A T Polynesian Market Features Samoan Delicacies

A T Polynesian Market in Nanakuli sells palusami (pictured) and other Samoan delicacies. They are located in Nanakuli behind the old courthouse.
 
A T Polynesian Market
87-1784 Farrington Hwy # 3
Waianae, HI 96792-3754
(808) 668-6630

Patrick Garcia of Wai`anae Named 2011 Financial Services Champion of the Year

Wai`anae’s Patrick Garcia, 4th from left, was honored by the Legislature on 3/28/11 for being named the “2011 Financial Services Champion of the Year.” [Click the image to enlarge]

FLOOR REMARKS –  SENATOR MAILE SHIMABUKURO:

The 2011 Financial Services Champion of the Year award honors an individual who assist small businesses through advocacy efforts to increase the usefulness and availability of account or financial services to small businesses.  The recipient of this year’s award is Richard Garcia of Strategic Financial Concepts.

Patrick Garcia, a business developer, trainer and partner in Strategic Financial Concepts, goes above and beyond the call of duty to truly understand the challenges small business owners face.   Mr. Garcia provides training and technical assistance to help small businesses write executive summaries and business plans, prioritize time and energy and build capacity in order to overcome hurdles to success.

Mr. Garcia’s network of associates, investors and bankers allows him a multitude of avenues for obtaining financing for small businesses, putting them on a clear course to meeting their goals.

We proudly present Mr. Patrick Garcia.  I’d also like to acknowledge Lauren Tanouye, who nominated Mr. Garcia for the Award.

[Note from Maile: Special “mahalo” to Sen. Carol Fukunaga and staff, who coordinated the honorary ceremony at the Capitol and wrote all certificates and speeches, including the speech honoring Patrick GarciaPatrick’s wife, Wai`anae realtor Terri Lynn Spotkaeff, was also in attendance when he was honored.]

Ahi Fever 2011

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Olelo’s Youth Capitol Commentary 1.19.11

To see the video, click the photo or go to this link – http://olelo.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=30&clip_id=19169

From: Roy Amemiya 3.21.11: This 4 minute video on Youth Capitol Commentary is currently airing. The actual longer interviews will also be aired, but this is a short summary of the shoot and the impact it had on the students that participated.  Mahalo for your kokua.

Tropic Lands Industrial Park Hearing Tentatively Scheduled for 4/7/11

A hearing regarding the Tropic Lands industrial park proposal is likely to be scheduled for 4/7/11 before the Land Use Commission.  Public oral testimony is allowed, and written testimony should be submitted to the Land Use Commission (LUC) at:

Land Use Commission
Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism
State of Hawaii
P.O. Box 2359
Honolulu, Hawaii 96804-2359
Telephone: (808) 587-3822
Fax: (808) 587-3827
Office Location:
Room 406, 235 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, Hawai`i 96804-2359
E-mail: Click Here
Check the calendar on the LUC website for the hearing notice.  Information regarding a Petition against the proposed industrial park is below.

On May 14, 2010, at 10:35 AM, Johnnie-Mae Perry wrote:

Hi Maile:

…The Concerned elders of Wai’anae, Nani O Wai’anae, KAHEA, American Friends Service Committee, Wai’anae Historical Society and others are running a petition drive [see description below]. [Could you please post on your blog so that any interested persons can sign the petition if they wish to do so?]

Petition:

Petition In Support of a Truly Sustainable Plan for the Wai’anae Coast
We support maintaining Wai’anae as a rural community and agricultural center for O’ahu. That is why we oppose the industrialization of our agricultural lands, including the industrial park proposed for the Tropic Lands parcel in Lualualei Valley.

We urge the city and County of Honolulu to adopt the Wai’anae Community Sustainability Plan Update without any industrial zones on agricultural land in Wai’anae.

A unified effort of The Concerned Elders of Wai’anae, Nani O Wai’anae, KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance, American Friends Service Committee, Wai’anae Historical Society, and many others committed to supporting the rural community of the Wai’anae Coast. Return completed petitions to marti@kahea.org or 808-524-8220. For more, www.kahea.org

Mahalo,

Johnnie-Mae L. Perry
Concerned Resident of 96792

CLICK HERE FOR A LINK TO THE PETITION TO REVIEW AND SIGN IT

Click here or visit the following link for an article regarding Tropic Land’s light industrial park proposed in Nanakuli: http://www.thehawaiiindependent.com/story/community-comes-to-the-defense-of-lualualei-valleys-ag-land/


Wai`anae-Ma`ili-Nanakuli Earth Day Adopt-A-Stream Events 4/30/11


(To view a larger version of this flyer, click on this link: Waianae-Maili-Nanakul AAS 4-30-11)

Aloha,

You are invited to the Earth Day Adopt-A-Stream Cleanups at Kaupuni, Mailiili and Ulehawa!

