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  • Palolo Neighborhood Board No. 6 Minutes Posted For LAST MEETING (OCTOBER 12, 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 10 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 (arrived at 7:20 p.m.), Frank Farm Jr., Gladys Gerlich-Hayes, Randolph Hack, Marvin Heskett, Paul Holtrop, Loren Jerlow, Mark Leo (Appointed at this meeting), Beverly Mau, Darlene Nakayama, Earl Shiraki, and Liv Wheeler.

Board Members Absent: Ken Aronowitz.

Guests: Sergeant Clifford Ramson and Lieutenant Maurice Asato (Honolulu Police Department); Fire Fighter I Peter Hashimoto (Honolulu Fire Department); Director Ross Sasamura (Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative/Department of Facility Maintenance); Councilmember Ann Kobayashi and Cliff Kaneshiro (Councilmember Ann Kobayashi's Office); Dominic Dias (Board of Water Supply); Cat Awakuni Colon (State of Hawaii, DCCA); Judy Gold (Office of Election); Ron and Janice Leiker (C4 Church); Karen Tsukiyama (KBPA Christmas Parade); Julia Allen; and Christa Braun Inglis; Zoe Tanaka (Videographer); and James Skizewski (Neighborhood Commission Office).


Honolulu Fire Department (HFD): Fire Fighter I Peter Hashimoto reported the following:
• September & August 2016 Statistics: In August 2016 there was 1 structure fire, 27 medical emergencies, 2 activated alarms, 1 mountain rescue, and 1 motor vehicle crash/collision. In September 2016 there was 1 rubbish fire, 3 activated alarms, 30 medical emergencies, 1 mountain rescue, and 1 hazardous materials incident.
• Halloween Safety Tip: When selecting a costume please select costumes made with fire resistant materials and avoid long trailing fabrics. If a child is wearing a mask, ensure the eye holes are large enough so they can see. Also carry flashlights or glow sticks to see and be seen in the evening hours on Halloween. Refrain from using real candles in jack-o-lanterns, if candles are used pleasure insure children are supervised as candles can serve as an ignition source for a fire.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Mountain Rescue: Chair Jerlow asked and Hashimoto responded that the best way to help prevent people from needing a mountain rescue is to encourage hikers to stay on marked trails and stay tuned to weather reports. Hashimoto added that when rescued hikers are asked how unmarked trails are found the usual response is the hike was found on the internet.

Honolulu Police Department (HPD): Lieutenant Clinton Sukekane distributed handouts and reported the following:
• September 2016 Crime Statistics: There were 5 motor vehicle thefts, 14 burglaries, 13 thefts, and 11 unauthorized entries into motor vehicles (UEMVs). There were 6,360 calls for service in District 7.
• Safety Tips -- Hurricane Preparedness: Lieutenant Sukekane circulated a hurricane preparedness handout that noted in the period of June 2016-November 2016, it is important to be prepared for hurricanes and other storm like events. It is important to have a supply of water, to-go safety kit, medicine, and all other potentially needed items stored and ready before a storm hits the island.
• Vehicle Theft: Lieutenant Sukekane stressed the need to lock vehicles, keep vehicles clean or store belongings in the trunk, park in a visible area, and have anti-theft locks to aide in preventing car theft and break ins. Lieutenant Sukekane also noted that a large majority of car break ins are a result of unsecured vehicles. If there is an incident of theft or a car break in please call 9-1-1 immediately.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Gas Station Incident: Shiraki relayed an incident on Saturday, April 2, 2016, and requested information on how to follow on up the case. Lieutenant Sukekane responded that Shiraki should call the District 7 Burglary and Theft Division and inquire about his case.
2. Mopeds: Heskett voiced his cocnerns of excessive moped noise along Ninth Avenue from midnight into the early morning hours. Lieutenant Sukekane responded that there has been many moped noise complaints in that area and the recently passed legislation that will require registration and annual safety checks on mopeds should help address the issue.

