Annual Oahu Open Studios Seeking Artists – Deadline to Register 8/31/14

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From: Christine Ho
Date: Friday, July 11, 2014

The 1st Annual Oahu Open Studios is seeking artists from the Leeward side. This event has run successfully in Maui for the past 4 years. It’s basically like a First Friday, but instead it’s a weekend event:

  • Leeward /Waikiki Honolulu artist open studios: Weekend of Dec 6th,7th
  • Windward /Central artist open studios: weekend of Dec 12th,13th

Artists interested in exhibiting in December, click here.

Deadline to register: August 31

Earlybird deadline: July 22

Invitation: Evening Under the Stars Benefit Dinner 9/20/14, 4-8pm

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From: Elysa Ermatinger
Date: Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 1:12 PM
Subject: INVITATION: Evening Under The Stars Benefit Dinner for Hoa Aina O Makaha


It is a real pleasure to extend to you this invitation to share Evening Under the Stars Benefit Dinner with us to celebrate 35 years of working with our community. Hoa ‘Āina O Mākaha shares a special place in the hearts of many people in our Wai‘anae Coast community, our extended O‘ahu community, and worldwide. Please join us for a farm-to-table dinner by TOWN restaurant’s Chefs Ed Kenny and Dave Caldiero; silent auction; farm tours led by our keiki; hula halau performances; and personal testimonies from former students and friends.

The event information is as follows:

Saturday, September 20th, 2014
Hoa ‘Āina O Mākaha
4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Aloha/Farm Chic Attire

The cost of a sponsor table is $5,000, a patron table is $3,000, a friend’s table is $1,000, and an individual ticket is $150. We hope that you can join us for this wonderful evening to enjoy the land, great food, and great company.

Hoa ‘Āina O Mākaha is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all net proceeds from this event will go to support the continuation of our program and work with the community.

Please send the attached RSVP with your payment no later than September 1st, 2014 to the following address:

Hoa ‘Āina O Mākaha
84-766 Lahaina St.
Waianae, HI 96792

For additional information or questions, please email Elysa Ermatinger at

We thank you in advance for your support and hope to see you at the celebration!

Sincerely Yours,
Gigi Cocquio & Elysa Ermatinger
Event Chair(s)

Elysa Ermatinger
Program Coordinator
Hoa Aina O Makaha
84-766 Lahaina St.
Waianae, HI 96792

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KITV4: ‘Vacancies on State Boards and Commissions Rise to 26’

Updated 7/15/14

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KITV4 – 7/14/14

Required Financial Disclosures Trigger Growing Exodus of Board Members

HONOLULU —Senator Maile Shimabukuro authored the bill that requires 15 additional state boards and commissions to make their financial disclosures public.

But she calls the more than two dozen resignations an unintended consequence.

“I am surprised that the numbers are so high,” said Shimabukuro.

The disclosures are something that lawmakers and certain state workers are required to do in the name of transparency.

Groups like Life of the Land, Common Cause and the League of Women Voters have pushed for improved accountability for years.

The financial disclosure forms include information about investments and debt that the groups say can be easily found just by Googling.

“The one thing that Google does not have is the conflicts of interest where you are making money from a certain source, and you are making rulings that affect that is the one thing. That is difficult to find on Google, that is the one thing that this bill would disclose,” said Life of the Land’s Henry Curtis.

The latest exodus of board members includes four from the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii that leaves a nine-member board with five– just barely enough for quorum.

Last week the list of resignations included five members from the State Land use Commission, leaving the nine-member board with just three members.

There were also four departures from the Agribusiness Development Corporation and the four resignations from the University of Hawaii Board of Regents.

Similar bills to require the public disclosures were vetoed by previous administrations. Gov. Neil Abercrombie let the bill go into effect without his signature.

Life of the Land wasn’t surprised about the departures, but said the new law is about accountability at all levels.

“Why should the regents be protected, but the deans disclose? it makes no sense.” said Curtis.

Curtis would like to see the law expanded to cover boards like the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii which handles millions of dollars of contracts every year.

Shimabukuro hopes that the governor can reach fill the vacancies as soon as possible.

“There was an outpouring of support this legislation, so hopefully going forward, we will see stability, so the public knows going forward that this is a requirement. Hopefully, all this will pass,” said Shimabukuro.

The state ethics commission had planned to release current financial information for members sitting on boards and commissions online Monday.

But according to Les Kondo, of the state ethics commission, the state attorney general said releasing information that was previously private, would be improper.

The commission is expected to take up the matter at its meeting next week.

Read the article on the KITV4 site.