ALA MOANA-KAKA‘AKO NEIGHBORHOOD BOARD NO. 11
DRAFT REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2019
MAKIKI CHRISTIAN CHURCH, 829 PENSACOLA STREET
CALL TO ORDER - Chair Ryan Tam called the meeting to order at 7:04 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 May 2019 regular monthly meeting of the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 and explained that the Neighborhood Board system was established to promote citizen participation in the government's decision-making process.
Board Members Present - William Ammons, Rodney Chang (departed at 9:17 p.m.), Lynn Mariano, Michael Zehner, Ryan Tam, Susan Oppie, Chris Chung, and Ron Komine.
Board Members Absent - Jayne Cloutier.
Vacancies - There were no vacancies.
Guests - Cindy McMillian (Governor David Ige's Representative, Communication Director); Charles Izumoto (Senator Sharon Moriwaki's Office), James Stone (House Speaker Scott Saiki's Office), Representative Tom Bower; Deputy Director Ian Santee (Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative; Honolulu Emergency Services Department); Councilmember Carol Fukunaga; Councilmember Ann Kobayashi and Jaren McCartney (Councilmember Ann Kobayashi's Office), Captain Waipkawiwo ole Parker (Honolulu Fire Department, P wa??a Station); Sergeant Orserto (Honolulu Police Department, District 1); Francine Murray (Hawaii Community Development Authority [HCDA]), Brian Bagnall (Outdoor Circle and the Waik k Neighborhood Board No. 9), Jay Gaudur (State Department of Health [DOH]), Elizabeth S., Chris Johnson (Department of Transportation Services), Mr. Toba, Jeff Carbaugh (Hawai i Convention Center), John Ka ulupali (Ka Po e o Kaka ako [KPOK]), Franklin Chung, Shar Chun-Lum (Save Ala Moana Beach Park [SAMBP] Hui), Ronald Higa (Liliha/Pu unui/ lewa/Kamehameha Heights Neighborhood Board No. 14 resident), Kaili Kamui (Wai anae), Matt Miller, Bruce Lum, Bryan Mick, John Mantauave, Savannah Nandancci, Alani Apio (Hui Aloha), Sidney U., Andy Lee, Loretta Yajima (Children's Discovery Center), One (1) videographer (Integrated Multimedia Consultants), and K. Russell Ho (Neighborhood Commission Office).
PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS
Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) P wa??a Station - Captain Waipkawiwo ole Parker reported the following:
• May 2019 Fire Statistics - There were 2 nuisance fires, 1 cooking fire, and 19 activated alarms (no fires); 242 medical emergencies, 6 motor vehicle collisions with pedestrians, 6 motor vehicle crashes/collisions, 1 ocean rescue, and 4 hazardous materials incidents.
• Fire Safety Tip: The Honolulu Fire Department often responds to hikers who are lost or injured. Use the acronym H.I.K.E. S.A.F.E. to recall hiking safety tips:
o Hike with a partner or a group and have a plan. Each member of the group should carry a cell phone, water, and a flashlight. The group should establish where to meet if members become separated.
o Inform someone of where you are going and when you plan to return.
o Keep a cell phone, flashlight, and a whistle with you on every hike, even short day hikes.
o Eat well, stay hydrated, and carry plenty of water. Two (2) liters of water per person per day is recommended.
o Stay on the trail. Abide by all posted signs, and do not hike in closed or dangerous areas.
o Ask for help early; do not delay. A minor/moderate health or medical issue can be easily exacerbated by hiking up steep trails. Know your limits and pay attention to how you are feeling.
o Familiarize yourself with the area, use a map, and consult government-sponsored websites.
o Expect changes in the weather and terrain; bring appropriate footwear and clothing.
Comments followed: Drug-related Fire Statistics - Chung asked if drug-related fires were a tracked statistic. Captain Parker would have to check with the Fire Investigation section.
Honolulu Police Department (HPD), District 1 - Sergeant Orserto reported the following:
• April 2019/March 2019 Statistics - There were 24/18 motor vehicle thefts, 20/13 burglaries, 137/111 thefts, 30/59 unauthorized entries into motor vehicles (UEMV), 17/23 assaults, 6/3 sex assaults, 1/4 graffiti incidents, and 12/24 drug offenses. There were 7,057/7,003 calls for service. Statistical information can be found on the HPD public website at - www.honolulupd.org.
