Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Ka`ala Farm's March 2010 Newsletter

Please click the link below to view Ka`ala Farms' March 2010 
newsletter.
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PEARL HARBOR NAVAL SHIPYARD APPRENTICES JOBS

Apprentices will be enrolled in a 4-yr. paid training program (Academics and Trade Theory)

Earn an Associate of Applied Science degree

Receive on-the-job trade training, by working with Skilled Mechanics

Eligibility:
United States citizen
18 years of age by January 15, 2011
High School diploma or GED
Pass a physical examination
Obtain and maintain a security clearance
Males must be registered with the Selective Service
Pass the ASSET Test

To Apply to Be a Shipyard Apprentice
You must apply on-line from March 27 until April 9, 2010
Go to the apprentice website by clicking
HERE or visiting: https://acep.hawaii.navy.mil
Applications must be submitted NO LATER THAN April 9, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. HST

Good Friday Community Prayer Blessing

From: Calvin Endo

Aloha Everyone,


You are invited to join us to pray for our community, State and our Nation. After the death of Mr. Michael Anderson, the young teacher that fell to his death while hiking in Makaha, many teachers and community members asked that we do a prayer blessing like we did before. We at Waianae High School had four deaths in the past two years, two of them very tragic, besides what has happened in our community. I believe it's of God since the people that have asked are not all church attenders and yet they believe we need God's blessing, and we do. So once again please let people know that we are have the service at Wai`anae High School's Cafeteria on Good Friday, April 2, 2010 at 6:30pm. We are asking for people to bring candles.

The event is sponsored by the Waianae High School's Christian Club.


Calvin Endo [calvinendo@msn.com]

SCI-TECH DAY; Register on April 3rd

SCI-TECH DAY
www.hiscitech.org/institute

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Donalyn Dela Cruz 216-4747


SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY PROS OFFER LEARNING DAY TO STUDENTS
On-site Registration Takes Place April 3rd

Honolulu, HI – Professionals from the science and technology industry are answering the call to share lessons in their fields on Friday, April 30, 2010 at three regional centers. Sci-Tech Day will be offered to students in grade levels 6th through 8th and each center will be limited to 80 students. The cost for this full day of ultimate learning is FREE and lunch is included.

Sci-Tech Day centers are Hawaii Community College, Leeward Community College, and Windward Community College. On-site registration at each of the centers will take place on Saturday, April 3, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon.

Sci-Tech Day will be a full day of learning on April 30th beginning at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 4:30 p.m. There will be four classes in the following areas:


* Life Sciences/Biotechnology
* Renewable Energy
* Engineering/Product Development/Application Research
* Software Development/Digital Media

Students will receive an hour-long lunch period. Bento lunches for the students are being donated by L&L Hawaiian Barbecue/L&L Drive-Inn.

Hawaii Science and Technology Council and Institute President and CEO, Keiki-Pua Dancil, Ph.D., is the lead organizer of Sci-Tech Day. “Many of us in the Science-Technology Industry want to give back a day of education, especially in light of the continuation of Furlough Fridays,” said Dr. Dancil. “Science and math are not usually viewed as fun subjects, but we want to show students how science and technology are essential to our future and just how fun it really is.”

Studies indicate that the motivation to pursue science and/or math-based pathways drops dramatically when students transition from primary level education to secondary levels (i.e. grades 6th through 8th).

Contributing factors include an inadequate supply of qualified math and science teachers, negative stereotypes of certain professions, lack of family support and outdated or nonexistent infrastructure.

Curricula incorporating hands-on, project-based, inquiry-led instruction have been successful in fostering student retention in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM).

Interaction with local professionals provides role models and exposure to additional career options that may be unfamiliar to many students and their families.

Dr. Dancil has pulled together a variety of science and technology professionals to donate their time in teaching the courses. Each classroom will be supervised by volunteers.

“We are extremely grateful to our sponsors and volunteers who are helping to make Sci-Tech possible,” said Dr. Dancil. “It really is a collaborative community effort. Everyone understands the value of education for our keiki; they are our future.”

Sponsors of Sci-Tech Day include Hawaii Science and Technology Council and Institute, Leeward Community College, Windward Community College, Honolulu Community College, L&L Hawaiian Barbecue/L&L Drive-Inn, Hawaii National Bank, Women in Technology, Alaka‘ina Foundation, Shee Atika Technologies, LLC., Wall-to-Wall Studios Inc., and Go! Mokulele Airlines.

Peter Quigley, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs stated, “The University of Hawaii Community Colleges is pleased to partner with the community volunteers from our science and business sectors. Because of what this could mean for the children and because of Dr. Keiki-Pua Dancil's enthusiasm and commitment to this project, our involvement was an easy thing to say yes to.”

“Sci-Tech Day is a great learning event for our keiki and it fits with the University of Hawaii's commitment to STEM education,” added Quigley.

Information and applications for Sci-Tech Day are available on-line at http://www.hiscitech.org/institute.

Parents must turn in applications at the regional center on April 3rd between 9:00 a.m. to noon. Acceptance into the program is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each regional center is limited to 80 students in levels 6th through 8th grades.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Makua Easter Sunrise Service - April 4 at 5:30am


MAKUA EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE







APRIL 4, 2010, 5:30 am, at Makua Military Reservation, all denominations welcome. Potluck to follow at Makua Beach across cemetary.

For more info, contact:
Vince Dodge at aipohaku@hotmail.com or 478-6492, or Fred Dodge at makuakauka@hotmail.com or 696-4677.






Sunday, March 28, 2010

Saturday, March 27, 2010

March 2010 Legislative Update

Aloha! Here is an updated list of the bills I am supporting:


Education

. HB 200 HD1 SD2 CD1(2009) and HB 2200 (2010), the state budget, has $3 mil for
land, design & construction for LCC/Wai'anae Educ. Ctr.; $24 mil for UH West Oahu
. HB 2486 sets a minimum number of instructional hours per school year for each grade
. SB 2124 appropriates $$ from Hurricane Relief Fund to restore remaining school
instructional days for 2009-'10 & 2010-'11 school years
. SB 2589 requires DOE to make available vacant school facilities for charter school use
. SB 2797 extends VEBA —a health plan for public school teachers—to July 1, 2012

Health

. HB 2085 sets limits on requests for proposals from providers for QUEST
contracts exceeding $100 mil & commencing after agency director's terms expires
. HB 2208 requires health insurers to promptly pay claims for Medicaid services
. SB 2469 appropriates funds from Emergency & Budget Reserve Fund ("Rainy
Day") for Wai'anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center (WCCHC)
. SB 2490 appropriates $$ from Community Health Centers Special Fund to be used by
community health centers statewide
. SB 1309 appropriates funds for emergency services at WCCHC
. HCR 176/HR 111(SCR178/SR79) urges Hawaii Health Systems Corp hospitals &
clinics to accept medical student rotations from programs based at WCCHC and UH.
. HCR 179/HR114 (SCR 179/SR80) requests development of proposed legislation
mandating size & extent of a managed care plan's specialty network

Human Services

. HB 1642 specifies that proposals for purchases of health & human services must be
submitted by licensed providers and for exact amount to be expended by the state
. SB 2368 permits family court to allow visitation to grandparents if denial would cause
significant harm to the child
. HCR 219/HR 148 directs DHS to stop proposed reorganization of benefits, employ-
ment, support services & Medquest Div until legislative task force evaluates proposal


