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October 2021 Minutes





6:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER - Chair Andrew Salenger called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Quorum was established with 14 members present via Webex Application. Note - This 15-member Board requires eight (8) members to establish a quorum and to take official Board action.

Board Members Present: Julia Allen, Rafia Hasina, Margaret Murchie, Bertram Narita, Bruce Wong, John Beutel, Mela Kealoha Lindsey, Keolu Peralto, George West, Andrew Salenger, Michelle Matson, Don Persons, Laura St. Denis, Linda Wong.

Board Members Absent: Wendell Murakawa.

Guests: Captain Kainoa Sato (Honolulu Fire Department); Sergeant Clinton Corpuz and Lieutenant Leonard Nishimura (Honolulu Police Department); Keola Fisher (Council Chair Tommy Waters' office); Councilmember Calvin Say and Janel Denny; Managing Director Michael Formby; Jon Nouchi and Meredith Soniat (Department of Transportation); Isaac Choy (Governor David Ige's office); Randall Wakumoto (Department of Facility Maintenance); Representative Bertrand Kobayashi; Representative Scott Nishimoto and Taylor Date; Representative Jackson Sayama; Jackie Conant (Congressman Ed Case' office); Joannie Dobbs, Laura Ruby, Daisy Murai, Cami Kloster, Marilyn Mick, Winston Welch, Ariel Shephard-Hall, Bryan Mick, Craig Lau, Jing Zheng, Anna Kerr, Noela Von Wiegandt, Amanda Morales, Cory Chun, Melvia Karashima (Residents); Casey Ishitani and Dylan Whitsell (Neighborhood Commission Office).


Honolulu Fire Department: [6:02 p.m.] HFD Captain Kainoa Asato reported statistics for September 2021. Reports may also be found at:!BIst49_N_u8YbJVHY5DlpKNlBnk?e=NbFRm1, Password: SchoolStarts.

• Statistics: There were two (2) structure fires, one (1) nuisance fire, one (1) cooking fire, nine (9) activated alarms, 180 medical emergencies, three (3) motor vehicle collisions, four (4) ocean rescues.

Honolulu Police Department District 6: [6:09 p.m.] There was no representative.

Honolulu Police Department District 7: [6:09 p.m.] HPD Sergeant Clinton Corpuz reported statistics for September 2021. Reports may also be found at:!BIst49_N_u8YbJVHY5DlpKNlBnk?e=NbFRm1, Password: SchoolStarts.

• Statistics: There were nine (9) motor vehicle thefts, 15 burglaries, 25 thefts, 20 unauthorized entries of motor vehicles and 7,500 total calls for service.

Ocean Safety Division: [6:29 p.m.] There was no representative.

Neighborhood Security Watch: [6:29 p.m.] There was no representative.


Secretary: [6:30 p.m.] Salenger nominated Beutel. Matson nominated Linda Wong, who declined. Matson nominated Murchie, who declined. Matson nominated Hasina, who declined.

Beutel was elected Secretary, 10-1-3 (Aye: Allen, Hasina, Murchie, Narita, Wong, Beutel, Peralto, West, Persons, St. Denis; Nay: Matson; Abstain: Kealoha Lindsey, Salenger, Linda Wong). [6:39 p.m.]


Leahi Avenue: Residents raised concerns regarding traffic and speeding on Leahi Avenue.

Ala Pono Bridge: A resident raised concerns regarding view plane effect from proposed Ala Pono Bridge.

Diamond Head Road: Concerns were addressed regarding speeding on Diamond Head Road, homeless encampments and aesthetics of barriers at the Diamond Head monument.


Mayor Rick Blangiardi: [6:55 p.m.] Managing Director Michael Formby reported that City and County of Honolulu has addressed Board issues in a proposed acquisition of Leahi Avenue. Residents raised concerns regarding parking on Leahi Avenue and homeless encampments. Director Formby responded that Leahi Avenue would be taken out of order ahead of other acquisitions.

Ala Wai Bridge: [7:13 p.m.] Department of Transportation Services (DTS) Deputy Director Jon Nouchi and Meredith Soniat of Complete Streets presented updates regarding Ala Pono Bridge. The project design process is 30 percent completed with regards to resiliency. Updates can be found on

Governor David Ige: [7:54 p.m.] State Director of Taxation Isaac Choy took concerns for Governor Ige.

Board of Water Supply (BWS): [7:58 p.m.] Chair Salenger read a BWS report. Report is also included in!BIst49_N_u8YbJVHY5DlpKNlBnk?e=NbFRm1, Password: SchoolStarts.

• Leahi Avenue: BWS has an eight (8) inch waterline, hydrants, water meters and service laterals along Leahi Avenue. BWS does not have easements for water infrastructure and will not obtain any on Leahi Avenue.

• Makalei Beach Park: Requests for "no soap" signs will be forwarded to Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR).

• Drought: As of Saturday, September 9, 2021 leeward sections of Oahu were still under severe drought conditions. More information can be found at


Council Chair Tommy Waters: [7:59 p.m.] Keola Fisher of Council Chair Waters' office reported that measures are being taken to include pedestrian signage along Kanaina Avenue, Leahi Avenue acquisition and allow free parking at Kapiolani Park on Sundays.

Councilmember Calvin Say: [8:04 p.m.] Councilmember Say reported the following, which can also be found on his newsletter at

• Reapportionment: Reapportionment will be discussed by City Council on Tuesday, October 26, 2021.

• Pandemic: Information regarding evictions and Safe Access programs can be found at

• Traffic: Councilmember Say will be collaborating with DTS regarding abandoned vehicles and No Parking signs.

Senator Les Ihara, Jr.: [8:11 p.m.] There was no representative.

Senator Stanley Chang: [8:11 p.m.] There was no representative.

Representative Bertrand Kobayashi: [8:11 p.m.] Representative Kobayashi reported the following.

• Reapportionment: Reapportionment commentary from residents will be heard in November 2021.

• Eviction: Representative Kobayashi encouraged residents who require it to begin eviction mediation immediately.

Representative Scott Nishimoto: [8:15 p.m.] Representative Nishimoto reported that Kapahulu Center will host a flu shot vaccine event on Friday, October 22, 2021.

Representative Jackson Sayama: [8:16 p.m.] Representative Sayama reported that speeding concerns will be followed up on at the next meeting.

Congressman Ed Case: [8:17 p.m.] Jackie Conant of Congressman Case's office reported that aircraft noise issues are being taken up by the National Quiet Skies Coalition at Residents may contact his office at for more information.


G70 Storm Water Quality Division: [8:18 p.m.] Department of Facility Maintenance representative Randall Wakumoto reported updates regarding the storm water utility fee proposal that can be found at [8:43 p.m.] Residents posed questions.

Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii's Youth Council: [8:32 p.m.] Youth Council member Theresa Ng requested Board support for youth vaping prevention.

Matson Moved and Murchie Seconded to support a Resolution supporting youth vaping prevention. The Motion was ADOPTED BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 14-0-0 (Aye: Allen, Hasina, Murchie, Narita, Wong, Beutel, Kealoha Lindsey, Peralto, West, Salenger, Matson, Persons, St. Denis, Wong; Nay: None; Abstain: None). [8:42 p.m.]

Report Regarding Neighborhood Commission Office Minutes: [8:54 p.m.] Matson reported that a findings would be forthcoming.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Written reports may be found at the Board OneDrive:!BIst49_N_u8YbJVHY5DlpKNlBnk?e=NbFRm1, Password: SchoolStarts.

Video recordings of Regular Meetings may be found at

Submitted by Casey Ishitani, Public Relations

Reviewed by: Dylan Whitsell, Community Relations Specialist

Reviewed by: J. David Beutel, Secretary, Neighborhood Board #5

Final approval by:

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