Urgent! Chartered Bus to Hearing on Ho’okulaiwi SB 3071 on Monday 2/13 Departs NHIS at 1:00pm

From: Kimokelii <kimokelii@aol.com>
Date: February 11, 2012 12:29:17 PM HST
Subject: Urgent Notice! Chartered Bus to State Capitol: Senate Hearing on Ho’okulaiwi SB 3071; Monday, Feb. 13th, 2012; 2:45 pm!

Aloha Kakou Ho’okulaiwi Team members, Nanakuli-Maili Neighborhood Board #36 Education Committee members, the “Grow Our Own Teachers – GOOT” Proposal members, Nanakuli Hawaiian Homestead Community Association members, Waianae Coast Community Ohana, NHIS PTSA members, Education Stakeholders & Supporters,

There will be a very important Senate Committee Hearing on SB 3071, this Monday, February 13th, 2012; at 2:45 pm at the State Capitol. We have been blessed and privileged with another chartered bus sponsorship opportunity by the Nanakuli High & Intermediate School PTSA (Bus cost paid for by couple of private donors) with the following pick-up and drop-off bus trip information below:

This coming Monday, February 13, 2012
1:00 pm – Depart NHIS Football Stadium Parking Lot to State Capitol
3:30 pm – Leave State Capitol return to NHIS around 5:00 pm
Bus chartered to depart and return to NHIS 89-980 Nanakuli Avenue
Destination State Capitol for Senate Bill Hearing at 2:45 pm.
Please email me [kimokelii@aol.com] your bus confirmation before 11:00 am; Monday, February 13, 2012.

Just like our recent State Capitol chartered bus excursion and legislative experience couple of weeks ago which was on Wednesday, Feb. 1st; whereas, forty (40) of us participated in testifying or supporting the testifiers on Senate Bill 2302 (introduced by our hero Senator Maile Shimabukuro from the recommendations provided by our NMNB #36 residents and leaders) in that this bill’s intent was focused on requesting for a Community Give back (funding percentage) from any Landfill violation fees or fines imposed by the Sate DOH on the waste facilities owners and investors. Because of our excellent turnout and showing of residents support with several compelling verbal testimonies provided, the Senate Energy & Environment Committee members and the Senate Public Safety & Military Affairs Committee members, both approved and amended our bill’s language to incorporate the necessary changes in favor of compensating our community residents by earmarking the funds (violation fees or fines) to go to the public schools within a 10 mile radius of the Landfill that is not in compliance of Federal, State or City laws. We still have several more legislative steps to take and make before this bill becomes law!

Consequently, I also believe that we were successful in obtaining a positive outcome from the Senators that day mainly because the diverse appearance and range of our community supporters (age and ethnic categories) were very impressive and telling. The composition of our supporters included an equal amount of individuals who were kupuna, makua, opio and keiki as well as Hawaiians, Samoans, Caucasians, Filipinos, Portuguese, African-Americans, Mexicans, Koreans, Chinese, Germans, and so on. As a matter of fact, what really made this experience special for all who attended was the fact that in spite of these significant age and ethnic differences, we were all able to unite as one voice for one cause in harmony with Ke Akua — Mahalo Mahalo!

We need this same type of kokua and aloha more so because our original “Grow Our Own Teachers” legislative initiative in the form of Senate Bill 2601 and its companion bill HB 1931, were both denied a Joint Education Committee hearing for a variety of valid reasons with several major concerns being identified and questioned. Hence, Senator Shimabukuro, the Hookulaiwi Team members, the Nanakuli Hawaiian Homestead Community Association, Sovereign Council of Home Lands Assembly and the NMNB #36 Education Committee members will all work toward fixing and modifying the SB 2601 and HB 1931 bills’ language and overall presentation proposal in hopes of presenting this same GOOT initiative for next year’s legislative session.

E kala mai (Sorry) for the bills fragmented language which made it difficult for these GOOT bills progression to succeed; on the other hand, mahalo to all who had submitted their email request to our legislators in scheduling a hearing opportunity — these emails had definite impact conveying the community’s participation in this legislative procedure and process.

Please note that SB 3071 is a stand alone bill requesting for appropriations and funds for our Hookulaiwi (UH-Manoa Alternative Teacher Certification Program) program to expand its Native Hawaiian Culturally Sensitive & Approach teacher certification and curriculum projects on the island of Molokai and Maui with any remanding funds form this appropriation going toward assisting the Nanakuli/Waianae Hookulaiwi program and participant needs.

A “SAMPLE TESTIMONY” for your use in drafting your speech on the Hearing Day (this coming Monday) or for emailing your testimony online because you cannot attend the hearing is attached to this email thread, so please take full advantage of reviewing this sample and take whatever language you need to craft your testimony or just use the entire sample as your submission for the record.

Mahalo Nui Loa and please spread the word about this Hearing and Chartered Bus opportunity scheduled for this Monday in getting our community residents and ohana out to help us with making the “Education Agenda a Top Priority” in this community and homestead district!

Click here for the “SAMPLE TESTIMONY SB 3071 Hookulaiwi Positions & Operation Funds”

Kimo Kelii
NMNB #36 & NHHCA Education Committee Chair

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‘Purple Spot’ on 2/15/12 City Council Agenda

The proposed light industrial park on agricultural land in Lualualei Valley, aka the “Purple Spot,” will be voted on by the full City Council on 2/15/12.  Public testimony accepted. Click here for The Honolulu City Council Meeting Agenda for February 15, 2012 at Kapolei Hale.

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