TRAFFIC UPDATES

A rehabilitation project by the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Highways Division will close Kipapa Stream Bridge (Roosevelt) over the weekend.

HDOT alerts Oahu motorists that Kamehameha Highway will be closed in both directions between Ka Uka Boulevard and Lanikuhana Avenue from Friday night, May 5, at 9 p.m. continuously through Monday morning, May 8, at 5 a.m. for bridge deck work.

This project will improve the structural capacity, seismic retrofit, travel surface, and railings of the existing Roosevelt Bridge.

Closures for the following weekends are tentatively scheduled:

  • Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 – Monday, Aug. 14, 2017
  • Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 – Monday, Sept. 11, 2017
  • Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 – Monday, Nov. 6, 2017
  • Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 – Monday, Dec. 4, 2017
  • Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 – Monday, Dec. 18, 2017

During these weekend closures, motorists are advised to use the H-2 Freeway as an alternate route. The weekend closures allow the overall project to be completed faster and reduces impacts during traditional commute times.

If necessary, there will also be a single northbound lane closure with a contraflow on Monday, May 8, 2017 through Friday, May 12, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

HDOT advises motorists to prepare for the closures by checking traffic websites, mapping the best route, and adding extra travel time to their commutes.

Electronic message boards will be posted to warn motorists of the closures. 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 be allowed through the closure.

Aloha Stadium, Graduations! Avoid The Traffic

Graduation season is just around the corner and six high schools will hold commencement ceremonies at Aloha Stadium throughout the month.

The schedule and parking information follows:

Mililani High School
Saturday, May 13, 2017 ● Ceremony: 5:00pm – 6:30pm; Reception to follow: 6:45pm – 8:00pm
Parking fee: $7.00 per car / $30 per bus or limousine.
Main Salt Lake Gate 1 will open at 3:00pm
North Kam Gate 2 will open at 4:00pm
Halawa Gate 3 will open at 3:00pm
Additional parking will be available at Aiea Elementary School starting at 4:00pm
Turnstile Gates 1, 4 & 5 will open to the public starting at 4:00pm. Seating will be in the South Orange and Blue sections (Makai Section F-K as needed).

Aiea High School
Thursday, May 18, 2017 ● Ceremony: 6:00pm – 7:30pm; Reception to follow: 7:45pm – 9:30pm
Parking fee: before $7.00 per car / $30 per bus or limousine.
Main Salt Lake Gate 1 will open at 3:30pm
North Kam Gate 2 will open at 5:00pm
Halawa Gate 3 will open at 4:30pm
Turnstile Gates 1, and 4 will open to the public starting at 5:00pm. Seating will be in the South Orange and Blue sections.

Radford High School
Friday, May 19, 2017 ● Ceremony: 6:00pm – 7:15pm; Reception to follow: 7:30pm – 8:15pm
Parking fee: $7.00 per car / $30 per bus or limousine.
Main Salt Lake Gate 1 will open at 3:30pm
North Kam Gate 2 will open at 5:00pm
Halawa Gate 3 will open at 5:00pm
Turnstile Gates 1, and 4 will open to the public starting at 5:00pm. Seating will be in the South Orange and Blue sections.

Pearl City High School
Saturday, May 20, 2017 ● Ceremony: 5:00pm – 6:15pm; Reception to follow: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Parking fee: $7.00 per car / $30 per bus or limousine.
Main Salt Lake Gate 1 will open at 3:00pm
North Kam Gate 2 will open at 4:30pm
Halawa Gate 3 will open at 3:00pm
Turnstile Gates 1, 4 & 5 will open to the public starting at 4:00pm. Seating will be in the South Orange and Blue sections.

Campbell High School
Sunday, May 21, 2017 ● Ceremony: 5:00pm – 6:40pm; Reception to follow: 6:55pm – 8:15pm
Parking fee: $7.00 per car / $30 per bus or limousine.
Main Salt Lake Gate 1 will open at 3:00pm
North Kam Gate 2 will open at 4:00pm
Halawa Gate 3 will open at 3:00pm
Additional parking will be available at Aiea Elementary School starting at 4:00pm
Turnstile Gates 1, 4 & 5 will open to the public starting at 4:00pm. Seating will be in the South Orange and Blue sections (Makai Section F-K as needed).

Moanalua High School
Monday, May 22, 2017 ● Ceremony: 5:30pm – 7:00pm; Reception to follow: 7:15pm – 8:15pm
Parking fee: $7.00 per car / $30 per bus or limousine.
Main Salt Lake Gate 1 will open at 3:00pm
North Kam Gate 2 will open at 4:30pm
Halawa Gate 3 will open at 4:00pm
Additional parking will be available at Aiea Elementary School starting at 4:30pm
Turnstile Gates 1, 4 & 5 will open to the public starting at 4:30pm. Seating will be in the South Orange and Blue sections (Makai Section F-K as needed).

For more information and parking maps, visit www.alohastadium.hawaii.gov or call Aloha Stadium at (808) 483-2500.

