1. Nānākuli Mā‘ili Wai‘anae Mākaha
THE MAGAZINE OF THE WAI‘ANAE COAST. FOR THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE.
Issue # 2 | April 2015
Different Paths, Same Journey
Strengthen. Challenge. Support.
2. beach photo by Masina N. Sausi2 Na Pua `O Wai`anae | April 2015
mahalo to our sponsors
History is rich in Wai’anae. Let’s start with our names. The place name Wai’anae (wai meaning water, and ‘anae
meaning mullet) was said to have been inspired by the large mullet pond, Pu’ehu, built at the mouth of the stream
that flowed on the west side of what is now Pōka’i Bay. Pōka’i Bay is said to have been named after Pōkai, a Tahitian
chief who planted a coconut grove along the beach. The community surrounding Pōka’i Bay, because of it’s coconut
grove and mullet water pond, became the largest and thriving community along the coast.
The place name Nānākuli has an equally interesting history. Nānā means to look and kuli means deaf. The first
settlers of the Nānākuli coastline (stretching from Lualualei toward the east) experienced mostly barren and scarce
resources. Although fishing was plentiful, fresh water and vegetable food was not. The people of Nānākuli were
ashamed to greet visitors who passed through Nānākuli because there was not enough resources to share. The
culture of the people was to be hospitable and share their resources, however, because of the people’s shame that
they couldn’t, they ignored the ‘passer bys.’
These and more interesting facts and stories can be found in the following book, Historic Wai’anae. Read
Historic Wai’anae in its entirety or keep it as a conversation piece.
What’s in a Name? History!
Historic Wai’anae by Edward J. McGrath Jr., Kenneth M. Brewer
and Bob Krauss and published by Island Heritage (1973)
Na Pua o Wai’anae is abundantly grateful for our generous sponsors. Over the
next few issues, we will share with you all about what they do and why they give.
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letter from the publisher
Aloha Kāua e Wai’anae!Happy 2015! We made it—our second issue. The
road was bumpy, ladened with ditches (not
just potholes), and sharp, narrow, sketchy, turns,
but the journey and arrival at our destination
made the risks well worth it.
s we approached the new year, most people
were thinking about resolutions. A resolution is
nothing more than an acknowledgment that we
have made a choice to let go of the past, and make way
for a new brighter future. Many of us made resolutions
to better ourselves in some way--lose a few pounds,
eat healthier, better handle stress, spend more time
with loved ones, make a plan to get out of debt, drink
less, dream big, spend more quiet time with our higher
power, help those less fortunate.
We’ve been in
our new year for a
while now. How’s
that working for
speaking, some of
us have already
given up on our new
Some of us don’t
even remember the
made. If you’ve
already given up,
don’t feel bad, at
all. Statistics say
that only 8% of us
who make resolu-
tions are actually successful. Does that make 92% of us
failures? In my opinion, something is wrong with the
process, not the people who make the resolutions.
I recently read a Forbes article by Dan Diamond.
He reminded me of some great strategies: Set small,
measurable goals; Keep track of your progress; Believe
that you can; and tell as many people your goals to help
keep you accountable. These strategies sound great, and
we should all use them, but, there’s more to it than that.
In this issue, Na Pua o Wai’anae will focus on
what we feel is the missing element to making, keeping
and realizing our goals—seek inspiration--examples of
others who keep going even when their road is bumpy,
full of potholes and sketchy sharp turns. On the
cover, we showcased four Wai’anae men who are doing
just that—improving their lives, and accomplishing their
goals. They refuse to let life take them for a ride—rather
they’re taking life for a ride. Johanne Mitchell, Max
Holloway, Kamu Kapoi and Uncle George Kalilikane
are men on a mission. Their paths are different, but their
journeys are the same. Na Pua o Wai’anae hopes that in
sharing their journeys, it will help you along yours.
Na Pua o Wai’anae promises to remain steadfast
toward our goal of becoming a voice of strength in our
community as we share information that motivates,
inspires and provokes thought and action. At the heart
of our mission is to be culturally sensitive and global in
perspective as we empower, encourage and educate our
readers. I pray you feel we do that.
Keep the magazine on your kitchen table as a
resource or share it with your neighbors. But, whatever
you do, please do not keep us a secret. If you’d like to
share your thoughts, give us a ring at 808-888-9434 or
send us an email to email@example.com.
Currently, Na Pua O Wai’anae is a quarterly
publication. Please be on the look out for each issue.
We will also be uploading every issue on our website
at the following page: www.kingdominkpublishing.org/
na-pua-o-waianae. We would appreciate it if you could
share about us on facebook, linkedin, and Instagram.
Please allow me a personal moment. I was born
and raised in Waimanalo, exactly on the opposite
side of Wai’anae. And although I wasn’t able to spend
much time in Wai’anae, my wife was born and raised in
Wai’anae and through that connection I will do my best
as publisher to do the best job I can to carry forth the
mission and to be accepted by the community as a voice
of the people, about the people and for the people.
Me ka ha’aha’a a me ke aloha,
photo by Miulan Nihipali The Picture Lady
Tad K. Makaila
4. Morning Rainbow at Nanakuli “Flats”
photo by Jash Defreitas
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Tad K Makaila
Masina N. Sausi
Read about the four inspiring
journeys of this issue’s
Men on Missions.
Are you a homeschooling parent
looking for support? Connect with
other homeschooling families.
people & community
66 years ago, The Okimoto family founded the Wai’anae store—a family
owned and operated business. Read about their beginnings and why they
do what they do.
healthy food tips
Tips to improve our diet
Fear: It’s a real issue, even for our
young people. How can we overcome
this debilitating, universal feeling?
faith & spirituality
An encounter with God: A Personal
health & beauty
Hawaiian Hair can be hard to handle,
but with these inexpensive remedies,
help is here.
Nānākuli Mā‘ili Wai‘anae Mākaha
THE MAGAZINE OF THE WAI‘ANAE COAST. FOR THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE.
Issue # 2 | March 2015
Different Paths, Same Journey
Strengthen. Challenge. Support.
J. Mitchell, M. Holloway, K. Kapoi, Uncle
George K. photo by Miulan Nihipali
The Picture Lady.
Cover design by: Masina N. Sausi
If you visit any of our
businesses or sponsors,
or make contact
with anyone we’ve s
hared with you,
please tell them
Na Pua `O Wai`anae
sent you. Mahalo for
WIS Coach Tyler Fabrao:
Wai’anae athletes could
achieve more! But why
in this issue
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photo by Miulan Nihipali The Picture Lady
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Johanne Mitchell, Max Holloway, Kamu Kapoi, and
Uncle George Kalilikane are four Wai’anae ‘Men
on Missions’. Read about their incredible journeys.
Let them serve as inspiration to be purposeful and
impactful—to live as a man on a mission
8. Johanne Mitchell
ohanne, his wife Lynn and his children Alexis and Sky, have brought
the ancient art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to Mākaha. Through 808 Gracie
Fighter, Johanne shares with adults and children the ancient art of
Jiu Jitsu made famous by Royce Gracie, the winner of the very first UFC
tournament. Royce and the Gracie family are famous for sharing the
innovative and creative art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Johanne hails from Kahalu`u but for 2 years has called Mākaha his
home. He, and his family decided on Mākaha because it is where the
warrior spirit is strong. Johanne says, “There is so much to learn from this
ancient art that can be easily applied to all areas of life. When you’re in
training, caught in a submission, ready to ‘tap’ you are really allowing
yourself to submit to that person, declaring that he or she has your life
in their hands.” Johanne adds, “That truly does amazing things for your
ego.” “There are other times when you’re in the middle of a match, tired
and ready to quit that the fundamental principles of this art teaches
you to dig down deep inside yourself and find that place of calm. One
can learn to apply that to other areas of life.”
Johanne’s goal for 808 Gracie Fighter in Mākaha is to offer a
generation of students the opportunity to ground themselves in some-
thing honorable. Johanne says, “We are often defined by the activities
in which we participate. Jiu Jitsu is an art of discipline, confidence, and
purpose. It allows us to detach from the ego, and instead, seek comradery,
collaboration and commitment to each other.” He hopes others find out for themselves how valuable Jiu Jitsu
can be in every area of life. Johanne and his entire family make Jiu Jitsu a part of every aspect of their own lives.
When asked about his mission, Johanne says, “I hope to be a beacon of light and I will continue to do
what I can to create a better community.” Johanne says that he hopes to be a role model to his family and his
community and that to be a man requires him to make decisions for his family and community. Johanne feels it’s
important to leave a legacy. For him, he wants 808 Gracie Fighter from Mākaha known to produce Jiu-Jitsu world
champions. Johanne Mitchell knows what it takes to be a man on a mission. He says, “We need to show our love
for our children by making them better. That takes doing what’s right, not just what’s right for the moment.”
If you’d like to join Johanne and his family, give them a call at 408-843-7566, or visit their website
photo by Miulan Nihipali The Picture Lady
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42-year-old, Johanne Mitchell, is a man on a mission.
brings jiu jitsu to mākaha
9. Max “Blessed” Holloway
-year-old, 2009 Wai’anae High School graduate Jerome
“Max” Holloway is a man on a mission. He’s a husband,
father and son. He’s doing his best to provide for his
family and be a positive role model as a MMA UFC fighter. Max
“Blessed” Holloway has wowed fans in Hawaii, the nation and
the world. If you watch any of his youtube videos, you’ll see
that he is intense, aggressive, and blessed. Max is a warrior in
the cage, and wears his UFC belt with pride, but what’s more
rewarding to Max is winning young souls for Christ. “Jesus Christ,
my grandma Cynthia Kapoi, mom Missy Kapoi and wife Kaimana
Holloway have molded me into the man you know,” says Max.
Max didn’t grow up dreaming about becoming an MMA
fighter. “I started training because one of my best friends - Josh
Keanu - told me I should train with him. I slept over his house one
night and his trainer was there too. Colin Mackenzie watched me
hit the speed bag and said I should come to training. So I did and
the rest is history,” says Max. Now that Max is a contracted UFC
fighter making a name for himself, he realizes that it comes with
responsibility. Being from Wai’anae, a town that is often looked
down upon, he especially feels a responsibility to share with
young men what he feels is an important message. “Max says
“a real man is one who does whatever he has to, to take care of
his family, not what he can, but what he has too.” Here’s some
advice from Max, a humble young man, “the world doesn’t owe
us anything. It isn’t about what the world will give to us, it’s
about what we can give to the world. If we understand that, we
can make positive changes in our world.”
Max is proud to be from Wai’anae. Max explains, “The greatest
thing about Wai’anae has to be the strength of our community. People outside of Wai’anae think it’s a bad place,
but if any one of them got to know the people, they would find out that we care deeply for each other, even
strangers. I think that’s one of the things that has helped me to get where I am today. It’s not always expected
that we’ll do great things, but when we push through adversity, there’s nothing sweeter than showing people
we can. The one thing about Wai’anae that I pray changes, is the rampant drug abuse. I have seen many families
destroyed by drug abuse.”
Max is living a dream: earning an honest living; taking care of his family; doing what he loves. Max shares,
“the road was not always easy in fact it was difficult. But, that’s what life is--a bunch of ups and downs. Whatever
you do, when you hit rock bottom, you can’t give up. We define ourselves when we hit our lowest point and
bounce back up.”
Max Holloway has been a professional since 2010. He’s fought all over the world in places like Las Vegas,
Stockholm, Sweden, Singapore, Baltimore, Maryland and Tulsa, Oklahoma. He’s fought opponents of every caliber.
When asked if he ever gets scared, Max shared this, “Of course! But, the way I look at it, it comes with the job
and will happen sooner or later. Why walk around with an umbrella waiting for the rain? When the time comes,
I’ll deal with it. All I can do is train right, fight smart and pray for the best. I’d rather remember the highlights,”
says Max, “like when I got my first professional submission. I tapped my opponent out with a move that his gym
was known for. And, all fight week, I was as sick as a dog. I overcame adversity in that fight!” “The day I’ll never
forget is the day I got my professional contract. I received it at 12, and my son, Rush, took his first breath of life
at 3. I am a blessed man.”
Max Holloway is definitely a man on a mission. You can expect much more from Max Holloway. You can find
Max’s stats at http://www.ufc.com/fighter/Max-Holloway. You can also find his career highlights in videos on
youtube--made by Max’s fans.
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Congratulations Max Holloway on your
recent win against Cole Miller!
photo by James Law
10. Kamu Kapoi
amu is a man on a mission. He describes himself as
‘straight up.’ “I never settle for less. I’m persistent, and
I have a burning passion to be the change I seek. I’m
an optimistic Moke! When I really want something, I go get
it.” That attitude explains his long list of accomplishments-
-impressive for anyone, no matter what age.
Kamu graduated from Wai’anae High School then earned a
Bachelors of Science Degree in Digital Filmmaking and Video
Production from the Art Institute of California, Los Angeles.
Since graduating Kamu has been a ‘serial entrepreneur.’ He
says, “If it makes sense to me, I go for it. That’s because I’m
a man on a mission. I have a purpose--an ‘ohana to provide
for, my wahine and two keikikāne.”
When Kamu co-founded his first production company in
2006, they landed a $1.8 million contract that spanned over 3
years. “Not to bad for a bunch of Wai’anae boys,” laughs Kamu.
Currently, Kamu runs an independent production house.
He directs, shoots, and edits--commercials, music videos,
documentaries, short & feature length films, and Reality TV.
“I’m primarily a camera operator, but I do anything.” Kamu
is working with ‘Ōiwi TV and the Polynesian Voyaging Society
documenting the Hōkūle‘a & Hikianalia as they sail around the
world to share the mission of Mālama Honua: To Care for Island
Earth. Kamu is also a camera operator on CMT’s popular hit
show Dog & Beth: On The Hunt. Kamu is also involved with Ola
Kino Maika’i, a program aimed at helping people improve their
health. Also, as part of his commitment to Mālama Honua,
he’s helping ‘ohana and businesses by providing free solar
systems. Kamu laughs as he shares, “I’ve got other things in
the works too, but I can’t show all my trump cards!” Kamu’s
mission is to share stories about challenges that mainstream media overlook. “In those stories come triumph over
obstacles, and it’s important to tell those stories.” Kamu also adds, “I believe that giving back is a key element in
my success. Wai’anae has a traditional replica voyaging canoe named, “E Ala”. My good friend, Kaina Nakanealoha
and I are the current captains who volunteer to mālama E Ala. If you’re Interested, bring your good mana to our
new Hālau Wa‘a at the Wai‘anae Boat Harbor.”
When I asked Kamu, “Who do you thank for guiding you along the way?” Kamu answers, “I aloha and mahalo my
grandparents Jerome and Cynthia Kapoi, their children, my mom, Yvonne-Marie “Missy” Kapoi, all my brothers and
sisters. my dad and stepmom, Doug and Joann Westbrook--all were instrumental in giving me a solid foundation.”
Kamu also thanks “Ke Akua, Nā Akua, Nā Aumakua, Nā Kūpuna, Nā `Ōpio.” Kamu adds, “There’s so many people
who have mentored me over the past 28 years of my life. I could write a novel. If you my mentors are reading this,
I mahalo you for that piece of mana’o. It made me who I am today. I have and always will look up to the people
who kept pushing, through all the bullshit, to make positive changes in their lives and in others--the people
who rise above the stereotypes and naysayers. Much respect to them. Keep it up, because someone is always
watching.” When asked his advice for young men watching him, he says, “Find a purpose and live like no other.”
Kamu quotes his mentor Jim Rohn: “The same wind blows on us all. The wind of disaster, sorrow, bad times, good
times, success, money, etc… So it’s not the direction of the blowing of the wind that determines our destination,
it is the set of our sails.” And Kamu adds, to the young Kanaka Maoli, “Rely on the ones who have come before.”
As Papa Mau says so eloquently, “If I have courage, it is because I have faith in the knowledge of my ancestors.”
Sam “Kamu” Kapoi is definitely a man on a mission, and we thank him for sharing his mana’o with us. If you’d
like to check out his work, you can find him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also find out about the
solar systems he’s providing for families at www.samkapoi.com.
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When it comes to knowing what he wants and going for it, 28-year-old
Samuel Keli’inui “Kamu” Kapoi is all guts.
photo by Miulan Nihipali The Picture Lady
11. Uncle George Kalilikane
ust 5 short years ago, George (49 years old at the time)
weighed over 300 pounds, was border line diabetic and scored
a whopping 150+ on the blood pressure scale. He’d been
inactive for most of his adult life, having put away the surfboard
of his youth to devote his life to raising his children. Shortly after
losing his father-in-law to diabetes, and most of his adult children
leaving home, George made his health his number one priority.
His answer came when a fellow Nanaikapono Protestant church
member, Frank Taua brought a couple of paddle boards to the
beach. George wanted to get on, but his size prevented him from
trying. He watched until he could watch no longer. Once he
got on, he was hooked. The clarity and peace he experienced
while on the ocean was so overwhelming he needed to share that
experience with others.
George spent 4 months paddleboarding when he decided
he was ready to share. Equipped with just 2 paddleboards, he
pitched a tent at Poka’i bay and waited for people to come. The
first few weeks George spent days at the bay with not one inquiry.
George chuckles as he explains, “If someone so much as looked
at my boards funny, I’d talk them into a lesson.” George laughs as
he asserts, “I did a few things wrong; I didn’t tell anyone what I
was doing; people couldn’t find the bay anyway; and if they could,
they were told to stay out of Wai’anae.”
George didn’t let those lonely days at the bay stop him. He
asked God to send people to him. He knew he needed to bless others with the gift he’d been given. George told
God that if he’d send people to George, he’d pray for each and every one. God did just that. To date, George has
taught more than 6,700 people how to paddleboard. George says, “What amazes me is that when people come
out of the water they have this desire to share their life story.”
George realized people needed more. They needed prayers. On
every drive home, George prayed for every person to whom he
gave a paddleboard lesson. George also started a prayer group
on facebook for just that—people who need prayers. Today there
are 157 members from around the world praying for one another.
George says that he focused on helping others, but when his
mother was in a coma due to lung failure, given only 2 days to live,
those 157 members prayed for her. His mom walked out of the
hospital after her doctors prepared George’s family for her death.
George says, “Because I decided to give some random person a
paddleboard lesson on a beach at Poka’i bay in a little town called
Wai’anae, my mom is here today. George says, “I might not be
equipped with a Bible, but with my paddleboards, I share God’s
Word. I am blessed abundantly.”
Today George tows a large trailer, filled with 35 paddle-
boards—blessings from others who believe in his mission. George
says, “find your passion, allow yourself to be led, and you’ll be
exactly where you need to be.” You’ll find him many mornings
at Poka’i bay where he calls the Bay of Dreams. That’s also the
name of his facebook page. By the way, diabetes is not in George’s
future. His blood pressure is normal and he’s as healthy as a horse.
George Kalilikane is an inspiration, a role model, and definitely a
man on a mission.
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Proud and humble Nānākuli resident and Wai’anae High School graduate,
George Kalilikane says his life’s mission is to be a blessing to others. He
does that one paddleboard lesson at a time.
photos by Miulan Nihipali The Picture Lady
by Michelle Okimoto
Na Pua `O Wai`anae | April 2015 13
estled along the end of Farrington Highway,
Waianae is of ten considered an isolated
community with a reputation for unbearable
traffic. Yet, it is a very special place, with much to
offer its homeschooling families. There are unique
small businesses, farms, parks, hiking trails and
beaches available for homeschoolers to utilize, to
take learning outside the four walls of their home.
“We love exploring all that Waianae has to offer,”
says Sunshine Lopez, a mother of five, just beginning
her homeschool journey. “I want my children to
know their community well. I want them to respect
it and nurture it, and work for positive changes.
Always. I am really looking forward to growing our
Waianae homeschool ohana so we can do some
amazing community service projects right here
in our coast.”
One thing many new homeschool families, like
the Lopez family, learn quickly is that schooling
at home can be isolating, especially in Waianae.
Too often homeschoolers on our coast must travel
30 minu tes to an h our (on a good day!) jus t
to find activities, sports, clubs and co-ops for their
students. “We have to drive to Mililani to meet
with other homeschoolers who use our Classical
Conversations curriculum,” says Katelin Manansala,
Waianae resident and homeschooling mother of
three. “It’s only once a week, but the drive is long,
and really feels like it wastes some of our learning
time. I’m hoping to make some connections with
more leeward families this year.”
Now, utilizing social media, Manansala, Lopez,
and other Waianae homeschoolers have a way to
connect. Waianae and Ko’Olina homeschooling
families can reach out to each other via Facebook
in the group, Waianae Homeschool Ohana (WHO).
T he g roup of fer s w ide appeal to homeschool
families, because it is driven by its members.
Ma ny a re ha p py to have a fo r um to dis cuss
curriculum options, while others are working on
setting up group events for the kids, and nights
out for the moms. WHO members are planning
community service projects, field trips, socialization
activities and co-ops. Students are enjoying learning
alongside their peers, and parents are enjoying the
fr iendship, encouragement , and suppor t from
With this new lifeline, the possibilities are
endless for our coast’s homeschooling families.
This social media connection is just the beginning.
Manansala is already working on bringing more
oppor tunities to our Waianae homeschoolers.
After meeting other families in WHO, Manansala
has begun the process of opening a Classical
Co nve r s a t i o n s c a m p us h e r e i n t h e f a l l . “ I ’m
grateful for the opportunity to network closer to
home,” says Manansala. “Waianae Homeschool
Ohana makes homeschooling less isolating and
has helped me meet other families with similar
Nationally, homeschool rates have seen a
steady increase in recent years, and Waianae is
no exception. It seems everyone knows at least
on e family wh o has t aken t h eir children ou t
of public and private school s to educate them
at home. Families cite various reasons for their
choice to homeschool, such as religious beliefs,
special needs, social problems, safety, or academic
needs. Regardless of the reasons, more and more
leeward families are choosing to take the leap into
the world of homeschool. WHO is a diverse group
and welcomes all homeschoolers from both the
Waianae and Ko’Olina areas.
If you are a homeschooling family or know
one on our coast, WHO wants you! Search for
“Waianae Homeschool Ohana” on Facebook and
send a request to join. After you’ve sent a join
request, check your “other” messages folder often,
and you will hear from an Admin soon. Together,
we can help the Waianae Homeschool Ohana grow,
and bring support to more families right here in
n 1949, 66 years ago, Maui born, David Okimoto and his wife Betty (Fujihara) Okimoto built The
Wai’anae Store. After building their store, David, who was originally a contractor, made a bold
move--he left contracting for the grocery business. Being a grocer meant he’d have much more
interaction with people. That’s what David wanted--to build relationships with his customers. As a
contractor, David’s interaction with his clients ended once he built their home. As a grocer, interaction
with his customers was limitless. David and Betty envisioned that their store would become a landmark
of the Wai’anae community. David has always believed that customers come first. He was one of the
first grocers to allow families to open what he called, “store charges”. This allowed families to pay their
grocery bill on pay day.
