• Kaiser High School football coach Martinez resigns: Arrest made

    BREAKING: September 30, 2017

    Kaiser Coach Arnold Martinez resigns amidst conflict and parent confrontation.  Excerpts from his statement:

    In late June of 2016 I was hired as the Head Football Coach for Henry J. Kaiser High School. Our program philosophy was to build a long-term sustainable program that treats athletics as an extension of the classroom and overall educational experience of our students. We believed in teaching our players to be great people, students, and athletes, in that order. We believed that winning in the interscholastic athletic arena begins with winning at home, in the community, on campus, in the classroom, in the locker room, in team meetings and at practices. We believed that giving your best in the classroom, being a good teammate, being on time, attending practices, earning a roster spot, earning playing time, wearing the team uniform and being coachable is normal procedure for all teams at all levels. We believed in a football culture of quality, hard work, and standards, where character is the foundation of success.

    Due to a series of events throughout the season there were extreme concerns for student, parent and staff safety. There were threats aimed at school staff, school administration and myself. These threats have reached my family, my personal property, and my home. I received a letter at my home threatening my family and me with physical harm. Because of this hostile environment I am formally resigning as Head Football Coach for Kaiser High School. Although I will miss our players, I must prioritize. The emotional, mental, and physical well being of my wife and children are my highest priority.

    Source: [HNN] [Letter of Resignation]

    September 30, 2017

    Kaiser parent arrested for terroristic threatening:

    The controversy led to an incident on September 19th in which a parent of a player, Gregory Illuminato Tartamella became violent with Kaiser staff. Tartamella was arrested Friday (Sept 29) on two counts of terroristic threatening and a count of assault 2 from events that evening.  Source: [KHON]

     

    September 22, 2017

    Video surfaces of parent / Head Football Coach Arnold Martinez confrontation at Kaiser High School [KITV]

     

    The History:

    [Star-Advertiser] September 19, 2017 4:43pm

    An altercation at the Kaiser football field requiring police attention led to the school’s decision to cancel the rest of the Cougars’ season.

    According to a source high up in the Kaiser administration, an argument between parents and head coach Arnold Martinez began after practice Monday.

    “The parents almost punched him and it got really ugly,” the source said. “The parents were irate and there was some pushing and shoving.”

    The source said the school has asked for a police presence of six to eight officers for the rest of the week, which concludes with the annual homecoming assembly Friday.

    [KHON2] September 19, 2017, 6:07 pm

    Officials also announced that the grand opening of the school’s new athletic facilities and renovated track and field will not take place as scheduled Wednesday “as an added safety precaution.”

    The department declined to comment further, or give us access to campus.

    We received several calls and emails from parents who are disappointed with the decision.

    [Hawaii News Now] September 19th 2017, 4:30 pm 

    In an email obtained by Hawaii News Now that was distributed internally to faculty and staff members, school administators said that the decision to cancel the remainder of the football season was "due to escalating threats against members of our faculty and staff."

    Multiple sources tell Hawaii News Now that there was a second, unspecified altercation involving a parent, but that the incident happened at head coach Arnold Martinez's home, not at the school.

    Court records obtained by Hawaii News Now show that Martinez filed for a temporary restraining order last week. It was not immediately clear whether the request for a restraining order was related to the incident.

  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 08/19/2017

    Aug 18 - Kaiser High School in Hawaii Kai has forfeited its first two football games due to a shrinking roster.  Hawaii Prep World highlights some of the issues affecting both the team and Hawaii high school football overall. [Hawaii Prep World

    Aug 18 -  Chef Eric Oto has lived, learned and worked his whole life on Oahu. This month he debuts in his new post as chef de cuisine for Hoku's, Kahala Hotel and Resort's signature restaurant. Oto, a graduate of the culinary program at Oahu's Leeward Community College, worked his way up at Halekulani, becoming sous chef at Orchids restaurant. He then moved on to Four Seasons Ko Olina, where he helped open the Ko Olina Fish House as the sous chef. [Travel Weekly]

    Aug 15 - Following community outcry, the Kahala Hotel has pulled its environmental impact assessment regarding expansion of its wedding venue to shoreline areas. [HNN]

    Aug 14 - Middle school charter SEEQS began instruction at their new location, shared with them via generous consent of Kaimuki High School.  [Civil Beat]

    Aug 14 - The derelict home in Kaimuki that caused concern among neighbors has now been replaced by a new two-story home and new owners.  Honolulu City Councilmember Ann Kobayashi spoke to KHON2 regarding the subsequent ordinance and lessons learned. [KHON2]

    Aug 13 - Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii posted surveillance images online over the weekend of a man they believe stole a drone from their Kaimuki home office. The organization said the apparent robbery took place on Monday Aug. 7 just after 7:30 p.m. [HNN]

    Aug 12 - The Medical Examiner identified the fisherman swept away from the shores near the Kahala Hotel as Matthew Mabida-Bridges, 30, of Honolulu. Mabida-Bridges and his companion were fishing Aug 11 when a large wave knocked them off their feet.  [Star-Advertiser]

    Aug 11 - The Honolulu Police Department (HPD) has been ramping up its patrol of parking lots in the Makapuu area following a rash of vehicle break-ins. [HNN]

  • Hawaii Kai Plant Exchange - moved to July 11 because of holiday

     

    Buck Caladium

     

    Although our plant exchange is normally held on the first Tuesday of the month, this year falls on July 4 and the farmer's market will be closed for the holiday.

    We'll be there on July 11, so please keep growing your plants and coming to our exchange.  This month I expect to be bringing shiso since the seedlings are ready for new homes.  I'll update this post with other plants that are coming, including Caladium that looks like this picture.

    Expected plants:

    AIRPLANT, Various
    ALOCASIA
    BASIL, Mini leaf, Container
    CALADIUM, Buck
    CHIVE, White flower
    CUCUMBER
    DRACAENA
    FERN, Kupukupu
    FERN, Maidenhair
    GREEN ONION
    JALAPENO
    KUKUI NUT
    LEMONGRASS
    MINT
    NAUPAKA
    OREGANO
    OYSTER PLANT
    PANDAN
    PAPALO
    POMELO, Golden
    POMELO, Pink
    SHISO
    SUCCULENTS, Various
    SURINAM CHERRY
    TIGER JAWS succulent
    YOMOGI (Mugwort)
  • Plant Exchange @ Kaiser H.S. - April 4, 2017

    Bring a plant, take a plant. It's an informal exchange for gardeners, landscapers and all plant lovers. Every first Tuesday, we host a plant exchange at the Kaiser High School farmer's market. This coming week we expect to start with:

    Walking Iris, Cosmos, Rosemary, Mint, Kale, Jalapeno, Pandan, Lipstick Palm, Citrus, Longan, Staghorn Fern, Kupukupu Fern, Twisted Sister: a Mother-in-law's Tongue variety), Aloe, Dracaena (Song of India), Air Plant varieties, Oregano, Garlic Chive, Succulents, Oyster Plant, Zinger Hibiscus, Red Dragonfruit, Alocasia and more.

    Any updates will be posted here at http://www.eastoahu96825.com/plants. List is, of course, subject to change based on what else is donated or exchanged. Come and see what's new.

  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 11/25/2016

    November 25 - Scuba diver found unconscious in waters off of Kahala Beach Hotel. (Star-Advertiser)

    November 23 - Firefighters extinguished a Hawaii Kai fire that started in a garage on Kaeleku Street.  No parties were reported injured and the fire that started around 4:50pm was put out in 15-minutes. [PressReader]

    November 23 - The lender for the developer of Kalama Hokupaa, a 14-home project near the Hawaii Kai Executive Golf Course in East Oahu, has filed a foreclosure lawsuit against the developer for not making timely payments on its $6.3 million loan. [PBN]

    November 23 - The State is investigating a chemical dump at the Aina Haina drainage canal.  The chemical waste has turned the water purple. [HNN]

    November 22 - The HPD sergeant involved in last week's bizzare SUV crash fronting Kaiser High School has asked for an independent investigation of the incident.  Following the crash, he was served a search warrant and a DNA swab was obtained.  The sergeant is a witness in the case against Police Chief Kealoha and his wife. [HNN]

    November 23 - HPD have arrested an Aiea man for impersonating a police officer in the Kaimuki area.  [Star-Advertiser]

    November 18 - Residents near Kaiser High School have been advised of its ongoing construction.  The track and field area is being improved and although steps are being taken to mitigate the effects, residents may experience an increase in windblown dust through August 2017, when the improvements are scheduled to be completed. [Hawaii DOE]

  • Plant Exchange and Sale - December 6, 2016, Hawaii Kai, Kaiser HS

    Friends of Kaiser High School PTSA runs a farmer's market every Tuesday from 4-7pm in the school parking lot.  The market has piping hot food from Olay's Thai food and true farmer's stand run by Kay and filled with in-season fruits and vegetables. Recently, the market added a local egg producer.

    Every first Tuesday, we also run a plant exchange as a community service. I'm bringing my plants to exchange them with you.  You bring yours, take one of mine or someone else's.  Don't have any plants to give?  Bring empty pots so they can be refilled for the next event.  Don't have those either?  Just take a plant and leave a voluntary donation to Kaiser's PTSA.  It's that easy.

     

    Questions?  Email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

     

     

  • My One-Year Foreign Language Test in Japanese

    I give myself a low B-

    Earlier, I had written about why I thought world language in high school was a questionable endeavor. To prove my point, I spent an entire year actively studying Japanese to see how far it would take me.  The "final exam" was a one-week trip to Tokyo to see if my studies allowed me to communicate effectively.

    I surmised that 30 minutes a day of study would give me reasonable proficiency to communicate.  Throughout the year, everywhere I went I took my app-loaded smartphone so I could steal a few free moments from each day to learn Japanese.  Our trip recently concluded and I'll give myself a B-. My traveling companions give me an A.  My son gives me an A.  Maybe that's all that counts to me.  For him, having seen the results of my studies gave him the proof he needed.  He's had to drop his "it's impossible" attitude when it comes to the subject.

    As for me, there is a little disappointment because 30 minutes a day just wasn't enough to be as proficient as I had hoped.  I thought I would be able to get through all 36 lessons on Japanese audio flashcards by year's end.  Instead I only got through 16 and I still feel as though I need to review the last five of those.  It helps that the Japanese people are so patient.  It also helps that they can empathize with me because English is a mandatory subject in Japan.

    Perhaps the point about empathy may be the strongest argument for learning a foreign language.  With teens, however, I doubt it has much impact.  Growing up, I recall being somewhat xenophobic and making fun of foreigners' English.  I never really drew the connection between that and the fact that I struggled through both French and Japanese as a high schooler.  Maybe as educators, we need to press the point more.

    Getting around Japan

    For what it's worth, I surprised myself.  On our arrival, we got lost.  I was able to stop in at a 7-11 convenience store and ask for directions.  Importantly, I was able to understand those directions.  With a combination of that information and Google Maps, we found our ryokan (Japanese-style inn).

    On the second day, I didn't use as much Japanese as I would on the rest of our trip.  Instead, we eased our way into the Country by meeting up with a American friend living in Tokyo.  Still, that morning I did use some Japanese at the restaurant we had breakfast at beforehand, and I did use it to read signs.  As it turns out, learning both hiragana and katakana is a tremendous help in Tokyo.  I'd say that a great number, perhaps even a majority, of signs can be figured out using just kana (character-style writing).  Additionally, the transit systems all include the use of hiragana and katakana in addition to traditional kanji.  These days, they often provide English translations as well, but some of the station signs remain in Japanese only.

    By the third day, I was much more comfortable speaking Japanese.  Words came out without the usual hesitation.  On this, I definitely credit the free audioflash card series.  Honestly, I can't say enough about Roger Lake's amazing learning tool.  Throughout the day, I would use Japanese to communicate with others.  For instance, at dinner, I was able to ask what certain sushi items were, and I was able to request other items not visible on the menu.  It was the first time I had tried tsubugai (whelk) and it was certainly useful to know what it was I just ate (especially because it was incredibly delicious).

    On the fourth day, I had a much better idea of what I was and was not capable of communicating.  I used my new skills at the Midori Madoguchi (train service center) to ask, in Japanese, for directions to their foreigners' service center.  I needed to request reserved seats on a limited express train to Matsumoto, a train station several hours outside of Tokyo. I preferred to do it in English to be sure I got it right.  The next day, however, I would use Japanese to figure out how to get back after having missed our train back from Matsumoto to Tokyo. 

    On the sixth day, I was tired of following my husband and son to their favorite restaurant.  I can't say my son is a prodigy when it comes to foreign language, but he is a smartphone prodigy: he quickly figured out how to use Pokemon Go to get to his preferred food choice.  That day, my daughter and I ate across the street at a restaurant where not only was the menu in Japanese, there were no pictures accompanying it.  Still, we were able to order soba and I was also able to ask one of the patrons what his meal was called.  As it turns out, "asa soba" is a morning special.  You get one of four choices of soba dishes for the amazing price of ¥330, or approximately $3.  I'm not sure if was the actual meal that tasted so wonderful, or the sweet taste of victory.

    asa sobasoba storefront

    You must have a natural gift for language

    I've uttered these words before to others.  Now, I'm mildly insulted by them.  Still, those that say "You must have a natural gift for language," are people who just don't fully understand the dynamics behind learning a new language.  You don't just wake up one day and know words.  You need to be exposed to them in context over and over again before they make sense.

    Instead of being hurt however, I see these conversations as an opening to convince people that if you really want something bad enough, you will figure out a way to get to it.  I also reflect that we live in an amazing world where our phones can be everything from toys to tools.

    It helps to have had others blaze the path before.  Perhaps most inspiring for me was my son's former Japanese teacher at Niu Valley.  She learned Japanese in college by constantly exposing herself to every opportunity for listening and speaking.  My son's current instructor is also a second language learner and inspiring to him.  There have been a few others too: friends who learned after several less successful attempts before.

    Still, the majority of people I speak to are those who took the usual Japanese language school curriculum: the afterschool program every hopeful nisei parent enrolls his child in.  These same students are the ones who go on to take high-school Japanese, get an easy A, but are no closer to speaking and communicating than before.  That in itself serves as a "lesson" for those that are reluctant to apply themselves to begin with.  Firstly they don't get that opportunity at an easy A because of those that have more background, and secondly because it doesn't seem to have amounted to much anyway.

    Ambivalence plus a word to International Baccalaurate coordinators

     I'm still on the fence over whether foreign language should be a high school subject.  In a world where there is so much to new to learn, does it make sense to spend time on a subject many will never use even if taught at a level where it can be used?

    The International Baccalaureate (IB) program prides itself on world scope.  World language is a requirement.  Might I suggest that the IB school year be divided differently?  Perhaps 5/6 of the school year can be dedicated to traditional teaching with 1/6 of the year dedicated to language immersion.  Surely that would be more beneficial to the goal.  Further, perhaps only one language -- the foreign language most prevalent in the area -- ought to be taught.

    Logistically, such a proposal is a nightmare.  Where would you get instructors for the language portion of the year?  What about the regular curriculum instructors?  Should they also be required to interact in the world language unit?  Yet, in the grand scheme of things, 1/6 of the Hawaii public school year dedicated to foreign language immersion amounts to the same amount of time I spent last year learning rudimentary Japanese.  In week terms, 1/6 of the school year in Hawaii is only slightly more than four weeks.

    What now?

    Returning to the subject of my own learning, where do I go from here?  Do I continue my studies or do I end them?

     I have at least a few opportunities to use Japanese in Hawaii.  My own mother who gave up on me learning Japanese many years ago, has been helping out lately by speaking to me in Japanese.  It is grossly inefficient, but I'm glad she's willing to do it.  A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to join in on the conversation between my mother and my uncle and aunty.  They were surprised, to say the least.  Yet, sometimes I feel as though it's the equivalent of David Letterman's stupid people tricks: nifty but not necessary.

    Ultimately, I think I will continue on with my Japanese language studies.  It's a great mind exercise, not unlike crossword puzzles, which some would also argue serve no purpose.  Perhaps I may -- not this year, but next -- attempt the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) for no other reason than the famous mountaineer credo, "because it's there."

  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 9/22/2016

    September 22, 2016 - Pacific Business News reports that Henry Kapono's Portlock home is on the market for 1.9 million dollars. [PBN]

    September 22, 2016 - Aloha Petroleum will operate a new Hawaii Kai gas station to be located at the site of the current Tesoro on Keahole Street.  Permits have been filed to demolish and rebuild. [PBN]

    September 21, 2016 - 30-year-old Zachary Felipe of Manoa was pulled from the water at China Walls near Portlock.  He was pronounced dead by EMS. [KITV]

    September 21, 2016 - The Honolulu Star-Advertiser highlights reknown surf photographer Mike Prickett and his courage in persevering after paralysis.  Prickett saved a surfer but suffered the bends and lost use of his legs.  Prickett, 51, is a Kaiser High School graduate who landed his first photography job at the age of 15. [Star-Advertiser - library card required]

    September 20, 2016 - Prominent Hawaii musician Ernie Cruz, Jr., of the Ka‘au Crater Boys, died after being found unresponsive at Sandy Beach. [Star-Advertiser]

    September 20, 2016 - Following car break-ins at Manoa, Noelani, Wilson, Aina Haina and Waialae elementary schools this month, the Hawaii Department of Education issued a press alert.  The break-ins occurred during afterschool hours. In each case, vehicle windows were broken and small items taken, including purses, bags, cellphones and laptops. [Hawaii DOE]

    September 19, 2016 - Niu Valley Middle School registar's office reports problems with transitioning to the new statewide system.  The school requests patience as the issues are remedied. [Niu Valley Middle School]

    September 19, 2016 - National-chain Jersey Mike's Subs is scheduled to open in the Hawaii Kai Towne Center in early 2017.  It will occupy the space formerly leased to GameStop. [PBN]

  • East Oahu Public School Enrollment 2016-2017 School Year

    Enrollment counts for 2016-2017 were just released at Hawaii DOE:

     

    NET CHANGE, ANNUAL, OFFICIAL ENROLLMENT COUNT SY 16-17
    Regular Education Special Education Grand Pre-K
    School Total Total Total Sped RegEd
    100 AINA HAINA -16 5 -11 -5 0
    108 HAHAIONE -19 -1 -20 3 0
    114 KAHALA -5 1 -4 -1 0
    116 KAIMUKI MID -8 4 -4 0 0
    154 KAISER HI -6 -4 -10 0 0
    119 KALANI HI 26 14 40 0 0
    155 KAMILOIKI 7 6 13 1 0
    127 KOKO HEAD -1 -4 -5 0 0
    139 NIU VALLEY MID -3 11 8 0 0
    153 WILSON -25 2 -23 -2 0
    OFFICIAL ENROLLMENT COUNT SY 16-17
    Regular Education Special Education Grand Pre-K
    School Total Total Total Sped RegEd
    100 AINA HAINA 447 41 488 4 0
    108 HAHAIONE 515 24 539 9 0
    114 KAHALA 336 25 361 10 0
    116 KAIMUKI MID 919 85 1004 0 0
    154 KAISER HI 1049 85 1134 0 0
    119 KALANI HI 1217 154 1371 0 0
    155 KAMILOIKI 368 42 410 8 0
    127 KOKO HEAD 277 29 306 4 0
    139 NIU VALLEY MID 827 89 916 0 0
    153 WILSON 522 35 557 7 0
    OFFICIAL ENROLLMENT COUNT SY 15-16
    Regular Education Special Education Grand Pre-K
    School Total Total Total Sped RegEd
    100 AINA HAINA 463 36 499 9 0
    108 HAHAIONE 534 25 559 6 0
    114 KAHALA 341 24 365 11 0
    116 KAIMUKI MID 927 81 1008 0 0
    154 KAISER HI 1055 89 1144 0 0
    119 KALANI HI 1191 140 1331 0 0
    155 KAMILOIKI 361 36 397 7 0
    127 KOKO HEAD 278 33 311 4 0
    139 NIU VALLEY MID 830 78 908 0 0
    153 WILSON 547 33 580 9 0

     

    Mirroring the rest of the state, East Oahu public education counts generally held steady with no large changes noted.  The only possible outliers would be Kalani, where special education enrollment increased by nine percent, and Niu Valley, where special education enrollment increased by 14 percent.  I've extracted East Oahu data from two years of spreadsheets and posted it [here], if you're interested in more detail by grade level. 

     

     

     

  • Kaiser High School New Temporary Website

    Henry J. Kaiser High School continues to work on its website.  Meanwhile, users are asked to use 

    http://www.kaiserhighschoolhawaii.org/

    for the latest information.

  • Kaiser High School, It's Academic Champions 2016, Season 5

    Kaiser High School defeated Radford and Punahou High Schools for the KFIVE "It's Academic" championship. The championship episode repeats again on Saturday, so set your DVRs to record.  Congratulations to contestants Bobbi Bevacqua, Ryan Chafee and Sophie Bender.

  • Just Announced: ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Town Hall at Kalani High School

     ESSA TOWN HALL MEETING - August 10  6:00 pm to 8:00 pm @ KALANI HIGH SCHOOL

    Please register at the link below. Here is your opportunity to have an impact on YOUR public school system.  Through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), feedback and attendance is essential.

     https://www.eventbrite.com/e/every-student-succeeds-act-essa-town-hall-meeting-tickets-26597822804

     

    ESSA FAQS - Hawaii Dept of Education

  • Learning Japanese in Hawaii: what is working

    Niu Valley Middle School has a world language core requirement, either Mandarin Chinese or Japanese.  Once that language is selected, if your child goes on to Kaiser, they must continue in that language unless that language is spoken regularly outside of school.  It's all part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum the two schools are a part of.

    It drives me crazy to no end because one of my children has absolutely no interest in learning Japanese: it's just a "dumb" requirement that he struggles with and doesn't excel in naturally.

    Short story: I'm determined to show that it can be done with just a minimal commitment.

    As part of my learning plan, I committed 30 minutes a day to some form of learning Japanese.  I use the term "committed" loosely because I'm willing to give myself credit for nearly anything involving Japanese language.  That includes things like quizzing myself on my phone while standing in line at the supermarket or passively listening to language tapes in the car.

    So far, I'm doing better than I expected.  Here's what has been the most effective for me:

  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 6/24/2016

    June 22, 2016 Homeless encampments growing in Hawaii Kai

    "It went from like 3 people to 40 people"

    The [Hawaii Kai Marina Community Association]'s tactic of clearing [land on the marina behind the dog park] worked, as the population dispersed, but only temporarily.  Now, just feet away is a complex of elaborate dwellings on city owned land. . .[Director of Facilities Maintenance] Ross Sassamura says the city has removed property from the site.  While clearing out the brush is an option, Sassamura says there are currently no plans to do so.  He also notes that any action taken by the City has to be in response to a complaint. [Hawaii News Now]

    June 22, 2016 Kaiser HS announces new temporary website: http://www.kaiserhighschoolhawaii.org/

    June 22, 2016 Kaiser HS announces new varsity football coach, Arnold Martinez

    June 22, 2016 Kaiser HS one of just 15 schools represented at the national Junior Achievement conference in Washington DC. JA team 8finity is a team from the 2015-2016 fall semester that sold the phone powered mini fans. 

    June 20, 2016 Kaiser HS 2015 valedictorian dies while hiking Manoa Falls

    A hiking accident at one of Oahu's most popular trails has claimed the life of Kaiser High School's 2015 top valedictorian.  19-year-old Kristi Takanishi died Friday, two days after the tragic fall at Manoa Falls. [Hawaii News Now]

    June 20, 2016 Photo slideshow: Koko Head Shooting Complex hosts 23rd annual Shooting Sports Fair.   [Civil Beat]

    June 19, 2016 KHON features video on 43rd annual Hawaii Kai Lions' Father's Day pancake breakfast. [KHON]

    June 17, 2016 A veteran firefighter has died following a rough water training accident off Diamond Head.  The Honolulu Fire Department says 63-year-old Clifford Rigsbee died on June 16th. 

    June 17, 2016 New Avalon apartment complex at 7000 Hawaii Kai Drive holds open house.  

    Hawaii News Now provides an inside look at the apartments in its photo slideshow. [Hawaii News Now]

     

  • Plant Exchange and Sale - July 5, Hawaii Kai, Kaiser HS

    Friends of Kaiser High School PTSA runs a farmer's market every Tuesday from 4-7pm in the school parking lot.  It has piping hot food from Olay's Thai food and true farmer's stand run by Kay and filled with in-season fruits and vegetables. Recently, the market added a local rice producer who imports high-quality grain from Hokkaido and processes it here on Oahu less than 24 hours before sale.

    In addition to the market's regular customers, I'd like to see more of you so we can get the momentum this market truly deserves.  On July 5, I'm bringing my plants to exchange them with you.  You bring yours, take one of mine or someone else's.  Don't have any plants to give?  Bring empty pots so they can be refilled for the next event.  Don't have those either?  Just take a plant and leave a voluntary donation to Kaiser's PTSA.  It's that easy.

    To start with, I know I can provide:

    I don't really have a green thumb, but I know these grow in Hawaii, and I know they grow well in my Hawaii Kai backyard.  In order, they are: Cholesterol spinach (edible), Creeping thyme (edible), Kupukupu fern (decorative), Mint (edible), Watermelon radish [seeds only] (edible) and Yomogi, aka mugwort (edible).

    I'll probably have another half dozen or so different plants to offer, so come by and check out the booth.  If it goes well, we'll do it again the first Tuesday of the next month too.  Questions?  Email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

     

     

  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 6/10/2016

    June 9, 2016 Downed power line cuts electricity from Kaimuki through Aina Haina during evening rush hour. [KHON]

    June 6, 2016 Duc Ong, a physics teacher at Kaiser High in Hawaii Kai, is among the 24 teachers selected to attend Data Camp in Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois. Data Camp is designed to be an introductory workshop for both new and veteran teachers of physics and physical science to learn about particle physics and high energy physics. [UH Manoa]  

    June 5, 2016 Police arrest three after an armed fight at Sandy Beach. [Hawaii News Now]

    June 4, 2016 Niu Valley finally gets its playground [KHON2 Video on YouTube]

    June 4, 2016 Hiker Airlifted from Makapuu Tidepools [Star-Advertiser]

    June 3, 2016 Hawea heiau and Keawawa wetland are targets of attempted theft [Hawaii News Now]

    June 2, 2016 When Hawaii Kai resident Hunter Long drops in at the X-Games in Austin this weekend, she won't only become the first female skateboarder from Hawaii to ever do so, she will be the contest's first skater from Hawaii, period. [Hawaii News Now

    May 31, 2016 Hawaii-based hamburger chain Teddy’s Bigger Burgers will part with its 1950s-inspired diner design and switch its name to Teddy’s Steak Burgers, owners confirmed with PBN this week. [PBN]

    The chefs from Kale's Deli, formerly at Hawaii Kai Shopping Center, are now cooking for Juicy Brew in Hale Pawaa (1401 S. Beretania) and Kaimuki (Waialae and 8th). The menu is mostly Vegan and they are highlighting local ingredients. [Facebook

  • 2016 Kaiser Graduation - Parking, Accommodation and Traffic Alert

    Kaiser High School's class of 2016 will be graduating this Friday, May 20, 2016.  Ceremonies take place on campus.  Here is additional information pertaining to parking and accommodation for the disabled.

    Graduation Parking
    • Parking is available on Tiers 2,3,4 and grass lot.
    • Reserved and Handicapped parking available on Tier 1,
    • AFJROTC will assist guests with parking

    Accommodations for the Disabled:
    • Please contact Vice Principal Dana Takahara-Dias at 394-1200 (2226) 

    Post Graduation Ceremony Traffic Plan:
    • HPD will contra flow all lanes exiting Kaiser High School to make a left turn only on Lunalilo Home Road from 7:30 pm to 8:30pm
    Traffic Plan Map:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzRPZR3Lk_QLTVFtdm1Yd2xOUE0/view?usp=sharing

    Helpful Graduation Info
    Friday, May 20, 2016

    Map of Campus - http://www.kaiser.k12.hi.us/downloads/dlroot/General_Files/Map_of_Campus.pdf (ceremony is held at the Cougar Stadium)

    Graduation Night - Graduation Ceremony Begins at 6:30 PM
    Ceremony ends at approximately 7:30 PM.

    What to Bring for Comfort
    You'll be sitting in the sun, so a hat, sunscreen, cool clothing, sunglasses are all good ideas.

    Refreshments
    Kaiser's Project Graduation 2017 will be selling snacks and water

    Where Are the Graduates After the Ceremony?
    The graduates will leave their stand in the field and move to the edges of the stadium field where "Last Name" letters are posted.  They will have some family time before they are asked to check in for Project Graduation.

  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 5/13/2016

     

    5/10/2016 - Hawaii Kai Park and Ride slated for City feral chicken control measures [Hawaii News Now

    5/9/2016 - Hawaii public schools struggle to provide athletes with top-rated helmets  KHON interviewed Former Kaiser Coach Rich Miano. "Everything they [the private schools] have is so beautiful, and here I am at a public high school, Kaiser High School, and we look like the Bad News Bears. They look like the New York Giants,” Miano said. [KHON]  Article also contains link to public high schools and their equipment inventory.

    5/8/2016 - Kaiser High School wins KFive "It's Academic" quiz show over competitors Hawaii Baptist Academy and Iolani School. [Watch]

    5/6/2016 -  Avalon's 7000 Hawaii Kai Drive project nears completion [PBN]

  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 4/29/2016

    4/27/2016 Kaiser Football standout Michael Eletise, former Kaiser Coach Rich Miano and other Hawaii football athletes speak out against the NCAA's proposed ban on satellite football camps; urge public to petition against its acceptance. [Hawaii News Now]

    4/27/2016 Honolulu City and County Budget Proposals pertaining to East Oahu for Fiscal Year 2016-2017

    • Amendments:
      •  AINA HAINA NATURE PRESERVE EXPANSION, WAILUPE $4,056,000
        • Provision of funds for the acquisition of land and miscellaneous costs for the Aina Haina Nature Preserve Expansion, Wailupe (TMK: 3-6-024:001), as recommended by the Clean Water and Natural Lands Commission in Council Communication 49 (2014) for purposes consistent with the Revised Ordinances of Honolulu, Chapter 6, Article 62. No moneys for this project shall be expended or encumbered if the moneys appropriated for this project in the Executive Capital Budget for fiscal year 2015 (Ordinance 14-19) have been expended or encumbered. 
      • Kanewai Spring, Kuliouou $1,000,000
        Provision of funds for the acquisition of land and other miscellaneous costs for the preservation of Kanewai Spring, Kuliouou as recommended by the Clean Water and Natural Lands Commission in Council Communication 293 (2015) for purposes consistent with the Revised Ordinances of Honolulu, Chapter 6, Article 62. 
      • HANAUMA BAY NATURE PRESERVE $1,200,000
        • Plan, design, construct, inspect and provide related equipment for park improvements. 

    4/20/2016 Body found near Hawaii Kai Townhouses may be that of missing person  [KITV]

     

  • Graduation Dates 2016 - Hawaii Department of Education

    Just released [Hawaii Department of Education] April 18, 2016

    SCHOOL DATE TIME VENUE CHARTER
    Aiea Sun., May 22 6:00 PM Aloha Stadium  
    Anuenue Sat., May 21 10:30 AM School Campus  
    Baldwin Fri., May 20 6:00 PM War Memorial Stadium  
    Campbell Sat., May 14 5:00 PM Aloha Stadium  
    Castle Sat., May 21 5:30 PM School Athletic Field  
    Connections Sat., May 28 6:00 PM Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium Charter
    Education Laboratory Fri., May 20 5:30 PM Andrews Outdoor Theatre - UH at Manoa Charter
    Farrington Sat., May 21 4:00 PM School Amphitheater  
    Hakipuu Learning Center Sat., May 28 5:30 PM Paliku Theatre, WCC Charter
    Halau Ku Mana Sat., May 21 9:00 AM School Campus Charter
    Hana Sat., May 21 3:30 PM School Field  
    Hawaii Academy of Arts & Science Fri., May 20 4:00 PM HAAS PavilionSchool Campus Charter
    Hawaii School for the Deaf & the Blind Wed., May 25 5:30 PM School Campus  
    Hawaii Technology Academy Tues., May 24 5:00 PM Hawaii Okinawa Center, Legacy Ballroom Charter
    Hilo Fri., May 20 6:00 PM Edith Kanakaole Stadium  
    Honokaa Sat., May 21 10:00 AM The Armory/Gymnasium  
    Kahuku Thurs., May 19 6:00 PM BYUH Cannon Center  
    Kailua Sat., May 21 6:00 PM School Football Field on Campus  
    Kaimuki Sat., May 21 5:00 PM Waikiki Shell  
    Kaiser Fri., May 20 6:30 PM School Field  
    Kalaheo Thurs., May 26 6:30 PM Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall  
    Kalani Tues., May 24 6:30 PM Neal S. Blaisdell Arena  
    Kamaile Academy Thurs., May 19 5:30 PM Kamaile Field/School Campus Charter
    Kanu o ka 'Aina Fri., May 27 10:00 AM Mana Christian Ohana Hall Charter
    Kapaa Fri., May 20 6:30 PM Kapaa New Town Ball Park  
    Kapolei Fri., May 20 6:00 PM School Stadium  
    Kau Fri., May 20 5:00 PM School Gymnasium  
    Kauai Fri., May 20 6:00 PM Vidinha Stadium  
    Kawaikini Sat., May 28 11:00 AM School Campus Charter
    Ke Ana La'ahana Sun., May 29 10:00 PM Kawananakoa Gymnasium Charter
    Ke Kula o Ehunuikaimalino Fri., May 20 12:00 PM Minoru Inaba Baseball Field  
    Ke Kula o Samuel M. Kamakau Sat., May 21 12:00 PM School Campus Charter
    Ke Kula Niihau O Kekaha Tues., May 24 9:00 AM Hawaiian Church in Waimea Charter
    Keaau Fri., May 20 4:30 PM School Stadium  
    Kealakehe Sat., May 21 6:00 PM Kealakehe High School Football Field  
    Kihei Fri., May 27 5:00 PM Maui Nui Golf Club Charter
    King Kekaulike Thurs., May 19 6:00 PM School Stadium  
    Kohala Sat., May 21 3:00 PM Kamehameha Park - Hisaoka Gymnasium  
    Konawaena Sat., May 21 9:00 AM Julian Yates Athletic Field  
    Kua o ka La Fri., May 20 9:00 AM School Campus Charter
    Kula Aupuni Niihau A Kahelelani Aloha Fri., May 13 9.00 AM School Campus Charter
    Lahainaluna Sun., May 22 6:30 PM Sue D. Cooley Stadium  
    Lanai Sat., May 21 2:00 PM School Gymnasium  
    Laupahoehoe Fri., May 20 6:00 PM School Gymnasium Charter
    Leilehua Fri., May 20 6:00 PM School Stadium  
    Maui Sat., May 21 5:00 PM War Memorial Stadium  
    McKinley Sun., May 22 5:00 PM School Campus  
    Mililani Sun., May 15 5:00 PM Aloha Stadium  
    Moanalua Fri., May 20 5:30 PM School Stadium  
    Molokai Sat., May 21 4:00 PM School Gymnasium  
    Myron B. Thompson Academy Fri., May 27 5:30 PM Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall Charter
    Nanakuli Sat., May 21 5:00 PM School Stadium  
    Olomana Tues., May 24 10:30 AM School Campus (HYCF)  
    Pahoa Sun., May 22 5:30 PM Civic Auditorium (Hilo)  
    Pearl City Sat., May 21 5:00 PM Aloha Stadium  
    Radford Fri., May 20 6:00 PM Aloha Stadium  
    Roosevelt Sat., May 21 6:30 PM School Stadium  
    Waiakea Sat., May 21 6:00 PM Edith Kanakaole Stadium  
    Waialua Sat., May 21 5:30 PM School Athletic Field  
    Waianae Fri., May 20 6:00 PM WHS Raymond Torii Field  
    Waimea Fri., May 20 6:30 PM School Front Lawn  
    Waipahu Thurs., May 19 6:00 PM Neal S. Blaisdell Arena  
    West Hawaii Explorations Academy Fri., May 20 5:00 PM School Campus

    Charter