Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Mark Hamamoto worked at Hoa Aina O Makaha, aka Makaha Farm, for several years, and also authored a book about the farm.
Volunteer Community Work Project
At Mohala Farms in Wai`alua
Saturday, February 6th: 8 am – 6 pm
Sunday, February 7th: 8 am – noon (if necessary)
Phase 1: Rock wall construction
Please join us in building the ‘dry stack’ rock wall for Hale Halawai.
Ready is the aina, the pohaku, the kumu & the kako’o – we now need YOU!
Hale Halawai is being built as a gathering place:
• to strengthen our connection to the ‘aina
• to celebrate the life-giving nourishment of the land, and
• to support healthy, thriving & self-sufficient local communities in Hawaii
Come participate in this ancient and unique style of traditional Hawaiian construction, led by Master builder Francis “Palani” Sinenci of Hana, Maui. Food and refreshments for the day will be provided. Overnight camping is available both Friday and Saturday nights. Please RSVP to Mark Hamamoto at 478-8469 if you are planning to come, or for more information.
MOHALA FARMS is a 6-acre non-profit farm in Wai’alua seeking to foster healthy local communities in Hawaii through sustainable agriculture, lifelong education and cultural and creative arts. We were formed in 2006 and are now organically certified and providing healthy produce to a growing number of individuals, families, stores and restaurants around O’ahu.
A he nui ka i’ini e ho’ohui i na kamahele like’ole
I ho’okipa i’aai i kai hiki mai i ka moku hanai o Mailikukai
(And great is the desire to gather together travelers from diverse and distant places that those who have arrived are welcomed to the generous district of Mailikukahi)
For more information and directions, contact Mark Hamamoto at firstname.lastname@example.org or 478-8469
Civil cases will be heard in Courtroom 1A on Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m.
For more information, click HERE or go to this link:
Friday, January 22, 2010
On the Opening Day of the Legislature, 1/20/10, students from the Wai`anae `Olelo program came to interview Maile and other legislators. The students posed with Maile in her office in front of a painting by Makaha-born artist Solomon Enos. L-R: Kawai Carlos-Keliikipi, Marina Nieto-Lopes, Rep. Maile Shimabukuro, Adina Troche, Mahea Nieto-Lopes, and Kevin Pu`u. [Click on the photo for a larger view]
Maile was visited by "Girls Who Surf" employees, who were visiting the Capitol with the Chamber of Commerce on 1/21/10. L-R: Maile, Cherry, and Miku Uemura. Miku Uemura is a professional surfer from Makaha. [Click on the images for larger views]
Thursday, January 21, 2010
...Hawaii was selected to be part of an exciting new 20-state Safe Routes to School collaborative funded by the CDC, Kaiser and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation...We have formed a network called the Hawaii Safe Routes to School Hui (http://www.hawaiisaferouteshui.org/) and our mission is to make it possible for more keiki walk and bike safety to school. Many of us may have remember doing that once upon a time but many of our kids don't enjoy this most basic of rights - to be able to walk or bike safely in their own neighborhood.
The Hui will develop a plan over the next few months, drawing on the talents of educators, law enforcement, public safety professionals, developers, engineers, business leaders, planners and students. Besides making the neighborhood safe for kids, Safe Routes to School helps to reduce reliance on cars, helps friends and neighbors connect face to face, and improves safety for all road users. We warmly welcome you and your organization to join us! It's going to be fun! Our first Hawaii State Network call will be on Tuesday the 26th at 1:30pm. I can send you call-in info and the agenda if you are interested. Mahalo in advance for sharing with other folks in your organization or others you work with.
Also, we're hiring! It feels so good to be able to do this and humbling to get so many great applicants. We're looking for a Safe Routes to School Coordinator for East/North Hawaii Island. If you are interested or know of anyone, please have them check out the job posting at http://www.pathhawaii.org/ ...
MANA: Movement for Aloha No ka Aina
is meeting on February 6, 2010, at Leeward Community
College in Wai‘awa.
