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Ala Moana-Kakaako Neighborhood Board Meeting April 2019 Minutes
DRAFT REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 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 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 April 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, Michael Zehner, Ryan Tam, Jayne Cloutier, Susan Oppie, Chris Chung, and Lynn Mariano.
Board Members Absent - Ron Komine.
Vacancies - There were no vacancies.
Guests - Asami Kobayashi and Chad Wolke (U.S. Congressman Ed Case's Office), Cindy McMillian (Governor David Ige's Representative, Communication Director); Charles Izumoto (Senator Sharon Moriwaki's Office); Kim Bowman (House Speaker Scott Saiki's Office); Cynthia Nyross (Representative Tom Bower's Office); Deputy Director Ian Santee (Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative; Honolulu Emergency Services Department); Councilmember Carol Fukunaga; Interim Council Chair Ann Kobayashi and Jaren McCartney (Councilmember Ann Kobayashi's Office), Interim Councilmember Michael Formby and Adam Doo (Interim Councilmember Michael Formby's Office); Captain Randall Gibo (Honolulu Fire Department, P wa a Station); Lieutenant Brian Taniguchi (Honolulu Police Department, District 1); George Abcede (Hawaii Department of Transportation [HDOT]), Brian Bagnall (Outdoor Circle and the Waik k Neighborhood Board No. 9), Pat Lee (Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation), Francine Murray (Hawaii Community Development Authority [HCDA]), Alani Apio (Hui Aloha), Gary Tobi, Stephen Hazam, John Ka ulupali (Ka Po e o Kaka ako [KPOK]), Lindsay Pacheco; Heather Dueringer and Karen Kuniyuki (The Howard Hughes Corporation); Codey Hirai, John Mantauave, Savannah Nandancci, Ronald Higa (Liliha/Pu unui/ lewa/Kamehameha Heights Neighborhood Board No. 14 resident), Dexter Okada (KBLA), Jeff Carbaugh (Hawai i Convention Center), Shar Chun-Lin (SAMBP Hui), Franklin Chung, Daniel Simonich, Bruce Lum, 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:
• April 2019 Fire Statistics - There were 2 nuisance fires and 1 cooking fire and 17 activated alarms (no fires); 194 medical emergencies, 6 motor vehicle collisions with pedestrians, 5 motor vehicle crashes/collisions, and 5 hazardous materials incidents.
• Fire Safety Tip: Escape Planning - Plan ahead! If a fire ignites in your home, you may only have a few minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Everyone needs to know what to do and where to go if there is a fire. The Honolulu Fire Department suggests the following escape fire preplanning tips:
o Make a home escape plan.
o Plan at least two (2) ways out of every room.
o Designate an outside meeting place in order to account for all family members.
o Practice your home fire drill during the day and at night with your family. The drill should be practiced twice a year using different escape routes.
o Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them.
o Close doors behind you to help contain the fire as you leave.
If the smoke alarm sounds:
o Get out and stay out! Never go back inside for people or pets.
o If you have to escape through smoke, stay low and go under the smoke.
o Call 911 from outside your home.
1. Condominiums - A Board member asked if condos have escape plans. Captain Gibo responded that each Association of Apartment Owners (AOAO) should have an evacuation plan, depending on the geographical layout, to protect the residents. Mariano suggested that HFD visit the condos and help them set up the plans. Captain Gibo does visit condominium boards. A list of non-ambulatory residents and locations would be helpful. Failure of smoke alarms could be due to non-maintenance of batteries or dust from renovations.
2. False Alarms - Chung asked how many false alarms were due to equipment failure. Captain Gibo said that more than 50% and suggested that contractors put a plastic bag over the smoke alarm during renovations. In a fire the plastic bag will melt. Chung was concerned about wasted time for first responders to other emergencies for false alarms. Captain Gibo said that dispatch will send the next closest fire station.
Honolulu Police Department (HPD), District 1 - Lieutenant Brian Taniguchi reported the following:
• March 2019/February 2019 Statistics - There were 18/16 motor vehicle thefts, 13/4 burglaries, 111/123 thefts, 59/34 unauthorized entries into motor vehicles (UEMV), 23/16 assaults, 3/0 sex assaults, 4/6 graffiti incidents, and 24/17 drug offenses. There were 7,003/6,607 calls for service. Statistical information can be found on the HPD public website at - www.honolulupd.org.
• Community Policing Team (CPT) - For people interested in the Neighborhood Security Watch (NSW), call 529-3691.
1. Suspicious Activity - Cloutier was concerned about people walking about at 2:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. and requested more patrols to prevent thefts and illegal activity. Lieutenant Taniguchi responded that HPD could have more patrols, but it is difficult to catch anyone. Lieutenant Taniguchi suggested calling 911, when witnessing suspicious activity or a crime.
2. Stabbing at McKinley High School - Last month Chung asked about an attempted murder case at McKinley High School. Lieutenant Taniguchi noted that it was a stabbing at McKinley High School, but it was reported by the hospital.
3. Sheridan Park at Alder Street - Chung reported people living and sleeping in their cars at Sheridan Park, due to the restrooms and water. Lieutenant Taniguchi added that sleeping in cars is only enforceable from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Neighbors could call 911 and HPD could patrol the area. HPD could enforce expired tags and registration.
4. More Training - Mariano suggested that HPD get more training in enforcement and enforce people using their cell phones while using the crosswalk, like at the left turns on Kapi olani Boulevard. Secondly, residents were concerned about encroachment on sidewalks, like at the 7-Eleven on Pi ikoi Street. Lieutenant Taniguchi said to call 911 and they will look for the 36" (Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA]) - compliance on sidewalks. Mariano asked how the Neighborhood Board can help the HPD in enforcement. Chair Tam will talk with Lieutenant Taniguchi and will look at this in the Community Action Committee (CAC).
5. Sheridan Park NSW - Chair Tam noted that there are more "campers" during the day and requested more patrols. Lieutenant Taniguchi will follow up.
GOOD NEIGHBOR AWARDS
Recognizing Loretta Yajima (Children's Discovery Center) - Chair Tam noted that there may have been a mix-up and the award will be presented next month or delivered to her. Chung will present.
New Wave Friday - Heather Dueringer and Karen Kuniyuki from the Howard Hughes Corporation/Ward Villages announced a free community event that will close part of Auahi Street on Friday, June 14, 2019 in front of the IBM building. The street closure will be from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The block party-style family event will feature food vendors, entertainment, pop-up shops, and kid-friendly activities.
Bulky Item Pickup By Appointment - Director Lori Kahikina, Department of Environmental Services (ENV) explained the current process for bulky item pick-up for most single-family and a few multi-family residences. The island is divided up into sectors and crews canvass the sectors once a month and it is very inefficient. Sometimes, crews miss a street, due to illness and the system promotes illegal dumping as the schedule is published. As the crews have three (3) to four (4) days to pick-up the bulky items, others add to the piles illegally. In the last 10 years there has been an 80% increase in tonnage of bulky items picked-up without an increase for gas, time, repairs, and workers. A PowerPoint presentation showed the build-up of bulky items over time. Kahikina announced a pilot project from Foster Village to Hawai i Kai, which is patterned after San Francisco/Sunnyvale, California. Register online at - www.opala.org or call 768-3200. Only certain areas are eligible. Before calling ENV, call Big Brothers/Big Sisters or other non-profits for recycling. After an appointment is made, ENV will send a confirmation e-mail, reminding of the appointment. There is less of a "window" for illegal dumping. ENV is in the public engagement phase, notifying the Councilmembers, 18 Neighborhood Boards, and they will have a press release. After six (6) or so presentations, ENV has already made changes. Only registered items will be picked up and investigators will follow up with citations. In summary, the six (6)-month pilot project will start from Foster Village to Hawaii Kai and then will be extended islandwide.
