Hawaii Mediation Pledge

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From: Tracey Wiltgen
Date: April 2, 2014 at 4:53:44 PM HST
To: “Sen. Maile Shimabukuro”
Subject: Mediation Pledge

Aloha Senator Shimabukuro,

Chuck Hurd requested that I email you a Mediation Pledge that you may post on your website. I have attached the Pledge.

Tracey S. Wiltgen, Executive Director
The Mediation Center of the Pacific, Inc.
245 N. Kukui Street Suite 206
Honolulu, HI 96817
Tel: 521-6767 Fax: 538-1454

Kahumana Organic Farm & Cafe’ Farm Festival May 4, 2014

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If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please call Shauntel at 808-696-2655

Thank you for your attention and we look forward to seeing you at this event

Shauntel Takayama
Kahumana Organic Farm & Cafe

Fall 2014 Registration for MA’O Students – Deadline 4/15/14

From: Angela Hoppe-Cruz
Date: Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 1:01 PM
Subject: Re: Fall 2014 Registration for MA’O Students


We are kicking up recruitment for our Summer Ramp Up program. Attached is the 2014 Summer Ramp Up application, please share with interested young adults between the ages of 18-24 who are motivated to earn a college education, develop their leadership skills and get solid work experience in a fun outdoor environment right in their backyard!

Three good reasons to check out Kauhale MA`O’s College Internship Program, the Youth Leadership Training:

  1. College supports and tuition scholarship
  2. $500.00 monthly stipend to start 
  3. Leadership development 

Angela T. Hoppe-Cruz
Education Resource Specialist, Kauhale MA`O
“faith is the bud that senses the light and sings when the dawn is still dark” -George Helm

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Kauhale Youth Leadership Training (YLT) Application
Makaha Studios
Searider Production


  • Wai`anae or Nānākuli youth (17-24)
  • High School diploma/GED
  • Hard worker & strongly motivated to go to college to pursue any career of interest.


Kauhale’s 2-year internship offers a unique opportunity to start your college career by obtaining an Associate of Arts degree from Leeward Community College while gaining work and leadership experience. MA`O and the Digital Media Halau are comprised of Makaha Studios and Searider Productions (Digital Media internship requires graduating from WHS SP). Interns earn $500.00 monthly stipend, as well as gain understanding of how to succeed in work and college environments. Students will also be offered numerous leadership opportunities and be a part of a cohort that lends positive peer support.”  Continue reading

Hawaii State Senate honors Partners In Development Foundation’s Ka Pa`alana Traveling Preschool & Homeless Family Education Program

On March 31, 2014, the Hawaii State Senate congratulated Partners in Development Foundation’s (PIDF) Ka Pa`alana Homeless Family Education Program on receiving full accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Representatives of PIDF/Ka Pa`alana pose with Senators in the Senate Gallery.

Representatives of PIDF/Ka Pa`alana pose with Senators in the Senate Gallery.

The NAEYC is the world’s first and foremost recognized early childhood agency for excellence in education. PIDF’s Ka Pa`alana Program became the first program of its kind in the nation to receive full NAEYC accreditation.

The mission of the Partners in Development Foundation is to inspire and equip families and communities for success and service using timeless Native Hawaiian values and traditions. In 2007, PIDF recognized the need to work with the ever increasing homeless population along the Leeward Coast. Particularly disturbing was the large amount of homeless families with young children. To address this issue, PIDF created the Ka Paʻalana Traveling Preschool and Homeless Family Education Program. Since then, Ka Paʻalana has assisted in transitioning 325 families from the beach to shelter and distributed over 50 tons of food and life necessities. Annually, over 900 children ages 5 and under and their caregivers receive service and over 100 clients receive assistance in obtaining employment including 7 who work at Ka Paʻalana as teachers, teaching assistants and outreach assistants.

Representing Partners in Development Foundation and Ka Pa`alana in the Senate Chamber Floor Presentation:

Alison Masutani- Vice President of Operations, Partners in Development Foundation

Danny Goya- Program Manager, Partners in Development Foundation

Terry Nakamura- Family Literacy Coordinator

Stacey Kauka- Assistant Program Manager

Sweets Wright- Parent Educator Kasey Galariada – Lead Teacher – HOPE School

Cheryl Kekumu – currently a teacher at PIDF’s Maili Land site AND a former program participant

Front L to R: Cheryl Kekumu, Senator Maile Shimabukuro, Autumn Goya, Cassidy Goya & Monica Waiau. Standing L to R: Terry Nakamura, Alison Masutani,  Kasey Galariada, Stacey Kauka, Sweets Wright,  Danny Goya & Jamie Goya

Front L to R: Cheryl Kekumu, Senator Maile Shimabukuro, Autumn Goya, Cassidy Goya & Monica Waiau.
Standing L to R: Terry Nakamura, Alison Masutani,
Kasey Galariada, Stacey Kauka, Sweets Wright,
Danny Goya & Jamie Goya

For more information about Partners in Development Foundation & the Ka Pa`alana Homeless Family Education program, visit: http://www.pidfoundation.org


UH West O‘ahu Free Summer Song-writing Program for Select Oʻahu HS Students – Application Deadline 5/13/14



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  April 3, 2014                                          Contact: Julie Funasaki Yuen, (808) 689-2604


UH West O‘ahu offers free Summer Music Works song-writing program to select Oʻahu high school students


KAPOLEI – This summer, UH West O‘ahu will offer a free, three-credit Summer Music Works song-writing program for high school students. Summer Music Works will break down the basics of music and help students write and record their next music hit – pop song, rap or instrumental.


The program is open to Ānuenue, Farrington, Nānākuli, Wai‘anae, and Waipahu High School students entering 11th or 12th grade this fall. Students will earn three college credits as well as high school credit for the five-week program happening June 3 – July 3. Tuition is free for all accepted participants. As part of Summer Music Works, students will also learn about higher education programs at the University of Hawai‘i System and how to be successful college students. Summer Music Works is spearheaded by UH West O‘ahu Assistant Professor of Music, Dr. Jon Magnussen.


“We’re so privileged to be able to offer this unique opportunity to our talented youth as they contemplate life beyond high school,” said UH West Oʻahu Assistant Professor of Music, Dr. Jon Magnussen. “Thanks to our partners, we are able to provide an experience that immerses our students in the creative process and basic music theory, as well as giving them firsthand knowledge from a roster of music industry veterans which in past years has included Willie K, Na Leo Pilimehana’s Angela Morales, jazz composer Dean Taba, and Hiʻikua’s Kamuela Kimokeo and Kalehua Krug.”


Summer Music Works aims to improve the quality of life for Hawaiʻi citizens by providing an awareness of skills helpful for success in college and in life, supporting the growth of new musical talent at the pre-college level through music creation, and providing an awareness of potential career paths in music. Summer Music Works is offered through a U.S. Department of Education Title III grant, with additional support from a University of Hawaiʻi Diversity and Equity Initiative Award, the Boys & Girls Club of Hawai‘i’s Wai‘anae Clubhouse, and the UH West Oʻahu Music Fund.


Interested students should contact their Ānuenue, Farrington, Nānākuli, Wai‘anae, and Waipahu High School college counselor to enroll in UH West O‘ahu’s Summer Music Works through the Running Start Program. Application materials are due May 13, and include a letter of recommendation from a teacher and a statement of intent from the student. No audition or portfolio is required. For specific program information and how to apply, visit http://www.uhwo.hawaii.edu/musicworks.




UH West O‘ahu became a four-year, regional comprehensive university when it served its first class of freshmen in fall 2007. The University offers quality education, small classes and personalized attention at convenient locations. UH West O‘ahu serves approximately 2,400 students at its brand new, state-of-the-art campus that opened in the City of Kapolei in 2012. For more information, visit uhwo.hawaii.edu, twitter.com/uhwestoahu, facebook.com/uhwestoahu or call (808) 689-2800 or toll-free (866) 299-8656.