Ka Himeni Ana Music Contest – Application Deadline July 29!

From Maui Now

Ka Himeni Ana Music Competition Contest Submission Deadline Extended
By Sonia Isotov
Published July 15, 2011

The contestant submission deadline for the Hawaiian music competition ‘Ka Himeni Ana’ has been extended to Friday, July 29th.

Presented by the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame, the competition and concert is being held at the Hawaii Theatre on Saturday, August 27th at 7:00 p.m.

Contestants vie for 6 cash prizes ranging from $200 to $1,200.

‘Ka Himeni Ana’ features local groups performing the soft voice music style called nahenahe, with no microphones or amplified instruments and sung in the Hawaiian language.

Applications and recordings will be reviewed by the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame and contestants selected from the applications received on or before July 29th.

To apply as a contestant, groups (no solo acts) with 2 – 5 members must submit a Ka Himeni Ana  contestant information form and a cassette tape or CD recording to: P.O. Box 30337, Honolulu, HI 96820  or dropped off at 1221 Kapiolani Blvd, Roof Deck Suite #6A-1, Honolulu, HI 96814. Mark it:  Attention: Ka Himeni Ana 2011.  Contestant application can be downloaded. For questions or more  information, please  email chimaine@hawaiipacificentertainment.com or debbie@hawaiipacificentertainment.com.

The Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame presents the 27th annual ‘Ka Himeni Ana’ at the Hawaii Theatre on Saturday, August 27th at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are on sale now.  Balcony seats are available for $23 and orchestra/loge seating is $33 (pricing includes $3 restoration fee for Hawaii Theater). Tickets can be purchased at the Hawaii Theatre Box Office, charge by phone at (808) 528-0506, or online at http://www.hawaiitheatre.com. For more information on the event please visit http://www.hmhof.org.

[See original press release. For the application form, click here.]

[The following is from an earlier article]

Rules for the competition include:

  • Competition is open to amateur Hawaiian music groups containing 2 – 5 members (no solo acts).
  • At least half of the group must perform with and play an instrument.
  • Instruments shall be “acoustic”—no electric or amplified instruments except Hawaiian steel guitar maybe electric and use a small amplifier.
  • No microphones are allowed for instruments or vocals.
  • Contestants will be judged on the quality of their vocal harmony, use of Hawaiian language, and overall musicianship.
  • Song selections must be restricted to compositions authored prior to 1945, or if post 1945 or new original composition, shall be in the “nahenahe” style.
  • Although First Place winning groups may not enter subsequent contests, individual singers may participate as members of other groups.

Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame website.


If you or someone you know had children removed from your household by CPS, one of the first things you should do is ask trusted relatives or friends to become certified as foster parents.  Once they are certified as foster parents, they can ask CPS to place your children in their care while you go through CPS’ service plan.  Partners in Development (PID) certifies and trains foster parents.  Contact PID’s “Hui Ho`omalu” foster parent certification program the following ways:
Hui Ho‘omalu
680 Iwilei Road, Suite 500
Honolulu, HI 96817

O‘ahu Phone:
(808) 441-1117

E. Hawai‘i Phone:
(808) 987-5988

W. Hawai‘i Phone:
(808) 896-3829

Kaua‘i Phone:
(808) 346-8184

Maui/Moloka‘i/Lāna‘i Phone:
(808) 268-5122

Neighbor Island Toll Free:
(888) 879-8970

(808) 441-1122


Carol M. Morimoto
Project Director

2011 Hawaii State Assessment and Preliminary AYP Results

Contact:  Sandy Goya

2011 Hawaii State Assessment and Preliminary AYP Results

Fifteen schools exit sanctions as math scores climb

The Hawaii State Department of Education released the results of the 2011 Hawaii State Assessment and preliminary Adequate Yearly Progress reports.

“Hawaii’s educators and students deserve all the credit for once again achieving impressive gains in math — a subject that is the gateway to a seamless transition into colleges and careers — while holding reading scores steady,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi.

