Mahalo to the Department of Facility Maintenance Signs & Marking Team

20 07 2016

With school going back into session soon, keeping students safe as they commute to and from school on our streets is of utmost importance. A big mahalo goes out to the Department of Facility Maintenance’s Signs and Marking Team for their prompt action in re-striping the crosswalks in Waialua near St. Michael’s School.










Plans Underway To Refurbish Pupukea Play Court

15 07 2016

WHAT: Pupukea Play Courts Rejuvenation Project Tip Off
WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 16, 2016
WHERE: Pupukea Beach Park, 59-727 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa

PUPUKEA- After more than a decade of neglect<>, plans to raise money and rebuild the Pupukea Play Court are underway, City Council Chair Ernie Martin and Malama Pupukea-Waimea<> announced today.

Existing Court

Existing Court

The $140,000 project will be completed through a public-private partnership between the non-profit group Malama Pupukea-Waimea and the City Department of Parks and Recreation, led by Director Michele K. Nekota. The partnership has raised more than $10,000 so far.

The work will include court reconstruction, new chain link fencing, and other improvements. (Artist rendering below) The city approved the plan for the courts.

“The community was made to wait too long for these repairs so we worked with them to come up with a way to fix this park. Too many of our city parks are left to languish in embarrassing conditions and we hope this partnership will serve as a model for the city to get work done when the administration’s priorities do not align with the immediate needs of a community,” said Chair Martin. “We hope the fundraising efforts are successful so the area residents can once again enjoy the use of a play court that was once heavily utilized, especially by teenagers and young adults. The renovations will restore the Pupukea Court to a functional part of one of the most beautiful parks on Oahu’s North Shore.”

After Rejuvenation

After Rejuvenation

Donations to support the project are tax deductible and should be made out to:
Malama Pupukea-Waimea Special Account
P.O. Box 188 Haleiwa, HI, 96712

For more information please e-mail or call 808-388-2823


Share Your Ideas With The Charter Commission

27 06 2016


Agenda for the Monday, June 27th meeting.

Agenda for the Wednesday, June 30th meeting.

Agenda for the Friday, July 1st meeting.

Agenda for the Wednesday, July 6th meeting will be added when the Charter Commission posts their agenda.

Changes to HOV Starting Monday, June 27th

24 06 2016

HOVThe Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) notifies motorists that High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane hours are being extended 30 minutes for the following routes:

·        H-1 Freeway eastbound (HOV, Waiawa Interchange to Keehi Interchange)
·        H-1 Freeway eastbound (Zip lane, Managers Drive overpass to Keehi Interchange)
·        H-1 Freeway eastbound (shoulder express lane – extension of contraflow express lane/ Zip lane, Pearl Harbor Interchange to Keehi Interchange)
·        Nimitz Highway eastbound (HOV and contraflow, Keehi Interchange to Industrial Parkway)
·        H-2 Freeway southbound (HOV, Mililani Interchange to Waiawa Interchange)

New HOV lane hour durations for these routes will be from 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. The double occupancy restriction previously ended at 8:30 a.m. The new schedule will begin Monday, June 27, 2016.

The purpose of the extension of HOV and contraflow lane hours is to encourage ridesharing, which helps reduce traffic congestion by moving more people in fewer cars. Carpools align with the State’s focus on sustainability and reducing fossil fuel usage.

Crews will be adjusting signs to reflect the new hours. HDOT reminds motorists that use of these lanes requires two or more occupants in their vehicle during the designated times. Single motorists, with the exception of motorcyclists and qualified Electric Vehicles, using the Zip lane, HOV, express, or contraflow lanes may be cited by authorities. The penalty for illegal use of the HOV lane can range from $75 to $200.

HDOT also notifies drivers that the double occupancy restriction is being lifted during the afternoon hours for the following routes:

·        H-1 eastbound (Waiawa Interchange to Keehi Interchange)
·        H-2 southbound (Mililani Interchange to Waiawa Interchange)
·        H-201 Moanalua Freeway eastbound (Halawa Interchange to Puuloa Road)

Single occupancy vehicles will be allowed on these specifically referenced routes beginning June 27, 2016. Previously HOV hours on these roadways went from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The traffic improvement changes are part of Governor David Ige’s commitment to reduce traffic congestion. Other traffic mitigation measures that have been made or are in the process of being implemented under the Ige administration include:

·        New 24/7 lane added to the H-1 Freeway westbound in Pearl City
·        H-1 westbound shoulder lane from the Aiea Heights Drive overpass to the Waimalu/Pearl City off-ramp (Exit 10) to reduce afternoon commute traffic. Use of this lane has been extended 90 additional minutes and is now open from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
·        Police officers stationed at Kalaeloa Boulevard and Farrington Highway to keep traffic flow on to H-1 westbound moving

·        Farrington Highway westbound contraflow in Nanakuli from Piliokahi Avenue through Helelua Street
·        Tow truck stationed on Farrington Highway in Nanakuli during the morning and afternoon commute times to quickly respond to disabled vehicles
·        Zip lane widening to accommodate two lanes
·        H-1 eastbound shoulder lane from Kualakai Parkway to Kunia Road in the morning commute
·        Traffic cameras installed in Leeward Oahu to monitor traffic flow and planning

A full listing of locations and hours for HOV and contraflow lanes on Oahu can be found at

Congratulations to Jimmy Toyota On His 10 Year Service Award

20 06 2016
Congratulations to Leilehua High School Athletic Director Jimmy Toyota. He received a ten year service award from the Oahu Interscholastic Association.

Congratulations to Leilehua High School Athletic Director Jimmy Toyota. He received a ten year service award from the Oahu Interscholastic Association.


Chair Martin Taping a Message for the City of Chengdu

16 06 2016

IMG_0944IMG_0953Honolulu City Council Chair Ernest Martin taping a message to the Honorable Mayor Liangzhi Tang and the City of Chengdu for sponsoring the gathering of Chengdu’s sister and twin cities. Honolulu became a Sister City to Chengdu in 2011. The sister and twin cities gathering coincides with the 2016 Mayor’s Forum in Chengdu.

Diverse Approaches Are Needed To Assist The Homeless

15 06 2016

I thought it was interesting that the Star Advertiser’s editorial board, in its opinion editorial of June 13, 2016, entitled, “Money flows for homeless but not long-range plans”, decided to call out the lack of vision of the state’s response to homelessness and highlight the little impact we are having at addressing such a pressing issue.

I absolutely agree that all Hawaii residents, including those that are homeless, need more than our current effort. I also agree that the lack of data and long term tracking of the effectiveness of our programs is hurting our efforts. Finally, I agree that more funding is necessary and that’s why the City Council has increased the Mayor’s proposed allocation for these types of programs by over $100 million in the last 3 fiscal years.   It is through these funds that the city administration was able to move forward with Hale Maulioha and Hassinger project among others.

Where I disagree with the editorial board is the notion that different approaches are necessarily uncoordinated and therefore wasteful. If we are to be successful we know that we need a diversity of approaches, assisting homeless seniors is different than providing services to homeless families.  A person who is homeless in Wahiawa may not have the same needs as a young parent in Kakaako.  Henceforth the logic in appropriating funds for all nine (9) districts of the City and County of Honolulu.  As also evidenced by the project spearheaded by the Aloha United Way, we need a diversity of service providers and approaches if we are to be successful.

In closing, while I am disappointed that the Star Advertiser continues to unprofessionally single out a key council staff, I am nevertheless pleased that its editorial board acknowledges the role of the Honolulu City Council in leading the discussion on this very complex problem, but, we should not dismiss the importance of the mayor and his administration on this issue as well.



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