Our urban Honolulu district is big, beautiful, historic, and fun, but as we all know, it takes effort to malama (care for) our neighborhoods and the community.Mahalo for the daily calls, emails, and walk-ins with tips, ideas, complaints, and suggestions to help improve the district.Here are some of the projects you’ve contacted me about that my staff and I are currently working on.
One million dollars in city funding has been approved by the Honolulu City Council and the City Administration for the completion of the Kuakini Extension Project. With the help of the City's Department of Transportation Services, $3.7 million dollars in federal matching funds are also ready to be used. This project will construct street improvements to connect Kuakini Street with Hala Drive to alleviate the daily traffic congestion at the intersection of Kuakini Street and Lanakila Avenue.
Mahalo to the Honolulu Police Department’s District 5 team (Kalihi) for hosting their September 29th Neighborhood Security Watch Coordinators Meeting. HPD Chief Louis Kealoha addressed the block captains and Major William Chur answered various questions from the community. Mother's Against Drunk Driving also gave an informative presentation on their organization and campaigns that they are trying to undertake to prevent drunk driving fatalities.
The Honolulu Police Department (HPD) will be conducting impaired driver checkpoints on Oahu throughout the months of September and October. The checkpoints will be set up at unannounced times and locations from Wednesday, August 31, through Tuesday, November 1, 2011, including (but not limited to) the Labor Day and Halloween weekends. The checkpoints are part of the department’s ongoing efforts to reduce the number of collisions on our roadways.
After much work in educating my colleagues during the City’s budget process about the importance of the Kuakini Extension Project in Liliha and amending the city’s budget to include the appropriate funding, our goal to have this project built may soon become a reality. The City is contributing one million dollars, which will be met with over three times that amount in federal funds. I very much appreciate working with Honolulu’s Department of Transportation Services and its Director Wayne Yoshioka as we finalize the details needed before groundbreaking.
The City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Environmental Services has 13 sewer projects in July that may impact roadways and traffic on Oahu, and 2 of them fall in our District VI community. These projects are part of $533 million of ongoing wastewater projects, including planning, designing, construction, project management and equipment project phases.
Mahalo to the Neighborhood Board members who have served our community and congratulations to the new members elected in May. I look forward to continue working with these community leaders to address the many concerns of our community that affect all our neighborhoods. Here are your representatives on the Neighborhood Boards of Council District VI for the 2011-2013 term:
Mahalo to Major William Chur of District 5 (from the airport to Punchbowl), Major Marie McCauley of District 1 (from Chinatown to Makiki), and to their great officers and community police teams for hosting me and my staff at their respective stations on February 9th and February 24th. They provided us with an incredible amount of information and insights into what's happening on the ground.