Wednesday February 25, 2015 Makakilo Drive
Chad Taniguchi: email@example.com 808 255 8271 Hawaii Bicycling League
Rev. Dr. Kaleo Patterson: firstname.lastname@example.org 808 3303769 St. Philips Episcopal Church of West Oahu
7:15a.m. The Honolulu Police Department, Makakilo Elementary School (92-675 Anipeahi Street), and Mauka Lani Elementary School (92-1300 Panana St), and Hawaii Bicycling League will hold a safety awareness sign-waving for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists in front of Makakilo Elementary and Mauka Lani Elementary from 715-740am. Principals Todd Fujimori (Makakilo) and Shelley Ferrara (Mauka Lani) are supporting the effort and Community Policing staff from Kapolei station (under leadership of Officer Tanya Fiaseu) will be present.
All supporters of safe streets are welcome to come; bring your own sign if you have one.
8:00 a.m. Sarah Stanislawski was killed in a collision with a car while she was on roller skates on Makakilo Dr. near Kikaha and Hookomo Streets on January 6, 2015. A Memorial Walk to honor Sarah will be held on Wednesday, February 25 at 8:00 am, leaving from Makakilo Community Park to Kikaha St., just mauka of the Park. Those unable to walk may meet at Kikaha St. and Makakilo Dr. The Memorial Walk honors the victim to bring attention to the tragic loss of human life and does not blame victim or driver. Please see www.hbl.org/memorialwalks for more background information.
8:30 a.m. A Solutions Meeting will be held after the walk at approximately 8:30 am at the Makakilo Community Park. Whether or not you knew her we encourage you to attend. Elizabeth was the third pedestrian fatality in Hawaii of 2015. There will be a discussion by those present on possible engineering, education and enforcement solutions that could prevent future fatalities in this area.
Representatives of the following organizations to attend the Memorial and Solutions Meeting:
Honolulu Police Department, Kapolei Community Policing Unit
Honolulu City Council, Councilmember Kymberly Pine, area councilmember
Honolulu City Council, Councilmember Joey Manahan, Transportation Committee Chair
State Senate, Senator Mike Gabbard, area senator
State House of Representatives, Representative Sharon Har, Representative Ty Cullen
Kapolei Neighborhood Board Chair Evelyn Souza
City Department of Transportation Services
St. Philips Episcopal Church of West Oahu, Rev. Dr. Kaleo Patterson
Hawaii Bicycling League, Chad Taniguchi, Executive Director
We support the right of everyone to be safe on Hawaii’s roads, as declared by Kamehameha I, Mamalahoe Kanawai, Kamehameha’s Law of the Splintered Paddle 1797, Hawaii state constitution 1978:
“e hele a moe i ke ala.” We can achieve zero traffic and road fatalities and serious injuries by taking action. With more effective public policy, better engineering, stricter enforcement and more responsive education, thousands of deaths and injuries can be prevented into the future.
City Council Transportation Chair Joey Manahan said, “The City & County of Honolulu and our State have endured a great number of tragedies involving pedestrians in recent months. Honolulu is a city that walks, bikes, drives, and we all have a shared responsibility to protect and care for all users of our streets by being aware and traveling respectfully and carefully.”
Rev. Dr. Kaleo Patterson, St Philips Episcopal Church of West Oahu said, “In this memorial….. we honor a person that died needlessly, and in tragedy. We become aware of the delicate balance and fragile nature of the streets that we use everyday and night, how precious every moment is, that we should be more mindful, alert to safety, and being more fully present always. There is a discipline and vigilance that we must foster and promote with these memorials.”
Chad Taniguchi, Executive Director, Hawaii Bicycling League said: This is the second Memorial Walk of 2015. Tragically, more people who walk and bike have been killed since the start of the new year. Let’s Imagine Safe Streets and do what is necessary to have safe streets. Let’s have a Vision that Zero people will die on our roads, and do what is necessary for that vision to become true.
Quotes from other participants will be available Tuesday 2/24/15 in a follow up release.
Please help us pay our respect and show your support for safe, healthy streets in Honolulu!
Additional details about Memorial Walks/Rides and Solutions Meetings: