State Senator Maile Shimabukuro: ‘Ōlelo Candidates in Focus 2018


HNN (7/11/18): New Window Allows Sex Abuse Victims to File Claims from Decades Ago


New Window Allows Sex Abuse Victims to File Claims from Decades Ago
By: Lynn Kawano, Hawaii News Now

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Adults who were victims of sex abuse as children have another chance to come forward and make claims under a new, two-year window for civil lawsuits.

Similar openings ended with dozens of pedophiles being exposed.

It also revealed “cover-ups” by multiple schools, churches, and non profits.

That’s exactly what a new Hawaii report released Wednesday seeks to spotlight, describing in detail 58 men of the cloth recently accused even though the alleged abuse happened decades ago.

Some have died and some are still in the community.

The list of 58 was compiled by the law firm Jeff Anderson & Associates, based on the mainland, and the Law Office of Mark Gallagher, a Kailua attorney.

The research was the result of laws that temporarily blocked statutes of limitations, allowing victims to come forward and make claims, no matter how much time had passed.

The new window that opened Tuesday is the result of a recently-passed law, which gives victims until April of 2020 to file civil suits.

Since 2012, most of the claims have been connected to the Diocese of Honolulu.

“This report contains a lot of very ugly and scary information,” said victims’ advocate Joelle Casteix, at a news conference Wednesday, “Men who never would have been exposed if we had not allowed survivors to use the one thing they have, their voice.”

The previous window also exposed Dr. Robert Browne, the psychiatrist who sexually boys at Kamehameha Schools over a 30-year period ending in the 1980s. Browne also treated priests for pedophilia.

Hawaii Preparatory Academy in Waimea also settled a court claim.

June Johnson Cleghorn came forward in 2014, saying a teacher abused her for six years, starting when she was 14 years old and boarding at the school. That claim was settled in 2016.

Cleghorn gives HPA credit for allowing her to publicly talk about the case and inviting her to educate current faculty and students.

“The intent was to end the secrecy surrounding this abuse,” she said.

State Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, who introduced the legislation to reopen the window, says the #MeToo movement, USA gymnastics, and other massive scandals around the country prompted Hawaii lawmakers to pass the bill after several, previous failures.

Gallagher thinks the momentum will prompt many more to speak out in the next two years that the window provides.

“The different groups of survivors are finding their strength and their finding their supporters,” he said.


Here is a link to SB2719 (2018):

https://www.capitol.hawaii. gov/measure_indiv.aspx? billtype=SB&billnumber=2719& year=2018

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KHON2 Interview of Sen. Shimabukuro re SB2051 (7/8/18): School Business

Congratulations Mrs. Makaha-Crystal Nielsen & Mrs. Wai’anae-Katelin Manansala!

Talk about the full package ~ Mrs. Wai’anae-Katelin Manansala, and Mrs. Makaha-Crystal Nielsen, both home school their children, and focus on promoting the health and well-being of our community. I had the pleasure of seeing them in action at the 07/08/18 Breathe Aloha fundraiser to benefit “Arise Five” non-profit organizations: Ho’ola Na Pua, She Rescue, Special Olympics, HUGS, and YWCA. Mahalo nui loa to Mrs. Hawai`i-Heidi Fowler, Mrs. Makaha-Crystal Nielsen, Mrs. Wai’anae-Katelin Manansala, and all others who supported this fantastic good cause!

KITV Interview of Sen. Shimabukuro and Rep. Gates 7/8/18: School Business

New Law Allows Schools to Sell Goods
By: Jordan Segundo, KITV; 07/08/18

Schools can now be “open for business” thanks to a bill spearheaded by Waianae High School. Senate bill 2051 is slated to become law on July 10.

The bill allows individual Department of Education schools and programs operated within a school, to engage in commercial enterprises, including the sale of goods produced by students.

Current laws prevent schools from selling more than $25,000 in goods or services.

The new bill removes this cap, and creates an outlet for all schools to engage in business enterprises which will generate much needed funds for their schools.

Waianae High School educators encouraged their legislators to turn the bill into law.

“Now you’ll have the marine science learning center being able to market and sell their shrimp, mullet, ogo, kalo, and sun fish on the open market. And then funds will go directly back into the program, which of course the school desperately needs,” said Senator Maile Shimabukuro (D) Kalaeloa-Honokai Hale-Ko Olina-Waianae Coast.

“My hope for the students is that we create employers rather than employees,” said Rep. Cedric Asuega Gates (D) Maili-Waianae-Makaha. “I believe a lot of them will go off to be small business owners, to provide for our community the services and goods that we get outside our community.”

Stacelynn Eli, Rep. Cedric Gates & Sen. Maile Shimabukuro Work Together to Serve the Community

“I enjoy collaborating with other community leaders to respond to our constituents’ needs, and come up with solutions to our most pressing problems.”

~ Sen. Maile Shimabukuro.

L-R: Stacelynn Eli, Rep. Cedric Gates, and Sen. Maile Shimabukuro.