‘Sea Level Rise & Climate Change’ Dec. 2018

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DPP Releases Key Background Report on Sea Level Rise and Climate Change (PUC DP Update)

From: City and County of Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting
Date: 16 Jan. 2019

PUC Development Plan Update #5

Spotlight on the Project Background Reports

Hau‘oli Makahiki Hou! As the Primary Urban Center Development Plan update process continues, background papers on broad planning and policy issues affecting the PUC have been prepared. The goal of these papers is to provide updated research since the existing plan’s adoption in 2004, and to explore new trends, changing conditions, and future considerations. There are seven such reports prepared for the PUC DP – the newest addition is a Sea Level Rise and Climate Change paper prepared by UH Sea Grant that represents a new topic of focus to be included in the updated Development Plan. The PUC DP project team is pleased to share this paper with you as it reflects current climate science and projected conditions, as well as discussion, case studies, and potential policy tools as part of the larger conversation on the path forward.

Other background papers available on the project website include: Housing Trends, Economic Development, Natural Resources & Public Open Space, and Infrastructure Trends. Coming soon: Public Health, and Land Use & Urban Form.

Mahalo, and please share with others who may be interested!

Reminder: We are still soliciting public feedback on the draft Guiding Principles for the PUC DP. These were initially presented at the Vision Forum held in November 2017. Please click the link below to take a brief survey to give us feedback on each of the proposed Guiding Principles, and to let us know whether we’ve missed anything. We will be closing this survey at the end of January.

View details and materials from past project engagement activities or other PUC DP documents such as the Neighborhood Fact Sheets.

The Primary Urban Center stretches from Wai‘alae-Kāhala to Pearl City. The PUC DP contains policies relating to growth and development that implement the vision of the General Plan. To find out more about the project and how to get involved, please visit the project website at www.pucdp.com. The website will be updated regularly with background information, upcoming events, interactive questionnaires, and reports prepared for the project.




>>>Did you know you can avoid going in person to the DMV Office for certain things?<<<

Also~Reminder: Wai’anae DMV Office will be Open Saturdays from 8-noon Now Through August 25, 2018. Read below for more info!



You may Renew your license within 6 months of the expiration date. To do so by mail, Send a Letter Requesting to Renew your Hawaiʻi Driver License.

Include Your Name, Social Security Number or Hawaiʻi Driver License Number, Date of Birth, Email address (optional) and Signature.

Mail Request to: Driver License Section, P.O. Box 30340, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96820-0340 or fax to 808-768-9096

When we receive your request, we will mail a renewal packet to you. You must complete these forms (included in the packet) and send back with payment:

Medical Report Form – examination must be completed and signed by a licensed physician (MD or DO) within 6 months.

Certificate of Eye Examination – examination must be completed and signed by a licensed physician within 6 months.

Statement of Driver License Possession – must be completed and notarized.

If not previously submitted on or after May 1, 2014, documentary proof of legal name, date of birth, legal presence, social security number and two forms of proof of principal residence. Acceptable documents may be found at: http://www.honolulu.gov/rep/site/csd/onlineforms/csldl248.pdf

Full instructions will be included in the Renewal packet. If there is no compliance requirement pending in any jurisdiction (including this state) that prevents you from getting a license, we will mail you a valid-without-photo license. If your image is found in our driver database, both the photo and the signature will be utilized.



For an exact replacement of a driver license or learner’s (instruction) permit, visit here: https://www1.honolulu.gov/duplicates/ or license.honolulu.gov. Duplicate will be mailed to you, Or you may pick up on the same day by visiting any Driver License Office to apply for the duplicate. The fee for a duplicate is $6.00.

(Note: If your address has changed then you need to apply for duplicates by mail along with proof of your new address – see below)

By Mail

Send Letter Requesting for a Duplicate of your Hawaiʻi Driver License

Include Your Name, Social Security Number or Hawaiʻi Driver License Number, Date of Birth, Email address (optional), reason for the request, Signature and the fee of $6.00 (certified check or money order payable to City & County of Honolulu).

Mail Request to: Driver License Section, P.O. Box 30340, Honolulu, HI 96820-0340, or fax to 808-768-9096

If your image is found in our driver database, both the photo and the signature will be utilized. If your address has changed, include proof of residence; click here for more info:



Use this link to make an appointment for DMV/ID matters: https://alohaq.honolulu.gov


Renewal by mail requests are limited to applicants who are 80 years of age or older. If an applicant is eighty years of age or older, the renewal may be accomplished by mail, provided that you are not temporarily authorized to be in the U.S. and you had been processed as an in person initial issuance or renewal after January 1, 2013 and had submitted documentary proof of legal name, date of birth, social security number, legal presence and principal residence address.

The following link provides information regarding a listing of acceptable documents for proof of legal name, date of birth, social security number, legal presence and principal residence address: http://www.honolulu.gov/cms-csd-menu/site-csd-sitearticles/6439-state-id-info-and-requirements.html

Obtain an application form at a driver’s license office or complete and print the fillable form online located at: http://www.honolulu.gov/rep/site/csd/onlineforms/csd-stateidapplicationform.pdf

If you are 80 years of age or older and you are qualified to renew by mail, you may mail your application form, payment and documents, if required, to Driver License Section, P.O. Box 30340, Honolulu, HI 96820-0340. We will mail your state identification card and both the file photo and the signature will be utilized on the card. The second renewal by mail will require the applicant to submit updated photo and fingerprints. You may obtain a fingerprint and photo packet from the Kapalama Hale Driver Licensing Center.


The Wai‘anae Driver Licensing Center will begin offering temporary Saturday hours, starting Saturday, July 28 and ending August 25, 8am-noon.

In the FY18 Budget, the City Council approved the funding of permanent Saturday openings. This pilot project is a step forward towards making Saturday service at Wai‘anae permanent, in line with Council’s budget approval. (Operating Budget Bill 4 authorized 4 permanent positions to increase hours at Wai‘anae Satellite City Hall.)

[Councilwoman Pine and her staff] look forward to continue working with the Administration as we begin this new service, and we also seek feedback from the community. Mahalo Senator Maile S.L. Shimabukuro and Rep. Cedric Asuega Gates for your efforts in getting volunteer support!

Location: Waianae Satellite City Hall 85-670 Farrington Hwy. Waianae, Hawaii 96792.

Phone: (808)768-4900

[Source: Councilwoman Pine; See Mayor’s press release in photos below for more details]

Karen Young and WOW! Recognized by HNN 080218

Video: Ian Scheuring, “They sold chili, soap and plants. All to help non-traditional students get to college,” Hawaii News Now, 8/2/18.


They sold chili, soap and plants. All to help non-traditional students get to college
Jim Mendoza
Hawaii News Now, 2 Aug. 2018, 05:29 PM

WAIANAE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The rolled up banner behind Karen Young’s couch comes out whenever the Women of Waianae hold a yard sale.

Over the years, the small non-profit has done all kinds of fundraising.

“We did chili sales. We sold soap. We sold plants,” Young said.

She and a handful of friends started Women of Waianae years ago to raise money to help older people in Waianae go to college.

“We could see that there was poverty and lack of access to good education. Much of it was money, the barrier of not having enough money to go to school,” she said.

In 1990, they presented their first scholarship award to Staci Cheek, a young mom trying to make ends meet.

She dreamed of becoming a nurse.

“It just got me started on a whole new journey. Education just seemed so far away.” she said.

The award was only a few hundred dollars but it helped her with her first year’s tuition. She got other scholarships and eventually graduated with a nursing degree.

Young estimates Women of Waianae has helped about 200 Waianae residents go to college.

She calls them non-traditional students.

“These are people who have children, who missed the first opportunity to go to college because they had other obligations or they weren’t ready or they didn’t have money,” she said.

The non-profit takes applications and awards scholarships based on the person’s need and how determined they are to better their lives.

There are now about 20 women in the non-profit. This year they awarded $26,000 in scholarships to 15 recipients.

“We love our community. We want to help the people who are from here to be able to stay here, to live here, to flourish here,” Young said.

Fundraising is now more sophisticated.

Women of Waianae also gets donations and grants to help people get the education they want but can’t afford.

Copyright 2018 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

Link to story:

HNN (7/11/18): New Window Allows Sex Abuse Victims to File Claims from Decades Ago

New Window Allows Sex Abuse Victims to File Claims from Decades Ago
By: Lynn Kawano, Hawaii News Now, 7/11/18

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Adults who were victims of sex abuse as children have another chance to come forward and make claims under a new, two-year window for civil lawsuits.

Similar openings ended with dozens of pedophiles being exposed.

It also revealed “cover-ups” by multiple schools, churches, and non profits.

That’s exactly what a new Hawaii report released Wednesday seeks to spotlight, describing in detail 58 men of the cloth recently accused even though the alleged abuse happened decades ago.

Some have died and some are still in the community.

The list of 58 was compiled by the law firm Jeff Anderson & Associates, based on the mainland, and the Law Office of Mark Gallagher, a Kailua attorney.

The research was the result of laws that temporarily blocked statutes of limitations, allowing victims to come forward and make claims, no matter how much time had passed.

The new window that opened Tuesday is the result of a recently-passed law, which gives victims until April of 2020 to file civil suits.

Since 2012, most of the claims have been connected to the Diocese of Honolulu.

“This report contains a lot of very ugly and scary information,” said victims’ advocate Joelle Casteix, at a news conference Wednesday, “Men who never would have been exposed if we had not allowed survivors to use the one thing they have, their voice.”

The previous window also exposed Dr. Robert Browne, the psychiatrist who sexually boys at Kamehameha Schools over a 30-year period ending in the 1980s. Browne also treated priests for pedophilia.

Hawaii Preparatory Academy in Waimea also settled a court claim.

June Johnson Cleghorn came forward in 2014, saying a teacher abused her for six years, starting when she was 14 years old and boarding at the school. That claim was settled in 2016.

Cleghorn gives HPA credit for allowing her to publicly talk about the case and inviting her to educate current faculty and students.

“The intent was to end the secrecy surrounding this abuse,” she said.

State Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, who introduced the legislation to reopen the window, says the #MeToo movement, USA gymnastics, and other massive scandals around the country prompted Hawaii lawmakers to pass the bill after several, previous failures.

Gallagher thinks the momentum will prompt many more to speak out in the next two years that the window provides.

“The different groups of survivors are finding their strength and their finding their supporters,” he said.


Here is a link to SB2719 (2018):
https://www.capitol.hawaii. gov/measure_indiv.aspx? billtype=SB&billnumber=2719& year=2018

KHON2 Interview of Sen. Shimabukuro re SB2051 (7/8/18): School Business

KITV Interview of Sen. Shimabukuro and Rep. Gates 7/8/18: School Business

New Law Allows Schools to Sell Goods
By: Jordan Segundo, KITV; 07/08/18

Schools can now be “open for business” thanks to a bill spearheaded by Waianae High School. Senate bill 2051 is slated to become law on July 10.

The bill allows individual Department of Education schools and programs operated within a school, to engage in commercial enterprises, including the sale of goods produced by students.

Current laws prevent schools from selling more than $25,000 in goods or services.

The new bill removes this cap, and creates an outlet for all schools to engage in business enterprises which will generate much needed funds for their schools.

Waianae High School educators encouraged their legislators to turn the bill into law.

“Now you’ll have the marine science learning center being able to market and sell their shrimp, mullet, ogo, kalo, and sun fish on the open market. And then funds will go directly back into the program, which of course the school desperately needs,” said Senator Maile Shimabukuro (D) Kalaeloa-Honokai Hale-Ko Olina-Waianae Coast.

“My hope for the students is that we create employers rather than employees,” said Rep. Cedric Asuega Gates (D) Maili-Waianae-Makaha. “I believe a lot of them will go off to be small business owners, to provide for our community the services and goods that we get outside our community.”

2018 Session Wrap Up!

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