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  • Kaimuki Neighborhood Board Meeting Minutes Posted For LAST MONTH (OCTOBER 19, 2016)

Kaimuki Neighborhood Board No. 4


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

Board Members Present -- Lyle Bullock Jr., Paul Hoe (arrived at 7:09), Marilyn Moniz-Kaho'ohanohano, Sharon Schneider, Lori Yamada and Stephanie Nagai.

Board Members Absent -- Mark Hagadone, Brian Kang and Vernon Tam.

Guests -- Sergeant Keoni Hong (Honolulu Police Department); Captain Ricky Mamiya and Firefighter Alan Oliveira (Honolulu Fire Department); Mark Wong (Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative); Director Pankaj Bhanot (Governor David Ige's Representative); Kurt Tsuneyoshi (Councilmember Trevor Ozawa's Office); Councilmember Ann Kobayashi and James Larson; Representative Calvin Say; Representative Bertrand Kobayashi; Senator Sam Slom and Julia Allen; Lorna Heller (Board of Water Supply); Carol Hoshiko (Kapiolani Community College); Ron Leiker and Janice Leiker; Karen Tsukiyama; Uliʻi Miyojima; Roland, Elaine and Roel Ylarde; and Brittany Yadao (Neighborhood Commission Office).


Honolulu Police Department (HPD) -- Sergeant Keoni Hong reported the following:
• September 2016 Statistics: There were 5 motor vehicle thefts, 13 burglaries, 42 thefts, and 18 unauthorized entries into motor vehicles (UEMV's). There was a total of 6,360 calls placed for service.
• Safety Tip: Residents are urged to be prepared during hurricane season. A handout detailing hurricane preparedness was distributed.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Crime Mapping: Chair Bullock asked and Sergeant Hong replied that he will follow-up on the question regarding crime mapping on the HPD website; Mark Wong noted that also does crime mapping.

Board member Paul Hoe arrived at 7:09, six (6) members were present and a quorum was established.

Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) -- Firefighter Alan Oliveira reported the following:
• September 2016 Statistics: There were 8 activated alarms, 72 medical emergencies, 1 motor vehicle crash with a pedestrian, 5 motor vehicle crashes/collisions, 6 mountain rescues and 1 hazardous materials incident.
• Fire Safety Tip: Halloween Safety: When selecting a costume, stay away from long, trailing fabric as it can be a trip hazard or attach to an object and cause a fall. If you create your own costume, select fire-resistant materials. If your child is wearing a mask, ensure the eye holes are large enough so they can see. Provide children with flashlights or glow sticks so they can see and be seen. It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. As much as possible, real candles should not be used, as it may be an ignition source for fire if left unattended. However, if candles are used, ensure children are well supervised at all times when candles are lit.

Board of Water Supply (BWS) -- Lorna Heller made the following announcements:
Halawa Xeriscape Garden Workshop Schedule:
o Saturday, October 29, 2016: Worms Eat My Pumpkins
o Saturday, November 19, 2016: Economical Aquaponics
o Saturday, November 26, 2016: Xeric Holiday Wreath
Advanced registration is required. Call 748-5315 or email to reserve your space at one of the workshops. Visit our website 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 welcomed to drop by to see dozens of attractive and less-thirsty plants on display, as well as pick up a complimentary seed packet.

FILLING OF VACANT BOARD SEATS -- Chair Bullock Jr. announced two (2) vacancies on the board. Two (2) vacancy in Sub-District One (1), East Kaimuki and the Business District.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative -- Director of Information Technology (DIT) Mark Wong distributed the Oahu News and reported the following:
• Make-A-Difference Month: This month is Make-A-Difference Month with the City and County of Honolulu's Department of Facilities Maintenance Storm Water Quality Branch! Community residents are encouraged to volunteer at any of the following clean-up events:
o Friday, October 21, 2016 with Kailua Adopt-A-Block;
o Sunday, October 23, 2016 with Palolo Adopt-A-Stream;
o Friday, October 28, 2016 with Kahawai Adopt-A-Stream;
o Saturday, October 29, 2016 with Manoa Adopt-A-Stream or Nanakuli Adopt-A-Stream;
o Saturday, November 5, 2016 with Kalihi Adopt-A-Stream or Waikiki Adopt-A-Block; and
o Saturday, November 12, 2016 with Ewa Adopt-A-Block.
Volunteers must be 12 years of age or older to participate in the clean-up events. For more information call 768-3300 or visit
• Illegal Parking: In response to Chair Bullock's question, Director Wong reported the following: On October 6, 2016, Officer Jenna Shimabuku observed stanchions set up to reserve parking in an area where parking is prohibited. She spoke to a Goodwill driver and informed him that the stanchions needed to be moved. She warned that enforcement action will be taken when violations are observed. The driver removed the stanchions and related that he would notify the manager of Goodwill. Subsequent checks made of the area between Wednesday, October 5, 2016 and Monday, October 10, 2016, were met with no violations. Officers will continue to monitor and take appropriate action when violations are occurring.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Illegal Parking: Bullock mentioned cars parked illegally in front of the Seed Shop and Sprout on the Ewa/Makai side of Kokohead. The area is marked as a "Commercial Loading Zone," but cars are parking there for long periods of time.
2. Kaimuki Parks: Bullock asked about the status of the Kaimuki Community Park Building, noting that the roof has been under construction for the last several months.

Councilmember Ann Kobayashi -- Newsletters were available and Councilmember Kobayashi reported the following:
• 13th Annual Recycling Event: On Saturday, October 8th, 2016 Kaimuki High School hosted its 13th Annual Recycling event.
• Budget Hearing: The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) will be issuing a financial plan which they will send to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) by Thursday, December 1, 2016.
• Charter proposals: Councilmember Kobayashi addressed inquiries regarding the 2016 Charter Amendments, noting that leaving the item blank means a vote will not be counted. Councilmember Kobayashi advised the community if they are unsure about what to vote for in regards to the charter amendments to just vote no.

Councilmember Trevor Ozawa -- Kurt Tsuneyoshi circulated a newsletter and reported the following:
• Permit: Tsuneyoshi addressed a previous concern by Schneider, noting that Francis Choe from Councilmember Ozawa's office is currently working with the Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) to set a meeting with Schneider and DPP to discuss permitting issues.
• Resolution 16-266: This resolution which was introduced by Councilmember Ozawa, urges the mandate of the State Department of Health (DOH) to regulate residential and commercial noise.

Governor David Ige's Representative -- Director of Human Services Pankaj Bhanot circulated the Capitol Connection and reported the following:
• Family Assessment Center: The Family Assessment Center, located in Kakaʻako and operated by Catholic Charities, will offer short-term shelter and aims to move homeless families quickly into more permanent housing.
• Hawaiʻi Interagency Biosecurity Plan: To combat biological threats in Hawaiʻi such as: zika, dengue, little red fire ants and rapid ʻohiʻa death, the state's first Interagency Biosecuirty Plan has been developed to provide a comprehensive approach to the problem. The plan can be downloaded at
• Code Challenge: Two (2) teams shared top honors at the Hawaiʻi Annual Code Challenge with app solutions to help homelessness and jail visitations. A team from Kamehameha Schools took first place in the student division.

Senator Sam Slom -- Senator Sam Slom distributed newsletters and reported the following:
• Foreign Fisherman: The state will not be able to get involved because this is a Federal issue, however, those that came forward from the Hawaiʻi long line industry were most supportive of making changes.
• Road Usage Charge (RUC): Senator Slom noted his opposition to the proposed charge, adding that it would penalize those who commute farther due to home price increases in Honolulu.
• Constitutional Amendments: Senator Slom noted his opposition in regards to Amendments one (1) and two (2), adding that neither amendment would benefit taxpayers. Senator Slom echoed Councilmember Kobayashi's sentiments on voting for the Charter Amendments, "When in doubt, vote it out."
• Rail Hearing: Senator Slom reported that four (4) bills were discussed regarding the rail.
• Homeless: Senator Slom expressed appreciation for the Governor's efforts to relieve the homeless population in Honolulu. By leasing land where the old paintball field off Nimitz Highway used to be located, the state hopes to build 200 tiny homes on the proposed site.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. RUC: A resident asked and Senator Slom replied that nationally Hawaiʻi has some of the worst roads and it is up to voters to elect officials who will make changes happen to benefit the community.
2. Amendments: Nagai asked and Senator Slom responded that he supports none of the amendments as he considers them to be inefficient and costly to taxpayers. Overall, Senator Slom advised the community to use their best judgment when voting on something that they might be unsure of.

Senator Les Ihara Jr. -- No representative was present; no report was provided.

Representative Calvin K.Y. Say -- Speaker Emeritus Say reported the following:
• Public Health Preparedness: Public health prevention is recommended, individuals should protect themselves, family and community from mosquitoes.
• Community Notice: Speaker Emeritus Say advised residents to be aware of driveway infringements as well as a resolution for the feral chickens reported on Koko Head Drive.
• Helicopters: In response to an inquiry about a helicopter flying above Saint Louis Heights, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) replied that the Honolulu Flight Standards District Office conducted an investigation into the matter by contacting the Honolulu Control Facility (HCF). The flight routes for small commuter aircraft are over the area of Saint Louis Heights on their way to Molokaʻi and other outer islands. These aircraft are under the control of the HCF and are at the altitudes directed by the air traffic controller. According to Code of Federal Regulation, 14 CFR 91.119 (b), aircraft may operate over any congested area of a city, town, or settlement, or over any open air assembly of persons at an altitude of 1,000 feet above the highest obstacle within a horizontal radius on 2,000 feet of the aircraft. At this time, we have found insufficient evidence to proceed with enforcement action and we consider this matter closed.
• Preschool Open Doors Application: The Preschool Open Doors application period began on Monday, September 19, 2016 and ends on Monday, October 31, 2016.
• Easements: Speaker Emeritus Say noted that easements of older sewer lines are becoming an issue in regards to who should pay for the damages to sewer pipes.

Questions, comments and concerns followed: Sewer Pipes: A resident asked and Speaker Emeritus Say replied that sewer lines that are 50 years and older may need support/replacement. Chair Bullock asked and Speaker Emeritus Say responded that the City repaired the main sewer line that is connected to all individual homes. A resident asked and Speaker Emeritus Say clarified that the issue of payment is with individual homeowners who have a line that breaks from a tree that is owned by another individual.

Representative Bertrand Kobayashi -- Representative Kobayashi distributed a report and reported the following:
• Kapiʻolani Community College (KCC): Representative Kobayashi noted a 90 page report from KCC of their international programs, noting that they have the largest international program in the state.
• Constitutional Amendments: Amendment one (1) and two (2) are those in question by Kobayashi and advised residents to be educated when voting for the proposed constitutional amendments.


Kapiolani Community College -- Culinary Institute of the Pacific (CIP): Carol Hoshiko reported on the progress of construction at the CIP. The lab flooring is now at 30 percent completion, all of the window and storefront have been installed, the storage building roof is 75 percent complete, the cooking area is 40 percent complete and the road path is 20 percent complete. There were no reported incidents or accidents.

Questions, comments and concerns followed: CIP: Schneider asked and Hoshiko replied that there are close to 400 students in the CIP program but the program continues to grow.

Kaimuki Business and Professional Association (KBPA):
• Kaimuki Christmas Parade: The association invited everyone to participate in the 70th Kaimuki Christmas Parade on Thursday, December 1, 2016. The application can be found at, KBPA does offer a discount to members.
• Traffic: There will be volunteer sign-wavers to help with traffic as well as no parking all around Koko Head Avenue and Oahu Avenue.


• Approval of the August 17, 2016 Regular Meeting Minutes -- The board APPROVED the September 21, 2016 regular meeting minutes as amended, 6-0-0 (AYE: Bullock Jr., Hoe, Moniz-Kaho'ohanohano, Schneider, Yamada and Nagai NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None). Amendments followed:
Page 3: Funds: The name Dale Hagadone should be reflected as Hagadone.
• Board Discussion of Community Issues:
Parks: Chair Bullock noted that there are only six (6) parks in Kaimuki according to the Geographic Information System (GIS). Schneider volunteered to find out more information on the progress of the roof repair for the Kaimuki Community Park building. Nagai noted safety concerns with cars speeding by Kapaolono Park and volunteered to look into the issue further.
BWS: Chair Bullock volunteered to follow-up with BWS issues.
Streets, Roads and Parking Lots: Chair Bullock noted the long standing interest with improving Sierra Drive as well as the need to improve and complete the Kaimuki Public parking lot between Koko Head Ave and 12th Street. Director Mark Wong added that there is no need to follow-up as he will provide more information as it becomes available. Chair Bullock urged the board to be vigilant in observing community issues that the Board can help to resolve.

Treasurer's Report -- Chair Bullock reported a remaining balance of $338.71. The report was filed.

Members Attendance at other Meetings -- No board member attendance at other meetings to report.

Election Day: Kaimuki Library and the Friends of Kaimuki Bookstore will be closed on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.
Next Meeting: The next meeting of the Kaimuki Neighborhood Board will be Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 7:00 p.m. at the Kaimuki Christian Church, Fellowship Hall, 1117 Koko Head Avenue.
Recess: The Kaimuki Neighborhood Board No. 4 will recess in December 2016.

ADJOURNMENT -- The meeting adjourned at 8:18 p.m.

Submitted by: Brittany Yadao, Neighborhood Assistant
Reviewed by: Neil Baarde, Neighborhood Assistant II
Reviewed by: Lyle Bullock, Chair

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