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With Permission / Courtesy of: City and County of Honolulu Neighborhood Commission Office
DRAFT REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
TUESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2018
MAKIKI CHRISTIAN CHURCH

CALL TO ORDER - Chair Ryan Tam called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m. Quorum was established with eight (8) members present. Note - This nine (9)-member Board requires five (5) members to establish quorum and to take official Board action. Chair Tam welcomed attendees to the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 and thanked them for their citizen participation into the government decision-making process.

ROLL CALL - William Ammons, Rodney Chang, Michael Zehner, Michelle Foyt, Ryan Tam, K. Russell Ho (Neighborhood Assistant), Susan Oppie, Ron Komine Jr., and Chris Chung.

Board Members Absent - Jayne Cloutier.

Vacancies - There were none.

Guests - Cindy McMillan (Governor David Ige's Representative, Office of the Governor); James Stone (House Speaker Scott Saiki's Office), State Representative Tom Brower; Deputy Director Ian Santee (Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative, Honolulu Emergency Services Department (HESD); Doris Lam (Councilmember Carol Fukunaga's Office), Councilmember Ann Kobayashi, Lieutenant Baron Lee (Honolulu Police Department, District 1); Garett Kamemoto and Francine Murray (Hawaii Community Development Authority); Pat Lee (Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation); William Yuen, Henry Chang, and Aaron Lee (Ililani, LLC); Andy Riley, David Wei, and M. Siddiqui (Waiea); Ronald Higa (Liliha/Puunui/Alewa/Kamehameha Heights Neighborhood Board No.14), Misty Mokuahi (Institute for Human Services (IHS), Dexter Okada (KBLA), Duane Komine (Hokua/OAM), Eunice Park (Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) Nursing); Sam Saito and Shereen Peahi (HPU); Kyle Detka, Sandy Erickson, Mary Leffel, Jeff Carbaugh (Hawai i Convention Center) , Ericson Cristobal (DVDAmodo, videographer), and K. Russell Ho (Neighborhood Commission Office).

PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS

Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) - No representative was present and no report was available.

Honolulu Police Department (HPD) - Lieutenant Baron Lee reported the following:
??? December 2017 Statistics - There were 21 motor vehicle thefts, 13 burglaries, 86 thefts, 25 unauthorized entries into motor vehicles (UEMV), 16 assaults, 1 sexual assault, 2 graffiti incidents, and 22 drug offenses. There were 7,341 calls for service.
• Pedestrian Safety Tips - Be safe and be seen:
o Wear bright/light colored clothing and reflective materials.
o Carry a flashlight when walking at night.
o Cross the street in a well-lit area at night.
o Stand clear of buses, hedges, parked cars, or other obstacles before crossing, so drivers can see you.
o Stay sober and do not assume vehicles will stop. Always make eye contact with drivers.
o Always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
o Do not use electronic devices, while crossing a crosswalk.
o Do not rely solely on pedestrian signals. Look both ways before you cross the road.
o Obey traffic signals such as WALK/DON'T WALK signs. When the flashing palm comes on, do not enter the crosswalk. If already in the crosswalk, proceed to the other side. This allows for turning drivers to turn.
o When crossing multiple lanes, look across ALL lanes you must cross and make eye contact with drivers in each lane before proceeding.

Comments followed:
1. Ala Moana Center - Chung mentioned that a news report mentioned the Ala Moana/Kaka ako area has the highest number of pedestrian/vehicle accidents in the nation around Ala Moana Center. Lieutenant Lee noted that there are a number of accidents on Keeaumoku Street, Kapi olani Boulevard, and Atkinson Drive. Chair Tam added Ala Moana Boulevard.
2. Atkinson Drive and Ala Moana Boulevard - Mary Leffel pointed out that six (6) or seven (7) cars make the left turn from Ala Moana Beach Park (AMBP) to Ala Moana Boulevard after the pedestrians' crossing light comes on. The City would be liable for accidents.
3. Pedestrian Safety - A resident wanted clarification on clearance for pedestrian crossing. Lieutenant Lee gives one (1)-lane clearance on a four (4)-lane road. The heavier vehicle (car) should yield to the less protected (bicycle, then pedestrian). Foyt asked if a driver saw a pedestrian at the side of the crosswalk, looking like there was an intention to cross, then the driver should halt the car until the pedestrian stepped into the crosswalk and walked the specified distance across. The officer agreed.
4. Homeless - Chair Tam asked if HPD noticed an increase in homeless in Kaka ako. Lieutenant Lee said yes.
5. Arrests - Zehner asked if HPD noticed an increase in the number of arrests involving the homeless. Lieutenant Lee noted that there were no studies done.

PRESENTATIONS

Ililani Workforce Housing (Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation 201H) 676-A Halekauwila Street and 615 Keawe Street - Bill Yuen, attorney for the Ililani, LLC with Henry Chang had submitted a handout and mentioned the following: Ililani LLC is proposing to develop the subject Ililani Tower project under the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation (HHFDC) requirements to develop a 41-story mixed-use development that will offer a mix of both workforce and market residential units (328 units total) as well as a total of 6,059 square feet of commercial space fronting both Keawe Street and Halekauwila Street. 51% will be affordable, which is 80% of Average Median Income (AMI) to 140% of Average Median Income (AMI) and the other 49% of the units would be market price. There will be community meeting room. There would be only one (1) and two (2)-bedrooms units with one (1) parking space per unit. Prices would range from $300,000 to $600,000. There will be a Garden deck above the parking structure. There is only one entrance for everyone and no "poor door." They should have the Environmental Assessment (EA) by the next meeting.

Comments followed:
1. Foyt was concerned about family size limits. The response was that HHFDC sets the guidelines for family income and priorities. HHFDC determines who gets the lower income units. Bigger families are the priority.
2. Chang asked about green spaces. According to Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) guidelines, the green spaces may be in surrounding area and not on the property. There will be large pedestrian sidewalks.
3. Foyt asked about their experience with community gardens. There will be boxes for plantings. The Association of Apartment Owners (AOAO) would manage who uses the boxes.
4. Chung asked about shops. There will commercial businesses and restaurants on the ground floor. On the second floor, there will be a recreation/community room. There will be one parking space per unit, about 40 commercial spaces and extra parking spaces.
5. Chung asked about the HHFDC requirement for holding the property, before re-selling. It may be 10 years.
6. Chang asked if the project would be pet-friendly. This would be discussed.
7. Foyt asked about security and vandalism. There will be security on the site after 5:00 p.m.
8. There are a few issues to be discussed. Delivery should be in two and one-half (2 1/2) years.

RESIDENTS' AND COMMUNITY CONCERNS

Transient Vacation Rentals (TVR) - Andy Riley, representing residents at the Waiea mentioned that when he bought his residence, it was his understanding that there were no short-term leasing under 180 days and 30-day Transient Vacation Rentals (TVR). He requested the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 to help Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) to convince the Waiea Board to not do 30-day leases. Chair Tam mentioned that the Neighborhood Boards do not get involved in private disputes. Riley added that other condominium associations were present tonight. Zehner recommended changes in the Legislature. Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) Acting Interim Director Garett Kamemoto was waiting for legal review.
Ammons noted that it was a problem of enforcement. Kamemoto said that Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) makes the policy, but it does not have an enforcement arm. Transient Vacation Rentals (TVR) are not permitted. Ammons added that property owners can make more money with short-term rentals, so they pay the fine as a business expense. Other neighboring condo complexes adhere to the six-month lease policy. Riley asked, if it is the rule, why is it not followed? Acting Interim Director Kamemoto responded if zoning allows something, it is permitted. Acting Interim Director Kamemoto said it was not specifically allowed. Riley: If it is not allowed but people are doing it, the problem is enforcing it. Acting Interim Director Kamemoto said the HCDA does not have an enforcement arm. Chair Tam asked if enforcement were done by the City or by HCDA staff. Acting Interim Director Kamemoto said by the HCDA. Riley: Even if there are big fines, people are making lots of money on these rentals. Foyt: The Association Board can demand landlord records and landlords can be fined by the AOAO. You can call the violations to the HCDA.

