Bill List 2014 (as of 1/30/14)

SB60 SD1 – Bill of Rights for Victims; Restorative Justice: Requires victims of crimes and surviving immediate family members to be notified of their right to participate in the restorative justice process. (SD1)
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=60&year=2014

SB317 – Indigenous Peoples’ Day; Holidays: Re-designates the second Monday of October from “Discoverers’ Day” to “Indigenous Peoples’ Day”.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=317&year=2014

SB2223 / HB1799 – Name Change; Children; Sexual Abuse; Divorce: Allows a family court to change the name of a minor child in a divorce proceeding of the parents if the child was the victim of child sexual abuse by either parent or if the court determines that the name change is in the best interests of the child when there has been no conviction of the parent for sexual abuse.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2223&year=2014

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=1799&year=2014

SB2224 / HB1782 – Guardianships; Minors; Notice: Amends the list of individuals that a petitioner is required to provide notice to regarding the time and place of the hearing for a petition for guardianship.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2224&year=2014

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=1782&year=2014

SB2241 – Agricultural Lands; Taro Land Protection: Includes taro lands and taro-growing structures as special agricultural lands to be protected from development.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2241&year=2014

SB2242 – Taro Lands; Protection; Agricultural Land Use: Amends public land classifications to add taro lands for wetland cultivation as a fourth class of intensive agricultural use lands. Defines taro lands. Requires retention of supporting structures associated with taro fields. Adds growth and perpetuation of traditional Hawaiian crops to agricultural state planning objectives.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2242&year=2014

SB2243 – Counties; Wastewater; Individual Systems: Allows counties to permit the use of an otherwise authorized individual wastewater treatment system, except cesspools in a special management area, when it pre-dates a county-operated wastewater treatment system and the county determines that allowing the individual wastewater treatment system is fair and equitable. Requires counties to adopt rules or ordinances no later than December 31, 2015.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2243&year=2014

SB2244/HB1813 – Airport Hangars; Storage: Clarifies that storage of items and materials in airport hangars that do not do not affect the operation and maintenance of the aircraft, regardless of whether or not those items or materials are required for the operation and maintenance of the aircraft, is not a violation of section 261-21, HRS.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2244&year=2014

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=1813&year=2014

SB2245 / HB2403 – Insurance; Motor Vehicle Insurance; First Party Claims; Prompt Payment: Requires an insurer in a first party insurance claim to pay the claimant a fair amount within thirty days of a demand for payment of insurance benefits.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2245&year=2014

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=2403&year=2014

SB2681/HB2197 – Financial Disclosure Statements; Boards and Commissions; Public Documents; Board of Regents: Makes the financial disclosure statements of the University of Hawaii board of regents and members of state boards and commissions available for public inspection and duplication.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2681&year=2014

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=2197

SB2682 – Financial Disclosures; Boards and Commissions: Public Records: Requires public disclosure of financial disclosure statements filed by paid state board or commission members who have original terms of office for periods exceeding one year, have functions that are not solely advisory, and serve on boards of commissions that are authorized to approve contracts or expenditures valued at more than $1,000,000.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2682&year=2014

SB2683/HB2509 – Motor Vehicle Tires; Abandoned Tires; Removal; Appropriation: Appropriates funds to assist communities affected by discarded or abandoned tires by providing funds for the administration of contracts to remove abandoned tires from the landscape.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2683&year=2014

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=2509

SB2685 / HB2406 – Motor Vehicle Tire Surcharge; Replacement Tire: Imposes a surcharge of $1 per tire on any tire retailer or wholesaler who installs a replacement tire in the State after September 30, 2014. Repeals on 7/1/2019.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2685&year=2014

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=2406

SB2686/HB2510 – Tire Sales; Internet: Expands the definition of tire retailer to include individuals who sell or offer to sell tires on the Internet. Requires Internet tire retailers to post a written notice regarding motor vehicle tire disposal and recycling on the webpage initiating or offering the sale.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2686&year=2014

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=2510

SB2687 – Statute of Limitations; Civil Actions; Sexual Abuse of a Minor: Allows a victim of child sexual abuse to bring a civil action against victim’s abuser or an entity, except for the State or counties, when the entity was grossly negligent, if the statute of limitations for filing a civil claim has lapsed and the victim has not yet attained the age of fifty-five. Effective 4/23/2014.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2687&year=2014

SB2688 / HB2404 – Qualified Domestic Relations Orders; Employees’ Retirement System; Alternate Beneficiary: Clarifies that all or a portion of the benefits payable by reason of the death of the member of the employees’ retirement system or former employee of the State or counties shall be payable to the alternate beneficiary designated under a qualified domestic relations order. Allows the court to issue a qualified domestic relations order for support for purposes of designating an alternate beneficiary to receive retirement benefits under the employees’ retirement system in connection with and in addition to a divorce decree.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2688&year=2014

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=2404

SB2689 / HB2608 – Publication of Notices and Process; Posting Online; Family Court: Upon order of the family court and in addition to existing mailing and posting requirements, requires indigent plaintiffs to post a copy of the pleadings and process on a searchable internet website of general circulation, unless doing so is cost-prohibitive. Takes effect 1/1/2015.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2689&year=2014

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=2608

SB2690 – Unclaimed Property; Cash Deposits: Provides for escheat of unclaimed cash in certain amounts for certain periods of time that were deposited into the unclaimed property trust fund.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2690&year=2014

SB2691 – Sentencing; Drug Offenses; Minimum Terms of Imprisonment: Allows judges discretion in setting incarceration terms when sentencing drug offenders in certain class A, B, and C felonies.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2691&year=2014

SB2692 – Boards and Commissions; Public Agency Meetings and Information Practices; Code of Ethics; Training: Requires all members of boards and commissions to complete training in ethics, public agency meetings, and information practices within six months of each member’s confirmation to the board or commission by the Senate. Establishes a public agency meetings and information practices training course to be administered by the office of information practices. Requires an additional ethics training course to be provided in July of each year.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2692&year=2014

SB2694/HB2061 – Embryo, Oocyte, and Sperm Cryopreservation Procedure Health Care Coverage: Requires insurance coverage for embryo, oocyte, and sperm cryopreservation procedures for adults diagnosed with cancer who have not started cancer treatment.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2694&year=2014

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=2061

SB2695/HB2609 – Abuse of Family or Household Members; Probable Cause Hearing; Domestic Violence Intervention Programs: Requires the court to hold a separate probable cause hearing, when a person is charged with the offense of abuse of a family or household member or refusal to comply with the lawful order of a police officer, to review the charge and determine if there is probable cause to believe that the person charged will benefit from undergoing domestic violence intervention programs.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2695&year=2014

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=2609

SB2908 – Sentencing; Drug Offenses; Minimum Terms of Imprisonment: Removes minimum terms of imprisonment for drug offenders in certain class A, B, and C felonies.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2908&year=2014

SB2909 / HB2355 – In Vitro Fertilization Procedure Coverage; Infertility Disability: Provides insurance coverage equality for women who are diagnosed with infertility by making available to them expanded treatment options, ensuring adequate and affordable health care services.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2909&year=2014

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=2355

SB3010 – Feral Birds; Feral Cats; Feeding; Department of Health: Eliminates the requirement that the department of health must find danger or injury to health before abating, destroying, removing, or preventing the feeding of feral birds. Requires the department of health to examine into all odors and filth resulting from the feeding of feral birds and cats and cause the same to be abated, destroyed, removed, or prevented.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=3010&year=2014

SB3011 – Environmental Justice; Waianae Valley; Appropriation: Appropriates funds for programs and community efforts that seek environmental justice and equity in the Waianae area, and nurtures future leaders that will protect Waianae’s land and natural resources.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=3011&year=2014

