KHON2: HPD helps Maili residents form neighborhood crime watch after burglaries

HPD helps Maili residents form neighborhood crime watch after burglaries
By Manolo Morales
Published: March 19, 2015

Two burglaries at the house of former sumo wrestler Konishiki raised questions about the Honolulu Police Department’s efforts to prevent crimes in the area.

Salevaa Atisanoe took to Facebook to vent his frustration, saying HPD isn’t doing anything about burglaries and other property crimes.

He also questioned whether there are enough officers on patrol in Leeward Oahu.

Atisanoe was in Japan when his house was burglarized, but his publicist, Michele Leao, has been staying there along with her family.

Thieves stole items from the garage, broke into cars and damaged windows on the house.

“We get up in the morning and either things are missing, my car door is open,” she said.

“I think it’s our duty. We cannot depend on the law. The cops don’t do nothing,” Atisanoe said in the video. Continue reading

Legislative Alert – IVF Bill (SB768 SD1) Scheduled for House Hearing: Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Legislation introduced by Senator Shimabukuro has been scheduled for a hearing before the House Committee on Health.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 8:45 a.m.
Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 329
415 South Beretania Street

SB768 SD1 would provide 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

For more information on SB768 SD1, including bill text and to submit testimony, click here for bill status.

The deadline to submit testimony is Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at 8:45 a.m.

Although late testimony can be submitted on the day of the hearing, testimony submitted less than 24 hours prior to the hearing may not be posted online or distributed to the committee prior to the convening of the public hearing. In-person testimony is also accepted for those present during the hearing. In both cases of late testimony, it is recommended that testifiers bring enough hard copy testimony for all committee members.

HDOT News Release: HDOT To Use Proven Technology To Repair H-1 Freeway And Reduce Traffic Impact




For Immediate Release:  Mar. 20, 2015



HONOLULU – As part of the H-1 PM Contraflow project, the state Department of Transportation (DOT) will begin repair of an area of longstanding maintenance concern using a proven, pre-cast concrete slab system technology used extensively by other state DOTs to efficiently and cost-effectively repair their highways.  Crews will replace approximately 10,000 square feet of concrete pavement in the eastbound direction of the H-1 Freeway in Aiea over a two-week period starting Monday morning, Mar. 23. The work area is a 200-foot section of the H-1 Freeway eastbound, located just east of the Aiea Pedestrian Overpass, parallel to Heleconia Place.  The site has been subject to soil settlement and maintained with asphaltic concrete patching over the life of the freeway (see map/photos).  DOT’s contractor will saw-cut and remove the existing pavement, prepare the underlying sub-grade, and install reinforced concrete slabs, constructed at a site in Pearl City, in approximately 12-foot by 12-foot panels.  The slabs will be leveled, grouted and secured in place using a dowel and grout system.  The installation will allow for a rigid system that can reduce future soil settlement, be easily installed over a short period of time, and be re-leveled should there be further settlement. The construction schedule will consist of daytime and overnight lane closures.  Below is the work schedule on the six-lane freeway:

Monday, Mar. 23 – Thursday, Mar. 26 (Prince Kuhio Day)

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Two right lanes closed, four left lanes open

6 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Three right lanes closed, three left lanes open

9 p.m. – 4 a.m. – Four right lanes closed, two left lanes open

Friday, Mar. 27

9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Two right lanes closed, four left lanes open

Monday, Mar. 30 – Thursday, Apr. 2

6 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Three left lanes closed, three right lanes open

9 p.m. – 4 a.m. – Four left lanes closed, two right lanes open

All lanes will remain open on Apr. 3, Good Friday.   “Using pre-cast concrete panels will allow this repair work to be completed in two weeks versus the six weeks it would take with traditional concrete methods,” said Ed Sniffen, DOT Highways Division Deputy Director.  “This time-savings is critical to reducing traffic impacts to our motorists and we’ll be monitoring this work to determine other locations where pre-cast installations may provide the greatest benefit to the public.” Work has been scheduled to minimize impacts to the public.  The University of Hawaii System and many private schools will be on Spring Break during the first week of the project, and closures will begin after morning peak travel times.  The DOT asks motorists to plan ahead using information on the DOT website and at The cost of this pavement repair portion of the PM Contraflow project will be $1.4 million.  80-percent is paid by the Federal government with 20-percent paid by the State of Hawaii.  Due to the innovative technology being utilized, the Federal government will provide an additional $300,000 for this project through a grant. A 24/7 hotline has been established to answer questions and take comments from the public at 808-945-1144. Roadwork updates can also be found by visiting the DOT website at  Motorists can also follow DOT on Facebook and Twitter for information updates. The photographs below show Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company, Inc., crews making the pre-cast concrete panels at a facility in Pearl City. A video with comparable pre-cast concrete panel work can be viewed at:

