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Councilmember Pine and Kiran Polk, the Executive Director of the Kapolei Chamber of Commerce were on Hawaii New Now Sunrise this morning to talk about Hire Leeward!

For more information on the 4th Annual Hire Leeward Job & Career Fair please go to www.HireLeeward.com

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With a theme of Connecting Leeward Residents with Leeward Jobs, the Fourth Annual Hire Leeward Job & Career Fair will host businesses offering Leeward-based job opportunities, networking events with Leeward businesses, and career education seminars to help you learn the skills and make the connections you need to find a job close to home.


Businesses and organizations are offering many opportunities from a wide range of industries including: healthcare, food service, hospitality, retail, military, and administrative, as well as trade apprenticeships. Furthermore, HireLeeward.com continues to be a resource throughout the year, providing job opportunities and resources to residents.


“Oahu’s ‘Second City’ continues to grow into its role and many West Oahu residents are motivated to find work closer to where they live, spend less time in traffic, and more time with their families. The upcoming job fair is an excellent opportunity for Kapolei area businesses to tap into this labor pool,” says Leeward Oahu city councilwoman Kymberly Marcos Pine.


The Fourth Annual Hire Leeward Job & Career Fair is on June 25 at UH West Oahu from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Visit HireLeeward.com for more.


“Ewa families can now enjoy a community park that’s been more than a decade in the making.”

City officials and community members dedicated the new district park Monday morning,

located at 91-201 Kaimele Place at the corner of Keoneula Boulevard and Fort Weaver Road.

The 18.75-acre space is filled with amenities, including basketball courts, volleyball courts, a baseball field, comfort station and a parking lot with more than a hundred stalls.

“I am very excited to see the families in our community enjoy this much needed and anticipated new park,” said Honolulu City Council member Kymberly Pine, who represents the district. “Our children are able to have their little league practice and play games immediately in the park because of the generous giving of our community partner… The park will impact our community for years to come.”


“I am very excited to see the families in our community enjoy this much needed and anticipated new park,” said Honolulu City Council member Kymberly Pine, who represents the district. “Our children are able to have their little league practice and play games immediately in the park because of the generous giving of our community partner… The park will impact our community for years to come.”

The improvements were gifted to the city by developer Haseko totaling over $5 million.

The opening of the new park comes at a critical time for the Ewa Community.

The James Campbell High School athletic field will close for repairs this month. With a shortage of playing fields in the area, athletic programs were scrambling to find a place to hold practice had the park not opened this month.

The park has not yet been officially named.

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Plans to move two bus stops in Ko Olina due to safety concerns do not sit well with riders who frequent the area.

Farrington Highway, just outside Ko Olina Resort, has been the scene of many accidents. Just before Halloween this year, a driver was killed when his pickup truck plowed into the back of a city bus.

The scene is an area where two bus stops sit: #501 on the route bound for the Waianae coast and, across the highway, #659 services those who want to catch the city bus heading east.

Daniel Acosta is a retired firefighter who moved to Hawaii four and a half years ago. He lives in a home near bus stop #501 and has had to call upon his training to rescue people involved in traffic incidents there.

“A week doesn’t go by without something happening here at this bus stop,” said Acosta. “We have had vehicle carnage and we have had human carnage.”

Acosta pointed to a bent guard rail, just another reminder of what has happened here.

Concerns over safety have compelled both the state Department of Transportation and the city’s Department of Transportation Services to move the two bus stops.

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The options would move them further away from Ko Olina Resort, to Kahe Point Beach Park further down the coast and Waiomea Street to the east.

That decision would become effective next spring, but only after there is more community discussion.

Still, it does not sit well with many who take the bus to work at Paradise Cove, a popular visitor attraction for sunset luaus at Ko Olina.

“They were shocked in the beginning. They were up in arms,” said Norman Kaneshige, vice president of Paradise Cove, when his employees learned of the decision.

So far, 120 employees have signed a petition at Paradise Cove to keep the bus stops where they are.

But they have also offered solutions, including a pedestrian overpass at the bridge, a crosswalk with flashing lights to warn drivers to look out for pedestrians crossing Farrington Highway, proposals to move the bus stops closer to the bridge, and a shuttle service to Ko Olina.

A woman who gets off at bus stop #501 to go to the beach also has a solution.

“Why don’t they have a bus stop right on Ko Olina?” said Linda Vete. “They could swing through Ko Olina. I assume plenty of us use it.”

City officials are considering that solution as well, but they are not sure yet who would provide that service.

“I’m hoping that Ko Olina resorts will step up and start a shuttle service for visitors and their employees,” said Honolulu City Council member Kymberly Pine, who represents the Waianae Coast.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is hoping the resort will offer that service as well, but is also eying another solution.

“They (Ko Olina) may not be open to that,” he said, “so the city is also talking about using some circulator routes in the Waianae, Makakilo, Kapolei areas. Perhaps they can do a little run (to Ko Olina) from the under-utilized routes.”

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KAPOLEI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A bus stop on the mauka side of Farrington Highway sits a quarter mile from the entrance to Ko Olina. Four lanes of busy traffic separate it from the other side of the highway.

“For the most part, people are not going the speed limit,” Daniel Acosta said.

He lives next to the mauka stop. He has watched countless bus riders get off the bus then jay walk across the highway, dodging fast-moving vehicles to get to the resorts. Some are going there to sightsee. Many others are going to work.

Darin Anderson is a lifeguard at the Aulani Disney Hawaii Resort. He says jaywalking saves time.

“It takes me 18 minutes to get from here to the front gate of where I work, and about ten minutes if I run really fast,” he said.

Besides speeding, west bound drivers can’t see the stop until they clear a rise on the highway. Acosta has witnessed near misses and accidents.

“This can all be avoided if the bus stop is either moved a couple hundred yards town-bound, or if that’s not the case, if we just eliminate the bus stop altogether,” he said.

Transportation officials wanted to do that but have put the plan on hold while they search for a solution.

“We either need to find a bus stop in a location near that area, where it’s not so close to the merge, where it’s safe for drivers, or bring bus service into Ko Olina,” City Councilwoman Kymberly Pine said.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell believes bus service could be done with the city’s circulator busses.

“Some of them are a little bit under-utilized. Perhaps one of those could pick up folks when they’re dropped off and take them down into Ko Olina,” he said.

“I think that’s a great idea,” Paradise Cove vice president Norman Kaneshige said. “There’s a lot of people. People don’t realize that there’s also the visitors that come here.”

Acosta has warned tourists not to jaywalk across Farrington,

“They get dropped off with children, babies, and they attempt to cross the highway,” he said.

One of the bus stops nearest to the problem stop is at Honokai Hale. It’s a two-mile walk from there to the resorts. Anderson said that’s too far. He said jaywalking is a risk worth taking.

“It’s more of just darting across,” he said.

Pine is also asking resort officials if they can start up a shuttle service to get workers and visitors from the highway to the resort and back.

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) –
Honolulu’s controversial sit-lie law is expanding. It wasn’t unanimous but the Honolulu City Council approved the plan today 7-2. Mayor Kirk Caldwell says he wants to sign it.

The Mayor says homeless on homeless violence killed seven people in the past year. The streets are dangerous and people shouldn’t be living on sidewalks.

People are already banned from sitting and lying on sidewalks in Waikiki from 5:00 am to 11:00 pm. Bill 48 would expand the law to sections of 13 areas including:

•Ala Moana-Sheridan
•Hawaii Kai
•Aina Hina
“This bill is bad policy. It does not address the root cause. All it is doing, just like the sit lie bill in Waikiki, is moving around people,” said Brandon Elefante, Honolulu City Councilmember opposed to Bill 48.

“We’re basically moving the homeless from business neighborhoods into residential neighborhoods. So now the problems of the crime and urination and defication that businesses are claiming is going on in their neighborhoods are now going to be right in front of the average citizens front door,” said Kymberly Marcos Pine, Honolulu City Councilmember opposed to Bill 48.

Ikaika Anderson said the state needs to spend more money on the State Hospital because a lot of the mentally ill shouldn’t be on the streets to begin with.

“The state is not doing its job. So it’s up to the City and County of Honolulu to fill those voids. It’s our taxpayers that are having to bear these costs,” said Ikaika Anderson, Honolulu City Councilmember who supports Bill 48. “No one homeless or not has more of a right to access our public places than anyone else.”

“The seniors are afraid to walk on the sidewalks and those pushing baby strollers have to go out onto the street and that’s not fair. The McCully Library children are reluctant to go there and that’s not fair either,” said Ann Kobayashi, Honolulu City Councilmember who supports Bill 48.

“I think what this body has done is far more than what the state has done with this particular problem,” said Ernie Martin Honolulu City Council Chair who supports Bill 48. “More than any legislative body in recent history we’ve dedicated a significant amount of resources for this particular issue.”

Mayor Kirk Caldwell says he plans to sign the bill as long as the lawyers say its constitutional.

“My hope all along is compassionate disruption. I do want to make it less convenient for people to camp on our sidewalks. I don’t want to see a lot of stuff on our sidewalks that we have to remove. Last month in October 22 tons of things were removed from sidewalks where they shouldn’t be,” said Kirk Caldwell, Honolulu Mayor. “As much as I’d like to see it go island wide I think we’re constrained by our constitution.”

Supporters say the plan is not meant to solve homelessness, but it’s one more step in that direction.

The Housing First contract was signed and went into affect on Wednesday. The goal is get 400 chronically homeless people off the streets within the next two years. The City is also not giving up on finding a site for the homeless to allow temporary camping.

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November 17th, 2014

For Immediate Release Councilmember Pine Says City Must Address Gap In Animal Rescue Services Public Hearing Set for Thursday

Waianae – A trending story of a dog left tangled in his own wired leash for days has touched residents, who are outraged that the City hasn’t done anything to help the local pet. “The present situation is unacceptable,” said Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine. “This story is the latest of numerous calls about abandoned, loose, or cruelly-treated pets, that we’ve received. It pains me to know that this and other stories may have been prevented if the City were doing its job and providing the animal control service the public expects.” The City is required to develop a public complaint process with its animal control contractor in consultation with the Honolulu Police Department.

The process, to protect the public and its pets, has in years past, been attended-to by the Hawaii Humane Society – which contracted with the City for animal care and control. Animal-related law enforcement work historically encompassed 11,000 to 15,000 calls for help from the public. However, since August 2013, the City reduced the scope of that animal control contract, removing all law enforcement work from the Humane Society and not specifying who or what agency would pick up the slack. “In light of this gap in service, our communities deserve to know what City agency is responsible for enforcing the law and protecting our pets,” Councilmember Pine added. This Thursday, the Intergovernmental Affairs and Human Services Committee, Chaired by Pine, will hold a public hearing at 2:30 p.m. to receive an update from the City Administration and the Hawaiian Humane Society on animal control services.


Information for Thursday’s meeting and instructions on how to submit written testimony or register to speak can be found here:


It’s a program that looks to communities to help keep their local parks in good shape. Now a new bill being introduced by a Honolulu city councilmember could help implement this program across the island.

Cedric Gates grew up in Leeward Oahu and takes great pride in his community.

But one area he wants to improve on are community parks.

“Our facilities are really bad out there and it could use a lot of improvements, but again with no funding that is really tough,” said Gates.

It’s no secret that some parks are in need of repair, but a recent bill introduced by Honolulu City council member Kymberly Pine aims to empower the community to take action.

The idea is to allow individuals or groups to Adopt A Park for two years.

In that two years volunteers will remove litter, graffiti as well as remove weeds, but the program takes aim at more than just upkeep.

“Tax payers can only pay for so much and so we really need to come up with a program that gets the public to get more involved,” said Pine.

Pine says that by creating a strong sense of community and taking pride in the parks people use, can take the burden of upkeep off the taxpayers.

While still in it’s early stages Pine hopes the idea will spread across the island.

“We hope that we create a very strong adopt a park program with policies that enable people to make very large contributions to improving facilities, as well as providing free programs in every district,” said Pine.

But for now the goal is to start small and make one change at a time.

“I think that’s the ultimate goal for us right now is to instill that pride into our community residents especially our youth,” said Gates.



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EMS staffing shortages prompt calls for action

Rick Daysog
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The accident at Ala Moana Center on Saturday is prompting calls for the city to fix the chronic staffing shortages at the Emergency Medical Services department.

“I worry that there’s going to be more cases like that,” said Councilwoman Kymberly Pine…

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14 July 2014