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





Public Invited to Memorial Day Remembrance at Schofield

23 05 2017

The Army will hold an intimate Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony at the Post Cemetery, here, May 29 at 10 a.m. The public is invited to join in honoring Army veterans and members of our sister services who gave their lives in service of our country.

Col. Steve Dawson, commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, will be the speaker for this event. Representatives from the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Hawaii World War I Centennial Task Force will also participate, placing wreaths to honor fallen comrades.

Visitors who do not possess a military ID should enter Schofield through Lyman Gate on Kunia Road, where they will be subject to an installation security background check. All vehicle occupants 16 years of age and older must present a valid state or government photo ID, and the vehicle driver must provide a current driver’s license, vehicle registration, proof of insurance and safety check.

For questions, please call (808) 656-3160 or 656-3159.





Summer Fun Registration Begins

3 05 2017

 

Image Courtesy of the Department of Parks and Recreation

Registration for the city’s Summer Fun program begins this Saturday morning, May 6, 2017 from 9 a.m. to noon, for programs in park districts 3 & 4, which includes Pearl City to Kapolei, Leeward and Windward coasts, Central Oahu, and the North Shore. There will be two additional days of registration for park districts 3 & 4 on May 8th and 9th from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Registration for park districts 1 & 2 – Hawaii Kai to Aiea will begin on May 13, 9 a.m. – noon and continue on May 15th and 16th from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Registration is held in person at the site of the particular Summer Fun Program. A list of those 62 sites, along with contact information, can be found on the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation’s website or by clicking here.

Enrollment is conducted on a first come first serve basis as space is limited and spots can fill up quickly. Registration continues until all spots are filled. There is a $25 registration fee (waived for eligible families receiving financial assistance) and an activity fee, which varies from site-to-site depending on the number of excursions and activities. The activity fee cannot exceed $75.  All fees are due at the time of registration. Cash and checks made payable to “City and County of Honolulu” are acceptable forms of payment.

Summer Fun is much like a day camp, as the children enjoy a wide variety of activities including arts and crafts, sports and games, excursions, special events, Hawaiiana and much more. It is the largest program of its kind in the state, serving some 10,000 school age children and teens each year. The 2017 program runs Monday through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., for approximately seven weeks from June 7, 2017 to July 21, 2017. This excludes Federal and State holidays.

Additionally, select Summer Fun Programs offer Summer Plus, which provides activities for the enrolled keiki before and after the regular program hours. This extracurricular program is offered at an additional cost.

The Summer Fun Program is open to children who have finished Kindergarten but not entered 7th grade. In conjunction with the keiki Summer Fun Program, the Department of Parks and Recreation offers a teen program for young people in intermediate and high school.

Applications for employment in both the keiki and teen programs are still being accepted. For more information on those opportunities and the programs themselves, please visit parks.honolulu.gov.

The Summer Fun Program on Oahu began in 1944 with 26 sites in response to a community need for positive keiki engagement during WWII.





Congratulations Kahuku High School Boys Basketball Team

26 04 2017

Congratulating and Recognizing

KAHUKU HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM

On Winning the 2017 HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championship

Nationally recognized as Hawaii’s football powerhouse, Kahuku High School accomplished something it had never done in three previous trips to the HHSAA Division I Boys Basketball Tournament. The Red Raiders brought home their first Boys Basketball State Championship.

After fighting and scraping its way through the 2015-2016 regular season and into the state tournament last season, the Kahuku Red Raiders came up two points short of making an appearance in the state championship game. Despite falling just a game short, the Hawaii prep sports world was put on notice that these Red Raiders were the real deal. Under first year head coach, Brandyn Akana, and returning senior leadership, the Red Raiders flipped the switch in the off-season.

Throughout the 2017 regular season, it became apparent that this was going to be a special season. The present-day Red Raider squad dominated much of the regular season, with only one game being decided by less than ten points. To put this into perspective, Kahuku averaged almost 72 points-per-game, while allowing only 40 points-a-game by opposing teams. After ending the league regular season with an undefeated record, Kahuku entered tournament play as the number one seed. Following a dominating performance against Kalaheo, the Red Raiders pulled out an overtime victory against defending champion, Iolani and moved on to face Punahou in the championship game. A battle of the top two teams in the tournament, Kahuku used its momentum to win in decisive fashion against the tournament’s number two seed, to complete the dream season.

Following the state championship, a few Red Raiders were recognized for their performance throughout the season. Jessiya Villa earned Player of the Year honors from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and was recognized as the Gatorade Hawaii Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Jessiya, Samuta Avea and Daniel Fotu were named to the Star-Advertiser’s Fab 15 recognizing the top players in Hawaii.

Your 2016-2017 Kahuku Red Raider Boys State Championship Team:

Seniors: Kekaula Kaniho, Jessiya Villa, Kesi Ah-Hoy, Ethan Christensen, Mark Viloria, Codie Sauvao, Samuta Avea, Taimona Wright, Stennet Alapa, and Ra Elkington

Juniors: Daniel Fotu and Kaluna Nihipali

Sophomores: KJ Macatiag, Marcus Damuni, and Ethan Erickson

Freshman: Robbie Sauvao

Head Coach: Brandyn Akana

Assistant Coaches: Jeremy Wright, Robbie Mitchell and David Te‘o

Therefore, on behalf of the City and County of Honolulu, The City Council hereby recognizes and congratulates the KAHUKU HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL team on winning the 2017 HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championship. Furthermore, the Council extends its best wishes for a successful state title defense next season.





Hawaiian Electric Utility Work on Wilikina Drive

21 04 2017

A Hawaiian Electric Company contractor will be performing utility work along Wilikina Drive in Wahiawa near Schofield Barracks as part of a project to interconnect the Schofield Generating Station with the electric grid.

The work will be performed Monday through Friday, April 24–28, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Work continues on Monday, May 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For the safety of work crews and the public, the far-right eastbound lane of Wilikina Drive will be closed during construction hours between Kunia Road and Kamehameha Highway. Work will begin on Wilikina Drive near Kunia Road, and the crew will proceed in the eastbound direction. Traffic control measures, aided by special-duty police officers, will be used to help direct traffic flow on Wilikina Drive.





Rehabilitation Work to Begin on the Kipapa Stream Bridge

20 04 2017

 

 

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Kipapa Stream (Roosevelt) Bridge                                                                           (Photo Courtesy of Hawaii State Department of Transportation)

 

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Highways Division, in partnership with the Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD) of the Federal Highway Administration, announced the beginning of the Kipapa Stream Bridge (Roosevelt) project. This project will improve the structural capacity, seismic retrofit, travel surface, and railings of the existing Roosevelt Bridge. More information can be found at https://flh.fhwa.dot.gov/projects/hi/roosevelt/

Roosevelt Bridge is located between the highway’s intersection with Ka Uka Boulevard and its intersection with Lanikuhana Avenue. It is approximately 484-feet long, 34-feet wide, and was originally constructed in 1933.

The rehabilitation project will bring the bridge up to current design standards for roadway width, load capacity, bridge railing and transitions, and bridge approaches and will widen the bridge to provide a 7-foot shoulder lane on both sides.

The $14.9 million project is funded with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state highways funds. It is anticipated to be complete by early 2018, weather permitting.

Six full closures of Roosevelt Bridge are anticipated to take place on weekends between May and December of 2017. The first full closure is currently scheduled for Friday, May 5, 2017, through Monday, May 8, 2017. Electronic Message Signs will be setup prior to closure and a reminder will be sent out in the HDOT weekly lane closure reports to notify the public. After that weekend, traffic across the bridge will be contraflowed periodically with one lane closures.

Lane closure information associated with this work will also be available on the HDOT website at hidot.hawaii.gov and released through our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.





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).