SB3012 – Medical Records; Social Security Act; Aid to the Aged, Blind, and Disabled Program: Mandates that medical providers provide medical records to a patient, patient’s attorney, or authorized representative free of charge if the request is for the purposes of a claim or appeal under any provision of the Social Security Act or for state assistance under the aid to the aged, blind, and disabled program.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=3012&year=2014

SB3013/HB2405 – Taxation; Income Tax Rates; Capital Gains Tax Changes income tax brackets and rates after 12/31/2013. Provides for taxation of capital gains as ordinary income.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=3013&year=2014

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=2405

SB3086/HB2063 – Transportation; Airports; DOT; Leases; Contracts; Term: Authorizes
DOT to enter into contracts, leases, or other arrangements with terms not to exceed 35 years with any qualified person to operate an airport owned or controlled by the department.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=3086&year=2014

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=2063

SB3087 – PUC; Assistants; Disclosure; Renewable Energy: Requires the PUC to post on its website the names of its contractors and non-clerical employees and a copy of each commissioner’s annual disclosure of financial interests. Authorizes commissioners other than the chairperson to hire 2 staff members. Requires the PUC to give preference to certain types of renewable energy resources.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=3087&year=2014

SB3088 – Public Utilities Commission; Interisland Transmission System: Amends definition of “high-voltage electric transmission cable system” to allow alternative configurations of the interisland transmission system.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=3088&year=2014

SB3089 – Consumer Advocate; Division of Consumer Advocacy; Rename; Duties: Amends the powers and duties of the consumer advocate to more accurately reflect the powers and duties actually performed by the consumer advocate. Renames the consumer advocate as the rate advocate. Renames the division of consumer advocacy as the division of rate advocacy.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=3089&year=2014

SB3088 re Public Utilities Commission: Scheduled for Hearing on 2/4/14 at 3:15pm

SB3088: Amends definition of “high-voltage electric transmission cable system” to allow alternative configurations of the interisland transmission system.

The committee on ENE has scheduled a public hearing on 02-04-14 3:15PM in conference room 225.

Submit testimony via the following link:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=3088&year=2014

Hearing on 2/5/14 at 9am Re: SB 2245 Insurance; Motor Vehicle Insurance; First Party Claims; Prompt Payment

SB 2245 has been scheduled for a hearing by the CPN Committee on 2/5/14, 9am, in room 229. The bill:

Requires an insurer in a first party insurance claim to pay the claimant a fair amount within thirty days of a demand for payment of insurance benefits.

Here is a link to the bill status, including links to submit testimony:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2245&year=2014

Defend Wai`anae Event: Thursday 1/30/14 at 5:30pm

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Compost Toilet Bill Scheduled for Hearing 1/30/14 at 2:50pm

SB 2243 has been scheduled by PSM/ENE for 1/30/14 at 2:50pm in Conf Rm 225. The bill:

Allows counties to permit the use of an otherwise authorized individual wastewater treatment system, except cesspools in a special management area, when it pre-dates a county-operated wastewater treatment system and the county determines that allowing the individual wastewater treatment system is fair and equitable. Requires counties to adopt rules or ordinances no later than December 31, 2015.

Here is a link to the bill status:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2243&year=2014

Please spread the word!!

Mahalo,
~Maile

Hearing Notice: Senate Hawaiian Affairs (HWN) Committee 1/31/14

 SENATE

THE TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2014

COMMITTEE ON HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS

Senator Maile S.L. Shimabukuro, Chair

Senator Clayton Hee, Vice Chair

NOTICE OF HEARING

DATE: Friday, January 31, 2014
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
PLACE: Conference Room 224State Capitol415 South Beretania Street

A G E N D A

SB 320Status & Testimony RELATING TO NATIVE HAWAIIAN BURIALS.Requires that iwi kupuna, or Native Hawaiian bones, in the possession of the State whose provenience is unknown, or for other special circumstance, be reinterred annually on the island of Kaho‘olawe. HWN, WAM
SB 2268Status & Testimony RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS.Requires a portion of the general excise tax to be deposited into the Hawaiian home administration account for operational expenses. HWN, WAM
SB 2254Status & Testimony RELATING TO THE HAWAIIAN HOMES COMMISSION.Establishes a candidate advisory council for the Hawaiian homes commission to present nominees to the governor for the appointment of individuals to serve on the Hawaiian homes commission.  Requires all members of the Hawaiian homes commission to be of Hawaiian ancestry.  Establishes that the ninth member of the Hawaiian homes commission be an at-large member.  Requires the members rather than the governor to select a chairperson among the members thereof at the end of each fiscal year.  Changes the term of the chairperson from commencing on January 1 and expiring on December 31 to a one-year term commencing on July 1 and expiring on June 30. HWN, WAM
SB 2837Status & Testimony RELATING TO PERSONAL PRIVACY.Adds certain content of Department of Hawaiian Home Lands homestead applicant and lessee files to the list of government records which are not required to be disclosed. HWN, JDL

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

Click here to submit testimony to the Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs.

Testimony may be submitted up to 24 hours prior to the start of the hearing.

 FOR AMENDED NOTICES:  Measures that have been deleted are stricken through and measures that have been added are underscored.  If a measure is both underscored and stricken through, that measure has been deleted from the agenda.

If you require auxiliary aids or services to participate in the public hearing process (i.e. ASL or foreign language interpreter, or wheelchair accessibility), please contact the committee clerk at least 24 hours prior to the hearing so that arrangements can be made.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL THE COMMITTEE CLERK AT (808)586-7793.

Senator Maile S.L. Shimabukuro
Chair

Click here for the original notice in MS Word format.

Dr. Fred Dodge & Dr. Terry Claggett Honored at WCCHC

On 1/21/14, Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center (WCCHC) dedicated a beautiful courtyard in honor of Dr. Fred Dodge and Dr. Terry Claggett.  L-R: Shayne Sakoda, Dr. Fred Dodge, Sen. Shimabukuro.  (Dr. Dodge is Sen. Shimabukuro's stepfather). Click image to enlarge.

On 1/21/14, Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center (WCCHC) dedicated a beautiful courtyard in honor of Dr. Fred Dodge and Dr. Terry Claggett. L-R: Shayne Sakoda, Dr. Fred Dodge, Sen. Shimabukuro. (Dr. Dodge is Sen. Shimabukuro’s stepfather). Click image to enlarge.

Dr. Dodge's plaque.

Dr. Dodge’s plaque.

Dr. Claggett' plaque.

Dr. Claggett’ plaque.

‘The Vagina Monologues’ 2/15/14, 3pm, at MA’O Farms

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Hosted by Women of Wai’anae. Click image to enlarge.

Free Statewide Tax Preparation Services 2014

At State Capitol on 2/1/14, 9am-2pm

Or by Appointment at Various Sites

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Groundbreaking Ceremony: E Ala Voyaging Canoe Halau

E Ala, photo courtesy of Waianae High School's Searider Productions.

E Ala, photo courtesy of Waianae High School’s Searider Productions.

The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, January 30, 2014, 1:30 PM at the Waianae Small Boat Harbor.

Light refreshments will be provided.

More details will be forthcoming from the Wai`anae Hawaiian Civic Club.

Mahalo!

Median Barrier & Traffic Safety Update (1/8/14)

Sen. Shimabukuro met with constituents in January regarding the tragic accident in Nanakuli on 12/28/13.  The group plans to get involved with the Neighborhood Board and other officials to try and find ways to improve safety along Farrington Highway.  These issues will be discussed at the Nanakuli-Maili Neighborhood Board Transportation Committee meeting on 1/16/14, 6pm, at Maili Elementary School.  This committee, chaired by Richard Landford, meets every 3rd Thursday of the month.  L- R: Richard and Shirley Landford, Clinton and Elizabeth Coelho, Monica Torres, Katherine Frederick, and Wanda Holi. Click image to enlarge.

Sen. Shimabukuro met with constituents on 1/8/14 regarding the tragic accident in Nanakuli on 12/28/13. The group plans to get involved with the Neighborhood Board and other officials to try and find ways to improve safety along Farrington Highway. These issues will be discussed at the Nanakuli-Maili Neighborhood Board Transportation Committee meeting on 1/16/14, 6pm, at Maili Elementary School. This committee, chaired by Richard Landford, meets every 3rd Thursday of the month. L- R: Richard and Shirley Landford, Clinton and Elizabeth Coelho, Monica Torres, Katherine Frederick, and Wanda Holi. See related 1/3/14 post. Click image to enlarge.

HDOT Response – PMContraflow Project (1/15/14)

From: Caroline B. Sluyter
Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 8:46 AM
To: Sen. Maile Shimabukuro
Subject: HDOT response – PMContraflow Project

Aloha Senator Shimabukuro,

Please see the information below regarding the PMContraflow project status, as requested.

With aloha,
Caroline Sluyter

The PMContraflow is a design build project and the design has not been finalized.  During a design build project the contract allows for flexibility to make adjustments  on the concept of the design during construction.  So far necessary additional deck repairs have been added in both the east and west bound direction which are a 150% increase in the lanes (from 2 lanes in each direction to 5 lanes in each direction).

To address traffic congestion, west bound widening will take place in two locations including the viaduct between the Pearl City onramp and the Waipahu offramp in the westbound direction.  See photos below.  Also, HDOT will be restriping the westbound lanes from the Halawa Merge (Aiea Pedestrian Overpass to Pearl City Off Ramp) to provide a shoulder lane for use during the PM peak period to help with rush hour traffic flow.

As for the PMContraflow initial concept, HDOT is currently looking at alternate designs and working collaboratively with the Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) and the contractor to make the improvements to address the westbound traffic congestion.  A final decision on whether the PMContraflow concept will be included has not yet been made.

VIADUCT IMPROVEMENTS

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PM CONTRAFLOW
Widen Pearl City Viaduct

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Widen Waiawa Interchange (Widen shoulders)

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Caroline Sluyter
Public Information Officer
Department of Transportation

KKLEA FAFSA Workshops Jan 28-Apr 15, 2014

(Forwarded by Karen Young to Sen. Shimabukuro 1/15/14)
From: Moana Gaspar
Community Coordinator
Kukuluao and Ka Lama Education Academy
Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2014

FAFSADo you need help completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or have questions about it? Waianae High School will be hosting FAFSA WORKSHOPS, come and have the experts from UH West Oahu help you to complete your FAFSA on the following dates:

January 28, 2014            March 11, 2014

February 11, 2014           April 2, 2013

February 25, 2014           April 15, 2013

March 6, 2014

Items to bring with you, to complete the FAFSA.

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Your most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • A Federal Student Aid PIN to sign electronically. (If you do not already have one, visit www.pin.ed.gov to obtain one.)
  • If you are a dependent student, then you will also need most of the above information for your parent(s).

