27 08 2015

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) advises Oahu motorists that all lanes will be closed on Kamehameha Highway in both directions between Whitmore Avenue and Kilani Avenue at the Karsten Thot Bridge on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., for emergency removal of Albizia trees. The work is being performed in advance of severe weather conditions.

Motorists are advised to plan ahead, allow extra travel time and use alternate routes such as Wilikina Drive.

The work is being performed on the weekend in order to bring multiple crews together from around Oahu. For safety and visibility reasons the work will be done during daylight hours. One of the Albizia trees in question is only feet off the roadway and stands approximately 60 feet tall. The removal will prevent it from falling and causing damage or injuries.

Inspectors continue looking for other potentially dangerous trees near highways around the state.

HDOT appreciates the community’s patience as we ensure the safety of our roadways.

Pictured is one of the trees scheduled for removal

Limbs from trees hang over Kamehameha Highway and the Karsten Thot Bridge

Pictured are limbs that will be trimmed


18 08 2015


Kahekili Highway Improvement Map

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) invites the general public and all interested parties to an informational meeting regarding proposed improvements to Kahekili Highway.  This HDOT Highways Division project is to provide environmental documentation for proposed improvements to Kahekili Highway as required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Hawai‘i Revised Statutes (HRS) Chapter 343, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and other state and federal requirements.

The primary purpose of this meeting is to provide information regarding the re-evaluation of the 1990 Final EIS, and to present possible alternatives for future improvements to Kahekili Highway from Haiku Road to Kamehameha Highway that will be analyzed in the environmental assessment for this project.

The meeting will include a short formal presentation at 7 p.m.  Interested persons are encouraged to arrive at the meeting by 6:30 p.m., prior to the formal presentation, to view the project displays and to provide comments to the project team.

The Kahekili Highway Public Informational Meeting will be held on:

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Ahuimanu Elementary School Cafeteria
47-470 Hui Aeko Place
Kaneohe, HI 96744

For additional information, visit http://www.kahekilihighway.com, or contact Mr. Brian Tyau, HDOT Project Manager at (808) 587-6390, or email at brian.tyau@hawaii.gov. Any person requiring special accessibility or communication accommodations may contact Wayne Haight at whaight@ssfm.com or at (808) 628-5834. TTY users may contact HDOT using TRS at 587-2210.


Congratulations EAH Housing Scholarship Recipients

17 08 2015

Since 1968, EAH Housing has grown into one of the largest and most respected nonprofit housing development in the western United States. Guided by their commitment to create social justice and enhancing communities through affordable housing, EAH Housing currently serves over 20,000 families, students, people with disabilities, elderly, and the homeless in 111 properties throughout California and Hawaii.

In 2012, EAH Housing launched the EAH Housing Scholarship Fund, a scholarship to support the 7,000 children and teenagers living in EAH Housing properties as they prepare for higher education and life on their own. The scholarship is funded through the generosity of the EAH Board of Directors, EAH staff, and Rebecca Wood Watkin, the late affordable housing advocate.

This year, EAH Housing awarded scholarships to three Hawaii students, Victor Nhieu, Ying Yi Li, and Yueqing Lin.

EAH Scholarship Recipients

Victor Nhieu resided in Kukui Towers and currently attends Chapman University. A graduate of Roosevelt High School and the first of his family to attend college, he was an outstanding student, graduating with a 4.1 GPA.

Ying Yi Li resides in Kukui Towers and will attend Creighton University in the fall of 2015. A graduate of Roosevelt High School, she was an outstanding student, graduating with a 4.0 GPA.

Yueqing Lin resides in Kukui Gardens and will attend the University of San Francisco in the fall of 2015. A graduate of McKinley High School, she was an outstanding student, graduating with a 4.0 GPA.

Congratulations to these three outstanding students and best wishes in their pursuit of a higher education.

August Training Advisory for Schofield Area

7 08 2015

Aug. 7, 2015
August training advisory for Schofield area

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii – Local service members are scheduled to conduct various training here in August that may be heard by surrounding communities.

For the community’s awareness, the training is as follows. Please note, all
training dates are subject to change based on environmental and other factors:

  •  Aug. 8, 10-11: Army demolitions training
  • Aug. 10-14: Army mortar training
  • Aug. 15-16: Army artillery training and Army demolitions training
  • Aug. 17-21: Marine Corps mortar training
  • Aug. 29-31: Marine Corps artillery training

Should individuals hear noise, there is no immediate danger. Weather, such
as overcast conditions, can increase noise and vibrations.

The military services in Hawaii appreciate the community’s understanding and
continued support of local service members and families. While sometimes
loud, the sounds of training represent how the military ensures the nation’s
service members are ready to accomplish the mission and return home safely.

To report concerns related to noise or training, community members can call the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii (USAG-HI) Noise Concern Line at (808) 656-3487 or email usaghi.comrel@gmail.com. The USAG-HI Public Affairs Office responds to all reported concerns during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Pupukea Road work to begin Monday, August 10 – expect delays

7 08 2015

Motorists are advised that road work on the lower section of Pupukea Road, from Kamehameha Highway to Alapio Road, will begin on Monday, August 10, 2015.  Expect traffic delays traveling in and out of Pupukea.  Traffic on Kamehameha Highway may also be affected.

The project work includes cold planing, reconstruction, and resurfacing of the narrow and steep asphalt roadway.  Work on the 3,800 foot section of roadway is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, excluding holidays, for 10 days.

Road users are reminded to observe and obey all traffic controls, posted signs, and special duty officers.  Please call AECOM, the City’s Construction Manager, at 366-2588 with concerns.

August is Pedestrian Safety Month

7 08 2015
Council Chair Ernest Martin and Councilmember Joey Manahan sponsored the Honorary Certificate for Walk Wise Hawaii.

Council Chair Ernest Martin and Councilmember Joey Manahan sponsored the Honorary Certificate for Walk Wise Hawaii.















Hawaii is the only state in the nation with a statewide Pedestrian Safety Month. Walk Wise Hawaii, the Hawaii State Department of Transportation’s pedestrian safety campaign partners with the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Transportation Services, the Honolulu Police Department and private sector partners to promote pedestrian safety.

According to Walk Wise Hawaii, the number one reason for pedestrian accidents and fatalities is inattentive behavior of both drivers and walkers. Always pay attention while walking!

On August 5th, Walk Wise Hawaii was recognized by the Honolulu City Council to promote Pedestrian Safety Month. Council Chair Ernest Martin, Honolulu City Councilmembers and everyone in the Council Chamber took the Walk Wise Hawaii Pedestrian Pledge.

I pledge, as a good pedestrian,

to always look left,

to always look right,

to always look left again,

and continue looking

while crossing the street.


North Shore Surf and Shore Water Applications Due August 10

6 08 2015

The Department of Parks and Recreation is reminding event organizers that the deadline to submit applications for a park use permit to hold shore water events on Oahu’s most popular North Shore beach parks between September 1, 2015, and May 31, 2016, is Monday, August 10, 2015. Prior year applicants should have already received an application packet in the mail.

The deadline applies to surf, body surf event, bodyboarding, windsurfing, paddleboard surfing, wave skiing, wave riding, or any other shore water events at Ehukai Beach Park, Mokuleia Beach Park, Haleiwa Alii Beach Park, Sunset Beach Park, and/or Waimea Bay Beach Park.

Applications can be downloaded from the Department of Parks and Recreation website or picked up at the Park Permit section office located in the Fasi Municipal Building, 1st Floor, located at 650 S. King Street, Honolulu.

Applications must be hand-delivered or mailed to the Department of Parks and Recreation, 1000 Uluohia Street, Suite 309, Kapolei, Hawaii, 96707 by close of business on Monday, August 10, 2015. Applications which are faxed or emailed will not be accepted.

Late or incomplete applications, or applications requesting more than four competition days will not be considered.



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