Click the links below for a location map and photos of the pre-cast panel construction:

Work Zone Location Map

Photos: 1)  Crews prepare wooden forms and reinforcing bar (rebar) frameworks before the concrete pour begins.

2)  Each form is filled with high-strength concrete around a reinforcing bar (rebar) framework.

3)  These forms measure 12-by-12-feet and dimensions can be adjusted for a custom size necessary for each repair.

4)  Crews thoroughly prepare the concrete to remove bubbles and any imperfections.

5)  The final pre-cast concrete slabs are ready for lifting and placement into the H-1 Freeway road surface.  Use of pre-cast slabs will reduce the time necessary for concrete repairs.


HDOT West Oahu Lane Closures: March 21 – March 27

From the Hawai’i Department of Transportation

Aloha, For your planning purposes, listed below are weekly roadwork updates for HDOT projects that may affect traffic to and from the West Oahu region.  The list includes lane closures over the weekend and the upcoming week.  For up-to-date information, please visit our HDOT roadwork website.  To view current traffic conditions and images from over 200 traffic cameras around Oahu, please visit our GoAkamai traveler information website or download the GoAkamai mobile app available for iOS and Android devices.  In addition, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter (DOTHawaii).  Roadwork is weather-dependent, subject to change and items may be added without further notice.  If you have any questions about these lane closures, please call the HDOT Public Affairs Office at 587-2160.  Thank you for your interest in West Oahu traffic and mahalo!

 — H-1 FREEWAY —

1) PEARL CITY (NIGHT WORK) Multiple lane closures on the H-1 Freeway in the eastbound direction at the Aiea Pedestrian Overpass between the Kaamilo Street Overpass and the Aiea/Kaneohe/Honolulu Off-Ramp (Exit 13A) on Monday, Mar. 23, through Friday morning, Mar. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. the next day, and Friday, Mar. 27, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  • Two right lanes will be closed from 10 6 p.m.
  • Three right lanes will be closed from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Four right lanes will be closed from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Construction will replace approximately 10,000 square feet of concrete pavement in the eastbound direction of the H-1 Freeway in Aiea over a two-week period.


Multiple lane closures on the H-1 Freeway in the westbound direction between the Pearl City/Waimalu Off-Ramp (Exit 10) and the Waipahu Off-Ramp (Exit 8B) from 8 p.m., Saturday night, Mar. 21, through 6 p.m., Sunday, Mar. 22, for deck widening and concrete pours.

  • Three right lanes will be closed from 8 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 21, through 10 a.m., Sunday morning, Mar. 22.
  • Two right lanes will be closed on Sunday, Mar. 22, from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m.
  • One right lane will be closed on Sunday, Mar. 22, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit the project website at or call the project hotline at (808) 945-1144.

3) WAIMALU TO WAIPAHU (NIGHT WORK) Two right lanes closed on the H-1 Freeway in the westbound direction between the Waipahu Off-Ramp (Exit 8B) and the Waipahu Street Overpass on Thursday night, Mar. 26, from 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m., for pavement striping work. For more information, please visit the project website at or call the project hotline at (808) 945-1144.  Continue reading

ALU LIKE, Inc. Native Hawaiian Summer School Assistance Program: Deadline May 15, 2015

ALU LIKE, Inc. will be launching its Native Hawaiian Summer School Assistance Program on March 30, 2015.

The Native Hawaiian Summer School Assistance Program (NHSSAP) is a collaboration between ALULIKE, Inc. & Kamehameha Schools (as the funder). This competitive program provides summer school tuition scholarships to qualified students who will attend a Hawai’i D.O.E. or private summer schools statewide excluding all Kamehameha Schools Campuses.  Students must be entering grades 1st-12th during the 2015-2016 school year.

