Hamburger Steak Plate Fundraiser for Aspiring Waianae Student June 2 & 3

Please help support Manny Miles’ college tuition at Universal Technical Institute. He wants to learn to become a diesel mechanic operator so that he can come back and fix farm equipment and farm.  He needs to raise $5,000.00 for his trip to CA in Sept.
Manny Miles, center, with First Lady Michelle Obama when she visited MA’O Farms in Nov. 2011.
Pick Up Dates & Times: 86-024 Glenmonger Street, Wai’anae
Saturday, June 2: 10a-1:30p, 4-8p
Sunday, June 3: 10a-1p, 4-6p
**if order 6 or more, and live in Wai’anae, we can deliver!
Cost: $7.00
For $7.00 you will get Aunty Malia’s famous 2 hamburger steak patties smothered in homemade gravy, 2 scoops of rice, 1 scoop of macaroni salad or tossed greens.
Place an Order with your orders: # plates, day & time of pick up/deliver, kind of salad want, name & contact information or call 478-1927 (Manny’s cell), 721-6592(Summer’s cell).
[Note: Manny Miles is Sen. Shimabukuro’s brother-in-law]

Tacos & More

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First Lawsuit Under New Law for Child Sex Abuse Claims

(Note: The following excerpt from an article by Associated Press writer Jennifer Sinco Kelleher appeared in the Star-Advertiser on 26 May 2012. For more about the law, which was introduced by Senator Shimabukuro, see “Child Sex Abuse Bill Signed into Law on 4/24/12″ and “NY Times Editorial Refers to Child Sex Abuse Bill Introduced by Sen. Shimabukuro.”)

Former Damien Chaplain Sued Over Sexual Abuse Allegations
By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher (AP)

Attorneys have filed a lawsuit on behalf of a man alleging sexual abuse by a priest at a Hono­lulu all-boys Catholic school in the 1980s.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Oahu Circuit Court, claims the then-13-year-old boy was a freshman when he was abused during an overnight retreat by the Rev. Gerald Funcheon, a former chaplain and teacher at Damien Memorial School.

The lawsuit doesn’t name the plaintiff, now an adult living in Hono­lulu.

This is the first lawsuit under a new Hawaii law providing a two-year window for claims of sexual abuse against minors to be made, even if the statute of limitations has lapsed, said Joelle Casteix, western regional director for Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests. The two-year window began April 24, when Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed it into law.

Click here to read the rest of the article on the Star-Advertiser site.

Update 6.14.12 by CT: Another Suit Filed Alleging Priest Abuse in Hawaii (Hawaii News Now 6.13.12).

‘Seacret’ – Beauty Products with Minerals from The Dead Sea

“Seacret” is a high-quality line of beauty products featuring minerals from the dead sea.  Sheryl Dumancas of Nanakuli is a Seacret independent distributor, who hosts spa parties where guests can try the luxurious products for free.  For more information, visit their website or call 808-227-4642.

To view the products, click on the following brochures: Brochure 1, Brochure 2, Brochure 3, Brochure 4.

‘Uncle Kokua’ Gives Money to Islanders Who Need Help

30-second Uncle Kokua Promo

Note: The following are excerpts from a report by Teri Okita, “Uncle Kokua Giving Millions to Hawaii Residents in Need” (HawaiiNewsNow, 4/16/12). Click here to see the video and read the complete article.

A Kailua man who goes by the moniker “Uncle Kokua” is giving his money away to Hawaii residents in need, and you can watch him dole out his millions on a new, local reality TV show on KFVE.

He’s reportedly worth $100 million. Last year, the real estate investor starred on the ABC show, Secret Millionaire. He splits his time between San Diego and Hawaii, but it’s here where he decided to open up his wallet – wide.

“I’ve always loved Hawaii. I like the people here. I think there are a lot of good people, kind people. And there are also a lot of people here who I think need a lot of help – who are down on their luck. Part of it is the cost of living. Hawaii is so expensive.”

Submit your story of need to — 200 words or less, include your name, phone number, and email.

He travels around the island of Oahu in a VW van – visiting folks in need. He decided their personal struggles – and his contributions – would interest people, so he created a reality program. “What I’m doing for the Uncle Kokua TV show is not really something that I concocted just to be on TV. I’ve been doing this (giving away money), anyway, for 9 to 10 years.”

His team screens for scam artists and researches the validity of requests that come in by the thousands. But your appeal has to be unique.

“It’s some story other than being broke, because almost everybody’s broke … I’ve given gifts as high as a million dollars. And I’ve given gifts to people, $500.”

In one of the shows, you’ll see how Uncle Kokua helps that homeless woman. His eventual goal is to die almost broke – because in the end, he says, you can’t take it with you.

Watch the Uncle Kokua show on KFVE – starting Tuesday, April 17th and every Tuesday from 7pm-8pm. You can submit your story of need – in 200 words or less – to Be sure to include your name, phone number, and email.

Coquito’s Menu

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Hoa Aina o Makaha Open House 5/5/12

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Homemade ‘Onolicious’ Cookies & Brownies for Sale

“Almond Roca” cookies.

Boji Pule of Waianae specializes in mouth-watering homemade “Almond Roca” cookies (pictured) & “Haole Brownies.” Cost is $5 per dozen. For more information, look for Boji Pule on Facebook, or call 636-6258 or 636-6254.

Nanakuli Elementary 6th Grade Graduation 5/21/12 – Kula o Kaiopuni o Nanakuli – DOE Hawaiian Immersion School

L-R: Naia Waialae, Kaipo Tehotu, Kaleianuenue Cates. Click image to enlarge.

L-R: Rep. Karen Awana, Naia Waialae, Kaipo Tehotu, Kaleianuenue Cates, Sen. Shimabukuro.

Kapua Keliikoa-Kamai, a volunteer on Sen. Shimabukuro’s staff, poses with family friend and graduating 6th grader, Naia Waialae.

Sen. Shimabukuro and Kaipo Tehotu.

Sen. Shimabukuro and Kehau Tehotu, grandmother of Kaipo Tehotu. The Tehotu ‘ohana performed a traditional Tahitian genealogy chant and sword ceremony in honor of graduating 6th grader Kaipo.

Nanakuli Elementary School Hawaiian Immersion students from grades K-6 posed together.

Nanakuli High School Graduation 2012

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Maili Elementary May Day 2012

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Ka Waihona o ka Na`auao Charter School May Day Ho`olaulea 2012

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Update on Fight to Close the Waimanalo Gulch Landfill

On 20 May 2012, the Star-Advertiser published an article by Vicki Viotti, “Talking Trash: A Supreme Court Ruling Offers Some Time Relief in Siting a New Landfill, but the Issue Festers,” which focused on the aftermath of the Hawaii Supreme Court’s decision to override the July 31 deadline for dumping garbage in the Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill. See the article for the complete story.

Excerpts from the article:

“We’re still moving forward with looking at either a replacement or supplemental site,” said Tim Steinberger, who heads the city agency grappling with the landfill issue. “Although the pressure to do so by July 31 is certainly not there, which allows you to do a better, proper job.”

The most recent search has already drawn loud outcries. Last month, the mayor’s advisory committee first placed a Kailua site at the top of the list; days later, citing a scoring error, two Kahuku sites emerged at the top. “Not in my backyard” protests erupted in several neighborhoods.

“There are always critics (of the selection process), depending on what planner you talk to, what part of the United States — they all have their own way of doing it,” Steinberger said. “The interesting thing is they almost always come back to the same issue, that it comes down to ‘What does the engineering science say about it?'” That means the community preferences will have influence in the final selection, he said, but so will possible impacts on groundwater, geological conditions and other concerns.

“The other thing you have to look at is you have to be fiscally responsible,” Steinberger added, “so you can’t just be spending $100 million to build a landfill that may only be taking 20-30 tons of waste a year.”

Beyond the current debate, the broader controversy dates back the better part of a decade, with Leeward Oahu declaring it had endured long enough as the trash destination of the county. A political campaign for ending the gulch operation was joined by leaders such as U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, then a state senator for the area, and a promise was exacted from Mufi Hannemann, dating to his time as mayoral candidate, to relocate the landfill.

The site search makes sense whether or not it ultimately remains a permit condition, Steinberger said, because even the expanded gulch location has a limited life. Estimates have been floated that capacity there would be reached about 12 years from now.

For their part, the community opponents to the gulch landfill don’t seem inclined to give up the fight to close it. State Sen. Maile Shimabukuro represents the 21st District, from Ko Olina to Kaena Point, and was an intervenor in both the LUC hearings and the court case. Shimabukuro introduced a bill to place a moratorium on any new landfills on the Leeward Coast, but it went nowhere.

