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

Palolo Neighborhood Board No. 5


THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2017


CALL TO ORDER: Chair West called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. A quorum was established with nine (9) 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, Richard Figliuzzi, Michelle Matson (arrived at 7:15 p.m.), Barbara Miller, Bertha Nahoopii, Bert Narita, Keolu Peralto, Don Persons, Laura St. Denis (arrived at 6:55 p.m.), George West, and Linda Wong (arrived at 7:35 p.m.).

Members Absent: Jerry Wanager and George Waialeale.

Guests: Sergeant Stacy Christensen, Sergeant Keoni Hong and Sergeant Clifford Ramson (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), Senator Les Ihara Jr., Michelle Herr and Representative Scott Nishimoto (State Representative Scott Nishimoto's office), House Speaker Emeritus Calvin Say; Representative Bert Kobayashi; Kurt Tsuneyoshi (City Council Offices); Ben Trevino and Justine Espiritu (Bikeshare); Barbara Armentrout, Bryan Choe, Franklin Chung, Nora Cuban, Natalie Iwasa, Leone Kamahele, Daisy Murai, Wayne Swan, Carolyn Tanaka (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.


Honolulu Fire Department (HFD - Waikiki Station): No report provided; no representative present.

Honolulu Police Department (HPD - District Six (6) Waikiki/Diamond Head): Sergeant Christensen reported the following: April 2017 Statistics: There were 9 robberies, 17 burglaries, 172 thefts, 23 unauthorized entries into a motor vehicle (UEMV), 35 aggravated and simple assaults, 3 sex crimes, 45 speeding citations, 1092 parking citations, 6 citations for loud mufflers, 269 citations for violating park closure hours, and 3,797 calls for service were placed.

Board of Water Supply (BWS): Ann Wong reported the following:

• Main Breaks: There were no main breaks for the month of March 2017.

• General Water Announcements

o 10th Annual Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo: In celebration of Earth Month, the BWS will have an educational, interactive booth at the 10th Annual Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo on April 22, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Waikiki Aquarium. This free, family-friendly event promotes the importance of keeping Hawaii clean and free of pollution, from the mountaintops to the ocean. This event is free and open to the public. Free parking and shuttles will be available at Jefferson Elementary School beginning at 8:45 a.m. This event is presented by the Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM), State Department of Health (DOH), and the Waikiki Aquarium.

• Kapahulu Water System Improvements (KWSI) Project: The KWSI project remains at Lincoln Avenue due to the presence of Blue Rock. There is also a fire hydrant installation project occurring in the Lincoln Avenue area.

• 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.

Honolulu Police Department (HPD) - District Seven (7) Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights): Sergeant Ramson circulated a report and announced the following:

• March 2017 Statistics: There were 6 motor vehicle thefts, 5 burglaries, 16 thefts, 19 unauthorized entries into a motor vehicle (UEMV), and 5,989 calls for service in District seven (7).

• Safety Tip: Safety Tip -- Home Security: Lieutenant Ramson circulated a home security checklist and highlighted various tips to ensure the safety of a home. For more information visit

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Neighborhood Watch Stickers: Julia Allen requested more neighborhood watch stickers. Sergeant Ramson responded that he will get in contact with the community policing team to get more neighborhood watch stickers.

2. Increased Presence: Keolu Peralto noticed an increased HPD presence in the Winam Avenue area. Sergeant Ramson responded that he will ensure that HPD presence is maintained in the area and that there are no safety concerns regarding the area.

Board of Water Supply (BWS) -- Ann Wong reported the following:

• Main Breaks: There was one (1) main break fixed at Leahi Avenue.

• General Water Announcements

o 2017 Water Conservation Poster and Poetry Contest -- has a full list of winners and a schedule of when the art and poetry will be on exhibit around Oahu. They thanked all of the participants.

o Haiku Stairs -- BWS has published an environmental impact statement preparation notice. BWS is requesting public comments. The draft impact statement will consider one (1) proposed action and three (3) alternatives for the stairs: removing the stairs entirely, providing legal access to and from the stairs and improving it for public use, transferring it to another government agency, or taking no action. The draft is available at Comments can be sent to by Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

o Primary Urban Center Watershed Management Plan -- The plan will investigate existing water demand and supply, project future demands, and identify supply options to meet those demands. There are several meetings coming up that are open to the community: Monday, May 22, 2017 at McKinley High School at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Farrington High School at 7:00 p.m., and Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at Aiea Elementary School at 7:00 p.m.

• 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.

PUBLIC EVENTS AND NOTICES: Chair West reported the following:

• Sunday, May 21, 2017, Honolulu Ekiden, permit application submitted

• Saturday, May 27, 2017, Memorial Day Parade, permit application submitted

• Sunday, May 28, 2017, Hibiscus Half Marathon, permit approved

• Friday, June 2, 2017, Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Run, permit submitted

• Saturday, June 10, 2017, King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade, permit submitted

• Sunday, June 11, 2017, 8th Annual Pan-Pacific MATSURI Waikiki Parade, permit submitted


Bikeshare Hawaii: Ben Trevino circulated a handout and reported the following:

• Station Sites: All projected bike rental stations are displayed on the Bikeshare Hawaii website.

• Open House: The will be a second open house held on Thursday, May 18, 2017. The open house will be held at the Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) in downtown Honolulu. The bikeshare program, bike education, and station sites will be discussed at the event.

• Stations in the Diamond Head Area: There will initially be 100 stations from Diamond Head to Chinatown with over 1,000 bikes placed throughout the stations. 16 of the 100 stations will be in the Kapahulu, Kapiolani Park, and Diamond Head area. The proposed two (2) sites in the Kapiolani Community College (KCC) and at the entrance of Diamond Head will not be installed due to concerns brought forth by the community. They could be considered in the next phase of the project deployment. Four (4) stations will be placed along Kapahulu Avenue and around Kapiolani Park. The station along Leahi Avenue area will be moved closer to Pualei Circle.

• Station Size: Each station will be able to hold 15 bikes. It is planned to have 10 bikes at each station at all times with five (5) open stalls for bike return. The stations themselves and are modular and vary in size but a typical 15 dock station will be six (6) feet by 40 feet. All station sites can be can be seen on the Bikeshare Hawaii website to determine if the station will be on the sidewalk or along the street.

• Handicap Accessibility: Placement of the stations will not impede American with Disability Act (ADA) access to the equipment or its surrounding areas. Areas were ADA requirements are in question additional exemptions are being requested. Bikeshare Hawaii is looking at introducing adaptive bikes as seen in the Portland, Oregon Bikeshare system. Curb cuts for sidewalk access are present.

• Prices: Bikeshare Hawaii is offering a $15.00 monthly membership that will give riders an unlimited amount of rides that will be covered by the membership fee for the first 30 minutes of the ride. There is also a prepaid option where a consumer can purchase 300 minutes worth of ride time for $20.00. The prepaid minutes do not expire and can be used as desired.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. How to Purchase: Chair West asked and Trevino responded that the public may purchase memberships on the website or at the rental stations. Trevino added that every rental station has a purchasing kiosk.

2. Uses of Public Funds: Bert Narita noted that his understanding is that the Federal, State, and City funds provided to Bikeshare Hawaii can only be used for the purchasing of bikes. Bert Narita asked Trevino to please clarify how much money was recieved from Federal, State, and City entities.

3. Security of Bikes: Bert Narita asked how Bikeshare users will secure bikes in route if they decide to stop. Bert Narita asked if helmets will be provided to bicycle renters.

4. Bikeshare Hawaii By-Laws: Bert Narita requested Bikeshare Hawaii's by-laws to see how publicly provided funds will be provided for.

