Legislative Alert – IVF Bill (SB768) Scheduled for Senate Decision Hearing: Monday, March 2, 2015

Legislation introduced by Senator Shimabukuro has been scheduled for a decision hearing before the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.

Monday, March 2, 2015, 1:00 p.m.
Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 211
415 South Beretania Street

SB768 provides insurance coverage equality for women who are diagnosed with infertility by making available to them expanded treatment options, ensuring adequate and affordable health care services.

For more information on SB768, including bill text and to submit testimony, click here for bill status.

The deadline to submit testimony is Sunday, March 1, 2015, at 1:00 p.m.

Although late testimony may be submitted on the day of the hearing, any testimony submitted less than 24 hours prior should also be printed and sent to the WAM chair as a hard copy. In-person testimony will not be accepted at the public hearing.

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 5, 2015

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Thursday, March 5, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
Waianae High School cafetorium
85-251 Farrington Hwy

Waianae Intermediate School Junior Achievement students Visit the Capitol on February 2, 2015

Junior Achievement students from Waianae Intermediate School shadowed Sen. Shimabukuro for a day. From left to right, Keala Judd, Sen. Shimabukuro, and Nanea Meyers.

Junior Achievement students from Waianae Intermediate School shadowed Sen. Shimabukuro for a day. From left to right, Keala Judd, Sen. Shimabukuro, and Nanea Meyers.

High School students shadow elected officials at the Hawaii State Capitol

{Click to enlarge} YES program participants with elected officials.  Elected officials from left to right, Sen. Gabbard, Sen. Kahele, Sen. Nishihara, Sen. Riviere,  Sen. Thielen, Sen. Galuteria, Sen. Wakai, and Sen. Inouye.

{Click to enlarge} YES program participants with elected officials. Elected officials from left to right, Sen. Gabbard, Sen. Kahele, Sen. Nishihara, Sen. Shimabukuro, Sen. Riviere, Sen. Galuteria, Sen. Thielen,  Sen. Wakai, and Sen. Inouye.

{Click to enlarge} From left to right, Stacy Garcia, Sen. Shimabukuro , Verencya Oktaviani, Colleen Teramae, and Lopaka Baptiste take a photon the Senate floor

{Click to enlarge} From left to right, Stacy Garcia, Sen. Shimabukuro , Verencya Oktaviani, Colleen Teramae, and Lopaka Baptiste take a photo the Senate floor.

On January 23, 2015, Maui High School student Verencya Oktaviani, age 17 was selected to shadow Senator Shimabukuro for a day at the state capitol.

Verencya was one of many participants with the International Hospitality Center’s Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Program. The program advances mutual understanding of the United States and countries with significant Muslim populations by bringing students (ages 15-17) to the U.S. to study at a high school and live with a volunteer American host family for up to one year.

International Hospitality Center, founded in 1976, has been honored to receive U.S. Department of State Grantees on the high school level for the past 12 years.

Verencya would like to study astronomy, journalism, or culinary arts.

“As a kid, I was taught that I could be whoever I wanted to be. I used to say I’d teach kindergarten kids, since I love kids. As I grew, I realized how fun it is to make up story plots. That was how I got the idea of being a professional writer. My other passion is astronomy. My plan is to pursue my passion for astronomy in college and then becoming an astronomer – a researcher or a teacher.”

“During my career, I plan on publishing my novels. When I retire I [want to] open a cafe or restaurant that will become a family business. It’s always been my dream to experience an American life. Since Iam in love with culinary, Iwant to know what kind of foods Americans [eat]. I want to learn their culture and introduce my own.”

Waianae Free Pop-Up Legal Clinic: April 11, 2015

Flyer to Public 4.11.2015 Waianae NLC

Legislative Alert – Hawaiian Immersion Language Program Bill (SB778) Scheduled for Senate Decision Hearing: Monday, March 2, 2015

Legislation introduced by Senator Shimabukuro has been scheduled for a decision hearing before the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.

Monday, March 2, 2015, 9:00 a.m.
Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 211
415 South Beretania Street

SB778 Requires and appropriates funds for the department of education to develop an assessment of established statewide performance standards for students in the kaiapuni program. Requires reports to the legislature.

For more information on SB778, including bill text and to submit testimony, click here for bill status.

The deadline to submit testimony is Sunday, March 1, 2015, at 9:00 a.m.

Although late testimony may be submitted on the day of the hearing, any testimony submitted less than 24 hours prior should also be printed and sent to the WAM chair as a hard copy. In-person testimony will not be accepted at the public hearing.

Waianae Hawaiian Civic Club Scholarships for the 2015-2016 School Year

The Wai`anae Hawaiian Civic Club has six scholarship awards for 2015-2016. Each scholarship is for $500 and recipients can receive only one award per school year.

Applicants must :

*be of Hawaiian ancestry and

*have a GPA of 2.5  or better for a graduating high school senior

*3.0 or better, for a current college student.

Preference will be given to applicants who are members in good standing with the WHCC.

