Free Keiki Car Seat Check-Up: April 25, 2015

FREE Keiki Car Seat Check-up on April 25, 2015 at Wai’anae Mall

Is your child’s car seat/booster seat installed properly? Come and get it checked for FREE!

The Law: All children ages 4 – 7 are required to be in a booster seat while traveling in a motor vehicle.

The following must be present:
Your car
Your child
Your child’s car seat to demonstrate proper installation

For more information, contact Ruby Rellin at 697-3548.

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Chuck Wothke Health Career Scholarship 2015: Deadline April 10, 2015

Wai’anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center is pleased to announce the availability of its annual Chuck Wothke Health Career Scholarship 2015.

Deadline to apply is April 10, 2015 at 4:30pm or be postmarked no later than April 10, 2015.  Selections will be announced by May 1, 2015.

If you have any questions, please call 697-3215 or 697-3216.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION

Stacy Garcia Jr. represents Senator Shimabukuro at Consulate General of Canada reception event

March 25, 2015, Stacy Garcia Jr. attended a reception at the Pacific Club celebrating the connections between Hawaii and Canada on behalf of Senator Shimabukuro’s office.

The official visit to Honolulu of the Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco Cassie Doyle and Consulate staff was to welcome newly elected Hawaii Governor David Ige and outline Hawaii’s trade relationship with Canada.

Consulate General Doyle highlighted that Canada is Hawaii’s 2nd largest body of tourist comprising of two million visitors each year. She mentioned our excellent educational exchange programs and close military ties.

Governor Ige shared of his surprise involving the true nature of Hawaii’s close ties with Canada truly are. He also stated how much Hawaii and Canada can gain from one another in the field of alternative energy and the goal of 100% energy independence.

Stacy Garcia takes a photo with Consulate General of Canada Connie Doyle.

Stacy Garcia Jr. takes a photo with Consulate General of Canada Connie Doyle.

Stacy Garcia Jr. attends BIA-Hawaii Stew Challenge event

Stacy Garcia and Jackson Parker (D.R. Horton)

Stacy Garcia and Jackson Parker (D.R. Horton)

Stacy Garcia and Stacy Diplato (BIA) hold sign for 'Thank You Stacy' stew.

Stacy Garcia and Stacy Diplato (BIA) hold sign for ‘Thank You Stacy’ Smile Stew.

Stacy Garcia votes for stew made by Universal Construction Inc.

Stacy Garcia votes for stew made by Universal Construction Inc.

On March 24, 2015, the Building Industry Association of Hawaii (BIA-Hawaii) held its annual legislature Hawaii Stew Challenge at Julies Cafe. Company participants dressed up to epitomize their contest entries with cowboys/cowgirls, Russians, and even theme characters from the Game of Throne series. The stews ranged from traditional to fusion, spicy to mild, and vegetarian to seafood.

Stacy Garcia, legislative aide to Senator Shimabukuro represented her office as a guest and ‘Peoples’ Choice’ judge.

Makua Easter Sunrise Celebration: April 5, 2015 and Cultural Access: April 18 and 26, 2015

Announcement originally appeared in April 2015 issue of Westside Stories

Mākua Easter Sunrise Celebration and Cultural Access

The 18th annual “Mākua Sunrise celebration” will be held on April 5 at 6 am.  All are invited to attend.  Please bring your ‘ohana, a mat or blanket, warm clothes and rain gear or umbrella.  This is a nondenominatinal celebration for the life, love and peace for the ‘aina.  We will start promptly anda  potluck breakfast on Mākua Beach will follow.

The next access into Mākua valley will be on April 18 and April 26 at times to be determined.  Meet inside the main gate of Mākua Military Reservation (MMR).  Wear covered shoes and sun protection.  Bring ID, water, snacks or lunch.

For more information on the Mākua Easter Sunrise, contact Leandra Wai at 696-2823.

For more information on Mākua Cultural Access, call Vince Dodge at 478-6492 or Fred Dodge at 696-4677 at least 4 days prior to verify the times of the access and to reserve a spot to attend.

Women of Waianae 2015 Scholarship Applications: Due April 20, 2015

Women of Wai’anae’s (WOW) 2015 scholarship applications are available online, at Wai’anae Public Library, and at Leeward Community College – Wai’anae Campus (front desk).

For Wai’anae Coast Non-Traditional Students

Our yearly goal is to provide 10 scholarships to non-traditional students on the Wai’anae Coast. Depending on the amount of money the organization raises throughout the year, the scholarships vary. This year the awards range from $500 to $2,000. We offer three different types of scholarships:

  • Grand Winner
  • Runner Up Awards
  • Holomua Award

Download your form now by clicking:  GET YOUR APPLICATION NOW!

  • Applicant must have originated from and live in Wai’anae, and be a non-traditional college or trade school student

  • Further requirements and deadline will be found on the application.

 **Only 2015 Application Forms will be accepted.**

Senator Maile Shimabukuro on the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hawaii

Hawaii State Senator Maile Shimabukuro on the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hawai’i

NFL YET Hawai’i Boys & Girls Club Nānākuli youth interviewed Senator Shimabukuro on Opening Day.

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NPAC and Robin Kitsu Featured on Milken Educator Award Website

Original story posted on Milken Educator Awards website at: http://www.milkeneducatorawards.org/connections/articles/view/robin-kitsu-program-builds-confidence-dreams-for-at-risk-students

Program Builds Confidence, Dreams for At-Risk Students

Robin Kitsu, a 2001 Milken Educator Award winner from Hawaii, has created a life-changing performing arts program for students – many of whom have faced roadblocks like poverty and substance abuse.

Nanakuli High and Intermediate School, tucked away in a small community on the west side of O‘ahu, at one time had the reputation of being the “worst” school in the state. But Robin Kitsu’s (HI ’01) work leading an after-school program – the Nanakuli Performing Arts Center (NPAC) – has turned that around for countless students.

Since he started the center nearly 25 years ago, Kitsu has tirelessly coordinated program funding, schedules and performances. Students in grades 4 through 12 from across the region voluntarily participate in performance areas like drama, multimedia and video production.

His students have won state and national awards for their plays, newspaper and video news program – all of this in a school where the drop-out and poverty rates are high.

An astonishing 90 percent of students who participate in NPAC graduate from high school and go on to higher education.

The idea for NPAC goes back to when, as a young boy, Kitsu would share in his mother’s passion for performing arts. She was a dancer and an actress in Japan.

“As far back as I can remember, my mother and I would watch old musicals featuring Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, and I remember how we would talk about why each dance number was done well or not,” he said. “I always had a passion for the performing arts.  It was a goal of mine to work at a school that did not have a performing arts program and to develop one.”

This passion led to his participation in band throughout primary school and later to the performance of literature speech courses and productions in college. The self-assurance he gained through those pursuits laid the groundwork for NPAC’s purpose today.

Kitsu’s goal for NPAC is to leverage performing arts to help students develop self-confidence, positive character traits, and improve academic and other skills, such as communication and problem solving, needed for life after high school.

With a high rate of students from NPAC going on to enroll in college, he’s been very successful with that ambition since the program started in 1991.

Kitsu, or, “Mister” as he’s known to his students, said a big reason for that is because he makes a point to promote post-high school education. Program “alumni assistants” who are enrolled or have already graduated from college return to volunteer and serve as role models.

“[It] just reaffirms the benefits of college,” he said. “They talk about college life, they talk about the advantages, they talk about the challenges. When you have students from grades 4 to 12 hearing this each year, I think that helps to plant the seed that college is something that’s beneficial and fun.  We stress to all of our students to find their passion and we explain how college will help them develop it.”

One alumni assistant, Talitiga Ulufale, said he wouldn’t have graduated if it weren’t for “Mister” and the program.

“I probably would have been behind bars,” Ulufale said in a 2011 PBS Hawaii documentary highlighting NPAC. “But after seeing this outlet for kids like me … I believe in this program. It will help you graduate, help you be a better person and prepare you for the real world more than anything else.”

There are also guest speakers, tutoring and other kinds of academic assistance. But more than any other factor, Kitsu said the confidence developed through the program is a “tremendous reason why the students go on to college.”

“If they know that they can learn to sing, act and dance on stage in front of an audience, then nothing is impossible,” he said. “The skills they learn and apply in NPAC are the same skills needed to succeed in college.”

NPAC is now a sought-after program with up to 75 new students joining each school year, some of them going to great lengths to participate.

“What’s amazing is that many of the students who come from other schools have to travel miles to get here,” Kitsu said. “In fact, we have two students who catch two buses and walk a mile to get here and then have to do the same to go home; that’s pretty impressive.”

Another important factor in the program’s staying power? The message of equality.

