Traffic Alert for Sunset Beach Tomorrow February 15

14 02 2018
Sunset Beach Date Palm Trees

Date Palm Trees at Sunset Beach -Photo Courtesy of the City and County of Honolulu

The City and County of Honolulu will be conducting an emergency removal of seven Date palm trees fronting Sunset Beach Park on Oahu’s North Shore, which will require the closure of the makai lane of Kamehameha Highway for most of the day tomorrow, Thursday, February 15, 2018.

The lane closure is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. between Ke Nui Road and Hoalua Street on Kamehameha Highway.

Tree removal crews with the Department of Parks and Recreation Division of Urban Forestry (DUF) will be working with the Honolulu Police Department to help contra flow traffic around the lane closure. This single-lane closure is expected to have a significant impact to traffic along this corridor.

The decision for the emergency removal of the trees was made by the Certified Arborists at DUF after they determined the continual undermining of the palm trees by erosion made them a hazard to the general public and motorists. Despite the palm trees being located on the makai-side of Kamehameha Highway, compromised palm trees can fall in any direction once there are structurally unsound.

DUF crews plan on removing the top and middle portions of the palms, leaving about four feet of the tree trunks and roots in the ground. This is so the roots of the tree can further help to reduce the impact of the beach erosion, while immediately reducing the potential danger to the public.

Beach erosion at Sunset Beach Park became more severe during the beginning of this winter surf season, when researchers described the large 20-foot drop-off at the beach park as “unprecedented.” In December 2017 several measures were taken to immediately mitigate the erosion damage and protect public facilities. That included removing the Ocean Safety storage shed, relocating the lifeguard stand, relocating the bicycle path, and restricting parking and pedestrian traffic along the eroded areas.

Since that time, some of the sand that was washed away by a series of large northeast swells has returned, but a significant drop-off still remains.

The city, state partners, and researchers are continuing to monitor the situation and take necessary action to keep the public safe. Most recently, staff with the Department of Facility Maintenance removed additional debris from the former bike path on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

The City and County of Honolulu appreciates the community’s understanding as these measures are being done to ensure public safety.





Free Aging in Place and Caregiver Workshops from AARP

8 02 2018

Home for Life Workshop
Learn about planning for aging in your current home. Find out about smart solutions for making your home a great fit for life.
WHEN: Saturday, March 17th from 9 AM to Noon
WHERE: Honolulu Japanese Cultural Center
2454 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu
HOW: Register: Call 1-877-926-8300 or online at https://aarp.cvent.com/home2-17

Caregiver Workshop
Featuring three topics: What Caregivers Want and How to Help Them Get It; Challenging Behaviors in Dementia Care, Recognizing Unmet Needs; The Case for Caring for Yourself – The Medical Consequences of Caregiver Stress.
WHEN: Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 8 AM to Noon
WHERE: Honolulu Japanese Cultural Center
2454 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu
HOW: Register: Call 1-877-926-8300 or online at https://aarp.cvent.com/care3-24

Shred-Fest and Food Drive
The public is invited to bring old tax forms, bank statements, and other sensitive papers for convenient and confidential on site destruction. This is a drive through and drop-off event with unloading assistance available. Staples and paperclips do not need to be removed. AARP membership is not required. Right turn only. Please consider bringing rice, canned goods or a monetary donation for the Hawaii Food Bank.
WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 8 AM to Noon
WHERE: Access Information Protected Secure Document Destruction Site
98-736 Moanalua Loop, Aiea, HI 96701
HOW: Registration is not necessary but for information on restrictions and to download the document release form visit https://aarp.cvent.com/shred4-28