2007 Young Professionals Events

Lokahi Giving Program

Lokahi Warehouse
December 15, 2007

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This year, the ASCE Younger Members Forum (YMF) organized a drive for the Lokahi Giving Program where members of YMF and YP came together to help those who are less fortunate during the holiday season.
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On an early Saturday morning, volunteers arrived bright and eager at the Lokahi Warehouse to take inventory and organize the donations that were received.  In addition to helping organize new Christmas gift donations, we also came to understand that one person’s surplus can be another person’s treasure, so no gift or monetary donation is too small.
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YP wishes to thank YMF for organizing the service event, Lokahi supervisor Lynn Waiamau for guiding our group while volunteering, YMF and YP volunteers, and to all donors who contributed to this worthy cause.
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(Highlights courtesy of YMF President Lisa Takushi and YP co-chair Timothy Lum Yee; photos courtesy of Florence Ching.)

“Passport to Success” Technical Sessions

UH Manoa Campus
November 2 and 9, 2007

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The YP Committee strives to provide events that may be of interest to students and younger professionals and to offer opportunities for professional development.  In November 2007, YP was fortunate to join forces with the ASCE YMF and the ASCE UH Chapter to host two technical sessions about financial management and professional liability, respectively.

On November 2, 2007, YP kicked off its “Passport to Success” Technical Sessions by having Grant Hashiba, financial advisor of the Financial Network Investment Corporation, to discuss ways in which young people can better manage their finances, purchase a home, and/or prepare for retirement.  Mr. Hashiba underlined the specifics about 401(k)s, IRAs, and Roth IRAs, explained how they differ, and elaborated on the advantages and disadvantages of each plan.  He also talked about stocks and mutual funds, helping YPs begin an action plan towards financial success.

The following week, November 9, 2007, Chuck McKay, of Rosenberg and McKay, spoke about professional liability, but more specifically about what is entailed when drawings and reports are stamped.  Mr. McKay went over the Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) pertaining to engineers and architects in a very interesting way, and helped young engineers to better understand the responsibilities and commitments to the profession and to the welfare of public.

In addition to listening to the invaluable lectures, attendees also enjoyed pizza, refreshments, and the chance to win AWWA and HWEA door prizes.

Due to the success of these sessions, YP plans to host future lectures in 2008.  If you have any suggestions for topics or know of someone who you think might be interested to speak, contact YP co-chairs Lyuba Puzakova at lpuzakova@hdrinc.com or Timothy Lum Yee at tlumyee@hdrinc.com.

Special thanks go to AWWA, HWEA, and ASCE, speakers Grant Hashiba and Chuck McKay, the University of Hawaii at Manoa Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department, and to all the students and young professionals who attended.

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(Highlights courtesy of YP co-chairs Lyuba Puzakova and Timothy Lum Yee; photos and refreshments courtesy of former YP co-chair Lauren Arizumi)

College of Engineering Career Fair

UH Manoa Campus
October 12, 2007

To help recruit more members into the YP committee, the committee set up a booth at the College of Engineering Career Fair, having the opportunity to meet with undergraduate and graduate students. Students shared their interests in learning more about water and wastewater engineering and financial management, as well as attending various social events and relevant field trips. Showing AWWA and HWEA’s presence at this career fair was beneficial as it provided YP the type of interests students had as well informed students the opportunities YP has to offer.

AWWA/HWEA Behind-the-Scenes Tour at the Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park

Kapolei, Hawaii
July 28, 2007


On Saturday, July 28, 2007, the Young Professionals Committee (YP) hosted a behind-the-scenes tour of the Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park in Kapolei, Hawaii.  JC, the Park’s technical operator, guided the YPs through the Park’s pump/filter building and the chlorine room. Here are a few interesting facts learned:

The majority of water consumed at the Park is in the restrooms.
The Park produces chlorine to sanitize the water.
The waves of the Hurricane Bay are generated by differentiating the pressure to the water supply.
The water system is backwashed daily during peak summer months as approximately 2,000 people are accommodated each day.
The monthly water bill is approximately $11,000.

After the tour, the YPs enjoyed sandwiches, chips, and drinks under a shady tree outside the Park before riding the Shaka!

Thank you to Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park for the tour, to AWWA and HWEA for your continued support, and to all the Young Professionals who made it out that day.  We hope to see you all at our next event!


(Highlights courtesy of Timothy Lum Yee and Young Professional Co-Chair Lyuba Puzakova; Photos courtesy of Wendy Chen and Lauren Ishima)

AWWA/HWEA Second Annual Young Professionals Mixer – “YP Boozter”

Dave and Busters, Ward Entertainment Center
June 15, 2007

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On Friday, June 15, 2007 the Young Professional (YP) Committee hosted their second annual mixer the “YP Boozter”. More than 80 young professionals showed up at Dave and Busters (D&B) to share a night of food, fun, and games. To kick start the night Elson Gushiken and John Katahira each provided a brief description of the AWWA and HWEA organizations. From there, everyone immersed themselves to playing pool, networking among fellow young professionals, and eating the ono grindz. After the mixer was officially over, the party continued as many went on to play games and socialize with friends.


The attendees gained the benefits of networking and building relationships with their colleagues in the water and wastewater industry. Overall, the mixer was successful at reaching out to young professionals and encouraging them to get involved with AWWA, HWEA, and YP Committee. Those interested in becoming more involved should contact co-chairs Lyuba Puzakova and Lauren Ishima.


Thank you to our sponsors AWWA and HWEA, the hard workers who helped organize the YP Boozter, and to all the young professionals who made it out that night. Special thanks to Susan Uyesugi, Jon Muraoka, Elson Gushiken, and John Katahira for coming out to support the social.

We look forward to seeing you all at our next event!

(Highlights and photos courtesy of Timothy Lum Yee and Young Professional Co-Chairs Lyuba Puzakova and Lauren Ishima)

AWWA Hawaii Section/HWEA Young Professionals Committee Beach BBQ

Kapiolani Beach Park
March 17, 2007

On Saturday, March 17, 2007 the Young Professional Committee (YP) held their first social event of the year, a barbeque. This event took place at Kapiolani Beach Park and was sponsored by AWWA/HWEA organizations. At the event young professionals had a chance to get together and enjoy good food, catch some sun and share stories while getting to know each other. The goal of this event was to encourage young professionals, students and interns to interact with other young engineers with similar interests or just socialize with peers.

Thank you to AWWA and HWEA for sponsoring the occasion and to all Young Professionals who made it out that day. We hope to see you at our next event!

(Photos and highlights courtesy of Young Professionals Co-Chair Lyuba Puzakova)

AWWA Hawaii Section/HWEA Young Professionals Committee Bus Tour

Primary Urban Center Watershed Tour
February 17, 2007


On Saturday, February 17, 2007 the Young Professionals Committee (YP) took a bus tour of one of Oahu’s primary watersheds.  The tour was sponsored by the Ala Wai Watershed Association and the Honolulu Board of Water Supply.  For those of you who are not familiar, the Ala Wai Watershed Association was formed to develop community-based stewardship to improve environmental conditions within the Ala Wai watershed.  The Association has provided and continues to provide community seminars, educational tours, work projects, technical assistance, and support to volunteers and community organizations that share the value of environmental health and safety.


The tour featured Nuuanu Reservoir, Moanalua Stream, Halawa Xeriscape Garden, the Pearl Harbor Aquifer, and a view of the watershed from Keehi Lagoon.  Thank you to the Ala Wai Watershed Association and the Honolulu Board of Water Supply for hosting the tour and to all the YP’s who made it out that day.  We look forward to seeing you at our next event!

(Photos courtesy of Timothy Lum Yee and Young Professionals Co-chairs Lyuba Puzakova and Lauren Ishima).

HWEA Young Professionals Committee Mentorship

HWEA Conference 2007
February 7, 2007


The Young Professionals Committee (YP) held their first annual HWEA Young Professionals Mentorship at the 2007 HWEA Annual Conference. The YP’s gathered during a networking break to meet with seasoned professionals with similar specialties and interests. Thank you to all the Mentors for coming out and sharing your knowledge with the Mentees and their growing minds.


(Photos courtesy of Young Professional Co-Chairs Lianna Chang and Lauren Ishima).