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Diamond Head Neighborhood Board Meeting March 2018 Minutes
DRAFT - REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2018
ALA WAI CLUB HOUSE
CALL TO ORDER: Chair George West called the meeting to order at 6:33 p.m. A quorum was established with 11 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, Leonora Cuban, Michelle Matson, Barbara Miller, Bert Narita, Laura St. Denis, Winston Welch, Jerry Wanager, George West, and Linda Wong.
Member Absent: Ajay Bhatt, Mark Kamahele, Michelle Matson, Don Persons
Guests: State Senator Les Ihara; State House Speaker Emeritus Calvin Say; State Representative Bertrand Kobayashi; Kevan Wong (Office of State Representative Scott Nishimoto); Councilmember Ann Kobayashi and Cliff Kaneshiro (Office of Councilmember Ann Kobayashi); Walea Constantinau (Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative); Kim Rubellia (Office of Councilmember Trevor Ozawa); Lieutenant So and Lieutenant Gary Sunada (Honolulu Police Department); Ann Wong (Board of Water Supply); Mark White (Convention of States); Justine Espiritu (Bikeshare Hawaii); Daniel Aelxander (Hawaii Bicycling League); J. David Bentel; R. Pang; Barbara Clemens; Natalie Iwasa, Daniel Quijano, Ryu Hidani, Daisy Murai (Residents); and Thomas Baldwin (Neighborhood Assistant).
Announcements: Chair West commented that anyone wishing to speak on items not already on the agenda should fill out a Community Concern form at the front table and turn it into the Chair or Neighborhood Assistant.
PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS
Honolulu Fire Department (HFD - Waikiki Station): No representative was available; no report was given.
Honolulu Police Department (HPD) - District 6 Waikiki/ Diamond Head): Lieutenant So reported the following: February 2018 Statistics: There were 10 robberies, 10 burglaries, 197 thefts, 23 unauthorized entries into motor vehicles (UEMV), 39 assaults, 2 sex crime, 109 speeding citations, 443 parking citations, 237 park closure citations, 2 park closure arrests with 4180 total calls for service.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Pualei Circle: Wong asked and Lieutenant So responded that if someone observes a parking violation, they are encouraged to call 9-1-1. Wong responded that when speaking to the officer, she was told that it is up to the officer on the scene to determine if there is a parking violation. Lieutenant So responded that if there is an obvious violation, the officer ought to cite the vehicle in violation.
2. Statistics: Welch asked and Lieutenant So responded that most of the park citations are from the homeless. Welch asked and Lieutenant responded that violators have to make a court appearance.
3. Active Shooter Presentation: Carol Hoshiko of Kapiolani Community College asked and Lieutenant So responded that Corporal Lagarios is stationed District 7. Hoshiko commented that she was looking for him to help with an active shooter presentation at Kapiolani Community College.
Honolulu Police Department (HPD - District 7 Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights): Lieutenant Gary Sunada reported the following:
??? February 2018 Statistics: There were 5 motor vehicle thefts, 12 burglaries, 27 thefts, 17 UEMV, and 6236 total calls for service.
• Safety Tips: Scams: Lieutenant Sunada provided the following tips related to scams:
o Money Transfer and Sweepstakes Scams: When receiving a call from a stranger, be very cautious and do not give any personal information over the phone (Social Security number, credit cards, bank accounts, etc.). Legitimate businesses will never ask you for this information over the phone. In a money transfer scam, a stranger will call and claim that they are representing a law firm in another country. The stranger will then tell you that your family member of relative has been arrested. To have your relative bailed out, you will be instructed to go to a money transfer institution (like Western Union) and send money. Before you do this, contact other family members to verify the status of the family member in question.
o Do Not Send Money to Strangers: In the sweepstakes scam, a stranger will call and claim they represent a lottery or contest organization. The caller will say that you have won the sweepstakes and may claim your prize money. However, before you can claim your prize money, the caller will tell you that you have to pay for the taxes on the prize, usually around $3,000. While paying $3,000 to get a much larger prize sounds like a great deal, it's not. It's a scam.
