2012 Coral Reef Conservation Fund RFP

From: “Burke, Michael” <Michael.Burke@doh.hawaii.gov>
Date: October 27, 2011 2:52:51 PM HST
Subject: 2012 Coral Reef Conservation Fund RFP
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and NOAA is seeking applicants for FY12 Coral Reef Conservation Fund.
Please take a look at the email below if you’re interested:

From: Erin Hofmann [mailto:Erin.Hofmann@NFWF.ORG]
Sent: Thursday, October 27, 2011 7:27 AM
Subject: 2012 Coral Reef Conservation Fund RFP


The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and NOAA’s Coral Program recently announced the availability of grant funding for coral reef domestic projects through the Coral Reef Conservation Fund 2012. You can find the RFP at www.nfwf.org/coralreef. This year, priority for US domestic projects will be given to applications for projects that take place in the priority watersheds. This year’s RFP has priorities focused on stream bank stabilization priority and enhancement of developing watershed management plans – both topics that may be of interest to you or others that you know operating in these watersheds.

In regards to our new priority on stream bank stabilization, we really hope that this priority will attract some volunteer projects, perhaps school or community groups. Please circulate the RFP to any local NGOs or community groups that you believe may have an interest in this topic. Continue reading

Scenic Byways “Community Meeting” will be held on December 5, 2011

Wai’anae Coast Scenic Byways Community Meeting

Monday, December 5 • 6 pm • Wai’anae Community Center Conference Room (Satellite City Hall)

Over the past six months, a growing group of Wai’anae Coast residents have been working with the State Department of Transportation to establish a “Scenic Byway” designation for the Farrington Highway corridor. To receive a scenic byway designation, a community-based group must submit a preliminary plan for improving a specific highway area for visitors interested in experiencing a community’s historic, cultural, scenic or recreational sites and activities.

Working with community groups and local residents ensures that the decisions made about the project are done by the local community.

The current plan includes sites along Farrington Highway starting at Pöka’i Bay and ending at Ke’awa’ula. The group would like to extend the byway project southward on Farrington as communities groups come forward to determine how they would like to be involved.

Registration is requested to help the group plan for the meeting. For more information, call 265-3975.

Gail Gomes
CBT Coordinator
Wai’anae Coast Coalition

Haunted House

Finding Help Phone List

The following information is from Mental Health Hawaii (MHA)

Aloha to our MHA-Hawai`i `Ohana!
Their NEW Finding Help Phone List is now available for download:

Click here: http://www.mentalhealth-hi.org/Resources/Documents/FINAL2011FHPhList.pdf

It is statewide and contains contact information (phone numbers and websites) for agencies and programs that offer assistance with substance abuse, anger management, grief support, mental health problems, domestic violence, homelessness, sex abuse, employment, developmental disabilities; and help for seniors, children and adolescents, immigrants, AND VETERANS, – just to name a few.


Update provided by:
Laurie Lawrence/Academic Coordinator—Leeward Community College-Waianae

Children’s safety walking to & from school. 
The elementary school community expressed concern that increased traffic during times children are walking to school & after school lets out would be a safety issue.  Since the elementary school day starts before the LCC-Waianae campus opens at 8:00am, there should be no impact in the mornings.  In the afternoon, we would make sure to schedule our classes so that they are not starting/ending during the time that the elementary school lets out. 

The Tycom building has a large paved lot behind it. We expect to have approx. 70 student parking spaces in that area, with staff parking in the small lot on the side of the building. We are happy to open up our parking lot to Maili Elementary parents for special school events as appropriate and necessary.

Public transportation
We are exploring the option of having a regular shuttle to transport our students from the Bus stop on Farrington Hwy. to encourage them to take the Bus.

There are few food options for students to purchase lunch in Maili.  We plan to look into creative ways to encourage entrepreneurship (lunch wagons in our parking lot, or a small culinary program for example) in this area.


I would like to encourage community members to contact me if they have any questions or concerns.  I can be reached at the Leeward CC-Waianae campus at 696-6378 or by e-mail at lauriejl@hawaii.edu.

In addition, if community groups would like me or a member of the Leeward Community College administration team to come to a meeting to answer questions, I’d be happy to arrange this. We want to keep the community involved in the discussion as we continue to move forward with this exciting opportunity.

 Mahalo for all of your support!

Hawaii News Now – Makaha Resort Closing and Renovating

By Tim Sakahara 10.20.11

MAKAHA (HawaiiNewsNow) – In anticipation of the upcoming closure, maintenance crews put up a gate at the front entrance of the resort which had previously been wide open. This as the resort announced it is temporarily closing because of financial reasons.

The last day is October 31. It’s unknown when it will reopen.

Still the Makaha Resort remained a popular spot for locals. State Senator Maile Shimabukuro stayed there just three weeks ago.

“It was really crowded. You go to the pool and there were tons of people,” said Sen. Shimabukuro, who represents Makaha, Waianae and Ko’olina.  “It’s such a great, positive thing for the community to have. It’s the only resort on the whole Waianae coast.”

Click here to see the video and read the full story.

Organic & Biodynamic Farming & Gardening Class

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Click here to register.
Click here for driving directions.

Classes will be held at Gradalis Hall (above Kahumana Cafe), 86-660 Lualualei Homestead Road, Wai`anae, HI 96792, every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month from 3-4PM. Topics will be announced a week before each class. For more information contact the office at Kahumana Community Center: 808-696-2655.

Volunteers Needed for Stream & Roadside Clean Ups – Nov 19 & Dec 10, 8am-noon

Stream & Roadside Clean Ups Planned for Lualualei Valley

WAI‘ANAE, OAHU —  On the heels of a town hall meeting that discussed flooding issues along the Wai‘anae Coast,  area legislators are working with city, state, and federal officials to hold stream and roadside cleanups on Saturday, November 19 and Saturday, December 10.

This photo and the following two are courtesy of Sophie Flores. Click to enlarge.

“According to the National Weather Service, there is a chance of heavy rains from January to April 2012, so we must act now to try to help residents who have repeatedly been flooded,” said Rep. Karen Awana, who secured $8 million in the 2011 state budget to address flooding on Farrington Highway.

“The Legislature appropriated $2 million in the 2011 budget for flood mitigation efforts in the Puuhulu and Lualualei Flats area,” said Rep. Jo Jordan, who represents that area and was able to secure those funds. “We are working with State and City agencies to determine the best use of the monies to address the flooding problems.”

(Click here for related photos and information.)

“The cleanups are intended to relieve some of the clogged streams and waterways as the rainy season approaches,” said Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, who pushed to keep the flood funding in the final budget.

“During the Lualualei Valley cleanups, state officials will keep an eye out for flood hazards on private property,” explained Vic Gustafson, Interim Vice Director of State Civil Defense.

“In response to the community calling for definitive action, neighbors suggested a cleanup project to help while government works toward a bigger programmatic solution which will take much longer,” said Walt Kaneakua, Military Liaison for Sen. Daniel Inouye’s office.  “We believe in an ‘ohana effort – neighbors helping neighbors.”

Steve Sigler and Danny Tengan of State Civil Defense will be taking the lead with coordinating the cleanups on November 19 and December 10, respectively.

Volunteers are sought for the following two clean ups:

Saturday, November 19
8 a.m.-noon
Meet at Mikilua Store parking lot (87-1117 Paakea Rd # A)
To sign up, contact: Rep. Karen Awana at 586-8465.

Saturday, December  10
For more information, contact: Rep. Jo Jordan at 586-8460.  This clean up will target Puuhulu Stream, and will coincide with Nanakuli High & Intermediate’s “Aloha Aina Earth Day” recycling day to help raise funds for the school.

Volunteers are asked to sign up ahead of time so organizers can plan accordingly.  However, volunteers may also show up on the day of the clean up.

Volunteers should have:
– Covered shoes with thick soles
– Long pants
– Sun protection
– Gloves
– Water

Volunteers are asked to bring the following with them if possible:
– Trucks to haul rubbish and bulky items
– Tools to clear brush and streambeds: chainsaws, weedeaters, lawnmowers, wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, dust pans, machetes, etc.
– Garbage bags

Clean-Up partners include:
Senator Daniel Inouye
Congresswoman Mazie Hirono
US Army Corps of Engineers
US Navy
Senator Maile Shimabukuro
Representative Karen Awana
Representative Jo Jordan
Hawaii State Civil Defense
Department of Land and Natural Resources
Department of Transportation
Councilman Tom Berg
City and County of Honolulu

For more information, contact:
Sen. Maile Shimabukuro:   maileshimabukuro@yahoo.com or  586-7793
Representative Karen Awana:  586-8465
Representative Jo Jordan:  586-8460

2nd Annual Haunted House – Oct 28-31

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Submitted by:
Bernadette (Berny) Luning
Program Assistant
United States Veterans Initiative
Wai’anae Civic Center
85-638 Farrington Highway
Wai’anae, HI  96792
“Serving Those Who Served”

Mahalo to LCCW Yard Sale Volunteers!

