Saturday, July 31, 2010

Operation "KISS" Helps Keep Wai`anae Drivers And Their Keiki Safe

Keiki in Safe Seats (KISS) workers in Wai`anae on 7/31/10. L-R: Officer Chris Park, Lisa Dau of Kapiolani Medical Center, Officer Max Navas, and Officer Tony Kahapea.
After citing drivers for violations such as lack car seats or seat belts, using cell phones, etc. HPD officers provided car seat safety education, and even some free car seats, in a makeshift "drive thru" located at Wai`anae Mall.
Officer Max Navas re-installed a mother's car seat to make sure it was safe for her newborn baby.

On 7/31/10, HPD, Kapiolani Medical Center, and others held a "KISS" (Keiki in Safe Seats) checkpoint on the Wai`anae Coast. HPD cited drivers for violations such as lack of or improper car seats, not using seat belts, and using cell phones. The difference was that HPD not only issued citations, but also offered car seat safety education. Officers re-installed car seats and educated area residents about how to use car seats safely, and even offered free car seats to the indigent.

According to Major Evan Ching of HPD, "We conducted 65 child safety seat inspections and assisted in the installation of 48 child safety seats. Sixteen child restraints (car seats) were handed out to the public following traffic enforcement and citations being issued. Each car seat given out at this checkpoint was brand new. Car seats were given out to vehicles that had no restraint for a child, or an improper seat was used or the seat being used was expired. These new seats were purchased with the aid of federal grant money which is managed by the State Department of Transportation."

"We cited for 244 violations, including 60 child restraint, 23 seat belt, 16 mobile electronic devices, 31 driving without a license, and 32 for no insurance, " Ching continued.

Keiki In Safe Seats (KISS) is an HPD occupant protection initiative focusing on the driver’s responsibility when transporting child passengers. Officers are trained child car seat technicians certified by instructors from the Keiki Injury Prevention Coalition (KIPC).

Members of the public needing information or assistance with properly installing car seats should check the KIPC website,, for the locations and times of scheduled installation events.

To make a donation to support these efforts, go to:

Wai`anae-Based "DIBS Hawaii" Provides Eco-Friendly Industrial Cleaning

Dry Ice Blasting Service Hawaii (DIBS Hawaii LLC) is a groundbreaking company with a “green” solution to cleaning. Owned and operated from a native Hawaiian perspective, DIBS Hawaii offers a premium cleaning service with high standards to satisfy clients from a wide range of industries. The dry ice blasting process is phenomenally safe for the environment and cost effective, since the cleaning and drying process occur simultaneously, there is no additional waste left behind.

For more information, contact:

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Benefit Concert for Nanakuli High & Intermediate School Performing Arts on July 31

The Journey to Scotland
Kickoff Concert Fun Day Fundraiser
Saturday, July 31, 2010

Come to Nanakuli High and Intermediate School for a day of music, food, and fun, while helping the NPAC raise funds to cover the cost of the Edinburgh, Scotland Fringe Festival trip.

There will be various booths and vendors on the middle field from 8 am to 3 pm and musical entertainment in the NHIS Multi-purpose Cafeteria from 11 am to 5 pm.

Performers include Moki Boy Band, Halau Hula O Hokulani, Local Trio, and special guests, Danny Couch and A Touch of Gold.

Emcee will be Kimo Kahoano.

Also, performing will be the Nanakuli High and Intermediate School Performing Arts Center.

Tickets to the entertainment portion of the day is $10 pre-sale and $15 at the door.
Children under 12 with paid admission is free.

Paid guests will be given wristbands to allow in and out entry to the entertainment.

Maile will also be attending to help present a joint Senate/House certificate to Mr. Robin Kitsu at the beginning of the event.

For more information on the event and to obtain tickets, click HERE.

Kauhale: Hiring High School & College Internship Coordinator


Kauhale, a merger of two of Wai'anae's most premier youth social enterprises (MA'O and Searider Productions/Makaha Studios), is looking to hire an Education Resource Specialist (ERS) to work with our staff to build a stronger intermediate to college pipeline of social enterprise youth programs on the Wai'anae coast focused on agriculture and digital media.

This ERS will specifically focus on formalizing high school internships within Wai'anae High School's Searider Productions ( as well as building college internships housed within Makaha Studios ( Key points for this position:

* Position Title: Kauhale Education Resource Specialist
* Position Dates: August 30, 2010-June 30, 2012, F/T
* Compensation Range: $38,500-$44,500 (grant-salaried: KELLOGG)
* All benefits apply
* Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree, at least 2 years applied work
experience directing at-risk youth
* Deadline to submit resume: August 4

Click HERE for more information.

Please help us spread the word!

Summer Miles
Director of Education
(office/fax) 696-5569

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Waianae High School's Parent/Community Meeting 8/31

From: Calvin Endo <>
Subject: Waianae High School's Parent/Community Meeting

Aloha Everyone,

Waianae High School has a new vision and mission statement that will help us at the school to move in a positive direction. But the principal and staff knows that it takes a village to educate a child. We also have a new person in charge of the Career and Communityt Center who is planning to have regular parent and community meetings. She asked me to help bring in the churches to help.

The first meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, August 31 at 7:00pm in the Career And Community Center (CCC). We are asking pastors and church leaders to attend to see how the church can play a vital rule in bring a positive change to the school and community.
If you have any questions please contact me by Email or call my cell at 4290132.

Please forward this Email to other you might know in Waianae.

Calvin Endo

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Captain Paul Kaipo Pomaikai, Sr. Participating in MDA Fundraiser 8/11/10

Message from Captain Paul Kaipo Pomaikai, Sr.:

A warrant has been issued for my arrest! As one of Honolulu’s “Most Wanted” I am going to be “Locked-Up” at The Hawaii Theatre on August 11, 2010 to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. My bail (goal) is to raise $2,000, which will help send two children with muscle disease to MDA’s summer camp on Oahu’s North Shore.

You can help by contributing to my bail. They may even let me out on good behavior! You can call me (808-521-5082), or email me ( with your donation or

You can donate to my bail online at

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Donations Sought for Wai`anae Coast Youth Baseball League Mustang All Star Team

Maile encourages all who would like to support the Mustangs to please review the information below:

Aloha e Representative Shimabukuro,

My name is Ululani Casuga, a proud Auntie of the Waianae Coast Youth Baseball League (WCYBL) Mustang All Star team (ages 9-10). This year our boys have fought long and hard. With alot of dedication and hardwork they were one of four finalists who qualified to represent the island of O'ahu in the state tournament held in Hilo,HI. Because of their team work and determination they've accomplished one of their many goals and won the State Championship Tournament.

Now, the WCYBL Mustang All Star team will be traveling to Chino Hills, CA. Please find attached HERE, a donation letter from our League President, Mauna Kekua.

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«´¨`·.¸¸.*Ululani Casuga*.¸¸.·´¨`»

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If you are interested in making a donation, please make your check payable to the Wai‘anae Coast Youth Baseball League and mail it to:

WCYBL, P.O. Box 1088, Wai‘anae, HI, 96792.

Or if you prefer, you may contact League President, Mauna Kekua directly at 688-4335 or and he will gladly send someone to pick up your donation.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Civil Unions Bill - Open Letter to the Community

Dear Constituents:

As you know, the Governor vetoed HB444, the Civil Unions bill. Nevertheless, I realize that many of you remain very concerned about this bill since it will probably resurface in the future. Therefore, I wish to clarify a few things about this measure.

First of all, HB444 did NOT legalize gay marriage. A civil union is not a marriage, and the bill preserved marriage as being only between a man and a woman. The second sentence of the bill reads: "By establishing the status of civil unions in our State, it is not the legislature's intent to revise the definition or eligibility requirements of marriage under chapter 572, Hawaii Revised Statutes."

