YouthBuild Honolulu in the Hale

30 07 2015

DSCN5575The current class of YouthBuild Honolulu recently visited the Honolulu City Council for a tour of Honolulu Hale and to speak with Council Chair Ernest Martin.

DSCN5568YouthBuild Honolulu is an alternative education and occupation skills training program that focuses on preparing non-high school graduates, ages 17.5 to 24 to become part of a network of workers to replace experienced workers exiting the workforce in local high growth and high demand industries such as education, health, business services and leisure and hospitality.

With a committed staff, YouthBuild Honolulu strives to provide youth new ways to manage their lives and prepare for their future.DSCN5567



In the News

30 07 2015


Ambassador Luke Visits Council Chair Ernie Martin

29 07 2015

Public Meeting Tomorrow – Roosevelt Bridge Rehabilitation Project

28 07 2015


Training alert for Schofield, July 28-29

27 07 2015

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii – Local service members are scheduled to conduct artillery training, here, July 28-29.

The Marine Corps plans to conduct the training between approximately 9 a.m. and 10 p.m., each day; however, training dates and times are subject to change based on environmental and other factors.

Intermittent training noise may be heard in surrounding communities. If 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 The USAG-HI Public Affairs Office responds to all reported concerns during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

For questions regarding the Marine Corps’ training, please contact Elizabeth Feeney, Public Affairs, at 808-257-8832.

Why Was Bill 53 (2015) Introduced?

15 07 2015

For those of you following the status of the Koolauloa Sustainable Communities Plan, Bill 53 (2015) was introduced to revive Bill 47 (2013) which has expired. By law, with respect to bills submitted by the planning commission, the Honolulu City Council must act on the bill within 2 years.

If the Honolulu City Council seeks additional time, the bill can only be introduced in its original form.  Therefore, Bill 53 (2015) is essentially the proposed updated Koolauloa Sustainable Community Development Plan (KSCP) as submitted by the Planning Commission.

It is Honolulu City Council Chair Ernest Martin’s intent to amend Bill 53 (2015) after it passes first reading to mirror Bill 47 (2013) as amended by the Council’s Zoning and Planning Committee.  As you may recall, this would remove Malaekahana from the extended urban growth boundary.

Council’s Override of the Mayoral Veto

1 07 2015

In the aftermath of the Council’s override of Mayor Caldwell’s veto of the latest sit-lie bill, it might be a good time to reflect on the path we are taking with regard to the issue of homelessness. Bill 6, which expanded the City’s sit-lie law is in effect following the Council’s override of the Mayor’s veto on June 3rd. The Mayor never objected to the ultimate goal of the bill, which was to protect local business and their right to engage in commerce without obstruction. His main concern was the fact that it could be legally challenged.

Perhaps Bill 6 might not have been necessary if the Administration had begun to enforce existing stored property ordinances, especially in those areas identified in Bill 6, before instead of after passage. But it is worth remembering that while the Mayor may have the luxury of restricting his attention to matters of island-wide importance, each Councilmember by design must be primarily concerned with the issues affecting the constituents he or she represents.

That is why in the eyes of the Council, something had to be done for those affected businesses, similarly for what we did for Waikiki. In our eyes, no one Oahu business is more important than another. Over the past two years, the City Council has taken extraordinary steps to provide the Administration with the resources to manage our homeless issues – nearly $50 million in Fiscal Year 2014 and another $30-plus million for FY 2015. My concern is that we have very little to show for it – despite all statements about the urgency of the problem. Where is the transitional housing? Where is the permanent housing? These are absolutely critical to prevent homeless persons from merely shifting from one locale to another. Housing First is nothing without housing.

As for the criticism that the Council and the Administration are not working hand in hand to solve the problem of homelessness, I see the Council-Mayor relationship historically as a system of checks and balances. We are not, and cannot be a rubber stamp for the Administration. With an issue as complex as homelessness, or even rail, differences of opinion will emerge along with different approaches to solve the problems.

Like each of the eight other members on the Council, I also have a district with pressing needs and concerns. I advocate for the resources to meet those needs and I rely on the support of my colleagues to be successful. Likewise, I supported my colleagues whose districts are being overrun by illegal campsites and who preferred to override the Mayor’s veto. Bill 6 which may not be perfect but it is the best we have at this point in time. As evidenced by the recent armed robbery at the Kukaniloko site in Wahiawa recently, the problems associated with unchecked homeless encampments may already have grown to a significant level in our district as it has in other Council districts. We need to provide law enforcement with adequate tools to protect our residents and local businesses in Wahiawa as well as Waikiki.


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