• Safety Tip - Robbery Prevention - As school was out, Sergeant Orserto warned about increased thefts by juveniles. To avoid becoming a victim of a robbery or worse, members of the public are urged to arrange meetings with online vendors in public places that are well lit, such as local police departments. When you report a robbery it is seen as a potentially life threatening incident and will get the highest priority. Personal robbery prevention can be summed up by a list of common sense tips:
o Stay tuned in to your surroundings and be aware of what is happening around you.
o Walk briskly and confidently. Give an appearance of "don't mess with me".
o Avoid going to ATM machines after dark.
o Do not flash large sums of cash, jewelry or other expensive items. They attract unwanted attention and may give a potential robber his or her target.
o Avoid isolated areas, short cuts and deserted parking lots.
o Do not be afraid to call the police, if you suspect you are being followed. It could be the prelude to a robbery.
o If you are the victim of a robbery follow the instructions of the robber. Do not argue or attempt to fight with your assailant.
o Try to remember what the robber looks like, what he/she was wearing and call the police as quickly as possible.
o As always, if you have been a victim of a robbery, please call 911 for police assistance.
• Community Policing Team (CPT) - For people interested in the Neighborhood Security Watch (NSW), call 529-3691.
Comments followed: Crime Statistics - Mariano asked about the low graffiti statistics, when he sees many taggings on the streets. The Sergeant reported that the statistics are actual filed complaints. Mariano was concerned about the 248 thefts and what was being done to reduce them. There needs to be more prevention and witnesses to reporting.
Ala Wai Flood Mitigation Project (AWFMP) - Jeff Herzog, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and
Robert Kroning, Director of Department of Design and Construction (DDC), City and County of Honolulu noted that while funding is still in the Legislature, they updated the project since the Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at the M noa Valley District Park (MVDP). They will be doing Geological/Technical surveys and will have an outreach conference to get everyone "on the same page," on Monday, June 17, 2019 at the Honolulu Country Club. They will be visiting the affected Neighborhood Boards over the summer 2019 and have more outreach. They are using "a 1% chance of flooding" instead of "the 100-year Flood." They are moving forward into the design phase. There is still flexibility in the design stage. They have to balance the environmental concerns with the protection of the economic interest.
1. Pumps and Flood Gates - Ammons had concerns. There are ideas from New Orleans and using the Ala Wai Golf Course as a catch basin. They hope to "refine their data" by Christmas 2019 and have more discussions. They hope to award construction contracts by January 2021.
2. Dredging - Mariano was concerned about preventive dredging as the rainy season was approaching. Director Kroning noted that dredging was not under the flood control project and will be under Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR). The Ala Wai Canal was to drain Waik k and not for flood control.
3. Land Acquisition - Some properties will be used for the various parts of the project, in the upper parts. Director Kroning assured everyone that the City does not want to acquire more land. Some small parcels will be easements and some parcels will be used for the construction period and returned after.
4. Ala Moana Boulevard - There were concerns about the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 area. Director Kroning does not want to add flood areas, but will work towards bettering the area.
5. Internal Drainage Issues - They will have an early warning system, which will help the district.
6. Land Acquisition - Komine asked about "fair market value." The USACE will not do the land acquisition. After 60% to 90% of the design phase, then they will develop a land acquisition plan that the partner will execute, according to State of Hawai i and federal land acquisition laws.
7. More Outreach Opportunities - The P lolo Neighborhood Board will be on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 and other meetings are scheduled for Makiki/Tantalus/Lower Punchbowl Neighborhood Board No. 10, Kaimuki, and Waik k . Also, there will be more meetings after the surveys to August 2019. Herzog was personally concerned with communication.
8. Ala Wai Golf Course - Franklin Chung was concerned about the Ala Wai Golf Course. Herzog mentioned that it could be re-configured. Director Kroning said it would remain 18 holes.
9. Neighborhood Boards Opposition - Brian Bagnall mentioned that seven (7) Neighborhood Boards have passed resolutions opposing this project. He pointed out the Ala Wai Promenade was the result of the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 initiative and it was highlighted at the recent return of the H k le a from its world tour. Building a four (4)-foot wall around the canal would not "fit." Director Kroning noted that public safety is a priority and the concrete walls may be modified. Every delay will give the chance of danger to increase.
10. Costs - A community person pointed out the State will not sign off on the $125 million partnership and it may cost $1 million a year for maintenance. The estimated damage to O‘ahu, if nothing is done, is $1.4 billion and may increase, due to more development. David Watase had other comments about their presentation.
In the interest of time, Chair Tam invited Herzog and Director Kroning back for updates.
