HB 1158 & SB 518 RELATING TO ELIGIBILITY FOR PUBLIC HOUSING SCHEDULED FOR 2/4/13 & 2/5/13

Please submit testimony in support of HB 1158 and SB 518, which prohibits the Hawaii public housing authority from considering a prospective tenant’s conviction for a minor crime that occurred five years or more before the application date. Provides exceptions for crimes involving drugs, violence, sexual offenses, and alcohol.

The House Housing Committee has scheduled a public hearing for:

Date: Monday, February 4, 2013

Time: 8:45 am

Place: State Capitol Room 329

Here is a link to the bill status/hearing notice:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=1158

The Senate Committee on Human Services has scheduled a public hearing for:

Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Time: 1: 15 pm

Place: State Capitol Room 016

415 South Beretania Street

  • Here’s a link to the hearing notice which provides information on how to submit testimony:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=518

  • Here’s a link to the bill language:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/bills/SB518_.pdf

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SB 1266 RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE INSURANCE COVERAGE INCREASES SCHEDULED FOR 2/13/13

Please submit testimony in support of SB 1266, which Increases the minimum liability coverage from $20,000 to $50,000 per person and the aggregate limit from $40,000 to $100,000 per accident for motor vehicle insurance policies.

The Commitee on CPN has scheduled a public hearing for:

Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Time: 8: 30 am

Place: Room 229

State Capitol, 415 South Beretania Street

  • Here’s a link to the hearing notice which provides information on how to submit testimony:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=1266

  • Here’s a link to the bill language:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/bills/SB1266_.pdf

SB 517 RELATING TO CLOTHESLINES IN PUBLIC HOUSING SCHEDULED FOR 2/5/13

Please submit testimony in support of SB 517, which permits clotheslines in state and federal public housing projects.

The Commitee on HMS has scheduled a public hearing for:

Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Time: 1: 15 pm

Place: Conference Room 016

State Capitol, 415 South Beretania Street

  • Here’s a link to the hearing notice which provides information on how to submit testimony:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=517

  • Here’s a link to the bill language:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/bills/SB517_.htm

DOE High School Students Legislative Internship Pilot Program

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Nohealani Benicarlo, Maile, Anastazia McIntosh. Opening day: January 16, 2013

I am excited to announce that I am one of 22 legislators participating in the DOE Legislative Internship Pilot Program.

Nohealani Benicarlo & Anastazia McIntosh will learn about the legislative process this session at the capitol, where they will have more direct learning experiences of the legislature.

Nohealani is a Junior in Nanakuli High and Intermediate School. She is an active member of JROTC, National Honor Society, Interact Club, Design it Build it Launch it GHS program and cheerleading. We first met on January 16 when it was the Legislature opening day.

 Suggested assignments  for the interns include: viewing training videos; watching hearings and floor sessions; tracking bills; reading testimony, bill-related news stories, and other materials; shadowing their legislator; maintaining a portfolio; attending 3 internship meetings; and writing bill briefs, testimony, and report on what they learned. Both students hail from Nānākuli Highschool.

 

 Along with the two DOE Interns, we  are also lucky to have an Intenational exchange student from Macedonia. Ana Grozdev is currently a student at Nānākuli Highschool.

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Ana Grozdev, on her first day visiting our office.

Ana’s Bio:

My name is Ana Grozdev I was born on 4th of January, 1996 in a town called Harare, Zimbawe Africa. My mother and father were leaving there for eight years before I was born, but six months after my birth we moved back to my country Republic of Macedonia.
Since I was in my early age I loved to write and to read my essays in front of big public which resulted with many certificates and diplomas for young public speaker.
My true passion is traveling and exploring new cultures. When I found out in my freshman year about an one year exchange program called YES(youth,exchange and study) financed by Kennedy Lougar and American department of State I was more than excited to participate. In my sophomore I applied and going trough many exams,essays and interviews I was chosen in the twelve finalists out of six hundred students that applied.
Currently I am living with my lovely host family the Pelekai family in Nanakulu and I attend Nanakuli High &Intermediate School where I am a junior.
I love exploring and learning the American and Hawaiian culture. It is a real honor and pleasure to live in this beautiful state.I will be living here till the end of this school year after which I fill return to my home country and share my experiences, make contributions to my community and try to improve it and of course continue with my education.

Women Of Wai’anae Scholarship fundraiser 3/24

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 WOW Scholarship Applications Available

Fundraiser on March 24

The Women of Wai’anae Scholarship Applications are available at the following locations:
Wai’anae Library, Kapolei Library, and LCC/Wai’anae front desk.
Eligibility: must be a long time resident of Wai’anae, nontraditional student with financial need, registered in an Associates or Bachelor degree program or trade profession.
Male or female may apply. Deadline: May 3, 2013.
The Women of Wai’anae will be hosting a SPRING CELEBRATION fundraiser
 
at the Sunset Cafe, Army Rest Camp,
on March 24, 2013, Sunday 3- 6 PM.
 Heavy pupus, mimosas, with entertainment,
and a book presentation by a Wai’anae author. Past winners will be present. Tickets: $25/ from any WOW member, or $30 at the door. The fundraiser supports the development of college scholarships for local residents.
Please call Karen 696 4677 for further information.

Native Hawaiian Center Proposed at LCC

On 1/29/13, Leeward Community College (LCC) professors visited Sen. Shimabukuro and other legislators seeking support for plan and design funds for a Native Hawaiian Center for Excellence at LCC's Pearl City campus. Professor Eiko Kosasa (left) and Associate Professor Momi Kamahele posed in front of a painting by Makaha-born artist Solomon Enos in Maile's office. Prof. Kamahele teaches history and Hawaiian Studies at LCC and is a resident of Wai'anae Valley Homestead.

On 1/29/13, Leeward Community College (LCC) professors visited Sen. Shimabukuro and other legislators seeking support for plan and design funds for a Native Hawaiian Center for Excellence at LCC’s Pearl City campus. Professor Eiko Kosasa (left) and Associate Professor Momi Kamahele posed in front of a painting by Makaha-born artist Solomon Enos in Maile’s office. Prof. Kamahele teaches history and Hawaiian Studies at LCC and is a resident of Wai’anae Valley Homestead. (Click here for photos of the art in Sen. Shimabukuro’s office.)

Wai’anae Coast Fishermen Testify at the Capitol 1/29/13

Fishermen from the Wai'anae Coast expressed opposition to bans on aquarium fishing and on the use of synthetic nets.  Back row, L-R: Jerry, Johnny, and Kelly Isham.  Front row: Bobby Goodwin and Sen. Maile Shimabukuro.

Fishermen from the Wai’anae Coast expressed opposition to bans on aquarium fishing and on the use of synthetic nets, 1/29/13. Back row, L-R: Jerry, Johnny, and Kelly Isham. Front row: Bobby Goodwin and Sen. Maile Shimabukuro.

Fisherman Carl Jellings of Wai'anae testified passionately in opposition to a bill proposing a ban on the use of synthetic nets.

Fisherman Carl Jellings of Wai’anae testified passionately in opposition to a bill proposing a ban on the use of synthetic nets, 1/29/13.