Ching Foundation Sponsors “Inspired in Hawaii” Contest for Students

The Clarence T. C. Ching Foundation has announced its
Sixth Annual “Inspired in Hawaii” Essay, Poster and Video Contest
The contest encourages Hawaii’s students to “dream big and make Hawaii a better place.” This year’s contest, which is open to students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 who are current residents of the state of
Hawaii,  offers $10,000 in cash awards for winning students and their teachers.

Poster and Essay Division Awards:
First Place: $125 student, $50 teacher
Second Place: $100 student, $50 teacher
Third Place: $50 student, $50 teacher
Video Division Awards*:
First Place: $300 team, $100 teacher
Second Place: $250 team, $100 teacher
Third Place $200 team, $100 teacher
Fourth Place $150 team, $100 teacher
Fifth Place: $100 team, $100 teacher

Students may enter only one division.
Essay Division: Grades 6-12, individual
Poster Division: Grades K-12, individual
Video Division: Grades 7-12, individual or team entries

Each entry must identify an existing problem in Hawaii and offer a thoughtful solution to the problem. Go to the Web site for rules, entry forms, prizes, judging criteria and information on Clarence T.C. Ching. You can also see last year’s winning entries there.
Entries must be received no later than 4:00 p. m. on Friday, November 6, 2015. Mail or deliver entries to:

ATTN: Inspired in Hawaii Contest, The Clarence T. C. Ching Foundation, 1001 Bishop Street, Suite 770, Honolulu, HI 96813

If there’s a question that isn’t answered at the Web site, contestants can email contest coordinator

Award winners will be contacted through their schools and invited to an awards program in February 2016.

Free Pre-K Seats Available at Four Big Island Charter Schools

Applications for free, high-quality prekindergarten are still being accepted from qualified families at four public charter schools on the island of Hawaii. Children eligible to attend are four-year-olds whose birthdates fall on or between August 1, 2010 and July 31, 2011 and whose family income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines for Hawaii.

Na Wai Ola Public Charter School, Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School, Ke Kula ‘o N?wah?okalani‘?pu‘u Iki Laboratory Public Charter School (“Nawahi”), and Ka ‘Umeke K?‘eo Public Charter School (“Ka ‘Umeke”) are the first schools that will be providing pre-kindergarten under a $14.8 million, four-year federal Preschool Development Grant awarded to the State Public Charter School Commission in December. Nawahi and Ka ‘Umeke are Hawaiian language immersion schools whose pre-kindergarten programs will also be in Hawaiian. The grant is intended to serve 920 students, over four years, in 18 charter school classrooms statewide.

The Commission’s grant application was one of 18 applications approved for the highly competitive U.S. Department of Education Preschool Development Grant. Hawaii was one of only five states to be awarded a grant to open new preschool programs, as opposed to expanding current programs.

“This grant enables Hawaii to continue making progress with its early childhood education system,” said Commission Executive Director Tom Hutton. “By creating more high-quality prekindergarten classrooms in addition to those already operating on Hawaii DOE campuses, our public charter schools are helping to ensure that more of Hawaii’s keiki get the good start they will need in kindergarten and beyond.”

More information on the pre-K initiative and the participating schools is available on the Commission’s website,

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Pahoa Student Does Plankton Research

Juniper Ozbolt of Pahoa, HI recently completed the spring semester of her sophomore year of high school at Coastal Studies for Girls in Freeport, Maine. Coastal Studies for Girls is a Semester School for 10th grade girls. The school features rigorous academic courses and an integrated marine science and leadership curriculum based on fieldwork and experiential place-based learning.

 While at CSG, Juniper completed a scientific research project examining the diversity within the phytoplankton community during the spring phytoplankton bloom. Juniper and her research team collected data at several sites, structured their study and analyzed their data with the guidance of CSG Marine Ecosystems instructor, Kerry Whittaker PhD. The girls each prepared a scientific paper explaining their findings. They documented the significance of their findings by pointing to research indicating that the oceans’ phytoplankton populations are the crucial building blocks of the ocean food supply and also produce over 50% of the oxygen on the planet. They presented their research results in a public forum held at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, Maine. The title of Juniper ‘s presentation was: Phyto Zoo: a Look at the Spring Bloom. The other Spring 2015 Coastal Studies for Girls Research Topics included: Human-Driven Ocean Acidification Decimates the Base of Marine Life; Microplastics: A Macro Problem; Invasive species on the Coast of Maine: Green and Asian Shore Crabs; and Hypoxia in coastal waters.

