Dept. of Transportation Monthly Newsletter
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Dedication of Kapalama Container Terminal Phase 1 and Groundbreaking of Phase 2 By: Shelly Kunishige
Photos: Carter Luke
From left: House Trans. Committee Chair Henry Aquino, Pasha Senior VP Michael Caswell, DOT Dep. Dir. for Harbors Derek Chow, HHUG Executive Dir. Gary North, Pasha President and CEO George Pasha IV, Gov. David Ige, DOT Dir. Jade Butay, Kiewit Project Manager Kyle Nakamura, Senate Trans. Committee Chair Chris Lee, and Kahu Kordell Kekoa.
The Hawai’i Department of Transportation (HDOT) dedicated the Kapalama Container Terminal (KCT) Phase 1 and broke ground on Phase 2 of the project designed to improve cargo handling capabilities at the hub of Hawaii’s commercial harbor system in a small ceremony March 1, 2021. KCT Phases 1 & 2 are the centerpiece of the Harbor Modernization Program, which developed capital improvement projects to meet the needs of the shipping industry in
partnership with HDOT, the Hawai’i State Legislature, and the Hawaii Harbor Users Group (HHUG). KCT Phase 1 was completed on schedule and as budgeted with a cost of $174 million. “The need for expansion and investment in Honolulu Harbor has been recognized for decades,” said Governor David Ige. See DEDICATION continued on page 8
CONNECTING THE DOTs Editor-in-Chief: Lynn Araki-Regan Managing Editor: Rae Nguyen Copy Editors: Juli Chun Daniel Garcia
Kapalama Container Terminal ................ 1
Contributors: Rex Akutagawa Shelly Kunishige Randall Landry Carter Luke Cy Duvauchelle Diana Lopera Maaza Mekuria Pasha
Bilingual Volunteers .................................2 Message from Director ........................... 3 Administration ......................................... 4 Airports ..................................................... 6 Harbors ..................................................... 8
Column Writers: Jade Butay Rey Domingo Melanie Martin Darren Cantrill
Highways .................................................10 Climate Ready Hawaii .......................... 14 Arrivals & Departures .......................... 15
Call for Bilingual Employee Volunteers By: Randall Landry
In a multicultural and demographically diverse state like Hawai’i, the need for language interpretation and provision of language access services remains ever-constant. Providing language access services to members of the public requesting them is both a legal requirement and a practical obligation when providing public services or managing government programs. As set forth in Presidential Executive Order 13166 and codified in state law in Section 321C of the Hawai’i Revised Statutes, in a nutshell, state agencies must provide language access services on request and plan for such needs accordingly. Each agency also needs to have an appointed language access coordinator. For us at HDOT, and as you have likely seen from my occasional emails, that’s me! And, hat in hand and with all respect to all the hard work everyone at HDOT does, I humbly request your time and attention to consider being a volunteer bilingual employee. What does this mean for you, if you do volunteer? You would not be expected to be the first line in handling any and all incoming language
interpretation requests – the state has access to a master contract establishing over-the-phone interpretation services on demand. Instead, you will be called in the event that, say, the phone lines are down or an immediate emergency is occurring. Even with this in mind, you as a potential volunteer should discuss these responsibilities with your supervisor and ensure there will not be any concerns or issues with volunteering. If you would like to volunteer as a bilingual employee for the Hawai’i DOT bilingual employee directory, please do so via the online form found HERE or, if you do not have access to this link or reading a hard copy of this month’s newsletter, speak to your supervisor or manager with email and internet access to obtain a hard copy of the form to fill out and submit. As always, if you have any questions for me with regards to language access requirements and services, or require assistance in obtaining a copy of the volunteer bilingual employee form, email email@example.com or call (808) 831-7921.