AT&T Small Cell Installation on Light Poles - Bryce Novak, J5 Infrastructure Partners, distributed a handout and presented on Small cells on streetlights. AT&T plans to install 380 Small cells on streetlights with 25 in the Ala Moana/Kaka ako area. Novak gave a brief history of society's switch of technology from land lines to the first generation analog in 1984 to digital to blackberry to smart phones. These installations are for 4G and are supplement to macro sites.
1. 5G - Ammons asked about 5G capacity. Novak said that in the future 5G would be easily installed.
2. Renting Space - The Master Rental Agreement is public record and may be $2,000 to $4,000 per pole. Money goes into the General Fund.
3. Health Concerns - Oppie was concerned about health and safety issues. Novak noted the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) regulates the industry and answers are on their website.
Vision Zero - Chris Johnson, City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services (DTS), gave a brief statistical overview. Pedestrian fatalities (over 27) in Hawai i are the second highest in the nation. There are twice as many traffic fatalities than homicides. Honolulu Complete Streets and Vision Zero aim to reduce the impact of mistakes. Johnson explained the "Six Es." All sectors have to work together, for example, the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OahuMPO) and the City Council. Board members had concerns about the statistics and future recommendations. Chair Tam invited Johnson back when there is more data and experience.
Ka Po e o Kaka ako Update - John Ka ulupali, spokesman for Ka Po e o Kaka ako (The People of Kaka ako), said they are looking for a temporary location on Middle Street in preparing for the Saturday, June 1, 2019 "sweep," which may be delayed to July 2019. They have 44 registered members out of 100+ people with seven (7) leaders. They have internal rules. Another community person noted that the location was found by Lieutenant Governor Josh Green, across TheBus Transit Station, but may not be ready for a few months. The 1.4 acres could fit the 100 people, but many would not move. There are also other houseless people from under the viaduct a few years ago. They are continuing discussions with Lieutenant Governor Green.
GOOD NEIGHBOR AWARDS
Loretta Yajima (Children's Discovery Center) - Chung praised and recognized the founder of the Children's Discovery Center, Loretta Yajima, who has transformed it into a world-class interactive learning center for all of Hawai i's keiki. Chung presented a Good Neighbor Certificate of Recognition to Yajima. Yajima was surprised and happy to receive this recognition. She mentioned that her staff reported that Chair Tam visited the Children's Discovery Center and even paid admission. They have worked for the Children's Discovery Center for 30 years with the last 20 years in Kaka ako. Chair Tam added his congratulations.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative - Deputy Director Ian Santee, Honolulu Emergency Services Department (HESD) reported the following:
• Homeless - The homeless community sent representatives to the Board and a Board member requested a meeting with the Mayor. A community member did not want to meet with Mayor's Office on Housing (HOU) Executive Director Marc Alexander, who said on Saturday, June 1, 2019, there will be a removal of the encampment at Kaka ako Gateway Park Mauka. The homeless requested to stop the enforcement. HOU: While I did not give a deadline, I have made it abundantly clear, in alignment with Mayor Caldwell that public spaces are to be accessible to all the public. Encampments are unacceptable, especially when there is a plethora of shelter space available. In March, for example, HMIS reported that there were 314 technical shelter beds open on O‘ahu, for all demographics. See the City dashboards at Honolulu Dashboard, http://www.honolulu.gov/dashboard. We have a complaint-driven system, which prioritizes areas for enforcement. Kaka ako is on the radar and will likely be addressed in the near future. Please note that last year 68 people died on the streets. Allowing people to live on the streets, in places unfit for human habitation, is neither acceptable nor humane.
The City's Strategy - Re: The City's strategy, see the summary below: For the first time, Partners in Care, Bridging the Gap, the state and all counties are on board in a common strategy and agenda for addressing homelessness. Read Statewide Response to Homelessness in Hawaii (list of signatories updated Tuesday, April 9, 2019). We know what needs to be done to end homelessness, but we need the community to support what works. The main strategies include:
o Sustained annual commitments for truly affordable housing, including targeted housing for the chronically homeless
o Sustained annual commitments for core homelessness services that work (such as Housing First) to ensure their long-term viability and success
o Funding to test new programs that fill gaps in existing services, such as a program to help kupuna facing eviction
o Changes to mental health laws, ensuring that people incapacitated by mental illness and suffering on the streets are connected with the help they need
The strategic alignment of the city and state in support of permanent supportive housing, affordable housing targeting homeless persons, and mental health support as the keys to solving homelessness is summarized in "Permanent supportive housing will reduce homelessness" (Tuesday, April 9, 2019)
A summary of the City's strategy in particular is available on Mayor Caldwell's web page at http://www.honolulu.gov/mayor/may-priorities/188-site-may-cat/1789-the-priorities-homelessness.html
The City also recently updated its homeless action plan which is available online at http://www4.honolulu.gov/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-210688/DOC%20(5).PDF
• Ala Wai Promenade - It was reported that $100,000 was appropriated to the Ala Wai Promenade. A resident requested more divided benches and picnic tables. The April response was - Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR): The request for more divided benches and picnic tables is being considered. DPR: There is no update at this time.
• Transfer of Parks from Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) to the City - DPR: There is no update at this time. Is there any update on the transfer of the Children's Discovery Center (CDC) and which City Department will get the CDC? DPR: There is no update at this time.
• Ala Wai Canal Flood Mitigation Project ??? There will be a presentation tonight.
• Watering the Trees - A few months ago, the Board requested the City to trim the overgrown grass on the median on Ala Moana Boulevard, which was done the next day. However, the trees were not watered and are dying. Who is responsible to water the trees? DPR: Watering of the median along Ala Moana Boulevard is the responsibility of the Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM).
DFM: Damages to the irrigation system in the City maintained median area along Ala Moana Boulevard were repaired through assistance from the City's DPR staff. The irrigation has been restored and is currently operating properly. DFM staff began cutting the overgrowth on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 and completed median maintenance on Thursday, May 23, 2019.
• Parking Fees Increase - Mariano asked what the parking fees increase would be used for. Department of Transportation Services (DTS): Sec. 15-22.9 of the Revised Ordinances of Honolulu requires that the parking meter fees are deposited into the Highway Fund created by Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) Chapter 249.
• Other Information - City Pothole Report Line - 768-7777, Report Abandoned Vehicle - 768-2530, 24 hr. line - 532-7700, press 250 at the greeting, Honolulu Liquor Commission Hotline - 768-7363, Honolulu 311 - Report abandoned vehicles, broken street lights, illegal dumping and other issues using your personal smart phone. Neighborhood Commission Office (NCO) quarterly newsletter is online.
Councilmember Carol Fukunaga - Councilmember Fukunaga distributed her Neighbor to Neighbor newsletter and reported the following:
• Budget - Councilmember Fukunaga will focus on the budget.
• Urban Dog Park - Councilmember Fukunaga thanked the Board for its work on the Dog Park.
• Bill 10, CD2 - Bill 10 adds $500,000 to the City's Fiscal Year (FY) 20 Operating Budget to establish additional Joint Outreach Centers in locations serving Chinatown-Kaka ako. These funds would be appropriated to Honolulu Police Department for use in obtaining contracted services through the H4/coalition of healthcare providers, as well as additional crisis/detox beds. For example, Wahiawa General Hospital recently signed an agreement with State Department of Health to provide 30 beds to provide emergency mental health/drug addiction treatment services. This will help programs developed by Lieutenant Governor Green.
• Bill 11, CD2 - Bill 11 adds $16 million to the City's FY 20 Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Budget for acquisition, lease, development and/or renovation of facilities, including but not limited to urban rest stops, navigation centers, lift zones, permanent supportive housing, assisted community treatment centers, kauhale development, H4 projects, workforce/affordable housing and other community-focused projects, provided that no more than $2.3 million may be expended in any one(1) Council district.
• Ala Wai Flood Control Mitigation Project Updates - Funds have been added to the Operating Budget, to support the activities and investigative work of the permitted interaction group.
Councilmember Ann Kobayashi - Jaren McCartney distributed the newsletter and Councilmember Kobayashi reported the following:
• Budget - The Council put money in the Budget for Vision Zero to have a Co-ordinator.
Councilmember Tommy Waters (City Council District 4) - No representative was present and no newsletter was available.
State Representative Tom Brower - Representative Tom Brower's Neighborhood Board Report was available and he reported that he will be in his office every day to work on the many issue in Kaka ako, including the Children's Discovery Center, the homeless, and the Ala Wai Flood Mitigation Project (AWFMP). Representative Bower added that eight (8) years ago, he proposed dedicated camp sites, but the City did not act on his proposal.
House Speaker Scott Saiki - James Stone distributed a Neighborhood Report and was available to hear concerns.
Last month, Stone reported that on Thursday, April 18, 2019, the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) served a Notice of Order on the Kaka ako Land Company (KLC). The order informs KLC that it must pay $250,000 in fines to HCDA for violating Act 009 (enacted by the Legislature in 2018 to require private road owners who charge for the use of their roads to conform them to county standards). The $250,000 represents fines, accrued since January 2019, and additional fines will continue to be assessed. KLC opted to request a contested case hearing with Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA), which has not been scheduled yet.
State Senator Sharon Moriwaki - Charles Izumoto had dropped off Senator Moriwaki's "Caring for Each Other" community newsletter.
Governor David Ige's Representative - Cindy McMillian, Director of Communications, distributed the May 2019 Capitol Connection and highlighted the following:
• Recognition of Board member Ron Komine - McMillian noted that Komine was profiled in the next issue of a business magazine.
• Capitol Connection Online - Go to the Governor's website at - governor.hawaii.gov to view and subscribe. This month's issue focuses on the Governor taking statewide action for a Sustainable Hawai i in growing our own food, clean energy solutions, and nurturing a new generation committed to protecting Hawaii from climate change. There are more articles on Page 4.
• Ala Wai Flood Mitigation Project (AWFMP) - Last month there was a question if the Governor has signed off on HEPA, the Hawai i Environmental Protection Administrative rules. No, he has not. They are not completed yet, as there jurisdictional issues.
• A Reminder - Hurricane Season starts on Saturday, June 1, 2019. Everyone is reminded to have a 14-day supply of food and water in the emergency kit.
Comments followed: Homeless - Mariano complimented the work that the Governor and Lieutenant Governor Green are doing. The homeless are not individuals, but a family and they need help with the bureaucracy. McMillian will convey the sentiments.
Chair Tam mentioned that a resolution on the homeless will be voted on later.
Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) - Francine Murray distributed the May 2019 HCDA Updates and reported the following:
• Senate Bill (SB) 1530 - This bill requires the HCDA to submit a plan for the transfer of control to the City and County of Honolulu (C&C). The bill was passed by the Legislature and sent to the Governor.
• House Bill (HB) 1586 - This bill establishes a Stadium Development District. It was sent to the Governor on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
• Contested Case Hearing - The HCDA has hired a Hearings Officer to hear the appeal case by the Kaka ako Land Company (KLC) on Thursday, June 6, 2019.
Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) - Pat Lee had submitted the following report:
May Rail Report
• West O‘ahu through Pearl City to Aiea - The West Oahu stations group, which are the stations at the Kroc Center, University of Hawaii (UH) West O‘ahu and Ho opili are about 80% completed; the Farrington Highway stations in Waipahu are 90% completed and the Kamehameha Highway stations through Pearl City and Aiea are about 68% completed. All these nine (9) stations on the west side of the alignment are in the final stages of completion for the planned opening of limited passenger service by the end of next year (2020). You will be hearing more details about the Interim Opening in the coming months.
• Airport Guideway and from Pearl Harbor to Middle Street - The Airport Guideway and its four (4) stations from Pearl Harbor to Middle Street are being constructed and expected to be finished in 2021. This five point two (5.2)-mile section of the project is about 45% completed. A second Interim Opening of revenue passenger service is planned to Middle Street by the end of 2023.
• Final City Center Guideway from Middle Street to Ala Moana Center - The final City Center Guideway and Stations segment is scheduled to be out for bid through a P-3, public private partnership contracting method. HART and the City have received submittals of qualification from companies interested in building the final four point one (4.1)-mile segment, eight (8) stations from Middle Street to Ala Moana Center, and the Waiawa/Pearl Highlands 1,600- stall parking garage and transit center as well as operating and maintaining the rail system for a period of 30 years. These submittals will be reviewed and evaluated in accordance with State Procurement Law, and a short list will be compiled of the selected companies to submit their pricing and technical details for final bid award.
??? Train Community Day - The next Train Community Day is scheduled for Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Rail Operations Center next to Leeward Community College (LCC). The event is open to the public, so please save the date.
??? Primary Hawaiian names have been proposed for the 12 stations from Pearl Harbor to Ala Moana. This follows the same process as the first nine (9) stations on the west side. An all-volunteer working group consisting of Hawaiian cultural practitioners and scholars have proposed names which bring back place names and significant sites in Hawaiian culture. Station signage will indicate both the Hawaiian names and the location, such as H lau/Chinatown station. Signage and cultural displays will also provide information about the Hawaiian name and the area. The Hawaiian names will be finalized and presented to the HART Board for approval.
