Waianae Boxing Club Seeks Donations 

Waianae Boxing Club
L-R: Paul Sueyoshi, Presley Salas, Coach “Papa” Fred Pereira, Shane Soares, and Coach Blain Yoshida of Waianae Boxing Club on March 22, 2011. “Papa” Fred is holding the certificate he received earlier that day from the House of Representatives.
[Letter from Fred “Papa” Pereira]

Dear friend of the community,

On behalf of the Waianae Boxing Club, I would like to humbly ask for your consideration to sponsor our Waianae Boxing Club. On, July 16, 2016 our Boxing Club will be sending 9 of our boxers to Indio, CA. then to Independence, MO. to compete in two World Boxing Championship tournaments. The Waianae Boxing Club has participated in these tournaments for many years however, this year we have 9 qualified outstanding boxers who will be representing Hawaii. Waianae Boxing Club is a non-profit organization whose mission is to:

• Provide youth with organized competition in a safe environment; as well as decent equipment like jump ropes for boxing, etc.

• Bring our youth closer together through common interest in sportsmanship and competition

• Instill the values of education

• Acquaint the boxers with the proper fundamentals for boxing and kickboxing

• Teach sportsmanship, discipline, and dedication

• Encourage the boxers to maintain satisfactory grades in school and to emphasize the importance of keeping a proper relationship and balance between scholastic and athletic endeavors

We are seeking sponsors who are willing to donate any dollar amount to assist in covering our teams travel expenses. We have many boxers that have never been on an airplane and this opportunity comes once in a lifetime, for the boxers to be able to box, compete on a National level and ride an airplane. Some of the boxers have only dreamed about this. As you may know coming from Waianae a lot of these children come from homes that are not in the financial situation to assist with paying for these boxers to travel and if we aren’t able to raise the funds for travel some of the boxers will not be able to participate. So we are asking if you can assist with making the dreams of our boxers become a reality by donating to our Waianae Boxing Club financially. Your consideration is greatly appreciated.

If providing sponsorship for Waianae Boxing Club is an option for you and your company, we will send you a letter with our non-profit number for your tax purposes.

I welcome any comments or questions regarding the details of your sponsorship and look forward to forming a mutually beneficial partnership.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and support of Waianae Boxing Club

Please make checks to:

Waianae Boxing Club, 86-174 Moelua Street Waianae, HI 96792


Fred “Papa” Pereira

President, Waianae Boxing Club

Nonprofit 501 (c) 3


Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Meeting – 5/18/16 7pm

Senator Shimabukuro received the following notice from Cynthia Rezentes:

On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, the Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), under the Department of the Interior, will be at Ka Waihona O Ka Naau`ao Dining Hall to hold an informational briefing. The meeting will be from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

The purpose of the briefing is to provide information on the Federal leasing process for offshore renewable energy projects. Currently, there are three locations of interest from two enterprises to establish utility scale windfarms on floating platforms. The map of the approximate locations are attached and include locations off of Ka`ena Point, Barber’s Point, Waikiki.

The briefing is open to the public and will explain what the process is and when the public can participate as the process progresses over the next few years. Please pass the word along to other fishermen, and cultural and traditional practitioners. This is our chance to ask the questions and share some initial concerns about these projects and get educated on how we can participate in the process.

H-1 Westbound Shoulder Lane Hours Extended




For Immediate Release: May 13, 2016


HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) notifies motorists that the H-1 Freeway westbound shoulder lane hours are being extended from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. The new schedule will begin on Monday, May 16, 2016.

Motorists wishing to use the westbound shoulder lane may enter at the Aiea Heights Drive Overpass and exit at the Waimalu/Pearl City Off-Ramp (Exit 10). Motorists continuing on the H-1 Freeway past the Pearl City Interchange must merge one lane to the left as the shoulder lane will exit to the Off-Ramp. The merge must be completed prior to the solid white line. HDOT advises drivers to give themselves enough time to safely advance to their preferred lane. Please be alert and avoid dangerous maneuvers. Single occupancy vehicles are allowed access. Trucks and buses are prohibited.

Crews will be adjusting the westbound shoulder lane signs to reflect the extended hours. HDOT reminds motorists that all shoulder lanes are only in effect during the times displayed on the signs. Motorists using shoulder lanes outside of those designated time frames may be cited by authorities.

The previous shoulder lane hours for this area were from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. HDOT thanks the public for its cooperation as we continue to improve traffic operations on Hawaii’s roadways. For up to the minute traffic and roadway conditions on the freeway system, as well as traffic cameras from around the island, please visit GoAkamai.org or download the free GoAkamai app.


UH West Oahu Project Lead The Way

The following is from a UH News Release, accessible at http://www.hawaii.edu/news/article.php?aId=7910

UH West Oahu offers Project Lead The Way summer core training

Open to all teachers, administrators and community partners

Contact: Julie Funasaki Yuen, (808) 689-2604 Public Info Officer, Communications Department

KAPOLEI — For the second year, the University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu will host Project Lead The Way (PLTW) summer teacher professional development programs – called Core Training – for Hawaiʻi teachers implementing PLTW’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs in K-12 classrooms. Project Lead The Way is a nonprofit organization that provides transformative learning experiences for K-12 students and teachers. More than 8,000 elementary, middle and high schools offer the curriculum across 50 states.

Various sessions will be held at the UH West Oʻahu campus throughout June including

  • Launch Lead Teacher
  • Principles of Biomedical Science
  • Automation and Robotics
  • Principles of Engineering
  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Introduction to Computer Science

In July, UH West Oʻahu will also host a three-day PLTW Launch Lead Teacher training at UH Maui College and at UH Hilo’s Honokaʻa North Hawaiʻi Education and Training Center. Teachers must successfully pass core training for every PLTW course they wish to implement and instruct.

The registration deadline for Oʻahu’s June sessions has been extended to May 20. The registration deadline for Maui and Hawaiʻi Island training is May 31. Register online for PLTW summer training and view the PLTW Professional Development Registration web page for information on specific course dates and times.

UH West Oʻahu is Project Lead The Way’s first affiliate partner in Hawaiʻi and provides ongoing support for local schools implementing PLTW curriculum. The University hosted PLTW’s required Core Training programs for teacher instructors for the first time in summer 2015 – training previously offered only on the U.S. mainland.

For more information, contact Sherry Proper at sproper@hawaii.edu or (808) 689-2384.

Established in 1976, the University of Hawaiʻi – West O‘ahu is an indigenous-serving institution that offers quality education, small class sizes, and personalized attention. UH West O‘ahu has the newest bachelor’s degree-granting campus in the University of Hawaiʻi System, serving approximately 2,700 students with academic programs that emphasize interdisciplinary and cross-cultural studies. UH West Oʻahu commemorates its 40th anniversary in 2016. For more information, visit www.uhwo.hawaii.edu, call (808) 689-2800 or toll-free (866) 299-8656. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. Through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in an evolving world, and provides teachers with the support and resources they need to devote more time to inspiring students. PLTW programs can be found in over 8,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit pltw.org.

West Oahu schools receive AC donation

The story below originally appeared on Hawai’i News Now:

West Oahu elementary schools receive $20K donation for air conditioning

WAIANAE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) –

Students at two west Oahu elementary schools will no longer have to worry about hot classrooms thanks to a generous donation.

Fujitsu and Mister Pink Premium Beverages donated $20,000 worth of air conditioners to Waianae Elementary and Makaha Elementary.

“I remember watching the news last year and a lot of the teachers on the west side of the islands were asking for donations or help because a lot of these kids were dehydrated, some kids went to the hospital, some kids couldn’t breathe and they really got my attention,” said Kaui Kauhi, president of Mr. Pink Premium Beverages.

The donation comes after lawmakers agreed to set aside $100 million to cool public schools across the state.

Four of those new air conditioners will go to Waianae Elementary and 18 others will go to Makaha Elementary.

HIDOE: Enroll Children for Kindergarten

The following is a press release from the Hawai’i Department of Education:

News Release

May 6, 2016

Parents urged to enroll children for kindergarten

HONOLULU – With the 2016-17 public school calendar slated to start on August 1, the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) reminds parents to plan ahead and enroll for kindergarten early. Children must be 5 years old on or before July 31 to enter kindergarten. Children who turn 5 on August 1 or later should enroll the following school year. Kindergarten is mandatory in the State of Hawaii.

“We encourage our parents to familiarize themselves with kindergarten requirements and to enroll their children early,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “Kindergarten is a critical time to give our keiki the solid academic foundation they need for future success.”

Parents of children younger than the mandatory kindergarten specifications have several educational options, such as pre-school at a private provider or pre-kindergarten classes available at 19 select schools statewide. Priority will be given to children born in 2011 to enroll in these pre-kindergarten classes.

