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The City hosted a park dedication ceremony on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the long awaited new District Park in ‘Ewa at the corner of Keone‘ula Boulevard and Ft. Weaver Road.  The park’s official address is 91-201 Kaimele Place.

 

Over ten years in the making, the park open with improvements including basketball courts, volleyball courts, a baseball field, comfort station, and a parking lot with over one hundred stalls.

 

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

 

“I am very excited to see the families in our community enjoy this much needed and anticipated new park. 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,” said Councilmember Pine.

 

“We are very happy to give this beautiful park to the community to enjoy for years to come.  This new park is a great example of a public private partnership benefiting O‘ahu residents. With millions of dollars of improvements by Haseko, the developer of homes in the area, and with the assistance of the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation, we are pleased to open this new park that ‘Ewa families will enjoy for years to come. I thank Councilmember Kymberly Pine for bringing this project to the finish line so we are able to open the park now,” said Tom Sagawa.

 

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.

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.

Source: KHON News

http://khon2.com/2014/09/29/city-lawmaker-proposes-cheaper-way-to-keep-parks-clean/

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Former Star of Honolulu executive chef to open restaurant in West Oahu

Duane Shimogawa
Pacific Business News

The former executive chef of the Star of Honolulu Cruises and Events plans to open a restaurant called Plantation Tavern at the Safeway-anchored Kapolei Marketplace in West Oahu.

Adam Gilbert, and his wife, Sunny, aims to open the restaurant next week in a 1,600-square-foot space next to Ho Ho Chinese Cuisine that was formerly occupied by an Italian restaurant and before that, a sushi eatery…

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Pacific Business News
25 August 2014

Seal of the State of Hawaii

Department of Transportation

News Release

For Immediate Release: July 18, 2014
14-0238

HONOLULU AIRPORT TRAVELERS ADVISED TO USE INTERNATIONAL PARKING STRUCTURE DURING CONSTRUCTION

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Airports Division advises motorists of modified and limited parking in the Overseas Parking Structure (Lot D) at the Honolulu International Airport due to construction for the interim and permanent Consolidated Rental Car Facility.

Travelers are advised to use the International Parking Structure (Lot A) located between the Overseas Parking Structure and the Inter-Island Parking Structure. Access is from the ground level at the Inter-Island Parking Structure. The International Parking Structure is also accessible from the top level of the Inter-Island Parking Structure. As these lots are farther from the main terminal travelers are advised to allow for additional walking time to the ticket lobbies. http://hawaii.gov/hnl/airport-parking/lot-a-international-terminal.

During construction access to the Overseas Parking Structure will be from the departures (upper) level only. Ground level access is unavailable. In preparation for the new facility, floors 1- 4 of the Diamond Head (east) side and the first floor of the Ewa (west) side of the Overseas Parking Structure will be closed. The 5th floor will remain available for assigned employee parking.

These changes are necessary as the HDOT works to improve and modernize the Honolulu International Airport. An interim rental car facility is being built in the Diamond Head side of the Overseas Parking Structure. Once completed, airport rental car agencies will move into the temporary structure as the permanent Consolidated Rental Car Facility is built on area that the rental car agencies now occupy.

The interim and permanent Consolidated Rental Car Facility projects are part of a series of New Day Work Projects at the Honolulu International Airport that will modernize and improve the traveler experience. For more information on the projects visit http://www.hawaiiairportsmodernization.com/3/honolulu-international-airport.

Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation as we make improvements to the Honolulu International Airport.

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Is there a park in your neighborhood that needs a little extra help? Get involved through the City’s Adopt-A-Park program and help us create a world-class park. Hoa Paka, the City’s Adopt-a-Park program is based on the premise that citizens make a difference in ensuring that their community park, keiki’s playground, beach or natural area is clean, safe and well maintained. By adopting a park in our community, you can change the way your park looks and operates, and will carry the will have pride knowing that you care enough about your park or beach to make a personal commitment to improve and protect it.

 

There are 33 parks on the Leeward Coast ready to be adopted and cared for. I invite your community organization, business, or family to consider participating in our initiative to participate in this wonderful program.

 

If your organization would like to get involved and would like more information on the Hoa Paka program, please contact me at 768-5001 or kmpine@honolulu.gov.