The purpose of the meeting is to set a strategic plan for
2010, establish a governance and decision-making
structure, and to review our platform.
MANA is a grassroots party dedicated to building power
for independence and social change. MANA’s platform
supports independence, malama ‘aina, demilitarization,
health, culture, popular education, economic
independence, diversity, and inclusion.
New members are welcome.
When: Feb. 6 2010
Where: Leeward Community College
Time: 9:00 am: Light breakfast
9:30 am -4 pm: Meeting
Food will be provided.
Please RSVP to email@example.com to
establish a headcount.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
On Monday, January 25, 2010, Friends of Uncle Eddie Ka`anana and Rep. Maile Shimabukuro are co-sponsoring a tribute to a beloved kupuna (Hawaiian elder), Eddie Ka`anana. Ka`anana passed away in July 2006.
Ka`anana hailed from Miloli`i, a fishing village in South Hawai`i Island, and dedicated the last 25 years of his life to passing on the traditional Hawaiian practices that he was raised with. In particular, Ka`anana taught others to speak Hawaiian, malama aina (care for the land), and ku`i kalo(make poi). Ka`anana became an "uncle" to hundreds, if not thousands, of young people, through his volunteer work at Ka`ala Farm, Anuenue Hawaiian language immersion school, Kapapa Lo`i `O Kanewai at UH-Manoa, and other venues.
"In memory and celebration of uncle Eddie Ka`anana we invite all whom he touched to join together on his birthday to clean andku`i kalo (make poi) at the State Capital Rotunda," said Rep. Maile Shimabukuro, one of the event co-sponsors.
"To gather and ku`i (pound taro) is a simple demonstration of our connection with and love of Haloa, our culture, real food and our love for uncle. It will send a message to our lawmakers that we are here again. Kaipo`i and I `see' that uncle will be smiling to see us together at the capitol," said Vince Kana`i Dodge, one of the organizers.
Many in the group support the ban on genetic modification of kalo (taro), the plant which Hawaiians believe is their ancestor, Haloa.
Date: January 25, 2010
Place: Rotunda, State Capitol (courtyard on ground level, site of previous "Haloa Jam")
What to bring: ku`i mea, cooked kalo (taro), i`a(fish), la`i (ti leaf) for wrapping pa`i`ai (concentrated poi), awa, kanikapila (musical instruments and song)
We will provide some cooked kalo and i`a malo`o (dried fish), bring extra ku`i and cleaning mea
Kokua (help) needed with: setup, cleanup, cookingkalo, organizing the presentation of Ku Kahakalau’s DVD “na kupuna”, getting footage of uncle’s last public appearance and sharing (Bachman Hall Haloa Rally), inviting na kanaka i aloha nui o anakala
Kaipo`i Kellings, 722-8175
Vince Kana`i Dodge, 478-6492, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Maile Shimabukuro, email@example.com
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Next Meeting of the Waianae EJ Working Group Friday Feb. 12 at 5:30 PM at the Waianae Campus of Leeward Community College (LCC).
Makahiki Closing Celebration at Makua Valley Saturday Feb. 20th 10 AM -- Everyone is invited. Please RSVP to Dr. Dodge so your name can go on the Army's list for access.
EJ Bus Tour: Focus on the Cultural Significance of Waianae Saturday Feb. 27th, 8 AM. Meet at LCC-Waianae Campus parking lot. Watch for updates on details of this culture-focus excursion led by none other than Walterbea Aldeguer!
EJ Bus Tour: Focus on "Keep Waianae Country" Saturday March 20th, 8 AM. Watch for details on meeting location and tour schedule.
...Public Meeting on PVT's Permit Renewal. PVT -- the construction and demolition landfill directly behind the Coral Sands subdivision in Lualualei -- is up for another five-year permit renewal. They have offered to hold a public meeting in conjunction with the Nanakuli-Maili Neighborhood Board. We don't know when that meeting will be held, but we'll try to find out and let everyone as soon as can. It's not clear what to expect from this meeting, but it is good to know it is happening and be prepared.
KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance
phone/fax: 877-585-2432 (toll-free)
P.O. Box 37368
Honolulu, HI 96837
E ho`omalu kakou i ka pono, ke `ano o ka nohona a me ka `aina mai na kupuna mai
Protecting Native Hawaiian Traditional and Customary Rights and Our Fragile Environment
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Here is an update on the issue:
-- On Tue, 1/12/10, Moses, Michael K. S.
Subject: Re: Question Re: 'Opala piling up along Makaha road
Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 6:00 AM
HPD, the Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Department of Community Services have been working on strategies to address all the issues at Keaau Beach Park and the undeveloped portions of Keaau.
After DPR cleans and maintains the remainder of Ulehawa Beach park to Maili Point we will all take a hard look at Keaau and hopefully come up with a viable plan. In the meantime HPD will continue its effort to enforce all on-view violations of the law including littering.
The HPD Parks Detail and Community Policing Team regularly engage the illegal campers at Keaau and have given them numerous warnings, issued hundreds of citations for various offenses including littering, however they continue to live in squander and filth.
We will continue our efforts, but it becomes very frustrating when it appears HPD is always called upon to be the answer and solution to these very deep rooted social issues.
You really cannot do anything to assist HPD regarding this problem as there are sufficient laws on the books. You can offer support when we get criticized for our enforcement efforts, but that's about it. You can help by assisting the social services providers with desperately needed funding and resources to help these people living in the streets and parks of our city.
From: Maile Shimabukuro
To: Moses, Michael K. S.
Sent: Tue Jan 12 05:32:57 2010
Subject: Question Re: 'Opala piling up along Makaha road
Dear Major Moses:
Please see news article below. Since it seems like the homeless past Kea`au Beach are under the false impression that it is ok to leave their rubbish on the side of the road, is it possible for HPD to issue warnings to the homeless telling them it's actually illegal to leave their trash out? The warnings should give the homeless a deadline to clear the trash that is currently left along Farrington Highway, and provide them with the legal options, eg, disposing of their rubbish in the trash cans at Kea`au Beach Park, at the various dumps in Waianae, etc. Let me know if there's anything I can do to assist with this problem.
'Opala piles up along Makaha road, as officials point fingers
To view the contents on www.honoluluadvertiser.com, click HERE or go to:
Friday, January 15, 2010
Date: Thursday, January 14, 2010, 4:17 PM
The DCCA has just posted its statement, press release and decision and order related to the renewal of Oceanic Time Warner’s Franchise for the next 20 years. Because this information was just released, we have not had the time to examine the 52 page D&O, but wanted to let you know the information is now available. After a thorough review, we will keep you informed about items that affect Community Access.
DCCA News Release:
DCCA Director Reifurth’s Statement:
Decision and Order No. 346:
'Olelo Community Media
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Subject: Council Planning Cmte Hearing on 1/14
Date: Monday, January 11, 2010, 11:34 AM
RESOLUTION 09-366 (or visit: http://www4.honolulu.gov/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-96116/4rgdk0-r.pdf) – REVISION TO THE WAIANAE PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE MAP FOR THE MAILI POINT FIRE STATION. Adopting a revision to the Public Infrastructure Map for the Waianae Sustainable Communities Plan Area. (Transmitted by Communication D-949)
Subject: Next Meeting
Aloha Waianae Ohana,
...The next meeting for the EJ working group is Jan. 15th, 5:30 at the Leeward Community College Waianae Campus, as usual. Let us know if you can make it.
The next steps we need to work on (and there may be others) are:
1. Bus Tour for the UCC leaders and the "Keep the Country COUNTRY" folks
2. Letter-writing campaign to the City Council against the purple dot.
3. Preparing for a public hearing on the PVT landfill permit renewal (assuming one will be held)...
Monday, January 11, 2010
Our 2nd Thursday meeting is scheduled for January 14 at the Ulu Ke Kukui Dining Room. It is a brown-bag meeting (bring your own) or you can purchase meals at the site. The following is our agenda:
Red Manini Micro-loan Program
Tamar DeFries – Pacific Gateway Center
The presentation will include a description of the Red Manini Micro-loan program
and other funding options for people interested in starting a small business.
