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  • Palolo Neighborhood Board No. 6 Minutes Posted For LAST MEETING (APRIL 13, 2016) Meeting

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

Palolo Neighborhood Board No. 6




CALL TO ORDER: Chair Loren Jerlow called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. A quorum was established with eight (8) members present. Note -- This 13-member board requires seven (7) members to establish a quorum and to take official Board action.

Board Members Present: Andrew Chung, Randolph Hack, Marvin Heskett, Paul Holtrop, Loren Jerlow, Beverly Mau, Darlene Nakayama, Earl Shiraki, and Liv Wheeler (appointed at this meeting).

Board Members Absent: Ken Aronowitz, Gladys Gerlich-Hayes, and Stephen Maybir.

Guests: Sergeant Clifford Ramson and Lieutenant Clinton Sukekane (Honolulu Police Department); Firefighter John Mitsuhashi (Honolulu Fire Department(; Catherine P. Awakuni Colón (Governor David Ige's Representative/Director, Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs); Ross Sasamura (Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative/Director, Department of Facility Maintenance); Cliff Kaneshiro and Councilmember Ann Kobayashi (Councilmember Kobayashi's Office); Dominic Dias (Board of Water Supply); John Kong Kee (House Speaker Emeritus Calvin Say's Office); Shinsuke Uehara; James Nekota; Robert Farm; Hinda Diamond; Ami Scronce; Ron and Janice Leiker; Zoe (Videographer); and Sam Wolff (Neighborhood Commission Office).


Honolulu Fire Department (HFD): Firefighter John Mitsuhashi reported the following:

• March 2016 Statistics: There was 1 structure fire, 1 nuisance call, 30 medical emergencies, 1 motor vehicle crash, and 2 mountain rescues.

• Fire Safety Tip: Cooking can be a relaxing activity that brings family and friends together and provides a creative outlet. Cooking fires are the biggest cause of home fires and injuries. Help reduce cooking fires with these safety tips:

o Cook with caution and be alert. If tired or under the influence of alcohol, do not use the stove.

o Stay in the kitchen when cooking.

o Keep anything that can catch fire, such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, and towels, away from the stovetop.

o Have a kids-free zone of at least three (3) feet around the stove.

o If a small grease fire occurs, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled. For an oven fire, turn the heat off and keep the door closed.

o If there is any doubt about fighting a small fire, calmly leave the house, close the door to help contain the fire, and call 911 from the outside.

Honolulu Police Department (HPD): Lieutenant Clinton Sukekane reported the following:

• March 2016 Crime Statistics: There were 9 motor vehicle thefts, 8 burglaries, 27 thefts, and 13 unauthorized entries into motor vehicles. There were 6,818 calls for service in District 7.

• Home Security Tip: Be careful when allowing people into the home and observe them to ensure nothing is being stolen.

• Vehicle Security Tip: Secure the vehicle to prevent theft.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Explosion: Nakayama asked and Lieutenant Sukekane stated that he was not on duty at the time but will follow up regarding the explosion of a motor vehicle on Sunday, March 27, 2016 at 2:30 a.m. on Palolo Avenue.

2. Drivers under the Influence: Shiraki asked and Lieutenant Sukekane responded that if HPD suspects that a driver is under the influence of cannabis, HPD will do a test and if HPD believes the driver is under the influence of alcohol, HPD can conduct a different test to determine impairment.

Board of Water Supply (BWS): Dominic Dias circulated a newsletter and reported the following:

• March 2016 Main Break Report: There were no water main breaks in March 2016.

• Telephone Scam Warning: BWS warns the community of a telephone scam where BWS customers are being targeted in an attempt to fraudulently collect money. BWS has received several reports of customers being contacted by a person claiming to be a BWS employee. These customers were told that the customer owed a large sum of money to BWS and were told that a bill amount must be paid immediately to avoid water service shut off. Anyone who receives an unexpected or unusual phone call from BWS are encouraged to call BWS for verification. Do not give any information to the caller. Tips to help protect against scams that may use water bills as a lure include:

o Know the account status. Call BWS customer service staff at 748-5030 or sign up for online billing services for accurate information about the account.

o Understand BWS collection procedures. BWS does not call costumers outside its business hours to request payment.

o Safeguard personal information. Never give out credit or debit card number or other personal information to any caller or visitor without knowing their true identity.

o Hang up on any suspicious caller. If feeling pressured, hang up the phone and call BWS customer service at 748-5030 to ensure a BWS representative is speaking. Residents are also encouraged to call HPD at 911 if any suspicious activity is encountered. Additional reports can also be filed to BWS by calling 748-5000.


