Makaha Art Gallery: Open Daily 10am-5pm

Makaha Art GallerySee Erika Engle’s “Artwork, memorabilia fill Waianae Coast gallery” (Star-Advertiser, 12/22/14).

Star-Advertiser: ‘New DHHL Permit Process Approved’

Land leases will now be based on competitive bids and annual automatic renewals will be eliminated

By Rob Perez
Dec 17, 2014
[Read the full article]

The revocable-permit program was loosely run and was criticized by beneficiaries, who saw mostly non-Hawaiian tenants getting significantly discounted rents for what were designed to be short-term deals but became long-term agreements.

Statewide meetings will be held to get feedback from DHHL’s beneficiaries (those at least 50 percent Native Hawaiian), tenants and the public. Then final approval of the revised system will be sought. “We look forward to the input and dialogue we will gain from meeting with our beneficiaries in the coming months,” said Jobie Masagatani, DHHL’s director and commission chairwoman.


The Hawaiian Homes Commission on Tuesday approved sweeping changes to the basic framework for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands’ controversial month-to-month land leasing program, authorizing reforms intended to make the process more transparent and more fair.

With no opposition, the commission gave the go-ahead for the staff to develop a permit system based on competitive bids rather than the first-come, first-serve one that had been used for decades and generated allegations of favoritism, mismanagement and inconsistent enforcement.

The department also will do away with annual automatic renewals for the so-called revocable permits, establish procedures for determining fair market rents, and allocate staff to conduct compliance reviews on an annual basis.

In addition, DHHL intends to review uses for the more than 38,000 acres in the program to determine whether some of the parcels should be placed in the pipeline for developing homestead lots or converted to general leases, which are 55- or 65-year agreements and generate much more income for the agency.

The commission’s action came after a 2013 Honolulu Star-Advertiser series that revealed numerous flaws with the program and led to the suspension of new permit awards and the formation of an advisory panel by then-Gov. Neil Abercrombie to recommend changes.  Continue reading

Farrington Hwy. Intersection Improvements: 12/08/14 Discussion Notes

From: Derek R. Inoshita
Date: December 15, 2014 at 5:55:51 PM HST
Subject: Farrington Hwy. Intersection Improvements: 12/08 Discussion Notes

Aloha Everyone,

Please find attached the DOT meeting notes from last Monday’s discussion of the Farrington Hwy. Intersection Improvements project. In it, we’ve included follow-up answers to the questions posed. As we move forward, if you have any project questions, please send them to me directly and I’ll serve as POC to get you answers from our various staff members and keep the entire group updated for continuity.

We’re also preparing the project e-blast with a roadwork update and a short briefing presentation (see attached). Can you please send me any e-mail addresses you’d like added to this mailing list? We’ll send one this week and others as new project developments arise.

After last week’s preparation work, construction will now continue behind the concrete barriers for the next 3 to 4 months and not require any lane closures. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns and thank you all again for your assistance and patience. We really appreciate your help. Mahalo!

With aloha,
State of Hawaii Department of Transportation
Public Affairs Office

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Click image for PDF document: Farrington Highway Intersection Improvements at Nanakuli Avenue to Haleakala Avenue STP-093-1(22), 12/15/14.

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Click image for PDF document: Hawaii Department of Transportation Farrington Highway Intersection Improvements, December 15, 2014.

‘Truckers 4 Life’ Semi-Truck Toy Run Initiative 12/20/14 – 11AM Wai’anae Boat Harbor

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November 20, 2014

Dear Hearts,

The “Truckers 4 Life” was founded by Milton Bradley Jr in 2009, who one day decided to gather his friends and family who were semi-truck drivers and started an initiative to benefit the less-fortunate children in the Waianae community during Christmas Season. He along with many other truck drivers and their families donated toys and formed a semi-truck cruise that started from Ke’ehi Lagoon to Waianae Boat Harbor. This year will be their 5th Annual “Truckers 4 Life” Semi-Truck Toy Run on Saturday, December 20, 2014 @11am at Waianae Boat Harbor.

Last year, they collected over 150 toys for the children as well as household necessities for their parents. A luncheon donation was also provided courtesy of members of New Hope Leeward Church. Many volunteers came out to support the initiative.

