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  • Diamond Head, Kapahulu, Saint Louis Neighborhood Board No. 5 Minutes Posted For LAST MEETING (FEBRUARY 11, 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 6:30 p.m. A quorum was established with 10 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, Bryn Villers, Michelle Matson (arrived at 6:35 p.m.), Bertha Nahoopii, Bert Narita, Keolu Peralto, Don Persons, Laura St. Denis, George Waialeale, Winston Welch (arrived at 6:38 p.m.), George West, and Linda Wong (arrived at 6:38 p.m).

Members Absent -- Barbara Miller and Jerry Wanager.

Guests -- Senator Sam Slom; House Speaker Emeritus Calvin Say and Adrian Tam (House Speaker Emeritus Calvin Say's Office); Representative Scott Nishimoto; Representative Bertrand Kobayashi; Walea Constantinau (Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative, Honolulu Film Office); Cliff Kaneshiro and Councilmember Ann Kobayashi (Councilmember Ann Kobayashi's Office); Kurt Tsuneyoshi and Councilmember Trevor Ozawa (Councilmember Trevor Ozawa's Office); Captain Brett Mau (Honolulu Fire Department); Captain Phillip Buchanan, Sargent Clifford Ramson, and Lieutenant Maurice Asato (Honolulu Police Department); Ann Wong (Board of Water Supply); Jan Badde; Pua Chang; Joel Matusof; Heather Benjamin; Leonara Nakahara; Lily and Phong Kha; Sidney Char; Daisy Murai; Zosimo Arista; Shawn Tsuha (Public Safety Department [PSD]); Carol Hoshiko (Kapi'olani Community College/Culinary Institute of the Pacific); Devon Nekota (Community Outreach Associates), Ron Lockwood (McCully-Moiliili Neighborhood Board No. 8); Franklin Chung; B. Kamille; Catherine Lagartia; Richard Edge; Deena Dray; Nigel Pentland; Tammy Tamai; Colin Miora (Diamond Head Theater), K.C. Carlburg (Hawaii Pacific Health), Daisy Murai; Scott Ezer (HHF Planners); Shaun Arista; Carol Hoshiko (Kapiolani Community College); Wendell Noadomari; Mary Jones; and Sam Wolff 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.

• Introduction of New Neighborhood Assistant -- Chair West introduced the new Neighborhood Assistant, Sam Wolff. Wolff is originally from Los Angeles and is a 2014 graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a degree in political science. Sam commented that it is a pleasure to serve as an assistant to the Board and he looks forward to working further with the community.

ELECTION OF SECRETARY: Chair West asked if there were any nominations for Secretary. Being that no one was nominated, Chair West deferred this item to the next meeting.


Michelle Matson arrived at 6:35 p.m. 11 members were present.

Honolulu Fire Department (HFD-Waikiki Station) -- Captain Brett Mau reported the following:

• January 2016 Statistics -- There were 3 fires, 134 EMS/Rescues, 5 hazardous conditions, 8 service calls, 75 calls with good intent, and 11 false alarms.

• Fire Safety Tip: When planning a hike, inform others of your plans. Relay information on the name and location of the trail and your expected return time. This will ensure that rescuers will have accurate information on where to start the search. Plan your hike to include sufficient daylight. Be sure to take a fully charged cell phone with you, as the HFD relies heavily on phone contact when trying to locate a lost hiker or obtaining information regarding an injured hiker. Also, if your phone has the capability, the HFD can use your phone's global positioning system (GPS) to obtain your general location. When hiking, stay on the trail. Most accidents happen when hikers leave the established trail and disregard warning signs. Staying on the trail greatly reduces your chance of having a serious fall or getting lost. For more information go to

Linda Wong arrived at 6:38 p.m. 12 members were present.

Winston Welch arrived at 6:38 p.m. 13 members were present.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Enhanced 911 -- L. Wong asked and Captain Mau responded that the enhanced 911 system allows them to pinpoint land lines, however, it does give a GPS coordinate to allow first responders to have a general location of the caller.

Honolulu Police Department (HPD- District 6, Waikiki/Diamond Head) -- Lieutenant Phillip Buchanan reported the following: January 2016/December 2015 Statistics -- There were 11/9 robberies, 13/14 burglaries, 213/191 thefts, 32/35 unauthorized entries into a motor vehicle (UEMV), speeding 22/31, 540/483 parking, 12/3 loud muffler, 78 citations with 10 arrests/150 citations and 9 arrests and 3986/3956 total service calls.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Moped Statistics: Chair West asked and Captain Mau responded that he will forward the request on to include more information on moped citations.

Honolulu Police Department (HPD- District 7, Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights) -- Sargent Clifford Ramson reported the following:

• January 2016/December 2015 Statistics -- There were 12/6 motor vehicle thefts, 9/10 burglaries, 26/27 thefts, and 17/13 unauthorized entries into a motor vehicle (UEMV). District 7 had 6,902 total calls for service.

• Pedestrian Safety: Enforcement and education on pedestrian use of the roadways have been increased.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Neighborhood Watch: Armentrout asked and Sargent Ramson replied that Neighborhood Watch falls under community policing and directed interested residents to

2. Parking Citations on Ho'olulu: Resident Arista commented that he, and several of his neighbors, were cited while parking on Ho'olulu Street in the same way they have been for 45 years. Arista requested a clarification why they are being ticketed and what has changed. Sargent Ramson responded that he will talk with Arista offline but believes that the officers were responding to complaints made in that area.

3. Calls for Service: Villers questioned what the remaining total calls for service were related to as the statistics reflect less than one (1) percent of calls made. Sargent Ramson responded that the department gets a large number of calls that don't require a police report to be made.

4. Mopeds on Kapahulu Avenue: Armentrout commented that there are a large number of mopeds parked on the sidewalk, on Kapahulu Avenue, outside of the moped store that limits access to the sidewalk. Sargent Ramson responded that if someone contacts the police they will send an officer to look at the situation.

5. Smart 911: Matson asked if there would be a presentation given on the Smart 911 program.

Board of Water Supply (BWS) -- Ann Wong reported the following:

• January 2016 Main Break Report: On Friday, January 22, 2016 at 3:42 p.m., a main break occurred at 2916 Wainum Avenue.

• Halawa Xeriscape Garden: BWS and the Friends of Halawa Xeriscape Garden are offering visitors a free xeric (dry) seed or seedling of the month at the Halawa Xeriscape Garden. Visitors will receive Bird of Paradise seeds for the month of February 2016; one packet per household while supplies last. The garden is located at 99-1268 Iwaena Street in Halawa Valley's Industrial Area. Workshops are held on Saturdays. Interested residents can view a full schedule of workshops at

• Response to Landscape Maintenance: The overgrown landscape at 640 St. Louis Heights was cut on Thursday, January 21, 2016.

• Kapahulu Water System Improvement Project: The improvement project is set to begin on Monday, February 29, 2016.

• Response to Ala Wai Watershed Question: BWS is still awaiting a response to the question posed by Matson in regards to the Ala Wai Watershed and will email the response to Chair West.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Neighborhood Garden Broken Pipe: St. Denis asked and A. Wong responded that any issues that arise after the water meter are the service holder's responsibility.

2. Navy Fuel Tanks: Matson read a report that was published stating that the Red Hill Navy fuel tanks need to be permanently shut down because of the threat that the fuel tanks pose to Oahu's water supply. Matson stated she understands there was a loose agreement that BWS had with the Navy and asked if BWS can take a firm stand against the Navy to protect this resource. A. Wong responded that BWS is taking an active role and hard stance against these issues. A. Wong stated that BWS is also funding its own study to drill monitoring wells nearby that will indicate whether the fuel is leaking. Matson asked if any of that particular water supply comes into the Diamond Head area. A. Wong stated that approximately 12 million gallons of water from the Halawa area supply comes into town.

3. Clarification on Amount of Water Coming from Halawa: Waialeale asked and A. Wong responded that the 12 million gallons of water is on a per day basis on average based on demand.

4. Testing Specifics: Waialeale asked and A. Wong responded that she will suggest providing specifics on what is being tested and what are the precise findings.

Public Events

Hawaii Pacific Health Womens 10k Run -- K.C. Carlburg is the Race Director for two events around Kapiolani Park. The first event is on Sunday, March 6, 2016 and is the 39th Annual Hawaii Pacific Health Women's 10k that has been occurring successfully without complaint and they take into consideration how long roads are closed. The goal is to empower women in the community to take part in their health and it's a community service from the Hawaii Pacific Health Organization. There will also be an all-women's triathlon event on Sunday, September 11, 2016. They have been doing this event for 17 years and they appreciate the ability to be a part of the community to improve women's health.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Clarification on Event Schedule: L. Wong asked and Carlburg responded that the events are held early in the morning and that the Sunday, September 11, 2016 event will be held from 6:30 a.m. and finish at 8:30 a.m.

2. Community Notification: Persons asked and Carlburg responded that there are community notifications that are sent out through the outreach website and news media. Persons requested that signs be put up and more be done to notify the community of events being held because of the strain it puts on commuting during the events.


Waikiki Beach Special Improvement District Association (WBSIDA) -- Vice Chair Linda Wong attended the WBSIDA Board of Director's meeting on January 25, 2016 at the Waikiki Marriott and reported the following:

• Hau Tree: The Hau Tree at the Sea Wall of the Halekulani Walkway may have to be removed

• Royal Hawaiian Groin Replacement: Scott Sullivan, a sea engineering consultant, presented on the Royal Hawaiian Groin Replacement. Of the options the "T" or "L" shaped groin might keep most of the sand from the 2015 sand replacement in place.

• Waikiki Beach Management Plan: Dolan Eversol gave a presentation on a Waikiki Beach Management Plan in partnership with DLNR which will run for five (5) to 10 years.

• Sea Level Rise Assessment: Also slated is a Sea Level Rise Assessment, 20 years in length from the Hilton to just before the Natatorium in Kapiolani Park. A study is set for the Fall of 2016. The assessment is to be initiated in Spring 2017.

• Renourish Waikiki Beach Project: Another plan is ‘Renourish Waikiki Beach Project' which is slated to run five (5) years.

• Media Releases: The media will carry information along with outreach programs and professionals accessible to the public for all these programs.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Waikiki Beach Management Plan: Matson, who was also in attendance at the meeting, requests that the Board stay aware of discussions concerning Waikiki stakeholders in the vicinity of the Ala Wai canal due to sea level rise over the next 10 to 20 years.

Moped Noise Mitigation Work Group (MNMWG) -- Chair West provided some background on the history of the work done since October 2015 and what is currently being worked on:

• Bills in Legislature: Currently there are 25 bills moving through the legislature relating to mopeds.

• MNMWG Bills: The Bills that the Moped Noise Mitigation Work Group are pushing are House Bill 1848 (HB 1848) and Senate Bill 2487 (SB 2487).

• Bill Progress: The transportation committee on February 10, 2016 passed bill HB 1753 and testimony was submitted to amend the bill and include that there be a safety check requirement, police be authorized to stop suspected violators of mopeds and force them to have an inspection, license plates, and increased fines.

• Neighborhood Board Resolutions: Approximately 25 to 30 percent of Neighborhood Boards have passed a Resolution to reduce excessive moped noise.

• Protective Gear: Armentrout stated that she had attended a meeting on HB 1753 as well as SB 2122 and submitted our resolution and additional testimony. SB 2122 was deferred to SB 2736 which relates to wearing protective gear while riding mopeds and is not what was originally intended with the Resolutions.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Clarification on Bill Status: Matson asked and Armentrout responded that SB 2122 and SB 2736 were combined together in a move that, in turn, may cause the bill to be voted down.

2. Amendments to SB 2736: Senator Slom commented that SB 2736 was amended to remove the requirements for protective gear.

Manoa Neighborhood Board Meeting -- Chair West attended the Manoa Neighborhood Board No.7 meeting on February 7, 2016 and reported the following:

• Moped Noise Determination: Police officers will not have a decibel reader, but with this bill, can force an inspection on the moped if the officer has a suspicion that the moped has been mechanically modified in regards to either the motor or the exhaust system.

• Alcohol Service at National Football League (NFL) Event: A resident gave a speech regarding the alcohol service and the process in which this approval was given. The Manoa Neighborhood Board has formed a PIG (Permitted Interaction Group) to come up with a response to this issue.

