Preliminary research doesn't suggest so. (click to enlarge)
This five-year (2010-2014) GIS map of pedestrian / motor vehicle incidents was generated by the Hawaii Health Department's Injury Prevention System Branch and can be found under their self-named heading, crash map.
What this map doesn't tell us however, are the number of unreported incidents and near-misses that occurred. I'm sure pedestrians attempting to cross Kalanianaole tell a different story. Regardless of empirical evidence, let's all exercise a little more caution with one another. One incidence dot is already one incidence dot too many.
I read about NOAA's proposed changes to the The Hawaiian Islands National Marine Sanctuary three months ago. I knew about the informational meeting held on April 28 in Niu Valley. In fact, I posted it to the event calendar, as I always do when there is an event relevant to the East Oahu area. So, imagine my amazement upon reading that Robin Jones, vice president of the Hawaii Kai Marina Association, which represents three Hawaii Kai shopping centers and about 2,000 commercial operators and residents, only heard about the planned designation last month. Really?
Truth is, I skimmed through the proposal in March and found nothing extraordinary about it. In short, there are four proposals currently on the table, one of them being status quo. Only two proposals, albeit including the recommended one, directly impacts Maunalua Bay,
Under proposals 3 and 4, the following area is added to the designation
Again, it is important to note that this affects just two of the four scenarios put forth by NOAA. The newly added Special Sanctuary Management Area (SSMA) would differ from the current designation only in a few ways. Notably, none of the changes would adversely affect Maunalua Bay users other than those that might remove signage, introduce invasive species, or chase whales. Admittedly, the proposal could affect fireworks launched from the Bay, but as Civil Beat reports, Malia Chow, sanctuary superintendent for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary said that if the regulations are adopted, NOAA may still allow fireworks. Overall, NOAA's goal in issuing these proposals is more administrative than anything. The primary purpose for proposals 2-4 is to streamline jurisdiction and remove overlapping authorities.
My take on Saturday's protesters is that they are well-meaning citizens spurred into action by Hawaii Kai Marina business owners with self-serving motives. I personally think that NOAA's overall plan for proposal 3 is prudent and I will submit my comments accordingly.
Note: This article was updated 1/18/2017
DONATE USED ITEMS:
Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the National Kidney Foundation and United Cerebral Palsy have teamed up to provide pickup of donations throughout Oahu. The easiest way to schedule a pickup is through their website, DonateTogetherHawaii.com
United Cerebral Palsy has attended sites at Aina Haina and Hahaione Elementary Schools.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters also has a drop-off bin in Kalama Valley at 501 Kealahou St. (gone as of 1/15/2017)
The Salvation Army can pick-up furniture donations. Schedule at SATRUCK.ORG, or call 800-728-7825
Extra plastic bags can always be used at the Hawaii Kai Dog Park. Dispensers are located near the park entrance.
THRIFT STORES AND HOURS, AS OF 5/27/2016: please check with store for latest information.
Leahi Thrift Shop - 3675 Kilauea Ave - Weds & Sat 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Holy Nativity - 5286 Kalanianaole Hwy - Wednesday & Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m./ Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Holy Trinity Catholic Church - 5919 Kalanianaole Hwy - Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Goodwill Kaimuki - 3638 Waialae Avenue (808) 737-3284 - for donations, please bring at least 1 hour prior to close
Monday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Hawaii Kai Community Bookstore - (Books Only) - Basement of Hawaii Kai Library on Lunalilo Hm Rd
Closed: Sun, Fri & library holidays
HI-5 AND OTHER RECYCLABLES
RRR Recycling - across from Costco next to Dog Park on Keahole St.
Mon - Fri: 9:15am - 4:45pm
Sat - Sun: 8:00am - 3:30pm
closed from 12:30 - 1pm for lunch
Accepts HI-5 recyclables, newspaper, bi-metal cans, Plastic PETE 1 &2 Please sort materials and leave caps off of plastic containers. No glass without Hi-5 label.
BULKY ITEM PICKUP:
Hawaii Kai's Bulky Pickup Day is the Fourth Wednesday of every month. According to the City's website, OPALA.ORG, Sector 8 encompasses: Niu Valley, Kuliouou, Hahaione Valley, Hawaii Kai, Mariner's Ridge, Portlock, Kalama Valley, and Queen's Gate. From Hawaii Loa Street to Kalama Valley.
The area from approximately Hawaii Loa Ridge through Kahala, Sector 7, has the Fourth Monday of every month as its Bulky Pickup Day. This area is defined as: Kahala, Waialae Nui, Kalani Valley, Waialae Iki, Aina Haina, Hawaii Loa Ridge, Wailupe Peninsula, and the Koko Head side of Diamond Head to the lighthouse. From 22nd Avenue and Hunakai Street to Hawaii Loa Street.
See City site for additional zones and locations.
Additional reading: City information on Hazardous Waste