Residents recently reached out to Councilmember Pine’s office regarding suspicious activity at Ewa Beach Shopping Center occurring afterhours. Reported incidents of loitering, drug and alcohol abuse and destruction of property raised concerns of many community members.


Councilmember Pine immediately connected with the Honolulu Police Department to increase patrol and safety measures in the area.


In response, HPD has increased patrols in all three watches at the Ewa Beach Shopping Center.


Patrol officers also recently met with the shopping center’s security to heighten security measures throughout the grounds. Additionally, Weed and Seed officers have connected with the shopping center’s property management to offer HPD’s patrol and assistance.



Councilmember Pine recently introduced Resolution 16-175 on behalf of the community to address the rise in accidents and fatalities along Waianae Coast’s Farrington Highway which serves as the main artery to travel in and out of the Westside. The Resolution requests the City & State Administration to prioritize and collaborate on pedestrian safety measures for Farrington Highway in order to create solutions to aid and give relief to the area and community on this issue.

1,000 jobs available at Hire Leeward Job Fair Saturday

HONOLULU – Hire Leeward will host its biggest job fair ever this weekend.  Organizers say 80 companies will be recruiting this year.

The job fair will take place at the University of Hawaii West Oahu.

The job opportunities span a wide range of industries from financial to healthcare to retail and hospitality.  The positions available range from entry level to those for candidates looking to take the next big step in their career.

“We have high level management positions, to middle level positions as well,” said Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine, of the Kapolei Chamber of Commerce, “there’s so many opportunities now on the leeward coast, and there’s going to be over a thousand jobs available at this fair.”

The job fair takes place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Job seekers can pre-register online.

Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL


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

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Date: June 25, 2016

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location: University of Hawaii –  West Oahu  91 – 1001 Farrington Hwy. Kapolei, HI 96707

Aloha Jobseekers!

Mahalo for your interest in the 2016 Hire Leeward Job and Career Fair which will be held on Saturday June 25th, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at UH-West Oahu Campus—outdoors on the Great Lawn. Please dress appropriately. Since the event will be on the Great Lawn and outside under a tent, flat shoes are recommended.  Aloha attire is acceptable, suits not required.  Applicants should not wear slippers or shorts. Parking is free in the main lot. To view the 2016 employers list, go to

PARKING: Parking is located at the main campus entrance of UH west Oahu. It is recommended that you arrive at 8:50AM for the closest parking stall.

EXPRESS REGISTRATION: As a pre-registered attendee, you are able to show your registration reciept (or phone image) at the express registration booth which will be located at the entrance of the great lawn.

CAFETERIA: The UHWO Cafeteria will NOT be open during the summer session.  Please plan for food accordingly.

RECOMMENDED ATTIRE: Business Casual.  Ladies: A nice blouse & skirt/pant, dress, aloha attire is fine.  NO spiked heels as this will be on the grassy lawn.  Parking lot is gravel.  Men: Aloha attire is fine, or a collared shirt & pants.  Suit & tie is not needed.

REMINDER:  Bring copies of your resume.

SEMINARS:  Free Career Development Seminars presented by Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina Director of Human Resources Joseph Hodnette will take place on The Great Lawn.

Topics include:

Resume Writing (9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.)

Interview Skills (10:30 a.m .to 11:15 a.m.)

Job Search (11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)

INTERNET ACCESS: There will not be a wifi connection at the fair. Please be aware that the coverage at UHWO can be spotty and intermittent depending on your provider. Please plan accordingly and have alternatives.
Connect with us on Social Media … before, during and after the event.

Official hashtag #hireleeward2016
Twitter @hireleeward Pre-Register your friend now!

Honolulu Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine launched the “Hire Leeward” initiative at last year’s job and career fair, which had over 3,000 Leeward job-seekers in attendance competing for over 1,200 job positions solicited by Leeward businesses participating in the event.

Free Admission and Open to the Public.

“Hire Leeward” is about “Connecting Leeward Residents with Leeward Jobs” through a five year campaign to:
1. Encourage Leeward residents to seek Leeward jobs;
2. Reduce traffic congestion to town;
3. Encourage better coordination with Leeward job employers and job seekers;
4. Encourage Leeward residents to buy from Leeward companies;
5. Hold job training events;
6. Improve the quality of life for Leeward residents.

FREE Career Development Seminars will be hosted.

Hashtag #hireleeward for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

You can also register online at or through the Office of Councilmember Kymberly Pine at (808) 768-5001.