Board of Water Supply (BWS): Dominic Dias reported the following:
• September 2016 Main Break Report: There was one (1) main break in the 2037 Palolo Avenue area.
• General Water Announcements 2016-2017 Halawa Xeriscape Garden Workshop Schedule:
o The BWS and Friends of Halawa Xeriscape Garden continue to offer workshops that highlight the concept of xeriscaping -- an innovative means of conserving water through efficient landscaping. The new 2016-2017 xeriscape workshop schedule features dozens of new and popular workshops that offer useful tips on how to maintain a beautiful and water-efficent garden. This year, the garden is also offering workshops on select Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the year, in addition to its regular Saturday schedule. Upcoming workshops include:
 Friday, October 14, 2016: Thanksgiving Hypertufa Planters
 Saturday, October 29, 2016: Worms Eat My Pumpkins
 Saturday, November 19, 2016: Economical Aquaponics
 Saturday, November 26, 2016: Xeric Holiday Wreath
o Advanced registration is required. Call 748-5315 or email to reserve your space at one (1) of the workshops. Visit to check out the full list of classes being offered. The Halawa Xeriscape Garden remains open to the public on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Residents are welcomes to drop by and see dozens of attractive and less-thirsty plants on display, as well as pick up a complimentary seed packet.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. General Inquiry Hotline: Chair Jerlow asked and Dias responded the phone number for general inquiries is 548-4000 which is a 24 hour monitored hotline. Chair Jerlow asked and Dias responded that he is unsure if BWS is affiliated with the 3-1-1 application but did note that the BWS does provide updates through Nixel.
2. Water Safety: Shiraki thanked BWS for their efforts in keeping the water source of Oahu safe. Dias urged the community to visit the BWS website to view activities being done to address water quality and safety.

FILLING OF VACANCIES: Chair Jerlow asked for volunteers to fill the No. 6 Palolo Neighborhood Board vacancy in Sub district four (4).

Mau nominated Mark Leo. Chair Jerlow asked Leo to introduce himself to the board and the community. Leo stated that he grew up in the Palolo neighborhood. Leo added that he is the principal of Pacific Web Management which is a web technology firm based on Oahu. Leo added that he is currently on the Board of Governors for Shriners Hospital for Children and a public relation director for Shriners International. Chair Jerlow added that Leo's address was confirmed prior to the start of this meeting.

Leo was appointed to the board by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 10-0-0 (Aye: Farm Jr., Gerlich-Hayes, Hack, Heskett, Holtrop, Jerlow, Mau, Nakayama, Shiraki, and Wheeler; Nay: None; Abstain: None ;)

Chair Jerlow called for a recess at 7:14 p.m., the Neighborhood Assistant administered the Oath of Office to Leo.

Chair Jerlow called the meeting back to order at 7:16 p.m., Leo joined the board with 11 members present.


Councilmember Ann Kobayashi: Councilmember Ann Kobayashi provided and circulated a newsletter.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative: Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) Director Ross Sasamura reported the following:
• Make a Difference Month: Director Sasamura noted that October 2016 is Make a Difference Month with the City and County of Honolulu Department of Facilities Management Storm Water Quality Branch. Director Sasamura highlighted the Sunday, October 23, 2016, Palolo adopt-a-stream event and urged the community to attend. Director Sasamura added that there will be other event throughout October 2016 and to find more information visit
• Concerns: Director Sasamura noted concerns he received from board member Shiraki:
o Parking: Board member Shiraki reported illegally parked vehicles on the Koko head side (Mauka Bound) of 10th Avenue at Waiomao Road. The illegally parked vehicles are restricting the line of sight for motorists turning left from Waiomao Road onto 10th Avenue.
o Paving: Board member Shiraki requested an update on the resolution of ponding water near the intersection of Makanui Place and Holomua Place.

Governor David Ige's Representative: Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) Director Catherine P. Awakuni Colón circulated a newsletter and reported the following:
• Newsletter Highlights: Director Colón urged the community to read the article in the Capitol Connection titled "From the Governor: Action Today for Hawaii Tomorrow". Director Colón noted Governor Ige's goal of doubling local food production by 2020 and added that hearings have been set regarding the State of Hawaii's first Interagency Biosecurity Plan. Director Colón also reported that the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is presenting a preliminary report at a second round of public meetings statewide. For more information regarding the newsletter or its contents visit

Andrew Chung arrived at 7:20 p.m., 12 members present.

RESIDENTS'/COMMUNITY CONCERNS: Kaimuki Christmas Parade: Karen Tsukiyama who is the Chair of the Kaimuki Christmas Parade reported that the 70th annual Kaimuki Christmas Parade will occur on Thursday, December 1, 2016. Tsukiyama added that the Kaimuki Business & Professional Association has sponsored the parade since its creation almost 70 years ago. The annual Kaimuki Christmas Parade will march up Waialae Avenue from St. Louis School/Chaminade University to Koko Head Avenue. Tsukiyama urged the community and the board to attend the parade. Tsukiyama thanked the City and County of Honolulu for their help with the event noting HPD will be providing traffic controllers to allow for motorists to pass through gaps in the parade. Tsukiyama noted that she will try to provide a map of street closures that will occur during the parade.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Road Closures: Holtrop asked and Tsukiyama responded that road closures will begin at 4:00 p.m. and will end approximately at 8:30 p.m.
2. Appreciation: Shiraki thanked Tsukiyama and the Kaimuki Business & Professional Association for their efforts to keep this parade an annual event.
3. Event: Chair Jerlow thanked the City and County of Honolulu for allowing the board to move to Jarret Intermediate School for the meeting at Palolo Elementary' s parking issues have been ongoing for four (4) months. Chair Jerlow noted that he would like the Palolo Neighborhood Board No. 6meetings to remain at Jarret Intermediate School.


Office of Elections: Judy Gold of the State Office of Elections reported that the State of Hawaii Office of Elections would like to extend a volunteer and fundraising opportunity to the neighborhood. The 2016 General Election is approaching and the Office of Election is looking for hundreds of volunteers to provide a smooth election day for the voters of this state. Volunteers earn a stipend of up to $85. Volunteers must be a 16 years of age by June 30, 2016, a registered Hawaii voter, and attend one one-hour training session starting in October 2016. The general election is on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. For more information visit or call Sheldon at 808-453-8683.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Volunteers: Chair Jerlow recognized Nakayama for volunteering her time to help on Election Day. Gold noted that the Office of Elections are recruiting for delivery collection teams that distributes and collects ballots and call center operators that answer any inquiries regarding voting sites or procedures as well as other positions that can be found on
2. Stipend: Chair Jerlow asked and Gold responded that a stipend of $85 is provided for precinct officials and call center operators and a stipend of $90 is provided for delivery collection team members.
3. Fund Raising: Chair Jerlow asked and Gold responded that student just need to be 16 years of age to participate and students from Kaimuki High School are helping on Election Day. Gold noted that some students may work split shifts. Gold noted that to participate a one (1) hour training session is required.

Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes: The regular meeting minutes for Wednesday, August 10, 2016 were ADOPTED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT as written, 12-0-0 (Aye: Chung, Farm Jr., Gerlich-Hayes, Hack, Heskett, Holtrop, Jerlow, Leo, Mau, Nakayama, Shiraki, and Wheeler; Nay: none; Abstain: none).

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Chair Jerlow urged the community to attend the Palolo Canal Clean-up on Sunday, October 23, 2016, and will begin at 9:00 a.m. Chair Jerlow urged the community to wear closed toe shoes, sunglasses, headwear, and sunscreen if they wish to attend. The next Palolo Neighborhood Board No. 06 regular meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Palolo Elementary School cafeteria.

Bulky Trash Pick-Up: Take out no-earlier-than one (1) day before Wednesday, July 20, 2016 (third Wednesday of every month) to preserve the beauty of the valley. Call 768-3203 for violations.

Farmers' Market: Every Wednesday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:20 a.m. at Palolo District Park.

Olelo Broadcast Slots: The Pālolo Neighborhood Board No. 6 meetings are aired on Channel 49 the first and third Sundays of the month at 12:00 p.m. and the 4th Thursday at 9:00 p.m. or online, anytime at

Social Media: Join us informally at the "Pālolo Valley Community" page on Facebook at Also stay connected with Pālolo at

Agenda Requests: No later than two (2) -weeks prior to meeting, contact Chair Loren Jerlow at 808-664-1658 with agenda item requests.

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 7:34 p.m.

Submitted by: James Skizewski, Neighborhood Assistant
Reviewed by: Neil Baarde, Neighborhood Assistant II
Finalized by: Loren Jerlow, Chair

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