1. Illegal Dumping - Cloutier had concerns about illegal dumping. Director Kahikina responded that only the customer will know the appointment time to put out the bulky items. San Francisco has reported a decline in illegal dumping.
2. 80% Increase in Trash - Chung asked if the increase was due to population and housing increases. Director Kahikina responded that as the economy grows, people can order online and generate more boxes from shipping.
3. Recycling - Chung continued and asked what happens to usable bulky items that are tossed out at the end of the month, when people are moving out. Director Kahikina responded that 100% goes to H-Power. As to having non-profits taking useable items for re-sale, Director Kahikina hoped that something could be worked out. Director Kahikina added that scavenging is illegal.
4. Education - Mariano likes the storage idea on property, not on the street and suggested an educational campaign on lelo and information on the convenience centers or transfer stations, which is on the website. There should be more Public Service Announcements and Press Releases.
5. Co-ordination with Non-Profits - Chang requested more discussion with the condos about re-use of discarded items. Cloutier was told to wait two (2) weeks, but she could not wait.
6. White Bins at Schools - Chair Tam related that a resident had suggested a bulky items collection at schools.
7. Costs - Zehner was concerned about costs. Director Kahikina responded that hopefully, there will be savings on time of crews canvassing the neighborhoods for three (3) or four (4) days. Hopefully, the computer can line up the appointments. As to fees, ENV has to compete with the other departments, including public safety, for General Funds. So, Mayor Caldwell is proposing an added fee, but is getting push-back.
Community-Building Efforts in Kaka ako Gateway Park - John Ka ulupali, of Ka Po e o Kaka ako (The People of Kaka ako) is a community person trying to create a community of homeless people at the Kaka ako Gateway Park Mauka since October 2018 with the support from a volunteer group Hui Aloha. He introduced the leadership, distributed a handout, and mentioned outreach to the news media, other homeless communities, and to the general public. They are trying to organize their community to be a positive contribution to Kaka ako. They have weekly clean-ups and had an Easter event. They have support from the Wai anae group. They are having a problem with thefts at 2:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. and may want to form a NSW. They have been given notice of a June 1, 2019 sweep and then, they may be arrested. They were asking for help. There are only 15 to 20 people trying to organize 90 people and they are looking for ohana zones land with the Lieutenant Governor Josh Green, like Wai anae and Waim nalo.
Comments followed: Support - Mariano appreciated the efforts of the homeless community to organize themselves and for them to work with the government and non-profit agencies on ohana zones. Chung asked for more feedback on programs, like Housing First or Institute for Human Services (IHS). They do not seem to work for a spokesperson. Ka ulupali requested to be placed on the monthly agendas. Chair Tam agreed.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative - Deputy Director Ian Santee, Honolulu Emergency Services Department (HESD) reported the following:
• Transfer of Parks from Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) to the City - The Kakaako Gateway Parks (Makai and Mauka), the Kakaako Waterfront Park, and the Kewalo Basin Park, are in the process of being transferred. Currently, the Children's Discovery Center is not on the list of HCDA/Kaka ako properties to be transferred to the City/Parks. The City's Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM), with the support of HPD and Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), have conducted several enforcement operations in the area.
• 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 request for more divided benches and picnic tables is being considered.
• Development - Board members are concerned about the massive development of properties and the impact on infrastructure, sewers, traffic, water, sea level rise, and communities. How can the Board participate? Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP): It is not the City and County of Honolulu's policy to entitle projects without adequate sewer and infrastructure capacity and traffic review.
Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Neighborhood areas of the City are projected to see a potentially significant amount of densification as has long been planned. TOD planning is supported directly by the longstanding General Plan policy to direct new growth to the Primary Urban Center (PUC), the "second city" Ewa area, and to a lesser extent Central Oahu. Along with the City's Community Growth Boundary policy, "densifying" the urban core is meant to create convenient, walkable communities, reverse sprawl, and protect the natural environment.
A large portion of the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 district is under the planning jurisdiction of the HCDA and not the county. However, the entire district is within the PUC Development Plan (DP) area. Therefore, the PUC DP and the Ala Moana TOD Neighborhood Plan help to shape the "big picture" for the district outside of the HCDA's plans.
