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

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.

Ocean Clean-Up Bill SB319 Advances 1/29/13

Waianae resident Frank Ruiz testified before the Senate Water and Land Committee.

Waianae resident Frank Ruiz testified before the Senate Water and Land Committee.

On 1/29/13, the Senate Water and Land Committee passed a bill to allow jet skis to be used for ocean clean-ups. Waianae resident Frank Ruiz (pictured) suggested the bill to Sen. Shimabukuro.  Click here for the link to SB 319.

Maile’s Bill List – 2013 Session

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Sen. Maile Shimabukuro 1/29/13

The following is a list of the bills I have introduced or support for the 2013 session. The bills I introduced are listed in numerical order, and links to each bill’s status are included:

SB60/HB179 – Victim’s Rights: Victims and the families of victims shall be informed of their rights to participate in restorative justice processes by the prosecutor’s office or the police in the event that the criminal case that harmed them does not result in criminal charges being brought against a person or entity.

SB61/HB183 – Ho`oponopono for Juvenile Law Violators: Participation in a restorative justice program where the child and her or his parents or guardian along with other supporters of the child may or may not meet with the victim harmed by the child’s law violation along with the victim’s supporters.

SB62/HB273 – Convictions: Provide support services to rehabilitate persons wrongfully convicted and imprisoned.

SB63/HB375 – Tire Dumping: Re-establish surcharge of $1 per tire that lapsed in 2006 to provide DOH with funding to combat illegal tire dumping


SB66/HB449 – Financial Disclosure Statements: Make financial disclosure statements issued by members of state boards or commissions publicly accessible.

SB67/HB274 – Eyewitness Identification: Codify eyewitness ID procedures to improve accuracy and fairness, and provide court remedies for failure to follow proper procedures.

SB68/HB1054 – Sentencing/Drug Offenses: Eliminate mandatory minimum sentencing for class B and C drug-related felonies.


SB316/HB182 – Restorative Justice for Juvenile Cases: The court may dispose of the case by referring the child to a restorative justice program when the court deems it would be in the best interest of the child and the child admits guilt.


SB317/HB1159 – Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Rename “Discoverers’ Day” to “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” to continue to honor the Polynesian discoverers of Hawaii and to highlight the struggles of indigenous peoples throughout the world.

SB318/HB663 – Plastic Bags/ Composting: prohibits the sale of plastic bags within the state, which are labeled “compostable” or “degradable” or “biodegradable” unless the bags conform to standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials.


SB319/HB664 – Ocean Clean Ups: permit jet skis to be used for ocean clean ups.

SB516/HB615 – Paternities for Adults: Repeal the 3 year statute of limits for children to file paternity actions after attaining age 18. Rationale is to allow adult petitioners to establish paternity for inheritance and genealogy purposes (eg, to qualify the Hawaiian entitlements).
(KEIKI & WOMENS CAUCUS PACKAGES)

SB517/HB402 – Clotheslines: Require the state to allow public housing tenants to use clotheslines.  (Note: House Draft 1 calls for a state study of the feasibility of installing clotheslines at all public housing projects)
(KEIKI & WOMENS CAUCUS PACKAGES)

SB518/HB1158 – Low Income Housing: prohibit state from considering a prospective tenant’s conviction for a minor crime that occurred five years or more before application.
(KEIKI & WOMENS CAUCUS PACKAGES)

SB565/HB1044 – Tsunami Safety: require all businesses to close in tsunami inundation zones after a warning is issued, to prevent traffic congestion and protect the safety of employees, customers, ambulances, & the public (including emergency workers).

SB566/HB374 – Tire Tracking: Require tire importers to accept, acquire or purchase used tires. The amount of used tires collected must be at least 95% of the number of tires sold. Additionally, each importer shall file an annual report with DOH that documents the number of tires imported, the number of used tires collected, and how the tires were disposed of.

SB567/HB665 – At-Risk Youth Task Force: establishes a Task Force that would come up with suggestions to create a cost-effective and comprehensive system to address problems relating to at-risk youth and their families.

SB568/HB666 – Sand Theft: Elimination of “one-gallon per person per day” exception to the prohibition against the removal of sand and other other beach or marine deposits, except for materials inadvertently taken. Creates an exemption for public emergencies and traditional cultural practices.

SB569/HB441 – Tire Dumping: Re-establish surcharge of $1 per tire that lapsed in 2006, for replacement tires, to provide DOH with funding to combat illegal tire dumping

SB570/HB711 – Theft Threshold: Amend Section 708-831 HRS to change the felony theft threshold from $300 to $750 to adjust for inflation and bring Hawaii more in line with other state statutes.

SB1262/HB1307 – Landfills/Community Benefits: establishes a host municipality benefit fee of $250 per health and safety violation to be paid by the operator of a privately owned or operated resource recovery landfill and have fines go to Nanakuli High & Intermediate School.

SB1263/HB1057 –Meal Breaks: Requires employers to provide meal breaks for employees who work more than a total of five hours a day. Imposes penalties on employers who fail to provide meal breaks. Clarifies that the employer’s liability is based on an employee’s regular wage at the time the infraction occurred.

SB1264/HB753 – Voluntary Wellness Programs: Allows healthcare insurers, employers, and medicaid programs to offer voluntary wellness programs. Establishes what a wellness program may and may not use as rewards or incentives for participation in a wellness program. Protects confidentiality of participants in a wellness program.

SB1265/HB1150 – Attorney’s Fees/Unclaimed Property: Exempts an owner’s agreement with an attorney to file a claim as to identified property or contest the administrator’s denial of a claim from the application of section 523A-25, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

SB1266/HB690 – Motor Vehicle Insurance: Increases the minimum liability coverage from $20,000 to $50,000 pe690r person and the aggregate limit from $40,000 to $100,000 per accident for motor vehicle insurance policies.

SB1343/HB1357 – Adequate Highway Capacity Requirement: require state DOT to certify that adequate freeway capacity for major peak-hour commuting to work in the Primary Urban Center exists before any future construction of housing developments can commence.

SB1342/HB1393 – Asset Forfeiture: authorizes the forfeiture of any property used or taken in any violation of laws or rules that results in petty misdemeanor.

SB1341/HB1304 – Landfills: Places a moratorium on any new municipal solid waste landfills on the Waianae Coast after 11/1/2017.

SB883 SD1 – Collective Bargaining: creates a new bargaining unit for first responders, including state law enforcement officers and state and county ocean safety and water safety officers.

Hawaiian Immersion Education Rally

 

DOT Response: Makaha Bridge Project

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Makaha Bridges update: Community Flyer

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Army Seeks Community Input for Makua Marine Study

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Aloha Community Leaders:
For your immediate use and consideration on your websites, in newsletters or
in social media. The U.S. Army is seeking public comments through March 22,
2013, on a draft sampling and analysis plan to study marine resources at
Makua Beach and surrounding areas. The community can view or download the
plan online at http://www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/makua. Click “2013 Draft MR Study”
on the left side of the page. [Or click here.]

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January 22, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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ARMY SEEKS COMMUNITY INPUT FOR MARINE STUDY

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii – The U.S. Army is seeking public comments
through March 22, 2013, on a draft sampling and analysis plan to study
marine resources at Makua Beach and surrounding areas.

This draft plan is part of an overarching supplemental marine resources
study to determine whether military activities at Makua Military Reservation
have contributed or will contribute to contamination of the marine resources
near Makua, and whether the proposed Army training activities at MMR pose a
health risk to area residents who rely on these marine resources for food or
other purposes.

The community can view or download the plan online at
http://www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/makua.
Click “2013 Draft MR Study” on the left side of the page. The plan is also
available at the
Waianae, Kapolei, and Waialua public libraries; under the title “Draft
Supplemental Marine
Resources Sampling and Analysis Plan, Makua Military Reservation, Oahu,
Hawaii.”

Comments may be submitted by email at usaghi.pao.comrel@us.army.mil or by
mail to: U.S. Army Garrison – Hawaii, Environmental Division, Attn: Marine
Study – Public Comments, 948 Santos Dumont Ave., Schofield Barracks, HI
96857.

The community will also have an opportunity to provide comments in person
during a public meeting Feb. 20, 2013 at Nanakuli High and Intermediate
School,
(89-980 Nanakuli Avenue Waianae, HI 96792). The meeting will consist
of an informal information session from 6:30-7 p.m., with Army subject
matter experts available to answer specific questions about the study,
followed by a facilitated public comment session from 7-9:30 p.m.

Comments must be emailed or postmarked no later than March 22, 2013.
Individuals who have questions about submitting comments can call
(808) 656-3089. The Army will take all public comments into consideration
before
finalizing the plan.

Once the draft plan is finalized, the next step in the study will be to
conduct species sampling in the ocean and analysis of the samples. The Army
will continue to engage the community throughout the study.

The supplemental marine resources study was ordered by the Federal District
Court June 20, 2012. The Army appreciates the community’s interest and
involvement in this study.

Amy

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Amy L. Bugala
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, Public Affairs
Chief, Community Relations
314 Sasaoka St.
BLDG 300, RM 105, WAAF
Schofield Barracks, HI 96857
p:808-656-3158 // f:808-656-3162
amy.bugala@us.army.mil

How are we doing? Comments are welcome at http://ice.disa.mil, under
Pacific, Schofield Barracks, Information Management and then Public Affairs.

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Waianae HS Sports Schedule Jan-Mar 2013

[Email announcement received from Marcy Thomas on 1.16.13]

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Support our local youth by attending their school sports activities! The dates, times, and locations for events are often VERY difficult to find so these schedules may be useful:

When visiting these links, you can always view the latest version of this information and can also use the buttons in the upper right of the screen to print, email, or download the information into many different file formats for use in other programs.

NEWS RELEASE

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 17, 2013

Governor’s Statement Regarding the Public Land Development Corporation

HONOLULU –In November, Gov. Neil Abercrombie deferred action on pending administrative rules of the Public Land Development Corporation (PLDC) to fully consider and address public concerns about the agency. Gov. Abercrombie directed the state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), to which the PLDC is administratively attached, to facilitate the meetings with stakeholders. 

Gov. Abercrombie today stated:

“With many others, I believe in the legislative intent of Act 55, which has the potential to support using public lands for public purposes that otherwise will not have sufficient funding. 

“However, after reviewing the information compiled by the DLNR and suggested rule and regulation proposals, I believe the administrative rules process may not be able to reconcile existing support with opposing views to the extent necessary to satisfy outstanding concerns.

“The Hawaii State Legislature may need to adjust Act 55 so that its good intention can be implemented appropriate to the goals of this law.  Public understanding and support are essential. If the Legislature cannot achieve this outcome, the possibility of repeal will ensue. I will take that outcome into consideration but we cannot walk away, should that occur, without a solution that moves us forward. 

“As always, we will continue to work closely with the Legislature. We need to work together to achieve what is best for Hawaii.”

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Opening Day festivities!

 

Boys & Girls Club: Students interviewed Maile along with a crew from `Olelo.  (L to R): Zion Samuels, Jesse Revollar, Maile, Tatyana Samuels, and Serena Willis.  Jesse is a senior at Waianae High who participates in the YMCA's Youth in Government Program.  Zion, Tatyana, and Serena are members of the NFL YET Hawaii / Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii in Nanakuli.

Boys & Girls Club: Students interviewed Maile along with a crew from `Olelo. (L to R): Zion Samuels, Jesse Revollar, Maile, Tatyana Samuels, and Serena Willis. Jesse is a senior at Waianae High who participates in the YMCA’s Youth in Government Program. Zion, Tatyana, and Serena are members of the NFL YET Hawaii / Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii in Nanakuli.

Kamehameha Schools students from the Wai`anae Coast brought Maile pa`i `ai (hand-pounded undiluted poi) that they made on Opening Day under the guidance of Maile's nephew, Daniel Anthony of Mana 'Ai, and her step-brother, Vince Dodge of 'Ai Pohaku, and others.  L-R: Lahela Paresa, Leila Kila, Jacob Aki, and Devin Horswill.

Kamehameha Schools students from the Wai`anae Coast brought Maile pa`i `ai (hand-pounded undiluted poi) that they made on Opening Day under the guidance of Maile’s nephew, Daniel Anthony of Mana ‘Ai, and her step-brother, Vince Dodge of ‘Ai Pohaku, and others. L-R: Lahela Paresa, Leila Kila, Jacob Aki, and Devin Horswill.

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Wai’anae Hawaiian Civic Club Officers and Directors Installed by Sen. Shimabukuro – 1/8/13

On 1/8/13, Sen. Shimabukuro installed the 2013 officers of the Wai`anae Hawaiian Civic Club.  L-R:  Rochelle Kawelo, 1st VP; Amy Zizzi, Secretary; Mele Worthington, Pelekikena (President); Stephanie Kawelo, 2nd VP; Thomas Zizzi, Director; Janmar Gonzalez, Treasurer; Senator Maile Shimabukuro; Bob Frosch, standing in for George Kawelo, Jr, Director; and Noe Barber-Balalio, Director.

On 1/8/13, Sen. Shimabukuro installed the 2013 officers of the Wai`anae Hawaiian Civic Club. L-R: Rochelle Kawelo, 1st VP; Amy Zizzi, Secretary; Mele Worthington, Pelekikena (President); Stephanie Kawelo, 2nd VP; Thomas Zizzi, Director; Janmar Gonzalez, Treasurer; Senator Maile Shimabukuro; Bob Frosch, standing in for George Kawelo, Jr, Director; and Noe Barber-Balalio, Director.

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Ku’i at the Capitol – Jan 16, 9:30AM-pau

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Friends of the Wai`anae Library Book Sale – Jan. 12, 9am-4pm

Click on this link to see the 2013 book fair flyer

Buffalo’s 2013 Big Board Surfing Classic (Feb. 16-24): Sponsors Needed, Poster & Entry Form

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Jan. 11, 2013

Aloha Kakou,

It’s getting close for another Buffalo Big Board Surfing Classic, our 37th annual. This year we will run 14 events over five days of surfing, starting with the Presidents’ Day Weekend, Feb.16, 17 and 18 and, with surf permitting, ending up Feb. 23 and 24th. Our award ceremony will close out  the Classic during the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 24.

As usual, with your help, we hope to give finalists the latest in surfing products. And in return, we will prominently display your banners on the judges’ stand and run mini-contests and raffles during the event to promote products.,

Being the oldest and most innovative surf contest on the planet, we draw surfers from many different walks of life, including bodysurfers, bodyboarders, alaia board surfers, paipo riders and Hawaiian canoe surfers. This year will be our second run of a very special event called the SUPsquatch. This new big big board surfing method is the invention of Brian Keaulana and caps the true meaning of the Classic, to enjoy the Hawaiian cultural way of family surfing.

We look forward to having you support our event. We have always been of mind — “the more the merrier.”

Mahalo nui loa. And please contact awards coordinator Bunky Bakutis at 808-479-5925 or just respond to this email (bakutisb@gmail.com). Attached is an entry blank showing all the different divisions, and a poster.

Again, thanks for your help,

Richard “Buffalo” Keaulana

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