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October 3, 2007

 

 

September 27, 2007

 

U.S. agency works on Hawaiian list

 

The U.S. Department of the Interior aims to inform the groups of federal actions in Hawaii

 

By B.J. Reyes
bjreyes@starbulletin.com

 

The U.S. Department of the Interior is establishing a contact list of native Hawaiian groups to keep them better informed of proposed federal actions in Hawaii, the agency announced this week.

 

Officials said the list will assist the government in working with and notifying Hawaiian groups on issues such as reburying native Hawaiian remains, cleaning up contaminated lands and protecting historic properties.

 

Notice of the Native Hawaiian Organization Notification List was posted yesterday on the Federal Register, and the list is expected to become active by the end of November.

 

The timing is not indicative of any upcoming action in Hawaii, said Ka'i'ini K. Kaloi, director of the Interior Department's Office of Native Hawaiian Relations, which will maintain the list.

 

"This is not tied to any upcoming activity by the federal government," Kaloi said by telephone from Washington, D.C.

 

Antoinette "Toni" Lee, immediate past president of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, said communication is important, adding that she hopes the federal government will work closely with the state Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

 

"I think that lines of communication should be open to the Hawaiian people at all times, and it should be to all organizations," Lee said.

 

OHA officials did not return messages seeking comment.

 

Kaloi said the primary purpose of the list is to have contact information to keep groups better informed of government activity.

 

"You don't want the first notification received by native Hawaiian organizations to be bulldozers going through a property," he said.

 

An organization must request to be placed on the list and certify in writing to the Office of Hawaiian Relations that it represents the interests of native Hawaiians and provides services toward that end. A group also must have some expertise in native Hawaiian affairs and may specify topical and geographic areas of interest.

 

Kaloi noted that all groups dedicated to advancing native Hawaiian interests are eligible and that they are not required to have nonprofit status.

 

In addition to contact information, requests must be signed by the organization's governing body and include a valid U.S. mailing address.

 

After five years, groups wishing to stay on the list would have to make another formal request.

 

The Interior Department's Office of Native Hawaiian Relations was established by Congress in 2004 to help bring about and coordinate a native Hawaiian governing entity. If a native Hawaiian governing entity were established by Congress, the office would serve as a liaison between that entity and the U.S. government.

 

Federal Register

www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html

 

 

 

 

Posted on: Friday, September 28, 2007

 

University of Hawaii approves military lab

 

By Kevin Dayton
Advertiser Big Island Bureau

 

HILO, Hawai'i — After almost three years of controversy and angry exchanges, the University of Hawai'i Board of Regents last night approved plans for a UH Applied Research Laboratory affiliated with the Navy.

 

The issue was rancorous to the end, with the board's discussion cut off when UH-Manoa Hawaiian Studies student Kelii Collier began shouting from the audience that the Navy cannot be trusted to clean up after itself.

 

"Pearl Harbor is poisoned, and our people fish out of that every day," Collier shouted. "Don't tell me they will be responsible."

 

After repeatedly trying to convince Collier and others in the audience to quiet down so the regents could explain their position on the issue, board chairwoman Kitty Lagareta ended the discussion and called for a vote shortly before 7 p.m.

 

The plan for the Applied Research Laboratory was approved by a vote of 7-1, with one abstention.

 

Opponents of the research laboratory called "Shame on you!" as the regents left the stage at the UH-Hilo Performing Arts Center after the vote.

 

The lone vote against the research partnership came from regent James Haynes, a Native Hawaiian who recalled his experiences planting trees as part of the Kaho'olawe reforestation effort.

 

Haynes said the Navy reneged on its commitment to clean up the island it had used for target practice, and faced no consequences for that decision. Because of that history, he said he could not in good conscience vote to support a UH partnership with the Navy.

 

UH President David McClain recommended that the regents authorize creation of the Applied Research Laboratory, which would be located away from the Manoa campus but would be administratively attached to UH.

 

EMOTIONAL STRAIN

 

McClain told the regents that much of the emotion expressed during the long day of testimony stemmed from the war in Iraq and the "unfortunate history" of U.S. military operations in Hawai'i.

 

He argued in favor of preserving the academic freedom of researchers who may choose to work on Applied Research Laboratory projects, and inclusiveness of the university is another issue.

 

"Part of our society includes the military, however their behavior has been over the years," he said.

 

McClain said the university proceeds from contracts like the military-affiliated research unit are about 25 percent higher than normal research contracts, making the proposal "a financially attractive construct."

 

During the first three years the university would accept no classified "task orders" from the Navy or other federal entities, and university officials estimate it would handle up to $10 million per year in that time.

 

University officials estimate the startup costs for the ARL will be about $1 million, but that money can be recouped within a year through fees and charges to the contracts.

 

The proposal is to fund the project for three years, with an option for renewal for an additional two years.

 

About two dozen demonstrators holding signs opposing the research center started the day by marching into the performing arts center shortly before the meeting was to begin on the center stage, chanting "Save UH!" and "Stop UARC!"

 

LIVELY CROWD

 

About 250 people gathered for the meeting, and about three dozen people testified on the issue, with the crowd in the auditorium mostly opposed to the new center. Spectators applauded critics of the plan, and sometimes mocked supporters of the project.

 

Kalani Makekau-Whittaker, associate director of the Native Hawaiian Student Center in Hilo, rejected the idea that the regents have some sort of obligation to seize any opportunity to maximize research revenue for the university system.

 

"To try and promote this contract because of the money — blood money, that is — that it will bring in to the university is offensive," Makekau-Whittaker said. "I do not want to be, nor do I want to see other good university employees pimped in such a way."

 

Collier reminded the regents that an earlier proposal for a University Affiliated Research Center triggered a 2005 student sit-in at McClain's office.

 

That protest happened because "you wouldn't listen to us when we went through your process," Collier said.

 

Supporters of the contract included Nimr Tamimi, vice president of the Kanoelehua Industrial Area Association and chairman of the Hilo association's government affairs committee.

 

Tamimi said the Big Island has some of the most economically depressed areas in the state, and predicted the Applied Research Laboratory will benefit Big Island residents by producing better-paying jobs and diversifying the economy.

 

If not for research — usually government-funded research — there would be no telephones, televisions, weather forecasting or other modern conveniences, he said.

 

"Please support research, please support small business, please support the Applied Research Laboratory for a brighter future for our children and our people," Tamimi said.

 

In a written report to the regents on the proposal, McClain said an informational meeting on UARC in January 2006 demonstrated that "the overwhelming majority of the 100 most productive researchers on the Manoa campus supported the ARL." A poll by the UH Association of Research Investigators "reflected a similar preference," McClain wrote.

 

UH already has 1,600 military and federal research projects worth $400 million, including five that are classified, UH officials say.

 

McClain said UH had 142 contracts from the Department of Defense in the past year worth a total of $65 million.

 

HISTORY LESSONS

 

Much of the testimony yesterday against the proposal reflected a general mistrust of the military and its history of training and operations within and outside Hawai'i.

 

Makekau-Whittaker said the project means the university is contemplating participating in "murders" by the U.S. military around the world, and compared that with the willingness of Nazi Adolf Eichmann to exterminate Jews to advance his own career.

 

Ryan Kanaka'ole, speaking on behalf of the independent UH-Hilo student group Mau Pono, cited the military's "rap sheet" in the islands, a record he said includes bombing Kaho'olawe, dumping ordnance and chemicals in the ocean, and showing "disrespect" for cultural sites and endangered species in Makua and Pohakuloa.

 

"This university is supposed to be for the education and benefit of our community," he said. "It is not supposed to be a for-profit business, bent on economic gain."

 

MISPERCEPTIONS

 

Others said the Applied Research Laboratory was being mischaracterized by critics who implied it would be devoted exclusively to weapons research.

