Caring for Wai`anae’s Streams; MEETING 9/22/2009

*** UPDATE 9/18/09 ***

Aloha kakou!

You are invited to join us at the next Ka Wai Ola O Wai`anae Moku advisory committee meeting. Pake and Jolyn will be calling you to encourage and confirm your attendance.

Agenda provided below.

Please click HERE for the notes from our August 25 meeting.

A Hui Hou

Leslie Kahihikolo, Project Director
Pacific American Foundation



September 22, 2009

Meeting Location: Wai`anae Satellite City Hall

Time: 6:30- 8:30 pm


Introductions of Guests

CARE Roadmap

Where are we on the roadmap?
Presentation – Land and Air Environmental Issues

Presented by Perry White of Planning Solutions Inc.
Illegal dumping
Active and abandoned landfills
Air quality
Infectious diseases
Group Exercise – Pollutant Impacts to Quality of Life

What are the social and economic impacts to the land and air issues
Preparation for October 24 meeting – risk ranking


Oct 19-23- CARE National Training Workshop in New York (Leslie, Pake, Jolyn)
October 24 – Make A Difference Day in Nānākuli, Ma`ili, and Wai`anae (8:30-11:00 am)
Oct. 27 – Risk ranking of environmental issues
Nov 30 or Dec 2 – Prioritizing environmental issues for action
January 26, 2010 – Review Action Plan and Proposal for CARE Level 2
February 23, 2010 – Review Action Plan and Proposal for CARE Level 2
March 23, 2010 – Ho`olaule`a


From: Leslie Kahihikolo
Date: July 30, 2009 1:41:51 PM HST
Subject: Ka Wai Ola – July 28 Meeting Notes
Aloha Kakou

Please find attached the meeting notes from our July 28 advisory committee meeting.

For anyone who missed the meeting, we do have it available on film.

Also, for those who were unable to attend, I have attached the The CARE Roadmap – 10-Step Plan to Improve Community Environment and Health document. I encourage you all to review it before our next meeting.

Mark your calendars – our next advisory committee meeting is August 25 at 6:30 pm.

Please do not hesitate to call me or one of our community liaisons Pake (258-7253) or Jolyn (864-9269) with any questions.

Leslie Kahihikolo, Project Director
Pacific American Foundation


Kamaile Student Group seeking donations for educational Japan trip

Photo: The Kamaile Academy 2009 May Day Queen & King exiting the stage.

On Jul 26, 2009, at 2:49 PM, Serge Vartanov wrote:

Aloha Ms. Shimabukuro,

I hope this letter finds you well. My name is Serge Vartanov, I’ve been teaching out at Kamaile Public Charter School (…) for just over a year now. I follow (…) your blog, and would like to ask you for help regarding a trip I’m putting on for my students.

This past year, in addition to teaching 5th grade, I had the opportunity to teach the newly created 7th grade class at Kamaile a course on Japanese Language and Culture.

My 24 students took the language immediately and learned the equivalent of well over a year of high school Japanese despite not yet being in high school.

Despite the challenges of the Wai’anae education system, these kids are showing a true passion for learning and I personally feel that the biggest impact I can make on their lives is to give them first-hand exposure to the language and culture – thus, several months ago I laid the foundation for a two-week educational trip to Japan in the summer of 2010.

Having worked in Wai’anae, I’m sure you’re already familiar with the local income levels and have already guessed that all funds have to be raised by myself and [the students].

My students have been superstars running a class store and putting on events, and I’ve invested almost $2k of my own funds and applied for grants and corporate sponsorship – still, the best way to raise funds is to pursue small independent donations and community support.

Ms. Shimabukuro, I’m asking if there is any way for you to help me get the word out to the rest of the Wai’anae community to help us fund this trip. Anybody who is interested can help my students by making a small donation directly to the school (with a note stating the purpose of the donation), or a more convenient donation online.

I’ve allied myself with a 501.3c non-profit so donations are absolutely tax-deductible and can be easily made at in increments of $25 to $1000. Any person who gives will get monthly updates on our preparation for the trip and a reminder to put their donation on their tax forms in January.

Like many Wai’anae kids, most of the kids I teach have never left this island or even been taken to Honolulu (until they met me, I have taken them on plenty of field trips). Travel can be a life-changing experience and getting them off the island would make a tremendous impact on the trajectory of their lives, helping guide them towards finishing school and pursuing higher ed. I wouldn’t ask for your support if I didn’t urgently need it, and I really look forward to hearing back from you.

Mahalo Nui Loa!

Serge Vartanov
Teach for America ~ Hawai’i
UC Berkeley Class of ’08


Mailiili Stream Clearance & Restoration

On Jul 30, 2009, at 12:17 PM, Kyle Kajihiro wrote:

Updated at 11:28 a.m., Thursday, July 30, 2009

EPA orders city to clear illegal fill from Mailiili Stream and restore stream bed

Advertiser Staff

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said today that it has ordered the city to remove illegal fill from Mailiili Stream in Maili and to restore the stream bed and banks.

The EPA said the city will be required to:
– Halt further placement of material into the stream.
– Submit a plan to remove the material and restore the stream within 60 days.
– Submit a final report to the EPA when the work is done.

In June, inspectors from the state Hawaii Department of Health inspected the stream after it received a complaint that the city had used equipment to place concrete and other material in the bed and bank of the stream.

Inspectors found the material and work reports that confirmed the city had placed it in the stream between February 2008 and May 2009.

On June 18, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a notice of unauthorized activity notifying the city of alleged violations for placing concrete slabs and other fill in the steam.

The city had filled an area of about 1.08 acres in Mailiili Stream. Along the stream’s north and south banks, the fill was about eight yards wide for a distance of about 175 yards. Fill extended across the entire 33-yard channel width for the uppermost 70 yards of the stream.

The Clean Water Act prohibits the placement of dredged or fill materials into wetlands, rivers, streams and other waters of the United States without a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.