 The presentations were live streamed to viewers across the globe. In addition to producing original marine research during her semester at Coastal Studies for Girls, Juniper also completed a semester-long leadership course, earned honors credits in Literature, History, Math and Foreign Language and traveled with her classmates on a 10-day expedition along the Maine coast and islands. Juniper describes her CSG Semester with these words, “I was encouraged to be my authentic self at CSG.

 Each semester, Coastal Studies for Girls accepts 15 girls from across the country to live in the farmhouse on the shores of Casco Bay. Together they create a community of engaged learners dedicated to observation, inquiry, connection and action.

 Juniper returns to Hawaii Academy of Arts and Science in the fall as a junior. To learn more about Coastal Studies for Girls, or for information on applying, please visit www.coastalstudiesforg

UH-Hilo Awards Dorrance Scholarships to Local Students

From UH Hilo:

2nd Graders Publish Book on Plantation Life

From Larry Czerwonka Publishing:

Second Grade students at Kalaianaole Elementary in Papaikou have teamed up with Larry Czerwonka Publishing to release their book, “A Day at the Hawai‘i Plantation Museum.” The book is a collaborative effort of writing, illustrations, and photographs between about 25 students, alumni, and teachers, along with the staff and volunteers at the Hawai‘i Plantation Museum (

The hope is that this book will inform and educate readers about plantation life and maybe spark some conversations at home about a way of life that was once common on Hawai‘i Island. The book tells the reader some of the history and cultures of plantation life as seen through the eyes of the students. “We wanted to not only show the students photographs and items from the plantations, but we also wanted them to interview people about Plantation Life. We also encouraged the students to ask family members what they recall about growing up in and around the plantation,” says Cynthia Inouye, who is the students’ second grade teacher.

The idea to write a book started after Cynthia Inouye attended a meeting where Larry Czerwonka talked about his publishing company and how they had a program for helping teachers and students write and publish books.

“I love giving back,” says Publisher Larry Czerwonka. “Helping students go from being readers to published authors is something I am very passionate about.” Everyone involved in the project says the book will do more than just record a social studies assignment. “We believe this book will inspire students to ask more questions about how things used to be,” says Jean Wence, a retired teacher involved with the project. “There is a wealth of knowledge in our kupuna not just about how things were but about many other things as well. We hope this experience gets the students excited about talking story with their elders.” “

A Day at the Hawai‘i Plantation Museum” at or by using the Bitly link:

Governor Ige’s April 17 Statement Re The Thirty Meter Telescope

Today, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) leadership informed me that construction will continue to be postponed. Any further announcements about the construction schedule will come from TMT.

My understanding is that TMT followed an almost 7 year planning and permitting process, which included public hearings and community input. Following this process, project permits were issued. The TMT team is legally entitled to use its discretion to proceed with construction.

I understand that not everyone will agree with this and recognize and respect their right to appeal through the court system.

We have used this time to listen and learn about Maunakea from various stakeholders. I learned about other issues that need our attention to create and implement a better plan for the stewardship of Maunakea. This may include:

  • Decommissioning and removing older telescopes and facilities to restore the summit
  • Reducing the level of activity on the summit
  • Integrating culture and science

My administration will be working with the University of Hawai‘i, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and the community to actively pursue these outcomes.

Letter: The Crisis is Over; Bring Back Lower Puna Grade-Schoolers

Dearest Anyone Who Cares About The School Children Of Lower Puna:

I noticed in the Hawaii Trib-Herald story this morning, the “schools”  that relocated children plan to keep their current arrangements for the rest of the school year.  Now, in addition to the little kids from Pahoa and Keonepoko being kept in little pods in Keaau, taking field trips to the bathroom, and hanging out with high schoolers for another 3 months, due to preemptive forced evacuation, some other information has been imparted which you should consider now rather that making everyone suffer through the end of the school year because you can.

It was just  brought to my attention that since the mayor reinstated Section 8 housing in lower Puna, lots of folks have moved back, and their kids which should be going to Keonepoko have to go to Pahoa School, and now there are so many little kids in Pahoa School, the older elementary kids are now in classrooms on the high school side, not with their elementary school friends, and exposed to the problems inherent in our high schools.

