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August 2023 Minutes



WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2023 - 6:30 P.M.



Video recording of this meeting can be found at:

Meeting materials:

I. CALL TO ORDER [0:00:40]: Chair Kang called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Quorum was not

established with 5 members present. Note: This 11-member Board requires six (6) members to establish a

quorum and to take official Board action. Board members must be in-person or have video access.

Board Members Present: Brian Kang, James Logue, Travis Saito, Judi-Ann Smith-Kauhane, Kelsie Aguilera, Joyce

Murakami (logged on 6:32 p.m.).

Board Members Absent: Stacey Arnold, Becky Gardner, Jason DeMarco, and Paul Hoe

Guests: Acting Captain John O'Neil (Honolulu Fire Department), Lieutenant L. Nishimura (Honolulu Police

Department); Stephen Yuen, Katy Chen (3650 Waialae Avenue); Mark Wong (Mayor Rick Blangiardi's

Representative); Councilmember Calvin Say, Janel Denny, Melvia Kawashima (Councilmember Calvin Say's

Office); Adam Doe (Council Chair Tommy Waters' Office); Zoei (Senator Stanley Chang's Office); Bryan Kimura

(State Department of Transportation - HDOT); Eric McCutheon (Hawaii Bicycle League); Amy Hennessey, Kim

Yuen, Lori, Barbara, Elwood (Residents); and Zhoydell Magaoay, Naomi Hanohano (Neighborhood Commission



There was no volunteer to fill the vacancy in Sub-District 3.


Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) [0:01:23]: Acting Captain O'Neill reported the following.

July 2023 Statistics: There was one (1) nuisance fire, four (4) activated alarms, 59 medical calls and one

(1) motor vehicle crash/collision. A copy of the report can be found at: Acting

Captain O'Neil noted to contact for any questions dealing with the Maui disaster.

A copy of the Wildland Fire Action Guide can be found at:

Fire Safety Tip: Fire and Fall Prevention safety tips were provided.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed - [0:02:50].

Member Murakami logged on at 6:32 p.m. There are six (6) members. Quorum was established.

Honolulu Police Department (HPD) [0:04:12]: Lieutenant Nishimura reported the following:

July 2023 Statistics: There were six (6) motor vehicle thefts, nine (9) burglaries, 28 thefts, five (5)

unauthorized entries into motor vehicles (UEMVs), and 6,225 total calls for service. A copy of the report

can be found at:

Safety Tip: Lieutenant Nishimura provided the back-to-school safety tips, which can be found at:

Questions, comments, and concerns followed - [0:05:42].

Board of Water Supply (BWS) [0:07:32]: No representative present.

IV. PUBLIC INPUT [0:07:47]

Bryan Kimura from HDOT provided the following updates to prior public input.

H-1 Guardrail and Shoulder Improvements on the Kapiolani Interchange to Ainakoa Avenue Phase 2:

Kimura noted HDOT wil be finishing up some of the guardrail and railing on the Kahala viaduct. Kimura

also noted there was a request to extend a guardrail by the bike path coming from Waelae Avenue up to

Ekaha Avenue. Kimura further noted it is going to go advertising probably in February 2024.

Traffic Signal Modernization for eastbound H-1 off ramp at Koko Head Avenue: Kimura noted the signal

system will be replaced and separating the lane assignments approaching Harding Avenue where the

middle lane will go straight and the left lane will be only for left turn lane. Kimura also noted this project is

scheduled to advertise in March 2024.


Kaimuki Business and Professional Association (KBPA) - [0:10:07]: No representative present and no report given.

Hawaii Bicycling League [0:10:26]: Eric McCutcheon provided a short presentation on micro mobility, tiny

transportation. A copy of his presentation can be found at:

Questions, comments, and concerns followed - [0:16:12].

Queen Theater - [0:17:11]: Adoree Yu notified Chair Kang that she is unable to attend the meeting.

Kapiolani Community College (KCC) - [0:17:20]: No representative present.

3650 Waialae Avenue (Goodwill Building) - [0:17:46]: Yuen noted the construction of the building is completed and

people are moving in. Yuen noted the City had warranted a signalized intersection on Wilhelmina Rise and the

construction as well as turning on all the signals has yet to be established. Katy Chen of Goodwill Hawaii announced

the official grand opening of the Goodwill Building is scheduled for Friday, September 1, 2023. Chen noted Goodwill

held a hiring fair at the location and were able to hire some folks and Goodwill continue to need many more

employees. Chen also noted the big change is before the building was knocked down and rebuilt, the donation

drive-thru was on Koko Head Avenue, so now donors would need to come down to Koko Head Avenue and take a

right at a floral mural that has been painted and then the donation drop-off is behind the building.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed - [0:24:02].


Mayor Rick Blangiardi's Representative - [0:26:02]: Director of the Department of Information Technology, Mark

Wong provided the report, which can be found at: Director Wong

highlighted Dita Holifield to head the Department of Enterprise Services and Gene Albano to head the Department

of Facility Maintenance, the Skyline s first month ridership data, Governor Green s emergency proclamation to

combat the escalating affordable housing crisis in Hawai i, and Real Property Tax Relief for homeowners. Director

Wong also reported follow up resonses to questions raised at the last meeting and was avialable to take additional

questions. More information can be found at:

Questions, comments, and concerns followed - [0:29:53].

City Council Chair Tommy Waters - [0:38:27]: Doo reported follow up responses to concerns raised at the previous

meeting regarding the large detached dwelling project at 3715 Crater Road, sidewalk overgrowth on the vacant lot

on Luakaha Street, two apartment-like structures being built on 918 8th Avenue and the project on 3615 Sierra

Drive. Doo noted Department of Transportation Services (DTS) confirmed that they will be implementing changes

and adjustments to light on the intersection of 16th Avenue and Waialae Avenue for a safer intersection.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed - [0:41:57].

Councilmember Calvin Say (City Council District 5) - [0:43:07]: Councilmember Say provided the report, which can

be found at: A

copy of Councilmember Say's newsletter can be found at: Councilmember

Say noted both he and Council Chair Waters will be introducing a resolution requesting the DTS to address the

study from 1st Avenue to 11th Avenue in regards to the traffic lights that the area have.

Governor Josh Green's Representative - [0:44:34]: No representative present.

Senator Stanley Chang - [0:45:02]: Intern Zoei provided the report, which can be found at: Zoei noted to keep

updated on the Senator Chang's office's work on housing, sign up for the housing newsletter which can be found

at: Intern Zoei announced that Governor Green recently signed Bill 1254 to preserve and

conserve 340 of the Kaiwi Coast, $400-Million have been secured for rock fall and flood mitigation at the Diamond

Head State Monument, and there was a special session convened to confirm four (4) First Circuit judges.

State Senator Les Ihara, Jr. - [0:46:47]: No representative present.

Representative Jackson Sayama [0:46:59]: Representative Sayama emailed Chair Kang that he will not be able to

attend the meeting. A copy of Representative Sayama's report can be found at:

Representative Bert Kobayashi [0:47:13]: No representative present.

United States Representative Ed Case [0:47:22]: No representative present.


The Bus route changes: Effective August 20, 2023, various bus routes, including routes 2 and 2L will have

service changes. A copy of the announcement can be found at: For more

information, contact City and County of Honolulu Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency: This City office is preparing

a long-term disaster recovery and post-disaster mitigation plan for Oahu and seeks community input. To learn

more, go to: To take the community survey, go to: Board of Water Supply Rate Schedule: BWS is proposing a new five-year rate schedule, and will be making a

presentation at the Board's September meeting. For more information, go to: or email

HECO Pole Replacement: HECO will be replacing or installing a pole at 3724 Pukalani Place within the next

several weeks. HECO has noted that new poles are often taller and wider than the existing poles in order to allow

for adequate spacing between the power lines and to comply with the 2002 National Electric Safety Code and

HECO's current construction and maintenance standards.

Liquor Commission Application: On August 3, 2023, the City and County of Honolulu Liquor Commission was

scheduled to hold a public hearing to consider an application for a Restaurant General (Category No. 2) liquor

license for applicant Nana Ai Katsu (3585 Waialae Avenue, Unit A).

Kaimuki Community Park Gym Roof Replacement: A project to replace the roof is beginning the week of August

7, 2023 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2023. The project will require the closure of the gym and

some surrounding areas for the duration of the project, including the park bandstand, adjacent lawn, and some of

the pathways. An online map of the City and County of Honolulu outdoor playgrounds, gyms and amenities are available



Report of Planning and Zoning Committee: Member DeMarco was unable to attend the meeting. This item is

deferred to the next meeting.

Approval of June 21, 2023 Regular Meeting Minutes; July 19, 2023 Initial Convening Meeting Written Summary for

Video Record - [0:48:36]:

[0:48:54] - Hearing no corrections and objections, the June 21, 2023 Regular Meeting Minutes were

ADOPTED as written; 6-0-0 (Aye: Kang, Logue, Saito, Smith-Kauhane, Aguilera, Murakami; Nay: None; Abstain:

None) - [0:49:18].

[0:49:23] - Hearing no corrections and objections, the July 19, 2023 Initial Convening Meeting Written

Summary for Video Record was ADOPTED as written; 6-0-0 (Aye: Kang, Logue, Saito, Smith-Kauhane,

Aguilera, Murakami; Nay: None; Abstain: None) - [0:49:38].

IX. REPORTS [0:49:44]

Members' Attendance at Other Meetings: No reports.

X. NEXT MEETING [0:49:54]: The next Kaimuki Neighborhood Board No. 4 Regular Meeting is scheduled on

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. in person and / or WebEx Application.

XI. ADJOURNMENT [0:50:05] - The meeting was adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

Submitted by: Zhoydell Magaoay, Neighborhood Assistant

Reviewed by: Deputy Director Dylan Whitsell

Final approval by: Brian Kang, Chair

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