Wai`anae Business Center
Kahealani Poe, Coordinator – Business Services
The presentation will discuss business development services available at the
Wai`anae Business Center including micro-enterprise and small business
training. Upcoming classes and other information will also be shared.
Sandi Miyoshi - HPHA and/or Russ Saito – State Comptroller
Leeward Housing Coalition Community Summit on March 11, 2010
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. For more information, call 696-1217.
About 2nd Thursday
2nd Thursday is a monthly meeting of organizations providing health and human services to the homeless community on the Wai`anae Coast. Meetings are held at 11:30am each second Thursday of the month at the Ulu Ke Kukui Dining Facility. Our objectives are the following:
Network and share information on services available for Wai`anae Coast residents and residents of Wai`anae Coast emergency and transitional shelters.
Develop a continuum of services for people accessing shelter services and other help by coordinating and collaborating among ourselves.
Discuss policy issues affecting health and human services on the Wai`anae Coast with an emphasis on housing and shelter issues.
A project of the Leeward Housing Coalition
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Come to support the next clean-up and beautification of the People's Path!
What: Clean-up and Beautification of People's Path
When: January 16, 2010; 7:30-11:30am
Where: Maili Point (meet across from Kaukama Road)
Who: Sponsored by Women of Wai`anae, AlohaCare, Rep. Maile Shimabukuro, Nani O Wai`anae, and others
Why: Our goal is to create a pathway along the Wai`anae Coast
For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 696-4677
Last year, Maile and her mother met with Department of Transportation (DOT) officials regarding the planned bikeway for the Wai`anae Coast, which ends at Lualualei Naval Road. They inquired about whether the State would allow the community to extend the pathway around Maili Point, and eventually along the entire Wai`anae Coast. (See posting re: Nani O Waianae April 26 Beach Clean-Up for more information on the "People's Path.") This is the map and response Maile received from DOT. Click on the map to the right for a full view; for a blow-up of the bikeway, click on the map below.
From: Rachel.LA.Roper@hawaii.gov [mailto:Rachel.LA.Roper@hawaii.gov]
Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2008 2:56 PM
To: Rep. Maile Shimabukuro; email@example.com
Subject: Leeward Bikeway Ext.
I'm still looking into your questions regarding the Leeward Bikeway and Leeward Bikeway extension, but wanted to send you our contact information along with the map of the Leeward Bikeway. Please note that this is not the most current map of the Leeward Bikeway. It should, however, still be able to give you a general idea of where the bike path will be located...
Darell Young, P.E.
Planning Branch (Advanced Planning)
Department of Transportation
State of Hawaii
Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator
Hawaii Department of Transportation
State of Hawaii
869 Punchbowl Street #301
Honolulu, HI 96813
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Local Census Office Manager-Waianae 3249
86-120 Farrington Hwy, Suite A109
Waianae, HI 96792
Humbly request your presence at our official opening of the Local Census Office here in Waianae on Friday, January 8th, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. It will be a short but powerful message conveyed to the community on the importance of receiving and returning the 2010Census Questionnaire. The 30-minute program will consist of the Waianae ROTC drill team, some of the local entertainers, a tour around the office and light refreshments.
I can be reached Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. I look forward to your response...
"Na Kakou Ke Kuleana"
Friday, January 8, 2010
Subject: BWS Construction Projects to Resume Jan. 4
Just a friendly reminder that construction work will resume for the Board of Water Supply's (BWS) water main replacement projects on Farrington Highway beginning on Monday, January 4, 2010.
