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Update on Protected Bike Lane and parking on King Street

November 25, 2014

cycle track

HONOLULU – Installation of the King Street Protected Bike Lane on the left (mauka) side of King Street from Alapai Street to Isenberg Street is nearing completion.  Mayor Caldwell will lead a grand opening celebration ride on Saturday, December 6 at 1 p.m.

Beginning this Monday, November 24, on-street parking will open between Alapai Street and Pensacola Street in marked stalls adjacent to the protected bike lane.  Meters are located on the curb and users of the on-street parking stalls are expected to pay for parking during posted times.*  Parking on King Street is prohibited (tow-away zone) during the evening rush hours of 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Motorists driving on King Street should note that beginning Monday, cars will be parked next to the protected bike lane (except during evening rush hour) and motorists should merge one lane to the right well in advance of the parked cars.

Motorists are reminded that they should never drive or park on the King Street Protected Bike Lane.

Motorists turning left off of King Street should turn from the lane next to the protected bike lane.

Green paint signifies potential conflict zones, such as driveways and street intersections. Green paint is a reminder to motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians alike that they must slow down, exercise caution, and safely merge in that area.

For more information, please visit the city’s King Street Protected Bike Lane webpage at: http://www.honolulu.gov/bicycle/kingcycletrack

*Persons with disabilities displaying a placard are permitted to park for 2 ½ hours free. 

Oahu Extreme Tsunami Evacuation Zone Map Workshops

November 17, 2014

O‘ahu residents are invited to attend a series of free public information outreach workshops for a preview of new Extreme Tsunami Evacuation Zone maps. These maps represent an unlikely worst-case scenario and do not replace the current, standard tsunami evacuation maps. Rather, they add a second evacuation zone for an Extreme Tsunami event (Magnitude 9+ earthquake and tsunami).

(DRAFT MAPS can be viewed here.
Newly released scientific and geological information suggests that sometime in the past 500 years, a massive 9.0 earthquake in the eastern Aleutian Trench may have generated a tsunami that far exceeded the inundations known to have occurred during tsunami events throughout recorded history in Hawaii. An event of this magnitude, referred to as an Extreme Tsunami has a low probability but high impact.

In response to these findings, the city, in conjunction with state, federal, and non-government stakeholders, have developed a new set of O‘ahu Extreme Tsunami Evacuation Zone maps, refuge areas, and evacuation routes to complement the current tsunami evacuation maps.

Seventeen outreach workshops will be held in coastal communities around O‘ahu this month and next. Each workshop is designed specifically for that particular community.

Representatives from the city’s Department of Emergency Management will be on hand to present the new maps, discuss the implications for Oahu residents, and answer questions.

ʻĀina Haina Community Park
827 West Hind Dr, Honolulu, HI 96821 11/17/2014 7 p.m.

Mission Memorial
Hearing Room
550 S. King St, Honolulu, HI 96813 11/18/2014 8:30 a.m.

Hawai‘i Pacific University
Frear Center Rm FC-107 (Ft. Street Mall entrance)
1132 Bishop St, Honolulu, HI 96813 11/18/2014 8:30 a.m.

‘Aiea Public Library
99-374 Pohai Pl, Aiea, HI 96701 11/19/2014 7 p.m.

Waikīkī Elementary School
3710 Leahi Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815 11/24/2014 7 p.m.

Hawaiʻi Kai Public Library
249 Lunalilo Home Rd, Honolulu, HI 96825 11/25/2014 7 p.m.

Kapolei Hale
Conf Rm A & B
1000 Ulu‘ohi‘a St, Kapolei, HI 96707 12/1/2014 7 p.m.

Kailua District Park
21 S. Kainalu Dr, Kailua, HI 96734 12/2/2014 7 p.m.

Kāneʻohe District Park
45-660 Keaahala Rd, Kāneʻohe, HI 96744 12/8/2014 7 p.m.

‘Ewa Mahikō District Park
91-1145 Renton Rd, ‘Ewa Beach, HI 96706 12/9/2014 7 p.m.

Waialua District Park
67-180 Goodale Ave, Waialua, HI 96791 12/10/2014 7 p.m.

Waimānalo District Park
41-415 Hihimanu St, Waimānalo, HI 96795 12/11/2014 7 p.m.

Sunset Beach Recreation Center
59-540 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712 12/12/2014 7 p.m.

Ka‘awa Elementary School
51-296 Kamehameha Hwy, Ka‘awa, HI 96730 12/15/2014 7 p.m.

Wai‘anae District Park
85-601 Farrington Hwy, Wai‘anae, HI 96792 12/16/2014 7 p.m.

Nānākuli Beach Park
89-269 Farrington Hwy, Wai‘anae, Hawai’i 96792 12/17/2014 7 p.m.

BYU-Hawai‘i
Little Theater at McKay Bldg
55-220 Kulanui St, Laie, HI 96762 12/18/2014 7 p.m.

Language interpretation and disability assistance will be provided by request. Please contact the department by phone at 808-723-8960 or via email at jcummings@honolulu.gov at least three days prior to the outreach workshop that you would like to attend so that we may accommodate your needs.

City $$$ Can Help

November 12, 2014

Qualified nonprofit organizations seeking grants available through the city’s Grants in Aid (GIA) program can submit proposals effective November 10 through December 12, 2014.  

 The Charter-mandated GIA fund administered by the Department of Community Services (DCS) was established to serve economically and/or socially disadvantaged populations, or provide services for public benefit in the areas of arts, culture, economic development, or the environment.

 “Under a voter-passed initiative, the city spends a half of one percent of the general fund on grants for worthy non-profits, so I urge all non-profit organizations serving our community to apply,” said Mayor Caldwell. “The GIA commission will carefully vet and evaluate all of the grant proposals to ensure they are a sound use of taxpayer funds, and score them based on a number of predetermined factors. This process removes any political favoritism in the awarding of the funds. Last year the grants totaled over $5 million dollars and they are already helping service providers across the island.”

 Information about requests for grant proposals is available online.  The documents are easiest to download with Internet Explorer and Safari.  Should you require further assistance, please contact the Division of Purchasing Help Desk at 768-5535.

 All agencies must submit their sealed proposals to the Department of Budget and Fiscal Services Office of the Division of Purchasing by 2 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time on Friday, December 12, 2014, as evidenced by a date and time stamp from the Division of Purchasing.  The Division of Purchasing is located at Honolulu Hale, 530 South King Street, Room 115, Honolulu, HI 96813.  

 ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND

 The city is mandated by the Charter Amendment to set aside one-half of one percent of general funds for GIA for the following two categories:

 Public Services

 Funds in this category are used to support qualified public services and programs for target populations deemed by the city to be most vulnerable including (but not limited to) seniors, persons with disabilities, children, victims of domestic violence, homeless persons, and those suffering from the effects of substance abuse or mental health ailments.

 Arts, Culture, and Community / Economic Development and the Environment

 Funds in this category are used to support sustainable improvement in the well-being and quality of life within local communities, especially those in low- to moderate-income areas. Projects may include (but are not limited to) the creation, development and empowerment of community-based organizations. They may involve planning, organizational support, and technical assistance; supporting financial literacy programs and services; supporting micro-enterprise and business training; and supporting programs that promote cultural or environmental enhancement, protection, or awareness.

The Royal Hawaiian Band

November 5, 2014

The Royal Hawaiian Band has entertained audiences in Hawai‘i and around the world for over 175 years. The “King’s Band,” as it was once known, was founded by King Kamehameha III and became a staple of daily life by performing for state occasions, funerals, and marching in parades.

Today, the Royal Hawaiian Band is an agency of the City and County of Honolulu and is the only full-time municipal band in the United States. The band performs and marches in over 300 concerts and parades each year including: city, state, and military functions; schools, community centers, shopping malls, retirement communities, graduations, and private events. Weekly public performances are held on Fridays at ‘Iolani Palace and Sundays at the Kapi‘olani Park Bandstand.

The mission of the Royal Hawaiian Band is to promote and foster music, to preserve the Hawaiian musical culture, inspire young musicians, and ultimately enrich the lives of the people of Hawai‘i.

For more information or to check out the calendar of events, visit their website.

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29th Annual Holiday Wreath Contest

November 3, 2014

wreath

The City and County of Honolulu presents the 29th Annual Holiday Wreath Contest: Enchanted Forest.  Enter to win ribbon and monetary awards and have your work displayed for thousands of Honolulu Hale visitors throughout the holiday season. All qualifying entries will be hung in the John C. Lane Gallery at Honolulu Hale where they will be seen by thousands of visitors during the holiday season!

ELIGIBILITY

- This contest is open to any individual or group residing on Oahu. Entrants may submit more than one wreath. Each wreath can be entered in only one category.

CONTEST CATEGORIES

- ADULT WREATH CATEGORY • open to any individual or group with participants aged 18 years or older.

- YOUTH WREATH CATEGORY • open to any individual or group with participants aged 17 years or younger.

- THEME CATEGORY “Enchanted Forest” • open to any individual or group.

AWARDS

- One wreath will be selected as the best in the show and receive the Mayor’s Holly Award consisting of a ribbon and a monetary award of $200.

- First, second, and third place winners in the three categories will receive a ribbon and a monetary award of $150, $100, or $75.

- Two wreaths from each category will be selected to receive the Judges’ Choice Award consisting of a ribbon and a monetary award of $25.

- Each entrant, individual or group, may win only one award.

JUDGING CRITERIA

- Judging will be based on workmanship, creativity, and use of materials. Wreaths in the theme category will be judged on the entrant’s incorporation of the theme into the wreath.

For more information call (808)768-6622 or download the application form at

http://www1.honolulu.gov/moca/wreathcontest2014.pdf

Election Day Tips and Reminders, Early Walk-in Voting Ends Tomorrow

October 31, 2014

voting booth

The 2014 General Election is Tuesday, November 4, 2014 and the Office of Elections and County Clerks of Hawaii would like to share a few Election Day tips and reminders for Hawaii voters.

Election Day Reminders:

  • Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Anyone in line at 6:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
  • Save time by voting during non-peak hours. In the morning from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. or in the afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Know your polling place! Contact your County Clerk’s office or visit www.hawaii.gov/elections and utilize the Polling Place Locator to find your polling place.
  • Be prepared to provide proof of identification. Forms of acceptable I.D. include a valid photo I.D., copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or other government issued document that shows your name and address.

Helpful tips:

  • Sample ballots are available to view at www.hawaii.gov/elections. Simply enter your name and date of birth and your polling place information and sample ballot will be provided.
  • Vote-by-mail voters have till 6:00 p.m. on Election Day to submit their voted ballot to any polling place within their county. A voted ballot postmarked on Election Day, but not received by the Clerk’s office by 6:00 p.m. will not be accepted.
  • Last day to vote early at an Early Walk-in site is tomorrow at the following locations:

City and County of Honolulu

Honolulu Hale

530 South King Street

Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Monday through Saturday

8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Kapolei Hale

1000 Uluohia Street

Kapolei, Hawaii 96707

Monday through Saturday

8:00 am – 4:00 pm

For additional election and voting information, visit the Office of Elections’ website at www.hawaii.gov/elections or call (808) 453-VOTE (8683).

every vote counts

Celebrating Hawaii Kai Jaycees 20th Anniversary

October 30, 2014

Jaycee photo

Councilmember Chang had the honor of presenting the Hawaii Kai Jaycees (HKJC) with an honorary certificate on behalf of the City Council in celebration of its 20th anniversary and recognition of their good work in the community.

The Hawaii Jaycees is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization made up of tomorrow’s leaders and today’s up-and-coming young professionals dedicated to leadership, individual development, and community service. The Hawaii Kai Jaycees (HKJC), founded in 1994 by the Maui Jaycees, is one of nine local chapters in the Hawaii Jaycees Organization.

HKJC’s primary focus is to develop their members through individual trainings as well as allowing them the opportunity to develop critical leadership skills through project management while serving their community. The organization is a great way to network with other young, like-minded adults who also enjoy participating in fun group activities such as outings to Ice Palace, karaoke, movie days, dinners, hikes, and game nights.

This year’s Chapter President, Lai Kin Kwong, is proud to lead an impressive fifty-six member group in various community building projects such as Independence Day at Maunalua Bay (2008 – 2013), the annual Hui Ilio Dog Walk, the famous Hawaii Kai Christmas Parade, the Toys for Tots drive at Koko Marina Center, and the Hawaii Jaycees Adopt-A-School Day event. For the upcoming year 2015, Hawaii Kai Jaycees member Daren Kimura will serve as the 72nd President of the Hawaii Jaycees.

Many members of the HKJC’s have demonstrated the skills they have learned through the organization and have proven to be successful leaders of the Hawaii Kai community and within the Hawaii Jaycees. Two members of the HKJC chapter, Eddy Ng and Stan Fichtman, have served as Hawaii Jaycees state presidents. Various chapter presidents have also gone on to serve in the Hawaii Jaycees as members of its Executive Board. One member served at the United States Junior Chamber at the national level – Stan Fichtman, National Vice President (2012) and National Chaplain (2013).

Notable Hawaii Kai residents that have served as chapter presidents include first President Susan Sueshi-Amine (1994), tenth President Kevin K. Nitta (2001), who is currently president of Century Small Business Solutions in Hawaii Kai, and twenty-first President Lai Kin Kwong (2014).

Members, who work hard at personal development with the HKJC’s, have a record of becoming successful in both the workforce and in the community. The organization’s commitment to develop its members and the community has long been recognized by the Hawaii Jaycees as well local community leaders in Hawaii Kai. In 1997, 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2011, the Hawaii Kai Jaycees Chapter was recognized as the number one chapter in the Hawaii Jaycees and has won various awards for project and chapter excellence by the United States Junior Chamber. Projects run by the chapter have been regularly recognized for excellence at the State and National level.