Second, HB444 did NOT require any church official or anyone else, to perform civil unions. Section -4(b) and (c) of the bill states: "Nothing in this section shall be construed to require any person authorized to perform solemnizations of marriages or civil unions to perform a solemnization of a civil union, and no such authorized person who fails or refuses for any reason to join persons in a civil union shall be subject to any fine or other penalty for such failure or refusal."

Third, while HB444 extends spousal benefits to partners in a civil union, it also extends responsibilities. The House Judiciary's committee report states: "Your Committee finds that the promotion of stable, committed relationships in which private citizens are legally obligated to look after each other's best interests and affairs serves an important public policy, and that if more private citizens are legally obligated to look after each other's well-being, government may be able to direct its efforts in such areas as health and human services in a more focused and efficient manner."

Finally, HB444 is consistent with our U.S. and Hawaii Constitution. Just as the U.S. Constitution protects everyone's freedom of religion, it also ensures that all persons are treated equally, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of a person's gender. These Constitutional protections are what lead the Hawaii Supreme Court to rule that same-sex couples deserve the same protection under the law as heterosexual couples (See the 1993 HI Supreme Court opinion authored by Associate Justice Steven Levinson, Baehr v. Lewin).

I encourage you to read HB444, which is a relatively straightforward, short bill (only 6 pages, double-spaced). To view the text, testimony, committee reports, status, etc. of HB444, click here or go to this link:

I realize that many of you are opposed to HB444, and I completely respect your opinions. I wish to assure you that HB444 was only an attempt to reflect equality under the law as intended by our Constitution, and not to infringe on anyone else's freedom or beliefs.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding civil unions. Mahalo nui loa for the privilege of serving you.

~ Maile

Konalee's Ohana Ranch Offers Horse Services, Mini Zoo, Party Grounds, & More

Konalee's Ohana Ranch on Kaukamana Road offers riding lessons, horse boarding & training, pony/horse rides, a mini zoo, party grounds, horse transportation, and more.

Call 306-5622 for more information.

Primerica Offers Financial Planning to Wai'anae Coast Residents

Primerica offers personalized financial planning at your doorstep on the Wai'anae Coast. Services offered include mortgage refinancing, life insurance, mutual funds, and more.

For more information, contact Tiffany Kekumu at or 542-6555.

Visit for more information.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

11th Annual West Coast Biggest Easter Egg Hunt Event

Click HERE to view a video from the event!

Check out the new "Wai`anae Blog" by Joett Colgan

Joett Colgan's "Wai`anae Blog" focuses on food, farming, "slow food," and other related topics. Check it out at:


Kauhale synergizes operations of two youth social enterprises for community building

Wai‘anae Moku, O‘ahu, Hawai‘i. A Wai‘anae based grassroots organization has been awarded a $4 million grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to support the Kauhale ‘O Wai‘anae: Youth Education and Entrepreneurship Initiative. Kauhale will merge two of Hawai‘i’s premier youth enterprise programs, MA‘O Organic Farms and Searider Productions, to synergize and deepen their ongoing mission in enabling vulnerable Wai‘anae youth in achieving secondary and post-secondary degrees while creating a highly skilled career pathway to bolster locally owned, excellence-driven social enterprises.

“This is an amazing opportunity for our kids in the community,” said Representative Maile Shimabukuro, a state lawmaker from Wai’anae who has supported grants for MA’O Farms in the past. “The grant money will help expand these programs that have already helped many of our youth.”

Kauhale takes the concept of “it takes a village to raise a child” one step further by providing youth with the opportunity to be more than just program participants. Core to the program’s philosophy, youth are also empowered to “raise the village” by being equipped with the skills and values needed to craft a better future for their community.

Spokesperson Kukui Maunakea-Forth, Executive Director of the non-profit Wai‘anae Community Re-Development Corporation, which established MA‘O Organic Farms, said that the project draws directly from the positive, committed and creative work of the youth.

“With a third of MA‘O’s social program costs generated by the sale of top quality organic fruit and vegetables, it is the youth farmers who truly are the engine that drive the organization,” she said. “Empowered youth are key to positive social change. It is our belief that when we invest in the aspirations of young people, we tangibly effect the long-term systemic changes needed for the overall health and wellbeing of our community.”

Ric Gresia, business manager of Mākaha Studios (a for-profit spin-off of Searider Productions) added, "As a profitable media production company with clients in Hawai‘i, North America, and Japan, we are proving that young adults from the Wai‘anae Coast who have successfully completed media education programs at Searider Productions can pursue a career competing in the global media marketplace while living and working in and for their home community.”

Candy Suiso, founder and program director of Searider Productions at Wai‘anae High School and a state Department of Education teacher for 25 years, praised the Kellogg Foundation’s backing of the merger. “This is the right time, the right place and the right people. As individual entities, each of the partners have amassed an amazing track record of programs and service, but by joining together, we can be a greater force that really seeds the educational transformation and change that needs to happen in Wai‘anae,” she said.

Navigating education successfully is a real-life challenge for youth in a community where on average 30% of students drop out of school (versus 15% statewide). Fifteen percent will go to college compared to 35% statewide and less than 50% of those college students will complete their degree-seeking program. Kauhales approach is to utilize tactile, culturally relevant approaches to contextualize and encourage academic success.

“In traditional times, the kauhale was the name for the extended family units that kept each ahupua‘a self sufficient. Each had its kuleana (responsibility) to fulfill, be it managing the near-shore fisheries, or tending to kalo in the uplands, all worked in concert towards sustaining the kaiāulu (community) as a whole,” said Kamuela Enos, MA‘O’s Community Relations Director. “Kauhale pulls together our communities’ most active institutions in order to serve our most precious resources -- our ‘ōpio (youth), and our ‘āina (land).”

Established in 1930, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society.

Kamuela Enos, Ph. 696-5569

Congratulations to Mark Dannog of WHS: student member of the BOE

Mark being sworn in by Judge Mark Recktenwald as other members of the BOE look on.

Mark with his proud parents.

On Wednesday, July 14 at 10 am, WHS' Mark Dannog was sworn in by judge Mark Recktenwald as the student member of the Board of Education for the State of Hawaii.

The ceremony was held at the Queen Liliuokalani Bldg., 4th floor in the BOE's meeting room.

E Ala E Program For Youth

The E Ala E Program teaches youth Hawaiian cultural traditions and values, and also provides hands on video production training.

The program is free, and located at the Ulu Ke Kukui shelter in Maili.

For more information, call Kawika Nahoopii at 375-2716.

Grant deadline for Hawaii non-profits set for August 20th

Dear Hawaii Leaders:

We wanted you to know that Hawaii's non-profit organizations have until August 20th to apply for grants in the Walmart Foundation's Hawaii State Giving Program for 2010.

The program provides grants of $25,000 or higher to non-profits that strive to provide opportunities to improve the lives of individuals in our island communities. Funding is focused on education, workforce development, economic opportunity, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness.

Applications for the final round of program grants in 2010 are being accepted at Organizations that currently operate under the tax-exempt status Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code are encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is August 20, 2010.

In 2009, Walmart stores, Sam's Club locations and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $1 million in cash and in-kind donations to local organizations in the communities we serve in Hawaii. Through additional funds donated by customers, and Walmart and Sam's Club associates throughout the islands, our contributions in Hawaii totaled more than $1.3 million.

The Walmart Foundation's Hawaii State Giving Program grant recipients in 2009 included: Aloha United Way; American Diabetes Association; American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter; Arizona Memorial Museum Association; Children's Discovery Center; Ho`ola Lahui Hawai`i,; Kualoa-Heeia Ecumenical Youth Project; Lanakila Rehabilitation Center; and Special Olympics Hawaii.

Please feel free to share this information with non-profit organizations. As a reminder, applications can be made at Thank you.


