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Kaimuki Neighborhood Board Meeting OCTOBER 2023 Minutes
KAIMUKI NEIGHBORHOOD BOARD NO. 4
October 2023 Minutes
DRAFT REGULAR MEETING WRITTEN SUMMARY FOR VIDEO RECORD
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2023 - 6:30 P.M.
KAIMUKI PUBLIC LIBRARY MEETING ROOM
AND WEBEX TELECONFERENCING
Video recording of this meeting can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHm6EfsrAAc&t=3656s
Meeting materials: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Wt9pOrbakhHBtITFDEP84GlbdXeCis0s
I. CALL TO ORDER [0:00:02]: Chair Kang called the meeting to order at 6:31 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 must be in-person or have video access.
Board Members Present: Brian Kang, James Logue, Travis Saito, Judi-Ann Smith-Kauhane, Stacey Arnold, Becky Gardner, and Jason DeMarco.
Board Members Absent: Paul Hoe, Kelsie Aguilera, Joyce Murakami
Guests: Captain Welch (Honolulu Fire Department), Lieutenant Michael Thompson (Honolulu Police Department), Lorna Heller, Lester Fujikami (Board of Water Supply); Mark Wong (Mayor Blangiardi & Department of Information Technology); Councilmember Calvin Say; Adam Doo (Council Chair Tommy Waters' Office); Zoei Peacock (Senator Stanley Chang's Office); State Senator Les Ihara Jr.; State Representative Jackson Sayama; Eric McCutheon (Hawaii Bicycle League); Carol Hoshiko (Kapiolani Community College); Elwood, Leslie (Residents); Dylan Buck and Jeffrey Jones (Neighborhood Commission Office). Note: Name not included if not legible or stated for the record. There were 32 total participants including those on Webex.
II. FILLING OF VACANCY [0:00:16] There were no volunteers or nominations at this time.
III. CITY MONTHLY REPORTS:
Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) [0:02:02]: Captain Welch reported the following.
• September 2023 Statistics: There was one (1) nuisance fires, two (2) activated alarms, 52 medical calls, one (1) motor vehicle collision with pedestrian, two (2) motor vehicle crash/collision, and two (2) hazardous material incidents.
• Fire Safety Tip: "Cooking Safety Starts with YOU." A report was submitted, which can be found at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZpL3QvA_prCkVO3e2jsrXY-O_Pa8b2mC/view?usp=share_link
Questions, comments, and concerns followed [0:04:01].
Honolulu Police Department (HPD) [0:10:38]: Lieutenant Michael Thompson reported the following.
September 2023 Statistics: There were fourteen (14) motor vehicle thefts, eleven (11) burglaries, 26 thefts, eleven (11) unauthorized entries into motor vehicles (UEMVs), and 6,357 total calls for service.
Safety Tip: Halloween safety tips were provided.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed [0:11:47].
Board of Water Supply (BWS) [0:15:38]: Lorna Heller reported the following.
• Water Main Breaks: There was one (1) water main break in the month of September 2023.
• Announcement: "Imagine A Day Without Water" event occurring on October 21, 2023.
IV. PUBLIC INPUT: None
Board of Water Supply Wilhelmina Rise 811 Reservoir Project [00:17:52]: Lester Fujikami introduced the Wilhelmina Rise 811 replacement project. This project is set to construct a new reservoir to replace the old one due to its original construction being in 1931. It will consist of a new 100,000-gallon steel water reservoir to maintain water service while the new one is being built along with the replacement of underground piping. The construction will take place May 2024 and is expected to be completed in April 2025.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed [0:22:29].
VI. COMMUNITY UPDATES
Kaimuki Business and Professional Association (KBPA): No representative present and no report given.
Hawaii Bicycling League - Neighborhood Bike Leader [0:24:39]: Eric McCutcheon presented his idea in keeping a smaller traffic footprint similar to the bus while simultaneously getting one's exercise in with a pedal bus called "S'Cool." It's a large tandem bike with multiple seats with a driver that will control where the pedal bus will go. A presentation was submitted, which can be found at:
Questions, comments, and concerns followed [00:30:21].
Kapiolani Community College (KCC) [00:34:12]: Carol Hoshiko presented an update on the Culinary Institute of the Pacific - Phase 2 construction. She provided multiple pictures on the updated status on the building from different views to see the various upcoming features of the building. A presentation was submitted, which can be found at:
VII. ELECTED OFFICIALS' REPORTS
Mayor Rick Blangiardi's Representative [00:38:57]: The Mayor's Representative, Mark Wong, provided the following report. Highlights and announcements were shared, which can be found at: https://www.oneoahu.org/newsletter. 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.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed [00:43:40].
City Council Chair Tommy Waters [01:01:28]: Doo reported updates for the Mau'umae Nature Park vegetation overgrowth and addressed last month's questions about feral chickens. A report was submitted, which can be found at:
Questions, comments, and concerns followed [01:05:18].
Councilmember Calvin Say (City Council District 5) [01:15:18]: Councilmember Say provided the report. He discussed the conclusion of voting and committee hearings.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed [01:15:35].
Governor Josh Green's Representative: No representative present.
Senator Stanley Chang [01:16:09]: Intern Zoei provided the report, which can be found at: https://www.senatorchang.com/_files/ugd/1a1f50_1a903f5c372443b5bd3c3e058d2df544.pdf
State Senator Les Ihara, Jr. [1:17:54]: Senator Ihara reported the following. Two (2) vacancies on the Hawaii Supreme Court are expected to be filled on November 20-21, 2023. Updates on recent community activities were provided.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed [01:19:11]
Representative Jackson Sayama [01:22:00]: Representative Sayama discussed the recent trip to reaffirm the sister relationship with Fukuoka, Japan and shared upcoming community events.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed [01:25:57].
Representative Bertrand Kobayashi: No representative present.
United States Representative Ed Case: No representative present.
VIII. ANNOUNCEMENTS: None
IX. BOARD BUSINESS:
Report of Planning and Zoning Committee [01:31:31]: Member DeMarco provided the date to the committee meeting.
Approval of August, 2023 and September, 2023 Written Summary for Video Record [1:31:33]: The August 2023 and September 2023 Written Summary for Video Record were approved as written.
X. REPORTS: None
XI. NEXT MEETING [1:32:57] The next Kaimuki Neighborhood Board No. 4 Regular Meeting is scheduled on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kaimuki Public Library meeting room and remotely via Webex.
Agenda item II - Filling of Vacancy Revisited [01:33:12]: There were no volunteers or nominations at this time.
XII. ADJOURNMENT [1:35:24] The meeting was adjourned at 8:26 p.m.
Submitted by: Jeffrey Jones, Neighborhood Assistant
Reviewed by: Naomi Hanohano, Community Relations Specialist
Final approval by: Brian Kang, Chair
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