Housing

. Congressional appropriations for FY'10, as submitted by Rep. Mazie Hirono, include
funding for Maili Self-Help Housing
. HB 2132 requires notice of intent to foreclosure that includes notice of
availability of mortgage counseling.
. HCR 262 (SCR 206) requests establishment of Wai'anae Coast Homelessness Task
Force to develop a comprehensive plan to address needs of homeless

Energy & Environment

. HB 1808 requires maintenance of beach accesses by adjacent landowners & imposes
penalties for noncompliance; establishes shoreline access policy
. HB 2239 ends exemption for dietary supplements in deposit beverage container law
. HB 2644 applies solid waste disposal surcharge to waste that is shipped out-of-state
. SB 2231 exempts electric vehicles & vehicle charging systems from general excise tax
. SB 2559 requires businesses to collect a 5-cent fee for each plastic or paper disposable
checkout bag provided to a customer

Consumer Protection

. HB 2642 (SB 2809) appropriates funds to reorganize Public Utilities Commission &
Division of Consumer Advocacy, helping state transition to clean energy economy
. HB 2921(SB 2837) revises requirements for licensing electricians and plumbers
. SB 707 lets Director of Commerce & Consumer Affairs designate an access organi-
zation to oversee public, educational & governmental channels on cable television

Hawaiian

. HB 674 provides funds to "Ho'okulaiwi," a culturally based program to train UH
students that wish to teach in rural areas such as the Wai'anae Coast.
. HB 1818 requires Dept of Public Safety to establish a reintegration pilot program that
combines cognitive behavioral theory with Native Hawaiian holistic interventions
. HCR 327HR 246 urges counties to adopt Native Hawaiian building codes

Public Safety

. HB 1987 establishes cause of action to abate illegal purchasing, selling, possession &
setting off of fireworks; increases penalties for illegal use
. SB 2045 establishes class A, B & C felony sexual human trafficking and labor
trafficking offenses and provides for prosecution of offenses
. SB 2183, relating to domestic abuse, allows a temporary restraining order to remain in
effect for 90 days or until protective order is served



Transportation

. HB 2200 HD1 (Budget) includes $12.5 mil for construction on Farrington Hwy
for congestion relief and safety improvements between Honokai Hale and Hakimo Rd;
$3.5 mil for Farrington Hwy drainage improvements vicinity of Orange St, Makaha
$3.5 million for replacement of bridges on Farrington Hwy near Makaha Beach Park
. Federal Stimulus Funds $1.5 mil for dredging Wai'anae Small Boat Harbor channel


Agriculture

. HB 2290 protects agriculturally suitable lands on Oahu & provides for mandatory
extension of agricultural leases
. HB 2421 provides inidtiatives & funds to promote energy and food self-sufficiency
. HB 2832 authorizes OHA to seek funds for projects that increase cultivation of taro
. SB 2780 protects agriculturally suitable lands on Oahu (includes Ho'opili & Koa
Ridge); provides for mandatory extension of agricultural leases


Economic Development

. HB 2382 establishes digital media enterprise subzones surrounding UH campuses and
gives tax benefits for developing infrastructure within these zones
. HB 2643 establishes clean energy loan program for energy efficiency improvements on
residential and commercial enterprises


Capital Improvements

HB 1640 (2009) provides for funding of numerous school, health, transportation and recreational projects in House District 45 (Wai'anae/Makaha/Makua)
HB 2616 (2010) funds the following District 45 projects: Farrington Hwy drainage improvements near Orange St., Makaha ($3.5 mil … also in budget bill, HB 2200 HD1); E Ala Voyaging Canoe Education Ctr ($3 mil); UH West Oahu Phase I construct ($3 mil)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Wai`anae High's "Youth Speaks" Team To Compete in Interscholastic Poetry Slam March 26

PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE WORD TO THE HEARD, & TELL A FRIEND!!!
SUPPORT HAWAII'S YOUTH!!!

on Kuhio Day, Friday, March 26th, @ 7pm
Youth Speaks HI presents the Spring 2010 INTERscholastic Poetry SLAM. Consistently one of Honolulu's greatest slams. This year we have teams representing Waianae High School (defending champs), Farrington High School, Kalani High School, Haki Puu Learning Center (in Kane`ohe) & the Chinatown All Stars. Presale tickets are only $3, student tickets at the door are $5 & adult tickets at the door are $7 @ Farrington High School Auditorium, 1564 North King St, btn Houghtailing & Kalihi...For more information, please call me, TravisT at (808) 753-4661...

Peace, YouthSpeaks!

on Monday, March 15th, @ 12noon
Youth Speaks HI Poets performed at the invocation of the 2010 Hawaii State Legislature, as well as receiving honours from the House of Representatives, in light of our back to back championships at the annual International Brave New Voices Youth Slam Poetry Spoken Word Festival (as seen on HBO)

--
TravisT
Events Coordinator, Youth Speaks Hawaii
Travis@YouthSpeaksHawaii.org
Creative Writing Teacher, Palama Settlement, Kids Talk Story
TravisThompson@KidsTalkStory.
com
TravisT@hawaii.edu
808.753.4661


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

E Ala Voyaging Canoe Sought to Return to Wai`anae Coast: UPDATE - Re-Blessing & Re-Launching March 28, 2010



The Halau Wa`a O E Ala envisioned at Poka`i Bay by many who want to see the E Ala voyaging canoe returned to the Wai`anae Coast. (Artwork by Melissa Evans) [Click on the image for a larger view.]
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. Maile has asked the City and State whether the E Ala can be permanently docked at Poka`i Bay or the boat harbor, and is awaiting a response. She has also introduced HB 2616, requesting $3m to build the E Ala Ocean Education Center.
UPDATE: The E Ala will be sailed from the METC at Sand Island to the Waianae Coast April 20-22, 2010. There will be a re-blessing and re-launching of the canoe on March 28, 2010; 11am-noon, at METC. All are welcome to this potluck event. For more information, email: pvshawaii@hawaiiantel.net.
Click HERE for more information about the E Ala, or visit this website: http://waianaehcc.org/eala.htm

Monday, March 22, 2010

Congratulations to Anthony Guerrero Jr. - Junior Achievement of Hawaii 2010 Hawaii Business Hall of Fame Inductee


L-R: Rep. Shimabukuro, Anthony Guerrero Jr., Rep. Karen Awana.

On March 12, 2010, Rep. Barbara Marumoto and others at the Legislature honored Makaha's own Anthony R. Guerrero, Jr. for his induction into the Junior Achievement of Hawai`i Business Hall of Fame.

The purpose of this hall of fame is to recognize business leaders who, through their life-long entrepreneurial and civic activities have made enduring contributions to the local economy through their work, and are figures of inspiration for Hawai`i's youth.

As a former Waikiki beach boy, Anthony Guerrero Jr. has, over a 42 year banking career, skillfully led his teams through numerous expansions of First Hawaiian Bank leading to his position as Vice Chairman and Group Manager overseeing management of 63 bank branches in Hawai`i, Guam and Saipan.

As an excellent role model for Hawai`i's youth, Anthony Guerrero Jr. sets a perfect example on how hard work and dedication can lead to limitless possibilities in the business world.

Now retired from First Hawaiian Bank, Guerrero serves as president of the Wai`anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center's Board, and volunteers with other non-profits.

Mahalo "Uncle Ants" for all you do to help those in need on the Wai`anae Coast and beyond!

US Census Bureau Recruiting

"Census 2010 Team" wrote:

Dear Representatives:

The US Census Bureau is in its last month of recruiting for 3000+ Census Taker positions based in Hawaii for the 2010 Census. Jobs are temporary, part-time. Census takers earn $17/hour, receive paid training, work in their communities, and can work flexible schedules of up to 40 hours/week.

This is a great opportunity for the people of Hawaii to make some extra money and also to serve the greater community. As you may know, Hawaii was under-counted by roughly 40% during the last Census. It is important that we do all that we can to get an accurate count so that Hawaii receives the appropriate amount of federal funding which support infrastructure (i.e. schools, roads) and allotments for things such as the H1N1 flu vaccinations.

If you could, please help spread the word about the opportunity to work as a Census Taker for your community. If anyone is interested in learning more about 2010 Census job opportunities, they can call toll-free 1-866-861-2010 or (808)535-0920 to take the first step and sign up for an application and test session today. We have tests each day throughout the month around the island. People can also learn more and download a practice test online at www.2010CensusJobs.gov.

Thank you for your time and kokua.

Sincerely,

US Census 2010 Team

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

WAI`ANAE WATERSHED MANAGEMENT PLAN

The WAI`ANAE WATERSHED MANAGEMENT PLAN is entering the formal approval process -- by both City Council and the Commission on Water Resources Management (CWRM).

The CWRM public hearing has not yet been scheduled.

The City Council dates are as follows, provided there are no deferrals:

• WED, MAR. 17 at 2:00 pm -- Second reading and Public Hearing
• THURS. APR. 8 at 1:00 pm -- Planning Committee
• WED. APR. 21 at 10:00 am -- Third and final reading.

If there is anyone from the Waianae Coast wishing to submit testimony, please contact Bruce Tsuchida (see contact information below).

Note: It is anticipated that [some people may] speak AGAINST the BWS watershed management plans, so it would be very beneficial to have some community voices supporting the plans.

Bruce Tsuchida
President, Townscape,Inc.
900 Fort Street Mall, Suite 1160
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Phone: 808-536-6999 X3
Fax: 808-524-4998
Email: bruce@townscapeinc.com
Website: www.townscapeinc.com

Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs Program - Cash Prize up to$50, 000

From: circleup-bounces@lists.ournativecircle.org [mailto:circleup-bounces@lists.ournativecircle.org] On Behalf Of Heidi Davis


A year ago, we shared our plans to enhance our Yoshiyama program and further align it with the Foundation’s new strategic plan. Our research and development process culminates this week with the launch of the Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs Program.

We are pleased to announce a nationwide search for the first-ever Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs. They are 18 to 29-year olds, and they are operating viable businesses that create jobs, supply goods or services, or use internal management practices that offer low-wealth individuals in America a leg up.

We are excited: we have stayed true to the vision of Mr. Hirokichi Yoshiyama, former president and chairman of Hitachi, Ltd., in Tokyo , whose gift launched the original Yoshiyama program. We will identify and work with inspiring young business leaders and learn what it takes to run a financially sustainable business that gives a boost to people who feel stuck in place. Indeed, what distinguishes this program is that, while many social enterprises have primarily relied on grants and donations to supplement earned revenues, the Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs Program will discover viable businesses that generate earned revenue to sustain their efforts.

The application process is now open. Here is a link to the online application and additional information:

http://www.hitachifoundation.org/yoshiyama/application/index.html

When we find these inspiring young entrepreneurs, each will receive a cash prize of up to $50,000 over two years, and technical resources to strengthen their business.

March 22 is the first round application deadline. Please forward this information to anybody you know who might want to apply, or who might know America ’s first-ever Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs. You can learn much more about the Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs Program on our website:

http://www.hitachifoundation.org/yoshiyama/index.html

Hawaiian Caucus Day 2010 Photos: Update - New Photos from House Communications Office

See bottom of post for link to new photos. Click on the images to enlarge.

Legendary Hawaiian surfers were honored on the Senate and House Floors. Bottom Row, L-R: Richard "Buffalo" Keaulana, Clyde Aikau, Mitchel Alapa, Derek Ho, & Ben Aipa. Top Row, L-R: Rep. Maile Shimabukuro, Rep. Roland Sagum, & Rep. Marcus Oshiro.
Maile posed with Richard "Buffalo" Keaulana. [See excerpt of text from Keaulana's congratulatory certificate, below]


Momi (far right) and Lehua (center) Keaulana watched Richard "Buffalo" Keaulana receive his certificate.
Maile posed with members of the Royal Order of Kamehameha, who were also honored on the Senate and House Floors.




Daniel Anthony of Mana`ai gave a ku`i kalo (poi making) demonstration.






































Kia`i Lee of Partners in Development (PID) played the ukulele while students of PID's preschool at Paiolu Kaiaulu emergency shelter sang and danced.


The Legislature's Hawaiian Caucus Day, held on 3/9/10, was a big success. There were many exhibits and displays, and Makaha's own Richard "Buffalo" Keaulana was recognized for his many contributions to the state. Here is some of the text from Keaulana's congratulatory certificate:

"WHEREAS, Richard “Buffalo” Kalolo`okalani Keaulana, born in 1935, and one of the last pure-blooded Hawaiians in the world, was inducted into the Hawai`i Sports Hall of Fame on March 2, 2010; and
WHEREAS, Keaulana served as head lifeguard at Makaha from 1969 to 1995, was the steersman for the Hokule`a’s first historic voyage from Hawai`i to Tahiti in 1976, and won the Makaha International Body Surfing Championship in 1954, 1956, 1957, and 1958, and the Makaha International Surfing Championship in 1960; and
WHEREAS, in February 2010, Keaulana successfully hosted the 34th annual Buffalo’s Big Board Surfing Classic, which has perpetuated and revived the arts of longboarding, bodysurfing, body boarding, paipo boarding, tandem-surfing, Bullyboarding, canoe surfing, Beachboy style, Alaia board surfing, and other water sports; now therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-fifth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2010, that this body hereby congratulates RICHARD “BUFFALO” KALOLO`OKALANI KEAULANA for his contributions to, and accomplishments in, the sport of surfing, and extends to him, his family, and friends its warmest aloha and best wishes for continued success in all future endeavors."

Mahalo nui loa to Hawaiian Caucus Chair Mele Carroll and her staff for spearheading another successful Hawaiian Caucus Day! Click HERE to view a photo album from Hawaiian Caucus Day, or visit this link:

UPDATE - Visit this link to see another photo album from the House Communications Office: http://picasaweb.google.com/hawaiihouseblog/FloorPresSurfersAndHawaiianCaucusDay03092010?feat=directlink

Monday, March 15, 2010

Funding for : farms, nurseries, ranches, aquaculture operations, or any related agricultural industries

If you have a farm, nursery, ranch, aquaculture operation, or any related agricultural industry, the O`ahu Resource Conservation and Development Council has grants up to $50,000 to help Oahu farmers this year.

WHAT: Grant funds support projects that strengthen and promote Oahu’s agricultural businesses and increase the capabilities of local farmers, ranchers and agricultural entrepreneurs (including aquaculture). Examples of projects funded in the past include:
• $6,000 to install fish tanks at aquaculture facility
• $35,000 to clear and prepare land for agricultural production
• $13,000 to upgrade an irrigation system for trees and crops
• $47,000 to purchase processing equipment to pack and distribute greens
• $21,000 to purchase and install a greenhouse for tomatoes and cucumbers

The Oahu Agricultural Development Program (OADP) will award grants of up to $50,000 to fund a portion of your project. Awardees are required to provide at least 20% of the cost of their project.

WHEN: Brief pre-proposals are due April 5, 2010. Selected applicants will be encouraged to submit full proposals. Awards will be announced by May 31, 2010.

WHERE: Projects must be located on the Island of O`ahu.

HOW: To apply, interested applicants must submit a 2-page pre-proposal, using our pre-proposal template. These two-page requests allow applicants to explain and “sell” their projects to the Steering Committee, which will select the most promising applicants to submit full proposals. Download the template from our website at www.oahurcd.org, or contact the Oahu RC&D at admin@oahurcd.org or (808)483-8600 ext. 122 for pre-proposal templates or more information.

BWS Construction Work to Resume on "Furlough Fridays"

From: Kurt Tsue [mailto:KTsue@hbws.org] On Behalf Of FarringtonProjects


Subject: BWS Construction Work to Resume on "Furlough Fridays"

Aloha,

Thank you for your continued patience as the Board of Water Supply (BWS) works to complete its water system improvement project benefiting all Leeward Coast residents.

We previously informed the Neighborhood Boards that our project was going to be temporarily halted on State “Furlough Fridays” as our contractor would not be allowed to work on State roads on those days. However, we were recently notified that the State Department of Transportation (DOT) will not restrict our contractor from working on “Furlough Fridays.” This will allow the work to continue expeditiously, without undue delays in the completion of this project. In accordance with DOT permits, crews will work Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., between Haleakala Avenue and Black Rock, and from 7:00 p.m. to 3:30 a.m., between Black Rock and Aliinui Drive.

The BWS will continue to keep the community apprised as we work to complete this critical water system improvement project. 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 farringtonprojects@hbws.org or to the BWS Construction Section at 748-5730.

Mahalo nui for your kokua,



Kurt Tsue
for FarringtonProjects
Communications Office
Board of Water Supply

March 2010 LCCW Newsletter

Aloha LCCW 'Ohana,

Please check out this month's LCCW Newsletter.
http://www.leeward.hawaii.edu/files/u20/2010-03Mar.pdf


Aloha,
Leeward Community College at Wai`anae
86-088 Farrington Hwy. #201
Wai`anae, HI 96792
Phone: (808) 696-6378

HTSB Testimony

Rep. Shimabukuro submitted testimony to the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board regarding proposed amendments. See her full testimony below:



Hawaii Teacher Standards Board
Public Hearing on Administrative Rules
Kapolei Middle School Cafetorium
Wednesday, March 3, 2010, 6 P.M.


To: Jonathan Gillentine, Chairperson
From: Representative Maile Shimabukuro
Re: Proposed amendments to Administrative Rules: Chapter 8-54

I thank the Chair and Members of the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board (HTSB) for this opportunity to present testimony today. As a State Representative from an area that has experienced a high level of teacher turnover over many years, I am attentive to any action or process that will have either positive or negative impact on teacher retention. Constituents in my Wai'anae Coast district value the dedicated teachers who serve in our community. It is on their behalf that I express my concerns on certain proposed changes to our teacher licensing standards.

As I look through the 58 pages of rules under consideration, I see changes that are definite improvements. Other changes—brought to my attention by concerned teachers in my district—seem to be steps in the wrong direction. These changes have been characterized as harsh, punitive, unfair and regressive. They propose licensing standards and practices that are more stringent and disrespectful of teachers' rights than any other state in the union.

One glaring example of a negative change is the one that says that "the Board may revoke, suspend, deny or refuse to renew or extend" for various reasons or for a breach of ethics. A list of sixteen (16) reasons is then listed—the second of which is for a "misdemeanor conviction." That means that teachers stand to lose their license for any misdemeanor, however petty. While some misdemeanors may be worse than others, it is clearly unfair that the commission of a less serious misdemeanor would be grounds for a teacher losing a job and a school losing an excellent teacher. HTSB would make better use of its authority by restricting its rule-making to standards that relate more directly to one's ability to teach and grow within the profession.

I urge the Board to take seriously the concerns our teachers have raised for your consideration.

Mahalo for this opportunity to testify!

Data/Statistics: Waianae and Makaha

The website www.city-data.com has useful information for those writing grant applications or who need data related to the community.

This is the link to Hawaii info:

http://www.city-data.com/city/Hawaii.html

From that web page, you can access specific information for Waianae and Makaha.

Volunteers needed for Neighborhood Security Watch or Citizens' Patrol: Moua Street

Please see message below. Anyone interested in volunteering or learning more, please contact Officer Scanlan (contact info at bottom of message).


Aloha Rep. Shimabukuro,

I wonder if I may enlist some help from you.

I would like to help start some type of NSW and/or Citizen Patrol group in part of the community, specifically “Moua Street”…

I would like to help empower the neighbors in that area to become more effective in looking out for each other & forming a partnership with the Honolulu Police Department.

We can help them make their homes & streets safer for all who live there…

I would appreciate any help you may have to offer in this regard….


Mahalo…
Officer H. Sam Scanlan
Honolulu Police Department
District 8-Kapolei/Waianae
Community Policing Team
1100 Kamokila Blvd.
Kapolei, Hi. 96707
Ph: (808) 723-8407
Fax: (808) 692-4263
e-mail: hscanlan@honolulu.gov

Friday, March 12, 2010

People's Path Volunteers Meet to Discuss Future Plans: Update - Video of Gathering!

Volunteers who have watered and maintained the People's Path for the past two years posed for a group photo at Kahumana Cafe on 3-6-10. Pictured are Mr. and Mrs. Roy Rezentes (back row, center, with lei); Yvonne Angut and ohana (middle row, 2nd from right); Carol Bonham (back row, 2nd from left); Karen Young, Fred Dodge, Summer & Maile Shimabukuro (front row, and back row, 2nd and 4th from right); and Don & Delora Hutton, who have videotaped many of the pathway events (back row, 3rd from left, and 3rd from right). [Click on the photo for a larger view].


On 3/6/10, volunteers who have watered and maintained the People's Path, located in Maili across Kaukama Road, met to discuss the status and future plans for the pathway. The meeting took place at Kahumana Cafe, where volunteers enjoyed a delicious and healthy lunch.

The group will continue to water and maintain the Maili Point section of the pathway, and will also expand its efforts to improve the portion of the pathway located at "Sewer's Beach" across from Wai`anae Pizza Hut.

If you are interested in helping with this effort, email maileshimabukuro@yahoo.com or call 696-4677.

UPDATE: Click HERE to view a video of the event, or go to this link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlhkChmWkD0

Click HERE to view a photo album of the event, or go to this link:
http://maileswaianaecoastphotos.shutterfly.com/309

Free Self Improvement Seminar April 20

Strategies for Life Success
Here’s your chance to learn how to improve your results in all areas of your life and realize your dreams now. Let’s start off 2010 by doing something different. I challenge and encourage you to ask yourself what’s possible in your life now? You will leave this very powerful presentation with just a glimpse of those answers revealed.

You are invited to attend this FREE PSI Seminar
Presentation to learn more about this life changing course.

When: Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Where: Waianae Chop Suey 86-120 Farr. Hwy.
Time: 6:30pm.-8:30pm.
Presenter: Dr. Haaheo Scanlan/Doctor of acupuncture/massage therapist/mother of 10 awesome children/graduated from this course 23 years ago/is presently the Ohana Coordinator for PSI Seminars.
Reserve your seat today!
Call: Lily Cabinatan 808-372-5952
Email:
Cabinatad001@hawaii.rr.com

Directions: Coming from Kapolei driving on Farrington Hwy. turn right after Pizza Hut in Waianae just before Burger King. Go straight into the parking lot area and Waianae Chop Suey
is on the left hand side.

