Kalena’s Kitchen: New healthy lunch caterer from Waianae!

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Yale Research Team Met With Maile Regarding Tire Dumping Problem

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Yale masters program students are studying Hawaii’s tire dumping problem, and will prepare a report recommending possible solutions in May 2013. Back row, L-R: Syrian Xhurxhi, Rauf Prasodjo, Truman Mak, and Nick Youngleson (Makaha resident). Front row, L-R: Laura Franceschini, Maile, and Francis Douglas.

Here is a link to the Abandoned Tire Task Force bill that Maile authored:

For more information about the Tire Task Force, contact:
John Valera
Environmental Planner
DOH – Office of Solid Waste Management,919 Ala Moana Blvd., Rm. 212, Honolulu, HI 96814
P 808.586.4226
F 808.586.7509

FW: OahuMPO is listening – please participate and share by 4/14



OahuMPO would like to hear about your transportation headaches and your ideas for fixing them  Please take a few minutes and complete this brief survey by clicking here or going to our homepage, http://www.oahumpo.org/ and accessing the survey link there.

After you have shared your concerns with us, PLEASE share this email information with your friends, family, co-workers, team mates, teachers, students, coaches, bridge partners, babysitter, employees, drinking buddies, club members, etc.  The survey will remain open until April 14, 2013.

Thank you so much for your help!  Mahalo!

Marian Yasuda, Community Planner
Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization
707 Richards Street, Suite 200
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
(808) 587-2015

Army to conduct operation to eradicate invasive grass on the Waianae Coast

March 8, 2013

Fountain grass: A priority invasive weed species that is a fuel load for wildfires. Fountain grass is also a fire adapted species so it relies on fire to regenerate and becomes the first to establish and spread after a wildlfire occurs. (http://hawp.org/threats-gallery/)

Fountain grass: A priority invasive weed species that is a fuel load for wildfires. Fountain grass is also a fire adapted species so it relies on fire to regenerate and becomes the first to establish and spread after a wildlfire occurs. (http://hawp.org/threats-gallery/)

Aloha Community Leaders – For your use and consideration on your websites, newsletters or in social media.

The U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii (USAG-HI) and the Oahu Invasive Species Committee (OISC) are continuing efforts to stop the spread of invasive fountain grass on the Waianae Coast. 

Weather permitting, USAG-HI and OISC staff will be conducting an aerial spray operation on Makua Military Reservation, March 11 and 12, to eliminate a population of fountain grass.

The work involves the targeted application of an herbicide onto individual plants using a spray ball suspended from a small helicopter. During application, the helicopter may be visible from Farrington Highway near Makua Valley. Operations will only take place in optimal (low wind/rain) weather conditions. The last aerial spray application was conducted in late May 2012, and treated approximately 300 plants.

There are no rare or endangered plants within the treatment area, and the application does not pose a risk to ground or ocean waters, springs, or wells of Makua Valley. The activities are not expected to impact area motorists or hikers.

For more information or concerns about this effort, please contact U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Community Relations at 656-3158 or 656-3159.


Fountain grass is not native to Hawaii. It is a state-listed noxious weed, ecologically adapted to fuel brushfires. Fountain grass is well-established elsewhere on Oahu, notably Diamond Head and Lanikai. Community members can help stop the spread of invasive species by calling 808-266-7994 or visit www.oahuisc.org for more information.

OISC and USAG-HI efforts to stop the spread of fountain grass on the Waianae Coast began in 2011 after a population of the weed was discovered on the cliffs above Kaneana cave along Farrington Highway. During early efforts, staff walked the area and applied herbicide by hand to plants that were accessible. A majority of the plants are located on very steep terrain, however, making it too dangerous to control the entire population by hand.

Aerial treatment was the next critical step to eliminating the population, according to Army biologists.  The plants are scattered on approximately 30 acres of Army and neighboring land, however the operation targets a concentration of plants on approximately 9.6 acres of Army property. 




Amy L. Bugala

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, Public Affairs Chief, Community Relations

314 Sasaoka St.

BLDG 300, RM 105, WAAF

Schofield Barracks, HI 96857

p:808-656-3158 // f:808-656-3162


How are we doing? Comments are welcome at http://ice.disa.mil, under Pacific, Schofield Barracks, Information Management and then Public Affairs.

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