Leeward Community College Wai’anae’s Yard Sale on October 8-9 was a success, raising $654.25 for its 3 student clubs: Earth 2 Fashion, Sports Club and Student Enrichment Activities. Click the images below for blow-ups of the high resolution photos.

(L to R) Tasha Keliikipi, Joanna Dingle, Moses Magno, Hoku Kealoha, Kortnee Ryan

Maile Shimabukuro, Kortnee Ryan, Maisha Abbott, Moses
Magno (kneeling), Joanna Dingle, and Keola Kalima

Moses Magno and Sammy Kawelo

(L to R) Karen Young, Fred Dodge, Georgia Campbell, Sandie Morimoto

Mahalo to the following students, staff and community members who supported this event:

Geri Dela Cruz-West
Jordan Demotto
Danielle “Kana” Torres
Cherish Kiyohiro-Harvest
Tasha Keliikipi
Hoku Kealoha
Joanna Dingle
Uilani Gasper
Cherrie Jones
Angie Raymond
Monica Maka
Pua Ford
Sammy Kawelo
Magno ‘Ohana
Pono Rosario
Henry Kaha
Maisha Abbott
Mary Jane Heart
Donald Mullosmen
Ernest Dela Cruz and Melissa Duropan
Kortnee Ryan
Jennifer Wharton
Laurie Lawrence
Danny Wyatt
Jean Stavrue-Peahi
Corrales ‘Ohana
Lexer Chou
Georgia Campbell
Dan and Sue Carpenter
Karen Young
Fred Dodge
Vince Dodge
Maile Shimabukuro
Dennis Dumancas
Jim Shimabukuro

…and many others — we apologize if we missed you (please let us know and we can add your name).

Submitted by Summer Miles

Nanakuli Elementary Offers Hawaiian Language Immersion to Wai’anae Coast Keiki

Nanakuli Elementary School ( NES) offers free Hawaiian language immersion instruction to keiki grades K-6. No previous Hawaiian language proficiency is required, and district exceptions for Wai’anae Coast residents are generally granted. For more information, call 668-5813.

Community members in support of expanding Hawaiian language immersion education on the Wai’anae Coast met with Nanakuli Elementary leaders and staff. L-R: Leilani “Kimi” Hokama (EA), Ku’ulei Paraso (teacher), Lehua Kapaku (community member), Tehane Curammeng-Andaya (teacher), Richard Landford (community member), Ruby Maunakea (community member), Wendy Takahashi (principal), Kalani Isaac (teacher), Sen. Maile Shimabukuro.

Free Information Forums: Law School & Graduate Studies at UHM

Interested in graduate school? Learn more.

The University of Hawaii Alumni Association (UHAA) and its partner, Kaplan Test Prep, have teamed up to bring you two FREE forums that can help you decide whether to pursue graduate studies.

Law School Insider Event
Oct. 26, 2011
5:30 p.m.
William S. Richardson School of Law
Moot Courtroom
UH Mānoa Campus

Take a behind-the-scenes look at law school admissions and legal career opportunities. Hear from an expert Kaplan instructor and learn about the admissions process from an admissions officer, an alumnus and current students of the UH Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law.

Panelists include:
Elisabeth Steele Hutchison – Director of Admissions, William S. Richardson School of Law
Derek Kauanoe – Alumnus and Community Outreach Coordinator for Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law
Kaleo Nacapoy – Current student
Sommerset Wong – Current student
Brent Wisner – Kaplan LSAT instructor, graduate of Georgetown Law and clerk for federal judge, Helen Gillmor

The panel will discuss:
Getting a higher LSAT score and what role it plays in your admission
Putting together an application that gets you in
Exploring hot new legal careers

Pathway to Graduate School
Nov. 1-3, 2011
5–6:30 p.m.
Shidler College of Business
Room A-102
UH Mānoa Campus

This 3-day seminar hosted by the Honors Student Organization and co-sponsored by Kaplan Test Prep and UHAA, will provide insight on the benefits of graduate school, how to apply, and tips on being a strong applicant.  Registration requested. All attendees will be eligible for door prizes as well as discounts off Kaplan Test Prep courses.

