State Department of Transportation officials have opened a 2-mile stretch of the H-1 freeway’s eastbound shoulder lane in West Oahu for weekday morning commuters.


Drivers heading east on the H-1 from 5 to 9 a.m. are now able to travel in the shoulder lane from the Kualakai Parkway onramp to the Kunia/Waipahu/Ewa offramp.


To read more:  http://www.staradvertiser.com/hawaii-news/h-1-shoulder-opens-to-ease-morning-traffic-east/



For Immediate Release: Aug. 8, 2016





HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) is pleased to announce the new contraflow initiative on Farrington Highway in Nanakuli is scheduled to open Aug. 10, 2016. The pilot initiative aims to add an additional lane of capacity in the westbound direction during the busy afternoon commute between 3:30 – 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.


The 1.5-mile contraflow operation begins at Piliokahi Avenue and ends in the vicinity of Nanaikeola Street. During the contraflow hours there will be three Waianae bound lanes that are open to all drivers including single occupancy vehicles. There will be a single lane in the Honolulu bound direction. Left turns will not be permitted in the Honolulu bound direction to Helelua Street, Haleakala Avenue and Nanakuli Avenue. To accommodate those seeking to turn left, motorists will be able to use a detour from Laumania Avenue through Pohakunui Avenue to Piliokahi Avenue.


This project is in conjunction with the Farrington Highway turning lane improvements which are currently underway and are anticipated to be completed next year, weather permitting. The project includes constructing a dedicated fifth lane that will allow left turn lanes onto Nanakuli Avenue, Haleakala Avenue and Helelua Street. This improvement will prevent traffic from cuing up behind a vehicle that is waiting for an opening to turn. Instead, the through traffic will be able to continue while the turning vehicle waits in the new fifth lane. Once the turning lane project is complete, we anticipate there will not be the need for the contraflow lane.


The contraflow is part of the efforts by the Governor David Ige administration to find effective traffic relief solutions that can be implemented quickly with the existing infrastructure, without spending a large amount of money. Some of the other system preservation and safety projects HDOT is working on include:


(In the process)

  • Zip lane widening to accommodate two lanes
  • H-1 eastbound shoulder lane from Kualakai Parkway to Kunia Road in the morning commute
  • Contracting a tow truck stationed on Farrington Highway near Nanakuli during the morning and afternoon commute times to quickly respond to disabled vehicles
  • Fiber connectivity and traffic cameras to be installed in Leeward Oahu to monitor traffic flow and allow for real time adjustment of signals




  • New 24/7 lane added to the H-1 Freeway westbound in Pearl City
  • H-1 westbound shoulder lane from the Aiea Heights Drive overpass to the Waimalu/Pearl City off-ramp (Exit 10) to reduce afternoon commute traffic. Use of this lane has been extended 90 additional minutes and is now open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Adjustments to HOV signs to remove HOV requirement in non-peak directions
  • Police officers stationed at Kalaeloa Boulevard and Farrington Highway to improve traffic flow on to H-1 east and westbound



Leeward residents are now receiving a dose of traffic relief in the early a.m.:

The State, in collaboration with the City are now expanding the Zipper Lane to allow more vehicles to use it to travel east to town in the AM. The entire two-lane stretch is expected to be done by August 22 and will transport up to more than 5,000 cars a day.


To read more: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/32691327/youre-not-seeing-things-the-state-has-widened-the-zipper-lane

In an effort to improve safety on our roads for both drivers and pedestrians, Waianae residents have partnered with the Hawaii Bicycling League to place bright orange flags at unsignalized crosswalks along Farrington Highway. These flags are for pedestrians to wave as they cross, so that they can be more visible to drivers that are traveling along this busy stretch of road.


A Star-Advertiser article highlights the efforts of the Hawaii Bicycling League and the Waianae community to improve safety along Farrington Highway.


Hawaii Bicycling League’s (HBL) Executive Director Chad Taniguchi met with Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine today to discuss HBL’s initiative to get businesses, families and community organizations to adopt-a-crosswalk in an effort to raise public awareness and stewardship of the crosswalks in our community.


Officials and residents hope to eventually have flags for all crosswalks on Farrington Highway that are without traffic lights. In addition, Councilmember Pine recently introduced Resolution 16-175 which requests the City & State to work collaboratively to prioritize safety efforts on Farringon Highway, which will be up for adoption at tomorrow’s City Council Meeting.


If you would like to get involved with adopting a crosswalk, or would like to partner with the City and the Hawaii Bicycling League to improve traffic safety in our communities, feel free to reach out to Councilmember Pine at kmpine@honolulu.gov.


To read more:  http://www.staradvertiser.com/hawaii-news/residents-work-to-make-busy-road-safer/




407px-Honolulu_seal_svgPRESS RELEASE






Friday, July 8, 2016

Press Office: (808) 768-5768


**Traffic Advisory**

Road work set to begin in Nānākuli area

Leeward O’ahu – Road work on various residential and collector streets in the Nānākuli area is scheduled to begin Monday, July 11, 2016 (please see maps, below).

The road work will cover 42 miles of roadway, and is estimated to be finished within a year. The project includes, but is not limited to reconstruction and resurfacing of asphalt concrete pavements, removing asphalt overlay in existing gutters and reconstruction of designated concrete curbs and gutters, adjustment of utility manhole frames and covers to grade, and installation of pavement markings.

Also included in the project is the removal of identified trees that are diseased or have damaged sidewalks and curbs, and the trimming of canopies and pruning of roots as required by a qualified/certified arborist. The allowable work hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (with possible weekend work). Residents and business owners are advised to observe and obey all traffic controls, posted signs, and special duty police officers. Drivers should anticipate delays due to detours, lane and road closures, and should allow extra travel time while driving through the work areas. Local residential traffic, deliveries and trash collection will be allowed during construction, but any illegally parked cars may be towed at the owner’s expense.

Contractor Grace Pacific LLC was awarded the $10.4 million contract. For questions regarding the project’s traffic management, contact Construction Management and Engineering LLC at 829-1902. To view an updated list of city road paving projects, please visit http://bit.ly/1UlEr9M.

In January 2013, Mayor Kirk Caldwell launched a comprehensive five-year program to repave 1,500 lane miles of city roads that were in substandard condition at the time. Since the inception of the program three-and-a-half years ago, the city has repaved more than 1,136 miles, ahead of the pace to meet the mayor’s goal.

Location Map 1


Location Map 2

Map of the contraflow near Helelua

Map of the contraflow near Helelua

Farrington Contraflow Exhibits

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Diagram of Speed Humps placement

Traffic Calming Speed Humps

To bring traffic relief to the Wai’anae Coast, the City reamed up with the State to provide a contraflow service for the afternoon Leeward traffic rush.

$300,000 in the city funds and $500,000 from state and federal funding has been appropriated for a Nanakuli contraflow pilot project.

The City will be responsible for most of the operations for the contraflow project. This will create a third lane of travel for westbound drivers on Farrington Highway from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. every week day, excluding holidays. The mile-long contraflow lane is planned to begin at Piliokahi Avenue and continue past Helelua Street.

Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL


For Councilmember Pine’s official news release on this issue please go to:





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

E-mail: kmpine@honolulu.gov


NEWS RELEASE                  


Contact: Cathy Lee

Tel: (808) 768-5023


Before we rush to decide on a rail route, shouldn’t we get numbers first?


(HONOLULU) – Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine released the following statement in response to leaders’ push to stop the rail project in Middle Street:


“It is very important that we all strive to ensure that we build a rail system that we can afford. What we cannot afford is leaders making quick decisions without real information.   I continue to be extremely frustrated that leaders are making serious decisions on changing the rail route without publicly analyzing facts or figures on how the change will affect the ridership numbers and the use of the entire system.


The purpose for building rail in the first place was to reduce traffic and provide residents facing long drives a faster way to commute. Every decision must be made based on that goal.


What is missing in the conversation is a true station by station analysis of the pros and cons of eliminating each station.


Before making any changes to the rail route, HART staff needs to provide the public with a cost analysis of each station and the effects of ridership— should any station be eliminated. To date, decisions on future stations are currently being made without this information in the public discussion.


What is not being considered is the possibility of eliminating stations throughout the route instead of eliminating the last 8 stations.


Should leaders come to the conclusion that the Middle Street option is the best option after this data is publicly scrutinized, I’ll be satisfied that we did our due diligence and made a responsible decision for the people of Oahu.”







The Senate

State Capitol

Honolulu, Hawaii 96813


NEWS RELEASE – for immediate release

June 6, 2016



State and County to provide funding for traffic mitigation solutions on Leeward O‘ahu


HONOLULU, Hawai‘i – Recognizing the long-standing traffic woes of residents on O‘ahu’s Waianae Coast, both the state and county have allocated money to move forward a project that will help relieve the gridlock for motorists during times of emergency.


Through the efforts of State Senator Maile Shimabukuro and City Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine, a total of $6 million will be used for the land acquisition, planning and design for an extension of the Waianae Coast Emergency Access Road (WCEAR).


“I’ve witnessed first-hand how Farrington Highway becomes a parking lot when there is any incident on the road.  It’s appalling the amount of time residents spend wasted on their commute and getting this access road extended will change that,” said Sen. Maile Shimabukuro (Dist.  21 – Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko ‘Olina, Nanakuli, Ma‘ili, Wai‘anae, Makaha, Makua). “At this point, some preliminary discussions are contemplating the WCEAR extension to be an elevated road at the back of the homesteads with fingers leading into the main arteries.”


$3 million in funding for a secondary emergency access roadway was included in the state CIP budget that was approved by lawmakers in the 2016 Legislative Session.  The Honolulu City Council approved $3 million in matching funds for WCEAR in its final CIP budget on June 1st.


“It is unacceptable that taxpayers do not have access in and out of the Leeward Coast when there is an emergency that closes lanes of traffic on Farrington Highway. The need for a more permanent secondary emergency access is of critical importance to the community,” said City Councilwoman Kymberly Marcos Pine. “These resources demonstrate a commitment from the City and State to improve transportation, and the quality of life for taxpayers on the Leeward Coast.”

Currently, an access road is open for Waianae residents during emergencies from Sea Country to Helelua Street. The $6 million in combined state and city funds is intended to extend the WCEAR further east past Helelua Street, through the Nanakuli Hawaiian Homestead community and provide other traffic relief for the Waianae Coast. Councilwoman Pine and Senator Shimabukuro will be working with DHHL, the City Department of Emergency Management (DEM), the Ahupua’a o Nanakuli Homestead, Nanakuli-Maili Neighborhood Board, Puu Heleakala community associations, Nanakuli Ranch, and other stakeholders to plan the extension. 


This project is one of several solutions proposed to solve the traffic problem and potential public road hazard for residents of the area. 


$300,000 in city funds and $500,000 from state and federal funding has been appropriated for a Nanakuli contraflow pilot project that will create a third lane of travel for westbound drivers on Farrington Highway from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. every week day, excluding holidays.  The mile-long contraflow lane is planned to begin at Piliokahi Avenue and continue past Helelua Street.


The state Department of Transportation and the City, in partnership with Oceanic Cable, are also installing traffic cameras at the four intersections that are part of the contraflow project, at Piliokahi Ave., Nanakuli Ave., Haleakala Ave., and Helelua St.  The traffic cameras will allow residents to view these intersections online, and will also allow the City to remotely control the traffic lights.


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Mayor Kirk Caldwell held a press conference at 11 a.m. today at Piliuka Place and Wai‘anae Valley Road to announce the beginning of a road repaving program on the Leeward Coast.

Mayor Caldwell was joined by Councilmember Kymberly Pine, who represents O‘ahu’s west side, Design and Construction Deputy Director Mark Yonamine, and a representative from contractor Road Builders Corporation.     

The repaving of more than 100 lane miles of Leeward Coast streets begins today in Wai‘anae Valley, with Nānākuli and Mā‘ili beginning later this summer. Future repaving projects are also in the planning phase for Mākaha and other Wai‘anae Valley Roads.

Working hours for repaving crews will be 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays. No work will be done on weekends.

Under Mayor Caldwell’s aggressive program that began in January 2013, more than 1,160 lane miles have been repaved, with the goal of repaving 1,500 substandard lane miles within five years. The city has jurisdiction of approximately 3,500 lane miles on O‘ahu.  

Road Builders Corporation can be reached at 833-5400.

To view an updated full list of city road repaving projects, please visit http://bit.ly/1UlEr9M.


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All the roads in red will be paved this year. Waianae is underway now, with Nanakuli and Maili coming this summer. Blue roads in Makaha and Lualualei are still in the planning phase


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