Waianae Intermediate School Spirit Week Videos & Photos 8/30/12

Sen. Shimabukuro read to students on 8/30/12 as part of WIS’ “Spirit Week.”  She enjoyed watching new teachers perform a dancing skit during the assembly (please see YouTube videos below) and running into students she knew.

Five players from the Nanakuli All-Star Little League team who attend WIS were recognized at the school assembly on  8/30/12.  The team was the 2012 HI Little League champion and regional finalist.


Meet Ann Mahi – Nanakuli-Waianae Complex Area Superintendent Aug. 30

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Leeward Coast Parade of All Champions Sep. 1


The Leeward community invites everyone to the “Parade of all Champions” on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 10:00 am departing from Nanakui High & Intermediate School, and going through Nanakui town and along Farrington Hwy., and ending at PVT Land Co.

The Leeward Coast community is excited about this opportunity to showcase the 2012 achievements of our talented sports team from the Leeward Coast:

*All Star Nanakuli Little League

* Nanakuli High School Golden Hawks Varsity Girls Softball Division II OIA Champions

* Nanakuli High School Girls JV Basketball Division 2 OIA Champions

* Team Hawaii 12 under Little League Girls Series Softball USA Regional’s 3rd Place World Series

Senator Maile Shimabukuro stated, “Come and experience the spirit of aloha of the Wai‘anae Coast, what I call God’s country. Much mahalo to the City and State administrations for providing support, also to sponsors DRHorton, PVT Land Company, Kalaeloa Raceway, Paradise Lua, Aiwohi Trucking, R&K, and Porky’s Trucking for supporting the Leeward side.”

“ The Parade strengthens community ties and shows our people the vibrant community we live in.”

Parade Line up:

  • HPD Solo Bike to open Parade
  • Parade Coordinators – Patty Teruya and Lani Sylva (Golf Cart)
  • Nanakuli High & Intermediate School Color Guard
  • Nanakuli High & Intermediate School Marching Band
  • Sports Teams Being Honored: (1) Nanakuli Little League All Stars – R&K Trucking, (2) Nanakuli High School Golden Hawks Girls Varsity Softball Team-Division 2 OIA Champions -Aiwohi Trucking, (3) Nanakuli High School Girls JV Basketball Division 2 OIA Champions – Aiwohi Trucking, (4) Team Hawaii 12 under Little League Girls Series Softball Champs, USA Regionals 3rd Place World Series – Porky’s Trucking.
  • HPD Sole Bike to Close Parade

For More Information, Contact:
Patty Kahanamoku Teruya, 808 312-2262
Lani Sylva, 808 690-0337

[Mahalo to Patty Teruya for providing this parade information.]

Message from UH West Oahu Chancellor Awakuni 8/23/12

Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa, UHWO Chancellor Gene Awakuni, Sen. Jill Tokuda, UH President M. R. C. Greenwood, Sen. Clarence Nishihara. [Photo by Russ Awakuni]

From: Gene I. Awakuni, Chancellor, University of Hawaii – West Oahu
Sent: Thursday, August 23, 2012 3:14 PM

UH West Oahu is aware of questions circulating in the community about construction costs and financing, and we understand there are some subcontractors who are unhappy with the speed of their payments.

We and RCUH (the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii) are in active communication with the general contractor and others and have recently met with the contractor to verify the timing and extent of outstanding costs. The Board of Regents has been made aware of this issue.

RCUH managed the project with Chancellor Gene Awakuni as Principal Investigator. With a project of this size and complexity, it is not unexpected that we would encounter some delays in processing. This has been a challenging project to complete for years and has, in what has been a difficult economy, required some creative means of obtaining financing to meet the pressing covenants with the land donor.

We’re proud and grateful we were able to complete and open it up to 2000 students this week.

The construction cost of UH West Oahu is $173 million. We have in place a finance package of $177 million. The details of it are as
1.  General obligation bonds of $91 million  2. Revenue bonds of $68 million  3. EB5 Loan provided by the CanAm Group for $18 million  (the attached FAQ provides background about the EB5 loan)

Pursuant to Section 37D of HRS, we obtained the approval of the State Attorney General and the Director of Budget and Finance in order to apply for and get this loan.  The $18 million is in an escrow account awaiting our project’s approval by the U.S. Government.  The money was due to be released in June, then July, and now projected to be October.

In effect, we have encountered a cash flow problem.

Due to this unanticipated delay in the release of this money, the university is in the process of developing and will present to the Board of Regents if it should be necessary a proposal for short-term funding so that we may meet our obligations. We thank the contractors for their patience,hard work, and for diligently meeting our deadlines. This matter is of urgent concern and it is our intention to catch up with payments as swiftly as possible.

Related Post:
UH West O`ahu Opening Day Photos 8/18/12

Hawaiian Language Immersion Update

From: Sterling Wong
Subject: FW: ESEA Waiver/New Hawaiian Test Development Team
To: “Maile Shimabukuro

Aloha Senator,

Per our discussion yesterday, please see below for information on what’s happening now with the testing issue.  Mahalo again for all your help.  We would’ve never got this far without your kokua.  More information to come.

Sterling Wong
Public Policy Manager
Office of Hawaiian Affairs
711 Kapi’olani Blvd. Ste. 500
Honolulu, HI 96813


Help Na Keiki O Ka Moi get to the Molokai Hoe!


K9 Kokua’s Summer Splash – August 25

From: K9 Kokua

Aloha all!

Summer Splash is almost here! We are very excited that we were able to put this together!

Many people have been asking if we are having a dog wash at this year’s Summer Splash, but due to the timing and our volunteer numbers, sadly we are unable to offer that to our supporters this year.

However, we have a volunteer groomer that is offering her services of fur trims and nail clippings at her booth.

And keeping with the theme of summer (and beating the heat)…we will again be in the covered breezeway area and be handing out handheld fans to attendees.

Ever meet a certified therapy dog? Come and say hello to the Tails of Aloha team or bring your keiki to enjoy the petting zoo! We have a variety of booths for all ages.

Guess the number of balls in a vehicle, courtesy of Cutter Pearl City, and WIN a prize!

As an added bonus, McGruff the Crime dog will be there this year!

We greatly appreciate your support for the dogs in need!