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]


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 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


Johnnie-Mae L. Perry
Concerned Resident of 96792


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)


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


Supplies will be provided

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.