April 2022 Meeting Summary

Meeting Date: April 20, 2022

Venue: Virtual Meeting

Attendance: 30 participants

Welcome attendees

Vice President Keoni Wasano welcomed the attendees and started the meeting.

Committee Chair Updates

Legislative Committee – Co-Chair Jefferson Young gave an update on two bills:

  1. House bill 2336 – red light imaging detection.  Gone through House and Senate and is headed to the conference committee to reconcile differences
  2. House bill 3274 – HDOT to increase funding for ped and bike infrastructure.  Made through Senate and stalled after the first reading of the House.

Technical Committee – Chair Yifeng Mao helped the Western District technical committee review submissions for the Large section Activity Awards and the International Outstanding Section Awards.

National/District updates

Section Administrator Cathy Leong previewed several upcoming events.

  • 2nd AnnualTransportation Solutions Event – focus on multi-modal sensors and detection.  ITE Hawaii section is partnering with six vendors to present new technologies and case study applications. The event will be held on May 18 from 3 to 5 pm.  Registration is currently open.  Tickets are free to all ITE members and agency staff.
  • Palm Spring Western District Annual Meeting, June 26-29, 2022
    1. The ITE Western District is partnering with CalTrans
    2. Four technical tracks including student and young professional programming
    3. The conference includes networking and social events
    4. Registration is open, but rates will go up on May 1

Western District Secretary-Treasurer

Keoni introduced the two candidates for the Western District Secretary-Treasurer position: Patrick Marnell and Jared Travis.  These candidates described their vision for the District and priorities if elected.  Both candidates encouraged members to vote.  More information about each of the candidates can be found on the ITE Western District website: https://westernite.org/meet-your-2022-candidates-for-secretary-treasurer/


Keoni introduced Kathleen Rooney, Ulupono Initiative’s Director of Transportation Policy and Programs.  Kathleen is leading the impact investing firm’s efforts in the advancement of a people-centric, carbon-free, and equity-enhancing transportation systems in Hawai‘i, and was recognized as one of Women’s Transportation Seminar’s 2021 Women on the Move.  Rooney was recently featured in a new book, titled Women Driven Mobility: Rethinking the Way the World Moves, which explores women “leading the way in mobility and automotive innovation.” 

Kathleen gave a presentation on Hawaii’s current ground transportation system and asked members whether it was truly serving the needs of our communities and helping to shape a sustainable, resilient future for the Islands.  Kathleen presented several of Ulupono Initiative’s current and recent projects.  She also described what she believed were key drivers for changing transportation in Hawaii and challenged the audience to re-think and re-evaluate current transportation investment decisions through that new lens.

Kathleen’s presentation is available here.

Closing and Next Meeting

Keoni thanked the speaker and reminded those in attendance about the May Technical Solutions event.  He thanked everyone for attending and closed the meeting.