“Our focus will remain on supporting students and schools as we implement internationally-benchmarked common core standards, use data to gauge learning and adjust instruction in real time, and engage families and communities in our educational mission.”

Hawaii State Assessment: Reading Scores Steady, Math Proficiency Climbs
According to the 2011 Hawaii State Assessment results, student proficiency scores in reading held steady after years of impressive gains.  In comparison, math proficiency has risen five percent annually for two consecutive years.  The results include the Hawaii State Assessment, the Hawaii State Alternate Assessment, and the Hawaiian Aligned Portfolio Assessment.

The first online adaptive version of the Hawaii State Assessment test was administered to approximately 95,000 students from October 18, 2010 to May 20, 2011, to allow schools the option of administering the test up to three times to any or all students.  The online test replaced the paper-and-pencil reading and math tests, which were last administered to students in April 2010.  

Overall, the percentage of students testing proficient in reading rose from 41 percent (2003) and 60 percent (2007) to 66 percent in 2011, down one percent from last year.  In math, it rose dramatically from 20 percent (2003) and 39 percent (2007) to an impressive 54 percent in 2011.  
Beginning in 2007, a new version of the Hawaii State Assessment based on the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards III was administered to students.

2011 Hawaii State Assessment by Grade-Level results
Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8 made significant gains in math.  Proficiency levels improved or remained stable for grade and subject area when compared to the 2007 results.

Grade 3 – Increased from 62% to 65% in reading, and 49% to 63% in math;
Grade 4 – Increased from 54% to 67% in reading, and 48% to 61% in math;
Grade 5 – Increased from 60% to 66% in reading, and 40% to 57% in math;
Grade 6 – Increased from 56% to 67% in reading, and 39% to 52% in math;
Grade 7 – Increased from 62% to 65% in reading, and 37% to 52% in math;
Grade 8 – Increased from 60% to 67% in reading, and 26% to 53% in math;
Grade 10 – Increased from 65% to 66% in reading, and 29% to 38% in math.

Individual HSA school results will be released next month.

Adequate Yearly Progress:  15 Schools Exit Sanctions
The 2011 Hawaii State Assessment results are used to determine a school’s status under the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). This school year, Hawaii’s performance targets rose from 58% to 72% in reading and 46% to 64% in mathematics. These targets will continue to rise until 2014, when 100% of students are mandated under NCLB to demonstrate proficiency in reading and math.  
– DOE –

Materials described below are available at hawaiidoe.org under “News,” July 15.

Fact Sheet:  Background information on the Hawaii State Assessment and NCLB – Adequate Yearly Progress
Hawaii State Assessment:  PowerPoint Slides with 2011 state summary results, and previous years comparisons and trends
No Child Left Behind – Adequate Yearly Progress:  AYP Summary Table
Posted at http://arch.k12.hi.us/: A detailed 288-page school-by-school report and a 13-page summary of Preliminary AYP results by school, grouped by complex.

Contact:   Cara Tanimura, Director
     Systems Accountability Office, 586-3283

     Sandy Goya, Director
     Communications Office, 586-3232

Willie Cadena, Program Specialist III
Community Children’s Council Office
1177 Alakea Street B100
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Telephone 586-5370
Toll Free 800-437-8641

LWLHI (Lucky We Live Hawaii).

From:  Timothy K. Bradley

I’m currently an intern under Makaha Studios with the Kauhale program. My part in the internship is to help create this new business venture called LWLHI (Lucky We Live HI).

We’re going to be creating an online community of people from Hawai’i and creating videos and other media products to explain why we’re so lucky to live Hawai’i.

Here is our Facebook page:

We also have a sizzle reel explaining who we are:

We also have our own website but right now, it’s not ready:

PHOCUSED Annual Meeting: PHOCUSED On A New Day!

Wednesday, July 27

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Catholic Charities Clarence T.C. Ching Campus Auditorium

Confirmed Presenters:
Governor Neil Abercrombie & Staff

PHOCUSED is honored to have Governor Abercrombie at this event to engage in meaningful and thoughtful dialogue about the future of our health  and human service sector in Hawaii. A conversation you will not want to miss!!


