LCC-Wai`anae Fundraising Yard Sale Oct. 8-9!

Title: LCC-Wai`anae Fundraising Yard Sale Oct. 8-9!
Who: LCC-Wai`anae students and staff
What: Yard Sale Fundraiser
When: Saturday & Sunday (Oct. 8-9, 2011), 8am-2pm
Why: Raise money for the student activities fund
Where: 86-024 Glenmonger Street, Wai`anae (corner of Pokai Bay & Glenmonger Streets)
 Yard sale donations may be dropped off at LCCW or 86-024 Glenmonger St. For more information, contact Summer Miles at or 721-6592.

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Ka Leo ‘O Nanakuli News Media website is back up


I just wanted to share with you that the Ka Leo ‘O Nanakuli News Media website is back up again and we hope you will enjoy the stories that my News Media students create.  Yes, the news media program is the other hat I wear besides the NPAC.

The Ka Leo ‘O Nanakuli news program is responsible for the school newspaper and news website.  I actually ran the program for over 12 years, but over the last two years, the program had no students willing to do the job, so the paper and website died.  However, this year we have a bunch of students who wanted to learn journalism skills as well as I am teaching a AVID class and having them also work on stories.

In addition, several of these students are working on the PBS Hiki No Student Television News Show.

We plan on constantly updating the site as well as doing tweaks in the format.  We hope you enjoy the news that is coming out of Nanakuli.


Here is the website address for Ka Leo ‘O Nanakuli:
Here is the website address for Hiki No:

36th Annual Rell Sunn Menehune Surfing Championships

Nov. 25-26, 2011 at Makaha Beach

Menehune Triple Lei of Surfing
Bodyboarding, Shortboarding, Longboarding

Please Kokua (click on the flyer below for more information)
Contact Jan Sunn-Carreira
Rell Sunn Education Fund (Nonprofit 501c3)
84-012 Makau Street
Makaha, HI 96792
Tel. 949.829.1036
Cell 949.795.8268

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Job Announcements for Ka Wai Ola O Waianae

Pacific American Foundation is expecting an Environmental Protection Agency award for Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Level 2 grant on October 1st!

This grant award will enable us to implement our action plan to reduce non-point source pollution and mitigate illegal dumping along the Wai`anae Coast.

Once we are awarded the contract, we will hire 1 COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR and 3 TASK FORCE COORDINATORS.  PAF is currently requesting resumes for these positions through Sept 24th.  You are all invited to apply – or forward to someone you think might be interested.

Job announcements were posted in:
·         West Side Stories ( – pages 4 and 12),
·         Pacific American Foundation website ( and on
·         Craig’s List  ( and (

Thus far we have had 5 people apply for the communication coordinator position but no one for the task force coordinator positions.

Please encourage qualified applicants in your community to submit their resumes!

Mahalo nui loa!

Leslie Kahihikolo, Project Director
Pacific American Foundation
146 Hekili Street, Suite 203
Kailua, HI 96734

Children & Youth Hour – Saturday October 1

Aloha All!

We are having a free activity hour of fun & fitness at Maili Beach Park on Saturday, October 1st at 5pm.

We are going to see how it goes and if our community likes to we will work on keeping it an ongoing thing for our keiki.

The ages are 7-18, or younger if parents will participate. It’s going to be great! I hope to see many of our community families.

Ms. Sharlette L. K. Poe, Jr.
Waianae, Hawaii
Cell: 808-548-1771

Survey seeking input from community on what long-term vision of change should look like.

Ku’ulani M. Keohokalole, M.A.
Project Analyst, Ka Pua
Public Education Support Division (PEdS)
Kamehameha Schools
567 S. King Street, Suite 100
Honolulu, HI 96813

The survey is linked here:

This will just be one round of surveying, so we hope to collect responses by Oct 1st, but the gathering of community input and feedback will be ongoing throughout the process. If you have questions about the larger initiative, please visit:

ColorWhims – ‘One Stop’ Professional Party Entertainment Service

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Update: LCC-Waianae Campus Potential Relocation to TyCom Building in Maili

Message to the community from

Laurie Lawrence, Associate Professor/Leeward CC Waianae Coordinator

 The UH system sold $2M in revenue bonds to purchase a building on the Waianae Coast to provide a permanent home for the Waianae Education Center.  The first option on the table was to either purchase the building in which we are currently operating or the one next door — both are owned by the same trust.  It was determined that the building next door was not structurally suitable, and the asking price for the building we are in was too high.  So the UH system and LCC administration took a look at the Tycom building again, since the owners had come down in price and because it was a much larger building that would accommodate expansion of both the liberal arts program as well as much needed career and technical education programs that we cannot offer in our current location. 

It is my understanding that the UH system and LCC administration needed to get Board of Regents approval for reallocation of additional bond revenues in order to pursue the purchase of the Tycom building.  The BOR gave their approval at their August 25th meeting.

The $3M appropriated by the legislature was for renovation of whatever building is purchased.  The request for the Governor to release these funds was included in the overall request by the UH system to release CIP funds for UH.

As to the community outreach, we held an initial LCCW Community Advisory Board meeting in July to notify our CAB members of the possibility of purchase of the Tycom building.  All in attendance had positive feedback.  Rep. Jo Jordan spoke with LCC Vice Chancellor Mark Lane at length about the need to take this to the community for input.  It has been discussed by administration and it is my understanding that they decided to wait until the UH system was certain it had the funds secured before moving forward with community meetings.  It is also my understanding that now that the funding for purchase has been secured, the community meetings will take place. 

That’s what I know.  Please feel free to contact me if you have further questions.  Anything I cannot answer will be forwarded to LCC administration (Chancellor Manny Cabral and Vice Chancellors Mark Lane and Michael Pecsok) for their response.

FYI…We are currently offering over 60 class sections that accommodate 500 individual students in 7000 sq ft of space. This represents a greater than 100% increase in both the number of students and the number of class offerings since 2006. We also have 12 full time faculty and staff positions and 20 visiting instructors and must accommodate their office needs in this same space.  We have done everything we can in our current space but we are completely maxed out at this point.  We desperately need a larger building to accommodate the growing educational needs of our community — from Kahe Point to Kaena.

For more information, contact:

Laurie Lawrence
Associate Professor/Leeward CC Waianae Coordinator


Leeward Housing Summit


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Town Hall Meeting on UH-West Oahu


I wanted to send a quick reminder about the upcoming West Oahu Town Hall Meeting on UH-West Oahu scheduled for Wednesday, September 21, 2011 from 7:00-8:30pm at the Kapolei High School Cafeteria.  UH-West Oahu Chancellor Gene Awakuni and UH-West Oahu administrators and faculty will provide updates on the construction of the new Kapolei campus, academic programs at the new campus and information on applications.
For those of you who were unable to attend the Town Hall Meeting on Education with special guests Lisa DeLong, Department of Education Complex Area Superintendent of Nanakuli & Waianae and Dee Jay Mailer, Kamehameha Schools Chief Executive Officer held on August 17th, Olelo will televise the meeting as follows:
Wednesday, September 21, 12pm on Ch. 49
Friday, September 30, 4pm on Ch. 54
You will receive the most updated information on my Representative Jo Jordan Facebook page at, so become a fan today.  Feel free to share this with anyone that you think would be interested in the information.  Please, let me know if you have any questions or concerns by contacting me at 586-8460 or
Jo Jordan, Representative
45th District
Waianae, Makaha, Makua

Kamaile Academy Blesses New Portables

Photos from the Aug. 12, 2011, blessing. Click the images to zoom in. For more information about Kamaile Academy, contact:  Kamaile Academy PCS, 85-180 Ala Akau Street, Wai’anae, HI 96792. Phone (808) 697-7110. FAX (808) 697-7115. “Kamaile Academy Vision — Where learning leads to endless opportunities and infinite worth.”

Mahalo to “Movie Night” Volunteers!

8/23/11 Movie Night volunteers, L-R: Johnito and Serena Bajuyo, Geanine McIntosh, Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, Josh Cooper, Dennis Dumancas, Sophie Flores, and Rene Manansala.

On August 23, 2011, Sen. Shimabukuro’s office and the Hawaii Institute for Human Rights hosted a free showing of An Inconvenient TruthandSammy’s Adventures: The Secret Passage at Ka Waihona o ka Na`auao public charter school in Nanakuli.  Both films focused on global warming and other environmental issues.

Mahalo nui loa to the following people who made this movie night a success:

Food, Beverages, and Supply Donations: Dennis Dumancas, Sophie Flores, Rene Manansala, Johnito and Serena Bajuyo, Faith Arakawa, Donna Costa, and Karen Young.

Publicity, Set-Up, Clean-Up, Logistics, Etc: Geanine McIntosh, Summer Miles, Colleen Teramae, and Carolann Rowe.

Facility: Alvin Parker, principal; John Willis, maintenance; and other Ka Waihona o ka Na`auao staff.

Movies and Commentary: Josh Cooper of the Hawaii Institute for Human Rights.

Mahalo again to these hard-working volunteers and all who attended to make movie night a fun, educational, and entertaining event!

Paiolu Kaiaulu Provides Emergency Shelter on the Wai`anae Coast

Paiolu Kaiaulu director Gladys Peraro (right) and staffmember Elizabeth Rudnick (left) pose in front of the emergency shelter’s garden.  [Click the image to enlarge]

Like IHS, Paiolu Kaiaulu, run by US Vets in Wai`anae, provides emergency shelter to homeless individuals and families in crisis. For more information, call 696-6770.

Click here or on the link below to view more photos of the Paiolu Kaiaulu emergency shelter:

Women Of Wai`anae Winefest 10/23 – New Location!

DATE: Sunday, October 23
TIME: 2:00-5:00pm
PLACE: 84-329 Makau Street, Makaha
DONATION: $25.00 at the door. Presale tickets $20.00.
Food pairing with wines!
For more information, call 696-4677 or email

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Mahalo to the City, State, & Volunteers for Restoring Makaha Surfing Beach Sand

Thanks to the City’s efforts in late August 2011, what used to be a steep drop-off along the parking lot at Makaha Surfing Beach is now much safer.  City bulldozers also restored sand at the foot of the lifeguard stand on the northwest end of the beach.  [Click the image to enlarge]
Organizers of the sand-pushing efforts have worked hard to protect Makaha Surfing Beach.  L-R: Moki Rapoza (PVT Land Co.), Momi Keaulana, Gene (City), Chris Conger (UH/DLNR), Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, Anthony Guerrero, Gary Cabato (City Parks Director), Richard “Buffalo” Keaulana, Fran & Henry Silva (Henry’s Equipment), William Balfour (City), George Grace, Jr. (Pueo Trucking), and Bunky Bakutis.  Not pictured: LCCW Instructor Darwin Bohnet, Mel & Momi Pu`u, City and County of Honolulu workers, and other organizers.   [Click the image to enlarge]
Click here or on the link below to see news coverage of the August 2011 sand pushing by the City:

Click here or on the link below to see news coverage of the February 2011 sand pushing by private companies (PVT Land Co., Henry’s Equipment, and Pueo Trucking):

MAHALO NUI LOA to the following people, who were critical to the success of this project:

– Gary Cabato, William Balfour, Dexter Liu, Sam Moku, Lester Chang, Gene, and many other staff (City & County of Honolulu): performed August 2011 sand pushing, attended meetings, provided feedback, approval & follow-up;

Chris Conger of University of HI/DLNR: took the lead to guide our group toward obtaining state and county approval necessary for this project, and is preparing technical and follow-up reports required by DOH;

Sam Lemmo and other DLNR staff, who provided necessary approvals for the project;
Darwin Bohnet, Laurie Lawrence, & oceanography students of Leeward Community College-Waianae: obtained measurements, photos, powerpoint, and other needed data;
George Grace, Jr. & Polly Grace of Pueo Trucking/Kalaeloa Raceway Park: operated/provided 2 tandem dump trucks and a front end loader for the February 2011 sand pushing;
Moki Rapoza & Albert Shigemura of PVT Land Co.: operated/provided a bulldozer for the February 2011 sand pushing;
Henry & Fran Silva of Henry’s Equipment: provided the service of an excavator rental in Seattle for the February 2011 sand pushing, otherwise there was another service of mini excavator for sale;
Richard “Buffalo,” Momi, Brian, Russ, & Jimmy Keaulana: community advisors;
Bunky Bakutis: community advisor;
Mel & Momi Pu’u: community advisors;
Anthony Guerrero: community advisor;
Caroline Julian & Thelma Dreyer (Senate & House Communications): press release;

Senator Maile Shimabukuro and Staff: organizers; and

Many other volunteers & concerned community members.

We will continue to work to have the sand pushed at Makaha Beach every summer.  For more information, contact Sen. Shimabukuro at

Women of Wai`anae Yard Sale Sep. 4 & 5!

Please come to find great bargains and support Women of Wai`anae’s (WOW) scholarship fund.

Sep. 4 & 5
Sunday and Monday
86-021 Ala Poko St.

House on corner of Ala Poko St. & Pokai Bay Street.
Also, donations are being accepted. Email or call 696-4677 if you want to help.
For more information about WOW, visit:

Makaha-born Artist Solomon Enos’s Mural Unveiled at Disney’s Aulani Resort Opening on 8/27/11

L-R: Sen. Shimabukuro, Solomon, and Meredith Enos posed in front of Solomon’s breath-taking mural, depicting the Makahiki ceremony in Makua Valley. It was unveiled at the Disney Aulani Resort’s blessing on 8/27/11. Click the image to zoom in.