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  • Kaimuki Neighborhood Board Meeting Minutes Posted For LAST MONTH (December 18, 2015)

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Kaimuki Neighborhood Board No. 4




CALL TO ORDER: Chair Lyle Bullock called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m. with a total of six (6) members present. A quorum was established. Note: This 11-member Board requires six (6) members to establish a quorum and to take official Board action.

Board Members Present: Lyle Bullock, Mark Hagadone, Paul Hoe, Marilyn Moniz-Kahoohanohano, Vernon Tam, and Lori Yamada.

Board Members Absent: Brian Kang, Liberty Peralta, Walter Ross, and Sharon Schneider.

Guests: Captain Ricky Mamiya and Firefighter Gavan Miyashita (Honolulu Fire Department), Lieutenant Clinton Sukekane (Honolulu Police Department), Leonard Hoshijo (Governor Ige's representative), James Larson (Councilmember Ann Kobayashi's Office), Kurt Tsuneyoshi (Councilmember Trevor Ozawa's Office), Representative Bertrand Kobayashi, Patrick Watson, Carol Hoshiko, Jodie Mori, John McCaughey, Dominique Meyer Gere, Mr. Elwood, DJ Garces, and Amanda Ehe (Neighborhood Commission Office).


Honolulu Police Department (HPD): A newsletter was available and Lieutenant Clinton Sukekane reported the following:

• November 2015 Statistics: There were six (6) vehicle thefts, six (6) burglaries, 32 thefts, and 11 unauthorized entries into motor vehicles. There were 6,227 total calls for service.

• Safety Tip: The newsletter is dedicated to holiday safety tips. Statistics show that people are especially vulnerable to burglary, theft, and other types of crime during this hectic time of year. Taking extra safety precautions could make your holidays safer and happier.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

• Presidential Vacation: Hagadone asked and Lieutenant Sukekane answered that the President is expected to arrive late Friday, December 18, 2015 and there will be a total lock down for his arrival and departure. There may be other lock downs so give yourself extra time while the President is here. Tam commented that Alan Wong's is always blocked in preparation for the President's visit.

• District: Tam asked and Lieutenant Sukekane confirmed Waikiki is not part of the Kaimuki district.

Honolulu Fire Department (HFD): Firefighter Gavan Miyashita reported the following:

• October 2015 Statistics: There were two (2) structure fires, one (1) cooking fire, 13 activated alarms, 68 medical emergencies, four (4) motor vehicle collisions, five (5) mountain rescues, one (1) ocean rescue, and one (1) hazardous materials incident.

• Fire Safety Tip: Dried Christmas trees, wreaths, and other natural decorations are extremely flammable. Remove them from your home as soon as possible, and consider recycling your tree at a participating green waste center in your area.

Board of Water Supply (BWS): No representative was present. Chair Bullock reported that the BWS and other City Departments will be participating in various activities this holiday season. On behalf of the BWS and all of its employees and families, BWS wishes you a very happy holiday season.

FILLING OF VACANT BOARD SEATS: Chair Bullock announced one (1) vacancy on the Board. The vacancy is in Subdistrict 1, East Kaimuki and Business District, and was created by the resignation of William Paik. Chair Bullock asked if any residents were interested in filling the vacant board seat. Hearing none, Chair Bullock proceeded with the agenda.


Approval of the November 18, 2015 Regular Meeting Minutes: Hoe moved and Tam seconded that the Kaimuki Neighborhood Board No. 4 approve the November 18, 2015 regular meeting minutes as published. The motion was ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY, 6-0-0 (AYE: Bullock, Hagadone, Hoe, Moniz-Kahoohanohano, Tam, and Yamada; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None).

Treasurer's Report: Chair Bullock reported that the Board spent $60.41 for the month of November 2015; the remaining balance is $256.50. The report was filed.


COMMITTEE REPORTS: Bullock noted there were no minutes received from the Envision Kaimuki Committee November 23, 2015 meeting.


• Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU): A resident asked if a Mayor's representative could explain, at a Board meeting, the ADU ordinances. Bullock will request the Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) to send a representative that can explain some of the ADU ordinances.

• Crosswalks: A resident commented that the painted crosswalk markings on the road are slick and may cause someone to slip.

OLD BUSINESS: No old business was discussed.


Culinary Institute Update -- Kapiolani Community College: Carol Hoshiko distributed a handout and reported the following:

• Construction Progress: Hoshiko shared that construction of the planter, retaining walls, and installation of the sewer main along Diamond Head Road is approximately 75% complete.

• Noise Complaints: There were complaints regarding the noise from the steel plates covering the sewer main on Diamond Head Road and in response the plates will be removed as the work progresses forward.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

• Dining Room: Tam asked and Hoshiko answered that the dining room at the school opens about two (2) weeks after the start of the school semester.

• Archeological Finds: Yamada asked and Hoshiko answered that there are archeological consultants on-site every day to monitor the construction site.

City Charter: Chair Bullock handed the gavel to Vice Chair Hoe to keep order at the meeting as Chair Bullock reported the following:

• Charter Commission: Bullock explained that he will be reading some of the proposed charter amendments that he believes are pertinent to the Board and community. Bullock encouraged the Board and community to visit to participate in the process.

• Proposed Charter Amendments: Bullock read a list of proposed charter amendments and briefly explained each. Bullock asked the Board to review the amendments and to be prepared with feedback at the next Board meeting. The numbers of the proposed charter amendments Bullock read are as follows: 19, 30, 42, 89, 105, 113, 128, 129, 130, 40, 112, 131, 132, 44, 21, 12, 33, 9, 110, 32, and an amendment relating to parking management that the number was unknown.

Vice Chair Hoe returned the gavel to Chair Bullock.


Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative: No representative was present. Chair Bullock read the following for the record:

• Traffic Patterns: The Department of Transportation Services (DTS) noted that traffic lights on surface streets associated with freeway off-ramps are under the jurisdiction of the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT). HDOT has a project to modify the off-ramps. DTS is working with HDOT to improve traffic flow.

• Storage at Goodwill: HPD noted that on November 30, 2015, Sergeant Pamela Liu again met with the store manager, Ms. Manu L, and informed her of this repeat complaint. Ms. Manu related that trucks are loaded on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and only then do they set the bins out. Ms. Manu related that people will leave items out on the sidewalk after the store closes. Officers on third and first watch have been asked to monitor the area after store hours and to take appropriate action when violations are observed. On December 1, 2015, a site investigation by the DPP revealed there were no items being stored on the Waialae Avenue or Koko Head Avenue sides of the property.

Councilmember Ann Kobayashi (City Council District 5): James Larson referenced the highlighted topics in the newsletter that was available. The newsletter listed past events, legislation tracking, honoring those around the community, and staff contact information.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Community Garden: Bullock asked and Larson answered that there is no support from the administration for a Kaimuki community garden.

Councilmember Trevor Ozawa (City Council District 4): A newsletter was available and Kurt Tsuneyoshi wished everyone safe and happy holidays from Trevor Ozawa.

Governor David Ige's Representative: Deputy Director Leonard Hoshijo of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) introduced himself and referenced highlights of Governor Ige's newsletter.

Senator Sam Slom (State Senate 9th District): No representative was present and no report was available.

Senator Les Ihara Jr. (State Senate 10th District): No representative was present and no report was available.

Representative Calvin K.Y. Say (State House 20th District): No representative was present and no report was available.

Representative Bertrand Kobayashi (State House 19th District): Representative Bertrand Kobayashi distributed a newsletter and highlighted information relating to Dengue fever.


Liquor Commission: There will be a public hearing held at the Liquor Commission Office on January 14, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. for the applicant Ichiriki Kaimuki LLC.

Friends of Kaimuki Library: The Friends of Kaimuki Library Bookstore is now open every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Next Meeting: The next regular meeting of the Kaimuki Neighborhood Board No. 4 will be held on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 7:00 p.m. at the Kaimuki Christian Church, Fellowship Hall located at 1117 Koko Head Avenue. The Kaimuki Christian Church is asking attendees to park at Kaimuki Public Library or find parking elsewhere to reserve the space for the elderly and the disabled.

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 8:31 p.m.

Submitted by: Amanda Ehe, Neighborhood Assistant

Reviewed by: Relley Araceley, Neighborhood Assistant

Reviewed by: Lyle Bullock, Chair

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