Students from Okinawa Visit the State Capitol

In June of 1985, the State of Hawaii and the Prefecture of Okinawa became sister-states. During the 1990 Legislative Session, the Legislature passed House Concurrent Resolution 154 requesting the Department of Education to Establish an Exchange Program with Okinawa.

Over the years, over 700 students from Okinawa and over 500 students from Hawaii have benefited from the exchange. When you include those who have hosted but not travelled, the numbers rise to over a thousand on each side.

The Hawaii United Okinawa Association and the forty-nine member organizations have maintained the commitment to continue this long standing program, starting in 2011 to the present. It is a student exchange program that both the Hawaii and Okinawa education departments have recognized as the longest running program of its kind.

This exchange program celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary with acknowledgements from the Hawaii State Legislature and the first governor of Okinawan ancestry, the honorable David Y. Ige, Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the Honolulu City Council during their visit to the State Capitol and also at the Aloha Party at the Hawaii Okinawa Center on March 13. The twenty five Okinawa students for 2015 arrived on February 28 and will leave Hawaii on March 14, accompanied by Okinawan Prefectural Board of Education officials.

Councilor, Mr. Masahiro Unten
Student exchange coordinator, Mr. Tamotsu Miyagi
Teachers – Mr. Tadato Miyagawa, Ms. Chiaki Inamine, and Ms. Nina Shao

High School Students from Okinawa:
Nanako Miyagi, Hibiki Shibata, Asuka Higa, Raita Seki, Momoe Oshiro, Momoko Miyamoto, Hiroka Itokazu, Shima Nakasone, Kotone Kamiya, Akari Arakaki, Sato Maehara, Shiho Hateruma, Erina Shimabukuro, Nao Tanahara, Seiya Ikehara, Koya Kakazu, Wakana Tokuyama, Sana Hamakawa, Iroha Mochida, Rihei Gushiken, Daisuke Kinjo, Hirono Tamashiro, Vanessa Anne Azurin, Suzu Nikawadori, and Anri Sekiya

The delegation was also accompanied by Jane Serikaku, Executive Director and Student Exchange Coordinator of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association of Hawaii; Ron Miyashiro, Hawaii Okinawa Today; and Dennis Arakaki, Former State Representative.

Part II of the exchange is when Hawaii students visit Okinawa, from June 5 – 19, 2015 to be hosted by these students from Okinawa who visited Hawaii.

Former Representative Dennis Arakaki is on far left, Maile in the center, with the Okinawan Prefectural Board of Education officials. Click image to enlarge.

Former Representative Dennis Arakaki is on far left, Maile in the center, with the Okinawan Prefectural Board of Education officials. Click image to enlarge.

Former Representative Dennis Arakaki, Representative John Mizuno, Maile, Representative Linda Ichiyama and Representative Aaron Johansen with the Okinawan delegation. Click image to enlarge

Former Representative Dennis Arakaki, Representative John Mizuno, Maile, Representative Linda Ichiyama and Representative Aaron Johansen with the Okinawan delegation. Click image to enlarge

Oahu Lane Closures For the Weekend of March 13 – March 15

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DAVID Y. IGE GOVERNOR
FORD N. FUCHIGAMI DIRECTOR

For Immediate Release: Mar. 12, 2015 15-0089

OAHU LANE CLOSURES FOR THE WEEKEND OF MAR. 13 – MAR. 15
PLEASE NOTE: Lane closure schedules may change at any time without further notice.   All projects are weather permitting.

— H-1 FREEWAY —

1) SALT LAKE TO HONOLULU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK) Two right lanes closed on the H-1 Freeway in the westbound direction between the Keehi Interchange and the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Off-Ramp (Exit 15B) from 9 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 13, through 12:01 a.m. on Monday morning, Mar. 16. All ramps will remain open. Speed limits will be reduced to 15 mph in order to minimize traffic induced vibrations that may lead to cracking in the newly repaired deck. Airport Viaduct improvements include concrete deck replacements, expansion joint repairs, and pavement restriping. Work is located between the Pearl Harbor Interchange and the Keehi Interchange.

2) PEARL CITY (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK) Lane closures on the H-1 Freeway in both directions at the H-1/H-2 Merge between the Waipahu Street Overpass and the Waiawa Road Overpass on Sunday night, Mar. 15, through Friday morning, Mar. 20, from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., nightly, for the rail project. For more information, please visit the project website for The Rail at http://www.honolulutransit.org/.

3) PEARL CITY TO HNL AIRPORT (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK) Three left lanes closed on the H-1 Freeway in the eastbound direction between the Pearlridge/Waimalu Off-Ramp (Exit 10) and the Airport Off-Ramp (Exit 16) on Sunday, Mar. 15, to Friday morning, Mar. 20, from 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m., nightly, for pavement striping installations.

