Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Army Seeks Comment on Makua Cultural Site Preservation List

The Army has released its recommended high priority cultural site list for unexploded ordnance clearance at Makua Military Reservation.
Copies of the list are available at the Hawaii State Library.
A second public meeting will happen, but a date has not yet been set.

To read more info regarding this issue please visit The Honolulu Advertiser's article by clicking here.

Guidelines for Recognizing Influenza (Flu)

From the Hawaii State Department of Health:

Guidelines for Recognizing Influenza (Flu)
Symptoms and Management

Signs and Symptoms of Influenza (Flu)

Infection with the influenza virus typically causes:
• fever (temperature >100º F)
• cough
• sore throat
• tiredness
• headache
• muscle aches.

Other Facts about Influenza Infection

The influenza virus is spread by the tiny droplets expelled when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These respiratory droplets do not usually remain airborne as they are heavy enough to quickly fall out of the air; however, they can spread approximately 3-6 feet from the infected individual. Infection can result from breathing in these droplets before they fall or by touching a surface on which the droplets landed (such as a doorknob or computer keyboard) and then touching the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose, or eyes. Depending on conditions, the virus may live for 1-2 days on hard surfaces.

A person infected with influenza can spread the virus in their respiratory droplets for about 24 hours before they begin to feel ill and will continue to expel the virus in respiratory secretions for about 7 days after they develop symptoms (children may spread the virus for up to 10 days after the start of illness).

How to Limit the Spread of Infection

• Stay healthy – eat, rest, drink plenty of fluids, exercise, and get vaccinated yearly against seasonal flu
• Wash your hands frequently or use alcohol-based hand sanitizing gel
• Clean hard surfaces such as doorknobs and telephones with disinfecting wipes
• Cover your nose and mouth with the inside of your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze and encourage others to do the same
• Put used tissues in the trash
• Stay home from work if you are ill, and keep your children home from school if they are ill
• Practice social distancing (for example, work from home, bank on the internet, or avoid unnecessary travel)
• Be prepared if you are asked to voluntarily remain at home – have an emergency supply kit for your home including water, food, and medications (both basic non-prescription medications like ibuprofen and at least a 2 week supply of prescription medications.)

What to Do if You Are Ill

A fever may indicate infection with influenza. Have a thermometer at home and know how to use it properly.

• Place the thermometer bulb under the tongue for at least two minutes
• Wait more than 10 minutes after eating or drinking before taking your temperature
• A temperature 100º F or higher indicates a fever

If you have a fever and have recently traveled to a country or state where avian or swine influenza is present, or if you have been in contact with someone who has, you should contact your doctor immediately and avoid contact with other persons to whom you could spread infection. Before you arrive, call your doctor’s office to let them know that you are concerned about influenza infection. Putting on a surgical-type mask may be helpful to decrease the chance of spreading infectious respiratory droplets.

If you have not recently traveled or been in contact with anyone who has, you may still wish to see your doctor for seasonal influenza treatment or to exclude other illnesses (including leptospirosis or dengue fever). In general, healthy persons with seasonal flu may remain at home and care for themselves as described in the next section.

If the pandemic phase increases, meaning there is human-to-human transmission of a pandemic influenza virus, persons with fever should follow the directions issued by HDOH to obtain treatment from the appropriate hospital, clinic, or alternate health care facility.

Caring for a Person Infected with Influenza at Home

The ill person should:

• Avoid contact with healthy family members
• If possible, stay in a separate room with the door closed
• If possible, use a separate bathroom that is cleaned daily with household disinfectant
• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and dispose of the tissue in the trash
• Wear a surgical-type mask, if available
• Not go out to go to work, school, the store, or anywhere else
• Drink plenty of fluids and eat a healthy diet as possible
• Get plenty of rest
• Take over the counter medications (e.g. to treat fever, congestion, cough) as needed to support you through the illness
• Children (18 years and under) should NOT take aspirin or aspirin-containing products (e.g. bismuth subsalicylate – Pepto Bismol) if influenza is suspected because of the risk of Reye syndrome, a rare but serious complication. For children, other medications such as acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol) or ibuprofen (e.g. Advil or Motrin) may be used for relief of fever.

Other people in the house should:

• Discourage visitors
• If possible, have only one adult in the home care for sick persons. Because this adult may be at higher risk of becoming infected and may spread the virus to others even before feeling ill, he or she should wear a surgical mask when leaving the house.
• Avoid having pregnant women care for the sick person
• Try to stay away from the ill person, or stay 6 or more feet away
• Wash their hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand gel frequently, including after every contact with a sick person or the person’s room or bathroom.
• Encourage the ill person to drink plenty of fluids and a nourishing diet and get plenty of rest.
• Not use the ill person’s plates, silverware, towel, or toothbrush
• Wash the ill person’s sheets and clothing with detergent and tumble dry on high heat
• Wash any other items touched by the ill person with soap and water or clean with disinfectant wipes
• Monitor the ill person for signs of potential need for specialized health care at an appropriate facility. Such signs may include:
- Shortness of breath or increasing difficulty breathing
- Persistently high fever (temperature greater than 102º F) despite taking
appropriate medications (e.g. acetaminophen [e.g. Tylenol] or ibuprofen [e.g.
Advil or Motrin])
- Mental confusion
- Lethargy (i.e., not alert or responding to normal stimuli)
• If the ill person shows signs of worsening or if uncertain, contact your primary care physician and/or public health authorities (contact information will be made available during a pandemic)

Stay at home when they have a fever and during the time that are most likely to spread the infection to others (7 days after the start of illness for adults, and 10 days after the start of illness for children).

For a printable version of this document, click here.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Waianae Students Head to Washington, D.C.

WHS Searider Productions award-winners. L-R: Ed Recco Eli, Amber DeMarco, Kayla Hines, and Brittany Gomes.

Students from Waianae High School's Searider Productions program will be awarded the Rudy Tokiwa Memorial Award for the documentary they produced with the Hawaii resident Eddie Ichiyama, a member of the legendary 442nd Battalion in World War II.

The award winnning students are:
Amber De Marco
Ed Recco Eli
Brittany Gomes
Kayla Hines


To read the full press release click here.

Dwayne Dino Ortiz Receives Most Visionary Speech of the Year Award

Congratulations to Dwayne Dino Ortiz, a junior at Waianae High School, who is in charge of the Arts and Creative Writing Program at the Waianae Boys and Girls Club.

On April 25, 2009 Dana Newman of Maile's office presented Dwayne with an honorary certificate from the House of Representatives for writing the most visionary speech the year.

To view the text of the certificate, click here.

Farrington Highway Two-Lane Closure to begin 5/5/09


We wanted to give you a heads up that the Board of Water Supply (BWS) has reached the first section of roadway that will require two-lanes of traffic to be closed as part our vital water system improvement project in Nanakuli town. The first two-lane closure will begin on May 5th, and will close two lanes of Farrington Highway just west of the Verizon Hawaii Cable Station. The work is expected to take about two-three weeks to complete and will happen during regular construction hours, 8:30 a.m.- 3p.m. This is the first of four sections along Farrington Highway that will require two-lanes to be closed.

Once that area is finished, crews will close one lane on Farrington Highway and work Honolulu-bound towards Black Rock and then will work Waianae-bound until after the school session ends. The ongoing contra flow pattern will continue whenever only one lane of traffic is closed. Then after June 8, 2009 crews will work on the second two-lane closure section, which will be at the Nanakuli Avenue intersection. This is being done to help minimize traffic impact during the busy school season. Crews will try their best to finish this work before the fall school semester begins.

Engineers are in the process or redesigning the water lines for the other two-lane closure sections so we do not have start dates and durations for those areas at this time. We will notify the community two weeks prior to setting up the two-lane closures in these areas. As with all of our construction work, the schedule is our best estimate - unforeseen circumstances such as a storm or any unanticipated emergency work may impact construction schedules. We will all work our hardest to stay on schedule and notify you and the community if there are any major changes to the schedule. Attached is a map, which indicates in red where the two-lane closures will be.

The BWS recognizes that Farrington Highway is the only way in and way out of the Leeward Coast and understands how frustrating it is for residents who have to drive through the construction areas. The BWS will continue to do everything possible, in accordance with approved traffic control plans, to try to keep the traffic moving and will continue to coordinate with HECO and the State Department of Transportation. Special duty police officers will be placed at selected traffic lights and/or around the construction zone to help direct traffic and have been instructed to keep traffic flowing to the best of their ability.

