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  • Diamond Head, Kapahulu, Saint Louis Neighborhood Board No. 5 Minutes Posted For LAST MEETING (JANUARY 14, 2016)

With Permission / Courtesy of: City and County of Honolulu Neighborhood Commission Office

Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Neighborhood Board No. 5




CALL TO ORDER -- Chair George West called the meeting to order at 6:34 p.m. and welcomed everyone to the meeting. A quorum was established with 11 members present. Note -- This 15-member Board requires eight (8) members to establish quorum and to take official Board action.

Members Present -- Julia Allen, Barbra Armentrout, Michelle Matson (arrived at 7:28 p.m.), Barbara Miller, Bertha Nahoopii, Bert Narita, Keolu Peralto, Don Persons, Laura St. Denis, George Waialeale (arrived at 7:00 p.m.), Jerry Wanager, Winston Welch (appointed at this meeting), George West, and Linda Wong.

Members Absent -- Bryn Villers.

Vacancies -- There was one (1) vacancy in Subdistrict 3 (Diamond Head).

Guests -- Kathy Bryant, Starshine Wong, Tarah Driver, Ikaika Mahoe, and Samantha Churchill (U.S. Senator Brian Schatz's Office), General Arthur "Joe" Logan (Governor David Ige's Representative), Senator Sam Slom, House Speaker Emeritus Calvin Say and Adrian Tam (House Speaker Emeritus Calvin Say's Office), Kevan Wong (Representative Scott Nishimoto's Office), Representative Bertrand Kobayashi, Walea Constantinau (Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative, Honolulu Film Office); Councilmember Ann Kobayashi and James Larson (Councilmember Ann Kobayashi's Office), Kurt Tsuneyoshi (Councilmember Trevor Ozawa's Office), Firefighter III Randall Gibo (Honolulu Fire Department); Corporal Richard Fikani (Honolulu Police Department, District 6), Lieutenant Clinton Sukekane (Honolulu Police Department, District 7); Dominic Dias (Board of Water Supply); Daisy Murai, Joyce Spoehr (Mid-Pacific Road Runners Club [MPRRC]), Amy Perruso (Hawaii State Teachers Association [HSTA]), Shawn Tsuha, (Public Safety Department [DPS]), Carol Hoshiko (Kapi'olani Community College/Culinary Institute of the Pacific), Devon Nekota (Community Outreach Associates), Natalie Iwasa (Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board No. 1), Jan Bappe, Lori McCarney (BikeShare), Natalie Iwasa (Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board No. 1), and K. Russell Ho (Neighborhood Commission Office).


• Community Concerns -- For all wishing to speak on items not already on the agenda, fill out a Community Concerns form from the front desk and turn it in to the Chair or Neighborhood Assistant.

FILLING OF VACANCY IN SUBDISTRICT 3 (Diamond Head), DUE TO THE RESIGNATION OF VICTORIA MATHIEU -- Chair West asked for any volunteers to fill the vacancy in Subdistrict 3. Winston Welch offered to fill the vacancy, as he had been a candidate in last year's Neighborhood Board elections, and submitted a resume of his community activities. There were no other volunteers. After the Neighborhood Assistant verified Welch's residency, Bert Narita nominated Welch to fill the vacancy. Three Board members seconded the nomination. Discussion followed. Vice Chair Wong asked when Welch became the Executive Director for the Outdoor Circle. Welch replied last October 2015. As there were no other nominations and no objections, the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 APPOINTED Winston Welch to fill the vacancy in Subdistrict 3 by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 11-0-0 (AYE: Allen, Armentrout, Miller, Naho'opi'i, Narita, Peralto, Persons, St. Denis, Wanager, West, and Wong; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None). The Neighborhood Assistant administered the Oath of Office to Welch. 12 members present.