Waialae/Kahala Neighborhood Board Meeting -- Chair West attended the Waialae/Kahala Neighborhood Board meeting on January 21, 2016 and reported the following: Pacific Hui Presentation on NextEra Takeover of Hawaiian Electric: Chair West had asked before if the Diamond Head Board would like to hear a presentation from Pacific Hui but at the time was not interested. Chair West will distribute information to the Board to have the Board reconsider scheduling Pacific Hui to present at a meeting.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Pacific Hui Presentation: Matson stated that the presentation given by Pacific Hui was very comprehensive and dynamic. The presentation was a comparison of what Hawaii has currently with Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) and what could happen if NextEra takes over. Pacific Hui was not representing NextEra but was representing community groups. There were three (3) documents; what the takeover means for communities, what a public utility can be for the people, and a sample resolution. Matson suggested having Pacific Hui present to the Board soon because hearings with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) are currently underway. Matson further suggested that the sample resolution, which is being considered by other Neighborhood Boards, be examined by the Diamond Head Board members. Chair West will distribute the Pacific Hui information electronically, and if the Board is interested, have Pacific Hui present during the March 2016 meeting.

Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OahuMPO) -- Norita stated that the OahuMPO previous meeting minutes and the agenda for the upcoming meeting had not been published as of February 11, 2016. The meeting will not be held as previously scheduled on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 but will be held on Wednesday, February 24, 2016. If people would like additional information they can contact


Homeless on Kapahulu Avenue: Business owner Ken Gordon, emailed and called Chair West regarding the homeless behind the fence on Kapahulu Avenue near Kanaina Avenue. The homeless are currently on State land and Gordon received input from a State legislator who said that the homeless would be removed on February 11, 2016. Chair West visited the area later that afternoon and the homeless were there. Gordon also reported that cars are driving to the site and it appears that transactions are being made. Gordon will be at the March 2016 meeting to give a presentation.

Ala Wai Golf Course Development: Resident Chung read in the Star-Advertiser that the Lieutenant Governor is planning a development to put in a sports arena and to revitalize the Mauka side of Waikiki. Chung stated that there may be a Bill to fund a Sports Advisory Group and Chung would like to know how to get more information.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Providing Information: Chair West requested that Chung provide his email address so any information that the Board receives can be provided.

2. Further Initiative from the Board: Matson suggested that the Board request from the Governor's office additional information. Matson further stated that this has been an ongoing issue and that the Board will not be given any information unless it is requested.

3. Governor's Representative: L. Wong suggested that the Board ask the Governor's representative regarding this.

Leahi Avenue Sidewalks: Resident Jones lives on Nikolo Street and is concerned about the lack of sidewalks and unimproved sidewalks on Leahi Avenue. Her daughter is starting Kindergarten in the fall at Waikiki Elementary and on their way to school they will be forced to walk in the street on Leahi Avenue. There are two sections, between the Ewa and Makai corner of Waikiki Elementary until Pualei Circle, there is an unimproved sidewalk that cars parallel park along it and because of the height of the sidewalk, cars will park on the sidewalk. This forces pedestrians to walk in the street to get around. From Pualei Circle to Holei Street, there is no sidewalk so everyone walks in the street. There are other residents who have complained about walking in the street or being terrified when driving of nearly hitting pedestrians. Jones proposed that parking be removed from the Ewa side of Leahi Street so that there is an unimproved median to walk on and eventually get a completed sidewalk and then across the way make efforts to improve the sidewalk.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Similar Concern Presented Before: Welch mentioned that he had presented a similar concern to the Board before. The situation is terribly dangerous for pedestrians and there are people that drive very fast. Much of the area in front of City property can be converted into a sidewalk and there should be a stop sign at Pualei Circle. He has witnessed cats killed and people hit as well.

2. Private Road: L. Wong stated that it is a private road and the residents own part of it. This effort would require Councilmember Kobayashi and a movement from citizens to have the City pay for sidewalks on a private road.

3. City Owned Parcels: Jones stated that the area that she is referring to, between Holei Street and Pualei Circle, is adjacent to City properties except for one portion.

