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District 25 News


Dear Neighbor,
The end of the year is always a time to look back and reflect. 2010 will go down in the history books as a year of struggle and uncertainty as global economies continued to falter and the nation struggled to deal with high unemployment rates, a divisive political landscape, increasing federal deficits, and the BP Gulf oil spill.

Here in Hawaii, a review of District 25 News highlights some of the important issues that shaped and impacted our local community. These included the balancing of the State budget, providing tax relief for businesses as unemployment tax rates were set to increase, passage and ultimate veto of civil unions, and educational milestones with the institution and end of Furlough Fridays, the electorate’s vote for an appointed school board, and the State’s winning application of $75 million in federal Race to the Top education monies. For me personally, 2010 has been especially momentous as my family welcomed Elyana, our newest addition, and I was honored with being re-elected to serve our community. As we head into 2011, I remain committed to finding solutions to Hawaii’s challenging economic problems and charting a course that moves our State forward. In closing, this District 25 News has two lists: the 3rd annual Good List with suggestions on how to give of your time and talents and an extended Short List with a full calendar of upcoming community events. Whether its at one of these events or in the community, I look forward to working with you in 2011. From my family to yours, we wish you every happiness this holiday season and throughout the coming year!
Mahalo pumehana,

Della Au Belatti State Representative, District 25

Good ideas for Good Giving in the 2011 Holiday season

There are many organizations to choose from all with a variety of different needs, making it supremely difficult to NOT find a worthwhile organization to support. Be sure to use the contact information provided for each organization before making your contribution. Support your favorite Makiki organization this year and every year and give a gift that lasts. Mahalo nui loa!

Give the gift of art to the free spirit in your life with a Student, Individual or Dual Membership to THE CONTEMPORARY MUSEUM. Benefits include free, unlimited museum admission, free or reduced admission fees to museum events, and a 10% discount to the Contemporary Café and Museum Shop. For details and a membership application visit—


Support THE PARISH OF ST. CLEMENT’S long-running Food Outreach Ministry Program by donating needed canned food items like meats (tuna, Spam, Vienna sausages), fruits, & vegetables for their annual Christmas distribution and regular monthly service to needful residents. Contact: Carolyn Phone: 955-7745 Email: Interested in helping adult education? The MCKINLEY COMMUNITY SCHOOL FOR ADULTS is currently looking for tutors to help adult students on weekdays or weeknights. Hours are flexible! The MCSA offers FREE English As Second Language classes year-round on the McKinley High School campus. The next semester for 600 adult students is January 24-April 26.. Contact: May Arakawa Phone: 594-0540 Web:


FERNHURST YWCA’s DRESS FOR SUCCESS program helps low-income women make tailored transitions into the workforce by providing them with career clothing and the confidence necessary to rise above their challenges and succeed. The DFS program in Honolulu accepts gently used women’s career clothing and accessories and is open to corporate sponsorships. Contact: Kim Coleman Phone: 695-2603 Email: Web:




Willing hands and merry hearts are asked to help FRIENDS OF THE MAKIKI COMMUNITY LIBRARY in committing as little as four hours per month to assist with a variety of library services from re-shelving and circulation desk assistance to grant writing and program development. The Library is currently opened on Wednesdays, 2-6 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, noon-4 pm. Contact: Nichelle Phone: 522-7076 Email:



KAPIOLANI MEDICAL CENTER FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN is always looking for volunteers to work at the information desk, patient care units, and the gift shop. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, and commit to working a regular weekly schedule for three to six months. For more information or to apply— Web: default.aspx

With the opening of the new Parents’ Wing, donations of non-perishable food items are needed more than ever by SHRINERS HOSPITAL FOR CHILDRENHONOLULU. Items such as canned meats (Spam, corned beef, tuna, Vienna sausage) and boxed goods (rice, macaroni, cereals) are stocked for parents staying with their children, and distributed to patients from neighbor islands and Pacific islands when they are discharged to the community and remain on Oahu for continued care. The Honolulu Shriners Hospital provides pediatric specialty care for children with orthopedic conditions, post-burn injuries, sports injuries and cleft-lip in a familycentered environment at no charge to patients—regardless of financial need. Items can be dropped off to Shriners Hospital for Children-Honolulu (1310 Punahou Street) through the main entrance or for larger donations contact: Phone: 951-3670


Donate your used vehicle to CATHOLIC CHARITIES HAWAII where the net proceeds from the re-sale of you vehicle help to fund programs and services. Catholic Charities Hawaii has been actively serving Hawaii since 1947 by helping people of all faiths and cultures, especially those in greatest need. To learn about vehicle donation requirements: Phone: 546-CARS (2277) Web:

SACRED HEART PARISH FOOD PANTRY accepts food donations—like rice, peanut butter, canned soups and meats—at the parish office between 9am-3pm, Monday through Friday, located at 1701 Wilder Avenue (corner of Wilder & Halekula). Sacred Heart is also seeking volunteers to help with their weekly food ministry cooking for the homeless at St. Pius X in Manoa. Volunteers give a few hours each week to help shop for food items, cook, and/or serve their program clients. To donate food or volunteer: Phone: 973-2211


The Shortlist
Monday, January 17, 2011 Community Service Day on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Makiki District Park and Makiki Community Library @ 8:00am-2:00pm Help Representative Belatti, Friends of the Makiki Community Library (MCL), and Hui o Makiki clean up your (and ours) favorite piece of Makiki at Makiki District Park and MCL. Volunteers are needed to help paint over graffiti and perform various clean up projects. Many hands always do much more! Fo’ real. If you or your organization would like to help volunteer, contact Berna at 586-9425 or Wednesday, January 19, 2011 Opening Day 2011 at the Hawaii State Legislature. State Capitol @ 10:00am12noon Join Representative Belatti and her staff for the first day of the 2011 Legislative Session. Following the formal Opening ceremonies at 10:00 am, stop by the office in Room 331 to meet Representative Belatti and new staff members and enjoy a light "Taste of Makiki." To learn more about Opening Day ceremonies or to sign up for regular e-newsletters during the legislative session, email Thursday, January 20, 2011 Next Makiki-Tantalus Neighborhood Board Meeting. Makiki District Park, Arts & Crafts Building @ 5:30-8:00pm Neighborhood boards are an important opportunity for citizen participation in local government. Attend the next meeting to join the discussion on issues important to the Makiki-Tantalus community. Neighborhood Board #10 meets every 3rd Thursday of the month. For minutes of past meetings, agendas of upcoming meetings, or to contact a board member, visit— b10/index.htm.

Monday, January 24, 2011 Neighborhood Security Watch Informational Meeting & HPD Presentation. Christ United Methodist Church, @ 6:00-7:30pm Attend this community meeting to find out how you can join or start an area Neighborhood Security Watch in Makiki. Learn what a NSW is and what it can do for your neighborhood— then be prepared to sign on! Contact Berna at 586-9425 or for community policing updates in Makiki. This meeting is cohosted by members of your elected State and City legislative delegation, HPD, and Christ United Methodist Church.

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, January 29, 2011 VITA Free Tax Clinic. Hawaii State Capitol @ hours TBD IRS-certified volunteers will be available to assist qualified taxpayers in filing their annual tax returns at this special tax clinic held at the State Capitol. Your State Legislators and the Hawaii Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development (HACBED) are co-hosting this special event to encourage low-tomoderate income taxpayers to claim valuable tax credits. More info available in January, please call 586-9425 or email to be notified as details become available.

Thursdays, January 6, 13, 20, & 27, 2011 Evening Farmers’ Market. The Parish of St. Clement’s @ 4:30-dusk From the website: “The Makiki Farmers’ Market at St. Clement’s is among the most beautiful farmers’ markets on the Island of O’ahu, offering high quality foods and locally grown produce. Enjoy a friendly atmosphere as you shop, dine in or take out.” For additional information, please visit the website,