Ka`ala Farm’s March 2010 Newsletter

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PEARL HARBOR NAVAL SHIPYARD APPRENTICES JOBS

Apprentices will be enrolled in a 4-yr. paid training program (Academics and Trade Theory)

Earn an Associate of Applied Science degree

Receive on-the-job trade training, by working with Skilled Mechanics

Eligibility:
United States citizen
18 years of age by January 15, 2011
High School diploma or GED
Pass a physical examination
Obtain and maintain a security clearance
Males must be registered with the Selective Service
Pass the ASSET Test

To Apply to Be a Shipyard Apprentice
You must apply on-line from March 27 until April 9, 2010
Go to the apprentice website by clicking
HERE or visiting: https://acep.hawaii.navy.mil
Applications must be submitted NO LATER THAN April 9, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. HST

Good Friday Community Prayer Blessing

From: Calvin Endo

Aloha Everyone,

You are invited to join us to pray for our community, State and our Nation. After the death of Mr. Michael Anderson, the young teacher that fell to his death while hiking in Makaha, many teachers and community members asked that we do a prayer blessing like we did before. We at Waianae High School had four deaths in the past two years, two of them very tragic, besides what has happened in our community. I believe it’s of God since the people that have asked are not all church attenders and yet they believe we need God’s blessing, and we do. So once again please let people know that we are have the service at Wai`anae High School’s Cafeteria on Good Friday, April 2, 2010 at 6:30pm. We are asking for people to bring candles.

The event is sponsored by the Waianae High School’s Christian Club.

Calvin Endo [calvinendo@msn.com]

SCI-TECH DAY; Register on April 3rd

SCI-TECH DAY
http://www.hiscitech.org/institute

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Donalyn Dela Cruz 216-4747

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY PROS OFFER LEARNING DAY TO STUDENTS
On-site Registration Takes Place April 3rd

Honolulu, HI – Professionals from the science and technology industry are answering the call to share lessons in their fields on Friday, April 30, 2010 at three regional centers. Sci-Tech Day will be offered to students in grade levels 6th through 8th and each center will be limited to 80 students. The cost for this full day of ultimate learning is FREE and lunch is included.

Sci-Tech Day centers are Hawaii Community College, Leeward Community College, and Windward Community College. On-site registration at each of the centers will take place on Saturday, April 3, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon.

Sci-Tech Day will be a full day of learning on April 30th beginning at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 4:30 p.m. There will be four classes in the following areas:

* Life Sciences/Biotechnology
* Renewable Energy
* Engineering/Product Development/Application Research
* Software Development/Digital Media

Students will receive an hour-long lunch period. Bento lunches for the students are being donated by L&L Hawaiian Barbecue/L&L Drive-Inn.

Hawaii Science and Technology Council and Institute President and CEO, Keiki-Pua Dancil, Ph.D., is the lead organizer of Sci-Tech Day. “Many of us in the Science-Technology Industry want to give back a day of education, especially in light of the continuation of Furlough Fridays,” said Dr. Dancil. “Science and math are not usually viewed as fun subjects, but we want to show students how science and technology are essential to our future and just how fun it really is.”

Studies indicate that the motivation to pursue science and/or math-based pathways drops dramatically when students transition from primary level education to secondary levels (i.e. grades 6th through 8th).

Contributing factors include an inadequate supply of qualified math and science teachers, negative stereotypes of certain professions, lack of family support and outdated or nonexistent infrastructure.

Curricula incorporating hands-on, project-based, inquiry-led instruction have been successful in fostering student retention in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM).

Interaction with local professionals provides role models and exposure to additional career options that may be unfamiliar to many students and their families.

Dr. Dancil has pulled together a variety of science and technology professionals to donate their time in teaching the courses. Each classroom will be supervised by volunteers.

“We are extremely grateful to our sponsors and volunteers who are helping to make Sci-Tech possible,” said Dr. Dancil. “It really is a collaborative community effort. Everyone understands the value of education for our keiki; they are our future.”

Sponsors of Sci-Tech Day include Hawaii Science and Technology Council and Institute, Leeward Community College, Windward Community College, Honolulu Community College, L&L Hawaiian Barbecue/L&L Drive-Inn, Hawaii National Bank, Women in Technology, Alaka‘ina Foundation, Shee Atika Technologies, LLC., Wall-to-Wall Studios Inc., and Go! Mokulele Airlines.

Peter Quigley, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs stated, “The University of Hawaii Community Colleges is pleased to partner with the community volunteers from our science and business sectors. Because of what this could mean for the children and because of Dr. Keiki-Pua Dancil’s enthusiasm and commitment to this project, our involvement was an easy thing to say yes to.”

“Sci-Tech Day is a great learning event for our keiki and it fits with the University of Hawaii’s commitment to STEM education,” added Quigley.

Information and applications for Sci-Tech Day are available on-line at http://www.hiscitech.org/institute.

Parents must turn in applications at the regional center on April 3rd between 9:00 a.m. to noon. Acceptance into the program is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each regional center is limited to 80 students in levels 6th through 8th grades.

Makua Easter Sunrise Service – April 4 at 5:30am


MAKUA EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE







APRIL 4, 2010, 5:30 am, at Makua Military Reservation, all denominations welcome. Potluck to follow at Makua Beach across cemetary.

For more info, contact:
Vince Dodge at aipohaku@hotmail.com or 478-6492, or Fred Dodge at makuakauka@hotmail.com or 696-4677.

Affordable 4-Bedroom Rental Available June 1 at Uluwehi

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For more information regarding this rental opportunity, click here, visit: http://honolulu.craigslist.org/oah/apa/1759964426.html, or call 388-7386

March 2010 Legislative Update

Aloha! Here is an updated list of the bills I am supporting:

Education

. HB 200 HD1 SD2 CD1(2009) and HB 2200 (2010), the state budget, has $3 mil for
land, design & construction for LCC/Wai’anae Educ. Ctr.; $24 mil for UH West Oahu
. HB 2486 sets a minimum number of instructional hours per school year for each grade
. SB 2124 appropriates $$ from Hurricane Relief Fund to restore remaining school
instructional days for 2009-’10 & 2010-’11 school years
. SB 2589 requires DOE to make available vacant school facilities for charter school use
. SB 2797 extends VEBA —a health plan for public school teachers—to July 1, 2012

Health

. HB 2085 sets limits on requests for proposals from providers for QUEST
contracts exceeding $100 mil & commencing after agency director’s terms expires
. HB 2208 requires health insurers to promptly pay claims for Medicaid services
. SB 2469 appropriates funds from Emergency & Budget Reserve Fund (“Rainy
Day”) for Wai’anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center (WCCHC)
. SB 2490 appropriates $$ from Community Health Centers Special Fund to be used by
community health centers statewide
. SB 1309 appropriates funds for emergency services at WCCHC
. HCR 176/HR 111(SCR178/SR79) urges Hawaii Health Systems Corp hospitals &
clinics to accept medical student rotations from programs based at WCCHC and UH.
. HCR 179/HR114 (SCR 179/SR80) requests development of proposed legislation
mandating size & extent of a managed care plan’s specialty network

Human Services

. HB 1642 specifies that proposals for purchases of health & human services must be
submitted by licensed providers and for exact amount to be expended by the state
. SB 2368 permits family court to allow visitation to grandparents if denial would cause
significant harm to the child
. HCR 219/HR 148 directs DHS to stop proposed reorganization of benefits, employ-
ment, support services & Medquest Div until legislative task force evaluates proposal

Housing

. Congressional appropriations for FY’10, as submitted by Rep. Mazie Hirono, include
funding for Maili Self-Help Housing
. HB 2132 requires notice of intent to foreclosure that includes notice of
availability of mortgage counseling.
. HCR 262 (SCR 206) requests establishment of Wai’anae Coast Homelessness Task
Force to develop a comprehensive plan to address needs of homeless

Energy & Environment

. HB 1808 requires maintenance of beach accesses by adjacent landowners & imposes
penalties for noncompliance; establishes shoreline access policy
. HB 2239 ends exemption for dietary supplements in deposit beverage container law
. HB 2644 applies solid waste disposal surcharge to waste that is shipped out-of-state
. SB 2231 exempts electric vehicles & vehicle charging systems from general excise tax
. SB 2559 requires businesses to collect a 5-cent fee for each plastic or paper disposable
checkout bag provided to a customer

Consumer Protection

. HB 2642 (SB 2809) appropriates funds to reorganize Public Utilities Commission &
Division of Consumer Advocacy, helping state transition to clean energy economy
. HB 2921(SB 2837) revises requirements for licensing electricians and plumbers
. SB 707 lets Director of Commerce & Consumer Affairs designate an access organi-
zation to oversee public, educational & governmental channels on cable television

Hawaiian

. HB 674 provides funds to “Ho’okulaiwi,” a culturally based program to train UH
students that wish to teach in rural areas such as the Wai’anae Coast.
. HB 1818 requires Dept of Public Safety to establish a reintegration pilot program that
combines cognitive behavioral theory with Native Hawaiian holistic interventions
. HCR 327HR 246 urges counties to adopt Native Hawaiian building codes

Public Safety

. HB 1987 establishes cause of action to abate illegal purchasing, selling, possession &
setting off of fireworks; increases penalties for illegal use
. SB 2045 establishes class A, B & C felony sexual human trafficking and labor
trafficking offenses and provides for prosecution of offenses
. SB 2183, relating to domestic abuse, allows a temporary restraining order to remain in
effect for 90 days or until protective order is served

Transportation

. HB 2200 HD1 (Budget) includes $12.5 mil for construction on Farrington Hwy
for congestion relief and safety improvements between Honokai Hale and Hakimo Rd;
$3.5 mil for Farrington Hwy drainage improvements vicinity of Orange St, Makaha
$3.5 million for replacement of bridges on Farrington Hwy near Makaha Beach Park
. Federal Stimulus Funds $1.5 mil for dredging Wai’anae Small Boat Harbor channel

Agriculture

. HB 2290 protects agriculturally suitable lands on Oahu & provides for mandatory
extension of agricultural leases
. HB 2421 provides inidtiatives & funds to promote energy and food self-sufficiency
. HB 2832 authorizes OHA to seek funds for projects that increase cultivation of taro
. SB 2780 protects agriculturally suitable lands on Oahu (includes Ho’opili & Koa
Ridge); provides for mandatory extension of agricultural leases

Economic Development

. HB 2382 establishes digital media enterprise subzones surrounding UH campuses and
gives tax benefits for developing infrastructure within these zones
. HB 2643 establishes clean energy loan program for energy efficiency improvements on
residential and commercial enterprises

Capital Improvements

HB 1640 (2009) provides for funding of numerous school, health, transportation and recreational projects in House District 45 (Wai’anae/Makaha/Makua)
HB 2616 (2010) funds the following District 45 projects: Farrington Hwy drainage improvements near Orange St., Makaha ($3.5 mil … also in budget bill, HB 2200 HD1); E Ala Voyaging Canoe Education Ctr ($3 mil); UH West Oahu Phase I construct ($3 mil)