Crews will be working on Farrington Highway between Nanakuli and Laumania Avenues, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Both center lanes will be closed to traffic. The BWS will open the emergency access bridge at Nanakuli Beach Park during working hours so there will be two open eastbound lanes of traffic. As a reminder, large trucks and buses heading eastbound must stay in the left-hand lane and stay on Farrington Highway. Motorists are also advised to abide by posted traffic signs, to use caution when traveling through the construction area and to allow for extra travel time.
Also beginning on Monday, January 4, 2010, the BWS will start the next phase of its construction project in Nanakuli (Farrington Highway Part 1, Phase B). This phase will replace a vital 24-inch water main on Farrington Highway between Black Rock and Aliinui Drive. Since this phase is in a non-residential area, work will be done at night between 7 p.m. and 3:30 a.m., Sunday to Thursday â€“ to help minimize the traffic impact on Leeward Coast residents. When excavation work begins at Black Rock, the farthest makai bound lane of traffic will be closed. The waterline eventually crosses over to the mauka side of the road so traffic patterns will change. This phase of the project is expected to take about 15 months to complete.
Please continue to visit www.boardofwatersupply.com and click on the Farrington Highway projects icon or call 748-5310 to hear a voice recording with the weekly updated project and traffic pattern information. Questions and comments can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the BWS Construction Section at 748-5730.
On behalf of the BWS Ohana, Hau`oli Makahiki Hou!
Moani & Kurt
Date: Thursday, March 11, 2010
Place: 86-084 Farrington Highway, Waianae
The contact person for the new Hale Wai Vista (HWV) affordable housing project located behind Wai`anae City Mill is Jim Gesser, the future HWV resident manager. HWV is a project of the Hawaii Housing Development Corporation, a private non-profit. Funding was provided by the state via the Hawaii Housing and Finance Development Corporation (HHFDC), and other sources. Prudential Locations, LLC, is handling HWV applications. For information regarding how to apply, and other questions, call Mr. Gesser at 738-3110.
1) Click HERE for a copy of an informational brochure regarding Hale Wai Vista
2) Click HERE for the Hale Wai Vista application
Hale Wai Vista applications are also available at this website: http://www.pruhawaiirentals.com
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Subject: Aloha and Mahalo
It comes a time in life when you have to start a new career and for me
it will be retirement on 30 Dec 09. After 40 years of working (26 in the
military and 14 years with the state), my wife Joyce and I will enjoy an
It has been a very rewarding experience and chapter in my life as the
Senior Army Instructor for the Waianae High School "Searider Battalion"
JROTC Program since January 2001. I would like to express my
appreciation to the administration, staff and faculty at WHS for their
outstanding support in helping us "Motivate Young People to Be
I would also like to thank the staff of the JROTC Hawaii Multiple School
Unit (HMSU) for their support of our program and to my fellow JROTC
instructors, it was great working with you and continue providing guidance
to our cadets.
Aloha and Mahalo:
LTC (R) Don "Rock" Arakaki
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Sent: Monday, January 04, 2010 10:20 AM
Subject: Fwd: KPOK applications
Ka Papa O Kakuhihewa working through HCF will have available funding again this year for worthy projects that benefit primarily our youth to work on environmental type projects in the 96792 and 96707 zip code areas (please see more information provided in the press release and the RFP). Click HERE for the press release and HERE for the RFP.
Past recipients of funding have included: Ka`ala Farm Inc., Hoa `Aina o Makaha, Malama Learning Center, Bishop Museum (in return for funding they provided numerous class sessions without charge to some of our schools based on the program developed), Leeward Kai Canoe Club in conjunction with Wai`anae High School (ocean water quality sampling), etc.
The funds are a result of a community benefits package that is being received from HECO ($100,000 per year over 10 years) developed during community discussions regarding the 110 MW Peaking Power Plant built in Campbell Industrial Park. Today, the council that works with HCF in determining what projects will be funded and for how much is represented by residents from along the entire coastline representing both zip code areas.
