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:

KAUAʻI BASEYARD NURSERY
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

OʻAHU BASEYARD NURSERY
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

MAUI BASEYARD NURSERY
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

KAMUELA STATE TREE NURSERY
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

HILO BASEYARD NURSERY
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 http://www.arbordayhawaii.org.

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):
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gqlt51ch9kidu57/AAAuH35HGs0iIP8dW9bxZmAKa?dl=0

“CONDORAMA” EDUCATION EVENT TO BE HELD AT HAWAII STATE CAPITOL 11/4/17

REAL ESTATE COMMISSION TO HOLD “CONDORAMA” EDUCATION EVENT

 HONOLULU – The Real Estate Commission, together with Community Association Institute Hawaii Chapter (CAI) will hold a free “Condorama” event at the Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium on Saturday, November 4, 2017. The event runs from 9:00 am – 11:00 am and will feature three speakers recognized in the condominium community for their expertise in law, property management and insurance.

In collaboration with the Real Estate Commission, the Community Associations Institute of Hawaii provided the speakers for this event and will assist with condominium education outreach for the public.

The event is open to the public and registration is available online at http://www.caihawaii.org. For more information the public can call the Real Estate Branch at 808-586‑2643.

AGENDA

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration

9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

9:10 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. Do’s & Don’ts of Association Contracts: Lance Fujisaki, Esq. – Partner, Anderson Lahne & Fujisaki

9:40 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. Communication, Meets & Volunteerism: Kanani Kaopua – VP, Hawaiian Properties, Ltd.

10:10 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. Insurance – How Much is Enough: Sue Savio – President, Insurance Associates, Inc.

10:40 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Questions & Answers

10:55 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Evaluations & Adjournment    

Sen. Shimabukuro on 10/23/17 HNN: Leeward bikeway


Upcoming leeward bikeway excites bikers, but plans for west Oahu fall short
By: Jim Mendoza (HawaiiNewsNow)

Oct 23, 2017 06:54 PM

WAIPAHU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The state Department of Transportation’s plans for Phase 1 of the long-awaited Leeward Bikeway calls for the five-mile path to run along the old railroad route to the Hawaiian Railway Society in Kapolei.
It will cost $8.5 million to build.
“The bid is ready to go. We think that they’ll go out to bid early 2018 and then start building it in 2018,” said Chad Taniguchi, executive director of the Hawaii Bicycling League.
Bicycle enthusiasts are happy, but they also want the second phase built from Kapolei to Nanakuli.
For that HDOT said it can only afford to adjust striping on existing roads including busy Farrington Highway.
Waianae Sen. Maile Shimabukuro said her constituents worry about the safety of cyclists who would have to ride alongside traffic.
“That’s a very tight stretch of road. In many parts of it there’s only those four lanes. There’s really not much shoulder on either side. It’s already congested,” she said.
“Sixty percent of the people who bike want something where they know it’s going to be safe,” Taniguchi said. “For that you need an off-road multi-use path.”
The state estimates that would cost about $13 million — money it doesn’t have.
HDOT public information officer Tim Sakahara said the bikeway was broken into two phases for “funding purposes.”
“Due to funding limitations, HDOT is adjusting this concept to improve access within current facilities,” he said.
Sakahara said the re-striped roads would include “minimum five-foot mixed use shoulders” and Phase 2 could be moved up if funding outside the Highway Revenue Fund is provided.
The Leeward Bikeway has been on the state’s to-do list since 1980. It was required by the federal government when it transferred the deed for the rail corridor to the state.
The Hawaii Bicycling League often rides the route Phase 1 will follow.
“A lot of it is already off-road rideable, gravel or dirt. We’re hoping to see a proper paved path similar to the existing Pearl Harbor bike path,” HBL events director Travis Counsell said.
Sakahara said Phase 1 will improve bicycle and pedestrian access.
When it’s finished the path will be multi-use for bike riders, walkers, joggers and skate boarders.
“It’s going to be tremendously well used,” Taniguchi said.
Copyright 2017 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

DCCA: Beware of Fake State Investigators

The State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) released the following press release regarding fake investigators:

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS
REGULATED INDUSTRIES COMPLAINTS OFFICE

 DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR

CATHERINE P. AWAKUNI COLÓN
DIRECTOR

DARIA A. LOY-GOTO
COMPLAINTS & ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 11, 2017

BEWARE OF FAKE STATE INVESTIGATORS

HONOLULU – The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ Regulated Industries Complaints Office (RICO) is warning the public about at least one individual who posed as a RICO investigator.

The office received information that a letter was sent to a local business asserting a violation and that RICO would be conducting an investigation at that location.  The letter, however, was not sent by an investigator from the RICO office.

Notices from RICO are sent on official letterhead and include contact information for all RICO offices.  Legitimate RICO investigators carry official badges and credentials with their name and organization. Members of the public may request to view the credentials of a RICO investigator to confirm the investigator’s identity. To verify the authenticity of an investigator or a written notice from RICO, the public also may call the RICO office at (808) 587-4272.

The Regulated Industries Complaints Office has opened an investigation into the matter. The impersonation of a public servant is a crime in the State of Hawaii.

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The Regulated Industries Complaints Office (“RICO”) is a division of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) and enforces the licensing laws for the various professional boards, commissions and programs that are administratively attached to the Department. RICO receives, investigates and prosecutes complaints about possible licensing law violations.  RICO also receives, investigates, and prosecutes complaints about possible unlicensed activity. In addition to complaints, RICO staff-initiates cases based on tip information, information from law enforcement agencies, information from professional organizations, insurance reporting, media reports and the like. Visit them online at http://cca.hawaii.gov/rico/.

 Media Contact:

William Nhieu
Communications Officer
Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Email: Wnhieu@dcca.hawaii.gov
Phone: (808) 586-7582
Cell: (808) 389-2788

Native Hawaiian Scholarship Aha – 10/18/17 – 5:30pm

The following announcement regarding the Native Hawaiian Scholarship ‘Aha comes from the Kamehameha Schools:

Scholarship Aha

 

Join us as multiple community groups come together to share information about scholarships available to Native Hawaiian and Wai‘anae Moku college students!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @5:30 p.m.
Community Learning Center – Mā‘ili
87-790 Kulauku Street

Scholarship providers include:

  • Kamehameha Schools
  • Pauahi Foundation
  • Hawai‘i Community Foundation
  • Alu Like
  • University of Hawai‘i
  • Chaminade University
  • Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship
  • Kapi‘olani Community College Lunalilo Scholars
  • Women of Wai‘anae

This FREE event is for anyone interested in financial aid and scholarship information. Students, parents, teachers, counselors — everyone is welcome!
For questions or more information, please call 843-9650 or e-mail clcprograms@ksbe.edu.

6th Annual Pa’akai Gala 10/14/17, 5-10PM

Aloha e Nā Kama Kai ‘Ohana & Supporters,

DTL, in partnership with Nā Kama Kai, is assisting in procuring support for this amazing non-profit organization. Nā Kama Kai’s mission is to connect our keiki with the kai and nurture a deep sense of aloha and kuleana for their natural environment through ocean clinic and programs throughout the state.

We are excited to announce that our 6th Annual Pa’akai Gala will be held on October 14, 2017 at the historic Royal Hawaiian Hotel’s Monarch Ballroom. It has been an incredible journey over the last nine years growing our program and Nā Kama Kai is thankful for the tremendous community support they have received.

We hope that you will consider donating to our silent auction or joining us at the event for a wonderful evening by attending our event or purchasing a table sponsorship. With your Kokua, we can continue to be directly engaged in growing Hawai’i’s youth into Hawai’i’s future leaders by strengthening their relationship with the ocean and our island-home! 100% of the proceeds from the gala and silent auction will go directly into increasing the capacity of our community through nurturing and engaging Hawai’i’s youth to become more aware of the importance of ocean safety and conservation.

I have attached a save the date invitation and the donation and sponsorship form. For more information about our gala and organization, please visit http://www.nakamakai.org/paakai.

Please email paakai@nakamakai.org for questions or completed forms.

Mahalo for your consideration.

