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April 2023 Minutes



TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2023, 6:00 P.M.


CALL TO ORDER: Chair Lee called the meeting to order at 6:01 p.m., performing a roll call, Quorum was established with eight (8) members present. Note: This 11-member Board requires six (6) members to establish quorum and to take official Board action. Meeting materials are available online at:

Board Members Present: Dyson Chee, Lori Farinas, Kathleen Lee, Michael Zehner, Chris Chung, Joshua Nam, Rodney Chang, Caroline Faringer, and Lynn Mariano (arrived at 6:05 p.m.).

Board Members Absent: Jason Wong and Jeanne Rice.

Guests: Firefighter J Yoshimura (Honolulu Fire Department); Sergeant Wang (Honolulu Police Department); Councilmember Calvin Say, Francine Murray (HCDA); Dan Rapkoch (Governor Green's Representative); Harry Cho (HART); Robin Henski (Councilmember Dos Santos-Tam); Ronald Higa (Liliha Neighborhood Board No. 14); Mr. Toba, Frank Rogozienski, Carlino Giampolo, William Ammons, Angela Soto Balmores, Brandon, Melvia, Chris Fujimoto (CERENE); Daniel Alexander (Department of Transportation Services); Myoung Oh, Janel Denny, Adam Weintraub, Greg Misakian, Rep Saiki, Kalei Salcedo (Residents and Guests); and Spencer Johnson (Neighborhood Commission Office). There were 26 total attendees. Note: Names are not included if not legible on the guest sheet.


Honolulu Fire Department (HFD): Firefighter Yoshimura reported the fire statistics and HFD safety tips. For more information, visit

Questions, comments, and concerns followed. Hazardous Material: Farinas inquired about a hazardous material incident.

Mariano arrived at 6:05 p.m., nine (9) members present.

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

Questions, comments, and concerns followed. Delineators: Mariano raised concerns about flattened delineators along Pensacola Street.


Complete Streets Update: Daniel Alexander, Department of Transportation Services (DTS), presented the following. The planning phase for Pensacola Complete Streets has been completed, and is available on the DTS website. DTS is working with the State Department of Transportation (DOT) to install raised crossings at a few Pensacola intersections.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed.

1. Two Lanes: Mariano raised concerns with the plan to eliminate a travel lane on Pensacola Street.

2. Raised Crossings: Chang inquired about the difference between raised crosswalks and speed humps.

3. Traffic: Zehner commented on the difficulty of commuting with current traffic patterns.

4. Electric Scooters: Farinas commented on sidewalks, relating to alternate modes of transportation.

5. Hospital Access: Chung commented on Straub hospital access on Ward Avenue.


Approval of the March 28, 2023 Regular Meeting Minutes

The Board approved the March 2023 regular meeting minutes as written, by UNANIMOUS CONSENT.

Attendance at other meetings: None.

Neighborhood Subdistrict Updates: None.

Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC): Mariano reported attending the last meeting, and announced the next meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 2:30 p.m.

Chair's Report: Chair Lee requested elected official reports be submitted a few days ahead of the meeting date.


Request to support Lantern Floating Ceremony on May 29, 2023

Mariano Moved and Zehner Seconded the Motion to support the Lantern Floating Ceremony on Monday, May 29, 2023. The Motion PASSED by Unanimous Consent; 9-0-0 (AYE: Chee, Farinas, Lee, Zehner, Chung, Nam, Chang, Faringer, Mariano. NAY: None. ABSTAIN: None.).

Review memo re: Proposed Policy on NB Minutes: Chair Lee shared the memo sent from the Neighborhood Commission Office detailing the only change to the Neighborhood Board minutes will be the addition of time stamps.

Consider resolution re: addressing early morning trash pickups: Chair Lee shared the proposed resolution regarding early morning trash pickups. Discussion followed.

Chang Moved and Farinas Seconded the Motion to defer this item until the next regular meeting. The Motion PASSED by Unanimous Consent; 9-0-0 (AYE: Chee, Farinas, Lee, Zehner, Chung, Nam, Chang, Faringer, Mariano. NAY: None. ABSTAIN: None.).


CERENE: Angela Soto Balmores, Center for Resilient Neighborhoods, shared the following information. To be invited to future workshops in your neighborhood, and follow the project as it progresses, sign-up here:

CERENE Center: (808) 734-9767 - Email: - Website:

Action 15 Study information:

More information about the Action 15 Project:


Mayor Rick Blangiardi: NA Johnson reported the following.

• Newsletter:

• Town Hall: There will be a town hall meeting on Thursday, May 11th from 6:00 8:00 p.m. at the Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse, and on Thursday, May 18th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at King David Kal kaua Middle School.

• Mother Waldron Park: On March 31, 2023, the sprinkler system was tested and is functioning properly. Maintenance staff picks up/disposes of trash daily from the dog park. The bench was removed for safety concerns due to vandalism. A project request was submitted on March 31, 2023, requesting a replacement bench. On April 3, 2023, the pad lock has been inspected and is in working condition. A work order request was submitted to the Division of Urban Forestry (DUF) on April 19, 2023, to have the roots inspected.

• Parking Meters: A work order has been placed with the Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) to replace the parking meters. Staffing shortages have delayed the replacement.

• Scrambled Crossing: A scrambled crossing would not be effective at Kapiolani Boulevard and Kamakee Street due to the number of pedestrians in the area.

Councilmember Calvin Say: Councilmember Say reported the following.

• Newsletter:

• FY2023-24 Budget information:

Questions, comments, and concerns followed.

1. Security: Chung raised concerns regarding lack of security personnel at 1506 Piikoi Street.

2. Pensacola Complete Streets: Mariano reiterated concerns regarding traffic on Pensacola Street.

3. Law Suit: Resident Carlino Giampolo inquired about the possibility of a law suit against the City.

City Councilmember Tyler Dos Santos-Tam: Robin Henski reported the following.

• Newsletter:

• Office Contact: (808) 768-5006 -

State Representative Scott Nishimoto: No representative present.

State Representative Adrian Tam: No representative present.

State House Speaker Scott Saiki: Frank Rogozienski was available for questions.

Senator Sharon Moriwaki: No representative present.

Governor Josh Green: Dan Rapkoch provided the Governor's newsletter. Newsletter:

Questions, comments, and concerns followed.

1. Housing: Zehner inquired about the Governor's plan for affordable housing.

2. Condo Bill: Mariano inquired about the Governor's thoughts on Senate Bill 921 relating to condos.

3. Artificial Intelligence: Chung commented on the threat of artificial intelligence attacks.

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


Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA): Francine Murray shared a newsletter and was available for questions.

• HCDA Newsletter:

• HCDA Website:

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

• Updates: For rail project updates on the Downtown Utilities Relocation/CCUR III work, please remember to sign up for the weekly Frank V. Coluccio Construction Co./HART e-blast at:

• First Segment: The first segment is on track to open this summer, following the crack repairs.

Honolulu Board of Water Supply (BWS): No representative was present; a report was submitted.


• Supplemental links/resources to Ward Village's March 2023 presentation:

o Auahi Street Before & After -

o Ward Village master plan -

• Keiki Community Fair, Saturday, April 29, 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Aala Park

• City & County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation Survey - win an Annual Family Pass for Foster Botanical Garden (deadline: April 30, 2023, 11:59 p.m.) -

• UH Manoa Long Range Development Plan Update (comments due May 8, 2023)

• Neighborhood Board Elections: Voting is from Friday, April 28, 2023 to Friday, May 19, 2023.

For more information:

• NB11 social media accounts: Facebook:; Instagram:

• 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, May 23, 2023 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. Upcoming broadcast will be at 8:30 a.m. The full schedule is at Recordings may also be viewed at

ADJOURNMENT - As there was no further business before the Board, Chair Lee adjourned the meeting at 7:48 p.m.

Submitted by: Spencer Johnson, Neighborhood Assistant

Reviewed by: Dylan Whitsell, Deputy

Finalized by: Kathleen Lee, Chair

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