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Lumiaina Crosswalk Helps Protect Pedestrians

Sen. Michelle Kidani

State DOT Acts To Help Pedestrian Safety

Over the summer, I noticed a hazardous traffic pattern that endangered pedestrians crossing Kamehameha Highway at the intersection of Lumiaina Street. People crossing had to dodge cars turning out of Waikele Shopping Center because of the location of the crosswalk.

I contacted the state Department of Transportation and am pleased to note that about three weeks ago, the crosswalk was moved to the other side of the intersection, greatly enhancing pedestrian safety. Kamehameha Highway is a busy thoroughfare, and it’s still important to be aware of traffic when crossing there. Thanks to the DOT for acting to mitigate this hazard.

Mahalo To Outgoing Councilman Nestor Garcia

For many years, residents of Central and West Oahu have been served by Honolulu City Councilman Nestor Garcia, whose terms on the Council are now coming to an end. While he is leaving office, I am certain we can count on his continued involvement in our communities in the years ahead. Mahalo, Nestor, for your years of service!

I have reached out to newly elected Councilman Ron Menor and expect to be meeting with him soon to make sure we can work together when appropriate to solve problems.

Free Tax Assistance Available At LCC

Again this year, several legislators are co-sponsoring a free tax assistance program in which volunteers will assist people with tax returns at several locations.

In our area, the most convenient location will be at Leeward Community College, in the Business Education Building, Room BE-229. Tax preparers will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s not necessary to make an appointment; people will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. But it’s best to go early to make sure you will be helped.

Mahalo to the Hawaii Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development for making this free assistance available to the public.

2013 On The Horizon

Over the next several days we will observe the Christmas holidays and welcome the new year. These occasions can trigger a range of emotions as family and friends gather to celebrate. For some, however, there are no celebrations, with memories of loved ones no longer with us or in peril away from home, worries about stretching dollars, providing for families, or any number of other daily stresses.

My hope is that you have many reasons to celebrate, but that we all are mindful of those who do not. A call offering support, making time to listen and share, even a warm smile to let friends and neighbors know someone cares can go a long way. Share the holiday spirit as you are able, and look forward to opportunities the new year may bring. I pledge my efforts as your senator to make sure state government best serves your needs and supports our families and communities.

Sen. Kidani represents Mililani Town, Waipio Gentry (north and west of Waipio Uka Boulevard), Waikele, Village Park, Royal Kunia. Call her at 586-7100 or email senkidani@capitol.hawaii.gov.

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