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