Thursday, May 28, 2009
Date: Thu, 28 May 2009 12:54:00 -1000
Subject: Two Lane Closure by Nanakuli Ave to begin as early as 6/8/09
We wanted to give you a heads up about the next major section of work for the Board of Water Supply’s (BWS) vital water system improvement project in Nanakuli.
The BWS will need to close two lanes of Farrington Highway by Nanakuli Avenue beginning as early as June 8. The contractor is waiting until after the school session ends to begin this work to help minimize traffic impact during the busy school season. The contractor will close both town bound lanes, during regular construction hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.) as they work to install the new 24-inch waterline. During this closure, right and left hand turns will not be allowed into Nanakuli Avenue. Motorists are advised to use Haleakala Avenue instead. 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. This section of work is expected to take about two months to complete.
To get weekly project and traffic pattern information please visitwww.boardofwatersupply.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or to the BWS Construction section at 748-5730.
To help inform the community of this next closure, we have updated the information on the BWS website, have announced this information at the neighborhood board meetings, are in the process of changing the information on the sign boards in the area, have provided this information for west side stories, and a media notice will be sent to the traffic reporters. But as always, we would appreciate your help in spreading the word with the community.
Moani Wright-Van Alst
Here's a quote from one of their enthusiastic students, Lily Cabinatan: "We will be performing a lot all over the community. All are welcome. It's great exercise and so much fun!"
The line dance photos are compliments of Lily Cabinatan.
For more information about Lily, visit:
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
There is a new NOAA Fisheries Service webpage up from the Pacific Islands Regional Office (PIRO) entitled "Swimming with Wild Spinner Dolphins".
Click HERE to go to the webpage.
The intent is to offer easily accessible and easy-to-understand information about the potential impacts of swimming with wild dolphins. Please pass this link around to help get the word out.
NOAA Fisheries Service, PIRO
Protected Resources Division
Friday, May 22, 2009
The AFSC Hawai’i Area Program in partnership with the Wai’anae Environmental Justice Working Group will sponsor Ka Makani Kaiaulu o Wai’anae - a summer youth environmental justice training institute for Wai’anae youth.
The goal is to provide an opportunity for Waianae youth who care about their community and their ‘aina to learn community organizing and environmental justice documentation skills that can be applied to conditions in their own communities.
Wai’anae is one of the communities most heavily affected by industrial, agriculture and military pollution, as well as many of the cultural, social and economic diseases of colonization.
At the same time, Wai’anae has been a leader in confronting these harmful policies and impacts. This is an opportunity to support the development of new, young leaders in the struggle for peace and justice.
We are now accepting applications for youth ages 14 – 19 for participation in the program. It will take place over four weeks June 22 to July 18, mostly at the Leeward Community College Wai’anae branch office, but also involving lots of field work.
There will be classroom learning, community outreach, field investigation, mapping of environmental threats and interviewing residents about conditions.
At the end of the course, participants will be given a stipend of $400.
Please share this with teachers, parents, youth, community workers who may know young people in Wai’anae who are interested in taking action for their community and the ‘aina. [Note: For more information, call the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) or email email@example.com].
Program Director, AFSC Hawai’i
Monday, May 18, 2009
6/8/09 Mon 4:30 pm
6/10/09 Wed 4:30 pm
6/15/09 Mon 11:30 pm
6/17/09 Wed 11:30 pm
6/22/09 Mon 4:30 pm
By Mary Adamski
For further information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
...My parents are residents of your district, and...The purpose of my email is to mention to you that our program is tasked with...rehabilitating local watersheds, using federal grant funding under the EPA’s Clean Water Act (s. 319(h)).
We repackage the annual grant and disburse accordingly throughout the State, to local non-profit groups. However, there are some restrictions to the grant, including 1:1 matching requirements, as well as the need for demonstrable results in water quality improvements (i.e., simply cleaning up the banks of a stream would not suffice, unless removing trash shows that sedimentation, nitrogen loads, etc. is reduced in the water).
We recently posted an RFP on our website (link below), and I ask that you pass that link to... non-profit groups that you feel could potentially benefit if their proposal is approved.
Please note, while we are emphasizing funding projects in priority watersheds throughout the State (unfortunately, there are no priority watersheds in the Wai`anae and Makaha Valleys), we are willing to fund any project in any location, assuming that it meets our other requirements as outlined in the RFP.
Should the timeline be too restrictive (the RFP closes on May 18), we can store the contact information and directly contact the organizations when the next RFP is posted (possibly in the Fall of this year, definitely FY10 next Spring).
Here is the link:
Thank you for your time,
Grants Management Specialist
Polluted Runoff Control Program
Clean Water Branch, State of Hawai`i Department of Health
In the May edition of Westside Stories I advertised for anyone interested in the Ka Wai Ola community liaison position to submit their resume by May 15. The position pays $800/month at 10-15 hours/week.
If you know of anyone interested please forward this message to them. I will extend the deadline, no problem. Job description included below.
The Pacific American Foundation is seeking a Wai`anae Coast community member to assist with an Environmental Protection Agency grant, beginning June 1, 2009. The purpose of Ka Wai Ola O Wai`anae Moku (Water for Life in Wai`anae District) project is to asses how human activities near streams are negatively impacting near-shore waters along Wai`anae Coast. Paid, part-time position, 10-15 hrs/week.
Candidates must meet the following requirements:
• Live in and be well connected with the Wai`anae Coast community.
• Assist with identifying and collaborating with community partners.
• Coordinate logistics and attend community meetings
• Have access to the Internet, email and be proficient with Microsoft Office.
• Be a team player and detail oriented.
• Available for mandatory training on the Mainland in November 2009
Submit resume to Leslie Kahihikolo at Leslie@thepaf.org by May 20th.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
COSTS FOR ADS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
1/16 PAGE IS $100
1/8 PAGE IS $150
¼ PAGE IS $225
½ PAGE IS $375
FULL PAGE IS $625
Organizers are also looking for this year's Ahi Fever Queen. For more information, CONTACT NORMAN SWIFT AT NSWIFT9005@MSN.COM
Last year's Ahi Fever was held on June 14 and 15, 2008. To view the results, click on the following:
Congratulations to all 2008 participants and winners. Hope to see you at this year's tournament June 20 & 21, 2009!
Photo from the Honolulu Star-Bullwetin, 15 June 2008
Friday, May 8, 2009
The League is fundraising and selling ads for the souvenir program (see attached letter).
For more information, email KAULANA5298@ yahoo.com or ucasuga@hotmail. com
Note: Please disregard the May 4 deadline in the attached letter; the deadline to purchase souvenir program ads has been extended to May 20, 2009.
TO SEE THE ATTACHED LETTER, CLICK HERE.
Please note in the [May 8] OEQC bulletin, that the Army is asking whether or not there is interest to form a RAB (Restoration Advisory Board) for two areas in Makua (outside of MMR).
This would be an Army RAB as opposed to the Navy RAB that I co-chair with the Navy for NavMag and NRTF.
-- Cynthia Rezentes
For more information, visit:
Office of Environmental Quality Control
235 South Beretania Street, Suite 702
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
586-4185 (ph) 586-4186 (fax)
Thursday, May 7, 2009
The Department of Health is conducting a research project on pandemic influenza. The project is called Vaccine: Surviving Hawaii’s Next Pandemic. The goal of the project is to involve the public in thoughtful discussion on the question of how to prioritize who should first get limited supplies of vaccine in the event of a pandemic.
A meeting is planned for Saturday, May 16 at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, to invite leeward coast input.
The Department of Health is really trying to reach out to the public to hear their thoughts on this topic which will affect everyone if a pandemic ever occurs.
To learn more about this project click on the following links:
http://www.khnl.com/ (see Vaccine: Surviving Hawaii’s Next Pandemic)
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
The public is invited to the next Ka Wai Ola O Waianae Moku advisory committee meeting on May 26 at 6:30 pm in the Waianae Satellite City Hall multi-purpose room. For more information, please see the minutes below.
Ka Wai Ola O Wai’anae Moku Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes
April 28, 2009
William Aila, Jr.
Leslie Kahihikolo (Project Director)
Patty McDougall (Community Liaison)
Letters of Agreement to participate on the advisory committee were received by:
William Aila, Jr.
Laurie Lawrence (LCC Wai`anae Campus-letter of commitment to partner with project)
Patty McDougall resigned as the project coordinator/community liaison as of April 30, for personal reasons.
Westside Stories Announcements/Articles
The following project-related ads/articles will be appearing in the May edition.
- Multimedia production company to produce a video documentary on Ka Wai Ola.
- Community Liaison- begin work June 1
- Article - seeking community participation
EPA Press Release
Our EPA project officer, Debbie Liang, is working with Dean Higuchi (EPA Honolulu) to coordinate a press release regarding the receipt of the Ka Wai Ola cooperative agreement. Laura Yoshii (EPA Regional Administrator) would like to present an “oversized” check to the Waianae Coast community during a layover in Hawai`i.
- Laura Yoshii will be passing through Hawai`i:
- June 18 or 19
- June 29 or 30
- We will know her exact schedule in May.
- The advisory committee agreed to the following location and agenda:
- Location - Ulehawa Stream at Farrington Hwy – because of rubbish in stream and associated canals, represents the need for the Ka Wai Ola project.
- 10 am start time – last no more than 1 hour.
- Pule/Oli – ideas for who will do this?
- Presentation by Laura Yoshii (5 minutes) – Dana Newman to speak with friend about kapa gift for Laura.
- Presentation by Herb Lee from Pacific American Foundation (5 minutes)
- Presentation by kupuna (5 minutes) – need ideas?
- Presentation by teacher and students (5 minutes) – Leslie suggested Kaiawe Makanani (Nānākuli 9th grade science teacher) and a couple of his students. Mr. Makanani is interested in partnering with Ka Wai Ola to give his students hands-on experience with a real-world project. Open to other ideas.
- Focus of community presentations – why the Ka Wai Ola project is important. “I fish here, I swim here, these keiki are the reason we need the project.”
- Photos with the BIG check
- Incorporate culture and history of area, i.e. Akua Maui. It was suggested to contact Jonathon Moniz at Nanikapono Museum for information and students.
- The media (TV, newspaper, etc.) will be invited to attend.
- Leslie will share information with EPA on conference call on May 5.
- LCC Waianae Campus – Darwin Bohnet, summer environmental studies class will coordinate and conduct stream walks. Leslie meeting with Darwin on April 29 to discuss logistics.
- Vernon Keliikipi will assist with on-ground coordination
- Goal is to conduct a visual assessment to view human impacts to streams
- Open to the community, Saturday mornings in June – dates to be published in Westside Stories (due May 10).
Collection of Existing Water Quality Data
- Ongoing effort by Chaminade University
- Report due end of June
The advisory committee expressed their interest in the following training opportunities:
- Department of Health – Bruce Tsutsui
- State Response Program – Risk/hazard communication
- EPA Brownfields Contractor
- Conduct Phase I assessments along four streams, which will provide a snapshot of historical uses in the area and pinpoint potential environmental issues. This will be a paper search; no site visits to private properties.
- Leslie to discuss with EPA and their contractor in the near future.
- EPA CARE grant assistance
o EPA project officer, Debbie Liang, will submit a proposal for the Ka Wai Ola project to receive contract assistance. The contract can only be used for items not in the project work plan. This will help with building capacity and increasing networking opportunities for the community.
o The advisory committee asked for assistance in interpreting water quality data collected by Chaminade University. The contractor could be used to review and explain the water quality and chemical data at workshops. This will assist the committee with assessing and prioritizing data for the action plan.
o The contractor may also be used to assist with identifying best management practices to address water quality issues.
- Other trainings
- The advisory committee also asked for a training from the EPA enforcement/compliance office.
- Also, conducting risk assessments.
Respectfully Submitted By:
Pacific American Foundation, Ka Wai Ola O Wai’anae Moku Project
Aloha concerned residents to Help Save TheBoat,
Honolulu City Council members and Mayor Hannemann will determine whether to extend TheBoat contract. Tell them you want to continue TheBoat.
- To email the Mayor and all Council members click this link: Honolulu City Government Email
- To email Mayor Hannemann, copy this address and paste it into your address bar. email@example.com
- Click here to contact an individual City Council member: http://www.co.honolulu.hi.us/
Public Service Announcements (PSA) on Oahu's Olelo cable TV to help save TheBoat
Click on this link to see a two-minute combination PSA: Save TheBoat on Oahu PSA Collage
Upload your Video
Upload your short Save TheBoat rally video on to YouTube, MySpace, etc. Email the link to WeSaveTheBoat@gmail.com to be put on this web page and, if you request, it will also put it on Olelo Cable TV to be aired as a frequent public service announcement (PSA). Gather several people and video them saying DON'T STOP THE BOAT, KEEP THE BOAT AFLOAT, KEEP THE BOAT CONTRACT, etc. or invent your own chant. Use the above PSA's as a guide.
Click here to see the article from the Star Bulletin Council poised to sink TheBoat dated April 14, 2009:
- TheBoat represents safe, convenient and reliable service (Consistent commute times 1 hr pier to pier)
- TheBoat is an integrated component of the entire transportation system
- TheBoat provides an additional transportation choice (In case the freeway is shut down, ie overpass accident in Aiea)
- TheBoat ties seamlessly with the TheBus (schedule, routes, fares)
- TheBoat helps get people off the roads (and reduces congestion)
- TheBoat provides a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere
Friday, May 1, 2009
Aunty Aggie has been Executive Director of the Waianae Coast Culture & Arts Society for forty six years and a Kupuna of the Nanakuli Hawaiian Homestead Community Association.
The University of Hawaii's Spring 2009 Advanced Degree Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2009 at the Stan Sheriff Center on the UH Manoa Campus. Aunty Aggie will be presented with the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at that ceremony.