Star-Advertiser: Preschool Program Expansion Funds Cleared 6/25/13

[Note: The following excerpts are from Nanea Kalani’s “Abercrombie Clears Funds and Preschool Program’s Expansion” (Star-Advertiser, 25 June 2013). See the press release.]

Subhead: “The new law falls short of the governor’s call for a universal education readiness initiative”

Governor Neil Abercrombie

Governor Neil Abercrombie

Senate Bill 1093 — now Act 151 — will expand the existing Preschool Open Doors program under the state Department of Human Services with an additional $6 million for subsidies to help pay for about 900 children to attend preschool next year.

Preference will be given to children from low- and middle-income families and those underserved or at risk. Children from low-income families would be able to attend for free, while children from middle- and higher-income families would pay fees on a sliding scale.

The bill also requires participating preschool providers to conduct school-readiness assessments and prepare children for school through either English or Hawaiian language.

“It’s a start. That’s all it is, is a start. But it’s everything,” Abercrombie said at a news conference Monday at Washington Place. “For the first time, the state will be codifying into law a commitment to preparing young children for success in school and in life.”

Hawaii is one of 11 states without a state-funded early learning program to help children prepare for kindergarten.  Continue reading

Podium Raceway Electric Kart Racing in Kapolei

 Address: 91-1085 Lexington St, Bldg 1844, Kapolei, HI 96707

Click photos to enlarge. Address: 91-1085 Lexington St, Bldg 1844, Kapolei, HI 96707. Visit the website.

Podium Raceway features public indoor electric kart racing.  Waianae residents enjoyed the raceway; L-R: Paul Kepka, Robin Fields, Derrick Kiyabu, and friend.

Podium Raceway features public indoor electric kart racing. Waianae residents enjoyed the raceway; L-R: Paul Kepka, Robin Fields, Derrick Kiyabu, and friend.

Sen. Shimabukuro and her boyfriend, Shayne, had fun at the raceway with family and friends.  For more information, visit http://www.PodiumRaceway.com

Sen. Shimabukuro and her boyfriend, Shayne, had fun at the raceway with family and friends. For more information, visit the Podium Raceway website.

Nanakuli H.S. Graduation 2013 – Update

NHIS Graduation 2013DNHIS Graduation 2013CNHIS Graduation 2013EHere is a link to a photo album: http://maileswaianaecoastphotos.shutterfly.com/2296

See the original PDF files: page 1 and 2.

Click to enlarge. Also see the original PDF files: page 1 and 2.