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Join Senator Shimabukuro and Representative Awana for a Town Hall meeting regarding the 2014 legislative session. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 26, 2014; 5:30-7:30pm, at the Nanakuli High and Intermediate School cafeteria.

“No Vote No Grumble” (NVNG), a non-partisan, non-profit organization, will be on hand to conduct a voter registration drive. For more information about NVNG, visit: http://www.novotenogrumble.org/

For more information, call Senator Shimabukuro’s office at 586-7793. Hope to see you there!

Save the Date! 6/14/14: Kūkahi No Kanaloa Ocean Day Celebration in Wai’anae


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. www.kahea.org



KAHEA invites you to attend Kūkahi No Kanaloa: Ocean Day Celebration, a free event, taking place on Saturday, June 14, 2014 from 2:30 pm to 9:30 pm at Wai‘anae District Park.

Bring a picnic and enjoy amazing stories from kūpuna about the ocean, relax and listen to great live music, and then watch “Hawaiian: The Eddie Aikau Story” under the stars. Snacks, drinks, and shirts will also be available for donation.

Live music that evening is graciously provided by Jon and Duncan Osorio, Danny Carvalho, Kupa’āina, and other special guests.

Check out our silent auction and win some awesome items while supporting KAHEA’s mission of aloha ‘āina.

If you are unable to join us on June 14 but would still like to support our work, please click here to donate securely. KAHEA is a 501(c)(3) organization and all gifts are tax-deductible.

2:45 Protocols
3:00 – 4:30 Ocean Talk Story with Wai‘anae Kūpuna
4:30 – 7:00 Spoken Word Poets and Live Music
7:30 Movie – Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau

Please call us at 524-8220 or email kahea-alliance@hawaii.rr.com if you have any questions about the event.

Check out the KAHEA blog and our Facebook page for updates as June 14 draws near. We look forward to seeing you there!

Mahalo nui,
Ikaika Hussey KAHEA board president
Jon Osorio KAHEA board vice president

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Sarah, Hailey, and Kenny Lovelace

Sarah, Hailey, and Kenny Lovelace

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David and Mary Lovelace

Chyanne Koko and Sen. Shimabukuro

Chyanne Koko and Sen. Shimabukuro

Sen. Shimabukuro, Chyanne Koko, Kari La'a-Robles

Sen. Shimabukuro, Chyanne Koko, Kari La’a-Robles

Nohealani Benicarlo and Sen. Shimabukuro

Nohealani Benicarlo and Sen. Shimabukuro


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FHWA Public Review Meeting of OahuMPO – June 5, 2014


 This is an opportunity for you to talk directly with Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) representatives in an open public meeting concerning your views on the performance of transportation planning for the island of Oahu.

The FTA and FHWA are required by law to certify that the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization and its local transportation planning partners are complying with federal requirements for transportation planning. This meeting is part of that review, and is scheduled for:

Time: 3:00-4:30 pm

Date: Thursday, June 5, 2014

Place: Hawaii State Capitol – Room 309 (415 South Beretania St)

This public meeting is part of a 2-day review of the transportation planning process for the island of Oahu as conducted by the Oahu Metropolitan Planning organization and its planning partners. Your viewpoints will be noted and considered as part of the Federal Review Team’s final recommendations


DOT Update re Dead End Signage


Results of our investigation found more than the two requested streets (Liopolo St. and Gilipake St.) without “Dead End” signs in the area.  For consistency, we will be issuing a work order to install “Dead End” signs for all of the dead end streets from Liopolo St. to Milikami St.   Hopefully within the next two months we can have the work orders and fabrications done then installed.  The following are the dead end streets :

  1. Liopolo St
  1. Gilipake St
  1. Palakamana St
  1. Kimo St
  1. Palani St
  1. Linakola St
  1. Maipela St
  1. Hila St
  1. Keliikipi St
  1. Liliana St
  1. Makona St
  1. Mana St
  1. Lopikane St
  1. Alapaki St
  1. Pelanaki St
  1. Kakalena St
  1. Milikami St

Thank you.

Jadine Urasaki, P.E. LEED AP
Deputy Director
State of Hawaii Department of Transportation
869 Punchbowl Street
Suite 500
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813




Media Clips from Native Hawaiian Roll Commission (5/27/14)

From: Senate Communications Office 5/27/14

Legislators to Hear Update on Hawaiian Roll Commission
http://hawaii.news.blogs.civilbeat.com/post/84744138486/legislators-to-hear-update-on-hawaiian-roll-commissionThe Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs will hold an informational briefing Monday morning to receive an update on the progress of the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission.

More than 130,000 Native Hawaiians Sign Up for Nation Building http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2014/05/05/22008-more-than-130000-native-hawaiians-sign-up-for-nation-building/
Members of the Native Hawaiian community are on track to establish a constitution for an independent Hawaiian nation as soon as next January.

Native Hawaiian Roll is first step in charting future for Hawaii’s first inhabitants






The Native Hawaiian Roll Commission certified more than 125,000 people on its official register, completing a major first step for Native Hawaiians to form their own independent government that could seek federal recognition and the return of land to the Hawaiian people.

Native Hawaiian Rolls Commission Update for Lawmakers
The Native Hawaiian Rolls Commission provided an update for lawmakers today on its progress in registering members of the state’s recognized indigenous people.  The goal is to form a governing entity and self-governance for Native Hawaiians.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Senators cheer Native Hawaiian voter list
State senators expressed excitement Monday for the future of Native Hawaiian nation-building now that a commission has compiled a list of potentially eligible voters.



On May 9, 2014, approximately 95 5th grade students and 9 adult chaperones from Leihoku Elementary School visited the Hawaii State Capitol, Hawaii Judiciary Center and the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

During their Capitol tour, they were able to meet in 2 separate groups with Sen. Shimabukuro in the Senate Gallery.

For more information about Leihoku Elementary School, visit  http://les.nwcomplex.org/

Sen. Shimabukuro met with Leihoku ES 5th Graders in the Senate Gallery

Sen. Shimabukuro met with Leihoku ES 5th Graders in the Senate Gallery

Congratulations to Kamaile Academy’s First Graduating Class

The photos in this post were taken by Sen. Shimabukuro. Click them to enlarge.

The photos in this post were taken by Sen. Shimabukuro. Click them to enlarge.

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Star-Adv: ‘Disclosure changes concern university regents’

Updated 7/3/14

A bill making financial forms available to the public has some members threatening to quit

By Nanea Kalani
Star-Advertiser, May 17, 2014

Members serving on the board governing the University of Hawaii system are uneasy about pending legislation that would require them to file financial disclosure statements as public rec­ord, with at least one regent promising to resign if the bill becomes law.

The current 15-member Board of Regents is made up of volunteer gubernatorial appointees who mostly are attorneys, business executives and consultants for the local real estate, financial, retail, technology and nonprofit industries.

As members of a state board with multiyear terms, regents do submit annual financial disclosure forms to the state Ethics Commission, which are kept confidential.

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The forms ask public executives and officers to disclose such financial information as income, investments, ownership or interests in businesses, and real estate holdings for themselves, their spouses and dependent children.

Senate Bill 2682 adds members of the Board of Regents and 14 other state boards and commissions to the list of public officials whose financial disclosure forms would be public rec­ords and available on the Ethics Commission’s website for inspection and duplication.

The final version of the bill passed unanimously in both chambers, with a 25-0 vote in the state Senate and a 50-0 vote in the state House, and has been sent to Gov. Neil Abercrombie for final approval.

Sen. Maile Shi­ma­bu­kuro (D, Kalaeloa-Wai­anae-Makaha), who introduced the bill, said the legislation aims to increase transparency and public confidence in government operations.

“It came out of consumers who wanted to have more transparency in government operations and being able to find out whether people in important decision-making positions have potential conflicts of interests,” Shi­ma­bu­kuro said.

As the governing board of the 10-campus UH system, the Board of Regents “formulates policy and exercises control over the university … (and) has exclusive jurisdiction over the internal structure, management and operation of the university,” according to UH’s website. That includes approving large construction and consulting contracts and executive hires.  Continue reading

Pu’u Heleakala Playground Builders Need Tools for June 7, 2014

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From: Georgette Stevens <waianaeccpc@gmail.com>
Date: May 15, 2014, 9:25:34 AM HST
Subject: Need Your Kokua

Aloha kakahiaka kakou!

Pu`u Heleakala Recreation Center (within Helelua community) is having a playground build on Saturday June 7th from 9 am to 2 pm. We are in the process of recruiting volunteers and so far we have 100 and need 200 volunteers, by that date – I believe we’ll have that many.

Where I need your kokua is in letting us borrow tools (see attachment) if you have any or know of someone within the community that does, we need your kokua.

We’ll be accepting them that week from June 4 to June 6 from 9 am to 12 pm or June 7th at 8 am. We will need them until 2 pm on that day.

Please let me know if you will be able to kokua with what tools by next Friday, May 23rd.

Mahalo piha!

Women Of Waianae Laundry Soap for Sale

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Hand made and environmentally friendly laundry soap is available for $5/each from Women of Waianae (WOW). Proceeds support WOW’s scholarship fund. For more information, contact Karen Young at kgsyoung@hotmail.com or 696-4677.


