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Waikiki Neighborhood Board Meeting March 2019 Minutes
WAIKIKI NEIGHBORHOOD BOARD NO. 9
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2019
WAIKIKI COMMUNITY CENTER
CALL TO ORDER - Chair Robert Finley called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. A quorum was established with 14 members present. Note: This 17-member Board requires nine (9) members to establish quorum and to take official board action.
Board Members Present - Jeff Apaka, Brian Bagnall, Jerome Bautista, Robert Boyack (arrived at 7:30 p.m.), Helen Carroll (arrived at 7:07 p.m.), Louis Erteschik, Robert Finley, Walter Flood, Mark Garrity, Grant Giventer, Kathryn Henski, Jeffrey Merz, John Nigro, Patricia Shields, Mark Smith and Kenneth Wilder.
Board Members Absent - None.
Guests - Sergeant Tam (Honolulu Police Department-HPD); Captain Lee Marquez (Honolulu Fire Department-HFD); Mark Yonamine (Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative); Scott Glenn (Governor David Ige's Representative); Councilmember Michael Formby and Kenny Amazaki (Councilmember Formby's Office); Senator Sharon Moriwaki, Representative Tom Brower, Dominic Dias (Board of Water Supply), Rick Egged (Waikiki Improvement Association), Ben Sadoshi (Local 5), Jack Patterson (Department of Transportation Services-DTS), Tae Kim, Steve Teves, Toni Lee, Victoria Scott, Lloyd Lytle, Sarah Delfin, Pam Walker, Pete Scully, Caterine Picardo, Merle O'Neill, Dawn Ward, Chelsie Arashiro, Dave Moskowitz, Franklin Chung, Felicia Sinca, Natalie Iwasa, Denise Boisvert,, Dave Watase, Sarah Hodell, Tommy Waters (Community Members); and Naomi Hanohano (Neighborhood Commission Office). Name was not included if not legible on the attendance sheet.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Chair Finley announced that everyone who registered as a candidate in the 2019 Neighborhood Board Election for the Waikiki Neighborhood Board No. 9 will be voted in because there was the exact number of candidates as seats. No one will receive a ballot as there is no need to vote for an uncontested race. Chair Finley also asked if Lisa Cabanero was in the audience. She was not.
REQUEST TO ADD AN AGENDA ITEM: Board member Bagnall asked Chair Finley if he could make a motion to add an item "Resolution Concerning the Ala Wai Project" to the agenda noting the urgency of the matter. Bagnall commented that he sent in the request on Wednesday, February 27, 2019. Bagnall noted that he simply wanted to discuss this item as other Neighborhood Boards has already supported the resolution. Chair Finley quoted the sunshine law that an item cannot be added if it is of major importance and he will not put the Waikiki Neighborhood Board No. 9 in jeopardy. Chair Finley acknowledged that Bagnall has passed out the information to all Board members who can express their concerns to their area legislators and he has the matter scheduled for the Tuesday April 9, 2019 agenda. Finley also noted that he has already invited the people in charge of the project to present at the April meeting. There was no further discussion.
FILLING OF VACANCY - There is one (1) vacancy in Sub District One (1). No one stood for this vacancy. This item will be carried over to the next Board meeting.
BOARD MEETING SCHEDULE - Decision to move Tuesday, June 11, 2019 meeting to Tuesday, June 18, 2019 or to recess. After some discussion a motion was made to recess on the Tuesday, June 11, 2019 Kamehameha Holiday.
Henski motioned and Merz seconded to recess the Tuesday, June 11, 2019 Waikiki Neighborhood Board No. 9 meeting due to the Kamehameha Day Holiday. The motion passed with a vote of 12-2-0 (Aye: Apaka, Bautista, Erteschik, Finley, Garrity, Giventer, Henski, Merz, Nigro, Shields, Smith, Wilder. Nay: Bagnall, Flood. Abstain: None).
Board member Carroll arrived at 7:07 p.m. There are now 15 members present.
CITY MONTHLY REPORTS
Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) - Captain Lee Marquez reported the following:
• February 2019 Statistics: There were 2 structure fires, 3 nuisance fires, and 13 activated alarms (no fire). There were 128 medical emergencies, 1 motor vehicle collision with pedestrian, 5 motor vehicle crash/collision, and 1 ocean rescue.
• Fire Safety Tip for March 2019: Home Fire Sprinklers
o General Information - Fire sprinklers respond quickly and effectively to fire. The National Fire Protection Association reported that sprinklers reduced fire deaths by 83% and property loss in homes by 69%.
o Myths and Facts - Myth; all fire sprinklers will activate at once. Fact; systems are designed so the sprinkler head closest to the fire is activated. Myth; fire sprinklers cause a lot of water damage. Fact; typically, sprinklers utilize 13 to 18 gallons of water per minute. Firefighting hoses flow at least 10 times that of sprinklers.
o Constant Security ??? Fire sprinklers provide security 24 hours a day in case of fires.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Procedure: Board member Henski shared a recent incident that she saw EMS personnel making a patient walk downstairs during a call and wondered if that was the normal procedure. Henski noted that this woman was in bad shape. Marquez noted that HFD only assists EMS and if the patient needs to be taken on a gurney then HFD will carry the patient down but it is up to EMS.
Honolulu Police Department (HPD) - Sergeant Tam reported the following:
• February 2019 Crime Statistics: There were 7 robberies, 11 burglaries, 145 thefts, 17 unauthorized entries into motor vehicles (UEMV), 22 assaults, 2 sex crimes, 12 bicycle and 28 skateboarding incidents, 20 speeding citations, 513 parking citations, 1 loud muffler citation, 50 park closure citations, and 3,525 total calls for service. Additional statistics are available online at www.honolulupd.org.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Noise Citations: Board member Smith questioned the noise citation at being only one (1) but he noted many more noisy cars, motorcycles and mopeds in Waikiki, but did notice a reduction in noise when HPD is citing violators and would like to see more noise citations issued.
2. Gratitude: Board member Henski thanked David Moskowitz for assisting in removing benches at a bus stop.
3. Two (2) Months of Statistics Wanted: Board member Henski requested that HPD could provide two (2) months of statistics instead of only the current month and also requested HPD does not park in her space.
4. Noise Problem: Board member Carroll noted an incident on Ala Moana Boulevard and Ena Road where a motorcycle makes a lot of noise between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. Sergeant Tam noted he will relay this information to the night watch.
5. More Noise Concerns: A resident noted that the quality of life has gone down in Waikiki because of the noise and referred to a presentation regarding noise pollution at a previous board meeting by Board member Bagnall. Sergeant Tam noted that they were not aware of the issue but suggested that the resident speak to the department that handles safety inspections but they will try to step up their enforcement. The resident also noted that HPD does not have the proper noise measuring equipment and would need assistance from the Department of Health (DOH) and he would like to see better enforcement of noise regulations. The resident also noted illegal equipment being sold to "show vehicles" such as loud mufflers.
6. Bicycles: A resident questioned why there were only 12 bicycle citations noting it is difficult to walk down the streets of Waikiki because there are so many bicycles on the sidewalks due to all the BIKI stations and requested HPD to step up enforcement.
7. Safety: Board member Carroll noted her concerns regarding sidewalk safety because of the skateboarders and bicyclists on the sidewalks.
8. Bike Patrols: Chair Finley asked that the HPD Bike patrols could help with the bicycle and skateboard problems. HPD noted that bike patrols only operates from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Chair Finley asked HPD if they could have more flexible hours because of the ongoing noise and bicycle problems and suggested having a patrol from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. in Holbron Lane area.
9. More Visibility: A resident suggested that HPD puts more officers at the entrance of Waikiki read to discourage loud vehicles from entering Waikiki. HPD noted that the department encourages officers to be more visible while doing their reports. HPD does instruct their officers to warn and cite violations such as loud mufflers and skateboards but their main job is to respond to crimes to keep the community safe but HPD will do their best to address this quality of life issue.
10. Ala Wai Patrol: Board member Henski suggested that HPD could have an officer patrol the sidewalks of Ala Wai Boulevard in the early morning.
Board of Water Supply (BWS) - Dominic Dias reported the following:
• Main Breaks - There were no main breaks for February 2019.
• Water Rate Schedule - Last year the BWS??? Board of Directors approved a new water rate schedule which will help the BWS to gradually increase pipeline replacement and reduce main breaks. The rate increase will take effect on Monday, July 1, 2019. A flyer will be mailed to all customers and details are available at www.boardofwatersupply.com/waterrates. Dias noted that he left flyers on the information table.
• Detect-a-Leak Week: Dias noted that he brought some dye tablets that he left on the information table to detect a leak in your toilet.
Board member Boyack arrived at 7:30 p.m. There are now 16 Board members in attendance.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Chair Finley announced:
• Blessing: There will be a blessing for the Hawaiian Music Walk of Fame on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at 2500 Kalakaua Avenue. Board member Jeff Apaka's father will be honored at that event.
• Ala Pono: The City and County of Honolulu invites you to review the Ala Wai Crossing Alternatives Analysis at a public meeting on Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Waikiki Community Center.
• Public Hearings on Aging 2019-2023: Will be held on March 18, 19, 21, 22, and 27, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at various locations.
RESIDENTS AND COMMUNITY CONCERNS
1. Candidate: Resident Tae Kim announced that he is running for Prosecuting Attorney.
2. Council District 4 Candidate: Chair Finley recognized Candidate Tommy Waters.
3. Ala Wai Canal Resolution: Resident Dave Watase requested the Ala Wai Canal Resolution be added to the agenda noting that many Boards has passed this resolution and he expects two (2) other Neighborhood Boards to pass this resolution soon.
4. Waikiki Community Center (WCC): Merle O'Neill from WCC noted her concerns regarding the safety of the streets of Waikiki also noting that the WCC main clientele is Kupuna and Keiki who need to walk on the unsafe sidewalks. O'Neill announced two (2) events. First, the Waikiki Safe Walk - a walkability audit on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and the volunteers will meet at the WCC Auditorium. Second, the Disaster Preparedness Training on Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. also at the WCC Auditorium. O'Neill noted that any Kupuna who attend the training will receive a free gift. Flyers are available at the information table or for more information, call the WCC at 923-1802. Board member Henski noted that she attended last year's training and received a really worthwhile gift.
5. Against the Ala Wai Canal Project: Realtor Nyla noted that she is against the Ala Wai Canal Project because it will be a visible blithe to Waikiki and bring down property values.
6. More Ala Wai Canal Resolution: Diamond Head Neighborhood Board No. 5 member Winston Welch requested that the Ala Wai Canal Resolution be added to the agenda quoting the Neighborhood Plan which states that if any Board member submits a written request, the Chair shall include the item for the next regular Board meeting. Chair Finley noted that he did receive the request but due to time constraints and his agenda was already full, he placed this issue on the Tuesday, April 9, 2019 agenda and he also invited the project manager to attend at that time. Board member Henski asked Welch to respect Chair Finley as he has already put this matter to next month's agenda. Board member Erteschik also noted support for Chair Finley and resents the implication that the Board is handling this matter improperly.
7. Announcements: Resident Natalie Iwasa announced Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 and appreciates the upcoming walkability audit.
8. Flooding Concerns: Board member Smith shared his concerns as a Waikiki resident noting that in an event of a flood, all residents will be affected. Board member Henski shared her personal experience with extreme flooding due to various hurricanes.
9. Flood Mitigation Measures at Ala Wai Golf Course: Resident Frank Cho who golfs at Ala Wai Golf Course noted that there is already some flood mitigation plans at the golf course which includes a four (4) foot berm.
PUBLIC EVENTS - Chair Finley noted that all events were submitted and awaiting City approval/denial.
No events scheduled for Kalakaua in August 2019.
Several events scheduled for Kapiolani Park Area
a. Saturday, March 30, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Prince Kuhio Parade
b. Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Salute to Youth Parade
c. Saturday, April 27, 2019, 1:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., Waikiki Spam Jam
d. Saturday, May 4, 2019, 2:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., Leahi Festival
e. Sunday, May 12, 2019, 3:45 a.m. to 12:00 a.m., Honolulu Triathlon (Ala Moana Area)
f. Saturday, May 18, 2019, 6:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 41st Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk
g. Friday, May 24, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Run
h. Saturday, May 25, 2019, 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Memorial Day Paraade
i. Monday, May 27, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to unknown, Shinnyo-En Lantern Floating Ceremony (Ala Moana Park)
APPLICATIONS FOR LIQUOR LICENSES
a. Thursday, April 11, 2019, Il Tappo, 2181 Kalakaua Avenue, Second Floor, Category 3
b. Thursday, April 11, 2019, Drybar, 2230 Kalakaua Avenue, International Market Place, Category 3
c. Thursday, April 18, 2019, Island Country Market, 383 Kalaimoku Street, Retail General
d. Thursday, April 18, 2019, La Vie Hawaii, Ritz Carlton Tower 1, Category 2
e. Thursday, April 18, 2019, Makani Grill, Ritz Carlton Tower 2, Category 2
f. Thursday, April 4, 2019, Mahaloha Burger, Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Category 1
ELECTED OFFICIALS AND OTHERS
Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative - Mark Yonamine reported the following:
• Ala Pono: Yonamine noted that there are representatives from the City and project consultants in attendance tonight working on the Ala Pono Project and could answer questions anyone has prior to the Thursday, March 28, 2019 meeting.
