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Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board Meeting April 2018 Minutes
DRAFT - REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2018
ALA WAI CLUB HOUSE
CALL TO ORDER: Chair George West called the meeting to order at 6:30 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, Ajay Bhatt, Leonora Cuban, Mark Kamahele, Michelle Matson (arrived at 7:45 p.m.), Bert Narita, Don Persons, Laura St. Denis, Winston Welch, Jerry Wanager, George West, and Linda Wong.
Member Absent: Judith Bowman, Richard Figliuzzi, Barbara Miller
Guests: State Senator Les Ihara; State House Speaker Emeritus Calvin Say; State Representative Bertrand Kobayashi; Representative Scott Nishimoto, Kevin Wong, Megan Kira (Office of State Representative Scott Nishimoto); Kurt Suniyoshi (Office of Councilmember Trevor Ozawa); Albert McCollum (Honolulu Fire Department); Shawn Ala (Honolulu Police Department); Ann Wong (Board of Water Supply); Justine Espiritu (Bikeshare Hawaii); Kenneth Chang (Waialae-Kahala Neighborhood Board No.3; Carol Hoshiko (Kapiolani Community College); Lani Blissard, Malia Nolan, Carolyn Tanaka, Mary Jones; Franklin Chung, 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): Captain McCollum reported the following.
• March 2018 Statistics: There were 4 structure fires, 1 nuisance fire, 17 activated alarms, 152 medical emergencies, 6 motor vehicle collisions with a pedestrian, 3 motor vehicle accidents, 1 mountain rescue, and 2 ocean rescues.
• Safety Tip: Electrical Safety:
o Heat Producing Appliances: Only plug one (1) heat producing appliance into a wall receptacle at a time.
o Major Appliances: Major appliances should be plugged into a wall receptacle and should not be used in conjunction with an extension cord or power strip.
o Power Cords: Ensure that no power cords are running across doorways or under carpets.
o Extension Cords: Extension cords are for temporary use and should not be used as a permanent electrical solution.
Honolulu Police Department (HPD) - District 6 Waikiki/ Diamond Head): HPD officer Shawn Ala reported the following: March 2018 Statistics: There were 9 robberies, 20 burglaries, 226 thefts, 36 unauthorized entries into motor vehicles (UEMV), 32 assaults, 2 sex crimes, 115 speeding citations, 624 parking citations, 10 loud muffler citations, 126 park closure warnings, 204 park closure citations, 7 park closure arrests with 4417 total calls for service.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Crane Park: Wong asked and Ala responded that the majority of park closure violations would be in Waikiki. Wong asked and Ala responded that Crane Park lies in District 7.
Honolulu Police Department (HPD - District 7 Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights): Lieutenant Gary Sunada reported the following:
• March 2018 Statistics: There were 5 motor vehicle thefts, 16 burglaries, 25 thefts, 25 UEMV, and 6593 total calls for service.
• Safety Tips: ATM Safety Tips: When you arrive at an ATM, look around. If you see anything that makes you uncomfortable or anyone who looks suspicious, use another ATM at a different location or come back later. Notify the police. Avoid using ATMs during night time hours. If you must, choose one that is well lit and does not have tall bushes nearby. Also, avoid ATMs located on corners of buildings because they create blind spots. Use ATMs located inside of an open business whenever possible. Have your card out before approaching an ATM so you do not become easy prey for a thief when looking for it. Maintain awareness of your surrounding throughout the entire transaction. Be wary of people trying to help you with ATM transactions. Be aware of anyone sitting in a parked car nearby. Protect your Personal Identification Number (PIN) by memorizing it. Never write your PIN on the back of your ATM card or keep it in your wallet. Do not enter your PIN if anyone else can see the screen or keypad. Use your body to shield your PIN from onlookers. Do not withdraw large amounts of cash. When your transaction is finished, be sure you have your card and your receipt, then leave immediately. Avoid counting or displaying large amounts of cash. If you think you are being followed, go to an area with a lot people and call the police. If a robber demands your money, don't argue or fight. Note their description and give them the money. When possible, get away to a safe place and call the police. Always monitor your bank statements and report problems to your bank.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Parks: Wong asked and Lieutenant Sunada responded that he does not have park closure statistics related to Crane Park. Wong asked and Lieutenant Sunada responded that deputies present at parks during park closure hours could be effective at reducing illegal park activity. Wong commented that three (3) homeless tents relocated to another portion of Crane Park following an enforcement. Wong requested statistics related to Crane Park be disseminated to the Board monthly.
2. Gas Station Thefts: Kamahele expressed his concerns with gas station thefts from vehicles.
Board of Water Supply (BWS): Ann Wong of the BWS reported the following:
• March 2018 Main Breaks: There were two (2) main breaks in March 2018. A 6 (six) inch main break occurred at 2nd Avenue on Thursday, March 8, 2018. Another eight (8) inch main break occurred at Francis Street on Sunday, March 11, 2018.
• Dole Street Main Break: On Thursday, April 5, 2018, BWS worked to repair a 20 inch water main on Dole Street near Kanewai Park. Several thousand customers in St. Louis Heights, Kaimuki, Palolo, Wilhelmina Rise, and Diamond Head areas to be without water or have water with very low pressure. The roadway was opened following two (2) days of repair work. The cause of the main break is still under investigation. The main is set for replacement, and was installed in 1928.
• Non-Residential Rates: Under the BWS' current water rates structure, non-residential customers like hotels, restaurants, other businesses, and government institutions, pay a set amount of 4.96 dollars per thousand gallons, regardless of how much water they use. Currently, it would be very hard to determine rates for each type of business, given the variety and sizes of businesses on the island. Also, a business using a lot of water, and paying for it, may be using the water very efficiently while being conservation conscious. The BWS recommends continuing the uniform rate structure for non-residential customers, although the rate itself, is expected to increase. Non-residential customers pay somewhat more than it costs to serve them. The additional money collected from non-residential customers provide subsidies to agricultural, non-potable, recycled water, and single-family residential customers. The type and amount of subsidies, and who pays for them, is an important component of potential changes to the water rates, and the BWS encourages residents to participate in discussion. Residents are encouraged to attend one (1) of the BWS' public hearings to voice opinions or ask questions they might have on the proposed water rate increase.
• Public Meetings - There will be four (4) public meetings held around Oahu over the next month, all meeting start at 6:30 p.m.:
o Honolulu - Thursday, April 26, 2018 at the Mission Memorial Auditorium in Downtown/Kakaako.
o West Side/Kapolei - Monday, May 14, 2018 at Kapolei Hale Ewa/Kapolei.
o Windward/Kaneohe - Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Benjamin Parker Elementary School in Kaneohe.
o Central/Mililani - Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Mililani Recreational Center 5 in Mililani.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. History of the 20 Inch Main: Vice Chair Narita commented that the Board previously addressed the 20 inch water main. A contractor once damaged the same water main that failed recently. Vice Chair Narita commented that he would forward questions for the engineers at BWS to Ann Wong regarding the age of the pipe, why they use main thorough fares for the water mains, why the water mains infrastructure had not been addressed for years. Vice Chair Narita commented that at the time the Board previously discussed the failure of the 20 inch main, they were under the impression that the area that would be affected was only Kaimuki, Kapahulu, lower St. Louis Heights, and the surrounding area. He expressed his concerns in learning that it affects more areas.
2. Red Hill: Wong asked and Wong responded that she was not immediately familiar with Senator Gabbard's legislation related to retrofitting the jet fuel tanks in less than 20 years.
3. Kapiolani Community College (KCC) Conact: Carol Hoshiko asked if there was a number for KCC to contact regarding water issues that is separate from the regular main line.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative: No representative was available; a newsletter was distributed.
Governor David Ige's Representative: No representative was available; a newsletter was distributed.
Councilmember Anne Kobayashi: No representative was present at this time.
Councilmember Trevor Ozawa: Kurt Tsuneyoshi of Councilmember Ozawa's Office distributed a newsletter and reported the following:
• Council Changes: Tsuneyoshi commented that Councilmember Ernie Martin is now the Council Chair, with Councilmember Kymberly Pine as Vice Chair. Councilmember Ozawa is now the Chair of the Budget Committee and Vice Chair of the Zoning Committee.
• West Oahu Trash Bins: In response to noise complaints from the community regarding West Oahu Trash Bins between 4:45 a.m. and 5:30 a.m., Councilmember Ozawa's office is finding solutions to minimize the noise during that time.
Questions, comments, and concerns:
1. Feral Chicken Noise: St. Denis expressed her concerns with feral chicken noise in the community. St. Denis asked and Suniyoshi responded that Councilmember Ozawa is working to find a solution to feral chickens in the community.
2. Airplane Noise: St. Denis expressed her concerns with airplane noise in the community.
3. Volleyball Court: Welch expressed his concerns with resolution 18-67 regarding the installation of a sand volleyball court at the Ala Wai Golf Course property. He expressed his concerns with the premature resolution and risk of violating the Land Use Ordinance (LUO). He added that the community ought to have more time to provide their comments or to look into the proposal. He urged more comprehensive planning from the City and County of Honolulu.
4. Feral Chickens (continued): Wong commented that feral chickens have been a problem for a long time, and urged action to control their population. Welch commented that Councilmember Ozawa had expressed his concerns with the Department of Customer Services' (DCS) lack of response on the issue at another public meeting.
5. Ala Wai Golf Course Driving Range: Resident Franklin Chung asked and Tsuneyoshi responded that the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) will notify the public when they have awarded the Driving Range expansion to a contractor.
Senator Stanley Chang: Cameron Sato of Senator Chang's Office reported the following:
• Tax Scams: Sato reminded the community that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will now not call regarding tax payments over the phone, and any calls claiming to come from the IRS are likely scams.
