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  • Diamond Head, Kapahulu, Saint Louis Neighborhood Board No. 5 Minutes Posted For LAST MEETING (MARCH 10, 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 6:36 p.m. 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 6:45 p.m.), Bertha Nahoopii, Bert Narita, Keolu Peralto, Barbara Miller, Laura St. Denis, George Waialeale, George West, Jerry Wanager, and Linda Wong.

Members Absent -- Don Persons, Bryn Villers, and Winston Welch.

Guests -- Senator Sam Slom; Representative Scott Nishimoto; Representative Bertrand Kobayashi; Senator Les Ihara Jr; Walea Constantinau (Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative, Honolulu Film Office); Cliff Kaneshiro and Councilmember Ann Kobayashi (Councilmember Ann Kobayashi's Office); Kurt Tsuneyoshi (Councilmember Trevor Ozawa's Office); Robyn Ocepek (City Council); Albert McCollum (Honolulu Fire Department); Sergeant Brandt Tsuha (Honolulu Police Department); Dominic Dias (Board of Water Supply); Daisy Murai; Carol Hoshiko (Kapiolani Community College/Culinary Institute of the Pacific); Vincent Green, Alyssa Fujihara, Sidney Char, Sunshine Berium, Karlene Sakamoto, Joyce and Bill Waterman, Laurie Murphy, Kelly Hunter, Cyndy Saunders, David Okabe, Carol and Nicholas Lockwood, Kevin Pense, Joe Martyak, Suzanne Maloney, Colin Miwa, Dusty Behner, Terry and Richard Royce, Rita Dognam, Shauna and Tim Ellis, Barbie Goot, George Wong, Peggy Anderson, Debbie Berger and Bill Reeves, Belinda Lucas, Kay and Bob Hampton, Vernon Wong, John Rampage, Mary Calantoc, Christina Sitrov, Daun Oshima, Paul and Lisa and Ryan Goto, Catherine Lagartia, Richard Edge, Deena Dray; Nigel Pentland, Tammy Tamai, Colin Miora (Diamond Head Theater); Scott Ezer (HHF Planners); Shaun Arista; Wendell Noadomari; Mary Jones; Eliot Sheiman, Wen Zhong; Devon Nekoba; Amy Brown; Jan Badde; Kendall McCreamy; Rady and Joey Harris; Wendy Ogado; Devon Nekoba; Franklin Chung; Jack Ho; Manuel Shelley; and Sam Wolff (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.


Honolulu Fire Department (HFD-Waikiki Station) -- Captain Albert McCollum reported the following:

• February 2016 Statistics -- There was 1 structure fire, 3 nuisance fires, 1 cooking fire, 4 activated alarms, 139 medical emergencies, 1 mountain rescue, 1 ocean rescue, and 2 hazardous materials incidents.

• Fire Safety Tip -- Escape Planning: Plan an escape route ahead of time. If a fire breaks out in the home there may only be a few minutes to safely get out once the smoke alarm sounds. Everyone needs to know what to do and where to go if there is a fire. HFD provides the following escape planning tips:

o Make a home escape plan.

o Know at least two (2) ways out of every room.

o Have an outside meeting place.

o Practice a fire drill at home at least twice a year during the day and night with everyone who lives at the home and use two (2) ways out.

o Teach children how to escape on their own in case they cannot be assisted.

Questions, comments and concerns followed: 802 Kapahulu: Peralto asked and McCollum responded that if a fire hydrant is being obstructed the witness should call 911 and it will be investigated.

Honolulu Police Department (HPD- District 6, Waikiki/Diamond Head) -- A Lieutenant reported the following:

February 2016 Statistics -- There was 1 robbery, 9 burglaries, 199 thefts, 26 unauthorized entries into a motor vehicle (UEMV), 43 speeding, 613 parking, 7 loud muffler, and 148 park closure citations with 17 arrests.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: March 3, 2016 Parades: Wong asked and the Lieutenant responded if only one (1) lane is closed that HPD will allow for traffic to travel both directions on the open lane.

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

• February 2016 Main Break Report: There were no water main breaks in the month of February.

• Check for Leaks: The average American household wastes more than 10,000 gallons of water each year due to running toilets, dripping faucets, and other household leaks. Free leak detection dye tablets are available to the public at the BWS Public Service Building at 630 South Beretania Street. More information on how to find leaks can be found on the website,

• Kapahulu Water System Improvement Project: The improvement project has been delayed for two (2) months.

• 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.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Kapahulu Water System Delay: Armentrout asked and Dias responded that BWS does not have an exact start date but will send the information to Chair West.

2. Trespassing at Pumping Station: Armentrout asked and Dias responded that if audio is heard over the loud speaker then the activity is being monitored and someone is being dispatched to the location.

Michelle Matson arrived at 6:45 p.m. 12 members were present.

Honolulu Police Department (HPD- District 7, Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights) -- Sergeant Brandt Tsuha reported the following:

• February 2016 Statistics -- There were 7 motor vehicle thefts, 11 burglaries, 32 thefts, and 21 unauthorized entries into a motor vehicle (UEMV). District 7 had 6,479 total calls for service.

• Pedestrian Safety: There was a recent fatality and HPD is encouraging the public to be more cautious as they are walking and driving.


Diamond Head Theater (DHT) Redevelopment -- Board Member and Volunteer, Kitty Lagareta, of the Diamond Head Theater presented the following:

• Community Feedback: Lagareta works for a company who does community outreach for their clients to gather feedback and to incorporate it into their projects. DHT has met with the Kaimuki Neighborhood Board No.4 and the Waialae-Kahala Neighborhood Board No.3. During those presentations, DHT encountered misinformation and misunderstandings about the theater and would like to provide factual information to the Board.

• Project Background: DHT is 101 years old and the structure is towards the end of its life. 10 years ago the team thought about what could be done to build a facility for the future. The team met with The Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) to inquire about whether to renovate the theater or to construct a new one.

• May 27, 2009 DPP Letter: On May 27, 2009, DPP responded to their preliminary inquiry regarding the legal parameters and possible zoning requirements before the formal planning began. The 2009 letter DPP wrote has been circulated to various neighborhood boards with selected parts highlighted and Lagareta would like to share with the Board what was in the letter and how early the redevelopment concept of DHT was at the time.

• Existing Use Permit (EU): On May 18, 1993 an EU was approved to recognize the existing theater facilities and to allow an addition to the existing building. The EU permit was approved under the previous zoning code which allowed theaters in residential districts as conditional uses in accordance with the Land Use Ordinance (LUO). Applications which were previously approved other than by an ordnance shall continue as approved. Therefore the theater use may be continued indefinitely pursuant to the EU and may be replaced without non-conforming use limitations and it may be modified but only to an extent typically allowed by minor modifications.

• Size of Theater: The theater will have 500 seats; the same number it currently has. However, there will be an increase is in size because of the demand for classes and rehearsal space. At the time of the May 27, 2009 DPP letter, DHT was under the impression that the fly loft would need to be 75 feet. Since that time, ways have been found to reduce the fly loft significantly but a variance is still required because of the fly loft.

• Historic Registry: Being that DHT is 101 years old, it has been suggested that the building should be listed under the historic registry. However, a 2010 report stated that the theater is not eligible to be listed under the Hawaii Register of Historic Places because the architecture has been modified too many times.

• Community Benefits: DHT plays a critical and important role in the community. There are over 50,000 members who attend productions, volunteer, and take classes. Training in the arts is provided which are not found in public schools as well as classes for seniors that wouldn't otherwise be.

• Community Impact: DHT is committed to doing the redevelopment the right way and has worked hard over the years to minimize the impact to the community as much as possible.

Scott Ezer reported the following:

• History of DHT Building: The DHT building pre-dates all of the residences to the south, Leahi Hospital, a Kapiolani College and has been an institution in the neighborhood since 1933.

• Fly Loft: DHT understands that the proposed fly loft exceeds the height limit for the underlying district and for the rules that are in place for the Diamond Head special district. The fly loft will require a height variance and DHT will go through the steps for approval.

• Diamond Head Special District Minor Permit: In order to obtain the permit, DHT must guarantee that the redevelopment will not infringe or interfere upon any views of Diamond Head from any of the 27 different areas in the City outlined in the LUO. Ezer stated that the new building will not interfere with the view of Diamond Head from any of the 27 points.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Comments from Matson: Matson stated that the theater was built part of the Fort Ruger complex and was for the military personnel. When the residential area was built and Diamond Head was seen as a natural landmark, the State had a statutory requirement for Diamond Head and the City developed a special district. Within that district the theater was no longer allowed so an existing use permit was granted. Matson further stated that the permit was for the existing building and its existing use and not another building elsewhere. The legal steps that were mentioned apply to the existing building but an entirely new development is being proposed with a height that exceeds what is allowed. Matson requested an explanation as to why the renderings do not accurately represent the project.

2. Response from Ezer: Ezer quoted from the May 27, 2009 letter from DPP that the theater may be replaced without non-conforming use limitations. Ezer further noted that when an architect designs a building they try to ensure that it adheres to the law and that it is constructed in a tasteful and artful manner. The artist representation of the building attempts to make known that every effort will be made in regards to color, treatment, and finishing to allow the building to blend into the neighborhood that it is located in. The colors represent an honest attempt as to what the building could look like when it is constructed.

3. Existing Use Permit: Matson stated the EU addresses the existing building that is in place and if any replacement occurs, for instance from a disaster or fire, it has to be in the same location with the same footprint. Ezer responded that that is incorrect.

4. Language in DPP Letter: Matson asked and Lagareta responded that the language in the letter was discussed with the Director of DPP. Lagareta further stated that every effort was made to rebuild the existing theater but it is not possible and if the theater is not rebuilt a variance and other items need to be obtained. Matson read from the DPP letter which states that the new theater will be significantly larger than the existing theater and that DPP is concerned about the building volume including the potential visual impact to Diamond Head and the surrounding area. Matson further asked if it will be to scale in the way DPP requires and Ezer replied yes. Ezer stated, in regards to the volume of the building, the letter sent to DPP prior to this response from them mentioned a building of roughly 43,000 square feet which is nearly twice as large as the building being today of 24,000 square feet. Ezer further noted that DPP stating the building could potentially affect views is much different than stating that the building will affect views.

5. Importance of Fly Loft: St. Denis asked and Rampage responded that the fly loft is not new and goes back to the beginning of ancient Greek theater and are specifically designed so many different set pieces are stacked at the same time. It allows the production to move much more quickly and is much safer. It also allows DHT to be more accessible to the community because an open stage can be provided whereas currently many requests are turned down. St. Denis further stated that she used to usher there as a child and that doing this is important to the community.

6. Height Variance: Chair West asked and Dray responded that DHT would not be able to grow and that it would be very challenging for DHT if the height variance is not approved.

7. Alternatives to Existing Plan: Matson asked and Dray responded that every possible alternative has been examined. Matson further suggested that alternative locations be considered such as Queen's Theater.

8. Report Written by Linda Wong: Wong toured the theater and noticed many of the issues it is currently facing in regards to the building limitations and what DHT can provide to the community. Wong authored a report that was distributed to the Board and stated that if the height variance is approved that it should not be a precedence for other developments in the Diamond Head district. Matson stated that the report was supposed to be based off the Environmental Assessment (EA) but only featured site research and discussion with the applicants.

9. Love for Theater: Ocepyk stated that she loves the theater and has been a season holder to the theater. Ocepyk further noted that there the classes taught at the DHT are crowded.

St. Denis moved and Matson seconded that the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St.Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No.5 support Diamond Head Theater following the codes and the laws. The motion was ADOPTED (AYE: Allen, Armentrout, Matson, Nahoopii, Narita, Miller, St. Denis, Wanager, and Wong; NAY: Waialeale; ABSTENTION: West and Peralto)


Homeless on Kapahulu Avenue: Business owner Ken Gordon, at 460 Kapahulu Avenue, is concerned that some laws are being enforced and others are not. Gordon observes people breaking the laws regularly and has called 911 multiple times in reference to a sign that says no camping, littering, animals, or vehicles. Gordon has contacted Representative Scott Nishimoto's office, Senator Les Ihara Jr.'s office, Governor David Ige's office on homelessness, Mayor Kirk Caldwell's office, The Humane Society, and Councilmember Trevor Ozawa's office. Gordon suggested that if the public attempts to reach out to organizations in a similar way more can be accomplished. There are also a large number of outstanding warrants in the homeless community that are not being acted upon because the judges and prosecutors do not want to act upon them. Gordon wants the public to bombard the public officials demanding action.

Permit for 449 Kapahulu Avenue: Sheiman commented that there was a notice of public hearing for Thursday, March 24, 2016. The license that was applied for was dispenser general category number three (3). Sheiman lives behind the building and encounters an incredible amount of noise from the building daily; in particular the trash truck that comes every morning at 5:30 a.m. Sheiman commented that if there is live music until 1:00 a.m. that it will be a disturbance to the neighbors.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Testimony: Chair West commented that the Board cannot take action before the hearing but individuals can give testimony at the liquor commission hearing.

2. Signatures Murai commented that it is helpful if residents gather signatures in opposition before the hearing and that normally if the community provides input it does draw attention to the permit.

3. Calling Liquor Commission: Wong suggested calling the liquor commission and also asking the City Councilmember.

4. Defer the Decision: Matson suggested asking the liquor commission to defer the hearing until a public forum is held at the Neighborhood Board meeting. Matson further agreed that signatures are a good method of showing opposition and that 500 feet is a good distance to consider.

Leahi Avenue Sidewalks: Resident Jones lives on Nikolo Street and is concerned about the lack of sidewalks and unimproved sidewalks on Leahi Avenue. 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 and Jones provided a list of 56 signatures from neighbors that wish to see a sidewalk installed. Ho, an eleven year old with two younger brothers, stated that when he walks on the street there is a small sliver of asphalt that when cars speed past it makes him feel unsafe.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Leahi Avenue is a Private Road: Constantinau stated that Leahi Avenue is a private road and is maintained by the City but cannot be improved unless by the private property owners. The Department of Facilities Maintenance (DFM) stated that, this section of Leahi Avenue between Monsarrat Avenue and Noela Drive is identified as a private road that the City and County of Honolulu provides pavement maintenance under Article 32, Maintenance of Private Streets and Roads. Section 14-32.2(b) states, "Maintenance work to be performed by the city pursuant to this section shall not include installation or maintenance of curbs, shoulders, gutters, drainage facilities, or similar infrastructure." The construction of new concrete sidewalks is considered a street improvement that is not permitted under the Maintenance of Private Streets and Roads ordinance. The cost for the suggested road and sidewalk improvements should be borne by the private owner(s) of the road and will need to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Any modifications to the existing asphalt sidewalk would also need to comply with ADA in accordance with the "touch it, fix it" provisions of the act.

2. Sidewalks Owned by City and County: Jones stated the section that she is requesting sidewalks be added to be on front of property owned by the City and County of Honolulu.

3. Meeting with DFM: Constantinau suggested that a meeting with DFM is the best way to solve this. Chair West stated that he will reach out to Ross Sasamura, the Director of DFM to attend the next Neighborhood Board meeting.

Honolulu Ekiden -- Stanley Kim was available for questions: Race Independent of Parade: Wong requested that the relay race be separated from the parade in order to free up more of the street during that day because there are complaints every year of there being too much traffic. Kim responded that they are open to doing that.

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

• Planters and Retaining Walls: The construction of the planter and retaining walls are complete.

• Utilities: The utilities continue to do work.

• Monsarrat Avenue: Work along Monsarrat Avenue is around 85% completed.

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

Parking at the Waikiki Natatorium: Brown stated that parking is a problem at Kapiolani Park. Currently, when facing the Natatorium, there is a parking lot on the right that is being used and one on the left that is not being used. Brown stated it used to be a volleyball court in the sand but was paved over in 2005 and then had 15 parking stalls. Brown contacted the Director of Parks and Recreation (DPR) who stated that the parking is opened up for special events and then it is locked up for the rest of the time. Brown asked the Board to write a letter to Director Nekota to open the parking again. Brown further stated that there are lots of options for volleyball courts in the area.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. DPR Response: Constantinau stated that the parks department does not have any plans to open up the parking that they feel recreation space is paramount. Constantinau further remarked that the Complete Streets program is working to get people out of cars and onto bicycles. Brown responded that people coming from Waianae cannot bicycle and that parking should be available to them too.

2. Contact Councilmember Ozawa: Armentrout stated that Brown should contact Councilmember Ozawa's office as this is in his district. Brown replied that Councilmember Ozawa's aide told her she needs the Board's support and as many signatures as possible. Armentrout stated that Brown needed to talk to Councilmember Ozawa directly.

