Flavor of Alu Like, Inc. 4/4/14 from 5-7pm

Click image to enlarge.

Click image to enlarge.

Women of Wai`anae Yard Sale – Apr. 12-13, 2014, 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)

Star-Advertiser Editorial: ‘Toughen Laws Against Child-sex Predators’

Star-Advertiser Editorial
3/27/14

Children who are raped, sodomized and otherwise sexually abused must cope with the emotional and physical pain of these heinous acts for the rest of their lives. Just as there is no statute of limitations on the trauma they suffer, there should be no statute of limitations on bringing to justice the criminals who inflict this terror on Hawaii’s most vulnerable victims.

So we applaud the Hawaii Legislative Women’s Caucus’ continuing efforts to make it more difficult for pedophilic predators to get away with sex crimes against minors, and to hold accountable private employers and institutions that are proven culpable in the abuse. However, extending the window to file civil lawsuits in limited instances of past abuse, as bills pending in the Legislature seek to do, strikes us as a relatively minor response.

This important issue deserves a broader approach, especially in the Internet age, when the money to be made producing online child pornography for a sick global market heightens an insidious profit motive for criminals already inclined to exploit minors in this way.

It’s fair to say that American society has had its consciousness raised about childhood sexual abuse over the past several decades, as an abuse scandal engulfed the Roman Catholic Church. Other religious, educational and recreational organizations entrusted with children’s welfare also were found to have harbored predators in their ranks. Unthinkable crimes were uncovered and victims were finally heard, many after decades of silence. Yet, quite often, perpetrators escaped punishment, because the statute of limitations on the crimes had expired.

One legitimate response, including in Hawaii, has been to temporarily lift that time limit, although here that provision is limited to the filing of civil lawsuits, and only against the individuals directly involved and associated private entities proven negligent and therefore partly responsible. The state and its agencies are exempt, a glaring hypocrisy given that compulsory public schools, for just one example, also risk employing sexual predators.

About two dozen lawsuits were filed during the two-year window provided in Hawaii, which is set to expire on April 24. Now bills that would delay that expiration are generating intense debate at the Legislature. Familiar phrases are repeated in testimony from opponents of the proposed extension, notably that proving a long ago civil claim is difficult because with the passage of time, memories fade, witnesses die and evidence is lost or destroyed. That’s all true, but those obstacles are far more likely to impede the accuser than the accused. Remember, extending the time allowed to file a case does not lessen the burden of proof one iota — it simply gives victims time to come forward.

At any rate, focusing on civil claims, limited to individuals and private entities to boot, skirts on the margins of true justice.

What lawmakers should do is lift the statute of limitations on criminal charges against adults who commit sex crimes against children. This class of criminal runs a depressing gamut, from parents who sell their offspring into the sex trade, to adults in positions of authority — teachers, coaches, and yes, priests — who violate the trust of young people in their care.

Read the full editorial on the Star-Advertiser site.

 

For Justice-Involved Women by Justice-Involved Women 3/28/14 at 5:30pm

From: KananiKaaiawahia Bulawan
Sent: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Subject: Fwd: Flyer and Letter

Aloha!

I just got this information that I think is WONDERFUL. Imagine a program to help women help themselves as they transition out of prison back into our communities and their families….

Mahalo Ke Akua!
KananiK Bulawan

Click image to view document.

Click image to view MS Word document.

Click image to read the full MS Word document.

Click image to read the full MS Word document.

 

Star-Advertiser: Bills Seek More Time for Child Sexual Abuse Victims

By Derrick DePledge
Star-Advertiser, Mar 23, 2014

Expanding the current two-year window, which expires next month, is unfair to the accused entities, critics argue

“Did you know these men?”

The question appeared in an ad in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser last Sunday that showed old black-and-white photographs of three Roman Catholic priests linked to child sexual abuse.

Mark Gallagher, a Kailua attorney, and Jeff Anderson, a St. Paul, Minn., attorney, are searching for possible victims of child sexual abuse before a unique two-year window to file civil claims for decades-old misconduct closes on April 24.

Two dozen civil lawsuits have been filed during the past two years in what state lawmakers initially intended as a one-time opportunity to help victims in cases where the statute of limitations had long expired.

But some lawmakers now want to leave the window open longer — perhaps permanently — an idea opposed by the state attorney general’s office and the Catholic Church because it could potentially violate the due process rights of the accused.

Churches and other private organizations could have difficulty defending against claims involving priests and others who may have died or left the church or group. Two of the three priests in the newspaper ad, for example, are dead.

Witnesses, documents and other keys to establishing whether the abuse occurred and the organization was negligent could also be hard to produce because of the passage of time.

“There will be instances where the entity may not have any liability but are unable to defend themselves,” Caron Inagaki, a deputy attorney general, told House lawmakers at a hearing this month. “We can’t think about only the plaintiffs. We’re trying to be fair about looking at this law, and the defendants have rights. They do.”

Sex-abuse survivors and their advocates believe the two-year window in Hawaii — and others like it in states across the country — has helped bring justice for victims and publicly identified predators who escaped legal consequences because the statute of limitations had expired.

A bill at the Legislature — Senate Bill 2687 — would expand the two-year window and allow victims to bring civil claims for child sexual abuse until they turn 55. The House Human Services Committee amended the bill and took out the age limitation after lawmakers thought it was too arbitrary.

The bill would lower the legal standard to bring claims against churches and other private organizations. Damages would be awarded to victims if the courts find that the institutions were negligent. Victims now have to show that organizations displayed gross negligence.

The bill would also prevent the details in the certificates of merit that victims must file in order to bring civil claims from being disclosed in court. The confidential certificates, which must include a statement from a psychologist, marriage and family therapist, mental health counselor or clinical social worker that the abuse claims are reasonable, are required to screen out frivolous allegations.

“For me, it’s such an egregious crime when something is committed against a child,” said Sen. Maile Shimabukuro (D, Kalaeloa-Waianae-Makaha), the bill’s co-sponsor and the vice chairwoman of the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee. “As a mother to a 5-year-old you realize that a child’s brain has not fully developed.”

Shimabukuro said a “generous amount of time” is needed for children — and eventually, adults — to understand and respond to sexual abuse. Continue reading

OahuMPO Request for Comments on Makaha Surfing Beach Highway Realignment Study – Deadline 5/9/14

Click image to enlarge.

Click image to enlarge.

National Take Back Initiative 4/26/14

CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE

CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE