HCR 89 Relating to Natural Disasters, Hearing April 5 at 2:00pm

Senator Shimabukuro is urging you to Submit testimony supporting HCR 89, 

The House Committee on Judiciary has scheduled a Hearing for HCR 89:

REQUESTING THE HAWAII STATE CIVIL DEFENSE TO CONDUCT A STUDY REGARDING WHAT ACTIONS SHOULD BE TAKEN WHEN PEOPLE REFUSE TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES OR CLOSE THEIR BUSINESSES LOCATED IN EVACUATION ZONES DURING NATURAL DISASTERS.

NOTICE OF HEARING

Friday, April 05, 2013

2:00 p.m.

Conference Room 325

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

Link to Submit Testimony online:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HCR&billnumber=89&year=2013

OFELIA REED OF MAILI HONORED BY LEGISLATURE

On March 20, 2013, the Hawaii State Senate honored Waianae resident Ofelia Reed in a floor presentation during Education Week at the Hawaii State Capitol.

Mrs. Reed – who is currently principal at Iroquois Point Elementary School – was recognized for earning the 2013 Hawaii Blue Ribbon Schools designation while she was principal at Blanche Pope Elementary School. Blanche Pope Elementary is also a National Blue Ribbon School nominee.

Senate Education Chair Jill Tokuda sponsored the floor presentation, and Senator Laura Thielen gave floor remarks regarding the honoree.

Excerpt from Sen. Laura Thielen’s floor speech:

“… Blanche Pope Elementary School in Waimanalo is honored and recognized as one of three 2013 Hawaii Blue Ribbon Schools and is also a National Blue Ribbon Schools nominee. Blanche Pope was established in 1965 on Hawaiian Homestead Land and is a small rural school which is culturally responsive and provides students with a strong foundation for future academic and life endeavors. Blanche Pope’s staff, parents, and community are committed to the highest quality of education for their students.”

 
Ofelia with her husband, Gary.

Ofelia Reed with her husband, Gary.  [Click the photo to enlarge]

 

Update 4/3/13: State Budget

State Budget Update

Below is a link to HB200, HD1, SD1- The State Budget. An entire Senate vote will take place on Thursday, April 04, 2013.

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/bills/HB200_SD1_.htm

You can download the PDF version and see the House draft at the link below:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=200

Domestic Violence Vigil April 6 at Waianae Boat Harbor

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Message from Karen Young of Women of Waianae:
 
There will be a Silent Vigil remembering victims of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) this Saturday 6PM at the Waianae Boat Harbor. There’s a list of needed things from the organizers. Pls contact them directly at rondah@stoptheviolence.org if there is anything you’re able to contribute. Please forward to anyone who might join this effort.

Items that will be needed that we are asking the general community to help with:

-Large Rice Cookers/ Large Pots

-1 small tent

-1 tarp ( to block wind from blowing out candles )

-Chairs

-Tables

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Sen. Shimabukuro Rejects $12 Million Offer to Rename Wai’anae ‘SugarDaddie.com’

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Click here to see the initial proposal, sent to Sen. Maile Shimabukuro by dating website SugarDaddie.com. Click the image to see Lara Yamada’s KITV4 video report and the article.

[Note: The following excerpts are from Lara Yamada’s “Dating Website Offers Waianae $12 Million to Change Name: Sen. Shimabukuro Denies Offer” (KITV4, 2 Apr. 2013).]

LOS ANGELES —Dating website SugarDaddie.com proposed to government officials representing Waianae to change its name in exchange for $12 million.

If the deal was approved, Waianae would become SugarDaddie.com for 10 years.  The names of the Waianae Community Center and Waianae Boat Harbor would be changed with the website’s name.  Official government buildings would also have to be renamed.  Also, one of the main streets in Waianae must be changed to SugarDaddie.com USA.  There would also be a formal ceremony to present a key to the city to the CEO of SugarDaddie.com.

“Of course the $12 million is a very tempting prospect.  But, to take our historical name and to give it this name of a dating website, I think would be a stretch,” said Sen. Shimabukuro.

Shimabukuro denied the offer.  The senator did say that she appreciates that the company did its research because streams in Waianae were diverted to sugar cane fields when it was a booming industry, which is why the area is so dry now.

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Update 4/3/13: See Sara Lin’s “Has Dating Website Failed to Woo Waianae With $12M Name Change?” (Honolulu Civil Beat, 4/2/13).  Also see the comment by Kris Coffield, Legislative Director at IMUAlliance: “Sen. Maile Shimabukuro would never allow a company known for facilitating prostitution and sex-trafficking to institutionalize itself on the West side of O’ahu, from which many child victims come. Shame on this site for engaging is such heinous, overt recruiting tactics. It’s no coincidence, I’d imagine, that they targeted an impoverished community, whose fiscally vulnerable constituents may be more likely to fall prey to unscrupulous financial schemes. Poor kids have big dreams, too, but less opportunity to achieve them because of scarce monetary resources. Taking advantage of that – especially with regard to sex – is blithely immoral.”