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  • Kaimuki Neighborhood Board Meeting Minutes Posted For LAST MONTH (MAY 18, 2016)

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Kaimuki Neighborhood Board No. 4




CALL TO ORDER: Chair Lyle Bullock called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. with a total of five (5) members present. A quorum was not established. Note: This 11-member Board requires six (6) members to establish a quorum and to take official Board action.

Board Members Present: Lyle Bullock, Mark Hagadone, Paul Hoe, Brian Kang, Marilyn Moniz-Kahoohanohano (arrived at 7:32 p.m.), Sharon Schneider, and Lori Yamada (arrived at 7:06 p.m.).

Board Members Absent: Vernon Tam and Walter Ross

Guests: Sergeant Clifford Ramson (Honolulu Police Department); Captain Kelii Goo (Honolulu Fire Department); Mark Wong (Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative); James Larson (Councilmember Ann Kobayashi's Office); Kurt Tsuneyoshi (Councilmember Trevor Ozawa's Office) Carol Hoshiko (Kapiolani Community College); Julia Allen (Senator Sam Slom's Office); Lorna Heller (Board of Water Supply); Anthony Aalto; and Sam Wolff (Neighborhood Commission Office).


Honolulu Police Department (HPD): Sergeant Cliff Ramson reported the following:

• April 2016 Statistics: There were 15 vehicle thefts, 9 burglaries, 55 thefts, and 22 unauthorized entries into motor vehicles (UEMV). There were 6,663 total calls for service.

Lori Yamada arrived at 7:06 p.m. 6 members present; Quorum was established

• Move Over Law: If a driver cannot pull over for an emergency vehicle then slow down to avoid an unsafe situation.

• Community Policing Team: A flier was distributed with information on the Community Policing Team in District 7.

Honolulu Fire Department (HFD): Captain Kelii Goo reported the following:

• April 2016 Statistics: There were 0 structure fires, 0 brush fires, 1 nuisance call, 0 cooking fires, 4 activated alarms, 73 medical emergencies, 1 motor vehicle collision with a pedestrian, 4 motor vehicle collisions, 0 hazardous material incidents, and 3 mountain rescues.

• Fire Safety Tip: Wildland fires, also known as brush fires, can cause extensive damage in communities. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggests taking the following preventative steps around the home:

o Remove flammable materials, such as dead vegetation and wood piles, from within 30 feet of the home.

o Keep the lawn hydrated and maintained. If the lawn is brown, cut it down to reduce fire intensity. Dry grass and shrubs are fuel for brush fires.

o Clear leaves and other vegetative debris from roofs, gutters, porches, and decks. This helps prevent embers from igniting the home.

• Hazardous Material Incident: The hazardous materials incident that was reported at the April 2016 Board meeting occurred on Waialae Avenue and 7th Avenue and involved fluid from an auto accident.

Questions, Comments, and Concerns Followed:

1. Mountain Rescue: Hagadone asked and Goo responded that the mountain rescues are likely on Diamond Head.

2. Brush fire: Yamada asked and Goo responded that there was a brush fire on the Halekoa ridge line and could not provide any additional details.

Board of Water Supply (BWS): Lorna Heller reported the following:

• April 2016 Main Break Report: There were 0 main breaks in the month of April 2016.

• 2016 Water Conservation Week Poster and Poetry Contests Winners Announced -- The BWS would like to thank the 1,900+ student artists and poets who participated in the 2016 Water Conservation Week poster and poetry contests. Their art and poetry depicted our contest theme, "Pure Water -- There is No Substitute." The full list of winners and an online art gallery are available on the BWS website, Also, these posters and poems will be on exhibit at:

• Honolulu Hale Gallery from Wednesday, April 27, 2016 to Thursday, May 19, 2016.

• Kapolei Hale from Tuesday, May 24, 2016 to Thursday, June 2, 2016.

• Kahala Mall from Monday, June 6, 2016 to Friday, June 24, 2016.

• Windward Mall from Monday, June 27, 2016 to Friday, July 15, 2016.

• BWS Public Service Building Lobby from Monday, July 18, 2016 to Friday, August 12, 2016.

• Water Matters Customer Newsletter -- The latest edition of the BWS's customer newsletter, Water Matters, is currently being distributed to BWS customers as a water bill insert. The spring 2016 issue shares information on the history of the BWS as a semi-autonomous government agency, upcoming water system improvement projects, xeriscape garden activities, and more. Please contact the Communications Office at 748-5041 with any questions or concerns.

FILLING OF VACANT BOARD SEATS: Chair Bullock announced two (2) vacancies on the Board. One (1) vacancy is in Subdistrict 1, East Kaimuki and Business District; and one (1) vacancy in Subdistrict 3, West Kaimuki. Chair Bullock asked if any residents were interested in filling the vacant board seat. Hearing no nominations Chair Bullock deferred the vacancy fillings until the next regular meeting.

Hearing no objections Chair Bullock moved to agenda item ‘ELECTED OFFICIALS'


Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative: Director Mark Wong of the Department of Information Technology (DIT) reported the following:

• Vandalism in Parks and Communities: Mayor Caldwell is requesting community members to be vigilant and call 911 if anything suspicious is heard or seen.

