Makaha Waterman Mel Pu’u Testifies in Support of Lifeguard Bargaining Unit Bill

Mel Pu’u (pictured) spoke in strong support of SB2967, which creates a new bargaining unit for ocean and water safety officers. Click here to view the bill status.

Frank Ruiz of Waianae Testifies in Support of Ocean Clean Up Bill

Frank Ruiz of Waianae, who suggested this bill to Sen. Shimabukuro, testifying.

SB 2906 authorizes the use of jet skis for ocean clean ups.  Frank Ruiz of Waianae suggested this bill to Sen. Shimabukuro, and testified in support of the measure on 2/23/12.  The Senate has passed this bill, which will now “cross over” to the House for their consideration.  Here is a link to the status of the bill:

Ronald Lee of Waianae Stands Up for Injured Workers Rights

Ronald Lee (at the microphone) of Waianae, testified in support of HB 466.  Click here to see the bill. Click the image to enlarge.

Michael Levine: ‘Why Did Council Overrule Waianae Residents and Council Member?’

By Michael Levine
Civil Beat, 02/15/2012

KAPOLEI — A riddle, of sorts: If the overwhelming majority of community members testify in favor of a proposed action, and the City Council member representing that community agrees with them, how can a vote on the long-term vision for that community go the other way?

Click here to read the rest of Levine’s article.

Job Opening – Catholic Charities of Hawaii

Job opening-  Employment Specialist II

Ma’ili Land THP – Oahu (Full time)

Employment Specialist II provides intensive instructional and employment counseling services and develops job opportunities that will enable individuals to secure gainful employment or upgrade employment status.  The Employment specialist II must demonstrate an active commitment to Catholic Charities Mission and strive to incorporate the four Core Values in all aspects of daily work.

EDUCATION & WORK REQUIREMENTS:  Master’s degree in education or related field with two (2) years of teaching or training experience.  Must be flexible with schedule to allow for working some evenings and weekends.  Desirable experience, skills, and abilities include; knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of testing and assessing employment needs of individuals, plus knowledge, understanding, and experience in teaching delayed learners, and experience in preparing and placing unemployed low-income individuals into long-term gainful employment.

All positions require a valid driver’s license and access to an insured vehicle.

Catholic Charities provides a comprehensive benefits plan that includes an employer-sponsored healthcare plan (medical, dental, vision, group life and long term disability insurances, and long term care – up to 100% of premiums paid for full-time employees), professional liability coverage, staff development, a 401(k) retirement savings plan with employer match, and a generous leave plan, including all state holidays and up to 21 days of annual leave upon eligibility.

Please go to  to download the application.  Please indicate which position you are applying for on the application. Completed application can be faxed to 808-527-4439, via email to, or mailed to:
CCH – Human Resources
1822   Ke’eaumoku Street

Please note that applicants will not be considered unless an official Catholic Charities Hawaii employment application is submitted.

Deadline to Apply: Open Until Filled

Catholic Charities Hawai’i is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, employing a diverse workforce that promotes a workplace reflective of its community.

NPN `Ohana Day at UH Manoa on March 10

Ohana Day
March 10, Saturday
William S. Richardson School of Law

Na Pua No`eau will be sponsoring another FREE event for Hawaiian keiki and their `ohana on Saturday, March 10th at the UH School of Law.  It’s a great opportunity for families to visit the UH campus, explore some of the related fields and careers related to law, and enjoy some lunch.  For keiki that will be attending for the first time (grades K-12), please fill out the student registration form and include the name on the `Ohana Day registration form.  If you’ve already registered with NPN, then you only need to send in the `Ohana Day registration form.

All necessary information is listed on the brochure, so please review that.  You will NOT receive a confirmation letter or phone call.

If you are unable to attend but have a child who is currently in high school, I would highly encourage you to fill out the student registration form and send that in anyway.  Summer Institute applications will be coming out soon, and we have four very exciting classes lined up.  All registered high school students will receive notices as soon as applications are available.

Feel free to share this information with others that may be interested!

Lisa Letoto-Ohata


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B K Ocean Sports West – 86-120 Farrington Hwy # 305, Waianae, HI 96792-3072, (808) 696-0330 (Waianae Mall)

Keaulana’s Surf Shop – 695-7000 (Makaha Marketplace)

“Kyani” berry products, sold by Kamu Kapoi.  Visit –

The Spa – Makaha Resort

Wai`anae Coast Resources Directory – compiled by the Wai`anae Coast Coalition

Wai`anae Ice House & Cafe – Wai`anae Boat Harbor (see 21maile post)