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

DHHL’s upcoming commission meeting to be held in Nanakuli on 12/17/12

The Hawaiian Homes Commission will be having it’s regular monthly meeting on December 17.

The community meeting will be held that evening at 6:00 at the Ka Waihona O Naauao Cafeteria.  The link to the meeting notice/flyer is below.

Mahalo nui,
Dre Kalili Office of the Chairman Department of Hawaiian Home Lands 91-5420 Kapolei Parkway Kapolei, Hawai’i  96707 Phone: 808.620.9486 | Fax: 808.620.9599 | Web:

Drug Nuisance Abatement Unit

The main purpose of this Unit is to discourage crystal meth (and other illegal drugs) use statewide by reminding landlords that it is their responsibility to prohibit illegal activity on their properties.

Working with police, prosecutors and the community, the Unit identifies the most serious landlord offenders. The Unit will  use every legal means—including injunction and forfeiture—to stop illegal drug activity.

HOTLINE: (808) 586-1328 – Oahu
Fax: (808) 586-1371

For more details about the Drug Nuisance Abatement Unit, and what to do if you suspect someone is dealing drugs in your neighborhood, visit:

Math and English Refresher Courses

Ka Lama Education Academy is now taking names for the FREE 2013 Math and English Refresher Courses. These courses are ideal for anyone needing that extra boost, a refresher in math or English or if you just want to enhance your current math and English knowledge.

This year we will be having classes one day a week face to face and one day a week will be online. We have had a number of students in the pass that were fully virtual and would come in to utilize our staff services. Either way, we here at Ka Lama Education Academy will help you to succeed.

Classes begin in March and will run for 20 weeks. So if you are interested or want to learn more about these free courses, come on down to our office or give us a call. Hope to hear from you soon.

Mahalo Nui Loa,
Moana Gaspar Community Coordinator Kukuluao and Ka Lama Education Academy 86-088 Farrington Hwy. Suite #106 Wai’anae, Hi. 96792 696-5556

Lā Wahi Hānai – December 15, 2012

La Wahi Hanai

Aloha Mai Kākou,

Come join us for  our upcoming Lā Wahi Hānai:

Date: December 15, 2012

Time: 8:00-10:30am

Where: Nānākuli Elementary

Plant focus is Sugar Snap Peas!

Please see attached flyer for more details about what to bring. Please share the flyer and invite friends and ‘ohana!

Come when you can; leave when you have to…

Sanoe Marfil
Program Associate
Office:  808.620.9041
Cell:  808.306.8161
A program by:


Full Scholarship Available for Native Hawaiian to Attend DC-Based Native Leadership Program – Deadline 12/15/12

The George Washington University’s political management program supports a semester-long political leadership program for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians, called the Native American Political Leadership Program.  There is currently an opening for a Native Hawaiian student to participate for the Spring 2013 semester, but GWU has not received any applications from Hawaiian students.  The general deadline has passed, but due to the program’s commitment to Native Hawaiians, they’ve agreed to extend their application deadline for Native Hawaiian candidates.

If a qualified Native Hawaiian student applies by December 15, she or he will be eligible to receive a full ride —  including housing, books, tuition, and a stipend – to attend the George Washington University’s Native American Political Leadership Program for the Spring 2013 semester.

Can you help to spread the word?  As a professor at the program, I can tell you that it’s a great opportunity for Native Hawaiians to be immersed in DC’s political world, so they can bring that firsthand knowledge back to our community.  I’d hate to see this spot unfilled, since we know that our community is full of bright young scholars who would benefit.

Applicants can be undergraduates, graduate students, or even young professionals who already graduated college.  Applicants can send their information directly to me, or to the program itself. I am happy to email with or talk to interested candidates.

Here is their website for more information:

Sela V. Panapasa, PhD
Assistant Research Scientist I Program for Research on Black Americans Institute for Social Research I University of Michigan 426 Thompson Street I Ann Arbor I MI 48106 T: 734.615.4081 I  F: 734.763.0044 I E:

KS’ Ka Pua Initiative Hosts Holiday Celebration – 12/20/12

Media Contact:
Shaun Chillingworth
808-541-5367 or


Ka Pua offers free food, crafts and photos with Santa at Christmas themed community update

Kamehameha Schools’ Ka Pua Initiative is taking a moment to celebrate the holiday season with friends and neighbors in the Wai‘anae Coast community.

The Ka Pua holiday celebration will offer a chance to come together for a night filled with crafts, food pictures with Santa and holiday cheer.   The evening will also be an opportunity for the community to talk story with Kamehameha Schools’ Ka Pua Initiative team to learn about many of the exciting projects and programs underway including the progress on its Community Learning Center at Mā‘ili, ‘Ohana ‘Ike college and career readiness program for Nānākuli students, a new community schools program and much more.

In addition to all of the activities, guests will be treated to a performance by the Nānākuli Performing Arts Center. Registration and all of the activities are free.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Kamehameha Schools Community Learning Center at Nānākuli (CLCN)
89-101 Farrington Highway, Wai‘anae, HI  96792

Register your ‘ohana for the event by email to or call 808-534-3927.

Kamehameha Schools is a private, educational, charitable trust founded and endowed by the legacy of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. The year 2012 marks the 125th anniversary of the opening of Kamehameha Schools, which today operates a statewide educational system enrolling over 6,900 students of Hawaiian ancestry at K-12 campuses on O`ahu, Maui and Hawai`i and 31 preschool sites statewide. Over 40,000 additional Hawaiian learners and caregivers are served each year through a range of other Kamehameha Schools’ outreach programs, community collaborations and financial aid opportunities in Hawai‘i and across the continental United States.

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Shaun Chillingworth
Public Relation Specialist,
Community Relations & Communications
567 S. King St. Suite 400
Honolulu, HI 96813
Voice: 808-541-5367
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