WCCHC’s Smoking Cessation & Youth Health Corps Visits Capitol

Wai`anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center (WCCHC)’s smoking cessation and Youth Health Corps staff visited Maile at the Capitol. L-R: Lorna Souza, Christy Inda, Maile & Summer Pakele. [click on the photo for a larger view].

WCCHC has a smoking cessation program for anyone interested in quitting the habit, whether you are insured or not. For more information, call 696-1511.
WCCHC also has a Youth Health Corps-TeenBEAT program for Wai`anae students grades 8-12. The program features college preparation, career shadowing, participation in community events, and other skill-building activities. For more information, call 697-3573.

Volunteer Community Work Project at Mohala Farms

Information from: Mark Hamamoto (mh2moto@yahoo.com)

Mark Hamamoto worked at Hoa Aina O Makaha, aka Makaha Farm, for several years, and also authored a book about the farm.

Hale Halawai
Volunteer Community Work Project
At Mohala Farms in Wai`alua
Saturday, February 6th: 8 am – 6 pm
Sunday, February 7th: 8 am – noon (if necessary)

Phase 1: Rock wall construction

Please join us in building the ‘dry stack’ rock wall for Hale Halawai.
Ready is the aina, the pohaku, the kumu & the kako’o – we now need YOU!

Hale Halawai is being built as a gathering place:
• to strengthen our connection to the ‘aina
• to celebrate the life-giving nourishment of the land, and
• to support healthy, thriving & self-sufficient local communities in Hawaii

Come participate in this ancient and unique style of traditional Hawaiian construction, led by Master builder Francis “Palani” Sinenci of Hana, Maui. Food and refreshments for the day will be provided. Overnight camping is available both Friday and Saturday nights. Please RSVP to Mark Hamamoto at 478-8469 if you are planning to come, or for more information.

MOHALA FARMS is a 6-acre non-profit farm in Wai’alua seeking to foster healthy local communities in Hawaii through sustainable agriculture, lifelong education and cultural and creative arts. We were formed in 2006 and are now organically certified and providing healthy produce to a growing number of individuals, families, stores and restaurants around O’ahu.

A he nui ka i’ini e ho’ohui i na kamahele like’ole
I ho’okipa i’aai i kai hiki mai i ka moku hanai o Mailikukai
(And great is the desire to gather together travelers from diverse and distant places that those who have arrived are welcomed to the generous district of Mailikukahi)

For more information and directions, contact Mark Hamamoto at mh2moto@yahoo.com or 478-8469

Waianae District Court relocating.

The Waianae District Court will be relocating from Nanakuli to the Kapolei Court Complex as of March 22, 2010.

Civil cases will be heard in Courtroom 1A on Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m.

For more information, click HERE or go to this link:

http://www.courts.state.hi.us/news_and_reports/press_releases/2010/01/rural_civil_case_schedule.html

2010 Opening Day – Hawaii State Legislature


On the Opening Day of the Legislature, 1/20/10, students from the Wai`anae `Olelo program came to interview Maile and other legislators. The students posed with Maile in her office in front of a painting by Makaha-born artist Solomon Enos. L-R: Kawai Carlos-Keliikipi, Marina Nieto-Lopes, Rep. Maile Shimabukuro, Adina Troche, Mahea Nieto-Lopes, and Kevin Pu`u. [Click on the photo for a larger view]

"Girls Who Surf" Visits the Capitol


Maile was visited by “Girls Who Surf” employees, who were visiting the Capitol with the Chamber of Commerce on 1/21/10. L-R: Maile, Cherry, and Miku Uemura. Miku Uemura is a professional surfer from Makaha. [Click on the images for larger views]

Girls Who Surf provides surf lessons and a variety of other surf-related services. For more information, click HERE or visit:

http://www.girlswhosurf.com

Hawaii Safe Routes Hui hiring network partners

From: Laura Dierenfield

…Hawaii was selected to be part of an exciting new 20-state Safe Routes to School collaborative funded by the CDC, Kaiser and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation…We have formed a network called the Hawaii Safe Routes to School Hui (http://www.hawaiisaferouteshui.org/) and our mission is to make it possible for more keiki walk and bike safety to school. Many of us may have remember doing that once upon a time but many of our kids don’t enjoy this most basic of rights – to be able to walk or bike safely in their own neighborhood.

The Hui will develop a plan over the next few months, drawing on the talents of educators, law enforcement, public safety professionals, developers, engineers, business leaders, planners and students. Besides making the neighborhood safe for kids, Safe Routes to School helps to reduce reliance on cars, helps friends and neighbors connect face to face, and improves safety for all road users. We warmly welcome you and your organization to join us! It’s going to be fun! Our first Hawaii State Network call will be on Tuesday the 26th at 1:30pm. I can send you call-in info and the agenda if you are interested. Mahalo in advance for sharing with other folks in your organization or others you work with.

Also, we’re hiring! It feels so good to be able to do this and humbling to get so many great applicants. We’re looking for a Safe Routes to School Coordinator for East/North Hawaii Island. If you are interested or know of anyone, please have them check out the job posting at http://www.pathhawaii.org/

MANA: Movement for Aloha No ka Aina

MEMBERSHIP MEETING FEB. 6 @ LEEWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

MANA: Movement for Aloha No ka Aina

is meeting on February 6, 2010, at Leeward Community
College in Wai‘awa.

The purpose of the meeting is to set a strategic plan for
2010, establish a governance and decision-making
structure, and to review our platform.

MANA is a grassroots party dedicated to building power
for independence and social change. MANA’s platform
supports independence, malama ‘aina, demilitarization,
health, culture, popular education, economic
independence, diversity, and inclusion.

New members are welcome.

What: Meeting

When: Feb. 6 2010

Where: Leeward Community College
Cafeteria

Time: 9:00 am: Light breakfast

9:30 am -4 pm: Meeting
Food will be provided.

Please RSVP to rsvp@manainfo.com to
establish a headcount.

Uncle Eddie Ka`anana Tribute: Ku`i Kalo at Capitol on 1/25/10

On Monday, January 25, 2010, Friends of Uncle Eddie Ka`anana and Rep. Maile Shimabukuro are co-sponsoring a tribute to a beloved kupuna (Hawaiian elder), Eddie Ka`anana. Ka`anana passed away in July 2006.

Ka`anana hailed from Miloli`i, a fishing village in South Hawai`i Island, and dedicated the last 25 years of his life to passing on the traditional Hawaiian practices that he was raised with. In particular, Ka`anana taught others to speak Hawaiian, malama aina (care for the land), and ku`i kalo(make poi). Ka`anana became an “uncle” to hundreds, if not thousands, of young people, through his volunteer work at Ka`ala Farm, Anuenue Hawaiian language immersion school, Kapapa Lo`i `O Kanewai at UH-Manoa, and other venues.

“In memory and celebration of uncle Eddie Ka`anana we invite all whom he touched to join together on his birthday to clean andku`i kalo (make poi) at the State Capital Rotunda,” said Rep. Maile Shimabukuro, one of the event co-sponsors.

“To gather and ku`i (pound taro) is a simple demonstration of our connection with and love of Haloa, our culture, real food and our love for uncle. It will send a message to our lawmakers that we are here again. Kaipo`i and I `see’ that uncle will be smiling to see us together at the capitol,” said Vince Kana`i Dodge, one of the organizers.

Many in the group support the ban on genetic modification of kalo (taro), the plant which Hawaiians believe is their ancestor, Haloa.

Date: January 25, 2010

Time: 3-7pm

Place: Rotunda, State Capitol (courtyard on ground level, site of previous “Haloa Jam”)

What to bring: ku`i mea, cooked kalo (taro), i`a(fish), la`i (ti leaf) for wrapping pa`i`ai (concentrated poi), awa, kanikapila (musical instruments and song)

We will provide some cooked kalo and i`a malo`o (dried fish), bring extra ku`i and cleaning mea

Kokua (help) needed with: setup, cleanup, cookingkalo, organizing the presentation of Ku Kahakalau’s DVD “na kupuna”, getting footage of uncle’s last public appearance and sharing (Bachman Hall Haloa Rally), inviting na kanaka i aloha nui o anakala

Contact:

Kaipo`i Kellings, 722-8175

Vince Kana`i Dodge, 478-6492, aipohaku@hotmail.com

Rep. Maile Shimabukuro, maileshimabukuro@yahoo.com




Wai`anae Environmental Justice Working Group Update

Subject: EJ Working Group Meeting MINUTES

CALENDAR:

Next Meeting of the Waianae EJ Working Group Friday Feb. 12 at 5:30 PM at the Waianae Campus of Leeward Community College (LCC).

