Waianae Intermediate School Offers College Prep Program

Sen Shimabukuro 80AI recently had the pleasure of speaking to “AVID” college preparation students at Waianae Intermediate School, and I was so impressed by their confidence, knowledge about current affairs, and enthusiasm for learning!

For more information, visit: http://wis.nwcomplex.org

1st Period. Click to enlarge. Back row, L-R: Cierra Medeiros, Jatery Jack, Emma-Marie Fonokalafi, Taira Alaga, Brooke Iokia, Sasa Judd, Kalsey Kekahuna-Lopes, Charlene Aquino, Leilani Manibusan, Reyna Blair, Leitisha Figueroa-Rabanes Front row, left to right: AVID Instructor Adele Champlin, Taison Fa’asuamanu, Hayd’n Harada-Meafou, Talitha Melendres, Trinity Tanele, Rusti Kealoha, Isaiah Young, Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, Harley Navarro, Brianna Rivera-Holt, Adia Awana, Ariel Ceno, Maureen Manosca, Sophia Eli Seated, left to right: Ezekiel Steele, Joniya-Marie Raymond

1st Period. Click to enlarge. Back row, L-R: Cierra Medeiros, Jatery Jack, Emma-Marie Fonokalafi, Taira Alaga, Brooke Iokia, Sasa Judd, Kalsey Kekahuna-Lopes, Charlene Aquino, Leilani Manibusan, Reyna Blair, Leitisha Figueroa-Rabanes. Front row: AVID Instructor Adele Champlin, Taison Fa’asuamanu, Hayd’n Harada-Meafou, Talitha Melendres, Trinity Tanele, Rusti Kealoha, Isaiah Young, Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, Harley Navarro, Brianna Rivera-Holt, Adia Awana, Ariel Ceno, Maureen Manosca, Sophia Eli
Seated: Ezekiel Steele, Joniya-Marie Raymond.

2nd Period. Click to enlarge: Back row, L-R: Jenaya Aiona, Cassey Acuna, Cory Gordon, Gabriel Kaulia, Blake Bovia, Anthony Gaballo, Pryor Abraham Jr., Angel Bacos, Te’anna Kaopuiki, Isabell Stowers, MacenZ-Anne Keliiwaiwaiole, Angelica Adameczek. Front row: AVID Instructor Adele Champlin, Kauanoe Liborio, Lianny-Ann Keller, Ayssa Joy Seares, Jamar Plunkett, Mahina Akina, Senator Maile Shimabukuro, Billy Joe Tinaza, Warren Revilla, Javyn Kealiinohomoku, Brenton Williams-Quitog, Cadence Pang.

2nd Period. Click to enlarge: Back row, L-R: Jenaya Aiona, Cassey Acuna, Cory Gordon, Gabriel Kaulia, Blake Bovia, Anthony Gaballo, Pryor Abraham Jr., Angel Bacos, Te’anna Kaopuiki, Isabell Stowers, MacenZ-Anne Keliiwaiwaiole, Angelica Adameczek. Front row: AVID Instructor Adele Champlin, Kauanoe Liborio, Lianny-Ann Keller, Ayssa Joy Seares, Jamar Plunkett, Mahina Akina, Senator Maile Shimabukuro, Billy Joe Tinaza, Warren Revilla, Javyn Kealiinohomoku, Brenton Williams-Quitog, Cadence Pang.

 

Star-Advertiser: ‘State Owes DHHL $18.4M More’ (11/29/15)

Judge’s ruling finds the department has been underfunded since at least 1992
By Rob Shikina
Star-Advertiser, 29 Nov. 2015

The state owes nearly $20 million to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands for violating the state Constitution by failing to adequately fund the department for more than two decades, a state judge has ruled.

First Circuit Judge Jeannette Castagnetti issued her decision late Friday, saying that the state Legislature violated its constitutional duty “to appropriate sufficient sums to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands for its administrative and operating budget.”

“This failure includes every fiscal year since at least 1992,” she wrote. “DHHL suffers from a lack of funding and staffing, which adversely affects beneficiaries of the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust.”

In her ruling, Castagnetti said the Legislature is obligated to appropriate more than $28 million to DHHL this fiscal year for its administrative and operating budget. This year, legislators have only appropriated $9.6 million.

The nonprofit Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation filed the suit in 2007 on behalf of six Native Hawaiians.  Continue reading

Department of Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Fair Dec 3

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Star-Advertiser: ‘Agency to ask for $6M more for underground Kalaeloa utilities’ (11/24/15)

By Jayna Omaye
Star-Advertiser, 11/24/15

The Hawaii Community Development Authority says a $7 million appropriation from the Legislature to move utility lines underground in Kalaeloa isn’t enough to complete the project after bids to do the work came in high, and it will ask for an additional $6 million.

The project will install underground utility lines from Fort Barrette Road and Kapolei Parkway to Midway Street fronting Kalaeloa Airport. The work now will be completed in two phases because of the additional funding needed, said HCDA Executive Director Anthony Ching. Board members voted last month to submit the budget request during the next legislative session.

The electrical system in Kalaeloa, which was built in the 1930s, serves both Navy and non-Navy facilities. The project would separate non-Navy users from the existing Navy system so that each would have its own set of electrical meters.

Telephone and cable lines would also be installed in the new utility system. New electrical service would be provided by Hawaiian Electric Co.

HCDA is facilitating redevelopment of Kalaeloa, which was renamed after the closure of Barbers Point Naval Air Station in 1999.  Continue reading

Buffalo’s 2016 Big Board Surfing Classic Feb. 13-15, 20-21

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This February 2016 will mark the BIG 40th anniversary of the Buffalo’s Surfing Classic!! Efforts are already underway for planning this legendary occasion, and we would love to have you aboard for another exciting, fun-filled surf event.

Once again we welcome any help that you are able to provide for what has become the worldʻs greatest Hawaiian cultural surfing event at Makaha Surfing Beach. Like last year, we will run 14 divisions over 5 days, ending with a massive awards ceremony February 22, 2016.

The events include 9 different types of surfing: four surfboard (10 ft and over) divisions, paipo, alai’a, bodyboard, bullyboard, canoe, SUPsquatch, tandem surfing, and team SUP surfing. Also to respect our cultural roots, we have instituted a free pass system for those who wear the ancient Hawaiian style malo while surfing in an event.

For those of you who help make the 40th Buffalo Classic a success, we will prominently display your banners on the judges stand, and run mini contests during the event to promote products. We will also list your logo on our website http://www.buffalosurfingclassic.com

We look forward to having your support at our event…!! Please contact us via e-mail or phone Bunky Bakutis at bakutisb@gmail.com, 808-479-5925 or Juice Aguirre (sponsorship co-coordinators) juice@pjproductionshi.com 808-729-7540

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Waianae Tigers Jr. Pee Wee Champions Need Our Support

Waianae Tigers Football Association

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The Waianae Tigers Jr. Pee Wee Champions need your support to represent Hawaii in the National Pop Warner Superbowl in Orlando, Florida, in early December.

Dear friend of the community,

On behalf of the Waianae Tigers Football Association, I would like to humbly ask for your consideration to sponsor our Waianae Tigers Jr. Pee Wee football team. On, November 15, 2015 our team won the Hawaii State Division I championship which advanced our team to play at the National Pop Warner Super Bowl in Orlando, Florida. The Waianae Tiger Jr. Pee Wee look will be representing the State of Hawaii and the cost for the team to travel to Florida is very high. For that purpose we are asking for your assistance. Waianae Tigers Football Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to:

  • Provide youth with organized competition in a safe environment
  • Bring our youth closer together through common interest in sportsmanship and competition
  • Instill the values of education
  • Acquaint the players with the fundamentals of the game rules; running, kicking, blocking and tackling
  • Teach sportsmanship, discipline and love of the game
  • Encourage the players to maintain satisfactory grades in school and to emphasize the importance of keeping a proper relationship and balance between scholastic and athletic endeavors

We are seeking sponsors who are willing to donate any dollar amount to assist in covering our teams travel expenses. We have many players that have never been on an airplane and this opportunity comes once in a lifetime, for the players to be able to play the sport they love and ride an airplane. Some of the players have only dreamed about this. We as an association would love to have all the players go on this trip however, due to financial situations they might not be able to travel, so we are asking if you can assist with making the dreams of our player become a reality by donating to our Waianae Tigers Jr. Pee Wee team financially. You consideration is greatly appreciated.

If providing sponsorship for Waianae Tigers Football Association is an option for you and your company, we will send you a letter with our non-profit number for your tax purposes.

I welcome any comments or questions regarding the details of your sponsorship and look forward to forming a mutually beneficial partnership.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and support of Waianae Tigers Football Association, Jr. Pee Wee Division.

Please donate online at GoFundMe
or
Make checks to:
Waianae Tigers Football Association, Please include in the Memo: 2015 JPW Division
Mail to: Terryann Joseph 85-833 Farrington Hwy. #201 Waianae, HI 96792

Sincerely,
Kelli Timoteo
808.351.0916
Fundraising Coordinator
boy.kelli@gmail.com

Emergency Access Road Update & Next Meeting on 2/8/16

Front row L-R – Ronnie Taamu, Kawika Keola, Staceylynn Eli, JoAnn Raposa, Garnett Clark, Josiah Ho’ohuli, Earl Armstrong, Jewelynn Kirkland, Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, Trixie McKeague, Karen Awana, Rep. Jo Jordan, and Kelly Cruz (City Dept. Of Transportation Services). 2nd row – Kawika Lopes, Kaipo Raposa, William Aila, Jr. (DHHL Deputy Director), Sam Iokia, and Ernest McKeague. Click to enlarge. Photo by Bill Raposa.

Front row L-R – Ronnie Taamu, Kawika Keola, Stacelynn Eli, JoAnn Raposa, Garnett Clark, Josiah Ho’ohuli, Earl Armstrong, Jewelynn Kirkland, Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, Trixie McKeague, Karen Awana, Rep. Jo Jordan, and Kelly Cruz (City Dept. Of Transportation Services). 2nd row – Kawika Lopes, Kaipo Raposa, William Aila, Jr. (DHHL Deputy Director), Sam Iokia, and Ernest McKeague. Click to enlarge. Photo by Bill Raposa.

The Ahupua’a o Nanakuli Homestead hosted another meeting to discuss extending the Waianae Coast Emergency Access Road (WCEAR) through the Nanakuli homesteads.  The next steps discussed were a site visit to the proposed extension areas of the WCEAR, and holding a public meeting again on February 8, 2016; 7-9pm at Ka Waihona o ka Na’auao cafeteria.  Special mahalo to Kelly Cruz of the City Dept. Of Transportation Services; William Aila Jr., DHHL Deputy Director; Nanakuli Ranch lessees, and all other meeting attendees for taking the time to come and share your mana’o.