Senate Confirms DHHL Chair and DOT Director

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March 6, 2015

SENATE CONFIRMS DHHL CHAIR AND DOT DIRECTOR

Deputy Chair and Director also confirmed by State Senate

Honolulu, Hawaii – In a unanimous vote, members of the state Senate confirmed Jobie Masagatani as Chairperson of the Department of Hawaiian Homelands (DHHL) and William Aila, Jr. as Deputy to the Chair of DHHL.

“Chair Masagatani is clearly qualified to serve in this position and we agree that the continuity in her leadership will help stabilize the agency,” said Senator Maile Shimabukuro (D 21st District – Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko‘Olina, Nanakuli, Ma‘ili, Wai‘anae, Makaha, Makua), Chair of the Hawaiian Affairs committee. “We’re confident we will see great things happen under her leadership that will directly and positively impact the lives of Hawaiian home land beneficiaries through Hawaii nei.”

“I’m ready to get started and move forward on the things we’ve already initiated. There’s challenges, as with every agency, but I think it’s going to be a good team,” said Masagatani.

Senators also confirmed Ford Fuchigami as Director of the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Jade Butay as DOT Deputy Director by unanimous vote.

“Ford is highly motivated and a seasoned professional with excellent communications skills, proven leadership abilities, and extensive experience in business development and operations,” said Senator Clarence Nishihara (D 17th District – Waipahu, Crestview, Manana, Pearl City, Pacific Palisades), Chair of the Senate Transportation committee. “Ford will be a definite asset as director of the transportation department.”

Fuchigami said his department is dedicating the next four years to sustainable transportation. “The Governor’s committed to this, we have committed to this and the sustainable community is very excited that DOT is taking the lead in a lot of the initiatives when it comes to clean energy, so that’s the direction that we’re headed,” said Fuchigami.

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Members of the Senate with DHHL Chair Jobie Masagatani and Deputy to the Chair William J. Aila Jr, following their confirmation vote. Click image to enlarge

Members of the Senate with DHHL Chair Jobie Masagatani and Deputy to the Chair William J. Aila Jr, following their confirmation vote.
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Senator Shimabukuro, Chair of the Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs, with DHHL Chair Jobie Masagatani and Deputy to the Chair William J. Aila Jr, following their confirmation vote. Click image to enlarge

Senator Shimabukuro, Chair of the Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs, with DHHL Chair Jobie Masagatani and Deputy to the Chair William J. Aila Jr, following their confirmation vote.
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Tuesday Evenings Moolelo with Anakala Tom Cummings: March 24, April 21, May 19

‘Anakala Tom Cummins will share mo’olelo at hālāwai hosted at the Kamehameha Schools Community Learning Center in Mā’ili.

These hālāwai are intended to help inform ‘ohana and mākua of the value of mo’olelo, which provides self-esteem for keiki, as well as providing a sense of belonging so keiki know who they are and where they come from. The hālāwai provides a place and to begin to tell mo’olelo while recognizing that there are many ways to facilitate mo’olelo through various things and people to tell a mo’olelo about. Most importantly, these hālāwai guide us into the ways of our kūpuna.

THOMAS C. CUMMINGS

Thomas Cummings labels himself a “Storyteller with Stuff”. That is he shows objects of all kinds while telling Hawaiian stories. He will display part of a plant or animal, or a rock or shell–often demonstrating how it functions. His show-and-tell of hand-held “objects” are also seen from a picture or props or replica or specimen; while–whenever possible–it includes elements of taste and smell and audience participation. Why? Because a show and demonstration of “stuff” captures and keeps attention.

Uncle Tom, a native Hawaiian from Maui, for over 40-years in education, has crafted his storytelling skills as a tour guide, Hawai`i DOE school teacher, education cultural specialist at Bishop Museum and Kamehameha Schools. Other agencies he has partnered with include: Field & Wildlife Service, NOAA, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Department of Land & Natural Resources, Polynesian Voyaging Society, Friends of Hokule’a & Hawaiiloa, Alu Like, Queen Liliuokalani Children Center, Peabody Museum, Alaskan Heritage Center.

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Traditional and Customary Rights in Hawaii: Resource Materials and Caselaw

Ho‘ohana Aku, a Ho‘ola Aku: A Legal Primer for Traditional and Customary Rights in Hawai‘I

KA PA`AKAI O KA`AINA VS LAND USE COMMISSION, STATE OF HAWAI`I

Free Income Tax Information Workshop: March 12

Sharing from Saydee Pojas at INPEACE

INPEACE Kūlia and Ka Lama Education Academy would like to invite you to join us at our upcoming FREE Income Tax Information Workshop on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at the Community Learning Center at Maili. At this workshop you will hear from professional tax preparers about a variety of tax related topics to help you to understand and take advantage of valuable tax credits including but not limited to the following:

–          What are the differences between Credits & Deductions?
–          What are the advantages or disadvantages of claiming a standard deduction or itemizing?
–          Valuable Tax Credits (i.e. EITC, Child Tax Credit, Etc.)
–          Education Related Credits (i.e. Lifetime Learning Credit)
–          What are my payment options if taxes are owed?
–          How does the Affordable Care Act (ACT) affect my family and our income taxes?

Also find out about free or discounted tax preparation services. There will also be a time set aside to ask any specific questions you have about income taxes.  Please see attached flyer for more information. Complimentary dinner and child care provided. Registration is required at www.inpeace.eventbrite.com. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Saydee Pojas at saydeep@inpeace.org or by calling (808) 380-4224.

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Washington Internships for Native Students Application Deadline: March 13, 2015

The Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS) Program at American University is now accepting applications from Native Hawaiian students for the Summer 2015.  WINS is a visionary effort founded on the idea that Native students can build leadership skills while living, studying and interning in Washington, D.C. and bring those skills back to their communities.  Students participate in a full-time internship and an intense academic program at American University for 9 weeks. Students receive ALL tuition and fees paid for including round-trip travel between the participant’s home and Washington, D.C., housing during the program, program-sponsored activities, course books, and social activities.  An additional stipend is given to cover meal costs and some personal expenses.

Eligibility:  Native Hawaiian, American Indian, and Alaska Native students enrolled in a college or university as a sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student in good academic standing are eligible to participate. Individuals who completed a degree within the past six months are welcome to apply.  Sophomores must have completed the equivalent of three (3) semesters of fulltime study to be eligible to participate in the program.

  • Summer Program Start and End Date:  May 28, 2015 – August 1, 2015
  • Final Deadline:  March 13, 2015

WEBSITE: http://www.american.edu/spexs/wins/

Safe Teen Driving Sign Waving Campaign for Global Youth Service Day: April 14, 16

Sharing from Denice Keli’ikoa:

Valley of Rainbows and our youth/school groups are coordinating a Safe Teen Driving Sign Waving Campaign for Global Youth Service Day (www.gysd.org) on the following dates:

4/14/15 7am Kapolei HS and Middle School (Kapolei Parkway)
4/14/15 3pm Nanakuli Beach Park
4/16/15 2:30 pm Waianae HS (front of office)

Over 13 elementary, intermediate/middle and high schools are involved. We invite groups, schools and other organizations to join us. Let us know if you’ll be attending. Light refreshments provided. We are working in partnership with HPD Kapolei station. Any questions, let us know via email at denice@valleyofrainbows.org.

Global Youth Service Day is one of the largest youth led community service projects held each year in over 100 countries around the world. Valley of Rainbows is the Lead Agency for the State of Hawaii and have been coordinating GYSD projects for the past 5 years.

HIDOT Farrington Highway Intersection Improvements

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