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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      June 19, 2006   Release M-65-06






            Mayor Mufi Hannemann and City officials will dedicate the Pele Street Park on Tuesday, June 20, at 2:30 p.m.  The park is located on Pele Street, makai of the H-1 Freeway.


            What used to be a vacant, State-owned yard on that street is now a mini-park that provides neighborhood children with a safe place to play away from traffic.


            Pele Street Park is a great example of effective community organizing and cooperation between the City, State, and residents,” said Mayor Hannemann.  “Residents, in particular, played a key role in the project, from its conception all the way through to its maintenance.  This partnership began four years ago when parents and community leaders sought to provide a safe playing area for their children, and it will continue long into the future as residents provide clean-up and trash removal.”


            Other officials expected to attend include Councilman Rod Tam and Downtown Neighborhood Board member Karl Rhoads.  Kahu Curt Kekuna of Kawaiahao Church will deliver the blessing.


            Construction began in October 2005 and was completed in February 2006.  The project cost $170,000.  Site Engineering was the contractor and Hawaii Design Associates the design consultant.  The State transferred the deed for the property to the City in late May.





Gregg Hirata, Mayor’s Office, 523-4051

Clifford Lau, Chief of Facilities Design, 527-6373

June 6, 2006


Pele Street Mini-Park

Fact Sheet


1.  Purpose: To construct a new Mini Park on vacant land acquired from the State Department of Transportation


2.  Points of Interest:


a.      The project scope of work is to provide landscape improvements and install playground equipment.  Due to funding constraints, the project was completed under two separate contracts.


b.     The first contract was awarded to Site Engineering, Inc., on May 17, 2004, in the amount of $86,156.46 to include the base bid and alternate 1.  Scope of work included grading, installing a potable water system, automatic irrigation system for the landscaping, and constructing a new CRM wall and chain link fence at the ewa end of the park.  Due to insufficient funds, alternates 2 and 3 were not awarded.  Alternate 2 was to construct a new chain link fence along the makai side of the park and alternate 3 was to plant trees and hedges.  Construction commenced on October 11, 2005, and was completed and accepted on February 3, 2006.  The revised contract price including change orders was $92,418.29.  The design consultant was Hawaii Design Associates, Inc.


c.      The second contract was also awarded to Site Engineering, Inc., on July 21, 2005, in the amount of $71,800.00.  Scope of work included demolition/removal sidewalk/curbs, construction of new concrete walkways, sidewalk/curb, play equipment foundation, installation of new playground equipment and resilient rubber surface, and installation of a landscaping/irrigation system.  Construction also commenced on October 11,2005, and was completed and accepted on February 3, 2006.  The revised contract price including change orders was $77,489.00.  The design consultant was Hawaii Design Associates, Inc.


  1. Final inspection was held on February 3, 2006.  Deficiencies were noted and corrected by the contractor.


  1. The State Department of Transportation transferred title to the property in May 2006.

3.   Point of contact for construction is Mitchell Wong, Civil Engineer (527-6353); for design, Michael Sakamoto (527-6323).


            Clifford Lau (527-6373)

Chief of Facilities Design

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

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