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2009 Young Professionals Events

The Pursuit for Clean Water: Students Participate in Water Treatment Design Competition

By Timothy Lum Yee

Imagine…a tropical storm has hit the Hawaiian Islands and has affected the islands’ water supply. Now, with limited resources, you and your team have 90 minutes to treat the  contaminated water. Go!

This short prelude set the stage for students participating in the ASCE Pacific Southwest Regional Conference, Environmental Design Competition, organized and judged this  year by the AWWA/HWEA Young Professionals (YP) Committee. On Thursday, April 2, 2009, teams from 16 colleges and universities brought their pre-designed mechanisms, wits, and skills in efforts to “treat” a gallon of contaminated water to produce clean, clear water.

The YP Committee coordinated early on and set up a judging criteria which included the quality of teams’ poster presentation, economy of the treatment system, quantity of  treated water produced and, most importantly, water quality as characterized by turbidity, absorbance, and ammonia removal.

The morning of the competition, YP members made its “wastewater” concoction from various household products. As the competition commenced, it was clear how each   school had prepared. Systems varied from unique filtration systems, elaborative mechanics, pressure-driven apparatuses, none of which, however, overshadowed each team’s evident enthusiastic efforts.

The YP committee is pleased to announce the schools that placed in the top 5, but congratulates all teams for their commendable efforts.

First Place: Northern Arizona University

Second Place: University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Third Place: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Honorable Mentions: University of Southern California and California State University, Fullerton.

Special thanks go to the staff and research assistants of the Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) for helping with water quality testing and to fellow judges YP member  Kristen Au and incoming YP co-chair Dayna Fujimoto.

YP’s Volunteer for Hawaii Trail and Mountain Club Trail Maintenance

By Dayna Fujimoto

On Sunday, September 13, 2009 AWWA|HWEA Young Professionals (YP) members volunteered to help the Hawaii Trail and Mountain Club (HTMC) do maintenance work on

the Wailupe Loop hiking trial in Aina Haina. HTMC is a community based, volunteer hiking club on Oahu. Led by experienced and knowledgeable hikers, the club hikes one of the 80+ trails on Oahu every weekend, providing a means for people to explore and enjoy Hawaii’s natural environment.

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In addition to leading hiking trips,HTMC has a trail maintenance group which goes out every Sunday to do maintenance on the hiking trails. Six YP members geared up with loppers and clippers and joined 20+ other HTMC  members to hike and take on the day’s work. The goal of these trail maintenance outings is to clear the trails of overgrown branches, ferns, and other plants while being careful  not to cut the native vegetation such as koa trees and lehua plants.

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On the trail, volunteers learned from the other experienced hikers how to identify some of these native plants.  We also learned that hikers come in all ages and from different backgrounds. We hiked alongside hikers well into their 60’s who were doctors, lawyers, and even retirees.  Overall, the hike offered us a great opportunity to give back, and in return, our lungs and legs had a great workout.

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Thank you to Troy Ching, Timothy Lum Yee, Staci Kunitake, Chi Du, Lauren Arizumi, and Dayna Fujimoto for all their hard work in helping HTMC on one of their trail maintenance outings. If it were not for the diligent and committed trail maintenance work this group does, all of Oahu’s hiking trails except the handful of Stateowned trails would not be hikeable and available for the public to enjoy. We are very  fortunate that such a dedicated group of trail clearers exists, and we were happy to lend a helping hand that Sunday.

He’eia Fishpond Community Work Day

By Lara Karamatsu

On Saturday, October 12, 2009, ASCE YMF and AWWA|HWEA YP members volunteered at the He’eia Fishpond Community Work Day.  He`eia Fishpond was constructed over 600 years ago by the Native Hawaiian people.  The kuapā (seawall) of He`eia Fishpond encompasses an area of 88 acres.  He`eia Fishpond is currently the second largest fishpond on the island of Oahu still in use.  In 1965 a section of the fishpond’s kuapā (seawall) fronting Kaneohe Bay was washed away during a flood event.  Since then a temporary seawall has been constructed in place of the missing wall consisting of 12 inch concrete cylinders approximately 4 inches in diameter.

The goal of the community work day was to help in the construction effort to restore the segment of kuapā that was destroyed in the 1965 flood by moving various sizes of coral and rock from the shoreline to the work area.

The work day began with a safety briefing and tour of He`eia Fishpond. Upon completion of the tour, volunteers were split into three groups.  The first group loaded coral and rocks into the bed of a John Deer Gator which was driven from the shoreline to the work area.  The second group loaded the rocks coral from the John Deer Gator onto a pontoon boat.  The third group would then move the pontoon boat across the missing segment of the kuapā to the opposite end of the wall opening.  There the third group would unload the material, forming a base to be used for the future construction of the replacement kuapā.

Once the work was done, volunteers enjoyed a delicious lunch of chicken luau, salad, and kalua pig.  Thank you to Aaron Erickson, Kim Kido, Troy Ching, Dayna Fujimoto, Sara Toyama, Lance Okuada, and Lara Karamatsu for coming out to help in the restoration effort of the He’eia Fishpond kuapā and to Troy Ching for coordinating this event with Keli’i of Paepae o He`eia.


2008 Young Professionals Events

YP Lounge/Mentorship Program

2008 HWEA Conference
February 20, 2008

This year at the 2008 HWEA Conference, both service and mentorship were key themes as YPs assisted with the registration desk, helped collect lunch tickets, and got involved by asking questions at the exhibitor booths and technical sessions.  The conference also hosted its first ever YP Lounge, the new site of the annual Mentorship Program.

Turnout at the Mentorship Program was excellent as mentors and mentees showed up to discuss current projects and issues, career goals, and the water and wastewater industry.  The event was a great opportunity to meet new people in the profession with similar specialties and interests.

Lounge attendees also enjoyed refreshments (cookies and juice) sponsored by The Limtiaco Consulting Group and HDR|Hawaii Pacific Engineers, Inc.

We hope that these offerings have given something fun and informative for HWEA members to enjoy.  We are constantly looking for new ways to invite students and young professions and experienced professionals more opportunities to become active with organization, so please feel free contact us at or

The Students and Young Professionals Committee sends out a big mahalo to all the volunteers, mentorship attendees, exhibitors, speakers, conference attendees, and guests for supporting us and for your continued enthusiasm and guidance.

(Photos courtesy of Troy Ching, and Young Professional Co-Chairs Timothy Lum Yee and Lyuba Puzakova).

Storm Drain Stenciling

Downtown Honolulu
March, 2008

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As young professionals and private citizens, helping to protect Hawaii’s waters is an obvious goal.  On Saturday, March 15, 2008, members of HWEA/AWWA Young Professionals, ASCE YMF, ASCE UH Chapter, and Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society, had the opportunity to experience one of the best ways towards achieving that goal: participating in the City and County of Honolulu, Department of Environmental Services’ Storm Drain Stenciling Program.Servicing the Chinatown area, one of the first things we noticed during the activity was the public taking notice.  Many of the pedestrians walking by stopped to look at what we were doing and understood its importance.  For example, a mother with two young children stopped to say that they had participated in the program before.  The public’s actions informed us that there is awareness, but that we also need to continue to educate others about the importance of not discharging pollutants down our storm drains.

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Another observation made was a sense of community.  Installing placards and stenciling messages in an area where many of us work or visit made it feel as though we were helping our own neighborhood. The messages stenciled near our storm drains read “E Malama I Ka Wai Ola”, which means “Help Protect Our Waters For Life”.  And because we all care about our Hawaii’s waters, doing our part in any neighborhood is ultimately helping our Hawaii community.

After the activity, volunteers received free t-shirts from the City and bentos provided by ASCE YMF. The service activity itself was simple, but the message is strong.  And we look forward to continued activities with the Storm Drain Stenciling Program through both service and outreach.  Future sites include the Kailua and Hawaii Kai neighborhoods.

Special thanks go to Iwalani Sato of the City and County of Honolulu, Department of Environmental Services, and Emi Kiyoi of ASCE YMF.
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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 or Timothy Lum Yee at

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).

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2006 Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award


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The 2005-2006 recipient of the Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award goes to Merlita Cabauatan of the City & County of Honolulu. Merlita is currently a Sanitary Chemist I assigned to the Leeward Region, primarily at the Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment Plant. Merlita is essentially in charge of performing all process control analyses required by operations to make process control adjustments. Her pleasing personality and hard working attitude have gained her the respect and full cooperation of the operations and maintenance staff. Merlita also works with City environmental engineers from her division to perform special projects not only for the Honouliuli WWTP, but for the Department as a whole. Because of her willingness to accept jobs, she has become a valuable asset to the organization. She has also served in the facilities safety committee program, and annually serves as one of the instructors in teaching the mandatory Sexual Harassment class.

Merlita is an active member of the HWEA Laboratory Committee, and volunteers her time to organize the laboratory event at the annual Operations Challenge by gathering equipment and supplies necessary for the event. She has also participated as a member of the Honouliuli Operations Challenge team, and has helped to coach the team. She has also participated in past conference presentations, demonstrating laboratory analysis techniques.

Merlita has been very active in various community activities over the years. She serves as committee chair for the Cub Scout Pack 136, which administers and supervises cub scout leaders. She is responsible for all administrative activities necessary to keep the organization functional, including registration, social functions, accounting, classes and fund raising. She has also been very active in her parish, contributing her time to decorate the altar every Sunday. Merlita has also been a PTA member, volunteering for activities such as fund raising, field trip chaperon, social activities, classroom helper, library inventory volunteer, and serving as a driver to transport kids to various educational activities.

Merlita also has a brown belt in karate. Part of her activity besides teaching white belt students is to get involved in humanitarian projects like collecting canned goods for the homeless and donating to the food bank. She also helps coordinate and organize school karate tournaments, such as assembling trophies and keeping score. She has participated in tournaments both locally and on the mainland. As if a day has 48 hours, Merlita also dances hula on weekends and performs free at various venues when requested!

Merlita’s accurate and timely laboratory results have contributed greatly in the efficient and effective operation of the Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment Plant. Her willingness to share her knowledge and go “beyond the call of duty” is to be commended. We congratulate Merlita Cabauatan, recipient of the 2005 – 2006 WEF Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award.

2006 Arthur Sidney Bedell Award


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The 2005-2006 recipient of the Arthur Sidney Bedell award is Edie Eldeen, who is employed with the City & County of Honolulu’s Department Environmental Services, Regulatory Control Branch. Edie has been a member of WEF since 1978 and has served previously as HWEA Membership Chair (1990 to 1996) and as HWEA Conference Co-Chair (2006). Prior to moving to Hawaii, Edie was also very active in the Iowa Water Environment Association.

In Iowa, Edie planned and facilitated 6 semi-annual 2-day seminars for water and wastewater operators in 1979 to 1988 and actively participated in seminars sponsored by the Iowa State University and Iowa University. She was a founding member of the Iowa Wastewater Laboratory certification program and holds certification in both water and wastewater operations in Iowa.

She is a member of the WEF Membership Committee and also a member of the WEF Membership Diamond Club since 1995, sponsoring over 125 new members. She served on the first national Operations Challenge team for Iowa. She has also served as a Operations Challenge laboratory event judge at the WEFTEC held in Kansas City. Edie has also volunteered much of her time to facilitate and promote HWEA and the wastewater treatment field in Hawaii.

Edie has an extensive background in wastewater treatment plant operations. Prior to coming to Hawaii in 1988, Edie worked over 10 years at several wastewater treatment plants in Iowa in supervisory capacities, including an industrial wastewater treatment facility. At many of the facilities, she was the direct responsible charge for the day to day operations of the plants.

Edie has been employed by the City & County of Honolulu since 1988. From 1988 to 1992, she has worked as a Grade IV Operator at the Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment Plant, operating the multiple hearth furnace. From 1992 to 1999, she served as a Supervisor III assigned to the Wahiawa Wastewater Treatment Plant. There, she was not only responsible for the Wahiawa WWTP, but also the Whitmore Village Pretreatment Facility, Mililani Pretreatment Facility and nine employees. Duties included operations and maintenance of the facilities under a State of Hawaii Consent Decree. She also assisted in the pre-construction phase of the plant upgrade, perform public education tours and talks, trained new employees, wrote reports, conducted compliance monitoring, sampling, laboratory testing, procurement of supplies, grounds maintenance, and plant security. During this span of time, the plant received operational compliance awards each year.

