Back-to-School Night on Sept. 8, 6-8pm at Waianae Elementary

Friends of Maile Shimabukuro (FOMS) presents. . .

Now that school has started, let’s help our keiki do the best they can!

Monday, September 8, 2008, 6-8pm, Wai`anae Elementary School cafeteria (Maile’s alma matter)
— Keiki games to win school supplies and books
— Keiki and adult door prizes
— Dinner served
— Meet and greet Rep. Maile Shimabukuro

Enjoy Game Booths and Support Fundraisers For:
— Cornerstone Kids
— Golden Coast Christian Home School Group
— Ohana Ola O Kahumana
— Our Children Can Succeed
— The Pentecostals of Waianae
— Waianae Boys and Girls Club
— Waianae Intermediate School
— And other groups

Volunteers needed to:

— Donate school supplies, children and adult door prizes (new or gently used items are ok)
— Donate pupus and desserts
— Help with reception, set-up/clean-up
— Take pictures
— Provide general manpower

For more information, contact Maile at or call 349-3075

Sierra Club, Oahu Group Endorses Maile

The Sierra Club, Oahu Group’s Randy Ching recently informed Maile that they have endorsed her. Special mahalo to the Sierra Club’s outgoing director, Jeff Mikulina. For the past 10 years Jeff has been a tireless and very effective advocate for the environment. He will be sorely missed, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.

Supporter Lana Keamo

“Thanks for always answering our questions and showing your concern. It’s good to have a representative that responds in a personal and professional manner the way that you do. It really shows your Aloha through your work. THANK YOU!!”

— Lana Keamo, Wai`anae Coast resident

Host Keiki Game Booths & Make $$ for Your Cause

Aloha —

Friends of Maile Shimabukuro is seeking groups (non profits, businesses, government agencies, individuals.etc.) to host keiki game booths at events on 9/8/08 and 10/25/08. Groups will be paid $200-300 for their services.

Groups will be will be expected to bring all necessary tables, chairs, materials, prizes, etc. for their booths (groups will just be provided a space for their game).

The event details are as follows:

1) Back-to-School Night at Waianae Elementary Cafeteria, 9/8/08, 6-8pm
Theme: “Back to School” for keiki
Anticipated amount of children: 100
Payment to game booth hosts: $200

2) Halloween Spooktacular Celebration & Haunted House at Leihoku Elem. cafeteria, 10/25/08, 6-8pm
Theme: Halloween
Anticipated amount of children: 200
Payment to game booth hosts: $300

Both events are free and open to the public. Friends of Maile Shimabukuro will be serving dinner & dessert, and will provide beverages.

Please let me know ASAP if you are interested in this fundraising opportunity for your group, and spread the word.

Aloha, Maile Shimabukuro

First of 3 Homeless Shelters Opened in Wai`anae

Click on the image to access the report and the video.

On 20 Aug 2008, in a KHON newscast on the new homeless shelter that opened in Wai`anae, reporter Brianne Randle interviewed Rep. Maile Shimabukuro. Following are excerpts from the report:

“It’s obvious to anyone if you just drive down Farrington highway or if you live here how much this project is desperately needed,” said Rep. Maile Shimabukuro, (D) Waianae.

It’s the third facility opened under an emergency declaration by the governor. The first of three being built on the Leeward coast.

“[The declaration] allowed us to seek funds that otherwise would not have been available,” says Russ Saito, State Coordinator of Homelessness.

[It also allowed] the shelter to be built while bypassing various codes and zoning restrictions.

“This project really couldn’t have come any sooner,” says Shimabukuro. “The emergency shelters are all brimming at the seams.”

The shelter is opening just as the city begins more overnight park closures. It’s the first step to getting homeless off the beach and into a home.

“Whether its drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, job training, all those things will be combined to help these families transition,” says Shimabukuro. “And to really combat this homeless crisis we see on the Wai`anae coast.”

Wai`anae Loses Friend of Environment – Katy Kok

From: Gail Gomes
Subject: Katy Kok
Date: Saturday, August 23, 2008, 1:15 PM

Aloha Maile,

Am sad to report the very unexpected and untimely death of Katy Kok. She passed away suddenly in her home on Tuesday.

Her sister, Lori Gossard, is staying at Katy’s home and is currently arranging a memorial service. She’s looking at sometime in the first full week of September at one of the beach parks. She has promised to let me know so I can try to get the word out via Westside Stories and/or e-mail.
* Per Hans Kok on 9/25 11 am, the family will not put ANYTHING into our newspaper.

Without a doubt, Nani O Waianae and the greater Wai’anae Coast community has lost a great advocate, leader, and friend to the environment

Please share this info with all your contacts and keep Katy’s family in your thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.


Gail Gomes
Westside Stories
The PRIDE of the Westside
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Supporters Bill & Natty Prescott

“Maile cares about the welfare of veterans, and she listens to the concerns of the military community.”
— Bill and Natty Prescott
Wai`anae Coast veteran and wife, respectively