Why don’t you in charge just take a few days or over the weekend, and open up Keonepoko, and let the kids all go back where they belong???  Why do you make them, their parents and the teachers, stay unnecessarily???  The lava has not really been a threat for awhile now.  Could it because you spent way too much money in your panic, and now the kids and parents and teachers have to suffer until the DOE get’s off its okole and decides it is time?  If it is not this, than please clarify your reasons for keeping the children where they are for many more months, and please clarify it to the students, teachers, parents and caring community members in writing and in the newspaper, so everyone can know the real reason and try to come to grips with this new “dire emergency” method of dealing with Pele our government is testing out on us in lower Puna..

With Love,

Sara Steiner

Capital Improvements Budget Is Out

  The state legislature’s proposed annual budget is out, with its annual gift to the construction industry: the Capital Improvement Projects  (CIP) funding.  The biggest CIP allocations on this island are a $61 airport firefighters’ training facility at Kona Airport, $55 million in continued funding for the Judiciary Complex in Kona, and $8.5 million for a “multi-purpose workforce development processing facility.” Other big island projects include: 

·         $1.2 million for the plans and design of a new hospital in Kona

·         $2.35 million for the design and construction of a Kamuela post-harvest facility and vacuum cooling plant

·         $330,000 for improvements to the research campus in the Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology Park

·         $30.212 for the construction of a new combined support maintenance shop complex for Hawaii Army National Guard at the Keaukaha military reservation

·         $1.675 million for Youth Challenge Academy renovations and improvements at Keaukaha military reservation

·         $2 million for the design of Building A phase 1 renovations at Hilo Intermediate School

·         $1 million for the construction of bleachers at Honokaa High School

·         $230,000 for the construction of drainage improvements and a raised covered walkway at Mountain View Elementary School

·         $450,000 for a new baseball batting cage at Waiakea High School

·         $1.58 million for the design of a new classroom building at Waikoloa Elementary and Middle School

·         $300,000 for parking improvements at Kealakehe Elementary School

·         $1 million for the design and construction for Pu’u Wa’awa’a structure improvements and dam compliance

·         $400,000 for the plans and design for improvements at the North Kawaihae small boat harbor

·         $600,000 for the land acquisition and design for a community center in Waiakea Uka

·         $200,000 for building renovations and improvements at the Paauilo slaughterhouse plant

·         $3.5 million for airfield improvements at Hilo International Airport

·         $1.425 million for physical modifications to improve navigational safety and operational efficiencies at Hilo Harbor

·         $3.6 million for Kohala Mountain Road drainage improvements by mile post 10.60

·         $8 million for the rehabilitation of Ninole Bridge along Mamalahoa Highway (route 11)

·         $15 million for repair and maintenance of feeder roads and alternate routes for Highway 130

·         $660,000 for land acquisition to extend the Daniel K. Inouye Highway from the Hilo terminus to the Queen Kaahumanu Highway

·         $1.5 million for the construction of portable trailers at Hawaii Community College

·         $350,000 to renovate the tennis court at Honokaa High and Intermediate School

·         $2.46 million lump sum for renovations at Hilo High School

·         $1.23 million lump sum for renovations at Konawaena Middle School

·         $780,000 lump sum for renovations at Kohala High

·         $4.99 million for photovoltaic projects for East Hawaii HHSC region

·         $3.492 million total for renovations at Kona Community Hospital

·         $750,000 for an 80 bed intake unit at Hawaii Community Correctional Center to address overcrowding

UH-Hilo Offers Environmental Day Camps for Secondary/Middle Schoolers

From the University of Hawaii at Hilo:

Applications are currently being accepted for the University of
Hawai`i at Hilo Manowai O Hanakahi youth summer program, July 13 –
17, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., with possible overnight field trips. The deadline is
Saturday, April 25. Registration fee of up to $150 may apply; need-
based scholarships are available.

Manowai O Hanakhi offers one-week environmental day camps for Hawai`i
Island middle and high school students currently attending grades 7 –
11. Program participants learn about Hawai`i’s mauka (mountain) and
makai (ocean) regions while developing a deeper understanding of the
archipelago’s natural history and conservation challenges.
Participants gain confidence while developing skills used in
environmental restoration and ecological monitoring.

For more information or to apply, visit, call 933-0707, or email

Gov. Ige’s Super-$6K Club, Expanded Edition, Part 1

Six thousand dollars is the most that any individual is allowed to give to a candidate in the governor’s race, under Hawaii’s state campaign finance laws. But that doesn’t mean that several individuals related to the same company—or their spouses or siblings—can’t legally give $6,000 each, so long as they don’t get the company to give them the money and they don’t conspire together to give it as a group.
We named some of these “Super $6,000 groups” as a sidebar to a story in our February 2014 print edition. But then we discovered that the search program that we used had only identified a fraction of Ige’s $6,OOO donors, and hadn’t identified members of the same organizations who gave smaller amounts. So we’ve gone back doing it the old-fashioned way: campaign report file by campaign report file, line by line. And what we found was a bit dismaying.
First, let this be said: Ige drew massive grassroots support, with hundreds of donors who contributed between $25 and $1500. And in some of the the remaining big-ticket cases, it may well simply be that two individuals in the same household were just supporting their political convictions as individuals. Former Governor Ben Cayetano donated $6,000 to Ige, for instance, and his wife Vicky chipped in another $5,000. But others just don’t pass the “smell test”: they do business with the state and present potential conflicts of interest for the Governor. And some simply seem to stretch the rules. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, for instance, contributed $6k through their national PAC, $6K through a local PAC, $6k through an organization called Hawaii Electricians Marketing Enhancement Plan, which operates out of the same room as one of the IBEW local chapters, and yet another $6K through yet another local. Ige, himself an electrical engineer, managed to get four times the love from different branches of the same organization.
The biggest Super $6K Club member by far that we’ve found is a company Called Aviation and Professional Services or AvAirpro Services or AVAirpro Services, which says on its Web site that it provides consulting and services to Honolulu Airport. Its officers and their wives apparently fattened Gov. Ige’s campaign war chest by $60,000 in a single day. And they apparently weren’t donating out of deep political conviction, either—several of them also gave to former Governor Neil Abercrombie, whom Ige defeated in the primary.
We also found a number of instances in which Ige’s campaign committee actually named persons and organizations that had donated more than $6,000 individually, in clear violation of the law. In some cases, we found records showing that the Ige campaign had returned the excess—but not all, or even the majority of such cases.
We’re still far from finding all of Gov. Ige’s Super $6,000 contributors. The Governor’s campaign finance files are massive; so far, we’ve only gotten back to his committee’s August 10-October 20, 2014 general election repot. And the data is often incomplete; the majority of donors don’t even give their job description or business affiliation, for instance, though most of the $6k donors do—and some have filed information that’s vague or misleading, such as donating in a bloc with members of one company but giving a position in another organization with which they may hae an affiliation. But here’s what we’ve got so far. Each name is followed by the information from his, her or the organization’s entry in Ige’s campaign contribution report, often followed by a summay what we’ve found out about them so far from other sources.
At very least, the list below gives some idea of some of the people and groups who thought Ige was the right man to represent their interests in the Governor’s office.

AVAirpros Services $60,000 total
A.k.a. AvAir Pros, Airport and Aviation Professionals Inc
‘…providing professional consulting and management services to airlines and airports throughout the US including…Honolulu”—from their Web site. They have office in Honolulu and an office lease from the DLNR at the Khului Airport on Maui.

Aoki, Rodrick S. $6,000
1530 Haku St., Apt. A
Honolulu HI 96819

Ogawa, Alan $6,000
AVAirpros Services
1759 Dixon Street
Redondo Beach CA 90278-282

Ogawa, Atsuko $6,000
Information pending
1759 Dixon Street
Redondo Beach CA 90278-282

Demkovich, Paul B. $6,000
AVAirpro Service
9629 Wilshire Lakes Blvd
Naples FL 34109

Demkovich, Sheila $6,000
Information Pending
9629 Wilshire Lakes Blvd
Naples FL 34109

Salomon, Luis $6,000
Airport and Aviation Professionals
10049 Boca Avenue S
Naples FL 34109

Casto, Gregory A. $6,000
Vice President
915 6th Street S.
Naples FL 34109-6907

Chivington, Steven P. $6,000
Airport and Aviation Professionals Inc.
4220 Herschel Ave. Apt 802
Dallas TX 75219

Strohm, Phillip A. $6,000
Meristern LLP
Senior Advisor
110 E Center Street No. 2314
Madison SD 57042-2908
Strohm’s $6K contribution was listed amidst all of the others from AVAirpros on 10/14/2014. We found one Web site that referred to Strohm as an advisor to a company called “Meristem (not Meristern) LLP.” But other sites, including Strohm’s own LinkIn page, say he’s “CEO AvAirPros, Naples, Florida” names Strohm as a “principle” in the company.

Strohm, Nancy F. $6,000
Pending Information
110 E Center Street No. 2314
Madison SD 57042-2908
Also filed the same day, between Aoki and Ogawa’s names, was Nancy, who share’s Phillip’s South Dakota address: Also filed that day were Sheila Demkovich and Atsuko Ogawa, who also share last names and home addresses with AVAirPro executives and list their company affiliations and jobs as “Pending Information” and “Pending.”

SSFM International $35,200 total
Engineering firm

Kawachika, Norman M $6,000
SSFM International
Project Manager
2943 Lowrey Avenue
Honolulu HI 96822

Matsumoto, Michael P. $6,200
SSFM International
333 Kupu Place
Honolulu HI 96817

Matsumoto, Theolinda O. $6,000
333 Kupu Place
Honolulu HI 96817

Stacey Miyamoto $6,000
SSFM International
P.O. Box 256603
Honolulu HI 96825

Matsuoka, Corey M. $5,000
SSFM International
Executive VP
2737 Dow Street
Honolulu HI 96817

Lee Takushi $ 6,000
SSFM International
VP Project Management
5332 Poola Street
Honolulu HI 96821

Mitsunaga and Associates $28,000 total
Architectural, engineering and construction firm.

Mitsunaga, Dennis $6,000
Mitsunaga and Associates
747 Amana Street, #216
Honolulu HI 96814

Fujii, Aaron $6,000
Mitsunaga and Associates
2724A Kaaipu Avenue
Honolulu HI 96822

Mitsunaga, Chan Ok $6,000
Mitsunaga and Associates
747 Amana Street, #216
Honolulu HI 96814

Okino, Glenn M. $6,000
Mitsunaga Construction Inc
2251 A Aulii Street
Honolulu HI 96817

Arnold T. Koya $1,000
Mitsunaga and Associates
1226 Alexander Street, #1401
Honolulu HI 96826

Mitsunaga, Lois L. $1,000
Mitsunaga and Associates
415 South Street, #2803
Honolulu HI 96813

Otani, Terri Ann $1,000
Mitsunaga and Associates
Office Manager
3050 Ala Poha Place, E7
Honolulu HI 96818

Longline fishermen and supporting companies $33,000 total?
Contributions from these five businesses and their officers were all clustered together in the Ige organization’s records on the same day. All are related to Honolulu’s longline fishing industry; three share the same address, and a fourth is located next door. We’re not sure if they’re all closely enough related to qualify for the Super-$6K club together, but they do seem to have donated as a unified bloc.

Pacific Fishing and Supply Inc. $6,000
504 N. Nimitz Hwy
Honolulu HI 96817
Has approx. eight long-line commercial fishing vessels registered in its name.

Vessel Management Associates, Inc. $6000
1133 N. Nimitz Hwy
Honolulu HI 96817
Has at least six registered long-line commercial fishing vessels.

POP Fishing and Marine $6,000
1133 N. Nimitz Hwy
Honolulu HI 96817
Commercial fishing supply company.

NICOS LLC $2,000
1133 N. Nimitz Hwy
Honolulu HI 96817

United Fishing Agency, Ltd. $6,000
1131 N. Nimitz Highway
Honolulu HI 96817
Runs Honolulu fish market

Goto, Michael K. $1,000
Executive Assistant
United Fishing Agency
876 Curtis Street, Apt 2802
Honolulu HI 96813

Cook, James $6000
POP Fishing and Marine
Vise President
46045 Lilipuna Road
Kaneohe HI 96744

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $24,000 Total
IBEW PAC Educational Fund $6,000
900 Seventh St.
Washington, DC 20001
2305 S. Beretania Street, #206
Honolulu HI 96826-1432

1935 Hau Street, Room 300
Honolulu HI 96819
Hawaii Electricians Marketing Enhancement Plan. Note that it shows the same street address and room number as IBEW Local 1186, below

LOCAL UNION 1186 IBEW $6,000
1935 Hau Street, Room 300
Honolulu HI 96819-5003
Thornton & Naumes $20,000 total
a.k.a. Thorton Naumes, The Thornton Law Firm. Boston tort law firm. “The firm has represented more than 20,000 victims of asbestos and toxic exposure, defective products, financial fraud, and personal injury accidents throughout Boston, the state of Massachusetts, and across the country.” Appears to specialize in industrial torts such as asbestos-related illnesses,

Michael Thornton $6,000
Thornton Naumes
100 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02110

Bradley, Garrett $6,000
Massachusetts State Legislature
state legislator
11 Blaisdell Rd.
Hingman, MA 02043
Garrett is also an attorney at Thornton and Naumes.

Donohue, Joseph $1,000
Information Pending
Information Pending
7 Fairway Drive
Andover MA 01810
The Thornton Law Firm Web site lists Donohue as an attorney with the firm

McMorris, David $2,000
Thornton and Naumes
100 Summer Street
Boston MA 02110

Strouss, David $2000
Thornton and Naumes
100 Summer Street
Boston MA 02110

Wainwright, Andrew $1,000
Thornton Law Firm
45 Greenbrook Road
S Hamilton MA 01982

Lesser, Michael $1,000
Thornton Law Firm
100 Summer Street
Boston MA 02110

Roberts Hawaii $24,000 total.
Bus company. In adddition to its well known tour bus operationns, it supplies school buses for Hawaii DOT and drivers for the County’s Hele On Bus.

Iwamoto, Arlene
680 Iwilei Road, Suite 700
Honolulu HI 96817

Iwamoto, Robert Jr.
Roberts Hawaii
680 Iwilei Road, Suite 700
Honolulu HI 96817

Iwamoto, Tiffany S.
621 Ulili Street
Honolulu HI 96816

Iwamoto, Chad
Roberts Hawaii
621 Ulili Street
Honolulu HI 96816

eWorld Enterprise Solutions, Inc. 20,000 Total
“eWorld Enterprise Solutions, Inc. (eWorldES) provides services for mid-sized and larger organizations in the public and private sector.” Among the company’s recent accomplishments: “Developing a Health and Human Services benefit tracking application”

Mizokawa, Steven M. $4,000
eWorld Enterprise Solutions, Inc.
Vice President
3444 Pinao Street
Honolulu HI 96822

Bongco, Joel M. $4,000
eWorld Enterprise
95-116 Lalei Place
Mililani HI 96789

Yoshimi, Garret $4,000
eWorld Enterprise
98-1941 Kaahumau Street. Apt T
Aiea HI 96701-1857

Senda, Dean $4,000
eWorld Enterprise
3143 E. Manoa Road
Honolulu HI 96822

Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP $15,000 total
“BLB&G is widely recognized as one of the leading law firms worldwide advising institutional investors on issues related to corporate governance, shareholder rights, and securities litigation. We have also prosecuted some of the most significant employment discrimination, civil rights and consumer protection cases on record.” Contributions from the firm’s members at addresses across the country were all recorded together on 10/15/2014. But we should note that these contributions are probably like pocket money to this firm, which has won billions in securities litigation against major corporations such as Worldcom, Cendant and Bank of America.

Berger, Max W. $3,000
Bernestein [sic] Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP
181 East 65th Street
New York NY 10065

Lebovitch, Mark $1.250
Bernestein [sic] Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP
42 Clive Hills Road
Short Hills NJ 07078

Graziano, Salvatore J. $1,500
Bernestein [sic] Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP
85 Remsen Street
Brooklyn NY 11201

Silk, Gerald H. $1,500
Bernestein [sic] Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP

17 Burgess Raod [sic]
Scarsdale NY 10583
Gelderman, G. Anthony III $5,000
Bernestein [sic] Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP
2727 Prytania Street Suite 14

New Orleans LA 70130
Stickney, David R. $1,250
Bernestein [sic] Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP
PO Box 17
Rancho Santa Fe CA 92067

Nicholas, Blair $1,500
Bernestein [sic] Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP
3177 Wildflower Summit
Encinitas CA 92024

R. M. Towill $14,950 Total
Engineering firm.

Yamamoto, James H. $6,000
R.M. Towill
Vice President & Senior Product Manager
3528 Kepuhi Street
Honolulu HI 96815

Collins, Lam D. $2,550
R. M. Towill
95-217 Polie Place
Mililani HI 96789

Hiyakumoto, Greg H. $1,700
R M. Towill
PO Box 2930
Aiea HI 96701

Tanoue, David K. $2,500
R. M. Towill
600 Queen Street, #2906
Honolulu HI 96813

Tsutsui, Roy T. $2,500
R. M. Towill
2809 Kalawao Street
Honolulu HI 96822

Nan, Inc. $1,200
Construction and general contracting firm. Often gets bids for state highways.

Shin, Nan C. $6,000
3170 Noela St.
Honolulu HI 96815

Shin, Mariko K. $6,000
3170 Noela St.
Honolulu HI 96815
May be the wife of Patrick Shin of Nan, Inc. Was jointly named with him and the company in at least one legal proceeding.

Demattei Wong Associates $12,000 total
California based architectural firm.

Demattei, Anthony
Demattei Wong Associates
2129 Queens Ln
San Mateo CA 94402

Wong, Wesley
Demattei Wong Associates
3522 Gillon Ave.
Dallas TX 75205

Hawaii Laborer’s International Union, Local 368 $6,000-12,000
Local 368 donated money both through its own PAC and through a “cooperative trust fund” with contractors who employed its members. Local 368 “represents members working in construction, environmental remediation, maintenance, food service, health care, clerical and other occupations, as well as in state, local and municipal government jobs and as mail handlers in the U.S. Postal Service.”

Hawaii Laborer’s PAC
1617 Palama Street
Honolulu, HI 96817

Hawaii Laborers and Employers Cooperation and Educ [sic]
1440 Kapiolani Boulevard, #800
Honolulu HI 96814
Hawaii Laborers and Employers Cooperation and Education Trust Fund, “…a partnership between the 5,000 Statewide union members of the Hawaii Laborers’ Union, Local 368 and its over 250+ signatory union contractors. The underlying principle of Hawaii LECET is through this labor and management partnership, the organized sector of the construction industry can grow and prosper. This creates opportunities for our signatory contractors and jobs for our highly trained and skilled membership.

Fluid Technologies Inc. $11,000 total
“Fluid Technologies, has partnered with Corix Water Systems to offer safe, cost-effective and sustainable water, wastewater and energy utility infrastructure solutions for the State of Hawaii.”
Choy, Michael K.
Fluid Technologies Inc.
1211 Lunaai Street
Kailua HI 96734

Shitabata, Darren $5,000
Fluid Technologies
95-1066 Hoalia Street
Mililani HI 96789
The Cayetanos $11,000 total

Cayetano, Benjamin
1926 Okoa Place
Honolulu, HI 96821
Former governor.

Vicky Cayetano $5,000
United Laundry Services
P.O. Box 161060
Honolulu, HI 96816

Richard Gushman $8,000 total
Gushman, Richard $8,000
Self Employed
3300 Pacific Heights Rd.
Aiea, HI 3300 Pacific Heights Rd.
How Gushman got away with this, we’re not sure. Apparently he made more than one donation and they totaled up to $8,000, and the Ige campaign dutifully reported it. We haven’t yet found an entry in the campaign records saying that the excess had been returned. From Pacific Business News: “Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. has named Richard W. Gushman II to its board of directors. Gushman is the owner and president of the Hawaii-based real estate development firm, DGM Group. He also is the majority owner and managing general partner of Summit Financial Resources of Salt Lake City.”

Myra and Thomas Kosasa $12,000 total
Kosasa, Myrah I.
Bradley Pacific Aviation
1319 Punahou Street, #1040
Honolulu HI 96826

Kosasa, Thomas S.
1319 Punahou Street, #1040
Honolulu HI 96826

Kosasa, Paul J. $7,250.00
ABC Stores
1087 Waiholo Street
Honolulu HI 96821
Like Gushman, Kosasa’s total donations reported by Ige’s campaign committee exceeded the $6,000 limit. We don’t know if he’s related to Thomas and Myra, directly above.

University of Hawaii Professional Assembly $7,000 Total
Union representing UH faculty. The above figure represents only donations by the union and its executive director; we didn’t track contributions by individual teachers.
University of Hawaii Professional Assembly
1017 Palm Drive
Hononlulu, HI 96814

J.N. Musto $1000
University of Hawaii Professional Assembly
Executive Director
47-635 Nukupuu Street
Kaneohe, HI 96744

Former $6,000 Club Members

Hawaii Fire Fighters Association $6,000
2305 South Beretania Street, #202
Honolulu HI 96826
According to Ige’s campaign spending records, the sum of the Fire Fighter’s contributions as if 10/08/2014 was $6,250. The campaign authorized refund of the excess $250 on the same day.

