Senate Hawaiian Affairs (HWN) Committee Info Briefing: Native Hawaiian Roll Update 5/5/14

The Senate Hawaiian Affairs Committee will be holding an informational briefing to get an update on Kana`iolowalu from the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission.

MONDAY MAY 5, 2014



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Click on this link to view the informational briefing notice:

Nanakuli Wins 3rd Straight OIA White Softball Championship!

Congratulations to coach Ricky Gusman, his staff, players, and supporters for winning their third straight OIA White Softball Championship! You make all of us on the Wai’anae Coast proud.

Nanakuli High School Softball Team Roster

Nanakuli High School Softball Team Roster from ScoringLive.

Read about it:

Nanakuli wins third straight White title with win over ‘Aiea

Nanakuli completes conference 3-peat

Special Deals from Naked Cow Dairy Farm & Creamery – Deadlines 4/30, 5/2, 5/9

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Star-Adv: Childhood Sex Abuse Window Extended to April 24, 2016

Lawmakers extend window for abuse lawsuits, add liable parties

By Derrick DePledge
Star-Advertiser, Apr 25, 2014

Giving victims of childhood sexual abuse more time to seek justice, state lawmakers agreed Thursday on a bill that would extend a unique window to file lawsuits for another two years and include the state and counties among the potentially liable.

The state had lifted the statute of limitations and had given victims a two-year window which closed Thursday to bring civil claims against their alleged abusers and churches, private organizations and businesses that were grossly negligent.

State House and Senate negotiators agreed to extend that window for an additional two years, until April 24, 2016, after concluding that many victims were not sufficiently aware of the opportunity and deserved more time.

Lawmakers also added the state and counties to the entities that could be held liable for abuse, arguing that it is not fair to shield the state from financial responsibility.

Senate Bill 2687 is scheduled for final votes next week before the session adjourns.

Over the past few weeks, attorneys for victims have filed a flurry of lawsuits, fearing that the window might be closed forever Thursday. The suits include sexual abuse claims against Marc Alexander, a former vicar general of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu, and Bryan Singer, director of the “X-Men” films.

Attorneys for both men have denied the allegations.

Victims have brought dozens of lawsuits over the past two years, many against clergy and churches.

“I think it really says that we as a state are trying to allow these victims their day in court,” said Sen. Maile Shimabukuro (D, Kalaeloa-Waianae-Makaha).

Lawmakers also agreed Thursday on House Bill 2034, which would lift the statute of limitations entirely on prosecutions for first- and second-degree sexual assault and for the continuous sexual assault of a minor under 14. Lawmakers decided that the sex crimes are so heinous, they should be treated similarly to murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and murder-for-hire, the only other crimes under state law with no statute of limitations.  Continue reading

MAO GIVE Day – 4/26/14 9am-12pm – RSVP 696-5569


From: Angela Hoppe-Cruz, Education Resource Specialist, Kauhale MA`O
Date: Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 4:04 PM
Subject: Fwd: GIVE Day

We are looking forward to our summer bridge program taking off in June and are still recruiting. For interested families and community members who want to learn more about our program and or volunteer for fun 🙂 Please join us for our monthly GIVE Day this Saturday, 4/26/14. RSVPs are encouraged to help us plan to make a small something to share. Call 696-5569.

DHS: Restricted Access to Electronic Welfare Benefits

From: Kayla Rosenfeld, DHS Public Information Officer
Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:10 AM
Subject: DHS Press Release – Restricted Access to TANF Benefits

Effective February 2014, Temporary Assistance for Need Family (TANF) recipients are restricted from withdrawing their cash benefits at certain types of businesses.

Restricted points of access include automated teller machines (ATM) or point of sale (POS) terminals at liquor stores, casinos, and gaming establishments. Retail establishments that provide adult-oriented entertainment (performers disrobe or perform in an unclothed state for entertainment) also are restricted locations.

The policy is an outcome of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-96). The law was enacted in 2012, but States were given time to determine how to best impose the restriction. Hawaii came into compliance this year.

