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

CALL TO ORDER: Chair Pro Tem Darlene Nakayama called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. No quorum was established with five (5) members present. Note - This 13-member board requires seven (7) members to establish a quorum and to take official Board action.

Board Members Present: William Caron, Frank Farm (arrived at 7:04 p.m.), Darlene Nakayama, Joshua Frost, Paul Holtrop (arrived at 7:04 p.m.), Earl Shiraki, and Barbra Armentrout.

Board Members Absent: Randolph Hack, Beverly Mau, Bradley Rentz, Mark Leo and Rusti Onishi,

Guests: Captain Jason Katada (Honolulu Fire Department); Lieutenant Roy Hayamoto and Sergeant Cyrus Hanuna (Honolulu Police Department); Dominic Diaz (Board of Water Supply); Director Ross Sasamura (Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative/Department of Facility Maintenance); Director Cat Awakuni Colon (Governor David Ige's Representative/Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs); Cliff Kaneshiro (Office of Councilmember Ann Kobayashi); Representative Calvin Say; Julia Allen, Jesus Arrioca, Howard Caires (Residents); Theron Bowen (Videographer) and Felipe M. Pacquing II (Neighborhood Commission Office).


Honolulu Fire Department (HFD): Captain Jason Katada reported the following:

Board members Holtrop and Farm arrived at the meeting 7:04 p.m. Seven (7) members were present. QUORUM WAS ESTABLISHED.

March 2018 Statistics: There was 1 cooking fire, 1 activated alarm (no fire), 37 medical emergencies, 1 motor vehicle collision with a pedestrian(s), 1 motor vehicle collision, and 2 mountain rescues.
Safety Tip - Fire Sprinklers:
o Fire sprinklers respond quickly and effectively to fire, often extinguishing the fire prior to the department's arrival
o Fire sprinklers can save lives and property from fire. In 2014 the National Fire Protection Association found that sprinklers reduced fire deaths by 83% and property loss in homes by 69%
o Common fire sprinkler myths:
Myth: All fire sprinklers will go off at once. Fact: Systems are designed so the sprinkler head closest to the fire is activated.
Myth: Fire sprinklers cause a lot of water damage. Fact: Typically, sprinklers utilize 13 to 19 gallons of water per minute. Firefighting hoses employ water flow at least ten times that of a sprinkler.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Smoke Detectors: A resident asked and Captain Katada responded that the fire alarms may be malfunctioning due to faulty wiring.
2. Mountain Rescues: Shiraki asked and Captain Katada answered that the mountain rescues are usually for hikers. Palolo Park is HFD's landing zone.
3. Vehicle Collision: Caron asked where the motor vehicle collision with the pedestrian occurred. HFD will follow up. Caron asked and Captain Katada responded that the incident is not a common event.

Honolulu Police Department (HPD): Lieutenant Roy Hayamoto reported the following:
March 2018 Crime Statistics: There were 4 motor vehicle thefts, 10 burglaries, 16 thefts, and 9 unauthorized entries into motor vehicles (UEMVs). There were 6,5493 calls for service.
Safety Tip - Pedestrian Safety: When available, always use a marked crosswalk to cross the street. When preparing to cross the street, do not assume that since you can see the vehicle, the driver can see you. It is safer to assume that the driver does not see you. Make eye contact. Even when you have the right of way, be prepared to yield to an approaching vehicle. Do not focus on where you are walking, but on the traffic around you as you walk. When a pedestrian traffic light changes to green, wait a few moments and look for vehicles attempting to turn, make eye contact before stepping off the curb or into the road. Do not allow children to walk near roadways unattended. Children are impulsive and may act without realizing the dangers around them. Do not try to beat a vehicle across the street. Wear light reflective material. Do not wear clothes that blend into the background. Walk facing the direction of traffic, this allows you to monitor a vehicle's approach and avoid potential injury. Do not leave the curb and walk into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield. If a bus or other large vehicle is blocking the view, they are also blocking the view of drivers in other lanes. Consider waiting until it leaves before crossing. Be patient and alert while in marked crosswalks. Do not begin crossing if the red "Don???t Walk" or red palm symbol is flashing or stead. Be especially careful of vehicles turning right on red within an intersection. Drivers may be busy looking out for other vehicles instead of pedestrians. When in parking lots, do not walk behind vehicles with reverse lights on and listen for vehicles with engines running. Never enter the roadway behind a parked car if there is any chance the car will back up.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Pedestrian Safety: Shiraki asked and HPD responded that proactive pedestrian safety measures are going on.
2. Waialae Avenue: Armentrout requested HPD monitor Waialae Avenue near the First Hawaiian Bank for speeding vehicles and cars running the red lights. Armentrout also noted seeing many mopeds without license plates. Lieutenant Hayamoto responded that HPD will make extra checks at the requested area and noted that HPD is citing mopeds seen without license plates.

Board of Water Supply (BWS): Dominic Diaz reported the following:
Main Break: There was an eight (8)-inch cast iron main break on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 2293 Waiomao Road. There was also the large break along Dole Street.
April 2018 Non-Residential Rates
o Under current water rates structure, non-residential customers such as hotels, restaurants, other businesses, and government institutions, pay a set amount of $4.96 per thousand gallons, regardless of how much water used. Currently, it would be very hard to determine rates for each type of business, given the variety and sizes of businesses on the island. The BWS recommends continuing the uniform rate structure for non-residential customers, although the rate itself, is expected to increase.
o There will be four (4) public meetings held around the island over the next month. All meetings start at 6:30 p.m.:
Honolulu - Thursday, April 26, 2018, Mission Memorial Auditorium, 550 South King Street in Downtown/Kaka ako.
West Side/Kapolei - Monday, May 14, 2018, Kapolei Hale, Ground Floor Conference Room, 1000 Uluohia Street in Ewa/Kapolei.
Windward/K ne ohe - Tuesday, May 15, 2018, Benjamin Parker Elementary School Cafeteria, 45-259 Waikalua Road in K ne ohe.
Central/Mililani - Thursday, May 24, 2018, Mililani Recreation Center No. 5, 95-1101 Ainamakua Dr. in Mililani.
o Interested residents can submit comments at
30-Year Master Plan: Information regarding the Oahu 30-year master plan can be found at

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Vacation Rentals: Holtrop asked if BWS is able to tell whether a home is being used as a vacation rental and if they are being charged at a different rate. Diaz will follow up.
2. Red Hill: Shiraki asked for an update on the Red Hill fuel leak situation. Diaz noted that residents can find updates at

Rate Commission: Armentrout reported that the Rate Commission met on Tuesday, April 11, 2018. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Mission Memorial Conference Room.

FILLING OF VACANT BOARD SEAT: There were no volunteers. This item was deferred until the next meeting.


Council Member Ann Kobayashi: Cliff Kaneshiro reported the following:
Calendar: Kaneshiro noted that the dates presented on the newsletter for "Committee Meetings" should be changed to the following week April 17, 18, and 19.
Market City: The Council honored Market City owners Sandra, Marvin, and Tim Fong.
Bill 110: Resident Bill Nekota was provided the language for Bill 110 and contact information to the Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) for his occupancy questions. It was clarified that the effective date of the monster homes moratorium was the date the Mayor's signed the bill.
Palolo Pool Lights: $250,000 is being requested for installation of pool lights. Nakayama asked if the lights could be extended to the parking lot.

Questions, comments and concerns followed:
1. Biki: Armentrout wished Councilmember Kobayashi a happy birthday and asked if Biki is meeting with the Kapiolani Trust to discuss placing the bikes at Kapiolani Park. Kaneshiro will follow up.
2. Ala Wai Golf Course: Shiraki asked and Kaneshiro responded that the Ala Wai Golf Course parking lot may be taking time to complete due to the project being done in two (2) phases.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative: Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) Director Ross Sasamura highlighted the April 2018 Oahu News reported the following:
Summer Camp: The Department of Parks and Recreation's (DPR) Summer College Student Employment Program is recruiting applicants for the 2018 Summer Fun program. College students who want to develop management and programming skills, or recreation and child development skills, or who simply enjoy working with children between the ages of five and thirteen, are encouraged 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 rates are $12.00 per hour or $14.00 per hour. For more information and the online application form, please check out DPR's webpage or call (808) 768-3020
Light Emitting Diode (LED) Streetlights: The City wide LED Street Light Conversion Project started this month. For more information about costs, schedule and frequently asked questions, please visit our website at
Food Drive: Donations can be given to the Neighborhood Assistant at board meetings or brought down to the Neighborhood Commission Office (NCO) at 925 Dillingham Boulevard, Suite 160. Donation receipts are available upon receipt of food or money. For more information, residents can call 768-3712 768-3705.
10th Avenue Construction: An investigation on 2186 10th Avenue by the Building Division revealed Building Permit Nos. 804710, 804711, 804712 and 804713 were issued for four (4) new two-story detached dwelling units, and Grading Permit No. GP2017-05-0224 was issued for the foundation preparation work. The grading work and construction is proceeding in accordance to the approved plans. There were no violations observed on this investigation.

Questions, comments and concerns followed:
1. 10th Avenue Construction: Shiraki asked and Director Sasamura answered that the project is four (4) two (2)-story homes.
2. Onramp Grass: A resident requested the grass at a lot nearing the H1 onramp near Harding Avenue and 10th Avenue is overgrown. Director Sasamura explained that there are only three (3) crews for all of Oahu. There is a volunteer program called Malama ‘O Ka Aina available. DFM hopes to hire two (2) more crews but would like nine (9) crews. Director Sasamura noted that previously inmates were used for similar projects but that various requirements make it difficult for the City to undergo the same process again.
3. Kuahea Place: Resident James Connitt asked if the current road construction in the Waiomao Road area would assist with issues in the Kuahea Street/Place area. Director Sasamura announced that if a resident wishes to file a claim they may contact the City's Corporation Counsel at 768-5222 to explain their issue. There are no plans for Kuahea Street/Place other than what was already planned or funded. Shiraki asked and Director Sasamura answered that Kuahea Place is a private street and that if it is covered within the projects scope, then it will get assistance.

Governor David Ige's Representative: Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) Director Catherine P. Awakuni-Colón gave highlights of the April 2018 Capitol Connections. Residents wishing to provide comments no specific bills can provide feedback at

State Representative Calvin Say.: Speaker Emeritus Say highlighted his newsletter and reported the following:
??? Follow-ups: Speaker Emeritus Say noted that the 2186 10th Avenue project was previously planned to be a nursing home. A status report for all active legislative bills was provided for Caron. A previous request by resident Mr, Yue regarding a "STOP" sign near his property is being followed up on.
Homeless Safe Zones: A meeting was held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Speaker Emeritus noted that the issue should be brought before the Neighborhood Boards.
8th Avenue Utility Pole: A correspondence from Hawaiian Telecom was shared with the board regarding the timeline for removing an old utility post.
Closing: Olelo will continue to operate on the same channels through the switch to Spectrum cable. Speaker Emeritus Say thanked the Mayor, Governor, Councilmember Kobayashi, and their respective representatives for responding to the board's concerns. Speaker Emeritus Say noted that there are underground streams below Kuahea Street/Place which adversely affect the roads.

Questions, comments and concerns followed:
1. Restricted Parking Zones: Armentrout asked and Speaker Emeritus Say answered that residents interested in implementing restricted parking zones must contact the City Council.
2. Sanctuary City: Shiraki asked and Speaker Emeritus Say answered in support of Sanctuary Cities as Hawaii has a strong immigrant history. Shiraki voiced disagreement.

State Senator Les Ihara Jr.: No representative was present.

RESIDENTS'/COMMUNITY CONCERN: There were none to report.


New Horizons Counseling - The Executive Director, Mark Turansky, provided a brief presentation regarding opiate addiction in Oahu. A handout was provided for the community with details on how to support friends in need. Residents are encouraged to contact New Horizons Counseling for information and assistance.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Prescription: Earl asked and Turansky answered that the drugs are prescribed by physicians and that pharmacists and doctors are working to curb the issues. Turansky noted that addiction with pain meds requires detoxification which can be painful. Hawaii has no facility for detoxification.
2. Dispensary: Nekota asked and Turansky noted that there is no affiliation with medical marijuana dispensaries.


Cam Security Rezoning Request ??? No discussion or action.

Monster Homes Permitted Interaction Group (PIG) - Caron asked and Nakayama noted that the action was not passed at a previous meeting as there was not enough votes. Armentrout noted that group that presented at the last meeting provided a lot of information. The issue was deferred.

Approval of Wednesday, March 14, 2018 Minutes - The Palolo Neighborhood Board approved the Wednesday, March 14, 2018 regular meeting minutes, as corrected WITH UNANIMOUS CONSENT; 7:0:0 (Aye: Armentrout, Caron, Farm, Frost, Holtrop, Nakayama, Shiraki ; Nay: None; Abstain: None.

TREASURER'S REPORT: Nakayama reported a monthly expenditure of $20.50 and a remaining balance of $192.40. The report was filed.

The P lolo Neighborhood Board's Next Meeting is on Wednesday, May 9, 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.

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 8:10p.m.

Submitted by: Relley Araceley, Community Relations Specialist
Finalized by: Randolph Hack, Chair

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