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Star-Advertiser: ‘Waianae’s Kana’i Mauga’

Kana‘i Mauga

The following are excerpts from Paul Honda’s “For Waianae’s Kana’i Mauga, There’s No Mountain High Enough” (Star-Advertiser, 7 Nov. 2017).

The path to the top is not for everyone…the degree of difficulty varies. [Kana’i] Mauga, a hybrid linebacker with a 3.2 grade-point average and a commitment to USC, prefers the toughest challenge.

“It’s really steep. I always go all the way to the top,” Mauga said. “I like trying to climb mountains whenever I have time. During the summer, I’ll go to different spots on the west side with my friends, or if nobody’s available I just go by myself.”

After an 0-3 start, Waianae came through. The Seariders went on a six-game win streak, lost in the OIA semifinals to Mililani and, over the weekend, earned a 29-21 overtime win over Campbell to seal a spot in the Open Division state tournament.

“He’s been a role model of a senior leader,” Waianae head coach Walter Young said. “He shows up to the workout sessions and gives his all, and motivates and encourages his teammates to do the same. He has a football IQ that is beyond his years, and he has the ability to do more than just his job. He’s an incredible playmaker.”

Waianae (7-4) faces league champion Kahuku in the semifinal round of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA State Championships on Friday at Aloha Stadium.

“We have to do our right assignments, get aligned right and execute,” Mauga said. “Anything can happen. It was rough in the beginning of the season. For everyone to show up these past two games, bouncing back from that loss to Mililani, it’s a big accomplishment for the whole team. This win over Campbell is going to boost their confidence as a team and individuals.”

Mauga, at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, handles battles with linemen and slotbacks with success.

Oregon State became the first university to offer a scholarship to Mauga. He is now up to 13 offers, though he committed to USC in June.

Moanalua coach Savaii Eselu believes Mauga will be a factor in the Pac-12 Conference.

“He reminds me of Manti (Te‘o). He and Kana‘i don’t waste steps,” Eselu said. “He’s taller than I thought. I thought we could get some passes over him and we got bit real bad, a pick-6.”

The tradition of elite defensive talent from Waianae is illustrious, going back to George “Oki” Kauwalu to Nate Jackson to Chris Paogofie and beyond.

“He exemplifies what Waianae defense has always been,” Campbell coach Darren Johnson said. “He’s so talented like Roland and Joey Maneafaiga. Taulia Lave. He’s in those guys’ class. You can rank him as high as Lafi Siliga.”

Coming from Waianae means almost everything.

“I don’t think I would change anything. I actually learned a lot, people saying that over here is a ghetto and poor. I just wanted to see for myself, to experience what other people think about it. Honestly, it’s not. People are not poor. They’re rich in personality and they have a good mind-set of living here, and they love it here,” Mauga said. “They appreciate everything that’s been given to them.”

Mauga’s academic and athletic talents have opened doors. His father, Ivan Mauga, played at the University of Hawaii.

“He always says, ‘Play hard. Do what you do best. Ball out,’ ” Mauga said. “And I love you.”

For the full article, log in to the Star-Advertiser.

State Native Plant Nurseries Celebrate Arbor Day with Plant Sales on 11/4/17

In celebration of Arbor Day in Hawaii on November 4, the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) invites native plant enthusiasts to plant sales and giveaways happening across the state this weekend. DOFAW plant nurseries on Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Maui, and Hawaiʻi island will be offering a variety of native plants to encourage their use in home gardening and landscaping. For details regarding each specific plant sale or giveaway, please see below:

Date and time: Friday November 3, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: 4398 Pua Loke Street, Līhuʻe, HI 96766
Parking information: Parking lot behind the Department of Agriculture
Example selection of plants: ‘iIima, maile, ʻōhiʻa lehua, wiliwili, ‘akia, naupaka, pohinahina, ‘ūlei, māmaki, kokiʻo keʻo keʻo, and loulu. Two rare native hibiscus species will also be sold: kokiʻo ‘ula (Hibiscus kokiʻo saintjohnianus) and kokiʻo ‘ulaʻula (Hibiscus clayi). Puakenikeni trees will be given away for free.
Payment types to be accepted: Cash only
Contact number: 808-212-4495

