New proposals to legalize vacation rentals, hike taxes and fines

14 06 2017

Some say it’s the lack of city enforcement, and the practice of letting scofflaws off easy on fines that has changed the landscape of vacation rentals on Oahu. Bitter battles have been long fought …

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Congratulations Glenn Lee – Woodie Flowers Finalist Award Recipient

12 05 2017

Glenn Lee and Ernie Martin at the Waialua High School Robotics Fundraiser at Dole Plantation.

The Honolulu City Council takes great pride in recognizing and congratulating the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of its residents, particularly those whose contributions seek to improve our community as well as perpetuate a long-standing tradition. As such, the Honolulu City Council is pleased to recognize and congratulate Glenn Lee for his service and contributions to improving our community through his decades of teaching math and science at Waialua High School and for his commencement and commitment to robotics. Glenn launched the state’s first robotics team at Waialua High School in 1999, and his work in robotics has earned him his second Woodie Flowers Finalist Award. Glenn was last selected for this prestigious award in 2010.

In 1996, Dr. William Murphy created the Woodie Flowers Award to recognize mentors who lead, inspire and empower in the art and science of engineering and design through outstanding communication skills. Dr. Woodie Flowers is the Pappalardo Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Distinguished Partner at Olin College. Dr. Flowers is the co-founder of the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), along with Dean Kamen, and has served as a National Advisor to FIRST since the inception of the FRC.

Woodie Flowers Finalist Award recipients are mentors nominated by high school students. Students must submit an essay describing how their mentor has given them an outstanding understanding of the challenges, opportunities and satisfaction involved in the discipline of engineering and design. These submissions are also judged based on the student’s ability to clearly and concisely communicate their rationale. Dr. Woodie Flowers and a panel of past Woodie Flowers Award recipients are the selection committee for this honor.

Leading the FIRST Team 359 of Waialua Robotics, a.k.a. The Hawaiian Kids, Glenn, and his team proudly represent Hawaii as not only the first FRC team, but also as the first robotics-related program in the state. The Hawaiian Kids have won numerous awards throughout the past eighteen years in FIRST competitions. In 2011, the Hawaiian Kids were named the winner of the Chairman’s Award, which recognizes individual programs’ contribution to robotics through community involvement, service to other robotics programs and overall excellence.

The Honolulu City Council therefore recognizes Glenn Lee for his outstanding contributions to the City and County of Honolulu and the State of Hawaii. The Council further expresses its sincerest appreciation for his selfless service and dedication to helping shape Hawaii’s future generations of and wishes him all the best in his future endeavors.

 

 





Summer Fun Registration Begins

3 05 2017

 

Image Courtesy of the Department of Parks and Recreation

Registration for the city’s Summer Fun program begins this Saturday morning, May 6, 2017 from 9 a.m. to noon, for programs in park districts 3 & 4, which includes Pearl City to Kapolei, Leeward and Windward coasts, Central Oahu, and the North Shore. There will be two additional days of registration for park districts 3 & 4 on May 8th and 9th from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Registration for park districts 1 & 2 – Hawaii Kai to Aiea will begin on May 13, 9 a.m. – noon and continue on May 15th and 16th from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Registration is held in person at the site of the particular Summer Fun Program. A list of those 62 sites, along with contact information, can be found on the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation’s website or by clicking here.

Enrollment is conducted on a first come first serve basis as space is limited and spots can fill up quickly. Registration continues until all spots are filled. There is a $25 registration fee (waived for eligible families receiving financial assistance) and an activity fee, which varies from site-to-site depending on the number of excursions and activities. The activity fee cannot exceed $75.  All fees are due at the time of registration. Cash and checks made payable to “City and County of Honolulu” are acceptable forms of payment.

Summer Fun is much like a day camp, as the children enjoy a wide variety of activities including arts and crafts, sports and games, excursions, special events, Hawaiiana and much more. It is the largest program of its kind in the state, serving some 10,000 school age children and teens each year. The 2017 program runs Monday through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., for approximately seven weeks from June 7, 2017 to July 21, 2017. This excludes Federal and State holidays.

Additionally, select Summer Fun Programs offer Summer Plus, which provides activities for the enrolled keiki before and after the regular program hours. This extracurricular program is offered at an additional cost.

The Summer Fun Program is open to children who have finished Kindergarten but not entered 7th grade. In conjunction with the keiki Summer Fun Program, the Department of Parks and Recreation offers a teen program for young people in intermediate and high school.

Applications for employment in both the keiki and teen programs are still being accepted. For more information on those opportunities and the programs themselves, please visit parks.honolulu.gov.

The Summer Fun Program on Oahu began in 1944 with 26 sites in response to a community need for positive keiki engagement during WWII.





Congratulations Kahuku High School Boys Basketball Team

26 04 2017

Congratulating and Recognizing

KAHUKU HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM

On Winning the 2017 HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championship

Nationally recognized as Hawaii’s football powerhouse, Kahuku High School accomplished something it had never done in three previous trips to the HHSAA Division I Boys Basketball Tournament. The Red Raiders brought home their first Boys Basketball State Championship.

