A City Council resolution, which shined light on long-delayed road safety and maintenance improvements in the Villages of Kapolei and Sea Country Maili, and forced the City to reevaluate how quickly it processes and accepts road improvements, has now brought about change to Sea Country, Maili, a community that has waited for years for the city to take ownership of its roads.


The Maili subdivision of Sea Country needs road repaving and street light replacement. However, the City had delayed acceptance of these roads into its inventory until Councilmember Pine’s Resolution 15-11, Requesting the City Administration to Set Forth Specific Requirements for Dedications of Roadway Improvements Constructed Pursuant to Conditional Zoning Agreements, was adopted in February.


“Leeward communities have waited too long for these basic City services, and because the City did not streamline its road acceptance process earlier, that wait turned from months to years, and this is unacceptable,” said Councilmember Pine.


Since adoption, the City has streamlined the acceptance of roads in Sea Country, Maili, with five Sea Country streets coming under City ownership with Council’s approval of Department Communication 190 in the April 29th 1:00 p.m. meeting of the Committee on Public Works, Infrastructure and Sustainability.


The City Council finalized acceptance on Wednesday’s full Council meeting.


Ed Lauer, General Manager of the Sea Country Community Association, expressed his happiness about the road dedication.  “We can’t tell you how happy we are at Sea Country.  Over the past 15 years, the process had taken far too long but the recent Honolulu City Council has fixed the process.”



Councilmember Pine with Ed Lauer, General Manager of the Sea Country Community Association



Roads to be accepted for ownership by the City are:

  1. Anaha Street
  2. Owelo Place
  3. Pii Street
  4. Konini Street
  5. Kaipoi Street

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Today, concerned testifiers shared their Board of Water Supply back-billing stories before the Executive Matters and Legal Affairs Committee at the City Council today.  Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine introduced a Charter Amendment that would prohibit the Board of Water Supply from continuing to back billing ratepayers, a practice that has been banned or regulated in many other states and jurisdictions throughout the country.


“I was recently contacted by the family of a 90-year-old man who received a water bill for over $7000. His monthly bill is normally around $200. The Board of Water Supply continued to bill for the last six months and told him that he has to pay the amount or have his water shut off” Councilmember Pine said. This man along with other testifiers will have the opportunity to share their stories today.


“Nearly 4 out of 5 of the Honolulu Board of Water Supply’s roughly 166,000 customers received at least one bill between January and September…” from today’s article in the Honolulu Star Advertiser by Gordon Pang: