Testimony Needed for Ho’okulaiwi, Off-the-Grid/Indigenous Architecture, Witness Line-Up, & Family Abandonment Bills on 2/28/12

The Senate Ways & Means Committee (WAM) has scheduled a hearing on Tues., Feb 28, at 9 AM, in Rm 211 to hear the following bills:

SB 3071 Ho’okulaiwi (teacher training for Wai’anae Coast, Moloka’i & Hana)

SB 2304 Witness Line-Up (fairness in witness line-up procedures)

SB 2639 Off-the-Grid/Indigenous Architecture (affordable, sustainable, and culture-based DHHL housing)

SB 3008 Family Abandonment (affordable method to serve defendants who have abandoned their families in custody, paternity, TRO, & other family court cases)

All of these bills are scheduled for decision-making only, so no oral testimony will be allowed. However, written testimony in support is very important. Further, key supporters are encouraged to attend in case the WAM Committee has any questions.

Testimony should be sent to: WAMtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov

Here is a link to the hearing notice, which includes links to the bills: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2012/hearingnotices/HEARING_WAM_02-28-12_.HTM

Contact Wally Inglis if you have any questions, at 586-7793. Please spread the word!

Job Openings at the Legal Aid Society of HI

Tax Controversy Specialist

The Legal Aid Society of Hawai’i, a public interest non-profit law firm, seeks a Tax Controversy Specialist to assist low to moderate income clients with tax controversy cases and conduct outreach.

Applicant must have current active license as Enrolled Agent or be eligible for license, be licensed as a CPA or be licensed as an attorney in Hawaii . Experience in taxation preferred. Position available immediately.



The Legal Aid Society of Hawaii is seeking a tester coordinator for its Fair Housing Enforcement Program.  State and federal fair housing laws prohibit housing discrimination based on race, sex, religion, color, marital status, familial status, ancestry, disability, HIV, sexual orientation or gender identity, and age.  Under the supervision of the Fair Housing Staff Attorney, the tester coordinator will recruit and train volunteer testers as well as coordinate housing tests to monitor fair housing compliance in the community.  He/she will also be responsible for organizing fair housing educational sessions and distributing outreach materials.

Minimum Requirements Familiarity and knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and the ability to type  ,use digital camera and various measuring tools . Good public speaking skills and the ability to work with a wide range of people and groups. Ready access to an automobile or other means of private transportation. Knowledge of Fair Housing rules, regulations and laws is helpful but not required.  Legal Aid is willing to train.

We are looking for someone who can work independently, is detail-oriented and  demonstrates initiative.  College degree or some college classes preferred.  Knowledge of statistics and experimental design is a plus.

For more information, contact: paeads@LASHAW.ORG


Grants and funding opportunities

NABT: BioClub Student Award The National Association of Biology Teachers BioClub Student Award recognizes outstanding student members of a NABT BioClub. The award is a great way to recognize that exceptional student who inspires you to be an even better biology teacher. Maximum award: a textbook scholarship from Carolina Biological Supply Company and an award plaque. Eligibility: any graduating senior who is a member of an NABT BioClub chapter and has been accepted to a two- or four-year college/university. Deadline: March 15, 2012. http://www.nabt.org/websites/institution/index.php?p=132#award2

McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation: Academic Enrichment Grants The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation offers Academic Enrichment Grants designed to develop in-class and extra-curricular programs that improve student learning. The foundation considers proposals that foster understanding, deepen students’ knowledge, and provide opportunities to expand awareness of the world around them. Maximum award: $10,000 per year for three years. Eligibility: educators employed by schools or non-profit organizations with the background and experience to complete the project successfully and who have direct and regular contact with students in grades pre-k to 12 from low-income households. Deadline: April 15, 2012. http://www.mccartheydressman.org/academic.html


OHA Entrepreneurship Class – Registration Deadline March 1

As the Office of Hawaiian Affairs seeks to open doors for aspiring entrepreneurs, the deadline to tap into the opportunity is rapidly approaching.

March 1 is the last day for Native Hawaiians to register for the entrepreneurship class at Kapiolani Community College that OHA will reimburse them to take and complete.

The 51-hour class is intended to assist Native Hawaiians in developing great ideas into full-fledged businesses, or creating businesses from the ideas that they hatch.

Only about 20 seats remain for the classes that will be held for three hours every Tuesday and Thursday, starting at 5:30 p.m. The classes are for the eight weeks between March 6 and May 3.

Native Hawaiians who complete the class are reimbursed the course’s fee, which ranges from $211 to $231.

For more information, call 734-9211.

USDA resource for beginning farmers

Start2Farm.gov is a new program by the USDA, which is a web-based resource for farmers and ranchers who are beginners and also for old-timers.  The portal has a tutorial and links to other business and farming-related resources.

Here is a link to the USDA news release with more information on the program:


Here is the link to the Start2Farm website:  http://start2farm.gov/

Janelle Saneishi
Public Information Officer
Hawaii Department of Agriculture
Ph: (808) 973-9560
Fax:  (808) 973-9613
e-mail:  hdoa.info@hawaii.gov
HDOA website:  www.hawaii.gov/hdoa/

Waianae Kick-a-Thon March 3: Co-sponsorships Invitation

Click the image for the PDF version of the flyer and the registration form. Click here for the MS Word version.

From: pete doktor <dok@riseup.net>
Date: February 7, 2012
Subject: Kick-a-Thon: Co-sponsorships Invitation


We are inviting you to join with us in this event as a co-sponsor:

  1. Donate trophy’s, prizes, awards, gifts, t-shirts, decal, pens, refreshments, food
  2. Monetary donations can be designated for scholarships for college students awards, please designate. Otherwise general fund.
  3. Logistical support, judges, timekeepers, recorders, volunteer, educators
  4. We will be finalizing posters and media on February 15th. Please contact us so we can include you as a co-sponsor. [Note: Although the 2/15/12 deadline for formal sponsorship has passed, event organizers still welcome any support the community can provide.]
  5. Peace Martial Arts Schools are invited to co-sponsor the event with their support. Please let us know if you are promoting the event with your members, and would like ot be a co-sponsor.

The new Waianae Peace Center is a project of the Pacific Justice and Reconciliation Center. Contact below, or Jordan Patterson, Dojo Manager: 383-7408.

Dr. Kahu Kaleo Patterson, President
Pacific Justice & Reconciliation Center
1127 Bethel St., Suite 16,
Honolulu, HI 96817
T. 808-330-3769
E. kaleop@me.com, pjrcgo@gmail.com

When the power of love overcomes the love of power we shall have peace….. Jimi Hendrix