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With Permission / Courtesy of: City and County of Honolulu Neighborhood Commission Office
DRAFT - REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2018
ALA WAI CLUB HOUSE

CALL TO ORDER: Chair Pro Tem George West called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. A quorum was established with 12 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, Ajay Bhatt, Leonora Cuban, Richard Figliuzzi, Mark Kamahele, Michelle Matson, Bert Narita, Don Persons, Laura St. Denis, Winston Welch, Jerry Wanager, George West, and Linda Wong.

Member Absent: Barbara Miller

Guests: House Speaker Emeritus Calvin Say; State Representative Bertrand Kobayashi; State Representative Scott Nishimoto, Kevan Wong, and Megan Kira (Office of Representative Scott Nishimoto); Walea Constantinau (Honolulu Film Office); Cliff Kaneshiro (Office of Councilmember Kobayashi); Kenny Amazaki (Office of Councilmember Trevor Ozawa); Sergeant Nakamura and Sergeant Hayamoto (Honolulu Police Department District 7); Louise Pagotto; Carol Hoshiko (Kapiolani Community College); April Bautista (State Office of Elections); Ryan Kusuda (Waikiki Elementary School); Randy Harris (Diamond Head Apartments); Derek Anderson, Barbara Mohan, Susan LoVerne, Muria Prats, James McCay, Shiloh Swanson, Glenn Wachter, Daisy Murai, M. Guardino, Asia Yeary, Carolyn Tanaka, Natalie Iwasa, Barbara Armentrout (Residents); and Thomas Baldwin (Neighborhood Assistant).

Announcements: Chair Pro Tem 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.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Election of Chair

Narita nominated West as Chair and he accepted the nomination.

West was elected the Chair of the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 by ROLL CALL VOTE; 11-0-1 (AYE: Allen, Bowman, Figliuzzi, Kamahele, Cuban, Narita, Persons, St. Denis, Wanager, Welch, West. NAY: None. ABSTAIN: Wong.)

Election of Vice Chair

Chair West nominated Narita as Vice Chair and he accepted the nomination.

Hearing no objection, Narita was elected the Vice Chair of the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 by UNANIMOUS CONSENT.

Election of Secretary

Vice Chair Narita nominated Figliuzzi as Secretary and he accepted the nomination.

Hearing no objection, Figliuzzi was elected the Secretary of the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 by UNANIMOUS CONSENT.

Election of Treasurer

Vice Chair Narita nominated Wanager as Treasurer and he accepted the nomination.

Hearing no objection, Wanager was elected the Treasurer of the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 by UNANIMOUS CONSENT.

PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS

Honolulu Fire Department (HFD - Waikiki Station): Captain Brett Mao reported the following:
• June 2018 Statistics - There were 1 structure fire, 1 nuisance fire, 1 cooking fire, 3 activated alarms, 135 medical emergencies, 5 motor vehicle collisions, and 3 hazardous materials incidents.
• Safety Tip: Hurricane Safety - The HFD advises residents to prepare for the hurricane season, running from June 2018 to November 2018. Everyone should have a survival kit and a way to stay informed during a disaster. More information can be found at the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) website at www.honolulu.gov/dem.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Medical Emergencies/Incidents - A resident asked and Captain Mao responded that that he does not have a specific breakdown of the medical incidents, adding that medical incidences include any calls that require medical assistance.

Honolulu Police Department (HPD) - District 6 Waikiki/ Diamond Head): Lieutenant Sue introduced Major David Tsuchida. Lieutenant Sue reported the following: June 2018 Statistics - There were 6 robberies, 11 burglaries, 186 thefts, 25 unauthorized entry into motor vehicles (UEMV), 47 assaults, 2 sex crimes, 34 bicycle citations, 24 skateboard citations, 44 speeding citations, 883 parking citations, 11 loud muffler citations, 69 park closure warnings, 122 park closure citations, 39 park closure arrests, and 4,011 total calls for service.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
• Park Closure Arrests: Welch asked and Lieutenant Sue responded that the range of the arrests could range to Kapiolani Park to the Beach Parks, adding that he does not have the specific locations of park closure arrests with him. Welch asked and Lieutenant Sue responded that most arrests are in Kapiolani Park, Queen's Beach, and Kaimana.
??? Park Closure Warnings: Wong asked and Lieutenant Sue clarified the warning statistics.
Honolulu Police Department (HPD - District 7 Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights): Sergeant Sanford Yue reported the following:
??? April 2018 Statistics: There were 7 motor vehicle thefts, 8 burglaries, 14 thefts, 14 UEMV, and 5703 total calls for service.
• Safety Tips: Hurricane Watch: Sergeant Yue commented that Hurricane Watch indicates that a hurricane may reach the state within 48 hours. He added that a Hurricane Warning indicates that a hurricane, with expected hurricane conditions and storm surges, is expected within 36 hours. He recommended that residents create a 14 day disaster readiness kit.

