Reducing Risk and Enhancing Sustainability for Oahu Farms Workshop: 2/3/17

The following invitation is being shared on behalf of O’ahu RC&D:


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Reducing Risk and Enhancing Sustainability for O’ahu Farms Workshop

February 3, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Kahumana Organic Farm & Cafe

Attend this FREE workshop by AgriLogic in partnership with O’ahu RC&D to learn how to protect your farm assets, including topics of record keeping, crop insurance, conservation planning, and funding opportunities to protect your natural resources and farming business.

Click here to register!


The Senate
State Capitol
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96813

NEWS RELEASE – For immediate release
February 1, 2017

Senate Media Contact:  Jill Kuramoto               808-586-6261


HONOLULU, Hawai‘i – The Hawai‘i State Senate this week will begin posting the hearing notices for two standing committees in both the English and Hawaiian language as part of the Senate’s continuing initiative recognizing the state’s official languages.

The Senate Committee on Water and Land (WTL), chaired by Senator Karl Rhoads (Dist.13 – Dowsett Highlands, Pu‘unui, Nu‘uanu, Pacific Heights, Pauoa, Punchbowl, Palama, Liliha, Iwilei, Chinatown, and Downtown) and the Committee on Hawaiian Affairs (HWN), chaired by Senator Maile Shimabukuro (Dist. 21 – Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko ‘Olina, Nanakuli, Ma‘ili, Wai‘anae, Makaha, Makua) are the piloting the initiative to have the hearing notices posted in both languages.

“Through our legislative materials, this project reflects the responsibility and role of the Senate in showing respect for our host culture,” said Senate President Ronald D. Kouchi. “It makes sense these two important committees would be the first to expand on our Hawaiian language initiative.”

The Senate Order of the Day has been posted in dual languages along with the usage of Hawaiian diacritical markings in its public records since the Senate initiative on Hawaiian language was instituted in 2015.

“Government operations were conducted in the Hawaiian language up to the 1920’s so we have an entire lexicon that is the basis for all of our laws today,” said Senate Majority Leader J. Kalani English. “This initiative proudly reflects the language revitalization in Hawai‘i.”

To view all current committee hearing notices in the 2017 Legislative Session , visit

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Waianae Internet Cafe

The following message is from Curtis J. Kropar, Executive Director of Hawaiian Hope Org:

Just a reminder about our Internet Cafe in Waianae!  Some of the services offered :

  • Printing — B&W 10 cents a page,   Color – 50 cents a page
  • Internet Access — $1 an hour
  • Send and receive faxes nation wide – 50 cents a page!
  • Scan documents — 50 cents a page
  • Photo Copies — B&W 10 cents a page,   Color – 50 cents a page
  • Meet with clients if you need to
  • Room Rentals for meetings
  • Overhead Projector and Sound System
If you have clients that need to get online for something, do job applications, check email, send you documents, etc, we can help.
87-132 Farrington Highway (Mā’ili)
Open 8 Am to 4 PM MondayFriday
Between Mā’ili Deli and Rapoza Auto Repair
Have a computer you are no longer using? Don’t Recycle(Scrap) It! Donate it.
Recycled” computers, even working ones, are melted down for scrap metal!  Donate your computer to us and we can refurbish it and get it to someone in need, just as we have done for over 900 computers so far.  See our website for more details:

HNN 01/30/17: Leeward Oahu Contraflow Sticking Around Longer than Expected

From Hawai’i News Now:

Leeward Oahu contraflow sticking around longer than expected

Monday, January 30th 2017, 7:08 pm HST
By Lisa Kubota, Anchor / Reporter
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WAIANAE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) –

Delays in the Farrington Highway widening project mean an afternoon contraflow lane that’s snarled traffic for east-bound commuters — but improved it for those heading west — could be around until the end of the year.

The news is a concern for some West Oahu teachers, who say the contraflow has cut into their after-school tutoring.

Since many teachers at Waianae High School and other area schools don’t live in the area, they rush to leave campus before the contraflow begins at 3:30 p.m. in order to avoid the traffic.

“Everybody is bailing after school to get out there before it goes out,” said math teacher Aaron Day. “In fact, it has actually created a rush before the contraflow starts so things are even backed up early.”

The 1.5-mile Farrington Highway afternoon contraflow lane was launched last fall and has improved traffic heading into Waianae.

But it’s a different situation for east-bound drivers.

Some of the teachers say they’ve tried to readjust their schedules, but others are no longer able to offer extra tutoring after school to students who need help.

“I offer morning tutoring, but not all of the students can take advantage of it because a lot of them do catch the school bus in,” said Amber Riel, a 10th grade math teacher at Waianae High School. “If we were able to offer tutoring to our normal students every day after school then they wouldn’t be falling behind in their classes.”

The contraflow pilot project was supposed to wrap up in July, once the construction of a dedicated fifth lane along the highway was finished.

But the state Department of Transportation says crews have encountered slowdowns and now aren’t expected to be finished with the work until the end of the year.

“We’ve improved the time by 15 minutes westbound. We’ve impacted people 20 minutes eastbound. The thing is, we have three times the travelers going westbound than we do eastbound so overall the system, it’s a big improvement,” said DOT deputy director Ed Sniffen.

Some community leaders hope that DOT officials will consider other options for the fifth lane.

“It’ll definitely be used for turn lanes, mostly east-bound turn lanes in the morning, but the possibility is there to use it also for contraflow because it runs almost along the same exact path as the current contraflow,” said state Sen. Maile Shimabukuro (D, Nanakuli, Waianae, Makua).

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OHA loans support Native Hawaiian owned business

Issued by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs:

OHA representatives and partners congratulate Michael Ching (center) on receiving an OHA business loan worth half a million dollars.

OHA issues $500,000 loan to support Native Hawaiian owned business

HONOLULU (Dec. 29, 2016) – Before 2016 comes to a close, the OHA Native Hawaiian Revolving Loan Fund Program finalized a Hua Kanu business loan that provides $500,000 to Native Hawaiian business owner Michael Ching to expand his business, Hawaii Gourmet Cookies. This is the largest business loan that OHA has disbursed this year to support Native Hawaiian entrepreneurs. A signing ceremony was held at First Foundation, OHA’s financial lending partner, at it’s offices in Restaurant Row in Kakaʻako.

Ching says he will use the loan to improve business efficiency and update machinery used to bake his popular products lines such as Island Lava cookie brittle available in lilikoi, coconut, chocolate and coffee flavors. Funds will also be used to build up his product inventory and market his products to new vendors.

Ching’s advice to other entrepreneurs: “You better love what you are doing. The love better not be making money… instead it is the fulfillment you get seeing your work accomplish something and seeing your work matter. That ought to be your driving force.”

Through low-interest business loans from OHA, Ching has gotten access to capital that will allow him to take his products, like Island Lava cookies, from three stores (CostCo, Sam’s Club, and NEX) to over 500 stores in 2017.

“I have a great sense of fulfillment when I am able to assist a Native Hawaiian with a loan,” said OHA Native Hawaiian Revolving Loan Program Fund Manager Timmy Wailehua. “Just knowing that I’ve helped one Native Hawaiian in the community get closer to achieving their goals makes my life so much more complete.”

OHA’s Hua Kanu Business Loan offers highly-qualified business owners 7-year low-interest rate loans ranging from $200,000 to $1 million. Earlier this year, OHA issued a $236,000 business loan to Mahealani Strong to support the growth of her insurance brokerage company, I A Maui Associates.

OHA’s Hua Kanu and Mālama Loans tap into a federal funding stream available through the Administration for Native Americans and makes the federal funds available locally to Native Hawaiians to expand their businesses, improve their homes and pay for educational expenses.

Learn more about OHA loans at or call (808) 594-1924.