The TANF program provides monthly cash benefits to families for food, clothing, shelter, and other essentials. The federally funded program is designed to help families achieve financial self -sufficiency. Grocery stores and retailers that primarily sell products other than liquor, and restaurants, bars or clubs that serve liquor are exempt from the restriction.  Continue reading

KHON2: ‘Lawmakers consider extension to child sex abuse lawsuit deadline’

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By Jai Cunningham
KHON2, April 23, 2014

A large amount of legal paperwork is being filed seeking civil damages in sex assaults alleged to have happened decades ago.

The court filings come as the deadline approaches for an exemption on the statute of limitations regarding a victim of child sexual abuse to file a lawsuit against his or her alleged abuser.

“The window closes on April 24, and so I’m sure that’s why these plaintiffs are scrambling to get lawsuits filed in time,” said state Sen. Maile Shimabukuro (D-Waianae, Makaha, Makua).

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The clerks office at Circuit Court has processed six lawsuits filed in the last two days.

“It does concern me that with the deadline closing tomorrow, that there are many, many more out there, who are just going to run out of time,” said Shimabukuro.

Lawmakers are now mulling over extending the deadline.

“What we may end up having to do is give the Governor two different options — one that is more conservative, two years, and the other one that is five or more years extended on,” Shimabukuro said.

Shimabukuro says going forward, the legislature is also hoping to set an age limit as to when victims can no longer file a sex assault lawsuit, possibly at 55 years old.

“Many people feel as if that is too young,” Shimabukuro said. “Many of the victims who are filing are in their 70s, 80s because it has taken them so long to come to terms with the abuse that occurred… We’re hoping for some kind of age that is reasonable and gives victims enough time to be able to have the courage to come forward.”

Read HB2034 in its entirety.

Link to SB2687.

Related Story: “Marc Alexander, Diocese of Honolulu sued for child sex abuse” – Apr. 23, 2014.

Read this story on the KHON2 site.

How to Conduct a Voter Registration Drive & Why You Should Vote

headshot beach4The other day I read a funny quote: “If you ever think you’re too small to have an impact, try sleeping with a mosquito in the room.” That made me think of many people who believe their vote doesn’t count, which could explain why 80% of Waianae Coast residents don’t vote! There are so many reasons why your vote REALLY DOES count.

We always hear the complaint that “nobody cares about Waianae” and that “Waianae doesn’t get anything.” Well, have you ever seen the voter turnout in Kailua, Hawaii Kai, and those other places that seem to get everything? You guessed it — it’s high. And when communities vote, and resources are limited, and politicians need to get re-elected, guess where those resources are going to end up? It’s a no-brainer.

And if that’s not enough to convince you, try watching election results, especially in smaller House races. Here on the Coast, we’ve had House races won by very small margins of less than 50 votes. Representative Roy Takumi once won an election by 3 votes. Can you imagine if those 3 people thought that they were “too small to have an impact”?

Nowadays voting is easier than ever since we have instituted early walk-in and permanent absentee voting. This means you can register to have a ballot mailed to you every election, which includes a self-addressed, stamped envelope. No more waiting in line at the polls!

Voter registration forms are located at public libraries, post offices, satellite city halls, state agencies, city clerks offices, in phone books, and at Elections Home Page, Office of Elections, State of Hawaii.

Groups, organizations, and even elected officials can run voter registration drives without having to undergo any formal training. It is critical that the groups safeguard completed voter registration forms and submit them to the Office of Elections or City/County Clerks Offices as soon as possible. Call 453-VOTE for more information.

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Honolulu Civil Beat: ‘Hawaii House Seeks Solution on OHA Kakaako Makai Bill’

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By Chad Blair
Honolulu Civil Beat, 04/22/2014

House negotiators on a controversial bill allowing residential development in Kakaako Makai are signaling they may be willing to compromise.

Rep. Cindy Evans told Sen. Maile Shimabukuro Tuesday at the State Capitol that the House wants “to move” on Senate Bill 3122 “and that definitely we need to find a solution.”

