Waianae Coast Disaster Preparedness and Readiness Program (WCDPRP) Flyer 7/21/16

Click image for the PDF of the brochure.

Click image for the PDF of the brochure.

Click image for the PDF of the brochure.

Click image for the PDF of the brochure.

From: “Rock”
Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2016 10:35 AM
Subject: WCDRT Flyer

Aloha All,

Attached (above) is the flyer/brochure that Travis Mindoro created to inform the community of our Waianae Coast Disaster Preparedness and Readiness Program (WCDPRP). The intent of this Outreach program is to inform the people of our WCDRP, our Vision and Mission and to invite them to attend our workshops and to be part of our program.  Continue reading

Governor Ige Allocates $12M for Homelessness

Governor Ige announces allocation of $12M for homelessness effort

HONOLULU 7/21/16 – Gov. David Ige has announced that $12M in funding will be focused on the most visible and chronically homeless people in Hawai‘i. The appropriation, provided by the Hawai‘i State Legislature during the regular session, was appropriated to the Department of Human Services (DHS) with the flexibility for DHS to allocate. “We know that addressing homelessness is a priority for Hawai‘i,” said Gov. Ige. “We wanted people to understand the framework that guides both DHS and our homelessness efforts.”

DHS Director Rachael Wong outlined the DHS multi-generation philosophy, entitled ‘Ohana Nui, which focuses on families and children. The Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness, Scott Morishige, unveiled the state’s framework to address homelessness which is based on three levers of change: affordable housing, health and human services and public safety. “The $12M allocation is a natural extension of this framework,” he said.

LEVER 1: AFFORDABLE HOUSING (FUNDED SEPARATELY)
The first lever in the state’s framework is a high priority for legislators and the administration. Funding for this focus area is coming from separate budgets, but the $12M is helping to complement those efforts.  Continue reading

U.S. Congressman Mark Takai Dies at 49

U.S. Rep. Mark Takai Died This morning 7/20/16

U.S. Rep. Mark Takai died this morning 7/20/16.

Hawaii Democratic Congressman Mark Takai Dies (Associated Press, NY Times)

U.S. Rep. Mark Takai dies after battle with pancreatic cancer (Kevin Dayton, Star-Advertiser)

First-term Hawaii Democratic congressman Mark Takai dies aged 49 after battling cancer (Regina F. Graham, Daily Mail, UK)

Hawaii Rep. Mark Takai, 49, dies after battle with pancreatic cancer (Elise Viebeck, Washington Post)

U.S. Congressman Mark Takai of Hawaii Dies at 49 (Traci G. Lee, NBC News)

Freshman Hawaii Rep. Mark Takai Dies After Battle With Cancer (Benjamin Siegel, ABC News)

HNN: Crossing Flags for Farrington Hwy (7/19/16)


This video comprises clips from Jim Mendoza’s “Groups Seek Pedestrian Safety Solutions for Farrington Highway” (Hawaii News Now, 7/19/16). Watch the full video and read the story on the Hawaii News Now site.

Mendoza: "The most controversial idea involves using cameras to catch speeders and red light runners. 'I think it really would create a much higher sense of security. And I think a lot of people would think twice before they speed though these lights and break the law,' said state Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, whose district includes Waianae and Nanakuli. She said she'll talk to the state about the cameras."

Mendoza: “The most controversial idea involves using cameras to catch speeders and red light runners. ‘I think it really would create a much higher sense of security. And I think a lot of people would think twice before they speed though these lights and break the law,’ said state Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, whose district includes Waianae and Nanakuli. She said she’ll talk to the state about the cameras.”

HNN: ‘Leeward Community Concerned About Dangerous Bus Stop’


This video comprises clips from Jobeth Devera’s “Leeward Community Concerned About Dangerous Bus Stop” (Hawaii News Now, 7/12/16). Watch the full video and read the story on the Hawaii News Now site.

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Devera: “On Tuesday, officials released a statement saying they are considering temporarily relocating the bus stop and curbing the area…. ‘It’s making sure the bus stops are by signalized crosswalks as opposed to un-signalized crosswalks,’ said Senator Maile Shimabukuro. When it comes to the street lights, the state says it’s already replaced most of them on Farrington Highway. Replacement poles are still needed, before completing the remaining 7-mile stretch…. ‘They could put those at the top of the priority list so they could get it done,’ Shimabukuro added.”

Leeward community concerned about dangerous bus stop
Tuesday, July 12th 2016, 9:37 pm HST
By Jobeth Devera, Reporter

NANAKULI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) – After two recent pedestrian fatalities in West Oahu last week, the community says a bus stop in Nanakuli poses a huge hazard and that it’s another accident waiting to happen.

“I catch the bus everyday,” said Nanakuli resident Keanu Chun. “I’m sitting here and one of these days a car can come by and that’s it.”  Continue reading

Star-Adv: YMCA Free College Camp for Nanakuli-Waianae Students

Leeward Students to Try College Life
By Dominique Times (dtimes@staradvertiser.com)
Star-Advertiser, July 11, 2016

The YMCA College Camp is expanding its efforts in Leeward communities this month with the launch of a camp for Nanakuli-Waianae area students.

College Camp — a weeklong experience that aims to give high school students a slice of college life — is tailored for teens in Hawaii’s at-risk communities. Now in its fifth year, the program has two groupings: one for students entering their junior year and another for incoming seniors.

Participants stay at the Atherton YMCA, near the University of Hawaii at Manoa, while immersed in confidence-building activities, community service, campus tours and workshops about college tips and financial resources. Successful completion of both camps earns a student conditional admission to the University of Hawaii, regardless of high school track record.College Camp

The new camp for Nanakuli-Waianae’s incoming seniors gets underway July 24. Twenty-three students will be assigned mentors — College Camp alumni now in college — who will stick with them through camp and beyond. Annual fundraisers cover camp expenses, making the program free.

Continue reading

HNN: Spike in Fatal Pedestrian Accidents

The following brief video is composed of clips from Jobeth Devera’s Hawaii News Now (7/6/16) report “West Oahu community calls for change after spike in fatal pedestrian accidents.” Watch the entire video on the HNN website.

Sen. Maile Shimabukuro 7/6/16.

Devera: “Residents suggest installing better lighting, repainting signs and road lines as well as getting rid of some crosswalks located far away from traffic signals and installing speed cameras. ‘If you know that even if there’s no physical police presence there, you could be caught on film speeding or doing any other illegal activity on the highway, hopefully that could be a deterrent,’ Senator Shimabukuro said.”

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