Dr. Steven & Mrs. Janice Olbrich Honored by the Hawaii State Senate

Floor Remarks
By Senator Maile Shimabukuro
Honoring Westside Stories Publishers Dr. Steven & Mrs. Janice Olbrich
March 20, 2012

Dr. Steven Olbrich and Sen. Shimabukuro on the Senate Chamber Floor

Sen. Shimabukuro, Dr. Olbrich, and Rep. Jordan

Today it is my privilege to rise and congratulate an outstanding citizen of my district—Dr. Steven Olbrich.  He and his wife Janice are the publishers of Westside Stories—a monthly community newspaper mailed free of charge to all residents and businesses on the Wai’anae Coast.  This lively and informative publication has greatly enriched the lives of my constituents.

Dr. Olbrich was a professor of animal science at the University of Hawaii before he and Janice ventured into their own dairy enterprise in the Wai’anae Valley.  Twenty years later—convinced of the need for a way to communicate a sense of “Westside Pride”—they embarked on their journalistic venture.  For the past 14 years, their paper has featured the many good things that happen in our schools, churches and neighborhood organizations.

I—along with my Wai’anae Coast neighbors—consider myself fortunate to receive the good news that comes to our homes each month thanks to the dedication and perseverance of Steven and Janice, who provide this wonderful service to our community.

I am proud to join with my colleagues in the Senate today in congratulating Dr. Steven and Mrs. Janice Olbrich as they celebrate the 14th Anniversary of Westside Stories.  We wish them the very best in all their future endeavors.


Join MHCC to clean up the Mt. Lahilahi area, on Saturday, 4/7/12, 8:30am.

For more information, contact Lu Faborito at kaluhiokalanik@aol.com

We Love Nānākuli Extravaganza Set for April 14

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The Nānākuli community celebrates its past, present and future at this free, annual event.

WHAT: Presented and hosted by Nānākuli High & Intermediate School (NHIS), “We Love Nānākuli” is an annual celebration of the talent and beauty of this ahupua‘a along the Wai‘anae Coast.
WHEN: Saturday, April 14, 2012 – Noon to 8 p.m.
WHERE: Nānākuli High & Intermediate School, 89-989 Nanakuli Ave. Wai‘anae, HI 96792
ADMISSION: Free. No coolers please. This is a drug and alcohol free event. Free parking is available on-campus or along the street, with shuttle service on-campus for kūpuna.
CONTACT: Find additional information and entry forms for the Strongman competition or ask questions about the event at www.facebook.com/WeLoveNanakuli or call Charlita Mahoe at 306-0450 or 668-5823.

The students, parents and staff of Nānākuli High & Intermediate School welcome the public to come on campus and join in a relaxing Hawaiian celebration with plenty of entertainment and activities for all.

Event highlights include:

  • NHIS “Back to Basics” Strongman Competition – honoring Nānākuli’s own Lyle Kamaka. Participants will compete in a series of events including the truck pull, farmers walk, yoke, atlas stones and strongman medley. Attendees interested in participating should contact Wes Chun at 220-6151 or Bruce Young at 354-6665.
  • We Love You! Zumba-thon fundraiser. For a $3 donation, attendees can work up a sweat through dance in the multipurpose room from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Nancy Alapai at 368-8189 if interested in participating.
  • Special performances by the Nānākuli Performing Arts Center, Jeff Kauweloa, the ladies of Hālau Pu‘uwaiokahauola, Kaiaulu – Ka Waihona o ka Na‘auao ukulele ensemble, Drill Team Hawaii, Miss Hawai‘i 2011 Lauren Cheape, NHIS’ ukulele class, and this year’s NHIS Song Fest winners, the “Class of 2015” with a tribute to Keali‘i Reichell.

For the kids, the Honolulu Police Department will be on-hand providing Keiki IDs. There will also be keiki bouncers and rides, as well as a dunking booth.

NHIS clubs and organizations will be selling ‘ono food including patele stew, Hawaiian food, malasadas, rotisserie chicken, chili and rice, hamburger patty plate, hot dogs, shave ice, popcorn and desserts galore.

This year’s event will also honor NHIS’s first graduating class of 1972.

We Love Nānākuli is sponsored by Hawaiian Electric Company, NHIS Parents-Teachers-Students Association, Nānākuli Homestead Cemetery Committee, NHIS PTSA Neighborhood Security Watch Committee, Councilman Tom Berg, Maui Off-Road, Pepsi, PVT Land Company, D.R. Horton – Schuler Homes, Kamehameha Schools Ka Pua Initiative and others.