2017 Neighborhood Board Candidate Filing Period Open

2 12 2016

Oahu residents can file to run for a seat on their neighborhood board by applying online at www2.honolulu.gov/nbe, or completing and submitting a candidate registration form. The printed form is available at the Neighborhood Commission Office (NCO) at Kapalama Hale, 925 Dillingham Boulevard, Suite 160 and the Department of Customer Services Public Information Center at the Mission Memorial Building, at 550 South King Street.

Candidacy is open to Oahu residents who will be at least 18 years of age by February 17, 2017. The deadline to apply as a candidate is February 17, 2017. Mailed forms must be postmarked by the deadline date and received by February 24, 2017.

Voting begins on April 28, 2017, and ends on May 17, 2017. Elected board members serve a two year term, starting on July 1, 2017. Voters will elect 437 neighborhood board representatives to serve on the 33 neighborhood boards.

Voting in the Neighborhood Board Elections

Oahu residents who have voted in the 2016 primary or general elections are automatically registered to vote in the 2017 Neighborhood Board Elections.

Other residents, including military personnel and family members, legal resident aliens, and students, who will be at least 18 years of age by February 17, 2017, may register to vote in the Neighborhood Board elections by submitting a neighborhood board voter registration form.

The form is available online at www.honolulu.gov/nco and at the Neighborhood Commission Office at Kapalama Hale. The deadline to submit the voter registration form is February 17, 2017. Mailed forms must be postmarked by the deadline date and received by February 24, 2017.

The mission of the Neighborhood Board System is to increase and assure effective citizen participation in the decisions of government. Oahu’s Neighborhood Board System is the only government sponsored civic engagement system in the State of Hawaii. While they are advisory, board activities may include study and review of capital improvement projects and zoning concerns. They may also conduct educational programs on governmental decision making processes and establish community goals, objectives, and priorities.

More information about the election and neighborhood boards can be found on the NCO website at www.honolulu.gov/nco

 

 





25th Infantry Division Training Advisory – Convoys Begin October 28

27 10 2016

Convoys:
Motorist are advised that there will be movement of military vehicles leaving Wheeler Army Airfield headed north along Kamehameha Highway toward North Shore, October 28, 2016 as a part of the Lighting Forge exercise.

Movement times are schedule between 12:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. along the route to minimize any interference. However, there may also be periodic movement’s through-out the day as military convoys prepare for exercise operations.

There will be a second convoy at 7 p.m., headed towards Kahuku Training Area. Please be advised soldiers will be in the area walking along the route. Expect traffic delays by exception.

Aviation Activities:
Additionally, there will be an increase in aviation flights from Wheeler Army Airfield to Dillingham Airfield, and the Kahuku Training Area from Oct. 27-31 between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

To report concerns related to the aviation noise, please call the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii (USAG-HI) Noise Concern Line at (808) 656-3487. A Public Affairs Office representative will contact you about your concern during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Army appreciates your understanding and support of Lightning Forge to train and prepare our Soldiers to safeguard our freedoms.





25th Infantry Division Large- Scale Training – Lightning Forge October 27 – November 8

20 10 2016

The 25th Infantry Division will be conducting a large-scale training exercise called Lightning Forge, October 27 – November 8.

Training with blank ammunition and explosive simulators will occur during daytime and nighttime hours at various Army training areas across Oahu, to include: East Range, Dillingham Army Airfield and Kahuku Training Area.

Residents can expect an increase in helicopter flights, vehicle convoys, as well as more contact with Soldiers during this time period. Updated announcements regarding exercise-related training noise and convoys will be published closer to the actual training events.

Increased military traffic will occur during the exercise on Kamehameha Highway from Schofield Barracks to Kahuku Training Area; and on H2 / H1 / H3 and Kamehameha Highway to Marine Corps Training Area Bellows.  Convoy times will be scheduled during non-peak daytime hours or at night to avoid traffic issues.

Due to road damage Drum Road to Kahuku Training Area is not fully accessible for the Lightning Forge exercise.  The damage has created a significant safety concern which could result in damage or loss of equipment and more importantly risk for loss of life.  A repair contract has been awarded with completion scheduled for July 2017.

The Army appreciates your understanding and support of Lightning Forge to train and prepare our Soldiers and units to safeguard our freedoms.

For additional information, please call 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office at 808-655-4756.





City and County of Honolulu Accepting Grants in Aid Applications

18 10 2016

Qualified nonprofit organizations can now apply for grants available through the city’s Grants in Aid (GIA) program. GIA proposals must be submitted by 2 p.m. on November 14, 2016. Last year, more than $6 million in GIA funds were awarded to nonprofits across Oahu.

The City Charter-mandated GIA fund administered by the Department of Community Services (DCS) was established by a voter initiative to serve economically and/or socially disadvantaged populations, or provide services for public benefit in the areas of arts, culture, economic development, and the environment. The Grants in Aid Advisory Commission will score all applications on merit, benefit to the community, and soundness of the financial plan. This process ensures that the most beneficial and sound applications are selected free from political influence.

