McDermott’s Message – Rep. McDermott and Darryl Vincent US Vets

August 26, 2015

Representative Bob McDermott speaks with Darryl J. Vincent has been with U.S.VETS, for 11 years. As the Chief Operating Officer, he is directly responsible for the supervision of Executive Directors at all 11 sites, along with national administration of the overall operations of U.S.VETS.

# 2 Darryl Vincent and McDermottContact: repmcdermott@capitol.hawaii.gov

Hemp Project – University of Hawaii with Representative Thielen

August 11, 2015

Growing Industrial Hemp in Hawai`i: Potential for the Agricultural Industry. Harry Ako
With Melody Heidel, Alan Yoshimoto, Masahiro Yoshioka, and Yosuke Kawai – Department of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering – University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

The Hemp plant has 25,000 uses including Bast fiber (outside of stalk), Apparel, Ropes, canvas, Hurd (woody core), Hempcrete
Fiber board, insulation, Animal bedding, Bioenergy, Seed – Bread, chips, granola, Protein powder for bodybuilders, Animal feeds, bird seeds, Salad oil, Cosmetics oil, and Body care products

THielen with Hemp harvest plant

Hawaii’s field of Dreams

Contact: Representative Cynthia Thielen – repthielen@capitol.hawaii.gov

Campbell High School – The Home of Champions!

August 5, 2015

midweekMcDermott’s Message…Representative Bob McDermott

West Oahu Voice July 29, 2015 Page 8

McDermott Head shot blue shirtBy now most folks are award that Campbell High School won the State Baseball Championship, led by State of Hawaii player of the year, Ian Kahaloa. We hope to see Ian in major league baseball someday! Also, Campbell won the Girls State Softball Championships, led by Elisa Favela who in the championship game, clubbed a pair of home runs, drove in seven runs and tossed a complete game to lead Campbell to a convincing 16-4.

Samuel Bass, Makoa Alvarez, Raymon Tutewohl, Josiah Ahuna

Left to right:

Samuel Bass, Makoa Alvarez, Raymon Tutewohl, Josiah Ahuna

Let us also shine the light on another group of champions who have not gotten the same recognition. The Campbell Swimming Team has made James Campbell High School history! They jumped into the season with a hunger in their bellies and a fire in their hearts.

This past season, star swimmer Makoa Alvarez, age 18, has taken his year-round training with West Oahu Aquatics and Campbell to new heights; he made sure nobody was faster than him. Makoa is being officially inducted into the Hawaii High School Athletic Association’s prestigious Hall of Honor for his non-stop wins all season long, as well as for his multiple new Hawaii state records. Way to go Makoa! You have made us all proud.

The Campbell Men’s Relay A Team, consisting of Makoa Alvarez, Josiah Ahuna, Raymon Tutewohl, and Samuel Bass, have won OIA West, OIA Championships, and placed 3rd and 4th in the 200 Medley Relay and the 400 Freestyle Relay at State Championships.

This has been a very exciting year for the Campbell swim team, being that they are currently the #1 OIA Men’s Swim Team. Now they will be saying goodbye to their seniors and hello to new comers, by getting them trained and pumped up for next year’s swim season. It cannot be stressed enough how influential all our supporters have been for us. On behalf of the Campbell Swim Team, I would like to give a huge Mahalo to the community for your continued support. Come watch these cats swim. GO SABERS!!! Go Campbell, a school of champions!

Hawaii Concludes “Clean and Green” Sister-State Agreement with Bali

August 5, 2015

Rep. Gene Ward (R-Hawaii Kai-Kalama Valley) Head of the Hawaii-Sister State Delegation, today announced from Bali that the 3 days of talks between Hawaii and Bali have successfully ended.

“We have agreed to cooperate in 3 areas to make sure Hawaii and Bali remain the two most beautiful places in the world,” Rep. Ward said.

Working under a theme suggested by Bali’s Vice Governor, Ketut Sudikerta, of “Clean and Green”, the Hawaii delegation will be launching three projects that will assist their Bali counterparts, with cleaner beaches, disaster preparedness, and waste to energy projects.

“The 800 pound gorilla in the room during these talks was the mile long and 100 feet high mountain of garbage along the ocean front in Bali’s tourist mecca,” Ward said.

Trash collection and disposal is in its infant stage in Bali and the government is keen to learn from Hawaii how we keep our beaches and environment so clean.

# 2HŌKŪLE‘A chamber with Rep Ward april 2015The sister state meetings coincided with the arrival of the Hokule’a and Captain Nainoa Thompson was a special guest at the meeting with the Vice Governor where he presented his global theme of “Malama Honua” (caring for the environment) that fit perfectly with the sister-state theme of the meetings.

Henk Rogers, founder and CEO of Blue Planet was also a temporary member of the Hokule’a and also addressed the sister-state delegations with a challenge to Bali – like Hawaii’s goal of ending dependency on fossil fuel by 2045. He also expressed serious interest in forming a “Blue Planet-Bali” to get more pressure on Bali legislators to stress renewable energy projects and legislation.

For this purpose talks between a member of Hawaii’s provincial legislature, Representative Tjokorda Gede Asmara Putra Sukawati, who attended the meeting, and Representative Gene Ward have agreed to begin immediate follow-up discussions to the Bali conference to get policy-maker buy-in and cooperation with such groups as a Blue Plant-Bali or other NGO groups wanting to clean up Bali and push renewable energy.

The talks concluded with a signed Action Plan between the Hawaiian Indonesian Chamber of Commerce, President David Day and the Governor’s office in Bali.

It is anticipated that a follow-up meeting to maintain the momentum and the accountability of the sister-state agreement will be held in Hawaii in December 2015 and will host the Governor of Bali who is presently working on re-establishing a direct flight between Bali and Hawaii on Garuda (Indonesian) Airlines.

Ward Bali Hokulea“The agreement concluded today holds forth much promise and keeps both us accountable to each other to maintain and lead with world class standards for our environments. This is truly an historic event and we were fortuitously blessed by the simultaneous arrival of the Hokule’a and its ‘Malama Honua’ cargo,” Ward concluded.

What’s the Future of Maunalua Bay? Part 1 of 3 Town Hall

July 31, 2015

What’s the Future of Maunalua Bay?

Should it be part of the NOAA Humpback Whale Sanctuary expansion plan?
 How can we better preserve the Bay while retaining the rights of Bay users?
 Should the Bay be run by the Federal, rather than State gov’t?
 What’s the State of Hawaii’s position on the NOAA proposal to make it a Special Sanctuary Management Area (SSMA)?

TOWN HALL MEETING:
Date: TUESDAY, JULY 14th, 2015
Time: 7:00-8:30pm Place: Hahaione Elementary School Cafeteria

COME HEAR THE EXPERTS & ASK YOUR QUESTIONS:
Ms. Malia Chow, NOAA Sanctuary Superintendent, AND Ms. Suzanne Case, Director of DLNR

Sponsored by: Senator Sam Slom, Senator Laura Thielen; Representative Mark Hashem; City Councilmember Trevor Ozawa, Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board Chair, Greg Khudsen and Representative Gene Ward

Gene ward Town HallContact: repward@capitol.hawaii.gov

What’s the Future of Maunalua Bay? Part 2 of 3 Town Hall

July 31, 2015

What’s the Future of Maunalua Bay?

Should it be part of the NOAA Humpback Whale Sanctuary expansion plan?
 How can we better preserve the Bay while retaining the rights of Bay users?
 Should the Bay be run by the Federal, rather than State gov’t?
 What’s the State of Hawaii’s position on the NOAA proposal to make it a Special Sanctuary Management Area (SSMA)?

TOWN HALL MEETING:
Date: TUESDAY, JULY 14th, 2015
Time: 7:00-8:30pm Place: Hahaione Elementary School Cafeteria

COME HEAR THE EXPERTS & ASK YOUR QUESTIONS:
Ms. Malia Chow, NOAA Sanctuary Superintendent, AND Ms. Suzanne Case, Director of DLNR

Sponsored by: Senator Sam Slom, Senator Laura Thielen; Representative Mark Hashem; City Councilmember Trevor Ozawa, Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board Chair, Greg Khudsen and Representative Gene Ward.

Town hall crowd # 2Contact: repward@capitol.hawaii.gov

What’s the Future of Maunalua Bay? Part 3 of 3 Town Hall

July 31, 2015

What’s the Future of Maunalua Bay?

Should it be part of the NOAA Humpback Whale Sanctuary expansion plan?
 How can we better preserve the Bay while retaining the rights of Bay users?
 Should the Bay be run by the Federal, rather than State gov’t?
 What’s the State of Hawaii’s position on the NOAA proposal to make it a Special Sanctuary Management Area (SSMA)?

TOWN HALL MEETING:
Date: TUESDAY, JULY 14th, 2015
Time: 7:00-8:30pm Place: Hahaione Elementary School Cafeteria

COME HEAR THE EXPERTS & ASK YOUR QUESTIONS:
Ms. Malia Chow, NOAA Sanctuary Superintendent, AND Ms. Suzanne Case, Director of DLNR

Sponsored by: Senator Sam Slom, Senator Laura Thielen; Representative Mark Hashem; City Councilmember Trevor Ozawa, Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board Chair, Greg Khudsen and Representative Gene Ward

Town hall crowd

Contact @repward@capitol.hawaii.gov

Supporters fight to keep East Oahu landscape from development

July 26, 2015

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The clock is ticking as community groups and government agencies work to preserve a treasured landscape in East Oahu.

It’s a battle stretching back decades.

In the late 1980s, the “Save Sandy Beach Initiative” protected more than 30 acres of the Ka Iwi coastline from a luxury development. Now, a new generation is fighting another proposed development in the area and they have just weeks to pull it off.

The breathtaking undeveloped stretch along Kalanianaole Highway from Sandy Beach to Makapuu is East Oahu’s Ka Iwi Coast. The land for sale is just mauka of the highway between the Hawaii Kai Golf Course and Makapuu. It is 182-acres of land that stretches for seven miles along East Oahu’s pristine coastline.

Supporters for this coalition say it’s irreplaceable.

The two parcels of land are for sale for $4 million. The city has dedicated $2.5 million of that to purchase the land and the state has dedicated $1 million. The agreement with the Ka Iwi Coalition and Trust for Public Land states the community must come up with the rest. The deadline is August 30th.

Kendrick Chang, a recent graduate from Kaiser High School, says failure isn’t an option.

“We are already just over $270,000, but we just need to hit the mark and it’s really only about 5-percent left that we just need to raise,” Chang said.

Sandy Beach Chang and Ward

Kendrick Chang and Representative Gene Ward

“It’s critical because if we don’t raise it, the number two person in line to buy it is a developer and that’s cabins on Ka Iwi, that’s the whole reiteration of what we went through, which we don’t want to lose and go through again,” said Representative Gene Ward, Hawaii Kai/Kalama Valley.

Development proposals for the properties have varied from a golf school, to a private recreation center, to a vacation cabin subdivision.

It’s been a battle for decades, one that “Save Ka Iwi Coast” supporters say is critical to win.

“Why can’t we have just the natural coastline? We don’t have much of it left,” said Rene Garbin.

“It’s just so important because once it’s gone it’s gone. It won’t come back,” Garbin said.

To learn more visit www.kaiwicoast.com.

For six weeks now, Chang and several others have been sign waving in Hawaii Kai to raise awareness and money before the time runs out.

Government should not reward incompetence at Office of Elections

July 22, 2015
Star Advertiser  Jul 16, 2015
    By Sam Slom and Gene Ward

The state Elections Commission just voted behind closed doors to give a $10,000 pay raise to chief election officer Scott Nago, who will now be paid $90,000.

Wait – what? Just last November, the commission grilled Nago about his role in the well-publicized election blunders that affected Puna voters during the August 2014 primary election. In the wake of Tropical Storm Iselle and damage to roads caused by severe weather, Puna residents were unsure how the upcoming primary election would be handled. Nago responded with a proclamation that the election would be postponed for the affected precincts and that it would be done by mail-in ballot. But just two days later, he reversed course and announced that the election would be done by in-person voting instead.

HIS SEE-SAWING upset and frustrated Puna voters who thought they would have time to take care of basic needs like food, water, and shelter – only to have to drop everything to vote in person – never mind that some of those residents didn’t hear about the change in time due to communications still being down, and others didn’t have access to the polling place because some roads were still blocked.

And let’s not forget he was the head guy in charge during the 2012 general election, when Oahu voters arrived at polling places only to find long lines caused by a completely preventable shortage of paper ballots. About 51, or one-third, of Oahu’s 142 precincts experienced ballot shortages, and the public was outraged with such lack of planning for such a simple matter.

Fast forward to April 2015, and the elections commissioners were still debating among themselves the best way to evaluate the performance of Hawaii’s top elections official whose job it is to oversee our elections system. But then in its May 18 meeting, the Elections Commission voted 6-3 to keep Nago on the job.

So what are the people of Hawaii to think of its government rewarding a chief election officer with a checkered history of competence by giving him a $10,000 pay raise? To our way of thinking, this sends the wrong message and is an irresponsible use of state funds.

HAWAII’S voter turnout is already one of the lowest in the nation, and this gives more credence to the cynics who claim their votes don’t count, or participating in Hawaii’s elections makes no difference.

We should all expect more from our democracy, and now more from Nago that his pay grade has increased and reached such a level where there is little wiggle room for any of his past election performances.

With this in mind, the 2015 Legislature passed House Bill 15 to keep an eye on Nago. HB 15 was signed into law as Act 173 last month and makes the chief election officer an at-will employee and requiring a public hearing on the chief election officer’s performance for purposes of deciding retention.

A wiser Elections Commission would have waited for this bill and a public hearing to take effect before rewarding his past behavior.

Slom ward #3State Senator Sam Slom, left, and

Representative Gene Ward are members of the state Legislature representing East Oahu.

A Word With Ward – Habitat for Humanity

July 9, 2015

Representative Gene Ward talks with Jim Murphy, Executive Director for Honolulu Habitat for Humanity.

Jim Murphy and Rep. Ward OleloContact: repward@capitol.hawaii.gov


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