As part of our efforts to bring underage drinking prevention awareness to the community of Molokai, Hui Ho’okupono held its “Movie Night” on July 9th at Lanikeha Center, Ho`olehua. The event showcased vendors, organizations, musicians, and quest speakers. On behalf of Ku I Ka Malu (Molokai Underage Drinking Prevention Project) and Hui Ho’okupono (Youth Leadership Program) we would like to send a big mahalo to all those that made this community event a success:
Author Archives: Megan Stephenson
Mahalo from the family of Albert Clyde Pu (Pake) to all of his many friends and relatives for coming to pay your respects, offer tributes and share your stories of playing, working and living with Albert. He had fond memories of growing up on the east side; he enjoyed talking story and reminiscing about those days. Although short, he lived a lifetime in the brief time we had with him and touched many. A hui hou, husband, brother, uncle, friend, until we meet again.
Aloha, Aunty here. Well, it’s official, we have traffic jams. I kid you not, on our way home from church, Aunty Didi and I decided to drive through town just to see what was happening. We waited for what seemed like five minutes to turn onto the street by Bank of Hawaii because traffic was backed up all the way. What a trip! I guess everyone was rushing to get to Misaki’s before it closed on Sunday.
I’m sorry to see Subway go. I love their coffee and the staff was so fun to talk with. Another staff person I think is really great is Christy at the Drive Inn. She is always smiling.
Column by Jesse Church
Hello veterans, old Jesse here with all the veterans’ news and upcoming events. In the May 23rd copy of Marine Times, an Associated Press article about mental health explained benefits owed to veterans. In a strongly worded ruling the San Francisco based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it takes VA an average of four years to fully provide the mental health benefits owed to veterans. The court went on to order the Dept. of Veteran Affairs to dramatically overhaul its mental health care system. The court also said it often takes weeks for a suicidal veteran to get a first appointment. The unchecked incompetence in handling the flood of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health claims is unconstitutional, the court said. The appeals court, however, said there is ample evidence that VA is failing in its duty to provide timely mental health care for the nation’s veterans, despite increases in its health care budget in recent years. The court also said one of every three troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan were treated by VA for mental health issues, including PTSD.
Harry Hamburg of the Associated Press wrote an update on the problems at Arlington National Cemetery. He said lawmakers are growing impatient with the investigation into misconduct at Arlington. Nearly a year has passed since an Army inspector general report found problems with at least 211 gravesites at Arlington, including mishandled remains buried in graves marked as empty, and graves mismarked. The cemetery’s new director, Katheryn Condon, was grilled recently by the House Appropriations Committee’s military construction panel. The Army Criminal Investigation command continues to probe problems at the cemetery, and may refer charges to the U.S. Attorney’s office. That may result in either criminal prosecution, or civil penalties. Condon said she would provide a full report when the investigations are completed. Meanwhile, the cemetery is developing new protocols and record keeping systems.
In upcoming events, John Candello will be on Molokai July 7 and July 14. He will be at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. by appointment, call 553-3611. Also Joe Thompson, the VA service officer, will be on Molokai July 15 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the veterans’ center in Kaunakakai. For more information call 553-8387. The monthly meeting of the Veterans of Foreign Wars has been canceled for July.
If anyone has any news, or stories, or would just like to talk about their experiences while in service of this great country, give old Jesse a call at 553-3323, I’d love to hear from you. A big mahalo to all our veterans, and the people of Molokai, you’re the best, I love you all.
Maui County News Releases
The Department of Water Supply (DWS) would like to remind its customers that water rates will increase by an average of 5.5 percent effective July 1, 2011. The rate increase should generate approximately $2.9 million in additional revenues, which will be necessary to offset increases in electrical expenses, debt service, and operations and maintenance expenditures. In addition, the balance of additional revenues will be used to fund capital replacement projects. The County Council approved the rates during the fiscal year 2012 budget approval period.
The new monthly rates, per 1,000 gallons, are as follows: 0-5,000 $1.75; 5,001-15,000 $3.20; over 15,000 $4.60; agriculture less than 15,000 $1.05; and non-potable $1.05.
State Senate News Release
A 118-year-old deep-rooted obligation to formally recognize Native Hawaiians as “the only indigenous, aboriginal, maoli people of Hawaii” will take a major step forward when Gov. Neil Abercrombie signs Senate Bill 1520 into law on Wednesday, July 6, 2011.
The law will significantly improve protection of cultural rights, ceded lands and other entitlements, advance self-governance and heal the “kaumaha” – the heaviness or sorrow. When signed into law, the measure adds a new chapter to the Hawaii Revised Statutes, which would establish a process for Native Hawaiians to organize themselves.
By Glenn I. Teves, County Extension Agent
In Hawaii, we call pumpkins squash, and squash pumpkins, and understandably so. They’re related and include several species of tropical gourds native to the Americas, both north and south, and even in the Caribbean. They come in greens, brown, oranges and stripes; in all shapes and sizes: bumpy, ribbed and smooth with some shaped like papayas and pears. Some can weigh over 1,500 pounds! These vines were grown extensively by the native peoples of these areas, and many American natives had their own varieties, including Lakota, Seminole, Arikara, and Cherokee.
U.S. Department of Agriculture News Release
Local, independent agriculture producers, farmers and ranchers, as well as cooperatives, are encouraged to apply for economic assistance grants through the Value-Added Producer Grant Program (VAPG).
VAPGs may be used for feasibility studies or business plans, marketing value-added agricultural products and for farm-based renewable energy projects. Value-added products are created when a producer increases the consumer value of an agricultural commodity in the production or processing stage.