Waianae Coast Film Festival: Made Possible in Part by the Sean M. Gage Memorial Fund 



Dear Maile,

Aloha.  Attached is the flyer for the Waianae Film Festival which is being held this Friday,

April 1, 5:30 at the Waianae Intermediate School cafeteria.

This Film Festival includes most of the elementary schools in Waianae, the Intermediate School and the High School (Searider Productions).  Also participating are the Boys and Girls Clubs of Waianae and Nanakuli.Inda and I have sponsored the MultiMedia Program at the Waianae Clubhouse for the last two years.We have been very fortunate in having Tim Bradley come on board to provide the media instruction to the kids in the Program.  Tim is a graduate of Searider Productions and is great interacting with the kids.The funding for our sponsorship is from The Sean M. Gage Memorial Fund which we set up to honor our  son and to support various initiatives for youth and art.  In addition to supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii, this Fund has also supported the Waianae Hawaiian Civic Club which we have done through our neighbor on Upena Street, Mele Worthington.  A photo of our son Sean is also attached.


John and Inda Gage


Sean M. Gage



Makaha Surfing Beach Erosion Update 

Here is the City’s response regarding the Makaha Surfing Beach erosion. I know it’s not the best of news, but the good news is that the City and State are pledging to monitor the situation to determine the best time to move sand in the future.


The program for the 03/30/16 Awards Luncheon at the Plaza Club.

  The NFL-YET Nanakuli Boys and Girls Club was also in attendance, and visited the Capitol before the awards luncheon. L-R: Claudia “Lala” Fernandez; Sen. Shimabukuro; Tatyana Samuels, and her grandmother and mother, Juliet and Veronica Malabey; and Kekoa Tupua.
Sen. Shimabukuro and Jeffrey Jones

 Jeffrey Jones was congratulated by Senator Brian Schatz (right) and other dignitaries.

I am thrilled to announce that Waianae’s own Jeffrey Jones won the State Youth of the Year Award on 03/30/16. Jones now goes on to the regional competition. It has been 10 years since a Waianae Boys and Girls Club member has won this honor. More information about Jones is in the news release below, published after he won the Oahu competition.

I also had the pleasure of being interviewed by Tatyana Samuels, who is the NFL-YET Nanakuli Boys and Girls Club’s Youth of the Year. Samuels is a 9th grader at Nanakuli High and Intermediate, and her goal is to become an attorney.


Waianae High School Student and Clubhouse Member Jeffrey Jones Named Youth of the Year

HONOLULU, HI – March 7, 2016 – The Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii (BGCH) announces Jeffrey Jones, Waianae High School student and Clubhouse member as its 2016 Youth of the Year. Jones received the accolade at the BGCH Youth of the Year celebration on Saturday, March 5, which is held annually to celebrate BGCH youth and their exemplary contributions to the community. As Youth of the Year, Jones received a scholarship and a chance to compete in the state Youth of the Year competition.

“Since joining Boys & Girls Club when I was seven, I have overcome obstacles such as bullying and bad influences,” said Jeffrey Jones. “The Boys & Girls Club helped me become a strong, motivated and confident leader and as Youth of the Year I hope that I can empower and help others.”

Jones, a junior at Waianae High School, was recently selected by the State of Hawaii as a delegate at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders, which will be held this summer in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also being nominated for his school’s National Honor Society and is the historian for the Waianae Clubhouse.

“The Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii is proud to honor local youth such as Jeffrey, who have truly inspired our Club kids, volunteers and staff their leadership, dedication, and service to others said Tim Motts, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii. “Through the Youth of the Year program, we witness firsthand the incredible impact Boys & Girls Club Hawaii has on our youth and in turn, the impact they have on our community.”

Candidates Jaelyn Belarde and Rendle Mones of Lihue and Ernesto Yoro of Ewa Beach joined Jones in delivering speeches on how they developed the values of leadership service, academic excellence, and healthy lifestyles through BGCH. Over 300 community supporters were in attendance at the luncheon.

As part of the national Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the annual Youth of the Year competition is a premier recognition program for exemplary Club members. Led by the Alliance Board, a group of young professional volunteers, the BGCH Youth of the Year program includes an essay writing workshop with the University of Phoenix, an interview workshop with Kumabe HR, a speech workshop with Manoa Valley Theatre and a competition at Punahou School.

Since 1947, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has hosted the Youth of the Year competition to help Club members prepare for greater futures. Twelve candidates from BGCH’s seven Clubhouses on Oahu and Kauai participated in this year’s Youth of the Year program

For more information, visit:

2016 Youth of the Year – News Release

Art at the Capitol


Did you know that this Friday, the Capitol has an open to the public exhibition of artwork? Each office has artwork from the Art in Public Places: State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and we want you to come check it out! The event will take place from 4:30-7:00 PM, and is free admission. Here is the artwork in my own office if you’d like to come and enjoy some artwork!

Governor Tours UH West O’ahu Campus Tuesday March 29 2016


UH News Release link: http://www.hawaii.edu/news/article.php?aId=7786

Governor Tours UH West O’ahu campus


Contact: Dan Meisenzahl, (808) 348-4936 Director of Media Production, Media Production

Link to video and sound: http://bit.ly/22MefeA

WHAT – Governor David Ige tours University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu Academy for Creative Media

WHEN – Tuesday, March 29, 2016

WHERE – University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu

WHO – Governor David Ige, First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige, UH West Oʻahu Interim Chancellor Doris Ching, UH Academy for Creative Media System Director Chris Lee along with faculty, students and staff


  • Governor David Ige and the First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige toured the CyberCANOE (Collaborative Analytics Navigation and Observation Environment), ʻUluʻUlu, The Henry K. Giugni Moving Image Archive of Hawaiʻi, Roy and Hilda Takeyama Creative Media Lab, and a forensic anthropology lab.
  • Creative media is one of the fastest growing programs at UH West Oʻahu.
  • Creative media students have access to specialized input and output devices for use with print media, digital video, sound-driven compositions, and 3D graphics.
  • UH West Oʻahu is the hub for UH students pursuing creative media bachelor’s degrees, and has articulation agreements with all seven UH Community Colleges.
  • UH West Oʻahu commemorates its 40th anniversary in 2016 and offers 33 fields of study with a current enrollment of 2,700 students on its new Kapolei campus that opened in 2012.

BROLL (1 minute 20 seconds): http://bit.ly/22MefeA

  • Governor walking with Chris Lee on campus (1 shot)
  • Governor and First Lady in CyberCANOE (5 shots)
  • Roy and Hilda Takeyama Creative Media Lab (2 shots)
  • ʻUluʻulu Archive (3 shots)


Governor David Ige

(12 seconds)

“I have been a big proponent of the Academy for Creative Media and most importantly, it being a Systemwide program. It’s been tremendous progress to see what has unfolded here.”

(16 seconds)

“The ability of the ACM to be on virtually every campus across the system, I think is very important, as we’ve been working to develop digital media skills on in our public school students. It’s terrific that they now have a place to go regardless of where they are.”


Kamaile Academy PCS needs Career Day volunteers!

Kamaile Academy is searching for professionals interested in participating in Career Day on 4/14 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. (1-1:30 is the set-up). They coordinate this day for their secondarySara Perry byline80 students in grades 8-12 at Kamaile Academy. The arrangement is more of a gallery walk, with a table for each participant to set up materials or an engaging activity to facilitate discussion. This year, theyʻre still searching for participants as their response was lower than last year.
Do you know of any interested professionals? Or are you interested? If so, please contact Kathleen Hoppe (contact information below).
So far, they already have professionals in the following areas:
• attorneys
• education (variety of areas)
• lifeguards
• military
• construction/engineering
• police
• hospitality industry
• airline industry
• computer sci/app development
• fire fighters
• beauty industry
• massage therapy
• public health nursing
• nursing
Mahalo nui!!
If you’d like to help out, please contact:
Kathleen Hoppe
Student Support Services Program Manager
Kamaile Academy PCS
(808) 697-7110, ext. 271


Campbell High Students Push to Ban Smoking in Automobiles When a Minor is Present 

I enjoyed meeting with Campbell High School students, who are supporting SB 2083, which bans smoking in automobiles when a minor is present.  L-R: Cory Chun (American Cancer Society); Campbell High School students CJ Danielson, Robert Johnson, Josiah Villaro, Joshua Villanueva, and Sen. Shimabukuro.