(808) 768-5001 (808) 768-1217 (fax)





JUNE 20, 2016


Contact: Cathy Lee

Tel: (808) 768-5023


15 Minute Commute?  Thousands doing it, Meet Two

Thousands of West Oahu Residents Will Have Same Opportunity

at Hire Leeward Job Fair on June 25, 2016


HONOLULU — Longtime Makakilo Resident and Hotel Executive Leslie Cho is no stranger to Westside traffic— she has been commuting to town and back for work for the past 17 years.  As a Hotel Sales Manager, she would wake up at 3:00 a.m., and be on the road by 5:30 a.m. to beat the morning rush— regardless, there were times Leslie was still stuck in gridlock traffic.


“I would spend up to 2 hours sitting in traffic in the morning and evening— leaving my house when it was dark outside, and coming home when it was dark.” said Leslie Cho.


Looking to spend more time with her family and grow her career, Leslie found and recently obtained the position of Director of Sales for the new Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Oahu-Kapolei —expected to open in the Ka Makana Alii Shopping Center this September 2016.  Now she will be working directly out of Kapolei, decreasing her commute from 2 hours to 15 minutes.


Another Leeward commuter who recently found a job closer to home is Waianae Resident Andrew “Umi” Sexton, champion fire-knife dancer and proud father of three, who has spent the past three years commuting across the island from Waianae to Waikiki.   Each morning began at 3:30 am (with Umi on the road by 4:00 a.m.) to ensure he would not be late to one of his two jobs in a Waikiki hotel, where he worked diligently as a valet.  This continued until Umi attended a special Hire Leeward Job Fair hosted by Four Seasons Resort O’ahu at Ko Olina.  After meeting the staff and making it through an intensive round of interviews, Umi earned a highly coveted position with a competitive benefits package at the new resort, which opened May 27th. “I was praying about this job and it finally came true.  I am so blessed to receive this opportunity through the job fair,” Umi said.  “It is so great to work closer to home.  I can finally spend more time with my family, and I am proud to represent the Westside community in this new hotel in our district.”


Thousands of West Oahu residents will have the same opportunity to make a career change at an upcoming job fair taking place this month in Leeward Oahu:


For the 4th consecutive year, Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine is proud to partner with the Kapolei Chamber of Commerce to present The 4th Annual Hire Leeward Job and Career Fair taking place on June 25, 2016, (Saturday) at the University of Hawai’i – West O’ahu campus from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


“The Hire Leeward initiative empowers West O’ahu residents to leave their days of driving in traffic behind them by taking advantage of the many job opportunities within their community.  Many don’t realize that there are over 63,000 Leeward jobs on the Leeward coast; one for just about every adult in my district,” said Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine.


With the annual theme of “Connecting Leeward Residents with Leeward Jobs”, the Fair will host over 70 businesses offering Leeward-based job opportunities.  There were over thousands of attendees at last year’s Fair and this year’s Fair is expected to have a large turnout as well.  There will be free Leeward career education seminars to help residents learn the skills and make the connections they need to find a job close to home.


Businesses and organizations are offering job opportunities from a wide range of industries including: healthcare, financial services, food service, hospitality, retail, and administrative, as well as trade apprenticeships.


Attendees can get priority and complimentary entrance into the Fair by registering online.  For more information on the Hire Leeward initiative and the Fair, job seekers are encouraged to visit


Councilmember Pine represents residents of District One (Ewa, Ewa Beach, Kapolei, Honokai Hale, Ko Olina, Nanakuli, Maili, Waianae, Makaha, Keaau, Makua).




Residents have been contacting Councilmember Pine with concerns regarding the placement of illegal banners around the community.


In response, Councilmember Pine connected with the Department of Planning & Permitting (DPP) to inquire about the placement of banners on both public and private properties, and what the ordinances are.


DPP Director George Atta replied that any banners that advertise a location that is not in the area or showcase sponsor information and for-profit businesses violate banner ordinances. The City is dutiful in taking down any visible signage that is illegal.


At this time, DPP also stresses that the City does not give permission to private citizens to remove any signage on public and private properties.


Instead, residents are encouraged to report any illegal signage they see in their communities to their representatives’ office. The first step to getting these signs removed is to determine whether it is on City or State property— and notifying the correct office. Then, your community representatives will connect with the appropriate department to have the illegal signage removed immediately.


If you have any questions regarding illegal signage in your neighborhood, please contact


Hawaiian Railway Society Operations Manager Steve Vendt recently reached out to Councilmember Pine to discuss the State’s proposal to extend North-South Road.


According to a recent article from Hawaii News Now, the State Department of Transportation wants to extend North-South Road, also known as Kualakaii Parkway— to connect Kapolei Parkway and Roosevelt Avenue. A proposed route could go right over the tracks.


Steve Vendt brought his concerns up to Councilmember Pine regarding the Rail Society ‘s property and how this connection could possibly affect the future of their operations.


Although the State hasn’t yet settled on the alignment for the extension, Councilmember Pine is setting up a meeting with State DOT for a planning update. To stay updated, please follow the news at









Thursday, March 24, 2016

Mayor Caldwell’s press office: 768-5768 (cell: 754-7578)

Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine: 392-1097 (cell: 478-8545)


Nānākuli Beach Park rededication as Kalanianaʻole Beach Park



Wai‘anae – Mayor Kirk Caldwell was joined by Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine on Saturday, March 26, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to celebrate the renaming of Nānākuli Beach Park to Kalanianaʻole Beach Park through the adoption of Resolution 15-289.


Restoration of the park’s original name is being done on behalf of Nānākuli residents who expressed a desire to honor the late Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana‘ole Pi‘ikoi.


Mayor Caldwell and Councilmember Pine were joined by Department of Parks and Recreation Director Michele Nekota, Executive Director of Culture and the Arts Misty Kela‘i, The Royal Hawaiian Band, members of the Nānākuli/Mā‘ili Neighborhood Board, members of the Wai‘anae Coast Neighborhood Board, and members of the Leeward Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs.


The program began with formal welcomes from Mayor Caldwell and Councilmember Pine, followed by a hula performance, traditional Hawaiian blessing and the unveiling of the new Kalanianaʻole Beach Park sign.


March 26, 2016 marks the 145th anniversary of Prince Kalaniana‘ole Pi‘ikoi’s birthday, and the ceremony will honor his lifetime of compassionate and committed civic service to the people of Hawai‘i.


The park is located at 89-269 Farrington Highway in Wai‘anae.

















Friday, March 18, 2016

Press Office: (808) 768-5768 (cell: 489-0341)


Media tour of new Wai‘anae Police Station

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Wai‘anae – A media tour of the newly constructed District-level Wai‘anae Police Station took place on Monday, March 21, 2016 at 11 a.m. on location at 85-939 Farrington Hwy. Construction was completed on March 11 and the station is scheduled to open for police operations on May 20. The Honolulu Police Department is currently in the process of moving in desks, phones, copy machines, and additional infrastructure to support daily operations.


Speakers included Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Councilmember Kymberly Pine, HPD Major Kurt Kendro, Design and Construction Deputy Director Mark Yonamine, and a representative from city contractor T. Iida Contracting.


In addition, Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts Executive Director Misty Kela‘i and Registrar Tory Laitila discussed the commissioning of a large fresco, frieze, mosaic, mural, sculpture or other wall-mounted work on the exterior of the police station facing Farrington Highway. The artist will be selected in May.


The new District-level police station is much larger than the former Wai‘anae substation that existed on the same site and was torn down in 2014. The new station will enable faster police response times and improved services to leeward coast residents, who will no longer have to go to the Kapolei Police Station for assistance. The new station will also have a full service receiving desk.


“Wai‘anae residents are thrilled to have a new police station and more police officers serving the area,” said Councilmember Kymberly Pine, who represents the Leeward Coast.  “This ensures improved safety for all leeward residents.”


“This creates a positive influence on our community,” added Mākaha resident John DeSoto. “We live along the most beautiful coastline in Hawai‘i and now we can teach our keiki that Wai‘anae is a safe and positive place to be proud of.”


“This is the police station upgrade that leeward residents deserve, with a modern District-level station right in the heart of Wai‘anae,” said Mayor Caldwell.


The contractor demolished the old substation, built in 1961 at 7,000 square feet, and built the new modern district station at 25,172 square feet. The new station has 14 holding cells, compared to 3 at the former substation. The new station includes gas pumps for police vehicles and a radio antenna tower. The second floor contains space for future expansion.


When the station opens on May 20, it will also mean more parking for Poka‘i Bay Beach Park users. The new police station has 63 parking stalls, including 22 which will be available for beachgoers.


The new station mālama ka ‘āina, cares for the land, with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.


The Department of Design and Construction hired T. Iida Contractors for construction, Architects Hawaii for design, and Bill Chang Architect for planning. The total project cost was $16,397,972.


The new exterior artwork will go on the Farrington Highway side of the station between the first and second floors, and will be up to 65 feet wide and 5 feet high. The project is budgeted for $70,000 and calls for an artwork that tells the story of Wai‘anae.