Need Help in Applying to Preschool Open Doors? Deadline 4/30/14

From: Amber Richardson, Program Director, P-3 Initiative, Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture (INPEACE)
Date: Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 12:06 PM
Subject: Support in Applying to Preschool Open Doors!

If families along the Wai’anae Coast are struggling to make the Preschool Open Doors application deadline (April 30), the INPEACE Ho’ala Community Recruiters are available to support them! They will help families fill out the paperwork and obtain the necessary documentation to apply for the assistance.

Contact Kathy or Saydee at: 696-9300 or


From: Jim Eberle, Program Manager, PATCH Preschool Open Doors
Date: Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 3:05 PM
Subject: Preschool Open Doors Application Period

A reminder that the Preschool Open Doors (POD) program is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 POD school year. Families in need of preschool tuition assistance must submit their application by the April 30, 2014 deadline. People Attentive To Children (PATCH) operates the POD program on behalf of the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services (DHS).

POD provides child care subsidies to qualifying low- and moderate-income families so they may send their children to preschool. Priority is given to children with special needs or at-risk factors. Priority enrollment is determined by household size and monthly gross income. POD does not require parents/guardians to be employed, in school, or job training to qualify for assistance.

Families with children born between August 1, 2009 and July 31, 2010 may apply for the 2014-2015 POD year, which runs July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.

Applications are available for download from the PATCH website: To request an application by mail call 808.791.2130 on Oahu, or Toll-Free from Neighbor Islands 1.800.746.5620.


Sen. Shimabukuro heard rave reviews about the plate lunches prepared by Dawn Clarke of Kalena’s Kitchen to help raise funds for the Hawaii Foodbank on 4/15/14.  The lunches featured organic greens from Kahumana Farm, bread pudding baked with “Waianae Gold” kiawe bean flour, and other local ingredients.  For more information about Kalena’s Kitchen, visit  or call 808-352-7970.

Scholar Speaker Series 5/6/14: Aliah and Lelemia Irvine

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All of the past presentations are archived on the Kamehameha Schools YouTube channel.

Final Scholar Speaker Series presentation takes place on May 6
Huliko‘a Kaiäulu will feature research from Aliah and Lelemia Irvine on coral reef preservation and wastewater cycles and systems

What: Kamehameha Schools’ Community Learning Center at Nānākuli (CLCN), MA‘O Organic Farms (Mala ‘Ai ‘Ōpio) and UH Hawai‘inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge have partnered to present a series of scholar speaker events. The series, Huliko‘a Kaiāulu, was created as an opportunity for Wai‘anae Coast ‘ohana to embrace higher education and celebrate examples of advanced learning in their community.

For the fourth and final scheduled presentation in May, siblings Aliah and Lelemia Irvine from Wai‘anae will share their scientific journeys with the community.

Aliah Irvine will share “The Art of Coral Reef Preservation” which highlights her experience in learning to use alternative preservation methods to isolate DNA from coral. Aliah will share her mana‘o about costal ecology and conservation throughout the Hawaiian Islands and abroad.

Lelemia Irvine will present “Water: The Engineered Hydrological Cylce”. From papahulilani to our hale to the kūkae treatment plant and back to the papahulihonua and papahanaumoku, Lelemia will share more about wastewater and water systems.

To learn more about the Huliko‘a Kaiäulu scholar speaker series, visit

Who: Presentations are free and open to the community. A simple dinner will be provided to attendees. An RSVP is requested to assist with planning.

When: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Kamehameha Schools Community Learning Center at Nānākuli
89-101 Farrington Hwy., Wai‘anae, HI 96792

How: For more information or to RSVP for the presentation, call 668-1517 or email

Submitted by: Shaun Chillingworth
Public Relation Specialist
Community Relations & Communications
808-541-5367 or

Governor Releases $2M for Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center


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Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of $2 million in capital improvement grant funds for the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center on Oahu.

Identified by the state Legislature, the project includes the construction of a new two-story, 22,000-square-foot Emergency Medical Services Building to replace the existing emergency department.

“The 37-year-old Emergency Medical Services Building is no longer adequate for the specialized needs of the more than 18,000 annual emergency room patient visits,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “By rebuilding the facility, the center will be able to meet the emergency medical, disaster preparedness and crisis behavioral health needs of the Leeward Oahu community.”

The rebuilding and consequent reconfiguration of the Emergency Medical Services Building will add eight rooms to the current seven rooms available for a total of 15 rooms. These rooms will be utilized for triage, treating trauma for life threatening illnesses and injuries, emergency labor and delivery, x-ray, patients with psychiatric health needs, and a family room to support family members experiencing a crisis.

“This money will go a long way in improving healthcare on the leeward coast,” said Richard P. Bettini, President and CEO of the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center. “The center is still raising private funds to supplement this state grant.”

Star-Adv 4/16/14: ‘Measure on insurance for infertility advances’

The resolution calls for a study into the impact of expanding treatment coverage

By Cathy Bussewitz / Associated Press
Star-Advertiser, 4/16/14

Hawaii lawmakers are weighing whether insurance companies should be required to cover more treatments for infertility and to update a law that some say discriminates against unmarried women.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 35 calls on the state auditor to study the social and economic impacts of the fertility-coverage proposal. [Senator Shimabukuro introduced SCR 35, Requesting the Auditor to Assess the Social and Financial Effects of Requiring Health Insurers to Provide Infertility Procedure Coverage.]

“Women are starting their families later, which raises all sorts of concerns about access to procedures,” said Rep. Della Au Bellati, chairwoman of the House Health Committee, which advanced the resolution. It now goes to the Finance Committee.

Hawaii already requires insurers to cover in-vitro fertilization, but the law has limits that proponents say unfairly discriminate against single women. For example, under current Hawaii law insurers are required to provide treatment only to married women, using sperm supplied by a woman’s spouse. Those who don’t meet the requirements have to pay $15,000 to $20,000 per procedure, which often has to be repeated.

That creates two classes of women, said Naunanikinau Kamalii, a lawyer, in comments to the Legislature.

“Marital status has no rational relation to the treatment of a medical diagnosis and condition of infertility,” Kamalii said.

But the Hawaii Catholic Conference has said that religious institutions should not be forced to provide services that go against the tenets of their faith. The fact that advanced procedures have been developed does not mean those procedures are morally acceptable, the group said.

“Infertility treatment for anybody, whether you’re married or single, is not consistent with Catholic teaching,” said Walter Yoshimitsu, executive director of Hawaii Catholic Conference. “Our belief is that life begins at the moment that the egg is fertilized. And if you discard them, that is tantamount to abortion.”

That’s because the process of in-vitro fertilization involves fertilizing eggs outside the womb and then choosing one to insert in a womb, Yoshimitsu said.

Senate Bill 2909, which sought to mandate expanded treatment options, passed the Senate, but it died when it never got a hearing in the House.

The Chamber of Commerce had opposed the bill, arguing that it would increase health care costs of businesses that would not be able to pass those costs on to consumers.

The Kaiser Permanente health care company had supported the intent of the bill, but it asked for the auditor to conduct a study of the proposal instead.

“Done correctly, health-care reform can reduce costs while simultaneously improving the quality of care,” the company said in comments to the Legislature. “However, this will not happen if the emphasis is shifted to costly mandates that inevitably drive up the price of health insurance, rather than emphasizing prevention.”

Click here to go to the Star-Advertiser site.


Ka Wai Ola o Waianae was featured EPA Region 9′s March 2014 newsletter.  Click this link to see the newsletter:

Sen. Shimabukuro posed with Richard Medeiros of Ka Wai Ola O Waianae, who participated in the Legislature's "Agricultural Day" in March.

Sen. Shimabukuro posed with Richard Medeiros of Ka Wai Ola O Waianae, who participated in the Legislature’s “Agricultural Day” in March.

Annual Farm Open House 5/3/14 – 2-5pm

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