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Kaimuki Neighborhood Board No. 4


August 2021 Minutes





CALL TO ORDER - Chair Schneider called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Quorum was established with eight (8) members present. Note - This 11-member Board requires six (6) members to establish a quorum and to take official Board action.

Board Members Present - Sharon Schneider, Paul Hoe, Brian Kang, Molly Pierce (appointed), Jason DeMarco (appointed), Reyn Kaupiko, Becky Gardner, Joyce Murakami, Travis Saito, Hamed Dehnavi, and Lori Yamada.

Board Members Absent - None were absent.

Guests - Captain Michael Han (Honolulu Fire Department); Lieutenant Taro Nakamura (Honolulu Police Department); Mark D. Wong (Mayor Rick Blangiardi's Representative); Amanda Stevens (Governor David Ige's Representative); Lorna Heller (Board of Water Supply); Mitch Heidenreich (US Representative Ed Case's Office); State House Representative Bertrand Kobayashi; City Councilmember Calvin Say; Council Chair Tommy Waters; Jackson Sayama (State House Representative, District 20); Cuong Tran, Dr. Robert Franco (Kapiolani Community College, Resiliency Hubs Presentation); Carol Hoshiko (Community Liaison, Kapi'olani Community College); Adoree Yu (Queen Theater); Residents Kelsie Aguiliera, Barbara DeBaryshe, Susan Shaindlin,; Brandy Clark (Neighborhood Commission Office). 30 participants were in attendance.


Subdistrict 1: Chair Schneider addressed an open vacancy in this district, Resident Molly Pierce introduced herself and expressed her interest in filling this seat.

Vice Chair Hoe nominated Pierce to fill the Subdistrict 1 Seat, the vote PASSED with UNANIMOUS CONSENT.

Subdistrict 3: Chair Schneider addressed an open vacancy in this district, Resident James DeMarco introduced himself and expressed his interest in filling this seat.

Gardner nominated DeMarco to fill the Subdistrict 3 Seat, the vote PASSED with UNANIMOUS CONSENT.

A recess was taken at 6:40 p.m., the Neighborhood Assistant administered the Oath of Office to Pierce and DeMarco.

Meeting resumed at 6:42 p.m., 10 Board members are present.


Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) - Captain Han read the following report:

July 2021 Statistics: There was 1 structure fire, 1 cooking fire, 4 activated alarms, 69 medical calls, 4 motor vehicle crashes, 1 ocean rescue, and 1 hazmat incident with a total of 87 incidents.

Safety Tip: Captain Han shared children and heating sources safety tips.

Questions, comments and concerns followed:

1. Hazmat Incident: Vice Chair Hoe asked and Captain Han responded that there was a chlorine leak regarding the hazmat incident.

2. Thanks: Gardner thanked a Battalion Chief for obtaining a parks permit.

Honolulu Police Department (HPD) - Lieutenant Nakamura read the following report:

• July 2021 Statistics: There were 19 motor vehicle thefts, 16 burglaries, 45 thefts, and 19 UEMVs. Total calls for service were 8,030.

• June 2021 Statistics: There were 6 motor vehicle thefts, 13 burglaries, 51 thefts, and 27 UEMVs. Total calls for service were 8,111.

• Safety Tip: Lieutenant Nakamura shared back-to-school safety tips.

Questions, comments and concerns followed:

1. Speeding Concerns: Both Treasurer Kang and Gardner expressed speeding concerns on 16th Avenue, between avenues Pahoa and Kilauea.

2. Data: DeMarco commented on data inconsistencies and stated it lacks context to make meaningful changes. Vice Chair Hoe replied with an explanation of where the statistics come from and why they are meaningful.

Board of Water Supply (BWS) - Heller gave report, which mentioned two (2) main breaks on Thursday, July 8, 2021 and Monday, July 26, 2021 that both happened on 8th Avenue, and noted upgrades to their bill payment portal in September 2021.

Questions, comments and concerns followed:

1. Canvassing: Secretary Yamada asked and Heller responded that BWS will be present to replace the valves and pipes and not to canvas.

2. Automatic Billing: Vice Chair Hoe inquired and Heller answered that there will be a follow-up for how to set up automatic billing through BWS.


