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September 2023 Minutes



WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2023 - 6:30 P.M.



Video recording of this meeting can be found at:

Meeting materials:

I. CALL TO ORDER [0:00:03]: Chair Kang called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Quorum was established with nine (9) 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, Stacey Arnold, Becky Gardner, and Jason DeMarco.

Board Members Absent: Paul Hoe.

Guests: Acting Captain Michael Hahn (Honolulu Fire Department), Lieutenant L. Nishimura (Honolulu Police Department), Lorna Heller, Joe Cooper and Stella Bernardo (Board of Water Supply); Representative Bert Kobayashi, Judy Hernandez and Melvia Kawashima (Councilmember Calvin Say's Office); Adam Doo (Council Chair Tommy Waters' Office); Zoei (Senator Stanley Chang's Office); Eric McCutheon (Hawaii Bicycle League); Elwood, Toni Robinson, George Hooker, Derek Thomas, Justice Augafa, Rafael Bergstrom (Sustainable Coastlines); Wade Morisato, Calvin Hara (KBPA); Elwood, Lot Lau, Elizabeth Garrison, F. John Guerero, (Councilmember Say's Office); Adoree Yu (Queen Theatre); Carol Hoshiko (KCC); Patrick Watson, Lori Yamada, Senator Les Ihara Jr. (Residents); and Spencer Johnson (Neighborhood Commission Office).

II. FILLING OF VACANCY [0:00:16] There were no volunteers or nominations.


Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) [0:00:59]: Acting Captain Hahn reported the following.

• August 2023 Statistics: There was one (1) structure fire, two (2) nuisance fires, five (5) activated alarms, 40 medical calls, six (6) motor vehicle crash/collisions, and one (1) ocean rescue.

• Fire Safety Tip: Evacuation planning safety tips were provided.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed [0:02:31].

Honolulu Police Department (HPD) [0:06:39]: Lieutenant Nishimura reported the following.

August 2023 Statistics: There were 11 motor vehicle thefts, three (3) burglaries, 25 thefts, six (6) unauthorized entries into motor vehicles (UEMVs), and 6,227 total calls for service.

Safety Tip: Pedestrian safety tips were provided.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed [0:08:01].

Board of Water Supply (BWS) [0:11:16]: Lorna Heller reported the following.

• Water Main Breaks: There was one (1) water main break in the month of August 2023.

• Announcement: Source protection week will be observed from September 24 through September 30, 2023.

IV. PUBLIC INPUT [0:13:37]

• Wildfire Prevention: A resident raised concerns about wildfire hazards, and inquired if controlled burns can be used to prevent future disasters.

• Queen Theatre [0:18:47]: Resident Elizabeth Garrison introduced herself and spoke on ideas to restore the Queen Theatre.

• Uniform Street Lights [0:23:48]: Gardner reiterated concerns raised at a previous meeting relating to street lights on Waialae Avenue that can be confusing due to some lights being over-head and some on the side.


Kaimuki Christmas Parade: Calvin Hara announced the Thursday, December 7, 2023 Kaimuki Christmas Parade.

Sustainable Coastlines Hawai i Kaimuki Cleanup Festival [0:27:08]: Rafael Bergstrom provided Sustainable Coastlines' educational message, and announced the Saturday, September 30, 2023 Kaimuki Cleanup Festival.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed [0:30:42].

Board of Water Supply New Five-Year Rate Schedule [0:33:03]: Joe Cooper, Board of Water Supply, Water Works Controller, presented the following. Information was shared relating to the process of delivering groundwater into Oahu homes. Financial information and the use of funding were shared. Visual aids were provided. All customers will have the same increase, the cost of water will continue to depend on usage amount. Rates will gradually increase, and effective July 1, 2028, less than 2,000 gallons of water used will cost $5.17; 2,001-6,000 gallons will cost $8.76; 6,001-30,000 gallons will cost $10.74; and over 30,000 gallons will cost $18.02. The first increase (less than $2.00 - depending on usage amount) will take place on January 1, 2024. To view the full presentation, visit:

Questions, comments, and concerns followed [0:41:25].


Kaimuki Business and Professional Association (KBPA): No representative present and no report given.

Hawaii Bicycling League [0:57:16]: Eric McCutcheon provided a short presentation on micro mobility, tiny transportation, relating to Neighborhood Electric Vehicles. A copy of his presentation can be found at:

Questions, comments, and concerns followed [1:00:37].

Queen Theater [1:05:53]: No representative present and no report given.

Kapiolani Community College (KCC) [1:06:20]: Carol Hoshiko provided a construction update for the KCC Culinary Institute of the Pacific.


Mayor Rick Blangiardi's Representative [1:12:02]: Chair Kang provided the following report. Highlights and announcements were shared, which can be found at: The Department of Transportation Services is requesting funding in Fiscal Year 2025 (next fiscal year) to upgrade the intersection of Waialae Avenue and 8th Avenue to include a traffic signal mast arm on the makai side of the intersection. The Department of Parks and Recreation will be assessing park properties and is planning to meet with the Honolulu Fire Department to determine the scope of work that needs to be done on the dry brush to ensure the safety of the community.

City Council Chair Tommy Waters [1:14:10]: Doo reported updates for Kaimuki District Park Gymnasium renovations, repaving announcements for Kapiolani Boulevard, and wildfire prevention efforts.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed [1:18:27].

Councilmember Calvin Say (City Council District 5) [1:25:03]: Hernandez provided the report, which can be found at: Kaimuki Complete Streets:

Questions, comments, and concerns followed [1:25:55].

Governor Josh Green's Representative [1:27:00]: No representative present.

Senator Stanley Chang [1:27:20]: Intern Zoei provided the report, which can be found at: Tsunami Evacuation information can be found at:

State Senator Les Ihara, Jr. [1:28:39]: Senator Ihara reported the following. Two (2) vacancies on the Hawaii Supreme Court are expected to be filled by the end of November 2023. Updates on recent community activities were provided.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed [1:31:00].

Representative Jackson Sayama [1:35:00]: Representative Sayama provided a report relating to wildfire prevention efforts, and volunteer cleanup opportunities.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed [1:39:12].

Representative Bert Kobayashi [1:44:29]: Representative Kobayashi reported the following. There are six (6) working groups being organized to help Lahaina residents.

United States Representative Ed Case [1:53:27]: No representative present.



• Complete Streets: There will be a community meeting on Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 6:00 p.m.


Report of Planning and Zoning Committee: Member DeMarco provided a brief report.

Approval of August, 2023 Written Summary for Video Record [1:55:17]: This item was postponed until the next regular meeting.

XI. REPORTS [1:55:32]

Members' Attendance at Other Meetings: No reports.

XII. NEXT MEETING [1:55:44] The next Kaimuki Neighborhood Board No. 4 Regular Meeting is scheduled on Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. in person and / or WebEx Application.

XIII. ADJOURNMENT [1:56:00] The meeting was adjourned at 8:26 p.m.

Submitted by: Spencer Johnson, Neighborhood Assistant

Reviewed by: Naomi Hanohano, Community Relations Specialist

Final approval by: Brian Kang, Chair

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