Free Training for Housing Providers March 16th

Brush up on Fair Housing Law March 16th!

The Legal Aid Society of Hawaii’s Fair Housing Enforcement Program will be hosting a FREE Fair Housing Law Training for housing providers on Saturday, March 16th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 p.m. at the Susannah Wesley Community Center.

Topics to include:

  •  What can be considered illegal discrimination under FH law
  •  Exemptions under the law
  •  Service & Assistance animals
  •  Accommodations for People with Disabilities
  •  How to Minimize Provider Liability

Susannah Wesley Community Center

1117 Kaili Street

Honolulu, HI 96819

Call or e-mail for more info or to register. Deadline for registration: March 1, 2013

or more information please refer to:

Ashley Blacker 527-8017

Ian Tapu 527-8078

Star-Advertiser: Gay Marriage Bill Stalled

The following excerpts are from Mary Vorsino’s “Legalization of gay marriage appears stalled for session” (Star-Advertiser, 2/11/13):

The state House Judiciary Committee has decided not to schedule a hearing for a bill that would legalize gay marriage, which means the issue is likely tabled for this legislative session.

State Rep. Karl Rhoads, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said that after polling his colleagues he determined there was not the political will for a gay-marriage bill this session.

Click here to read the full article.

A Very Important Message from Ku’ulani Keohokalole

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Dear fellow moms and advocates,

Today, two bills, HB853 (allowing state funds to go to private providers of preschool) and HB864 (establishing a statewide early ed program) were heard before the House Judiciary committee. Mahalo for your testimonies submitted. It was truly amazing to hear the names of those in support as if it were a roll call of our Be My Voice advocates. So awesome!I decided to get up and testify in person in addition to my written testimony today. I felt compelled, after hearing the few voices of opposition who represented big organizations but not the everyday working families. I was nervous having never testified before! I jotted down a few notes and decided just to speak from the heart.It felt so good to give a parent’s perspective and to bring the issue down to a real, everyday level — not a lobbying position, or what’s best for an organization — but how this affects an everyday family.So here’s where we need you to do the same. Within the next two weeks, these bills are going to move to the money committee (Finance). If you recall from our training, this is where the bills can die. It’s going to be critical to have your voice be heard. Written testimony in support is a must, but showing up in person is really important to give a presence and face to the issue. Let’s make sure they can see the communities that will be affected!

I’ll be making phone calls as soon as we find out when the budget hearing is. Keep your eyes and ears peeled! In the meantime, you can:

Please write to the Finance committee in support of HB853 and HB864!

Email/call me with any questions! Together, we’ll make this happen!


Ku’ulani Keohokalole, M.A.
Policy & Public Engagement Specialist – Oahu
Good Beginnings Alliance
33 S. King Street #200 Honolulu, HI 96813
P: 808.531.5502 ext. 304
F: 808.531.5702
“Every keiki deserves a good beginning”

Democrats @ ♥ Fundraiser at the Disabled American Veterans Dept.


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On 2/12/13, children and parents from Ka Pa'alana traveling preschool visited the Capitol.

On 2/12/13, children and parents from Ka Pa’alana traveling preschool visited the Capitol.

For more information about the preschool, click here.