Holiday Gift Idea: Customized Items by the Perez ‘Ohana

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Holiday Gift Idea: 96792 Pride Calendar!

The “96792 Pride Calendar” features photos of the Wai`anae Coast submitted by local residents as part of a contest sponsored by the Wai`anae Coast Rotary Club. Proceeds from the calendar will benefit the various philanthropic endeavors of the Rotary Club, such as scholarships, the annual Christmas parade, promoting local businesses, etc.

Order the calendar online now at:

Holiday Gift Idea for Her: Sassy Slippahs!

“Sassy Slippahs” Order Form (front). [Click the image to enlarge]

“Sassy Slippahs” Order Form (back). [Click the image to enlarge]


I am proud to introduce my new product line “Sassy Slippahs”- Personalized Rhinestone Slippers. You can put your name, initials, nickname or anything you want. I’ve attached an order form with all the style selections and ordering information. Slippers start at $18.00 and include letters/charms.

Now no one can steal your slippers when you go to a party and they also make great holiday gifts. Keiki and Adult Sizes available. Sorry men, I don’t have any men’s selection, but you can make the girls/women in your life happy by ordering slippers for them. =D

Feel free to contact me should you have any questions.

Sassy Slippahs
(808) 542-6245

[Note from Maile: Saydee is a Wai`anae girl, so let’s support this young entrepreneur from our community!]

Clothing Clearance Sale at Paradise Isle at Makaha Marketplace!

Crystal Robles designing a same-day, low-priced custom t-shirt at Paradise Isle Kama`aina & Visitor Center at Makaha Martketplace. [Click on the photo for a larger view.]

50-70% off clothing in stock, while supplies last! For more information, visit or call the store at 695-8866.

Long time Wai`anae Coast residents Richard and Ursula Robles are the proud new owners of Paradise Isle Kama`aina & Visitor Center at Makaha Marketplace. The Robles, who previously owned Makaha Fashion Boutique, purchased the neighboring space in May 2009 to expand their business.

The store still features affordable fashions for the whole family, and now includes fishing and diving supplies, beach gear and rentals, swimwear, souvenirs, and custom t-shirts, stickers, and banners.

The same-day, low priced, custom t-shirt, sticker and banner service is popular among locals and visitors alike. Customers can create their own designs, and receive the finished product later that day! Paradise Isle does not charge a separate silk screen fee, and will supply the shirts in various styles, from t-shirts, to women’s spaghetti strap or regular tanks tops, and sweatshirts.

What: Paradise Isle Kama`aina & Visitor Center

Where: Makaha Marketplace, 84-1170 Farrington Hwy., Wai`anae, HI

When: Open 8am-6pm, 7 days a week

Who: Richard and Ursula Robles, long time Wai`anae Coast residents (Ursula is native Hawaiian)

Why: Check out their custom t-shirts/stickers/banners, souvenirs, clothing boutique, swimwear, fishing & diving supplies, & beach rentals (surfboards, stand-up paddleboards, snorkel & fins, best inflatable boats, bodyboards)

More Info: Call 695-8866

Click the link below to view a photo album of the store, their business card, and custom t-shirt/sticker/banner price list:

For Your Holiday Party: Fresh Opelu For Sale!

Makaha fisherman Gerard Honda sells fresh opelu. Call 520-4199 or 696-8448 for more information.


A grant proposal has been submitted for the development of a 3D modeling and prototyping lab. This lab will get students excited about learning and applying science and math concepts through hands-on product development. We need your help to make this a reality.

If the Hawaii Youth 3D Modeling and Prototyping Lab grant is one of the top 10 grants by the end of November, we will be one of the recipients of the grant monies.

Vote everyday in the month of November because every vote counts! Please forward this message to your friends and co-workers to spread the word. If there are any questions do not hesitate to contact the grant writer: Weyland Bailey, Math Instructor at Waianae High School at (808) 222-6104. Mahalo!

Directions to register (once registered voting is much faster):
1. Type in
2. Press the “sign in” button in the upper right hand corner of the screen
3. Create new account where it says “New Here?”

1. Search “Vote for”: choose “near you” in drop down menu.
2. Select Education under $50,000
3. VOTE for “Hawaii Youth 3D Modeling and Prototyping Lab”

Holiday Gift Idea: Hawaiian Wearable Art in Makaha!

Hawaiian Wearable Art: a collection of Hawaiian shirts, Hawaiian clothing and tropical home decor inspired by an elegant Hawaiian print fabric hand-dyed by Vicky Durand at her Makaha Beach studio.

Each of Vicky’s Hawaiian clothing creations is crafted from vibrant Hawaiian print fabric promising one-of-a-kind tropical clothing that includes gorgeous Hawaiian shirts, the Hawaiian print dress, sarongs and pareo. Hawaiian Wearable Art also offers scarves, visors and other tropical accessories for resort wear.

The Hawaiian Wearable Art collection of tropical home decor embraces the same Hawaiian print fabric for stunning home accessories such as table linens, table runners, napkins…even unique shower curtains made from their tropical fabric for Hawaiian decor.

Hawaiian Wearable Art
Vicky Durand
84-475 Farrington Hwy.
Makaha Beach, HI 96792
808 696-9660

Community Mtg Re: Plan to Address Domestic Violence on the Wai`anae Coast on 12/1/10

Aloha Mai Kakou,

Stemming the prevalence of domestic violence has long been one of the fundamental challenges facing the Leeward Coast. Given the complex layers inherent to this social ill (including economics, substance abuse, education, etc.), there is a great need to coordinate amongst the many individuals and organizations that have been working tirelessly towards this end.

With this aim of coordinating efforts in mind, the Hawaii Domestic Violence Center, via a grant from the Federal Office of Women’s Health has convened the Consortium for Healthier Community. This consortium is focused on implementing a public health systems approach to identify and addressing health issues related to domestic violence (specific to women in the targeted communities of Ewa to Waianae), and will be holding a general public outreach meeting on Wednesday, December 1st, at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center’s Administration Conference Room from 6-8pm.

During this meeting, members from the Consortium will provide an overview of this initiative, and allow an opportunity for community stakeholders to learn how they can participate in the Consortium’s efforts to systemically reduce violence against our West Oahu families. Several Leeward Coast community organizations have already signed on as collaborators, including the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, and MA`O Organic Farms.

Please make the time to join us- this Consortium will allow our community to utilize State and Federal resources to help us identify and implement our own solutions to this sadly prevalent social ill. Also- please feel free to forward this email to any individual/organization you feel should be in attendance as well.

For more information, please email Kamuela Enos, or call

Mary Oneha: (808) 697-3612

Me ka ha`aha`a

Kamuela Enos
Educational Specialist
(808) 696-5569

Oahu Camping Permits Available Starting Wed, Nov 24

Source: Announcement in Star-Advertiser, Nov 22, 2010:

Associated Press – Permits to camp on Honolulu city grounds during the second weekend of December will be issued Wednesday because city offices will be closed on Thanksgiving and the day after, due to furloughs.

The free permits cover Dec. 10 through Dec. 15.

They’ll be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Each permit allows a maximum of 10 people and two family-sized tents.

For more information:

Veteran’s Day Parade a Huge Success: Check out the Photo Album!

The `ohana of Medal of Honor recipient Herbert K. Pilila`au wowed the crowd with their amazing replica of a giant ship. [Click the image to enlarge]

The National Guard provided fun go-carts for the children. Maile and her son Keani had a blast riding them! [Photo by Col. Don “Rock” Arakaki. Click the image to enlarge]

Mahalo nui loa to all who organized and participated in the Wai`anae Coast Veteran’s Day parade and Ho`olaulea on 11/6/10. A fun time was had by all, in honor of our heroes — the military service men and women.

Special mahalo to Col. Don “Rock” Arakaki for continuing to volunteer for this event, and for my driver, Dr. Jeffrey Wang, who came in all the way from Hawaii Kai to provide me with an antique military vehicle.

Click here or go to the link below to view a photo album of the day:


Aloha Maile,

Can you please put this link on your blog and ask people to rate Leihoku Elementary and then vote for us? We could win $50,000-$100,000 for the school. The more votes, and the better rating we have, the better our chances.

We are now up to a 2.3 stars, and we need people to rate us until Oct. 26, and then after that, everyone needs to vote for us. Here is the link to help Leihoku Elementary’s cause:


Suzette Farnum, parent


Excerpt from Bing! website:


School Information

Leihoku Elementary School

86-285 Leihoku St

Waianae, HI 96792


Project Details

We live in beautiful Waianae, Hawaii and have nice days to play outside most of the time. The only problem is our school has no playground equipment. Our school needs things like balls, jump ropes, and hula hoops so our children don’t have to spend their recess time either sitting around or just playing chase. The neighborhood surrounding the school has about 27% of families living in poverty so there aren’t many resources around from which to get what they need. As elsewhere in the country our school district has no extra money.

Play is an important part of education for children. Even Albert Einstein thought so. He said, “Play is the highest form of research.” He is not alone in this theory. Author, Leo Buscaglia said, “It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.”

Our children need a time where they can take a break and enjoy themselves so they can be fresh to come back in and learn. They would learn vital social skills such as sharing, negotiating and taking turns. All of these skills are important to help them to deal effectively with each other in the classroom. If they have equipment, they will be motivated to run and get exercise. They will have fun being healthy.

Exercise is very important to keep all of our children in shape and create good physical habits. Learning to throw, kick and catch balls helps with gross motor skills. It also gets out all the pent up energy from sitting in the class so they can be prepared to come back in and learn in the afternoon.

The parents of the kindergartners have recently started a volunteer program to come and help supervise games at recess time. The children had a wonderful time playing Duck, Duck, Goose, Red Light, Green Light and London Bridges. Consider how many games could be added if they had playground equipment. The parents are giving their time so that the children can have a more rewarding recess experience. It would increase the quality of this time if they had balls and jump ropes with which to organize new games with.

We are hoping that the volunteer idea catches on to the higher grades and all of the children will have an enriched recess time. The older children will benefit even more from having basketball hoops installed on the backboards, and tether balls attached to the tether ball poles. Schools always had equipment in the past to give the children positive ways in which to utilize their recess time. Many great memories of fun time spent playing with friends on the school playground, whether it was playing Dodge ball or kick ball, are part of many adults past. We want our children to have those same great memories.

I would like to end with just one more quote. “Exercise improves classroom behaviour and academic performance.” (Dwyer, Sallis, Blizzard, Lazarus & Dean, Relation of academic performance to physical activity and fitness in children. Pediatric Exercise Science, 13, 225-237, 2001

Leeward Coast Urged to Conserve Water Today (Dec 16)

Leeward coast residents urged to conserve water
Star-Advertiser, 16 Dec. 2010

Leeward coast residents from Honokai Hale to Makaha are being asked to conserve water today.

Kurt Tsue, the Board of Water Supply spokesman, said the main 24-inch transmission line, which provides water to all of the Leeward coast, is shut down as crews repair a leak.

“We’re asking for conservation because its the main pipeline that transmits water to the reservoirs,” Tsue said.

Water is still getting to the reservoirs through smaller, alternate pipes. But if people use too much water, there’s a chance the water will run out, Tsue said.

The leak was discovered near the Kahe Power Plant at about midnight, Tsue said. The water main is shut off until the repairs are completed — probably sometime this afternoon.

He said the main is off the highway and repairs are not affecting traffic.

Tsue said there may be a need to conserve water even after the main is fixed to give the reservoirs a chance to re-charge.

Tsue said the Board of Water Supply will make an announcement when the need for conservation is over.

Berny M. Luning of Waianae Is Fundraising for Veterans

I participated in the 6th Annual US Vets – 5k Patriot Walk/Run. We’re raising money to help support our Veterans. 100% monies raised will go to the veterans who are homeless. The site is simple, fast & secure. Please visit my fundraising page for more info at

Berny M. Luning

KS Project Manager and Analyst Positions for Wai‘anae Coast Initiative

From: Malia Morales (

The following vacancies have been posted to the Kamehameha Schools (KS) website:


Req # 011286: Project Manager (Ka Pua Project) (Kawaiahao Plaza)

Req # 011288: Project Analyst (Ka Pua Project) (Kawaiahao Plaza)

KS/KAPF employees may access internal vacancies at (if you are unable to access this link, please copy the link into the address line of your browser). Enter the six-digit requisition number of the vacancy in the “Search by Requisition Number” field and click Search. After you review the position information and wish to apply, click on the “Apply Now” button and you will be taken through the online application process.

If you know anyone (non-KS employee) who may be interested in career opportunities with KS, please refer them to KS’ new external careers page at

For general recruitment questions, please contact the Human Resources Service Center at 808-534-8040.

NEWS RELEASE: Kapolei demonstration to support 400-signature petition for more city camping permits

View news release HERE.

View Kamealoha letter and PART 1 of petition HERE.

View PART 2 of petition HERE.

View PART 3 of petition HERE.

Two News Articles: Problem of Camping Permits

People camping in Kapolei for camping permits
By Lisa Kubota
Nov 08, 2010

KAPOLEI – People are camping in Kapolei, but they’re not out there for fun. They’re waiting in line for camping permits that will be issued on Wednesday for Thanksgiving weekend. The line started forming early Monday morning outside Kapolei Hale.

“If you’re not here by the time they’re giving it out, you’re gonna miss it,” said Nanakuli resident Merle Luafalemana.

Luafalemana is one of roughly 400 people who signed a petition started by Morris and Thurston Kamealoha. The brothers want the city to open up more campsites along the Waianae coast.

“Being able to sit around the campfire, roast marshmallows, and just share stories with each other, for us, that’s what makes the bond as a family stronger,” said Thurston Kamealoha of Waianae.

Rep. Maile Shimabukuro and her son, Keani, being interviewed by HawaiiNewsNow’s Lisa Kubota

“There’s definitely not enough camping sites to go around on the Waianae Coast. It’s probably a problem elsewhere as well,” said Rep. Maile Shimabukuro.

Click here to watch the TV news report.

Petition urges more permits for camping
By Dan Nakaso
Star-Advertiser Nov 09, 2010

Morris and Thurston Kamealoha grew up camping along the beaches that line the Waianae Coast but now have to camp out at Kapolei Hale just to get a camping permit and want city officials to make it easier to gain overnight beach access.

As the city continues to enforce a ban on homeless beach campers, the brothers have collected 400 signatures urging city officials to grant more beach camping permits — specifically for the Waianae Coast — and have gained the support of state Rep. Maile Shimabukuro (D, Waianae-Makaha-Makua).

The brothers plan to join others tonight who were already camping out at Kapolei Hale yesterday hoping for free beach permits for the Thanksgiving weekend.

“It’s ridiculous that people have to go to these extremes,” Shimabukuro said. “In the old days, people loved to camp out, before the crackdown on the homeless. It’s sad because it never used to be this way in Waianae.”

Oahu has a long tradition of people lining up for days and nights to gain free overnight camping permits for one of the estimated 250 sites at 14 city beach parks.

But the phenomenon is worse for people who live along the Waianae Coast, Shimabukuro said.

The Waianae Satellite City Hall no longer issues camping permits, forcing people to travel to Kapolei Hale to camp out overnight. And homeless people have learned how to snap up city camping permits, Shimabukuro said.

“The homeless compete for the regular permits that are available,” she said.

She is urging city officials to issue more permits and install more bathrooms and parking spaces.

“There’s a lot of pristine coastline with no bathrooms, no parking,” Shimabukuro said.

City officials did not respond to requests for comment yesterday.

Shimabukuro released an e-mail she received from city Parks Director Les Chang that said city officials are developing an online permitting process that “should help minimize long lines and provide a more equitable opportunity for those seeking a recreational camping permit.”

Click here to read the entire article.

Aunty Frenchy DeSoto to be Honored at Makaha Hawaiian Civic Club Luau Dec. 12: Tickets on Sale Now!

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Friends of Waianae Library Meeting This WEDNESDAY

WED DEC 8, 1020

530pm at Waianae Library


From: Raelene []


9AM – 11:30AM (2.5 Hours)

Plan Agenda for the 1st meeting :

1) Meet and Greet

2) Complete Sign in with contact info and emails

3) Data form to fill out that will indicate type of services that you can provide

4) Date for next meeting in 2011 (January)

The goal is to:

1) create a networking sphere among all the providers serving the Waianae Coast.

2) Prevent the “hammer” from coming down as the last resort

3) Be proactive in assisting families prevent Child Abuse and Spouse Abuse

November 2010 Leeward Community College Newsletter

Click HERE to view the newsletter.