Date: Saturday, April 30, 2011
Check in:  8:00 am at 3 sites

  1. Waianae Boys and Girls Club, 165 Plantation Road
  2. Mailiili Stream across Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, 86-260 Farrington Highway
  3. Ulehawa Stream at the Kaiser Permanente Nanaikeola Clinic, 87-2116 Farrington Highway

Cleanup: 8:30-11am

We have permission to clear areas in portions of Kaupuni, Mailiili and Ulehawa streams under the City’s jurisdiction.  The Mailiili and Ulehawa cleanups are land-based. We do not enter private property.

To Register
Go to www.cleanwaterhonolulu.com, click on contact us, select volunteer; please provide cellular number with text messaging capabilities for emergency purposes.

Volunteer Safety and Liability
All volunteers must

Education

Supplies will be provided

Contingencies
I will notify group leaders via cellular phone by 6am if the project is cancelled due to weather or other unsafe conditions.

Please feel free to contact me via email (first) at iwalanis5@gmail.com , then cellular at 780-8872.

Thank you,
Iwalani Sato (City and County of Honolulu, Department of Environmental Services)

The Importance of Maintaining Public School Facilities

This national study, “Addressing Inadequate Investment in School Facility Maintenance” (2010), by Bello and Loftness, is available in PDF format and free for downloading and distribution. It’s being showcased by Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts and School of Architecture. There’s a brief section on classroom temperatures (fans, AC) and their impact on learning, a problem that has concerned Sen. Shimabukuro for many years. The problem of deferred maintenance of schools and its consequences is the most important message in this study.

Councilmembers Berg and Gabbard Tamayo Hosting Town Mtg 3/31 Re: Landfill & Emergency Preparedness

Key Measures Being Heard This Week

Several measures I have introduced and others of interest are being heard this week.  Click on the underscored measures to see hearing and other status information.

CHILDREN & FAMILIES

SB 217 increase statute of limitations for child sex abuse civil suits

HAWAIIAN

HCR 293/HR 258 requesting removal of term “Treaty of Annexation” from President McKinley statue

SCR55/SR29 requesting redesignation of “Discoverer’s Day” to “Indigenous Peoples’ Day”

OCEAN & BEACH ISSUES

SB 1025 expands offense against law enforcement officer to include assaults against firefighters and water safety officers

BUSINESS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

SB 101 legalize traditional methods of pa’i ‘ai and poi preparation for commercial sale

SCR 159 urge DHHL to release pastoral and agricultural leases to its beneficiaries

 

Traffic Updates Re: Signal Modernization & Intersections

TRAFFIC SIGNAL MODERNIZATION, VARIOUS LOCATIONS – OAHU
F. A. P. NO. CMAQ-0300(111)

Possible lane closure for Monday, 3/28/11, 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Farrington Hwy (Waianae)-Waianae High School signalized driveway intersection:
Southbound right lane closure on Farrington Hwy through intersection, for traffic signal system modernization work (sidewalk restoration for new underground ducts).

Possible lane closures for Tuesday, 3/29/11, through Friday, 4/1/11, 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Farrington Hwy (Waianae)-Ala Akau St intersection:
Right lane closures on Farrington Hwy, in either direction through intersection, for traffic signal system modernization work (installation of new pullboxes).

TURN SIGNAL UPDATES

Request for a turn signal at the intersection of Lualualei Homestead Rd. and Farrington Hwy.

An highway safety improvement project was initiated to install a left turn lane at this signalized intersection. The initial scope fo wrok was to widen 500 feet of existing roadway, reconstruct existing sidewalks, gutters, rock wall and chain link fence, relocate bus shelter, fire hydrant and water meter and valves, drainage piping and catch basins, electrical boxes and traffic signals and relocation of 4 utility poles.  In 2007, it was determined that it was not feasible due to the significant right of way land acquisition necessary for the project  (approximately 2,600 square footage of land)  ((Estimated Cost: $4.9M)).    Acquisition would have impacted businesses which are located at each corner of the intersection. Project was then taken off the TIP/STIP.    Since then, the number of accidents have gone down significantly such that it is no longer a high-accident site.

Request for a turn signal at the intersection of Leihoku St. and Farrington Highway (the turn into the City bus terminal station).

This concern was brought to our attention earlier.   We have conducted a traffic warrant study for a protected left turn phase at this signalized intersection and have found it to be warranted.   The mast arm on existing traffic signal pole needs to be extended along with signal head installation/modifications, and we are working on a design.   Only problem we anticipate is when the design is completed, whether we will have sufficient funding to implement the necessary changes.

Thank you.

Jadine Urasaki, P.E. LEED AP
Deputy Director
State of Hawaii Department of Transportation
869 Punchbowl Street, Suite 500
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: 808.587.2156
Cell: 808.271.6789
Fax: 808.587.2167

Free Tax Help

AARP WILL ONCE AGAIN PROVIDE TAX AIDE TO THE WAIANAE AREA FOR FREE. EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY TILL THE 14TH OF APRIL. TIME: 8 A.M. TO NOON. PLEASE BRING A COPY OF YOUR LAST YEAR TAXES, PICTURE I.D. AND SOCIAL SECURITY CARD WITH YOU TO THE WAI`ANAE NEIGHBORHOOD COMMUNITY CENTER MEETING ROOM (A.K.A, WAI`ANAE SATELLITE CITY HALL).

ANY QUESTIONS CALL 696-3369. Note: Please also check out Hawaii Tax Help (http://www.hawaiitaxhelp.org ) for more information on eligibility and locations.

Statewide Pedestrian Master Plan Mtg in Wai`anae 3/30/11

Attached is a flyer promoting the next round of public meetings for the state-wide pedestrian master plan. A meeting is scheduled for Waianae as follows:

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Waianae High School
85-251 Farrington Highway, Waianae, HI 96792

Click the image to zoom in. Click here to view the entire document.

Attached for your reference is a draft list of the Areas of Concern for the Pedestrian Master Plan. nte that the treatment being proposed for Farrington Highway is not a design solution but rather public education. Given that injuries to pedestrians have occurred in the crosswalk, it may be that Waianae residents would be better served by asking for a design solution. It is a complex issue because Farrington is the major road in and out of Waianae and speeds are high, but the residents of Waianae deserve some creative thinking around this one…there are far more costly projects proposed for communities where no accidents/deaths have occurred. Attachments:
AreasofConcern_v1.pdf
StatewidePedestrianMasterPlanPublicMeeting2.pdf

From: Kathleen.Chu@CH2M.com
Sent: Monday, February 21, 2011 9:51 AM
Subject: Statewide Pedestrian Master Plan: CAC Meeting #4, Friday, Feb. 25th
Importance: High
HDOT_PedPlan_Logo_r02a.jpgAloha CAC Members,

Attached are the Meeting Materials for the upcoming CAC Meeting on Friday, February 25, 1:30 PM, at various HDOT offices (5th Floor Conference Room – Punchbowl for the Oahu attendees). It’s a lot of material to review. I will be sending it out in two emails. We also are mailing hard copies of all the meeting materials to you for your convenience today.

1. Agenda
2. PowerPoint Presentation
3. Draft Area of Concern Locations
4. Draft Performance Measures Memo
5. Draft Design Guidelines: Introduction
6. Draft Design Guidelines: Toolbox 1, Thinking About Pedestrians from the Start

Second Email
7. Draft Design Guidelines: Toolbox 2, Pedestrian Friendly Streets
8. Draft Design Guidelines: Toolbox 3, Accessibility
9. Draft Design Guidelines: Toolbox 4, Sidewalks and Walkways
10. Draft Design Guidelines: Toolbox 5, Intersections and Crossings
11. Updated Workplan
12. CAC Meeting #3 (12/3/2010) Summary

Please RSVP, if you haven’t already.

Mahalo,
Kathleen
Kathleen Chu, P.E.
CH2M Hill, Inc.
1132 Bishop Street
Suite 1100
Honolulu, HI
808-440-0283
kathleen.chu@ch2m.com

Aloha Aina Earth Day Recycling Event at Wai`anae High School a Big Success

Rene Mansho of Schnitzer Steel has reported that Wai`anae High School raised $1,750 for scrap metal alone so far at its March 5  Aloha Aina Earth Day recycling event.  Mahalo nui loa to the event’s many organizers and sponsors (see list of sponsors on flyer below).
Maile wishes to personally thank volunteers from her office: Geanine McIntosh, Sandie Morimoto (who brought volunteers from Wai`anae Health Academy), and Kapua Keli`ikoa-Kama`i.  Other volunteers and donors included Maile’s family members (Summer & Manny Miles, Karen Young, and Fred Dodge), Dansen’s Auto Repair (who donated a truckload of scrap metal); Hale Nalu Surf & Bike (who donated several bikes); and Dr. Alex Kaloi (who donated bottles, scrap metal, and drove his truck to pick up donations and bulky roadside trash). 
Maile also observed several community members, such as William Jr. & Melva Aila, Mark Suiso, the Rico `Ohana, and many others.   It was great to see Wai`anae High heavily involved by donating tons of recyclables from the various buildings on campus.  Big MAHALO to Elliot Peters, Wai`anae High student body president, for spearheading the event, and all the other members of the Wai`anae High School community who came out in strong support of Aloha Aina recycling day!

