Mililani Park Renamed For Late Police Chief
By mayor Mufi Hannemann
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The City will move forward this year on many important public safety and infrastructure improvements designed to protect and improve our quality of life.
Central Oahu features some of the island’s most beautiful parks and open spaces, such as the magnificent Central Oahu Regional Park, and the Wahiawa and Mililani district parks.
All our parks should be safe for our children, our kupuna, our ohana and our many visitors - but sometimes they’re not. Therefore, one of our proposed initiatives this year will be the formation of a parks patrol. Honolulu Police Department officers would be devoted to patrolling beach and park areas, beefing up security and taking other measures to ensure laws are enforced and public places are safe for all of us.
Much of our focus in the coming year will be on the essential infrastructure that protects our environment and our health. That’s why my spending plan calls for more than $34 million to design and construct wastewater treatment facilities to serve the Wahiawa and Central Oahu area.
My plan also calls for $5.2 million to plan, design and build Wahiawa Transit Center improvements adjacent to Wahiawa Civic Center. This facility will become a convenient regional transportation hub, facilitating travel into and out of Wahiawa and surrounding communities. Our latest similar facility, in Mililani, opened last year.
On the North Shore, I’m proposing to enhance public access to our shoreline by acquiring and preserving Puuiki Beach Park in Waialua, using the Clean Water and Natural Lands Fund which voters approved in 2006. This will be a beautiful addition to our impressive inventory of parks and open spaces set aside for public enjoyment. I’m also calling for the planning and design of additional improvements at Banzai Rock Beach Support Park in Haleiwa, including a parking lot, comfort station and landscaping.
In other park news, I was pleased to attend the April 28 dedication of Michael Nakamura Neighborhood Park, named in honor of the former police chief. Carol Nakamura and her family were in attendance as we paid tribute to her late husband, a great leader who did many things for his community. Michael Nakamura died in 2006 after battling a degenerative disease and sustaining injuries when he was hit by a car while in his motorized wheelchair. He was only 58 years old but his memory will live on for his family, friends and those in the community who use this park named in his honor.
Formerly known as Mililani Town Center Park, it’s on Hikikaulia Street, off Meheula Parkway and across from Mililani High School.
I am also excited that recycling receptacles will soon be placed in city parks and facilities. Initially, they will be in the largest parks, including Central Oahu Regional Park, Waipio Soccer Park and all district parks. We’ll later expand their distribution.
The curbside residential recycling pilot project we launched in Mililani in October has been very successful, and we’re committed to making it work well in other neighborhoods as we expand this important effort around the island. Households that participate in this exciting new project are helping guide Oahu into a future that’s cleaner, greener and more sustainable for future generations. Making curbside recycling an islandwide success will require a little time and a lot of effort, but I want to acknowledge those of you who are already participating and leading the way.
Our community must work together to address our needs, and I’m working very hard to make the coming year an exciting success for all of us.
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