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  • Kaimuki Neighborhood Board Minutes Posted for August 18, 2010 Meeting

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CALL TO ORDER: Chair Vernon Tam called the meeting to order at 7:20 p.m. with a quorum of seven (7) members present. Note ˆ This 11-member Board requires six (6) members for a quorum and to take official Board action.•

Members Present ˆ John Cater, Ginny Meade, John Perez (newly appointed), Sharon Schneider, Leonard Tam, Vernon Tam, Tim Tybuszewski, and Lori Yamada.•

Members Absent ˆ Daniel Carvalho, Abigail Leong, and Daniel Nahoopii.•

VACANCY: One Vacancy in Subdistrict 1 (Waialae Avenue, Koko Head ˆ 12th Avenue, Luawai Street).•

Guests ˆ Jerry Neumann (Councilmember Lee Donohue‚s Office staff); Shari Berinobis, Stanley Chang, Jeremy Low, Richard Turbin, Glenn Y. Yamasaki, Lorna Heller (Board of Water Supply; Lt. G. Lum Lee, Sgt. C. Sukekane, and officer A. Kahapea (Honolulu Police Department); Karen Yorimoto (Councilmember Ann Kobayashi‚s Office staff), John Perez, Frank DeGiacomo, Candace Van Buren (Representative Scott Nishimoto‚s Office staff) Lydia Chock (Leahi Hospital), Scott Wong, Lisa Shorba, Capt. L. Hashimoto (Honolulu Fire Department), Caron Wilberts, Cheryl Costa, Gordon Tam, Senator Les Ihara, Jr., Julia Allen, Chris Baron, Carl Higashi, Mei Lan Hee, Jay Ishibashi (Mayor‚s Representative) and Gloria Gaines (Neighborhood Commission Office staff).•

FILLING OF VACANT BOARD SEAT ˆ Resident John Perez volunteered to fill the vacancy in Sub District 1 (Waialae Avenue, Koko Head ˆ 12th Avenue, and Luawai Street). Perez provided members with a copy of his resume and gave a brief background of himself. The street address was verified by the Neighborhood Assistant. After reviewing Perez‚ resume, Cater moved and Meade seconded to appoint John Perez to fill the vacancy in Sub District 1. The Board UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTED the appointment of Perez to fill the vacancy in Sub District 1, 7-0-0 (Ayes: Cater, Meade, Schneider, L. Tam, V. Tam, Tybuszewski, and Yamada).

There was a brief recess to administer the oath-of office by the Neighborhood Assistant. The meeting resumed; eight (8) members present.


Honolulu Police Department (HPD) ˆ Lt. G. Lum Lee provided a crime statistics report and highlighted the following:•

·         Safety Tip for the Month ˆ Do not get distracted while driving, such as using the cell phone while driving. Doing so will increase the chance of getting into an accident; Lum Lee reminded residents that use of an electronic device (cell phone) while driving is prohibited and motorists will be cited.•

·         Community Policing Team / Neighborhood Security Watch ˆ Residents with concerns may contact Officers Mark Mitchell at 529-3628 or email at <> or Tony Kahapea at 529-3628 or <> Concerns can also be completed and filed online by visiting HPD‚s website at <>•

·         Residential Aquarium Fish Business ˆ HPD visited the resident who owns an aquarium fish business at his residence on Harding Avenue and reported the owner agreed to comply, will clean up the clutter in front of his house, and was found to be using compressed air to fill the bags, not oxygen. The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) also investigated and found no violations.•

Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) ˆ Capt. L. Hashimoto reported the following:•

·         Statistics for the Month of August ˆ Included 4 structure fires, 36 medical emergencies, 3 search and rescues, and 6 miscellaneous calls. There were no major or unusual incidents reported.•

·         Fire Safety Tip ˆ A home fire escape plan is an integral part of your family‚s safety. Having an advanced warning sound from a working smoke alarm increases your family‚s ability to exit safely and quickly. Fire can quickly fill a home with toxic smoke, creating a dangerous environment. A well-prepared plan and practice escape route may save your family‚s lives.•

·         Prepare and Practice Home Fire Escape Plan ˆ Prepare and practice a home fire escape plan; identify a meeting place where everyone can meet outside; ensure that family members know two ways to exit every room in your home; sleep with bedroom doors closed; this will minimize smoke from traveling through your home; maintain windows to ensure they open easily from the inside in case it is needed as an alternative escape route. Once safely outside, call 911 immediately.•

·         Ladder Truck Driver Training ˆ A fire truck was noticed without the emergency lights. Fire trucks drive through residential areas to become familiarized with the narrow streets of Kaimuki.•

Board of Water Supply (BWS) ˆ Lorna Heller reported no water main breaks for the month of July. Heller reported on the following:•

·         Water Conservation ˆ BWS encouraged residents the following water conservation tips:•

o        Don‚t water lawns between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

o        Check for leaking plumbing fixtures and toilets.

o        Install water-efficient plumbing fixtures.

o        Take shorter showers.

o        Don‚t let the faucet run and run.•

More tips are available on-line at <>•

PUBLIC INPUT AND CONCERNS: A resident raised the following concerns:•

·         16th Avenue ˆ On 16th Avenue, huge rocks, painted white were placed along 16th Avenue. The resident was concerned that the rocks created a hazardous condition and obstructed path for emergency vehicles to drive through 16th Avenue road.•

·         Mau‚umae Park ˆ A backyard swing set was erected in Mau‚umae Park and is being used by children. It does not appear to have been installed by the City, but by a private individual. The resident was concerned about the safety of children using possible non-City playground apparatus.•

·         Claudine Street ˆ A basketball hoop was erected onto a pole on Claudine Street facing the street. Children are playing basketball in the street causing a potentially dangerous situation for them.•


·         Bulky Item Pick Up ˆ None. Keep this item on the agenda in case of action by the City Council or City Administration.•


University of Hawaii Manoa (UHM) Study Center for the National Children‚s Study ˆ Randy Obata provided members with an informational packet of UHM medical school‚s proposed study of 1,000 Oahu families which explained the following:•

·         Background and Purpose of Study ˆ Oahu families will be part of a $3 billion nationwide research project which is the biggest and most comprehensive health study ever. Researchers hope that by looking at both genetic predisposition to certain disease and certain environmental factors, they can identify exactly why certain people get certain diseases, including autism, asthma, birth defects, heart disease and obesity. The emphasis will be preventing these diseases from occurring.•

·         Seeking Pregnant Women in Kaimuki District ˆ UHM is looking for expectant mothers in Kaimuki because of its diversity and birth rate. Field workers will begin recruitment in mid-September, 2010. Health care professionals will ask medical and other questions to women, and then follow their children from prenatal care until they are 21 years old. Along with their biological data, samples of the air, water and dust around the children will be regularly compiled; and information about what children eat and the safety of their neighborhoods. For more information visit the website at <>•

At this time, the agenda was taken out of order to hear the reports from the ŒElected Officials or their Representatives‚. There was no objections to take agenda item, ŒMeet the Candidates‰ out of the agenda and to be heard after the Board adjourns the meeting.•


At this time, Chair V. Tam apologized for not listing ŒActing Mayor Kirk Caldwell‚ on the agenda. Jay Ishibashi reported later in the agenda.•

City Councilmember Ann Kobayashi ˆ Karen Yorimoto provided members with a report.•

City Councilmember Lee Donahue ˆ Jerry Neumann provided members with a report and highlighted the following:•

·         Legislative Update ˆ The fireworks bill was deferred until the next full council meeting in September 2010. Resolution 10-38 will be discussed in a special session on September 1, 2010.•

·         Enforcement of Illegal Fireworks Concern ˆ A resident is concerned about the enforcement of fireworks shipment. The enforcement and inspection for illegal fireworks at ports and is under the jurisdiction of the State enforcement agency. It was also explained the banning of all fireworks will make all fireworks illegal, thereby less complicating to enforce.•

State Senator Les Ihara ˆ Senator Ihara reported the following:•

·         Hearing of the Committee on Public Safety ˆ Mismanagement was reported from the State Auditor.•

·         Briefing of the Education Committee ˆ ŒRace-to-the-Top‚ is a national federal competition for a portion of the $3 billion. This was a way to have States move towards education reform by getting the unions in line with the State and with the large amounts of federal money to have education reform happen according to federal standards.•

·         Briefing of the Ways and Means Committee ˆ A review of the State finances and the budget.•

·         Aging in Place Task Force ˆ Hawaii homes is not suited for living out life. The task force will make recommendations on the long term to begin to have homes suitable for living life at home; thereby, avoid from going into an institution.•

Acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell‚s Representative ˆ Jay Ishibashi reported the following:•

·         Graffiti ˆ Randall Wakumoto from the City‚s Storm Water Branch received a confirmation from the City‚s Department of Facility and Maintenance (DFM)‚s Honolulu Corporation Yard on Thursday, August 12, 2010 that the graffiti was painted over of Wednesday, August 11, 2010.•

·         Kiawe Trees ˆ It was reported that the kiawe trees at Mau‚umae Park were cut. The City will look into this situation in Mau‚umae Park.•

State Representative (House Speaker) Calvin K. Y. Say ˆ A report was submitted. Candace Van Buren was present and available to take back concerns for Rep. Say.

State Representative Barbara Marumoto ˆ None.•

State Representative Scott Nishimoto ˆ A report was submitted. Candace Van Buren was present and available to take back concerns for Rep. Nishimoto.•

State Representative Lyla Berg ˆ A report was submitted. Candace Van Buren was present and available to take back concerns for Rep. Berg.•

APPROVAL OF REGULAR MEETING MINUTES OF JULY 21, 2010 There were no objections to ADOPT the regular meeting minutes of July 21, 2010 as corrected. The corrections were as follows:•

·         On Page 1, in the heading, delete „JUNE 21, 2010‰, and replace with, „JULY 21, 2010‰.•

·         On Page 3, under School Enrollment / Parking Requirements, delete „200‰, and replace with „80‰. Also, delete „18‰, and replace with „eight (8)‰.

TREASURER‚S REPORT: Treasurer Lori Yamada reported for the month of July 2010 previous operating balance of $2,000.00; $50.88 expended for printing and postage of agenda and minutes, leaving a balance of $1,949.12. The publicity account balance was $1,350.00. The report was filed.•


·         The next Meeting of the Kaimuki Neighborhood Board No. 4 will be Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 7:15 p.m. to 9:00 pm.•

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.•

Recorded By: Gloria Gaines, Neighborhood Assistant•

Reviewed By: Vernon Tam, Chair•

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