Click HERE or below to view informational flyer on the event.

PROCEEDS BENEFITTED WAI`ANAE HIGH SCHOOL – MAHALO FOR YOUR SUPPORT TO “TURN TRASH TO CASH”!


 

Women of Wai`anae Yard Sale April 2 & 3, 8am-2pm

Please come to find great bargains and support Women of Waianae’s scholarship fund. The yard sale will take place at 86-021 Ala Poko Street (house on corner of Ala Poko St. & Pokai Bay Street).

Donations are being accepted. Email maliakai@hawaii.rr.com or call 696-4677 if you want to help.

For more information about WOW, visit: http://wowaianae.blogspot.com

Bill to “Legalize” Traditional Poi Preparation

Daniel Anthony preparing poi the traditional way at the Legislature’s annual “Hawaiian Caucus Day.”
Organizers and supporters of the Poi Bill (SB101) are collecting signatures for petitions, giving out bumper stickers and DVDs, and providing information about the bill, pa`i `ai and taro.
Further information can be found at:
Click on the link below for the status of SB101:

The Legalize Pa’i ‘Ai `Ohana (LPAO), was formed in 2010 to “indigenize” current state laws, regulated by the Hawai’i State Department of Health, prohibiting the sale of hand pounded pa’i ‘ai and poi. These traditional staple foods, in this time of community food security and epidemic health crisis, are once again regaining recognition and popularity as some of the most healthy and secure foods in today’s modern landscape. The LPAO is comprised of kalo  farmers,  lawyers, poi millers and hand pounders, teachers, social workers, mothers and fathers, youth, business people, public servants, doctors and cultural practioners.

E ola ia Haloa, e ola mai na kama! Haloa and the people thrive!

High Surf Warning – 25 to 35 Feet

[Mar. 16, 2011, 10:30AM] …HIGH SURF ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM HST THIS EVENING… …HIGH SURF WARNING IS CANCELLED…

 

[Mar. 15, 2011, 07:26AM] Waianae, HI –

A HIGH SURF WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL Mar 16, 6 AM HST WEDNESDAY.

* SURF…WAVE HEIGHTS OF 25 TO 35 FEET TODAY ALONG NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES.

* TIMING…THE SWELL WILL CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS…RIP CURRENTS WHICH CAN EASILY OVERPOWER EVEN STRONG SWIMMERS. COASTAL EROSION ALONG SHORES EXPOSED TO THE NORTHWEST SWELL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A HIGH SURF WARNING INDICATES THAT DANGEROUS…BATTERING WAVES WILL POUND THE SHORELINE. THIS WILL RESULT IN VERY DANGEROUS SWIMMING CONDITIONS…AND DEADLY RIP CURRENTS.

(AccuWeather 3.15.11, 07:30AM)

Governor to Release Funds for Electrical Upgrades for Wai`anae Coast Schools

Click HERE to view letter and attachments from Governor Neil Abercrombie’s office.

NHIS Performing Arts Center Presents “Camp Rock”

Click HERE to view informational flyer.

Illegal Tegu Lizard Found in Wai`anae

Good afternoon:

Here is a link to a news release and photo from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (NR11-06 February 22, 2011):  http://hawaii.gov/hdoa/news/news-releases-2011/illegal-tegu-lizard-found-in-waianae/

[“Individuals who see or have knowledge of illegal animals should call the State’s toll-free PEST HOTLINE at 643-PEST (7378). Those harboring illegal animals are encouraged to turn in the animals under the State’s amnesty program, which provides immunity from prosecution. Illegal animals may be turned in to any HDOA Office, Honolulu Zoo or any Humane Society – no questions asked and no fines assessed.”]

Aloha,
Janelle Saneishi
Public Information Officer
Hawaii Department of Agriculture
Ph: (808) 973-9560
Fax:  (808) 973-9613
e-mail:  hdoa.info@hawaii.gov
HDOA website:  www.hawaii.gov/hdoa/

FYI re Leeward Child Welfare Services

Click HERE to view information.