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.
Kapolei High School
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:

Photos from the floor presentation honoring Diamond Head Theater:

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

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:

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.