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 www.facebook.com/CateringbyKalenas  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 http://www.ksbe.edu/kapua.

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 kapua@ksbe.edu.

Submitted by: Shaun Chillingworth
Public Relation Specialist
Community Relations & Communications
808-541-5367 or shchilli@ksbe.edu

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.”