After fighting and scraping its way through the 2015-2016 regular season and into the state tournament last season, the Kahuku Red Raiders came up two points short of making an appearance in the state championship game. Despite falling just a game short, the Hawaii prep sports world was put on notice that these Red Raiders were the real deal. Under first year head coach, Brandyn Akana, and returning senior leadership, the Red Raiders flipped the switch in the off-season.

Throughout the 2017 regular season, it became apparent that this was going to be a special season. The present-day Red Raider squad dominated much of the regular season, with only one game being decided by less than ten points. To put this into perspective, Kahuku averaged almost 72 points-per-game, while allowing only 40 points-a-game by opposing teams. After ending the league regular season with an undefeated record, Kahuku entered tournament play as the number one seed. Following a dominating performance against Kalaheo, the Red Raiders pulled out an overtime victory against defending champion, Iolani and moved on to face Punahou in the championship game. A battle of the top two teams in the tournament, Kahuku used its momentum to win in decisive fashion against the tournament’s number two seed, to complete the dream season.

Following the state championship, a few Red Raiders were recognized for their performance throughout the season. Jessiya Villa earned Player of the Year honors from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and was recognized as the Gatorade Hawaii Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Jessiya, Samuta Avea and Daniel Fotu were named to the Star-Advertiser’s Fab 15 recognizing the top players in Hawaii.

Your 2016-2017 Kahuku Red Raider Boys State Championship Team:

Seniors: Kekaula Kaniho, Jessiya Villa, Kesi Ah-Hoy, Ethan Christensen, Mark Viloria, Codie Sauvao, Samuta Avea, Taimona Wright, Stennet Alapa, and Ra Elkington

Juniors: Daniel Fotu and Kaluna Nihipali

Sophomores: KJ Macatiag, Marcus Damuni, and Ethan Erickson

Freshman: Robbie Sauvao

Head Coach: Brandyn Akana

Assistant Coaches: Jeremy Wright, Robbie Mitchell and David Te‘o

Therefore, on behalf of the City and County of Honolulu, The City Council hereby recognizes and congratulates the KAHUKU HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL team on winning the 2017 HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championship. Furthermore, the Council extends its best wishes for a successful state title defense next season.





Hawaiian Electric Utility Work on Kunia Road Starts Today

18 04 2017

A Hawaiian Electric Company contractor will be performing utility work along Kunia Road in Wahiawa near Schofield Barracks as part of a project to interconnect the Schofield Generating Station with the electric grid. The work will be performed on Tuesday, April 18, to Friday, April 21, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

For the safety of work crews and the public, the far-right northeast-bound lane of Kunia Road will be closed during construction hours between Schofield Barrack’s Foote Gate and Wilikina Drive. Work will begin near Foot Gate and continue toward Wilikina Drive. Traffic control measures, aided by special-duty police officers, will be used to help direct traffic flow on Kamehameha Highway.

This interconnection work will proceed onto Wilikina Drive on April 24. Details for the  Wilikina Drive lane closure will be issued at a later date.

 





Kaiaka Bay Beach Park Camping Permits

24 03 2017

The Kaiaka Bay Beach Park comfort station has been repaired and is now open to the public. Security cameras have been installed outside of the restrooms and will record everyone that enters and exits the building. The cameras send real time data back to a server and the video footage would still be available to the Honolulu Police Department even if the cameras were vandalized.

Now that the comfort station is open, camping permits are available to the public. To reserve a camping area, click here. You will need to create an account to reserve a site. Permits are released two weeks in advance, on a first-come first-serve basis on Fridays at 5 p.m. Camping at Kaiaka costs $52 dollars for five nights, Friday night through Wednesday morning, at $10/day plus $2 fee (shorter stays are not accommodated, you have to pay the full $52 for the weekend).





City Not Accepting Household Combustibles at Waimanalo Landfill

15 03 2017

KAPOLEI – The City and County of Honolulu will no longer accept the delivery of combustible items from households at the Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill starting on Monday, March 20, 2017.

The delivery of combustible waste from the public, including bulky waste, will be directed to the nearest convenience center in Ewa, Laie, Wahiawa, Waianae, Waimanalo and Waipahu, or transfer stations in Kapaa, Kawailoa or Keehi, as appropriate.

“We feel this new policy will allow us to incinerate all combustible items at H-POWER to generate energy, while at the same time limiting unnecessary disposal at the landfill,” Lori Kahikina, director of the Department of Environmental Services, said.

Households may dispose of small quantities of inert materials such as dirt, rock, sand, gravel and concrete at the landfill; however, they will be limited to two (2) loads per day, and a maximum of four (4) loads per week.  Vehicles will be limited to sedans, pickup trucks or minivans.

All large household vehicles, including those with commercial license plates, or hauling large quantities of inert materials or construction and demolition debris and waste, will be directed to the private PVT Landfill in Nanakuli.