City Response To Malama Makaha Re: Makaha Bridges

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Scholarshi​p Opportunit​y for Native Hawaiian Students

Chaminade University Accepting Applications for Native Hawaiian Scholarships

April 11th, 2013 · No Comments · Campus News, News & Press Releases

Chaminade University is currently accepting applications for up to half-tuition scholarships from eligible students of Native Hawaiian ancestry for the academic year of 2013 to 2014. In partnership with the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs Scholarship, incoming first-year students whose families are members of civic clubs in the islands or on the continental U.S. may apply for scholarships.

Additionally, Chaminade University offers three educational opportunity grants, which include $1,500 plus institutional aid based on the student’s GPA. The Department of Hawaiian Homelands Student Educational Opportunity Grant Scholarship is offered to students living on Hawaiian homestead lands. The educational opportunity grant scholarship is offered to graduates of the Na Lei Na`auao Charter School in the form of the Na Lei Na`auao Student Educational Opportunity Grant Scholarship. The Kula Kaiapuni Student Educational Opportunity Grant Scholarship is offered to graduates of Kula Kaiapuni, or Hawaiian Language Immersion schools. These three educational opportunity grants include a $1,500 scholarship in addition to institutional aid, and eligibility is based on the student’s GPA. Scholarships are open to first-year and transfer students.

For more details on these scholarships, please call Chaminade’s Office of Native Hawaiian Partnerships at (808) 735-4750, or go online to:

“Chaminade University’s commitment to the Native Hawaiian community is deep,” said President Bro. Bernard J. Ploeger, SM, Ph.D. “Some 14% percent of our day undergraduate students are of Native Hawaiian decent. We are passionate about helping Hawaiian students here and abroad achieve their educational goals.”

Federally recognized as a Title III, Native Hawaiian-serving institution, Chaminade University has received generous support from the U.S. Department of Education upgrading classroom facilities and infrastructure, including a complete renovation of the science labs. Chaminade continues to develop unique methods of addressing Native Hawaiian educational issues, including the establishment of the first ever Kumu-in-Residence (the Late Kumu John Lake) and Chaminade’s new nursing program offers an education which includes as a major foci cultural competency and values to serve the Native Hawaiian community.

Educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University is a Catholic/ Marianist university offering programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. A Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander serving institution, Chaminade is located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 9681, which is its main campus. It also has nine satellite locations around Oahu. Chaminade University is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and looks forward to increased opportunities to promote environmental sustainability. For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at or call (808) 735-4711. ###


HONOLULU—April 10, 2013


Adopt-A-Pa​rk Program & Applicatio​n

Adopt-A-Park Program & Application
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Spring Plant Sale Lyon Arboretum Ap 20

Aloha plant sale lovers

The Spring Plant Sale at Lyon Arboretum will happen this Sat. April 20 from 9am to 2pm at the Lyon parking lot. Call 988-0456 for more info or visit Four members of the Oahu Nursery Growers Association will be offering a wide assortment of plants. Olomana Tropicals ( will have all types of gingers, heliconia, bromeliads, passion fruits. Waihale Products and R & S Nii Nursery will an assortment of anthuriums, indoor plants, outdoor landscape plants, herbs, veggies, and many others. Our orchid specialist Hawaii Pacific Orchids will be there too. The Lyon Sale will offer many other special items not found at other sales.


Can’t make it this weekend? Look for our next big Thomas Square sale on May 4 & 5



Ka Paʻalana participants at the Capitol with State Senator Maile Shimabukuro


April Newsletter

This is a very busy time of year for PIDF; with all of the legislative activity going on at the state capitol, our preparations for grant season, the planning of our fundraising golf tournament, not to mention Ka Paʻalana receiving accreditation and opening a new preschool site and the establishment of our newest program, Pili a Paʻa, we have all been putting in tons of hard work for the needy and underserved in our community. We know all that hard work is making a difference because we see the many lives that we have touched, and that makes the work so much easier.