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Honolulu Magazine: ‘Protect Your Family from Rat Lungworm Disease’

Excerpts from Jennifer Carlile Dalgamouni’s “Fifteen Ways to Protect Your Family from Rat Lungworm Disease in Hawai‘i” (Honolulu Magazine, 11 Aug. 2017):

1. Don’t panic.
2. Don’t drink from the garden hose.
3. Wash, wash, wash.
4. Heat or freeze your produce.
5. Scrub raw fruits and vegetables thoroughly.
6. Wash fruit before peeling or cutting it.
7. Examine your bananas.
8. Don’t eat or play with snails or slugs.
9. Don’t let kids run barefoot in the backyard.
10. Boil snails and fresh water prawns.
11. Cover water catchment tanks.
12. Hunt slugs.
13. Control rats and slugs in your garden.
14. Make a slug pub.
15. Don’t be afraid to buy local.

To read the full article, click here.

Hawaii DOH Recommendations for Extra Mumps Vaccination

The State of Hawaii is experiencing an outbreak of mumps. Mumps is a contagious virus infection with symptoms that are similar to the flu. It is spread via coughing, sneezing and touching of infected items.

The mumps vaccine is not 100 percent effective, and in some cases immunity seems to diminish with time. The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) is now recommending that persons who live or work in
crowded conditions should receive an extra mumps vaccination. The extra mumps shot is specifically recommended for individuals born after 1956 who:

  1. have had two doses of the vaccine ten or more years ago;
  2. have had one dose of the vaccine five or more years ago; or
  3. are not sure of whether they had the disease or any prior mumps vaccination.

The new DOH guidance is online here. For additional information, click here.

Child Passenger Safety Week Sep. 17-23, 2017 – Free Car Seat Checks

National Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 17-23, 2017 – Free Car Seat Checks Statewide

Oahu
Waipio Shopping Center, Waipahu
94-1040 Waipio Uka Street
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

HART Traffic Advisory 2017: Sep. 17 to 23

HART Traffic Advisory 2017: Sep. 17 to 23

Your Voices Have Been Heard! Parallel Route/Emergency Access Road Update

maile-032914a 80On 09/19/17, the Nanakuli-Maili Neighborhood Board voted against the proposed Waianae Coast Emergency Access Road (WCEAR) extension from Puu Heleakala park to Door of Faith Church’s driveway on Haleakala Avenue.

Based on this and opposition from the community, I will:

  • Recommend that DHHL uses the $9m secured by me, Councilwoman Pine and Rep. Gates to pursue something along the lines of what they identified as the “4th alternative” (see map below). That is, a road which goes above the Homesteads, and starts to form a parallel route for daily use.
  • Seek funding to condemn the locked portion of Paakea Road.

Note: My understanding is that the 4th alternative does not go through any DHHL lessee’s property. Rather, it traverses through vacant DHHL land. However, DHHL clarified that upon further investigation, Ulei Loop does not appear wide enough for 2-way traffic, thus not making it appropriate for a parallel route connection. Nanakuli Ave has sufficient width for 2-way traffic. What are your thoughts about connecting this parallel route to Nanakuli Ave?

The other question of course would be whether the Puu Heleakala community would grant permission to connect this parallel route to the mauka section of their property and on to Helelua St. If not, we may have to consider locked gates again at these outlets until we can obtain additional funding to further extend the parallel route to other outlets. If that were the case, the gates would probably only open in emergencies. Either way, at least we are attempting to make progress toward the beginning of a parallel route. Whether this becomes a reality depends on many factors, including feasibility, funding, and how long we have William Aila Jr. (or someone equally committed to Waianae) in a key position at DHHL…

I really appreciate everyone’s mana’o. We are very fortunate to live in a close-knit community that cares so much about our collective future!

Ige Administration Releases CIP Funds for Waianae Agricultural Park

Governor David Y. Ige announced that his Administration has released $500,000 in Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funds for the Wai’anae Agricultural Park.

Click the image below for the official announcement from Governor Ige.

1708118-CIP-Waianae Ag Park (part 2) - signed

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Star-Adv: ‘Hawaiian Air to Hire 300 in Expansion’

By Dave Segal
September 16, 2017
Star-Advertiser

Hawaiian Airlines, one of the state’s largest private employers with a workforce of about 6,500, is increasing its ranks as part of a major expansion.

