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November 2022 Minutes





CALL TO ORDER - Vice Chair Hoe called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Quorum was established with seven (7) members present. Note - This 11-member Board requires six (6) members to establish a quorum and to take official Board action.

Board Members Present -Brian Kang, Paul Hoe, Lori Yamada, Jason DeMarco, Becky Gardner, Kelsie Aguilera, Eric McCutcheon, Steve Litschauer (arrived at 7:30 p.m.)

Board Members Absent -

Guests - Firefighter Minn, Lieutenant Taro Nakamura (Honolulu Police Department); Lorna Heller and Kathleen Pahinui (Board of Water Supply); Calvin Hara (Kaimuki Business & Professional Association); Adoree Yu (Queen Theatre); Matthew McKeever (Colliers); Carol Hoshiko (Kapiolani Community College); Stephen Yuen and Eric Crispin (3650 Waialae Avenue); Bryan Kimura (State Department of Transportation); Director Mark Wong (Mayor Rick Blangiardi's Representative); Council Chair Waters and Adam Doo (Office of Council Chair Tommy Waters); Councilmember Calvin Say; Lynn Robinson-Onderko (Senator Stanley Chang's Office); Senator Les Ihara, Jr.; Representative Jackson Sayama; Representative Bertrand Kobayashi; Diane Fujimura (Shut Down Red Hill Coalition) and Wayne Tanaka (Sierra Club Hawaii) Cheryl Tamanaha, Tim Hosoda, Anthony Caliano, Kalani Salcedo, Sarah Chinen, Sharlene Watanabe, Jeannie Lum, Barbara DeBaryshe, Patrick Watson (Residents); and Thomas Baldwin (Neighborhood Commission Office).

ROLL CALL The Neighborhood Assistant conducted a roll call.


There are three (3) vacancies in Subdistrict 1. No volunteers stood for the vacancies.


Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) - Fire Fighter Minn reported.

October 2022 Statistics: There were two (2) activated alarms no fire, 45 medical calls, two (2) motor vehicle collisions with pedestrian, and one (1) motor vehicle crash/collision.

Fire Safety Tip: Christmas Tree Safety Tip - The HFD recommends using an artificial tree, which is a safer alternative. Artificial trees are flame-retardant and reusable.

Honolulu Police Department (HPD) - Lieutenant Taro Nakamura reported.

October 2022 Statistics: There were 27 motor vehicle thefts, nine (9) burglaries, 43 thefts, 8 unauthorized entries into motor vehicles (UEMV), and 6925 total calls for service. More information can be found at

Safety Tip - Scams: Lieutenant Nakamura provided scams safety tips. Ask for contracting license and then call the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Successes: Board Member McCutcheon asked and Lieutenant Nakamura responded that it was a quiet Halloween. Lieutenant Nakamura discussed a rising trend of robberies at Ala Moana Shopping Center. He recommends the public to be the least likely target as possible during the holiday shopping.

2. Community Policing: Patrick Watson asked and Lieutenant Nakamura responded that there is a Community Patrol Team (CPT) in the Kaimuki area and believe that Neighborhood Watch Program absolutely works in the community.

Board of Water Supply (BWS): Lorna Heller and Kathleen Elliott-Pahinui reported. There was one (1) main break on the 17th Avenue in October. Heller announced that BWS is recruiting for positions and become a water protector. Elliott Pahinui asked if there is a resolution on the agenda supporting the shutdown of Red Hill. Elliott-Pahinui noted that a couple of the exploratory wells are getting ready for permitting. The Waimalu-217 is in draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and the Aiea-497 is in final EIA. The public can supply comments by Thursday, December 8, 2022. BWS is getting the permits for the monitoring wells and is close to starting work on one of the monitoring well. The BWS support a full complete shutdown, the full removal of the pipes and aligners.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Rain Barrel: Sarah Chinen asked and Heller responded that she will get information over to the communications office regarding rain barrel catchment workshops.

2. Tanks: Patrick Watson asked and Elliott-Pahinui responded that the concern regarding the condition of the soil under the tank close to the aquifer was brought up to the Navy and as far as BWS is concerned, it is part of the remediation effort that the Navy needs to happen.

PUBLIC INPUT: No input was provided


Lanakila Church: David Campos presented ongoing and proposed projects for the church such as new parking lot for the church members, alteration to the existing church building, and conversion of a portion of an existing single family dwelling to restrooms. The improvements will be at the 3518 Maunalei Avenue and 10th Avenue location. Site plans were submitted.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Parking: Board Member Kang asked and Campos responded that there will be about 25 parking stalls when the parking lot project is completed.

