Auyong Homestead Road Improvements: Letter to Neighborhood Board

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Makua Valley Military Munitions Response Program

                         Information Sheet    

February 2016


Military Munitions Response Program

Makua Training Area (TD) and Beach Assault Training Area, Oahu, Hawaii

The United States (U.S.) Congress established the Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP) under the Defense Environmental Restoration Program (DERP) to address munitions and explosives of concern (MEC), which are munitions that did not function properly, and munitions constituents (MC), which are contaminants associated with munitions released into the environment, located on closed or transferred military training areas. The DERP, including the MMRP, typically follows the Comprehensive Environmental   Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and National Contingency Plan (NCP).

A review of historical records identified two MMRP sites adjacent to the current Makua Military Reservation boundary. These are the transferred Makua Training Area (MTA [TD]) and the Beach Assault Training Area (BATA). Makua Military Reservation is not included in the MMRP as it is an active military installation.

MTA (TD) is approximately 855 acres of primarily undeveloped land, which includes Makua Beach, the Keawaula section of Kaena Point State Park, and the United States Air Force Kaena Point Satellite Tracking Station.

The BATA refers to approximately 23 acres located between Farrington Highway and Makua Beach. Both areas were used for live fire and maneuver training intermittently from the 1920’s until 1990.

Remedial Action

The remedial action (RA) objectives for this RA are to mitigate direct contact with potential surface and subsurface MEC by current and future receptors, including recreational users, trespassers, construction workers, and military personnel. MEC Hazard Areas were identified at BATA. The potential MEC hazard areas are presented in the figure below.

Makua MRS Information Sheet Feb 2016 update

The overall RA approach includes the following:

  • Development of DQOs and data needs through consultation with stakeholders.
  • Stage vegetation clearance within each MEC hazard area within the MRS.
  • A surface and subsurface clearance to the instrument detection limit (approximately 2 ft bgs) in 100% of the MEC hazard area of BATA Areas 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. The clearance areas 5, 7, and 9 will be divided into manageable 50-ft by 50-ft grids.


  • The clearance activities will continue south outside the boundary of Area 5 by one grid width to verify previous boundary determination.
  • Clearance areas 6 and 8 will consist of one lane running parallel North – South 25 feet off the edge of the road for the entire length of the area.
  • Ensure that the surrounding area within the Hazard Fragment Distance (HFD) is clear of receptors during removal activities according to the Explosive Safety Submission (ESS).
  • Controlled detonation of all MEC and MPPEH for disposal.
  • Inspection and segregation of all MEC and MD and reclassification as MDAS, as appropriate, for recycling or smelting.
  • Submittal of RAR with associated MEC information.
  • Perform MEC Hazard Assessment for BATA MRS.
  • Update MRS Priority Protocol (MRSPP) tables.At the conclusion of the RA, the areas within BATA MRS will be recommended for no further action (NFA).
  • The final remedy provides the most beneficial potential land use by achieving an Unlimited Use/Unrestricted Exposure (UU/UE) designation upon completion of the response action.
  • At the request of HDOH, community outreach will be performed for BATA MRS at the conclusion of the RA, and may be intertwined with the Hawaii Department of Parks on a regular basis for the continued education of the public about the potential for munitions within historical military training areas.Anticipated Work Schedule
  • Remedial Action Field Activities:
    • Brush clearing: February 2016
    • Remedial Action Fieldwork: February-March 2016
  • Remedial Action reporting and approval: August 2016 Ms. Carrie NelsonU.S. Army Garrison – Hawaii 948 Santos Dumont Ave, WAAF Schofield Barracks, HI 96857
  • (808) 656-3092
  • Military Munitions Response Program Manager
  • If you have any further questions, please contact:

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UHWO Intern Tori McCann Delivers a “Moment of Contemplation” to the State Senate


Original speech delivered by Tori McCann on 02/23/16:

Dear Senators,

With the hustle and bustle for bill hearing and referrals as deadlines inch closer let us take a moment to pause and think about the people we do it for. It easy to become catch up in the world of politics. In my time riding the bus I have seen many things; some funny, others heartfelt and still others just flat out weird. I learned many life lessons on the bus through observing people and would like to share them with you.

To the couple with a two year old who spent 45 minute trying to make their baby laugh instead of crying got the the baby to laugh the rest of the way.

Lesson # 1: Be patience it pays off.

To the old man in dress pants and button down shirt he sells drugs on the conner street

Lesson # 2: Don’t be fooled by outwardly appearances.

To a little girl who before  heading off the bus stopped and hugged a man in McDonald’s uniform she did not know. The man stood there stunned.

Lesson 3: Love can be found in unexpected places from unsuspecting people.

To the mother with four small children heading off to school early in the morning.  Breakfast a bag of chips because it’s cheap. How can a child learn on only a bag of chip?

Lesson 4: Sometimes you gotta do what you can just to get by

To the lady in her 50s at the bus stop who works two part-time retail jobs to help pay for her husband’s cancer treatment.

Lesson # 5: With love comes sacrifices

To a young lady who took off her jacket to give to a homeless woman who is wearing a makeshift tube top.

Lesson # 6: Compassion pass it on.

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. -Mother Teresa

Auyong Homestead Road Improvements – Nanakuli, Hawaii

Comments regarding the report are due by 3/27/16 and should be mailed to the City Department of Design and Construction and our office as indicated on the attached letter.

Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization Meeting 2/24/16



OMPO Mtg testimony 2-24-16

Testimony for February 24, 2016 Hearing RE: ORTP Projects 54/351, 708, 51, and Farrington Hwy. Realignment at Makaha BeachSara Perry byline80

Aloha Board,

In regards to Agenda item: Draft Oahu Regional Transportation Plan 2040

The Oahu Regional Transportation Plan (ORTP) 2040 is a Federally-required planning document that establishes a long-range vision for surface transportation on Oahu and identifies projects and programs to help achieve that vision. Projects in the ORTP become eligible for Federal funding assistance. The ORTP must be updated at least every five years. The deadline for the next update is April 2016. OahuMPO staff will make a presentation on the draft of the ORTP 2040. 

Several ORTP projects fall within State Senate District 21 (Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko Olina, Waianae Coast), such as the Farrington Hwy. realignment, the Kalaeloa to Hakimo Road widening (Project 54/351), the Waianae by-pass road (Project 708), and multiple safety improvements (Project 51). I want to express my support for these as well as any and all projects that can be made to further facilitate motorist and pedestrian safety, ease of traffic congestion, an easier commute for residents, better road infrastructure, and better transportation access for the Leeward coast in general.

As you know, Farrington Hwy. is the only access for residents of Makaha, Waianae, Maili, Nanakuli, Ko Olina, and Honokai Hale. With only two lanes in each direction, even minor issues like a stalled vehicle can create hours of traffic backlog, adding to an already brutal commute. Subsequently, with our ever worsening traffic problems, residents are pleading for fruition of an alternate route or by-pass road, highway widening, and other traffic improvements to be moved forward on the timeline of ORTP projects. I would like to urge the Board to consider this edit in their upcoming review.

While one geographic area should not have higher priority solely because of traffic, I would like to point out how nearly every other community in Oahu has some sort of an alternate access route. Our coast is lacking that completely, despite moving slowly ahead on securing limited emergency access via Kole Kole Pass sometime in the future, and trying to add on to the existing WCEAR (Waianae Coast Emergency Access Road) located throughout the Waianae Coast.

I would like to thank this Board for all their hard work and for taking the time to hear my testimony. If you could please keep my office updated on any progress of any projects in my district, it would be most appreciated. Additionally, should there be further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at the above phone and email.



State Senator Maile S. L. Shimabukuro

District 21

Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko Olina, Waianae Coast


Traffic Update

I know that traffic is the #1 quality of life issue for Wai’anae Coast residents.  That is why I obtained $2m for the current turn lane project in Nanakuli.  Now DOT is hoping to utilize federal funds contained in OMPO’s “Project 54” to expand on that turn lane project and widen Farrington Hwy all the way from Hakimo Rd to Black Rock.  (See “Project 54” on this OMPO list: ORTP 2035 Projects Listing | Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization).  Widening the highway will go a long way toward helping to alleviate our daily bottleneck and with re-routing traffic during accidents and lane closures like we had on 02/13/16.
I am also working with other elected officials to try and extend the emergency access road.  Phase 1 aims to connect Helelua St. to the Nanakuli Homesteads, possibly by condemning the road behind Yuens Store and connecting it to Haleakala Ave.  Phase 2 aims to connect the Nanakuli Homestead to Series 7 (Piliokahi Ave.), using bridges and roads.
Along with your other elected officials, I will continue to urge the military, Congress, and the state to find ways to increase access to Kole Kole Pass.  I will also continue to push for an alternate route in and out of the coast, as well as a contra flow lane.

Emergency Access Road Protocols & Update

I recently gained the following information and clarification regarding the Waianae Coast Emergency Access Road (WCEAR) from HPD:

1) What phone number should people call when there’s a traffic emergency and they want to ask for the emergency access roads to open? Are there different phone numbers for weekends vs weekdays?

The immediate determination to open the WCEAR is the on-duty lieutenant in District 8. They should contact the lieutenant through 911. Remember, it has to be an emergency in order to open the WCEAR. Heavy traffic is not an emergency to open the WCEAR. If the on-duty lieutenant has any question about opening the WCEAR, the lieutenant will call the HPD Captain or Major.


2) Can the City expand the times when the emergency access roads are opened, eg, such as on 02/13/16 when DOT closed a lane for roadwork, causing major traffic delays and spurring media coverage?

Maybe. As HPD understands the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), it has to be an emergency. Quite honestly, if an on-duty had called to open the roads on 2-13-2016, the HPD Captain or Major probably would have instructed them to not to open the WCEAR. Opening the WCEAR on that day would have made it 100% worse. As it was, the west bound traffic was moving. The east bound traffic was jammed. If HPD opened the WCEAR vehicles would have been turning across the west bound lanes of traffic and then coming down where the WCEAR comes out to Farrington and then to make a left turn to go east. That left hand turn by vehicle would most assuredly would have caused a mess of the west bound traffic. The contractor hired four special duty officers and one sergeant on that day, but to be effective with only one lane would have required an officer at every traffic light to keep traffic moving east.

3) Can the public get a copy of the current Memorandum of Agreement regarding the emergency access roads?

Sorry, but HPD is not in a position to release a copy. You would have to request it from the City Dept of Emergency Management (DEM) or the City Dept of Transportation Services (DTS), possibly.

4) Can HPD attend a meeting on 02/26/16, 12:30-1pm, at Helelua St ? A small group is meeting to walk along the road behind Yuen’s Store to explore making it part of the emergency access road to connect Helelua St. to Haleakala Ave.

Yes, HPD plans to send a representative.