Questions and Answers from the Dept. of Transportation


1) Can the DOT order BWS and HECO to do their Waianae Coast roadwork at night to stop the traffic jams they are causing during rush hour? Also, can DOT do an unannounced visit to see the roadwork and resulting traffic jams?
Our inspectors are investigating what has changed with some of the work to worsen the situation. Both BWS and HECO have been out there for sometime now together and we have not received complaints until only recently. I will let you know when I get a report back. There is likely a very small chance to receive a noise variance to do work at night due to the close proximity of residential homes.

2) Can DOT pick up the trash being left by the homeless living between Kaukama Rd. and Hakimo Rd. along the highway? Apparently the City said it is not within their jurisdiction to do this.
We have issued a PO for contractors to go and clean the area as our in-house crews are still dealing with damage repairs and clean-ups at other areas around the island after the storms that have higher risk to health and safety. What I have told Rep. Karen Awana is that this is an enforcement issue as these people are breaking the law by littering the highway but there is nothing we can do because they come from locations outside our right of way. This is also a community issue as the community must speak out against these individuals that are doing this to their community. They need to call the police when they see these people breaking the law. Otherwise, we will be simply reacting to the problem and not solving it.

Photo from Kaukama Road Pathway clean up on Jan. 24, 2009

L-R: Mike and Laurie Lawrence, Carol Bonham, Karen Young (holding grandson Keani), and Roy Rezentes. Photo by: Maile Shimabukuro

Mahalo for all your hard work!

Hawai‘i Legacy Land Conservation Program

Click the photo for the full-size PDF flyer.

Private lands possessing unique and rare public resource values are increasingly lost to mounting pressure to develop and destroy resources in favor of private benefit. The Legacy Land Conservation Program (LLCP) provides grants to local organizations and agencie

Wai‘anae’s MA‘O Organic Farms received an LLCP grant in 2008:
Wai‘anae Community Re-development Corporation
MA‘O Organic Farms: grant of $737,300 for the acquisition of 11 acres, in Lualualei Valley, O‘ahu
Partners: private foundation donors and the Trust for Public Lands
Legacy Protected: 11 acres of productive agricultural lands for a community-based organic farming

For More Information:
http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw/llcp
call:808.586.0921 email: molly.e.schmidt@hawaii.gov

Rell Sunn January Newsletter 09′

Rell Sunn 33rd Annual Menehune Contest

The Rell Sunn Educational Fund ended 2008 with a HUGE heartfelt surf meet on the west side of Oahu.

Thanksgiving weekend, surf stoked Menehune’s and their ohana migrated to the Westside of Oahu for the 33rd Annual Rell Sunn Menehune Surfing Championships. This year drew an exceptionally large group of Menehune’s with 250 talented boys & girls ranging in age from 4-12 competing in Bodyboarding, Shortboarding and Longboarding.

Mahalo to Pipe Master Jamie O’Brien, Kai Barger, Hurley team manager Kahea Hart, Makaha waterman Duane Desoto and #10 on the Womens’s WCT, Makaha’s Own Melanie Bartels. Mahalo to Kalani Robb and Bethany Hamilton (both graduates of this event) for each donating 2 surfboards to be given to deserving kids. Bethany rushed to get on a plane from Kauai to hand deliver her surfboards to Kahanu Delovio and Makana Demate. Kalani’s boards went to Alika Manners and Kaniela Stewart. A big Mahalo goes out to Quiksilver, Glen & Meredith Moncata, judges & officials, Les & the gang at WARC and the many many sponsors in the surf industry that donated prizes to make this event possible.

The Rell Sunn Story
“Heart of the Sea”

Special Screening!!!

Oceanside 2/21/09

Special Screening of the multi award winning documentary film on the life of Rell Kapolioka’ehukai Sunn the Queen of Makaha. You’ll laugh, cry and be inspired by her amazing journey. Join us for some GREAT raffles, auctions, food, Hula show and lots of fun!!!

Major Collector Item – “Eddie Aikau Trophy” Entertainment by Heali’i’s Polynesian Revue

Grace Theatre
Saturday, February 21st
102 N. Freeman St. Oceanside, CA

$10 * Door Open 7 pm
Show Starts 7:30 pm

Regency Rancho Niguel
Sunday, March 22, 5pm
25471 Rancho Niguel Rd. Laguna Niguel, CA

$10 * Doors Open 4:30pm
Show Starts 5:00 pm

“Friends of Hawaii” funds the Rell Sunn Environmental Excursion Program

RSEF teaches children issues surrounding waste and recycle management. While having the privilege of enjoying the ocean they have the responsibility of protecting it.

Motivation and involvement is the goal to keep the environment in the forefront and give the children the self confidence that they can make a difference.

http://www.rellsunn.com/rell_sunn/index.htm

Maile’s 2009 Bills to Date & Stream Clean Up Day

Please “save the date” for the weekend of February 6 & 7 for tentative “Laulima” stream clean-up efforts in Waianae and the North Shore. The Laulima clean-up’s are being spear-headed by State Civil Defense, and will involve volunteer, government, and private sector efforts to clear our streams to prevent flooding. The whole community needs to come together to kokua to make our streams clean and safe. Please stay tuned for further details.

With the Legislature officially open for business as of January 21, I want to give my Wai’anae Coast constituents some idea of what to expect from this new legislative session. During this session, I will serve as Vice-Chair of the Hawaiian Affairs Committee. To deal with our district’s diverse concerns, I will have input as a member of four other committees: Health, Human Services, Education, and Higher Education. Along with a bill to establish an annual Barack Obama Holiday, I have also introduced the following measures:

Housing
. make public housing affordable in perpetuity
. provide funds to repair and renovate public housing
. expedite the process for approving affordable housing projects

Health
. legislation to help Wai’anae Comprehensive Community Health Center’s efforts
to continue serving our community with improved services and facilities
. ban smoking on public beaches and recreational areas during community events
. disallow Medicaid coverage for non-therapeutic infant circumcision

Education
. my Capital Improvements Bill (CIP) requests funds for all 6 of our schools to
provide air conditioning, expand existing buildings, and begin new construction
. CIP funds to acquire land and a building for Leeward Community College-Wai’anae

Environment
. ban use of styrofoam containers by food vendors
. require retailers to use environmentally friendly alternatives to plastic bags
. allow clotheslines in public housing and in private single-family homes
. authorize government agencies to enter streams and waterways on private
property during times of emergency

Hawaiian
. moratorium on the sale of ceded lands
. funds for navigation programs at Waianae Coast high schools using E Ala canoe

Transportation
. Included in my CIP bill is $7 million for construction of turn lanes at the
intersections of Nanakuli and Haleakala Avenues on Farrington Highway
. bill to exempt veterans from paying the vehicle weight tax

Happy Valentine’s Day! Call 586-8460 if you have any concerns.

Support Nanakuli High & Intermediate School


Only with your support, Nanakuli High & Intermediate School is able to make yearbooks affordable for all students.
Purchasing advertisement space in the yearbook is one way to help decrease the cost of the yearbook. This year NHIS has put together an option of “Olympic” packages to choose from.

Gold: $1,000 – $2,000
Full size ad (8.5″ x 11″)
*Sponsorship Banner posted during all major school events
*Exclusive advertisement during NHIS Morning Bulletin
*Audio and visual advertisements during athletic events and homecoming activities
*Gold Level Sponsor posted on School Website

Silver: $500 – $999.99
Half (8.5″ x 5.5″)
*Sponsorship Banner posted during all major school events
*Exclusive advertisement during NHIS Morning Bulletin
*Silver Level Sponsor posted on School Website

Bronze: $250 – $499.99
Quarter (4.25″ x 5.5″)
*Sponsorship Banner posted during all major school events
*Bronze Level Sponsor posted on School Website

If you would like support Nanakuli High & Intermediate School through the purchase of an advertisement or have questions, please contact Kainoa Hopfe at 306-5020 as soon as possible.
The deadline is April 1, 2009.

