation. Before I give you a list, I think this is an important family that I think we should help to meet their need.

This is their story: Both husband and wife worked and made only enough to pay the rent and utilities. But they could no longer afford the rent because the landlord had raised to rent to where they had to make choices that would eventually send them to living on the beach. Here is the thing, the husband has a medical condition that requires him to have an oxygen machine to help him breathe at night. Without this machine he can die. I am asking if someone can help me to acquire a genrator that will help for the husband to use at night. Please help!

Here is a list of other items that we are not able to obtain:
Tarps, outdoors stove, coolers, ropes, lights/lanterns, blankets, pillows, pillow cases, tent (smal/big), pots, etc.

Any help that you can offer is greatly appreciated.
Everything will be distributed out on December 19. 2009 from 9am - 12pm a Keaau Beach Park fronting the second bathroom.

Please make it a season of giving. Happy Holidays!!

Young's Island Gem Production - Leslie Young

[Note from Maile: Wai`anae Community Outreach is also organizing a beach clean-up and Christmas event on 12/19/09 for the homeless. For more information, call 696-5667.]

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

HTI’s Pharmacy Technician Program in Waianae

Hawaii Technology Institute (HTI) is collaborating with the Waianae Health Academy to offer the Pharmacy Technician Program at the Waianae Health Academy beginning January 2010. This partnership is exciting for both organizations as they collaborate to enhance the training and employment options for residents on the Waianae Coast.

Professional development and ethics, life skills and computer classes will be integrated into the Pharmacy Technician program to provide students with the knowledge and skills they will need to enter careers as pharmacy technicians in various healthcare settings.

“There is so much power and influence in working together for the development of our communities. Where resources permit, HTI will continue to provide training and education services that will positively impact the lives of students HTI is privileged to serve,” says Naomi Digitaki, HTI’s President / CEO and a Waianae Coast resident.

The Pharmacy Technician Program will be held 3 days a week from 9AM –4PM beginning January 2010. If you are interested in enrolling in the Pharmacy Technician Program, please contact the Hawaii Technology Institute at (808) 522-2700 or email

"Keep Your Library Open" Fundraising Campaign & Reminder Re: Furlough Fridays @ Waianae Library

Furlough Fridays @ Waianae Library

Open to students age 13 and under

Come to the library and sign up!!!!

Visit Waianae Library on December 4, 11, and 18.
Check out books and get a prize!

Call the library 697-7868 for more information. Open from 1pm to 5pm.

Please also support the "Keep Your Library Open" fundraising campaign aimed at stopping the threatened closure of libraries, such as Waianae Library, on certain days of the week. Tax deductible monetary donations will also be used for purchasing library materials, core services, programs, and operational expenses, and can be mailed to:

Hawaii State Public Library System
Office of the State Librarian
44 Merchant St.
Honolulu, HI 96813

For more information, and to monitor the progress of the fundraising campaign, visit:

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tropic Lands' "light industrial park" proposal in Nanakuli

An excerpt from the 11/23/09 OEQC, including a link to the actual notice (and the EIS itself) is provided below:

"2. Nanakuli Community Baseyard (DEIS)
Island: District: TMK: Applicant:
Approving Agency:
Consultant: Comments: Permits:
Oahu Waianae 8-7-09:02 (por) Tropic Land LLC, 1001 Bishop Street, Suite 2690, Honolulu, HI 96813. Arick Yanagihara, 538-3785, ext. 252
State Land Use Commission, 235 South Beretania Street, Room 406, Honolulu, HI 96813. Dan Davidson, 587-3822 Kimura International, Inc., 1600 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 1610, Honolulu, HI 96814. Glenn Kimura, 944- 8848
DEIS 45-day comment period starts from the date of this Notice. Address comments to the Applicant, with copies to the Accepting Authority and Consultant State Land Use Commission - boundary amendment; Waianae Sustainable Communities Plan amendment; Zoning change; NPDES; Grading and construction permits
Tropic Land LLC proposes to develop a light industrial park on 96 acres in upper Lualualei Valley. The project will consist of approximately 41 units, averaging two acres each. An incubator center will include an industrial building with start-up space and open yard space. The project will have a secured entry off of Lualualei Naval Access Road and a secondary emergency access. There will be landscaped buffers on the front and sides of the development. The northwest corner of the property (2.4 acres) will remain undeveloped. A 100-foot wide strip of land mauka of the industrial lots will be used for drainage and rockfall hazard mitigation. The project will be structured under a condominium property regime. Before the project can be implemented, the landowner must obtain an amendment to the State Land Use District (from Agricultural to Urban) and a change in zoning from Preservation (P-2) to Industrial (I-1). Traffic increases on Farrington Highway will worsen congestion and mitigation measures have been identified. All project traffic will be routed on Lualualei Naval Access Road. The landowner has an understanding with the Navy for use of this roadway. The project will convert 13.5 acres of Class B agricultural lands, but addresses a shortage of small-scale industrial space on the Waianae Coast. No adverse impacts to biological, hydrological, archaeological, or cultural, resources are expected. The developer will extend a water line from the municipal system to obtain water and construct an on-site wastewater treatment system. Short- term noise, dust, and erosion impacts will be mitigated through construction BMPs."

Note: Comments regarding the draft environmental impact statement are due on or about 1/7/10.


Office of Environmental Quality Control


Office of Environmental Quality Control
235 South Beretania Street, Suite 702
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
586-4185 (ph) 586-4186 (fax)

Monday, November 23, 2009

UH Manoa: informational session about the Law School JD Program

An informal information session about the Law School JD program for prospective students will be held on Tuesday, December 22, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Moot Court Room .

For more information AND to RSVP (before December 18) please visit

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Jobs & Training Available: Fair Housing Testers

Become a fair housing tester, and help prevent housing discrimination. Applicants must pass selection and training process.

Earn a $35 stipend per day, plus mileage.

For more information, contact:

Ruth Jones
Legal Aid Society of HI


L-R: Bottom row - Kasey, Ka'ili, & Keola; Middle row - Julie & Maryellen Pilila'au; Top row - Ike, Maria & Debbie Mahoe. In relation to Herbert Ka'ili Pilila'au, the children are the great-grand-nephews & niece; Maryellen is his sister-in-law; Julie & Debbie are nieces; and Maria & Ike are grand-nieces. [Click on the photo for a full-sized view]

On 11/11/09, the relatives of Wai`anae Medal of Honor recipient Herbert Ka'ili Pilila`au attended the annual Veteran's Day ceremony. Each year the ceremony is hosted by the Wai`anae Coast's Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and Ladies Auxiliary; Wai`anae and Nanakuli High School JROTC programs; the staff of the Herbert K. Pilila`au Army Recreation Center, and other volunteers.

Commander Rocky Nae'ole served as the master of ceremonies, and Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, Councilman Todd Apo, Rep. Karen Awana, and Rep. Maile Shimabukuro also spoke. Several speakers acknowledged the Wai`anae Coast's three Medal of Honor recipients: Shinyei Nagamine, Yeiki Kobashigawa, and Herbert K. Pilila`au.

Several speakers acknowledged the Pilila`au `ohana, who sat in the audience. As you can see from the photo, the Pilila`au's are familiar faces on our Wai`anae Coast. We are so grateful for the pride they have brought to our community.

After the ceremony, Ike Mahoe, Herbert K. Pilila`au's grand niece, wrote: "If there is anything else you would like to know about my grand uncle or our family please feel free to contact me at Mahalo for your time and all your kind words today. Our family appriciates you all."

Mahalo nui loa to ALL VETERANS, RESERVISTS, AND ACTIVE-DUTY MILITARY MEN & WOMEN. We are eternally grateful for your sacrifice!!

Access To Recovery Program seeking Pro Bono Legal Advisor

Access To Recovery is a leading program in Hawaii that is assisting to affect positive recovery outcomes for substance abuse clients committed to the recovery process, on the Island of Oahu within the Child Welfare System.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD) is the State agency that has been designated as the division of the Hawaii State Department of Health with the responsibility to administer Federal funds for implementing the Access To Recovery Project.
Currently, as year 3 funding draws to a close, a new board (non-Profit 501(c3) consisting of current ATR providers & community members are working on taking what is great about the ATR program & is evaluating the existing aspects of the Hawaii ATR model to identify a format for moving forward in an informed, evolving strategic plan to sustain the model beyond the end of the current ATR program which ends September 22, 2010.

We are in need of a Pro-Bono Legal Advisor to sit on our Board of Directors. The Board of Directors meets twice a month for approximately 2hrs.

If you or anyone in your organization is interested in this endeavour, please contact A.T.R. Director Bernie Strand (808) 692-7522 or myself Sean Donohue 697-7300

Thank you for your assistance.

Sean Donohue
Case Manager
Kahikolu ‘Ohana Hale ‘O Wai’anae
85-296 Ala Hema Street
Wai’anae, HI 96792
Ph. (808) 697-7300 Fax (808) 697-7340

Benefit Dinner to support WIS' 'Ai Pohaku Program

Saturday, Nov 21 4:30-8pm @ MA'O Farms

$12 for adults, $8 for kids (6-11)
$1 Raffle Tickets (auctioning off poi board, flat screen TV, body board, etc.)

Chili Dinner (healthy, local)

To reserve tickets call or email Summer Miles.


Summer Miles
Director of Education
(office/fax) 696-5569

Saturday, November 14, 2009

LCCW Bake Sale For Student Activities on 11/30/09

Some of the friendly and dedicated staff of Leeward Community College-Wai`anae.Click the photo to view a past newsletter.

Donations of food items, such as baked goods, snacks, finger foods, sushi, sandwiches, etc. are being sought. Please also come to support the bake sale and spread the word.

What: Holiday Bake Sale!

When: November 30, 2009; from 10am-4pm

Where: Leeward Community College - Waianae

Why: Fundraiser for student activities

Who: For more information, call 696-6378, 721-6592, or email

A blast from the past; LCCW Newsletter a year ago from today...

From: Leeward Community College at Waianae []
Sent: Monday, November 03, 2008 1:39 PM
Subject: LCCW November Newsletter

Aloha LCCW 'Ohana,
Attached is the LCCW November [2008] newsletter. We had so much to share this month that it's a page longer than our normal newsletters! We hope you enjoy the many submissions from LCCW students, instructors, and staff.

Happy Election Day, Veterans' Day, and Thanksgiving!

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

Caring for Waianae's Streams: Ka Wai Ola O Waianae Moku advisory committee meeting

Aloha Kakou,

Our next Ka Wai Ola O Waianae Moku advisory committee meeting is next MONDAY, Nov 30 from 6:30-8:30 pm. We will meet at the Waianae Satellite City Hall multipurpose room.

Debbie Liang (EPA project officer) and Herb Lee (Pacific American Foundation executive director) will be joining us for our meeting. Come early at 6 pm for pupus and to talk story with Debbie and Herb.

Pake and Jolyn, Ka Wai Ola community liaisons, will be calling you this week to encourage and confirm your attendance.

The focus of our advisory committee meeting is two-fold.

1. Prioritize environmental issues for action. To determine which issue the advisory committee will focus future action on, we will evaluate these issues based on whether any other organization is addressing the issue, feasibility of the community addressing the issue, and costs associated with action.

· Illegal dumping in and near streams

· Overdevelopment

· Impaired water bodies/Ag & urban storm water runoff

· Mercury in fish

· Damage to coral resulting from storm water runoff

· Active/Inactive landfills

· Outdoor air quality

· Erosion resulting from fires and aggregate mining

2. Brainstorm actions to address the issue of priority. Once the advisory committee prioritizes the environmental issue, we will spend time brainstorming ideas on the who, what, where, when and how of actions to reduce its impacts on human health and the environment and encourage community involvement. So come with your ideas!

A Hui Hou

Leslie Kahihikolo, Project Director
Pacific American Foundation

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Help Promote WCCHC's Dining Pavilion...

Hello all my dear friends, family, community people & beyond!

We need your kokua! On Friday, Nov. 20, 2009 from 8:30am to 2pm. Ka'aha'aina Cafe, located at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Centers Dining Pavillion, will be having Waianae High School's Searider Productions students shooting a video to help the restaurant promote their onolicious food, great atmosphere & economical prices. Chef Mark Ka'aha'aina was trained at Ihilani Hotel and he is the son of Terry Ka'aha'aina, class of '67.

We need all of you and your friends and family to come up and patronize the cafe and possibly be interviewed by the students of Searider Productions.

The food is healthy & great and the prices are reasonable so please pass this on and come and support this cause. This place is Waianae's best kept secret! Don Hutton made a great video and Searider Productions will expand on it. Aloha & have a great week! Lily

Lily Cabinatan USW9893657
87-230 Kulaaupuni Street
Waianae, HI 96792

phone: 808-697-8769
cell: 808-372-5952

Waianae Land Trust Applies for Clean Water & Natural Lands Grant

NOTE: the site visit description is for a different group seeking City funds, not the Waianae Land Trust.

Kudos to Shelly Freitas and Louella Kohler of the Waianae Land Trust, who recently applied for a grant from the City's Clean Water & Natural Lands fund to create educational programs based on the ahupua`a model on the Wai`anae Coast. Good luck on achieving this excellent goal! For information about this program, visit: Here is some information from the City regarding the project:

Site Visits of
The Clean Water and Natural Lands Commission
October 26, 2009
Commission Members: Kevin Chang, Dr. Hans Krock, Dr. Benton Kealii Pang
Others: Teri Wright (OHA intern for Kevin Chang)

12:00 pm - Siobahn Corp. Wai‘anae Valley parcel

Commissioners met with Leah Caldwell, applicant and Nancy Yamachi, real estate
agent for the property owner. The property is approximately 100 yards from the
Wai‘anae convenience center, a drop off area for refuse and recycling for the residents and borders the old Mountain View Dairy property.

The property is also bordered by a stream that has been channelized by the City and County since the 1950’s. Dr. Krock believes that the stream would have flooded the property prior to the earthen berm and cement channelization. Ms. Caldwell (no relation to Kirk Caldwell) took us to the central 2 portion of the parcel which, according to Dr. Pang, has all the indications of being a wetland (wet soils, and California grass).

A majority of the vegetation is kiawe trees, koa haole shrubs, and buffle grass. There was no indication of native plant species in the area as indicated in the proposal, and Ms. Caldwell apologized for the misidentifications of those plants. The vegetation is not any different from 90% of the vegetation in Wai‘anae Valley. Four endangered Hawaiian stilts were observed in the channelized stream adjacent to the property.

The parcel is next to an agricultural farm and bordered by three elephone/electrical poles.

Ms. Caldwell has plans to plant Neem, a medicinal tree from India, in the area and keep the non-native forest intact. She plans to get assistance from the University of Hawai‘i for growing Neem (eg., College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources) and community outreach (eg., Center for Hawaiian Studies). Ms. Caldwell is a Physics student at the University of Hawai‘i and sees this area as vitally important to the education of Neem for Hawai‘i. She has not yet made contact with community members in the Wai‘anae community, but Dr. Pang offered to put her in contact with Dr. Bruce Koebele of Ka‘ala Farms, Inc. who is currently restoring a dry forest in the back of Wai‘anae Valley.

She planned to do more outreach if she received financial support for the project and is currently running the project by herself.

At the upcoming public meeting, Ms. Caldwell was told to provide more information to
the commission on any historic properties or burials on the property- she indicated a
possible burial on the property, information on environmental contaminants on the
property, and community support from residents in Wai‘anae.

Wai'anae `Olelo - High Risk for Closure!

