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West Loch Shoreline Park and Leeward Bike Way Happenings

March 2021

Contractor currently working on Kapolei Parkway crossing between Renton Road and Kolowaka Drive. Crossing work to continue to the end of February 2021.  Work will then move to constructing a bikeway between Philippine Sea Road and Kapolei Parkway. Bridgework will start when all the required permits are obtained. Estimated completion of the project from Philippine Sea Road to Waipahu Depot Road is Spring 2023.

November 2020

The Contractor building the Leeward Bikeway determined that minor design changes were going to be required at the Kapakahi and Waikele bridges in Waipahu due to unanticipated utility services crossing the bridges. The contractor now will start construction at Philippine Sea and Renton Rd in Ewa and work east. We need the West Loch Shoreline Path rehabilitated as soon as possible. Please call the Mayor’s office and ask that the West Loch Shared Use Path and Bridge be rehabilitated before the Leeward Bikeway is completed.

April 2020

Council Chair Emeritus Ron Menor was informed by the Managing Director of Honolulu that the City is unable to use CIP funds appropriated in the FY 2020 Budget to rehabilitate the West Loch Shared Use Path and Bridge because the Petition for Designation of Easements between the City and the WLF Association has not completed the Land Court process.  This could take up to 2 years. This excuse is disingenuous. There are 2 miles of pathway and the bridge over Honouliuli Stream that is not affected by the Easement process. Please call the Mayor’s office and ask that the West Loch Shared Use Path and Bridge be rehabilitated before the Leeward Bikeway is completed. 

March 2020

The HDOT has selected a contractor to complete phase 1 of the Leeward Bikeway. Work should begin mid 2020 and be completed in 2022

November 17, 2019

The HDOT is in the process of bidding out the Leeward Bikeway work with an approximate completion date of mid-2021. In sept 2018 the Ewa Neighborhood Board #23 approved a resolution asking the City to procure the funding and to complete needed work to restore and maintain the Kapapapuhi Shoreline Park Shared Use Path including replacing the metal catwalk bridge crossing Honouliuli Stream. Bill 11 (2019) provided the 1.98 million in funding to repave the pathway and replace the bridge.

With the Leeward Bikeway project moving forward I ask that you call or email Mayor Caldwell and ask him to release $1.98 million to repair and refurbish the Kapapapuhi Shoreline Park Path and Bridge.

Leeward Bikeway Project Fact Sheet

To read previous posts on this subject.

HNL Info Service and App

From KHON 2 Published:

City Launches New Emergency Notification Service, Mobile App

The city is urging Honolulu residents to download its new notification app to receive key alerts should emergencies occur.

HNL Info is available for both iPhone and Android, and offers updates on severe weather alerts, traffic incidents, and other emergency situations. It was developed in-house by the Department of Information Technology. “We want to make sure that the people of this island, about a million people who live on the island, and about 100,000 visitors who are on our island on any given day, are prepared for any kind of emergency, whether it be a hurricane, a tsunami, an earthquake, or king tide,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. The city has been using the notification service, Nixle, since August 2010 to send out alerts via text messages and emails. Roughly 45,000 residents had signed up for the service. “Nixle has been doing this program for free for all of us, and we’ve really appreciated it and want to thank Nixle, but they’ve informed they’re going to start charging us for this program,” Caldwell said. Nixle told the city it would have to start charging one cent per text message. Over time, that charge would have cost the city an estimated $400,000 to $500,000. “We’re always looking to reduce our costs, to manage our expenses, and (with HNL Info) we’ve come up with a way to do that without having to spend more taxpayer money,” Caldwell said.

HNL Info links: Website | Mobile app on iPhone, Android

There are two ways to receive alerts — download the app and allow for push notifications, or create an online account that can send you text messages and emails. Alerts are broken down by category (fire, police, road closures, weather, etc.) and urgency (urgent, routine, informational), and you can pick and choose which ones to receive. You can view the alerts online without creating an account, while the app also offers information on community and city events, including festivals, parades, and hearings. “It has all the features that Nixle has and a lot more. We also think that the messages will be delivered in a much more timely fashion than with Nixle. We can send out basically hundreds of thousands of messages in under a second,” said Mark Wong, director and chief information officer, Department of Information Technology.

Officials encourage residents to download HNL Info or register online to continue receiving alerts before the city discontinues its Nixle use at the end of the month, and as we head into the Central Pacific Hurricane Season, which begins June 1. The long-term goal, officials say, is to turn HNL Info into the go-to digital platform for city-related services and transactions. Users will eventually be able to use the app to report things like potholes, broken lights, and more. “As we develop this concept, we anticipate we’re going to have things like renew your driver’s license or motor vehicle registration, online transactions with the city,” Wong said. “We’re really consolidating all the city functions with the public into one site.”

We reached out to the Hawaii Department of Public Safety and the Hawaii Police Department on Hawaii island. Both use the Nixle alert system. Hawaii County police say it still plans to use Nixle despite the new costs. Meanwhile, DPS will weigh different cost options to determine if its partnership with Nixle will continue.

Accessory Dwelling Units: New City and County of Honolulu Ordinance 15-41 Not Allowed in WLF

On September 14, 2015 Mayor Caldwell sign into law Bill 20 (2015), CD1:

To amend chapter 21, revised ordinances of Honolulu 1990, as amended (The land use ordinance), relating to accessory dwelling units (ADUs). The purpose of this ordinance is to establish ADUs as a permitted use in all residential zoning districts, to encourage and accommodate the construction of ADUs, increase the number of affordable rental units and alleviate the housing shortage in the City, and to establish land use standards for those ADUs.

Fortunately or unfortunately depending on your point of view, the West Loch Fairways DCC&Rs do not allow the membership to add an ADU to their property, as noted below:

Article III Section 3.02 Residential Lots: Uses and Restrictions (a) Subject to subsection 3.02(ii) below, only one Family (including domestic servants and transient guests) shall occupy each Lot, and each Owner shall construct only one detached or duplex single-family Residence (which may include a guest room without a kitchen connected to the main dwelling) on any Lot designated for single-family residential purposes.

The September  20, 2015 edition of the Honolulu Star Advertiser included an ADU Q&A  article: Accessory dwelling units zero in on housing woes, by Andrew Gomes, which answers most questions one would have regarding an ADU. Honolulu Star Advertiser’s Kokua Line also provides information in its article  Rules of a homeowners hui override city ADU precepts.

Our Messy Monkey Pod Trees Are Making Us Healthier

I am sure most of us have grumbled one time or another about the tree rubbish found throughout our neighborhood.  After reading the linked articles and scientific study you may find that removing that gummy monkey pod from your slipper or sweeping the piles of leaves that build up in your yard isn’t such a bad thing after all.

A study published last month in the journal Scientific Reports suggest that people who live in areas with higher street tree density report better health perception and fewer cardio-metabolic conditions compared with their peers living in areas with lower street tree density. According to the study, improving health perception and decreasing cardio-metabolic conditions by planting 10 more trees per city block is equivalent to increasing the income of every household in that city block by more than $10,000.

Scientific Reports Article – Neighborhood greenspace and health in a large urban center

Washington Post Article or PDF

LA Times Article or PDF

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