FEMA & SBA Disaster Recovery Center


Should anyone receive calls or visits from residents or businesses in the community regarding the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Recovery Center please inform them that FEMA & SBA will be set up in the Dining Pavilion starting on Saturday, January 17th through February 6th. Their hours of operation will be Monday through Fridays 12:00pm to 8:00pm and Saturdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The recovery center provides a one-stop location where people can talk face-to-face with state and federal disaster recovery specialists.
Visitors to recovery centers can:

o Receive information about different types of state and federal disaster assistance.
o Get help completing applications for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations.
o Inquire about the status of applications for federal assistance.
o Receive referrals to voluntary organizations for help with immediate unmet needs.
o Learn cost-effective measures to reduce the impact of future disaster losses

If you have any questions please feel free to call (808) 697-3458.

Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center
86-260 Farrington Highway
Waianae, Hawaii 96792

Catholic Charities Grant Meeting for Homeless Kids

Friday, January 23, from 9am to noon, Sacred Hearts Church in Waianae will have a meeting concerning the needs of homeless children. David Blanchard, a therapist, is holding this meeting.
He hopes to learn what the needs of the homeless children are so that the funding can be properly utilized.
This is a public event and input from the community will be appreciated.


Childcare options for LCCW Students


Leeward Community College Waianae held a Childcare Network Meeting on Tuesday Jan. 13th. The purpose of the meeting was to explain the guidelines for children of students at LCCW and to connect parents with childcare resources. Three LCCW students and ten local childcare providers were in attendance. If you or someone you know needs part-time or emergency childcare while taking classes, you can contact one or more of the providers who came to the meeting for more information.

If you are looking for help to pay for childcare, see Walterbea or Danielle at the front desk for information on financial assistance that may be available.

Aloha,
Leeward Community College at Wai`anae
86-088 Farrington Hwy. #201
Wai`anae, HI 96792
Phone: (808) 696-6378
Fax: (808) 696-4024

Board of Water Supply’s Farrington Highway Projects

Phase 1 project – to install a 24-inch water line between Aliinui Drive and the Old Farrington Highway Intersection

The contractor is currently working on Farrington Highway, east of Laaloa street and will need to cross over Farrington Highway from the makai to the mauka side of the road. Because of this cross over, lane closures will change daily. A contraflow will be in effect as much as possible during the project’s working hours (8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.); the traffic conditions will determine which direction will get the two open lanes of traffic. There will be two special duty offices on hand to help direct traffic and to assist in making immediate lane closure changes.

Part 1, Phase A project – to install a 12- and 24-inch water main between Haleakala Ave and Black Rock

The contractor has completed installing the new 12-inch water line and has begun to preparations for the installation of the new 24-inch water line, which will be installed in the farthest makai, town-bound lane. The contractor is beginning work at Halekala Avenue and plans to work out towards Black Rock. For this week, the farthest makai, town bound lane near Halekala Avenue will be closed. There will be a contraflow in place. Between the project start time at 8 a.m. and about mid-day, two town bound and one west bound lane will be open; then the contraflow will be reversed until the end of the work day at 2:30 p.m. to allow one open town bound and two open west bound lanes. While only one lane will be closed this week, there will, however, be times when we will need to close both town-bound lanes.

Please continue to check www.boardofwatersupply.com or call 748-5310 for weekly detailed lane closure and project information. Please kokua and help to share this information with your friends, family and fellow community members so everyone can plan their travel times accordingly.

Nana’ikeola Senior Apartments Opening!

We are happy to announce that the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg

Nana’ikeola Senior Apartments, located in Nanakuli, at 87-122
Nana’ikeola Street across from the Kaiser Permanente clinic, will be

opening soon. The Certificate of Occupancy (COO) from the City and County was received on January 21st and they are now waiting on Permission to Occupy (PTO) the building from HUD. EAH Housing will be

managing this property for the owners Nanakuli Senior Apartments, Inc.

This is a HUD subsidized Section 202 property consisting of 40 one

bedroom units serving seniors age 62 and older. Information on applications can be obtained by calling EAH Housing at 523-8826. An office at the site will be opened once the PTO is obtained.

Learn To Sail


The Waianae Youth Sailing program will begin its’ spring classes starting on Feb 21.
The class will consist of 10 sessions and run from 2pm to 6pm every Saturday at Pokai Bay.
The class is open to youth age 14-19. The cost is $30
($10 for registration and $20 suggested donation for materials and uniforms)
For more information call Jeff at 428-1384 or Ann at 282-8782 or
email thomasm026@hawaii.rr.com or ann@favoredtacksailing.com

Kaukama Rd Pathway Beautification & Clean Up – Sat, Jan 24, 7-10am

Join me, Women of Wai`anae, AlohaCare, and Nani O Wai`anae at the Kaukama Road Pathway Beautification & Clean Up on Saturday, January 24, 7-10am. Meet at Nani Kai beach at Kaukama Road (one street east of Maili 76 gas station). We will provide trash bags, gloves, yard tools, plantings, and refreshments. Please bring sun protection, protective footwear, and water for the plants if possible.
Mahalo nui loa to the following people who have volunteered to water & maintain the plants following our “National Day of Action” work day in September: Yvonne Angut & Ohana, Kida, Roy Rezentes, George Hohwart, Georgia Campbell, Josephine Salas, Young/Dodge/Shimabukuro Ohana, Pam Arbitrario, Ms. Soo, and Laurie & Mike Lawrence.

For more information about the pathway clean-up, email maileshimabukuro@yahoo.com or call 696-4677.

Waianae Coast Debris Removal Operations – PowerPoint

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COMMUNITY DEBRIS REMOVAL OPERATIONS (Presentation by Civil Defense on 1/12/09)
From: Edward Teixeira
Subject: PowerPoint Brief for Rep. Shimabukuro
Date: Monday, January 12, 2009, 5:06 PM

Dear Rep Shimabukuro:

The attached Powerpoint presentation is forwarded for your use.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Respectfully,
Ed Teixeira, Vice Director of State Civil Defense

[Note from Maile: This powerpoint presentation outlines the Civil Defense’s plans to clear debris following the 12/11/08 floods.]

Disaster Assistance – Must Call within 60 Days

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From: Thomas Zizzi
Subject: FEMA
To: maileshimabukuro@yahoo.com
Date: Monday, January 12, 2009, 7:38 AM

Maile,

…attached is a flyer for anyone who wants to apply for assistance; they need to call the 800 (800-621-3362) number and register in the next 60 days (from 1/5/2009); once they get a registration number, someone will come out and inspect; the type of assistance will depend upon a number of factors (private insurance, income, etc), but individuals need to register!

I know you have been getting a number of calls, so here’s the flyer he gave me…it only pertains to damage resulting from the flooding between 12/10-12/16…power outage doesn’t count!!!

Thomas C. Zizzi, L.L.L.C.
P.O. Box 4220
Waianae, Hawaii 96792
Phone: (808) 696-2200
Fax (808) 696-2203
Email: tzizzi@leewardlegal.com

[Note from Maile: Thomas Zizzi is an attorney living and working on the Waianae Coast. His specialties include personal injury, auto accidents, construction accidents, wrongful death, business/corporations, real property, wills/trusts/estate planning, and probate.]

Family Literacy Day

Waianae Public Library will be hosting a Family Literacy Day event sponsored by HECO on Saturday, January 31, 2009.
There will be many activities including storytelling for the keiki from members of the community including Rep. Shimabukuro, a child activity corner filled with games and prizes, and an information booth by HECO with a prize wheel.
HECO will also be hosting a book drive, so please bring new or gently used books to donate to the library if possible.
All ages are welcome!

Saturday, January 31, 2009
9AM – 2PM

Waiane Public Library
543-7511 – for more information

Invitation to Opening Day – Jan. 21

Aloha!
You are invited to join me on Opening Day at the State Capitol on Wednesday, January 21. My office and others will offer refreshments around mid-day. I am proud to announce that I will be serving as Vice-Chair of the Hawaiian Affairs Committee. I am also a member of the Education, Higher Education, Human Services, and Health Committees. My staff members are: Colleen Teramae (office manager), Wally Inglis (advisor/researcher), Kristin Kline (committee clerk), Anne Otteman (legislative aide), and Dana Newman (community liaison).

Mahalo nui loa for the privilege of serving you. Call me if you have any questions or concerns, at 586-8460.

HAUOLI MAKAHIKI HOU!

High Wind Watch – Oahu, Kauai – Jan 14-15

High Wind Watch

URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HONOLULU HI
707 AM HST THU JAN 15 2009

DAMAGING SOUTHWESTERLY WIND GUSTS POSSIBLE TONIGHT AND FRIDAY ON KAUAI AND OAHU

…STRONG WESTERLY WINDS ACROSS MAUI AND BIG ISLAND SUMMITS…

.GUSTY SOUTHWEST WINDS WILL INCREASE TONIGHT ON KAUAI AND OAHU AS A STRONG COLD FRONT APPROACHES FROM THE NORTHWEST. THE WINDS WILL BE STRONGEST AHEAD OF AND ALONG THE FRONT WHICH WILL SWEEP ACROSS KAUAI FRIDAY MORNING AND OAHU MID DAY FRIDAY. THE MAIN AREAS OF CONCERN WILL BE OVER THE HIGH TERRAIN AND COMMUNITIES TO THE NORTH AND EAST OF THE HIGH TERRAIN WHICH ARE PRONE TO GUSTY DOWNSLOPE WINDS. IN ADDITION…STRONG WINDS WILL PERSIST ACROSS THE SUMMITS OF MAUNA KEA AND MAUNA LOA ON THE BIG ISLAND AND ACROSS HALEAKALA ON MAUI.

HIZ001>011-160215- /O.CON.PHFO.HW.A.0001.090116T0400Z-090117T0200Z/ NIIHAU-KAUAI WINDWARD-KAUAI LEEWARD-KAUAI MOUNTAINS- OAHU SOUTH SHORE-WAIANAE COAST-OAHU NORTH SHORE-OAHU KOOLAU- OLOMANA-CENTRAL OAHU-WAIANAE MOUNTAINS- 707 AM HST THU JAN 15 2009

…HIGH WIND WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM HST THIS EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON…

A HIGH WIND WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM HST THIS EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

WINDS ON KAUAI AND OAHU WILL GRADUALLY INCREASE TODAY…WITH WIND GUSTS OF 50 TO 60 MPH POSSIBLE TONIGHT AND FRIDAY. THE STRONGEST WIND GUSTS ARE EXPECTED OVER THE HIGH TERRAIN AND ACROSS COMMUNITIES NORTH AND EAST OF HIGH TERRAIN.

A HIGH WIND WATCH MEANS THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT. SUSTAINED WINDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH…OR GUSTS OF 58 MPH ARE POSSIBLE…BUT NOT YET CERTAIN. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

WROE

All Beaches on Wai`anae Coast Closed from 9AM on Jan. 15

Aloha-

I was informed by Jo Jordan, president of the Waianae Neighborhood Board, that all beaches on the Wai`anae Coast will be closed starting at 9am tomorrow morning (Thu, Jan. 15) due to the expected storm. Further, the City will provide bus service to the homeless from the beaches to the storm shelter at Wai`anae District Park starting at noon tomorrow. The homeless will not be forced off the beaches. I have also included a weather warning from Rep. Karen Awana below.

Rep. Maile Shimabukuro

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From: Rep. Karen Awana
Subject: Hazardous Weather Conditions for Thursday and Friday
To:
Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 9:36 PM

Aloha,

Hazardous weather conditions are scheduled for this Thursday and Friday [Jan. 15-16] along the Waianae Coast.

Don’t forget to secure items that may be susceptible to high winds and remove or cover items you want protected from the rain.

Please pass this information to others who may affected – see below for detailed information.

Mahalo,
Representative Karen Awana

Wai`anae Farmers’ Market This Saturday – Jan. 17!

From: Desiree Hikuroa
Subject: Farmers’ Market This Saturday!
Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 2:57 PM

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Mahalo,
Desiree Hikuroa
Marketing Specialist & Program Manager
Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center
86-260 Farrington Highway
Waianae, HI 96792
Office: (808) 697-3599
Fax: (808) 696-1533
Website: www.wcchc.com