Aloha mai,

The future of Wai’anae Olelo Community Media Center is at-risk of being closed depending on the decisions made by the DCCA Director Lawrence Reifurth regarding the future support for Olelo Community PEG Media.

Over the past ten years the Wai’anae Olelo Media Center has responded well to the needs of the community with being the first center to work with students from elementary through high school, along with providing training and services to many groups, families and individuals who may not have had access media before Olelo.

The Wai’anae Olelo Media Center has flourished over the years and has gained local and national recognition as a model Community Media Center. Closure of the Wai’anae Olelo CMC and all its’ community building efforts would hinder future development of Media and Communications Technology for the Wai’anae coast communities.

We ask for your support with contacting Director Reifurth, to express concerns of the potential harm his decision can have on the Wai’anae Olelo Community Media Center. Mahalo for the continued support for the people of the Wai’anae coast. Please pass this email along to others in our community.

Me Kealoha Pumehana,

Kawika Naho’opi’i, Manager
Sharlette Poe, CMRC
Jimbo Taylor, CMRC
Interns & Students


Friday, October 9, 2009
Olelo seeks funding, could close 3 Hawaii centers
Pacific Business News (Honolulu) - by Nanea Kalani Pacific Business News

Olelo President Kealii Lopez says funding is not keeping pace with increased demand and interest.

The nonprofit that manages and operates public-access TV channels for Oahu says it has been operating in the red for the past five years and may lay off nine employees and close three community media centers to further cut costs.

Olelo Community Media is seeking additional funding through Oceanic Time Warner Cable, which pays a so-called franchise fee to the state.

While federal law requires cable operators to subsidize public-access TV, the state has local authority to regulate Oceanic and determines the fees paid to Olelo and other public-access organizations. The fee is set at 3 percent of Oceanic’s revenue from cable operations.

Oceanic’s current 20-year franchise agreement ends in December and a new contract is being negotiated with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

Honolulu-based Olelo says it hopes the state will consider either increasing the amount that Olelo receives from franchise fees or lifting a cap that the state imposed in 2000 that has cut Olelo’s funding in half over the last five years.
This year, Olelo is receiving $3.4 million in franchise fees, which President Kealii Lopez said represents about 80 percent of the nonprofit’s budget.

“We’re not saying poor Olelo, we know we’re not unlike any other business out there that’s suffering,” said Lopez, noting that the organization has reduced hours at its media centers, implemented a hiring freeze and decreased employee benefits. “The frustrating part is that we are trying to meet increasing demand and interest and there are funds that are available that can be released to help offset our efforts to serve the community.”

Lopez said Olelo used money in its reserves to pay for the opening of two new community media centers last year, adding to the six already in operation on Oahu.
She said demand has grown from its use of a half channel in 1990 to capacity on six channels, with educational programming filling most of two channels, and city and government activities on three others. Original, local programming aired for a total of 5,639 hours last year.

The DCCA placed a formula-based cap on Olelo’s funding in 2000 with the aim of helping pay for a statewide telecommunications network to connect state agencies. The state began collecting funds within Olelo’s designated 3-percent payment from Oceanic, but did not impose a cap on the Neighbor Island public-access stations.
Lopez says the DCCA has collected $5 million to date, including $1.7 million this year.

Olelo wants to use additional funding to be able to provide such services as video teleconferencing, live cablecasting, interisland connectivity, video-on-demand and eventually move to high-definition capacity.

Oceanic President Nate Smith said the cap on Olelo’s funding “is a DCCA issue” and declined to reveal details of the franchise agreement being negotiated with the state.

“But I will say that a 3-percent allocation for PEG (public, educational and governmental access) is a 20-year-old mind-set,” he said.

Smith said that he has seen a decrease in usage numbers on Olelo’s channels, which he attributes to heavier usage of the Internet for broadcasting videos.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Hale Wai Vista Opening Soon: How to Apply

The contact person for the new Hale Wai Vista (HWV) affordable housing project located behind Wai`anae City Mill is Jim Gesser, the future HWV resident manager. HWV is a project of the Hawaii Housing Development Corporation, a private non-profit. Funding was provided by the state via the Hawaii Housing and Finance Development Corporation (HHFDC), and other sources. Prudential Locations, LLC, is handling HWV applications. For information regarding how to apply, and other questions, call Mr. Gesser at 738-3110.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Thanksgiving - donations and volunteer help needed


Many of you have called me asking how you can donate food or your time to help the less fortunate here on the Westside. I have spoken to Junior Atisanoe and they would greatly appreciate your kokua.

Food donations of any kind can be dropped off at Ulu Ke Kukui between 9 am and 4 pm up until the day before Thanksgiving. All meals will be prepared there (certified kitchen) and packed for delivery to the homeless along the beaches Thanksgiving morning.

If you would like to donate your time, or would like to help deliver meals, please contact Junior at

Thanks to you all for your caring in our community.

Gail Gomes
Westside Stories
"The PRIDE of the Westside"
808) 696-7978
Visit our website at

Monday, November 9, 2009

5th Annual Envision Hawaii Conference: Creating Connections for Change

Early Conference Registration Extended to November 7th!
Limited seats available so register now for the low early registration rate.

Saturday, November 14, 2009
8:30 am - 5:30 pm, Pau Hana until 7:30 pm
Hawai`i State Capitol

Networking Opportunity:
The conference will include a networking activity where you will get to pitch your business, organization, upcoming event or passion to the other conference participants. You will receive support, suggestions and connections from the wide range of energetic young professionals, students and community leaders attending the conference.

Engaging Panel Discussions:

Four panel discussions will keep you excited and inspired throughout the day...

1) The Ethics of Change: A Moral Compass in a Rapidly Changing Environment
2) How to Create Change: How To Be the Change in Politics, Nonprofits, Business and the Community
3) The Tools of Change: How Reaching Your Audience Has Changed from Mass Marketing to Social Media
4) Future of Connections & Change: What Can the Future Be and How Best to Realize It

Uplifting speakers such as:

- Paul Zorner (Hawaii BioEnergy)
- Kealoha (HawaiiSlam)
- Lisa Maruyama (HANO)
- John "Prime" Hina (808 Urban)
- James Koshiba (Kanu Hawai`i)
- Lorenz Sell (
- Sen. Les Ihara, Jr. (9th District)
- Pono Shim (Enterprise Honolulu)
- Keone Kealoha (Malama Kaua`i)
- Josh Levinson (Community Links HI)

and many more...

Delicious Food and Beverages:
* Breakfast by Great Harvest Bread Company
* Lunch by Town Restaurant
* Pau Hana Reception by Kona Brewing Company

Register by November 7th for the early registration conference fee!

For more conference details check our website at

Mahalo from the Envision Hawai`i Team -- Tandy, Andrew, Deb, Francis, Kehau, Tyler, Dustin and Laura

Friday, November 6, 2009

Veterans' Day Ceremonies in Wai`anae

November 11, 2009

11:11 am

Herbert Ka`ili Pilila`au Army Recreation Center

Open to the public.

Rep. Shimabukuro will attend this event as she has done the past 7 years and encourages all to consider attending.

For more information, contact Larry Moore, VFW/American Legion at

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Communication Counts! -- Waianae Toastmasters Club

would you like to:
• Increase your self-confidence in public speaking?
• Communicate more effectively one-on-one or to a group?
• Get your ideas and points across to others?
• Build up your leadership skills?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then give Toastmasters a whirl.
In this ever, changing world, there are new expectations occurring around us at work and in our personal lives. Much of these expectations rely on effective communication and leadership skills.

Toastmasters is a program that will help you learn to relax, plan and present your ideas, suggestions, speeches and presentations. You will learn to practice in a friendly environment with other Waianae Toastmasters that are here for the same reason you are… to loose any fear you may have of speaking to a group. You will become a better communicator and it does not require a lot of time.

Be our guest at Waianae Coast Toastmasters Club. We meet every 2nd and 4th Thursday’s of each month (except holidays) from 4.00pm to 5.00pm at the Waianae Comprehensive Health Center Administration Building Conference room. Upper parking lot. See you at our next meeting Nov 12th

For more information, call John Wayte at: w847-8326 cell 284-4987
Home 668-8202 e-mail;

Wai`anae Farmers' Market & Thanksgiving Buffet by Kahumana Farms



* MARK’S SPECIALTIES - breakfast omelets, local fresh eggs by the tray, pasteles stew and more...!

* KAHUMANA FARMS - selling organically grown produce, baked goods, and ONO Mango smoothies.

* AUNTY NANI's - homemade shortbread cookies: Macadamia nut, Chocolate Chip, Cinnammon and more...

* PILI POT'S - orchids and plants, baked goods, and organically grown produce from MA'O

* STRAIGHT FROM THE SOURCE - locally caught, fresh fish and poke

* MANA`AI - hand pounded poi and pa`i`ai

* NAKED DAIRY - homemade cheese and butter from local cows

* 808 SAUCES – Marinades and barbecue sauces and lunch right off the barbie! (BBQ)

* MP FARMS - all your produce needs - from Asian vegetables to tropical fruit

* LYME'S - smoked fish, pickled onion, dried tako and more!


* M.O’s CATERING – Hawaiian plate lunch $7.50: includes rice, lau lau, lomi salmon, sweet potato, and a drink! Frozen take-home pork lau lau also available! 2 for $5

* PANIKEKE – Selling Samoan-style doughnuts with haupia, custard, or buttercream filling.


Wai'anae – the Future of Organics?

"Look at these carrots - have you ever seen a carrot this orange and vibrant? You can't grow this anywhere else on the island." says Dan Rudoy, farm manager at Kahumana Organic Farms.

"I feel incredibly grateful to be able to farm and provide for the community in such an amazing place. Lualualei has to be one of the greatest valleys on earth. It has some of the best soil in the world and is home to an amazing community. I see a lot of potential value in both the land and the people here."

Dan has spent the last few years farming and helping the community with sustainable organic agriculture. He formerly worked with Ma'o Farms here in Wai'anae and is now expanding Kahumana's seven acre farm.

Kahumana is more than just a farm, it's the operating base for Alternative Structures International. ASI is a non-profit corporation which manages two transitional housing programs for 125 families in Waianae, and a Therapeutic Living Program for the developmentally disabled.

Working together with Oahu Work Links, Kahumana is creating a vocational training program for residents of these shelters to develop skills in agriculture and the culinary arts. The "farm to table" program aims to make fresh organic produce more available for Wai'anae residents and to create awareness about sustainability and nutrition. These programs will be headed up by Dan and some of the other staff at Kahumana.

“Personally, I'm interested in relationships.... relationships between people, relationships between humans and plants, plants and soil and the potential that exists between them. Farming brings that all together – it's an amazing experience that can serve as a platform for social change. Nothing brings people together like food. And no food is better for you, and the environment than local, organically grown veggies. There is no reason why this valley could not grow the best organic produce on the island. I would love to see this valley return to its farming roots and provide sustainability and direction for the community.”

See ads in this months West Side Stories to find out about Kahumana's Thanksgiving Celebration, upcoming Eatery and CSA Program (community supported agriculture).

Kahumana Farm’s Thanksgiving Celebration
Thursday, November 26th 5 p.m.
Buffet: $25
RSVP: 696-2655



Desiree Hikuroa

Desiree Hikuroa
Marketing Specialist & Program Manager

Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center
86-260 Farrington Highway
Waianae, HI 96792

Work: (808) 697-3516
Cell: (808) 388-7386
Fax: (808) 697-3500

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Maile Goes "Over the Edge" for Special Olympics HI!

Rep. Shimabukuro has volunteered to rappel down 40+ stories of the Sheraton Waikiki building to raise funds for Special Olympics HI.

If she can raise at least $1000, she will do the rappelling on 11/13/09.

To donate to this good cause, go to: , OR

-- visit the Special Olympics Hawaii website,
-- follow the Over the Edge link
-- click "online fundraising page here,"
-- and on the right you can either type in "Maile Shimabukuro,"
-- or hit the "view all fundraising pages," and then go to page 6.

For more information, you may also contact Lanny or Marianne Busher at

Friday, October 30, 2009

Bradah Mel's Canoe Surfing and Stand-Up Surfing Championships

Steinlager, Quiksilver and Jamba Juice

presents the 5th 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. I'm Surfer, Canoe Paddler, and a Lifeguard for the City & County of Honolulu since 1982. For the past four years I have held a surfing event at Makaha Beach as a fundraiser for a friend of mine Mr. Leighton Look, who was paralyzed in a diving accident. Sadly he passed away on September 25th 2008. It has now turned in to a memorial event for Leighton, and it is my hope to keep his legacy and his kind nature alive in our hearts and minds.

This year the proceeds raised, will be given to two of Hawaii's Olympic hopefull's, Patrick and Ryan Dolan. Patrick has been on the U.S. Olympic Kayak team for a few years now and this year younger brother is there with him. There goal is to do well in the single and two person kayak event at the nationals as well as over-sea's and reach the 2012 Olympics. With the Olympic funding cut-off this year, Patrick and Ryan along with their mom Ane has too do the fundraising on there own, and it hasn't been easy. The event attracts the best paddlers and surfers from Tahiti, Brazil, France, as well as the U.S. and Hawaii. It has two divisions, Canoe Surfing and Stand-Up Surfing. If you have ever seen Canoe Surfing before then you know that it's one of the most exciting water sport ever. And Stand-Up Surfing or SUP is the fastest growing art of surfing since boogie boards!

I understand that times are tight and it is hard to give alot so, we are asking for any type of donations possible. We will be holding a Raffle drawing at the event so a t-shirt, a pair of shorts, a boogie board, surf board, or what ever you can give would be greatly apprieciated. But the goal is to raise money for the boys to get to there competition, then to the 2012 Olympics. I thank you so much for spending the time to read my letter and hope that you can join us at Makaha for this years event.
Mahalo Nui Loa,
Bradah Mel Puu
P. O. Box 1006 Waianae, HI 96792
ph.# 808-478-9086
Contest dates: December 5th & 6th 2009
Alternate dates: December 12th & 13th 2009
Check's payable to: Makaha Canoe Club

Nani `O Wai`anae 2009-2010 Calendar

Nani ‘O Wai’anae Calendar

*Times and Dates are subject to change.
November 7, 2009 Sat. Litter Free Veterans Day Parade – Nanakuli
November 28, 2009 Sat. Litter Free Christmas Parade
December 12, 2009 Sat. Wai’anae Coast Adopt-A-Highway
January 16, 2010, Sat. Ma’ili Point Clean-up and Planting
February 13, 2010 Sat. Wai’anae Stream Clean-up
March 2010 – May 2010 The Great American Clean-up
June 12, 2010 Sat. “Litter Bugs Me!” Clean-up
June 29 – July 7, 2010 National Beach Clean Up Week

For more information, contact Leslie Young,

Please see below for background information about Nani `O Wai`anae. Mahalo nui loa to Katy Kok for starting Nani O Wai`anae's legacy.

1947-2008 Katy Kok's Wai'anae focus put litter cleanup on radar

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Don’t let the flu catch you!

Flu season is already underway. It's imperative that we have access to information at all times and remind family, friends and neighbors of what they can do to prevent the flu. Remember, prevention is the best offense, so take precautions, stay informed and do what you can to keep our community and 'ohana healthy.

The flu is a the respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. It is not the common cold. Unlike the cold, the flu can cause severe illness and possibly life-threatening complications. The flu can weaken the immune system, leaving it vulnerable to more serious and dangerous infection.

The flu changes and adapts rapidly by genetically mutating according to the environment and the carrier. That is why the flu vaccine is updated annually to meet genetic changes or modification made to the virus. The most recognizable symptom of any type of flu is the presence of a fever.

The flu is a seasonal illness which peaks around November and continues through May. It is a highly transferable by touch and other kinds of contact such as coughing, sneezing, and even talking. The seasonal flu kills 30 – 40,000 people each year. Antibiotics do not cure the flu. Antiviral medicines (available from your doctor or health clinic) can lessen flu symptoms. Flu symptoms include fever and any of the following: coughing, sneezing, vomiting, diarrhea, runny nose, congestion and/or chills.

If you think that you may have the flu, you should not go to work or school. Stay home and contact your medical care provider who will direct you accordingly. Wash your hands frequently and cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue to help prevent the spread of the virus. Don’t forget to get yourself and your family vaccinated.

Seasonal flu vs. H1N1 flu virus

Who is impacted?
Symptoms of the two viruses are very similar, but the risk groups are not. Unlike the seasonal flu, the novel H1N1 flu has been infecting a higher rate of pregnant women, young children, and those between the ages of 6 months and 24 years. The infection rate is the lowest in people 65 years and older.

How many vaccinations?
Because the seasonal flu vaccine is unlikely to provide protection against 2009 H1N1 influenza, a 2009 H1N1 vaccine has been in production and is now available to first responders. The vaccine is expected to be available to the rest of the public in November. The 2009 H1N1 flu shot is intended to be used alongside the seasonal flu vaccine; it is NOT a replacement. Like the seasonal flu vaccine, getting an H1N1 vaccine is recommended, especially for target groups, but it is not mandatory.

You can get your seasonal flu shots from your medical care provider or at a number of flu shot community clinics offered by the State Department of Health in partnership with venue locations, HMSA and HMA. Go to to find a location near you. For the H1N1 vaccine, visit for more information.

8 tips to beat the bug:

1.) Get vaccinated
2.) Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
3.) Wash your hands often
4.) Use hand-sanitizing gels
5.) Clean hard surfaces with soap and water
6.) Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
7.) Stay home if you’re sick
8.) Stay HEALTHY! Get regular checkups, eat well and exercise daily

*Based on information from the Hawaii Department of Health ( and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention ( **Compiled by the Hawaii State Legislature.

Makaha Bridge Work

We have received a few calls regarding the current bridge work as well as the lane closures that have occurred as a result. Foremost is the concern that the lane closures are 24 hrs even when no work is being done.

The State Department of Transportation stated that the length of the closure should be approx. 2 weeks long (not 1 year as some people may have heard from unnamed sources).

When asked why no one is guiding traffic in the area when no work is being done, we are told that budget cuts as well as a RELATIVELY light traffic flow in the area led to the decision to not have traffic guidance during non-roadwork hours. We are told that on the weekends when there is an increase in traffic due to beachgoers, they plan to have someone flagging/directing traffic to assist.

We hope that the 2 week window is all it takes to get the work done and things back to normal on that roadway. If you have additional concerns, please email me at

Monday, October 19, 2009

Yoga Classes

Geraldine “Louise” Tremblay

Take a few hours for yourself to take back your breath, release stress, lose weight and regenerate your body.

I have been practicing yoga for more than 25 years. I am certified in “Integrative Yoga Therapy” and have been teaching for several years. Join me at the Won Buddhist International Training Center, 84-551 Makaha Valley Rd, in Waianae.

Saturday: 8.30-9.30 am Donations to the Buddhist Temple
Monday: 7.00 -8.30 pm $10.00 drop in class or Five classes for $40.00 (ongoing classes)

Friday, October 16, 2009

`Ai Pohaku and Cross-Age Tutoring Yard Sale a Resounding Success!

Karen Young, Vince Kana`i Dodge, Heather Robertson, Carmen Enriques, and Summer Miles worked hard to make the `Ai Pohaku and Cross-Age Tutoring Yard Sale a Success!

The Sept. 19-20, 2009 yard sale to benefit the `Ai Pohaku Workshop and Cross-Age Tutoring Program was a huge success. Approximately $1400 was raised to benefit these very worthy programs, which work with students at Wai`anae Intermediate School.

Mahalo nui loa to the following people who volunteered and/or donated items to the yard sale:

Kiane Aila & Ohana
Earl Akama
Cathie Alana
Yvonne Angut & Ohana
Barbara Bradbury
Kermit Brown
Georgia Campbell
Alyce, Fred, & Vince Dodge
Jessica Ear & Friends
Mamo & Dennis Fortna
Luz & Anna Lovinavia
Christine Johnson
Ronie Low
Manny & Summer Miles
Miles Ohana
Malia Morales
Chico Rivera
Maile Shimabukuro
Dorothy Yamashige
Karen Young
Shelly Zamborelli

Wai`anae Intermediate School Volunteers/Donors:
Raechelle Fabrao - principal
Paul Cole - english teacher
Joe Demarco - english teacher
Carmen Enriques & Ohana - teacher
Terry Fuller - science teacher
Joanne Hee - health
Luanne Higuchi - media teacher
Mr. Rivers - math teacher
Heather Robertson & Ohana/Friends - teacher
Justin Szmotas - science teacher

All the Glenmonger Street neighborhood kids that came and spent their last dime. :-)

All other volunteers, donors, customers, and supporters. Please send us names of others we need to add.

