Punana Leo o Wai’anae 2016 Ku’ikahi Event Photos

Summer and Aunty Mele. Click here to view the album of photos from 2016 .Punana Leo o Wai'anae Ku'ikahi Event

Summer and Aunty Mele. Click here to view the album of photos taken by Summer Miles at the 27 Feb. 2016 Punana Leo o Wai’anae Ku’ikahi event.

Click here to view the "Ku'ikahi" album of photos by Francis Farrelly.

L-R: Stacelynn Eli, Kalehua Caceres, ʻEkekela Aiona, Rep. Jo Jordan, Sen. Maile Shimabukuro. To view the “Ku’ikahi” album of photos by Francis Farrelly, click here. Francis can be reached via email: golddiamondphotography@gmail.com, Website/Gallery: http://www.golddiamondphotography.com/

Shayne Sakoda and Maile Shimabukuro.

Shayne Sakoda and Maile Shimabukuro.


Keani holding the event program.

Sen. Shimabukuro and her son, Keani.    
Sen. Shimabukuro’s mother, Karen Young; and step-father, Dr. Fred Dodge.


Standing, L-R: Malia Miles holding Kamana’oli, Manny Miles, Sen. Shimabukuro, Summer Miles.  Sitting, L-R: Keohi, Keani, Karen Young, Fred Dodge, Shayne Sakoda.

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Corvette Center Ministries Grant in Aid Visit

On Friday, February 26th, we toured the Waianae Internet cafe to meet with applicants of our annual Grants in Aid. Grants in Aid are funding sources awarded by the Legislature each year for a variety of projects, programs, and other initiatives. If you haven’t been to the Internet Cafe yet, I highly suggest you check it out! They have fax/scan/copy services, as well as provide valuable job training skills with a specific focus on helping the homeless. The space is beautifully renovated and the staff are awesome!

Grant-in-Aid applicant: Corvette Center Ministries dba Zion Ipuka. Goal is to open a transitional center in Waianae and provide the homeless with a variety of services in order to serve as a bridge for them to transition back into the community.


Waianae Economic Development Council Grant in Aid Visit

The Waianae Economic Development Council (formerly the Waianae Coast Coalition) develops economic opportunities on the Waianae Coast. Their goals include building the physical infrastructure for local businesses to develop and grow by utilizing the rich culture, history, natural resources, and people of our community. Their Grant in Aid (GIA) request is for capital to build multi-certified kitchens and training facilities to serve as an incubator for start-up and small food producers on our coast.

Grant-in-Aid submitted by the Waianae Economic Development Council for a certified kitchen and community development capacity building.

Waianae Public Library Xeriscaping Project

The Waianae Public Library will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary, and in honor of that, they have undertaken a xeriscaping project to give the building a fabulous new look! Xeriscaping is landscaping and gardening that reduces or eliminates the need for irrigation, therefore establishing a sustainable and environmentally friendly beautification project.

And, did you know that the library has a mobile app, too?! Check it out!

Hawaii Literacy Program Grant in Aid Visit

The Hawaii Literacy program is seeking a Grant in Aid to help expand their program and services to the Waianae coast, Kauai, and Kona. They teach adult literacy, run the Bookmobile, have free family literacy libraries, and run the English Language Learner (ELL) program helping adults learn english and improve communication skills.


Waianae Coast Community Foundation Grant in Aid Visit

Patti Kahanamoku-Teruya is the driving force behind Waianae Coast Community Foundation, a Grant in Aid applicant who is looking for funding to facilitate and support the growth and operations of the After School All-Stats program, the Nanakuli High and Intermediate School’s Project Graduation, and Toys For Tots Program (in partnership with the US Marine Corps).



Ho`omana Pono Visit

Although not currently requesting a Grant in Aid, Ho`omana Pono, LLC, presented a little about their mission. They are an organization created to fulfill the need to Empower Kanaka Maoli, and give voice to the voiceless. DeMott and Momi Conner are the founders of this organization, and consistently come testify at the legislature on various Native Hawaiian issues and topics. Ho`omana Pono means: “Righteous Empowerment”.