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Diamond Head / Kapahulu / St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5

 

June 2022 Minutes

 

DRAFT REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2022

ALA WAI CLUB HOUSE AND VIA WEBEX TELECONFERENCING

6:00 P.M.

Video recordings of Regular Meetings may be found at:

https://www.honolulu.gov/cms-nco-menu/site-nco-sitearticles/1657-board-meeting-video-archive.html 

Written materials for this Regular Meeting may be found on OneDrive at:

https://1drv.ms/u/s!BIst49_N_u8YbJVHY5DlpKNlBnk?e=NbFRm1 with password "SchoolStarts"

CALL TO ORDER - Chair Andrew Salenger called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Quorum was established with seven (7) members present via Webex Application and five (5) members at the Ala Wai Club House. 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, John Beutel, Wendall Murakawa, George West, Laura St. Denis, Michelle Matson, Andrew Salenger, Linda Wong, Don Persons.

Board Members Absent: Mela Kealoha Lindsey, Bruce Wong.

Guests: Firefighter 1 Kaleo Yanai (Honolulu Fire Department); Lieutenant Lieutenant Cyrus Hanuna and Lieutenant Taro Nakamura (Honolulu Police Department); Department of Transportation Director Roger Morton and Managing Director Michael Formby (Mayor Rick Blangiardi's office); Isaac Choy (Governor David Ige's office); Dean Carol Hoshiko (Kapiolani Community College); Adam Doo (Council Chair Tommy Waters' office); Councilmember Calvin Say and Janel Denny; Representative Jackson Sayama; Representative Scott Nishimoto; Dina Wong (Department of Planning and Permitting); Sterling Higa (Housing Hawaii's Future); Winston Welch, Robert Dylan Whitsell, Fanny Cline, Melvia Kawashima, Joannie Dobbs, Katherine Li, Daisy Murai, Judy Hernandez, Chelsea Lockridge, Marilyn Mick, Kelly O'Brien, Karen Swann, Anna Kerr, Pradeep Arora, Curtis Lum (Residents); Casey Ishitani (Neighborhood Commission Office). Names not included will not be provided. 48 attendees total.

Reports may also be found at https://1drv.ms/u/s!BIst49_N_u8YbJVHY5DlpKNlBnk?e=NbFRm1; Password: SchoolStarts

PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS

Honolulu Fire Department (HFD): [6:03 p.m.] HFD District 7 Firefighter 1 Kaleo Yanai provided the following report.

• May 2022 Statistics: There was four (4) structure fires, seven (7) nuisance fires, eleven (11) activated alarms, 226 medical emergencies, four (4) motor vehicle collisions, , and three (3) hazardous materials incidents.

• Safety Tip: Residents were advised to practice caution during the summer months for wildland fires.

Honolulu Police Department District 6: [6:08 p.m.] HPD Lieutenant Cyrus Hanuna reported the following May 2022 crime statistics: ten (10) robberies, sixteen (16) burglaries, 190 thefts, 34 unauthorized entries of motor vehicles, 39 assaults, nine (9) sex crimes, 30 bike or skateboard on sidewalk citations, 263 speeding citations, 3,367 parking citations, and 2,688 total calls for service, which may be found at https://www.honolulupd.org/.

Honolulu Police Department District 7: [6:13 p.m.] HPD Lieutenant Taro Nakamura reported the following May 2022 crime statistics: nine (9) motor vehicle thefts, seven (7) burglaries, 27 thefts, 14 unauthorized entries of motor vehicles, 6,839 total calls for service.

NEIGHBORHOOD BOARD NO. 5 ADMINISTRATION

Board Member Vacancy - Subdistrict 2: [6:23 p.m.] Residents Winston Welch and Robert Dylan Whitsell volunteered to fill the vacancy.

Matson Moved [6:24 p.m.] and Hasima Seconded to nominate Welch. West Moved [6:27 p.m.] and Murchie Seconded to nominate Whitsell. In a roll-call vote [6:33 p.m.], Welch received five (5) votes (Hasina, Murakawa, Matson, St. Denis, Persons) and Whitsell received six (6) votes (Allen, Murchie, Beutel, West, Salenger, Linda Wong). There was no quorum vote. The Vacancy was not filled.

Board Member Five (5) Absence Notice: [6:35 p.m.] Chair Salenger inquired if there were any Motions to vacate the Sub-District 2 seat for Mela Kealoha-Lindsey.

Linda Wong Moved and Allen Seconded to vacate the seat. [6:35 p.m.]

Discussion: West inquired and Chair Salenger confirmed that Kealoha Lindsey was notified prior to meeting.

The Motion PASSED, 9-0-2 (Aye: Allen, Hasina, Murchie, Beutel, Murakawa, West, St. Denis, Salenger, Persons; Nay: None; Abstain: Matson, Linda Wong). [6:36 p.m.]

The Sub-District 2 seat was vacated. There were two (2) vacancies on the Board.

Modification of Speaking Rules: [6:40 p.m.] Chair Salenger proposed speaking rules, after two (2) times speaking in one meeting, that person would be limited to 30 seconds for each discussion item in the remainder of the meeting except for Open Forum.

Linda Wong Moved and West Seconded to Adopt the speaking rules. [6:41 p.m.]

Discussion: Matson raised concerns regarding testimony and Board reports

Narita reported [6:44 p.m.] having been disconnected somehow around 6:35 p.m. and just returned. There were 12 Board members present again.

Chair Salenger gaveled to establish order.

Discussion (continued): St. Denis raised concerns regarding timeliness of meetings. Matson suggested changing subsequent times to one (1) minute.

Linda Wong Called the Question and was Seconded by West. [6:55 p.m.] The Motion was ADOPTED BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 12-0-0 (Aye: Allen, Hasina, Murchie, Narita, Beutel, Murakawa, West, St. Denis, Matson, Salenger, Linda Wong, Persons; Nay: None; Abstain: None). [6:57 p.m.]

The Board ADOPTED the speaking rules, 11-1-0 (Aye: Allen, Hasina, Murchie, Narita, Beutel, Murakawa, West, St. Denis, Salenger, Linda Wong, Persons; Nay: Matson; Abstain: None). [6:57 p.m.]

CITY AND STATE ELECTED OFFICIALS

Mayor Rick Blangiardi: [6:59 p.m.] Department of Transportation (DTS) Director Roger Morton and Managing Director Michael Formby reported that representatives for Safe Leahi LLC have not provided a quitclaim Title to the City upon request. Following a 30 day period and adhering to HRS 46-16, Managing Director's Office (MDO) sent a letter on Thursday, June 9, 2022 to Safe Leahi LLC stating that the City would acquire Leahi Avenue and would engineer improvements.

Governor David Ige's Office: [7:19 p.m.] State Director of Taxation Isaac Choy reported that food trucks parked on Paki Avenue and Leahi Avenue were found to be in violation of City ordinances. A State Department of Health (DOH) complaint requires a specific violation in order to be reported.

Board of Water Supply: [7:21 p.m.] A report was submitted to the Board. There were no main breaks in May 2022. Residents were encouraged to practice water conservation during the summer. More information may be found at https://www.boardofwatersupply.com/conservation.

RESIDENTS INTERESTS AND NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERNS

Neighborhood Security Watch: [7:21 p.m.] Brian Lam was not present. [7:22 p.m.] Resident Fanny Cline reported that the Surfrider Foundation has scheduled a beach cleanup of Diamond Head Beach. Cline raised that City assistance is required to mitigate homeless encampments and illegal activity along Diamond Head Road.

Kapiolani Community College (KCC): [7:24 p.m.] Dean Carol Hoshiko reported that a virtual townhall for the Culinary Institute of the Pacific will take place on Thursday, July 7, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. KCC Chancellor Louise Delgado will be retiring.

ELECTED OFFICIALS

Council Chair Tommy Waters: [7:30 p.m.] Adam Doo of Council Chair Waters' office reported the following.

• Kaimana Beach: There will be improvements to the beach park showers.

• Events: Council Chair Waters has advised event organizers to notify residents prior to dates.

Councilmember Calvin Say: [7:37 p.m.] Councilmember Say provided a report - uploaded to the Board One Drive and may also be found at https://calvinsay.wordpress.com/.

• Rent and Utility Measures: Councilmember Say requested that City Council support extending a rent and utility fund for residents.

Representative Bertrand Kobayashi: [7:45 p.m.] Representative Kobayashi reported that he has requested that Governor Ige veto House Bill (HB) 1567, a bail reform bill.

Representative Jackson Sayama: [7:47 p.m.] Representative Sayama reported that he has supported Bills for Native Hawaiian housing and access to preschool. A Bill to increase penalties for catalytic converter theft has passed.

Representative Scott Nishimoto: [7:50 p.m.] There was no representative. Representative Kobayashi reported that District Representatives may have changed due to reapportionment.

Senator Stanley Chang: [7:51 p.m.] There was no representative.

Senator Les Ihara, Jr.: [7:51 p.m.] There was no representative.

BOARD BUSINESS

Resolution Proposed Regarding Leahi Avenue and Safe Leahi LLC Quitclaim Deed: [7:51 p.m.] Linda Wong presented a Resolution to invalidate the quitclaim deed of Safe Leahi LLC.

Linda Wong Moved and St. Denis Seconded to Adopt the Resolution. [7:53 p.m.] Linda Wong accepted a friendly amendment to change "Leahi Community Garden" to "Diamond Head Community Garden". [7:55 p.m.] The Motion PASSED, 10-0-2 (Aye: Allen, Hasina, Narita, Murchie, Murakawa, West, Salenger, Persons, St. Denis, Linda Wong; Nay: None; Abstain: Beutel, Matson). [7:56 p.m.]

SUB-DISTRICT REPORTS

St. Louis Heights: [7:59 p.m.] There was no report.

Kapahulu: [7:59 p.m.] There was no report.

Diamond Head: [8:00 p.m.] Linda Wong reported that she will provide Kaimana Beach information in July 2022.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Leahi Avenue Standing Committee: [8:00 p.m.] St. Denis reported having one short meeting in the Diamond Head Community Garden, searching for a meeting location for July, seeing food truck tables in Kapi olani Park, and being passed by an unsafe driver.

Planning and Zoning: [8:03 p.m.] Matson reported intending to take up the PUC Development Plan, sending excerpts regarding this neighborhood to Board members, and offering to send the Kapahulu Master Plan to those interested.

Parks, Recreation and Environment: [8:04 p.m.] Matson reported that the Committee met in May, posted the minutes, and drafted three (3) recommendations:

• Diamond Head Road State Scenic Byway: The immediate issue of the failing shoreline naupaka landscaping along the Diamond Head Scenic Byway, and the dual City and State jurisdiction within the Diamond Head State Monument recreational area, render a need for the concerned Community to call for a meeting with City and State representatives in partnership to determine options and remedies for repairing, restoring and preserving the shoreline landscaping along the Scenic Byway.

• Ala Wai Flood Mitigation Project: The Committee agreed that the full Neighborhood Board would benefit by Dave Watase's presentation, knowledge and understanding as the best community informant so the Board and other community organizations could develop positions on this issue in the form of advisory Resolutions to be communicated to the USACE and the City administration in a timely way.

• Kapi‘olani Park Trust Land: The Committee recommended that the pickleball concept issue be returned to the Board as having insufficient information and pending presentation from those outside Council District 4 promoting the proposal.

Narita asked about the status of the historic former main entrance to the Honolulu Zoo, and Matson responded that it will be restored for adaptive internal uses.

Chair Salenger gaveled as a point of order.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Hearing no objection, Chair Salenger deferred the August 2021, September 2021 and October 2021 Minutes to the July 2022 meeting. [8:10 p.m.]

Beutel Moved and Murakawa Seconded to Adopt the April 14, 2022 Regular Meeting Minutes. [8:11 p.m.] The Motion PASSED, 9-2-1 (Aye: Allen, Murchie, Narita, Beutel, Murakawa, West, Salenger, Persons, St. Denis; Nay: Matson, Linda Wong; Abstain: Hasina). [8:13 p.m.]

Hearing no objection, Chair Salenger had the presenters at this time.

PRESENTATIONS

Primary Urban Center Development Plan (PUC DP): [8:16 p.m.] Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) Dina Wong reported that a public review draft for PUC DP is available for review at www.pucdp.com. Comments may be submitted at pucdp@honolulu.gov by Friday, July 8, 2022. More information may be found at https://www.honolulu.gov/dpppd/plans-in-place/development-plans-and-sustainable-communities-plans/primary-urban-center.html.

Housing Hawai i's Future: [8:41 p.m.] Sterling Higa of Housing Hawai i's Future presented proposals regarding workforce housing for young residents in Hawai i. More information may be found at https://www.hawaiisfuture.org/.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:51 p.m.

Submitted by Casey Ishitani, Public Relations Assistant

Reviewed by: Thomas Baldwin, Neighborhood Assistant

Reviewed by: J. David Beutel, Secretary, Neighborhood Board No. 5

Final approval by:

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