While the House supports “the idea” of authorizing the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to build condominiums on three parcels, Evans said there are still concerns about how passing SB 3122 might affect what happens in other parts of Kakaako that are under the purview of the Hawaii Community Development Authority.

The HCDA has been criticized by community members and some lawmakers for moving too fast on developing the mauka area of the neighborhood.

“We’re looking at making sure whatever we do on these parcels, we need to consider how it will influence other parcels in the makai area,” she said.

Shimabukuro proposed a conference draft that she said is consistent with the House’s version of SB 3122 but also “tweaks” the legislation by altering the bill’s preamble and making technical changes based on language in House Bill 1866, which calls for reforming how the HCDA operates.

For example, OHA’s buildings could not exceed 418 feet in height. HB 1866 also places additional public hearing requirements on the HCDA when projects are proposed.

HB 1866 has already passed both houses and is awaiting action from Gov. Neil Abercrombie. He has until May 1 to sign the bill — the last day of the legislative session.

The OHA Kakaako Makai bill is far from a done deal.

Earlier this month, the author of SB 3122, Senate Majority Leader Brickwood Galuteria, lambasted the author of HB 1866, House Majority Leader Scott Saiki, when Saiki seemed to suggest that Galuteria’s bill would not survive conference committee.

Saiki has been one of the most vocal critics of HCDA while Galuteria has been one of the most ardent supporters of developing Kakaako. Both represent the neighborhood, and both are up for re-election.

SB 3122 also has to be approved by House Finance, even though there is no appropriation in the bill. During the long slog that is conference committee, the fate of many bills remains uncertain until the money committees weigh in. Finance Chairwoman Sylvia Luke is a Saiki ally.

Opponents of SB 3122, worried that high-rises in Kakaako Makai will block access to one of the few oceanfront spaces in Honolulu, have lobbied heavily to stop the bill.

So have supporters of the bill, who argue that OHA needs to build in Kakaako Makai to generate revenue to help Native Hawaiian beneficiaries.

Click here to read the full article on the Civil Beat site.

Need Help in Applying to Preschool Open Doors? Deadline 4/30/14

From: Amber Richardson, Program Director, P-3 Initiative, Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture (INPEACE)
Date: Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 12:06 PM
Subject: Support in Applying to Preschool Open Doors!

If families along the Wai’anae Coast are struggling to make the Preschool Open Doors application deadline (April 30), the INPEACE Ho’ala Community Recruiters are available to support them! They will help families fill out the paperwork and obtain the necessary documentation to apply for the assistance.

Contact Kathy or Saydee at: 696-9300 or


From: Jim Eberle, Program Manager, PATCH Preschool Open Doors
Date: Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 3:05 PM
Subject: Preschool Open Doors Application Period

A reminder that the Preschool Open Doors (POD) program is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 POD school year. Families in need of preschool tuition assistance must submit their application by the April 30, 2014 deadline. People Attentive To Children (PATCH) operates the POD program on behalf of the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services (DHS).

POD provides child care subsidies to qualifying low- and moderate-income families so they may send their children to preschool. Priority is given to children with special needs or at-risk factors. Priority enrollment is determined by household size and monthly gross income. POD does not require parents/guardians to be employed, in school, or job training to qualify for assistance.

Families with children born between August 1, 2009 and July 31, 2010 may apply for the 2014-2015 POD year, which runs July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.

Applications are available for download from the PATCH website: To request an application by mail call 808.791.2130 on Oahu, or Toll-Free from Neighbor Islands 1.800.746.5620.


Sen. Shimabukuro heard rave reviews about the plate lunches prepared by Dawn Clarke of Kalena’s Kitchen to help raise funds for the Hawaii Foodbank on 4/15/14.  The lunches featured organic greens from Kahumana Farm, bread pudding baked with “Waianae Gold” kiawe bean flour, and other local ingredients.  For more information about Kalena’s Kitchen, visit  or call 808-352-7970.

Scholar Speaker Series 5/6/14: Aliah and Lelemia Irvine

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All of the past presentations are archived on the Kamehameha Schools YouTube channel.

