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Diamond Head Neighborhood Board Meeting October 2019 Minutes
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2019
ALA WAI CLUB HOUSE
CALL TO ORDER: Chair Richard Figliuzzi called the meeting to order at 6:31 p.m. A quorum was established with 9 members present. (Note - This 15-member Board requires eight (8) members to establish quorum and to take official Board action).
Members Present: Julia Allen, John David Beutel, Richard Figliuzzi, Rene Julian, Michelle Matson (arrived at 6:35 p.m.), Barbara Miller, Stefan Mrozewski (arrived at 6:32 p.m.), Keolu Peralto (arrived at 6:34 p.m.), Don Persons, George West, Winston Welch, and Linda Wong.
Members Absent: Mark Kamahele, Bert Narita, and Bruce Wong.
Guests: Captain Elden Tanaka (Honolulu Hire Department); Lieutenant D. Arden, Sergeant C Corpuz, Lieutenant Jon Nakashima (Honolulu Police Department); Ann Wong (Board of Water Supply); Walea Constantinau (Mayor's Kirk Caldwell's Representative); Cliff Kaneshiro (Councilmember Ann Kobayashi's Office); Councilmember Tommy Waters; Senator Les Ihara Jr.; Senator Stanley Chang; Representative Bertram Kobayashi; Emma Bulgan (Representative Scott Nishimoto's Representative); House Speaker Emeritus Calvin Say; Marc Alexander (Housing); Tracy Kubota, Lynda Santos (Honolulu Zoo); Carol Hoshiko, Dave Watase, Barbra Armentrout, Marisa Norfleet, Sam Slom, Tom Eisen, Carolyn Tanaka, Cathy Kawano-Ching, Daisy Murai, Gregg Nakamura, Betty Gardner (Residents); Lindon Valenciano (Neighborhood Assistant). Name was not included if not legible on the sign-in sheet.
Stefan Mrozewski arrived at 6:32 p.m. and Keolu Peralto arrived at 6:34 p.m., 11 members present.
ELECTION OF VICE CHAIR
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Officiated Meeting: L. Wong noted the situation during the September 2019 Board meeting where Narita officiated the meeting when he was not supposed to because he was not the highest presiding officer on the Board in attendance.
Michelle Matson arrived at 6:35 p.m., 12 members present.
Matson nominated Winston Welch as First Vice Chair and Bert Narita as Second Vice Chair. Discussion as follows:
1. Absent Candidate: West suggested deferring the election to the next meeting since one (1) of the candidates is not currently present at the Board meeting.
2. Move On: Matson noted the Board has already heard from both candidates and need to move on with Board business. L. Wong agreed the Board needs to move forward and can't be taking more Board time to discuss the issue.
3. Clarification: West inquired and Chair Figliuzzi clarified the motion is to nominate Welch as First Vice Chair and Narita as Second Vice Chair.
Hearing no further discussion, a roll call vote was carried, the motion to elect Welch as First Vice Chair and Narita as Second Vice Chair was PASSED, 10-1-1 (Aye: Beutel, Allen, Julian, Matson, Miller, Mrozewski, Peralto, Persons, Welch, and Linda Wong; Nay: West; ABSTAIN: Figliuzzi).
PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS
Honolulu Fire Department (HFD - Waikiki Station): Captain Elden Tanaka reported the following:
• September 2019 Statistics: There was 1 structure fire, 1 brushfire, 2 nuisance fires, 0 cooking fires, 13 activated alarms, 220 medical emergencies, 0 motor vehicle collisions with a pedestrian, 12 motor vehicle crashes, 3 hazardous material incidents, 4 mountain rescues and 4 ocean rescues.
• Safety Tip: Halloween Guidelines: HFD provided Halloween safety tips.
o When selecting a costume, stay away from long, trailing fabric, as it may be a trip hazard or attach to an object and cause a fall.
o If you create your own costume, select materials that will not be easily ignited if it comes into contact with heat or flame.
o If your child is wearing a mask, ensure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.
o Provide children with flashlights for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume. It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. The HFD discourages the use of candles.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Hazardous Material Incidents: Mrozewski requested the HPD to provide the nature of hazardous material incidents.
2. Statistic Breakdown: Matson noted the homeless fire hazard around Diamond Head and requested for Diamond Head fire statistics for the past year.
Honolulu Police Department (HPD) - District 6 Waikiki/ Diamond Head): Lieutenant Jon Nakashima reported the following:
• September 2019 Statistics: There were 5 robberies, 14 burglaries, 171 thefts, 37 unauthorized entries into motor vehicles (UEMV), 34 assaults, 2 sex crimes, 12 bicycle and skateboard on sidewalk citations, 3 speeding citations, 624 parking citations, 1 loud muffler citation, 38 park closure warnings, 130 park closure citations, and 2 park closure arrests. There were a total of 3,815 calls for service.
• Mobility Device Law: Regarding previous concerns, Lieutenant Nakashima clarified the law on the use of electronic personal assistive mobility devices on sidewalks.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Reports: Matson noted the difference in reports from District 6 and District 7. She inquired and Lieutenant Nakashima clarified the boundary jurisdiction between the two (2) districts.
2. Mobility Clarification: L. Wong inquired and the Lieutenant Nakashima clarified use of electronic personal assistive mobility devices on sidewalks is allowed, but must exercise caution.
3. Deterrent Lights: Matson inquired if violators of the break-ins around Puulei Circle were caught and requested the lights that are on all night to deter violators be turned off.
4. Break-Ins: L. Wong reiterated that enforcement is needed for break-ins around Puulei Circle.
Honolulu Police Department (HPD - District 7 Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights): Lieutenant Arden reported the following:
• September 2019 Statistics: There were 2 motor vehicle thefts, 7 burglaries, 26 thefts, and 13 UEMVs. There were a total of 5,630 total calls for service.
• Safety Tip - Halloween Safety: The following safety tips were provided:
o Young children should always be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult on neighborhood rounds. Teach children how to call 9-1-1 if they have an emergency or become lost.
o If older children are going out alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
o Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
o Stay on the sidewalk and do not cross the street.
o If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
o Only cross the street as a group in established sidewalks. Never cross between parked cars.
o Carry a flashlight and wear protective clothing.
o Candy should be inspected by a parent or responsible adult before being eaten.
Questions, comments, and concerns:
1. Crime Reports: Peralto inquired and Lieutenant Arden responded their reports are mainly property crime and more information can be found at www.crimeweb.org.
2. Community Opportunity: Matson noted this is a chance for the community to address their concerns of the homeless situation at Diamond Head Beach Park.
3. Clearing Homeless: Chair Figliuzzi noted the joint efforts put by the various departments and the community with clean-ups, increasing sweeps, and neighborhood watch patrols. Lieutenant Arden described the strategy of enforcing the homeless on Diamond Head and noted it is difficult to address because they are not well-equipped for the hills. He concluded that the HPD now does bi-monthly sweeps however they can't infringe on rights.
4. Questions: L. Wong noted the past procedure as an opportunity to ask the HPD questions.
5. Process: Resident Gregg Nakamura inquired about the process of enforcement when a call is made and Lieutenant Arden responded they will cite violators. He noted they are working closely with the Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) to enforce the homeless on the slopes, however it is difficult because of current lawsuits concerning the homeless' property.
6. Crisis Situation: Matson noted that the homeless culture in the area is in a crisis situation because the community is being threatened by the homeless, having their tires slashed, and stealing from homes. Resident Tom Eisen from the Surfrider Foundation expressed concern for their health and safety because they found approximately 150 needles during the beach clean-ups.
STATE AND CITY ADMINISTRATION REPORTS
Governor David Ige's Representative: Major General Logan distributed a newsletter and reported the following:
• Homeless Enforcement: Major General Logan noted the enforcement of 30 illegal homeless encampments on the mauka side of Diamond Head and noted the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) collaborating with the City to address the encampments on the makai side.
• Retirement: Major General Logan noted his retirement and this will be his last meeting, noting he currently does not know who is going to be his replacement.
Questions, comments, and concerns:
1. Statistics: Matson requested to provide the Board with statistics on the homeless encampment removed and how many have/have not returned.
2. Community Concerns: L. Wong noted there were about 30 people concerned about the Diamond Head homeless issue at the September 2019 meeting and recommended staying to hear the concerns of the community.
3. Representative: Chair Figliuzzi noted requested to have a Governor's representative attend future meetings and Major General Logan reassured the board that he will pass on his notes to his replacement.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative: Walea Constantinau of the Honolulu Film Office reported the following:
• Availability: Regarding previous concerns, Walea apologized for not staying to the end last meeting due to an emergency however she noted that she can be reached outside of the meetings.
