Toy and Letter Drive for Raymond Senensi

Message from Inez Larson:

Aloha Kakahiaka Senator Shimabukuro!

I have remained in contact with Raymond’s mother. Raymond is the little boy that was bitten by a shark in Makaha, and I know what they need.

I am writing to you in regards to a toy drive and a letter drive for him.

Raymond Senensi 2.

He is doing well and should return to Nanaikapono on Wednesday.

Raymond has seven siblings. His mother, who is our age, is a single mom. Her oldest is eighteen and the rest are little. The youngest is eighteen months I believe.

The insurance won’t cover bandages or pain medication. She has started a gofundme account.

I love gathering toys and letters for Raymond, and I’m meeting his mom to give them to him. He’s so appreciative.

Surrounded by her children, the mother talks about sleepless nights, night terrors, and bandages. She tells me about incontinence and the pain he’s in.  He’s on children’s ibuprofen.

He’s shy and so is she.

They have been so traumatized, and I know well the impact a successful toy and letter drive would have on his recovery.

I know these are the types of things welcomed by the family. They will help a lot in their daily struggle in coping with the incident.

It helps for them to know they are not alone.

Please send toys and letters for Raymond Senensi to:

Inez Larson
84-105 Kiapa Place
Waianae, 96792


Phone: 808-457-7202

GoFundMe Fundraiser for Raymond Senensi’s Medical Bills

Raymond Senensi

Raymond Senensi

Message from Raymond Senensi’s mother, Shirita Luvz Mikey:

This fund is set up on behalf of Raymond Senensi, III.

Raymond was bit by a shark on October 28, 2015 while he was waiting for a wave at Makaha Beach.  He was about 60-70 yards offshore when a shark jumped out of the water and grabbed his right leg and dragged him under water.  Raymond kicked the shark in the nose to free his leg.  When he reached the surface he yelled for help to one of the other surfers in the water who was an off-duty lifeguard.  The lifeguard pushed him on a wave to shore, and when he reached shore the lifeguards treated him until the EMS arrived.  From there he was admitted to Queens Medical Center in serious condition, where he had surgery.
The money is going to medical expenses and medicine that are not covered by insurance. This would mean a lot because it would help me with medical bills. We will be very thankful for any donations received, and it would mean a lot to Raymond to get through his recovery.

Click here to support Raymond.

Wai`anae Moku 2030 Survey

Voices of Waianae

The Wai`anae Economic Development Council was formed with a vision of community improvement through business development.

We work with business owners, aspiring business owners, and community organizations to educate, assist with, or manage businesses or projects that benefit the community through economic growth and financial sustainability. We have community resources who provide services to our community but have been struggling.  We have been UNDERFUNDED by Government agencies for Government mandated services, and in general IGNORED by those outside our community.

This has been going on for DECADES and it’s TIME FOR A CHANGE ! We need to come together as a community in a coordinated effort with one VOICE and a Long Term PLAN to fix these issues. Our DIVERSITY is our strength so if we  bring our ideas, perceptions, experiences, good common sense, and our values together, we can make this happen.

We need your input and would appreciate you completing the attached survey so that we can better understand how our community feels about our issues and look at ways to set the priorities to build a strategic plan to move forward. We sincerely appreciate your participation.

Please click the link below for the on-line survey:

Sharlette L. Poe Executive Director L.E.I. Foundation (808) 202-3772

Mahalo to Waianae High Beautification Volunteers; More Help Sought

Sen Shimabukuro 80AEfforts are on-going to beautify Waianae High.  Special thanks to Manny Madeira and Tommy of West Coast Roofing & Pokai Bay Drive Inn.  Manny and Tommy donated heavy equipment and volunteered their time to clear African kiawe from the football field, and helped to install a water line.  Other volunteers include Cal Domen, David Lam (retired HPD sergeant), Daniel Davis, Ronald Padayhag, and others.

More volunteers are sought to help beautify Waianae High.  For more information, visit this link ( or call Cal Domen at 282-2443.

