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.

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/.



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.

New Refuse Collection Schedules to Start June 6, 2016

25 05 2016

Newly structured refuse collection routes will be implemented the week of June 6, 2016 by the Department of Environmental Services (ENV). Route schedule changes will affect almost 15,000 of the 160,000 homes receiving city automated collection service on Oahu.

Every year, ENV submits to United Public Workers (UPW) and their refuse employees the new routes for route selection and implementation in January.  There have not been route selections in the last couple of years because ENV is trying to make some substantial changes to run a more efficient operation and hopefully see a reduction in overtime.

This has adversely affected some of our district constituents because ENV could not add carts to existing routes due to the routes being at overcapacity (1000 max per UPW contract).  With the new route implementation, ENV will try to accommodate requests for additional carts but please understand this cannot be a guarantee.  ENV has a set amount of resources (vehicles, employees, etc) and at times the routes cannot expand substantially because of these finite resources and union contract constraints.  ENV will make every effort to accommodate requests though.

As a result of restructuring the routes, setout days will change for about 15,000 people.  The notices were sent to constituents that will be affected. Here is the break-down:

Mon/Thu             3,829     Wahiawa, Kaneohe, Waianae

Thu/Mon             1,035     Wahiawa, Waipahu

Tue/Fri                1,683     Mililani

Fri/Tue                2,095     Mililani, Kailua, Pearl City

Wed/Sat              6             Honolulu

Wed/Sat              2,709     Mililani, Haleiwa, Waialua, Kailua, Kaneohe

Sat/Wed              3,368     Mililani, Makakilo, Kapolei, Kailua

If you did not receive a postcard then your collection schedule has not been changed.  There are a total of 160,000 households that receive automated service but only 15,000 will be affected. However postcards were mailed to street addresses only and not PO boxes.  Those postcards returned undeliverable because the address does not have a mailbox will be hand delivered.

New collection schedule calendars will be posted online at www.opala.org on June 3, 2016 when the current calendar will be taken down. If you have any questions regarding your refuse service, call ENV at 768-5220. Maps of the affected areas.

Haleiwa Route Mililani Mauka Route Wahiawa Route Mililani Route


Summer Fun Registration for Central, Leeward Oahu & the North Shore Begins Saturday

13 05 2016

Walk-in registration for the Department of Parks and Recreation’s highly popular Summer Fun program starts tomorrow, Saturday, May 14, 2016 in central and leeward Oahu, and the North Shore. Parents and guardians who live in District III (Pearlridge to Waianae to Wahiawa) and District IV (Waialua to Waimanalo) are urged to submit the necessary paperwork as spots are filled on a first come, first served basis and enrollment is limited. Registration will be from 9 a.m. to noon.

For registration information and a listing of Summer Fun program locations for walk-in registration, visit http://www.honolulu.gov/parks/dprsummerfun.html or call the park district offices during regular business hours:

Leeward: 675-7130
Windward: 233-7300
East Honolulu: 373-8013
West Honolulu:  768-9283

Additional registration dates are Monday, May 16, 2016 and Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Summer Fun is offered to children, ages five (before December 31, 2015) through 13, who have not yet entered the seventh grade. Registration for East Honolulu (Hawaii Kai to Manoa) and West Honolulu areas began two weeks ago and space is still available.


U.S. News Ranks the Best Hawaii High Schools

21 04 2016

Leilehua HSThree high schools in my district have been ranked in the top five of the Best High Schools in Hawaii by U.S. News. Congratulations to #1 Mililani High School, #3 Waialua High and Intermediate School and #4 Leilehua High School.


Happy National Puppy Day

23 03 2016

Council Chair Ernie Martin’s dogs Willy Wonka and Vienna.