BOEM Comment Period Extended to 09/07/16

The following notice comes from the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Ocean Energy Management:

BOEM Extends Comment Period on Potential Oahu Offshore Wind

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) would like to inform you that we are extending the comment period on the Notice of Intent (NOI) to Prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) for Wind Leasing and Site Assessment Activities on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Offshore the Island of Oahu. The comment deadline, originally set for August 8, will be extended an additional 30 days and will now end on September 7, 2016. The original NOI was published in the Federal Register on June 24, 2016.

Through the Notice of Intent (NOI), BOEM is seeking public comment for determining issues and alternatives to be analyzed in the EA, which will consider potential environmental impacts associated with issuing future commercial wind leases and approving site assessment activities on the lease areas.

Issuance of the NOI is a very early step in BOEM’s offshore wind process. Stakeholder comments and input will be critical to informing BOEM’s decision-making process moving forward.

Comments can be submitted by any of the following methods:

1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// In the field entitled, ”Enter Keyword or ID,” enter BOEM-2016-0049, and then click ”search.” Follow the instructions to submit public comments and view supporting and related materials available for this notice; or

2. U.S. mail: Mail in an envelope labeled ”Comments on Hawaii EA” and addressed to Regional Director, BOEM Pacific OCS Region, 760 Paseo Camarillo, Suite 102, Camarillo, California 93010.

For more information about offshore wind planning efforts for Hawaii, go to


John D. Romero, public affairs officer

Office of Public Affairs – Pacific Region
760 Paseo Camarillo
Camarillo, CA 93010

Hau’oli Lā Ho’iho’i Ea 2016 July 30-31 @ Thomas Square

Editorial by Na Laiana Wong
Star-Advertiser, July 30, 2016

Synopsis: This year’s ceremonies celebrating the restoration of sovereignty to the Kingdom of Hawai‘i in 1843 are being held today and tomorrow at Thomas Square. Come join in the commemoration of this landmark event.

‘Auhea ‘oukou e nā hoa ho‘omana‘o i kēia lā nui o ka mo‘olelo o Hawai‘i nei, ‘o ka Lā Ho‘iho‘i Ea.

E like nō me ka hana o kēlā me kēia makahiki, eia nō ke ho‘olaule‘a hou nei ka po‘e aloha ‘āina i kēia hopena pule, ‘o ia ho‘i ka lā 30 me 31 o Iulai.

He lā kēia nāna e ho‘olana mai i ka mana‘o o ka po‘e aloha ‘āina o Hawai‘i nei, no ka pakele ‘ana o ko kākou ‘āina i ka lima hao o ka mea nāna ia e me‘ome‘o mai ana. ‘O ia nō ‘o Lō Paulet, he kāpena moku no ke aupuni ‘o ‘Enelani, a ‘o ka HMS Carysfort ka inoa o ua moku nei.

‘O ia nō ka ho‘omaka ‘ana o ko Hawai‘i pale aku i kahi hana kā‘ili aupuni a ko waho. Eia nō kākou ke ho‘omaopopo nei i kēlā hana ‘ino ‘oiai kākou e ho‘omanawanui nei i ka noho hewa ‘ia e ‘Amelika Hui Pū ‘Ia. Ke lana nei ka mana‘o no ka hiki ‘ana mai o ka wā e ha‘alele ai kēia po‘e ho‘okolonaio. Aia ka pono ‘o ka waiho ‘ia mai o ko kākou ‘āina me ka maluhia. Eia nō ke māhuahua nei ka nui o ka po‘e aloha ‘āina a ke pa‘a nei ho‘i ko kākou mana‘o i ia mea he kū‘oko‘a. Ua maopopo na‘e, ‘a‘ole ia he noho kū‘oko‘a piha. Ua lilo ko kākou mau kino he pio na Maleka, a pēia ho‘i ko kākou ‘āina a me kā kākou ‘ōlelo. Eia na‘e, he noho kū‘oko‘a ia na ka no‘ono‘o. ‘A‘ole nō he wā e pau ai ka pono o ia mea he pono. Continue reading

Star-Adv 7/28/16: Modular Housing Project for Wai’anae Working Homeless and Homeless Families with Children

Excerpts from Jayna Omaye’s “City Site to Offer Housing for the Homeless” (Star-Advertiser, July 28, 2016). Read the full article on the Star-Advertiser site.

This is a rendering of a one-bedroom modular housing unit for the homeless that the city plans to erect on a Waianae property.

Rendering of a one-bedroom modular housing unit.

A rendering of a two-bedroom modular housing unit for the homeless that the city plans to install on a Waianae property. Courtesy of the city

Rendering of a two-bedroom modular housing unit.

City officials are moving forward with a modular housing project in Waianae geared toward working homeless and homeless families with children. Crews started surveying the 7,500-square-foot, city-owned lot Monday and could start construction as soon as Friday.

The city has contracted with Hawaii Modular to build three modular housing or compact units on a Halona Road property that the city has owned since 1990 and was once used for recovering substance abusers.

The units, to be equipped with kitchen and bathroom facilities, will cost about $109,000 each. Officials expect work to be completed in September and for tenants to move in during October.

Plans call for a one-bedroom unit compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and two two-bedroom units measuring about 500 square feet each, along with some open space. The city had initially said the units would cost about $35,000 to $50,000 each, but officials found after looking at different options that the chosen contract “provided a very quality and complete unit and is reflected in the price,” said Sandra Pfund, chief of the city Office of Strategic Development. Site work, contracted with Ideal Construction Inc. will cost about $425,000, according to the city.

That work will include clearing overgrowth, removing asbestos from the existing dilapidated seven-bedroom structure, and eventually demolishing it.

The project is not an emergency or transitional shelter but will relocate homeless people from parks and other public areas to permanent housing, the city said. The units will be permanent, but the tenants will be temporary. City officials are also working on a request for proposals to select a service provider to manage the property, help pick tenants and provide services. Pfund said the RFP “has to be fairly given, but consideration of understanding the community will be a factor.”

Read the full article on the Star-Advertiser site.

Free Information Session About DoD Safe Helpline 8/9/16 in Kapolei – Reservation Deadline 8/5/16

Aloha Sexual Violence Prevention Community Action Team Members,

Join us Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 from 2:30-3:30pm at Building 19, 1787 Shangrila St., Kapolei HI 96707 for a FREE informational session about the DoD Safe Helpline ( Operated by RAINN ( ), the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, through a contract with the DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (, Safe Helpline is a groundbreaking crisis support service for members of the DoD community. The Safe Helpline is completely confidential and anonymous with services including: telephone hotline, online hotline, texting-for-info, a group chat service, and a free app. Learn more about Safe Helpline and how its services can support the survivors you work with every day.

Click here for a map with directions to the event.

Reserve your seat by sending RSVP to Haylee Watson ( by Friday, August 5, 2016.

Service providers, partners, and community members are encouraged to attend. Feel free to contact me should you have any questions. Hope to see you there

Joanne Higashi, LCSW
Sexual Violence Prevention Program
DOH, Maternal & Child Health Branch
741-A Sunset Ave, Room 203
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone: (808) 733-9038

Envision…“A Hawaii where people are free from sexual violence and where sexual respect and healthy relationships flourish.”

Do You Need a New or Replacement State Photo ID?

PHOCUSED has some remaining funds available for clients who need new or replacement State Photo IDs through our AUW grant. Clients must be homeless, have completed a VI-SPDAT, and have no financial means with which to pay for a photo ID themselves. They must also have the necessary documentation (see list of acceptable documents) ready to go and be verified by a case manager or outreach worker. See the following attachments:

List of Acceptable Documents for a Hawaii State ID Card
Application for State ID Payment

Sounding Joy Music Therapy Services

Click image to view the large PDF.

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For more information, see the following:
Life Skills & FM 2-page flyer 2016
Inquiry & referral form instructions
Inquiry & referral form

Star-Advertiser Career Expo 2016 on Aug. 3 at Neal S. Blaisdell

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Click image to preregister. Admission is free if you preregister.

15 Craigside, 7-Eleven, ABC Stores, Abe Lee Seminars, Access Lifts of Hawaii, Inc., Ace Hardware, Aerotek, Alamo Rent A Car, Alan Wong’s Restaurant’s, Alliance Personnel, Aloha Air Cargo, Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union, Alternate Energy, ALTRES Staffing, American Carpet One (The Carpet Shoppe), American Savings Bank, Ansaldo Honolulu, Aqua-Aston Hospitality, Arcadia Family of Companies, Attention Plus Private Nursing, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, AXA Advisors, BEI Hawaii, Ben Franklin, Big City Diner, Big Island Honda Hilo & Kona, Bishop & Co., Bloomingdale’s Ala Moana Center, C. S. Wo & Sons, Central Union Church Adult Daycare & Health Center, City & County of Honolulu, City & County HPD, City Mill, Community Empowerment Resources, Cutter Automotive Galleries, Cutter Chevrolet, Cutter Ford, Cycle City, Ltd., Department of Education, DFS Hawaii,  Continue reading