Parents for Righteousness Conference July 18; Rep. Shimabukuro to Speak


Parents for Righteousness, a support group for families affected by Child Protective Services, will hold the 2nd day of its annual conference on Saturday, July 18.

The event features a variety of activities, including a presentation by Rep. Maile Shimabukuro, who will speak about child welfare legislation, from 10 to 11am.

The conference will take place at Waianae High School, in the Career and Counseling Room (see the attached map).

For more information about the conference, or Parents for Righteousness, contact:

Ivan K Kapaona
Public Relations Officer / Family Advocate Officer
Parents for Righteousness, Inc
(808) 697-8384
ParentsForRighteousness.org

* Need help? Don’t Delay, come and visit us every Saturday at 12:30pm over at the Waianae Neighborhood Community Center Conference Room

Waianae Community Forum on Environmental Justice

NOTE: the following information is from Lucy Gay and Kyle Kajihiro (contact info below). Rep. Shimabukuro will be attending this forum especially to listen to the youth presetations.

Why is everyone dumping their ‘öpala on Wai’anae?

What is being done to address these problems?

What can we do as a community?

Please come to our Community Forum on Environmental Justice

Friday July 17th, 2009

Wai’anae Library (85625 Farrington Highway)

6 to 8 p.m.

Ka Makani Kaiäulu o Wai’anae will be sharing and discussing their findings with the
community.

This forum is sponsored by: Ka Makani Kaiäulu o Wai’anae & The Wai’anae Environmental

Justice Working Group.

For more information contact: Lucy Gay (808) 696-6378 or Kyle Kajihiro (808) 542-3668

Jobs with Pelekane Bay Watershed Restoration Project (Hawaii Island)

Thanks to Maralyn Kurshals for the following information!

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July 10, 2009
Jobs with Pelekane Bay Watershed Restoration Project (Hawaii Island)

We are hiring a team to implement restoration of the mauka watershed of Pelekane Bay. All jobs are short-term (18 mos.), full-time with benefits. We are seeking dependable, hard-working individuals who learn quickly, enjoy working daily in outdoor Hawai’i, are self-sufficient in harsh conditions, and are strong team members. The KWP field crew does physically demanding work that requires a committed effort and high level of motivation. We are seeking candidates for:
Fencing Crew (5 positions and crew leader)
Restoration Crew (5 positions and crew leader)
Field Technicians (2)
Administrative/Outreach Assistant (1)

Resumes/applications should be turned in by 7/20/09, and work begins on 8/1/09. For more information, job descriptions and application information, please contact Melora Purell, Coordinator, at 333-0976, by email: coordinator@kohalawatershed.org, visit The Kohala Center office, 65-1291a Kawaihae Rd, Kamuela, or visit the Kohala Watershed Partnership website: http://www.hawp.org/kohala.asp

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Illegal landfill yields clues

Posted on: Sunday, July 12, 2009 FROM HONOLULUADVERTISER.COM

Illegal landfill yields clues
Years-old dump in Wai’anae filled with hazardous waste

By Will Hoover
Advertiser Wai’anae Coast Writer

The state Department of Health is trying unravel the mystery of who’s behind a large illegal landfill in a remote region in Wai’anae. For years, the site has been the end point of hundreds of tons of buried hazardous waste materials, officials suspect.

On Thursday, the state got an assist from a group of educators, students and
residents who inspected the dump site on their own and uncovered documents that could lead to those who’ve been getting rid of commercial waste on the sly.

One member of the group phoned in a complaint from the scene. But it wasn’t the first time state officials had heard complaints about the landfill.

Steven Chang, chief of the Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch for the DOH, said the materials appear to be construction demolition debris dumped illegally on Department of Hawaiian Home Lands property.

He said his branch had previously sent letters to DHHL alerting them to the situation.

“We are going to be meeting with Hawaiian Home Lands people next week at the site, probably, to take a look at what’s going on,” Chang said. “Apparently, this has been going on a long time.”

Chang said investigators would be trying to determine who’s responsible. He said the massive amount of waste dwarfs the state’s definition for illegal dumping which is anything more than one cubic yard.

The previously secret landfill is on the north side of of Highway 782 about a quarter of a mile east of where it intersects Wai’anae Valley Road. Access to the dirt road leading to the dump site is blocked by a pipe fence latched with a combination paddle lock and a “No Trespassing” sign.

Carroll Cox, an environmental activist and president of EnviroWatch Inc., was with the group that inspected and photographed the landfill on Thursday.

He described the site as a years-old “active landfill” about two acres in size and filled with “hundreds and hundreds of tons of hazardous solid waste and potentially toxic materials” dumped inside a gated and locked setting.

The materials include concrete blocks, old painted wood, asphalt, rebar, cast iron, hollow tile bricks, roofing materials and green matter. While much of the debris is covered with dirt, several recent mountains of rubble also decorate the canyon landscape.

“What’s happened is that they buried the stuff and spread the dirt over it,” Cox said. “You can see where they’ve graded this. I mean, whoever’s doing this is
pretty bold. They are going in there with heavy equipment after they’ve dumped, and then bury it smash it down and spread it out and put dirt on it.”

Lucy Gay, director of Continuing Education & Training at Leeward Community College in Wai’anae, learned about the landfill from a colleague who hiked the isolated area over the July Fourth weekend and stumbled across huge debris piles.

Gay and area Hawaiian activist Alice Greenwood investigated the site on their own and contacted Cox. The three returned on Thursday, along with the students.

“We want to know who are the guys who are dumping all this stuff on the land,” Gay said. “This is a big dump.”

Gay, Greenwood and Cox uncovered documents among the materials that they think will help investigators locate the trash haulers.

“This is one of those difficult-to-find dumps that the Wai’anae Coast has been plagued with for years,” Cox said. “Every canyon has played host to illegal dumping of this type. But this is one of the most clandestine examples I’ve ever seen.”

Reach Will Hoover at whoover@honoluluadvertiser.com.