Paid Native Hawaiian Fellowship in Washington, DC

Are you a Native Hawaiian college graduate who wants to gain valuable policy experience in our nation’s capital while receiving a $30,000 stipend? If so, the Native Hawaiian Federal Service Fellowship (NHFSF) may be for you! More information about the fellowship can be found on OHA’s website, and below. Note the deadline for submitting application materials is next week Friday, July 1 at 11:59 p.m. HST.

This year, OHA and Kamehameha Schools have partnered to launch the Native Hawaiian Federal Service Fellowship. Fellows will spend nine-months in Washington, DC, working within a U.S. Congressional office on federal policy affecting Native Hawaiians and others. In addition to the opportunity to make an immediate impact on national policy, fellows will gain practical insight into the inner workings of the Federal Government and influence over decisions that affect the Native Hawaiian community.

The program consists of three components: 1) immersion through work on Capitol Hill, 2) individual mentoring from senior aides, and 3) seminars on topics proposed by the fellowship cohort. The program will last up to nine months, beginning in September 2016 and ending in May 2017. Fellows will be compensated via a $30,000 stipend.

The ideal candidate is a recent college graduate and/or graduate student available to work full time in DC for 9-months. Candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to the well-being of the Native Hawaiian community and show the capacity to work successfully in an office setting.

Free Volunteer Leader Training Workshop 6/25/16

Volunteer Leader Training 1

City and County of Honolulu
Free Train the Trainer Workshop
Adopt-A-Block & Adopt-A-Stream Programs
June 25, 2016

Volunteer Leader Training 2

Interested in organizing a clean-up event in your community?

As a member of an Adopt-A-Block/Adopt-A-Stream team, you are a steward for a designated stretch of stream or city street under the City’s jurisdiction. Current volunteers in the program include school organizations, businesses, civic organizations, and scouts. All team members must sign a release form and be >12 years old with signed parental consent and adequate adult supervision if

Sign up to attend the City & County of Honolulu’s Train the Trainer Workshop for the Adopt-A-Block and Adopt-A-Stream Program to learn how you can become an adopter and coordinate neighborhood or stream clean-ups. The workshop will cover a program overview, safety guidelines, basic water quality, and storm drain marking. Barbara Pleadwell of Hasting & Pleadwell will also be providing public relations media training that will be beneficial to learn how you can promote your events, as well as your own initiatives. This workshop will also include a stream site visit and neighborhood walk.

We have limited seats so hurry and sign up for this FREE workshop today!

OahuMPO Opinion Survey – Deadline 5pm on 6/22/16

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Dear Community Member,

Do you know who we are? If so, how well do you know us? Are we doing a good job communicating with you about transportation matters important to you? Are you able to let us know your thoughts? Only YOU know the answers to these questions! So, we are using this questionnaire as a way to hear your opinions and improve our processes.

Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OahuMPO) is the regional transportation planning organization for Oahu. OahuMPO works with the Hawaii State Department of Transportation, the City and County of Honolulu, and the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation to develop a 20-year vision for transportation for the island and to implement that vision effectively. You can read more about what OahuMPO does and why we exist at www.OahuMPO.org.

And, of course, we want to work with YOU! OahuMPO is working on ways to better involve the public in the transportation plans that we develop. Do you keep up with our website? Are you more likely to get information about transportation plans reading the daily print newspaper? Or would you prefer to find out about our plans on your social media feed? OahuMPO wants to know the best ways of having a conversation about transportation with you and our community.

So we ask you to please take 10 minutes of your valuable time to complete this questionnaire. Here’s how:

To answer the questionnaire, please click on the “Begin Survey” button at the bottom of this page. As you proceed through the questionnaire, you will be allowed to go back to previous questions if you wish to make changes. However, once you click on the “Done” button at the end of this questionnaire, you will not be allowed back into your response to make changes.

Only Question 1, “Select Your Point of View,” is required. All others are optional; however, we hope you will provide us information we need by answering all the questions.

Your information is confidential and we will not share it with anyone.

You may take the survey anytime you wish before 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Thank you for taking your time to help.

Share this link

http://www.OahuMPO.org/get-involved/complete-surveys/

with others. It will take them to our web site where they can also answer a questionnaire.

Thank you for taking your time to help.

Aloha,
Amy Ford-Wagner
Community Planner
(808) 586-2305

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What Works With Girls – 06/24/16

 

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See below for an event hosted by Project Kealahou:

What Works With Girls: a “share-out” gathering on Project Kealahou’s outcomes and gender-responsive care on Friday, June 24, 2016, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Salvation Army Kroc Center Hawaii
91-3257 Kualaka’i Parkway, Kapolei 96707

Space is limited! Register online now via Eventbrite: http://whatworkswithgirls.eventbrite.com/

Join us to reflect on our lessons learned, and celebrate our continued state funding and services for girls who have experienced trauma. Includes keynote by local gender issues researcher Dr. Valli Kalei Kanuha of the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, catered lunch and more.

Project Kealahou (PK) is a federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant-funded initiative of the Hawaii State Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division (CAMHD). PK has provided gender-responsive, trauma-informed care to girls on Oahu since 2011. To learn more, please visit our website: http://www.projectkealahou.org, or email Erica Yamauchi at erica.yamauchi@doh.hawaii.gov.

CHEESE-WINE-MOVIE – 06/25/16

See below for information on an event hosted by Naked Cow Dairy Farm.  Tickets can be purchased by following this link.

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Join us on the farm for a beautiful Waianae Sunset, where you will enjoy tasting some of our most popular artisan cheese with a glass of wine. Then relax under the stars with some popcorn and enjoy the Movie. We are showing The Ride, Back to the Soul of Surfing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDGzdk_K4dY

We have chairs and benches, but bring a lounge chair if you want .

We will also have cheeses available for purchase.

Raffle Tickets to purchse. Raffle drawing July 1, 2016 ( Prizes from Alan Wong, Roy’s, MW, Tiki’s, Hula Grill, Honolulu Burger Co., R.Fields, Outrigger, Kahumana Cafe and More)

RSVP- $25.00
ON FARM – $30.00

When:  Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM (HST)
Where:  86-344 Kuwale Rd – 86-344 Kuwale Road, Waiʻanae, HI 96792

Keiki Corners Set Up at Family Court to Support Children and Families

This is one of the children’s keiki corners at the Ronald T.Y. Moon Judiciary Complex in Kapolei. There is one keiki corner on the 2nd floor open to the public and a play area on the 3rd floor dedicated for the children involved in the Zero to Three Court. A third keiki corner is planned to open in the next couple of months.

This is one of the children’s keiki corners at the Ronald T.Y. Moon Judiciary Complex in Kapolei. There is one keiki corner on the 2nd floor open to the public and a play area on the 3rd floor dedicated for the children involved in the Zero to Three Court. A third keiki corner is planned to open in the next couple of months.

The Hawaii State Judiciary partnered with the William S. Richardson School of Law Child Welfare Clinic to set up keiki corners at the Ronald T.Y Moon Judiciary Complex, or Family Court, in Kapolei. These areas are aimed at supporting children and families while waiting for a court proceeding.

Three clinic students, Jacqueline Camit, Jamie Lyn Leonardi, and Grace Baehren, initially created a space for the children participating in the Zero to Three court, so the children have a place to play and interact with their parents and siblings. Because of the outpouring of support and donations from the community, the students were able to plan and create comfortable keiki corners in other areas of the court, where children can read and play with toys donated by the community.

“Courthouses can feel very sterile and intimidating, so this space can make a world of difference to a young child and their family,” said Cheryl Marlow, Deputy Chief Court Administrator. “We would like to thank the Friends of the Library, Friends of Family Specialty Court, University of Hawaii at Manoa Children’s Center, and the many organizations and individuals who donated books and toys to support this endeavor.”

Family Court Chief Judge R. Mark Browning said the partnership between the courts and the UH students has been rewarding and powerful. “This is all about our keiki. It is difficult for any child to sit and wait patiently in a court setting. We hope these areas will provide a place for kids to be kids.”

If you have new or gently used toys or books to donate, please contact Malia Alo at Diana.m.alo@courts.hawaii.gov or Tiffany Ige at tige@hawaii.edu.

HNN: $6 Million for West Oahu Traffic Relief (6/6/16)

The following are excerpts from Jobeth Devera’s “State, City Officials Announce $6 Million to Bring Relief to West Oahu Commuters” (Hawaii News Now, 6/6/16).

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HNN: “Through the efforts of State Senator Maile Shimabukuro and City Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine, a total of $6 million will be used for the land acquisition, planning and design for an extension of the Waianae Coast Emergency Access Road (WCEAR).”

State and city officials are ramping up efforts to alleviate traffic woes along Oahu’s Leeward coast.

Through the efforts of State Senator Maile Shimabukuro and City Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine, a total of $6 million will be used for the land acquisition, planning and design for an extension of the Waianae Coast Emergency Access Road (WCEAR).

“If there’s an accident or an emergency, it just compounds and that’s why we have situations where people are stuck in traffic for 6, 8 or 10 hours it’s ridiculous,” said Shimabukuro.

Shimabukuro witnesses first-hand how Farrington Highway becomes a parking lot when any incident disrupts the commutes, like this water main break last summer.

“Traffic is the number one quality of life issue for people on the Waianae coast,” Shimabukuro said.

Currently, an access road opens for Leeward drivers during emergencies between Sea Country or Kaukama Road to Helelua Street.

The $6 million in combined city and state funds will extend the Waianae Coast Emergency Access Road further east through the Nanakuli Hawaiian Homestead community.

“We’re hoping to make it a permanent road for them to use all the time,” said Pine.

The project is just one of several solutions to relieve the gridlock.

In February, the state announced it will create a third travel lane for westbound drivers between 3 to 7 p.m. on weekdays, excluding holidays. The mile-long contraflow lane is planned to begin at Piliokahi Avenue and continue past Helelua Street.

In addition, the state Department of Transportation and the City, in partnership with Oceanic Cable, will install traffic cameras at the four busiest intersections for residents to access online — including Piliokahi Avenue, Nanakuli Avenue, Haleakala Avenue and Helelua Street.

“This will allow the city to remotely control those four intersections,” said Shimabukuro.

Preliminary discussions are contemplating the WCEAR extension to be an elevated road at the back of the homesteads with fingers leading into the main arteries.

“This means a lot more hope for the people of Waianae,” Pine said.

Pine and Shimabukuro will be working with DHHL, the City Department of Emergency Management (DEM), the Ahupua’a o Nanakuli Homestead, Nanakuli-Maili Neighborhood Board, Puu Heleakala community associations, Nanakuli Ranch and other stakeholders to plan the extension.

Watch the video and read the full article on the HNN site.

Public Schools Offering Meals to Children 18 and Under

The Hawai’i Department of Education announced that 68 public schools, including 6 on the Wai’anae Coast, will be offering summer meals to children 18 and under as part of the Seamless Summer Option.

The following is a list of participating Wai’anae Coast schools:

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The following is an excerpt from the HIDOE press release:

Public schools offering summer meals to all children 18 and younger

HONOLULU –The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) today announced 68 public schools will serve meals through its summer food service program, Seamless Summer Option (SSO).

Beginning in early June, the SSO program will be available at public schools around the state free of charge to all children 18 years and under. Meals will be served at select locations Monday through Friday, except June 10 and July 4. (One school, Keaukaha El, also will not be serving on Mondays.) Most schools will serve breakfast and lunch.

View the full list of schools here. Please call your school directly if the start and end dates for the program aren’t listed, and to find out the specific times for meal service.

SSO is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and was established to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer. An eligible school must have 50 percent or more of its regular enrolled students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunches and some type of summer program on campus. However, meal recipients do not have to be enrolled in those classes to be served.

“Summer is a time that can be a gap period where some students miss out on meals,” said Dann Carlson, assistant superintendent of the Office of School Facilities and Support Services. “We are grateful that so many schools stepped forward this year to participate in the program and provide their students and other children the opportunity to receive meals.”

 

Sunset on the Beach: 9/24, 9/25

Please see the following message from Patty Kahanamoku Teruya regarding the return of the Wai’anae Coast Sunset on the Beach at Mā’ili Beach Park on September 24th and September 25th.  A planning session will be held on June 9, 2016.

Our community is very blessed to again have this opportunity and the support by the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaiian Electric Company and other sponsors to be able to bring a fellowship  great family venue to the Waianae Coast. What a beautiful way to show case our community! A 2-day block buster movie night, with our sports teams that will do the food booths, arts and crafts, local entertainment and a huge keiki village and other displays.  The last event was held in 2010 and over 30,000 people attended throughout the weekend.
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Summer 2016 at Waianae Public Library

The Wai’anae Public Library has released a schedule of their summer programs for keiki, kupuna, families, and the community.  For more information on any of the events, call 697-7868.

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Lane Closure for Week of June 5, 2016

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R.E.A.C.H. 2016-17 Application Deadline 7/1/16

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The Office of Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui and the R.E.A.C.H. Initiative are accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year. Intermediate/middle public school educators are eligible to apply. The application period is from Wednesday, June 1 to Friday, July 1, 2016 by 3:00 p.m.

R.E.A.C.H.’s mission is to ensure all public school students in grades 6 to 8 receive the academic and community-based support they need to stay on track toward high school graduation, engaging them in a broad-base of programs and activities, outside of regular instructional hours, in the areas of academic enrichment, arts and culture, and athletics. Studies have shown that after-school programs not only keep students safe and engaged in learning, but also help improve their academic performance, school attendance, behavior and health.

This past school year (2015-16), 19 public middle/intermediate schools benefited from the program. Since the initiative was launched in 2013, 25 public middle/intermediate schools from across the State have benefited from the R.E.A.C.H.

For additional information, please contact Jayson Watts, Senior Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor at 586-0255 or jayson.watts@hawaii.gov or Edralyn Caberto, Children & Youth Specialist at the state Office of Youth Services at 587-5725 or ecaberto2@dhs.hawaii.gov

Here’s how to apply to be part of the R.E.A.C.H. Initiative:
R.E.A.C.H. 2016-17 Application Instructions
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Hydration Donations Sought

The following letter was sent to Senator Shimabukuro by Girl Scout Troop 383 Cadette Chloe Shimomaye.

My name is Chloe Shimomaye and I am a second year Cadette in Girl Scout Troop 383. I am trying to earn my Silver Project Award. My project, Hydrate 2 Operate, is focusing on a dehydration problem at Nanakuli Elementary School.

Dehydration is a condition that occurs when someone loses more fluids than he or she takes in. Dehydration isn’t as serious of a problem for teens as it can be for babies or young children. However, if you ignore your thirst, dehydration can slow you down physically and mentally. Many students at Nanakuli Elementary School are becoming dehydrated because they don’t get enough water in their bodies to compete with the high temperature levels. If you are wondering how you can help, you can donate 5 gallon beverage coolers, ice scoopers, plastic containers to hold the ice scoopers, and/or reusable plastic cups (please see attachment).

I will be collecting donations until July 25, 2016. This will ensure that the students of Nanakuli Elementary School can start off the 2016-2017school year cool and hydrated. I could use all the help that I can get. Please help me support Nānākuli Elementary School!

The best way to contact me is by email at chloe.shimomaye@gmail.com . Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Chloe Shimomaye

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Examples of donations sought

Pet Kokua Event in Waianae – 6/18/16

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See the message below from the Hawaiian Humane Society:

Aloha,

The Hawaiian Humane Society is hosting a Pet Kokua event and we want to invite every pet owner to join us. This event will be held on Saturday, June 18, at the Waianae Mall from 8 am to noon. Free services include on-site pet microchipping, spay/neuter coupons, pet food, games and prizes.

We hope you’ll encourage everyone to come to this fun, free, family event.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Place the enclosed poster anywhere that is visible.
  • Encourage everyone to talk about Pet Kokua and invite others to participate.
  • Send a message to those in your e-mail address book about the event.
  • Share this poster on your social media pages.

Your support helps promote the animal and human bond. For more information, visit us at HawaiianHumane.org, contact Shayna Vi at 356-2240 or email svi@hawaiianhumane.org.

Waianae Bulldogs Association Fall Registration

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The Wai’anae Bulldogs Association will be holding Fall registration on June 4, 11, 25, and July 2, at the Wai’anae Market behind Wai’anae Starbucks.

For more information, contact Bill at 306-9842, or visit http://waianaebulldogsfootball.com.

Maile’s Legislative Wrap-Up 2016 (Part 1 of 2)

Reprinted with the permission of Westside Stories.
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Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program June 1-30, 2016

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HIDOE: Additional Contractors Sought (5/31/16)

The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) is requesting for qualified contractors interested in working on heat abatement projects, including air conditioning public school classroom, to apply. The state process requires interested contractors to first submit a request to participate in the qualification process.

“The goal was to prequalify contractors in order to have them ready to move quickly on the heat abatement projects once funding was in place,” said Dann Carlson, assistant superintendent of the Office of School Facilities and Support Services. “Unfortunately, numerous contractors were unaware of the prequalifying process despite multiple notices.”

In March, HIDOE began a multi-step process to pre-qualify contractors for heat abatement work. Notices were distributed to more than 3,000 vendors registered on the Hawaii Electronic Procurement System (HePS) on the process for the Intent to Bid. The Office of School Facilities and Support Services made additional reminders and extended the application deadline twice.

To expand the current pool of “qualified” contractors, HIDOE is reopening the process to qualify additional general contractors with A or B licenses.

Contractors who are registered on HePS for construction related work have received an email message alerting them of the solicitation for this two-step Initiation for Bid (IFB) process. Interested contractors can also access the two-step solicitation to qualify for the air conditioning projects and other construction work with HIDOE directly at: https://basec.sicomm.net/HIDOE/

Only qualified contractors of the two-step bid will be able to access the Heat Abatement solicitations on HePS.

Heat abatement projects that are part of the initiative have been posted on HePS and are also listed on the HIDOE website at: bit.ly/1000ACProject.

For more information please call Christian Butt at 808-784-5012.