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New App Helps Keep Up On Commuter Traffic

Talking Story …Sen. Mike Gabbard

Dear friends,

Whew, what an intense couple of weeks. Law enforcement caught the guy stalking and threatening our daughter, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. Thanks to the Capitol Police, FBI, U.S. Marshals, county police departments and the sheriff’s office. the Gabbard ohana is indebted to you all.


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Sen. Mike Gabbard

Then, on Labor Day, I walked my youngest daughter Davan, a deputy U.S. Marshal based in D.C., down the aisle at Ko Olina. It was truly a sweet wedding. Nice to have all our family in town, including Tulsi and our three sons Bhakti, Jai and Ryan, who always come to town intent on kicking their dad’s okole on the golf course and tennis court. Congrats, Jai, you’re the golf champion until our next reunion in 2015. I thought I taught you to respect your elders.

As always, best wishes to you and your families. Please contact me at 586-6830 or sengabbard@capitol.hawaii.gov if I can help you in any way.


I hope you’re surviving the “Beat the School” jam. As you most likely are painfully aware, about 52,000 college and private school students began fall semester Aug. 26.

Our state Department of Transportation (DOT) is making several efforts to lessen the impact of the flood of new traffic on our roads. For one, it created a new GoAkamai App to help provide traffic congestion information for iPhone, iPad and Android mobile device users. The App is available on the Android and iPhone App stores. But please be sure you’re not using the App while driving!

H-1 PM Contraflow Lane and Kapolei Interchange, Phase II Update

The Senate Transportation and International Affairs Committee, on which I serve, recently got an update on upcoming H-1 and H-2 freeway projects. The two projects discussed for our district were the H-1 PM Contra-flow Lane and Kapolei Interchange, Phase II.

Construction on the H-1 PM Contraflow Lane began in June 2012 and is expected to be completed by August 2014. The Kapolei Interchange, Phase II will include the construction of the Wakea Street overpass and the on- and off-ramps. Construction of this project will start in September 2014 and is expected to be completed by September 2017.

Modern American Circus Comes to Kapolei

If you’re looking for something to do with your family, look no farther than Modern American Circus, which comes to Kapolei this month. The event will take place at the Kapolei Fairgrounds (across from Walmart at the corner of Fort Barrette Road and Farrington Highway) and will feature more than 30 artists performing aerial, ground and stand-up acts under the “Big Top.”

Here are the show times: Sept. 20 (7:30 p.m.), Sept. 21 (1, 4 and 7:30 p.m.), Sept. 22 (1 and 4 p.m.), Sept. 27 (7:30 p.m.), Sept. 28 (1, 4 and 7:30 p.m.), and Sept. 29 (1 and 4 p.m.). You can reserve tickets by calling 781-4773, and also find out more details by visiting kamaainakids.com. A local childcare provider, Kama-‘aina Kids is helping organize events and will benefit from the proceeds, as will Kapolei High.


My next “Listen-Story” is at 9 a.m. Sept. 21 at Pray Eat Love Café, 533 Manawai St. #304 (Waianae side directly across from Kapolei High School).