Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Meeting – 5/18/16 7pm

Senator Shimabukuro received the following notice from Cynthia Rezentes:

On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, the Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), under the Department of the Interior, will be at Ka Waihona O Ka Naau`ao Dining Hall to hold an informational briefing. The meeting will be from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

The purpose of the briefing is to provide information on the Federal leasing process for offshore renewable energy projects. Currently, there are three locations of interest from two enterprises to establish utility scale windfarms on floating platforms. The map of the approximate locations are attached and include locations off of Ka`ena Point, Barber’s Point, Waikiki.

The briefing is open to the public and will explain what the process is and when the public can participate as the process progresses over the next few years. Please pass the word along to other fishermen, and cultural and traditional practitioners. This is our chance to ask the questions and share some initial concerns about these projects and get educated on how we can participate in the process.

H-1 Westbound Shoulder Lane Hours Extended




For Immediate Release: May 13, 2016


HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) notifies motorists that the H-1 Freeway westbound shoulder lane hours are being extended from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. The new schedule will begin on Monday, May 16, 2016.

Motorists wishing to use the westbound shoulder lane may enter at the Aiea Heights Drive Overpass and exit at the Waimalu/Pearl City Off-Ramp (Exit 10). Motorists continuing on the H-1 Freeway past the Pearl City Interchange must merge one lane to the left as the shoulder lane will exit to the Off-Ramp. The merge must be completed prior to the solid white line. HDOT advises drivers to give themselves enough time to safely advance to their preferred lane. Please be alert and avoid dangerous maneuvers. Single occupancy vehicles are allowed access. Trucks and buses are prohibited.

Crews will be adjusting the westbound shoulder lane signs to reflect the extended hours. HDOT reminds motorists that all shoulder lanes are only in effect during the times displayed on the signs. Motorists using shoulder lanes outside of those designated time frames may be cited by authorities.

The previous shoulder lane hours for this area were from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. HDOT thanks the public for its cooperation as we continue to improve traffic operations on Hawaii’s roadways. For up to the minute traffic and roadway conditions on the freeway system, as well as traffic cameras from around the island, please visit GoAkamai.org or download the free GoAkamai app.


UH West Oahu Project Lead The Way

The following is from a UH News Release, accessible at http://www.hawaii.edu/news/article.php?aId=7910

UH West Oahu offers Project Lead The Way summer core training

Open to all teachers, administrators and community partners

Contact: Julie Funasaki Yuen, (808) 689-2604 Public Info Officer, Communications Department

KAPOLEI — For the second year, the University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu will host Project Lead The Way (PLTW) summer teacher professional development programs – called Core Training – for Hawaiʻi teachers implementing PLTW’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs in K-12 classrooms. Project Lead The Way is a nonprofit organization that provides transformative learning experiences for K-12 students and teachers. More than 8,000 elementary, middle and high schools offer the curriculum across 50 states.

Various sessions will be held at the UH West Oʻahu campus throughout June including

  • Launch Lead Teacher
  • Principles of Biomedical Science
  • Automation and Robotics
  • Principles of Engineering
  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Introduction to Computer Science

In July, UH West Oʻahu will also host a three-day PLTW Launch Lead Teacher training at UH Maui College and at UH Hilo’s Honokaʻa North Hawaiʻi Education and Training Center. Teachers must successfully pass core training for every PLTW course they wish to implement and instruct.

The registration deadline for Oʻahu’s June sessions has been extended to May 20. The registration deadline for Maui and Hawaiʻi Island training is May 31. Register online for PLTW summer training and view the PLTW Professional Development Registration web page for information on specific course dates and times.

UH West Oʻahu is Project Lead The Way’s first affiliate partner in Hawaiʻi and provides ongoing support for local schools implementing PLTW curriculum. The University hosted PLTW’s required Core Training programs for teacher instructors for the first time in summer 2015 – training previously offered only on the U.S. mainland.

For more information, contact Sherry Proper at sproper@hawaii.edu or (808) 689-2384.

Established in 1976, the University of Hawaiʻi – West O‘ahu is an indigenous-serving institution that offers quality education, small class sizes, and personalized attention. UH West O‘ahu has the newest bachelor’s degree-granting campus in the University of Hawaiʻi System, serving approximately 2,700 students with academic programs that emphasize interdisciplinary and cross-cultural studies. UH West Oʻahu commemorates its 40th anniversary in 2016. For more information, visit www.uhwo.hawaii.edu, call (808) 689-2800 or toll-free (866) 299-8656. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. Through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in an evolving world, and provides teachers with the support and resources they need to devote more time to inspiring students. PLTW programs can be found in over 8,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit pltw.org.

West Oahu schools receive AC donation

The story below originally appeared on Hawai’i News Now:

West Oahu elementary schools receive $20K donation for air conditioning

WAIANAE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) –

Students at two west Oahu elementary schools will no longer have to worry about hot classrooms thanks to a generous donation.

Fujitsu and Mister Pink Premium Beverages donated $20,000 worth of air conditioners to Waianae Elementary and Makaha Elementary.

“I remember watching the news last year and a lot of the teachers on the west side of the islands were asking for donations or help because a lot of these kids were dehydrated, some kids went to the hospital, some kids couldn’t breathe and they really got my attention,” said Kaui Kauhi, president of Mr. Pink Premium Beverages.

The donation comes after lawmakers agreed to set aside $100 million to cool public schools across the state.

Four of those new air conditioners will go to Waianae Elementary and 18 others will go to Makaha Elementary.