ELECTION OF SECRETARY -- Chair West asked for a two-thirds (2/3) vote of 10 to place this item on tonight's agenda. As there were no objections, the Board voted to add this item to the agenda by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 12-0-0 (AYE: Allen, Armentrout, Miller, Naho'opi'i, Narita, Peralto, Persons, St. Denis, Wanager, Welch, West, and Wong; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None). Persons nominated Julia Allen for Secretary. Allen declined. As there were no further nominations, Chair West deferred this item to the next meeting.

Aloha to the Neighborhood Assistant -- Vice Chair Linda Wong announced that this was the last meeting for Neighborhood Assistant K. Russell Ho, as he will be re-assigned, thanked him for his years of service and hard work for the Board, and presented him a lei, a card, and a box of cookies. Chair West also acknowledged the Neighborhood Assistant's service to the Board and appreciated especially his working on the minutes.


Honolulu Fire Department (HFD), (Waikiki Station) -- Firefighter III Randall Gibo reported the following:

• December 2015 Statistics -- There were 1 structure fire, 0 wildland/brush fires, and 1 nuisance fire, 1 cooking fire, and 12 activated alarms (no fires); 143 medical emergencies; 0 motor vehicle collision with a pedestrian and 4 motor vehicle crashes/collisions; 4 ocean rescues, and 1 hazardous materials incident.

• Fire Safety Tip -- Electrical Safety -- Plug one (1) heat-producing appliance (for example, coffee maker, toaster, microwave oven) into a wall receptacle outlet at a time. Major appliances (for example, refrigerators, dryers, stoves) should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. Extension cords and power taps or strips should not be used. Check electrical cords to ensure they are not running across doorways or under carpets. Extension cords are intended for temporary use. Have a licensed electrician install additional receptacle outlets, so extension cords do not have to be used. Ensure that electrical work is performed by a licensed electrician.

Comments followed: Smoking Meats -- Armentrout reported a fire truck responded to a resident's call of smelling propane at 7:00 a.m. It turns out that someone was smoking meats. Armentrout asked for the number to call to notify HFD of cooking. The hotline is at 723-3473.

Honolulu Police Department (HPD), District 6 (Waikiki/Diamond Head) -- Corporal Richard Fikani reported the following:

• December 2015/November 2015 Statistics -- Chair West asked of Districts 6 and 7 to provide more information on moped noise as this will be a focus in the upcoming Legislative Session. Corporal Fikani will follow up.

Comments followed:

1. Stolen Bicycles -- St. Denis reported three bicycles stolen. Corporal Fikani responded that it is difficult to catch the thieves "in the act," but file a report for future reference.

2. SMART 911 -- Chair West asked about the Smart 911 presentation. Corporal Fikani will make the presentation after the District 7 report.

Honolulu Police Department (HPD), District 7 (Kapahulu, St. Louis Heights) -- Lieutenant Clinton Sukekane reported the following:

• December 2015/November 2015 Statistics -- There were 6/3 motor vehicle thefts, 5/1 burglaries, 21/19 thefts, and 23/14 unauthorized entries into a motor vehicle (UEMV). There is usually an increase in December of each year. District 7 had 6,862 total calls for service.

• Safety Tips -- 1. Prevent Unauthorized Entries into a Motor Vehicle (UEMV) -- Lieutenant Sukekane advised everyone to lock the vehicle to prevent vehicle break-ins.

2. Active Shooters -- Due to recent events on the mainland and in the world, Lieutenant Sukekane had a written list of tips when there is an active shooter. The options are Run, Hide, or Fight. Call 911, when safe. When law enforcement arrive, stay calm. Keep hands up with fingers spread. Listen to instructions.

Comments followed:

1. 802 Kapahulu Avenue Patrons -- Someone reported that there were noisy patrons at 802 Kapahulu Avenue. Lieutenant Sukekane noted the concern.

2. Noisy Mopeds -- Chair West requested more statistics for noisy mufflers on mopeds on the monthly report for the Legislative Session. There will be a bill to allow HPD to make a "judgment call" to order an inspection. Lieutenant Sukekane will take the request back.

Presentation on Smart 911 -- Corporal Fikani reported that Smart911 is a service that allows residents to create a free Safety Profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 and first responders to have in the event of an emergency. Then, when anyone in that household dials 9-1-1 from a phone associated with their Safety Profile, their profile is immediately displayed to the 9-1-1 call taker, providing additional information that can be used to facilitate the proper response to the proper location. At a time when seconds count, Smart911 provides details that could impact response the second an emergency call is placed, which could be the difference between life and death. This additional information is beneficial for cell phones, elderly relatives, medication, pets, pictures, emergency contacts, and more. Corporal Fikani suggested updating the information every six (6) months.

George Waialeale arrived at 7:00 p.m. 13 members present.

Comments followed:

1. Publicity/Pets -- Welch asked about publicity and pets. Corporal Fikani responded that there is a section about pets and the HPD has an ongoing publicity campaign since November 2015. More information is at --

2. All 50 States -- Chair West asked and Corporal Fikani responded that this program is in all 50 states.

3. Noisy Modified Moped Mufflers -- It was clarified that citations are given for modified moped mufflers, not for noise. Chair West is concerned about the noise.

Board of Water Supply (BWS) -- Dominic Dias reported the following:

• Reservoir at St. Louis Heights Area and Tree Trimming -- In December 2015, crews inspected the area and cleaning is done on a quarterly basis. Call 748-5041 or visit the website at --

• Master Plan Update -- The draft is due by spring 2016 with the final report by the end of the year.

• Red Hill Leak -- BWS is working with the State Department of Health (DOH) and the U.S. Navy. The updated information is on the website.

• Ala Wai Canal Project -- Dias had no update, but will follow up and e-mail Chair West.

• Water Availability -- According to the State Water Commission, the sustainable use is 407 million gallons and the permitted use is 294 million gallons. The current use is 190 million gallons.

• 2016 Water Conservation Calendar and Water Conservation Contests -- The BWS annual Water Conservation Week Poster Contest and Poetry Contest. This year's contest theme, "Pure Water -- There is no Substitute," invites Oahu students to creatively express their understanding value of Oahu's drinking water supply and the importance of protecting it for future generations. The poster contest is open to Oahu students in grades Kindergarten through 6, and the poetry contest is open to Oahu students in grades 7 through 12. The deadline is Wednesday, February 24, 2016. Winners will be announced in April 2016, will receive prizes, and be featured in the 2017 Water Conservation calendar.

• Olelo Youth Xchange Video Competition -- The BWS will sponsor a category in Youth Xchange Video Competition, which is a statewide student video competition coordinated by ʻŌlelo Community Media. This contest encourages students to use animated clips and/or video to share their thoughts and comments on various community concerns and issues. The BWS's sponsored category, "The Value of Water", challenges Hawaii's youth to create a 30-second Public Service Announcement that highlights water's journey from source to tap. The video contest is open to all students statewide. Entry deadline is Wednesday, March 2, 2016.

For more information about these contests, call 748-5041 or visit

• Kapahulu Improvement Project -- The project was supposed to start in January 2016, but has been moved to mid-February 2016.

Comments followed:

1. Tree Trimming -- Armentrout asked for the phone number again to report trees needing trimming on Bertram Street. Crews may be checking the equipment and Dias will follow up.

2. Testing -- Waialeale asked about testing. Dias noted that testing is constant.


Eight (8) Races for 2016 in Diamond Head Area -- Joyce Spoehr from the Mid-Pacific Road Runners Club (MPRRC), notified the Board of the races for 2016. While many races are small (with under 200 participants), on Sunday, August 7, 2016 MPRRC expects 800 to 1,000 participants. As the Honolulu Marathon gets closer, the races get bigger. Call 295-677 or visit --


Moped Noise Mitigation Work Group -- Chair West circulated his attendance at various meetings and discussed supporting the circulated resolution. Discussion followed. Wong supported the resolution Wong moved and Welch seconded that the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 support the moped noise resolution. As there were no objections, the resolution was ADOPTED, 12-0-1 (AYE: Allen, Armentrout, Miller, Naho'opi'i, Narita, Peralto, Persons, St. Denis, Waialeale, Welch, West, and Wong; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: Wanager).

Waikiki Beach Special Improvement District Association (WBSIDA) -- Chair West asked Vice Chair Linda Wong to be the liaison to the WBSIDA. Wong noted that the next meeting will be on Monday, January 25, 2016 at the Waikiki Marriott. They will talk about Waikiki Beach issues near the Hilton Hawaiian Village. In October 2015 the WBSIDA talked about the walkway by the Halekulani.


Anela Gardens Update -- Murai stated the address is 3050 Monsarrat Avenue for a liquor license.

Kapahulu Avenue Repaving -- No report.

Homeless Issues Update -- No report.

Crane Park Maintenance Update -- No report.

New Client -- Devon Nekoba has a new client application for a liquor license at the former Hee Hing property.

Michelle Matson arrived at 7:28 p.m.; 14 members present.

Kapi'olani Community College/Culinary Institute of the Pacific -- Carol Hoshiko distributed a written report and updated the construction project.

Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) -- Amy Perruso introduced the Omnibus Legislation, "The Schools Our Keiki Deserve," which had 10 major points.

City Charter Commission -- Natalie Iwasa, Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board No. 1 noted that the next meeting was tomorrow, Friday, January 15, 2016, at 3:30 p.m. at the Honolulu Hale Council Committee Room. They will be talking about HPD and other items. Iwasa also mentioned that there is a proposal to disband the Neighborhood Board system. She will be following the meetings. Chair West had a summary last month and it can be found on the website.

Diamond Head Theater Proposal -- Matson mentioned that she received many calls asking if the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 had supported this project. Chair West noted that Deena Dray had presented to the Board in 2014. In November 2015 Chair West received the Environmental Assessment (EA) and to comment by December 23, 2015. However, the Board can still comment. Matson questioned the process for the Environmental Assessment (EA) in the Waikiki Special District, claiming a violation of the 25 foot height limit with a 75-foot tower. Chair West asked Vice Chair Wong to take the lead and write a resolution for the Board to respond. Chair West will put this item on the February 2016 agenda.

On Monsarrat Avenue and Campbell Avenue -- Daisy Murai wanted to report to the Department of Transportation Services (DTS) that on Monsarrat and Campbell Avenues, the No. 2 Bus hit the curb and the curb is crumbling.

Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge Across the Ala Wai Canal -- A resident noted that the Waikiki Neighborhood Board No. 9 passed a resolution, supporting the pedestrian/bicycle bridge, 12-3, and asked if the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 had also done so. Chair West distributed the resolution. Matson asked about Ron Lockwood's comments. Chair West mentioned that Lockwood is responsible for his comments and that this item will be discussed later on the agenda.


Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative -- Walea Constantinau was not present at this time.

Councilmember Ann Kobayashi -- Councilmember Kobayashi distributed the newsletter and highlighted the following:

• Budget Committee -- The Budget Committee met on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 and passed the extension of the General Excise Tax (GET) .5% surcharge for the rail system for five (5) more years. The answers are confusing. Senator Slom knows the real numbers.

• Bikeways -- Last night at the Neal Blaisdell Center (NBC), more bike lanes were proposed with more public input.

• Transportation Committee -- The transportation Committee passed the moped law. The second reading to the full Council will be on Wednesday, January 27, 2016. Then, back to the committee and then for third and final reading to the full Council.

• Legislation Tracking -- There may not be enough people to make the moped inspections.

Comments followed:

1. Bill 77 -- Armentrout was concerned about the loss of the homeowner's exemption under the Residential A classification. Councilmember Kobayashi will introduce a new bill where if a homeowner dedicates renting to low income people and the assessments push the homeowner into a higher bracket, the homeowner may keep the exemption.

2. Bill 68 -- Matson asked about Bill 68, to put bike lanes on the public infrastructure map. Councilmember Kobayashi mentioned that the bill was deferred. The idea is to have more public input.

