HALEA 1845 Wasp Boulevard Honolulu HI 96818 pifschalea@gmail.com http://www.pifschalea.com/forum

HALEA

‘A‘ohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia (No task is too big when done together by all)

‘A‘ohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia (No task is too big when done together by all)

‘A‘ohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia (No task is too big when done together by all)‘A‘ohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia (No task is too big when done together by all)

HALEA is a 501(c)(4) employee organization dedicated to the men & women at the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center

About HALEA (keep scrolling down)

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History & Mission

History & Mission

History & Mission

  HALEA is a 501(c)(4) non-profit employee organization formed for the welfare and morale of PIFSC employees. HALEA became official in 2018 but has been around as an unofficial employees support group since the early days (~1960's?) of Dole Street next to University of Hawaii at Manoa where we used to be known as the Pacific Oceanic Fisheries Investigation, Bureau of Commercial Fisheries, or Honolulu Laboratory of the Southwest Fisheries Science Center based out of La Jolla, California. 


We are presently the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center or PIFSC for short, now located at the Inouye Regional Center (IRC) on Ford Island in Honolulu, Hawaii. The acronym HALEA actually comes from the words "Honolulu Area Laboratory Employees Association" and while we have considered changing our name to suit the times, in the end we opted to keep the name HALEA as a sign of respect to our deep roots. 


HALEA focuses on incorporating the aloha spirit into the PIFSC workplace. By doing this, our fellow employees become a part of the PIFSC ohana or family community with a sense of togetherness, respect, and trust. Our goal is to maintain and improve employee morale through workplace niceties like coffee, tea, snacks, and occasional social events. It is hoped that these small contributions by HALEA can eventually add up to make a significant difference in quality of work life at PIFSC.

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HALEA Team

History & Mission

History & Mission

Our dedicated team of HALEA Officers and Committee Members are committed to helping others at the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center workplace. 

  

HALEA Officers:

  • President - Donald Kobayashi
  • Vice-President - Risa Oram
  • Treasurer - Daniel Curran
  • Secretary - Brenda Becker


HALEA Committees: 

  • Aloha Committee - Phoebe Woodworth-Jefcoats, Katie Davis, Sujuan Situ 


  • Pantry Committee - Ashley Tomita, Donald Kobayashi


  • Recycling Committee - Russell Ito, Donald Kobayashi, Ryan Rykaczewski


  • Lunch Committee - TBD [NEW!]


See other website sections below for more detail on the functions of the various HALEA Committees.


Interested in being part of the HALEA Team in some capacity? We enthusiastically welcome the support. Reach us by email at  pifschalea@gmail.com or just talk to one of our HALEA Officers or Committee Members. 

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Our Partners

History & Mission

Aloha Committee

HALEA is a proud and enthusiastic partner with:

  • the IRC Seminar Committee to provide refreshments and snacks to the IRC Science Seminars held every 2 weeks in the IRC Auditorium;
  • the PIFSC Employee Council and JIMAR Council to mobilize the monthly employee lunches; and
  • the PIFSC Directors Office to support various workplace events such as Employee of the Year and Team Member of the Year Awards Ceremony and other All-Hands get togethers.

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Aloha Committee

Recycling Committee

Aloha Committee

The HALEA Aloha Committee takes the lead and/or assists PIFSC Divisions/Programs with departing employee coffee hours and other events.  


As part of this service, HALEA is pleased to be moving away from single-use cups for our coffee and tea service. To this end, in early 2019 HALEA invested in 15 reusable mugs and a small storage rack to eliminate the need for paper, foam, or plastic throwaway cups at HALEA gatherings  and at IRC Seminars. Ideally you bring your own mugs to such events, but if not feel free to use one of our HALEA mugs. When done, please return it to the cart. And of course if you wish to purchase your very own HALEA mug they can be found in our online store at http://halea.storenvy.com or just ask us, we might have an extra one on-hand at IRC to sell you. If this experiment works, HALEA will be happy to lend our stash of 15 mugs and mug rack to your IRC work events where coffee/tea is involved. 


HALEA is also pleased to announce that starting in 2020 we are transitioning from plastic k-cup coffee pods to 100% biodegradable, compostable k-cup coffee pods for the IRC pantry Keurig coffee makers. This will be friendlier to the landfills and incineration process, and help reduce the demand for plastic.


This Committee is always on the lookout for volunteer helpers to assist in alerting us to employee events and helping make coffee, hot water for tea, popcorn, etc., so please contact us if you want to pitch in to this noble effort.  

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Pantry Committee

Recycling Committee

Recycling Committee

The HALEA Pantry Committee takes the lead on provisioning of coffee, tea, and snacks in the IRC B176 2nd floor pantry cupboard and refrigerator. HALEA supplies Keurig k-cup coffee makers and a hot-water pot in addition to a wide assortment of coffee pods (including decaf and hot chocolate, and transitioning to plastic-free see text to left), as well as a variety of teas. 


Our snacks inventory and pricing varies somewhat with what is available in local stores and what employees request but we try to be as consistent as possible. Our latest offerings are Indian Madras lentils, several types of brown rice, and string cheese & Babybel cheese located in the small fridge under our snacks cupboard. We are also selling some seaweed nori packets remaining from our poke bowl event in November. Some of our current offerings and prices are listed here: http://www.hawaiieod.com/HALEA_Pantry_Goods.pdf


This Committe is always on the lookout for volunteer helpers to assist in shopping with a good eye for sales and bargains, so please contact us if you want to pitch in to this noble effort. 

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Recycling Committee

Recycling Committee

Recycling Committee

The HALEA Recycling Committee takes the lead on recycling certain items in the IRC building. Presently HALEA recycles HI5 aluminum cans, plastic & glass bottles. There are recycling bins located in the pantries of IRC, please deposit your items there and feel free to bring from home as well.


For IRC recycling please just put those listed HI5 items into the recycling bins. Please, no random pieces of metal or glass, no random plastic containers, no soup cans, etc.  And if you could empty your HI5 items and remove caps on plastic & glass bottles that would save us a lot of work.


This Committee is always on the lookout for volunteer helpers to assist in sorting and hauling the items to the nearby Halawa recycling facility, so please contact us if you want to pitch in to this noble effort. HALEA thanks the IRC facility management team and janitorial staff for making this possible and facilitating the process.

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Lunch Committee

Holiday Luncheon

Lunch Committee

Monthly lunches were started from an idea of the PIFSC Employee Council as a way of feeding employees after the 2019 post-furlough shutdown of the IRC cafeteria. HALEA enthusiastically supports the monthly lunches and plays a large part in mobilizing these events. In 2019 we have accomplished 2 pizza lunches (August, September), a build-your-own-sandwich lunch (October), and in November we pulled off the ultimate build-your-own-poke-bowl lunch paired with an afternoon IRC Seminar on poke and seafood safety by Dr. John Kaneko of the Hawaii Seafood Council. In 2020 we had a chili contest & lunch, and are planning a build-your-own taco/burrito event jointly with PIRO. All events were a resounding success, particularly the November and January events. 


We look forward to continuing these monthly events into 2020 and beyond, regardless of the cafeteria and food truck status, since these events are much appreciated by staff.


The HALEA Lunch Committe is a new committee and is looking for a whole new team, so please contact us if you want to pitch in to this noble effort! 

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Summer Picnic

Holiday Luncheon

Lunch Committee

The annual HALEA Summer Picnic is usually held at Waimanalo Bay State Recreation Area, also known locally as "Sherwoods" in the August/September time frame. This is a BBQ and potluck lunch event that has fun activities like water balloon toss and tug-of-war.

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Holiday Luncheon

Holiday Luncheon

Holiday Luncheon

The annual HALEA Holiday Luncheon is usually held at Rainbow Pavilion at nearby Rainbow Bay Marina in December just prior to the Christmas & New Years holiday season. This is a BBQ and potluck lunch event that has fun activities like games, raffle, band, and sing-along. 

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HALEA Store

Payments & Donations

Holiday Luncheon

The HALEA Store is an online store selling a variety of clothing items, hats, mugs, bags, etc. with our HALEA artwork prominently displayed. Customers can place orders at any time for any quantity large or small at the HALEA Store. Storenvy is our chosen E-Commerce platform that works well with Printful & Print Aura who print and ship our custom HALEA artwork merchandise.  The HALEA Store is located at http://halea.storenvy.com and is open year-round 24/7. 


One of our more exciting items are  custom-color rash guards. If you have a favorite color, just let us know what the RGB code is for that color, and we can make a rash guard that color available in the store, no minimum purchase required. And we have demos of most items available in IRC for viewing and handling to get an idea of sizing and fabric options so please reach out to us if you have questions. 


Note that we do keep a few popular items in-stock at IRC for quick sale, so contact us at pifschalea@gmail.com if you have an immediate need to see if we have it in-stock.

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Payments & Donations

Payments & Donations

Payments & Donations

HALEA accepts payments via Venmo (@HALEA-PIFSC) and PayPal (pifschalea@gmail.com). For simplicity our HALEA Venmo QR code is located above. For the uninitiated, a QR code such as the above allows you to quickly inform the Venmo app on your device to prepare to send us a payment. The Venmo app will have an option to read a QR code, or if you just use the camera mode of your device it should get to that location automatically. 


If you do choose to use PayPal please be sure to use the "friends and family" setting so that we get your full amount, HALEA does consider you all to be friends and family.


And of course donations are always welcome and put to good use. 

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FAQ

Payments & Donations

Payments & Donations

  • Am I a member of HALEA? If you work at PIFSC then the operational answer is a resounding yes. HALEA does not collect dues and we serve all of PIFSC as equally as we can.
  • What can I do to help HALEA? There are many ways to help. For example, just by purchasing goods in the pantry or online store will help HALEA make a bit of money. And you could volunteer to help us get certain tasks done, particularly for our bigger events. Lastly, a donation would always directly help us. 
  • Are donations to you tax-deductible? We are a 501(c)(4) non-profit but unfortunately donations to us are not considered tax-deductible.
  • Do you get paid to do this? No, HALEA is run by an entirely volunteer staff. As an official employee organization we can leverage some work time and resources but for the most part we do this on the side.
  • What do you do with the money? While we try to maintain a little bit of financial buffer in our credit union checking account to front funds for our events, most of our funds are quickly turned around to enhance our monthly and annual events. 
  • I still have more questions? Please email us at pifschalea@gmail.com with your question or suggestion and we will respond to you as soon as possible.
  • Is there more? Yes! As of March 16, 2020, largely due to the COVID-19 issue and telework status of PIFSC staff, HALEA has launched an online forum to keep our community connected, join us at http://pifschalea.com/forum