Sub-district Two (2) -- Stephen Maybir: Chair Jerlow passed the gavel to Vice-Chair Mau:

Chair Jerlow moved and Heskett seconded to remove Maybir from the Board.

Discussion followed:

1. Maybir may be Leaving Hawaii: Chair Jerlow stated that he has spoken with Maybir and that Maybir stated he will most likely be leaving the island and that it is not his intent to stay on the Board.

2. Satisfactory Performance from Maybir: Heskett stated that he is not opposed to Maybir's performance, however, he would appreciate a more active member. Holtrop stated that he spoke with Maybir as well and that Maybir indicated he would be moving to the mainland soon. Holtrop further noted that Maybir had a positive performance but the absences have been a problem.

The motion was ADOPTED, 7-1-0 (Aye: Chung, Hack, Heskett, Holtrop Jerlow, Mau, and Shiraki; Nay: Nakayama; Abstain: None).

Chair Jerlow stated that it was a pleasure having Maybir on the Board. The gavel was returned back to Chair Jerlow from Vice-Chair Mau.

Sub-district Three (3) -- Paul Holtrop

Shiraki moved to remove Holtrop from the Board. There was no second.

Discussion followed: Wife Travels Frequently: Holtrop stated that his wife travels out of town often and that there are occasions that he cannot make it to the Board meetings because he has matters to attend to at home.


Sub-district One (1)

Heskett moved and Mau seconded to nominate Liv Wheeler for the vacant subdistrict one (1) Board seat.

The Neighborhood Assistant Sam Wolff verified the residency of Liv Wheeler in subdistrict one (1).

Discussion Followed:

1. Background of Liv Wheeler: Wheeler stated that she operates a non-profit called Trees to Seas whose mission is to educate the community about trash and its path to the ocean. Wheeler has been a resident for the past four (4) years and would be honored to serve the Board and community.

2. Attendance of Meetings: Hack asked and Wheeler responded that attending nine (9) to 10 meetings a year will not be a problem.

3. Non-Profit Affiliation: Chair Jerlow stated that he would like Wheeler to be separate from her non-profit while participating at Board meetings.

The motion was UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED, 8-0-0 (Aye: Chung, Hack, Heskett, Holtrop Jerlow, Mau, Nakayama, and Shiraki; Nay: None; Abstain: None).

The Neighborhood Assistant Sam Wolff Administered the Oath of Office and Wheeler joined the Board; 9 members present

Sub-district Two (2) and Four (4): Hearing no nominations, this item was deferred to the next regular meeting.


Councilmember Ann Kobayashi -- Ann Kobayashi provided a newsletter and reported the following:

• Budget Meetings: The budget meetings are just beginning and the final vote will be the first Wednesday of June 2016. If there are any additional suggestions for Palolo, notify Councilmember Kobayashi's office. There is money to expand the playground equipment at Palolo District Park. There is money for the La'i road area Director of the Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) Ross Sasamura had mentioned to Councilmember Kobayashi that it will be difficult but Councilmember Kobayashi stated it is important.

• Rail Issues: Don Horner resigned as the Chair of the Board of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit (HART). The general excise tax (GET) was extended for another five (5) years and the City Council was told that there would be enough money with potentially some remaining. Councilmember Kobayashi also stated that Hawaiian Electric (HECO) advised HART that there will be a problem with utility relocation but no money was allocated by HART for that. Councilmember Kobayashi is worried that the taxpayers will be left responsible for funding the additional costs.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Trash Dumping: Chair Jerlow asked the community that if there is bulky trash being put out more than 24 hours in advance of bulky item pick up to help improve the appearance of the valley to contact the hotline.

