Happy New Year
As we embark on a new year, the Honolulu City Council will soon begin working on a new executive and capital budget for scal year 2019. The City Council will have to review the Mayor’s bills and work together to address the many issues that our districts and the City and County of Honolulu face in allocating our limited financial resources.

The budgets for the City and County of Honolulu covers the various departments in the Executive Branch and the work that they do such as road and park maintenance to homelessness and emergency services.

For our district, the replacement of the Waialua District Park lights, refurbishment of the Haleiwa Surf Center, and the implementation of the Haleiwa Sidewalk Project continue to be priorities.

I have introduced Resolution 18-005 requesting the City Administration to expedite the replacement or restoration of the eld and pool lights/lighting systems at Waialua District Park. In the Executive Capital Budget for Fiscal Year 2017 I added an appropriation of $3,000,000 for Waialua District Park lighting improvements. Then for the 2018 Executive Capital Budget I also included an additional appropriation of $4,880,000 for Waialua District Park lighting improvements (Project No. 2017110).

To date, none of the monies that have been appropriated in Fiscal Years 2017 and 2018 have been expended by the City Administration for the lights/ lighting systems at Waialua District Park. The current situation at Waialua District Park is dire and expediting the replacement or restoration of the lights/lighting systems is necessary to ensure that the public is able to use Waialua District Park during all hours that the park is open to the public.

I look forward to working with you to address the needs of our community. Wishing you and your families a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.