Monday, December 27, 2010

Maile's Blog MOVED to

Maile's appointment to the State Senate to fill the vacancy left by Congresswoman-elect Colleen Hanabusa prompted the creation of a new blog. The "21maile" blog will focus on news impacting Senate District 21 (Ko Olina, Nanakuli, Ma`ili, Wai`anae, Makaha, and Makua).

Mahalo nui loa to Maile's father, James Shimabukuro, PhD, for creating the new blog, and transferring all the past posts from the "maile45" blog.

From now on, please log on to Maile's new blog by clicking here or visiting this link:

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Governor fills Senate seats


View press release from Governor's office HERE.

Governor fills Senate seats

Abercrombie chooses a former legislative colleague and a current House member

By B.J. Reyes

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 22, 2010

Gov. Neil Abercrombie turned to present and past legislative experience in filling two Senate vacancies yesterday.

The governor named state Rep. Maile Shimabukuro and former state Sen. Malama Solomon -- an ally of Abercrombie's from their days in the Legislature -- to fill vacancies created by the resignations of Colleen Hanabusa (D, Nanakuli-Makua) and Dwight Takamine (D, Hilo-Hawi).

"Maile and Malama were selected from a group of fine candidates with outstanding credentials," Abercrombie said in a news release. "They are dedicated public servants who will help move the state forward in these difficult economic conditions."

Both said the economy and helping public education would be among their priorities in the Senate.

Shimabukuro, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, has represented the 45th House District (Waianae-Makua) since 2003. Abercrombie will appoint her successor.

Noting that there are fewer members in the Senate than the House, "Bills are able to move faster," Shimabukuro said. "I think it will be an exciting chance for me to try to push things through."

Solomon served in the Senate from 1983 to 1998 and as an Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee from 1980 to 1982. She was the lieutenant governor candidate on the 2006 Democratic ticket with Randy Iwase that lost to Linda Lingle.

Solomon is a former University of Hawaii-Hilo affiliate professor and a Hawaiian-studies teacher.

"I worked with the governor when he was a state senator in the Legislature, so the governor and I have an excellent working relationship," Solomon said by phone from the Big Island. "And I just feel that I could be of great service to our district.

"I know our needs and our priorities, and I felt comfortable putting my hat, so to speak, back in the ring."

Hanabusa and Takamine are leaving their elected offices with two years remaining on their terms. By law the governor must appoint a replacement who lives in the district from a list provided by the party of the departing member.

Hanabusa was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives last month and will head to Washington, D.C., when the new Congress convenes next year. Abercrombie has appointed Takamine director of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, subject to Senate confirmation.

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no more Waianae landfills, say most District 1 candidates


No more Waianae landfills, say most District 1 candidates

By Leila Fujimori

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 22, 2010

Affordable housing, landfills and the tug of war between agriculture and development were among topics faced by candidates last night at a community forum.

Twelve of the 13 people running in the special election to replace former City Councilman Todd Apo participated in the District 1 forum at Nanakuli High and Intermediate. John Roco was the only candidate not there.

Apo resigned Nov. 8 to take a position with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. His successor will serve the remaining two years of his four-year term.

About 75 members of the community attended.

Most of the candidates agreed that the Waianae Coast should not have to bear any more landfills.

Kioni Dudley said a recycling system that is being used in 14 U.S. cities and Europe will "eat everything we have at the present time."

Tom Berg said, "I want it shipped and shipped now." He proposes getting rid of the Jones Act, which restricts cargo vessels serving Hawaii to U.S.-flagged ships.

Chris Lewis said new waste management technologies will take time. He said Oahu needs to take small steps that can be done now.

Bob McDermott suggested creating dust and trash barriers to minimize problems. James Manaku said Waimanalo Gulch can become an asset, suggesting technologies can be used.

Former Teamsters Union executive Mel Kahele said, "What we need to do with PVT is to get them out," referring to the company that operates the landfill.

"In two years, Waimanalo Gulch will end up in PVT," Kahele said.

Celeste Lacuesta said "the dust travels for miles" and "should not be anywhere near any housing. No PVT (Landfill) for the Nanakuli area."

Jason Espero, son of state Sen. Will Espero, said that looking at other technologies and finding a reasonable site for another landfill need to be done.

When asked what the city should do as far as low-income housing, Lewis said he supports an apartment-oriented design, rent assistance, work-force housing and Habitat for Humanity.

Berg suggested manufacturing prefabricated housing, retrofitting shipping containers for homes and even building yurts.

Dudley said, "What we need to do is get into rentals. No one can afford $400,000 for a house. We need affordable rent," and suggested $900 a month.

Kahele and Victoria Yuen suggested the city partner with the state and federal government for affordable homes and helping the homeless.

Matthew LoPresti, a Hawaii Pacific University professor, said affordable housing and rentals and rent control are needed.

On the question of preserving agricultural lands versus development, most candidates support protecting agricultural lands.

LoPresti, however, said, "If we just say no to everything, we will lose," and suggested balancing agriculture and development.

McDermott and Rose Martinez said they support diversified agriculture.

Gary Velleses said he helped form a farmers association and "will stand for agricultural land."

"I think farmers should have priority," he said.

Mail-in ballots were sent out Dec. 6 and must be received by the city clerk's office by 6 p.m. next Wednesday.

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Wai`anae High's "Project Graduation" Needs Your Support!

Fundraising for Wai`anae High's "Project Graduation 2011" is underway. The goal is to raise $45,000, so everyone's help is needed.

To inquire about upcoming fundraising events, how to "sponsor a senior," or how to donate to Wai'anae High School Project Grad, call 620-7604 or 520-4542

Or mail checks to:

Wai'anae High School Project Grad
Wai'anae High School
Attn: Nikki Kay
85-251 Farrington Hwy.
Wai'anae, HI 96792

Photos of Wai`anae Coast Christmas Parade 2010

Mahalo nui loa to the Wai`anae Coast Rotary Club for organizing another very successful Christmas Parade. This year, there were more floats and spectators than ever! Special mahalo to my driver, George Shishido, who Cal Domen has recruited to help with many events on our Coast.


Have a safe & happy holiday season!
~ Maile

Thursday, December 16, 2010


The Wai`anae Hawaiian Civic Club (WHCC) organized the building of the E Ala voyaging canoe in 1981. Although the canoe is currently docked at the Maritime Education Training Center (METC) at Sand Island, WHCC, Polynesian Voyaging Society, and many others want the canoe brought home to the Wai`anae Coast to be used for navigational and cultural education.

DLNR officials approved of a plan to permanently dry dock the E Ala in the area between the harbor and Wai`anae High. The next step is getting the BLNR’s approval. L-R: DLNR officials Wesley Choi, Ed Underwood, & Meghan Statts; DLNR Chair William Aila Jr.; and Wai`anae Coast residents Gege Kawelo, Laurie Lawrence, and Sam Kapoi. [Click the image to enlarge; Photo by Rep. Shimabukuro]

On November 16, 2010, Wai`anae Coast residents met with State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) officials asking for their approval to permanently dry dock the E Ala voyaging canoe in the area between the Wai`anae Boat Harbor and Wai`anae High School. Fortunately, the officials, from DLNR’s Division of Boating and Ocean Resources (DOBOR), approved of the proposal.

The next step is to submit plans to DLNR’s Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) for their approval. E Ala captain Sam Kapoi, who showed DLNR a video proposal the he and other Makaha Studios staff put together, is working on the plans for BLNR. "The goal is to build a space which will not only house E Ala, but also eventually become an ocean education center for community members to learn to navigation, canoe building, marine science, and other skills," Kapoi said.

“My goal is to continue to help this project along by hopefully obtaining funds to plan, design, and construct the E Ala Ocean Education Center,” said Rep. Maile Shimabukuro (D-45th). “It is wonderful to work with Wai`anae Hawaiian Civic Club President Gege Kawelo, Leeward Community College-Wai`anae Coordinator Laurie Lawrence, and E Ala Captain Sam Kapoi on this endeavor,” Shimabukuro continued.

“Mahalo nui loa to DOBOR administrator Ed Underwood, and key members of his staff, Meghan Statts and Wesley Choi, who came to Wai`anae to discuss and approve of this project," stated Wai`anae Hawaiian Civic Club President Gege Kawelo.

"Many thanks to former Wai`anae Harbormaster William Aila, Jr., who has supported this effort all along, and played an instrumental role in making this happen. We are very pleased that Governor Abercrombie selected Mr. Aila to serve as DLNR Chair last month," said Leeward Community College-Wai`anae Coordinator Laurie Lawrence.

To sign the Petition supporting the E Ala's return to the Wai`anae Coast, click here, or go to this link:

For more information, email &/or

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Shop Locally for Christmas at Wai`anae Farmer's Market This Saturday!

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The Wai`anae Farmer's Market (WFM) is every Saturday at Wai`anae High School (WHS) from 8-11:30am. Don't miss it!

Click on the link below to view a photo album of the WFM's Grand Re-Opening at WHS in May 2010:
For more information, call
697-3516 or email:

Holiday Gifts for Him or Her: Fashion with Mana`o (Wai`anae Girl Does Good!)

Kealopiko is a clothing line created by three ladies, Hina, Jamie, and Ane (pictured). [Note: Ane Bakutis, kneeling on the far right, grew up in Wai`anae]. The designs on the clothing are things from the natural, cultural, and historical traditions of Hawaii: our native plants and animals, olelo Hawaii (Hawaiian language), our alii (royalty) and the long and amazing moolelo (story) of our existence in these islands. When designing their clothing, the Kealopiko team searches out elements of the past and the present that help people connect to the islands and give them a sense of all things Hawaiian.

The latest Makahiki line and the Hilu line (Kealopiko's line of keiki clothing) are now available on their website. Ordering from their website is easy and fast, so please check them out on the Internet. Also, the remaining shirts and designs from their first lines (that are being phased out) are often available online. So, if you are looking for an older design, chances are you can find it online.

Not only do they make clothing that is comfortable, beautiful and truly represents Hawaii, part of Kealopiko’s mission is to give back to the place they are so thankful to be from. They do this by donating a portion of their profits to organizations that support cultural education and environmental conservation in Hawaii.

Be sure to check them out!
Phone: 808.216.9229
*For specific dates & store locations that carry Kealopiko, please
check out the "events" page on their website.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Camp permits not for homes


Camping permits at city parks are intended for people occasionally pitching tents, but many of Oahu's 4,000 homeless have found them to be long-term residences. The growing problem should pressure the city to find other "safe zones" for the homeless so city beach parks can return to their intended use by residents as places to relax.

Camping permits are free to the public year-round from Friday morning until the following Wednesday morning at more than a dozen beach parks on Oahu. Homeless people have found they are able to pitch their tents as their sleeping place for six days of the week at no cost at city parks, having learned how to obtain permits for Waianae Coast beaches at Kapolei Hale.

State parks where camping is allowed, meanwhile, are a tenuous alternative for the homeless. Permits cost $12 a night for up to six people, requiring organization and expenditure by the poorest of the poor.

In an effort urging the city to grant more beach camping permits for the Waianae Coast, brothers Morris and Thurston Kamealoha have collected 400 signatures on a petition, and state Rep. Maile Shimabukuro, D-45th (Waianae-Makaha-Makua), supports the effort. The Kamealohas had been ordered by police during a birthday/fishing party to leave a beach because they lacked a permit for a tent where their children were resting.

City Parks Director Les Chang has informed Shimabukuro that the city is developing online permitting that "should help minimize long lines and provide a more equitable opportunity for those seeking a recreational camping permit." That may give people with Internet connections an advantage, effectively forcing the computerless to the back of the lines.

The problem, though, of finding a place for the homeless to spend the night will remain. Neither the city nor state can afford to purchase land as "safe zones" for the homeless to lay their heads. As mayor, Mufi Hannemann supported the concept of tent cities but warned that they must come with rules, water, sanitation and private partners to secure them and provide basic services without imposing shelter rules that would result in an exodus.

Gov.-elect Neil Abercrombie stated during this year's campaign, "In the short term, we need to partner with community agencies, the private sector and others to get needed services to individuals and families ... As we go forward, we need more housing that working people can actually afford." Upon becoming mayor, Peter Carlisle signed into law a ban on tents and shopping carts on sidewalks, having tactlessly uttered as a candidate that sprinklers should be turned on in the middle of night in parks where the homeless are camping.

The Lingle administration opposed legislation that would have enabled campsites as "safe zones" for the homeless on city or state park land. But with new administrations on the state and city levels, renewed efforts must be made for inspired options. In July, three state representatives floated the idea of the public and private sectors coming together to create an outdoor area for homeless tents in the short term. This idea should be explored. The current situation in Waianae in which limited camping permits intended for public enjoyment are co-opted for makeshift homes should not continue.

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Hawaii Housing Alliance

The Hawaii Housing Alliance creates and supports healthy, safe, and stable communities for children, families, and workers by advocating for homes that are affordable. We conduct research, educate communities, business leaders, and policy makers, and advocate for homes our workers can afford. Our mission is important to every person living in Hawaii, and particularly those who have families and children they want to see stay in Hawaii and raise their own families.

However, our mission is also important to you. Affordable housing is a key component to solving Hawaii’s homeless crisis. The downturn of Hawaii’s economy and construction industry has caused many of our working families to find themselves suddenly homeless as a result of falling behind in rent or losing their home due to foreclosure. The working homeless, and homeless families are just two of the kinds of people we find on our streets these days.

There are also mentally ill people who have lost their medication and mental health services due to cuts and eliminations of state programs who now find themselves on the street, unable to receive the health care and medication that enabled them to be employed and live productive, independent lives.

I believe the Hawaii Housing Alliance is a resource that could benefit your organization and help you accomplish your mission because of our common interests in housing Hawaii’s people. Won’t you become a member of our online community for free?

Please take a few minutes to visit and fill out the online form. Joining the movement of the Alliance will grow attention to the issue of homeless and affordable housing, and help us educate our communities, business leaders, and policy makers on the true issues of homelessness, affordable housing, and viable solutions.

Thank you for your time and consideration. If you have any further questions please feel free to email me at


Nani Medeiros
Managing Director
Hawaii Housing Alliance

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Health Care Reform: Pre-Existing Insurance Plan in Hawai`i


I would like to share information that could help uninsured individuals who have a pre-existing condition.

Rather than establish a state plan, Hawai`i joined the federal government's high-risk pool. Information on eligibility and how to apply are at:

This link has more details about “Health Care Reform and Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions":

Please spread the word so people who can benefit from this new health insurance program apply as soon as possible!

Hawai`i Covering Kids

"We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future." (FDR)

Read Aloud America Program

RAP is back to Waianae!

Aloha Waianae Readers!

First I'd like to introduce myself. I'm the new volunteer coordinator here at Read Aloud America. I hope you are all still interested in RAP and promoting literacy. I'm looking forward to our upcoming semester but I need your help.

RAP will be back to your area this Spring! Let me know if you are interested in reading. Also if you know anyone who would like to become a volunteer reader, Please have them register online on our website. Please remember that our volunteers commit to all six sessions at our Read Aloud Program.

On February 3, RAP will commence at Leihoku Elementary School. The dates are as follows:

THURSDAY Nights- All age groups are still available
Feb 3, 17
Mar 3, 31
Apr 14, 21

Tricia O. Ching
Volunteer Coordinator
Read Aloud America
Phone: 808.529.9932
Fax: 808.593.1984

There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul!"

-Emily Dickinson

Notice of Public Hearing re Ono Polynesian Inc.

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December Leeward CC Newsletter

Click HERE to view newsletter.

Kamuela Enos of MA`O Farm featured in OHA's monthly newsletter

Click HERE to view on OHA website or cut and paste link below.

Health Officials Restrict Poi Pioneer - Honolulu News Story - KITV Honolulu

Health Officials Restrict Poi Pioneer - Honolulu News Story - KITV Honolulu

`Ōlelo Wai'anae Donations


We wanted to let you know that we will be launching the opportunity for the community to make donations to ‘Olelo on the home page of our web site today. The tax deductable donations will be via PayPal. In addition to the Donate tab on our home page, beginning December 10, you will also notice Donate links on ‘OleloNet pages.

While this is a first for ‘Olelo, many other PEG Access organizations across the country, including others in Hawaii, have been accepting online contributions for quite some time.

Please contact us if you have any questions or comments.


Keali`i Lopez
President and CEO
'Olelo Community Media

DOT response to safety issue on Farrington Highway fronting Makaha Surfside

Aloha Representative Shimabukuro,

Thank you for your letter and concern regarding this site of the November 2nd fatality.

By copy of this email to Edwin Sniffen, Highway's Administrator, I am asking him to review your email and see if any action can be taken to add a crosswalk or propose another solution that addresses ongoing safety concerns. I appreciate your suggestion that legislative funding might assist and Ed can comment on that as well.

Best regards,

Mike Formby

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Great Stocking Stuffer: Rotisserie Chicken Tickets in Support of Kamehameha Schools c/o '82!

Tickets are only $10 each and on sale now - call 808-221-6420 for more info. [Click the image to enlarge]

Monday, November 29, 2010

Holiday Gift Idea: Customized Items by the Perez 'Ohana

Click the images to enlarge.

The Perez 'Ohana of Wai`anae can customize anything from pop-up tents to thermoses, backpacks, jerseys, shirts, stickers, and on and on! Contact "MP SH8KAZ" for your holiday needs!

Holiday Gift Idea: 96792 Pride Calendar!

The "96792 Pride Calendar" features photos of the Wai`anae Coast submitted by local residents as part of a contest sponsored by the Wai`anae Coast Rotary Club. Proceeds from the calendar will benefit the various philanthropic endeavors of the Rotary Club, such as scholarships, the annual Christmas parade, promoting local businesses, etc.

Order the calendar online now at:

Holiday Gift Idea for Her: Sassy Slippahs!

"Sassy Slippahs" Order Form (front). [Click the image to enlarge]

"Sassy Slippahs" Order Form (back). [Click the image to enlarge]


I am proud to introduce my new product line "Sassy Slippahs"- Personalized Rhinestone Slippers. You can put your name, initials, nickname or anything you want. I've attached an order form with all the style selections and ordering information. Slippers start at $18.00 and include letters/charms.

Now no one can steal your slippers when you go to a party and they also make great holiday gifts. Keiki and Adult Sizes available. Sorry men, I don't have any men's selection, but you can make the girls/women in your life happy by ordering slippers for them. =D

Feel free to contact me should you have any questions.

Sassy Slippahs
(808) 542-6245

[Note from Maile: Saydee is a Wai`anae girl, so let's support this young entrepreneur from our community!]

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Excellent Christmas Shopping: Clothing Clearance Sale at Paradise Isle at Makaha Marketplace!

Crystal Robles designing a same-day, low-priced custom t-shirt at Paradise Isle Kama`aina & Visitor Center at Makaha Martketplace. [Click on the photo for a larger view.]

50-70% off clothing in stock, while supplies last! For more information, visit or call the store at 695-8866.

Long time Wai`anae Coast residents Richard and Ursula Robles are the proud new owners of Paradise Isle Kama`aina & Visitor Center at Makaha Marketplace. The Robles, who previously owned Makaha Fashion Boutique, purchased the neighboring space in May 2009 to expand their business.

The store still features affordable fashions for the whole family, and now includes fishing and diving supplies, beach gear and rentals, swimwear, souvenirs, and custom t-shirts, stickers, and banners.

The same-day, low priced, custom t-shirt, sticker and banner service is popular among locals and visitors alike. Customers can create their own designs, and receive the finished product later that day! Paradise Isle does not charge a separate silk screen fee, and will supply the shirts in various styles, from t-shirts, to women's spaghetti strap or regular tanks tops, and sweatshirts.

What: Paradise Isle Kama`aina & Visitor Center

Where: Makaha Marketplace, 84-1170 Farrington Hwy., Wai`anae, HI

When: Open 8am-6pm, 7 days a week

Who: Richard and Ursula Robles, long time Wai`anae Coast residents (Ursula is native Hawaiian)

Why: Check out their custom t-shirts/stickers/banners, souvenirs, clothing boutique, swimwear, fishing & diving supplies, & beach rentals (surfboards, stand-up paddleboards, snorkel & fins, kayaks, bodyboards)

More Info: Call 695-8866

Click the link below to view a photo album of the store, their business card, and custom t-shirt/sticker/banner price list:

For Your Holiday Party: Fresh Opelu For Sale!

Makaha fisherman Gerard Honda sells fresh opelu. Call 520-4199 or 696-8448 for more information.


A grant proposal has been submitted for the development of a 3D modeling and prototyping lab. This lab will get students excited about learning and applying science and math concepts through hands-on product development. We need your help to make this a reality.

If the Hawaii Youth 3D Modeling and Prototyping Lab grant is one of the top 10 grants by the end of November, we will be one of the recipients of the grant monies.

Vote everyday in the month of November because every vote counts! Please forward this message to your friends and co-workers to spread the word. If there are any questions do not hesitate to contact the grant writer: Weyland Bailey, Math Instructor at Waianae High School at (808) 222-6104. Mahalo!

Directions to register (once registered voting is much faster):
1. Type in
2. Press the “sign in” button in the upper right hand corner of the screen
3. Create new account where it says “New Here?”

1. Search “Vote for”: choose “near you” in drop down menu.
2. Select Education under $50,000
3. VOTE for “Hawaii Youth 3D Modeling and Prototyping Lab”

Holiday Gift Idea: Hawaiian Wearable Art in Makaha!

Hawaiian Wearable Art: a collection of Hawaiian shirts, Hawaiian clothing and tropical home decor inspired by an elegant Hawaiian print fabric hand-dyed by Vicky Durand at her Makaha Beach studio.

Each of Vicky's Hawaiian clothing creations is crafted from vibrant Hawaiian print fabric promising one-of-a-kind tropical clothing that includes gorgeous Hawaiian shirts, the Hawaiian print dress, sarongs and pareo. Hawaiian Wearable Art also offers scarves, visors and other tropical accessories for resort wear.

The Hawaiian Wearable Art collection of tropical home decor embraces the same Hawaiian print fabric for stunning home accessories such as table linens, table runners, napkins...even unique shower curtains made from their tropical fabric for Hawaiian decor.

Hawaiian Wearable Art
Vicky Durand
84-475 Farrington Hwy.
Makaha Beach, HI 96792
808 696-9660

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Community Mtg Re: Plan to Address Domestic Violence on the Wai`anae Coast on 12/1/10

Aloha Mai Kakou,

Stemming the prevalence of domestic violence has long been one of the fundamental challenges facing the Leeward Coast. Given the complex layers inherent to this social ill (including economics, substance abuse, education, etc.), there is a great need to coordinate amongst the many individuals and organizations that have been working tirelessly towards this end.

With this aim of coordinating efforts in mind, the Hawaii Domestic Violence Center, via a grant from the Federal Office of Women's Health has convened the Consortium for Healthier Community. This consortium is focused on implementing a public health systems approach to identify and addressing health issues related to domestic violence (specific to women in the targeted communities of Ewa to Waianae), and will be holding a general public outreach meeting on Wednesday, December 1st, at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center's Administration Conference Room from 6-8pm.

During this meeting, members from the Consortium will provide an overview of this initiative, and allow an opportunity for community stakeholders to learn how they can participate in the Consortium's efforts to systemically reduce violence against our West Oahu families. Several Leeward Coast community organizations have already signed on as collaborators, including the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, and MA`O Organic Farms.

Please make the time to join us- this Consortium will allow our community to utilize State and Federal resources to help us identify and implement our own solutions to this sadly prevalent social ill. Also- please feel free to forward this email to any individual/organization you feel should be in attendance as well.

For more information, please email Kamuela Enos, or call

Mary Oneha: (808) 697-3612

Me ka ha`aha`a

Kamuela Enos
Educational Specialist
(808) 696-5569

Monday, November 22, 2010

Oahu Camping Permits Available Starting Wed, Nov 24

Source: Announcement in Star-Advertiser, Nov 22, 2010:

Associated Press - Permits to camp on Honolulu city grounds during the second weekend of December will be issued Wednesday because city offices will be closed on Thanksgiving and the day after, due to furloughs.

The free permits cover Dec. 10 through Dec. 15.

They'll be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Each permit allows a maximum of 10 people and two family-sized tents.

For more information:

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Veteran's Day Parade a Huge Success: Check out the Photo Album!

The `ohana of Medal of Honor recipient Herbert K. Pilila`au wowed the crowd with their amazing replica of a giant ship. [Click the image to enlarge]

The National Guard provided fun go-carts for the children. Maile and her son Keani had a blast riding them! [Photo by Col. Don "Rock" Arakaki. Click the image to enlarge]

Mahalo nui loa to all who organized and participated in the Wai`anae Coast Veteran's Day parade and Ho`olaulea on 11/6/10. A fun time was had by all, in honor of our heroes -- the military service men and women.

Special mahalo to Col. Don "Rock" Arakaki for continuing to volunteer for this event, and for my driver, Dr. Jeffrey Wang, who came in all the way from Hawaii Kai to provide me with an antique military vehicle.

Click here or go to the link below to view a photo album of the day:


Aloha Maile,

Can you please put this link on your blog and ask people to rate Leihoku Elementary and then vote for us? We could win $50,000-$100,000 for the school. The more votes, and the better rating we have, the better our chances.

We are now up to a 2.3 stars, and we need people to rate us until Oct. 26, and then after that, everyone needs to vote for us. Here is the link to help Leihoku Elementary's cause:


Suzette Farnum, parent


Excerpt from Bing! website:

School Information
Leihoku Elementary School
86-285 Leihoku St
Waianae, HI 96792

Project Details

We live in beautiful Waianae, Hawaii and have nice days to play outside most of the time. The only problem is our school has no playground equipment. Our school needs things like balls, jump ropes, and hula hoops so our children don’t have to spend their recess time either sitting around or just playing chase. The neighborhood surrounding the school has about 27% of families living in poverty so there aren’t many resources around from which to get what they need. As elsewhere in the country our school district has no extra money.

Play is an important part of education for children. Even Albert Einstein thought so. He said, “Play is the highest form of research.” He is not alone in this theory. Author, Leo Buscaglia said, “It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.”

Our children need a time where they can take a break and enjoy themselves so they can be fresh to come back in and learn. They would learn vital social skills such as sharing, negotiating and taking turns. All of these skills are important to help them to deal effectively with each other in the classroom. If they have equipment, they will be motivated to run and get exercise. They will have fun being healthy.

Exercise is very important to keep all of our children in shape and create good physical habits. Learning to throw, kick and catch balls helps with gross motor skills. It also gets out all the pent up energy from sitting in the class so they can be prepared to come back in and learn in the afternoon.

The parents of the kindergartners have recently started a volunteer program to come and help supervise games at recess time. The children had a wonderful time playing Duck, Duck, Goose, Red Light, Green Light and London Bridges. Consider how many games could be added if they had playground equipment. The parents are giving their time so that the children can have a more rewarding recess experience. It would increase the quality of this time if they had balls and jump ropes with which to organize new games with.

We are hoping that the volunteer idea catches on to the higher grades and all of the children will have an enriched recess time. The older children will benefit even more from having basketball hoops installed on the backboards, and tether balls attached to the tether ball poles. Schools always had equipment in the past to give the children positive ways in which to utilize their recess time. Many great memories of fun time spent playing with friends on the school playground, whether it was playing Dodge ball or kick ball, are part of many adults past. We want our children to have those same great memories.

I would like to end with just one more quote. “Exercise improves classroom behaviour and academic performance.” (Dwyer, Sallis, Blizzard, Lazarus & Dean, Relation of academic performance to physical activity and fitness in children. Pediatric Exercise Science, 13, 225-237, 2001

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Leeward Coast Urged to Conserve Water Today (Dec 16)

Leeward coast residents urged to conserve water
Star-Advertiser, 16 Dec. 2010

Leeward coast residents from Honokai Hale to Makaha are being asked to conserve water today.

Kurt Tsue, the Board of Water Supply spokesman, said the main 24-inch transmission line, which provides water to all of the Leeward coast, is shut down as crews repair a leak.

"We're asking for conservation because its the main pipeline that transmits water to the reservoirs," Tsue said.

Water is still getting to the reservoirs through smaller, alternate pipes. But if people use too much water, there's a chance the water will run out, Tsue said.

The leak was discovered near the Kahe Power Plant at about midnight, Tsue said. The water main is shut off until the repairs are completed -- probably sometime this afternoon.

He said the main is off the highway and repairs are not affecting traffic.

Tsue said there may be a need to conserve water even after the main is fixed to give the reservoirs a chance to re-charge.

Tsue said the Board of Water Supply will make an announcement when the need for conservation is over.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Berny M. Luning of Waianae Is Fundraising for Veterans

I participated in the 6th Annual US Vets - 5k Patriot Walk/Run. We're raising money to help support our Veterans. 100% monies raised will go to the veterans who are homeless. The site is simple, fast & secure. Please visit my fundraising page for more info at

Berny M. Luning

KS Project Manager and Analyst Positions for Wai‘anae Coast Initiative

From: Malia Morales (

The following vacancies have been posted to the Kamehameha Schools (KS) website:


Req # 011286: Project Manager (Ka Pua Project) (Kawaiahao Plaza)

Req # 011288: Project Analyst (Ka Pua Project) (Kawaiahao Plaza)

KS/KAPF employees may access internal vacancies at (if you are unable to access this link, please copy the link into the address line of your browser). Enter the six-digit requisition number of the vacancy in the "Search by Requisition Number" field and click Search. After you review the position information and wish to apply, click on the "Apply Now" button and you will be taken through the online application process.