3. Friends of Natatorium: Matson commented that there are several active members of the Friends of the Natatorium and that Brown should contact Peter Apo and that he may have more insight as to why the parking was blocked off. Brown responded she is more concerned with opening the parking up.


Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative -- Walea Constantinau reported the following: 3637 Kanaina Avenue: An investigation by DPP revealed alteration work is being done without a building permit. A Notice of Violation (NOV) had been issued to the owner on Friday, February, 5, 2016 for the unpermitted work being done before obtaining a building permit.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Kapahulu Avenue Paving: Waialeale commented that there was a lot of dust from the paving and many of the nearby residents are suffering from asthma. Waialeale suggested that the City take more of a proactive approach before paving that involves notifying the residents beforehand on who to call if problems arise. Kapahulu Avenue Jursidiction: Narita stated that the jurisdictional battle between what entities pave what is ridiculous and needs to be resolved. Constantinau responded that she will follow up with the Department of Design and Construction (DDC).

2. Waikiki Aquarium Events: Matson stated that she received an email from a concerned citizen regarding the Waikiki Aquarium liquor events and is wondering who has jurisdiction over the events because they are expanding out into public areas. Constantinau responded that she will follow up with the liquor commission but since the Aquarium is a part of the University of Hawaii it may be a question for them as well. Chair West commented that he has seen a lot of events over the years but none that have spilled out into public areas.

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

• St. Louis Community: Councilmember Kobayashi congratulated the St. Louis community in their adoption of a park and their great job cleaning of the park. Councilmember Kobayashi offered playground equipment.

• Budget Review: The City Council has been reviewing Mayor Kirk Caldwell's budget and money will be inserted to revitalize a lot at the end of Kapahulu Avenue and Waialae Avenue where mopeds could be tested. Money will also be included to help solve the island wide homelessness problem.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Sidewalk Cleaning: Waialeale asked and Councilmember Kobayashi responded that a sidewalk ordinance was passed to prevent people from laying on them and that cleaning them is a good idea.

2. Bill 8: Armentrout asked Councilmember Kobayashi responded that Bill 8 is moving forward and that a resolution was also passed to emphasize pedestrian safety with sidewalks and crosswalk lighting.

3. Private Roads: Narita stated that the issue of private roads continues to be an ongoing problem and was wondering if the City is doing anything about it. Councilmember Kobayashi responded that there is a bill moving through the legislature regarding ownership of roads.

Councilmember Trevor Ozawa -- Kurt Tsuneyoshi reported the following:

• Sidewalks on Leahi Avenue: Tsuneyoshi and Francis Choe, the Senior Advisor to Councilmember Ozawa, has spoken with Mary Jones and conducted two (2) site visits and concluded similar findings to the Constantinau. Tsuneyoshi stated that he will present a joint report with Director Ross Sasamura at the April 2016 meeting.

Governor David Ige's Representative -- No representative was available and a report was distributed. Chair West stated the following: Ala Wai Golf Course: An email will be sent to Governor David Ige's representative requesting an update regarding any development on the Ala Wai Golf Course. Chung stated that Mark Rolfing and his people have come to speak with the Golf Course Division with drawings and Chung requested that the Board investigate what is occurring. Chair West stated that if meetings are occurring with the Golf Course Division then it is also a city matter and the appropriate contact will be made. Chung further stated that an email was sent to Garrett at the Golf Course Division who mentioned there is perpetual discussion relating to the flood zone which makes it difficult for any commercial development.

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

Senator Sam Slom -- Senator Slom reported the following and a report was distributed:

• Crossover: The crossover process was completed and there are at least two bills relating to private road ownership.

• Budgets: The supplemental; and Judiciary budgets are both being worked on.

• Marijuana: The bills relating to marijuana have moved from the Senate to the House.

• Vaccination Bills: Senator Slom stated that he opposed the mandatory vaccination bills for children and healthcare workers.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Marijuana Applications: Chair West asked and Senator Slom responded that there will be eight (8) dispensaries and 59 applications. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser filed suit against the State for not releasing the names and the process. The deadline for accepting the applications is towards the end of April 2016.

2. House Bill (HB) 1753: Armentrout asked if Senator Slom could assist with the passage of HB 1753 relating to moped noise. Senator Slom stated he will see if he can get it passed.

