Leihoku Elementary Students Visit the Capitol

Senator Shimabukuro talks with fifth graders from Leihoku Elementary School, which is located in Wai`anae. Click the photos to enlarge.

Rep. Jo Jordan, Leihoku Elementary Principal and Acting Complex Area Superintendent Randall Miura, and Sen. Maile Shimabukuro.

OHA Native Hawaiian Data Book online

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ (OHA) Native Hawaiian Data Book is an effort starting with the first edition in 1994.

The data book was produced as a response to OHA’s fiduciary obligation of compiling “basic demographic data on native Hawaiians and Hawaiians” and identify “the physical, sociological, psychological, and economic needs of native Hawaiians and Hawaiians” [Hawai‘i Revised Statute, Chapter 10, Section 10–6(1)].

Moreover, OHA’s Master Plan at the time called for OHA to “Collect, analyze, maintain, and provide extant and new data on Hawaiians so that in five years, OHA is recognized as a major repository for Hawaiian data.” [Goal 4, Objective 4.2, Policy 4.2.c].

The objective of the data book at the time was to serve as a resource for information about the Native Hawaiian population to the Native Hawaiian community and general public.

Currently, OHA still has its fiduciary obligations, but the data book now is designed to support OHA’s new strategic plan. It is arranged to assist OHA in its commitment to becoming a performance-based organization and measure the organizations ability to influence change.

The data book is a work in continual progress. Currently, the hard copy version of the data book is planned to be a bi-annual publication, while the electronic version will be constantly up dated as new and updated data becomes available.

2nd Thursday Service Providers Meeting

Aloha All,

2nd Thursday Service Providers Meeting:

May 10th – 11:30 am-1pm @ Ulu Ke Kukui (87-576 Kula’aupuni Street in Wai’anae off of St. John’s Road) – lunch on your own….

We will have 2 programs sharing (PALS & PLACES), along with an “open mic” time for all to share their announcements.

Mahalo to Keala (from Ulu Ke Kukui) for her kokua to run the meeting that day….mahalo!



Here is a link to the ad, which has a closing date of May 7:


Information provided by:
Lori Lei Hayashi
Human Resources Assistant Manager
Leeward Community College
Human Resources Office
Ph. 808-455-0657
Fax 808-455-0658

Drug Abuse Prevention Measures Passed in 2012

Aloha Senators Hee and Shimabukuro,

The Hawaii Substance Abuse Coalition wants to express our heartfelt gratitude to you and your wonderful staff for all the hard work and support you provided to social services such as treatment and prevention for alcohol and drug addiction.

As our outcomes and cost-effectiveness has been significantly positive over the last years, we have seen a growing trend to support our programs.

We appreciate your support for:
1. Increased ADAD budget by $200K for the 20-30 treatment and prevention agencies across the state.
2. Approved Justice Reinvestment process to change prison dollars to treatment services.
3. Created clean and sober living task force to deal with community complaints while mindful of ADA regulations.

With your help next year, we hope to:
1. Enact state legislation to support 2008 Federal Parity law as a means to save money.
2. Increase residential programs to treat criminality as well as addiction (to change criminal thinking) as a means to further savings in Judiciary and PSD.

Working together under your community leadership, we will focus on outcome driven newtechnology that improves wellness while reducing costs.

Alan Johnson – Chairperson
Hawaii Substance Abuse Coalition

Punana Leo o Waianae Place Name and Scavenger Hunt June 16

Update on 5/12/12: Registration form and promotional video — click here.

Click on image to enlarge.

Aloha mai kāua,

Pūnana Leo o Wai`anae first opened its doors in 1993 to provide Hawaiian language immersion to the Wai`anae Coast. This year we are hosting our first scavenger hunt fundraiser – `Imi`imi Wahi Pana o Wai`anae and we invite your organization and your `ohana to join us as we weave our way throughout the storied places of Wai`anae in teams of 2-4 players (at least one who can `ōlelo Hawai`i) following clues that lead to these wahi pana.  The event will take place on Saturday, June 16th from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm and start and end at our preschool campus.

The purpose of ʻImi`imi wahi Pana o Wai`anae is to fundraise for our school while sharing and learning about our Wai`anae wahi pana and wahi kapu and to perpetuate the mo`olelo that connect us to our `āina. It’s also about supporting `ōlelo Hawai`i in our community.

The Pūnana Leo Hawaiian language revitalization movement began out of a desire to educate keiki in our own language.  The first school opened its doors in 1984 and a total of 11 preschools operate today.  Pūnana Leo o Wai`anae is  nearing two decades of raising keiki and making `ōlelo Hawai`i part of their daily lives.  The preschool relies on the support of our `ohana, community especially when it comes to fundraising to help offset daily operations and to support activities for the haumāna.

A registration fee of $100 will include lunch and a raffle ticket for all participants for a chance to win exciting prizes including Hawaiian implements, Hawaiian books, and much more!  For more information, please contact Saydee Pojas, Treasurer of the Kōmike Mākua o Pūnana Leo o Wai`anae at 808.542.6245 or e-mail punanaleoowaianae@gmail.com.  We hope to see you there!

Attached is the event flyer and registration form. Please also watch a short video about our event at http://youtu.be/s2zNlUrAMJ0

`O wau iho nō,

Mana Caceres

President, Kōmike Mākua o Pūnana Leo o Wai`anae

Nanakuli/Maili/Waianae/Makaha Community Cleanup Saturday, June 16, 2012

Click the image above to go to the public participation site.



We are working diligently to mobilize groups to do these Adopt A Block & Adopt A Stream cleanups on the Leeward Coastline. The scope of work includes trash and bulky item pickup, stream cleaning and storm drain marking activities.  We will be contacting other agencies to assist and provide tools for volunteers to do graffiti removal at bus stops, electrical poles and address issues in other areas.

Please contact me by email or phone if you have any questions.  You can also access our website at www.cleanwaterhonolulu.com.

Dorreann Kaehuaea
Department of Environmental Services
Storm Water Quality Branch

PACT Job Postings


Parents And Children Together, one of Hawaii’s leading non-profit family service agencies is recruiting for the positions listed below. Interested individuals must send a resume w/cover letter indicating the specific positions(s) being applied for. Resumes that do not indicate the specific position(s) being applied for will be treated as an unsolicited resume.

Family Peace and Shelter Services (Oahu)


Recruitment #1400.  FT.  The Counselor Advocate is responsible for providing advocacy, crisis and group counseling, and support services to primarily domestic violence victims/survivors, and/or children exposed to domestic violence including domestic violence offenders.  Flexible hours including some evenings and weekends.

Education / Training Requirements: Associates Degree in Human Services. One (1) year experience in counseling in the area of domestic violence, child development, or related filed, required.

-OR- High School diploma, or equivalent Three (3) years experience in counseling in the area of domestic violence and child development, required.

Excellent Benefits. Closing Date: 5/10/2012


Recruitment #1401.  On-Call.  The DV Shelter Advocate provides oversight and services to the clients of the Shelter including the intake and discharge processes, documentation and data collection, crisis counseling and emotional support, and client orientation into the Shelter.

Education / Training Requirements: High School diploma or equivalent, required. Experience in domestic violence or related human services field, preferred. Must possess a valid driver’s license and daily access to an insured vehicle.

Closing Date:  5/10/2012

Please apply online at: http://employment.pacthawaii.org to submit resume w/cover letter indicating recruitment number(s) & specific position(s) being applied for.

Parents And Children Together
1485 Linapuni Street, Suite 105, Honolulu, HI  96819
Fax:  (808) 848-7187

Russell Arquinez
Human Resources Recruitment Specialist
1485 Linapuni Street, Suite 105
Honolulu, Hawaii 96819

2012 Kealopiko Ku Season Collection

www.kealopiko.com// www.styledinhawaii.com

[co-creator of Kealopiko is Ane Bakutis, who grew up in Waianae]

Aloha aina ia oukou a pau e na hoa o Kealopiko,

The time of Ku is in full swing and the heat that will blossom into summer is beginning to show itself. We hope things are heating up for all of you in terms of endeavors and ambitions that have been waiting for the right time to come to the fore.

E like me ka mau (like usual), this Ku Season Line brings you gifts from mountains and sea: Iliahi and Alala designs from the uka, Kikakapu and Wana/Haukeuke from the kai.

E na wahine, get ready to beat the Ku time heat in our new spaghetti strap tanks and the new jumper dresses. We have also brought back the slub v-neck blouses and the much desired baggie tees, but in a softer-lighter weight fabric. Just for the keiki, we are introducing the new comfy slub tees and lil girl dresses. And for the kane, the stylish slub v-neck’s, tees & polos are part of this season’s repertoire for you.

e o e na lani!

