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

CALL TO ORDER: Chair Richard Figliuzzi called the meeting to order at 6:33 p.m. A quorum was established with 10 members present. (Note - This 15-member Board requires eight (8) members to establish quorum and to take official Board action).

Members Present: Julia Allen, David Beutel, Richard Figliuzzi, Rene Julian, Mela Kealoha-Lindsey (appointed at 8:12 p.m.), Michelle Matson (arrived at 6:36 p.m.), Bert Narita, Keolu Peralto, Don Persons, Jackson Sayama (appointed at 8:12 p.m.), Winston Welch, George West (arrived at 6:47 p.m.), Bruce Wong, and Linda Wong.

Members Absent: Stefan Mrozewski.

Guests: Captain Albert McCollum, Firefighter J. Burkett (Honolulu Fire Department); Lieutenant Taro Nakamura, Troy Komoda, Reid Nakamura (Honolulu Police Department); Amanda Stevens (Governor David Ige's Representative); Walea Constantinau (Mayor Kirk Caldwell's representative); Ann Wong (Board of Water Supply); Cliff Kaneshiro, Councilmember Ann Kobayashi (Councilmember Ann Kobayashi's Office); Councilmember Tommy Waters; Representative Bertrand Kobayashi; Representative Scott Nishimoto, Emma Bulgan (Representative Scott Nishimoto's Office); House Speaker Emeritus Calvin Say; Dave Watase, Sam Slom Barbra Armentrout, Barb Keating, Geoff Milford, Carla Von, Franklin Chung, Carolynn Tanaka, Cheryl Severn, Jack Law, Noella Von Weigandt, Elizabeth Conklin, Andree Paradis, Arleen Velasco, Mark Smith, Sydney M. Phelps, Vicki Higgins, Carole Isaacs, Joseph Bragado (Residents); Lindon Valenciano (Neighborhood Assistant). Name was not included if not legible on the sign-in sheet.

Hearing no objections, Chair Figliuzzi deferred Filling of Vacancies on Board to later in the meeting.


Honolulu Fire Department (HFD - Waikiki Station): Firefighter J. Burkett reported the following:
• November 2019 Statistics: There were 3 structure fires, 2 nuisance fires, 1 cooking fire, 11 activated alarms, 142 medical emergencies, 2 motor vehicle collisions with a pedestrian, 4 motor vehicle crashes, 4 ocean rescues, and 1 hazardous material (hazmat) incident.
Safety Tip: Fall Prevention for Seniors: Exercising regularly will help build strength and improve balance and coordination. Take your time getting out of a chair, and be aware of your surroundings. Keep stairs and walking areas clear and well lit. Improve the lighting in and outside your home. Use nonslip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors to increase safety. Be aware of uneven surfaces, such as rugs and other trip hazards. Wear sturdy, well-fitting shoes, and replace them as soon as they show signs of excessive wear.
Questions, comments, and concerns: 
1. Hazmat Specifics: Welch noted that in previous meetings, the Board requested that the nature of hazmat incidents be reported and Captain McCullum responded that he will have more specific information regarding hazmat incidents moving forward. Chair Figliuzzi noted the need to characterize hazmat incidents so the community can be aware of what is going on. Captain McCollum reported that hazmat incidents are more often gas leaks, noting that they will bring unusual incidents to the Board and Chair Figliuzzi responded that reporting the typical hazmat incidents can help them characterize the incident.

Honolulu Police Department (HPD) District 6 (Waikiki/ Diamond Head): No representative present and no report given.

Honolulu Police Department (HPD) District 7 (Kapahulu/St. Louis Hts.): Lieutenant Taro Nakamura reported the following:
• December 2019 Statistics: There were 2 motor vehicle thefts, 12 burglaries, 35 thefts, and 26 UEMVs. There were a total of 6,024 total calls for service.
• Safety Tips: Driving In the Rain Safety Tips: Engine oil and grease build up over time, so there will be a film of oil on the ground especially when the rain starts, making the road extremely slick. Brake earlier and use less force than you normally would in dry conditions. Do not use cruise control and turn on your headlights. When hydroplaning, do not brakes suddenly or turn the wheel; instead release the gas pedal and steer straight until the car regains traction.

Questions, comments, and concerns: 
1. Makalei Speeding: Resident Von Weigandt inquired what actions are being taken about the dangerous continued speeding by Makalei Beach Park in a 10 mile per hour zone and Lt. Nakamura responded that they can make a complaint and call the District 6 Policing Team to set up a speed trailer or random laser checks. He noted that the Department of Transportation (DOT) will need to do an extensive study of the area for speed bumps.
2. Transient Updates: Chair Figliuzzi inquired about transient encampment updates for Diamond Head, Crane Park and Waialae Avenue. Lt. Nakamura responded that he had no updates, but they continue to do regular park checks at night a couple of times per month. Matson inquired when HPD will provide the statistics and enforcement updates on the hard-core transient encampments along Diamond Head Beach Park that the Board has been requesting for the past several months.


Governor David Ige's Representative: Amanda Stevens, Public Information Officer of the Department of Human Services (DHS), distributed the Governor's newsletter, and reported the following in response to Board Member Matson's question at the last meeting: 
• Homeless Update from Scott Morishige, Governor's Coordinator on Homelessness (GCH): GCH Morishige checked with the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) staff, and they shared that DLNR conservation officers continue regular patrols of the Diamond Head areas that are under the control of the DLNR State Parks Division on the mauka side of the Diamond Head road. Officers issue citations and make arrests as appropriate. If individuals are in need of help, DLNR conservation officers will contact DLNR's homeless coordinator who will work with GCH staff on linking individuals to outreach and other services. For example, a homeless individual was recently encountered by a DLNR conservation officer at the Ala Wai Boat Harbor and was referred to GCH and DLNR homeless coordinator for help, and who assisted in connecting this individual to the City's new Homeless Outreach and Navigation for Unsheltered Persons (HONU) program for shelter assistance. Transportation was arranged through HONU and the individual was successfully connected to longer-term shelter. DLNR and GCH are currently in discussions with the City regarding larger-scale enforcement actions to address trash and abandoned items on both the State and City owned properties in the area. The State's ability to support these larger scale actions is dependent on funding from the legislature for a statewide Stored Property program, which has been funded year to year. The State currently has a request for $5 million to continue this program statewide (on all islands) in the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) budget.
1. HONU Collaboration and Updates: Chair Figliuzzi commended DLNR for collaborating with HPD on the HONU program, and requested regular updates for the Board. Stevens responded that she will be providing more information moving forward.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative: Walea Constantinau, Honolulu Film Office, reported the following:
• Makalei/Leahi Beach Park Seawall Fence: Constantinau reported that the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will be removing the fencing on the Makalei Beach Park side of the seawall, however the fencing on the Leahi Beach Park side will be removed once the safety issue has been addressed.
• Honolulu Zoo Parking Lot: Constantinau reported that DPR noted that plans to close the Honolulu Zoo parking lot during overnight hours will be postponed until further notice.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: 
1. Makalei/Leahi Beach Park Seawall Fence: L. Wong noted that the Leahi Beach Park fencing is still up because a person fell through a railing, and she inquired why the railing has not been repaired yet. Constantinau noted that the Leahi Beach Park gate will stay up until the safety concern is mitigated. Chair Figliuzzi read an email from Nate Serota, DPR's Public Information Officer (PIO): "Following public input and discussion, the Department of Parks and Recreation will be removing the fence installed at Makalei Beach Park between the park and the makai walkway. However, the fence at Leahi Beach Park will remain for the time being to mitigate the safety hazard near the walkway. We appreciate the patience of the public while this safety concern is addressed, and while the department explores other alternatives to help ensure public safety in this area." L. Wong requested that the Board continue to be updated on the issue. 
2. Kapiolani Park Sidewalks: Matson inquired about the City planning a sidewalk project at Kapiolani Park and its scope. She reported concerns have been expressed about damage to the trees in the historic landscape if sidewalks are constructed and inquired what care is being taken with the project. Constantinau responded that it is likely that the City is planning to repair existing sidewalks. Matson asked that the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) provide an update at the next meeting.

3. Zoo Parking Lot: Resident Barbara Armentrout noted that in the Kapiolani Park Trust, the Zoo parking lot is intended for park users but there is no parking for them because people who work in Waikiki are using the Zoo parking lot along with Denny's restaurant patrons who have only 12 parking stalls. She added that the City's control is needed for compliance with the Kapiolani Park Trust. Constantinau noted that there is a parking fee to park at the Zoo parking lot and it is not a free all-day parking lot. L. Wong invited DPR to give updates to inform/educate the community. Chair Figliuzzi read an email from Nate Serota, DPRs PIO: "I wanted to provide you an additional update on another topic as well. Plans to close the Honolulu Zoo parking lot during overnight hours will be postponed until further notice. Apologies for not consolidating the messages into one email."
4. Kapahulu Avenue Maintenance: Welch inquired about the City removing orange netting in pockets along Kapahulu Avenue and at the Ala Wai Golf Course entrance because it is a continuing eye-sore. . Welch stated that Kapahulu is the gateway to Waikiki and looks unmaintained with tall grass and trash causing a mess with no receptacles nearby. He requested more trash cans around the recycling center, bus stops, and Rainbow Drive-In. 
5. Dumping in Parks. Welch inquired and Constantinau responded that bulky items dumped at parks can be reported for pick up regardless of the property, and she will check on this for further clarification.
6. Topgolf/Ala Wai Flood Mitigation: Welch requested that the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) provide the Board with monthly updates about the proposed Topgolf and Ala Wai Canal Project with pertinent information on project status and any updates.

Board of Water Supply (BWS): Ann Wong distributed BWS handouts and reported the following:
Main Breaks: There were no reported water main breaks for December 2019.
Meter Reading Equipment Replacement Project: BWS has contracted Royal Contracting Company to replace meter transponder units in water meter boxes across Oahu. The BWS has been gradually replacing them and, when finished, this project will increase the efficiency of the automated reader process. The project tasks include:
o Notifying area customers 1-to-2 weeks prior to the work. Most meters are in the public right-of-way. For meter boxes on private property, arranging with the customer in advance to access the box.
o At the meter box, exchanging the old device for a new one, about 15 to 20 minutes per meter.
o Perform Quality Assurance/Quality Control work to ensure transponders are operating correctly.
• Work will be done seven (7) days a week, from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., except on state highways where work is allowed only from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Information about this project will be posted on the BWS's website and social media. No customer shall be asked for any type of payment by any BWS employee or contractor for this project. If customers spot suspicious activity or have questions about the project, they can contact the BWS via:
o Phone at 748-6500, 7:45 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., daily, or leave a message with your name and phone number so that we may return your call.
o Email at, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Illegal Activity: To address concerns that the project may be used to mask illegal activity: All contractor employees will have special BWS contractor ID badges, no BWS employee or contractor shall ask the customer for any type of payment in conjunction with this project, and BWS will post information online detailing locations where contractors are working, along with more information on the project. 
Transponder Age: A. Wong reported that the transponders were installed from 2000-2005 and noted that they have a 25% fail rate for automatic reading.
Dillingham Fountain: The Dillingham fountain at Kapiolani Park is maintained by DPR, and it is old and requires repairs.
Security Checks: Due to the large presence of homeless BWS security officers are continuing transient encampment checks near the BWS Kaimuki pump station on Kapahulu Avenue and around the Diamond Head reservoir tank, and remain in contact with HPD.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: 
1. Red Hill Update: Chair Figliuzzi inquired about Red Hill fuel tank updates and A. Wong responded that the Department of Health was accepting public comments in December 2019 on the issue, noting she will give updates next time.
2. Red Hill Resolution: Matson noted that other Boards are adopting a resolution calling for a solution to the Red Hill fuel tank issue and recommended that the Board do the same to support BWS. Chair Figliuzzi agreed and noted that this will be on the next meeting agenda.
3. Nuuanu Pump Station: West inquired about a recent report regarding the violations at the BWS Nuuanu pumping station and Wong responded she would check into this.
4. Thurston Triangle Fountain: Welch inquired about the inoperable Thurston Triangle fountain on Kapahulu Avenue in front of the public library and Wong responded she would check into this.


Meeting Policies

Chair Figliuzzi noted the Community Concerns forms received from those present and reminded everyone of the meeting process. He read the meeting policies for those wishing to speak on Resident and Community Concerns for anything not on the agenda, and added that anything requested to be added to the agenda for Board action at this meeting would require a 2/3 vote. 
• Additions to the Agenda: Member Matson requested that the following be added to the agenda:
1. Building Permit Bill Package: Matson noted that Councilmember Carol Fukunaga has introduced a monster house enforcement bill and resolution package described in her Council newsletter as distributed to the Board, and the Councilmember is requesting community support for these enforcement measures. Matson requested that this consideration be added to the Board's agenda under either the City Council reports or the Planning and Zoning Committee report. Chair Figliuzzi noted that this issue may affect a significant number of people, and Matson responded that the public hearing and second reading at City Council may be coming up on Friday, January 24, 2020. She added that the City Councilmembers are working to address this issue and need the community's support. 
Hearing no objections, Chair Figliuzzi added the City Council building permit bill package to the agenda under the Planning and Zoning Committee Report.
2. Secretary's Report and Updates: Matson requested adding the Secretary's report and update to the agenda prior to the approval of Board meeting minutes. 
Hearing no objections, Chair Figliuzzi added Secretary's Report and Update related to Approval of the Minutes.


Honolulu Zoo Parking Lot

Chair Figliuzzi noted that the Zoo parking lot overnight closure has been postponed by the City, however the public was given the opportunity for testimony: 
• Hotel Parking: Jack Law, property owner at the Grand Waikiki Hotel, noted that he has been using Kapiolani Park and the Zoo for over 50 years, noting that he supports the zoo reaccreditation. He reported that he wanted to take the opportunity to provide some information for the City to consider, noting that the Zoo parking lot has been used by the general public since the 1950's when parking was built to code for what was required at the time, and that the parking requirements for hotels are different today. Law provided information about the lack of parking in Waikiki and read a list of hotels with their number of rooms and shortage of parking stalls. He concluded that the City should take their expected public parking into consideration before closing the Zoo parking lot at midnight. 
Comments and concerns followed: 
1. General Funds: L. Wong noted that the money for parking at the Zoo goes in the City's general fund and not to the Zoo, noting that they have requested it go to the Zoo in the past.
2. Kapiolani Park Trust Provisions: Matson pointed out in regard to Law's comments that in 1988 the Supreme Court decision and order concluded that the 1896 Kapiolani Park Trust provisions prevail and the parking in and around Kapiolani Park is for park users only. She noted that many people from Waikiki Resort District hotels are parking on Trust lands, which are preservation land registered as a historic landscape on the Hawaii State Register of Historic Places. She concluded that there appears to be a continuing need to familiarize the surrounding business community with these facts because they think Kapiolani Park, including the Zoo, can be used for their own public parking purposes.
Chair Figliuzzi thanked the hotel community for attending the meeting and bringing up their concern.

Makalei/Leahi Beach Park Seawall Right-of-Way Access

As reported earlier by Mayor's representative Constantinau, the issue has been resolved, however the public was given the opportunity for testimony:
• Seawall Walks: Resident Cortezi, a seven (7) year-old, noted that she does not want the fence blocking the seawall because she and her family has been going on walks there since she born.
• Information Request: Resident Alexi Drouin thanked the City and the citizens for their efforts of getting the Makalei gate removed, however he wants more information regarding the timeframe. Drouin inquired if there will be a sign on the Makalei Beach Park side to notify pedestrians of the fence on the other side for safety, suggesting that time is of the essence for the Leahi Beach Park fence to be removed and to restore full public access, because he has witnessed people climbing around the fence to attain access. 
• Public Access Resident Arlene Velasco, representing the Surfrider Foundation, inquired specifically why the fence was erected in the first place when in 2016 DPR made private homeowners remove the fence they put up, noting no one should be denied access to the beach. 
• Pyro Incident and Seawall Publicity: Resident Cheryl Severn reported on a pyromaniac incident with multiple fires set in the trash at Makalei Beach Park and thanked DPR for their quick replacement of the burned trash containers. She noted that there has been an increase of visitors to the seawall because it is being advertised on travel media, and also thanked the City for repairing the corner of the seawall by the beach. She concluded that the present concern is lack of communication from the city about the necessary seawall repairs, noting safety issues since the lawsuit in 2016.
• Speedy Repair: Resident Von Weigandt reported that the Makalei Beach Park seawall repair was accomplished quickly in a few weeks by taking the problem to the Kapahulu Fire Station, where the issue was communicated to the City engineers and pushed forward. 
Chair Figliuzzi congratulated the community on the City's decision to remove the fence and expressed appreciation for the community coming out and sharing their comments. L. Wong thanked the Surfrider Foundation, Councilmember Waters, Civil Beat and the media, and everyone involved for their efforts and support, and for coming together to get the Makalei Beach Park fence removed.

Tour Helicopter Safety and Noise Regulation

Tour Helicopter Safety and Noise Regulation Inter-Action Group (IAG) Report - Matson reported the following:
• Legislation: Matson reported that the State Legislature will be convening on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, and she has scheduled meetings with Legislators who are working on ideas for bills for more stringent tour helicopter regulation, especially a Legislator from Kaua'i due to the most recent fatal tour helicopter crash. She also reported that Congressman Ed Case also has introduced federal legislation for more stringent tour aircraft regulation. Matson noted the City's ordinance restricting aerial advertising, which Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) could not preempt, therefore local laws can be written and safeguarded to not be preempted by the FAA, which claims control of all airspace to the ground and ocean surface. 
• Website: Matson recommended visiting to get more information and to support better regulation of tour helicopters that presently fly wherever, whenever and however they want over ‘Oahu's communities and neighborhoods.

Ala Wai Canal and Golf Course

Ala Wai Canal and Golf Course Inter-Action Group (IAG) Report - Welch reported the following: 
• Ala Wai Flood Mitigation Project Update: On Tuesday, January 7, 2020, he State filed an appeal for reconsideration of Senior Environmental Court Judge Crabtree's October 29, 2019 decision to grant an injunction stopping the City and State from funding the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) controversial Ala Wai Flood Mitigation Project, and the defending parties are trying to lift that injunction. 
• Ala Wai Community Forum Video: ‘Olelo has posted the "Forum for Better Alternatives for the Ala Wai Flood Mitigation Project" video from the October 29, 2019 community forum at Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse, and more information can be found by visiting
• Topgolf: Topgolf representatives will provide a presentation at next month's Board meeting and it is recommended that the Board and community members research what it would mean if the Topgolf development is located at Ala Wai Golf Course. The IAG suggests that they work together to find an alternate location like Kapolei or Mililani, noting that they are not against Topgolf, however they have concerns about this location.
• USACE Ala Wai Flood Mitigation Project Presentation: The USACE will be providing a presentation to the Board with an update on their Ala Wai Flood Mitigation Project and have been asked to provide their presentation at the Board's March 2020 meeting.
Questions, comments, and concerns: 
1. Alternate Top Golf Location: Matson inquired if Kapolei would be considered a better location for Topgolf especially with the proposed surf park in the area, since both are quasi-commercial recreation projects of similar magnitude that would better fit with the space, zoning, and traffic patterns there. 
2. Expressing Opinions: Chair Figliuzzi noted people are entitled to come to the Board to present their case fairly at the Topgolf presentation next month.


• Ala Wai Boat Harbor: Resident Dave Watase noted that he has become a community advocate because of his involvement in the Ala Wai Canal Project controversy, and he is now contacted about many community concerns. He explained that he wanted to share an important concern about DLNR's plan to convert 125 free parking spaces into paid parking at Ala Wai Harbor. He noted his opposition and that Protect Our Ala Wai Watershed has also submitted a letter in opposition. Watase reported that DLNR has scheduled a hearing for this at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, January 10, 2020 at the Kalanimoku Building, and requested that the community submit individual testimony to blnr.testimony@hawaii.govon agenda item J-1, prefacing the Ala Wai small boat harbor and 125 parking spaces.
• Dillingham Fountain: Resident Elizabeth Conklin noted that the Dillingham fountain in Kapiolani Park is down because of an electrical problem costing $300,000 to fix and that it would take a long time to get fixed. She noted that the wedding reenactment photography companies are generous about improving the scenery and suggested approaching them for financial support.
• Dangerous Speeding: Resident Von Weigandt emphasized that Diamond Head Road in front of Makalei Beach Park must have three (3) speed bumps in the 10-mph zone because of the speeding at all hours of the day, and Friday and Saturday with midnight drag racing at speeds of 50 to 70 miles per hour, and DTS agrees that there is a very bad speeding problem. She emphasized the high level of danger to walkers, runners, dog walkers, beach users, mothers with strollers, and tourists especially with recent travel media advertisement of the area.
• Matson recommended that Councilmember Waters submit a Request for Investigation and Service Report (RISR) specific to the speeding on Diamond Head Road and particularly around the blind turns by Makalei Beach Park, in order to get the City's attention and action on this issue. Chair Figliuzzi agreed and noted that this will be an agenda item for further discussion next month.
Chair Figliuzzi handed the gavel to Vice Chair Welch at 7:37 p.m.
Chair Figliuzzi left the meeting at 7:37 p.m.; 11 members present.
• Rate Commission: Resident Barbara Armentrout reported the following:
• The Rate Commission sets the rates for The Bus, Handivan and Rail, and is in talks for the Rail's initial opening from Kapolei to Aloha Stadium in October 2020, but there could be a delay with the Department of Transportation Services (DTS) taking over operations. 
• The City is considering eliminating monthly and annual bus passes, and public testimony from bus users is needed for the Rate Commission meeting on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. 
Armentrout concluded by suggesting a presentation on the Holo Card at a future Board meeting.
• Speed Limit: Welch suggested that Councilmembers Kobayashi and Waters address the speeding issues with "20 is plenty" speed limit in residential areas, as over 400 cities on the mainland have done.
• Kapahulu Vision: Welch recommended that Councilmember Kobayashi's "Envision Kaimuki" City Council action to reinvigorate that area be also brought to Kapahulu to make it a more livable and pleasant experience for residents and visitors, pedestrians and bicyclists, alike.
Chair Figliuzzi returned to the meeting at 7:40 p.m.; 12 members present.
Vice Chair Welch returned the gavel to Chair Figliuzzi at 7:40 p.m.
Hearing no objections, Chair Figliuzzi returned to agenda item Filling of Vacancies on Board.


Chair Figliuzzi announced that the Board has two (2) vacancies, one (1) each in Subdistricts 1 and 2, with the appointed term commencing January 9, 2020 and ending June 30, 2021. Chair Figliuzzi reported that Barbara Miller and Mark Kamahele resigned and residents Jackson Sayama and Mela Kealoha-Lindsey volunteered for these Board vacancies.
Chair Figliuzzi called a recess at 7:46 p.m. to verify Board district residency of the volunteers.
Chair Figliuzzi called the meeting back to order at 7:51 p.m. following verification by the Neighborhood Assistant.

Candidate Presentations: Sayama and Kealoha-Lindsey briefly explained why they desired to participate on the Board: 
• Subdistrict 1 (St. Louis Heights): Sayama noted that he was born and raised in the district on Peter Street and has been attending Board meetings religiously for the past several months. He noted that he was inspired by the community and the Board working together to address issues and effect change in the community. Sayama hopes to inspire other people his age to join Boards and be involved in assisting the community.
• Subdistrict 2 (Kapahulu): Kealoha-Lindsey lives on Kaimuki Ave and was previously a board member and treasurer at Liliha Neighborhood Board for 3 terms. She noted that since moving here, she has been wanted to get involved with the community. She noted that her nonprofit does a lot of things in this area and that it gives them the opportunity to support the community with various aspects of the activities she and her non-profit are interested in.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Homeless and Other Interests: Matson noted Sayama's previous well-taken comments recommending setting aside specific areas for the homeless, transients and others who live along public streets, but expressed concerns regarding his subsequent comments about the homeless as residents of the parks, noting she does not support the impression that public parks are going to be turned to residential districts for homeless transients, which the City is trying to prevent. Sayama responded that he refers to them as residents of the parks because they have been living there for years as part of the neighborhood, but he does not condone legitimizing this. Matson inquired about other interests he might have and Sayama responded that he feels affordable housing is important, noting how people of his generation do not see a future here. L. Wong inquired and Sayama responded that he is in the Board's subdistrict 1, Saint Louis Heights.
2. Nonprofit and Other Interests: Matson inquired about Kealoha-Lindsey's nonprofit and her other interests for joining the Board. Kealoha-Lindsey responded that when she lives in a community, she wants to understand the entire community to have a better understanding and give back. She explained that her nonprofit assisted with the Made in Hawaii bill to ensure integrity at specialty events such as in Kapiolani Park where crafts are required to be original and created by the person selling them. She also noted her non-profit works with homeless to help move them forward by providing resources for their assistance.
3. Crane Park and Transient Homeless: B. Wong noted growing up at Crane Park when it used to be the home site for baseball and basketball practice, but he cannot take his grandchildren to Crane Park because it is now inundated by the homeless, and this is not fair to the entire community. He noted that the park should be cleared of the homeless for a year, because they keep coming back to the pavilion from the sidewalk 15 feet away when the police leave after kicking them out, which is not fair to the park users or residents across the street. He added that the transients are now going through the neighborhoods and they need to be moved. B. Wong questioned the program about moving homeless from one park to the next, and Kealoha-Lindsey responded that this was initiated with the sit and lie law to benefit Waikiki's economy because the tourists did not want to see them everywhere, and the law was subsequently extended to other communities which caused the homeless to move more. She added that enforcement is very difficult because HPD and DPR cannot enforce this 24/7, and solutions must be found. Kealoha-Lindsey noted that she feels that the homeless statistics that claim there are fewer homeless are deceiving, because they only cover specific areas instead of the island as a whole. She concluded that it is difficult to assist homeless with mental issues and drug issues, and her non-profit tries to help families with children. 
4. Complaints against the Board: L. Wong recalled that Kealoha-Lindsey had complained about the Board in the past regarding Board members getting up and leaving the table to speak with other people in attendance. Kealoha-Lindsey responded that several times she did observe members sleeping when they need to be alert and supportive of community issues. Peralto agreed that Kealoha-Lindsey's observations and concerns were valid and had been witnessed, and he recommended that these concerns be noted for record so that the Board could continue along with the agenda. Chair Figliuzzi agreed.

Chair Figliuzzi called for nominations.

Welch nominated Sayama for Subdistrict 1 and Kealoha-Lindsey for Subdistrict 2. 
Discussion followed:
• Secretary's Duties Clarification: Matson recommended that vote counts should be handled by the Neighborhood Assistant (NA) to maintain the appearance of neutrality. She noted that as a Board member she will be voting on these nominations, and as the Board's Secretary she will continue her duties of reviewing the draft minutes and assisting the chair with organizing the meeting agendas.
Sayama was APPOINTED to the Board by MAJORITY VOTE, 10-0-2 (Aye: Allen, Beutel, Julian, Narita, Peralto, Persons, Welch, West, B. Wong and L. Wong; Nay: None; ABSTAIN: Figliuzzi, Matson).
Kealoha-Lindsey was APPOINTED to the Board by UNANIMOUS VOTE, 12-0-0 (Aye: Beutel, Allen, Figliuzzi, Julian, Matson, Narita, Peralto, Persons, Welch, West, B. Wong and L. Wong; Nay: None; ABSTAIN: None).

Chair Figliuzzi called a recess at 8:08 p.m. for the NA to administer the Oath of Office to Sayama and Kealoha-Lindsey.
Chair Figliuzzi called the meeting back to order at 8:12 p.m.
Sayama and Kealoha-Lindsey entered the meeting at 8:12 p.m.; 14 members present.


Congressman Ed Case: No representative was present and no report was given.

Councilmember Ann Kobayashi: Councilmember Ann Kobayashi distributed a newsletter and reported the following:
• Homes Outreach and Navigation for Unsheltered Persons (HONU): Councilmember Kobayashi reported that the HONU project initiated by HPD is currently in Waipahu Cultural Center and has been successful in diverting homeless to needed services. She noted that every nine months they move to another location and are looking into another location and are looking into , possibly Old Stadium Park because the HONU has a 5-mile radius of zero-tolerance enforcement which would reach Crane Park with 24/7 HPD protection and security. Councilmember Kobayashi noted it is not fair to the youth because parks are meant for recreation and not a place to live. She added that affordable housing is another solution and that there will be many large buildings coming up in the urban area, noting that they should be developing more affordable housing at 60% area median income (AMI) and below so people have places where they can afford to live.
• Proposed Ala Wai Canal Bridge: Councilmember Kobayashi noted that this year discussion may resume discussion on the proposed Ala Wai Bridge from Waikiki to the base of University Avenue.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: 
1. HONU Next Location: Sayama inquired about the decision deadline for the next HONU location and Councilmember Kobayashi responded that they are making sure that HONU is successful, and it seems to have gone beyond expectations so they could be confirming another location within 4 to 5 months, but the HONU could be going somewhere else before Stadium Park.
2. Park-User Displacement: Matson inquired about accommodating the existing recreational park users who rely on Old Stadium Park. Councilmember Kobayashi responded that HONU would not take up the whole park, noting that the HONU only has 10 tents and would be set up near the old Bowl-O-Drome.
3. Monster House Bill Package: Matson inquired and Councilmember Kobayashi responded that she supports the monster home enforcement legislation because it provides stronger enforcement of current laws.