Annabel Chotzen

Ms. Chotzen is an award-winning international speaker who, like her Hawaiian homeland, delivers a strong yet gentle experience you will not want to miss!

Entertainment by:

 Harmony’s Hula of the Lanakila Multi-Purpose Senior Center

 Signing Stars of Goodwill Industries Hawaii


 Morning Refreshments & Lunch Provided

This no-cost event is provided as a community service to the health and human service sector however donations in support of the mission of PHOCUSED are appreciated.

Please RSVP to Tenney at 734-0233 ext. 310 or tribellia@secoh.org by July 22nd.

Parking instructions will be provided to those confirmed to attend prior to the event.

Visit “Nail Tips” for Manicures, Waxing, Hair Styling & More!

Nail Tips supported the Alumni of Nanakuli & Friends Give Back Concert on 7/9/11 by hosting a booth.

Visit them at:

87-060 Farrington Hwy Ste B
Waianae, HI 96792

(808) 697-1148

Leeward Community College-Wai`anae Honored by UH Board of Regents, and Scheduled To Be Recognized by Governor

(L to R): BOR Chair Eric Martinson, Chancellor Manny Cabral, Danny Wyatt, Danielle Saito, Jennifer Wharton, Emi Kaneshiro, William Longanecker, Summer Miles, Jayson Corrales, Jean StavRue-Pe’ahi, Genai U’ilani Keliikuli, Walterbea Aldeguer, Pres. MRC Greenwood, Darwin Bohnet, VP John Morton.  [Click the image to enlarge]

The LeeCC Waianae Team, also M. Cabral, Jim Goodman, Ron Umehira, Mike Pecsok.  [Click the image to enlarge].

The Leeward Community College – Wai`anae Education Center Team was acknowledged by the Board of Regents and UH President MRC Greenwood at the BOR meeting on July 7, 2011 for its exemplary service to the University of Hawaii.

The LeeCC Wai`anae Team has been selected as the University’s nominee for the 2011 Governor’s Award for Team Excellence Award of Merit (Team of the Year). The Team includes Walterbea Aldeguer, Darwin Bohnet, Jayson Corrales, Genai U’ilani Keliikuli, Emi Kaneshiro, Scott Kuraoka, William Longanecker, Summer Miles, Danielle Saito, Jean StavRue-Pe’ahi, Jennifer Wharton, and Danny Wyatt. The Team was nominated by Laurie Lawrence, LeeCC Wai`anae Coordinator.  In addition, the Team will be recognized at the Governor’s Awards Ceremony on October 14, 2011 at the State Capitol Auditorium.  Congratulations all!

Free Showing of ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ – Aug 23, 6pm

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Sen. Shimabukuro and The Hawaii Institute for Human Rights will provide the community with an update on climate change. The Institute will also offer a free showing of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, as well as a few children’s short films about global warming.


6:00PM TO 9:00PM


Dinner will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

Potluck dishes welcome

Kamaile Academy Update: Preparation for New School Year & May Day Highlights

L-R: Associate Principal Paul Kepka, Associate Principal Anna Winslow, Ho`okako`o Board Member Megan McCorriston, Principal Emma Weiss, and Associate Principal Chris Cale are busy preparing for the new school year.  Kamaile Academy conversion charter school now services students up to 10th grade, and hopes to expand to 12th grade in the next two years.  

Kamaile Academy teachers are meeting over the summer to plan for the start of school in Fall 2011.  The Academy is building new classrooms to accommodate its large student enrollment.  For more information on how you can support Kamaile Academy, visit: http://www.kamaileacademy.com/Kamaile Academy na kamali’i haumana (young students) presented ho`okupu (offerings) to the 2011 May Day Court.  The program for the beautiful student performance is below.  Click to zoom in.

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Parents for Righteousness Provides Support for CPS Families


Maile spoke, as she has done for the past several years, at the Parents for Righteousness’ annual “Be Aware” seminar regarding Child Protective Services issues on 7/9/11 at Wai`anae Neighborhood Community Center.  For more information, visit: http://parentsforrighteousness.org/index_files/frame.htm



Congratulations to Nanakuli & Wai`anae High PVT Land Co. Scholarship Winners!

Students from Wai`anae High, and Nanakuli High & Intermediate School, were awarded scholarships by PVT Land Co., and honored at a dinner at WCCHC’s Ka`aha`aina Cafe on 7/9/11.  [Click the photo to enlarge].


Jujitsu Tournament at Wai`anae District Park

Jujitsu student Shiwana Lindsey, Jujitsu Grand Master Rick Alemany, and Sen. Maile Shimabukuro at the 7/9/11 tournament.

Jujitsu Grand Master Rick Alemany, Jujitsu Chief Instructor Prof. Mel Cansibog, and Tae Kwon Do Sabuni Joann Ramos all teach on the Wai`anae Coast.  Students aged toddlers and up are eligible for the classes.

Two young and enthusiastic Jujitsu students, Kailani Gorai (left) and Olivia Quismondo, participated in the Wai`anae tournament.

The 7/9/11 Jujitsu Tournament at Wai`anae District Park was exciting and inspiring.

For more information, contact:
Wai`anae District Park
85-601 Farrington Highway
Waianae, HI 96792-2406
(808) 696-4441


Jujitsu Programs on the Wai`anae Coast:

  • AJI Headquarters, Prof. Samuel Luke, 3632 Salt Lake Blvd., Honolulu, Hawaii 96818
  • KenKaJu Self Defense, 85-166 Plantation Rd., Waianae, HI 96792, Sensei Mansfield Cuarisma, (808) 668-6430, AJI
  • Nanakuli Dōjō, Sensei Joe Kutzen, (808) 668-6113, Box 537, Waianae, HI 96792
  • Wai`anae Jujitsu Club, Jujitsu Chief Instructor Prof. Mel Cansibog, Wai`anae District Park, Tues & Thurs, 6-7:30PM, (808) 294-1879, Po Box 44 Waianae, Hawaii 96792

Ka Pua Project Letter from Kamehameha Schools to Wai`anae Coast Residents (July 2011)

Letter to Waianae Coast residents

Aloha mai käkou,

As many of you may have read or heard, our plans to build a learning community in Mäkaha Valley came to an abrupt end last week after landowner Jeff Stone declined to finalize a gift agreement for 67 acres that we had been negotiating for more than a year.

You have heard from our Trustees, our Ka Pua team and me that our commitment to the families of the Wai’anae Coast is unwavering; we are now looking for other sites for the facilities envisioned for the Kamehameha Schools Learning Community.

In a recent two-page advertisement in Westside Stories, Mr. Stone tells his story. I agree with Mr. Stone that the process of planning was a true collaboration, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to benefit the entire Wai’anae Coast community, and that all of us felt an extreme sense of satisfaction.  I do not question the goodwill of any of us in seeking ways to work together on Mr. Stone’s Mäkaha lands.  I regret that it did not work out.

There are, unfortunately, parts of Mr. Stone’s story which are misleading regarding Kamehameha Schools’ commitment that I must address with you, given his very public statements and the chance that some in our community may now doubt our commitment to the haumäna – students – and their families of the Wai’anae Coast.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

My hope is that my selected comments below will clarify our story and allow all of us to move on with the goodwill that still exists and the actions needed to move forward.

  • Kamehameha Schools did not offer “new” conditions to Mr. Stone.  Kamehameha Schools has been prepared to close twice on its 67-acre gift, as early as February 2011 and as recently as June 30, 2011, under terms agreed to by the parties.  Those terms are: 1) The Learning Community would carry the Stone family name, 2) The land would be restricted to activities that fulfilled Kamehameha Schools’ mission, and, 3) Kamehameha Schools aspired to spend $10 million over 5 years or $25 million over 10 years on the build-out of the learning community.

We committed to beginning with an early education facility, which included preschool and family child interaction programs as well as facilities to train and develop early learning teachers in the community, all to support the growing Hawaiian communities on the Wai’anae Coast.  This was not an end, but rather a beginning, which the agreement with Mr. Stone left to our discretion.  In our ongoing meetings with Wai’anae Coast communities, support for keiki and the need to provide teaching career opportunities for community members were wholeheartedly affirmed.

When we find new sites to build learning facilities, we will continue with these plans that grow from our work with the community.

  • The Makaha gift does not drive Kamehameha Schools’ Ka Pua vision.

Mr. Stone implies that the KS Learning Community at Mäkaha drives Kamehameha Schools’ “Ka Pua” vision.  That is not true.   Our discussions with Trustees about “Ka Pua” began in 2007, and in 2009 the Trustees formally approved the entire Ka Pua plan, including a directive to find land to build learning facilities on the Coast.  Kamehameha Schools’ Ka Pua vision includes building and supporting quality education through the Coast’s community schools, linking to community services that care for children and families, and investing in programs and facilities that strengthen this vision.  This vision is not driven by one site but rather by partnerships and investments across the Coast.

We are already underway with Ka Pua, through our support of the Coast’s community schools and discussions with community organizations to link services.  Some recent examples include:

  • Implementation of an early childhood initiative (called P-3), in collaboration with early learning providers on the Coast, to expand quality early learning programs to children and their families.
  • Literacy support and coaching in the elementary and middle schools
  • Leadership, instruction, and accreditation support and funding for both charter schools on the Coast.
  • Daily after school learning and enrichment activities for students at both DOE middle schools.
  • Funding and support for Year Two of the New Tech Academies at Nänäkuli and Wai’anae high schools, where student-centered, project-based learning is transforming how students are taught and preparing them for 21st century lives and opportunities.
  • Active participation and support for DOE Race to the Top planning and implementation
  • Integrated opportunities for ‘äina-based learning, internships, and college and career readiness, including discussions with the DOE and the UH system to provide early college preparation and readiness in the middle schools and college credits and acceptance well before students graduate.

And now, given the termination of the Mäkaha gift, we are working with community providers and others from the Coast, including DHHL, to find, design and define the best location – or even multiple locations – for the Kamehameha Schools’ Learning Community.

It is a blessing to work alongside collaborators with such a passionate commitment to their community, who appreciate our mission and share our values.  Without compromise, we will continue to move forward on all parts of our Ka Pua vision.

  • The entire Kamehameha Schools learning community was not intended to be built first. 

Mr. Stone also asserts that KS’ learning facilities need to be built before a DHHL community would be developed in the Mäkaha Valley, stating that the learning community was to drive the homestead.  In early meetings with the community, DHHL and Kamehameha Schools always shared the vision of a learning community in Mäkaha as one we would not do separately but together, as a “double hulled canoe”.  The vision is one of an integrated community, which KS remains fully committed to achieve.

This vision has not changed as we work with DHHL to look for new sites on the Coast.

All three parties – Mr. Stone, DHHL and KS – have spent more than a year trying to finalize this transaction, with the last month being particularly trying.  The expectations and readiness to move ahead by all parties have varied and have unfortunately been misstated publically.  It is time to end this story and move on with the more important one – a fulfillment of dreams on the Wai’anae Coast.  Those dreams are not owned by anyone but by all.  Fulfillment is what we all work for now.

Me ka ha’aha’a,

Dee Jay Mailer, Chief Executive Officer

Kamehameha Schools

Maile’s July 2011 Newsletter

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2011-2013 Native Hawaiian Development Program Plan – You’re Invited to Participate

Click the image to view the document (and the brochure) at the DHHL site.

Community Consultation: 2011-2013 Native Hawaiian Development Program Plan

All meetings are scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Special accommodations for a sign language interpreter must be made seven business days prior to the meeting date you wish to attend. Please contact the Information and Community Relations Office on O‘ahu at 808-620-9590. Please check our website or call our office for updated meeting locations.

July 20, Hilo High School
556 Wai’ānuenue Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720, Cafeteria

July 21, Kealakehe High School
74-5000 Pūohulihuli Street, Kailua-Kona HI 96740, Cafeteria

July 25, Kapolei High School
91-5007 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei, HI 96707, Cafeteria

July 26, Kūlana ‘Ō‘iwi
600 Maunaloa Highway, Kaunakakai, HI 96748, Multi Purpose Conference Room

July 27, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
National Guard Armory at Bellows Airfield
(Enter through Akebono Road – Kailua side of Waimānalo Shopping Center)

July 28, Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School
4431 Nūhou Street, Līhu’e, HI 96766, Cafeteria

August 2, McKinley High School
1039 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96814, Cafeteria

August 3, Paukūkalo
Community Center
657 Kaumuali’i Street, Wailuku, HI 96793,
Meeting Center


Submit comments no later than Sep. 3, 2011. Click here for the web form.
For more information, call 808-620-9480

Wai`anae Thrift Store – Come and Browse!

Come and browse through the shop – new items stocked daily!  The Wai`anae Thrift Store is part of the ministry of The Pentecostals of Waianae.  For more information, call 808-696-9872. Click the image to zoom in.

OHA schedules final six grant workshops

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs announced that nonprofit organizations across the state have only six chances left to attend mandatory workshops for its grants program.

OHA’s “Granting for Results” workshops are scheduled for:

9 a.m. Tuesday, July 19 in Honolulu

9 a.m. Wednesday, July 20 in Waianae

9 a.m. Friday, July 22 on Maui.

The other three workshops are scheduled for  9 a.m. Tuesday, July 26 in Honolulu; 9 a.m. Thursday, July 28 in Kona; and 9 a.m. Friday, July 29 in Hilo.

For more information, visit www.oha.org or call (808) 594-1986.

The grant money tied to these workshops is intended to help OHA achieve one or more of 10 strategic results for Native Hawaiians.

Among the results are meeting achievement standards in education; lowering chronic disease rates; and increasing the earning power of families within the Hawaiian community.

Here’s a breakdown of the grants that require applicants to attend mandatory workshops:

  • Kauhale Grant makes up to $25,000 available to fund proposals;
  • Kamoku Grant makes up to $50,000 available to fund proposals;
  • Kaiāulu Grant makes up to $100,000 available.

LCC Academic Calendar for Fall 2011

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Tuition Payment Deadlines
Detailed Final Exam Schedule
Fall Part-of-term PDF

DOE 2011-2012 Official School Calendar

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August 1 is the first day of school, but some schools may vary. This is the BOE Approved 2011-2012 calendar. Note that the 2011-12 school year is in the process of being modified so the dates for events in this calendar may be changed.

Urgent Support Letters Needed for Wai`anae Youth Sailing Program

Dear Friends of the Wai`anae Youth Sailing Program,

I am emailing you because we would like your help. The Parks/Recreation Department is deciding this week whether or not we can keep our boats at their current location on Pokai Bay (we have a 2011 permit-they want to pull it). We met with Mr. Cabato, the director of Parks and Recreation, this morning. He asked us to email him some information regarding our program. One thing he is interested in hearing about is our students-who they are; what they have learned from the program; do we support and welcome youth with disabilities or youth who are not living on the Waianae Coast;  how the program has helped the students grow; and what part of the island do our students can from? 

If you (youth, adult volunteers, supporters, and parents/guardians) would like to help us and show your support for the program-please email or mail

Mr. Cabato at parks@honolulu.gov or

Parks and Recreation

1000 Uluohia Street, Suite 309
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
Phone: (808) 768-3003

You can also copy City Council Member Tom Berg at tberg@honolulu.gov. His office has been helpful to us regarding our permit situation. 

Please tell him how much you have enjoyed, supported or learned from this program. Hopefully, emails and letters from our sailors and families might help him decide to let us keep the permit and be able to continued to run the program from the beach at the Pokai Bay . We are sorry about the urgency of this matter but your prompt email or letter could help us.

Thank you for your support


Marcy and Jeff Thomas