Stacy Garcia Jr. Attends 2015 PALS Ho’ike Festival

Group photo with PAL staff and student. from Left to Right: Hope Iokia, Lance Villianueva, Jonathan Sypert (PAL Advisor), Skylark Lopes, Kauhi Tomas, Leonae Kahele, Kay Fukuda (PAL Coordinator) ,and Stacy Garcia Jr.

Group photo with PALS staff and students. From Left to Right: Hope Iokia, Lance Villianueva, Jonathan Sypert (PALS Advisor), Skylark Lopes, Kauhi Tomas, Leonae Kahele, Kay Fukuda (PALS Coordinator) ,and Stacy Garcia Jr. [Click image to enlarge]

The event was full of surprises, students and staff were led in a Flashmob by Waianae High School student Kauhi Tomas.

The event was full of surprises — students and staff were led in a “Flashmob” by Waianae High School student Kauhi Tomas. [Click image to enlarge]

The flashmob was so contagious, other event attendees joined in.

The flashmob was so contagious, that other event attendees joined in!  [Click image to enlarge]

On April 23, 2015, Stacy Garcia Jr. represented Senator Shimabukuro’s office by accepting an invitation to attend the annual Program for After-School Literacy Support (PALS) Ho’ike festival at Waianae High School. The event showcased booths from various PALS programs throughout schools on the Waianae Coast (Ka Waihona o ka Na`auao, Nanakuli High and Intermediate, Wai’anae Elementary, Makaha Elementary, Waianae High, Ma’ili Elementary, Nanaikapono Elementary, and Kamaile Academy).

The PALS programs range from arts, health, science, technology, sustainability, philosophy, social and cultural based clubs.  Spaghetti, garlic bread, and green salad was served for dinner by the Nanakuli High and Intermediate Culinary Club. The student participants prepared, cooked, and served the food in accordance with the health code and food standards.

The festival had a large turnout, and attracted many students, faculty, staff, families and community members. “I wish these clubs were were around when I was going through elementary and high school.  I was in awe of an 8-year-old who told me about PALS’ robotics program, and said that he wants to work for NASA,” said Stacy Garcia Jr.

Senator Shimabukuro’s office sends special thanks to Ms. Kay Fukuda for coordinating the event and sharing important updates about the program.

For more information on PALS, please visit:

Ulehawa Canal Update

On April 29, 2015, a meeting was scheduled to form a working group to assess and evaluate the Ulehawa Canal situation. The group included State Representative Andria Tupulo (R-43), members from Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s office (D-HI 2), State Senator Maile Shimbukuro’s (D-21) office, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency, State Department of Environmental Health Administration, and City & County Department of Facility Maintenance.

The meeting helped clarify the permit process and identify the permit applications current status. As a result of the complex situation, the group’s members agreed to formulate an action plan to determine what can be done to at least help alleviate the odor problem until the 401 WQC permit process is complete.

Update is regarding the previous post:

April 2015 Nanakuli-Ma’ili Neighborhood Board Meeting Report

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2015 Neighborhood Boards #24 , #34, & #36 Elections from April 24 – May 15, 2015

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IVF Bill SB768 Faces May 1 Deadline

Updated 4/30/15, 5/11/15

Piilani Smith, Star-Advertiser photo, 4/27/15.

Piilani Smith, AP photo in the Star-Advertiser, 4/27/15. Click to enlarge.

SB768 SD1, “Relating to In Vitro Fertilization Insurance Coverage,” introduced by Senator Maile Shimabukuro, must pass out of committee by Friday, May 1, if it is to survive. The bill 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. (The companion House bill is HB864 HD2.)

The Senate conference committee — Green chair; Baker, English co-chairs; Shimabukuro, Taniguchi — met on April 27 and 28 but postponed making a decision. They’ll reconvene on Wednesday, April 29, at 8:30AM in conference room 229.

Senator Maile Shimabukuro, AP photo by Cathy Bussewitz. Click to enlarge.

Senator Maile Shimabukuro, AP photo by Cathy Bussewitz. Click to enlarge.

The following excerpts are from the AP story, “Bill Seeks to Expand Coverage for Hawaii Fertility Law,” by Cathy Bussewitz in the April 27 Star-Advertiser:

“All women should be respected equally, despite their marital status,” said Piilani Smith, a Native Hawaiian cultural practitioner who’s been pushing for change at the Hawaii Legislature for the past two years. “Given that women are pursuing professional careers and securing their place in the work force, they wait until later in life to begin their families, and they should not be discriminated against.”

“Many of us have put off having children until later in life,” said Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, D-Waianae, who introduced the bill. “If you’re someone in your late 30s or even approaching 40, that’s really onerous requirement.” As someone who’s divorced and in her early 40s, the issue is close to her heart, Shimabukuro said.

Read the full story on the Star-Advertiser site.
Relatd story: Kamalii, Smith, and Sen. Shimabukuro Discuss SB 768 on 5/1/15
Also published in:
NY Times, 4/28/15.
ABC News, 4/28/15.
Atlantic Broadband, 4/28/15.
US News, 4/28/15.
Daily Mail (UK), 4/27/15
San Francisco Chronicle, 4/27/15.
San Diego Union-Tribune, 4/27/15.
The [Tacoma] News Tribune, 4/27/15.
SeattlePI, 4/27/15.
Idaho Press-Tribune, 4/27/15.
Idaho State Journal, 4/27/15.

Survey: OHA seeks input about Mauna Kea


The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is seeking responses to an anonymous 5-question survey to provide its Board of Trustees helpful information for the Board’s Thursday (4/30) meeting on the planned Mauna Kea thirty-meter telescope.

The survey asks participants about how possible OHA stances on the planned Mauna Kea thirty-meter telescope affects their views regarding OHA’s efforts to fulfill its mission to improve the conditions of Native Hawaiians.

The survey is not intended to be a scientific poll. The survey results will serve only as a general indicator of people’s views for the OHA Board’s consideration.

Please share this link with others: Or click here to go directly to the survey. The survey will allow only one response per computer.

Ahupua’a O Nanakuli Homestead Fundraiser

Lau Lau Fundraiser

Please contact De Mont Conner for more information at (808) 450-6055 . Pick up location is at the Nanakuli Alu Like office at 89-137 Nanakuli Ave., Waianae, HI 96792.