HART Traffic Advisory: Week of June 25, 2017

 Week of June 25, 2017   WAIPAHU

 Week of June 25, 2017  PEARL CITY, AIEA

 Week of June 25, 2017  Kamehameha Highway – Pearl Harbor Area – Dillingham


Star-Adv: ‘Ohana homebuilding project breaks ground in Waianae’

By Andrew Gomes
June 21, 2017

Developing a new $450,000 ocean-view home on Oahu is not an easy feat. Doing it at a cost of $295,000 is even more unfathomable. Yet 12 local families with moderate to low incomes are doing that in Waianae, where 70 such homes are slated to be built over about two years.

The nonprofit Self-Help Housing Corp. of Hawaii and state officials held a blessing and groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for the project where teams of families will help each other build their own homes.

The initial group, which since May has built floor and wall framing for five homes, includes Michelle Kea, a single mother of two who is a supervisor at Sam’s Club and is building a home with her father, Matthew, and another single parent, Mazie Wan, who will be the first in her family to own a home.

“I would never be able to afford to buy a house without this program,” said Wan, a state employee. “I am thankful to be in the program.”

Self-Help Housing has developed 656 homes in Hawaii over the last 52 years through a process that involves stitching together financing from government sources, other nonprofits and private lenders that help make new homes affordable for people who get construction coaching and put in 16 hours of sweat equity every weekend.

Teams of 11 or 12 households build each other’s homes, which are projected to take about 12 months to finish. Foundation work is expected to start in a couple of weeks after building permits are issued.   Continue reading

Hire Leeward Job Fair on June 24, 2017 – UHWO 9am-1pm

Working on the Westside: Changing Jobs, Changing Lives
West O’ahu Residents Can Find Opportunities
At the University of Hawai’i – West O’ahu campus
At the Hire Leeward Job Fair on June 24, 2017
From 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Leeward resident Malia Ching is no stranger to Westside traffic— for years, she spent up to four hours a day in traffic, driving from Nanakuli to Downtown Honolulu and back for work.

Then about four years ago, looking to spend more time with her family, the medical professional started searching for a job closer to home.  Along with Malia, many Leeward residents are now learning about Hire Leeward, an initiative designed to connect Leeward residents with Leeward jobs. The public, private partnership is empowering thousands of West O’ahu residents to take advantage of the many job opportunities within their community.

For the 5th consecutive year, Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine is proud to partner with the Kapolei Chamber of Commerce to present The 5th Annual Hire Leeward Job and Career Fair taking place on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at the University of Hawai’i – West O’ahu campus from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Today, Malia continues to work in healthcare, as a Clinic Operations Manager at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center’s Kapolei Health Care Center. Most importantly, she reclaimed several hours of her life.  Her commute, which once took two hours in each direction, now takes only five minutes.

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Kalaeloa Water Company Powerpoint Presentation (June 15, 2017)

Senator Shimabukuro received the following e-mail from the Hawaii Community Development Authority, along with the attached PowerPoint:

Aloha Kalaeloa Advisory Team members,

Mahalo to the many stakeholders that attended yesterday’s Kalaeloa advisory teams combined meeting.    As requested, please find attached the presentation slides regarding the status of conveyance for Kalaeloa’s water and wastewater system.   If you have additional questions on this subject, the contact information for Mr. Mitch  Silver or Ms. Kiran Polk is listed on the last slide.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Pearlyn Fukuba
Hawaii Community Development Authority – Kalaeloa
91-5420 Kapolei Parkway
Kapolei, HI  96707

Kalaeloa Water Company_PowerPoint Presentation_June 15 2017

Wai’anae Pride 2017: Holloway and Medeiros

Maile 032914A Senator Maile Shimabukuro: Congratulations to Wai’anae’s Max Holloway, the new, undisputed UFC Featherweight Champion, and Wai’ane’s Yancy Medeiros, who defeated Erick Silva on 3 June 2017, on the same UFC 21 fight card. We’re so proud of both of you. You have brought the eyes of the world to Hawai’i and the West Side of Oahu with your accomplishments. Your work ethic, character, and success are an inspiration to the entire state, especially to the young people of Wai’anae. Kulia i ka nu’u.

Max Holloway, of Wai’anae, Hawaii, undisputed UFC Featherweight Champion, celebrates with his hometown fans in a special parade. Photo by Karen Young, 6/10/17, 11:02am.

Max Holloway, a 2010 graduate of Wai’anae High School, beat the linear featherweight champion José Aldo in a title unification bout on 3 June 2017 at UFC 212 in Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Karen Young, 6/10/17, 11:02am.

Max Holloway, currently trains out of Gracie Technics Honolulu and Legacy Muay Thai. He also gets his strength training out of Tactical Strength and Conditioning under Coach Darin Yap. Photo by Karen Young, 6/10/17, 11:02am.

Yancy Medeiros, of Wai’ane, Hawaii, defeated Erick Silva on 3 June 2017 at UFC 212 via TKO in the second round. Photo by Karen Young, 6/10/17, 11:03am.

Yancy Medeiros competes in the welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Photo by Karen Young, 6/10/17, 11:03am.

Yancy Medeiros is trained by Cesar Gracie (Brazilian jiu-jitsu) and Richard Perez (boxing). Photo by Karen Young, 6/10/17, 11:03am.

Yancy Medeiros wrestled for Wai’anae High School and placed 3rd in the Hawaii State Wrestling Tournament his senior year. Photo by Karen Young, 6/10/17, 11:03am.

‘Kānehōʻālani: Transforming the Health of Native Hawaiian Men’

Click image to access the 45-page OHA report, released 2 June 2017, in PDF format.


Farrington Hwy Nightly Closure in Kapolei Begins June 5, 2017

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) advises Oahu motorists of a closure on Farrington Highway between Wakea Street and Kalaeloa Boulevard for the Kapolei Interchange Complex, Phase 2 project. All lanes will be closed in both directions on Monday night, June 5, through Friday morning, June 9, from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., nightly.

All ramps will remain open during closure hours. Westbound motorists will be diverted around the work zone via Kamokila Boulevard, Kapolei Parkway, and Kalaeloa Boulevard. Eastbound motorists will be detoured around the closure via Kalaeloa Boulevard, Kapolei Parkway, Kamokila Boulevard, and Wakea Street. (See detour map below.)

A full closure of the highway is necessary to place concrete for sidewalk installations on the Farrington Highway Overpass. HDOT advises motorists to prepare for the closure by checking traffic apps, mapping the best route, and adding extra travel time to their commutes.

Electronic message boards will be posted to warn motorists of the closure. Special Duty Police Officers will be on-site to assist with traffic control. Emergency vehicles, first responders, and TheBus have been notified of the roadwork and will not be allowed through the closure.

In addition to the nighttime work, there will be a westbound left lane closure on the H-1 Freeway between the Makakilo Drive Overpass and the Kalaeloa Boulevard Overpass on Monday, June 5, through Friday, June 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for drilled shaft installations in the median. Roadwork will be posted on our website at http://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/roadwork/oahu/. All roadwork is weather permitting.

Detour Map