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.

 

 





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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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.

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U.S. News Ranks the Best Hawaii High Schools

21 04 2016

Leilehua HSThree high schools in my district have been ranked in the top five of the Best High Schools in Hawaii by U.S. News. Congratulations to #1 Mililani High School, #3 Waialua High and Intermediate School and #4 Leilehua High School.

 





Keep Hawaii’s Heroes

23 01 2015

As part of the Army’s 2020 force structure realignment, the Army is considering a proposal to eliminate 16,606 soldiers from Schofield Barracks and 3,786 soldiers from Fort Shafter. Along with those 19,800 soldiers would be the 30,000 family members who are also part of our community.

Wahiawa, Waialua, Schofield, Mililani and Kunia will be severely impacted with a 38% reduction in the population, which will affect the construction, retail, restaurant, real estate, professional, scientific and technical services industries and an estimated loss of 20,000 jobs.

How can you help? Sign the petition online or attend one of the two listening sessions.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
6:30 p.m.
Hale Koa Hotel

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
6:30 p.m
Leilehua High School

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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.





Waialua Robotics Team 7th Annual Dole Luau Fundraiser

17 06 2014

Council Chair Ernie Martin was on hand at the Waialua Robotics Team 7th Annual Luau to present a $10,000 check from Dole Plantation to FIRST Team 359 of Waialua Robotics, a.k.a. The Hawaiian Kids.

In 1999, The Hawaiian Kids were the first FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) team in Hawaii. Waialua High and Intermediate School was also the first school to implement a robotics-related program into their curriculum in the state.

Council Chair Ernie Martin is proud of the leadership and teamwork of this small, but dedicated group of students, teachers, volunteers and mentors.

Council Chair Ernie Martin with Waialua robotics teacher Glenn Lee and a few of the Waialua robotics students.

Council Chair Ernie Martin with Waialua robotics teacher Glenn Lee and a few of the Waialua robotics students.