E Ala Canoe to Sail to Wai`anae Coast April 20-22; Sign Petition Urging City to Allow E Ala To Return to Wai`anae Coast!

E Ala voyaging canoe captains Sam Kapoi, Kaina Holomalia, and Waimea McKeague are all young men from the Wai`anae Coast. [Click to enlarge]

The E Ala voyaging canoe was built by the community under the leadership of the Wai`anae Hawaiian Civic Club. [Click to enlarge].
The E Ala voyaging canoe will be sailed from the Maritime Education Training Center (METC) at Sand Island to the Wai`anae Coast April 20-22, 2010. Thanks to the hard work of Polynesian Voyaging Society, Nanakuli High & Intermediate School, Wai`anae High School, and many others, the captains and crew of the canoe are all young adults from our Wai`anae Coast. The public is invited to participate in this exciting event. The tentative details are as follows:

3 Day Sail from METC – MAKUA – NANAKULI – POKA’I BAY
· Tuesday, April 20 (Time TBD) – Sail from METC – MAKUA
· Wednesday, April 21 – Sail from MAKUA – NANAKULI
· Thursday, April 22 (Sail from NANAKULI – POKA’I BAY – Arrival Ceremony at 8:30am)
Return Sail from POKA’I BAY – METC
· Saturday, May 1 (Time TBD)
For more information, email: ealawaianae@gmail.com.

UPDATE: SIGN PETITION URGING THE CITY TO ALLOW THE E ALA TO RETURN HOME TO THE WAI`ANAE COAST! CLICK ON THIS LINK TO SIGN THE PETITION:

"Sewer’s," aka Lualualei #1 Earth Day Beach Clean Up 4/18/10, 8-11am

Top photo: Lualualei Beach Park #1, aka, “Sewer’s Beach” after pathway. [Click to enlarge]

Bottom photo: “Sewer’s Beach” before pathway. The used asphalt placed there is “sticky” and difficult to ride bikes, baby strollers, wheelchairs, etc. over. [Click to enlarge.]

After hearing complaints from walkers and bikers that the undeveloped area across Wai`anae Pizza Hut was difficult to traverse, Women of Wai`anae (WOW) has decided to invest the remainder of its AlohaCare grant into beautifying the area in celebration of Earth Day. Problems in the area include the uneven terrain near the intersection of Pokai Bay Street and Farrington Highway, and the “sticky” used asphalt that is at the end of the parking lot.

So far, a landscaper has lined the path with small stones, leveled it by hand, and planted native plants. The next step is to bring the community together to pick up trash, water, and further beautify the area. Join us for a community clean up:

What: Earth Day Clean-Up at “Sewer’s Beach”
When: Sunday; April 18, 2010; 8-11am
Where: Meet across Wai`anae Pizza Hut
Who: Women of Wai`anae, AlohaCare, Rep. Maile Shimabukuro, & others
Why: Continue our efforts to create a “People’s Path” along the Coast
How: Gloves, trash bags, drinks, and refreshments provided. Volunteers are asked to bring water for the plants if possible.

The Ma`ili Point section of the pathway has come along beautifully, featuring an abundance of native plants, such as naupaka, milo, koali, pohinahina, akia, pa`u o hiiaka, ma`o, and others. Volunteers, including Roy Rezentes, Yvonne Angut, Carol Bonham, Karen Young, Fred Dodge, Summer Miles, Maile Shimabukuro, and others continue to water and maintain the Ma`ili Point area weekly.

“Helping to maintain and water the People’s Path is an excellent way to connect with nature, exercise, and give back to the community in a very visible and tangible way,” said Rep. Maile Shimabukuro, who authored the AlohaCare grant.

WOW is looking for more individuals and groups interested in helping with this effort on an on-going basis. In particular, volunteers are needed to maintain and water both the Sewer’s Beach (across Pizza Hut) and Ma`ili Point (across Sea Country) sections of the pathway.

“This is an ideal project for senior, student, community service, environmental, and other groups to take on,” Shimabukuro continued. “The group could work together on a regular basis to water plants, landscape, pick up litter, and continue to malama the People’s Path. Individuals and families are also welcome to volunteer.”

For information about the 4/18/10 clean-up, or on how to volunteer on an on-going basis, email maileshimabukuro@yahoo.com or call 696-4677.

LCCW: Sign Petition Urging Governor to Release $3m & Newsletter

Approximately 58% of Leeward Community College-Wai`anae students are of native Hawaiian ancestry – one of the highest percentages in the entire University of Hawai`i system.

Aloha LCCW ‘Ohana,

Please check out this month’s LCCW newsletter.

http://www.leeward.hawaii.edu/files/u20/2010-04Apr.pdf

Sign the Petition urging the Governor to release $3m for the LCC-Wai`anae Education Center!
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/urge-governor-to-release-3m-for-lcc-waianae

For more information, contact:
Leeward Community College at Wai`anae
86-088 Farrington Hwy. #201
Wai`anae, HI 96792
Phone: (808) 696-6378
Fax: (808) 696-4024

WCCHC: Sign Petition to Urge the Governor to Release $1m Before Funds Lapse on 6/30/10!

UPDATE: Click HERE to sign the online Petition before the $1m for WCCHC lapses on 6/30/10!

Please see below text from a letter that Rep. Shimabukuro sent to Gov. Linda Lingle asking her to release $1 million dollars in CIP funds to the WCCHC.

We urge the community to get involved in asking the Governor to release these funds. Contact information for Gov. Lingle follows:

The Honorable Linda Lingle
Governor, State of Hawai`i
Executive Chambers
State Capitol
Honolulu, Hawai`i 96813

Phone: 808-586-0034
Fax: 808-586-0006

or click HERE to contact the Governor via email form.

[TEXT FROM REP. SHIMABUKURO’S LETTER TO THE GOVERNOR}

February 16, 2010

The Honorable Linda Lingle
Executive Chambers
Hawaii State Capitol
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Dear Governor Lingle:

It is with a sense of urgency that I request you to release $1 million in capital improvement funds for the Wai’anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center (WCCHC). This funding, approved by the Legislature in 2007 and in danger of lapsing, is greatly needed for the expansion of outpatient/adult medicine services for the center’s 27,000 patients.

Since 2008, CIP funding to help with WCCHC’s $10.3 million building project has been included in legislative budgets and is being considered in bills in the current session. Mindful of our state’s current fiscal situation, WCCHC has scaled down its plans to reduce expenses and make use of currently available funding. However, without the $1 million of CIP funds already approved, there is the real possibility that promised matching funds will be lost by this delay.

I realize, Governor, that all of us in public service are faced with many challenges at this time, and I appreciate the difficult choices you must make each day. I hope, though, that you can take a moment to acknowledge the critical role played by WCCHC—the Wai’anae Coast’s major healthcare provider—as well as other private sector groups that work with our government to care for our most needy citizens. A speedy release of funds would be a fitting recognition of their contributions.

Aloha,

Maile S. L. Shimabukuro

Cc: House Speaker Calvin K. Y. Say
Senate President Colleen Hanabusa

Say NO to GMO

studentvoices01by Briana Graves
LCC-Wai’anae student
April 2013
Instructor Danny Wyatt
Leeward Community College-Wai’anae instructor – English 100

[Note from the instructor: “With GMOs in the news, and a big topic for Hawaii especially, I have my class writing a couple of essays and research papers on whether labeling GMO products should be required. The first essay is on ‘reasons for requiring labeling of foods with GMO ingredients,’ the second essay will be a persuasive essay ‘arguing for (or against) labeling foods with GMO ingredients.'” -Danny Wyatt]

“They got bad science down to a science,” said Jeffrey M. Smith, the director of “Genetic Roulette,” and founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology. Many Americans are uneducated about the effects genetically modified organisms have on human bodies; therefore, people cannot make well-educated choices when it comes to the type of food they consume. Genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) are really simply self-explanatory; it is when scientists take a specific gene trait from one organism and forcefully insert it into another, which is then altering that original organism from being normal. For instance, scientists have taken an anti-freeze gene from fish and forcefully stuck it into strawberries , so strawberries now do not freeze if the temperature drops below freezing during the growing season. Unfortunately, Americans are being deceived every single day of their lives into thinking the products they are consuming and feeding to their children are actually proven to be safe for them. People in the U.S are already at a disadvantage for just living here. According to Marty Kaplan in her article “Being American is Bad for Your Health,” America has the worst health and highest death rates compared to citizens in the other 17 wealthiest nations that make GMO labeling a policy. Therefore, everyone must stand up for what is right and help save the innocent children while parents still can. GMOs need to be labeled for more than just health concerns, but environmental dangers , and consumer rights as well.

Most important, by consuming genetically modified organisms consumers are making both themselves and their offspring vulnerable to the harmful internal health problems that come from eating these foods. Health issues are inevitable when people consume these GMO products. For example, in the video “Genetic Roulette,” Martha Grout, Medical Director of the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine says that from “1996, when GMO crops corn and soy were introduced into the American diet, there has been a serious increase in inflammation and digestive disorders.” As a result, GMOs do not stop at the stomach; they have serious side effects that are genetically passed down through generations such as “allergies, obesity, infertility, eczema, pneumonia,” and many other health problems. Consequently, when physicians recommend a non-GMO diet to their patients, they often see a significant change in their patient’s health. In addition, GMOs pose a more serious danger to children than adults. Children have also been shown to be more sensitive to GMOs and it has been documented to cause birth defects. Specifically, scientific studies show that, “Andres Carassco, who is head of the Molecular Embryology Lab at the University of Buenos Aires ties glyphosate, which is an active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, to birth defects, infertility and sperm destruction” (Huff 1). Parents need to be very careful what they are feeding their children in light of such studies.

Equally urgent are the overwhelming effects GM crops have on the environment. One of the alleged benefits GMO crops exist for is to reduce the use of herbicides. The article “Update: GMOs in Foods,” demonstrates otherwise. It states evidence shows that, “at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources at Washington State University,” GE crops have actually increased the amount of toxic herbicides used on the crops (Ruhs 6). For this reason, GM crops are among the biggest contributors to damaging the earth. Another serious threat GM crops pose to the environment is from the abundance of pesticides and herbicides; GM crops will inevitably destroy nature’s ecosystem. In other words, pesticides used in growing these crops will wipe out insects that are a part of a crucial role to nature’s balance. As indicated in “Update: GMOs in Foods”, bees are beneficial to the environment for pollination. What more will GE crops do to the earth?

Americans deserve the right to raise their concerns about the foods they are consuming. Therefore, foods that contain GM ingredients must be labeled. A positive aspect to labeling products that have GMOs inside them is it will give people options to choose if they want to continue to eat GMOs or not. Americans can make their own decisions rather than have someone else making it for them such as the FDA, which is the organization that is supposed to ensure food safety . In addition, the United States of America cannot say that labeling products with GMOs is unheard of because more than sixty other countries are already doing it. For example, countries like Australia, China, and the European Union have already made this policy. What is the U.S. so afraid of? Why is this country so resistant to simply adding three more letters to the ingredients list on products? What is this country’s businesses hiding from the Americans?

Overall, by continuing to consume large amounts of GMOs, Americans are literally putting their lives up for grabs. From eating products that contain these harmful ingredients, it is not only hurting the person consuming it, but also the person’s offspring as well. In addition, allowing farmers to continue to plant GMO crops is not doing anything positive for the earth’s ecosystem . To emphasize further, consumers have the right to know what they are eating. I Therefore, action must be taken to expose these huge companies such as Monsanto and the brainwashing information they are feeding to the world. People need to take a stand for what is beneficial not only to themselves, but also the entire world as a whole. As a result, consumers must fight for labeling to be required in the United States of America. Otherwise, Monsanto’s goal to eliminate all natural seeds with modified seeds will become reality. In the end, Americans are the ones who will suffer a lifetime of diseases. Another recommendation is to buy organic foods, which consist of products that are non-GMO. In addition, there is a website that will help assist people when they are shopping for food if they are interested in helping better care for their families which can be found by looking up “NonGMOShoppingGuide.”

Sources:

Huff, Ethan. “GMO pesticides linked to birth defects, disruption of male hormones, cancer.” Natural News, 2011. Web. <www.naturalnews.com>.

Jamil, Kaiser. “A Solution To Hunger?” UN Chronicle 46.3/4 (2009): 70-72. Academic Search Premier. Web. 23 Mar. 2013.

“NonGMO Shopping Guide.” Institute for Responsible Technology. Institute for Responsible Technology. 2010. Web. 4 Mar. 2013. <www.nongmoshoppingguide.com>.

Ruhs, Barbara. “Update: Gmos In Foods.” Environmental Nutrition 36.2 (2013): 1-6. Academic Search Premier. Web. 23 Mar. 2013.