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





Kaiaka Bay Beach Park Camping Permits

24 03 2017

The Kaiaka Bay Beach Park comfort station has been repaired and is now open to the public. Security cameras have been installed outside of the restrooms and will record everyone that enters and exits the building. The cameras send real time data back to a server and the video footage would still be available to the Honolulu Police Department even if the cameras were vandalized.

Now that the comfort station is open, camping permits are available to the public. To reserve a camping area, click here. You will need to create an account to reserve a site. Permits are released two weeks in advance, on a first-come first-serve basis on Fridays at 5 p.m. Camping at Kaiaka costs $52 dollars for five nights, Friday night through Wednesday morning, at $10/day plus $2 fee (shorter stays are not accommodated, you have to pay the full $52 for the weekend).





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.

 





Repaving North Shore City Streets

6 02 2017

Preliminary work will begin for the repaving of city streets on the North Shore beginning on Wednesday, February 8 in Haleiwa.

This project will rehabilitate more than 37 lane miles of roads at a cost of $5.9 million (see maps below). Roadwork will begin in Haleiwa and advance towards Waimea and Waialua. Barring weather related delays, the project is scheduled to be completed by the end of spring.

“The roads in our District get a lot of use by residents and visitors and this work is important to ensure safe travels for all of our motorists,” said Chair Emeritus Ernie Martin. “Maintaining city infrastructure, especially safe streets, is a core function of government. While the work is ongoing, please be patient with our work crews and understand that we are doing our best to ensure that the road refurbishments have minimal impact on traffic flow.”

Work hours will be between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, with possible weekend construction. Drivers should anticipate delays and are reminded to observe and obey all traffic controls, posted signs and special duty police officers. On-street parking will be prohibited during working hours.

Initial work will include the lowering of manholes, and tree and root pruning. The contractor will then remove worn-out pavement and resurface or reconstruct the asphalt and concrete pavement; install pavement markers, striping and markings; and install vehicle detector loops. Speed bumps on private roads will be removed and will not be replaced.

Please observe the dates and times on posted roadway signs. Illegally parked vehicles will be towed, if necessary, at the owner’s expense. Drivers are advised to proceed with caution through construction areas. Local residential traffic, deliveries, and trash collection will be allowed during construction hours.

Grace Pacific, LLC is coordinating local traffic. Please call Grace Pacific, LLC at (808) 842-3238 or AECOM Technical Services, Inc. at (808) 366-2588 with any concerns.

Map of Haleiwa/Kawailoa area streets

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Map of Waialua area streets

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Daily Lane Closures Scheduled for Paumalu Stream Bridge

28 07 2016

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) alerts the public that the 24/7 lane closure on the Paumalu Stream Bridge has been removed as of Wednesday, July 27, 2016. The Paumalu Stream Bridge on Kamehameha Highway is located between Paumalu Place and Ke Nui Road, near Sunset Beach.

HDOT began repairing the Paumalu Stream Bridge in May 2016 to ensure its integrity. The installation of the Acrow truss structure has been substantially completed, allowing the 24/7 lane closure to be lifted.

The remaining repairs to the bridge require a northbound lane closure on Kamehameha Highway that will occur during daytime non-peak traffic hours. Traffic will be contraflowed through the remaining open lane with flaggers on both sides of the bridge to assist traffic flow. Emergency vehicles will be given priority access. All roadwork is weather permitting. The lane closures are as follows:

  • Thursday, July 28, 2016 and Friday, July 29, 2016 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 1, 2016 through Friday, Aug. 5, 2016 from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 8, 2016 through Friday. Aug. 12, 2016 from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The weight restriction of 25 tons continues until further notice.

HDOT will continue to alert the public of lane closures at http://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/roadwork/oahu/. HDOT thanks the community for its patience as we make the necessary repairs to the Paumalu Stream Bridge.

 

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Plans Underway To Refurbish Pupukea Play Court

15 07 2016

WHAT: Pupukea Play Courts Rejuvenation Project Tip Off
WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 16, 2016
WHERE: Pupukea Beach Park, 59-727 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa

PUPUKEA- After more than a decade of neglect<http://khon2.com/2016/04/04/north-shore-residents-to-take-on-park-repairs-after-years-of-neglect/>, plans to raise money and rebuild the Pupukea Play Court are underway, City Council Chair Ernie Martin and Malama Pupukea-Waimea<http://pupukeawaimea.org/> announced today.

Existing Court

Existing Court

The $140,000 project will be completed through a public-private partnership between the non-profit group Malama Pupukea-Waimea and the City Department of Parks and Recreation, led by Director Michele K. Nekota. The partnership has raised more than $10,000 so far.

The work will include court reconstruction, new chain link fencing, and other improvements. (Artist rendering below) The city approved the plan for the courts.

“The community was made to wait too long for these repairs so we worked with them to come up with a way to fix this park. Too many of our city parks are left to languish in embarrassing conditions and we hope this partnership will serve as a model for the city to get work done when the administration’s priorities do not align with the immediate needs of a community,” said Chair Martin. “We hope the fundraising efforts are successful so the area residents can once again enjoy the use of a play court that was once heavily utilized, especially by teenagers and young adults. The renovations will restore the Pupukea Court to a functional part of one of the most beautiful parks on Oahu’s North Shore.”

After Rejuvenation

After Rejuvenation

Donations to support the project are tax deductible and should be made out to:
Malama Pupukea-Waimea Special Account
P.O. Box 188 Haleiwa, HI, 96712

For more information please e-mail PupukeaBallCourts@gmail.com or call 808-388-2823

 





Share Your Ideas With The Charter Commission

27 06 2016

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Agenda for the Monday, June 27th meeting.

Agenda for the Wednesday, June 30th meeting.

Agenda for the Friday, July 1st meeting.

Agenda for the Wednesday, July 6th meeting will be added when the Charter Commission posts their agenda.