**All workshops are held on the campus of Waianae High in the school library from 6pm-8pm**

Transportation Update: Safety Projects Along Farrington Hwy (1/10/14)

From: Jadine Urasaki
Sent: Friday, January 10, 2014 12:59 PM
To: Sen. Maile Shimabukuro
Subject: Re: Follow up Question re Median Barriers

Aloha Senator,

These are the current safety projects that we are working on along Farrington Highway:

1. PROJECT TITLE: Farrington Highway Intersection Improvements, at Nanakuli Avenue and Haleakala Avenue
SCOPE OF WORK: Widening of Farrington Highway between Nanakuli Stream and Helelua Street to facilitate construction of an auxiliary lane, 8-foot wide shared-use path; realignment of the existing historic railroad track, drainage systems, relocation of existing utilities and traffic signal system.
CON ESTIMATE:  $ 10,068,863.00
Construction to commence shortly

2. PROJECT TITLE: Farrington Highway Drainage Improvements
Vicinity of Princess Kahanu Avenue
SCOPE OF WORK: Drainage improvements to mitigate flooding during heavy downpour/high surf. Work involves replacing existing 12″ drain with 24″ drainline, convert existing drywell into a drain inlet, reconstruct existing drain inlet, install manholes, hydro-mulch, and other related improvements.
CON ESTIMATE: $750,000.00
ESTIMATED SCHEDULE: Bid Open Dec. 2014

3. PROJECT TITLE: Farrington Highway, Replacement of Maipalaoa Bridge
SCOPE OF WORK: This project will replace the existing Maipalaoa Bridge including the addition of piers, asphalt pavement reconstruction, utility relocation and other related improvements.
CON ESTIMATE: $14.7 Million
ESTIMATED SCHEDULE: Bid Open Dec. 2014/Jan 2015

4. PROJECT TITLE: Farrington Highway Resurfacing, Vicinity of Kili Drive to Satellite Tracking Station Road
SCOPE OF WORK: Cold planing, resurfacing, reconstructing weakened pavement areas, replace and install guardrails, end treatments, slope stabilization, installing new concrete bus pads, installing loop detectors and traffic signal head back plates,            adjusting utility manholes and pullboxes, pavement markings and striping
CON ESTIMATE: $11.0 Million
ESTIMATED SCHEDULE: Bid Open January/February 2015

5. PROJECT TITLE: Farrington Highway, Replacement of Makaha Bridges 3 and 3A
SCOPE OF WORK: Replacement of two existing wooden bridge structures with two new reinforced concrete bridge structures.
CON ESTIMATE:  $16,411,374.00
ESTIMATED SCHEDULE:  End of 2014

Thank you.
Jadine Urasaki, P.E. LEED AP
Deputy Director – Projects
State of Hawaii Department of Transportation
869 Punchbowl Street, Suite 500
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Transportation Update: Lighting & Widening of Farrington Hwy (1/6/14)

From: Jadine Urasaki
Sent: Monday, January 06, 2014 10:26 AM
To: Sen. Maile Shimabukuro

Aloha Senator,

Please see responses to your inquiries as it relates to DOT:

Senator Shimabukuro: Lights Along Farrington Highway and in the State Ag. Parks – I’m not sure whether you’ve driven along the corridor between the Kahe Point Power Plant and the Piliokahi Street at the beginning of Nanakuli at night, but there are NO street-lights illuminating that stretch of road from Kahe Point to the “hill” entering Nanakuli As you may realize, traffic accidents (some fatal) have become a rather common occurrence – most recently this past week.  I recall that Farrington Highway is a state roadway, so is there some way the State could arrange for the installation of at least a street lights to be installed – possibly solar-powered like those street lamps by the Navy Exchange fronting the freeway entrance at Moanalua?

Response:  Approximately 3,000 ft. from the Kahe Pt. Power Plant driveway to before the “hill” on Farrington Hwy. has no street lighting.  This section is a 4-lane divided roadway with 12 ft. travelways, 4-6 ft. paved shoulders and a 20-22 ft. median. There is one unsignalized beach access intersection and one median opening for u-turns.  The average daily traffic is approximately 40,000 vehicles and the summary of the 5-year accident history based on latest available data (2006-2010) is as follows:

  • 23 major traffic accidents (0 fatalities, 11 injury)
  • 10 of the 23 accidents occurred during daylight
  • Of the 13 non-daylight accidents – 4 were noted as fatigue as a factor, 3 were noted as alcohol as a factor, 2 were noted as speed as a factor.  The other accidents mentioned rear-ended in a construction zone going 20 mph, veered off, illness-seizure, traveling wrong way.

Based non-daylight accident history, no development along this section of roadway, and impacts to wildlife, the installation of street lighting is not necessary.  With concern on the most recent fatalities, we are awaiting accident report from the Honolulu Police Department to confirm the exact location.

In addition, use of solar-powered LED street lighting is not recommended at this time.  Our focus is on implementing LED lighting first before we start looking at an alternative power supply.  Developing LED specifications is an iterative process as we find out what works well and what doesn’t through experiences with our LED installations and guidance and regulations from Federal Highways Administration and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).  Also, based on a brief research, not many manufacturers currently produce solar-powered lighting for highway purposes and like LED, time will produce more manufacturer and better products.  As with solar-powered equipment we have deployed now or in the past, crashworthiness, system reliability, battery life and battery theft are issues that need to be addressed.

Senator Shimabukuro: Farrington Highway Widening – Given the Leeward Coast’s increasing population, the ONLY means of transport on/off this Coast needs to be widened. You had mentioned the plan for a third, turning lane along the Ma`ili through Nanakuli corridor. However, are these plans set in stone? Would it be possible to add a lane(s) on the “Makai” side of the highway replacing the old railroad tracks? Shouldn’t federal funds be available for this given this highway’s access to the munitions depot. A big concern is that should another hurricane or tsunami strike, we Leeward Coast residents have only ONE transportation artery allowing access and egress since Kolekole Pass is shut down.

Response:  The Farrington Highway corridor along the Leeward Coast lacks sufficient additional right-of-way to provide an additional travel lane.  While it is true that the old Oahu Railway and Land Company parcel was transferred to the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT), it included a condition that the State use a portion of this land to construct a bikeway or pedestrian walkway.  The State is close to advertising for construction the Leeward Bikeway project which will fulfill our commitment on this matter and provide a multi-use path for bicyclists and pedestrians along much of the Leeward Coast.

Late last year, HDOT advertised the Farrington Highway Intersection Improvements at Nanakuli Avenue and Haleakala Avenue Project which will provide the much needed signalized, dedicated left-turn lanes into the Nanakuli subdivision.  Construction is anticipated to begin in the second quarter of 2014.

Thank you.
Jadine Urasaki, P.E. LEED AP
Deputy Director – Projects
State of Hawaii Department of Transportation
869 Punchbowl Street, Suite 500
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Life Foundation Visits Capitol 1/14/14

From left to right: Stacia Ohira (in front), Kieva Cadena (behind Stacia), Cathy Kapua (who resides in Waianae), Executive Director Paul Groesbeck, Senator Maile Shimabukuro, Maddie Sesepasara (Waianae High School graduate), and Gia Pacheco.

On 1/14/14, the Life Foundation, who works with HIV AIDS patients statewide, visited the Capitol. From left to right: Stacia Ohira (in front), Kieva Cadena (behind Stacia), Cathy Kapua (who resides in Waianae), Executive Director Paul Groesbeck, Senator Maile Shimabukuro, Maddie Sesepasara (Waianae High School graduate), and Gia Pacheco. For more information, visit: http://www.lifefoundation.org

Makua Marine Resources Study Update: Wet Season Sampling Has Begun (1/14/14)

2013 Supplemental Marine Resources Study
Makua Military Reservation

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The U.S. Army in Hawaii is conducting a Supplemental Marine Resources study at Makua Beach to determine whether military activities at Makua Military Reservation (MMR) have impacted marine resources in the area and whether the proposed Army training activities at MMR pose a health risk to area residents who rely on marine resources for food or other purposes. The Supplemental Marine Resources Study was ordered by the Federal District Court June 20, 2012. The Army appreciates the community’s interest and involvement in this study.

