Ige Administration Releases CIP Funds for Waianae Agricultural Park

Governor David Y. Ige announced that his Administration has released $500,000 in Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funds for the Wai’anae Agricultural Park.

Click the image below for the official announcement from Governor Ige.

1708118-CIP-Waianae Ag Park (part 2) - signed

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Star-Adv: ‘Hawaiian Air to Hire 300 in Expansion’

By Dave Segal
September 16, 2017

Hawaiian Airlines, one of the state’s largest private employers with a workforce of about 6,500, is increasing its ranks as part of a major expansion.

The state’s largest airline said Friday it is recruiting nearly 300 more employees in preparation for the arrival of a new fleet of 18 narrow-body Airbus A321neo aircraft. Hawaiian is seeking more than 200 flight attendants, approximately 50 pilots and about 40 mechanics, according to company spokesman Alex Da Silva.

The company will hold interviews this fall and early 2018 for flight attendant candidates who would begin training in January, February and April. Hawaiian, which has been growing internationally, also is seeking bilingual flight attendant candidates who are proficient in Japanese, Korean, Mandarin or Cantonese. Mechanics will be interviewed in mid-November and pilots interviewed in early December through January. The application deadlines vary for the different groups.

“It’s one of our largest hiring efforts in recent years,” Da Silva said. “To put it into context, today we employ just under 2,000 flight attendants, more than 700 pilots and 360 mechanics. This is not all tied to the A321neo, since we will soon welcome our 24th wide-body Airbus A330.”

The first 189-seat A321neos are expected to arrive by the end of this year and be placed into service in early 2018. Hawaiian recently announced that the new planes will be used on three new nonstop daily routes: Portland-­Maui, Oakland-Kauai and Los Angeles-Kona. The A321neos include 16 leather recliners in the Premium Cabin, 45 Extra Comfort seats and 128 Economy seats.

“We have been hiring staff for some time as we prepare to grow our operations with the A321neo fleet,” Da Silva said. “We have also made significant investments such as purchasing a new multimillion-dollar A321neo training simulator (for Hawaiian’s corporate headquarters training facility), and we are nearing completion of the work at our new maintenance hangar at the airport.”

Hawaii’s tourism industry has been booming with five consecutive years of record arrivals and spending. It is on track to make it six in a row with arrivals expected to top 9.2 million and spending to reach $16.78 billion, according to DBEDT.

Hawaiian reported last week that in August it filled 86.2 percent of its flights, which was 1.8 percentage points better than the year-earlier period.

Hawaiian, which has been phasing out its wide-body Boeing 767 aircraft, has been in the midst of a fleet transition with its final A330 aircraft scheduled to arrive in the middle of next month followed by the rollout of the A321neos.

“We are excited to continue to create jobs while introducing a new fleet, more destinations and a growing flight network to our guests,” Da Silva said.

Read the full story at the Star-Advertiser site.

October 18 – Mental Health America of Hawai’i Fundraiser ft. Solomon Enos

Mental Health America of Hawaii is hosting a fundraiser featuring Solomon Enos, a Native Hawaiian artist with roots on the Wai’anae Coast:

Garden of My Mind

an evening of creative inspiration and wonder with artist Solomon Enos, a benefit for Mental Health America of Hawaii

Please join us to celebrate creativity and the connection between art and mental health at the beautiful Café Julia.  We are thrilled to partner for this celebration with Solomon Enos, internationally-renown Native Hawaiian artist, illustrator, and visionary. This occasion gives each of us the rare opportunity to own a piece of Solomon’s painting, Garden of My Mind as well as a poster of the whole work of art.

Garden of My Mind will be a large work painted on 96 six-inch by six-inch canvasses, sold separately with registration for the event. Each six-inch by six-inch canvas will be a piece of art in and of itself. Please see the registration and sponsorship options below to choose how you would like to support us in this celebration.

Solomon will be at the event to autograph the canvases and posters. He will also paint live at the event so we can all witness his artistic process.


October 18, 2017
5:00pm – 8:00pm
Cafe Julia
at the YWCA
1040 Richards St.
Honolulu, HI 96813

Ticket Prices
$150 – Art Collector
Art Collectors will enjoy heavy pupus, two drink tickets, a Garden of My Mind poster, and one six-inch by six-inch canvas (one of the 96, six-inch by six-inch canvases comprising Garden of My Mind)
$75 – Art Supporter
Art Supporters will enjoy heavy pupus, two drink tickets and a Garden of My Mind poster.

Individual Table Sponsors 
Pakalana – $2000
Pakalana Sponsors have a reserved table with 10 seats, each with heavy pupus, two drink tickets, a Garden of My Mind poster, and a six-inch by six-inch canvas (one of the 96, six-inch by six-inch canvases comprising Garden of My Mind). The sponsor will receive 4 six-inch by six-inch canvases that can be framed together as one larger painting.
Puakenikeni – $1000
Puakenikeni Sponsors have a reserved table with 6 seats, each with heavy pupus, two drink tickets, a Garden of My Mind poster, and a six-inch by six-inch canvas (one of the 96, six-inch by six-inch canvases comprising Garden of My Mind). The sponsor will receive 4 six-inch by six-inch canvases that can be framed together as one larger painting.

Hawai‘i unveils first cashless payment system for medical cannabis

The following press release was issued by Governor David Y. Ige:


Hawai‘i unveils first cashless payment system for medical cannabis

For Immediate Release
September 12, 2017

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige and state Financial Institutions Commissioner Iris Ikeda announced a “banking solution” that allows Hawai‘i’s medical cannabis dispensaries to access financial services and use a cashless payment system.

The solution makes Hawai‘i the first in the nation to have a cashless dispensary system.

The state has secured the services of Colorado-based Safe Harbor Private Banking that will provide limited and temporary financial services for Hawai‘i’s cannabis dispensaries. CanPay, a debit payment mobile application, will process sales transactions at retail dispensaries. Hawaii’s eight dispensary license holders have agreed to implement cashless operations by October 1, 2017.

Financial services are currently unavailable in Hawai‘i because cannabis remains a federally prohibited substance.

“This new cashless system enables the state to focus on patient, public and product safety while we allow commerce to take place. This solution makes sense. It makes dispensary finances transparent and it makes it easier and safer for dispensaries to serve their patients and pay their employees and vendors,” said Gov. Ige.

While determining a banking solution, the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ Division of Financial Institutions focused on safety—for patients, employees, dispensaries, as well as the wider community. The department sought a cashless solution to address concerns about increased crimes committed against cash-based operations.

“This solution for the dispensaries to conduct banking services in an entirely cashless method would directly address many concerns we have and problems encountered by the dispensaries,” said Iris Ikeda, Hawai‘i Financial Institutions Commissioner. “This will establish a safe environment for medical cannabis-using patients and businesses to operate. It is our hope that a Hawai‘i-based financial institution opens accounts in the future. For now, we are appreciative of the mainland credit union for stepping in,” added Ikeda.

Hawai‘i’s cashless system will allow cannabis dispensaries to use traditional financial services to legally conduct financial transactions. In addition, dispensaries will be capable of setting up direct deposit for employee payroll, collect and remit taxes, and make payments to vendors.

All transactions will be transparent, as purchases at retail dispensaries occur through the mobile application and other transactions would be recorded by the financial institution.

Maui Wellness Group, LLC dba Maui Grown Therapies and Aloha Green LLC, the state’s two operational dispensaries, have opened accounts with the mainland credit union and have begun using the mobile debit payment application. The remaining six dispensaries are now at different stages of development and varying stages of the approval process.

More information on the Medical Cannabis Registry Program and the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program is available at http://health.hawaii.gov/medicalmarijuana.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the banking solution can be found at https://cca.hawaii.gov/dfi/files/2017/09/MCD-FAQs.pdf.


Media Contacts:

Jodi Leong
Deputy Communications Director/Press Secretary
Office of the Governor
Office: 808-586-0043
Mobile: 808-798-3929

William Nhieu
Communications Officer
Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Email: Wnhieu@dcca.hawaii.gov
Phone: (808) 586-7582
Cell: (808) 389-2788

Heads Up~Westbound Lane Closure in Nanakuli to Resume Aug. 31-Sept. 8; DOT to Eliminate Multiple Simultaneous Lane Closures Until 5th Lane is Complete

 Message from DOT:


In order to balance lane closures necessary for the safety of those involved in construction to add services and supporting infrastructure for the community with traffic mitigation, HDOT has coordinated with the contractors for the various projects taking place between Haleakala and Nanakuli Avenues. The attached graphic shows upcoming closures for this week and next week on Farrington Highway between Haleakala Avenue and Nanakuli Avenue.
Going forward, until the completion of the fifth turning lane in Nanakuli, HDOT will not allow multiple adjacent closures totaling more than 500 feet or more than one lane to be closed on Farrington Highway. If multiple contractors can be accommodated within the same closure, they will be allowed to work on our facility.
Shelly Kunishige
Department of Transportation
Public Affairs Office
Office: (808) 587-2161
E-mail: shelly.y.kunishige@hawaii.gov

Monthly Siren Test Friday 9/1/17


HONOLULU — The State’s monthly test of the Statewide Outdoor Warning Siren System using the Attention Alert Signal “Steady tone”, coordinated with the test of the Live Audio Broadcast segment of the Emergency Alert System, is scheduled for Friday, September 1, 2017 at 11:45 a.m.

The siren test is a steady one minute tone on all sirens. The warning sirens are used to alert the public to any emergency that may pose a threat to life or property. The sound of the sirens is a cue for residents to turn on a radio or television for information and instruction for an impending emergency. Besides natural hazards, the Emergency Alert System could be used for terrorist incidents or acts of war.

Contact your emergency management/county civil defense agency to report siren operation issues:

Hawaii (808) 935-0031
Maui (808) 270-7285
City and County of Honolulu (808) 723-8960
Kauai (808) 241-1800

Oahu residents in areas surrounding Campbell Industrial Park, Honokai Hale, Makakilo, Kapolei Regional Park, Kapolei Golf Course, and the Coast Guard Station at Kalaeloa may also hear a “whooping” tone following the siren test. This “whooping” tone is a test of the Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) siren warning group that will be activated in the event of a HAZMAT incident. Contact the City and County of Honolulu Department of Emergency Management at (808) 723-8960 for more information on the HAZMAT Incident outdoor siren warning test.

Tests of the outdoor warning sirens and the Emergency Alert System are conducted simultaneously, normally on the first working day of the month, in cooperation with Hawaii’s broadcast industry. Emergency management and disaster preparedness information is located in the front section of telephone directories in all counties.

What Do You Think About These Proposed Traffic Solutions?

I am working with other policy-makers to improve our traffic situation by extending our emergency access road and allowing it to be used during road work, creating a parallel route for daily use, etc.  Here is a resolution (see below) we drafted that the Neighborhood Board may consider passing in the coming months.  Please let us know what you think since community support is critical to make this happen. Click on “Leave a comment” at the end of this post or email me at maileshimabukuro@yahoo.com or senshimabukuro@capitol.hawaii.gov. -Maile

Proposed Resolution


WHEREAS, although West Oahu has experienced exponential growth and development over the last 20 years, transportation infrastructure has not kept pace, with traffic volume on Farrington Highway increasing from an average of 20,000 vehicles per day in 2000 to 50,000 vehicles per day in 2016; and

WHEREAS, the July 2015 water main break near Piliokahi Avenue shut down all lanes of Farrington Highway for over 48 hours. During this disaster, the Waianae Coast Emergency Access Road (WCEAR) was open. However, frustrated drivers were still stuck in horrendous gridlock for 4-6+ hours to get in and out of the Waianae Coast. WCEAR proved to be problematic, since the “Bridge to Nowhere” at Kalanianaole Beach Park was grossly inadequate; and

WHEREAS, following the water main break, residents demanded that policy-makers improve WCEAR and expand its usage. Thereafter, the Ahupua`a o Nanakuli Homestead (AONH), area legislators, and other community leaders hosted a series of public meetings and site visits to examine possible ways to improve WCEAR; and  

WHEREAS, in 2016 and 2017, the State Legislature and City Council allocated a total of $9m ($6m in 2016, and $3m in 2017) to the Department of Hawaiian Homelands (DHHL) and the City Department of Emergency Management (DEM) for the purpose of extending WCEAR further east past Helelua Street and making other improvements. The $6m allocated in 2016 will lapse in June 2018; and

WHEREAS, DHHL has determined that the most favorable route to extend WCEAR is from Puu Heleakala park to the Door of Faith Church driveway on Haleakala Avenue. DHHL is conducting community consultations regarding this proposed route, and is also proposing to conduct an environmental study of this route; and

WHEREAS, during the first week back to public school in August 2017, multiple lane closures for road work took place in Nanakuli, creating a horrible traffic gridlock. Residents demanded swift action, and as a result, the state Department of Transportation (DOT) ended lane closures for two weeks to allow it time to request the use of WCEAR; and

WHEREAS, for many years, and increasingly since this incident, residents have begged policy-makers to build a permanent second access road, and to allow WCEAR to be used more regularly, such as during road work, traffic accidents, rush hour, and other times of congestion; and

WHEREAS, DOT has indicated its support to regularly use WCEAR for planned lane closures due to road work. Currently, DOT must go through a lengthy process to use WCEAR, including consulting area residents; and

WHEREAS, DEM has indicated that the existing WCEAR roadways are limited to declared emergencies, pursuant to written agreements with private landowners and environmental studies. Thus, DEM could not support using existing WCEAR roadways for planned lane closures for road work. However, DEM has no objection to using new WCEAR extensions for this purpose, provided that the environmental studies and agreements allow for this use; and

WHEREAS, affected communities are understandably reluctant to support having WCEAR extensions built through their neighborhoods, and may oppose expanding the use of WCEAR to include road work; and

WHEREAS, Sea Country, Mailiilii Road, Paakea Road, Hakimo Road, Lualualei Naval Road, Sack and Save, Puu Heleakala, and other areas along Farrington Highway have emergency access roads running through their neighborhoods. After Helelua Street, however, WCEAR ends until the “bridge to nowhere” at Kalanianaole Beach Park. Unfortunately, as was evidenced by the 2015 water main break, this bridge is an insufficient solution in and of itself; and

WHEREAS, the WCEAR 2001 plan indicated that the Paakea Road portion of WCEAR should be open permanently for daily use, and area residents and farmers support this change; and

WHEREAS, policy-makers understand that many residents want a second highway in addition to WCEAR improvements. However, a second highway is a long-term solution that is not likely to happen for decades. Thus, in the meantime, policy-makers are working on creating a parallel route, in the vicinity of “Series 7” at Piliokahi Avenue, to Lualualei Naval Road, and elsewhere along the coast.  This route would be a series of roads and bridges connecting existing roads which would be open for daily use; and

WHEREAS, policy-makers have been tasked to come up with expeditious solutions to improve WCEAR, emergency evacuations, and other traffic congestion. These solutions may be opposed by some, but are necessary sacrifices for the greater good; and now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the Nanakuli-Maili Neighborhood Board, that DHHL, DEM, and other area policy-makers are urged to build extensions of WCEAR, including from Puu Heleakala park to Door of Faith Church driveway on Haleakala Avenue, as well as other extensions; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that DHHL, DEM and other area policy-makers are urged to include planned lane closures for road work as an allowable use of WCEAR; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City and other area policy-makers are urged to condemn the locked Paakea Road portion of WCEAR to make it available for daily public use; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that DHHL, DOT, the City and other area policy-makers are urged to construct a parallel route for daily use, in the vicinity of Series 7 to Lualualei Naval Road and elsewhere throughout the Waianae Coast; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that DHHL, DOT, the City and other area policy-makers are urged to create plans, including route maps, timelines for implementation, measures to avoid or mitigate disruption of access to currently available routes, an artist’s rendition of the conceptual routes, and any other relevant information; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution be transmitted to DHHL, DEM, DOT, the City Department of Transportation Services, area legislators, community publications, and outlets for community distribution.