Wai’anae Public Library Summer Reading Program 2015: June 1-July 18

Waianae Public Library
85-625 Farrington Hwy.
697-7868
July 2015
All programs are free of charge

SUMMER READING PROGRAM

June 1-July 18

Waianae Public Library continues the Summer Reading Program through July 18th. It is not too late to sign up. There are still 3 weeks of reading fun in July for all ages. Participants who visit the library and read at least one book per week are eligible to receive a free reading incentive, while supplies last. You can also enter your name to win a Special Weekly prize. In addition to reading, the library will feature programs for all ages.

SATURDAY STORYTIME

Saturdays at 10:30 am

Stories, songs, games, simple arts and crafts. Recommended for ages 0-5, and their caregivers.

July 11 at 10:30 – Under the Sea

July 18 at 10:30 – Puppet Times with Christy Lipps

July 25 at 10:30 – Ready for School

MOVIE NIGHT: The Incredibles

Wednesday, July 8 at 5:30 pm

“Every hero has a story” continues with a showing of Pixar’s The Incredibles. Join us for the movie and enjoy light snacks while supplies last.

BOOK CLUB: Ka’a’awa: a novel about Hawaii in the 1850s by O.A. Bushnell Wednesday, July 15 at 6:00 pm

PUPPET TIMES with Christy Lipps

Saturday, July 18 at 10:30 am

Help us wrap up the Summer Reading Program with this extra special storytime. Professional puppeteer Christy Lipps will present favorite children’s stories in a lively puppet show with beautifully handcrafted puppets, fingerplays, and songs in this program recommended for families with children ages 3 and up.

Ten Things You Always Wanted to Ask Your Vet
Wednesday, July 22 at 6:00 pm

Dr. Anya Yushchenko will present a program on natural pet health care, disease prevention, home-made nutrition, and parasite control followed by a Q&A session.     Dr. Yushchenko, holistic veterinarian and PhD of veterinary medicine has more than ten years of experience, including holistic pet care, customized nutrition, and disease prevention.

Digital Magazines available on Zinio: With your HSPLS library card, you can checkout and download full digital copies of your favorite magazines on a computer, tablet, or mobile device using the free Zinio Reader app.   Log on the the HSPLS website (www.librarieshawaii.org) and create an account (it’s free with your library card), browse the collection and checkout a magazine. Then install the Zinio Reader App on your device and viola you can read current, full digital copies of magazines. Stop by the Waianae Public Library for a brochure or to get personalized help.

UPDATE: Farrington Highway Intersection Improvements – Night Work

From: Ed Sniffen/DOT Highways Division:

The flyer below  was sent to the community previously to inform of the night work schedule for the project that was set to begin yesterday (Sunday) evening, June 21.

Due to the Father’s Day Regatta, this past weekend, the contractor did not perform the closures on Sunday evening. Instead, they will start closures on Monday (this evening, June 22).

Although DOT had disseminated information to the area residents and posted information on their websites, the contractor will be reaching out to the area residents living near Farrington Highway, especially between Nanakuli Ave and Helelua Road to remind them of the upcoming activities.

DOT will be pushing the start time of the closures back to 8:00 pm nightly to reduce the traffic impacts on the area residents.

A minimum of 1 travel lane will be open in each direction at all times during the closure.

Special duty police officers and/ or flaggers will also be in place at affected intersections and throughout the lane closure to maintain traffic flow and safety.

The Contractor will be utilizing the closure to refresh the striping, including re-black out the white stop bars at the intersections of Nanakuli Avenue, Haleakala Avenue, Helelua Street, and the cross walk in front of the Ka Waihona o ka Na auao Charter School, and to repaint the edge stripe in the Honolulu bound direction between Helelua Street and Haleakala Avenue.
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HART Traffic Advisory – Week Ending June 27

Dear Senator Shimabukuro,

Please find attached the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s traffic advisory regarding lane closures as related to the rail project, to occur next week in the East Kapolei/Ewa and H-1 Freeway Waiawa Interchange areas.

Thank you,
Joyce Oliveira
Director of Government Relations
Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation

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Update: Army completes investigation of April 6 UXO accident

From: Bugala, Amy L CIV USARMY USAG (US)

Aloha Senator Shimabukuro,

We wanted to provide you with an update on the April UXO incident at Makua Military Reservation.

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Officials with U.S. Army Hawaii, the United States Army Technical Center for Explosives Safety and the Army Combat Readiness Center have completed the accident investigation surrounding the April 6, 2015, injury of two contractors at the Makua Military Reservation (MMR).

Two vegetation maintenance contractors with NuGate Group, LLC, were injured when an unexploded round from an anti-tank weapon exploded in the area where the two contractors were working.

The workers were conducting routine grass cutting nearly a mile inside the south side of the valley at Makua as part of the Army’s environmental requirements when one contractor unknowingly contacted the round.

Investigators determined the round to be a 66mm High Explosive Anti-Tank

(HEAT) fired from a M72 Series Light Anti-Tank Weapon (LAW). The LAW was developed in the 1960s and was fired on the range until the 1980s.

Investigators could not determine when the round had been fired at MMR or by what unit or organization.

“The safety and well-being of our Soldiers, Army civilians, contractors and public visitors to our ranges and facilities is one of our highest training priorities,” said Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, commander, U.S. Army Hawaii.

“With the investigation complete, we will redouble our hazard awareness and safety procedures to prevent tragic incidents like this from occurring again.”

Regular vegetation maintenance is required to protect natural resources in the valley and prevent wildfires, while supporting military training.

Vegetation maintenance occurs at MMR on a continual basis.

When the incident occurred, Army personnel at MMR provided life-saving measures to the injured contractors until emergency responders from the Honolulu Fire Department arrived on scene. An Army-contracted medical evacuation helicopter transported the injured to Queens Medical Center.

NuGate Group, LLC, has held the vegetation maintenance contract since July 1, 2013. Per the contract, workers are required to attend a high explosive and fire prevention safety briefing, which includes training on safety and accident reporting.

The Army will continue to respect the privacy of the contractors involved in the incident. Questions regarding them or their medical status are being directed to their employer, NuGate Group, LLC.

MMR has been closed to all Army training and public access since the incident occurred. Training and cultural access activities will resume at MMR after mitigation measures are implemented addressing the investigation report’s findings and recommendations.  MMR is anticipated to reopen within 60-90 days.

For questions contact U.S. Army Hawaii / U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, Public Affairs Officer, Dennis Drake, at 656-3154 or dennis.c.drake.civ@mail.mil.

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U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii and U.S. Army Hawaii Public Affairs Office
usaghi.comrel@gmail.com

HDOT West Oahu Lane Closures: Week Ending June 26

From: <Patricia.B.Wong@hawaii.gov>

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) AIEA (NIGHT WORK)
Two lanes closed on the H-1 Freeway in the eastbound direction at the Kaamilo Street Overpass on Monday night, June 22, through Friday morning, June 26, 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/.

2) PEARL CITY (NIGHT WORK)
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, June 22, through Friday morning, June 26, from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m., nightly.
 
·        Three lanes will be closed from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
·        Four lanes will be closed from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Construction will replace approximately 10,000 square feet of deteriorated pavement on the H-1 Freeway in the eastbound direction. The concrete deck will be replaced by approximately 84 precast panels.  

3) PEARL CITY TO WAIPAHU
One right lane 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 22, through Friday, June 26, 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.

4) 
PEARL CITY (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK)
Up to three lanes closed on the H-1 Freeway in both directions between the Kamehameha Highway Overpass and the Waiawa Road Overpass for the rail project.

·        Lanes closed on Sunday night, June 21, through Friday morning, June 26, from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.

The number of lanes closed will vary depending on the location of the roadwork.

For more information, please visit the project website for The Rail at http://www.honolulutransit.org/.

5) 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 22, through Thursday, June 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility installations.


— FARRINGTON HIGHWAY —

1) NANAKULI (NIGHT WORK)
Roving lane closures on Farrington Highway in both directions between Helelua Street and Nanakuli Avenue on Monday night, June 22, through Friday morning, June 26, from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., nightly, for utility installations and road striping work.

2) WAIANAE
Lane closure on Farrington Highway in the northbound direction between Ala Poko Street and Bayview Street on Friday, June 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for manhole repairs.

5) WAIPAHU (WEEKEND WORK)
Honolulu Rail Transit will be working on Farrington Highway this week at various locations. Please visit The Rail’s project website for more details at http://www.honolulutransit.org/.

— KAMEHAMEHA HIGHWAY —

1) PEARL CITY TO AIEA (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK)
Honolulu Rail Transit will be working on Kamehameha Highway this week at various locations.

·        24/7 lane closures in both directions between Waiawa Road and Acacia Road.
·        24/7 lane closures in both directions between Acacia Road and Waimano Home Road.
·        24/7 lane closures in both directions between Lipoa Place and Pali Momi Street.
·        Lane closures in the westbound direction between Pali Momi Street and Honomanu Street, Monday through Friday.
·        Lane closures in both directions between Puu Poni Street and Kaonohi Street, Monday through Friday.
·        Lane closures in both directions between Salt Lake Boulevard and Honomanu Street, Monday through Friday.

Please visit The Rail’s project website for more details at http://www.honolulutransit.org/.

2) PEARL CITY
Two lanes closed on Kamehameha Highway in the westbound direction between Kuleana Road and Puu Poni Street on Monday, June 22, through Friday, June 26, from 6:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., daily, for bridge deck widening of the H-1 Freeway.

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

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Town Hall Meeting: Wai`anae Coast Traffic Solutions 7/16/15

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Town Hall Meeting: Wai`anae Coast Traffic Solutions

Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 6:30-9pm
Nanaikapono Elementary Cafeteria

Join Sen. Shimabukuro and representatives from the following organizations, who will discuss traffic solutions for the Wai`anae Coast: Congress (representatives from the offices of Sen. Hirono, Sen. Schatz, Rep. Gabbard, and Rep. Takai), DOT, OMPO, City & County of Honolulu, HART, DHHL, Neighborhood Board, and others. Local area elected officials have also been invited to attend.

Refreshments will be served. Call 586-7793 for more information.

Star Advertiser: Waianae’s Max Holloway will fight in UFC Main Event in August

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HHARP Disaster Preparedness Workshop: June 17, 2015

From: “Rock” [mailto:arockda@aol.com]

RE: Hawaii Hazards Awareness & Resilience Program (HHARP) Workshops

Aloha All,

The next HHARP Workshop in on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm, at the Waianae District Park Multipurpose Room.  The topic of the workshop is FLOODS-BASICS.

Hope to see you all there.  Please invite your family members and friends.

Mahalo, Don “Rock” Arakaki       “Rock Steady”
arocda@aol.com

HDOT Notice of Nanakuli Night Work 2015: June 21-July 3

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HDOT West Oahu Lane Closures 2015: June 13 – June 19

From: State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, Public Affairs Office
Date: 12 June 2015

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.  Please be advised of upcoming lane closures on Sunday nights through Friday mornings, June 21 – July 3, from 7 p,m. to 4 a.m., nightly. (See attached flyer.)

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) MAKAKILO (WEEKEND)
Left lane closure on the H-1 Freeway in the westbound direction between the Makakilo Drive Overpass and the Kalaeloa Boulevard Overpass on Saturday, June 13, from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. for median maintenance.

2) PEARL CITY (NIGHT WORK)
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, June 15, through Friday morning, June 19, from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m., nightly.
 
·        Three lanes will be closed from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
·        Four lanes will be closed from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Construction will replace approximately 10,000 square feet of deteriorated pavement on the H-1 Freeway in the eastbound direction. The concrete deck will be replaced by approximately 84 precast panels.  

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2015 Legislative Wrap-Up – June 2015

Reprinted from JUNE 2015 issue with permission from Westside Stories (WSS).

We will be including another update with new/additional information in the July issue of WSS. Mahalo!

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Governor’s Office — News Release: State to assist with transition of private non-profit Hawaii Health Connector operations

State to assist with transition of private non-profit Hawai‘i Health Connector operations

HONOLULU — The State of Hawai‘i announced today it is taking steps to ensure a smooth transition for individuals seeking health care insurance in the November 2015 Open Enrollment.

The Hawai‘i Health Connector, a private non-profit entity, has been unable to generate sufficient revenues to sustain operations. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) informed the Connector last week that federal funds were no longer available to support its long-term operations.

The viability of state health insurance exchanges has been a challenge across the country, particularly in small states due to insufficient numbers of uninsured residents.  The State of Hawai‘i has a high rate of insured residents due to employer-based health care coverage and Medicaid program expansions.

“The state is working with the Connector and CMS to determine what functions can be transitioned to state oversight to ensure compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by the next Open Enrollment in November 2015,” said Gov. David Ige.

The Hawai‘i Health Connector’s consumer support operations will continue to assist with the November Open Enrollment.

Based upon ongoing discussions with the state and the Connector, CMS has agreed to provide limited funds for the transition so that Hawai‘i can maintain a Supported State-based Marketplace (SSBM), in which the state provides local customer support. The amount of CMS transition funds has yet to be determined.

“The state remains committed to offering health care coverage through the Prepaid Health Care Act as it has for the past 40 years,” said Gov. Ige. “The state continues to provide millions of dollars to serve 300,000 Hawai‘i adults and children who receive health care coverage through Medicaid.”

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HART Traffic Advisory – Week of June 7 to 13

Dear Senator Shimabukuro,

Please find attached the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s traffic advisory regarding lane closures as related to the rail project, to occur next week in the East Kapolei/Ewa and H-1 Freeway Waiawa Interchange areas. 

Thank you,
Joyce Oliveira
Director of Government Relations
Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation
1099 Alakea Street, 17th Floor Honolulu, Hawaii  96813

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HDOT West Oahu Lane Closures: June 6 – June 12

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)
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, June 8, through Friday morning, June 12, from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m., nightly.
 
·        Three lanes will be closed from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
·        Four lanes will be closed from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Construction will replace approximately 10,000 square feet of deteriorated pavement on the H-1 Freeway in the eastbound direction. The concrete deck will be replaced by approximately 84 precast panels.  

2) PEARL CITY TO WAIPAHU
Two 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 8, through Friday, June 12, 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
) PEARL CITY (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK)
Up to three lanes closed on the H-1 Freeway in both directions between the Kamehameha Highway Overpass and the Waiawa Road Overpass on Sunday night, June 7, through Friday morning, June 12, from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., nightly, for the rail project.

·        Three left eastbound lanes closed 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.
·        Three right westbound lanes closed 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

The number of lanes closed will vary depending on the location of the roadwork.

For more information, please visit the project website for The Rail at http://www.honolulutransit.org/.

4) 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 8, through Wedenesday, June 10 and Friday, June 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility installations.

5) WAIPAHU (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK)
Full closure of the Waipahu Off-Ramp (Exit 8B) from the H-1 Freeway in the westbound direction, for the rail project.

·        Saturday night, June 6, through Sunday morning, June 7, from 8 p.m. to 10 a.m.
·        Sunday night, June 7, through Friday morning, June 12, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

For more information, please visit the project website for The Rail at
http://www.honolulutransit.org/.


— H-201 MOANALUA FREEWAY —

1) MOANALUA
Shoulder closure on the H-201 Moanalua Freeway in the eastbound direction between the Halawa Interchange and the Ala Kapuna Street Overpass on Tuesday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for utility pole replacements.


— FARRINGTON HIGHWAY —

1) NANAKULI  
Right lane closure on Farrington Highway in the westbound direction between Nanakuli Avenue and Lualualei Naval Road on Monday, June 8, through Wednesday, June 10, and Friday, June 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., daily, for utility repairs.

2) PEARL CITY
Lane closure on Farrington Highway in the westbound direction between Waiawa Road and northbound Kamehameha Highway on Tuesday, June 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for pole repairs.

3) PEARL CITY (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK)
Lane closures on Farrington Highway in the eastbound direction between the Kamehameha Highway Overpass and Waiawa Road, for the rail project.

·        Two lanes closed on Saturday night, June 6, through Sunday morning, June 7, from 8 p.m. to 10 a.m.
·        Two lanes closed on Sunday night, June 7, through Friday morning, June 12, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

For more information, please visit the project website for The Rail at http://www.honolulutransit.org/.

4) 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 6, through Sunday morning, June 7, from 8 p.m. to 10 a.m.
·        Full closure on Sunday night, June 7, through Friday morning, June 12, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

For more information, please visit the project website for The Rail at http://www.honolulutransit.org/.

5) WAIPAHU (WEEKEND WORK)
Honolulu Rail Transit will be working on Farrington Highway this week at various locations. Please visit The Rail’s project website for more details at http://www.honolulutransit.org/.

— KAMEHAMEHA HIGHWAY —

1) MILILANI
Lane closures on Kamehameha Highway in the northbound direction between Lanikuhana Avenue and Waihau Street on Monday, June 8, through Wednesday, June 10, and Friday, June 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for road repaving. One lane will be open for motorists at all times.

Motorists are advised to expect traffic delays and use alternate roadways such as Kuahelani Avenue, Meheula Parkway, Lanikuhana Avenue, Ka Uka Boulevard and the H-2 freeway.

2) MILILANI
Lane closures on Kamehameha Highway in both directions between Ka Uka Boulevard and Lanikuhana Avenue on Monday, June 8, through Wednesday, June 10, and Friday, June 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for guardrail repairs.

3) PEARL CITY TO AIEA (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK)
Honolulu Rail Transit will be working on Kamehameha Highway this week at various locations.

·        24/7 lane closures in both directions between Waiawa Road and Acacia Road.
·        24/7 lane closures in both directions between Acacia Road and Waimano Home Road.
·        24/7 lane closures in both directions between Lipoa Place and Pali Momi Street.
·        Lane closures in the westbound direction between Pali Momi Street and Honomanu Street, Monday through Friday.
·        Lane closures in both directions between Puu Poni Street and Kaonohi Street, Monday through Friday.
·        Lane closures in both directions between Salt Lake Boulevard and Honomanu Street, Monday through Friday.

Please visit The Rail’s project website for more details at http://www.honolulutransit.org/.

4) WAIKELE
Lane closures on Kamehameha Highway in both directions at the Lumiaina Street intersection on Monday, June 8, through Thursday, June 10, and Friday, June 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for road reconstruction.

·        Lane closures on Lumiaina Street, eastbound, on Monday, June 8, through Wednesday, June 10, and Friday, June 12
·        Lane closures on Lumiaina Street, westbound, on Wednesday, June 10
·        Lane closures on Kamehameha Highway, northbound, on Tuesday, June 9, through Wednesday, June 10
·        Lane closures on Kamehameha Highway, southbound, on Friday, June 12

The Lumiaina Street Traffic Improvements project will add a dedicated left turn lane on Lumiaina Street in the eastbound direction, turning onto the northbound lanes of Kamehameha Highway towards Mililani.  Traffic signals will be modified to provide a left-turn only green arrow for these lanes.  Work is anticipated to be completed in June 2015. 


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State of Hawaii Department of Transportation
Public Affairs Office
869 Punchbowl Street, Room 507
Honolulu HI 96813-5097
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E Komo Mai: Hawai’i Environmental Court Symposium Invitation

From: Marjorie Ziegler <mz@conservehi.org>

Aloha, everyone!  Hawai’i‘s Environmental Court (Act 281, 2014) is effective on July 1, 2015!

You are invited to attend a Symposium on Friday, June 26, 2015 at William S. Richardson School of Law to educate our community on this exciting new court.

This event is co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Program of the School of Law, and the Natural Resources Section of the Hawai’i State Bar Association. Hawai‘i is only the second state to create an Environmental Court.  More than 350 Environmental Courts now exist in 41 countries.

Please see the flyer below for event details.  The HSBA approved five (5) CLE credits for this event.

Registration is free.  Register by June 19, 2015 if you wish to attend lunch at the event and receive hardcopies of Symposium materials.

You may register by following the hyperlink in the attached flyer. For general questions about the symposium, please contact: hiectsymposium@gmail.com  For questions about CLE credit contact: nrshsba@gmail.com
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Waianae 7 year old in need of chair lift for home

From: angel Banta [mailto:angelbantaxox@gmail.com]

Senator Shimabukuro,

I am a Senior at Waianae High School and have a brother who is 7 years old that attends Waianae Elementary School. His name is Tayden Mossman and was born with SMA. I know that parents only wish, hope and pray for nothing but for their child(ren) to be as healthy as they can be, but for my parents all they hope for my brother is to be happy considering he was born with SMA and he’ll have to live with it for the rest of his life.

As I have said, my brother was born with SMA and that is Spinal Muscular Atrophy. SMA is basically preventing my brother from having strength and using his muscles and also walking which is a big thing you need in life. He also has a hard time breathing sometimes and things can get bad at times. As the years have gone by, his strength has weakened and he has a weak immune system so he tends to get sick more often. But even though he has this disease, you wouldn’t be able to tell all of this cause he is very talkative and talks with anyone he meets. He is always a happy bubbly person and rarely gets upset. The only time he gets upset is when he can’t go downstairs to play or do other things normal kids can.

The house that we live in is elevated 16 feet off the ground meaning there are stairs we have to walk up to in order to get in the house. Since he is a growing boy, he is getting bigger as the months go by and because he can’t walk, my dad, mom and I take turns carrying him up and down these steps. Although I love him dearly, it is really hard to carry him up and down the steps and causes some body pain. So because it is hard for us, my parents are trying to save up the money to get my brother a lift that will take him up and down the stairs whenever he would like to go outside seeing as he loves to play with our dogs, loves to plant, play with our little sister and play baseball. Recently I had written to Make A Wish Hawaii so my brother would finally be able to do something he wants to do and have fun without anything stopping him (his inability to walk for example). Anyways, they had approved the trip for him and I know he will have fun up there but it’s upsetting cause we will have to come home, where he won’t be able to go downstairs or play as he pleases cause like I have said, it is hard for us to carry him.

The total of this lift is around $51,000 as shown in the picture attached and I know how hard it is to raise even half of that but every amount we raise is a big help for my family. If anyone is able to give to our fundraiser or even build this lift for us if they possibly could for free or a cheaper price, it is all greatly appreciated. If anyone is willing to do it for a cheaper price or for free, my parents would allow it. One thing I have done is I have started an account at GiveForward.com to help raise money. If you could possibly help share this or help out in any way you can, that would be great. The link for the fundraising account is www.gfwd.at/1cwENrw

Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read my letter!

Sincerely,

Angel-Lynn Banta

Heiau/Beach Clean Up: Sunday June 14, 2015 5 PM

Sunday June 14, 2015  5 PM

Please mark your calendar to Help Malama our Kaneilio Heiau (Poka’i Bay) and the surrounding areas.

We are thinking to also address the litter along Lualualei Beach – the worst site being opposite the lst Kamani Tree (on Poka’i Bay St) and the area across from Pizza Hut.

Bags, gloves supplied.

Sunsets approx 7:08pm it will be beautiful as always.  Let’s not let careless littering mar the beauty!

Anyone who can bring jugs of water to help the struggling plants on the heiau, please do so.

The more help – the wider we can clean.

Tamura type bags work best too.

For additional information/questions, please contact Karen Young 808 696 4677

Hawaii DOE Official School Calendar & Bell Schedule 2015-16

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2015-16 School Calendar

Kamaile Academy & Waianae El in National Arts Initiative

The following excerpts are from Nanea Kalani’s “3 Oahu schools to take part in national arts initiative” (Star-Advertiser 6/7/15):

A national program that uses arts education to help turn around low-performing public schools is expanding to Hawaii.

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities announced Wednesday that three Oahu public schools — Kalihi Kai Elementary, Kamaile Academy Public Charter School and Waianae Elementary — will receive funding and resources for three years as part of the Turnaround Arts initiative.

The program, which was launched as a pilot in 2012, helps schools hire arts and music teachers, purchase art supplies and music instruments, and train educators to integrate art with core subjects such as reading, math and science.

The program also works with celebrity artists who “adopt” the schools and work directly with students and teachers to support their arts education. Hawaii’s Turnaround Artists will be musicians Jack Johnson and Jake Shimabukuro and actress Alfre Woodard.

“My love of music started as a kid strumming the ukulele in an elementary classroom,” singer-songwriter Johnson, who will be “adopting” Kamaile Academy and Waianae Elementary, said in a statement. “I hope to inspire the kids to dream big and help to create an environment of joy and possibility.” Shimabukuro will be working with Kalihi Kai.

The Turnaround Arts program is in 49 schools in 14 states and the District of Columbia, reaching more than 22,000 high-needs students.

Read the full story here.

Oahu Lane Closures for the Weekend of June 5 – June 7

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR

FORD N. FUCHIGAMI
DIRECTOR

For Immediate Release: June 4, 2015
15-0204

OAHU LANE CLOSURES
FOR THE WEEKEND OF JUNE 5 – JUNE 7

PLEASE NOTE: Lane closure schedules may change at any time without further notice. All projects are weather permitting.

— H-1 FREEWAY —

1) MAKAKILO (WEEKEND WORK) Lane closure on the H-1 Freeway in both directions between the Kunia Road Underpass and the Makakilo Drive Overpass on Saturday, June 6, from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. for maintenance in the median.

2) PEARL CITY TO 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 Waipahu Off-Ramp (Exit 8B) from 8 p.m. Saturday night, June 6, through 6 p.m., Sunday, June 7, for deck widening.

