Windy Conditions Prompt Park Closure

28 02 2018

The strong winds today have resulted in fallen trees around the island and the closure of a Department of Parks and Recreation facility.

A large portion of an opiuma tree fell at Kaiaka Bay Beach Park near the soccer field. The fallen segment is not obstructing any other passageways or park facilities. At Kapiolani Park, two kiawe trees fell near the Diamond Head tennis courts, one of which fell onto a light pole. In all three situations no injuries to people were reported.

Additionally, Wahiawa Botanical Garden is closed today, 2/28/18, due to strong winds creating hazardous conditions.

Currently there are no reports of damage associated with the strong winds, but on-site botanical garden staff reported increasing wind speeds throughout the morning.

Staff will reassess the conditions tomorrow morning to determine whether it is safe to reopen.

The 27-acre Wahiawā Botanical Garden is normally open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Division of Urban Forestry crews are also addressing two fallen Ironwood trees at Kailua Beach Park.

Support the Acquisition of Two New Ambulances to Service the City and County of Honolulu

22 02 2018

The Honolulu City Council passed Resolution 17-321 which urges the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) selection committee to allocate CDBG funds to acquire two new ambulances for use in low-and moderate-income communities in fiscal years 2019 and 2020. The resolution also asks the City Administration to fund the operation of the ambulances through increased state funding for ambulance services.

Under the State Comprehensive Emergency Medical System the State Department of Health may contract with the county for emergency ambulance services. Currently the City and County of Honolulu contracts with the State to provide its own emergency ambulance services and is reimbursed by the State for the expenses of the ambulance services. The contract also sets the maximum amount of the reimbursement for the contract period as well as the minimum number of ambulance units that must be in service.

According to an October 20, 2017 report produced by Matt Levi Investigates, the Department’s Emergency Medical Services Division (EMS) has only twenty ambulances to respond to emergencies and to transport sick and injured persons to medical facilities for the entire island of Oahu.

With a resident population on Oahu of almost one million and a visitor population annually of over nine million to the State, EMS is not able to adequately or efficiently respond to all calls for services especially when ambulances are needed for calls within and outside of their assigned areas. This includes calls to outside low-and moderate-income communities.

Since the City and County of Honolulu is annually allocated CDBG funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and these funds are for activities benefitting low-and moderate-income persons, the Honolulu City Council urges the City Administration to submit requests for CDBG funding for the two new ambulances to the CDBG and HOME Projects Selection Committee.

The Honolulu City Council also encourages the City Administration to work with the State on the emergency ambulance services contract to increase the maximum reimbursement for ambulance services to cover the operation costs, and personnel costs of the additional ambulances. If the State doesn’t agree to provide additional funding, the City Administration should expend City funds to cover the operational costs of the additional ambulances.

Providing essential services should be a priority when it comes to the health, safety and overall well-being of our communities. Encourage the City Administration to support the acquisition of two new ambulances.

Oahu Lane Closures for the Weekend of February 16-18

16 02 2018

PLEASE NOTE: Lane closure schedules may change at any time without further notice. All projects are weather permitting.


Roving lane closure on Kunia Road in the northbound direction between Plantation Road and Wilikina Drive on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., for maintenance work.



Two to three lanes will be closed on the H-1 Freeway in the westbound direction between the Halawa Interchange and Waiawa Road Overpass, for the H-1 Shoulder and Pavement Rehabilitation project.

  • On Saturday night, Feb. 17, lanes will be closed from 8:30 p.m. to 10:15 a.m.
  • On Sunday night, Feb. 18, lanes will be closed from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Alternating lane closure on the H-1 Freeway in both directions between the Aiea Pedestrian overpass and the Pearl City Interchange on Friday night, Feb. 16, through Saturday morning, Feb. 17, from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., for the H-1 Shoulder and Pavement Rehabilitation project.


Roving closure on the H-1 Freeway in the westbound direction between the Ewa offramp (Exit 5A) and the Kualakai Parkway underpass on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m., for maintenance work.


Two to three lanes will be closed on the H-1 Freeway in the eastbound direction between the H-1/H-2 Split and the Aiea Pedestrian Overpass, for the H-1 Shoulder and Pavement Rehabilitation project.

  • On Saturday night, Feb. 17, lanes will be closed from 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.
  • On Sunday night, Feb. 18, lanes will be closed from 7:30 p.m. to 4 a.m.
  • On Tuesday night, Feb. 20, through Friday morning, Feb. 23, from 6:30 p.m. to 4 a.m.



Left lane closure on Likelike Highway in the Honolulu-bound direction between the Wilson Tunnel and Valley View Drive on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., for maintenance work.



Left lane closure on Nimitz Highway in the westbound direction between Sand Island Access Road and Ahua Street on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m., for maintenance work.



Right lane closure on Keahumoa Parkway in both directions in the vicinity of Kualakai Parkway on Friday, Feb. 16, through Friday, Feb. 23, over a twenty-four hour period, for The Rail project.

For more information, please visit the project website for The Rail at


Planning Commission to Discuss Waialua Sand Mining Special Use Permit

15 02 2018


Meeting of the Planning Commission

DATE: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
PLACE: Mission Memorial Conference Room, Mission Memorial Building,
550 South King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii

Special Use Permit File No. 72/SUP-3, Warren Kobatake, dba Warren Corporation

Whether there is probable cause to hold a public hearing to reevaluate and/or revoke Special Use Permit No. 72/SUP-3 which allows sand mining, including the imposition of further conditions and/or sanctions including the revocation of the special use permit pursuant to Planning Commission Rule §2-50.

  1. Land owners:  Dillingham Ranch Aina LLC; Touching the Earth LLC; and City and County of Honolulu
  2. Location/addresses:   68-434 Farrington Hwy., Waialua; 68-502 Farrington Hwy.,
    Waialua; 68-438 Farrington Hwy., Waialua; 68-539 Farrington Hwy., Waialua; and
    68-431 Farrington Hwy., Waialua
  3. Tax Map Keys [size of properties involved]: 6-8-003: 006 [40,201,350 sq. ft.];
    6-8-003: 015 [3,179,183 sq. ft.]; 6-8-003: 019 [1,603,487 sq. ft.]; 6-8-003: 033
    [419,047 sq. ft.]; 6-8-003: 035 [91,519 sq. ft.]; 6-8-003: 039 [304,920 sq. ft.];
    6-8-003: 040 [6,102,451 sq. ft.]; 6-8-003: 042 [1,207,570 sq. ft.]; 6-8-003: 045
    [348,480 sq. ft.]; 6-8-003: 045 [99 sq. ft.]; 6-8-003: 046 [348,480 sq. ft.]; and
    6-8-003: 047 [348,480 sq. ft.]
  4. Existing Zoning and Use:  AG-1 and AG-2 agriculture and open space
  5. Special Use Permit File No. 72/SUP-3, sand mining and borrow site


NOTE:   If you require special assistance, auxiliary aid and/or service to participate in this event (i.e., sign language interpreter, interpreter for language other than English, or wheelchair accessibility), please call 768-8000, or email your request to at least three business days prior to the event.

Real Property Tax Payments Due Tuesday, February 20

15 02 2018

The City and County of Honolulu is reminding taxpayers that the real property tax second installment payment for tax year 2017-2018 is due by Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

Payments can be made by mail or in person at any Satellite City Hall or Honolulu Hale. Taxpayers can also utilize the curbside drop box located outside of Honolulu Hale or pay electronically with an authorized debit or credit card.

Real Property Taxes must be paid whether you receive a tax bill or not.  A penalty of up to 10 percent plus interest of 12 percent a year will be assessed for late payments. The minimum tax for the fiscal year is $300.

Payment can be made by:

Mail:  Payment must have a post office cancellation mark on or before the “DUE DATE.”

In person:  Pay with cash or check only by visiting the Real Property Tax Collection Section, Division of Treasury, located on the first floor of Honolulu Hale, or with your original tax bill at any Satellite City Hall location.

Curbside Drop Box:  Located outside Honolulu Hale (black/gray box).

Electronic Payment:  Pay with MasterCard/Visa or Discover credit or MasterCard/Visa debit card online at, or by telephone at (877) 309-9117.

Payments made by debit or credit cards are only accepted online or by telephone during the installment period. A convenience fee is applied by the service provider, Official Payments Corp., and will be included at payment confirmation.

Free Aging in Place and Caregiver Workshops from AARP

8 02 2018

Home for Life Workshop
Learn about planning for aging in your current home. Find out about smart solutions for making your home a great fit for life.
WHEN: Saturday, March 17th from 9 AM to Noon
WHERE: Honolulu Japanese Cultural Center
2454 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu
HOW: Register: Call 1-877-926-8300 or online at

Caregiver Workshop
Featuring three topics: What Caregivers Want and How to Help Them Get It; Challenging Behaviors in Dementia Care, Recognizing Unmet Needs; The Case for Caring for Yourself – The Medical Consequences of Caregiver Stress.
WHEN: Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 8 AM to Noon
WHERE: Honolulu Japanese Cultural Center
2454 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu
HOW: Register: Call 1-877-926-8300 or online at

Shred-Fest and Food Drive
The public is invited to bring old tax forms, bank statements, and other sensitive papers for convenient and confidential on site destruction. This is a drive through and drop-off event with unloading assistance available. Staples and paperclips do not need to be removed. AARP membership is not required. Right turn only. Please consider bringing rice, canned goods or a monetary donation for the Hawaii Food Bank.
WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 8 AM to Noon
WHERE: Access Information Protected Secure Document Destruction Site
98-736 Moanalua Loop, Aiea, HI 96701
HOW: Registration is not necessary but for information on restrictions and to download the document release form visit

New Park Rules for the Sale or Distribution of Expressive Materials

13 10 2017

As of September 8, 2017, the Department of Parks and Recreation has adopted new rules and repealed the prior “Rules and Regulations Governing the Sale of Message-bearing Merchandise by Nonprofit Organizations in City Parks and Facilities.”

The new rules under Honolulu Administrative Rules Title 19, Chapter 18 entitled “Sale or Distribution of Expressive Materials” is now in effect at city parks.

Under the new rules, expressive materials are permitted for sale and distribution. Expressive materials are defined as any written or printed material containing political, religious, philosophical or ideological messages. This includes, but is not limited to: books, pamphlets, handbills, cards, circulars, pictures, magazines, and leaflets. 

Another change to the rules is that sale of items defined as merchandise is prohibited. The items include, but are not limited to: food, drink, coffee mugs, beverage containers, sunglasses, flags, records, patches, maps, jewelry, handicraft, decals, audio or video tapes, shirts, hats, ties, shorts, footwear or any other clothing article.

Sales permits approved under the old rules for the month of September 2017, prior to the implementation of the new rules, will be honored. 

Other rules for permitted sales within parks, such as those outlined by temporary concession permits and designated concessionaire agreements, are not affected by these new rules as they do not apply to the sale and distribution of expressive materials in conjunction with a First Amendment activity.

Also under the new rules, a permit is necessary for use of a portable table, within a designated area, for the purposes of selling or distributing expressive materials. No other structure, equipment or park surface such as chairs, display mats, shelving, umbrellas, tents, canopies, podiums or platforms can be used to sell or distribute expressive materials on park land.

The designated areas are located where there will be minimal impact to other park functions and facilities. The portable tables and all materials must be removed from the site each day and nothing can be stored at the park location. Permit applications for these activities will not be accepted more than a year before the proposed request date and cannot be used for a period lasting longer than 14 days.

The Department of Parks and Recreation reserves the right to seize and dispose of any merchandise being sold or distributed on park land in violation of these rules.

The new rules are available online at in the “Rules & Regulations” section.