Come and Ku`i Kalo (Pound Poi) Every Saturday in Nanakuli at Hale Ola

Daniel Anthony provides all you need to prepare poi the traditional way in Nanakuli every Satuday. [Click on the image for a larger view].

Daniel Anthony invites the community to “ku`i kalo” (pound poi) every Saturday from 2-5pm at Alu Like‘s “Hale Ola” site (89-137 Nanakuli Avenue). The only cost is for the kalo, which is $3.50/lb. For more information, call Alu Like or Daniel at 542-1326.
Background information on Daniel’s “Mana `Ai” business is below:
Mana `Ai Offers Fresh Poi, Pa`i`ai, Dried Aku & “Koina Puffs”
Locally owned and operated “Mana `Ai” offers fresh poi, pa`i`ai, dried aku, and “koina puffs” (a delicious version of poi mochi).

Prices are as follows:

Pa`i`ai (concentrated poi): $10 per pound for pre-orders of 2 lbs. or more, or $12 per pound

Poi: $5 per pound for pre-orders of 4 lbs. or more, or $6 per pound

Dried Aku: $25 per pound (also available in $6 containers)

Koina Puffs (poi mochi): $1 each (available at Farmer’s Markets only; these sell out fast!)

Locations:

Sunday: North Shore Farmer’s Market

Monday: Papakolea/Waimanalo

Saturday: Wai`anae Farmer’s Market

Delivery service and mail orders also available.

For more information, visit http://www.manaai.com/, or call 542-1326.

Kea`au Beach Clean Up Draws Over 200 Volunteers: Update – "GOOD SAMARITANS" POUR IN TO HELP HAUL LEFTOVER TRASH!

A big crew from Henkels & McCoy (H&M) hauled 200+ tires and bulky items from Kea`au on 2/26/10. H&M employees who volunteered included: Mike Alvarez, Joe Morris, Keola Rosario, David Kaauwai, Jeff Detinne, Jorge Vazquez, Mark Tsuha, Franklin Carabbacan, Darrel Bio, George Agustin, Jose Galariada, and Malia Cook.

Todd Liddy, a boat broker, hauled away an 18′ boat and a broken trailer on 2/26/10. [Click on the photo below for a full-sized view].


Thanks to the many good samaritans who responded to coverage by the Honolulu Advertiser (Will Hoover) and KITV (Dick Allgire/Keoki Kerr) about leftover trash at Kea`au. During the last week of February, these volunteers, along with many of the houseless, hauled away all of the remaining trash from the 2/13/10 clean up.
Businesses, non-profits, and individuals who helped included Henkels & McCoy Inc. (Mike Alvarez & his team, who brought 3 dump trucks and heavy equipment), Todd Liddy (who hauled away an 18′ boat and a broken trailer, click on image above), Foster Realty (Sylvia “Elsie” Foster & staff, who hauled away highway trash on 2/25/10), Partners in Development (Kia`i Lee, Danny Goya & staff), Mililani Middle School, Wai`anae Community Outreach (Tulutulu Toa & her team), & Nani `O Wai`anae (Mark Suiso, Lucy Gay, Alice Greenwood, & others). The City and State also hauled trash and bulky items, and several individuals asked to be notified of future clean-ups. You are true heroes!
2/13/10 Group shot [Click to enlarge]

Kanu HI & Rep. Maile Shimabukuro co-sponsored one of four Kokua Festival/Star 101.9 beach clean up’s, at Kea`au Beach on 2/13/10. Supporters included Nani `O Wai`anae, Schnitzer Steel, Roll-Offs HI, Interstate Batteries, Penske, City & County of Honolulu, Wai`anae Community Outreach, & Kokua HI Foundation. Mahalo nui loa to the 200+ volunteers, including several of the Kea`au houseless (Bert, Joe, Al, “Honey Girl,” Easter, “Biggie,” Yolanda, & Penny Rose). Together we gathered approximately 700 bags of trash, two 20′ containers of bulky items and metal, 25+ batteries, and 200+ tires!
To view more photos from the Kokua HI Foundation, click HERE or go to: http://gallery.me.com/nataliemckinney/100085
To view more photos from Maile, click HERE or go to this link to view more photos of the event: http://maileswaianaecoastphotos.shutterfly.com/200

HB2311 RELATING TO PLANNED COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS ("flagpole bill")

Many of you may have noticed a great deal of media coverage re this bill and the insinuation that it deals with an individual’s right to fly the American flag.

Some points of clarification:

• HB2311 proposes to allow the use of flag poles to fly the U.S. flag or the Hawaii state flag at residences within planned community associations.

• The bill is not about flying the flag in general. Most homeowners have their First Amendment right to do so. Even those in planned communities may be able to display the flag in their windows, doors or hang on their porch.

• This bill was about those who live in planned communities where they may have agreed to covenants and restrictions that prevent them from raising a flag pole to fly the flag.

• Although governed by those planned community rules and regulations, there are some people who feel that they should be able to build a flagpole and raise the flag (American or Hawaii’s state flag).

• I support our veterans and have respect for both our U.S. and Hawaii state flag, and I believe the Waianae veterans I have come to know during my years in elected office know this.

• However, the ORIGINAL language of HB2311 was so poorly worded that it would have allowed a resident to raise a flag with no assurance that the flag would be treated with respect and proper protocol.

• Under the ORIGINAL wording of the bill, a person could abuse or burn a flag under this bill, and there is little that could be done to prevent that, which is a disturbing possibility for me.

• In addition, planned community associations establish their own rules and regulations based on the needs and desires of their members. People choose to buy a home within these communities knowing that these rules are in place.

• If possible, the legislature should not interfere with the governance of a planned community association.

• The issue of allowing residents to use flag poles to fly flags should be taken up with the planned community association, with the input of all the members of the association, and not the legislature.

The House HSG decided to give the bill another hearing, and subsequently passed out an AMENDED version.

The ORGINAL version can be viewed HERE.

The AMENDED version can be viewed HERE.

Adopt-A-Stream/Adopt-A-Block April 24,2010

From: Officer Herman Scanlan, HPD

This is a clean up project in our neck of the woods & it’s another aspect
of caring for our neighborhood…

We are asking for volunteers to participate in another worthy cause
for our community…

If you are interested please follow the instructions below…

If you have any questions regarding this matter please feel free to call me…

Thank you all for all that you do…

Aloha…
Officer H. Sam Scanlan
Honolulu Police Department
District 8, Community Policing Team
(808) 723-8407
hscanlan@honlulu.gov

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Date: Saturday, April 24, 2010

Time: 8:30-10:30am

Meet at various locations:
* Ulehawa Drainage Channel or Princess Kahanu Estates
* Maili Sea Country
* Kaopuni Stream

Goals:
1. Create awareness of non-point source pollution and water quality issues.

2. Provide information on protecting our waters to specific audiences; visit the City’s clean water website at http://www.cleanwaterhonolulu.com or call me at 768-3248 for school presentations, adopt-a-stream/adopt-a-block cleanups on Oahu, adopt-a-stream train the trainer workshop, Earth Month Expo at the Waikiki Aquarium in April, Ewa Clean Water Day in May, Watershed Field Days/World Water Monitoring, Make A Difference Month, Good Neighbor Awards, Earth Month Teen Video Contest.

3. Encourage partnerships between concerned citizens and local government

4. Motivate positive behavior change to keep streams healthy

What volunteers need to know:

1. All volunteers must sign a release form at http://www.cleanwaterhonolulu.com/storm/hero/Adopt%20-%20Release.pdf. Bring release form to cleanup.

2. Dress to get dirty. Wear covered shoes, hat. Bring sunscreen and water.

3. Adopt-A-Stream/Adopt-A-Block trash bag pick up coordinated with City crews.

4. Supplies provided by the City and County of Honolulu Adopt-A-Stream/Adopt-A-Block Program.

Volunteer action items: (50 volunteers, minimum)
1. 1 group of 15 to help remove litter from City easement areas adjacent to Ulehawa Drainage Channel

2. 1 group of 5 to help stencil storm drains in Princess Kahanu

3. 2 group of 5 (10) to help stencil storm drains in Sea Country, Maili

4. 1 group of 15 to help remove litter and graffiti in and around Kaopuni Stream, across from the Boys and Girls Club

5. 1 group of 5 to help remove litter in and around Kaopuni Stream at Haleahi and complete visual survey of stream

6. Report storm water illicit discharges to 768-32467, potential flood problem to 768-7890, sidewalk maintenance/vacant lot overgrowth to 768-8280, bulky item issues to 768-3407.

Thank you,
Iwalani Sato
City and County of Honolulu
Storm Water Community Relations Specialist
(808) 768-3248, (808) 497-4766 (cellular)

FREE TAX CLINIC AT STATE CAPITOL

The House of Representatives
STATE OF HAWAII

MEDIA ADVISORY

Contact: Rep. Della Au Belatti
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Telephone: 808-586-9425
February 24, 2010 Email: repbelatti@capitol.hawaii.gov

FREE TAX CLINIC AT STATE CAPITOL HELPS TAXPAYERS SAVE MONEY AND CLAIM VALUABLE TAX

HONOLULU, HAWAII. On Saturday February 27, 2010, from 9 am to 2 pm, IRS-certified volunteers will be in Conference Room 329, on the 3rd floor of the State Capitol, to assist taxpayers in filing their annual tax returns. For more information about the special clinic at the Hawaii State Capitol and to make an appointment, taxpayers should call 808-393-4364.

In partnership with the Hawaii Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development (HACBED) and its partner organizations, state legislators* are hosting this special tax clinic to encourage low-to-moderate income taxpayers to save money and claim valuable tax credits.

Free parking will be available at the public’s blue-metered stalls in the Capitol basement. For help locating other free tax assistance sites on other dates, taxpayers can call Aloha United Way’s Helpline at 2-1-1. For a complete list of tax sites on Oahu, Big Island, Maui, and Kauai, more information about the EITC, other tax credits, and HACBED’s Family and Individual Self-Sufficiency Program, taxpayers should visit the Program’s website at http://www.hawaiitaxhelp.org .

*State legislators sponsoring this first-time free tax clinic at the State Capitol are Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland, Representatives Karen Awana, Della Au Belatti, John Mizuno, Karl Rhoads, and Maile Shimabukuro.