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This July, the James Campbell High School Saber Marching Band will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to represent the state of Hawaii in the National Independence Day Parade!
While the opportunity to participate in this event is an honor, the expenses associated with travel are significant.
The cost per student is approximately $3500, and 80 band students are traveling for the event.
As a registered nonprofit, the JCHS Band Boosters are actively seeking financial support from the community.
A GoFundMe page has been set up at https://www.gofundme.com/f/JCHSMarchingBand.
You can click on the SABER picture below to access the GoFundMe page.
This past weekend, local vendors and area performers partnered with the Band Boosters of the JCHS Band in a fundraiser at JCHS and raised over $5,000. In case you missed, it, here are a few pictures from the event; it was quite memorable!
CONTACT US if you have any questions or would like to donate.
According to members of the management team, the main draw of the facility will be the dining opportunities. Here are a few videos and pics of what we recently saw.
Here is a video of the bar area downstairs...
A few pictures of various areas around the facility...
A quick video look at the view from "The Lookout" ~
Lastly, according to the property managers, the area will also host concerts, community gatherings, and other crowd-pleasing events. For additional information, visit https://waikai.com/
From U.S. Army Hawaii Public Affairs:
Below is the press release for the 2 July Independence Day Celebration at Schofield Barracks.
This is essential information for this Saturday's Independence Day Celebration on Schofield Barracks, which is open to the Public and FREE from 2-9 p.m.
COVID-19 Pre-screening Required for Entry
Per Department of the Army COVID protocols for areas of high transmission, all attendees (age 5 and up) to Saturday's Independence Day Celebration are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID 19, or to have tested negative within 72 hours of the event.
For your convenience, U.S. Army Hawaii has developed a simple online screening tool for all attendees (or groups of up to 15 members of the same household) that will be made available 72 hours prior to the event. After answering the screening questions, individuals/groups are provided a green confirmation screen to be presented at the venue entry control points and is valid for the entire celebration event.
This screening process is simple and requires an attestation of vaccination or a negative test - no proof is required to be brought to the event.
Pre-screen yourself and your family 72 hours prior to the event at https://websites.dso.mil/sites/covid-clinic-screener or scan the QR code below.
Installation Access and Parking for General Public:
Visitors who do not possess a military ID must enter Schofield Barracks through Foote Gate on Kunia Road.
Traffic control personnel will direct visitors to park on Watts Field, and a shuttle will take them to the event.
All vehicles parked on Watts Field must be removed within 72 hours after the event or will be towed.
All vehicle occupants 16 years of age and older must present a valid state or government photo ID, and the vehicle driver must provide a current driver's license, vehicle registration, proof of insurance and safety check. COVID-19 Pre-screening is required for all attendees ages 5 and up. Coolers, backpacks and bags are subject to inspection. No pets, glass bottles or illegal substances to include marijuana (even if medically prescribed).
• Backpacks, briefcases, luggage, or duffel bags.
• (Diaper bags, coolers, and small purses are permitted).
• Drones of any kind, including but not limited to: UAV's, RPA's, or UAS's.
• Glass Bottles.
• Illegal Substances to include marijuana (even if medically prescribed).
• Offensive or profane messages or images on signs and clothing.
• Pets (Service animals are permitted).
• Laser pointers.
• Noise making devices (e.g. air horns, drums, whistles).
• Skateboards, hover boards, rollerblades, scooters and bicycles.
No Weapons of any kind, including but not limited to:
Firearms (with or without permit),
Pocket knives and/or Multi-tools, Pepper Spray or Mace, Flares or Fireworks.
For your safety and the safety of others, guests and their possessions are subject to inspection as a condition of admittance. Please have your bags open and available for inspection.
Military Police Officers reserve final decision on items brought into the venue.
Intoxicated patrons may be denied admittance to the field.
Cost: Free Event - Open to the Public
Ewa looks a lot different now. Gone are the 11,000 acres of sugarcane, replaced by residential complexes, mini-malls and the local Zippy’s restaurant. It feels different too.
Time and the arrival of new residents has strained the sense of community that once held this former sugar town together, bonded by memories of Ewa’s unique agricultural history.
CLICK HERE to READ MORE...
Photo credit James Campbell High School website
Aloha Ewa Beach ‘Ohana…
Governor Ige has released the $6.3 million for initial upgrades to the James Campbell High School athletic facilities!
As many of you know, these funds are the results of years of community efforts to communicate the needs of JCHS to the Department of Education and members of the (entire) legislature.
Special thanx to Mr. Guy Leopard, who put together a splendid presentation several years ago and presented it to area residents at the Ewa Neighborhood Board. Last session's legislative members were also of great assistance, as they all coordinated similar requests to the Hawaii State legislature after consulting with the administration officials at JCHS.
Amidst the challenges of the pandemic and distance learning, please pause for a moment of celebration as we move together, as a community, and continue to improve the state’s largest (and best) high school!
This is just the beginning of many improvements… all of which have been “a long time coming.”
Aloha Neighbors – Exciting News!
Finalists for the Essay & Short Story Creative Writing Contest sponsored by TeenBuilding USA will be announced at the next Ewa Neighborhood Board Meeting.
Please plan to attend and help us celebrate the imaginative students who used their creative energy to provide insight into what some teenagers are thinking and feeling as the world presses through a pinitol moment in history.
DATE: Thursday, July 9th
TIME: 7:00 PM
WHERE: Ewa Mahiko District Park
ADDRESS: 91-1205 Renton Rd
NOTE: The announcement will occur sometime during the regularly scheduled Ewa Neighborhood Board meeting, which is being held at Ewa Mahiko District Park this month.
For additional information, visit the website for TeenBuilding USA
Looking for employment... now?
Know someone looking to get onboard with a company that has many locations throughout Hawaii, the mainland, and the rest of the world?
Well, currently Securitas has at least 70 job openings here in Hawaii... 15 in Honolulu, and several in the West Oahu area.
And, according to Hawaii News Now, some of those jobs come with bonuses of up to $1,500!
You can check out the job listings HERE.
Though the company has been discussing restructuring for a while now, Pier 1 has officially announced that all stores in Hawaii will be closing.
From the Pacific Business News:
Pier 1 Imports will close all seven of its stores in Hawaii, including three stores on Oahu, early next year and has started liquidation sales.
“As part of a strategic business decision, our stores in Hawaii will be closing in early 2020, though exact timing will vary for each location,” company spokesperson Jennifer Engstrand Reeder told Pacific Business News in an emailed statement. “Our stores are currently undergoing a store closing sale that will continue while merchandise is sold.”
Read more HERE.
The City and County of Honolulu is participating in the 2019 National Community Survey.
This year, an online version of the survey will be available to O`ahu residents beginning November 25, 2019, and continuing through December 31, 2019.
Make YOUR voice heard on important issues facing the City and County of Honolulu.
NO MORE APATHY! MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!
You can take the survey HERE: ...or by clicking on the link below
Ladies and gentlemen,
As the Chairperson of the Economic Development Committee of the Ewa Neighborhood Board, I have been requesting an update on the planned resort community that Haseko says they will build here in Ewa Beach.
Because of the extensive and far-reaching effects this proposed resort will have on the Ewa Plain, as well as the Leeward District in general (including Kapolei and Makakilo), I have made several requests to have a standing report added to the Ewa Neighborhood Board Meeting agenda.
At last night’s Ewa Neighborhood Board, the proposed report was added as literally the last item on the agenda, a time very late in the meeting. In fact, as all Board members and many community members know, at the end of the Board meetings, almost all of the residents have departed the Ewa Beach Public Library where the meeting is held (on the second Thursday of every month @ 7PM).
According to the press release distributed by Haseko in May 2017, “Wai Kai at Hoakalei will introduce to Hawai'i a first-ever experiential marketplace designed and curated to create a waterfront retail experience consisting of retail brand showcases, entertainment, and extensive dining choices in a highly engaging and interactive environment. Seven major restaurants, a 10,000-square-foot specialty market, and a 15,000-square-foot health club and spa are planned as anchors for the retail development. Entertainment, recreational offerings, and other attractions are also in the early planning stages.”
According to KHON2, “Wai Kai at Hoakalei would include more than 110 retail establishments, including nearly two dozen restaurants and cafes, and a collection of shops and entertainment venues that overlook the resort’s 52-acre recreational lagoon. There are also plans for a 10,000-square-foot specialty market and a 15,000-square-foot health club and spa.”
PLEASE NOTE: If Haseko proceeds and completes this Wai Kai at Hoakalei project, aside from the many planned communities that have popped up over the years, the Wai Kai at Hoakalei project will potentially have the greatest effect ever hoisted on the homeowners, residents, businesses, schools, and wildlife of Ewa Beach.
Let the previous statement sink in for a moment.
In fact, I will re-state the obvious:
If Haseko proceeds and completes this Wai Kai at Hoakalei project, it will potentially have the greatest effect ever hoisted on the current homeowners, residents, businesses, schools, and wildlife of Ewa Beach.
Think about the potential effects:
~ Jobs (GOOD)
~ Visitors (GOOD)
~ Traffic (NOT-SO-GOOD)
~ Effect on existing businesses (NOT SURE)
~ Effects on schools and students (NOT SURE)
~ Effects on You, she, he, and me (NOT SURE)
~ Property values and associated taxes (NOT SURE)
It is for this reason that I have been consistently requesting an update from the developer.
The developer has a representative that attends the Ewa Neighborhood Board Meetings. However, whenever the representative is asked to provide an update on the progress of the Wai Kai at Hoakalei project, the answer is consistently, “I don’t have any information.”
This is a totally unacceptable answer.
Moreover, as a member of the Neighborhood Board, I consistently hear area residents express frustration that “developers don’t do enough for the community.”
To be sure, developers have made significant contributions to the community. And many continue to do so, including Haseko.
However, given the controversy of the Wai Kai at Hoakalei project, a rational person would think that the developer would want to periodically update the Ewa and Kapolei community on “an exciting new marketplace with brand showcases, live experiences, and culinary theaters in a majestic place at the water's edge."
Sounds exciting, right?
Then why is it so difficult to obtain an update of where the project stands?
The Ewa Neighborhood Board will be in recess during the month of December. However, please mark your calendars for the second Thursday in January; we WILL have accountability.
Visit ewa4ewa.com for updates...
John H. Clark III
With an amazingly diverse, talented, and warm culture, the Ewa Community is a beautiful place to raise a family, start and maintain a business, or simply enjoy life!
~ ewa4ewa ~
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