Wahiawa Wastewater System Smoke Testing

21 02 2017

The City’s Department of Environmental Services (ENV) will smoke test areas of the lower Wahiawa wastewater system, Feb. 21-March 3, 2017, weather permitting.

The testing, during normal business hours, is part of ENV’s preventative maintenance program to prevent rainwater (inflow and infiltration) from entering the sewer system.

ENV crews will pump non-toxic smoke into sewer pipes, examine and record locations where the smoke escapes.  The smoke is harmless with minimal odor and neither a fire hazard nor a health hazard to humans and pets.

Tests locate broken pipes, illegal connections, open cleanouts and other paths for runoff to enter the sewer system.  Runoff from heavy rain can overwhelm and surcharge the sewer system and treatment plants, causing sanitary sewer overflows.

An advertisement was placed in the local daily newspaper while residents and affected businesses were informed by mail and handouts.  Fire and Police communications centers will be notified at the beginning and ending of each test.



Pupukea Beach Park Comfort Station Renovations Begin February 21st

17 02 2017

The Department of Parks and Recreation will begin renovations of the Pupukea Beach Park comfort station closest to Shark’s Cove on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.  The facility is suffering from major termite damage and wood rot, and an aging and unreliable electrical system.

The scope of work will include:

  • Demolition and reconstruction of the current wooden roof
  • Replacing the structure’s electrical system
  • Adding new security gates and doors to the facility
  • Installing skylights
  • Repainting
  • Placing an elastomeric roof coating to the structure which will extend the life of the new roof, and will provide an overall protection to the structure against the elements.

This renovation project is scheduled to be completed by the end of summer.

Several portable toilets will be placed on site for public use during the construction project.  The shower facility adjacent to the comfort station will remain open; however, there may be occasional interruptions to the water service to the shower while the renovation work is underway.

The $391,227 contract for the project was awarded to MEI Corporation.

Repaving North Shore City Streets

6 02 2017

Preliminary work will begin for the repaving of city streets on the North Shore beginning on Wednesday, February 8 in Haleiwa.

This project will rehabilitate more than 37 lane miles of roads at a cost of $5.9 million (see maps below). Roadwork will begin in Haleiwa and advance towards Waimea and Waialua. Barring weather related delays, the project is scheduled to be completed by the end of spring.

“The roads in our District get a lot of use by residents and visitors and this work is important to ensure safe travels for all of our motorists,” said Chair Emeritus Ernie Martin. “Maintaining city infrastructure, especially safe streets, is a core function of government. While the work is ongoing, please be patient with our work crews and understand that we are doing our best to ensure that the road refurbishments have minimal impact on traffic flow.”

Work hours will be between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, with possible weekend construction. Drivers should anticipate delays and are reminded to observe and obey all traffic controls, posted signs and special duty police officers. On-street parking will be prohibited during working hours.

Initial work will include the lowering of manholes, and tree and root pruning. The contractor will then remove worn-out pavement and resurface or reconstruct the asphalt and concrete pavement; install pavement markers, striping and markings; and install vehicle detector loops. Speed bumps on private roads will be removed and will not be replaced.

Please observe the dates and times on posted roadway signs. Illegally parked vehicles will be towed, if necessary, at the owner’s expense. Drivers are advised to proceed with caution through construction areas. Local residential traffic, deliveries, and trash collection will be allowed during construction hours.

Grace Pacific, LLC is coordinating local traffic. Please call Grace Pacific, LLC at (808) 842-3238 or AECOM Technical Services, Inc. at (808) 366-2588 with any concerns.

Map of Haleiwa/Kawailoa area streets



Map of Waialua area streets




Pupukea Play Courts Reopened

30 01 2017



In 2010, the Pupukea play court had the distinction of being in worse shape than any other court in the City & County of Honolulu’s Department of Parks and Recreation.  Seven years later, the community came together in a unique public-private partnership that painstakingly reconstructed the court and restored it to the valuable recreational asset it had been in the past.

Malama Pupukea Waimea (MPW), a 501(c)(3), working to replenish and sustain the natural and cultural resources of the Pupukea and Waimea ahupuaa, graciously accepted the lead as the non-profit in charge of donations for the rehabilitation of the Pupukea play court, with MPW volunteer Bill Quinlan coordinating the effort.  Project Coordinator Cliff Laboy worked tirelessly, in cooperation with the City’s Department of Parks and Recreation and many small businesses and community members, to save the Pupukea play court and to demonstrate what can be done when people take the initiative.

Without the help of the following people, the final cost of the project would have been prohibitive.  Mahalo nui to those who made significant contributions to the construction project: Michael Newman who started the movement by challenging the City’s claim of asbestos as a reason for not saving the court; Dwight D. Burdick Construction, a general contractor who provided bonding, construction management and contract negotiations expertise;  James Gonda and Coffman Engineers who provided all of the construction drawings and engineering service;  Turtle Bay Resort and CEO Drew Stotesbury who provided a construction consultant through Ralph Makaiau who worked with the project management team and helped to oversee the project;  Pane Meatoga Jr. and the Operating Engineers Local 3 who helped to find an asphalt contractor that made the project possible; Wayde Tsue and W.K.T. Equipment Rental who provided all of the demolition work; Charles Fujimoto and C. Fujimoto Contracting who provided surveying services along with the reconstruction of the new swale on the mauka side of the courts; Kirk Markle and Titan Industries who provided hazardous abatement and renovation services; Erik Rhinelander, General Manager of Maui Kupono Builders who provided the new court surface; Mildred Keawe and North Shore Fencing, the fencing contractor who provided the new fence and installation; Former Masons Ricky and Ian Tamashiro who provided all the concrete and wall repairs; Danny Green and Southern Turf Hawaii for the new grass in the mauka swale; Brian L. Deer and Bonded Materials Company for the donation of concrete mix for the construction of the handicap ramp and the new four foot fence on the mauka side of the court.

The Honolulu City Council hereby recognizes and commends the generosity of these businesses, organizations and individuals and thanks them for their role in the extraordinary success of this public-private partnership.

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Traffic Advisory: Sewer Work in Wahiawa

13 01 2017

Traffic will be affected in Wahiawa next week as crews rehabilitate wastewater pipes in and around the Honolulu area.

City crews and contractors will conduct sewer pipe work on the following dates and locations:

  • Jan 18 (Pipe Liner) – 8 PM-6 AM: 848 Kilani Ave / 810 Kilani Ave.
  • Jan 19 (Pipe Liner) – 8 PM-6 AM: 930 Kilani Ave / 912 Kilani Ave.

Temporary closure of Wahiawa Driver Licensing Center, Satellite City Hall

10 01 2017

Wahiawa – The Driver Licensing Center and Satellite City Hall at 330 N. Cane Street in Wahiawa will be closed from January 16 – 27, 2017 for a driveway repaving project. The Wahiawa Police Substation will remain open during the construction. The public entrance off North Cane Street will be blocked and there will be no access into the public parking lot that services the Wahiawa Driver Licensing Center, Satellite City Hall and Police Station.

During the construction closure, the Wahiawa Driver Licensing Center staff will be assigned to the Kapolei office, and the Satellite City Hall staff will be sent to other locations. Residents are encouraged to use other Satellite City hall offices and take advantage of convenient online services for vehicle registration renewals, voter registration and payments of water bills and real property taxes.

City and County of Honolulu offices, including the Wahiawa Driver Licensing Center and Satellite City Hall, will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2017 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal and state holiday.

Go to http://www.honolulu.gov/csd/csd-contact-us-home for location, hours of operation, and service information for all City and County of Honolulu Driver Licensing Centers and Satellite City Halls.

25th Infantry Division East Range Training, January 5th & 6th

4 01 2017

Wahiawa, HI – The 25th Infantry Division, along with local emergency response agencies, will conduct medical evacuation training at East Range. The training will include emergency (fire/ambulance) and aviation (helicopter) response. Should community members see or hear an increase of ambulance or helicopters in the area, there is no immediate danger.

If you have additional questions about the exercise, call the 25th Infantry Division’s Public Affairs office at 655-6351.