February 1, 2019

"ThinkTech HAWAII"

The Executive Director of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, Andrew Robbins, was a recent guest o ThinkTech Hawaii's online program "Tourism 101".  Robbins spoke in detail about the Honolulu Rail Transit Project and its benefits for both Oahu visitors and residents.

The program can be viewed here:

 Rendering of HART's
Daniel K. Inouye International Airport Station


As part of its continuing public outreach efforts, the HART Public Involvement Team will be out for "A Night in Chinatown" this weekend.

HART representatives will be on hand to help educate the public on the Honolulu Rail Transit Project and answer questions, with work now progressing across all 20 miles of the alignment.
HART's Chinatown Station
Honolulu's Chinatown will be home to one of the Project's 21 rail stations, and figures to be one of the busier stations along the route.  The station will be located above Nimitz Highway between River and Kekaulike Streets.
HART's Downtown Station

The "Night in Chinatown" will be actually be held "all-day" tomorrow, February 2, from 8:00am to 9:30pm.  As part of the event, the Lunar New Year Parade will run from the State Capitol, on to Hotel Street, and into Chinatown between 4:30pm and 5:30pm.  This free family-fun event will feature food, arts, and games and is organized by the Chinatown Merchants Association.


On the second and fourth Monday of each month, as part of "The Mike Buck Radio Show", HART Executive Director Andrew Robbins delivers "The HART Beat".  The program is dedicated to the Honolulu Rail Transit Project and provides listeners with twice-monthly updates, with construction now underway across all 20 miles of the Project.

You can hear the Mike Buck Show on AM 690 "The Answer" and on 94.3 FM, every second and fourth Monday from 7:00am to 8:00am. 

The latest installment of the "HART Beat" can be heard by clicking here:
HART Executive Director Andrew Robbins with the
 HART Executive Director Andrew Robbins with the
"HART Beat" on the Mike Buck Show (Jan. 28, 2019)


A recent study released by the credit monitoring website "WalletHub" is causing a stir locally.  According to its findings, Hawaii is ranked last among all 50 states for drivers.  The study measured cost of ownership & maintenance, safety, and traffic infrastructure in determining that Hawaii, and especially Oahu, is a tough place to own a vehicle.

These findings, of course, come as no surprise to the tens of thousands of Oahu commuters who twice each weekday, find themselves caught in some of the most infamous traffic tie-ups in the country.  The problem was the focus of a recent Civil Beat article that asked the important question: "How Many More Cars Can We Cram On To Oahu?"

Help, however, is on the way.  The Honolulu Rail Transit Project will remove more than 40,000 weekday car trips by 2030.  The added passenger capacity provided by rail will be subtracted from our roadways, as noted by HART Executive Director Andrew Robbins here:
HART CEO Robbins on WalletHub ranking Hawaii worst state for drivers
  HART CEO Robbins on WalletHub's study ranking
Hawaii last in the country for drivers. 

According to the American Burn Association (ABA), cooking is the number one cause of all home fires, accounting for nearly half of those fires.  With "National Burn Awareness Week" beginning February 3rd, the ABA has some primary and secondary tips on how to help prevent these in-home accidents.

Primary Prevention ***  

  * The best time to cook is when you are wide awake, and not drowsy from medications or alcohol.

* Always wipe clean the stove, oven, exhaust fan to prevent grease buildup.

* Wear short or close-fitting sleeves when cooking.


* Keep a pan lid and dry potholders or oven mitts near you EVERY time you cook.


* Turn pot or pan handles toward the back of the stove.


* When heating food in the microwave, use microwave safe cookware that allows steam to escape.


* Allow food to rest before removing from the microwave.


* When frying, use a pan lid or splash guard to prevent grease splatter.


* Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave, turn off the stove


* If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly. Remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you to check on your cooking.


* After cooking, check the kitchen to make sure all burners and other appliances are turned off


Secondary Prevention***  
If your food does catch on fire...
1. Cover the pan with its lid. A cookie sheet works too. Leave covered until the pan is cool. NEVER move the pot or carry it outside - the pot is too hot to handle and the contents may splash, causing a severe burn.
2.Turn the heat off. With the lid on and the heat off, the fire should quickly put itself out. NEVER use water to put out a kitchen fire. Water will cause the oil to splatter and spread the fire, or scald you as it vaporizes.
3.If the fire is inside the oven or microwave, keep the door shut and turn it off. Keep closed until the oven is cool.
4.If the fire gets out of control, get out, stay out and call 9-1-1. Don't return inside for any reason.

It's not safety first,  it's safety always!


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