Employee Spotlight


Cindy Shimabukuro

This month, we are shining the spotlight on Cindy Shimabukuro, Assistant Project Director for the Hui Hoʻomalu (HH) Program. This program, funded by the Department of Human Services, is tasked with the statewide recruitment, training, and assessment of resource families (formerly foster families) that care for foster youth who are under the Department.Cindy has been an integral part of this program since its inception in 2006. She is a licensed social worker in Hawai‘i and can be found juggling many different tasks from assisting in Hui Hoʻomalu’s contractual issues to overseeing both the resource family general licensing and quality assurance branches of the contract. A veteran in the area of foster care, Cindy brings years of knowledge and skills to help guide the Hui towards its goals. Prior to coming to PIDF, she worked in various organizations such as the Salvation Army Residential Treatment Facilities for Children and Youth, Sex Abuse Treatment Center, Hale Kipa, UH School of Social Work, Casey Family Programs, DOE, and Assets School. Her current position continues to feed her passion of working with families and children.

“My dream vacation would be to take a cruise around the world.”
When not hard at work, Cindy enjoys spending time with her family. You will often find her watching her daughter compete in various sporting events such as paddling, kayaking, and sailing.

Not one to be just a spectator, Cindy also has her own activities that she participates in. She enjoys taking long walks with family and friends, working out at the YMCA, and getting her groove on in Zumba classes. She also enjoys watching movies and tending to her garden.

Mahalo Cindy for your dedication and hard work that enables PIDF to help meet the needs of Hawai‘i’s keiki and ‘ohana.About Hui Hoʻomalu

Resource Caregivers—also known as foster parents—are of vital importance to keiki who cannot remain at home with their parents. Children are sometimes removed from their home because they are victims of physical, sexual, or psychological abuse or neglect.Hui Hoʻomalu aims to provide stable and caring homes for at-risk children with reunification with their birth family as the ultimate goal. They achieve this by recruiting, training, and assessing Resource Caregivers for children in foster care.

There is a special emphasis on finding Native Hawaiian families with the hope of being able to place children in homes that share their cultural background and heritage.


Hui Hoʻomalu needs your help!

Hui Hoʻomalu is assisting Family Programs Hawaii in finding a permanent home for a youth in foster care.

“Amy is a 15-year-old girl in need of an adoptive home that can embrace her unique qualities. She wants to be loved and cared for and desperately wants to belong and be accepted.” Full profile here.

You can help by sharing or passing this along. If you know a family that may be interested, please have them contact Katie Joose at Family Programs Hawaiʻi at (808) 540-2552.

Upcoming Events


04.17-04.18 Wednesday and Thursday – Father’s Imu

04.18 Thursday – Punahou School’s Project Citizen

04.18 Thursday – Hope Shelter Accreditation Celebration

04.19 Friday – Kahu Waiwai Training

* If you have any upcoming events that you would like posted in our monthly newsletters, please email us at

Fire Extinguisher Training

Having fire extinguishers at your program is important for any fire related emergency. It’s also important that you understand how to properly use one and that’s why we’d like to share this training offer with you.

  • Any Oahu based program wishing to attend a “Fire Extinguisher Training” should contact Matthew Rigg, Honolulu Fire Department by email at or by phone (808) 723-7164.
  • Sessions run approximately 1 hour and require a minimum of 20 employees in attendance. The instructor will come to your office or designated location.
  • Once you’ve scheduled your training, please inform Karen/Michael (808) 595-5290 with your training date.
  • Neighbor Islands, please contact your local fire department for trainings.

10 musts for your ‘go-bag’

The American Red Cross recommends having these emergency supplies on hand:


Battery-powered or hand-crank radio

Extra batteries

First aid kit

7-day supply of medications

Copies of personal and financial documents

Emergency contact information

Extra cash


Extra car and house keys

Non-Profit Jargon

Grants vs Unrestricted Funds
As an NPO (Non-Profit Organization), Grants are PIDF’s primary source of funding. When charities or government agencies desire to meet a need in the community they will sometimes grant the funds to an NPO able to accomplish their goal. NPOs will apply for the grant, and if selected, will receive “restricted funds” to carry out the work. This restricted grant money cannot be used for any purpose other than what is stipulated in the grant’s contract.

That is where Unrestricted Funds come into play; any expenses that are not covered by a grant must be paid for with unrestricted funds. These unrestricted funds are generally private donations gathered through fundraisers and are imperative as they provide the NPO with the resources needed to apply for new grants. Without unrestricted funds, we won’t have the ability to apply for new grants, and without new grants we will quickly lose the funding needed to continue serving our community.

Check out this awesome TED talk video presentation about the way people view charities and the way charities spend their money.
“Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend — not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and big accomplishments (even if that comes with big expenses). In this bold talk, he says: Let’s change the way we think about changing the world.”