I just returned from an all-day conference on Hawaii's public education system. The symposium, called the 2016 Hawaii Education Summit, was hosted by Governor David Y. Ige's office. It was open to any stakeholder in public education.
I'd like to start off with a heartfelt mahalo to the Governor, the First Lady and the office staff. Putting together an event of this size in just a few months is phenomenal for anyone. It's nearly unprecedented in government.
As for the event itself, it was well-organized and quite well attended with 1,000 participants. Material was pertinent and informative. Best of all, everyone -- including parents and students -- had the opportunity to provide direct feedback to the Administration.
July 7, 2016 Honolulu City Councilman Ikaika Anderson (Waimanalo) has lost his post as head of the Zoning and Planning Committee to Trevor Ozawa (Ala Moana to Hawaii Kai) in a shakeup announced Thursday by Council Chair Ernie Martin. Anderson alleges retribution for his attendance at a Kirk Caldwell fundraiser. [Civil Beat]
July 7, 2016 The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) yesterday began construction of improvements at the Maunalua Bay boat launch ramp to expand the vessel washdown area and construct a roadway around it. Work is scheduled to continue this week and next week. The washdown area is scheduled to reopen on July 15. [State of Hawaii Governor's Office]
July 6, 2016 The city of Honolulu is currently in negotiations with Lio Lani Equestrian Group to have them move into the recently vacated Koko Head Stables. [Midweek]
July 2, 2016 The State Department of Health has updated its E-waste disposal site list including Hawaii Kai locations. [State of Hawaii]
June 30, 2016 Chef Ed Kenney's PBS series, Family Ingredients, Debuts in the Bay Area [7x7]
The Friends of Kaiser PTSA just held a plant exchange at their Tuesday Farmer's Market. It was definitely a success and we'll be doing it again on August 2, 2016. So, until further notice, FIRST TUESDAY, 4-7 PM, school parking lot, we'll be there.
Here's how it works. You bring a plant and exchange it for something else. Or, you bring pots or other gardening supplies. Alternatively, just leave a donation to the PTSA in an amount of your discretion. It's all good and everyone benefits.
I must say I was pleasantly surprised at the turnout and participation at our first event. We may have had over dozen or so people show up with exchanges. I even received these plants shown above, which by some miracle remained at the end of the event. They're going to be perfect for my natural rock landscaping: a little color among a sea of red rock and lush green ferns.
The point is that there's a little something for everyone. The Christmas cactus brought in was scooped up promptly. The pink pommelo (jabon) has a new yard. The mint, thyme and green onion went to homes needing culinary herbs. You just never know what will turn up. We even got a fresh supply of pots.
I've filled them with new plants for August and here's what I'm planning on bringing.
- Papaya (seedling) - highly prolific. We've been eating fruit and giving away for years now.
- Alocasia - Excellent landscape plant, tolerates indoor sun.
- Lemongrass - Good to have on hand for SE Asian cuisine.
- Oregano - Excellent edible ground cover. Grows well in partial shade.
- Ti Leaf (green) - Lovely tropical plant for landscaping, leis and cooking.
The list is subject to change, of course, but I'll keep this post updated so you have the latest information. Again, for those that participated this week, MAHALO. It was a huge success and thanks to generous donations -- both in plants and cash -- there's also some extra money for the PTSA to use in the school community.
Looking for parking at Koko Marina the other day, I thought the mall seemed busy for a Sunday. Turns out that Petco, in conjunction with the Oahu SPCA, was holding a low-cost pet vaccine clinic. The cashier informed me that the next one will be held on August 20 and 21. Here are the details:
Date: August 20 and 21, 2016
Hours: Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm / Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Services: Vaccinations $25 each / Microchips $25 / Comfortis flea treatment (under 30 lb) $20, (over 30 lb) $30
Call 808-754-1519 for more information or follow-up treatments
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: