Waianae Small Boat Harbor Chainlink Fencing Project

From: Yuasa, Eric T 

Sent: Monday, April 25, 2016 10:47 AM

Subject: Waianae SBH Chainlink Fencing

Senator Shimabukuro and Representative Jordan:

Based on the site visit conducted on April 21, 2016, we have determined that approximately 760 feet of chain link fencing and a 14’ drive gate is needed to mitigate access to the Waianae High School. The fence will begin at the end of the fencing at the baseball field and end at the vegetation line on the beach. The estimated cost is $50,000. The funding will come from Act 122, SLH 2014, Item H-16, which lapse on June 30, 2016. The balance of the appropriation will be used for paving and water system improvements.

We are planning to solicit bids for the fencing and gate this week or early next week. Bids will be due on May 12, 2016. The paving and water system improvements will be bid out in late May or Early June. 

Please advise me if and what type of public outreach should be done for the fencing project. 


Eric Yuasa, Boating

Wai’anae High School Seeks Storefront to Showcase Students’ Products 

On 04/29/16, I attended an exciting meeting regarding Wai’anae High School’s (WHS) hopes to build a storefront to sell various products produced by the students, through the school’s culinary, aquaculture, electronics, Searider Productions, and other programs. The Storefront would be located on DOE’s lands, located in the area between the harbor and the school, off Farrington Hwy near the entrance to the baseball field.
“The school wants to support the economic health of the community by teaching students how to run a small business and be financially responsible. The storefront will provide a safe environment where students can learn from their mistakes,” said WHS principal Disa Hauge.

Special mahalo nui loa to Senate President Ronald Kouchi for organizing the meeting and recruiting Pacific Architects to donate their time to assist with preparing drawings and offering other planning assistance.

Photo caption: 

Standing, L-R: Ryan Oshita, WHS VP; Lei Aken, WHS; Senate President Ronald Kouchi; Candy Suiso, WHS Searider Productions; Edmund Ibarra, Pacific Architects Intern (Note: Edmund Ibarra is from the Wai’anae Coast).

Sitting, L-R: Disa Hauge, WHS Principal; 

Dennis Kimura, Pacific Architects; Sen. Shimabukuro; Duane Kashiwara (DOE).

PALS Ho’ike


Star-Adv: Wai’anae Schools Win 2016 Video Competition

Waianae schools victorious in student video competition
By Jayna Omaye
Star-Advertiser, April 29, 2016

A young man tears in half a large white sign on which “criminal record” is written in bold black letters.

A young woman smiles as she rips up a similar sign that reads “I will never graduate,” and throws it on the ground. Others with signs emblazoned with “bully,” “thief” and “alcoholic” follow suit as the camera zooms in on the words: “I Am Waianae Strong.”

The awards ceremony for the annual ‘Olelo Youth Xchange statewide student video competition was held Wednesday at the Sheraton Waikiki. Waianae High School winners areRachmaninoff Yeazus, left, Gena Martin, Aimee Nitta, Kamalu Alensonorin, Nakili Cachola and Giovanni Magofna. Photo by DENNIS ODA DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

The awards ceremony for the annual ‘Olelo Youth Xchange statewide student video competition was held Wednesday at the Sheraton Waikiki. Waianae High School winners areRachmaninoff Yeazus, left, Gena Martin, Aimee Nitta, Kamalu Alensonorin, Nakili Cachola and Giovanni Magofna. Photo by DENNIS ODA DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

The video project sought to “bring the community closer together,” says Waianae High School senior Nakili Cachola. “The message was just really powerful.”

Cachola, 17, and his classmates were among the top winners recognized Wednesday at this year’s ‘Olelo Youth Xchange student video competition. The Waianae High team was named the competition’s Expert Winner, a category for previous high school and college winners with professional experience. Their video, which took two days to film and about one week to edit, was part of a class project that sought to break down stereotypes.

The Junior Expert winners from Waianae Intermediate School are Jordan Gerard Watkins-Oka, left, Fabryanna Manumaleuna, Amee Neves and Samantha Caldwell. Photo by DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

The Junior Expert winners from Waianae Intermediate School are Jordan Gerard Watkins-Oka, left, Fabryanna Manumaleuna, Amee Neves and Samantha Caldwell. Photo by DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

“We just took what everybody was saying (about stereotypes) and what you’ve heard the most,” said Waianae High senior Jiovanni Magofna, 17, who along with Cachola plans to attend the University of Hawaii at West Oahu to pursue film studies. “You hear it everywhere. It’s not directed to you but you feel it. Everybody can relate to it.”  Continue reading

Congratulations to the Finalists and Winners of the 2016 ‘Ōlelo Youth XChange Video Competition

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Congratulations to all the finalists and winners of the ‘Ōlelo Youth Xchange video competition on 04/27/16, especially the students from the Wai‘anae Coast!  The ‘Ōlelo Youth Xchange provides students with the opportunity to let their voices be heard on important issues. It is amazing to see what our keiki are capable doing. A big mahalo to all the teachers, parents and sponsors who worked hard to help make these students’ dreams a reality!


Wai`anae Coast Winners of the 2016 ‘Ōlelo Youth Xchange Video Competition

 Be A Jerk Category – Elementary

“Be A Jerk”-Nānāikapono Elementary School

Meth Not Even Once category

Middle School- “Meth Roulette”-Ka Waihona O Ka Na‘auao

High School –“Don’t do it” -Wai‘anae High School

Public Service Announcement –Middle School

The Avoidance-Ma‘ili Elementary School

Junior Expert Category- Middle School

“A home for Larenzo”-Wai‘anae Intermediate

Expert Category –High School

“Wai‘anae Strong”-Wai‘anae High School

Here is a link to the Star-Advertiser article which focused on the outstanding winners from the Wai`anae Coast: https://21maile.com/2016/04/29/waianae-schools-win-2016-video-competition/

Accessory Dwelling Unit Workshop Info

I wanted to share with you an upcoming workshop schedule to be conducted by Hawaii Appleseed, Hawaiian Community Development Board, and Hawaiian Community Assets on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and Ohana Units for residents of Oahu.

The City and County of Honolulu passed legislation in September 2015 that allows for the development of 400-800 square foot ADUs and Ohana Units for individuals with residential lots that are 5,000+ square feet in size. There are an estimated 20,000 existing residential lots on the island of Oahu that are eligible to build ADUs and Ohana Units.Hawaii ADU Workshop Flyer

Civil Beat – sex abuse victims in Hawaii


Denby Fawcett posted an article in Civil Beat today on the current situation with sex abuse victims in Hawaii.  Here is the link:  http://www.civilbeat.com/2016/04/denby-fawcett-the-sad-story-of-child-sex-abuse-in-hawaii/

I wanted you to know how important you were to this process and how grateful my clients are for your efforts to change the law and make healing and closure possible.  Your actions made a huge and direct difference in the lives of many and I appreciate the courage it took for you to push this agenda forward in the face of well organized opposition by the Catholic Church and others.

I know that there are many victims out there who haven’t come forward and it is my hope that the Hawaii legislature will consider the possibility of reviving the right to sue in the future.


Randall L.K.M. Rosenberg, Esq.

Rosenberg McKay Hoffman, Attorneys At Law


Denby Fawcett: The Sad Story Of Child Sex Abuse In Hawaii

Child sex abuse lawsuits have sparked reforms and heightened awareness. But for victims, the pain lingers.

April 26, 2016 · By Denby Fawcett

Editor’s Note: Civil Beat generally does not use anonymous sources, as noted in our long-standing policy. We’re making an exception for this and other stories about lawsuits filed by child sexual assault victims because we believe it is important to hear the victim’s perspective, and the fact that court records, including a settlement with the Catholic Church, do not reveal their identities.

The Hawaii deadline for victims of child sex abuse to sue was Sunday. In the four years leading up to the deadline, about 150 people filed legal complaints saying they were sexually molested as children. Most victims accused Catholic priests of being their abusers.

But not all were priests. Teachers and other professionals also have been named in the lawsuits. Twenty-six plaintiffs say the now-deceased Kamehameha Schools psychiatrist Robert McCormick Browne drugged and sexually molested them as children when the school sent them to Browne for therapy.

Hawaii lawmakers made it possible for sexual abuse victims to seek justice by extending the deadline for civil suits in 2012 and again in 2014 until the April 24 cutoff.

Most of the alleged incidents happened between the early 1950s and late 1980s.

Attorney Randall Rosenberg, who has filed suits for 56 claimants, says: “This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are hundreds of others out there in Hawaii who have been abused. And now with the deadline passed we are unable to help them.”

dioceseThe Diocese of Honolulu is expected to spend $20 million to settle sex abuse cases in Hawaii.

Rosenberg and other attorneys say they have learned a lot since they began listening to clients recount their betrayal by adults they trusted.

Rosenberg says what surprised him is how widespread child sex abuse is — not just in the Catholic Church but also at other places charged with protecting children in their care.

“It happens at schools, doctors’ offices, in Boy Scout troops, family homes, karate dojos, in churches, with foster parents — anywhere an adult is left alone with a child. We have to do more to stop it,” he says.

Rosenberg has reached mediated settlements in 39 of the legal complaints he has filed — 23 with the Honolulu Diocese and 16 with other institutions, including the Mormon Church and the Salvation Army.

But for many of the victims, even those who have received large financial settlements, the pain lingers.

A Victim’s Story

One of them says he still feels remorse and guilt about not rescuing a former classmate at St. Stephen Diocesan Seminary in Kaneohe, who he says was ushered into the bedroom of now-deceased priest William Queenan each night to be sodomized. In a phone conversation for this column, he started crying when he talked about it.

“It was so sad watching him come out of the room in the morning. I wish I had stuck up for him and I still wonder what became of him. As runty, bullied and timid as I was then, he was even more so. He was gentle and creative and had great skills as a sketch artist,” says MG, as he is identified in his lawsuit.

MG says he, too, was molested by Father Queenan. Another former seminary student has also sued, saying Queenan molested him when he was 14.

Most of the plaintiffs have sued anonymously as John or Jane Doe or using their initials to maintain their privacy.

MG was sexually abused before he enrolled at St. Stephen. When he was a 12-year-old altar boy at Good Shepherd Church in Honomu on Hawaii Island he says a drunken Maryknoll priest named Francis Daubert got him alone in a back room of the church where he tied him up, tortured and sodomized him for five hours before he could escape.

Attorney Randall Rosenberg says abuse cases are more prevalent than many people think and involve many organizations that work with children.

In the last two weeks before the deadline to sue, attorney Rosenberg says he took on 15 new cases and Kailua attorney Mark Gallagher accepted 12 new clients.

Rosenberg and Gallagher have filed the most child sex abuse complaints in the past four years, since the time frame to file suit was expanded.randall rosenberg

Gallagher sued on behalf of 61 clients. Fifty-two of his cases have been against the Diocese of Honolulu. So far, he has reached mediated settlements for 27 clients.

Gallagher, who was raised as a Catholic, says what surprised him was the support of the Catholic community, even by hard core church-goers, as he filed more and more lawsuits.

“Most of them have been solidly in the camp of the survivors. They want the right thing to be done,” he says. “A lot of them had known this was going on. They knew something wasn’t right. I was amazed by their support although I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised because the church teaches people to do the right thing and the right thing is to support the children.”

Rosenberg says the deadline has been helpful because it spurred more victims to come forward, but says he wishes it could have been extended to help other victims still wavering about suing.

He says he had a client who changed his mind five times before he decided to go forward.

Dodging The Police

One troubling fact that emerged as more and more plaintiffs sued is that churches and schools rarely, if ever, informed the police after they found out about the sexual assaults. Gallagher says institutions and individuals have a duty to inform the police immediately when there are claims of sexual abuse made by children.

“It is essential because what we are talking about here is a crime. Sex assault is a crime. It is immoral for institutions to try to protect themselves and the perpetrators,” Gallagher says.

Laurie LaGrange, a public relations specialist with the Diocese of Honolulu, says, “After the conference of Catholic bishops in 1992, it became mandatory to report incidents of sex assault immediately to the police.”

But LaGrange was unable to provide numbers of how many cases the diocese had ever reported to the Honolulu Police Department.

Mark Gallagher is representing dozens of victims in cases against the Catholic Church.mark gallagher

Rosenberg says that in a September 2015 deposition, taken in the mediated settlement cases, Vicar General Gary Secor of the Honolulu Diocese claimed it was church policy to report child sex abuse to law enforcement but Secor could not recall a single instance when church personnel actually had done so.

Also chilling to learn from the lawsuits is that some of the a victims were later abused by psychologists or priests they went to for help after suffering sexual attacks.

A plaintiff known as MC says that after his adoptive father physically and sexually abused him when he was 13, he was sent by state Child Protective Services to psychologist Rob Wetzel for counseling and treatment.

The suit claims Wetzel immediately began “grooming him to accept sexual abuse” and that by the time the victim turned 17, Wetzel allegedly began violating him on a regular basis. “Such abuse included kissing, fondling, oral sex and sodomy,” according to the court filing.

The suit says Wetzel used his position and practice to prey upon teenaged boys.

Wetzel was not immediately available to comment. I called his office but his receptionist told me he wasn’t there. When I told her it was about a lawsuit filed against him she said she would have him call me. He hadn’t called as of late Monday.

In another twist, Father James Jackson, a Maryknoll priest accused of sexually preying on seven boys, was sent to Kuakini Hospital by the church to be “cured” by psychiatrist Dr. Robert McCormick Browne — the same Dr. Browne who was later accused by 26 plaintiffs of being a pedophile who drugged and masturbated them when they were children.

In 1991, Browne shot himself in the head after one of his young victims threatened to expose him.

