SINKHOLE!

Sinkhole!

Sinkhole in the RoadSo what’s up with this large sinkhole crater at the Diamond Head end of the Ala Moana Beach Park access road? The hole manifested itself as a shallow pothole on September 13. City & County of Honolulu officials closed the Diamond Head end of the access room late that afternoon to motorists. The road has been closed ever since. No one with a motorized vehicle can access this stretch of roadway. Entry and exit into Ala Moana Beach Park by motor vehicle can only be gained from the Ewa end of the access road.

The access road’s sidewalk is still accessible by bicyclists and pedestrians. Good for the walkers and runners who frequent one of Honolulu’s most popular parks.

As these photos show, the sinkhole started as a small depression. City engineers decided the depression was a larger problem. So they decided to dig in and today this is what we have. A large rectangular shaped hole in the middle of the road filled with stagnant water.

I’ve heard guesstimations that the city will take at least a month to get the hole filled and the roadway repaired. Hopefully the process can be accelerated. We’ll see. No one is holding their breath on when the city will fix the hole. Most government projects take longer than anticipated. Furthermore no one knows how much will it cost to fix the hole. We’ll see.

Until then, happy walking in through the Diamond Head end. Your vehicle is not welcomed.

UPDATE: As of 9:30 am this morning the water in the hole has been filled up with new gravel. It is quite possible the whole thing will be fixed by Monday if not earlier.

Sinkhole In the RoadThe less than humble beginning of the Ala Moana Beach Park access road sinkhole.

Sinkhole in the RoadAs of September 21 the sinkhole was huge and filled with stagnant water.

Sinkhole In the RoadThe first roadblock on the access road just outside the Waikiki Yacht Club. Perhaps the rich people who go there may push the city into completing the repairs sooner rather than later.

Sinkhole in the RoadThis detour sign is not for motorists as the roadway is blocked several yards away from this area.

Sinkhole in the RoadThe road is closed from the Diamond Head entry of the Magic Island parking lot to the Diamond Head entryway on Ala Moana Boulevard.

We’ll follow up with progress and more photos of the sinkhole. Hopefully it will be gone soon.

Legislature Votes on Rail Tax Extension & Increase – Hawaii Political Platter

Hawaii State Capitol

Saving rail is more important than saving the taxpayers.

This is the conclusion that I have come to at the close of this week’s “special session” in which legislators chose to extend the General Excise Tax surcharge to fund rail by another 3 years to 2030 and levy an increase to the Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT) charged statewide on all hotel and travel accommodations. The result of the tax increase and extension will be far reaching into peoples’ pocketbooks for years and decades to come.

Read my commentary at the Hawaii Political Platter Blog.

Source: Legislature Votes on Rail Tax Extension & Increase – Hawaii Political Platter

Mayor Signs Bill to Ban Plastic Bags

Honolulu Hale (City Hall)

Among the 4 bills signed into law this month, the mayor decided to ban plastic bags. Ordinance 17-37 (Bill 59) will put a permanent ban on plastic bags given or sold to customers at the check-out line at business establishments.

There will be exemptions on plastic bag use within a store or other business for specific uses:

  • Bags used by customers inside a business to package loose items,
    such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, ground coffee, grains, candies, or
    small hardware items:
  • Bags used to contain or wrap frozen foods, meat or fish, flowers or
    potted plants, or other items to contain dampness;
  • Bags used to protect or transport prepared foods, beverages, or
    bakery goods;
  • Bags provided by pharmacists to contain prescription medications;
  • Newspaper bags for home newspaper delivery:

Read the bill to get the entire list of plastic bag exemptions.

This is the latest law signed by the mayor that is anti-business and anti-consumer.

Another bill signed by the mayor into law is one that bans the use of electronic devices (Ordinance 17-39 / Bill 6 – 2017) by pedestrians while in a crosswalk. It is similar to a law that bans motorists from using a device while driving.

The latest list of bills signed into law by the mayor is listed below:

2017 Ordinances

Ordinance 17-37 – Relating to bags provided to customers.

Ordinance 17-38 – Relating the maintenance of channels, streambeds, streambanks and drainageways.

