President Sara Okuda welcomed everyone to the section meeting and went over several announcements:
• The ITE Western District Annual Meeting is July 10-13 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
• The ITE International Annual Meeting is set for August 14-17 in Anaheim, California.
• Reminder to members to submit their ballots for the Western District before the ITE Western District Annual Meeting.
Vice President Chad Kadokawa then introduced Renee Espiau, City and County of Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Branch Chief, speaking on the TOD implementation strategies for communities on Oahu.
Renee opened with a brief introduction about TOD and the general plan for neighborhood TOD plans on Oahu, which will be centered primarily around the future Honolulu Rail Transit stations to encourage transit use and revitalization of communities near transit. Renee summarized the main highlights and characteristics of each TOD neighborhood, identifying action items for each. Renee also spoke about upcoming updates to City policies to promote TOD implementation strategies. Renee concluded her presentation by answering any questions from the audience.
Cathy Leong, Western ITE District Past-President, then announced and swore in the new 2017-2018 ITE Hawaii Section Officers:
• President: Chad Kadokawa
• Vice President: Claire Fukuoka
• Secretary-Treasurer: Cristina Rodriguez
Sara Okuda, Hawaii Section President, facilitated the May meeting. After quick introductions to familiarize new faces at the meeting, Chad Kadokawa, Hawaii Section Vice-President, introduced Jon Young, Executive Director of the Hawaii Asphalt Paving Industry (HAPI). In his role as Executive Director, Jon is a member of the National Asphalt Pavement Association’s (NAPA) Sustainability Committee and the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s (ISI) Envision Public Information Committee. Jon gave a presentation about the sustainability initiative for the AEC industry and Hawaii, which addressed Envision, Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), and TEACHawaii. Jon answered questions from the audience to conclude his presentation.
Cathy Leong, Western District Past President, facilitated the March meeting. After quick introductions to familiarize new faces at the meeting, Cathy reported on the section’s recent community service Adopt-A-Highway event, which occurred on Saturday, March 4, 2017.
Cathy introduced Karen Aspelin, Senior Transportation Engineer with Parametrix, Inc., who currently serves as the traffic engineer for Parametrix’s Albuquerque and Boise offices, while growing the presence of Parametrix in Colorado. She gave a presentation about the Silver Avenue Bicycle Boulevard Improvement Project for the City of Albuquerque. Karen answered questions from the audience to conclude her presentation.