Huliko’a Kaiaulu 2016 Scholar Speaker Series: Sep. 6 & 28

From: Christy Sato
Subject: Huliko’a Kaiaulu Scholar Speaker Series – Join us in September for 2 amazing sessions

Welina me ke aloha kākou,

It’s a new school year and we are excited to bring you 2 Huliko‘a Kaiāulu scholar speaker series events next month. The first session is on Tuesday, September 6 @ 5:30 p.m. Five (5) indigenous women from Kenya, Thailand, Guatemala, Fiji, and Russia will share their inspiring community stories and work. They are all members of the Indigenous Women’s Biodiversity Network whose goal is to bring the issues of indigenous women to the forefront of international discussions while emphasizing the vital role they play in biodiversity conservation. All of these women will be participating in the IUCN World Conservation Congress and are excited for the opportunity to visit our moku and share their experiences.

The second session is on Wednesday, September 28 @ 5:30 p.m. Erin Kahunawaika‘ala Wright, assistant professor at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Education, will be talking about what does “educational success” mean for our lāhui Hawai‘i. Her presentation will include discussions around the teacher shortage and educational benchmarks. Join us to learn more and share your voice, RSVP by calling 670-2045 or e-mailing Please feel free to forward this message to others. Continue reading

New Farrington Hwy Contraflow Lane in Nanakuli Opening Aug. 10, 2016

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) is pleased to announce the new contraflow initiative on Farrington Highway in Nanakuli is scheduled to open Aug. 10, 2016. (See the illustrations below.) The pilot initiative aims to add an additional lane of capacity in the westbound direction during the busy afternoon commute between 3:30 – 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

The 1.5-mile contraflow operation begins at Piliokahi Avenue and ends in the vicinity of Nanaikeola Street. During the contraflow hours there will be three Waianae bound lanes that are open to all drivers including single occupancy vehicles. There will be a single lane in the Honolulu bound direction. Left turns will not be permitted in the Honolulu bound direction to Helelua Street, Haleakala Avenue and Nanakuli Avenue. To accommodate those seeking to turn left, motorists will be able to use a detour from Laumania Avenue through Pohakunui Avenue to Piliokahi Avenue.

This project is in conjunction with the Farrington Highway turning lane improvements which are currently underway and are anticipated to be completed next year, weather permitting. The project includes constructing a dedicated fifth lane that will allow left turn lanes onto Nanakuli Avenue, Haleakala Avenue and Helelua Street. This improvement will prevent traffic from cuing up behind a vehicle that is waiting for an opening to turn. Instead, the through traffic will be able to continue while the turning vehicle waits in the new fifth lane. Once the turning lane project is complete, we anticipate there will not be the need for the contraflow lane.  Continue reading