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  • Ala Moana - Kakaako Neighborhood Board No. 11 Meeting Minutes For TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2016 Posted

With Permission / Courtesy of: City and County of Honolulu Neighborhood Commission Office





CALL TO ORDER: Chair Ryan Tam called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Chair Tam apologized that there was no videographer, as they were caught in traffic to the North Shore, and that there was no quorum with only four (4) members present. Chair Tam explained that the Board may receive reports and testimonies, but it was not allowed to vote. At 7:01 p.m. Duane Komine arrived at the meeting. Quorum was established with five (5) members present. (Note -- This nine (9)-member Board requires five (5) members to establish quorum and to take official Board action.) Chair Tam welcomed everyone to the Neighborhood Board meeting and thanked the public for participating in promoting good governance.

Roll Call -- William Ammons; Larry Hurst, First Vice Chair; Ryan Tam, Chair; K. Russell Ho, Neighborhood Assistant; Duane Komine (arrived at 7:01 p.m.), and Roy Bumgarner, Secretary (departed at 8:05 p.m.).

Board Members Absent -- Rodney Chang, John Horvath, Treasurer; and Michael Zehner, Second Vice Chair.

Vacancy -- There was one (1) vacancy in Subdistrict 1 (Boundaries -- Beginning at the junction of King Street and Kalākaua Avenue, southeast along Kalākaua Avenue to Kapiʻolani Boulevard, thence west along Kapiʻolani Boulevard to Keʻeaumoku Street, thence northeast along Keʻeaumoku Street to King Street, thence southeast along King Street to Kalākaua Avenue.)

Guests -- Cindy McMillan (Governor David Ige's Representative, Office of the Governor); State Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland, Raytan Vares (Senator Brickwood Galuteria's Office), State Representative Tom Brower, Kay Yasufuku Tam (State Representative Scott Saiki's Office); Councilmember Carol Fukunaga, Councilmember Ann Kobayashi and James Larson (Councilmember Ann Kobayashi's Office), Francis Choe (Councilmember Trevor Ozawa's Office), Fire Fighter Alex Garcia (Honolulu Fire Department), Lieutenant Baron Lee and Sergeant Clinton Corpuz (Honolulu Police Department), Renee Espiau and Alex Beatty (Department of Planning and Permitting), Michelle Foyt, Joe Maga, James Kramer, Toby Tamaye (Rice Festival), Bradley Duvall, Anthony Kim, Randy Shortridge, Robert Armstrong, Jim Ratkovich, Lester Ng, Lisa Rapp, Jin An, Bill Witte, Jordan Cheng, Christian O'Connor, Anna Achaun, Jason Kersley, Dexter Okada, Ronald Higa, M. Tait (Hawaiʻi Convention Center), Ayako Ancheta, Kathleen Kagawa, Kathryn Henski, Pat Lee (Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation), and K. Russell Ho (Neighborhood Commission Office).


Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) -- Fire Fighter Alex Garcia reported the following:

• July 2016 Fire Statistics -- There were 4 structure, 0 wildland/brush, 0 nuisance (which includes vehicle and rubbish fires outside a structure or vehicle), 1 cooking fire, and 14 activated alarms (no fires); 221 medical emergencies, 1 motor vehicle collision with pedestrians, 11 motor vehicle crash/collisions, 0 mountain rescues, 4 ocean rescues, and 2 hazardous materials incidents.

• Fire Safety Tip -- Smoke Alarms:

o Smoke alarms should be installed and maintained in every home.

o Working smoke alarms save lives and decreases the risk of dying in a home fire in half (1/2). Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button. If the smoke alarm has a nine (9)-volt battery, change it annually. The entire smoke alarm should be replaced every ten years.

o The Honolulu Fire Department will be conducting its Smoke Alarms For Everyone (SAFE) program from Tuesday, September 13 to Friday, September 16, 2016. If interested in receiving a free smoke alarm installation, call 723-7167 for more information.

Comments followed: Motor Vehicle Thefts and Thefts -- Ammons noticed that motor vehicle thefts and thefts decreased by half in the last month. Ammons was advised to wait for the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) report.

Honolulu Police Department (HPD), District 1 -- Lieutenant Baron Lee introduced Sergeant Clinton Corpuz and reported the following:

• July 2016 Statistics -- There were 9 motor vehicle thefts, 6 burglaries, 78 thefts, 25 unauthorized entries into motor vehicles (UEMV), 15 assaults, 3 sexual assaults, 2 graffiti cases, and 31 drug offenses. There were a total of 6,832 calls for service.

• Safety Tips -- Emergency Kits -- HPD advised to get two (2) five (5)-gallon containers with lids and make a "Go" kit and a "Stay" kit. Items in the "Go" kit may include, important documents, food, water, clothing, radio, and batteries. Items for the "Stay" kit may include documents, pictures, and cash. For more information, visit the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) at --

Comments followed:

1. Drop in Motor Vehicle Thefts and Thefts -- Ammons pointed out the drop in motor vehicle thefts, thefts, and assaults by half. Lieutenant Lee mentioned that the statistics go up and down, depending if suspects are going to or released from prison.

2. Activity Behind 508 Atkinson Drive -- Chair Tam had received an e-mail from the owner of The Eyeglass Shoppe at the corner of Atkinson Drive and Kona Street, who reported an increased amount of drugs and gambling taking place in the structures and parking lot behind his store. The owner requested an increased police presence and may be moving his business out. Chair Tam noted that the owner noted that HPD conducted a raid last week and requested more follow up. Lieutenant Lee will pass the information on.

FILLING OF VACANCY IN SUBDISTRICT 1 -- (Boundaries -- Beginning at the junction of King Street and Kalākaua Avenue, southeast along Kalākaua Avenue to Kapiʻolani Boulevard, thence west along Kapiʻolani Boulevard to Keʻeaumoku Street, thence northeast along Keʻeaumoku Street to King Street, thence southeast along King Street to Kalākaua Avenue.) As there were no volunteers, Chair Tam deferred this item to the next meeting.


1500 Kapiolani Boulevard Development Project -- Jim Ratkovich introduced his development team, including Randy Shortridge and others from Colorado, and Lester Ng and others from Architects Hawaiʻi. Shortridge displayed several renderings from different views near the Ala Moana rail station. There were several studies done and they are moving towards two (2) towers of 350 feet with an open space in the middle. They will keep the trees along Kapiʻolani Boulevard, have street level retail and restaurants and parking, existing on Makaloa Street.

Comments followed:

1. Timetable -- Ammons asked about the process and if there was a website. They are working on the various design, sewer capacity, and traffic studies and hope to have the Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) application submitted by the end of the year 2016. Then, another process will be done 185 days from the date of acceptance of the submittal. Right now, they are showing plans for community input.

2. Teddy's Burgers -- Hurst asked about the Teddy's Burgers. It will not be affected.

3. Affordable Housing -- The team is still working on the Affordable Housing component.

4. Mauka/Makai Orientation -- Previous designs had a wall, but the team wants to change the design.

5. Other Concerns -- Chair Tam wanted clarification on the condominium/hotel operation with a garden at the top. Ammons requested that they come back. They will return when they have more developments and hope to ask for an endorsement. A resident asked about the hotel and 163 condos and the elevators. Another resident asked about pricing, which was not studied yet. Hurst was concerned about hotel operation in Ala Moana, not in Waikiki. BMX 3 zoning and Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) allows hotels.

Food Distribution Center at 615 Keawe Street -- Charlie Wilson, Feeding Hawaii Together, declined to come tonight but may come to a future meeting.

Ala Moana Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Plan -- Renee Espiau and Alex Beatty, Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP), have visited the Board a few times before and gave an overview of the various community-based plans, especially for the Ala Moana station, which includes open areas, Complete Streets, restaurants, and public/private projects to benefit the community. After passing the Planning and Zoning Committee, the plan goes to City Council. The DPP can still work with the developers and is waiting for zoning changes. There are two (2) projects going to City Council. Ammons was concerned about the height limit changed from 350 feet to 400 feet. The website was on the back of the handout.