While not having unlimited funding to provide support to all applicants, the council and HCF takes its' responsibility seriously to make sure that the projects supported do promote support for our youth and their families in either learning about or doing projects which help our environment.
If you know of any organizations or worth projects, please provide this information along to them.
Cynthia K.L. Rezentes
From: Amy Luersen
Sent: Mon, Jan 4, 2010 9:24 am
Subject: KPOK applications
Aloha All, I hope you all had a Happy Holiday season. Attached is the 2010 Request for Proposals for the Ka Papa o Kakuhihewa fund. Please help spread the work in your communities and forward to any groups that you feel would be eligible. This is available to be downloaded from the Hawaii Community Foundation website. (www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org
Thanks so much,
Director of Philanthropic Services
Hawaii Community Foundation
1164 Bishop St. Suite 800Honolulu, HI 96813
Main Number 808 537-6333
Neighbor Island toll free - 1 888-731-3863
Monday, January 4, 2010
The training is for young people, ages 13 through 21, who are interested in making positive change through the legislative process. Youths are encouraged to bring a bill or issue they would like to work on.
JANUARY 15, 2010
9AM TO 3PM
STATE CAPITOL ROOM 329
CONTACT HYCF TO REGISTER! 545-5683 OR email@example.com
January 3, 2010
Makua Valley eyed for counterinsurgency, road bomb training
By William Cole
Advertiser Military Writer
The Army wants to spend about $3.7 million to transform Mäkua Valley into a "world-class" roadside bomb and counterinsurgency training center with convoy live fire along hillside roads, simulated explosions and multiple "villages" to replicate the roadside bomb threat in Iraq and Afghanistan — the No. 1 killer of Americans.
As that occurs, the Army said it also wants to eventually transition some of its storm-the-hill traditional live-fire training from Mäkua to Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island.
The counter-improvised explosive device, or IED, focus at Mäkua is a new proposal by the Army as it also seeks the more immediate return to the traditional infantry live-fire exercises in the 4,190-acre Wai'anae Coast valley — something it hadn't been able to do since 2004 due to environmental lawsuits.
Schofield Barracks may seek to conduct traditional live-fire drills in Mäkua involving companies of 150 soldiers with artillery, mortars and helicopter fire as early as March, officials said.
"What this (longer-term) plan enables us to do is to modernize Mäkua Valley (to meet) what we think is the long and enduring threat," said Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. "Randy" Mixon, referring to counterinsurgency and roadside bombs.
Mixon is head of the U.S. Army in the Pacific.
He said the plan also would reduce the cultural and environmental impact in Mäkua — the source of ongoing lawsuits — "because we would shift over time, and I'm talking five to 10 years from now, the heavy ordnance training, artillery training and things of that nature over to Pohakuloa."
Changes already in the works for Hawai'i's Stryker Brigade at the Big Island training area, along with possible new training ran-ges to replace Mäkua and other improvements, conceivably could total $300 million over the next 15 years, Mixon said.
restarting live fire
The counter-roadside bomb plan represents a fundamental change in what to date had been the Army's dogged pursuit of traditional infantry live-fire training in Mäkua Valley, a quest that has cost it millions in court fees.
A lawsuit over training was settled with community group Malama Mäkua in 2001. However, the Army's failure to complete an agreed-upon environmental impact statement analysis of decades of military training prevented a return to live fire since 2004 and spawned a series of sub-lawsuits.
The Army last July completed the environmental examination by saying it wanted to conduct up to 32 combined-arms live-fire exercises or 150 convoy live-fire exercises annually in the valley.
"The EIS we consider to be legally sufficient (and) we intend to return to live fire in Mäkua Valley," Mixon said last week from his headquarters at Fort Shafter.
David Henkin, an Earthjustice attorney who represents Malama Mäkua, said he doesn't know the details of the shift in focus being proposed by Mixon for Mäkua Valley.
"I guess all I can say is this proposal has never been subjected to any form of environmental review — including public review — so it's impossible to make any informed statement about it without actually seeing what's being proposed," Henkin said.
New construction "raises a lot of concerns about potential damage to subsurface archaeological resources," Henkin said.
More than 50 endangered plant and animal species, and more than 100 archaeological features, are found in the valley area.
global training site
Mixon said he intends to take the Mäkua and Pohakuloa plan before the Army chief of staff and other Army officials probably in the next 60 days.
"If I get their support, which I'm sure I will, we will start as soon as we possibly can," he said. That could mean construction activity at Mäkua within a year, he added.
Henkin maintains that such a change would require a supplemental environmental impact review.
Mixon said part of his plan includes the development of an IED "fusion center" in Hawai'i that would bring together intelligence gathering, a knowledge base and training to defeat roadside bombs not only in Iraq and Afghanistan, but in Asia-Pacific countries such as Thailand, India and the Philippines, where the bombs also are a growing threat.
He said he's already obtained "a couple million dollars" in start-up funding from the Pentagon's Joint IED Defeat Organization.
U.S. soldiers could travel to Pacific partner nations to train their soldiers on roadside bomb techniques, and foreign soldiers might be able to travel to Hawai'i to receive training at Mäkua, Mixon said.
The three-star general said he envisions Mäkua as a "world-class IED and counterinsurgency" training center.
Mäkua's austere hillside road network is a close approximation of Afghanistan roads. Mixon's plan includes the installation of a couple dozen mobile structures that would be congregated in two spots and spread out elsewhere to represent villages.
The training would include convoy live fire in response to an attack, and a "shoot house" with about 10 rooms in which soldiers could practice live-fire room clearing, officials said.
Helicopters would be brought in for support and a key component of the plan is the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to look for roadside bomb planters.
Mixon said the fleet of UAVs will be increasing in Hawai'i, and Mäkua is one of the few allowable places to fly.
Training requirements were examined for Hawai'i with an eye to an integrated approach and "how can we make the best possible use, given the training requirements and the anticipated threat, of Schofield, Mäkua and Pohakuloa Training Area," Mixon said.
Schofield units have been able to rotate annually to the National Training Center in California for large-scale training exercises during a time of war, but those availabilities, at a cost of between $18 million to $22 million, are expected to dwindle if and when the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, he said.
As a result, more Hawai'i-based service members, including Marines and National Guard soldiers, will be at home station longer and need to get their training in the Isles, Mixon said.
Mixon said he envisions expanding the live-fire capability at Pohakuloa, and if that's possible, "we would see a gradual shift to a different type of live-fire training (at Mäkua) which is focused on counter-IED operations in cities and close-quarters combat."
But he also said the Army would have to retain the ability to use Mäkua for IED training and — if needed — the traditional company-size combined arms exercises involving mortars, artillery and helicopters firing overhead.
Mixon said he's been out to the Wai'anae Coast to talk with community representatives in "general terms" about the new Mäkua plan.
"It's our desire to continue to train in Mäkua Valley but look at ways to limit the cultural and environmental impact," he said.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Just a quick email to let you know that our quarterly meeting that we cancelled in Dec has been re-scheduled for next week-Jan 6 at 5:30pm. Please attend if you can, we will be discussing/planning for the annual book sale in March.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
1) a description of the bill and it's introducers
2) the text of the actual current version of the bill
3) instructions on how to properly submit testimony to the House PBS Committee
Measure Title: RELATING TO DISASTER PREPAREDNESS PLANNING.
Report Title: Disaster Preparedness Plan; Civil Defense
Description: Requires the director of civil defense to prepare a disaster preparedness plan for the 44th and 45th House of Representatives districts and to report to the legislature in 2011.
Current Referral: PBS, FIN
Introducer(s): AWANA, CABANILLA, CHANG, HANOHANO, KARAMATSU, SHIMABUKURO, Aquino, Bertram, Brower, Magaoay, Sagum, Souki
[TEXT of BILL]
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
H.B. NO. 2692
TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE, 2010
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO DISASTER PREPAREDNESS PLANNING.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. The legislature finds that the leeward coast of Oahu is only accessible by way of Farrington Highway. Any closure of the highway due to traffic accidents or other incidences can temporarily disrupt the lives of tens of thousands of commuting residents. The legislature also finds that, if a major disaster closes the freeway for extended periods of time, a host of problems arise that directly impacts the health, safety, and welfare of several leeward communities.