Homeless in Kaka ako - Residents and Board members are frustrated by the lack of enforcement. The homeless move from State property to the City sidewalks. A suggestion was mentioned that government agencies should work together instead of pointing fingers at each other. Chair Tam noted that the government officials are here. Zehner says many of the homeless are from the mainland and should be sent back or jailed. It is almost impossible for them to get off the streets. They should go to the mainland, where in certain cities, they have a chance to get somewhere. One audience member said the public needs to get its parks back. Chair Tam shared the Community Action Committee schedule to deal with this issue and that later the Mayor's Representative will have an update on the Mother Walden Park. Chair Tam said he received an e-mail from Mary Leffel concerned about the homeless in Kaka ako.

24 Hours Bus Service - Ronald Higa from the Liliha/Pu unui/ lewa/Kamehameha Heights Neighborhood Board No. 14 reported that the Route 2 Waikiki/School Middle Street bus will join the Route 40 Makaha/Honolulu to give 24-hour bus service. The two (2) routes will work together from Kapolei-Waikiki. If you need more information, go to the Kalihi Transit Center, the Satellite City Halls, the Hawai i State Library, or to the Ala Moana Center Information Center.

Increases in Bus Fares - Higa noted the various bus fare changes, effective Monday, January 1, 2018.

BOARD MEMBER REPORTS AND ATTENDANCE AT OTHER MEETINGS

Community Action Committee Report - Update on Ala Wai Promenade ideas - Foyt We have made great progress threshing out great ideas. Our plan is to enliven the Ala Wai like the Ala Moana Beach Park. She mentioned a few Ala Wai Promenade ideas, like determining jurisdictions, making the area more visible and accessible, and getting volunteers to maintain the area. A map was distributed. Chung mentioned that Hawai i Convention Center (HCC) is interested in partnering with the Community Action Committee, which can start a demonstration project and asked for volunteers. Sharon Moriwaki added her comments that the Ala Wai Promenade is a beautiful treasure. The Committee needs the Board's support. Other Neighborhood Boards can join in. Chair Tam mentioned that the Community Action Committee has had three (3) meetings. The next meeting will be on Thursday, February 15, 2018. Chair Tam wants to make recommendations at the next Neighborhood Board meeting to implement the plans. He invited everyone to make recommendations and to get more members. Foyt said a dream would be to use the Convention Center for parking and have events that could help open the area.

"Road Diets" - Zehner provided a handout, listing two (2) videos on CBS-LA, which show negative public reaction to "Road Diets" on the mainland. Emergency vehicles could not pass gridlock and an angry public protested a Councilman.

Michelle Foyt submitted the following report: January 23, 2018, Other Meetings Attended Report:
• 76th Commemoration of the December 7, 1941 Attack on Pearl Harbor and the U.S. Army's Actions - On Thursday, December 7, 2017, Fort DeRussy, at 3:00 p.m., there was a 76th Commemoration of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and the U.S. Army's Actions, specifically the 25th Infantry Division. Having received an invitation, sent to all the local Neighborhood Board members, Foyt and her husband George attended this formal and sometimes solemn ceremony, celebrating the 25th Infantry Division. Foyt said it was well done and very moving. A Native Hawaiian regiment performed a military dance/fight ceremony. There was a first-rate military band. Foyt never knew before, that there in front of the museum, they were sitting on the site of a former gunnery nest. The 21-gun salute was shot by cannons at the end. Foyt noted that it was amazing.
• Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 Community Action Committee - Thursday, January 11, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. The Committee continues its brainstorming and research on improvements, especially enlivening the Ala Wai Promenade behind the Convention and along the Ala Wai Canal especially between Ala Moana Boulevard and Kalakaua Avenue. The hope is to design a way to make the area much more accessible while starting activities that will motivate people to use it the way they use other Honolulu parks.
??? Board of Education (BOE) Hawai i - Thursday, January 18, 2018, 1:30 p.m.
o Superintendent Kishimoto expected full approval for the ESA funds requested by Hawaii and to be as much as they asked for.
o Impact fee policies are being revised to be more flexible.
o The Department of Education (DOE) is in the initial planning stages for new schools in the urban corridor along the planned rail route. Policy 301 -2 was established for new school designs in large scale.
o With transit-oriented development (TOD) projected to generate increased enrollment well beyond the capacity of existing schools, there is expected to be a need to site several new schools in urban areas. Educational implications: Limited land areas for schools will require that future schools be designed and built in a vertical typology. It may also require that outdoor activities be conducted on adjacent land areas such as City parks or other urban school campuses.
o A flowchart of Emergency Protocol for schools was presented.

Chair Tam's Report - Chair Tam already reported on the Community Action Committee and the homeless issue.

ELECTED OFFICIALS

Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative - Deputy Director Ian Santee, Honolulu Emergency Services Department (HESD), reported the following:
• Summer College Student Employment Program - The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR)'s Summer College Student Employment Program is recruiting applicants for the 2018 Summer Fun program. If you know any college students who want to develop management and programming skills, or recreation and child development skills, or who simply enjoys working with children between the ages of five (5) and thirteen, please encourage them to consider working as a Summer Aide at this year's Summer Fun program. The program runs from the end of May 2018 to the end of July 2018, and the pay rate is $12.00 per hour or $14.00 per hour. For more information and the online application form, please call (808) 768-3020 or check out DPR's webpage www.honolulu.gov/parks/dprsummerfun. Mahalo!
• Missile Launch False Alarm - As you know the State of Hawaii, Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) issued a false missile launch warning on Saturday, January 13, 2018. The City and County of Honolulu responded accordingly and we are working with HI-EMA to ensure improvements. Since Saturday, January 13, the City has been evaluating response and communications actions both internally with City departments and externally with HI-EMA, other stakeholders and the general public. The City wants our residents to be informed and prepared for a possible ballistic missile launch as well as for other disasters that can affect us. Disaster preparedness and planning is crucial for all community levels including individuals, families, the elderly/disabled community as well as businesses. Please see the following links for more information on ballistic missile preparedness and planning. Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Ballistic Shelter Guidance to help you pick the most appropriate place to shelter https://dod.hawaii.gov/hiema/files/2017/12/HI-EMA-guidance-analysis-nuclear-detonation-JUN-2017- 1.pdf. Ballistic Missile threat and Frequently Asked Questions - https://dod.hawaii.gov/hiema/files/2017/08/HI-EMA-BMD-Question-and-Answer-SEP-2017.pdf. If you have further questions regarding the false missile launch warning please call HI-EMA at 808-733-4300 extension 0. To sign-up and receive emergency alerts, messages and emails from the City and County of Honolulu, download the city's smartphone app HNL.info, or go to the following link online: https://hnl.info/alerts/register.php.
• Parklet on Auahi Street Update - Department of Transportation Services (DTS) has no record of a parklet on Auahi Street. No permit has been granted or requested for a parklet on Auahi Street.
• Cutting the Grass - Board member Komine reported that the grass on the median for Ala Moana Boulevard needs cutting. Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) reported that the grass on the Ala Moana Boulevard median was cut by a City road crew on Monday, January 15, 2018.
• Pedestrian Island at Sheridan Street and Kapi olani Boulevard Update - Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) responded that the installation of curbing and delineators in place of the existing painted island at Sheridan Street and Kapiolani Boulevard is scheduled to be performed by the end of February 2018, pending available resources and barring other emergency work, involving the City in-house crew.
• Mother Waldron Park - Deputy Director Santee read the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) report on Mother Waldron Park. Various repair projects were done.
• Oahu Bicycle Master Plan ??? A community workshop to obtain community input will be held on Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Neal Blaisdell Center, Hawaii Suites.
• 90th Lei Court - Deputy Director Santee read information about the 90th Lei Court.

Comments followed:
1. Left Turn Prohibition From Ward Avenue to Hotel Street and creating a loading zone at Neal Blaisdell Center (NBC) - Chair Tam had attachments on a resolution passed by Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 and a letter. Deputy Director Santee will follow up with Department of Transportation Services (DTS).
2. Missile False Alarm and Shelters - Board member Chung asked if there are any plans to build emergency shelters in case of a ballistic missile attack. Deputy Director Santee will follow up with Department of Emergency Management (DEM). Foyt objected to cell phone access.
3. Increase in illegal Transient Vacation Rentals (TVR) in the Ala Moana/Kaka ako (Hawaii Community Development Authority) areas - Residents and condominium resident managers are reporting that some owners are signing short-term rentals to tourists instead of long-term leases to residents. As HDCA does not have an enforcement arm or staff to investigate complaints, can the DPP look into complaints?
4. Homelessness - Mayor's Office on Housing (HOU) ??? What were the results of the Point-in-Time count on January 22, 2018? The Board and residents (all taxpayers) supported an all-powerful enforcement agency to keep the homeless from moving from State to City jurisdictions and taxpayers wanted to use the sidewalks and parks.
5. Grass Cutting - At the January 2018 meeting, the response was - DFM: The grass on the Ala Moana Boulevard median was cut by City road crew on January 15, 2018. Board member Komine noted that more medians needed to be cut. Mayor's Representative Ian Santee will find out the exact location of the medians from Komine.
6. Complete Streets and Road Diets - Board member Zehner opposes Road Diets and handed out links to You.tube videos. He asked for a Department of Transportation Services (DTS) response.

Councilmember Carol Fukunaga - Doris Lam distributed Councilmember Fukunaga's newsletter and reported the following:
• Fire Safety - Bills 69, relating to mandatory automatic fire sprinklers, was amended to include various ways to assess fire safety and taking corrective measures, proposed by the HFD/Residential Fire Safety Advisory Committee. Bill 107 has proposals to help finance the retrofits through loans, fee waivers, and real property tax credits.
• Update on City-State Actions on Homeless Encampments - The newsletter highlighted efforts of inter-agency cooperation in enforcement and providing services.

Councilmember Ann Kobayashi - Jaren McCartney distributed a newsletter and Councilmember Kobayashi reported the following:
• Bill 69 - Councilmember Fukunaga worked hard on amendments, which will be incorporated in the Administration's Bill 69.
??? Homeless - There is a homeless shelter with no kitchen, so the homeless get three (3) meals delivered and a shuttle bus for transportation. The McCully Library is for children, but the homeless have moved in and the children are afraid to go. There is frustration, as the taxpayers cannot use the services. There was a suggestion that the homeless sign a social contract and lose benefits, if not keep to the terms of the contract. We have lost our parks. Three meals are delivered. They have a shuttle because they have no transportation. Many working people who probably like to have meals delivered daily and free transportation as well as housing. It's not fair. The homeless can dominate sidewalks. Taxpayers cannot use the parks or sidewalks. There's sympathy but also concern for the taxpayers. Zehner suggested again that homeless people be shipped to another city on the mainland. They could go somewhere they wanted to go. Ammons refuted this saying if they do not want to go, they would not go. He had said earlier that homelessness is a very long-term problem here and will take time to resolve.
• Long-term Rentals - Councilmember Kobayashi added that in M noa, students rentals are not as profitable as renting to tourists.

Councilmember Trevor Ozawa - No representative was present and no report was available.

State Representative Tom Brower - Representative Brower distributed a newsletter and reported the following:
• Transient Vacation Rentals (TVR) - If there is a concern in Waikiki or Kaka ako, call his office.
• Homelessness - Representative Brower favors building small dwellings and more government enforcement. He noted a lack of political will.
• Project Help - Chung asked about a new law passed that criminalizes encampments in state parks and that it allows enforcing of law on the spot. Foyt asked if we needed a separate department of government to work on this problem. Brower suggested that the current government needs to be made to work. An audience member asked how to make the government respond to them. Brower suggested maybe camping outside the legislature could bring pressure. Brower said Kaka ako is overrun with homeless, because the law is being enforced.

House Speaker Scott Saiki - James Stone distributed a neighborhood report and was available to hear concerns.

State Senator Brickwood Galuteria - No representative was present and no report was available.

Governor David Ige's Representative - The Capitol Connection December 2017 and January 2018 were distributed and Cindy McMillian, Director of Communications, reported the following:
• Most Dangerous Intersection in the U.S. - Board member Chung had asked if the intersection at 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard had the most accidents in the U.S. McMillan followed up. The news report of 312 accidents included Ala Moana Beach Park and Ala Moana Center. Not all the accidents were on Ala Moana Boulevard. The number of crashes on that roadway included four major accidents, not the large number in that report.

• Fallout Shelters - Chung asked about fallout shelters. For public safety, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) encourages the public to "shelter in place." Colonel Kenneth Hara, Deputy Director of Department of Defense (DOD) is tasked with making an action plan.

U.S. Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa: A written report was distributed.

AGENCY REPORTS

Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) - Acting Executive Director Garett Kamemoto reported that the Waterfront Park was cleared. At the Mauka Park the HCDA had no jurisdiction. Acting Executive Director Kamemoto introduced staff member Francine Murray, who may replace him sometimes in future meetings. There is a new security vendor with an outreach services contract. Closing time is at 10:00 p.m. and there is daytime enforcement. The HDCA has to store property left behind and the homeless can come back for property. There is nightly enforcement at 10:00 p.m. There are still problems, but not the health and safety problems we had before. Chung asked whether consistent enforcement has been the element that has worked. Acting Interim Director Kamemoto said yes.

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) - Pat Lee reported the following:
• Over on the west side, work continues on the rail project with all nine (9) stations from Aloha Stadium to East Kapolei under construction to be completed in time for the interim opening of the first ten (10) miles to revenue passenger service in late 2020.
• Construction on the Airport Guideway and Stations segment, including five (5) miles of guideway and four (4) stations between Aloha Stadium and Middle Street, is underway.
• Now that additional funding has been approved by the Legislature, work on the City Center guideway and stations between Middle Street and Ala Moana Center is proceeding with planning, engineering and advanced utility relocation work for the City Center segment. For the safety of work crews and the travelling public, please observe the posted speed limits and drive with caution, if you enter a construction zone.
• HART is evaluating public private partnership opportunities, referred to as "P3", for this final segment of the rail system and has hired the firm of Ernst and Young Infrastructure Advisors as the P3 consultant to assist HART in its evaluation.
• HART is concentrating on risk management and cost containment, as risk is the biggest factor in construction expenses and change orders due to unknown field conditions such as discovery of existing underground utilities in the wrong place or not identified on "as built" maps and drawings.
• HART and Department of Transportation Services (DTS) continue the planning and coordination for bus-rail integration in anticipation of the start of revenue passenger service.
• HART plans to open the first 10 miles (from Aloha Stadium to East Kapolei) for revenue passenger service in late 2020. The full 20-mile system's operation to Ala Moana Center is pending the completion of the City Center Section Guideway and Station Group (CCGS) contract and segment, with a target date of December 2025.
• Poster Contest - HART is conducting the annual poster contest, which is open to all Oahu high school students, grades 9 through 12; entries are due by Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Details can be found on the project website www.honolulutransit.org, call the project hotline at 566-2299 or email at info@honolulutransit.org.

Comments followed: Rail Station and Ala Moana Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) - Chung asked about the interaction between the rail station and Ala Moana Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) development. Chung asked about the one (1) parking space per unit for a Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) project and asked about the status of the columns. Ammons asked where construction was starting near the Aloha Stadium.

Honolulu Board of Water Supply (BWS) - Michelle Foyt submitted a written report and reported the following:
??? Water Main Breaks - There was one (1) main break on Saturday, December 23, 2017, an eight (8)-inch main break at 1610 Makaloa Street.
• Water Rate Tiers and Conservation - BWS???s residential water rates are tiered to encourage conservation. The more water a customer uses, the more they pay for that additional water. Over half of our customers never exceed the first tier, and over 90% of our customers fall within the first two tiers. The top 1% of our residential customers use over 44,000 gallons of water per month, which places high demands on our island's limited resources. We need to do more to encourage conservation and revising the tiers can provide that incentive. One (1) possible change would move the top tier from over 33,000 gallons per month of usage down to about 21,000 gallons. Another would provide an amount of water necessary for customers' basic needs at a low cost. These changes would ensure affordability, reward conservation efforts, and place the cost-burden on those customers who use very high amounts of water.
• Water Rates and Outreach Process - In the next six (6)-months, our Board will be reviewing rate models to determine appropriate rate increases and changes to our fees. As part of this process, the BWS is working on a presentation for the Neighborhood Boards and other groups about our Water Rate Study and potential new water rates. If you would like to schedule a presentation, please contact Keoni Mattos in our Communications Office at 748-5369. Our Board will also be conducting four (4) public hearings on proposed changes to water rates prior to their adoption. We expect these meeting will be held in June 2018.

NEW BUSINESS

Consider Resolution Providing Comments on the Neighborhood Plan - Chair Tam noted that there was an extension for submitting comments. Since the Board had previously taken a position to request an annual board member conference and training, he would resubmit these comments to the Neighborhood Commission.

BOARD BUSINESS

Approval of the November 28, 2017 Regular Meeting Minutes - As the draft minutes were not mailed out, Chair Tam deferred this item to the next meeting.

Addition of Members to the Community Action Committee - Chair Tam wanted to add Sharon Moriwaki to the Community Action Committee.

Zehner moved and Foyt seconded to add Sharon Moriwaki to the Community Action Committee. As there were no objections, the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 ADOPTED the motion to add Sharon Moriwaki to the Community Action Committee, by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 8-0-0 (AYE: Ammons, Chang, Chung, Foyt, Komine, Oppie, Tam, and Zehner; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None).

Treasurer's Report - Treasurer Susan Oppie reported that $29.42 was spent for printing and postage costs for January 2018, leaving a balance of $317.13. The Treasurer's report was filed.

PERMIT REVIEWS, HEARINGS, AND APPLICATIONS

• Liquor Commission Hearing: Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. (711 Kapiolani Boulevard, 6th Floor) for Whole Foods Market, 388 Kamakee Street, Suite 100 (Package Sales and also Category No. 2 - Live Entertainment)
• Liquor Commission Hearing: Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. (711 Kapiolani Blvd., 6th Floor) for Sandy's Place, 1400 Kapiolani Boulevard, Suite C-11 (Category No. 4 - Employees compensated to sit with patrons; consumption on premises)
o Special Liquor License Application for Agave and Vine, 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard
• Environmental Assessments
o Pre-Assessment Consultation for the Blaisdell Center Master Plan Environmental Assessment
o Pre-Assessment Consultation for the Ililani Tower Workforce Housing Environmental Assessment
• Environmental Impact Statements
o Preparation Notice for the Ala Moana Regional Park Master Plan Environmental Impact Statement

ANNOUNCEMENTS

• Next Meeting - The next regular meeting of the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 is scheduled for Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Makiki Christian Church.
• Upcoming Committee Meetings - The next meeting for Community Action Committee are scheduled for Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ala Moana Regional Park, McCoy Pavilion Dining Room.
• Oahu Bicycle Master Plan - A community workshop to obtain community input will be held on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Neal Blaisdell Center, Hawaii Suites. www.honolulu.gov/bicycle/bikeplanupdate
??? Ala Moana Regional Park Master Plan - The final meeting and presentation for the Ala Moana Regional Park Master Plan will be held on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ala Moana Regional Park, McCoy Pavilion. www.ouralamoanapark.com and parks.honolulu.gov.
• lelo Broadcasts - Broadcasts of the Ala Moana-Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 meetings are on lelo 49 on the first and third Thursdays at 8:00 a.m. and every second Sunday at 6:00 p.m.
• Community Neighborhood Watches
o Mother Waldron Park (525 Cooke Street) - Mondays, 5:45 p.m.;
o Sheridan Park (833 Pi ikoi Street) - Monday/Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m.;
o Keola La i Condominium (600 Queen Street) Tuesdays, 5:15 p.m.;
o Kolowalu Park (1177 Queen Street) - 1st and 2nd Thursdays, 6:00 p.m.
??? No Loitering - Please do not loiter on Makiki Christian Church grounds after 9:00 p.m. Mahalo.

ADJOURNMENT - As there was no further business before the Board, Chair Tam adjourned the meeting at 9:01 p.m.

Submitted by: K. Russell Ho, Neighborhood Assistant
Reviewed by: James Skizewski, Public Relations Specialist
Reviewed by: Michelle Foyt, Secretary
Final Review by: Ryan Tam, Chair

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