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Welcome to my fresh vision for responsive and responsible government! My office is dedicated to listening to and taking action upon the concerns of our district’s residents. We are hopeful that through our website, we will be better able to communicate our progress and the action that I am taking as the Councilmember of the district. Please feel free to contact me at any time with concerns.

Volunteer Opportunities to Keep our Nature Clean

July 17, 2014

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Mālama Maunalua has been an active organization promoting a beautiful and clean environment. “The science is clear that in order to restore the Bay we must remove the invasive alien algae, reduce the run-off of sediment and pollutant from the land into the Bay and increase the marine life.”

Some of the upcoming events involve going out into the nature with family, friends and like-minded people to help clean the ocean and waterways based on scientific research.

You can join any of the summer/fall Huki’s events to remove invasive algae from the bay. For a group of 50 or more, please visit their website to fill out a request form.ocean2

The upcoming dates all starting at 9:00 am are: Saturday July 26th, Saturday August 23rd, and Friday September 5th.

The person of contact is Colin, who can be reached by email: Colin@malamamaunalua.org or phone: (808) 395-5050.

ocean3Another upcoming event is the Lunalilo Terrace Ditch Clean, which will be held on Saturday, August 2nd from 9 am to 11 am (Check in at 8:30 am).

The person of contact is Sarah, who can be reached by email: sshaw@malamamaunalua.org or phone: (808) 395-5050.

 

Keeping our Oceans and Keiki Safe

July 17, 2014

Many people do not know that Styrofoam containers made with “chlorofluorocarbons” have long been banned from being used by food vendors throughout the country.  Nevertheless, Styrofoam food containers still pose a threat to the environment. Recently, Councilmember Chang and Councilmember Ann Kobayashi introduced Bill 40 to ban the use of all expanded polystyrene foam (EPS, also known as Styrofoam) containers, requiring all disposable food service containers to be made of compostable materials in an effort to protect our land, ocean, and all living species.

Styrofoam Container Litter: Los Angeles Times

Styrofoam Container Litter: Los Angeles Times

The chemicals in EPS are among the top 25 toxic air pollutants, and have proven negative impacts on the ozone layer as well as global warming.EPS foams will never biodegrade in our lifetime.  Instead, they break down into micro-plastic pieces that can be mistaken for food by land and sea animals. Over one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals die each year from ingestion or entanglement of plastics.

Questions have been raised whether the cost of non-EPS containers will impact food vendors.  In fact, the cost is currently about a twenty-cent difference for alternatives and expected to decrease as more vendors switch over and demand increases. Many food vendors have come forward in support of this measure.  In the long run, banning EPS containers saves city and state resources as EPS foams often end up in storm drains, landfill, and on beaches.

These hazardous containers have been banned in over 80 cities across the United States of America including San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, and New York City. A recent litter audit showed a 36% decrease in EPS litter in San Francisco after the first year of the ban alone. To sign the petition in support of Bill 40 please visit:  http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/ban-polystyrene-foam

Hawaii Dragonboat Festival 2014

July 15, 2014

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This year’s Hawaiian Dragon Boat Festival is just around the corner! Come out and see the thrilling dragon boat racing and volleyball tournament Saturday, July 26th, 2014. The whole day event will be held at Ala Moana Beach Park. To learn more about the event visit their webpage Hawaii Dragonboat Festival.

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In 2007, a team representing the city’s Budget and Fiscal Services Department celebrated their first win in the annual dragon boat races off Ala Moana Beach Park.

Hawaiian Humane Society’s Microchip Madness

July 11, 2014

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This year throughout the month of July the Hawaiian Humane Society is offering their Annual Microchip Madness Opportunity in the hope to reduce the amount of pets lost in the community.

From July 1 to July 31 you can make an appointment at a clinic near you to microchip your pet for a flat rate of $10. This great chance is possible because of the partnership veterinarians from Waianae to Hawaii Kai have with Hawaiian Human Society.

These adorable pictures were made possible by PiP, which aims to reunite lost pets with their families. 
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13th Annual Korean Festival 2014

July 11, 2014

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Come join the Korean Community for their 13th Annual Festival this Saturday, July 12, 2014 between 10 am and 9 pm at Magic Island!

Some of the VIP speakers include Governor Neil Abercrombie, Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui, Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Councilmember Stanley Chang, Consul General Republic of Korea Walter K. Paik, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz, Senate President Donna Mercado Kim and many more.

This festival has a full day schedule filled with exciting activities and events, which will be fun and educational. Some of the highlights include delicious Korean food and exuberant performances.

City Road Improvements – Repaving Projects

July 10, 2014

Today, July 10th, during a news conference next to Waiale Avenue cars were smoothly driving by on a pothole-free road. Mayor Kirk Caldwell happily announced the completion of Waiale Avenue Road Repaving Project and summarized the City’s other road repaving goals.

Although Waiale Avenue is a heavily traveled road, the Mayor along with the continuing financial commitment from the City Council through Councilmember Stanley Chang was able to initiate this improvement and see the decades old pavement replaced. The process was slightly delayed because of the discovery of  large soft spots after the uncovering of the pavement, but with patience the construction was able to uphold the 21st century road-building-standards and complete the road. Now based on the preliminary research done to test road duration, the road is estimated to last 10 to 15 years.

Councilmember Chang maintains a strong view of the need to improve city roads. He says one bumper sticker can sum up the difficulty of some Hawaiian roads, which reads “I’m not drunk, I’m just dodging potholes.”

If you are interest to learn more about the road repaving projects, the City is hosting a Complete Streets Public Information Meeting on Tuesday, July 15, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Neal Blaisdell Center, Pikake Room.

Thursday, July 10, Mayor Kirk Caldwell in a Press Conference about the completion of the road repaving of Waiale Avenue. Which was made possible by the collaboration of many and Councilmember Chang's persistent interest in road improvement projects.

Thursday, July 10, Mayor Kirk Caldwell in a Press Conference about the completion of the road repaving of Waiale Avenue. Which was made possible by the collaboration of many and Councilmember Chang’s persistent interest in road improvement projects.

Kaimuki/Diamond Head/Kahala Town Hall Meeting

July 10, 2014

 

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Monday, July 7th Waikiki/Ala Moana Town Hall Meeting. Councilmember Stanley Chang was able to speak about the latest issues, listen to neighborhood concerns and answered questions.

 

The next Town Hall Meeting with Councilmember Chang will be held on Monday, July 14th between 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Kilauea Recreation Center.

Address: 4109 Kilauea Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96816

The topics on the agenda will include current issues: Road Repaving, Sit-Lie Bills, ‘Residential A’ Property Tax and others.

Join Councilmember Chang and his staff to learn more about the current legislative work done by the City Council in your region.