The state’s largest airline said Friday it is recruiting nearly 300 more employees in preparation for the arrival of a new fleet of 18 narrow-body Airbus A321neo aircraft. Hawaiian is seeking more than 200 flight attendants, approximately 50 pilots and about 40 mechanics, according to company spokesman Alex Da Silva.

The company will hold interviews this fall and early 2018 for flight attendant candidates who would begin training in January, February and April. Hawaiian, which has been growing internationally, also is seeking bilingual flight attendant candidates who are proficient in Japanese, Korean, Mandarin or Cantonese. Mechanics will be interviewed in mid-November and pilots interviewed in early December through January. The application deadlines vary for the different groups.

“It’s one of our largest hiring efforts in recent years,” Da Silva said. “To put it into context, today we employ just under 2,000 flight attendants, more than 700 pilots and 360 mechanics. This is not all tied to the A321neo, since we will soon welcome our 24th wide-body Airbus A330.”

The first 189-seat A321neos are expected to arrive by the end of this year and be placed into service in early 2018. Hawaiian recently announced that the new planes will be used on three new nonstop daily routes: Portland-­Maui, Oakland-Kauai and Los Angeles-Kona. The A321neos include 16 leather recliners in the Premium Cabin, 45 Extra Comfort seats and 128 Economy seats.

“We have been hiring staff for some time as we prepare to grow our operations with the A321neo fleet,” Da Silva said. “We have also made significant investments such as purchasing a new multimillion-dollar A321neo training simulator (for Hawaiian’s corporate headquarters training facility), and we are nearing completion of the work at our new maintenance hangar at the airport.”

Hawaii’s tourism industry has been booming with five consecutive years of record arrivals and spending. It is on track to make it six in a row with arrivals expected to top 9.2 million and spending to reach $16.78 billion, according to DBEDT.

Hawaiian reported last week that in August it filled 86.2 percent of its flights, which was 1.8 percentage points better than the year-earlier period.

Hawaiian, which has been phasing out its wide-body Boeing 767 aircraft, has been in the midst of a fleet transition with its final A330 aircraft scheduled to arrive in the middle of next month followed by the rollout of the A321neos.

“We are excited to continue to create jobs while introducing a new fleet, more destinations and a growing flight network to our guests,” Da Silva said.

Read the full story at the Star-Advertiser site.

October 18 – Mental Health America of Hawai’i Fundraiser ft. Solomon Enos

Mental Health America of Hawaii is hosting a fundraiser featuring Solomon Enos, a Native Hawaiian artist with roots on the Wai’anae Coast:

Garden of My Mind

an evening of creative inspiration and wonder with artist Solomon Enos, a benefit for Mental Health America of Hawaii

Please join us to celebrate creativity and the connection between art and mental health at the beautiful Café Julia.  We are thrilled to partner for this celebration with Solomon Enos, internationally-renown Native Hawaiian artist, illustrator, and visionary. This occasion gives each of us the rare opportunity to own a piece of Solomon’s painting, Garden of My Mind as well as a poster of the whole work of art.

Garden of My Mind will be a large work painted on 96 six-inch by six-inch canvasses, sold separately with registration for the event. Each six-inch by six-inch canvas will be a piece of art in and of itself. Please see the registration and sponsorship options below to choose how you would like to support us in this celebration.

Solomon will be at the event to autograph the canvases and posters. He will also paint live at the event so we can all witness his artistic process.

BUY TICKETS

October 18, 2017
5:00pm – 8:00pm
Cafe Julia
at the YWCA
1040 Richards St.
Honolulu, HI 96813

Ticket Prices
$150 – Art Collector
Art Collectors will enjoy heavy pupus, two drink tickets, a Garden of My Mind poster, and one six-inch by six-inch canvas (one of the 96, six-inch by six-inch canvases comprising Garden of My Mind)
$75 – Art Supporter
Art Supporters will enjoy heavy pupus, two drink tickets and a Garden of My Mind poster.

Individual Table Sponsors 
Pakalana – $2000
Pakalana Sponsors have a reserved table with 10 seats, each with heavy pupus, two drink tickets, a Garden of My Mind poster, and a six-inch by six-inch canvas (one of the 96, six-inch by six-inch canvases comprising Garden of My Mind). The sponsor will receive 4 six-inch by six-inch canvases that can be framed together as one larger painting.
Puakenikeni – $1000
Puakenikeni Sponsors have a reserved table with 6 seats, each with heavy pupus, two drink tickets, a Garden of My Mind poster, and a six-inch by six-inch canvas (one of the 96, six-inch by six-inch canvases comprising Garden of My Mind). The sponsor will receive 4 six-inch by six-inch canvases that can be framed together as one larger painting.

Hawai‘i unveils first cashless payment system for medical cannabis

The following press release was issued by Governor David Y. Ige:

DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR

Hawai‘i unveils first cashless payment system for medical cannabis

For Immediate Release
September 12, 2017

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige and state Financial Institutions Commissioner Iris Ikeda announced a “banking solution” that allows Hawai‘i’s medical cannabis dispensaries to access financial services and use a cashless payment system.

The solution makes Hawai‘i the first in the nation to have a cashless dispensary system.

The state has secured the services of Colorado-based Safe Harbor Private Banking that will provide limited and temporary financial services for Hawai‘i’s cannabis dispensaries. CanPay, a debit payment mobile application, will process sales transactions at retail dispensaries. Hawaii’s eight dispensary license holders have agreed to implement cashless operations by October 1, 2017.

Financial services are currently unavailable in Hawai‘i because cannabis remains a federally prohibited substance.

“This new cashless system enables the state to focus on patient, public and product safety while we allow commerce to take place. This solution makes sense. It makes dispensary finances transparent and it makes it easier and safer for dispensaries to serve their patients and pay their employees and vendors,” said Gov. Ige.

While determining a banking solution, the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ Division of Financial Institutions focused on safety—for patients, employees, dispensaries, as well as the wider community. The department sought a cashless solution to address concerns about increased crimes committed against cash-based operations.

“This solution for the dispensaries to conduct banking services in an entirely cashless method would directly address many concerns we have and problems encountered by the dispensaries,” said Iris Ikeda, Hawai‘i Financial Institutions Commissioner. “This will establish a safe environment for medical cannabis-using patients and businesses to operate. It is our hope that a Hawai‘i-based financial institution opens accounts in the future. For now, we are appreciative of the mainland credit union for stepping in,” added Ikeda.

Hawai‘i’s cashless system will allow cannabis dispensaries to use traditional financial services to legally conduct financial transactions. In addition, dispensaries will be capable of setting up direct deposit for employee payroll, collect and remit taxes, and make payments to vendors.

All transactions will be transparent, as purchases at retail dispensaries occur through the mobile application and other transactions would be recorded by the financial institution.

Maui Wellness Group, LLC dba Maui Grown Therapies and Aloha Green LLC, the state’s two operational dispensaries, have opened accounts with the mainland credit union and have begun using the mobile debit payment application. The remaining six dispensaries are now at different stages of development and varying stages of the approval process.

More information on the Medical Cannabis Registry Program and the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program is available at http://health.hawaii.gov/medicalmarijuana.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the banking solution can be found at https://cca.hawaii.gov/dfi/files/2017/09/MCD-FAQs.pdf.

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Media Contacts:

Jodi Leong
Deputy Communications Director/Press Secretary
Office of the Governor
Office: 808-586-0043
Mobile: 808-798-3929
jodi.c.leong@hawaii.gov

William Nhieu
Communications Officer
Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Email: Wnhieu@dcca.hawaii.gov
Phone: (808) 586-7582
Cell: (808) 389-2788

Heads Up~Westbound Lane Closure in Nanakuli to Resume Aug. 31-Sept. 8; DOT to Eliminate Multiple Simultaneous Lane Closures Until 5th Lane is Complete

 Message from DOT:

