Civil Beat article on Manufactured Housing and why it’s not happening here in Hawaii

Manufactured housing communities can help bring down our cost of living, but stereotypes, land costs, regulations and a lack of will have conspired to block them.

What’s going on at the Waianae Library?

May Monthly events

Tree Trimming on Farrington Hwy. 4/19-4/26 FYI

Aloha Senator Shimabukuro,

My apologies for the short notice, we wanted to inform you that our Vegetation Management Section has scheduled tree trimming work along Farrington Highway from Honokai Hale to Nanakuli to clear brush growing near existing utility lines. The work will occur from April 19 to April 26, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.  The contractor has been advised to be off of the road by 2:00 p.m.

Work will begin on the mauka side of Farrington Highway near Honokai Hale and crews will be moving west towards Nanakuli. For the safety of work crews and the public, a single westbound lane of Farrington Highway will be closed near the working area as crews are clearing the vegetation.  Traffic control measures, aided by special-duty police officers, will be used to help direct traffic flow on Farrington Highway in the work area.  Traffic advisories are also being issued.  We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Have a great afternoon,


Community Relations

Hawaiian Electric

PO Box 2750 / Honolulu, HI 96840

O: 808.543-4909


Disaster Prep Workshop April 20th

Community: FREE #Waianae Disaster Prep Workshop Wednesday April 20 at 6:30PM Waianae District Park. @MayorKirkHNL #NatlPrep

Are YOU and your family prepared for the next #hurricane, #tsunami or other disaster? Do you know what emergency supplies you should have on hand or have you developed a 7-day family disaster supplies kit? Learn about these issues and much, much MORE Wednesday April 20th at a FREE disaster preparedness workshop to be held at the Waianae District Park, 85-601 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, HI 96792 at 6:30 p.m. The Waianae Military Civilian Advisory Council, Waianae Rotary and Waianae community members are hosting free monthly disaster preparedness workshops every 3rd Wednesday. The Waianae Coast Readiness Team is working closely with the City & County of Honolulu Department of Emergency Management & the Hawaii State Emergency Management Agency, using the Hawaii Hazards Awareness & Resilience Program (HHARP). Every month there will be a new topic so the public is encouraged to come out to attend these free disaster preparedness workshops to help them get ready for an all-hazard event. The goal is to develop the Waianae Coast Readiness Team, made up of volunteers to help communities in the Makua/Keaau, Makaha, Waianae, Maili, Lualualei and Nanakuli areas.

If you’d like to join the team or would like more information, call Don “Rock” Arakaki at (808) 255-8669 or email him at

For full details, view this message on the web.

‘Hawaii Bill Would Excuse Breastfeeding Moms from Jury Duty’ (AP 4/18/16)

The following AP article by Cathy Bussewitz appeared in the Hastings (Nebraska) Tribune on 4/18/16. A similar article appeared in Washington Times.


Hawaii State Senators Maile Shimabukuro, left, and Roz Baker, right, talk on the Senate floor on Monday, April 18, 2016, in Honolulu. Breastfeeding moms could soon be exempt from jury duty in Hawaii under a bill passed by the Hawaii Legislature. The State Senate passed a bill Monday that would give the exemption to mothers who are breastfeeding children up to two years old. (AP Photo/Cathy Bussewitz)

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Sen. Maile Shimabukuro knows firsthand how hard it can be to find an appropriate space for breastfeeding. She found herself pumping milk on the bus while commuting to work when she was breastfeeding her son.

For women serving on juries, the challenge can be even greater, because jurors often don’t have access to supplies or an adequate space to pump.

Breastfeeding moms could soon be exempt from jury duty in Hawaii under a bill Shimabukuro co-sponsored and the Hawaii Senate passed on Monday. The bill, which would excuse mothers from jury duty if they are breastfeeding children up to age 2, heads next to Gov. David Ige, who may sign it into law.

“In a confined setting like a jury room or a jury box, it’s a little disconcerting for the mom, as well as for the people around, because not everybody knows how to handle a mom that’s breastfeeding in public,” said state Sen. Roz Baker, who co-introduced the bill. “All the statistics show that you bond, and there are important immunities that pass from mom to baby that you don’t get if you’re not able to breastfeed.”

The National Conference of State Legislatures says 17 states and Puerto Rico excuse breastfeeding mothers from jury duty or allow their service to be postponed.

Fewer than one in three children in Hawaii receive breast milk at the age of twelve months, an age when breast milk is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization, according to Breastfeeding Hawaii, a nonprofit organization.

If jurors or other women don’t pump breast milk at the appropriate time, their bodies may stop producing milk, Shimabukuro said.

“It’s really a critical thing in terms of the health of both the baby and the mother,” she said.

Waipahu High School’s Academy of Engineering Showcase (Photos)

I was so impressed by the talented students from Waipahu who displayed their work on 04/12/16. Mahalo to my cousin, Derek Mukai, for inviting me to this excellent event!
For more information, visit:


Congratulations to Governor’s Appointees Norman “Mana” Caceres, Charles Mitchell, and Tristan Aldeguer 

On 04/18/16, the Senate Hawaiian Affairs, and Senate Judiciary and Labor Committees confirmed three outstanding public servants from the Waianae Coast. These Governor’s appointees will now go on to the full Senate for confirmation. Here are links to the Governor’s Messages for each of the three:

Hoisting Machine Operators Advisory Committee
Tristan Aldeguer

Island Burial Council
Charles Mitchell
Norman “Mana” Caceres

Also pictured are DHHL Director Jobie Masagatani, DHHL Deputy Director William Aila Jr., Kapua Keliikoa-Kamai, Kalehua Caceres, Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, and Gene Ross Davis (Hawaiian Homes Commission appointee from Molokai).

Congratulations again and mahalo nui loa for serving the people of Hawai‘i!

Plantation Days 2016 at Hoa’Aina O Makaha


Realignment of highway in Makaha not part of plan

Realignment of highway in Makaha not part of plan

By Jayna Omaye

April 17, 2016


John DeSoto inspected an eroded section of Farrington Highway on Saturday at Makaha Beach Park. A plan to potentially realign Farrington Highway farther mauka of the beach has been in the works for some time now because of beach erosion and other safety concerns. DeSoto, a former Leeward Coast city councilman who surfs at Makaha Beach, hopes to spearhead the project.

Makaha Beach erosion and safety concerns for pedestrians who have to cross Farrington Highway to get to the parking lot and bathrooms are nagging problems that residents and others have faced for years, according to longtime community leader John DeSoto.

Residents have called for the realignment of Farrington Highway farther mauka of the beach, but plans have stalled.

The Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization, the agency tasked with coordinating the island’s transportation planning, has solicited proposals for a feasibility study to look into the realignment and other alternatives for the Farrington corridor. The project and other safety improvements were included in OMPO’s Oahu Regional Transportation Plan for 2035, but the project is no longer included in its draft plan for 2040.

“That’s when the community gets frustrated,” said DeSoto, a former city councilman who represented the Leeward Coast for about 15 years. “It’s a health and safety concern.”

Brian Gibson, OMPO executive director, said the project was not included in the draft 2040 plan because “no one submitted the project.” He said the 2040 plan could be amended but “there has to be that initial impetus to make that project happen and that has to come from someone.”

“It all comes down to costs and benefits. It’s not certain that there will be a project, but if there is to be a project the study helps us to refine and define what exactly the project entails,” Gibson said. “Then when that is done, then that project would be ripe for inclusion on the ORTP.”

The state Department of Transportation did not resubmit the project for inclusion in the draft 2040 plan due to the study solicited by OMPO that would determine capacity, preservation and safety needs, DOT spokesman Tim Sakahara said in a statement. DOT is moving forward with other safety and preservation projects in the area.

OMPO coordinates islandwide transportation planning among the city, state and the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation for projects eligible for federal funding.

According to the 1997 Makaha Beach Park master plan final environmental assessment, the highway’s shoulder was destroyed and repaired in 1983 after strong waves eroded a 200-foot by 500-foot-wide area of the park. State and city officials had requested that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conduct a study, which was completed in 1985 and determined that the highway should be realigned to protect from further wave damage.

At the time the city had acquired additional property mauka of Farrington Highway and lobbied for state funding, but moved forward to develop the beach park’s master plan with the current alignment after it was determined that “it is not likely that the highway will be realigned in the near future,” according to the final assessment. Listed realignment benefits included more recreational use of the beach park, expansion of the beach, additional parking, elimination of highway repairs due to beach erosion and high surf, and safe access through Makaha.

City Councilwoman Kymberly Pine, who represents the Leeward Coast, said “if the state and city want to do a project, they can do it without OMPO.”

“I see this particular project as having a lot of partners involved,” Pine said. “I’m committing that we are going to get this done. It will get done because the road is falling to the ocean and we have no choice. It’s dangerous.”

Other Waianae Coast projects included in OMPO’s draft 2040 plan are the widening of Farrington Highway from Hakimo Road to Kalaeloa Boulevard slated for 2030 to 2040 and a secondary access road over the Waianae Mountain Range to Kunia, which is listed as “an illustrative project.”

The feasibility study would look into potential social, environmental, technical and cultural impacts, as well as costs, benefits and recommendations of realigning the four-lane highway further inland. The $385,000 study would also look into options other than realignment.

The scope of the study focuses on a stretch of Farrington Highway from Upena Street to Makau Street. The area between Kili Drive and Makau Street would be considered for realignment. But the stretch from Kili to Upena would be considered for alternative solutions other than realignment, Gibson said. Proposals are due Monday.

State Sen. Maile Shimabukuro (D, Kalaeloa-Waianae-Makaha) said many community members are “dismayed” that the project is not listed on the draft 2040 plan, especially because it has generated community support.

“I know it’s hard because transportation officials have to balance out this versus the traffic congestion issues in Nanakuli,” said Shimabukuro, who surfs at Makaha Beach. “(But) at the same time, it’s definitely been a long-standing issue.”

Cedric Gates, Waianae Coast Neighborhood Board chairman, said the realignment project and other traffic issues were the focus of a board meeting April 5 that hosted state and city transportation officials and a crowd of about 200. He said the meeting showed that “I know and the community knows that traffic is our biggest issue on the Waianae Coast.

*A NOTE from Councilwoman Pine regarding the article below:

Click here to read more information from the Councilwoman regarding this article:

State of Hawai‘i Job Fair

Interested in a State job? On Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the fourth floor of the State Capitol, agencies from the State of Hawai‘i will be holding a job fair. Explore employment opportunities with the following agencies:

Accounting & General Services
Attorney General
Budget & Finance
Business, Economic Development & Tourism
Commerce & Consumer Affairs
Hawaiian Home Lands
Human Services
Labor & Industrial Relations
Land & Natural Resources
Public Safety
University of Hawaiʻi

For more information, visit:

040716 Job Fair Flyer


Kamaile Academy Career Day

On April 14, 2016, Senator Shimabukuro’s staff participated in Kamaile Academy’s Career Day. The event was aimed at helping students explore potential career options. In addition to the Hawai‘i State Legislature, a variety of professionals were present, including representatives from marketing, law enforcement, military, nursing, tourism, and education industries.

Senator Shimabukuro’s display featured a tri-fold board describing offices and careers in the State Legislature that would suit people with different strengths and interests.

Below are pictures from the event, including some of the Kamaile Academy students who visited Senator Shimabukuro’s table.

Are you interested in law school?

Have you taken your LSAT yet? Richardson Law School in Manoa offers an excellent LSAT Preparation Program through their Ka Huli Ao Center. There’s a diagnostic test on Saturday, May 7th, which you’d need to register for by Thursday, April 28th. This program is an amazing (and affordable!) resource for those looking to take a preparation program for the LSATs. Email to RSVP/register for this diagnostic test and to get more information about the Ka Huli Ao program.

Waianae Intermediate School-Based Health Center

Did you know that Waianae Intermediate School is now partnered with the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center to provide a school-based health center (SBHC), giving students an opportunity to be seen by a licensed health care provider without having to miss school? The images below are registration and consent forms. If you need larger versions, please email Sara at or call the office (ph. 586-7794) and leave your email address.


Kapolei FYI – Family events coming up

Three events are coming up in Kapolei for the family. Ticket pricing and details are in the images. Enjoy!

• The Leeward Music Festival to Showcase Leeward Talent

• Bigger and Better – 3rd Annual Ko Olina Children’s Film & Music Festival

• Lanikuhonua Hula Festival – Where Cultural Comes Alive

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Hawaii lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow breastfeeding mothers to be excused from jury duty for up to two years


HONOLULU (AP) — Marybeth Baldwin said she worried about how she’d be able to breastfeed her baby after being summoned for jury duty.

“I am the only person who can feed our child, yet there are many others not in the same situation who can serve on a jury,” Baldwin said. “Breastfeeding a child is not an easy task, which is evidenced by the large number of mothers who are unable to meet their breastfeeding goals.”

But breastfeeding mothers in Hawaii like Baldwin could be excused from jury duty for up to two years if Hawaii lawmakers approve a bill that’s being considered this session. Hawaii lawmakers in the House passed the bill Friday. It now faces approval from the Senate.

So far, 17 states and Puerto Rico exempt breastfeeding mothers from jury duty or allow jury service to be postponed, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Health professionals say breastfeeding benefits both mothers and their babies. They say infants who are exclusively breastfed tend to need fewer prescriptions and trips to the doctor than infants who were never breastfed.

The Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women Hawaii says only one in five children in Hawaii receives the absolute minimum of six months of breastfeeding, which is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

“I myself breastfed my son until he was a little over three years old,” said Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, who introduced the bill. “If you get called for jury duty that would definitely create a challenge.”

The Hawaii bill was met with support from organizations including the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii and the Hawaii Women’s Coalition. The bill says some women who are called to serve jury duty may not have ready access to the proper pump and supplies that are needed to express breast milk.

But the Hawaii Judiciary said parents with a young child can already request an exemption from jury duty for up to a year. Lori Okita, chief court administrator of Hawaii’s First Circuit court, said the bill could open the door for other groups to push for automatic exemptions from jury duty.

In the long run, that could negatively impact the need for a diverse pool of potential jurors, she said.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

In homelessness crisis, Hawaii eyes thatched ‘hale’ homes

Apr. 13, 2016 10:13 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — When Daniel Anthony spent the night sleeping in a traditional Hawaiian structure known as a “hale,” the sound of rain falling on the thatched roof made him feel like he was sleeping in the forest.

“This is the sound of aloha,” he said, recalling the experience. The hales, he said, are also a solution to a crisis of homelessness in Hawaii, which has the highest rate of homelessness per capita in the nation.

Anthony, lawmakers and community members are pushing to revive the Hawaiian tradition of living in hale (pronounced hah-lay), thatched homes made from local trees and plants as a way to provide more affordable housing.

Though a bill to ease restrictions on building hale died after critics brought up safety concerns, advocates are trying to bring attention to a type of housing that celebrates culture and uses environmentally sustainable techniques to house the homeless.
“If we can use invasive species, which we’re saying is out of control, to construct housing in an area where they say we’re in a housing crisis, how is this not a solution?” Anthony said.

Homes based on indigenous architecture are found from Austin, Texas — where tipi style homes are part of an affordable housing community — to Tahiti, where thatched homes lure honeymooners.

In Hawaii, a revival of hale building led to dozens of the structures throughout the islands, used for gatherings, canoe storage and teaching about cultural traditions.

Building a hale can cost from $30,000 for a 180-square-foot structure to $95,000 for 600-square-feet, including labor and materials, depending on size and location, according to rough estimates from Holani Hana, a nonprofit that builds non-residential hale to promote Hawaiian cultural values.

Anthony believes he could build a hale for less — about $1,000 to buy parachute cord to secure the frame and thatching — using invasive species harvested from nature.

By comparison, the converted shipping containers Honolulu recently deployed to shelter homeless people on Sand Island cost $9,117 per unit for a 72-square-foot room for a couple, or $7,717 for a 49-square-foot room for singles, and each shipping container holds two couple units or three singles units, according to the city. An apartment can cost more than $325 per square foot to build, according to the Hawaii Public Housing Authority, or $195,000 for a 600-square-foot apartment.

Maui County was the first to include hale in its building code, giving the structures a sense of parity with western buildings.

Hale builders gather ironwood, eucalyptus or other trees for the frame and pili grass, sugar cane or ti leaves for the thatched roofs and walls. But while sleeping in hale is allowed in some Hawaii counties, no cooking, open flames, electricity, extension cords or generators are permitted, and obtaining building a permit can be difficult.

Sen. J. Kalani English, who pushed Maui County to adopt its hale building code, envisions updating those standards to a modern interpretation of indigenous Hawaiian architecture. He has stayed in thatched homes in Tahiti and throughout French Polynesia, some with sliding glass windows and air conditioning, he said.

“I’ve always envisioned a traditional style structure — indigenous architecture — with Wi-Fi and internet and TV and wall plugs and all of that stuff plugged into it,” English said.

English is hoping to encourage more people in Hawaii to be trained in the art of hale building, incorporating indigenous architecture traditions from Samoa, Marshall Islands and other Pacific Islands.

Francis Palani Sinenci, a master hale builder who has constructed more than 160 non-residential hale in Hawaii, was hesitant to support widespread development of the structures to address homelessness.

“I cannot see hale everywhere, under the bridges,” Sinenci said. “One of them catches fire, they’re going to ban all hales.”

“But I can see that the Hawaiians that are living on the beach because they’ve been displaced from their property, maybe they should have a place where they could build a hale for traditional living,” Sinenci added.

English co-sponsored legislation to encourage city and state officials to set aside land for hale building and to exempt the structures from some planning and zoning requirements, but state agencies and the Honolulu planning department opposed the bill.

On Oahu’s West side, residents living near a homeless encampment envision helping residents build a village of traditional hale, including modern technology such as solar panels, said Marcus Paaluhi, a member of the Waianae Coast Neighborhood Board.

The head of the encampment, Twinkle Borge, said she’s excited about the idea of collaborating to build a hale as a community gathering space, but she’s unsure about turning the encampment into a hale village.

The encampment is on state land without a lease, and Borge is working on getting nonprofit status to help stay on the land.

“Any time that we can find ways to make it easier and cheaper for people to build homes, I think it’s worth supporting,” said state Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, who represents Waianae and co-sponsored the hale bill.

Presentation from Ways and Means (WAM) on the proposed budget

Do you want to know where the allocated budget funds are being proposed to go? This is the Senate Ways and Means proposed budget, presented in an easy to understand format. It shows past and present spending, so you can get an idea of how and why certain amounts are being allocated. It briefly discusses which agencies get funding, where it comes from, and touches on some specific projects.

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Budget Highlights (HB1700 SD1)

Sen Shimabukuro 80AAloha – I’m pleased to share some highlights from the senate version of the state budget (HB1700 SD1).  Please note that HB1700 SD1 still needs to be negotiated between the House and Senate, and will be finalized by the end of session on 05/05/16. (These are not final yet, but are to give you an idea of what I hope carries through to the final edits!)

Budget Highlights from the Senate Draft of HB1700 SD1



– $3m to extend WCEAR past Helelua St.

– Farrington Hwy improvements between Honokai Hale and Hakimo Rd $500,000

– Ulehawa Stream bridge $50,000

– Kalaeloa Harbor $100m

– $37m in general funds to be transferred to Highway Fund (HB 2086)



– Expected Medicaid savings for FY16 and FY17 of $20m and $23m respectively

– Due to savings, DHS is able to fund new and existing Medicaid programs and services, such as Autism, Hep C, Adult Dental and reimbursement rates (DRI)

– Kupuna Care HB1878: $3m

– 33 positions and $1.7m for Vector Control branch in Health (for Dengue Fever, etc.)

– $2.8m for the Home and Community Based Services Waiver



– Total of $23m+ for 2017

– $17.1m in FY16 and $17.8m in FY17 in reimbursement to trust fund (admin & operating)

– Plus over $5m in fringe benefits that B&F will pay annually


DLNR/Natural resources

– 18 positions and $617k in general funds for operation of harbor facilities 6 days per week

– $1.5m in TAT funds for OCCL for beach restoration

– $1.5m in general funds for US Geographical HI Stream Study


Education (DOE)

– $30m for school air conditioning

– SB 2136/ HB 2569: $100m in GO bonds, GEM funds, etc.

– $1.5m for equipment for community colleges

– $6m for Preschool Open Doors


Higher Education
– $334m in GO/revenue bonds for deferred maintenance and backlog of projects at UH, and funding for the full capital improvement request of UH and Community Colleges
– grants UH revenue bond authority
– School of Creative Media at UHWO: the Senate recognizes the growing demand in the creative media and film industry, and the talented students graduating from high school programs such as the Searider Productions at Waianae High. By developing a creative media tech campus on the Leeward Coast, we will develop a pipeline that aligns curriculum to career.



– $35m for HPHA, $50m for Rental Housing Revolving Fund, & $33m for DURF

– $59m Affordable housing outside of Waianae eg, Alder/Iwilei, neigh isles (800+ units)

– Housing Omnibus Bill HB 2244

– Homeless Bills: SB 2559, SB 2560, SB 2569, SB 2570, HB 1774



– $107m to purchase 8,000 acres of ag land for local farmers

– Live Stock Feed Mill at Kalaeloa $4m

– Kunia Agricultural Park $10m



– still pending, last year’s amounts were: $10m GF (operating expenses) & $20m CIP


Links to more information about the state budget:

HB1700 SD1 Budget Worksheets are now posted online here:

Kalaeloa Advisory Team (KAT) Updates

A note regarding the Kalaeloa Advisory Team (KAT):
The last KAT meeting was on January 28, 2016. These are developments since then:
1. The Kalaeloa Energy Corridor Project bidding process has been completed and HCDA is currently in the process of executing a contract with Paul’s Electric for the first phase of the project. As soon as the construction schedule is formalized we will request that the contractors provide a briefing for our stakeholder groups.
2. The 2016 legislative capital improvement project appropriation request for $6 million to complete the second phase of the Kalaeloa Energy Project is still making its way through the legislative process. We know that our area leaders are doing their best to secure the funding we need. We are crossing our fingers.
3. On February 26, 2016, the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) submitted their draft project request to secure a right-of-entry from the HCDA to the City, Department of the Corporation Counsel for their review. The HFD hopes to partner with the HCDA to conduct HFD low-impact training exercises on Parcel 13073-C, Tax Map Key 9-1-013-068, which is an approximately 19-acre vacant parcel located immediately north of the Kalaeloa Heritage Park. Since this request is considered an interim use and there are no plans for any permanent development on the parcel our rules do not require a development permit or public hearing process. The HFD request for interim land use and the details about the type of training will be discussed at our next Authority meeting on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. at our main office at 547 Queen Street.
Should you have questions regarding this information, you can contact:
Tesha H. Malama
Hawaii Community Development Authority
Kalaeloa Director of Planning and Development
547 Queen Street, Honolulu Hawaii 96813
Kalaeloa Field Office:
Department of Hawaiian Homes Land Headquarters
91-5420 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei Hawaii 96707
Tel. (808) 620-9643

Available Teaching Positions at Kamaile Academy

We have a few teacher openings for next year school 2016-2017 at Kamaile Academy. Please share with anyone that you know who would be interested in applying–see link below. Mahalo.

Richard Pastor

School Counselor

Kamaile Academy