Unofficial Draft (Dec. 2013): DOH Establishment of Abandoned Tire Task Force – 11/8/13 Deadline to Submit Comments

TireTF Report

From: Valera, John S [john.valera@doh.hawaii.gov]
Sent: Monday, November 04, 2013 9:16 AM
Subject: Unofficial Draft Report to ’14 Legislature – Act 271 (12) Task Force on Abandoned Tires

Dear Abandoned Tire Task Force Participants,

Please find the attached unofficial draft report to the Legislature. My apologies that it was sent late.

Note that because this report is coming from the task force, that it has not yet been reviewed by department staff nor its leadership. So the content is subject to change, thus the “unofficial” designation.

There are a few updated sections that may interest you, especially Table 4, the Recommendations section, and proposed legislation in Appendix B.

Appendices A and D were not included in this draft but placeholders were inserted for the meeting summaries and the ranking exercise we did last May.

We will discuss this draft at the meeting tomorrow. Since this was sent late, I can accept written comments you may wish to offer after tomorrow’s final meeting, but please respond by no later than 4:30pm this Friday, Nov. 8th because we have to prepare the final which is due on Nov. 15th.

Respectfully yours,
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

HawaiiNewsNow – EXCLUSIVE: Police investigating sludge controversy 11/4/13

By Rick Daysog
HawaiiNewsNow, 11/4/13

The controversy over the dumping of tons of sludge in Waianae is now a criminal case.

Hawaii News Now has learned that the Honolulu Police Department is working with the city Department of Planning and Permitting in its investigation into SER Trucking of Waianae.

“Now it’s a different ball game,” said environmental activist Carroll Cox.

“With this new investigation, a criminal investigation, it could go thousands, hundreds of thousands of dollars (in fines).”

SER is the company hired by the Hawaii Kai Marina Association’s dredging company to transport tons of material dug up from the marina to a farmland on Waianae Valley Road.

The dumping attracted a lot of community opposition in September after SER accidentally spilled one of its loads on the H-1 freeway, tying up traffic for hours.

Many critics of the dumping say they welcome the HPD’s involvement.

“Anything to protect our community from any type of dredging they do or the dumping that they are doing is something we take seriously,” said City Councilwoman Kymberly Pine.

[Click here to watch the video and read the full article.]

Vans Triple Crown Rell Sunn Aloha Jam IV – 11/23/13, 5:30-11PM

Rell Sunn 4th

Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 11:00 PM (HST)
Waimea Valley
59-864 Kamehameha Hwy.
Waimea Valley, HAWAII 96712
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Attend

Van’s Triple Crown Concert – November 23th, at Waimea Valley let loose and enjoy some Hawaiian music with great friends, then dance your heart out with some great local talent. Aloha Jam brings on the stage to perform: Lounge Lizards, Henry Kapono, John Cruz and Local Musicians with other special guests set to make appearances on this night of aloha that will honor the Queen of Makaha Rell…

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Aloha’s,
Rell Sunn Educational Fund, Inc.

Kamehameha Schools Breaks Ground on New Wai‘anae Coast Learning Center 10/31/13

Early Learning Complex with expanded preschool capacity part of Phase I

groundbreaking KPI

Honolulu, HI – Kamehameha Schools’ Ka Pua Initiative and its partners celebrated the groundbreaking of Phase I of its Kamehameha Community Learning Center (KCLC) at Mā‘ili earlier today.

The first phase of the KCLC is an Early Learning Complex, which will establish a venue where a suite of services and programs are provided through the collaborative effort of community organizations.  These programs will help to strengthen pre-kindergarten learning systems for keiki from ages 0 to 5. The Early Learning Complex aims to:

  • Increase the number of preschool seats on the Wai‘anae Coast
  • Provide learning opportunities and resources to families with young children
  • Create a hub where early childhood organizations can work in close proximity to better serve Wai‘anae Coast families

“One of the most important commitments Kamehameha Schools is making to the Wai‘anae Coast is the development of Kamehameha Community Learning Centers,” said Kalei Ka‘ilihiwa, director of community programs – Ka Pua Initiative. “The KCLC will provide spaces for students and families to learn and grow as well as community programs to model innovative, collaborative and impactful services.”  Continue reading