Makahiki Closing Celebration at Makua Valley Saturday Feb. 20th 10 AM — Everyone is invited. Please RSVP to Dr. Dodge so your name can go on the Army’s list for access.

EJ Bus Tour: Focus on the Cultural Significance of Waianae Saturday Feb. 27th, 8 AM. Meet at LCC-Waianae Campus parking lot. Watch for updates on details of this culture-focus excursion led by none other than Walterbea Aldeguer!

EJ Bus Tour: Focus on “Keep Waianae Country” Saturday March 20th, 8 AM. Watch for details on meeting location and tour schedule.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

…Public Meeting on PVT’s Permit Renewal. PVT — the construction and demolition landfill directly behind the Coral Sands subdivision in Lualualei — is up for another five-year permit renewal. They have offered to hold a public meeting in conjunction with the Nanakuli-Maili Neighborhood Board. We don’t know when that meeting will be held, but we’ll try to find out and let everyone as soon as can. It’s not clear what to expect from this meeting, but it is good to know it is happening and be prepared.

Source:
Marti Townsend
Program Director

KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance
http://www.kahea.org
http://blog.kahea.org
phone/fax: 877-585-2432 (toll-free)
Mail:
P.O. Box 37368
Honolulu, HI 96837

E ho`omalu kakou i ka pono, ke `ano o ka nohona a me ka `aina mai na kupuna mai
Protecting Native Hawaiian Traditional and Customary Rights and Our Fragile Environment

Donations for Verna & Hailama Landford-Bright

Lumber and tarps are needed to help Verna & Hailama Landford-Bright, whose house burned down last week.

Donations may be dropped off at their house, or at Wai`anae Business Center, located behind Cathay Inn Chop Suey.
For more information, call Joseph Lapilio, III of the Wai`anae Business Center, at 696-1217.

Legislature 101 Workshop January 28, 6-8pm, @ State Capitol

Kanu Hawaii and Common Cause are putting on a “Legislature 101” workshop, Jan 28th, 6-8pm. The workshop will start with a presentation by the State Capitol’s “Public Access Room,” and be followed by a panel including Sen. Les Ihara, Jeff Mikulina of the Blue Planet Foundation, Kapua Sproat of the UH Native Hawaiian Law Center, and Rep. Maile Shimabukuro.


The workshop will take place at the State Capitol. The room is currently being confirmed (an update will be sent out ASAP).

For more information, contact:

James T. Koshiba
Executive Director
Kanu Hawaii
james@kanuhawaii.org
fax. 808.356.8198

State Clears ‘Opala Along Makaha Road & Ma`ili Point on 1/16/10

Update: On 1/16/10, in conjunction with the pathway clean-up organized by Women of Wai`anae, AlohaCare, Nani `O Wai`anae, Rep. Maile Shimabukuro, and others, the State Department of Transportation (DOT) cleared the trash piles past Kea`au Beach along Farrington Highway, and near Kaukama Road at Ma`ili Point (“Guardrails”). `Olelo video footage is forthcoming. In the meantime, mahalo nui loa to Pat Coffmin and his Leeward DOT Highway Crew for an excellent job addressing this critical problem. Background information is below.


HPD Major Michael Moses, pictured at the December 2009 “Live & Let Live” opening ceremony, is working hard to try to find solutions to the trash pile problem along the highway past Kea`au Beach.

