Loretta Ables Sayre: Fans for Nanakuli

Loretta Ables Sayre

Loretta Ables Sayre

Excerpts from Wayne Harada‘s “She’s somebody doing something about fans. Cooling fans” (Star-Advertiser, 30 Aug. 2015):

I’ve seen and applauded her performances not only in clubs and stages in Honolulu, but in the prestigious Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center, where she co-starred as Bloody Mary and was nominated for a Tony Award in the beloved “South Pacific.”

So when she sent me a note, about raising funds to buy fans for the students of the Nanakuli Performing Arts Club, who sweat like a dickens in these hot and humid times, I have to support her. And now I ask that you pitch in, too.

She and hubby David have priced fans from local merchants, where costs range from $20 to $60. She hopes to raise enough money so 250 fans can be purchased. Sure, the Department of Education should be funding these band-aids for the problem, but you know how bureaucracies work. You wait and wait and … you get the picture. She is coordinating her fan funding with Robin Kitssu, director of the Nanakuli Performing Arts Club, anticipating immediate delivery of fans as soon as checks roll in.
So here’s how to help.

Write a check to CASH (but don’t send cash), with a Fans for Nanakuli in your check’s memo line.

Mail to Loretta Ables Sayre at P.O. Box 893070, Mililani HI 96789.

Upon receipt, she will mail you a Xeroxed copy of your check, along with a receipt for fans purchased, to an address you provide.

Read the full article here.

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Related article: Cooling Public Schools Factsheet

Date Correction: Wai’anae Library Family Fun Night Sep 9, 2015

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DOT Advisory 2015: Oahu Lane Closures Week Ending Sep 4.

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

— FARRINGTON HIGHWAY —

1) NANAKULI TO KAENA POINT Lane closure on Farrington Highway in both directions between Lualualei Naval Road and Kaena Point on Monday, Aug. 31, through Friday, Sept. 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for sign replacements.        
2) PEARL CITY (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK) Two lanes closed on Farrington Highway in the westbound direction between Waiawa Road and the Kamehameha Highway Overpass on Sunday night, Aug. 30, through Friday morning, Sept. 4, from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., nightly, for the rail project. For more information, please visit the project website for The Rail at http://www.honolulutransit.org/.
3) WAIALUA Lane closure on Farrington Highway in the southbound direction between Olohio Street and Ku Place on Monday, Aug. 31, to Friday, Sept. 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility replacements.
4) WAIANAE Lane closure on Farrington Highway in the northbound direction between Ala Walua Street and Kaulawaha Road on Thursday, Sept. 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for utility replacements.
5) WAIPAHU (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK) Lane closure of the Farrington Highway eastbound On-Ramp to the H-1 Freeway on Sunday night, Aug. 30, through Friday morning, Sept. 4, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., for the rail project. For more information, please visit the project website for The Rail at http://www.honolulutransit.org/.
6) WAIPAHU (WEEKEND WORK) Honolulu Rail Transit will be working on Farrington Highway this week at various locations. Please visit The Rail’s project website for more details at http://www.honolulutransit.org/.

— H-1 FREEWAY —

1) EWA Shoulder closure on the H-1 Freeway in the westbound direction between the Ewa Off-Ramp (Exit 5A) and the Kualakai Parkway Underpass on Monday, Aug. 31, through Friday, Sept. 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility installations.
2) HONOLULU Closure on the Kilauea Avenue Off-Ramp (Exit 27) from the H-1 Freeway in the westbound direction on Monday, Aug. 31, through Friday, Sept. 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., for storm drain maintenance.

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Potential Extension to Waianae Coast Emergency Access Road 

Sen Shimabukuro 160
Updated 8/29/15, 8/30/15
Extending the Waianae Coast Emergency Access Road (WCEAR)

At a meeting on 8/27/15, some Nanakuli Hawaiian Homestead residents indicated support to extend WCEAR through DHHL lands, ie, from Helelua St. to Piliokahi Ave. (Please see the rough map, below).  This extension would help to bypass future emergencies like the recent water main break.

I need more feedback regarding this potential extension from the community, so feel free to share your thoughts and comments in response to this post.

The meeting prompted me to ask the City whether this extension could be incorporated into the WCEAR Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).  I also asked the City several other questions about WCEAR that were raised at the meeting, as follows:

1) WCEAR Bridge in Nanakuli: I continue to get requests from constituents to open this bridge for pedestrians.  A Nanakuli resident  said his wife is in a wheelchair, and that it would help tremendously if they could use the bridge to get to the beach & park. Others say their children would use it to bike across, walk to school, etc.

2) “Declared Emergencies”- Residents are urging the City to broaden the times when WCEAR can be used.  Specifically, they want “declared emergencies” to include: lane closures for any reason, impending storms or other bad weather (ie, open WCEAR before the storm hits), and other incidents that significantly impact traffic.

3) Signage- The WCEAR signage needs to be improved, to include signs on Farrington Hwy indicating where to turn off, as well as signs on the back roads directing drivers to where the routes are.

4) Condemning Private Portions of WCEAR- Many constituents support making the private portions of WCEAR public and accessible for day to day travel, eg, the gated portion of Paakea Rd, Etc.

I will be working with William Aila, Jr., DHHL’s Deputy Director, to inquire with affected leassees about the potential WCEAR extension through DHHL lands.  I will keep you posted about our progress and welcome your feedback and support.

At a meeting on 8/27/15, some Nanakuli Hawaiian Homestead residents indicated support to extend WCEAR through DHHL lands, ie, from Helelua St. to Piliokahi Ave. (Please see the rough map, below). This extension would help to bypass future emergencies like the recent water main break. L-R: Geanine Kahalewai, Rachael Conner, Rep. Jo Jordan, Josiah Hoohuli, Stacelynn Eli, Demont Conner, Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, William Aila Jr. (DHHL Deputy Director), Mervina Cash-Kaeo, Patty Teruya, Kapiolani Barber, Larie Manutai (representing Rep. Andria Tupola), and Richard Landford.

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Potential extensions to the Waianae Coast Emergency Access Road are in yellow and red. Yellow indicates areas which are not currently through streets, ie, the top yellow area goes through the Door of Faith Church’s property, and the bottom yellow area includes a locked gate on St. Rita’s Church’s property, and a bridge that needs to be built over the stream at Nanakuli Ranch.

Related articles:

Kolekole Pass and Emergency Bypass Update (8/3/15)
Star-Advertiser 8/3/15: Highway Widening on Wai’anae Coast (8/3/15)
KITV4: ‘Nanakuli Water Main Break Leads to New Calls for Bypass Road’ (7/30/15)
Farrington Highway Update: Lanes Reopened (7/27/15)
Water Main Break Update: Sen. Shimabukuro is Asking – Do You Support Making Portions of WCEAR Public & Connecting Piliokahi Ave. to Helelua St. to Bypass Emergencies Like This in the Future? (7/26/15)
Waianae Coast Emergency Access Road (WCEAR) Open (7/26/15)
7/26/15, Congestion, Mā’ili Point to Helelua Street (7/26/15)
Town Hall Meeting 7/16/15: Westside Traffic Solutions (7/17/15)
Mauka Highway & Kolekole Pass Studies (7/15/15)
Waianae Coast Emergency Access Road (WCEAR) Update (4/22/15)
Senator Shimabukuro Meets with Mayor Caldwell (4/8/15)
Kolekole Pass Update from US Navy (7/17/14)
Nanakuli-Maili Neighborhood Board Special Meeting Agenda: Tuesday May 21, 2013 (5/14/13)
Transportation Update: 2nd Access Road (1/1/12)
Land Use Commission denies industrial park petition (6/3/11)
Kolekole Pass Update (4/14/11)
WAI`ANAE COAST TRAFFIC UPDATE from the State Department of Transportation (2/16/11)
BWS to open Emergency Access Bridge on a trial basis (10/9/09)
Wai`anae Coast Emergency Access Route (1/2/09)
Transportation Update Re: Emergency Access Road and Alternate Route (4/19/08)
Hearing April 2: Emergency Access Route (3/30/08)
Opinion: A Different Route for the Alternate Road (2/23/08)

HDOT News Release: Commercial Drivers License Office in Salt Lake closed on Sept. 3

COMMERCIAL DRIVERS LICENSE OFFICE IN SALT LAKE CLOSED ON SEPT. 3

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation advises the public that the Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Office, located at 99-501 Salt Lake Boulevard will be closed on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, for the University of Hawaii football game.

Due to limited space, the Stadium will need full control of its parking lot to prepare for this event.

The practical tests booked for the Kaneohe test site will be conducted as scheduled.

All other Commercial Drivers License offices in the state will operate under normal business hours.

All commercial drivers and motorcycle riders whose permits or licenses expire on Sept. 3, 2015, should plan ahead to renew prior to the one-day office closure. The office will reopen for business on Sept. 4, 2015.

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Update: Nanakuli Public Library

From: Keith Fujio – Special Assistant to the State Librarian:

[Aloha Sen. Shimabukuro],

As requested, we are submitting the update of the new Nanakuli Public Library for you – thank you for your patience.

The construction of the new Nanakuli Public Library is still on hold pending the City & County of Honolulu Building Permit through their Dept. of Planning & Permitting (DPP).  Marcus from DAGS, Glenn Miura (our design consultant), and the rest of our design team have been meeting and working closely with DPP to address the remaining outstanding issues.

At this point, we believe that we are very close to getting the required permit.

After the permit is received, DAGS will issue the Notice to Proceed with our contractor, Watts Constructors.  We will be coordinating with your office, the stakeholder community groups (including Cynthia Rezentes of the Nanakuli Neighborhood Board), Governor’s office, etc. to ensure a smooth start for this long awaited project.

The State Sheriff’s office and many outreach groups have already started meeting with the various homeless groups occupying this site and will notify them and assist in their relocation.

The contractor will start the cleanup of the trees, overgrowth, etc. and is responsible for the maintenance and security of this site during the construction period.

As the construction progresses, I am sure this site will become a welcome entrance into Nanakuli.  No date has been set for the groundbreaking ceremony but we will make sure to include all the stakeholders when planning this  event.

I have provided a Project Information Sheet created by DAGS for your reference (below).

Thank you very much for your interest and for your support during this past legislative session for the additional staff and operating funds for the Nanakuli Public Library.

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Nanakuli Public Library DAGS Job No 12-36-6513 Project Info Sheet 8-7-15_Page_2

Experiencing Poverty: Challenges and Choices. Sep 4 2015

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