• Legislation Update:
o Senate Bill (SB) 2087: Sato reported that House Judiciary Committee passed SB2087 related to rescue tubes.
o Conversion Therapy Ban: Sato commented that the bill related to Conversion Therapy Ban is moving forward.
o Section Eight (8) Property Insurance: Sato reported that the bill related to property insurance for Section eight (8) landlords is moving forward.
o Styrofoam Ban: Sato reported that the Styrofoam ban bill did not pass.
o Lying to County Housing Inspectors: Sato reported that the bill that would increase the penalties for lying to a county housing inspector did not pass.
o Diamond Head State Park: Sato reported a correction to his statements from last meeting related to the funding put in the budget for a master plan for Diamond Head. He commented that following clarifications, the state parks did not receive the initial allocation from previous years.
o Red Hill: Sato reported that SB2930 was amended in the Health and Human Services (HHS) committee to remove the requirement for the fuel tanks with a capacity exceeding 50k gallons to have double lining and removed the requirement to finish the upgrades by the earlier date. He concluded that the bill is now a study to investigate the issue further.
Questions, comments, and concerns: Styrofoam Bill: Wong asked and Sato clarified that the Styrofoam bill passed in the Senate passed with no hearing in the House. Wong asked and Sato responded that the Finance Committee was the committee the bill was referred to. Wonga asked and Sato responded that the Chair of the Finance Committee is Representative Sylvia Luke.
Representative Bertrand Kobayashi: Representative Kobayashi distributed a newsletter and reported the following:
• Homeless at Diamond Head: Representative Kobayashi reported that there will be another sweep of Diamond Head for homeless. This is a coordinated attempt by both City and State to do the sweep. There is general agreement between them that the homeless sweeps will reoccur on a periodic basis.
• Legislation: Representative Kobayashi provided an update on some items of legislation:
o Constitutional Amendment: A proposed constitutional amendment to implement a surcharge/ property tax to fund public education passed unanimously in the House with less than 10 votes with reservations. If passed, the amendment will be on the ballot for the voters to weigh in on the issue.
o Firearms Legislation: Last year the State of Hawaii became the first state in Hawaii to pass a law allowing for the removal of firearms from persons suffering from certain types of mental illnesses and/or those who have committed certain types of crimes. This year, the time span for removal was shortened from 30 days to seven (7) days. Moped:
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Our Care Our Choice: Vice Chair Narita asked and Representative Kobayashi responded no new hires or costs related to the Our Care Our Choice legislation is expected. Vice Chair Narita asked and Representative Kobayashi responded that the State Department of Health (DOH) along with the Attorney General's office is tasked with the upholding the State's responsibilities as outlined in the act. Vice Chair Narita asked and Representative Kobayashi responded that the private practitioners and caregivers will be the ones administering those actions related to the legislation.
2. Legislation: Welch requested that Representative Kobayashi urge his colleagues to avoid the tactic of "gut and replace," or removing the language of a bill and replacing it with another without notice. He expressed his concerns that the practice undermines the public's trust in the legislative process and leaves legislators unfamiliar with developments in legislation. Representative Kobayashi responded that he believed there were a record number of gut and replace bills, especially from the State Senate. He added that the State Senate gut and replaced a bill for which there was no prior proposed draft. Wong expressed her concerns with practices from legislators who do not wish to discuss legislation affected by these tactics, adding that Representative Luke had locked her door to the public on one (1) occasion. Representative Kobayashi responded that offices are usually open until closing time at 4:30 p.m. by State Law.
Representative Scott Nishimoto: Representative Nishimoto distributed a newsletter and reported the following: Tax Preparation Clinic: The next tax preparation clinic is on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Ala Wai Golf Course: Welch asked and Representative Nishimoto responded that he is following the ongoing developments with the Ala Wai Golf Course Driving Range proposal.
2. Volley Ball Court: Wong asked and Representative Nishimoto responded that he must go to the City to get a better understanding of ongoing developments, like the driving range and sand volleyball court, just as the public does. Wong expressed her concerns with the public being left out of the process.
House Speaker Emiterus (HSE) Calvin Say: HSE Say distributed a newsletter and requested questions or comments from the Board.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Legislation/ Sunset Clause: Vice Chair Narita asked if the sunset clauses in passed legislation have ever been implemented and HSE Say responded that he believes they have. Vice Chair Narita asked and HSE responded that passed legislation, including those with sunset clauses, are reflecting in the Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS). Vice Chair Narita commented that riskier legislation ought to have a sunset clause to give the State the opportunity to reevaluate their impact. HSE Say responded that a bill can request the Legislative Auditor look into the performance of a program, or come up with a House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) to the same end.
Office of Climate Change, Sustainability, and Resiliency (CCSR): Josh Stanbro, Chief Resilience Officer from the CCSR, circulated a handout, provided a presentation, and reported the following:
• CCSR History - The CCSR was established by Oahu voters in 2016 when supporting Charter Amendment 7. The focus of the Office is to build partnerships between City departments, the State, and private entities to increase sustainability and address climate change on Oahu.
• 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) - 100RC, created by the Rockefeller Foundation, is an organization dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. From nearly 1,200 applicant cities across the globe, Honolulu was selected to be one (1) of 100 cities in the 100RC network. This network provides funding, technical expertise, and a framework for Honolulu.
• Climate Change - Stanbro described the greenhouse effect and how the trapping of heat in the atmosphere has resulted in climate change. Notable climate changes recorded between 2015 and 2016 include rising sea levels, 11 days of record rainfall, 24 days of record heat, and nine (9) months of drought. Hawaii has experienced reduced trade winds, reduced overall rainfall, and increased sea levels. According to the State Climate Commission, we expect 3.2 feet of sea level rise between 50 and 100 years from now, and 12.9 billion dollars of private property is at risk of the effects.
• Resilience - Stanbro defined resilience as the capacity to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of stresses and shocks Hawaii experiences.
• Priorities: The CCSR's three (3) top priorities are implementing the Paris Climate Agreement, improve buildings and transit efficiency, and develop a resilience strategy with help from the public.
• Additional Resources - Additional resources can be found online at www.resilientOAHU.org and by following the CCSR on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at ResilientOAHU.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: School Outreach: Bhatt asked and Stanbro responded that the Blue Planet Foundation has coordinate with schools to provide education on climate change and sustainability.
Date Street Striping: Department of Transportation Services (DTS) Erron Redoble provided an update on Date Street striping plan. Update: Following the decision to convert the four (4) lane Date Street to a three (3) lane road, traffic consultation, and positive meetings with Iolani school, DTS decided to return the marked crosswalks at Palani Avenue, Ekela Avenue, and Laau Street. DTS is finalizing the details before requesting for DDC to remobilize the contractor.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Timeline: Chair West asked and Redoble responded that there is no estimated time yet for the return of the marked crosswalks.
2. Clarifications: Wong asked and Redoble responded that the three (3) crosswalks mentioned will be reinstalled.
7:45 p.m. Matson arrived with 12 members present.
7:45 p.m. Kamahele left with 11 members present.
3. Signalized Traffic Signals: Wong asked and Redoble responded that he can pass on the request for synchronized traffic signals to the appropriate individual.
4. Bulb Out: Wong commented that the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 previously voted against the installation of the bulb-outs by Rainbow Drive Inn. Wong requested that the bulb outs that were installed against the decision of the Board be removed.
5. Complete Streets: Wong expressed her concerns with the Complete Streets in some communities that are incompatible with the requirements. Wong asked and Redoble responded that he is not aware of any further complete streets initiatives in the Diamond Head area. He added that he is aware of potential projects in areas at Ala Wai, McCully, Metcalf, and University.
6. Bike Lanes: Wong expressed her concerns with the installation of a bike lane in the community, as there is an existing bike path along the golf course. Redoble responded that at this time DTS plans to add a bikelane between the end points of Laau Street on both sides.
7. Parking Spaces: St. Denis expressed her concerns with the removal of parking spaces with the recent updates. Redoble responded that DTS is sensitive to parking issues and is trying to find the right balance. He added that DTS removed parking in front of Laau block and plans to redevelop that area for Iolani schools. He commented that there is still parking past the bridge. St. Denis asked and Redoble responded that around 30 parking stalls will be removed.
8. Outreach: Vice Chair Narita and Redoble responded that the residents along Date Street may have been notified when the project was first proposed.
9. Other Crosswalks: Wong asked and Redoble responded that the other two (2) crosswalks are at signalized sections.
Doris Duke Estate, Breakwater Dismantle: Dr. Frederick Fong gave a presentation and reported the following:
• Breakwater Proposal: Dr. Fong discussed the Doris Duke Foundation of Islamic Arts (DDFIA) decision to remove most of the Diamond Head Breakwater to increase public safety and use the boulders from the Breakwater to stabilize the concrete seawall.
??? Timeline: On June 15, 2017, the Waialae-Kahala Neighborhood Board No. 3 unanimously voted to oppose dismantling of the Breakwater, with the decision also sent to the Office of Conservation and Coastal Land (OCCL), HHF, DDFIA, but this was not noted in Final Environmental Assessment (FEA). On June 19, 2017, the FEA report was completed, followed by DLNR issuing a Finding of No Significant Importance (FEA-FONSI) on June 23, 2018. On January 17, 2018, Richard Turbin, Chairman of the Waialae-Kahala Neighborhood Board No. 3 received a copy of the FEA report with a notation that any reply is due within four (4) days by January 22, 2018. Chair Turbin contested the FEA report in a reply to OCCL. On February 7, 2018, DNLR/OCCL held a public hearing attended by Doris Duke executives, HHF Planers' agents, OCCL/DLNR's two (2) representatives conducting the meeting, and two (2) community neighbors.
• Endangered and protected Aquatic Species: Dr Fong reported that the HHF planners report found no federally endangered or threatened species within the proposed project area as of a report on August 26, 2014. Dr. Fong commented in contradiction to this conclusion that the area is under Federal Endangered Species protection, due to the presence of green sea turtles.
• Protection of a designated historic property: Dr. Fong noted that the Shangri La Boat Harbor Historic Site noted 11 significant features listed for this historic Breakwater site. He added that the Breakwater maintains historic integrity and is in disagreement with the following FEA statement that "no features of the basin are contributable elements of the project, they are of secondary significance and without distinctive characteristic of value" as well as the statement that the "dismantling of the Breakwater would result in only a minor loss of historic significance."
