Monthly Statewide Siren System Test Dec. 1, 2017 at 11:45 am

The State’s monthly test of the Statewide Outdoor Warning Siren System coordinated with the test of the Live Audio Broadcast segment of the Emergency Alert System, is scheduled for Friday, December 1, 2017 at 11:45 a.m.

The warning sirens are used to alert the public to emergencies. During this test, all warning sirens will sound a one-minute Attention Alert Signal (Steady Tone) followed by a one-minute Attack Warning Signal (Wailing Tone). This will be the first month for the reinstatement of the Attack Warning Signal testing. There will be no exercise or drill on this day.

The Attention Alert Signal informs residents to turn on a radio or television for information and instruction for an impending emergency, or if in a coastal inundation area, evacuate to higher grounds. The Attack Warning Signal directs residents to seek immediate shelter and remain sheltered in place until an all-clear message is broadcasted over radio or television.

Oahu residents in areas surrounding Campbell Industrial Park may also hear a “whooping” tone following the siren test. These areas include portions of Kalaeloa, Makakilo, Nanakuli, Kapolei, & Ewa Beach. The “whooping” tone is a test of the Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) siren warning group that will be activated in the event of a HAZMAT incident. These sirens can be activated in the event of an actual HAZMAT incident requiring emergency notification of businesses, schools and residents within the vicinity of Campbell Industrial Park. Contact the City and County of Honolulu Department of Emergency Management at (808) 723-8960 for more information on the HAZMAT warning group siren test.

Tests of the outdoor warning sirens and the Emergency Alert System are conducted simultaneously, normally on the first working day of the month, in cooperation with Hawaii’s broadcast industry. Emergency management and disaster preparedness information is located at the front section of telephone directories in all counties.

Contact your emergency management/county civil defense agency to report siren operation issues:

  • Hawaii County (808) 935-0031
  • Maui County (808) 270-7285
  • City and County of Honolulu (808) 723-8960
  • Kauai County (808) 241-1800

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Closure Westbound H-1 Between Makakilo Dr. Overpass & Kalaeloa Blvd 11/27-12/1/17 10P-5A

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) advises Oahu motorists that the westbound H-1 Freeway will be closed between the Makakilo Drive overpass and the Kalaeloa Boulevard overpass on Monday night, Nov. 27, 2017 through Friday morning, Dec. 1, 2017 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

A full closure of the H-1 Freeway is necessary to mobilize a crane in the westbound lanes for the placement of metal forms as part of the Kapolei Interchange Complex, Phase 2 project. Motorists traveling on the H-1 Freeway will be directed to Makakilo Drive via the Makakilo/Kapolei/Kalaeloa Off-Ramp (Exit 2) and may continue on Farrington Highway/Kamokila Boulevard, Wakea Street, and the Farrington Highway onramp to return to the westbound H-1 Freeway. (See detour map below.)

Electronic message boards will be posted to warn motorists of the full 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 work zone.

In addition to the full closure, other lane closures associated with this project include:

  • Two right lanes closed on the H-1 Freeway in the westbound direction between the Kapolei/Ewa offramp (Exit 3) and the Makakilo Drive overpass on Monday night, Nov. 27, through Friday morning, Dec. 1, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., for guardrail installations.
  • Right lane closure on the H-1 Freeway in the westbound direction between the Kapolei/Ewa offramp (Exit 3) and the Makakilo Drive overpass on Monday, Nov. 27, through Friday, Dec. 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., for overhead sign work.

HDOT advises motorists to prepare for the closures by checking traffic apps, mapping the best route, and adding extra travel time to their commutes. All roadwork is weather permitting.

Detour Map

Help Us Travel to the 2017 National Pop Warner Super Bowl

Waianae Tiger’s Jr. Pee Wee football team won the WESCON Region Hawaii Islands Jr. Pee Wee Championships on November 19, 2017. They are now eligible to compete at the National Pop Warner Super Bowl in Orlando, Florida, on December 2-9, 2017.

Aloha Everyone,

We would like to humbly ask for your consideration to sponsor our Waianae Tiger’s Jr. Pee Wee football team. On November 19, 2017, our team won the WESCON Region Hawaii Islands Jr. Pee Wee Championships. As the winner of this prestigious title, our team will have the opportunity to compete at the National Pop Warner Super Bowl in Orlando, Florida on December 2-9, 2017. The Waianae Tiger’s Jr. Pee Wee will be representing the State of Hawaii and the cost for the team to travel to Florida is very high and we have roughly a week to gather funds. For that purpose, we are asking for your assistance.

We are seeking sponsors who are willing to donate any dollar amount to assist in covering our team’s costly travel expenses. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for majority of our players; some have never traveled cross country let alone been on an airplane, and have not had the opportunity to participate in a National competition.

This team has worked extremely hard, day in and out, making this the fourth consecutive year that they are undefeated; by far an historical accomplishment! It is not “just a game” for these kids, this is their way of life. FOOTBALL is their LIFESTYLE!!!! Please help support in any way possible to make their dreams become a reality.

Please help with our efforts.  Here is our gofundme website: 

Mahalo for your consideration and thank you in advance for your help!

Mysti Bicoy, Travel Coordinator
Waianae JPW Football Team

APAICS 2018 Summer Internship Application – Deadline 1/7/18

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Star-Advertiser: ‘Waianae’s Kana’i Mauga’

Kana‘i Mauga

The following are excerpts from Paul Honda’s “For Waianae’s Kana’i Mauga, There’s No Mountain High Enough” (Star-Advertiser, 7 Nov. 2017).

The path to the top is not for everyone…the degree of difficulty varies. [Kana’i] Mauga, a hybrid linebacker with a 3.2 grade-point average and a commitment to USC, prefers the toughest challenge.

“It’s really steep. I always go all the way to the top,” Mauga said. “I like trying to climb mountains whenever I have time. During the summer, I’ll go to different spots on the west side with my friends, or if nobody’s available I just go by myself.”

After an 0-3 start, Waianae came through. The Seariders went on a six-game win streak, lost in the OIA semifinals to Mililani and, over the weekend, earned a 29-21 overtime win over Campbell to seal a spot in the Open Division state tournament.

“He’s been a role model of a senior leader,” Waianae head coach Walter Young said. “He shows up to the workout sessions and gives his all, and motivates and encourages his teammates to do the same. He has a football IQ that is beyond his years, and he has the ability to do more than just his job. He’s an incredible playmaker.”

Waianae (7-4) faces league champion Kahuku in the semifinal round of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA State Championships on Friday at Aloha Stadium.

“We have to do our right assignments, get aligned right and execute,” Mauga said. “Anything can happen. It was rough in the beginning of the season. For everyone to show up these past two games, bouncing back from that loss to Mililani, it’s a big accomplishment for the whole team. This win over Campbell is going to boost their confidence as a team and individuals.”

Mauga, at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, handles battles with linemen and slotbacks with success.

Oregon State became the first university to offer a scholarship to Mauga. He is now up to 13 offers, though he committed to USC in June.

Moanalua coach Savaii Eselu believes Mauga will be a factor in the Pac-12 Conference.

“He reminds me of Manti (Te‘o). He and Kana‘i don’t waste steps,” Eselu said. “He’s taller than I thought. I thought we could get some passes over him and we got bit real bad, a pick-6.”

The tradition of elite defensive talent from Waianae is illustrious, going back to George “Oki” Kauwalu to Nate Jackson to Chris Paogofie and beyond.

“He exemplifies what Waianae defense has always been,” Campbell coach Darren Johnson said. “He’s so talented like Roland and Joey Maneafaiga. Taulia Lave. He’s in those guys’ class. You can rank him as high as Lafi Siliga.”

Coming from Waianae means almost everything.

“I don’t think I would change anything. I actually learned a lot, people saying that over here is a ghetto and poor. I just wanted to see for myself, to experience what other people think about it. Honestly, it’s not. People are not poor. They’re rich in personality and they have a good mind-set of living here, and they love it here,” Mauga said. “They appreciate everything that’s been given to them.”

Mauga’s academic and athletic talents have opened doors. His father, Ivan Mauga, played at the University of Hawaii.

“He always says, ‘Play hard. Do what you do best. Ball out,’ ” Mauga said. “And I love you.”

For the full article, log in to the Star-Advertiser.

State Native Plant Nurseries Celebrate Arbor Day with Plant Sales on 11/4/17

In celebration of Arbor Day in Hawaii on November 4, the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) invites native plant enthusiasts to plant sales and giveaways happening across the state this weekend. DOFAW plant nurseries on Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Maui, and Hawaiʻi island will be offering a variety of native plants to encourage their use in home gardening and landscaping. For details regarding each specific plant sale or giveaway, please see below:

Date and time: Friday November 3, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: 4398 Pua Loke Street, Līhuʻe, HI 96766
Parking information: Parking lot behind the Department of Agriculture
Example selection of plants: ‘iIima, maile, ʻōhiʻa lehua, wiliwili, ‘akia, naupaka, pohinahina, ‘ūlei, māmaki, kokiʻo keʻo keʻo, and loulu. Two rare native hibiscus species will also be sold: kokiʻo ‘ula (Hibiscus kokiʻo saintjohnianus) and kokiʻo ‘ulaʻula (Hibiscus clayi). Puakenikeni trees will be given away for free.
Payment types to be accepted: Cash only
Contact number: 808-212-4495

Date and time: Friday November 3, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Address: 2135 Makiki Heights Drive, Honolulu, HI 96822
Parking instructions: People are advised to park along the lower roadway and parking area.
Plant pot sizes: 4” – 3 gallon pots
Prices: $4 – $100
Example selection of plants: koki‘o ke‘oke‘o (white hibiscus), maile, pāpala kēpau (Australasian catchbird tree), red ʻōhiʻa lehua, ʻaʻaliʻi, native grasses and sedges, pia, and noni
Payment types to be accepted: Cash or checks, no credit cards
Contact number: 808-973-9778

Date and time: Saturday November 3, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Address: 685 Old Haleakala Highway, Kahului, HI 96732
Plant pot sizes: Small dibbles – 5 gallon pots
Prices: FREE (maximum 5 seedlings per person; any combination of species goes towards 5 count)
Example selection of plants: ʻakia, maile, ʻaʻaliʻi, milo, kou, naupaka, maiapilo
Contact number: 808-873-3980

Date and time: Friday November 3, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Address: 66-1220a Lalamilo Road, Kamuela, HI 96743
Plant pot sizes: Small dibbles – 2 gallon pots
Prices: $1-$11
Example selection of plants: Native, windbreak, timber, and landscape plants
Payment types that will be accepted: Cash only
Contact number: 808-887-6061

Date and time: Friday November 3, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Address:19 E Kawili Street, Hilo, HI 96720
Payment types to be accepted: Cash only
Contact number: 808-430-9096

Our Arbor Day partners will also have plant sales and giveaways across the state; for more information please visit

Please don’t miss out on this opportunity to choose from a wide selection of native plants at a reasonable cost, while supporting the important work DOFAW does in conserving our native forests and unique species, some of which are found nowhere else on earth.

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(Resources: credit DLNR)

Photographs (various DOFAW nursery plant sales):