Sen. Shimabukuro’s 2015 Staff

Senator Maile Shimabukuro, District 21

Senator Maile Shimabukuro, District 21

MAILE’S 2015 STAFF

Colleen Teramae, Legislative Office Manager

Colleen Teramae, Legislative Office Manager

Colleen has a BA degree in Human Resources Management and a BBA in Management Information Systems. Prior to working at the Hawaii State Capitol, she had nine years of private sector experience in human resources (primarily in the areas of recruitment, training and employee development) and three years experience in office management. She has been my Legislative Office Manager since my election to the Legislature in 2003. Email address: young@capitol.hawaii.gov

Geanine (Gomes) Kahalewai, Legislative Assistant/District Relations

Geanine (Gomes) Kahalewai, Legislative Aide/District Relations

Geanine has a Masters in Education (M.Ed.) and worked for the Department of Education for 16 years. She has also worked as a community counselor for a nonprofit organization. She is a long time Nänäkuli Hawaiian homestead resident and is currently attending the UH William S. Richardson School of Law. Geanine handles district, community and constituent concerns. She was featured in a UH ad in Nov. 2011. Email address: g.mcintosh@ capitol.hawaii.gov

Kapua Keli`ikoa-Kama`i, Senate Volunteer

Kapua Keli`ikoa-Kama`i, Senate Volunteer

Kapua is a proud graduate of Wai`anae High and is a passionate advocate for culture-based education, natural resource preservation, and Hawaiian rights. She is a devoted wife and mother to two daughters who attend Hawaiian language immersion schools, and lives in the Wai`anae Valley Hawaiian Homestead.

Lōpaka Baptiste

Lōpaka Baptiste, Committee Clerk/Senate Hawaiian Affairs Committee

Lōpaka Baptiste is from Nānākuli, lives in Mā‘ili, and is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools and Iowa State University. For nearly seven years, Lōpaka worked in the Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka, advising Senator Akaka on a number of issues, including education and Native Hawaiian policy. Most notably, he worked to advance federal recognition for Native Hawaiians, among several federal initiatives for Hawai‘i and the Native Hawaiian people. Lopaka served as a legislative aide to Sen. Shimabukuro during the 2014 Legislative Session and returns for the 2015 Legislative Session as Committee Clerk for the Senate Hawaiian Affairs Committee as Sen. Shimabukuro enters her 2nd year as Committee Chair.

Stacy Garcia, Jr., Legislative Aide/General Legislation

Stacy Garcia, Jr., Legislative Aide/General Legislation

Stacy Garcia Jr. is a son of Hawai’i and hails from the Nanakuli Hawaiian Homestead. A graduate of Nanakuli High School, Stacy worked as a youth leader in various clubs and organizations to improve education and promote community safety. His sense of service continued as he served in the United States Air Force as Security Police for 4 ½ years; deploying twice to Iraq before being honorable discharged. His cultural background and focus on community collaboration has led him to a number of political leadership roles the supports sustainability and indigenous people’s rights. Stacy received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology at the University of Hawai’i – West O’ahu in Kapolei. For the 2015 session Stacy will serve as my Legislative Aide and will be responsible for monitoring and tracking my legislation, as well as any legislation relevant to District 21.

HIGH SURF Advisory in effect until Tuesday, Jan 18, 6:00 AM

…HIGH SURF ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM HST TUESDAY…

THE HIGH SURF ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM HST TUESDAY.

* SURF…ALONG NORTH FACING SHORES SURF WILL BE 12 TO 16 FEET THROUGH TONIGHT…DIMINISHING BELOW 15 FEET ON TUESDAY. ALONG WEST FACING SHORES SURF WILL BE 6 TO 12 FEET THROUGH TONIGHT… DIMINISHING BELOW 12 FEET ON TUESDAY.

* TIMING…SURF WILL GRADUALLY DIMINISH THROUGH TUESDAY.

* IMPACTS…INEXPERIENCED SWIMMERS SHOULD AVOID ENTERING THE WATER. THE SWELL WILL PRODUCE LOCALIZED STRONG RIP CURRENTS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A HIGH SURF ADVISORY MEANS THAT HIGH SURF WILL AFFECT BEACHES IN THE ADVISORY AREA…PRODUCING RIP CURRENTS AND LOCALIZED BEACH EROSION.

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NEEDED: Towels, Blankets and Sheets

From: WNP BFC [mailto:wnp-bfc@wccmhc.org]
Sent: Thursday, January 13, 2011 11:41 AM
Subject: NEEDED: Towels, Blankets and Sheets

Aloha All (Shout out to our Wai’anae Coast residents and/or those that work out on the Wai’anae Coast),

We have had a couple of calls from families this morning who were flooded overnight.  They had asked if we had any towels, blankets and sheets in our donation area of our office.  Instinctively, last night they tried to control the leaks and flooding with everything extra (if they had it) in the linen closet to soak up the endless water; in making every attempt to save the couches, carpet, dressers and mattresses.

Many of our families do not have “renters” insurance and it may take them several months to rebound from last night’s torrential rain.  Trying to replace all the items used to save their possessions; including all the kids clothing that inadvertently is now soaked.

One of our families called her landlord, who told her that he is unable to do any repairs “until the sun comes out”; this single parent mom, of three kids, has to deal with it until then.  The fire department was able to help put up tarps early this morning to hopefully avoid the next bout of rain, but the damage is done, she has no dry/clean towels, blankets and sheets (and some of them are muddy).  She also requested for kids clothes sizes 2T, 5 & 6, all the kids clothes in the baskets were wet and soiled.

So…if you can help, please feel free to drop off any items at our Wai’anae Neighborhood Place office located on Mill Street, next to Sunflower apartments.  Call for directions…696-4598.

Mahalo for your time,
Barbie
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