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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, June 29, 2006

Two panels to advise mayor on Wai‘anae issues

Advertiser Staff

Two community groups have been asked to advise Mayor Mufi Hannemann on the Wai'anae Coast, identifying priority needs and working on issues related to the city landfill.

Hannemann asked the first group, the Community Benefits Advisory Committee, to gather and evaluate requests for funding from nonprofit organizations serving the Kapolei-to-Makaha area and to identify pressing needs in the area for the city Department of Parks and Recreation and Department of Community Services.

Members and their neighborhoods include Ku'ulei Jolonino, Honokai Hale; Georgette "Jo" Jordan, Wai'anae; John Kaopua, Nanakuli; Aimoku McClellan, Ma'ili; Mark Suiso, Makaha; Patty Teruya, Nanakuli; Nettie Waiamau Nunuha, Nanakuli; and Roy Wickramaratna, Makakilo. Carolyn Golojuch of Makakilo is an alternate. Former Councilman John DeSoto, a Makaha resident, is an ex-officio member.

The second group, the Oversight Advisory Committee, will provide oversight for the city landfill at Waimanalo Gulch by working with the contractor, Waste Management Inc., and the city to address complaints and concerns about operations.

That committee is made up of David Akina, Nanakuli; Polly Grace, Wai'anae; Pearl Lewis, Nanakuli; Lorraine Martinez, Honokai Hale; T. George Paris, Nanakuli; Allen Parker, Ko Olina; Alex Santiago, Makaha; and Albert Silva, Makaha. Jackie Spencer of Wai'anae and Kerin Paris of Nanakuli will serve as alternates. DeSoto will be an ex-officio member of this group as well.

Hannemann said members were selected with recommendations from neighborhood boards, community associations, the two council members from the area, and individuals and groups that were invited to offer nominations.