Legislative Alert: Service of Process; Land Use Violation; Notice (SB 2163) Scheduled Senate Hearing 02-01-16 2:45pm

Tori McCann color byline 80Legislation introduced by Senator Shimabukuro has been scheduled for hearing before the Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs (HWN) and Water, Land and Agriculture (WLA).

Monday February 1,2016 2:25pm

Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 224

415 South Beretania Street

SB 2163- Allows notice of a land use violation to be given via a posting on a searchable government website when attempts to serve the notice in person and by mail have been unsuccessful.

To read the bill go to: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2163_.HTM

To keep up to date on the bill status go to: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2163&year=2016

The last day to testimony is Sunday January 31,2016 2:45 pm

Legislative Alert: Aha Moku Advisory Committe; Appropration (SB2161) scheduled Senate Hearing 02-01-16 1:30pm

Tori McCann color byline 80Legislation introduced by Senator Shimabukuro has been scheduled for hearing before the Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs (HWN) and Water, Land and Agriculture (WLA).

Monday, February 1, 2016 1:30pm

Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 016

415 South Beretania Street

SB 2161- Appropriates funds for the administration and operation of the Aha Moku advisory committee and for community outreach.

To read the bill go to: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2161_.HTM

To keep up to date on the bill status click here: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2161_.HTM

The last day to submit testimony is Sunday January 31, 2016 1:30pm

Legislative Alert: Hawaiian Language; Hawaiian Language Web; Appropiation (SB 2162) Scheduled Senate Hearing 02-01-16 1:40pm

Tori McCann color byline 80Legislation introduced by Senator Shimabukuro has been scheduled for hearing before the Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs (HWN),Judiciary and Labor (JDL) and Ways and Means ( Budgeting committee).

Monday, February 1,2016, 1:40pm

Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 016

415 South Beretania Street

SB 2162- Appropriates funds to establish long-term Hawaiian language resources and capacity building to train experts in the Hawaiian language field.

To read the bill go to: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2162_.HTM

To keep up to date on the status of the bill click here: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2162_.HTM

The last day to submit testimony is Sunday January 31, 2016 1:40pm

Sen. Shimabukuro’s 2016 Bills as of 1/28/16

Sen Shimabukuro 80AHere is a link to an excel spreadsheet which lists the bills I introduced, co-introduced, or am supporting so far for the 2016 legislative session:

2016 Bill List – Measure Tracker version

Legislative Alert: Breastfeeding; Jury Duty; Exemption (SB2315) Scheduled for Senate Committee Hearing 2/2/16

Tori McCann color byline 80Legislation introduced by Senator Shimabukuro has been scheduled for hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health.

Tuesday, February 2,2016, 8:30 am

Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 229

415 South Beretania Street

SB 2315-Exempts mothers who breastfeed or express breast milk from Jury Duty; provided that this exemption shall end when a mother is no longer breastfeeding or expressing breast milk.

To read the bill go to: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2315_.HTM

For more information on the bill status click here: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2315&year=2016

The deadline to submit testimony is:  Monday February 1,2016 8:30 am

Although late testimony may be submitted on the day of the hearing, any testimony submitted after the 24 hours prior should also be printed and sent to the CPH chair as a hard copy.

 

 

Na Mele O Wai’anae 01/30/16

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Workers Compensation & Foreclosure Bills Scheduled for Hearing 1/29/16 & 2/1/16

Sen Shimabukuro 80ASB 2215 has been scheduled for hearing by the Senate Judiciary & Labor Committee on Friday, Jan. 29, 9am, rm 016. Here’s a link to the hearing notice:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/hearingnotices/HEARING_JDL_01-29-16_.HTM

SB 2215:
Appropriates funds for the hiring of six hearing officer positions and support staff within the department ofan labor and industrial relations’ disability compensation division and to provide the officers and staff with legal and medical training.

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2215&year=2016

HB 1817, the House companion to SB2345 regarding community association payment plans, has been scheduled for hearing on Monday, February 1, 2016, 2pm. Instructions/Links to submit testimony can be found on the hearing notice:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/hearingnotices/HEARING_CPC_02-01-16_.HTM

Here’s a link to HB 1817:
Permits owners in a planned community association or condominium to submit a payment plan within thirty days after receiving notice from an association regarding any delinquent assessments and provides owners with time to cure delinquent assessments. Permits a right to judicially foreclose a lien against any unit or apartment that arises solely from delinquent assessments, including fines, penalties, legal fees, or late fees, to be removed or amended from governing documents by a vote of at least sixty-seven per cent of owners.

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=1817&year=2016

Spread the word!

Opening Day 2016

Sen Shimabukuro 80AAs more photos from Opening Day trickle in, I am thankful to have so many people who made it a point to come say “hello” and be a part of the 2016 Opening Day celebration. Mahalo to everyone who made my day a special one!

Legislative Alert – Funding DLIR Worker’s Compensation Division (SB2215) Scheduled for Senate Committee Hearing : Friday, January 29, 2016

stacy2-160A-80Legislation introduced by Senator Shimabukuro has been scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor.

Friday, January 29, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 016
415 South Beretania Street

SB2215 appropriates funds for the hiring of six hearing officer positions and support staff within the department of labor industrial relations’ disability compensation division and to provide the officers and staff with legal and medical training.

To read the bill go to: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2215_.htm

For more information on SB2215, including bill text and to submit testimony, click here for bill status.

The deadline to submit testimony is Thursday, January 28, 2015, at 9:00 a.m.

Although late testimony may be submitted on the day of the hearing, any testimony submitted less than 24 hours prior should also be printed and sent to the JDL chair as a hard copy.

See update: Workers Compensation & Foreclosure Bills Scheduled for Hearing 1/29/16 & 2/1/16

To read the bill go to: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2315_.HTM

Waianae Coast Emergency Access Road Extension Site Visit 1/24/16; Next Meeting 2/8/16

Sen Shimabukuro 80AOn 01/24/16, residents gathered to conduct a site visit of potential extensions of the Waianae Coast Emergency Access Road (WCEAR).  A summary of the meeting is below.

The next meeting to discuss the possible WCEAR Extension will be hosted by the Ahupua’a o Nanakuli Homestead on 02/08/16, 7-9pm, at Ka Waihona o ka Na’auao PCS cafeteria.  The public is welcome.

Waianae Coast Emergency Access Road (WCEAR) Proposed Extension Site Visit Minutes
PHASE 1: Helelua St. To Nanakuli Homestead

– Best Option:

Helelua St. to private road behind Yuen’s store, connect to Haleakala Ave thru empty DHHL lot

– 2nd Best Option:

Helelua St. to Mokiawe St. (Dirt path thru DHHL homestead lot; goes over utility lines, drainage ditch, & cables; Comes out at Puu Heleakala park; Need to relocate a DHHL family)

– 3rd Best option:

Helelua St. to Ule loop (need switchback road, road carved into mountain, or tunnel)

PHASE 2: St. Rita’s Church to Nanakuli Ranch to DHHL Series 7

Option 1: 2 bridges needed

– Bridge from St. Rita’s Church to Ranch

– Bridge from Ranch to Pikaiolena St. (Over drainage area for DHHL Series 7 homesteads)

Option 2: possible roads above Series 7 and higher up at Nanakuli Ranch to support potential building of new DHHL homes (as discussed at a meeting on 01/27/16 with DHHL and Sen. Shimabukuro)

Notes: Other parts of WCEAR extension will travel over some existing roads, eg,

– Haleakala Ave. to cross St., eg, Kauwahi Ave

– Kauwahi Ave. to Nanakuli Ave.;

– Nanakuli Ave. to Pua Ave.;

– Pua Ave. to St. Rita’s Church.

PLAN:

– Elected officials to consult with City DEM/DTS, DHHL & community re: possible submission of a Capital Improvement Project (CIP) request to begin feasibility study/plan/design/construction of WCEAR extension.

Photos from the site visit (click on the photos to enlarge):

Richard and Shirley Landford.  Richard is the chair of the Nanakuli-Maili Neighborhood Board’s Transportation Committee.  Richard and Shirley celebrated both his birthday and their 46th wedding anniversary during lunch with the group after the site visit.

 Concerned residents viewed a possible area to connect the DHHL Nanakuli Homesteads to the WCEAR at Ule Loop.


Peter Hirai, Deputy Director of the City Department of Emergency Management (DEM), explained WCEAR procedures to the group.

  A map provided by the Puu Heleakala Recreation Association.
The vacant lot on Pikaiolena Street, where the WCEAR may connect to Nanakuli Ranch via a bridge.

  The drainage tunnel between Nanakuli Ranch and DHHL’s “Series 7” homesteads.
Part of the large river bed between Nanakuli Ranch and DHHL’s “Series 7” homesteads.

  Kaipo Raposa described the ditch between St. Rita’s Church and Nanakuli Ranch to Richard Landford.
A group of concerned citizens met on 01/24/16 to tour possible extension areas for the WCEAR.  First row, L-R: Peter Hirai (Deputy Director, City Dept. Of Emergency Management), Ruby Maunakea, Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, Rev. Sally Jane Amina.  2nd row, L-R: Sarah Naone, Stephanie Kawelo, Georgie Navarro, Jewelynn Kirkland, JoAnn Raposa, Sally Naone Kawewehi, Stephanie Launiu, Karen Awana.  3rd row, L-R: Shayne Sakoda, Richard Landford, Deacon Levy, Ernest McKeague, Kaipo Raposa, Damien Kaaihue, Curtis Tsuzaki, Ms. Raposa.  [Photo by Bill Raposa]

Mahalo to all for your time and efforts to support this important project to extend the WCEAR!

Jr. Lifeguard Graduate Rescues Man at Makua Beach

Tori McCann color byline 80Nikolas Wrye, 15, rescued a man at Makua Beach on 01/16/2016. Wrye had taken  Jr. lifeguarding classes over the summer at Makaha Beach which taught him what to do in the emergency. Senator Maile Shimabukuro, her ohana, and friends were also there. Wrye’s grandmother, Peppy Rapoza, noticed from the shore a man drowning and calling for help. Rapoza yelled to catch Shimabukuro’s attention about the drowning man.

Shimabukuro’s friend, Michael Cuban, quickly rushed to save the man. However, Wrye was already out body boarding and he and others paddled over to the man. Cuban coached them on what to do as they headed out to the man after four big sets of waves. When Wrye grabbed the man’s arm to pull him onto his body board, the man was panicking and exhausted from being pounded by the waves.  Fortunately, the rescue was successful and the man survived.

“If Maile’s big ohana hadn’t been there, the man would have drowned,” said Rapoza. “The Jr. lifeguard classes that my grandson took also helped. I hope they keep the Jr. lifeguarding program. We need it on the West Side since the ocean is our playground.”

If you are interested in taking Jr. lifeguard classes, visit: http://www.honolulu.gov/esdosls/juniorlifeguards.html

 

 

 

Planned Parenthood Honored by State Senate

  The Senate recently honored Planned Parenthood of HI.

US Senator Mazie Hirono recently provided the following information about the organization:

“2.7 million women across the country, including thousands in Hawaii, benefit from Planned Parenthood’s health care services. Planned Parenthood is who many women go to for cancer screening, disease testing, birth control, and other essential health care services. Planned Parenthood is the primary health care provider for so many women.

But women in Hawaii and across the country can’t always afford the preventative care and basic reproductive health care services that Planned Parenthood provides. That’s why the federal government helps fund Planned Parenthood.  Without Planned Parenthood, many of these women would go without critical health care.”

HDOT AND HPD PARTNER TO EXPEDITE TRAFFIC FLOW AT A BUSY KAPOLEI INTERSECTION

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION DAVID Y. IGE GOVERNOR FORD N. FUCHIGAMI DIRECTOR

For Immediate Release: Jan. 25, 2016 16-0032

HDOT AND HPD PARTNER TO EXPEDITE TRAFFIC FLOW AT A BUSY KAPOLEI INTERSECTION

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) announces that starting Monday, Jan. 25, Honolulu Police Department officers will monitor and direct traffic flow at the intersection of Kalaeloa Boulevard and Farrington Highway in Kapolei. The addition of the officers at the current 2-way stop will alleviate afternoon traffic congestion that accumulates on northbound Kalaeloa Boulevard between Campbell Industrial Park and the H-1 Freeway. “Governor Ige is looking for new ways to deliver immediate traffic relief. Having this police presence help with traffic control is a quick solution that will bring benefits right away,” said Ford Fuchigami, HDOT Director. “We are moving forward with a permanent traffic signal at the intersection, however that will require some additional time.” The police officers will direct traffic at this intersection on Monday through Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This effort will continue throughout the duration of the Kapolei Interchange Complex, Phase 2 project which is expected to be completed in mid-2018. The installation of a permanent traffic signal at the Kalaeloa Boulevard and Farrington Highway intersection is currently being programmed for design. Motorists are encouraged to drive with caution through the intersection and surrounding roadways and to use GoAkamai to monitor live traffic conditions at www.goakamai.org.

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———————————————————————– Tim Sakahara State of Hawaii Department of Transportation Public Information Officer 869 Punchbowl Street, Room 504 Honolulu HI 96813-5097 Telephone: (808) 587-2160 Fax: (808) 587-2313 ———————————————————————–

Wendy’s Wonderful Kids

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Dave Thomas founder of the restaurant  Wendy’s, established Wendy’s Wonderful Kids in 1990, to secure children out of the foster care and in adoptive families. The Foundation helps children become adopted by providing grants to both public and private adoption agencies to hire professional for recruitments to find the children a family . There are 206 professional recruiters in the United States and Canada. Half of the children that get referred to Wendy’s Wonderful Kids have been in foster care for four or more years making their chances of getting adapted harder.  By providing professional recruiters children are three times more likely to get adopted into loving homes. Help stop 23,000 children from aging out of the Foster Care System.

Do you enjoy playing kickball? Why not play a fun game of kickball and raise money for the foundation. To sign up go to:  https://davethomasfoundation.org/dtfa-kickball/

If you are interested in adopting you can connect recruiter Chiyom Chow.

recruiter phone: (808) -540-2552

recruiter email: cchow@familygramshi.og

website: familyprogramshawaii.og

 

 

 

 

Ku’ikahi Benefit for Pūnana Leo o Wai‘anae 2/27/16

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Click image to enlarge. Click here to go to their site. Submitted by Summer Miles.

Kupuna Independent Life Series

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Duane DeSoto of Na Kama Kai Visits the Capitol

Olena Buriak 80By Olena Buriak, International Student Intern

Duane DeSoto is professional longboard surfer. He won the 2010 Oxbow ASP World Longboard Championship, defeating France’s Antoine Delpero in the Final at Makaha. Today he told legislators about his dream to create an ocean education center on the Waianae Coast. Duane is the founder of Na Kama Kai, which brings together ocean culture and lifestyle through innovative programs in a safe learning environment. All programs have been carefully designed by Duane himself to provide rigorous ocean programming for all.

L-R: Dane Wicker (aide to Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz), Olena Buriak, Sen. Shimabukuro, and Duane DeSoto.

Kamehameha Kilohana Waianae Program: Deadline 2/16/16

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Lopaka Baptiste80A new program is coming to the Waiʻanae coast this summer! Apply now for Kamehameha Schools Kilohana Waiʻanae, a 5-week summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) + ʻāina-based learning program that provides math instruction through Hawaiian culture-based education, college and career preparation, hands-on activities and field trips including visits to Oʻahu colleges and universities. Transportation will be provided.

Program dates: June 6 – July 13

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 16, 2016.  Application available: here.

For students entering grades 7 who reside on the Waiʻanae Coast and meet the required academic criteria.  Students who are enrolled in a Kamehameha Schools K-12 campus program are not eligible.

INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS:
Wednesday, 1/27 at 6:00pm at the Community Learning Center at Nānākuli
Wednesday, 2/3 at 6:00pm at Waiʻanae Intermediate School
Dinner will be provided.

Application assistance will be available at each meeting. Bring your student’s last year and current 1st semester report cards to complete your application.

Completed applications can be turned in at the meetings or to the Community Learning Center at Nānākuli during regular business hours or mailed to the specified address.

Hearing Notice: SB 2124, SB 2125

Nanakuli High Exchange Student Comes to Visit – Olena Buriak

Sara Perry byline80Today we have a wonderful intern visiting us from the Ukraine – Olena Buriak (see the group photo below). She is part of a program of international high school students studying abroad for an entire academic school year. She is currently attending Nanakuli High School for her year abroad. The interns got to meet Governor Ige today, as well as sit in on a Senate (and House) floor session and be officially introduced to members of the Legislature. This wonderful program is called the Future Leaders Exchange.

The Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program encourages long-lasting peace and understanding between the U.S. and the emerging democracies of the former Soviet Union. FLEX provides opportunities for high school students (ages 15-17) to spend a year in the United States, living with a volunteer family and attending an American high school. International Hospitality Center, founded in 1976, has been honored to receive U.S. Department of State Grantees on the high school level for the past 23 years.

A little bit about Olena: She is interested in pursuing a career in foreign languages and history. She enjoys ballroom dancing, skiing, skating, swimming, hiking, art. Her interests include: English and German Language Olympiads; Participated in an exchange program to Poland, France, Germany and the Czech Republic.

Olena hails from the Ukraine, lives her mother, their cat, and their dog. She has taken part in ballroom dancing since she was 5 years old. She aspires to continue her education at an American University. While in Hawaii, Olena has been active in sports at school, such as paddling and cross country, and will participate in the School Song Fest.

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L-R: Christine West (Legislative Aide), Sara Perry (Committee Clerk), Tori McCann (Legislative Intern, UHWO), Olena Buriak (Student Intern from Ukraine), Sen. Shimabukuro, Colleen Teramae (Office Manager).