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Kaimuki Neighborhood Board No. 4


DRAFT -- Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Kaimuki Christian Church, Fellowship Hall, 1117 Koko Head Avenue, Honolulu 96816

CALL TO ORDER: Chair Sharon Schneider called the meeting to order at 6:17 p.m.

ATTENDEES: Micah Axalan (UH Architecture) Hitoshi Nagai, Bill Brizee, Kathleen and Mamoru Sato, Renee Espiau (DPP), Cheryl Lau, Purnima McCutcheon (Grp 70 Architect), Niklas Schneider, Jun Look, Irene Niethamer, Linda Nagi, Michael Krijner, Teru Morton, Adolphus Kiesler, Dexter Yee (Epiphany Church), Caitlyn Kimura (UH Architecture), Jon Nouchi (DTS), Jackie Chun, Alan Young, Elizabeth Chinn, Questor Lau (HHF Planners), Aaron Okubo (Kaimuki Christian Church), Gerry Ralston, Danny Okimura (Kaimuki Christian Church), Sery Berhanu, Anne Ciecero (Hon. Board of Realtors), Dan Chun (AIA), Becky Gardner, Pamela Chow, Suzanne Young (Hon. Board of Realtors), Jon Kong Kee (Speaker Emeritus Say), State Senator Les Ihara, Jr. KBPA: Mahlon Moore, Dori Baba, Calvin Hara. Kaimuki Neighborhood Board Members: Sharon Schneider, Stephanie Nagai, Marilyn Moniz Kahoohanohano, Lori Yamada

1. Call to Order: Chair Sharon Schneider welcomed everyone to the 4th community engagement meeting with EnVision Kaimuki and gave a summary of the last meeting. This meeting is also the 2nd meeting with the architects and planners involvement.

2. Update on Community Projects:

2.1. Mini park next to the 12th Avenue Parking lot No. 1 entrance (mauka.): Jon Nouchi -- Department of Transportation (DTS) says he is looking for a partner for this DTS project. Presently it is a rock garden that had a bench. Reaching out to the community for help with the design and implementation.

2.2. Kaimuki Park: Adopt-a-Park Chair Dori Baba, from KBPA, stated that there was a cleanup of the park by the Lions Club and students from various schools on September 30, 2016. Trying to schedule regular clean ups, painting projects and power washing to make the park "shine".

2.3. Care of tree wells along Waialae Avenue between 11th Avenue and Koko Head Avenue: Businesses in back of the tree wells seem to take care of the trees and plants in front of their stores.

3. Summary of Last Community Meeting:

3.1 Renee Espiau, Department of Planning and Permitting and resident of Kaimuki wants us to pull together and create a plan for improvements in Kaimuki. Envisions a focus of a walkable community, a commercial core and the preservation of Kaimuki's character.

3.2 Purnima McCutcheon, from Group 70 Architects, advocates creating a community plan with the surveying of historic properties. Plans are to have Bill Chapman (UH Professor) do a Summer Field Study in Kaimuki this year. Also, considering creation of a Special Design District to fit Kaimuki's character.

4. Activities:

4.1 "Streets as Places" public input responding to options presented by EnVision Kaimuki planners and architects.

4.2 Renee Espiau, from Department of Planning and Permitting, shared a power point presentation on Streets as Places, Creating a Community Plan with a vision statement of: "Kaimuki is envisioned as a small town in the big city, where neighbors greet each other on the sidewalk, kids walk to school, seniors can age in place, and small businesses thrive. The diversity of its people and places integrate community history with forward-looking innovation."

4.3 Questor Lau, from HHF Planners, shared a power point presentation on Parking and Housing Options along Waialae Avenue. It illustrates various ideas of handling pedestrian traffic, parking and housing for the future. "Kaimuki is special because it has a good mix of businesses that support daily living. There are pockets of creativity where it's cool to walk around."

5. Next Step: Meeting took a break at 7:15 that the guests may walk around to the displays, write comments and talk with the architects and planners. A report entitled "Kaimuki for a Lifetime Report", February 2016 by Cooperative Extension Service, U.H, Manoa was available for perusing.

6. Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m. Next meeting date to be determined.

Respectfully submitted,

Lori K. Yamada

Attachments will be provided via email upon request: email:

• Streets as Places, Creating a Community Plan -- Renee Espiau

• Parking and Housing Options along Waialae Avenue -- Questor Lau

• Kaimuki Community for a Lifetime Report -- pdf file.

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