5. Electrical Assisted Bikes: Bert Narita recommended the use of electrical assisted bikes similar to the ones that will be used at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Electric motor assisted bikes will help tourists get up hills such as Wailae Avenue and Diamond Head Road.

6. Station Concerns: Resident Armentrout noted that she attended the Bikeshare Hawaii open house where she provided cocnerns regarding the Bikeshare stations on Leahi Avenue, two (2) stations along the Ala Wai Golf Course that is subject to park closure hours, a station in the Zoo area grass which is part of the Kapiolani Park Trust that prohibits commercial activity. Armentrout provided Ocean Saftey with specifics to Bikeshare Hawaii stations that will take up lifeguard parking stalls. Armentrout also noted the need for multiple langauages for the tourists and bike safety education.

Laura St. Denis arrived at 6:55 p.m., 10 Board members present.

7. Kapahulu Avenue: Don Persons noted that directing additional bikes onto Kapahulu Avenue is dangerous and could lead to lawsuits.

8. Bikeshare Stations: Resident Murai asked and Trevino responded that each station will be placed under ambient light. Each station kiosk screen will be back lit. Murai asked and Trevino responded that Bikeshare Hawaii is insured and will handle claims regarding Bikeshare systems on others properties.

9. Kapiolani Park: Murai asked and Trevino responded that he has spoken to Hugh Jones who noted that a number of commercial activites do occur and are allowed on Kapiolani Park. Hugh Jones noted that he will look into the issue if needed. The City's Corporation Counsel will look into the matter as well.

10. Leahi Avenue: Laura St. Denis asked and Trevino responded that the station on Leahi Avenue was moved.

11. Hugh Jones: Bert Narita asked and Trevino responded that Hugh Jones is an Attorney General for the State of Hawaii in charge of charitable trusts. Bert Narita added that Hugh Jones is an assistant Attorney General for the State of Hawaii for non-profit corporations.

Hearing no objections, Chair West returned to agenda item "Mayor Caldwell's Representative"

Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative: Walea Constantinau (Honolulu Film Office) circulated the Oahu News and reported the following: Memorial Day: The 68th Memorial Day Ceremony takes place at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 29, 2017, at the National Cemetery of the Pacific. The Department of Defense (DOD) has declared this year as the 50th Commemorative year of the Vietnam War, Mayor Caldwell, Governor Ige, the state's Office of Veterans Services, the Veterans Administration, and the 50th Anniversary of Vietnam Commemorative Committee, have combined forces to recognize and thank all Vietnam Veterans. Please join the memorial at Punchbowl for this year's ceremony, and please bring along any family or friends who served in the Vietnam War. Veterans should check the website: "50th Anniversary Vietnam" for more information. Due to the anticipated increase in participation, free bus shuttles will be running from the Alapai Transit Station to Punchbowl. The shuttles will run continuously from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Free parking will be available at the Municipal Parking Lot across the Alapai Transit Station, the Alapai/JTMC building parking lot, and at McKinley High School, King Street entrance. For more information, please send your questions to, or call 768-3003.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Mosquito Concerns: Board member Narita noted that the stacked industrial tires along the entrance of the Ala Wai Golf Course area at 404 Kapahulu Avenue will collect water and cause an abundance of mosquitos.

Chair West continued to agenda item "Toyotomi Building".

Toyotomi Building: Shoji Hiraoka reported the following: 3212 Monsarrat Avenue: Hiraoka noted that a building which will be constructed at 3212 Monsarrat Avenue is zoned as B-1 Commercial. A two (2) story building will be constructed on the property with the first floor being a family restaurant and the second floor will be a three (3) bedroom dwelling for the restaurant owner.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Existing Status: Chair West asked and Hiraoka responded that the existing lot is now a parking lot with a lunch truck on the property.

2. Stage: Chair West asked and Hiraoka responded that the construction is still in the permit acquisition phase.

3. Return: Chair West asked and Hiraoka responded that he will be at the next regular meeting.


Parade Traffic Management: Laura St. Denis noted that the issues with the most recent event was in regards to a lack of communication between HPD and the marathon organizers which led to long delays for motorists in the area. Laura St. Denis noted she will be forwarding photos to organizers but noted she will continue to update the board.


Councilmember Ann Kobayashi: Councilmember Ann Kobayashi circulated a handout and reported the following:

• Bill 42: Bill 42 which would allow the use of City and County of Honolulu funds for rail was deferred.

• Thomas Square: Thomas Square will remain under the jurisdiction of the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). There was momentum for the park to be moved under the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) jurisdiction. DES testified that they did not want the park under their department as their projects must be making money. Councilmember Kobayashi noted concerns regarding the creation of a statue and the placing of a flag pole with lights around the clock. Councilmember Kobayashi noted that no one has asked for the statue and there are already flag poles in the area.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Thomas Square: Laura St. Denis asked and Councilmember Kobayashi responded that the funds for the paving of an area for lunch trucks at Thomas Square was removed from the last budget. Additional funds for the project have been requested to be deleted from the current budget as well but Councilmember Kobayashi noted that the project is still moving forward even though the area Neighborhood Board is in opposition. Laura St. Denis and Councilmember Kobayashi noted the need to be able to see into such projects. Councilmember Kobayashi noted that the project has been boarded up and painted which has added additional expense for the City and County of Honolulu.

2. Tax Breakdown: Bert Narita thanked Councilmember Kobayashi for providing a pie chart of the tax uses.

3. Rail: Bert Narita noted that he only sees reference to the rail project as "Rail" and less mentions of the Honolulu Authority of Rapid Transportation (HART). Bert Narita noted that the monthly HART progress reports are lacking. Councilmember Kobayashi responded that HART does exist and was questioned at the last City Council meeting in regards to fiscal management. The rail is a City and County of Honolulu project.

Michelle Matson arrived at 7:15 p.m., 11 members present.

4. Wildfire: Resident Armentrout asked and Councilmember Kobayashi responded that she does not know if the Nixel app will report wildfires.

5. Ala Moana Park: Armentrout noted that Mayor Caldwell announced projects for Ala Moana Park. Councilmember Kobayashi responded that Mayor Caldwell will be putting in sand volleyball courts at Ala Moana Park as well as another project at the other end of the park.

6. Handi-Van: Armentrout noted that she has spoken Councilmember Pine who relayed to her that Handi-Van prices will not be raised. Councilmember Kobayashi noted that she has no information regarding Handi-Van prices but the City budget will be released in June 2017.

7. Bill 23: Michelle Matson commended the City Council on passing Bill 23 and asked if Mayor Caldwell will veto the bill. Councilmember Kobayashi responded that she does not know if the bill will be vetoed. Councilmember Kobayashi noted that there are so many other needs in regards to the City.

Councilmember Trevor Ozawa: No representative present; no report provided.

Senator Les Ihara Jr.: Senator Ihara reported the following:

• Rail: The City was requesting a bail out from the State. The legislature responded by notifing the City that they will not write a blank check. The Senate and House differed in the way they felt rail must be addressed which led to the stalemate. The Senate was in favor in providing funds for the rail project. It will be up to the leadership of each house to come together to find a resolution to address rail.

• Election by Mail: The legislation did not pass regarding the creation of an election by mail system.

• Paycheck to Paycheck Legislation: House Bill (HB) 209 raised the highest tax bracket back to 2015 rates. This legislation should raise 50 million dollars for the State and the Senate has also passed a Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) with State support.

• Sunshine Law: Sunshine Law was was expanded to require those holding the public meeting to provide the public with the same resource material packets as given to board and commission members.

• Caregiver Voucher: A caregiver voucher totalling in $70.00 a day will be given to those who qualify for the Kapuna Caregiver Voucher for a limited amount of days. The voucher is to compensate those who sacrifice their time to take care of Hawaii's Kapuna.

• Governor Ige's Veto List: Governor Ige will release a list of legislation that may be vetoed in June 2017. The legislation may return in July 2017 to overide vetos.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Federal Audit: Bert Narita asked how taxpayers could petition the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for a Federal audit of the rail project. Bert Narita expreseed concerns regarding the States congressional representatives to address the rail project and Senator Ihara responded that the congressional respresentatives have kept the funding for the rail project in the federal budget. Councilmemeber Kobayashi noted that the City aduitor did audit the project but a federal audit is needed. Senator Ihara noted he will look into the procedure into requesting a Federal Audit.

2. Tax Rates: Michelle Matson asked and Senator Ihara responded that the paycheck to paycheck legislation could raise the tax rates of the top five (5) percent of earners in the State. Michelle Matson asked and Senator Ihara responded that he does not know if the legislation will reconvene in July 2017.

Linda Wong arrived at 7:35 p.m., 12 members present.

Senator Stanley Chang: Andrew Tan distributed a handout and reported the following:

• Kalanianaole Highway: Kalanianaole Highway is scheduled for repaving in May 2017 or June 2017. The project should be completed by the start of the next school year.

• Legislation Update: A bill to appropriate funds for the creation of mobile health clinics to address homelessness failed. Tan noted the need to work together regarding the health of those experiencing homelessness as Queens Hospital pays over ten million dollars a year addressing charitable healthcare.

• Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Appointments: You can now schedule appointments for your visit to the DMV. Go to to make your appointment and avoid the long lines.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Homeless Encampments in the Diamond Head Area: Michelle Matson noted that the Diamond Head Citizens Advisory Committee welcomes Senator Chang's support to work with residents to address homeless encampments in the Diamond Head area. The encampments are posing a fire threat to the area and there have been instances of break-ins. Tan noted that Senator Chang believes sweeps need to been done sooner. Tan concluded that a wildfire workshop is in the works for a coming month to educate the community on how to make their homes fire safe.

2. Hawaii Roads and Infrastructure: Laura St. Denis noted the roads need to be addressed as the pothole filler substance is not working. Tan responded that infrastructure is a major concern of Senator Chang. State roadways are being addressed.

Representative Bertrand Kobayashi: Representative Kobayashi circulated a handout and reported the following:

• Items Which Did Not Pass: The rail tax increase, new property tax surcharge for education as requested by the Hawaii State Teacher's Association (HSTA), death with dignity legislation, and the Air B&B short-term rental proposal all did not pass during this past legislative session.

• House Bill (HB) 100: The Legislature's final budget HB 100 is smaller than the Governor's initial request by $139 million for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 and $106 million for FY 2019. This is the fifth year in a row the Legislature has cut the Governor's initial budget request. This was done because of the Council of Revenues have lowered their request which the budget must meet.

• Kapiolani Community College (KCC): $30 million is in the budget for the KCC Culinary Institute of the Pacific construction project Phase 2. $10 million of the provided funds is supposed to be acquired through private match but as it is hard to raise that amount of funds, unless amended the first $20 million cannot be spent.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. KCC Culinary Project Funding: Chair West asked and Representative Kobayashi responded that the private funds are usually acquired through a group of culinary school graduates that hold fundraisers. The fundraisers collect donations that reach six (6) figures.

2. Rail: Resident Chung asked and Representative Kobayashi responded that there are many options when it comes to finishing the rail project. The Senate proposal would have given $300 million over the next 10 years which would stop the rail Middle Street and Aloha Tower. Representative Kobayashi added that there were at least five (5) alternatives actively discussed in this past legislative session.

3. Honolulu International Airport (HNL): Bert Narita asked why the taxpayers are being held responsible for the Hawaiian Airline storage facility and hangar contractor who was selected by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Representative Kobayashi responded that the taxpayers are not responsible as the Airport Division is funded through fees. The Airport Division failed to manage the project and failed in pushing the contractor to pay the subcontracted entities. Bert Narita requested further information regarding the issue. Representative Kobayashi responded that he is sure that general fund taxes do not go to the Airport Division. Keolu Peralto asked if HNL has considered an airport authority as the facilities are falling apart. Representative Kobayashi responded that the Airport Division is trying to become corporate. Representative Koabayashi has tried to contact the Department of Transportation (DOT) director in regards to exemptions for a managing corporation. The legislature asked the attorney general if a corporation is possible for managing HNL and was told that all appropriation powers are controlled by the legislature. Chair West asked and Representative Kobayashi responded that not all can be solved through independence.

4. HB 115: Laura St. Denis asked and Representative Kobayashi responded that HB 115 will force the Counties to accept ownership of all roads that are not owned by the State. There is a question to the unfunded mandate to the counties which could result in a veto. Public roads have two categories with one (1) being state roads and two (2) all other roads. The Counties are already responsible for the latter category.

5. Feral Chickens: Linda Wong asked and Representative Kobayashi responded that Waikiki Elementary School has their own chicken traps. Linda Wong noted that the issue is primarily with roosters that are affecting the Diamond Head Terrace Condominium in the Pualei Circle area. Linda Wong added that she has called Councilmember Kobayashi who will contact the Department of Community Services (DCS) in regards to find out the service funding for the addressing of feral chickens. Representative Kobayashi responded that Waikiki Elementary has their own traps and he is unaware if any chickens have been caught as of late.

Representative Scott Nishimoto: Representative Nishimoto circulated a newsletter and acknowledged his office manager Michelle Herr as she will be moving to New York to further her education at Syracuse University.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Hawaii Employees' Retirement System (ERS): Bert Narita asked for information regarding the ERS status and the threat of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) removing the non-profit status because of issues pertaining to Maui Hospital. Senator Ihara responded that last year's legislation pertaining to the ERS and Maui Hospital was repealed.

House Speaker Emeritus (HSE) Calvin Say: House Speaker Emeritus Calvin Say circulated a handout and welcomed any questions:

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Utility Poles: Bert Narita thanked Representative Say for his effots on utility poles as another pole fell in the Dole Street area. Bert Narita noted the possibility that the poles are being overused. Bert Narita asked and Representative Say responded that that standards of use regarding the utility poles are up to the Public Utility Commission (PUC).


Hearing no objection, Chair West added "Board of Land and Natural Resource Meeting" and the "Diamond Head Stakeholders Meeting" under "Reports of Members at Other Meetings".

Board of Land and Natural Resource (BLNR) Waikiki Groin: Michelle Matson reported the following: Waikiki Groin Replacement: The meeting on Friday, April 28, 2017, talked about the conservation district use permit to approve the Waikiki Groin replacement. The board felt it was over designed and moved for a more modest design. The issue was deferred until the consultant for the project can return before the board. The interests of Save Our Surf was well considered. Michelle Matson noted she will continue to update the board regarding the issue as it is of great concern to the community. Matson noted a similar situation where the Waikiki Business Improvement District Association tried to change Kapiolani Park.

Diamond Head Stakeholders Meeting: Michelle Matson reported the following: Bikeshare Hawaii: The Diamond Head Stakeholders meeting was held on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, and spoke specifically on how Bikeshare affects KCC and the Diamond Head State Park Monument. The Diamond Head State Park noted that they did not approve any Bikeshare Station near the entrance of the crater and felt it was inappropriate as it could be seen as a commercial activity. Carol Hoshiko of KCC noted that there can be no commercial projects on State Land. Bike Stations in the Kapahulu Avenue area have been reduced from 10 to four (4). Chair West noted that Ben Trevino provided an update regarding the Bikeshare project earlier in the meeting and he will be returning to the next regular meeting to address earlier stated concerns. Michelle Matson responded that Trevino will also be returning to the Diamond Head Stakeholders Meeting addressing concerns including contacting the State in regards to commercial activity in the Kapiolani Park area. Linda Wong noted that she also attended this meeting.

Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO): The Oahu MPO report was submitted electronically. There is no May 2017 meeting as they will be revising their by-laws. The next regular meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.


Approval of April 13, 2017, Regular Meeting Minutes:

Bert Narita moved and Barbara Miller seconded the motion to approve the April 13, 2017, regular meeting minutes as amended. The minutes were accepted as amended, 10-0-2 (Aye: Allen, Bowman, Figluzzi, Miller, Nahoopii, Narita, Peralto, Persons, St. Denis, and West; Nay: None; Abstain: Matson and Wong ;). Amendments include:

1. Page Seven (7): Bowman stated that she voted nay on the motion to have the PIG on the Oahu General Plan develop a resolution containing the proposed comments on the Oahu General Plan.

2. Page One (1): Name should be spelt "Barbra Armentrout" under guests.

3. Page Two (2): On page two (2) under "Who to call", it should read "Linda Wong urged the community to call 9-1-1 non-emergency to ask the policeman in charge to address any issues with crossing the street in parades".

Three (3) Absences Letter George Waialeale

Bert Narita moved and Keolu Peralto seconded the motion to take no action on the Three (3) Absences Letter for George Waialeale. Discussion followed: Three (3) Absence Letter Procedure: Michelle Matson asked and Skizewski responded that once a board member reaches three (3) absence, (5) absences, and (7) absences they are sent a letter. Michelle Matson noted her opposition to such procedure when Waialeale came before the board to provide an explanation and note his support for the board. Chair West concluded that the Neighborhood Plan requires such letters to been sent.

Hearing no further discussion, the motion to take no action on Three (3) Absences Letter for George Waialeale was approved my UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 12-0-0 (Aye: Allen, Bowman, Figluzzi, Matson, Miller, Nahoopii, Narita, Peralto, Persons, St. Denis, West, and Wong; Nay: None; Abstain: None;).

Bill 42 Relating to Funding for Transit: Michelle Matson noted that Bill 42 would place the City in part of the revenue generation for rail which could affect property and open new ordinance for action that the legislature could be taking. Michelle Matson introduced Natalie Iwasa. Iwasa noted that Bill 42 inserts one word into the ordinance which is "City", this would allow real property taxes to be used for rail construction including any other funds from the City general fund. Bill 42 was deferred but it is important to understand that a City Council attorney stated that instead of trying to pass Bill 42 the City Council could insert "General Funds" under the HART budget under rail construction. Iwasa added that Bill 45 would disallow the surcharge from covering certain expenses such as HART administrative costs which is budgeted at $35 million dollars. If the surcharge would not be allowed to cover such costs the funds would come from the City General Fund. Bill 45 would also not allow the surcharge to address the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) expenses. Iwasa noted that the Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board moved to oppose any surcharge extension and the use of any city funds to address rail.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Federal Audit: Bert Narita noted that hopefully by the next regular meeting he will have received information regarding the process to request a federal audit of the project. Iwasa noted that people can contact the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) directly.

2. Legislature Reconvening: Michelle Matson noted there is a chance the legislature could reconvene and also a chance the City Council could still pass Bill 42 that would allow the use of property taxes and general funds for rail.

Michelle Matson moved and Bert Narita seconded the motion for the Diamond Head Neighborhood Board No. 5 to oppose any use of City funds for rail construction. Discussion followed:

1. City Funds: Michelle Matson noted that the City Council could use alternate means to allow for the use of city funds for rail and not just through Bill 42 of 45.

2. Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board: Linda Wong asked for the wording of the motion that was used by the Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board in regards to the opposition to the use of city funds for rail.

Hearing no further discussion, t

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