Edie is currently the responsible charge of the City’s Liquid Waste Hauler Program. Her current duties include permitting, enforcement, compliance monitoring discharge sites, sampling, compliance monitoring of hauler submitted discharge reports, report writing, investigation work, maintenance of six individual databases, public education, forms design, hauler discharge billings pretreatment device inspection and enforcement, user permit program assistance, and procurement.

Edie’s contributions to HWEA and the water environment field have been considerable and she is always willing to put forth effort to educate people about the field. For these reasons, we congratulate Edie Eldeen as the 2005 – 2006 recipient of the Arthur Sidney Bedell Award.

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2006 Young Professionals Events

AWWA Hawaii Section|HWEA Young Professionals Committee Field Trip

Ameron Quarry, Kailua
November 13, 2006
Underground Solutions Fusible C-900 PVC Field Trip

On Monday, November 13th, the Young Professionals Committee (YP) visited the site of the Pump House Two Expansion project at the Ameron Quarry in Kailua.  The field trip was coordinated by Underground Solutions, a company which provides infrastructure technologies for water and wastewater applications, and conduits for applications ranging from electrical to fiber optics.  The project features the use of over 8,000 feet of fusible C-900 PVC pipe, which is being installed by open cut.  Three separate lines were being installed, including a 5,400 ft, 12-in DR18 reclaim line, a 1,300 ft, 6-in potable water line, and a 1,300 ft, 8-in electrical conduit.  The field trip included an overview of the fusion equipment, methods, and a demonstrations of the pipe fusing process.

AWWA Hawaii Section|HWEA Young Professionals Committee Site Visit

Honouliuli, Ewa
October 17, 2006
DYK Incorporated Water Tank Tour

On Tuesday, October 17th, the Young Professionals Committee (YP), along with personnel from the Honolulu Board of Water Supply visited the 6.0 million gallon Honouliuli 228′ Reservoir No. 3 in Ewa.  The reservoir, currently under construction, is owned by the Honolulu Board of Water Supply and will provide much needed storage capacity in the Ewa Plain.  The site visit was coordinated by tank contractor DYK Incorporated, a leader in the design and construction of prestressed concrete water storage tanks.  Before the site visit, DYK Incorporated provided attendees an overview of the project during a luncheon meeting before proceeding out to the site.

AWWA Hawaii Section|HWEA Young Professionals Committee Field Trip

Kapiolani Park, Waikiki
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June 30, 2006

On Friday, June 30th, the Young Professionals Committee (YP) met in Kapiolani Park for a CCTV demonstration by Underground Services, Inc. (USi). USi employees Mark Goodrowe, Kim Fernandez-Lopez, and Don Mischka, showed off USi’s CCTV camera, brand-new lateral camera, associated toning devices, and newly refurbished equipment truck that house the robotic controls and recording devices (complete with air-conditioning!). After explaining the importance of pipeline inspection, USi gave tips on how to interpret CCTV footage (defects, broken pipe, etc.) and informed the YP’s about PACP certification, a new CCTV rating standardization that the City might adapt in the future. Since the YP’s were such great students, USi allowed them to drive the camera through a section of pipe from smh 471445 (SI40PA0013) to 471469 (SI40PA0012), a 286′ long, 15″ diameter RCP pipe located at the Diamond Head end of Kapiolani Park. After some practice, the YP’s were able to inspect the pipe, detect a few minor cracks, and even discover an incident of weeping infiltration.

After navigating the sewers, the YP’s enjoyed a relaxing picnic lunch with Mark, Kim, and Don. Handy-wipes were readily available so that everyone could clean their hands before digging in. During lunch, many of the summer interns were able to talk with USi and the YP’s about their work experience. Many thanks to the gang at USi for sharing their vast CCTV knowledge and to all the YP’s who made it out that day!

AWWA Hawaii Section|HWEA Young Professionals Committee Field Trip

Kalaheo Avenue, Kailua
April 28, 2006
Kalaheo Avenue Sewer Reconstruction and Water Main Installation

On April 28th, the AWWA Hawaii Section YP committee sponsored a tour of the City & County of Honolulu’s Kalaheo Avenue Reconstructed Sewer construction site in Kailua. Jeff Kalani of Yogi Kwong Engineers provided a tour of all the exciting happenings on the Kalaheo project, including the microtunneling of a new 48” sewer, mircrotunneling of a new water line, open-cut trench installation of a new parallel 8” sewer, and jet-grouting to help stabilize the soil in the area. For more information on this project you can visit

A total of 7 young professionals attended. Since the site visit was during lunch, the YP committee hosted a sack lunch at Kailua Beach Park after the field trip. You can click on the thumbnails below to see a larger image. Be sure to be on the lookout for future YP committee-sponsored events!

AWWA Hawaii Section|HWEA Young Professionals Committee Technical Presentation

January 24, 2006
Green Building Alternatives

On Tuesday January 24th, the AWWA Hawaii Section Young Professionals (YPs) joined together for a “Green Building Alternatives” Presentation by Laurence Kometani of Exacta Sales. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Laurence is one of the leaders of the Makiki Stream Stewards, a community group dedicated to the care and preservation of Makiki Stream. He is also a member of Exacta Sales, a locally-owned company that provides “green” solutions and alternative environment-friendly building materials. Exacta Sales has also contributed to award-winning LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) structures including Punahou’s Case Middle School.

Laurence gave us a presentation about various environmentally-friendly alternatives and showed us examples of green structures constructed in Hawaii. He also explained that LEED Certification is a rating system which identifies how “green” a structure is. Thanks to Laurence, the YP’s have some new “green” building materials in their tool belts and new ideas for sustainable design. Thank you to all the YP’s who joined us for the presentation. We look forward to seeing you at our next event!

(Highlights courtesy of Young Professional Co-Chair Lianna Chang).

2003 – 2004 Awardees


The Bedell Award was established by WEF to acknowledge extraordinary personal service to a member association (i.e., HWEA). Criteria for this award include organizational leadership, administrative service, membership activity, stimulation of technical functions, or similar participation.

The 2003 – 2004 recipient of the WEF Arthur Sidney Bedell Award is Kenneth T. Ishizaki, Vice President of the consulting engineering company Engineering Concepts, Inc. Ken joined the Hawaii Water Pollution Control Association (HWPCA) in 1968, just six years after its founding. If you asked him why he joined the HWPCA, his answer will be that as one of the very few students enrolled in the University of Hawaii sanitary engineering graduate school program, it was bestowed upon the students as a perk. In those early days when slide rules ruled and handheld calculators were still a distant dream, very few civil engineering graduates enlisted in the master’s degree program of this particular specialty field. Since then, Ken has been a mainstay of the association, experiencing the name change of the organization to the present Hawaii Water Environment Association (HWEA) and the profound growth of the organization’s membership. He served the association as HWPCA Secretary-Treasurer in 1974, and in ensuing years went on to serve as Vice-President, President and finally Past-President in 1978. Of the distinguished 73 sanitary professionals in Hawaii who hold the coveted Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers (5-S) keepsake that recognizes service to the organization and the community, Ken is chronologically numbered as the fourteenth inductee, which took place in 1983.

Ken has continued to be active in the association and the water environment field. He has served on the State of Hawaii Board of Certification of Operating Personnel in Wastewater Treatment Facilities. Most notably, he has been a member on the HWEA Water Reuse Committee since it was formed in the early 1990s. Throughout the years, this committee has served as an advisory body to the Hawaii State Department of Health (SDOH), with an aim to promulgate practical standards for the recycling of treated wastewater for beneficial purposes in Hawaii.  In its most recent revisions to its Reuse Guidelines, the SDOH relaxed some of their requirements, finally recognizing the position that the Reuse Committee has long advocated – reuse of wastewater, done properly, is a safe and beneficial practice. Currently, Ken is serving as HWEA’s National Director on the Water Environment Federation (WEF) House of Delegates for the 2002 to 2004 term.

Ken’s contributions to HWEA and the environmental profession has been considerable during his more than 38 years as a consulting engineer. For his spirited and sustained service to the organization, we congratulate Kenneth T. Ishizaki as the 2003 – 2004 recipient of the WEF Arthur Sidney Bedell Award.  You can click here or on the thumbnail image above to view Ken accepting his award from WEF Past-President Robert McMillan.