Kapiolani Community College Culinary Institute: Carol Hoshiko distributed a report and updated the Board with the following:

• Planters and Retaining Walls: Construction of the planter and retaining walls are complete

• Stem Walls: Stem walls are completed

• Utilities: Utilities continue to do work

• Monsarrat Avenue: Work along Monsarrat Avenue is near completion

• Water Main: Water main is approximately 65% complete

• On Schedule: Project is continuing on schedule

• Contact Information: Carol can be reached at for more updates

• Excavation Work: Although they are working on phase one (1) much of the excavation work is being done for the future

Renovation on 3627 Kanaina Avenue: Resident Murai is wondering if construction is allowed if the building permit has not been approved and when will the building inspector come.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Report to Department of Permitting and Planning (DPP): Chair West asked and Murai responded that her neighbor filed a report with DPP.

Agenda Discrepancy: Matson stated that there are members of the community that wished to be at the Board meeting but since the agenda stated the Diamond Head Theater (DHT) was presenting on a renovation, they did not feel that they would be effected as much as if it was listed in the agenda as a redevelopment. Matson further noted that there was communication with the Neighborhood Commission and requested that Chair West share with the Board regarding the breach in Sunshine Law and the description of this project.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. No Breach in Sunshine Law: Chair West stated that the Sunshine Law was not violated and noted that the agenda item being listed as a renovation instead of a redevelopment was his error. Chair West further noted that last month L. Wong was asked to make a report, present to the Board, and to follow up with a Resolution. It did not necessarily mean that a Resolution would be voted on at the February 2016 meeting. After the meeting, Deena Dray contacted Chair West and asked if Diamond Head Theater could make a presentation on the project and Chair West gave his approval. Chair West stated that it would have been inappropriate to have a Resolution made prior to hearing the presentation on the project. This question was posed to the Office of Information Practices (OIP) through the Neighborhood Commission Office (NCO) by Matson and the response from the NCO was that if a position was taken on a Resolution, without proper notification, it could be a violation of the Sunshine Law. The Board could either defer the presentation or hear the presentation but take no action and will do so at this meeting.

2. Clarification on OIP response: Matson stated that if the presentation was made that it could result in a complaint that the OIP would likely uphold. Chair West replied that if the Board were to take a position on a Resolution at the February 2016 meeting, that it may be a violation.


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

• City Council Moped Bill: The Bill was deferred because there are many Bills currently in the State Legislature. The City Council will wait and see what occurs at the State Legislature. HPD testified on the issue and was apprehensive to any proposed solutions.

• Sidewalks: There was a discussion on Complete Streets, which Councilmember Kobayashi is in favor of, but it appears that when a repaving of a road occurs, bike lanes are put in and sidewalks are neglected. Councilmember Kobayashi said complete streets means cars, bicycles, and pedestrians so in areas where there are no sidewalks the City should be looking at adding sidewalks and that she will continue to bring that up.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Hearing on HB 1753: Armentrout mentioned that when she was at the hearing a Police Officer was asked what his opinion was. The officer stated there was no way for them to have a machine to figure out how loud a moped is and it should be the Department of Health's (DOH) responsibility. Armentrout further mentioned that when she spoke with an officer at the Punahou Carnival the officer said that he is in favor of the legislation because currently there is no way to identify a stolen moped.

2. Bill 78: Welch asked if Kobayashi could talk about Bill 78 regarding sponsorships of all public facilities. Councilmember Kobayashi stated that the Bill had been deferred again and that it has been in discussion since August 2015. The intent of the bill is for the City to raise funds for public spaces through partnerships and sponsorships while also making sure that the sponsorships are not advertisements. Welch further commented that there are concerns that our natural beauty could be jeopardized by these advertisements and is fearful of it getting excessive. Councilmember Kobayashi further mentioned that her intention is that any acknowledgment of a gift is done in a very tasteful manner.

3. Resident Jones' Request for Sidewalk: St. Denis asked and Councilmember Kobayashi responded that the area is in Councilmember Ozawa's district and that she will work closely with Councilmember Ozawa to ensure that money is not just allocated for bike lanes but for sidewalks as well.

4. Ala Wai Canal Runoff: Matson asked and Councilmember Kobayashi responded that she hasn't heard anything and that the problem has been going on for years. Matson further noted that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now involved.

5. Crosswalk on Kapahulu: Villers' suggested is that there should be white LED lights installed over the crosswalk to indicate to drivers that they should be conscious of that area because there may be pedestrians crossing. Councilmember Kobayashi responded that a request has been put in to have better lighting and there is money in the budget for better lighting.

Councilmember Trevor Ozawa -- Councilmember Ozawa reported the following:

• Complete Streets: Councilmember Ozawa stated that he has been working to ensure that money dedicated for Complete Streets goes towards all aspects of the initiative and does not only benefit one group of people. Public input is being sought after through council hearings so if any member of the community has an opinion please come to the hearings.

• Homeless Hygiene Center: Councilmember Ozawa stated he has been working on an initiative to create a hygiene center for the homeless so that they could come, clean up, speak with a social worker, and into transitional housing. Currently, there isn't any location like this in place for those making 30 percent of the median household income. Councilmember Ozawa went to Seattle and met with a woman from the Low Income Housing Institute and the City Council of Honolulu flew her to Oahu to talk about the 50 Housing First projects she has worked on. $140 million has been allocated to the Capital Improvement Project (CIP) budgets to make sure that some of these get done. The projects this lady has worked on are run as a non-profit and she gets funding through creative tax credits from the Federal Government and the City of Seattle. A meeting has been set up with her and Governor Ige and the hope is to get these projects moving forward this year.

• Kapahulu Avenue Improvements: Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Administration has been pressed to begin work and Councilmember Ozawa is happy to see that it has commenced.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Kapahulu Avenue Bicycle Signs: Armentrout received an email from Ross Sasamura regarding the Resolution passed by the Board for signs for bicycle riders. Sasamura stated that there would be four (4) signs placed on Kapahulu Avenue but thinks that the placement of the signs in front of Safeway and Popeye's is not the ideal location because they should be placed close to Harding Avenue and down by Ala Wai Boulevard. Councilmember Ozawa responded that he introduced a Bill to amend the Complete Streets with a checklist before implementation to solicit input from the community to ensure that any improvements are done in the most effective manner possible.

2. Construction Debris: Waialeale commented that the dust from the Kapahulu Avenue improvements have been causing pulmonary problems for residents close to the construction. Councilmember Ozawa responded that he will ask the Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) to address this.

3. Complete Streets: Matson asked and Councilmember Ozawa responded that the Bill number relating to the Complete Streets amendment is Bill 8. Matson further requested that the community needs a way to have adjustments made to Complete Streets projects after completion if the public has concerns. Councilmember Ozawa responded that for projects moving forward he would like to receive public input on a case by case basis beforehand.

4. Kapahulu Avenue Jurisdictional Responsibilities: Norita commented that there continues to be an issue with jurisdictional responsibilities regarding Kapahulu Avenue in particular underneath the H-1 overpass at Harding Avenue where the City does not continue to pave the road once the overpass is reached.

5. Resolution Regarding Toxic Herbicides: Matson stated that a Resolution was passed by the Board regarding the spraying of herbicides around picnic tables and trees. Matson further requested a riser be submitted to give this issue some additional trajectory. Councilmember Ozawa said that he will formerly put the request in as a riser.

6. Sidewalks on Leahi Avenue: Wong requested that Councilmember Ozawa work with Jones regarding the sidewalks on Leahi Avenue.

7. Dish Soap and Water to Kill Weeds: Waialeale stated that a mixture of dish soap and water can be used as a safer alternative to toxic herbicides.

8. Bill Relating to Alcohol Service on Public Beaches: Matson requested that the City Council introduce a Bill to prohibit future alcohol service and the restriction of access on public beaches for special events.

Governor David Ige's Representative -- Shawn Tsuha (Deputy Director for Law Enforcement and Public Safety) reported the following:

• Sirens: Tsuha stated that he does not have an answer as to which of the old sirens have been removed but will provide one soon.

• Update on Dengue Status: Tsuha stated that there are currently 252 identified cases and that the rate of infection has gone down significantly. There has been one (1) case that has been identified as infectious. Hawaii is also at risk of Zika virus because the species of mosquito that transmits Dengue also transmits Zika. If any residents have questions about fighting Dengue or Zika they can call Aloha United Way at 211.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. More Action Needed to Fight Dengue Fever: Matson stated that there are concerns that the Governor is not doing enough and that Senator Josh Green said if we don't do enough now and there is an outbreak on Maui or Oahu that there would be devastating statewide effects. Matson further stated that the Director of DOH does not seem to be proactive on the matter. Deputy Tsuha apologized if that is the perception and stated that DOH is tracking Dengue and Zika and is working closely with the County of Hawaii to identify more cases.

