Hawaii Consumers by Strengthening Financial Regulations

Washington, Jun 30 – Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) today voted in support of legislation that will rein in big banks and their large executive bonuses, put an end to bank bailouts, and empower American consumers to make the best possible financial decisions for their future. The Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010, H.R. 4173, will also create an independent agency whose sole focus will be to protect American consumers. The U.S. House passed the bill by a vote of 237 yeas to 192 nays.

“My colleagues and I have worked hard to get our economy pointed back in the right direction. We need to make sure that our largest banks don’t make reckless decisions that threaten our economy and enrich special interests at the expense of American families and businesses,” said Congresswoman Hirono.  “This bill will put our citizens in much stronger positions when it comes to buying a home, using their credit cards, and mapping out their long-term financial future.”

Passing this comprehensive financial reform bill is just the latest in a series of reform measures that have provided added security and stability to working families in Hawaii and in the nation. Over the past year-and-a-half, Congress has passed an economic Recovery Act, health care coverage reform, and education reform.

H.R. 4173 will empower consumers by requiring credit card and mortgage companies to use easy-to-understand forms so that consumers clearly understand the terms of their financial agreements.  Borrowers will no longer be misled with pages and pages of fine print or subjected to hidden fees, penalties, or any other predatory practice of unscrupulous lenders. H.R. 4173 will also strengthen oversight and impose new regulations on financial reforms so that taxpayers will never again have to bail out “too big to fail” institutions.

The Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010 is expected to be taken up by the U.S. Senate in mid-July.  If passed, the bill will be sent to the President to be signed into law.

Office of Hawaiian Affairs "2010-2016 Strategic Priorities and Results"

A New Direction for Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Our Hawaiian ancestors understood that the well-being of our community rested upon the inter-relationship of how we conduct ourselves, steward the islands we call home, and fulfill the responsibility of caring for our families, all within the physical and spiritual realms.  They also understood that successfully maintaining lökahi meant careful observation, knowledge gathering, and informed decision making to achieve pono.

OHA is striving to embrace this time-tested wisdom through our new Strategic Plan.  During the past year, we listened intently to voices in our communities to better understand the key issues facing Native Hawaiians in the coming years.  Our Strategic Plan positions these issues into “priorities” and expresses them as improvements that Native Hawaiians will experience in the years ahead.

The new OHA Strategic Plan further recognizes the inter-relationship among the issues facing Native Hawaiians and defines a series of “results” that acknowledges these connections.  These result statements transcend typical goals or singular objectives as they are expressed as quantifiable measurements that commit us to monitoring performance over time and, ultimately, hold us accountable to influencing the positive change embodied in the priorities.

Woven together, the “priorities” and “results” that comprise our Strategic Plan not only balance our direction for the coming years, but sharpen our focus, strengthen our role as advocates, knowledge leaders, and asset managers, and align operational planning, budgeting and performance reporting.

Our Roles

In order to achieve our Priorities and Strategic Results, we are focused on the roles of advocate, researcher, and asset manager to improve conditions for all Native Hawaiians through systemic change.

Advocacy means making changes to laws, policies, and practices which broadly impact the Priorities the Board of Trustees has approved in the OHA Strategic Plan.  This includes community outreach to mobilize the community, monitoring activities to identify harmful policies and laws, and advocacy initiatives to change laws, policies and practices in ways that improve conditions for Native Hawaiians as outlined in the Priorities and Strategic Results.

Research means to compile and gather data to identify gaps and important issues, inform our advocacy efforts and ensure our actions and initiatives are based on the best information available.

Asset management means to fulfill our trust by analyzing opportunities, making critical decisions, and maximizing the value of our portfolio and other investments.

Strategic priorities

  • Ho‘oKahua Waiwai Economic Self-Sufficiency
    To have choices and a sustainable future, Native Hawaiians will progress toward greater economic self-sufficiency.
  • ‘Äina Land & Water
    To maintain the connection to the past and a viable land base, Native Hawaiians will participate in and benefit from responsible stewardship of Ka Pae ‘Äina O Hawai‘i.
  • Mo‘omeheu Culture
    To strengthen identity, Native Hawaiians will preserve, practice and perpetuate their culture.
  • Mauli Ola Health
    To improve the quality and longevity of life, Native Hawaiians will enjoy healthy lifestyles and experience reduced onset of chronic diseases.
  • Ea Governance
    To restore pono and ea, Native Hawaiians will achieve self-governance, after which the assets of OHA will be transferred to the new governing entity.
  • Ho‘ona‘auao Education
    To maximize choices of life and work, Native Hawaiians will gain knowledge and excel in educational opportunities at all levels.

