Closure of Kamehameha Highway at Karsten Thot Bridge December 29th

27 12 2016

Kamehameha Highway will be closed in both directions at the Karsten Thot Bridge, between Kilani Avenue and Kamananui Road, for bridge rehabilitation as part of the Repair and Repaint Karsten Thot Bridge project. Bridge rehabilitation work for this project will be completed by the end of 2016.

The closure will occur Thursday night, Dec. 29, through Friday morning, Dec. 30, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.  During the closure hours, traffic will be detoured around the work zone via Wilikina Drive and Kamananui Road.

In addition to the full bridge closure, there will also be a single lane closure on Kamehameha Highway between Kilani Avenue and Whitmore Avenue on Tuesday night, Dec. 27, and Wednesday night, Dec. 28, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next morning. The closure will alternate between the northbound and southbound lane. Traffic will be contaflowed in the open lane. Roadwork is weather permitting.

For more information, please visit the project website at or call the project hotline at (808) 518-4576. Lane closure information will also be available on the HDOT website at and released through our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.



25th Infantry Division Large- Scale Training – Lightning Forge October 27 – November 8

20 10 2016

The 25th Infantry Division will be conducting a large-scale training exercise called Lightning Forge, October 27 – November 8.

Training with blank ammunition and explosive simulators will occur during daytime and nighttime hours at various Army training areas across Oahu, to include: East Range, Dillingham Army Airfield and Kahuku Training Area.

Residents can expect an increase in helicopter flights, vehicle convoys, as well as more contact with Soldiers during this time period. Updated announcements regarding exercise-related training noise and convoys will be published closer to the actual training events.

Increased military traffic will occur during the exercise on Kamehameha Highway from Schofield Barracks to Kahuku Training Area; and on H2 / H1 / H3 and Kamehameha Highway to Marine Corps Training Area Bellows.  Convoy times will be scheduled during non-peak daytime hours or at night to avoid traffic issues.

Due to road damage Drum Road to Kahuku Training Area is not fully accessible for the Lightning Forge exercise.  The damage has created a significant safety concern which could result in damage or loss of equipment and more importantly risk for loss of life.  A repair contract has been awarded with completion scheduled for July 2017.

The Army appreciates your understanding and support of Lightning Forge to train and prepare our Soldiers and units to safeguard our freedoms.

For additional information, please call 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office at 808-655-4756.

City and County of Honolulu Accepting Grants in Aid Applications

18 10 2016

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 14, 2016. Last year, more than $6 million in GIA funds were awarded to nonprofits across Oahu.

The City Charter-mandated GIA fund administered by the Department of Community Services (DCS) was established by a voter initiative to serve economically and/or socially disadvantaged populations, or provide services for public benefit in the areas of arts, culture, economic development, and the environment. The Grants in Aid Advisory Commission will score all applications on merit, benefit to the community, and soundness of the financial plan. This process ensures that the most beneficial and sound applications are selected free from political influence.

Beginning in 2015, a minimum of 25 percent of grant funds must be awarded to arts and culture category programs. In addition, each City Council district must be awarded no less than $250,000 annually to organizations that provide services specific and exclusive to those districts. Each organization may receive a maximum award of $125,000.

Information on grant proposal requests is available at the Department of Budget and Fiscal Services, Division of Purchasing website at under Proposal No. GIA2018.  The documents are easiest to download with Internet Explorer and Safari. If assistance is required, 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 Monday, November 14, 2016, 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, HI 96813.

Information Sessions

DCS will host a workshop and a webinar to assist nonprofits in preparing their proposals.

The workshop will be held on Tuesday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Mission Memorial Hearings Room, 550 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96813. Please call 768-5858 to register for the workshop.

The webinar will be held on  Friday, October 21 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Please visit to register.


Congratulations to Gary B. Cabato for 25 Years of Dedicated Service to the City and County of Honolulu

5 10 2016



Parks Deputy Director Jeanne Ishikawa, Gary Cabato and Parks Director Michele Nekota.

Born and raised in Kalihi and a proud graduate of Farrington High School, Gary B. Cabato has demonstrated the highest commitment to the people of the City and County of Honolulu and his services are greatly appreciated. In 1965, he was drafted into the United States Army, the beginning of a distinguished 28-year career—which included two tours in Vietnam, the invasion of Nicaragua, and Desert Storm in Iraq—a testament to his bravery and loyalty to his country. During his tenure in the military, Mr. Cabato successfully managed his time as a full-time soldier, husband, father, and student, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Social Psychology. He also received his Masters of Science Degree in Human Resource Management from Chapman University, graduating with distinction while deployed in Saudi Arabia. He retired at the rank of Command Sergeant Major on May 1, 1992.

That same year, Mr. Cabato was hired by the City and County of Honolulu’s then-Department of Public Works as a Human Resource Specialist IV. Recognized for his strong leadership and dedication, Mr. Cabato was promoted to Specialist V in the Department of Parks and Recreation and progressed rapidly up the ranks to become the Assistant Parks Maintenance and Recreation Services Administrator. In 2002, Mr. Cabato was promoted to Executive Assistant II of the Executive Services Division of the Parks Department and was named Manager of the Year for the City and County of Honolulu.

He later headed the Parks Department’s Personnel Services and Management Services Divisions in addition to fulfilling his responsibilities as Assistant Park Maintenance and Recreation Services Administrator. Working sixteen-hour days and showing up consistently on Saturdays and Sundays, Mr. Cabato was regarded as the Department’s “Superman” and “Go-To Person” due to his commitment, ability to work with people, and his excellent time management skills. His development of a vehicle fleet inventory replacement schedule was commended for its long-term benefit to the Department.

During his tenure in the Department, Mr. Cabato’s unwavering conviction to transparency and honesty led him to establish professional development programs for supervisors in various departments. His revitalization of parks maintenance standards received national recognition in numerous publications, including working with neighborhood boards and community groups to improve park programs and maintenance.

As an active church member, Mr. Cabato serves as a Third Degree Knight of Columbus participating in food drives and assisting seniors and families complete home repairs and building new homes with the Habitat for Humanity. Currently, Mr. Cabato resides in Mililani and is married to Lynn Cabato, Director of the Head Start program for the Honolulu Community Action Program, Inc. They have four children, David, Dondi, Deandra and Katherine, and four grandchildren, Eric, Kayla, Ethan and Annie.

Therefore, on behalf of the people of the City and County of Honolulu, the Honolulu City Council hereby honors and recognizes Gary B. Cabato for his dedicated service to the City and County of Honolulu.   The Council further extends to Mr. Cabato and his family, a warmest aloha and best wishes for continued success in all future endeavors.


Volunteers Working to Open Wahiawa Skate Park This Weekend

3 10 2016

Council Chair Ernie Martin on Rail Subcontractors

26 08 2016

Mahalo to the Department of Facility Maintenance Signs & Marking Team

20 07 2016

With school going back into session soon, keeping students safe as they commute to and from school on our streets is of utmost importance. A big mahalo goes out to the Department of Facility Maintenance’s Signs and Marking Team for their prompt action in re-striping the crosswalks in Waialua near St. Michael’s School.