2. Ala Wai Golf Course Development: Chung asked and Tsuha will follow up and provide an update at the next meeting.

Senator Les Ihara, Jr. -- No representative was available. No report was distributed.

Senator Sam Slom -- Senator Slom reported the following:

• Hawaii Sports and Entertainment Authority: Senator Slom stated that the proposal to form the Authority did not go very far and was not well received because all those in attendance had a lot of emotion but no facts.

• Proposed Taxes: Senator Slom stated that rather than higher gasoline taxes, an increase in the vehicle registration fee, and other cost items, that the business climate needs to be improved and diversified.

• Proposals for Education Improvement: Senator Slom is against any creation of new programs because the promises made to other programs have not been met. Rather than emphasis outside of the classroom more emphasis needs to be put inside the classroom.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Sandalwood Tree Bills: Matson stated that she was happy to see the Sandalwood Bills moving forward and would like more attention on all the islands to propagate more trees such as Ohia. Senator Slom commented that the good thing about Sandalwood is that it does not require much water and that organizations that harvest Sandalwood are planting more than they harvest.

2. Thank You: Persons thanked Senator Slom for his support to the community with his work on the sea wall.

House Speaker Emeritus (HSE) Calvin Say -- Adrian Tam distributed a newsletter and reported the following:

• Status Report on Moped Registration: The status report was given to Armentrout.

• St. Louis Heights Riser: A riser was put in to add a bus stop.

• Bike Lanes on 10th Avenue: There was a lively discussion at the Palolo Neighborhood Board No.6 meeting regarding this because it makes driving more difficult for seniors due to the smaller lanes.

• Conferences for Seniors: Tam requested that Board members assist in promoting different conferences for seniors. The first conference is on fraud prevention.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Fraud Prevention: Chair West stated that he received a fraudulent inheritance letter. Chair West contacted the Police department in an attempt to have the letter filed in a database but didn't receive a call back. Chair West then contacted the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) and further concluded that if any money is exchanged that it gets filed with HPD and if not then the letter gets filed with State and then gets loaded into a database with the federal government.

2. Palolo Valley Clean-Up: On Sunday, February 28, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., a volunteer group called Trees to the Sea, is holding a clean-up at 3398 Palolo Road.

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

• Diamond Head Sea Wall Gates: Gates along Makalei Beach Park and Leahi Beach Park appeared in January 2016. There is a disagreement between the City and the State as to who has jurisdiction. The City made a physical inspection and determined it is the State's responsibility. As of February 11, 2016, The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) determined with Google mapping that it is the City's responsibility.

• Diamond Head Monument Funding: Representative Kobayashi introduced a Bill relating to the funding of the Diamond Head Monument and the State Park system. Currently 45 percent of the revenues from the Diamond Head Monument goes to the State Park system.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Interpretive Center: Matson stated and Representative Kobayashi responded that at the moment he is not too concerned about the exact location because in a Bill the money is allocated which also includes planning and design. At that time the location will be determined.

2. Installation of Sea Wall Gates: Matson asked and Representative Kobayashi responded that a group of homeowners installed the gates but no one is confessing.

3. Gates on State Land: L. Wong asked and Representative Kobayashi responded that any area of land that has been open for public trespassing for over 20 years it is considered unclaimed land and belongs to the State.

Representative Scott Nishimoto -- Representative Nishimoto distributed a newsletter and reported the following: Legislative Town Hall Meeting: A Legislative Town Hall meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at the McCully-Moiilii Library.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Homeless on Kapahulu Avenue: Chair West asked and Representative Nishimoto responded that the last update he had was that a sweep was done.

2. Publicly Owned Utility: Matson asked and Representative Nishimoto responded that he is working with Representative Chris Lee on publically owned utilities and that it is something we should be looking at.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative -- Walea Constantinau reported the following: Curb Issue on Campbell and Monsarrat: A quick fix was made and they will return to make a longer term fix.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Kapahulu Avenue Jurisdictional Responsibilities: Norita asked and Constantinau will follow up.

