HART Traffic Advisory: Week of June 25, 2017

 Week of June 25, 2017   WAIPAHU

 Week of June 25, 2017  PEARL CITY, AIEA

 Week of June 25, 2017  Kamehameha Highway – Pearl Harbor Area – Dillingham


Star-Adv: ‘Ohana homebuilding project breaks ground in Waianae’

By Andrew Gomes
June 21, 2017

Developing a new $450,000 ocean-view home on Oahu is not an easy feat. Doing it at a cost of $295,000 is even more unfathomable. Yet 12 local families with moderate to low incomes are doing that in Waianae, where 70 such homes are slated to be built over about two years.

The nonprofit Self-Help Housing Corp. of Hawaii and state officials held a blessing and groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for the project where teams of families will help each other build their own homes.

The initial group, which since May has built floor and wall framing for five homes, includes Michelle Kea, a single mother of two who is a supervisor at Sam’s Club and is building a home with her father, Matthew, and another single parent, Mazie Wan, who will be the first in her family to own a home.

“I would never be able to afford to buy a house without this program,” said Wan, a state employee. “I am thankful to be in the program.”

Self-Help Housing has developed 656 homes in Hawaii over the last 52 years through a process that involves stitching together financing from government sources, other nonprofits and private lenders that help make new homes affordable for people who get construction coaching and put in 16 hours of sweat equity every weekend.

Teams of 11 or 12 households build each other’s homes, which are projected to take about 12 months to finish. Foundation work is expected to start in a couple of weeks after building permits are issued.   Continue reading

Hire Leeward Job Fair on June 24, 2017 – UHWO 9am-1pm

Working on the Westside: Changing Jobs, Changing Lives
West O’ahu Residents Can Find Opportunities
At the University of Hawai’i – West O’ahu campus
At the Hire Leeward Job Fair on June 24, 2017
From 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Leeward resident Malia Ching is no stranger to Westside traffic— for years, she spent up to four hours a day in traffic, driving from Nanakuli to Downtown Honolulu and back for work.

Then about four years ago, looking to spend more time with her family, the medical professional started searching for a job closer to home.  Along with Malia, many Leeward residents are now learning about Hire Leeward, an initiative designed to connect Leeward residents with Leeward jobs. The public, private partnership is empowering thousands of West O’ahu residents to take advantage of the many job opportunities within their community.

For the 5th consecutive year, Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine is proud to partner with the Kapolei Chamber of Commerce to present The 5th Annual Hire Leeward Job and Career Fair taking place on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at the University of Hawai’i – West O’ahu campus from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Today, Malia continues to work in healthcare, as a Clinic Operations Manager at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center’s Kapolei Health Care Center. Most importantly, she reclaimed several hours of her life.  Her commute, which once took two hours in each direction, now takes only five minutes.

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Kalaeloa Water Company Powerpoint Presentation (June 15, 2017)

Senator Shimabukuro received the following e-mail from the Hawaii Community Development Authority, along with the attached PowerPoint:

Aloha Kalaeloa Advisory Team members,

Mahalo to the many stakeholders that attended yesterday’s Kalaeloa advisory teams combined meeting.    As requested, please find attached the presentation slides regarding the status of conveyance for Kalaeloa’s water and wastewater system.   If you have additional questions on this subject, the contact information for Mr. Mitch  Silver or Ms. Kiran Polk is listed on the last slide.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Pearlyn Fukuba
Hawaii Community Development Authority – Kalaeloa
91-5420 Kapolei Parkway
Kapolei, HI  96707

Kalaeloa Water Company_PowerPoint Presentation_June 15 2017

Wai’anae Pride 2017: Holloway and Medeiros

Maile 032914A Senator Maile Shimabukuro: Congratulations to Wai’anae’s Max Holloway, the new, undisputed UFC Featherweight Champion, and Wai’ane’s Yancy Medeiros, who defeated Erick Silva on 3 June 2017, on the same UFC 21 fight card. We’re so proud of both of you. You have brought the eyes of the world to Hawai’i and the West Side of Oahu with your accomplishments. Your work ethic, character, and success are an inspiration to the entire state, especially to the young people of Wai’anae. Kulia i ka nu’u.

Max Holloway, of Wai’anae, Hawaii, undisputed UFC Featherweight Champion, celebrates with his hometown fans in a special parade. Photo by Karen Young, 6/10/17, 11:02am.

Max Holloway, a 2010 graduate of Wai’anae High School, beat the linear featherweight champion José Aldo in a title unification bout on 3 June 2017 at UFC 212 in Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Karen Young, 6/10/17, 11:02am.

Max Holloway, currently trains out of Gracie Technics Honolulu and Legacy Muay Thai. He also gets his strength training out of Tactical Strength and Conditioning under Coach Darin Yap. Photo by Karen Young, 6/10/17, 11:02am.

Yancy Medeiros, of Wai’ane, Hawaii, defeated Erick Silva on 3 June 2017 at UFC 212 via TKO in the second round. Photo by Karen Young, 6/10/17, 11:03am.

Yancy Medeiros competes in the welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Photo by Karen Young, 6/10/17, 11:03am.

Yancy Medeiros is trained by Cesar Gracie (Brazilian jiu-jitsu) and Richard Perez (boxing). Photo by Karen Young, 6/10/17, 11:03am.

Yancy Medeiros wrestled for Wai’anae High School and placed 3rd in the Hawaii State Wrestling Tournament his senior year. Photo by Karen Young, 6/10/17, 11:03am.

‘Kānehōʻālani: Transforming the Health of Native Hawaiian Men’

Click image to access the 45-page OHA report, released 2 June 2017, in PDF format.


Farrington Hwy Nightly Closure in Kapolei Begins June 5, 2017

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) advises Oahu motorists of a closure on Farrington Highway between Wakea Street and Kalaeloa Boulevard for the Kapolei Interchange Complex, Phase 2 project. All lanes will be closed in both directions on Monday night, June 5, through Friday morning, June 9, from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., nightly.

All ramps will remain open during closure hours. Westbound motorists will be diverted around the work zone via Kamokila Boulevard, Kapolei Parkway, and Kalaeloa Boulevard. Eastbound motorists will be detoured around the closure via Kalaeloa Boulevard, Kapolei Parkway, Kamokila Boulevard, and Wakea Street. (See detour map below.)

A full closure of the highway is necessary to place concrete for sidewalk installations on the Farrington Highway Overpass. HDOT advises motorists to prepare for the closure by checking traffic apps, mapping the best route, and adding extra travel time to their commutes.

Electronic message boards will be posted to warn motorists of the closure. Special Duty Police Officers will be on-site to assist with traffic control. Emergency vehicles, first responders, and TheBus have been notified of the roadwork and will not be allowed through the closure.

In addition to the nighttime work, there will be a westbound left lane closure on the H-1 Freeway between the Makakilo Drive Overpass and the Kalaeloa Boulevard Overpass on Monday, June 5, through Friday, June 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for drilled shaft installations in the median. Roadwork will be posted on our website at http://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/roadwork/oahu/. All roadwork is weather permitting.

Detour Map

Waianae Satellite City Hall/Drivers License/State ID Information 

Waianae Satellite City Hall/Drivers License/State ID Info:Address: 85-670 Farrington Hwy. (808)768-4900

–Drivers License/State ID–

Hours: Tu/Th, 7:45-11:30; 12:30-4

Drivers License Tests scheduled by appointment via: www3.honolulu.gov/csdarts; 4 walk-ins accepted each Tu/Th

–Satellite City Hall–

Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00AM – 4:00PM

Services Available:

Bicycle & Moped Registration

Bus Passes – Senior, Adult, and Youth

Disability Placards and License Plates

Dog Tag and Registration

Fireworks Permit

Motor Vehicle Registration and Titling

Out-of-State Permits

Pet Certificates for Spay/Neuter

Picnic Permits

Real Property Tax Payment/Exemption

Voter Registration

Water Bill Payment

$10.7 Million for Searider Productions

By Jayna Omaye, “State building a complex for Waianae kids’ media program,” Star-Advertiser, 6/1/17.

In an effort to accommodate the growth of Waianae High School’s Searider Productions, the state Department of Education plans to expand the program’s facilities into a full-fledged complex.

The $10.7 million project will connect the digital media program’s existing two buildings and add a lobby, three classrooms, rest­rooms, an office and conference room, and a multi­ purpose courtyard for additional meeting and classroom space, the DOE announced Wednesday.

The 8,500-square-foot expansion is slated to break ground in March 2018 and be complete by August 2019. During construction, students will be relocated to another part of the nearly 1,790-student campus.

Planning and design money was released last year, and the $10.7 million was allocated this year by the state Legislature.

Candy Suiso, Searider Productions’ program director and co-founder.

Candy Suiso, Searider Productions’ program director and co-founder, said the expansion has been discussed for about five years and will help to increase enrollment, which has fluctuated between 250 and 300, for the past few years. Suiso said the program is currently at capacity and she hopes the expansion will allow about 100 more students to enroll.

Suiso said the expansion would also provide much-needed space to offer more courses, including additional creative media classes through the school’s early college program, a partnership with the University of Hawaii-­West Oahu and Leeward Community College.

“We want to be able to have a facility to grow with,” she said. “The whole idea is to keep up with the ever-changing technology. We need a facility to be able to catch up with whatever’s out there.”

Searider Productions, founded in 1993, started off as a video production program with 85 students and two teachers in two classrooms with no air conditioning.

With about 300 students, six full-time teachers and four support staff, the program now offers core classes in video production, photography, graphic design and other related fields. Students can choose a specific area of study from several disciplines.

Students have received national and statewide acclaim including from the national Student Television Network competition and the ‘Olelo Youth Xchange student video competition. Students also landed their first commercial client in 2002 and were recognized in 1999 as one of the most innovative digital media programs in the country by the Milken Family Foundation when Suiso received a National Educator Award.

“Searider Productions has really put Waianae on the map,” said state Sen. Maile Shimabukuro (D, Kalaeloa-­Waianae-Makaha). “They have done an amazing job in giving students hands-on learning experience that has translated to the workforce and has produced amazing products. It (expansion) definitely was a priority.”

Read the full article on the Star-Advertiser site.