Parks & Recreation Wai’anae Coast Fall 2016 Program

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Town Hall Meeting – Nanakuli Contraflow & Other Traffic Solutions 09/12/16

L-R: Sen. Shimabukuro and DOT Deputy Director – Highways Division, Edwin Sniffen.


On Monday, 09/12/16, DOT will participate in a Town Hall meeting to discuss the Nanakuli contraflow project and other traffic solutions. The meeting will be held at the Ka Waihona o Ka Na’auao cafeteria from 6:30-8:30pm. Refreshments will be served starting at 6:30pm, meeting starts at 7pm.

The Ahupua’a o Nanakuli Homestead and I will be hosting a Town Hall meeting:

Who: Department of Transportation (DOT)

What: Town Hall Meeting – Nanakuli Contraflow Lane & Other Traffic Solutions

When: Monday, 09/12/16, 6:30-8:30pm (refreshments will be served starting at 6:30pm; meeting starts at 7pm)

Where: Ka Waihona o Ka Na’auao public charter school cafeteria 

Why: Discuss the contraflow lane and other traffic solutions for the Wai`anae Coast

Contraflow Update

Mahalo to many of you for sharing your concerns about eastbound traffic congestion and safety during contraflow hours. The state and city are taking the following actions to try and improve travel times for eastbound drivers and increase overall safety:

– end contraflow before 7pm if traffic is flowing well

– prevent use of the makai beach lane

– increase official presence to reduce illegal left turns and enhance traffic flow 

– provide tow service to assist stalled vehicles

Turn Lane Update

I have received questions about the recent news of the highway widening project not being funded. Fortunately, this does not impact the current turn lane project, ie, eastbound turn lanes at Haleakala Ave. and Nanakuli Ave. The turn lanes are still funded and scheduled to finish next year. Included with the turn lane project are the contraflow operations, and traffic cameras being installed at the first four intersections in Nanakuli.

The highway project that is on hold for now due to the gas tax bill not passing is a potential widening which extends to Hakimo Rd. Fortunately, DOT is still conducting a study of the feasibility of adding a 5th lane on Farrington Hwy to try to ease the Nanakuli bottleneck.  

Mahalo for the privilege of serving you. Contact my office if you have any questions or concerns, at 586-7793. 

Input Sought on DOE Plans – Wai’anae 9/15/16

Community voices sought for input on public education plans

Since April, the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) and Board of Education’s (BOE) has engaged the community as it reviews its joint Strategic Plan. BOE members have hosted meetings in Waimea (Hawaii Island) and Wailuku, and the public has more opportunities to provide feedback at upcoming community meetings on Oahu, Kauai and Molokai.

“It is important for us to dialogue with members of all sectors of our communities as we work on strategies towards achieving student success,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “Education affects all of us, that’s why we appreciate the public input provided so far and urge others to attend the few meetings we have left before finalizing plans that will set the direction for public education in the upcoming years.”

The public has the remaining opportunities to lend their voice at the following community meetings:

Aug. 22: Kailua High School College and Career Center, 451 Ulumanu Drive
Aug. 31: Manoa Public Library, 2716 Woodlawn Drive
Sept. 1: Kaunakakai Elementary School, 30 Ailoa Street
Sept. 14: Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School, 4431 Nuhou Street
Sept. 15: Waianae Public Library, 85-625 Farrington Highway

All meetings will be held from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

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Looking for People Familiar with Traditional Cultural Practices Associated with This Wai’anae Area

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From: Cedric A. Gates
Date: August 17, 2016 at 12:50:19 AM HST
Subject: Fwd: Cultural Impact Assessment for proposed development in Waianae

From: Kimberly Mooney
Sent: Monday, August 15, 2016 1:07 PM
Subject: Cultural Impact Assessment for proposed development in Waianae

Dear Mr. Gates:

A CIA is required for the proposed 20-unit Single-family Residential Subdivision Project at 86-029 Farrington Highway as part of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process. We are requesting assistance in locating people knowledgeable about traditional cultural practices associated with the vicinity of the proposed project, located on approximately 3 acres of lands comprised of two contiguous parcels Lot 490-B-1 (2.785 acres) and DLU Lot A (0.39 acres) situated south of Lualualei Homestead Road and east of Pōka‘i Bay Drive, and is identified by Tax Map Key (1) 8-6-015:053. Several maps of the project area are provided as attachments.

Pacific Legacy has proposed to conduct investigations to gather information about cultural practices that might be affected by the proposed development. The potential effects of the proposed development on cultural practices also need to be assessed. To complete these investigations, we propose to undertake the following tasks:

  • identify and consult with individuals and organizations knowledgeable about cultural practices that may have taken place in the area;
  • conduct limited archival research about traditional practices that may have been conducted in the area;
  • describe the cultural practices that took place within the potentially affected area;
  • assess the impact of the proposed development on the cultural practices that may have taken place within the potentially affected area; and;
  • prepare a report on the findings resulting from the above investigations.

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Essay Contest for High School Students – Deadline 9/22/16

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From: Iwao, Regan M.
Sent: Friday, August 19, 2016 11:27 AM

It is that time of year again! This is the fourth year that we are having a high school essay contest as part of the Pro Bono Celebration to be held on October 27, 2016. Every year has been a success so far, so let’s keep it going! Please feel free to distribute the attached entry form and essay contest flyer.

As in the past years, we are looking for volunteers from the DLSP committee to (1) be preliminary judges, and (2) follow up with the schools to help spread the word about the essay contest (we need the most help with this). Please let me know if you can assist. Thank you!!!

Preliminary Judges
We would like to have at least 18 preliminary judges, so please let me know if you are willing to be one. I know that some of you have already expressed your willingness, but please confirm.

Follow Up With Schools
We have already e-mailed and mailed the essay contest packet to all of the principals, and we have also e-mailed all of the teachers whose students submitted essays from 2013-2015. However, it would be great if we had at least 10 volunteers to follow up directly with the schools and their administration/teachers to make sure that they received the essay contest packet, since entries are due by September 22, 2016. Attached is a list of the ~100 high schools from across the state. In particular, we are looking at encouraging neighbor island participation, so it would be great if the neighbor island attorneys could assist with the calls. Thanks to Derek, Lynda and Scott for volunteering so far!

essay contest flyer with rules.2016
entry and photo release form
5979942_1_Essay Contest_ School Chart 2016

Living Westside Summit – 08/27/16 (register 08/19/16)

The Waianae Moku 2030 Navigators, a community planning group created in August 2015, is hosting a community business development planning summit, Living Westside, on August 27, 2016 at the Old Kress location in Waianae Mall.

The summit will bring together community leaders, business people, and interested Waianae Coast residents to identify community projects that support community business development on the Westside.

The initial core planning team members includes representatives from the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, Waianae Coast Hawaiian Civic Clubs, the Waianae Coast and Nanakuli and Maili Neighborhood Boards, the Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center – Waianae Unit, OLELO Community Television, various businesspeople and community residents.

At this Summit, the Navigators, will present their planning process, share priority projects that are launching in 2016 as well as consider businesses for sale options, and get community input on future priority projects that address community needs and aspirations to be launched in 2017.

Waianae Moku 2030 Navigators is a project of the Waianae Economic Development Council. The summit is sponsored by the Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center.

This is a FREE EVENT for Westside residents. Lunch is provided for registered

Register at:
or call 8082069315 & leave a message. For more info. on the Waianae Economic
Development Council, visit

Summit Flyer

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Summit Registration Form

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SY 2016-17 R.E.A.C.H. Initiative Award Approval for Nanakuli and Waianae

The following excerpt is taken from a letter sent to the principals of Wai’anae Intermediate School and Nānākuli High and Intermediate School, from the Office of Lieutenant Governor Shan S. Tsutsui.

On behalf of Lieutenant Governor Shan S. Tsutsui, I am pleased to inform you that Waianae Intermediate School and Nanakuli High and Intermediate School have been selected to receive SY16/17 Resources for Enrichment, Athletics, Culture and Health (R.E.A.C.H.) funding in the amount of $91,692 to continue the Waianae, Nanakuli Complex Middle School Athletics Initiative and for non-instructional hours programming consistent with the intent and objectives of the R.E.A.C.H. Initiative and the goals and outcomes set forth in your grant application.

For the full text of the letter, click below:


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