Caring for Waianae’s Streams – EPA Press Conference June 30; Illegal Dumping & Adopt-a-Stream Info

What: Ka Wai Ola – EPA Press Conference
When: Tues., June 30, 2009, 10am – 11am
Where: Waianae District Court House (map)
Description: Aloha Kakou – Just a reminder, EPA is doing a press release for the Ka Wai Ola O Waianae Moku project on June 30 at 10 am at Ulehawa Stream, behind the Waianae Court House. I know many of you are working and unable to attend. So, please join EPA – Debbie Liang CARE Project Officer and Mike Brandowski CARE Program Director at Zablan (Nanakuli Beach Park) for a talk story session on June 30 at 6:30 pm. Bring a pupu to share. Please let me know if you plan to attend either event! Invite ohana and friends.

Mahalo!
Leslie Kahihikolo, Project director
Pacific American Foundation, Ka Wai Ola O Waianae Moku project
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ILLEGAL DUMPING AND ADOPT-A-STREAM INFORMATION

From: Iwalani Sato
[mailto:iwalanisato@hawaii.rr.com]

Please see helpful resources below from the City, compliments of Iwalani Sato.

Illegal Dumping/Discharges:
REPORT IT … WE WANT TO BE INFORMED
Honolulu Police Department (occurring now): call 911
Federal Environmental Protection Agency: 541-2721
State Department of Health Solid and Hazardous Waste: 586-4226
State Department of Health Clean Water Branch: 586-4309
State Department of Transportation, Oahu District Complaints: 831-6793
City Environmental Concern Line: 768-3300
City Department of Facility Maintenance (potential flood problem): 768-7890
City Department of Planning and Permitting (residential code): 768-8159

Thanks for giving a helping hand and giving back to the community!
Iwalani

ADOPT-A-STREAM PROGRAM
Release Form – click here
Safety Rules and Guidelines for Volunteers – click here

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Camping Permit Shortages, Concerns

Here is an excerpt of an email Maile sent on 6/28/09. She is interested in hearing your thoughts regarding this matter.

Dear Director Chang, Waianae Liaison Spencer, Director Thielen, Harbormaster Aila, and Neighborhood Board Chair Jordan:

About a week ago I was approached by several concerned citizens regarding the issuance of camping permits for July 4 weekend and the summer months. As you are probably aware, the competition for camping permits for July 4 was so fierce that people were literally “camping” at Satellite City Halls around the state for days to reserve their space in line to vie for permits.

Due to the limited number of available camping spaces, these citizens made the following suggestions, some of which they said are modeled after what’s being done in other areas, such as Kualoa Park:

1) During the summer only, open some of the city parks that are currently closed at night for camping, eg, Pokai Bay, “Middle Park” on Pokai Bay St., etc.;

2) During the summer only, open some of the state parks for camping, eg, Makua, Keawaula, etc.;

3) …limit camping permits to 5 per year per household/address.

Other comments they made were: 1) …public camping areas at Keaau Beach [are very limited]; 2) Special events often dominate the camping areas at Maili Beach Park, such as the 4th of July Event, Sunset on the Beach, etc.; and 3) Sewer’s Beach lacks swimming areas for children (although it is a good park for fishing).

Let me know if you have any feedback regarding these requests, or if there is anything I can do to help address this issue.

Mahalo, Maile

[Note: These citizens, along with many others in the community, also urged lawmakers to set aside land where the homeless would be allowed to camp. I agree with this suggestion, and will continue to try to pursue it.]

Board of Water Supply Construction – Nanakuli Avenue

[NOTE: Honolulu Board of Water Supply is supposed to keep our office updated on the possible use of the WCEAR after they meet with C&C DTS. Also, as far as how long this project will take — the contractor is working a Monday through Friday schedule from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. They need to work Monday through Friday near Nanakuli Avenue in order to finish the work and move away from Nanakuli Avenue before the start of the fall school semester.

BWS scheduled this portion of the project after the fall school session ended on June 9, 2009. The entire Part 1, Phase A project from Haleakala Avenue to Black Rock is expected to be completed by January 2010.

Work for Phase B will begin in January 2010 between Black Rock and Aliinui Drive. This project will be done at night (non-residential area) and should be completed in March of 2011. The Phase 1 project from Aliinui Drive to the Old Farrington Highway Intersection should be complete by July 2009. BWS and their contractors will all work to stay on schedule and will notify our office and the community if there are any major changes to the schedule.

Click HERE for more detailed project information.]

From: BWS Communications
Sent: Thursday, June 18, 2009 3:00 PM
To: Colleen Young; Moani Wright-Van Alst; Communications

Aloha Colleen,

Moani is out of the office attending a training session, so I’m responding on her behalf. We sincerely apologize for the traffic inconvenience this project is causing. As you know, this project is essential to ensuring continued access to safe and dependable water supply for the Leeward Coast.

The Board of Water Supply (BWS) understands how frustrating it is for people who have to drive through the construction areas, which is why we are continuing to try and adjust our plans to help alleviate some of he traffic impact. We are implementing contraflow at this time. However, we can only provide one east-bound and one west-bound lane.

The current work to replace a 24” transmission main requires the closure of both east-bound lanes of Farrington Highway near Nanakuli Avenue.

Based on our initial evaluation, it is not feasible to utilize the emergency bridge at this time because the current work zone is adjacent to the bridge access.

We have made contact and are planning to meet with the City’s Department of Transportation Services (DTS) to further evaluate the possibility of using portions of the Waianae Coast Emergency Access Road to help ease traffic. As always, public and traffic safety concerns must be weighed in the evaluation of this alternative and as such, there is no guarantee that this traffic option will be permitted.

We have also investigated the option of working at night and have discussed this alternative with the Waianae and Nanakuli Neighborhood Boards. However, the areas that require two-lane closures require “hoe-ramming,” an extremely loud procedure (louder than jack-hammering). This activity is not permitted after 10 p.m. in residential areas (near Nanakuli Avenue). This would only allow our contractor to work two hours a night (from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.). This limitation would require additional day work for such noise-related activities, thereby further delaying the completion of the project, while also increasing the overall cost of the project.

We apologize for the traffic inconvenience resulting from our water system improvement project. We will continue to keep the community apprised of our project schedule and sincerely appreciate their input and continued suggestions for mitigating the current traffic impacts.

Thank you for your continued patience.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

CONTACT INFORMATION: (808) 748-5730 contactus@hbws.org

Nanakuli Steel Poles Installation Project – UPDATE

From: Hoo, Lori [mailto:lori.hoo@heco.com]

Aloha, All,

Over the last seven months, we have been working to replace 12 poles located between Lualualei Naval Road and Haleakala Avenue as part of an ongoing effort to strengthen the utility poles along Farrington Highway. I’m pleased to report that we are in the final stages of this project. We have completed the installation of the replacement poles and Hawaiian Telcom and the State DOT have been working to move their facilities to the new poles. Our contractor began removing the wood poles today and will continue to work in concert with DOT, as DOT moves the street lighting from the wood poles to the steel poles. There has been some hesitancy on the part of DOT to do any work that will exacerbate the present traffic conditions caused by BWS’ closure of two lanes in the area. As such, we do not have a schedule for the completion of the final stages of work at this time. In addition to the pole removals, our contractor will repair and restore the public walkway areas affected by our construction work.

Of the 12 poles that we were planning to replace, 10 poles were replaced with new steel poles, one was replaced with a concrete pole, and one pole fronting Sack N Save will remain, as is. We will not be able to replace this pole as planned due to some underground utilities in the area discovered during construction. Relocation of the utilities will involve substantial excavation and construction work which will adversely impact traffic for a prolonged period of time. The pole that is not being replaced is significantly thicker than the original pole that fell during the March 2006 and December 2007 storms. Additionally, a brace was installed on the pole to further increase its strength.

Please feel free to post this email or distribute this email to other neighborhood board members and anyone else that may want an update on our work. If you have any questions or need additional information, please email me or call me at 543-5815. I will be out of town until June 17 but if you’d like to contact someone about this project while I’m away, please call Craig Naito at 543-7533.

Mahalo,
Lori

Lori Hoo
Director, Community Relations
Hawaiian Electric Company
543-5815
lori.hoo@heco.com

Used Encyclopedia Sets Available

On Jun 12, 2009, at 10:45 AM, “Judith Cantil” wrote:

We have 4 sets of very nice encyclopedia type sets of books. They are old, but in perfect condition and are complete:
15 volumes of Childcraft Encyclopedia
7 volumes of Young Scientist
22 Volumes of WorldBook Encyclopedia (1991 edition)
10 Volumes of Golden Book History of the United States

They are all real colorful, nicely illustrated and geared to young readers. I’d hate to see them go to a landfill!

If interested in any of the sets, call Jeff – cell 223-5341

National Children’s Study Presentation June 17th (Wednesday night)

Aloha Wai’anae Community Members:

Just a last reminder before our public presentation at the Wai’anae Public Library at 7– 8pm on Wed. June 17th.

Dr. Rodriguez will be talking about “How to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes in Youth”.

Dr. Shintani will be touching on some hot topics in “Environmental Factors, Food, and Children’s Health”.

And, of course, they will be discussing how everything ties in to the National Children’s Study.

Please let your key contact people know that we would greatly appreciate their feedback at this community meeting.

Click HERE for our ad for the upcoming public talk and presentation (printing in ‘landscape’ produces a nice flyer).

Also, please see our article “Wai’anae Keiki To Be Part of National Children’s Study” on page 3 of the June Westside Stories.

If you don’t have an issue the article can be found at the Westside Stories website: http://www.wsshawaii.com/ on page 3.

For any questions please call me at Ph. 587-4875.

Mahalo for all your support and hope to see you there!

AL Tachibana

AL Tachibana
Community Engagement Coordinator
National Children’s Study
John A. Burns School of Medicine
University of Hawaii
677 Ala Moana Blvd. Ste. 1025
Honolulu, HI 96813
Tel: 808-587-4875
Fax: 808-587-4874

Creating a Healing Environment in Your Home

It Takes An `Ohana

We want to remind Oahu’s resource parents* about the FREE workshop on Tuesday, June 16, Creating a Healing Environment in Your Home- Supporting a Child who has been Abused by Sex Assault.

FOR DETAILED INFORMATION ON THIS EVENT, CLICK HERE.

There will be door prizes plus each resource family who attends will receive a copy of the Sex Abuse Treatment Center’s most recent book, A Step at a Time ~ A Discussion of Sexual Assault. Dinner and childcare are also provided free of charge.

Our presenter, Jennifer O’Donnel, has her B.A. in Sociology and has worked with youth in the foster care system for many years. Jennifer will share her expertise and resources. In fact, she has arranged for the Childrens Alliance to open the training with information about their unique programs that assist the sexual abuse victim regain the joy of their lost childhood.

Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Time: Dinner at 5:30 pm ~ Training runs from 6 pm to 8 pm
Location: Waianae District Park, 85-601 Farrington Hwy.

Childcare: Provided for children age 3 to 12 years old. Please call to register for childcare and leave your name, contact number plus names and ages of the children needing care.

RSVP: Call or e-mail Julie at 832-5056 or jsueyoshi@dhs.hawaii.gov by June 15th.

Cost: FREE

You can click HERE to download a flyer that includes a map. We hope you can join us!

Judith Wilhoite
It Takes An `Ohana

*Resource parents include foster, adoptive, guardianship & kinship parents.

This training is sponsored by the Department of Human Services and the Foster Care Training Committee (FCTC). FCTC agencies include Catholic Charities Hawai’i, Child and Family Service, Department of Human Services, EPIC ‘Ohana Conferencing, Family Programs Hawai’i, Hale Kipa, Inc., Heart Gallery Hawaii, HOPE INC, Inc.,It Takes an `Ohana, Kokua Ohana, Kahi Mohala Behavioral Health, Partners in Development Foundation, University of Hawaii Training Academy.