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P LOLO NEIGHBORHOOD BOARD NO. 6

 

April 2023 Minutes

 



REGULAR MEETING MINUTES DRAFT

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2023

REMOTE WEBEX MEETING VIA WEBEX

PUBLIC LOCATION: KAPALAMA HALE CONFERENCE ROOM 277

CALL TO ORDER [00:00:00]: Vice Chair Mau called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Quorum WAS NOT ESTABLISHED 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, Randy Hack, Juanita Kawamoto (joined 7:03 p.m.), Darlene Nakayama, Rusti Onishi (joined 7:14 p.m.), Colin Scott Peros, Earl Shiraki, Derek Turbin (joined 7:16 p.m.) and Dallas Ige (joined 7:07 p.m.).

Board Members Absent: Joshua Frost and Dean McColgan.

Guests: Lieutenant Taro Nakamura (Honolulu Police Department-HPD); Dominic Dias (Board of Water Supply-BWS); Councilmember Calvin Say, Scott Ishikawa, Brandon Sekiya, Janel Denny; Warren Mamizuka (Mayor Blangiardi's Representative); Ryan Aguilar (Governor Green's Representative); Senator Les Ihara Jr.; Micah Tutuvanu, Bill Chismar, Stephanie Ratte, Laura Ruby, Miku Lenentine, Ranell (Residents); Logan Hutchinson, Dylan Buck (Neighborhood Commission Office-NCO). There were 32 total in attendance. Name not included if not legible on sign-in sheet, not signed in, and/or not stated for the record.

CITY MONTHLY REPORTS

Honolulu Fire Department (HFD): A report was submitted. Should you have any questions, please email the Honolulu Fire Department Community Relations Office at hfdnhb@honolulu.gov.

• March 2023 Statistics: There were 41 medical emergencies, two (2) motor vehicle crash/collisions with pedestrian, and one (1) hazardous material incidents.

• Safety Tip: Evacuation Planning - Have an emergency preparedness plan ready in case of an environmental emergency, fire, or natural disaster. Know two ways out of your home, and consider the route you will take if you need to evacuate your neighborhood due to an emergency. Visit https://fire.honolulu.gov to learn more.

Honolulu Police Department (HPD) [00:00:25]: Lieutenant Taro Nakamura reported the following:

• March 2023: Five (5) motor vehicle thefts, eight (8) burglaries, 15 thefts, and 10 unauthorized entries into motor vehicle (UEMV). Further statistical information can be found at www.honolulupd.org.

• Safety Tip: Reminder that the City runs a centralized app called ‘HNL Info' that can be found on App Store or Google Play. It broadcasts things like urgent traffic bulletins, emergency information, severe weather alerts, etc. Participants are City and County departments and State Department of Transportation.

Kawamoto joined the meeting at 7:03 p.m.; six (6) members present. Quorum still NOT established.

Board of Water Supply (BWS): No representative present at this time.

REPORTS OF MEMBERS ATTENDANCE AT OTHER CITY MEETINGS: None.

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

Hearing no objections, Vice Chair Mau returned to a previous agenda item upon BWS Representative arrival.

Board of Water Supply (BWS) [00:05:09]: Dominic Dias announced the annual Detect-A-Leak Week including an in-person event is on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at Tamarind Park. For more information, you can visit www.boardofwatersupply.com/dalw.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Street Sign: Member Shiraki asked and Dias answered he would call the field operations crew to see about putting a sign closer to the iron plates on 10th avenue.

2. Red Hill: Member Kawamoto asked for an update about Red Hill to which Dias responded that BWS is still requesting the Navy decommission, look into disassembly or construction of containment of the tanks and that he would follow up with the Board about any non-profit groups for community issues that arise due to Red Hill situation.

Ige joined the meeting at 7:07 p.m.; seven (7) members present. Quorum WAS established.

ELECTED OFFICIALS

Congressman Ed Case: No representative present.

Councilmember Calvin Say [00:10:57]: The monthly report can be found at https://static1.squarespace.com/static/6098c5bb75e480679bd2fab3/t/642e13a26c3be2330f715381/1680741303524/April+2023+Newsletter.pdf. Councilmember Say invited community members to testify on the Ala Wai Watershed Project at https://www.honolulu.gov/AlaWai. Speaking on the budget process and rural property tax assistance for homeowners in the way of exemptions or one-time credit, Councilmember Say provided measures of close to twenty legislations being deliberated. Scott Ishikawa provided context on the fencing that would be erected at the Kuahea Project. More details can be found at https://www8.honolulu.gov/ddc/kuahea-street-area-stabilization-project/.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. Tax Credit: Member Hack asked and Councilmember Say confirmed that the Council is considering multiple ways to provide relief and not just through a one-time tax credit.

2. Ala Wai Pedestrian Bridge: Resident Ruby provided context towards another bridge being built over the Ala Wai to which Councilmember Say responded that the project is in design and planning phase and there are no funds allocated for construction at this time.

3. Monster House: Member Shiraki asked and Councilmember Say said he did not have an update at this time towards a property on Date Street but would follow-up on it.

4. Kuahea St: Member Shiraki asked and Scott Ishikawa answered he did not have enough details about the road but would check what the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) has planned and follow-up.

