Better Government – Host Rep. Ward discusses the Jones Act

Better Government Host Representative Gene Ward discusses the Jones Act with Michael N. Hansen, President of the Hawaii Shippers’ Council.

” Hawaii isn’t the only American island wanting out of the Jones Act. A resolution that sought to exempt Puerto Rico from the act was introduced in late April and adopted soon after by the Puerto Rican Senate. The U.S. Virgin Islands have been exempt since 1922. Guam is also partially exempt.” Civil Beat May 2013

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Rep. Lauren Cheape and highlights of the HPCF Breakfast 2013

The Honolulu Police Community Foundation recently awarded $32,000 in college scholarships to 10 winning applicants currently pursuing their college degrees or post-graduate education. The awardees, their schools and their majors are:

Stacie Ann Shibano, University of Washingon, Psychology
Kenneth Hu, Rutgers University, Pharmacy
Michael Sonson, Biola University, Medicine
Zhaotong Xu, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Psychology and Molecular Cell Biology
Nathan Yang, Duke University Law School
Starla Takara, Hawaii Pacific University, Management and Entrepreneurial Studies
Nolan Arasato, Western Oregon University, Theater Arts
Jarrett Okita, University of Portland, Civil Engineering
Sydney Vinoya, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Biology
Kristyn Iwane, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Civil Engineering

HPFC Board President and former Chief of Police for the City and County of Honolulu Lee D. Donohue and Scholarship Committee Chairman and retied HPD Major Daniel Sison officiated at the award breakfast, hosted July 5, 2013 by the Kyo-ya Management Company, Ltd. at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel Waianae Room.
The foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to supporting police officers, their families, elderly and the disabled, and the general community.

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Honoring Ewa Citizens For Their Volunteerism

ImageJuly 10, 2013 by Representative Bob McDermott

Some of Ewa’s outstanding citizens recently were honored for their good works during a town hall meeting at Campbell High School. I presented these individuals with certificates of thanks from the state Legislature, a small gesture of recognition for their dedication to Ewa. They represent the best of our community’s spirit of volunteerism. Below are just a few of their accomplishments.

Cleaning The Ewa Plantation Cemetery

Members of the Ewa Beach Lions Club, a retired Honolulu firefighter and several other dedicated volunteers cut the overgrown grass at Ewa Plantation Cemetery, which had been neglected by the state.

Reaching Out To Youths And Homeless

Kurt Fevella, current president of Ewa Beach Lions Club, has helped with Little League teams and beach cleanups. Kurt personally has reached out to homeless families in our area and helped them to successfully re-integrate as productive citizens.

Keeping The Neighborhood Clean

Mitchel Tynnes also is active in Ewa Beach Lions Club. He has helped with a myriad of activities, including the renowned Ewa Beach Christmas Parade. Mitchel is an unsung hero of the community who is constantly patrolling our neighborhood parks and public places for graffiti violations. He immediately responds to graffiti by repainting it on the spot. Mitch also is an unpaid keeper of our parks, inspecting them and ensuring that maintenance is continually being performed.

Community Organizing

Dana Fatu and Shawn Troup are two homeowners in Ewa by Gentry who had their property invaded by Pacific beetle roaches. Through their efforts, the problem of infestation that had caused so much damage and distress was tackled. Both gentlemen became envoys and took the initiative to communicate and organize their neighbors to seek solutions with myself and Gentry Properties LLC. Their labors are a perfect example of how grassroots activism can solve problems and make things happen.

There are hundreds of community organizations in Ewa that need help. These volunteers have strengthened trust, solidarity and reciprocity among their neighbors.

As our official certificate of recognition states: “BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-Seventh Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2013, that this body hereby recognizes and thanks …” all of these community members throughout our district whose contributions continually make Ewa a better place to live, play, raise families and work.

State Rep. BMcDermott Head shot blue shirtob McDermott represents District 40 – Ewa, Ewa Beach and Iroquois Point. He can be reached by calling 586-9730 or emailing


Relief For ‘Great Lawn’ Reversal, But Stay Alert

ImageBy Rep. Gene Ward July 3, 2013

(On the withdrawal of Kamehameha Schools’ development plans for Hawaii Kai’s “Great Lawn”)

This has been a long battle between the people of Hawaii Kai and the biggest private trust in the United States. But it is over for now.

ImageI am grateful to residents who came to the defense of the aesthetics, traffic congestion and wise land-use planning of their community. A shopping mall on the Great Lawn would have been the end of our community as we know it. Thank you, people of Hawaii Kai!

Secondly, I’m thankful to Kamehameha Schools for seeing, and finally believing, the handwriting on the wall through our past polls and the 300-plus people who came out to our town hall meeting to protest the proposed development with Foodland. Thank you, KS/BE, but let’s make the “suspension” of your shopping mall plans permanent; we’re still suspicious when we’re suspended.

Lastly, I’m thankful to Foodland and the great Sully Sullivan’s tradition of being a part of our community and never wanting to do something not in the community’s best interest. This year is its 65th anniversary since opening its first store in Market City, and its behavior in this matter will continue to bless it throughout Hawaii. Thank you, Foodland, for living up to all that Sully stood for in his original plans to be “community-focused and put customers first.”

My office will continue to monitor any development plans for the Great Lawn as I have done for the Ka Iwi coast since cabins were proposed for development there a few years ago.