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.
Cathy Leong, Western District Past President, facilitated the November meeting. After quick introductions to familiarize new faces at the meeting, Cathy announced the section’s upcoming community service Adopt-A-Highway event, which will occur on Saturday, November 19, 2016.
Cathy introduced Rock Miller, Senior Principal for Stantec Consulting in Irvine, California, who gave a presentation about protected bikeways and cycle tracks. Rock answered questions from the audience to conclude his presentation. Cathy then introduced Mark Spencer, Managing Principal for W-Trans’ Oakland office, who gave a presentation about San Jose’s Downtown Parking Guidance System project. He also answered questions from the audience to conclude his presentation.
Newly elected President, Sara Okuda, facilitated her first meeting as President at the September Meeting which was held at Wilson Okamoto Corporation. To start the meeting, Sara facilitated introductions around the room, asking everyone to each introduce themselves with their name, place of work/school, and who introduced them to ITE Hawaii. Sara then announced the 2016-2017 officers and committee chairs and spoke about the cancelled Aiea Loop Trail hike and successful Adopt-A-Highway joint event with ASCE. Wayne Yoshioka encouraged the membership to attend future Adopt-A-Highway events. Sara announced that we will be e-mailing the section when our next section meeting date is confirmed. Cathy Leong, Western ITE District Past President, made an announcement that the Western District Annual Meeting 2020 will officially be held in Hawaii at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The Annual Meeting will occur from June 28 to July 1.
Vice President Chad Kadokawa then introduced Pasha Hashemi, a Ph.D student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, who then gave a presentation about potential factors affecting roadway departure crashes in Oahu, Hawaii. He answered questions from the audience to conclude his presentation.