Message from our Director
By: Jade Butay
Aloha HDOT ‘Ohana: It has been approximately one year since Governor David Ige signed the First Emergency Proclamation relating to COVID-19. This has been a year of challenges for our family and friends impacted by the economic downturn. Nevertheless, things are starting to look up; more vaccines are becoming available, the state Council on Revenues revised their projections and is now estimating the reduction in tax collection will be 2.5% instead of the 6.5% they were predicting in January, and the federal COVID-19 relief package passed. The passage of this relief package will allocate approximately $6.1 billion to the State and provides more flexibility in use of these funds than previous grants. Not to get stuck on the topic of money, but this relief package is huge for the Department. Airports Division will receive approximately $144 million. The State House Finance Committee, no longer facing the near insurmountable challenge of balancing a budget with a $1.4 billion shortfall, decided not to raid our special funds. You’ve all shown what we can do with these special funds. On March 1, we held a very small, socially distanced dedication of Phase 1 of the Kapalama Container Terminal and broke ground on Phase 2. The Kapalama Container Terminal, when completed, will be hugely transformational for our hub and spoke harbors system. The combined land and water side improvements will add 40% to our shipping capacity and remove 50,000 truck trips from Nimitz Highway. I’m proud to note that Phase 1 finished on time and on budget! On the topic of budget, the Council of Revenues has revised their forecast based on the trends in travel to Hawai’i. Right now, incoming volumes are stabilizing at 40-50% of pre pandemic rates and we do have Spring Break travel season coming. Safe Travels has allowed us to safely revitalize our economy and we’re looking forward to the future with possible vaccine passports. These developments fill me with hope that we can soon return to a new normal, but please be aware that there is concern with variants such as the South African variant being detected in Hawai’i. I know that there are many more challenges ahead, but I wanted to acknowledge the ongoing sacrifice, hard work, and commitment from everyone at HDOT. It’s been amazing to witness what an important role the Department plays in improving the lives of so many in Hawaii -- and for that, I am most grateful. Mahalo, Jade Butay Director
Administration Wellness Corner: March is National Nutrition Month!
By: Melanie Martin
Originally created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Nutrition Month is a nutrition education campaign focusing on the importance of making healthy food choices.
2. Remember it takes 11 tries for kids to like something.
The American Heart Association encourages everyone to reduce your risk for heart disease, stroke and other diseases by eating healthier.
3. Don’t force a child to clean their plate.
So keep serving them broccoli! Let them inspect it, and ask them to take at least one bite.
Teach them to eat only until they are full. The recommended portion for children is one tablespoon per age of the child.
In a recent email, Jacob Pennington with the American Heart Association, shared tips on eating healthier. He also shared something interesting, and that is how to feed picky eaters, especially kids. Does your household have at least one of those? Here are 5 tips for dealing with picky eaters: 1. Prepare one meal that everyone likes. Don’t make special meals for the picky eater.
4. Shop and cook with your kids.
Let them pick out produce for dinner and let them do age appropriate cooking tasks like stirring or measuring ingredients. Involving them will
5. Serve kids (and adults) fruits and veggies during snack time when they are at their hungriest, but not too close to dinner. Serving salty chips, cookies or even sugary granola bars and artificially-flavored gummy ‘fruit’ snacks can be a quick option, but not the healthiest solution. PAGE 4
Administration Tax Scams to Watch Out for This Tax Season By: Darren Cantrill Tax related online scams remain a popular type of phishing scam (see December newsletter for more information about phishing).
restricted” - you may receive an email that states your tax return is locked or restricted and the only way to unlock is to submit your personal information. Always call the IRS directly to deal with your tax returns.
Below are a few stats to keep things in perspective.
• “Update your tax filing information” – you may receive another type of email that requests your personal information. Always call the IRS directly to deal with your tax returns.
• Younger people reported losing money to fraud more often than older people: Age 20 – 29 = 40% | Age 70+ = 18%
• “Tax payment was deducted from your account” – a different email (or a potential phone recording) informing you that a payment was deducted from your bank account. Always watch your accounts closely and monitor your online transactions.
• When people older than 70+ had a loss, the median loss was much higher: Age 20 – 29 = $400 | Age 70 – 79 = $621 Age 80+ = $1092 • Imposter Scams: o 1 in 5 people lost money ($328 million reported lost)
Here are five tips to keep safe during tax season: 1. Be aware that the IRS does not initiate taxpayer communications through email – EVER!
• Identity Theft: 23% credit card fraud | 46% tax fraud Beware of any communication you have that claim to be from the IRS and requests payment. IRS will not initiate any contact with taxpayers to request their financial or personal information via social media channels, emails, or text messages. The IRS will always contact you through postal mail. Tax season is a well-known time for phishing and spreading malware. Here are just a few to be wary of. • “Your account or tax return is locked or
2. One of the biggest indications that an email is fake is when it addresses you as “sir,” “madam,” or “taxpayer.” 3. Do NOT click on any links or open any attachments claiming to be from the IRS, “Income Tax Department” or your tax preparation company. 4. Report any emails claiming to be form the IRS by forwarding the emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. 5. Never respond to unsolicited emails requesting scanned copies of personal documents.
Airports KOA Flexes Emergency Response Muscles in Two-Part Triennial Exercise By: Rae Nguyen Photos: Cy Duvauchelle
mission - the first ever conducted for Airports Division that included various federal, state and county agencies airport tenants addressing a makebelieve scenario of a fiery airplane crash. Following FEMA’s National Incident Command System (NIMS) by utilizing the Incident Command System (ICS), AIR-H’s ADM Chauncey Wong Yuen and ARFF Fire Chief Max Matias have spent a few short weeks preparing and executing appropriate responses to emergencies and disasters.
If you ever wonder if disaster strikes, whether it’s an airplane crash, active shooter or even a tsunami in Kona and how the airport will react accordingly, you can rest assured. Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport successfully completed its FAA Part 139 requirement triennial exercise Feb. 19 and Feb. 26. The emergency response drill tests how quickly and efficiently airport personnel and other agencies react in a crisis.
Rescue, recovery and EOC operations play was the second part of the exercise. Feedback from controllers and evaluators have been positive. Mahalo to the many agencies, companies, organizations and volunteers for participating! Hawaii County Fire Dept. | Kona Community Hospital | Hawaii Life Flight | Southwest Airlines | Hawaiian Airlines | Red Cross | FAA | DOT KOA Admin, Maintenance and ARFF | HPD | Securitas Security Services | Vol Fire 9B | Station 7 B HFC | Company 9-Bravo | CBP | AMR | FBI | Fukushima Ohana | DOT ITO ARFF and Admin | PTA Fire | BaseGroup | DOT OGG ARFF
The initial was a night-time PAGE 6
For more photos taken by Assistant Airport Superintendent Cy Duvauchelle, visit https:// photos.app.goo.gl/1uLZNmoLDB2JizMb9 PAGE 7
Harbors DEDICATION continued from page 1
“Without vibrant, efficient harbors we would have a hard time enjoying life in Hawaii as we know it. I was a senator when the basic modernization plan was approved, and I’m proud that when fully completed in 2024, this over half billion-dollar project will increase cargo capacity by 40-percent and ensures our communities can be served in a more efficient way,” said Ige. The Phase 1 improvements dedicated included a 65.9-acre container yard, support buildings, entry and exit gates, security fencing, parking, gantry cranes and container handling equipment, on-site utilities, outdoor energyefficient lighting, a truck weigh station, and other ancillary features. Phase 1 also reconstructed pavement leading to the existing inter-island cargo facility. Phase 2 was awarded in late 2020 for $352.5 million and will feature a 18.5-acre container yard, 1863 linear feet of additional berthing capacity, dredging of the waterfront and harbor channel, widening of Piers 40 and 41 for wider inter-island vessels, reconstruction of Pier 41, and structural improvements to Pier 40 to support roll-on/roll-off cargo operations.
investments to operationalize the Terminal, which includes new administrative and maintenance structures, new gantry cranes, and cargo moving equipment. “The land and waterside improvements to Honolulu Harbor realized in the two phases of the Kapalama Container Terminal project will benefit RENDERING: Pasha harbor users and our friends and neighbors for years to come,” said Director Jade Butay. The KCT pier, designed at 9.81-feet, addresses sea level rise where we anticipate water level heights of 3.6 feet by 2060. Phase 2’s pier design also anticipates less maintenance over the useful life of the pier structure compared to existing pier designs. These improvements have been built to last and we’re excited to continue this modernization.” Construction of the new Kapalama Container Terminal is financed by revenue collected from harbor user fees, not traditional taxpayer money. . For more project information please visit http:// www.kctinfo.com/.
Pasha Hawaii will be making significant PAGE 8
Harbors Harbors Division Welcomes Fiscal Officer Espejo
By: Rex Akutagawa
What are you looking forward to in your new position at the DOT? I like working in a government setting because there is gratification in knowing that the work makes a difference to the public and the community. In the short time I’ve worked at the Harbors division, I have learned to appreciate each person’s contribution to the economic viability of the State of Hawaii and safety of its commercial harbors. I look forward to participating in that mission. Currently, I am focused on learning various complexities of accounting processes and systems; and understanding how our financial data can be analyzed and presented clearly to assist managers in making important decisions that influence the financial standing of the Harbors division. What aspects of your job are you excited about?
Please join us in welcoming Sharon Espejo into the Harbors Financial Management Staff as our Fiscal Officer, as of January 19, 2021. Sharon recently relocated to Oahu in 2020 and currently resides in Honolulu. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Accountancy from the California State University, Long Beach. She has over 20 years of experience managing multiple facets of accounting systems, budgets and fiscal operations; including, 17 years in various positions, from Senior Accountant to Fiscal Manager at the Housing Authority of the County of Riverside in California and managing the budgets and fiscal operations of government grants and enterprise funds for the Economic Development Agency as the Deputy Director of Finance.
I am excited about working with the Harbors fiscal team and supporting each member’s professional growth. I am grateful that I work amidst knowledgeable, hard-working, and dedicated individuals. What do you do on your weekends for fun? I enjoy biking in Honolulu, passing time at the beach to read and recharge, and discovering new places with breathtaking views of the ocean, mountains, and acacia trees. I love how there’s a variety of restaurants within a short distance from my new home.
Highways New Faces in Highways - Kristina Magcamit, Jeffrey Barrett, Frankie Mattei, Jeb Bowen
By: Juli Chun
Kristina Magcamit joins Highways division as Human Resource Specialist IV. Make sure to give her a shaka when you see her at HWY-S Punchbowl office.
help support their program’s needs. What do you do on your weekends for fun?
What are you looking forward to in your new position at the DOT?
Explore Hawaii! I’m new to the island, I recently moved here from San Diego, California.
As a Human Resources Specialist, I’m looking forward to learning more about the organizational structure of the Highways Division and how the Department as a whole operates. What aspects of your job are you excited about? I’m excited about working with various highways to help them establish new positions and redescribe/reorganize when necessary to As the newest Highway Safety Specialist, Jeffrey Barrett hangs out at the HWY-V Aiea office.
I left a career in law to pursue a lifestyle where I actually have the time to do things that make me happy. I like to surf, hike, and explore different beaches on the weekends. I’m hoping to learn to fish and free dive. Any tips or resources are welcome! focused culture, opportunities to learn and grow my skills from a technical standpoint, and a chance to learn more leadership skills. What aspects of your job are you excited about?
Can’t wait to see the incredible work you’ll do Jeffrey! What are you looking forward to in your new position at the DOT?
Being able to build my skills and continue to develop in a professional organization with a talented team. What do you do on your weekends for fun? I enjoy travel, scuba, spear fishing, snorkeling, and spending time with family.
I am looking forward to a collaborative, team-
See NEW FACES page 11 PAGE 10
Highways NEW FACES continued from page 10
Frankie Mattei starts at HWY-E as their Information Technology Specialist.
What do you do on your weekends for fun?
E komo mai, Frankie! What are you looking forward to in your new position at the DOT? Looking forward to all it can offer. I’m in a position that is never a dull moment, with that I look for the challenges that DOT will present in these unfamiliar territories. What aspects of your job are you excited about? With the IT environment you never know at times the curves that one may encounter. Being new to DOT is exciting, it is a large umbrella hovering many unknowns just waiting on me to work on. Excited to be on this team! A warm welcome to Jeb Bowen who joined Highways Division as a Human Resource Assistant IV. What are you looking forward to in your new position at the DOT? I’m looking forward to utilizing my education with my role in Personnel and to deepen my practice with Human Resources. I graduated in 2019 in my MHRM (Master’s in Human Resources Management) from UH Manoa and last year I spent my free time to pass the PHR certification.
