Pililaau Army Recreation Center (PARC)

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Gege Kawelo Memorial Golf Tournament – Registration Extended

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Click image to enlarge. The registration deadline has been extended to the day of the tournament (Oct. 24), and credit cards will be accepted. Click here for more information.

Hawaii 2014 Ballot Measures

Note: Source for the following information: BallotPedia

Five statewide ballot measures are certified for the November 4, 2014 statewide ballot in Hawaii.

The 2014 legislative session began on January 15, 2014 and concluded on May 1, 2014. All five of the certified measures are legislatively-referred constitutional amendments. The state does not allow initiatives or referendums, therefore, measures must be referred by the Hawaii Legislature. Lawmakers can place amendments on the ballot either via a two-thirds vote in both the Hawaii State Senate and the Hawaii House of Representatives during one legislative session or by a simple majority vote in both chambers, held in two successive sessions of the legislature.

Issues that will appear on the ballot include:

Historical facts:

  • Since 1992, an average of four measures have appeared annually on the ballot in Hawaii. Therefore, 2014 is an above-average year based on the number of certified measures.
  • From 1992 to 2013, the number of measures on a statewide ballot has ranged from two to eight.
  • Since 1992, 30 of 40, or 75 percent, of Hawaii ballot measures have been approved by voters.
  • Conversely, 10 of 40, or 25 percent, of measures have been defeated.

On the Ballot

(See also: 2014 ballot measures)
All 5 are Legislatively-referred constitutional amendments (LRCA).

Amendment 1
Requires the disclosure of names of nominees for appointment to state courts

Amendment 2
Authorizes the issuance of bonds for agricultural enterprises

Amendment 3
Increases the mandatory age of retirement for judges and justices to 80

Amendment 4
Permits the appropriation of public funds for private early childhood education programs

Amendment 5
Authorizes the issuance of bonds for loan assistance to dam and reservoir owners

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Sen. Shimabukuro’s OMPO Testimony re Farrington Hwy Realignment Feasibility Study

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WOW! Pizza by the Sea 11/15/14

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Education Update: Construction Projects for Waianae Coast Schools

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Wendy M. Ogawa, Secretary
Nanakuli-Waianae Complex Area
Department of Education
Leeward District Office
601 Kamokila Boulevard Kapolei, Hawaii  96707
(808) 692-8000 (808) 692-7899 (Fax)

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Star-Advertiser: ‘Input Is Sought on Fireworks Plan’ – Comment Deadline 11/28/14

A proposal to shoot off seized pyrotechnics at a site in Nanakuli has some concerned
By Leila Fujimori
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 20, 2014

Nanakuli residents will get a chance to air their concerns this week on a proposal to dispose of a large cache of fireworks — remnants of the fatal 2011 Wai­kele storage bunker explosion — by shooting them off at a property in their neighborhood.

See ‘Sen. Shimabukuro Strongly Opposed to Emergency Permit Request for Treatment and Storage of Waste Fireworks from Grucci and Landowner‘ 10/17/14

The U.S. Department of Treasury tapped Grucci Inc., a professional fireworks display company, to dispose of the fireworks, which were seized after being illegally shipped to Hono­lulu, said Steven Chang, chief of the Department of Health’s Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch.

A public notice ran in Tuesday’s legal ad section of the Hono­lulu Star-Advertiser that said Grucci was seeking an emergency permit to store and dispose of fireworks, but the notice failed to provide any information on a comment period.

The Health Department has until Nov. 28 to receive public comment before it may grant a 90-day permit, which is expected to be renewed for another 90 days, to Grucci to set off 5,400 pyrotechnic devices on a property owned by Robert Hoo­huli at 87-879 Paa­kea Road. Continue reading

Sen. Shimabukuro Strongly Opposed to Emergency Permit Request for Treatment and Storage of Waste Fireworks from Grucci and Landowner

Last updated 10/23/14
[Copy of email sent on 17 Oct. 2014 by Sen. Shimabukuro to Paul Kalaiwaa, Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch, State of Hawaii Department of Health. See earlier post, Plan to Dispose of Fireworks in Wai’anae.]

Paul Kalaiwaa
Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch
State of Hawaii Department of Health
919 Ala Moana Boulevard Room 212
Honolulu, Hawaii, 96814

Re: Emergency Permit Request for Treatment and Storage of Waste Fireworks from Grucci, Inc. (operator) and Robert Hoohuli (landowner)

Dear Mr. Kalaiwaa,

I am writing to voice my strong opposition to the permit request above. I have received a number of negative responses from constituents who feel it is not appropriate to discharge dangerous fireworks from the same batch which resulted in tragic deaths for disposal on the Waianae Coast.

I understand that the intent is that there would be at least one day per month, once the permit is issued, when approximately 900 devices (out of an estimated total of 5,400 devices) would be set off in a manner consistent with “normal” use of these aerial fireworks. I also understand that it would take approximately 6 months (at one day per month) to dispose of all the devices.

Due to residents’ concerns regarding the health and safety implications of fireworks disposal on the Waianae Coast, I urge the Department of Health to reconsider its tentative decision to issue the emergency permit.

Mahalo for your consideration,

Aloha ,

Senator Maile Shimabukuro
District 21
(Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko Olina, Nanakuli, Ma`ili, Wai`anae, Makaha, Makua)
State Capitol, Room 222
415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
808-586-7793 phone
808-586-7797 facsimile
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Twitter: @SenMaile
Blog: http://21maile.com

OMPO Meeting 10/20/14: Makaha Beach Bypass Feasibility Study

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Farrington Highway Realignment Feasibility Study p.22
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We are asking for your help concerning the proposed Makaha Beach Bypass initiative or Farrington Highway Realignment Feasibility Study.

The Farrington Highway Realignment Feasibility Study is a project to evaluate the potential impacts, costs, benefits, and feasibility of realigning Farrington Highway mauka of the Makaha Beach Park. This project was proposed by OahuMPO Policy Committee in 2013.

The project was pegged with an estimated cost of $394,586. 80% Federal, 20% Local (state/city) and tentatively planned to begin in 2015.

On Monday [10/20/14], OMPO (Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization) will be holding a meeting at the State Capitol. One of the items on the agenda for this meeting is to de-prioritize this project and push it back to 2016-2017. (See attached pdf – ‘Revision 1’ for details.) This delay will also increase the cost of the study.

We hope that you will be able to join us at the meeting on Monday to testify for the immediate need and against the delay of this study.

As required for everyone giving an oral testimony, a written documentation for your testimony must be submitted.

Please refer to the attached document ‘OMPO meeting agenda’ for details on the meeting and requirements for testimony. There is a three(3) minute time limit per person.

Everyone who plans to testify must register before the beginning of the meeting, either by phone (587-2015) or in person before the meeting begins. The agenda item to register for is ‘FYs 2015-2016 Overall Work Program Revision 1’.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. We hope to see you on Monday.

Jennifer Fairbank Chillingworth
Executive Director, Pacific Links Hawaii Foundation
Pacific Links Hawaii, LLC
770 Auloa Road
Kailua, HI 96734
Main: (808) 738-9200

UH Alumni Fall 2014 Career Fair 10/21/14

You are invited to the Career Fair!
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Campus Center Ballroom
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Honolulu, HI 96822

The Mānoa Career Center invites alumni to the Fall 2014 Career Fair on Tuesday, October 21, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m., at the UH Mānoa Campus Center Ballroom.

Network with potential employers from local and national organizations and be sure to bring extra copies of your résumé to apply for exciting opportunities!

Click here for more information which includes a list of participating employers.

For disability accommodations or if you have questions, contact us at careers@hawaii.edu or (808) 956-7007.

Sponsored by:
Mānoa Career Center
Careers begin here!

Co-Sponsored by:
Campus Center Board Activities Council

An Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution
For disability accommodations, contact us at 956-7007.

Island Salads Opens in Wai’anae

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See their 5-star Yelp review and their Facebook page.

Locally owned and operated Island Salads recently opened next to Sun Sushi in Wai’anae. Island Salads features salads, sandwiches, wraps, soups, smoothies, homemade ice cream sandwiches and other gourmet items. Check them out!

Island Salads
85-993 Farrington Hwy

Plan to Dispose of Fireworks in Wai’anae

Update 10/17/14: See Sen. Shimabukuro Strongly Opposed to Emergency Permit Request for Treatment and Storage of Waste Fireworks from Grucci and Landowner

[Note 10/15/14: Senator Shimabukuro’s office is looking into this proposal.]

From the Star-Advertiser 10/15/14
Fireworks disposal in Waianae proposed
The devices are part of the cache involved in the blast that killed five men in Waikele
By Leila Fujimori

A professional fireworks display company is seeking an emergency permit from the Department of Health to dispose of 5,400 pyrotechnic devices that remain inside the same Wai­kele storage bunker where five men were killed in 2011 after a fireworks explosion and fire.

Grucci Inc. is proposing to place the devices, or “cakes,” in tubes and fire them off once every month for six months in equal increments at a Wai­anae chicken farm, where the company has performed similar firings before, said Steven Chang, the Health Department’s Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch chief.

That amounts to 900 firework devices or six to seven pallets at each disposal event.

The U.S. Department of Treasury has been storing the confiscated fireworks — remnants from the April 2011 explosion in the storage bunker — as evidence in a case or cases where they had been illegally shipped to Hono­lulu, Chang said. Once they are no longer needed as evidence by the Treasury Department, they are marked for hazardous waste disposal, he said.

Chang said a commercial license is required to fire them off, and they are similar to the fireworks set off at large displays in Wai­kiki.

“We’re not looking at this as a fireworks event,” Chang said.

The Treasury Department contacted Grucci, which employs experts in handling fireworks, to see what the best way to dispose of them would be, he said.

Grucci’s advice: “The best way is to set them off as they are intended to be set off,” Chang said.

Grucci will need to obtain permits from both the Health Department and the Hono­lulu Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Bureau before proceeding.

Councilwoman Kymberly Pine, who represents the Wai­anae area, objects to setting off fireworks in an agricultural area and is still gathering information on the proposal.

“I am really tired of people dumping things in my distract that they don’t want, especially dangerous fireworks,” she said. “It just seems like an inappropriate place to be disposing of dangerous materials.”

“It’s not part of the Land Use Ordinance to blow up fireworks on a chicken farm,” she said.

She said some of the surrounding farms have livestock, which are particularly sensitive to loud noises, and the fireworks disposal can have a negative impact on animals.

Pine also said residents received little notification about the proposal except a public notice placed in the legal ads section of Tuesday’s Hono­lulu Star-Advertiser.

The notice says Grucci and landowner Robert Hoo­huli are seeking a 90-day permit for treatment and storage of waste fireworks at 87-879 Paa­kea Road, and it will allow for ignition of the fireworks.

Read the full article on the Star-Advertiser site.

Kumon Math & Reading Center – Nanakuli H.S.

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Gege Kawelo Memorial Golf Tournament 10/24/14 – Register by 10/15/14

Click here for the latest updates — including the extended registration date.

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Bradah Mel’s 9th Annual Canoe Surfing and Stand-Up Surfing Championships Dec. 2014

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Well it’s another year! I hope everyone is healthy and surfing. We are going on our 9th annual Bradah Mel’s Canoe Surfing and Stand-Up Surfing Championships at the Famous Makaha Surfing Beach! Makaha has always been one of the best places to have an event like this. The weather is great, the atmosphere is all about family, and the waves are epic. When I started this contest 9 years ago, it was to help out my friend and canoe steersman Leighton Look, after he was paralyzed from the neck down in a diving accident. He was a well known waterman and family man. I first met Leighton 30 years ago when we competed against each other as paddlers for different canoe clubs. Then in 99’ I joined the Hui Lanakila Canoe Club, a club that Leighton was one of the founding members, and we paddled together until the infamous day in 2004 when he had his accident. His medical expenses were astronomical. So in 2005 I started my event to try to help in anyway I could. Sadly on August 25, 2008 Leighton passed on. After his passing, I decided to continue on with my event to keep his memory alive. For the pass Six years I have been able to support other programs and events such as the City & County of Honolulu Jr. Lifeguard Program in 2009 & 2010, as well as supporting Hawaii’s 2010 & 2012 Olympic Kayak hopefuls, the Dolan brothers! Then Last year in 2013, I supported the Leeward Kai Canoe Club, of which I was the Open Men’s Coach for 4 years. Leeward Kai CC is a small but strong canoe club based on the West side of Oahu. Their children’s program produces some of the best young paddlers in the state, and it gives the kids something to do after school that teaches them Team Work, Self Pride and a Healthy Life Style!

Over the years, we have seen the competition in canoe surfing and stand-up surfing escalate to unbelievable levels! But the thing that I felt was missing in my event, and so many surfing events, is the teaching of the History of Surfing and the Culture of the Hawaiian people. For these are the sports of the Ali’i. (The sports of Kings.)

So this year we will be having Hawaiian Educational Programs during the event. Of which, every competitor will need to send one or more family members to participate in at least one session! We will be teaching Kalo Pounding, (Poi Pounding.) where they can make Pa’iai (Pre-Poi) to make Poi! Laulau making, to learn how to make it from start to finish! We will have Hat weaving, and Coconut husking and milking, so they will learn where that coconut milk they buy from the store comes from!

Along with the Canoe Surfing and Stand-Up Surfing divisions, last year I added a Long Board and a Sup-Squach division to the event. This year I have been asked by the ITSA to add a Professional and Amateur Tandem division to the event, of which I think will be a great addition.

We are looking for Monetary Donations, as well as products for Prizes and Raffle giveaways. Thank you, very much for your time!

Holding period for the event will be:
December 6th, 7th, 13th, & 14th of 2014.

Mel Puu
(808)478-9086 /Surff79@hotmail.com
P.O.Box 1006 Waianae Hi. 96792

You’re Invited – Huliko’a Kaiaulu Scholar Speaker Series, 10/21/14, 5:30-8PM

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Veteran Designation Available for Hawaii Driver’s License/State ID (10/1/14)





For Immediate Release:  October 1, 2014

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) in cooperation with the counties of Hawaii, Honolulu, Kauai, and Maui are pleased to announce that a veteran designation will be available for Hawaii driver’s licenses, state ID’s, and instruction permits effective October 1, 2014.

Persons who served in any of the uniformed services of the United States and received a discharge other than dishonorable are eligible.  Applicants must provide proof of qualification.  Acceptable documents include:

·        DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty)
·        NGB Form 22 (National Guard Report of Separation from Active Duty)
·        Prior to January 1, 1950 – WD AGO 53, WD AGO 55, WD AGO, 53-55, NAVPERS 553, NAVMC 78PD, NAVCG 553
·        Discharge Certificate reflecting characterization of discharge
·        Verification letter issued by the Veterans Administration
·        Verification letter issued by the Office of Veteran Services

Applicants requiring a DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge, or other Military Documents to verify Veteran and Military eligibility status may go to:

·        www.archives.gov/veterans/military-services-records/  and follow the steps outlined for either an online application request or follow procedures to print, populate, and mail out a Standard Form (SF) 180 request
Applicants may also contact: 
·        National Personnel Records Center:  (314) 801-0800
·        Hawaii State Office of Veterans Services at (808) 433-0420, Tripler Army Medical Center, 459 Patterson Road, E-Wing, Room 1-A103, Honolulu, HI 96819-1522
Applicants whose driver’s license, permit, or state ID’s are not within the renewal period may add the veteran designation by applying for a duplicate by presenting one of the documents listed above.  Regular duplicate fees will apply.
Applicants for new or renewal driver’s licenses, instructional permits, and state ID’s are required to provide the necessary documents for proof of name, date of birth, social security number, principal residence and legal presence status.  See links for details http://hidldocs.com or http://hidot.hawaii.gov/hawaiis-legal-presence-law/ and http://hidot.hawaii.gov/hawaiistateid/.
Customers with specific questions may contact their county driver license/ state ID office at:
County of Hawaii:  961-2222
City & County of Honolulu:  532-7730                      
County of Kauai:  241-4242
County of Maui:  270-7363 (Molokai:  553-9067, Lanai:  565-7878)  


Makaha Hawaiian Civic Club Scholarship Luau 11/30/14

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Community Sign Waving Makaha to Kahe 12/5/14, 7:00-7:50AM

Drive Safely

WAI`ANAE, HI – In an effort to promote safe driving during the holiday season, the members of the Wai`anae Coast Crime Prevention Coalition is doing a one morning sign waving campaign. The emphasis will be on saying no to the 3 D’s – Distracted, Drunk, and Drugged driving.

Please say you will be able to join us on Friday, December 5, 2014, from 7:00 am to 7:50 am from Makaha to Kahe. Let’s show our community how much we care and want them to have a happy holiday.

Contact waianaeccpc@gmail or call 840-0022 to sign up or for more information.