Congratulations Glenn Lee – Woodie Flowers Finalist Award Recipient

12 05 2017

Glenn Lee and Ernie Martin at the Waialua High School Robotics Fundraiser at Dole Plantation.

The Honolulu City Council takes great pride in recognizing and congratulating the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of its residents, particularly those whose contributions seek to improve our community as well as perpetuate a long-standing tradition. As such, the Honolulu City Council is pleased to recognize and congratulate Glenn Lee for his service and contributions to improving our community through his decades of teaching math and science at Waialua High School and for his commencement and commitment to robotics. Glenn launched the state’s first robotics team at Waialua High School in 1999, and his work in robotics has earned him his second Woodie Flowers Finalist Award. Glenn was last selected for this prestigious award in 2010.

In 1996, Dr. William Murphy created the Woodie Flowers Award to recognize mentors who lead, inspire and empower in the art and science of engineering and design through outstanding communication skills. Dr. Woodie Flowers is the Pappalardo Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Distinguished Partner at Olin College. Dr. Flowers is the co-founder of the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), along with Dean Kamen, and has served as a National Advisor to FIRST since the inception of the FRC.

Woodie Flowers Finalist Award recipients are mentors nominated by high school students. Students must submit an essay describing how their mentor has given them an outstanding understanding of the challenges, opportunities and satisfaction involved in the discipline of engineering and design. These submissions are also judged based on the student’s ability to clearly and concisely communicate their rationale. Dr. Woodie Flowers and a panel of past Woodie Flowers Award recipients are the selection committee for this honor.

Leading the FIRST Team 359 of Waialua Robotics, a.k.a. The Hawaiian Kids, Glenn, and his team proudly represent Hawaii as not only the first FRC team, but also as the first robotics-related program in the state. The Hawaiian Kids have won numerous awards throughout the past eighteen years in FIRST competitions. In 2011, the Hawaiian Kids were named the winner of the Chairman’s Award, which recognizes individual programs’ contribution to robotics through community involvement, service to other robotics programs and overall excellence.

The Honolulu City Council therefore recognizes Glenn Lee for his outstanding contributions to the City and County of Honolulu and the State of Hawaii. The Council further expresses its sincerest appreciation for his selfless service and dedication to helping shape Hawaii’s future generations of and wishes him all the best in his future endeavors.



Congratulations Kahuku High School Boys Basketball Team

26 04 2017

Congratulating and Recognizing


On Winning the 2017 HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championship

Nationally recognized as Hawaii’s football powerhouse, Kahuku High School accomplished something it had never done in three previous trips to the HHSAA Division I Boys Basketball Tournament. The Red Raiders brought home their first Boys Basketball State Championship.

After fighting and scraping its way through the 2015-2016 regular season and into the state tournament last season, the Kahuku Red Raiders came up two points short of making an appearance in the state championship game. Despite falling just a game short, the Hawaii prep sports world was put on notice that these Red Raiders were the real deal. Under first year head coach, Brandyn Akana, and returning senior leadership, the Red Raiders flipped the switch in the off-season.

Throughout the 2017 regular season, it became apparent that this was going to be a special season. The present-day Red Raider squad dominated much of the regular season, with only one game being decided by less than ten points. To put this into perspective, Kahuku averaged almost 72 points-per-game, while allowing only 40 points-a-game by opposing teams. After ending the league regular season with an undefeated record, Kahuku entered tournament play as the number one seed. Following a dominating performance against Kalaheo, the Red Raiders pulled out an overtime victory against defending champion, Iolani and moved on to face Punahou in the championship game. A battle of the top two teams in the tournament, Kahuku used its momentum to win in decisive fashion against the tournament’s number two seed, to complete the dream season.

Following the state championship, a few Red Raiders were recognized for their performance throughout the season. Jessiya Villa earned Player of the Year honors from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and was recognized as the Gatorade Hawaii Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Jessiya, Samuta Avea and Daniel Fotu were named to the Star-Advertiser’s Fab 15 recognizing the top players in Hawaii.