If you know anyone (non-KS employee) who may be interested in career opportunities with KS, please refer them to KS' new external careers page at

For general recruitment questions, please contact the Human Resources Service Center at 808-534-8040.

NEWS RELEASE: Kapolei demonstration to support 400-signature petition for more city camping permits

View news release HERE.

View Kamealoha letter and PART 1 of petition HERE.

View PART 2 of petition HERE.

View PART 3 of petition HERE.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Two News Articles: Problem of Camping Permits

People camping in Kapolei for camping permits
By Lisa Kubota
Nov 08, 2010

KAPOLEI - People are camping in Kapolei, but they're not out there for fun. They're waiting in line for camping permits that will be issued on Wednesday for Thanksgiving weekend. The line started forming early Monday morning outside Kapolei Hale.

"If you're not here by the time they're giving it out, you're gonna miss it," said Nanakuli resident Merle Luafalemana.

Luafalemana is one of roughly 400 people who signed a petition started by Morris and Thurston Kamealoha. The brothers want the city to open up more campsites along the Waianae coast.

"Being able to sit around the campfire, roast marshmallows, and just share stories with each other, for us, that's what makes the bond as a family stronger," said Thurston Kamealoha of Waianae.

Rep. Maile Shimabukuro and her son, Keani, being interviewed by HawaiiNewsNow's Lisa Kubota

"There's definitely not enough camping sites to go around on the Waianae Coast. It's probably a problem elsewhere as well," said Rep. Maile Shimabukuro.

Click here to watch the TV news report.

Petition urges more permits for camping
By Dan Nakaso
Star-Advertiser Nov 09, 2010

Morris and Thurston Kamealoha grew up camping along the beaches that line the Waianae Coast but now have to camp out at Kapolei Hale just to get a camping permit and want city officials to make it easier to gain overnight beach access.

As the city continues to enforce a ban on homeless beach campers, the brothers have collected 400 signatures urging city officials to grant more beach camping permits -- specifically for the Waianae Coast -- and have gained the support of state Rep. Maile Shimabukuro (D, Waianae-Makaha-Makua).

The brothers plan to join others tonight who were already camping out at Kapolei Hale yesterday hoping for free beach permits for the Thanksgiving weekend.

"It's ridiculous that people have to go to these extremes," Shimabukuro said. "In the old days, people loved to camp out, before the crackdown on the homeless. It's sad because it never used to be this way in Waianae."

Oahu has a long tradition of people lining up for days and nights to gain free overnight camping permits for one of the estimated 250 sites at 14 city beach parks.

But the phenomenon is worse for people who live along the Waianae Coast, Shimabukuro said.

The Waianae Satellite City Hall no longer issues camping permits, forcing people to travel to Kapolei Hale to camp out overnight. And homeless people have learned how to snap up city camping permits, Shimabukuro said.

"The homeless compete for the regular permits that are available," she said.

She is urging city officials to issue more permits and install more bathrooms and parking spaces.

"There's a lot of pristine coastline with no bathrooms, no parking," Shimabukuro said.

City officials did not respond to requests for comment yesterday.

Shimabukuro released an e-mail she received from city Parks Director Les Chang that said city officials are developing an online permitting process that "should help minimize long lines and provide a more equitable opportunity for those seeking a recreational camping permit."

Click here to read the entire article.

Aunty Frenchy DeSoto to be Honored at Makaha Hawaiian Civic Club Luau Dec. 12: Tickets on Sale Now!

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Friends of Waianae Library Meeting This WEDNESDAY

WED DEC 8, 1020

530pm at Waianae Library


From: Raelene []


9AM – 11:30AM (2.5 Hours)

Plan Agenda for the 1st meeting :

1) Meet and Greet

2) Complete Sign in with contact info and emails

3) Data form to fill out that will indicate type of services that you can provide

4) Date for next meeting in 2011 (January)

The goal is to:

1) create a networking sphere among all the providers serving the Waianae Coast.

2) Prevent the “hammer” from coming down as the last resort

3) Be proactive in assisting families prevent Child Abuse and Spouse Abuse

Thursday, November 4, 2010

November 2010 Leeward Community College Newsletter

Click HERE to view the newsletter.

Important Information about Google Buzz Class Action Settlement

Google rarely contacts Gmail users via email, but we are making an exception to let you know that we've reached a settlement in a lawsuit regarding Google Buzz (, a service we launched within Gmail in February of this year.

Shortly after its launch, we heard from a number of people who were concerned about privacy. In addition, we were sued by a group of Buzz users and recently reached a settlement in this case.

The settlement acknowledges that we quickly changed the service to address users' concerns. In addition, Google has committed $8.5 million to an independent fund, most of which will support organizations promoting privacy education and policy on the web. We will also do more to educate people about privacy controls specific to Buzz. The more people know about privacy online, the better their online experience will be.

Just to be clear, this is not a settlement in which people who use Gmail can file to receive compensation. Everyone in the U.S. who uses Gmail is included in the settlement, unless you personally decide to opt out before December 6, 2010. The Court will consider final approval of the agreement on January 31, 2011. This email is a summary of the settlement, and more detailed information and instructions approved by the court, including instructions about how to opt out, object, or comment, are available at

This mandatory announcement was sent to all Gmail users in the United States as part of a legal settlement and was authorized by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

Google Inc. | 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway | Mountain View, CA 94043

Community Event Calendars (November & December)

Click HERE to view November's calendar.

Click HERE to view December's calendar.

Mahalo nui loa to "Ka Wahi Kaiaulu - Waianae Neighborhood Place" for compiling and sharing these community event calendars for the residents of the Wai`anae Coast!

Court rules Army failed to provide crucial info on damage, contamination at Makua - The Hawaii Independent

Court rules Army failed to provide crucial info on damage, contamination at Makua - The Hawaii Independent

HERE for a link to a Star Advertiser article on the same subject.

“The Army’s study says that, if the arsenic it found in limu at Makua is present in its toxic form, even recreational consumption of that limu would pose the same cancer risk as smoking a pack of cigarettes each day, but then it didn’t bother to figure out if the arsenic was or was not toxic,” said Malama Makua board member Vince Dodge. “I’m glad the court recognized I have a right to know if military training at Makua is poisoning the food I put on my family’s table.”

Guerrero joins Honolulu Board of Water Supply - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL Home

Guerrero joins Honolulu Board of Water Supply - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL Home

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Bradah Mel's Canoe Surfing and Stand-Up Surfing Championships at Makaha Beach - a Memorial for the late Leighton Look

Pictured: Bradah Mel Puu, Waterman

My name is Bradah Mel Puu. I'm a Surfer, Canoe Paddler, and a Lifeguard for the City & County of Honolulu since 1982. For the past five 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, as it was done last year the proceeds will be given to two of Hawaii's Olympic hopefuls, Patrick and Ryan Dolan. Patrick has been on the U.S. Olympic Kayak team for a few years now and his younger brother for two years. Their 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 last year and limited funding this year, Patrick and Ryan along with their mom Anne has to do most of the fundraising on their own, and it hasn't been easy. I know whatever we are able to raise will be greatly appreciated. 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 a lot, but we will try our best to assist them too reach their goals of the 2012 Olympic Games. We are asking for any amount of cash donations, or 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 whatever you can give would be greatly appreciated. But the goal is to raise money for the boys to get to their competitions, and 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 year’s event.

Mahalo Nui Loa,
Bradah Mel Puu
P.O.Box 1006 Waianae Hi. 96792
ph.# 808-478-9086

Contest dates; December 4th & 5th 2010
Alternate dates; December 11th & 12th 2010

Checks payable to; HASA (Hawaii Amateur Surfing Association)

Free Foreclosure Prevention Services to HI Residents

FYI, the Hawaii HomeOwnership Center is a federally-funded, HUD-approved, non-profit organization that provides FREE foreclosure prevention services to all Hawaii residents. Here’s their contact information:

Hawaii HomeOwnership Center
1259 Aala Street, #201, Honolulu, Hawaii96817
Tel (808) 523-9500
Fax (808) 523-9502
Toll-free: 877-523-9503

Correspondence regarding Kauai and BigIsland (Kona, Hilo) are directed to Oahu.


Ms. Kehau Yap
Office of Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono
5104 Prince Kuhio Federal Building, Honolulu,Hawaii 96850
Oahu (808) 541-1986 · Fax (808) 538-0233
Direct from the Neighbor Islands:
Kaua‘i & Ni‘ihau 245-1951 · Maui 242-1818 · Moloka‘i 552-0160 · Lāna‘i 565-7199 · Hawai‘iIsland 935-3756

Constituent Brooks Outland Letter to the Editor

Click HERE to view article on Star Advertiser website.

Travel costs not paid fast enough

I am a 77-year-old, 100- percent-disabled veteran entitled to beneficiary travel reimbursement for my trips to the Spark M. Matsunaga Veterans Administration clinic.

I must travel to the clinic at least once every month. Instead of receiving payment of travel claims on the same day as appointments, VA patients must wait seven to 10 weeks or longer to receive payment.

The reimbursement payment for my July 15 trip has not yet been received. Many patients need quick payment in order to afford their trips to the clinic.

The Pacific Islands Health Care System must change this unfair procedure to better serve its patients.

Brooks Outland

Leeward CC-W October Newsletter

Click HERE to view newsletter.


To: All Partners, Guests, Members and Staff

Fr: Kanani Kaaiawahia B. on behalf of the BAHA Planning Committee

Aloha all,

As most of you have been preparing to join us on Oct. 29th (Friday) to celebrate the 4th Annual BAHA with Waianae Community Outreach, I on behalf of the planning committee have been asked to let you all know that we have POSTPONED the BAHA for 10/29/10. It has been RESCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 12, 2010 (Friday) same time, place and program.

This change has come about due to several reasons:

Governor’s change in schedule prevents her to attend 10/29/10. This event was planned with her presence in mind;

Most of the Leeward Shelter providers have activities planned for their programs which prevent them from joining us. This event was also planned with the participation of the providers;

The management team of WCO would be given more time for the preparation of this event.

We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause you. Forgive us and please mark your calendar well in advance to joining us. Your presence along with the others will make this a memorable event.

You will receive a follow up call or email to this memo and to confirm your attendance on Nov. 12, 2010, 5:30pm HOPE shelter at Onelau’ena in Kalaeloa.


Waianae SCP Final Community Meeting

Aloha All-
The Waianae Sustainable Communities Plan (2010) is finalized and ready to go forward, through the City approval process. It can be accessed at the DPP website:

The Final Community Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 7pm at St. Philips Church (on St. John's Road). The attached flyer contains a summary of this info if you want to pass it along or post it.

The meeting will including an overview of the revisions to the WSCP, both from the 2000 version, as well as changes since the Public Review Draft of October 2008. We will also be presenting the steps of the approval process for those who would like to follow the process and/or give public testimony.


Harmonee T. Williams
Markline LLC


Ever hate walking into a voting booth and then trying to figure out how to answer a yes/no question that you know must be important because it will change the State Constitution or City Charter? Haven't you ever thought, gee, I wish someone told me what the questions were way ahead of time?

Well, HERE are the questions.

Just a small public service from me, Gordon Yang, Attorney At Law. Please feel free to pass this on to others and create a small public service of your own.

Please also note, my professional mission of helping clients achieve the American Dream is expanding. I now offer legal services to select small businesses. If anyone you know has an immigration or small business legal question, please let them know I offer free 10-15 minute telephonic consultations. My phone number is below.

Oh, if you're wondering, "how'd Gordon get the ballot?" Via permanent absentee voting request. From now until I opt out in writing, I will be mailed the ballot ahead of time and have time to read the questions, research the options, and make informed decisions. Why not do that too?

Aloha and vote well,

Helping Clients achieve the American Dream
through U.S. Immigration and Small Business

Gordon Yang, Attorney at Law
American Savings Bank Building
94-229 Waipahu Depot Road, Suite 204
Waipahu, HI 96797

Tel: 808-628-9529 808-NATZ-LAW
Fax: 808-628-9993

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association

Click HERE to view Ballot Questions

Airdates - Maile Shimabukuro Projects: Maili Beach Cleanup

Maile Shimabukuro Projects: Maili Beach Cleanup

11/2/10 Tue 2:30 pm FOCUS 49
11/7/10 Sun 9:00 pm TEAC 56
11/14/10 Sun 6:00 pm TEAC 56

Cherisse Ferreira
Olelo Community Media Traffic Department

Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program Seeks Applicants

Visit for more information

Wai`anae Coast Loses Beloved Doctor: Terry Claggett of WCCHC

Click HERE for article or cut and paste the following link into your browser:

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Sign Waving for Wai`anae High Football Team Nov. 26!

Congratulations to the Wai`anae High School Seariders football team for making it to the State Championships! Our Seariders will face St. Louis on Friday, 11/26/10.

Cal Domen is inviting the community to cheer our team on by sign waving in front of Wai`anae McDonald's on 11/26/10 from 4-5pm as the football team's bus heads out to the Aloha Stadium. Cal is also encouraging local businesses to put signs in their windows to support our Seariders.

Please wear blue and/or red, and bring signs for the team on Friday, 11/26/10, from 4-5pm, at Wai`anae McDonald's!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Ho`oipo DeCambra Receives "Forever Young" Award

On October 6, 2010 Acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell honored 6 exceptional individuals at the 2010 Forever Young Awards Ceremony & Dinner.

Among the 6 honorees was Ho`oipo DeCambra, Housing Director for the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center.

We congratulate Ho`oipo on this well-deserved award!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Wai`anae Coast Christmas Parade 11/27/10: Join Leeward NSW!

Leeward Neighborhood Security Watch Citizens Patrol
Notice & Invitations

Aloha Everyone,
We have reserved and secured a spot in the Waianae Christmas Day Parade 2010. We have in the works a Parade Float for the Neighborhood Security Watch Community here on the Leeward Coast .

Come join in the fun and Let us celebrated and usher in the Christmas Season together.

If you can please bring along a candy bag that you can toss out to spectators as we pass in parade….

We look forward to seeing everyone out there.


Event: 2010 Waianae Christmas Day Parade
Date/ Time: Nov. 27th, 2010/ 08:30 AM (Saturday)
Start Location: The Waianae Boat Harbor
Destination: Waianae Mall

For questions and further details please Odelia Kealoha
At 699-0496,

Rell Sunn Menehune Surf Contest Will Feature Free Medical Screenings

Announcements From Jan Sunn-Carreira

The Rell Sunn Menehune Contest

We’re back and stronger than ever! The 35th Annual Rell Sunn Menehune Surfing Championships will be held at Makaha Beach Friday, November 26th and Saturday, November 27th 2010.

The legacy and wish my mother left behind will keep thriving thanks to the undying support of all our friends and sponsors! A BIG Mahalo to Daniel Marvin for donating his incredible artwork this year.