• Summer Fun Registration: Summer Fun registration begins on Saturday, May 14, 2016 more information can be found at

o Spots Fill Quickly: Chair Bullock stated that in order to get a spot it is suggested to log in as soon as it opens because registration will be full within 15 minutes.

• Parking Citations: HPD went out and issued two (2) citations on Koko Head Avenue between Harding Avenue and Waialae Avenue in a one (1) week period. HPD will continue to monitor the area.

• Sierra Drive Reconstruction: BWS is expected to finish their work at the end of 2016 and the advertisement for bids will be the first quarter of 2017.

• Agendas and Minutes for the Board of Parks and Recreation: Meeting notices for all of the City agencies are buried in a large document and DIT will be working with the City Clerk's office where the notices can be posted in chronological order and sorted by agency. Wong thanked Chair Bullock for bringing this to his attention because without someone making these issues known it would not get resolved.

• Kapalama Hale: During the first month that Kapalama Hale is open it is advised to go down only if necessary because there will be limited parking. Additionally, during the beginning there will be departments still moving in during the day.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Date of Opening: Hoe asked and Wong responded that the middle of June 2016 is when the Kapalama Hale will be open.

2. Departments Being Moved: Yamada asked and Wong responded that all the departments in the City Square facility are going to be moving into Kapalama Hale.

Councilmember Ann Kobayashi (City Council District 5): James Larson distributed a newsletter.

Councilmember Trevor Ozawa (City Council District 4): Kurt Tsuneyoshi was available for questions and distributed a newsletter.

Governor David Ige's Representative: No representative was present.

Senator Sam Slom (State Senate 9th District): Julia Allen circulated handouts and reported the following:

• Senator Slom Filed Nomination Papers: Senator Slom is back to work and is seeking re-election.

• Last Two (2) Days of Session: Senator Slom was available at the last two (2) days of session for the final votes.

• Right to Try Bill: Governor Ige's reasoning for vetoing the bill was because he did not see the benefit and it went against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded access program.

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

Speaker Emeritus Calvin K.Y. Say (State House 20th District): No representative was present.

Representative Bertrand Kobayashi (State House 19th District): No representative was present.


Approval of the April 20, 2016 Regular Meeting Minutes: Hoe moved and Hagadone seconded that the April 20, 2016 regular Board meeting minutes be approved as drafted. The motion was ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY, 6-0-0 (AYE: Bullock, Hagadone, Hoe, Kang, Schneider, and Yamada; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None).

Treasurer's Report: Schneider reported expenditures in April 2016 of $24.59 for a remaining balance of $99.30. The report was filed.



Culinary Institute -- Carol Hoshiko distributed a report and stated the following:

• Construction Site: Hoshiko went to the construction site and was excited to see something that looks like a building which is the multifunctioning lab. A lot of the infrastructure for the entire project which has three (3) phases has gone in.

• Dust in the Neighborhood: One (1) of the things that has been an issue is the dust that is blowing into the neighborhood and what has been done is to have a full time water truck spraying the dust as much as possible. Unfortunately there is no water main on the site but it should be in soon. Currently there is a truck that goes to Kapiolani Community College (KCC) to fill up and it is not spraying during the time it is filling up. Sprinkler systems have since been added and are being used after construction workers leave and there are tarps going over dirt piles to cover the dust. Hoshiko went walking around to the community to hear issues and give updates and that will be continued until the nerves are calmed of the people who have been upset about the issue.

• Diamond Head Road and Monsarrat Avenue: There have been complaints about what has been going on Diamond Head Road and Monsarrat Avenue. After the testing of the water main the permanent asphalt will be put in and the road will be smooth. People have been upset about metal plates but the major problems will soon be resolved.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Trade winds: Hagadone asked and Hoshiko responded that the normal trade winds have been shifting. Some days are worse than others. The dirt is very fine and falls into the neighborhood

Moniz-Kaho'ohanohano arrived at 7:32 p.m.; 7 members present

OLD BUSINESS: There was no old business.


10th Avenue Mural -- Chair Bullock reported the following: Current Status: stated the group working on the mural has gone through the permitting process and they are getting the funding to pay for the project and the process is ongoing.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Funding Source: Hoe asked and Chair Bullock responded that they are trying to get the funding from the public and that there is an artist trying to design it all and they were likely going to commercial entities to try and get money. They are expected to begin painting later in fall 2016.


Friends of Kaimuki Library: Schneider stated that the book store is open every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the basement. All proceeds go to help the Kaimuki Public Library.

Envision Kaimuki: Chair Bullock stated that on Monday, June 27, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the Kaimuki Christian Church there will be architects, planners, and city officials. The exact agenda is being finalized along with a flyer.

Next Meeting: The next regular meeting of the Kaimuki Neighborhood Board No. 4 will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 7:00 p.m. at the Kaimuki Christian Church, Fellowship Hall located on 1117 Koko Head Avenue. The Kaimuki Christian Church is asking attendees to park at Kaimuki Public Library or find parking elsewhere to reserve the space for the elderly and the disabled.

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 7:38 p.m.

Submitted by: Sam Wolff, Public Relations Assistant

Reviewed by: Relley Araceley, Neighborhood Assistant

Reviewed by: Lyle Bullock, Chair

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