Bradah Mel’s Canoe Surfing and Stand-Up Surfing Championships at Makaha Beach – a Memorial for the late Leighton Look

Pictured: Bradah Mel Puu, Waterman

My name is Bradah Mel Puu. I’m a Surfer, Canoe Paddler, and a Lifeguard for the City & County of Honolulu since 1982. For the past five years I have held a surfing event at Makaha Beach as a fundraiser for a friend of mine Mr. Leighton Look, who was paralyzed in a diving accident. Sadly he passed away on September 25th 2008. It has now turned in to a memorial event for Leighton, and it is my hope to keep his legacy and his kind nature alive in our hearts and minds.

This year, as it was done last year the proceeds will be given to two of Hawaii’s Olympic hopefuls, Patrick and Ryan Dolan. Patrick has been on the U.S. Olympic Kayak team for a few years now and his younger brother for two years. Their goal is to do well in the single and two person kayak event at the nationals as well as over-sea’s and reach the 2012 Olympics. With the Olympic funding cut-off last year and limited funding this year, Patrick and Ryan along with their mom Anne has to do most of the fundraising on their own, and it hasn’t been easy. I know whatever we are able to raise will be greatly appreciated. The event attracts the best paddlers and surfers from Tahiti, Brazil, France, as well as the U.S. and Hawaii. It has two divisions, Canoe Surfing and Stand-Up Surfing. If you have ever seen Canoe Surfing before then you know that it’s one of the most exciting water sport ever. And Stand-Up Surfing or SUP is the fastest growing art of surfing since boogie boards!

I understand that times are tight and it is hard to give a lot, but we will try our best to assist them too reach their goals of the 2012 Olympic Games. We are asking for any amount of cash donations, or any type of donations possible. We will be holding a Raffle drawing at the event so a t-shirt, a pair of shorts, a boogie board, surf board, or whatever you can give would be greatly appreciated. But the goal is to raise money for the boys to get to their competitions, and then to the 2012 Olympics. I thank you so much for spending the time to read my letter and hope that you can join us at Makaha for this year’s event.

Mahalo Nui Loa,
Bradah Mel Puu
P.O.Box 1006 Waianae Hi. 96792
ph.# 808-478-9086

Contest dates; December 4th & 5th 2010
Alternate dates; December 11th & 12th 2010

Checks payable to; HASA (Hawaii Amateur Surfing Association)

Free Foreclosure Prevention Services to HI Residents

FYI, the Hawaii HomeOwnership Center is a federally-funded, HUD-approved, non-profit organization that provides FREE foreclosure prevention services to all Hawaii residents. Here’s their contact information:

Hawaii HomeOwnership Center
1259 Aala Street, #201, Honolulu, Hawaii96817
Tel (808) 523-9500
Fax (808) 523-9502
Toll-free: 877-523-9503

Correspondence regarding Kauai and BigIsland (Kona, Hilo) are directed to Oahu.


Ms. Kehau Yap
Office of Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono
5104 Prince Kuhio Federal Building, Honolulu,Hawaii 96850
Oahu (808) 541-1986 · Fax (808) 538-0233
Direct from the Neighbor Islands:
Kaua‘i & Ni‘ihau 245-1951 · Maui 242-1818 · Moloka‘i 552-0160 · Lāna‘i 565-7199 · Hawai‘iIsland 935-3756

Constituent Brooks Outland Letter to the Editor

Click HERE to view article on Star Advertiser website.

Travel costs not paid fast enough

I am a 77-year-old, 100- percent-disabled veteran entitled to beneficiary travel reimbursement for my trips to the Spark M. Matsunaga Veterans Administration clinic.

I must travel to the clinic at least once every month. Instead of receiving payment of travel claims on the same day as appointments, VA patients must wait seven to 10 weeks or longer to receive payment.

The reimbursement payment for my July 15 trip has not yet been received. Many patients need quick payment in order to afford their trips to the clinic.

The Pacific Islands Health Care System must change this unfair procedure to better serve its patients.

Brooks Outland

Leeward CC-W October Newsletter

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To: All Partners, Guests, Members and Staff

Fr: Kanani Kaaiawahia B. on behalf of the BAHA Planning Committee

Aloha all,

As most of you have been preparing to join us on Oct. 29th (Friday) to celebrate the 4th Annual BAHA with Waianae Community Outreach, I on behalf of the planning committee have been asked to let you all know that we have POSTPONED the BAHA for 10/29/10. It has been RESCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 12, 2010 (Friday) same time, place and program.

This change has come about due to several reasons:

Governor’s change in schedule prevents her to attend 10/29/10. This event was planned with her presence in mind;

Most of the Leeward Shelter providers have activities planned for their programs which prevent them from joining us. This event was also planned with the participation of the providers;

The management team of WCO would be given more time for the preparation of this event.

We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause you. Forgive us and please mark your calendar well in advance to joining us. Your presence along with the others will make this a memorable event.

You will receive a follow up call or email to this memo and to confirm your attendance on Nov. 12, 2010, 5:30pm HOPE shelter at Onelau’ena in Kalaeloa.


Waianae SCP Final Community Meeting

Aloha All-
The Waianae Sustainable Communities Plan (2010) is finalized and ready to go forward, through the City approval process. It can be accessed at the DPP website:

The Final Community Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 7pm at St. Philips Church (on St. John’s Road). The attached flyer contains a summary of this info if you want to pass it along or post it.

The meeting will including an overview of the revisions to the WSCP, both from the 2000 version, as well as changes since the Public Review Draft of October 2008. We will also be presenting the steps of the approval process for those who would like to follow the process and/or give public testimony.


Harmonee T. Williams
Markline LLC


Ever hate walking into a voting booth and then trying to figure out how to answer a yes/no question that you know must be important because it will change the State Constitution or City Charter? Haven’t you ever thought, gee, I wish someone told me what the questions were way ahead of time?

Well, HERE are the questions.

Just a small public service from me, Gordon Yang, Attorney At Law. Please feel free to pass this on to others and create a small public service of your own.

Please also note, my professional mission of helping clients achieve the American Dream is expanding. I now offer legal services to select small businesses. If anyone you know has an immigration or small business legal question, please let them know I offer free 10-15 minute telephonic consultations. My phone number is below.

Oh, if you’re wondering, “how’d Gordon get the ballot?” Via permanent absentee voting request. From now until I opt out in writing, I will be mailed the ballot ahead of time and have time to read the questions, research the options, and make informed decisions. Why not do that too?

Aloha and vote well,

Helping Clients achieve the American Dream
through U.S. Immigration and Small Business

Gordon Yang, Attorney at Law
American Savings Bank Building
94-229 Waipahu Depot Road, Suite 204
Waipahu, HI 96797

Tel: 808-628-9529 808-NATZ-LAW
Fax: 808-628-9993

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association

Click HERE to view Ballot Questions

Airdates – Maile Shimabukuro Projects: Maili Beach Cleanup

Maile Shimabukuro Projects: Maili Beach Cleanup

11/2/10 Tue 2:30 pm FOCUS 49
11/7/10 Sun 9:00 pm TEAC 56
11/14/10 Sun 6:00 pm TEAC 56

Cherisse Ferreira
Olelo Community Media Traffic Department

Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program Seeks Applicants

Visit for more information

Wai`anae Coast Loses Beloved Doctor: Terry Claggett of WCCHC

Click HERE for article or cut and paste the following link into your browser:

Waianae Ice House & Cafe Now Open!

Click HERE to see flyer.

Sign Waving for Wai`anae High Football Team Nov. 26!

Congratulations to the Wai`anae High School Seariders football team for making it to the State Championships! Our Seariders will face St. Louis on Friday, 11/26/10.

Cal Domen is inviting the community to cheer our team on by sign waving in front of Wai`anae McDonald’s on 11/26/10 from 4-5pm as the football team’s bus heads out to the Aloha Stadium. Cal is also encouraging local businesses to put signs in their windows to support our Seariders.

Please wear blue and/or red, and bring signs for the team on Friday, 11/26/10, from 4-5pm, at Wai`anae McDonald’s!

Ho`oipo DeCambra Receives "Forever Young" Award

On October 6, 2010 Acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell honored 6 exceptional individuals at the 2010 Forever Young Awards Ceremony & Dinner.

Among the 6 honorees was Ho`oipo DeCambra, Housing Director for the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center.

We congratulate Ho`oipo on this well-deserved award!

Wai`anae Coast Christmas Parade 11/27/10: Join Leeward NSW!

Leeward Neighborhood Security Watch Citizens Patrol
Notice & Invitations

Aloha Everyone,
We have reserved and secured a spot in the Waianae Christmas Day Parade 2010. We have in the works a Parade Float for the Neighborhood Security Watch Community here on the Leeward Coast .

Come join in the fun and Let us celebrated and usher in the Christmas Season together.

If you can please bring along a candy bag that you can toss out to spectators as we pass in parade….

We look forward to seeing everyone out there.


Event: 2010 Waianae Christmas Day Parade
Date/ Time: Nov. 27th, 2010/ 08:30 AM (Saturday)
Start Location: The Waianae Boat Harbor
Destination: Waianae Mall

For questions and further details please Odelia Kealoha
At 699-0496,

Rell Sunn Menehune Surf Contest Will Feature Free Medical Screenings

Announcements From Jan Sunn-Carreira

The Rell Sunn Menehune Contest

We’re back and stronger than ever! The 35th Annual Rell Sunn Menehune Surfing Championships will be held at Makaha Beach Friday, November 26th and Saturday, November 27th 2010.

The legacy and wish my mother left behind will keep thriving thanks to the undying support of all our friends and sponsors! A BIG Mahalo to Daniel Marvin for donating his incredible artwork this year.

Last years event was incredible – 250 Keiki’s in 2 days! Sixty children, 4-6 years of age! The waves were perfect for the Menehunes. Pat O’connell brought out the Hurley Team. Rob Machado, Brock Little, Joel Centeio and many more came out to sign for the Menehunes. Catering for the contestants, workers and the entire beach was provided by Qucksilver. Jen from Sacred Surf gave away hats to every contestant, which they got to decorate and customize for themselves. Also, the amazing Rick Rietveld donated his artwork last year! A true show of sportsmanship – the Menehunes passed down their first place boards to the most deserving child. Heartfelt smiles all around.

The Rell Sunn Education Fund has incorporated a new program with the John A. Burns School of Medicine University of Hawaii for our 35th Annual Rell Sunn Menehune Surf Contest. On Saturday between 9am-3pm they will be at the Makaha Beach , (Alternate Site ~ Rest Camp) offering free medical screenings, blood pressure, eye exams, and glucose screenings for all ages. Our concerns are that people without insurance often wait till the last minute to seek treatment. With the troubled economy and people losing their jobs. We feel preventive medical examinations would provide a wealth of knowledge to the patient and aid their decisions to seek further treatment. They will also have information to help qualified patients receive discounted medications through patient assistance programs.

Click HERE to visit webpage where you can register your keiki for the contest.

Rell Sunn Aloha Jam II

This year at Waimea Valley, a night to rock the North Shore is taking place Sunday, November 28th with the 2010 Rell Sunn Aloha Jam II.

Thanks to Randy Rarick making it an Annual Sanctioned Triple Crown Event, the following entertainers will be performing at this year’s event: Henry Kapono, Amy Hanaiali’i, Kaukahi, Ten Feet, The Honolulu Lounge Lizards, The Young Coconuts, and Te Lumanaki. Additional special guests are set to make appearances on this night of aloha that will honor the Queen of Makaha.

Last year’s sold out crowd of the who’s who in the surf industry was there. Incredible Local Talent… Henry Kapono, Jake Shimabukuro, Paula Fuga, Kaukahi, Cyril Pahinui and Rob Machado… Great sponsors Kona Brewing, Barefoot Wine, Smart Water. A Pat Rawson shaped board with Clark Little imagery auctioned for $4000.00. Lots of Pro surfboards, artwork, paddleboards, Ki’oe, Red Bull signed boards given for the cause.

Proceeds from the Event To Benefit The Rell Sunn Educational Fund.

Click HERE to visit webpage for ticket purchases.

Makaha Author Kim Hunter Supports Charities; Seeks Sponsors

Click HERE for the informational flyer.

Freeway Safety Patrol Keeps Drivers Safe!

In September 2010, Rep. Shimabukuro’s tire blew out and brakes weakened while she was driving on the freeway near the airport. It was a harrowing experience because the incident occurred on the inside lane where there was barely a shoulder, just when rush hour traffic started to get heavy. Although she called AAA, it would take them a while to arrive, and their towing service was limited.

To her surprise, AAA made a call to the State Department of Transportation’s “Freeway Safety Patrol” (FSP), who came to the rescue! Within minutes a policeman on a motorcycle arrived and helped block off on-coming traffic. Shortly thereafter a tow truck, driven by Kimo Figueroa (pictured above) also pulled up. Mr. Figueroa pumped up Rep. Shimabukuro’s spare tire, which was flat, and later towed her to Pearl City to meet up with AAA.

“If you are ever in trouble on the highway, give FSP a call to see if they can assist. They are real life-savers!” said Rep. Shimabukuro.

For more information, call 841-HELP or visit

HI Public Housing Authority’s Jr. Atisanoe Helps Homeless Find Jobs

Lautoa F. Atisanoe, Jr. (far left), of HI Public Housing Authority (HPHA) conducts job placement outreach at Kea`au Beach Park on a weekly basis. He is pictured here assisting a young homeless man with a warehouse job application. [Click on the image to enlarge]

Jr. Atisanoe’s business card. [Click on the image to enlarge]

Mahalo nui loa to Lautoa F. Atisanoe, Jr., aka “Jr.” of HPHA for bringing employment opportunities to our homeless. Jr. Atisanoe is an excellent example of a public servant who consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty to bring hope to those in need.

Ulu Ke Kukui’s – 2nd Annual Open House – November 18th

Alternative Structures International
Ulu Ke Kukui
87-576 Kula’aupuni Street Waianae, HI 96792

Date: Thursday, November 18, 2010
Time: 9am – 11am & 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Place: Ulu Ke Kukui Transitional Housing Program(2nd right on St. Johns Road)

National Homeless Awareness Week is November 16th – 20th.

Ulu Ke Kukui is opening our doors to everyone on Thursday, November 18th.

UKK will be available to offer a program orientation and site tour.

Please call to RSVP with Naomi at (808) 620-9011. This will help us to coordinate your visit for either the morning or the afternoon session. Please come and visit!

*Light refreshments will be served.


Rep.’s Shimabukuro and Awana joined the UH Manoa Educational Talent Search program to clean beaches along the Wai’anae Coast. Click on this link to watch the video:!

Background information

The University of Hawai’i-Manoa, Manoa Educational Talent Search (METS) program will hold a beach clean-up on the Wai’anae Coast with almost 100 volunteers from Nanakuli and Wai’anae High School. Community members are welcome to volunteer and help the students.

“The purpose of this clean-up is to give the students a sense of responsibility for their community while learning about their kuleana (responsibility),” said Tanya Uyehara, METS Student Advisor.

October 7, 2010 9:00 – 10:30am

Meet at Maili Beach Park across Beaches Restaurant. Volunteers will clean in both directions, to clean up Maili Beach and Lualualei Beach (“Sewers” beach)

The Manoa Educational Talent Search (METS) Program is a Talent Search program of Trio. The program is based on the University of Hawaii-Manoa, and its mission is to help students succeed in grade promotions and increase the percentage of college bound student. METS provides services to 300 Nanakuli Intermediate and High school students as well as 300 Wai’anae High School students.



Tanya Uyehara, METS Student Advisor

Mobile: 808-349-7794