Outrigger Enterprises $6,000
2375 Kuhio Avenue
Honolulu HI 96815
The Ige campaign reported that in addition to $2,000 in earlier donations, Outrigger added $6,000 on 10/17/2014, putting it $2,000 over the spending limit. The campaign authorized return of the excess on 10/21/2014.

Letter: Shame on You, Clifton Tsuji

Dear Editor,

Shame on Rep. Clift Tsuji from Hawaii island for killing the bill for pesticide buffer zones around schools, HB1514. What kind of person won’t protect kids from pesticide poisoning?  And it’s reported that as House Ag committee chair, he even cut off testimony from people who flew from neighbor islands to testify. How low can a politician go?  Tsuji unfortunately has become a mascot for corporate special interests, even given the dubious distinction of Biotech legislator of the year.  He should now be given the “poison award” by school children throughout Hawaii.  As a former banker, now politician, Tsuji deserves to be publicly shamed and exposed as a legislator that acts against the common good, including children’s health and safety.

Jim Albertini

“Hazardous Odor” Assaults Waiakea Intermediate

Hawaii County police and fire department personnel responded to reports of “hazardous odor” at Hilo’s Waiakea Intermediate School on West Puainako Street shortly after 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17.  At least one student reportedly became dizzy from the fumes, which the Fire Department’s HAZMAT team concluded had probably “originated off-site and was delivered by the wind. The smell quickly dissipated, and an “all clear” was issued for students and faculty within an hour.



Commentary: Tell UH President West Hawaii Needs a Real College

From Sherry Bracken:
There is a significant need for higher education close to home in West Hawaii to serve the population between Waimea and Ka’u.  Recently, UH President David Lassner said there is no plan for the Palamanui Community College to be either a two- or a four-year accredited institution.
On Thursday, December 11, at Kealakehe High School cafeteria at 5:30, Dr. Lassner will talk to the public about the vision for higher education in West Hawaii.  He will be joined by John Morton, head of the Hawaii Community College System,  UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney and West Hawaii’s head of the community college, Marty Fletcher, and Hawaii Community College chancellor Noreen Yamane.    University of Hawaii Regent Pete Hoffmann has arranged this meeting.
The public is invited to come, listen, and ask questions.  If you have questions you wish to submit in advance, please send them to moderator Sherry Bracken,  preferably by Wednesday night, at

Alternative Energy Forum Wednesday

From Robert Petricci:
The second PPA and HSCA Alternative Energy Forum is this Wednesday November 26th from 1-4pm at Kalani Honua in lower Puna, .

The panelists are Henry Curtis of Life of The Land in Honolulu, Hawaii State Senator Russell Ruderman, Mark Glick the Administrator at the State Energy Office, Will Rolston Hawaii County Energy Coordinator, Tom Travis  PPA, Lorn Douglas HSCA, Kawaiki Stevens Off Grid Solar, and HELCO’s alternative energy spokesperson. We are very grateful to have such knowledgeable experts and dedicated panelist come to Puna to discuss the future of energy in one of the most sustainably progressive communities in the state

Last year the forum was well attended and we had an informative and interesting discussion, with everything that is happening in lower Puna, in Hawaii, and around the planet at the PUC, and legislature in Honolulu, energy wise, we hope this year will be even better.

For more information call 936-5239

Ocean Awareness Course Offered in Kona

Ocean Aware Hawaii, a coalition of marine conservation organizations, will offer its inaugural Ocean Awareness Training on Hawai‘i in Kailua-Kona in early December. The course, which includes three classroom sessions and a three-hour field project, will provide multi-disciplinary knowledge of Hawai‘i’s unique marine environment from instructors including university scientists, government agency staff environmental educators and conservation practitioners. In place of tuition, the organization is collecting a “suggested donation” of $10.

Participants will learn about current ocean conservation efforts and opportunities to get involved. The program is open to the public – no prior experience is required–but those who participate will be expected to attend the full course.

Classes will be held at West Hawai’i Civic Center in Kailua-Kona on Friday, December 5, Thursday, December 11 and Monday, December 15, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Register today by visiting us online at