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.





Rehabilitation Work to Begin on the Kipapa Stream Bridge

20 04 2017

 

 

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Kipapa Stream (Roosevelt) Bridge                                                                           (Photo Courtesy of Hawaii State Department of Transportation)

 

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Highways Division, in partnership with the Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD) of the Federal Highway Administration, announced the beginning of the Kipapa Stream Bridge (Roosevelt) project. This project will improve the structural capacity, seismic retrofit, travel surface, and railings of the existing Roosevelt Bridge. More information can be found at https://flh.fhwa.dot.gov/projects/hi/roosevelt/

Roosevelt Bridge is located between the highway’s intersection with Ka Uka Boulevard and its intersection with Lanikuhana Avenue. It is approximately 484-feet long, 34-feet wide, and was originally constructed in 1933.

The rehabilitation project will bring the bridge up to current design standards for roadway width, load capacity, bridge railing and transitions, and bridge approaches and will widen the bridge to provide a 7-foot shoulder lane on both sides.

The $14.9 million project is funded with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state highways funds. It is anticipated to be complete by early 2018, weather permitting.

Six full closures of Roosevelt Bridge are anticipated to take place on weekends between May and December of 2017. The first full closure is currently scheduled for Friday, May 5, 2017, through Monday, May 8, 2017. Electronic Message Signs will be setup prior to closure and a reminder will be sent out in the HDOT weekly lane closure reports to notify the public. After that weekend, traffic across the bridge will be contraflowed periodically with one lane closures.

Lane closure information associated with this work will also be available on the HDOT website at hidot.hawaii.gov and released through our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.





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.

 





Traffic Advisory for Sewer Work in Wahiawa

10 03 2017

The Department of Environmental Services is alerting the public that traffic will be affected next week as crews rehabilitate wastewater pipes in and around the Honolulu area.  City crews and contractors will conduct sewer pipe work in Wahiawa on March 17, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. from 930 to 1026 Kilani Avenue to 1026 Kilani Avenue.





Pupukea Beach Park Comfort Station Renovations Begin February 21st

17 02 2017

The Department of Parks and Recreation will begin renovations of the Pupukea Beach Park comfort station closest to Shark’s Cove on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.  The facility is suffering from major termite damage and wood rot, and an aging and unreliable electrical system.

The scope of work will include:

  • Demolition and reconstruction of the current wooden roof
  • Replacing the structure’s electrical system
  • Adding new security gates and doors to the facility
  • Installing skylights
  • Repainting
  • Placing an elastomeric roof coating to the structure which will extend the life of the new roof, and will provide an overall protection to the structure against the elements.

This renovation project is scheduled to be completed by the end of summer.

Several portable toilets will be placed on site for public use during the construction project.  The shower facility adjacent to the comfort station will remain open; however, there may be occasional interruptions to the water service to the shower while the renovation work is underway.

The $391,227 contract for the project was awarded to MEI Corporation.