COURTESY HAWAII STATE DOT
This artist's rendering shows the 1,800-stall parking structure at Honolulu Airport to be built by Dick Pacific for $39.2 million. CLICK FOR LARGE
Airport parking contract awarded
Contractor Dick Pacific will design and build a new 1,800-stall parking garage at Honolulu Airport.
The eight-story structure will sit on the current site of the 250-stall, open-air parking lot between the interisland and overseas terminals. A bridge from the top level of the new garage will connect two lanes of traffic and walkways for pedestrians to the interisland terminal parking structure.
Design work is expected to begin later this month with groundbreaking later this year. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of next year.
The state Department of Transportation selected Dick Pacific for the $39.2 million contract from among three finalists. The company is teamed with RIM Architects and Walker Parking Consultants to design the project.
There are 4,500 parking stalls at Honolulu Airport.
Since the interisland carrier fare war started, the interisland garage usually fills up during the week, said Scott Ishikawa, state DOT spokesman. On holiday weekends, both the interisland and overseas parking lots fill up, he said.
Work at waste water plant today
Maintenance at the Kailua Wastewater Treatment Plant today may cause an increase in noise and odors for the nearby neighborhood, the city warns.
The work at 95 Kaneohe Bay Drive will occur between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., when waste water flow volume is low.
City officials have alerted Aikahi Elementary School and nearby residents.
"We regret the inconvenience, but the work is absolutely necessary," said Eric Takamura, the city's Environmental Services director.
City to hold meeting on sewage
For those who want to know how Oahu's sewage system works and why the city is fighting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency about it, Mayor Mufi Hannemann will hold a community meeting on the topic next Wednesday .
The meeting will "provide the public with a factual overview of Oahu's wastewater treatment system, dispel misconceptions, and explain why the city is asking that the EPA continue to allow the city's Honouliuli and Sand Island wastewater treatment plants to operate with so-called 301(h) waivers from full secondary treatment requirements," a city news release says.
The meeting will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ewa Beach Public Library. City staff and consultants will make presentations and questions will be taken, a city spokesman said.
The EPA informed Honolulu of a tentative denial of its 301(h) waiver for the Honouliuli sewage plant in March, and is expected to take similar action for Sand Island this fall.
The EPA will hold a public hearing about its tentative denial of the Honouliuli waiver at 7 p.m. May 15 at Kapolei Middle School.
The EPA has extended the public comment period on the denial for Honouliuli's waiver to Aug. 27.
Lecture to focus on Mars craters
The "Enigmatic Craters of Mars" will be discussed by University of Hawaii planetary scientist Joseph Boyce at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 544, Pacific Ocean Science and Technology Building, 1680 East-West Road.
The free lecture, part of the Hawaii Space Lecture Series, is sponsored by the NASA Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center and the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology.
For more information, call 956-3132 or visit www.higp.hawaii.edu/prpdc.
First Hawaiian gives Red Cross $5,000
The American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter,
received $5,000 from the First Hawaiian Foundation
to support its major fundraising effort. The Red Cross is a nongovernment agency and relies on donations to provide disaster relief, training and emergency education to the state.
Sacred Hearts Academy is the only school from Hawaii to be named one of 25 finalists in the National Schools of Character awards program. If the academy is selected as a National School of Character by the Character Education Partnership, the school will receive $20,000.
Keanalu Chartrand of Hilo won the 2007 Hawaii Spirit of Youth Award from the Hawaii Youth Committee, under the Juvenile Justice State Advisory Council. The award recognizes a young adult who has overcome personal obstacles and made significant contributions.
Sallyann Pekelo, former volunteer coordinator for St. Francis Hospice since 1997, is now volunteer manager for the St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii. She joined the hospice as a dietary aide in 1991. She will be responsible for the recruitment and placement of volunteers at the health care system, hospice, Spiritual Services and Franciscan Adult Day Center.
"Shining Stars" runs Monday through Thursday.
Police, Fire, Courts
Crash leads to threat, then arrest
Police arrested a man who allegedly threatened two people following a traffic accident.
At about 9:35 Monday night in Pearl City, a 49-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman were involved in a minor traffic accident on Moanalua Road, police said. After the accident, the suspect pulled out a knife and threatened the woman and her juvenile passenger, police said.
Police arrested the man for investigation of two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening.
Internet sting nabs man on sex charge
A 54-year-old Kapolei man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of first-degree electronic enticement of a child.
Police arrested the man when he showed up at 9:05 a.m. yesterday at a Kakaako location to meet with someone he thought was a girl he met on the Internet.
Police said the man had agreed to meet with the "girl" to have sex.
Taxi driver held up by man with knife
A 20-year-old homeless man was charged yesterday with robbing a taxicab driver at knifepoint in Salt Lake.
Authorities charged Clifford Eugene Dunigan with second-degree robbery and set bail at $50,000.
Dunigan allegedly brandished a knife and robbed a taxi driver 2:45 a.m. Saturday in a residential area of Salt Lake.
He was arrested Monday afternoon at 2420 Kuhio Ave. in connection with various other offenses.
Husband arrested in attack on wife
Police arrested a 23-year-old man who allegedly pushed his wife, who hit her head on a countertop.
The pair got into an argument at their Salt Lake home about 7:45 Monday night, police said.
The suspect became enraged and shoved his 28-year-old wife, police said.
The woman was treated at Tripler Army Medical Center.
Police arrested the man for investigation of second-degree assault.
Man faces charges of sexual assault
Authorities charged a 62-year-old Waianae man Monday with three counts of third-degree sexual assault of a girl.
Police said Richard Kalua Ching Jr. inappropriately touched the juvenile.
The girl told police that a man inappropriately touched her on three occasions before Monday.
Police arrested Ching without incident at his home about 2 p.m. Monday. Bail was set at $25,000.
Man allegedly choked relative
Police arrested a 51-year-old Waianae man after he allegedly choked his 41-year-old stepdaughter until she became unconscious.
Police said the incident happened about 2:30 p.m. Monday at the man's home. He was also armed with a knife when he threatened his stepdaughter's roommate, a 41-year-old woman, police said.
The man was intoxicated at the time, police said. He was arrested for investigation of felony abuse and two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening.