Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Your assistance to help save the libraries is very much appreciated by the people in Hawaii and especially by those on the Oahu Leeward Coast.
To support the Libraries, urge legislators to keep the State Libraries' cut at the current 10% or less, which is in the current draft of the Budget (HB 200 HD 1). You may want to email these key legislators:
Senate President Colleen Hanabusa - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ways and Means Chair Donna Mercado Kim - email@example.com
Speaker Calvin Say - firstname.lastname@example.org
Finance Chair Marcus Oshiro -email@example.com
Monday, March 30, 2009
WOW is having a Yard Sale this coming weekend, and we are looking for donations. Our scholarship announcement is coming out soon and applications are available. All profits from this Yard Sale will go toward the scholarship(s). The more money we have, the more people we can award.
Friday, March 27, 2009
The beat officers in Nanakuli have been made aware of the newly opened Nanaikeola Senior home and will be making more frequent patrols of the area. Also, I have instructed Officer Tony Pacheco of my Community Policing Team to contact the management of the facility and possibly initiate a Neighborhood Security Watch for the area.
Major Michael K.S. Moses
Regional Patrol Bureau
District 8 (Ewa-Kapolei-Waianae)
Monday, March 23, 2009
The Waianae Library is having a Spring Intersession Reading Contest for students in Kindergraden through 6th grade.
Also back by popular demand, Musubi Man, a play for children ages 2-5.
To view more information about either of these events, click here.
On Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28, the Waianae Library will be having a book sale. Not just books, but also DVD's, CD's, and videotapes! Click here to view the full flyer.
To view and print the Library Membership Application, click here.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Where: Hawaii State Capitol
There will be many Taro education booths, music, art, games, food and cultural demonstrations.
Don't miss this family roots celebration!
To get more information and view the flyer, click here.
This 200 person conference will focus on building a youth movement around food sovereignty, while simultaneously strengthening the adult support structure for that movement, and disseminating and discussing ideas and actions that can substantively impact food sovereignty in Hawai‘i. The conference will inspire youth delegates and adult participants to take immediate and sustained individual and collective action that contributes to creating a vibrant, robust local food economy. We expect that participants will push for policy change, raise awareness among the general public, and become agents of change in their families, communities, schools and workplaces. The conference will be held June 11-13, 2009 in Kahana Valley. Please visit http://www.handsturnedtothesoil.com/ for more information.
Sponsorships and monetary donations are critical to this conference’s viability. We ask for your kōkua. Please see the attached budget. If you are interested in making a donation towards this event, please contact Summer Shimabukuro at 696-5569 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mahalo Nui Loa,
‘Āina Ho‘ōla o Mā‘ilikūkahi Planning Committee:
Bryna Storch, KAHEA
Claire Sullivan, Whole Foods Market
Hi‘ilei Kawelo, Paepae ‘O He‘eia
Kalani Flores, Napua No‘eau
Kapela Collins, MA‘O Organic Farms
Keli‘i Kotubetey, Paepae ‘O He‘eia
Sean Congdon, Slow Food
Summer Shimabukuro, MA‘O Organic Farms
Maile is also trying to obtain the list of the approximately 2200 ceded land sales and transfers prior to 1998, which was submitted as an exhibit to the Supreme Court by the Attorney General's Office.
At this time, SB 1085 and SB 1677 continue to move through the Legislature.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
The Waianae Farmers’ Market is relocating to Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center (WCCHC) on Saturday, May 2, 2009. The market, currently held at the Makaha Resort, will hold its last market there THIS SATURDAY. The Waianae Farmers’ Market will be CLOSED ALL OF APRIL and REOPEN AT THE HEALTH CENTER ON SATURDAY, MAY 2nd, and will be open EVERY SATURDAY thereafter. Its new hours will be from 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon. Please help pass on this information to all of your family and friends. Click on the link below for more information or to leave feedback about the new move.
For more info call Desiree at (808) 697-3599
Below is an email from Joni Kamiya, Asa Yamashita's cousin.
I am writing to you in regards to the recent murder of my cousin, Asa Yamashita. She was a wife, mother, sister, daughter, and loved one to our family and her death was a senseless act of violence. I feel that she is yet another headline in the news of senseless violence that plagues Hawaii because of a failure in the systems we have in place that is supposed to keep its citizens safe.