The BWS has also created a special website and hotline for the community which provides weekly project information, which is updated every Friday. To access the information, visit and click on the “Board of Water Supply Farrington Highway Projects” link or call 748-5310 for a voice recording. Questions and comments can also be sent to or to the BWS Construction section at 748-5730.

Please help to spread this news with the community. Mahalo nui for your continued patience and kokua.

Moani Wright-Van Alst

Honolulu Board of Water Supply

Communications Office

To view the map click here.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Legislative Update from Maile

2009 Bill List … Representative Maile Shimabukuro

This year, I have introduced several bills of concern to constituents and community groups. During this Session, I am Vice-Chair of the Hawaiian Affairs Committee. Also, to meet our district's many needs, I serve as a member of the Health, Human Services, Education, & Higher Education Committees. In response to a request from Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, I have submitted proposals to federally fund several Wai'anae Coast projects. I support these bills:


. HB 991 HD2 SD1 sets up loan repayment program for UH Medical School graduates and other graduates with training in Hawaii-based medical programs in rural areas.

. HCR 89 (SCR 52) requests Ho'okako'o Corporation to report on progress of pilot projects in conversion charter schools (one of which is Wai'anae's Kamaile Academy.)

. SB 496 SD2 clarifies functions, duties and roles of Charter School Review Panel in the administration & operation of schools; improves fiscal & budgetary accountability

. SB 1096 SD2 HD1 appropriates funds for science-, technology-, engineering-, and math-related programs and k-12 creative media education programs

. SB 1250 SD1 HD1 clarifies that no teacher may be employed as an emergency hire for more than three consecutive years; certain unlicensed teachers may be employed on an emergency basis for no more than four consecutive years

. SB 1679 SD2 HD1 appropriates moneys from the emergency & budget reserve fund ("Rainy Day Fund") to maintain programs for education, human services and health


. HB 895 HD2 SD2 increases tobacco tax and deposits unspecified % of proceeds into Community Health Centers Special Fund & Tobacco Prevention & Control Trust Fund

. HB 1378 HD2 SD1 requires insurers to recognize advanced practice registered nurses as participating providers and allow recognition as primary care providers

. HB 1504 HD1 SD1 creates Hawaii Health Authority to plan universal health care

. SB 585 SD2 HD1 authorizes remote dispensing pharmacies to provide medications to patients with health insurance coverage and dispense controlled substances

. SB 940 SD1 HD1 requires insurance entities providing state Medicaid services to contract with a minimum of 50% of providers in their coverage areas

. SB 1140 SD2 HD3 requires all health plans to pay federally qualified health centers no less than their prospective payment system rates, and critical access hospitals to pay no less than a certain % of costs for all services provided to plan beneficiaries

. HCR 223 requests a comparative financial & management audit of DOH Mental Health Centers and Wai'anae's Hale Na'au Pono community mental health center


. HB 1186 HD1(Act 18) eliminates Hawaii Community Development Authority's cash-in-lieu option for meeting affordable housing requirements

. Congressional appropriations for Fiscal Year 2010, as submitted by Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, include potential funding for two Wai'anae Coast projects: $100,000 each for Habitat for Humanity's Kaukamana Hale 25-home Self-Help Building Project and Maili Self-Help Housing

Human Services

. HB 1098 HD2 SD2 puts 24-month limit on general assistance to households without minor dependents; converts general assistance to an entitlement program

. HB 1064 HD1 SD2 makes an emergency appropriation to address budget shortfall for general assistance payments in April, May, June of 2009

. HB 1525HD1SD1 requires DHS to award Medicaid contracts to nonprofit entities only

. HB 1642 HD1 SD1 allows only licensed providers to submit proposals for purchases of health and human services and for exact amount to be expended by State

. SB 108 increases max. term of temporary guardianship of minor from 6 to 12 months

. SB 190 SD1 requires DHS to allow two private-pay clients to live together in a community care foster family home if clients share relationship—e.g., husband/wife

. SB 1344 HD1 eliminates positive enrollment for QUEST & QExA recipients; requires insurance entities providing Medicaid services to enter into written contracts with at least 50% of hospitals & providers in their coverage areas

Energy & Environment

. HB 1271 HD3 SD1establishes food security special fund & a task force to address energy & food security needs; revises per-barrel petroleum product tax

. HB 1273 HD1 SD1/SB 1338 SD2 HD2 allows use of clotheslines on single-family homes & townhouses

. HB 1464 HD3 SD1 encourages renewable energy use, efficiency and development

. SB 266 SD2 HD2 establishes climate change task force to assess impacts of global warming and climate change trends in Hawaii


. HCR 171 requests auditor to study feasibility of removing amateur boxing from jurisdiction of State Boxing Commission


. HB 1665 HD1 SD2 prohibits sale of public lands on which Hawaiian fishponds are located

. SB 1677 SD1 requires two-thirds vote of Legislature to sell or exchange ceded lands

Public Safety

. HB 1040 HD1 SD1 makes permanent the law shielding county lifeguards from liability

. HB 1713 HD2 SD1 allows Civil Defense, when no emergency exists, to enter private property to clean streams & waterways and carry out other preventive measures

. HB 1776 HD1 SD1 helps enforce law prohibiting inmates in correctional facilities from receiving state public assistance


. HB 983 HD1 SD2 requires DOT to provide federal Safe Routes to School funds for projects to reduce vehicular travel and congestion and encourage walking and cycling

. HB 1422 HD1 allows counties to remove abandoned vehicles from private roads

. HB 200 HD1 SD1 (Budget) includes $7.5 mil for construction along Farrington Hwy for congestion relief and safety improvements between Honokai Hale and Hakimo Rd.

. SB 718 SD1 requires state & county transportation departments to reasonably accommodate access & mobility for all users of roads & highways; sets up task force

. SB 1202 SD2 HD2 establishes development of non-fossil fuel transportation as state policy goal; requires parking space & development of electric vehicle infrastructure

. SB 1611 SD2 HD2 authorizes DOT to pursue 6-yr modernization program and implements plan through increase of various taxes; potential projects listed include Makaha bridges and Leeward bikepath


. HB 1436 HD1 SD1amends permitted agricultural district uses to include agricultural education programs conducted on a farming operation

. HB1663 HD1 SD1 prohibits testing/growing of genetically modified (GMO) taro

. HCR 222 & HR 191 requests the Dept of Agr to prioritize state-owned Important Ag Lands to maximize use for critically needed agricultural & dairy production


. HB 984 HD3 implements recommendations of Hawaii Broadband Task force by implementing the Hawaii Communications Commission

Consumer Protection

. HCR 221 requests DCCA, Board of Veterinary Examiners and Humane Society to implement comprehensive pet protection program for dogs & cats


. HB 333 HD2 SD2 creates state earned income tax credit funded with TANF funds

. HB 895 HD2 SD2 CD1 increases tax on wholesale price of tobacco products other than cigarettes and deposits a percentage into the Community Health Centers Special Fund

. SB 1248 SD1 HD1 extends tax credits for agricultural producers and manufacturers participating in enterprise zone program


. SB 896 SD1,HD1 clarifies that positions in Hawaii National Guard sponsored adult educational programs are exempt from civil service requirements

Read to Me International presents Moonlight Magic!!!

Wine Tasting, Silent Auction and Live Dessert Auction
-Silent Auction features a Mini Cooper ($24,000.00 upset price) and many fine wines

Saturday, May 2, 2009
Kapi‘olani Community College, ‘Ōhi‘a Dining Room
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
(Heavy Pupu’s)

Cost of Event:

$100.00 per ticket (70% of which is tax-deductible)
Corporate sponsorship tiers range from $2000.00 – $10,000.00

More information: click here or call (808) 955-7600

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Congratulations Mitchell Chun from Waianae High School

The Pacific and Asian Affairs Council (PAAC) is giving twenty public high school students the opportunity to travel to South Korea for a 15 day, on an all-expense-paid Summer Study Tour Scholarship provided by the Freeman Foundation.

Mitchell Chun from Waianae High School was selected for this special opportunity.

Congratulations Mitchell Chun!!! Keep up the good work!

Planning Commission to visit Waimanalo Gulch

A special meeting will be held by the Planning Commission of the City and County of Honolulu for a site visit to Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill including the City's H-POWER facility. The planning commission will gather at Kapolei Hale lobby for boarding of vehicles to the site.

To view the full flyer click here.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Economic Crisis Stalls Homeless Aid

The Honolulu Advertiser has written an article explaining how the budget shortfalls are affecting the homeless situation. Click here to read the full story.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Ceded Lands Update: Hawaiian Affairs Committee Discusses Supreme Court Ruling

Maile pictured with friend and Waianae resident Aika Makaula at the Taro Festival on Hawaiian Caucus Day at the State Capitol.

By Travis Quezon April 12, 2009

HONOLULU — The House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs held an informational briefing this week on the United States Supreme Court’s ruling and “What’s Next.”...[and the] proposed compromised draft amendments to SB 1677 [was also discussed]...

Both Attorney General Mark Bennett and Attorney Bill Meheula explained that in the proposed compromise language...any sales of certain state lands are subject to legislative approval. If the legislature fails to approve the concurrent resolution by at least a two-thirds majority vote of both houses, the transaction shall not be consummated by the state department or agency...

Disapproval by resolution of [transfers or] exchanges of public land as defined in chapter 171, HRS occurs by... by two-thirds vote of either the Senate or the House, [or] majority vote of both houses of the Legislature....the Office of Hawaiian Affairs would be notified of any proposed transfer or exchange of “ceded lands.”...

Vice Chair, Rep. Maile Shimabukuro expressed concerns over the disapproval process of the bill, whereby a single committee chair has the power to pull a resolution before it is heard. If a legislator wants a transfer or exchange of ceded lands transaction to happen, all they have to do is make sure that the concurrent resolution is not heard. This kills the resolution and therefore no disapproval occurs...

“I am still in favor of a full moratorium,” said Rep. Mele Carroll, Chairwoman of the House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs. “However, I could live with a sunset date on a moratorium making it one, two, three or even five years to give us some time to discuss, evaluate and come up with a policy that we can all live with, if that is the direction this body wants to move in, our goal should be that the trust is protected, especially if the Legislature cannot reach an agreement on the policy.”

For the full text of the article, click here:
Hawaiian Affairs Committee discusses Supreme Court ruling

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Makaha Bridge Under Emergency Repair; Buses Temporarily Re-Routed to Upena Street

Wayne Yoshioka, director of the Department of Transportation Services, sent the following message:

"...Because of the bridge problem on Farrington Highway , buses cannot proceed to their normal turnaround at Makau Street . They have no choice but to turn around earlier and Upena Street is, unfortunately, the best turnaround without taking the buses too much off their route.

Buses will be off of Upena Street as soon as the bridge issue is resolved. We will send a message to TheBus to make sure drivers are extra careful when they drive through the neighborhood. I will keep you updated."

Emergency Room, LCC-Waianae Bldg., Keawaula Updates & Support Needed

Here are updates on the Budget:

Emergency Room (ER)
Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center (WCCHC) needs $332,000 added to their ER budget, bringing the total funding to $1.8m, or they may be forced to close during certain hours.

Leeward Community College-Waianae (LCCW)
Maile got $3m into the first draft of the budget to purchase and construct a new building for LCCW. These funds are not in the current draft, and need to be restored.

Keawaula Bay, aka "Yokohama" Lifeguards
There was some concern earlier when funds for lifeguards at the beach were cut from the Budget. The good news is that $500,000+ was later put back in by the Senate in its version of the budget, HB 200 HD1 SD1. Mahalo to Senate President Colleen Hanabusa for helping to fight for this.

Your Help Is Needed
Both the House and Senate continue to work on the final version of the Budget (HB200). Maile suggests that you urge the Legislature to support the funding listed above. Here are people to contact:

Chairs of the two money committees--Rep. Marcus Oshiro, Chair of the House Finance Committee (586-6200; fax: 586-6201; and Senator Donna Kim (587-7200; fax:587-7205; ), Chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee

Senate President Hanabusa (586-7793; fax: 586-7797;

Speaker Calvin Say (586-6100; fax: 586-6101;

All Representatives / Senators can be emailed at:

Please make your voice known within the next two weeks, as the Legislative session ends on May 7.

If you have any questions, email or call 586-8460. Mahalo!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Waianae Coast Mental Health Update

The measure is moving through the House, and will hopefully cross over to the Senate for their consideration.

To view the measure, click here. Please support this measure.

Further, the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center recently submitted testimony to the State Council on Mental Health describing the severe negative impact the state's funding cuts to mental health services has had on the Waianae Coast. To view WCCHC's testimony, click here.