2. Large Container for Dumping: Resident Nekota asked if there can be a container placed for large dumping and Councilmember Kobayashi stated the City wanted to stop having them at the school but money was put into the budget to bring back those containers to the schools. The administration does not want to have it.

3. Moped Licensing: Nekota asked and Councilmember Kobayashi responded that the City is involved in the safety checks. Nekota further noted to go after the distributors of loud mufflers. Councilmember Kobayashi stated that the distributors of mopeds could also assist with the safety.

4. Running for Re-election: Shiraki appreciates that Councilmember Kobayashi is running for City Council again.

5. Recognition of ¬¬Mau: Beverly Mau was recognized by the Board and Councilmember Kobayashi for her service on the Board. Mau thanked the Board for the recognition and shared with the community about the work she does with her organization The Daughters of the Nile.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative: Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) Director Ross Sasamura reported the following:

• HPD Speed Trailers: HPD appreciates Shiraki's compliments.

• Honolulu 311: The Department of Customer Services (CSD) noted Chair Jerlow's appreciation

• No Left Turn Sign at Tamura's: The Department of Transportation Services (DTS) has looked into this matter before, however, the sign must conform to specifications and guidelines set forth in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) set by the Federal Highways Administrator (FHA).

• Traffic Safety Concern: The traffic safety concern relating to the intersection of Palolo Avenue and Orchid Street is under review by the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) and DTS.

• Batting Cage Noise: The matter is under the State Department of Health's (DOH) jurisdiction and DOH was contacted and alerted of noise concern. The matter is under review.

• Traffic Safety Issue near Kehau Place and Palolo Avenue: DTS is looking into the matter and will inform the Board once the investigation is completed regarding the five (5) foot high rock wall.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Tamura's Left Turn Sign: Shiraki requested that Tamura's be notified to make the sign bigger. Sasamura stated that anything in the City's jurisdiction has to be a city sign and code compliant.

2. Broken Glass: Heskett stated that on Palolo Terrace, after a recycling truck left, there were patches of broken glass separated by the same distances of recycling bins and that there appears to be an issue with the recycling truck. Sasamura stated he will follow up on the matter.

3. Pukele Bridge: Nakayama stated that the work being done at Pukele bridge is not progressing. Sasamura stated he will follow up.

4. Bus Route Adjustments: Resident Diamond stated that TheBus route No.9 does not cover the same route as No.9s. Diamond further asked about the reasoning behind the removal of route No.9 and if it will be returning. Sasamura will follow up.

Governor David Ige's Representative: Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) Director Catherine P. Awakuni Colón circulated a newsletter and reported the following:

• Building the Innovation Economy: There is an interesting article in the newsletter relating to the building of the innovation economy.

• Earth Month: Governor David Ige hosted a meeting with the Western Governors Association and held a workshop to talk about the Endangered Species Act. Governor David Ige also asked people to participate in Earth Day activities. Earth Day is on Friday, April 22, 2016.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Follow up Regarding Brycen Go: Chair Jerlow thanked Governor Ige's office for their follow up on recognizing Brycen Go.

State House Speaker Emeritus Calvin Say -- John Kong Kee circulated a newsletter and reported the following:

• House Bill (HB) 1753: The Bill relating to the inspection of mopeds has been passed out of its second reading and is on its way to the Ways and Means (WAM) Committee.

• HB2252: The Bill requires hospital to maintain discharge policies consistent with recent updates to federal regulations has passed the Judiciary and Labor Committees.

• HB1873: Speaker Emeritus Say co-introduced the Bill regarding elderly related programs has made it to the House.

• Batting Cages: Speaker Emeritus Say's office will be working with Councilmember Kobayashi's office on the issue.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Marcy's Law: Shiraki asked and Kong Kee responded that he will follow up on the status of Marcy's Law.

Conference of Chairs -- Chair Jerlow reported the following: Event Summary: On Saturday, April 9, 2016, Mau and Chair Jerlow went to the Conference of Chairs. The event featured training on parliamentary procedure and charter issues and the moped noise mitigation group was discussed. Chair Jerlow appreciated the event.

Senator Les Ihara, Jr.: No representative and no report was distributed.

RESIDENTS'/COMMUNITY CONCERNS: Illegal Dumping Hotline: Chair Jerlow stated the Illegal dumping 768-3200 is the hotline and to select menu option one (1).


APPROVAL OF THE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2016, REGULAR MEETING MINUTES: Chung moved and Hack seconded to adopt the regular meeting minutes for Wednesday, March 9, 2016 as amended. The motion was ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY, 9-0-0 (Aye: Chung, Hack, Heskett, Holtrop, Jerlow, Mau, Nakayama, Shiraki and Wheeler; Nay: None; Abstain: None). Amendments included the following:

Chung stated that on Page four (4) of five (5) under Power 9 Principle it should read as, "1) to down shift, reverse disease by finding a stress relieving strategy."

Holtrop moved and Mau seconded to amend the agenda from Vote to Appoint Gladys Gerlach-Hayes 2016 as Election Candidate Forum Committee Chair to Creation of Election Committee. The motion was ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY, 9-0-0 (Aye: Chung, Hack, Heskett, Holtrop, Jerlow, Mau, Nakayama, Shiraki and Wheeler; Nay: None; Abstain: None).

Holtrop moved and Hack seconded to create an Election Committee. The motion was ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY, 9-0-0 (Aye: Chung, Hack, Heskett, Holtrop, Jerlow, Mau, Nakayama, Shiraki and Wheeler; Nay: None; Abstain: None).

Discussion of Quarterly Information Theme -- Safety: Chair Jerlow thanked Shiraki for being the Chair of the Safety Committee. Chair Jerlow further asked the Board to encourage the Neighborhood Watch in their subdistrict. HPD has offered to provide Neighborhood Watch training

Chair Jerlow asked Committee Chairs to consider recognizing beautiful landscapes

Proposal of board committee activities: There was no report.

Vote on Community Recognition Award nominees: Nakayama reported the following: John Flanigan: Flanigan is a multiple Hawaii State champion athlete. He graduated from Auburn University and is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship swim team of 1997. He is currently the head coach of Kamehameha Swim Club and has coached numerous children and almost 350 swimmers that have competed in 27 Hawaii State championships. Kamehameha has become a powerhouse for swimmers in Hawaii. The committee would like to nominate Flanigan for a Community Recognition Award.

Nakayama moved and Shiraki seconded to present John Flanigan a Community Recognition Award. The motion was ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY, 9-0-0 (Aye: Chung, Hack, Heskett, Holtrop, Jerlow, Mau, Nakayama, Shiraki and Wheeler; Nay: None; Abstain: None).


Treasurer's Report: Hack read the financial statement and reported a remaining balance of $156.36. The report was filed.

Discussion followed: Banners: Mau asked and Chair Jerlow explained that some of the banners were lost and the ones that are in possession are old and worn. Heskett requested that the purchase of small bungees be put in the budget.

Heskett moved and Shiraki seconded to purchase bungee cords for the Board. The motion was ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY, 9-0-0 (Aye: Chung, Hack, Heskett, Holtrop, Jerlow, Mau, Nakayama, Shiraki and Wheeler; Nay: None; Abstain: None).

Recognition Committee Report: No additional report.

Traffic Safety Committee Report: Shiraki stated that when someone is seen not walking in the crosswalk, motor vehicles should slow down. Shiraki further requested that those crossing the street in a crosswalk should look both ways for safety.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: The next Palolo Neighborhood Board No. 06 regular meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Palolo Elementary School cafeteria.

Continued Discussion Between Meetings: Chair Jerlow stated that the discussion can be continued online through

College Prep Workshop: The workshop will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Kaimuki Middle School.

Parliamentary Procedure Workshop: The workshop will be held on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 and the Toastmasters International has been invited to come host it. Chair Jerlow thanked Hack for his knowledge of parliamentary procedure and Holtrop for his knowledge of the Neighborhood Plan.

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 8:17 p.m.

Submitted by: Sam Wolff, Neighborhood Assistant

Reviewed by: Stephen Saito, Neighborhood Assistant; Andrew Chung, Board member

Finalized by: Loren Jerlow, Chair

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