3. Additional Marijuana Application: Waialeale stated that the former president of St. Francis Hospital is also an applicant.

House Speaker Emeritus (HSE) Calvin Say -- No representative was available and no report was distributed.

Representative Bert Kobayashi -- Representative Kobayashi distributed a report and reported the following:

• Ala Wai Dredging: The House budget is now public and $13 million was allocated for dredging the Ala Wai Canal.

• Additional Monies in the Budget: Money for KCC buildings that need renovation, the tunnel at Diamond Head Crater and for Waikiki Elementary were included, however, the budget is not yet finalized.

• Marijuana Applications: The political figures that are listed on the Marijuana Applications are not principals but legal advisors.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Diamond Head Tunnel: St. Denis asked and Representative Kobayashi responded that the money was included to refurbish the tunnel. Matson further asked and Representative Kobayashi responded that he thinks the money is going to refurbish the Kahala Tunnel.

Representative Scott Nishimoto -- Representative Nishimoto distributed a newsletter and reported the following: Sports Authority Bill: Representative Nishimoto stated that there is nothing in the Bill which related to the Ala Wai Golf Course. Representative Nishimoto further stated that he does not support doing anything with the golf course.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. January 13, 2016 Article: Chung stated that there was an article in the newspaper regarding the connection between the development of the Ala Wai Golf Course and that Sports Authority Group. Chung also noted that he heard an interview on the radio that made reference to it as well.

2. Hawaii Sports and Entertainment Authority Bill: Representative Nishimoto responded that there is a provision that only applies to the current Stadium site. Chung replied that the Hawaii Sports and Entertainment Authority will be able to do whatever it wants and the development of the Ala Wai Golf Course will be an impetus to revitalizing the backside of Waikiki.

3. San Antonio River Walk: Matson noted that these bills can change in conference committee and there are entities promoting a San Antonio River Walk. Chair West asked Matson for a list of these entities.

4. Vested Interest in Current Golf Course: Waialeale stated that there are many people at the capitol that do not want to see the golf course change and that people like Mark Rolfing or the Lieutenant Governor would be unsuccessful with this project. Waialeale further stated that the world's highest played golf course is the Ala Wai Golf Course and that people would be outraged. Waialeale further stated that if Representative Nishimoto says that nothing is occurring, than nothing is occurring. Waialeale further stated that anything with a dollar amount has to go through the committee that Representative Nishimoto is the Vice-Chair of.

5. Federal Plan for Flood: St. Denis stated that the Ala Wai Golf Course is part of a Federal flood plan.

6. Radio Comments: Chair West stated that he heard on the radio comments from Mark Rolfing that Rolfing would like to reduce the Ala Wai Golf Course to nine (9) holes and construct a different facility.

7. Keith Fiera: Matson stated that Keith is on the Waikiki Planning Group and was on a ThinkTech Panel about the Ala Wai Golf Course development.


• Moped Noise Mitigation Work Group: Chair West stated that HB 1753 passed final reading and will be going to the Senate. The hearing schedule has not been published.

• Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OMPO): Narita stated that he would like to bring a resolution before the Board at the next meeting to be voted on. Armentrout stated that if the resolution is brought up at the next meeting that it Councilmember Ozawa should be in attendance as well.


Approval of February 11, 2016 Regular Meeting Minutes -- Matson moved and Peralto seconded that the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 approve the February 11, 2016 minutes as amended.

Discussion Followed:

1. San Antonio River Walk: Matson stated that developing something similar to the San Antonio River Walk was an important part in that discussion.

As there was no further discussion, the main motion was OPPOSED 2-8-2 (AYE: Peralto and Matson; NAY: Allen, Armentrout, Miller, Naho'opi'i, St. Denis, Wanager, Wong and West; ABSTAIN: Narita and Waialeale).

Approval of February 11, 2016 Regular Meeting Minutes -- Wong moved and Miller seconded that the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 approve the February 11, 2016 minutes as drafted.

The main motion was ADOPTED 8-2-2 (AYE: Allen, Armentrout, Miller, Naho'opi'i, St. Denis, Wanager, Wong and West; NAY: Waialeale and Matson; ABSTAIN: Peralto and Norita).

Approval of August 13, 2015 Regular Meeting Minutes -- Matson moved and Waialeale seconded that the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 defer the August 13, 2015 minutes.

