“Click of the Week”

I just noticed that the Maui Time Weekly has a column called “Click of the Week”.

Doug over at Poinography was recently their “Click of the Week”.

Congratulations Doug!

Now start blogging more actively again. ;)

Today’s KO

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Mokulele Olelo Lolo?

I won’t say that I understand or speak Hawaiian, so I might be wrong in assuming the following.

Mokulele Airlines… What a strange name.

Doesn’t Mokulele mean “Airline” in Hawaiian?

So isn’t this kind of like calling it “Airline Airlines”?

Kind of like “Pahoa” means “Dagger” in Hawaiian.

That makes the Pahoa Dagger Sports teams the “Dagger Daggers?”

Quote From Former Employee of New Department of Public Works Director

I normally wouldn’t quote an “anonymous” source, but this person is ohana so I can trust them and they wished to remain anonymous when telling me this.

“Warren Lee came over from Oahu to help fix the way things were running at HELCO…. and HE DID!”

Department of Public Works Director Named

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi today named former HELCO president Warren H.W. Lee as new Director of Public Works for the County of Hawaii.

Lee’s appointment fills a key position in the Mayor’s cabinet. Kenoi was sworn in as Mayor on Dec. 1.

Lee was named president of HELCO in 1991and retired earlier this year after 36 years with the company. He worked previously as project engineer for the Board of Water Supply for the City and County of Honolulu and he’s a retired Lieutenant Colonel with the United States Army Reserve.

Lee, 61, is a highly skilled, experienced and well-respected executive engineer who is expected to bring new ideas and strong leadership skills to the Department of Public Works, Kenoi said. “He’s perfect for the job.”

Lee brings a measure of leadership ability to the job that promises to result in better customer service from the County, said County Managing Director William Takaba. “He’ll bring a lot of new ideas and energy to the job.”

Lee’s immediate goal is to “quickly learn as much as possible,” create a vision for the Department and accomplish its mission, he said.

“Mayor Kenoi promised change in the way the County serves it residents,” said Lee. “I’ll be that agent of change.”

Since retiring from HELCO, Lee has been actively volunteering with numerous local non-profit and charitable organizations, including Hawaii Island United Way, North Hawaii Community Hospital board, Hawaii Island Food Basket, American Heart Association and Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce.

A registered Professional Engineer, Lee was graduated from University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1970 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He received a Masters degree in business from Chaminade University in 1991.

The county’s Public Works Department is responsible for public and private building construction and inspections; construction, inspection and maintenance of public streets, highways, bridges and drainage facilities; design, operation and maintenance of traffic signals and traffic control devices; engineering matters and all other public works projects.

283 Accidents Reported Along H-130 from 2004 – 2006 and An Interesting Note at the Bottom

I received a freaking packet of papers that cost $4.80 in just mailing costs yesterday for our upcoming 6 hour meetings spread out over 2 days beginning Monday at Keaau Elementary School.   There must have been over 50 – 70 pages in this buggah and a lot of it was just review from previous meetings.

I’ve been spending all morning trying to sort through this stuff… and I’m getting a headache from trying to figure this stuff out.  I’m no damn effing highway engineer…

Quick Rant:

How the hell I’m a suppose to know the difference between a “paved swale” and a concrete “jersey” median? Do we go 2 lanes… 3 lanes… 4 lanes… or no lanes!  ARGH!  U-Turns…. WTF… not on H130!  I can’t believe someone would even suggest a thing :(  I do see talks about burying the power lines as I requested :) And what the hell are Elements d-1 through c-4 Combo 1 Kp road supposed to stand for?  Throwing fruit at me now… PEAR!  (Puna Emergency Access Road)  (IF I CAN TYPE THIS UP AND PUT IT ONLINE… WHY CAN”T THEY!)

Part of the packet we received were the accident rates that we previously requested from the state.  Quite an interesting message noted at the bottom in bold!

The following number of accidents were reported at the following intersections of Keaau-Pahoa Road (Highway 130) from 2004 – 2006.

Cross-street location and amount of accidents in 3 year period studied:

  • Volcano Road 31
  • Milo Street 6
  • Kukula Street 4
  • Access to Old Keaau-Pahoa Road 18
  • Opukahala Street 0
  • Transfer Station 6
  • Pohaku Drive/Shower Drive 16
  • Pohaku Place 6
  • Kaloli Drive 16
  • Pohaku Circle 3
  • Orchidland Drive 13
  • Paradise Drive 17
  • Aulii Street 4
  • Makuu Drive 24
  • Ilima Street 1
  • Ainaloa Boulevard 37
  • Ka Ohuwalu Drive 1
  • Kaluahine Street/Aulani Street 3
  • Old Pahoa (Government) Road 26
  • Kahakai Boulevard 23
  • Homestead Road (W) 3
  • Homesead Road (E) 2
  • Pahoa Kapoho Road 13

*The State of Hawaii, Department of Transportation, has provided this traffic accident information under the protection of 23 USC 402(k) and 409. This information may not be used in federal or State court proceeding in any action for damages arising from any occurrence at a location mentioned or addressed in the information provided.

Comment on H-130

Feel free to write comments or suggestions here.

I’m on the State Highway 130 Advisory Task Force for this project.

If you would like to fill in a quick one question comment that will be documented off this website you may do so by clicking here

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TMT Poll

I just noticed that worldwide survey was conducted on the best locations for the TMT project.

I had never heard about the survey before today:

So I decided I would run a my own poll.

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Pahoa High & Intermediate Schools Ho’olaulea and Arts & Crafts Sale This Saturday

After your through watching the Pahoa Parade which starts at 10:00 this Saturday, why don’t you head over to Pahoa High & Intermediate School and support the schools Christmas Ho’olaulea and Arts & Crafts Sale.

It’s a great event that happens rain or shine!