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  • Ala Moana-Kakaako Neighborhood Board Meeting August and September 2019 Minutes

With Permission / Courtesy of: City and County of Honolulu Neighborhood Commission Office
DRAFT REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2019
MAKIKI CHRISTIAN CHURCH, 829 PENSACOLA STREET

CALL TO ORDER - Chair Ryan Tam called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m. Quorum was established with seven (7) 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 August 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.

Roll Call of Board Members Present - Bryan Mick, Rodney Chang, Lynn Mariano, Michael Zehner, Ryan Tam, Kathleen Lee, Jayne Cloutier (arrived at 7:01 p.m.), and Ron Komine.

Board Members Absent - None.

Guests - Asami Kobayashi (U.S. Congressman Ed Case's Representative), Cindy McMillan (Governor David Ige's Representative, Office of the Governor, Communications Director); Senator Sharon Moriwaki, James Stone (House Speaker Scott Saiki's Office), Representative Tom Bower, Councilmember Carol Fukunaga, Jaren McCartney (Councilmember Ann Kobayashi's Office), Councilmember Tommy Waters and Matt Weyer (Councilmember Tommy Waters' Office), Captain Randall Gibo (Honolulu Fire Department), Lieutenant Brian Taniguchi (Honolulu Police Department, District 1), Francine Murray (Hawaii Community Development Authority), Trevor Osburn (Anchor International Church), Megan Omura (Honolulu Beer Works), James Donnelly and Michelle Fujii (Make-A-Wish Hawai i); R. Satunderl Mark, Zhaira Agrade, Janessa Manzano, and Sharmaine Duiig (Hawaii Pacific University); Brian Bagnall (Outdoor Circle), Ronald Higa (Liliha/Pu unui/ lewa/Kamehameha Heights Neighborhood Board No. 14 resident); Franklin Chung (Libertarian Party of Hawai i), Mr. Toba, Jeff Carbaugh (Hawai i Convention Center), Brandon Askew (Street Grindz), Gail S. Tagashira (Kapiolani Residence), Dave Watase (Ala Wai Flood Mitigation Project), Aura Reys (Ka Po e o Kaka ako), Todd Apo (Ward Village), Pat Lee (Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation), Beau Sumile, Daniel Simonich, Gerald Nakashima (Park Lane resident), Chris Chung, Two (2) videographers (Integrated Multimedia Consultants), and K. Russell Ho (Neighborhood Commission Office).

PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS

Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) P wa a Station - Captain Randall Gibo reported the following:
• August 2019 Fire Statistics - There were 6 structure and 2 nuisance fires, 16 activated alarms (no fires); 282 medical emergencies, 2 motor vehicle collisions with pedestrians, 7 motor vehicle crashes/collisions, 3 ocean rescues, and 4 hazardous materials incidents.
• Fire Safety Tip: Children and Fire - Children between the ages of two (2) and 10 are naturally curious about fire and may secretly experiment with lighters or matches if given the opportunity. This may occur when the child is unsupervised or even if an adult is nearby. Follow these tips to keep your family safe:
o Keep matches and lighters in a locked cabinet and out of children's reach.
o Closely supervise children, and ensure they are kept away from other fire sources, including bonfires, lit candles, cigarettes, and stoves.
o It is natural for children to be curious and ask questions about fire, play with fire trucks, or pretend to cook. Use these opportunities to teach them about fire safety.
o Teach children never to touch matches or lighters. They should always tell an adult when they find matches or lighters.
o Talk with children about what their friends or other children are doing with fire. Talk about what they see in video games, on television, in movies, and on social media. Teach them specific ways to resist peer pressure to misuse fire.

Honolulu Police Department (HPD), District 1 - Lieutenant Brian Taniguchi reported the following:
• July 2019/June 2019 Statistics - There were 18/19 motor vehicle thefts, 8/17 burglaries, 158/126 thefts, 38/45 unauthorized entries into motor vehicles (UEMV), 29/16 assaults, 2/2 sex assaults, 3/3 graffiti incidents, and 8/12 drug offenses. There were 8,233/6,954 total calls for service. More statistical information can be found on the HPD public website at - www.honolulupd.org.
• Safety Tips - Teach your children how to call 9-1-1 in case of emergencies. Keep emergency numbers by the phone. Teach them your phone number (including area code), address, and work phone number. Teach them to be alert to surroundings and do not walk alone. Do not take gifts from strangers and report any touching, which makes them feel uncomfortable, to a responsible adult.
• Meet the Major - HPD is inviting everyone to meet Major Ryan Nishibun and Captain Glenn Hayashi at the Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union at 1226 College Walk on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Lieutenant Taniguchi invited everyone to attend to report any concerns and to learn what is going on.

Comments followed:
1. Citizen Patrols at Ala Moana Beach Park - Mariano asked if one of the topics would be a Citizen's Patrol at the Ala Moana Beach Park. Lieutenant Taniguchi did not know, but to set up a Neighborhood Security Watch (NSW), he could contact the Community Policing Team (CPT).
2. Public Access to Beaches - Mick noted that the Ala Moana Beach Park is closed from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. and asked where the public access path is. Lieutenant Taniguchi mentioned that the public right-of-way is by Kewalo Basin.

FILLING OF VACANCY IN SUBDISTRICT 2 - There was one (1) vacancy in Subdistrict 2. Official boundary description: "Beginning at the junction of Ke eaumoku and King Streets, south along Ke eaumoku Street to Kapi olani Boulevard, thence west along Kapi olani Boulevard to Pensacola Street, thence north along Pensacola Street to King Street, thence southeast along King Street to Ke eaumoku Street." As there were no volunteers, Chair Tam deferred this item to the next meeting.

PRESENTATIONS

• Hawaii Food and Wine Festival - Brandon Askew, from Street Grindz, mentioned that the Festival would have road closure on Auahi Street at Victoria Ward Park on Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The sponsor, the Howard Hughes Corporation will be reaching out to the merchants, residents, and the condo community to publicize the event. There will be food vendors and hundreds of keiki making custom-designed cupcakes, with award-winning "Cake Boss" bakery Chef Buddy Valastro.
• 7th Annual Jingle Rock Run - James Donnelly and Special Events Manager Michelle Fujii, Make-A-Wish Hawai i, announced that the 7th Annual Jingle Rock Run will be on Sunday, December 15, 2019. This fundraiser raises funds to grant wishes to children, who are suffering from critical disabilities or illnesses. Activities begin at the State Capitol at 3:00 p.m., the Keiki Sprint on Richards Street will be at 5:15 p.m., and the Jingle Rock Run (5 K) starts at 6:00 p.m. Make-A-Wish will do community and business outreach to share event details and the "rolling" street closure/opening schedule with the Kaka ako and Downtown affected areas. There will be an anticipated 5,000 community participants and 70+ local wish families with wheel chairs and strollers. Donnelly noted that even the slowest walker can finish the course in an hour. Participants may run through the Honolulu City Lights in Christmas-themed costumes. There is an "Ugly Sweater" T-shirt and volunteers are needed and welcomed.
• Aloha Pride/ Hawai'i Health and Harm Reduction Center - Megan Omura from Honolulu Beer Works, announced this would be the first time they are partnering with the Hawai'i Health and Harm Reduction Center. There will be festival road closure on Cooke Street between Ala Moana Boulevard and Auahi Street on Saturday, October 12, 2019 between 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 a.m. (midnight). It will be a ticketed event and all proceeds will help provide services for the Hawai'i Health and Harm Reduction Center.
• Ka Po e o Kaka ako Update - Aura Reys reported that there will be a Service Provider Fair at the Kaka ako Gateway Park on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to connect the service providers with the houseless community. Chair Tam asked about the community. Reys reported that the community is stable and is concerned with another "sweep." They are working with HPD and service providers. They have the same concerns as others in the community. They do not want to be bit by dogs and are concerned about personal safety and thefts. Mariano asked about the population and the house rules. There are about 60 people and they are ticketed and harassed every night. The clean ups are on Saturdays, at 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and lunch is provided. A few families have moved to the Sand Island shelter. The Lieutenant Governor Josh Green's move to the airport area is still ongoing and developing slowly.
• Victoria Place Project / Ward Village - Todd Apo, The Howard Hughes Corporation, updated a report from two (2) months ago. They will go for a hearing before the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Testimony can be submitted online. The two (2) towers on the mauka side have been consolidated into one (1) tower, opening up space, and the makai side area will be passive with green spaces. It will be pet-friendly and there may be an off-leash Dog Park. The over-head walkway to Ala Moana Boulevard depends on a partnership with Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) and a grant from Washington, D.C. by mid-November 2019.

ELECTED OFFICIALS REPORTS

Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative - Deputy Director Ian Santee, Honolulu Emergency Services Department (HESD) was not able to attend the meeting. No report was available.

Councilmember Carol Fukunaga - Councilmember Fukunaga distributed her Neighbor to Neighbor newsletter and reported the following:
• Permitted Interaction Group (PIG) - The City Council started its PIG with Councilmember Fukunaga, Councilmember Ann Kobayashi, and Councilmember Tommy Waters on the Ala Wai Flood Mitigation Project (AWFMP). The engineering consultant will be Oceanit. They will investigate and submit concerns.
• Resolution 19-182 - About 80 people attended a meeting to authorize Mayor Kirk Caldwell to sign the Partnership Agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). 
• Executive Matters and Legal Affairs (EMLA) Committee - Councilmember Fukunaga reported that community stakeholders raised numerous concerns. The Council, which was concerned about losing the $220 million federal funds after the Saturday, August 31, 2019 deadline, voted five (5) to three (3) to approve the resolution. The PIG consultants will be conducting smaller regional meetings for community stakeholders.

Comments followed: 
1. Dog Parks - Chair Tam thanked Councilmember Fukunaga for her work on the Dog Park. Councilmember Fukunaga noted the Council passed the funding and the Neighborhood Board will decide where the Dog Park will go.
2. Parking on Keawe Street - Mick commented on unmarked/ unmetered parking spaces. Councilmember Fukunaga will work with Mick to clarify the situation.
3. Repainting of Crosswalks - Mariano commented on the repainting of crosswalks not being done well. Councilmember Fukunaga asked for the specific locations and then, she can follow up.
4. Fire Sprinkler Update - Komine asked for an update. Councilmember Fukunaga sent out a magazine article and received many questions, which will be forwarded to the HCDA. Councilmember Fukunaga suggested that with 350 buildings trying to comply within a three (3)-year window for the fire safety evaluation, time is of the essence. With the recent fire in the public housing, the HFD may not be able to be comprehensive in its evaluation.

Councilmember Ann Kobayashi - Jaren McCartney distributed the newsletter and was available to hear concerns.

Councilmember Tommy Waters (City Council District 4) - Councilmember Waters introduced himself. He grew up in K ne ohe, graduated from the Kamehameha Schools, went to the University of Hawaii (UH) in Political Science and the UH Law School, was a Public Defender and was in private practice, and was a State Representative, serving as Chair on the Higher Education Committee and Chair of the Judiciary Committee. He has two (2) children, a son, age 12, and a daughter, age 14 and they are his most important job. As the Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board No. 1 and the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 meetings fall on the same night, he will alternate meetings or send Matt Weyer, a staff person. His district runs from Hawaii Kai, Kuli ou ou, ina Haina, Wai alae Iki, Kaimuki, Diamond Head, and Waik k to a small section of Ala Moana. As he served on the Kailua Neighborhood Board right out of college, he wants to hear the community concerns, but sometimes neighboring districts may have different views and he wants to help resolve the issues.

Comments followed:
1. Third (3rd) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Ala Moana Beach Park Master Plan - Mick requested clarification for the third EIS, as the playground was mentioned in the second Environmental Assessment (EA). Councilmember Waters felt that Climate Change and sea-level rise were major concerns and did not want to spend millions of dollars for projects, which would be under water, like the playground and the Dog Park, or other Mayor Caldwell's improvements. Chair Tam added that the Board preferred the Kaka ako Waterfront Park for the Dog Park. Councilmember Waters preferred open space, where families could set up a hibachi and have a good time and not more concrete. Also, he wanted to make the ocean more accessible to disabled persons. Cloutier noted that repairs should take priority over new projects.
2. Ala Wai Flood Risk Management Project (AWFRMP) - Councilmember Waters saw that stakeholders, including him and Councilmember Fukunaga were not notified for public input. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Department of Design and Construction (DDC) were not listening to the public. He was concerned that Honolulu would lose the $220 million, so he voted for the Resolution and joined the PIG, which was formed by Councilmember Fukunaga and Councilmember Kobayashi. Councilmember Waters remembered the flooding in ina Haina and wanted to do something for the Ala Wai Canal and his constituents in Waik k . Brian Bagnall was disappointed with Councilmember Waters' vote, as there was no fundamental changes in the plan. Councilmember Waters pointed out that Bagnall's impassioned speech at the Waik k Neighborhood Board was well done, but the Neighborhood Board did not agree with him. Councilmember Waters was worried about the loss of funding (per U.S. Senator Brian Schatz - The agreement is to be signed by Saturday, August 31, 2019) from the Federal and State governments. Franklin Chung was concerned about the Ala Wai Golf Course. Dave Watase questioned the deadline and the loss of the funding. Chair Tam mentioned flooding at the schools and other areas and also mentioned the work at the Ala Wai Promenade. Councilmember Waters agreed that more conversations must be held. Councilmember Waters will try to attend the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 meetings more often, alternating between the Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board No. 1, or send Matt Weyer.

State Representative Tom Brower - Representative Tom Brower reported the following:
• Concerns - Representative Bower had concerns about thefts at retail stores, bicycles on sidewalks, shopping carts, homeless, "convenience charges" on credit cards used by seniors, and an affordable housing meeting with Governor David Ige.
• Congratulation - Representative Bower congratulated Michael Zehner for appearing on Island Insights and for giving his personal views. Zehner was on a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) program, which will be mentioned later on the agenda.

House Speaker Scott Saiki - James Stone had distributed a Community Report.

State Senator Sharon Moriwaki - Senator Moriwaki's "Caring for Each Other" community newsletter was available and Senator Moriwaki reported the following:
• Pedestrian Safety Month - There was a sign-waving event in front of the Hawai i Convention Center (HCC). 
• Ala Wai Promenade - HPD District 7's Project Clean helped clean up the Ala Wai Promenade and Senator Moriwaki met with the HCC Outreach person about maintaining the Promenade and she was open to doing events there. The Community Action Committee (CAC) can follow up.
• Citizens Patrols - There is a short training by the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) and they do deter crime. A T-shirt is given out.
• University of Hawaii (UH) Medical School - The Medical School has a mobile project, which goes around the island, but is housed in Kaka ako. Dr. Omori is willing to make it available in Kaka ako.
• Children's Discovery Center (CDC) - Both the City and the State are helping to clean up the area around the CDC. Governor David Ige has released funds for them to make renovations and to build a fence. 
• January Community Surveys for Newsletter - Each year, Senator Moriwaki conducts a survey before the opening of the Legislative Session. See her newsletter online or hard copy for the type of issues the community is concerned with.

Governor David Ige's Representative - Cindy McMillian, Director of Communications, reported the following:
• Capitol Connection - The Capitol Connection is available online and by e-mail. On Page 2 there was a listing of the bills that the Governor signed, in particular bills on homelessness and mental health. On Page 4 there is a First Lady's Corner, which had an article about the renovations to the second floor of Washington Place. The Capitol Connection was online at the Governor's website at - https://governor.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/FINAL-AUGUST-2019-Capitol-Connection.pdf. 
• Hurricane Season - Just a reminder that we are still in the middle of Hurricane season, as there is one hitting the Caribbean now.

U.S. Congressman Ed Case - Asami Kobayashi reported U.S. Congressman Case's quarterly report as follows:
• lelo - Programs are broadcast on the third (3rd) Sunday of the month at 6:00 p.m. on Channel 49 and on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
• Funding Bills - Kobayashi listed several bills for projects for Hawai i, including homeless veterans, University of Hawaii (UH), and stopping "robocalls." 
• Natural Disasters - U.S. Congressman Case has been working on bills to help Hawai i recover from recent flooding and volcanic activity. Also, he recognized the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) "Hurricane Hunters." 
• Tour Helicopters - Chair Tam noted that this item was on the agenda tonight and requested more information. Kobayashi mentioned that seven (7) Neighborhood Boards passed a resolution on noise and crash concerns. U.S. Congressman Case will distribute a "Dear Colleagues" letter tomorrow, proposing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) focus on increased safety and reduction of community impacts, but a copy was available tonight.

AGENCY REPORTS

Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) - Francine Murray distributed the HCDA newsletter and reported the following: 
• Victoria Place - Todd Apo, The Howard Hughes Corporation, had made a presentation earlier. The public hearing will be on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at 547 Queen Street on the second floor. The decision-making hearing will be on Wednesday, October 2, 2019.

Comments followed: Private Roads in Kaka ako - Chair Tam asked for an update. Murray will follow up.

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) - Pat Lee reported the following:
• Limited Passenger Service - HART and the City Department of Transportation Services (DTS) are planning for a limited passenger service for the first 10 miles of the route by end of next year, from the Halawa station at Aloha Stadium to the Kualakai station in East Kapolei near the Kroc Center and Hawaiian Homes.
Besides the stations and the guideway, the Core Systems component is a very critical part of the fully automated, driverless rail system. Core systems includes the rail operations center and maintenance and storage facility in Waipahu, the 80 train cars and all the automated communication and control systems on the guideway, the stations and the vehicles. 
o The train car shell structure is made of 100% aluminum, 64 feet long, 14 feet high and 10 feet wide, with a maximum capacity of 800 passengers, which is equivalent to ten city buses. There are 188 seats on every four (4)-car train, with priority seating for seniors and those with disabilities.
o Trains also come equipped with air-conditioning, closed-circuit security cameras, emergency call boxes, audible announcements and visual announcement boards, free Wi-Fi and space for surfboards, coolers, luggage, strollers, bicycles and wheelchairs.
o The interim service would utilize four (4) four (4)-car trains with two (2) spare trains for the limited service.
• Fares - People often ask what fares will be to ride the train. The City Charter set up a Rate Commission to review and make recommendations to the Mayor and the City Council on rates for rail service, and has been holding public hearings to obtain public input. The next meeting of the Rate Commission is scheduled for Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Mission Memorial hearing room.
• More Information - 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: info@honolulutransit.org.

Comments followed: Construction in the Area - Chair Tam asked about construction in the area. Lee responded that construction will start soon between Pensacola Street and Pi ikoi Street. The decision to eliminate the Roundabout has not been finalized yet. Lee will get confirmation.

Honolulu Board of Water Supply (BWS) - Chair Tam highlighted the following:
• Main Break Report - There were no water main breaks in August 2019.
• Summer Water Conservation/Weather-Based Irrigation Controller - With the hot summer months upon us, the BWS is reminding all residents to be vigilant and avoid wasting water. One (1) way to save money and to stop over-watering is to purchase an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-labeled Weather-Based Irrigation Controller. This smart controller adjusts your watering schedule based on the weather conditions in your local area. A Weather-Based Irrigation Controller automatically adjusts your sprinklers to irrigate when needed allowing you to conserve up to 7,600 gallons of water per year. This device will not only conserve water, but it will save you money and time. It is easy to install and can be purchased online, or at Home Depot, Lowes and the Pacific Pipe Company. Provided tonight is a handout containing general information about the Weather-Based Irrigation Controller and how you can apply for a rebate by purchasing this water conservation device. Find out more at - www.boardofwatersupply.com/rebates. 
• Water Emergency Preparedness - Natural disasters, power outages, or other unexpected events can affect the BWS's ability to provide water service to the community. September marks the observance of National Preparedness Month and serves as an important reminder to have an emergency preparedness kit available for your household. One crucial component of your preparedness kit is a safe drinking water supply. Residents should store at least one (1) gallon of water per person per day for at least five (5) to seven (7) days. Also, in the event of an emergency, it is very important to stay tuned to media reports to receive water information bulletins and take any appropriate actions announced by the BWS or other emergency response agencies. More information about water emergency preparedness, including a video demonstrating how best to store drinking water in your home, is available online at www.boardofwatersupply.com. To receive emergency alerts via email or text message, consider subscribing to the BWS at - hnl.info.

RESIDENTS' AND COMMUNITY CONCERNS

Homeless at Alder and Elm Streets Across from Sheridan Park - Chair Tam received an e-mail about the homeless at Alder and Elm Streets and he will forward it to the appropriate government agency.

Ala Moana Beach / Magic Island Safety Concerns - Chair Tam also received an e-mail about Fire Ants and thorns and he will forward it on to the appropriate government agency or to the CAC.

Reactivation of Bus Stop (429) at Pi ikoi Street and Ala Moana Boulevard - Komine and resident Gerald Nakashima of Park Lane complained about the traffic, when DTS re-activated Bus Stop #429. Drivers from Waik k , trying to get on the H-1 freeway, line up from around the corner of Pi ikoi Street and Ala Moana Boulevard to half-way in the Ala Moana Center and block the entrance and exit driveways for the residents at Park Lane. The residents are working with the City/State to get signs for drivers to not block the driveways. Chang noted that there is another bus stop further mauka at Nordstrom's. Chair Tam will follow up with Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative. Councilmember Fukunaga will also look into this matter.

BOARD MEMBER REPORTS

Attendance at Other Meetings - Zehner was on Island Insights, a PBS program, giving his personal opinion opposing people, who are deciding what "vaping" flavors to ban or what type of soft drinks to serve at restaurants for others. Mick attended the last three (3) meetings of the Rate Commission for his work and if the topic should come before the Neighborhood Board, he will recuse himself.

Chair's Report - Chair Tam had no report at this time.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Consider Resolution, Regarding Kaka ako Subdistrict Representation - A draft resolution by Mick was presented. Mick moved and Mariano seconded that - 
"BE IT RESOLVED that the Ala Moana-Kaka‘ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 requests that the Neighborhood Commission take action to increase the number of seats in Subdistrict 4 from one (1) to three (3), effective as soon as possible." Discussion followed. Chair Tam had concerns about increasing the Board from nine (9) to 11 members and time considerations, population numbers and projections, and number of registered voters. Komine, Chang, Dave Watase, Chris Chung, and Senator Moriwaki added their comments.

The Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 ADOPTED the motion, 6-2-0 (AYE: Chang, Cloutier, Komine, Lee, Mariano, and Mick; NAY: Tam and Zehner; ABSTAIN: None).

Discuss and Consider Actions, Regarding Helicopter Noise and Safety - Chair Tam summarized that U.S. Congressman Case was introducing legislation for increased safety and reduction of community impacts. Councilmember Waters introduced Resolution 19-188, which the Public Safety and Welfare Committee will be hearing on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. Board members and the public may testify individually and online.
Councilmember Waters was able to get permit and flight information from the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT). Michelle Matson from the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 has been spearheading the passing of resolutions from 10 Neighborhood Boards. Zehner and Chang wanted a presentation from the tour helicopters operators before voting. Mick was concerned about helicopters flying over residential areas, after the Kailua crash on Oneawa Street. As Chair Tam saw no strong interest in this issue by Board members, Chair Tam deferred this issue to the next meeting.

Consider Actions, Regarding Ala Wai Flood Mitigation Project (AWFMP) - Watase mentioned that this was the third month that he presented the letter to Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the State Office of Environmental Quality Control (OEQC), which controls the environment laws, to not sign the partnership agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The City Council urged Mayor Caldwell to sign, as it feared losing the $220 million federal funding. Watase had spoken with the USACE's "Top Guy" in Washington, D.C. and he said there is no "hard" deadline for Mayor Caldwell to sign the Partnership Agreement. But once the Partnership Agreement is signed, it would be difficult to change. Director Robert Kroning, Department of Design and Construction (DDC), said the City could always "walk away from it" (and lose the funding). Mayor Caldwell will not sign the Partnership Agreement by Friday, August 30, 2019, as he wants assurances from the State for the funding, which may come in November 2019. Watase added that the M noa Neighborhood Board No. 7 letters were templates for the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 and others. He favors more community input with the City Councilmembers. No motion made. Chair Tam said that the Board will continue discussion on the letters.

NEW BUSINESS

• Consider Formation of a Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Decennial Census - Chair Tam noted they are requesting volunteers to go out and canvass the area. Chair Tam will try to get a presentation and will forward this item to the CAC.
• Discuss Community Survey - A community member had suggested that the Neighborhood Board survey the community, similar to Senator Moriwaki's. Lee was interested in conducting a survey and will investigate the cost and methodology. Mick added that a few years ago, when he was on the NCO staff, it did a survey of Wahiaw , and the City has the IT capabilities. They used the annual newsletter funds instead of lelo broadcasts. Board member offered other ways to get the input, like canvassing the neighborhood or booths at street fairs. Mariano suggested sending this item to the CAC. Chair Tam agreed.

BOARD BUSINESS

• Approval of the June 25, 2019 and July 23, 2019 Regular Meeting Minutes - The Neighborhood Assistant noted that he had missed the August 2019 mailout, and according to the State Office of Information Practices (OIP) "Sunshine Law," the minutes must be mailed out six (6) days before the meeting. The Neighborhood Assistant e-mailed these minutes this afternoon. Chair Tam thanked the Neighborhood Assistant for working on the minutes until 12:00 midnight last night. So, the Board may review the two (2) sets of minutes and vote on them at the next meeting.
• Treasurer's Report - Bryan Mick reported that the initial allocation for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 was $2,983.00 of which $2,400.00 was set aside for the video contract, leaving a balance of $583.00. The July 2019 expenditures for the mailout was $40.98, leaving a balance of $542.02. If additional expenses are over-budget, then the NCO can find funding. 
• Discuss Board member Focus Areas - Chair Tam deferred this item to the next meeting, at the beginning.
• Establish Community Action Committee (CAC) and Other Committees - This was done last month.
• Establish Permitted Interaction Group (PIG), Regarding Kaka‘ako Community Representation - A resolution was passed tonight.
• Identify Delegate for Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OahuMPO) Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) - As there were no volunteers, Chair Tam deferred this item

PERMIT Honolulu REVIEWS, HEARINGS and APPLICATIONS

• Rate Commission - Hearing on the future policies and rail and bus rates for the Honolulu Rail Transit Project on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Mission Memorial Hearing Room. Comments can be sent to Howard "Puni" Chee at hchee@honolulu.gov. Board members and the public may give testimonies on an individual basis.
• Special Liquor License 
o Night Market Event at 333 Auahi Street and 440 Keawe Street on Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. - Free Spirits, LLC
o Aloha Shirt Talk Story Event at 1240 Ala Moana Boulevard on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - Free Spirits, LLC
o Bishop Museum Event at 1240 Ala Moana Boulevard on Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - Free Spirits, LLC. Chang asked Chair Tam to invite Free Spirits to attend the Neighborhood Board meetings.
o Temporary Event at 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard (#2500) from Tuesday, October 1, 2019 to Thursday, October 31, 2019 (dba Ghost Bar) and from Friday, November 29, 2019 to Tuesday, December 31, 2019 (dba Holiday Bar) - IREM, LLP

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sheridan Citizens Patrol - The Sheridan Citizens Patrol will be having a meeting on Monday, October 7, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Makiki Christian Church with the HPD and other Citizens Patrols.

Meet the Major - It will be at the Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union at 1226 College Walk on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., to possibly discuss having a Citizens Patrol at Ala Moana Beach Park. Chang noted that it is a big park and it might take a few patrol groups.

6:30 p.m. Start Time - Chair Tam announced that last month the Board voted to start at 6:30 p.m. and go to 8:30 p.m. Chang pointed out to change the time in the ANNOUNCEMENTS, too.

COMMUNITY NEIGHBORHOOD WATCHES

• Mother Waldron Park (525 Cooke Street) - Mondays, 5:45 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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

• Next Meeting - The next regular meeting of the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 will be held on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Makiki Christian Church.
• Upcoming Committee Meetings - The next Community Action Committee (CAC) meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the entrance to the McCoy Pavilion at the Ala Moana Regional Park. As Chair Tam will not be able to attend, Mariano will Chair.
• lelo Broadcasts - Broadcasts of the Ala Moana-Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 meetings are on lelo 49 on the first and third Thursdays will change from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and every second Sunday at 6:00 p.m. Schedule is at https://olelo.org/tv-schedule/) or full archive at https://www.honolulu.gov/cms-nco-menu/site-nco-sitearticles/1657-board-meeting-video-archive.html
• 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 9:05 p.m.

Submitted by: K. Russell Ho, Neighborhood Assistant 
Reviewed by: Jackson Coley, Public Relations Specialist
Reviewed by: Kathleen Lee, Secretary 
Reviewed by: Ryan Tam, Chair

ALA MOANA-KAKA‘AKO NEIGHBORHOOD BOARD NO. 11

 

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DRAFT REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2019
MAKIKI CHRISTIAN CHURCH, 829 PENSACOLA STREET

CALL TO ORDER - Chair Ryan Tam called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Quorum was established with six (6) 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 September 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.

Roll Call of Board Members Present - Bryan Mick, Rodney Chang, Lynn Mariano, Michael Zehner (arrived at 6:53 p.m.), Ryan Tam, Kathleen Lee, and Jayne Cloutier.

Board Member Absent - Ron Komine.

Guests - Cindy McMillan (Governor David Ige's Representative, Office of the Governor, Communications Director); Senator Sharon Moriwaki, James Stone (House Speaker Scott Saiki's Office), Adam Doo (Councilmember Carol Fukunaga's Office), Cliff Kaneshiro (Councilmember Ann Kobayashi's Office), Matt Weyer (Councilmember Tommy Waters' Office), Firefighter John Shizuru for Captain Waipakawiwoole Parker (Honolulu Fire Department), Lieutenant Brian Taniguchi (Honolulu Police Department, District 1), Francine Murray (Hawaii Community Development Authority), Pat Lee (Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation), Brad Anderson; Jeremy Shorenstein, Francis Cofran, and Blair Suzuki (Brookfield Properties Development); Kaeo Kane, Dave Erdman (Uraku Tower), Tamae Erdman (Uraku Tower), Julie Peterson, Frances Lyons, John Southworth, Eugene Loo; Audrey Lee, Jesi Bautista, and Brad Frye (M lama Moana); Lloyd Sueda, Allen Leong, Keith Kurahashi (R.M. Towill), Natalie Clay, Sara Rizk, Opal Weber, Dexter Okada (KBLA), Mr. Toba, Laura Crane (DPI), Ronald Higa (Liliha/Pu unui/ lewa/Kamehameha Heights Neighborhood Board No. 14 resident); Newton Hau, Brooke Noriega, Jared Watumull, Daniel Simonich, Bruce Lum and Shar Chun-Lum (Save Ala Moana Beach Park Hui), CDell, Lori Teranison, Aura Reys (Ka Po e o Kaka ako), Dave Watase (Ala Wai Flood Mitigation Project), Lloyd Tsuda (Architect), Two (2) videographers (Integrated Multimedia Consultants), and K. Russell Ho (Neighborhood Commission Office).

As Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) and Honolulu Police Department (HPD) may not have been notified of the new start time, they will report when they arrive. Second Vice Chair Mariano will keep the time for the presenters and signify five (5) minutes, three (3) minutes, and one (1) minute to wrap up.

FILLING OF VACANCY IN SUBDISTRICT 2 - There was one (1) vacancy in Subdistrict 2 - Official boundary description: "Beginning at the junction of Ke eaumoku and King Streets, south along Ke eaumoku Street to Kapi olani Boulevard, thence west along Kapi olani Boulevard to Pensacola Street, thence north along Pensacola Street to King Street, thence southeast along King Street to Ke eaumoku Street." As there were no volunteers, Chair Tam deferred this item to the next meeting.

PRESENTATIONS

Chair Tam received a request to wait on agenda items 4.1 Ala Moana Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Plan Amendment and 4.2 1667 Kapiolani Boulevard Development - Interim Planned Development until 7:00 p.m.

Agenda Item 4.3 - Ka Po e o Kaka ako Update - John Ka ulupali was not present yet.

Community Update on Ala Moana Regional Park - Shar Chun-Lum, Save Ala Moana Beach Park Hui M lama O Ke Kai (HMK), distributed a handout on her PowerPoint presentation "Save Ala Moana Beach Park Update" and reported the following:
• Ala Moana Regional Park (AMRP) Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) - The FEIS was published on Friday, August 23, 2019 and the deadline to file an injunction is Tuesday, October 22, 2019. 
• Four (4) Biggest Concerns were:
o One (1)-acre "World Class" Playground 
o Dog Park(s) at Kewalo Entrance
o Perpendicular Parking Mauka 
o Sand Replenishment/ Beach Nourishment
• Budget:
o Projects in FEIS estimated at $133 million.
o $50 million already spent to fix what was broken.
o No alternatives considered for one (1)-acre playground.
o Sea level rise expected at 3.2 to 6 feet.
o Area Mauka of Ala Moana Park Drive is only 75 acres, not 119 acres.
• Dog Park:
o Other locations suggested.
• Perpendicular Parking:
o Dangerous with two (2)-way traffic and additional paving required.
• Excessive Sand Replacement
o 70,000 cubic yards. (21 Olympic-sized swimming pools)
o Impact on aquatic habitats.
o Questionable sand source.
o Sea-level rise will wash away sand.
• Urge Fiscal Responsibility
o Fix existing parks first.
o Homelessness.
o Essential services. (Public Safety)
o Budget with funds on hand, not increasing taxes, floating debt, or "potential" tourism dollars.

Comments followed:
1. Lawsuit - Chair Tam asked about any lawsuit. Chun-Lum said that there are no plans for a lawsuit at this time, as the comment period goes until Tuesday, October 22, 2019 and any lawsuit will come out of the taxpayers' pocket.
2. Budget - Mick noted that this project still needed funding and must go through the budgeting process.
3. Open Spaces - Dave Watase brought up an Ordinance 18-46 about preserving open spaces. Chun-Lum mentioned that issue was taken out.
4. Next Steps - Lee asked what the Neighborhood Board can do to help. Chun-Lum said that the Board's Dog Park work was helpful. The Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 is the only one, who gets to see the plans. Chun-Lum wants to visit other Neighborhood Boards, as AMRP is "the People's Park.
5. Additional Comments - Brad Frye arrived late and had additional comments about the location of the world-class playground and the Dog Park.

PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS

Honolulu Police Department (HPD), District 1 - Lieutenant Brian Taniguchi reported the following:
• August 2019/July 2019 Statistics - There were 18/18 motor vehicle thefts, 13/8 burglaries, 146/158 thefts, 43/38 unauthorized entries into motor vehicles (UEMV), 24/29 assaults, 1/2 sex assaults, 1/3 graffiti incidents, and 12/8 drug offenses. There were 7,391/8,233 total calls for service. More statistical information can be found on the HPD public website at - www.honolulupd.org.
• Safety Tips - S.C.A.M. Stop Criminals from Acquiring your Money: 
o Sweepstakes Scams - Do Not Send Money To Strangers. In the sweepstakes scam, a stranger will call and claim they represent a lottery or contest organization. The caller will say that you have won the sweepstakes and may claim your prize money. However, before you can claim your prize money, the caller will tell you that you have to pay for the taxes on the prize, usually around $3,000. While paying $3,000 to get a much larger prize sounds like a great deal, it is not. It is a scam.
o Auto Repair Scams - Auto repair scams commonly happen in two (2) places: public parking lots or your residence. You will be approached by a stranger who offers to repair minor damage on your vehicle. These repairs could include fixing dents, rust, cracked tail lights, or minor painting. The initial quote or estimate will usually be very inexpensive. If you agree, the stranger will work on your vehicle. When the job is done, however, you will find that the quality of the repair work is terrible. You will then be pressured into paying, and do not be surprised if the initial price has gone up. The stranger will often ask for more money. Or the stranger may start working on your car before you have agreed to the cost. Once the job is done, you will be pressured to pay for repairs that you did not agree to. As before, the quality of the work will be poor. When confronted by a stranger offering "cheap" auto body repair services, it is better to decline. If the stranger persists or starts working, call 911. Remember that most legitimate auto repair businesses do not go door to door and do not solicit customers in public parking lots.
o Home Improvement Scams - A stranger will approach you at your home and offer to do a variety of different home repairs such as tree trimming, roofing, or painting. Often, the price of the repairs will be too good to be true - That is because it is a scam. The biggest clue that you are about to be scammed is that the stranger will ask for the money in advance. They will tell you that the money is needed to buy supplies, like roofing material, paint, and other home repair products. Once you have given them the advanced money that will be the last time that you see them. Do Not Send Money To Strangers. To avoid being scammed, ask the stranger for a business card, work phone number, and other identification. Get as much information as possible. It is also a good idea to call around and do some research before handing over any money. Also, know that most legitimate home repair businesses do not go door to door to solicit customers.
o Money Transfer Scam - If a stranger calls and tells you that your family member or relative has been arrested. To have your relative bailed out, you will be instructed to go to a money transfer institution (like Western Union) and send money. Before you do this, contact other family members to verify the status of the family member in question. Do Not Send Money To Strangers.
o Undercover Officer - If a caller claims to be an undercover officer, call 911 immediately.

ELECTED OFFICIALS

Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative - Deputy Director Ian Santee, Honolulu Emergency Services Department (HESD) reported the following:
• Homeless - At the July 2019 meeting, it was reported that 44 members of the Ka Po e o Kaka ako (People of Kaka ako) out of 100, have banded together to form a community. Mayor's Office on Housing (HOU): Once again we are doing another interagency outreach to the Kaka ako homeless encampment. Also, a service fair has been organized working with them, which will include a variety of providers and services. These are scheduled for Wednesday, September 11, 2019. Since the Kaka ako land transfer has not yet been completed, City efforts to ensure full public access to the Kaka ako parks are delayed. We encourage community members to support homeless persons into shelter and services. The City continues to work with all interested parties in ensuring both service/housing to the vulnerable and access to public spaces by all the public. We continue to discourage feeding in the parks and other enabling activities, unless these are accompanied by trained providers offering appropriate services and shelters. We encourage the Board and community members to read recent documents providing guidance on these and related matters, including: The Council of State Governments Justice Center's June publication, "Strengthening Partnerships Between Law Enforcement and Homelessness Services Systems," which referenced City and State programs - including H.E.L.P. Honolulu - as practice examples; and, the new resource, The Evidence Behind Approaches that Drive an End to Homelessness Brief, 2019 (Wednesday, September 4, 2019). 
• Timing on Crosswalk Signals and More - HPD reported that the fine for entering a crosswalk after the flashing hand or countdown signal appears is $120. Board members were concerned that slower seniors would not be fast enough to complete their walk. Department of Transportation Services (DTS): Any malfunctioning (broken) traffic signal can be reported directly to DTS at 768-8387 or to Honolulu Police Department (HPD) (after hours and weekends). DTS has crews 24/7 on call to address traffic signal malfunctions.
• Transfer of Parks from Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) to the City - Division of Land Management (DLM): The conveyances of the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) parcels has been delayed to October 2019 due to issues related to the adequacy of maintenance levels at the parks.
• Ala Wai Canal Flood Mitigation Project - As of today, Mayor Kirk Caldwell has not signed the partnership agreement with USACE. The City Council passed a resolution to have the Mayor sign the Partnership Agreement with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) by Saturday, August 31, 2019 or lose the $220 million from the Federal Government. It also formed a Permitted Interaction Group (PIG) for addressing concerns of the affected communities. Department of Design and Construction (DDC) is not aware of any new updates at this time.
• Off-leash Dog Park in Kaka ako - Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) had no update at this time.
• Ala Wai Promenade - The Community Action Committee (CAC) met with the Hawai i Convention Center (HCC) and they will be planning events. Also, the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture 2020 is planned for June 2020. As to the $100,000 appropriation for the Ala Wai Promenade, DPR had no update at this time.
• Ala Moana Beach Park Master Plan - DDC: The FEIS was published on Friday, August 23, 2019.
• Bulky Item Pick Up by Appointment - What were some of the changes made to the pilot program for the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 district? Department of Environmental Services (ENV): The Bulky item pilot project will continue through January 2020. Should there be questions, please contact ENV's Public Information Officer Markus Owens, at 768-3454.
• Final City Center Segment - What is the latest on the utilities relocation work, property acquisition, HOLO cards, and the roundabout in Kaka ako? What happened at the Honolulu Rate Commission Hearings? HOLO Cards: Please contact Chris "CJ" Johnson at - c.johnson@honolulu.gov or 768-6693 to schedule HOLO Card presentation. The Rate Commission ("Commission") continues to conduct monthly meetings as part of its annual review of fares, fees, rates, tolls and other charges for the use of Honolulu's multimodal municipal transportation system. Meeting agendas are posted at least six (6) calendar days' in advance of the scheduled meeting date and can be viewed at - http://www4.honolulu.gov/docushare/dsweb/View/Collection-2820. 
The next Commission meetings are tentatively scheduled for: 
o Tuesday, October 8, 2019, Tuesday, November 12, 2019, and Tuesday, December 10, 2019
The Commission is seeking the public's input in developing recommendations based on sufficient revenues to support the operations and maintenance of the multimodal system and factors such as transportation equity, accessibility, sustainability, availability, and effect on ridership. Recommendations will be forwarded to the mayor through the director of transportation services and finally to the council for deliberation and determination of an appropriate fare structure. The Commission anticipates forwarding its recommendations by the end of the year. Electronic comments, suggestions or recommendations for the Rate Commission may be emailed to - hchee@honolulu.gov. Written testimony may be mailed to: Rate Commission, c/o Howard "Puni" Chee, Department of Transportation Services (C&C Honolulu), 650 South King Street, Second Floor, Honolulu, HI 96813
• New Concern - The reactivation of Bus Stop No. 429 has made a negative impact on the residents at Park Lane. As the back-up from drivers turning right (mauka) from Ala Moana Boulevard to Pi ikoi Street is so long, the residents cannot enter or exit from the property. They suggested removing No. 429 and to use the one 50 yards mauka. DTS will monitor/evaluate the situation to address the concerns and report to the Neighborhood Board at the October 2019 meeting.
• Neighborhood Commission Office (NCO) Newsletter - Deputy Director Santee mentioned the NCO quarterly newsletter.

Comments followed:
1. Ala Wai Promenade - Mariano had two (2) non-profits that want to help planning activities for the Promenade. Deputy Director Santee suggested calling DPR.
2. Bus Stop on King Street - Mick suggested that DTS look at the dangerous bus stop at the intersection of Punchbowl and King Streets, when buses "stack up" and buses use two (2) lanes. Drivers turning right on Punchbowl cannot see pedestrians and cut in front of the buses.

Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) P wa a Station - Firefighter John Shizuru for Captain Waipakawiwoole Parker reported the following: 
• September 2019 Fire Statistics - There were 5 structure, 5 nuisance, and 2 cooking fires; 19 activated alarms (no fires); 200 medical emergencies, 1 motor vehicle collision with a pedestrian, 5 motor vehicle crashes/collisions, and 1 hazardous materials incident.
• Fire Safety Tip - The HFD has the following guidelines for senior citizens, which will enable us to assist you during a medical emergency:
o Always call 911 first for any emergency.
o Have a list of medications and your medical history ready.
o Know where your advanced directives are (Comfort Care only-Do Not Resuscitate, Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, etc.).
o Do you live alone? Ensure there is adequate access to reach you.
o Ensure your address is clearly marked and easy to see.

Ala Moana Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Plan Amendment - Kris Hui, Vice President of Brookfield Properties, owner of the Ala Moana Center (AMC) spoke on the next 30-year plan. In August 2019, the AMC celebrated its 60th year anniversary from 1959. The proposal is to increase height and density for the Ala Moana Center to 400 feet and 40 stories and work on the traffic studies, Ala Moana TOD, community needs, and retail development. Since 1959 AMC has evolved with more stores, restaurants, and services. Hui noted that they will start with the traffic study, rail, and a housing project on the corner of Kona and Pi ikoi Streets. Over the years, they plan to develop projects, one by one, to have higher 400 feet limits and more density [7.0 Floor Area Ratio (FAR)] with community benefits. There were concerns over view planes, affordable housing, plazas, sea level rise, and parking. Bruce Lum asked about density parity and Audrey Lee, M lama Moana, was concerned with view planes and sea level rise. Mariano suggested holding a separate Community Meeting and Chair Tam asked about Next Steps. Hui will go before the City Council to make amendments to the Ala Moana TOD, or pursue other State agencies (201 H process) to get Affordable Housing, is willing to meet with the CAC, and have a public Community meeting. Lloyd Tsuda, an Architect, supported Hui's plans, as the increased height and density would give them the leeway to do affordable housing, senior housing, or medical services projects. Chair Tam noted there would future opportunities for public input.

1667 Kapiolani Boulevard Development - Interim Planned Development - Keith Kurahashi, RM Towill Corporation presented a Transit (IPD-T) Permit application for a 305-unit hotel, 480-unit condominium/hotel and 84-unit affordable rental development with ground-floor commercial spaces at 1667 Kapi olani Boulevard, near the corner of Kapi olani Boulevard and Atkinson Drive. They will be asking for a 10.0 FAR and 400 feet height limit. Kurahashi showed pictures of the floor plans and the renderings from Kapi olani Boulevard. Mick was uncomfortable with the 400 feet height limit and only 84 affordable housing units, which is about 10%. Mick added that the Hawai i Convention Center (HCC) has not been used to capacity and the Ala Moana Hotel has not been filled. Kurahashi explained that other projects with 40% to 50% affordable housing go through the State 201 H process and get tax credits and not the TOD guidelines, which has no affordable housing requirement for hotels. Mariano pointed out that the infrastructure was not there. Kurahashi added that the additional height and density allows community benefits, like affordable housing. K. Lee was concerned about the closing of retail stores there. The club would probably move out and the small businesses could wait the two (2) years. Mariano mentioned that when the Ala Wai Promenade starts its activities, then they will have participants. A resident was concerned about schools. Kurahashi mention a schools impact fee, which if there is one, this project will pay. Chun-Lum was concerned about mixed use, sewers, climate change, and view planes. Kurahashi noted that they already got the sewer and BWS permits and the traffic study showed no change in the service level. Chris Chung, CAC member, asked about affordable housing. Kurahashi said it would be 80% Area Median Income (AMI) for 30 years, about 30% of monthly income. Housekeepers make $29.00 an hour or $50,000 a year and can afford the units. Chair Tam asked about Next Steps. Kurahashi said they have to go for a Transit (IPD-T) Permit application before the City Council on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 or the Planning and Zoning Committee on Thursday, October 24, 2019 The Board could wait until the notice from Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) that it is reviewing the application and will be 90 days to respond.

Ka Po e o Kaka ako Update - Aura Reys reported that a successful Service Providers Fair was held on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, where a variety of services were provided. There were about 100 participants and 23 people were placed in shelters. Reys hoped to have another Service Providers Fair quarterly in December 2019, as the service providers liked the location. Mariano admired the work the community has done to improve their situation and asked about job training and other services. Reys noted that the "trust level" has declined between the homeless and the service providers, as they only offer shelters, which have many rules. They have a checklist and they have updated the House Rules. There about 40 people left, down from 84. Chair Tam thanked Reys for the monthly updates.

ELECTED OFFICIALS (Continued)

Councilmember Carol Fukunaga - Adam Doo distributed Councilmember Fukunaga's Neighbor to Neighbor newsletter and reported the following:
• Parking Meters on Keawe Street - There was no word back from DTS as yet. Doo will forward any correspondence on to Chair Tam.
• Ala Wai Watershed Project Community Meeting - It will be on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at the Ala Wai Elementary School from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It will be co-hosted by Councilmember Carol Fukunaga, Councilmember Ann Kobayashi, and Councilmember Tommy Waters.
• Letters from Mayor Kirk Caldwell to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the City and the State - Documents were included with the newsletter.
• Available to Hear Concerns - Doo will take back any concerns to his office.

Councilmember Ann Kobayashi - Cliff Kaneshiro had distributed the newsletter.

Councilmember Tommy Waters (City Council District 4) - Matt Weyer reported the following:
• Ala Wai Flood Risk Management Project (AWFRMP) - The Ala Wai Watershed Project Community Meeting will be on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at the Ala Wai Elementary School from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It will be co-hosted by Councilmember Waters, Councilmember Kobayashi, and Councilmember Fukunaga. 
• Resolution 19-188 - On Wednesday, September 4, 2019 Councilmember Waters' Resolution 19-188 (urging the Federal Aviation Administration to more effectively regulate air tour helicopters and small commercial aircraft operations on O‘ahu) passed the City Council.
• Home Owner's Exemption - As a quick reminder, please be aware that the Homeowner's Exemption deadline is fast approaching on Monday, September 30, 2019. For further questions, call: (808) 768-3799 or to file online, go to: https://app.realpropertyhonolulu.com/.

State Representative Tom Brower - Representative Tom Brower was not present and his Neighborhood Board Report was not available.

House Speaker Scott Saiki - James Stone had distributed a Community Report.

State Senator Sharon Moriwaki - A staff member distributed Senator Moriwaki's "Caring for Each Other" community newsletter and Senator Moriwaki reported the following:
• Ka Po e o Kaka ako Update - Reys gave a tremendous report about the Service Providers Fair. Over 40 service providers, the HPD and Partners in Care offered job training, haircuts, dental services, shelter placement, and insurance.
• Children's Discovery Center (CDC) - The HPD and Partners in Care have reached out to the CDC, so they do not have to clean up poop every morning. The HPD and Partners in Care will also reach out to other groups.
• Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) - The HCDA has transferred the makai properties to the City, so they will be better enforcement of the park rules.
• Survey - Senator Moriwaki's Office will be conducting its second survey in preparation for the Legislative Session in January 2020. Mariano noted that the CAC wanted to do a survey, but there is a lack of funds. He requested that results of the survey be shared with the Neighborhood Board. Senator Moriwaki suggested that the Neighborhood Board, its followers, attendees, and viewers, and the Save Ala Moana Beach Park Hui (SAMBPH) respond to the survey to get their views known.

Governor David Ige's Representative - Cindy McMillian, Director of Communications, reported the following:
• Capitol Connection - Copies were available in the back and it was online at the Governor's website at - https://governor.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/FINAL-SEPTEMBER-2019-Capitol-Connection.pdf. 
• Lead Article - Finding a way forward on Mauna Kea, Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT) gives Governor Ige's view.
• Sports at Aloha Stadium - For those interested in sports at Aloha Stadium, there will be a meeting to discuss future plans, tomorrow night, Thursday, September 25, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Aloha Stadium Hospitality Room. Or submit comments online at the Office of Environmental Quality Control (OEQC) website.

Comments followed: 1893 Overthrow of the Queen - Mick pointed out, concerning the TMT, a statement in the Capitol Connection last month, had a different view on the 1893 event. McMillian noted that the comment was not meant to offend and was so noted.

U.S. Congressman Ed Case - No representative was present and no report was available.

AGENCY REPORTS

Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) - Francine Murray distributed the HCDA newsletter and reported the following:
• $2.2 Million - The HCDA will give the City $2.2 million to maintain the parks after the transfer on Thursday, October 24, 2019. 
• Victoria Place - The decision-making meeting will be on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at 547 Queen Street, 2nd Floor. Todd Apo had made a presentation last month.

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) - Pat Lee reported the following:
• Initial Opening - HART and the City are working together to prepare for an initial opening of passenger service of the Honolulu rail system prior to launching full service by the end of 2025. The City's DTS will be in charge of operating and maintaining the rail system along with TheBus and the Handivan.
• Introductory Service - Introductory Service between the Kualaka i Station (East Kapolei) and the Halawa Station (Aloha Stadium) is targeted to start in late 2020. This would include nine (9) stations from Kapolei near the Kroc Center, through Waipahu, Pearl City and Aiea, and include stops serving University of Hawaii (UH) West Oahu, Leeward Community College, Pearlridge Mall and the Aloha Stadium. These nine (9) stations along the western portion of the rail alignment are nearly completed. 
o Besides the guideway and stations, rail also includes the Core systems, which are the train cars, the automated communication and control systems which operate the trains and the stations, and the rail operations center and maintenance and storage facility, which is at 62% completion. 
o These system components are being constructed, installed, tested and readied. HART is taking delivery of the fully-automated train cars, which are being manufactured by Hitachi Rail and shipped from its final assembly plant in Pittsburg, California. 
o The introductory passenger service will give HART and DTS staff and the general public the opportunity to get to know and learn the rail system, the stations, their locations and amenities, access to the stations and boarding areas and how to ride and use the fully automated, driverless system.
o An expanded opening of rail service between the Kualaka i Station (East Kapolei) to the Middle Street Station is targeted to begin by the end of 2023. This second opening would include stops serving Pearl Harbor and the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. Full Revenue Service of the 20-mile, 21 station rail system to the Ala Moana Center station is scheduled to commence by the end of 2025.
• ON GOING Utility Work Near Ala Moana:
o Kona Street: Between Pi ikoi Street and Keeaumoku Street, exploratory digging for various utilities will go on for two (2) more weeks at night from 9:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.
o Waimanu and Queen Street Intersection: Sidewalk and roadway restoration on Fridays only.
• PENDING Utility Work Near Ala Moana:
o Kona Street: Between Pensacola Street and Pi ikoi Street, water and sewer line work has been pending approval of trenching permit.
o Pi ikoi Street: At Kona Street Intersection exploratory digging for various utilities is pending approval of trenching permit.
• 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: info@honolulutransit.org.

Honolulu Board of Water Supply (BWS) - Chair Tam highlighted the following:
• Water Main Breaks - There were no main breaks in August 2019.
• 2019-2020 Halawa Xeriscape Garden Workshop Schedule - The BWS and Friends of Halawa Xeriscape Garden continue to offer workshops. The xeriscape workshop schedule features new and popular workshops that offer useful tips on how to maintain a beautiful and water-efficient garden. These are on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the year.
Upcoming workshops include:
o Saturday, September 28, 2019: Fancy Funnels
o Saturday, October 5, 2019: Economical Aquaponics
o Saturday, October 12, 2019: Paint in the Garden: Bamboo
Chang endorsed these workshops.
Workshops begin at 10:30 a.m. and advanced registration is required. Call 748-5315 or email: workshops@hbws.org to reserve your space. Visit our website: www.boardofwatersupply.com to check out the full list of classes being offered.

RESIDENTS' AND COMMUNITY CONCERNS - There were none.

BOARD MEMBER REPORTS

Attendance at Other Meetings - Mick attended the September 2019 Rate Commission Meeting. Mariano attended the CAC meeting and last night's Neighborhood Commission (NC) meeting. Chair Tam mentioned that last night, Treasurer Mick, and Second Vice Chair Mariano attended the NC meeting.

Chair's Report - Chair Tam will report later on the agenda.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Discuss and Consider Actions, Regarding Helicopter Noise and Safety - Mick summarized that last month the Board received the information late for Councilmember Waters' Resolution 19-188, which was passed, but there is still U.S. Congressman Ed Case's legislation. Mick submitted a draft resolution for the State to further regulate the tour helicopters and small aircraft through the control of airport privileges and State business licenses.

Mick moved and Chang seconded that the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 adopt the draft helicopter Noise and Safety Resolution. Discussion followed. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has primary jurisdiction in this matter. Mariano suggested the State could look at violations of State laws. Mick went to the hearings for Resolution 19-188 and the tour helicopter industry were well-represented.

As there were no objections, the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 ADOPTED the motion, by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 7-0-0 (AYE: Chang, Cloutier, Lee, Mariano, Mick, Tam, and Zehner; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None).

Consider Actions, Regarding Ala Wai Flood Mitigation Project (AWFMP) - Dave Watase passed out his summary of the AWFMP to date and urged the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 to pass the two (2) letters, which are templates, written by the M noa Neighborhood Board No. 7 Permitted Interaction Group (PIG) to Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Governor David Ige. Watase will show the letters, which were passed by three (3) Neighborhood Boards, to seven (7) Neighborhood Boards. Watase hopes to stop the detention basins and the four (4)-foot wall, and favors a flood gate and flood pumps. The Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 site will be flooded.
The Ala Wai Watershed Project Community Meeting will be on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at the Ala Wai Elementary School from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It will be co-hosted by Councilmember Waters, Councilmember Kobayashi, and Councilmember Fukunaga. Watase had more updated information about using the parks and schools for flooding. Chang wanted to rewrite the M noa letters. Watase will send Board members the letters in a Word document. When Chang rewrites them, they will go to the CAC and to the next Board meeting for action.

NEW BUSINESS

Consider Resolution, Regarding Ala Wai Promenade - Mariano did not have a resolution, but he got the business card of Deputy Director Ian Santee to meet about two (2) community groups interested in having activities at the Ala Wai Promenade. Mick added that the $100,000 allocation will expire by next year, so the Board should ask DDC for a project to spend the funds. Mariano will follow up.

Consider Formation Of A Permitted Interaction Group (PIG) To Develop Community Advisory Recommendations To The Department Of Parks And Recreation For Implementation Of A Dog Park In Kaka ako - Chang moved and Mariano seconded that the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 create a PIG to investigate and make recommendations to have a Dog Park in Kaka ako. Discussion followed. The Neighborhood Assistant explained that a PIG has three (3) meetings. The first meeting is to form the PIG. Then, it makes investigations and presents its recommendations at the second meeting. There is no time limit. At the third meeting, the Neighborhood Board votes on the recommendations. As there were no objections, the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 ADOPTED the motion, by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 7-0-0 (AYE: Chang, Cloutier, Lee, Mariano, Mick, Tam, and Zehner; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None). Chang volunteered to be the Chair. Members were Mariano, Cloutier, and Tam. More community members could be added later.

At 8:45 p.m. Cloutier requested that the agenda be changed to move Approval of the Minutes up in the agenda. As there were no objections, the items were moved up.

BOARD BUSINESS

Approval of the Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Regular Meeting Minutes - Mick submitted two (2) amendments. Another amendment was submitted by e-mail. 
• Page 3, under Update on Homeless in Kaka‘ako, it should read, "The Medical Examiner, Dr. Christopher Happy, looked at the "hard data" and discovered that people are dying on the streets."
• Page 3, under Update on Homeless in Kaka‘ako, it should read, "Chair Tam noted that last month, the Board asked for resources available to the homeless and Chair Tam thanked Alexander and Morishige for providing contact information for the many social and medical services available."
• Page 3, under Friends of Hanauma Bay, it should read, "Bob Kern, Vice President of the Friends of Hanauma Bay, was supportive of the work being done by the Save Ala Moana Beach Park Hui and was concerned about maintenance funding. Hanauma Bay has a dedicated fund that is maintained by the City and County of Honolulu and has not been used properly for maintenance at the nature preserve."

As there were no objections, the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 APPROVED the Tuesday, June 25, 2019 regular meeting minutes as amended, by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 7-0-0 (AYE: Chang, Cloutier, Lee, Mariano, Mick, Tam, and Zehner; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None).

Approval of the Tuesday, July 23, 2019, Initial Convening Meeting Minutes - Mick submitted the following amendments: 
• Page 1, it should read, "Vice Chair - "The first vote ended in a tie, 4 for Zehner and 4 for Mariano (MARIANO: Komine, Lee, Mariano, and Tam; ZEHNER: Chang, Cloutier, Mick, Zehner; ABSTAIN: None). There will be a second vote and if there is another tie, then this item will go on the agenda for the next meeting. The second vote ended with Zehner with 6 votes and 2 for Mariano (MARIANO: Lee and Mariano; ZEHNER: Chang, Cloutier, Komine, Mick, Tam, Zehner; ABSTAIN: None).
• Page 2, it should read, "Treasurer - "Chang nominated Jayne Cloutier for Treasurer. Cloutier nominated Mick for Treasurer. The roll call vote was 7 for Mick and 1 for Cloutier. The Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 elected Bryan Mick to be the Treasurer by a vote of 7 for Mick and 1 for Cloutier (CLOUTIER: Zehner; MICK: Chang, Cloutier, Komine, Mariano, Mick, Tam, and Zehner; ABSTAIN: None).
• Page 3, under Ka Po e o Kaka ako Update, it should read, "Comments followed: Rules Enforcement - Mariano noted that HPD's hands are tied."

As there were no objections, the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 APPROVED the Tuesday, July 23, 2019 Initial Convening Meeting minutes as amended, by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 7-0-0 (AYE: Chang, Cloutier, Lee, Mariano, Mick, Tam, and Zehner; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None).

The Monday, August 27, 2019 Regular Meeting Minutes were not available.

Discuss and Consider Actions, Regarding Kaka ako Subdistrict Representation - Mick, Mariano, and Tam attended the Neighborhood Commission meeting last night and they submitted the resolution, passed at the last Board meeting. However, new population statistics suggested increasing Subdistrict 3 from two (2) seats to three (3) seats and increasing Subdistrict 4 from one (1) seat to two (2) seats. Neighborhood Commissioners had four (4) other suggestions. Mariano attended the meeting and recommended the new resolution.

Mariano moved and Chang seconded that the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 recommends that the Neighborhood Commission increase Subdistrict 3 from two (2) seats to three (3) seats and increase Subdistrict 4 from one (1) seat to two (2) seats. Discussion followed. Chung suggested expanding the number of seats to 17 or more with At Large seats. Lee thought that nine (9) was an appropriate number, as there is a vacancy in Subdistrict 2. Mariano was actively trying to recruit in Subdistrict 2 and said that Board members, once elected, represent the entire district in an advisory role. The Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 ADOPTED the motion, 6-1-0 ((AYE: Chang, Cloutier, Lee, Mariano, Mick, and Tam; NAY: Zehner; ABSTAIN: None).

Discuss and Consider Actions, Regarding Bus Stop On Pi ikoi Street After Ala Moana Boulevard - Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative will follow up.

BOARD BUSINESS (Continued)

Treasurer's Report - Treasurer Bryan Mick noted that there was no Treasurer's report available.

Identify delegate for Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OahuMPO) Citizen Advisory Committee - As there were no volunteers, Chair Tam deferred this item to the next meeting.

PERMIT REVIEWS, HEARINGS and APPLICATIONS
• Hawaii Community Development Authority - Decision-making hearing on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at 547 Queen Street, 2nd Floor, regarding the proposed Victoria Place project, a 350-unit residential tower at 1100 Ala Moana Boulevard.
• Liquor Commission Application - Hearing on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at 711 Kapi olani Boulevard regarding a Transfer of Application from LTI, Inc. to E&J Venture Corporation for Club Lotus (1400 Kapi olani Boulevard); Category No. 4 (Dispenser General) License.

COMMUNITY NEIGHBORHOOD WATCHES

• Mother Waldron Park (525 Cooke Street) - Mondays, 5:30 p.m.; (Per Senator Moriwaki)
• 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.; and 
• Atkinson Towers (419A Atkinson Drive) - Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

• Next Meeting - The next regular meeting of the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 will be held on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Makiki Christian Church.
• Upcoming Committee Meetings - The next Community Action Committee (CAC) meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the entrance to the McCoy Pavilion at the Ala Moana Regional Park.
• Sheridan Citizens Patrol - The Honolulu Police Department Community Policing Team and the Sheridan Citizens Patrol will be hosting a meet-and-greet on Monday, October 7, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Makiki Christian Church, 829 Pensacola Street.
• 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 2:00 p.m., and every second Sunday at 6:00 p.m. Schedule is at https://olelo.org/tv-schedule/) or full archive at https://www.honolulu.gov/cms-nco-menu/site-nco-sitearticles/1657-board-meeting-video-archive.html.
• 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 8:57 p.m.

Submitted by: K. Russell Ho, Neighborhood Assistant 
Reviewed by: Jackson Coley, Public Relations Specialist
Reviewed by: Kathleen Lee, Secretary 
Reviewed by: Ryan Tam, Chair

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