Mehana residents called to express their concern about a lot that is located on the corner of Kapolei Parkway and Kunehi Street. The lot is not tended to and as a result, was becoming an eyesore and unsafe.
Overgrown grass and plants at a lot near Kunehi Street and Kapolei Parkway, photo courtesy of Google Maps.
Constituents reported bushes, weeds, and kiawe overgrowing into the Mehana community, covering residents’ sidewalks. They also reported seeing an increased number of feral cats wandering in the area. With all the trash that was accumulating in there, it was becoming unbearable and very dangerous at night.
Councilmember Pine sent in a Request for Investigation and Service Report to investigate the issue. After speaking with the Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) who is in charge of this parcel of land, the department has heard the residents’ concerns and are now sending crews out to the lot to perform clean ups.
DFM has given their commitment to do their best to upkeep the area as time and resources permit. The area is about 1.7 million sq. feet and, currently, DFM work crews are working on increments to get the area under control. Their plan right now is try to have crews working out there once a week.
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Finally, after ten years of being closed, a new bathroom is on its way at Oneʻula Beach Park.
Boarded up, locked and chained; the former bathroom at Oneʻula Beach Park had been unusable for the past decade. Residents waited years for the bathroom at this park to be reopened but however, due to a lack of funding and support, the project never got its headway.
Councilmember Pine recently launched the Oneʻula Beach Park Community Care Project, in which Ewa Beach residents got the opportunity to walk the park, hear stories about the history, and learn the legacy from longtime community members.
At this event, residents filled out comment cards with suggestions of what they want fixed and changed in the park.
“Fixed bathrooms” was the most popular and frequently seen answer.
Councilmember Pine has worked for years to get this bathroom reopened. Finally, thanks to the mayor and fellow councilmembers for support her funding request for this project, a new bathroom is finally coming to Oneʻula. Contractors started work this week and are estimated to be completed by May 1, 2016.
On Saturday, September 26 One’ula Beach Park had its first Community Care Project that launched the start of the park’s 5-year revitalization plan.
Residents of the Ewa community were able to voice their opinions and concerns about One’ula and the improvements that they would like to see. Participants were given a yellow comment card and were encourage to fill out their suggestions for One’ula.
“Today is about the community taking charge of what our future is going to be here at Oneula Beach Park in what they want to see,” said District 1’s Kymberly Pine of the Honolulu City Council.
The park was known for many years as a dumping ground filled with trash, homeless, and drug activity. The only bathroom the park provides has been out of order and boarded up for about 10 years, while the roads are in desperate need of repaving. But thanks to success of the One’ula Community Care Project the park is able to have the well deserved attention it needs. While the City promise to start making these upgrades in a span of five years.
One’ula Beach Park will once again be known as a clean and safe place where everyone is welcome to enjoy.
In recent news, Ewa Beach developing company Haseko has been fined in $27 million in damages over the determination of building a lagoon instead of a promised recreational marina.
Haseko’s Vice President Sharene Saito Tam has stated that by going with the decision of building a lagoon and not the marina would have been more faster to finish and productive. After having the fined be dropped on the company, Tam accepts the fact that by, “Leaving a project undone is not good for anybody. We thought it (not completing the project) would be far more harmful across the board.”
Haseko plans to continue with the project but in order to resume development, Haseko will need the City Council Bill 62 approval which will rezone 62.3 acres between White Plains Beach and Oneula Beach Park. This proceeding will grant a time extension, accommodations to update the Hoakalei Master Plan that will feature the unanticipated lagoon and not the marina. The company will also need a special management area use permit and a shoreline setback variance.
City Councilmember Kymbery Pine who represents the District 1 area which includes Ewa Beach. Councilmember Pine has stated her concerns over the project.
“Its already been introduced to the Council, so we’re going to do our due diligence whether there’s a lawsuit or not,” Pine said. “(But) whenever we rezone land, we want to make sure that promises that the developer makes to the Council and the people, that they are fulfilled. And right now that’s in question.
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District’s 1 Councilmember Kymberly Pine and Kurt Fevella, President of Ewa Beach Lion’s Club recently made an appearance on Hawaii News Now’s Sunrise show to promote the Oneʻula Beach Park Community Care Project on the Hawaii News Now Sunrise Show.
Oneʻula used to be a dumping ground filled with abandoned cars, old furniture and rubbish. But thanks to community effort, Oneʻula is on track to becoming the beach the community knows and loves.
To make certain that Oneʻula will never return to its dump site stage, Councilmember Pine is launching the Oneʻula Beach Park – Community Care Project on Saturday, September 26 at 9:00am -12:00pm. This meeting encourages Ewa residents and active community members to express their concerns about any future changes that would help improve Oneula Beach Park.
The purpose of this meeting is to get the community informed, involved, and inspired so together, we can work to develop our shared vision for Oneʻula Beach Park’s future.
Oneula Beach Park or commonly known as Hau Bush Beach has been on the list of parks on Oahu that are in a desperate need of a face-lift.
But as of Saturday September 26 at 9am, Oneula will have its first Community Care Project that will get Ewa Beach residents and supporters a chance to voice their concerns about changes and improvements they want to see at Hau Bush Beach.
The park has been known throughout the years as being very unkept with rubbish pollution, drug activity and homeless campers. Thanks to the efforts from the community, Oneula was able to rise from the overwhelming negative environment that was surrounding it.
“This particular park has had a closed bathroom for many, many years, and it has been really frustrating to the residents,” said Honolulu City Councilmember Kymberly Pine, chairwoman of the parks committee and host of the Oneula Community Care Project. “We really need to start making basic necessities in our parks a top priority.”
Councilmember Pine has stated that she would want to also improve the parking lot at Oneula as well as adding benches and tables to the park and making the grass greener.
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From the Honolulu Star-Advertiser:
Residents living along a stretch of Central Oahu that includes Wahiawa and Kunia are most at risk from pollution from abandoned hazardous waste sites.High levels of lead paint, a suspected carcinogen, plague communities in Palolo Valley, Waipahu and large swaths of Kaimuki. And Waianae and Nanakuli,which have high levels of poverty,host much of the island’s hazardous waste . . . Locally, lawmakers and community leaders have protested adding additional power plants and waste dumps along the Waianae Coast, where the population is heavily Native Hawaiian. Last year, Councilwoman Kymberly Pine, who represents the region, successfully sponsored a series of“environmental justice” bills that targeted illegal dumping and grading in the area . . . read more.
One’ula Beach Park or better known as Hau Bush Beach is recognized in the community as a place for surfing, fishing, swimming, and other recreational. Over time One’ula has also underwent many changes in terms of appearances.
Through the years it was with the efforts of the community that helped pulled One’ula out from the rubbish infestation, homeless occupation, and drug related issues that once inhabited this peaceful beach park.
As of recently, One’ula has become the City’s responsibility to insure improvements to the beach park are made.
These plans included fixing potholes, repaving the parking lot, putting the comfort station back in order, and reviving the grass area.
This plan of action have many residents’ concerned that the park will become an unfamiliar area that will stray away from old traditions.
City’s District 1 Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine is currently working on a community meeting event that is scheduled for September 26 at the beach park to get residents’ feedback and suggestions that will aid in Oneula’s current situation.
“I’m just focusing on the basics right now. We’re not looking for glamour,” Pine said. “We just want to have a park that has green grass where the kids can safely play, a parking lot that has no potholes and a bathroom that works.”
By: Jayne Omaye
Kymberly Marcos Pine
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