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.

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 The USAG-HI Public Affairs Office responds to all reported concerns during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.


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 …

Source: New proposals to legalize vacation rentals, hike taxes and fines

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

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

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.


Closure of Kamehameha Highway at Karsten Thot Bridge December 29th

27 12 2016

Kamehameha Highway will be closed in both directions at the Karsten Thot Bridge, between Kilani Avenue and Kamananui Road, for bridge rehabilitation as part of the Repair and Repaint Karsten Thot Bridge project. Bridge rehabilitation work for this project will be completed by the end of 2016.

The closure will occur Thursday night, Dec. 29, through Friday morning, Dec. 30, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.  During the closure hours, traffic will be detoured around the work zone via Wilikina Drive and Kamananui Road.

In addition to the full bridge closure, there will also be a single lane closure on Kamehameha Highway between Kilani Avenue and Whitmore Avenue on Tuesday night, Dec. 27, and Wednesday night, Dec. 28, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next morning. The closure will alternate between the northbound and southbound lane. Traffic will be contaflowed in the open lane. Roadwork is weather permitting.

For more information, please visit the project website at or call the project hotline at (808) 518-4576. Lane closure information will also be available on the HDOT website at and released through our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.