  • Applicants must show proof of financial eligibility
  • Awards are made on a first come, first served basis
  • Preference is given to students of Hawaiian ancestry
  • Only completed applications with all required supporting documents will be considered for funding
  • Documentation of summer school student’s attendance & grades will be required
  • Deadline to apply: May 15, 2015

Further information and applications will be available on our website at starting on March 30, 2015.

Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo Celebrates Earth Month: April 18, 2015

Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo celebrates Earth Month — April 2015

Puppet Show, Keiki Art Exhibit, Moi Release, Choral and Hula Performances, Free Native Plants

(HONOLULU, HI – March 20, 2015) – In celebration of Earth Month, the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Environmental Services and the Hawaii State Department of Health present the eighth annual Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo. This family-friendly event promotes keeping O‘ahu clean and free of pollution, from the mountaintops to the ocean.

Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo
Saturday, April 18, 2015
9 a.m. to 2 p.m
Waikīkī Aquarium

The free expo will have interactive booths showcasing programs that preserve and protect Hawai‘i’s environment.

  • Watch the premiere of The Journey Home puppet show, a story about Apoha, the o‘opu.
  • Take pictures with Apoha and take home his story booklet.
  • Enjoy a Hawaiian stream mural created by O‘ahu elementary students.
  • Delight in performances by students of Hawaii Education of the Arts.
  • Explore water pollution prevention and ocean-related arts and crafts booths.
  • Observe the release of moi to the nearby ocean shores.
  • Take home a free native Hawaiian plant from Hawaiian Electric Company

Food will be available for purchase. Complimentary water stations will be provided by for guests that bring refillable bottles.

Free parking and shuttles will be available at Waikīkī Elementary School beginning at 8:45 a.m.

For more information please contact the City & County of Honolulu Storm Water Public Outreach at (808) 768-3248 or visit

HART Traffic Advisory – Week of March 20-27

The following is the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s traffic advisory regarding lane closures occurring next week, in the East Kapolei/Ewa and H-1 Freeway Waiawa Interchange areas.


The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) would like to inform drivers about lane closures between March 20-27 as related to design and construction work for the Honolulu rail transit project. Motorists are advised that work along the 20-mile rail route from East Kapolei to Ala Moana Center will require lane closures during non-peak traffic hours.

For the safety of both the work crews and motorists, the public is advised to proceed with caution through these areas. Drivers should anticipate possible traffic delays or use alternate routes during work hours, and provide a safe distance between their vehicles and workers and equipment:


Seven days a week through April 2015
Kualakai Parkway (North-South Road) to Old Fort Weaver Road
Farrington Highway between Kualakai Parkway (North-South Road) and Old Fort Weaver Road Loop will be closed in both directions this weekend for rail guideway work crossing over the highway. The section of highway will close at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 20, and reopen 5 a.m. Monday, March 23. During the highway closure, drivers traveling between East Kapolei and the Ewa/Waipahu region will still be able to access either end by using the H-1 Freeway or Kapolei Parkway/Geiger Road.

On weekdays, the eastbound direction of Farrington Highway will be open from 5 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The contractor will reclose that section of highway each weeknight from 7:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. for rail guideway construction through April 2015.  Continue reading

Hawaii Health Connector Special Enrollment Period (deadline April 30, 2015)

A note from the Hawai’i Health Connector:

The Hawaiʻi Health Connector is opening a Special Enrollment Period, for individuals and families who:
• Do NOT have health insurance, and
• Owe a fee on their 2014 federal taxes for not having health insurance.

If this sounds like you, now is your chance to get coverage! This Special Enrollment Period begins now and ends April 30, 2015. During this time, individuals and families who meet the above will be able to enroll in health coverage for 2015.

If you do not have health coverage and need help, there are three ways to apply:
1. Make an Appointment with a certified Kōkua or licensed Health Insurance Agent near you. They’ll assist you through the process and help you get the coverage you need.
2. Call the Customer Support Center  to speak with a rep, between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. HST, Monday through Friday, toll-free at 1-877-628-5076.
3. Apply Online  by creating an account and completing an application.

Whether you are looking for coverage for yourself, your family or a close friend, we’re here to help make coverage easier to understand, easier to purchase, and more affordable. Contact us today!

Important: The fee for people who don’t have coverage increases in 2015. If you don’t have health coverage for 2015, the fee is $325 per person or 2% of your household income–whichever is higher.

Special Enrollment Period Now through April 30