Waianae HS Grad Robin Kaai Wins Award at UH Med School Symposium

Robin Kaai

In April, Kapiolani Community College student Robin Kaai won for best overall undergraduate presentation at the University of Hawaii Medical School Biomedical Sciences and Health Disparities Symposium for his research on using genetically modified viruses to produce antibodies.

“We use a viral laboratory to produce and target the antibody that we want,” said Kaai, who received his associate of science degree at KCC and works as a peer mentor. “It cuts cost, it cuts time and it’s an alternative to the use of animals.”

A Waianae High School graduate, Kaai spent time as a medic in the military before coming to KCC and considering nursing. He shifted gears after taking a microbiology course from Tuthill, an eager and inspiring teacher, and is now aiming for graduate school in molecular biology or medical school.

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The excerpts above are from Susan Essoyan’s “Small School Stands Tall As Science Powerhouse” (Star-Advertiser, 8.24.13). For more on Kapiolani CC’s award-winning science education program and STEM Center, see Essoyan’s article and KapCC’s STEM Program page.

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Miller ‘Ohana Battles Graffiti on the Wai`anae Coast

Noah Miller, his wife, and children noticed graffiti at the Waianae Satellite City Hall building. In addition to reporting it to the police, the family spent this past Statehood Day (8/16/13) scrubbing the graffiti off the walls. Mahalo nui loa to the Miller 'Ohana for your service to the community!

Noah Miller, his wife, and children noticed graffiti at the Waianae Satellite City Hall building. In addition to reporting it to the police, the family spent this past Statehood Day (8/16/13) scrubbing the graffiti off the walls. Mahalo nui loa to the Miller ‘Ohana for your service to the community!

Median Barriers Proposed for Nanakuli & Honokai Hale

On 8/22/13, Sen. Shimabukuro met with concerned Nanakuli residents who support constructing cement median barriers along Farrington Highway in Nanakuli and Honokai Hale, and eventually along the entire Waianae Coast. L-R: Clinton and Elizabeth Coelho, Katherine Frederick, and Wanda Holi.

On 8/22/13, Sen. Shimabukuro met with concerned Nanakuli residents who support constructing cement median barriers along Farrington Highway in Nanakuli and Honokai Hale, and eventually along the entire Waianae Coast. L-R: Clinton and Elizabeth Coelho, Katherine Frederick, and Wanda Holi.

Message to Nanakuli-Maili Neighborhood Board Chair Cynthia Rezentes
Date: 8/22/13
From: Elizabeth Coelho

Aloha Ms. Rezentes,

We have just returned from a very productive meeting with Senator Maile Shimabukuro regarding a safety issue along the Wai’anae Coast.

As concerned residents and for all others that pay visits to our beautiful Waianae many of us feel a need to improve on safety by adding cement barriers between Black Rock to Kahe Point and between Honokai Hale and the Barbers Point cutoff.

I’m sure I need not elaborate on the many deaths and injuries over the years caused by cars crossing over with head on collisions. Many of our family and friends are afraid to travel our way due to unsafe conditions considering it one of the most dangerous roads on the island.

The barriers would not hinder upon residential homes as most of the said area is barren. And, for beautification we would suggest native plants like the Naupaka for example that needs very little water and maintenance. This can be grown on both sides of the barrier. Further, the low cement barrier and shrubbery would not block the beautiful view of the ocean or mountain as you cruise along Farrington highway. Presently, the oleander trees that grow near the Barbers Point cutoff are too tall and I myself have witnessed cars plow right through these trees to the other side of on coming cars going toward Wai’anae.

It’s a win win situation and Maile Shimabukuro is on board with trying to help. She recommended contacting you to get on the agenda with the Nanakuli Neighborhood board meeting sometime in the near future. Neighborhood support and possible petitioning can make this reality before any more lost of life.

For your information I have cc those residents that attended todays meeting with Maile.

We look forward in hearing from you.

Mahalo Nui Loa.
Elizabeth Coelho and party
elizabethcoelho07@gmail.com

[Note: Sen. Shimabukuro and Elizabeth Coelho are interested in your feedback about this proposal. Please let us know if you support barriers between Black Rock to Kahe Point, and between Honokai Hale and the Barbers Point cutoff, and eventually along the entire Waianae Coast.]