Town Hall Meeting: Wai`anae Coast Traffic Solutions: Additions to Panel

The office of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and HART have been added to the panel.TOWN MTG JULY 2015 FLYER

Extension of public comment until July 20 for the Navy’s Red Hill fuel leak into water supply

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 9 (EPA) and the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) are extending the opportunity for receiving public comments to July 20, 2015

To view the agreement, for more information, and to submit comments go to http://www.epa.gov/region9/redhill/ or http://health.hawaii.gov/RedHill.

After reviewing public comments, EPA and DOH may sign the Administrative Order on Consent (AOC) to make it effective, or may seek to modify it based on information received during the public comment period.

Thank you for your interest in the proposed Administrative Order on Consent for the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility.  If you have any questions, please contact Omer Shalev of EPA at 415-972-3538 or Roxanne Kwan of DOH at 808-586-4226.

HART Traffic Advisory – Week of June 27-July 3, 2015

Aloha Senator,

Attached is the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s traffic advisory regarding lane closures as related to the rail project, occurring next week in West Oahu and near the H-1/H-2 Freeways.

Thank you,

Joyce Oliveira
Director of Government Relations
Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation
joliveira@honolulu.gov

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HDOT West Oahu Lane Closures: Week Ending July 3

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.
— H-1 FREEWAY —

1) PEARL CITY Lane closures on the H-1 Freeway in the eastbound direction at the Kaamilo Street Overpass between the Kaonohi Street Overpass and the Aiea/Kaneohe/Honolulu Off-Ramp (Exit 13A) on Monday, Apr. 29, through Thursday, July 2, from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., for the rail project. For more information, please visit the project website for The Rail at http://www.honolulutransit.org/.

2) PEARL CITY TO WAIPAHU Right lanes closed on the H-1 Freeway in the westbound direction between the Pearl City/Waimalu Off-Ramp (Exit 10) and the H-1/H-2 Split on Monday, June 29, through Thursday, July 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for deck widening. For more information, visit the project website at www.pmcontraflow.com or call the project hotline at (808) 945-1144.

 3) SALT LAKE Lane closure of the Arizona Memorial/Stadium Off-Ramp (Exit 15A) to Kamehameha Highway in the westbound direction on Monday, June 29, through Thursday, July 2, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for The Rail Project. For more information, please visit the project website for The Rail at http://www.honolulutransit.org/.

4) SALT LAKE TO HONOLULU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Two lanes closed on the H-1 Freeway in the eastbound direction from the Radford Drive Overpass to the Airport Off-Ramp (Exit 16) on Tuesday night, June 30, through Friday morning, July 3, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., for deck sealing.  All ramps will remain open.

5) SALT LAKE TO PEARL CITY (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK) Three right lanes closed on the H-1 Freeway in the westbound direction between the Radford Drive Overpass and the Pearl City/Waimalu Off-Ramp (Exit 10) on Sunday night, June 28, through Thursday morning, July 2, from 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m., nightly, for pavement marking installations.

6) WAIPAHU (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK) Right lane closures on the H-1 Freeway in the westbound direction between the Pearl City/Waimalu Off-Ramp (Exit 10) and the H-1/H-2 Split on Sunday night, June 28, through Thursday morning, July 2, from 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m., for striping work. For more information, please visit the project website at www.pmcontraflow.com or call the project hotline at (808) 945-1144.

7) WAIPAHU Shoulder closure on the H-1 Freeway in the westbound direction between the Waikele/Waipahu On-Ramp (Exit 7) and the Kunia/Waipahu/Ewa Off-Ramp (Exit 5) on Monday, June 29, through Thursday, July 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility installations.

— FARRINGTON HIGHWAY —

1) NANAKULI TO KAENA POINT Alternating lane closure on Farrington Highway in both directions between Nanakuli Avenue and Kaena Point on Monday, June 29, through Thursday, July 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for overhead sign replacements.

2) PEARL CITY (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK) Two lanes closed on Farrington Highway in the eastbound direction between the Kamehameha Highway Overpass and Waiawa Road on Sunday night, June 28, through Thursday morning, July 2, from 9 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 (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK) Full closure of the Farrington Highway eastbound on-ramp to the H-2 Freeway in the northbound direction for the rail project. · Full closure on Saturday night, June 27, through Sunday morning, June 28, from 8 p.m. to 10 a.m. · Full closure on Sunday night, June 28, through Thursday morning, July 2, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., nightly. For more information, please visit the project website for The Rail at http://www.honolulutransit.org/.

4) PEARL CITY TO WAIPAHU (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK) Single lane closure on Farrington Highway in the westbound direction between Waiawa Road and Kahualii Street, for the rail project. · Lanes closed on Saturday night, June 27, through Sunday morning, June 28, from 8 p.m. to 10 a.m. · Lanes closed on Sunday night, June 28, through Thursday morning, July 2, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., nightly. For more information, please visit the project website for The Rail at http://www.honolulutransit.org/.

5) WAIANAE Lane closure on Farrington Highway in the northbound direction between Ala Poko Street and Bayview Street on Monday, June 29, through Thursday, July 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for manhole repairs.

6) WAIPAHU (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK) Lane closure on Farrington Highway in the eastbound direction between Old Fort Weaver Road and Leoku Street on Sunday, June 28, through Thursday, July 2, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. for the rail project. For more information, please visit the project website for The Rail at http://www.honolulutransit.org/.

HDOT News Release: Honolulu International Airport Reminds Travelers To Arrive Early For July 4th Travel Next Week

HONOLULU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT REMINDS TRAVELERS TO ARRIVE EARLY FOR JULY 4th TRAVEL NEXT WEEK
HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Airports Division reminds travelers to arrive two to three hours early for flights during the busy 4th of July holiday travel week.  Travelers are reminded of modified and limited parking in the Overseas Parking Structure (Lot D) due to construction for the interim and permanent Consolidated Rental Car Facility.  Access to the Overseas Parking Structure will be from the Departures Level (upper) only and access from the Arrivals Level (ground) is not available.  The International Parking Structure (Lot A) and the Inter-Island Parking Structure (Lot M) are also open.  During the busy holiday weekend, travelers are advised to allow for additional travel time as these lots are located farther from the Main Terminal. HDOT thanks travelers in advance for their patience and cooperation as work continues to improve our airport facilities.

Click here for a parking structure map.

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In the News: Waianae health center medical school graduates nine, names executive committee

Click on the link below for the article.

http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/news/2015/06/17/waianae-health-center-medical-school-graduates.html?ana=e_du_pub&s=article_du&ed=2015-06-17&u=12496310114e8f4b9dc036881cd72a&t=1434592012

Urgent Request for Help Re: Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle on the Waianae Coast

{Click to enlarge}Picture of Coconut Beetle. http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/hisc/hisaw/hisaw2014/beetlebusters/

{Click to enlarge}Picture of Coconut Beetle. http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/hisc/hisaw/hisaw2014/beetlebusters/

Hello Senator Shimabukuro, 

I am a biologist, and I work with the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB) Project as a team leader where I help direct field operations. CRB is a new invasive species to Oahu. We are trying to eradicate the insect to protect our aina and our cultural resources. CRB attack coconut palms, palms, and many food crops such as taro, sugarcane, mango, papaya, etc. Their primary host species is the coconut palm, and they are very successful at killing coconut palms. In Palau, they killed 50% of the coconut palms there in 10 years. So it is a great concern for all of us to eradicate CRB.

I would like to ask for your help. We are having difficulty checking for breeding sites on private farms in the the Nanakuli area. CRB breed in moist mulch, and they don’t need very much to produce a lot of beetles. We have been reaching out to the community there, but since our project is new (1.5 years old) and underfunded (no dedicated outreach person), it has been slow going. We believe there is a breeding site in the Lualualei area (but it is not on base), and if it is not handled swiftly, the problem could be bad for Nanakuli, Waianae, and eventually all of Oahu. Is there something we can do together? Can you direct me to people or organizations that can help?

I appreciate your time and any help you can provide.

Mahalo,

Lisa Chau, MS
CRB Field Team Leader
Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Project
RCUH/Hawaii Dept of Agriculture

crblead.01@gmail.com