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):

[“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.”]

Janelle Saneishi
Public Information Officer
Hawaii Department of Agriculture
Ph: (808) 973-9560
Fax:  (808) 973-9613
HDOA website:

FYI re Leeward Child Welfare Services

Click HERE to view information.

OHA presents $30,500 to the Nanakuli High and Intermediate Performing Arts Center

HONOLULU – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs today donated $30,500 to the Nanakuli High and Intermediate Performing Arts Center (NPAC) to support its fundraising efforts to attend the prestigious Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. The August festival is billed as the largest arts festival in the world.  Nänäkuli is one of just 62 American high schools selected for the festival.

The graduation rate for students in the program is 95 percent, and 82 percent of graduates have gone on to college.

“The Nanakuli program is an educational success story,” said OHA Chief Executive Officer Clyde Namu‘o.  “OHA is proud to support a program that inspires our youth to achieve at a very high level in the classroom and exceed education standards in the state.”

“This program’s impact reaches far beyond the Native Hawaiian students who participate,” said OHA Chairwoman Colette Machado. “The program represents the Hawaiian community throughout the state and the world and is an immense source of pride for the Nanakuli and Wai‘anae communities.”

“The Nanakuli community faces many socio-economic problems,” said Namu‘o, “but it is inspiring to hear the students say this program has changed their lives and made them dream about going to college to make a better life for themselves.”

Media Contact:
Garett Kamemoto
Public Relations Specialist

Multi-Family Yard Sale March 19, 2011

Families at Ohana Ola O Kahumana and Ulu Ke Kukui Transitional Housing to Have Multi-Family Yard Sale March 19, 2011

WAIANAE, HI – Previously homeless families living in Ulu Ke Kukui and Ohana Ola O Kahumana transitional homes will come together on Saturday, March 19th, 8:00am-4:00pm to hold a “Multi-Family Yard Sale” on the grounds of Ulu Ke Kukui transitional housing (Located at: 87-576 Kula’aupuni Street, Waianae, HI 96792).  The “cash-flow’ project, initiated by those families taking a financial literacy course through Hawaiian Communities Assets, is intended to help families build their financial assets as well as build their sense of community.

With a layout of 60 plots and setup similar to a swap meet, families will be selling everything from usual garage sale items to unique hand-made goods.  Besides the family set-up selling goods, Ulu Ke Kukui’s kitchen will be offering food such as hot dogs, pop corn, and shave ice.

This multi-family garage sale represents the coming together of community for the betterment of the community.  Please come and kokua a project that empowers people and encompasses what it means to “eat, live, support, and thrive local”.

For more information about the multi-family garage sale, contact Desiree Vea at 808-587-7661 or via email at

Ulu Ke Kukui and Ohana Ola O Kahumana Transitional Home is a program of Alternative Structures International on the Waianae Coast that is committed to empowering the residents through education and access to permanent housing.

Attend Introduction to Biodynamics

Click HERE to view informational page.

Kaahue Family: The First Baby Born at Hale Wai

Here’s a story on Desiree on the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) website. It will also be featured during the NCSHA national legislative conference in DC as part of their “Faces of Home” campaign this week.

Thanks again to everyone who took the time to tell us their story.

Kaahue Family: The First Baby Born at Hale Wai
A single mom in Hawaii moves her children out of a van and into a real home in a new affordable rental development.
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Kent Miyasaki
Housing Information Officer
Hawaii Housing Finance & Development Corporation
677 Queen Street, Suite 300
Honolulu, Hawaii  96813
Phone:  371-8441

Maili Community Cleanup Video

Aloha Lily,

Thank you for your tireless effort to clean the community.

The Maili Community Cleanup Video is on the internet here:

I will submit the program to Olelo.  I have several DVDs for you and will give one to Maile Shimabukuro.\

Don Hutton

Surf mentors needed for at risk youth

As always girls sessions are on Sat 7am- 11am, boys are noon-4 at Kuhio Beach (Canoes). Boards and rashgaurds are provided.
Applications are attached at the end…

please feel free to have anyone interested give me or Sam (our Program Manager) a call ASAP!! Mentor orientations are next week!
applications  are attached at the end and can be emailed back to me or sam.

Cyn: 389.2474
Sam: 721.5662

thanks so much for your help!

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