o Car Accident Scams: Be aware of this scam when driving in a shopping center parking lot. You will be approached by a stranger who accuses you of hitting their vehicle. They will then show damages on their car. They will tell you that your vehicles caused the damages even if the damages appear to be old or from another incident. After showing you the damage, the stranger will demand that you pay them cash for the repair cost. Do not pay the stranger: If you pay the stranger, they will often demand more money once they know you are willing to pay the initial amount. If you refuse to pay, the stranger may threaten to call the police and tell you that your auto insurance rates will go up if a police report is made. The stranger is trying to discourage you from calling the police. If you are involved in an accident or are unsure if you caused an accident, call 9-1-1. Tell the officer what happened and let the officer do the accident investigation.
o Home Improvement Scams: Home improvement scams are common island wide. A stranger will approach you ar your home and offer to do a variety of different home repairs such as tree trimming, roofing, or painting. Often, the price of the repairs will be too good to be true - that is because it is a scam. Do not give the stranger any money in advance. To avoid being scammed, ask the stranger for a business card, work phone number, and other identification. Get as much information as possible. It's also a good idea to call around and do some research before handing over any money. Also know that most legitimate home repair businesses do not go door to door to solicit customers.
o Auto Repair Scams: When confronted by a stranger offering "cheap??? auto body repair services, it is better to decline. If the stranger persists or starts working, call 9-1-1. Remember that most legitimate auto repair businesses do not go door to door and do not solicit customers in public parking lots.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Crane Park: Wong asked and Lieutenant Sunada responded that the midnight watch sees numerous citations at Crane Park. Wong commented that much of Crane Park is filled with trash.
Board of Water Supply (BWS): Ann Wong of the BWS reported the following:
• Main Breaks: No main breaks reported
• Subsidies: The topic for March 2018 regarding the BWS' Water Rate Study is subsidies. The amount of subsidies and who pays for them are important considerations for the BWS' water rates. The BWS is evaluating these subsidies, looking at moving closer to the cost of them, and continue to extend some of these subsidies. As the BWS examines rate structure, other subsidies have been suggested such as supporting customer assistance programs, affordable housing, homeless, and fire sprinkler conversions. The basic structure of the BWS' water rates has not changed since 1993. Non-residential customers like hotels, restaurants, other businesses, and government institutions pay more than the total cost to serve them. The same is true, but to a much lesser extent, for multifamily residential customers. The additional money collected from these customers subsidizes the costs for agricultural, non-potable, recycled water, and single-family residential customers. With full commitment to an open and transparent process, the BWS has been meeting with their Stakeholder Advisory Group since 2015. All their meetings, and BWS Board meetings, are publicly noticed and open to all. Residents are encouraged to attend. BWS Board meetings are also shown on Olelo. Meeting locations, dates, and times are posted online at www.boardofwatersupply.com.
• Ala Wai Golf Course Projects: Ala Water Recycling Project is delayed. The draft Environmental Assessment (EA) is to be submitted shortly and will include an engineering feasibility study and economic analysis. The Driving Range is for a top golf vendor and is not related to the BWS project.
• Auxiliary Power at Kaimuki Pump Station: In response to a request from Vice Chair Narita, The BWS is working on a project to place a permanent generator at Kaimuki Pump Station to be activated in the event of a power outage. There may be some water and water pressure loss depending on the length of the outage and getting the generator up and running. There should be enough water in the reservoir to cover the timespan between water loss and getting the generator up and running. Any time there is a main break there will be water loss.
• Primary Urban Center Watershed Management Plan: The Honolulu Board of Water Supply is developing the Primary Urban Center Watershed Management Plan. Join us to learn current water use throughout urban Honolulu as well as projected future use of water in the year 2040 and 2100. Please join us for one of ore more of these community meetings: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at ‘Aiea Elementary School; Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Ala Wai Elementary School; Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at Kapalama Elementary School. All meetings are from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative: No representative was present at this time.
Governor David Ige's Representative: No representative was available; no report was given.
Councilmember Anne Kobayashi: Councilmember Kobayashi distributed a newsletter and reported the following:
• Monster Homes Moratorium: The City Council passed a moratorium on the development of monster homes.
• Sand Volleyball Court: Councilmember Kobayashi commented that there will be a 9:00 a.m. hearing on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 related to the installation of a sand volleyball court near the Ala Wai Driving Range and Kapahulu Avenue.
• Date Street: Councilmember Kobayashi that neighborhoods like McCully and Makakilo are seeing incidents where important crosswalks are removed.
• Budget: Councilmember Kobayashi expressed her concerns with Mayor Caldwell's proposed budget, as operating money is a part of the Capitol Improvement Project (CIP) budget, which is bond money. Councilmember Kobayashi commented that she does not think it is legal, and thinks that the city borrowing money to operate is dangerous.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Sand Volleyball Court: Chair West asked and Councilmember Kobayashi clarified the location of the sand volleyball court.
2. Sidewalks on Kapahulu Avenue: St. Denis expressed her concerns with the removal of crosswalks along Kapahulu Avenue, and the risks towards residents. Councilmember Kobayashi responded that it is dangerous despite the fact that residents can legally cross.
3. Ala Wai Golf Course/ Sand Volleyball Court (continued): Welch commented that the proposal related to the Ala Wai Golf Course distributed to the Neighborhood Board was not the complete proposal. He added that he had to file a freedom of information act request to see the full document. Welch expressed his concerns with secretive proposals and asked if there could be wider discussion regarding developments at the golf course. Councilmember Kobayashi responded that she agreed.
4. Resolution 18-052: Related to Community Trees: Welch asked and Councilmember Kobayashi commented that the resolution would urge the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to create a section within its division of urban forestry to respond to and address community concerns relating to trees under the department‘s jurisdiction, and facilitate community discussion on such concerns. Councilmember Kobayashi added that she hopes more trees will be planted as a result of community engagement.
5. Homeless/ Affordable Housing: A resident expressed his concerns with Bill 110 and the negative impact it will have on affordable housing and multi-generational homes. Councilmember Kobayashi responded that the moratorium is necessary to start looking over the criteria related to monster homes. She added that they encourage multi-generational homes, but those homes do not have the excesses seen in monster homes such as coin operated washing machines, rental cars in the driveway, etc. Councilmember Kobayashi commented that the goal is to prevent short-term vacation rentals.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative: Walea Constantinau distributed a newsletter and reported the following:
• Ala Wai Golf Course Request For Sealed Proposal (RFP): The Department of Enterprise Services (DES) responded to several requests from the Board related to the previous meeting: DES reported that the deadline for the RFP was Wednesday, February 14, 2018. The RFP is expected to be awarded once the panel makes a decision by Thursday, March 15, 2018. The City and County of Honolulu cannot currently comment on the number of proposals received until after the award is made, but more than one (1) was received. By their nature, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is project specific, such that an EIS cannot be completed before an award is made and the details of the project are known. The project is situated on state land controlled by the City. If none of the stated exemptions in Chapter 343 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes applies, than an EIS will be required. The project requires a competitive process such as an RFP to make an award. The successful proposer will enter a long term lease with the city to plan, design, finance, operate, and maintain the project. Prior to executing the lease, both the City Council and the State of Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources must approve the lease. The successful proposer must subdivide the parcel and retain all required permits from the Department of Planning and Permitting. The DES responded to the Neighborhood Board request in February 2018 by providing the Neighborhood Commission Office (NCO) with the RFP. The NCO representative announced during the meeting that the RFP was included in the mayor's report, but did not have the authority to convey that report. The RFP has been public since November of 2017. The project will be discussed and decisions will be made during several public hearings as required by law. The City Council budget committee and full City Council and Board of Land and Natural Resources will schedule public hearings for the project in order to review the City???s request to lease the property. The project may also require public hearings as it completes the permitting process through the Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP). In addition to this, the successful proposer will be encouraged to engage the Neighborhood Board No. 5 during the process. The February 2018 meeting was held on February 8, 2018, the deadline was February 14, thus no project specific information was known at that time, however the RFP purpose and objectives were read to the board and numerous questions were answered. The Gold Course is within the special district boundary, but lies outside the core area and the 25 foot height precinct. As such the DPP Director can grant a waiver for public use benefits subject to certain criteria. For example, the 29 foot club Ala Wai Golf Course Club House was granted this waiver.
• Blocked Lanes on Highway on Nimitz/Ala Moana: In response to a question related to weekend roadwork on Nimitz Highway and Ala Moana Boulevard, The Department of Transportation Services (DTS) responded that those roads are under State Jurisdiction and will be referred to the Hawaii State Department of Transportation (HDOT).
• Rate Commission: DTS reported that the Department of Information Technology (DIT) will create a new Boards and Commissions web page under City Services as a drop down and also listed under the "A-D" section. The new Boards and Commissions webpage will be a centralized location for all of the links to the City's Boards and Commissions.
• LED Street Light Conversion Project: The Department of Design and Construction (DDC) reported that the City wide LED Street Light Conversion Project started this month. From now until the end of December 2019, the over 53,000 City and County Street Lights will be replaced with the more economical and directional LED lights. For more information about costs, schedule and frequently asked questions, please visit our website at www.myoahustreetlight.com
• Summer College Student Employment Program: The Department of Parks and Recreation's Summer College Student Employment Program is recruiting applicants for the 2018 Summer Fun program. If you know any college students who want to develop management and programming skills, or recreation and child development skills, or who simply enjoys working with children between the ages of five (5) and thirteen, please encourage them to consider working as a Summer Aide at this year's Summer Fun program. The program runs from the end of May to the end of July, and the pay rate is $12.00 per hour or $14.00 per hour.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Feral Chickens: St. Denis expressed her concerns with the increase of feral chickens in the neighborhood. Chair West commented that the McCully - Mo'ili'ili Neighborhood Board No. 8 passed resolutions related to feral chickens.
2. Ala Wai Golf Course RFP: Welch expressed his disappointment with the RFP process. Welch commented that anything impacting any neighborhood ought to have more transparency, and the community should be consulted as the starting point before an RFP is requested. Welch expressed his concerns that the public hearings could be reduced or eliminated. Welch commented that the distributed RFP was not the complete RFP, and a freedom of information request was required to see the extensive proposal. Chair West asked why the document provided to the Neighborhood Board is different from the document Welch was able to maintain.
3. Feral Chickens (continued): Resident Barbara Clemens commented that the City and County of Honolulu used to have a contract with a company to take away the chickens, but they no longer do that. They have to go to the Hawaii Humane Society (HHS) and get the materials to catch the chickens. Resident Clemens commented that there are still limitations on what the HHS can do.
4. Ala Wai Golf Course RFP (continued): Wong expressed her concerns with the lack of transparency related to the full RFP. Wong asked and Constantinau responded that the exemptions are outlined in Chapter 343. Wong expressed her concerns that the lessee could sell the property, based on what's outlined in the property. Wong asked and Constantinau responded that she will speak to NCO regarding the report.
Councilmember Trevor Ozawa: Kim Rubellia distributed a newsletter and reported the following:
• Moratorium Bill: The moratorium will last two (2) years while a bill is introduced to change the land use ordinances related to monster homes. Such a bill is expected by September 2018. The moratorium says that a house larger than 0.7 floor area ratio, there will be limitations such as: only two (2) wet bars, one (1) laundry room, the setbacks from the sides and back of the house have been increased, more on-site parking required, the number of bathrooms are limited based on lot size.
• Visitor Public Safety Conference: Councilmember Ozawa and the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association (HLTA) hosted a Visitor Public Safety Conference in Waikiki on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. The conference brought together experts, citizens and businesses to discuss criminal activities in Waikiki.
• Kuilei Cliffs: Councilmember Ozawa's Office received a request to investigate an illegal water source used as an outdoor shower and drinking fountain located at Kuilei Cliffs at Diamond Head Beach Park. DPR responded that the park staff recently removed an unauthorized water connection from an in-ground vault that housed an old booster pump and shut off valve.
Questions, comments, and concerns:
1. Lifeguards: St. Denis expressed her concerns with the reduced level of lifeguards and the increase to public risk.
2. Kuilei Cliffs: St. Denis asked and Rubellia responded that the Office would look into proposing a shower for beachgoers.
3. Ala Wai Golf Course RFP: Welch expressed his concerns with the RFP related to the Ala Wai Golf Course. Welch expressed his desire to see Councilmember Ozawa attend the meeting to discuss the issue.
4. Moratorium/ Multi-Generational Homes: A resident asked if the Moratorium Bill would negatively impact multi-generational homes and Rubellia responded that Councilmember Ozawa supports multi-generational homes but also feels there needs to be a balance of what kinds of homes are built. Rubellia commented that accessory dwelling units will still be allowed so long as they are permitted. There are still allowances for long term rentals with at most five (5) unrelated individuals renting in a residential area.
Senator Stanley Chang: Cameron Sato of Senator Chang's Office reported the following:
• Senate Bill (SB) 2092: Sato expressed the Office's appreciation for those who testified on behalf of SB 2092, which would add knowingly making a false statement to a county inspector a crime within the offense of unsworn falsification to authorities. He added that as the law stands now, an occupant must confess to a crime and are routinely coached by the owner.
• SB 2087: Sato reported on SB 2087 related to providing liability exemptions for owners and operators of any premises, property, or facility where rescue tubes are located for the storage, maintenance, or use of the rescue tubes. The bill provides liability exemptions for rescuers who attempt to rescue a person with a rescue tube.
• Other Legislation: Sato reported that Senator Chang's bills SB 2501, related to homeless safe zones, SB 2497, related to the Hawaii Public Housing Authority, and SB1220, related to a Youth Advisory Commission, are still moving through the legislature.
• Illegal Pyramid Schemes: Sato commented that the DCCA is running a public awareness campaign against Illegal Pyramid Schemes and provided materials related to the campaign.
• Allocation related to Diamond Head Master Plan: In response to a request from Board Member Matson, Sato reported that submitting the previous year's Diamond Head State Parks.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. SB 2087: St. Denis commented that rescue tubes are very important to keep a drowning citizen safe while lifeguards arrive. Sato responded that a flotation device is imperative to saving someone's life in a drowning situation.
2. Airplane Noise: St. Denis expressed the community's concerns with airplane noise at night. Sato responded that he has been coordinating with the Waialae Neighborhood Board regarding airplane noise in the neighborhood, and encouraged any interested community members to join their efforts.
Representative Bertrand Kobayashi: Representative Kobayashi distributed a newsletter and reported the following: Legislation: Representative Kobayashi provided a summary of the bills that were passed by the House for crossover to the Board, including:
o House Bill (HB) 1908: A Ban on Bump Stocks; (Votes: 49 Yes votes, two (2) excused).
o HB 2281: Ohana Zoning for Homeless; (Votes: 46 Yes, five (5) excused).
o HB 2739: Death with Dignity Bill/ Our Care, Our Choice; (Votes: 35 Yes, 4 Yes w/reservations, 12 No).
o HB 2012: Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT); (Votes: 49 Yes, 2 Excused).
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Styrofoam Bill: Wong asked and Representative Kobayashi responded that the Styrofoam Bill passed to the House and he believes the bill could pass the House this year.
Representative Scott Nishimoto: Kevin Wong distributed a newsletter and reported the following: Town Hall: Wong commented that the Office held a Town Hall with other legislators at Mo'ili???ili Library in February 2018.
House Speaker Emiterus (HSE) Calvin Say: HSE Say distributed a newsletter and reported the following:
• Abandoned Vehicles: HSE Say distributed copies of House Resolution (HR) 77 and House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 93 to the Board related to State lands and abandoned vehicles. The resolution, if adopted, would urge the State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) to allow the counties to use vacant state lands as storage for abandoned vehicles.
• Gun Control: HSE Say distributed an article citing Hawaii as the State with the 47th lowest incidences of gun related incidences in the country.
• Utility Poles: HSE Say commented that old utility poles in the neighborhood are not being removed after new ones are installed.
• Our Care, Our Choice: HSE distributed a report related to HB2739, House Draft (HD1) passed by the legislature:
o Eligibility: To be eligible, a person must: be an adult; be capable of understanding the patient's choices; be a resident of the State of Hawaii; have voluntarily expressed the wish to die; have been found to suffer from a terminal disease (which will produce death within six (6) months) by two (2) physicians, the second of whom is a specialist, and; have been found not to have untreated depression which many interfere with the patient making an informed decision. The patient must be counseled by a psychiatrist, psychologist, or clinical social worker, who makes the finding.
o Required Steps: To get the lethal injection, the patient must: make two (2) oral requests for the medication at least twenty days apart. Both requests are made to the first physician; Make a written request for the patient to fill out and sign, and witnessed by two (2) individuals. One (1) individual cannot be a relative, or beneficiary, or personnel of a health care facility. The patient's first physicians cannot be a witness. The bill implies that the written request form will be provided by the physician; the first physicians may dispense the medication to the patient directly or transmit the prescription to the pharmacist, who dispenses the medication to the patient or to an agent of the patient. Forty-eight hours must elapse between the written request and the writing of the prescription.
o Lethal Medication: The patient does not need to take the medication. Prior to receiving the medication, the physician councils the patient to have another person present when the patient self-administers the medication. This Act contemplates that the lethal dose be self-administered while not appearing to require self-administration.
o After Passing: Once the patient has passed: the physician may sign the death certificate. The death certificate shall list the cause of death as the underlying disease; the person who has custody of the lethal medication disposes of it at a qualified facility; the final attestation form becomes part of the record. The first physician provides the final attestation form to the patient at the time the patient receives the medication or prescription. The patient fills out this form before self-administering the medication.
• Police Impersonator: HSE shared a story of a wanted man posing as a police officer in Kahala.
• Kapuna Caregivers Program: Two (2) million dollars have been allocated for the Kapuna Caregiver's Program.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Our Care, Our Choice: Welch commented that a person diagnosed with a terminal illness may have depression develop from processing the diagnosis. Welch expressed his concerns that the developing depression as a direct consequence of a terminal diagnosis should not keep someone from qualifying for the medication. HSE Say responded that this is why they have multiple experts evaluating a patient.
Date Street: A representative of the DTS Traffic Engineering Division reported the following: Update: Since August 2017, DTS hired a traffic consultant to investigate the proposed layout. From the study, it looks like they may be able to put back the crosswalks at un-signalized intersections, but the Department is still reviewing it and finalizing plans as well as coordinating with DDC. DTS will provide a final update next month.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Intersections: Wong asked and the DTS representative responded that DTS will see if it is possible to reinstall the crosswalks at the intersections of Date Street and Ekela Avenue, Palani Avenue, and Laau Street.
2. Bike Lane: Resident Murai expressed her concerns with and asked if a bike lane would be installed on Date Street, as a bike path is already present on the Ala Wai Golf Course side. Resident Murai commented that if a bikelane is installed, that it not interfere with the current traffic. The DTS representative responded that there is a proposal for a shared lane and a bike lane, but they are still evaluating the proposals. A resident asked and the DTS representative stated that they will follow up with other surrounding communities regarding this project and the proposed bike lanes.
Hearing no objections, the Board added "Bikeshare??? to the agenda.
Bikeshare: Justine Espiritu reported the following:
• Funding: Espiritu commented that Bikeshare will expand in the summer of 2018 through DTS and Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OMPO) tap funding. Responding to concerns regarding funding through eligibility, Espiritu responded that Bikeshare Hawaii as a nonprofit had to partner with a City department to qualify for the funds. Tap funding was awarded to DTS, and they will own the equipment. Regarding $500,000 in funding, this local funding is required to release the federal funds, as they cover 80 percent of the funds with a 20 percent matching fund from the City.
??? Expansion: Espiritu shared resources and dates related to the expansion. There will be open houses and neighborhood canvasing. The open houses will be on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at Jefferson elementary, Monday, April 9, 2018 in Makiki (location to be determined) and one (1) in Downtown China town the following week in April 2018 (location and date to be determined). Espiritu commented that stations will be installed at Kapiolani Park, Kapiolani Community College, and Diamond Head along Diamond Head Road.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Parking: St. Denis expressed her concerns with the stations that will take away parking. St. Denis added that she sees the benefit of Bikeshare for the community and tourists, but added that the community itself will resent Bikeshare taking parking stalls away from the community. Espiritu responded that parking is an issue across Honolulu, and added that Bikeshare was proposed to help solve parking and traffic congestion. Espiritu added that 2/3 of trips are taken by residents.
2. Agenda: Wong expressed her concerns that any Bikeshare item ought to be on the agenda moving forward. Espiritu commented that she would like to give further updates at the following month's meeting as well as a neighborhood walkthrough with the Neighborhood Board. Chair West commented that he felt the update was important enough to be added to the agenda. Welch and Wong requested more resources for the Board at the next meeting.
3. Accident Statistics: Welch asked and Espiritu responded that there have been no major accidents, with under five (5) minor collisions reported that she was aware of. Chair West requested that any questions to Bikeshare be distributed to the Chair.
4. Open House: Resident Murai asked and Espiritu clarified that the open house at Jefferson Elementary School would be between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
5. Expansion: Resident Murai asked and Espiritu responded that the expansions at Kapiolani Park, Kapiolani Community College, and Diamond Head Monument are not necessarily a part of the Complete Streets project. She added that Biki is coordinating with the respective property owners. Espiritu added that their office has received over 200 requests for expansions, with many of them coming from these areas.
6. Pualei Circle: Wong asked and Espiritu responded that a station will not be installed on Pualei Circle and Leahi Avenue at this time.
Hearing no objections, Chair West moved to hear the report from Senator Les Ihara.
Senator Les Ihara: Senator Les Ihara reported the following: Automated Ticket Machine: Senator Ihara commented that after coordinating with the owners and operators of the automated ticketing machine by Side Street Inn at Kapahulu Avenue, there are proposals to revert to an older model for distributing parking tickets. Wong requested future updates.
RESIDENTS/ COMMUNITY CONCERNS
Kapiolani Community College (KCC): Carol Hoshiko reported the following:
• Culinary Institute of the Pacfic: Hoshiko reported that KCC is in the process of raising funds for the Culinary Institute of the Pacific phase 2A and phase 2B.
o Phase 2A: This phase, which includes a restaurant and two (2) labs, has raised 4.89 million dollars of the 5 million dollar target as of Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
o Phase 2B: This phase, which includes an auditorium and classroom building, has raised 1.2 million dollars.
• Kaialu Lecture Series: Hoshiko reported that KCC launched their Kaialu Lecture series, and announced their cyber security lecture on Monday, March 12, 2018 and a "Ka'ahele Ma Waikiki" ("Tour of Waikiki") lecture on Monday, April 16, 2018. All lectures will be presented in the hi a Auditorium at KCC from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Lecture Series: Welch asked and Hoshiko responded that KCC occasionally coordinates with the University of Hawaii and added that the lecture series highlights activities, initiatives and programs at KCC.
2. Traffic: Welch asked and Hoshiko responded that a new stop light at Alohea would only create additional problems, according to KCC administration. She added that security services are monitoring the traffic.
MEMBERS ATTENDANCE AT OTHER MEETINGS
Capitol Agricultural Meeting: St. Denis attended an agricultural meeting at the Capitol.
Democratic Party Meeting at Waikiki Elementary School: St. Denis attended a Democratic Party meeting at Waikiki Elementary School.
Approval of Thursday, February 8, 2018, Regular Meeting Minutes
Miller moved and St. Denis seconded to approve the Thursday, February 8, 2018 Regular Meeting Minutes. The motion WAS ADOPTED by HAND VOTE; 10-0-1 (AYE: Allen, Bowman, Figliuzzi, Leonora, Miller, Narita, St. Denis, Wanager, Welch, West. NAY: None. ABSTAIN: Wong.)
Convention of States Resolution
Allen moved and Wanager seconded to adopt the Convention of States Resolution. The motion WAS ADOPTED by ROLL CALL VOTE; 9-0-2 (AYE: Allen, Bowman, Figliuzzi, Leonora, Miller, Narita, St. Denis, Wanager, West. NAY: None. ABSTAIN: Welch, Wong. )
Leahi Avenue Permitted Interaction Group:
Treasurer's Report: Wanager reported a remaining balance of $485.04
Subdistrict 1 (St. Louis Heights): Allen reported that the next St Louis Heights Association Meeting is on Monday, March 12, at 7:00 p.m. at Hokalani Elementary School.
Subdistrict 2 (Kapahulu): No report was provided.
Subdistrict 3 (Diamond Head): St. Denis requested that those concerned with airplane noise email Senator Stanley Chang's Office with concerns. St. Denis reported that there has been discussion regarding condemning Leahi Avenue.
Chair Report: Chair West commented that a longtime attendee of the meeting Janice passed away.
Next Regular Board Meeting: The next regular Board meeting will be at Ala Wai Club House on Thursday, April 12, 2018.
ADJOURNMENT: As there was no further business before the Board, Chair West adjourned the meeting at 8:20 p.m.
Submitted by: Thomas Baldwin, Neighborhood Assistant Reviewed by: Jackson Coley, Neighborhood Assistant
Reviewd by: Richard Figliuzzi, Secretary Finalized by: George West, Chair
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View our featured events, news, businesses and primary links on our home page.
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Great offers from our sponsors who support the Kaimuki Honolulu, Hawaii community. More...
- Kaimuki Hawaii Directory
View Kaimuki, Hawaii primary directories. businesses, non profits, public, government and jobs.
Check out things to do in Kaimuki on the calendar of events.
Keep up with the latest news and happenings in your Kaimuki community.
- Kaimuki Hawaii Featured Pages
View our directory of feature pages showcasing all the great things Kaimuki, Honolulu, Hawaii has to offer. Go Green in Kaimuki, restaurants, shopping, WiFi Hot Spots, fitness, health, real estate, home and garden, 80+ more directories... More...