“Our philosophy is that everyone is important and that it doesn’t matter if you are chorus or ensemble, you are as important as the lead,” said Kitsu, adding that no one needs to audition to participate. “You can have two left feet or be tone deaf, it doesn’t matter. Creating this accepting culture allows students to try new things and make mistakes and grow.”

Student Samuel Hedin said before joining the program as a freshman, he was “closed off and lonely.” NPAC changed all of that.

“I can’t really describe the feeling of your first performance,” Hedin said. “It’s one of those things you would say is one of your greatest accomplishments.”

Academics are also an important part of NPAC. Students develop skills in reading, math and social studies through the production process by reading scripts, researching characters or themes and applying math concepts in the creation of sets.

Plus, they have to maintain a good grade point average to stay in the program. But Kitsu said it really all comes back to confidence building.

“Being successful in NPAC gives them the confidence to do the work in their core content subjects,” he said.

Kitsu was honored with the Milken Educator Award in 2001 in large part due to his incredible work with NPAC. He said the award has given the program more credibility and recognition.

“Winning the Milken [Award] brought a sense of pride not only to the NPAC members but to the community and the school,” said Kitsu. “I’ve been involved in more leadership roles at the school, such as curriculum coordinator, literacy coach and teacher mentor. I think it does provide credibility when giving testimonials or promoting ideas in education.”

NPAC is a challenging, yet rewarding, endeavor for Kitsu. So, what keeps him motivated?

“To see a student who is so shy and lacking confidence at the beginning of the year, but by the end of the year is singing and dancing on stage in front of hundreds of people – that is the kind of growth that keeps me going,” he said.

Over the years, Kistsu and his students have successfully produced and performed a variety of dramatic and musical productions. There was Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” (they were the first group to produce the musical in the state of Hawaii) and “Rent, the School Edition,” to name a few.

In 2011, NPAC was selected as one of 62 schools to perform at the American High School Theatre Festival at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland– “a once in a lifetime, and humbling experience,” said Kitsu.

From parents and families helping with meals, working concessions, and supporting their children, to community members watching the performances, Kitsu has witnessed the power of NPAC to bring the community together. Another big source of motivation for Kitsu is his family. His wife, Michelle, assists with costumes and his daughter, Chloe, has participated in the program since she was 4 (she’s now 12).

“I couldn’t do it without their support,” he said.

Visit the NPAC’s website to see photos and watch videos of their performances. “Like” them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @nyapa to show your support!

Robin Kitsu also serves as curriculum coordinator and Title I supervisor for Nanakuli High and Intermediate School.  

2015 Kaahele Waianae Challenge: April 18, 2015

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Pūnana Leo o Wai‘anae and Ka Papahana o Māilikūkahi are proud to present our 2015 Ka’ahele Wai’anae challenge which will be held on Saturday, April 18. We encourage your kula to enter a two-person team to participate in this half-day adventure challenge which aims to embrace and uphold our mission statement “E ola ka ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i – The Hawaiian language shall live”.

Approximately 25 two-person teams will gather at Mā‘ili Beach Park for instructions and receive clues in ʻōlelo Hawai‘i which will take them to various locations on the Wai‘anae Coast to complete physical and mental challenges tied to the mo‘olelo of each place. This year, our Ka‘ahele Wai‘anae competition will end with a Ho‘olaule‘a at Mā‘ili Beach Park that will include performances from our community schools, food trucks, local craft vendors and artisans, and an awards ceremony that all highlight the ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i movement here in Waiʻanae. Priority registration deadline is April 1 ($50/team). Late registration deadline is April 13 ($60/team).

To register on-line and pay be credit card, go to:

 

Calabash & Cooks: April 18, 2015

2015 Calabash & Cooks Fundraiser to benefit Mālama Learning Center
Saturday, April 18, 2015, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Kapolei High School Plaza

Pre-sale Prices:
$35 general admission
$25 student (must present student ID upon entry)
$20 Keiki (ages 5-12; ages 4 and under are free)
$75 VIP

VIP Ticket Includes:
-Early access to the event (5pm)
-Exclusive invite to Chef Collaboration Meet & Greet with Chef Zach Sato & Chef Mark Noguchi from 5-5:30pm
-Access to VIP Lounge
-Special VIP collaboration dish

For more information, call (808) 305-8287, email info@malamalearningcenter.org or see our website: http://www.malamalearningcenter.org.

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Waianae Satellite City Hall Closed on March 30

Monday, March 23, 2015
Contact: Mayor Caldwell’s Press Office: 768-5768 (cell 489-0341)

Wai‘anae Satellite City Hall to temporarily close on Monday, March 30

Wai‘anae – The Wai‘anae Satellite City Hall, located within the Wai‘anae Neighborhood Community Center at 85-670 Farrington Highway, will be closed on Monday, March 30, due to a planned interruption of electrical power to the facility.

The nearest alternate Satellite City Halls are located at Kapolei Hale and Pearlridge Center. Customers also are encouraged to use online services and the mail whenever possible. For information on services and locations, please visit http://www.honolulu.gov/csd.html.

The Wai‘anae Satellite City Hall is scheduled to reopen for normal business on Tuesday, March 31.

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Nanakuli Student Accepted Into American Music and Dramatic Academy (AMDA)

Nānākuli High and Intermediate School junior, Daphnei Matelita Hussein has been accepted into a summer conservatory program for vocal music which is held by the American Music and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in Los Angeles.

At NHIS, Daphnei has been involved with Nānākuli Performing Arts Center (NPAC), JROTC, and News Media for Hiki No. She has also participated in Brown Bags to Stardom competition, placing third as a sophomore and second as a junior.  She has also marched in the NHIS Homecoming parade, sang the National Anthem at Varsity football games, and served on the Blood Drive Committee.

To assist Daphnei with scholarship funding for the AMDA, visit http://www.gofundme.com/DaphneiToAMDA.

Donations can also be made to the Nānākuli Performing Arts Center (NPAC):

Nānākuli Performing Arts Center
89-980 Nanakuli Avenue
Waianae, HI 96792

Women of Waianae to be Honored by Hawaii Women Lawyers: April 17, 2015

On April 17, 2015, Women of Waianae (WOW) will be presented with the Hawaii Women Lawyers’ (HWL) President’s Award at HWL’s Annual Awards Reception.

Women of Waianae will be presented with the Hawaii Women Lawyers’ President’s Award

Women of Waianae will be presented with the Hawaii Women Lawyers’ President’s Award

More information about WOW’s award can be found in the attached excerpt from HWL’s newsletter. WOW is very grateful for this honor, as well as the generous financial and in-kind support they have received from HWL to support their scholarship fundraisers.

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2015 Contest to Promote STEM Innovation in Public Middle Schools: Apply May 4-June 12

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Northrop Grumman Foundation today announced it is launching an online contest to encourage today’s students to become tomorrow’s innovators by creating classrooms and science labs that inspire. The Fab School Labs contest is open to public middle schools and will make five grants of up to $100,000 available to five winning schools to fund a school lab makeover.

Northrop Grumman Foundation Launches Middle School Contest to Promote STEM Innovation

Beginning May 4 and continuing through June 12, 2015, teachers, principals and school administrators can enter their eligible school by visiting www.FabSchoolLabs.com, where they can learn about the contest and submit their application, along with photos and video to help tell their story. Semi-finalist schools will be chosen and their videos will receive online votes of support to assist with the final selection process. The winning schools will team up with Fab School Labs contest partner Flinn Scientific Inc. to design a state-of-the-art lab complete with all of the tools, resources and furnishings needed.

Fab School Labs contest gives schools funding to create a first-class STEM learning environment

The contest is designed to drive students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by giving public middle school teachers and school administrators the chance to create the STEM lab of their dreams and give students access to the latest learning tools and technologies that will stimulate as well as teach. Continue reading

NextEra Energy and Hawaiian Electric Companies Open House: April 15, 2015

NextEra Energy and Hawaiian Electric Companies to Host Open House Informational Meetings Across Hawai‘i
Public Invited to Provide Input and Learn More about NextEra Energy and How Proposed Merger with Hawaiian Electric Industries Will Advance a More Affordable Clean Energy Future for Hawai‘i
Open Houses Scheduled from April 7 through April 16.

April 15, 2015 – 5:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m.
WEST O‘AHU
Kapolei High School
Cafeteria
91-5007 Kapolei Parkway
Kapolei, HI 96707

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Robin Kitsu of Nanakuli Performing Arts Center Visits the Capitol

On March 23, 2015, the state Senate honored Diamond Head Theatre on its 100th Anniversary.  In attendance was Robin Kitsu of the Nānākuli Performing Arts Center (NPAC), who came to support one of the honorees, Hawaii actress Loretta Ables Sayre.  Sayre has mentored NPAC students over the years, and took them under her wing during part of NPAC’s historic trip to Scotland.

On March 23, 2015, Robin Kitsu of the Nānākuli Performing Arts Center came to the Capitol to congratulate HI actress Loretta Ables Sayre, who was honored by the Senate. L-R: Senator Shimabukuro and Robin Kitsu Click image to enlarge

On March 23, 2015, Robin Kitsu of the Nānākuli Performing Arts Center came to the Capitol to congratulate HI actress Loretta Ables Sayre, who was honored by the Senate.
L-R: Senator Shimabukuro and Robin Kitsu
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For more information about NPAC, visit: http://www.nhispac.com/

Photos from the floor presentation honoring Diamond Head Theater:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/hawaiisenatemajority/sets/72157651549629375/

Information about Loretta Ables Sayre from Wikipedia:

Early life and career

Ables Sayre was born in Stockton, California to a Filipino father and a mother of mixed Asian and European descent. She has an older sister and brother. Her father was 25 years older than her mother, and eventually the couple divorced. Her mother remarried, and Ables Sayre has two younger half-siblings. She was raised in Hawaii after her stepfather, who was in the United States Navy, was transferred there when Ables Sayre was six years old. She attended Pearl Harbor Elementary School, Aliamanu Intermediate, and Admiral Arthur W. Radford High School in Honolulu, participating in school plays and choirs. As a small child, inspired by her mother’s Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan recordings, Ables Sayre already knew that she wanted to become a singer.

Ables Sayre began to build her singing career immediately after high school while working in hotel jobs. She soon became the opening singer for a hotel performer’s act. In 1979, she sang with Hawaiian musicians Kapono and Keola Beamer on the local pop hit Honolulu City Lights and at the Reef Hotel in Waikiki. In 1981, she became the opening act for comedian Andy Bumatai at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. She went on to perform Jazz and R&B standards at hotels, clubs and conventions throughout the Honolulu-Waikiki area.

In 1985, with Honolulu Theater for Youth, Ables Sayre appeared in Song for the Navigator, which toured Micronesia, Australia and throughout the U.S., including performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In 1989, she played Effie White in the Hawaiian production ofDreamgirls at the Hawaii Theater.[2] The same year, she became the featured vocalist at the Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki, where she performed for 10 years. She was voted “Favorite Female Vocalist” by the readers ofHonolulu Magazine in 1993 in its “Best of the Best” issue.

Television, commercials and recent years

Ables Sayre has appeared in various television series filmed on location in Hawaii. She guest starred in the detective series Magnum, P.I., played Parissima Macadangdang in The Byrds of Paradise, and had a recurring role, Aunty Jackson inBaywatch Hawaii. She was Nannie Lee inHawaii (2004), appeared in North Shore(2004) and played the recurring role of Kai’s Auntie in Beyond the Break (2006–2007). She lends her voice to PBS Hawaii and has had additional roles in various local TV shows. In commercials, she played waitress Loretta in the Bank of Hawaii series of commercials called “Harry and Myra” and commercials for State Farm, the Hawaii State Department of Health, Oceanic Time Warner and others. Her voice-over work includes commercials on radio and TV.

Ables Sayre headlined at the Kahala Mandarin Oriental hotel from 1999 to 2006. There, she performed as the opening act for New Year’s Eve concerts by such performers as The Four Tops (2000), James Brown(2001), The Beach Boys (2002) and Kenny Loggins (2003). Ables Sayre released a CD, Dreamy, in 2001, which was nominated for a Na Hoku Hanohano Award. She first starred in the lead role of Pua Ma Lusa in the 2002 Diamond Head Theatre production of musical You Somebody by Lee Cataluna andKeola Beamer. She reprised this role in 2007, winning the Hawaii State Theater Council’s Po’okela Award for Leading Female in Musical.

In 2008, she debuted on Broadway as Bloody Mary in South Pacific. For her performance, she was nominated for Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical and also won the 2008 Theatre World Award.

3rd Annual Kahumana Farm Festival: May 16, 2015

SAVE THE DATE!!
3rd Annual Kahumana Farm Festival
“Planting Seeds of Hope”

It’s that time again! Our 3rd Annual May Festival is happening on May 16, 2015. This year we’re gathering around the theme of “Planting Seeds of Hope”  in our children, homeless families, and   communities who’ve always dreamed of growing food together but never had land   or resources accessible. The   theme also reflects Kahumana’s plan this year to open up new farm fields in   our transitional housing site for our residents.  

The farm festival is held yearly as a way to   celebrate and mark Hawaii’s growing organic food and local sustainability   movement.  Last year over 1,200 community members from all over the   island attended our event and we expect participation to grow this year. This   event is free and open to the public. Families can learn about organic   farming, healthy eating, celebrate the diverse cultural heritage of Hawaii,   and help us plant the seeds of hope right here in Wai’anae or wherever they   live by supporting local organic farming.

There will be delicious and   nutritious local food and produce,  keynote speakers on traditional   foods and agriculture, hula performances, live music featuring Ka’ala Boys,   Bluez Tribe, and Backward Shaka just to name a few. There will also be   various workshops, fun activities for our keiki, yoga, community seed   exchange and much more!

Vendor Info

Below is a link to download our vendor form. If you are interested please mail it back to us with your payment. Please take note of the early bird special as there will be a late fee. If you know of others who might be interested in selling crafts, snacks or would like to do a workshop please pass on this email. We are asking that all crafts/snacks/workshops stay as organic, healthy and local as possible. If you have more questions please feel free to call me.

Volunteer Info

If you or a group/organization you know would like to volunteer we welcome you to call our office and sign-up for the committee you are most interested in. We would be pleased for you to join the team. Lunch and Kahumana t-shirt will be provided in exchange for your services.

Interested in being a Sponsor? or know anyone that might be interested?

We would like to invite you to join our growing list of sponsors for the event. We welcome whatever monetary or in-kind donation you may be able to offer us in the support of this event. Attached is a list of sponsorship levels.

We believe that this event can serve to promote local businesses and organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life in our community. Furthermore, this event promotes local sustainable agriculture and healthy lifestyles for the Waianae coast community.

Kahumana is a 40 year old non-profit and is a registered 501(c)3 organization and will provide sponsors with tax deductible donation receipts.

Download Vendor Form here

Download Sponsorship Letter here

DOE Spotlight: Waianae High School

From the Hawaii State Department of Education:

Aloha! We’re taking a closer look at some of the standout schools in the 2015 College & Career Readiness Indicators (CCRI) report, which looks at the performance of the Class of 2014 across a variety of key measurements, including proficiency, graduation, college-going and dual enrollment rates.

Here we profile Waianae High School:

http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/CCRI15-Waianae-High.aspx

Donalyn Dela Cruz
Director, Communications and Community Affairs Office
Hawaii State Department of Education

Board Members’ Finances to Become Public in June 2015

Susan Essoyan, in “Officials’ Finances Public in June” (Star-Advertiser, 23 March 2015), reports that “the state Ethics Commission will make public the detailed financial disclosure forms of members of 15 boards and commissions in June rather than next year.” This public disclosure is a direct result of Act 230, which became law on 8 July 2014. Act 230 was created from SB2682, which was introduced by Senator Maile Shimabukuro in 2014.

The following are excerpts from Essoyan:

“The long form requires filers to list sources and amounts of income for themselves, their spouses and dependent children, along with ownership of businesses, debts, creditors and real property, except their homes. Dollar amounts may be in broad ranges rather than precise figures. Filers also must list officerships or directorships, as well as clients represented before state agencies.”

“Only short forms are required in odd-numbered years. Short forms allow filers to check a box indicating there were no changes from the previous year’s filing, rather than listing details of their holdings…. If they file a short form that refers to the previous year’s filing, that previous filing will be made public.”

“The goal of making the forms public is to allow more people to monitor the disclosures for potential conflicts of interest. The Ethics Commission isn’t equipped to keep tabs on all the activities of commissions and their board members, [Les] Kondo [the commission’s executive director] said.”

Financial disclosures will be made public for the following boards and commissions:

  • Board of Regents, University of Hawaii
  • Agribusiness Development Corp.
  • Board of Agriculture
  • State Ethics Commission
  • Hawaii Community Development Authority
  • Hawaiian Homes Commission
  • Housing Finance and Development Corp.
  • Board of Land and Natural Resources
  • Land Use Commission
  • Legacy Land Conservation Commission
  • Natural Area Reserves System Commission
  • Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii
  • Hawaii Public Housing Authority
  • Public Utilities Commission
  • Commission on Water Resource Management

Read the full article on the Star-Advertiser site.

Hawai’i Farmers Union United

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