 

That isn't so, said Don Thomas, professor of geochemistry and director of the Center for Study of Active Volcanoes.

 

Research at UH attracts tens of millions of dollars that benefit the larger university community by supporting things such as broadband access and the research library that is used by many on campus, he said.

 

Thomas also urged the regents to protect the academic freedom of UH researchers, who are overwhelmingly in favor of the Applied Research Laboratory. Thomas asked the board to "protect their ability to choose what research endeavors they choose to pursue."

 

The regents also received 66 pieces of written testimony on the subject, with 26 opposed to the Applied Research Laboratory, and 42 in support.

 

Groups on record as being opposed to the research laboratory or the UARC that was previously proposed include the Associated Students of the University of Hawai'i; University of Hawai'i-Hilo Student Association; Kuali'i Council, the UH-Manoa Faculty Senate, the Pukoa Council, and the Faculty Senate of Hawaii Community College.

 

Reach Kevin Dayton at kdayton@honoluluadvertiser.com.

 

 

 

 

Posted: September 28, 2007

 

Tribes present a united front on Native 8(a)

 

by: Jerry Reynolds / Indian Country Today

 

WASHINGTON - The Natural Resources Committee of Chairman Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., is not the principal committee of jurisdiction over the Small Business Administration Native 8(a) contracting program, so it has had no chance to derail a bill from Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., that would limit the program dollars federal agencies must direct toward American Indian and Alaska Native contractors. Waxman's bill has passed the House of Representatives and is now in the Senate.

 

An especial gripe of Waxman and the like-minded have been so-called ''sole source'' contracts, awarded in large dollar amounts on a non-competitive basis. Alaska Native Corporations have done well enough under the guidelines for sole-source contracting to have drawn heavy criticism over the past two years.

 

The SBA 8(a) funds provide opportunities for minority businesses and entrepreneurs. Critics, armed with a General Accountability Office study from 2006, have charged that special rules in the Native 8(a) program divert overall minority-preference funding from black and Hispanic contractors. Native 8(a) tribes and businesses have resisted being singled out for their successes under a program intended to foster business success among minority groups.

 

By inaugurating a series of hearings on Native economic diversity with a Sept. 19 session on the Native 8(a) program, Rahall helped to build a positive record for it in the House. According to a lobbyist, speaking on condition of anonymity so as not to eclipse a client who was also at the hearing, supporters of the Native 8(a) program were jubilant Sept. 19 when 14 lawmakers attended the hearing and expressed support. If only a few committee members had turned out, the lobbyist said, the show of support would have been diluted.

 

''We need allies. We've got enough enemies.''

 

Rahall and ranking member Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, set a tone for the hearing in their opening remarks. Young described the Native 8(a) program as being ''under attack'' in other committees of Congress, and Rahall set the perimeters of the big picture.

 

''With a 26 percent poverty rate in Indian country and unemployment rates as high as 80 percent, the need for economic development in Native communities is self-evident,'' Rahall said. ''Some Native governments have made great strides in combating this situation while others continue to struggle. Likewise, some federal programs have worked better than others. ... Testimony today will discuss the benefits that the Native 8(a) program has brought to Native America.

 

''Data shows that tribal and Alaska Native corporations received less than 1 percent of the $377.5 billion awarded through federal procurement contracts. Of the $145 billion awarded through sole source contracts, tribal and Alaska Native corporations only received approximately 1.4 percent of that amount. ... I look forward to hearing testimony on how this program affects Native communities and how it can be improved to ensure that it is working as intended.''

 

In a voluminous and impassioned defense of Native 8(a) contracting, Neal McCaleb, chairman of the board of Chickasaw Nation Industries Inc., described Native 8(a) successes, and the strength they bring to Native economies, as antidotes to the darkest chapters of the American Indian past. ''While in the past our presence served to threaten others,'' McCaleb said, ''today we represent an important opportunity for partnership and shared success across America, especially in rural and remote America. As tribes work toward modern prosperity and enjoy varying degrees of economic success in our times, we remember well what happened in those eras. Working together with the federal government, the private sector and our neighbors will ensure that the experiences of those eras never return. ...

 

''Please, do not harm this program.''

 

Tex Hall, chairman of the Inter-Tribal Economic Alliance, called on all tribes to support Alaska Native Corporations as they endure the withering criticism of Waxman and company. ''Although the recent attacks have been aimed at our Alaska Native brothers and sisters, make no mistake - they are attacks on tribes and all Indian people. As our collective history has shown, when termination policies come for one, they come for all.

 

''Indian country, we must not sleep. We must unify to protect our full participation in the 8(a) program.''

 

 

 

 

October 3, 2007

 

Waimea Valley’s future as cultural institution looks bright

 

Honolulu Star Bulletin Editorial

http://starbulletin.com/2007/10/03/editorial/editorial01.html

 

Had the efforts of community and environmental groups not prevailed, Waimea Valley might have become just another subdivision of luxury homes on Oahu.

 

Instead, the island's last intact ahupuaa will remain whole and its value as a cultural asset likely enhanced as the Office of Hawaiian Affairs begins a promising venture to manage the 1,875-acre site that had been run unsuitably as a theme park.

 

The agency faces numerous hurdles, among them returning the park operations to profitability while preserving the valley's historic and natural resources.

 

OHA will assume management of the valley next year, taking over from the National Audubon Society, which has run the Waimea Valley Audubon Center for the past four years. OHA hasn't detailed its plans, except to say that a nonprofit corporation will be set up to handle operations.

 

The valley, once a spiritual center where Hawaiian high priests installed heiau, supported large groups of people with its mountain-to-sea resources. It contains 78 identified archaeological sites and possibly hundreds of others in unsurveyed areas, several species of native freshwater fish, native plants and thousands of introduced tropical species and a population of endangered Hawaiian moorhen.

 

For years, it was a tourist attraction with high-diving shows and other entertainment, a train ride and restaurant. In the late 1990s, its owner promoted it as an "adventure park," but was unable to make a profit. When it was put up for sale, community groups petitioned the City Council to condemn the valley to preserve it and prevent further development.

 

At one point, the Council, at the urging of Mayor Mufi Hannemann, who feared the property's cost would be set too high, considered dividing the valley and allowing luxury homes to be built in its uplands. However, a collection of private groups, city, state and federal agencies and OHA pooled funding to buy the valley with OHA gaining title.

 

Over the years, attendance at the park dropped and the Audubon Society and OHA could not agree on a long-term management lease. Meanwhile the park's roads, sewage plant and buildings fell into disrepair.

 

OHA will have to tackles these problems as well as set up a blueprint to maintain the thousands of plants at the park, and to produce enough revenue to preserve cultural resources.

 

It is a major undertaking, but the reward could be a natural institution for renewing Hawaiian traditions that both visitors and residents can appreciate.

 

 

 

 

Posted: September 26, 2007

 

Nationwide Native news channel Envisioned

 

by: Richard Walker / Indian Country Today

 

Native American Television 'is about empowerment'

 

TULALIP, Wash. - Washington, D.C.-based Native American Television trains multimedia journalists, but doesn't have a regular news program. NorthWest Indian News has an award-winning news program, but has no nationwide channel on which to broadcast.

 

The two have joined forces with the goal of establishing a nationwide Native news program online and on cable.

 

Native American Television, or NATV, has partnered with NorthWest Indian News, a Tulalip Tribes-funded news program shown on commercial and public access stations from Alaska to New Mexico, with the goal of producing similar programming throughout the United States.

 

In what is seen as a major boost for the effort, the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians - which represents 55 tribal nations in six states has endorsed the partnership and its goal.

 

''Getting out there and presenting Indian news and an Indian point-of-view is of the utmost importance,'' ATNI chairman Ernie Stensgar, Coeur d'Alene, said in a press release. He is also an NATV board member.

 

''Although the concept has been out there, now is the time to present the truth about Indians and what we're doing in the United States ... This is our chance to stand up and get our word out, to present the Indian voice to America and provide a better understanding of what we're about.''

 

NATV board chairman James May, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee, added, ''That's what NATV is aiming for - an opportunity to get our view out there. I see a real lack of being on equal footing with any other minority group.''

 

NATV was founded in 1990 to train American Indian/Alaska Native broadcast journalists. Its Washington, D.C., studio is named ''The Chuck Kaster Studio'' to honor the memory of NATV's founder, who died in September 2002. Kaster, a freelance videographer whose credits included The History Channel, trained students out of a basement studio in his home and dreamed of having a permanent facility to train Native students in news-gathering and television production.

 

Today, NATV operates an online news site and produces videos of Native events, among them the Tlingit-language production of ''Macbeth'' at the National Museum of the American Indian in March.

 

NATV teams with Columbia School of Broadcasting in nearby Fairfax, Va., for student training; Columbia's president, William Butler, is NATV's studio operations director. Tara Ryan, Chickasaw/Choctaw, is NATV's public affairs officer and liaison to the entertainment community; she owns a Native entertainment promotion and management company and is a casting consultant.

 

NATV board members include John Echohawk, Pawnee, executive director of the Native American Rights Fund; Joe Garcia, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, president of the National Congress of American Indians; and Natalie Charley, Quinault, a marketing and public relations consultant who also serves on the Potlatch Fund board of directors.

 

NorthWest Indian News, or NWIN, was founded in 2003 and covers news and events in the Pacific Northwest. It is hosted by actor/singer Chenoa Egawa, Lummi/Lower Elwha Klallam. Reporters include Ronnie Washines, editor of the Yakama Nation Review, and Niki Cleary, a reporter for See-Yaht-Sub, the Tulalip newspaper.

 

NWIN makes DVD copies of its programs; the DVDs are sent to TV stations for broadcast. There are no paid commercials.

 

In 2006, NWIN won an award from the Native American Journalists Association for its feature about the construction of a traditional Cathlapotle plankhouse. In October, NWIN won a silver Telly, an Oscar of sorts for excellence in local and regional TV programming.

 

While its programs are broadcast by about 60 TV stations, NWIN has expressed an interest in expanding nationwide, possibly via webcasting.

 

''We send our DVDs out; we produce about 1,000 of them,'' said NWIN News Director Jim Browder, based in Bellingham. ''[NATV Executive Director] Randy Flood saw it and said, 'This is what we want to be doing.'''

 

Flood said he and Browder first discussed the possibility of partnering about two years ago.

 

''NWIN is a classic example of how to do it well. With the exception of them, there's not a lot out there,'' Flood said. ''It's a prototype of what we'd like to see duplicated across the country.''

 

Flood said the national program will likely start online and then move to cable. ''In order to move to cable, you have to have some pretty good content,'' he said. ''You don't have to reinvent the wheel when you have a model like NWIN.''

 

Flood said mainstream news reports about Indian country issues ''don't come close to what Native people are facing,'' while Native-originated programs seldom reach an audience outside of the reservation. ''The Seminoles do an outstanding job of covering tribal events, but the rest of the world doesn't see the rich culture, language and history that exists with the Seminoles,'' Flood said.

 

Replicating NWIN rests on creating a nationwide network of trained news reporters and media technicians to provide news and information from Indian country communities. To do this, Flood will rely partly on NATV-trained trainers who will in turn develop multimedia specialists in their communities.

 

''There are about 500 tribal nations. If you have 500 reporters out there, that makes for a good report,'' he said.

 

NWIN will serve as a model and will assist in training and in assessing needs in each region.

 

Flood also wants to start a weekly ''Report from Washington,'' featuring Native organizations such as NCAI, the National Indian Education Association and NARF.

 

The journalism and technology training that reporters will receive will open paths in a field that has long been sorely lacking in diversity - of the 56,000 reporters, editors and photographers working for U.S. newspapers, only about 300 journalists are Native, according to the Poynter Institute of Media Studies. American Indians made up just 0.5 percent of radio news employees and 0.3 percent of television news employees in 2005, according to NAJA.

 

Flood envisions NATV as a cultural preservation tool. ''It's about empowerment, about providing tools the nations can use to preserve their heritage and language,'' Flood said.

 

Richard Walker is a correspondent reporting from San Juan Island, Wash. Contact him at rmwalker@rockisland.com.

 

 

 

 

Public Meeting Notice

 

All fishermen, fishing clubs, and associations are encouraged to attend a public meeting on Thursday, October 4, at the Keehi Boat House at 7 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to change the current state park rules concerning overnight fishing, to allow vehicles, EZ-UP tents, tarps, sleeping bags, cots, etc… to be included as fishing gear.

 

The Keehi Boat House is located at 24 Sand Island Access Road. For more information, call Micheal Nawaiki O’Connel at 808-723-5967.

 

 

 

 

October 1, 2007

 

"Nā ‘Ōiwi ‘Ōlino...People Seeking Wisdom"

 

OHA Radio Show Seeks Native Hawaiian Businesses and Individuals to Feature Weekly on Thursday and Friday Mornings

 

Here's an opportunity to promote your business, people, program and projects free of charge. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) is looking for Native Hawaiian businesses, people and organizations to feature on their radio show, "Nā ‘Ōiwi ‘Ōlino...People Seeking Wisdom," each Thursday and Friday on AM940, Hawaiian Talk Radio.

 

Thursday's shows will feature 3 Native Hawaiian businesses, business people, groups or organizations. Friday's shows will center on entertainment, the arts, culture, special events and happenings with a Native Hawaiian focus.

 

Each show runs from 7 am to 9 am and participants will go on air beginning at 7:15. On Thursday's each segment is a half hour -- 7:15 - 7:45; 7:45 - 8:15 and 8:15 - 8:45 am. On Friday's the show has two segments - 7 - 8 am and 8 - 9 am. Hosts are Brickwood Galuteria and Kimo Kahoano.

 

The schedule for the shows through October are:

 

Native Hawaiian Businesses, People, Groups and Organizations

Thursday, October 4

Thursday, October 11

Thursday, October 18

Thursday, October 25

7:15 - 7:45; 7:45 - 8:15 and 8:15 -8:45 am

 

 

Entertainment, Arts, Culture, Special Events, Happenings

Friday, October 5

Friday, October 12

Friday, October 19

Friday, October 26

7 am to 8 am and 8 to 9 am

 

The show's format is Q&A (Questions and Answers). An outline is prepared for each participant prior to the show. The interviews take place at the KCCN studios in Pioneer Plaza on Fort Street Mall, 7th Floor. If you are not able to come to the studio, call-in interviews are also conducted.

 

To book your business, staff, group or organization please contact Pauline Worsham at pauline@pmwconsult.com or at 951-5373; 497-4084.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

 

Bank of Hawaii offers financing for DHHL lessees

 

Advertiser Staff

 

Bank of Hawaii is promoting its newest mortgage loan option to benefit Native Hawaiians with home construction, purchases and renovation on Hawaiian home lands.

 

The bank said the program offers financing options, lower down payments and a reduced mortgage insurance premium. The program, FHA 184A Native Hawaiian Housing Loan Guarantee Program, also is a financing alternative to Department of Hawaiian Home Lands lessees. The risks are guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

The bank said the new program complements two others it offers DHHL lessees, including a conventional loan program and another known as FHA 247.

 

 

 

 

Friday, September 21, 2007

 

Inouye Announces Kauai Agency Awarded $1.1 Million for High-Tech Training and Economic Development Project

 

Press Release

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye announced today that the Kauai Economic Development Board, Inc., has been awarded a federal grant of nearly $1.1 million for a building renovation project that will help spur high-tech training and job development on the island.

 

“While the grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce is for the renovation of a building to house the Waimea Technology and Training Center, its benefits go far beyond bricks and mortar,” Senator Inouye said. “The grant, in essence, supports the mission of the Center. With a new, modern home, the Center will have the facilities to better offer customized technology training.”

 

“A tech-skilled workforce means opportunities for employment in the defense research and agricultural research industries. It can also serve as a lure for other tech companies to Kauai, which is home to the Pacific Missile Range Facility.”

 

The Center will also offer training to young adults preparing to enter the workforce.

 

The Economic Development Administration of the Department of Commerce will disburse the grant of $1,093,000. The total cost of the building renovation for the Waimea Technology and Training Center is estimated at $2,186,000.

 

 

 

 

October 2, 2007

 

Windmills Proposed for Homestead Land

 

UPC Wind  takes first steps in developing wind farms on Molokai.

 

The Molokai Dispatch

http://www.themolokaidispatch.com/node/1192

 

The discussion of energy alternatives continues to blow strong on Molokai. Last week Wednesday, representatives from UPC Wind met up with Hawaiian homesteaders in Ho`olehua to seek approval to build two meteorological towers (met-towers) on homestead lands. Photo courtesy of the Molokai Dispatch

 

The towers will record wind speed, direction, and other weather data which will ultimately help decide if a wind farm would be feasible on homestead land.

 

Although UPC representatives are confident that the selected areas will provide enough wind for the project, they say that the homesteaders themselves will have the most say whether or not the windmills will be built.

 

UPC spokeswoman Noelani Kalipi said she was excited to begin the dialogue process but did not expect an immediate decision from the homesteaders. According to Kalipi, the company wants to be a part of Molokai “for the long haul” and is dedicated to building relationships with the community.

 

If the community approves installation of the met-towers, UPC will erect the met-towers and gather data for 12-18 months. Pending further community approval UPC would begin the first of two phases toward building a Molokai wind farm.

 

The first phase consists of obtaining a general lease on uninhabited homestead land from Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) where 19 small wind turbines would be built. The farm would be capable of producing 50 megawatts of electricity which would be sold to Oahu and transported via an underwater cable.

 

At Wednesday’s meeting, homesteaders asked why Oahu should benefit before Molokai residents.

 

“The resource is from us, we have the right to have it first,” a homesteader said.

 

Kalipi said that building and maintaining wind farms are expensive, and that Molokai doesn’t use enough electricity (on average 2.5-6 megawatts) to generate the finances necessary for operating the wind farm.

 

In order to make the project financially viable, UPC has to sell the power to a larger energy consumer like Oahu, explained Wren “T’ree” Westcoatt III, who works for UPC.

 

Kalipi said the Molokai community could benefit from the wind farm through monthly cash rebates.  She says she would also like to hear alternative ideas from the community.

 

Westcoatt and Kalipi both have direct connections to Molokai. Westcoatt was born and raised on the island, while Kalipi’s husband is from Molokai.

 

Resident Kilia Purdy said she was glad UPC Wind representatives have strong Molokai ties. “You know that they will do what is best for the island,” she said.

 

“Their presentation was very thorough,” Purdy said. “It’s positive for the land; it would help buy the Ranch and has other benefits for us.”

 

Purdy, along with others, are supporting a campaign called Buy The Ranch (BTR) which hopes to buy Molokai Ranch properties. BTR supporters say UPC’s offer to build a Molokai wind farm would provide a viable alternative to Molokai Ranch’s controversial proposed development of La`au Point.

 

UPC has stated that it officially supports the community’s BTR campaign. Kalipi said the company is committed to making a significant donation to the fund. In turn, the company hopes the community would eventually allow UPC to lease land to construct a larger scale wind farm.

 

This latter phase of UPC’s plan for Molokai includes a large, 250-350 megawatt wind farm stretching from Ho`olehua to Ilio Point, which is currently owned by Molokai Ranch.

 

If the BTR campaign is successful and the community agrees to a lease with UPC, access and control to all land surrounding the wind turbines would be maintained by the community.

 

“A lot of development plans have been brought before Molokai over the years,” said Westcoatt. “UPC’s plan is the first that doesn’t require bringing in more people or using (more) water.”

 

Kaheawa Wind on Maui is a 30 megawatt farm owned by UPC, and built on State Conversation Land. The farm supplies 10 percent of Maui’s energy needs.

 

UPC has also signed a contract with the Kauai Electric Utility Cooperative. The company’s representatives are working with Hawaiian homesteaders there toward developing a smaller wind operation.

 

In Kaheawa, UPC developed a nature conservation habitat on the land employing two full-time biologists. UPC representatives say the stewardship of the Kaheawa Wind property has demonstrated the company’s commitment to Hawaiian culture and preservation of the environment.

 

 “It seems like they listen to the people,” said homesteader Will “Yama” Kaholoaa Sr.

 

Hawaii is the most oil dependent state in the country. Studies show that the state is 78 percent and Molokai is 100 percent dependent on petroleum.

 

The Hawaiian Energy Company (HECO) is currently receiving seven percent of its energy from renewable sources. Gov. Linda Lingle’s “Energy for Tomorrow” plan requires Hawaii to obtain 20 percent by 2020.

 

 

 

 

Posted on: Saturday, September 29, 2007

 

Nonprofit to oversee sacred Hawaiian valley

 

By Dan Nakaso
Advertiser Staff Writer

 

Attendance at Waimea Valley has fallen to an all-time low and the money-losing North Shore site will be taken over in February by a new entity of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, OHA officials announced yesterday.

 

Hi'ilei Aloha — OHA's newly created nonprofit limited liability corporation — will be run by former Honolulu City Council chairman Gary Gill. He most recently was program coordinator of the Kokua Kalihi Valley Community Health Clinic and also has been deputy director for environmental health at the state Department of Health and director of the State Office of Environmental Quality Control.

 

Hi'ilei Aloha means "to carry, care for and nurture lovingly," OHA chairwoman Haunani Apoliona said yesterday in making the announcement.

 

"This day marks a milestone for OHA and is solid demonstration of OHA's commitment to our kuleana of responsible stewardship, malama 'aina," Apoliona said. "We ask for the continued support from all of you in our ongoing efforts to do right by this place, to protect and manage this legacy of our ancestors for today and for tomorrow."

 

Yesterday's announcement was the latest development in the long history of Waimea Valley, which for 700 years was considered a sacred "valley of the priests" beginning in the late 11th century.

 

CHANGING HANDS

 

In modern times, Waimea Valley has survived several ownership changes.

 

In 2001, New York investor and theme-park developer Christian Wolffer put the valley under bankruptcy protection after attendance slipped. The City and County of Honolulu took possession of Waimea Valley through condemnation and in 2003 awarded a lease to the National Audubon Society.

 

OHA took title to the land last year after it was bought by a partnership involving OHA, the city, state Department of Land and Natural Resources, U.S. Army and National Audubon Society.

 

The National Audubon Society has been running what's now called the Waimea Valley Audubon Center for the last four years but expects to cease operations at the end of January, said Diana King, the center's interim director.

 

During Waimea Valley's peak years, as many as 2,000 people per day visited the 1,875-acre park. But attendance has dropped to as few as 300 to 400 visitors per day, and the roads and buildings have fallen into disrepair, said Jonathan Scheuer, director of land management hale for OHA.

 

Both OHA and the Audubon Society yesterday declined to specify what led the National Audubon Society to pull out of negotiations in January for a long-term lease to continue managing the valley.

 

"It's time to move on," King said. "It's unfortunate that it didn't work out. It's sad to leave such a special place. But we're honored to have played a part in safeguarding the valley, and we're optimistic about the future."

 

King said "repaving the road, repairing the sewage treatment plant, the roofs, buildings, railings — all of that needs attention."

 

IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED

 

Audubon officials estimate that Waimea Valley's operations will continue to lose about $500,000 per year, King said.

 

"The site has been run on a month-to-month basis for so long that the capital needs are significant," she said. "But we have been closing that gap through charitable donations, grants, outside contracts, things of that nature."

 

OHA administrator Clyde Namu'o said OHA trustees will be asked to fund $1 million for each of the next five years to keep Waimea Valley running and make needed improvements.

 

Admission fees currently range from $3 to $8 and could be considered for possible increases in the future, Namu'o said.

 

Waimea Valley Audubon Center's 43 full- and part-time employees were notified of the changes yesterday morning and will be asked to reapply for their jobs with Hi'ilei Aloha.

 

The center also receives help from about 500 volunteers, Namu'o said.

 

"In the last couple of years, it has been allowed to become dilapidated — from the bathrooms to the trees," said Butch Helemano, a Native Hawaiian minister in the area around Waimea Valley who was pleased with yesterday's announcement. "As a person with a lineal descent bloodline to the area, it was quite embarrassing. That's all going to change now."

 

Kawika Au, a longtime Waimea Valley volunteer, met Gill yesterday and called him and the new OHA entity "a great choice. It's just what the valley needs."

 

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THE VALLEY'S HISTORY

 

Waimea Valley is established as an important ahupua'a, a mountain to sea land division containing necessary natural resources to sustain a substantial number of residents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

 

Reach Dan Nakaso at dnakaso@honoluluadvertiser.com.

 

 

 

 

September 30, 2007

 

Ancient methods supplement health care for Alaska Native veterans

 

By: JAMES HALPIN - Associated Press

 

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Ancient Alaska Native healing techniques will soon supplement modern-day treatments for mental health ailments afflicting Alaskans returning from service in the Middle East.

 

Many Alaska National Guard soldiers come from isolated villages. Few have doctors; fewer yet have mental health professionals.

 

So traditional healers like Kenny Timberwolf will use talking circles, steam houses and subsistence hunts to help Native soldiers relieve their stress.

 

"Honoring them and welcoming them home as a veteran isn't enough," said Kenny Timberwolf, an Alaska Native shaman. "It has to go a lot deeper."

 

Timberwolf said like others, some Native veterans will have problems readjusting to life at home when they return in October, and Bush communities, because of their extreme isolation, need to start preparing now for their arrival.

 

"That lingering feeling of being in combat is going to be there," he said.

 

The soldiers, who are part of the largest Alaska National Guard deployment since World War II, have been gone for almost a year. The unit represents 81 different communities and more than a half dozen cultures, including Eskimos, Tlingits, Haidas, Aleuts and Athabascans.

 

It can be easy for people whose lives have been so disrupted to slip into depression, alcoholism or crime. "We need to have a healing process that doesn't have labels," Timberwolf said.

 

Native healing methods ---- ranging from placing hands on a person's body in a therapeutic touch to participating in Native songs and dances ---- can do that, said traditional healing tribal doctor Lisa Dolchok, of the Alaska Native Medical Center.

 

They are part of the holistic approach that is a common thread to traditional healing, which teaches people that they are responsible for their own recovery.

 

"Traditional healing for us in this state is the norm, and Western medicine is new to us," she said.

 

Talking circles and other traditional counseling techniques are the most accessible options for many returning soldiers because of the extended families found in many villages, said Dr. Ted Mala, director of the center's Traditional Healing Program.

 

"I think there are many different roads to health," he said. "Traditional healing is important because we take the healing that's come from our ancestors and hand it down."

 

On the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, an area the size of Oregon, 109 Guardsmen from 25 villages were deployed last October with the Alaska National Guard's 3rd Battalion, 297th Infantry.

 

"We're preparing for our troops to come home with our existing staffing and funding," said Danielle Dizon, a spokeswoman for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. "It's such a massive area, we can only provide so much."

 

There are 25 tribal health centers across the state. Only about half of them have doctors, said Chris Mandregan, Alaska area director for the Indian Health Service, a government agency. The rest make due with midlevel providers: physician's assistants and nurse practitioners.

 

There are 176 small villages across the state that have clinics, he said, but those are staffed by people who complete at least one six-week training course in basic medical care, similar to an EMT.

 

Behavioral health aides are beginning to show up in some villages, but services remain limited.

 

"Recruitment and retention is very, very difficult in some of these areas," Mandregan said.

 

Partly for those reasons, his organization tries to incorporate traditional healing practices ---- acupuncture, steam houses, manipulation of joints, prayer, smudging and healing herbs ---- into contemporary medicine where possible, he said.

 

Mandregan said he thought traditional healing could be of particular use because some Natives remain distrustful of Western medicine, he said.

 

"They're nervous about it, and they'll often consult with a tribal healer first," he said.

 

The apprehension dates back to the 1940s and 1950s, he said, when infected Natives were rounded up and put into sanitariums to prevent the spread of tuberculosis.

 

At the agency's Mount Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka, 138 people ---- mostly Native children ---- died and were buried in poorly marked concrete caskets, which were stacked inside abandoned military bunkers. The makeshift graves weren't found until the late 1990s. In many cases, family members were never told what happened to the loved ones who were sent to Sitka.

 

"Regardless of the good intentions, it became a system that was a little bit scary," Mandregan said. "You never really knew what became of them."

 

Despite some distrust, health care providers are planning to increase availability of Western care as well.

 

Victor Rosenbaum, of the Alaska Veterans Affairs Regional Office, said his office is working on plans to start offering a three-hour course for health care providers ---- including those at village clinics ---- to teach them how to recognize post-traumatic stress disorder and other readjustment issues.

 

While military officials say the unit hasn't been engaged in combat, Rosenbaum said PTSD is only one factor that can contribute to psychological problems to deployed veterans. Officials are preparing for the worst because they don't know what to expect, he said.

 

"Those folks that are coming back are younger Alaska Natives, and the villages are trying to bring back a total care approach for their catharsis," Rosenbaum said. "What they do from a whole person standpoint is going to be beneficial."

 

Alaska National Guard Spc. Paul Demmert, 24, served a year in Baghdad on a previous deployment. Now living in Juneau, the Tlingit Guardsman said his unit saw combat and its soldiers were shot at, though none was killed.

 

"You have your nightmares and your dreams about being back over there," he said.

 

When Demmert returned he visited his hometown of Kake, a small, mostly Native southeast Alaska village, where he was able to talk to his elders.

 

While Demmert said the military provides great coping tools, it helped him to talk to people who understood both his experiences and his heritage.

 

"A lot of them were veterans too and it was good to talk to them," he said. "I believe it's good to go through traditional ways."

 

 

 

 

October 3, 2007

 

Nike Adds Indian Artifacts to Its Swoosh

 

By ANDREW ADAM NEWMAN

The New York Times

 

When Nike recently introduced a shoe designed specifically for American Indians, the company said it was to promote a healthy lifestyle on reservations.

 

But along with its trademark swoosh, the Nike Air Native N7 features feathers and arrowheads, which bloggers have found off-putting.

 

“If this isn’t an example of corporate manipulation of race, I don’t know what is,” wrote one of about 200 readers commenting online about an article that appeared in The Rapid City Journal in South Dakota. There, the response to the article was split.

 

“What makes this a ridiculously bad move is decorating it ‘Native American style,’” added a reader identified as “la foi,” on the Web site of The Portland Mercury, an alternative weekly near Nike headquarters in Bend, Ore.

 

“They probably brought in a Native consultant and heard what they wanted to hear, which is that Native Americans like sunrises and rainbows and feel real connected to the earth and the night sky and stuff.”

 

But one of those consultants, Rodney Stapp, a podiatrist and a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma, begs to differ.

 

“There are always going to be negative comments,” said Mr. Stapp, who is director of the Dallas Urban Indian Health Center, “but most of them are saying that because they are not really familiar with the whole process that Nike went through.”

 

Mr. Stapp first contacted Nike several years ago, he recalled, after he discovered that a Nike crosstraining shoe, the Air Monarch, was well suited for his diabetic patients, who had turned up their noses at “those big ugly black shoes” made specifically for diabetics. (American Indians are more than twice as likely to be diabetic as non-Hispanic whites, according to the Centers for Disease Control.)

 

Mr. Stapp contacted the company, which agreed to provide the shoes to him at their wholesale price of $27.50 rather than the retail price of $60. The clinic, which was financed by the federal government, in turn agreed to provide the sneakers to patients free.

 

Three years ago, Nike approached Mr. Stapp about being part of a team of consultants to design a shoe from scratch.

 

“Indians tend to have a wider forefoot,” he said, “but their heels are about average,” which means that when shoes fit in the front, there can be “heel slippage” in the back.

 

Of course, the shoes will fit many who are not Indians perfectly well, but it is unlikely that they will be able to get their hands (or feet) on them.

 

According to a Nike spokesman, the shoes, which will be shipped starting Nov. 1, will not be available at conventional retail outlets but only through Nike’s Native American business program, which distributes through Indian clinics and businesses, many on reservations.

 

Doctors who serve American Indians may have even more cause to nag their patients to exercise than doctors elsewhere. Along with a higher incidence of diabetes, deaths from heart disease are 20 percent higher than in the American population over all, while deaths from strokes are 14 percent higher, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

 

The shoes have an $80 suggested retail price and will be sold to the Native American groups for $42.80. The company says its first run of the shoes, which come in men’s and women’s models, will be about 10,000 pairs, and that all profits from those sales — estimated at $200,000 at first — will be put into American Indian communities through a Nike athletic program called Let Me Play.

 

While some have taken umbrage at the idea of designing shoes for a specific ethnic group, others take this all less seriously.

 

“When I heard it, the first thing I did is I laughed until I cried, because I just though it was hilarious,” said Sherman Alexie, a Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian and a novelist, who is on a book tour for “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” a young adult novel.

 

“The day it was announced, I thought: ‘Are they going to have dream catchers on them? Are they going to be beaded? Will they have native bumper stickers on them that say, ‘Custer had it coming’?”

 

 

 

 

September 30, 2007

 

‘The house is magic’

 

By Jacquelyn Carberry

jcarberry@starbulletin.com

 

Since the taping of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" in June, Theresa "Momi" Akana has waved to people who have stopped to take in the sight of her new home in Kalihi Valley. Rubber-neckers have included everyone from casual Sunday drivers to curious military servicemen. Photo courtesy of the Honolulu Star Bulletin:  Cindy Ellen Russell

 

"Stop. Don't be shy," said Akana. "We don't feel ownership of the house."

 

But she's had to suppress the urge to literally wave people onto the site for a spontaneous tour of the structures built and furnished by the ABC television show -- her home, plus a community center for the nonprofit group she heads, Keiki O Ka Aina.

 

Part of Akana's good will comes from a need to share the good fortune -- the other part to dispel any community doubts that the rightful candidate was picked for the makeover.

 

"When so much is given, so much is expected," she said.

 

The Hawaii project had the distinction of drawing the largest number of volunteers to serve on a building site for the show. Roughly 3,000 volunteers from across the islands pitched in for the barn-raising. Neighbor islanders were provided transportation and temporary housing courtesy of go! airlines and Outrigger Enterprises. Akana is careful to acknowledge all who played a part in building the community center -- and her house, too.

 

"The house needs to be shared," she said. "The house is magic."

 

The new home replaces an old, dilapidated house that Akana lived in for 13 years and worked out of for 11. That building still belongs to her organization, and still stands just down the street, six houses over. "It's the only place the kids remember living," she said. "They never had a place to play."

Photo courtesy of the Honolulu Star Bulletin:  Cindy Ellen Russell

The show's producers chose to rebuild the center as well as give Akana a new house, placing both structures on the 3-acre community center site.

 

Akana doesn't know exactly why she was chosen for the show, but said she sees it as a sign of God at work, helping her nonprofit agency. Akana's spiritual beliefs are evident outside her new home's heavy wooden front door, through which few people can pass until after the "grand reveal" on television tonight. Inspirational and devotional quotations on placards line her porch, a personal touch Akana added after the cast and crew left.

 

Other than that, the house remains as it was when Akana and her family moved in three months ago. "Gosh, no changes. Not a thing. Can't imagine changes."

 

There has been unwanted attention in the form of questions about whether the rightful family was picked, and whether Akana's $100,000 salary as head of a nonprofit agency is justified.

 

"My salary is completely within the range of a nonprofit organization," said Akana.

 

She said she welcomes the chance to address resentment. "I invite anyone to give us a call and talk to us," said Akana, who turned to ABC producers for advice when she was uncertain about how to face the negative publicity.

 

"I was told by producers that this happened everywhere they go. ... I never want to say a negative thing and dishonor the people who worked on the project by focusing anything negative on the project ... but it's painful when it happens to you."

 

Calls made to ABC officials were not returned by press time.

 

FOR THE next year, Akana is under contractual obligation to the show's producers regarding appearances and interviews. Since the project concluded in June, she has had to keep her lips tightly sealed to promote what has become the highlight of the show: the grand reveal in which the homeowner, family in tow, is led back to the new, improved home, amid the cheers of an awaiting neighborhood.

 

The Akanas vacationed in British Columbia while their new home and the community center were being built. Upon their return, Akana said, volunteers who worked on the project were eager to share their own stories of participation.

 

In a moment that was not captured on film, the crew left additional sealed and wrapped furniture in the garage as a surprise for the family, said Akana.

 

Though a family's personal hardships are often the basis for stories told on the show -- and she has struggled in the past as a former single mother who raised three of her four children on welfare -- Akana would be relieved if the focus would be less on the personal and more on the nonprofit agency she runs. The season premiere is the first time a community center has been featured on the show.

 

Since the show was taped, other changes at the Keiki O Ka Aina community center have been evident. The old one was contaminated with mold and had substantial water damage. Big plans await the new center, said Akana, including building outdoor classrooms, as well as holding a community movie night on the new lawn, freshly seeded two weeks ago.

 

Akana said Keiki O Ka Aina is dedicated to building family ties within the community through programs such as parenting and Hawaiian language classes; recent grants have come from sources such as the Administration for Native Americans.

 

In her nonprofit agency, of the 50 employees who work for the company, many have "sad, sad stories of the sick, the homeless ... I'm not the story, pick someone else (for that)," said Akana. "I applied on behalf of the school. I'm excited about what we want to have done."

 

 

 

 

September 30, 2007

 

The Heyteyneytah Project

 

http://www.jacksonholestartrib.com/

 

Horses helped heal the spirit of Stanford Addison after a truck accident paralyzed him 28 years ago.

 

Now, Addison uses horses to help heal at-risk youth. He calls it the Heyteyneytah Project, a nonprofit program incorporating his gentle horse training techniques. In Arapaho, Addison's native tribe, heyteyneytah means respect.

 

While many of the youth who find their way to the Addison Ranch are from around the Wind River Indian Reservation, kids from Colorado, California, Iowa and Illinois have lived with Addison and learned his techniques. Addison supports these kids largely out of his own pocket.

 

But he's looking to expand his program.

 

For the past year, he's been working with the Wind River Development Fund, a nonprofit community development corporation. With its help, he is developing a small business plan that will make his ranch more financially viable, said Lisa Wagner, executive director.

 

"What he does is very much a community service in terms of working with youth," she said.

 

Besides his work with kids, Addison also hosts several horse-training clinics a year. In those, participants learn to connect with a horse, saddle-break it and ride it all in one day. People come from around the world for these clinics.

 

To learn more about the Heyteyneytah Project or to help, contact the Wind River Development Fund at (307) 335-7330 or call Addison at (307) 349-8669.

 

On the net:

 

* See a video of Addison using his training techniques on an Arabian filly at casperstartribune.net and click on this story.

 

* www.wrdf.org

 

* www.stanaddison.com

 

 

 

 

October 2, 2007

 

It all adze up: Stone tool traveled the Pacific

 

Tool found in Polynesia came from Kahoolawe

 

By Jim Borg
jborg@starbulletin.com

 

Sophisticated chemical analysis of an adze found in French Polynesia in the 1930s shows that it came from the island of Kahoolawe, proving for the first time that ancient Polynesian voyagers made the return trip from Hawaii. Photo courtesy Bishop Museum:  Betty Lou Kam

 

Proof of multidirectional voyages, supported by Polynesian oral histories, came when new technology was applied to a collection of prehistoric tools stored for decades at the Bishop Museum.

 

The adze, a rock tool used for hollowing out tree trunks into canoes, was among 19 collected in the Tuamotu Archipelago by noted Bishop Museum anthropologist Kenneth Emory.

 

Because they were made of the volcanic rock basalt, the adzes were clearly not from the Tuamotus, which are low-lying islands long past their period of volcanism.

 

But the mystery of just where they came from remained unsolved until now.

 

Writing in the current issue of the journal Science, two scientists from the University of Queensland in Australia report that one of the adzes bears the unmistakable geochemical signature of basalt from Kahoolawe.

 

"The rock from which it was made was transported a minimum distance of (2,500 miles) from its source on Kahoolawe in the Hawaiian chain," says the article, "Stone Adze Compositions and the Extent of Ancient Polynesian Voyaging and Trade."

 

Kenneth Collerson and former Bishop Museum researcher Marshall Weisler, both with the University of Queensland, report that the adze known as C-7727, which was collected on the Tuamotu island of Napuka, matches basalt rocks from Kahoolawe across a wide array of chemical yardsticks. Specific characteristics differentiate it from similar basalts on Lanai and the other Hawaiian islands, the scientists said.

 

Two other adzes were traced to their origins, one to Pitcairn Island, made famous by mutineers of the HMS Bounty, and the other to Rurutu in the Austral Islands.

 

Their analysis looked at lead and other trace elements and isotopes -- cousins in the same elemental family that differ in atomic weight due to natural radioactive decay.

 

In an accompanying article, Ben Finney, a University of Hawaii anthropologist, said the technique should now be turned to artifacts found in South America to determine of Polynesians made it that far, as many scientists suspect.

 

"A bone of a Polynesian chicken excavated in Chile has recently provided archaeological support for Polynesians having reached South America in pre-Columbian times," Finney said. "Now we need to look for Polynesian basalt adzes there."

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, Oct 2nd, 2007

 

KANA kicks butts, goes tobacco-free islandwide

 

By SCOTT CHIRSTIANSEN

Mirror Writer

 

Early last month, the smoke shack was removed from the parking lot of Kodiak Area Native Association’s headquarters on Rezanof Drive.

 

KANA’s smoke shack was more than just a spartan shelter from wind and rain. It had benches, a fire-suppressing ashtray similar to those outside airports, and a Plexiglas window with a view of a pond where ducks swim in the summer. There is a stand of Sitka spruce nearby and deer sometimes visit the KANA campus.

 

In short, it was a nice place to smoke.

 

The smoke shack was also an ironic symbol, because that comfy place to smoke outdoors was provided by the nonprofit health clinic serving Alaska Natives from all over Kodiak.

 

The smoke shack had to go, KANA tobacco education coordinator Sorona Dolph said, as KANA goes tobacco-free in its buildings and parking lots islandwide this week.

 

“I am just excited to make this a reality, so our beneficiaries can come to our campus and breathe freely,” Dolph said.

 

KANA is also offering help to Kodiakans who want to quit smoking but do not know how to begin. The Native health provider is using state grant money that offers assistance to all smokers who want to quit, Native and non-Native alike, Dolph said.

 

There is also assistance for people who want stop using smokeless tobacco products such as chewing tobacco and snuff.

 

The new tobacco-free policy banishes cigarettes, cigars, pipe smoking and chewing tobacco from KANA buildings in Kodiak city and its six health clinics in villages around the archipelago.

 

No one, Dolph said, “should have to walk through clouds of smoke” to visit a health clinic.

 

The KANA policy even extends to its parking lots, where people are encouraged not to smoke or chew inside their vehicles, Dolph said.

 

“Employees have been very supportive, even those who historically smoked,” KANA CEO Andy Teuber said. “We have had employees who have elected to quit smoking.”

 

KANA has about 120 employees, and is part of an anti-smoking wave crossing Alaska.

 

Anchorage’s citywide indoor smoking ban began in July and made headlines across the state, but health care companies such as Providence Alaska Medical Center and Alaska Native Medical Center were on the leading edge. Both stopped providing places for employees and customers to smoke indoors years ago.

 

The Native hospital’s indoor ban began in 1986. In the last two years both Providence and ANMC announced tobacco-free policies that extend outdoors, into the parking lots of their Anchorage properties.

 

Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center is expected to announce a smoke-free campus next month. PKIMC plans an announcement coinciding with a national event, the Great American Smoke Out on Friday, Nov. 16.

 

KANA employee Michael Horton said statistics show how important a smoke-free health clinic and stop-smoking programs are for the Alaska Native population.

 

“For the Native population, lung cancer and heart disease are the No. 1 and 2 killers,” Horton said. “Both of those are strongly linked with tobacco use. That is really why we are doing this, to knock-off the No. 1 and 2 killers.”

 

For Kodiakans who want to quit smoking, Dolph and Heidi Barrett-McNerney are launching stop-smoking groups. The program also offers assistance in the form of free or reduced-price nicotine patches.

 

Barrett-McNerney said studies show quitters sometimes balk when withdrawal symptoms strike. A support group helps people get through the times when symptoms are strongest, she said.

 

“Three to four days is when the most symptoms happen, and then for some (people), they come back after a couple weeks,” Barret-McNerney said. “You need the group from Day 1, because the more support you have, the better.”

 

Mirror writer Scott Christiansen can be reached via e-mail at schristiansen@kodiakdailymirror.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2007 Public Trust Contract Awards

The State of Hawaii is home to two public trust agencies managing lands and assets for Native Hawaiians – the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.  The following Professional Services Awards are published by the State Procurement Office at http://www4.hawaii.gov/professionalservices/Display.cfm to keep residents of Hawaii and beneficiaries of the trusts informed. Contracts awarded during the last 6 months are listed below.

Professional Services Awards

Department of Hawaiian Home Lands

Date Awarded

Awardee

Services to be Provided

Cost

More Info

9/25/2007

Helen Wai, LLC

Counseling for DHHL lessees in a loan delilnquency or lease cancellation situation

$10,000

More Info

9/25/2007

Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement

Counseling for DHHL lessees in a loan delilnquency or lease cancellation situation

$10,000

More Info

9/25/2007

Hawaii Community Assets

Counseling for DHHL lessees in a loan delilnquency or lease cancellation situation

$10,000

More Info

9/25/2007

Alu Like Inc.

Counseling for DHHL lessees in a loan delilnquency or lease cancellation situation

$10,000

More Info

9/06/2007

Ronnette Alani Artates

HOAP'S Homebuyer Education and Case Management (Levels 1 and 2)

$29,640

More Info

9/06/2007

Hawaii Homeownership Center

HOAP'S Homebuyer Education and Case Management (Levels 1 and 2)

$29,640

More Info

9/05/2007

Ashford & Wriston

Supplemental Contract No. 1:Legal Services for negotiating lease agreements for land situated in Puunene, Maui

$50,000

More Info

8/28/2007

Hawaii Community Assets

HOAP's homebuyer education & case management (level I & II)

$56,280

More Info

8/28/2007

Nanakuli Housing Corp

HOAP's homebuyer education & case management (level I & II)

$25,000

More Info

8/28/2007

Loan Support Services, LLC

HOAP's homebuyer education & case management (level I & II)

$29,640

More Info

8/28/2007

Homestreet Bank

HOAP's homebuyer education & case management (level I & II)

$29,640

More Info

8/28/2007

AMH Development & Financial, LLC

HOAP's homebuyer education & case management (level I & II)

$29,640

More Info

8/28/2007

Consumer Credit Counseling Service

HOAP's case management, level III

$40,000

More Info

8/28/2007

Goodwill Industries of Hawaii, Inc.

HOAP's job placement & training program

$72,000

More Info

8/16/2007

PBR Hawaii & Associates, Inc.

Planning Analysis Report and Pre. Concept Plan for two DHHL parcels located in Kalaoa, Kona

$142,000

More Info

8/16/2007

PBR Hawaii & Associates, Inc.

Supplemental Contract #1. Prepare EA for two parcels near Old Hilo Airport.

$35,000

More Info

6/26/2007

Global Resorts, Inc.

Provide Proposal for Development Feasibility Report for a Potential Resort/Timeshare Project; Wailua, Kauai

$38,440

More Info

6/20/2007

HONCAD/CORE SYSTEMS

Hardware, software & services to upgrade current backup solution for network servers & subdivide LAN

$26,737

More Info

6/18/2007

Community Planning & Engineering

Supplemental Contract #1. Engineering/planning studies to determine development feasibility.

$600,000

More Info

6/18/2007

Group 70 International, Inc.

Updates to the Waimanalo and Kapolei Regional plans and assessment and topographic survey of a parcel in the Waimanalo area.

$150,000

More Info

5/21/2007

Kuhana Assoc., LLC

Oracle Financials system upgrade including providing all software licenses, new server hardware and installing all software components on the new hardware.

$515,324

More Info

5/03/2007

HAWAIIAN COMMUNITY ASSETS

Provide homebuyer education, financial literacy training, financial assessments, and credit counseling to DHHL beneficiaries. (HOAP)

$50,000

More Info

4/03/2007

Community Planning & Engineering, Inc

Consultant for design services for the Lalamilo P2 project of 459 lots.

$746,888

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Office of Hawaiian Affairs

 

No Matches Found.

 

CNHA Note:  The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is exempt from this disclosure under current Hawaii law.    HRS §10-7(e) provides: “Grants made by the [Office of Hawaiian Affairs] under this chapter (Chapter 10 – Office of Hawaiian Affairs) may be made without regard to chapters103D (Hawaii Public Procurement Code) and 103F (Purchases of Health and Human Services).”

 

 

 

 

Federal Register Listings

 

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[Federal Register: September 26, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 186)]

[Notices]              

[Page 54672-54673]

From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

 

Office of the Secretary

 

Native Hawaiian Organization Notification List

 

AGENCY: Office of Hawaiian Relations, Office of the Secretary, Department of the Interior.

 

ACTION: Creation of a Native Hawaiian Organization Notification List to be maintained by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Hawaiian Relations.

 

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SUMMARY: The Office of Hawaiian Relations (OHR), within the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), has developed criteria for establishment of a Native Hawaiian Organization Notification List (Notification List). The purpose of the Notification List is to provide the DOI officials with a tool to help satisfy their statutory notification obligations under such laws as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). It is also the intent of the Office of Hawaiian Relations to make available to other Federal agency officials this mechanism to assist them with their reasonable and good faith efforts to identify Native Hawaiian organizations that are to be notified or consulted with when required by statute or when desired.

 

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Quiet Title Notices

 

In an effort to increase the usefulness of this service to our subscribers, CNHA is now including a section for Quiet Title Notices at the end of each NewsClips.

 

CIVIL NO. 96-0755(2) IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SECOND CIRCUIT STATE OF HAWAII TO: SYLVIA AH MOOK SANG, AUDREY BASQUES, GERALD PO`OKELA DUARTE, JHAMEEL DUARTE, JHANEEN DUARTE, JHANEEZA DUARTE, THAYNE DUARTE, MAYVIS KAPAHU, TRACY KAPAHU, MELVIN LIU, LILLIAN K. PUAOI, LORAINE K. PUAOI, CHARLOTTE TOLENTINO, ROBERT ABLEIDINGER, DALE ABLEIDINGER, DAWN REAM, KENNETH ABLEIDINGER, ARLETTE MOANA LAHELA RITTMEISTER ADAMS and WILLIAM F. RITTMEISTER. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that Plaintiff LOCHLAND HOLDINGS LLC claims fee simple ownership, together with others, to: Royal Patent Grant Number 2074 (area: 0.58 acre) issued to NALAUHULU, KAPUAHELANI and KELEAU; Royal Patent Grant Number 2076 (area 0.32 acre) issued to KAMAHA; Royal Patent Grant Number 2225 (Apana 1, area: 0.52 acre) issued to KELIILAWAIA; Royal Patent Grant Number 2792 (area 0.48 acre) issued to KAHU, all situate at Kalihi, District of Honuaula, Island and County of Maui, State of Hawaii, portion of Tax Map Key 2-1-04-46(2); and Royal Patent Grant Number 2844 (Apana 1, area 0.46 acre) issued to KAHULA, situate at Kalihi, District of Honuaula, Island and County of Maui, State of Hawaii, being all of Tax Map Key 2-1-04-68(2). YOU ARE HEREBY FURTHER NOTIFIED that Plaintiff LOCHLAND HOLDINGS LLC, through its predecessor owner, has filed a Complaint to Quiet Title in the Second Circuit Court, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, requesting that title to the above-described real property be determined quieted as to any and all adverse claims not presented and/or adjudicated in this action. YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to appear in the courtroom of the Honorable Shackley F. Raffetto, Judge of the above-entitled Court, Hoapili Hale, 2145 Main Street, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, on Wednesday, the 24th day of October, 2007, at 8:30 a.m., or to file an answer or other pleading and serve it before said day upon Plaintiffs' counsel TOM C. LEUTENEKER, Carlsmith Ball LLP, 2200 Main Street, Suite 400, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii 96793, to show cause, if any you have, why the prayer of said Complaint should not be granted. Unless you file an answer before the time aforesaid or appear at the Second Circuit Court, Wailuku, County of Maui, State of Hawaii, at the time and place aforesaid, your default will be recorded, and said Complaint will be taken as confessed and a judgment by default will be taken against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. DATED: Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, September 4, 2007. D. MORIOKA CLERK OF THE ABOVE ENTITLED COURT CARLSMITH BALL LLP TOM C. LEUTENEKER 721-0 2200 Main Street, Suite 400 Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii 96793 Telephone No. 808.242.4535 Fax No. 808-244-4974 Attorney for Plaintiff (Hon. Adv.: Sept. 13, 20, 27; Oct. 4, 2007) (A-315232) Updated on 09/27/2007.

 

 

 

 

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