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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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Prevent rat lungworm disease

Legislation to address Rat Lungworm Disease, HB474 HD1, crossed over last week where it is being considered by the Senate. The Hawai‘i State Department of Health urges the public to take the following 10 precautions to prevent rat lungworm disease: Carefully inspect and wash and all fruits and vegetables under running water, especially leafy greens, in order to remove any tiny slugs or snails, regardless of whether the produce came from a local retailer, farmers’ market or backyard garden. Wash fruit before peeling or cutting it. Even if the fruit has a rind you won’t be eating, like pineapple, it should be scrubbed before being sliced so there’s no chance of contamination as the knife passes through the rind or peel into the edible flesh. Store all food and drinks in sealed containers to prevent contamination. Cook your produce. Heating veggies to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit for a minimum of 15 minutes will kill any parasites. Control snail, slug and rat populations—especially around home gardens—to curtail the spread of rat lungworm disease. Make sure to follow label instructions when using bait, and keep pets and children away. Gardeners, farmers, food handlers and processors should increase diligence in controlling slugs, snails and rats on the farm and in processing/packaging facilities. Don’t drink from the garden hose. Tiny slugs and snails can crawl into the hose opening and be swallowed. Supervise children playing outside, especially while on...

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KNB Blog Fireworks 171229

In Hawaii we celebrate the New Year with fire works. Doing so requires a permit and arial fireworks are only permitted if you are a professional rocketeer. Hotels and Communities throughout the State sponsor beautiful airial fireworks displays. Unfortuately, my of our local people still want to celebrate the old tradition with their personal fireworks displays.  The Honolulu Police Department responds to hundreds of reports of airial fireworks being used ilegaly.  The problem is most of those calls are not specific enough for the police to take action. When you report a violation give a specific location. You can report a violation ananomouly, but it reallly helps the police to have a contact person. Give as detailed information as possible. Give a specific address if you have it and give a discription of who, what, when and how a violation is happening. “Rockets and bombs are being fired by a large man and his children. The man ignites his fire works from the middle of the street. He is wearing a red T-Shirt and bluegenes. His fireworks are stored in the bed of his pickup license number HNL123.” The more information you can provide the better the chance of an effective prosecution. Police can only issue a citation if they observe the illegal activity. The police need your help. Every year, people are injured and fires are started by...

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Critical Red Cross Services

The Red Cross is a vital component in response to disasters large and small. Most of its work is done by volunteers. This is a summary of the work done by 47 Red Cross volunteers to help residents of the Marco Polo Condo during the recent fire. Aloha Kakou, It has been five weeks since the tragic fire at the Marco Polo occurred, an event that developed into the largest non-storm response we have had in the last few years. It is with extreme pride that I can say that we have been getting high praise from residents, government/community partners, building representatives and others for the speed of our response and the assistance that we have been able to provide. This is all thanks to the speed with which the 47 volunteers stepped forward at various stages to assist with everything from sheltering to moving materials, from providing casework to washing cots. MAHALO to them all! To date, we have managed to: Establish a rallying point at Ala Wai Community Park for about 200 residents, allowing them a safe place to sit, get some water and wait while the firefighters battled the blaze Provide safe shelter at Iolani School for 112 residents who didn’t have a place to go that night. Assist residents with reconnecting with their loved ones and encourage them to register on the Safe and Well website...

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