Star-Advertiser Editorial Urges Governor to Sign SB2682

Don’t Veto Public’s Right to Know
Star-Advertiser Editorial
27 June 2014

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has signaled that he might veto a bill that would require members of powerful state boards and commissions to file financial statements for public disclosure, which could reveal potential conflicts of interest. By failing to promptly sign this measure, the governor is putting the privacy concerns of a limited number of influential individuals ahead of the public interest.

The public interest must always come first. Like the state Ethics Commission and good-government groups such as Common Cause Hawaii, we urge the governor to overcome his reservations and sign Senate Bill 2682 by the July 8 deadline, or let it become law without his signature. If he goes ahead with the rejection, state lawmakers — who unanimously approved this bill in the House and Senate — should override the veto.

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Approval of this bill would make Hawaii’s government more transparent and accountable by increasing the number of powerful boards and commissions whose members are subject to public disclosure requirements. Similar scrutiny, we note, already is endured without harm by numerous parties, including elected officials, candidates for statewide office and department directors. All accept this reasonable disclosure requirement as part and parcel of public service.

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Search for Hawaii’s Outstanding Youth – CYD Heroes – Deadline 6/30/14

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Parents for Righteousness Seminar – July 12 & 19, 2014

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Maile’s 2014 Legislative Wrap-Up – Updated

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Makua Cultural Training Camp July 11-18, 2014

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2014 Ahi Fever in Waianae Fishing Tournament Winners

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“Congratulations to all the winners!” said Senator Shimabukuro. “Congratulations, too, to all the participants and the organizers for another successful tournament.”

WCCH 2014 Candidates Forum July 11 & 12 – Live Broadcast

Tune in July 11 (4-8 p.m.) and July 12 (12 pm to 8pm) to hear from our candidates and their issues.  You’ll be able to text and/or call in your questions, LIVE!  Olelo TV, channel 49.

Tune in July 11 (4-8 p.m.) and July 12 (12 pm to 8pm) to hear from our candidates and their issues. You’ll be able to text and/or call in your questions, LIVE! Olelo TV, channel 49. Senator Shimabukuro will be participating. Click image to enlarge.

Over $94 Million in Improvements to the Leeward Coast Appropriated by the 2014 State Legislature

Updated 6/16/14
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Aloha Friends,

I am pleased to report that the Legislature this biennium has approved more than $94 million for the Leeward Coast to improve infrastructure of areas relating to transportation, education, healthcare, energy and agricultural systems. We also received a half-million dollars for an environmental assessment and to protect the watershed in Makaha Valley.

These investments to our schools, roads, bridges, harbors and natural resources are important to the future of our community. The various projects will help create more jobs, stimulate the economy and continue to build and protect our community.

This session we have received a significant amount of money – more than $24 million – to support our keiki through investments in school and library infrastructure. Nanakuli will get a new public library while various projects are planned for Wai‘anae Elementary School and Wai‘anae High School to improve their buildings. In Makaha, its elementary school will get more than $1 million for ADA access design and construction, and in Kalaeloa, the Youth Challenge Academy will see building repairs and improvements.

I’m also extremely pleased to report that the Legislature this session approved $500,000 for an environmental assessment and to construct a fence line in Makaha Valley to protect the watershed. Even more, improvements will be made to Wai‘anae’s Agricultural Park through the approval of $600,000 for design and construction.

On the Wai‘anae Coast, maintaining and improving our transportation infrastructure is always top of mind. You will be happy to know that we have received $400,000 for design and improvements to help ease congestion along Farrington Highway between Honokai Hale and Hakimo Road. In addition, more than $14 million has been approved to make improvements to bridges in Ma‘ili, Makaha and Nanakuli. Finally, with the approval of $9.5 million, we will soon see construction of a multi-use path from the Waipio Point Access Road to Lualualei Naval Road. Several of these investments will help bring in federal financing and/or reimbursement. (See below for more details about these and other projects)

As your State Senator, I’m committed to working with you and my colleagues to identify and secure essential funding needed to maintain and build our communities to improve the quality of life for our families.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you during another successful legislative session. During the interim, I look forward to speaking with all of you and continuing to work together to achieve greater results. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at senshimabukuro@capitol.hawaii.gov or 808-586-7793.

Mahalo Nui Loa,

Maile Shimabukuro
State Senator
District 21 – Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko ‘Olina, Nanakuli, Ma‘ili, Wai‘anae, Makaha, Makua

Projects approved by the Legislature in 2014 include:

Education

East Kapolei High School
$5 million for design, construction and equipment for new high school; ground and site improvements

Wai‘anae Elementary School
$5 million for plans, design and construction for a new administration building, including ground and site improvements.

Wai‘anae High School
$2 million for plans, designs and construction for various projects, including $500,000 for plans and design to connect two existing Searider Productions Media buildings, and $1.5 million for plans, design and construction to replace existing wooden bleachers with aluminum bleachers.

Makaha Elementary School
$1.5 million for design and construction for ADA access and improvements for Buildings A and B, including ground and site improvements and equipment.

Seagull School Childcare Center
$1.2 million for construction of a childcare center at Kapolei Elementary School

New Nanakuli Public Library
$15.5 million for construction for a new library, including ground and site improvements and equipment.

Cool Schools Initiative
$36m for statewide heat abatement, air conditioning, and other related projects in public schools

Energy & Environment

Abandoned Tires HB2509
$50,000 for the removal of abandoned tires and prevention efforts

Kalaeloa Enterprise Energy Corridor
$7 million for plans, design and construction of an electrical distribution system between Roosevelt Road and Tripoli Road. This project may also include the construction of a service roadway to maintain corridor as required by HECO.

Hawai‘i Maoli
$500,000 grant funds for plans, design, construction and equipment for an environmental assessment and to construct a fence line in Makaha Valley to protect the watershed.

Harbors

Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor
$3 million for plans and design for a new fuel pier facility and other related improvements.

Kalaeloa-Barbers Point Harbor Modifications
$400,000 for plans and design to modify the turning basin, entrance channel and other physical features to improve navigational safety and operational efficiencies.

Transportation

Nanakuli Avenue Crosswalk Improvements
$127,000 for plans, design and construction for a traffic study and the possible relocation of existing crosswalk.

Farrington Highway Improvements between Honokai Hale and Hakimo Road
$400,000 for design and improvements along Farrington Highway for alternative congestion relief and/or safety improvements along Farrington Highway between Honokai Hale and Hakimo Road. This project is necessary to qualify for federal aid financing and/or reimbursement.

Farrington Highway, Ulehawa Stream Bridge
$201,000 for land acquisition for the rehabilitation and/or replacement of Ulehawa Stream Bridge. This project is necessary to qualify for federal aid financing and/or reimbursement.

Farrington Highway, Makaha Bridges
$10 million for construction for the replacement of bridges around Makaha Beach Park to include sidewalks, bridge railings and other improvements. This project is necessary to qualify for federal aid financing and/or reimbursement.

Farrington Highway, Maipalaoa Bridge
$2.5 million for construction for replacement of a pre-stressed tee-beam bridge on Farrington Highway. This project is necessary to qualify for federal aid financing and/or reimbursement.

Health

Wai‘anae Coast comprehensive Health Center (WCCHC)
$500,000 grant to upgrade and expand the emergency services building.

Poi Dogs Popoki
$200,000 for design, construction and equipment for renovation and improvements for Popoki Place in Kapolei, which promotes healthy pets and pet care

Oahu Bikeways
$9,546,000 million for land acquisition, design and construction for a multi-use path from the vicinity of Waipio Point Access Road to Lualualei Naval Road. This project is necessary to qualify for federal aid financing and/or reimbursement.

Economic Development & Job Training

Army Aviation Support Facility
$30,318,000 for plans, design, construction, and equipment for a new Army Aviation Support Facility at Kalaeloa.

Youth Challenge Academy
$340,000 for plans, design and construction for repairs and improvements to building 32.

Wai‘anae Agricultural Park
$600,000 for design and construction for miscellaneous improvements.

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Maile’s 2014 Legislative Wrap-Up

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Free DOE Summer 2014 Food Service

HONOLULU –The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) is announcing its locations for the summer food service program, Seamless Summer Option (SSO). Beginning in early June, the SSO will be available at 59 public schools without charge to all children 18 years and under.  Meals will be served at select locations Monday through Friday (except June 11 and July 4). The SSO is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and was established to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. An eligible school must have 50 percent or more of its regular enrolled students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunches and some type of summer program on campus, but meal recipients do not have to be enrolled in those programs.  Since meal location, service dates and times vary, a list is provided here along with the schools’ phone numbers.  

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“It’s our honor and privilege to continue serving families during the summer with nutritious meals that meet federal guidelines,” says Ray L’Heureux, assistant superintendent for school facilities and support services.  

The Seamless Summer Option is an equal opportunity provider.  For more information, log onto www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp.  

The USDA prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all of part of an individual’s income derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department (not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities).  

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form.  Send your completed complaint form or letter by mail to U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or e-mail at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

About the Hawaii State Department of Education
The Hawaii State Department of Education is the ninth-largest U.S. school district and the only statewide educational system in the country.  It is comprised of 255 schools and 33 charter schools, and serves more than 185,000 students.  King Kamehameha III established Hawaii’s public school system in 1840.  The DOE is in the midst of a range of historic efforts to transform its public education system to ensure graduates succeed in college or careers. To learn more, visit HawaiiPublicSchools.org.

Justice Games 2014 on July 18, 5-9PM at eleven44

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Legal Aid’s 3rd Annual Justice Games

Please join us for Legal Aid’s 3rd Annual Justice Games Scavenger Hunt and Pau Hana Fundraiser.

When:
Friday July 18, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM HST
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Where:
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1144 Bethel St
Honolulu, HI 96813

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Teams will race around Downtown Honolulu solving puzzles and completing challenges to compete for glory and prizes. The race will begin at eleven44 at 6:00pm.

Spectators are welcome to join us for Pau Hana at eleven44 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Watch as teams post photos and updates to our Justice Games Facebook page. Support your team to help them win Fan Favorite and enjoy drinks and pupus.

Sponsors can also purchase clues to help a team solve the most difficult of riddles. Clues can be purchased online before the games at www.justicegames.org until midnight on Thursday July 17th
. These clues will be given to teams at the start of the race.

Check out pictures from last year’s event: Justice Games 2013

Click the link below for more information and to register a team or RSVP for the pau hana event.

Register Now!

I can’t make it

If you have questions about the event please feel free to contact Elise von Dohlen (contact information below).

We look forward to seeing you at Justice Games 2014!

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Kahunui Foster of Waianae High School to Attend Harvard

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Waianae High Student Bound for Harvard; 1st Since 1980
By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, AP
Star-Adv: May 23, 2014

Foster, 18, will be the first from Waianae High to attend Harvard since 1980, according to the college’s registrar’s office.

Foster graduated Friday night at the oceanfront school with a 4.0 grade point average, as one of 11 valedictorians and as the graduation’s master of ceremonies.

The high school hovers near the bottom of the state Department of Education’s performance classification list. Last year’s college enrollment rate was 36 percent, compared with 54 percent statewide.

Going to college was never a question for Foster, who attended Maili Elementary and Waianae Intermediate. But when she scored a composite of 29 on her ACT out of a possible 36, she thought she had a shot at the Ivy League.

“I knew with my grades, extracurriculars and financial background, that my resume looked good,” she said. “I’m Native Hawaiian as well.”

But for the middle child of three daughters, raised by a single mother, Foster knew it wasn’t enough to simply get into an impressive school. She’ll be able to attend Harvard because students from families who earn less than $65,000 a year don’t have to pay any tuition.

Her mother, Deidre Foster, credits her daughter’s success to a competitive nature and an ability to seize opportunities, such as her leadership role in Waianae’s famed media program, Searider Productions.

“She doesn’t like anyone feeling sorry for her,” the mother said. “She wants it to be on merit.”

Foster’s future at Harvard comes as Waianae tries to increase its college enrollment rate.

“In Waianae, we’re struggling with getting kids to even entertain the idea of college,” [Shane] Nakamura [a counselor at Waianae High School] said. The Searider Productions students are in a “school within a school” that makes applying to colleges a requirement, and this year 92 out of 93 students were accepted to a two- or four-year college, Nakamura said.

Foster is happy to inspire students to pursue college. Now that she’s acquired the nickname of “Harvard” around Waianae, underclassmen have been asking for advice on the college application process.

“That’s more than I ever thought I’d ever do for anybody,” she said.

Read the full article on the Star-Advertiser site.

Hula Workshop 6/28/14, 10am-3pm in Nanakuli

Learn the mele and hula of the Wai’anae moku with these well known and respected Kumu Hula from our Westside.
June 28 — 10 am to 3 pm in Nanakuli.

Daylong workshop with the kumu hula YOU select when registering. Limited number of spots available….so……don’t wait….seats are filling up fast!

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AARP Meeting 6/20/14: Get Out the Vote!

From: Rodlyn Brown (rodlynb@juno.com):

Maile, The speaker for this AARP meeting on June 20,2014, will be from the League of Women Voters.  The current President is from Waianae and she too will be at the meeting.

As a non-partisan group we just want everyone to vote.  Please help us get the word out about our meeting and the time & place.  Voting is such an important thing for ALL of us.  Waianae could have a much larger voice than most people think, but we need the people to get out the vote.

AARP June Meeting
Friday, June 20, 2014
9:30AM to 10:30AM
Waianae Satelite City Hall

Coffee and refreshments at 9:30
Meeting starts promptly at 10AM.

 

Please Join Us 6/7/14 at Puu Heleakala Rec Center

Puu Heleakala InvitAloha!

We are inviting you to help us bring play to Oahu children by creating a new play space with Valley of Rainbows, Puu Heleakala Recreation Association, KaBOOM! and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, on Saturday, June 7th!

The new playground will bring more than 1,200 kids in Oahu one step closer to having the childhood they deserve. Built in 1975, the current playground is old and outdated. After many years of heavy wear and tear it was in bad shape. By building the new play space, hundreds of families and children will have an opportunity to come together to enjoy and create quality experiences for years to come.

A playground is more than a playground. It’s a brain-expander, friend-maker and muscle builder. As a key KaBOOM sponsor, Disney supports the nonprofit’s vision to make play central to a child’s ability to grow into a productive adult. Children need a safe place to play every day in order to be active and healthy, something KaBOOM! has been committed to for 16 years. Since 1996, along with its partners, KaBOOM! has built, improved and opened more than 15,000 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers, and served more than six million children. By the end of 2014, Disney and its Disney VoluntEARS will have helped KaBOOM! bring nearly 100 play spaces to communities across North America.

Building this new playground and learning garden—one of many made possible with support from Disney to inspire kids to lead healthier lifestyles—begins early in the morning. Volunteers arrive at an empty site and within hours, they transform the space into a vibrant neighborhood-gathering place. Together, we can give all kids the joyful childhood they deserve and help them grow into healthy and successful adults.

Come witness the transformation for yourself:

Date: Saturday, June 7th

Location: Puu Heleakala Recreation Center
87-169 Helelua Street
Waianae, HI 96792

Parking: Parking available on Helelua, past the Park, follow the signs!

What to Bring: Comfortable shoes, sunscreen and your energetic smile! Tools and equipment still needed, please call if able to assist.

You may join in as a community volunteer for the entire day, or you may visit during any part of the day as an observer. The playground build begins with a kick-off ceremony at 8:30 a.m. and the maile lei untying ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Dinner and entertainment to follow.

Please join us and show that play matters to your community! Form a group of family members (over 16 please), co-workers or friends and join us! Please RSVP to Denice Keli’ikoa at 808.286.7869 or denicek@hawaii.rr.com.

If you are unable to attend in person, we hope that you will show your support for play in Oahu by joining the conversation online on June 7th using the hashtag #playmatters.

Sincerely,

Denice Keli’ikoa, Regina Mass & Curtis Tsuzaki
President/CEO, Board Chair and Board Member
Making Dreams Come True, Valley of Rainbows Puu Heleakala Recreation Association

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Head Start Association of Hawai`i & Outer Pacific (HSAH-OP)

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Hawaii Job Corps Center

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