BWS Update/Info re Water System Improvement Project in Nanakuli and Related Road Closures

We would like to express our sincere apologizes for the traffic inconvenience caused by our water system improvement project on Farrington Highway in Nanakuli.

The Board of Water Supply (BWS) has been working at night in non-residential areas from Black Rock to Aliinui Drive and will continue to work at night when possible.

We regret to inform you and the community that the planned daytime work scheduled in the intersection of Farrington Highway and Haleakala Avenue will go on as scheduled as it is in a residential area.

This water system improvement project is scheduled to be complete around the end of May, barring any unforeseen circumstances.  Crews are currently working to make final connections to the new transmission water main.  Road repaving is already underway with road striping to follow.

Our neighborhood board representative for the Waianae Coast Neighborhood Board attended the meeting on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 and did make this announcement at the meeting.  I agree that more advanced notice should have been provided and we will be working with our contractor to obtain more timely updates.  We will continue to apprise the Waianae Coast Neighborhood Board, Nanakuli Neighborhood Board, and the community about the remainder of the construction activities for this project.

In addition to neighborhood board announcements, we will be updating our signboards in the project area, sending traffic advisories to television, newspaper, radio, and online media, as well as posting project information on our website, www.boardofwatersupply.com, our social media sites, and our phone recording at 748-5310.

Questions and comments can also be sent to farringtonprojects@hbws.org, the BWS Construction Section at 748-5730, or our contractor Okada Trucking at 841-0138.

My apologies again for the traffic inconvenience associated with this critical water system improvement project.  Mahalo for your continued patience and understanding.

Very truly yours,
Ernest Y.W. Lau, P.E.
Manager and Chief Engineer
Board of Water Supply

NY Times Editorial Refers to Child Sex Abuse Bill Introduced by Sen. Shimabukuro

(Note: The following editorial, “More Time for Justice,” which refers to the sex abuse bill (SB2588/Act 68) introduced by Senator Maile Shimabukuro, was published in the New York Times on 6 May 2012. The editorial also links to the story published in the Senator’s webpage, 21maile. -js)

Hawaii significantly strengthened its protections against child sexual abuse last month when Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a measure extending the statute of limitations for civil lawsuits filed by child victims. At least as important, it opens a one-time two-year window to allow victims to file suits against their abusers even if the time limit had expired under the old law.

Like similar laws in California and Delaware, the Hawaii measure recognizes some wrenching realities. It can take many years, even decades, before child abuse victims are emotionally ready to come forward and tell their stories in court. But by then, they may be barred from suing by the statute of limitations. For example, many suits against the Catholic Church have been blocked because the church’s covering up for pedophile priests made it hard for victims to come forward until long past the time limit for bringing civil claims.

Hawaii’s new law allows child victims to bring suits up to the age of 26 (it was 20), or three years from the time the victim realizes the abuse caused injury. The law’s leading opponent was the Roman Catholic Church, which has been working hard to defeat statute of limitations reform across the country.

Lobbying by the church recently succeeded in blocking reform in Pennsylvania. But lawmakers in Massachusetts seem ready to follow Hawaii’s example by passing similar reforms.

In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not yet indicated that he would support a measure sponsored by Margaret Markey in the Assembly to lift the statute of limitations for one year for civil lawsuits involving child sex abuse. After that year, an accuser would have 10 years after turning 18 to make a claim, instead of five years, which is the current law. Mr. Cuomo has voiced concern about fading memories and missing evidence, but those concerns need to be balanced with justice for victims and the need to stop abusers.

Like measures in other states, the Markey bill requires that a victim obtain a certificate from a mental health professional to show there is a reasonable basis to believe the abuse occurred before a suit can go forward.

Getting the measure through the State Senate would be an uphill climb; previous attempts have failed, and Republican leaders have again vowed to stop it. Cardinal Timothy Dolan has made defeating statute of limitations reform one of his top legislative priorities. Mr. Cuomo’s strong leadership will be needed if New York is to match Hawaii’s accomplishment any time soon.

A version of this editorial appeared in print on May 7, 2012, on page A22 of the New York edition with the headline: More Time for Justice.

Agricultural Park Lots Available in Wai`anae

There are two available state agricultural leases in Wai`anae. These are very inexpensive long-term leases, approximately 10 acres each.

Here are links to more information:

Currently, the Hawai`i Department of Agriculture, through its Agricultural Resource Management Division, operates ten agricultural parks – four on Hawai`i Island, four on O`ahu, and one each on Kaua`i and Moloka`i. In addition, there is one agricultural park on Maui in Kula, but it is managed by the County of Maui. All of the State’s lots are presently under lease. The lessees are engaged in diversified agricultural crops or aquaculture and are small farming enterprises (under 20 acres).

To link to Frequently Asked Questions about state ag leases and how to apply, click here.

The following is a list of the Agricultural Parks that are operated by the department:

O`ahu

  • Waimanalo Ag Park is composed of 126 acres subdivided into 14 lots. (No available lots at this time.)
  • Waianae Ag Park is composed of 150 acres subdivided into 17 lots. (Two lots available at this time.)
  • Kahuku Ag Park is composed of 225 acres subdivided into 24 lots. (No available lots at this time)
  • Kalaeloa Ag Park is composed of 10 acres subdivided into 2 lots. (No available lots at this time)

Contact Director Randy Teruya for more information at: 973 9473