Date and time: Friday November 3, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Address: 2135 Makiki Heights Drive, Honolulu, HI 96822
Parking instructions: People are advised to park along the lower roadway and parking area.
Plant pot sizes: 4” – 3 gallon pots
Prices: $4 – $100
Example selection of plants: koki‘o ke‘oke‘o (white hibiscus), maile, pāpala kēpau (Australasian catchbird tree), red ʻōhiʻa lehua, ʻaʻaliʻi, native grasses and sedges, pia, and noni
Payment types to be accepted: Cash or checks, no credit cards
Contact number: 808-973-9778

Date and time: Saturday November 3, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Address: 685 Old Haleakala Highway, Kahului, HI 96732
Plant pot sizes: Small dibbles – 5 gallon pots
Prices: FREE (maximum 5 seedlings per person; any combination of species goes towards 5 count)
Example selection of plants: ʻakia, maile, ʻaʻaliʻi, milo, kou, naupaka, maiapilo
Contact number: 808-873-3980

Date and time: Friday November 3, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Address: 66-1220a Lalamilo Road, Kamuela, HI 96743
Plant pot sizes: Small dibbles – 2 gallon pots
Prices: $1-$11
Example selection of plants: Native, windbreak, timber, and landscape plants
Payment types that will be accepted: Cash only
Contact number: 808-887-6061

Date and time: Friday November 3, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Address:19 E Kawili Street, Hilo, HI 96720
Payment types to be accepted: Cash only
Contact number: 808-430-9096

Our Arbor Day partners will also have plant sales and giveaways across the state; for more information please visit http://www.arbordayhawaii.org.

Please don’t miss out on this opportunity to choose from a wide selection of native plants at a reasonable cost, while supporting the important work DOFAW does in conserving our native forests and unique species, some of which are found nowhere else on earth.

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(Resources: credit DLNR)

Photographs (various DOFAW nursery plant sales):



 HONOLULU – The Real Estate Commission, together with Community Association Institute Hawaii Chapter (CAI) will hold a free “Condorama” event at the Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium on Saturday, November 4, 2017. The event runs from 9:00 am – 11:00 am and will feature three speakers recognized in the condominium community for their expertise in law, property management and insurance.

In collaboration with the Real Estate Commission, the Community Associations Institute of Hawaii provided the speakers for this event and will assist with condominium education outreach for the public.

The event is open to the public and registration is available online at http://www.caihawaii.org. For more information the public can call the Real Estate Branch at 808-586‑2643.


8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration

9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

9:10 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. Do’s & Don’ts of Association Contracts: Lance Fujisaki, Esq. – Partner, Anderson Lahne & Fujisaki

9:40 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. Communication, Meets & Volunteerism: Kanani Kaopua – VP, Hawaiian Properties, Ltd.

10:10 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. Insurance – How Much is Enough: Sue Savio – President, Insurance Associates, Inc.

10:40 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Questions & Answers

10:55 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Evaluations & Adjournment    

Sen. Shimabukuro on 10/23/17 HNN: Leeward bikeway

Upcoming leeward bikeway excites bikers, but plans for west Oahu fall short
By: Jim Mendoza (HawaiiNewsNow)

Oct 23, 2017 06:54 PM

WAIPAHU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The state Department of Transportation’s plans for Phase 1 of the long-awaited Leeward Bikeway calls for the five-mile path to run along the old railroad route to the Hawaiian Railway Society in Kapolei.
It will cost $8.5 million to build.
“The bid is ready to go. We think that they’ll go out to bid early 2018 and then start building it in 2018,” said Chad Taniguchi, executive director of the Hawaii Bicycling League.
Bicycle enthusiasts are happy, but they also want the second phase built from Kapolei to Nanakuli.
For that HDOT said it can only afford to adjust striping on existing roads including busy Farrington Highway.
Waianae Sen. Maile Shimabukuro said her constituents worry about the safety of cyclists who would have to ride alongside traffic.
“That’s a very tight stretch of road. In many parts of it there’s only those four lanes. There’s really not much shoulder on either side. It’s already congested,” she said.
“Sixty percent of the people who bike want something where they know it’s going to be safe,” Taniguchi said. “For that you need an off-road multi-use path.”
The state estimates that would cost about $13 million — money it doesn’t have.
HDOT public information officer Tim Sakahara said the bikeway was broken into two phases for “funding purposes.”
“Due to funding limitations, HDOT is adjusting this concept to improve access within current facilities,” he said.
Sakahara said the re-striped roads would include “minimum five-foot mixed use shoulders” and Phase 2 could be moved up if funding outside the Highway Revenue Fund is provided.
The Leeward Bikeway has been on the state’s to-do list since 1980. It was required by the federal government when it transferred the deed for the rail corridor to the state.
The Hawaii Bicycling League often rides the route Phase 1 will follow.
“A lot of it is already off-road rideable, gravel or dirt. We’re hoping to see a proper paved path similar to the existing Pearl Harbor bike path,” HBL events director Travis Counsell said.
Sakahara said Phase 1 will improve bicycle and pedestrian access.
When it’s finished the path will be multi-use for bike riders, walkers, joggers and skate boarders.
“It’s going to be tremendously well used,” Taniguchi said.
Copyright 2017 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

DCCA: Beware of Fake State Investigators

The State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) released the following press release regarding fake investigators:





October 11, 2017


HONOLULU – The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ Regulated Industries Complaints Office (RICO) is warning the public about at least one individual who posed as a RICO investigator.

The office received information that a letter was sent to a local business asserting a violation and that RICO would be conducting an investigation at that location.  The letter, however, was not sent by an investigator from the RICO office.

Notices from RICO are sent on official letterhead and include contact information for all RICO offices.  Legitimate RICO investigators carry official badges and credentials with their name and organization. Members of the public may request to view the credentials of a RICO investigator to confirm the investigator’s identity. To verify the authenticity of an investigator or a written notice from RICO, the public also may call the RICO office at (808) 587-4272.

The Regulated Industries Complaints Office has opened an investigation into the matter. The impersonation of a public servant is a crime in the State of Hawaii.


The Regulated Industries Complaints Office (“RICO”) is a division of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) and enforces the licensing laws for the various professional boards, commissions and programs that are administratively attached to the Department. RICO receives, investigates and prosecutes complaints about possible licensing law violations.  RICO also receives, investigates, and prosecutes complaints about possible unlicensed activity. In addition to complaints, RICO staff-initiates cases based on tip information, information from law enforcement agencies, information from professional organizations, insurance reporting, media reports and the like. Visit them online at http://cca.hawaii.gov/rico/.

 Media Contact:

William Nhieu
Communications Officer
Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Email: Wnhieu@dcca.hawaii.gov
Phone: (808) 586-7582
Cell: (808) 389-2788

Native Hawaiian Scholarship Aha – 10/18/17 – 5:30pm

The following announcement regarding the Native Hawaiian Scholarship ‘Aha comes from the Kamehameha Schools:

Scholarship Aha


Join us as multiple community groups come together to share information about scholarships available to Native Hawaiian and Wai‘anae Moku college students!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @5:30 p.m.
Community Learning Center – Mā‘ili
87-790 Kulauku Street

Scholarship providers include:

  • Kamehameha Schools
  • Pauahi Foundation
  • Hawai‘i Community Foundation
  • Alu Like
  • University of Hawai‘i
  • Chaminade University
  • Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship
  • Kapi‘olani Community College Lunalilo Scholars
  • Women of Wai‘anae

This FREE event is for anyone interested in financial aid and scholarship information. Students, parents, teachers, counselors — everyone is welcome!
For questions or more information, please call 843-9650 or e-mail clcprograms@ksbe.edu.