Benefit Rummage Sale for MA’O Farm Intern Ashlee A’i Dec. 30

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Ashlee A’i, a MA’O Farm intern in cohort 7, is now undergoing treatment for leukemia. Her teacher, Miki Tomita*, is organizing a rummage sale for Ashlee A’i and her family to help with expenses associated with Ashlee’s treatment. The sale will be held on Dec. 30 in the Multi-Purpose building at the University Laboratory School (1776 University Avenue, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96822). They need donated items for the sale. If you have items and the means to drop them off at the school, please contact Miki (telephone 808-956–7833, fax  808-956–7260, email Items large and small can be dropped off in the late morning and afternoon from 1-5pm on Dec. 29.

If you feel comfortable passing this announcement around to your community, the Ashlee support team would greatly appreciate it. Ashlee was very excited to become a part of the MA’O team.
* Dean of Curriculum & Instruction, Research Coordinator and Project Pono Advisor for the University of Hawaii Laboratory School.

Waianae Christmas Parade 12/15/12 – Photos

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Volunteer Facilitators Needed for College & Career Readiness Program in Nānākuli – Deadline Dec, 28

OhanaIke2The wa‘a serves as a metaphor in the journey our students and parents will take in the college-going process.

Community volunteers are needed to serve as facilitators for a new college readiness program called ‘Ohana ‘Ike (knowledge of the family).

‘Ohana ‘Ike was launched through a partnership between Kamehameha Schools, NHIS, the NHIS Alumni Association and Leeward Community College – Wai‘anae. It is a family college and career planning program that uses the steps taken in building a wa‘a (canoe) and applies a similar concept to college and career readiness planning from grades 7 through 12.

The curriculum illustrates how our kūpuna Hawai‘i (Hawaiian elders) mastered their environment and their resources and use their knowledge and skills in today’s world to prepare ‘ōpio (youth) for higher education and competition in the 21st century global economy.

“‘Ohana ‘Ike honors the wealth of knowledge and resources that our families possess and affirms that our parents/caregivers are the most significant teachers for our haumāna (students) throughout their lifespan,” said Andrea Dias, program manager for Kamehameha Schools’ Career and Post High Counseling and Guidance department.

The goals of the program include increasing family and student expectations to continue their education after high school, increasing knowledge of and skills to complete the college planning process and increasing the number of students that are admitted into the post-high institution of their choice.   Continue reading

Aloha Senator Dan Inouye

“I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of United States Senator Daniel K. Inouye,” said State Senator Maile Shimabukuro. “This is a huge loss to the nation, Hawaii, and the world.”

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Press Release: Statement on the Passing of Senator Daniel K. Inouye
Monday, December 17, 2012

United States Senator Daniel K. Inouye, World War II veteran, Medal of Honor recipient and Hawaii’s senior Senator, passed away from respiratory complications at 5:01 p.m. Eastern Standard Time today at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

His wife Irene and his son Ken were at his side. Last rites were performed by Senate Chaplain Dr. Barry Black.

He is survived by his wife, Irene Hirano Inouye, his son Daniel Ken Inouye Jr., Ken’s wife Jessica, and granddaughter Maggie and step-daughter Jennifer Hirano. He was preceded in death his first wife, Maggie Awamura.

Senator Inouye’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for the extraordinary care he received.

The story of Dan Inouye is the story of modern Hawaii. During his eight decades of public service, Dan Inouye helped build and shape Hawaii.

Senator Inouye began his career in public service at the age of 17 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army shortly after Imperial Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He served with ‘E’ company of the 442 Regimental Combat Team, a group consisting entirely of Americans of Japanese ancestry. Senator Inouye lost his arm charging a series of machine gun nests on a hill in San Terenzo, Italy on April 21, 1945. His actions during that battle earned him the Medal of Honor.

Following the war he returned to Hawaii and married Margaret “Maggie” Awamura, and graduated from the University of Hawaii and the George Washington University School of Law.   Continue reading

Wai’anae’s Keani Passi Will Join UH Wahine in 2013

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Source: College of Southern Idaho

TWIN FALLS – The College of Southern Idaho volleyball team received more accolades last week on top of the 10th NJCAA National Championship it won two weeks ago. Right side hitter Keani Passi was named NJCAA First Team All-American, AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) First Team All-American and AVCA Junior College Player of the Year. Head Coach Heidi Cartisser was named AVCA West Region Coach of the Year and will be a candidate for national coach of the year.

[Passi, a 5’9″ outside hitter, lists her hometown as Wai’anae. As a Pearl City High School senior, she led her volleyball team to the OIA West Championship, earning player of the year honors. She was named all league three years in volleyball and two in softball. Passi played on the Oahu Volleyball Club team as well. –CSI]

Passi, who has committed to play volleyball at the University of Hawaii, led the Golden Eagles in Kills per game and aces per game. She led the top-seeded Golden Eagles to a record 10th NJCAA National Championship, their first since 2009, defeating No. 2 seeded Western Nebraska CC in straight sets.  In the match, Passi led the team with a double-double of 12 kills and as many digs on her way to being named Tournament MVP and a spot on the All-Tournament Team.   Continue reading

Office of Planning and HDOA Report on Food Security/Self-Sufficiency – 3 Volumes

The Hawaii State Office of Planning, Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture (under an award from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration) released a three-part report titled Increased Food Security and Food Self-Sufficiency Strategy in October 2012: Volume I: Increased Food Security and Food Self-Sufficiency Strategy; Volume II: Increased Food Security and Food Self‐Sufficiency Strategy: A History of Agriculture in Hawaii and Technical Reference Document; Volume III: Increased Food Security and Food Self‐Sufficiency Strategy: Assessment of Irrigation Systems in Hawaii.

HDOA Report

The following excerpts, from Andrew Gomes’s “State Pursues Investments in Food Production” (Star-Advertiser, Oct 25, 2012), provides a brief introduction. Green highlights were added. For the complete article, click here.


Subtitle: A new report identifies difficulties and solutions for boosting isle food supplies   Continue reading