Housing in Hawaii – What’s Holding It Up!

Jay Fidel and Duke Oishi highlight a conference put on by Think Tech, Hawaii Venture Capital Association and Pacific New Media covering housing in Hawaii.

A range of topics concerning housing were discussed by the members of the conference, who include Christine Camp of Avalon Hawaii, David Callies of the UH Law School, Robert Harris of the Sierra Club, Lee Sichter of Belts Collins Hawaii, Jun Yang of Faith Action for Community Equity, Panos Prevedouros from the UH School of Engineering, Senator Donovan Dela Cruz the Chair of the Seante Housing Committee, Ben Kudo of Imanaka, Kudo & Fujimoto, Gil Barden of Pacific Island Investments, Jon Wallenstrom of Forest City Hawaii, Ann Bouslog of Mikiko Corporation, Peter Savio of Hawaiian Island Homes, Paul Quintilani of Kamehameha Schools, Cheryl Soon of SSFM International, Marc Alexander the Covernor’s Homelessness Coordinator, Micah Kane of Kamehameha Schools, Billy Kenoi the Big Island Mayor, Emilia Noordhoek from Sustainable Molokai and Harry Saunders of Castle & Cooke. Also includes a Spensation from Bill Spencer about the program on Reciprocal China Investment.

The 12 Days of Christmas…With FACE 2014

The 12 Days of Christmas with FACE

On the 1st day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
A worker-owned homecare coop
On the 2nd day of Christmas my true love gave to me:
2 islands organizing for justice
On the 3rd day of Christmas my true love gave to me:
3 leaders at national training
On the 4th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
4 thousand people eligible for DAPA in Hawaii
On the 5th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
5 sign-wavings for minimum wage
On the 6th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
6 funders funding
On the 7th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me:
7 FACE staff a’singing
On the 8th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
8 FACE leaders meeting in DC
On the 9th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
9 Fabulous Board members
On the 10th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
10.10 an hour
On the 11th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
11 drivers tests translated
On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
12 months of faith-based organizing!

FACE Interfaith Service on Long Term Care — Transcript

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27 October 2014, 6-7:30 p.m.
St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church; Honolulu, Hawaii
By: Dr. Clementina D. Ceria-Ulep

Good evening ladies and gentlemen, honored guests:

My name is Clementina Ceria-Ulep, a parishioner of Our Lady
of the Mount (OLM) Catholic Church in Kalihi Valley, and laity vice-president
of Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE) and an
associate professor and chair of the Department of Nursing at the
University of Hawaii School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene. It is an
honor and a privilege to be here with you this evening to talk about an
issue that is very dear to me and a concern to us all—long-term care.
Before I proceed, let me define the word “long term care.” Long-term
care is the umbrella term for the various supportive services used by
persons who need assistance to function in their daily lives. Long
term care services include nursing, home health, and personal care;
rehabilitation, adult day care, case management, social services,
assistive technology and living services. My interest on this issue
stems from my experiences while growing up and during my practice
as a nurse.

 

Long-term care is the umbrella term for the various supportive services used by
persons who need assistance to function in their daily lives.

 

My family was fortunate to immigrate to Hawaii from the
Philippines through the kindness of uncle Lawrence, a plantation
worker in the early 1900’s. In the Philippines, my family and I lived
first with my paternal and then later with my maternal grandparents.
My paternal grandfather then in his 90’s, helped my father in the farm
while the rest of my grandparents supervised the home–cooking,
cleaning, caring, and disciplining of the grandchildren. I remember
that our grandparents ruled their homes and were revered by their
children and grandchildren. To this day as my family and friends will
tell you, I am quite fanatic about keeping the house clean, a legacy
from my grandmothers.
Growing up, my first exposure to the issue of long-term care
was through my parish’s involvement in providing volunteer care for
the residents of Beverly Manor, a nursing home near Kalihi Valley
Homes. Once a week, our youth group–Junior Filipino Catholic Club,
visited and worked with the residents on arts and crafts projects. I
recall spending five years as a volunteer at Beverly Manor, where
loneliness seemed to be the order of the day. Over time, I got used
to the atmosphere. Then one day, I invited a high school friend to
accompany me on a visit to Beverly Manor. On our ride back home, 3
my friend cried all the way. She sobbed, “That’s so sad…I would
never put my grandparents or parents in a care home!” How many of
you, during your first visit to a nursing home, made the same
promise—not to put your parents in such a “horrible” place, but ended
up doing so because you simply could not help it?
While studying in Virginia, I befriended Helen who lived alone
and was in her early 90’s. She used to treat some students and I to a
musical play. One day, she broke one of her hips and became
dependent on others. Every day, I would visit and administer her
vitamin B injection. When she moved to a care home, she had to sell
all her prized possessions and used her lifetime savings to pay for
nursing home.

…she had to sell all her prized possessions and used her lifetime savings to pay for her nursing home.

 

Face Leaders Attend National Training In California

FACE leaders Rev. Joe Yun/Kahuluu UMC, Rev. In Kwon Jun/Aiea Korean UMC, and Natalie Nimmer/Harris UMC participated in a national faith-based community organizing training sponsored by the Pacific Institute for Community Organizing (PICO). The other church leaders pictured above are from Indiana, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and California.

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FACE Leader Wins Filipino Chamber of Commerce Award

Joyce Afalla wins Chamber of Commerce Award

FACE Leader Joyce Afalla wins the Gintong Pamana Leadership Award from the Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce.

The awards dinner was held at Maui Beach Hotel in June. Joyce has worked with FACE on Immigration reform for many years. Most recently, Joyce took leadership in FACE’s campaign to have the state offer the written drivers test in 11 languages.

 

FACE Oahu Kicks Off 2014 Investment Drive

Who invests in social justice? Everyone! From local business to national franchises, lead pastors to new congregants, every year FACE raises a big portion of its annual operating budget directly from stakeholders in our community.

FACE does not ask for donations. FACE leaders explain the mission, work, vision, and victories of the organization and ask stakeholders to make an investment in the future of our community.

From pledges of $5 to $5,000, every pledge invested in FACE helps provide leadership development and resources for FACE’s campaigns. FACE’s issue areas for 2014-2015 include affordable housing, immigration reform, job training, and public long term care insurance.

For more information about this year’s investment drive, please contact Catherine Graham or Miina Huotari at 808-741-4317.

Or visit our Donation page to donate online.

FACE Maui Celebrates Martin Luther King


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More than 230 people attended FACE Maui’s 2nd Annual MLK Day Interfaith Service this year at Christ the King. The service celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and faith. After an opening prayer from CTK Senior Pastor Father Adondee, the service was lead by UCC, Episcopal, Catholic and Methodist leaders from across Maui. This year’s theme was Economic Justice for All.

 

MLKDay-congregation

 

This service is being broadcast weekly on Akaku channel 54, see their website for a schedule, www.akaku.org

FACE Maui Hosts Mexican Consulate

After months of preparation, the Mexican Consulate agreed to send nine staff from its San Francisco office to Maui to help families update passports and other identification.

The team was able to hold over 400 appointments and make 250 Mexican passports and 68 IDs on the spot. Hurray!