City to open up Honolulu parks to non-profits

City to open up Honolulu parks to non-profits

Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:20 PM HSTUpdated: Feb 19, 2013 11:45 PM HST

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A walk in the park will go on, afterall, for non-profits interested in holding events on most Honolulu city and county properties. It’s a departure from a blanket law that took effect last summer – which banned commercial activity at hundreds of city and county parks.

This decision by Honolulu’s new mayor reverses the ban, in most parks, that took effect under the previous, Peter Carlisle administration.

“An overly broad interpretation of legislation that was passed that year, last year, by the parks department is going to be rolled back,” says current Honolulu Mayor, Kirk Caldwell.

That legislation – backed by Carlisle – was primarily launched to curb commercial activity, like kayaks and other bustling water sports, at Kailua and Kalama beach parks. But since the law took effect last July, non-profit groups complained that they were being shut out by the permitting process.

“Due to the broad interpretation of our bill by the Carlisle administration, we ran into some problems,” says Honolulu City Council Vice-Chairman, Ikaika Anderson.

Organizers with events like the Haleiwa Arts Festival and the Wahiawa Pineapple Festival say they’d be unable to continue without access to the public parks. Caldwell sat down with city lawyers and says they agreed that the ban’s interpretation was too wide in scope.

“My conclusion is that, in the Parks and Rec area, they read the law on commercial activity and thought it applied to all parks, and they were incorrect. And you know, perhaps they thought they were doing the right thing,” says Caldwell.

The mayor says the commercial activity ban will continue to be enforced only at Kailua and Kalama beach parks.

As for the Wahiawa festival, it will go on but be postponed until August and the Haleiwa festival will run in July, as originally planned.

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Governor Releases $134.7 Million for Hawaii Schools

NOTE: the funds below were earmarked in legislative session PRIOR to 2013 and do not include funding identified by the Legislature during the 2013 legislative session – those funds are still under review by the Governor.

Governor Releases $134.7 Million for Hawaii Schools

Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced the release of more than $134.7 million for capital improvement projects (CIPs), identified by members of the state Legislature, that will improve Hawaii’s public school facilities while enhancing economic conditions.

“These priority projects will address many needed repairs and upgrades at our public schools to create environments in which students can learn and thrive,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “The improvements are an investment in our keiki and our economy. Capital improvement projects like these across the state are contributing to Hawaii’s strong economy and our improved state unemployment rate, which declined to 4.7 percent in May.”

Allotment of funds for the following priority projects has been approved by the Governor:

Various Schools, Statewide

  • $41,700,000 – Construction for numerous repair and maintenance projects at school facilities across the state, including re-roofing, electrical upgrades, plumbing and other work
  • $2,000,000 – Planning, design, construction and equipment to provide energy improvements at various schools to identify inefficiencies and develop and implement energy conservation plans; the DOE will identify those schools with inordinate electricity consumption as compared to other schools

$1,000,000 – Planning, design and construction to remove potentially hazardous material to ensure various state schools are up-to-date with current federal

Specific Schools (Note from Sen. Shimabukuro: Only Senate Dist. 21 schools listed here; for complete list, contact the Governor’s Office)

  • $2,500,000 – Nanakuli High and Intermediate School, Oahu – Design and construction of a new synthetic track and field to be used by the five Leeward District High Schools and also for the Special Olympics regional track and field championships, as hosted by Nanakuli for the last 20 years (The current cinder track is used daily by student athletes, special needs students, and the general community)
  • $800,000 – Kamaile Elementary School (Kamaile Academy Public Charter School), Oahu – Design and construction for various electrical system improvements and related site work (CIP projects for conversion charter schools such as Kamaile are implemented by DOE since the campuses are still considered DOE property)

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FREE physicals for school sports: July 20 & 27, 2013

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Waianae Care is providing free Student Sports Physicals to the Nanakuli Complex on July 20 and July 27, 2013.

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Moana Gaspar
Community Coordinator
Kukuluao and Ka Lama Education Academy
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Wai’anae, Hi. 96792

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