Refreshments will be served

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Legislative Update

Here is an updated list of the measures I am supporting:

Education
. HB 200 HD1 SD2 CD1(2009) and HB 2200 (2010), the state budget, has $3 mil for land, design & construction for LCC/Wai'anae Educ. Ctr.; $24 mil for UH West Oahu
. HB 2486 sets a minimum number of instructional hours per school year for each grade
. SB 2124 appropriates $$ from Hurricane Relief Fund to restore remaining school
instructional days for 2009-'10 & 2010-'11 school years
. SB 2589 requires DOE to make available vacant school facilities for charter school use
. SB 2797 extends VEBA —a health plan for public school teachers—to July 1, 2012

Health & Human Services
. HB 1642 specifies that proposals for purchases of health & human services must be submitted by licensed providers and for exact amount to be expended by the state
. HB 2085 (SB 2099) sets limits on requests for proposals from providers for QUEST contracts exceeding $100 mil & commencing after agency director's terms expires
. HB 2208 requires health insurers to promptly pay claims for Medicaid services
. SB 2368 permits family court to allow visitation to grandparents if denial would cause significant harm to the child
. SB 2469 appropriates funds from Emergency & Budget Reserve Fund ("Rainy Day") for Wai'anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center (WCCHC), Legal Aid Society of HI, & others
. SB 1309 appropriates funds for emergency services at WCCHC
. HCR 176/HR 111(SCR178/SR79) urges Hawaii Health Systems Corp hospitals & clinics to accept medical student rotations from programs based at WCCHC and UH.
. HCR 179/HR114 (SCR 179/SR80) requests development of proposed legislation mandating size & extent of a managed care plan's specialty network

Housing
. Congressional appropriations for FY'10, as submitted by Rep. Mazie Hirono, include funding for Maili Self-Help Housing
. HB 2132 (SB 2472) requires notice of intent to foreclosure that includes notice of availability of mortgage counseling.
. SB 2799 allows property owner to name beneficiaries on death without probate or will
. HCR 261/HR189 (SCR204/SR103) requests Hawaii Public Housing Authority to let occupant facing eviction from state-funded homeless shelter to remain pending appeal
. HCR 262 (SCR 206) requests establishment of Wai'anae Coast Homelessness Task Force to develop a comprehensive plan to address needs of homeless

Energy & Environment
. HB 1808 requires maintenance of beach accesses by adjacent landowners & imposes penalties for noncompliance; establishes shoreline access policy
. HB 2239 ends exemption for dietary supplements in deposit beverage container law
. HB 2421 provides initiatives & funds to promote energy and food self-sufficiency
. HB 2642 (SB 2809) appropriates funds to reorganize the Public Utilities Commission & Division of Consumer Advocacy, helping state transition to clean energy economy
. HB 2643 establishes clean energy loan program for energy efficiency improvements on residential & commercial properties
. HB 2644 applies solid waste disposal surcharge to waste that is shipped out-of-state
. SB 2231 exempts electric vehicles & vehicle charging systems from general excise tax
. SB 2259 requires businesses to hand out only reusable or biodegradable checkout bags

Consumer Protection
. HB 2921(SB 2837) revises requirements for licensing electricians and plumbers
. SB 707 lets Director of Commerce & Consumer Affairs designate an access organization to oversee public, educational & governmental channels on cable television

Hawaiian
. HB 674 amends operating budget of OHA & DHHL by requiring funding for Ho`okulaiwi
. HB 1818 requires Dept of Public Safety to establish a reintegration pilot program that combines cognitive behavioral theory with Native Hawaiian holistic interventions
. HB 2832 authorizes OHA to seek funds for projects that increase cultivation of taro

Public Safety
. HB 1987 establishes cause of action to abate illegal purchasing, selling, possession & setting off of fireworks; increases penalties for illegal use
. SB 2045 establishes class A, B & C felony sexual human trafficking and labor trafficking offenses and provides for prosecution of offenses
. SB 2183, relating to domestic abuse, allows a temporary restraining order to remain in effect for 90 days or until protective order is served
. SB 2249 makes it a Class C felony to assault an on-duty water safety officer

Transportation
. HB 2200 HD1 (Budget) includes $12.5 mil for construction on Farrington Hwy for congestion relief and safety improvements between Honokai Hale and Hakimo Rd; $3.5 million for replacement of bridges on Farrington Hwy near Makaha Beach Park
. Federal Stimulus Funds $1.5 mil for dredging Wai'anae Small Boat Harbor channel

Agriculture
. SB 2780 protects agriculturally suitable lands on Oahu (includes Ho'opili & Koa Ridge); provides for mandatory extension of agricultural leases

Economic Development
. HB 2382 establishes digital media enterprise subzones surrounding UH campuses and gives tax benefits for developing infrastructure within these zones

Capital Improvements
HB 1640 (2009) provides for funding of numerous school, health, transportation and recreational projects in House District 45 (Wai'anae/Makaha/Makua)
HB 2616 (2010) funds the following District 45 projects: Farrington Hwy drainage improvements near Orange St., Makaha ($3.5 mil … also in budget bill, HB 2200 HD1); E Ala Voyaging Canoe Education Ctr ($3 mil); UH West Oahu Phase I construct ($3 mil)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

IRS Free File Program

Representative Shimabukuro,

With the April 15 tax deadline fast approaching, please help the IRS inform your constituents about the IRS Free File Program, which offers 98 million Americans a fast, free and safe way to do their federal taxes online.

All taxpayers making less than $57,000 can visit http://www.IRS.gov and use the industry’s top tax preparation software for free. Users get the step-by-step help they need to prepare, complete and file federal tax returns online – at no cost.

Additionally, taxpayers who use Free File with direct deposit may receive refunds in as little as 10 days—a welcome financial boost for struggling families in this economic climate.

The program is made possible through a partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance – a group of industry-leading tax software providers. Since 2003, the Free File program has delivered free tax services to more than 25 million people.

Free File is a vital service for the American taxpayer. We encourage you to help spread the word so we can serve as many taxpayers as possible. Please post a link to http://www.freefile.irs.gov on your website, and use all of your communications tools to make sure your constituents are aware of this free tax service.

To learn more, please get in touch or visit http://www.freefilealliance.org.

Sincerely,

Tim Hugo
Executive Director
Free File Alliance
703.569.1201
tim.hugo@freefilealliance.org

KAPOLEI COURT COMPLEX OPENING IN PHASES

The Kapolei Court Complex, located at the junction of Kapolei Parkway and Kamokila Boulevard across from Costco, will be opening in phases beginning in February, 2010. The Kapolei Court Complex will include the Family Court of the First Circuit; District Court of the First Circuit, Waianae Division; and juvenile detention facility.

The juvenile detention facility moved from its prior location on Alder Street to the Kapolei detention facility on February 27, 2010. From March 1 through March 25, 2010, hearings involving juveniles who have been detained will take place at the Kapolei juvenile detention facility. Beginning on March 29, 2010, hearings involving juveniles who have been detained will be held at the Kapolei detention facility and Kapolei court building.

