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Contract awarded for Kalanianaole Highway

By June Watanabe

LAST UPDATED: 01:19 p.m. HST, Feb 06, 2014

Question: When will the repaving of Kalanianaole Highway from Ainakoa Avenue to Lunalilo Home Road start?

Answer: “In the next several months,” says the state Department of Transportation.

The repaving contract for Kalanianaole Highway, from West Hind Drive to the vicinity of Hanauma Bay Road, was recently awarded, said DOT spokeswoman Caroline Sluyter.

Once details are finalized, the DOT will alert the public about the project and lane closures through the news media, message boards, area legislators, the DOT website and the DOT’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, she said.

The DOT plans several major repaving projects this year, including Vineyard Boulevard (expected to begin next month) and Kamehameha Highway near Mililani.

More details will be released as the projects get closer to starting, Sluyter said.

Regarding the Pali Highway, relief is coming, but not in the near future. We reported last summer — is.gd/WBIfH0 — that the major resurfacing of the Pali from Waokanaka Street to Kamehameha Highway will go out to bid later this year.

That still is the plan, probably in late summer, Sluyter said. Depending on the availability of funds, the stretch from Waokanaka to Vineyard Boulevard may go out to bid next year.

The DOT does not have an online listing of planned repaving of state roads.

To find the city’s schedule for repaving its streets from now to 2017, go to www1.honolulu.gov/ddc/roadrepavingupdate.htm.

Question: When an inspection at the airport is done with a TSA-approved baggage lock attached, is it a policy to reinstall the lock or not? Upon arrival at my destination, I experienced a baggage with both TSA-approved locks missing. The locks were used to secure a hard cover to the golf bag (not a travel golf bag). When the locks were not reinstalled to secure the hard cover to the bag, the hard cover got damaged. It was very fortunate the cover did not come completely off and my golf clubs were OK. I’m planning another golf trip and would like to know TSA’s policy.

Answer: “If a TSA-approved lock is used, the lock will be reapplied,” according to Nico Melendez, spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration in Los Angeles.

Why that didn’t happen in your case, we don’t know.

“Occasionally, the master keys we have are unable to unlock a bag, so the lock must be cut,” Melendez said when asked.

Asked whether any kind of written notification is given to the passenger, he said, “If we open a bag, we notify passengers the bag has been opened.”

That apparently didn’t happen in your case, but there was no further explanation offered.

Melendez pointed to the TSA’s website, with information on TSA-approved locks: www.tsa.gov/traveler-­information/baggage-locks.


To a gentleman who made the beginning of my New Year’s a bright one. Taking my mother to Safeway in Salt Lake was very stressful and frustrating because of her dementia. I am her caregiver and as we were leaving she dropped her credit card. Driving out of the parking lot, a man in a blue military uniform waved at us from another car. I ignored him, thinking it was road rage, and drove off. To my surprise, he followed me home in Salt Lake and approached us as we were getting out of the car. He said he saw my mother drop her card. What a surprise. Thank you many times over for you have renewed my faith in people and have made this caregiver start a new year with a lot of hope and good will. — B. Sasaki/Salt Lake


To the state Department of Transportation for restriping the far right lane going to Waipahu after taking the H-1 freeway cutoff. For years, and I mean years, I’ve had to merge with ongoing Ewa-bound traffic, finally getting in to go to Waipahu. The new cutoff is such a breeze and it eliminates a lot of my headaches. — Donna M. Cadiente/Waipahu

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sknight wrote:
I've had at least two TSA-approved locks lost to the baggage inspection process--i.e. removed and not replaced--both times when departing Honolulu. If the locks are sold as TSA-approved, there should be no excuse for having to damage or cut them to open them during inspection, and certainly no excuse for not returning them. The TSA provided no explanation, of course.
on February 6,2014 | 03:53AM
Wazdat wrote:
Hopefully the DOT hires the company that repaved the roads in Hawaii Kai. That was the fastest work I have ever seen in DOT history. Now only time will tell if the roads hold up or need to be replaced in a few years.
on February 6,2014 | 04:56AM
pcman wrote:
I had a TSA-approved lock cut off. But what was cut was the zipper piece where the lock was attached. The lock was not returned and there was no note. I showed it to a TSA supervisor and he told me, "Now you learned your lesson not to do that again." How nice. That's why they get no respect from me.
on February 6,2014 | 05:02AM
Peacenik wrote:
3 cheers to the Air Force great Samaritan for his exceptional kind deed.
on February 6,2014 | 09:12AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Speaking of repaving, Kamokila Blvd in Kapolei and Meheula Parkway in Mililani have been chosen as the best roadways in the nation.
on February 6,2014 | 09:30AM
sailfish1 wrote:
Meheula Parkway is probably close to the WORST roadway in the nation. There are potholes everywhere and tree roots are pushing up the asphalt in many places.
on February 6,2014 | 09:12PM
MightyMakiki wrote:
Re surfacing ..... Waialae, King, Beretania, University Ave. Liliha between Vineyard and Dillingham Wada scoop? Even the bus lane is all jam up... Priorities....
on February 6,2014 | 10:14AM
hilopango wrote:
On a recent trip to Honolulu from Hilo, my mom had the TSA locks on both of her suitcases removed and not replaced, the contents of both suitcases tossed about and NO NOTE! Fortunately, nothing was missing, but my mom did not appreciate the agents making a mess of her stuff.
on February 6,2014 | 10:15AM
Paco3185 wrote:
Locks are a waste of time as both TSA and the baggage handlers have no problem cutting them off. No telling who is searching through your bag so best to have anything of value in your carry on luggage. One other thing you can do is pack some of your clothes (those that fit) in zip lock bags - it keeps their grubby hands off your stuff . . .
on February 6,2014 | 10:29AM
Skyler wrote:
Re: re-striping for cut-offs: They should do that to the Aiea/H3 cut-off on H1W. When coming from airport, you have to play move-over rover & sit in Pearl City-bound traffic until you cross the overpass in order to hit that cutoff. A shoulder lane would be much appreciated, thanks.
on February 6,2014 | 10:46AM
cojef wrote:
Since restrictions were placed on carry-on small knives, packed my favorite "Swiss Army knife" in my hold baggage. Lo asnd behold, the TSA-approved locks were intact, but the knife disappeared. Often wondered when they scan the hold baggage and see something they like, they examine and keep the item??? Stopped carrying pocket and holstered knives, ever since. Remember those big "Buck" knives? Still have it.
on February 6,2014 | 11:21AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Or, if you're able to go without some of that clothing for a few days, you can always ship your luggage to your destination. Many hotels will receive and hold for you, as long as they aren't waiting for days before your arrival. I know that probably wouldn't have helped in this situation, since she was only travelling interisland, but I just thought I'd throw that out there. Now that we're paying $25-50 to check a bag anyway, we can pay that much to UPS/FedEx and have deal with less BS at the airport.
on February 6,2014 | 12:33PM
soest168 wrote:
I have had many TSA-approved locks lost too. TSA removed the locks and doesn't put back the locks. Couple of times the locks were put back but not locked. Good thing the locks didn't fall off. My last trip, they 'inspected' my baggage...couple of things were missing. No use complaining to TSA. It is never their fault.
on February 6,2014 | 07:03PM
kukaikid wrote:
as long as they do a better job than in kaimuki. why did they rip up waialae last summer and it is still not repaved? meanwhile they're doing side streets and proceeding to rip up more of waialae.
on February 6,2014 | 08:24PM
clum56 wrote:
I have lost 3 TSA approved locks on my bags when I have arrived in Honolulu and also on my return flights to Minneapolis. In all occurances our locks were new and bright colors and locked when our bags were check in at Minneapolis and on our return flights in Honolulu. It us no use of anyone using the website for TSA, they never reply to your letters.
on February 7,2014 | 03:44AM
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