Category Archives: Young Professionals


2017 WEFTEC Community Service

Volunteers installed two rain gardens at city hall to help treat over 2,000 cubic feet of storm water from the parking lot and address flooding issues. A perforated pipe connects to a FocalPoint high flow biofiltration system. An energy dissipating structure was also created from crab traps filled with rocks to help reduce scouring from the rooftop scupper. This project is located near the Superdome stadium so it will receive attention from many as they pass by for concerts, football games and other events. It was a great opportunity to help the City of New Orleans and network with fellow conference attendees.


Announcement from WEF
by Michael Quamme, EIT

Thank you to everyone who was able to participate in the 9th Annual WEF Community Service Project at City Hall in New Orleans. We would not be able to accomplish such a large task without the hard work and dedication of everyone who participated!

See more photos on Twitter by searching #wefservice and feel free to add any pictures you took throughout the day! We will also be adding professional photos taken in the coming weeks to the WEFCOM SYPC library. If you are not yet registered on WEFCOM, just visit to register. In addition to photos, check out the clip below WEF TV did on the WEF Community Service Project!

The WEF House of Delegates, which includes elected members from all of the member associations, as well as the WEF board of directors were onsite from 11:50 AM to 1:10 PM to take part in the project and network with all the volunteers. In order to accommodate the large influx of people, we split the volunteers into two groups. The first group ate lunch with HOD while the other continued to work while the other group continues working on the project and switched half way through. This was a great opportunity to network with many of the leaders within WEF and within the industry!

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2015 Young Professionals Summit

As this year’s Young Professional (YP) Committee Chair for the Hawaii Water Environment Association (HWEA) and AWWA Hawaii Section, HWEA sponsored me to attend this year’s YP Summit in Austin, Texas. This year’s summit preceded the Utility Management Conference, and it brought together young professionals from around the country from both the public and private sectors, including many involved with utility operations.

The speakers at the summit included George Hawkins, General Manager of DC Water and Sewer Authority; Kurt Vause, Engineering Division Director of Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility; Doug Bean, Director of Utility Services at Raftelis; and Glenda Dunn of the City of Waco and a former AWWA Vice-President. While the speakers provided great insight into the water industry, their passion and charisma were their greatest means of conveying their messages to the YPs.

George Hawkins kicked off the summit with a high-energy talk about unlocking innovation. He listed his steps to doing this, which included reaching out to students, operators, financial people, vendors, utilities, and the media. Mr. Hawkins also spoke of a personal experience which he described as both the worst and best day on the job. A large storm had flooded the sewer system, causing sewage to back up into peoples’ homes, and Mr. Hawkins had to address the public about what had happened. Although he had to face angry homeowners, he was also able to explain to them why this occurred and the importance of upgrading the aging sewer system. By the end of it, he was able to get the public on his side, which helped to facilitate the subsequent construction.

Kurt Vause discussed the keys of success in public water sector management. His six keys to success included 1) it’s all about the people, 2) always work your boss – priorities first, 3) differentiate public vs. private, 4) creation of the culture, 5) process vs. policy, and 6) check your ego but not your passion. Mr. Vause also impressed upon us the importance of interpersonal and group skills and how we must identify our strengths and weaknesses. He said that we need to be able to trust the people we work with and also be prepared to tell the boss “no,” if necessary. He also relayed to us that there’s a trick called “2793,” where you have 27 words and 9 seconds to make 3 points.

Doug Bean spoke to the group after lunch, and kept everyone’s full attention during his presentation about the commoditization of water. He described public health as encompassing community, environment, and the collective benefit to society, and if the collective good helps public health, why shouldn’t the pricing also be a shared price? Mr. Bean described the differences in measuring value for public versus private organizations. Public organizations rely on public value, mission achievement, and public trust, and private organizations are measured by shareholder value, profitability, and customer loyalty. He stressed the importance of knowing who you’re working for and what its value is measured by.

The last speaker of the summit was Glenda Dunn, who spoke to us about professionalism. She stressed that emotional intelligence (EQ) is greater than IQ. Nowadays, there are four generations in the workplace, and it is a challenge to deal with the different perceptions of loyalty and work/life balance. She also discussed the various types of power: role power-authority; skills and knowledge; and relationship power. To bring the summit to a close, Ms. Dunn encouraged the YPs to “follow your bliss.” She wanted to the YPs to know that while work plays a huge role in our lives, we need to make sure that we enjoy our lives outside of work too.

The YP Summit included roundtable discussions following each presentation, and it spurred discussion about creating a positive culture within the office, what attributes make a great public utility, and how do you capture knowledge from the aging/experienced workforce before they retire.

Overall, the YP Summit was a great learning experience that allowed me to meet YPs and leaders with various backgrounds in the water industry, and I thank HWEA for giving me this invaluable opportunity to attend.

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2011 Young Professional Events

HWEA/AWWA Young Professionals (YP) Sand Island Beach Clean Up

By Kawika Kaulukukui

On Saturday, March 12, 2011, the AWWA/HWEA Young Professionals Committee (YP) held a beach clean up at the Sand Island Beach Park. The Sand Island Beach Park is part of the Sand Island State Recreation Area and features picnic and camping grounds, a beach, and surfing spot.

YP members armed with gloves and trash bags picked up trash along the beach and park grounds. The goal of the beach clean up was to assist in the preservation of a local beach and provide YP members an opportunity to network and meet new people.

Overall, the beach clean up was a success. The beach clean up provided a great opportunity to give back to the community. Many bags were filled with trash and attendees were rewarded with a bento lunch. Members enjoyed the lunches and the fellowship.

Thank you to Troy Ching, Tammy Akiyama, Jason Soriano, Terry Chan, Sean Ogata, Megan Inouye, Kelu Zhang, Kawika Kaulukukui, and Staci Kunitake for all of their hard work in helping to preserve one of Oahu’s beaches.

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Attendees pick up trash along the beach and park grounds Megan Inouye, Sean Ogata, and Terry Chan


2nd Row (Left to Right): Kelu Zhang, Sean Ogata, Staci Kunitake,
Kawika Kaulukukui, Jason Soriano.
1st Row (Left to Right): Terry Chan, Megan Inouye, Troy Ching.

HWEA/AWWA Young Professionals (YP) Synagro and Sand Island Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour

By Kawika Kaulukukui

The AWWA/HWEA Young Professionals (YP) hosted a tour of the Sand Island Wastewater Treatment Plant on Friday, April 1, 2011. Both YP and members of AWWA and HWEA attended. The tour included the biosolids facilities operated by Synagro. The biosolids processing includes anaerobic digestion, heat drying, and pelletization technologies. Following the Synagro tour, Athan Adachi, City and County of Honolulu Chief of the Division of Wastewater Treatment and Disposal, led a tour of the remaining treatment processes at the plant. The Sand Island Wastewater Treatment Plant is a chemically-enhanced primary treatment facility. Attendees toured the headworks facility, primary clarifiers, sludge pumping facilities, UV disinfection, and effluent pumping facilities. A tour of the control center for various treatment plants and pump stations was also provided. The event had a great turnout with 16 attendees.
Special thanks to Kenny Huy of Synagro and Athan Adachi of the City and County of Honolulu for sharing their time and providing the attendees with a tour of the Sand Island Wastewater Treatment Plant facilities.

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AWWA|HWEA Young Professionals (YP) Tsunami’s Pau Hana

May 26, 2011
By Lance Takehara, YP Secretary

On Thursday, May 26, 2011, the AWWA|HWEA Young Professionals Committee (YP) hosted a “pau hana” social event at Tsunami’s Bar and Grill. Lots of good food, drinks, and of course, good company made for a fun-filled evening for the YPs to kick back, network, and learn about YP. The event was officially listed to conclude at 6:30 pm, but many hung around to mingle late into the night.

With over 30 attendees from various private consulting firms and public entities, it was a great opportunity to network and make new friends in the industry. We appreciate all of the members who brought colleagues from their respective companies and encouraged participation in AWWA|HWEA. Those interested in becoming more involved should contact co-chairs Staci Kunitake and Kawika Kaulukukui.

Raise a glass to a successful event and we look forward to seeing you all at our next function!

AWWA|HWEA Young Professionals (YP) World Ocean’s Day Service Project

June 11, 2011
Mokauea Island, Oahu
By Alyssa “Sunshine” Smith, YP Community Service Chair

The AWWA|HWEA Young Professionals Committee (YPs) joined 300 other volunteers to participate in the 2011 World Ocean’s Day service project at Mokauea Island on Saturday, June 11. Mokauea Island is located a half-mile off Sand Island and is the last Hawaiian fishing village on Oahu. This project was coordinated by Kai Makana and the Mokauea Fisherman’s Association (MFA) in hopes to restore the island in both environmental and cultural aspects by clearing invasive species, planting native species, removing trash, and rebuilding the fishpond.

The YPs were given an outrigger paddling lesson, hopped in a canoe, and paddled their way over to the 10-acre island. Once they reached the shoreline, they were given the task of unloading a barge full of trash that had accumulated on the island over the past few months. Once the barge was cleared, they assisted one of the residents in cleaning up the area around the newly constructed compost toilet facility. The composting toilet facility was built specifically for future volunteers and visitors with the hope that they will have the opportunity to learn about the environment and Hawaiian culture during their stay.

Another resident, Joni Bagood, and the MFA historian, Kehau Souza, gave the YPs a history lesson about the island and its importance to Hawaii’s culture. They were then given a tour of the fishpond by Daniel Amato, a UH graduate student who has been removing invasive algae for the past 5 years.

This event allowed for everyone to learn about the environment and Hawaiian culture while making a positive difference for present and future generations.
A special thanks to Carrie Esaki, Dayna Fujimoto, Kawika Kaulukukui, Staci Kunitake, Tim Lum Yee, Jason Nakata, Wai Ng, Travis Nishino, Neil Nugent, Lauren Seu, Alyssa “Sunshine” Smith, and Winston Taniguchi for their support in helping revive Mokauea Island
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Cleaning up trash on Mokauea Island & helping to unload the barge of trash from Mokauea Island
YPs after completing the cleanup at Mokauea Island

AWWA|HWEA Young Professionals (YP) General Meeting

August 8, 2011
Kanpai Bar & Grill
By Lance Takehara, YP Secretary

The AWWA|HWEA Young Professionals Committee (YPs) held a general meeting on August 8, 2011 at Kanpai Bar and Grill. With over 18 people in attendance, there were many new faces that came to listen and learn what YP is about and how they could get involved. With upcoming social, community service, and educational events in the pipeline, there was a lot to be excited about. Many of the new members contributed ideas and helped to select upcoming community service events.

Current HWEA President, Kyle Yukumoto, was also in attendance to give a brief synopsis of HWEA and to commend the YPs on actively promoting both organizations and helping to make a difference. Once through the organized agenda, most of the YPs hung around to enjoy the awesome pupus, kick back, and socialize with other YPs.

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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 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
Lianna Chang
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).