Month: April 2018

Kaneohe Neighborhood Board Resolution concerning proposed bus route changes.

TheBus Routes Resolution Related to proposed changes in The Bus routes Overview: The 2018 Windward TheBus Routes Redesign Guide for Public Review and Comments has a section entitled: “What we Want You to Know” with items of relevant community concern including a statement that “There have been no changes to TheBus system in the last 30 years”. While this statement is factual in nature, it does not yield community goodwill if the community involved is not consulted at the beginning of the design-think process. The Bus is an integral part of the daily lives of many in our communities and communities deserve, in fact require, involvement at the earliest possible stages. Effective community integration at the onset of planning mitigates many concerns and gets the conversation rolling at the grass roots level. The Kāne‘ohe Neighborhood Board #30 resolves the following: WHEREAS, recently, the relevant community concerns that were voiced at Kāne‘ohe, Kahalu’u and Kailua Neighborhood Boards along with specific issues addressed by each board, indicates the necessary initial community consultation was not obtained; and WHEREAS, the continued existence and success of TheBus largely depends on a combination of relevant service to locations, ridership and effective timing of routes; and WHEREAS, public health and awareness programs promote a more active lifestyle to include more walking, bicycling and efforts to reduce traffic by using alternate means such as TheBus; and WHEREAS,...

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Turn Around Don’t Drown

Aloha Gang,   To those communities impacted by this weekend’s flood, I received a response from the City’s Department of Environmental Services regarding bulky trash pickup in impacted areas (Aina Haina to Kailua).   Kailua is on regular bulky pickup schedule this week. East Honolulu will begin next week Monday.  Residents in impacted areas may put their bulky items on the curbside (still needs to meet the bulky definition) and the City will not do any enforcement in this area if the items sits longer than 3-4 days.  To determine when trash will be collected on a specific street, check out http://www.opala.org/solid_waste/collection_schedule_search.html and simply type in the residential home address number and street name. What types of items are collected Whose bulky items will be collected? All households except those in dwellings owned by the State or Federal governments. What will be collected as bulky items? Furniture, mattresses, bed frames and box springs, rolled up and fastened carpeting, appliances, minor home repairs/remodeling materials not to exceed one cubic yard. Tree branches or stumps larger than 9 inches in diameter; must be cut to lengths less than 3 feet. What will not be collected as bulky items? Construction materials such as tile and drywall, demolition debris, dirt, rock, concrete: (take to City Landfill). Large automobile parts and any refuse or recycling suitable for regular collection. If you cannot wait for...

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Preserve Maunawili Valley

This newsletter is to inform Windward Neighborhood Board members of Hui Maunawili-Kawainui’s efforts to preserve Maunawili Valley and protect it as a public resource for the use and enjoyment of all. We are supporting efforts by The Trust for Public Land to purchase over 900 acres of important agricultural and conservation land which HRT Realty, LLC proposes to subdivide into private estates. The State Legislature is showing support for our position which is based on existing laws, zoning, government permits, and traditions. Senate Concurrent Resolution 95 SD1 has cleared the Senate; crossed over to the House and was passed by the House Committee on Water & Land on April 13, with the House Finance Committee yet to go. See resolution and its status here. We are now reaching out to Windward Neighborhood Boards to support us in our efforts. Mahalo for your consideration. A Vision for Maunawili: Support the Purchase, Preservation & Restoration of Agricultural and Conservation Lands Our goal is for Maunawili to restore its vital and traditional role in the Kailua ahupua‘a as a place of free-flowing water, abundant agriculture, and rich cultural resources in Windward O‘ahu. We envision a voluntary conservation sale in partnership with government and community as a win-win solution for all involved, including the landowner HRT/Weinberg. Aloha Friends and Neighbors, Hui Maunawili Kawainui urges you to help save more than 900 acres of prime agricultural and conservation...

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Complete Streets – Kaneohe

From Mo Radke, Chair, Kaneohe Neighborhood Board I went to the complete streets community meeting at Windward Mall today.  I had concerns about road widenings and other bike and development-related concerns.  Here’s what I learned.   There is a walkabout on Tuesday at 2 – 4 pm at the Kāne‘ohe Community Park  (for map click here) I thought that 2 hours is a long time to be walking around and to stay standing but the time is to account for gathering, a short walk, some observations of Kamehameha Highway and return.   Following the walkabout there will be a community meeting at Windward Community College.  This meeting is not the typical – we-sit,-they-talk meeting.  I am very pleased to relay that this will be more of a design-thinking charrette and will ask for participant brainstorming and small group interaction to help inform and advise any future “complete streets” projects.  I’m very pleased that this is the method to discuss improvements.   The design map is focused on Kāne‘ohe town but extends Kam Hwy through He‘eia to Hygienic store and a section of Kāne‘ohe Bay Drive. Please see the attached map for locations and times.   Sunshine Law ALLOWS board member attendance and participation in this type of event.  We’ll just need to report out our activities at the next meeting.   Aloha, Mo...

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Share our streets with bikes, wheelchairs and pedestrians

Kaneohe Complete Streets Community Input Opportunities View this email in your browser Learn more about Complete Streets and Share Your Ideas for Kaneohe! The Complete Streets Program invites community input on solutions to make streets within Kaneohe safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, bus riders, and motorists.  The study focuses on Kamehameha Highway from Likelike Highway to Kahekili Highway, Haiku Road and Kahuhipa Street between Kahekili Highway and Kamehameha Highway and Kaneohe Bay Drive between Mokapu Saddle Road and Mokapu Boulevard. Area network roadway Keaahala Road between Kahekili Highway and Kamehameha Highway will also be studied. Visit the project page for a map of the project streets. We want to hear from you! A series of community events will take place and we are looking for your involvement. Tell us what needs improvement, what do you want to see in the future, and what would encourage you to walk, bike, or bus more often.EVENTS SCHEDULE Pop-Up Allows for community members to casually discuss the project while spending time at the mall. Saturday, April 7, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Windward Mall, near the food court elevator Walking Tour Allows the community to walk portions of the project corridors with planners and engineers to discuss current issues and opportunities for improvement.  Please bring water, sunscreen, walking shoes, and a hat for this event! Tuesday, April 10, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Kaneohe Community Park,...

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