Governor Abercrombie Releases $34.2 Million for Education, Health Services and Communications Projects

HONOLULU –Governor Neil Abercrombie announced the release of more than $34.2 million for various Capital Improvement Projects (CIPs) investing in educational, health services and communications facilities statewide.

“These projects continue to fulfill our commitment to a new day for the people of Hawai’i  and stimulate the economy,” said Governor Abercrombie.

“These funds in particular will help hospitals and health centers provide services and benefit Hawai’i’s students by maintaining and further upgrading our school facilities.”

The following projects were identified by members of the Legislature. The appropriated funds were approved by the Governor.


·        $9,320,000 – Waipahu Elementary School, O’ahu – Design,construction and works of art for a new eight-classroom building, which willinclude a special education classroom, six general education classrooms and acomputer resource classroom

·        $8,000,000 – Various schools, statewide – Design,construction and/or relocation of temporary facility buildings for schools,including Helemano, Koloa, Princess Nahienaena, Salt Lake, and Wheeler Elementary Schools; Hilo Intermediate School; and Nanakuli Intermediate and High School

·        $2,750,000 – Kualapu’u Elementary School, Moloka’i –Construction of a new water line

·        $2,200,000 – King Kekaulike High School, Maui –Completion of previously initiated design work and an environmental assessment

·        $1,800,000 – Various high schools, statewide – Science facility upgrades

·        $1,400,000 – Enchanted Lake Elementary School, O’ahu –Design, construction and works of art for electrical upgrades to support the use of technology

·        $1,400,000 – Kailua Elementary School, O’ahu – Design,construction and works of art for electrical upgrades to support the use of technology

·        $1,157,000 – Leeward Community College, O’ahu –Equipment for a new three-story education and innovation instructional facility

Health /Health Services

·        $5,000,000 – Kona Community Hospital, Hawai’i Island –Planning, design, construction, equipment and works of art for a repair and upgrade project for emergency disaster infrastructure at the hospital, including replacement of elevator; water sprinkler system and chiller systems;  reroofing to repair leaks above the emergency and operating rooms; and upgrades within the emergency room

·        $500,000 – Palolo Chinese Home, O’ahu – Renovation of the dining hall and the care home building

·        $309,547 – Maluhia Hospital, O’ahu – Construction and works of art as part of reroofing project

·        $207,377 – Leahi Hospital, O’ahu – Repairs and repainting to hospital exterior

·        $70,000 – Maluhia Hospital, O’ahu – Replacement of heat pump

·        $20,200 – Leahi Hospital, O’ahu – Installation of new automatic doors

·        $28,198 – Samuel Mahelona Hospital, Hawai’i Island–X-ray room renovation project

·        $12,120 – Maluhia Hospital, O’ahu – Installation of new automatic doors


·        $113,000 – Waiakea Radio Facility, Anuenue Radio Sitesand Towers, Hawai’i Island – Engineering services that will enhance the Hawai’i-Wide Area Integrated Information Access Network’s critical communication infrastructure


For more information, contact: Donalyn Dela Cruz, Deputy Director of Communications,(808) 586-0012 http://hawaii.gov/gov

Ahi Fever 2012

Click the image above for dates, rules, registration, briefing, awards, advertising prices.

Click the image above for information about sponsoring the tournament.

Traffic Advisory for Farrington Hwy in Nanakuli from May 7-14

From: Honolulu Board of Water Supply

Dymian Racoma
May 4, 2012

Telephone:  748-5366


HONOLULU – The Board of Water Supply (BWS) advises Oahu motorists that the two center lanes of Farrington Highway in the Haleakala Avenue intersection in Nanakuli will be closed from Monday, May 7 to Wednesday, May 9.  In addition, there will be roving lane closures from Haleakala Avenue to Black Rock on Thursday, May 10, Friday, May 11, and on Monday, May 14.  The lane closures are scheduled to take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day.  Contractors will be working to backfill, repave, and restripe the intersection of Farrington Highway and Haleakala Avenue.  Crews will also be removing a fire hydrant and valve covers from the old waterline.  Additional road repaving and restriping activities are scheduled in non-residential project areas weeknights from 7:00 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.

Motorists are advised to please use caution while driving through the work area and to allow for extra travel time.  A special duty police officer will be on site to help with traffic flow.  Signs will be in place to notify motorists of the construction activity and lane closures.  This work is part of the final phase of a water system improvement project to replace a 24-inch transmission line that carries approximately 60-percent of the drinking water into the Leeward Coast.
For more information about this water system improvement project, visit www.boardofwatersupply.com or call the BWS Construction Section at 748-5730.