Star-Adv: ‘Senators cheer native voter list ‘

By Sarah Zoellick
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 6 May 2014

State senators expressed excitement Monday for the future of Native Hawaiian nation-building now that a commission has compiled a list of potentially eligible voters.

“This is exciting,” Sen. Clayton Hee, a member of the Senate Hawaiian Affairs Committee, said during an informational briefing at the state Capitol. “It’s terrific.”

The Native Hawaiian Roll Commission recently announced that 125,631 Native Hawaiians are on the Kana‘iolowalu Registry, with an additional 4,500 or so names still needing to be entered.

“This is about nationbuilding; it’s not about list promulgation,” Norma Wong, a consultant who has been working with the commission, told legislators.

The committee called the informational briefing to get an update on the commission’s status after its work closed on Thursday. The meeting lasted about 90 minutes, and legislators walked away expressing eagerness to see how Native Hawaiians establish an independent, self-governing entity.

“I think it gave a lot of clarity to us in terms of what it is that … the Hawaiian Roll Commission is trying to do, trying to establish, and so I think it was very exciting,” Sen. Maile Shimabukuro (D, Kalaeloa-Waianae-Makaha), chairwoman of the Hawaiian Affairs Committee, said after the briefing. “It was exciting because it helped to show me that in the end, you know, it really can be a win-win.”

In order for that win-win to happen, however, Native Hawaiians need to be successful in their appeals for recognition to the federal government. Shimabukuro said she worries that the current initiative could be subject to lawsuits — as an earlier one was in the 1990s — if the federal government doesn’t act soon.

“What kind of (became) clear in my mind is that we do need a two-part process,” she said. “Part one is that we need the federal government to just recognize Hawaiians and to say that yes, you know, there was an illegal overthrow similar to the Alaskans and the Native Americans. … Then that’ll allow (Native Hawaiians) to go forward because right now they are vulnerable, because someone who wasn’t allowed to sign the roll could say, ‘Hey, that’s discrimination.’”

During the briefing, Shimabukuro asked the commission what it hopes to gain through self-governance.

Former Gov. John Waihee, chairman and commissioner at large of the Kana‘iolowalu Commission, said the many positive outcomes for Native Hawaiians include preserving land and water use rights.

But the ability of Native Hawaiians to negotiate with the federal government could also benefit the state in many ways, he said.

“One of the things that could happen immediately would be with the return of federal lands that instead of going out for public bid could be returned back to Native Hawaiians, where it should go anyway,” he said. “Like Ford Island, for example.”

Shimabukuro said after the meeting she also sees cultural benefits to allowing Native Hawaiians to be exempt from state and federal laws.

“I’d love to see that … especially for the cultural areas, fishponds and things like that,” she said. “Right now they’re really stymied by the state and federal laws, you know, to do their cultural practices.”

She added, “To see how this all unfolds will be very interesting.”

Some critics say it’s unfolding too fast, with a constitutional convention proposed for later this year, but Hawaiian Affairs Committee member Sen. Brickwood Galuteria (D, KakaakoMcCully-Waikiki) disagreed.

“The process needs to continue as ambitiously as stated,” he said during the briefing.

CLARIFICATION: The Native Hawaiian Kana‘i­olo­walu Registry closed Thursday, but the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission’s work will continue until the commission is able to complete and certify the list. An earlier version of this story and a story on page B4 Tuesday stated the commission’s work closed on Thursday.

Read the full article, including photo, on the Star-Advertiser site.

Makua Meeting this Thursday, 6pm, Wai’anae District Park

The Army will be discussing their plans to extend their Programmatic Agreement, which would, among other things, allow them to resume live fire training.  Feedback from the public is sought.


The City and County of Honolulu is opening its waiting list for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Online applications will be accepted from  May 15, 2014 through May 21, 2014.

Submitted applications will be randomized and a selected number of applications will be placed on the waiting list.  There is no first-come, first-served advantage and no guarantee for housing or eligibility after applying.

Applications will be accepted online from Thursday, May 15, 2014, 12:01 a.m. to Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 11:59 p.m. at: www.tinyurl.com/q22sh98

Applicants may use the public computers at the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii – Honolulu office. For directions to LASH Honolulu,  click here.   For more information on the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, click here

For more information about the opening of the wait list, click on this link:



Please Join Us for Town ma MA`O 2014 – 6/28/14

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You are invited to the following event:

Town ma MAʻO 2014

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (HST)

MA`O Organic Farms
86-148 Puhawai Rd
Waianae, HI 96792

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Attend Event

Hoʻoulu, Growing Our Beloved Community

5-6 pm Farm Tour & Silent Auction
6-7 pm Pupu & Cocktail Hour
7-8 pm Dinner by Town Restaurant
8-9 pm Program, Presentation of Graduates
9 pm Closing

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Mahalo nunui for your continued aloha and support!

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