$1.1 Million Fine for Toxic Gases at Waimanalo Gulch Landfill

Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill

Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill

(The following article, “Oahu Landfill Operator Settles EPA Lawsuit Over Toxic Gases,” is from the Star-Advertiser/AP, 28 Feb. 2013. Tip received from Wai’anae resident Karen Young, who said, “Waste Management of HI (Waimanalo) and the City are being sued for not controlling the gas output from the dump, despite being warned etc. This is an important finding, as it endangers the life of the residents! It adds more fuel to the argument re no more landfills on the Leeward side. The fact that toxins seep into the water and into the land is bad enough, but to think that it is in the air as well is not to be tolerated!”)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says Honolulu and the operator of the city’s only landfill are agreeing to make changes that will reduce the risk of a fire breaking out at the Waianae coast site.

The EPA said in a statement today the steps agreed to in a settlement will protect the community from exposure to toxic gas that is harmful to human health (more on the subject: Xarelto® Lawsuits | Get Information About The 2017 Settlements).

Waste Management of Hawaii Inc. spokeswoman Lily Quiroa says the settlement calls for implementing enhanced monitoring of landfill gases. She says the company also has a contingency plan and will react quickly if those gases exceed certain levels.

Waste Management is also paying a $1.1 million fine.

The EPA says the settlement resolves allegations Waste Management and the city failed to design and build a landfill gas collection and control system.

Civil Action Lawsuit: United States of America vs Waste Management of Hawaii Inc.

Employment Opportunit​y: Part- Time tutor needed for Makaha Elementary

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Hanabusa Votes to Support the Violence Against Women Act


Hawaii – Richard Rapoza – (808) 392-0780
DC – Ashley Nagaoka Boylan – (808) 238-1724


Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, the House voted to approve the bipartisan, Senate-passed version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization after House Republicans failed to pass their dangerous substitute legislation.

U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01) voted in favor of the Senate bill and against the House GOP substitute.

“I am happy to vote in support of this version of the Violence Against Women Act, which received bipartisan support in the Senate, because it includes vital protections for all women,” said Hanabusa. “Excluding certain groups, whether it is members of the LGBT community, Native Americans, immigrants, or victims of human trafficking, violates the core principle that we stand in support of the safety and security of all American families. I only wish that we were allowed to vote on VAWA sooner.

“Women across America are the victims of violence every day, and it is only through our continued vigilance and commitment to action that we can break these cycles and provide the safe community that every woman deserves. Standing up for women is not a political act; it is a statement about our respect for human rights. I am proud to have cast this vote today.”

The House GOP substitute would have eliminated important provisions included in the Senate bill, such as domestic violence protections for LGBT victims, equal treatment of Indian and non-Indian offenders on tribal lands, and requiring colleges and universities to provide students with information about sexual assault in order to improve services for student victims. The amendment would have also removed the reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which provides critical protections and services for victims of human trafficking.

A coalition of more than 1,300 organizations – including the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the National Organization for Women, and the YWCA USA – opposed the House GOP substitute.

The House passed the Senate bill by a vote of 286-138. The measure now heads to President Obama’s desk for his signature.

For video of Hanabusa’s floor speech on VAWA, click here: http://bit.ly/13qC1gP


(L-R) Maile, Colleen, Geanine, & Heather

(L-R) Maile, Colleen, Geanine, & Heather

A Big Happy Birthday to my Office Manager Colleen, and a Big Congratulations to my Legislative Aide/Community Liaison Geanine on her upcoming Wedding!!!

Tomra Recycling Hawaii reverse vending machine at the Hawaii State Capitol


The Tomra 42 looks like a vending machine, except that it collects empty aluminum cans and plastic beverage containers and spits out a voucher that can be redeemed for the value of the cans deposited.

The machine is located in the capitol parking garage.


Army rescheduling MMRP fieldwork on Waianae Coast


Aloha – We are contacting you to provide an update on the Army’s planned supplemental Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP) fieldwork on the Waianae Coast, which you received an email about, Feb.12.

The Army is rescheduling the fieldwork to next fall during the wet season as a result of unforeseen contracting delays.

The fieldwork had originally been scheduled to take place Feb. 18-March 29, 2013, in portions of and an upper section of Kaena Point State Park, east of Keaw’aula Beach.

We appreciate your patience and understanding, and will continue to keep you updated on the project.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 656-3158 or 656-3159.




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


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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FREE Confident Parenting Classes in Oahu and Hilo

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Legislativ​e Advocacy Workshop March 22, 2013 with Makaha resident Alex Santiago

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Legislative Advocacy Workshop

Do you want to know what really goes on at the State Capitol?
Get the inside scoop!

Workshop Time (10:00 am to 12 noon)

Specialized Training on the Legislative Process
by Alex Santiago, LSW
Workshop Content
art of advocacy

This training is applicable to anyone who wants to learn the Art of Advocacy and how to be more effective in promoting your cause through the legislative process.

The learning objectives for this workshop are:

  • Understanding how the legislative process works
  • Learning the tools to navigate the legislative system
  • The art of influencing policy making

Speaker Bio


Alex Santiago served in the Hawaii State Legislature from 1990 till 2000. He chaired the Committee on Health and the Committee on Ocean and Marine Resources. Upon his retirement from public office, he served for two years as the Chair of the Democratic Party of Hawai’i.

Alex is a Licensed Social Worker and has practiced in the field for more than 30 years. He started his social work career as the Youth Coordinator with the Waianae Rap Center and worked for four years as a CPS social worker.

Prior to embarking on his political career, Alex worked as the Director of Social Work at Kahuku Hospital. He also lectured on Social Policy and Macro Social Work at the graduate level at the University of Hawai’i, School of Social Work.

Alex is currently the Executive Director of the Hawai’i Psychological Association. He also serves as a consultant to the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy-Hawai’i Division and the Hawai’i Dental Hygienists’ Association. In the past he has served as a consultant to The Hawai’i Nurses Association, Easter Seals of Hawai’i, The Mental Health Association of Hawai’i, Partners in Development, and others.


Workshop Dates & Venue:

Oahu Workshop: March 22, 2013 (Fri)

Address: HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union, 1226 College Walk, Honolulu, HI 96817

(fronting A’ala Street)

Workshop Fees

$50 for the workshop

Registration & Payment

a. Check

Download the Registration Form and send to our office together with a check payable to “PARENTS, Inc.

b. Credit Card

Click on the following PayPal button to make a credit card payment online.

Buy Now

Please download and complete the Registration Form and email to us.

c. Purchase Order
Same as check payment, please send the Purchase Order together with the Registration Form.

For inquiry, please call: (808) 235-0255 or email info@hawaiiparents.org

You may also visit our website at www.hawaiiparents.org


1. All payments must be submitted with a registration form.

2. Attach a copy of PayPal confirmation email if you don’t get a confirmation receipt no.

3. Cancellations made 3 working days prior to the workshop will be entitled to a full refund. No refunds will be made thereafter.


JOB TREE Our Father in Heaven ministry 489 8016

First to Work 587 3850
333 N.King st room 200
Jan Guard security 524 Kalihi st 585 7346
Altres staffing agency many positions 674 3711
Alliance personnel 521 4300
Express employment agency 525 5225
Baker apprenticeship Waipahu ask for Fernando at 233 9075
Offering RESUME building please apply online of you are interested in having help with your resume email jenkeys@yahoo.com
Live in situation and work Waianae must be drug alcohol free please call Bobby at 275 6995
Painter painters helper must have own truck call 979 1965
Carpet journeyman Aiea fax 888 815 7512
Stylist kaimuki call 221 7891
Bar tenders apply in person at 1362 kapiolani blvd call 955 4333
Body shop production manager kailua call 479 3368 ask for Jerry
Bartender Waikiki Vote steakhouse apply in person at 2058 Kuhio ave in Aqua maile skye

experienced tire service tech changer honolulu Streamline performance apply in person at 1615 A Democrat st
Aquatics Captain (Kapolei) Attn: Human Resources
Wet’n’Wild Hawaii 400 Farrington Hwy. 808)674-9283
Glazier / Carpenter / Installation Technician (Screens & Things, Oahu) www.screensandthings.net.
Immediate opening: First Class Auto Body / Frame Tech and immediate opening for a First Class Paint Tech Brits autobody 45-558 Kamehameha Hwy, C-1 Kaneohe 247-8500
Marine Electrician Wanted (Haleiwa) apply via email
Certified welders needed on various projects on a part time basis apply via email smcdh-3642396846@job.craigslist.org
Immediate Hire Security Officer (Honolulu) apply in person at 197 Sand Island Access Rd., Suite 202-2, Honolulu
PT – Security (Hawaii Kai Retirement Community)
apply in person at 428 Kawaihae Street
Full & part time, AM and PM shifts for our Discover Bay Center 8location. Apply in person at KiMOBEAN Coffee Discovery Bay Ctr.
1778 Ala Moana Blvd.
Cooks bartenders and servers wanted apply in person at Schooners Restaurant (near Arizona Memorial) is now hiring experienced cooks. Please reply with a current resume and contact info.
Seeking a cook for Italian Restaurants in Waikiki/Kahala area.
808-521-4300 job agency
mini store: Part time (downtown nUuanu) Liquor, Tobacco, Snacks, mini mart. downtown. counter help, wanted. two days a week. part time. Must be 21 Walk ins only. Tues, Thurs, Sat at 1327 Nuuanu ave, Honolulu, bring resume

Full-time Counter Help Position Available (Marujyu Market) Aiea at 98-820 Moanalua Rd.
Barista (Wahiawa) Experienced Barista new coffee shop on government base extensive background check required
-F/T or P/T Flex hours Mon – Fri, no weekends or holidays
-send resume vjnpx-3643015502@job.craigslist.org
Newspaper carrier makaha call 853 0395 and ask for Gerald
Aloha salads hiring apply in person at kahala mall
School bus drivers and schoolkids drivers apply in person at 3049 Ualena st ste 220

Carpet wood vinyl installation apprentice aiea call 864 6438 or
306 6328
Video DJ wanted at 2256 Kuhio ave 2nd floor
Immediate hiring janitor honolulu call 354 8685 and ask for Rodney
M and G automotive hiring a sales manager call 841 8888 apply in person at 602 Dillingham
Baby sitter needed kapolei call 361 331 5141
Hair dresser and maincurist apply in person at Pagoda Hotel and terrace Honolulu call 955 1998 and ask for Hae Son
Massage therapist FT PT call 430 7755 and ask for Suzy
Male and female therapist Honolulu call 421 8026
Tree trimmer climber wanted for licensed landscape contractor call 206 8023
Maintenance hotel Waikiki M-F 8-3.30 apply in person at 680 iwilei ste 700
Warehouse kapolei call 447 7403
Kitchen helper honolulu call 521 4300 job agency
Inflatable bounce house Co kapolei call 499 9231
Sushi chef or sushi roller 352 2617
Construction worker fax info to 866 677 8835
Front manager wanted for mai Take restaurant apply online via email gumpcareers@ldry.com
Automotive tech with Firestorm complete auto care kailua Kaneohe Bay apply on line via email JRUVALCABA@BFRC.com contact Jose
Newspapers delivery Mililani call 699 5524 and ask for Dave
Delivery driver windward call 366 6055 and ask for Paul
Altres staffing agency hiring all positions call 674 3711
Maintenance person in kailua call 330 9526
Maids needed for merry Maids ala Moana apply in person at 885 Queen st set 2b honolulu call 955 6243
Sign waver N.shore country market PT call 234 9421
Painter painters helper honolulu Mililani call 979 1965 must have truck
Tank cleaning maintenance Waiamanalo Sea life park fax resume to 808 259 2549
Refrigeration mechanic call 674 3711
On call auto mechanic and bogeyman paint must have 7 years experience all tools and transportation call 723 4607

Tech jaguar land rover of honolulu apply in person at 818 kapolei Blvd M-F 9-12 and 1-3pm
PADI scuba instructor wanted hanauma bay and Waikiki call
436 dive and ask for Dave
Driver warehouse honolulu M-F 9-3pm apply in person at 2111 A.Wilcox lane
Marine tech at windward boats kailua call 263 3302

Nailists Waikiki call 926 6363
Experienced servers Waikiki apply in person at 2446 Koa ave and ask for Tony
Lunch service Taormina restaurant apply in person at 227 lewers st

Kauhale MA`O, Makaha Studios & Searider Production​s Present: Ground Up 3/1/2013

(courtesy of Angela Therese Hoppe-Cruz)
Aloha –
Kauhale MA`O, Makaha Studios and Searider Productions in partnership with Waianae High School Natural Resources Academy and Arts and Communication Academy invite you to attend the 2nd Annual Ground Up Festival. Please see the attached flier!
Program staff at Kauhale worked with Waianae High School teachers Lei Aken and Dana Hoppe to teach social enterprise. Social enterprise marries social justice with entrepreneurial initiatives to help move a community, OUR community forward.
Your presence at this event to capture and share with the Waianae community our studentsʻ awesome work and learning would be greatly appreciated. The flier reads 2:45p.m. but please come at 3:00p.m. this Friday March 1, 2013.

Mahalo, Saina Ma`ase & Thank you,

Angela Therese Hoppe-Cruz
YLT College Coordinator
Education Resource Specialist
WCRC/MA’O Organic Farm
P.O. Box 441
Wai’anae, Hawaii 96792
Office Tel/Fax: (808) 696-5569
Email: angela@maoorganicfarms.org

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Seeds of Hope Movie Screening


“For over 1,000 years the Hawaiian People produced enough food to support an estimated population of one million,” according to the film. “Today, 85 percent of their food is imported. And if current trends continue, Hawaii’s last agricultural lands will be gone by 2040.”

Click here for the TRAILER.

The film will continue to be shown around the state and screenings will be posted on the film’s website.

Miller also invited people to join the film’s Facebook page.

The film will be released on DVD early next year.

Senate Spotlight

The Senate Committee on Education held a hearing for the consideration and confirmation of several Gubernatorial Nominees to the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board, including: Louise Cayetano, Justin Mew, and Felicia Villalobos. Following testimony, the committee recommended to advise and consent to the nominations.

The Senate Committee on Education held a hearing for the consideration and confirmation of several Gubernatorial Nominees to the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board, including: Louise Cayetano, Justin Mew, and Felicia Villalobos. Following testimony, the committee recommended to advise and consent to the nominations.

Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii, School Readiness Projects Events


 Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii

 School Readiness Projects Events:

All events will be at Waianae Mall. 

Ohana Easter Fair Wednesday March 20, 2013 from 3-6 pm

Mother’s Day Event Thursday May 9, 2013 from 5:30-7:30

Father’s Day Event Thursday June 13, 2013 from 5:30-7:30



If you have any questions please contact Michelle Chung:

Michelle Chung

Community Care Worker

Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii

School Readiness Project

85-993 Farrington Hwy Suite # 203

Waianae, Hawaii 96792

Free Advocacy Training Feb. 26 at Department of Hawaiian Home Lands



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From Crystal Kua of DHHL:

Sign up today at www.bemyvoicehawaii.org or call 531-5502.

Our organization is holding what we call advocacy training in Kapolei for anyone in Kapolei and along the Leeward Coast on:

  • Information & Training: Tuesday, February 26
  • 5:30-7:00pm DHHL Kapolei Hale Pono‘i
  • Free dinner & fun childcare provided!

We teach them how to write testimony, how to testify, how the legislative process works, how to talk to media – empower folks to get their issue through the system.

Our training is focused on the current campaign to fund preschool for all 4-year-olds but the tools we share with folks can be used with other causes and issues.

I’ve attached the flyer in both pdf and jpeg to send via email or post on social networking so can I ask your help in spreading the word to your email lists and social network followers – especially those in Kapolei and Leeward homesteads?

If you have any questions, contact me any time!

Mahalo NUI!

Crystal Kua

Communications & Fund Development Officer
Good Beginnings Alliance
33 South King Street, Suite 200
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96813
808.531.5502, Ext. 312

FREE Refresher Courses – Wai’anae Coast – Orientatio​n THIS WEEK


 Free math and English classes offered to residents of the Waianae coast.

Applications may be considered throughout March depending on seating availability.


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Advanced Health Care Directives​

Advanced Health Care Directives Sample Forms


This link provides both a short and long form sample for AHCDs:

ALU LIKE Native Hawaiian Library

Message from Mervina Cash-Ka’eo:

Aloha Everyone,
ALU LIKE is conducting a survey to help enhance the services of the Native Hawaiian Library. Can you help by filling out the survey here by March 1, 2013?
Mahalo nui!
Mervina Cash-Ka’eo
Executive Director
Alu Like

KS Strategic Planning Forum 2015 Oahu Invite

Aloha Everyone,

I wanted to share with you the KS 15 year Strategic Planning meeting info and dates. Please try to make one of these meetings and share your mana’o, expectations, wishes, and experiences with KS as well as other attendees. This is a great opportunity for us to network and weigh in on what we would like to see KS focus on in the coming 15 years. This is also ideal for many of our communities who are initiating positive, long-lasting, generational change to speak up in good expectation for KS to work in honest collaboration with our existing and future efforts.

Prepare ahead as they ask so that you can have meaningful conversations in line with their process but definitely bring your mana’o.

There is also an additional meeting date on March 4th in Kapolei at the DHHL Hale Pono’i building from 5-8:30p that is not listed below, so keep that in mind. Unfortunately, the Waianae meeting already took place this past Wednesday, but there are a few more left that you can attend.

Everyone, please forward this to your networks, families and friends as well in good judgment.

Mahalo nui,


Update that the Nanakuli meeting on 2/28/13 has been moved to the KS Community Learning Center in Nanakuli instead of NHIS Multipurpose room.

  Planning a vibrant future for Our People
In the year 2015, Kamehameha Schools will celebrate the educational, cultural and financial progress made as a result of our 2000–2015 Strategic Plan. We will also celebrate the implementation of a new strategic plan for 2015–2030. The new plan will help ensure that Ke Ali‘i Pauahi’s legacy serves the lāhui Hawai‘i now and for generations to come. We invite you to join us on our journey to shape the future strategic plan.Over the past year, through a campaign called Progress & Promise, hundreds have provided input on our recent achievements and the direction of our current strategic plan. Feedback from that effort has built a firm foundation for the planning phase of our 2015–2030 plan, slated to begin in January 2013.Please join us at a meeting in your area to help us envision the future of our people and provide valuable input that will guide the direction of Kamehameha Schools’ Strategic Plan 2015–2030.

For an informed discussion, please take time to view the following two items:

1. Progress & Promise: 10 year review of KS strategic goals and achievements since 2000 at www.ksbe.edu/progressandpromise

2. Ke Ali‘i Pauahi’s Will at www.ksbe.edu/pauahi/will.php


Leeward O`ahu – Wai`anae
WED, February 20
Wai`anae District Park
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
RSVP by February 15

Windward O`ahu
TH, February 21
Windward Community College
‘Ākoakoa Building
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
RSVP by February 15

Central O‘ahu
TU February 26
Hawaii Okinawa Center
Legacy Ballroom
94-587 Uke‘e Street in Waipio
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
RSVP by February 19

Leeward O`ahu – Nānākuli
TH, February 28
Nānākuli High and Intermediate School Multipurpose Room
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
RSVP by February 22

A meal will be served at each event.

To make a reservation for one of these meetings please Click Here to Register for this Event

You are receiving this invite because of your role as a key stakeholder of the Kamehameha Schools.



Sharlette L. Poe
Executive Director
L.E.I. Foundation
            (808) 548-1771      

*Kuleana *is more than just a responsibility and duty; it is the full
acknowledgment and acceptance of one’s place, role, function and purpose in
life and in our world.

USAJOBS: Various Department of the Interior Positions


Opportunities for employment to share with people you know.  Please share the USAJOBS links and excerpts below with others who may be interested.  Please note applicant eligibility and preferences, including those pursuant to the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) and, for Kalaupapa, the Kalaupapa Hansen’s Disease Patients and Native Hawaiians Preference Policy.

Positions are listed with application closing dates in the following chronological order:

  • National Park Service, Park/Program Manager (Superintendent), Kaloko-Honokohau NHP and Pu’uhonua o Honaunau NHP – closing February 27, 2013
  • National Park Service, Park/Program Manager (Superintendent), Kalaupapa NHP – closing March 5, 2013
  • National Park Service, Maintenance Worker, Pu’uhonua o Honaunau NHP – closing March 6, 2013
  • National Park Service, Laborer, Pu’uhonua o Honaunau NHP – closing March 6, 2013
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service, Budget Analyst, Honolulu, HI – closing March 6, 2013
  • US Geological Survey, Research Fish Biologist/Research Ecologist, Hilo, HI – closing March 18, 2013

For the full announcement and to apply, visit: https://my.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/337228400

Catholic Diocese of Honolulu Sued for Alleged Sex Abuse 2/21/13

[posted 2/22/13; updated 2/24/13]
The following is from “Six Hawaii residents sue Catholic Church for alleged sex abuse” (Star-Advertiser/Associated Press, 2/21/13). Similar cases could be brought under SB 2588 even if the Statute Of Limitations had previously run, up until April 2014. SB2588 was authored by Sen. Maile Shimabukuro and signed into law on 4/24/12:

Hawaii residents who were victims of sex abuse at the hands of clergy are suing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu and related religious institutions.

The six plaintiffs want the church to implement specific policies to stop abuse from happening.

extends the statute of limitations for civil actions brought by persons subjected to sexual offenses as a minor against the person who committed the act. -Authored by Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, signed into law 4/24/12

extends the statute of limitations for civil actions brought by persons subjected to sexual offenses as a minor against the person who committed the act. -Authored by Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, signed into law 4/24/12

The suit filed today asks the church to create a hotline for victims. It also requests the church to release victims from confidentially requirements in past abuse settlements.

The plaintiffs believe such policy changes will encourage more victims to come forward.

Attorney Randall Rosenberg said this is the first clergy abuse lawsuit filed in Hawaii he knows of that asks the church to make policy changes rather than just compensate victims.

Diocese spokesman Patrick Downes declined to comment.

Click here to read the article on the Star-Advertiser site.