Capitol Website New Testimony Submission Webpage

Please see the announcement below regarding improvements to the submission webpage for the 2018 Legislative Session:


We are excited to announce that we have made improvements to our testimony submission webpage for the 2018 Legislative Session! Listed below are a few of the changes we’d like to highlight. If you anticipate submitting testimony to the Legislature this year, you may want to take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the new user interface.

  • The option for typing your testimony directly on the webpage (text box) now uses rich text so you have more formatting options.
  • You now have the ability to save your work in the text box and continue at another time.  You may continue to make changes to the text box until you submit your testimony.
  • We’ve increased the size limitation of the attachments accepted.  Instead of 10MB, you can now attach files as large as 20MB.
    • Please note that attachments will not be saved and must be uploaded at the time of submittal.
  • Users may now either type their testimony using the text box, or submit their testimony in an attachment, not both.
  • You will be able to see a history of your submitted and pending testimony, and from that list there will be quick links to the measure’s status and the hearing notice.
  • Since you can easily see your previously submitted testimony on the webpage, the confirmation e-mail has been eliminated.
  • To preserve the integrity of the legislative process, and to improve on the security of our system, each user may submit one piece testimony for each bill per hearing.

Please email any questions about the new testimony submission webpage to



Public Review and Comment: 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Draft #21 – Deadline 2/7/18

Aloha CAC Representative,

The Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OahuMPO) is releasing the public draft of the FFYs 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Revision #21 for public and intergovernmental review.

The public draft may be viewed on our website at:

The Federal Fiscal Years 2015-2018 TIP is the current four-year programming document that lists regionally-significant, short-term transportation projects that will be undertaken on Oahu. Because Revision #21 involves major changes to projects in the TIP, we are soliciting public comments. For more information about the TIP, please visit the TIP webpage:

Your review and comments on this draft will be greatly appreciated. Please submit comments via mail, email, or in the form under “Public Review and Comment” on the TIP webpage by February 7, 2018. Mailed or emailed comments may be submitted to:

707 Richards Street, Suite 200
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Kiana Otsuka
Oʻahu Metropolitan Planning Organization
707 Richards Street, Suite 200
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96813
Phone: (808) 586-2305
Fax: (808) 587-2018

Lawmakers want to give sex abuse victims from decades past the chance to file suit

By: Lynn Kawano (Hawai`i News Now; 01/24/18)

…Hawaii lawmakers want to give more abuse victims the chance to come forward and file civil lawsuits, no matter how much time has passed.

Bills introduced in both the House and Senate failed last session, but a national movement to expose abusers and the high profile case against Kamehameha Schools could add momentum for the legislation.

Representative Linda Ichiyama and Senator Maile Shimabukuro introduced companion bills which would extend the window for lawsuits despite the statute of limitations.

“What we’re learning from data and research about trauma and what happens to a person’s brain when they undergo trauma is that they’re not ready to bring suits until much later,” says Ichiyama, “I think we need to adjust policies to reflect that research now that we know.”

More than a hundred victims came forward between 2012 and 2016, a four-year window that was opened for old sex abuse cases.  Most of the cases involved catholic church priests and a psychiatrist who molested boys while they attended Kamehameha Schools.

Shimabukuro says national movements like the “#MeToo” campaign have also highlighted the need for victims to stand up and expose abusers.

“Less and less people are having shame for something that happened to them that wasn’t their fault,” says Shimabukuro.

Attorney General Doug Chin testified about similar bills last session warning lawmakers that reopening the window could be costly for his office to defend if the state is sued, but Chin says he does support the new proposals. “Legislators pointed out there weren’t that many cases that were brought against the state even when the window was open.”

Another bill introduced would make it a felony for teachers and doctors, so called ‘mandatory reporters’ who don’t take action if they have knowledge of sex assault.  That bill, H.B. 2429, directly mentions Kamehameha Schools and the cover up that allowed psychiatrist Dr. Robert Browne to continue molesting Kamehameha students for decades.

Copyright 2018 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved. 


Ulua Lagoon 4 Sand Reclamation & Beautification Work 2018: Jan. 18-Feb 17

Appended is an information sheet on the sand and maintenance work to be done on Ko Olina’s Ulua Lagoon 4 from January 18th to February 17th, or upon sooner completion. Wanted to make sure you were informed. The work will be done using best practices, will be completed as quickly as possible, is scheduled now during the off-peak season, and when done, will result in a better beach experience for all to enjoy. Thank you, Ken Williams

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Turn Lane on Farrington Highway Complete; Contraflow to Continue Utilizing New Lane

Source: 01/10/18

…thousands of drivers that commute in and out of the Leeward Coast can expect a smoother drive through Nanakuli. The State Department of Transportation is scheduled to open an additional lane on Farrington Highway.

Gridlock traffic in and out of West O’ahu is typical in the morning and then again in the afternoons.

Nanakuli resident Demont Conner is one of many here that gets caught up in the rush. He says the extra lane cant come soon enough.

“This is the west side and there’s only one way in and one way out. We’re grateful for this new lane getting ready to open up. We really need it to be done,” said Conner.

The lane is aimed at helping ease east and west bound traffic.

Right now, drivers headed townbound only have access to one lane in the afternoons which has led to major backups. The added lane will now give townbound drivers access to two lanes. It also gives drivers trying to turn off of Farrington a way out.

“All those people that are looking to turn left on Haleakala and Nanakuli Avenues will have a dedicated area to stay. So it’s important because all those people going straight behind them will be able to continue going straight without having to wait for that car turning left to find an opening and go,” DOT spokesman Tim Sakahara explained.

That’s welcome news for April Longoria who’s used to dealing with big backlogs on her way home to Aiea.

“If anybody is trying to turn left or right, if they’re waiting for that opportunity to turn you’re going to get stuck there waiting for them to turn. And if you’re a few cars behind you’re waiting a while,” Longoria said.

DOT says the addition will cut the afternoon drive out of Nanakuli for many from an hour down to 15 minutes.

The $16 million project took DOT crews about three years to complete- after the department ran into a number of delays, part of it having to do with existing utility work underground.

Senator Maile Shimabukuro who helped rustle up funding for the project says her district deserves this much needed addition. She plans to rally behind even more traffic improvement projects this legislative session.

“We do hear the community, a lot of people say, ‘It’s great you’re improving Farrington, thank you very much but we also need a [parallel] route,'” Sen. Shimabukuro said.

DOT says the new lane will also allow DOT to keep the westbound contraflow going in the afternoons. But to complete the new lane by Tuesday Dot’s cancelling the westbound contraflow Thursday and Friday.

[Note: DOT opened the new turn lane on 01/11/18]


Hearings 2018 for Construction of Photovoltaic Utility in Kalaeloa: 1/18-19, 3/13

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1/10/18 – Scholar Speaker Series – 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Hulikoʻa Kaiāulu – Scholar Speaker Series is hosting Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu at CLC-Māʻili

Wednesday, January 10
5:30 – 8 p.m.
Community Learning Center at Māʻili
87-790 Kulauku Street near Sea Country

“I Welo Mau Ku‘u Hae Hawai‘i – May my beloved Hawaiian flag fly evermore”

In 1893, Kaulana Nā Pua, the most recognized Mele ‘Ai Pōhaku, or stone eating song was penned by Ellen Wright Prendergast. It became the epitome of resistance expression amongst the Lāhui Kanaka of our pae ‘āina. It spoke of the loyalty of our people to our beloved Queen Lili‘uokalani and our love for our land that would supersede any desire for money. In the 21st century, we the Lāhui Kanaka continue in our political and socio-economic struggles to maintain the dignity, honor and rightful place of our kanaka in Hawai‘i. We continue to sing our honored Mele ‘Ai Pōhaku and we now sing other songs of love and loyalty to land and culture, and most of all the respect and love we have for our Hawaiian flag.

Dinner, child care and college/higher education resources will be available.
Bring the whole ‘ohana!

RSVP to or call 670-2045.

Hulikoʻa Kaiāulu was developed through a partnership between Kamehameha Schools, INPEACE, MAʻO Organic Farms and UH Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge.