Job Openings: Hale Kipa Transitional Living Program (7/16/14)

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From: Leianne Nagum
Date: Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 2:38 PM
Subject: Hale Kipa’s Transitional Living Program


Just wanted to let you know that we have several female and male openings with our program. If you have anyone that would fulfill our admission criteria (homeless/imminent homelessness & ages 18-21 years), please send them our way.

Mahalo no,
Leianne K. Nagum, Case Manager
Hale Kipa – Transitional Living Program
Program II Outreach and Transitional Living Services
(808) 284-2079

Hawaii Furniture Bank: Helping Hawaii’s Families Sleep a Little Better!

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From: Patty
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2014 9:16 AM
Subject: Fwd: Mahalo Nui!

Helping Hawaii’s Families Sleep a Little Better!
(Posted July 22, 2014)

Over 40 different nonprofit groups — including churches, schools, shelters, clean & sober homes and halau — banded together this week to distribute over 6 tons of linens, pillows, blankets and towels to Oahu families in need. From the homeless in Waianae to the shelters in Kalaeloa and Kahala, to the flood victims in Waialua, volunteers loaded vans, trucks and car trunks to help ohana in need.

Pastor Jerrell Tate from the Abundant Life Christian Fellowship says, “Helping the homeless is a family affair!” as his grandson and wife helped load the back of their truck. The Waianae Comprehensive Health Center will also be servicing the homeless along with treatment centers and shelters in West Oahu.

Kumu Kanani Oliveira advised she is providing linens to families that have no beds, stating “They sleep on the floor so they have more room for the family to sleep together.”

Aunty Eileen from Queen Liliuokalani Church of Haleiwa is a true blessing — she and Uncle John will be distributing linens to members of their community.

Ms. Cathy from Waialua Elementary Kindergarten hopes the clean sheets will help families that were flooded out by the weekend storms, explaining that “Every little bit helps when you’re recovering from a disaster.”

Hawaii Furniture Bank extends a warm aloha to our generous donors and the many volunteers that give selflessly of their time and resources to help those in need.

Attached are a few photos from today’s distribution. I’ll be posting more photos on our web site as I receive them from team members completing deliveries to senior housing, shelters, etc.

On behalf of our very grateful recipients, let me extend a very warm mahalo nui loa!

​Please contact me if we can make a difference in helping the families in your community​!

Much aloha,
​Patty Kahanamoku-Teruya​
Hawaii Furniture Bank (HFB)​
​O’ahu Community Liaison​
808 723-9161

Hawaii Furniture Bank Information

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Forum: Working Together for Our Families JUL 30 hosted by Seagull Schools

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Free Government Cell Phones

Updated 10/26/15
Visit the link below for more information:

Here are some reliable sources where you can read about obtaining a free cell phone from the government:

Low-Cost and Free Cell Phone Options for Seniors Jim T. Miller HuffPost 7/10/14

Lawmaker looks to rein in program after free cell phones sent to dead people Barnini Chakraborty FoxNews 3/11/13

Are Taxpayers Paying for Free Cell Phones? Kelly Phillips Erb Forbes 2/12/12

Tapped? ‘LifeLine’ program offers free phone Kim Komando USA Today 5/31/12

How to Get the Government to Cover Your Cell Phone Bill(s) Brad Tuttle Time  2/8/12

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Related article: Star-Advertiser: Free Cellphone and Cellphone Service?

Joint Senate Committee Meeting: Affordable Housing Update 7/23/14

Aloha, below is a link to the official hearing notice for next week’s Informational Briefing on Housing:







Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland, Chair
Senator Josh Green, Vice Chair


Sen. Michelle N. Kidani Sen. Sam Slom
Sen. Brian T. Taniguchi


Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair
Senator Sam Slom, Vice Chair


Sen. Rosalyn H. Baker Sen. Laura H. Thielen
Sen. Suzanne Chun Oakland Sen. Glenn Wakai
Sen. J. Kalani English


Senator Will Espero, Chair
Senator Rosalyn H. Baker, Vice Chair


Sen. Brickwood Galuteria Sen. Sam Slom
Sen. Josh Green

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WMCAC Golf Tournament 8/15/14 at Makaha Valley Country Club

From: Don “Rock” Arakaki
Date: July 13, 2014

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Aloha Maile,

Hope all is well with you and wish you a very successful year.

WMCAC is having a golf tournament on Friday, August 15, 2014, at Makaha Valley Country Club to raise funds to support the youth programs and community activities to include the Waianae Veterans Day Parade. The proceeds from the golf tournament will help us defray the costs of these events.

We ask your assistance in finding golfers and sponsors to support our tournament. Attached is our Invitation Letter and Sponsorship Information (disregard the deadline for the registration). Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions.

Don “Rock” Arakaki
“Rock Steady”

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DOE Releases Income Eligibility Guidelines for Free & Reduced-Price Meals

HONOLULU, July 16, 2014 – The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) is announcing its policy for free and reduced-price meals for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.  Copies of the policy are available at public schools.

Children from households with income at or below the following levels are eligible for free or reduced-price meals:

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Application forms are being sent to all homes with a letter to parents or guardians. To apply for free or reduced-price meals, households should fill out one application and return it to the school where the child is enrolled or complete an online application via Applications for the current school year (2014-2015) are now being accepted. The application information will be used to determine eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by the school or other program officials.

For DOE officials to determine eligibility, households receiving SNAP or TANF must list the child’s name, date of birth, grade, school code and their SNAP or TANF case number and the signature and name of an adult household member. Households not receiving SNAP or TANF must list: 1) the names of everyone in the household; 2) the amount of income received by each person, how often the income is received and the source of the income; 3) the name and social security number of either parent/guardian who is the primary wage earner or the adult household member who signs the form or the word “none” if neither adult household member has a social security number; and 4) the signature of an adult household member.

Applications may be submitted at any time during the year.

Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price policy, the DOE will review applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the official may wish to discuss the decision with the reviewing official on an informal basis. Parents wishing to make a formal appeal may make a request for a hearing on the decision in writing to:

Name of Hearing Official: Glenna Owens, SFA Director
Address: 1106 Koko Head Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone Number: (808) 733-8414 or toll-free 1-800-441-4845

In certain cases foster children are also eligible for school meal benefits. If a household has foster children living with them and wishes to apply for them, the household should contact the school for more information.

The information provided by the household is confidential and will be used only for purposes of determining eligibility and verifying data.

In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

About the Hawaii State Department of Education
The Hawaii State Department of Education is the ninth-largest U.S. school district and the only statewide educational system in the country. It is comprised of 255 schools and 33 charter schools, and serves more than 185,000 students. King Kamehameha III established Hawaii’s public school system in 1840. The DOE is in the midst of a range of historic efforts to transform its public education system to ensure graduates succeed in college or careers. To learn more, visit

LCC-OCEWD July-December 2014 Course Catalog

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LCC-OCEWD: New Courses Shine Summer 2014 – Retail Operations Program and Pharmacy Technician

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Program or Pharmacy Technician course.
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Summer is the perfect season to explore new career opportunities. Whether you’re taking a break from school, or seeking employment, our Retail Operations Program and Pharmacy Technician course offers quality training in two rapidly growing industries. Click the link below for course information and registration.



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DRAFT Kalaeloa Heritage Park Environmental Assessment – Comments Deadline 8/7/14

The DRAFT KALAELOA HERITAGE PARK ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT has been published in the current issue of the Environmental Notice by the Office of Environmental Quality Control:


Public review and comment period is 30 days. Deadline to submit comments is August 7, 2014.

Tesha H. Malama
Director of Planning and Development
Hawaii Community Development Authority
461 Cooke StreetHonolulu, Hawaii 96813
email address:

New Voluntary Foster Care Program Helps Young Adults Move Forward

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Kolekole Pass Update from US Navy

Q~  Is KKPR open (for regular commuter traffic)?
A~  KKPR is Closed.

Q~ Will KKPR ever be open again (for regular commuter traffic)?
A~  No.

Q~ Could KKPR be used for emergencies?
A~  An MOA is being worked out with the Navy, Army, State & City at this time.

Additional Information about KKPR:
* Jan 2011, KKPR was closed due to heavy damage caused by heavy rain (this was the wash-out)
* Mar 2011, an Engineering Assessment concluded that the road was unsafe for vehicle traffic
* Mar 2013, a Butler Bridge construction to repair washed-out section of KKPR was completed
* May 2013, Butler Bridge was certified, blessed & approved for use but KKPR is now a single lane road
* Conditions of the upper portion of KKPR has still deteriorated due to a lack of funding & budget cuts
* Army has realigned 2 live fire ranges on the Schofield Brks side (KKPR now runs through the ranges)
* Navy has no mission requirements to keep the road open due to munition strg transfer to West Lock

There are other issues as well such as:
* No guard rails
* No street lights
* Inadequate drainage
* Dangerous rock overhang
* Blind curves made more dangerous due to overgrowth of vegetation and rock slides
* No barriers to prevent livestock (goats, pigs) from migrating onto road
* Extreme steep sharp turns with no areas to pull off the road if there are problems (deadly combo)
* Because of the budget cuts (from DC) there is no money to maintain and secure/patrol KKPR
* Code and regulation requirements would prohibit driving through live firing ranges on SB side
* Major liability issues that would leave the Navy holding the bag if there were accidents and injuries

Army Hosting Public Meeting 7/29/14 on Makua Archaeological Survey

July 16, 2014

Army seeks input at public meeting on archaeological survey

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii – The U.S. Army is hosting a public meeting, July 29, to seek public comments on its archaeological survey at Makua Military Reservation.

The meeting will be held in the Waianae High School Cafetorium (85-251 Farrington Highway, Waianae, HI 96792), and will start with an informational display viewing at 6:30 p.m.

At 7 p.m., Army staff will provide a brief overview of the survey, followed by a facilitated public comment period until 9:30 p.m.

Interested individuals can view or download the survey report online at Click “2014 Archaeological Subsurface Survey” on the left side of the Web page.

The survey report is also available at the Waianae, Kapolei, Wahiawa and Waialua public libraries, under the title “Archaeological Subsurface Survey in Areas B through F at Mākua Military Reservation, Mākua Ahupua‘a Wai‘anae District, O‘ahu Island, Hawai‘i.”

In consideration of the environment, hard copies of the report are available upon request by calling (808) 656-3089.

The 60-day public comment period for the survey runs through Aug. 13, 2014.

In addition to the public meeting, individuals can also submit comments via email to or via mail to: U.S. Army Garrison–Hawaii, Environmental Division, Attn: Makua Archaeological Subsurface Survey – Public Comments, 948 Santos Dumont Ave., Schofield Barracks, HI 96857. Comments must be emailed or postmarked no later than August 13.

For questions, please call (808) 656-3160 or email


Annual Oahu Open Studios Seeking Artists – Deadline to Register 8/31/14

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From: Christine Ho
Date: Friday, July 11, 2014

The 1st Annual Oahu Open Studios is seeking artists from the Leeward side. This event has run successfully in Maui for the past 4 years. It’s basically like a First Friday, but instead it’s a weekend event:

  • Leeward /Waikiki Honolulu artist open studios: Weekend of Dec 6th,7th
  • Windward /Central artist open studios: weekend of Dec 12th,13th

Artists interested in exhibiting in December, click here.

Deadline to register: August 31

Earlybird deadline: July 22

Invitation: Evening Under the Stars Benefit Dinner 9/20/14, 4-8pm

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From: Elysa Ermatinger
Date: Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 1:12 PM
Subject: INVITATION: Evening Under The Stars Benefit Dinner for Hoa Aina O Makaha


It is a real pleasure to extend to you this invitation to share Evening Under the Stars Benefit Dinner with us to celebrate 35 years of working with our community. Hoa ‘Āina O Mākaha shares a special place in the hearts of many people in our Wai‘anae Coast community, our extended O‘ahu community, and worldwide. Please join us for a farm-to-table dinner by TOWN restaurant’s Chefs Ed Kenny and Dave Caldiero; silent auction; farm tours led by our keiki; hula halau performances; and personal testimonies from former students and friends.

The event information is as follows:

Saturday, September 20th, 2014
Hoa ‘Āina O Mākaha
4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Aloha/Farm Chic Attire

The cost of a sponsor table is $5,000, a patron table is $3,000, a friend’s table is $1,000, and an individual ticket is $150. We hope that you can join us for this wonderful evening to enjoy the land, great food, and great company.

Hoa ‘Āina O Mākaha is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all net proceeds from this event will go to support the continuation of our program and work with the community.

Please send the attached RSVP with your payment no later than September 1st, 2014 to the following address:

Hoa ‘Āina O Mākaha
84-766 Lahaina St.
Waianae, HI 96792

For additional information or questions, please email Elysa Ermatinger at

We thank you in advance for your support and hope to see you at the celebration!

Sincerely Yours,
Gigi Cocquio & Elysa Ermatinger
Event Chair(s)

Elysa Ermatinger
Program Coordinator
Hoa Aina O Makaha
84-766 Lahaina St.
Waianae, HI 96792

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‘Seeds of Hope’ 7/18/14, 6pm at LCC-Waianae

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Waianae Internet Cafe – Grand Opening 7/14/14

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KITV4: ‘Vacancies on State Boards and Commissions Rise to 26’

Updated 7/15/14

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KITV4 – 7/14/14

Required Financial Disclosures Trigger Growing Exodus of Board Members

HONOLULU —Senator Maile Shimabukuro authored the bill that requires 15 additional state boards and commissions to make their financial disclosures public.

But she calls the more than two dozen resignations an unintended consequence.

“I am surprised that the numbers are so high,” said Shimabukuro.

The disclosures are something that lawmakers and certain state workers are required to do in the name of transparency.

Groups like Life of the Land, Common Cause and the League of Women Voters have pushed for improved accountability for years.

The financial disclosure forms include information about investments and debt that the groups say can be easily found just by Googling.

“The one thing that Google does not have is the conflicts of interest where you are making money from a certain source, and you are making rulings that affect that is the one thing. That is difficult to find on Google, that is the one thing that this bill would disclose,” said Life of the Land’s Henry Curtis.

The latest exodus of board members includes four from the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii that leaves a nine-member board with five– just barely enough for quorum.

Last week the list of resignations included five members from the State Land use Commission, leaving the nine-member board with just three members.

There were also four departures from the Agribusiness Development Corporation and the four resignations from the University of Hawaii Board of Regents.

Similar bills to require the public disclosures were vetoed by previous administrations. Gov. Neil Abercrombie let the bill go into effect without his signature.

Life of the Land wasn’t surprised about the departures, but said the new law is about accountability at all levels.

“Why should the regents be protected, but the deans disclose? it makes no sense.” said Curtis.

Curtis would like to see the law expanded to cover boards like the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii which handles millions of dollars of contracts every year.

Shimabukuro hopes that the governor can reach fill the vacancies as soon as possible.

“There was an outpouring of support this legislation, so hopefully going forward, we will see stability, so the public knows going forward that this is a requirement. Hopefully, all this will pass,” said Shimabukuro.

The state ethics commission had planned to release current financial information for members sitting on boards and commissions online Monday.

But according to Les Kondo, of the state ethics commission, the state attorney general said releasing information that was previously private, would be improper.

The commission is expected to take up the matter at its meeting next week.

Read the article on the KITV4 site.

4th Waianae Film Series on July 25

WFS July 2014