— FARRINGTON HIGHWAY —

1) MAKAHA (WEEKEND) Lane closure on Farrington Highway in the eastbound direction between Satellite Tracking Station Road and Makua Valley Road on Saturday, Mar. 14, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for roadside maintenance.

— KAHEKILI HIGHWAY —

1) HEEIA (WEEKEND) Left lane closure on Kahekili Highway in both directions between Haiku Road and Kulukeoe Street on Saturday, Mar. 14, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. for tree trimming.

— KALANIANAOLE HIGHWAY —

1) WAIMANALO (WEEKEND) Lane closure on Kalanianaole Highway in the northbound direction between Bell Street and Wailea Street on Saturday, Mar. 14, from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for tree trimming.

— NIMITZ HIGHWAY —

1) SALT LAKE TO HONOLULU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK) Two right lanes closed on Nimitz Highway in the westbound direction between Catlin Drive and Aolele Street from 9 p.m. Friday, Mar. 13, through 12:01 a.m. Monday morning, Mar. 16, as a safety precaution due to deck repairs happening above.

— PALI HIGHWAY —

1) KANEOHE TO HONOLULU (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK) Full closure of the Pali Highway in the Honolulu-bound direction between Kamehameha Highway and Waokanaka Street from 7 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 14, through 7 a.m. Sunday morning, Mar. 15, for routine tunnel cleaning and maintenance.

— PUNCHBOWL STREET —

1) HONOLULU (WEEKEND) Full ramp closures on Punchbowl Street this Sunday, Mar. 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for road repaving work. See below for lane closure details.
1.        Full closure of H-1 Freeway eastbound Punchbowl Street Off-Ramp (Exit 21B).
2.        Full closure of the Pali Highway Connector Ramp to Punchbowl Street.
3.        Full closure of Punchbowl Street on the mauka-side of Vineyard Boulevard in both directions, including the on-ramp to the H-1 Freeway westbound.

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H-1 Freeway Westbound Improvements Update

Please see the below message from the Hawai’i Department of Transportation regarding H-1 Freeway Westbound Improvements.

Subject: H-1 Freeway Westbound Improvements Update

Aloha Everyone, On behalf of the Highways Division, we wanted to provide a brief update for your use RE: the H-1 Freeway Westbound Improvements.  Please feel free to share this information with your constituents and colleagues.  The H-1 Pearl City Viaduct widening work can be difficult to see over the barriers from the freeway lanes, so the attached photos may help motorists to understand exactly where and what work is occurring.  We hope this summary helps.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  Mahalo!

H-1 Freeway Westbound Improvements Update HDOT is continuing its work on H-1 Freeway westbound improvements to help alleviate rush-hour traffic between Aiea and Waikele.  The overall plan has three components: (1) use of the rightmost shoulder lane during afternoon rush-hours between Aiea and the Waimalu/Pearl City exit, (2) a new lane being constructed on the Pearl City Viaduct and (3) a new lane being constructed between the H-1/H-2 Split and the Waikele exit.  The new lanes will remove traffic bottlenecks in Aiea, at the Waimalu on-ramp and at the H-1/H-2 Split, allowing increased traffic flow through this corridor and will also help to address westbound traffic backups during morning rush-hours while the ZipperLane is open for eastbound traffic.  These new lanes will be opened sequentially as they are ready for use and project completion is anticipated in August.

Widening work continues on the H-1 Pearl City Viaduct to add the additional lane between the westbound Waimalu on-ramp and the Waipahu off-ramp.  Daytime work includes a single right lane closure in this area, Mon. through Fri. from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., daily.  Nighttime work includes three right lane closures from 8 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. for girder installations.  Weekend work is also necessary for concrete pours to create the new lane surface and is scheduled every other weekend from 8 p.m. on Sat. nights through 6 p.m. on Sun. evenings.  Three right lanes are closed during these hours as the concrete cures and single lanes are reopened from left to right at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays.  For up-to-date lane closure schedules, please visit HDOT’s roadwork website at http://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/roadwork/ or call the Project Hotline at 945-1144.  HDOT thanks Oahu’s motorists for their patience and kokua during these needed improvements.

Project Area Click image to enlarge

Project Area
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Deck Construction Sequence Click image to enlarge

Deck Construction Sequence
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Pearl City Viaduct Widening Click image to enlarge

Pearl City Viaduct Widening
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Pearl City Viaduct Widening Click image to enlarge

Pearl City Viaduct Widening
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Program for After-school Literacy Support Hoike: April 23, 2015

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