Women of Waianae Honored by Hawaii Women Lawyers: Photos & Video

Judge Lanson Kupau congratulated Women of Waianae.  L-R: Judge Kupau, Donna Costa, and Karen Young.

Judge Lanson Kupau congratulated Women of Waianae. L-R: Judge Kupau, Donna Costa, and Karen Young. [Click image to enlarge]

Women of Waianae President Karen Young (left) posed with Hawaii Women Lawyers President Tricia Nakamatsu.

Women of Waianae President Karen Young (left) posed with Hawaii Women Lawyers President Tricia Nakamatsu. [Click image to enlarge]

Women of Waianae received the "President's Award" from Hawaii Women Lawyers at the Plaza Club on 4/17/15.  L-R: Sally Ford, Mae Chung, Sharon Sandell, Karen Young, Priscilla Maynard, Donna Costa, and Sue Carpenter.

Women of Waianae received the “President’s Award” from Hawaii Women Lawyers at the Plaza Club on 4/17/15. L-R: Sally Ford, Mae Chung, Sharon Sandell, Karen Young, Priscilla Maynard, Donna Costa, and Sue Carpenter. [Click image to enlarge]

On 4/17/15, Women of Waianae (WOW) was given the “President’s Award” by Hawaii Women Lawyers (HWL).  HWL President Tricia Nakamatsu recognized WOW for their outstanding service to the community, including awarding college and vocational scholarships to non-traditional students on the Waianae Coast.

WOW President Karen Young delivered an acceptance speech at the event.  Click on the following link to watch a video of her speech:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uyiSdO35-E

For more information about WOW’s HWL award, visit:

http://21maile.com/2015/03/27/women-of-waianae-to-be-honored-by-hawaii-women-lawyers-april-17-2015/

For more information about WOW, visit:

http://www.womenofwaianae.org/

Leeward Sharks Youth Football Registration for Fall 2015 Season

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Stacy Garcia Jr. attends NHIS Performing Arts Center rendition of HONK! JR.

Stacy Garcia (left), Mr. Robin Kitsu; Director of NHIS RPC (center), Christian Kaeo; choreographer (right).

Stacy Garcia, Jr. (left), Mr. Robin Kitsu, Director of NHIS’ NPAC (center)); and Christian Kaeo, choreographer (right).  [Click images to enlarge]

Stacy Garcia (left) and Daphne Hussein (right).

Stacy Garcia, Jr. (left) and Daphnei Hussein, AMDA Summer Conservatory acceptee (right). [Click image to enlarge]

Stacy Garcia Jr. attended an NPAC showing on April 19, 2015, on behalf of Sen. Shimabukuro’s office. The event was also graced by Sen. Michele Kidani (Education Committee Chair) and members of her staff.  Information about the NPAC event is below:

The Nānākuli High and Intermediate School Performing Arts Center (NPAC) presents “HONK! JR.” from April 17 to 26, 2015, in the NHIS Multi-Purpose café. HONK! JR. is the musical adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Ugly Duckling.”

Mr. Robin Kitsu, Director of NPAC, describes HONK! JR. “a wonderful show and the kids are doing a fantastic job.  Even the staff gets emotional after each run-through no matter how many times we see it.  Yes, it’s cute, but it’s also funny (see if you can catch the adult puns in the show), it’s sad (tears will flow), and it’s uplifting.  Great message about loving everyone for who they are, anti-bullying, and about family.”

Assisting with the performance is Daphnei Hussein, a junior of Nānākuli High and Intermediate School, who was accepted into a summer conservatory program for vocal music held by the American Music and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in Los Angeles. Daphnei is in need of monetary donations to support her travels to AMDA.

If you would like assist Daphnei with scholarship funding for the AMDA, please visit http://www.gofundme.com/DaphneiToAMDA.

Donations can also be made to Daphnei via the Nānākuli Performing Arts Center (NPAC):

Nānākuli Performing Arts Center
89-980 Nanakuli Avenue
Waianae, HI 96792

Senate Certificate is presented to Waianae Boxing Club and “Papa” Fred Periera

Group photo taken with Waianae Boxing Club trainees and Coach "Papa" Fred Pereira

Group photo taken with Waianae Boxing Club next generation champions and Coach “Papa” Fred Pereira. [Click image to enlarge]

"Papa" Fred takes a group photo with champions of the Waianae Boxing Club.

“Papa” Fred takes a group photo with champions of the Waianae Boxing Club. 1st row: Henry Silva, John Philips, Richard Pelen, James Jones, Tony Pereira. 2nd Row: (guy w/ white hat) Dereck Brite, Julio Rodrigues {First Golden Glove champion from Hawaii, 1976-1999}, Legendary Coach “Papa” Fred Pereira, Ricky Ruiz, Nelson Darwello, Glen Rodrigues. 3rd Row: Waltar Salas, Richard Garcia, Phillip Leonin, Adrian Silva, Cyhan pedican, Alvin Sequin, Dug Westbrook. 4th Row: Chuck Salas, Alex Pelen, Shane Soares, Elwood Westbrook. [Click image to enlarge]

On April 18, 2015, a Senate certificate celebrating the Waianae Boxing Club and honoring “Papa’ Fred Pereira was presented by Stacy Garcia Jr. on behalf of Sen. Shimabukuro at the Waianae Recreation Center.

The year 2015 marks the Waianae Boxing Club’s 50+ year anniversary. It was established by Coach “Papa” Fred Pereira in 1962, and has kept  keiki off of the streets and away from negative influences like drugs and violence. The club boasts a proud and long-standing tradition of producing champion fighters who represent the people of Hawaii at national and international boxing and mixed martial arts competitions.

“Papa” Pereira, who turned 81 this year, was recognized for his impressive boxing career in the United States Army. He comes from a family of athletic competitors, including his father, Anton, who was an outstanding boxer, and his grandmother, Anita, the oldest runner to compete in the Honolulu Marathon at 80-years-old.

The festive event was attended by family and community members, as well as various club supporters. Entertainment was performed by a local band which played Jíbaro and Bomba & Plena music. On behalf of Sen. Shimabukuro’s office, many thanks goes out to “Papa” Fred Periera and his ohana for the invitation and tremendous hospitality.

Hawaii Operating Engineers visits the Capitol

John Monis of the Hawaii Operating Engineers Stabilization Fund (left) visited Sen. Shimabukuro. For more information about the HI Operating Engineers visit: www.oe3.org/training/hawaii.html

John Monis of the Hawaii Operating Engineers Stabilization Fund (left) visited Sen. Shimabukuro. For more information about the HI Operating Engineers visit: http://www.oe3.org/training/hawaii.html [Click image to enlarge]

Hokulea Honored; Makaha’s Richard “Buffalo” Keaulana Recognized As One of Original Crewmembers

The Hawai'i State Senate with 12 of the 13 living crewmembers of the Hōkūleʻa's maiden voyage. Click image to enlarge

The Hawai’i State Senate with 12 of the 13 living crewmembers of the Hōkūleʻa’s maiden voyage.
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Hokulea’s original crewmembers honored at State Capitol
Source: KHON2 TV News.
Click for full story: http://khon2.com/2015/04/05/hokuleas-original-crewmembers-honored-at-state-capitol/

Various lawmakers in both the Senate and House chambers recognized the Polynesian Voyaging Society, as well as 12 of the 13 living crewmembers of Hokulea’s maiden voyage from Hawaii to Tahiti and back in 1976.

PVS was founded in 1973 by Herb Kane, Ben Finney and Tommy Holmes. Then on March 8, 1975, PVS launched its first waa kaulua, the Hokulea, in Kaneohe Bay.

Her maiden voyage to Tahiti in 1976 was led by Mau Piailug, using traditional, non-instrument navigation.

“We are grateful to have our governmental body take the time to celebrate the worldwide voyage and to me, it shows that Hawaii is still with us, that the canoe still matters. As the voyage now heads into the Indian Ocean, which is much more dangerous, it gives us the strength to set sail,” said Nainoa Thompson, pwo (master) navigator and president of PVS.

Joining Thompson from the crew were Finney, Abraham “Snake” Ah Nee, Milton “Shorty” Bertelmann, Richard “Buffalo” Keaulana, John Kruse, Francis Kainoa Lee, Kimo Lyman, Gordon Piianaia, Penny Martin, Billy Richards and Dr. Ben Young.

It was the first time all living members of the original crew were together since that groundbreaking voyage.

“We could not have predicted today’s event when we launched 40 years ago. We thought we might make a splash, but it turned into something so much larger,” said Finney.

“Your island is like a canoe and your canoe is like an island. To take those lessons that we learned on Hokulea and then to bring them back and to apply it to the community to the island that you live on,” Martin said.

Hokulea and her sister canoe Hikianalia continue their Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage, which launched from Hilo in 2013. The canoes are currently docked in New Zealand.

By the end of the voyage in 2017, the canoes hope to have traveled approximately 47,000 nautical miles.

Volunteers and employees from the University of Hawaii were also honored as they have long helped to house and care for Hokulea.

Senator Shimabukuro had the opportunity to deliver a speech as the introduction for Richard “Buffalo” Keaulana:

A commanding Hawaiian surfer from Mākaha, Oʻahu; winner of the 1960 Makaha International; and often referred to as the “Mayor of Mākaha,” Richard Keaulana was born (1935) in Honolulu, and moved with his family to Mākaha, on Oʻahu’s west side, at age five. He learned to surf as a child at Waikīkī, and made his first surfboard by taking a machete to a blank assembled from glued-together railroad ties.

Keaulana worked as a Waikīkī beach boy in the 1950s and earned his nickname “Buffalo” for his generously proportioned head and shaggy reddish-brown hair. A perennial favorite in the Mākaha International contest, Keaulana placed third in 1957, second in 1958, and first in 1960. He was also regarded as the world’s best bodysurfer.

Buffalo was appointed head lifeguard at Mākaha in 1969, a post he held until 1995. The Buffalo Big Board Classic debuted in 1977, a surf contest/beach party that immediately became a local institution. Keaulana is married with six children, including big-wave expert Brian and three-time longboard world champion Russ.

Note from Senator Shimabukuro: Big Mahalo Nui Loa to Senator Gilbert Kahele of Hawaii Island and his staff for preparing all the speeches and overseeing the Hōkūleʻa floor presentation on April 6, 2015.

Civil Beat: HART Board Meetings to be Broadcast

Olelo Television HART Broadcast Schedule:

  5/8/2015 5:30 PM OLELO49.
5/12/2015 12:30 PM OLELO49.
5/13/2015 8:00 AM OLELO49.
5/19/2015 12:30 PM OLELO49.

FROM CIVIL BEAT/APRIL 16 2015

Now You Can Watch HART Meetings In Your Pajamas

After urging from Honolulu City Councilman Trevor Ozawa, the rail agency struck a deal with Olelo Community Media to broadcast live meetings.

April 16, 2015·By Nick Grube

Talk about results.

Last month, Honolulu City Councilman Trevor Ozawa pushed a resolution to boost transparency for the city’s $6 billion rail project.

Specifically, he called on the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation to broadcast it’s board meetings online or through public access stations.

Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Olelo camera

HART will join other government agencies in broadcasting its meetings through Olelo Community Media.

On Thursday, the city announced Olelo Community Media will begin airing HART meetings starting next week.

This should make it easier for citizens to track decisions made by HART board members on a highly controversial project that faces a nearly $1 billion shortfall.

In a press release, Ozawa said televising HART meetings “is a crucial first step in providing real transparency to this project.”

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