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Ala Moana / Kakaako Neighborhood Board No. 11


September 2022 Minutes



TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2022, 6:00 P.M.


CALL TO ORDER: Chair Ryan Tam called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.m. Quorum was established with seven (7) members present. (Note: This 11-member Board requires six (6) members to establish quorum and to take official Board action. Chair Tam welcomed attendees to the Tuesday, September 27, 2022 regular monthly meeting of the Ala Moana/Kaka ako Neighborhood Board No. 11 at Makiki Christian Church and on WebEx.

Board Members Present: Dyson Chee, Lori Farinas, Kim Coco Iwamoto, Kathleen Lee, Joshua Nam, Ryan Tam, Melissa Wong, Michael Zehner, and Rodney Chang (arrived at 7:30 p.m.).

Board Members Absent: Jeanne Rice, and Jason Wong.

Guests: Captain Gibo (Honolulu Fire Department); Lieutenant Sagucio (Honolulu Police Department); Councilmember Calvin Say; Francine Murray (HCDA); David Ho (Uraku Tower); Cindy McMillan (Governor Ige's Representative); Lynell Yuu (Councilmember Fukunaga's Office); Janel Denny, Venus (Senator Moriwaki); Judy Hernandez, Michael Mauzey, Karen Cheung, Myoung Oh, Patrict Watson, Maheshi Kae, State Representative Adrian Tam, Traci K Toguchi, Harry Cho, Glenn U., State House Speaker Scott Saiki, Lynn Mariano, Wayne Takaunis, Fetu Kolio, and Mr. Toba (Residents and Guests); and Spencer Johnson (Neighborhood Commission Office). There were 42 total attendees. Note: Names are not included if not legible on the guest sheet or is a phone number on WebEx.


Honolulu Fire Department (HFD): Captain Gibo reported the fire statistics. Safety tips can be found at:

Honolulu Police Department (HPD): Lieutenant Sagucio reported the crime statistics and HPD updates. For more information, visit:

Questions, comments, and concerns followed.

1. Assaults: Lee inquired about the monthly assault cases.

2. Officer Numbers: Lee inquired about the history of assigning one (1) officer for the Ala Moana Beach Park area.

3. Concealed Carry: Iwamoto inquired about education/training for concealed carry permits.

4. Kewalo Basin: Resident Kolio inquired about jurisdiction at Kewalo Basin.

5. Illegal Fireworks: Resident Kolio inquired about illegal firework efforts for the upcoming New Year.

6. Illegal Parking: Chee raised concerns about an illegally parked vehicle near 807 Cedar Street.

7. Graffiti: Resident Mariano raised concerns about graffiti.

8. Houseless: Resident Mariano raised concerns about houseless individuals.

9. Pensacola: Resident Mariano inquired about HPD's thoughts on the Pensacola Complete Streets proposal.


Approval of the August 23, 2022 Regular Meeting Minutes

The Board approved the August 23, 2022 regular meeting minutes as corrected, by UNANIMOUS CONSENT.

Correction: Page 1 - HPD Questions - Houseless: Change name spelling to Bishop Reyn Yorio Tsuru, Shingon Mission.

Attendance at other meetings: Chair Tam reported his attendance at the Primary Urban Development meeting.

Neighborhood Subdistrict Updates: None.

Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC): Resident Mariano announced a survey regarding statewide transportation plans.

Chair's Report: No report.

Treasurer's Report: No report.


Discuss houseless issues in Ala Moana-Kaka ako area: No additional discussion/action.

Discuss and make recommendations on the Pensacola Complete Streets Project: Discussion followed.

Chair Tam handed the Gavel to First Vice Chair Lee at 6:57 p.m., and introduced the resolution. Chair Tam took the Gavel back at 7:10 p.m.

Iwamoto Moved and Chee Seconded the Motion to adopt the Resolution regarding the Pensacola Complete Streets Project. The Motion PASSED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT.

Discuss safety concerns along Kahakai Drive: No additional discussion/action.

Consider resolution regarding intentionally generated noise pollution: Chair Tam provided a draft resolution in support of a Pearl City Neighborhood Board effort to address vehicular noise. Written testimony was also received in support of addressing this issue. No additional discussion/action.


Discuss Primary Urban Center Development Plan Update: No additional discussion/action.

Discuss loitering and houseless around the McDonald's across Elm Street: No additional discussion/action.

Discuss sidewalk accessibility issues along Cedar Street: No additional discussion/action.

Discuss traffic visibility at the intersection of Kawaiahao and Cummins Street: Chair Tam presented photos of Cummins Street and explained the safety concerns due to low visibility from parked cars at the intersection.

Iwamoto Moved to encourage safety/visibility improvements to the intersection of Kawaiahao and Cummins Street. Hearing no Second, the Motion FAILED.


Foodland: Resident Kolio reiterated concerns raised at a previous meeting, regarding alcohol being served in the grocery store, Foodland.

Whole Foods: Resident Karen Cheung raised concerns about the intersection of Queen and Kamakee Street. Turning right, in front of Whole Foods, right lane cars don't stop and look for pedestrians.

Children Safety in Parks: Resident Cheung raised concerns with a man watching and attempting to lure children at Kolowalu Park.

Robbery: Resident Cheung raised concerns with a Monday, September 5, 2022 robbery by Kolowalu Park.

Muriel School Children Safety: Resident Cheung raised concern with student safety at Muriel School.


Mayor Rick Blangiardi: Executive Director Makanani Sala reported the following.


Kahakai Drive: After a complaint in August 2022, and ongoing surveillance, the Narcotics/Vice Division, Central Complaints Detail is planning a narcotics operation and law enforcement action will be taken.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed.

1. Dead Tree: Chang requested the removal of a dead tree on Ahana Street between Rycroft and Liona Street.

2. Foodland: Resident Kolio reiterated concerns regarding the Foodland bar.

3. Rail Cost: Resident David Ho asked how much it will cost to ride the rail.

Councilmember Carol Fukunaga: Lynell Yuu provided a link to the September newsletter. Newsletter:

Councilmember Calvin Say: Councilmember Say reported the following. Newsletter:

Council Chair Tommy Waters: No representative present.

State Representative Adrian Tam: Representative Tam shared his newsletter.


State House Speaker Scott Saiki: Speaker Saiki reported the following. Special Session: There is no current agreement on holding a special session.

Senator Sharon Moriwaki: Venus reported the following.

• Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor: Future plans for the Ala Wai small boat harbor, including maintenance, were shared.

• SNAP Program: The federally funded food program has been extended through November 18, 2022.

Governor David Ige: Cindy McMillan reported the following.


Questions, comments, and concerns followed. Aloha Stadium: Chair Tam inquired about plans for a new Aloha Stadium.

U.S. Congressman Ed Case: No representative present.


Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA): Francine Murray reported the following.


Questions, comments, and concerns followed. Whole Foods: Iwamoto inquired about pedestrian safety at the intersection fronting Whole Foods.

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit (HART): Harry Cho and Patrick Watson announced the following.

• Dillingham Construction: HART recently awarded the Dillingham Boulevard utility relocation contract to Nan INC.

• Trial Testing: Emergency situation training and other tests are being done. The testing phase is expected to last until early 2023.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed. Parking: Iwamoto inquired about a parking facility for East Oahu residents looking to ride the rail.

Honolulu Board of Water Supply (BWS): No representative present, Chair Tam provided water announcements.


• Covid-19 Vaccines: Find a vaccine provider near you at

• Permit Reviews: Development proposals that require neighborhood board input are posted at:

• Next Meeting: The next regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. at the Makiki Christian Church and online via WebEx.

• lelo Broadcasts: Recordings of the meetings are broadcast on lelo 49 on the first and third Thursdays at 8:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m., and every second Sunday at 6:00 p.m. Due to scheduling conflicts, upcoming broadcasts will be on October 19, 2022 at 10:00 p.m. and November 2, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. The full schedule is at Recordings may also be viewed at

• Chair Tam: Chair Tam announced moving out of his Subdistrict. The Subdistrict 3 vacancy will be open at the next regular meeting. Chair Tam shared his aloha and thanked the Board and the community.

ADJOURNMENT - As there was no further business before the Board, Chair Tam adjourned the meeting at 8:34 p.m.

Submitted by: Spencer Johnson, Neighborhood Assistant

Reviewed by: Dylan Whitsell, Deputy

Finalized by: Ryan Tam, Chair

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