Army to conduct fieldwork on Waianae Coast Feb-March

Aloha Community Leaders –

For your immediate use and consideration on your websites, in newsletters or in social media.  Your assistance spreading the word about upcoming Military Munitions Response Program fieldwork on the Waianae Coast is appreciated.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 12, 2013
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From mid-February through March 2013, Army contractors will be conducting fieldwork in portions of Makua Beach and an upper section of Kaena Point State Park, east of Keaw’aula Beach (also known as “Yokohama Beach”). This work is part of U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s ongoing efforts to address past military use and munitions-related activities in that area, under the Army’s Military Munitions Response Program. The data collected during this fieldwork will supplement data collected during 2011 fieldwork.

The anticipated fieldwork schedule is as follows:

  • Feb.18 -March 1, 2013: Vegetation Clearance Field crews will clear brush for surveys (weather dependent).
  • March 3-5, 2013: Staging: Army contractor, Weston Solutions, Inc., will deliver equipment and set-up the project site.
  • March 6-29, 2013: Electromagnetic scanning Crews will use hand-held metal detectors to look for items that may be related to past military training in these areas.

Fieldwork will be conducted during the work week, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 6 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Residents and area users may see two crews of three to four individuals working in the site areas. The crew members will be identified by their high-visibility safety vests and hand-held metal detectors.

This effort has been closely coordinated with Army natural and cultural resource managers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of Land and Natural Resources.  Area beach closures will not be conducted, except in case of an emergency.

Army representatives will notify the community of any date changes.

Interested individuals can view the project work plan at the Waianae, Kapolei or Mililani public libraries.

A fieldwork information sheet is attached for reference.

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

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Mahalo-
Amy

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

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Community Development and Financing Conference – March 5 and 6

Aloha Everyone.

Auamo I Na Alakai (AINA) is presenting a conference on March 5th and 6th focused on the needs of communities, nonprofits and businesses engaged in, or interested in, planning for capital improvements and capital campaigns.  The conference will provide three strands of workshops that will address the needs of organizations preparing for long term projects, training for those interested in establishing business ventures attached to existing non-profit and for-profit entities, and an introduction to New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC), Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) and other programs used in other states and cities to fund construction projects that benefit low income communities and individuals.

Our local speakers at the conference are from local organizations well known for their experience working with Hawaii’s nonprofit and business communities.  The conference will also feature national speakers recognized as among the best experts in developing financing strategies for capital projects.  They will not disappoint.

A copy of the conference flyer is attached as is a copy of the registration form.  Feel free to forward this email and the attachments to anyone you feel would benefit from the event.  If you have any questions, please call the number on the flyer or call me directly at (808) 265-3975.  Thank you for taking the time and I hope to see you there.

Mahalo,

Joseph W. Lapilio III

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PHOCUSED at the Capitol!

PHOCUSED is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to increasing the safety for, visibility of, and investment in children and adults in Hawai’i who are marginalized, impoverished, and under-served, and for whom access to health, human services and housing is critical.

 Maile was joined by the PHOCUSED group, Jan Burdett of PHOCUSED and Sandie Gleichweit from Goodwill Kapolei. For questions please contact Jan at jburdett@hi.goodwill.org. For PHOCUSED website click here.

KHON2 News: State Tax Employees Speak Out Against Proposed Snooping Measures

Calvin Calkins, state tax employee: "The employees are fearful for reprisals, so we don't want to talk. They have not trained us. They have not given us any rules. They didn't even tell us about this bill. I had to find out through the grapevine."

Calvin Calkins, state tax employee: “The employees are fearful for reprisals, so we don’t want to talk. They have not trained us. They have not given us any rules. They didn’t even tell us about this bill. I had to find out through the grapevine.” -KHON2. Calkins grew up on the Wai`anae Coast and is a Wai`anae High School graduate. Click image to see the video and full report.

The following excerpts are from a report, “Tax snooping brings chilly reception at State Capitol,” by Gina Mangieri, KHON2 News, 11 Feb. 2013:

The [state tax] department wants legal penalties for what currently are only administrative policies and procedures barring the kind of records snooping that allegedly was behind a suspension of 21 tax staff from Oahu and neighbor island offices in December 2011.

State tax employees came forward to defend their work, and that of the accused, at a hearing of tax measures Monday.

“Browsing is somebody looks at somebody’s tax return or tax account. They’re not supposed to, period. Nothing ever got outside of the department on this whole browsing brouhaha,” tax employee Ed Beal said.

Senate judiciary committee, led by Sen. Clayton Hee, listen to testimony 2/11/13. "Clearly these two bills were targeted toward the employees only, and that's part of the dysfunction," Hee said. "They are as culpable as their department employees as they are the supervisors, and if training is lacking or supervision is lacking then clearly this issue does not rest with employees only but also with the administration."

Senate technology and judiciary committee, led by Sen. Clayton Hee, listens to testimony 2/11/13. “Clearly these two bills were targeted toward the employees only, and that’s part of the dysfunction,” Hee said. “They are as culpable as their department employees as they are the supervisors, and if training is lacking or supervision is lacking then clearly this issue does not rest with employees only but also with the administration.” -KHON2

The measures have not been set for house hearings. The senate technology and judiciary deferred them.

“Clearly the tax department is taking on the appearance of being a dysfunctional department where the employees and the administration are at odds,” judiciary chairman Sen. Clayton Hee said.

The judiciary chair asked the department to go back to the drawing board and to consult the very employees who came forward.

The tax department told KHON2 News they are “always trying to make improvements in the areas of communications and security.”

Click here to see the video and full report on the KHON2 News site.

Kamehameha Schools: Financial Aid One-Stop-Shop! Sat. 3/2 & 4/6

Take advantage of this opportunity provided by Kamehameha Schools!

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Saturday, March 2:  9 am -4 pm

Saturday, April 6: 9am – 4pm

Kamehameha Schools Community Learning Center at Nanakuli, located at 89-101 Farrington Highway, right next to Ka Waihona’o Na’auao Public charter School

Open to eligible Wai’anae Coast high school seniors,

college students and their ‘ohana.

Free continental breakfast, snacks, and lunch will be provided to all who attend! Fell free to bring little brothers and sisters too! We will provide free childcare for the keiki!

If you have any questions about this event, please contact: Jenny Crawford, Kamehameha Schools, 534-8258 or jecrawfo@ksbe.edu

Legal Service Assistance

The Hawaii State Bar Association has three legal assistance programs:hsba

 

1. LAWYER REFERRAL SERVICE:

Members of the public who are seeking the services of an attorney may call, fax, or e-mail the HSBA Lawyer Referral Services staff. After assesing the issue(s) or concern(s)  of teh individual, the individualis given the name and contatc information of two (2) attorneys who maybe contacted. It is then up to the individual and the attorney contacted to form an attorney-client relationship, if mutually desired.

PHONE: (808) 537-9140

FAX: (808) 521-7936

EMAIL: LRIS@hsba.org

 

2. LEGAL LINE

Every Wednesday evening from 6:00pm to 7:00pm attorneys are available via telephone to provide legal information. The volunteer licensed pro bono attorneys try to ascertain the issue (s) or concern (s) and refer the callers to the appropriate HSBA staff, legal service provider or agency which may be contacted for assistance.

The Legal Line phone number is (808) 537-1868.

 

3. ACCESS TO JUSTICE ROOMS (Honolulu District Court and Kapolei Court) and SELF HELP CENTERS (Hilo, Maui and Kauai Courts)

Information centers on court premises for self-represented litigants have been established through a partnership with the Hawaii State Judiciary, the Legal Aid Society and the HSBA.

Access to Justice Rooms, which provide legal advice, have been established at the Honolulu District Court (intersection of Alakea and Hotel Streets) and the Kapolei Judicial Complex. Trianed volunteer pro bono attorneys provide legal advice in limit areas to self-represented litigants.

 

Information courtesy of: Patricia Mau-Shimizu, HSBA Executive Director

 

Shark Stanley & Friends Free Book Download!

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DOWNLOAD YOUR COPY OF THE ADVENTURES OF SHARK STANLEY AND FRIENDS

Shark Stanley, the star of a grassroots campaign to protect sharks and rays, was already an international celebrity. Now he’s the hero of a children’s book, too.

The Adventures of Shark Stanley and Friends, available today in a special online release by Shark Defenders and Sage Magazine, follows Stan — a courageous hammerhead shark — and his three companions, Pierre the Porbeagle, Waqi the Whitetip, and Manta Reina, as they navigate human perils through their undersea home. The quartet dodges longlines, harpoons, slime-covered reefs, and garbage patches, along the way discovering how sharks and other predators help keep ecosystems healthy.

The four characters correspond to the four species of sharks and rays to which the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) will consider granting increased protection at its annual meeting in March. Hammerhead, Oceanic Whitetip, and Porbeagle populations have plummeted in recent years as a result of the shark fin industry, which contributes to the death of up to 73 million sharks every year. Mantas, whose gill rakers are prized in herbal medicine, are in similarly dire straits.

Enter Shark Stanley, the brainchild of Leah Meth, Onon Bayasgalan, and the non-profit Shark Defenders.

– Sage Magazine