66 years later, The Wai’anae Store remains a family business whose mission is to serve the people of
Wai’anae. Food Giant is also a part of the Okimoto Corp, serving the Nānākuli community. Even in today’s
difficult economic times The Okimoto family have managed to keep their prices among the lowest in our
state. They have also been avid supporters of our Wai’anae schools. Although they can’t give to everyone,
they do what they can. That’s just who they are.
In February, David Okimoto was recognized for his contributions to our community--being named
as one of Wai’anae Mall’s ‘Wai’anae Coast Hall of Fame first 40 inductions’.
the okimoto corporation
The Wai`anae Store
people & community
The Okimoto Corporation is a family-owned-and-operated business whose roots in
Wai’anae go way back.
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David and Betty (Fujihara) Okimoto
15. WAIANAE STORE
Wai’anae Store, a family-run company is devoted to
servingthe grocery needs of the residents on the Wai’anae
coast. Established in 1949 by David and Betty Okimoto,
Wai’anae Store is celebrating 66 years--3 generations. The
Okimoto family have built strong relationships with their
customers and the community by offering competitive
prices and product selection not offered by traditional
spermarkets and by supporting the community.
66 years and still going strong!
Nānākuli Super, also part of Okimoto Corp.
celebrates 42 years in business this year.
The Okimoto family would like to humbly
thank all of their customers, employees,
vendors, business partners, and the
community for their continued support!
Na Pua `O Wai`anae | April 2015 15
16. working for our families
Local 368 Union
he Laborers’ Union Local 368 faced one of its most challenging situations. Construction projects
slowed drastically. The livelihood of the unions 3100+ active members and their families were at
risk. Members working in such fields as construction, landscaping, hazardous material removal and
golf course maintenance were out of work for significant amounts of time. Under the direction of Union
Leader Peter Ganaban, Local 368 worked tirelessly in the political arena to obtain funding for various federal
and local government projects. They worked with private developers and private owners to get approvals
for their projects in an effort to stimulate Hawai’i’s economy and improve the livelihood of its members.
Since the union was chartered on December 1, 1954, that’s been their mission: work for the betterment of
working people and their families. Local 368 seeks improved working conditions for members by protecting
their safety, and by negotiating fair wages and benefits. Local 368 leaders advocate for laws that protect
on-the-job workers and consumers from contractors who do not operate as they should.
Over 500 Local 368 members call the Wai’anae
coast their home. Many members and their families
have been direct beneficiaries of the Laborers’ Union’s
work. Peter Ganaban, Business Manager and long
time Wai’anae resident, shares, “My Executive Board
are truly representative of the members we service.
All of them came from ‘the field.’ They understand
the struggles of our members and work for them.
Our members’ lives are the reasons we take our jobs
so seriously, and work tirelessly to improve their
conditions and protect their rights.” The Laborers’
Union Local 368 is located at 1617 Palama St. in
Kalihi. They also have offices on Maui and in Hilo.
Visit them at www.local368.org.
In the thick of Hawaii’s recession, a few years ago, many Local 368 members were out of work.
16 Na Pua `O Wai`anae | April 2015
17. another young man on a mission
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t was evident in the 8th grade that Leighton
Panui Jr. had a promising future. The afternoon
I had an encounter with Leighton, while he was
an 8th grader at WIS, impacted me enough that I
sought him out 8 years later. I was dragging my rolling
cart through the hall when Leighton and his 2 friends
turned the corner from the direction I was headed.
Although I intended to step aside, Leighton held both
arms out to his side, and said to his friends, “Hey,
let the lady pass.” I said thank you, and he said, “Of
course,” like what he did was no big deal. He probably
doesn’t remember that. But, I was so impressed that
afternoon that I’ve never forgotten it.
Today, Leighton is a student and football player
for Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon.
He’s a fullback for the WOU Wolves. He was blessed
to have played from his Freshman year. As a Wai’anae
High Searider, he played as a running back, fullback
and special teams. He also served as team captain.
When I caught up with Leighton I asked him about college life. He had lots to share and some good
advice for our Wai’anae kids. Leighton shared that he dreamed of attending college on the mainland since
he was in the 6th grade. College was the answer for a better future for himself and his family. “College was
also my ticket to explore the mainland,” asserts Leighton. “I always knew I’d reach my goal, and it came
very real in my junior year of high school when I started receiving letters from multiple schools showing
interest in me.” “I’ve been in college for three years now and it isn’t easy,” says Leighton.
As a high school student, I worked hard in the classroom and on the football field. I took advanced
placement classes, joined the National Honor Society, did community service, and I let each college know
that I wanted to be a part of their school. Even though I worked as hard as I could, I don’t feel I was ready
for college. I believe the Hawaii school system needs a revamping. They didn’t prepare me well enough
when compared to other students on the mainland, but I didn’t let that stop me. I work hard everyday. It’s a
natural instinct in me, instilled by my parents. My family and girlfriend, Britt are instrumental when it comes
to me achieving my goals. They have been with me since the beginning of my journey and have continued
to support me every step of the way. Without their love and support I would not have the determination
and drive to accomplish any of my goals.” Leighton believes, “Nothing is handed to you. God might have
given you the talent, but it’s up to you to make the most of it. My parents taught me and my siblings (Leahi,
Leina and Leihali’a) that lesson, and it is God who guides me the rest of the way.”
“Unfor tunately people from Wai’anae are
stereot yped, says Leighton.“ It ’s impor tant to
do our best to come out of that stereotype. One
day while I was in high school, the National Honor
Society was having a meeting. When I walked in, an
advisor stopped me and told me that the classroom
was being used for a National Honor Society meeting.
I told him to check his list because my name was on
it. At first I was angry that they labeled me a football
jock and couldn’t believe I was a scholar too. I never
let stereotypes hold me back,” remarks Leighton.
Leighton Panui Jr. is a man on a mission and a role
model for young men in Wai’anae, and everywhere.
Leighton shares this with any young person. “Going
to college is not impossible. But, be prepared to work
hard for it. You’re going to face adversity but push
through because you will see doors and dreams open
for you. Don’t be afraid to leave Wai’anae because
Wai’anae will be there when you get back.” Leighton’s
last words? “Aloha to all, from Monmouth Oregon.”
id you grow up believing any of these thoughts about money? Whatever your presuppositions about money,
it effects your current situation. It has either helped you reach your goals or prevented you from reaching
your goals. Whatever your situation, money in-and-of-itself is not responsible. Money is simply a tool, an
instrument, and a medium of exchange. Period. The personification of money as power, wealth and greed doesn’t
come from money itself, it comes from qualities we’ve attached to money based on the history of money from the
beginning of time.
Money continues to perplex me today. I grew up with the perception that a good deed is only a good deed when the
good deed doer expects nothing in return. The deed immediately loses its appeal when the doer expects to somehow
receive compensation for what he or she has done. That compensation usually involves money.
I believed that money would turn my good intentions bad. Although I looked for opportunities to earn money,
when I earned it, I felt as though I should apologize for having earned it. When I published my first book, the hardest
thing to do was sell them. I wanted to give them away. It
didn’t feel right to expect compensation for doing what I
thought was a good deed. If I asked for compensation for
my work, then my intentions could be questioned. Uncon-
scious of that presupposition until recently, I know now that
being unaware of your ideals regarding money can
keep you stuck.
So where did we get those perceptions in the first
place? Here’s what I came to believe about my own views
on money. In Matthew 6:24 Jesus said, “no servant can be
slave to two masters: for either he would hate the first and
love the second, or he will be devoted to the first and think
nothing of the second. You cannot serve God and money.”
A superficial reading of this Scripture may be interpreted
to say that money and God are in opposition. Growing up I
read it the way I think many people read it—that money is evil and that if you love God, you cannot love money. Today I
believe that this Scripture is not declaring the opposition of God and money, but asserting that we must make a choice.
Do we want to serve God? Or, do we want to serve money?
Over the centuries money has been personified as a master of wealth. Money has evolved from a symbol of grand
power to become power itself. From the 6th century B.C. when the Athenians used their money to defeat the Persians,
to Al-Qaeda using money to spread terrorism across the world—we see money as a way to spread evil. The problem
with money is that money can be used to control others. Money can cause us to forget the values we hold dear. Money
can turn people into oppressors.
We can absolutely assign new characteristics to money. We can make money a servant, an instrument and a tool
to spread goodness in the world. We can use money as a resource to advance human welfare and spur social reform.
We can choose to make money a master or a servant. We can choose to serve money or make money serve us.
The following journal article was used as a reference:
Burkholder, J. (2011). Money: master or servant?. Vision (Winnipeg, Man.), 12(1), 26-33.
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does money serve you, OR
Do You Serve Money?
•All people with money are to some degree evil or selfish.
•Money can buy you happiness.
•Money is the root of all evil.
•Money can turn a good person bad.
•Money doesn’t grow on trees.
•A rich man cannot enter heaven.
•You are powerful if you are rich.
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20. 20 Na Pua `O Wai`anae | April 2015
Ono Kettle Korn
ikala Pieper alongside her fiancé Sua Stevens, can fill small or large orders. No matter the flavor, no matter
the size, all orders are hand popped and made fresh daily. Mikala offers her products for fundraising
activities--project graduation or family reunions. Hire her for parties of any kind. As the “one-stop-sweet-
shop” for cotton candy, shave ice and of course, ‘Ono Kettle Korn, you can’t go wrong!
Mikala, Wai’anae High School graduate, Wai’anae Coast teacher, single parent/proud mother
of a pre-medical school, college student sought an opportunity to supplement her income. In 2008, she
purchased this business- -it was just the right fit. Mikala loves providing her customers with
homemade, craving-quenching snacks. She loves meeting people and networking at events and fairs and
welcome any kind of conversation. “Meeting people is one of the favorite parts of being an entrepreneur.
I love it!”
Call Mikala for your next birthday party, fundraising event or if you’re ‘ono for ‘Ono Kettle Korn.
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21. Roy Robins Jr., Hawaii native and founder of Koko’s
Roasted Salsa, is the uncle of 11 nieces and nephews.
Every one of them calls him Koko. It started when Ricky
boy, the eldest, as a toddler, struggled to say Uncle.
Every time Ricky called for his Uncle’s attention, he
called out, Koko. Koko was such an endearing name
that it stuck. Roy has never been called Uncle by his
nieces and nephews. That’s because he isn’t
For every occasion or for no occasion at all, Koko Roy
has wowed his nieces and nephews with mouthwater-
ing, flavorful dishes. Roy’s creations are fresh, home-
made, original, and most of all made with love. Roy
brings to you his latest creation—roasted pepper and
garlic salsa with corn and beans.
From Koko Roy and his `ohana to yours, we hope you
enjoy our salsa as much as we have enjoyed preparing it
No order too big or too small
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22 Na Pua `O Wai`anae | April 2015
WIS coach tyler fabrao:
Wai’anae athletes could achieve
more! But why aren’t they?
yler Fabrao, newly appointed Head Coach of Wai’anae
Intermediate Schools’ football team, sat down with me
to share his mana’o about their recent championship
win. He’s ecstatic about their victory--in the first year of
the 808 Football Youth League, WIS won the championship,
and WHS’ JV team won their championship. They won in
2011 and 2012 as well. These boys are the group of boys
Tyler coached at WIS. The wins make a statement, no
doubt. In the history of OIA, Wai’anae High School has
taken more than 18 championship titles. Tyler declares,
“By far, our coast athletes have more natural talent: speed;
technique; and athleticism than athletes anywhere in the
island and that’s been evident in the games they’ve played
throughout the 3 years he’s coached. Tyler says, “Yup,
we’ve won multiple championships, but where has that
gotten us? Nowhere. Kurt Gouveia played for Wai’anae
High School, went on to BYU, won a national championship,
then on to the Washington Redskins where he earned 3
Superbowl rings, but why are there not more of us accom-
plishing to that level? Our kids start off wanting that. Our
athletes are that kind of caliber.” He continues, “In Pop
Warner, Intermediate and JV level football, we win, but
once athletes get to 11th and 12th grade, that isn’t the
case. We need to look at why that is.”
Tyler definitely had lots to say on the matter. “I’ve
been working with athletes for upwards of 10 years now.
I have mentoring relationships with many of our athletes.
Before 4 years ago, I focused on winning championships.
All I cared about was bringing back the Wai’anae record
and reputation. But, I realized I was doing my students
an injustice. It isn’t championships that’s important, it’s
sticking to the plan.”
According to Tyler, athletes from outside of Wai’anae
who clearly are not as talented, surpass our kids level of
athleticism around the 11th grade because our kids stop
working. Others go to clinics and camps, elevate their
choose the wrong path. They choose to drink, party, cruise
and smoke. “They lose the hunger they once had,” remarks
Tyler. “Many of our students give up on school, sports and
their goals.” Tyler says, “The mentoring I do now looks a lot
different than it did 10 years ago. Today, he preaches on
how to set goals, give back to yourself, and stay on course.
“Success isn’t measured by the amount of money you
have in your checkbook. It’s measured by whether you
have the life you wanted. You can be a janitor all your life.
You don’t get glory and you don’t make a lot of money, but
if you are truly happy, and are doing what you wanted to,
then you are a success.” Tyler tells his athletes, “envision
your goal and work toward it. Don’t be afraid of hard work.
It’s the only way you’ll make it big.” #stick2theplan is
their motto. You’ll see it all over our athletes Facebook and
Instagram pages. Tyler says, “it’s catching on, and the tide
is changing, and the kids are buying in. It’s exciting,” says
23. We are proud of our schools
and our students. If you have
inspirational stories of how
obstacles, making a difference
or achieving their dreams,
please write to us at
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businesses or sponsors, or
make contact with anyone
we’ve shared with you,
please tell them
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Tyler, “but we need everyone in the community in on it,
to make a big impact.”
Here’s the advice he shares, and he asks the com-
munity to rally behind him, and the other coaches and
1 Decide on a goal for you. Start small and
practice working toward small goals. Then build up.
2 Find counselors, mentors, and people to help
achieve that goal.
3 Tell people about your goals.
4 Be kind to yourself. Devote time by working
toward your goal.
5 Every decision you make, or action you take,
ask yourself, “Does this help me get to my goal? if
not, don’t do it.
If you’d like to help Tyler, and the other coaches,
he invites you to email him at
24. 24 Na Pua `O Wai`anae | April 2015
helsie Hose, one of the organization’s founders, sat
down with me to share with our Wai’anae community
the goals of the Westside Girls Softball Club, and some
of the highlights of 2014. Chelsie shares, “You just have to
watch them play! From the very first game of the 2014 ASA
Paradise Invitational Tournament (August 11th through the
17th) they showed off their dedication and commitment to
this club. We are so proud of the girls.”
Chelsieshares,“Themission for our club is to share with
each and every player the fundamentals of the game, the
significance of working together, and the importance of
having fun in a win or a loss. We were able to achieve our
mission, but we did even better. The girls won 2nd place
in the 2014 ASA Fall Classic Tournament. Our girls dedication,
determination and hard work, with awesome parental
support made it happen.
The girls are now like sisters--encouraging each other
to try harder and never give up. They are striving for bigger
and better things--more tournaments, in Hawaii and in the
U.S. mainland. It will take hard work, dedication and tons of
fundraising, but we’re up for it.” Chelsie invites anyone who
is interested in finding out more about the club to contact
her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ice Cream Company for allowing Westside Girls Softball
Club to fundraise their ‘ono mochi ice cream. Chelsie
says, “It is a definate must have--the bomb!” Also, a huge
shout out to OICA/FIAH CLIQUE/LTD ADDICTION HI T-Shirt
company who printed booster shirts for the parents, family
members and friends.
Be on the look out for this up and coming club! Na Pua
`O Wai’anae sends a big congratulations to Westside Girls
Softball Club for striving for excellence and representing
our community well. Awesome job girls!
Club began and ended their first and unbelievable season. They don’t yet have history, however, if their success is
any indication of their future potential, then their future is bright!”
photos courtesy of Chelsie Hose
Coaches right to left: Eldon Bolahao, Napua Makaneole, Ross Hose Jr., Head Coach: Jonathan
Ilae. Standing players right to left: Alohilani Napalapalai, Emma Tauala, Cherish Hose,
Emeryl Juan, Relyssa Kauhane, Maudestie Alvarado Players kneeling right to left: Victoria
Alaivanu-Lene, Kawehi Cariaga, Dakota Ilae, Jordyn-Rece Palacio, Melody Makaneola-
Baligad, Torie McKinney
25. embracing fear:
Children Who Fear Become
Adults Who Fear
welve and thirteen year olds walk into my classroom
everyday. My plan is to teach them something I
know. One of two things will happen: they will learn
what I have to teach, or they won’t. Some of my students
understand new concepts right away, while others take
longer. The ones who take longer get frustrated. They are
often afraid to admit what they don’t know. They fear that
if they admit, they’ll be judged or ridiculed. It becomes
more important to hide than it does to learn. Rather than
work through their fears, they allow the fear of judge-
ment or ridicule to stop them in their tracks. Fear causes
them to act out or shut down, and no matter how much
they do want to learn, their fear won’t allow it. “Heaven
forbid someone else know that I didn’t get it.” That’s what
they think. I’ve experienced every type of student—the
student who pretends not to care; the student who
pretends to have a headache; and the student who
pretends not to have heard. If they allow it, which they
do, fear robs them of opportunities to learn and grow to
their full potential.
Fast forward 20 years. You’re at a restaurant
with friends of your significant other. Far from being
comfortable, you stay only to be supportive. Your dinner
guests are well-versed in things about which you have no
clue. One of them refers to the foies gras. You can’t even
pronounce the dish, let alone have a conversation about
it. What do you do? You pretend you know what they’re
talking about and pray that’s the end of that. Here’s what
happens: you stop listening, stop connecting, and stop
sharing. Your temperature might rise a few degrees.
Why? You’re afraid. You’re afraid to look stupid and show
them how much you don’t know. You don’t think about
all the things you could share with them. You think only
about the things they’ll know you don’t know.
So what do we do? Try something new. Admit the
fear. Face it, and embrace it. Be honest about what you
fear, and why. Be honest about what you don’t know.
When we let go of the fear, we can take risks, broaden
our horizons, and grow into better versions of ourselves.
In John 21:20, John refers to himself on multiple
occasions as the one whom Jesus loved. When I first
read that, I thought, “Wow, John is full of himself.” John
wasn’t bragging. He was not being haughty. He found
something that gave him strength any time he needed
to be strong—Jesus’ love for him. When John was afraid,
he reminded himself of how much Jesus loved him, then
made a choice not to be afraid. If we work to become like
John, we rest in being loved for just who we are. When
we embrace being loved for who we are, what we know
and what we don’t, matters little. We begin to share our
true selves, and because of it, learn and grow.
Children who don’t learn to face their fears become
adults who have difficulty facing fears. Children do not
learn to face their fears by adults telling them to do so.
Children learn to face their fears by witnessing others
face theirs. Let’s build a nation where there is no need
for fear—a place where everyone is accepted for exactly
who they are.
How do you face your fears? If you have stories
to share about how you faced and overcame your
fears, email us at email@example.com. We’d love to hear
“When we let go of fear...
We become better
versions of ourselves.”
Na Pua `O Wai`anae | April 2015 25
photo by Ryan McGuire
26. perfect & peculiar
coconut flour recipe
Banana oatcake spoonfuls & ingredients
healthy food tips
26 Na Pua `O Wai`anae | April 2015
Combine all the ingredients above. Either mix
by hand or blender until it has the consistency of
oatmeal cookies. Drop spoonfuls onto a greased
cookie sheet. Bake on 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
This recipe will yield approximately 2 dozen spoonfuls.
Some of the ingredients can be substituted, but of
course the recipe won’t be as healthy. Almond Flour
is expensive. At Down to Earth in Kapolei you can buy
it for approximately $11 per pound. If that doesn’t
work, use a whole wheat or whole grain flour. The
Agave, Coconut Flour and Coconut Palm Sugar can be
purchased from Sam’s Club at surprisingly, reasonable
prices. In fact Sam’s club has lately been doing an
awesome job bringing in organic products for prices
cheaper than anywhere else.
Remember, you’re not baking grandma’s home-
made desserts that are to die for, but you’ll get a
delicious healthy snack that you won’t have to feel
guilty about, at all! It will satisfy the sweet tooth.
It’s unfortunate that the tastes we’re accustomed
too, isn’t what we should be consuming at all, so a
definite shift in our taste buds are in order. That’s
a difficult one.
At least that’s what I thought, until I tasted it. A
product of BetterBody Foods, PB2 is made by extracting
90% of the oil in peanut butter to produce a low
fat powder saving the consumer over 100 calories
and 10 grams of fat per serving! When my husband
brought it home from Sam’s Club, I couldn’t believe
it. It really is the next best thing next to slice bread,
well almost! A regular serving of peanut butter has an
average 190 calories per serving, 16 grams of fat,
125 mg of salt, and 3 grams of sugar. PB2 has 55 calories
per serving, 1.5 grams of fat, 70 mg of salt, and 2
grams of sugar. It’s an all around great buy--for your
body and your pocket book. You can find PB2 at
Sam’s Club for an extremely reasonable $10.28 per
30 ounce jar. Did I mention it is gluten free, GMO free
and all natural?
Mothers across the world can feel great about
packing a peanut butter and jelly sandwich when
they use PB2. I’ll bet most children won’t even be
able to tell. PB2 isn’t as creamy as regular peanut
butter, but the difference in taste isn’t that significant
especially when you look at the benefits. If you decide
not to compare it to the peanut butter we’ve eaten as
children, you won’t mind. The peanut butter we grew
up eating, isn’t that great for your health anyway-
-with all that fat, sugar and salt.
Add approximately two tablespoons of water to
two tablespoons of PB2, stir, and serve. It’s great in
smoothies and of course the old fashion way--as
a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It’s yummy,
easy and inexpensive.
Peanut Butter Powder? That sounds peculiar.
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup fat-free yogurt
1/2 tablespoon almond butter (unsalted butter)
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup almond flour (whole wheat flour)
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup coconut sugar (brown sugar)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Two overripe bananas
2 tablespoons peanut butter powder
1 tablespoon cinnamon
Agave to taste, then to drizzle on top after baked
28. momi’s minute
My Encounter with God
faith & spirituality
28 Na Pua `O Wai`anae | April 2015
veryone I knew who experienced their personal
encounter with God was filled with excitement for me.
My daughter had her encounter and she emerged
from her experience a new person too. What exactly
happened to her during those 3 days? God was working
in her. That was clear. If she could come out a new person,
so could I right? But I worried. “What if I’m the only one
who comes out the same?” “What if God doesn’t come
to see me?” Although I’ve had my own experiences with
God, I worried that He might not come. No matter what my
worries were, I knew it was my time. Then God opened
the doors for my husband to be blessed as well. So it was
done--we were scheduled to encounter God together.
The traffic wasn’t so bad the first night (on my drive
from Kapolei to Queen Street), but still, I had 40 minutes
to contemplate my weekend to come. I prayed God
would come especially for me. I was anxious and excited
knowing I was ready for the special appointment I made-
-on my own time, and my own terms. That same fervor
that filled my body before my first date with my husband,
inhabited my mind, heart and soul. I was giddy and
At Word of Life Christian Center in Honolulu,
shepherded by Pastor Art and Kuna Sepulveda, my
husband and I were welcomed with smiling faces, warm
hugs and cheerful words of encouragement. Still nervous,
I worried about being placed into groups or feeling
threatened to share things I wasn’t yet willing. The entire
weekend I never once needed to get into a group or share
things I wasn’t willing to share. It was just about God and
me. The women leaders who shared their mana’o were
open and transparent about their struggles and how their
lives were transformed by the renewal of their minds by
the Holy Spirit (Romans 12:2). Their paths were different,
but their journeys were the same. The common thread
in all of their stories was this: When they asked God to
come in, He did. They no longer needed to live broken,
shameful, guilty and condemned because all of their
pains, worries, fears, insecurities, and past sins--they
nailed to the cross, exactly where it belonged.
Jesus’ death and resurrection bought their freedom
that day at Calvary. When Jesus died, He became
the connection between us and God--the connection
that had been broken by Adam’s sin. When Jesus was
resurrected, He beat death, which means (for us) that we
beat death too. So, when we believe in Him, we are gifted
with eternal life--Salvation. There’s nothing we need to
do but accept Him as our Lord and Savior, and allow Him
to transform us from the inside. When we do, everything
else just comes. Slowly, consistently and with surety, we
become more and more like Him--which was His plan all
along. The last day of the “Encounter” I thanked God for
pursuing me relentlessly--over and over again even when
I ran from Him. He continues to save me. He always will.
For that I am abundantly blessed. I am the daughter of
the most High God. I am royalty. I reign. Like Pastor Art
says, “I dare you to reign!”
For any person curious about the Christian faith,
every question is answered at the Encounter. Being a
Christian has nothing to do with religion but everything
to do with Jesus, having a relationship with Him and
knowing in your heart, mind and soul that everything
He did, he did for YOU. Claim and receive every blessing
He wants for you--restoration, healing, prosperity,
covering, and most of all unconditional love. Even if you
don’t believe in God, I think most of us can believe that
there is something out there bigger than us--molding,
shaping and directing our lives. What risk is there in
believing that-that something is Jesus? Go find out for
yourself what He has to offer. If you need help, call Word
Of Life Christian Center, and make an appointment with
God for your own ENCOUNTER. In faith, I know He will
show up! God is good all the time. All the time God is good.
“You’re gonna be so blessed,” they said. “You’re
gonna let go of so many things.” “You’re gonna come
away from this weekend transformed, renewed and
rejuvenated--a new person.”
Pastor Art and Kuna Sepulveda
30. Hawaiian Hair Hullabaloo?
hick, wavy, long Hawaiian hair
is beautiful. Some days. But,
on those humid, bad hair days,
it is anything but beautiful. The
funky, frizzy, fly-aways are just
not in style. Salon solutions can
be expensive and many times
don’t work like they promise. They
leave you frustrated--with empty
pockets. I’ve heard complaints
from many women and because
I share the same frustration, (I
have thick, frizzy, Hawaiian hair)
began to look for inexpensive,
home remedies to frail the frizz.
I’ve found 3 remedies that work.
These remedies aren’t miracles.
You won’t rinse and find a new
head of ‘exactly-what-you-want-
hair’ because let’s face it, we all
want what we don’t have, but you
will find yourself saying, “Ooh
this feels good.” Your hair will be
a little more smooth, a little more
shiny, and a lot less frizzy. It is
my God-given duty to share this
information with you.
First solution: Yes, the obvi-
ous, coconut oil. But, how exactly
do you apply and for how long?
Easy. You can use any kind of
coconut oil . The l arge tub at
Sam’s Club for around $20 is a
good buy, and it’s not just for
cooking anymore. The fractionated
coconut oil from Down to Earth is
approximately $15 for the largest
bottle. Either one works fine. The
fractionated coconut oil is a little
less messy, and the consistency
isn’t affected by the weather-
unlike the coconut oil for cooking.
You’ll need approximately a
cup of oil or so to soak your entire
head. Pour a little coconut oil in
the middle of your palm and apply
to the tips of your head near your
scalp and work your way down
until your entire head of hair is
coated. Pay special attention to
your scalp and your ends. Put your
hair up in a ‘bun’ and cover with a
shower cap for at least 20 minutes.
Then, remove the shower cap and
continue to leave the coconut oil
in your hair for at least 4 hours.
Keep away from the sun. I like to
leave it in when I’m working at my
computer or cleaning the house.
You have the option to leave it in
your hair overnight, just ensure
you have it wrapped in a shower
cap. The oil will leave stubborn
stains on your pillow case. Wash,
shampoo, condition, and style
your hair as normal. You’ll need
to repeat periodically to maintain
and increase results. Once a week
is a good rule of thumb.
The second remedy is Guinness
Beer. I know, beer? Yes. Guinness
beer works well. All you do is pour
approximately 2 bottles of beer
over your head until your head
is soaked. Take the beer out of
t h e f r i d g e a p p r ox i m a t e ly a n
hour before you use it, so you’re
not pouring an ice cold beer on
your head. This remedy is a little
messy. I’d advise you to apply it
with your head over the tub or
a large sink. It would work well
if you were planning to soak in
a tub because you’ll drip brown
water all over your floor if you
don’t. Leave the Guinness in for as
long as you can. Wash, shampoo,
condition, and style your hair as
normal. And, just like the coconut
oil, you’ll need to repeat periodically.
Once a week works well.
The third home remedy is the
messiest of them all--over ripened
bananas and yogurt. Blend 2 overripe
bananas and an 8 ounce cup of
yogurt until it becomes pasty.
Apply the mixture to your hair
from the scalp down. Leave in your
hair for as long as you can (any-
where from 2 - 6 hours). Wash your
hair as usual. This is the most
difficult because the banana can
get stuck in your hair. It looks
and feels like very small pieces of
dried up boogers. And when you
style your hair, the pieces will
slowly and almost altogether fall
out. Wash, shampoo, condition,
and style your hair as normal. And,
just like the coconut oil, you’ll need
to repeat periodically. Once a week
Over a few months, I’ve used
each remedy repeatedly. My hair
is considerably less frizzy than it
was. I attribute the change a little
to age, a little to the Kyani I’ve been
taking for a few months, and of
course, to these inexpensive home
r e m e d i e s t h a t a l m o s t anyone
already has in their cupboards.
If you try any of these remedies
or have others that work, let me
know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HEALTH & BEAUTY
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“Over a few
used each remedy
hair is considerably
less frizzy than
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33. Important Numbers & ResourcesImportant Numbers & Resources
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Important City Numbers
(808) 768-3202 Bulky Item collection
(808) 733-4300 Civil Defense
(808) 768-5001 Councilwoman Kym Pine
(808) 955-8300 Crime Stoppers
(808) 455-1725 Dead Animal Pick up and
Drains, Ditches Cleaning
(808) 768-3100 Driver License - Kapolei
(808) 723-7139 Fire Department Station #26
(808 723-7139 Fire Department Station #28
(808) 832-5105 Governor’s Office
(808) 768-5007 Honolulu City Councilmember
Kym Pine District 1
(808) 696-4257 Library Wai‘anae
(808) 532-7700 License Registration
(808) 786-4141 Mayor’s Office Kirk Caldwell
(808) 973-5286 National Weather Service - Oahu
(808) 768-3003 Park Recreation Programs
(808) 723-7162 Permits
(Camping, Picnics, and Fire)
(800) 222-1222 Poison Control
(808) 723-8600 Police Department – Wai‘anae
(808) 768-7777 Pot Hole Hotline
(808) 768-3980 Property Tax
(808) 586-8465 Representative Karen Awana
House District 43
(808) 586-8460 Representative Jo Jordan
House District 44
(808) 455-9644 Refuse Collection
(808) 768-3798 Satellite City Hall
(808) 586-7793 Senator Maile Shimabukuro
(808) 768-3330 Sewer Charges/Billing
(808) 772-1213 Social Security Office - Kapolei
(808) 696-0161 US Postal Office - Wai’anae
(808) 786-3800 Voter Information
(808) 748-5000 Board of Water Supply
(808) 748-5872 After Hours Water Emergency
(808) 548-7311 Hawaiian Electric
(808) 548-7961 Hawaiian Electric Company
(808) 643-3456 Hawaiian Tel Com
(808) 768-2100 Oceanic-Time Warner Cable
(808) 768-3200 Refuse and Recycling Services
(808) 697-7100 Leihoku Elementary
Principal Randall Miura
(808) 697-7150 Mā’ili Elementary
Principal Suzie Lee
(808) 695-7900 Mākaha Elementary
Principal Nelson Shigeta
(808) 668-5800 Nānāikapono Elementary
Principal Debra Knight
(808) 668-5813 Nānākuli Elementary
Principal Lisa Ann Higa
(808) 668-5823 Nānākuli High
Principal Darin Pilialoha
(808) 697-7121 Wai‘anae Elementary
Principal Wendy Takahashi
(808) 697-9400 Wai’anae High
Principal Disa Hauge
(808) 697-7121 Wai‘anae Intermediate
Principal Raechelle Fabrao
(808) 697-7110 Kamaile Academy
Principal Emma Weiss
(808) 620-9030 Kawaihona
Principal Alvin Parker
(808) 696-6378 Leeward Community College -
Wai‘anae Dean of Students Laurie Lawrence
911 All Emergencies
34. Resources of Organizations
34 Na Pua `O Wai`anae | April 2015
Children’s Services 696-9498
Hi‘iola (Hawaii Health Connector) 294-1820
Ka Wahi Kaiaulu-Wai‘anae Neighborhood Place
♥ Hawaii Family Services, Inc. 696-3482
♥ Hawaii Job Corps 536-0695
♥ Hoa ‘Āina O Mākaha 695-8978
♥ Ho‘omau Ke Ola 696-4266
♥ Honolulu Community Action Program 696-4261
Head Start 847-2400
Kumuhonua Transitional Shelter 682-5494
Hā Initiative-STEM After-School Program
♥ INPEACE-Ka Lama Education Academy
Keiki Steps 620-9043
P-3 Waianae 620-9041
Kupu Ola 620-9041
♥ Ka‘ala Cultural Learning Center 696-4954
♥ Kaiser Permanente-Continuing Care (Kaiser Only)
♥ Kamehameha Schools- Preschools 668-1196
Community Learning Center at Nānākuli 668-1517
Hi‘ilani Program 534-8261
Ka Pua Initiative 541-5333
♥ Kathy’s Parenting Solutions 352-3303
♥ Ke Ola Mamo 668-1110
♥ Keiki O Ka ‘Aina-H.I.P.P.Y./Aim High/PAT/PPP
♥ Kokua Villa 696-7000
♥ Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii
School Readiness Project 696-5361
Parent Training & Information Center 536-9684
♥ Legal Aid Society of Hawaii 536-4302
♥ Leeward Community College-Wai‘anae 696-6378
♥ Maili Bible 696-3038
♥ Maluhia Lutheran Church 696-3497
♥ Mala ‘Ai ‘Opio (MA‘O) Organic Farm 696-5569
♥ Nanakuli Housing Corporation 842-0770
♥ O‘ahu WorkLinks 768-5801
♥ ‘Olelo Community Media Center Wai‘anae
♥ Onemalu Shelter 682-3869
♥ Paradise Chapel-Social Services 668-1588
♥ P.A.R.E.N.T.S., Inc. 235-0255
Confident Parenting 235-0487
♥ Parents for Righteousness, Inc 697-8384
This list was provided by B. Burgess at Hale Na’au Pono
♥ 211- Aloha United Way-Dial “2-1-1”
(on your telephone)
♥ ACTIVE HI 457-6385
♥ Adventist Malama School 696-3988
♥ Alternative Structures International (ASI) 696-2655
‘Ohana Ola O Kahumana Transitional Shelter
Ulu Ke Kukui Transitional Shelter 620-9011
♥ ALU LIKE, Inc.-Pūlama I Nā Keiki 668-0553
Ke Ala Ho‘olokahi Project 668-0555
Project SPIRIT 956-4453
♥ Ark of Safety-Preschool 696-8928
♥ Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Honolulu
♥ Boys and Girls Club-Wai‘anae Clubhouse
NFL YET Hawaii Nanakuli Clubhouse 668-9399
♥ Catholic Charities-Mā‘ili Land Transitional
♥ Child and Family Service 681-3500
Comprehensive Cnslng & Support Services
Domestic Abuse Hotline 841-0822
Enhanced Healthy Start 681-1555
Healthy Start 681-1555
Pathways to Work 681-1430
♥ City of Joy 668-8826
♥ Community Case Management Corp. 486-8030
♥ Department of Health-Access Line 823-3100
Public Health Nursing-Waianae 697-7839
Hansen’s Disease Community Program 675-0077
♥ Department of Human Services Child Protective
Financial Assistance & SNAP 697-7147
First To Work 692-7760
Employment First 692-8310
♥ Domestic Violence Action Center-HelpLine
Consortium for Health, Safety & Support 447-3508
♥ EPIC, Inc-`Ohana Conferencing 838-7752
♥ Family Hui 230-7110
♥ Family Programs Hawaii 521-9531
Ho‘omalu O Na Kamalii 620-9444
Leeward Voluntary Case Management 540-2536
Resource Families Support Services 521-9531
Warm Line 545-1130
♥ Habitat for Humanity-Leeward O‘ahu 696-7882
♥ Hawaii Families As Allies 692-8232
♥ Hale Na‘au Pono 696-4211
Adult Services 696-4212
35. Energy – Natural and Healthy
The path to success is often littered with setbacks, obstacles, and fear of failure. Pushing through to
reach your goals is challenging. A Japanese proverb sums up this journey: “Beginning is easy;
continuing is hard.” So as we face challenges, we need both our minds and our bodies to be at the
ready if we want to persevere.
Unicity has tapped into a remedy that Zen monks have used for
centuries to sharpen their focus and enhance meditation. This
elixir is UNICITYMATCHA—a finely powdered green tea that can
give you the fortitude and support you need to combat the odds.
Navigate with Matcha
This Chi-Oka blend, rich in antioxidants and other vital nutrients,
provides a natural source of energy and improved mental clarity.
Whenever you need it, enjoy a drink of Matcha to help:
Increase alertness and focus
Add vitality and harmony to your mind and body
Relieve stress and improve concentration
Contribute to normal, energy-yielding metabolism
Contribute to the protection of cell constituents from oxidative damage
How It Works
What makes Matcha exceptional is that it is not steeped like most teas; the entire tea leaf is consumed in
powder form. You therefore take advantage of 100% of its nutrients—including chlorophyll, protein, and dietary
fiber. Matcha has both healing and preventative properties to:
Cleanse and Restore: The abundance of chlorophyll in Matcha makes it an ideal rejuvenator. It carries oxygen
to your cells, regenerating them and building your blood. As a purifier, it neutralizes free radicals, eradicates
toxins, and improves radiation damage.
Boost metabolism: Bursting with antioxidants called catechins (a class of polyphenols), Matcha eliminates free
radicals, slows the signs of aging, and optimizes your metabolism.
Reduce fatigue: The naturally occurring caffeine and theophylline in Matcha work to stimulate
wakefulness and provide mental clarity, making it a healthier alternative to classic energy drinks or
coffees. Additionally, its absorption into your blood is as discreet as its dissipation, preventing the
infamous crash that comes with most caffeinated beverages.
Calm the mind: Shade-grown plants like Matcha produce L-theanines. These amino acids calm the brain without
making you drowsy. Paired with caffeine and theophylline, L-theanines generate a lucid frame of mind, enabling
you to determine what needs to be accomplished and how.
For more information contact Sharon @ email@example.com or call 808-306-3054
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