Community Concerns: Makaha Homeless, New Waianae Harbormaster, Fishing Permit for Keawaula Bay, Contacting President Obama

Senator Maile Shimabukuro

Aloha!  Here are my responses to some recent community concerns that have come to my attention:

What is being done about the homeless near Mount Lahilahi and the bus stop across Makaha Marketplace?
Around mid-May, the City Parks Department inspected the Turtle Beach and Lahilahi areas.  The City reported that they did not observe illegal tents or structures in those areas. However, the City did observe individuals “hanging out” around the Lahilahi comfort station and bus stop during the day, which in itself is not illegal.  HPD is aware of the community’s concerns about these areas, so please contact them right away if you observe illegal activities occurring.

Who is our new harbormaster?
Congratulations to John Swift, who was appointed as our new Waianae Harbormaster in March 2012.  John is the son of Norman and Bonita Swift, co-presidents of Waianae Boat Fishing Club.  Harbormaster Swift reports that there are still a few slips available at the harbor, and the cost depends on the size of the boat.  If you have any harbor-related questions, or questions about the upcoming Ahi Fever Fishing Tournament over Father’s Day weekend, contact Harbormaster Swift at or 697-7095.

How do you get a fishing permit for Keawaula Bay, aka, Yokohama Bay?
You may apply for a fishing permit at Keawaula Bay at the Waianae Boat Harbor on a first-come, first-served basis.  Permits last for one year, and cover the hours of 9pm-4am (ie, when the park is closed).  One  permit covers groups of up to 10 people.  Only use of portable canopies with 1 or 2 sides, eg, “lean-to” type tents, are allowed.  No sleeping bags, cots, commercial activities, alcohol/drugs, and vehicles on the beach, are allowed.  Applicants need to bring a valid ID card to the Waianae Boat Harbor to apply for a fishing permit, during the hours of 7:45am-4pm, Monday through Friday.  For more information, contact Harbormaster John Swift at or 697-7095

How do you contact President Obama?
The most reliable information on how to go about sending a letter to the President of the United States can be found at this link:

To call the President, dial 202-456-1111 (comments), or 202-456-1414 (switchboard).  For hearing or speech-impaired individuals needing TTY/TTD assistance, call 202-456-6213 (comments), or 202-456-2121(Visitors’ Office).

To write a letter to the President, here are a few simple things you can do to make sure your message gets to the White House as quickly as possible.

  1. If possible, email us the White House via their website,  This is the fastest way to get your message to President Obama.
  2. If you write a letter, please consider typing it on an 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheet of paper. If you hand-write your letter, please consider using pen and writing as neatly as possible.
  3. Please include your return address on your letter as well as your envelope. If you have an email address, please consider including that as well.
  4. And finally, be sure to include the full address of the White House to make sure you message gets to us as quickly and directly as possible: The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500

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