Your 2016-2017 Kahuku Red Raider Boys State Championship Team:

Seniors: Kekaula Kaniho, Jessiya Villa, Kesi Ah-Hoy, Ethan Christensen, Mark Viloria, Codie Sauvao, Samuta Avea, Taimona Wright, Stennet Alapa, and Ra Elkington

Juniors: Daniel Fotu and Kaluna Nihipali

Sophomores: KJ Macatiag, Marcus Damuni, and Ethan Erickson

Freshman: Robbie Sauvao

Head Coach: Brandyn Akana

Assistant Coaches: Jeremy Wright, Robbie Mitchell and David Te‘o

Therefore, on behalf of the City and County of Honolulu, The City Council hereby recognizes and congratulates the KAHUKU HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL team on winning the 2017 HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championship. Furthermore, the Council extends its best wishes for a successful state title defense next season.

Congratulations to Gary B. Cabato for 25 Years of Dedicated Service to the City and County of Honolulu

5 10 2016



Parks Deputy Director Jeanne Ishikawa, Gary Cabato and Parks Director Michele Nekota.

Born and raised in Kalihi and a proud graduate of Farrington High School, Gary B. Cabato has demonstrated the highest commitment to the people of the City and County of Honolulu and his services are greatly appreciated. In 1965, he was drafted into the United States Army, the beginning of a distinguished 28-year career—which included two tours in Vietnam, the invasion of Nicaragua, and Desert Storm in Iraq—a testament to his bravery and loyalty to his country. During his tenure in the military, Mr. Cabato successfully managed his time as a full-time soldier, husband, father, and student, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Social Psychology. He also received his Masters of Science Degree in Human Resource Management from Chapman University, graduating with distinction while deployed in Saudi Arabia. He retired at the rank of Command Sergeant Major on May 1, 1992.

That same year, Mr. Cabato was hired by the City and County of Honolulu’s then-Department of Public Works as a Human Resource Specialist IV. Recognized for his strong leadership and dedication, Mr. Cabato was promoted to Specialist V in the Department of Parks and Recreation and progressed rapidly up the ranks to become the Assistant Parks Maintenance and Recreation Services Administrator. In 2002, Mr. Cabato was promoted to Executive Assistant II of the Executive Services Division of the Parks Department and was named Manager of the Year for the City and County of Honolulu.

He later headed the Parks Department’s Personnel Services and Management Services Divisions in addition to fulfilling his responsibilities as Assistant Park Maintenance and Recreation Services Administrator. Working sixteen-hour days and showing up consistently on Saturdays and Sundays, Mr. Cabato was regarded as the Department’s “Superman” and “Go-To Person” due to his commitment, ability to work with people, and his excellent time management skills. His development of a vehicle fleet inventory replacement schedule was commended for its long-term benefit to the Department.

During his tenure in the Department, Mr. Cabato’s unwavering conviction to transparency and honesty led him to establish professional development programs for supervisors in various departments. His revitalization of parks maintenance standards received national recognition in numerous publications, including working with neighborhood boards and community groups to improve park programs and maintenance.

As an active church member, Mr. Cabato serves as a Third Degree Knight of Columbus participating in food drives and assisting seniors and families complete home repairs and building new homes with the Habitat for Humanity. Currently, Mr. Cabato resides in Mililani and is married to Lynn Cabato, Director of the Head Start program for the Honolulu Community Action Program, Inc. They have four children, David, Dondi, Deandra and Katherine, and four grandchildren, Eric, Kayla, Ethan and Annie.

Therefore, on behalf of the people of the City and County of Honolulu, the Honolulu City Council hereby honors and recognizes Gary B. Cabato for his dedicated service to the City and County of Honolulu.   The Council further extends to Mr. Cabato and his family, a warmest aloha and best wishes for continued success in all future endeavors.


