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Dog Park holds groundbreaking ceremony 11/01/2006

Hui 'Ilio Hawai'i's groundbreaking ceremony celebrated the future Hawai'i Kai Dog Park. Senator Fred Hemmings attended with his dog Makai, a Portuguese water dog, and Hemmings gave the blessing along with Reverend Kordell Kekoa. Councilmember Charles Djou introduced Mayor Hannemann, who praised members of the city for their private partnership with the business community. Senator Sam Slom and House of Representative, District 17, candidate Gene Ward congratulated Elaine Dobashi, president of Hui 'Ilio and all of those attending who worked effortlessly to establish the park. The dogs that attended were tail-wagging happy. (Read More...)

Groundbreaking Celebrated at Future Dog Park 10/25/2006

October 25, 2006: The Department of Parks and Recreation and local non-profit Hui 'Ilio Hawai'i joined forces today to hold a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the future Hawai'i Kai Dog Park.

The dog park will be built on vacant, city-owned land adjacent to the Hawai'i Kai Park and Ride. Mayor Mufi Hannemann presided at the ceremony which included opening remarks by District IV Councilmember Charles Djou. MC Mike Buck introduced the major sponsors and donors who have contributed to planning, design and development of the dog park.. (Read More...)

At Last!! Groundbreaking Planned for Hawai'i Kai Dog Park 09/29/2006

Groundbreaking Planned for Hawai'i Kai Dog Park

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced today it will break ground on the Hawai'i Kai Dog Park on October 25, 2006. Mayor Mufi Hannemann will join Parks department officials, private sponsors, and park supporters and their dogs, for the ceremonies at the makai end of the Hawai'i Kai Park and Ride at 9:00am. The dog park will be built on vacant, city-owned land adjacent to the Park and Ride. A few days after the ceremonial groundbreaking, the community will get down to work by participating in Make a Difference Day on October 28th, to help prepare the land for planting and construction.

The Hawai'i Kai Dog Park is a joint project of the East Honolulu community and the Department of Parks and Recreation. Due to insufficient funding in the Parks capital budget, DPR Director Lester Chang met with the Hawai'i Kai community last summer and invited them to join in a public-private partnership to help raise funds and find other resources to build the dog park. Hui 'Ilio Hawai'i, a local non-profit group, has spearheaded the community effort. Once the park is opened, it will be maintained by DPR and monitored by volunteers.

The park project was initiated two years ago when a group of East Honolulu dog owners approached the Hawai'i Kai Neighborhood Board with a proposed location for an off-leash, public dog park. The dog owners’ group subsequently founded a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Hui 'Ilio Hawai'i, to promote public dogs parks and to promote responsible dog ownership.

Following the Neighborhood Board’s unanimous endorsement of the dog park proposal, the City Council approved a resolution, introduced by Councilmember Charles Djou last year, to designate the land parcel makai of the Park and Ride for use as a dog park. Hui 'Ilio members then testified on behalf of a Capital Budget amendment to include dog park construction funding in the 2006 budget. A small budget of $12,000 for planning, design and construction was approved by the City Council. The actual cost of construction was estimated to exceed $90,000.

Hui 'Ilio’s first challenge was to get design plans approved for the dog park. Jim Lyon of Lyon Associates, a civil engineering firm, offered his firm’s pro-bono services to develop the park plans. Dennis Hashimoto of DJNS Surveying & Mapping, Inc. provided a topographical survey and perimeter staking, and Ben Lee of Brownlie and Lee, landscape architects, donated the irrigation plans. Because of these generous contributors to the planning and design phase, DPR has determined it has sufficient funding in its capital budget to purchase irrigation materials for the dog park. Hui 'Ilio Hawai'i is leading the community effort to raise funds for park fencing and landscaping. Construction plans have been approved by DPR and are now being submitted to the Department of Planning and Permitting for final approval.

Hui 'Ilio Hawai'i is soliciting business sponsors as well as individual donors to help fund the construction costs. The group is asking contractors to include either donated services or discounts in their construction bids, as a donation to the community. The group is also calling for volunteers to participate in Make a Difference Day on October 28, 2006, from 8am to noon. Hui 'Ilio can be contacted via its website, or by emailing

‘Bark Park’ In Talks For Hawaii Kai 08/09/2006

If all goes according to plan, dog lovers of East Oahu will soon have a place to bring their pooches for a stroll, to play or just to relax in the sun.

Thanks to the efforts of local non-profit group Hui`ilio Hawaii, the development of a dog park in Hawaii Kai has moved from an idea to the planning stage. The group’s mission is to promote safe and friendly places for dogs and their people to play, and to promote responsible dog ownership.

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Big turnout for the 2nd Annual Hawaii Kai Dog Walk 07/01/2006

Community response to the second annual Hawaii Kai Dog Walk was "overwhelming," according to the nonprofit group Hui 'Ilio Hawai'i, organizers of the event. (Read More...)

Parks going to the dogs: Owners must raise funds to establish parks for their pets 06/16/2006

Pet owners who want dog parks in McCully and Hawaii Kai are learning a new trick: fundraising.

The city Parks Department has approved two locations for dog parks at the Ala Wai Community Center and in Hawaii Kai next to Hawaii Kai Park and Ride. One more on the Windward side is pending.

But there's a catch.

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Dogs to parade for new park 06/04/2006

HAWAI'I KAI — A passel of pooches will take to the street today during Hui 'Ilio Hawai'i's second annual dog walk created to bring awareness to the need for a dog park in the community.

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City urges public-private partnering for dog park plans 07/14/2005

The Wongs know it is illegal.

But to give their golden retriever a little leash-free time in a city park, Tim and Lisa Wong will chance a ticket.

"Dogs love to run around," said Tim Wong, one of nearly 30 East Honolulu residents who came out last night for the first public meeting on a city dog park planned for Hawaii Kai. "We feel that dogs need a place." (Read More...)

Input invited for dog park 07/03/2005

HAWAI'I KAI — Dog owners are on their way to getting a dog park in Hawai'i Kai with the approval of money from the city to design and plan the park at Keahole Street and Kalaniana'ole Highway.

The park will be on a portion of five acres of city-owned land that abuts the park-and-ride facility — the same site the city had considered and then rejected for a police station — and is mostly scrub brush now.

City Councilman Charles Djou, who asked the council to approve the appropriation, said the dog park has widespread support from the community. (Read More...)

Waimanalo chews on off-leash dog park idea 05/10/2005

WAIMANALO — Sen. Fred Hemmings is proposing to build an off-leash dog park on the beach of "Sherwood Forest" where pets can frolic in the water, but some residents are raising concerns about safety and health.

Hemmings, R-25th (Kailua, Waimanalo, Hawai'i Kai), is proposing to fence in a northern section of Waimanalo Bay Beach Park that he said is underused. Dogs would be allowed to come out of the fenced area to play in the water.

Petitions for and against the project are circulating in Waimanalo. (Read More...)

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