KHON2 – Violence in Hawaii Schools 10/29/15

Updated 11/3/15

See the full report on the KHON2 website.

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Violent incidents frequent at Hawaii middle, high schools

By Gina Mangieri, KHON-2, 10/29/15

There is a problem with school violence in Hawaii.

It is happening nearly every day at some public school campuses. Some of the highest numbers happen among younger students.

Always Investigating wanted to know how safe our campuses are day in and day out, not just from a random intruder or a mass casualty attempt, but from any kind of violence.

The Department of Education tracks violent incidents, and Always Investigating got the numbers for every middle and high school across Hawaii.

Here’s what we found: In the last full school year, the top five campuses had hundreds of violent episodes on record, more than one incident of violence for every school day.

A principal of one of the campuses with the highest numbers stepped up to explain: “People hear the word violence and automatically jump to the conclusion that we’re talking about these kinds of severe incidences,” said Washington Middle School principal Michael Harano. “Violence includes a lot of different things.”  Continue reading

Pokai Bay Mooring Issue

Sen Shimabukuro 80AConstituents have asked about the rules regarding mooring boats at Pokai Bay, and here is my response:

Boats are not supposed to moor for more than 72 hours at Pokai Bay. The problem is that boats get around this by temporarily leaving/moving every 72 hours then returning.
Here is a link to the rules, See pages 26-27, and page 40 of HAR 13-244-33: http://files.hawaii.gov/dlnr/dobor/rules/compiled/HAR244-Compiled.pdf

Complaints about moored boats should be reported to DLNR by calling 587-1966.

Update 10/29 re CAUTION: This website is experiencing a malfunction

Updated 10/28/15 at 7:23pm; 10/29/15 1:33pm; 10/29/15 2:15pm
Aloha.

Update 10/29/15 at 2:15pm: This website is functioning correctly. All clicks on non-PDF-linked images should display correctly. Whether PDF files will display automatically or download to your computer is determined by the setup on your computer. For example, when I try it on my desktop with Windows 10, PDF files don’t display and download to my computer. However, when I try it on my laptop with Windows 8, PDF files display correctly.

I’m not sure what, exactly, is causing this. A possible explanation is changes in Adobe Acrobat Reader. I recently updated it on my desktop. My laptop is still using the earlier version. Hopefully, Adobe will work out the kinks soon.

Update 10/29/15 at 1:33pm: This website,is now functioning correctly. All clicks on images, including PDFs, should display correctly. If you encounter any difficulties, please let us know via a comment below. Again, mahalo for your patience.

10/28/15 at 7:07pm: This website, 21maile, is working fine — except for the links to PDF files. When you click on a photo to link to a PDF, the PDF doesn’t appear. Instead, it’s automatically downloaded to your hard drive.

Thus, to play it safe, don’t click on any photos until we have this problem fixed.

Sincerest apologies for this inconvenience. Hopefully, we’ll have it fixed in the next few hours.

STELLAR Wellness Retreat for Veterans Suffering from PTSD: Jan. 10-16, 2016, at Turtle Bay

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Click image for the PDF versions of the welcome message and information brochure.

Mahalo to Frederick Saunders, Jr. of Wai’anae, one of the retreat organizers, for sharing this information.

How to Pass Your Home On to Your Heirs Affordably

Sen Shimabukuro 80AI am happy to report that the Legislature adopted the Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act.1 This Act allows a home owner to designate beneficiaries to inherit their home upon their death without the requirements of probate, or the formalities of wills or trusts. The owner simply designates a beneficiary on his/her deed, and files the “Transfer on Death Deed” (TODD) document at the Bureau of Conveyances or Land Court. Here is a link to the Act:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/Archives/measure_indiv_Archives.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=105&year=2011

I have seen very sad situations where a homeowner dies without a TODD, and their heirs lose the home because they cannot afford the thousands of dollars that it costs to hire an attorney to represent them in probate court. And while it is expensive to set up a trust, or divide assets in a will through Probate Court, the TODD is affordable.

Some estate planning attorneys can assist with TODD’s for under $500, and it may even be possible to do it yourself if your home is paid off, you are certain you have clear title, and there are no other complicating factors.

A word of caution, however. Unlike trusts, TODD’s do not protect your home from liens due to your nursing home costs, and do not shield beneficiaries with a high amount of assets from estate taxes, if any.  Trusts, if you can afford them, provide greater protections and flexibility.  Nevertheless, TODD’s may be appropriate for those who are low-income, and whose only asset is their home.  And having a TODD is definitely better than having no estate planning whatsoever.  If at all possible, it is recommended that you contact an attorney for assistance and advice regarding TODDs.

Waianae resident Monique De Ocampo recently completed the TODD process, and is so relieved to have a plan to pass her home to her heirs. She emailed me, “Thanks again for making this transfer on death deed available here in Hawaii!”

If you need further information about the Transfer on Death Deed Act, contact my office for possible assistance, at 586-7793.

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1 Sen. Shimabukuro introduced this bill, SB105.

Star-Advertiser: Free Cellphone and Cellphone Service?

The following question and answer re free cellphones and cellphone service appeared in Christine Donnelly’s Kokua Line article “A Low Income, but Not Age, Can Qualify One for a Phone” (Star-Advertiser, 26 Oct. 2015):

Question: I am a senior (68), single and living alone. I would like to know whether I qualify for a free cellphone and cellphone service.

Answer: We don’t know of free service based solely on age, and neither did the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs or the Hawaii branch of the AARP, a membership group devoted to advancing the interests of older Americans; we checked with both. However, there is a long-standing government program called Lifeline that subsidizes telephone service for low-income people. Depending on your financial status, you could qualify for that.

Lifeline is supported by the Universal Service Fund, a system of telecommunications fees and subsidies managed by the Federal Communications Commission. While the federal subsidy is small, about $9.25 a month for a landline, some consumers end up getting free, albeit limited, cellphone service (and the device to go with it), thanks to benefits offered in tandem by participating telecommunications companies.

To qualify for Lifeline, annual household income must be at or below 135 percent of poverty guidelines, which for a single person in Hawaii is $18,293 this year. Or you can automatically qualify by being enrolled in a federal assistance program such as Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or Section 8 housing. The FCC lists other qualifying programs at fcc.gov/lifeline.

For Hawaii residents the DCCA Division of Consumer Advocacy provides details about enrolling in Lifeline at cca.hawaii.gov/dca/telecommunications/lifeline. Consumers who lack Internet access or who have additional questions can call 586-2800, said Shelly Kunishige, a department spokeswoman.

Benefits vary among participating telecommunication companies, Kunishige said. Some offer a flat discount, while others might provide a free cellphone and a free service plan with a limited number of minutes per month. The DCCA does not promote or recommend any specific provider, and urges consumers to do their own research to determine which company best meets their needs, she said.

Companies providing Hawaii service are listed on the DCCA website, noted above, and include Mobi PCS (723-1111), Hawaiian Telcom (643-3456), T-Mobile (800-937- 8997), Blue Jay Wireless (855-425-8529), Budget Mobile (888-777-4007), Safelink Wireless (800-723-3546) and Total Call Mobile (800-661-7391).

If your annual income is too high for Lifeline, you might wish to seek a “senior discount” from a reputable cellphone company. Some offer a lower monthly rate for anyone over 65. It’s worth shopping around.

Read the full column here.

Related article: Free Government Cell Phones

MHCC Honors David ‘Rona’ Ka’aekuahiwi 11/29/15, 12-3PM at WCCHC

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Da Crawfish & Crab Shack Rocks!

Sen Shimabukuro 80AMahalo to my significant other, Shayne, for taking me to Da Crawfish & Crab Shack for my birthday.  We ordered a big bag of mixed seafood with garlic butter sauce and it was heavenly.  I also enjoyed a very nice glass of red wine, seared ahi salad, quesadillas, and fries with the meal.  The service was excellent, and sunset views were beautiful.  Check it out!  For more information, visit: http://www.dacrawfishandcrabshack.com


Shayne, me, and Ed (Da Crawfish & Crab Shack’s owner)


Da Crawfish and Crab Shack’s famous combination seafood platter.

NHIS’ Performing Arts Center Celebrates 25 Years – Nov 14 & 15

Robin Kitsu80AMessage from Robin Kitsu:

Come and celebrate Nānākuli High and Intermediate School Performing Arts Center’s 25th anniversary with its production of 25 . . . Years of NPAC, a musical revue featuring some of NPAC’s favorite numbers from the last 25 years. The show will feature a student cast of over 65 from grades 4 to 12 from 16 different schools and will also feature some special guest performers from the past 25 years.
Performances on:

November 14 at 7:00 pm

November 15 at 2:00 pm

All performances are at the PEARL CITY CULTURAL CENTER AUDITORIUM.

Tickets: Adult pre-sale: $15, at the door $18;

High school student and below: $5

Children under 12: $2 (Free if each child is accompanied by a ticket holder)

To purchase tickets or for more information go to http://www.nhispac.com

We also wanted to share the rest of our 2015-2016 season with you . . . please read below and see what shows we have coming up this school year.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown: January 29, 30, 31, February 5, 6, 7, 2016 at the NHIS Multi-Purpose Cafe

Disney’s Lion King Jr.: March 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 2016 at the NHIS Multi-Purpose Cafe

Reflections: April 30 at the Kroc Center

Read to Me International Now Has Two Sites on the Waianae Coast

  
Read to Me International now has two sites on the Waianae Coast – at the Ka Pua Initiative Community Learning Center at Maili, and at Hale Wai Vista. Clockwise, from top left: Sen. Maile Shimabukuro,  Shondell Palacio (Maili site assistant), and Mr. & Mrs. Lagi Clarke (graduate & volunteer).  For more information, visit http://www.readtomeintl.org, or call 955-7600.

 

Wai’anae’s Own Wehiwa Soap Company 

Check out these wonderful natural products, which are handcrafted with plant-based oils right here in Wai’anae!  For more information, visit: http://www.wehiwasoaps.com

  

Traffic Light Timing Update

Sen Shimabukuro 80AHere’s the latest I heard from the City regarding the timing of the traffic lights in Nanakuli…

10/13/15 Email from DTS:
Aloha Senator,
To my knowledge, staff made a service call and made adjustments to timing. I will, however, confirm and get back to you.
Regards,
Mike Formby

DTS

On Oct 13, 2015, at 10:54 AM, Maile Shimabukuro <maileshimabukuro@yahoo.com<mailto:maileshimabukuro@yahoo.com>> wrote:
Director Formby- please see below. I heard the city either has or is going to try to adjust the timing of the Nanakuli traffic lights? What is the status please?
Mahalo,
~ Senator Maile Shimabukuro

—–Original Message—–
From: Ryten Chu

Sent: Tuesday, October 06, 2015 8:26 AM

Subject: Morning/Afternoon Traffic Congestion through Nanakuli
Dear Director Formby, Senator Shimabakuro, & Representatives Tupola & Aquino
Thank you for your service to our communities at large here in the great state of Hawaii.
This message is to share the concerns that we have in Nanakuli & Waianae. Due to the influx of cars on the roads today we have been experiencing increasing traffic congestion. Many times traffic is backed up to Waianae Comprehensive on early weekday mornings headed to work. Drivers need to make time to sit in traffic getting out of Waianae before reaching the H1-H2 merge to sit in more traffic. In the evenings, traffic is backed up to Kapolei Commons. Drivers sit in traffic after long days of work coming back home to sit in more traffic to get back into Waianae. The concentration of this traffic is on the Nanakuli lights starting from Nanakuli Ave. to Hakimo Road.
The importance of the issue has to do with the effects that it has on our time with families, our vehicles maintenance, and our own personal health as well. Our people are not getting enough sleep because they need to wake up earlier to sit in traffic just so that they are not late for work. Our people need to pay extra maintenance fees on their vehicles because of the toll that traffic puts on the vehicles idle times. Our people are not getting to spend more time with their families because they are stuck in traffic. All these effects have been killing our people day in & day out.
The solution is to focus on the source of the traffic which is concentrated on Nanakuli stop lights going in and out of Waianae. We need to somehow adjust the lights to allow for greater flow of traffic. This is only one suggestion that I know Senator Shimabakuro & Director Formby have collaborated upon. But this message is to reinforce the issue that MUST be addressed for the sake of our people.
Thank you for your help & leadership to bring life to our land, life to our people. I know you are all focused on the greater good that can be done. I believe you will be the ones to make it happen.
Mahalo & Malama Pono. Looking forward to the Answers being Implemented and/or Attempted.

Ryten Chu

Student: UH West Oahu

Deadline TODAY to Vote in ‘Aha Elections (10/15/2015)

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Lopaka Baptiste80Native Hawaiians — October 15, 2015 is the deadline for eligible participants to register for Kana’iolowalu in order to be certified in time for the Na’i Aupuni elections.  Only certified registrants will be able to vote in the upcoming elections for the Na’i Aupuni ‘Aha, which will be held in November.

Are you already registered?  Check this list to see if you have already been certified by the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission: http://www.kanaiolowalu.org/dashboard/

If you are not registered and would like to register by the October 15 deadline, you can do so at the following link: https://www.kanaiolowalu.org/registernow/

It is important to note that if you do not attach documentation verifying Native Hawaiian ancestry, you will not meet the registration deadline for ‘Aha elections.  Accepted forms of documentation are:

    • Birth certificate if it lists Hawaiian; if Hawaiian not listed, please attach copy of your parent and/or grandparent’s birth certificate that list Hawaiian to trace your Hawaiian ancestry (include your birth certificate).
    • Hoʻoulu Data Center letter Copy of your letter.
    • DHHL Lessee Copy of front page of lease agreement in your name.
    • Kamehameha School: Graduation Year Input year you graduated from the Kamehameha Schools.

For more information on the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission, see their website at: http://www.kanaiolowalu.org/
For more information on the Na’i Aupuni, including ‘Aha candidate bios, see their website at: http://www.naiaupuni.org/

Draft of Aha Moku Advisory Committee Rules; Comments Due By 12/15/15

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Comments on the proposed Aha Moku Advisory Committee (AMAC) rules are requested by 12/15/15.  Send your comments to:

Leimana DaMate, Executive Director

Aha Moku Advisory Committee (AMAC)

State of Hawaii – DLNR

1151 Punchbowl Street, Ste. 130

Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone: 808-587-1498 

Email: leimana.k.damate@hawaii.gov

Hulikoa Kaiaulu Scholar Speaker Series: 10/20/15 at 5:30pm

Scholar Series

WHEN:
Tuesday, Oct. 20
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Kamehameha Schools Community Learning Center at Māʻili
87-790 Kulauku Street

RSVP:
A free, simple dinner will be served and childcare will be provided. Please email kapua@ksbe.edu or call 670-2045 to RSVP or for more information.

The speaker series is sponsored by Kamehameha Schools, INPEACE, the UH Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge and MA‘O Organic Farms. Future presentations are scheduled for Nov. 19, Feb. 16, March 15 and April 19.

Emergency Access Road Meeting 11/9/15

The Ahupua’a o Nanakuli Homestead invites the public to discuss the possibility of extending the Wai’anae Coast Emergency Access Road (WCEAR) from Helelua Street through the Nanakuli homestead and connecting to Piliokahi Avenue.  Discussions are underway, and the group meets every 2nd Monday of the month. The next meeting is on 11/9/15, 7-9pm, at the Ka Waihona o ka Na’auao PCS cafeteria.

  The Ahupua’a o Nanakuli Homestead group met on 10/12/15 to discuss a possible extension of the emergency access road.  From the front left going back, and curving around in an “S” pattern: Ruby Maunakea; Stacelynn Eli; Noe Lopes; Demont and Momi Conner; David Lopes; Hau’oli Heirs (representing Rep. Andria Tupola); Rep. Jo Jordan; Dolly Naeole; David Keola; Phoebe Ballenti; Jewellette Kirkland; and Josiah “Black” Ho’ohuli.  (Photo by Sen. Maile Shimabukuro; click to enlarge)

Halloween Bash 10/23/15 For Punana Leo

  

Illegal Vacation Rental Legislation 

Constituents have asked about the status of the crackdown on illegal vacation rentals in Hawaii. Here’s a news story about the subject:

http://www.civilbeat.com/2015/03/state-city-looking-to-crack-down-on-illegal-vacation-rentals/

Accessory Dwelling Unit Bill to Create More Affordable Rentals 

Honolulu City Council recently legalized “accessory dwelling units” as a way to encourage homeowners to create more affordable rentals:
http://m.kitv.com/news/Council-approves-mayor-s-bill-for-accessory-dwelling-units/35076058

Ahupua`a O Nanakuli Homestead Meeting MON 10/12/15 at 7pm

Shared from post on Westside Traffic Alert Facebook Page:

The Ahupua`a O Nanakuli Homestead meeting will be heald at the Ka Waihona cafeteria on Monday, October 12 from 7pm to 9pm

The topic will be creation of a new road that would run through the Nanakuli Homestead and off of Farrington Highway.

The speaker will be Josiah “Black” Hoohuli.