Scholarships are in  areas such as Hawaiian studies, health, and technical/vocational programs. Applications and scholarships packets are at Wai`anae Library and Wai`anae Leeward College, or call : 389-0129.

Postmarked deadline is Monday April 20th.

UH West O’ahu’s No’eau Center offers free tax preparation, FAFSA and scholarship assistance

NEWS RELEASE: UH West O’ahu’s No’eau Center offers free tax preparation, FAFSA and scholarship assistance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Feb. 27, 2015

Contacts: Julie Funasaki Yuen
Public Information Officer
(808) 689-2604
julieky@hawaii.edu

UH West O‘ahu’s No‘eau Center offers free tax preparation, FAFSA and scholarship assistance

“Fund Your Future Fridays” workshop series helps students and families with college payment options

KAPOLEIThe University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu Noʻeau Center for Writing, Math and Academic Success is offering a Fund Your Future Fridays workshop series designed to assist current and prospective students, and community members with preparing for and paying for college. All workshops are free and open to the public. The UH West Oʻahu Noʻeau Center is the University’s academic support center and offers testing services, tutoring, and workshops to help students succeed at the University.

The Fund Your Future Fridays workshop series includes workshops in

  • Scholarship writing
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) assistance
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Tax preparation assistance by Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) representatives

The Fund Your Future Fridays workshop series schedule is as follows:

Scholarship Writing Workshop
Friday, Feb. 27
10 a.m.
UH West Oʻahu Noʻeau Center, B203

Maximize your chances of getting a college scholarship! Learn how to write an effective scholarship application essay.

FAFSA Preparation Workshop
Friday, Feb. 27
Friday, March 6
Friday, March 13
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
UH West Oʻahu Noʻeau Center, B203

Learn how to complete the FAFSA to increase your chances of receiving the maximum amount of student aid to pay for college. Bring your most recent tax filing and 2014 W-2 (wage and tax statement), 1099 or 1098 (interest and dividend statement).

Scholarship Workshop
Kamehameha Schools Nā Hoʻokama a Pauahi Scholarship
Friday, March 6
10 a.m.
UH West Oʻahu Noʻeau Center, B203

Learn about the Nā Hoʻokama a Pauahi Program (NHAP) need-based scholarship that is available to students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited post-high school institution in the United States recognized by Kamehameha Schools (KS). In 2014, KS awarded approximately $12 million in scholarships to over 2,200 students.

Scholarship Workshop
Pauahi Foundation
Friday, March 6
Noon
UH West Oʻahu Noʻeau Center, B203

Learn about the Pauahi Foundation’s need-based, academic merit and geographic-based scholarships for college as well as trade and vocational courses. Scholarships are available to the general public.

Scholarship Workshop
Liko Aʻe Native Hawaiian Leadership Program Scholarships
Friday, March 13
10 a.m.
UH West Oʻahu Noʻeau Center, B203

Learn about scholarships offered by the Liko Aʻe Native Hawaiian Leadership Program. Liko Aʻe is committed to serving Native Hawaiian students pursuing higher education through scholarships, mentoring services, internship opportunities and counseling support. Scholarships are offered based on financial need and academic merit.

Tax preparation assistance
Friday, March 6
Friday, March 13
9 a.m. – noon by appointment
UH West Oʻahu Noʻeau Center, B203

Get help completing your taxes from Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) representatives. Call (808) 689-2750 to schedule an appointment or visit the UH West Oʻahu Noʻeau Center in the UHWO Library, B203.

What to bring:

  • W-2, W-2G (wage and tax statements)
  • 1099, 1099-R, 1099-Misc (interest and dividend statements)
  • 2013 federal and state tax returns if available
  • Bank account numbers and bank routing number
  • 1095-A, B, or C (Affordable Care Act statements)

For more information about the Fund Your Future Fridays workshop series, contact the UH West Oʻahu Noʻeau Center at (808) 689-2750 or uhwowc@hawaii.edu. The Fund Your Future Fridays workshop series is sponsored by the UH West Oʻahu Student Affairs Department.

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Pokai Studios

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Kealii Lopez Visits the Capitol

Kealii Lopez and Maile. Lopez is a Wai'anae Coast resident, former Director of DCCA, and currently is a volunteer advocate for Hawaiian rights. Click image to enlarge

Kealii Lopez and Maile.
Lopez is a Wai’anae Coast resident, former Director of DCCA, and currently is a volunteer advocate for Hawaiian rights.
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UH Graduate Student Organization Visits the Capitol

2/3/15 meeting with UH Graduate Student Organization.  L-R: Bret Polopolus-Meredith; Rebekah Carroll; Maile; and Jonathan Dial.  Jonathan Dial is a Mākaha resident. Click image to enlarge

2/3/15 meeting with UH Graduate Student Organization.
L-R: Bret Polopolus-Meredith; Rebekah Carroll; Maile; and Jonathan Dial.
Jonathan Dial is a Mākaha resident.
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Life Foundation Visits the Capitol

2/3/15 meeting with Life Foundation. L-R: Cathy Kapua; Sina Sison; Paul Groesbeck, ED; Maile; Maddalynn Sesepesara Click image to enlarge

2/3/15 meeting with Life Foundation.
L-R: Cathy Kapua; Sina Sison; Paul Groesbeck, ED; Maile; Maddalynn Sesepesara
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Jean StavRue-Pe`ahi Benefit Dinner: March 21, 2015

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Dress For Success Gala: March 21, 2015

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Legislative Alert – Workers Compensation / Impartial Medical Examination Bill (SB803) Scheduled for Senate Decision Hearing: Friday, February 27, 2015

Legislation supported by Senator Shimabukuro has been scheduled for a decision hearing before the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.

