Ahi Shootout: Save the Date!


Waiʻanae Coast Community Connections Meeting

Get an update on City and State projects at the inaugural Pili o Waiʻanae Poʻe on March 30, 2016 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the Māʻili Community Learning Center’s Lualualei Room. Senator Shimabukuro will be discussing transportation issues and providing legislative updates. Please see the flyer below for more details. We hope to see you there!


Boy Scouts at the Capitol

Did you know that girls can join the Boy Scouts? That was just one of a few insights shared with Senator Shimabukuro, her staff, and others at the Aloha Council Boy Scouts of America’s March 18, 2016 Report to the State event. The Boy Scouts told legislators about recent accomplishments and encouraged attendees to continue supporting the Scouts.

If you are interested in learning more about the Boy Scouts, please visit their website.




Information on Waianae YMCA Q&A



Office of Senator Shimabukuro

A constituent of Senator Shimabukuro’s district raised a question that has been on the minds of many residents on the Waianae Coast as well as our office.

Do you know if there are any further plans by the YMCA for the land  they bought near the waste water treatment plant?  Would you be able to provide us with any information of the development plans for the land purchase near the waste water treatment plant?

Thank you for your time.

YMCA : Executive Vice President & COO Michael Doss 

We continue to use this location to provide youth outreach programs to the Waianae community. I can provide more info on the types of programs we are providing if you are interested.

Regarding the development of the property, we recently completed a capital campaign feasibility study through which we received a lot of feedback about our Waianae location and how we might use it to serve the community. Based on this feedback, we plan to set a course of action within the next 12 months.


Michael Doss Executive Vice President & COO

YMCA of Honolulu Metropolitan Office

Office of Senator Shimabukuro:

Could you provide me with information specifically on the programs offered at the YMCA Waianae location? What are your further plans for programs to be offered at the YMCA Waianae location?


YMCA: Executive Director of Honolulu YMCA Kyle Ishizaka

My name is Kyle Ishizaka, Executive Director of the YMCA Of Honolulu – Kalihi Branch.

The Kalihi Branch has oversight of the programs provided to teens in Waianae.

Currently we have a contract with the Department of Health, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD) to provide School Based Substance Abuse Treatment at Nanakuli Inter and High School and at Waianae Inter and High School.

We bring students to the Waianae facility from these schools during the after school hours and school breaks to provide treatment groups and activities.

We also provide a teen drop in center after school at the Waianae site.  Our drop in program provides structured activities to all youth on the Waianae Coast.

We also provide After care for teens discharged from Substance abuse programs at the site.

This is a twelve session program and assists youth to build a support network and create a relapse prevention plan.

It is also designed to assist youth to re-engage in the community where their alcohol or drug use originated in.

Both the Drop in program and After Care program are funded by a City and County Grant In Aid (GIA)

I hope this helps to answer the questions you and Senator Shimabukuro may have.

Thank you,

Kyle Ishizaka

Executive Director

YMCA of Honolulu-Kalihi Branch


Kanu Me Ka Laulima Kakou: Community Development and Financing March 23-24 2016

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– Winners for Hawaii’s largest video  contest  will be broadcasted live on Wednesday April 27 starting at 10 a.m. on Channel 49


High-definition Sony digital video cameras will be awarded to the winning schools in each of the 42 divisional categories on the morning of Wednesday, April 27 at the Awards Gala at the Sheraton Waikiki Resort. 


The finalist videos are from students who attend public, charter and private schools all across O‘ahu and Hawai‘i, Kaua‘i and Maui counties.

‘Ōlelo Youth Xchange was developed to help give island keiki a voice to tell stories in a variety of video formats and about subjects that are meaningful to them.

In addition to presenting sponsor Sony, the 13th annual ‘Ōlelo Youth Xchange Student Video Competition receives significant support from event and major sponsors, to include the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Sheraton Waikiki and Na Leo TV.


                    Congratulations to the schools from district 21 that are the finalists in the 13th Annual ‘Ōlelo Youth Xchange Statewide Student Video Competition

The Office of Senator Shimabukuro would like to congratulate the schools from District 21 that are the finalists in the 13th Annual ‘Ōlelo Youth Xchange Statewide Student Video Competition, presented by Sony.  Waianae High School, Waianae Intermediate School, Ka Waihona o Ka Na’auao Public Charter School and Ma’ili Elementary School all made it into the finalist portion of the challenge with their videos on a range of categories and subjects.



Expert Level : “Waianae Strong” -Waianae High School

Junior Expert: “A Home for Larenzo” Waianae Intermediate School

The value of water:

Middle School “Pass it on…” -Ka Waihona o Ka Na’auao  Public Charter

Taking Assessments Seriously

High school: “Help us Pass” -Waianae High School

Middle School: “Kea vs. Ai’nokea” -Ka Waihona o Ka Na’auao Public Charter

Start Living Healthy

Middle School ” Water Wins” -Ka Waihona o Ka Na’auao Public Charter School

Public Service Announcement

Elementary: “The avoidance” -Ma’ili Elementary School

High School: “Time is Running out” -Waianae High School


Middle School: “Westside dreams” -Ka Waihona o Ka Na’auao Public Charter School

Meth: Not Even Once

Elementary: “The Heart” -Ma’ili Elementary School

Middle School: “Meth Roulette” -Ka Waihona o Ka Na’auao Public Charter School

High School: “Inhale,Exhale”-Waianae High School


High School -“Tale of Maui”-Waianae High School

Congratulations to Michael Dahilig, Director of Kauai’s Planning Department; and Legal Aid Society of Hawaii Executive Director Nalani Fujimori Kaina, for Being Awarded Hawaii Business Magazine’s “20 for the Next 20”

Congratulations to Michael Dahilig and Nalani Fujimori Kaina for being honored by Hawaii Business Magazine as “20 for the Next 20” awardees.  Michael Dahilig formerly worked for Sen. Shimabukuro, and the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii has a branch office on the Waianae Coast.  For more information about the awards, visit: http://www.hawaiibusiness.com/20-for-the-next-20-2016/


Director of Kauai County Planning Department, Michael Dahilig.



Legal Aid Society of Hawaii Executive Director Nalani Fujimori Kaina


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