Thursday, April 29, 2010

John Roco Offers On-Site Counseling Services

John Roco, MA, a Wai`anae resident, offers on-site counseling in the following areas: child, adolescent, individual, ex-offender, and pre-marital.

For more information, email, visit, or call 721-9845.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

`Olelo BOD Meeting re Kawika Naho`opi`i - WED May 26

Many community members have objected to `Olelo's decision to terminate Kawika Naho`opi`i (pictured above) from his position as manager of the Wai`anae Community Media Center.

From: Jack De Feo


The Olelo Board of Directors meeting will be held on May 26th Wednesday at the Waipahu Olelo Community Media Center at 6 PM.

There will be a Bus waiting at Leeward Community College in Waianae to take us to that meeting en masse at 4PM

Please bring as many people as you can with you to let our voices be heard by the members of the board in regards to the injury sustained over the unanimous OBJECTION to the decision made at our Olelo Kahea on May 6th by the CEO of Olelo Keali Lopez. The Waianae Community was told at our Kahea Meeting that we would have no say in the matter as to the direction we the members of our community want our Waianae Olelo CMC Canoe to go well into the future. The time has come for the members of our community to take a course of action where we decide for ourselves the future of our Community with the support of our Media Center to sustain us and to tell those who do not live or work for our community loud and clear where they can go.

I've included [text of a] letter that was sent to Olelo that will better illustrate our current situation in this matter:

Aloha & Greetings,

What has come to my attention is the impasse over the administrative decision by Olelo to transfer Kawika to the Mapunapuna Media Center as its new manager. I clearly understand the reasoning behind this decision due to the working relationship I've developed with Kawika. I will present and give a brief summary of his unique skill set that has set the standard for building Community Media for Olelo in Waianae:

1.) Kawika has a vision that coincides with his passion for the community of Waianae he has devoted much of his life to by implementing and expanding the resources of Olelo into the Waianae CMC. Kawika is the best spokesperson I know of for Olelo in the Waianae Community that I've had the pleasure of listening to and working with. He believes with all his heart and soul that Olelo is the vehicle by which his community can transcend all of its generational problems and learn to live a healthier, more prosperous future using Community Media to promote these vital issues with Kawika as the steersman in the Olelo Waianae Canoe.

2.) Kawika has the innate ability to fully utilize the strengths of his staff to do what they do best while at the same time mentoring to the volunteers and clients looking for guidance on how to best realize their projects. I have personally benefited by his insight to constructively criticize and address my specific needs. These are just a few of the qualities Kawika has that translate into being a trusted leader, manager, mentor, coach and friend.

Olelo in Mapunapuna would do well to have someone like Kawika as its CMC Manager but that would mean taking the Waianae community with him, including staff, volunteers and clients because taking Kawika away from his community would be like taking one leg away from a three legged stool. He is as much an important part of Olelo as he is to those who need him most in the Waianae Community. Its not realistic or practical to outsource Kawika's unique skill set or passion to another community and expect that he would thrive as well as he has in another environment. What Kawika brings to any organization should not to be misconstrued as a product that can easily be exported inside a tool box to be outsourced elsewhere. What practical sense does it make to fix what's broken in Mapunapuna by breaking what has worked so well for Waianae and nationally recognized as a model for building Community Media in PEG access. Under the present circumstances Kawika has no choice but to follow his heart and remain in his community. What is really sad about this situation is that no one will benefit by the unintended consequences of the decision to transfer Kawika out of the Waianae Community. The departure of Kawika will have a devastating effect on the relationship with Olelo and the Waianae Community especially at this critical juncture when by his self less efforts towards building community, Kawika has managed to bring together community organizations that until recently have been at odds with each for many years. The facts as they now stand reveal that after 10 years of recognized loyalty, outstanding performance and dedication, Olelo has made the decision to separate itself from Kawika instead of the other way around despite the spin that has been circulated to conceal Olelo's disreputable subterfuge.

