HOPE in the Park Oct 31 – 6-8PM

Candidate Forums Oct. 24 & 26 at Wai`anae District Park Re: Today’s Hawaiian Issues

The Wai`anae Coast Hawaiian Homestead Associations (Nanakuli, Princess Kahanu, Wai`anae Valley, & Wai`anae Kai), and Hawaiian Civic Clubs (Lualualei, Wai`anae, & Makaha) present “Candidate Forums” focusing on today’s Hawaiian issues.  The forums will take place as follows:

Wednesday, 10/24/12, 6-9pm, Wai`anae District Park Multi-Purpose Room

Moderator: Lokana Keli`ikoa-Pua

Commentator: Poka Laenui

City & State Candidates: Tom Berg, Kymberly Pine, Glen Butler, Pono Higa, Dicky Johnson, Maile Shimabukuro

Broadcast Live on `Olelo Channel 54

Friday, 10/26/12, 6-9pm, Wai`anae District Park Multi-Purpose Room

Moderator: Lokana Keli`ikoa-Pua

Commentator: Hanalei Aipoalani

Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) Candidates: At-Large – Keli`i Akina, Lancelot Ha`ili Lincoln, Keali`i Makekau, Walter Ritte; HI Island – Robert Lindsey, Edwin Miranda; Kauai – Liberta Hussey Albao, Keola Worthington; Maui – Dain Kane, Keaumoku Kapu

Broadcast Live on `Olelo Channel 52

Organizers have invited other candidates, so the list of candidates for both forums is subject to change.

For more information about the forums, contact:

Kapua Keli`ikoa-Kama`i, dkapua@gmail.com or 808-690-1787

PLDC Public Hearing: November 13, 2012

Public Hearing Notice
For the Proposed Adoption of Hawaii Administrative Rules
Related to Public Land Development Corporation

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.
Department of Land and Natural Resources
Kalanimoku Building
Land Board Conference Room 132
1151 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

The Public Land Development Corporation (PLDC) will hold a public hearing for adoption of Hawaii Administrative Rule (HAR) for the PLDC. Some provisions may affect small business. More information on the PLDC is available at http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/pldc

Proposed adoption of a new Chapter 13-301, HAR, Practice and Procedure establishes operating procedures for the Corporation. It contains general provisions relating to the office location and hours, board meetings, and delegation of authority to the Executive Director; and sets forth procedures for proceedings before the board, contested case hearings, declaratory rulings, and petition for amendment, adoption, or repeal of administrative rules.

Proposed adoption of a new Chapter 13-302, HAR, Public Land Development Program sets forth a procedure for the Corporation to initiate, by itself or with qualified persons, or enter into cooperative agreements with qualified persons for the development or financing of projects that make optimal use of public land for the economic, environmental, and social benefit of the people of Hawaii.

The public hearing is scheduled as follows: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 10:30 a.m., Department of Land and Natural Resources, Kalanimoku Building, Land Board Conference Room 132, 1151 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813.

All interested persons are encouraged to attend the public hearing to present relevant information and individual opinion for PLDC to consider. Persons unable to attend or wishing to present additional comments may e-mail comments to
joy.y.kimura@hawaii.gov or postmark written testimony by Tuesday, November 13, 2012.

Copies of the proposed rule changes are available on-line at http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/pldc/rules. Copies for public review are available Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., at No. 1 Capitol District, 250 S. Hotel Street, Room 501, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813. The public may make a written request for a hard copy by indicating mailing address in correspondence sent to the PLDC address in the preceding paragraph. Hard copies of the proposed administrative rules are available for a fee.

Any person requiring a special accommodation (i.e. large print materials, sign language interpreters) should make a request in writing to the PLDC address in the preceding paragraph or by calling 587-0393 (V/T). The request will need to be received at least 7 days before the hearing date.

Lloyd M. Haraguchi, Executive Director, PLDC
PHONE: (808) 587-2766

Click here for an earlier related article.

Public Land Development Corporation (PLDC) Hearing on Nov 13 at 10:30am – DLNR Conf Rm

Update: Location – Department of Land and Natural Resources, Kalanimoku Building, Land Board Conference Room 132, 1151 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813. Click here for the updated article.

Lloyd Haraguchi, PLDC executive director. Photo from Sierra Club.

Top Abercrombie Advisor Enlisted to Help Beleaguered PLDC
By Sophie Cocke
Honolulu Civil Beat, 10/18/2012

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has asked one of his closest political advisors to head a working group created to fend off attacks on the controversial Public Land Development Corporation.

William Kaneko, Abercrombie’s former campaign manager, has been leading the group, according to Sen. Malama Solomon, a PLDC supporter who has been helping the governor devise a strategy to appease mounting public antagonism toward the new state agency.

The fledgling government division is supposed to enlist private companies to develop public lands and shore up dilapidated state facilities. But it’s become a political lightning rod. A growing chorus of lawmakers, including Senate President Shan Tsutsui, are calling for its repeal or at least a sharp curtailment of its powers.

The PLDC was created last year but has been widely criticized by groups such as the Sierra Club, the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation and The Outdoor Circle, who say it bypasses important environmental protections. Native Hawaiian groups have also opposed fast-tracking development on lands supposed to be held in trust for Hawaiians.

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Medicare’s period of open enrollment has begun 10/15-12/7

The more than 200,000 people in Hawaii with Medicare will have until December 7 to change or choose their drug and health plan coverage for next year. You may enroll in 2013 plans from October 15, 2012, to December 07, 2012.

This is an opportunity for those with Medicare to review their health and prescription drug coverage and make necessary changes.

For complete details on the Annual Enrollment Period, please call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or visit www.medicare.gov online. Professional service is available to assist beneficiaries, their families, partners, and trusted representatives.

Women of Waianae (WOW) Presents Oktoberfest! Oct. 21

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6th Annual Benefit for Hina Mauka Nov. 8