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Overview

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The 2013 Supplemental Marine Resources Study is composed of three phases:

1) Gathering public input and developing a plan to sample and analyze the marine resources.
(STATUS: COMPLETED)

  • In October 2012, the Army solicited for community input regarding the marine resources at Makua Beach via a community survey and during a Talk Story event held at the Pililaau Army Recreation Center in Waianae, Oct. 24, 2012.
  • The Army used the community’s input to develop a draft of the Sampling and Analysis Plan. The plan lays out how the Army will conduct the Marine Resources Study.
  • A draft of the Sampling and Analysis Plan was made available for public comment Feb. 22-March 22, 2013. Community was invited to provide comments on the draft plan at two meetings held on the Waianae Coast, Feb. 20, 2013, and March 13, 2013. Community was also invited to provide comments via mail and email.
  • All comments were taken into consideration during the development of the final Sampling and Analysis Plan, which was complete August 2013. The plan lays out how the Army will conduct a Marine Resources Study to determine whether military activities at Makua Military Reservation have contributed or will contribute to contamination of the marine resources near Makua, and whether the proposed Army training activities at MMR pose a health risk to area residents who rely on marine resources for food or other purposes. View or download the final plan here (or here).

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UH Manoa: More Than 100 Learn Native Hawaiian Law 1/11/14

14 Jan. 2014 – More than 100 people from throughout the State of Hawaiʻi – representing state and county governments – learned about trust obligations in relation to Native Hawaiian cultural and natural resources at UH Mānoa’s William S. Richardson School of Law.  The training course was provided by Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law.  It was funded by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and held on Saturday, January 11, 2014.

Maui County Council Chair Gladys Baisa described the training as “an essential program for public servants in making crucial decisions for the community.”

Several state and other county lawmakers attended the training, including:  Senators Suzanne Chun OaklandDonovan Dela Cruz and Maile Shimabukuro; Representatives Karen Awana, Isaac Choy, Faye Hanohano, Richard Onishi, and Calvin Say; and Hawaiʻi County Councilmembers Dru Kanuha and Valerie Poindexter.

Read the full announcement.

Advanced Chemistry for College Prep – Free Online Course Begins 1/27/14

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University of Kentucky

Advanced Chemistry

This course, offered by the University of Kentucky via Coursera, is designed to look at the topics covered in advanced high school chemistry courses, correlating to the standard topics as established by the American Chemical Society. Engaging instruction and supplemental video demonstrations are designed to help prepare students for college level chemistry. (See “More than 5,000 sign up for University of Kentucky’s free online chemistry course,” 1/13/14.)

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About the Course

Many students leave high school without being prepared for the rigors of college chemistry. This course is designed to give students the opportunity to review topics at a pace conducive to their level, whether they are encountering the material for the first time or are using the course as a refresher.  Continue reading

Sundance Institute: 2014 Native Lab Fellowship Deadline 2/3/14

sundanceSundance Institute’s has 2014 Native Lab Fellowship open call
From Cherokee Phoenix
1/8/2014 8:14:36 AM
BY STAFF REPORTS

LOS ANGELES – Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program announced an open call for applications for its 2014 Native Lab Fellowship, a two-stage artist development program that begins with a filmmaker’s lab in May 2014.

Four projects are selected each year for the Fellowship program, which is open to Native American, Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native film artists.

“We encourage artists from all tribal communities to submit their work to the Native Lab for consideration,” Bird Runningwater, Sundance Institute Native American and Indigenous Program director, said. “The creative environment Sundance Institute fosters gives filmmakers an opportunity to shape their work, find a unique voice and share different perspectives through film.”

Applicants are asked to submit a proposal for an original narrative, documentary short or feature length film. Applications are selected based on their originality, artistic voice and potential to advance toward production. Storylines do not require a Native American theme. Applications must be completed by Feb. 3, 2014.

For more information, visit https://my.sundance.org/forms/native.