Hawaii News Now: ‘Community Wants to Know What Blew Up at Makua Valley’ 4/7/15

"It's very disturbing," said State Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, who represents Waianae and chairs the Senate Hawaiian Affairs Committee. "We don't know exactly where this happened yet, and so that needs to be immediately disclosed to the public so that we know where these unexploded ordnance may be and where the risk is," Shimabukuro said.

“It’s very disturbing,” said State Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, who represents Waianae and chairs the Senate Hawaiian Affairs Committee. “We don’t know exactly where this happened yet, and so that needs to be immediately disclosed to the public so that we know where these unexploded ordnance may be and where the risk is,” Shimabukuro said.

Community Wants to Know What Blew Up at Makua Valley,” by Keoki Kerr, Hawaii News Now, 7 Apr. 2015, 6:17 PM HST.

Saturday Story Time: April 18, 2015 and April 25, 2015

Saturday Story Time at Wai’anae Public Library
85-625 Farrington Highway
Saturdays at 10:40 a.m.

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2015 First Nations’ Futures Program Applications Available

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The 2015-2016 FNFP Hawaii Fellow application window is now open and will close on 30 May 2015 (postmarked).  All applications submitted (postmarked) after 30 May 2015 will be considered LATE.  Late applications are only taken into consideration after a complete and thorough review and exhaustion of on-time applications.

We ask that you remain patient as we thoroughly review all applications.  The first round of letters will be mailed out 26 June 2015 informing individuals whether or not they have been selected to continue onto the interview panel round.

Final acceptance, waitlist, denial letters are expected to be mailed out 31 July 2015.

For more information including application, please click the following link: http://apps.ksbe.edu/admissions/2015-first-nations%E2%80%99-futures-program-applications-are-now-available

Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center Craft Fair: May 8, 2015

Craft Fair
Friday May 8, 2015
7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Wai’anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center
86-260 Farrington Highway

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The Hawaii State Senate Recognizes Art Frank and Al Lewis for Their Outstanding Advocacy

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Hawaii Senate Group Photo with Awardees.  Bottom row L-R: Senate President Mercado Kim, Sen. Thielen, Sen. Galuteria, Florence Mae Bowes Lewis, David Lewis, Susan Frank-Kama, Gwen Ahana, Carolyn & Art Frank, Sen. Shimabukuro, Sen. Kidani, Sen. Chun-Oakland, Sen. Taniguchi, Sen. Green, and Sen. Kahele.  Top row L-R: Sen. Gabbard, Sen. Harimoto, Sen. Espero, Sen. Ruderman, Sen. Riviere, Sen. Dela Cruz, Sen. English, Sen. Keith-Agaran, Sen. Ihara, Sen. Inouye, Sen. Wakai, Sen. Tokuda, Sen. Nishihara, Sen. Baker, & Sen. Kouchi.  [Click Images to Enlarge]

20150401_112206 20150401_121607 Nancyann Mickey, Art Frank, Ruth Wai Paaoao, and Sen. ShimabukuroAdditional photos of the Floor Presentation may be found at this link:



Speech Delivered by Senator Maile Shimabukuro, 4/1/15

Art Frank, who is deaf and suffers from quadriparesis, is someone who has defied all the odds and served Hawaii’s community in countless ways. He has had a long and active role with the disabled community, on the Wai’anae Coast, and with the Hawaii Democratic Party.

In 1981, Mr. Frank spent five years lobbying for a bill which allows deaf individuals to attend government meetings and request a sign language interpreter or communication access real time translation, also known as “CART.”  He also worked tirelessly to ensure that Capitol restrooms were ADA compliant, and that disabled parking was afforded to disabled visitors at the capitol, enduring 27 parking tickets in the process.

Mr. Frank has also testified in support of measures to benefit the Wai`anae Coast.  He has come to the Capitol on short notice, numerous times, to speak out in favor of measures to help alleviate traffic and otherwise improve conditions for the west side.  He also attends neighborhood board and other community meetings and events aimed at bettering the lives of those on the Wai`anae Coast.

Mr. Frank, along with his dear friend who we are also honoring today, Al Lewis, has been a devoted member of the Democratic Party for decades.  Mr. Frank and Mr. Lewis have volunteered countless hours for many campaigns.  I met both of them on the campaign trail, and was deeply inspired by their positive energy, enthusiasm, and sense of humor.  Mr. Frank, who resides on the Wai`anae Coast, and Mr. Lewis, who hails from Waimanalo, have volunteered for campaigns spanning the island, going as far as the opposite side of the island to support the candidates they believe in.

Raised in Waimanalo, Mr. Frank graduated from St. Louis high school, and is proud of his Hawaiian and “chop suey” heritage.  He jokes that he met his devoted wife, Carolyn, in the shower.  In fact, she was his nurse, and the first time they met happened to be in the shower of his hospital room.  Since being married, Carolyn learned sign language and has always been Mr. Frank’s rock.  Carolyn has supported all of her husband’s many community activities, and kept the home fires burning during the many hours he has spent away from home serving his community.

The fact that we are honoring Mr. Frank and Mr. Lewis on April 1, April Fools Day, couldn’t be more appropriate.  Both are always cracking jokes and pranks, and together they brought double the laughter to all in their company.  Mr. Frank told me that he once proved his point about the inadequacy of the Capitol’s bathrooms for the disabled by hurling a roll of toilet paper to the ceiling.  That’s the kind of comic relief we need more of at the Capitol.

I wanted to end by expressing my heartfelt thanks to Mr. Frank.  He was like an angel sent down from the heavens in my time of need.  The devotion and time he has spent supporting me, and the belief that he had in me, were instrumental in getting me to where I am today, and I will forever be grateful.  Now that I have met Mr. Frank, whenever I feel that my troubles are overwhelming, I often think of him.  And once he pops into my head I can’t help but smile.  I don’t think Mr. Frank, who is deaf and suffers from quadriparesis, has ever spent a minute feeling sorry for himself.  Instead, he is a man who understands how precious life is, and has chosen to use every ounce of his energy to try and make the world a better place.

Would Art Frank please stand to be recognized.

Accompanying Mr. Frank on the floor are his wife and sisters.  Would each of you please stand when I call your name, and audience please hold your applause until I have introduced all floor guests: Carolyn Frank, Gwen Ahana, and Susan Frank-Kama.

Also here for Mr. Frank in the gallery are some of his relatives and friends, including some from the deaf community.  Audience, please hold your applause while I introduce our gallery guests, and please stand when I call your name: Representative Jo Jordan, Ruth “Wai” Paaoao; Kukana Kama-Toth; Dr. Lawrence Redmond, D.C.; Jesse and Debbie Jackson; Rev. David and Juanita Schiewek; Dante Carpenter; Nancyann Micky; Wilfred Soong; Ed Chevy; Linda and Jeff Lemrecht; Billy Kekua; Darlene Ewan; Colleen Adade; Lisa Tom; and Patty Sakal.

Hawaii Primary Care Association Calls for Support on HB1161

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Suzanne Case Nominated as Director for the Department of Land and Natural Resources

Senator Shimabukuro met with Department of Land and Natural Resources nominee Suzanne Case following the announcement of her nomination by Governor David Ige.

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A biography for Suzanne Case and a press released regarding her nomination provided by Governor Ige:

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April 7, 2015

Governor David Ige announces nominee to lead Department of Land and Natural Resources and his choices for the Board of Education

HONOLULU – Governor David Ige today announced his nomination to lead the Department of Land and Natural Resources and his choices for the Board of Education. The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Senate.

Suzanne Case has been chosen to take the helm at the Department of Land and Natural Resources. She is a 28-year veteran of The Nature Conservancy and has served as its executive director since 2001. She oversees all operations of the Hawai‘i program including 16 preserves totaling 53,000 acres, working in native forest, coastal and marine conservation, directly and through partnerships on six main Hawaiian Islands. She also oversees the Palmyra Atoll nature preserve and research station in the Pacific. Case attended Waiakea-Kai Elementary School, Keaukaha Elementary School and Punahou School where she was the first female student body president. She graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in History and received her law degree from Hastings College of the Law, University of California, San Francisco.

“Suzanne shares my vision of wise stewardship of Hawai‘i’s public and conservation lands and waters, for excellence in government to make the most of our limited resources, and for collaboration and inclusion in carrying out the many responsibilities of the DLNR and the State of Hawai‘i for the benefit of all,” said Governor Ige.

“I am truly humbled at the prospect of serving Hawai‘i as Chair of the Department of Land and Natural Resources and honored by the confidence Governor Ige expresses in me in putting my name forth as his nominee. I look forward to meeting with our senate leadership for their consideration of my confirmation,” said Suzanne Case.

In announcing his nominations for the Board of Education, Governor Ige noted that the leadership and management of Hawai‘i’s public schools is the responsibility of the Board of Education and the Superintendent, who is appointed by the Board. He also said he believes teachers, the principal and staff at the school level play critical roles in a great education system, and they must be empowered to lead the education process from the place where learning takes place – the classroom.

Governor Ige announced the following nominations for the Board of Education:

Lance A. Mizumoto has 25 years of experience with financial institutions in Hawai‘i. Currently he is the President and Chief Banking Officer of Central Pacific Bank where he oversees the organization-wide strategic direction and management of all lines of business, including commercial banking, commercial real estate, retail banking, residential mortgage, and wealth management. Prior to this he has served in various capacities of increasing responsibility at Central Pacific Bank, First Hawaiian Bank, Bank of Hawaii and International Savings and Loan. He serves on the Chamber of Commerce Board and is a member of the Board of Regents, Chaminade University.

Hubert Minn has a rich history of service with the City and County of Honolulu and the state’s education system. Most recently, he was the deputy director at the city’s department of enterprise services where he was responsible for administering and providing overall direction, coordination, management and control of the functions and operations of the department. He was also the deputy director of the department of customer service. Within the department of education, he was a teacher, mentor and senior advisor. Elected to the Hawai‘i State Board of Education from 1974-1978 and 1978-1980, he served as the chairperson and held many other positions on the board.

Maggie Cox is a retired teacher and principal with the Hawaii Department of Education and was elected to the state Board of Education for two terms. She was a high school science teacher, and following her days in the classroom, she was a vice principal and principal. She was first elected to the Board of Education in 2004 and served on various committees. She was also the Board member on the management negotiations team dealing with the Hawaii State Teachers Association and Hawaii Government Employees Association. She earned a B.A. from North Texas State University.

“These nominees share my core beliefs and values,” said Governor Ige. “They will be open, collaborative and represent the best values of Hawai‘i in their Aloha for the students, teachers, principals and staff, and for each other. I am confident that under their leadership we will create a public school system of which we can all be truly proud,” he added.


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