Maile Goes "Over the Edge" for Special Olympics HI!

Rep. Shimabukuro has volunteered to rappel down 40+ stories of the Sheraton Waikiki building to raise funds for Special Olympics HI.

If she can raise at least $1000, she will do the rappelling on 11/13/09.

To donate to this good cause, go to: , OR

— visit the Special Olympics Hawaii website,
— follow the Over the Edge link
— click “online fundraising page here,”
— and on the right you can either type in “Maile Shimabukuro,”
— or hit the “view all fundraising pages,” and then go to page 6.

For more information, you may also contact Lanny or Marianne Busher at

Bradah Mel’s Canoe Surfing and Stand-Up Surfing Championships

Steinlager, Quiksilver and Jamba Juice

presents the 5th annual
Bradah Mel’s Canoe Surfing and Stand-Up Surfing Championships

at Makaha Beach

a Memorial for the late Leighton Look

My name is Bradah Mel Puu. I’m Surfer, Canoe Paddler, and a Lifeguard for the City & County of Honolulu since 1982. For the past four years I have held a surfing event at Makaha Beach as a fundraiser for a friend of mine Mr. Leighton Look, who was paralyzed in a diving accident. Sadly he passed away on September 25th 2008. It has now turned in to a memorial event for Leighton, and it is my hope to keep his legacy and his kind nature alive in our hearts and minds.

This year the proceeds raised, will be given to two of Hawaii’s Olympic hopefull’s, Patrick and Ryan Dolan. Patrick has been on the U.S. Olympic Kayak team for a few years now and this year younger brother is there with him. There goal is to do well in the single and two person kayak event at the nationals as well as over-sea’s and reach the 2012 Olympics. With the Olympic funding cut-off this year, Patrick and Ryan along with their mom Ane has too do the fundraising on there own, and it hasn’t been easy. The event attracts the best paddlers and surfers from Tahiti, Brazil, France, as well as the U.S. and Hawaii. It has two divisions, Canoe Surfing and Stand-Up Surfing. If you have ever seen Canoe Surfing before then you know that it’s one of the most exciting water sport ever. And Stand-Up Surfing or SUP is the fastest growing art of surfing since boogie boards!

I understand that times are tight and it is hard to give alot so, we are asking for any type of donations possible. We will be holding a Raffle drawing at the event so a t-shirt, a pair of shorts, a boogie board, surf board, or what ever you can give would be greatly apprieciated. But the goal is to raise money for the boys to get to there competition, then to the 2012 Olympics. I thank you so much for spending the time to read my letter and hope that you can join us at Makaha for this years event.
Mahalo Nui Loa,
Bradah Mel Puu
P. O. Box 1006 Waianae, HI 96792
ph.# 808-478-9086
Contest dates: December 5th & 6th 2009
Alternate dates: December 12th & 13th 2009
Check’s payable to: Makaha Canoe Club

Nani `O Wai`anae 2009-2010 Calendar

Nani ‘O Wai’anae Calendar

*Times and Dates are subject to change.
November 7, 2009 Sat. Litter Free Veterans Day Parade – Nanakuli
November 28, 2009 Sat. Litter Free Christmas Parade
December 12, 2009 Sat. Wai’anae Coast Adopt-A-Highway
January 16, 2010, Sat. Ma’ili Point Clean-up and Planting
February 13, 2010 Sat. Wai’anae Stream Clean-up
March 2010 – May 2010 The Great American Clean-up
June 12, 2010 Sat. “Litter Bugs Me!” Clean-up
June 29 – July 7, 2010 National Beach Clean Up Week

For more information, contact Leslie Young,

Please see below for background information about Nani `O Wai`anae. Mahalo nui loa to Katy Kok for starting Nani O Wai`anae’s legacy.

1947-2008 Katy Kok’s Wai’anae focus put litter cleanup on radar

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Don’t let the flu catch you!

Flu season is already underway. It’s imperative that we have access to information at all times and remind family, friends and neighbors of what they can do to prevent the flu. Remember, prevention is the best offense, so take precautions, stay informed and do what you can to keep our community and ‘ohana healthy.

The flu is a the respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. It is not the common cold. Unlike the cold, the flu can cause severe illness and possibly life-threatening complications. The flu can weaken the immune system, leaving it vulnerable to more serious and dangerous infection.

The flu changes and adapts rapidly by genetically mutating according to the environment and the carrier. That is why the flu vaccine is updated annually to meet genetic changes or modification made to the virus. The most recognizable symptom of any type of flu is the presence of a fever.

The flu is a seasonal illness which peaks around November and continues through May. It is a highly transferable by touch and other kinds of contact such as coughing, sneezing, and even talking. The seasonal flu kills 30 – 40,000 people each year. Antibiotics do not cure the flu. Antiviral medicines (available from your doctor or health clinic) can lessen flu symptoms. Flu symptoms include fever and any of the following: coughing, sneezing, vomiting, diarrhea, runny nose, congestion and/or chills.

If you think that you may have the flu, you should not go to work or school. Stay home and contact your medical care provider who will direct you accordingly. Wash your hands frequently and cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue to help prevent the spread of the virus. Don’t forget to get yourself and your family vaccinated.

Seasonal flu vs. H1N1 flu virus

Who is impacted?
Symptoms of the two viruses are very similar, but the risk groups are not. Unlike the seasonal flu, the novel H1N1 flu has been infecting a higher rate of pregnant women, young children, and those between the ages of 6 months and 24 years. The infection rate is the lowest in people 65 years and older.

How many vaccinations?
Because the seasonal flu vaccine is unlikely to provide protection against 2009 H1N1 influenza, a 2009 H1N1 vaccine has been in production and is now available to first responders. The vaccine is expected to be available to the rest of the public in November. The 2009 H1N1 flu shot is intended to be used alongside the seasonal flu vaccine; it is NOT a replacement. Like the seasonal flu vaccine, getting an H1N1 vaccine is recommended, especially for target groups, but it is not mandatory.

You can get your seasonal flu shots from your medical care provider or at a number of flu shot community clinics offered by the State Department of Health in partnership with venue locations, HMSA and HMA. Go to to find a location near you. For the H1N1 vaccine, visit for more information.

8 tips to beat the bug:

1.) Get vaccinated
2.) Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
3.) Wash your hands often
4.) Use hand-sanitizing gels
5.) Clean hard surfaces with soap and water
6.) Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
7.) Stay home if you’re sick
8.) Stay HEALTHY! Get regular checkups, eat well and exercise daily

*Based on information from the Hawaii Department of Health ( and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention ( **Compiled by the Hawaii State Legislature.

Makaha Bridge Work

We have received a few calls regarding the current bridge work as well as the lane closures that have occurred as a result. Foremost is the concern that the lane closures are 24 hrs even when no work is being done.

The State Department of Transportation stated that the length of the closure should be approx. 2 weeks long (not 1 year as some people may have heard from unnamed sources).

When asked why no one is guiding traffic in the area when no work is being done, we are told that budget cuts as well as a RELATIVELY light traffic flow in the area led to the decision to not have traffic guidance during non-roadwork hours. We are told that on the weekends when there is an increase in traffic due to beachgoers, they plan to have someone flagging/directing traffic to assist.

We hope that the 2 week window is all it takes to get the work done and things back to normal on that roadway. If you have additional concerns, please email me at

Yoga Classes

Geraldine “Louise” Tremblay

Take a few hours for yourself to take back your breath, release stress, lose weight and regenerate your body.

I have been practicing yoga for more than 25 years. I am certified in “Integrative Yoga Therapy” and have been teaching for several years. Join me at the Won Buddhist International Training Center, 84-551 Makaha Valley Rd, in Waianae.

Saturday: 8.30-9.30 am Donations to the Buddhist Temple
Monday: 7.00 -8.30 pm $10.00 drop in class or Five classes for $40.00 (ongoing classes)

`Ai Pohaku and Cross-Age Tutoring Yard Sale a Resounding Success!

Karen Young, Vince Kana`i Dodge, Heather Robertson, Carmen Enriques, and Summer Miles worked hard to make the `Ai Pohaku and Cross-Age Tutoring Yard Sale a Success!

The Sept. 19-20, 2009 yard sale to benefit the `Ai Pohaku Workshop and Cross-Age Tutoring Program was a huge success. Approximately $1400 was raised to benefit these very worthy programs, which work with students at Wai`anae Intermediate School.

Mahalo nui loa to the following people who volunteered and/or donated items to the yard sale:

Kiane Aila & Ohana
Earl Akama
Cathie Alana
Yvonne Angut & Ohana
Barbara Bradbury
Kermit Brown
Georgia Campbell
Alyce, Fred, & Vince Dodge
Jessica Ear & Friends
Mamo & Dennis Fortna
Luz & Anna Lovinavia
Christine Johnson
Ronie Low
Manny & Summer Miles
Miles Ohana
Malia Morales
Chico Rivera
Maile Shimabukuro
Dorothy Yamashige
Karen Young
Shelly Zamborelli

Wai`anae Intermediate School Volunteers/Donors:
Raechelle Fabrao – principal
Paul Cole – english teacher
Joe Demarco – english teacher
Carmen Enriques & Ohana – teacher
Terry Fuller – science teacher
Joanne Hee – health
Luanne Higuchi – media teacher
Mr. Rivers – math teacher
Heather Robertson & Ohana/Friends – teacher
Justin Szmotas – science teacher

All the Glenmonger Street neighborhood kids that came and spent their last dime. 🙂

All other volunteers, donors, customers, and supporters. Please send us names of others we need to add.

We could not have done it without you!!