The Board can participate by attending meetings for the long-range plans and rezoning that goes before the Planning Commission and City Council. The PUC DP is currently being updated by the DPP, and part of that process is looking holistically at development areas in the light of climate change and sea level rise (www.pucdp.com). The PUC DP update team has been conducting various community outreach over the past year and will be holding land use discussion workshops for the community in June 2019; the DPP will be notifying NBs of those workshops. In addition the update team will be going out to each of the 17 NBs in the PUC to present and get feedback on the plan framework before the release of the Public Review Draft in late 2019.
• Abandoned Vehicle ??? An abandoned vehicle was reported on Liona Street. Black SUV Cadillac, Lic. #RDZ 273. Expired registration 2017. Department of Customer Services (CSD) assigned this issue to motor vehicle control inspector on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, who then conducted his investigation on the Thursday, April 18, 2019 and he determined the vehicle was not on location and closed the complaint as such. The Report Abandoned Vehicles - 768-2530. City Pothole Report Line is - 768-7777. The Liquor Commission is at - 768-7363. Also Honolulu 311 is available on your smart phone.
• Quarterly Neighborhood Commission Office (NCO) Newsletter (April 2019 to June 2019) - It is available in the back.
• Parking Meters Rates and Time - They will be increased to $3.00/hour in certain areas of Honolulu. Mariano asked what the dollars are used for. Call Department of Transportation Services (DTS) at 768-8358.
1. Meeting with Mayor Kirk Caldwell - Mariano asked for assistance in setting up a meeting with the Mayor. A representative from Hui Aloha noted that at the last contact with the Mayor's Office on Housing (HOU) Executive Director Marc Alexander had said that on Saturday, June 1, 2019, the homeless have to move out.
2. Children's Discovery Center - Deputy Director Santee will follow up on the Children's Discovery Center not being transferred and services not being provided.
Councilmember Carol Fukunaga - Councilmember Fukunaga distributed her Neighbor to Neighbor newsletter and reported the following:
• Bill 96, Relating to Fire Safety and Ordinance 18-14 - Bill 96 related to mandatory fire sprinkler retrofits and the clarifications to the life safety evaluation process were passed last week. Reports will be required every six (6) months for the first two (2) years.
• Search for a New Location for the Urban Dog Park - Councilmember Fukunaga acknowledged that the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 was instrumental in securing funds for the design of an urban, unleashed Dog Park. There will be a search for a new location of the Dog Park and the Council will re-appropriate funds. Chair Tam and Brian Bagnall (Waik k Neighborhood Board No. 9) will follow up.
• Mental Health Centers - Lieutenant Governor Green has been focusing on mental health care services for the homeless. There was a video on Channel 9. There is a resolution to be heard in Councilmember Mike Formby's Committee on Thursday, April 25, 2019.
• Homeless - Mariano requested that Councilmember Fukunaga work with the homeless groups and with Lieutenant Governor Green on ohana zones.
• Fire Sprinklers - There was a need for added funding, as seniors are on fixed incomes and cannot afford the additional costs. For Ordinance 18-14 there an "Opt. out" clause, where condos can pay what they can afford and post signs of having no sprinkler systems by choice.
• Medication-assisted Treatment Programs Resolution No. 19-95 - Go to Councilmember Formby's hearing on Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
• Traffic - Chair Tam was concerned with appropriations for traffic lights in Kaka ako. Councilmember Fukunaga wants to appropriate funds for pedestrian safety bills, the intersection of Kawaihao and Cooke Streets, and the Regional Transportation Study. Cloutier was against the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) Roundabout.
Interim Council Chair Ann Kobayashi - Interim Council Chair Kobayashi reported the following:
• Protection of Ala Moana Beach Park (AMBP) - The Council had a long meeting and they discussed the AMBP. She hopes for working out some sort of agreement with the Administration.
• Short-term Rentals - This issue has been discussed for 10 years and meetings may take three (3) hours. The next meeting will be on Monday April 29, 2019. This issue will affect neighborhoods islandwide.
• Budget - There is $200,000 for Sheridan Park. The Administration building has asbestos. After it is cleaned, then it can be used for classrooms or future uses.
Interim City Councilmember Mike Formby - Chair Tam apologized for the mistake on the agenda. Councilmember Formby introduced staff member Adam Doo, who distributed Councilmember Formby's newsletter. Councilmember Formby reported the following:
• Bills - Bills concerning homeowners and Monster Homes have gone to the Mayor.
• Medication-assisted Treatment Programs Resolution No. 19-95 - This resolution will be heard on Thursday, April 25, 2019 in Councilmember Formby's Committee.
• Short-term Rentals - The next meeting is scheduled for Monday April 29, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Final vote will be on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.
Comments followed: Thank you - The Board thanked Councilmember Formby for his interim service and for hearing the medication-assisted treatment programs resolution to help the homeless.
State Representative Tom Brower - Cynthia Nyross had made Representative Tom Brower's Neighborhood Board Report available.
House Speaker Scott Saiki - James Stone distributed a Neighborhood Report and was available to hear concerns.
Chair Tam asked about Private Roads in Kaka ako. On Thursday, April 18, 2019, Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) served a Notice of Order on 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's options are to pay the fine or request a contested case hearing with HCDA (within 30 days).
State Senator Sharon Moriwaki - Charles Izumoto distributed Senator Moriwaki's "Caring for each other" community newsletter and reported the following:
• Private Roads in Kaka ako - As previously reported, the KLC was fined $250,000 and Calvert and Cedric Chun are still charging for the parking and have not brought the streets up to county standards. House Speaker Saiki is making some progress on this issue and Senator Moriwaki is supporting him.
• New Location for Kaka ako Fire Station - A resolution was passed and Senator Moriwaki is working with HFD and HCDA to find a new location for a First Responder Station to provide fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to Kaka ako's growing population.
• Ala Moana Boulevard Median Trees - The City (under Mayor Jeremy Harris' Administration) agreed to maintain the trees for the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT). However, the irrigation system broke down. Senator Moriwaki's Office called Interim City Councilmember Formby's Office, who got DPR to fix the irrigation system to water the trees. Discussion are ongoing as to who will water the trees in the future.
Governor David Ige's Representative - Cindy McMillian, Director of Communications, distributed the April 2019 Capitol Connection and highlighted the following:
• Capitol Connection Online - Go to the Governor's website at - governor.hawaii.gov to view and subscribe.
• Affordable Housing - On page 1 and on page 3, there are articles about building condominiums on state land with 99-year leases and highlighting other innovative ideas. Senate Bill (SB) 1190 is being heard tomorrow and Senator Moriwaki is involved.
• Homeless and Housing -Other housing initiatives are on Page 2 and affordable rental units are on Page 3 and a few projects are in Kaka ako.
• Legislature Closing - The Legislature will end on Thursday, May 2, 2019. Then, the bills will go to the Governor for Departmental, legal, and budgetary review. Comments can be submitted to governor.hawaii.gov.
U.S. Congressman Ed Case - Asami Kobayashi introduced a co-staffer from the Washington, D.C. Office and reported the following:
• Introductions - Kobayashi introduced herself as the contact person for Congressman Case. She was a Board member for the M noa Neighborhood Board No. 7 and Congressman Case used to be a Board Chair. Kobayashi graduated from McKinley High School and was a Tiger. The local office address is at 1132 Bishop Street. The District Office handles constituent complaints and services. The DC Office handles policy and legislation.
• Committee Assignments - The first newsletter reported that Congressman Case was appointed to the House Committee on Appropriations and the House Committee on Natural Resources, which focuses on environmental issues and Native Hawaiian issues.
• Talk Story - Congressman Case held five (5) Talk Story events in ina Haina, Waipahu, Ewa Beach, and in Honolulu.
• H.R.1 - Congressman Case co-sponsored H.R.1, the first piece of legislation for the new Congress, which returns funding of political campaigns to the people and not from the big Political Action Committees (PAC).
• National Debt - Congressman Case is also concerned about the $22 trillion National Debt and trying to pass a fiscally-responsible budget.
• Local Projects ??? There was a water pipeline break at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. After inspecting the break, Congressman Case called the Assistant Secretary of the Navy about the replacement project. Congressman Case is trying to get the Honoluliuli Internment Camp and the Arizona Memorial as National Historic sites within the National Park Service.
• Ala Wai Canal Project - This is a controversial project by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) that got $345 million from the federal government to build a four (4)-foot wall around Waik k and detention basins in Makiki, M noa, and P lolo. About 30 people would be affected, as their property may be taken. There was a large Town Hall meeting in M noa and the USACE, the City, and the State made presentations. Now, the City or the State has two (2) months to sign a partnership agreement to pay $125 million to complete the project or the project will be terminated. Congressman Case supports the project to protect the people of Waik k , M noa, Makiki, and P lolo from flooding. Congressman Case is aware of the opposition, as Kobayashi reports back from each of the affected Neighborhood Boards. The USACE can still make changes. Chair Tam added that the USACE and the City will report at the next meeting. The Red Hill Fuel tanks are under the U.S. Navy. Chair Tam will send Kobayashi the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 resolution. Resident Bruce Lum added that the process for review has not been followed and the people impacted were not notified of the process. Governor David Ige's Representative McMillian noted that the Office of Environmental Quality Control (OEQC) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) rules are under review by Governor David Ige and will be approved shortly. Kobayashi noted that the decision going forward is not with Congressman Case, but with the City/State partnership agreement. Franklin Chung mentioned the Civil Beat article where Governor Ige said that the City is responsible for the maintenance of the waterways and the watersheds and he will support the Mayor to sign. F. Chung is concerned about the biggest basin, which is the back nine (9) holes of the Ala Wai golf course. Dave Watase asked if the Hawai i National Environmental Policy Act (HEPA) rules have been signed by the Governor. McMillian will follow up. Bagnall stated the USACE plan is not good. The Ala Wai is not like New Orleans. Bagnall proposed flood gates and high-powered pumps at the ocean end. The project does nothing about sea level rise. When the H k le a visited the Ala Wai Promenade, a four (4)-foot wall would have been unsightly. Kobayashi mentioned that once the money was gone, it was gone. She noted that the USACE was one of the best engineers in the world. They will try to attend quarterly.
At 9:05 p.m. Chang and Cloutier departed the meeting; six (6) members present.
Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) - Francine Murray reported that HCDA asked for $3+ million for the improvement of roads in Kaka ako. There are now seven (7) members on the HCDA Board. HCDA Updates, a monthly snapshot April 2019 was available.
Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) - George Abcede from the HDOT reported on a walk-through on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. They looked at three (3) major intersections of Ala Moana Boulevard with Pi ikoi Street, Atkinson Drive, and Kamakee Street. A handout was available. Abcede asked to be on the Community Action Committee (CAC) agenda for the June 2019 meeting.
Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) - Pat Lee reported the following:
• The rail system will be a fully-automated, driverless system, utilizing a fleet of 20 four (4)-car trains. Each train car is 64 feet long, 14 feet high and 10 feet wide. There are three (3) doorways on each side of a rail car, for a total of 12 entry doors on each side of a four (4)-car train. A sixth (6th) four (4)-car train has been delivered to the Rail Operations Center, which means a quarter of the 80-rail car fleet is already here on island.
• The system will have 17 trains in operation during peak times and eight (8) trains during non-peak hours. Trains will operate between 4:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight, and arrive at stations every five (5) minutes during peak, and about 11 minutes during off-peak times during weekdays.
• The trains will be air conditioned and equipped with WIFI, audio and visual announcement boards, closed circuit TV security cameras and call boxes, and space for strollers, bicycles, luggage, and even surfboards. The four (4)-car trains have a maximum capacity of 800 passengers, which is equivalent to about 10 city buses. The trains will be fully Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant, with 188 seats, priority seating for seniors and disabled, as well as designated areas for wheelchairs.
• The Automatic Train Control System testing between the Rail Operations Center and the stations in Waipahu is ongoing in preparation for the interim opening of a limited passenger service by the end of next year. You will be hearing more details in the coming months. Revenue passenger service for the full 20-mile, 21 station rail system is planned for the end of 2025.
• Once completed, rail will become an integral part of Honolulu's public transit system connecting seamlessly with the bus and Handivan, using a smart card system called the Holo Card, where riders can transfer easily between the different transportation modes. You can view the train cars at the next Train Community Day on 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.
• The first nine (9) stations on the west side have been given Hawaiian names, and now HART is seeking input for naming the 12 stations from Pearl Harbor to Ala Moana. Following the same process as before, as directed by City Council Resolution 09-158 and the HART board, a working group consisting of Hawaiian cultural practitioners and scholars have proposed these names:
o Makalapa (Location: Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam)
o Lelepaua (Location: Daniel K. Inouye International Airport)
o hua (Location: Lagoon Drive)
o Kahauiki (Hauiki) (Location: Middle Street Transit Center)
o Mokauea (Location: Dillingham Boulevard and Mokauea)
o Niuhelewai (Location: Honolulu Community College)
o K wili (Location: Iwilei)
o Holau (H lau - Ho olau) (Location: Chinatown; Nimitz Highway and Kekaulike Street)
o Kuloloia (Location: Downtown; Nimitz Highway and Bishop Street)
o KaÔ kaukukui (Location: Halekauwila Street and South Street in Kaka'ako)
o K kulu e o (Location: Between Halekauwila and Queen Streets near Ward Ave.)
o K lia (Location: Kona Street at Ala Moana Center)
• The proposed names bring back place names and significant sites in Hawaiian culture. HART is asking for the public to comment and contribute stories, historic facts and knowledge about the proposed Hawaiian station names over the next month.
• Comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling the hotline at 566-2299. The working group will meet after the comment period closes to consider public comments prior to finalizing the Hawaiian names and presenting them to the HART Board for approval. The 30-day comment period started on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.
• Mitigating traffic impacts, or MOT, maintenance of traffic procedures especially during construction, is a priority for HART. Utility relocation work continues in your Neighborhood Board area. HART's contractor NAN, Inc. held a community informational meeting last night and will continue to hold regular community updates. They are currently probing for both wet and dry utilities to relocate utility lines in advance of rail guideway and station construction.
• 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 email@example.com.
Honolulu Board of Water Supply (BWS) - Chair Tam read the following report:
• Water Main Breaks - There were none.
• Public Outreach Events - Over the next few months, Board of Water Supply (BWS) employees will be participating in several public events to meet with residents to discuss water conservation, water emergency preparedness, and share valuable information with our customers. Some of these events include:
o Saturday, April 20, 2019: Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo at the Honolulu Aquarium
o Saturday, April 27, 2019: Ellison Onizuka Day of Exploration at Neal Blaisdell Center
o Saturday, May 11, 2019: Eastside Disaster Preparedness Fair at Kahala Mall
o Saturday, May 11, 2019: Mililani Emergency Preparedness Fair at Mililani Town Center
o Saturday, May 18, 2019: Windward Coast Emergency Preparedness Fair at Windward Mall
o Wednesday, May 29, 2019 to Thursday, May 30, 2019: Hawaii Hotel and Restaurant Show at the Hawai i Convention Center.
In addition to going out into the community to participate at these public events, the BWS also offers facility tours, xeriscape workshops, and guest speakers for schools and community organizations. For more information, email - firstname.lastname@example.org or call 748-5041. Due to the many requests received, at least three (3) weeks' notice is required for booking. More information is available at www.boardofwatersupply.com.
RESIDENTS' AND COMMUNITY CONCERNS
Sheridan Park - Chair Tam already shared the Sheridan Park concerns.
Ala Wai Canal Project - This item was previously discussed.
BOARD MEMBER REPORTS
Attendance at Other Meetings - There were no reports.
Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OahuMPO) Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) - William Ammons reported that on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, they talked about projected rail ridership and fares. For more information the website is at - www.oahumpo.org. Agendas and minutes are available.
Community Action Committee (CAC) Report - Chair Tam and Board member Chung attended a Community Fair on the Ala Wai Promenade on Friday, April 19, 2019 to celebrate the return of the H k le a. About 40 people signed a petition to restore the crosswalk on Kal kaua Avenue.
Dog Park - Chair Tam met with DPR Director Michelle Nekota and Councilmember Fukunaga.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS - There was none.
Discuss Board District Seat Allocation/Representation - Due to time restraints, Chair Tam deferred this item.
Discuss Potential Dog Park in Mother Waldron Park or Other Locations (in/near) Kaka ako - Chair Tam deferred this item to the CAC.
Consider Resolution in Support of Lantern Floating Ceremony Hawaii 2019 - Zehner moved and Chung seconded that the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 supports the Lantern Floating Ceremony Hawaii 2019. As there were no objections, the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 ADOPTED the motion by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 6-0-0 (AYE: Ammons, Chung, Mariano, Oppie, Tam, and Zehner; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None).
Consider Resolution in Support of Funding for Crosswalks and Traffic Lights in Kaka ako - Chung moved and Oppie seconded that the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 supports Councilmember Fukunaga's funding for crosswalks and a traffic study in Kaka ako. As there were no objections, the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 ADOPTED the motion by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 6-0-0 (AYE: Ammons, Chung, Mariano, Oppie, Tam, and Zehner; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None).
Approval of the Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Regular Meeting Minutes - As there were no amendments or objections, the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 ADOPTED the Tuesday, January 22, 2019 regular meeting minutes by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 6-0-0 (AYE: Ammons, Chung, Mariano, Oppie, Tam, and Zehner; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None).
Approval of the Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Regular Meeting Minutes - As there were no amendments or objections, the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 ADOPTED the Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Regular Meeting Minutes by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 6-0-0 (AYE: Ammons, Chung, Mariano, Oppie, Tam, and Zehner; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None).
Treasurer's Report - Treasurer Oppie reported that total expenditures for March 2019 totaled $69.62, leaving a balance of $213.15. The Treasurer's Report was filed.
At 9:22 p.m. Zehner departed the meeting; five (5) members present.
PERMITS, HEARINGS, AND APPLICATIONS
• Special Liquor License - Free Spirits LLC
o 339 Coral Street; Friday, May 17, 2019 and Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
o 449 Cooke Street: Friday, May 17, 2019, Saturday, May 18, 2019, and Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
• Liquor Commission Hearing -- 1 for RINKA, 1001 Queen Street #105 (Category No. 1 - Standard Bar) on Thursday, April 25, 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.
• Triathlon - The Triathlon will be on Sunday, May 12, 2019, starting at 6:00 a.m. Ala Moana Boulevard will be re-opened by 10:30 a.m.
• Lantern Floating Festival - The annual Lantern Floating Festival will be on Monday, May 27, 2018 (Memorial Day) Ala Moana Beach Park, late afternoon - evening.
• King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade and Ho olaule a - The annual King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade will be on Saturday, June 8, 2019 and will start at 9:00 a.m. via Punchbowl Street and Ala Moana Boulevard.
• Neighborhood Board Elections - Online voting is from Friday, April 26, 2019 to Friday, May 17, 2019. Registered voters will receive a passcode in the mail, or vote in person at Kap lama Hale or at any public library.
• Next Meeting - The next regular meeting of the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 is scheduled for Tuesday, May 28, 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, May 9, 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 of the month 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 9:23 p.m.
Submitted by: K. Russell Ho, Neighborhood Assistant
Reviewed by: Jackson Coley, Public Relations Specialist
Reviewed by: Lynn Marino, Secretary
Reviewed by: Ryan Tam, Chair
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