I strongly recommend that a more reasonable approach be considered on how to best address the needs of Olelo in Mapunapuna and Olelo Waianae where both parties involved can arrive at a solution where no harm is done to either community. I also suggest that an arbitrator be considered to facilitate the reinstatement of Kawika and any further discussions in this matter must include the Olelo Board Members to avoid any unintended consequences to the reputation of Olelo by the Waianae Community once the news of Kawika's departure is made public.


Liaison for Na Hoaloha

Jack De Feo

The directions to the Waipahu Olelo CMC are as follows:

To the Waipahu Community Media Center

Waipahu Community Media Center
@ Waipahu Intermediate School
94-455 Farrington Hwy
Waipahu, HI 96797

Phone: 671-3950 | Fax: 671-3952

Friday, April 23, 2010

1175+ Signatures to Save Wai`anae DHS Offices!

4/20/10 Email from Louie Agrabante:

Aloha Maile,

Thank you for your attention on this matter. As of today, I have a total of 1175 signatures for the petition to keep the Wai'anae DHS offices open. I have attached a PDF copy of all of the signatures.

Just today, April 20th, I collected 700 signatures at Tamura's supermarket in Wai'anae, where people in our community are concerned, especially for the elderly, disabled, and families.

Yesterday, while collecting signatures at Wai'anae Mall, a disabled person approached me to sign the petition, then he told me, "Wait -- I'll be right back." He then went onto the handicapped bus and brought 22 disbled people off the bus to sign the petition.

Some of these people didn't know their address or their phone numbers. Some didn't even really know how to sign the petition form. Yet, they believed that signing would help them.

Maile, please send this signed petition to the Governor, DHS, the HI Government Employees Assn., and anyone else who may be able to help.

When more petition sheets are filled with signatures, I will forward them to you. For now, this is the bulk. Mahalo for your time and help.

Aloha for now,
Louie Agrabante

[Note from Rep. Shimabukuro: This Petition is in response to DHS' threatened closure of 31 offices and layoffs of 220+ workers as part of its "EPOD" re-organization. Click HERE to view Petition.]

Sign Wai`anae Coast Petitions Now!

Click HERE to sign Petitions supporting WCCHC, LCC-Wai`anae, and the E Ala voyaging canoe, or go to this link:

Please spread the word.

Homeless Update: City Laws Banning Tents & Shopping Carts Applied to "Active" Parks Only

FYI, please see 4/20/10 email from HPD Major Michael Moses. Rep. Shimabukuro's office has contacted Corporation Counsel (the City's attorneys) regarding this issue, and is attempting to obtain further clarification.


Yesterday I personally checked the beach parks along the Waianae coast and found no illegal tents (non-permitted) or shopping carts in any of the “active” parks. Unfortunately, there was numerous camp sites set up along Maili Point which is undeveloped park land. Since this area is not considered an active park we (HPD) do not have the legal authority to enforce the park ordinances including the newly enacted prohibitions on tents and shopping carts. HPD does patrol this area daily and has enforced on-view violations for traffic and criminal offenses. So until advised otherwise from the Department of Parks and Recreation or Corporation Counsel this is the only type of enforcement can deploy for this area of concern.

Major Michael K.S. Moses

Regional Patrol Bureau

District 8 (Ewa-Kapolei-Waianae)

Ph: (808) 723-8403

Fax: (808) 692-4263


Wai`anae Farmer's Market Re-Locating to Wai`anae High Effective May 1

Great news -- Wai`anae Farmer's Market will be relocating to Wai`anae High School (under the pavilion near the cafeteria) as of May 1, 2010. Click on the ad to enlarge.

Rep. Maile Shimabukuro will be on hand to celebrate the Grand Opening celebration on 5/1/10. Starting on that date, the Farmer's Market's new hours will be 8am-11:30am. Enjoy greater convenience, more parking, and a cooler, shaded location!

Between now and 5/1/10, the Wai`anae Farmer's Market will continue to be at Wai`anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center every Saturday morning, featuring healthy island-grown specialty items.

For more information, call 697-3516 or email

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Hoa `Aina o Makaha to Host Fundraiser for Coalition of Services of the Eldery May 8

Hoa‘ Āina O Mākaha Is Hosting a Benefit Luncheon for Coalition of Services for the Eldery

Date: Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Place: 84-766 Lahaina Street, Waianae, 96792

Time: 9-11:30 am Talking Story

2 noon Lunch - Italiano

Please RSVP Contact: 695-9730 or email;

Ed Gerlock to share his stories and experiences at Hoa Aina O Makaha

Ed will share his community organizing experiences working with the poor and elderly through COSE in the Philippines and the analytical effectiveness of social movements that are seeking solutions for the current conditions that are affecting the people of the Philippines.

If you would like to support Ed’s work with a tax-deductible donation, please make your check payable to Hoa ‘Aina O Makaha (mailing address: 84-766 Lahaina Street, Wai’anae , HI 96792).

Donations received will be forwarded to Ed and COSE.

For more information on COSE (Coalition of Services of the Elderly), please check out the organization’s website:

Hawaiian Immersion Summer School ~ "Ke Kula Kaiapuni Kauwela o Nanakuli"

Aloha kakou,

If you didn't already know, Nanakuli will still have our Hawaiian Immersion Summer School at Nanakuli Elementary. Please pass the word as we're trying to get at least 50 haumana to ensure 2 full kumu. New haumana are always welcome.

Nanakuli (like other Kaiapuni sites) comes under Anuenue, so you won't find it on the DOE summer school list (per se).

Approximate dates are 2 Jun - 1 July, with three Holiday/Furlough days.

Tuition is $160, BUT many of us apply for and RECEIVE tuition scholarships from Alu Like (

Even though we transferred our keiki wahine to Ke Kula Kaiapuni o Waiau, we still like to send our girls to Nanakuli because:
1. It helps to further and maintain their 'olelo Hawaii. But, non-immersion haumana also attend, so English is spoken ensuring that all haumana progress together.
2. It provides a cultural focus, I especially liked the year they learned about the wa'a (from tree protocol to canoe building & completion via their own textbook).
3. They establish & maintain friendships with other Waianae Coast keiki.
4. I like & appreciate the staff that continue to come to our Coast, enduring and overcoming the challenges and obstacles presented annually.
5. We need to maintain the Hawaiian Immersion presence at Nanakuli Elemtary, despite all of the problems.
6. Its closer & easier for us to chauffeur them.

So, join us and enroll your keiki/moopuna/'ohana. Feel free to forward this email to other interested 'ohana & hoa. Also, contact Kaui Keola to receive more information on the kula & registration.

For more info, email:

New Tech Network at Nanakuli & Wai`anae Needs Your Support

We need your help! Something special is happening on the Wai‘anae Coast that promises to revolutionize student learning. Two high schools in our state, Nānākuli High and Intermediate and Wai'anae High schools, are working to dramatically change education by fundamentally rethinking teaching and learning, empowering students to become the creators, leaders and producers of tomorrow. Your generous gift will help students from both schools to receive a computer.
Here is your chance to help high school students in the Wai'anae Coast community. Our goal is to raise $2 million by May 2010. In partnership with the Kamehameha Schools and Harold K. L. Castle Foundation, we would like you to join us by making a tax-deductible donation to Ke Ali'i Pauahi Foundation to further these efforts. Please go to to make a gift online or find out more information on how to make a donation.
[Note from Rep. Shimabukuro: Designate "New Technology Network" when making donations. I made a donation, and was given the option make it in honor or memory of someone. I chose to make the donation in memory of Koa Paka Kamaki Miles, and encourage you to do the same.]
Nānākuli High and Intermediate and Wai'anae High schools have been selected to join the New Technology Network (, which works with over 40 schools, districts and communities nationwide to develop innovative high schools. More than 50% of the New Tech high schools are in low-income areas, not unlike that of the heavily populated native Hawaiian communities of Nānākuli and Wai'anae. The New Tech model not only prepares students to be entrepreneurial, innovative and thoughtful members of the workforce, but also turns low-performing schools into high-performing schools.
The three key elements of the design are:
  • project-based learning
  • a culture of empowerment
  • use of technology
Beginning in July 2010, 160 Nānākuli High and Intermediate 9th graders and 150 Arts and Communications Academy 10thgraders at Wai'anae High will enter New Tech Academy. Plus, a new cohort will be added each year for a combined total of 1,000 students by 2010.
Teachers will design rigorous projects tied to Hawai'i state standards and customizing them to meet the interests and needs of their students. Students will work in collaborative teams to acquire and apply subject-matter knowledge and critical thinking skills to identify and solve problems.
The teacher becomes the facilitator and the students become active learners responsible for the creation and completion of products such as presentations, designs, plays, short stories and prototypes. These learning experiences ensure that students will be equipped with the tools and skills necessary to succeed and lead Hawai'i in the 21st century.
The use of a computer along with technological support is essential to each student’s learning. We need your help to make this possible so that students in New Tech classrooms have the same opportunities as other students at New Tech Network schools across the nation. Your donation will change a student’s life!
For more information, please call Corey Tom or Llewelyn Yee.

Corey Tom
Complex Area Resource Teacher
Nānākuli/Wai'anae Complex
Hawai'i Department of Education
Office: (808) 668-5739

Llewelyn Yee
Project Manager
Public Education Support Division
Kamehameha Schools
Office: (808) 534-8405
Cell: (808) 780-2676

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Bulky Pick Up Schedule for Wai`anae & Makaha

Click HERE for the Bulky Pick Up Schedule for Wai`anae & Makaha.

Mahalo nui loa to Johnnie-Mae Perry for providing this important information!

Monday, April 12, 2010

E Ala Canoe to Sail to Wai`anae Coast April 20-22; Sign Petition Urging City to Allow E Ala To Return to Wai`anae Coast!

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

The E Ala voyaging canoe was built by the community under the leadership of the Wai`anae Hawaiian Civic Club. [Click to enlarge].

The E Ala voyaging canoe will be sailed from the Maritime Education Training Center (METC) at Sand Island to the Wai`anae Coast April 20-22, 2010. Thanks to the hard work of Polynesian Voyaging Society, Nanakuli High & Intermediate School, Wai`anae High School, and many others, the captains and crew of the canoe are all young adults from our Wai`anae Coast. The public is invited to participate in this exciting event. The tentative details are as follows:

· Tuesday, April 20 (Time TBD) – Sail from METC - MAKUA
· Wednesday, April 21 – Sail from MAKUA - NANAKULI
· Thursday, April 22 (Sail from NANAKULI – POKA’I BAY – Arrival Ceremony at 8:30am)
Return Sail from POKA’I BAY - METC
· Saturday, May 1 (Time TBD)
For more information, email:


"Sewer's," aka Lualualei #1 Earth Day Beach Clean Up 4/18/10, 8-11am

Top photo: Lualualei Beach Park #1, aka, "Sewer's Beach" after pathway. [Click to enlarge]

Bottom photo: "Sewer's Beach" before pathway. The used asphalt placed there is "sticky" and difficult to ride bikes, baby strollers, wheelchairs, etc. over. [Click to enlarge.]

After hearing complaints from walkers and bikers that the undeveloped area across Wai`anae Pizza Hut was difficult to traverse, Women of Wai`anae (WOW) has decided to invest the remainder of its AlohaCare grant into beautifying the area in celebration of Earth Day. Problems in the area include the uneven terrain near the intersection of Pokai Bay Street and Farrington Highway, and the "sticky" used asphalt that is at the end of the parking lot.

So far, a landscaper has lined the path with small stones, leveled it by hand, and planted native plants. The next step is to bring the community together to pick up trash, water, and further beautify the area. Join us for a community clean up:

What: Earth Day Clean-Up at "Sewer's Beach"
When: Sunday; April 18, 2010; 8-11am
Where: Meet across Wai`anae Pizza Hut
Who: Women of Wai`anae, AlohaCare, Rep. Maile Shimabukuro, & others
Why: Continue our efforts to create a "People's Path" along the Coast
How: Gloves, trash bags, drinks, and refreshments provided. Volunteers are asked to bring water for the plants if possible.

The Ma`ili Point section of the pathway has come along beautifully, featuring an abundance of native plants, such as naupaka, milo, koali, pohinahina, akia, pa`u o hiiaka, ma`o, and others. Volunteers, including Roy Rezentes, Yvonne Angut, Carol Bonham, Karen Young, Fred Dodge, Summer Miles, Maile Shimabukuro, and others continue to water and maintain the Ma`ili Point area weekly.

