PlayRugby USA Delegation visits WIS

Former New Zealand “All Blacks” team member Charles Reichelmann works with WIS students.

Former New Zealand “All Blacks” team member Charles Reichelmann works with WIS students.

Dallen Stanford of PlayRugbyUSA poses with students from WIS

Dallen Stanford of PlayRugbyUSA poses with students from WIS.

Former New Zealand “All Blacks” team member Frank Bunce works with WIS students.

Former New Zealand “All Blacks” team member Frank Bunce works with WIS students.

Rugby delegation poses with After School All Stars program managers.

Rugby delegation poses with After School All Stars program managers.

All Blacks players and the DOE participate in planning luncheon session at the State Capitol

All Blacks players, DOE, OHA and other government officials  participate in planning luncheon session at the State Capitol

NZ Deputy Consul General Annette Franklin and Former NZ All Blacks Rugby Team Player Walter Little. I think the kids at WIS particularly enjoyed working with Mr. Little --- because he was such a huge jolly guy! Definitely the largest of the 3 rugby folk.

NZ Deputy Consul General Annette Franklin and Former NZ All Blacks Rugby Team Player Walter Little. I think the kids at WIS particularly enjoyed working with Mr. Little — because he was such a huge jolly guy! Definitely the largest of the 3 rugby folk.

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PlayRugby USAsent a delegation to Oahu from February 17-18 to promote the sport of rugby in afterschool programs as a way to develop youth by strengthening character, conditioning, community, and academic commitment by integrating the core values of the sport into a distinct and inclusive team sports experience. Prior to arriving in Hawaii the delegation also visited California and Nevada.

The visit was coordinated by Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz, who had a close friendship with New Zealand Consul General Rob Kaiwai.  PlayRugby USA Los Angeles Program Manager Dallen Stanford also helped coordinate the delegation’s visit to Hawaii.

Along with the New Zealand Consul General’s office and representatives from PlayRugbyUSA, the delegation included 3 former players of New Zealand’s “All Blacks” national rugby team – Walter Little, Frank Bunce and Charles Reichelmann.

Sen. Dela Cruz searched for a Leeward Coast school to hold an all-day session with the delegation to demonstrate how rugby could be incorporated into afterschool programs. On extremely short notice, Waianae Intermediate School was able to accommodate the delegation with use of their field.

The PlayRugby USA representatives and rugby players spent the day working with teachers, administrators, and coaches from WIS and different OIA schools, as well as rugby coaches in other communities –  sharing information about their program. They also worked with WIS students in the After School All Stars program teaching them about rugby and engaging in a few games of flag (non-tackle) rugby. All involved had a great time and positive experience. Sen. Shimabukuro and OHA sponsored a bento lunch for the delegation and the visitors from other OIA schools — the first bento lunch for the New Zealand rugby players!

Sen. Dela Cruz and Sen. Shimabukuro enjoyed fellowship with the delegation that evening at the New Zealand consul general’s residence. Also in attendance were MA`O Farms’ Gary & Kukui Maunakea-Forth – Gary is a former rugby player from New Zealand.

On Wednesday, February 18, the New Zealand/Rugby delegation visited the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Hawaii State Capitol. The Senator Shimabukuro and Consul General Kaiwai hosted a lunch for the group and continued discussion on incorporating rugby into afterschool programs in Hawaii and the United States.

For more information about PlayRugbyUSA, visit www.playrugbyusa.com

From KHON2: Former sumo wrestler appeals to community in wake of burglaries

Reported by KHON2 on March 16, 2015.  Original story can be accessed here: http://khon2.com/2015/03/16/former-sumo-wrestler-appeals-to-community-in-wake-of-burglaries/

Former sumo wrestler appeals to community in wake of burglaries
By Manolo Morales
Published: March 16, 2015, 6:50 pm

Former sumo wrestler Salevaa Atisanoe, also known as Konishiki, is speaking out after his home in Maili has been burglarized twice in the last few months.

He’s frustrated by how much the community is being targeted by thieves, and told KHON2 Honolulu police can’t seem to do anything about it.

HPD’s crimemapping website shows that in the past two months there were 22 burglaries in the area, nine car thefts and 24 car break-ins.

Now, neighbors are banding together to do something about it. Atisanoe, who also lives in Japan, took his message to Facebook to get residents in the area to help each other out.

“I’m sitting here all disgusted about the news I hear about another ripoff at my house in Maili,” he told KHON2 by phone from Japan.

You can sense the frustration from thousands of miles away. He says thieves broke into his house last week for the second time in recent months.

“I think it’s our duty. We cannot depend on the law. The cops don’t do nothing, you know. All our neighbors in this outreach, everyone has been complaining about getting ripped off and nothing has been done,” Atisanoe said.

Leo Leao, a family friend who has been staying in the house, says windows were broken in the first incident. A compressor and a bicycle were stolen last week.

“This time they just took what they need. Probably worth money for them to sell it, I don’t know what they do with it,” Leao said.

Leao says that during both incidents, the gate was locked overnight but it’s easy enough for just anybody to hop over the fence and get in the property.

Atisanoe told us that he’s hearing about similar crimes from neighbors all around him.

“I don’t know if they don’t have enough cops on our side or what it is. It’s kind of a normal thing now people ripping off,” he said.

Atisanoe says a lot of it has to do with the growing homeless population in the area.

Next door neighbor Daniel Grounds got a scare from one of them when his wife found a man sleeping in their dog house, just a few feet from their bedroom.

“I decided, okay I’m gonna defend myself if he wakes up, so I told my wife call the police. If he wakes up, I’m gonna send him into orbit,” Grounds said.

HPD says catching burglars is a priority, but it’s important for residents to help each other out. Atisanoe hopes that message is heard by his neighbors.

“We’re gonna create a neighborhood network where we can all keep each other informed. Hey somebody tried to break in, they tried to come in through the window,” Grounds said.

“I guess we better go clean this place up. To all my brothers and my family out there, you hear anything, let’s clean this place up,” Atisanoe said.

A note from Senator Shimabukuro:

Contact the Honolulu Police Department at (808) 529-3111 for more information on the Neighborhood Security Watch.

The Neighborhood Security Watch (NSW) program on Oahu is sponsored by the Honolulu Police Department.

The NSW program involves community participation and involvement in a self-help cooperative battle against crime. Crime can create a climate of fear and mistrust. One of the most effective and least costly remedies to crime is a neighborhood watch group. Watch groups are a foundation of community crime prevention.

The overall goals of the Neighborhood Security Watch are:
— To increase public education concerning local problems and effective preventive measures which lead to improved residential security;
— To implement community based and coordinated programs that are designed to increase the level of community awareness and mutual concern for the protection of homes within a given community; and,
— To enhance community and police relations.

Legislative Alert – Employees Retirement System Bill (HB1370 HD1) Scheduled for Senate Hearing: Friday, March 20, 2015

The House companion to legislation introduced by Senator Shimabukuro has been scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor.

Friday, March 20, 2015, 9:15 a.m.
Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 016
415 South Beretania Street

HB1370 HD1 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 moneys to Employees’ Retirement System.

For more information on HB1370 HD1, including bill text and to submit testimony, click here for bill status.

The deadline to submit testimony is Thursday, March 19, 2015, at 9:15 a.m.

Although late testimony can be submitted on the day of the hearing, testimony submitted less than 24 hours prior to the hearing may not be posted online or distributed to the committee prior to the convening of the public hearing. In-person testimony is also accepted for those present during the hearing. In both cases of late testimony, it is recommended that testifiers bring enough hard copy testimony for all committee members.

West Oahu Lane Closures for the Week of Saturday, March 14, to Friday, March 20

From the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation Public Affairs Office:

Aloha, For your planning purposes, listed below are weekly roadwork updates for HDOT projects that may affect traffic to and from the West Oahu region.  The list includes lane closures over the weekend and the upcoming week.  For up-to-date information, please visit our HDOT roadwork website.  To view current traffic conditions and images from over 200 traffic cameras around Oahu, please visit our GoAkamai traveler information website or download the GoAkamai mobile app available for iOS and Android devices.  In addition, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter (DOTHawaii).  Roadwork is weather-dependent, subject to change and items may be added without further notice.  If you have any questions about these lane closures, please call the HDOT Public Affairs Office at 587-2160.  Thank you for your interest in West Oahu traffic and mahalo!

— H-1 FREEWAY —

1) WAIMALU TO WAIPAHU Right lane closure on the H-1 Freeway in the westbound direction between the Pearl City/Waimalu Off-Ramp (Exit 10) and the H-1/H-2 Split on Monday, Mar.16, through Friday, Mar. 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for road widening. For more information, please visit the project website at www.pmcontraflow.com or call the project hotline at (808) 945-1144.

2) PEARL CITY (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK) Lane closures on the H-1 Freeway in both directions at the H-1/H-2 Merge between the Waipahu Street Overpass and the Waiawa Road Overpass on Sunday night, Mar. 15, through Friday morning, Mar. 20, from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., nightly, for the rail project. For more information, please visit the project website for The Rail at http://www.honolulutransit.org/.

3) PEARL CITY TO HNL AIRPORT (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK) Three left lanes closed on the H-1 Freeway in the eastbound direction between the Pearlridge/Waimalu Off-Ramp (Exit 10) and the Airport Off-Ramp (Exit 16) on Sunday, Mar. 15, to Friday morning, Mar. 20, from 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m., nightly, for pavement striping installations.

4) SALT LAKE TO HONOLULU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK) Two right lanes closed on the H-1 Freeway in the westbound direction between the Keehi Interchange and the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Off-Ramp (Exit 15B) from 9 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 13, through 12:01 a.m. on Monday morning, Mar. 16. All ramps will remain open.  Speed limits will be reduced to 15 mph in order to minimize traffic induced vibrations that may lead to cracking in the newly repaired deck. Airport Viaduct improvements include concrete deck replacements, expansion joint repairs, and pavement restriping. Work is located between the Pearl Harbor Interchange and the Keehi Interchange.

5) SALT LAKE Right lane closure on the H-1 Freeway Arizona Memorial/Stadium Off-Ramp (Exit 15A) in the westbound direction on Monday, Mar. 16, through Friday, Mar. 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for the rail project. For more information, please visit the project website for The Rail at http://www.honolulutransit.org/.

6) WAIPAHU Shoulder lane closure on the H-1 Freeway in the eastbound direction between Kunia/Waipahu/Ewa Off-Ramp (Exit 5) and the H-1/H-2 Merge on Monday, Mar. 16, through Friday, Mar. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for chain link fence installations.

— H-201 MOANALUA FREEWAY —

1) HALAWA Partial lane closure of the Kaneohe Off-Ramp (Exit 1D) of the H-201 Moanalua Freeway in the westbound direction on Wednesday, Mar. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for storm drain cleaning.

2) MOANALUA Right lane closure on the H-201 Moanalua Freeway in the eastbound direction between the Funston Road Overpass and the Middle Street Overpass on Wednesday, Mar. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for storm drain cleaning.

— FARRINGTON HIGHWAY —

1) MAKAHA (WEEKEND) Lane closure on Farrington Highway in the eastbound direction between Satellite Tracking Station Road and Makua Valley Road on Saturday, Mar. 14, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for roadside maintenance.

2) PEARL CITY Right lane closure on Farrington Highway in the westbound direction between Kamehameha Highway and the H-1 Freeway Underpass on Monday, Mar. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for storm drain cleaning.        

3) WAIANAE Right lane closure on Farrington Highway in the southbound direction between Ala Hema Street and Guard Street on Tuesday, Mar. 17, through Friday, Mar. 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for pole replacements.

4) WAIANAE Lane closure on Farrington Highway in both directions between Guard Street and Lualualei Homestead Road, on Monday, Mar. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for waterline work.

Legislative Alert – Protection of Taro Bill (SB774 SD1) Scheduled for House Hearing: Thursday, March 19, 2015

Legislation introduced by Senator Shimabukuro has been scheduled for a hearing before the House Committee on Agriculture.

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 8:30 a.m.
Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 312
415 South Beretania Street

SB774 SD1 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 SD1, including bill text and to submit testimony, click here for bill status.

The deadline to submit testimony is Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at 8:30 a.m.

Although late testimony can be submitted on the day of the hearing, testimony submitted less than 24 hours prior to the hearing may not be posted online or distributed to the committee prior to the convening of the public hearing. In-person testimony is also accepted for those present during the hearing. In both cases of late testimony, it is recommended that testifiers bring enough hard copy testimony for all committee members.