Discussion Followed:

1. Sufficient Time for Review: Wong stated that the Board has had enough time to review the August 13, 2015 minutes with the over 100 corrections proposed by Matson.

2. Horrendous Minutes: Matson stated that these particular minutes were horrendous and that they were the worst minutes ever circulated to the Board.

As there was no further discussion, the main motion was OPPOSED 3-7-2 (AYE: Waialeale, Peralto, and Matson; NAY: Allen, Armentrout, Miller, Naho'opi'i, St. Denis, Wanager, and Wong; ABSTAIN: Narita and West).

Approval of August 13, 2015 Regular Meeting Minutes -- Armentrout moved and Miller seconded that the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 approve the August 13, 2015 minutes as drafted.

Discussion Followed: Amending Adopted Minutes: Matson stated that amending previously adopted minutes is very difficult and is unlikely to happen. Chair West commented that if the Board cannot recall the factual occurrences at an August 2015 meeting then the Board would not be able know if the proposed amendments are factual.

As there was no further discussion, the main motion was Adopted 8-2-2 (AYE: Allen, Armentrout, Miller, Naho'opi'i, St. Denis, Wanager, Wong and West NAY: Waialeale and Matson ABSTAIN: Narita and Peralto).

Discussion followed:

1. Factual Occurrences: Narita stated that the minutes should reflect the true occurrences in the meeting. Chair West stated that the minutes should reflect whatever was said, whether the statements are true or not

2. Matson Influencing the Minutes: Waialeale asked if Matson was influencing the minutes. Matson stated that her additions or corrections are for incorrect statements in the minutes. Chair West further noted that there is a difference between accurate statements and correct facts.

3. Inordinate Amount of Time for Minutes: Chair West stated that the Board has spent an inordinate amount of time dealing with the meeting minutes. In 2015, there were three (3) people that reviewed the minutes and submitted one (1) set of minutes to the Neighborhood Commission Office (NCO). The secretary at the time was overburdened by the amount of amendments that were suggested.

4. Minutes Protocol: Chair West stated that the new protocol for the minutes will be that the Neighborhood Assistant (NA) will draft the minutes and send them to the Chair for review. Once reviewed, the minutes will be distributed to the Board members and the Board members will send them to the NA to be sent to the Board for review prior to the meeting.

Leahi/Makalei Park Gates: Wong reported that the gates were taken down and is now open to the public.

Park Alcohol Rules: Chair West stated that he has been in communication with the Manoa Neighborhood Board No.7 and their concerns for the approval of the liquor license during the National Football League (NFL) event.

Discussion Relating to Minutes followed:

1. Factually Incorrect Amendments: Wolff stated that some of the proposed February 2016 amendments from Matson were not accurate because the particular amendments were not stated in the meeting.

2. Office of Information Practices (OIP) Ruling: Chair West stated that a draft of the minutes and the proposed amendments were presented to OIP several months ago and OIP's determination was that the drafted minutes were sufficient.

3. Other Boards' Minutes: Allen stated that when she attends other Neighborhood Board meetings the amendments relate to misspelling of names and incorrect dates.


Treasurers Report: Armentrout stated the current balance is approximately $2,200.

Subdistrict One (1): Allen stated that the next meeting for St. Louis Heights is Tuesday, April 12, at 7:00 p.m.

Subdistrict Two (2): Peralto stated that there is illegal dumping occurring at 2933 Wainam Avenue.

Subdistrict Three (3): St. Denis stated she published a report regarding the demolition of buildings in Diamond Head and was inquiring about if the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will be taking the asbestos out.


Wong moved and Matson seconded that the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 nominate Keolu Peralto as the Secretary. The nomination was Adopted 10-0-2 (AYE: Allen, Armentrout, Peralto, Matson, Narita, Naho'opi'i, St. Denis, Wanager, Waialeale, and Wong NAY: None ABSTAIN: Miller and West).


Conference of Chairs: The Conference of Chairs will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016 and both Chair West and Wong will be in attendance

Next Regular Meeting: The next Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 meeting will be held Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ala Wai Club House.

ADJOURNMENT: Chair West adjourned the meeting at 9:17 p.m.

Submitted by: Sam Wolff, Neighborhood Assistant

Reviewed by: Neil Baarde, Neighborhood Assistant II

Finalized by: George West, Chair

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