Friday, February 27, 2015, 9:00 a.m.
Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 211
415 South Beretania Street

SB803 requires a workers’ compensation impartial exam to be conducted by a doctor whose specialty is appropriate for the injury to be examined in cases where the director of labor and industrial relations appoints a doctor to conduct an exam. Appropriates funds for the purpose of this measure. Effective 01/07/2059.

For more information on SB803, including bill text and to submit testimony, click here for bill status.

The deadline to submit testimony is Thursday, February 26, 2015, at 9:00 a.m.

Although late testimony may be submitted on the day of the hearing, any testimony submitted less than 24 hours prior should also be printed and sent to the WAM chair as a hard copy. In-person testimony will not be accepted at the public hearing.

Legislative Alert – Lobbyist Disclosure Statement Bill (SB1194) Scheduled for Senate Decision Hearing: Friday, February 27, 2015

Legislation supported by Senator Shimabukuro has been scheduled for a decision hearing before the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.

Friday, February 27, 2015, 9:00 a.m.
Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 211
415 South Beretania Street

SB1194 requires the electronic filing of lobbyist disclosure statements. Requires that the filed statements be posted online. Effective 01/07/2059.

For more information on SB1194, including bill text and to submit testimony, click here for bill status.

The deadline to submit testimony is Thursday, February 26, 2015, at 9:00 a.m.

Although late testimony may be submitted on the day of the hearing, any testimony submitted less than 24 hours prior should also be printed and sent to the WAM chair as a hard copy. In-person testimony will not be accepted at the public hearing.

Legislative Alert – Affordable Housing Tax Credit for DHHL Bill (SB785) Scheduled for Senate Decision Hearing: Thursday, February 26, 2015

Legislation introduced by Senator Shimabukuro has been scheduled for a decision hearing before the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 1:00 p.m.
Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 211
415 South Beretania Street

SB785 makes permanent Act 141, Session Laws of Hawaii 2009, which requires the counties to issue affordable housing credits to DHHL. Makes permanent Act 98, Session Laws of Hawaii 2012, which requires the counties to issue affordable housing credits for each residential unit developed by DHHL. Requires that 25% of revenues from any transfer of credits be expended by DHHL for the development of rental units. Effective date June 1, 2050.

For more information on SB785, including bill text and to submit testimony, click here for bill status.

The deadline to submit testimony is Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at 1:00 p.m.

Although late testimony may be submitted on the day of the hearing, any testimony submitted less than 24 hours prior should also be printed and sent to the WAM chair as a hard copy. In-person testimony will not be accepted at the public hearing.

Senate Hawaiian Affairs Committee Confirms Masagatani & Aila, Jr.

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Legislative Alert – Employees Retirement System Bill (SB1324) Scheduled for Senate Decision Hearing: Friday, February 27, 2015

Legislation introduced by Senator Shimabukuro has been scheduled for a decision hearing before the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.

Friday, February 27, 2015, 9:00 a.m.
Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 211
415 South Beretania Street

SB1324 provides statutory authority for the employees’ retirement system administrator to make direct payment to a former spouse of a member of benefits or portion thereof pursuant to valid court judgment, order, or decree. Appropriates money to implement the purposes of this Act.

For more information on SB1324, including bill text and to submit testimony, click here for bill status.

The deadline to submit testimony is Thursday, February 26, 2015, at 9:00 a.m.

Although late testimony may be submitted on the day of the hearing, any testimony submitted less than 24 hours prior should also be printed and sent to the WAM chair as a hard copy. In-person testimony will not be accepted at the public hearing.

Legislative Alert – Protection of Taro Bill (SB774) Scheduled for Senate Decision Hearing: Thursday, February 26, 2015

Legislation introduced by Senator Shimabukuro has been scheduled for a decision hearing before the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 9:00 a.m.
Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 211
415 South Beretania Street

SB774 creates a classification of agricultural public lands entitled “taro lands”. Appropriates funds to the board of land and natural resources to create an inventory of lands classified as taro lands.

For more information on SB774, including bill text and to submit testimony, click here for bill status.

The deadline to submit testimony is Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at 9:00 a.m.

Although late testimony may be submitted on the day of the hearing, any testimony submitted less than 24 hours prior should also be printed and sent to the WAM chair as a hard copy. In-person testimony will not be accepted at the public hearing.