Councilmember Tommy Waters: Councilmember Waters reported the following:
• Makalei/Leahi Beach Park Seawall Fence: Councilmember Waters noted that he was prepared to speak about the Zoo parking and Makalei/Leahi Beach Park seawall fence, and noted that the seawall will be fixed with this year's budget but it could take some time because a Special Management Area permit may be needed to work on this property that is close to the ocean. He commended the community's efforts regarding these issues as being similar to those addressing the homeless encampments issue at Diamond Head, because the community came together and got involved.
• 2020 Goals: Councilmember Waters reported that he set goals for attacking the homeless problem; affordable housing; fixing DPP's problems with monster homes and the current permitting process; and reducing crime, especially violent crimes. He noted that speeding is an enforcement problem especially in front of Makalei Beach Park and that the speeding will decrease if there is regular police presence in the area.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Seawall Repair: Matson noted that there are Special Management Area Major Permits and Minor Permits, and the seawall repair may require only a Minor Permit that will take less time. 
2. Tour Helicopter Safety Issues: Matson thanked Councilmember Waters for his assistance with the City Council tour helicopter Resolution and noted a precedent aircraft ordinance that could not be preempted by the FAA could provide direction for additional City Council legislation to protect the community. Councilmember Waters thanked Matson for spearheading the helicopter issue, pointing out that all seven (7) Neighborhood Boards in his City Council district have passed Resolutions relating to the tour helicopter issue because they are dangerous and highly irritating. He added that the October 29, 2019 meeting sponsored by the tour helicopter industry had a lot of propaganda and the FAA did not offer much, whereas Congressman Case wrote a sharp letter to them and has introduced stringent legislation. Chair Figliuzzi noted commenting in a newspaper article that tour helicopters are a public safety issue. He added that they are a public health and safety issue, and their noise pollution is a nuisance because ‘Oahu residents are bothered and discomforted by helicopters constantly flying over their neighborhoods. Resident Armentrout reported on a helicopter experience in the past where the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) notified residents of their helicopter activities as HECO worked on utility poles in the valley. 
3. Helicopter Pollution: Matson noted that the City Council could be effective if they adopt an air pollution ordinance controlling toxic pollution from tour helicopters that fly over residential areas, noting that a significant study shows that helicopter toxic air pollution is much worse than most people realize. Councilmember Waters responded that as the chair of the City Council Public Safety Committee he would be anxious to have that information and possibly hold a hearing specific to tour helicopter issues.
4. Helicopter Certification: L. Wong noted that according to a recent letter in the Star Advertiser from the past Kailua Neighborhood Board chair and former National Guard helicopter pilot, no National Guard helicopter pilots can fly without special flight instrument training. 

5. Scammers and 311 Hold Time: Resident Armentrout reported that scammers called her about social security and when she called 311 to report it, she had to wait up to 45 minutes to get through.
6. Pothole Fix: Chair Figliuzzi reported that he has taken photos of potholes and they have been filled within 24 hours. Councilmember Waters thanked Chair Figliuzzi for his efforts regarding the Diamond Head homeless by attending the meetings with HPD and providing his input. 
7. Dillingham Fountain: L. Wong inquired about the Dillingham fountain, noting that it should at least pump water, and suggested looking at a private foundation for assistance. Councilmember Waters responded that he had received a report from DDC regarding the Dillingham Fountain, however he believed that this meeting was going to focus on the Beach Park seawall fence and Zoo parking issues. Chair Figliuzzi noted that this should be on the agenda next month because the fountain has been too long in disrepair and an update is needed.
Chair Figliuzzi thanked Councilmember Waters for his attendance and responsive, fair and honest approach to community issues.

Senator Les Ihara Jr.: No representative was present and no report given.

Senator Stanley Chang: Adrian Tam from Senator Chang's office distributed a newsletter and reported the following: 
• Constituent Survey: Residents in the Diamond Head district should have received a constituent survey regarding legislative priorities and any issues that need fixing or improvement, noting that the survey could also be emailed in because they use the information from the surveys to work on, and constituents have noted the same issues of homelessness and an uptick in fireworks over the holidays.
• Legislature: The Legislative session is convening on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 and there is still time to contact Senator Chang's office for assistance with bill ideas, as the deadline is coming up soon. Some bills being introduced include the following: the house vacancy tax for people who invest in properties and leave them vacant; the community based up-zone bill which allows communities to vote to up-zone the density in their district; and important housing lands which would designate lands around the state specifically for housing likened to the important agricultural lands designation passed in 2005. 
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: 
1. Up-Zoning: B. Wong inquired if up-zoning translates to more monster homes and Tam responded that more unit density in the zone, noting that the up-zoning will need the community to vote for it to pass. B. Wong inquired and Tam responded that he did not know how it would affect property tax but Senator Chang would look forward to hearing comments and testimony on this at committee hearings.
2. Senate Transportation Committee: Peralto inquired and Tam responded that Senator Chang is not in the Senate's Transportation Committee, however he noted that their office can take issues and concerns about roads on state land and the airport to the Transportation Committee chair, Senator Lorraine Inouye, in order to work on them together.
3. Housing: Peralto inquired about the Singapore solution to housing and Tam responded that legislators are taking housing seriously and suggested that the community provide testimony. Welch inquired and Tam responded that Senator Chang will only entertain the idea of a 100-story building in Kakaako if the community requests it and it is deemed specifically for housing for Hawaii residents.
4. Tour Helicopter Legislation: Matson noted that she is familiar with the letter signed by four (4) Senators including Senator Chang that requested the FAA to ground tour helicopters after the Kailua crash. She inquired about Senator Chang's interest in introducing legislation to protect the community from the tour helicopters, and Tam responded that other legislators, such as Senators Thielen and Ruderman, are working on the helicopter legislation, noting that Senator Chang would gladly support it. Matson noted that Representative Nakamura from Kauai is possibly also working on helicopter legislation.

Representative Bertram Kobayashi: Representative Kobayashi distributed a newsletter and reported the following:
• Capital Improvement Project (CIP): Representative Kobayashi reported that the Governor's budget was presented to legislature and that the supplemental budget looks like the regular budget where the Governor is asking for an additional $1.2 billion for capital improvement (CIP) funds for construction projects in the supplemental budget. He reported that the reason is in part that Hawaii has achieved the lowest bond rating in its modern history, making it cheaper to borrow money than before. He noted that the CIP needs of Hawaii are enormous and more than the operating budget. He added that the challenge will be to combine this supplemental budget with last year's budget of approximately the same amount to fund all the construction the projects, and noted that job prices increase considerably when funds are plentiful with only a limited number of contractors, as seen with Phase I of the Rail project.

