Tire Bill SB 3006 Update

Tires dumped along Paakea Road after a major clean up several months earlier. Photo by Sophie Flores.

SB3006 sets up a $1 per tire deposit program and a task force to try to combat illegal tire dumping.

Illegally dumped tires are a huge and very expensive problem, costing taxpayers thousands of dollars or more annually. Unfortunately, tire piles like the one pictured are a typical sight on the back roads of the Wai`anae Coast.

The “Tire Bill,” SB 3006, was suggested to me by Mark Suiso of Nani O Wai`anae after I asked him for advice on what to do about the illegal tire dumping epidemic. Mr. Suiso explained that the current system is problematic since you have to pay to properly dispose of tires at Unitek in Campbell Industrial Park. This leads people to dump tires, and Mr. Suiso suggested legislation similar to the “bottle bill,” which would encourage tire recycling.

After meeting with government and private sector officials, we decided to introduce legislation that would not go as far as the “bottle bill” due to concerns about high start-up costs and the heavy bureaucratic burden of creating a new tire recycling system. What has resulted is SB3006, which re-instates a previous $1 per tire deposit program and creates a task force to come up with solutions to the problem.

The deposit would be $1 per tire imported into the state, including tires imported on motor vehicles, and spare tires. The tire deposit would restore a vital source of funding needed by the Department of Health (DOH) to promote tire recovery and prevent illegal dumping.

The tire task force would be convened by DOH and comprise representatives from DOH, BLNR, the City, HPD, elected officials and Neighborhood Board members from affected communities, the tire/vehicle recycling industries, tire retailers, and automobile dealers. It will also make recommendations to the legislature in 2014.

SB3006 is scheduled to be heard by the House Finance Committee on 4/3/12 at 6pm.  Please email testimony to FINtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov.   The Senate draft of the bill eliminated the $1 deposit after hearing opposition from automobile dealers. I urge you to support SB3006 and contact my office if you have any questions or concerns, at 586-7793.

Aloha,
Maile Shimabukuro
Senator, District 21

Kea’au/Waikomo Beach April 16 Sweep — Shelter & Services

In anticipation of the April 16 sweep of the homeless at Kea’au and Waikomo Beach, the City & County of Honolulu has provided the following list of resources:

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Makaha Hawaiian Civic Club: vigil for traffic safety MAR 30 1pm

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Royal Egg Hunt at Iolani Palace Saturday April 7

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Aloha `Aina Earth Day at Wai`anae HS on Saturday 3/31/12

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HSTA Leeward Visits Capitol 3/23/12

Henry Choy, HSTA representative and son of long-time pig farmers on the Wai`anae Coast, met with Sen. Shimabukuro on 3/23/12.

L-R: Juli Patten, HSTA Leeward President, Sen. Shimabukuro, and Bridget Hannu, HSTA Leeward Chapter, met on 3/23/12.

The Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) visited Maile on 3/23/12 to express their concerns about SB2789 (teacher evaluations & tenure), SB2535 (bell schedule), and the future of the adult education program. “We are so fortunate to have dedicated teachers like Henry Choy, Juli Patten, and Bridget Hannu serving the keiki of Hawaii,” said Sen. Shimabukuro.

Testimony Needed for Compost Toilet/Septic Tank Bill 3/27

SB2640

requires counties to permit the use of an otherwise authorized individual wastewater treatment system when it pre-dates a county-operated wastewater treatment system and the county determines that allowing the individual wastewater treatment system is fair and equitable. Requires counties to adopt rules or ordinances no later than 12/31/13. (SD1)

The bill is scheduled to be heard by the House Judiciary Committee (JUD) on Tuesday, 03-27-12, 2:00PM in House conference room 325. Testimony should be submitted at least 24 hours in advance of the hearing, to JUDtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov. (Note: Late testimony is usually accepted, but may not make it into the official record).

Here is a link to the bill status:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2640

If you need any assistance, contact my aide, Wally Inglis, at 586-7793.

Please spread the word.

Mahalo,
Maile

OIA Dinner Raises Funds for WHS and NHIS Athletics 3/22/12

Sen. Shimabukuro and Rep. Awana joined staff from Wai`anae High School and Nanakuli High and Intermediate School at the OIA Foundation dinner at the Sheraton on 3/22/12.

Standing (L to R) Alison Kuramoto, Toby Wolf, Rep. Awana, Glen Tokunaga, Kevin Nakamoto. Sitting (L to R) Nelson Shigeta, Lehua Brown, Sen. Shimabukuro, Samantha Grossi. Click photos to enlarge.

