New Water Quality Rules and Fees

15 08 2017

The Department of Planning and Permitting will implement new water quality rules on August 16 that will affect developers, contractors, designers, businesses, and homeowners planning to file grading or building permit applications. The rules are intended to protect the city’s streams and our fragile coral reefs from the impacts of development.

Under the new rules, any project that requires a building permit and that involves “ground disturbance” will require an Erosion and Sediment Control Plan (ESCP) to detail measures that will be taken to prevent sediment and other pollutants from entering the city’s storm drain system. Land disturbance includes digging, moving or storing soil on site, and breaking up concrete or asphalt.

The plan must also include a project drawing showing where best management practices (BMPs) will be installed to prevent the runoff into the storm drains. Inspections will be required during construction to ensure the best management practices are installed correctly and are working. The plan must be done by an Erosion and Sediment Control Plan coordinator certified by the city. The new rules will also require inspections during construction and post-construction best management practices.

Also effective August 16, a new $250 plan review fee will be collected for each Erosion and Sediment Control Plan submitted to the Department of Planning and Permitting for approval. A double plan review fee will be charged for land-disturbing activity that begins without an approved Erosion and Sediment Control Plan. A $150 fee will be charged for each revision to an approved plan.

Changes to the city’s Rules Relating to Water Quality were mandated by the Hawaii Department of Health and the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to comply with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit. The rules establish minimum requirements to protect waters from pollutants associated with land disturbance during construction.

For more information, see For building permits, call 768-8230, or for grading and trenching permits, call 768-8216 or 768-8217.

Chair Martin Taping a Message for the City of Chengdu

16 06 2016

IMG_0944IMG_0953Honolulu City Council Chair Ernest Martin taping a message to the Honorable Mayor Liangzhi Tang and the City of Chengdu for sponsoring the gathering of Chengdu’s sister and twin cities. Honolulu became a Sister City to Chengdu in 2011. The sister and twin cities gathering coincides with the 2016 Mayor’s Forum in Chengdu.

Native Hawaiian Federal Service Fellowship Deadline July 1st

8 06 2016


Sharing information from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs on a wonderful opportunity to gain experience in Washington D.C.

The Native Hawaiian Federal Service Fellowship (NHFSF) is an opportunity for emerging ʻōiwi leaders to shape society through a paid 9-month fellowship in Washington, D.C. congressional offices. Fellows will gain practical insight into the inner workings of the Federal Government and influence over decisions that affect the Native Hawaiian community.

The program consists of three components: 1) immersion through work on Capitol Hill, 2) individual mentoring from senior congressional aides, and 3) seminars on topics proposed by the fellowship cohort.

Through this unique opportunity, NHFSF will foster the conditions for self-determined political, economic, and social development in our lāhui by empowering young leaders to make positive advances in their lives and in our community.


The program will last nine months, beginning in the September 2016 and ending in May 2017. Exact dates will be negotiated between Fellows and their host offices.


Applicants must have at least completed an undergraduate degree prior to the program start date.

Preference will be given to applicants that have verified their Hawaiian ancestry through the KS Hoʻoulu Hawaiian Data Center or the OHA Hawaiian Registry Program, however NHFSF welcomes applications from all candidates with a demonstrated working knowledge of the Native Hawaiian community and a desire to be of service to the lāhui.


Send a cover letter, resume, transcript, three references, and a 3-5 page writing sample in PDF format to Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. Deadline to apply is 11:59 PM HST, July 1, 2017.


Kauanoe Batangan

(808) 298 – 1379

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 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



27 04 2016

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) will be further restricting vehicle loading over the Paumalu Stream Bridge to 15 tons. HDOT has been attempting to allow maximum usage of the structure while repairs were being planned.  However, a recent inspection has provided information that indicates load restrictions should be lowered to ensure the bridge is not structurally compromised prior to installation of the temporary repairs. The 15 ton restrictions will begin Wednesday morning, April 27, 2016. HDOT will be placing additional signage and Motor Vehicle Safety Officers in advance of the bridge to ensure no vehicles exceeding the 15 ton limit cross the bridge. HDOT has made an exception to the load restrictions for City buses and school buses.

The Paumalu Stream Bridge on Kamehameha Highway, is located between Paumalu Place and Ke Nui Road, near Sunset Beach. The bridge weight limit was modified as a precautionary measure after inspectors found further deterioration on some of the bridge’s concrete support pillars. HDOT is continuing daily inspections to track the condition of the bridge.

HDOT expects to begin repairs of Paumalu Stream Bridge that will allow for load restrictions to be increased to 25 tons by mid-May. Repairs are expected to be completed by early June, weather permitting. During the repair process, HDOT will keep the two lanes through the bridge area open. However, intermitted single lane closures will be required for the repairs.

The speed limit over the bridge remains 25 miles per hour. Access for two-way traffic and emergency vehicles will remain normal. Portable message boards have been set up to notify motorists approaching the bridge area. Motorists are urged to follow all weight and speed restrictions and to heed signage posted in the area in order to prevent further damage which could lead to closing the bridge entirely. Vehicles that exceed the weight limits will be turned around.

HDOT will continue to issue notifications of work on this bridge and will alert the public of lane closures through the HDOT roadwork website at:

Kunia Orchid Show This Weekend

18 03 2016

The 62nd Annual Kunia Orchid Show is happening this weekend at Leilehua High School. The Kunia Orchid Society showcases the islands largest selection of honohono orchids, nobile, cattleya, phalaenopsis, and dendrobiums. There will also be Sogetsu Ikebana and Bonsai displays. There will also be food from the Leilehua High School Athletic Department! 
Hours: Friday, March 18 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 19 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 20 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Jan Takamiya

Congratulations Jan Takamiya, recipient of this year’s Council Chair’s Trophy for the Best Honohono in Show at the 2016 Kunia Orchid Society Show.

Mick McAndrews Ernie Martin

Council Chair Ernie Martin and Mick McAndrews, Chair of the Kunia Orchid Society Show. Mahalo to Carolyn McAndrews for sharing the duties of Chair of the Kunia Orchid Society Show!

Central Oahu Youth Baseball League

23 01 2016

 Opening Day of the Central Oahu Youth Baseball League (COYBL). Best of luck to the players, coaches and families this season. Mahalo to Peter Nakagawa, COYBL Board Member and Agent.