Angie Stoner

Angie Stoner, Sr. Manager
Public Affairs & Government Relations
Phone 479.721.9489

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
1288 Columbus Ave. #287
San Francisco, CA 94133-1302

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Aug 20 Deadline for Pollworker Recruiting

"Your Vision | Your Vote" is an effort by Kanu Hawaii and Common Cause Hawaii to get 1,000 people to work the polls, register voters, and vote in this year's elections. We're working on this because the upcoming elections will affect all of us, but too few of us take part in government, know the process, and help pick the leaders that will shape our future. This year, voters are especially challenged because many polling places have closed due to budget cuts and because the Office of Elections needs thousands of volunteers to help run the elections process.

You can help solve this problem right now. Start by signing up to be a poll worker. Just fill out the form here:

You'll get...
- $85 for each day you work the polls
- a free Kanu Hawaii t-shirt
- an invitation to informal after party for volunteers. .

You can work either on Sep 18 (Primary) or Nov 2 (General Election), 5:30am to 7:00pm. You have to attend 1 training (it's an hour and a half) before the election. You have to register to vote, read/write English, and be able to lift about 25 lbs. If you have any questions, visit the Your Vision | Your Vote page at


August 14 & 15 - Bargains!

Call 306-5622 for more information.

Candidate Forums on the Wai`anae Coast & Application for Permanent Absentee Voter Ballot

Upcoming Candidate Forums on the Wai`anae Coast are on Aug. 19, 6-8:30pm, Nanaikapono El. cafeteria, hosted by Nanakuli/Maili Neighborhood Board; & Sept. 3, 9am-noon, Wai`anae Rest Camp, hosted by Wai`anae AARP. Public welcome

Permanent Absentee Voter Applications Available. The Elections Office has mailed out these applications, but has sent only one copy per household with instructions that copies may be made for other household members or anyone wanting to apply for the permanent absentee voter ballot.

You can click
HERE to view and print a copy of the application; OR

Visit the Hawaii Office of Elections website to also view and print the application:

Free Food Vouchers for People over 60 to use at the Waianae Farmers Market

UPDATE: From Desiree Hikuroa

Over 100 seniors showed up at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center (WCCHC) on Thursday, August 19 to register for the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP).

The SFMNP is a program that offers $50 worth of vouchers to low-income seniors (over the age of 60 or over the age of 55 if deemed handicapped) that can be redeemed for eligible foods like fresh fruits, vegetables, honey and cut herbs. These vouchers can be used at participating farmers’ markets around the island, including the Waianae Farmers’ Market.

“The program is designed to provide fresh and nutritious locally grown produce to low-income seniors and support local farmers, farmers’ markets, and community supported agriculture programs,” said Roxanne Stark, Director of Agency Affiliations for the Hawaii Foodbank.

The Hawaii Foodbank is working with the State of Hawaii and USDA to certify nearly 5000 seniors. There are only 2000 vouchers left until the program ends in October. Distributing the remaining vouchers will increase the possibility of bringing this program back next year.

The Hawaii Foodbank urges seniors who are at or below 185% of the federal poverty guideline to register for the program. The organization has several sites around the island scheduled to register new participants.

“The program is such a great benefit to seniors and there is still interest in the program for those who were unable to make it,” said Desiree Hikuroa, Director of Communications at WCCHC.

The Health Center plans on hosting another registration booth at its campus on Wednesday, September 15th from 9 am – 12 pm.

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in participating in the program, please visit the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center in September or call 954-7889 or visit to download an application.

Check the flyer to see if you are eligible!

Click HERE to view informational flyer.

