Congratulating and Recognizing Makuakai Rothman 2015 World Surf League Big Wave World Champion

17 10 2017

Chairman Emeritus Ernie Martin recognized Makuakai Rothman for his contributions to our community and for being the 2015 World Surf League Big Wave World Champion at the Honolulu City Council.

Big Wave World Champion, Makuakai (Makua) Rothman was born and raised on the iconic North Shore of Oahu from humble beginnings where he started surfing at the age of two. Appropriately, Makuakai translates to father of the sea. For as long as he can remember, Makua felt a calling to the ocean where he has spent countless hours, surfing his way to numerous awards beginning in 1994 when he won the 1st Keiki Award for the Local Motion/MCD Surf into Summer Competition. He attributes his surfing ability in large part to his father, Eddie Rothman who shared his love of the sea with Makua and his two younger brothers Koa and Lono.

Makua was crowned the 2015 Big Wave World Champion in the World Surf League’s first sanctioned Big Wave World Tour on February 28, 2015. He began surfing some of Hawaii’s biggest waves, including Pipeline and Sunset Beach before the age of ten. At eight-years-old he surfed 12-foot Waimea waves and by the age of 13 he had emerged as one of Hawaii’s most promising young surfers. At 18 he won the 2003 Billabong XXL Award for riding a 66-foot wave at Jaws on November 26, 2002, the largest wave known to be surfed anywhere in the world that winter.

In 2012 Makua began his journey in music, a passion he shares with his family of entertainers, grandmother Grace Costa and grandfather Robert Costa who always encouraged his love of music, keeping an ukulele ready at all times. He was taught by notable local entertainers including Israel Kamakawiwoole who encouraged Makua to sing for Hawaii and on behalf of the Hawaiian people, honoring where he came from and who he is as a Hawaiian. Makua released his first full-length album, Sound Wave in 2013 which debuted as the #1 Billboard World Album on iTunes and peaked as the #1 Billboard Reggae Album in December 2013. He is currently in the process of recording his second album, Keep Aloha.

Makua overcame various obstacles during his childhood including asthma which made surfing a difficult and dangerous pursuit. However, he always reminded himself that if he just kept on going things would work out. He has turned his struggles into a platform from which he encourages others to make their mark in the world and always remember that tomorrow is another day. He is involved with various organizations such as Mauli Ola, a non-profit that provides opportunities for children with cystic fibrosis and works with any child with a genetic disorder. He is also involved with AccesSurf and Surfers Healing. Makua aspires to organize the Makua Rothman Foundation and establish an athletic facility for children and youth on the North Shore.

Makua Rothman is also a family man and takes great pride in instilling all he has learned through his many life experiences to his children: Thor, Hikianalia and Kaleoalii wih his fiancée Nalani Itomura.

Therefore, on behalf of the people of the City and County of Honolulu, the Honolulu City Council congratulates and recognizes Makuakai Rothman on being named the 2015 World Surf League Big Wave World Champion. Further, the Council extends its sincere appreciation for his many contributions and dedication to be an ambassador of Hawaii and advocate for his culture and wishes him continued success in all future endeavors.





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





Congratulations Glenn Lee – Woodie Flowers Finalist Award Recipient

12 05 2017

Glenn Lee and Ernie Martin at the Waialua High School Robotics Fundraiser at Dole Plantation.

The Honolulu City Council takes great pride in recognizing and congratulating the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of its residents, particularly those whose contributions seek to improve our community as well as perpetuate a long-standing tradition. As such, the Honolulu City Council is pleased to recognize and congratulate Glenn Lee for his service and contributions to improving our community through his decades of teaching math and science at Waialua High School and for his commencement and commitment to robotics. Glenn launched the state’s first robotics team at Waialua High School in 1999, and his work in robotics has earned him his second Woodie Flowers Finalist Award. Glenn was last selected for this prestigious award in 2010.

In 1996, Dr. William Murphy created the Woodie Flowers Award to recognize mentors who lead, inspire and empower in the art and science of engineering and design through outstanding communication skills. Dr. Woodie Flowers is the Pappalardo Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Distinguished Partner at Olin College. Dr. Flowers is the co-founder of the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), along with Dean Kamen, and has served as a National Advisor to FIRST since the inception of the FRC.

Woodie Flowers Finalist Award recipients are mentors nominated by high school students. Students must submit an essay describing how their mentor has given them an outstanding understanding of the challenges, opportunities and satisfaction involved in the discipline of engineering and design. These submissions are also judged based on the student’s ability to clearly and concisely communicate their rationale. Dr. Woodie Flowers and a panel of past Woodie Flowers Award recipients are the selection committee for this honor.

Leading the FIRST Team 359 of Waialua Robotics, a.k.a. The Hawaiian Kids, Glenn, and his team proudly represent Hawaii as not only the first FRC team, but also as the first robotics-related program in the state. The Hawaiian Kids have won numerous awards throughout the past eighteen years in FIRST competitions. In 2011, the Hawaiian Kids were named the winner of the Chairman’s Award, which recognizes individual programs’ contribution to robotics through community involvement, service to other robotics programs and overall excellence.

The Honolulu City Council therefore recognizes Glenn Lee for his outstanding contributions to the City and County of Honolulu and the State of Hawaii. The Council further expresses its sincerest appreciation for his selfless service and dedication to helping shape Hawaii’s future generations of and wishes him all the best in his future endeavors.

 

 





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.





Pupukea Beach Park Comfort Station Renovations Begin February 21st

17 02 2017

The Department of Parks and Recreation will begin renovations of the Pupukea Beach Park comfort station closest to Shark’s Cove on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.  The facility is suffering from major termite damage and wood rot, and an aging and unreliable electrical system.

The scope of work will include:

  • Demolition and reconstruction of the current wooden roof
  • Replacing the structure’s electrical system
  • Adding new security gates and doors to the facility
  • Installing skylights
  • Repainting
  • Placing an elastomeric roof coating to the structure which will extend the life of the new roof, and will provide an overall protection to the structure against the elements.

This renovation project is scheduled to be completed by the end of summer.

Several portable toilets will be placed on site for public use during the construction project.  The shower facility adjacent to the comfort station will remain open; however, there may be occasional interruptions to the water service to the shower while the renovation work is underway.

The $391,227 contract for the project was awarded to MEI Corporation.





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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Pupukea Play Courts Reopened

30 01 2017

RECOGNIZING THE SUCCESS OF THE

REHABILITATION OF THE PUPUKEA PLAY COURT

In 2010, the Pupukea play court had the distinction of being in worse shape than any other court in the City & County of Honolulu’s Department of Parks and Recreation.  Seven years later, the community came together in a unique public-private partnership that painstakingly reconstructed the court and restored it to the valuable recreational asset it had been in the past.

Malama Pupukea Waimea (MPW), a 501(c)(3), working to replenish and sustain the natural and cultural resources of the Pupukea and Waimea ahupuaa, graciously accepted the lead as the non-profit in charge of donations for the rehabilitation of the Pupukea play court, with MPW volunteer Bill Quinlan coordinating the effort.  Project Coordinator Cliff Laboy worked tirelessly, in cooperation with the City’s Department of Parks and Recreation and many small businesses and community members, to save the Pupukea play court and to demonstrate what can be done when people take the initiative.

Without the help of the following people, the final cost of the project would have been prohibitive.  Mahalo nui to those who made significant contributions to the construction project: Michael Newman who started the movement by challenging the City’s claim of asbestos as a reason for not saving the court; Dwight D. Burdick Construction, a general contractor who provided bonding, construction management and contract negotiations expertise;  James Gonda and Coffman Engineers who provided all of the construction drawings and engineering service;  Turtle Bay Resort and CEO Drew Stotesbury who provided a construction consultant through Ralph Makaiau who worked with the project management team and helped to oversee the project;  Pane Meatoga Jr. and the Operating Engineers Local 3 who helped to find an asphalt contractor that made the project possible; Wayde Tsue and W.K.T. Equipment Rental who provided all of the demolition work; Charles Fujimoto and C. Fujimoto Contracting who provided surveying services along with the reconstruction of the new swale on the mauka side of the courts; Kirk Markle and Titan Industries who provided hazardous abatement and renovation services; Erik Rhinelander, General Manager of Maui Kupono Builders who provided the new court surface; Mildred Keawe and North Shore Fencing, the fencing contractor who provided the new fence and installation; Former Masons Ricky and Ian Tamashiro who provided all the concrete and wall repairs; Danny Green and Southern Turf Hawaii for the new grass in the mauka swale; Brian L. Deer and Bonded Materials Company for the donation of concrete mix for the construction of the handicap ramp and the new four foot fence on the mauka side of the court.

The Honolulu City Council hereby recognizes and commends the generosity of these businesses, organizations and individuals and thanks them for their role in the extraordinary success of this public-private partnership.

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