Beginning in 2015, a minimum of 25 percent of grant funds must be awarded to arts and culture category programs. In addition, each City Council district must be awarded no less than $250,000 annually to organizations that provide services specific and exclusive to those districts. Each organization may receive a maximum award of $125,000.

Information on grant proposal requests is available at the Department of Budget and Fiscal Services, Division of Purchasing website at http://tinyurl.com/hftkle7 under Proposal No. GIA2018.  The documents are easiest to download with Internet Explorer and Safari. If assistance is required, please contact the Division of Purchasing Help Desk at 768-5535.

All agencies must submit their sealed proposals to the Division of Purchasing by 2 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time on Monday, November 14, 2016, as evidenced by a date and time stamp from the Division of Purchasing. The Division of Purchasing is located at Honolulu Hale, 530 South King Street, Room 115, Honolulu, HI 96813.

Information Sessions

DCS will host a workshop and a webinar to assist nonprofits in preparing their proposals.

The workshop will be held on Tuesday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Mission Memorial Hearings Room, 550 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96813. Please call 768-5858 to register for the workshop.

The webinar will be held on  Friday, October 21 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Please visit http://tinyurl.com/hf3p7eq to register.

 





Congratulations to Gary B. Cabato for 25 Years of Dedicated Service to the City and County of Honolulu

5 10 2016

 

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Parks Deputy Director Jeanne Ishikawa, Gary Cabato and Parks Director Michele Nekota.

Born and raised in Kalihi and a proud graduate of Farrington High School, Gary B. Cabato has demonstrated the highest commitment to the people of the City and County of Honolulu and his services are greatly appreciated. In 1965, he was drafted into the United States Army, the beginning of a distinguished 28-year career—which included two tours in Vietnam, the invasion of Nicaragua, and Desert Storm in Iraq—a testament to his bravery and loyalty to his country. During his tenure in the military, Mr. Cabato successfully managed his time as a full-time soldier, husband, father, and student, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Social Psychology. He also received his Masters of Science Degree in Human Resource Management from Chapman University, graduating with distinction while deployed in Saudi Arabia. He retired at the rank of Command Sergeant Major on May 1, 1992.

That same year, Mr. Cabato was hired by the City and County of Honolulu’s then-Department of Public Works as a Human Resource Specialist IV. Recognized for his strong leadership and dedication, Mr. Cabato was promoted to Specialist V in the Department of Parks and Recreation and progressed rapidly up the ranks to become the Assistant Parks Maintenance and Recreation Services Administrator. In 2002, Mr. Cabato was promoted to Executive Assistant II of the Executive Services Division of the Parks Department and was named Manager of the Year for the City and County of Honolulu.

He later headed the Parks Department’s Personnel Services and Management Services Divisions in addition to fulfilling his responsibilities as Assistant Park Maintenance and Recreation Services Administrator. Working sixteen-hour days and showing up consistently on Saturdays and Sundays, Mr. Cabato was regarded as the Department’s “Superman” and “Go-To Person” due to his commitment, ability to work with people, and his excellent time management skills. His development of a vehicle fleet inventory replacement schedule was commended for its long-term benefit to the Department.

During his tenure in the Department, Mr. Cabato’s unwavering conviction to transparency and honesty led him to establish professional development programs for supervisors in various departments. His revitalization of parks maintenance standards received national recognition in numerous publications, including working with neighborhood boards and community groups to improve park programs and maintenance.

As an active church member, Mr. Cabato serves as a Third Degree Knight of Columbus participating in food drives and assisting seniors and families complete home repairs and building new homes with the Habitat for Humanity. Currently, Mr. Cabato resides in Mililani and is married to Lynn Cabato, Director of the Head Start program for the Honolulu Community Action Program, Inc. They have four children, David, Dondi, Deandra and Katherine, and four grandchildren, Eric, Kayla, Ethan and Annie.

Therefore, on behalf of the people of the City and County of Honolulu, the Honolulu City Council hereby honors and recognizes Gary B. Cabato for his dedicated service to the City and County of Honolulu.   The Council further extends to Mr. Cabato and his family, a warmest aloha and best wishes for continued success in all future endeavors.

 





Volunteers Working to Open Wahiawa Skate Park This Weekend

3 10 2016





Continuous Weekend Lane Closures on H-2 Rescheduled to Oct. 7-9, 2016

15 09 2016

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) alerts the public that a previously scheduled two lane closure on the northbound H-2 Freeway between the Ka Uka Boulevard Overpass and the Kipapa Bridge has been cancelled due to forecasted weather conditions. The continuous closure had been scheduled from Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 through Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016.

The continuous closure for roadway reconstruction is now scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 7-9, 2016. A reminder will be sent prior to the planned closure and electronic message boards will be placed in the area in advance of the weekend closure to alert drivers of the work. All roadwork is weather permitting.

Lane closure information is available on the HDOT website at http://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/roadwork/.