Last years event was incredible - 250 Keiki’s in 2 days! Sixty children, 4-6 years of age! The waves were perfect for the Menehunes. Pat O’connell brought out the Hurley Team. Rob Machado, Brock Little, Joel Centeio and many more came out to sign for the Menehunes. Catering for the contestants, workers and the entire beach was provided by Qucksilver. Jen from Sacred Surf gave away hats to every contestant, which they got to decorate and customize for themselves. Also, the amazing Rick Rietveld donated his artwork last year! A true show of sportsmanship - the Menehunes passed down their first place boards to the most deserving child. Heartfelt smiles all around.

The Rell Sunn Education Fund has incorporated a new program with the John A. Burns School of Medicine University of Hawaii for our 35th Annual Rell Sunn Menehune Surf Contest. On Saturday between 9am-3pm they will be at the Makaha Beach , (Alternate Site ~ Rest Camp) offering free medical screenings, blood pressure, eye exams, and glucose screenings for all ages. Our concerns are that people without insurance often wait till the last minute to seek treatment. With the troubled economy and people losing their jobs. We feel preventive medical examinations would provide a wealth of knowledge to the patient and aid their decisions to seek further treatment. They will also have information to help qualified patients receive discounted medications through patient assistance programs.

Click HERE to visit webpage where you can register your keiki for the contest.

Rell Sunn Aloha Jam II

This year at Waimea Valley, a night to rock the North Shore is taking place Sunday, November 28th with the 2010 Rell Sunn Aloha Jam II.

Thanks to Randy Rarick making it an Annual Sanctioned Triple Crown Event, the following entertainers will be performing at this year's event: Henry Kapono, Amy Hanaiali’i, Kaukahi, Ten Feet, The Honolulu Lounge Lizards, The Young Coconuts, and Te Lumanaki. Additional special guests are set to make appearances on this night of aloha that will honor the Queen of Makaha.

Last year's sold out crowd of the who’s who in the surf industry was there. Incredible Local Talent… Henry Kapono, Jake Shimabukuro, Paula Fuga, Kaukahi, Cyril Pahinui and Rob Machado… Great sponsors Kona Brewing, Barefoot Wine, Smart Water. A Pat Rawson shaped board with Clark Little imagery auctioned for $4000.00. Lots of Pro surfboards, artwork, paddleboards, Ki’oe, Red Bull signed boards given for the cause.

Proceeds from the Event To Benefit The Rell Sunn Educational Fund.

Click HERE to visit webpage for ticket purchases.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Freeway Safety Patrol Keeps Drivers Safe!

In September 2010, Rep. Shimabukuro's tire blew out and brakes weakened while she was driving on the freeway near the airport. It was a harrowing experience because the incident occurred on the inside lane where there was barely a shoulder, just when rush hour traffic started to get heavy. Although she called AAA, it would take them a while to arrive, and their towing service was limited.

To her surprise, AAA made a call to the State Department of Transportation's "Freeway Safety Patrol" (FSP), who came to the rescue! Within minutes a policeman on a motorcycle arrived and helped block off on-coming traffic. Shortly thereafter a tow truck, driven by Kimo Figueroa (pictured above) also pulled up. Mr. Figueroa pumped up Rep. Shimabukuro's spare tire, which was flat, and later towed her to Pearl City to meet up with AAA.

"If you are ever in trouble on the highway, give FSP a call to see if they can assist. They are real life-savers!" said Rep. Shimabukuro.

For more information, call 841-HELP or visit

HI Public Housing Authority's Jr. Atisanoe Helps Homeless Find Jobs

Lautoa F. Atisanoe, Jr. (far left), of HI Public Housing Authority (HPHA) conducts job placement outreach at Kea`au Beach Park on a weekly basis. He is pictured here assisting a young homeless man with a warehouse job application. [Click on the image to enlarge]

Jr. Atisanoe's business card. [Click on the image to enlarge]

Mahalo nui loa to Lautoa F. Atisanoe, Jr., aka "Jr." of HPHA for bringing employment opportunities to our homeless. Jr. Atisanoe is an excellent example of a public servant who consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty to bring hope to those in need.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Ulu Ke Kukui's - 2nd Annual Open House - November 18th

Alternative Structures International
Ulu Ke Kukui
87-576 Kula’aupuni Street Waianae, HI 96792

Date: Thursday, November 18, 2010
Time: 9am - 11am & 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Place: Ulu Ke Kukui Transitional Housing Program(2nd right on St. Johns Road)

National Homeless Awareness Week is November 16th – 20th.

Ulu Ke Kukui is opening our doors to everyone on Thursday, November 18th.

UKK will be available to offer a program orientation and site tour.

Please call to RSVP with Naomi at (808) 620-9011. This will help us to coordinate your visit for either the morning or the afternoon session. Please come and visit!

*Light refreshments will be served.

Monday, October 4, 2010


Rep.'s Shimabukuro and Awana joined the UH Manoa Educational Talent Search program to clean beaches along the Wai’anae Coast. Click on this link to watch the video:!

Background information

The University of Hawai’i-Manoa, Manoa Educational Talent Search (METS) program will hold a beach clean-up on the Wai’anae Coast with almost 100 volunteers from Nanakuli and Wai’anae High School. Community members are welcome to volunteer and help the students.

“The purpose of this clean-up is to give the students a sense of responsibility for their community while learning about their kuleana (responsibility),” said Tanya Uyehara, METS Student Advisor.

October 7, 2010 9:00 - 10:30am

Meet at Maili Beach Park across Beaches Restaurant. Volunteers will clean in both directions, to clean up Maili Beach and Lualualei Beach ("Sewers" beach)

The Manoa Educational Talent Search (METS) Program is a Talent Search program of Trio. The program is based on the University of Hawaii-Manoa, and its mission is to help students succeed in grade promotions and increase the percentage of college bound student. METS provides services to 300 Nanakuli Intermediate and High school students as well as 300 Wai’anae High School students.



Tanya Uyehara, METS Student Advisor

Mobile: 808-349-7794


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Homestead Energy Program

Click HERE to view a flyer for contact information.

`Ōlelo Wai’anae Community Media Center to trial new hours of CMC operations to accommodate the Wai’anae Coast Community

WAI’ANAE, HI; Sunday, September 26, 2010—Effective the week of October 4, 2010, `Ōlelo Wai’anae Community Media Center will be open to the public five (5) days a week. The additional day (Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) of operation is in response to the Community’s interest in being able to utilize `Ōlelo Wai’anae CMC services and resources on a weekend. Community use of these new trial hours will help `Ōlelo determine the best time to open for community use.

The new hours of operations is as follows:
Sundays: Closed
Mondays: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesdays: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Fridays: Closed
Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

“Staff and I are committed to better serving the Wai’anae Coast community, therefore, we are pleased to be opening on Saturdays to expand our availability to everyone in the community,” said Hanalei Y. Aipoalani, Interim Manager, `Ōlelo Wai’anae CMC. “Moreover, we are encouraged by the high level of interest for in-school partnerships-and-trainings between `Ōlelo Wai’anae CMC and schools along the Wai’anae Coast. These partnerships and trainings, coupled with services and resources available during our CMC hours of operations, are poised to increase utilization hours, training classes and certification counts. Therefore, the adjustment in hours of CMC operations represents an opportunity for staff to build capacity within the community-at-large and schools.”

`Ōlelo Wai’anae CMC staff welcome the community to visit. Facilities are located on the campus of Wai’anae High School—85-251 Farrington Highway, Wai’anae, Hawaii 96792.


Established in 1989, `Ōlelo Community Media (formerly known as `Ōlelo Community Television) is a private, nonprofit provider of community access television services and resources on O’ahu. It is one of the largest of more than 3,000 access organizations across the country and is widely viewed in the industry as a national role model for community access media organizations. `Ōlelo is committed to building, convening and strengthening communities and providing a voice for people to share their stories and ideas about issues of importance to foster community engagement and well-being.

`Ōlelo’s mission is “To strengthen our island voices and advance community engagement through innovative media.”

For more information, visit

Mr. Hanalei Y. Aipoalani
Interim Manager
Wai‘anae Community Media Center
@ Wai'anae High School
85-251 Farrington Hwy
Waianae HI 96792
Phone: 696-1003 | Fax: 696-3683

Waianae Community Takes Aim At Homeless In Keaau Beach Park - Honolulu News Story - KITV Honolulu

Waianae Community Takes Aim At Homeless In Keaau Beach Park - Honolulu News Story - KITV Honolulu

PVT Information Posted on DOH Website

From: Fujimoto, Janice K

Hi -
Thank you for attending the hearing for PVT Land Company. The DOH SHWB website has been updated to include copies of the DOH displays, risk assessments, and air monitoring data. Please visit the following site for links to the information.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch at 586-4226.
Thank you

Friday, September 24, 2010

Pueo Trucking, PVT Land Co., & Henry's Equipment Respond to Need for Erosion Control at Makaha Surfing Beach

Private companies, concerned community members, and government officials met at Makaha Surfing Beach on 9/16/10 to discuss plans to address the on-going erosion problem. L-R: Momi Keaulana, Fran & Henry Silva of Henry's Equipment, Chris Conger of DLNR, Mel Pu`u, Dexter Liu of the City Dept. of Parks & Recreation, Polly Grace, Moki Rapoza of PVT Land Co., Bunky Bakutis, George "Jr." Grace of Pueo Trucking, and Richard "Buffalo" Keaulana. [Click on the photo to enlarge]

The first priority is to save the lifeguard stand on the Kaena Point end of Makaha Surfing Beach, which is currently being supported by sandbags. After that, and annual erosion maintenance plan needs to be implemented. [Click on the photo to enlarge].

On 9/16/10, representatives from Pueo Trucking, PVT Land Co., and Henry's Equipment attended a meeting of concerned community members and government officials regarding the on-going erosion problem at Makaha Surfing Beach. The companies responded to a call from Rep. Shimabukuro asking for help with pushing sand to save the lifeguard stand and other structures which are at risk of losing their foundations due to the large winter surf.

Community members have been complaining about this problem for many years, and unfortunately, the City's limited resources are insufficient to address the problem. Chris Conger of DLNR provided a report with recommendations on how to address the erosion problem, and Dexter Liu of the City is working on obtaining approval for the private companies to start the work. Mahalo nui loa to Pueo Trucking, PVT Land Co., and Henry's Equipment for being willing to kokua with erosion at Makaha Surfing Beach; the community is extremely greatful!

Please click HERE to see the August 2010 report prepared by Dolan Eversole of the UH Sea Grant College Program for DLNR and the City regarding the erosion problem at Makaha Surfing Beach.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

State & City Urged to Allow E Ala Voyaging Canoe to Return to Wai`anae Coast

Gege Kawelo, president of the Wai`anae Hawaiian Civic Club (left), is one of the passionate leaders who organized the building of the E Ala voyaging canoe. Rep. Shimabukuro (right) is supporting the effort to bring the E Ala home to the Wai`anae Coast.

E Ala voyaging canoe captains Sam Kapoi, Kaina Holomalia, and Waimea McKeague are all young men from the Wai`anae Coast.


WHO: Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS), Wai`anae Hawaiian Civic Club (WHCC), and many other individuals are making this request (See spreadsheet listing E Ala supporters and volunteers in Appendix 1). Makaha Studios is preparing a video with further information regarding this proposal.

WHAT: PVS, WHCC, and others urge the state and city to allow the use of Wai`anae Boat Harbor and/or Poka`i Bay as a location to permanently dry dock the E Ala voyaging canoe. The canoe would be stored under an energy efficient A-frame structure modeled after a halau wa`a in Laie (See model drawing of the “Halau Wa`a `O E Ala” in Appendix 2). The E Ala halau wa`a would feature photo-voltaic solar panels which would provide power for lighting and outlets. A fence, locks, and other security measures would also be constructed to prevent theft, vandalism, vagrancy, and other potential problems.

WHERE: Specifically, the fenced-off area between Wai`anae Boat Harbor and Wai`anae High School; or the old canoe storage area near the Kuilioloa Heiau. Either would be ideal locations for the E Ala halau wa`a.

WHY: The E Ala needs to be returned home to the Wai`anae Coast to fulfill its purpose, which is to train residents to sail using ancient Hawaiian navigation techniques. As background, the E Ala is currently docked at the Sand Island Maritime Education Training Center (METC). It was constructed on the Wai`anae Coast in 1981 under the leadership of WHCC. At the time, Wai`anae and Nanakuli High School had programs that used the canoe to train students to sail, and the canoe was docked at Wai`anae boat harbor. Unfortunately, funding, liability, and other concerns eventually ended the school-based programs, and the canoe was vandalized while at the boat harbor. This lead to the E Ala being moved to METC, where it has been ever since. Nevertheless, the enthusiasm for E Ala never ended, and PVS has continued to train Wai`anae Coast students to sail and maintain the E Ala (See E Ala background from WHCC website in Appendix 3).

HOW: A dedicated group of volunteers is willing to provide in-kind services to construct and maintain the halau wa`a, fence, and other necessary security measures (See spreadsheet listing E Ala supporters and volunteers in Appendix 1). A federal grant and state legislative measures are being submitted to provide supplemental funding for the E Ala halau wa`a. In February 2010, City employee Edward Freitas stated that from a maintenance perspective, he would not object to allowing the E Ala to be docked at Poka`i Bay. Wai`anae Harbormaster William Aila, Jr. has also expressed his support for bringing the E Ala back to the Wai`anae Boat Harbor.

Furthermore, as stated above, the push to return E Ala to the Wai`anae Coast has been on-going for many years; the key missing elements were captains, crew members, and a location. PVS has trained 3 captains (Sam Kapoi, Kaina Holomalia, and Waimea McKeague), and several crews, who are all young Wai`anae Coast residents. These captains and crews sailed the E Ala, along with two other canoes, Hokule`a and Kamauheheu, back to the Wai`anae Coast from April 20-May 1, 2010 (See media coverage of the Wai`anae Coast sail in Appendix 4). The greater community has also expressed its support, as over 500 people have signed petitions urging the State and City to provide the permission necessary to allow the E Ala to be docked at Wai`anae Boat Harbor or Poka`i Bay (See E Ala Petitions in Appendix 5).

WHEN: PVS, WHCC, and other supporters urge the State and City to allow E Ala to be docked at Wai`anae Boat Harbor or Poka`i Bay immediately, or as soon as possible.

APPENDICES (Click on the titles to view the documents):

Appendix 1 – Spreadsheet listing E Ala supporters and volunteers (available upon request)

Appendix 2 – Model drawing of the “Halau Wa`a `O E Ala”

Appendix 3 – E Ala background from WHCC website,

Appendix 4 – Media coverage of the E Ala canoe’s Wai`anae Coast sail (April 20-May 1, 2010)
Appendix 5 – Petitions (hand-written and online) urging the State and City to allow E Ala to be docked at Wai`anae Boat Harbor or Poka`i Bay