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

Palolo Neighborhood Board No. 6


August 2022 Memorandum for the Record





Public Location: Kapalama Hale Conference Room 260

CALL TO ORDER: Vice Chair Mau called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Quorum WAS ESTABLISHED NOT with five (5) members present. Note - This 13-member board requires seven (7) members to establish a quorum and to take official Board action.

Board Members Present: Beverly Mau, Darlene Nakayama, Earl Shiraki, Derek Turbin, and Colin scott Peros.

Board Members Absent: Joshua Frost, Randy Hack, Juanita Kawamoto, Dean McColgan, Rusti Onishi.

Guests: Captain Jason Katada (Honolulu Fire Department); Lieutenant Taro Nakamura (Honolulu Police Department); Councilmember Calvin Say; Representative Jackson Sayama; Senator Les Ihara Jr.; Haku Milles, Scott Ishikawa, Robin Lim(Kuahea/Waiomao Stabilization Project); Wendy Nguyen, Leilani Soon, Joelle Seashell(Residents); Lindon Valenciano (Neighborhood Commission Office). There were 31 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 Jason Katada reported the following:

• July 2022: 20 medical calls and 1 mountain rescue.

• Safety Tip: Back to school safety tips were provided.

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

• July 2022: 4 motor vehicle thefts, 8 burglaries, 14 thefts, and 5 unauthorized entries into motor vehicle (UEMV). 6,730 total calls.

• Safety Tip: Back to school safety tips were provided.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Bikes: Shiraki suggested car drivers use their horn so bike riders are aware of their presence.

2. Equipment: Shiraki noted the HPD situation in Waikiki detaining a person and suggested nonviolent measures such as a net gun. Lieutenant Nakamura noted the training unit reviews the new equipment.

Board of Water Supply (BWS): No representative present. No report given. Shiraki thanked BWS Chief Engineer Ernest Lau for their efforts to keep the water safe.


FILLING OF VACANT BOARD SEATS: There is one (1) vacancy in each: Subdistrict 2, Subdistrict 3, and Subdistrict 4. NA Valenciano reported someone is on their way that could potentially fill a vacancy, however there is no quorum and recommended visiting this agenda item later.


Congressman Ed Case: No representative present. No report given.

Councilmember Calvin Say: Councilmember Say shared newsletter regarding the stormwater strategic plan among others. Councilmember Say reported issue updates regarding repairs, Kuahea/Waiomao Road, Palolo Vallley District Park, Kaimuki Park improvements, State Historic Preservation and traffic/pedestrian proposal.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Stormwater Strategic Plan: Peros inquired and Councilmember Say replied the stormwater strategic plan report will be finalized in 2 to 3 months.

2. Property Tax: Shiraki raised concerns of increasing property tax especially for those on fixed income. Councilmember Say reported Council does not increase in the valuations but rather the rates and shared the process to determine the average/mean.

Mayor Rick Blangiardi's Representative: NA Valenciano reported a new Mayor's representative still needs to be assigned to the Board, shared the newsletter and was available to take any questions/concerns back.

Governor David Ige's Representative: No representative present. No report given.

Representative Jackson Sayama: Representative Sayama reported there are Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) vacancies to fill, meeting with the Governor and Prosecuting Attorney celebrating the catalytic convertor bill, and is accepting new legislation ideas for the next session such as abandoned/excessive utility poles.

Senator Les Ihara Jr.: Senator Ihara reported recovering from COVID and session begins after the election but could hold special sessions to confirm a number of judges.


Potential Board Vacancy Candidates: NA Valenciano noted there are those interested in serving on the Board and wish to introduce themselves to get a head start for the next time quorum is established. Resident Wendy Nguyen introduced herself, however Nguyen is from Subdistrict 1, where there is no vacancy. Resident Leilani Soon introduced herself and announced running for Senate District 10. Vice Chair Mau gave an opportunity for others to announce their candidacy. Resident Joelle Seashell announce running for House District 21.

UPDATE ON WAIOMAO/KUAHEA SLIDE PROJECT: The Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Acting Director Haku Milles, Becker Communications Account Director Scott Ishikawa, and Geolabs President Robin Lim provided updates for the Kuahea/Waiomao land stabilization project. The scope of the project was illustrated by phases, contained 136 tiebacks and soldier pile wall, is anticipated to be completed in the first quarter 2023 and they are working on realigning/reconnecting the road for usage.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Finishing: Shiraki inquired and Milles replied the City is exploring options for the finished construction surface area such as vegetation, landscape, and erosion control. Shirkai suggested flattening the space to be reutilized and Milles noted flattening would require much more resources.

2. Water Flow: Shiraki inquired and Lim shared there are a series of horizontal drain installed underground and into the storm drain to accommodate water flow and proper drainage.

3. Road: Shiraki recommended building a temporary road for residents who live in the immediate area.

4. Ownership: Resident Nguyen inquired and Milles replied Kuahea Place is a private road with each having part ownership. Lim noted there were 2 lots on top and 5 lots along the bottom that were demolished. Milles reported the City acquired properties in order to complete the project and protect the infrastructure.

5. Solar: Peros suggested using the space to provide clean energy such as solar panels.

6. Clarification: Vice Chair Mau inquired and Lim clarified only 1 property was condemned and 6 were acquired. Vice Chair Mau inquired and Milles replied Kuahea Place is private and the City is deliberating on how to approach it.

7. Office: Shiraki inquired and Milles replied the contractor staging area/office is located on Waiomao Road.

8. Thanks: Councilmember Say expressed thanks for addressing the other slide area of Waiomao Road.


Approval of Minutes from Wednesday, July 13, 2022: Deferred due to lack of quorum. Peros noted a friendly amendment of the spelling of his name.

Return to In-Person Meetings at Palolo Elementary or Continue Remotely: Shiraki noted and NA Valenciano clarified Palolo Elementary School is allowing the Board to return utilizing their facilities. Shiraki favored returning in-person. Peros inquired and Valenciano replied hybrid meeting are available. Shiraki inquired and Vice Chair Mau replied hybrid meetings are both in-person and virtual.

Treasurer's Report: NA Valenciano noted the NCO is working out the logistic to reassign the Treasurer's role because NCO will never not send out the agenda and minutes.


P lolo Neighborhood Board's Next Meeting: P lolo Neighborhood Board's Next Meeting will be on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. on WebEx. Public location to be determined.

ADJOURNMENT - The meeting adjourned at 8:21 p.m.

Submitted by: Lindon Valenciano, Public Relations Assistant

Reviewed by: Dylan Whitsell, Deputy

Finalized by: Josh Frost, Chair

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