The Hatfield Award is presented to operators of wastewater treatment plants for outstanding performance and professionalism. Criteria for this award include: 1) preparation of reports that fulfill the information requirements of his or her superiors and provide useful suggestions for facility and operational improvements; 2) promotion of good public relations with the community; and 3) involvement in dissemination of information concerning advancements in the field.

The recipient of the 2003-2004 WEF William F. Hatfield Award is Richard Antonio, Plant Manager with the South Kohala Wastewater Corporation. Richard has been with the South Kohala Wastewater Corporation plant manager since 1996. Previous to his present position, Richard was employed for nearly 30 years with the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.

In his role as Plant Manager, Richard is constantly in contact with the public, homeowners, contractors, hotel employees, hotel guests and government officials. His role is to ensure that not only all regulatory requirements are met but also that the company’s relationship with the various parties are kept in good standing. His knowledge of the industry and it’s relationships with the public sector are well understood and he has always been very supportive and helpful in his approach with the public.

Richard is meticulous in his documentation of what occurs in his facility, which includes the collection system and pump stations. He has a wealth of information (both documented and anecdotal knowledge) of the initial construction and progress of the wastewater infrastructure that is invaluable in providing information for improvements to the existing system as well as having a tremendous grasp of ways to improve the system. Richard is constantly looking for ways to improve the performance of the systems in a cost-efficient manner.

Richard is a Grade 2 Operator and supervises 3 employees who are extremely effective in maintaining and operating their wastewater system. His management skills are exceptional and are evident in the respect that his team gives him and the operation and overall condition of the facility. As a manager, implementation through subordinates and managing them as a team is the key to long-term and lasting success.

Richard’s strength lies in his ability to successfully go from the nuts and bolts of running a treatment facility to managing a staff that runs the facility. He has outfitted the South Kohala Wastewater System with a team of journey level people, including a journeyman electrician, plumber, welder, and a certified mechanic. With this team, he is able to deal with 90% of all work in-house, which is very cost-effective. He is very effective in matching the skills and strengths of the person to the job. He is also very committed to providing his team the flexibility to solve problems as a team and supporting that approach.

Throughout his career, Richard has always exemplified the true meaning of a Professional Wastewater Operator, and for this we congratulate Richard Antonio as the 2003 – 2004 recipient of the WEF William F. Hatfield Award.  You can click here or on the thumbnail image above to see Richard accepting his award from WEF Past-President Robert McMillan.


The Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award recognizes individuals for outstanding performance, professionalism, and contributions to the water quality analysis profession. Criteria for this award include: 1) employment involving direct analytical responsibilities at an educational, industrial, commercial, or municipal laboratory which performs

terrence_tanakawastewater related analysis 2) involvement in WEF/HWEA and other professional organizations; 3) outstanding efforts in the area of wastewater and environmental aquatic analyses; 4) involvement in community activities and public relations; 5) presentations at professional conferences, meetings, etc. relevant to water quality analysis; 6) professional certifications; 7) continuing education; 8) contributions beneficial to the nominee’s facility; and 9) unusual initiative or performance “beyond the call of duty.”

The recipient of the 2003 – 2004 WEF Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award isTerrence O. Tanaka, a Sanitary Chemist III with the County of Hawaii. Terrence has over 20 years of experience in the laboratory analyst profession. Terrence has been a member of WEF since 1995, and has been a member of the HWEA Laboratory Committee since it’s inception in 1996. He served as an Operations Challenge laboratory event judge in 1998, and also participated in the Operations Challenge as a member of the Hawaii County teams in 1995 and 1996 that went on to compete at the National WEF Operations Challenges in Miami and Dallas.

Terrence has served as an instructor for the State Training Center, teaching beginning and advanced level laboratory courses. He has provided valuable input for a comprehensive Facility Evaluation for the Hilo Wastewater Treatment Plant, including plant optimization and sulfide testing within the collection system.

He is dedicated to his profession, exemplified by his efforts to work on holidays, days off, and during emergency spills for the DOH. Terrence is the only person who does the NPDES compliance reporting for three Hilo Wastewater Treatment Plants, and operates the process control lab for two of the plants. He has continually educated the wastewater plant operators whenever they have had questions.

Over the last 20 years, Terrence has made many contributions to the Laboratory Analyst field and to HWEA. We congratulate Terrence O. Tanaka, recipient of the 2003 – 2004 WEF Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award.