Hale Wai Vista Low Cost Rentals Project Construction Underway

Click here to see the construction photos of the Hale Wai Vista low cost rentals, located behind Cathay Inn.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Waianae Farmers' Market Re-opening

The Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center will soon be hosting the Waianae Farmers’ Market, scheduled to reopen on Saturday, May 2nd at 8:30 a.m.
The Waianae Farmers’ Market promotes local agriculture and sustainability – and buying local supports our island’s economy!

For more information click here.

Deadline extended but act fast for HAWAI`I FUTURE FORTUNE 500 LUNCHEON

The Hawai`i Association for Career and Technical Education (HACTE), in partnership with the State of Hawai`i Career and Technical Education Center, is sponsoring Hawai`i’s Future Fortune 500 Luncheon as part of the HACTE Annual Awards Luncheon for the second year and we would like to extend the invitation to you to participate.

At the luncheon, 250 high school and community college career and technical education students will have a chance to be matched with 250 business people from a variety of occupations and will have the opportunity to sit and chat over lunch and talk about the challenges and rewards of the job.

They are seeking 250 high school and community college CTE students to join business representatives from your field of interest. The information and experience gained from this event is sure to be valuable as you embark on your career!

To view more information click here and to view and print the application click here.

Donations Plea for May 2nd Event at Pai'olu Kaiaulu

The Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA) is sponsoring a community service event on May 2 at the Paiolu Kaiaulu emergency shelter. The theme is to have a typical Okinawan heritage club picnic at the shelter. This will include games for the kids, Okinawan food, and donations for the families.

HUOA is asking for donations of personal items such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, towels, toiletries, tissue, disposable razors, shaving cream, toothbrushes, powdered laundry detergent, clean clothing for infants and children. Please note that due to the facility (no kitchen) and living quarters, food donations are not requested.

Donations may be left at the Waianae Legal Aid Office, located in room 8 of the Satellite City Hall (85-670 Farrington Hwy.), during business hours. Donations may also be left at the Honolulu Legal Aid Office, 924 Bethel St., during business hours.

For more information please contact Russ Awakuni through email at ruawaku@LASHAW.ORG.

[Note from Maile: Russ Awakuni is involved with HUOA and is the new managing attorney for the Waianae Legal Aid Office. He is covering for the previous managing attorney while she is on sabatical.]

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Chevron/Hasta Grants program

The Chevron/Hasta Grants program is made possible through a partnership with Chevron and the Hawaii Science Teachers Association. The purpose of the partnership is to make grants available for teachers for innovative projects that will directly impact the quality of education for students in the areas of conservation, environmental stewardship and science. The grants are awarded by an advisory council and range in amounts of $100-$1000. Last year, $10,000 grants were awarded to public and private schools statewide! The deadline to submit an application is May 20.
For more information, or to download an application, please visit

Waianae Coast Projects On Rep. Hirono's Appropriation Request List

Congresswomen Mazie Hirono has filed her FY2010 Appropriations Requests.
To view the whole list click here.

Four of the appropriation requests made by Congresswomen Hirono were projects Rep. Shimabukuro requested funding for. Those project are:

1) Maili Kaukamana Housing Project (Habitat for Humanity)
2) Maili Self-Help Housing Project ($100,000)
3) Ohana Ola O Kahumana (Employment Training Program)
4) Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center (equipment and supplies)

Please urge Congress to fund these requests.

Crime Victim Compensation

Victims and family members of victims of Murder I or II, Negligent Homicide I or II, Assault, I, II or III, Sexual Assault I, II, III or IV, or Abuse of a Family or Household Member may call the Crime Victim Compensation Commission at 587-1143; Hawaii County 974-4000 x71143; Kauai County at 274-3141 x71143; Maui County at 984-2400 x71143; or Molokai/Lanai at 1-800-468-4644 x71143; Email address:

The Commission provides compensation to victims of violent crimes for their crime-related injuries and losses, and to "Good Samaritans" for injuries or property damage suffered in the prevention of a crime or apprehension of a criminal.

More information, and applications are on-line at

EXPO for Community Change

Hawaii People's Fund & Hawaii Community Foundation are hosting a public exhibition of community organizations that you should know.

When: Saturday, May 16, 2009
Time: 10am -12noon
Where: Kapiolani Community College, Ohia Building
(above the weekly Farmers Market - buy local, go shoping first!!!)

With donations, Hawaii People's Fund supports community-based groups working for social change throughout the island. Since 2007, Hawaii Community Foundation has matched many of their grant awards.

Meet over 30 groups funded in 2008 for their work for progressive social change in many intersecting arenas including:

*Advocacy for Women/Youth/LGBTIQ
*Cultural Continuity & Indigenous Rights
*Criminal, Economic, Enviromental, Media, Racial & Social Justice
*Food Sovereignty
*Peace & Demilitarization

This event is FREE!

-Door prizes
-Good People
-Good Fun
-Good Cause

For more information call 845-4800 or email

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

City Seeks Expansion/Extension of Waimanalo Gulch; Motion to Intervene Due April 17; Planning Commission Hearing May 6

The City has applied for a Special Use Permit (SUP-2 (RY)), for a 92.5 acre expansion/15 year extension for the Waimanalo Gulch landfill. Current zoning for the land in question is AG-2 (General Agricultural District). To view the notice of the City's application, click here.

The deadline to file a Motion to Intervene is April 17, 2009.

Further, the Planning Commission's hearing on this matter is on May 6, 2009, 1:30 pm, at the City Council Mtg Rm, 2nd floor, 530 S King St.

The Office of Planning previously issued a position statement in opposition to the City's proposed District Boundary Amendment for Waimanalo Gulch. The statement expressed many reasons why they were opposed, including concerns regarding asbestos and mercury, at Waimanalo Gulch. To view the Office of Planning's statement, click here.

For more information, call the Planning Commission at 768-8007.

Native Hawaiian Recruitment for Law School on May 16

Time: May 16, 2009 from 8:45am to 12pm
Location: William S. Richardson School of Law - Classroom 1
Organized By: Ka Huli Ao

Event Description:Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law is continuing the effort to increase the number of Native Hawaiians admitted into the William S. Richardson School of Law. Ka Huli Ao will accomplish this by providing classes to prepare aspiring law school applicants for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). This program has shown to be successful.

See more details and RSVP on Maoliworld by clicking here.

HI Youth Corps Summer Jobs

HI Youth Corps is hiring youth ages 14-24 for summer jobs. Pay is minimum wage ($7.25/hour), and the jobs are in various City and non profit locations throughout the state.

Click here to view or download the information and forms for the program.
Click here to view and download the Worksite Application.

For more information, visit the Oahu Worklinks Office (Waianae Satellite City Hall, room 6),
call Donna Sautana at 832-7818, or
vist the Youth Services website at

City Kapolei train station workshop Tuesday, May 12 PLUS 2 ADDTIONAL WORKSHOP DATES

There will be two more Kapolei train station workshops on June 29 and August 5. Both will also be at Kapolei High School from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This is an update to the original posting below.

From: Ishikawa, Scott []
Sent: Thursday, May 07, 2009 1:12 PM
To: Rep. Maile Shimabukuro
Subject: City Kapolei train station workshop Tuesday, May 12

…We are holding a community workshop in Kapolei next week Tuesday at Kapolei High School from 6:30 to 9 p.m. to gather public input on the train station appearance. There will be three rail stations in the Kapolei area (see attached flyer)…


Scott Ishikawa
City Department of Transportation Services
Rapid Transit Division


2nd Thursday Housing Meeting Agenda

2nd Thursday Housing Meeting

Ulu Ke Kukui

87-576 Kulaapuni Street

Waianae, Hawaii 96792


Our 2nd Thursday meeting in April is scheduled for April 9, 2009 at 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 our agenda for this meeting:

11:30 a.m. - Registration, Lunch

Noon - Welcome and Introductions

o Franchon Keamo

o Hazel Keala

Service Provider Presentations

o David Blanchard – Catholic Charities / Therapist on the Leeward Coast

o Annette Keanu – Maili Elementary School (PCNC)

o Barbie Lei-Burgess – Director of Waianae Neighborhood Place

Announcements, Discussion on next Meeting

1:00 p.m. - Pau

We will have a table available if anyone wants to bring materials or program literature to distribute. Share this invitation with anyone else you feel would benefit. Let us know if you can make it and if you would like to order food. I can be reached by replying to this email or by calling 696-1217 (ask for Anna) if you have any questions.

About 2nd Thursday

2nd. Thursday is a monthly meeting of organizations providing services to the homeless community on the Waianae Coast. Our objectives are the following:

  • Network and share information on services available for Waianae Coast residents and residents of Waianae 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 Waianae Coast with an emphasis on housing and shelter issues.

Makaha Ahupuaa Community Association


The April meeting of the Makaha Ahupuaa Community Association will be held this Thursday April 9, 2009 at the Makaha Marketplace, at 6:30 p.m. (Please use the Farrington Highway entrance)

Meeting Agenda

Makaha Mango Festival
Highway Cleanup Schedule
Kili Drive Update
Election of Secretary

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting. Please note that there are no minutes for the February meeting.

If you would like to be on our email list, please send an email to

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Undergrounding Utility Lines in Nanakuli (Update)

From: Deweese, Garen []
Sent: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 3:08 PM
To: Rep. Maile Shimabukuro
Subject: Undergrounding Transmission Lines in Nanakuli


I wanted to let you know that we (HECO) filed an application with the Public Utilities Commission to underground the 46kV line along Farrington Highway between Hakimo Rd. and Black Rock in Nanakuli.

This is the first phase of our project to commence with undergrounding the subtransmission line on a portion of the leeward coast.

I wanted to give you a heads-up as soon as possible. . .I"ll keep you abreast as things develop.

Take care

Petition and Update Re: Flooding in Lahilahi St. Area

The Following email is From Mr. Kotake:

"Mervyn M. Kotake" <>
Date: April 1, 2009 9:58:51 AM HST
Subject: Re: Hui O Makaha, LLC

...Attached is a letter from Director Morioka, which indicates that the State DOT is investigating the feasibility of remedying the blockage of the State Ditch in the vicinity of Farrington Highway and Orange Street. I don't know for certain if and when the State will take action, so it would be helpful if the Waianae Neighborhood Board and/or other neighbors in the Orange Street vicinity follow up in writing to Director Morioka expressing their concerns. The owner of the fence is willing to move it if necessary so that is not a concern. What we need is more community expression of concern to get the State to move more quickly. I wonder if you could schedule this matter for one of your public meetings and invite the State and City officials. FYI, attached is a Petition signed by 79 individual from the Waianae area to the State asking for relief.
The other part of the problem is the drainage system in Lahilahi Subdivison which we believe is inadequate and prone to blockage. We are trying to schedule a site inspection with Dennis Toyama, Dept. of Design and Construction, to investigate this matter. When the inspection is scheduled, I will let you know.
If you need any further information, please let me know. Our concern is that unless the State and County takes action, if there is another heavy rain like last Dec., the neighborhood will experience severe flooding and damage again.
Merv Kotake

If you would like to sign the petition email Mr. Kotake at

To view the current petition click here.

To view the letter from Brennon Morioka, Director or Transportation to Mr. Kotake click here.

Give MOM some flowers and market goodies for MOTHER'S DAY!!!

Mother's Day is May 10. Don't forget to stop by the Waianae Farmer's Market at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center (WCCHC) to pick out some fresh and local goodies for your mom, or take her with you!

The market is EVERY Saturday from 8:30am to 12 noon.

For more information click here.

Waianae Lualualei Restoration Advisory Board Meeting

The next Waianae Coast/Lualualei Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at the Waianae Public Library. This meeting is open to the public.

To view the agenda click here.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Makaha Hawaiian Civic Club (MHCC) Meeting and Neighborhood Security Watch

MHCC president John DeSoto invites the community to the club's next meeting, on Wednesday, April 8, 6:30 pm, at Waianae District Park. Agenda items include the club's proposed closure of the Mauna Lahi Lahi Beach Park bathroom.

At 7:45pm following the meeting, MHCC will hold a citizens patrol walk in the area of Makaha 7-11 with Officer Mike Kahikina.

For more information, email Lu Faborito at

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


It has become a tradition for Hoa'Aina O Makaha and Makaha Elementry to celebrate the accomplishments and achievement of its students with a Farm Open House.

Everyone will gather at the farm on Saturday, May 2, 2009 at 2pm-5pm.

To view the community invite video click here.

To view the official flyer click here.

Hot Rods for a Cause!

Ohana Cruise & NAPA are sponsoring this Free Car Show to Help Prevent Domestic Violence.

When: Sunday, May 3 9:00am - 5:00pm
What: Car Show, Swap Meet, Prizes, Music and Food!
Where: Kalaeloa Airport, Hanger 111
Why: Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention
Cost: FREE!

For more info view the flyer here or call Cal Domen (696-1726) or George (457-8219)