The Kapolei court building includes twelve non-jury courtrooms and one jury courtroom. Waianae District Court currently located in Nanakuli will move to the Kapolei court building. All cases previously heard at the Waianae District Court in Nanakuli will be heard at the Kapolei court building beginning on March 22, 2010. Family Court will move to the Kapolei court
building. Family Court hearings will be held at the Kapolei court building beginning on March 29, 2010.

The three adult criminal divisions of the Family Court that are currently located in Honolulu District Court on Alakea Street will remain at that location. The presiding Family Court judge in courtroom 8D will be the primary judge available in Honolulu to sign emergency orders.

Five courtrooms will remain available for the Family Court at the First Circuit Court on Punchbowl Street. Three courtrooms will be equipped with video teleconferencing equipment which will be able to connect to the courtrooms in the Kapolei court building. Video teleconferencing of Family Court proceedings between the courtrooms at the First Circuit Court and the Kapolei court building will require the prior written permission of the presiding judge. Certain hearings and trials may be set for hearing at the First Circuit Court.

The Temporary Restraining Order Unit of the Adult Services Branch will be available at the First Circuit Court every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to process Family Court temporary restraining order (TRO) applications. Ala Kuola will also continue to process TROs in Honolulu. TRO hearings will be held at the Kapolei court building.

The Kids First Program will be conducted at the First Circuit Court on the first, third, and fifth Wednesday of the month and the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at the Kapolei court building. The initiating party will be able to select the location, however, the opposing party may ask to attend the program at the other location.

Family Court documents may be filed at either the First Circuit Court or Kapolei court building. Documents will be delivered by courier twice a day at designated times. Scanning of some Family Court documents will also be taking place. Court jackets for Family Court attorneys that are currently located on the second floor will be moved to the first floor of the First Circuit Court. Attorneys who currently have court jackets on the second floor at the First Circuit Court will be provided with court jackets at the Kapolei court building. Attorneys who do not currently have jackets on the second floor at the First Circuit Court may apply for court jackets at the Kapolei court building.

The address of the Kapolei court building is 4675 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei, Hawaii 96707. The address of the juvenile detention facility is 287 Kamokila Boulevard, Kapolei, Hawaii 96707. Additional information is available through the Judiciary's website at www.courts.state.hi.us, which will be updated periodically and telephone numbers will be listed, as they become available.

Metered parking stalls including handicapped accessible stalls for the public are available at the Kapolei court building and the juvenile detention facility. Information regarding public transportation may be obtained at www.thebus.org or by calling 848-5555 daily from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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Media contact: Marsha Kitagawa at 539-4909

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Volunteer Surf Mentors Sought
























Click on the image to enlarge.

Surfrider Spirit Sessions, a non profit who works with at-risk and adjudicated youth, is seeking volunteer mentors. The program uses surfing as a metaphor for overcoming barriers and succeeding in life. Volunteers are asked to donate their time for twelve (12) Saturdays from noon to 4pm, starting April 17, 2010. Volunteers are paired up with youth, and asked to provide surfing instruction and mentoring. Meals, surfboards, and other supplies are provided by Surfrider Spirit Sessions. Male mentors are especially sought, but females are also welcome to volunteer. For more information about this excellent opportunity to improve the life of a young person, contact:

Surfrider Spirit Sessions
Cynthia Derosier, E.D. and founder
389-2474
cyn@surferspirit.org
P. O. Box 1677, Kailua, HI 96734
http://www.surferspirit.org/

Monday, March 8, 2010

Children's Digital Image Rainbow Project for Disney's Aulani Resort!

Dear Arts Community,

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has joined forces with the Hawai'i Arts Alliance to invite elementary, middle and high school students from across the state to submit photographs showcasing the viewpoint of local youth on the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands and their everyday lives.

Approximately 150 student submissions will be incorporated into a vibrant photo collage featured at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai'i, upon the scheduled opening of the resort's first phase 2011.

WHO: Elementary, middle and high school students from across the state are invited to participate

WHAT: Students are encouraged to take photos that represent distinct, individual colors of the rainbow from inspiration found in and around their daily lives, such as nature, the surrounding environment and local culture.

WHERE: Students interested in submitting a photo for the Children's Digital Image Rainbow Project can visit http://hawaiiartsalliance.org/schoolphotocontest to learn more about the project and the image submission process. Digial images can be submitted online or mailed on disk to:

Hawai'i Arts Alliance
attn: Disney Photo Contest
P.O. Box 3948
Honolulu, HI 96812

Please feel free to call me if you have any questions or need a flyer emailed to you for distribution!

Mahalo,

Marla Momi Musick
Communications Director
Hawai`i Arts Alliance
"member of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network"
State Captain, Arts Advocacy, Americans for the Arts

Friday, March 5, 2010

Naked Cow Dairy Foodbank Fundraiser: Update-Capitol & Wai`anae Farmer's Market Pick-Up Available!

The women of Wai`anae's Naked Cow Dairy (pictured) are partnering with Rep. Shimabukuro's office to raise funds for Foodbank Hawaii. [Click to enlarge.]

Naked Cow Dairy is O`ahu's only dairy, and is located in Wai`anae's Lualualei Valley. They have generously agreed to participate in the Legislature's Foodbank fundraiser, and are willing to donate a portion of each sale to the charity.

The following products, which are premium quality, all-natural, and hormone-free, are being offered:

Cream Cheese, 7 oz.: Garlic & Herb or Curry Cranberry ($8)

Butter, 8 oz.: Garlic & Herb, Macadamia Nut Honey, Coconut, Pesto, Regular Unsalted, or Salted ($8)

Bagels (6 large) & Dinner Rolls (dozen) also available for $2.

Cash or checks (made payable to "Cash") accepted.

Deadline to place orders and make payments: Monday, April 12, 2010; at 2:00 p.m.
Delivery of items to Capitol will be on Tuesday, April 20, 2010.

UPDATE: Wai`anae Farmer's Market pick-up also available on Saturday, April 17, 8:30am-noon. [Note: Rolls & Bagels only available for Capitol pick-up orders.]

To place orders, mail checks (payable to "Cash") to: Rep. Maile Shimabukuro, State Capitol Room 406, Honolulu, HI 96813, email young@capitol.hawaii.gov, or call 586-8460.

Nānā I Ka Lani Summer Environmental Science Program at LCC-Waianae for Graduating Waianae and Nanakuli HS Seniors

This program, taught by a team of three LCC-Wai`anae instructors, seeks to introduce students to the environment of the Hawaiian Islands and the factors that endanger Hawaii’s unique ecosystems. Students will examine the biological, botanical, chemical, geological, meteorological, oceanographic, and physics-related aspects of the Hawaiian Islands. Hands-on exercises and fieldwork in local sites, including building and monitoring two weather stations in the Lualualei Valley, will be emphasized. Science concepts will also be presented from the Hawaiian cultural perspective to help students understand the interrelatedness of science practiced by Western cultures and science practiced by Native Hawaiians, with a significant focus on principles of and approaches to sustainability. Mathematical concepts will be integrated to help students understand the application of math to science, especially in the area of weather data collection and analysis.



Students who successfully complete this program will receive four college credits. In addition, students will receive support services from LCC-W staff to help them make the transition from high school to community college. Students will be able to register early for their classes in the fall and get to know LCC-W students, staff and faculty.



SCHEDULE

Nana I Ka Lani Summer Environmental Science Program will begin on Monday June 14th. It meets for 8 weeks on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 12:00-4:30PM. The program ends on Thursday August 5th.



COST

This program is offered tuition-free to eligible students. Students will be required to purchase their textbooks.



