Donate to Foodland’s Give Aloha Campaign and Support Local Farming

Foodland is asking for donations to their Give Aloha Program which is sponsoring a local farm out in Wai`anae. By donating at your local Foodland/Sack N Save you can help expand this farm and impact local communities!


 Moku O Waianae Community Meeting 09-27-16


Made on the Waianae Coast- Business Conference

Have a crafts business or want to start a craft business on the Wai’anae Coast? This is a great event to get your start or find new connections.


Register for the event below and join in for a night of Networking & Business Development!

Waianae Products and Crafts Business Conference Event

Makaha Valley Country Club Expanding Services


The Makaha Valley Country Club is now going to be incorporating different options for company parties and events! Their ultimate goal is to ensure the success of the golf course and hire more within our community. See the attached flyers for details on their events.

H-1 Eastbound Closure for Kapolei Interchange 9/26/16 – 9/30/16

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) advises Oahu motorists of overnight closures on the eastbound H-1 Freeway at the Palailai Interchange between the Campbell Industrial Park/Barbers Point Harbor Off-Ramp (Exit 1A) and the Farrington Highway Overpass on Monday night, Sept. 26, 2016, through Friday morning, Sept. 30, 2016. One lane will be closed from 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and all lanes will be closed from 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m., nightly, for lane shift re-striping work and placement of portable concrete barriers for the Kapolei Interchange Complex Phase 2 project.

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The eastbound lanes on the H-1 Freeway will be shifted to the left towards the median to relocate a 30-inch waterline that is currently under the right shoulder lane. This is necessary to accommodate the new bridge abutment for the Kapolei Interchange. Portable concrete barriers will be installed to isolate the work area from oncoming traffic.

During closure hours, eastbound motorists will be detoured to Kalaeloa Boulevard from the Campbell Industrial Park/Barbers Point Harbor Off-Ramp (Exit 1A). Motorists may take Kapolei Parkway, Kamokila Boulevard or the Wakea Street On-Ramp to the H-1 Freeway to continue eastbound. HDOT advises motorists to expect delays and account for the planned closure in their commute time. (See detour map below)

Electronic message boards have been posted on the eastbound H-1 Freeway and Kalaeloa Boulevard to notify motorists of the closures. Special Duty Police Officers will be on-site to assist with traffic control. Emergency vehicles, first responders and The Bus have been notified of the roadwork and will be allowed through the work zone. Roadwork is weather permitting.

Detour map

Dollars for Waianae Scholars community collaboration

The following story is being shared from the Kamehameha Schools I Mua Newsroom:

Dollars for Scholars paves the path to college for Wai‘anae coast haumāna

By Nadine Lagaso
August 30, 2016

Rising college tuition costs can be a roadblock for students who want to pursue a post-high education. Kamehameha Schools is part of a new collaboration to help Wai‘anae coast students break down that barrier by walking them through the financial aid application process.

Financial aid workshops were held recently throughout the region as part of a community collaboration called “Dollars for Waiʻanae Scholars.” The partnership includes KS as well as Waiʻanae High School, Nānākuli High and Intermediate School, Kamaile Academy,  Teach for America, Leeward Community College, UH West O‘ahu, and Mānoa Educational Talent Search.

“This is a perfect example of what a regional approach looks like within our Community Engagement and Resources Group,” said Kalei Kailihiwa, KS regional director for the Waiʻanae coast. “Our staff is standing shoulder-to-shoulder with members of our community to make a greater impact in the lives of keiki so they can succeed.”

The Wai‘anae coast is home to the highest concentration of Native Hawaiians in the state. According to state census data, approximately 60 percent of the region’s population is Native Hawaiian.

Dollars for Waiʻanae Scholars works directly with high schools to raise awareness among Native Hawaiian students about financial aid opportunities. The campaign workshops help haumāna complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) required for federal and state financial assistance. It also engages high school students in encouraging their peers to complete the application process.

Amplifying Educational Efforts
Elaine Bowler, college and career counselor at Wai‘anae High School, says that the campaign maximizes the work she has already been doing.

“By communicating our individual efforts and merging all the financial aid activities and events into a suite of activities, I was better able to share with high school seniors and their families the resources available to them within school and in the community,” she said. “Advertising all of the resources in one format also gave students and parents more options to access support.”

The Power of Partnerships
Although KS does not own any land in the Waiʻanae region, efforts like Dollars for Wai‘anae Scholars are important to help fulfill the educational vision of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop.

Joe Mareko, college recruiter for the University of Hawai‘i at West O‘ahu, has been a key supporter of the Dollars for Wai‘anae Scholars campaign.

“As a resident and graduate of Nānākuli High School, I am seeing firsthand how partnerships like this impact my community. I see more families taking advantage of college events, finding out ways to pay for college, and supporting their haumāna to succeed after high school.

“I am proud of the continuous work that we are doing for a region with students who, although they face tougher struggles in life than the norm, have the potential to exceed all educational expectations. All they need is a guiding hand, and we are providing that.”

KS One-Stop-Shops
Kamehameha’s Community Learning Center at Nānākuli plays an integral part of the campaign by serving as a one-stop-shop for financial aid information and support.

In addition to helping students complete the FAFSA, KS staffers also introduce them to KS post-high opportunities including the Nā Hoʻokama a Pauahi need-based scholarship. Since the inception of the one-stop-shop program in 2014, Nā Hoʻokama a Pauahi application completion rates have increased by 129 percent, and award rates increased by 120 percent.

If you have questions about post-high scholarships, please call the KS Applicant Services Center at 808-534-8080 or toll free at 1-800-842-4682, then press 2. For face-to-face kōkua, visit the KS Resource Center nearest you. Be on the lookout for info on upcoming Dollar for Wai‘anae workshops starting in October.

KS Nā Ho‘okama a Pauahi Scholarship
Application window: 10/03/16 – 02/17/17

This need-based scholarship is available to students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees at an accredited post-high institution in the United States recognized by KS.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Application window: 10/01/16 – 06/30/18

Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, requires the completion of FAFSA forms to determine student eligibility for financial aid including federal grants, loans, and work-study funding.

For the first time ever, families are able to submit prior-year tax forms and documents (2015-2016) to complete their Nā Ho‘okama a Pauahi and FAFSA and applications for the 2017-2018 academic year.

If you have questions, please call the KS Applicant Services Center at 808-534-8080 or toll free at 1-800-842-4682, press 2. For kōkua, visit the KS Resource Center nearest you. Be on the lookout for info on upcoming Dollar for Wai‘anae Scholars workshops, starting in October.

A KS collaboration is helping Wai‘anae students navigate the college financial aid application process. Among the members of the hui are: Front – Joe Mareko (UHWO), Summer Miles (LCC), Elten Lau (Wai‘anae HS) and Raemie Pagaduan (Nānākuli HS). Middle – Kalama Pastor (Kamaile Academy), Meilan Akaka-Manfre (Teach for America), Elaine Bowler (Wai‘anae HS), Kat Hoppe (Kamaile Academy), Tamara Heck (UH-Mānoa) and Nick Childs (Mānoa Ed. Talent Search). Back – Raymi Faria (HI P-20), Andrea Dias (KS) and Janis Dela Cruz (Mānoa Ed Talent Search).

Huliko‘a Kaiāulu Scholar Speaker Series – 09/28/16 – 5:30pm

Hulikoʻa Kaiāulu was developed through a partnership between Kamehameha Schools, INPEACE, MAʻO Organic Farms and UH Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge.

Hulikoʻa Kaiāulu – Scholar Speaker Series
Wednesday, Sept. 28
5:30–8 p.m.Community Learning Center at Māʻili
87-790 Kulauku Street near Sea Country


Erin Kahunawaikaʻala Wright
“Re-envisioning the Meaning & Practice of Native Hawaiian Student Success”

Dinner, child care and college/higher education resources will be available.
Bring the whole ‘ohana!

RSVP to or call 670-2045.

Makaha Hawaiian Civic Club Scholarship Luau- 11/27/16 – 11:30am – 2:30pm

Makaha Hawaiian Civic Club’s 7th Annual Scholarship Lu’au will be held November 27, 2016, at Ka’ahaaina Cafe.

See the flyer below for more information.


Women of Waianae Fundraiser – 10/15/16 4pm-9pm

Women of Waianae is hosting an “Oldies but Goodies Night” Scholarship Fundraiser on October 15, 2016.

For tickets, pay online at, or call Karen Young at 808-696-4677.


Westside Clean-Up: 9/23-9/25


Sustainable Coastlines Hawai’i is hosting their fourth annual Westside Cleanup, based out of Makua Beach.  Visit their website for more information.

Artists for Appleseed 2016 Gala: 9/30/16 – 5:30-9pm

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2016 Air Expo at Kalaeloa Airport Sept 24 – 10am-3pm

Click image to view the original flyer.

Click image to view the original flyer. Click here for the press release.

Star-Advertiser 9/14/16: Contra-flow Lane Pros & Cons

Reviews of Contra-flow Lane Go Both Ways
By Jayna Omaye
Star-Advertiser, September 14, 2016

The recent opening of a contra-flow lane on Farrington Highway in Nanakuli is generating a mixed response: Some area residents are pleased that it eases the westbound afternoon commute, while others are frustrated and concerned about eastbound traffic congestion.

The contra-flow lane, which stretches from Piliokahi Avenue to near Nanaikeola Street, was put in place more than a month ago to ease a traffic bottleneck through the 1.5-mile corridor.

The state Department of Transportation is repurposing one eastbound lane on the four-lane highway to allow for three Waianae-bound lanes and one town-bound lane during the afternoon rush hour. The project costs $700,000, most of which was funded by federal dollars, and will operate for one year.  Continue reading

Eastbound Nanakuli Contraflow Drivers: Update 

Some good news for eastbound drivers…the eastbound contraflow lane closure is temporary and will most likely end in late 2017. By that time, a 1.2 mile continuous 5th lane should be complete in Nanakuli, which will serve as a turning lane in the morning. The hope is to secure funding to turn the 5th lane into a contraflow lane in the afternoon. This will hopefully help to alleviate both eastbound and westbound traffic during peak hours.
Furthermore, DOT is conducting a study of the feasibility of extending the 5th lane to Hakimo Road:
#hidot #farringtonhighway #nānākuli #maileshimabukuro

Community weighs in on Nanakuli contraflow lane project, one month after it went into effect

By: Jobeth Devera
Sep 12, 2016 10:05 PM

NANAKULI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) – It’s been five weeks since the state Department of Transportation began its contraflow lane pilot project in Nanakuli and some residents still have concerns.
On Monday night, Ahupua’a o Nanakuli Homestead hosted a town hall meeting at Ka Waihona o Ka Na’auao Public Charter School.
Ed Sniffen, deputy director for the state’s Department of Transporation, and Senator Maile Shimabukuro were there to get feedback on the the project thus far.
Some Leeward coast residents proposed a permament added road on Farrington Highway, but for now, drivers only have an extra temporary westbound lane in the afternoons. 
“Before the contraflow, the traffic used to just stop and now we’re literally moving,” said Makaha resident Nancy Nicola. “I would beg them not to take it away from us.”
But having three westbound lanes leaves just one eastbound lane from 3:30 to 7 p.m.
“Making traffic coming in better has made traffic going out much worse,” said Disa Hauge, principal of Waianae High School. 
Hauge says since the cones went up in early August, her faculty and staff have suffered. “Most of our teachers do not live on the coast so they want out the second school gets out. So we’re having a real hard time to do things they normally stay to do after school.”
Honolulu firefighters were also among the crowd at the meeting. They’re concerned about their big trucks getting through the narrow lanes during an emergency.
“It’s other companies coming in to support them,” said Batallion Chief Paul Miguel with the Honolulu Fire Department. “When we have a building fire, we’re going to have multiple companies outside of this area coming this way.”
Sniffen and Shimabukuro reminded the crowd that the contraflow lane project is only temporary as they look for a permanent solution.
“In general, there’s twice as many vehicles going westbound than east, so from a system perspective it’s working, but we want to see what we can do to try and improve things for everybody,” said Sniffen.
“Eventually we’ll have a win win situation for all involved,” Shimabukuro said. 
The contraflow lane project will be in effect until summer 2017.
Copyright 2016 HawaiiNewsNow. All rights reserved.

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Residents weigh in on Nanakuli contraflow lane at lively town hall meeting


By Alexander Zannes (KHON)

Published: September 12, 2016, 9:16 pm Updated: September 12, 2016, 10:28 pm

It was meant to be a temporary solution to ease traffic for those heading east and home to West Oahu, but the contraflow lane running through Nanakuli continues to cause headaches for those drivers.
They made their voices heard at a town hall meeting at the Ka Waihona o ka Naauao public charter school cafeteria Monday night.

One person said that “people going home from work, or going to work in the morning, let me tell you, how many of you guys get high blood pressure? That causes high blood pressure! You ask my doc, he’ll tell you that.”

“How many of us sitting in traffic behaving, while our people is coming on to that dirt road, dusting us out and catching us while we’re sitting in traffic,” said another.

The meeting was filled with residents ready to weigh in on the contraflow lane. Officials call the contraflow a temporary solution and even say that, along with the growing pains, they have seen progress.

“The majority of the feedback has been in strong support,” said State Senator Maile Shimabukuro. “Most people on this coast are coming home, driving westbound in the afternoon, so for them I heard they gotten dramatic improvement. They finally actually see their kids before it’s dark. They’re able to have dinner with their family. They’re just so grateful.”

One more permanent solution that was discussed was turning a proposed fifth lane — part of a turning lane project — into a contraflow lane. This would make it three lanes westbound and two eastbound.

Some drivers report waiting much longer than usual to travel east. Residents like Naomi Peterson are hoping a fifth lane is a possibility.

“I feel like the current contraflow still has problems with it,” she said. “It backs up all the way from the freeway by Kapolei, and then when you’re coming in, it kind of helps, but when you end up by the shopping center, then the traffic just accumulates there.”

Ed Sniffen, deputy director of the state Dept. of Transportation’s highways division, answered questions, saying he’s doing everything he can to make the contraflow work for everyone going east as well as west.

“We’re saving about 10 minutes per driver, going through the contraflow area in the westbound direction,” he said, “but we’re also seeing an impact to the eastbound drivers, and we want to try to alleviate that.”

An area of concern that was also brought up at the meeting was for teachers. Waianae High School principal Disa Hauge says it’s hard enough to get teachers to come to the west side of the island without the extra traffic to contend with “because it impacts their family life in a negative way, and it makes them rethink if they want to stay on the coast and be teachers.”

Residents did say that having a police presence during contraflow times has helped the project run more smoothly.

Residents weigh in on Nanakuli contraflow lane at lively town hall meeting

Nanakuli 5th Lane Study Being Conducted by DOT

The State Department of Transportation (DOT) is conducting a study which focuses on the possibility of adding a 5th lane to ease to Nanakuli bottleneck.  Here is a link to the Request for Proposal for the study:

Lane Closures 2016: Friday Sep. 9 to Sunday Sep. 11

For the latest DOT announcements on lane closures for Sep. 9-11, click here.

Grants for Small Research Companies Developing Federal Applications – Deadline 9/26/16

HONOLULU 9/2/16 – Small research companies wishing to spur the development of innovative scientific and engineering technologies for federal applications are encouraged to apply for a matching grant from the High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC).

HTDC’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants are available to companies working on projects that have the potential for commercialization.

The deadline to apply is Sept. 26 at 4 p.m.

Matching grant funds are tiered as follows:

  • Phase 0 (up to $3,000) – Covers the grant writing process
  • Phase 1 (up to $70,000) – Funds a feasibility study of the project
  • Phase 2 (up to $500,000) – Funds a working prototype
  • Phase 3 (up to $500,000) — Commercialization of the project

“SBIR grants are an excellent way for innovative companies to jump start their projects,” said Robbie Melton, Executive Director and CEO of HTDC. “Today’s business landscape is highly competitive, and companies that can quicken the pace of development for projects have a great advantage in bringing their work to fruition.”  Continue reading

Parents Urged to Complete Federal Impact Aid Survey Card Beginning 9/7/16

Parents urged to complete federal Impact Aid survey card, funding benefits all public schools statewide

HONOLULU 9/2/16 – The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) will be sending a U.S. Department of Education Federal Survey Card home with Hawaii’s public school students for parents to complete beginning Wednesday, September 7, 2016.

Completed Impact Aid Program survey cards allow HIDOE to qualify for a partial reimbursement for educating federally connected students, such as children whose parents work or live on federal property. The program was created to assist school districts that lose tax revenues (e.g. income, sales and property taxes) due to a federal presence. Received funds go to all local school districts, just like local property taxes, and can be used to hire teachers, purchase textbooks and computers, pay for utilities and more. Parents are strongly urged to complete the surveys and return them to their schools as soon as possible.

“Impact Aid funds are extremely important to support all our public schools statewide and help to improve quality education for our students,” said Kathryn Matayoshi, HIDOE Superintendent. “During the 2015-16 school year, the state accounted for 27,660 federally connected students and received more than $40 million in Impact Aid funding. We ask all parents for their cooperation to complete these important surveys.”

Completed survey forms will benefit students at all public schools statewide. Federal reimbursements help to offset such costs as student transportation, school utilities, substitute teachers, portable classrooms and many others necessities.

Without these federal funds, the Hawaii public school system would have $40 million to $50 million less per year to operate with and would need to reduce support for all schools to pay all its expenses.

Every public school has a 100-percent return rate goal and asks that parents complete and return the federal survey next week. Please visit our Impact Aid Program webpage for more information and common questions.