Rep. Pine’s Inbox: Should we eliminate the environmental review process?

Rep. Kymberly Pine
Rep. Kymberly Pine

BY REP. KYMBERLY PINE, R-EWA – During crossover, we talked about the possibility of eliminating certain environmental review processes so some capital improvement projects can be done on a faster basis. What are your thoughts after seeing this video report?

Hawaii State Civil Defense Weather Damage Toll Free Number

Hawaii State Civil Defense is activating a toll free number for damage reports from residents whose property, home, or business was damaged by the on-going severe weather.  The toll free number is 855-211-7456, extension 654.

Telephone calls to the toll free number will be monitored by State Civil Defense staff.  If the line is busy or is not picked up, please leave a message including your name, phone number, and island so damage assessors can return your call.

According to the National Weather Service, the system causing the heavy rains, thunderstorms, hail and high surf should move west of the islands sometime Saturday morning.

As always during this kind of weather, if you are in a flood prone area, take the following precautions:

  • Do not walk or drive through moving water.  As little as six inches of moving water can wash away an adult and as little as one foot of moving water is capable of washing away a vehicle.  If you must walk through water, look for a still patch and use a stick to determine depth.  If your car becomes surrounded by flood water, get out and walk to higher ground.
  • If you are asked to evacuate and have time, unplug electrical appliances.  Do not touch electronics if you are wet or standing in water.
  • If you must re-enter a flooded building, be aware that the foundation may have been compromised or the electric system may have shorted.  Flood waters can also contaminate bottled water, canned goods, fabrics, and other household goods.  Do not use these items as they can make you sick.

Legislative Update

  • HB 2514: Relating to Public Safety. This bill is about re-entry of criminals into society.
  • HB2295: Relating to Cyberbullying. This bill defines ‘digital nuisance.’ The bill will be heard Friday, March 16 at 1:30p.m. in conference room 016.
  • HB1788: Relating to Computer crime. This bill creates a third degree of computer crime. The bill will be heard Friday, March 16 at 1:30p.m. in conference room 016

Get prepared with the Ewa Emergency Preparedness Committee

They host free trainings to prepare families for natural and manmade disasters. The Ewa EPC meets on the first Monday of the Month at the Ewa Beach Church of the Nazarene at 91-913 Papipi Place. The next meeting is Monday, April 2. For more information, call 286-1669.

Job Listings

If you’re interested in job opportunities please check out our box on the right side of this email. My office is also coordinating a Leeward Job Fair. I am looking for Leeward based companies, if you’re interested in being a part of the job fair, contact my office. Stay tuned for more details.

TV show “Time with Kymberly Pine” airs on Olelo VIEWS Channel 54

“Time with Kymberly Pine: Chamber of Commerce and NFIB”

March 12th at 10:00 p.m.

“Time with Kymberly Pine: Supporting Local Farms” Featuring Chef Ed Kenney
March 12th at 10:30 p.m.

HDOT Updates

Click here for an update from the Hawaii Department of Transportation on weekday roadwork on Oahu.  Click here for airport runway closures at Honolulu International Airport this week.

As always, please contact my office with questions or concerns at 586-9730 or email me at