Strategic Results

  • Increase Family Income
    Native Hawaiian average family income will equal 100% or greater than the Statewide average family income.
  • Stability in Housing
    _ Percent of Native Hawaiians living longer than one year (without default) in owner-occupied or rental housing.
  • Exceed Education Standards
    _ Percent of Native Hawaiian students meet or exceed standards in elementary, middle, and high school testing, and who graduate from post-secondary institutions.
  • Understand Need for Viable Land Base
    _ Percent of all Hawai‘i residents understand and agree that a viable land base is necessary for the new Native Hawaiian governing entity.
  • Achieve Pae ‘Äina Sustainability
    _ Percent of Ka Pae ‘Äina O Hawai‘i managed to create economic value, preserve cultural and natural resources and historic properties, and/or provide cultural and social opportunities for Native Hawaiians in a sustainable and balanced manner.
  • Improve Family Lifestyle Choices
    _ Percent of Native Hawaiian families actively improving lifestyle choices by engaging in health programs (weight loss, diet, substance abuse treatment) and supportive family development practices (prenatal screening, early education, family oriented activities, parent/child learning.)
  • Transfer Assets to Entity
    Adoption by the Board of Trustees of a Transition Plan that includes the legal transfer of assets and other resources to the new Native Hawaiian governing entity.
  • Value History and Culture
    _ Percent of all Hawai‘i residents appreciate and value Native Hawaiian history and culture as a basis for residing in Hawai‘i.
  • Participate in Cultural Activities
    _ Percent of Native Hawaiians participating in cultural activities, including language,  who interact with the ‘äina for cultural, spiritual, religious, and subsistence purposes.
  • Decrease Chronic disease rates
    Native Hawaiian chronic disease rates will be equal to or less than the general population of Hawai‘i for each of the following: cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, asthma, and cancer.

For more information visit oha.org/stratplan

For OHA Grant Program information visit SCHHA Resources!

Hawaii's Inouye leads Senate

The isles’ senior senator is now third in line for the presidency

June 29, 2010

In the U.S. Senate, where seniority is currency, U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye is now first.

Inouye was sworn in yesterday as Senate president pro tempore, the presiding officer in the absence of the vice president. The Hawaii Democrat was chosen after he became the chamber’s senior member with the death of his friend U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va.

Inouye, 85, who has served in the Senate since 1963, is now third in line to the presidency after the vice president and the House speaker.

Inouye will have official signing authority over bills and other Senate documents and will choose senators to preside over the chamber during floor sessions. The ceremonial position comes with a security detail and a salary increase.

The senator will earn $193,400 a year, the same as the Senate majority and minority leaders, compared with $174,000 for a rank-and-file member

His elevation to Senate president pro tem, and his chairmanship of the Senate Appropriations Committee, give Inouye unrivaled stature in a chamber that prizes seniority and honors powerful committee chairmen.

Byrd, 92, held both distinctions before illness forced him to step aside as Appropriations chairman last year. Inouye said he could not celebrate under the circumstances.

“I’m not in the mood for it,” the senator said by telephone from Washington, D.C. “I knew that he was ill, but you always find it difficult to say goodbye. I owe much to him. I would have hoped that my new responsibility would be given to me under different circumstances. This was the result of his death. Those are not the circumstances I would prefer.”

Inouye said he was briefed on his security detail yesterday and expected to meet with White House security and communications officials today. He described it as “a new life for me.”

“It’s a challenge but I welcome challenges,” he said. “Without challenges life can be very dull. I don’t relish dull lives.”

Inouye became the second-longest-serving senator in history earlier this month, surpassing the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C. Byrd, who entered the Senate in 1959, was in his ninth six-year term.

Inouye is running for his ninth term this year and would eclipse Byrd in about four years if he remains in the Senate.

In a statement, Inouye, known for his ability to secure federal money for Hawaii, praised Byrd for his advocacy for West Virginia. Some critics have described Byrd as the “King of Pork” for the volume of federal dollars he steered to his home state. But Byrd relished the moniker, just as Inouye has when it has been used against him for obtaining federal earmarks for the islands.

“He was a senator’s senator,” Inouye said. “His many accomplishments were historic, and he fought tirelessly to improve the lives of working families in West Virginia. We shared the belief that we must provide for the people who trust us to represent their communities in Washington.”

