Earlier this week, I met with residents on Papai Street in Aina Haina to survey the damage and to assess the needs of our impacted community. While major damage was reported in Aina Haina, I also reached out to neighbors and friends in Kuliouou, Niu Valley, and Hawaii Kai to understand and gauge the impact of the torrential rain in their communities.
While I was going door to door and having conversations with residents and long-time friends in Aina Haina, I saw that this community stood together. I saw neighbors helping neighbors, extended families assisting one another, all in the collective effort of helping one another. However, the city needed to do more.
That's why I called for a City and County of Honolulu Emergency Proclamation -- which was ultimately issued on Wednesday -- that also led to the increased city services being made available to impacted residents; we've begun our road to recovery.
Additionally, the city announced property tax breaks for affected homeowners, waiver of building permit fees, and additional crews to pick up mud and other debris. You can view KHON 2's coverage of Wednesday's Press Conference here.
Trevor talks about the recovery efforts with a resident and Governor David Ige
As of yesterday, city crews completed their initial sweep of all areas from East Oahu to Waimanalo that were most-impacted by last week's storm. You can see more information about their sweep here.
Additionally, two help centers staffed by government agencies and nonprofit groups will be open on Tuesday (April 24) and Wednesday (April 26) from 12 noon to 8 p.m. at Koko Head District Park to assist affected residents.
Please be assured that we are here for you, we are listening to you, and we care about you so please contact my Council Office at 808.768.5004 if you need any assistance.
Honolulu City Councilmember, District 4
Ala Moana to Hawaii Kai