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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Waianae Twitters

So gratifying that we are making contact with many Twitter people and all willing to share information with their friends, neighbors and relatives. There must be some that can be Two Centers in this blog. It is just waiting for them. Meanwhile, we got one willing but only for this one time and he doesn't want any further commitments. All I can say mahalo and I tell everyone, they make their own decisions.

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way
to succeed is to try - just one more time."


From Fred Koahou, Maili

You’ve got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die. We have so many people walking around who are dead and don’t even know it! There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up.

If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don’t do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-nine years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn ninety.

Anybody can grow older. That doesn’t take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change. Have no regrets. We, the elderly, usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets.

Remember, Growing older is mandatory - Growing up is optional. So let's have a little less drugs around here. Mahalo.


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Progress

The Waianae Coast is progressing, too bad so many that could help are dragging their feet. We must get legislators that are for the people and not for the ones that are contributing the big bucks for their campaign. Tough to do, we all know that.

"Nobody is perfect - if someone is having a bad day, give them
a little room to be human. It may pass in a short while."

O’ahu cannot afford to lose any more farm land is true, and Lualualei has some good soil for farming that has never been used for agriculture in five thousand years. You know how much the owners want in rent for farming? Auwe! Fortunately many are becoming aware of the rail "cancer," and the misnamed, "Rapid Transit."


The Beautiful Articulated Bus. The number 93, today can get you
from Makaha to Honolulu Hale in one and a half hours. And I
could get it right around the corner. "Rapid Transit" and
their Rail Stations will never beat that in a million years.

The latest estimates on the Rail Fiasco have gone up to Seven Billion Dollars. What happened? Easy money, it's the bread, Fred. The entire island is becoming aware that the citizens on the Wai’anae Coast definitely do not want to spend half their working day in commuting to Mecca in downtown Honolulu.

"I'll Be There" by Bruddah Iz


The proposed site of the industrial development in Lualualei is known as the birthplace of Maui, the Demigod, one of the great heroes and deities in Hawaiian legends. And now constructing an industrial park on this site would be a tribute to the people of this cultural significant area. Why? Because it is for the people. "And I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

Was this guy talking about the Present Rail Party?

"You can con some of the people all of the time. and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot con all of the people all the time."


Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Evolving Waianae Coast

Progress for the better as the residents realize that they are equal members on this island of Oahu and they do not have to do as the Fat Cats in Honolulu wish.

"We have made many mistakes, except for those few perfect people
and they know who they are. Life doesn't come with an invitation
and instructions, we live and we learn."

Makaha Studios,  a spin off,  seems to be for the people. And SeaRider Productions at Waianae High School seems to have same intent but is much over ruled by downtown Honolulu. They are pro-Rail - Auwe.We have Waianae Mall in Facebook doing a terrific job of getting the point across. And there is new Waianae Daily, a good start up of local coast news.


The monthly publication Westside Stories is also doing a good job but only once per month. Would be nice if they could get in with Tamura and combine the two for a twice per month publication. Maybe the Waianae Store too. Wow, whatta Coast publication.

"I Remember You" by Don Ho

I have tried to communicate and offer my help but have been ignored. Understandable, they are big shots and we are little shots. No hu, hu because we know where we are headed and must have patience.


Meanwhile the Present Rail Party is still attempting to stop the proposed industrial park in Lualualei. This is a blatant example of downtown manipulation of the facts. They cater to special interests over and above the long term interests of the community and violate good planning principles.

"Walk Through Paradise With Me" by Melveen Leed

The beautiful industrial park in Lualualei will not disrupt the integrity of the agricultural lands in that area that have not been used for Agriculture in the last five thousand years. Look around you and you can see fallow land all to the way to Waipahu. And the owners want 90% of the action for the use.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Deluxe Class

Makaha Valley is moving along slowly but surely. The leading organization is Makaha Studios that seems to be for the ordinary citizens of the community. The Industrial Park in the area seems to be very promising. The residents all the way up and down the coast that will work there will be going to work when all the traffic is going the other way.

 "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

And when they pau hana, they will be going home when all the traffic is all going the other way. Lucky people, they would be just a little bit closer to Paradise, but the Present Rail Party wants to stop it, naturally. The local Makaha residents could be home in 20 minutes.

“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone,
but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.

Then we have Makaha Valley Towers, a 586 unit "Ivory Tower" nestled against the majestic Waianae Mountains. The high class occupants of the studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom apartments have twenty four hour security guards greet them as they enter the property.


With incredible views ranging from the mountains to the tropical sea, Makaha Valley Towers is an oasis far from the hustle and bustle of the lower class residents of this community. Fourteen acres of lush landscaped property create a unique atmosphere, complementing the natural beauty of the valley.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Relax at the 60-thousand gallon heated swimming pool, or enjoy grilling on the six propane grills in the barbecue area. For those willing to take the chance of mingling with the locals, there is nearby surfing, swimming, fishing, golf courses, horseback riding, and tennis courts provide recreation and relaxation on and off campus.


Meanwhile the ordinary locals must struggle with all the defects that the bottom class has inherited. Even minimum wage is difficult to accomplish. But the Fat Cats in Honolulu get all the money they think they are entitled to and the hell with the people.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

We Progress?

Perhaps it is only my imagination but the traffic on Farrington Highway is getting worse. It is piled up in Nanakuli at 12 noon. And our local legislators cannot do anything because the money has to go for the Rail Catastrophe. And the Present Rail Party has other plans for the residents of the West. They are talking Big Bucks and they are making it now, The residents are due to suffer even more while the Rail Disaster is building and who knows how much worse it will get when it is built before it is torn down again.


Beautiful Waipahu and after. when they install the monstrosity.
As the Present Rail Party says, "Bunch of ethnics anyway
and they don't matter."

Waianae is making more of an effort to build something on its own so that it will count less on the horrible situation in Honolulu. There will be more Industrial Parks in spite of the stumbling blocks. More shopping Centers, drinking establishments and a night life somewhere on the Coast.


Someday in the near future we will have something like this and the people all over will come to the Waianae Coast because there is where it is happening. Shall we dream on?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Slowly

Starting from Makaha we have a dedicated group, Zion Ipuka, of mostly young people that come to Nanakuli every Tuesday evening from 5 to 6 pm. They invite anyone who wishes to partake in their  party food to do so. I try to help with whatever.

"If we focus on change, we may never get results,
but if we focus on results, we may get Change."

Then there was the founding of Mākaha Studios which was a result of the success of Searider Productions, the acclaimed integrated journalism and multimedia program at Waiʻanae High School. Many of the present employees have roots in SP, went on to college, gained professional work experience, and returned home to practice their craft. They are a big help to the community.


New Makaha Beach Club. Dance floor could be a little larger?
Dream on, Dancers.

I had them on my Twitter, then I tried to contact them by phone to see if I could help them, but they never returned my call. I figure they must be too busy for help from me, so I cut off all contact. I am busy too and I must be on my way. Perhaps, next year.

"In This Life" by Bruddah Iz

Searider Productions is going strong and everybody on the Waianae Coast knows about them. They are on a couple of my Twitter accounts. And Waianae Mall on Facebook is doing just fine and most people will read their posts. Good information about the community. Perhaps I can make a connection later, they will all use this blog to convey information. We will be Social Media.


Western Stories, the monthly publication is also doing their good work disseminating good neighborhood information for the good of everyone. I tried the same thing as with Makaha Studios with the same results. Perhaps next year.

"Shores of Haleiwa" by Loyal Garner
 
Apparently upper Waianae is doing just fine and there is only one thing lacking, the Industrial Park. Farrington Highway is still much too crowded in the morning going to Honolulu. And it is much too crowded coming home in the afternoon. They have a beautiful saying in Waianae on getting a job in Waianae, "I coulda been home in 20 minutes." The Ivory Towers in Honolulu do not have a clue.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Stop the Industrial Parks

Another example is Makaha doing business with Mokuleia. It is less than ten miles as the crow flies, but it just cannot be done. It now takes eighteen hours to get there on the available roadways. (so I exaggerate.) And yes, the difficult but short road from Makaha to Mokuleia could have been built years ago. This could have been for the benefit of all the residents on the Island but not downtown Honolulu. They want the commissions on everything.

"If you are going through hell, don't stop, keep going,
you'll come out of it."

Everyone in Hawaii including the tourist would really have a truly "round the island trip." But of course that requires buses and the Present Rail Party is not interested in buses. Additional benefits for the residents would be the easy commercial exchanges available between the Waianae Coast and the North Shore. But the Present Rail Party is going to put a stop to that nonsense.


The beautiful Pearl City Business Park. Hundreds of cars missing from
the freeway and streets. How long does it take the residents to
get home and spend a little time with their families?

There are signs of cocktail lounges developing along the Waianae Coast and perhaps even a night club with a little social dancing. Some places are staying open until ten or eleven. If they are able to get an Industrial Park, people will be more interested in a night life. Third City?


The beautiful Waipio Business Center. The residents that work there
worship the ground. No long hassles on the freeways, or traffic jams
in town and they remember to go to church every Sunday to thank God.

Many people are very much aware that if they had just few industrial parks on the West Coast, they "coulda been home in twenty minutes." And none of the long, drawn out, slow drives that take hours to and from the city every day down the only highway available. But the people making those decisions live and work in the Ivory Towers of Honolulu. Our representatives from the West don't have a chance. And it's the money, Sonny and the cost estimates on the Rail Disaster keep going higher every day, naturally. Your next year's property Tax. Wow!