Wai’anae Hawaiian Civic Club’s 80th Anniversary Luau 2015: Photos & Video

Mele Worthington 80Message from WHCC President Mele Worthington:

Thank you again to my wonderful Chair – Hina and her side kick – Ku’uipo. The whole celebration was fantastic with white tents….white and gold chairs and tables, center seating (noho style), Hawaiian floral table decorations; Oli chanting by Hailama Farden, Pule by Kahu Kalahiki; ono Hawaiian food served on wooden bowls and platters; Live Hawaiian music by “Ho’onipo” , Kauila dancing that enticing “Ahulili” hula – his friends Kelly Hu and Starr Kalahiki, valet parking, great photo shoot; and the fantastic ocean view.
Here’s a link to additional photos of the event by Hina Crumpton and Nick Smith:


For more information, visit: http://www.waianaehcc.org 

Berny Luning (left), who helped to run the silent auction, posed with Sen. Shimabukuro.

  Ho’onipo entertained the guests.
Albert Silva talked about the “good ‘ol days.”

 Video clip of Ho’onipo singing.

Star-Adv: ‘Cut to grant in Congress worries fans of preschool’ (11/2/15)

By Nanea Kalani
Star-Advertiser, 2 Nov. 2015

Two-thirds of a nearly $15 million federal grant awarded to Hawaii to fund public pre-kindergarten classrooms at charter schools has been slashed from spending bills in Congress — a move that officials warn would cut off preschool access for more than 700 isle children from low-income families.

Funds for the federal Preschool Development Grants, a program aimed at building and expanding high-quality preschool in more than 200 high-need communities across 18 states, have been eliminated from House and Senate spending bills.

The state’s Public Charter School Commission last year was awarded a four-year grant to establish 18 new pre-kindergarten classrooms, starting with four on Hawaii island this school year. Plans call for establishing preschool classes at two more Big Island schools next year, and five more there the following year, along with three on Oahu, two on Kauai and one each on Maui and Molokai. The award also comes with requirements to ensure quality, including low student-teacher ratios and teacher training.

The program is expected to serve 920 4-year-olds from families whose income is at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guideline in areas with limited or no access to high-quality preschool. (This year the federal poverty guideline for Hawaii is $27,890 for a family of four.)  Continue reading

Constituent Inquiry re: H1 Eastbound Expansion

Sen Shimabukuro 80AConstituent Dwain Masek submitted 2 questions to my office, and the DOT’s Public Affairs Office (DOTPAO) provided responses:

My first question is, with all the housing being added to the West Side, Kapolei/Makakilo, Ewa and into Pearl City. Is there any thought to expanding the East Bound H1?

Yes, a project to widen EB H-1 from Waiawa Interchange to Halawa Interchange is starting in environmental clearance in 2016.  Anticipate project will be approximately $120 mil, and expect construction programming in FY 2020.  

My second question is, even with the west bound H1 from Makakilo past Cambell/Water Park off ramp it bottle necks as traffic attempts to flow past Honokai Hale, past Ko olina and up the west side. Is there any thought to expanding the West Bound as the H1 ends?

Not at this time.  Due to aging facilities and Federal Requirements, HDOT is prioritizing system preservation projects. Roughly 65 to 80 percent of funds are programmed towards pavement and bridge projects to get the system that we have into better repair as soon as possible.  with only 20 to 35 percent of the funds going towards increasing capacity statewide, widening or expansion projects will be less common.  We will however widen H-1 EB.