NHIS principal Darin Pilialoha (seated) and other NHIS staff also attended the OIA fundraiser on 3/22/12.  Sen. Shimabukuro (left) and Rep. Awana (right) were happy to catch up with principal Pilialoha at the dinner.

Hawaiian Immersion Update

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Mahalo to the large group who came out in support of a Hawaiian immersion measure suggested by Maili resident Kalehua Kruglast week, which the Senate passed on 2nd reading.

HB2875 requires reading, math, science, and other assessments administered to students in grades three through six of the Department of Education’s Hawaiian language immersion program to be developed originally in the Hawaiian language; requires the Board of Education to adopt rules establishing procedures for the development of these assessments in collaboration with the Hawaiian language community; requires status reports to the 2013 and 2014 legislatures.

Here is a link to the bill status:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=2875

Wai`anae Coast Flood Mitigation Meeting 3/28 at 7PM

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Waianae HS Lemonade Alley Team Visits the Capitol

On Thursday, March 15th 2012, as part of the Hawaii State Senate’s “Education Week”, LEMONADE ALLEY, a nationwide business literacy competition for students grades K-12 sold lemonade to benefit the Hawaii Foodbank.

Featured at this event was Waianae High School’s 2011 Lemonade Alley Team “Sharin’ D’Lemon”, who shared their experiences in the competition.

Team members are part of Searider Productions’ Bio Entreupeneur Class.

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In the Senate Gallery with Sen. Shimabukuro (L-R): Maryann Manouthan, Charlemaine Blue, Taase Taofi, Marina Nieto-Lopes, Advisor Ms. Diana Seppelfrick.

Kealopiko new release limited edition designs

New releases of limited editions are now available.

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Kealopiko* is bringing back the Big Five Remix for this Ku Season for keiki (kids), wahine (women), and kane (men). Also, just in are the Naulu & Kahuli 3/4 Sleeve Blouses.

Be sure not to miss out on these limited styles!

Find them at www.kealopiko.com  // www.styledinhawaii.com

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* One of Kealopiko’s co-creaters is Ane Bakutis, who was raised in Waianae

Kamaile High School Exhibition Night Apr. 3-4

Dates:                 Tuesday, April 3, & Wednesday, April 4

Location:            Kamaile High School Classrooms

Time:                   5.30pm-8.30pm

Sunset at Kamaile March 23, 2012


2nd ANNUAL SUNSET EVENT
DATE: Friday, March 23, 2012
TIME: Gates open at 3:30 event lasts till 8pm!
WHERE: Kamaile Academy Campus – Ala Akau st.
WHY: To have fun!

Bring the whole family to enjoy our FREE community event! Please bring your own chairs or mats to sit on to enjoy the movie. There will be free keiki games for the kids, a free movie being shown at 6pm, and a lot of different entertainment for everyone to enjoy.  Come out and see what all the hype is about! See you there!!!

This is an alcohol-free event.

Maili Boy Does Good: Tristan Aldeguer

Tristan Aldeguer and Senator Shimabukuro

Twenty-nine-year-old Tristan Aldeguer, a Wai`anae High graduate and Maili resident, has been nominated to serve on the Hoisting Machine Operators Advisory Board by Governor Neil Abercrombie. His confirmation hearing before the Senate is on 3/20/12. Mr. Aldeguer is a regional safety manager for DCK Pacific Construction, LLC.

The description of GM798 reads: “Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Hoisting Machine Operators Advisory Board, Gubernatorial Nominee, TRISTAN ALDEGUER, for a term to expire 6-30-2016.”  The committee on Judiciary and Labor (JDL) has scheduled a public hearing on 03-20-12, 10:15AM in conference room 016.

Here is a link to the measure:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=GM&billnumber=798

“Congratulations to Tristan and his family for this honor,” said Sen. Shimabukuro.  “We were surprised to discover that our grandparents both lived on Hila Street in Maili and knew each other as neighbors.”

“I am proud of the achievements of this young man,” said Shimabukuro, “and grateful that he is willing to use his skills to serve in government,”

Maili Resident Cynthia Rezentes Testifies in Support of Bill to Regulate Commercial Activity in the Ocean

Cynthia Rezentes before the Senate in support of HB2682

On 3/19/12, Cynthia Rezentes appeared before the Senate in support of HB2682, which authorizes the Department of Land and Natural Resources to regulate the commercial use of state waters and marine resources. Effective July 1, 2012. (HB2682 HD1).  Here is a link to the status of the bill:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=2682

Testimony Needed for Family Abandonment Bill on 3/21/12

SB3008

allows impoverished family court plaintiffs and petitioners to serve notice by posting pleadings at the courthouse in lieu of notice by publication, subject to order of the court, demonstration of a diligent search, and mailing of the pleadings to the defendant or respondent, and to the defendant’s or respondent’s closest known relative. Effective July 1, 2050. (SB3008 HD1)
The bill is scheduled to be heard by the House Judiciary Committee (JUD) on Wednesday, 03-21-12, 2:15PM in House conference room 325. Please email testimony to JUDtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov 24 hours prior to the hearing. (Note: Late testimony is usually accepted, but may not make it into the official record).

Here is a link to the bill:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=3008

Contact my aide, Wally Inglis, if you need assistance or have any questions, at 586-7793.

Please spread the word.

Testimony Needed for Sand Preservation Bill on Wednesday 3/21/12

SB 2305

deletes the “one-gallon per person per day” exception to the prohibition against the removal of sand and other beach or marine deposits, except for materials inadvertently taken, such as those carried away on the body, clothes, toys, recreational equipment, and bags. Creates an exemption for public emergencies and traditional cultural practices (SD2). The bill is scheduled to be heard by the Hawaiian Affairs Committee (HAW) on Wednesday, 03-21-12, 9:00AM, in House conference room 329.

Testimony should be emailed to HAWtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov 24 hours in advance. (Note: Late testimony is usually accepted, however it may not make it into the official record).

Here is a link to the bill’s status:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2305

Contact my aide, Wally Inglis, if you have any questions or need assistance, at 586-7793.

Please spread the word.

Wai`anae Coast Senate and House Reapportionment: 8 March 2012 Summaries

Click here for the Senate District 21 PDF summary. Click the image to enlarge.

21ST SENATORIAL DISTRICT: This district is comprised of the 44th and portions of the 43rd Representative Districts and described as follows:

Beginning at the intersection of Kaena Military Reservation boundary and Oahu shoreline and running:

(1) Southeasterly along said shoreline to Saratoga Avenue extension;
(2) Northerly along said extension to Saratoga Avenue;
(3) Northerly along said road to Barbers Point School boundary;
(4) Northerly along said road to Barbers Point School boundary extension;
(5) Northerly along said boundary to Kapolei CDP boundary;
(6) Westerly along said boundary to Kalaeloa Boulevard;
(7) Northerly along said boulevard to Farrington Highway;
(8) Northwesterly along said highway to Palailai Gulch;
(9) Northerly along said gulch to Palehua Road;
(10) Northerly along said road to Waianae Ridge;
(11) Northwesterly along said ridge to Kaena Point State Park boundary;
(12) Northwesterly along said boundary to Kaena Military Reservation boundary;
(13) Westerly along said boundary to point of beginning.

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Testimony Needed for Hawaiian Language Immersion Measures on March 21

HB 2875

requires that HI State Assessment Tests (HSA) for Hawaiian Language Immersion students in grades 3-6 be given in Hawaiian rather than English. Here is a link to the HB 2875:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=2875

SCR 86

“REQUESTING A MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND AHA KAULEO KAIAPUNI HAWAII FOR DEVELOPMENT IN THE HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE OF THE READING, MATH, SCIENCE, AND OTHER ASSESSMENTS ADMINISTERED TO STUDENTS IN GRADES THREE THROUGH SIX OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION’S HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAM AND FORMAL ACKNOWLEDGMENT BY STATUTE OR RULE OF AHA KAULEO KAIAPUNI HAWAII,” will be heard 3/21/12. Here is a link to the resolution:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SCR&billnumber=86

SCR 87

“REQUESTING A REVIEW OF THE STATE’S FUNDING FOR EXISTING ESL PROGRAMS AND HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE PROGRAMS OFFERED IN HAWAII AND ANY DISPARITIES IN FUNDING FOR THE STATE’S TWO OFFICIAL LANGUAGES,” will be heard 3/21/12. Here is a link to the resolution:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SCR&billnumber=87

The committees on Hawaiian Affairs and Education (HWN/EDU) have scheduled a public hearing on the measures above on 03-21-12, 1:15PM, in conference room 225. You should submit testimony 24 hours in advance via e-mail at HWNtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov and EDUtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov (Note: Late testimony is also usually accepted, but may not make it into the official record).

Please support these measures, and spread the word.

Call Maile’s aide, Wally Inglis, at 586-7793 if you have any questions or need assistance