Comments followed:

1. Saturated and Homeless -- A resident heard that the high-end luxury market was saturated and that the restaurants on street level would attract the homeless. It was explained that private projects may be better at controlling the homeless. The luxury market may be saturated and workforce projects are needed.

2. Transportation -- Espiau noted that electric buses may be the answer.

3. Affordable Housing -- There was much discussion on the definition of "affordable." Espiau added that the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation (HHFDC) has a listing of all affordable housing units in the state.

As a Board member had to leave by 8:00 p.m. and there were no objections, Chair Tam changed the order of the agenda.


Chair Tam relinquished the "gavel" to First Vice Chair Hurst.

Permitted Interaction Group (PIG) for Consideration of a Candidates Forum and Discussion on City Charter Amendments -- Chair Tam proposed the following resolution:


WHEREAS, the purpose of the Neighborhood Boards is to increase and assure effective citizen participation in the decisions of government; and

WHEREAS, Section 2-13-103-b of the Neighborhood Plan allows boards to conduct candidates forums; and

WHEREAS, the 2015-2016 Honolulu Charter Commission has 20 proposed charter amendment questions; and now therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, the Ala Moana/Kakaʻako Neighborhood Board No. 11 is establishing a Permitted Interaction Group to establish the format, questions, and materials as well as conduct any planning, coordination, and publicity necessary to hold a candidates and City Charter forum; and also to conduct the forum, as necessary.

Discussion followed: Concerns -- There has never been a Candidates Forum in the Ala Moana/Kakaʻako Neighborhood Board No. 11 area, as Board members give up their volunteer time for campaign speeches, and equal time. Chair Tam explained that the PIG would decide the details. A resident noted how the Waikiki Neighborhood Board No. 9 conducted its Candidates Forum. Chair Tam asked for a motion to split the resolution. No motion was made.

Bumgarner moved and Ammons seconded that the Ala Moana/Kakaʻako Neighborhood Board No. 11 adopt the resolution to establish a Permitted Interaction Group (PIG) to plan, coordinate, and conduct a Candidates Forum and community discussion on the City Charter Amendments. The motion was NOT ADOPTED, 4-1-0 (AYE: Ammons, Bumgarner, Komine, and Tam; NAY: Hurst; ABSTAIN: None).

Bumgarner moved that the Ala Moana/Kakaʻako Neighborhood Board No. 11 form a Permitted Interaction Group (PIG) to plan, coordinate, and conduct a Candidates Forum. The motion died for lack of a second.

Bumgarner moved and Hurst seconded that the Ala Moana/Kakaʻako Neighborhood Board No. 11 establish a Permitted Interaction Group (PIG) to plan, coordinate, and conduct a community discussion on the City Charter Amendments. Discussion followed. The PIG would set up the discussion on the City Charter Questions. The motion was ADOPTED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 5-0-0 (AYE: Ammons, Bumgarner, Hurst, Komine, and Tam; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None). Chair Tam named the members of the PIG: Bumgarner, Tam, Zehner, and Chang. Chair Tam added that the Board could re-consider the Candidates Forum.


Creation of Board Committees and Members -- As there were no objections, the Board will retain the same Committees.

Designation of Committee Chairs by Board Chair -- As there were no objections, the Board will retain the same Committees Chairs: Health and Public Safety -- Larry Hurst; Community Relations -- Duane Komine; Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) -- Rodney Chang; Legislation -- Michael Zehner; Parks and Water: Ryan Tam; Transportation -- William Ammons; and Homelessness -- William Ammons.

Chair Tam restored the order of the agenda.


Activity behind 508 Atkinson Drive -- This item was previously discussed.

Fifth (5th) Rice Festival -- Toby Tamaye brought flyers for the 7th annual Rice Fest on Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Auahi Street, fronting TJ Maxx and Ward Centre. It will be free and open to the public.