We could not have done it without you!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Update Re: DOE's Furlough Fridays - Boys & Girls Clubs to Kokua

From: Lisa DeLong, DOE Wai`anae District Superintendent
Subject: Furlough Fridays

Both the Nanakuli and Waianae Boys and Girls Clubs are offering programs [during the DOE's furlough Fridays]. Here's a description of the Nanakuli one, from the Nana'ikapono principal, Debra Knight.

In our partnership with BGC and Alu Like, we brainstormed a program where our partners will provide furlough Friday tutoring with field trips called the Brain Busters Program (7am-2pm). It's $25.00 per session and the child has to be a member of BGC ($1 annual fee). We worked with Valley of the Rainbows to provide scholarship applications/opportunities. Mike plans to hire teachers from our school who he has worked with before for every 25 kids who sign up. It's for age 7 and up. We have promoted this partner program with our students and parents (parent bulletin, a special informational meeting Tuesday night and a promo during our RAP night last night).

Background information regarding the Boys & Girls Club:

Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii-Waianae Unit needs your help to raise donations for the 2009 IT JUST TAKES ONE Campaign that will go towards the programs and services that provide a positive place for children ages 7 – 17yrs. The organization provides services to more than 17,500 Hawaii youths each year, many from disadvantaged circumstances….their annual membership is $1.

Here's the site where you can donate:

Your donation would really mean a lot in helping us achieve our goal of reaching and developing “our” Hawaii kids through key programs that emphasize character and leadership development such as education, technology and career development; health and life skills; the arts; and sports, fitness and recreation.

On behalf of the kids of the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii – MAHALO FOR YOUR KOKUA!

Lana Keamo
Clubhouse Director
Boys & Girls Club
of Hawaii-Waianae Unit
85-165 Plantation Rd.
Waianae, HI 96792
Ph: (808) 696-2754
Fax: (808) 696-7420

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Fall 2009 Career Fair - Oct 20

UH Mānoa's Career Development & Student Employment (CDSE) and Campus Center Board invite alumni to the Fall 2009 Career Fair on Tuesday, October 20, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the UH Mānoa Campus Center Ballroom. Network with potential employers from local, national, and multi-national organizations and bring extra copies of your résumé.

Click here for more information, including a list of participating employers. For questions or special accommodations, contact or (808) 956-7007.

Positions available with MA`O Organic Farms


MA'O Organic Farms ( has recently received a grant from Native Hawaiian Education Programs (NHEP) to hire two, in-school garden coordinators at Wai'anae High School and Wai'anae Intermediate School. Main duties would be to:

1. work to promote the use and productivity of our in-school, organic gardens
2. run after school garden programs
3. collaborate with DOE teachers to develop ag-science curricula integrated with the gardens

These are 3-year, full-time grant contract positions (starts December 2009). Compensation range is $42,750-$45,000/annually depending on experience. All benefits apply. Please help us spread the word. All inquiries can be sent to me.

Click HERE to see the WHS job description.

Click HERE to see the WIS job description.


Summer Miles
Director of Education
(office/fax) 696-5569

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

"Blue Tarp City" Movie About Wai'anae Coast; To Be Featured on 10/16 at HIFF!

Henry Mochida recently directed a movie featuring Wai`anae's homeless crisis.

The movie will be shown at the HI International Film Festival on Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, 5:45 pm, at Dole Cannery. Interviews with Alice Greenwood, Lucy Gay, Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, Wil Hoover, and many homeless along the Wai`anae Coast are featured.

For more information, and for prices of DVD's/screenings, visit:


Monday, October 12, 2009

The George Washington University Native American Political Leadership Program

--- On Thu, 10/8/09, Denice Keliikoa wrote:

The Native American Political Program (NAPLP) is awarding an academic scholarship to spend a semester at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., beginning January 2010. NAPLP partners with Semester In Washington Politics (SIWP) allowing students to participate in hands-on internships and interact with political leaders and policymakers.

As a participant in NAPLP you will have the opportunity to:

** Spend a semester in the nation's capital while taking classes at GW
** Participate in hands-on-internships
** Interact with political leaders and policy makers
** Receive academic credit for classroom study
** Study issues of importance to your communities

You will also learn key elements of political campaigns and governance such as: message development, voter targeting, media production, direct mail, fundraising, lobbying, and grassroots advocacy.

Who should attend: A select group of qualified undergraduate Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students will receive individual scholarships to cover tuition and fees for six academic credits toward applied American politics, on-campus housing, books, travel to and from Washington D.C., and a stipend for other expenses.

Deadline: Application deadline for spring 2010 is November 1, 2009.

Semester In Washington requires the following application pieces:
** NAPLP Admissions & Scholarship applications, available at
** One letter of recommendation
** Official transcripts of all college academic work
** Current resume
** Indication of tribal enrollment and/or Native American (American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian) ancestry

Interested students who are enrolled members of a Native community or possess proof of ancestry may apply online or download the application and mail the copies attached to:

SIW Admissions
The George Washington University
1922 F Street, NW, Room 401-A
Washington, DC 20052

For more information: Call NAPLP at (202) 994-8909 or toll-free at 1(800) 367-4776; You can also visit the website at:

Denice Keliikoa, CFRE President
Valley of Rainbows ...Making Dreams Come True
PO Box 1009, Wai'anae, HI 96792
Phone: (808) 286-7869 Fax: (808) 696-3389
This is a great day to create, imagine, produce and visualize.