BOEM Comment Period Extended to 09/07/16

The following notice comes from the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Ocean Energy Management:

BOEM Extends Comment Period on Potential Oahu Offshore Wind

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) would like to inform you that we are extending the comment period on the Notice of Intent (NOI) to Prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) for Wind Leasing and Site Assessment Activities on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Offshore the Island of Oahu. The comment deadline, originally set for August 8, will be extended an additional 30 days and will now end on September 7, 2016. The original NOI was published in the Federal Register on June 24, 2016.

Through the Notice of Intent (NOI), BOEM is seeking public comment for determining issues and alternatives to be analyzed in the EA, which will consider potential environmental impacts associated with issuing future commercial wind leases and approving site assessment activities on the lease areas.

Issuance of the NOI is a very early step in BOEM’s offshore wind process. Stakeholder comments and input will be critical to informing BOEM’s decision-making process moving forward.

Comments can be submitted by any of the following methods:

1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// In the field entitled, ”Enter Keyword or ID,” enter BOEM-2016-0049, and then click ”search.” Follow the instructions to submit public comments and view supporting and related materials available for this notice; or

2. U.S. mail: Mail in an envelope labeled ”Comments on Hawaii EA” and addressed to Regional Director, BOEM Pacific OCS Region, 760 Paseo Camarillo, Suite 102, Camarillo, California 93010.

For more information about offshore wind planning efforts for Hawaii, go to


John D. Romero, public affairs officer

Office of Public Affairs – Pacific Region
760 Paseo Camarillo
Camarillo, CA 93010

Hau’oli Lā Ho’iho’i Ea 2016 July 30-31 @ Thomas Square

Editorial by Na Laiana Wong
Star-Advertiser, July 30, 2016

Synopsis: This year’s ceremonies celebrating the restoration of sovereignty to the Kingdom of Hawai‘i in 1843 are being held today and tomorrow at Thomas Square. Come join in the commemoration of this landmark event.

‘Auhea ‘oukou e nā hoa ho‘omana‘o i kēia lā nui o ka mo‘olelo o Hawai‘i nei, ‘o ka Lā Ho‘iho‘i Ea.

E like nō me ka hana o kēlā me kēia makahiki, eia nō ke ho‘olaule‘a hou nei ka po‘e aloha ‘āina i kēia hopena pule, ‘o ia ho‘i ka lā 30 me 31 o Iulai.

He lā kēia nāna e ho‘olana mai i ka mana‘o o ka po‘e aloha ‘āina o Hawai‘i nei, no ka pakele ‘ana o ko kākou ‘āina i ka lima hao o ka mea nāna ia e me‘ome‘o mai ana. ‘O ia nō ‘o Lō Paulet, he kāpena moku no ke aupuni ‘o ‘Enelani, a ‘o ka HMS Carysfort ka inoa o ua moku nei.

‘O ia nō ka ho‘omaka ‘ana o ko Hawai‘i pale aku i kahi hana kā‘ili aupuni a ko waho. Eia nō kākou ke ho‘omaopopo nei i kēlā hana ‘ino ‘oiai kākou e ho‘omanawanui nei i ka noho hewa ‘ia e ‘Amelika Hui Pū ‘Ia. Ke lana nei ka mana‘o no ka hiki ‘ana mai o ka wā e ha‘alele ai kēia po‘e ho‘okolonaio. Aia ka pono ‘o ka waiho ‘ia mai o ko kākou ‘āina me ka maluhia. Eia nō ke māhuahua nei ka nui o ka po‘e aloha ‘āina a ke pa‘a nei ho‘i ko kākou mana‘o i ia mea he kū‘oko‘a. Ua maopopo na‘e, ‘a‘ole ia he noho kū‘oko‘a piha. Ua lilo ko kākou mau kino he pio na Maleka, a pēia ho‘i ko kākou ‘āina a me kā kākou ‘ōlelo. Eia na‘e, he noho kū‘oko‘a ia na ka no‘ono‘o. ‘A‘ole nō he wā e pau ai ka pono o ia mea he pono. Continue reading

Star-Adv 7/28/16: Modular Housing Project for Wai’anae Working Homeless and Homeless Families with Children

Excerpts from Jayna Omaye’s “City Site to Offer Housing for the Homeless” (Star-Advertiser, July 28, 2016). Read the full article on the Star-Advertiser site.

This is a rendering of a one-bedroom modular housing unit for the homeless that the city plans to erect on a Waianae property.

Rendering of a one-bedroom modular housing unit.

A rendering of a two-bedroom modular housing unit for the homeless that the city plans to install on a Waianae property. Courtesy of the city

Rendering of a two-bedroom modular housing unit.

City officials are moving forward with a modular housing project in Waianae geared toward working homeless and homeless families with children. Crews started surveying the 7,500-square-foot, city-owned lot Monday and could start construction as soon as Friday.

The city has contracted with Hawaii Modular to build three modular housing or compact units on a Halona Road property that the city has owned since 1990 and was once used for recovering substance abusers.

The units, to be equipped with kitchen and bathroom facilities, will cost about $109,000 each. Officials expect work to be completed in September and for tenants to move in during October.

Plans call for a one-bedroom unit compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and two two-bedroom units measuring about 500 square feet each, along with some open space. The city had initially said the units would cost about $35,000 to $50,000 each, but officials found after looking at different options that the chosen contract “provided a very quality and complete unit and is reflected in the price,” said Sandra Pfund, chief of the city Office of Strategic Development. Site work, contracted with Ideal Construction Inc. will cost about $425,000, according to the city.

That work will include clearing overgrowth, removing asbestos from the existing dilapidated seven-bedroom structure, and eventually demolishing it.

The project is not an emergency or transitional shelter but will relocate homeless people from parks and other public areas to permanent housing, the city said. The units will be permanent, but the tenants will be temporary. City officials are also working on a request for proposals to select a service provider to manage the property, help pick tenants and provide services. Pfund said the RFP “has to be fairly given, but consideration of understanding the community will be a factor.”

Read the full article on the Star-Advertiser site.

Free Information Session About DoD Safe Helpline 8/9/16 in Kapolei – Reservation Deadline 8/5/16

Aloha Sexual Violence Prevention Community Action Team Members,

Join us Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 from 2:30-3:30pm at Building 19, 1787 Shangrila St., Kapolei HI 96707 for a FREE informational session about the DoD Safe Helpline ( Operated by RAINN ( ), the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, through a contract with the DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (, Safe Helpline is a groundbreaking crisis support service for members of the DoD community. The Safe Helpline is completely confidential and anonymous with services including: telephone hotline, online hotline, texting-for-info, a group chat service, and a free app. Learn more about Safe Helpline and how its services can support the survivors you work with every day.

Click here for a map with directions to the event.

Reserve your seat by sending RSVP to Haylee Watson ( by Friday, August 5, 2016.

Service providers, partners, and community members are encouraged to attend. Feel free to contact me should you have any questions. Hope to see you there

Joanne Higashi, LCSW
Sexual Violence Prevention Program
DOH, Maternal & Child Health Branch
741-A Sunset Ave, Room 203
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone: (808) 733-9038

Envision…“A Hawaii where people are free from sexual violence and where sexual respect and healthy relationships flourish.”

Do You Need a New or Replacement State Photo ID?

PHOCUSED has some remaining funds available for clients who need new or replacement State Photo IDs through our AUW grant. Clients must be homeless, have completed a VI-SPDAT, and have no financial means with which to pay for a photo ID themselves. They must also have the necessary documentation (see list of acceptable documents) ready to go and be verified by a case manager or outreach worker. See the following attachments:

List of Acceptable Documents for a Hawaii State ID Card
Application for State ID Payment

Sounding Joy Music Therapy Services

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For more information, see the following:
Life Skills & FM 2-page flyer 2016
Inquiry & referral form instructions
Inquiry & referral form

Star-Advertiser Career Expo 2016 on Aug. 3 at Neal S. Blaisdell

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Click image to preregister. Admission is free if you preregister.

15 Craigside, 7-Eleven, ABC Stores, Abe Lee Seminars, Access Lifts of Hawaii, Inc., Ace Hardware, Aerotek, Alamo Rent A Car, Alan Wong’s Restaurant’s, Alliance Personnel, Aloha Air Cargo, Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union, Alternate Energy, ALTRES Staffing, American Carpet One (The Carpet Shoppe), American Savings Bank, Ansaldo Honolulu, Aqua-Aston Hospitality, Arcadia Family of Companies, Attention Plus Private Nursing, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, AXA Advisors, BEI Hawaii, Ben Franklin, Big City Diner, Big Island Honda Hilo & Kona, Bishop & Co., Bloomingdale’s Ala Moana Center, C. S. Wo & Sons, Central Union Church Adult Daycare & Health Center, City & County of Honolulu, City & County HPD, City Mill, Community Empowerment Resources, Cutter Automotive Galleries, Cutter Chevrolet, Cutter Ford, Cycle City, Ltd., Department of Education, DFS Hawaii,  Continue reading

Hoa Aina O Makaha’s Evening Under the Stars Benefit Dinner – 10/8/16

Senator Shimabukuro received the following e-mail regarding Hoa ‘Āina O Mākaha’s Evening Under the Stars Benefit Dinner

It is a real pleasure to extend to you this invitation to Hoa ‘Āina O Mākaha’s Evening Under the Stars Benefit Dinner celebrating 37 years of working with our community, the Waiʻanae Coast. Hoa ‘Āina O Mākaha holds a special place in the hearts of many people in Waiʻanae, our extended Oʻahu community, and world-wide.

Please join us for an excellent meal catered by TOWN Restaurant, entertainment by Ginai Hill and other community musicians, silent auction, farm tours led by Makaha Elementary School keiki, and personal testimonies from our former students and friends.

The event information is as follows and is also included on the invitation below:

Saturday, October 8, 2016
Hoa ‘Āina O Mākaha
4pm – 8pm
Aloha/Farm Chic Attire

Seat(s) can be conveniently purchased on our website:

Please direct any ticketing questions to or (808) 348-3042.


Historic Preservation Standards Seminar – August 2016

Join Historic Hawai‘i Foundation and National Park Service for a free class on how to preserve and rehabilitate historic places to protect their authentic character and sustain them for future generations.

The three-hour classes will help owners, managers and others with responsibility for historic buildings and sites learn best practices and guidelines for historic preservation.

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
HPU, Aloha Tower Marketplace, Multipurpose Room 1, 1 Aloha Tower Drive, Honolulu

Register at:


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Update on City’s Halona Road Project

Senator Shimabukuro received the following e-mail from the City and County of Honolulu regarding their Halona Road Project, which will begin during the week of July 25, 2016.

Aloha Senator Shimabukuro,

Hope this email finds you well. We are writing to update you on the status of our Halona project.

The City is scheduled to commence work on our property located at 86-537 Halona Rd in Waianae. The property consists of a dilapidated structure which the City will demolish and replace with three modular units to provide housing for families and households that are or have experienced homelessness. Construction activity will begin during the week of July 25, 2016, and is scheduled for completion in October 2016.

Attached is a copy of the letter which we are mailing out to your office, along with additional information regarding the project. As always, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or comments, and thank you for your hard work on behalf of your community.

Y Elizabeth Char
Asset Development Project Manager
Office of Strategic Development
City and County of Honolulu

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Waianae Coast Volunteers Needed for Make-A-Wish Hawaii

Senator Shimabukuro received the following message from Make-A-Wish Hawai’i, calling for volunteers to serve as Wish Granters for Wai’anae keiki:

Make-A-Wish Hawaii is looking for volunteers from the west side to serve as Wish Granters for Wai‘anae keiki. Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to give hope, strength and joy to families in their greatest time of need. Be a wish granter for Wai‘anae kids like Kaimana and change lives in your community.

Be a hero for wish kids in Wai‘anae and contact Glenn Mendoza at 537-3118 ext. 121.


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Maile’s Legislative Wrap-Up 2016 (Part 2 of 2)

Part 2 of 2 of Senator Shimabukuro’s Legislative Wrap-Up, reprinted with the permission of Westside Stories, is provided here.

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Na Pua Hometown Magazine – Waianae

The Nā Pua Wai’anae Magazine is available in an interactive online format.

For the latest issue, check:


Waianae Coast Disaster Preparedness and Readiness Program (WCDPRP) Flyer 7/21/16

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From: “Rock”
Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2016 10:35 AM
Subject: WCDRT Flyer

Aloha All,

Attached (above) is the flyer/brochure that Travis Mindoro created to inform the community of our Waianae Coast Disaster Preparedness and Readiness Program (WCDPRP). The intent of this Outreach program is to inform the people of our WCDRP, our Vision and Mission and to invite them to attend our workshops and to be part of our program.  Continue reading

Governor Ige Allocates $12M for Homelessness

Governor Ige announces allocation of $12M for homelessness effort

HONOLULU 7/21/16 – Gov. David Ige has announced that $12M in funding will be focused on the most visible and chronically homeless people in Hawai‘i. The appropriation, provided by the Hawai‘i State Legislature during the regular session, was appropriated to the Department of Human Services (DHS) with the flexibility for DHS to allocate. “We know that addressing homelessness is a priority for Hawai‘i,” said Gov. Ige. “We wanted people to understand the framework that guides both DHS and our homelessness efforts.”

DHS Director Rachael Wong outlined the DHS multi-generation philosophy, entitled ‘Ohana Nui, which focuses on families and children. The Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness, Scott Morishige, unveiled the state’s framework to address homelessness which is based on three levers of change: affordable housing, health and human services and public safety. “The $12M allocation is a natural extension of this framework,” he said.

The first lever in the state’s framework is a high priority for legislators and the administration. Funding for this focus area is coming from separate budgets, but the $12M is helping to complement those efforts.  Continue reading

U.S. Congressman Mark Takai Dies at 49

U.S. Rep. Mark Takai Died This morning 7/20/16

U.S. Rep. Mark Takai died this morning 7/20/16.

Hawaii Democratic Congressman Mark Takai Dies (Associated Press, NY Times)

U.S. Rep. Mark Takai dies after battle with pancreatic cancer (Kevin Dayton, Star-Advertiser)

First-term Hawaii Democratic congressman Mark Takai dies aged 49 after battling cancer (Regina F. Graham, Daily Mail, UK)

Hawaii Rep. Mark Takai, 49, dies after battle with pancreatic cancer (Elise Viebeck, Washington Post)

U.S. Congressman Mark Takai of Hawaii Dies at 49 (Traci G. Lee, NBC News)

Freshman Hawaii Rep. Mark Takai Dies After Battle With Cancer (Benjamin Siegel, ABC News)

HNN: Crossing Flags for Farrington Hwy (7/19/16)

This video comprises clips from Jim Mendoza’s “Groups Seek Pedestrian Safety Solutions for Farrington Highway” (Hawaii News Now, 7/19/16). Watch the full video and read the story on the Hawaii News Now site.

Mendoza: "The most controversial idea involves using cameras to catch speeders and red light runners. 'I think it really would create a much higher sense of security. And I think a lot of people would think twice before they speed though these lights and break the law,' said state Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, whose district includes Waianae and Nanakuli. She said she'll talk to the state about the cameras."

Mendoza: “The most controversial idea involves using cameras to catch speeders and red light runners. ‘I think it really would create a much higher sense of security. And I think a lot of people would think twice before they speed though these lights and break the law,’ said state Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, whose district includes Waianae and Nanakuli. She said she’ll talk to the state about the cameras.”

HNN: ‘Leeward Community Concerned About Dangerous Bus Stop’

This video comprises clips from Jobeth Devera’s “Leeward Community Concerned About Dangerous Bus Stop” (Hawaii News Now, 7/12/16). Watch the full video and read the story on the Hawaii News Now site.

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Devera: “On Tuesday, officials released a statement saying they are considering temporarily relocating the bus stop and curbing the area…. ‘It’s making sure the bus stops are by signalized crosswalks as opposed to un-signalized crosswalks,’ said Senator Maile Shimabukuro. When it comes to the street lights, the state says it’s already replaced most of them on Farrington Highway. Replacement poles are still needed, before completing the remaining 7-mile stretch…. ‘They could put those at the top of the priority list so they could get it done,’ Shimabukuro added.”

Leeward community concerned about dangerous bus stop
Tuesday, July 12th 2016, 9:37 pm HST
By Jobeth Devera, Reporter

NANAKULI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) – After two recent pedestrian fatalities in West Oahu last week, the community says a bus stop in Nanakuli poses a huge hazard and that it’s another accident waiting to happen.

“I catch the bus everyday,” said Nanakuli resident Keanu Chun. “I’m sitting here and one of these days a car can come by and that’s it.”  Continue reading

Star-Adv: YMCA Free College Camp for Nanakuli-Waianae Students

Leeward Students to Try College Life
By Dominique Times (
Star-Advertiser, July 11, 2016

The YMCA College Camp is expanding its efforts in Leeward communities this month with the launch of a camp for Nanakuli-Waianae area students.

College Camp — a weeklong experience that aims to give high school students a slice of college life — is tailored for teens in Hawaii’s at-risk communities. Now in its fifth year, the program has two groupings: one for students entering their junior year and another for incoming seniors.

Participants stay at the Atherton YMCA, near the University of Hawaii at Manoa, while immersed in confidence-building activities, community service, campus tours and workshops about college tips and financial resources. Successful completion of both camps earns a student conditional admission to the University of Hawaii, regardless of high school track record.College Camp

The new camp for Nanakuli-Waianae’s incoming seniors gets underway July 24. Twenty-three students will be assigned mentors — College Camp alumni now in college — who will stick with them through camp and beyond. Annual fundraisers cover camp expenses, making the program free.

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HNN: Spike in Fatal Pedestrian Accidents

The following brief video is composed of clips from Jobeth Devera’s Hawaii News Now (7/6/16) report “West Oahu community calls for change after spike in fatal pedestrian accidents.” Watch the entire video on the HNN website.

Sen. Maile Shimabukuro 7/6/16.

Devera: “Residents suggest installing better lighting, repainting signs and road lines as well as getting rid of some crosswalks located far away from traffic signals and installing speed cameras. ‘If you know that even if there’s no physical police presence there, you could be caught on film speeding or doing any other illegal activity on the highway, hopefully that could be a deterrent,’ Senator Shimabukuro said.”