Help Promote WCCHC’s Dining Pavilion…

Hello all my dear friends, family, community people & beyond!

We need your kokua! On Friday, Nov. 20, 2009 from 8:30am to 2pm. Ka’aha’aina Cafe, located at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Centers Dining Pavillion, will be having Waianae High School’s Searider Productions students shooting a video to help the restaurant promote their onolicious food, great atmosphere & economical prices. Chef Mark Ka’aha’aina was trained at Ihilani Hotel and he is the son of Terry Ka’aha’aina, class of ’67.

We need all of you and your friends and family to come up and patronize the cafe and possibly be interviewed by the students of Searider Productions.

The food is healthy & great and the prices are reasonable so please pass this on and come and support this cause. This place is Waianae’s best kept secret! Don Hutton made a great video and Searider Productions will expand on it. Aloha & have a great week! Lily

Lily Cabinatan USW9893657
87-230 Kulaaupuni Street
Waianae, HI 96792

phone: 808-697-8769
cell: 808-372-5952

Waianae Land Trust Applies for Clean Water & Natural Lands Grant

NOTE: the site visit description is for a different group seeking City funds, not the Waianae Land Trust.

Kudos to Shelly Freitas and Louella Kohler of the Waianae Land Trust, who recently applied for a grant from the City’s Clean Water & Natural Lands fund to create educational programs based on the ahupua`a model on the Wai`anae Coast. Good luck on achieving this excellent goal! For information about this program, visit: Here is some information from the City regarding the project:

Site Visits of
The Clean Water and Natural Lands Commission
October 26, 2009
Commission Members: Kevin Chang, Dr. Hans Krock, Dr. Benton Kealii Pang
Others: Teri Wright (OHA intern for Kevin Chang)

12:00 pm – Siobahn Corp. Wai‘anae Valley parcel

Commissioners met with Leah Caldwell, applicant and Nancy Yamachi, real estate
agent for the property owner. The property is approximately 100 yards from the
Wai‘anae convenience center, a drop off area for refuse and recycling for the residents and borders the old Mountain View Dairy property.

The property is also bordered by a stream that has been channelized by the City and County since the 1950’s. Dr. Krock believes that the stream would have flooded the property prior to the earthen berm and cement channelization. Ms. Caldwell (no relation to Kirk Caldwell) took us to the central 2 portion of the parcel which, according to Dr. Pang, has all the indications of being a wetland (wet soils, and California grass).

A majority of the vegetation is kiawe trees, koa haole shrubs, and buffle grass. There was no indication of native plant species in the area as indicated in the proposal, and Ms. Caldwell apologized for the misidentifications of those plants. The vegetation is not any different from 90% of the vegetation in Wai‘anae Valley. Four endangered Hawaiian stilts were observed in the channelized stream adjacent to the property.

The parcel is next to an agricultural farm and bordered by three elephone/electrical poles.

Ms. Caldwell has plans to plant Neem, a medicinal tree from India, in the area and keep the non-native forest intact. She plans to get assistance from the University of Hawai‘i for growing Neem (eg., College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources) and community outreach (eg., Center for Hawaiian Studies). Ms. Caldwell is a Physics student at the University of Hawai‘i and sees this area as vitally important to the education of Neem for Hawai‘i. She has not yet made contact with community members in the Wai‘anae community, but Dr. Pang offered to put her in contact with Dr. Bruce Koebele of Ka‘ala Farms, Inc. who is currently restoring a dry forest in the back of Wai‘anae Valley.

She planned to do more outreach if she received financial support for the project and is currently running the project by herself.

At the upcoming public meeting, Ms. Caldwell was told to provide more information to
the commission on any historic properties or burials on the property- she indicated a
possible burial on the property, information on environmental contaminants on the
property, and community support from residents in Wai‘anae.

Wai’anae `Olelo – High Risk for Closure!

Aloha mai,

The future of Wai’anae Olelo Community Media Center is at-risk of being closed depending on the decisions made by the DCCA Director Lawrence Reifurth regarding the future support for Olelo Community PEG Media.

Over the past ten years the Wai’anae Olelo Media Center has responded well to the needs of the community with being the first center to work with students from elementary through high school, along with providing training and services to many groups, families and individuals who may not have had access media before Olelo.

The Wai’anae Olelo Media Center has flourished over the years and has gained local and national recognition as a model Community Media Center. Closure of the Wai’anae Olelo CMC and all its’ community building efforts would hinder future development of Media and Communications Technology for the Wai’anae coast communities.

We ask for your support with contacting Director Reifurth, to express concerns of the potential harm his decision can have on the Wai’anae Olelo Community Media Center. Mahalo for the continued support for the people of the Wai’anae coast. Please pass this email along to others in our community.

Me Kealoha Pumehana,

Kawika Naho’opi’i, Manager
Sharlette Poe, CMRC
Jimbo Taylor, CMRC
Interns & Students


Friday, October 9, 2009
Olelo seeks funding, could close 3 Hawaii centers
Pacific Business News (Honolulu) – by Nanea Kalani Pacific Business News

Olelo President Kealii Lopez says funding is not keeping pace with increased demand and interest.

The nonprofit that manages and operates public-access TV channels for Oahu says it has been operating in the red for the past five years and may lay off nine employees and close three community media centers to further cut costs.

Olelo Community Media is seeking additional funding through Oceanic Time Warner Cable, which pays a so-called franchise fee to the state.

While federal law requires cable operators to subsidize public-access TV, the state has local authority to regulate Oceanic and determines the fees paid to Olelo and other public-access organizations. The fee is set at 3 percent of Oceanic’s revenue from cable operations.

Oceanic’s current 20-year franchise agreement ends in December and a new contract is being negotiated with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

Honolulu-based Olelo says it hopes the state will consider either increasing the amount that Olelo receives from franchise fees or lifting a cap that the state imposed in 2000 that has cut Olelo’s funding in half over the last five years.
This year, Olelo is receiving $3.4 million in franchise fees, which President Kealii Lopez said represents about 80 percent of the nonprofit’s budget.

“We’re not saying poor Olelo, we know we’re not unlike any other business out there that’s suffering,” said Lopez, noting that the organization has reduced hours at its media centers, implemented a hiring freeze and decreased employee benefits. “The frustrating part is that we are trying to meet increasing demand and interest and there are funds that are available that can be released to help offset our efforts to serve the community.”

Lopez said Olelo used money in its reserves to pay for the opening of two new community media centers last year, adding to the six already in operation on Oahu.
She said demand has grown from its use of a half channel in 1990 to capacity on six channels, with educational programming filling most of two channels, and city and government activities on three others. Original, local programming aired for a total of 5,639 hours last year.

The DCCA placed a formula-based cap on Olelo’s funding in 2000 with the aim of helping pay for a statewide telecommunications network to connect state agencies. The state began collecting funds within Olelo’s designated 3-percent payment from Oceanic, but did not impose a cap on the Neighbor Island public-access stations.
Lopez says the DCCA has collected $5 million to date, including $1.7 million this year.

Olelo wants to use additional funding to be able to provide such services as video teleconferencing, live cablecasting, interisland connectivity, video-on-demand and eventually move to high-definition capacity.

Oceanic President Nate Smith said the cap on Olelo’s funding “is a DCCA issue” and declined to reveal details of the franchise agreement being negotiated with the state.

“But I will say that a 3-percent allocation for PEG (public, educational and governmental access) is a 20-year-old mind-set,” he said.

Smith said that he has seen a decrease in usage numbers on Olelo’s channels, which he attributes to heavier usage of the Internet for broadcasting videos.

Hale Wai Vista Opening Soon: How to Apply

The contact person for the new Hale Wai Vista (HWV) affordable housing project located behind Wai`anae City Mill is Jim Gesser, the future HWV resident manager. HWV is a project of the Hawaii Housing Development Corporation, a private non-profit. Funding was provided by the state via the Hawaii Housing and Finance Development Corporation (HHFDC), and other sources. Prudential Locations, LLC, is handling HWV applications. For information regarding how to apply, and other questions, call Mr. Gesser at 738-3110.