• Makalei/Leahi Beach Park Seawall Fence Legality: Representative Kobayashi voiced his concerns about the legal basis for the Makalei/Leahi Beach Park fence installation because it is public right of way with continuous unobstructed use of the public walkway for over 20 years, as with the Gold Coast seawall where the DLNR could not and did not erect a gate and fence to prohibit seawall access because the State Supreme Court declared it a public walkway. 
• Census 2020: Representative Kobayashi reported that the Census 2020 is coming, noting that historically Hawaii has a low census participation rate, and the lower the participation the less money is received from the federal government. He pointed out that the State is losing millions of dollars in federal funding like grants because of the lack of participation and underrepresented headcount, which is determined only every ten (10) years by the census.
• Waikiki-Diamond Head No-Fishing Zone: Representative Kobayashi noted his support for the no-fishing zone offshore of Waikiki and Diamond Head. He reported that DLNR supports a fishing ban, however they want to do it their way via administrative rule, rather than by statute, because DLNR feels they would have more control under their administrative rule.
• Officials Collaboration: Representative Kobayashi noted the need for more people to get in touch with State and City officials on issues that are problematic, both short-term and long-term. He noted that a lot of people express having a problem with government services, however those same people did not contact anyone about it.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: 
1. Chair Figliuzzi questioned how the public access could have been blocked in the first place without community comment nor Board comment. Representative Kobayashi suggested that the Department of Corporation Counsel (COR) be requested to justify the legal basis for the blockage. Chair Figliuzzi noted that it would be the responsible thing to do to continue this inquiry because this could happen with other issues out of the blue. He noted that he had spent a lot of time and energy with these issues over the past month and concluded that it can become stressful if situations like this occur frequently. Chair Figliuzzi agreed that it needs to be carefully determined why this happened this way.
2. New Civil Defense Facilities: Matson noted that the supplemental budget could be high due to the Oahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC) relocation and the Aloha Stadium project, and emphasized the urgent need to relocate the State's Emergency Management Agency and Department of Defense from the old Diamond Head bunkers to the new Mililani First Responders Complex. Representative Kobayashi responded that he has not reached that section in budget yet and noted that it can be added, and agreed there is heavy competition for construction funds.
3. Non-Union Contractors: Chair Figliuzzi inquired if the City Council really helped the public by cutting-off non-union contractors, because as mentioned earlier, a limited number of contractors means an increase in job pricing. Representative Kobayashi responded that the City would see lower-cost contracts with non-union labor because it is clearly cheaper and could be done faster because they are willing to work longer hours per week.
4. Census Rally: Sayama noted the Hawaii Community Foundation is managing the census and will be holding a census rally at the Hawaii State Capital on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 to inform and educate the public about the importance of their participation in the census because federal funds are lost in Hawaii due to lack of participation.

Representative Scott Nishimoto: Representative Nishimoto distributed a newsletter and reported the following:
• Free Tax Clinic Event: Representative Nishimoto noted that on Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., he is co-sponsoring a free Tax Clinic Event at the State Capital. Chair Figliuzzi noted taking his mother's taxes to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) for tax returns, noting that these tax services are a great service especially for the kupuna. Representative Nishimoto concluded that the Tax Clinic normally fills up, and noted it is best to call soon before all the slots are taken.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: 
1. Helicopter Legislation Support: Matson inquired and Representative Nishimoto responded that he will support the helicopter legislation, noting that he will contact Representative Nakamura from Kaua'i to inquire how he can show his support and sign her legislation. Matson noted a precedent City ordinance and also communicating with Representative Kobayashi on this.
2. Itemized Tax: L. Wong inquired and Representative Nishimoto clarified that the tax clinic helps with itemized taxes if that is necessary, adding that they are licensed tax preparers who are volunteering for the day.

House Speaker Emeritus (HSE) Calvin Say: HSE Say distributed his newsletter and reported the following:
• Federal Funds Lost: HSE Say reported that the Census is mentioned a lot because Hawaii loses federal funds, and he recommended telling everyone to be aware of this to increase participation.
• Mail-In Voting: HSE Say recommended being prepared for mail-in voting for this year's election in November 2020.
• Wa‘ahila State Park Renovation: HSE Say reported that DLNR was contacted to determine if more resources are needed for the renovation and expansion of Wa‘ahila State Park.


Chair Figliuzzi announced the following forthcoming events:
• Aloha the Ala Wai: Aloha the Ala Wai event at Ala Wai Community Park on Sunday, February 16, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with activities for all ages. To sign up, email 
• Honolulu Rainbow Ekiden Relay Race: Honolulu Rainbow Ekiden Relay Race at Kapiolani Park on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.
• Women Fun Runs: The 43rd Annual Hawaii Pacific Health Women's 10k and 5k will be on Sunday, May 3, 2020 and the Na Wahine Festival on Sunday, July 26, 2020.


Chairman's Report: Chair Figliuzzi suggested holding a forum for candidates running for offices such as the prosecutor and the Mayor in order to learn more about the people running and their intentions.

Treasurer's Report: L. Wong reported a remaining balance of $376.33.

Secretary's Report and Updates: Board Secretary Matson reported the following for the long-deferred and more recent draft meeting minutes slated for approval at this meeting:
• June 13, 2019: Matson reported that she was not the Board Secretary during that time and was unable to attend this meeting, and there is no report for the June minutes. 
• July 11, 2019: Matson reported that the July 2019 minutes are a rare situation because the former NA left the records locked on his computer, rendering them inaccessible. She noted that when accessed, portions of pertinent information and speakers' names were absent from the draft minutes. She therefore requested that the July 2019 minutes be deferred and removed from the Board's website for rewriting, and replaced on the Board's website once approved. 
• August 8, 2019: Matson reported that she had distributed the corrections for August 2019 minutes and recommended approval as corrected.
• September 12, 2019: Matson recommended that the September 2019 minutes be accepted as written.
• October 10, 2019: Matson reported that she had distributed corrections for the October 2019 minutes, and recommended that these draft minutes also be deferred for rewriting and replacement on the Board's website due to the extensive corrections. 
• November 14, 2019: Matson recommended that the November 2019 minutes be accepted as written.
• Sound System: Matson commented that the wireless sound system often makes it difficult for those present to hear the speakers and Board discussion during the meetings, and recommended that the NA wait to verify the meeting minutes drafts until the meeting video is posted online on ‘Olelo about two (2) weeks after the meeting, noting that otherwise the work is doubled. Matson therefore recommend that the meeting video be used by the NA for guidance in drafting and verifying the minutes.

Approval of Board Meeting Minutes

Welch MOVED and Matson SECONDED the Motion to accept the Secretary's recommendations including June 2019 minutes as written, defer July 2019 minutes to be rewritten, accept August 2019 minutes as corrected, accept September 2019 minutes as written, defer October 2019 minutes to be rewritten, and accept November 2019 minutes as written. 
Discussion followed:
• Corrections Distribution: L. Wong inquired and Matson confirmed that the corrected minutes drafts were distributed three (3) times including prior to this meeting. L. Wong noted her decision to abstain due to being confused.
The Board APPROVED the Motion to accept the Secretary's recommendations including June 2019 minutes as written, defer July 2019 minutes to be rewritten, accept August 2019 minutes as corrected, accept September 2019 minutes as written, defer October 2019 minutes to be rewritten, and accept November 2019 minutes as written by MAJORITY CONSENT; 13-0-1 (Aye: Beutel, Allen, Figliuzzi, Julian, Kealoha-Lindsey, Matson, Narita, Peralto, Persons, Sayama, Welch, West, and B. Wong; Nay: None; ABSTAIN: L. Wong).

The following corrections were provided for August 2019:
Page 1 - Neighborhood Assistant: James Skizewski
Page 4 - Mayor's Representative
Questions, comments and concerns:
1. Park Development - Matson noted that how Mayor Caldwell reacts to the present controversy in relation to the Waimanalo District Park project will set a precedent. She urged Mayor Caldwell to also reconsider the Ala Moana Park redevelopment project and focus on the repairs and maintenance such as the roadway, and stop the redevelopment until there is a community-based plan instead of a New York consultant plan.
Page 5 - Priority Community Issues
Tour Helicopter Safety and Noise Impacts Resolution
The adopted Resolution is not attached to the minutes as stated, and is not posted on the 
Neighborhood Board's Resolution link at
Page 5-6 - Councilmember Ann Kobayashi
Ala Moana Beach Park: Councilmember Kobayashi noted her dismay at Mayor Caldwell's decision to plant coconut trees in Ala Moana Beach Park. Councilmember Kobayashi noted her support on sentiment put forth by Matson that the palms removed from Nimitz Highway should be planted in Kapiolani Park. Councilmember Kobayashi concluded that the trees restrict the traditional use of the shoreline picnic area. Questions, comments and concerns:
3. Ala Moana Beach Park - ….Division of Urban Forestry (DUF) Administrator Stan Oka….
4. Lieutenant Governor Josh Green - ....invite Lieutenant Governor Josh Green….
Page 6 - Councilmember Tommy Waters
Questions, comments and concerns
2. Kaimana Beach - Matson asked if there might be intent to allow the $1 million to lapse and be reallocated to the rail project . . .
3. Corporation Counsel - . . . Waters noted he does not always agree with Corporation Counsel, and has concerns about a conflict with their dual representation of the City Council and City administration . . .
Page 8 - Reports of Members at Other Meetings
Trees in Kaimuki - Chair Figliuzzi reported on the Trees in Kaimuki project with $500,000 set aside for implementation and noted the need for volunteers to look into the matter of trees for Kapahulu, where the trees have been neglected.

Standing Committees

Planning and Zoning Committee - Committee Chair Matson reported the following: 
• Monster House Bill Package: Matson noted that Councilmember Fukunaga requested that the Board consider supporting the City Council's package of monster home enforcement bills, including a City Council resolution. She noted that Bill 65 is important because it revokes a building permit if work is not started within 180 days.
Matson MOVED and West SECONDED the Motion to support the City Council's monster house enforcement bill package, including resolution 19-325.
Discussion followed:
• Construction Impact: Beutel noted that passing more laws could reduce the amount of construction, worsening the situation of affordable housing and homeless. Matson responded that these are building permit bills which cover inconsistent DPP inspections and the waiving of fees, noting that these bills address illegal construction.
The Board APPROVED the Motion to support the City Council's monster house bill package, including the City Council resolution 19-325 by MAJORITY CONSENT, 12-1-1 (Aye: Allen, Figliuzzi, Julian, Kealoha-Lindsey, Matson, Narita, Peralto, Persons, Welch, West, B. Wong and L. Wong; Nay: Beutel; ABSTAIN: Sayama).

Sub-District Reports

Sub-District 1 (St. Louis Heights): Allen reported that the next St. Louis Heights Community Association meeting is on Monday, January 13, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at Hokulani Elementary School.

Sub-District 2 (Kapahulu): Peralto noted that the 5th Annual Ho'ola Na Pua's Human Trafficking Awareness Walk is on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.
• Crane Park Transient Encampments: Peralto noted that Crane Park was already discussed in length.
• Bulky-Items: Peralto reported that bulky-item pick-ups with the new rules have seen improvements, and he urged the community to report infractions via
• Abandoned Vehicles: Peralto noted that the Honolulu311 app is functioning, however there is a back- log of work order requests to have the abandoned vehicles removed. Matson suggested that Peralto also look into Winam Avenue Diamond Head side of the Mooheau Avenue intersection, where there the road narrows and a few cars are allowed to park on the mauka side, turning it into dangerous one-lane blockage for busy two-way traffic.

Sub-District 3 (Diamond Head): L. Wong requested that the Kaimana Beach facilities and Pualei Circle abandoned vehicles be removed from the agenda until she is ready to address them. She additionally requested that the Makalei/Leahi Beach Park issue remain on the agenda.

Next Regular Board Meeting: The next regular Board meeting will be at Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse on Thursday, February 13, 2020.

ADJOURNMENT: Chair Figliuzzi adjourned the meeting at 9:13 p.m.

Submitted by: Lindon Valenciano, Neighborhood Assistant
Reviewed by: Christopher Naylon, Public Relations
Reviewed by: Michelle Matson, Board Secretary
Final Review by: Richard Figliuzzi, Board Chair

‘Olelo January 9, 2020 Board Meeting Video:

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