Ordinance 17-39 – Relating to mobile electronic devices.

Ordinance 17-40 – Relating to the Land Use Ordinance.

Ordinance 17-40 [Bill 79 (2015), CD2] – To amend Chapter 21, Revised Ordinances of Honolulu 1990, as amended (The Land Use Ordinance), relating to the Land Use Ordinance.

Short Takes on Hawaii News, Events and Announcements

Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa’s Town Meeting

Public Meeting with Congresswoman Hanabusa
U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa held a town meeting yesterday (May 9) at McKinley High School in Honolulu where she answered mostly partisan questions regarding issues effecting Hawaii and the nation. During the Q & A Rep. Hanabusa addressed a number of issues including federal budgeting items for the military, social services, rail and more. She also touched upon the Hawaii marine preserve, Hawaiian governance, sanctuary cities, education and the firing of FBI Director James Comey. Approximately 60 people attended the meeting.

Photo: Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa poses for pictures with two of her supporters.

More @ The Hawaii Political Platter Blog

Honolulu International Airport Renamed The Daniel K.  Inouye International Airport

Take Off The Honolulu International Airport has recently undergone a name change. The airport is now called the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. The State of Hawaii airport website for the airport has changed to reflect the new name, as well as the signage on the premises. The airport will retain the PHNL and HNL airline codes.

Daniel K. Inouye was Hawaii’s longtime Senator serving in Washington DC from 1963 to 2012. While naming the airport is an honor for the Senator, it certainly does not say “Hawaii” as the old name, Honolulu International Airport.

Photo: Airliner taking off from airport’s reef runway.

Additional News Links

The Hawaii Republican Party will be holding its annual convention this weekend, May 12 and 13 on the island of Kauai at the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort. New state officers are to be elected and party rules updated.

Actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson may run for President of the United States. At this early stage nothing can be discounted, though it would seem that Hollywood Celebrities such as Donald Trump, Ronald Reagan, Clint Eastwood, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sonny Bono turned their celebrity status and name recognition into political success. It certainly takes a lot of money and name recognition to be elected. Hawaii connection for Mr. Johnson? He lived in Hawaii when he was a teenager.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) in Hawaii is having two “resource day” events on May 11 and 17. The May 11 event will be at the Ewa Beach Location of American Savings Bank. The one on May 17 will be at the Kaimuki Branch of The Bank of Hawaii. More details and registration at this link: SBA – Hawaii.

Hawaiian Airlines is having another one of their monthly ticket sales for inter-island flights for as low as $68 each way (depending on distance to destination). The deadline for reservations is tomorrow, May 11. The price for inter-island tickets have certainly rose in recent years when most flights sell for nearly $100 each way.

Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday, May 14. Don’t forget to honor your Mom with gifts and love. For unique gift suggestions visit this link: A Greener Daily Life. While it may be too late for some gifts, just remember that it is for “Mom” and that every day is “Mother’s Day”.

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming: Town Halls and Honolulu City Council Meetings

TOWN HALL MEETINGS

U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa, Congresswoman for Hawaii’s First Congressional District will hold a town hall meeting on Tuesday, May 9 at McKinley High School Cafeteria in Honolulu. The public meeting will be held from 7 to 9:00 pm.

U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono is holding a town meeting today (Sat. May 6) at Kaimuki High School from 10:00 to 11:30 am.

Honolulu Hale (City Hall)

HONOLULU CITY COUNCIL MEETING

The Honolulu City Council will be holding a public meeting at Honolulu Halé in the City Council Chamber on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 starting at 10:30 a.m. Several high profile bills and resolutions are on the agenda including measures to fund the $10 billion rail project.

The meeting agenda is online and can be downloaded as a PDF from this link: AGENDA 5-10-2017.

Persons wishing to testify are requested to register by 10 a.m. as follows: a. On-Line at http://www.honolulu.gov/ccl-testimony-form.html; b. By faxing to 768-3826 your name, phone number and subject matter; c. By filling out the registration form in person; or d. By calling 768-3814 or 768-3813.