NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF MAYOR KIRK CALDWELL

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION

CITY & COUNTY OF HONOLULU

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is important to preserve the culture and legacy of the parks and beaches that we cherish every day, which is why Councilmember Pine introduced Bill 9 CD 1 in an effort to establish a program within the Department of Parks & Recreation for the designation of sites of cultural value located in City public parks.

In an unanimous vote, Bill 9 CD 1 passed for adoption at the March 16 City Council Meeting.

Bill 9

On March 21, Mayor Kirk Caldwell accompanied by Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine signed Bill 9 into law at Pokai Bay Beach Park— drawing a crowd of Leeward residents who have passionately supported this initiative for decades.

 

Under the new law, any interested person will be able to recommend the designation of a cultural site to the parks department with a description of the cultural impact of the site on the city or surrounding communities. If approved, the department will install a marker informing the public of the designated cultural site. The person requesting the marker will be responsible for purchasing and maintaining the marker.

 

KYMBERLY MARCOS PINE

COUNCILMEMBER

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

E-mail: kmpine@honolulu.gov

 

NEWS RELEASE March 16, 2016

                                              

Councilmembers Introduce Proposal to Curb Illegal Dumping on City Streets

 

Mattresses, furniture, refrigerator units, hazardous waste and bulky household trash piled high on the curbsides of Oahu neighborhoods inspired Councilmembers Kymberly Marcos Pine and Ron Menor to introduce Bill 24 which would increase illegal dumping fines by 500%.

 

“Residents are tired of seeing their sidewalks turned into illegal dumps,” said Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine. “This is a safety and health issue that is affecting the quality of life for many of our residents. In some areas, trash is constantly outside of people’s homes and that is no way to live.”

 

Bill 24 addresses the illegal disposal of refuse, and bulky items, providing that: “No person shall throw, drop, place, dump or deposit refuse or bulky wastes on a street, roadside, alley, highway, or public place except as provided in this chapter,” which would allow bulky disposal only on the City’s scheduled pickup times. Fines will increase from $500 to $2500.

 

“Townhome associations and property managers have been unfairly fined for illegally dumped items fronting their property. With this legislation, the actual violators will be targeted and will be fined,” said Councilmember Ron Menor— Co-Sponsor of Bill 24.

 

Councilmembers Pine and Menor are working closely with the community, property managers, and residents to raise awareness of the monthly pickup schedule and the dangers of ignoring the city’s prohibition on dumping items outside of the scheduled dates and times set by the city.

 

“With this bill, we hope to empower the community to take personal responsibility for their bulky items and trash, and to report any type of illegal dumping to the City’s Department of Environmental Services.” Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine said. “It’s time for our community to come together to fight illegal dumping once and for all.”

 

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Bill 24 will be heard tomorrow, March 16, 2016 at the City Council Meeting taking place at Honolulu Hale at 10:00 a.m. Councilmember Pine asks members of the public to attend and offer their support at this meeting. Residents may also submit a written testimony at http://www.honolulu.gov/ccl-testimony-form.html?view=form or by emailing kmpine@honolulu.gov.

 

To report improper placement of bulky items, citizens can call the City’s Refuse Division at 768-3200. In the event that residents witness the act of illegal dumping occurring, they are encouraged to call 911. You can find your street’s bulky item pickup schedule at the ENV website here: http://www.opala.org/solid_waste/collection_schedule_search.html.

 

Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine represents residents of District One (ʻEwa, ʻEwa Beach, Kapolei, Honokai Hale, Ko ʻOlina, Nanakuli, Maili, Waianae, Makaha, Keaau, Makua).

 

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Bill 9

Councilmember Pine introduced Bill 9 CD 1 in an effort to establish a program within the Department of Parks & Recreation for the designation of sites of cultural value located in City public parks.

Bill 81 passed in the February 9, 2016 Parks Committee and will be up for hearing at the next Full Council Committee Meeting.

All testimonies are greatly needed and appreciated at the upcoming Full Council Meeting on February 17, 2016 at Kapolei at 10:00 a.m.  Your attendance greatly impacts the future of this legislation and our Leeward Coast.

Your emailed testimonies are also welcomed.  Feel free to reach me by emailing kmpine@honolulu.gov or call (808) 768-5001.

 

To read more: http://www.staradvertiser.com/hawaii-news/committee-approves-bill-to-encourage-park-pride/

One of Councilmember Pine’s priorities is to ensure that the parks in our community are well-maintained and kept safe for our ‘ohana and keiki.

 

In 2015, the City Council budgeted over $4 million into the City’s Capital Improvement Program for the improvement of parks throughout the Leeward Coast. Councilmember Pine’s ongoing commitment is to ensure the parks in our communities get the care they deserve.

 

Councilmember Pine recently met with our parks department staff and isd pleased to report that our parks are seeing dramatic improvements that will help improve the quality of life for our residents:

 

Leeward Parks Update

· All comfort stations on the Leeward Coast are currently being repainted.

· Waianae District Park’s play apparatus has been refurbished.

· Waianae District Park’s comfort station by the tennis courts is expected to be renovated.

· Maili Community Park recently received new play apparatus.

· Renovation of Maili Beach Park’s Comfort Stations 1, 2, and 3 will begin early next year. The contract for bid of construction was recently awarded.

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Newly repainted comfort station at Maili Beach Park

 

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Refurbished play apparatus at Waianae District Park

 

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Refurbished play apparatus at Waianae District Park

 

Have any questions about our parks or want to learn more about how you can get involved with community clean-ups?  Feel free to contact Councilmember Pine at kmpine@honolulu.gov.

 

 

 

 

Traccks Beach

A constituent reached out to Councilmember Pine’s office regarding a growing homeless encampment at Tracks Beach close to the Electric Beach side. Individuals were leaving trash, urinating in the area, creating disturbances, and were becoming a safety issue.

Councilmember Pine submitted a Request for Investigation and Services Report to the City to get assistance for the area. HPD connected with the Office of Housing to clean up this area and provide the squatters with aid and support services.

Kealahou West Oahu and Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center assessed the housing and health needs of individuals and families in this area and offered access to shelter services, as well as other resources. The constituent recently called Councilmember Pine’s office to update that the area was cleared.

Councilmember Pine is continuing to work with the appropriate departments to ensure that our Waianae coast will continue to be a safer place for our families and keiki.

Waianae residents contacted Councilmember Pine’s office regarding much-needed repairs at Waianae District Park:

  • Second floor activity rooms in gymnasium have been closed for a year
  • Comfort station at the tennis court has been closed for over a year
  • Roof is leaking at the entrance to the multipurpose room
  • Water fountains don’t work
  • Lights are malfunctioning
  • Windows are in need of repair
  • Shower building is unusable due to a leaky roof
  • Ceiling tiles are missing

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A ‘No Entry’ sign blocks off the entrance to the upstairs rooms at the Waianae District Park gymnasium. Picture courtesy of Don Hutton.  

 

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Leaky roof in the Waianae District Park gymnasium limits use of the park.

 

Councilmember Pine connected with Dexter Liu, Leeward Oahu District Manager of the Department of Parks & Recreation, who said his office is assessing these needed repairs and awaiting bids.

Regarding the gymnasium, the plan is to remove the existing drop ceiling. This will reopen the 2 rooms upstairs— often used for martial arts classes and exercise classes.  This project is currently awaiting bids.

 

Councilmember Pine looks forward to receiving updates regarding the status of the reopening of the park’s multi-purpose rooms as well as repairs to the rest of the park.

 

A constituent reached out to Councilmember Pine’s office regarding homeless encampments at the unimproved beach area across from Pokai Bay Street. Individuals were creating disturbances, threatening residents in the neighborhood, and were becoming a safety issue.

Councilmember Pine submitted a Request for Investigation and Services Report to the City to get assistance for the area. HPD  connected with the Department of Parks and Recreation to clean up this area and provide the squatters with aid and support services.

The constituent recently called Councilmember Pine’s office to update that the area was cleared and residents in the community came together to clean and remove remaining rubbish.

pokai bay homeless

 

Families and fishermen are now enjoying the newly cleaned and accessible area.

Councilmember Pine is continuing to work with the appropriate departments to ensure that our Waianae coast will continue to be a safer place for our families and keiki.

 

A constituent reached out to Councilmember Pine’s office regarding homeless encampments at the unimproved beach area across from Pokai Bay Street. Individuals were creating disturbances, threatening residents in the neighborhood, and were becoming a safety issue.

Pokai Bay

Councilmember Pine submitted a Request for Investigation and Services Report to the City to get assistance for the area. HPD connected with the Department of Parks and Recreation to clean up this area and provide the squatters with aid and support services.

 

The constituent recently called Councilmember Pine’s office to update that the area was cleared and residents in the community came together to clean and remove remaining rubbish.

 

Families and fisherman are now enjoying the newly cleaned and accessible area.

 

Councilmember Pine is continuing to work with the appropriate departments to ensure that our Waianae coast will continue to be a safer place for our families and keiki.

 

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Ewa-Pu’uloa District Park., near Keoneula Blvd and Fort Weaver Road.

Picture courtesy of Yelp.

 

A constituent recently reached out to Councilmember Pine’s office reporting a broken fence at Ewa-Pu’uloa District Park. Residents had waited long for this beautiful park to be completed in 2014, but were disheartened that within a year of being opened, the fence was damaged by a car accident.

 

Councilmember Pine worked with Leeward Oahu Parks Manager Dexter Liu to put in a work request to have the fence repaired. The department now looks forward to fixing the fence in a timely manner, thanks to our residents.

 

If you would like to send in any requests or concerns to the City at the touch of your phone, Honolulu 311 is the official mobile application for the City & County of Honolulu. It provides a platform for people to report potholes, broken streetlights, cracked sidewalks, illegal dumping, and vandalized/broken signs, and can be downloaded via your smartphone.