“Helping to maintain and water the People’s Path is an excellent way to connect with nature, exercise, and give back to the community in a very visible and tangible way,” said Rep. Maile Shimabukuro, who authored the AlohaCare grant.

WOW is looking for more individuals and groups interested in helping with this effort on an on-going basis. In particular, volunteers are needed to maintain and water both the Sewer’s Beach (across Pizza Hut) and Ma`ili Point (across Sea Country) sections of the pathway.

“This is an ideal project for senior, student, community service, environmental, and other groups to take on,” Shimabukuro continued. “The group could work together on a regular basis to water plants, landscape, pick up litter, and continue to malama the People’s Path. Individuals and families are also welcome to volunteer.”

For information about the 4/18/10 clean-up, or on how to volunteer on an on-going basis, email or call 696-4677.

LCCW: Sign Petition Urging Governor to Release $3m & Newsletter

Approximately 58% of Leeward Community College-Wai`anae students are of native Hawaiian ancestry - one of the highest percentages in the entire University of Hawai`i system.

Aloha LCCW 'Ohana,

Please check out this month's LCCW newsletter.

Sign the Petition urging the Governor to release $3m for the LCC-Wai`anae Education Center!

For more information, contact:
Leeward Community College at Wai`anae
86-088 Farrington Hwy. #201
Wai`anae, HI 96792
Phone: (808) 696-6378
Fax: (808) 696-4024

WCCHC: Sign Petition to Urge the Governor to Release $1m Before Funds Lapse on 6/30/10!

UPDATE: Click HERE to sign the online Petition before the $1m for WCCHC lapses on 6/30/10!

Please see below text from a letter that Rep. Shimabukuro sent to Gov. Linda Lingle asking her to release $1 million dollars in CIP funds to the WCCHC.

We urge the community to get involved in asking the Governor to release these funds. Contact information for Gov. Lingle follows:

The Honorable Linda Lingle
Governor, State of Hawai`i
Executive Chambers
State Capitol
Honolulu, Hawai`i 96813

Phone: 808-586-0034
Fax: 808-586-0006

or click HERE to contact the Governor via email form.


February 16, 2010

The Honorable Linda Lingle
Executive Chambers
Hawaii State Capitol
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Dear Governor Lingle:

It is with a sense of urgency that I request you to release $1 million in capital improvement funds for the Wai'anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center (WCCHC). This funding, approved by the Legislature in 2007 and in danger of lapsing, is greatly needed for the expansion of outpatient/adult medicine services for the center's 27,000 patients.

Since 2008, CIP funding to help with WCCHC's $10.3 million building project has been included in legislative budgets and is being considered in bills in the current session. Mindful of our state's current fiscal situation, WCCHC has scaled down its plans to reduce expenses and make use of currently available funding. However, without the $1 million of CIP funds already approved, there is the real possibility that promised matching funds will be lost by this delay.

I realize, Governor, that all of us in public service are faced with many challenges at this time, and I appreciate the difficult choices you must make each day. I hope, though, that you can take a moment to acknowledge the critical role played by WCCHC—the Wai'anae Coast's major healthcare provider—as well as other private sector groups that work with our government to care for our most needy citizens. A speedy release of funds would be a fitting recognition of their contributions.


Maile S. L. Shimabukuro

Cc: House Speaker Calvin K. Y. Say
Senate President Colleen Hanabusa

Saturday, April 10, 2010

May 12 Wai`anae High SCC Meeting

From: William Akama


Sorry for the late agenda. Please see agenda below. We have a very busy meeting coming up and hope everyone can make it.

Wai`anae High SCC Chair AY 2010

P.S. Also a Congratulations to our school for receiving $100,000.00 from American Savings Bank for Education

Wai`anae High School’s School Community Council

Regular Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wai`anae High School

Library Conference Room

85-251 Farrington Hwy. Wai`anae, HI 96792

4 to 5:30 pm

1. Call To Order

2. Approval of Agenda
3. Approval of Minutes – March 2010

4. Student Concerns

5. School/Committee Reports

5.1 Academic/Financial Plan

5.2 APC

5.3 Leadership

5.3.1 Bell Schedule

5.3.2 Race to Top


5.5 Alumni

5.6 FOL

6. Election of New Members for AY 2011 (Discussion)
7. SCC Self Assessment

8. Announcements

9. Next Meeting/Adjournment

SCC Board Minutes and Agendas are available at the following website:

Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill Mtg May 17; Comments on Draft Permit Due May 17

You can view the draft permit HERE OR at:


A public hearing will be conducted at May 17, 2010 7p to 9p at Kapolei Hale, Conference Room A

5/19 is World Hepatitis Day ~ 100 free Tests will be given in Waianae in May!

5/19 is World Hepatitis Day ~ 100 free Tests will be given in Waianae in May!

Call Margartia Romero (cell # 372-9490) for times and locations or to arrange free testing for your program site! We tested 125 people in April and had 11% test positive for hepatitis B or C. Get tested today!

Hepatitis Support Network of Hawai`i & Access Care Today (ACT) invite you to get ~
Free Hepatitis B & C & Diabetes Tests
now available in Waianae
May 19th is World Hepatitis Day!
Prevent Liver Cancer Today!

Location: From Ewa Beach to Waianae
From May 4th to May 22nd

Call 372-9490 for an appointment

$10 for 50 People who have ever used injection drugs or Steroids ~
Past & current injection drug users, who have never tested positive with us before and have old or new injection drug needle track marks, may be eligible for $10 and other incentives. 83% of prior Injection Drug Users that we tested in 2009 had hep C! You may not feel ill until you have extensive liver damage. GET TESTED TODAY!
Anyone, who has ever shared an injection drug even once in their life time many years ago, smoked “ICE” or “Crack”, been in prison, had a non-sterile “street” or prison tattoo or “tatau”, had a blood transfusion in the USA before July 1992, had unprotected sex with multiple sex partners or had a STD before, should GET TESTED FOR HEPATITIS C!

ONE in 12 is infected with hepatitis B or C worldwide. Many of the homeless/ houseless are infected. Most people do not know it because they may not feel ill until they have end-stage liver disease or when it may be too late to be treated successfully!


If you have had unprotected sex with an infected person you should also be tested!
Knowledge is power! The life you save may be your own or someone in your `Ohana. We have screen over 581 people for hepatitis C in 2009 and 30% were positive! We can also give FREE Hepatitis B vaccinations to adults who do not have health insurance and are at risk for infection, have hep C, are new API immigrants/migrants or share a house with someone who has chronic hepatitis B. Ask about where since this is only at limited locations.


Many of the people with chronic hepatitis B and C are only now finding out they already have cirrhosis or end-stage liver disease. Ask the staff at your program to arrange for these FREE services through May 22nd at their site and/or call us for an appointment!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Rally on May 8 For Kawika Naho`opi`i of Wai`anae `Olelo!

Kawika Naho`opi`i served as manager of `Olelo's Wai`anae Community Media Center for over 10 years. [Click on the photo to enlarge].

Aloha all,

On Thursday, May 6th a Kahea was held at the Wai`anae `Olelo Community Media Center (CMC) with a large attendance and overwhelming community support to reinstate Kawika Naho`opi`i as the Manager there. At the meeting Keali`i Lopez, President and CEO 'Ōlelo Community Media, stated that the Wai`anae CMC was the flagship of `Olelo. Yet the one who is responsible for rallying the community to achieve this status and national recognition, Kawika Naho`opi`i, was removed as Manager on April 30, 2010, and she said that he would not be reinstated.
After that Kahea many in the community decided to have a rally to support Kawika's reinstatement at the Wai`anae Boat Harbor on Saturday, May 8th at 10 AM. Local newspapers and TV stations are invited to cover the event.
Please go to the rally and forward this email to those who support this cause.
From: Don Hutton

For more information, contact:
Wai‘anae Community Media Center
@ Wai'anae High School
85-251 Farrington Hwy
Waianae HI 96792

Phone: 696-1003 | Fax: 696-3683