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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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