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  • Palolo Neighborhood Board Meeting December 2017 2018 Minutes

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

CALL TO ORDER: Chair Randolph Hack called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m. A quorum was established with NINE (9) members present. Note - This 13-member board requires seven (7) members to establish a quorum and to take official Board action.

Board Members Present: Randolph Hack, Beverly Mau, Darlene Nakayama, Joshua Frost, Paul Holtrop, Rusti Onishi, Bradley Rentz, Frank Farm, and Barbra Armentrout.

Board Members Absent: Willam Caron, Mark Leo and Earl Shiraki

Guests: Sergeant W. Scott (Honolulu Police Department); Captain Jason Katada (Honolulu Fire Department); Director Ross Sasamura [Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative/Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM)];
Catherine Awakuni-Colon (Governor David Ige's representative, Director of Department of DCCA;
Dominic Dias (Board of Water Supply); Cliff Kaneshiro (Office of Councilmember Ann Kobayashi); Mark Manfredi (Red Hill Program Director); Sarah Chinen; James Nekata, Nate Hix, Jesus Arriola, J. Chivers (Residents); Zoe Tanaka (Videographer) and Felipe M. Pacquing II (Neighborhood Commission Office).


Honolulu Fire Department (HFD): Captain Jason Katada reported the following:
November 2017 Fire Statistics: There were 3 activated alarms (no fire), 28 medical emergencies, 2 mountain rescues, and 1 hazardous material incident.
Fire Safety Tip - Holiday Fire Safety Tips:
o Dried Christmas trees, wreaths, and other natural decorations are extremely flammable. Remove them from your home as soon as possible.
o Aerial fireworks are illegal in Oahu.
o Firecrackers are dangerous and should only be used by responsible adults.
o The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend public display.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Bill on Unattended Grass: Armentrout inquired and Captain Katada replied that he will check on the Bill regarding overgrown grass that are considered fire hazards.

Honolulu Police Department (HPD): Sergeant W Scott reported the following:
November 2017 Crime Statistics: There were 5 motor vehicle thefts, 11 burglaries, 27 thefts, and 17 unauthorized entries into motor vehicles (UEMVs). There were 6,419 calls for service in November 2017.
Safety Tip: Holiday Safety Tips:
o Lock all doors and windows.
o Do not leave valuables were they are visible.
o Dispose of trees and other flammable materials properly.
o Turn off lights before sleeping or before leaving the house. Extinguish candles before going to bed.
o Plan shopping trips with a companion.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Abandoned Vehicles: A resident inquired and Sergeant Scott replied that abandoned vehicles are not handled by HPD.
2. Theft: A resident inquired and Sergeant Scott replied that he will look into a Vietnamese person who is stealing at parking areas.
3. Car Fix Scam: James Nekata inquired and Sergeant Scott replied to call 911 if a person poses as a legitimate car repair man but actually rips off the car owner by overcharging him.
4. Speeding: Armentrout requested the HPD to check on the speeding cars at the back of Palolo Avenue towards the McDonalds.

Board of Water Supply (BWS): Dominic Dias reported the following:
??? Main Break: 11/06/2017 - 1241 10th Avenue. 12" PVC line installed in 1999.
Poster Contest: The BWS is launching its 40th annual Water Conservation Week Poster Contest for 2018, with the theme, "Conserve Water: Use it Wisely".
Christmas Light Display: The BWS truck Christmas Light is displayed in front of the BWS headquarters on South Beretania.

Questions, comments and concerns followed: Water Interruption: Armentrout inquired and Mr. Dias replied that the short water service interruption recently was due to a tunnel issue at the back of Palolo Avenue.

Rate Commission: Armentrout reported that the Rate Commission will revisit the bus and handivan fare increase.



Council Member Ann Kobayashi: Cliff Kaneshiro reported the following:
Full Council meeting: There was a full City Council meeting last Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Fire Safety: There will be a Fire Safety Community meeting at Honolulu Hale on Monday, December 18, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
Legislative Updates: There are two (2) legislative updates of Council Member Kobayashi, namely: Bill 100 (2017) relating to real property taxation, and Resolution 17-276, relating to detached dwellings.
Recognition: On Wednesday, October 11, 2017, the Council recognized Central Union Church on its 130th anniversary as one of Honolulu's oldest and most esteemed churches.

Questions, comments and concerns followed: Bill on Unattended Grass: Armentrout inquired and Captain Katada replied that he will check on the Bill regarding overgrown grass that are considered fire hazards.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative: Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) Director Ross Sasamura reported the following:
Moped Reminder: Notification letters are sent approximately 45 days prior to the end of the month the moped is to be registered.
4-Way Stop: The Department of Transportation Services (DTS) will be conducting an investigation on the possibility of installing a four (4)-way stop at the intersection of 7th Avenue and Kaau Street to avoid speeding.

Questions, comments and concerns followed:
1. Kuahea Street Project: Mr. Chivers requested an update on the Kuahea Street Road Rehabilitation Project that a contractor defaulted on.
2. Private Roads: Mr. Kimo inquired and Director Sasamura replied that the private streets have no true owners and their ownerships were not transferred to the City: however, the City is allowed to maintain said streets, but not to improve them.

Governor David Ige???s Representative: Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) Director Catherine P. Awakuni-Colón reported the following:
2018 Priorities: The priorities of the Office of the Governor are education, housing, homelessness and economy.
Public Access to Public Lands: Governor Ige is working compassionately and in accordance with applicable laws to maintain state lands and to allow unimpeded public access.
Washington Place: The Washington Place Foundation is working on a $1.5 million restoration project of the second floor of the historic mansion.
City Planning Process: Governor Ige believes that public input be considered in redevelopment of the city planning process.

State Representative Calvin Say.: Representative Say reported the following:
Four (4)-Way Stop: The Department of Transportation Services (DTS) will be conducting an investigation on the possibility of installing a four (4)-way stop at the intersection of 7th Avenue and Kaau Street, the status of the investigation will be given on February 2018.
Sidewalk Maintenance: Due to the type of terrain in Palolo, each resident shall be responsible in cleaning the sidewalk on their property due to water flow.
2018 Legislative Session: The 2018 legislative session will start in January 2018 with homelessness and housing as the major concerns.
Mahalo: Thank you to the City Council for addressing the monster homes issue.
Sewer Lines: One major concern is how old sewer line breakage in private property be addressed, since this affects easement rights.

Questions, comments and concerns followed: Legislative Concerns: Armentrout commented that, not only monster homes should be addressed, but also sewer lines and fire safety concerns in monster homes.


Red Hill Fuel Storage Tanks: Mark Manfredi, Red Hill Program Director, informed the Board that they will be briefing on the Red Hill Fuel Storage Tanks in the next meeting.

Monster Homes: Sarah Chinen informed the board that she will bring the monster homes issue to the Kaimuki Neighborhood Board.


Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes: There being no objection and no corrections, the minutes of Wednesday, November 8, 2017, was approved, as filed.

Formation of New Committee - Monster Homes
Guidelines: Farm commented that there should be some guidelines for the committee to follow. He further suggested to define what the committee should be doing or accomplishing in the end.
Knowledge on Monster Homes: Farm commented that the committee should know the background of monster homes and what the legislative body is doing on the issue of monster homes, and let the committee come up with a recommendation.
Testimonies: Armentrout informed the Board that there were many testimonies given in the legislative hearings and it is up to the Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) on what amendments should be done regarding issuance of permits.
Board as Advisory Body: Onishi commented that, as a Board, the monster issue should be looked into and make recommendations to the proper agency. Chair Hack reiterated that the Neighborhood Board acts as an advisory body, not a policy making body.

Onishi moved and Farm seconded that the palolo neighborhood Board form a committee on monster homes. The motion was NOT ADOPTED FOR LACK OF MAJORITY VOTE; 5:0:4 (Aye: Darlene Nakayama, Joshua Frost, Paul Holtrop, Rusti Onishi, and Frank Farm; Nay: None; Abstain: Barbra Armentrout, Bradley Rentz, Randolph Hack, and Beverly Mau.

The Board will be in recess and will not meet in January. The P lolo Neighborhood Board's Next Meeting is on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 7:00 PM at P lolo Elementary School.
Bulky Trash Pick-Up - Take out no-earlier-than one (1) day before the third Wednesday of every month) to preserve the beauty of the valley. Report via Honolulu 311 Smart Phone Application or Call 768-3203 for violations.
Farmers' Market - Every Wednesday from 6:30 a.m. - 7:20 a.m. at P lolo District Park
'Olelo Broadcast Slots - The P lolo Neighborhood Board No. 6 meetings are aired on Channel 49 the first and third Sundays of the month at 12:00 p.m. and the 4th Thursday at 9:00 p.m. or online, anytime at
Social Media - Join us informally at the "P lolo Valley Community" or "Palolo Neighborhood Board No. 6??? pages on Facebook at Also stay connected with P lolo at
Agenda Requests - No Later Than two (2)-weeks prior to meeting, contact Chair Hack at 753-0710 at least two weeks in advance of meeting.
Designated Board Members to Assist to Close-Up - Mahalo to Shiraki and Hack for arranging.
90eth Annual Lei Court: Deadline for applications will be on Friday, January 5, 2018.

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

Submitted by: Felipe M. Pacquing II, Neighborhood Assistant
Reviewed by: James Skizewski, Public Relations
Finalized by: Chair Hack

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