Aloha,

In order to balance lane closures necessary for the safety of those involved in construction to add services and supporting infrastructure for the community with traffic mitigation, HDOT has coordinated with the contractors for the various projects taking place between Haleakala and Nanakuli Avenues. The attached graphic shows upcoming closures for this week and next week on Farrington Highway between Haleakala Avenue and Nanakuli Avenue.
Going forward, until the completion of the fifth turning lane in Nanakuli, HDOT will not allow multiple adjacent closures totaling more than 500 feet or more than one lane to be closed on Farrington Highway. If multiple contractors can be accommodated within the same closure, they will be allowed to work on our facility.
Regards,
Shelly Kunishige
Department of Transportation
Public Affairs Office
Office: (808) 587-2161
E-mail: shelly.y.kunishige@hawaii.gov
http://hidot.hawaii.gov
@DOTHawaii
/HawaiiDepartmentOfTransportation

Monthly Siren Test Friday 9/1/17

SIREN AND EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM TEST

HONOLULU — The State’s monthly test of the Statewide Outdoor Warning Siren System using the Attention Alert Signal “Steady tone”, coordinated with the test of the Live Audio Broadcast segment of the Emergency Alert System, is scheduled for Friday, September 1, 2017 at 11:45 a.m.

The siren test is a steady one minute tone on all sirens. The warning sirens are used to alert the public to any emergency that may pose a threat to life or property. The sound of the sirens is a cue for residents to turn on a radio or television for information and instruction for an impending emergency. Besides natural hazards, the Emergency Alert System could be used for terrorist incidents or acts of war.

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

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

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What Do You Think About These Proposed Traffic Solutions?

I am working with other policy-makers to improve our traffic situation by extending our emergency access road and allowing it to be used during road work, creating a parallel route for daily use, etc.  Here is a resolution (see below) we drafted that the Neighborhood Board may consider passing in the coming months.  Please let us know what you think since community support is critical to make this happen. Click on “Leave a comment” at the end of this post or email me at maileshimabukuro@yahoo.com or senshimabukuro@capitol.hawaii.gov. -Maile

Proposed Resolution

REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOMELANDS, THE CITY, THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, AND AREA POLICY-MAKERS TO EXTEND THE WAIANAE COAST EMERGENCY ACCESS ROAD AND INCLUDE PLANNED LANE CLOSURES FOR ROAD WORK AS AN ALLOWABLE USE, AND TO BUILD A PARALLEL ROUTE FOR DAILY USE  

WHEREAS, although West Oahu has experienced exponential growth and development over the last 20 years, transportation infrastructure has not kept pace, with traffic volume on Farrington Highway increasing from an average of 20,000 vehicles per day in 2000 to 50,000 vehicles per day in 2016; and

WHEREAS, the July 2015 water main break near Piliokahi Avenue shut down all lanes of Farrington Highway for over 48 hours. During this disaster, the Waianae Coast Emergency Access Road (WCEAR) was open. However, frustrated drivers were still stuck in horrendous gridlock for 4-6+ hours to get in and out of the Waianae Coast. WCEAR proved to be problematic, since the “Bridge to Nowhere” at Kalanianaole Beach Park was grossly inadequate; and

WHEREAS, following the water main break, residents demanded that policy-makers improve WCEAR and expand its usage. Thereafter, the Ahupua`a o Nanakuli Homestead (AONH), area legislators, and other community leaders hosted a series of public meetings and site visits to examine possible ways to improve WCEAR; and  

WHEREAS, in 2016 and 2017, the State Legislature and City Council allocated a total of $9m ($6m in 2016, and $3m in 2017) to the Department of Hawaiian Homelands (DHHL) and the City Department of Emergency Management (DEM) for the purpose of extending WCEAR further east past Helelua Street and making other improvements. The $6m allocated in 2016 will lapse in June 2018; and

WHEREAS, DHHL has determined that the most favorable route to extend WCEAR is from Puu Heleakala park to the Door of Faith Church driveway on Haleakala Avenue. DHHL is conducting community consultations regarding this proposed route, and is also proposing to conduct an environmental study of this route; and

WHEREAS, during the first week back to public school in August 2017, multiple lane closures for road work took place in Nanakuli, creating a horrible traffic gridlock. Residents demanded swift action, and as a result, the state Department of Transportation (DOT) ended lane closures for two weeks to allow it time to request the use of WCEAR; and

WHEREAS, for many years, and increasingly since this incident, residents have begged policy-makers to build a permanent second access road, and to allow WCEAR to be used more regularly, such as during road work, traffic accidents, rush hour, and other times of congestion; and

WHEREAS, DOT has indicated its support to regularly use WCEAR for planned lane closures due to road work. Currently, DOT must go through a lengthy process to use WCEAR, including consulting area residents; and

WHEREAS, DEM has indicated that the existing WCEAR roadways are limited to declared emergencies, pursuant to written agreements with private landowners and environmental studies. Thus, DEM could not support using existing WCEAR roadways for planned lane closures for road work. However, DEM has no objection to using new WCEAR extensions for this purpose, provided that the environmental studies and agreements allow for this use; and

WHEREAS, affected communities are understandably reluctant to support having WCEAR extensions built through their neighborhoods, and may oppose expanding the use of WCEAR to include road work; and

WHEREAS, Sea Country, Mailiilii Road, Paakea Road, Hakimo Road, Lualualei Naval Road, Sack and Save, Puu Heleakala, and other areas along Farrington Highway have emergency access roads running through their neighborhoods. After Helelua Street, however, WCEAR ends until the “bridge to nowhere” at Kalanianaole Beach Park. Unfortunately, as was evidenced by the 2015 water main break, this bridge is an insufficient solution in and of itself; and

WHEREAS, the WCEAR 2001 plan indicated that the Paakea Road portion of WCEAR should be open permanently for daily use, and area residents and farmers support this change; and

WHEREAS, policy-makers understand that many residents want a second highway in addition to WCEAR improvements. However, a second highway is a long-term solution that is not likely to happen for decades. Thus, in the meantime, policy-makers are working on creating a parallel route, in the vicinity of “Series 7” at Piliokahi Avenue, to Lualualei Naval Road, and elsewhere along the coast.  This route would be a series of roads and bridges connecting existing roads which would be open for daily use; and

WHEREAS, policy-makers have been tasked to come up with expeditious solutions to improve WCEAR, emergency evacuations, and other traffic congestion. These solutions may be opposed by some, but are necessary sacrifices for the greater good; and now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the Nanakuli-Maili Neighborhood Board, that DHHL, DEM, and other area policy-makers are urged to build extensions of WCEAR, including from Puu Heleakala park to Door of Faith Church driveway on Haleakala Avenue, as well as other extensions; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that DHHL, DEM and other area policy-makers are urged to include planned lane closures for road work as an allowable use of WCEAR; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City and other area policy-makers are urged to condemn the locked Paakea Road portion of WCEAR to make it available for daily public use; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that DHHL, DOT, the City and other area policy-makers are urged to construct a parallel route for daily use, in the vicinity of Series 7 to Lualualei Naval Road and elsewhere throughout the Waianae Coast; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that DHHL, DOT, the City and other area policy-makers are urged to create plans, including route maps, timelines for implementation, measures to avoid or mitigate disruption of access to currently available routes, an artist’s rendition of the conceptual routes, and any other relevant information; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution be transmitted to DHHL, DEM, DOT, the City Department of Transportation Services, area legislators, community publications, and outlets for community distribution.

Sen. Maile Shimabukuro on Illegal Dumping at Boat Harbor

Waianae homeless say they’re unfairly blamed for illegal dumping
By Chelsea Davis, Hawaii News Now, 8/22-23/17

WAIANAE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Moki Hokoana … a resident of Puuhonua O Waianae … says the area has been an illegal dump site for years and they always end up cleaning it up even though they aren’t responsible.

“It is very questionable because you see appliances there, washing machines, and things of that sort that obviously wouldn’t be coming from a homeless camp where they have no power,” said State Senator Maile Shimabukuro.

Shimabukuro wants cameras at the entrance of the harbor to help catch the culprits.

State Representative for the area Cedric Gates said he’s working on an agreement to allow city workers to pick up trash on state land on a regular basis.

Officials with the state land department say they are open to that idea and said it is also putting up bollards to help curb the activity.

Waianae resident James Pakele has a home. But he volunteers his time and his boss with Aloha Trucking loans him a truck to help with clean ups.

See the full video and article at Hawaii News Now.