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Honolulu District project manager Gabriel El-Swaify accepts a command coin from South Pacific Division (SPD) Commander Brig. Gen. Kimberly Colloton last week for his excellence in managing 12 support contracts for SPD.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Deputy Commanding General for Military and International Operations Maj. Gen. Anthony Funkhouser visited the Schofield Barracks Behavioral Health/Dental project site Dec. 5 where he listened to Project Engineer Dustin Timm give an overview of the two-phase project. and later walked the project site with Timm, District Deputy Commander Lt. Col. Joshua Sturgill, Schofield Barracks Deputy Area Engineer Capt. Katay Phommathep, Project Engineer 1st Lt. Mariah Caid-Loos, Schofield Barracks Area Engineer Jean McAninch, Schofield Barracks Resident Engineer Kimberly Jyo, Construction Representative Kailani Vazquez, and contractor team leadership.
During a mini-town hall Dec. 2, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Command Sgt. Maj. Bradley Houston discussed forthcoming Revolutionize USACE initiatives with District personnel and later visited District MILCON project sites at Fort Shafter and Schofield Barracks. During the townhall Houston awarded his signature USACE CSM coin to seven District employees for their excellence in delivering the District mission.
Honolulu District Commander Lt. Col. Kathryn Sanborn, Deputy District Engineer for Programs and Project Management Steve Cayetano (first row right), Florence Ching, chief, Military Programs Branch, and Gary Shirakata, Kwajalein Program Manager, met with employees of Honolulu District's Kwajalein Resident Office. Their three-day trip to the Republic of Marshall Islands included meeting new leadership, engaging partners and personnel, as well as project site visits to Echo Pier, the Ronald Reagan Test Site (RTS), and several Army family housing units.
Tira Faiivae Honolulu District Budget, Manpower & Management Chief, Tira Faiivae and Budget Analyst Matthew Yoshioka volunteered with Habitat for Humanity Nov.16, 2019 to help build a home in Kapolei, Hawaii. Both Faiivae and Yoshioka volunteered with the Army Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC-Aloha Chapter) a non-profit educational and professional organization for military and civilian, involved in the overall field of military. ASMC provides professional development and promotes ethical behavior in all aspects of defense financial management comptrollership.
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Employee Spotlight: Jason Billings, Honolulu District HDR-H Branch Chief.
Employee Spotlight Christina Lara Honolulu District Paralegal Specialist
Honolulu District Commander Lt. Col. Kathryn Sanborn and the Pacific Ocean Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Command Sgt. Maj Patrickson Toussaint joined about 80 volunteers Sept. 21, 2019, from Honolulu District USACE, POD, Tripler Army Medical Center, Punahou School, AECOM, family members, and friends during the annual National Public Lands Day beach cleanup. Coordinated by Honolulu District Park Rangers Angela Jones and Stephen Lawlor, NPLD is a day in which local, state, federal and other agencies and organizations come together to learn about, serve and play on public lands.
Thomas Crump, who was presented the Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal
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Honolulu District’s Regional Engineering Center (REC) employees were presented with One-Star letters by Pacific Ocean Division Commander Brig. Gen. Thomas Tickner during a ceremony held Sept. 5 at District headquarters. Tickner told the group that he was "exceptionally proud of their level of professionalism and tireless work on a greatly accelerated timeline" in preparing designs for the Aircraft Maintenance Hanger.
The Bucholz Army Airfield Runway (BAAF), Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands, project delivery team (PDT) was recognized and praised by Honolulu District Commander Lt. Col. Kathryn Sanborn during the Sept. 12 Project Management Review meeting in getting the $139.1 million base contract awarded ahead of schedule and under the available funding amount.
The Bucholz Army Airfield Runway (BAAF), Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands, project delivery team (PDT) was recognized and praised by Honolulu District Commander Lt. Col. Kathryn Sanborn during the Sept. 12 Project Management Review meeting in getting the $139.1 million base contract awarded ahead of schedule and under the available funding amount.
The Bucholz Army Airfield Runway (BAAF), Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands, project delivery team (PDT) was recognized and praised by Honolulu District Commander Lt. Col. Kathryn Sanborn during the Sept. 12 Project Management Review meeting in getting the $139.1 million base contract awarded ahead of schedule and under the available funding amount.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District (USACE) civil works branch teamed with the USACE Committee on River Engineering (CRE) July 19 to Aug. 2 to revisit two civil works project actions and evaluated the potential for future repairs during the 85th meeting of the USACE CRE.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District (USACE) civil works branch teamed with the USACE Committee on River Engineering (CRE) July 19 to Aug. 2 to revisit two civil works project actions and evaluated the potential for future repairs during the 85th meeting of the USACE CRE.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District (USACE) civil works branch teamed with the USACE Committee on River Engineering (CRE) July 19 to Aug. 2 to revisit two civil works project actions and evaluated the potential for future repairs during the 85th meeting of the USACE CRE.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District (USACE) civil works branch teamed with the USACE Committee on River Engineering (CRE) July 19 to Aug. 2 to revisit two civil works project actions and evaluated the potential for future repairs during the 85th meeting of the USACE CRE.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District (USACE) civil works branch teamed with the USACE Committee on River Engineering (CRE) July 19 to Aug. 2 to revisit two civil works project actions and evaluated the potential for future repairs during the 85th meeting of the USACE CRE.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District (USACE) civil works branch teamed with the USACE Committee on River Engineering (CRE) July 19 to Aug. 2 to revisit two civil works project actions and evaluated the potential for future repairs during the 85th meeting of the USACE CRE.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District (USACE) civil works branch teamed with the USACE Committee on River Engineering (CRE) July 19 to Aug. 2 to revisit two civil works project actions and evaluated the potential for future repairs during the 85th meeting of the USACE CRE.

Key Project Facts

The objective of this project is to reduce the damages and risks associated with flooding in the Ala Wai Watershed. Flash-flooding conditions can materialize within an hour in the upper portion of the Ala Wai watershed.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates a major flood in the watershed could damage 3,000 structures and cost more than $1.14 billion.

The project was developed to minimize the impact to private lands and maximize the use of public lands, but some impacts to private lands are unavoidable.

Acquisition of private lands is highly regulated under Federal law and is the responsibility of the non-Federal partner.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been authorized to move forward from the Feasibility Phase to the Design and Construction Phase, meaning the project is economically justified and environmentally compliant and has received authorization from Congress for construction.

In July 2018, Congress appropriated $345 million is an emergency appropriation to invest in projects located in areas prone to flooding that were determined to be economically justified and environmentally compliant. There is no expiration of funds provided under PL 115-123, for the Long Term Disaster Recovery Investment Program.

Non-federal sponsor cost share is approximately $125M. The benefit-cost ratio is approximately 3.68 to 1.

Federal Sponsor: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Local: Honolulu District)

Non-Federal Sponsor: Potential non-Federal sponsor are the State of Hawai’i DLNR, (Engineering Division) and the City & County of Honolulu (Department of Environmental Services)

Because the designs for the project are not complete, it is inappropriate to speculate on the exact location and size of the project features. USACE and our partners will complete data collection at specific project sites to further inform the design.

Project features include six debris/detention basins in upper reaches of Makiki, Manoa, and Palolo streams; one in-stream debris catchment structure; three multi-purpose detention basins; flood control elements along the Ala Wai Canal; flood warning system (non-structural); and fish and wildlife mitigation (non-structural).

Design development includes safety assurance reviews by the USACE Dam Safety Center and technical reviews to ensure a level of safety and operability.  The structures will also be constructed to meet Hawaii Dam Safety requirements so that the non-Federal Partner can maintain the project features in a way that will ensure the safety of the community and the project.

USACE is on the forefront of federal construction agencies in integrating climate change (including sea level change) into project planning and climate change adaptation into project design, construction and repair.

Concerned citizens are encouraged to communicate with their locally elected leaders, City & County of Honolulu, and the State of Hawaii. The Honolulu District welcomes your specific questions about this project. Once a project partnership agreement is in place between USACE and our non-Federal partners, additional formal channels will be established for the public to communicate questions or concerns.

Contact Information

Civil & Public Works Branch
Building 230
Fort Shafter, HI  96858-5440
(808) 835-4026
AlaWaiFloodProject@usace.army.mil