• 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

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  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 07/3/2015

    Weekly Friday news summary (July 03, 2015) for East Oahu and Hawaii Kai.  News sources are available through various entities on the web.  Links are posted.

    For full text of Star-Advertiser articles, access the database at the Hawaii State Library site and enter your library card number and PIN. 

    hiker airlifted from makapuu

    http://khon2.com/2015/06/27/injured-hiker-airlifted-from-above-makapuu-lighthouse-lookout/ 

    city to take action on neglected kaimuki home

    http://khon2.com/2015/06/24/city-to-take-action-over-neglected-kaimuki-home/

    kuliouou / Kalani IKI neighborhood board - june 2, 2015 minutes

     Minutes from the June 2, 2015 meetinghave been posted. Of note,a discussion with Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Chairperson Suzanne Case regarding management of Maunalua Bay Ocean Recreation Area: An excerpt reads:

    Implementation of Rules by the Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) without Public Input:  DOBAR issues statewide rules and issues commercial activity licenses, who launch out of state facilities. DOBOR is unable to enforce violations on boats launched from private harbor facilities. Public notice was posted. Commercial operators must have a registered and pay $200 monthly fees, liability insurance and ministerial is required. This does not change what the operator can or cannot do regulated or not.

    Zoning Rules: Zoning rules since the 1980’s Regulates commercial activities in the bay. However, the rules do not included surfing schools, kayaking and paddle boards, which did not exist at that time. It was noted that the population has increased and the 1980 rules maybe outdated.

    Amended Rules: There is an increase of bay activity, which gives DOBOR an opportunity to reopen the current process.

    Current Status of the Recreation Advisory Council (RAC) formation within the 10 Ocean Recreation Management Areas under DOBORA meeting was held on Monday, April 20, 2015 with some communit input. The current proposal adds one (1) seat to the council. The concept is that people in various use areas must be neutral. The goal is to have people who articulate a neutral stance, lesser use stance and be active community member.

    Case's update was followed by a question and answer session by audience members.  Minutes include comments calling for restrictions on commercial activity in Maunalua Bay.  The Board voted 11-0-1 for moratorium on unregulated commercial activities, surf schools and others in Maunalua Bay until the Recreation Advisory Council (RAC) is formed.

    Minutes from June's meeting were detailed.  Other items included the ongoing conversations over traffic, Paiko Lagoon access, and Board vacancies.  Updates were given by elected officials and their representatives. 

    kaiser hs band performs for lions international parade - june 27, 2015

    DLNR accepting nominations for maunalua bay recreation committee until july 8

    From the State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR): ATTENTION MAUNALUA BAY RESIDENTS: The nomination period for Maunalua Bay Recreation Advisory Committee (M-RAC) members begins today and will run from July 1, 2015 – July 8, 2015. Everyone already signed up to participate will be receiving emails allowing them to nominate M-RAC members. If you have not already signed up and would like to, you have until July 5, 2015 to sign up to nominate M-RAC members. To sign up and/or to receive more information on the M-RAC please go to: http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dobor/mrac/. Please note, you can sign up at any time to be placed on an email list for activities pertaining to the M-RAC but only those signed up through July 6, 2015 will be able to nominate M-RAC members. Please spread the word and refer interested parties to the DOBOR website for more information. Thank you for your participation!

    Urban Growth Boundaries and Saving the Ka Iwi Coast: Ann Marie Kirk

    Hawaii Public Radio interview with Ann Marie Kirk - Livable Hawaii Kai Hui  [MP3]
    Urban growth often seems to have a mind of its own and as long as there’s money to be made from a scenic spot, someone’s going to try to develop it.  O’ahu’s Ka Iwi coastline is at the very spot where city becomes country as you drive around the island, so perhaps it’s inevitable that it should become the focus of an effort to keep it undeveloped in perpetuity.   Ann Marie Kirk is a member of the Board of Directors for Livable Hawaii Kai Hui and the head of its Cultural Committee. She joined us in our studio to talk about saving the Ka Iwi coast.

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    [Link] to donation site to purchase Ka Iwi land.  $500K needed by the end of August.  As of 7/3, 18% of the goal has been met.

     

    hAWAII Public School Meal Prices increased ON July 1, 2015

    New prices are as follows:

    Breakfast

         Elementary Student :  $1.10
         Reduced-price student:  .30
         Second and subsequent student:  $2.40
         Adult:  $2.40

     Lunch

         Elementary Student:  $2.50
         Reduced-price student:  .40
         Second student entree:  $2.00
         Second and subsequent student:  $5.50
         Adult:  $5.50

     

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  • East Oahu News - Tuesday Update 06/02/2015

    June 2, 2015

    Tuesday news supplement for East Oahu and Hawaii Kai.  Full text of these excerpts is available through the web.  Where access is granted to the public, there is a link.  Regular updates are issued Friday.  This supplement was created due to the larger than normal amount of local news items.

    For full text of Star-Advertiser articles, access the database at the Hawaii State Library site and enter your library card number and PIN. 

    Hahaione Elementary School Wins HECO POWER DOWN CHALLENGE 2015

    KITV4 | Hawaiian Electric [Honolulu, Hawaii] 01 June 2015.

    Hahaione Elementary School students and families finished first in this year’s Home Energy Challenge.  Kamiloiki finished third. Both schools received cash prizes from Hawaiian Electric.

    Here are the grand prize winners of the 8th annual Home Energy Challenge

    1st Place, $10,000 prize, Hahaione Elementary School
    2nd Place, $6,000 prize, Palisades Elementary School
    3rd Place, $3,000 prize, Kamiloiki Elementary School

    The participating families at these three schools combined saved a total of $43,600 on their electric bills from Oct. 2014 through March 2015.. . . The Home Energy Challenge is an educational partnership between the State Department of Education, participating elementary schools, and Hawaiian Electric.

    For schools interested in participating next year, applications for the 2015-16 Home Energy Challenge will be sent to all Oahu public elementary schools this summer. Interested schools can call Ms. Sam Nichols at 543-7511 for more information.

    Hawaii Kai cemetery may finally be built, despite concerns

    Ben Gutierrez HawaiiNewsNow [Honolulu, Hawaii] 31 May 2015.

    It has been more than a decade since the city approved the building of a cemetery in Hawaii Kai. Those plans haven't gone anywhere since then, but work has begun once again, and that has some Hawaii Kai residents concerned.

    [Hawaii Kai Memorial Park LLC Attorney William] McCorriston said the owners have applied for a business license from the state and a master grading permit. If those are approved, construction could finally began later this year.

    Feral Chickens in EAST OAHU? you don't say?

    KITV [Honolulu, Hawaii] 29 May 2015.

    KITV reports that you can find feral chickens on St. Louis Heights.  You can also find feral chickens at Kahala Zippys.  Kapiolani Community College has become so frustrated by the noise, they're even attempting to trap the chickens.  The takeaway? 

    "You don't need a permit to trap wild chickens. The public is being asked to help manage the feral chicken population if they have them on their property."

    KITV has posted a 2 1/2 minute video to go along with the story.  Click the link above to view the page.

    For-profit exercise classes not authorized at city parks; Hiking tours at hanauma bay "eligible to be permitted"

    Watanabe, JuneHonolulu Star - Advertiser [Honolulu, Hawaii] 29 May 2015.

    Question: As a frequent Ala Moana Beach Park user, I've noticed more exercise groups using the park. Some are small but others have over 20 people. According to an article in the Star-Advertiser, people are paying to participate in these exercises. Are they regulated in any way? Does this mean mobile car detailing or portable massage businesses can also use the park?

    Answer: If people are paying to take part in the exercise classes, it is not an authorized park use.

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    If no money is solicited or given, under current rules, groups of fewer than 50 people can gather in city parks without a permit, said Jon Hennington, spokesman for the Department of Parks and Recreation.  "This is the same limit that applies to picnics," he said. "As long as the group does not solicit the public and does not require exclusive use of an area of the park, no permit is required." For any kind of commercial activity to take place in any of its parks, the Parks Department requires a public hearing. . .He explained that a public hearing is required before a decision is made to authorize commercial activities of a "particular type."

    Among the commercial activities "eligible to be permitted" are filming, hiking tours at Hanauma Bay, scuba, snorkeling, swimming, tour companies and windsurfing, Hennington said.  "This does not mean, however, that any or all of these activities are eligible for a commercial use permit at a given park," he said.  Meanwhile, craft fairs and art marts sponsored by nonprofit organizations are eligible for permits. To find out more about commercial activities at city parks, go to bit.ly/1HV9wKa.

    [To read full article, click link above and enter your Hawaii State library card # and PIN, or subscribe to the Star-Advertiser]

    Crews Rescue Sailboat Twice in East Oahu

    Web Staff KHON2 [Honolulu, Hawaii] 29 May 2015.

    Honolulu firefighters were called to help a sailboat that got into trouble [off "of Sandy Beach] twice Friday night in East Oahu. . .[the second time the boat overturned]. ,  , HFD decided to tow the boat to shore.

    Kaimuki business gets liquor license despite opposition

    Mendoza, Jim Hawaii News Now [Honolulu, Hawaii] 29 May 2015.

    WZ Family Entertainment Center opened its doors on Waialae Avenue last year. Thursday night, the Honolulu Liquor Commission granted WZ's request for a liquor license.  . .But the chairman of the Kaimuki Neighborhood Board said a family fun center serving alcohol doesn't fit Kaimuki's culture of mom and pop shops.

    20 Kaimuki business owners signed a petition [opposing the liquor license.]

    Mylar balloon shuts down power at aina haina elementary

    Aina Haina Elementary [Honolulu, Hawaii] 29 May 2015.

    Please be aware that [May 28] after school, a single, stray mylar balloon flew in to one of the electrical poles on the mauka side of campus causing a campus wide power outage and a fuse blow out on the high voltage pole. HFD and HECO needed to be called and worked over two hours on being sure the campus was safe and that power was restored. This is a great learning opportunity regarding potential consequences to electrical and building infrastructure when coupled with mylar balloons. We ask everyone to please consider other types of celebratory items during the graduation season which includes our own Grade 5 celebration on Tuesday. Thank you for attention to our school and community safety efforts.

     

    Journalist Ian Lind "Crashes" Kahala Elementary School's 60th Anniversary Celebration, is welcomed with aloha

    ILind [Honolulu, Hawaii] 24 May 2015.

    From noted journalist Ian Lind's blog, a thoughtful, insightful & nostalgic piece, excerpted here.  The full article is available on his website, link provided above.

    . . .My first thought–I should attend. I was, after all, there at the beginning. I entered the 2nd grade at Kahala School when it first opened in 1954. . .

    I decided that I would just drop in, not for lunch, but to look around the school and see what it’s like after all this time. . .

    My introduction went something like this: “I’m don’t have a reservation and don’t plan on having lunch, but I was a student here the first year the school opened, and I hope I can just look around a bit.”

    I quickly got the idea that I was perhaps the only student from the school’s first year to be present for the 60th anniversary. I was introduced to the principal, and warmly welcomed to make myself at home. . .

    To read the full article, as well as to see pictures from 60 years prior, please visit Ian Lind's blog

     

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