MaziEmail: Helpful Hints for Hawaii Driver’s License Renewal

Aloha,

Over the last few months, my office has received dozens of calls on the new rules to renew or apply for drivers’ licenses in Hawaii. People are confused about the changes and don’t know what documentation is needed. Many have faced long lines or forgotten documents—resulting in missed deadlines and growing frustration with the system.

My office will do its best in this newsletter to take you through the process.

The state’s new driver’s licensing requirements went into effect on March 5, 2012. This means anyone applying for an original or renewal of their driver’s license must bring to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) documents that show:

  1. Proof of your legal presence in the United States
  2. Proof of your identity – your legal name AND your date of birth
  3. Your Social Security number

What is legal presence?
Legal presence is when a person is a U.S. citizen or is legally authorized to be in the United States. You must show acceptable documents to prove legal presence, legal name and your date of birth. There are nearly 20 documents you can choose from (for a full list, please click here). These documents must be the originals or certified copies – photocopies or faxed copies will not be accepted. Here are some commonly used documents:

  1. A U.S. state or local government–issued birth certificate or Birth ID Card
  2. A U.S. state or local government–issued consular report of birth abroad
  3. A valid U.S. passport
  4. A valid foreign passport with appropriate immigration document(s), valid unexpired U.S. visa accompanied by the approved I-94 form

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Vetoed Measures 2012 Session

The Legislature was notified last week that the Governor vetoed 13 of the measures from his intent to veto list.  Links to the Governor’s Messages, which include his statements of objections, are listed below for your reference.

To view a complete list of all vetoed measures from the 2012 Session, visit http://capitol.hawaii.gov/report.aspx?type=vetolist

Hawai’i’s Legacy Land Conservation Program Seeks Applicants for Land Acquisition Funding

Aloha, everyone.

Here is another opportunity to apply for funding for land acquisition for protection and other conservation purposes.  This program covers land on all islands.

For immediate release:  July 13, 2012 HAWAI‘I’S LEGACY LAND CONSERVATION PROGRAM SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR LAND ACQUISITION FUNDING

HONOLULU – The Department of Land and Natural Resources’ (DLNR) Legacy Land Conservation Program is seeking applicants for grants from the State Land Conservation Fund to fund the protection, through acquisition, of lands having value as a resource to the State of Hawai‘i.

The Legacy Land Conservation Program provides an annual source of funding for the acquisition and conservation of watersheds; coastal areas, beaches, and ocean access; habitat protection; cultural and historic sites; recreational and public hunting areas; parks; natural areas; agricultural production; and open spaces and scenic resources.

State agencies, county agencies, and non-profit land conservation organizations may apply.  Proposed projects may include acquisition of fee title or conservation easements.  County agencies and non-profit project applicants must be able to provide at least 25 percent of the total project costs.  On average, funded projects usually bring about 65 percent matching funds from federal, county, or private sources.

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Waimanalo Gulch Landfill Hearing, Kapolei Hale, TODAY Monday, July 16th, 5pm

From: Ken Williams <ken@koolina.com>

Aloha,

For many years, our community has been fighting the expansion and continued operation of the Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill. We again need your help and your voice to ensure our concerns are heard.

The City will be holding a public information hearing on the future of the landfill on Monday, July 16, 2012, 5:00 p.m. at Kapolei Hale Conference Room A.

The City hopes to keep the landfill open until it reaches capacity—potentially, another 15 or 20 years.   We’ve all suffered the negative effects of the landfill—noise, smells and flying litter. Last year, medical waste and other trash from the site overflowed into the ocean and contaminated our coastline.  Our beaches were closed for days, and the landfill’s operator was cited by the EPA for violations of the Clean Water Act.

The City has repeatedly promised to close this landfill.  The City has repeatedly broken its promises.  This public hearing is a good opportunity to remind City officials that we are opposed to the continued operation of Waimanalo Gulch.    To bring you up to date on current court and administrative proceedings regarding the landfill:

* In 2008, the City applied to continue using Waimanalo Gulch for all forms of waste. The Land Use Commission (LUC) approved the request but ordered the City to close the landfill to all municipal solid waste by July 31, 2012. The City appealed this closure deadline to the Hawai‘i Supreme Court.  Earlier this year, the Court concluded that the LUC needed to provide further support for the closure deadline and sent back or remanded the matter to the LUC for further proceedings.

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Sophie Flores: Next Mikilua Community Meeting re Illegal Dumping 7/31/12

Kaiawe Makanani, Rep. Jordan, Rep. Awana, Richard Medeiros, Tammy Cabral, Carlos Silva, Sophie Flores, Sen. Shimabukuro, Cynthia Rezentes, Rep. Pine, Jolyn Ballenti, Victor Flint, and Pake Salmon. Photo by Sophie Flores.

From: Sophie Flores [mailto:sophiem@hawaii.rr.com]
Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2012 8:52
Subject: FW: Mikilua Community mtg – July 11, 2012

The community was all pumped by the meeting last night…We were graced with our share of politicians and we had some drama of illegal dumping actually occurring on our watch… I commend you all for your support and caring for our community. You will reap the rewards big time as we transpire this place together.

Tentative next step is a collaborated meeting with Nani O Waianae, PAF [Ka Wai Ola o Waianae], Victor Flint (Navy) and community volunteers – Tuesday, July 31st, 6pm, at Sacred Hearts Church.

Again, mahalo
Sophie Flores
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Related article 7/14/12: Mikilua Valley Community Meeting July 11 at 5pm

Kalua Pig, Laulau, Pastele, & Smoked Pork Sale

Daphne Kahawai-Tom: Suggestions for Nanakuli Public Library

By Daphne Kahawai-Tom
13 July 2012

I would like to comment on the proposal of a library in Nanakuli. We would love to have one, we are avid readers and have taught our children of the importance of libraries and how they can be very beneficial to our lives. We are hoping that this library would be a state of the arts library with at least 50 or more computers, with downloadable borrowing of books in stead of hard copies. We would love to have an inter-active area for little children, where a projector could display digital books for children to interact with/read along. Also fun computers where little children could interact with educational games or activities. We would love for the library to have a few extra rooms attached to teach computer literacy classes to the public. A side theater room where people in the community may use to showcase media productions with in the community (i.e. Sea Rider Production showcasing their videos to the community). Also this room could be used once a week for movie afternoons for children to watch a fun educational movie. Adults could watch a variety of documentary films of Hawaii or the world. This is our comments on the building of a new library in Nanakuli, we are for it! Mahalo

[Note: This post was first published as a comment to “Extension Granted for Input Request re Nanakuli Public Library – Deadline is now July 31, 2012.”]