Please Donate to Hale Na‘au Pono by 1/17/16

halenaau3A From: WNP BFC
Date: December 3, 2015 at 2:17:02 AM HST
Subject: Please Select Hale Na’au Pono – Give Us A Boost by 1/17/16 – 2016 Aloha for Hawaii Charities

Aloha e ~

In September, we were selected by Friends of Hawaii Charities, whose principal fund-raising event is the Sony Open in Hawaii PGA Tour Golf Tournament, to participate in their 2016 Aloha for Hawaii Charities (AHC). This unique fundraising opportunity allows non-profit organizations, such as us, to raise funds during November 9, 2015 – January 17, 2016 4pm HST. What makes this unique is that the Aloha for Hawaii Charities program will match a percentage of what we raise, and we have set a first time goal of $5,000.00.

DID YOU KNOW?

Hale Na‘au Pono…

  • SERVES, on average 1,400 community members (including about 200 children) annually.
  • EMPLOYS, 88% of Wai‘anae Coast residents.
  • In 2014, we PROVIDED 784 community residents with our donation closet items: clothing, footwear, accessories, kupuna equipment, housewares, small household furniture, strollers, cribs, car seats and other baby items.
  • So far this year, we have DIRECTLY IMPACTED 5,097 community members and resources through community events, activities and training.

Would you be interested in donating to Hale Na‘au Pono?

You can donate by credit card (which is preferred) at the Friends of Hawaii Charities website at http://www.friendsofhawaii.org/contribute/aloha-hawaii-charities which is where you will see Hale Na‘au Pono listed as a 2015-2016 Participant.  Continue reading

Bills for 2016 Session: Feedback Sought

Sen Shimabukuro 80AAloha~ Here are some requests for bills that I have received.  Please provide me with your feedback & any additional ideas you may have.

TRANSPORTATION

  • Study to widen Farrington Hwy from Kalaeloa to Hakimo Rd using $233m in potential federal funds
  • Extend the Waianae Coast emergency access road, from Helelua Street to Piliokahi Ave.

CONSUMER PROTECTION

  • 1 year moratorium on foreclosures and ejectments of home owners to allow time for needed reforms to prevent fraudulent foreclosures; modeled after this bill: https://www.change.org/p/the-governor-of-or-immediate-statewide-moratorium-on-mortgage-foreclosures?recruiter=false
  • Prohibit mortgage companies from  purchasing insurance or otherwise materially changing the terms of the mortgage notes that they take over from other lenders
  • Prohibit homeowners associations from combining fines levied against homeowners with maintenance fees. Purpose is to prevent homeowners associations from foreclosing on properties based on non-payment of fines which may be in dispute.

JUDICIARY AND LABOR

  • Automatic voter registration with drivers license and state ID applications
  • Allow automatic payments to former spouses from the state Employees Retirement System
  • Streamline the current worker’s compensation appeals system, to allow 3 levels of appeal: 1) initial appeal before a hearing officer; 2) 2nd appeal before the Labor Relations Board; 3) final appeal before the court system

HOUSING

  • Remove limit of one section 8 tenant per TMK parcel
  • Exempt payments from Section 8 home ownership program from food stamp income, even if payments are made out to home owner
  • De-Regulate hale-building.  Click here for more info: https://21maile.com/2015/11/22/bill-to-legalize-indigenous-hawaiian-architecture/
  • Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) – exempt the requirement to add a parking stall to the ADU if property is within 1/2 mile of bus stop (current law only includes rail stops).
  • Legalize trailer parks on private lands

EDUCATION

  • Air conditioning for public schools
  • Move donations to private schools to the public schools and libraries category for campaign spending limit amounts

HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS

  • Mandate the creation of assessment tests for Hawaiian immersion students in grades 3-6 which are originally written in the Hawaiian language
  • Kalo leaf designated as official state dish, and Kalo leaf day/month
  • Funding for the Aha Moku Advisory Commission

If you have any questions or concerns, contact my office at 586-7793.