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.


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.



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.

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.


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.


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.



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.



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.



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


Planning Commission to Discuss Waialua Sand Mining Special Use Permit

15 02 2018


Meeting of the Planning Commission

DATE: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
PLACE: Mission Memorial Conference Room, Mission Memorial Building,
550 South King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii

Special Use Permit File No. 72/SUP-3, Warren Kobatake, dba Warren Corporation

Whether there is probable cause to hold a public hearing to reevaluate and/or revoke Special Use Permit No. 72/SUP-3 which allows sand mining, including the imposition of further conditions and/or sanctions including the revocation of the special use permit pursuant to Planning Commission Rule §2-50.

  1. Land owners:  Dillingham Ranch Aina LLC; Touching the Earth LLC; and City and County of Honolulu
  2. Location/addresses:   68-434 Farrington Hwy., Waialua; 68-502 Farrington Hwy.,
    Waialua; 68-438 Farrington Hwy., Waialua; 68-539 Farrington Hwy., Waialua; and
    68-431 Farrington Hwy., Waialua
  3. Tax Map Keys [size of properties involved]: 6-8-003: 006 [40,201,350 sq. ft.];
    6-8-003: 015 [3,179,183 sq. ft.]; 6-8-003: 019 [1,603,487 sq. ft.]; 6-8-003: 033
    [419,047 sq. ft.]; 6-8-003: 035 [91,519 sq. ft.]; 6-8-003: 039 [304,920 sq. ft.];
    6-8-003: 040 [6,102,451 sq. ft.]; 6-8-003: 042 [1,207,570 sq. ft.]; 6-8-003: 045
    [348,480 sq. ft.]; 6-8-003: 045 [99 sq. ft.]; 6-8-003: 046 [348,480 sq. ft.]; and
    6-8-003: 047 [348,480 sq. ft.]
  4. Existing Zoning and Use:  AG-1 and AG-2 agriculture and open space
  5. Special Use Permit File No. 72/SUP-3, sand mining and borrow site


NOTE:   If you require special assistance, auxiliary aid and/or service to participate in this event (i.e., sign language interpreter, interpreter for language other than English, or wheelchair accessibility), please call 768-8000, or email your request to at least three business days prior to the event.

Real Property Tax Payments Due Tuesday, February 20

15 02 2018

The City and County of Honolulu is reminding taxpayers that the real property tax second installment payment for tax year 2017-2018 is due by Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

Payments can be made by mail or in person at any Satellite City Hall or Honolulu Hale. Taxpayers can also utilize the curbside drop box located outside of Honolulu Hale or pay electronically with an authorized debit or credit card.

Real Property Taxes must be paid whether you receive a tax bill or not.  A penalty of up to 10 percent plus interest of 12 percent a year will be assessed for late payments. The minimum tax for the fiscal year is $300.

Payment can be made by:

Mail:  Payment must have a post office cancellation mark on or before the “DUE DATE.”

In person:  Pay with cash or check only by visiting the Real Property Tax Collection Section, Division of Treasury, located on the first floor of Honolulu Hale, or with your original tax bill at any Satellite City Hall location.

Curbside Drop Box:  Located outside Honolulu Hale (black/gray box).

Electronic Payment:  Pay with MasterCard/Visa or Discover credit or MasterCard/Visa debit card online at, or by telephone at (877) 309-9117.

Payments made by debit or credit cards are only accepted online or by telephone during the installment period. A convenience fee is applied by the service provider, Official Payments Corp., and will be included at payment confirmation.

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.