Hawaii Carpentars Apprenticeship and Training, April 13-17, 2015

HI Carpenters Apprenticeship

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Hulikoa Kaiaulu Scholar Speaker Series: April 28, 2015

Huliko‘a Kaiāulu Scholar Speaker Series
5:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Community Learning Center at Māʻili
87-790 Kulauku Street

Kawika Mersberg from Mākaha
How hula can be used as a vehicle to transport ʻike Hawaiʻi in the 21st century.

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Senator Shimabukuro Meets with Mayor Caldwell

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On 4/2/15, Sen. Shimabukuro met with Mayor Kirk Caldwell.  Sen. Shimabukuro notified the Mayor of various City issues needing attention on the Waianae Coast, such as the Waianae Coast Emergency Access Road, Ulehawa canal, replacing the sand bags behind Makaha Surfside, water system replacement and repaving needed on McArthur Street, pushing sand to alleviate the safety hazards created by erosion at Makaha Surfing Beach, and others. 

Sen. Shimabukuro and the Mayor also discussed the bills to extend the rail tax (HB 134 / SB 19).  As of 4/8/15, SB 19 had not been scheduled by the House Finance Committee.  HB 134 has been passed out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee in a “Senate Draft 2” (SD2) form.  The SD2 maintains the ½% tax for another 5 years, until 2027.  Here is a link to the status of HB 134:


Makua Military Reservation Army Update

April 7, 2015

Army update regarding incident at Makua Military Reservation

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii (April 7, 2015) – Officials with U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii are working with the Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center to investigate Monday’s incident at Makua Military Reservation (MMR).

“First and foremost our thoughts are with the two individuals injured and their families,” said Col. Richard Fromm, Commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii. “We wish them a speedy recovery and will conduct a thorough investigation into what happened.”

Two ground maintenance contractors with NuGate Group, LLC were injured after encountering an apparent unexploded ordnance at MMR. The incident occurred approximately two-thirds of a mile inside the south side of the valley.

The workers were conducting routine grass cutting (vegetation maintenance) at Makua as part of the Army’s environmental requirements. 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 until emergency responders with the Honolulu Fire Department arrived on scene. An Army-contracted medevac 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.

All other details surrounding the incident are under investigation. Army officials ask for the community’s understanding as the investigation is underway and for assistance minimizing any rumors or speculation regarding the incident. In addition, the Army is working with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regarding this incident.

The Army will continue to respect the privacy of the individuals involved.
Any questions regarding them or their medical status should be directed to their employer, NuGate Group, LLC.

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Kalaeloa Public Safety Advisory

See the forwarded message below regarding a safety advisory for Kalaeloa.

—–Original Message—–
From: Tesha Malama
Sent: Mon, Apr 6, 2015 12:29 pm
Subject: Fw: KALAELOA PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY: Roosevelt Avenue, west end near Barbers Point Elementary/Costco

Aloha everyone,

We’ve been working with the State Department of Transportation (“DOT”), The Outdoor Circle, Neighborhood Board #34 and Kalaeloa stakeholders regarding the severely diseased Chinese banyan trees in Kalaeloa on Roosevelt Avenue. As per past practice, the following advisory was sent out to our Kalaeloa stakeholder groups to help ensure public safety in the work area.

KALAELOA PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY: Roosevelt Avenue, west end near Barbers Point Elementary/Costco:

The Department of Transportation’s contractor is expected to begin removal of 4 severely diseased Chinese banyan trees and 1 tree stump at the west end of Roosevelt Avenue this Wednesday, April 8, 2015. The removal work is expected to take approximately one week and the new trees are expected to be planted later this month or May 2015.

Please use caution while traversing the area.

Take care.