Mahalo Natalie Pang Kee

16 12 2015


Appreciating and Recognizing


For Her Many Years of Dedicated Service and Care

To Our Keiki and Their Families

WHEREAS, Natalie Pang Kee was born and raised in Kaneohe, Hawaii; and

WHEREAS, Natalie graduated from Castle High School in 1983; and

WHEREAS, for the past 29 years she has devoted herself to teaching and caring for preschool children in her community; and

WHEREAS, Natalie began her teaching career at Parker School in 1986 and has been teaching at Rainbow School Kaneohe since it opened in 1991; and

WHEREAS, for nearly three decades Natalie has devoted herself to ensuring that her students experience learning in a positive and nurturing environment; and

WHEREAS, as a teacher at Rainbow School Kaneohe she has helped hundreds of children develop socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually through developmentally appropriate practices while encouraging “experiential” learning; and

WHEREAS, after 25 years of dedicated service at Rainbow School Kaneohe, Natalie has had the unique opportunity to care for generations of families, teaching keiki of her former students which highlights the positive impact she has had in her community; and

WHEREAS, Natalie has maintained her dedication to teaching while raising her three children as a single mother after the untimely passing of her partner from cancer in 2000; and

WHEREAS, she is a devoted mother of two sons and a daughter; Isaiah, age 21, Ivan, age 19 and Natasha, age 15; and

WHEREAS, Natalie’s dedication to caring and investing in others is truly commendable; now therefore

BE IT RESOLVED that the Honolulu City and County Council does hereby recognize Natalie Pang Kee for her many years of dedicated service and care to our keiki and their families; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City Council, on behalf of the people of the City and County of Honolulu, extends its sincere appreciation for her investment in our future leaders.

North Shore Chamber of Commerce 2015 Kamaaina of the Year

4 12 2015
Joe Green, 2015 North Shore Chamber of Commerce Kamaaina of the Year with a Honolulu City Council Honorary Certificate from Council Chair Ernest Martin presented by Laura Figueira, Council Chair Martin's Executive Assistant.

Joe Green, 2015 North Shore Chamber of Commerce Kamaaina of the Year with a Honolulu City Council Honorary Certificate from Council Chair Ernest Martin presented by Laura Figueira, Council Chair Martin’s Executive Assistant.

Life is a journey often filled with unexpected turns and surprising twists. With the right attitude and generous spirit, the road can lead to happiness and fulfillment. Such is the experience of North Shore Kamaaina, Joe Green.

In 1977, an invitation from a friend living on the North Shore brought Joe to Hawaii for a visit that turned his life in a new direction. Joe got his start in the retail business at the swap meet and farther down the road, became the proud owner of the Surf N Sea building. Renting a corner room to establish his own surf shop, he went on to acquire a third of the building, then owning forty-nine percent and eventually buying out his partners to become sole proprietor.

At the time Joe bought the Surf N Sea building from its second owner, the building was condemned by the State as unsafe and was to be demolished. Just as he acquired the building piece by piece, Joe took the same approach with the structure by restoring and replacing beams, floors and walls to rehabilitate the building.

The iconic Surf N Sea has been in existence for 50 years and Joe has owned it for 37 of those years. Joe is well known for his love of the North Shore and his dedication to the welfare of the community. Over the years, Surf N Sea has sponsored the Pipeline Women’s Pro because he personally feels female surfers do not get enough recognition. He also sponsors Stand-up Paddling, Haleiwa SUP Race, The Haleiwa International Open, and the North Shore Menehune Contest to which he donates eleven custom boards for each of the division winners.

Not limited to sponsorships and donations for water sport competitions, Joe has also given back to the community in other ways. He purchased fifteen computers to donate to the Waialua High School computer lab when his daughter Mari, who now manages the shop, was a student there. He also donates monthly to the Once-A-Month Church and the North Shore Food Bank.

The Honolulu City Council expresses its congratulations to Joe Green on being named the 2015 North Shore Chamber of Commerce Kamaaina of the Year, and further expresses its sincerest appreciation for his service and dedication to the betterment of the North Shore community.

Congratulating the Stalcup Ohana for Their Exemplary Citizenry and Bravery

6 10 2015

Chair Martin with Stalcup OhanaOn the evening of Sunday, August 30, 2015, the Stalcup Ohana were on their way home from church when they witnessed a terrible accident.

