Monday, August 13, 2018

Ko‘olauloa Sustainable Communities Plan

Posted by Bill Sager, This is not an official position of the Kaneohe Neighborhood Board.
This bill will determine the future of the Windward Coast and North Shore of Oahu. Do you want to Keep Country, Country? Make sure your opinion is heard.

Call to Action: Full Council Meeting Wednesday, August 15th at 10 a.m.
Oppose Ko'olauloa Sustainable Communities Plan Bill 1, CD1, 2017!
Defend Oahu Coalition opposes Bill 1, CD1, 2017 Koolauloa Sustainable Communities Plan because now, in its amended version, it expands the community growth boundaries for housing into Malaekahana. At the August 2nd, 2018 candidate forum, sponsored by the Kahuku Community Association, the majority of candidates running for the Senate, House and City Council representing Ko‘olauloa did not want changes to the Ko‘olauloa Sustainable Communities Plan (KSCP) community growth boundaries and did not want homes built in “North Lā‘ie.” The Honolulu Star Advertiser also supported keeping the KSCP community growth boundaries and no housing development in “North Lā‘ie.” Testimony at the last Council Planning Committee meeting noted that the planned homes, and city supported sewer and water lines, to be built in “North Lā‘ie” is actually south Malaekahana and is really the first increment in developing a second city in Malaekahana. The full council will vote on this bill at the upcoming August, 15th meeting, so it is important that everyone send in testimony and call or email their council members to oppose this amended Bill 1, CD1, 2017.
Submit Digital Testimony:
Here is the link to submit testimony on this bill: (Choose the planning committee.)
Meeting Date: 8/15/18
Committee: Planning
Agenda Item: Bill 1 AMENDED
Position: Oppose
Representing: (Your choice)
Do you wish to speak: (Your choice)
Written testimony: Suggested testimony: "I oppose Bill 1, CD1, 2017 Koolauloa Sustainable Communities Plan because now, in its amended version, it expands the community growth boundaries for housing into Malaekahana. I do not support an increase to the community growth boundary of La`ie into Malaekahana. I do not support housing development in “North Lā‘ie.” (Add additional comments if you want to.)
This proposed development will increase the development pressure along the entire windward coast and will substantially increase traffic on Kamehameha Hwy and Kanekili Hwy.
Call or email your Council Member:
Ask them to vote against Bill 1, CD1 2017 in its current form. Tell them that Bill 1, 2017 should be adopted with no amendments. (Also see suggested testimony above.)

Kimberly Pine
Ernie Martin

Monday, August 6, 2018

Hector will visit.

Hector is a category 4 hurricane expected to pass south of the Big Island on Wednesday 8/8.

It should be far enough south of the islands that winds should not be damaging but we can expect heavy rains and flash flooding.

The Red Cross is tentatively planning to open a shelter at Kaneohe District Park sometime Wednesday. If you live in flood prone areas you should plan to take refuge with a friend or come to the shelter. Pack you go-bag now. Food, water, medicines, flashlight, Don't plan on cooking. Camping supplies for two days. Be minimalist. If a lot of people show up space could be severly limited. Plan on leaving most of your supplies in your car.

Don't forget your pets. Pets will be accepted if they are in crates. Have sanitary supplies for your pets and for your family.

Shelter in place if you can. If your home can be flooded seek shelter with friends, in a hotel or as a last resort come early to the Kaneohe District Park Shelter. There will be no supplies at the shelter. You have to provide for your families comfort. Don't forget a few games or a set of card to keep the kids occupied.

This is all tentative. We will have more information Tuesday evening.
Track the storm click here

Monday, July 23, 2018

Candidate Forum Questionnaire Responses

Last Thursday night we held a very successful candidate forum which we had over 200 community members attend.  We were very happy to be a able to be able to be a tool that helped inform everyone of their options this election season.  Before this forum candidates received a questionnaire put together by the board.  To see the responses from this go to  Check the boxes of candidates or seats whose answers you would like to view.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Friday, June 1, 2018

Hurricane Season Starts June 1. Be Prepared to be on your own for at least 2 weeks. A category 3 storm will severely damage all our single wall homes. Have a plan to recover quickly. Learn how to protect your family and get you business humming again quickly. Your preparations will make the difference between tragedy and a relatively comfortable return to normal.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

FEMA Emergency Preparedness Webinars.

Individual and Community Preparedness eBrief

u s d h s f e m a
May 17, 2018

In this issue:

Prepare for Flooding During Hurricane Season

Evacuation Route Planning
Stay prepared for possible flooding throughout hurricane season. Whether you live in a hurricane-prone area or not, heavy rains or flooding may still affect you.

Flooding can happen during any season. Some areas of the country are at greater risk at certain times of the year. While coastal areas are at higher risk for flooding during hurricane season, the Midwest is more at risk in the spring and during heavy summer rains. Ice jams occur in the spring in the Northeast and Northwest. Even the deserts of the Southwest are at risk during the late summer monsoon season.

The FEMA 2016 National Household Survey reports that 4 in 10 emergency plans include an evacuation plan. Make sure you and your family prepare with these tips from
  • Know your flood risk.
  • Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans. Know where to go and how to get there should you need to get to higher ground, or to evacuate.
  • Make a flood emergency plan for the relevant type of local flood risk with plans such as evacuation, shelter, and locations for high ground.
  • Build or restock your emergency kit, including a minimum of three days of food and water, flashlight, batteries, cash, prescription medications and first aid supplies.
  • Consider buying flood insurance. Homeowners insurance and renters insurance do not typically cover flood damage.
  • Stay tuned to your phone alerts, TV, or radio for weather updates, emergency instructions, or evacuation orders.

For more flood safety information, download the How to Prepare for a Flood guide and watch the When the Clouds Form video.

Preparedness for Older Americans Month

Older Adult Preparedness
During Older Americans Month (May), make sure the older adults in your life prepare for emergencies. 

Identify what you and the older adults in your home may need to prepare. Include those needs in your emergency plan. Add any necessary items to your emergency supply kit. The Ready Campaign recommends that seniors consider the following:
  • Create a network of neighbors, relatives, friends, and co-workers to help you. Discuss your needs and make sure everyone knows how to use any equipment. You may want to discuss your needs with your employer.
  • Be ready with extra wheelchair batteries, oxygen, medication, food for service animals, and any other items you might need.
  • Keep written copies of your prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and allergy information in your emergency kit.
  • Make a list of the type and model numbers of the medical devices you need.
  • Talk with your medical providers about their emergency plans. Work with them to identify back-up service providers.
  • Have copies of health records. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provides an online tool to help people locate their electronic health records.
  • Plan with friends, family, or service providers in the event of an evacuation.

Find more information for older adults at  

When a Tornado Hits

Household Emergency Plan
Do you know how to react to tornado watch or warning? 

Know how to stay safe by seeking shelter and protecting your head. Most tornado injuries occur because of flying debris.

Do you know if your neighborhood is at risk for tornadoes? The tips to stay safe in a tornado are simple and easy to practice.

Whether you find yourself in a building, in a car or outside during a storm, provides the following actions to stay safe.

In apartments, houses, small buildings, or high-rises:   
  • Go to a designated area or safe room built to Federal Emergency Management Agency P-361 criteria or tornado storm shelter built to ICC 500 criteria.
  • If a safe room is not available or you are unable to move there safely, take shelter in a basement, storm cellar, or in the center of a small interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls.
  • In a high-rise building, go to a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.

In a mobile home or office:
  • Go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter. Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes.

Outside with no shelter              
  • Get into a vehicle, buckle your seatbelt, and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter. Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas.
  • Take cover in a stationary vehicle. Put the seatbelt on and cover your head with your arms and a blanket, coat or another cushion if possible.
  • Lie in an area lower than the level of the roadway and cover your head.
  • Do not get under an overpass or bridge.

For more information, visit the; download the How to Prepare for a Tornado guide, or watch the When the Storm Comes video.

Webinar - Protecting Your Organization: Resources, Partners, and Tips to Help Keep Your Office, House of Worship, or Community Center Safe

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiative and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Individual and Community Preparedness Division invite you to a webinar on Wednesday, May 23. This webinar features practices for faith-based and community organizations to engage in disaster preparedness activities. They will also receive information on FEMA’s Non-Profit Security Grant.

Title: Webinar - Protecting Your Organization: Resources, Partners and Tips to Help Keep Your Office, House of Worship, or Community Center Safe

Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Time: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET

How to Join the Webinar:
We hope that you will be able to join us on May 23! 

Important Dates to Remember

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Kaneohe Wastewater Pre-Treatment Facility night work alert

Kaneohe Wastewater Pre-Treatment Facility
Night Work

Sunday, May 13th - Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

This is to inform you that on the evening of Sunday, May 13, 2018, at approximately 11:00 p.m., the Tunnel Influent Facility (TIF) Contractor will begin a series of shutdowns to divert raw sewage flow from the Kaneohe Wastewater Pre-Treatment Facility (KWPTF) into the new Kaneohe/Kailua Sewer Tunnel. To complete the crossover, the TIF Contractor will need to remove a portion of two 36” active lines. Due to the nature of the work, it must be performed at night through the early morning hours when flows are at their lowest.  We anticipate work to be complete by the morning of Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

The only expected noise impacts during this shutdown will be the chipping of two 36-inch lines. Both the TIF Contractor, as well as the Construction Management Team will do their best to try to minimize this noise impact as much as possible.

This work is required to keep the KK Tunnel Program on schedule and meet the City’s June 30, 2018 Consent Decree deadline.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Construction Management Team via the 24-hour project hotline at (808) 445-9079 or email