State DOT Response re Farrington HIghway Traffic Light Synchronization/Nanakuli-Maili Corridor

Sent: Tuesday, November 03, 2015 3:02 PM
Subject: Re: Request from Sen. Maile Shimabukuro re FHWY

Aloha, Thank you for you patience.  The City and State worked to synchronize the streetlights on the Farrington Highway corridor in the vicinity of Nanakuli and Maili in the fall of 2014.

Re-synchronization of all streetlights generally occurs in 2 year cycles.  However, due to the volumes of traffic observed in the area, City signal crews have been going out to the area on a regular basis to review the timing and observe the conditions.

In general, the timing for the corridor has been maximized for the PM commute at 240 second cycles which favors the Farrington Highway corridor over the side streets or turning movements.  This means that total wait time for side streets is 4 minutes, and turning movements are limited to 30-40 seconds.

In general, that means 7 to 8 turning vehicles can make the green phase with no pedestrians, and 2 to 4 cars can turn when pedestrians are present.

When synchronizing, both directions are considered.  Traffic signals on a 2-way corridor will never be timed to allow a motorist to hit all green lights in one direction because that would mean a driver going in the opposite direction would be hitting all reds.

In general, we have been seeing increases in volume over the last 10 years that are overloading the system, especially during peak times.  HDOT is studying the possibility of extending the turning lane currently under construction on Farrington Highway to Hakimo Road in order to alleviate some of the congestion. We are also looking at improvements on H1 eastbound to move traffic more efficiently and also working to achieve fiber optic connectivity on Farrington as far west as possible to allow for traffic cameras and active management of the signals

State of Hawaii Department of Transportation
Public Affairs Office
869 Punchbowl Street, Room 506
Honolulu, Hawaii  96813-5097

Magical Disney Relay For Life of Wai’anae 2016 March 12-13, 7PM-7AM

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Nanakuli Turn Lane Project Update

Sen Shimabukuro 80AConstituents have asked about the status of the Nanakuli turn lane project.  My understanding is that DOT has obtained approval to perform night work.  Here is a link to information about the turn lane project work schedule and other project details from DOT:

Click to access 2015_03_04_Farrington_Hwy_Noise_Variance_PIM_Presentation.pdf

Aha Moku Advisory Committee (AMAC) Public Meeting on Draft Rules: FRI NOV 6

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Statute of Limitations for Rape Cases Eliminated

Sen. Shimabukuro and the late Rep. Mele Carroll introduced SB 2687 and HB 2034, which eliminates the time limit to bring criminal charges in rape cases and also extends the time limit to file civil lawsuits.

Sen. Maile Shimabukuro and the late Rep. Mele Carroll introduced SB 2687 and HB 2034, which eliminates the time limit to bring criminal charges in rape cases and also extends the time limit to file civil lawsuits.

Great news for sex abuse victims — the Legislature eliminated the time limit to bring criminal charges in rape cases and also extended the time limit to file civil lawsuits. Here is more information about HB 2034, which the late Rep. Mele Carroll introduced, and SB 2687, which I introduced:

HB 2034 eliminates the criminal statute of limitations for sex assault in the 1st and 2nd degree, and continuous sex assault of a minor under 14 years of age. Link to the bill here.

SB 2687:

  • extends the “window” to file civil lawsuits in child sex abuse cases where the Statue of Limitations (“SOL”) had previously expired, for 2 more years, until April 2016
  • allows child sex abuse victims to bring civil lawsuits up until age 26, or 3 years from the date they discover repressed memories of the abuse
  • continues to apply the “gross negligence” standard if the lawsuit includes the alleged perpetrator’s employer
  • adds the state as a potential employer who can be sued under the window

Link to the bill here.

For more on the Child Sex Abuse Window, go here.

Sen. Shimabukuro Proposed Changing ‘Discoverer’s Day’ to ‘Indigenous People’s Day’

Rename ‘Columbus Day’ to Honor Indigenous People: A Day of Mixed Feelings
by Jacques Brunvil, Ka Leo, 12 Oct. 2015

Established as a federal holiday in 1937, Columbus Day has existed to celebrate the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus in 1492. Although celebrated on the same day, the second Monday of October, some cities and states (including Hawai‘i) honor the day under a different name or do not honor it at all.

In Hawai‘i, federal government offices are closed on Columbus Day whereas state, city and county government offices and schools are open for business. This is because the State of Hawai‘i does not recognize Columbus Day as a holiday, recognizing Discoverer’s Day instead. It honors the discovery of the Hawaiian Islands by Polynesians and was established by the 1969 Hawai‘i legislature as non-holiday status in order to make room for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

In addition, local advocacy groups in Hawai‘i have used this day to protest the holiday as a whole, suggesting we honor indigenous peoples instead. Introduced in January 2013 by [Senator] House Rep. Maile Shimabukuro (D – Wai‘anae, Mākaha, Mākua), [Senate] House Bill SB317 SD1 proposed changing the second Monday of October from “Discoverer’s Day” to “Indigenous People’s Day.” Unfortunately, the bill died.

What controversy?

When he first encountered the so-called “New World,” Columbus not only manipulated and massacred indigenous people for riches — gold and farmland — but also began a revolutionary wave of worldwide colonization, European culture domination and most notoriously mass slavery of both indigenous people and Africans. For this reason, there is controversy surrounding the holiday.  Continue reading

WOW Yard Sale 2015 Nov. 6-8

Women of Wai’anae Yard Sale

Nov. 6, Friday evening, pre-sale, open to all
Nov. 7-8, Saturday – Sunday, 8am to 4pm
(may close earlier or later, depending on customers)

86-024 Glenmonger Street  (Corner of Glenmonger/Poka’i Bay Street)
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Yard sale donations accepted at this address. Call Karen at 696-4677 for more information.

Proceeds from the yard sale fund WOW’s scholarships for non-traditional students on Wai’anae Coast.

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KITV4: ‘HHAA holds semi-annual Great Gun Show’

by Roger Mari
KITV4, 28 Oct. 2015

At the Hawaii Historic Arms Association (HHAA) “Great Guns Show,” some of the firearms were just for show while others were available for purchase.

In 2000, there were more than 13,000 firearms in our state; in 2013, that number shot up to 60,000.

This year, nine people were killed during the mass shooting in Oregon by a man who had an arsenal of weapons.

“Unfortunately he was a law abiding citizen, acquired his guns legally and for unknown reasons, he did what he did,” said Philip Rapoza, HHAA.

Exhibitors at Saturday’s “Great Gun Show” were hoping that the recent shooting in Oregon wouldn’t trigger lawmakers to tighten the rules on purchasing firearms in Hawaii.

“It’s a lot better here as far as keeping the guns out of the hands of the crazy people because we do an actual medical and mental background check where most other states do not,” says Brian Takaba, a gun store owner.

“I think overall Hawaii has a not too bad, pretty good balance between trying to allow people to bear arms lawfully and at the same time protect public safety,” said Sen. Maile Shimabukuru [Shimabukuro].

Since 2000, there have been only six concealed carry permits issued in Hawaii. Some here believe more should be allowed.

Read the full article here.