2. Japanese Restaurant on Kapahulu Avenue Valet: Armentrout asked and Constantinau will follow up with Department of Transportation Services (DTS) regarding the valet parked cars outside of the bus stop.

3. Trash at Kapiolani Park: Welch commented that there is a drainage ditch behind the Waikiki Shell that has stagnant water that should be addressed to prevent mosquitos.

4. Trees on Paki Avenue: Welch asked and Constantinau replied that she will follow up regarding trees being cut because of bus access difficulties.

5. Roosters in Kapiolani Park: Matson asked if the roosters in Kapiolani Park can be addressed.


Diamond Head Theater (DHT) Update: Executive Director Deena Dray of the Diamond Head Theater presented the following:

• Multi Use Theater: DHT has a diverse audience and is more than just a show house. DHT provides entertainment, education, and volunteer opportunities. DHT has over 600 volunteers, all actors are volunteers.

• Facility Limitations: DHT has endured more than expected of a building that old. The building assessment determined DHT is not salvageable and must be rebuilt.

• Rebuilding: DHT's new building will be built on the lot next to it allowing the original DHT to remain open until completion of the new DHT.

Dray introduced Scott Ezer who reported the following on the Environmental Assessment (EA):

• Background: The DHT building was originally constructed in 1930 by the Army for Fort Ruger and predates all buildings in the area. In 1952, DHT moved into the building and in 1983 the Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) granted an Existing Use Permit with no sunset date that gives flexibility to DHT to rebuild.

• EA: DHT is on State land and must comply with State law for an EA. The original comment period ended in December 2015 but has been extended. There are 27 public vantage streets/viewing points in the area that cannot be obstructed.

• Fly Loft: Most of DHT is low scale except the space for a fly loft that is a necessity. Without a fly loft, DHT could not present musicals at the level audiences expect.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

No Action to be Taken: Chair West commented that because of limited time no action will be taken at this meeting and any discussion will be postponed until March 2016.


Illegal Dumping: Chair West announced that the Kailua Neighborhood Board No.31 Chair asked the Diamond Head Board to make an announcement in support of legislation SB 2358 relating to illegal dumping.

Department of Defense: Chair West stated that the Department of Defense (DOD) and Army National Guard are proposing the demolition of two (2) buildings in Diamond Head Crater and transferring the land to DLNR.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

Communications Tower: Matson stated that there is a communications tower planned for Diamond Head Crater. Chair West appointed Matson as the liaison to the Diamond Head Citizens Advisory Committee to further report back to the Board what occurs at the meetings.

Liquor License for Establishment in Hi Hing Building: Chair West presented notice on the hearing regarding an application for a liquor license.

Pesticides in Paradise: Chair West announced and the Board approved a presentation from Pesticides in Paradise at the next Board meeting in March.

Blue Zones Project: Chair West talked about a study that was done on centenarians across the globe. Blue Zones Project is setting up some pilot projects across the State. Chair West recommended that the Board receive their presentation.


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 Thursday, March 10, 2016 meeting.

Approval of January 14, 2016 Amended Meeting Minutes: Matson moved and Armentrout seconded that the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 approve the January 14, 2016 minutes as amended. As there was no further discussion, the main motion was ADOPTED 11-0-2 (AYE: Allen, Armentrout, Miller, Naho'opi'i, Narita, Peralto, Persons, St. Denis, Villers, Waialeale, and Welch; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: Wong and West). A copy of the amendments are attached at the bottom.

ADJOURNMENT: Chair West adjourned the meeting at 9:00 p.m.

Submitted by: Sam Wolff, Neighborhood Assistant

Reviewed by: Amanda Ehe, Neighborhood Assistant


Page 4 -- Residents/Community Concerns

Diamond Head Theater Proposal -- Matson mentioned that she received many calls regarding a news report representing that the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 had supported this project, and asked how this happened. Chair West noted that Deena Dray had presented the project to the Board in 2014 but the Board took no position, In November 2015 Chair West received the Environmental Assessment (EA) and with comments due by December 23, 2015. However, the Board can still comment. Matson asked about the Board's review process for the Environmental Assessment (EA), and if an ad hoc committee could do this. She noted that the proposed development with a 75-foot equipment tower would be a vi

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