I a hoping that through this incident with its subsequent investigation, something will change so that no other family and community has to experience a loss such as this. There has been too many stories like this in the news lately. The Koko Head crater attacks, the Adam Mau-Goffredo murders, the death of Cyrus Belt under the hands of Matthew Higa, the Sanchez-Brown murder, Karen Ertell murder, as well as Janel Tupuola, are all deaths that should not have happened but did because of a system failure.
When laws are passed to establish punishment, it needs to be carried out accordingly. When a criminal is given a life sentence, it should mean never leaving prison, ever. The parole board should not be granting parole to someone with a life sentence. Judges who let people off lightly should also be held accountable for these criminals also. We should not be letting out a multiple offender out of jail at all. How many times does someone need to commit a crime before they really stay in jail? Do we know where these criminals go after they are released and is the community alerted? I realized that they have protections but we as law abiding citizens should have the right to know also. These people are dangerous to society but are let out only to commit more crimes against more innocent victims causing more pain and suffering to families.
We have also seen a breakdown in the mental health system here also. Too many times, these criminals are known to be at risk to others and themselves yet they are still allowed to roam freely among the public. Matthew Higa was known to be mentally ill yet there was no supervision of his psychiatric status while out in the community. It is well known that a lot of mentally ill patients are not compliant with medications and will become psychotic without it. It becomes a revolving door of them getting treatment then going back out in the community then back again to the psych unit because of noncompliance. I would not be surprised if the alleged perpetrator in Asa's death had some issue with mental illness at some point in his life and was in state care. Also, families of these criminals know that this person may be a danger to others yet where is the support for them to get help? The people closest to these criminals have no where to turn when it comes to getting treatment and maintenance of their loved one with mental illness and neither does the community.
I also would not be surprised that Asa's killer may have been on drugs too. We can't blame drugs for his actions completely. Someone somewhere knew that he may have had issues with it, and likely had no where to turn to get him help or didn't even bother to address it.
The easy approach that could be taken from this whole incident is look at the fact that this perpetrator was able to buy and knife and use it and maybe we need to have permits to buy knives. Or in the other cases, we have to have more gun control, or enforce restraining orders, etc. There is a much bigger issue that I challenge all of you with as our lawmakers. The challenge is to not make more laws to try and prevent crimes but overhaul and rework our systems in place to avoid these kinds of tragedies from happening again. The system is disjointed and does not work!
When a deranged person gets a knife in his or her hand and takes a life away, our governmental and societal systems have failed each and everyone of us. We all have failed to save an innocent victim's life. So I am writing to you to help in retooling our systems so we don't have to see another headline in the news. Two young children, a husband, her father, and her sisters as well as the community all have lost their loved one. I urge you to look beyond making laws to stop this unnecessary loss from happening again and fix the systems that should have stopped this in the first place.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
The Space Discovery Institute offers six separate 2009 graduate-level courses:
· Biological and Physical Research: International Space Station Science & Space Law
(June15 - 19)
· Astronomy Principles for the Classroom: Exploring our Universe/The Search for Life (June 22 - 26)
· Space Technologies in the Classroom: Nanotechnology and Space Spinoffs (July 6 – 10)
· Earth Systems Science: Planetary Geology (July 13 -17)
· Lunar/Mars Exploration and Base Construction (July 13 -17)
· Rocketry: Space History (July 20 -24)
These interactive, hands-on courses provide educators with experience, knowledge, and content that is immediately transferable to the classroom. Participating educators may elect to receive continuing education or graduate academic credit for the course, and graduate credit may be applied toward one of several master’s degrees offered through the Space Foundation’s partner universities.
The Enos scholarship was established in 2005 and is awarded annually. Space Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Elliot Holokauahi Pulham and his wife Cynthia A. Pulham of Colorado Springs fund the scholarship, which honors the memory of Elliot’s grandmother, Lucy Enos, who was born in Pahala, Hawaii, in 1898. Enos’ father was a Scottish immigrant and her mother, Keali’iholokahiki, a native Hawaiian. Lucy married Henry Enos and together they raised a son, a daughter, and three adopted children while successfully homesteading a sugar plantation in Pahala and a cattle ranch on lands in Kioloka’a and Kamaoa. Enos died in Hilo, Hawaii, in 1976.
Scholarship applicants should become familiar with Space Foundation teacher training and Space Discovery Institute programs by visiting the Foundation's Web site at www.SpaceFoundation.org/education/content.php?id=328
Interested teachers should apply by submitting a letter, not exceeding two pages, and detailing the motivation for applying, interest in space themes in the classroom, what the applicant hopes to gain from the experience, which of the six Space Discovery Institute courses he/she would like to attend, and how the knowledge gained will be applied in the classroom. The application letter must be endorsed with a letter of support by a principal or other supervisor.
Applications must be received no later than April 17, 2009, and should be addressed to:
Iain Probert, vice president, education
310 S. 14th Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80904
The recipient will be notified in early May.
About the Space FoundationFounded in 1983, the Space Foundation is an international nonprofit organization advancing space-related endeavors to inspire, enable, and propel humanity. A leader in space awareness activities, major industry events, and educational enterprises that bring space into the classroom, the Space Foundation is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo. It conducts research and analysis and government affairs activities from its Washington, D.C., office and has field representatives in Houston, Texas, and Cape Canaveral, Fla. The Space Foundation, along with partnering organizations, sponsors three major events each year, the 25th National Space Symposium March 30 – April 2, 2009, in Colorado Springs, Space Business Forum: New York on June 4, 2009, in New York, N.Y., and an event with the United States Strategic Command next fall in Omaha, Neb. For more information, visit http://www.spacefoundation.org/.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Subject: RE: Question re: Drainage in Lahilahi steam
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2009, 10:26 AM
Our Engineer, Mr. Dennis Toyama, called. . .and explained that the City went out to the site and it appears that the problem may be overflow from Farrington Highway. . .Mr. Toyama also informed. . .that the City is currently undertaking a study that looks at the Lahilahi drain outlet and what measure could be done to prevent sand/coral blockage of the pipe. The City presently has a temporary grating on the outlet that [Dept. of Facilities Maintenance] DFM has mentioned that it is working fine. The City’s study will evaluate permanent fix. The City has written a letter to the State and we are waiting for a response. . .
Where: Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center (WCCHC) Dining Pavilion
When: March 17, 2009 - Tuesday - 6:30pm
*Help plan the action steps to address health care for our patients
*Share your experienes with the QExA Health Plans
*Hear updates on the QExA program for WCCHC patients
The Medicaid QUEST Expanded Access (QExA) program went into effect February 1, 2009. The Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center (WCCHC) was one of three community health centers that have not signed on to a QExA plan contract. The Health Center, currently operating as an out-of-network provider, has yet to determine its continued participation in the program after April. Waianae and Waimanalo Health Centers are the medical home for more than 3,000 QUEST Expanded patients. At the February town meeting, community members considered options in response to what was voiced as dissatisfaction with the QUEST Expanded Access Program. At the March 17th meeting the community will receive an update on State Legislation, a request to DHS to change the terms by which out-of-network providers can function, and current and potential litigation. More than 150 community members are expected to participate and actively advise Center officials. The meeting will be taped and shown on Olelo.
-- light snacks provided--
For more information call: 697 - 3457
56th Year Charter Night.
Date: Friday April 24, 2009
Time: 5:00 pm till 10:30 pm
Where: Herbert K. Pililaau Army West Camp
(Waianae West Camp)
MC: PID Lion Mel Nakamura
Ono food, Movie (Legacy of the Hawaii Lions), Door Prizes and Fellowship.
R.S.V.P By: March 27, 2009
To RSVP email:
1st VP: Lion David Lopes Jr. email@example.com
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Subject: World Surf Engine
Aloha Friends and Family,
We are finally launching the worldsurfengine.com website. . .we are here with a product that we believe will best serve our users.
At this time it is essential that we get the support of friends and family to spread the word about our website, as we go out and begin seeking venture capital to support our marketing efforts. Our goal is to improve the site through the beta stage over the next six month period with the input of our esteemed colleagues, friends and family.
We sincerely ask that you contribute to our goals by either and/or signing up for an account on our social network and inviting other friends and family to join in our efforts. If you run a business please feel free to sign up for listing your business and or adding a logo link. Business listings are free, and Logo links to your websites are $20 a month with a 10% discount if you sign up for a year.
At this time the first 10 customers (per category button) to sign up for a logo listing will be free of charge for a year. Please feel free to browse through the website (click into the Hawaii section on the map). Tell us about your user experience and send us any feedback you may have and someone will respond within 24 hours.
Thank you for your time and we look forward to hearing from you.
World Surf Engine LLC
[Note from Maile: Ignacio Fleishour is Maile's friend and former Makaha housemate.]
Need something to do Thursday evenings in March at 8 pm? Turn to Olelo Channel 54 for Westside Solutions, hosted by City Councilmember Todd Apo.
The feature for the March Westside Solutions series is Rich being interviewed on the Health Center’s training programs.
Hope you can catch one of the showings which start tonite at 8 pm and repeats every Thursday in March at 8 pm.
Joyce O'Brien, MPH Associate
Director Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center
86-260 Farrington Hwy.
Waianae, HI 96792
Phone: 808-696-1457 Fax: 808-696-7093
Subject: Sidewalks in Makaha
Date: Monday, March 9, 2009, 12:49 PM
Thanks for passing on [the] concern about wheel chair users having to use the traffic lanes on Farrington Highway in the Makaha area and your inquiry if the DOT has any plans to install sidewalks in the area.
Unfortunately, the DOT does not currently have any planned projects for the installation of new sidewalks along Farrington Highway in the immediate future. The Oahu Regional Transportation Plan (ORTP) 2030 that is prepared by the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OMPO) includes a Farrington Highway Safety Improvement project from Makua Valley Road (Kaena Point) to Aliinui Drive (Kahe Point), including a realignment around Makaha Beach Park between Makau Street and Water Street. This project is found in the Long Range Plan 2016 - 2030 section of the ORTP 2030. Since DOT uses the ORTP 2030 as a planning document to provide general guidance in scheduling and programming projects into our own program, DOT did not have any plans to undertake this project in the more immediate timeframe.
As an update for your information, on February 17, 2009, our Design Branch staff contacted [the constituent]. She advised them that she has observed wheel chair users in the travel way of Farrington Highway near the Makaha Shores Apartments, Orange Street, Jade Street, and the Water Street areas. During our recent field investigations of these areas, we did not observe wheel chair users in the travel way, however, that does not mean that it does not happen, only that our snap-shot observation of the area did not confirm this concern. We also noted that a four-foot wide paved shoulder outside of the white edge stripe was constructed in a DOT paving project last year. In the interim of further improvements, this paved shoulder is providing a traversable area for wheel chairs.
After discussing this concern with [the constituent], our staff conducted preliminary engineering evaluations and have found that if sidewalks are installed in this area, other work such as drainage improvements and utility relocations will be required as the physical changes necessary for the sidewalks will then create other secondary hazards that will require changes to accommodate them as well. This will make a seemingly simple undertaking a very expensive. We estimate that furnishing sidewalks, drainage improvements, and necessary utility relocations along this stretch of highway will cost somewhere between $18 million to $25 million.
Later this year, DOT will be starting design activities for a future safety improvement project from Leihoku Street to Makau Street. While the main purpose of this project is to provide affordable safety improvements for motorists, DOT will also seek to include affordable opportunities for pedestrian and wheel chair facilities where possible.
Sidewalks could provide additional safety for pedestrians and wheel chair users. However, we are mindful that some in the Waianae Coast community prefer not to urbanize the area. Context sensitive design is an important part of the DOT’s project development process. We encourage the general public and the community stakeholders to participate in the public involvement process for the design and construction of these improvements.
If this is something you would like to continue to pursue, please let me know as we would need to review our program and have further discussion with OMPO on discussing what other projects we would need to defer in order to accommodate these improvements.
From: Makaha Ahupuaa Community Assn. firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: March Monthly Meeting
Please be advised of our monthly meeting which will be held on Thursday March 12, 2009 at the Makaha Marketplace, 6:30 p.m. (Please use the Farrington Highway entrance)
Agenda Items will incude:
Highway Cleanup Schedule
Kili Drive Update
Mailing List Update
We look forward to seeing you at the meeting. . .
Nanaikeola Senior Apartments Now Open with Onsite Property Manager; Applications Still Being Accepted
Subject: Nanaikeola Senior Apts - Nanakuli
. . .Nanaikeola is now open! The onsite Property Manager is Mark Guddal and he can be reached at 668-4702. We are still accepting applications from those 62 yrs of age and older.
Kevin R. Carney, (PB)
Vice President, Hawaii
841 Bishop Street, Suite 2208
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Subject: Nanakuli High and Inter Performing Arts presents final weekend of "Disney's High School Musical 2"
The Nanakuli High and Intermediate School Performing Arts Center presents the final weekend of its production of "Disney's High School Musical 2" on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 pm and on Sunday, March 15 at 5:00 pm.
We hope you will be able to attend one of the performances as we are very proud of this production as we are the first group in Hawaii to present this show and we are presenting our upgraded stage and lighting system. . .
Robin Kitsu, Director
NHIS Performing Arts Center
Monday, March 9, 2009
2nd Thursday is a monthly meeting of organizations providing services to the homeless community on the Wai`anae Coast.
Our objectives are the following:
*Network and share information on services available for Wai`anae Coast residents and residents of Wai`anae Coast emergency and transitional shelters.
*Develop a continuum of services for people accessing shelter services and other help by coordinating and collaborating among ourselves.
*Discuss policy issues affecting health and human services on the Wai`anae Coast with an emphasis on housing and shelter issues.
Our 2nd Thursday meeting in March is scheduled for March 12 at the Ulu Ke Kukui Dining Room. It is a brown-bag meeting (bring your own) or you can purchase food and drinks at the site.
The following is the agenda for this meeting:
11:30am Registration, Lunch
Noon Welcome and Introductions
o Fanchon Keamo
Service Provider Presentations
o Homeless Outreach Services
- Wai`anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center – Homeless Outreach
- Wai`anae Community Outreach – Drop In Center
o Wai`anae Coast Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Programs
- Wai`anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center – Malama Recovery
- Ho`omau Ke Ola
Announcements, Discussion on next Meeting
We will have a table available if anyone wants to bring materials or program literature to distribute. Let us know if you can make it and if you would like to order food.
Any questions, call Anna at 696-1217.
Leeward CC-Wai`anae Education Center is growing in many ways – more students, additional faculty and staff, and a greater variety of courses and programs. Come and experience our vibrant and supportive environment. Find out what students have to say about the high quality education they receive at LCC-W. We will be highlighting our students’ perspectives and talents, our liberal arts and workforce development courses and programs, and our community partnerships. We will also provide workshops on applying to college, applying for financial aid, and completing the college placement testing.
LCC-Wai`anae is located at 86-088 Farrington Highway, next to the Wai`anae Mall between Cathay Inn and City Mill. Our LCC-W `ohana is looking forward to welcoming you with great aloha! For more information, call Laurie Lawrence at 696-6378.
To view the flyer click here.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
The Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyards 2009 Apprentice/Engineering Job Fair is scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2009 from 8:30am to 12:00pm. It will be held at Honolulu Community College (874 Dillingham Blvd) in the area known as the Courtyard. Honolulu Community College has ample free parking for job fair attendees.
The website for applicants will open the day of the Job Fair (28 March) and close at 11:59 p.m. on April 11, 2009. The website is: https://acep.hawaii.navy.mil
Nanakuli High is sponsoring a recycling drive on Saturday, March 21, 2009 from 8:00am to 2:00pm.
The proceeds from this drive will go to help send the Robotics Team to the National Competition.
To learn more about the event and to view a list of accepted recyclable items click here.
Monday, March 2, 2009
--Mahalo to the National Guard, Civil defense, and everyone else who has volunteered to help clean up after the disaster.
Click here to read the Star Bulletin article
The lucky attendees will be treated to the much anticipated initial public unveiling of Debartolo Development's regional center, Ka Makana Ali'i. The regional center will be developed in phases on 67 acres of land, which upon completion, will possibly become the largest regional center in the State of Hawaii and will generate up to 3,000 new jobs.
The event will generate much media coverage, and promises to provide an exceptional opportunity to learn first hand the plans of this major development for West Oahu. Attendance will be limited, so please inform all to register as soon as possible.
To view registration form click here.
The meeting will take place at Nanaikapono Elementary School cafeteria, on Monday, March 9 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Currently the Army has a list that includes 116 known archaeological sites.
The list is available at the Wai'anae, Kapolei and Hawai'i State public libraries.
The army is planning on reviewing the current list and using the public comments to eventually draft a list of high-priority sites including the rationale for the selection of each site. This final list will be available in June.
Comments can be submitted at the meeting or by mail, e-mail, and fax.
Mail comments to: U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii
Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division
Attn: Cultural site list comments
947 Wright Ave.
Wheeler Army Airfield, Schofield Barracks, HI 96857-5013.
e-mail comments to: email@example.com
fax comments to: 808-656-1039.