Health and Public Safety -- First Vice Chair Larry Hurst noted the Public Service Announcements about pedestrian safety and advocated that bikers should abide with all pedestrian safety rules. Hurst is still in favor of eliminating the countdown numbers and suggested that the State require airlines to educate tourists on crosswalks and pedestrian safety.

At 8:05 p.m. Bumgarner departed the meeting. Quorum was lost with four (4) members present.

Citizens Patrol -- Hurst already reported.

Community Relations -- Komine had no report.

Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) -- Chang was not present and no report was available. Chair Tam noted that there was an upcoming meeting on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.

Legislation -- Zehner was not present and no report was available.

Parks and Water -- Chair Tam reported the following:

• Board of Water Supply (BWS) Water Master Plan -- The Water Master Plan is a comprehensive evaluation of water supplies, needs, and infrastructure over a 30-year period. A copy of the document is available on the BWS website at Public input is being accepted now through Monday, September 12, 2016, after which the BWS Board is scheduled to consider adoption of the Plan. Then, the BWS will prepare a 30-year Capital Improvement Program and a financial analysis to evaluate the cost of those projects and options to pay for the work. This will be an open process with ongoing input from stakeholders and customers. For more information, visit to access the full report and other documents, or email -- BWSWaterMasterPlan@hbws.orq or call 748-5347.

• Impersonation of BWS Employees -- BWS is once again alerting the public of individuals claiming to be BWS employees in order to gain access to private property in order to commit burglary. BWS employees will be properly credentialed by wearing official BWS attire with the BWS logo, driving BWS labeled vehicles (with BWS license plates), and carrying an official City and County of Honolulu badge, with the agency identified as the BWS. Residents are encouraged to call the Honolulu Police Department at 9-1-1 for assistance.

• Pensacola Water System Improvement Project -- RMY Construction, Inc., is continuing its efforts to renew the water system along Pensacola Street. At this time the project is on pace to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2017. Questions and comments may be directed to the project's Construction Manager at 321-1879. Information about the project is also available at

Kuleana Kakaʻako Community Association (KKCA) Update -- Chair Tam reported the following:

• Kaka‘ako Community Meeting -- The KKCA will have a Kaka‘ako Community meeting on Thursday August 25, 2016 at the HCDA Community Room at 547 Queen Street (ground floor) from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Agenda items include relocation of the 630 Cooke Street Community Gardens and discussion on caring and August Clean-Up for Mother Waldron Park.

• Neighborhood Security Watch (NSW) -- The Neighborhood Security Watch Weekly Citizen Patrols are: Mondays, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and meets at Mother Waldron Park and Tuesdays, at 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. and meets at Keola Lai Condominium. Hurst had additional comments. Residents had more questions about the KKCA, a non-HCDA community group.

Transportation Committee -- City Council Committee on Transportation -- Ammons reported the committee will be discussing: Resolution 16-198 for Department of Transportation Services (DTS) to remove afternoon contra-flow coned lanes, Resolution 16-212 urging replacing coin-operated parking meters with "smart" parking meters, and Resolution 16-215, relating to filings with the Federal Transportation Authority (FTA).

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) -- Pat Lee with the Honolulu Rail Transit Project (HRTP) reported the following:

• The 43-acre Rail Operations Center (ROC) in Waipahu is now completed, and will soon be turned over to HART and Ansaldo Honolulu, Joint Venture (JV) for testing, inspecting, operating and maintaining the fully automated, driverless rail vehicles. Ansaldo was awarded the $1.4 billion core systems contract in 2011 to design, build and deliver the train vehicles, train control system and operate and service the trains after installation. Hitachi Corporation now owns Ansaldo. The ROC was built by Kiewit/Kobayashi (JV) under a $195 million contract, consists of four (4) major buildings and a test track. These structures include the Operations and Servicing Building, the Maintenance of Way Building, the Train Wash Facility and the Wheel Truing Building. The ROC also provides storage for the rail cars when they are not in operation. The test track will serve to test the trains prior to operation, or after they are serviced. The core systems contract includes the manufacturing and delivery of 80 train cars for Honolulu's rail transit project. The ROC operations will employ approximately 300 people.

• Over nine (9) miles of the guideway has been finished to date, with work continuing through Pearl City and Aiea to the Aloha Stadium.

• The Airport Guideway and stations contract has recently been awarded to Shimmick Traylor Granite Joint Venture for $875 million. The airport guideway segment, which runs from Aloha Stadium to Middle Street, includes the Middle Street, Lagoon, Airport and Pearl Harbor stations. Pre-engineering work will continue in the City Center segment, which is from Middle Street to Ala Moana Center.

• Regarding the resignation of HART Chief Executive Officer Dan Grabauskas, HART is searching for a replacement for the Executive Director and HART board member Colbert Matsumoto is leading the efforts for the board. DTS Director Mike Formby will serve as the Acting Executive Director until then.

For general project information, traffic updates, meeting notices and more information, please visit the website, call the project hotline at 566-2299 or email a question at

Comments followed: Morale -- Ammons asked about the morale since the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Grabauskas. Lee mentioned that from his point of view, work continues as normal.

Homelessness Committee -- Committee Chair Ammons reported the removal of the homeless at Atkinson Drive and Ala Moana Boulevard, talking with others from the mainland about some progress on this issue, and the creation of a homeless jobs program.



Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative -- As Noelle Wright was able to attend tonight's meeting, the O‘ahu News August 2016 was distributed and Chair Tam read the Memo for the Record as follows:

• Streetlight Repair -- The street lights on Pensacola Street, between South King Street and Kapiolani Boulevard were repaired on August 2, 2016. If there are any questions, contact Ms. Clarice Kam, Chief of the Public Building and Electrical Maintenance Division, at 768-7731.

• Sewers -- Resident Michelle Foyt lives at the Moana Pacific and was concerned about the sewers in Kakaʻako. The Department of Environmental Services (ENV) did not know of any sewage bubbling up near Moana Pacific along Kapiolani Boulevard, but only the one reported during that time was along Atkinson Drive and Ala Moana Boulevard. If the Board can provide the address of illegal activity, ENV can investigate. Next time, call the sewer hotline at 768-7272.

• Presentation Request -- The Board is requesting a presentation by ENV to report on infrastructure and sewer improvements in the area to address the sewage concerns. Chair Tam asked for input. Hurst had comments about government agencies. Foyt was concerned about a sewage back-up valve to prevent sewage backing up into her condominium. From tonight's Ala Moana TOD presentation, a resident was concerned about sewer capacity.

Comments followed: Streetlights -- Hurst noted that the first streetlight on Pensacola Street across from Elm Street was out tonight. A truck parked under the streetlight had its tailgate stolen.

Announcements: The World Conservation Congress will be held in Honolulu from September 1-10, 2016, at the Hawaii Convention Center and the Neal S. Blaisdell Center. From Monday, August 29 through Friday, September 2, vehicular traffic will be impacted by the installation of traffic control devices, pedestrian sidewalk closures and parking and security measures in and around the Hawaii Convention Center and the Neal S. Blaisdell Center.

Residents and visitors are urged to sign up for NIXLE email and cell phone text messages to receive traffic advisories and other important information during the World Conservation Congress at

Updated information will be posted to the Department of Emergency Management website at as they become available. Contact the DEM's Public Information Office at 808-723-8960.

Councilmember Carol Fukunaga -- Councilmember Fukunaga distributed her August 2016 newsletter, apologized for last month's mix-up, and reported the following:

• Amendment to the July 26, 2016 Draft Regular Meeting Minutes -- Councilmember Fukunaga requested that the minutes read, "Councilmember Carol Fukunaga -- Councilmember Fukunaga's newsletter was available."

• Public/Private Roads -- The newsletter summarized the background of the issue and noted the recent State developments (House Bill 2049, CD 1 -- Act 194 and House Bill (HB) 2604, CD 1 -- Act 232) and City actions (Bill 41, CD 1 and Resolution 16-213) to begin to resolve the issue. There was more clarification of the ownership and maintenance of the roads.

Councilmember Ann Kobayashi -- James Larson distributed Councilmember Kobayashi's newsletter and Councilmember Kobayashi reported the following:

• Budget Meeting -- Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 24, 2016, the Budget Committee will be discussing Resolution 16-169. If the rail stops at Middle Street, Councilmember Kobayashi was concerned that small businesses still operate until the City wants the land in Kakaʻako. Councilmember Kobayashi wanted to know how much revenues would be lost in property taxes. Other issue were change orders and the operating costs of $120 million a year. Funds could be used for affordable housing. Hurst noted the empty buildings were fire hazards. Councilmember Kobayashi was concerned that businesses could still operate in the meantime.

Councilmember Trevor Ozawa -- Francis Choe had distributed Councilmember Ozawa's newsletter and departed the meeting.

State Representative Tom Brower -- Representative Brower distributed his newsletter and departed the meeting.

State Representative Scott Saiki -- Kay Yasufuku Tam distributed Representative Saiki's newsletter and a detailed report for the IUCN World Conservation Congress with maps and was available to hear concerns.

State Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland -- Senator Chun Oakland had distributed her packet of information and departed the meeting.

State Senator Brickwood Galuteria -- Raytan Vares had Senator Galuteria's newsletter distributed.

Governor David Ige's Representative -- Cindy McMillan reported the following:

• Town Hall Meetings -- There will be several Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Town Hall Community meetings, which are listed on page 2.

• IUCN World Conservation Congress -- McMillan advised to be aware of the traffic and Governor invited everyone to participate in the events.

• Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) -- Garett Kamemoto is the new Compliance Assurance and Community Outreach Officer from Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA).

Comments followed: Kamaʻaina Discount -- A resident noted a discount for students and residents.


Approval of the Tuesday, July 26, 2016 Regular Meeting Minutes -- As there was no quorum, Chair Tam deferred this item to the next meeting.

Treasurer's Report -- Treasurer Horvath was not present and a report was available.


Honolulu Police Department District 1 Community Policing Team -- The Ala Wai Cleanup and Traffic Awareness Campaign was last Saturday, August 20, 2016 at the Hawaii Convention Center, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Liquor Commission Hearings (4:00 p.m., 711 Kapiolani Boulevard, 6th Floor)

• Thursday, September 15, 2016 -- Moku Kitchen Kitchen, 660 Ala Moana Boulevard

• Thursday, September 22, 2016 -- Tsukada Nojo/Maru Sushi, 1731 Kalakaua Avenue


• Industrial Businesses in Central Kakaʻako -- Industrial businesses in Central Kakaʻako must request a determination from HCDA by Thursday, September 1, 2016 in order to be eligible for a Fiscal Year 2017 real property tax exemption under Ordinance 16-21. See

• Monthly Broadcasts -- Monthly broadcasts of the Ala Moana/Kakaʻako Neighborhood Board No. 11 meetings are on ʻŌlelo 49 on the first and third Thursdays at 8:00 a.m. and every second Sunday at 6:00 p.m.

• Next Meeting -- The regular meeting of the Ala Moana-Kakaʻako Neighborhood Board No. 11 is scheduled for Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 7:00 p.m. at Makiki Christian Church located at 829 Pensacola Street. No loitering on Makiki Christian Church grounds after 9:00 p.m.

ADJOURNMENT: As there was no further business before the Board, Chair Tam adjourned the meeting at 8:42 p.m.

Submitted by:

K. Russell Ho, Neighborhood Assistant

Reviewed by:

Neil Baarde, Neighborhood Assistants Supervisor

Reviewed by:

Roy Bumgarner, Secretary and

Ryan Tam, Chair

Last Updated: 20 September 2016

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