• Pickle ball: Regarding previous concerns, the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has numerous shared pickle ball/tennis courts throughout West and East Honolulu. The suggestion to add dedicated pickle ball courts will be considered in future capital improvement projects.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Archery: Julian asked about installing a dedicated archery range along the mountain instead of using tennis courts in populated areas because it can bring the community together and possibly deter homeless.
2. Homeless Efforts: Chair Figliuzzi thanked the Mayor's office for their efforts regarding the homeless issue and Walea noted that Marc Alexander from the Office of Housing is available.
3. Statistics: Matson asked to provide statistics of the homeless removed at Diamond Head including those that have/have not returned.
4. Top Golf Update: Welch asked about Top Golf plans and if the Board could be provided updates.
5. Community Concerns: L. Wong recommended to stay for community concerns because they had many in attendance in the last meeting.
Board of Water Supply: Ann Wong distributed a flyer and reported the following:
• Main Breaks: There were no main breaks in September 2019.
• Imagine a Day Without Water: BWS, Department of Environmental Services (ENV), Facility Maintenance (DFM), and Office of Climate Change, Sustainability, and Resiliency (Resilience Oahu) are working together to encourage Oahu residents to Imagine A Day Without Water on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 and will be hosting an event at Tamarind Park of Kapolei Hale from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This one-day national observance aims to educate people about the importance of water in their lives and to raise awareness about the need to invest in water infrastructure.
• BWS Facilities Tour Program: BWS offers public education programs to help the community understand and learn about our water sources. One of their outreach programs include "group tours" of the Halawa Xeriscape Garden located in Halawa Valley's Central Park Industrial Area which promotes outdoor water conversation and Waihe'e Tunnel which will awaken your senses with a walk inside the 1,500-foot dike tunnel that provides water to Windward Oahu. Tours are scheduled to start Sunday, December 15, 2019 and are available by appointment only by calling 808-748-5041 or email@example.com.
OTHER RESIDENTS/COMMUNITY CONCERN:
Kapiolani Community College/Culinary Institute of the Pacific Update: Resident Carol Hoshiko gave an update regarding the Culinary Institute of the Pacific, noting they have allocated the funds for phase two (2) of the project. Chair Figliuzzi inquired about the phase two (2) timeframe and Hoshiko responded they should be breaking ground in spring 2020 and noted the solar panel results should be coming in the end of 2019.
Homeless: A resident expressed concerns about the needles washing up on shore is a dire situation and the homeless bringing a criminal element to the area. He noted that he doesn't want to bring his children to the beach in fear of their health and safety. L. Wong noted that there is a need to do routine sweeps and patrols. Resident Nakamura noted he participated in the clean-up and feels as if the homeless community is disrespecting the land and the environment. L. Wong invited Marc Alexander to speak about the situation, however Chair Figliuzzi noted the need to move on with the meeting because the homeless issue is on the agenda. Resident Jackson Sion noted his experience working with homeless on the island shows that the community needs to reach out and develop a relationship with the homeless. Matson inquired about specific locations for relocation and HPD involvement. She also noted that the community is patient with outreach, however the homeless culture at Diamond Head is a dangerous and aggressive community.
PRIORITY COMMUNITY ISSUES
Tour Helicopter Safety and Noise: Matson reported the following:
• Inter-Action Group (IAG) Meeting: The tour helicopter safety and noise IAG will be meeting on Friday, October 11, 2019 to review actions and possibly remedy the helicopter intrusion.
• Resolutions: Matson noted that 14 Neighborhood Boards have signed resolutions asking the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for communication and for stringent regulations to enforce regarding the small aircrafts.
Ala Wai Canal and Golf Course: Welch reported the following:
• Ala Wai Canal Dredging Update: Welch noted the Ala Wai Canal Dredging project is a separate DLNR maintenance item from the Ala Wai Flood Mitigation Project. He noted Protect Our Ala Wai Watershed is hosting the Forum for Alternatives to the Ala Wai Flood Mitigation Project on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse.
• Ala Wai Watershed Project: Resident Dave Watase gave an update for the flood mitigation project, noting the resolution passed by multiple Boards requesting the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to pause and engage with the public to find better alternatives because of the lack of transparency throughout the EIS process. Watase reported Protect Our Ala Wai Watersheds lawsuit against the State and City on the grounds that State funds cannot be spent unless the EIS is completed. He reported the trial is scheduled for Monday, October 21, 2019 to Tuesday, October 23, 2019 and encouraged everyone to show support by attending. Watase also reported the chance for the community to speak up is at the Forum for Alternatives to the Ala Wai Flood Mitigation Project on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse where many agencies are giving presentations at the meeting and for more information to visit www.stopalawaiproject.com.
Mrozewski departed the meeting at 7:46 p.m., 11 members present.
Questions, comments, and concerns: Community Involvement: Welch noted this is a half billion dollar project and the importance of getting the more input from the community, clarifying that no one is against flood mitigation because it impacts the surrounding neighborhoods. Chair Figliuzzi noted the community engagement by recognizing and appreciating Watase's involvement and effort on this issue.
Diamond Head Monument and Le'ahi Updates
• DLNR State Parks Division Update: Matson reported there is no report because there was no meeting, however she will relay information to the State Park Administration. She noted that homeless enforcement is key and it feels like the homeless is getting room service because they return after the area is cleaned.
Chair Figliuzzi passed the gavel to Vice Chair Welch at 7:46 p.m.
• Chair Meetings on Homeless: Chair Figliuzzi reported he had a meeting with the Homeless Coordinator, Executive Director of Housing, Councilmember Waters concerning the homeless in Diamond Head. He noted the tremendous collaborative efforts put forward by multiple departments, agencies, organizations, and the community of dealing with this overwhelming issue that will continue.
Questions, comments and concerns followed:
1. Housing Executive Director: Chair Figliuzzi invited the Office of Housing Executive Director, Marc Alexander, to speak and answer questions that the Board or community has.
2. Magnitude of Issue: Alexander noted the great collaborative efforts of community getting together with organization such as the Surfrider Foundation. Alexander noted the City was surprised at the magnitude of the homeless problem and the amount of trash collected.
3. Signage: Alexander also noted there are a number of steps in place including Councilmember Waters' efforts to add signage for enforcement and the DPR Director is currently discussing the issue.
4. Enforcement: Alexander noted these sweeps should be called what it is, enforcement. He noted the City is going to increase enforcement in the area because they do not condone illegal activity.
5. Community Engagement: Alexander noted the need for community engagement and thanked the Waialae-Kahala Neighborhood Board No. 3 Chair for his efforts, noting the neighborhood watch training with the HPD. He suggested the community use the 311 app or call 911 to report illegal activity. Alexander concluded that the community needs to stop activities that keep the homeless outside, like giving them food or donating to the panhandlers.
6. Service Resistant: Chair Figliuzzi noted those that refuse help and Alexander noted that though they may enforce the homeless, they are not heartless because they offer services to help these people; however, there are those that are service resistant, refusing help provided to them.
7. Homeless Outreach and Navigation for Unsheltered persons (HONU): Alexander introduced the HONU project which is a mobile 24/7 temporary navigation center that will offer services to the homeless and hopefully alleviate the homeless problem. Matson thanked Alexander for addressing concerns and attending the meeting to update the community.
8. Homeless Solution: Welch noted that homelessness is the number one concern of Honolulu residents and Alexander responded the solution is housing first, followed by providing services to help them get back on their feet. He noted that funding to provide housing is needed, however they were given less money than what was requested. Matson inquired about building more houses like the Lieutenant Governor's ideas about small house complex and Alexander responded by advocating for cultural appropriate and modular housing.
9. Special Outreach: Chair Figliuzzi noted looking forward to the day they can increase their ability to help those that need it, like the woman on the corner of Waialae and Alexander responded they have special outreach with homeless dealing with mental illness and addiction.
10. Shelter Policy: Beutel inquired about shelters not accepting animals and Alexander noted that certain shelters serve different purposes including accepting animals. Alexander noted that shelters do not allow the use of alcohol or illegal drugs, however most shelters are "damp shelters" meaning that people can seek services slightly inebriated as long as their behavior is safe for everyone. Alexander noted the biggest issue are people being kicked out because of drug use so with HONU, people can store their belongings in lockers outside of the HONU tent if needed and they are not allowed to look at what belongings they are storing.
11. Signage: L. Wong noted no one is allowed to camp in Diamond Head and Alexander responded that it is complicated because it is a no trespassing zone and there needs to be sufficient signage to enforce and cite violators.
12. Patrol Enforcement: Chair Figliuzzi noted that the beaches close in Waikiki at 12:00 a.m. and violators leave when enforcement comes around. Alexander responded they need to adjust their enforcement strategy. Chair Figliuzzi noted they will lose ground if they don't patrol, however Alexander responded they cannot address all parks but problem parks are going to be ground zero (0) for strong enforcement and HONU.
13. HONU clarification: Chair Figliuzzi inquired and Alexander responded that the HONU project stands for Homeless Outreach and Navigation for Unsheltered persons and it's called that because the tent looks like a turtle. He noted HONU is needed because access of current services are not 24/7 and are usually closed when people are seeking help. Alexander noted the HONU project is a shared-burden model because it will only be in a neighborhood for 90 days maximum. He noted HONU would take care of not only the problem park where it is set up, but also up to a five (5) mile radius will be clear of encampments and will practice strong enforcement.
14. Parks: Matson inquired if they have a park in mind for the HONU in the area and Alexander responded the HONU pilot area will be in Waipahu Cultural Garden and after 90 days it will move to provide services to another area based on feedback from Councilmembers. Chair Figliuzzi nominated Crane Park be the next area to be addressed by the HONU project. L. Wong inquired and Alexander clarified that there will be no homeless close to the sidewalks in proximity to the HONU project because they will be strongly enforced. Alexander urged the public not to feed or donate to the homeless because it keeps them on the outside.
Rene Julian departed the meeting at 8:20 p.m., 10 members present.
15. Community Assistance: Resident Barbara Armentrout inquired and Alexander clarified the police 311 flyer says to help the homeless by donating food at service providers and volunteering. Chair Figliuzzi noted the churches are overburdened and need volunteers. Alexander noted many agencies and networks are available for help and a list of professional providers is available at the Housing website at http://www.honolulu.gov/housing.html.
Vice Chair Welch returned the gavel to Chair Figliuzzi at 8:25 p.m.
Kaimana Beach Improvements Appropriation Update: Linda Wong reported the following: Kaimana Beach Showers Schematics: L. Wong reported she communicated with the Mayor's office, Councilmember Waters, DFM Director about the Kaimana Beach Showers and requested to install a shower tree with four (4) shower heads and at least two (2) foot baths, located behind the benches. She reported they requested to have a sandy path or something that is easy on bare feet. L. Wong noted during the construction, they will have temporary showers available. The project is scheduled to begin in 2020 and be completed by the end of 2020.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Resolution Progress: Matson inquired about the resolution for Board support and L. Wong responded they have already passed the resolution. Chair Figliuzzi noted the resolution was to encumber funds and that there is movement on the issue because they are getting the improvements at Kaimana Beach.
Hearing no objections, Chair Figliuzzi deferred Proposed "Diamond Head/Kapahulu Chamber of Commerce" Update to the Thursday, November 14, 2019 meeting.
Councilmember Ann Kobayashi: No representative was present and no report given.
Congressman Ed Case: No representative was present and no report given.
Councilmember Tommy Waters: Councilmember Waters distributed a newsletter and reported the following:
• Homeless Meeting: Councilmember Waters reported attending a meeting at Honolulu Hale regarding the homeless issue. He noted that proximity causes passion and action because now the homeless is in their yard it is becoming a problem instead of when the homeless problem was in Waianae. Councilmember Waters noted that volunteers were being confronted by the homeless; however, HPD is allowing community clean-ups and to contact Councilmember Waters to coordinate help, having many agencies to work together.
• Signage: Councilmember Waters noted that DFM and DPR is adding more signage in the area to assist HPD for enforcement in late October 2019 or early November 2019. Councilmember Waters noted protecting the nesting bird to protect the area and keep people out of the sanctuary.
• 808 Clean-Up: Councilmember Waters reported 808 Clean-Up is sponsoring a beach clean-up on Sunday, October 13, 2019 and noting he will be in attendance, urging the community to participate also.
• Bill 54: Councilmember Waters noted Bill 54 which will require a permit to put up pop-up tents and canopies at beach parks, noting that they need to be careful because of the unintended consequence are unknowing residents can get cited for putting up quick tents.
• Helicopter Tour Forum: Councilmember Waters noted a forum on Monday, October 28, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. regarding the helicopter tour resolutions at the international side of Daniel K. Inouye Airport in conference rooms one (1) and two (2) where they have invited the FAA and the Hawaii Helicopter Association to speak.
• Gratitude: Councilmember Waters thanked Watase for his efforts with the Ala Wai Project and his updates because it seems the USACE is listening a little, but still need to be vigilant. Councilmember Waters reported a meeting with an engineer regarding alternatives like using pumps that attach to the bridge.
• Bill 40: Councilmember Waters noted a hearing about Bill 40 on Thursday, October 24, 2019 regarding the ban on single-use plastics and the community needs to take a stand by coming out to the hearing to discuss the issue.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Bill 53: Resident Armentrout inquired and Councilmember Waters noted Bill 53 was passed with efforts of the Neighborhood Boards which required mopeds to pass safety checks and it is now an enforcement issue.
2. Forum Clarification: Matson inquired and Councilmember clarified that he is inviting the public to the discussion at the airport where the FAA and Helicopter tours was also invited.
3. Support: Welch thanked Councilmember Waters his support on the Ala Wai and invited him to attend the meeting on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at the Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse. He also thanked Councilmember Waters for Bill 53 and for more information visit https://www.quieteroahu.com/.
Senator Les Ihara Jr.: Senator Les Ihara Jr reported the following:
• Kupuna Caucus: Senator Ihara reported he attends the Kupuna Caucus monthly and are welcoming ideas to support the seniors in the community.
• Certificates of Participations (COP): Senator Ihara clarified that COPs regarding the Ala Wai Flood Mitigation Project does not need legislative approval, rather it is considered a line item in the budget. Senator Ihara noted his absence in the next Ala Wai meeting on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 because he will be in Washington DC.
• Special Session: Legislature is in recess until January 2020 but Senate will be back on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 and Wednesday, November 13, 2019 for a special session to provide advice and consent to judges.
• Chamber of Commerce Special Meeting: Senator Ihara noted there will be a special session for those interested in the Chamber of Commerce.
• Moped Legislation: Senator Ihara noted the Moped legislation was actually led by Neighborhood Boards.
Senator Stanley Chang: Senator Chang reported the following:
• Frequent Clean-Ups: Senator Chang noted that the magnitude of the homeless issue was a surprise and he noted legislature sent a letter to the City Administration requesting for more frequent clean-ups.
• Kick the Tires: Senator Chang noted the Kick the Tires event regarding housing solution with Singaporean housing designs on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 where the public can submit ideas to improve the community.
• Legislation: Senator Chang noted legislation is beginning in January 2020 and it's not too early to submit ideas for any bills to help the community.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Gratitude: Chair Figliuzzi thanked Senator Chang for his help and a good job by everyone participating in the beach clean-ups. L. Wong noted she was impressed to see Senator Chang and Councilmember Waters participating in the beach clean-up.
Representative Bertram Kobayashi: Representative Kobayashi distributed a flyer reported the following:
• Ala Wai Dredging Project: Representative Kobayashi reported updates concerning the Ala Wai Dredging Project which is beginning and having equipment moved in this month with construction lasting approximately a year. He reported the project will be conducted the same way the last time they dredged in 2002 with a seven (7) day a week operation until 10:00 p.m.
• Interim Activities: Representative Kobayashi reported meetings held in the interim to prepare for legislature returning to session in January 2020.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Legislative Schedule: Welch requested to be provide the Board with a legislative calendar because it would be useful to show the community involvement displaying time periods and deadlines and Representative Kobayashi responded the official outline calendar is not yet created for 2020.
State Representative Scott Nishimoto: Emma Bulgan of Representative Nishimoto's Office distributed a newsletter and announced: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the State Capitol and Kahala Mall will accept expired or unused prescription medications, no questions asked.
House Speaker Emeritus (HSE) Calvin Say: HSE Say reported the following:
• Illegal Development: HSE Say reported illegal grading and building permit.
• Waahila Ridge Improvements: HSE Say reported updates on Department of State Parks (DSP) and DLNR Waahila Ridge improvement project will be completed in the next two (2) months.