U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka honored Byrd in a tribute as “my mentor, supporter and good friend.”

“Sen. Byrd was the dean of the Senate, our foremost constitutional scholar,” Akaka said. “No one in the history of our country served longer in Congress. For more than half a century, Robert Byrd kept the Senate in line. He always kept a copy of the Constitution in his jacket pocket – close to his heart. He was meticulous, a master of the rules of this historic institution. Through hard work and dedication, Sen. Byrd became an institution himself.”

In a statement, U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono said Byrd “displayed an ability to grow and to change based on knowledge and experience acquired through his service – qualities I truly admire.”

U.S. Rep. Charles Djou sent his condolences to the Byrd family for what he described as the senator’s “decades of exemplary public service.” He also said in a statement that he looked forward to working with Inouye in his new role.

According to the Senate historian’s office, the Senate president pro tempore (“for the time being” in Latin) is a constitutionally created position that used to be filled by senators based on popularity, competence and reliability.

Since around World War II, the position has traditionally gone to the senior member of the party that holds the Senate majority. The Senate president pro tempore presides over the Senate in the absence of the vice president, who is the Senate’s presiding officer under the Constitution and has a tie-breaking role in the chamber.

The Senate president pro tempore is third in the presidential line of succession, meaning Inouye would become president if President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were unable to serve.

“It’s a position of great respect and of great honor in the Senate,” said Betty Koed, the Senate’s associate historian.

Walter Dods, a financier and Inouye confidant, described the senator’s new role as special for Hawaii and another honor in a nearly 48-year Senate career. But he said it also comes with the burden of greater responsibility.

“The first thing that came to my mind was, really, saying an extra prayer for Dan,” he said.

By Derrick DePledge and Dan Nakaso

The Honolulu Star Advertiser

Native Hawaiian Policy Call Center – July 2, 2010 at 9 am

Native Hawaiian Policy Center’s Topic for July is the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Operated by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA), the Native Hawaiian Policy Center convenes leaders from the nonprofit, civic, homestead, social justice, education, cultural, and small business sectors to apply solutions to our community challenges.  The Policy Center brings non-governmental organizations together to ensure that the energy and expertise of community leaders working directly in the field have a voice in the formation of public policy.

CNHA Member Organizations can participate on the Policy Call scheduled for this Friday, July 2nd at 9:00 am (HST) by registering for the call via e-mail at policy@hawaiiancouncil.org.

Once every month, for 60 short minutes, member organizations and community leaders dial in to the Native Hawaiian Policy Center to focus our attention on a public policy topic or issue.  For the month of July, CNHA invites its members to learn more about the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI).

Created by Presidential Executive Order in October 2009, the WHIAAPI seeks to facilitate access to and increase participation in federal programs where Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders remain underserved.  The WHIAAPI has hired an Executive Director and will be Co-Chaired by the Secretary of Education and the Secretary of Commerce.

“This is an excellent opportunity for our diverse membership to learn more about this amazing initiative created by Hawaii’s own President Obama,” said Robin Puanani Danner, CNHA President and CEO.  “The White House Initiative on AAPIs can have a hugely positive impact on Native Hawaiian communities everywhere.”

Founded in 2001, CNHA unifies and serves a network of more than 100 Native Hawaiian Organizations nationally.  As a certified Native CDFI and a nonprofit Community Development Corporation, CNHA works for the cultural, economic and public policy interests of Native Hawaiians.  For more information contact 808.596.8155, toll-free at 1.800.709.2642, by e-mail at info@hawaiiancouncil.org, or visit www.hawaiiancouncil.org.

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Native Hawaiian Policy Center Announces 2010 Schedule of Monthly Policy Calls

The new administration in Washington, DC has ushered in a number of exciting opportunities and policy issues to advance Native Hawaiian communities and priorities.  As a result, the Policy Center has begun a Monthly Policy Call Initiative to engage and dialogue about current or upcoming policy developments.  Our members can choose to come to the CNHA office, or participate via teleconference.  Each monthly policy call will focus its discussion on a particular issue relevant to the Native Hawaiian community.  For more information about the Monthly Policy Calls Initiative, please email Shannon Toriki, CNHA Policy Fellow at policy@hawaiiancouncil.org.