ELIGIBILITY

v Preference will be given to Wai`anae or Nānākuli high school graduating seniors who meet the following criteria:

1. Strongly motivated to go to college

2. High school GPA of 2.0 or better

3. COMPASS placement in at least MATH 22 and ENG 21

4. Represent a positive role model to the Wai`anae Coast communities



APPLICATION PROCESS

· Apply at LCC, complete FAFSA, complete COMPASS placement testing

· Gather and submit all application documents by May 14th.

· Attend the program information session on May 19th.

· Applicants will be notified on May 28th of acceptance.

· Class starts on Monday June 14th.

· Program is limited to 25 students.



CONTACT: Interested students or their parents can pick up application materials at Leeward Community College-Wai`anae. Our hours are Monday-Thursday 8:00-9:00, Friday 8:00-7:30, and Saturday 8:00-3:00. Application materials can also be obtained on the LCC-Waianae website at www.lcc.hawaii.edu/lccw.

HCAP CSBG ARRA Funding

HCAP has finally released its stimulus funding for the following programs: rental/program fee assistance, bus passes, support services for work, emergency assistance (utilities) and pre-employment training.

We will begin intake on Monday, March 8th.


Qualifications are:

200% below the federal poverty guidelines (call HCAP office for details)

At least one family member must be working or must be receiving employment training.

The programs listed above are employment-based only.



Funding is limited per district and is on a first come-first serve basis. Clients do not have to be past due, in fact, we would prefer not to have people in emergency situations where the electric was due yesterday.



Call if you have questions.



Val Tavai

Senior Community Services Manager

HCAP Logo Transparent

Honolulu Community Action Program, Inc.

Leeward District Center

85-555 Farrington Highway

Waianae, Hawaii 96792

Tel: (808) 696-4261


Fax: (808) 696-0169

www.hcapweb.org

Solar Water Heater Funding Available

HONOLULU, HI - The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) is seeking applicants to receive funding to install solar water heating systems. CNHA’s Homestead Energy Program provides loans and grants to beneficiaries of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act at all income levels to install energy-saving, solar water heaters on their residential homestead property.

“Our low monthly loan payments make this program a no-brainer for homestead residents,” said Robin Puanani Danner, CNHA President and CEO. “Not only will homesteaders realize savings on their utility bills, but the collective efforts of everyone to reduce energy usage will make a huge impact on Hawaii’s overall efforts toward sustainability.”

The Homestead Energy Program also provides free energy assessments and energy conservation education to eligible families. “We want to increase people’s awareness of the simple changes that can be made to their daily routines that contribute to lower utility bills and decrease our dependence on oil,” Danner continued.

Funding for the Homestead Energy Program is provided in part by the U.S. Department of Energy, Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Department of Labor & Industrial Relations, Blue Planet Foundation, and the Hawaiian Way Fund.


For more information, contact Darlene Kam at the CNHA Honolulu office at 808.596.8155, toll-free at 1.800.709.2642, or via e-mail at info@hawaiiancouncil.org.



CNHA is a national network of Native Hawaiian Organizations, providing assistance in accessing capital and technical resources, and is a policy voice on issues important to Native Hawaiian communities. Its mission is to enhance the well-being of Hawaii through the cultural, economic, and community development of Native Hawaiians. For more information about CNHA please contact us at 808.596.8155, toll-free at 1.800.709.2642, by e-mail at info@hawaiiancouncil.org, or visit our website at www.hawaiiancouncil.org.

Friends of the Waianae Library Annual Book Sale

Dear Friends of Waianae Library members,

Just a reminder the annual Library book sale is coming up next weekend on March 12/13.

We need your help.

We will be setting up the room on Thursday from approx 10am to 5pm.

The book sale is on Friday and Saturday. We have two shifts:

8:45am to 12pm and 12pm to 4pm on both days


Please let me know if you can help out.

If you are unable to help, please come by and purchase some books! This is our big fundraiser for the year and we need raise money to help support our local library

Sincerely,
Marcy Thomas
thomasm026@hawaii.rr.com




Friends of the Waianae Library
present
Annual Book Sale
March 12 and 13
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
At the Waianae Public Library
85-625 Farrington Hwy. 96792
697-7868

U.S. VETS – Waianae Hawaii “HANA LIKE KAKOU” Dinner

FROM: SHANNON HAYES

Dear Friends,

On Friday, April 23, 2010, the United States Veterans Initiative (U.S.VETS) will hold its first “Signature Event” to benefit homeless individuals and families with children of the Leeward coast, as well as homeless Veterans. The theme of our event is “Hana Like Kakou,” many hands working together.

Please join us at the Memorial Hall for Disabled American Veterans, located at 2685 Nimitz Highway (near Keehi Lagoon), to enjoy a formal evening of traditional culture, the Royal Order of Kamehameha I, as well as local dignitaries, the Color Guard, Navy Pacific Fleet Band, a formal dinner, silent auction, and ongoing entertainment.

Our Waianae program opened its doors in March 2007, as U.S. VETS’s first program for families in addition to at-risk Veterans. Your generosity in sponsoring this event will ensure uninterrupted services for the comprehensive program we offer; which includes more than 21 self-improvement classes, personalized case management services, back-to-work training, meals, and much more.

We look forward to seeing you on April 23rd. One of our volunteers will be contacting you in a few days with more details. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Rita Martin at 808-499-7367, or for tickets, Gladys Peraro at 808-620-0676.

Sincerely,


Shannon Hayes, M.S., C.D.C.I., L.P.C., N.C.C.
Site Director U.S.VETS / Waianae Civic Center



Please make checks payable to:
U.S. VETS
Address: WCC - Attn: Gladys Peraro
85-638 Farrington Hwy.
Waianae, Hawaii 96792




U.S. VETS – Waianae Hawaii “HANA LIKE KAKOU” Dinner
April 23, 2010

Sponsorship Levels
Each Sponsorship Level includes seating for 9 guests at one table. Individual seating may be purchased for $65.00 per person ($130.00 per couple).

Platinum Table Sponsors - $5000
 Special acknowledgement at Dinner
 Full page Ad on inside front or back cover of Commemorative Program (8”x 5 ½”)
 Name recognition in Press Releases
 Logo recognition on website
 Listed as Platinum “Friends of Veterans and Kama’aina” Table Sponsor
 Personalized Gift Bag
 Complimentary wine with meal
 VIP Seating
 Personal Server during meal
 VIP Parking

Gold Table Sponsor - $3000
 ½-Page Ad in Commemorative booklet (8”x 5 ½”)
 Logo recognition on website
 Listed as Gold “Friends of Veterans and Kama’aina” Table Sponsor
 Personalized Gift Bag
 Complimentary wine with meal
 VIP Seating

Silver Table Sponsor - $2000
 1/4-Page Ad in Commemorative booklet
 Logo recognition on website
 Listed as as a Silver “Friends of Veterans and Kama’aina” Table Sponsor

Bronze Table Sponsor - $1000
 Listing as a Bronze “Friends of Veteran and Kama’aina” Table Sponsor
 Name recognition on website

Friends of Veterans and Kama’aina is the annual giving club for U.S. VETS. It is comprised of individuals and organizations that make a yearly pledge, thus becoming partners in our efforts to support veterans’ needs.

Benefits of Friends of Veterans
• Quarterly U.S. VETS Newsletter
• Periodic reports of the Friends of Veterans
• Invitations to special events and programs
• Listing as a Friends of Veterans member in newsletter and other media materials
• Special recognition at annual events (Three & Four Star members)
• Gifts are tax-deductible as allowable by law

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Buffalo Keaulana To Be Inducted Into HI Sports Hall of Fame & Honored by HI State Legislature

On Hawaiian Caucus Day, 3/9/10, the Senate and House of the HI State Legislature will honor Richard "Buffalo" Keaulana for, among other things, his 3/2/10 induction into the HI Sports Hall of Fame, and the successful completion of the 34th annual "Buffalo's Big Board Surfing Classic" on February 13-15 & 20-21, 2010. Keaulana, along with other acclaimed surfers Ben Aipa, Clyde Aikau, Derek & Michael Ho, Mitchel Alapa, Titus Kinimaka, and others, will be presented with an honorary certificate for perpetuating Hawaii as the birthplace of surfing.

FROM THE HONOLULU ADVERTISER, December 15, 2009

Advertiser Staff

Golfer Lenore Muraoka Rittenhouse and surfer Richard "Buffalo" Keaulana will form the 2010 class of the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame.

They will be formally inducted at a banquet March 2, 2010, at the Honolulu Country Club.

Rittenhouse, a Roosevelt alum and former University of Hawaii golfer, won the LPGA's Virginia Bank Golf Classic in 1983 and currently plays on the women's senior tour.

Keaulana won the 1960 Makaha International Surfing Championship. In 2005, he was inducted into the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Kanu Hawaii Kuleana Award to Alice Greenwood

In February, Kanu Hawaii officially turned two years old. In this short time, the nonprofit organization has attracted more than 9,000 members, each working, through public commitments on-line, towards more sustainable, compassionate, self-reliant communities by embracing the philosophy of personal kuleana, responsibility, as a catalyst for self- and societal change.

This past Sunday, February 28, Kanu celebrated its achievements with members, friends and supporters at the Waimanalo Hawaiian Home Association Community Center.

As part of the celebration, Kanu Hawaii awarded seven individuals whose lives and work embody the change we seek with our first annual Kanu Hawaii Kuleana Awards. The purpose of these awards is to help define a new standard of island-style leadership – one that focuses less on achievements, and more on how one leads – highlighting real people who practice activism rooted in humility, aloha, and kuleana.

I am proud to let everyone know that one of the awardees was Aunty Alice Greenwood!
Alice Greenwood is a respected kupuna from the Waianae Coast of Oahu. Alice helps lead efforts for environmental and social justice, educating those in and outside of Waianae about the special strengths and challenges of her community. Alice was homeless for a time, living in a tent at Maili Beach Park on Oahu. While living there she noticed homeless keiki playing in the filthy public bathrooms. Heartbroken, she started waking up at four a.m. to clean the facilities from top-to-bottom herself. Others living at the park were cynical at first, but after a month of watching Greenwood clean the bathrooms every day, they joined in. Other women got up early to help, and the men took up posts at the bathroom entrance, hosing off people’s feet to keep the bathrooms clean. Alice changed people around her by her example and her self-sacrifice. That is the island-style leadership and activism that Kanu Hawai‘i strives for.


The other awardees weree:

Jack & Kim Johnson. As a team, Jack and Kim model stewardship, compassion, and living lightly on the earth. They live a simple lifestyle, eat from their own garden, and devote lots of quality time to their children and their North Shore community. Jack’s music has introduced people around the world to island values of environmental stewardship and aloha. Kim has worked tirelessly to build the Kokua Hawai‘i Foundation, which is committed to positive, empowering approaches that educate keiki and build a more eco-conscious community. Their lives remain rooted in stewardship, compassion, and community, despite the pressures of fame.

Brent Kakesako. When Kanu Hawaii was planning its 2009 Live Aloha Campaign, Brent volunteered to lead a service project. He understood the scope of the challenge – these were not to be ordinary service projects – instead, they were supposed to challenge people to step across boundaries, connect with others who are normally kept at a distance by social or economic divides, and build lasting relationships with them. Brent spearheaded the effort at the Salvation Army’s Ka Ohu Hou O Manoa Transitional Shelter for Homeless Women & Children and recruited dozens of volunteers who later described the experience as “moving” and “rewarding.” Not only did Brent succeed in getting people to step across social divides, he also deliberately developed community leadership, empowering his cousin, Annie Heslinga, to try and organize and sustain the effort. Brent’s humility and forethought created the conditions for new leadership to emerge.

Annie Heslinga has been coordinating volunteers at Ka Ohu Hou O Manoa Transitional Shelter since Kanu Hawaii’s Live Aloha Campaign last July. She’s been to the shelter every Sunday since then, has formed a 'Live Aloha' Group at Iolani School where she is a sophomore, and has recruited students to volunteer there at least one Sunday a month. The relationships she has built with the mothers and children at the shelter embody the commitment and compassion we hope to see in island-style leaders. She truly lives aloha.

Olin Lagon is a world-class entrepreneur who has started more than a dozen companies, some of which have grown to large national and international organizations with hundreds of employees. He was named one of Hawaii’s 8 Geniuses by Honolulu Magazine this year. His talents could place him in a variety of engineering and executive positions, but Olin has committed himself to social entrepreneurship – using his ideas and business skills in the service of communities. He experiments with growing his own food, aquaponics and energy efficiency, and has made his house into a zero-energy-consuming home. Every day he devotes a few hours to spending time with his boys, walking the neighborhood, picking up litter and talking with neighbors. Olin is Kanu Hawaii’s Director of Technology and Social Ventures and is the primary developer of Kanu’s web site.

Melissa Matsubara. Melissa uses her skills of empathy and listening to connect with people from all walks of life, and does so with a sense of kuleana. When it became clear that Kanu Hawaii needed a way for members to connect offline, Melissa volunteered to host a weekly pau hana, spurring regular ‘meet ups’ to further engage and grow our movement. When Kanu launched a campaign to educate people about reducing waste during the Holidays, she came up with the idea of a Green Wrapping Station at Ala Moana Center as a way to make a statement about cutting down on waste during the holidays in a way that allowed us to “be the change” we were asking others to consider. She has been a constant volunteer leader, supporting Kanu in all of its varied work with unparalleled energy and kuleana.


Kanu Hawaii is a group of thousands of individuals working to unleash a social movement using island values to build local communities that are more sustainable, compassionate, and self-reliant. For more information about Kanu Hawaii, you can visit them online at www.kanuhawaii.org http://www.kanuhawaii.org .

Hawaiian Caucus Day Exhibitor Registration Form

The Hawaiian Caucus welcomes non profits, businesses, cultural practitioners, and other orgnanizations involved with the Hawaiian community to participate in Hawaiian Caucus Day on March 9, 2010, 10am-4pm, at the HI State Capitol. (Click HERE to see related post on this blog). Interested organizations need to complete the form below:

Legislative Hawaiian Caucus Day Event at the Capitol
Exhibitor Information

Name/Group:_____________________________________

Address: ________________________________________

Home Telephone: _________________________________

Business Telephone: _______________________________

Cell Number: _____________________________________

Fax Number: _____________________________________

E-mail Address: ___________________________________

Description of display and/or demonstration:
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How many people in your group? Head count ________________


Please complete and return this form ASAP before 3/9/10 to:

Rep. Mele Carroll
13th Representative District
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 405
415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone 808-586-6790; fax 808-586-6779
From Maui, toll free 984-2400 + 66790
From Molokai and Lanai,toll free 1-800-468-4644 + 66790
E-mail repcarroll@Capitol.hawaii.gov