Congratulating and Recognizing Makuakai Rothman 2015 World Surf League Big Wave World Champion

17 10 2017

Chairman Emeritus Ernie Martin recognized Makuakai Rothman for his contributions to our community and for being the 2015 World Surf League Big Wave World Champion at the Honolulu City Council.

Big Wave World Champion, Makuakai (Makua) Rothman was born and raised on the iconic North Shore of Oahu from humble beginnings where he started surfing at the age of two. Appropriately, Makuakai translates to father of the sea. For as long as he can remember, Makua felt a calling to the ocean where he has spent countless hours, surfing his way to numerous awards beginning in 1994 when he won the 1st Keiki Award for the Local Motion/MCD Surf into Summer Competition. He attributes his surfing ability in large part to his father, Eddie Rothman who shared his love of the sea with Makua and his two younger brothers Koa and Lono.

Makua was crowned the 2015 Big Wave World Champion in the World Surf League’s first sanctioned Big Wave World Tour on February 28, 2015. He began surfing some of Hawaii’s biggest waves, including Pipeline and Sunset Beach before the age of ten. At eight-years-old he surfed 12-foot Waimea waves and by the age of 13 he had emerged as one of Hawaii’s most promising young surfers. At 18 he won the 2003 Billabong XXL Award for riding a 66-foot wave at Jaws on November 26, 2002, the largest wave known to be surfed anywhere in the world that winter.

In 2012 Makua began his journey in music, a passion he shares with his family of entertainers, grandmother Grace Costa and grandfather Robert Costa who always encouraged his love of music, keeping an ukulele ready at all times. He was taught by notable local entertainers including Israel Kamakawiwoole who encouraged Makua to sing for Hawaii and on behalf of the Hawaiian people, honoring where he came from and who he is as a Hawaiian. Makua released his first full-length album, Sound Wave in 2013 which debuted as the #1 Billboard World Album on iTunes and peaked as the #1 Billboard Reggae Album in December 2013. He is currently in the process of recording his second album, Keep Aloha.

Makua overcame various obstacles during his childhood including asthma which made surfing a difficult and dangerous pursuit. However, he always reminded himself that if he just kept on going things would work out. He has turned his struggles into a platform from which he encourages others to make their mark in the world and always remember that tomorrow is another day. He is involved with various organizations such as Mauli Ola, a non-profit that provides opportunities for children with cystic fibrosis and works with any child with a genetic disorder. He is also involved with AccesSurf and Surfers Healing. Makua aspires to organize the Makua Rothman Foundation and establish an athletic facility for children and youth on the North Shore.

Makua Rothman is also a family man and takes great pride in instilling all he has learned through his many life experiences to his children: Thor, Hikianalia and Kaleoalii wih his fiancée Nalani Itomura.

Therefore, on behalf of the people of the City and County of Honolulu, the Honolulu City Council congratulates and recognizes Makuakai Rothman on being named the 2015 World Surf League Big Wave World Champion. Further, the Council extends its sincere appreciation for his many contributions and dedication to be an ambassador of Hawaii and advocate for his culture and wishes him continued success in all future endeavors.





New Park Rules for the Sale or Distribution of Expressive Materials

13 10 2017

As of September 8, 2017, the Department of Parks and Recreation has adopted new rules and repealed the prior “Rules and Regulations Governing the Sale of Message-bearing Merchandise by Nonprofit Organizations in City Parks and Facilities.”

The new rules under Honolulu Administrative Rules Title 19, Chapter 18 entitled “Sale or Distribution of Expressive Materials” is now in effect at city parks.

Under the new rules, expressive materials are permitted for sale and distribution. Expressive materials are defined as any written or printed material containing political, religious, philosophical or ideological messages. This includes, but is not limited to: books, pamphlets, handbills, cards, circulars, pictures, magazines, and leaflets. 

Another change to the rules is that sale of items defined as merchandise is prohibited. The items include, but are not limited to: food, drink, coffee mugs, beverage containers, sunglasses, flags, records, patches, maps, jewelry, handicraft, decals, audio or video tapes, shirts, hats, ties, shorts, footwear or any other clothing article.

Sales permits approved under the old rules for the month of September 2017, prior to the implementation of the new rules, will be honored. 

Other rules for permitted sales within parks, such as those outlined by temporary concession permits and designated concessionaire agreements, are not affected by these new rules as they do not apply to the sale and distribution of expressive materials in conjunction with a First Amendment activity.

Also under the new rules, a permit is necessary for use of a portable table, within a designated area, for the purposes of selling or distributing expressive materials. No other structure, equipment or park surface such as chairs, display mats, shelving, umbrellas, tents, canopies, podiums or platforms can be used to sell or distribute expressive materials on park land.

The designated areas are located where there will be minimal impact to other park functions and facilities. The portable tables and all materials must be removed from the site each day and nothing can be stored at the park location. Permit applications for these activities will not be accepted more than a year before the proposed request date and cannot be used for a period lasting longer than 14 days.

The Department of Parks and Recreation reserves the right to seize and dispose of any merchandise being sold or distributed on park land in violation of these rules.

The new rules are available online at parks.honolulu.gov in the “Rules & Regulations” section.

 





City Now Accepting Grants in Aid Applications

9 10 2017

Qualified nonprofit organizations can now apply for grants available through the city’s Grants in Aid (GIA) program. GIA proposals must be submitted by 2 p.m. on November 16, 2017.

Last year more than $7 million in GIA were awarded to nonprofits across Oahu. The City Charter-mandated GIA fund Charter Amendment sets aside one-half of one percent of general funds for Grants in Aid administered by the Department of Community Services (DCS).

These GIA funds serve economically and/or socially disadvantaged populations, or provide services for public benefit in the areas of arts, culture, economic development, or the environment.

Funds in the public services category must be used to support qualified public services and programs for the target populations deemed by the city to be most vulnerable, including but not limited to: seniors, persons with disabilities, children, victims of domestic violence, people experiencing homelessness, and those suffering from the effects of substance abuse or poor mental health.

Funds in the arts, culture and community/economic development and the environment must be used to support the sustainable improvement in the well-being and quality of life of local communities, especially low- to moderate income areas. Projects could include but are not limited to: the creation, development and empowerment of community based organizations, providing planning, organizational support, and technical assistance to organizations, supporting financial literacy programs and services, supporting micro-enterprise and business training, and supporting programs that promote cultural or environmental enhancement, protection or awareness.

Information for grant proposal requests is available online under No. GIA2019 at the Department of Budget and Fiscal Services Office of the Division of Purchasing website at http://bit.ly/1TzYGQt. The documents are easiest to download with Internet Explorer and Safari. Should you require further assistance, please contact the Division of Purchasing Help Desk at 768-5535. All agencies must submit their sealed proposals to the Division of Purchasing by 2 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time on Thursday, November 16, 2017, as evidenced by a date and time stamp from the Division of Purchasing. The Division of Purchasing is located at Honolulu Hale, 530 South King Street, Room 115, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96813.

The Department of Community Services will host information sessions to assist nonprofits in preparing their proposals. Each Grant Proposer must attend at least one mandatory information session regarding the requirements and conditions to receive GIA funds. The information sessions will be held on October 13, 16, 23, and 31 from 10 a.m. to noon, on October 20 from noon to 3 p.m., and October 27 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. All workshops will be held at the Mission Memorial Hearings Room, 550 South King Street, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96813. Please call 768-5858 to register for the workshop.





Kipapa Stream Bridge Closed October 6-9 For Rehabilitation Work

5 10 2017

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Highways Division, will be closing Kamehameha Highway continuously in both directions between Ka Uka Boulevard and Lanikuhana Avenue from 9 p.m. on Friday night, Oct. 6, 2017, through 5 a.m. on Monday morning, Oct. 9, 2017, for bridge deck work.

HDOT advises motorists to use the H-2 Freeway as an alternate route and encourages the public to utilize traffic apps to stay informed of congested areas. A full closure is needed to accommodate the heavy equipment to install precast panels and transitions on the mauka ends of the Kipapa Stream (Roosevelt) Bridge.

Electronic message boards have been posted to alert motorists of the closures. Special Duty Police Officers will be on-site to assist with traffic control. Emergency vehicles, first responders, and TheBus have been notified of the roadwork and will be allowed through the closure. Roadwork is weather permitting.

 





Tax Advisory Commission Calls for Public Input as It Reviews City Real Property Tax System

1 09 2017

The 2017 Oahu Real Property Tax Advisory Commission is calling for the public’s input as it conducts a comprehensive review of the City’s real property tax system. The Commission must submit written recommendations to the City Council by December 1, 2017.

“The public’s input is critical to this process if we are to fulfill our mission,” said Commission Chair Dennis Oshiro. “I believe all property owners have a perspective on how we can improve the system and we are actively seeking their advice.

Real property taxes are the primary source of revenue for the City and County of Honolulu. The tax system features various classes of property, as well as numerous exemptions and credits, which must be reviewed periodically to ensure that the system is as equitable and efficient as possible, Oshiro added.

In 2011 the City Council created the Oahu Real Property Tax Advisory Commission to advise and assist the Council by conducting a biennial review of the City’s real property tax system. The last report from the Commission was in November 2014.

In May the Council adopted Resolution 17-112 reestablishing the Commission and requiring that it issue a new report by December 1. The 2017 Commission met for the first time in July. Its next meeting is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 14, 2017, in the City Council Committee Room on the second floor of Honolulu Hale.
The public is encouraged to submit oral and written testimony. Written testimony may be sent to Commission aide Todd Swisher via e-mail at todd.swisher@honolulu.gov.





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 http://bit.ly/2ux4oia. For building permits, call 768-8230, or for grading and trenching permits, call 768-8216 or 768-8217.





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