Farrington Highway Median Improvements

Farrington Hwy Median Inprovements

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{UPDATE Ed Sniffen, Deputy Director of Highways, sent at 721pm on April 15 }

{this update – and all updates from DOT – are sent to all area elected officials}

The closure tomorrow is for the median improvements project that installed the vegetation within the median. The project includes a performance time frame that has recently ended and we will be performing our prefrinal acceptance reviews.

We are currently working on addressing community concerns indicating that the lack of barriers coupled with the high vegetation in the median on Farrington highway near the Kahe Power Plant. We have consulted with the city DPP and FHWA to determine the clearances necessary to install the barriers.

Based on our discussions and materials availability, we anticipate being able to install barriers within the vegetated median in 3 months. The barrier placement will address the concerns residents expressed for accidents caused by motorists crossing through the vegetated median. We have determined that the barriers can be placed within the vegetation in the median so we will not need to remove the improvement that was just placed.

We also received concerns from the community that the plants are not being maintained and are being allowed to grow too high. I will address that with our maintenance personnel.

{NOTE FROM SEN. SHIMABUKURO: DOT has requested input regarding their proposal to install concrete barriers in the vegetated median area near Kahe Power Plant. I am working on providing feedback.  -MSS}

{Email from Ed Sniffen, Deputy Director of Highways }

Aloha all,

We are scheduling a pre-final for the Farrington Highway Median Improvements project (93A-02-10M)  this Thursday April 16, 2015 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. We will be closing the honolulu-bound left lane of the highway approximately from the vicinity of Piliokahi Ave to HECO’s Kahe Power Plant (this is the median area fronting Tracks Beach) as shown in the picture above.

Ed Sniffen

Larry Holcomb Interviews Sen. Shimabukuro

On 3/23/15, Leeward Community College-Waianae student Larry Holcomb interviewed Sen. Shimabukuro.  Mr. Holcomb, a Makaha resident, conducted the interview as part of an assignment from his Political Science class.

On 3/23/15, Leeward Community College-Waianae student Larry Holcomb interviewed Sen. Shimabukuro. Mr. Holcomb, a Makaha resident, conducted the interview as part of an assignment from his Political Science class. [Click image to enlarge]

Marques Family Visits the Capitol

Maili residents recently visited the Capitol.  L-R: Chelsea, Jose, and Sophia Marques posed with Sen. Shimabukuro.

Maili residents recently visited the Capitol. L-R: Chelsea, Jose, and Sophia Marques posed with Sen. Shimabukuro. [Click image to enlarge]

Douglas Mersberg Testifies in Favor of Judicial Nominee William Domingo

On 4/15/15, Douglas Mersberg, executive director of Waianae Coast Early Childhood Services, testified in his personal capacity in support of judicial nominee William Domingo (who is seated on right behind Mr. Mersberg, wearing the maroon tie).  For more information about Mr. Domingo’s nomination, see this link: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=JC&billnumber=6&year=2015.  For more information about Waianae Coast Early Childhood Services, visit: http://www.waianaekeiki.com/

On 4/15/15, Douglas Mersberg, executive director of Waianae Coast Early Childhood Services, testified in his personal capacity in support of judicial nominee William Domingo (who is seated on right behind Mr. Mersberg, wearing the maroon tie). For more information about Mr. Domingo’s nomination, see this link:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=JC&billnumber=6&year=2015. For more information about Waianae Coast Early Childhood Services, visit: http://www.waianaekeiki.com [Click image to enlarge]

Senate Hawaiian Affairs Committee Confirms Michael Kahikina, Doreen Canto, and Kathleen Chin to Hawaiian Homes Commission

Some Wai`anae Coast residents attended the hearing to support DHHL Commissioner Michael Kahikina.  L-R: Kamaki Kanahele, Sen. Shimabukuro, Beatrice Uilani Hew Len, Pilialoha and Kehau Hew Len.

Some Wai`anae Coast residents attended the hearing to support DHHL Commissioner Michael Kahikina. L-R: Kamaki Kanahele, Sen. Shimabukuro, Beatrice Uilani Hew Len, Pilialoha and Kehau Hew Len. [Click image to enlarge]

DHHL commissioners and others who attended posed for a group photo after the hearing.  Front row, L-R: Kehau and Pilialoha Hew Len, Beatrice Uilani Hew Len, DHHL Director Jobie Masagatani, DHHL Commissioner Doreen Canto, DHHL Commissioner Kathleen Chin, and Sen. Lorraine Inouye.  Back row, L-R: Kamaki Kanahele, Stacelynn Eli, Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, DHHL Commissioner Michael Kahikina, and Sen. Brickwood Galuteria.

DHHL commissioners and others who attended posed for a group photo after the hearing. Front row, L-R: Kehau and Pilialoha Hew Len, Beatrice Uilani Hew Len, DHHL Director Jobie Masagatani, DHHL Commissioner Doreen Canto, DHHL Commissioner Kathleen Chin, and Sen. Lorraine Inouye. Back row, L-R: Kamaki Kanahele, Stacelynn Eli, Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, DHHL Commissioner Michael Kahikina, and Sen. Brickwood Galuteria. [Click image to enlarge]

On 4/15/15, the Senate Hawaiian Affairs Committee confirmed Michael Kahikina, Doreen Canto, and Kathleen Chin to the Hawaiian Homes Commission.  The nominees now must be confirmed by the full Senate.  For more information about the nominees, see the 4/15/15 hearing notice:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/hearingnotices/HEARING_HWN_04-15-15_.HTM

Kapiolani Barber of Nanakuli Housing Corporation Visits the Capitol

Kapiolani Barber, executive director of Nanakuli Housing Corporation, recently visited the capitol.  L-R: Paige Barber-Stemple, Kapiolani Barber, Kapukini Barber-Newman, and Sen. Shimabukuro.  For more information, visit: http://www.baseyard.com/

Kapiolani Barber, executive director of Nanakuli Housing Corporation, recently visited the capitol. L-R: Paige Barber-Stemple, Kapiolani Barber, Kapukini Barber-Newman, and Sen. Shimabukuro. For more information, visit: http://www.baseyard.com/. [Click image to enlarge]