The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) proposed a 15% annual increase to its operating budget to $108.9 million despite its continued delays in starting passenger service. The increase is required to cover the principal payment of bonds constituting 95% of HART’s operating budget. The beleaguered and cash-strapped agency is still negotiating with the Federal Transportation Agency (FTA) for the remainder of the federal funds dedicated to the project. The FTA has not yet authorized the shortened route ending in Kakaako versus the originally planned Ala Moana Shopping Center.
Heavy rains on Oahu led to a boulder landing in an Aiea couple’s bedroom. Fortunately, no one was injured when the boulder stopped 10 feet from the sleeping couple. The couple bought the property that backs to a steep incline four years ago. The Board of Water Supply, which owns land above the property, is investigating where the boulder came from.
North Shore cinematographer, Larry Haynes, died of a heart attack near his car after filming his stand-up paddleboard ride using his GoPro camera mounted on his helmet. He was recently in the surf filming the Eddie Akau Big Wave Invitational at Waimea Bay last month. He spent the final 30 years capturing images of the world’s greatest surfers.
Erosion is once again a concern for Hauula residents as a sink hole forces emergency repairs on a 30-foot stretch of Kamehameha Highway’s shoulder. The road’s collapse temporarily trapped a sewage truck until neighbors helped free the front wheel from the hole. A $500,000 project to shore up the road is expected last five to ten years will start next month.
The Sea Based X-Band Radar (SBX-1), referred to Oahu residents as the golf ball, returned from its longest deployment ever spanning 662 days. The SBX-1 is in Pearl Harbor to remove the rust that accumulated during the deployment near Alaska and undergo a $68 million upgrade. 72 sailors operate the SBX-1 when underway and are primarily made up of government contractors from Raytheon and Northrup Grumman. The SBX-1 is the only mobile part of an advanced missile intercept system including stationary radars in Alaska, California and Japan.