The Hawaii Kai Goodwill donation shack has been removed from the Park and Ride near the Dog Park. I spoke to Goodwill, and there is no intent to bring it back. It was communicated to Goodwill that the Hawaii Kai community took issue with it, so it is permanently closed.
I've updated the Recycling page.
Thank you to everyone who participated in August's plant exchange. The exchange received a wide variety of new plants and cuttings. I was particularly touched by those of you thoughtful enough to start new cuttings and seedlings for us -- just for the sake of community.
Here's a picture of a cuban oregano plant with variegated leaves that was exchanged this month. It's both beautiful and fragrant.
The next plant exchange is once again, the first Tuesday of the month from 4-7 pm at Kaiser High School. We'll be there on September 6. Hope to see you there. Remember, it's a casual exchange. Bring something, take something, or just leave a donation to the Kaiser High School community. Everyone benefits.
August 4, 2016 - The Honolulu City Council unanimously approved a special management area use permit for expanding the former Kaiser Estate in East Oahu’s Portlock neighborhood on Wednesday. [Star Advertiser (paywall) - EBSCO link forthcoming]
August 3, 2016 - The H-1 freeway near the Koko Head overpass closed briefly, for about 30 minutes, as emergency crews responded to a man who had jumped from the overpass. The man was transported to the hospital and the freeway was reopened around 6:15 pm. [Star Advertiser]
August 3, 2016 - A community meeting was held to discuss Alexander and Baldwin's plan to build waterfront condominiums in Kahala at the intersection of Kahala Avenue and Hunakai Street. This was the last public hearing. The Department of Planning and Permitting will continue accepting written comments on the project through August 12th. [KITV]
August 3, 2016 - Gecko droppings are to blame for the false civil alert siren that sounded in Kuliouou Valley before 6:00 am. [KFIVE]
August 2, 2016 - The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) announced the inaugural meeting of the Maunalua Bay Recreation Advisory Committee for the purpose of community input on the regulation of safe ocean recreation in Maunalua Bay. The meeting will be held August 18 at Koko Head Elementary. [DLNR] [Agenda - PDF]
August 1, 2016 - A new pilot program based on a $200,000 grant allows victims of domestic abuse to receive immediate assistance rather than be given a referral. The Safe on Scene (SOS) program is being offered to HPD District 7 residents. The area includes Manoa, McCully, Moiliili, Kaimuki, Palolo, Diamond Head, Waialae, Kahala, Aina Haina, Kuliouou, Hawaii Kai, Kalama Valley, and Sandy Beach. [KHON]
August 1, 2016 - Radio Shack Hawaii Kai at Koko Marina Center has closed.
July 31, 2016 - Writer Lee Cataluna weighs in on Hawaiian Memorial Reefs' proposal to bury loved ones in cement in Maunalua Bay. Notably, she mentions that the company wouldn't answer questions posed by her or her colleagues at the Star Advertiser, but seemed eager to sell the plan to nonplussed local residents. She notes, "There is much to be said about this odd business endeavor, and much was said at the Wednesday meeting, but of note was the community's power to tell a developer, "Hey, slow your roll and answer our questions." The company was invited back to next month's neighborhood board meeting to continue the conversation. [Star Advertiser - library card req.]
July 31, 2016 - Police continue to look for two males who drew a weapon and robbed a 61-year old near Kahala Mall. [KFIVE]
July 30, 2016 - Marina land across from Costco to become boat storage rental. Hours of operation will be 7 a.m. to sunset. [Star Advertiser - library card req.]
July 29, 2016 - Mariners' Ridge residents in Hawaii Kai spied a thief on video. Video was posted to Nextdoor, a virtual neighborhood watch online. [HNN]
Beginning today, if you are registered to vote in Hawaii, you may cast your vote at any early voting location through August 11. Oahu early voting locations are:
- Honolulu Hale
530 South King Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Monday-Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Kapolei Hale City Hall
1000 Uluohia Street
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
Monday-Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Furthermore, at early walk-in locations, qualified Hawaii residents may now register and vote on the same day.
- For more information, please visit the Office of Elections Website.
Every time I drive by the new 7000 Hawaii Kai Drive building at the corner of Keahole Street and Hawaii Kai Drive, I'm struck by how large it appears. Today, my curiosity got the better of me. I looked up the largest residential complexes in Hawaii Kai to find out where the new building places in terms of housing units. Here's what I found:
|Condominium or Apartment Name||TMK #||Address||Units|
|1||2002||PENINSULA AT HAWAII KAI||139008016||520 LUNALILO HOME ROAD||658|
|2||1974||MAUNA LUAN THE||139070004||511 HAHAIONE ST||433|
|3||1999||LALEA AT HAWAII KAI||139008042||7080 - 7200 HAWAII KAI D||293|
|4||2016||7000 HAWAII KAI DRIVE – NEW||139008043||7000 HAWAII KAI DR||269|
|5||1973||ESPLANADE THE||139008009||500 LUNALILO HOME RD||250|
|6||1969||KUAPA ISLE||139008001||156 OPIHIKAO WAY||234|
|7||1993||KALELE KAI||139008030||ONE KEAHOLE PL||219|
|8||1973||PLAZA HAWAII KAI THE||139070001||6770 HAWAII KAI DR||146|
|9||1973||HERITAGE HOUSE HAWAII-KAI||139008001||6710 HAWAII KAI DR||135|
|10||1972||MT TERRACE||139035013||250 KAWAIHAE ST||126|
The new building isn't included in the DCCA listing: it is 100 percent rental unit and not a condominium. However, relative to the other complexes in Hawaii Kai, it places fourth with 269 units of its own reporting. In addition to being surprised by its size, I was also surprised at how nearly all of the other large complexes are over 20 years old. Many are even older than 40 years old.