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October 2022 Minutes





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 six (6) 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 (arrived at 7:04 p.m.), Randy Hack, Juanita Kawamoto (arrived at 7:18 p.m.), Beverly Mau, Darlene Nakayama, Rusti Onishi (arrived at 8:18 p.m.), Earl Shiraki, Derek Turbin, and Colin Scott Peros.

Board Members Absent: Dean McColgan.

Guests: Captain Chris Miller (Honolulu Fire Department); Lieutenant Leonard Nishimura (Honolulu Police Department); Dominic Dias (Board of Water Supply); Brandon Sekiya (Councilmember Say's Office); Cat Awakuni-Colon (Governor Ige's Representative); Representative Jackson Sayama; David Uchiyama (REAGENT Craft); Miku Lenentine and Chris Fujimoto (CERENE: Center for Resilient Neighborhoods); Fran Butera, Frank Farm (Residents); Lindon Valenciano (Neighborhood Commission Office). There were 25 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 Chris Miller reported the following:

• September 2022: 1 activated alarm, 35 medical calls and 1 hazardous material.

• Safety Tip: Holiday decoration safety tips were provided.

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

• September 2022: 10 motor vehicle thefts, 9 burglaries, 10 thefts, and 3 unauthorized entries into motor vehicle (UEMV). 6925 total calls.

• Safety Tip: Emergency alert and communication guide safety tips were provided.

Chair Frost entered the meeting at 7:04 p.m.; seven (7) members present. QUORUM WAS ESTABLISHED.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Positions: Shiraki inquired and Lieutenant Nishimura confirmed HPD is against concealed carry. Shiraki shared his opposition for legalizing marijuana.

Vice Chair Mau relinquished the gavel to Chair Frost at 7:07 p.m.

Board of Water Supply (BWS): Dominic Dias reported there was 1 main break at 3462 Pakui Street and shared the general water announcements regarding water conservation "Imagine a Day Without Water" event on Thursday, October 20, 2022. Shiraki expressed gratitude for Lau leadership and stance to protect the water.


FILLING OF VACANT BOARD SEATS: There is one (1) vacancy in each: Subdistrict 2, Subdistrict 3, and Subdistrict 4. There were no volunteers.


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

Mayor Rick Blangiardi's Representative: NA Valenciano shared the newsletter and was available to take any questions/concerns back. The Board requested a representative be assigned to the Board sooner than later.

Councilmember Calvin Say: Brandon Sekiya provided the newsletter, shared the Council website, and reported regarding the Office of Economic Revitalization (OER) website at, rental and utility relief program reopening, and manhole rehabilitation.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Kuahea Street: Shiraki inquired why no work was done for 2 weeks at Kuahea Street and Waiomao Road.

Kawamoto entered the meeting at 7:18 p.m.; eight (8) members present.

Governor David Ige's Representative: Cat Awakuni-Colon shared the newsletter highlighting the State emergency response efforts for the past 8 years, hurricane season reminder, and the Department of Taxation contact.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Executive Order: Shiraki inquired and Awakuni-Colon replied the Governor's Executive Order does not change the law but the State will not use funds to neither assist nor discipline for abortion services so women can continue to have the choice.

Representative Jackson Sayama: Representative Sayama reported visiting Hiroshima for the 25th anniversary of the sister state relationship, noticed an increase in graffiti in the area so has been taking initiative for removal, and met with the Department of Human Resources to streamline State vacant positions.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Hiring Process: Hack inquired and Representative Sayama replied the State hiring process can take a long time, however there is a pilot program which is able to have quick turnaround hires. Chair Frost noted civil service and Chapter 89 should not be weakened by streamlining the hiring process.

2. Travel: Shiraki inquired and Representative Sayama reported Japan's travel restrictions have changed.


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


Planes Flying Over Neighborhoods: Resident Fran Butera reported there has been an excessive number of commercial air jets flying over the residential neighborhoods and the Koolau Range, which is a cause for concern regarding noise, safety and environmental damage. Resident Butera reported flights go over the neighborhoods as early as 2:00 a.m. and requested that planes fly along the coast as they have done in the past.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Helicopter Noise: Turbin noted the helicopter issue with Neighborhood Board 31 Kailua and suggested contacting Senators Hirono and Schatz as they have taken the lead, despite it being a Federal issue.

2. Facebook: Chair Frost suggested reaching out to the Palolo Valley Facebook groups to begin conversation to collaborate for action to address this issue.

3. Safety: Shiraki inquired and Resident Butera replied flights in the past flew over the ocean.

4. Convenience: Chair Frost inquired and Resident Butera replied the change was due to convenience, noting that it can be done because there are no flights over the island when President Obama visited in the past.

Required Minimum Distribution (RMD): Resident Frank Farm reported the President allowed voluntary RMD in the past few years during a depression for those with retirement/fixed income and requested a Board letter for voluntary RMD during these trying times. Chair Frost suggested, Nakayama and Mau volunteered to help draft the letter.


REGENT Craft: David Uchiyama presented the design plans for eco-friendly, zero-emission sea gliders to be used for inter-island travel. Plans are still in the early stages with no specific timeline when the gliders will be operational.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Reception: Chair Frost inquired and Uchiyama replied the reception from organizations such as Blue Planet and the Surfrider Foundation were generally good as they are learning from the Super Ferry regarding sonar for whale detection, collaborating with such organizations.

2. Docks: Turbin inquired and Uchiyama replied they need to operate out of harbors and they are conducting feasibility studies regarding docks, renewable energy and transport.

3. Jurisdiction: Resident Butera inquired and Uchiyama replied they have to fly over the ocean because it is the Coast Guard's jurisdiction.

4. Costs: Kawamoto inquired and Uchiyama replied they are manufacturing the gliders for Mokulele's parent company and Hawaiian Airlines, so operators set the price, adding it is a third of normal operating costs.

Onishi entered the meeting at 8:18 p.m.; nine (9) members present.

Resilience HUB: Program coordinator for CERENE (Center for Resilient Neighborhoods) Miku Lenentine and Chris Fujimoto provided information regarding community resilience hubs which are community-led, community-run facilities that provides critical support during disasters. They are currently conducting workshops and sharing the island-wide survey results where 95% of participants support the development of community resilience hubs.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Hazards: Hack inquired and Lenentine replied resilience hubs would be available for any type of disaster. Hack noted concerns regarding manmade disasters like Red Hill.


Approval of Wednesday, August 10, 2022 Memorandum for the Record: Hack MOVED and Mau SECONDED the Motion to Approve the Wednesday, August 10, 2022 regular meeting memorandum for the record as written. Hearing no objections, the Motion was APPROVED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT. Mau noted the July 2022 should be on the agenda for approval since there was no quorum at the last meeting.

Discussion Regarding In-Person Meetings at Palolo Elementary School (PES): Chair Frost noted gauging the Board about returning to PES. Mau noted the Board seemed favorable to return at the last meeting and the suggestion for a hybrid meeting. Chair Frost asked majority of the Board participate in-person. Shiraki suggested staying virtual until the end of the year. Turbin suggested meeting virtually in November 2022 with in-person in December 2022 for the Christmas party where they can take official stance to return in-person. Chair Frost noted there is not a substantial attendance difference between virtual and in-person. Peros noted in-person is the best way to converse with each other and get to know one another better.

Treasurer's Report: NA Valenciano noted NCO will always send out the agenda, so they are working on a budget for the Boards to use for outreach and added it will be covered more in depth during the Conference of Chairs.


P lolo Neighborhood Board's Next Meeting: P lolo Neighborhood Board's Next Meeting will be on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. on WebEx. Public location to be determined.

ADJOURNMENT - The meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

Submitted by: Lindon Valenciano, Public Relations Assistant

Reviewed by: Dylan Whitsell, Deputy

Finalized by: Josh Frost, Chair

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