??? Coastal Shoreline and Rises in Sea Elevation: Dr. Fong summarized objections to the dismantling of the Breakwater due to the following concerns. Under existing Breakwater and seawall conditions, large waves frequently result in over topping, which also pose a hazard to pedestrians. A one (1) foot rise in sea level may double the rate of overtopping during large swells (image of seawall). If future sea level elevations are projected to rise 5.5 inches per 100 years, and dismantling of the Breakwater taking it down from its existing height of 10 feet above sea level to the projected 0-3 feet height of the remaining dike after dismantling, with frequent diurnal tidal variations of over 2.5 feet, wave actions will significantly overtop the remaining dike in spite of the revetment, which dissipates energy only up to its limited height. He noted that there may be increased wave energy in the boat basin during extreme events, due to wave transmission and overtopping the dike. He expressed disagreement with the conclusion in the FEA that "dismantling the Breakwater and constructing the revetment would not significantly alter wave actions in the basin or near shore circulation patterns "under large surf conditions". He added that under the high surf conditions, activity within the basin now filled with boulders, and the dike lowered to sea level could produce a dangerous "toilet bowl" effect of moving currents compromised further by the removal of the drain hole.
• The Protective Fence: Dr. Fong commented that DDFIA incorrectly reported that there has been increased jumping activity between 2015 and 2016. Dr. Fong commented that this is an incorrect conclusion based on skewed statistics. Its objectives and skewed statistics used to draw an incorrect conclusion of ongoing dangerous activity. Prior to the fence construction in January 2014, the DEA on page 2-4 noted in the HHF Planners report that the level of dangerous jumping prior to the fence construction was at an average of 925 incidences per month. Jumping incidences after the fence was erected, these jumps averaged 106 per month, which is a significant 89% reduction. This is a decrease, not an increase, in jumping as is incorrectly purported. He commented that the FEA incorrectly states that jumping has increased in 2016. During a 10-month period from January to October 2016, there were reported an average of 160 average jumps per month, still a significant 83% reduction in jumps compared to activity prior to the fence installation in 2014. He concluded that HHF is comparing the incidences of jumping in 2016 to 2015, which is misleading. He added that the facts do not support the conclusion of a growing trend of increased jumping from the Breakwater in addition to jumping from the landing and fence. Dr. Fong commented that public comments on DEA noted other suggested alternatives that consisted of modifying the existing fence, Breakwater, and sea wall to further discourage unsafe behavior. He commented that these suggestions ranged from modifying the seawall to create a steep beveled ledge making it difficult to stand and jump from, to grout in between the existing Breakwater boulders to make it difficult for people to use the cracks in the Breakwater to climb out of the water, to a third alternative suggesting a beveled structure on top of the fence making it difficult to climb and jump from. He commented that Doris Duke's agents determined that the alternative would be ineffective measures to address the projects purpose, and eliminate it. Dr. Fong commented that jumping occurs from the ledges of the seawall, from the fence, and from the Head Breakwater.
• Alternatives: Dr. Fong commented that if the Doris Duke Estate's true intent in acquiring a permit to build a barrier fence in 2014 was to "deter jumping and diving from the wall", such an objective can still be simply achieved. Three (3) reasonable revised proposals were made by community members to achieve the initial safety intent of the fence and still save the Breakwater. Those suggestions are as follows: bevel the flat standing ledges on the wall to 45 degrees, thus making standing there to jump from impossible; add to the top of the fence another shorter vertical bar in-between the existing bars, which would thus make standing on the uneven fence top impossible to jump from; grout in the cracks above the high water line.
• Conclusion: Dr. Fong commented that if the Breakwater is dismantled without first implementing the three (3) additional recommended deterrents, the problem of an attractive nuisance is not fully addressed. He recommended implanting additional safety features before deciding on spending nine (9) months of demolition using excavators, cranes, and barges to irrevocably dismantle the Breakwater and Swimming Basin. He concluded that once the Breakwater and sandy harbor are dismantled, it will be a loss to the community and never be restored.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Waialae-Kahala Neighborhood Board No.3 Presentation: Wong asked if Doris Duke presented at the Waialae-Kahala Neighborhood Board and he responded that they presented twice.
2. Statistics: Wong asked and Dr. Fong responded that he was not familiar with the dates when the two (2) jumpers became paralyzed. Wong asked and Dr. Fong responded that the statistics came from DDFIA's own report, which contradicted their conclusion. Wong asked and Dr. Fong responded that the installation of the 2014 resulted in an 83% decrease in jumping and can still be improved upon. A resident commented that the two (2) accidents occurred in the 70's and 80's.
3. State Historic Preservation/ DLNR: Matson asked if the State Historic Preservation Division been consulted, if they received any comments, and if the State Historic Preservation Division administrator and officer, the Chair of DLNR, were aware of this proposal. Dr. Fong responded that the FES went through and was approved by the OCCL, under the DLNR. They have a 180 day period to review and render a decision. Matson commented that a FES is not the same as a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). They declared a FONSI when the assessment was done, which means they were not going to proceed with the FES. Matson urged for cooperation with the State Historic Preservation Division. Dr. Fong commented that he was not as familiar with the State Historic Preservation Division, and clarified that his knowledge of the DLNR's involvement related to the Doris Duke's agents submission of a FEA in June 2017 that was accepted by OCCL and signed off by DLNR's chair. The final review was to come within 180 days. Matson responded that the response to concerns belongs within the FEIS, and they all must be responded to in writing. Matson expressed her concerns that the environmental review process outlined in HRS 343 is not being followed. Dr. Fong asked if the project could be approved, bypassing community concerns, since it is now in review and the final decision must be made by June, 2018. Matson responded that there could be a public meeting, and that it would need to be post on the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) agenda.
4. Liability: A resident asked if the property and the Breakwall were private property, and Dr. Fong replied that they were. The resident asked and Dr. Fong responded who was liable in the case of someone hurting themselves following a jump. He added that even if they were to implement their proposal, there would still exist liabilities with the property that would need to be addressed.
Waialae-Kahala Neighborhood Board No. 3 Aircraft Noise Resolution: Kenneth Chang of the Waialae-Kahala Neighborhood Board No. 3 and residents of the Waialae-Kahala community reported the following:
• Support: Chang reported that they seek the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5's support of a resolution to reduce noise pollution created by aircraft in the area.
• Noise Pollution: Residents of the Waialae-Kahala Neighborhood Board No. 3 expressed their concerns with the issue of aircraft noise pollution has dramatically increased due to increased military helicopters for early morning training and commercial and private airline flights being rerouted over the island. They added that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is working on a program called Precision Based Navigation (PBN), which can track airplanes by satellite rather than by radar. This allows airlines to have planes fly closer together and lower to the ground. They added that with airlines opting for the reduced time and cost of fuel, they have given little consideration to affected neighborhoods. They commented that Daniel K. Inouye International Airport is the 16th busiest airport in the country, and that Honolulu is one (1) of 20 core cities for the PBN program.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. History: Matson commented that the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 addressed the issue for a decade. She commented that commercial aircraft was supposed to fly off shore. The Board had to discuss the issue with an FAA administrator as well as the State Department of Transportation (HDOT) to call for meetings to start a dialogue. She concluded that this would be the only means to accomplish this goal. She added that the aircraft noise lowered following those discussions for a time. The residents of Waialae-Kahala neighborhood expressed their appreciation for the advice. They added that the military helicopters and the PBN present a new challenge for the community.
2. Data Gathering: Matson advised them to gather data and to continue garnering support from affected neighboring communities. She added that she would be willing to provide data and contacts if necessary. A resident commented that the reef runway was built to channel traffic away from communities and over the ocean. Vice Chair Narita advised them to look into Air Traffic Control (ATC) phone apps, which can provide necessary data of all aircraft in the vicinity. He added that specific data will be necessary when dealing with the FAA. He proposed that the resolution be placed on the agenda. A resident of the Waialae-Kahala community responded that they record screenshots of the flight paths early in the morning for several weeks. She added that they are also gathering decibel data, but are finding challenges with gathering overnight data. Wong commented that they were also able to call the air traffic controller when they dealt with the issue and also gathered decibel data.
3. Board Action: St. Denis asked and Chair West responded that they cannot take action on the issue tonight, as the resolution itself is not under Board Business. He added that it will be on the May 2018 agenda.
4. Solution: Matson commented that commercial airlines are influential with the FAA. Chang commented that at this stage, they are reaching out to other neighborhoods to gather enough support to begin discussions with the larger organizations. A resident added that the solution for the military helicopters will require a different approach than the commercial and private aircraft, and the resolution reflects that reality. Matson commented that the meetings with HDOT that brought together stakeholders from the affected aircraft services was necessary to find a productive solution. A resident responded that they are in touch with Hank Bruckner of HDOT
Bikeshare: Justine Espiritu distributed responses from submitted questions by the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board and received questions and comments: Open Houses: Biki conducted two (2) open houses for the expansion, one (1) at Jefferson Elementary School on Thursday, March 29, 2018, and the second at Makiki District Park, with the third planned for Pauahi Recreation Center.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Open House: Matson expressed her concerns with the lack of community attendance at the March 2018 open house, and asked what the purpose of the meeting was. Espiritu responded that the public open houses are an information and feedback session to show all the proposed sites as well has have City officials answer questions related to public safety and infrastructure. Matson commented and Espiritu agreed that more attendees would have been preferred. Espiritu commented that it has been one (1) of three (3) meetings, and added that Bikeshare has conducted several public outreach initiatives.
2. Diamond Head State Monument: Matson commented that the map of proposed sites shows six (6) locations at KCC, two (2) of which are in the Diamond Head State Monument. She asked and Espiritu responded that the sites have been shared with DLNR. Matson asked and Espiritu responded that a call has been coordinated between their contact at DLNR and Bikeshare. Matson commented that the members of the Division of State Parks were unaware and opposed to proposed Biki stations at the Diamond Head State Monument. She added that the Division of State Parks must be consulted about the proposal. Espiritu responded that their last correspondence regarding proposed sites with DLNR had been January 24, 2018. She added that the correspondence related to learning about the approval process. She commented that the proposed sites identify where Bikeshare sees demand. Chair West requested that the discussion follow decorum.
3. Kapiolani Park: Matson asked if Bikeshare if either the Kapiolani Park Board of Trustees or Bikeshare have petitioned the court for instructions related to Biki stations on Kapiolani Park Trust Land. Espiritu responded that they have not petitioned the court, as Bikeshare is currently awaiting a response from the Board of Trustees as to their position on the issue. Bikeshare received related questions due by Friday, April 20, 2018 in advance of a meeting on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.
4. Parking: St. Denis expressed her concerns with an apparent proposal to use 20 parking stalls around Kapiolani Park. She requested that Bikeshare find more appropriate locations that do not utilize Kapiolani Park Trust Lands. Espiritu commented that these were the same sites proposed before launch, and reflects demand from the community to see Bikeshare at Kapiolani Park. She added that the decision ultimately lies with the Kapiolani Park Trustees, and that Bikeshare will not install Biki stations where they are not permitted. Wong asked how many Parking Stalls will be affected and Espiritu responded that while the proposal outlines about 90 proposed sites, Bikeshare will only expand by about 30 to 50 sites. She concluded that she cannot say at this time how many parking stalls will be taken, as they are currently taking in feedback.
5. Proceeds: Wong asked and Espiritu responded that the revenue goes towards paying off equipment financing. She added that Bikeshare was able to find a partner that was able to make the financial investment and risk, as opposed to the taxpayers paying on the risk as in other cities. She added that open house funds came from Bikeshare's marketing budget, not City funds. She commented that the revenue does not currently cover the operating costs. She commented that Bikeshare is not currently running on a profit and added that there's no guarantee that the investor will see a return on their investment.
6. KCC: Welch expressed his concerns with the six (6) proposed stations around KCC. Espiritu responded that the six proposed sites demonstrate some options for potential sites to choose from. She added that KCC is one of the most heavily requested areas for future service. Welch asked if they've spoken with the State Department of Education (DOE) about placing bike stations at schools, and Espiritu responded that they have not had any conversation with the DOE at this time.
7. Diamond Head Road: Bhatt commented that there does not seem to be any proposed stops from Kalakaua Street up Diamond Head Road and Espiritu responded that it may be due to a lack of viable spaces along that road. Bhatt commented that there are plenty of areas to park. Espiritu commented that they had looked at Triangle park, but could not justify it do to the lack of destination points. She added that Kahala has been a popular suggestion, but Bikeshare would need to evaluate if the neighborhood has the right density to justify stations.
8. Board Action: Chair West requested that the Board take time to look into the responses and have new questions sent to Justine before the next Board meeting.
9. Bikers at Kapiolani Park and Diamond Head State Monument: A resident expressed her concerns with the proposals, especially at the Diamond Head Crater area and Kapiolani Park. She expressed her concerns with bikers trying to share the sidewalk space with pedestrians.
10. Residents/Tourists: Resident Daisy Murai asked and Espiritu responded that close to two (2) thirds of their trips were taken by residents, as indicated by their use of an Oahu zipcode. Resident Murai asked and Espiritu responded that a tourist could misleadingly input a Oahu zipcode.
11. KCC (continued): Resident Murai expressed her concerns with the proposals around KCC. Resident Murai asked and Espiritu responded that installing Biki stations would be for students, residents, and for tourists interested in the area around KCC.
12. Shared Profits: Senator Les Ihara asked and Espiritu responded that shared profits with the City would need to be renegotiated once Bikeshare sees a profit.
Hearing no objection, Chair West moved to ELECTED OFFICIALS
Senator Les Ihara: Senator Ihara reported the following:
• Constitutional Amendment: Senator Ihara commented that the Legislature is currently deciding on putting a constitutional amendment on the ballot to impose a surcharge on investment property to help fund education.
• Pesticide Buffer Bill and Vote by Mail Bill: Senator Ihara commented that a bill creating pesticide buffer zones around schools and a ban on the pesticide chlorpyrifos is moving forward in the Legislature.
• Vote by Mail Bill: Senator Ihara commented that the Vote by Mail bill is still moving forward in the Legislature.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Ala Wai Boat Harbor: Matson expressed her concerns with the removal of a law related to Ala Wai Boat Harbor and Senator Ihara responded that he would discuss the issue offline in the interest of Board time.
Hearing no objection, Chair West moved to PRESENTATIONS
Bikeshare: Questions, comments, and concerns continued:
13. Bike stations at Kapiolani Park: Carol Hopkins expressed her concerns and opposition to the Bikeshare proposals to install Biki Stations at Kapiolani Park, and urged Bikeshare to acknowledge their conservation efforts. Hopkins clarified that Kapiolani Park is a public charitable trust run by the Board of Trustees.
14. Suggested Improvements: Welch commented that some of the Biki stations do take away from the view plane and urged Bikeshare to place stations away from the view. He added that helmet stations ought to be installed to improve safety.
15. Statistics: Bhatt requested data regarding the number of bikes rented at each station per month.
16. Agenda: Wong requested that the Biki issue be moved earlier in the agenda at future meetings to allow other residents to provide comment.
17. Deadlines: Matson commented that the community needs be aware of the deadlines for Bikeshare station installations. Espiritu commented that the deadline for the spending of the first fiscal year of federal funds is Saturday, September 1, 2018.
9:15 p.m. Persons left with 10 members present
MEMBERS ATTENDANCE AT OTHER MEETINGS
Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OMPO): Vice Chair Narita attended an OMPO meeting and reported that corrections were made to the minutes related to statements made that Biki was not on its own qualified for certain funds.
Hearing no objection, Chair West moved to RESIDENTS/ COMMUNITY CONCERNS
Kapiolani Community College (KCC): Carol Hoshiko of KCC reported the following:
• Culinary Institute of the Pacific: KCC raised the necessary Five (5) million dollars for the Culinary Institute of the Pacific, and have now requested that the Department of Budget and Finance release the 10 million dollars in matching funds. They hope to break ground in the Fall of 2018.
• Long Range Development Planning Period: KCC is collaborating with PBR Hawaii on a long range development planning period.
• Bikeshare: Hoshiko commented that there was a lengthy meeting between Bikeshare and KCC. KCC does not agree with bike stations along Diamond Head or the mauka side of KCC Chapel. KCC does agree with a site closer to the exercise area of the campus. The President of the University of Hawaii did grant open entry of the colleges to Bikeshare.
Approval of Thursday, March 8, 2018, Regular Meeting Minutes
Wanager moved and Bhatt seconded to approve the Thursday, March 8, 2018 Regular Meeting Minutes. The motion WAS ADOPTED by HAND VOTE; 8-0-2 (AYE: Allen, Bhatt, Leonora, Narita, St. Denis, Wanager, Welch, West. NAY: None. ABSTAIN: Matson, Wong.)
9:39 p.m. Bhatt left with 9 members present.
City Council Resolution 18-67: Matson commented that a sand volleyball court is being proposed under City Council Resolution 18-67 for the Ala Wai Golf Course. She commented that changes to the Ala Wai Golf Course must comply with State law and go before the BLNR for review and to the State Legislature for a change in the statute. She expressed her concerns that the resolution is an overreach by the City Council. Matson commented that sand volleyball courts have been proposed all over the community, including in Kakaako where the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) denied them access for the impact they would have on the public shared space. Wong requested that Chair West notify the City and State to discuss the issue and provide transparency. Welch expressed his concerns that the community was bypassed in this decision. Matson suggested that the Board communicate through testimony their concerns with the community being bypassed in the process.
Matson moved and St. Denis seconded to communicate in writing to Councilmembers Ann Kobayashi and Trevor Ozawa that the board has not been adequately informed and that they hold City Council Resolution 18-67 at the next hearing. The motion WAS ADOPTED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT; 9-0-0 (AYE: Allen, Leonora, Matson, Narita, St. Denis, Wanager, Welch, West, Wong NAY: None. ABSTAIN: None.)
Board Representative: Matson recommended that the Board appoint Welch to bring this communication before the City Council at the next hearing.
Matson moved and Allen seconded for Welch to represent the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 at the Tuesday, April 17, 2018 hearing on City Council Resolution 18-67. The motion WAS ADOPTED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT; 9-0-0 (AYE: Allen, Leonora, Matson, Narita, St. Denis, Wanager, Welch, West, Wong NAY: None. ABSTAIN: None.)
Chair Report: Chair West commented that the DPR and HPD put out an advisory regarding a program for police surveillance on parks.
Treasurer's Report: Wanager commented that there was no report of the remaining balance at this time.
Subdistrict 1 (St. Louis Heights): Allen reported that the St. Louis Heights Community Association had their meeting on Monday, April 9, 2018 and discussed illegal camping and fire risks and incidents of UEMV.
Subdistrict 2 (Kapahulu): No report was provided.
Subdistrict 3 (Diamond Head): St. Denis commented that she attended the Waialae-Kahala Neighborhood Board No. 3 meeting. They gave her a copy of the resolution related to airplane noise and she drafted her own. They also have a feral chicken issue. Councilmember Ozawa reported that it is $800 to catch a chicken and requires a private company.
Leahi Permitted Interaction Group: St. Denis promoted the SaveLeahi.org website, and shared the information with the Attorney General. She added that the Lunalilo Trust does not seem interested in working on it at this point. Resident Mary Jones added that Lunalilo Trust is the title owner of the road and determined that it the legal process on their end would be too costly. She added that Councilmember Ozawa commented that City Council lawyers produced a 10 page report on Leahi Avenue, but that the information has not been shared at this time. Resident Jones requested that the Board invite a representative from DLNR to discuss the issue further. Matson commented that half of Leahi Avenue is a part of the Kapiolani Park Trust, and would require the court to go through the process of acquiring the land. Chair West advised the PIG to make contact with the DLNR and invite them and apprise the Board with updates.
Next Regular Board Meeting: The next regular Board meeting will be at Ala Wai Club House on Thursday, May 10, 2018.
ADJOURNMENT: As there was no further business before the Board, Chair West adjourned the meeting at 9:47 p.m.
Submitted by: Thomas Baldwin, Neighborhood Assistant Reviewed by: Jackson Coley, Neighborhood Assistant
Finalized by: George West, Chair
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