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Diamond Head, Kapahulu, Saint Louis Neighborhood Board No. 5 Posted For 3/9/2017 Posted
Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5
DRAFT -- REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017
ALA WAI CLUB HOUSE
CALL TO ORDER: Chair West called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. A quorum was established with 14 members present. (Note -- This 15-member Board requires eight (8) members to establish quorum and to take official Board action.)
Members Present: Julia Allen, Judith Bowman (appointed at this meeting), Richard Figluzzi, Michelle Matson, Barbara Miller, Bertha Nahoopii, Bert Narita, Keolu Peralto, Don Persons, Laura St. Denis, Jerry Wanager, Bryn Villers, George West, and Linda Wong.
Members Absent: George Waialeale.
Guests: Lieutenant Phillip Buchanan and Lieutenant Roy Hayamoto (Honolulu Police Department), Ann Wong (Board of Water Supply), Walea Constantinau (Mayor Caldwell's Representative, Honolulu Film Office), Councilmember Ann Kobayashi and Cliff Kaneshiro (Councilmember Ann Kobayashi's Office); Andrew Tan (Senator Stanley Chang's Office), Representative Scott Nishimoto and Michelle Herr (State Representative Scott Nishimoto's office), House Speaker Emeritus Calvin Say; Representative Bertrand Kobayashi; Kenny Amazaki (City Council Offices); Bruce Tsuchida (Townscape Inc.); Rick Tauijuli (Honolulu Marathon); Jan Bappe, David and Nayama Campos, Franklin Chung, Keith Kamita, Joy Kaupuila, Susan Morton, Daisy Murai, Carolyn Tanaka, Steve Walther, Jillian Yasutake (Residents); and James Skizewski (Neighborhood Commission Office).
Announcements: For all wishing to speak on items not already on the agenda, please fill out a Community Concern form at the front desk and turn into the Chair or Neighborhood Assistant.
PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS
Honolulu Fire Department (HFD - Waikiki Station): No representative present, no report provided.
Honolulu Police Department (HPD - District Six (6) Waikiki/Diamond Head): Lieutenant Buchanan reported the following: February 2017 Statistics: There were 7 robberies, 6 burglaries, 173 thefts, 30 unauthorized entries into a motor vehicle (UEMV), 33 aggravated and simple assaults, 4 sex crimes, 15 speeding citations, 456 parking citations, 2 citations for loud mufflers, 51 park closure warnings, and 60 citations for violating park closure hours.
Honolulu Police Department (HPD - District Seven (7) Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights): Lieutenant Hayamoto circulated a report and announced the following:
• February 2017 Statistics: There were 2 motor vehicle thefts, 8 burglaries, 18 thefts, 19 unauthorized entries into a motor vehicle (UEMV), and 6,001 calls for service in District seven (7).
• Safety Tips -- Telephone Scams: Lieutenant Hayamoto circulated a handout outlining tips to protect the community from telephone scams. Treat all calls that seem suspicious as a scam. These scammers use personal information they obtain through various means to make their call seem legitimate. Be cautious and suspicious when receiving these types of calls. Never give out your personal information or confirm it over the phone. Above all, do not give money to strangers over the phone. If you or someone you know has been a victim of a crime similar to this, please call 911 and report it.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Kepuhi Street: A resident requested the speed gauge trailer be moved to the top of Kepuhi Street and Lieutenant Hayamoto responded that the speed gauge was placed in a no parking area for visibility. The resident noted the continued speeding in the area and the dangers it poses to the kids that live and walk the streets in the area. Resident Jillian noted that due to the recent changed to Monsaratt Avenue that more motorists are using Kepuhi Street. Jillian added that there are many children that walk Kepuhi Street and noticed motorists running stop signs. Jillian requested the Department of Transportation Services (DTS) evaluate the area for traffic calming measure. Another resident voiced the presence of lots of speeding motorists along Kepuhi Street that pose a danger to the elderly in the area. Lieutenant Hayamoto urged the residents to contact DTS regarding their complaints as HPD can only enforce traffic laws in the area and it is up to DTS to identify long term solutions. Chair West urged the residence to contact DTS as the more residents that voice their concerns the better it will be for the area.
Board of Water Supply (BWS): Ann Wong reported the following:
• Main Break Report: Wong noted that the main break report was not available.
• General Water Announcements
o Checking for Leaks: Average American households waste more than 10,000 gallons of water each year due to running toilers, dripping faucets, and other household leaks? In observance of National Fix-A-Leak Week, Monday, March 20 through Sunday, March 26, 2017, and to promote water efficiency and savings, the Board of Water Supply (BWS) would like to remind residents to check their homes for potential water leaks. Checking for and fixing leaks helps to conserve water, lowers your water and sewer bill and prevents damage to your home. Free leak detection dye tablets are available to the public at the BWS Public Service Building at 630 South Beretania Street. Simply drop one (1) of these tablets into your toiler tank and, if the colored water seeps into the toilet bowl, this could indicate a leak. More information on how to find leaks can be found on our website, wwwboardofwatersupply.com, including an instructional video on how to check for leaks.
• Diamond Head Reservoir Tank: Ann Wong noted that BWS has continued to monitor the Diamond Head Reservoir and urged the community to call 9-1-1 if any suspicious activity is seen in the area.
• Booster Station Trimming: Wong noted that the concern brought forth board member Richard Figliuzzi regarding tree trimming near a booster station was addressed. Please call HPD if any BWS properties need trimming, HPD will forward all requests.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Fixed Leaks: Laura St. Denis thanked BWS for addressing a leak at Leahi Street and Pualei Circle.
PUBLIC EVENTS AND NOTICES: Chair West reported the following:
• Sunday, March 12, 2017, Honolulu Rainbow Ekiden Race, permit application submitted
• Sunday, March 12, 2017, Honolulu Festivals Parade, permit application submitted
• Friday, March 17, 2017, St. Patrick's Day Parade, permit application submitted
• Saturday, March 25, 2017, Prince Kuhio Commemoration Parade, permit application submitted
• Sunday April 9, 2017, Hapalua Honolulu Marathon Half Marathon, permit application submitted (Rick Taniguchi)
• Saturday, April 22, 2017, March for Babies, permit application submitted.
BWS Development of a Primary Urban Center Watershed Management Plan (PUC WMP) -- Bruce Tsuchida reported the following:
• Project Context -- The BWS is developing the PUC WMP, which will be part of the City Water Use and development Plan under the State of Hawaii Water Code and City and county of Honolulu ordinance. Almost half of Oahu's population resides within the boundaries of the PUC. Additionally, the PUC is a designated growth area that requires planning to meet the demands of a growing population.
• Overall Goal -- The overall goal of the project is to formulate an environmentally holistic, community based and economically viable watershed management plan that will provide a balance between the preservation and management of Oahu's watershed, sustainable ground water and surface water use, and development to serve present users and future generations.
• Further Updates -- The project is in the early stage and updates will be provided throughout the process of development over a three (3) year period. For more information contact Barry Usagawa of the BWS at 748-5900 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bruce Tsuchida from Townscape, Incorporated is also available at 536-6999 or by email email@example.com.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Other Area WMP: Chair West asked and Tsuchida responded that BWS has done four (4) of the eight (8) plans that are needed to cover Oahu. Chair West asked and Tsuchida responded that Townscape has worked on three (3) of the current plans. Chair West asked and Tsuchida responded that all the overall scopes of the plans are similar and the overall document that is prepared by BWS will look at the island as a whole. Each area plan will included an overall summary prepared by the BWS that will address the entire island.
2. Public Notification of Meetings: Resident Chung asked and Tsuchida responded that Townscape will notify the community of their public meeting through newspaper and radio announcements. BWS will also list all the meeting information on their department website.
3. Flood Mitigation and Future Development: Chung asked and Tsuchida responded that there is no agreement to implement the Ala Wai Flood Study but added that Waikiki, Moilili as well as other areas are at risk if a flood occurs. Tsuchida added that future development is beyond the plan but the plan can include notes identifying potential issues with development.
4. Oahu General Plan: Michelle Matson asked and Tsuchida responded that Townscape will send the PUC WMP to the City and County of Honolulu but added that the City and County of Honolulu is anxious to finish the Oahu General Plan. Michelle Matson noted that the General Plan is absent of future consumption and hopes Townscape can relay to the City and County of Honolulu the need to address the carrying capacity element in the General plan.
5. Watersheds and Rainfall: Bryn Villers asked and Tsuchida responded that all potable water on Oahu comes from ground water which is affected by rainfall and the quality of the forests on the island. Tsuchida added that one of the biggest challenges is not only conserving and preserving the watershed and water sources but improving those elements. Tuschida concluded that BWS data records do show a decline in annual rainfall. Chair West added that he looks forward to the next PUC WMP update.
Medical Marijuana Dispensary at 727 Kapahulu Avenue: Keith Komita who serves as the Chief Compliance Officer for Cure Oahu the Medical Marijuana Dispensary at 727 Kapahulu Avenue reported the following: Cure Oahu: Komita relayed his previous experience with HPD as the Chief of the Narcotics Division. Komita explained that the State of Hawaii does allow medical marijuana use but added that recreational use is still illegal. Hawaii passed medical marijuana use legislation was passed in 2000 which required a doctor's recommendation. The patient would have to be examined by the doctor to get the recommendation then issued a medical marijuana use card by the State's Department of Health (DOH). Only eight (8) medical marijuana dispensary permits were given to the entire state with three (3) of those permits being allocated for Oahu. Komita noted that Cure Oahu will not be growing marijuana at the facility but will be a retail store for the selling of medical marijuana. The dispensary will be designed to look like a bank or pharmacy. No one will be allowed inside the store unless they have their DOH issued medical marijuana card. They will then have to register with the store and show their identification to confirm their identity. No one under 21 years of age will be allowed inside the store unless they are a patient. No visits and tours are allowed of the store as background checks are needed for all caregivers and patients who enter the store. DOH inspectors and HPD will be the only persons allowed to enter the property without a background check. The property will have 24 hours security including video surveillance, alarms and security personnel. No patients will be allowed to use the products in and around the dispensary. There will be no products that are made for smoking purposes. The store will provide pill and flower forms of medical marijuana, no joints or vapor will be sold. For more information contact 808-380-2424 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Appearance and Activity: Chair West asked and Komita responded that DOH title 11-850 specifies dispensary regulations including the allowed signage and the prohibition of advertisements. Chari West asked and Komita responded that Chapter 329 of the Controlled Substance Act outlines use regulations. Misuses of medical marijuana can be reported and result in the rescinding of a medical marijuana card. Chair West asked and Komita responded that there are 15,000 medical marijuana patients across the state with 6,000 being on Oahu. Chair West asked and Komita responded that patients are only allowed four (4) ounces of marijuana every 15 days. If multiple types of products are purchased the dispensary will factor in all purchases. All purchases are reported to the DOH who will keep track of all patient purchases.
2. Why in Kapahulu: Bert Narita asked and Komita responded that there are strict regulations on where a medical marijuana dispensary can be placed as it has to be further than 750 feet from a schools and playgrounds. The Cure Oahu facility it beyond 1,000 feet from any school or playground which contributed to the site selection. Komita added that the dispensaries are trying to spread out to service patients in different areas.
3. Patients from Out of State: Richard Figliuzzi asked and Komita responded that unless a person from out of state is issued a State of Hawaii DOH medical marijuana card they will not allowed inside the property.
4. Growing Marijuana: Michelle Matson asked and Komita responded that growing regulations are set by the DOH. Komita added that if a person has concerns with a neighbor growing marijuana they can call HPD or the DOH. Komita noted that the 727 Kapahulu Avenue facility will not be growing marijuana.
5. Smoking in Condominiums: Don Persons asked and Komita responded that patients will be allowed to use medical marijuana in there condominium if it is allowed by the building regulations.
6. Abusers: Bryn Villers asked and Komita responded that if someone is found to be abusing medical marijuana HPD or DOH can be contacted and a report can be made. HPD or DOH will investigate the report the physicians or the DOH can revoke medical marijuana use licenses.
7. Condominium Rules: Linda Wong asked and Komita responded that if building rules outlaw smoking, medical marijuana cannot be smoked in their residence. Komita added that there are other means of ingesting medical marijuana such edibles.
Hearing no objections, Chair West moved to agenda item "Mayor's Representative".
Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative: Walea Constantinau (Honolulu Film Office) circulated Oahu News and reported the following
• Sew A Lei For Memorial Day: "Sew a Lei for Memorial Day" Poster Contest to promote the sewing and donating of lei for the Mayor's Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Cemetery of the Pacific. Open to all students, kindergarten to 12th grade, in public, private, charter school, or homeschooled. Drawing needs be on a nine (9) inch x 12 inch paper, and the use of pen, pencil, ink, pastels, and paints are allowed. No computer enhancements or cut-outs, paste-ons, or stickers are allowed. Drawing could depict scenes of lei sewing activities, Punchbowl memorial activities, or military appreciation. This year marks the 50th Commemorative Year of the Vietnam War, and we are hoping for a great public show of support. More information is available through your child's school, on the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) website, or please write to email@example.com, or call 768-3003.
• Follow Ups:
o Leahi Avenue Sidewalk Repair: The Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) has identified Leahi Avenue from Monsarrat Avenue to Noela Street as an unimproved private road with no sidewalks. Under Article 32 of the Revised Ordinances of Honolulu, "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." Therefore the abutting sidewalk to Waikiki Elementary School along Leahi Avenue would not be maintained by the City.
o Federal Monies Received by the Honolulu Authority on Rapid Transit (HART): HART has received $712,354,608 as of January 2017.
• 28th Annual Hawaii Food Drive: The Neighborhood Commission Office (NCO) is participating in the 28th Annual Food Drive with the Hawaii Foodbank. Now through April 15, 2017, the NCO will be accepting food or monetary donations towards this worthy cause. The top five (5) most needed foods are canned proteins (meat, tuna, chicken), canned meals (stew, spaghetti, chili); canned vegetables; canned fruits; and rice. Please make checks payable to: The Hawaii Foodbank. Donations may be given to the Neighborhood Assistant at the board meetings or delivered to the NCO at 925 Dillingham Boulevard, Suite 160. Donation receipts are available upon request. For more information on how you can help, please contact the NCO at 768-3710 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Pothole Hotline: The hotline to report potholes is 768-7777. Please provide the location of the pothole when reporting.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Overgrowth: Bert Narita noted that the canal slopes in the City Mill area along Waialae Avenue are overgrown and needs trimming, Narita asked if addressing of overgrowth is done per request or by intermitted addressing by DFM. He identified Palolo Stream and Manoa Stream as areas that would seem to justify an on-going maintenance plan.
2. Makapuu Avenue Streetlight: Linda Wong requested a presentation on what warranted the new traffic signal on Makapuu Avenue.
3. Pothole Filler: Linda Wong commented that the pothole filler seems to be inadequate since the city seems to have to fill the same potholes over and over again. Constantinau responded that potholes are usually filled until the entire street is rehabilitated. Constantinau added that the general process is to rehabilitate the potholes but they are filled in the interim.
4. Top Golf: Resident Chung asked for an update on the report of Mark Rolfing working to bring Top Golf to Hawaii. Michelle Matson noted that for a proposal to develop Ala Wai Golf Course will have to go through the legislature as there is currently a statute that requires the area be a golf course.
5. Flesh Eating Bacteria Ala Wai: Laura St Denis mentioned that there is a dangerous flesh eating bacteria in the Ala Wai near the Hawaii State Library and the canoe club practice areas. She is asked what kind of warning and outreach can be done to the community on a broader basis to warn them about the dangers of the bacteria levels there.
Hearing no objections, Chair West returned to agenda item "Resident/Community Concerns".
Top Golf: Resident Franklin Chung noted that he tried to get in contact with Pacific Business News regarding their articles of the possibility of bringing Top Golf to Hawaii but received no response.
Bikeshare Hawaii: Michelle Matson noted that an article in the newspaper outlined that the Bikeshare Hawaii initiative has funding and will be rolled out in summer 2017 which will include 25 bike dock stations with 10 bikes at each station on concrete slabs. The bike stations will accept credit and debit cards. There is planned to be 10 stations in and around Kapiolani Park with five (5) along Diamond Head and 10 in the Kaphulu area. Chair West added that Michael Hodge of the Bikeshare Hawaii initiative was supposed to be in attendance. Chair West concluded that as this is a huge project he will get a representative to present the project to the board.
Speeding on Kepuhi Street: Resident Yashutake asked and Chair West responded that the department to contact to report excessive speeding is DTS.
Protections for Sexual Assault Victims: Resident Kaopuki noted that she has been going to the State Capitol almost every day advocating for a bill and other vital amendments to truly protect sexual assault victims and their conceived children such as Senate Bill (SB) 1062. The bill was unanimously passed by the Senate; was crossed over to and just passed its First Reading in the House. The main goal with SB1062 and other vital amendments is to ensure the life; safety; and well-being (or, "the best interests") of the Child conceived from a sexual assault. No one truly realizes that victim-survivors and our children are still being subjected to abuse; harm; and retaliation the longer we are forced by the family court to still deal with our rapist/abuser. It is without a doubt in the Child's best interests for the accused to have supervised (at the very least) and/or no visitation with the Child until the completion of the criminal trial because no one can guarantee the Child will be safe from further harm and retaliation after the criminal indictment. Furthermore, it is practically impossible for the victim-survivor to share custody once the accused is indicted because a "No Contact Order" is issued by the Prosecutor and is in effect pending the criminal trial. It only makes sense for the victim-survivor to have SOLE legal and physical custody pending the criminal trial as well. Kaopuki asked for the board support of SB1062.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Committee: Michelle Matson asked and Kaopuki responded that the bill has passed first reading and should be in the Judiciary Committee.
Councilmember Ann Kobayashi: Councilmember Ann Kobayashi circulated a handout and reported the following:
• Bulky Item Pickup: Councilmember Kobayashi noted her disappointment for the potential charging for bulky item pickup as she feels it will not encourage pick up.
• Park Visits: Councilmember Kobayashi announced that she will be visiting Crane Park soon and encouraged the community to attend to voice their concerns regarding the parks in the area.
• Parking Concerns: Councilmember Kobayashi voiced her concerns with the parking issues in the area as most homes don't have garages which makes the accessibility to parking difficult. Councilmember Kobayashi added that she is looking into way to solve the problem.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Park Visits: Bryn Villers thanked Councilmember Kobayashi for planning a Crane Park visit as the area does have issues. Bryn Villers requested Councilmember Kobayashi to visit on a Friday evening as that when the park is most heavily used.
2. Bill 23: Michelle Matson thanked Councilmember Kobayashi for passing Bill 23 for public hearing and noted her hopes for the full City Council to pass the legislation that will keep parks under the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) jurisdiction. Matson noted her appreciation for the introduction of Resolution 1754 which requested the State to address the homeless encampments on Diamond Head. Michelle Matson further noted that there are portions of the area that go down to the shoreline that are City and County of Honolulu property and will need the City and County of Honolulu to address those areas as well.
3. Bulky Item Pickup: Keolu Peralto noted his opposition to charging for bulky item pickup and suggested the City and County of Honolulu aggressively enforce and address illegal dumping fines.
4. Pie Chart of Real Property Tax Uses: Bert Narita requested a pie chart to show how real property taxes are used. Councilmember Kobayashi agreed that with housing and food costs rising it placing a heavy stress on the taxpayers. Councilmember Kobayashi also noted she is looking into the viability of pre consumed food waste as groups such as Aloha Harvest collects near expired food items. Councilmember Kobayashi concluded that the City and County of Honolulu needs to look at how they can run more efficiently and look at how costs can be cut.
5. Parking Meter Increases: Linda Wong thanked Councilmember Kobayashi for her frequent attendance. Linda Wong asked and Councilmember Kobayashi responded that the bills in question did pass first reading and the first hearing regarding the legislation was on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Councilmember Kobayashi noted her opposition to such legislation as she feels the City Council should be holding public hearings regarding parking meter price increases. Linda Wong noted that this legislation is coming from a task force that was started on its own. Linda Wong noted the presence of another organization that was formed to manage the Ala Wai.
6. Diagram for Tax Dollar Distribution: Michelle Matson requested a diagram to show the distribution of tax dollars so areas where over use is present can be identified.
7. Waikiki Improvement Association: Michelle Matson noted that the Waikiki Improvement Association is looking at possibly making sub corporations out of the different various task forces which would then lead to increased taxes on the hotels and businesses in the Waikiki area. Michelle Matson added that she is concerned with this kind of process being used for commercial use and noted a need for the City Council to have oversight of these areas such as the Watershed and the Ala Wai and not private corporations.
Councilmember Trevor Ozawa: Kenny Amazaki of Councilmember Ozawa's Office circulated a handout and reported the following:
• Tax Increases: Councilmember Ozawa noted a need for the City and County of Honolulu to decrease spending and not raising taxes and fees.
• Mayor Caldwell's Budget: Councilmember Ozawa has received the Mayor's budget and hearings are being held with the different departments to clarify the needs for staff position and other costs that are supposed to justify the raising of taxes and fees. Amendments to the Mayor's budget will be sent out shortly.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Waikiki Transportation Association: Linda Wong asked and Amazaki responded that the office is in receipt of the proposal draft and Councilmember Ozawa will be looking at the proposal. Linda Wong noted her concern for the raising of parking meter fees from $1.50 to $3.00 and the expansion of parking meters to every stall in Waikiki. Amazaki noted the proposal to raise parking meter prices was an administrative bill. Linda Wong asked if the parking meter price raises are passed will the price increases extend pass Kapahulu Avenue into the Kapahulu groin.
2. HPD Organizational Structure: Bert Narita asked and Amazaki responded that he will look into the HPD organization structure and provide Chair West with any updates. Bert Narita voiced his frustration with HPD working as traffic supervisors when a civilian could do the same thing and allow the HPD officer to work his beat.
3. Oahu General Plan: Amazaki announced that the Oahu General Plan comment period is open until Monday, May 8, 2017.
Senator Stanley Chang: Adrian Tam circulated a handout and reported the following:
• Vehicle Damaged from Potholes: If a vehicle was damaged by a pothole on public streets the motorist please call HPD. With records of the pothole and damage along with a police report motorists may be compensated for the damages.
• Legislation: Bills have crossover to their respective houses of the legislature. Tan noted that SB855, SB1210, SB347 and HB1466 are all still alive.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Gambling: Resident Chung asked and Tan responded that he will follow up on Senator Chang's stance on gambling legislation.
2. Hawaii State Revised Statues (HRS): Bert Narita asked and Tan responded that he does not know of any HRS revisions.
3. Bikeshare Hawaii: Bert Narita voiced concerns with the absence of bylaws within the Bikeshare Hawaii initiative. Bert Narita concluded that with Bikeshare Hawaii receiving Federal, State, and County funds, without bylaws there is no idea of what kind of oversight is active with the project. Chair West responded that he will get in contact with Bikeshare Hawaii and notify him of the Board's interest in the presentation. Chair West added that Bikeshare Hawaii will conduct three (3) consecutive presentations. Bert Narita requested Bikeshare Hawaii's bylaws be made available. Michelle Matson added that the Board has not made a recommendation on the Bikeshare Hawaii project and with the project being implemented Michelle Matson asked if Bikeshare will be doing any public meetings. Linda Wong stated that if Bikeshare Hawaii fails to attend the next Board meeting despite the repeated requests of attendance the Board should adopt a document expressing the displeasure that Bikeshare Hawaii never presented to the Board on the project. Chair West responded that the Board is unaware of what circumstance took place that resulted in Hodge not attending. Chair West stated that he will contact Hodge regarding the presentation. Chair West will notify the board of any updates. Linda Wong added that the Board should make their displeasure known if Bikeshare Hawaii does not present before the board.
Representative Bertrand Kobayashi: Representative Kobayashi circulated a handout and reported the following:
• Homeless Sweep of Diamond Head: The planned homeless sweep of the Diamond Head area did not occur and no date for the planned sweep has been set. Questions of security has delayed the sweep. the City and County of Honolulu has jurisdiction from Diamond Head Road down to the beach and the State of Hawaii has jurisdiction from above Diamond Head Road up to the summit of Diamond Head.
• House Budget: The State House of Representatives' Committee on Finance passed out the budget which will be voted on next week. 500 million dollars were cut from the budget.
• Legislation: Representative Kobayashi highlighted various legislation including the denial of highway tax increases, photographs being used as evidence of illegal use of fireworks and the proposed vehicle ad valorem tax.
• Culinary Institute of the Pacific: Phase one (1) of the Culinary Institute of the Pacific facilities construction has finished. Classes will begin at the institute in Fall 2017. The Culinary Institute of the Pacific has asked for $30 million for Phase two (2) of the project. The State House of representative has put $20 million in the budget for the project and the other $10 million will come from private entities.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Phase One (1): Chair West asked and Representative Kobayashi responded that phase one (1) of the project cost $25 million.
2. Ad Valorem Tax: Michelle Matson noted that when someone purchases a vehicle the value is greatly reduced after the first year. Michelle Matson noted the need for a more representative way to determine the value of a vehicle.
3. International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN): Bert Narita asked if the State House Committee of Finance looked into allegations that the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) expelling funds for the IUCN. Representative Kobayashi responded that the issue has not come up in the committee on Finance but was brought up in the State House committee on Water and Land. Bert Narita noted the lack of accountability in the issue and Representative Kobayashi responded that a report was requested as general figures were only presented. Chair West added that Suzanne Case will be providing additional details. Michelle Matson noted that $1.5 million went unused and Chair West responded that those monies will be returned.
4. Ban on Fishing in the Diamond Head Area: Laura St. Denis asked and Representative Kobayashi responded that the new Chair of the House Committee on Ocean, Marine Resources, & Hawaiian Affairs supports personal fishing. Chair West asked and Representative Kobayashi responded that all current laws still apply. Chair West asked and Representative Kobayashi responded that the permanent ban on fishing in the Diamond Head area did not make it out of committee but the Aquatic Division of the DLNR is interested in making a similar rule change.
5. Culinary Institute of the Pacific: A resident asked and Representative Kobayashi responded that one (1) of the two (2) parking lots have been built and the second parking lot will be built in phase two (2) of the project. Representative Kobayashi added that there will never be enough parking in that area to meet the needs.
6. Fireworks: Keolue Peralto asked and Representative Kobayashi responded that currently illegal firework use is considered violation. Keolu Peralto suggested aggressive fines for illegal use of fireworks. Representative Kobayashi responded that no arrests would be made for the illegal use of fireworks as it would only result in a charge.
Representative Scott Nishimoto: Representative Nishimoto circulated a newsletter and welcomed questions:
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Top Golf: Michelle Matson asked and Representative Nishimoto responded that he does not know about the possibility of Top Golf coming to the Ala Wai as it is currently not a proposal.
2. Gambling Legislation: Resident Chung asked and Representative Nishimoto responded that no current gambling legislation is alive as the present State Legislature does not support gambling.
House Speaker Emeritus (HSE) Calvin Say: House Speaker Emeritus Calvin Say circulated a handout and reported the following:
• Telephone Polls: Eight (8) telephone poles were replaced in the St. Louis Heights area in the past month.
• Short Term Rentals: Representative Say urged the Board to adopt a resolution urging residence in the area to identify short term vacation rentals in residential zones. This would help facilitate tax collection and zoning violations in the community.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Short Term Rentals Resolution: Chair West asked and Representative Say responded that he does not have a draft of the requested resolution. Representative Say relayed experiences dealing with illegal short term vacation rentals. Representative Say urged the community to police themselves as this issue will only put more stress on the parking concerns. Chair west noted that in the Oahu General Plan it is suggested to allow transit oriented development (TOD) to expand throughout the communities and also have bed and breakfasts throughout the community. Chair West state that there is a clear conflict between the entities. Representative Say noted his concern on the increased density that will put extreme stress on small families. Representative Say stressed that east Honolulu is older and the infrastructure is not able to handle such an increased density. Representative Say urged the Board to get City Council to stop the expansion of the TOD areas until rail is sorted. Michelle Matson added that the way to address the Oahu General Plan is through the comment period which will be open until Monday, May 8, 2017, as infrastructure, domestic water supply, carrying capacity and other issues need to be addressed through the Oahu City and County of Honolulu General Plan.
REPORTS OF MEMBERS AT OTHER MEETINGS
Ala Wai Watershed Collaborative: Chair West noted that he was unable to attend the Ala Wai Water Shed Collaborative meeting which is a collaborative effort made of up stakeholders in the area. The State House of Representative has earmarked $250,000 for the project which the stakeholder group is trying to match. The project will involve the cleanup, maintenance and management of the Ala Wai Canal. This project is separate from the Ala Wai dredging and storm control projects. Part of the storm control project will include forty foot tall pumping stations. Linda Wong asked and Chair West responded that he will check if these meeting are open to the public as they are very well attended. Linda Wong asked and Chair West responded that the meeting was held by the Ala Wai Watershed Collaborative.
Hearing no objections, Chair West added "Oahu General Plan" to the agenda.
Oahu General Plan: Michelle Matson noted that she attended a presentation on the proposed Oahu General Plan. Michelle Matson noted the importance for the board and community to submit comments regarding the plan. The purposed draft has included the introduction of TOD throughout the island using bus stops as transit points which will include higher density development. Short term vacation rentals in every neighborhood beyond the properly zoned resort areas. Carrying capacity was removed from the general plan as well as population estimates and needed infrastructure improvements. Michelle Matson added that if these kinds of initiatives are included in the general plan they can be done in the future. Linda Wong asked and Michelle Matson responded that the deadline for comments is Monday, May 8, 2017.
Narita moved and Peralto seconded the motion to establish a Permitted Interaction Group (PIG) to discuss the Oahu General Plan and report back to the Board for adoption of the purposed comments. Discussion followed:
1. Meeting: Michelle Matson noted that the PIG would need to meet soon as the only meeting to adopt comments as a board would be the April 2017 regular meeting.
2. Amount of Meetings: Linda Wong asked and Chair West responded that the PIG is not subject to Sunshine Law and the PIG could meet at any time.
The motion to establish a Permitted Interaction Group (PIG) to discuss the Oahu General Plan and report back to the Board for adoption of the purposed comments passed by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 14-0-0 (Aye: Allen, Bowman, Figluzzi, Matson, Miller, Nahoopii, Narita, Peralto, Persons, St. Denis, Wanager, Villers, George West and Wong; Nay: None; Abstain: None;).
Oahu General Plan PIG: Chair West asked for volunteers and Michelle Matson noted she could not participate. Linda Wong and Laura St. Denis noted they will volunteer. Chair West appointed Linda Wong and Laura St. Denis to the PIG. Chair West urged the PIG to produce comments for adoption. Michelle Matson noted that other neighborhood board are working on the project and she will forward information for dissemination to the board. Chair West urged the PIG to gather with other boards and let him know if they will be ready to be on the April 2017 regular meeting agenda.
Approval of February 9, 2017, Regular Meeting Minutes:
Michelle Matson moved and Keolu Peralto seconded the motion to approve the February 9, 2017, regular meeting minutes as amended. Amendments include:
1. Page Four (4): Bert Narita noted that the amount on page four (4) under "General Excise Tax (GET) Extension" should read $1.55 Billion and not $1.55 Million.
2. Page One (1): Michelle Matson noted under "members present" name corrections to Judith Bowman and Michelle Matson and add Cameron Sato to Senator Stanley Chang's Office.
3. Page Two (2): Michelle Matson noted under bullet point four (4) is should read "Permanently Parked Vehicle: Michelle Matson reported an occupied vehicle permanently parked in the Kapiolani Park area near the tennis courts with its contents overflowing into the Park. Sergeant Christensen noted that HPD will look into the matter".
4. Page Three (3): Michelle Matson's comments under "District Residence" should read "Michelle Matson noted the historic Army emplacements on Diamond Head and that Bowman's experience at the Army museum could benefit the board." And name correction for Franklin Chung under "Top Golf".
5. Page 5: Michelle Matson noted a misspelling of Councilmember Ann Kobayashi's name. Comments "Councilmember Kobayashi noted her concerns regarding the loss of parks… recycled after the boards are removed" be placed under its own subsection titled "Thomas Square". Senator Stanley Chang's representative was Cameron Sato
6. Page Six (6): Diamond Head State Monument Park section should read "Sato noted he has been working with Michelle Matson and the Diamond Head Citizens Advisory Committee (DHCAC) relating to funding for the visitor and interpretive center planned for Diamond Head Monument State park , and…". Also on section "Stance on Top Golf" should read "Michelle Matson requested Representative Nishimoto's stance on the Top Golf proposal for Ala Wai Golf Course and Herr noted she will pass on the request".
Matson moved and Peralto seconded the motion to accept the amendments. The amendments were accepted, 9-0-5 0 (Aye: Allen, Bowman, Matson, Narita, Peralto, Persons, St. Denis, Villers and George West; Nay: None; Abstain: Figluzzi, Miller, Nahoopii, Wanager and Wong ;).
Wong moved Villers seconded to amend the February 9, 2017 regular meeting minutes as follows.
1. Page Two (2): This section should be added after the HPD District Six (6) stats and safety tip under " Question, comments or concerns", "Expanded Statistics Request: Wong asked HPD Captain So of District Six (6) to provide the same reported incidents as given by District Seven (7) monthly".
The amendments were accepted, 13-0-1 (Aye: Allen, Bowman, Figluzzi, Miller, Nahoopii, Narita, Peralto, Persons, St. Denis, Wanager, Villers, George West and Wong; Nay: None; Abstain: Matson ;).
The motion to accept the February 9, 2017 regular meeting minutes as amended passed, 14-0-0 (Aye: Allen, Bowman, Figluzzi, Matson, Miller, Nahoopii, Narita, Peralto, Persons, St. Denis, Wanager, Villers, George West and Wong; Nay: None; Abstain: None;).
Hearing no objections, Chair West added "November 10, 2016 Regular Minutes" to the agenda.
Matson moved and Narita seconded the motion to amend the November 10, 2016 regular minutes. The motion to amend the November 10, 2016 regular minutes passed, 10-0-4 (Aye: Allen, Bowman, Matson, Nahoopii, Narita, Peralto, Persons, St. Denis, Villers and George West; Nay: None; Abstain: Figluzzi, Miller, Wanager and Wong ;). Amendments are as follows:
1. Page Five (5): Section "Natatorium" should read "Michelle Matson noted her concerns regarding the consolidation of events to the natatorium as it is now in deplorable condition. Michelle Matson advocated to General Logan to urge Governor Ige to withdraw the executive order that released the Natatorium to the City and County of Honolulu so the State of Hawaii can restore the Natatorium so the events may be held and honor our state. General Logan noted that he will take back the request to the governor. Michelle Matson noted the new preservation plan for the area proposed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation is now under discussion with the City and County of Honolulu, but reiterated the need for Governor Ige to withdraw the executive order so discussion and support can continue at the state level".
2. Page Six (6): Section "Ala Wai Water Shed " should read "Ala Wai Water Shed: Resident Chung asked and General Logan responded that the Army Corp of Engineers has met with Governor Ige and are still planning how to best address the Ala Wai and its watershed. General Logan added that the costs have been estimated at around $250 million to develop the reservoirs in the area. General Logan noted that the cleaning of the Ala Wai will try to be done at the same time but the mauka watershed area has been deemed the priority, and there is still the need of matching funds to be provided from the State of Hawaii".
3. Page Seven (7): Section "Natatorium" should read "Laura St. Denis referred to a new group called the Preservationist of the Natatorium that have proposed a new plan for water flow for the area. Michelle Matson added that National Trust for Historic Preservation is in talks with the City and County of Honolulu that is considering their plan, and that the consultant has a lot more work to do regarding the plan. Michelle Matson added that a discussion is worthy regarding the revoking of the executive order that put the Natatorium under city jurisdiction, and Senator Ihara Jr. responded that he has not received any communication from the city regarding the handling of the Natatorium".
Queen's Surf Seawall Mitigation: Chair West noted that there will be a presentation on the project at the April 2017 regular meeting.
885 Kapahulu Avenue: Chair west notes that he tried to make contact with the property owner to no avail. Chair West added that he is trying to get in contact with the real estate agent for the property. Signing of the Sublease is imminent. The area is a blight as there is ample rubbish and graffiti. Cleanup of the area is needed.
Sub district One (1) (St. Louis Heights): Julia Allen added that the next meeting of the Saint Louis Heights Community Association will be held on Monday, March 13, 2017, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Hokulani Elementary School.
Sub district Three (3) (Diamond Head): Laura St. Denis noted at the cooking at the Culinary school will be bussed to the main campus. The restaurant will be moved further out from the Cannon Club. A resident asked and the neighborhood assistant Skizewski responded that elections for the neighborhood board will begin Friday, April 28, 2017 and last until Friday, May 19, 2017. Election results will be released a week later and new members will begin their term in July 2017. The election will be done online. Access codes will be sent to registered voters. Using the access codes in combination with their social security number residents will be able to access their area's election. Public computers will be available.
Sub district Two (2) (Kapahulu): No report.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Announcements: Linda Wong noted that she attended Waikiki Transportation Association meeting on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 and also a Waikiki District meeting on Thursday, March 9, 2017.
ADJOURNMENT: As there was no further business before the Board, Chair West adjourned the meeting at 8:56 p.m.
Submitted by: James Skizewski, Neighborhood Assistant
Reviewed by: Relley Araceley, Neighborhood Assistant
Reviewed by: Richard Figliuzzi, Board Secretary
Finalized by: George West, Chair
Last Updated: 06 April 2017
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