Parents whose children attended kindergarten outside of Hawaii or at a private school in the 2015-16 school year can discuss enrollment options with their home school. Despite many possible placement scenarios, the final decision for a child’s placement will be based on the principal’s discussions among parents and the appropriate teaching staff.

For more information about enrolling in kindergarten in the State of Hawaii, please visit our webpage on kindergarten and Frequently Asked Questions. Parents should also visit the enrolling in school page to be sure they have the necessary documents to enroll their child, including birth certificate, tuberculosis clearance, a completed student health record and proof of current address.


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 256 schools and 34 charter schools, and serves more than 180,000 students. King Kamehameha III established Hawaii’s public school system in 1840.

Waianae Small Boat Harbor (SBH) Pier: Repairs Update 5/10/16

Waianae Small Boat Harbor

Waianae Small Boat Harbor. This is not a photo of the actual repairs. This photo is from Google Maps data 2016.

In response to requests from constituents, your elected officials reached out to DLNR/DOBOR to see if the Waianae SBH Pier A, Phase V repairs can be expedited.  Your  elected officials pushed to expedite the DOH Water Quality Control approval.  Thereafter, DOBOR asked the contractor, Sea Engineering, to bump up the original construction start date of August 2016 to immediately.  Your elected officials will keep you posted as best we can, since we realize this is a critical project for our constituents.

Tree Trimming Along Farrington Highway: May 10 – 13

Senator Shimabukuro received the following notice from Hawaiian Electric (HECO) regarding tree trimming and lane closures on Farrington Highway:

Aloha Senator Shimabukuro,

I wanted to inform you that our Vegetation Management area will be resuming its planned tree trimming work on Farrington Highway near Honokai Hale beginning on next week Tuesday, May 10 to Friday, May 13.  This is a continuation of the work that was performed last month.

The DOT stopped the previous job early on Friday, April 22 and requested that the remainder of the work be rescheduled to May.  The crews were only allowed to work near the Nanakuli side of Farrington the last time.

Work will begin on the mauka side of Farrington Highway near Honokai Hale, and the crew will be moving in the westbound direction. For the safety of the work crew and the public, one westbound lane of Farrington Highway will be closed near the work area while the crew clears the vegetation.

Traffic control measures, aided by special-duty police officers, will be used to help direct traffic flow on Farrington Highway.  Working hours will be 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., but similar to last month, the officer will be given the authority to stop the job at any time.

I will provide you with an early copy of the traffic advisory before it is issued to the media on Monday.  Thank you for your help with sharing this information.  We apologize for the inconvenience associated with this work.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Hope you have a great weekend and mahalo for your continued patience,

Community Relations
Hawaiian Electric

Sen. Shimabukuro Wins 2016 Outstanding APIL Pick of the Year Award

From the Hawaii Bar Journal, May 2016, p30.

From the Hawaii Bar Journal, May 2016, p30. Mahalo to Phil for sending this.

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USDOE grants waiver extension to Hawaiian Language test

HONOLULU – For the second consecutive year, the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education (HIDOE) will issue a specialized assessment to Hawaiian immersion students. The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) granted HIDOE’s request for an extended waiver that allows Hawaiian Language Immersion Program (HLIP) students to take a specialized assessment in lieu of the state’s English language arts and math student assessments.
“The continued opportunity for our Hawaiian Immersion students to be tested in their language of instruction has been a highlight for the Department, and we appreciate the USDOE’s recognition of our progress in this initiative,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “The work continues as we are piloting an innovative Hawaiian Language State Assessment in science and look forward to federal approval next year.”
The double testing waiver response by the USDOE advised that HIDOE’s Ka Papahana Kaiapuni (Hawaiian Language Immersion) schools lacks the data required for a specialized science assessment to provide student results during this pilot year of testing.
Two years ago, HIDOE, in partnership with the University of Hawaii-Manoa (UHM), developed a field test for HLIP students that measures progress toward mastery of academic standards given in the English language Smarter Balanced Assessments. In Spring 2015, a field test in language arts and math for third and fourth graders enrolled in Ka Papahana Kaiapuni schools was used. This year, the pilot becomes operational and assessment scores will be recorded in the Kaiapuni students’ records.
The field test foregoes the statewide assessment, Smarter Balanced, which is administered to students in grades 3-8 and 11.
Last year, the Office of Hawaiian Education (OHE) was established under the Office of the Superintendent, a result of a policy audit of Hawaiʻi State Board of Education (BOE) policies 105.7 (2104) and 105.8 (2105) pertaining to Hawaiian Education and Hawaiian Language Immersion programs.
OHE is currently implementing a new policy, known as Nā Hopena Aʻo, which provides for the expansion of Hawaiian education across Hawaiʻi’s K-12 public education system for all students and adults. Together, this work helps HIDOE meet its obligations to both BOE policies and the Hawaiʻi State Constitution (Article X, Section 4 and Article XV, Section 4).

Senator Shimabukuro in Midweek: ‘Making Strides to Improve West Oahu Traffic’

http://midweek.com/pdf/West/2016/0504/index.html check on page 6

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Small Business Fundamentals for Native Entrepreneurs

CNHA is launching a full 4-week, 12 class curriculum on their Small Business Fundamentals for Native Entrepreneurs curriculum. Please see the flier below, share, and visit http://www.hawaiiancouncil.org/our-programs/ for more information. hawaiian council

Nanakuli Elementary Receives Kudos from Education Leader

Star-Advertiser Editorial: Island Voices, May 4, 2016
Hawaii is a leader in showing ‘What’s Right in Education!’

Robyn Conrad Hansen, Ed.D., president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals

Robyn Conrad Hansen, Ed.D., president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals

By Robyn Conrad Hansen

Like many who keep a pulse on all things education, I’m aware of the educational growth that has taken place in Hawaii and recently saw first-hand what’s taking place at the school level.

As president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, I travel throughout the United States and abroad. The purpose of my recent visit to Hawaii was to participate in the National Distinguished Principals celebration held on April 24 where we honored some of the best administrators in the state; I also had incorporated time to visit schools.

Educators here are making well-informed decisions benefitting the children and families they serve.

I spent time at three Oahu schools where support for the whole child and community engagement was evident. There is shared leadership at these schools with teachers collaborating in professional learning communities creating a student-centered, data-driven environment.

>> At Nanakuli Elementary School, I was impressed with the welcoming climate and culture of the school. Children and adults greeted us with smiles and often times a huge hug.

This school includes a Hawaiian Immersion program, strong parent involvement, STEM (Science, Tech- nology, Engineering and Math) programs, and quality classroom instruction supported by an administrative team that is trusted and valued by the staff.

Nanakuli Elementary is also one of the public schools that has a preschool to provide the youngest, most at-risk learners in the neighborhood a chance to be well prepared for kindergarten. Early learning is vital to a child’s educational path and I was pleased to see the priority given to this area.

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Makua Fieldwork Update

As an update, we wanted to let you know that the Army’s fieldwork at Makua Beach has been extended though mid/late May.

The fieldwork was originally anticipated to be completed at the end of April; however, the work is taking longer than anticipated due to the large amount of trash and debris the team has been encountering, as well as traffic on Farrington Highway.

An updated factsheet reflecting the extended timeframe is attached.

MMRP_Fieldwork Announcement March 2016_UPDATED_FINAL


28 displaced after fast-moving fire destroys two homes in Makaha 

By Jai Cunningham, Brigette Namata and Web Staff (KHON)
Published: May 3, 2016, 5:25 am Updated: May 3, 2016, 7:35 pm

Within minutes, a fast-moving fire destroyed two homes and two vehicles in Makaha Tuesday morning.
It was reported just after 5 a.m. Tuesday on Lahaina Street.

A next-door neighbor shot video of the two-alarm fire, showing just how intense the flames got.

When firefighters arrived, a single-story residential unit was fully engulfed in flames, and neighboring homes were also on fire.

“I looked through my son’s window and I could see it. I opened this door and then I saw it, ‘Oh my God, the house in back is on fire,’” said neighbor Lena Uejo.

“I just heard noise and the fire raging and when I looked outside, the thing was spreading real fast, was getting out of control,” said neighbor Kelly Uejo. “I was just worried to make sure everybody get out, and everybody is saying everybody got out, so it’s all good.”

The Uejos say nearby utility lines were arcing, which caused a second house to catch fire.

Twenty-one of 22 people who lived in the first home were inside when the fire broke out. All were able to escape.

“After we got the fire down, one of the occupants said well there is another guy who might be there, might not be there. We did a search of the structure and did clear it,” said Battalion Chief John Pacheco with the Honolulu Fire Department.

Emergency crews took a man to the hospital with a second-degree burn to his right forearm.

“We were just out there praying,” said Lena Uejo. “That is just stuff, and stuff can be replaced. You can’t replace people.”


Makaha home destroyed in fire was clean-and-sober facility

The primary home that burned is unofficially considered a clean-and-sober housing facility, known as Bay Side Hale, that has been around for 12 years.

“This house saved my life, saved me from being homeless. This house helped me to live life on life terms,” said tenant Glenn Martin.

Martin says he’s over six months “drug and alcohol free,” thanks largely to the facility.

“I’m really changing my life around for the better, but I’m not going to let something small like this discourage me,” said tenant Jason Takaki.

Renters were charged $250 a month.

“The man who ran this place, he helped people for how long already? He did it from the kindness of his heart,” said Martin. “He never have to do that, but he does. He helps people.”

State Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, D, Waianae, Makaha, says there are several clean-and-sober facilities on the Waianae coast.

“In this situation, I’m glad no one was seriously hurt, but it does sound like an awful lot of people were affected by this fire,” Shimabukuro said.

The city says the homeowner did not have the proper permit for a group-living facility. More than eight unrelated tenants in a home would require a conditional-use permit, which the city says Bay Side Hale did not have. But in 2011, the homeowner asked about an Adult Residential Care Home license.

The city inspected the home and found it was in compliance with the building code. In a statement, the city said “our records show no violations at this property.”

Meanwhile, Martin said, “we gonna stay in one tent for now, big Army tent on the next street. We gonna hang over there.”

The Department of Planning and Permitting says it will send an inspector to the residence to investigate.

Meanwhile an additional six people were displaced from a damaged neighboring home.

Fire damage has been estimated to be $422,000 to the building and $25,000 to its contents. An additional $155,000 of fire damage has been estimated for several neighboring structures and vehicles.

The fire is under investigation and its cause has yet to be determined.

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Star-Adv: ’28 people homeless, 1 injured in Makaha fire’

28 people homeless, 1 injured in Makaha fire
By Gregg K. Kakesako gkakesako@staradvertiser.com
May 3, 2016
Updated May 3, 2016 11:00am

Photo courtesy of Russell J. Hogan. This photo posted on Twitter shows the fire on Lahaina Street in Makaha.

Photo courtesy of Russell J. Hogan. This photo posted on Twitter shows the fire on Lahaina Street in Makaha.

Fire investigators are trying to determine what caused an early morning house fire in Makaha that burned a man, left 28 people homeless and damaged neighboring structures and vehicles.

Paramedics treated one man for second-degree burns to his arm following the fire that began just after 5 a.m. on Lahaina Street.

Thirty-two firefighters arrived at the scene 14 minutes after the 5:08 a.m. alarm and saw smoke coming from the structure. Firefighters brought the flames under control at 5:52 a.m., a Fire Department spokesman said in an e-mail.

The 2-alarm fire burned a single-story home and spread to neighboring homes.

Twenty-two people in the home at the time of the fire escaped.

Six adults were displaced from a damaged neighboring home. The American Red Cross is helping residents affected by the fire.

A damage estimate was not immediately available. However, the home where the fire broke out is considered to be a total loss. The fire also burned neighboring structures and vehicles.

Read the article on the Star-Advertiser site.

HIDOE Free Meal Program – Expanded!


4th Annual Active Hawaii: Summer Festival

You are cordially invited to the 4th Annual Active Hawaii: Summer Festival sponsored by AlohaCare… This years event will be held on May 14th, to kick off the summer with a healthy start! This is a free community event that is open to the public and guaranteed to be fun for all ages.
If you are a Service provider or know anyone who is interested participating in the Active Hawaii: Summer Fest, please to email ActiveHi@live.com. Registration is free but they do suggest a donation for the raffle ticket prizes.
The event will be held on 5/15/16 at Makaha Community Park from 9:00am-3:00pm. For more information, please contact Active Hawaii: (808) 457-6385 or ActiveHi@Live.comSAFF ACTIVE HAWAII AD

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Project HI AWARE is offering two training dates in June for interested folks to attend the Youth Mental Health First Aid Training.  Dates available are either June 7 or June 9.  Click on URL to find out more info and then select the desired registration links!   Or contact Kelly for more information (below). http://www.nwcomplex.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=566999&type=u&pREC_ID=889673

Kelly A. Stern

School Climate Transformation Coordinator 

Website: Project HI AWARE

Nanakuli Elementary School

Waianae, HI 96792