3. Bike Lanes -- Chair West noted that at the Bike Lane meeting, the King Street bike lane was supposed to be a pilot project, but will now be permanent with 700 users 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Next, South Street and McCully Street will go in the makai/mauka direction.

4. Honolulu Rail Transit Project (HRTP) -- Welch requested that landscaping be added back.

Councilmember Trevor Ozawa -- Kurt Tsuneyoshi distributed Councilmember Ozawa's newsletter and was available for questions:

• Monitoring Alcohol at Queen's Beach -- Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) held a public hearing last week Friday, January 8, 2016. Councilmember Ozawa felt that public spaces should remain public spaces. After the public comment period ends, the decision will come in a few weeks,

Comments followed:

1. Bill on Bike Lanes -- Matson asked about the bill number. Tsuneyoshi will follow up.

Governor David Ige's Representative -- General Arthur "Joe" Logan distributed Governor Ige's newsletter and reported the following:

• State of the State Address -- Governor Ige will give his State of the State Address on Monday, January 25, 2016 with his initiatives.

• Introduction -- General Logan introduced himself and gave his background -- St. Louis School, Class of 1977, 37 years in the U.S. Army Reserves, 20 years in HPD, lives in Mililani, and works at Diamond Head. Chair West welcomed him as the liaison with the Governor.

Comments followed:

1. Military Personnel -- Narita acknowledged that America is still at war. General Logan noted that there are 200 aircraft in the Middle East and some may be coming back. Hawaii personnel have served honorably.

Chair West changed the order of the agenda.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative -- Walea Constantinau reported the following:

• Headlights on Bicycles -- Headlights and taillights are required from dusk to dawn.

• Sirens -- Sirens are provided by agreement by the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the Civil Defense.

Comments followed:

1. Headlights on Bicycles -- Armentrout was disappointed with HPD's lack of enforcement and could not understand why headlights and taillights are not required to be mounted in the daytime and ready for night use.

2. Stone Wall at Diamond Head Road -- Although the stone wall has been fixed, the naupaka is still growing unto the road.

3. Stop Using Herbicides at Kapi'olani Park -- Welch was concerned about using herbicides and offered a solution.

4. Naupaka -- Matson talked with the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) person and this issue was given to the Governor's Representative General Logan to follow up.

5. Herbicides at Kapi'olani Park -- On the record, Matson mentioned that the Board had passed a resolution opposing the use of dangerous pesticides and suggested alternative vendors. She had talked to the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Director and DPR has been unresponsive. Chair West suggested a mechanism for Matson to present alternatives. Constantinau noted that DPR may be working under rule constraints. St. Denis was concerned about children eating the poisoned dates from palms by the Shell

6. Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) -- Wong wanted clarification on the headlights law. Constantinau mentioned HRS 291 (C).

Senator Les Ihara, Jr. -- Chair West noted that Senator Ihara had sent his regrets. No report was available.

Senator Sam Slom -- Senator Slom distributed his printed report and highlighted the following:

• Thank You -- Senator Slom acknowledged Councilmember Ann Kobayashi for fighting for the truth about the rail system.

• Charter Commission -- There will be no re-vote on the rail proposals.

• Opening of the Legislature -- On the second year of the two (2) year session, next Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at the opening, there will be no entertainment, flowers, and family on the floor. However, at 12:00 p.m., Senator Slom invited everyone to lunch at Senator Slom's Office.

• State of the State Address -- Governor Ige will deliver his State of the State Address on Monday, January 25, 2016.

• Budget Hearings -- Departments were coming to the budget hearing unprepared. Finance Chairs -- Representative Sylvia Luke and Senator Jill Tokuda were asking the tough questions.

• Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) -- The head of the HSTA met with Senator Slom last week. It wants a one (1) percent (%) increase in the General Excise Tax (GET) to fund education for things outside the classroom. Senator Slom will not vote for it because we cannot afford it and we do not get the results.

• Five (5) Policies -- The 2016 "Top Five" Senate Minority Initiatives were listed in the newsletter. Senator Slom will also introduce referendum and initiative for "people power." Senator Slom reminded everyone that this is an election year, so vote to make things happen.

Comments followed:

1. Mandatory Lights on Bikes -- Armentrout asked about mandatory lights on bikes. Senator Slom mentioned that it was a City issue and he will work with the City & County of Honolulu.

2. Gold Coast -- St. Denis mentioned that a few large stones have fallen on the beach. Senator Slom noted that the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is responsible for the repairs.

House Speaker Emeritus (HSE) Calvin Say -- House Speaker Emeritus Say distributed handouts and his report and was available to hear concerns.

Representative Bert Kobayashi -- Representative Kobayashi distributed his newsletter and reported the following:

• Diamond Head State Park -- Representative Kobayashi is introducing a bill to have fees collected at Diamond Head to stay at Diamond Head, not go to State parks statewide. Discussion involves the percentages. Also, there are provisions to create an exhibit to educate about volcanic activity for 400,000 visitors per year.

• New Tobacco Prevention and Control Laws -- New tobacco prevention and control laws went into effect on Friday, January 1, 2016 and raised the minimum age to 21.

• Unmanned Aircraft Registration (Drones) -- Federal Aviation Administration online registration is now active.

• Book on Fraud -- Department of Health (DOH) is distributing free books to prevent fraud on seniors.

Comments followed:

1. Diamond Head Fees -- Welch asked if residents are free, the breakdown of fee distribution, and taking down the "free speech zone" sign. Representative Kobayashi noted that there are different fees for different situations and as to the use of the money collected, there is no breakdown of parks by county. Matson mentioned that the educational center was in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), but now there are estimated 900,000 visitors a year. Matson supports the bill.

Representative Scott Nishimoto -- Kevan Wong reported the following:

• Tax Clinic -- K. Wong mentioned that the Tax Clinic will be on Saturday, January 30, 2016 and suggested making an appointment. More information is on the flyer.

• Introduced Staff Member -- K. Wong introduced Michelle, who will be attending the meetings, when he is attending classes.

Comments followed:

1. NextEra -- Matson mentioned that Representative Chris Lee suggested an independent utility and asked what Representative Nishimoto thinks. K. Wong will follow up.

2. Bridge Across Ala Wai Canal -- L. Wong asked what Representative Nishimoto thought about the pedestrian/bicycle bridge across the Ala Wai Canal. K. Wong mentioned that due to the residents' concerns, Representative Nishimoto is against the bridge.


U.S. Senator Brian Schatz's "Schatz Seniors" Program -- Kathy Bryant, Outreach Liaison, thanked the Board for their community service and will try to attend the Neighborhood Board quarterly or as needed. Bryant introduced a co-worker and four (4) high school senior students, who shared their intern experiences and office services. The many federal programs include veteran services, social security, college interns, and military academy appointments. Call the local office at -- (808) 523-2061.

Comments followed: Military Housing -- Waialeale was concerned about the low military housing allowance, in spite of Hawaii's high cost of living. Bryant will follow up and share the information with Chair West.

BikeShare Hawaii -- Lori McCarney explained the Bike Share program. The bicycles will have lights for night riding. The program wants to provide bicycles to people who want to use them and to increase business. She plans for 200 stations from Chinatown/University of Hawaii -- Mānoa/Makiki with several in Diamond Head. Public input sought. McCarney showed a map and everything is still in discussion.

Comments followed:

1. Kapiʻolani Park Docking Stations -- Matson was concerned about revenues and the six (6) docking stations will be 40 feet X 6 feet. McCarney talked with Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) and Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and they are positive, as each station is unique. Revenue may reach $4 million with $3.5 million expenses, but there is not a specific dollar amount per station. Matson asked and McCarney noted that the launch will be in the summer of 2016. McCarney wanted more public comment. McCarney wanted the stations to connect the station to the cultural history of the location.

2. Education on Bike Sharing -- Armentrout was concerned about more education for tourists and information in two (2) languages, posted on the bike and at the docking stations. McCarney noted that other groups will be helping with education.

3. Naupaka -- Peralto mentioned the overgrowth of Naupaka around Diamond Head. He used Bike Sharing in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco.

4. Safety -- Welch was concerned about helmets, apps for parking spaces, and making the streets safe for everyone. McCarney noted that the law requires mandatory helmets for those under 16 years old. Residents have a choice of using or buying a helmet. Bike Sharing is in 800 cities worldwide and 60 cities in the U.S. Manhattan is the hardest city to have a Bike Share program.


Approval of August 13, 2015 Regular Meeting Minutes -- Chair West mentioned that the August 13, 2015 meeting minutes were not ready for review and deferred this item to the February 11, 2016 meeting.

Approval of November 12, 2015 Regular Meeting Minutes -- Wong moved and St. Denis seconded that the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 approve the November 12, 2015 minutes as circulated. Discussion followed. Matson objected to the misrepresentations and lateness of the delivery of the minutes. Chair West explained that there was a shortage of personnel and a medical reason for the tardy minutes. In the absence of a Secretary, Chair West directed that corrections be sent to him. Matson moved to defer. The motion died for lack of a second. Matson had submitted her corrections and Bryan Mick of the Neighborhood Commission Office (NCO) suggested that the draft minutes were okay. Chair West requested that the Board not spend too much time on the minutes and focus on community issues instead. Corrections may be made at any time and sent to the Neighborhood Assistant before the meeting to be sent out. As there was no further discussion, the main motion was ADOPTED 11-1-2 (AYE: Allen, Armentrout, Miller, Naho'opi'i, Narita, Peralto, Persons, St. Denis, Waialeale, West, and Wong; NAY: Matson; ABSTAIN: Wanager and Welch).

Neighborhood Board No. 5 Newsletter -- Barbra Armentrout gave an update and will send her draft to the NCO.

Alcohol Consumption at Queen's Surf Beach -- There was a public hearing on Friday, January 8, 2016. Three (3) Board members attended and gave testimony in opposition to serving alcohol at a private party. The comment period will end tomorrow, Friday, January 15, 2016. Wong moved and St. Denis seconded that the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 opposes the NFL party at Queen's Beach with alcohol. The resolution was ADOPTED, 13-0-1 (AYE: Allen, Armentrout, Matson, Miller, Naho'opi'i, Narita, Peralto, Persons, St. Denis, Waialeale, Welch, West, and Wong; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: Wanager).

Matson moved and Waialeale seconded that the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 opposes the four (4) times a year rule change. The resolution was ADOPTED, 13-0-1 (AYE: Allen, Armentrout, Matson, Miller, Naho'opi'i, Narita, Peralto, Persons, St. Denis, Waialeale, Welch, West, and Wong; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: Wanager).

Chair West asked Matson and Wong to draft up the resolution to submit to the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) by tomorrow.

Pedestrian/Bike Bridge Resolution -- Chair West mentioned that the Waikiki Neighborhood Board No. 9 passed the pedestrian/bike bridge resolution for tsunami evacuation and another way to go into and exit Waikiki. The City is behind it. Matson mentioned that this bridge will be the first of five (5) bridges in the Circulator Project, proposed by the resort industry, the Waikiki Beach Improvement Association, and the City Department of Transportation Services (DTS). Miller supported the bridge concept. Armentrout opposed the bridge concept due to residents' concerns about lack of parking and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) plans for the Ala Wai Canal Project. Another Board member was in support. Wanager supported the evacuation aspects for the bridge. Murai mentioned the vertical evacuation process. Matson pointed out that this item was not on the agenda. Chair West added this item to the agenda for discussion only. No vote will be taken.

208 Kapahulu Avenue -- Chair West had received information about the project at 208 Kapahulu Avenue. The CD is available for interested people. This is the Denny's project, which was presented a few months ago. Matson noted that the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) is available online.


Treasurer's Report -- Armentrout reported that for December 2015, $20.00 was spent for the printing and mailing of the agendas and minutes, leaving a balance of $2,271.61, enough for the newsletters. The Treasurer's report was filed.

Subdistrict 1 (St. Louis Heights) -- Julia Allen reported that the next meeting of the St. Louis Heights Association's will be on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hokulani Elementary School.

Subdistrict 2 (Kapahulu) -- Bertha Naho'opi'i had no report.

Subdistrict 3 (Diamond Head) -- Laura St. Denis had reported on a meeting on the sea wall. The Hawaiʻi Supreme Court had ruled that the State was liable for repairs. St. Denis had a picture, showing five (5) large "bricks" broken off.

Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OahuMPO) Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) -- Bert Narita reported that OahuMPO recessed in December 2015. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. in the third floor conference room of Honolulu Hale.


Moped Noise -- There will be a meeting on Monday, January 25, 2016 on the moped noise resolution.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday -- The holiday will be on Monday, January 18, 2016.

February 2016 Agenda -- Chair West will start working on the February 2016 agenda tomorrow, Friday, January 15, 2016. His deadline to submit the agenda is 12:00 noon on the first Thursday of the month. A replacement for the Neighborhood Assistant has been hired and will be introduced at the February 2016 meeting.

Hawaii Army National Guard (HIARNG) Integrated Cultural Resources Management Plan Update -- Matson returned the CD to Chair West and it is available for review.


• Next Regular Board Meeting -- The next regular Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 meeting is scheduled for the second Thursday of the month on February 11, 2016 at the Ala Wai Clubhouse, second floor ballroom, starting at 6:30 p.m.

ADJOURNMENT -- As there was no further business before the Board, Chair West adjourned the meeting at 9:21 p.m.

Submitted by: K. Russell Ho, Neighborhood Assistant

Reviewed by: Sam Wolff, Neighborhood Assistant



WHEREAS, there are reportedly more than 36,000 mopeds on Oahu; and

WHEREAS, neighborhood boards across Oahu have reported numerous complaints about excessive moped noise in their communities over the years; and

WHEREAS, excessive moped noise negatively impacts citizens' quality of life, as well as the visitor experience, both essential to our state's economic vitality; and

WHEREAS, the majority of excessive vehicle noise is generated by moped owners modifying their engine and/or muffler due to a lack of sufficient control measures for this vehicle type; and

WHEREAS, it is currently illegal to modify a moped exhaust system that increases its noise above the original manufacturer equipment, but existing fines are negligible and there is no law allowing officers the ability to submit mopeds to inspections when there is reasonable cause to believe there is a violation; and

WHEREAS, mopeds are not required to display clearly identifiable license plates and, consequently, are difficult for concerned citizens to report them on infractions of law; and

WHEREAS, the State Department of Transportation has adopted administrative rules to regulate moped safety inspections, which include within the scope excessive noise from exhaust systems, for counties that make them mandatory; and

WHEREAS, the City and County of Honolulu does not require moped safety inspections, although its City Council has introduced Bill 83 (2015) to require such inspections; now, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 requests the

Honolulu City Council to adopt Bill 83 (2015) to require annual safety inspections of mopeds; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board requests the state legislature to authorize police departments the ability to require moped owners to submit their vehicle to an inspection if there is reasonable cause to believe it is unsafe or not equipped as required by law, comparable to requirements for other motorized vehicles using public roadways; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board requests the state legislature to increase the fines for violations of motor and muffler modifications exceeding the manufacturer limits; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board requests the state legislature to statutorily distinguish mopeds from bicycles, such that mopeds shall be required to display a clearly identifiable license plate, similar in size to motorcycles, as part of their registration; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution be forwarded to the Mayor and members of the City Council of the City and County of Honolulu; the Director of the Department of Transportation Services, House members in Districts 17-51; Senators in Districts 9-25, the Director of the State Department of Transportation, and the Chairs of the Neighborhood Boards.

This resolution was adopted by the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 at its January 14, 2016 regular monthly meeting.

Submitted by:

George West, Chair

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