• For more information, please visit the HART website at www.honolulutransit.org, you can call the project hotline at 566-2299 or email a question to - infohonolulutransit.orq.
Honolulu Board of Water Supply (BWS) - Chair Tam read the following report:
• Water Main Breaks - There were none.
• Consumer Alert - Scammers are at it again! The Board of Water Supply (BWS) would like to remind customers to be vigilant about protecting themselves against fraud. Utility customers are increasingly becoming targets for individuals attempting to gain access to residences, steal personal information, or trick you into giving them your money. Scammers can do this via:
o Unexpected or aggressive Text Messages
o Unexpected or aggressive Phone Calls
o Unexpected visits to your property
If you are ever concerned about your account status, call BWS Customer Care at 748-5030. Residents who want to confirm the validity of an individual claiming to be a BWS employee may call the BWS at 748-5000 or call the Honolulu Police Department at 9-1-1 if they are suspicious of an individual's credentials. Customers may also call the BWS at 748-5041 to file an additional report about suspicious encounters.
• Drinking Water and Wastewater Services Flyer - Though most customers receive a combined drinking water and sewer bill, the bill contains charges from two (2) separate City agencies. As a reminder, the BWS provides Oahu residents with drinking water, while the City Department of Environmental Services (ENV) manages Oahu's wastewater and solid waste systems. Provided tonight is a handout containing general details and contact information for both City agencies.
RESIDENTS' AND COMMUNITY CONCERNS
Safety Concerns Around McKinley High School/Sheridan Area - Chair Tam received a letter concerning the homeless near McKinley High School. He referred the letter to Councilmember Kobayashi's Office staff and notified the Neighborhood Security Watch (NSW).
About the Incident - A Mr. Toba, who lives on Birch and Elm Streets, was concerned for his daughter's safety, as she is a McKinley High School band student, who walks home after band practice at night. She has a classmate, who was mugged by a Sheridan Park person after the McKinley High School Commencement Ceremony. The Board, the HPD, and the NSW are also concerned about public safety in the area. Chung will be meeting with the McKinley High School Alumni Association to discuss this issue. Chung was against mixing the homeless, low income tenants, and juvenile offenders all in the same area, across McKinley High School.
Ala Wai Flood Mitigation Project (AWFMP) - Dave Watase gave an update. As of Thursday, May 2, 2019, the Legislature did not pass the $125 million to fund the project, due to the seven (7) Neighborhood Boards' opposition. The Mayor and the Governor are in discussions about the funding and the partnership agreement, which the Mayor will probably sign, according to Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Director Robert Kroning. On the Governor's side, he has to review the HEPA rules, which did not engage public input. Watase urged everyone to continue the fight and sign the online petition.
BOARD MEMBER REPORTS
Attendance at Other Meetings
Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OahuMPO) Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) - William Ammons reported that Chris Johnson, DTS, has already reported on Vision Zero. For more information the website is at - www.oahumpo.org.
Community Action Committee (CAC) Report - Update on Ala Wai Promenade - Chung had met with people from the Hawai i Convention Center (HCC) and he looks forward to working with them. Chair Tam mentioned about a demonstration project of adding trees to the Promenade.
Dog Park in Kaka ako - Chair Tam will move this item to the resolution about the Dog Park later on the agenda.
Chair's Report - There was none.
Children???s Discovery Center Issues - Chair Tam visited the Children's Discovery Center and was impressed. A resolution could be introduced next time.