Joseph Ferrario, who later became the Bishop of Hawaii, was accused in lawsuits of sexually attacking two children — Mark Pinkosh and David Figueroa — who came to him for help after they said they were raped by Father Joseph Henry of St. Anthony Church in Kailua. Ferrario died in 2003.

Henry is the priest who has been accused by the most alleged victims. More than 20 men have named Henry as their childhood attacker.

Interestingly in one of the complaints against Ferrario, Father Thomas Doyle submitted a report saying that before Ferrario became Honolulu bishop, the Vatican knew he was alleged to be a pedophile.

“The Vatican was informed that there were serious allegations against Ferrario, not only of homosexual behavior in gay bars with age-appropriate men but also with under-aged boys. What the officials in the Vatican thought about these allegations is not known. However they chose to ignore the warnings and appointed Ferrario as bishop,” says Doyle.

At the time, Doyle was the secretary canonist at the Vatican Embassy and in charge of managing the process in which candidates for bishop were vetted.

Vicar General Gary Secor in an emailed statement says, “We are not privy to what the Vatican knew or didn’t know before or when Father Joseph Ferrario was appointed Bishop of Honolulu.”

Ferrario has been accused by six of the plaintiffs of being a pedophile. He maintained his innocence until his death. And without the lawsuits, he probably would have remained for eternity a respected public figure.

“The church successfully waged a public relations campaign to destroy David Figueroa (Ferrario’s first public accuser) and preserve Ferrario,”Gallagher says.

Case After Case Makes Similar Accusations

Some of the new cases filed before the deadline are horrific in their accusations.

One of Rosenberg’s recent suits names George DeCosta, a former Hawaii Island priest. The victim accuses DeCosta of anally raping him in 1991, when he was a 5-year-old preschool student at Hale O Kamalii School in Hilo.

The school was on the grounds of Malia Puka O Ka Lani Church where DeCosta was the parish priest.

DeCosta allegedly was asked to look after the little boy when he disturbed the other children during nap time but instead DeCosta allegedly took him into a room in a church building and abused him.

George DeCosta has been accused of preying on nine children under his care. He maintains he is innocent.george decosta

The suit says after DeCosta forced the plaintiff to the ground to rape him, “the crying plaintiff said he was going to tell his parents. DeCosta slapped the plaintiff in the back of the head and said if he did, his parents would be killed.”

The plaintiff is a 29-year-old man now living in Portland, Oregon.

DeCosta was accused by others of sexually abusing them in the 1960s when he was working at Damien Memorial High School in Kalihi as a religion teacher.

The Honolulu Diocese says in April 2009 Bishop Larry Silva suspended Father DeCosta’s right to celebrate Mass and the sacraments, and later at the Bishop’s request, the Vatican ordered DeCosta permanently removed from public ministry and from any contact with minors.

Nine plaintiffs have accused DeCosta of being a pedophile yet his name will never appear on the Hawaii sex offender registry because the church has settled the civil complaints against him. He has never been convicted of a crime.

DeCosta has maintained his innocence.

Hula fanciers know DeCosta as the chaplain of the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival, where he continued giving the official opening prayer up until 2011, even after he had been told by the bishop he could no longer officially act as a priest.

Cost Of Lawsuits

The Diocese of Honolulu is expected to have to pay more than $20 million for the mediated settlements, most of it out of its own pocket because the Diocese is in litigation with its insurance company which has refused to pay for the settlements.

Vicar General Secor says the Diocese has had to sell some real estate and has also used credit secured by mortgages to help pay for the settlements. He says no parish assets have been sold or mortgaged.

He says the outlay of cash has also forced the indefinite postponement of diocesan projects including the remodeling the Kamiano Center, a gathering place for meetings next to Our Lady of Peace Cathedral. He says staffing is frozen and new programs have been halted.

In the end, what difference did the lawsuits make?

Attorney Gallagher says a benefit is that the balance has shifted from institutions covering up sexual abuse to protect predators and reputation of the church and other institutions to instead making the protection of children paramount.

“I think it has done a lot of good,” says Gallagher.

But at the end of the day, the story is still sad. Many abuse survivors will spend the rest of their lives battling alcohol and drug addiction and an inability to form adult relationships.

“They will never get to live their lives the way they were supposed to,” says Rosenberg.

Pedophilia taints not only the victims but everyone else in its wake.

Families are still racked with guilt, continually ruminating about what they should have done to protect their children from harm.

Many upstanding and honorable priests are viewed with suspicion today even though their lives have been blameless.

And there are the people still out there who knew the abuse was happening and yet to this day remain silent. They know who they are and they know their silence made it possible for the pedophiles to keep molesting and raping children. That is their shame.

Father Thomas Doyle submitted this report saying that before Ferrario became Honolulu bishop, the Vatican knew he was alleged to be a pedophile.

About the Authordenby

Columnist Denby Fawcett

Denby Fawcett is a longtime Hawaii television and newspaper journalist, who grew up in Honolulu. Her new book, Secrets of Diamond Head: A History and Trail Guide is available on Amazon.



‘Aha 2016: a Native Hawaiian Nation’s Constitution


Sen. Shimabukuro was interviewed by Dillon Ancheta of the University of Hawaii’s newspaper, Ka Leo, regarding the ‘Aha.  You can find the interview on Ka Leo’s Facebook page, posted on 04/29/16: https://www.facebook.com/KaLeoOHawaii/, or at this link:


This post provides an update about the nation-building process being undertaken by some Native Hawaiians.

As many of you may know, the organization, Na‘i Aupuni, attempted to organize an election in which Native Hawaiians would elect a group of Native Hawaiians to meet at an ‘aha to draft a constitution. This constitution would be used as a governing document by a future Native Hawaiian Nation. Although a court decision ultimately negated Na‘i Aupuni’s attempt to organize an election, an ‘aha nonetheless proceeded with all 196 election candidates convening on O‘ahu earlier this year to draft a constitution.

According to an ‘aha delegate, the goal of the ‘aha was to keep all options open and to establish a structure for Native Hawaiians to voice a collective will by electing their own government officers. The delegate also stated that the constitution was more about establishing the framework for an independent Nation and less about determining “external relations” such whether the Native Hawaiian Nation will be a Nation-within-a-Nation or secede from the United States

Below are highlights from the constitution:

Which lands will be part of the Native Hawaiian Nation?
The constitution does not specifically determine the answer. The answer will depend on the results of future negotiations with the Hawai‘i State and Federal Governments. The constitution states that it will apply to whatever lands emerge from the negotiations. See Article 1 of the constitution for more details.

Will the Native Hawaiian Nation continue to be part of the United States or will it secede?
The constitution does not specifically determine the answer. The document does specify that the Nation has the right to self-determination, but does not specify what form the Nation must take. See Article 4 of the constitution for more details.

What is the general structure of the Native Hawaiian Nation? E.g. Will it be a monarchy?
The Nation will be composed of three branches of government similar to the Hawai‘i State and United States Federal Governments: Legislative, Executive, and Judicial. The functions of each branch are also similar to those found at the state and Federal levels in the United States. Authority also exists to create local governments. See Article 22, Chapters 4, 5, and 6 of the constitution for more details.

Who can be a citizen of the Native Hawaiian Nation?
People of Native Hawaiian ancestry can enroll as citizens of the Nation. Native Hawaiian ancestry is defined as “descendants of the aboriginal and indigenous people who, prior to 1778, occupied and exercised sovereignty in the Hawaiian Islands.” There is no blood quantum requirement.

The constitution does permit the Nation to modify citizenship requirements – i.e. it would be possible for the Nation to amend the constitution to allow non-Hawaiians to become citizens.

Citizenship in the Nation will not impact United States Citizenship. See Articles 2 and 9 of the constitution for more details.

Who can vote in Native Hawaiian Nation elections?
Citizens of the Nation who are 18 years of age or older can vote. See Article 2 of the constitution for more details.

What language(s) will be spoken in the Native Hawaiian Nation?
‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i (a.k.a. Hawaiian) will be the national language. ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i and English will be the official languages. See Article 3 of the constitution for more details.

What types of individual rights will be protected?
The constitution protects a number of individual liberties that the United States Constitution protects. Rights like due process of law, equal protection, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures, and the right to bear arms will all be protected in the Native Hawaiian Nation. See Article 6 of the constitution for more details.

 What customary rights will individuals possess?
Citizens of the Native Hawaiian Nation will have the right to exercise traditional cultural, medicinal, and religious practices. See Article 7 of the constitution for more details.

 What will the Native Hawaiian Nation be prohibited from doing?
The Nation cannot pass laws abridging a citizen’s right to make end of life decisions. It also cannot take private property without just compensation, favor a particular religion, or infringe on freedoms of speech or the press. See Article 8 of the constitution for more details.

Is this the final constitution?
No. After the Nation is established, a ratification election shall occur to affirm the constitution. This was also done for the Hawai‘i State and United States Federal Constitutions. The Nation’s constitution also states that citizens will be able to vote on whether a convention to amend the constitution should be convened. See Articles 50 and 51 of the constitution for more details.


If you’re interested in learning more about the ‘aha or the Native Hawaiian Nation, click on these links:
‘Aha 2016
Native Hawaiian Nation (a copy of the constitution can be obtained at this site)

Civil Beat article by OHA trustee Peter Apo:



May Day Ho’olaulea at NHIS

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Hawaii Lifeguard Goes Above And Beyond For Veteran In Wheelchair


This is what the spirit of aloha is all about.

Landess Kearns Associate Editor, HuffPost Hawaii

Photo courtesy of George Kalilikane

In Hawaii, showing others “aloha” is the golden rule.

Lifeguard Hizson Keali’i, Sr. recently showed the generous spirit in spades when he helped fulfill the dream of a veteran who uses a wheelchair.

U.S. Army veteran Mike Hicks was recently visiting the Hawaiian island of Oahu with his wife, Ann. The two enjoyed watching the waves at Pililaau Army Recreation Center in Waianae, but an accident that left Mike unable to walk kept him from getting in the water.

Ann decided to approach Keali’i’s lifeguard stand and told him Mike’s story: how Mike wanted badly to dip his toes in the ocean, but he was in a wheelchair.

“It touched my heart, ‘cause I’m blessed everyday to be able to do what someone else only dreams of,” Keali’i, 45, told The Huffington Post. So he told the couple to come back the next morning.

The following day, using a beach wheelchair to navigate a bank of sand (learn more at bestmotorizedwheelchair.com), Keali’i guided Mike down to the water.

It was Mike’s first time back in the ocean since the accident, and Keali’i said simply wading in the shore break made him grin ear-to-ear.

And that was just the first day. Last Wednesday, Mike and his wife returned to the beach, eager to get Mike in the water a second time.

This time, Keali’i had something more adventurous in mind: taking Mike surfing.

He carried Mike into the water, helped him onto a stand-up paddleboard, and paddled his fearless passenger into some waves. By the look on Mike’s face, the experience was everything he’d hoped for and more.

It was “a fantastic feeling of speed and freedom,” Mike told HuffPost. “Something I never thought I would ever feel again.”

George Kalilikane, a friend of Keali’i’s, managed to capture the entire thing on camera. “My mind said, ‘Dude, this is a Kodak moment!” he wrote on Facebook.

“As I took pictures the man’s wife came over and started sharing his story,” Kalilikane wrote. “A year and a half ago he broke his back and had lost use of everything below his waist.” She explained that Mike had a bucket list, and surfing was on it.

With a little aloha, Keali’i was able to make that dream come true.

“Mike’s wife, Ann, touched my heart,” Keali’i told HuffPost. “That first impression had me at hello.”

Full article with all photos here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/army-veteran-surfing-hawaii_us_571a927de4b0d0042da94c22

Ahupua’a Explained

Taken from an article by By Kealiʻiwahine Hokoana ( https://millhousemaui.com/ahupuaa-crops-fishponds/ )

Although specifically referring to the island of Maui in this article, the ahupua’a system is statewide and the principles of it apply to each ahupua’a.


Each of the Hawaiian islands is divided into moku, or districts. Maui has the following moku: Wailuku, Hāmākuapoko, Hāmākualoa, Koʻolau, Hāna, Kīpahulu, Kaupō, Kahikinui, Honuaʻula, Kula, Lahaina, Kaʻanapali.ahupuaa-diagram


Each moku is further divided into ahupuaʻa. *Ahu means altar and puaʻa means pig. The boundaries of an ahupuaʻa are marked with an altar of stones and an image of a pig. The altar is also used to pay tribute to the chief of the ahupuaʻa for the use of the land by the people.

Ahupuaʻa is a division of land that stretches from the mountain to the ocean. Think of it like a lemon meringue pie. If you cut a slice, there is the tippy top of the meringue like the mountain and a crust like the ocean shore.

 The reason an ahupuaʻa goes from the mountain to the ocean is because of its access to water. Every ahupuaʻa needs water to subsist. *Wai in Hawaiian means water. Waiwai in Hawaiian means wealth. If you have access to water you are wealthy.



At the very top of the ahupuaʻa is the lewa, which means sky, where the rain comes from to fill up the stream. A portion of the stream is diverted by an auwai which is a ditch that leads to loʻi kalo or taro patches. The taro patches need cold, swift moving water to thrive. The loʻi are built into the natural terraces of the land. The higher patches pass water to the lower terraces. The water from the lower terraces are then rerouted back to the stream.

When Polynesians first landed in Hawaiʻi they brought canoe plants. The canoe food plants are mountain apple, sugar cane, banana, sweet potato, yams, coconut, breadfruit, ape and taro (which we call kalo). The loʻi kalo are important because kalo was the main staple of the Hawaiian diet.


Kalo was given to us by the gods Wākea (the sky) and Hoʻohōkūlani (the stars). When they came together their first child was born a root named Hāloanakalaukapalili. That root was cast to the earth and from that root came the kalo. Their second child was born a man named Hāloa. He was sent to the earth to care for his brother the kalo. As long as man takes care of the kalo, he will survive.

Kalo is a living metaphor for family. A stalk is planted in the loʻi. From that stalk, a corm grows to fruition in about nine months. Also from that stalk, keiki, which means child(ren), will sprout. The whole cluster is called an ʻoha(na) which means family. The original stalk then becomes known as the makua which means the parent.
When harvesting kalo, you use two parts of the plant. The top heart-shaped leaf and the corm. A small piece of corm is left on the stalk and the stalk will be replanted and another generation of kalo will be born.

Both the leaf and the corm are edible, however they must be cooked thoroughly (for hours) before they are edible. They can be boiled, steamed or baked in an under ground oven called an imu. If either are under cooked your throat will become itchy and swollen. It will feel like you ate broken glass.


The cooked kalo can be made into poi. Back in the day, poi was made using a pōhaku kuʻi ʻai, a stone pounder and a papa kuʻi ʻai, a wooden board. The kalo was pounded, turned, mixed with water and pounded again and again until it became a sticky paste we call poi.

Today, most people buy poi. Instead of using a poi pounder and board, the manufacturer uses a corn meal grinder to make the poi. People’s taste preference for poi differ. Some people like fresh poi and others like varying degrees of sour. The color of the twist tie on the plastic bag of poi will tell you what day of the week the poi was made so you know how many days sour it is. Some people will eat poi that is so sour there is a thick crust of mold on the top. They simply crack the crust, mix it up and eat it. Think blue cheese, smell and all.

Loko iʻa – Fish Ponds

Loʻi kalo are a big part of the ahupuaʻa food system. Another big part is the loko iʻa which means fish ponds. Fish ponds are made in the ocean using a semi-circle rock wall. The rocks are intricately stacked so that they stay in place without mortar. A small gate is fixed in the wall. The gate is made of vertical wooden slats lashed together with cordage. The purpose of the gate is to allow small fish to swim inside the pond where the water is warmer and the food is plentiful. It’s a safe harbor from bigger fish who prey on them. hawaiian-fish-pond.jpg

Once the fish see how easy life is in the pond they tend to stay or they tend to leave and return. Eventually the fish will become too fat to leave through the wooden slats and will have no choice but to stay in the pond until they are harvested for food.


Back in the day, fish were regulated by the kapu system. The kapu system was the laws of the land. Fish and other food were part of this system to ensure that there was a time for the ahupuaʻa to replenish itself. So, for certain times of the year certain fish were kapu (prohibited) from eating. The penalty for breaking this kapu could be death. Some people may think this was a harsh penalty for a chief to issue, but think of it as your whole village’s food system being at stake. If one person or family broke the rule, there might not be another generation of food to continue to feed the people.

The kapu system was in place until 1819 when Kamehameha the sovereign ruler of the Hawaiian islands died. Two of his wives, Keōpūolani (the most sacred wife) and Kaʻahumanu (the favorite wife) in a public display broke the kapu system.

Welcome newest Island Burial Council Appointees!

Island Burial Council Appointees Beverly Amaral and Norman “Mana” Caceres were confirmed by a full Senate floor vote today (GM 743/744, GM 777). Also up for full senate floor vote today was Appointee Charles “Aulii” Mitchell (GM 625) who was unable to attend. Beverly was joined by friend Paulette Kaikini and Mana was joined by his wife and daughter, Kamana and Kalehua. Congratulations to all!IMG_5252

Hire Leeward Job and Career Fair – June 25th, 2016

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Mark your calendars, job seekers! The Hire Leeward Job and Career Fair is coming back to UH West Oahu on June 25, 2016 from 9am – 1pm.
If you or your company are interested in a table at the event for hiring purposes, please see the link for more information below.

Paid Summer Internship in Washington, DC

Interested in working on higher education issues facing Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders? Consider applying for this internship with the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund in Washington, DC. The position pays $10/hour and has an application deadline of May 5, 2016.

Additional information about the internship can be found at this site or below:


Based in Washington, D.C., the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation’s largest non-profit provider of college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). APIASF creates opportunities for students to access, complete, and succeed after post-secondary education; thereby developing future leaders who will excel in their careers, serve as role models in their communities, and will ultimately contribute to a more vibrant America. For more information, please visit www.apiasf.org.

The Pacific Islander Access (PIA) project was established to provide resources for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) students to increase access to higher education, and increase organizational expertise and community awareness of NHPI educational issues through collaboration and strategic alliances.

The Intern for the Pacific Islander Access (PIA) project will support the Programs and Scholarships team. This position is based in APIASF’s Washington DC headquarters. Successful applicants will work on a mix of NHPI focused efforts and provide general support for APIASF’s Programs and Scholarships initiatives.

Note: This is a 10-week paid ($10/hour) temporary internship with an expected commitment of 30-35 hours per week.


  • Support APIASF Scholarships and Programs on various administrative tasks:
  • Assist with the execution of the PIA project
  • Research scholarship, grant, internship, and career opportunities for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander students
  • Support the implementation of the APIASF leadership blog
  • Assist with Scholar programming logistics for APIASF events
  • Support staff with organizing files and mailing materials
  • Perform additional duties as assigned


  • Education and Experience
  • Experience in data entry and file management preferred
  • Experience working in an office setting with the ability to support multiple projects
  • Ability to work with strict deadlines
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Demonstrated interest in issues related to higher education access and retention within Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities
  • Ability to work independently and in team settings in a fast paced environment
  • Must be detail-oriented
  • High proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite


Please submit a cover letter outlining qualifications and a resume to: Alaina Walton, Associate Director of Programs, Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, 2025 M Street, NW, Suite 610, Washington, D.C. 20036, awalton@apiasf.org. Review of applications will continue until position is filled. No phone calls please.

HART Traffic Update – Week of April 24th – 30thth

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Seeking New Teacher Orientation Donations!

In our effort to welcome and support the new teachers at Wai’ anae High School, the complex is continuing the New Teacher Orientation. The New Teacher Orientation is a three day orientation where teachers learn about the Hawaii DOE system, meet the administrators and staff, and learn more about the school and culture. The orientation will also allow the school to share the vision and expectations for their individual schools. We are fortunate to be able to spend these three days with our new teachers before the year starts.

Within the three days of New Teacher Orientation we would like to do fun activities with the teachers to get them acclimated to Waianae High School. We plan to provide the teachers with binders which will include all pertinent information on teaching in Hawaii, along with sample lesson plans, data team information, content-specific material, and much more. We will also have the teachers tour the campus, obtain keys for their classroom, and meet staff members like the administrators, academic coaches, technology coordinator, Student Services Coordinator, registrar, and department heads. Another way we will support our teachers is by assisting them with setting up their classrooms and supporting their efforts to set up clear rituals and routines for their students. We want to ensure that our new teachers have the necessary materials and resources to start the new school year.

We are asking for your help in giving the best to our new teachers. Each year Wai’anae High School alone has an average of 25 new teachers. In the future, we hope to decrease the average and retain the new and current teachers. We need your help with the New Teacher Orientation and any donations will be greatly appreciated. We are asking for supplies for the binders, welcome gifts for each teacher, door prizes for the activities, or food. Please let us know by June 1, 2016 if you are able to help with our New Teacher OrientationIf you have any questions or would like to graciously donate to the program, please contact Debby Ng at 697-9400. If you would rather email, please send questions or comments to d.ng@seariders.kl2.hi.us.Waianae High school new Teacher orientation donations


ARMY UPDATE: Army attacking fountain grass near Makua, April 21

Aloha Community Leaders,

For your awareness — This Thursday, April 21, the Army’s Natural Resources Program is launching another effort to destroy invasive fountain grass on the cliffs above Kaneana Cave, near Makua Military Reservation.

This is a joint, ongoing effort between the Army and the Oahu Invasive Species Committee (OISC) keep the destructive, non-native grass from spreading across the Waianae Coast. Fountain grass is a state-listed noxious weed; poses a major fire threat due to its flammability; and can destroy native habitat.

Operations will only take place in optimal (low wind/rain) weather conditions from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. During application, a small 4-door civilian helicopter may be visible from Farrington Highway near Makua Valley.

There are no rare or endangered plants within the treatment area, and the application does not pose a risk to ground or ocean waters, springs, or wells of Makua Valley. The activity is not expected to impact area motorists or recreational users.

Fountain grass is well-established elsewhere on Oahu. Community members can help stop the spread of invasive seeds by washing boots after each hike, and if found, contact OISC for proper disposal at 808-266-7994 or www.oahuisc.org.


Stefanie Gutierrez

Public Affairs Office

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii & U.S. Army Hawaii

Kaupe’a Homestead Association Visits the Capitol

Members of the Kaupe’a Homestead Assn in Kapolei met with Sen. Shimabukuro regarding their request for walls on Kama’aha Ave. and Kanehili playground, and concerns regarding the accessibility of NAHASDA funds.  L-R: Jodi Akau, Sen. Shimabukuro and Iwalani McBrayer.

April 22nd, 2016 – Things to do

Public Access Room Newsletter and Information

The Public Access Room’s April 2016 Newsletter is now available!

In this Issue:

  • Conference Committees
  • Important Deadlines for the Governor
  • Following the Money?
  • Maze: How a Bill Becomes Law