Indigenous Architecture Bills Advance (2/16/16)

SB 2946 and SB 3059 have passed out of the Senate Hawaiian Affairs Committee. The measures legalize native Hawaiian hale (grass huts) for farm worker and other types of housing. L-R: Nalani Tukuafu (hale builder), Kumu Francis Palani Sinenci (master hale builder from Hana), and Peter Kalawaia Moore (hale builder), testified in support of the bills. Here are links to the bills:

No Maintenance Work scheduled on Farrington Hwy. in Nanakuli 2/20/16


For Immediate Release: Feb. 16, 2016 16-0064


HONOLULU – Last Saturday, Feb. 13 HDOT maintenance crews were working on scraping shoulders on Farrington Highway. Shoulder scraping is required to maintain the safety of the facility to ensure they are clear for highway usage and that the vegetation does not move into the shoulder and travel way. A schedule had been previously set to perform the work. However, as other maintenance issues arose including those generated by the large surf, maintenance prioritizations were adjusted and our crews fell behind their original schedules.  Our crews, in trying to catch up with the maintenance schedules, worked on Saturday to perform the duties on Farrington Highway. Unfortunately, we did not update our notifications to the community before we moved forward with the scheduling change. HDOT apologizes to those who were impacted by our work this weekend, especially as we did not properly notify the public of our schedule.

We will be sure to do so in the future. HDOT will not be performing work on Farrington Highway on Feb. 20.  Message boards indicating the upcoming work were placed as a precaution if additional work was required this coming weekend.  The message boards are being removed.   We will be coordinating with the area legislators and the community to determine the best times for scheduled work.  Although night work is generally preferred to most of the commuters, the night hours may not be available for maintenance work due to limitations with the permitting process and environmental regulations with regard to noise, lighting and wildlife. Weekly lane closure information for projects statewide is posted at the HDOT website at   Please monitor HDOT updates on Twitter @DOTHawaii or on Facebook by following the Hawaii Department of Transportation.


2016 ʿŌlelo Statewide Student Video OmniContest Entry Form – Deadline 2/29/16

From: Hanalei Y. Aipoalani
Sent: Sunday, February 14, 2016 1:23 PM
Subject: 2016 ʿŌlelo Youth Xchange Statewide Student Video Competition – OmniContest (Submission/Entry Form)


As noted in the guidelines, Registration forms (i.e. Entry Forms) will be produced online via OmniContest.

“How does it work?”

Simply put. Upon uploading and submitting each entry, you will see a “print” button. Click on this button to create a PDF “Entry Form” that contains both faculty and entry information.

Print each form, then sign and date next to your name—more than likely on page 2. Have each student do the same. Then you may either 1) scan and email the forms to or 2) place the forms in an envelope and mail (postmarked 2/29/2016) it to:

Olelo Community Media
Attn: Youth Xchange Program
1122 Mapunapuna Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96819

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call (808) 237-2108 or (808) 237-2113.  Continue reading

Free Disaster Preparedness Workshop – 2/17/16 at 6:30pm

Are you and your family prepared for the next hurricane, tsunami or other disaster? Do you know what emergency supplies you should have on hand or have you developed a 7-day family disaster supplies kit?

We are continuing with our FREE Waianae Disaster Preparation Workshop Wednesday, February 17, at 6:30 pm, Waianae District Park.

Learn about these issues and much more at a FREE emergency and disaster preparedness workshop to be held at the Waianae District Park, 85-601 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, HI 96792 at 6:30 p.m. The topic of this workshop will feature movie clips on Tsunamis from “The Impossible” (Tsunami FAQ) and we will start developing our Disaster Teams and prepare our Waianae Coast Emergency Preparedness Plan.

Waianae Coast Readiness Team is made up of volunteers from the Waianae Military Civilian Advisory Council, Waianae Rotary Club and Waianae community members who are working closely with the City & County of Honolulu Department of Emergency Management & the Hawaii State Civil Defense Emergency Management Agency, using the Hawaii Hazards Awareness & Resilience Program (HHARP).


Don “Rock” Arakaki


Nanakuli Turning Lanes Project: Nighttime Eastbound Lane Closures Starting 2/16/16

Aloha Senator Shimabukuro, Rep Jordan, Rep Tupola, and Council Member Pine:

Thank you for your questions, comments, and support as the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) continues to make progress on the Farrington Highway Intersection Improvements project in Nanakuli. Please find an update of the project below.

The project has been delayed for several months as we have run into unforeseen conditions with underground utility lines that were not part of the as built or construction plans.  These unforeseen utilities has resulted in frequent work stoppage, re-assessment of the plans, re-design by our engineers, and approval of the revised design by appropriate agencies before construction work could resume on the road. During these times, the contractor has been working on improvements behind the barriers that do not involve utility line work, to the extent possible,

We have received DPP approval of the updated design revisions, and on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 the finalized drawings were sent to DPP for their signature. Daytime construction work will continue behind the barriers this week.  Nighttime eastbound lane closures for the installation of a sewer line will resume on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016.  We will release the lane closure details to the media in addition to  posting them on our social media channels and to our website at  Electronic message boards will be placed in advance of the project site to alert the community of the lane closures as well.  

The updated project schedule targets a completion date of April 2017.  However, we are working with the contractor to reduce the schedule length.  The contractor has also scheduled in regular refreshing of the lane lines and reflectors throughout the project site to ensure visibility.

HDOT thanks you and your constituents for your patience and understanding as we advance this project.  Please feel free to call or email me should you have any questions, comments, or concerns.