Tim Stalcup, a City employee with the Department of Facility Maintenance and his wife Cherish Stalcup, an employee of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation and their two teenage children were traveling along the H-2 when Tim noticed a car in his rearview mirror driving at approximately 100 MPH.

Handshake with Tim StalcupAfter passing them, the driver lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a SUV that was ahead of the Stalcups. After impact, the SUV rolled 4 times, hit a light post and rolled once more before landing on its side. The speeding car fled from the scene while Tim pulled his car over to the shoulder and crossed the freeway to help the passengers stuck in the SUV.

Tim used his bare arms to break open the back window which was shattered to assist the three passengers stuck in the car. The passengers included a father and mother with their four-year-old daughter. Tim found the daughter in the backseat and was able to pull her out, handing her over to his wife Cherish who carried the young girl to the shoulder of the road while calling 911.

Stalcup OhanaWhile Cherish’s daughter cared for the child, Cherish returned to the SUV to assist her husband in rescuing the parents. Smelling gasoline, Tim and Cherish worked quickly to pull out the father and mother who were wedged in their seats held by seatbelts and airbags.

The family of three were able to walk away from the traumatic event with only minor injuries due to the heroic efforts of the Stalcups. The Honolulu City and County Council does recognize the Stalcup Ohana for their exemplary citizenry and bravery and extends its sincere appreciation for their heroic acts in providing vital assistance in a critical situation.

Stalcup Ohana Group Shot

IBEW Local Union 1186 75th Anniversary

4 09 2015

IBEW HC - Picture with CouncilmembersAs we anticipate the Labor Day holiday this coming Monday it is appropriate that we recognize individuals and groups who contributed to the labor movement here locally and the many contributions of our working men and women. I was pleased to present Damien Kim, Business Manager and Financial Secretary of IBEW Local Union 1186 with an Honorary Certificate at the Council meeting held on September 2nd to recognize and congratulate IBEW on the momentous occasion of its 75th Anniversary.

IBEW HC - Picture with Council Chair Martin

IBEW Local Union 1186 celebrated its 75th Anniversary during the month of August with celebrations on Oahu, Hawaii Island, Kauai and Maui. The theme for the momentous occasion was “Lamalama Ke Kukui” which means “to maintain a bright path, a guiding light,” which is fitting as IBEW has provided that service to the people of Hawaii for 75 years and maintains its commitment to do so for many years to come. IBEW Local Union 1186 was chartered on June 6, 1940 and was issued to 19 civil service electricians employed at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.

In 1952 Business Manager Akito “Blackie” Fujikawa advanced Hawaii’s construction Unions by visiting New York and bringing back the idea of securing benefits for our working men and women. Through his persistent dedication to good principles of unionism and sincere concern for the welfare of members and their families he started the Union’s first benefits such as pension, annuity, paid vacation and holidays and medical benefits. Soon other trades followed suit and began providing benefits that union members and their families still enjoy today.

In 1963 the Metal Trades was formed in Pearl Harbor and the President is an IBEW member. In 1966 the Hawaii Building and Construction Trades Council was chartered. IBEW is proud to be among the 17 trades in their membership.

Today’s Local 1186 represents all of the islands in the State of Hawaii and represents Construction Electricians, Telecommunications, Oceanic Time Warner Cable, Marine Motor Shops, and civilian employees at our Military bases. Membership totals over 3,300 members who give back to their communities by serving on various non-profit boards and sponsoring and participating in events like Walk for Diabetes, Aloha United Way, Adult Friends for Youth, Adopt-a-Highway, and Military Specials that are put on by “Hawaii Stars.”

Be it resolved that the Honolulu City and County Council recognizes IBEW Local Union 1186 for its support of our working men and women and their families and for its years of dedicated service to the State of Hawaii. Be it further resolved that the City Council, on behalf of the people of the City and County of Honolulu, congratulates IBEW Local Union 1186 on the occasion of its 75th Anniversary. Further, the Council extends its best wishes for continued success in all its future endeavors.