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Councilmember Pine and Kiran Polk, the Executive Director of the Kapolei Chamber of Commerce were on Hawaii New Now Sunrise this morning to talk about Hire Leeward!

For more information on the 4th Annual Hire Leeward Job & Career Fair please go to www.HireLeeward.com

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For Councilmember Pine’s official news release on this issue please go to:



With a theme of Connecting Leeward Residents with Leeward Jobs, the Fourth Annual Hire Leeward Job & Career Fair will host businesses offering Leeward-based job opportunities, networking events with Leeward businesses, and career education seminars to help you learn the skills and make the connections you need to find a job close to home.


Businesses and organizations are offering many opportunities from a wide range of industries including: healthcare, food service, hospitality, retail, military, and administrative, as well as trade apprenticeships. Furthermore, HireLeeward.com continues to be a resource throughout the year, providing job opportunities and resources to residents.


“Oahu’s ‘Second City’ continues to grow into its role and many West Oahu residents are motivated to find work closer to where they live, spend less time in traffic, and more time with their families. The upcoming job fair is an excellent opportunity for Kapolei area businesses to tap into this labor pool,” says Leeward Oahu city councilwoman Kymberly Marcos Pine.


The Fourth Annual Hire Leeward Job & Career Fair is on June 25 at UH West Oahu from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Visit HireLeeward.com for more.


Ko Olina New Year’s Lagoon Fireworks Spectacular (Midnight)
Annually the largest NYE fireworks show in Hawaii, the display here is typically launched over the West Oahu resort’s four lagoons, which are open to the public. Area resorts, however, do charge for parking.
Waikiki New Year’s Fireworks(Midnight)
 Visible from the entire Waikiki beachfront, this annual fireworks show—sponsored by Waikiki hotels and businesses and the Waikiki Improvement Association—even has a fireworks countdown before the main event.
New Year’s Eve Party of the Year (9 p.m., 10 p.m., 11 p.m., Midnight)
Fireworks every hour at Kakaako Waterfront Park in Honolulu, starting at 9 p.m., with a grand finale display at midnight. Festivities get under way at 6 p.m. Among other highlights: bands and DJs on multiple stages, an “Eat the Street” food truck festival and carnival rides, including a Ferris Wheel. Tickets are required to get in to the event. But aerial fireworks being, of course, aerial and all, you’ll be able to see the displays anywhere near Kakaako Waterfront Park.
The annual New Year’s Eve Aloha Tower Fireworks show and block party was cancelled by Aloha Tower Marketplace owners Hawaii Pacific University this year.

Source: Hawaii Magazine

Other island-wide firework shows:

Display Location: Kahala Hotel and Resort

Display Date: December 31, 2014
Firing Time: Midnight

Display Location: Barge Offshore of 4559 Kahala Avenue (Private)

Display Date: December 31, 2014
Firing Time: 10:30 p.m. 9 p.m., 10 p.m., 11 p.m., Midnight
Note: This list will be updated if we receive confirmation on other fireworks shows around the rest of the state.

Source: Hawaii News Now Article



November 17th, 2014

For Immediate Release Councilmember Pine Says City Must Address Gap In Animal Rescue Services Public Hearing Set for Thursday

Waianae – A trending story of a dog left tangled in his own wired leash for days has touched residents, who are outraged that the City hasn’t done anything to help the local pet. “The present situation is unacceptable,” said Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine. “This story is the latest of numerous calls about abandoned, loose, or cruelly-treated pets, that we’ve received. It pains me to know that this and other stories may have been prevented if the City were doing its job and providing the animal control service the public expects.” The City is required to develop a public complaint process with its animal control contractor in consultation with the Honolulu Police Department.

The process, to protect the public and its pets, has in years past, been attended-to by the Hawaii Humane Society – which contracted with the City for animal care and control. Animal-related law enforcement work historically encompassed 11,000 to 15,000 calls for help from the public. However, since August 2013, the City reduced the scope of that animal control contract, removing all law enforcement work from the Humane Society and not specifying who or what agency would pick up the slack. “In light of this gap in service, our communities deserve to know what City agency is responsible for enforcing the law and protecting our pets,” Councilmember Pine added. This Thursday, the Intergovernmental Affairs and Human Services Committee, Chaired by Pine, will hold a public hearing at 2:30 p.m. to receive an update from the City Administration and the Hawaiian Humane Society on animal control services.


Information for Thursday’s meeting and instructions on how to submit written testimony or register to speak can be found here:


“If you plan for a year, plant kalo. If you plan for ten years, plant koa. If you plan for a hundred years, teach the children aloha ‘aina.”

More information at http://kaala.org/


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