Bhatt and Matson arrived with 14 members present at 6:47 p.m.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Crosswalks - St. Denis expressed her concerns with bicyclists, especially tourists, violating traffic laws and putting residents at risk.
2. Business Districts - Wong clarified that in Business Districts such as Waikiki, bicyclists cannot rider their bikes on the sidewalk.
3. Bicycle Signs - Resident Armentrout clarified that there are signs on Kapahulu Avenue indicating bicyclists are not allowed on the sidewalks.
Board of Water Supply: No representative was present; no report was given.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative: No representative was present at this time; no report was given at this time.

Governor David Ige's Representative: No representative was present; no report was given.

RESIDENTS/ COMMUNITY CONCERNS

State Office of Elections - April Bautista of the State Office of Elections discussed their volunteer needs for the upcoming primary elections on Saturday, August 11, 2018. She expressed the benefits of volunteering to both the volunteer and the community. She commented that the minimum age to volunteer is 16 by Saturday, June 30, 2018. She announced that the next training is on Saturday, July 21, 2018 and the last training in town will be on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.

Kapiolani Community College - Carol Hoshiko introduced the new Chancellor of Kapiolani Community College Dr. Louise ¬¬Pagotto. Dr. Pagotto commented that bids will be placed for Phase 2 of the Culinary Institute of the Pacific project by early 2019. 2.5 million dollars has been raised for additional facilities.

Trolley Tours - Resident Glenn Wachtel expressed his concerns with Trolley Operations in residential neighborhoods. He commented that the Trolley Tours are loud and disruptive when they drive through the area, and requested the Board draft a resolution urging limitations on the commercialization of a residential neighborhood. He commented that in residential areas, the noise limitations are 40 decibels (dB) during the night and 50 dB during the day. He added that the trolleys decibel levels are at 80dB during the day. He commented that the trolleys frequent the residential areas as early as 6:30 a.m., seven (7) days a week. Resident Wachtel urged action be taken to regulate the disturbance caused by the trolleys. He commented that he filed a complaint with the PUC, and they responded that they only have jurisdiction on whether or not the trolleys were fit and safe to operate. He commented that he filed a complaint with the DCCA and the Department of Health's Noise Control Division. According to the results of this complaint, there are currently no noise control regulations that apply to trolleys.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Proposed Solutions - Matson recommended that a City Ordinance be put in place to check the dB levels of the trolley engines during licensing as one (1) way to control the impact. Matson clarified that the owner, Inoa, has previously listened to community issues before. Matson recommended the Board draft a resolution related to excessive noise levels from commercial vehicles in the neighborhood as well as around Kapiolani Park. Resident Wachtel added that the driver utilizes speakers and bells, adding to the excessive level of noise. Wong recommended Resident Wachtel work with local legislators as well as utilize dB applications to detect the level of noise generated by the trolleys. She also advised Resident Wachtel create a petition. Bhatt commented that that City Buses, School buses, and garbage trucks may make similar levels of noise without much discussion. He recommended investigating the noise levels of these vehicles as well as noise control laws affecting them before drafting a resolution.

Bike Share - Chair West requested residents express their concerns towards the Bikeshare expansion:
• Opposition - Waikiki Elementary School Vice Principal Ryan Kusuda and Residents Randy Harris, Nancy Manali-Leonardo, Peter Whitaker, Barbara Mahon, Nuria Prats, Susan Lo Verne, Derek Anderson, James McCay, Daisy Murai, and Barbara Armentrout, expressed opposition to various proposed Bikeshare expansions.
• Kapiolani Park - Residents Manali-Leonardo expressed opposition to Bike stations around Kapiolani Park.
• Safety Concerns - Residents Manali-Leonardo expressed concerns with safety for pedestrians due to bicyclists.
• Diamond Head Ambassador ??? Residents Whitaker, Mahon, Prats, Lo Verne, Anderson, and McCay expressed concerns with the impact to pedestrian and vehicle traffic from Bikeshare stations fronting residential units like the Diamond Head Ambassador. These residents also expressed concerns with the close proximity of the stations to residents' homes.
• Waikiki Elementary School - Vice Principal Kusuda expressed Waikiki Elementary School's opposition to the proposed station fronting the school parking lot, citing safety concerns.
• Support - Residents Asia Yeary and Shiloh Swanson expressed their support for proposed Bikeshare expansions. Residents Yeary and Swanson cited the positive impact stations will have on traffic, the health of the community, and the environment as fewer individuals opt to drive cars in favor of riding bikes. Residents Whiticar and Lo Verne expressed support for Bikeshare stations outside of their stated areas of concern. Resident McCay expressed support for a proposed Bikeshare station at Kapiolani Park, acknowledging stated opposition by some residents and Board members.
• Opposition (continued) - Resident Murai expressed her concerns with some proposed locations, including around Leahi Avenu and Kapiolani Park Trust Land, citing safety issues including low visibility at night. Resident Murai proposed more stations in Kakaako.
• Legal Details - Resident Armentrout reported on actions related to Bikeshare and Kapiolani Park Trust. Resident Armentrout reported that Judge Mark Browning rejected an order submitted by the City and County of Honolulu's Corporation Counsel related to Bikeshare and Kapiolani Park. She added that Lieutenant Governor Doug Chin provided her with related documents. Citing the documents, Resident Armentrout reported that Hugh Jones, the head of the State Attorney General's division handling oversight of charitable trusts like Kapiolani Park, reported that between May 2017 and June 2017, no action had been taken by Trustees to approve bikeshare installations. According to this report, the City has not gone forward with installing Biki stations at the park. Resident Armentrout added that the City and Bikeshare have a contract that give them the exclusive right to install bikeshare stations on City property. She added that Bikeshare Hawaii has contracted with for profit PBSCUrban Solutions and Secure Bikeshare to operate the program, commenting that the businesses jointly form a for-profit company to maintain the Biki stops and bicycles. According to the report, the Attorney General's office requested that the trustees keep them informed concerned with the commercial activity. According to the report, Resident Armentrout commented that all plans and future plans to install Bikeshare stations on park land are on hold.
Kapahulu Clean Up - Resident Natalie Iwasa announced an upcoming Kaimuki clean-up.

Top Golf - Resident Maria expressed her concerns with the proposed Top Golf facility, including live music at the 60ft high driving and a 170ft barrier which will be operated between 6:00 a.m. to midnight.

Bikeshare Expansion - Justine Espiritu of Bikeshare commented that they plan to add 35 stations and 300 bikes by the end of Summer 2018. She commented that the proposed site locations are not final. She added that Bikeshare has been working with community stakeholders to identify optimal sites. Espiritu summarized a few of the proposed sites in the neighborhood. In response to the decision to hold installation of Bikeshare stations on Kapiolani Park Trust Land, Espiritu commented that they are seeking alternative locations that respect the Park's boundaries.

Questions, comments, and concerns:
1. Cost and Funding - Vice Chair Narita asked and Espiritu responded that funding for the expansion is sourced through federal funding. Vice Chair Narita observed that a non-profit cannot unilaterally apply for federal funds, adding that another government agency, such as the Department of Transportation Services (DTS), must assist in applying for federal funding. Vice Chair Narita commented that the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization's (OMPO) Citizen's Advisory Committee (CAC) was created to create transparency regarding the distribution of federal funds. The initial funding requirement requested several millions dollars of federal funds on behalf of Bikeshare. Vice Chair Narita expressed his concerns with the lack of transparency, as this request did not come before the CAC.
2. Expansion Details - Matson asked and Espiritu clarified that they are currently proposing three (3) new stations around Kapiolani Park for the most recent expansion, adding that the 10 proposed during the previous expansions are still being considered by the trust. Espiritu concluded that the three (3) new stations, while proximal to Kapiolani Park, are technically outside of the boundaries of the Trust. Matson asked and Espiritu responded that they are being advised by KPPS. Matson expressed her concerns with Bikeshare's lack of understanding of Kapiolani Park Trust Land boundaries and the aggressive expansion of Bikeshare. Matson distributed a resolution to the board to be considered later in the meeting.
Kamahele left with 13 members present at 7:41 p.m.

3. Number of Future Sites - Wong asked and Espiritu responded that they plan to expand by 40 stations over their next expansion. She added that determining how many sites they plan to expand by is difficult due to the variable density of residents in each neighborhood.
4. CEO - Wong asked Espiritu responded that the current CEO will be leaving in October 2018.
5. Bikeshare Station - Wong expressed her concern with a Bikeshare station along Monserrat Avenue and Leahi Street by Waikiki Elementary School. She commented that she measured it, and found that it was seven (7) feet and four (4) inches, while Bikeshare advertises they would be eight (8) feet, to have a one (1) foot clearance between the street and the Bikshare Station as well as one (1) foot between the walkway and the station. Espiritu responded that each of these sites is submitted to the Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) and the Department of Transportation Services (DTS), who then verify the measurements for each station.
6. Biki Support - Bhatt clarified that some of the discussion around Bikeshare seemed to be around locations and not around the concept of Biki as a project. Bhatt expressed his support for the project, citing its positive environmental and health impact. Bhatt expressed his concerns with the excessive discourse surrounding Biki when other pedestrian and traffic issues, including electric scooters, ought to be a better focus. Bhatt encouraged the Board to be more proactive in promoting the health of the community.
7. Resolution - Matson clarified that the resolution that may be consider tonight is meant to clarify the position taken by the Board to oppose Biki expansion in and around Kapiolani Park and the Diamond Head monument at the Thursday, June 14, 2018 Regular Meeting.
Matson moved and Figliuzzi seconded to adopt the Resolution calling for Secure Bike Share, BikeShare Hawaii and Biki enterprise staff to cease and desist from attempting to construct any Biki docking and storage stations within and around the Kapiolani Park Trust lands and registered historic landscape, and the Diamond Head State Historic Monument and National Natural Landmark.

Discussion Followed:
• Time - Bhatt commented that he would like to have more time to absorb the resolution and vote on the issue at the next meeting.
• Boundaries - Wong asked and Matson responded that they would need to consult the courts if the resolution would apply to stations on the opposite sides of the streets surrounding Kapiolani Park and the Diamond Head State Historic Monument.
The resolution WAS ADOPTED by ROLL CALL VOTE; 11-1-1 (AYE: Allen, Bowman, Cuban, Matson, Narita, Person, St. Dennis, Wanager, Welch, West, Wong. NAY: Bhatt ABSTAIN: Figliuzzi.) Matson requested that the resolution be distributed to the appropriate agencies and individuals by the Neighborhood Assistant as outlined in the resolution.

Hearing no objection, Chair West moved to Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative - Walea Constantinau distributed a newsletter and reported the following:
• Security Program - In response to a request on the park security program, the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) reported that the pilot project to lock the gates at some city parks and comfort stations began in April 2018 and will end on June 30, 2018. The program will need to be reviewed; however, DPR hopes to receive funding for FY19 to expand and extend the project through June 30, 2019
• Fencing at Ala Wai Golf Course - In response to a request on the fencing at Ala Wai Golf Course, the orange fence will start to be removed in August 2018 in two (2) phases from Date Street to the Pump Station, and between the Pump Station to the end of the existing orange phase. The second phase will begin following a construction project in the area.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Orange Fencing - Welch commented that the equipment related to the construction project will not be entering the fenced off area. As such, he requested that all the orange fencing be removed. He requested that the orange fencing either be removed immediately or a date of removal be provided to the Board. Constantinau responded that the orange fencing has remained up to this time due to vandalism of park spigots. She added that much of the fencing will be removed immediately and will investigate the expected date of removal for the final section.
2. Ala Wai Golf Course - Matson observed the growing number of construction projects at the Ala Wai Golf Course, expressing her concerns that many of them are not communicated to the Neighborhood Board or the City Council. She expressed her concerns with the lack of community-based planning and the negative impact it will have on the golf course and its traditional patrons. She added her concerns with the current projects aimed at commercializing the golf course, which is on preservation land.
Chair West passed the gavel to Vice Chair Narita at 8:00 p.m.

3. Ala Wai Golf Course (continued) - A resident asked and Constantinau responded that her written request for follow up on Top Golf was recorded and will be included in the following report.
Vice Chair Narita returned the gavel to Chair West at 8:02 p.m.

4. Ala Wai Golf Course (continued) - Resident Armentrout expressed her concerns with the proposed 70ft light at the corner of the library. She commented that many animals at the neighboring Honolulu Zoo will be disturbed and commented that she believed an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was not conducted regarding the impact on nearby animals.
Hearing no objections, Chair West moved to Bikeshare.

RESIDENTS/COMMUNITY CONCERNS

Bikeshare (continued) - Resident Randy Harris, president of Diamond Head Apartments, and has been in discussion with neighbors and Bikeshare. He expressed his concerns that they are not meeting their own safety goals with some of the expansions in the residential areas.

Hearing no objections, Chair West returned to Elected Officials.

ELECTED OFFICIALS

Councilmember Anne Kobayashi: Cliff Kaneshiro of Councilmember Kobayashi's office distributed a newsletter and reported the following:
• Communtiy Clean Up - Kaneshiro highlighted a community clean up event at Crane Park on July 21, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
• Manoa Theatre 50th Anniversary - Kaneshiro reported that the office honored the Manoa Theatre's 50th Anniversary.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Bikeshare - Vice Chair Narita asked who the name "Biki" is registered to. He observed that no record among the non-profit documents indicates so. He commented that if the Biki name happens to be registered under another entity, the City will have to pay to retain the name.

Councilmember Trevor Ozawa: Kenny Amazaki of Councilmember Ozawa's Office distributed a newsletter and reported the following:
• City Council Meeting - Amazaki reported that the next full City Council meeting on will be on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.
• Kapiolani Pilot Project - Amazaki reported that updates will be coming soon regarding the pilot project to remove the contraflow lane along Kapiolani between McCully and Atkinson Drive to allow the left turn during contraflow hours.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Leahi Avenue - Wong expressed her concerns with the lack of response by Councilmember Ozawa's Office regarding her request related to detours and road closures along Leahi Avenue. Amazaki responded that their office did not receive a response. Wong discussed some of the improvements on Leahi Avenue.
2. Ala Wai Glolf Course - Wong asked and Amazaki responded that there is a construction project at the entrance the Ala Wai Golf Course to repair the road. He added that the contract had just been awarded to repair the entryway.
3. Sunshine Law - Wong asked who would be responsible for handling the decision regarding the bill that was introduced outside of sunshine law. Amazaki responded that an identical bill was introduced within the sunshine law parameters to avoid conflict.
4. Ala Wai Golf Course (continued) - Matson expressed her concerns with the development projects at Ala Wai Golf Course. Matson asked what the details of the project were. Amazaki responded that he can look up more details to bring to the Board in August 2018.
5. Bikeshare - Welch asked Amazaki to summarize the intent of the bill related to Bikeshare. Amazaki responded that the bill would regulate bike share stations, including permits as it relates to public sidewalks. Welch asked and Amazaki responded that the bill is designed to look at the number of permits that would be allowed for bike sharing. He added that the Council will be considering the number of appropriate vendors for bike sharing, among other concerns. Matson asked and Amazaki responded that the intent is to create a regulatory framework for current and future bike sharing ventures. Matson commented that the industry ought to be regulated just as other transportation services are.

Senator Stanley Chang: Cameron Sato of Senator Chang's Office distributed a newsletter and reported the following:
• Aircraft Noise - Sato commented that the Office is still coordinating with the community regarding aircraft noise from aircraft flying late at night over the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu area.
• Private Roads - Sato commented that the Office continues to explore the process to transfer private roads such as Leahi Avenue to the City and County of Honolulu.
• Gold Coast Seawall - Sato commented that the Office was able to allocate $300,000 to begin to repair the Gold Coast Seawall. He added that the State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) reported that they cannot release the funds until the association repairs the sea walls.
Senator Les Ihara: No representative was present; no report was given.

Representative Bertrand Kobayashi: Representative Kobayashi distributed a newsletter and reported the following: Governor Veto List - Representative Kobayashi reported that of three (3) bills had been identified as potential vetoes, one (1) passed with the Governor's signature, and two (2) passed with no signature. Kobayashi highlighted on these bills, Senate Bill (SB) 2524 related to land use requirements. SB2524 was opposed by Maui County. Representative Kobayashi commented that the bill may impact the City and County of Honolulu, particularly the Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP)'s inability to adequately address short-term vacation rentals and monster homes.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Monster Homes - Matson expressed her concerns with monster homes, commenting that many monster home builders disregard their impact to the sewers and environment. She expressed her concerns with DPP's inability to properly address monster homes.
2. Motorcycles - Wong asked and Kobayashi clarified that a bill related to motorcycles would pass without the Governor's signature.
Representative Scott Nishimoto: Representative Scott Nishimoto distributed a newsletter and requested questions from the Board.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Disaster Response - Vice Chair Narita asked if there any bills were passed in the previous session specifically aimed at mitigating the impact of a natural disasters, particularly those types of impacts seen in Puerto Rico following the recent hurricanes. He expressed his concerns with the lack of action by the elected officials. Representative Nishimoto responded that, while no bills were passed that were directly related to mitigating a similar situation to Puerto Rico, there were ancillary bills passed that could help a similar situation. He added that he will do research to provide a more thorough response.

House Speaker Emiterus (HSE) Calvin Say: HSE Say distributed a newsletter and requested questions or comments from the Board.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: St. Louis Heights Infrastructure - Vice Chair Narita expressed his concerns with the lack of available landlines for St. Louis Heights residents. He added that in emergency situations, residents are encouraged to use landlines instead of cell phones. Vice Chair Narita expressed his concerns with increasing power outages beginning in March 2018. He added his concerns with various infrastructure problems as well as the lack of clear plan for the community in the case of natural disasters. HSE Say responded that he would investigate the various concerns. He commented that the many private roads and property owners make it difficult to implement many infrastructure solutions without consensus among the property owners.

PUBLIC EVENTS

Chair West reported the following events as noted:
• Family Day Parade - Sunday, July 8, 2018.
• Oahu Heart Walk - Saturday, August 11, 2018.
BOARD BUSINESS

Top Golf - Matson asked, and Chair West clarified discussions at the last meeting related to a potential for coordination between the Waikiki Board No. 9 and the McCully - Mo'ili???ili Board No. 8 to address Top Golf. Matson asked if the McCully Neighborhood Board No. 8 had been contacted about Top Golf and requested that the Board correspond with the other boards regarding this issue. Welch commented that a joint Permitted Interaction Group or meeting between all three Boards to allow for a single presentation from Top Golf could be effective. Matson asked and Chair West commented that the Chair of the McCully - Mo'ili'ili Neighborhood Board No. 8 expressed concerns with how effective such a meeting might be. He added that because the item was not on the agenda, a motion to coordinate an event could impact too many people and should be properly posted on an agenda. He commented that communicating with the Chairs to gauge their interest in an event may be permitted.

Matson moved and Welch seconded to gauge the interest of the McCully - Mo'ili???ili Neighborhood Board No. 8 and the Waikiki Neighborhood Board No. 9 to hold a special meeting to discuss and consider the various aspects of a Top Golf proposal at the Ala Wai Golf Course.

Discussion followed:
1. Sunshine Law - The Neighborhood Assistant recommended first placing the item on the agenda through a two-thirds vote to cooperate with Sunshine Law.
2. Lack of Information - Figliuzzi commented that a joint committee on Top Golf without a clear timeline, goals, or objectives available concerning the project seemed premature. Welch responded that, while not much information is available yet, it behooves the Board to begin creating a means to discuss the issue, highlighting how little information has been provided by Top Golf throughout the process.

The motion WAS ADOPTED by ROLL CALL VOTE; 10-1-2 (AYE: Allen, Bhatt, Bowman, Matson, Narita, Persons, St. Denis, Wanager, Welch, Wong NAY: Cuban ABSTAIN: Figliuzzi, West.)

Approval of Thursday, June 14, 2018, Regular Meeting Minutes

Welch moved and Matson seconded to amend the Thursday, June 14, 2018 Regular Meeting Minutes. The minutes WERE ADOPTED AS AMENDED by ROLL CALL VOTE; 13-0-0 (AYE: Allen, Bhatt, Bowman, Cuban, Figliuzzi, Matson, Narita, Persons, St. Denis, Wanager, Welch, West, Wong. NAY: None. ABSTAIN: None.) Amendments are as follows: Page 12 - 12 - "Winston noted that they are he is not opposed to the Topgolf project nor the developer per say, but the actual idea of the project itself coming without consultation of the community."

Olelo: Discussion on the consideration of utilizing Olelo at future meetings followed: Support: Welch commented that Olelo broadcasts most of the Neighborhood Board meetings. He added that in regards to cost issues, the Board has an option to pay for either the Olelo service or an annual newsletter. He added that due many senior citizens and working residents cannot make the Neighborhood Board meetings. He concluded that Olelo would allow more people to gain access to the discussion held at the Neighborhood Board meetings.

Welch moved and Matson seconded for the Board to utilize Olelo at future meetings.

Discussion followed:
1. Sunshine Law - Vice Chair Narita observed that the item was not properly placed on the agenda. Chair West commented that the motion was out of order and would need to be added to the agenda by a two-thirds vote.
2. Opposition - Vice Chair Narita opposed adding the item on the agenda, as it ought to be used for immediate incidents that require urgent Board action. He expressed his opposition to the motion in general, commenting that many senior citizens who do not utilize Olelo appreciate the annual newsletter. He commented that adequate public input is necessary to take action. Vice Chair Narita expressed his concerns that the appeal of being on television may distract from conducting effective Board business. Welch responded that people are more likely to engage with the Board through monthly meetings on Olelo than one (1) newsletter per year.
The motion was deemed out of order and would be placed on the following agenda.

REPORTS

Treasurer's Report: Wanager commented that Fiscal Year 2019 will begin in July 2018 and end in June 2019. He reported that the Board ended FY18 with $43.14.

Subdistrict 1 (St. Louis Heights): Allen announced that the St. Louis Heights Community Association will recess their July 2018 and August 2018 meetings.

Subdistrict 2 (Kapahulu): No report was provided.

Subdistrict 3 (Diamond Head): St. Denis reported that Leahi Avenue has been repaved, despite a slow-down due to a water main break nearby.

Chair Report: Chair West reported the following
• Bus Stop - Chair West read a report from the Department of Transportation Services (DTS) announcing that effective July 16, 2018, Bus Stop no. 3292 located on Date Street will be discontinued due to its proximity to Bus Stops no. 3292 and 3294 and low ridership. No objections were received by the community.
• Committees - Chair West expressed his concerns with the volume of issues before the Board, highlighting that there is not enough time within regular Board meetings to address all concerns adequately. Chair West suggested that Board Members volunteer to chair a committee to allow for greater discussion concerning community interests. Matson commented that there is a difference between issue specific groups and standing committees. Matson commented that previous successful standing committees were the Planning and Zoning, Parks and Recreation, and Legislative Committees. She added that this creates more flexibility for interested Board members to discuss the issues in depth. Chair West encouraged interested Board members to email him regarding Committee assignments.

Next Regular Board Meeting: The next regular Board meeting will be at Ala Wai Club House on Thursday, August 9, 2018.

ADJOURNMENT: As there was no further business before the Board, Chair West adjourned the meeting at 9:02 p.m.

Submitted by: Thomas Baldwin, Neighborhood Assistant Finalized by: George West, Chair

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