Seal of the State of Hawaii

Department of Transportation

News Release

For Immediate Release: April 25, 2014
14-0131

OAHU LANE CLOSURES FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 26 – MAY 2

PLEASE NOTE: Lane closure schedules may change at any time without further notice.
All projects are weather permitting.

— H-1 FREEWAY —

HONOLULU TO KALIHI (NIGHT WORK)

Multiple lane closures on the H-1 Freeway in the westbound direction between the Waialae Avenue Off-Ramp (Exit 26) and the University Avenue Off-Ramp (Exit 24B) on Monday night, April 28, through Friday morning, May 2, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., nightly, for overhead sign maintenance

During these hours, the Pali Highway Off-Ramp (Exit 21B), the westbound H-1 entrance from Punchbowl Street and the Palama Street Off-Ramp (Exit 20C) may be closed for short durations as necessary.

KAPOLEI (NIGHT WORK)

Campbell Industrial Park Off-Ramp (Exit 1A) closed in both directions on Thursday, May 1 from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. for repaving.

PEARL HARBOR (NIGHT WORK)

Right lane closure on the H-1 Freeway in the eastbound direction between Radford Drive Overpass and the Airport Off-Ramp (Exit 16) on Monday, April 28, to Friday morning, May 2 from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., nightly, for overhead sign work.

AIRPORT (NIGHT/WEEKEND WORK)

Lane closures on the H-1 Freeway in the westbound direction between the Keehi Interchange and the Airport Off-Ramp (Exit 16) from 5:30 a.m., Saturday morning, April 26, through 5:30 a.m., Sunday morning, April 27, for viaduct deck repairs.

Airport Viaduct improvements include concrete deck replacements, expansion joint repairs, and pavement restriping. Work is located between the Pearl Harbor Interchange and the Keehi Interchange.

PEARL CITY TO WAIKELE

Two right lanes closed on the H-1 Freeway in the westbound direction between the Waipahu Off-Ramp (Exit 8B) and the Waikele/Waipahu Off-Ramp (Exit 7) on Monday, April 28, through Friday, May 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., daily, for guardrail work.

For more information, please visit the project website at www.pmcontraflow.com or call the project hotline at (808) 945-1144.

Improvements for the PM Contraflow include highway deck repairs and road widening from Waimalu to Waikele. An extra lane will be added from the Waimalu On-Ramp to the Waipahu Off-Ramp and from the H-1/H-2 Split to the Waikele Off-Ramp.

SALT LAKE TO HONOLULU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (NIGHT WORK)

Two lane closures on the H-1 Freeway in the eastbound direction between the Radford Drive Overpass and the Airport Off-Ramp (Exit 16) on Monday, April 28, through Friday morning, May 2, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., nightly, for overhead sign work.

EWA (NIGHT WORK)

Lane closure on the H-1 Freeway in the eastbound direction between Kapolei/Ewa Off-Ramp (Exit 3) and Kunia/Waipahu/Ewa Off-Ramp (Exit 5) on Monday, April 28, through Friday, May 2, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., for sign work.

— FARRINGTON HIGHWAY —

KAPOLEI

Lane closures on Farrington Highway in the westbound direction between Laaloa Street and Tracks Beach Park on Monday, April 28, through Friday, May 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., daily, for median and shoulder work.

MAKAHA

Lane closures on Farrington Highway in the eastbound direction between Jade Street and Makaha Valley Road on Monday, April 28, through Friday, May 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., daily, for drainage maintenance. Traffic will be contraflowed using the remaining open lane.

During these hours, the east entrance to Lahilahi Street may also be closed as needed. Access will still be available at the west entrance to Lahilahi Street.

— KUNIA ROAD —

WAIPAHU

Right lane closure on Kunia Road in the southbound direction between Plantation Road and Kupuna Loop on Monday, April 28, through Friday, May 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., for road maintenance.

WAHIAWA

Right lane closure on Kamanaui Road in the eastbound direction between Wilikina Drive and Kaukonahua Road on Monday, April 28, through Friday, May 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., daily, for slope stabilization.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 1, 2013

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: LANE CLOSURES
FOR HONOLULU RAIL TRANSIT PROJECT

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) wants to inform drivers of lane closures next week related to design and construction work for the Honolulu rail transit project. Motorists are advised of work along the 20-mile rail route from East Kapolei to Ala Moana Center that will require lane closures during non-peak traffic hours.

For the safety of both the work crews and motorists, the public is advised to proceed with caution through these areas. Drivers should anticipate possible traffic delays or use alternate routes during work hours, and provide a safe distance between themselves and the workers and equipment:

West Oahu/Farrington Highway Section (East Kapolei to Waipahu)

Farrington Highway in Ewa between Kualakai Parkway (North-South Road) and Old Fort Weaver Road Loop is closed in the westbound direction as part of rail construction. The closure is needed to allow workers to safely relocate major utility lines located along the narrow two-lane highway:

  • Drivers will still be able to travel westbound between the Ewa/Waipahu and East Kapolei regions by using either Kapolei Parkway or the H-1 Freeway.

Motorists will still be able to travel eastbound along that section of Farrington Highway, and will be detoured onto the Old Fort Weaver Road intersection near the Kahi Mohala Behavioral Center. Following the utility relocation work, the contractor is scheduled to re-close that section of Farrington Highway in both directions later this year for column construction as part of the planned rail guideway.

Daytime east- and westbound lane closures will take place along Farrington Highway in Waipahu at the following locations from Monday, November 11 to Friday, November 15 between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.:

  • Between Kahualii Street andWaiawa Road for utility relocation work
  • Maintenance crews will also work along various sections of Farrington Highway in Waipahu. During the work, the contractor’s vehicles may be temporarily parked in the highway lanes, causing a slight slowdown in traffic flow.

Nighttime east- and westbound lane closures will take place along Farrington Highway in Ewa and Waipahu at the following locations from Sunday, November 10 to Thursday, November 14 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. for utility location and relocation work:

  • Between Old Fort Weaver Road and Mokuola Street
  • One lane in each direction of Farrington Highway inWaipahu will remain open at all times during the utility work

Daytime lane closures will take place in Kapolei from Monday, November 11 to Friday, November 15 between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. for utility work:

  • The right southbound lane of Kalaeloa Boulevard near Opakapaka Street

Kamehameha Highway Section (Pearl City to Aloha Stadium)

The left eastbound lane of Kamehameha Highway in Pearl City between Kuleana Road and the HECO-Waiau power plant will be closed until mid-December as part of utility relocation and drill shaft test work:

  • All three westbound lanes of Kamehameha Highway in the area will remain open during the test shaft work.
  • Left turns from Kamehameha Highway into the Diamond Head-side entrance of the HECO Waiau power plant will be restricted.

Nighttime lane closures will take place next week in Pearl City along Kamehameha Highway between Hekaha Street and Kanuku Street (near Best Buy) from Sunday, November 10 to Thursday, November 14 between 7:30 p.m. and 7 a.m. for utility relocation work:

  • Crews will close the eastbound lanes of Kamehameha Highway between 7:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m., and the westbound lanes between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.
  • Drivers heading eastbound along Kamehameha Highway will not be allowed to turn left onto Kanuku Street or make U-turns

Daytime lane closures will take place next week near Aloha Stadium at the following location from Monday, November 11 to Friday, November 15 between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. for test shaft work:

  • Inside lane of the H-1/Moanalua Freeway on-ramp along Kamehameha Highway near Aloha Stadium

Airport Section (Aloha Stadium to Kalihi)

Lane closures will take place in the airport area at the following location in the eastbound direction from Tuesday, November 12 to Friday, November 15 between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. for soil testing:

  • Right lane of Kamehameha Highway near Middle Street

City Center Section (Kalihi to Ala Moana Center)

Lane closures will take place in Kalihi at the following locations from Tuesday, November 12 to Friday, November 15 between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for soil testing:

  • Left lanes of Dillingham Boulevard in both east- and westbound directions between Puuhale Road and Mokauea Street
  • Left lanes of Dillingham Boulevard in both east- and westbound directions between Kalihi Street and Colburn Street near the Kapalama Canal
  • Left lanes of Dillingham Boulevard in both east- and westbound directions between the Kapalama Canal and Kaaahi Street
  • Westbound left-turn lane on Dillingham Blvd. (into the Costco parking lot) between Kaaahi Street and Alakawa Street

Lane closures will take place overnight in downtown Honolulu at the following locations from Tuesday, November 12 to Sunday, November 17 between 8:30 p.m. and 4 a.m. for utility survey work:

  • Left lanes of Nimitz Highway in both east- and westbound directions near Iwilei Road to Richards Street

For updates on work days and times, visit the project website at www.honolulutransit.org or contact our hotline at 566-2299.

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