I enjoy music and TV entertainment (movies, etc.). I enjoy getting to my computer and learning all I can to stay on top of the trends… I was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. Had relocated to Maryland, working out of Virginia and Washington D.C. on government contracts for a good stretch throughout 15 plus years and then came to the great island of Oahu. Here now going on 9 years and excited to have landed an exciting position that would accentuate the skillsets I have learned What aspects of your job are you excited about? I’m excited to learn more about the public sector and also to assist in supporting our community. What do you do on your weekends for fun? I really enjoy getting out of the house and being active by going on a hike and then finishing the day at the beach or by hitting the tennis courts. If the weather doesn’t permit I enjoy home improvement work, reading a good book, or watching movies.
Highways HWY-AP ‘Ohana Welcomes Eldridge Shay The Project Coordination and Technical Service Office under the Highways Administrator (HWYAP Ohana) welcomes Civil Engineer Eldridge Shay. Eldridge was born in Berkeley, CA, and moved at the age of four to the Big Island of Hawai’i, where he and his siblings learned to appreciate the cinder roads and rocky shores of East Hawai’i. His love of the outdoors, basketball, and the ocean coalesced into a general intrigue into the workings of nature and its intersection with society. After graduating from Hilo High School, he went on to finish a Bachelor of Science in Astronomy. He worked for several years at Gemini North Telescope, NASA Infrared Telescope, and James Clerk Maxwell Telescope. On Oahu, he obtained a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in December 2020. Eldridge has experience working in several capacities involving technical drafting, employee supervision, mentorship, manufacturing, systems engineering, tutoring, construction, material science research, testing, and analysis. As an intern at Interface Engineering in summer 2017, he assisted a project engineer in editing architectural drawings and equipment specifics ranging from high-rise buildings to school rooms. He also worked with computer-aided design programs such as AutoCAD, Revit, Trace, and BlueBeam software. In the Hawaii Nanotechnology Laboratory, he was a mentor in the Native Hawaiian Science Engineering Mentorship Program for undergraduate students researching materials for unmanned aerial vehicles during summer 2019. As a mechanical engineering undergraduate, he worked on the suspension of a UHM Formula
By: Maaza Mekuria
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Rainbow Warrior Racers car that competed in the 2017 Formula SAE race in Lincoln, NE. His team took second place in efficiency and 14th in overall performance among 84 other teams from across the globe, a landmark achievement for the UHM ME program. For Eldridge, these experiences engendered new focus for creating real solutions and pathways for specific community needs. In his leisure time, Eldridge enjoys reading a good book, surfing his longboard or paddling a canoe, working on a small project around the house, and sharing a good laugh with friends and family. He hopes that through his lifework he is bringing progress and that whatever effect he has on the people around him leads to a better world for us all. Please welcome Eldridge Shay to our HDOT ‘Ohana.
Highways Hany Sokar Joins HWY-AP Hany Sokar joined the Project Coordination and Technical Service Office under the Highways Administrator (HWY-AP) of the HDOTHighways Division on February 26, 2021. Hany comes with over 25 years of experience in construction management with large projects locally and internationally. Hany was born and raised in and around Cairo, Egypt and was educated at Cairo University earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in Civil Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering.
By: Maaza Mekuria
He is a good team player with excellent analytical skills and is able to relate and work and learn in a group setting. He is quick at asking questions to help find ways solving complex challenges. Hany is multi-lingual coming from the Pharaonic nation of Egypt with Arabic, Coptic and English to his language repertoire. Hany is a family man and has three children. Please welcome Hany to our DOT Ohana.
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Driving, Biking, Walking Towards a Climate-Ready Hawaii By: Diana Lopera, DLNR Has it ever crossed your mind that a parking lot can be more than a place to... park cars? Parking lots take up a lot of space and are rarely used 100% of the time.
By designing spaces that contain multi-modal hubs rather than parking lots (which are built for one sole purpose), we can promote greener modes of transportation – walking, bikes, carshares, electric vehicles – that are easily accessible and more affordable for all of us.
What if we are able to repurpose a parking lot and transform it into a place that services all modes of travel – and not just for cars? Imagine if we could redesign a parking lot into a shared space that includes public transit, bikes, bikeshares, electric vehicle charging stations, and other modes of transportation. What you are imagining is a multi-modal mobility hub, a place that accommodates diverse modes of transportation that allow people to get to where they need to go. Let’s take this another step further – on top of having these various ways to get around, add on places that offer amenities and services – grocery stores, laundry, daycare. Now you’re thinking of a community hub, a place that not only contains the means to get you where you need to go, but also the places that you need to get to. Ground transportation alone (cars, trucks, buses) accounts for about 20% of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) in the state of Hawaiʻi. These GHGs contribute to the warming of our planet.
emissions in Hawaiʻi.
The state’s Climate Change Commission, various state and city agencies, and partners put their heads together in a conversation to find solutions to reducing ground transportation
As the state continues to work on the challenges brought on by COVID-19, there exists an opportunity to ‘seize the pandemic’ – and push for multi-modal hubs, allowing for more options for pedestrians, bikes and transit while also addressing issues of climate change, resiliency, and affordability here in Hawai‘i. Many cities around the world have their own versions of multimodal hubs, and successful ones reflect a deep understanding of the needs of the community they serve. Each of our islands are unique, so the development of these hubs should reflect that diversity of need and use. In time, we hope that solutions like multi-modal hubs will get us to where we need to be – whether it be a quick trip to the grocery store or creating a multi-modal path towards a more Climate Ready Hawaiʻi. PAGE 14
ARRIVALS and DEPARTURES Each month, we feature this section in our newsletter called “Arrivals and Departures,” spotlighting new employees (Arrivals) and departing/retiring employees (Departures). It is an honor to welcome the new employees and congratulate the retiring employees and wish both groups the best in their future endeavors.
E Komo Mai!
NAME TITLE DIV/ISLE DATE BRONSON JOSEPH BARBOSA ENGINEER III HAR/OAHU 02/01/21 DAVID HIRATA CHAIPRAKORB AIRPORT FF RECRUIT II AIR/OAHU 02/05/21 JEFFREY W. BARRETT HIGHWAY SAFETY SPECIALIST HWY/OAHU 02/16/21 FRANKIE MATTEI JR INFO TECHNOLOGY BAND B HWY/OAHU 02/22/21
Mahalo Nui Loa!
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DATE 02/01/21 02/16/21
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My goal in joining toastmasters was to become a better speaker with conﬁdence, especially when answering questions posed by someone with a diﬀerent point of view. Chris Takeno Toastmasters meetings have been to me the most eﬀective way to enhance communicating skills and build audience comfort. Thanks to the supporting Toastmasters environment I am able to manage the butterﬂies in the stomach while presenting. Maaza Mekuria Toastmasters has provided me with techniques to enhance my public speaking abilities, but, most importantly, it has provided me the opportunity to get to know many HDOT employees as well as employees from other state agencies who are passionate about public service. Lynn Araki-Regan Joining the Transportation Toastmasters Club transformed me. It has improved my leadership skills, and I gained so much conﬁdence in everything that I do. I am not afraid to speak up no matter who is in the room. For me, I FINALLY found my voice. Thank you Toastmasters! Melanie Martin Being a part of the Transportation Toastmasters Club has given me more conﬁdence in speaking in front of others as well as to be more mindful when I respond. We all help each other improve our communication skills and graciously give feedback when needed. Juli Chun Toastmasters meeting is a safe controlled environment where I gain conﬁdence and improve on my speaking. I try to schedule my tasks such that I don’t miss the bi-weekly Toastmasters meeting. Pradip Pant We never know when Life will throw us a curve ball that will make us strike out if we’re not prepared. Toastmasters has trained me to be ready to face those curve balls and to have the conﬁdence that even if I do strike out, I’ll at least look good doing so. Royden Koito
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