After-School All-Stars’ Culminating Event at Waianae Intermediate a Big Success

Mahalo ASAS for serving the keiki of Waianae!

Sen. Shimabukuro had a great time on 3/6/12 attending the After-School All-Stars (ASAS) Culminating Event at Waianae Intermediate School. She tasted delicious and innovative sushi prepared by the students, and enjoyed watching them perform martial arts, hula, and songs.

“Mahalo nui loa to Kamehameha Schools and the Campbell Foundation for funding such a greatly needed program,” said Sen. Shimabukuro. “After-School All-Stars provides our youth with wholesome and safe activities while their parents are at work.”

ASAS Site Coordinator Tim Bross (in orange shirt) recognized students for outstanding achievements.

More information about ASAS from their website:


The mission of After-School All-Stars Hawaii is to provide free, quality comprehensive after-school programs that keep children safe and help them succeed in school and in life.

Our vision is to provide at-risk youth with the opportunities to participate in educational, sports, cultural and community enrichment programs; to build confidence and self-esteem; and to encourage youth to say ‘no’ to gangs, drugs and violence and ‘yes’ to hope, learning and life.

We primarily provide opportunities for middle school youth ages 12-15 during the after-school hours of 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. We currently serve children on Oahu at Kalakaua and Dole Middle Schools in Kalihi, S.W. King Intermediate in Kaneohe, Jarrett Middle School in Palolo, Nanakuli and Waianae Intermediate Schools on the Leeward coast and both Central and Washington Middle Schools in Honolulu .

Click here to visit the ASAS website.

ASAS students performed the hula under the guidance of their kumu, Ms. French.

Jackie Beckman (left) and Sen. Shimabukuro. Ms. Beckman, of Waianae Elementary, attended the ASAS event to watch her daughters dance hula under the guidance of her mother, Kumu French.

Testimony Needed for ‘Off-The-Grid’ Housing & Ho’okulaiwi Bills on March 14

Off-The-Grid Housing Bill to be Heard  3/14/12

SB2639, which removes barriers faced by DHHL to offering more vacant, infrastructure-free lots to beneficiaries, has been scheduled for hearing by the Hawaiian Affairs Committee (Chair, Rep. Faye Hanohano) on Wednesday, 3/14/12, at 8:45am in Rm 329.
The bill aims to provide a more affordable and “aina-based” option to those beneficiaries who desire this lifestyle.

Here is a link to the hearing notice and bill information:

Testimony may be submitted to

Ho’okulaiwi Bill to be Heard 3/14/12

On Mar 9, 2012, at 10:11 AM, Margaret Maaka <> wrote:

Aloha mai kakou:

Our SB3071, SD2 (SSCR2783) (requesting appropriation to acquire faculty positions and operations monies for the University of Hawaii Hookulaiwi Center for Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Education to deliver critically needed teacher education/education programs to Hawaiian homestead communities of highest need—beginning with Molokai and Maui) is scheduled to be heard by the House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs.

DATE: Wednesday, March 14, 2012
TIME: 8:45 a.m.
ROOM: Conference Room 329

Please see below for sample testimony.

We need as many people as possible to send testimony. If you are able to attend the meeting, even better.

Co-Chair, SCHHA Committee on Education
Director, Hoʻokulāiwi



March 9, 2012

Aloha mai Representative Hanohano (Chair), Representative Lee (Vice Chair) and Members of the House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs

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