In the 9th District on the Hawaiian island of O’ahu resides perhaps one of the most unique electrical projects around. Members from IBEW Local 1186 are busy constructing a new recreation destination within the Hoakalei Resort on the island's southwestern coast. Wai Kai is an active, year-round destination where residents and visitors will be able to connect to the land, water, and Hawaiian culture by experiencing first of its kind attractions, signature events, and the natural beauty of the Pacific Ocean.
In addition to restaurants, bars, and event space, is the Wai Kai wave pool - the area's signature attraction. The Wai Kai wave is a deep water standing surf wave that spans 100 feet wide with perfect, endless, and adjustable glassy waves for all skill levels to practice their moves. Unlike the sheet wave pools at water parks or on cruise ships, Wai Kai wave is an authentic surf experience. And it’s the brothers and sisters of IBEW 1186 who are bringing the waves to life. Learn more about the details of this exciting new project in today’s video!
The Los Angeles community-based nonprofit 2nd Call does a lot for the people it serves. “It saves lives," said John Harriel Jr., a 25-year member of Los Angeles Local 11, which works with the organization to get its participants into the trades.
Started in 2006, 2nd Call works with at-risk residents from areas like South Los Angeles, Compton, Watts and Inglewood, neighborhoods that are often known more for poverty and gang violence than they are for turning out the next generation of tradespeople.
Our Local Chapter Spotlight this month is IBEW Local 1186! Local 1186 represents more than 3,000 Electricians, Telecommunications, Oceanic Time Warner Cable employees (both blue and white collar workers), and civilian positions on the military bases. With approximately 120 Signatory Contractors, almost three-quarters of all electrical work in the State of Hawaii is done by IBEW Local 1186.
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