The purpose of this Act is to prepare for a major disaster on the leeward coast by requiring the director of civil defense to prepare a disaster preparedness plan for the 44th and 45th house of representatives districts. This Act is intended to serve as a model for future expansion of the disaster preparedness plan to serve other communities in the State.
SECTION 2. The director of civil defense shall prepare a disaster preparedness plan for the leeward coast areas of Oahu, specifically the areas included in the house of representative districts 44 and 45 which include the communities of Waianae, Makaha, Makua, Honokai Hale, Nanakuli, Lualualei, and Maili. The plan shall include strategies to address the following concerns:
1. The closing of roadway access to the districts with no available alternate routes;
2. The use of air and sea transportation services when roads are closed and the coordination of these services, especially the designation of primary and alternate air landing sites and any legal authorization needed to land on those sites;
3. The large homeless population living on beaches with limited resources;
4. The elderly, some of whom live alone, with limited access to disaster shelters and transportation services;
5. The growing indigent population that is suffering from the current economic downturn who rely heavily on public transportation to commute to work;
6. The coordination, distribution, and delivery of food, products, and services by private and public companies, organizations, and individuals to homes and communities;
7. An organization to serve as a community site coordinator (e.g. local civil defense volunteer team);
8. An inventory of existing governmental agencies, private companies, organizations, and individuals who may assist with a disaster preparedness plan;
9. Meetings in the community to gather input and follow-up meetings to disseminate this report; and
10. Any other issue necessary for a disaster preparedness plan.
SECTION 3. The director of civil defense shall report the director's findings and recommendations, including costs to the legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the 2011 regular session.
SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO SUBMIT TESTIMONY:
Persons wishing to offer comments should submit testimony at least 24 hours prior to the hearing with a transmittal cover indicating:
· Testifier's name with position/title and organization;
· The Committee the comments are directed to;
· The date and time of the hearing;
· Measure number; and
· The number of copies the Committee is requesting.
While every effort will be made to copy, organize, and collate all testimony received, materials received on the day of the hearing or improperly identified or directed to the incorrect office, may be distributed to the Committee after the hearing.
Submit testimony in ONE of the following ways:
PAPER: 3 copies (including an original) to Room 310 in the State Capitol;
FAX: For comments less than 5 pages in length, transmit to 586-6521(Oahu) or 1-800-535-3859 (Neighbor Islanders with no e-mail access);
EMAIL: For comments less than 5 pages in length, transmit to PBStestimony@Capitol.hawaii.gov ; or
WEB: For comments less than 4MB in size, transmit from the Web page at http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/emailtestimony.
Testimony submitted will be placed on the Legislative Web site after the hearing adjourns. This public posting of testimony on the Web site should be considered when including personal information in your testimony.
If you require special assistance or auxiliary aids and/or services to participate in the House public hearing process (i.e., sign or foreign language interpreter or wheelchair accessibility), please contact the Committee Clerk at 586-6563 or email your request for an interpreter to HouseInterpreter@Capitol.hawaii.gov at least 24 hours prior to the hearing for arrangements. Prompt requests submitted help to ensure the availability of qualified individuals and appropriate accommodations.
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Friday, January 1, 2010
|Click on the link below to view video news footage regarding the on-going problem of trash along the Wai`anae Coast's highways:|
Piles of Trash on Oahu's Leeward Coast Causes Eyesore for Residents
KHON2 - Honolulu,HI,USA
... to blame," says Representative Maile Shimabukuro, (D) Waianae-Makaha-Makua. Though some argue the items left behind are not things the homeless can use. ...
The text of the news story is below: