Update Re: Liquor License for Ono Polynesian Inc.

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The Wai`anae Neighborhood Board voted against granting a liquor license to Ono Polynesian Market during its December 2010 meeting due to concerns regarding the promotion of using alcohol and cigarettes in our community.  Board and community members stated that our Coastline already has at least 30 businesses with liquor licenses, and therefore does not need any more.

The Liquor Commission held a hearing regarding Ono Polynesian Market’s liquor license application on 1/6/11, and here is a report on the results of the hearing from Wai`anae Neighborhood Board chair Jo Jordan:

“I attended the Liquor License hearing for Ono Polynesian market on Jan 6th, and the Liquor Commissions ruling was to allow the issuance of the liquor license but with a condition on the license, they are only allowed to sell alcoholic beverages between the hours of 6am to 5pm.  Normally these licenses are allowed to sell between the hours of 6am to 12pm.  The Commission had to go into executive session after testimony to render a decision, and they received over 129 testimonies against the application and none for.”

Maile’s House to Senate Transfer Documents

To view copies of Representative Maile Shimabukuro’s House to Senate transfer documents, please click here.

  • Letter to Representative Calvin Say, Speaker of the House, 28 Dec. 2010, re transfer of her staff to her Senate office.
  • Letter to Representative Calvin Say, Speaker of the House, 28 Dec. 2010, re her resignation from her House District 45 seat effective 3 Jan. 2011.
  • Letter from Governor Neil Abercrombie, 21 Dec. 2010, to Senate President Shan Tsutsui re Maile’s appointment to fill the 21st Senate District vacancy.
  • Letter from Congresswoman-Elect Colleen Hanabusa, 10 Nov. 2010, to Governor Linda Lingle, Governor-Elect Neil Abercrombie, Senate President-Elect Shan Tsutsui, and Democratic Party of Hawaii Chair Dante Carpenter re her resignation from her 21st Senate District seat.

Legislative Update

Aloha!  I am very excited about having the opportunity to represent Senate District 21 at the Capitol.  Former Senate President and current Congresswoman-elect Colleen Hanabusa has been a great mentor to me for these past 8 years, and I hope to continue her legacy of fighting for the Wai`anae Coast. 

Some of the bills I am working on include:

  • legalizing traditional forms of food preparation for commercial sale;
  • protecting lifeguards from assault;
  • allowing homeowners to designate beneficiaries on property deeds;
  • holding certain parents criminally responsible when their children commit crimes;
  • exempting disabled veterans from having to pay vehicle registration fees;
  • exempting retirement, life insurance, and health/college savings accounts from welfare asset limit requirements;
  • eliminating the statute of limitations for filing civil suits against perpetrators of sexual assault;
  • enhancing DLNR officers’ ability to forfeit property of those who fail to abide by laws which protect our natural resources;
  • obtaining funds to air condition our schools; and
  • creating the E Ala voyaging canoe Ocean Education Center at Wai`anae Boat Harbor (see more information about this project at this link – https://21maile.wordpress.com/2010/12/17/e-ala-voyaging-canoe-closer-to-coming-home/).

“Opening Day” of the Legislature is always the 3rd Wednesday in January, and it falls on January 19 this year.  The public is invited to visit my office that day for refreshments.  I will be serving as Vice-Chair of the Judiciary and Labor Committee, and as a member of the Water, Land and Housing; Agriculture; and Health Committees.  My office is room 223, and my contact numbers are 586-7793 (phone) and 586-7797 (fax).  You can email at maileshimabukuro@yahoo.com.

Wai`anae Intermediate Students Need Funds for Trip to Our Nation’s Capitol

This spring, 25 students from Wai`anae Intermediate School have the unique opportunity to participate in one of the Close Up Foundation’s weeklong, “hands-on,” government studies programs.  They will travel to Washington, DC, utilize the city as a living classroom, meet with members of Congress, leading political experts, as well as conference with their peers from around the country on current issues… providing they can raise the funds for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

“During their week in Washington, the students attend seminars on Capitol Hill and will meet with our very own government officials, political experts, and even lobbyists, to better understand the branches of government, and the ways in which they can become more involved community citizens,” explains Mr. Elten Lau, the counselor coordinating this program at the school. Continue reading

Nanakuli-Maili Neighborhood Board Meetings

Parks & Recreation Committee (PRC)
Date:   Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Time:   5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Place:  Nanakuli Beach Park (NBP) Arts & Crafts Room
Agenda: click here

Education Committee (EC)
Date: Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Place: Nanakuli Beach Park (NBP) Arts & Crafts Room
Agenda: click here

Neighborhood Board Meeting Schedule
Current chair, Patty Teruya
3rd Tuesday of the month* [Jan. 18, 2011]
Nanaikapono Elementary School
89-153 Mano Avenue
7:00 pm
Click here to visit the website.
*Meeting days, times, and locations are subject to change. Please check agendas for confirmation!

Governor Fills Senate Seats


View press release from Governor’s office HERE.

Governor fills Senate seats

Abercrombie chooses a former legislative colleague and a current House member

By B.J. Reyes

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 22, 2010

Gov. Neil Abercrombie turned to present and past legislative experience in filling two Senate vacancies yesterday.

The governor named state Rep. Maile Shimabukuro and former state Sen. Malama Solomon — an ally of Abercrombie’s from their days in the Legislature — to fill vacancies created by the resignations of Colleen Hanabusa (D, Nanakuli-Makua) and Dwight Takamine (D, Hilo-Hawi). Continue reading

No More Waianae Landfills, Say Most District 1 Candidates


No more Waianae landfills, say most District 1 candidates

By Leila Fujimori

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 22, 2010

Affordable housing, landfills and the tug of war between agriculture and development were among topics faced by candidates last night at a community forum.

Twelve of the 13 people running in the special election to replace former City Councilman Todd Apo participated in the District 1 forum at Nanakuli High and Intermediate. John Roco was the only candidate not there. Continue reading

Wai`anae High’s "Project Graduation" Needs Your Support!

Fundraising for Wai`anae High’s “Project Graduation 2011” is underway. The goal is to raise $45,000, so everyone’s help is needed.

To inquire about upcoming fundraising events, how to “sponsor a senior,” or how to donate to Wai’anae High School Project Grad, call 620-7604 or 520-4542

Or mail checks to:

Wai’anae High School Project Grad
Wai’anae High School
Attn: Nikki Kay
85-251 Farrington Hwy.
Wai’anae, HI 96792

Photos of Wai`anae Coast Christmas Parade 2010

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E Ala, photo courtesy of Waianae High School's Searider Productions.

E Ala, photo courtesy of Waianae High School’s Searider Productions.

The Wai`anae Hawaiian Civic Club (WHCC) organized the building of the E Ala voyaging canoe in 1981. Although the canoe is currently docked at the Maritime Education Training Center (METC) at Sand Island, WHCC, Polynesian Voyaging Society, and many others want the canoe brought home to the Wai`anae Coast to be used for navigational and cultural education. [Click the image to enlarge.]

DLNR officials approved of a plan to permanently dry dock the E Ala in the area between the harbor and Wai`anae High. The next step is getting the BLNR’s approval. L-R: DLNR officials Wesley Choi, Ed Underwood, & Meghan Statts; DLNR Chair William Aila Jr.; and Wai`anae Coast residents Gege Kawelo, Laurie Lawrence, and Sam Kapoi. [Click the image to enlarge; Photo by Rep. Shimabukuro]

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Important Notice Re: Process to Replace Rep. Shimabukuro

District Council 45 will convene for the purpose of submitting three (3) names to the Democratic Party Chair to replace Rep. Maile Shimabukuro who resigned January 3, 2011.  Anyone residing in District 45 interested in submitting their name, or the name of another Democrat in “good standing,” for consideration should submit a resume before 12:00 pm (noon) Jan 13, 2011.  All interested applicants should submit a resume by email to the Region 8 Chair, Teri Heede at any of the following email addresses:




Any resumes submitted by postal delivery can be sent to Democratic Party Headquarters at:

Democratic Party of Hawaii
ATT: Teri Heede
1050 Ala Moana Blvd Suite #2660
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814

All resumes must be received before 12:00 pm (noon) on Jan 13, 2011 to be considered by the District Council. If there are any questions regarding this process, please contact the Region 8 Chair by phone at 672-6312 or by email (as noted above).  Any Democrat in “good standing,” residing in the district, can submit their resume for consideration.

Holiday Gifts for Him or Her: Fashion with Mana`o (Wai`anae Girl Does Good!)

Kealopiko is a clothing line created by three ladies, Hina, Jamie, and Ane (pictured). [Note: Ane Bakutis, kneeling on the far right, grew up in Wai`anae]. The designs on the clothing are things from the natural, cultural, and historical traditions of Hawaii: our native plants and animals, olelo Hawaii (Hawaiian language), our alii (royalty) and the long and amazing moolelo (story) of our existence in these islands. When designing their clothing, the Kealopiko team searches out elements of the past and the present that help people connect to the islands and give them a sense of all things Hawaiian. Continue reading

City cleaning Waianae’s Mailiili Stream – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL Home

City cleaning Waianae's Mailiili Stream – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL Home

Camp permits not for homes


Camping permits at city parks are intended for people occasionally pitching tents, but many of Oahu’s 4,000 homeless have found them to be long-term residences. The growing problem should pressure the city to find other “safe zones” for the homeless so city beach parks can return to their intended use by residents as places to relax.

Camping permits are free to the public year-round from Friday morning until the following Wednesday morning at more than a dozen beach parks on Oahu. Homeless people have found they are able to pitch their tents as their sleeping place for six days of the week at no cost at city parks, having learned how to obtain permits for Waianae Coast beaches at Kapolei Hale. Continue reading

Hawaii Housing Alliance

The Hawaii Housing Alliance creates and supports healthy, safe, and stable communities for children, families, and workers by advocating for homes that are affordable. We conduct research, educate communities, business leaders, and policy makers, and advocate for homes our workers can afford. Our mission is important to every person living in Hawaii, and particularly those who have families and children they want to see stay in Hawaii and raise their own families.

However, our mission is also important to you. Affordable housing is a key component to solving Hawaii’s homeless crisis. The downturn of Hawaii’s economy and construction industry has caused many of our working families to find themselves suddenly homeless as a result of falling behind in rent or losing their home due to foreclosure. The working homeless, and homeless families are just two of the kinds of people we find on our streets these days. Continue reading

Health Care Reform: Pre-Existing Insurance Plan in Hawai`i


I would like to share information that could help uninsured individuals who have a pre-existing condition.

Rather than establish a state plan, Hawai`i joined the federal government’s high-risk pool. Information on eligibility and how to apply are at:


This link has more details about “Health Care Reform and Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions”:


Please spread the word so people who can benefit from this new health insurance program apply as soon as possible!

Hawai`i Covering Kids


“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” (FDR)

Read Aloud America Program

RAP is back to Waianae!

Aloha Waianae Readers!

First I’d like to introduce myself. I’m the new volunteer coordinator here at Read Aloud America. I hope you are all still interested in RAP and promoting literacy. I’m looking forward to our upcoming semester but I need your help.

RAP will be back to your area this Spring! Let me know if you are interested in reading. Also if you know anyone who would like to become a volunteer reader, Please have them register online on our website. Please remember that our volunteers commit to all six sessions at our Read Aloud Program. Continue reading

December Leeward CC Newsletter

Click HERE to view newsletter.

Kamuela Enos of MA`O Farm featured in OHA’s monthly newsletter

Click HERE to view on OHA website or cut and paste link below.


Health Officials Restrict Poi Pioneer – Honolulu News Story – KITV Honolulu

Health Officials Restrict Poi Pioneer – Honolulu News Story – KITV Honolulu