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

Palolo Neighborhood Board No. 6


April 2022 Minutes





Public Location: Kapalama Hale Conference Room 260

CALL TO ORDER: Chair Frost called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Quorum WAS ESTABLISHED with seven (7) members present. Note - This 13-member board requires seven (7) members to establish a quorum and to take official Board action.

Board Members Present: Joshua Frost, Randy Hack, Juanita Kawamoto (arrived at 7:22 p.m.), Beverly Mau, Dean McColgan, Darlene Nakayama, Rusti Onishi (arrived at 7:36 p.m.), Earl Shiraki, and Derek Turbin.

Board Members Absent: Jesus Arriola and Benton Pang.

Guests: Captain Nilo Melo (Honolulu Fire Department); Lieutenant Nishimura (Honolulu Police Department); Dominic Dias (Board of Water Supply); Melvina Kawashima (Councilmember Calvin Say's Office); Trish La Chica (Mayor Rick Blangiardi's Representative); Cat Awakuni-Colon (Governor Ige's Representative); Representative Jackson Sayama; Zosimo Arista (Resident); Lindon Valenciano (Neighborhood Commission Office). There were 18 total in attendance.


Honolulu Fire Department (HFD): Captain Nilo Melo reported the following:

• February 2022: 1 activated alarm, 31 medical calls, and 1 motor vehicle crash with a pedestrian.

• Safety Tip: Emergency planning safety tips were provided.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Hazard: Shiraki expressed fire hazard concerns of filled garages on Waiomao Road and Captain Melo replied they often visit the area, noting they will be on the lookout.

Honolulu Police Department (HPD): Lieutenant Nishimura reported the following:

• February 2022: 7 motor vehicle thefts, 7 burglaries, 21 thefts, and 9 unauthorized entries into motor vehicle (UEMV). 7,531 total calls.

• Safety Tip: Home security safety tips were provided.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Checks: Hack asked and Lieutenant Nishimura replied senior welfare checks are conducted by request.

2. Mailboxes: Shiraki reported there was a suspicious lady looking into the mailboxes along Makanui Place.

3. Motor Vehicle Noise: Shiraki inquired and Lieutenant Nishimura reported excessive motor vehicle noise is illegal depending on the type and volume.

4. Catalytic Convertors: Chair Frost inquired and Lieutenant Nishimura suggested parking in secure areas to prevent catalytic converter thefts, but they try to increase patrols in areas that are trending. Shiraki suggested stopping by fining those purchasing catalytic converters.

Board of Water Supply (BWS): Dominic Dias reported there was a 6-inch break at 2430 Lamaku Place and announced Detect-a-Leak week is from Sunday, April 10, 2022 to Saturday, April 16, 2022.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Tank: Hack inquired if they were able to check out the tank on Sierra Drive.

2. Patching: Shiraki noted concerns of the patching quality after repairs on 10th Avenue and Waiomao Road.

3. Wells: Representative Sayama inquired and Dias replied they redistributed the water from other wells almost immediately after the shutdown of the Halawa shaft.

Kawamoto entered the meeting at 7:22 p.m.; eight (8) members present.


FILLING OF VACANT BOARD SEATS: There is one (1) vacancy in Subdistrict 2 and one (1) vacancy in Subdistrict 4. There were no volunteers.


Councilmember Calvin Say: Melvina Kawashima shared the monthly newsletter, Ala Wai flood control project update and Kuahea Street project information. Kawashima announced Palolo resident and centenarian Ester was honored by Council and received a free Holo card for a number of City programs.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Repaving: Shiraki requested repaving Palolo and 10th Avenues. Kawashima reported Road Maintenance Division has the pave schedule map online.

2. Hazard: Shiraki raised concerns and Kawashima suggested asking HFD to conduct a site inspection on specific addresses regarding cluttered garages as potential fire hazards.

3. Striping: Hack inquired and Kawashima replied the Road Maintenance Division is in charge of restriping, however the road maintenance crew is short staffed.

Mayor Rick Blangiardi's Representative: Trish La Chica shared the newsletter highlighting the State of the City regarding Rail, homelessness and housing priorities, Federal funding and addressed previous concerns.

Onishi entered the meeting at 7:36 p.m.; nine (9) members present.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Homelessness: McColgan inquired and La Chica replied it is difficult to measure the fiscal impact regarding homelessness, but shared a number of pilot programs to reduce costs. Hack suggested the University of Hawaii (UH) and other institutions to source data collection.

2. Covid-19: Shiraki expressed concerns of the Covid-19 statistics every week. Chair Frost recommending seeing a doctor for Covid-19 treatments.

3. Jobs: McColgan noted thousands of vacancies across the City, but only 60 are listed on the website.

4. Reservations: Nakayama inquired and Chair Frost recommended calling 808-768-3200 for bulky item pick-up requested. Nakayama also shared the difficulty of reserving a tee time both online and by phone but was unable to reserve a tee time.

5. Relocate: Chair Frost inquired and La Chica replied River of Life is actively looking for a relocation site and Mental Health Kokua lease with the State expires.

Governor David Ige's Representative: Cat Awakuni-Colon shared the newsletter highlighting Covid-19 updates such as end of the indoor mask mandate and Safe Travels program.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Covid-19: Hack suggested daily reports and Shiraki noted concerns of the increasing Covid-19 cases. Chair Frost asked if there were conversations to reinstall the mask mandate.

Representative Jackson Sayama: Representative Sayama provided updates regarding entering into Conference, Teacher's Union bills, catalytic convertor shields, harbor tours to address fireworks, and a Town Hall for Kaimuki.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

• Position: Shiraki expressed his position against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) education in public schools; legalizing cannabis, legalizing gambling, and raising minimum wage.

• Community Assistance: Kawamoto opposed legal gambling, inquired and Representative Sayama reported HPD continues to monitor suspicious activity and they depend on community reports. Kawamoto inquired and Sayama shared information regarding Neighborhood Security Watch.

• Voter Education: Nakayama thanked Representative Sayama for Bill 3236 for long term patient care coverage. Nakayama requested election educational outreach for seniors and general public.

Senator Les Ihara Jr.: No representative present. No report given.


Hawaii Sate Council of Developmental Disabilities: Zosimo Arista announced Hawaii Sate Council of Developmental Disabilities is offering to assist those with disabilities in the process of making decisions and a number of programs.


Approval of Minutes from Wednesday, March 9, 2022: Mau MOVED and Onishi SECONDED the Motion to Approve the minutes from Wednesday, February 9, 2022 regular meeting as friendly amended. Hearing no objections, the Motion was APPROVED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT.

Correction: Page 2 - RESIDENTS/COMMUNITY CONCERNS: Future Board Meetings: Strikeout "their" and replace with "they".

Consideration of Anti-Corruption Resolution (Edited): Chair Frost noted the resolution was distributed for the Board to review. McColgan and Turbin expressed concerns of the first two WHEREAS paragraphs.

McColgan MOVED and Hack SECONDED the Motion to amend the resolution by striking out the first two WHEREAS paragraphs. Hearing no objections, the Motion was APPROVED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT.

McColgan MOVED and Mau SECONDED the Motion to approve the Anti-Corruption Resolution. Hearing no objections, the Main Motion was APPROVED as amended by UNANIMOUS CONSENT.

Return to In-Person Meetings at Palolo Elementary or Continue Remotely: The Board favored meeting in-person however suggested to meet virtually until COVID-19 numbers go down. Chair Frost shared that participants fluctuate the same if remote or in-person. Valenciano shared a public meeting is provided at Kapalama Hale for public participation and noted there are mixed experiences with hybrid meeting but NCO is working out the logistics. The Board agreed to continue meeting remotely with Kapalama Hale as the public location and will be a standing agenda item to be revisited as needed.

Treasurer's Report: Hack shared the Board's allocation and a remaining balance of $203.45.


P lolo Neighborhood Board's Next Meeting: P lolo Neighborhood Board's Next Meeting will be on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. on WebEx. Public location: Kapalama Hale.

ADJOURNMENT - The meeting adjourned at 8:37 p.m.

Submitted by: Lindon Valenciano, Public Relations Assistant

Reviewed by: Dylan Whitsell, Deputy

Finalized by: Joshua Frost, Chair

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