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Kaimuki Neighborhood Board No. 4 - Envision Kaimuki Community Minutes Posted For (MAY 22, 2017) Meeting
Kaimuki Neighborhood Board No. 4
ENVISION KAIMUKI SPECIAL MEETING
DRAFT -- Meeting Minutes
Monday, May 22, 2017
Kaimuki Christian Church, Room G107,
1117 Koko Head Avenue, Honolulu 96816
ATTENDEES: Rubinson Intong, Jr.(UHM SOA), Austin Chun (UHM SOA), James Noh (UHM SOA), Daniel Aleander (Hawaii Bicycling League), Questor Lau (HHF Planners), Linda Okita (Wells Fargo Home Mortgage), Doug Shanefield (Coldwell Banker Pacific), Gerry Ralston, Jun Look, State Senator Les Ihara, Jr., Kaimuki Neighborhood Board Members: Sharon Schneider, Marilyn Moniz-Kahoohanohano, and Lori Yamada.
1. CALL TO ORDER: Chair Sharon Schneider called the meeting to order at 5:33 p.m.
2. UPDATE ON COMMUNITY PROJECTS:
2.1. Mini Park next to 12th Avenue Parking Lot #1 Entrance (Mauka) Role of Department of Transportation Services (DTS), Honolulu Board of Realtors (HBR) Community Foundation.
Questions about who will pay for the project, volunteers and rules and regulations. DTS is in support of this mini park project and looks to the community for ideas and motivation to make it happen. HBR has a community service foundation and will maintain the park through grants.
2.2. Design ideas from Architecture Students, how to handle the design
Ideas for the mini park: ADA access from the parking lot to the stores; more bicycle parking; rock garden with a safe pedestrian path; install a bench (dining garden); and keep the rock and plaque in place.
2.3. Bicycles in Kaimuki, more Bike Racks? Bikeshare Hawaii?
Create more bike parking by utilizing the striped areas in the parking lot and perhaps install a Bikeshare program in the space or the creation of a bike corral.
2.4. Care of tree wells along Waialae Avenue between 11th Avenue and Koko Head Avenue.
Maintain the irrigation system for the tree wells regularly by the Department of Facilities Management, which were installed in 2000. Idea of having a competition between the businesses to sponsor and maintain the tree well in front of their stores. Pro Park contract is up for renewal soon and it was mentioned that irrigation is not working in the parking lot tree wells.
2.5. Other Ideas to Beautify Waialae Streetscape
Parklet idea was mentioned -- shaded structures with seating and plants in front of restaurants, similar to Hank's Haute Dogs on Keawe Street in Kakaako. Maps, sign posts and painting murals were mentioned. City has grant programs to fund projects and we can ask for funding partnerships. Ask business owners and businesses for their need and what they would do to help beautify the streetscape.
3. IDEAS TO SUPPORT BUSINESSES IN KAIMUKI
The future of transportation is changing -- there could be less parking needed and the parking lots would be reused. Reasons -- elderly not driving and taking public transportation, increase of bicycles and ride sharing and hiring businesses. Ideas mentioned: a list of businesses posted on each block which is sponsored by a business or group of businesses; markers at historical places in Kaimuki; murals to take selfies at; changing the way of garbage pickups. Area of Kaimuki businesses is defined as St. Louis to 22nd Avenue -- find ways of including them in the plans. Walk Kaimuki idea -- fix sidewalks for safety; clean sidewalks regularly for hygiene reasons; encourage planting of non-thirsty, low maintenance plants and have a volunteer group adopt this maintenance project with funds from grants and fundraisers. Fix the Koko Head "scary" bus shelter that has no lighting at night. Social Media help in promoting Kaimuki -- have a Facebook page, Instagram, website with links to resources.
4. NEXT STEP
With all these ideas, we should stay on track and spread the word that this is happening with information sessions. Reach out to more businesses in the defined area to make it more walking friendly and perhaps bring more customers to them. Use KPBA as an ally in efforts. Idea of "Branding" Kaimuki with color palettes, patterns and logo to make it more attractive. Next step for the mini park is for the Architecture students to present DTS with a plan.
Meeting was adjourned at 6:30 p.m. (Some of the attendees walked over to view the locations of the projects mentioned in this meeting.)
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