Here is an update on the issue:

— On Tue, 1/12/10, Moses, Michael K. S. wrote:

Subject: Re: Question Re: ‘Opala piling up along Makaha road
To: maileshimabukuro@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 6:00 AM

Rep. Shimabukuro,

HPD, the Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Department of Community Services have been working on strategies to address all the issues at Keaau Beach Park and the undeveloped portions of Keaau.

After DPR cleans and maintains the remainder of Ulehawa Beach park to Maili Point we will all take a hard look at Keaau and hopefully come up with a viable plan. In the meantime HPD will continue its effort to enforce all on-view violations of the law including littering.

The HPD Parks Detail and Community Policing Team regularly engage the illegal campers at Keaau and have given them numerous warnings, issued hundreds of citations for various offenses including littering, however they continue to live in squander and filth.

We will continue our efforts, but it becomes very frustrating when it appears HPD is always called upon to be the answer and solution to these very deep rooted social issues.

You really cannot do anything to assist HPD regarding this problem as there are sufficient laws on the books. You can offer support when we get criticized for our enforcement efforts, but that’s about it. You can help by assisting the social services providers with desperately needed funding and resources to help these people living in the streets and parks of our city.

From: Maile Shimabukuro
To: Moses, Michael K. S.
Sent: Tue Jan 12 05:32:57 2010
Subject: Question Re: ‘Opala piling up along Makaha road

Dear Major Moses:

Please see news article below. Since it seems like the homeless past Kea`au Beach are under the false impression that it is ok to leave their rubbish on the side of the road, is it possible for HPD to issue warnings to the homeless telling them it’s actually illegal to leave their trash out? The warnings should give the homeless a deadline to clear the trash that is currently left along Farrington Highway, and provide them with the legal options, eg, disposing of their rubbish in the trash cans at Kea`au Beach Park, at the various dumps in Waianae, etc. Let me know if there’s anything I can do to assist with this problem.

Mahalo, Maile

Article Title:
‘Opala piles up along Makaha road, as officials point fingers

To view the contents on http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com, click HERE or go to:
http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/201001110200/NEWS01/1110359

WCCHC Legislative Visit Videos

On 11-2-09, Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center (WCCHC) gave state legislators a tour of the facility. Legislators in attendance included Speaker Calvin Say, Rep. Karen Awana, Rep. Jon-Riki Karamatsu, Rep. Maile Shimabukuro, Sen. Suzanne Chun-Oakland, Sen. David Ige, and Sen. Mike Gabbard.

Legislators toured various areas at WCCHC, including the award-winning gardens and pathway, the high-tech office, ER, the new pediatric/women’s health building, the amphitheater, fitness center, and Native Hawaiian Healing Center.

Chef Mark Ka’aha’aina treated guests to delicious watercress salad, mahimahi, roasted chicken and potatoes, and bread pudding, in the dining pavillion.

The tour included a discussion regarding the difficulties faced by aged, blind, and disabled patients under the state’s new QxEA managed care program. WCCHC officials explained SB 1310, which would allow these disabled patients in medically underserved areas, such as Waianae and Waimanalo, to opt-out of their current health care plans under QxEA. Patients would then be served by AlohaCare, which offers larger provider networks and holistic health options, at a lower cost to the state.

Click on the links below (or cut and paste the link into a new browser) to view video clips of the tour:

Part 1: Pediatric Center

Part 2: Women’s Health


Part 3: Amphitheatre & Fitness Center
Click HERE or go to–

Women’s Health Center Tour

http://www.youtube.com/get_player

`Olelo Franchise Renewal Information Now Available

From: ‘Olelo Community Media
Date: Thursday, January 14, 2010, 4:17 PM

Aloha,

The DCCA has just posted its statement, press release and decision and order related to the renewal of Oceanic Time Warner’s Franchise for the next 20 years. Because this information was just released, we have not had the time to examine the 52 page D&O, but wanted to let you know the information is now available. After a thorough review, we will keep you informed about items that affect Community Access.

DCCA News Release:
http://hawaii.gov/dcca/catv/news-releases/CATV-Oceanic_Oahu_Renewal.pdf

DCCA Director Reifurth’s Statement:
http://hawaii.gov/dcca/catv/news-releases/Director_Statement_on_TWE_Oahu_Renewal.pdf

Decision and Order No. 346:
http://hawaii.gov/dcca/catv/decisions_orders/files/Final_TWE_Oahu_Franchise_Renewal_Decision_and_Order.pdf

Mahalo,

‘Olelo Community Media

‘Legislators on the Move’ Video: Rep. Maile Shimabukuro Surfing

Maile’s first exposure to surfing was through her father, Professor James Shimabukuro, who was an avid Waikiki surfer. Later, in high school, Maile tandem surfed with legendary watermen Melvin Pu`u and Brian Keaulana. Then, while studying at UH law school from 1997-2000, Maile joined the surf club, where classmates Paul Kawai, Gordon Yang, Blake McElheny, Mark Tarone, Jason “Chen” Zhao, and others taught her how to surf.

Surfing gives Maile the perfect outlet to relieve stress and connect with nature. Maile’s advice is: “You should find something you love to do, and never give it up, no matter how busy you get.”

In a video from HMSA’s Legislators on the Move competition, Rep. Maile Shimabukuro, Rep. Cynthia Thielen, and Sen. Clayton Hee are featured. Video clips of Rep. Marcus Oshiro, Sen. Roz Baker, Rep. Lynn Finnegan, Sen. Gordon Trimble, Sen. David Ige, Rep. Blake Oshiro, and others are also included.

Maile’s segment is devoted to her surfing and the presentation of an HMSA check to Makaha Elementary School. Mahalo nui loa to Trippy Dods, Kim Click, and the rest of the HMSA gang for doing an excellent job putting this video together.

Additional photos of Maile surfing at Makaha and Kaiko`o:

Maile surfing at Makaha on her Surflight funboard. Photo by Danny Kim. Click the photo to zoom in.

Maile surfing at Kaiko`o. Photo by “T” Le. Click the photo to zoom in.

Kalua Pig Fundraiser for L.E.I Foundation

Aloha All,

It’s already almost 2 weeks into the new year and we’re off and running! We would like to wish you all a happy new year, full of success, progress, growth and prosperity. No matter what the “experts” say about our economy, I believe that what we each do with, for and in our communities can only initiate and inspire positive changes that enrich us. L.E.I. Foundation knows that by working together we can achieve more.

One of our first tasks to start off 2010 is a fundraiser event. We are selling imu kalua pig at $6.00/pound and I can deliver to you on either the 25th or 26th of January, your choice just let me know, and I can drop off at either your office or another agreeable meeting/drop off place. As the delivery dates are fast approaching I need to collect monies by Friday, January 15th. I have tickets printed out with numbers on them for you, and a log I use to track who has ordered what and notes on delivery preferences, too. Any support you can give us would be greatly appreciated! And please, if you could also pass this along to others who would love to get some kalua pig for themselves and their freezers – mahalo!

— Sharlette L. Poe
Executive Director L.E.I. Foundation
(808) 699-9956

sharpoe@gmail.com

“When we dream alone, it is only a dream. But when we dream together, it is the beginning of reality.” ~Brazilian Proverb

“The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and He shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.” Deuteronomy 28:8

New Ma`ili Fire Station to be Discussed at Council Planning Committee Hearing on 1/14

From: Gail Gomes
Subject: Council Planning Cmte Hearing on 1/14
To: Undisclosed-Recipient@yahoo.com
Date: Monday, January 11, 2010, 11:34 AM

RESOLUTION 09-366 (or visit: http://www4.honolulu.gov/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-96116/4rgdk0-r.pdf) – REVISION TO THE WAIANAE PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE MAP FOR THE MAILI POINT FIRE STATION. Adopting a revision to the Public Infrastructure Map for the Waianae Sustainable Communities Plan Area. (Transmitted by Communication D-949)

A detailed summary of the proposal can be found by clicking on “D-949” above, or at this link:

Waianae Environmental Justice Meeting

From: Marti Townsend
Subject: Next Meeting

Aloha Waianae Ohana,

…The next meeting for the EJ working group is Jan. 15th, 5:30 at the Leeward Community College Waianae Campus, as usual. Let us know if you can make it.

The next steps we need to work on (and there may be others) are:

1. Bus Tour for the UCC leaders and the “Keep the Country COUNTRY” folks
2. Letter-writing campaign to the City Council against the purple dot.
3. Preparing for a public hearing on the PVT landfill permit renewal (assuming one will be held)…

Much Aloha,
Marti

2nd Thursday Meeting JAN 14, 2010

From: The Leeward Housing Coalition

Our 2nd Thursday meeting is scheduled for January 14 at the Ulu Ke Kukui Dining Room. It is a brown-bag meeting (bring your own) or you can purchase meals at the site. The following is our agenda:

11:30am Welcome and Introductions

Presentations

Red Manini Micro-loan Program
Tamar DeFries – Pacific Gateway Center
The presentation will include a description of the Red Manini Micro-loan program
and other funding options for people interested in starting a small business.

Wai`anae Business Center
Kahealani Poe, Coordinator – Business Services
The presentation will discuss business development services available at the
Wai`anae Business Center including micro-enterprise and small business
training. Upcoming classes and other information will also be shared.

Housing Updates
Sandi Miyoshi – HPHA and/or Russ Saito – State Comptroller

Announcements

Leeward Housing Coalition Community Summit on March 11, 2010

1pm Pau

We will have a table available if anyone wants to bring materials or program literature to distribute.

Share this invitation with anyone else you feel would benefit. For more information, call 696-1217.

About 2nd Thursday

2nd Thursday is a monthly meeting of organizations providing health and human services to the homeless community on the Wai`anae Coast. Meetings are held at 11:30am each second Thursday of the month at the Ulu Ke Kukui Dining Facility. Our objectives are the following:

 Network and share information on services available for Wai`anae Coast residents and residents of Wai`anae Coast emergency and transitional shelters.

 Develop a continuum of services for people accessing shelter services and other help by coordinating and collaborating among ourselves.

 Discuss policy issues affecting health and human services on the Wai`anae Coast with an emphasis on housing and shelter issues.

A project of the Leeward Housing Coalition

People’s Path Clean-up & Beautification 1/16/10


Come to support the next clean-up and beautification of the People’s Path!

What: Clean-up and Beautification of People’s Path
When: January 16, 2010; 7:30-11:30am
Where: Maili Point (meet across from Kaukama Road)
Who: Sponsored by Women of Wai`anae, AlohaCare, Rep. Maile Shimabukuro, Nani O Wai`anae, and others
Why: Our goal is to create a pathway along the Wai`anae Coast

For more information, contact: maileshimabukuro@yahoo.com or call 696-4677

Background information:
Last year, Maile and her mother met with Department of Transportation (DOT) officials regarding the planned bikeway for the Wai`anae Coast, which ends at Lualualei Naval Road. They inquired about whether the State would allow the community to extend the pathway around Maili Point, and eventually along the entire Wai`anae Coast. (See posting re: Nani O Waianae April 26 Beach Clean-Up for more information on the “People’s Path.”) This is the map and response Maile received from DOT. Click on the map to the right for a full view; for a blow-up of the bikeway, click on the map below.

From: Rachel.LA.Roper@hawaii.gov [mailto:Rachel.LA.Roper@hawaii.gov]
Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2008 2:56 PM
To: Rep. Maile Shimabukuro; kgsyoung@hotmail.com
Cc: Darell.Young@hawaii.gov
Subject: Leeward Bikeway Ext.

Hello,

I’m still looking into your questions regarding the Leeward Bikeway and Leeward Bikeway extension, but wanted to send you our contact information along with the map of the Leeward Bikeway. Please note that this is not the most current map of the Leeward Bikeway. It should, however, still be able to give you a general idea of where the bike path will be located…

Darell Young, P.E.
Planning Branch (Advanced Planning)
Highways Division
Department of Transportation
State of Hawaii

Rachel Roper–587-1983
Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator
Highways Division
Hawaii Department of Transportation
State of Hawaii

869 Punchbowl Street #301
Honolulu, HI 96813

Thank you,
Rachel Roper