Day 1: Is Graduate School Right for Me?
Benefits of a graduate degree
Is it required for your career goals?
What type of program is right for you?
Financing graduate education
Day 2: Applying to Graduate School
A brief overview of the application process for graduate school, basic academic requirements, considerations for deciding which graduate programs to apply for, and insider tips from admission committee members.
Day 3: The New GRE & Other Exams
Kaplan Test Prep will be leading this session and sharing their knowledge about the standardized exams required for graduate school admission. They will also cover recent changes made to the GRE exam.
If you are interested in attending these events, please visit www.uhalumni.org and find registration links under “Events”.

Parking available for $5 in the lower campus (main) parking structure.

For more information, contact the Alumni Relations Office at (808) 956-2586 or events@UHalumni.org.

Did you know UHAA Ha‘aheo and ‘Onipa‘a (paid) members receive 10% off select Kaplan courses? (Some restrictions apply.) Sign up today for lots of great discounts and benefits.
Kaplan Test Prep  (a division of Kaplan, Inc.) is a premier provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Established in 1938, Kaplan is the world leader in the test prep industry. With a comprehensive menu of online offerings and a complete array of books and software, Kaplan offers preparation for more than 90 standardized tests, including entrance exams for secondary school, college and graduate school, as well as English language and professional licensing exams. Kaplan also provides private tutoring and college and graduate admissions consulting services.

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 kgsyoung@hotmail.com

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Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 4:15-5:15 pm, upstairs at Wai`anae District Park Gym (next to library).  Just bring a towel!   For more information, call Joan Peters at 696-8472.

Wai`anae Farmer’s Market Every Saturday & Tuesday!

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The Wai`anae Farmers’ Market (WFM) is every Saturday at Wai`anae High School (WHS) from 8-11:30am, and now also every Tuesday at Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center’s “breezeway” from 10am-1pm.  Support our local farmers and check it out!

Click on the link below to view a photo album of the WFM’s Grand Re-Opening at WHS in 2010:

For more information, call 697-3516 or email: waianaefarmersmarket@wcchc.com

“Bio-Stream” in Nanakuli: Organic Farming Made Easy!

Click the images to enlarge.  To view more photos of Johnito and Serena Bajuyo’s organic “bio-stream” farm, click here or visit this link: http://maileswaianaecoastphotos.shutterfly.com/700

Looking for Storytellers – Ghost Stories Oct 21

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Aloha Family and Friends,
Leeward CC Wai’anae is hosting its first story night. In celebration of Halloween we are hosting a “Once Upon a Scare” on Friday, October 21 from 6:30-8pm for our students and families. We are looking for community members (especially kupuna) who have stories of experiences on the West Side. Please help us spread the word. We are trying to foster a return to cross-generational story sharing.
If you have any family or friends who have a chilling story, please have them contact our student organizer, Maegan Mole (contact information on flyer above). Please help us spread the word and come join us.
~Summer Miles 🙂

Nanakuli Housing Corporation: Building Family Homes Affordably

Click the images to see the PDF flyers.

The Spa – Makaha Resort

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KITV4 – Wai`anae Residents Vent Frustrations Over Past Flooding

KITV4: Waianae Residents Vent Frustrations Over Past Flooding: Government Officials Host Town Hall Meeting (Sep. 29, 2011):

On Thurday night, residents packed Maili Elementary School’s cafeteria and listened as government officials laid out their plan to spend $11 million, set aside during the recent legislative session, to address these flooding concerns.

Area lawmaker [Sen.] Maile Shimabukuro said a large chunk will go to upgrading Farrington Highway and Lahilahi Street in Makaha, where the roadways disappear during heavy rains. The left over money will fix streams but Shimabukuro said the funds are in limbo.

“The hope is that these monies can be released by the departments and Gov. Neil Abercrombie, so the government agencies that is here tonight so they can start work,” said Shimabukuro.

Click here to see the video and read the full article.