2. Community Input: Board Member Kang asked and Campos responded that letters were sent to the community to attend this neighborhood board meeting as part of the conditional use and the joint use permit facility permit process of the City.

3. License Professional: Board Member DeMarco asked and Campos responded that he is part of the DDC Drafting Service Limited working alongside with the architect of record for the project, Bill Benjamin.

4. Monster Home: Sarah Chinen asked and Campos responded that the church is not building a monster home and is building a parking lot for the church members.

5. Permit Verbiage: Elaine Morisato is requesting verbiage in the permit to include the parking lots are not to be tended to host functions like weddings and Campos responded as far as he knows that will not be used for that purpose and by creating more parking off the street to address the street parking concerns of the community surrounding the church.

6. Community Meeting: Vice Chair Hoe suggested to have a separate community meeting to address specific concerns from the neighbors of the church.

Litschauer arrived at 7:30 p.m. with eight (8) members present.

Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney's office - State v. Obrero: Mark Tom provided an overview of the process of charging an individual of felony crimes and releasing an individual. Tom noted that on September 8, 2022, the Supreme Court determined in a case that the statute was playing on the face of the language that only grand juries were allowed to initiate these cases which became very problematic when comes to the timeline for the case to move forward and not have to for the individual to just be released. The Prosecuting Attorney's office is asking for a special session from the legislature.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Purpose of the Writ: Board Member Kang asked and Deputy Prosecutor Nakamatsu responded that the purpose of the writ is to challenge the sufficiency of a rule of the penal procedure, which was used to hold the defendant for 90 days after their case was dismissed. The legislature is considering convening a special session, but there are procedural issues and it is unclear where new legislators stand on the matter. The writ argues that there is a reasonableness assumption built into the rule and it is necessary to amend it as soon as possible.

2. HRS 801-1: Member Gardner asked and Deputy Prosecutor Nakamatsu discussed the range of disagreement between the office and the Attorney General's Office regarding the future of HRS 801-1. There are multiple versions that have been agreed upon by the office, other county prosecutors, and the AGs, including repealing HRS 801-1 and adding the word "complaint" to HRS 801-1. There are also other issues being discussed, but the main focus is on repealing or fixing HRS 801-1.

3. Grand Jury Hearings: Council Chair Waters discussed convening more grand jury hearings. Deputy Prosecutor Nakamatsu and Deputy Prosecutor Tom reported that their department requested changes to the grand jury system to help catch up with a backlog of cases and keep up with incoming felony cases. The judiciary has not yet responded to this request, which included increasing the number of grand jurors from 12 to 16. The department is grateful for the addition of an extra day of grand jury proceedings, but believes it is not enough and will continue to request more changes.

StormWater Utility Study: DFM Program Administrator Randall Wakumoto and Julie Beth gave a presentation and reported the following: The Stormwater Strategic Plan has been released and is intended to be a living document that benchmarks progress on stormwater management in the community. It includes goals organized into eight areas, such as community engagement and partnerships, and aims to provide a roadmap for the use of public funds. Data collection and reporting will occur on an annual or biannual basis. The plan is based on public input and is available online for feedback. Funding for the plan will come from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and will be used, in part, to develop a green stormwater infrastructure implementation plan using technology such as CCTV inspections and drones. The plan will also include engagement with stakeholders and community members.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Scope of the Project: Member DeMarco asked about the focus of the presentation and whether it included private lands and infrastructure. Wakumoto explained that the master plan primarily focuses on the city's infrastructure, but private development must adhere to the city's standards for drainage and water quality. Member DeMarco expressed concern about the impact of private land development on city infrastructure and asked about collaboration with other city agencies, such as the Department of Transportation Services and the Complete Streets program. Wakumoto confirmed that the department works closely with these agencies and considers opportunities for green infrastructure as part of the Complete Streets program.

2. Assessments: Resident Watson asked and Wakumoto said that the request for additional funds includes a dedicated amount for condition assessments, with a projected cost of $2-3 million. The department is working with the US Geological Survey to monitor water quality. The department is seeking feedback and partnership opportunities with the community, including working with nonprofit organizations to implement green infrastructure on private properties and collaborating on existing rebate programs to support such infrastructure. The department is also considering adding a stormwater utility fee and will continue to engage with the community on this proposal.

3. Impervious Areas: Resident Sarah Chinen and Wakumoto responded that the city is working closely with the US Army Corps of Engineers on the Ala Wai study, led by the Department of Design and Construction. The city's Department of Facility Maintenance will be responsible for maintenance once the project is completed. The city's stormwater utility focuses on the amount of impervious area on a property, with credits and rebates offered for reducing impervious areas and increasing green space or water capture. The Department of Planning and Permitting also enforces zoning regulations, including requirements for a minimum amount of pervious area on properties. A residential stormwater management plan may be required for properties with a certain amount of impervious area.


Kaimuki Business and Professional Association (KBPA): Calvin Hara of KBPA reported that the Kaimuki Christmas Parade will take place on December 1, 2022 at 6:00 p.m., and reminded attendees to keep safety in mind for health and contraflow traffic. Hara also mentioned the KBPA's new adopted tree well section near Okada, Bento which has been adopted by the Rotary Club of Kahala Sunrise.

Honolulu Bicycling League: Neighborhood Bike Leader, Eric McCutcheon reported on the rules and regulations for micro mobility, specifically electric foot scooters. These scooters are available for rental through GoX, a company that has partnered with businesses in the community. The scooters must be used by individuals aged 15 or older, and helmet usage is required for those under 16. The maximum speed is 15 mph and the scooters do not exceed 75 pounds. Hawaii's House Bill 72 allows for the use of electric scooters on any roadway designated by the county and grants them the same rights as other vehicles on the road. However, some issues have been raised with regard to parts, repairs, and dying batteries. The electric foot scooters can also be purchased at Boca and Bike Factory.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Safety: Resident Matthew McKeever expressed concern about the dangers of electric scooters on Waialae Avenue, citing instances of high speeds and lack of helmet use. Member McCutcheon agreed and emphasized the need for responsible behavior from all vehicle operators. Both emphasized the importance of safety and urged everyone to slow down.

Queen Theater: No representative was present; Member Gardner reported that there is still community interest on Queen Theater.

Diamond Head Theater: No representative was present; no report was given.

Kapiolani Community College: Carol Hoshiko gave an update on the construction of the Culinary Institute of the Pacific phase two. The restaurant will be able to accommodate 100-150 people and the auditorium will be able to seat 60-75. The innovation center will be built next to the existing lab and is expected to be completed in fall 2023, with occupancy starting in early 2024. The restaurant and auditorium will have small sinks for wine tastings and other demonstrations. Construction of the innovation center has started and it will be located next to the existing lab. There will be 117 total parking stalls, including seven accessible stalls for guests with disabilities. There will also be at least two electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, with the possibility of adding more as demand increases. It is unclear whether the EV charging stations will have a fee.

3650 Waialae Avenue (Goodwill Building): This item was delayed due to technical difficulties.

State Department of Transportation (HDOT): Bryan Kimura reported on issues with missing and faded road signs and striping on the ramp from H1 to Ekaha Avenue. A bigger 25 mph sign will be added and other missing signs will be replaced, including a merging/divided highway sign and a "share the road" bicycle sign. The yield sign will be relocated and the striping will be refreshed. All work is expected to be completed in early January.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Signage: Chair Yamada suggested adding visible signage or blocks along the guardrail in a dangerous curve on the road to prevent cars from going off the road and into nearby houses. It was noted that the existing lines on the road may not be sufficient. The suggestion was made for consideration by the board.

2. Additional Update: Kimura discussed added funding for the reconfiguration of the approach to Koko Head from Harding Avenue. The project includes upgrading the signal and dividing the traffic to create three (3) distinct lanes. Funding has been secured and the project is being repackaged to be advertised. Kimura will provide a timetable when available.

3650 Waialae Avenue (Goodwill Building): Eric Crispin reported on progress with the 3650 Waialae project, including the installation of a traffic light at the intersection of Wilhelmina Rise and Waialae, which will require the closure of parking stalls on Waialae Avenue from November 28, 2022 to the end of December, 2022. The bus stop has been returned to its original location in front of the 3650 Waialae property. The project crane will be removed in January 2023, which may require lane closures. Updates will be posted on the project website.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Height Limit: Vice Chair Hoe asked and Crispin responded that the height limit is 60 feet, with provisions for projecting beyond that limit in a limited way.

2. Traffic Signals: Member DeMarco asked and Crispin responded that the traffic signal at the building will be coordinated with the existing signal at Koko Head through the use of fiber optic cables.


Mayor Rick Blangiardi's Representative - DIT Director Mark Wong distributed a newsletter ( and reported the following: Honolulu was named the second largest employer in Hawaii and the largest in the government sector. Outdoor dining permits were issued last month, and information on obtaining a permit can be found on the city council website. Bill 52 aims to prevent bullying and can also be found on the city council website. Updates on the full funding agreement for the civic center can also be found on the city council website. The Diamond Head theater is expected to receive a certificate of occupancy in early December and will have a gala opening on January 7, 2023.

City Council Chair Tommy Waters - Council Chair Tommy Waters reported the following: Council Chair Waters reported on a complaint about work starting again at 1352 Koko Head Avenue, where a permit had been rescinded. The Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) confirmed there was a gravel dump but no further work, and an ongoing $250 per day fine. There is an appeal in progress to the building permit rescission with the Building Board of Appeals, but no hearing date has been set. Council Chair Waters suggested community members make signs and stand outside the building when the appeal hearing takes place. The Department of Transportation Services (DTS) is still completing a traffic study for the intersection at 16th and Waialae, and there have been complaints about dangerous conditions and speeding on Sierra Drive. Officers issued warnings but no citations for speeding.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Catalytic Converters: Member DeMarco asked and Council Chair Waters discussed legislation on catalytic converters and requested for Office of Council services to draft an outlaw to the recycling of catalytic converters.

2. Intersection Safety: Resident Watson discussed the dangerous intersections at Sierra Drive and Wihelmina Rise.

3. 3615 Sierra Drive: Resident Watson asked for updates on 3615 Sierra Drive and Council Chair Waters reported that the hearing before the Board of Appeals is still pending.

4. Bill 56: Resident David asked and Council Chair Waters reported that Bill 56, which would exempt maintenance projects from building permit requirements if they involve replacing existing materials with the same material, was introduced and passed first reading. It will be referred to the Planning and Zoning committee for discussion. There are concerns about the potential impact on safety and the expediting of building permits. Resident David asked and the Council Chair confirmed that provisions for emergency situations are available.

Councilmember Calvin Say (City Council District 5): Councilmember Say discussed resolution 22-254, which proposes an amendment to chapter 21 of the Honolulu land use ordinance relating to overhangs. The board discussed awnings during the September 2022 meeting.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Appreciation: Resident Anthony Kaliana expressed appreciation for the introduction of resolution 22-254 concerning the preservation of the Kaimuki business district and proposed amendments to chapter 21. He encouraged community members to testify in support of the resolution.

Governor David Ige's Representative - No representative was present; no report was provided.

Senator Stanley Chang - Lynn Robinson-Onderko of Senator Chang's Office distributed a newsletter and reported the following: The state Youth Commission is accepting applications for commissioners aged 14 to 24 years old and can be found in Senator Chang's newsletter. Senator Chang's office is also hiring for the 2023 legislative session and encourages anyone interested to send a cover letter and resume. The office is also open to receiving suggestions for legislation to be introduced by Senator Chang.

Senator Les Ihara, Jr.: No representative was present; no report given.

Representative Jackson Sayama: Representative Sayama reported the following: Representative Sayama reported on a monster home development on Wilhelmina Rise that received a stop work order and is currently being reviewed by the appeals board. Representative Sayama is also working with the State Department of Health to mitigate any negative effects on neighbors during the stop work order. Representative Sayama is also working on a project to potentially develop teacher housing on the Queen Liliuokalani elementary school property, but is currently determining the sewer capacity of the property. Representative Sayama is also collaborating with Scott Morishige from the State Housing Office to streamline financing for nonprofit outreach in the community.

Representative Bert Kobayashi: Representative Kobayashi provided a brief overview of the makeup of the State Legislature following the election.

United States Representative Ed Case: No representative was present; no report was given.


State v. Obrero Resolution to change statute: Gardner read the resolution aloud.

Litschauer MOVED and Kang SECONDED to adopt the resolution. The motion WAS ADOPTED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT.

Resolution urging immediate defueling and permanent decommissioning of the entire Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility at Kapukaki (Red Hill): Diane Fujimura of the Shut Down Red Hill Coalition and Wayne Tanaka of the Sierra Club Hawaii discussed the resolution.

Citing time constraints and the need to gather more information, Vice Chair Hoe deferred the item to the next board meeting in January 2023 with no opposition.


Kaimuki Neighborhood Board No. 4 Website: Chair Yamada shared a website hosting information relevant to Kaimuki and the Neighborhood Board:


Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes:

As minutes were not available, no action was taken.


Treasurer's Report - No report was available.

Members' Attendance at Other Meetings: No report was given.

Next Meeting: The next Kaimuki Neighborhood Board No. 4 Regular Meeting is scheduled on Wednesday, January 18, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. in person and / or Zoom Application.

ADJOURNMENT - The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

Submitted by: Thomas Baldwin, Neighborhood Assistant

Reviewed by: Naomi Hanohano, Community Relations Specialist

Final approval by: Lori Yamada, Chair

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