Consider Resolution Regarding Relocation of Kaka‘ako Houseless Community - Mariano introduced the resolution. Last month, the houseless community was concerned about a "sweep" on Saturday, June 1, 2019. So, Mariano and Chair Tam drafted the following resolution:
RESOLUTION REGARDING HOUSELESS COMMUNITY IN KAKA AKO GATEWAY PARK MAUKA
WHEREAS approximately 100 homeless or "houseless" people currently reside in the Kaka ako Gateway Park Mauka; and
WHEREAS, since October 2018, these responsible houseless individuals and families have built a community under the banner of Ka Po e o Kaka ako (the People of Kaka ako), with the support of the volunteers from Hui Aloha; and
WHEREAS, Ka Po e o Kaka ako is using community relationship-building as a strategy to ease the individual burdens of houselessness and address challenges like individual responsibility, litter in the park and surrounding areas, vandalism, personal hygiene, safety, and park maintenance; and
WHEREAS, Ka Po e o Kaka ako and volunteers from Hui Aloha conduct weekly cleanups of the Kaka ako Gateway Park Mauka; and
WHEREAS, the Ka Po e o Kaka ako took the initiative in January 2019 to help other houseless residents relocate from the area around the Children's Discovery Center, in order to reduce the health hazards, improve safety for the children, and eliminate the need for the City and County of Honolulu staff to conduct a clean-up sweep in this area; and
WHEREAS, Ka Po e o Kaka ako residents are concerned that they will be displaced on or after Saturday, June 1, 2019 by enforcement actions associated with the City and County of Honolulu Sidewalk Nuisance Ordinance and the Stored Property Ordinance, and/or other regulations, as applicable; and
WHEREAS, many of these residents would like to stay together as a community, in order to maintain the relationships which enable them to support each other and help keep the Kaka ako houseless population from further disarray; and
WHEREAS, Ka Po e o Kaka ako is working with Lieutenant Governor Josh Green and others to possibly relocate the community, but are otherwise not aware of any plans for assistance and comprehensive services from the State of Hawaii or the City and County of Honolulu that will help ensure the welfare of these residents during the planned relocation; and now, therefore
BE IT RESOLVED that the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 requests that the City and State provide information on plans and resources for relocation of houseless Kaka'ako residents ahead of or at its Tuesday, June 25, 2019 regular meeting, and also directly to Ka Po e o Kaka ako; and
BE IT RESOLVED that copies of this resolution are transmitted to the appropriate City and State agencies and elected officials.
Mariano moved and Chung seconded that the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 adopt this resolution. Discussion followed. Chang asked what kind of support was asked for and who the 44 individuals are. Mariano noted that the houseless community was trying to organize themselves and have established rules, when they move out. A spokesperson said they have leadership and security teams.
At 9:12 p.m. Chair Tam passed the gavel to Vice Chair Zehner. He spoke about his experience visiting the houseless community.
At 9:14 p.m. Vice Chair Zehner returned the gavel to Chair Tam.
There was more discussion. Ammons requested the Lieutenant Governor Green come back to answer questions. The first Be it Resolved clause will be removed and the final two (2) will remain (see above).
Ammons moved and Chang seconded to table the resolution until the Board talks with Lieutenant Governor Green.
Mariano withdrew his motion.
At 9:17 p.m. Chang departed the meeting; seven (7) members present.
Chung moved and Zehner seconded that the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 adopt the second BE IT RESOLVED clause, which reads, "BE IT RESOLVED that the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 requests that the City and State provide information on plans and resources for relocation of houseless Kaka'ako residents ahead of or at its Tuesday, June 25, 2019 regular meeting, and also directly to Ka Po e o Kaka ako;"
The Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 ADOPTED the motion, 6-1-0 (AYE: Chung, Komine, Mariano, Oppie, Tam, and Zehner; NAY: Ammons; ABSTAIN: None).
Consider Resolution Regarding Dog Park in the Kaka‘ako Area -
RESOLUTION REGARDING INSTALLATION OF A DOG PARK IN THE KAKA AKO AREA
WHEREAS, the population of Kaka ako has increased by almost 40% between 2010 and 2017, and now contains about 12,000 residents (1); and
WHEREAS, about 30% to 50% of all households (2) have a dog, and Honolulu was ranked in 2018 as the least pet-friendly city (3) in the United States; and
WHEREAS, there are now five (5) off-leash dog parks on O‘ahu, plus another two (2) dog parks that are planned for M ili ili and Waipio; and
WHEREAS, there is currently no off-leash dog park serving the Ala Moana-Kaka ako area; and the only park designated for on-leash dog activities is located at the Mother Waldron Neighborhood Park; and
WHEREAS, the City and County of Honolulu Capital Budget for Fiscal Year 2018 (Ordinance 17-33), included a $150,000 appropriation for a dog park in the Downtown Honolulu-Kaka ako area which was not implemented; and
WHEREAS, the proposed Capital Budget for Fiscal Year 2020 (Bill 11, CD2), includes $150,000 for a dog park in the Downtown-Ala Moana-Kakaako area; and
WHEREAS, dog parks can be an effective way to build community; and now therefore
BE IT RESOLVED, the Board supports the addition of a dog park in Ala Moana-Kaka ako area; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board urges the Department of Park and Recreation (DPR) to consider one (1) of the following sites for a dog park:
• Mother Waldron Park
• Kaka ako Waterfront Park
• Kolowalu Park
• Kawaiahao Mini-Park
• Pawa a In-Ha Park (outside of district)
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board suggests that DPR could even consider developing a temporary off-leash dog park, in order to test the demand and use of these.
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that copies of this resolution are transmitted to the appropriate City and State agencies and elected officials.
(1) United States Census, American Community Survey, 2010 and 2017, Census Tracts 37 and 38.
(2) In addition, 49% of all households in the top 25 largest US metropolitan areas reported having a pet in 2013. Source: American Pet Products Association (APPA) and American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). https://thebark.com/content/cloc-data-gathered-us-census.
In the interest of time, Chair Tam deferred this item to the next meeting.
Consider Resolution Regarding Consideration for Improved Transit Access to Ala Moana Regional Park ??? Chung noted that tour buses are allowed to enter Ala Moana Beach Park, so the City buses should be allowed, too.
RESOLUTION REGARDING IMPROVED TRANSIT ACCESS TO ALA MOANA REGIONAL PARK
WHEREAS, Ala Moana Regional Park (AMRP) currently has 962 public and parking stalls; and
WHEREAS, the City plans to add an additional 243 public and staff parking stalls by enlarging the parking lots near McCoy Pavilion and Magic Island, and also adding perpendicular stalls along the mauka side of the main roadway; and
WHEREAS, the additional automobile parking will reduce the open space available to park users for recreational purposes; and
WHEREAS, the Second Draft Environmental Impact Statement did not consider alternatives to expanded parking; and
WHEREAS, enhanced transit services could alleviate the need for more parking stalls; and
WHEREAS, a new small circulator shuttle could potentially connect different sides of the park with nearby transit services at Ala Moana Center, Kaka ako; and
WHEREAS, such a circulator service could be operated as part of the City's transit system, or could be developed as part of a public-private partnership; and
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Ala Moana-Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 urges the City to consider development of a shuttle bus route that could connect the park with nearby transit services in Ala Moana and Kaka ako; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution are provided to appropriate legislators and relevant City agencies, such as the Departments of Transportation Services and Design and Construction.
Chung moved and Komine seconded that the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 adopt the resolution. Discussion followed. Buses take up parking. Perpendicular parking limits spaces. Seniors need closer bus stops. Details on the shuttle buses were requested.
The Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 ADOPTED the resolution, 5-2-0 (AYE: Chung, Komine, Mariano, Oppie, and Tam; NAY: Ammons and Zehner; ABSTAIN: None).
In the interest of time Mariano moved and Zehner seconded that Chair Tam defer the rest of the agenda to the next meeting and that the meeting be adjourned. As there was no objections, the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 ADOPTED the motion by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 7-0-0 (AYE: Ammons, Chung, Komine, Mariano, Oppie, Tam, and Zehner; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None).
PERMITS, HEARINGS, AND APPLICATIONS
• Special Liquor License
o South Shore Market Event at 1170 Auahi Street and 1240 Ala Moana Boulevard on June 14, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
o Night Market Event at 333 Auahi Street and 440 Keawe Street on June 15, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
• Liquor Commission Hearing for Liliha Bakery II (1450 Ala Moana Boulevard, #2074; Category No. 1 - Restaurant General) - Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at 711 Kapiolani Boulevard, 6th Floor
COMMUNITY NEIGHBORHOOD WATCHES
• Mother Waldron Park (525 Cooke Street) - Mondays, 5:30 p.m.;
• Sheridan Park (833 Pi ikoi Street) - Monday/Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m.;
??? Keola La i Condominium (600 Queen Street) Tuesdays, 5:15 p.m.;
??? Kolowalu Park (1177 Queen Street) - 1st and 2nd Thursdays, 6:00 p.m.
• Atkinson Towers (419A Atkinson Drive) - Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m.
??? Honolulu Public Views Study - The City and County of Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting is conducting an online survey to identify the views of natural and man-made features that are most important to protect as the city develops. The survey will be open until midnight on Friday, May 31, 2019. https://808ne.ws/citysurvey.
• Fourth of July Celebration at Ala Moana Center
• Next Meeting - The next regular meeting of the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 is scheduled for Tuesday, June 25, at 7:00 p.m. at the Makiki Christian Church.
??? Upcoming Committee Meetings - The next meeting for Community Action Committee (CAC) is scheduled for Thursday, June 6, at 6:00 p.m. near the McCoy Pavilion at the Ala Moana Regional Park.
??? 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.
• 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 9:31 p.m.
Submitted by: K. Russell Ho, Neighborhood Assistant
Reviewed by: Jackson Coley, Public Relations Specialist
Reviewed by: Lynn Marino, Secretary
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