Cal Domen is seeking volunteers to help beautify Waianae High.  Call him at 282-2443 for more information.  L-R: Cal Domen, Sen. Shimabukuro and her son Keani, and Ronald Padayhag enjoyed breakfast at Burger King after the 2015 Veterans Day Parade.  “Mahalo to Cal, Ron, and Leroy Paredes, who escorted my son and me in the parade in a 1953 Chevy pick up and a 1949 Lincoln 4-door.  I really appreciate the on-going support that these classic car owners have given to our veterans year after year,” Sen. Shimabukuro said.

Star-Advertiser: ‘Transfer on Death Deed’ (11/6/15, 11/12/15)

Updated 11/12/15
An attorney can help draft a ‘Transfer on Death Deed’

By Christine Donnelly
Kokua Line, Star- Advertiser, 6 Nov. 2015

Question: A new Hawaii law (Act 173) was enacted in July 2011 allowing homeowners to transfer a property (i.e., house) to their beneficiaries using a “Transfer on Death Deed.” Such a transfer, using this document, avoids a lengthy probate and high cost. Does the state of Hawaii have this form? If not, where can we get this form?

Answer: No, the state of Hawaii does not issue standard real-estate deed forms, said Nicki Ann Thompson, registrar of the Bureau of Conveyances, which is the division of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources that records titles to real property statewide.

She suggested that you hire a knowledgeable real-estate attorney, estate planner, business adviser or other qualified expert to draft this important document. That way the deed, which must be recorded before your death in order to be valid, will meet your specific needs, as well as the legal requirements of Hawaii’s Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act, which, as you noted, took effect in 2011 as Act 173.


Senator Shimabukuro introduced this bill, SB105. For more on this act, see How to Pass Your Home On to Your Heirs Affordably and Update Re: Bill Introduced by Sen. Shimabukuro (SB105).

The law allows a real property owner “to designate beneficiaries to receive real property upon death of owner without requirements of probate or formalities of wills,” according to the bill summary at the time the legislation passed.  Continue reading

Beginning Farmer Training Program at LCC

GoFarm LCC
GoFarm Hawai`i @ Leeward takes place at Leeward Community College. You do not have to enroll in college to participate. Contact Pam Caesar, coordinator. Phone: 808-557-4769. Email: Homepage and FAQ.

Do you think you might have it within you to do the hard work and learn the various aspects of farming? To meet the inevitable challenges with creativity and determination? Commit to Hawaii’s premier beginning farmer training program with the goal of becoming a successful Farmer? If so, then GoFarm Hawai`i is ready to help you!

Farming can be a very rewarding pursuit: It can sustain your family and your community, give you independence, stimulate your mind, and feed your body and spirit. It can, however, be very challenging: Disease, weather, and pests can disrupt well-laid plans; there is so much a farmer needs to know about soil health, different crops, nutrition, pest and disease control, marketing, and finances (to name a few) in order to be successful.

GoFarm Hawai`i’s mission is to enhance Hawaii’s food security and economy by increasing the number of local agricultural producers by offering those with an interest in agriculture a combination of knowledge, experience, and support designed to assist them in becoming viable production growers, and accomplish this in a manner that encourages sustainability.

Emphasis is on the practical skills and knowledge necessary to become a successful agricultural entrepreneur, thus the curriculum will cover the fundamentals of farm production and business management, and expose participants to the realities of farming through the experience of seasoned farmers. Services such as shared equipment, land, marketing, and business consulting (including pursuit of financing and land matchmaking) will be provided to facilitate participants’ entry into commercial farming.

The programs below are run approximately two times a year and are designed to be taken sequentially.

3 hour seminar

  • Attract those with interest in getting involved in agricultural production.
  • Provide them with an overview of the industry in Hawai’i and its importance.
  • Convey a sense of what is involved in farming, both as a farmer and farm worker, including: challenges and opportunities, costs and benefits, and lifestyle.
  • Inform participants about various avenues to get started, but especially recruit those who want to know more about what it is like to be a farmer to the next phase (AgXposure).

Continue reading

Wai’anae Hawaiian Civic Club’s 80th Anniversary Luau 2015: Photos & Video

Mele Worthington 80Message from WHCC President Mele Worthington:

Thank you again to my wonderful Chair – Hina and her side kick – Ku’uipo. The whole celebration was fantastic with white tents….white and gold chairs and tables, center seating (noho style), Hawaiian floral table decorations; Oli chanting by Hailama Farden, Pule by Kahu Kalahiki; ono Hawaiian food served on wooden bowls and platters; Live Hawaiian music by “Ho’onipo” , Kauila dancing that enticing “Ahulili” hula – his friends Kelly Hu and Starr Kalahiki, valet parking, great photo shoot; and the fantastic ocean view.
Here’s a link to additional photos of the event by Hina Crumpton and Nick Smith:

For more information, visit: 

Berny Luning (left), who helped to run the silent auction, posed with Sen. Shimabukuro.

  Ho’onipo entertained the guests.
Albert Silva talked about the “good ‘ol days.”

 Video clip of Ho’onipo singing.

Star-Adv: ‘Cut to grant in Congress worries fans of preschool’ (11/2/15)

By Nanea Kalani
Star-Advertiser, 2 Nov. 2015

Two-thirds of a nearly $15 million federal grant awarded to Hawaii to fund public pre-kindergarten classrooms at charter schools has been slashed from spending bills in Congress — a move that officials warn would cut off preschool access for more than 700 isle children from low-income families.

Funds for the federal Preschool Development Grants, a program aimed at building and expanding high-quality preschool in more than 200 high-need communities across 18 states, have been eliminated from House and Senate spending bills.

The state’s Public Charter School Commission last year was awarded a four-year grant to establish 18 new pre-kindergarten classrooms, starting with four on Hawaii island this school year. Plans call for establishing preschool classes at two more Big Island schools next year, and five more there the following year, along with three on Oahu, two on Kauai and one each on Maui and Molokai. The award also comes with requirements to ensure quality, including low student-teacher ratios and teacher training.

The program is expected to serve 920 4-year-olds from families whose income is at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guideline in areas with limited or no access to high-quality preschool. (This year the federal poverty guideline for Hawaii is $27,890 for a family of four.)  Continue reading

Constituent Inquiry re: H1 Eastbound Expansion

Sen Shimabukuro 80AConstituent Dwain Masek submitted 2 questions to my office, and the DOT’s Public Affairs Office (DOTPAO) provided responses:

My first question is, with all the housing being added to the West Side, Kapolei/Makakilo, Ewa and into Pearl City. Is there any thought to expanding the East Bound H1?

Yes, a project to widen EB H-1 from Waiawa Interchange to Halawa Interchange is starting in environmental clearance in 2016.  Anticipate project will be approximately $120 mil, and expect construction programming in FY 2020.  

My second question is, even with the west bound H1 from Makakilo past Cambell/Water Park off ramp it bottle necks as traffic attempts to flow past Honokai Hale, past Ko olina and up the west side. Is there any thought to expanding the West Bound as the H1 ends?

Not at this time.  Due to aging facilities and Federal Requirements, HDOT is prioritizing system preservation projects. Roughly 65 to 80 percent of funds are programmed towards pavement and bridge projects to get the system that we have into better repair as soon as possible.  with only 20 to 35 percent of the funds going towards increasing capacity statewide, widening or expansion projects will be less common.  We will however widen H-1 EB.    

State DOT Response re Farrington HIghway Traffic Light Synchronization/Nanakuli-Maili Corridor

Sent: Tuesday, November 03, 2015 3:02 PM
Subject: Re: Request from Sen. Maile Shimabukuro re FHWY

Aloha, Thank you for you patience.  The City and State worked to synchronize the streetlights on the Farrington Highway corridor in the vicinity of Nanakuli and Maili in the fall of 2014.

Re-synchronization of all streetlights generally occurs in 2 year cycles.  However, due to the volumes of traffic observed in the area, City signal crews have been going out to the area on a regular basis to review the timing and observe the conditions.

In general, the timing for the corridor has been maximized for the PM commute at 240 second cycles which favors the Farrington Highway corridor over the side streets or turning movements.  This means that total wait time for side streets is 4 minutes, and turning movements are limited to 30-40 seconds.

In general, that means 7 to 8 turning vehicles can make the green phase with no pedestrians, and 2 to 4 cars can turn when pedestrians are present.

When synchronizing, both directions are considered.  Traffic signals on a 2-way corridor will never be timed to allow a motorist to hit all green lights in one direction because that would mean a driver going in the opposite direction would be hitting all reds.

In general, we have been seeing increases in volume over the last 10 years that are overloading the system, especially during peak times.  HDOT is studying the possibility of extending the turning lane currently under construction on Farrington Highway to Hakimo Road in order to alleviate some of the congestion. We are also looking at improvements on H1 eastbound to move traffic more efficiently and also working to achieve fiber optic connectivity on Farrington as far west as possible to allow for traffic cameras and active management of the signals

State of Hawaii Department of Transportation
Public Affairs Office
869 Punchbowl Street, Room 506
Honolulu, Hawaii  96813-5097

Magical Disney Relay For Life of Wai’anae 2016 March 12-13, 7PM-7AM

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Nanakuli Turn Lane Project Update

Sen Shimabukuro 80AConstituents have asked about the status of the Nanakuli turn lane project.  My understanding is that DOT has obtained approval to perform night work.  Here is a link to information about the turn lane project work schedule and other project details from DOT:

Click to access 2015_03_04_Farrington_Hwy_Noise_Variance_PIM_Presentation.pdf

Aha Moku Advisory Committee (AMAC) Public Meeting on Draft Rules: FRI NOV 6

PowerPoint - 11.06.15_Waianae Moku

For the 19-page PowerPoint version, click here. For the PDF version, click here.

Statute of Limitations for Rape Cases Eliminated

Sen. Shimabukuro and the late Rep. Mele Carroll introduced SB 2687 and HB 2034, which eliminates the time limit to bring criminal charges in rape cases and also extends the time limit to file civil lawsuits.

Sen. Maile Shimabukuro and the late Rep. Mele Carroll introduced SB 2687 and HB 2034, which eliminates the time limit to bring criminal charges in rape cases and also extends the time limit to file civil lawsuits.

Great news for sex abuse victims — the Legislature eliminated the time limit to bring criminal charges in rape cases and also extended the time limit to file civil lawsuits. Here is more information about HB 2034, which the late Rep. Mele Carroll introduced, and SB 2687, which I introduced:

HB 2034 eliminates the criminal statute of limitations for sex assault in the 1st and 2nd degree, and continuous sex assault of a minor under 14 years of age. Link to the bill here.

SB 2687:

  • extends the “window” to file civil lawsuits in child sex abuse cases where the Statue of Limitations (“SOL”) had previously expired, for 2 more years, until April 2016
  • allows child sex abuse victims to bring civil lawsuits up until age 26, or 3 years from the date they discover repressed memories of the abuse
  • continues to apply the “gross negligence” standard if the lawsuit includes the alleged perpetrator’s employer
  • adds the state as a potential employer who can be sued under the window

Link to the bill here.

For more on the Child Sex Abuse Window, go here.

Sen. Shimabukuro Proposed Changing ‘Discoverer’s Day’ to ‘Indigenous People’s Day’

Rename ‘Columbus Day’ to Honor Indigenous People: A Day of Mixed Feelings
by Jacques Brunvil, Ka Leo, 12 Oct. 2015

Established as a federal holiday in 1937, Columbus Day has existed to celebrate the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus in 1492. Although celebrated on the same day, the second Monday of October, some cities and states (including Hawai‘i) honor the day under a different name or do not honor it at all.

In Hawai‘i, federal government offices are closed on Columbus Day whereas state, city and county government offices and schools are open for business. This is because the State of Hawai‘i does not recognize Columbus Day as a holiday, recognizing Discoverer’s Day instead. It honors the discovery of the Hawaiian Islands by Polynesians and was established by the 1969 Hawai‘i legislature as non-holiday status in order to make room for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

In addition, local advocacy groups in Hawai‘i have used this day to protest the holiday as a whole, suggesting we honor indigenous peoples instead. Introduced in January 2013 by [Senator] House Rep. Maile Shimabukuro (D – Wai‘anae, Mākaha, Mākua), [Senate] House Bill SB317 SD1 proposed changing the second Monday of October from “Discoverer’s Day” to “Indigenous People’s Day.” Unfortunately, the bill died.

What controversy?

When he first encountered the so-called “New World,” Columbus not only manipulated and massacred indigenous people for riches — gold and farmland — but also began a revolutionary wave of worldwide colonization, European culture domination and most notoriously mass slavery of both indigenous people and Africans. For this reason, there is controversy surrounding the holiday.  Continue reading

WOW Yard Sale 2015 Nov. 6-8

Women of Wai’anae Yard Sale

Nov. 6, Friday evening, pre-sale, open to all
Nov. 7-8, Saturday – Sunday, 8am to 4pm
(may close earlier or later, depending on customers)

86-024 Glenmonger Street  (Corner of Glenmonger/Poka’i Bay Street)
(google map) (yahoo map)
Yard sale donations accepted at this address. Call Karen at 696-4677 for more information.

Proceeds from the yard sale fund WOW’s scholarships for non-traditional students on Wai’anae Coast.

karen-young80For more information about WOW, a non-profit 501c3 which provides scholarships to non-traditional college students from the Wai`anae Coast, visit or contact Karen Young at 696-4677 or

KITV4: ‘HHAA holds semi-annual Great Gun Show’

by Roger Mari
KITV4, 28 Oct. 2015

At the Hawaii Historic Arms Association (HHAA) “Great Guns Show,” some of the firearms were just for show while others were available for purchase.

In 2000, there were more than 13,000 firearms in our state; in 2013, that number shot up to 60,000.

This year, nine people were killed during the mass shooting in Oregon by a man who had an arsenal of weapons.

“Unfortunately he was a law abiding citizen, acquired his guns legally and for unknown reasons, he did what he did,” said Philip Rapoza, HHAA.

Exhibitors at Saturday’s “Great Gun Show” were hoping that the recent shooting in Oregon wouldn’t trigger lawmakers to tighten the rules on purchasing firearms in Hawaii.

“It’s a lot better here as far as keeping the guns out of the hands of the crazy people because we do an actual medical and mental background check where most other states do not,” says Brian Takaba, a gun store owner.

“I think overall Hawaii has a not too bad, pretty good balance between trying to allow people to bear arms lawfully and at the same time protect public safety,” said Sen. Maile Shimabukuru [Shimabukuro].

Since 2000, there have been only six concealed carry permits issued in Hawaii. Some here believe more should be allowed.

Read the full article here.

Accessory Dwelling Unit Brochure

Lopaka Baptiste80The following brochure on Accessory Dwelling Units was provided by Honolulu City Councilwoman Kymberly Pine.

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DHHL Beneficiary Consultation – 12/07/15

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Lopaka Baptiste80HEADS UP for those of you on DHHL land or on “the list” — Make sure you attend the December 7th meeting in Kapolei!

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) is kicking off a series of statewide meetings seeking beneficiary input on proposed rule changes related to the following topics:

  • Genetic Testing: Proposes DHHL accept DNA tests to establish family ties in order to qualify for the Hawaiian Home Lands program.
  • Lease Transfer: Proposes a process and requirements for transferring a vacant homestead lot (i.e. a lot with no home or other improvements built upon the land).
  • Subsistence Lots: Proposes a new option in DHHLʻs agricultural program that supports a subsistence rural lifestyle.

The DHHL is currently re-examining the Administrative Rules governing department operations, and proposing to remove, add, or modify these rules to meet the changing needs and priorities of our beneficiaries. The department plans to propose several rule changes throughout the course of this administration. This first round of proposed rule changes are in direct response to beneficiary feedback the department received over the years.

The rulemaking process could take up to two years to complete, and begins with Beneficiary Consultation meetings at the following locations and dates. All meetings scheduled to run from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Kapolei, O‘ahu – Monday, December 7, 2015
DHHL Hale Pono‘ī
91-5420 Kapolei Pkwy., Kapolei, HI 96707