Click HERE for additional information.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Board of Water Supply Project Update - Final Paving Begninning 7/12/10

From: FarringtonProjects

Aloha Leeward Coast Community Members,

The Board of Water Supply (BWS) is happy to report that the final paving of Farrington Highway between Nanakuli Avenue and Black Rock is scheduled to begin next Monday, July 12, 2010. During the final paving, which will be done by Grace Pacific, the BWS will re-open the emergency access bridge to allow two open eastbound lanes of traffic during regular working hours, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. When the final paving is complete, the contractor will re-stripe the road and conduct final punch list items. This means that the Farrington Highway Part 1, Phase A project to replace a vital water transmission line between Haleakala Avenue and Black Rock should be completed by the end of the month, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Thank you for your continued patience as the BWS works on these critical water infrastructure improvement projects to ensure a safe and dependable water supply for your community.

Moani Wright-Van Alst

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

July LCCW Newsletter

Aloha LCCW 'Ohana,

Please check out this month's LCCW Newsletter HERE.

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

Grant Opportunity Announcement: Hawaii "EV ready" grants


The Grant Opportunity Announcement for the Hawaii "EV ready" grants
has been posted on the State Energy Office website,

Applications are due on July 26, 2010, at 11 AM.

Please forward this information to others who may be interested.

Thank you!

Transportation Energy Diversification Project

The purpose of the Transportation Energy Diversification Project is to transform Hawaii's transportation sector to one less dependent on liquid petroleum fuels by accelerating the adoption of electric drive vehicles and related charging equipment in Hawaii.

The Project is composed of two categories:

1. A rebate program for electric vehicles and charging equipment; and

2. The Hawaii EV Ready grant program.

Only commercially available technologies are eligible for funding.

Charging equipment is to be installed in compliance with Federal, State, and County laws, codes, and regulations, including ARRA, SEP, and NEPA requirements and limitations, and is to be compliant with industry standards, particularly SAE J 1772. Installation is to be performed only at, in, or on existing facilities.

The Rebate Program

The Rebate Program, scheduled to begin in August of 2010, will provide rebates for Hawaii residents, businesses, State and County agencies, and nonprofit entities for the initial purchase of new, commercially available electric vehicles for use in Hawaii and for the purchase and installation of commercially available charging equipment in Hawaii.

Vehicle rebates will be up to 20% of the vehicle purchase price, up to a maximum of $4500 per vehicle. Electric vehicle charging equipment rebates will be up to 30% of the charging equipment cost (to include installation costs, if claimed) up to a maximum of $500 per charger. If the vehicle purchase includes installation of an off-board vehicle charger, the rebate for the vehicle and charger together will be 20% of the total cost, up to $5000. It is anticipated that the rebate program will start on August 1, 2010 and continue until September 30, 2011, or until rebate program funds are exhausted, unless the program period or amounts are modified. The program may be extended based on the performance of the program. Funds remaining in the rebate program after September 30, 2011, (or modified end date) may be moved into the grant program; conversely, grant program funds may be added to the rebate program.

Vehicles and equipment funded under the rebate program are NOT eligible for funding under the grant program; likewise, vehicles and equipment funded under the grant program are NOT eligible for funding under the rebate program.


The EV Ready Grant program will provide grants to attract and partially fund the deployment of full-speed electric vehicles, electric vehicle charging equipment, and supporting efforts in Hawaii via larger, more integrated, or more complex projects than funded through the rebate program.

The grant program is intended to complement the rebate program. Vehicles or chargers funded under the grant program will not be eligible for additional funding under the rebate program; similarly, vehicles and charging equipment funded under the rebate program will not be eligible for additional funding under the grant program.

The Grant Opportunity Announcement (for electric vehicle charger networks and EV partnerships) is now available. Applications are due by 11 AM Hawaii time, July 26, 2010.

For more information, contact:

Margaret Larson
Vehicle Specialist
Hawaii State Energy Office

Letter to Waste Mgmt Hawaii from Ko Olina Community Association

[Click below to view] a copy of a letter sent to Joe Whelan, General Manager, of Waste Management of Hawaii from Ko Olina Community Association regarding foul odors, dust and noise at the Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill. Please contact Ken Williams at 671-2512 should you have any questions.


Jean Pfau
Executive Assistant
Ken Williams
Vice President - Resort Operations
Ko Olina Community Association
92-1480 Aliinui Drive
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
671-2512 x118 ofc

Click HERE to view letter.

OHA Community Grants program provides opportunities for Native Hawaiians in 2011

From: Office of Hawaiian Affairs []

OHA community grants program provides opportunities for Native Hawaiians in 2011

HONOLULU – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) Community Grants program commences on July 1, 2010 for the 2011 fiscal year. “In the midst of tough economic times, OHA is pleased that it is still able to continue to financially support the community through its grants program. OHA’s 2010-2016 Strategic Plan will help us focus our efforts to get the maximum impact from the monies we expend in our quest to serve Native Hawaiians,” expressed OHA’s Chief Executive Officer Clyde Nämu‘o.

For the past decade, OHA has provided the community with millions of dollars through its various grant programs. These programs have been a part of OHA’s unwavering commitment to bettering the lives of Native Hawaiians.

“We look forward to another year of supporting community organizations statewide that are committed to making a difference in the lives of Native Hawaiians,” said OHA Chairperson S. Haunani Apoliona. “Collaborations and partnerships with non-profit service providers throughout the state are crucial to our mission of building a thriving Hawaiian community.”

Programs that will address immediate community needs and lay foundations for long-term capacity building of organizations are encouraged to apply for funding. OHA’s 2010-2016 Strategic Plan will be the guide for applicants to develop activities, events, projects, and programs that are directly linked to strategic priorities and results.

Information and training sessions will be conducted statewide to assist applicants on how to apply for funding. For more information on workshops or to obtain an application, please visit or call 594-1961.

For more information contact
Ed Nishioka, OHA Communications Manager

About OHA...

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs, (OHA) is a unique, independent state agency established through the Hawai‘i State Constitution and statutes to advocate for the betterment of conditions of all Native Hawaiians, with a Board of Trustees elected by the voters of Hawai‘i. OHA is guided by a vision and mission to ensure the perpetuation of the culture, protect the entitlements of Native Hawaiians, and build a strong and healthy Hawaiian people and nation. For more information, visit

Monday, July 5, 2010

Nanakuli High & Intermediate Performing Arts Center Open to Students from Various Schools; In Need of Support

Hawai'i Arts Alliance received a generous gift of $110,000 to enhance arts education opportunities within the Hawai'i State Department of Education. The bulk of the gift is to focus on the Performing Arts Learning Centers (PALC). These centers provide performance skills to 1,000 students per year, and countless others who are exposed to the arts as audience members.

This momentous gift was also intended to challenge other donors to raise the level of support for the arts. Each Center must raise matching donations to the initial $5,000 to receive a second grant installment.

We want to congratulate the schools who have achieved their matches and report that the other centers are working hard and are very close!

The recipient High School Performing Arts Learning Centers are located on Oahu, Maui, Hawai'i Island, and Kauai:

· Baldwin High School Performing Arts Learning Center (made its match)
· Castle Performing Arts Center (made its match)
· Hilo High School Performing Arts Learning Center
· Kaimuki High School Performing Arts Center (made its match)
· Kauai Performing Arts Learning Center (made its match)
· Central Theatre Arts Academy (Mililani)
· Nanakuli High and Intermediate Performing Arts Center (made its match)
· Alliance for Drama Education's T-Shirt Theatre at Farrington High School
· Performing Arts Center of Kapolei (made its match)

The first donations were used to pay for spring productions, scholarships for students, rental costs, and other education needs. Without these funds, many of the programs would not have occurred due to across the board cuts in operating budgets this last year. The Performing Arts Learning Centers service over 5000 kids across the state and are still in need of support to teach 21st century skills to these kids.

Please contact Hawai'i Arts Alliance at 533-2787, or visit for more information on how you can help to keep arts in the schools.

You can also contact your neighborhood PALC to learn more about their programs and upcoming schedule of performances!

For more information about the Nanakui High and Intermediate Performing Arts Center, which accepts students from various schools, including home schools, contact:
Robin Kitsu - 668-5823