  • Three right lanes closed from 8 p.m., Saturday, June 6,  through 10 a.m., Sunday morning, June 7
  • Two right lanes closed Sunday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • One right lane closed Sunday,June 7, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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

3) PEARL CITY (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK) Up to three lanes closed on the H-1 Freeway in both directions between the Kamehameha Highway Overpass and the Waiawa Road Overpass on Sunday night, June 7, through Thursday morning, June 11, and Friday night, June 12, from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., nightly, for the rail project.

  • Three left eastbound lanes closed 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.
  • Three right westbound lanes closed 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. The number of lanes closed will vary depending on the location of the roadwork.

For more information, please visit the project website for The Rail at http://www.honolulutransit.org/.

4) WAIPAHU (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK) Full closure of the Waipahu Off-Ramp (Exit 8B) from the H-1 Freeway in the westbound direction, for the rail project.

  • Saturday night, June 6, through Sunday morning, June 7, from 8 p.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Sunday night, June 7, through Thursday morning, June 11, and Friday night, June 12, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

For more information, please visit the project website for The Rail at http://www.honolulutransit.org/.

5) 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, June 5, through 12:01 a.m. Monday morning, June 8. 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.

— FARRINGTON HIGHWAY —

1) WAIPAHU (WEEKEND WORK) Honolulu Rail Transit will be working on Farrington Highway this week at various locations. Please visit The Rail’s project website for more details at http://www.honolulutransit.org/.

2) PEARL CITY (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK) Lane closures on Farrington Highway in the eastbound direction between the Kamehameha Highway Overpass and Waiawa Road, for the rail project.

  • Two lanes closed on Saturday night, June 6, through Sunday morning, June 7, from 8 p.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Two lanes closed on Sunday night, June 7, through Thursday morning, June 11, and Friday night, June 12, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

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 from 8 p.m., Saturday night, June 6, through 10 a.m., Sunday morning, June 7, for the rail project.

  • Two lanes closed on Saturday night, June 6, through Sunday morning, June 7, from 8 p.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Two lanes closed on Sunday night, June 7, through Thursday morning, June 11, and Friday night, June 12, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

For more information, please visit the project website for The Rail at http://www.honolulutransit.org/.

— KALANIANAOLE HIGHWAY —

1) KAILUA (WEEKEND WORK) Right lane closure on Kalanianaole Highway in the southbound direction between Keolu Drive and Old Kalanianaole Road on Saturday, June 6, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for tree trimming.

— KAMEHAMEHA HIGHWAY —

1) PEARL CITY TO AIEA (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK) Honolulu Rail Transit will be working on Kamehameha Highway this week at various locations.

  • 24/7 lane closures in both directions between Waiawa Road and Acacia Road.
  • 24/7 lane closures in both directions between Acacia Road and Waimano Home Road.
  • 24/7 lane closures in both directions between Lipoa Place and Pali Momi Street.
  • Lane closures in the westbound direction between Pali Momi Street and Honomanu Street, Monday through Friday.
  • Lane closures in both directions between Puu Poni Street and Kaonohi Street, Monday through Friday.
  • Lane closures in the westbound direction between Salt Lake Boulevard and Honomanu Street, Monday through Friday.

Please visit The Rail’s project website for more details at http://www.honolulutransit.org/.

2) WAIPAHU (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK) Full closure of the Kamehameha Highway southbound on-ramp to Farrington Highway in the eastbound direction from 8 p.m., Saturday night, June 6, through 10 a.m., Sunday morning, June 7, 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 Kamehameha Highway northbound on-ramp to the H-2 Freeway in the northbound direction from 8 p.m., Saturday night, June 6, through 10 a.m., Sunday morning, June 7, for the rail project.

For more information, please visit the project website for The Rail at http://www.honolulutransit.org/.

— NIMITZ HIGHWAY —

1) SALT LAKE TO HONOLULU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK) Two right lanes closed on Nimitz Highway in the westbound direction between Aolele Street and Main Street from 9 p.m. Friday, June 5, through 12:01 a.m.. Monday morning, June 8, as a safety precaution due to deck repairs happening above.

— PALI HIGHWAY —

1)        NUUANU (WEEKEND WORK) Right lane closure on the Pali Highway in the Honolulu-bound direction between the Pali Tunnels and Waokanaka Street on Saturday, June 6, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. for drain cleaning and maintenance.