5. Zoning Board: Resident Ruby asked and Councilmember Say responded that he did not know at this time how a resident would apply to the Zoning Board of Appeals in order to halt construction on a project violating policies.

6. Community Meeting: Resident Chismar requested and Scott Ishikawa responded he would check with DDC about a meeting being set up for residents of Kuahea Place before any action is taken. Councilmember Say informed that he would look into having the meeting at a City Hall conference room possibly.

Onishi joined the meeting at 7:14 p.m.; eight (8) members present.

Turbin joined the meeting at 7:16 p.m.; nine (9) members present.

Mayor Rick Blangiardi's Representative [00:30:33]: The Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) Deputy Director Warren Mamizuka reported highlights from the Mayor's Newsletter, which can be found at: https://www.oneoahu.org/newsletter. To explore career opportunities at the City and County of Honolulu, please visit: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/honolulu. Deputy Mamizuka also reported on follow-up responses to questions raised at the previous meeting, and was available to take questions.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:

1. P lolo Pool: Member Hack asked and Deputy Mamizuka answered the pool would be closed starting May 1, 2023 for two weeks. Updates to the schedule and other details about the NORESCO energy savings project can be found at www.bit.ly/efficientparks. Member Hack claimed new findings show LED lights save energy but also may not be friendly to eyes/vision and wash out color. Member Hack wanted this to be taken into account during repairs at the pool/park.

2. Left Turn on Waialae Avenue: Member Shiraki informed Deputy Mamizuka he had not been followed up with by Department of Transportation Services (DTS). Deputy Mamizuka assured he would get DTS to call Member Shiraki.

3. Hunakai Street: Member Shiraki requested the light be adjusted at the Hunakai Street + Waialae Street intersection.

4. P lolo Park lights: Member Peros expressed concern that the P lolo Park lights would not be changed/replaced at the same time as the pool lights. Deputy Mamizuka assured that he would return with a follow-up and that these projects might not be linked because of costs related to engineering and/or foundational differences.

Representative Jackson Sayama: No representative present.

Governor Josh Green's Representative [00:41:57]: Ryan Aguilar had no report but opened up to questions.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed. Red Hill: Member Kawamoto asked and Ryan Aguilar responded saying he had no update regarding Red Hill this month but would return next month with one.

Senator Les Ihara Jr. [00:44:40]: Senator Ihara announced that Friday, April 14, 2023, was Art Day at the Capitol from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. and invited the community to come visit his office. Regarding vacancies on the board, Senator Ihara shared his offices objectives were to have residents aware of activity being done in housing and community in P lolo Valley and they would have recommendations soon.

Questions, comments and concerns followed:

1. House Bill (HB) 478: Resident Ruby asked and Senator Ihara confirmed HB 478 would lean on experience in art fields in the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

2. New Board Members: Member Kawamoto gave praise towards Senator Ihara's report and efforts. Senator Ihara requested the Board train up their new members that would be filling vacancies and new members at the start of the term in July.

RESIDENTS/COMMUNITY CONCERNS [00:57:43]:

Resilience Hub: Resident Tutuvanu announced the Zoom Resilience Hub Open House on Monday, April 24, 2023, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. RSVP at http://go.hawaii.edu/Jp2 and email miku4@hawaii.edu for more information.

P lolo Park lights: Resident Ranell asked about ways to reliably get updates and information rather than have to wait on the monthly board meetings. Councilmember Say provided his email, ckysay@honolulu.gov for outreach and to potentially submit a RISR and get a follow-up.

Budget: Member Kawamoto asked and Brandon Sekiya provided a link, https://www.honolulucitycouncil.org/budget, to view the budget.

Board Meeting location: Resident Chismar asked and Vice Chair Mau responded to stay posted about the in-person location of the Neighborhood Board meeting as it would likely be on Webex and at Kap lama Hale until the new board term starts in July.

BOARD BUSINESS [01:17:07]

Approval of Minutes from Wednesday, March 8, 2023: Hack MOVED, Shiraki SECONDED the Motion to Adopt the Wednesday, March 8, 2023 regular meeting minutes as written. Hearing no objections or abstentions, the minutes were ADOPTED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

P lolo Neighborhood Board's Next Meeting: The next P lolo Neighborhood Board No. 6 regular meeting will be on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. on WebEx. Public location at Kap lama Hale.

Bulky Trash Pick-Up - Appointment System Pilot Program for pick-up. Please visit http://www.opala.org or call 768-3200 for general information, then press "0" for appointment requests.

'Olelo Broadcast Slots - The P lolo Neighborhood Board No. 6 meetings are aired on Channel 49 the first and third Sundays of the month at 12:00 p.m. and the 4th Thursday at 9:00 p.m. or online, anytime at http://www.olelo.org

Social Media - Join us informally at the P lolo Valley Community or ‘Palolo Neighborhood Board No. 6' pages or P lolo Neighborhood Board No. 6 Friends' group on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com. Also stay connected with the P lolo community at www.nextdoor.com.

Agenda Requests - No Later Than 10 days prior to meeting, contact Chair Frost at (808) 371-9334.

ADJOURNMENT - The meeting adjourned at 8:23 p.m.

Submitted by: Logan Hutchinson, Neighborhood Assistant

Reviewed by: Naomi Hanohano, Community Relations Specialist

Finalized by: Beverly Mau, Vice Chair

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