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.





Second Restroom Added to Wahiawa Transit Center

23 02 2018

The Department of Transportation Services (DTS) recently completed the construction of a second restroom and refurbishment of the existing restroom at the Wahiawa Transit Center, which welcomes 1,697 riders on TheBus every weekday. Contractor Brian’s Contracting Inc. completed the 18-month project at a cost of $166,988.99.

The Transit Center was initially built with a single restroom that was reserved for use by operators of TheBus. However, in response to community concerns a second restroom was added, allowing the facilities to be opened for use by the general public.

Although initially budgeted at $500,000, the project’s total price was significantly less. Savings totaling $333,000 were realized after engineers with the Department of Transportation Services came up with the idea of renovating an existing storage room to create the new restroom, which proved to be both feasible and functional.

The $5.5 million Wahiawa Transit Center debuted in October of 2011 and is located between Center Street and California Avenue next to the State Civic Center. The ground level includes bus driveways and a staging area for passengers. The second level of the structure consists of 58 parking stalls, 33 of which are available for users of TheBus park and ride.

The Department of Transportation Services would like to thank the users of the Wahiawa Transit Center for their patience during the restroom project and hope they enjoy the new and refurbished facilities.





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.

— KUNIA ROAD —

1) WAHIAWA (WEEKEND WORK)
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.

— H-1 FREEWAY —

 1) AIEA (WEEKEND/NIGHT 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.

2) AIEA TO PEARL CITY (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK)
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.

3) EWA (WEEKEND WORK)

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.

4) WAIPAHU TO AIEA (WEEKEND/NIGHT 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.

— LIKELIKE HIGHWAY —

1) KALIHI (WEEKEND WORK)

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.

— NIMITZ HIGHWAY —

1) HONOLULU (WEEKEND 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.

— KEAHUMOA PARKWAY —

1) KAPOLEI (WEEKEND/NIGHT 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 http://www.honolulutransit.org/.

 





February Army Training Advisory

9 02 2018

Local military units are scheduled to conduct various activities here in February that may be heard by surrounding communities. For the community’s awareness, the training is as follows:

  • February 5-9  Army helicopter aerial gunnery, Schofield Barracks. Training will occur during daytime and nighttime hours.
  • February 5-23  Army Lightning Academy training with blank ammunition and explosive simulators, East Range. Training will occur during daytime and nighttime hours.
  • February 10-11  Army artillery training, Schofield Barracks.
  • February 17-18  Army helicopter aerial gunnery, Schofield Barracks. Training will occur during daytime and nighttime hours.
  • February 20  Army Lightning Academy helicopter operations, East Range. Training will occur during daytime hours.

Training dates are subject to change based on environmental and other factors. Weather, such as overcast conditions, can increase noise and vibrations. Should individuals hear noise, there is no immediate danger.

The military appreciates the understanding and continued support of the local community. While sometimes loud, this training is critical to ensure military units and service members are ready to accomplish their mission and return home safely.

To report concerns related to noise or training, community members can call the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii (USAG-HI) Noise Concern Line at (808) 656-3487 or email usaghi.comrel@gmail.com. The USAG-HI Public Affairs Office responds to all reported concerns during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

 





Schofield Barracks August Training Advisory

1 08 2017

Local military units are scheduled to conduct various training here in August that may be heard by surrounding communities.

For the community’s awareness, the training is as follows:

* Aug. 1-2    Army artillery training, Schofield Barracks
* Aug. 2-3    Marines helicopter aerial gunnery, Schofield Barracks. Training will          occur during nighttime hours, 8 p.m.-midnight.
* Aug. 4    Army demolitions training, Schofield Barracks
* Aug. 5-6    Army National Guard artillery training, Schofield Barracks
* Aug. 7-11    Army artillery training, Schofield Barracks
* Aug. 13-20    Army artillery training, Schofield Barracks
* Aug. 17-31    Army Lightning Academy training with blank ammunition, explosive simulators, and aviation operations, East Range. Training will occur during daytime and nighttime hours.
* Aug. 28-Sept. 1  Marines mortar training, Schofield Barracks. Training will occur during daytime and nighttime hours.
* Aug. 30-31    Army artillery training, Schofield Barracks

Training dates are subject to change based on environmental and other factors. Weather, such as overcast conditions, can increase noise and vibrations. Should individuals hear noise, there is no immediate danger.

The military in Hawaii appreciates the community’s understanding and continued support for local military training. While sometimes loud, the sounds of training represent how the military ensures the nation’s service members are ready to accomplish the mission and return home safely.

To report concerns related to noise or training, community members can call the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii (USAG-HI) Noise Concern Line at (808) 656-3487 or email usaghi.comrel@gmail.com. The USAG-HI Public Affairs Office responds to all reported concerns during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.





Public Invited to Memorial Day Remembrance at Schofield

23 05 2017

The Army will hold an intimate Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony at the Post Cemetery, here, May 29 at 10 a.m. The public is invited to join in honoring Army veterans and members of our sister services who gave their lives in service of our country.

Col. Steve Dawson, commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, will be the speaker for this event. Representatives from the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Hawaii World War I Centennial Task Force will also participate, placing wreaths to honor fallen comrades.

Visitors who do not possess a military ID should enter Schofield through Lyman Gate on Kunia Road, where they will be subject to an installation security background check. All vehicle occupants 16 years of age and older must present a valid state or government photo ID, and the vehicle driver must provide a current driver’s license, vehicle registration, proof of insurance and safety check.

For questions, please call (808) 656-3160 or 656-3159.