Bryan Kimura, HDOT Representative: Kimura reported the repairs of a railing near Koko Head Avenue that was completed in July of 2021. Questions, comments and concerns followed: Thanks: Resident Eric McCutcheon expressed thanks to Kimura to completing repairs of said railing.

Adoree Yu, Queen Theater: Yu reported that her and her father currently own the theatre. Yu stated she is doing all she can to find the right tenant and is currently working on replacing the sign and marquee. Yu noted she has heard complaints from the Community and is seeking a qualified lessee. To contact her for more information, Yu gave out her email address,

Questions, comments and concerns followed:

1. Communication: Gardner expressed her thanks to Yu for reporting her updates, and mentioned she drafted the resolution concerning the structural integrity and sanitation while expressing hazardous concerns.

2. Timeframe: Vice Chair Hoe inquired and Yu replied of next steps to address the conditions of the theater. Pierce invited Yu to report updates to the Board until the timeframe for the theater is established and expressed importance for Yu to coming to the Board to present her progress. Yu mentioned she will keep the Board and Council Chair Tommy Waters posted on the progression of said theater. Chair Schneider stated Yu can give a presentation when things move forward.

3. Replacements: Chair Schneider asked and Yu answered that the sign and marquee are of utmost importance to be replaced.

4. Input: Chair Schneider expressed importance of input from the Community as for considering a lessee is concerned. Yu expressed support for collecting input.

Carol Hoshiko, Communtiy Liaison, Kapi'olani Community College (KCC): Hoshiko reported a webinar on Thursday, August 26, 2021 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., for more information, Hoshiko suggested to contact the registrar office.


Update Of The Action 15 Survey Workshop To Help Identify Primary And Secondary Locations For Community Resilience Hubs, Located Island Wide: Dr. Robert Franco, and Cuong Tran, (Kapiolani Community College (KCC)) reported on the updates of the surveys given regarding resiliency hubs.

Questions, comments and concerns followed: Survey: Gardner asked and Franco responded that there are differences between the old and new surveys. Franco stated further that there is a balance considered between content and design; also explained the objective behind having a resiliency hub to recover with and respond to when faced with a humanitarian crisis.


1. For information and diagrams at our meetings please click this link:

2. There are Bus Route updates, please use above link for detailed information.

3. There will be a Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic on Sunday, August 29, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Kaimuk Community Park on Waialae Avenue by Queen's Medical Health Systems for the community - no appointment needed, no out of pocket costs, but please fill out the registration that is requested on the form.

4. There Is An Updated Seal Coating Schedule For The Month Of August, Also At The Above Link.

5. There is a Liquor Commission hearing on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. for an application by Magoo's Pizza, 3579 Waialae Avenue, Unit #C. See details at the above link.


Mayor Rick Blangiardi's Representative - Director of Department of Information Technology (DIT) Mark D. Wong was present and gave the following report, which included links and ways to check out paving projects through the Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP).

Questions, comments and concerns followed:

1. Delays: Chair Schneider asked and Director Wong answered that there is a certain amount of revenue that is budgeted. Director Wong reported further that if the bid is higher the delay is there and stated the government procurement is a tedious process. Chair Schneider explained frustration amongst residents due to the delays present. Director Wong responded that there is a push for all major projects on the island from the previous administration and explained how the projects are packaged, and the possibilities of delays.

2. Parking Lot Update: Vice Chair Hoe inquired and Director Wong responded that there will be a follow-up for the status of the municipal parking lot.

3. Bikeways: DeMarco inquired and Director Wong replied that the Department of Transportation Services (DTS) can answer questions regarding the planning of bikeways and infrastructures supporting bike paths.

4. Charging Stations: Dehnavi asked and Director Wong answered that there is one (1) charging station planned for the municipal parking lot. Director Wong noted further that the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) will be spoken to about adding more charging stations. Gardner inquired and Director Wong responded about a statute regarding charging stations.

City Council Chair Tommy Waters - Council Chair Waters was present and reported a resolution that was passed by City Council accepting a mural, noted a cell phone tower, cutting down trees and replacing them with more, addressed Queen Theater concerns and stated he was pausing the resolution to condemn it. Chair Waters also addressed graffiti and littering concerns.

Questions, comments and concerns followed:

1. Biki Stations: DeMarco inquired about the status of the Biki Station; Chair Waters redirected that question to Director Mark Wong. Chair Waters noted further that Biki never met with him, stated the role of the Council is to create money but is not responsible for spending control. Director Wong stated Biki has resolved financial issues due to a boom in tourism, with Biki reporting that on Tuesday, June 27, 2021, that their business has increased by 91%.

2. Moratorium: Gardner addressed moratorium, displacement and affordable housing concerns. Chair Waters acknowledged that there are zero places to rent, and explained plans to build affordable housing.

Councilmember Calvin Say (City Council District 5): Councilmember Say was present and reported on how DTS is experiencing two (2) pilot Complete Streets projects, and stated Biki has not contacted his office regarding financial state. Councilmember Say took questions, however no questions were asked during this time.

Governor David Ige's Representative - Representative Amanda Stephens reported methods to increase teleworking opportunities and noted the Broadband Benefit program are still accepting applications. Stephens took questions, however no questions were asked during this time.

Senator Stanley Chang - Lynn Robinson-Onderko reported that his office is recruiting interns and mentioned a density development to address housing crisis.

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

Representative Jackson Sayama, District 20: Representative Sayama congratulated newly elected Board members, addressed moratorium concerns, vaccination efforts, and amending the statute for charging stations.

Representative Bertrand Kobayashi: A newsletter was sent electronically to the Board.

United States Representative Ed Case: Mitch Heidenreich reported vaccination efforts, and addressed moratorium concerns. Questions, comments and concerns followed: Bill: Dehnavi inquired and Heidenreich answered that Representative Case wants to see the $300 trillion plan come for a vote next week. Heidenreich noted further to check out for the bills that Representative Case supports.


Fill Sergeant-At-Arms Vacancy: Hearing no objections, Chair Schneider deferred this to September 2021's meeting.

Resolution "Urging the City and County of Honolulu to Adopt a Heritage Tree Ordinance" submitted because of concern of the loss of trees and overdevelopment in Kaimuk : Gardner read resolution, DeMarco stated he wanted more time to discuss the resolution due to not receiving it. Hearing no objections, Chair Schneider deferred resolution to September 2021's meeting.

Discussion of the Resolution passed by the Pearl City Neighborhood Board, #21 in Opposition of the Storm Water Utility Fee: Hearing no objections, Chair Schneider deferred this to September 2021's meeting.

Discussion on whether to continue with the Permitted Interaction Groups or form others to keep us abreast of timely topics - Transportation, Environment and Planning and Zoning: Hearing no objections, Chair Schneider deferred resolution to September 2021's meeting.

Approval of the Wednesday, July 18, 2021 Draft Initial Convening Meeting Minutes

Hoe MOVED and Pierce SECONDED the MOTION to ADOPT the Wednesday, June 16, 2021 Draft Initial Convening Meeting Minutes AS WRITTEN, the motion was ADOPTED with a MAJORITY VOTE, (10-0-1) (Aye: Kaupiko, Murakami, Saito, Gardner, Hoe, Schneider, Kang, Yamada, Pierce, Dehnavi; Nay: None; Abstain: DeMarco.)


Treasurer's Report - Treasurer Kang reported printing costs for August 2021 were $2.35, postage costs were $22.44, with a remaining balance of $408.00.

Members' Attendance at Other Meetings: Nothing to report.

Report of Environmental Permitted Interaction Group: Nothing to report

Report of Planning and Zoning Permitted Interaction Group: Nothing to report.

Report of Transportation Permitted Interaction Group: Nothing to report.

Next Meeting: The next Kaimuki Neighborhood Board No. 4 Regular Meeting is scheduled on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom Application.

ADJOURNMENT - The meeting was adjourned at 8:41 p.m.

Submitted by: Brandy Clark, Neighborhood Assistant

Reviewed by: Dylan Whitsell, Community Relations Specialist

Reviewed by: Lori Yamada, Secretary

Final approval by:

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