Our goal this year is to ask the community for their help in providing more additional gifts to accommodate our growing community. Our drivers and their families can only donate so many gifts and we would like to extend this initiative out to our community to gain more support and toy donations.

If you or anyone you know would like to help donate an unwrapped toy, please feel free to contact me at (808)548-8100 or email me at I am able to pick-up any donations from now until December 19, Friday.

Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to hearing from you.

Loushell Mahoe
“Truckers 4 Life” Contact Representative

Senator Shimabukuro in Washington, D.C., December 2014

Senator Maile Shimabukuro is in Washington, D.C., this week and will be missing the Wai’anae Christmas Parade. She sends her best wishes for happy holidays to all.

Sen. Gilbert Kahele, Sen. J. Kalani English, Rep. Scott Nishimoto, Sen. Clarence Nishihara, Rep. Scott Nishimoto, Rep. Kyle Yamashita, Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, Congressman-Elect Takai

Sen. Gilbert Kahele, Sen. J. Kalani English, Rep. Scott Nishimoto, Sen. Clarence Nishihara, Rep. Kyle Yamashita, and Sen. Maile Shimabukuro visiting with U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz and U.S. Rep. Mark Takai at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., 10 December 2014.

U.S. Sen. Hirono

Group photo with U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono.

U.S. Rep. Gabbard

Group photo with U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

U.S. Rep. Takai

Group photo with U.S. Rep. Mark Takai in front of the Kamehameha Statue in Emancipation Hall in the Capitol visitor center.

Lunch at the Capitol.

Lunch at the Capitol.

DOT: Farrington Hwy Eastbound Single Lane Closure in Nanakuli Dec. 9-12, 2014, 9am-3pm

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) advises Oahu motorists of a single lane closure on Farrington Highway in the eastbound direction between Helelua Street and Nanakuli Avenue on Tuesday, December 9, through Friday, December 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., daily, for road striping and concrete barrier installations.

Previously scheduled work in the westbound lanes was completed today, a day ahead of schedule, and work will switch to the eastbound lanes on Tuesday. Following this week’s roadwork, project crews will begin working behind the concrete barriers for the next three to four months and not require lane closures during that time.

This work is part of the Farrington Highway Intersection Improvements project which will widen the existing highway between Nanakuli Avenue and Helelua Street to include a new 10-foot-wide auxiliary lane, create a new eight-foot-wide shared use path for pedestrians and bicyclists, relocate utilities and upgrade traffic signal, street lighting and drainage systems.

West Oahu motorists are advised to expect delays and allow for extra travel time. More lane closure is available on the project hotline at 841-3110. Follow HDOT on social media for traffic and road work updates.

DOT: Oahu Lane Closures 2014 – Dec. 6 to 12 (12/8/14 at 11:46 AM)

Oahu Lane Closures for the week of Saturday, December 6 to Friday, December 12

Lane closure schedules may change at any time without further notice. All projects are weather permitting.



Full and partial weeknight closures of the H-1 Freeway are scheduled from Sunday night, December 7, through Friday morning, December 12, for remedial pavement resurfacing in the Kalihi area. The closures will be scheduled as follows:


Sunday night, December 7, through Monday morning, December 8

Full eastbound closures from the H-1 Airport Viaduct Middle Street/Dillingham Blvd off-ramp (Exit 18B) and the H-201 Moanalua Freeway Fort Shafter/King Street off-ramp to the H-1 Kalihi Street overpass from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for pavement striping and marker installations.

Eastbound H-1 Freeway Airport Viaduct traffic will be detoured to the Middle Street/Dillingham Blvd off-ramp (Exit 18B). Eastbound H-201 Moanalua Freeway traffic will be detoured to the Fort Shafter/King Street off-ramp. Traffic can re-enter the H-1 eastbound at the Kalihi Street on-ramp near Farrington High School. Click here for a detour map.


Sunday night, December 7, through Friday morning, December 12

Partial westbound closures on the H-1 Freeway between the Pali Highway off-ramp (Exit 21B) and the Houghtailing Street off-ramp (Exit 20B). Two freeway lanes and the School Street on-ramp will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., nightly, for drainage grating work. Motorists wishing to access the H-1 westbound should proceed on School Street turn left onto Liliha Street and turn right onto Vineyard Boulevard to the next available on-ramp on Halona Street. Two freeway lanes and all exit ramps will remain open.  Continue reading


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