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





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.





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.

 





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 http://tinyurl.com/hftkle7 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 http://tinyurl.com/hf3p7eq to register.

 





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

5 10 2016

 

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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.

 





Continuous Weekend Lane Closures on H-2 Rescheduled to Oct. 7-9, 2016

15 09 2016

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) alerts the public that a previously scheduled two lane closure on the northbound H-2 Freeway between the Ka Uka Boulevard Overpass and the Kipapa Bridge has been cancelled due to forecasted weather conditions. The continuous closure had been scheduled from Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 through Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016.

The continuous closure for roadway reconstruction is now scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 7-9, 2016. A reminder will be sent prior to the planned closure and electronic message boards will be placed in the area in advance of the weekend closure to alert drivers of the work. All roadwork is weather permitting.

Lane closure information is available on the HDOT website at http://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/roadwork/.

 

 





Council Chair Ernie Martin on Rail Subcontractors

26 08 2016