January 2021 Meeting Highlights

A virtual section meeting was held on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. There were 37 ITE members and 3 non-ITE members in attendance.

President Kelly Akasaki welcomed everyone to the meeting and provided updates from the committee chairpersons. HCES Engineer’s week is tentatively scheduled for late February. Details about this virtual event will be distributed as it becomes available. Michelle Agustin, Student Chapter liaison announced that ITE will be hosting a student workshop to help engineering students prepare for the upcoming UH Manoa career fair tentatively scheduled for February.

International Director Cathy Leong reminded everyone that the upcoming joint International, Western, and Mountain District Meeting is scheduled to be in-person and held in Portland, OR on July 18 – 21, 2021. The planning committee will make an official announcement regarding in-person or virtual participation as more information becomes available. Cathy also announced that the International Virtual Student Leadership Summit is scheduled for February 19 – 20, 2021. Cathy then encouraged members to submit local projects for the Transportation Project of the Year award. The Western District panel will select a winner for each category; Complete Streets, Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO), Safety, Planning, and Traffic Engineering. In addition, one of the five selected projects will be awarded the Western Districts Transportation Project of the Year award. Links for all these events are provided below.

Vice President Jasmine Teramae-Kaehuaea introduced the guest speaker, Ed Sniffen, Hawaii Department of Transportation Deputy Director for the Highways Division. Ed’s presentation focused on the State Highway Division’s values and goals as well as their year 2021 – 2022 initiatives. These values include their dedication to safety, accountability, community, innovation, and teamwork. His presentation is available through the ITE Hawaii section website. As part of their transparency and accountability initiatives, HDOT is looking for continual feedback on current interaction points and would appreciate feedback through their online survey.

Lastly, Kelly announced that the next virtual meeting will be held in February 2021 and reservations will be accepted through Eventbrite. Some members reported issues with the Eventbrite process, which Secretary-Treasurer Keoni Wasano will be addressing in an upcoming email.

Upcoming Event Links

2021 ITE Joint International, Western, & Mountain Districts Annual Meeting

International Virtual Student Leadership Summit

Western District Project of the Year

ITE Joint Sections FREE Webinar Series – Diversity & Inclusion, Session 1: Voices of Thought Leaders, February 17, 2021

ITE Technical Conference: Innovative Intersections and Streets, March 23 – 24, 2021