May 11, 2018
The HART Public Involvement Team this week made a presentation to members of the Kalihi Business Association .

HART recently awarded the City Center Utilities Relocation contract to Nan, Inc. with work along the 4.12-mile section
John Moore
HART's East Area
Construction Manager
from Kalihi to the Ala Moana Center expected to begin later this
spring .  
One-point-six miles of the 20-mile Rail Transit Project passes over Dillingham Boulevard from Middle Street to just past the Costco area in Iwilei, and with many businesses either located on or accessed by Dillingham, HART East Area Construction Manager John Moore informed KBA members that HART will work to diminish impacts to both businesses and residents during construction.
Moore stressed that lessons learned during rail construction on Farrington Highway in Waipahu and Kamehameha Highway in Pearl Cit y and Aiea will be applied to make construction along Dillingham more efficient and less impactful.  He also noted that the construction award was structured to allow HART to assess and manage all potential impacts before assigning work to the contractor.
The HART Public Outreach team assured attendees that communication lines between the project and all affected businesses will remain open and that the team will keep residents and businesses informed of all construction activities in advance.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation and the  HART Ohana are proud to  have been selected as recipients of the 2018 "Spirit of Community Award" by the Aloha United Way.  Executive Administrator Gemma Espresion (above) organized the fundraising campaign and accepted the award on behalf of HART at the AUW's Annual Recognition Luncheon at the Sheraton Waikiki.

The "Spirit of Community Award' recognizes organizations showing an "extraordinary level of commitment" in its fundraising efforts to benefit the AUW and the many local charities the AUW supports, positively impacting hundreds of thousands of lives. Through its charitable endeavors, the Aloha United Way works to assist families in need, reduce homelessness, provide more opportunities for our kupuna to age gracefully, and better prepare our  keiki  for life.

HART's employees, contractors, and consultants  joined forces in this year's workplace fund-raising campaign to help AUW in its mission to "create hope and change the landscape of our community for the better."

With the streets of Downtown Honolulu serving as the backdrop, hundreds descended on the Hawaii Theater, for the premiere of the documentary film, " Andy Irons: Kissed By God."  Event organizers marked the occasion by hosting a street festival featuring food booths, live entertainment and a host of supporting organizations .

The HART Team was part of the festivities providing event goers with the latest information on the Honolulu Rail Transit Project.  Visitors were treated to project updates, informational brochures, and a video resource guide detailing the amenities and benefits of the Rail Transit Project.  


As the lava flow from Kilauea volcano on Hawai'i Island continues, and southerly winds occasionally prevail, vog conditions and the presence of sulfur dioxide in the air may increase and fluctuate in various areas of the state. While these intermittent conditions do not pose a public health threat in areas beyond the evacuation zone, they have raised concerns about respiratory health.

The Hawai'i Department of Health (DOH), as a precautionary measure, is encouraging residents and visitors to access the Hawaii Inter-Agency Vog Information Dashboard for the most comprehensive and up-to-date online information on vog and sulfur dioxide from volcanic activity in Hawaii. 
Both residents and visitors are advised to be prepared and aware of their surrounding conditions, and take the following actions should conditions warrant:  
  • Reduce outdoor activities that cause heavy breathing.  Avoiding outdoor activity and exercise during vog conditions can reduce exposure and minimize health risks. This is especially important for sensitive groups such as children, the elderly, and individuals with pre-existing respiratory conditions including asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, and chronic lung and heart disease.
  • Stay indoors and close windows and doors. If an air conditioner is used, set it to recirculate.
  • Always keep medications on hand and readily available. Daily prescribed medications, should be taken on schedule and may provide protection from the effects of sulfur dioxide.
  • Contact a doctor as soon as possible if any health problems develop.
  • Do not smoke and avoid second-hand smoke.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
  • Have family emergency plans prepared and ready.
  • Heed warnings by county and state emergency management officials.
For complete information from the State DOH regard vog precautions and access to a friendly community forum about dealing with vog,  please click here.

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