Final Scholar Speaker Series presentation takes place on May 6
Huliko‘a Kaiäulu will feature research from Aliah and Lelemia Irvine on coral reef preservation and wastewater cycles and systems

What: Kamehameha Schools’ Community Learning Center at Nānākuli (CLCN), MA‘O Organic Farms (Mala ‘Ai ‘Ōpio) and UH Hawai‘inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge have partnered to present a series of scholar speaker events. The series, Huliko‘a Kaiāulu, was created as an opportunity for Wai‘anae Coast ‘ohana to embrace higher education and celebrate examples of advanced learning in their community.

For the fourth and final scheduled presentation in May, siblings Aliah and Lelemia Irvine from Wai‘anae will share their scientific journeys with the community.

Aliah Irvine will share “The Art of Coral Reef Preservation” which highlights her experience in learning to use alternative preservation methods to isolate DNA from coral. Aliah will share her mana‘o about costal ecology and conservation throughout the Hawaiian Islands and abroad.

Lelemia Irvine will present “Water: The Engineered Hydrological Cylce”. From papahulilani to our hale to the kūkae treatment plant and back to the papahulihonua and papahanaumoku, Lelemia will share more about wastewater and water systems.

To learn more about the Huliko‘a Kaiäulu scholar speaker series, visit

Who: Presentations are free and open to the community. A simple dinner will be provided to attendees. An RSVP is requested to assist with planning.

When: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Kamehameha Schools Community Learning Center at Nānākuli
89-101 Farrington Hwy., Wai‘anae, HI 96792

How: For more information or to RSVP for the presentation, call 668-1517 or email

Submitted by: Shaun Chillingworth
Public Relation Specialist
Community Relations & Communications
808-541-5367 or

Governor Releases $2M for Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center


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Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of $2 million in capital improvement grant funds for the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center on Oahu.

Identified by the state Legislature, the project includes the construction of a new two-story, 22,000-square-foot Emergency Medical Services Building to replace the existing emergency department.

“The 37-year-old Emergency Medical Services Building is no longer adequate for the specialized needs of the more than 18,000 annual emergency room patient visits,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “By rebuilding the facility, the center will be able to meet the emergency medical, disaster preparedness and crisis behavioral health needs of the Leeward Oahu community.”

The rebuilding and consequent reconfiguration of the Emergency Medical Services Building will add eight rooms to the current seven rooms available for a total of 15 rooms. These rooms will be utilized for triage, treating trauma for life threatening illnesses and injuries, emergency labor and delivery, x-ray, patients with psychiatric health needs, and a family room to support family members experiencing a crisis.

“This money will go a long way in improving healthcare on the leeward coast,” said Richard P. Bettini, President and CEO of the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center. “The center is still raising private funds to supplement this state grant.”

Star-Adv 4/16/14: ‘Measure on insurance for infertility advances’

The resolution calls for a study into the impact of expanding treatment coverage

By Cathy Bussewitz / Associated Press
Star-Advertiser, 4/16/14

Hawaii lawmakers are weighing whether insurance companies should be required to cover more treatments for infertility and to update a law that some say discriminates against unmarried women.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 35 calls on the state auditor to study the social and economic impacts of the fertility-coverage proposal. [Senator Shimabukuro introduced SCR 35, Requesting the Auditor to Assess the Social and Financial Effects of Requiring Health Insurers to Provide Infertility Procedure Coverage.]

“Women are starting their families later, which raises all sorts of concerns about access to procedures,” said Rep. Della Au Bellati, chairwoman of the House Health Committee, which advanced the resolution. It now goes to the Finance Committee.

Hawaii already requires insurers to cover in-vitro fertilization, but the law has limits that proponents say unfairly discriminate against single women. For example, under current Hawaii law insurers are required to provide treatment only to married women, using sperm supplied by a woman’s spouse. Those who don’t meet the requirements have to pay $15,000 to $20,000 per procedure, which often has to be repeated.

That creates two classes of women, said Naunanikinau Kamalii, a lawyer, in comments to the Legislature.

“Marital status has no rational relation to the treatment of a medical diagnosis and condition of infertility,” Kamalii said.

But the Hawaii Catholic Conference has said that religious institutions should not be forced to provide services that go against the tenets of their faith. The fact that advanced procedures have been developed does not mean those procedures are morally acceptable, the group said.

“Infertility treatment for anybody, whether you’re married or single, is not consistent with Catholic teaching,” said Walter Yoshimitsu, executive director of Hawaii Catholic Conference. “Our belief is that life begins at the moment that the egg is fertilized. And if you discard them, that is tantamount to abortion.”

That’s because the process of in-vitro fertilization involves fertilizing eggs outside the womb and then choosing one to insert in a womb, Yoshimitsu said.

Senate Bill 2909, which sought to mandate expanded treatment options, passed the Senate, but it died when it never got a hearing in the House.

The Chamber of Commerce had opposed the bill, arguing that it would increase health care costs of businesses that would not be able to pass those costs on to consumers.

The Kaiser Permanente health care company had supported the intent of the bill, but it asked for the auditor to conduct a study of the proposal instead.

“Done correctly, health-care reform can reduce costs while simultaneously improving the quality of care,” the company said in comments to the Legislature. “However, this will not happen if the emphasis is shifted to costly mandates that inevitably drive up the price of health insurance, rather than emphasizing prevention.”

Click here to go to the Star-Advertiser site.


Ka Wai Ola o Waianae was featured EPA Region 9’s March 2014 newsletter.  Click this link to see the newsletter:

Sen. Shimabukuro posed with Richard Medeiros of Ka Wai Ola O Waianae, who participated in the Legislature's "Agricultural Day" in March.

Sen. Shimabukuro posed with Richard Medeiros of Ka Wai Ola O Waianae, who participated in the Legislature’s “Agricultural Day” in March.

Annual Farm Open House 5/3/14 – 2-5pm

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Na Pua O Wai’anae: New Wai’anae Magazine

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Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Subject: Na Pua ‘O Wai’anae

Kalena’s Kitchen Plate Lunches at the Capitol 4/15/14

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Pick up at Maile’s Capitol office, room 222, on April 15.

Wai‘anae Community Film Series: this Friday, April 11

From: “KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance”
Date: April 3, 2014
Subject: Wai’anae Community Film Series, April 11, 2014 – What do Hawaiian Struggles and Black History Have in Common?

KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance is working in communities around our islands to protect Hawaii‘s native landscapes, sacred places and unique way of life.


Wai‘anae Community Film Series

Understanding the Takeover and How Do We Get Our Land Back?
What do Hawaiian Struggles and Black History Have in Common?

Photo credit: Ed Greevy

Photo credit: Ed Greevy

Come join us for our second Wai‘anae community film series screening! Our next event covers parallels between struggles in Hawai‘i and people of color in the continental U.S.

Friday, April 11
Leeward Community College Wai‘anae campus – 2nd Floor Room 1
5:00 pm – Pupus and socializing
6:00 pm (sharp!) – Screening of Sand Island Story (a Victoria Keith Production) and Black Power Mixtape
7:15 pm – Dinner and Community Discussion
9:00 pm – Pau

Guest speakers will include people intimately involved with these histories, including Carroll Cox, environmental justice activist, and Steve Boggs, UH Anthropology Professor Emeritus.

Facilitated by Lucy Gay of LCC, Pake Salmon of Makaha Angels Productions, and Laurel Mei Turbin of Ethnic Studies UH Manoa.

Please RSVP to Laurel at or 388-1383 so that we can get enough food for everybody. Please also spread the word to your friends and ‘ohana about this event.

Event cosponsored by: Concerned Elders of Wai‘anae, DMZ Hawai‘i/Aloha ‘Aina, Hawai‘i Peace and Justice, KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance, & the Waiʻanae Environmental Justice Working Group. Change we must.

Must we change? We must change!

Our mailing address is:
PO Box 37368
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96837

Our phone number:

Capitol Commentary: Sen. Maile Shimabukuro 3/20/14

State Senator Shimabukuro (District 21) discusses bills moving through the 2014 legislative session on Olelo’s show, Capitol Commentary.