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



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/.



Council Chair Ernie Martin on Rail Subcontractors

26 08 2016

Public Hearings Scheduled on Neighborhood Plan Amendments

25 08 2016

Sharing a notice from the Neighborhood Commission Chairperson on the proposed changes to the 2008 Neighborhood Plan and upcoming opportunities to submit comments.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, by its chairperson, of public hearings to be conducted by the Neighborhood Commission of the City and County of Honolulu, pursuant to Section 91-3 and 92-41, Hawaii Revised Statutes, and Sections 4-105.4, 13-106 and 14-104, of the Revised Charter of the City and County of Honolulu 1973 (2000 Edition), as amended, for the purpose of receiving public testimony on a proposal to amend the 2008 Neighborhood Plan as follows:

1) 2-11-203 – Allows a board to assign a third member to attend the conference of chairs if one of the three also is a Neighborhood Commissioner.
2) 2-11-308 – Deletes sections on quorum and majority voting that conflict with HRS.
3) 2-11-319 – Replaces RONR with parliamentary rules adopted by the Commission.
4) 2-13-105 -Amends Plan to require board members to recuse themselves if they have a financial conflict.
5) 2-13-107 – Requires board members to publicly post one type of contact information.
6) 2-14-102 – Changes board members terms to expire in even number years.  Allows the Commission to extend an existing term as necessary in order to achieve this.
7) 2-14-104 – Requires a nomination in order for a qualified resident to be considered for appointment to a vacancy. Clarifies when the verification of a possible nominee for a vacant seat must occur. Allows the Commission to fill a vacant seat if the vacancy interferes with the board taking action in three successive meetings. Requires a roll call vote for filling a vacancy with each member stating the name of the nominee they cast their vote for.
8) 2-14-106 – Clarifies action to declare a seat vacant must occur in the same term in which the absences occurred. Clarifies that three absences accumulates from the start of the term or the date of  appointment. Prohibits sending a three absence letter at the end of the term. Clarifies what the board must do for it to have considered vacating a seat. Makes a resignation effective when received by the Executive Secretary.
9) 2-14-111 – Requires committee agendas to be filed 7 days prior to the meeting.              
10) 2-14-115 – Requires roll call votes for election of officers or filling of vacancies.
11) 2-14-118 – Specifies that abusive language constitutes a breach of order and decorum. Requires that public testimony be allowed at the time the board considers an agenda item.
12) 2-14-124 – Deletes section which conflicts with HRS that defines majority vote. Makes the board chair a non-voting ex-officio member of all board committees.
13) 2-17-202 -Defines active voter for purposes of pre-registration.
14) 2-17-203 – Deletes the provision which allows someone to change their board residency after the voter registration deadline.
15) 2-17-204 – Requires that a candidate who fails to indicate at-large or subdistrict on their registration form to be automatically listed as a subdistrict candidate.
16) 2-18-101 – Makes committee members subject to sanctions.

The time and dates of the hearings are:
September 10, 2016 (Saturday), 10:00-11:00 am
Mission Memorial Hearing room (ground floor)
550 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

September 10, 2016 (Saturday), 10:00-11:00 am
Kapolei Hale – Conference Room A
1000 Uluohia Street
Kapolei, HI 96707

All interested persons shall be afforded the opportunity of being heard. Any interested person desiring to be heard or to submit information, data, views or arguments on the proposed amendments at the public hearing is requested to register at the public hearing site beginning thirty (30) minutes prior to the starting time of the public hearing, as specified above, and is encouraged to submit twelve (12) copies of their testimony or statements in writing at the same time. All speakers will be limited to a three (3) minute presentation.

Anyone unable to attend the public hearing may file a written statement addressed to: Testimony, Attention Chairperson, Neighborhood Commission, 530 South King Street, Room 406, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813. Written statements must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20, 2016.

Any disabled person requiring accommodations at these hearings may call the Neighborhood Commission Office at 768-3710 for details at least 72 hours prior to the hearing.

A copy of the proposed rule amendments will be mailed to any interested person who requests a copy, pays the required fees for the copy and the postage, if any.  Requests must be in writing and may be sent to Neighborhood Commission Office, 530 South King Street, Room 406, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813.

The proposed rule amendment may be reviewed in person at the Neighborhood Commission Office, 530 South King Street, Room 406, Mondays thru Fridays between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Should the Commission accept the amendments, it will become effective as provided for by law.

By: Russell Yamanoha
Neighborhood Commission