HEP A UPDATE

 

 

The Hawaii Department of Health announced Tuesday that frozen ahi cubes distributed to a dozen grocery stores and food establishments on Oahu have tested positive for hepatitis A. The raw fish was imported from Indonesia by Tropic Fish Hawaii. It was used to prepare poke for the following vendors :

Times Supermarkets and Shima’s Supermarket:

Locations:

Aiea

Kailua

Kaneohe

Kunia

Liliha

Mililani

Waipahu

Waimanalo

GP Hawaiian Food Catering

The Da Crawfish and Crab Shack in Kapolei

Aloha Sushi near Honolulu International Airport

ABC Stores outlet at 205 Lewers St. in Waikiki.

The product has been embargoed by the state, and health officials are working with the distributor and affected facilities to ensure proper sanitation and decontamination procedures.

The department said those who have been exposed to the product should monitor their symptoms — such as fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, abdominal discomfort, dark urine, diarrhea, and yellow skin and eyes — for up to 50 days.

 

Vaccines
Vaccines are available to protect against hepatitis A infection. Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for all children older than age 1.

The vaccine begins to protect 4 weeks after you receive the first dose. A 6- to 12-month booster is required for long-term protection.

It generally takes two weeks for those infected to develop symptoms of hepatitis A, vaccination or immune globulin can still provide some protection against the disease for those who may have been exposed in the last week. While vaccination provides the best protection, frequent hand-washing with soap and water after using the bathroom, changing a diaper and before preparing food can help prevent the spread of hepatitis A.

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Cayetano’s Letter

Former Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano is urging President Donald Trump to stop more federal dollars from going to Honolulu’s rail transit project. “Honolulu’s rail project does not deserve a dollar more from the federal government,” the ad states. “It has become a poster boy for how politics, incompetence, disinformation and outright lies are at the root of wasteful rail projects which do little for the public except raise taxes.”

The project is sucking up enormous amounts of tax money that could be used to help solve problems that are far more pressing for Honolulu residents, such education and housing. Cayetano said cutting $800 million from the FTA money would not necessarily kill the rail project, but instead force the city to scale back the line and consider cheaper alternatives. The project could stop at Middle Street, for example, and use a bus rapid transit system to transport passengers into town, Cayetano said. Emerging technology such as self-driving cars soon will make light train lines obsolete, he argued.

“Community college could be free,” he said, citing the opportunity costs associated with funneling $10 billion toward the train. “With a billion dollars, you could have a five-year plan to build affordable rentals.”

At the end of the letter to Donald Trump, Ben Cayetano states “The rail project plans include seven massive elevated rail stations 50-60 feet high and the 35 foot high elevated rail line through the heart of downtown Honolulu,” the ad states. “If built, this will change the beauty and ambience of the city forever.”

 

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Rocky start for Hawaii Native Florence at WSL Rip Curl in Australia

  Hawaii native and reigning WSL champion John John Florence was defeated in the first Semifinal by eventual runner-up Caio Ibelli. Florence fell 0.20 points short of the win against Brazilian Powerhouse Ibelli but, put on an extraordinary performance. Florence is still off to a good start on the Champion Tour, despite the Semifinal loss. Still ranked first in the world, Florence will look to defend his event title in Rio and retain the yellow Jeep Leader Jersey.

“This is by far my best start to the year, so I’m really happy,” Florence said. “I had a really fun event with some great heats, but unfortunately Caio [Ibelli] got me again at Bells Beach. I made a few mistakes that were kind of beneficial because I can take a lot from them and learn from them. I’m really looking forward to heading back to Brazil in a few weeks. I’ve had success there and the waves are really fun, so it should be a great event. I’ve had an awesome Australian leg and am stoked with how it all went.”

Florence just proved how ruthless the competition is on the elite Champion tour having two narrow wins over three-time WSL Champion, Mick Fanning of Australia. Fanning fell short not being able to compete against the North Shore native but gave an impressive performance throughout the day showcasing his sharp, aggressive maneuvers to earn some of the highest wave scores of the day.

Good luck to you John John and the rest of the WSL wave riders. Keep up the tremendous work and keep charging!

Waimanalo is waiting….

Waimanalo gym closed for reconstruction.

The long closure has left many in the community frustrated by what they believe was a city’s slow response to problems at the gym and lack of information about the repair project. When city officials inspected the facility last June, they found metal screens on the gym’s ceiling so corroded they were in danger of collapsing. So the facility, once a gathering place for young people in Waimanalo, was closed immediately for safety reasons. The facility is scheduled to reopen in April 2018 after undergoing $3.12 million in repairs, said Nathan Serota, a spokesman for the city Department of Parks and Recreation.

Many feel that as a largely Native Hawaiian community, lawmakers sideline issues in Waimanalo. Waimanalo Neighborhood Board said they had to “just harass“ the city about the gym. “Every month we bring it up. Every month we talk to the parks and recreation director. Every month we push, and we push, and we push.” Some Waimanalo residents, frustrated by what they see as the lethargic pace of city operations, refer to the city and county as “sitting and counting.”

“Waimanalo is always put second to other communities,” Neighborhood Board member Shannon Alivado said. “And that’s unfortunate because of who we serve.” About 65 percent of Waimanalo residents are Native Hawaiian, according to 2010 data from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. That’s double the populations in neighboring communities of Kailua and Hawaii Kai.

“It’s a form of discrimination for our community,” -B. Makaawaawa

Kobayash iwho is the the new chair of the Parks Committee, said she and other committee members are touring parks around the island in part to see if the city maintains parks in all five districts equally. They weren’t surprised to find out that some parks get more attention than others. Councilwoman Kymberly Pine represents Waianae, At a Budget Committee hearing last week, she sharply questioned Robert Kroning, director of the Department of of Design and Construction, on why repairs to the gym at Waianae District Park have been backlogged for the last three years. A leaking roof has rendered a second floor room in the gym unstable, forcing after-school programs to move out. “Those parks are fine,” she said. Those parks, “don’t have after-school programs in the volume that we have in Waianae.” She criticized the administration’s request for $4.7 million to redesign Thomas Square and install a statue of King Kamehameha III in the Kakaako park.

“I’m not Kamehameha III,” Pine said. “But I think he’d want these funds to go to Hawaiian children.” -K.Pine

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Keep our oceans clean

Plastics, trash and discarded fishing gear end up on remote beaches and reefs — and in the belly of this black-footed albatross chick at Midway Atoll.

 

Huge piles of fishing buoys and nets, old footballs and volleyballs, a postal service box with rubber slippers in it, cracked construction helmets, big black tires, broken laundry baskets and even a plastic pink flamingo were stacked up Thursday morning along a federal pier at Ford Island.

For six years government workers and volunteers have been collecting the junk that drifts onto the reefs and beaches of Kure and Midway atolls and storing it in a pile on the tarmac at Midway. The mountain of marine debris grew to an estimated 100,000 pounds.

Thanks to a multi-agency state and federal effort, that mountain of rubbish was removed from the tiny Northwestern Hawaiian Islands outpost and shipped to Honolulu. The charter vessel Kahana arrived here last week carrying 12 shipping containers filled with derelict fishing gear, old nets, faded plastics and lots of other junk. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources provided funding to help the feds haul 12 shipping containers of marine debris that had been collected at Midway and Kure and stored on the tarmac at Midway. The haul of marine litter will be processed by Schnitzer Steel Corp. and transported to the city and county’s H-POWER plant, where it will be converted into electricity, officials said Thursday.

“Marine debris are not something you can clean up just once; it takes a sustained effort over time,” U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Superintendent Matt Brown said. “By working with the state of Hawaii, Office of Hawaiian Affairs and NOAA, we can accomplish more than any one agency on its own to clean up marine debris and educate the public to prevent it from entering the ecosystem.”

Each year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the state of Hawaii and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration staff members and volunteers scoop up tons of marine debris from the various islands and reefs that make up the vast national monument. Over the past 20 years, NOAA staff members and partners have removed more than 1.9 million pounds from the Northwestern islands, according to the monument. In recent years, the agency has sent annual missions to the northwest to search out the marine debris and bring it back to Honolulu.

Cleaning up the shores is important, officials said, because wildlife, such as the threatened Hawaiian green sea turtles and endangered Hawaiian monk seals, can become lethally entangled or starve after ingesting the debris.

 

Lets do our part and keep the trash out of the ocean. Preserve our ocean’s wildlife and keep our oceans trash free 🙂

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Hawaii’s Own Smolka Returns to the Octagon

  Kapolei native, 12th ranked Louis “Da Last Samurai” Smolka will be stepping right back into the octagon this Saturday night on UFC on Fox 24. Despite his 2 losing streak recently,  he will try to break it against 9th ranked rising star flyweight, Tim Elliot. Both fighters looking for a way to make a comeback after having tough losses to ranked fighters in the game.

From the KNOW1 Ohana, we’d like to say good luck to Louis Smolka and to all fighters! Hawaii will be rooting for you till the end. Keep representing and all Blessings to the Smolka team!

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Ka Ivi Coast… SAVED

Last week, the mayor of Honolulu made an announcement that many locals have been waiting to hear for a long time: the last two parcels of the Ka Iwi Coast initially slated for development are officially saved with the granting of a conservation easement.

In 2015 a  group called “Livable Hawaii Kai Hui” was formed — a community-oriented nonprofit focused on cultural and environmental conservation — had risen to the challenge of purchasing Ka Iwi Mauka to protect it in perpetuity.

With Ka Iwi proudly preserved, the Hui and its partners can refocus some energy on stewarding such sites around Maunalua as Pahua heiau, Aloha ‘Āina ‘o Kamilo Nui nursery, Hāwea heiau complex and Keawāwa wetland. The Hui also aims to support other community groups and nonprofits, strengthening a network of dedicated cultural and environmental conservationists, and working with them to increase public engagement with our mutual projects.

On the Hui’s Instagram, you’ll find several reposts from and appreciation messages dedicated to a community volunteer network you’ve likely heard of before: 808 Cleanups.

You can even check out their website to read more about this at

https://www.hawaiikaihui.org/ka-iwi-coast/

 

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