Star-Advertiser: Senate Passes Gay Marriage Bill 10/31/13

Sen. Clayton Hee addressed the Senate before voting on the gay marriage bill on Wednesday. Hee, who voted in favor of the bill, said, “I ask you to expand the meaning of the word ‘aloha’ to truly include everyone regardless of his or her race, his or her color, his or her creed, or his or her sexual orientation.” Fellow Democrats Maile Shimabukuro and Clarence Nishihara listened.

Star-Advertiser: Sen. Clayton Hee addressed the Senate before voting on the gay marriage bill on Wednesday. Hee, who voted in favor of the bill, said, “I ask you to expand the meaning of the word ‘aloha’ to truly include everyone regardless of his or her race, his or her color, his or her creed, or his or her sexual orientation.” Fellow Democrats Maile Shimabukuro and Clarence Nishihara listened.

Senate passes bill: The House will likely broaden the religious exemption
By Derrick DePledge
Star-Advertiser 10/31/13

The state Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to approve a gay marriage bill, casting the decision as an important leg in the long march toward equality for gays and lesbians.

The 20-4 vote sent the bill to the state House, where the House Judiciary and Finance committees will hold a public hearing today. If the committees amend the bill, which is likely in order to win over some House lawmakers worried about the scope of a religious exemption, then the bill would return to the Senate for another review.

Sen. Clayton Hee (D, Heeia-Laie- Waialua), chairman of the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee, placed marriage equality into the same historical context as the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1967 ruling in Loving v. Virginia, which determined that state bans on interracial marriage violated equal protection and due process. He also likened the vote to the 1970 decision by Hawaii Gov. John Burns, a devout Catholic, to set aside his faith and allow an abortion rights bill to become law without his signature.

“I respectfully and humbly ask that you join me in bringing maluhia (serenity) to that community who seeks justice. I ask (that) you expand the meaning of ‘aloha’ to truly include everyone regardless … ” said Hee.

He was interrupted by a woman in the Senate gallery who snickered and was admonished by Senate President Donna Mercado Kim (D, Kalihi Valley-Moanalua-Halawa) to remain quiet.

He continued, “I ask you to expand the meaning of the word ‘aloha’ to truly include everyone regardless of his or her race, his or her color, his or her creed, or his or her sexual orientation.”

[Click here to read the complete article on the Star-Advertiser site.]

Tire Recycling In Hawai’i – Final Report 5/8/13

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Makaha Beach Farrington Highway Realignment Study Update 7/9/13

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Please see information about the Makaha Beach Farrington Highway Realignment study on pages 40-41 of this link. (Information provided courtesy of Councilwoman Kymberly Pine’s office).

EBT Double Bucks Has Arrived in Wai’anae!

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Star-Advertiser: ‘State Senate Committee Passes Same Sex Marriage Bill’ 10/28/13

By Derrick DePledge
Star-Advertiser, 10/28/13, 10:38 p.m.

The state Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee voted tonight to advance a gay marriage bill after a daylong public hearing that explored themes of equality and religious liberty, first-class citizenship and the word of God.

The 5-to-2 vote came after the debate over marriage equality engulfed the state Capitol during the first day of a special legislative session called by Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

“It’s historic in the sense that there’s a huge paradigm shift, but it’s a shift that, in my opinion, bends the arc of justice towards the right way,” Sen. Clayton Hee (D, Heeia-Laie-Waialua), the committee’s chairman, said after the vote. “It takes us to a new level of equal rights.”

The bill now goes to the full Senate, where it is likely to be approved and sent to the state House.

The House Judiciary and Finance committees have scheduled a 10 a.m. hearing Thursday on the measure.

[Click here to read the article on the Star-Advertiser site.]

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Photos below from the live telecast on Capitol TV, 10/28/13.
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Hearing to Review Hawaiian Homes Commission Gubernatorial Nominees Ishibashi and Sheehan 10/30/13

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Date: Wed., Oct. 30, 2013
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Place: Conference Room 224, State Capitol, 415 South Beretania Street
Testimony may be submitted up to 24 hours prior to the start of the hearing. See the announcement above for details.

UPDATE 10/27/13: E Ala Voyaging Canoe Golf Tournament & Dinner Banquet – New Registration Deadline 11/8/13

Registration deadline Nov. 1, 2013

New registration deadline Nov. 8, 2013. Click image for details.

Updates for golf tournament:

  • Registration Deadline has been extended to Friday, November 8th.
  • (2) Mulligans per golfer and Course Contests are now included in Team Registration costs.

Confirmed prizes:

  • Golf for (2) Olomana Golf Links
  • Golf for (2) at Kapolei Golf Club
  • Golf for (2) at Royal Hawaiian Golf Club
  • Three Night Stay at the Makaha Beach Cabanas
  •  (3) Gift Sets from AMS Natural (Made in Hawaii at a factory in Waianae)
  • Flight for (2) on Blue Hawaiian Helicopters
  • Makaha Valley Country Club will be contributing the following: (1) Sleeve of golf balls, a hat clip and bag tag per golfer which we will include in our gift bag to golfers.

Reminder that dinner banquet only tickets are available for $40 per person. Please note — for those attending the banquet only, we will need as many RSVPs as possible to ensure we have an accurate count for Food & Beverage and banquet seating. Please please please encourage those interested in attending the banquet to RSVP.

As an extra incentive, we have a small hosted pupu and no host bar cocktail reception for those attending the banquet only at 4:30 p.m. on the lanai of the clubhouse. The Hawaiian dinner banquet starts at 5pm.

Here is a link to the golf tournament registration packet:
http://www.manawaleaproject.com/e-ala.html

Mahalo!

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Update 11/30/13: Photos from the Inaugural Gege Kawelo Memorial Golf Tournament to Benefit the E Ala Voyaging Canoe 11/15/13

Star-Advertiser: ‘Queen’s to recruit more than 200 workers’ – Nov. 2 & 9

Queen’s Health Systems will host two job fairs to recruit more than 200 workers for its West Oahu and downtown Honolulu campuses. The company anticipates many current employees to transfer to the Queen’s Medical Center-West Oahu and intends to fill positions at both facilities. The openings are in nursing, clinical/technical and support services and will include full-time, part-time and call-in positions.

The company will be accepting applications at the University of Hawaii-West Oahu (91-1001 Farrington Highway) on Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at Manoa Elementary School (3155 Manoa Road) on Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Resumes required. Applicants also can apply online at http://www.queens.org.

Queen’s acquired the former Hawaii Medical Center West campus from St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii last Dec. 14. It plans to open the hospital in spring 2014.

Star-Advertiser 10/24/13.

Intro to Permaculture Workshop

When: Saturday November 2, 2013, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM HST
Where: Kahumana Organic Farm & Cafe
86-660 Lualualei Homestead Rd
Wai`anae, HI 96792

Supersistence

Dear Maile,

You’re invited to join our Introduction to Permaculture workshop. Learn what Permaculture is, the characteristics, and principles.

Our guest speaker Matt Lynch has worked & taught on Permaculture Design Courses in Australia, Hawaii, Mongolia and Vanuata. With an engaging & practical style, he is founder of the PermablitzHI movement and the non-profit Asia-Pacific Center for Regenerative Design. Learn more at supersistence.org

Tell them to click on the link below to register or RSVP.

Register Now!

I can’t make it

If you have any questions, please call our office at Kahumana Organic Farm & Cafe at 808-696-2655.

Thank you for your attention and response, and we look forward to seeing them at our event.

Sincerely,
Shauntel Takayama
Kahumana Organic Farm & Cafe
stakayama@asi-hawaii.org
808-696-2655

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Kahumana Organic Farm & Cafe, 86-660 Lualualei Homestead Rd. Click to view the map.

Driving directions.

Star-Advertiser: ‘Draft Bill Gives Slim Exemption to Churches’

The state Senate tries to find a “balance” in a measure written for a special session

By Derrick DePledge
10/23/13

The state Senate’s draft of a gay marriage bill would carve out a narrow exemption to the public accommodations law for churches that do not make religious facilities or grounds available to the general public for weddings for a profit.

State lawmakers have been reluctant to interfere with the public accommodations law, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, but lawmakers are interested in finding a balance between marriage equality and religious freedom.

“We’re really trying to seek a reasonable balance,” said Sen. Clayton Hee (D, Heeia-Laie-Waia­lua), chairman of the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee, which will hold a public hearing on Senate Bill 1 on Monday morning, the first day of a special session.

Hee said senators are cognizant that several other states with gay marriage laws have broader religious exemptions that apply to public accommodations but that senators also have a strong belief that same-sex couples, like others, should be protected from discrimination.  Continue reading

Women of Wai`anae Yard Sale – Nov. 9-10, 2013, 8am-2pm

Haiju Mukai (Grandwinner), Patricia Plunkett, Lenore Pascubillo, Lorna Kekahuna, Diana Delima, Florence Eli -Adams, Eleanor Shirley, Carolyn Pule, Shad Rosario.

From top left: Haiju Mukai (Grandwinner), Patricia Plunkett, Lenore Pascubillo, Lorna Kekahuna, Diana Delima, Florence Eli -Adams, Eleanor Shirley, Carolyn Pule, Shad Rosario.

Please come to find great bargains and support Women of Waianae’s (WOW) scholarship fund. The yard sale will take place at 86-024 Glenmonger Street, Waianae, HI 96792 (house on corner of Glenmonger St. & Pokai Bay Street).

Karen Young

Karen Young

Yard sale donations are being accepted. Call 696-4677 if you want to help.

For more information about WOW, a non-profit 501c3 which provides scholarships to non-traditional college students from the Wai`anae Coast, visit http://wowaianae.blogspot.com or contact Karen Young at 696-4677 or kgsyoung@hotmail.com

Glenmonger Street at Pokai Bay Street (google map) (yahoo map)

SLUDGE: Hawaii News Now: Permit Violations Being Issued

Permit violations being issued in illegal sludge dumping in Waianae

By Ben Gutierrez

At least two agencies that issued permits connected to a dredging project at the Hawaii Kai Marina say misrepresentations and violations occurred when silt from the marina was illegally dumped in Waianae.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources had issued a conditional use permit to allow the dredging in a conservation area. DLNR chair William Aila said he sent a letter to the Hawaii Kai Marina Community Association Wednesday.

“The action that they took, which was to dispose of the spoils in an area that was not in the permit, is a violation,” Aila told a special meeting of the Waianae Coast Neighborhood Board Wednesday night. The sludge was supposed to be disposed of at five sites in the Hawaii Kai area.

He added that if the violations were to continue, the DLNR would pull the permit.

Board chair Johnnie Mae Perry called the meeting, continuing the board’s tactic of asking residents to pressure government agencies and companies involved in the dumping.

“We have a city landfill. We have private landfills. So maybe the attitude of the general public is, it’s okay, because we’re already sharing the burden for the entire island,” said Perry. “And I think that’s not okay.”

Area state Rep. Jo  Jordan and Sen. Maile Shimabukuro also attended the meeting. Shimabukuro said the Army Corps of Engineers has also found that the Marina Association was not in compliance with the conditions of their permit.

The Corps had been conducting an investigation of the association and the contractors involved in the dredging. However, the investigation was suspended during the Federal government shutdown.

Shimabukuro and other residents also blasted a study conducted by a private company, EKNA Services, to American Marine Corporation, which was hired to do the dredging. The study hinted at a way to dump in Waianae.

The June 14 study said:

In order to use the dredged material as beneficial reuse fill material at a 20-acre farm in Wainae (sic), it will be necessary to characterize the dredged material by sampling and to provide a characterization verifying that there are no environmental concerns with respect to using the material on the farm.

“I don’t see five sites. I only see Waianae,” said resident Alice Greenwood.

Click here to go to the Hawaii News Now site to read the article.

Apply Online for State’s Med-QUEST Health Insurance

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Applying for Benefits

You can submit your application for medical benefits online, or mail it to a Med-QUEST office.

  • Fillable PDF
    (download the application, fill in your information, print the completed application and mail it to a Med-QUEST Division Office)

Keiki Fall Fest – Waianae Mall 10/31/13, 5-7pm

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Approval Request to Expend Unappropriated Funds (Nanakuli/Waianae DOE)

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Job Tree 10/8/13

JOB TREE from Our Father in Heaven Ministry
God bless from Pastor NJ 312-0326 and Teresa 203-8339
We are open to receiving all kinds of donations to help further our ministry

First to Work 587 3850
333 N.King st room 200
Jan Guard security 524 Kalihi st 585 7346
Altres staffing agency many positions 674 3711
Alliance personnel 521 4300
Express employment agency 525 5225
Offering RESUME building please apply online if you are interested in having help with your resume email jenkeys@yahoo.com
Refrigeration tech/purchase clerk Honolulu call 792 7022
Server Waikiki apply at 255 Beachwalk Avenue 2:30 – 4:30 pm Arancino on Beachwalk
Sub Teachers Kapolei Waianae call 536-934
Manufacture Warehouse Worker Kalihi cultured marble 1726 Republican Street
Sous Chef vrbdr-4085738899@job.craigslist.org
SAT English Tutor Manoa are apply calberkeley1995@yahoo.com
Marketing Greeter Japanese English speaking Honolulu call 521-4300
Cabinet Assemblers Airport area rzs3z-4107251498@job.craigslist.org
Food workers no experience necessary Honolulu Airport
applications at 11:00 310 Rogers Blvd Airport on ground floor by Hawaii Terminal
Honolulu Flower Lady FT PT Honolulu Pearl City hpvtb-4113800241@job.craigslist.org
Female CNA PT for 86 yr old Mother Hawaii Kai call 389-8773
Domino’s delivery experts Mililani call 744-9900 Eloise
Line cook Chinatown call 217-5870 Mitch
PT Babysitter / Nanny for 3 girls email skldjghsrt@gmail.com
Line Cooks Kitchen Help CSR’s www.bigcitytacos.com
Line Cook Breakfast Cook Cheeseburger Waikiki apply at 1945 Kalakaua Avenue Honolulu
English / Spanish Assistant for online university Honolulu applym73hh-414089609@job.craigslist.org
Car Alarm Installer Honolulu Race Factory 228-1801
Seasonal Security Guard Pearl Harbor Naval Exchange #130002PS apply at www.navyexchange.jobs
Auto Mechanic Helper Kalihi 841-2214 or 845-4922
Certified Security Maintenance Help Makiki 2rcg7-4077907124@job.craigslist.org
Painters Laborers Mason Spall Repair & Laborers apply at 2045 Lauwiliwili Street Unit 201 Kapolei interviews to start immediately

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Sludge: Hawaii Kai Marina Community Association Response 10/4/13

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Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting (Waianae) 12/5/13

mayor-kirk-caldwell-80Thursday, December 5
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Waianae District Park

This meeting will include updates on the Mayor’s priorities and an opportunity for the public to provide suggestions on how the City can better serve its constituents. The Mayor’s cabinet members will also be in attendance to provide information and answer questions relating to the Mayor’s top priorities of fixing our roads, investing in our sewer infrastructure, beautifying our parks, building rail better, and addressing the homeless issue.

$1,000 for Your Awesome Idea!

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Maili’s Brooks Outland in Photo of Korean War Veterans, Sep. 2013

Brooks Outland, of Maili, with fellow American and Korean veterans of the Inchon Invasion, on the front page of Korea, the largest newspaper in the country.

Brooks Outland, of Maili, with fellow American and Korean veterans of the Inchon Invasion, on the front page of Korea, the largest newspaper in the country. The invasion occurred in September 1950 during the Korean War. Click image to enlarge.

From: boutland
To: MaileShimabukuro
Sent: Monday, October 14, 2013 6:42 AM
Subject: Korea photos

Aloha Maile :o),

Not certain I sent this one to you. The morning after the re-enactment of the Inchon Invasion I was shown this newspaper. The newspaper, Korea, is said to be the largest newspaper in their country. The pic is of veterans in the stands; Korean Vets to my right and American Vets to my left. The official photographer was snapping photos of us all week (I’m waiting for my copy of the DVD which contains several hundred photos). Take care, Brooks

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Brooks & Korean Navy LTJG.

Brooks & Korean Navy LTJG.

Brooks & Korean Visit Coordinator.

Brooks & Korean Visit Coordinator.

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