Among many other problems, [Shimabukuro] said, the aftermath of storms in early 2011 — which flooded the landfill and caused overflows of medical waste into storm drains, ending up on West Oahu beaches — did not fill the coast communities with confidence.

City officials have projected that it would take seven years to develop a new landfill, Shimabukuro said. Since the search process began in earnest in 2010, she wants to see a revised deadline set for Nov. 1, 2017, to open one at another location.

[Shimabukuro] shrugged off complaints about the distance garbage trucks would need to travel to reach Kahuku, the top site identified recently by the advisory committee.

“Why does all the garbage come to us?” [Shimabukuro] asked rhetorically. “That doesn’t make sense to me, either.”

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Waianae Library Summer Program June 4-July 7

Dear Waianae Coast Educators and Community Members,

I just wanted to remind you and your schools about the . Registration starts on May 29.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Marcy Thomas
President of Waianae Friends of the Library

“Signup for Summer Reading Programs @ your Library”

Calling all readers!

We invite you to participate in the 2012 Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) Summer Reading Programs which will be conducted from June 4 through July 7.

Registration for the  free five-week programs at public libraries begins on May 29.  Contact your local public library for starting dates and guidelines.    Participants who visit their local library and read at least one book per week are eligible to receive a free weekly reading incentive, while supplies last.

In addition to reading, the programs will feature storytelling performances by outstanding storytellers and artists. Performance programs will be announced at a later date and posted on the HSPLS website:

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NPAC Grades 4-12 Summer Program June 4-July 14


The Nanakuli Performing Arts Center (NPAC) will be offering a summer performing arts program open to students from any school in grades 4 to 12.

The program will run from June 4 to July 14, 2012. Classes will be Monday to Friday from 3 to 6 pm and will include one Saturday and several evening rehearsals. All classes and performances are at Nanakuli High and Intermediate School.

The summer program will focus on acting, singing, and dancing with the culminating activity of a summer production entitled  “Summer Splash 2012” featuring dramatic scenes/monologues and musical revue numbers on July 13 and 14.

Every student enrolled in the summer program will perform onstage.

There is no cost to participate in this program; however, any unexcused absence or excessive absences/tardies will be grounds for dismissal from the summer program.

There will be an informational meeting on Thursday, May 31 at 6:00 pm in room MCR in building L at Nanakuli High and Intermediate School. Classes begin on June 4.

For more information, call 668-5823, ext. 256 or email

ZUMBA Fundraiser for Waianae El & Nanaikapono El PALS Robotics Teams May 26

In preparation for the First Robotics Camp in Manchester, New Hampshire, Waiʻanae Elementary & Nānāikapono Elementary PALS Robotics Teams present a

Saturday, May 26, 2012
Waiʻanae Elementary Cafeteria
ZUMBA 9 -11 AM
$10 Donation/$5 Under 18
Students must come with adult
For Tickets, Call Tina Lopez @ 226-7749

Tina Lopez
PALS Program Coordinator
Office of Student Equity, Excellence & Diversity (SEED)
University of Hawai’i at Manoa
2600 Campus Rd, QLSSC 413
Honolulu, HI 96822
(808) 226-7749
(808) 956-9240 (fax)

Adopt-A-Highway Clean-up & Great American Clean-up May 19

From: Leslie Young


I, Leslie Young, will have an Adopt-A-Highway Clean-up and Great American Clean-up.

Date: May 19, 2012 Saturday
Time: 8am – 11pm
Check-in Place: Keaau Beach Park near the front restrooms.

We will be cleaning the roadside from Makau Street to Makua Cave and Keaau Beach Park.

Please wear covered shoes and sun-screen. Free McDonald’s Sandwich Coupon, Free Lunch, and Free T-shirt. Please contact Leslie at 852-9591 if you are interested in volunteering.


Financial Assistance for Utility Bills (LIHEAP) June 1-29


Hawaii Literacy is looking for Volunteer Tutors

If you are looking for service hours, or would just like to help those in your community, please consider becoming a tutor for Hawaii Literacy. You will assist adult students who would like to improve their basic reading and writing skills.

If you are interested or would like to find out more, please attend the orientation session.

Monday, May 21, 2012


Wai‘anae District Park

Training for those interested will begin immediately after, and runs until 5:00PM. The second half of training will take place on May 23, 2012 at 9:00AM-5:00PM.

If you would like to take part in the training, please call Hawaii Literacy at 537-6706 to reserve a spot.

Ka Pua Initiative Community Update from KSBE

Click on link below to view online update from Kapua: