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

Palolo Neighborhood Board No. 6


May 2022 Minutes





Public Location: Kapalama Hale Conference Room 260

CALL TO ORDER: Chair Frost called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m. Quorum WAS ESTABLISHED with eight (8) 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, Beverly Mau, Dean McColgan, Darlene Nakayama, Rusti Onishi (arrived at 7:05 p.m.), Earl Shiraki, and Derek Turbin.

Board Members Absent: None.

Guests: Captain Nilo Melo (Honolulu Fire Department); Lieutenant Taro Nakamura (Honolulu Police Department); Dominic Dias (Board of Water Supply); Councilmember Calvin Say; Trish La Chica (Mayor Rick Blangiardi's Representative); Cat Awakuni-Colon (Governor Ige's Representative); Representative Jackson Sayama; Senator Les Ihara Jr.; Austin and Kalei Salcedo (Residents); Lindon Valenciano (Neighborhood Commission Office). There were 20 total in attendance. Name not included if not legible on sign-in sheet, not signed in and/or not participated in discussion.


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

• April 2022: 2 nuisance fires, 3 activated alarms, 37 medical calls, 1 motor vehicle crash collision, 1 motor vehicle crash with a pedestrian, 1 mountain rescue, and hazardous material (hazmat) incident.

• Safety Tip: Fire sprinkler safety tips were provided.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Kahala Fire: Shiraki inquired and Captain Melo replied the Kahala fire could have spread quickly because they were old wooden houses. Shiraki inquired and Captain Melo replied the cause is under investigation, however he named a few common causes. Lieutenant Nakamura commented on the quality of cheaper power strips and breakers, or lack thereof.

Onishi entered the meeting at 7:05 p.m.; nine (9) members present.

Honolulu Police Department (HPD): Lieutenant Taro Nakamura reported the following:

• April 2022: 9 motor vehicle thefts, 5 burglaries, 15 thefts, and 7 unauthorized entries into motor vehicle (UEMV). 7,222 total calls.

• Safety Tip: Business safety tips were provided.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Catalytic Converters: Shiraki, Kawamoto and Lieutenant Nakamura discussed possible actions to prevent catalytic converter theft. Hack inquired and Representative Sayama reported the catalytic converter bill passed.

Board of Water Supply (BWS): Dominic Dias encouraged water conservation, provided tips and reported the temporary patch on 10th Avenue is on schedule for repair.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Repair: Shiraki noted reporting the issues with the temporary patch on 10th Avenue and Dias shared the process when addressing a water main break.

2. Sierra Tank: Hack inquired about the tank on Sierra Drive.

3. Water: Mau inquired and Dias reported water usage fluctuated in different area but overall it has gone down.


FILLING OF VACANT BOARD SEATS: Chair Frost announced Arriola and Pang resigned. There is one (1) vacancy in Subdistrict 2 and one (1) vacancy in Subdistrict 4. There were no volunteers.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Absences: Kawamoto and Hack suggested reminding Board members of their absences before a letter is sent. Senator Ihara suggested reaching out to various communities to serve on the Board. Shiraki and Mau shared the process to continue serving on the Board.


Councilmember Calvin Say: Councilmember Say shared his monthly newsletter regarding Aloha Harvest, Aloha Community Shed, Kuahea Street Project update, Palolo Capital Improvement Projects (CIP), rent and utility grants, homelessness efforts, and Bill 41 update.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Homeless: Shiraki noted homeless locals are need to be taken care of first. Kawamoto asked, Councilmember Say replied more interim housing is needed and shared the Crisis Outreach Response and Engagement (CORE) program. Resident Austin Salcedo suggested working with the State for shelters and interim housing in the area.

2. Kuahea Update: Shiraki inquired and Councilmember Say replied Kuahea and Waiomao Streets up to 10th Avenue backside will be repaired and have a road.

Mayor Rick Blangiardi's Representative: Trish La Chica highlighted the Mayor's newsletter, addressed previous concerns, shared the homeless programs available, noted they are working with the Institute for Human Services (IHS) to track homeless and reported shelter space is an issue.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Relocation: Hack inquired and La Chica reported the homeless family shelter is a State contract and the City is working with them for their relocation.

2. Mental Health and Rail Housing: Kawamoto and La Chica discussed mental health resources and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) housing in proximity to the rail for available housing.

3. Navigation: Resident Kalei Salcedo reported there is a need for homeless resources after 4:00 p.m. instead of HPD during afterhours and added the State legislatures need to be held accountable for homeless.

4. Voting: Shiraki inquired about the voting method this election.

Governor David Ige's Representative: Cat Awakuni-Colon shared the newsletter highlighting Covid-19 updates and shared the challenges for daily Covid-19 numbers.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

• Count: Hack noted weekly count concerns because hospitalizations have gone up and approaching crisis.

• Homeless: Kawamoto suggested working with the City to address homeless, mental health, and housing.

• Voting: Shiraki inquired and Awakuni-Colon noted the election will be mail-in with option to vote in-person.

Representative Jackson Sayama: Representative Sayama provided legislative updates for a number of bills such as, but not limited to catalytic converter theft, cash bail reform, gambling, electric/ stun guns, menstrual products, minimum wage inquired, decreasing unemployment benefits, and youth vaping.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Restructuring Mauna Kea Bill: Kawamoto inquired and Representative Sayama shared the committee restructuring the Mauna Kea bill is made up of various members in the Native Hawaiian community.

2. Voting Rules: Shiraki inquired and Representative Sayama replied not hearing any new voting rules from the 2020 mail-in voting.

Senator Les Ihara Jr.: Senator Ihara reported this year's elections will be an all-mail-in ballots with multiple drop off locations around the island. Senator Ihara displayed interest in helping the Board get more members. Senator Ihara provided legislative updates such as bail reform and changes to the minutes just to name a few.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Ceded Lands: Kawamoto and Senator Ihara discussed the situation of the ceded lands inventory and increasing the annual revenues the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) receives from ceded lands.

2. Voting: Kawamoto inquired and Hack replied registration is permitted to those who live in the area. Senator Ihara reported general mailboxes are available to request a ballot. Shiraki inquired and Senator Ihara reported there will be no voting booths however there will be areas to fillout and drop off ballots, adding registered voters will have a ballot delivered.



Discussion of Returning To In-Person Meetings (No Vote Taking Place): Chair Frost this is a continuation of discussion of returning to in-person meetings from the last meeting. Shiraki inquired and Hack noted Palolo Elementary School is not yet open to third-person parties.


Approval of Minutes from Wednesday, April 13, 2022: Neighborhood Assistant Valenciano noted a couple of name corrections submitted by Councilmember Say's office.

Mau MOVED and Hack SECONDED the Motion to Approve the minutes from the Wednesday, April 13, 2022 regular meeting as friendly amended. Hearing no objections, the Motion was APPROVED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT.


• Strikeout instances of "Melvina" and replace with "Melvia".

• Page 2 - Councilmember Calvin Say: Strikeout "Ester" and replace with "Esther".

Treasurer's Report: Hack shared the Board's allocation and a remaining balance of $194.50.


P lolo Neighborhood Board's Next Meeting: Chair Frost noted recess and meeting again in July 2022. Kawamoto inquired and Mau clarified the Board voting to recess in June 2022. P lolo Neighborhood Board's Next Meeting will be on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. on WebEx. Public location: Kapalama Hale.

ADJOURNMENT - The meeting adjourned at 9:22 p.m.

Submitted by: Lindon Valenciano, Public Relations Assistant

Reviewed by: Dylan Whitsell, Deputy

Finalized by: Joshua Frost, Chair

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