2010 Monthly Policy Call Schedule

Unless noted otherwise, all policy calls are scheduled on a Friday and will take place at 9:00am

July 2nd, 2010

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

August 6th
§ September 3rd
§ October 1st
§ November 5th
§ December 3rd

By Shannon Toriki, CNHA Policy Associate

SCHHA Summer Quarterly 2010

Honolulu, Hawaii On Saturday June 26, 2010 the Sovereign Councils of the Hawaiian Homelands Assembly held their Summer Quarterly Meeting at Best Western Plaza Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii. Over 40 delegates from 17 member association attended a one day meeting.   Hauouiwi Homestead Association was inducted by Chairman Kamaki Kanahele, increasing the Sovereign Councils of the Hawaiian Homelands Assembly to 29 Association Member organizations through out Hawaii, unifying the Hawaiian Islands Beneficiaries across the State of Hawaii.

Another perspective SCHHA member, Kanehili Association from Kapolei, on Oahu were guest at the Summer Quarterly and experienced the actual working of SCHHA to take back to its membership for consideration of joining the Sovereign Councils of the Hawaiian Homelands Assembly in the near future.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the SCHHA, send an email to Annie Au Hoon at info@schha.org to be connected to the proper Mokupuni Chair on each Island.  We look forward to serving you.

Kapaakea Homestead Association Elects New Officers

Congratulations to the Newly Elected Board of  Kapaakea Homestead Association.  President, Jessie “Aunty Leilani” Wallace;  Vice President, Lorraine Luuloa;  Secretary, Bridget “Aunty Bridge” Mowat; Treasure, Shone Pineda, (re-elected);  Sergeant at Arms, Ruby Hirata.   To read more about Kapaakea  Homestead good news, go to membership comments.  The SCHHA looks forward to meeting the new board at the 23rd Annual SCHHA Convention on August 20-22, 2010 at Ala Moana Hotel.  If you would like to contact the Kapaakea Homestead Association,  email: kha.sec@hawaiiantel.net.

Beneficiary Consultation – MEETING NOTICE: DHHL Administrative Rules to be Amended

MEETING NOTICE:

DHHL Administrative Rules to be Amended

Starting on June 30, DHHL will begin the phase of the Administrative Rules amendment process that involves community discussion and input.  In general, these rules govern department procedures and activities like Hawaiian Homes Commission meetings, application processes, and lease transfers.  The current set of proposed changes focus on the management and organization of the department and general provisions of the rules.

Over the next few weeks, DHHL staff will be holding statewide consultation meetings to review the proposed changes to certain sections of the Administrative Rules and to explain the public hearings process.  The formal public hearings for this set of rules are scheduled statewide for August 12, 2010, and details about the location of the hearings and how you can submit comments and testimony will be announced at these upcoming consultation meetings.

Please attend the meeting nearest to you and visit our website for news and updates on our Administrative Rules.

Wednesday, June 30

Hilo, Hawaii

DHHL East Hawaii District Office

160 Baker Avenue

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 1

Wailuku, Maui

Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center Annex

1790 Wili Pa Loop

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 6

Kona, Hawaii

Kealakehe Intermediate School Cafeteria

74-5062 Onipaa Street

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 13

Hoolehua, Molokai

Lanikeha Community Center

Farrington Avenue

3:00-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 14

Lihue, Kauai

King Kaumualii Elementary School Cafeteria

4380 Hanamaulu Road

6:15-8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 21

Honolulu, Oahu

Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Campus

Administration Building Lanai

1887 Makuakane Street

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 22

Kapolei, Oahu

Hale Ponoi

91-5420 Kapolei Parkway

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Job Opening: Renter Education Specialist

Job Opening: Renter Education Specialist


Job Description
Hawaiian Community Assets (HCA) is a nonprofit organization that builds the capacity of low- and moderate-income communities to achieve and sustain economic self-sufficiency with a particular focus on Native Hawaiians.  HCA’s philosophy supports homeownership, financial education, and asset building programs to achieve its mission.

HCA is hiring a Renter Education Specialist to assist with the development of its new Renter Education program.  In order to bridge the widening gap between houselessness, rental housing, and homeownership in Hawaii, HCA is collaborating with transitional housing centers, community-based organizations, and houseless families on the Leeward Coast of Oahu to develop a renter education program.  Utilizing a model that combines education and community organizing, the program seeks a specialist who will work with HCA’s Program Coordinator and houseless families to develop of a renter education curriculum specific to the families’ needs and interests.

Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and conduct focus groups with houseless families, housing advocates, service providers, and community members
  • Develop partnerships with community-based, educational, and financial organizations to further program’s development
  • Research existing renter education programs and curricula
  • Write and edit a renter education curriculum with community guidance
  • Teach renter education workshops to gain feedback on curriculum rough drafts
  • Contract a local entity to design, layout, and illustrate curriculum final draft
  • Develop marketing materials (i.e. brochures, flyers, etc) and participate in community outreach events to promote the program

 

Compensation and Benefits

  • $1,300/month gross pay
  • $5,000 Education Award for tuition and post-secondary education expenses or $1,200 end-of-service stipend upon completion
  • 20 paid leave days (sick and vacation)
  • Qualify for public benefits (i.e. food stamps, childcare, etc)
  • Professional development training (i.e. on-site training through HCA; pre-service and ongoing training through AmeriCorps)

Terms of Service

  • 1-year contract starting August 16, 2010
  • Opportunity to extend service
  • 40 hours/week (Monday-Friday, 8a-5p with flexible scheduling)

 

How to Apply
HCA’s Renter Education Specialist position is funded through AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), a national service, anti-poverty program established in 1965.  For more information or to apply, please visit Hawaii Renters Education Program.

Application due by June 27, 2010
For more information about Hawaiian Community Assets, please contact Program Coordinator, Jeff Gilbreath at 587.7653 or via email at jeff@hawaiiancommunity.net.

Native Hawaiian Policy Center Announces 2010 Schedule of Monthly Policy Calls

Native Hawaiian Policy Center Announces 2010 Schedule of Monthly Policy Calls

The new administration in Washington, DC has ushered in a number of exciting opportunities and policy issues to advance Native Hawaiian communities and priorities.  As a result, the Policy Center has begun a Monthly Policy Call Initiative to engage and dialogue about current or upcoming policy developments.  Our members can choose to come to the CNHA office, or participate via teleconference.  Each monthly policy call will focus its discussion on a particular issue relevant to the Native Hawaiian community.  For more information about the Monthly Policy Calls Initiative, please email Shannon Toriki, CNHA Policy Fellow at policy@hawaiiancouncil.org.

2010 Monthly Policy Call Schedule
Unless noted otherwise, all policy calls are scheduled on a Friday and will take place at 9:00am

§ June 4th
§ July 2nd
§ August 6th
§ September 3rd
§ October 1st
§ November 5th
§ December 3rd

United States Department of Agriculture Announces Opportunity for Small Socially Disadvantaged Producer Grants

United States Department of Agriculture Announces Opportunity for Small Socially Disadvantaged Producer Grants

What: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is an organization that works hard at efficiently providing integrated program deliveries required to lead a rapidly evolving agriculture and food system. USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.

USDA announced the opportunity to apply for their Small Socially Disadvantaged Producer Grants (SSDPG), formerly known as the Small, Minority Producer Grant Program. The objective of the SSDPG program is to provide technical assistance to small, socially-disadvantaged agricultural producers through eligible cooperatives and associations of cooperatives. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis, and they are expected to hand out seventeen awards. The maximum award amount per grant is $200,000.

Who: Eligible Candidates must apply by:

Paper copies must be postmarked and mailed, shipped, or sent overnight no later than July 27, 2010, to be eligible for FY 2010 grant funding. Electronic copies must be received by July 27, 2010, to be eligible for FY 2010 grant funding.

Late applications are not eligible for FY 2010 grant funding.

http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=54146

http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/coops/ssdpg/ssdpg.htm

* $200K maximum grant

* Eligible applicants are minority cooperatives or minority associations of cooperatives. Individuals are not eligible for this program.

* Purpose is to provide assistance to small, socially disadvantaged producers and whose governing board and/or membership is comprised of at least 75 percent small, socially disadvantaged producers.

* Small, Socially-Disadvantaged Producer-Socially-disadvantaged persons or at least 75 percent socially disadvantaged producer-owned entities including farmers, ranchers, loggers,
Agricultural harvesters, and fishermen, that have averaged $250,000 or less in annual gross sales of agricultural products in the last 3 years.

* Socially-Disadvantaged Producer- Individual agricultural producer who is a member of a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic or gender prejudice, without regard for their individual qualities.

* Technical Assistance-An advisory service performed for the benefit of a small, socially-disadvantaged producer such as market research; product and/or service improvement; legal advice and assistance; feasibility study, business plan, and marketing plan development; and training. Technical assistance does not include the operating costs of a cooperative being assisted.

Where: United States

More Information: For more information or questions contact the Rural Development State Office for your state early in the application process with any questions or ideas concerning your application.