Hawaii News Now: Monster swells spur serious erosion, safety issues along Makaha shoreline


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MAKAHA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) –

Erosion happens every winter season when big waves buffet Makaha’s shoreline. But the damage at Makaha surfing beach this year is causing considerable concern.

“Right now, it’s a big threat and it’s happening all the way down the beach here,” said Robert “Bunky” Bakutis, of Buffalo Surfing Classic.

The pounding waves from seven winter swells uncovered concrete pilings and exposed metal poles. “This was all sand,” Makaha resident Phillip Naone said, pointing to an area far offshore.

Since the winter surf season started, the shoreline has shrunk by twenty to thirty yards, residents say. Rocks that were buried are now uncovered.

“They’re posing a very dangerous situation,” Bakutis said.

He also worries upcoming swells will dislodge the pilings and damage coral. “We’re really concerned about the reef. What’s going to happen to the reef?” he said.

The affected area is both city and state property. State Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, whose district includes Makaha, wants the government to bring in extra sand each summer to mitigate the effects of winter erosion. She said it’s been done before but not on an annual basis.

“That’s what the community is asking, bring some sand in and make this place safer,” she said.

Bakutis, meanwhile, believes the permanent solution is for government to move Farrington Highway inland to expand the beach and keep beachgoers from having to cross the highway to reach restrooms.

“Our whole push here is to try to get them to see the light of not having to fight this every time it happens,” he said.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell is talking to state transportation officials about relocating the highway, but such a project would be years in the making.

In the meantime, the city and state are still trying to formulate how they’ll tackle Makaha’s worsening erosion.

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Traffic relief in Nanakuli in the works


NANAKULI, Hawaii –  By Roger Mari

Traffic relief is on the way for drivers on the Waianae coast. State transportation officials announced plans to begin a contraflow lane on Farrington Highway.

State officials say an estimated 50,000 cars per day use Farrington Highway, up about 20,000 from the year 2000. More cars, same road.

“The increase in cars and the increase in population are occurring without development. It’s something that hasn’t been taken care of for a while, so we’re putting more resources into it to address it now,” said Ed Sniffen, HDOT Highways Division.

The Nanakuli contraflow project will create a third lane of travel for westbound drivers on Farrington Highway from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. The mile-long contraflow lane will begin at Piliokahi Avenue and continue past Helelua Street.

“It will change one of the eastbound lanes into a westbound lane during the p.m. peak condition,” said Sniffen.

It’s good news for Demont Conner who lives on the leeward coast and spends about an hour and a half in traffic heading home from downtown.

“If there are accidents all along the way, then it just adds exponentially,” said Demont Conner, leeward resident.

In addition to the contraflow lane, an extension to the emergency access lane is under consideration. It would begin at the end of Helelua Street where the current emergency access road ends.

“We’re just here to explore this morning and to find out whether this is a viable way to extend the emergency access road,” said Sen. Maile Shimabukuro.

The hope is to connect it to Haleakala Avenue, which is the first street in the Nanakuli Homestead. For years, it had been proposed Conner hopes to gain support from the Hawaiian community on the leeward coast. Some are already on board.

“I’m just helping to assist in the creation of an access emergency road. We need that,” said Conner.

“I don’t believe we need an access road. I believe we need an actual road and not access for emergencies only,” said Richard Lanford, Neighborhood Board.

For now, HDOT will concentrate primarily on the contraflow lane. They plan to discuss the project before the area neighborhood boards in March and April to get input from the community.


Nelson v DHHL Case Update

  • Judge: State Must Fund Hawaiian Home Lands – March 2, 2016

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The state of Hawaii must adequately fund the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, a judge said Monday.

First Circuit Court Judge Jeannette Castagnetti, as detailed in a transcript released Tuesday, said in the case of Nelson vs. Hawaiian Homes Commission:

“The Defendants must fulfill their constitutional duty and trust responsibilities. To be clear, the Court is not ordering an appropriation.

“The Court is, however, ordering that the State must comply with its constitutional duty to make sufficient sums available to the Department of Hawaiian Homelands for its administrative and operating budget. There is still time for the State to become in compliance during this fiscal year.”

The lawsuit centered on whether the Hawaii Legislature was required to provide an additional $18 million on top of the $9.6 million already appropriated in the current fiscal year to DHHL.

Gov. David Ige, Senate President Ron Kouchi and House Speaker Joe Souki argued that the judiciary was exceeding its authority and could not order them to make an appropriation.

A court hearing was held last week and the judge issued a lengthy oral decision Monday.

David Frankel, an attorney for the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, which is representing DHHL beneficiaries, said Castagnetti’s decision “speaks for itself.”

Attorney Doug Chin, who represented the state, said in a statement:

“Our primary concern was the separation of powers. Yesterday’s decision by the judge revised language directing the Legislature to appropriate a specific amount to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and instead ordered the Legislature to make sufficient sums of general funds available to DHHL for its administration and operating budget, which is what the Hawaii Constitution provides.”

Kalaeloa Road Blessing 02/29/16

The Project is an extension of the very successful Kapolei Business Park, a fully developed, 130-acre industrial park and the premier business park in Leeward, Oahu.

Kapolei Business Park Phase 2 will include the backbone infrastructure for the different utilities and will be constructed so that each individual lot buyer may pursue their connections with the individual utility agencies (including but not limited to HECO, BWS, DPP-Wastewater, Telephone, CableTV, etc.). In addition, the project is conveniently located approximately 1.4 miles west of Kalaeloa Barbers Point Deep Draft Harbor, Hawaii’s second busiest commercial port with services that include bulk product tug and barge service throughout the Hawaiian Islands, as well as the West Coast of the U.S. Mainland.

Photo credit: Geanine McIntosh, Staff

Volunteers needed!

Aloha Friends of Kamaile Academy PCS,
Attached is our latest Navigator News. Our elementary school had their first exhibition nights, we had a dance for our youngest students, and we got a big donation of slippers!
We are still looking for folks that are willing to attend our 4/14 Career Day from 1:30-3:00 p.m., and share their profession with our secondary students in a gallery walk format. Please email me if you would like to participate or know someone who does!
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Have a great March, and for those that have a Spring Break – enjoy!
Kathleen Hoppe
Kathleen Hoppe
Student Support Services Program Manager
Kamaile Academy PCS
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Advocates for Public Interest Law Pick of the Year Award

I was recently awarded the Outstanding APIL Pick of the Year Award.FullSizeRender
This award was for: “Maile’s devotion to public interest law through her work at Legal Aid – Waianae, as a past supervisor to APIL Grantees, a past APIL member, and for her continuing support of APIL.”




Advocates for Public Interest Law (APIL) also recognized other awardees:

Faculty Award (Justin Levinson).  “We present this award for: Justin’s dedicated support of APIL over the past ten years as the faculty advisor to the group.  His guidance and assistance to the group and especially the student board has been instrumental in APIL’s success.”

Alumni Award (Elizabeth Kent).  “We present this award for: Elizabeth’s tremendous and continued support of APIL since her time as a WSRSL student and member of APIL’s 1985 founding class through today.”

Non-Profit Award (Volunteer Legal Services of Hawaii).  “We present this award for: VLSH’s collaborative work to create the new Appellate Pro Bono Pilot Program,which was approved by the Court on August 7, 2015.”

Corporate Award (Bronster Fujichaku Robbins).  “Bronster Fujichaku Robbins’ devotion to pro bono work, including their recent collaborative efforts to maintain critical medical services for COFA citizens and other lawful residents of Hawai‘i.”

Here is a link to photos taken by James Strange (UH William S. Richardson School of Law class of 2017), from the APIL event on 02/26/16:


Mahalo nui loa to APIL for bestowing these great honors, and for all the excellent work you do to promote and foster attorneys dedicated to public service!

Pictured (left to right) Michelle Acosta (Volunteer Legal Services of Hawaii), Justin Levinson (Faculty), Cassandra Chang (’17, APIL Grant recipient), Kara Teng (’17, 7th Annual Chris Iijima Fellow), Justine Herrera (VLSH), Catherine Aubuchon, Bronster Fujichaku Robbins, Rebecca Copeland (Appellate Attorney), Senator Maile Shimabukuro, Josh Korr (VLSH), Elizabeth Kent (’85)



Waianae High School Going Green Day Saturday March 5,2016 9am-1pm

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