• Gratitude: HSE Say thanked the residents of St. Louis Heights for being vigilant by noticing and getting rid of the brothel on Kalaepohaku Street.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Appreciation: Chair Figliuzzi noted his appreciation seeing HSE out in the community, walking in St. Louis Heights up Alencastre Street.
Honolulu Wetland Bird Aviary: Honolulu Zoo gave a presentation for the Wetland Bird Aviary exhibit, introducing the proposal to erect a bird aviary structure in the Kapiolani Park duck pond. The representative noted the structure will stand up to 25 feet tall, 100 feet wide, and 60 feet deep containing all native plants.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Projected Budget: Chair Figliuzzi inquired and John Condry of the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) responded DDC is only in the planning stage. They will need a concept or plan first in order to have the project's budget, which could take up to six (6) months.
2. Extension and Visibility: Matson inquired and the representative clarified that they will be a major expansion of the duck pond. She also inquired and the representative responded the tree can't be seen from the outside and will be hidden, however it can be seen when entering the zoo.
3. Board Input: Chair Figliuzzi requested they submit the presentation material electronically and inquired if they need the feedback or approval from the Board to draft and submit a memo electronically.
4. Priority: Chair Figliuzzi noted that safety of the animals is the top priority about getting release when hit by a storm and Condry responded the exhibit will withstand disasters like a category three (3) hurricane.
5. Avian Botulism: L. Wong inquired and Santos, the Zoo Director, responded the ducks dying by the bandstand are due to avian botulism and it is a huge problem among hybrid mallards who are spreading it. Santos noted the need to remove sick and dying ducks because other birds will eat maggots found in the dead carcass of an infected duck and spread avian botulism. She noted it is common in wetlands where the weather is hot.
6. Accreditation: Chair Figliuzzi inquired and Santos responded they submitted their accreditation application and are waiting on the inspectors to visit the site and inspect the zoo.
7. Project Ideas: West inquired where the project started including protocol with the public getting their ideas to the Zoo and Santos responded they have a master and strategic plan to stick to. Santos noted they had Hawaii in the plan but kept focus on deferred maintenance and now a full renovation is justified.
8. Planning Update: Peralto and Chair Figliuzzi requested the Zoo return and report back when they have a concept or plan so they can answer questions and discuss the aviary.
9. Height Restriction: Resident Armentrout inquired and Condry responded the Zoo falls under the Special Design district meaning they can build up to 25 feet high, which they will stay beneath.
10. Botulism Prevention: Matson inquired and Santos responded they will keep the exhibit and body of water free of botulism because the aviary will be enclosed so feral birds cannot get inside and will have circulating water. Chair Figliuzzi noted he feels better about the Zoo aviary exhibit.
11. Presentation Order: Matson suggested and Chair Figliuzzi agreed that presentations should be earlier in the agenda.
Hearing no objections, Chair Figliuzzi deferred the following to the Thursday, November 14, 2019 meeting:
• Approval of Board Meeting Minutes
• Treasurer's Report
• Standing Committees Determinations
• Board Communications Determinations
Peralto reported and Chair Figliuzzi appointed Mrozewski to serve on the Traffic and Transportation sub-committee.
Hearing no objection Chair Figliuzzi deferred Standing Committee Reports to the Thursday, November 14, 2019 meeting.
Sub district one (1): Allen reported St. Louis Heights Community Association is meeting on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Hokulani Elementary School.
Sub district two (2): Chair Figliuzzi reported he spoke to Kamahele intending to resign his seat and Matson noted a volunteer from the previous meeting.
Sub district three (3): L. Wong distributed a flyer and introduced the Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (FESTPAC) held in June 2020. Please visit www.festpachawaii.org for more information.
CHAIR'S REPORT AND ANNOUNCEMENT: Chair Figliuzzi noted he will test out the 311 application report at the next meeting.
Questions, comments and concerns followed: Minutes: Matson noted she wants the corrected minutes for the July 2019 minutes to be posted online instead of the current one and Chair Figliuzzi noted it will be discussed in the next meeting.
Next Regular Board Meeting: The next regular Board meeting will be at Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse on Thursday, November 14, 2019.
ADJOURNMENT: Chair Figliuzzi adjourned the meeting at 9:18 p.m.
Submitted by: Lindon Valenciano, Neighborhood Assistant
Reviewed by: Jackson Coley, Public Relations Specialist
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