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

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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

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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

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National Take Back Initiative 4/26/14

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SCR118 re Affordable Housing; DHHL; Rentals scheduled for hearing MON MAR 24 245p

SCR115 urges the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to submit a report to the Legislature regarding its policy to develop rental properties for occupancy by its beneficiaries and ensure that beneficiaries maintain their placement on the waitlist for homestead leases while residing in a department rental.

Visit the bill status page at this link:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SCR&billnumber=118&year=2014

Testimony can also be submitted via the bill’s status page (click on “submit testimony” button in upper right section of page. Testimony can also be emailed to HWNTestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov

Ask-A-Lawyer: April 12, 2014

 

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KEONE KALI OF MAKAHA CONFIRMED TO OFFICE OF INFORMATION MANAGEMENT AND TECHNOLOGY

On 3/17/14, the Senate confirmed Keone Kali as Deputy CIO – Operations in the Office of Information Management and Technology.  Kali formerly served as a disaster preparedness specialist on Maui, and now resides in Makaha.Click on this link for a related post:

https://21maile.com/2014/02/20/keone-kali-of-makaha-named-deputy-cio-at-office-of-information-management-and-technology/

L-R: Sen. Keith-Agaran, Keone Kali, Sen. English, and Sen. Shimabukuro

L-R: Sen. Keith-Agaran, Keone Kali, Sen. English, and Sen. Shimabukuro

Support Sandie and Help Finish the Fight Against Cancer

From: Sandie Morimoto-Ching
Date: March 14, 2014
To: Sen. Shimabukuro

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Like you, I know too many people whose lives have been touched by cancer. That’s why I’ve joined the American Cancer Society to help finish the fight by participating in my community Relay For Life event (Apr. 4-5, 2014).

A Relay For Life event is much more than just walking around a track. At the event, we celebrate loved ones who have won their battle against cancer, remember those no longer with us, and fight back against this disease that robs so many of so much.

The good news? Because of the funds raised by Relay participants like me, more people in our community:

  • Have the information and tools they need to avoid getting cancer or find the disease early, when it’s easiest to treat
  • Have a place to turn for help 24/7
  • Benefit from the progress being made toward finding cancer’s causes and cures
  • Get access to lifesaving screenings and treatment

I would truly appreciate your online donation. Every dollar raised brings us one step closer to a world with less cancer and more birthdays – a world where not another life is lost to the disease.

Thank you so much for your support. Together, we will finish the fight!

Me ke aloha pumehana,
sandie

Visit my PERSONAL page.

View the TEAM page for WCCHC Hele Imua 1.

Hawaiian Roll Will Reopen on 3/17/14 at 8:00 AM HST

KanaʻiolowaluThe Hawaiian Roll will reopen on Monday, March 17 at 8:00 AM Hawaii Standard Time. Information about enrolling will be available at the Kanaʻiolowalu website at that time.

Visit the Kanaʻiolowalu blog to view the Office of Hawaiian Affair’s announcement to support the next step in nation building.

The following is from the Kanaʻiolowalu about page:

Kanaʻiolowalu is a project of the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission. It is a year-long campaign to reunify Native Hawaiians in the self-recognition of our unrelinquished sovereignty, by enrolling Native Hawaiians and supporters in this declaration. Those Native Hawaiians who are on the list and are 18 years of age as of the date of certification will be eligible to participate in the organization of a governing entity.

What is the Meaning of “Kanaʻiolowalu?”

Kanaʻiolowalu is the Hawaiian name given to the commission that embodies the work being done and the way it is being approached. Naʻi refers to striving, achieving, overcoming and even conquering. Many of us know that Kamehameha I was also known as “Kanaʻiaupuni” or the one who conquered (naʻi) and created the kingdom (aupuni). Olowalu refers to a sound similar to that of waves lapping up on the shore that is lined with pebbles; that rustling sound of the movement of the water through the many pebbles. In our use of the word, it refers to the din that is being created by the mass of people who are coming together and moving forward to strive and achieve and recognize the unrelinquished sovereignty of the Native Hawaiian people…Kanaʻiolowalu.

Who May be Registered?

Any Native Hawaiian who declares their cultural, civic or social connection as demonstrated in their unrelinquished sovereignty. (A guardian or parent’s signature is required for those less than 16 years of age.)

Native Hawaiians who are 18 years of age as of the date of certification of the registry (also known as a “base roll”) will be eligible to participate in the organization of a governing entity.

How Non-Hawaiians Can Support Kanaʻiolowalu?

  • By signing the Petition of Support
  • By volunteering
  • By urging others to support
  • Become a volunteer

Hālau Kū Māna: Community Meeting

Aloha e na hoa ʻo Waiʻanae,

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1 WVHCA - HKM Expansion Flyer 16 Mar 2014

We’ve invited Hālau Kū Māna’s Po’okumu Mahina Duarte to come share information about Hālau Kū Māna Public Charter School (grades 4-12) and their plans for a satellite campus.  They’re planning and discussing this expansion with various entities and organizations for a prospective Leeward site.  We hope that the Waiʻanae Coast is one of the highly considered locations.  While we recognize the challenges of being on the Waiʻanae Coast we acknowlege the numerous reasons that this is an appropriate place to expand to.

When:    Sunday, 16 March 2014

Time:      5-6 pm

Where:   Wai’anae District Park, Multi-Purpose Room

Please come and learn about the academic and cultural opportunities that Hālau Kū Māna PCS has to offer with its forward visioning.  Because time is limited, we may need more meetings to share our manaʻo and dialogue with the HKM expansion komike.  Feel free to share the attached Flyers.  For more information go to:

http://www.halaukumana.org/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/H%C4%81lau-K%C5%AB-M%C4%81na-Public-Charter-School/157391797640867

or contact Hālau Kū Māna at 945-1600.

a hui hou,

Kapua
WVHCA
HKM Leeward ʻOhana
808.690.1787

*  HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAM –  We have a Community, DOE & Legislative hui that have been meeting to sustain, enhance and increase the Hawaiian Language Immersion Program at Ke Kula Kaiapuni ʻo Nānākuli.  Ideally, we are working towards a P-20 stand-alone campus and looking for avenues to get there.  There is a great need for Hawaiian language & language immersion, culture, tradition and education on the Waiʻanae Coast.  For more information, please contact:

Aunty Ruby Maunakea @rmaunakea007@gmail.com

Kalehua Krug @kalehuakrug@gmail.com

Lisa Higa @lisa_higa@notes.k12.hi.us

SB 2687 Hearing on 3/13/14: To Extend the Time Frame for Retroactive Sex Abuse Claims for Persons 55 and Younger

Sen. Shimabukuro on KHON2 news on 3/11/14, discussing SB 2687.

Sen. Shimabukuro on KHON2 news on 3/11/14, discussing SB 2687.

Sen. Shimabukuro introduced a new bill, SB 2687, this year that would extend the ability to file retroactive claims to persons aged 55 and younger. The bill is scheduled to be heard on 3/13/14, 11:30am, in Capitol room 329. Link to the bill here. Click here to see the video on the KHON2 site. For more on Act 68, the senator’s earlier child sex abuse bill, click here.

KHON2: Lawsuit by Former Kamehameha Students Alleges Decades of Sex Abuse

By Nestor Garcia
3/11/14

Former Kamehameha Schools students have stepped forward saying they were sexually abused while they attended the school. Their claims were outlined in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in State Circuit Court by their attorney, Michael Green.

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Sen. Shimabukuro has introduced a new bill, SB 2687, this year that would extend the ability to file retroactive claims to persons aged 55 and younger. The bill is scheduled to be heard on 3/13/14, 11:30am, in Capitol room 329. Link to the bill here. Click the image to see the video on the KHON2 site.

Green says for now, he is representing eight men who all say they were sexually abused and molested at the hands of Dr. Robert McCormick Browne, a psychiatrist who Green says worked for Kamehameha Schools and conducted so-called therapy sessions on the students, falling within a 21-year period from 1958-1981. Green says, at the time, Browne was the Chief of Psychiatry at St. Francis Medical Center and the boys were all younger than 16 years old.

“Many of them had minor problems at Kamehameha Schools when they were young, from 7th grade and 8th grade, and they were referred to Dr. Browne,” said Green. “If they did not see Dr. Browne, the threat was (they would) get expelled.”

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Green says Dr. Browne died in 1991. According to the lawsuit, the so-called therapy sessions took place at the doctor’s home in Manoa along with a vacation home in Kamuela during weekend sleepovers. Green says the doctor was a dorm adviser and was given access to students at their dorm rooms. Green says the victims also allege the sessions took place at the doctor’s office at St. Francis.

The lawsuit comes just as the statute of limitations on the filing of child sex and molestation cases is set to expire next month, a deadline that was set two years ago by the state legislature. But there is a move to grant yet another extension for those who are willing to come forward and file suit. KHON2 obtained a copy of Senate Bill 2687, a measure that would extend the statute of limitations even further. If this measure becomes law, complainants who allege child sexual abuse will get to file civil suits up until they turn the age of 55.

State Sen. Maile Shimabukuro introduced the bill and also won approval for the two-year extension that expires next month. As for the age of 55, Sen Shimabukuro said, “It’s a way to strike a compromise between the rights of the accused and the rights of the victims.”

The Senate bill has crossed over to the House and a hearing on the measure is scheduled before the Committee on Human Services on Thursday.

Kamehameha Schools says these are serious allegations and will not comment until after it has seen the lawsuit.

St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii says it will also not comment until after it has been served with the complaint.

Read SB 2687 in its entirety here.

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Friends of Waianae Library Book Sale March 14 & 15

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Hawaiian Genealogy III Presentation at Wai`anae Library

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Waianae Hawaiian Civic Club Scholarship Fundraiser – April 27, 2014

Updated 3/13/14

Paige Colleen Leina’ala Kawelo Barber, December 23, 1938 – August 3, 2005.

Paige Colleen Leina’ala Kawelo Barber, December 23, 1938 – August 3, 2005.

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Judge Michael Wilson’s Makaha ‘Ohana at His Senate Confirmation on 3/6/14

Judge Michael Wilson is the hanai son of Frenchy DeSoto.  His Makaha 'ohana came out in full force to support his confirmation on 3/6/14.  L-R: Pastor Bill Pimental, Duane DeSoto, Sen. Clayton Hee, Manny DeSoto, Whitney Joseph, Judge Michael Town, John DeSoto (standing in back row), Richard "Buffalo" Keaulana, Bruce DeSoto, Judge Michael Wilson, Leinaala Crawford, Desire DeSoto, and Sen. Maile Shimabukuro. Click here for a related story. Click image to enlarge.

Judge Michael Wilson is the hanai son of Frenchy DeSoto. His Makaha ‘ohana came out in full force to support his confirmation on 3/6/14. L-R: Pastor Bill Pimental, Duane DeSoto, Sen. Clayton Hee, Manny DeSoto, Whitney Joseph, Judge Michael Town, John DeSoto (standing in back row), Richard “Buffalo” Keaulana, Bruce DeSoto, Judge Michael Wilson, Leinaala Crawford, Desire DeSoto, and Sen. Maile Shimabukuro. Click here for a related story. Click image to enlarge.