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 …

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Repairs to Begin on Kamehameha Highway Near Kaaawa

1 03 2016

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) is finalizing repair plans for the section of Kamehameha Highway near Kaaawa that suffered damage due to high surf action on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016.

The repair work will begin Tuesday, March 1, 2016, and is expected to be complete within a week. To expedite repairs, crews will work from 7 am – 6 pm, daily.

The northbound or makai lane on Kamehameha Highway near Kaaawa Valley Road and Kanenelu Beach in Kaaawa will remain closed 24 hours a day. Traffic will continue to be contraflowed in the southbound or mauka lane, with flaggers on location 24 hours a day to assist with traffic flow, until the repairs are finished.

The area damaged on February 27 is approximately 100 feet south of the area repaired by HDOT earlier this month. Those repairs were completed ahead of schedule and were done within a week.

The public is urged to drive with caution in the area. A police officer or flagger will direct traffic throughout the single lane closure. Priority will be granted to emergency vehicles. Drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible. For the duration of the repair work, those on Oahu’s windward side or the North Shore may want to consider going through Honolulu and Wahiawa to reach their destination.

Crews will remove the damaged asphalt and guardrail, fill the area with controlled low strength material (CLSM), install a new guardrail and repave the roadway. The work is estimated to be finished within a week. Immediate repairs will allow the road to be protected from further erosion and enable two-way traffic to be restored right away, while HDOT continues to work on the long term improvements.

Long term plans for Kamehameha Highway in Windward Oahu include protection of areas of Kamehameha Highway along the Kaaawa, Hauula and Punaluu shorelines. HDOT is coordinating with Federal, State, and County partners to ensure the necessary steps in the permitting process are followed, and that the project development includes community input. HDOT will expedite the project development timeline targeted to start next year.

HDOT is committed to improving the resiliency of Hawaii’s coastal assets through projects such as the protection of areas of Kamehameha Highway, and through interagency examination of regulation setbacks and other mitigation measures.

HDOT continues to address the long term effects of sea level rise on infrastructure through its membership on the Hawaii Interagency Climate Adaptation Committee. The Committee is working to produce a framework for Statewide adaptation measures to climate change and sea level rise. These discussions and measures will also be considered in project development for Hawaii’s coastal roadways. More information on the Hawaii Interagency Climate Adaptation Committee can be found at

Prior to travel in the area, HDOT recommends visiting traffic/mapping applications or websites, including, for estimated drive times. Travelers can also monitor HDOT updates on Twitter @DOTHawaii or on Facebook by following the Hawaii Department of Transportation.

Weekly lane closure information will be posted at the HDOT website at

The Big Fix is Coming

23 06 2015

July BF flyer

Council Chair Ernie Martin Obtains Funding for District 2 Projects

27 06 2014

Council Chair Ernest Martin’s June 25th article from the North Shore News.

June is not only known for graduations, weddings and the beginning of hurricane season, it is also the end of the City’s fiscal year. It is when the City Council adopts a new budget for the 2015 fiscal year that began on July 1, 2014. With essential city services the undisputed priority of the budget deliberations, the Council managed to balance the budget while still providing funds for non-profit organizations through grants-in-aid, money for the planning and implementation of various housing initiatives and funds for the conservation of land now protected from future development.

In addition to these initiatives, I also focused on funding critical projects within my district. For the North Shore community, $300,000 was allocated for the creation of bike paths along Goodale Avenue and Haleiwa Road. Over $1 million was allocated for improvements to Kaiaka Bay and Aweoweo Beach Parks. For safety and erosion concerns, $250,000 was included for planning, design and construction of a stairway at Pupukea Beach Park into the ocean at Sharks Cove.

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For the Windward communities, funding was appropriated for a bicycle circulation study, identified as a priority in the Kahalu`u Community Master Plan. This study will include a plan for a shared use bike path to connect a proposed State bikeway to a City bikeway. Also included as a capital improvement project is the development of a community center in Ko`olauloa.  $140,000 was allocated to plan, design and construct an irrigation system for Punalu`u Beach Park, and $125,000 was budgeted for improvements to the Maakua Stream and Ditch under Hau`ula Homestead Road,

In Central Oahu, funding was appropriated for improvements to Mililani Mauka District Park with the construction of a tennis court, part of the original master plan. In Wahiawa, funding was appropriated for the construction of a bike bath over the northern fork of Kaukonahua Stream which would connect the Agribusiness Development Corporation Technology Park and North Cane Street. $225,000 was appropriated for the replacement of playground equipment in Wahiawa District Park and an additional $50,000 was earmarked for the planning and design of a skateboard facility in the park. In Whitmore Village, $150,000 was allocated for planning and design of a comfort station at Kahi Kani Neighborhood Park and $150,000 allocated for the expansion and upgrades to the Whitmore Gym and Multipurpose Room.

Money was allocated for the planning and design of a comfort station at Kahi Kani Neighborhood Park to replace this temporary facility.

Money was allocated for the planning and design of a comfort station at Kahi Kani Neighborhood Park to replace this temporary facility.

Money for land conservation and preservation was a significant part of the FY 15 budget. Appropriations include $5,850,750 for the fee simple acquisition of the land beneath Kahuku Municipal Golf Course as recommended by the Clean Water Natural Lands Commission, $3,500,000 for land at Turtle Bay from Kawela Bay to Kahuku Point and $1,100,000 from the Clean Water Natural Lands fund for the preservation of land at Senator Fong’s Plantation Garden. The challenge now is to make sure that the money allocated for each of these projects is spent on time and within budget.