• Follow Up on Concerns:
o HECO Maintenance: When is the next HECO overnight maintenance scheduled on Kaiolu Street? HECO responded that there is no upcoming night work scheduled but will notify Chair Finley if they do have. There was some night work by done by BWS recently but there should be no more night work in the area.
o 1717 Ala Wai Boulevard: Does the condominium on 1717 Ala Wai Boulevard have a permit to constantly reserve public street parking. Department of Transportation Services (DTS) response: DTS has been issuing street usage permits to Sokal Project Management from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. to park commercially licensed vehicles for renovation work on the condominium on 1717 Ala Wai Blvd. Permit is for the area fronting the condominium, and a field check did confirm the contractor is following the conditions of the permit.
o Tour Kiosks: Do the tour companies selling tour packages along Cartwright Road have permits to do so. Customer Services Department (CSD) response: These are "mobile" kiosks, and CSD is not responsible for issuing permits for these. Yonamine noted that he is still waiting for a response from the Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) and will bring their answer next month.
o Street Light: Resident stated that there is a defective street light on Kaiulani Avenue/Tusitala Street and a drain inlet is also clogged at this intersection. Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) response: Street light was repaired on Tuesday, February19, 2019. Please call the Street Light Hotline at 768-5300 to report future issues. Drain inlet is scheduled to be inspected on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, and will be cleaned as appropriate.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Street Light replacement concern: Board member Bagnall asked for the Environmental Impact Study (EIS) for the street Light replacement project. Bagnall also requested that a representative from Johnson Controls appear before the Board to answer questions regarding the street light replacement. Yonamine noted that he does not think that an Environmental Assessment (EA) was done but will follow up on Bagnall's request.
2. Update wanted: Board member Giventer asked for an update on the sidewalk improvement project along Kalakaua Avenue noting that it was supposed to be completed by January 2019. Yonamine noted that it is a bit behind schedule but it is progressing but has no completion date. Chair Finley noted that it is the same project which Board member Henski noted the bench removal.
3. Cartwright Street: A resident noted that the inlet to Cartwright street which is a one-way street is congested and a safety hazard. The resident noted that food carts make it difficult for him to enter into his parking garage and feels that area is not properly controlled.
4. Another Street Light concern: A resident noted that a street light at the corner of Kaiulani Avenue and Tusitala Street has been removed and wrapped around a pole and asked when that will be repaired.
5. Tusitala Street and Liliuokalani Avenue: Board member Shields asked about a vacant plot of land on the corner of these streets and wonders if there are any plans for that lot.
Governor David Ige's Representative - Scott Glen reported the following:
• 50th Anniversary: The State Capitol Building is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this week. There will be special events happening on Friday, March 15, 2019 and Saturday, March 16, 2019. The public is invited to the anniversary celebration events.
• Tax Deadline: This year's deadline for filing your state taxes is Monday, April 22, 2019.
• Testimony on Legislation: Governor Ige encourages everyone to go to his website to submit testimony about any current legislation that is going through the legislature right now.
o Queen Kapiolani Hotel Update: The rooftop silencer was installed and there will be a noise survey but DOH is waiting for better weather. An air conditioner compressor will be replaced but Glen does not have an estimated time of delivery and the sound walls should be installed soon.
o Ala Wai Canal Project EIS: Glen noted that there are two (2) processes. The Federal process called NHIPA - the National Highway Policy Act, under that act the federal government completed their EIS in May 2017 and the study was published in June 2017 but the State was unable to identify the record of decision. The State process has gone to the draft stage EIS which was published in August 2015 and is now waiting for the final EIS to be published. The State is unable to identify the final EIS at the Federal level but knows that the State EIS is only on the draft stage for the project.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Contest EIS: Board member Erteschik asked if citizens could contest the EIS. Glen responded that a citizen could contest an EIS in court.
2. Study: Board member Smith asked if the State has done a study of what would be the loss to the state if Waikiki was to flood. Glen noted that the University of Hawaii (UH) at Manoa is doing research on the loss of infrastructure if that was to happen.
3. Ala Wai Water Shed Project 2015: A resident asked if this study was for the whole watershed and not just the Ala Wai Canal Project referring to a study by the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR). The resident noted that he questioned DLNR about the study. Glen responded that it sounds like that study refers to both projects.
Councilmember Mike Formby - Councilmember Formby reported the following:
• Bill 8: Councilmember Formby noted that he introduced Bill 8 in response to community concerns in the Waikiki special district to provide a more discerning process when it comes to parades and activities that close major streets and Rick Egged from the Waikiki Improvement Association (WIA) will be giving a briefing later.
• Ala Moana Park (AMP) Improvement Project: Councilmember Formby attended a meeting at the McCoy Pavilion regarding the improvement project and noted the deadline for comments is Thursday, March 28, 2019.
• Resolution 19-33: This resolution urges the DTS to study and evaluate the expanded installation and implementation of Barnes Dance intersections at warranted locations on Oahu. Councilmember Formby noted that Barnes Dance intersections has been very successful in Waikiki.
• Budget: Councilmember Formby noted that the Council is in their budget cycle right now and if anyone has any questions or concerns, they could speak to him or aide Kenny Amazaki.
??? Walk Audit: Councilmember Formby encouraged everyone to join in the upcoming walk audit.
• Resolution 19-50: Councilmember Formby noted the Council passed this resolution which establishes a permitted interaction group (PIG) to investigate matters related to the Ala Wai Canal Flood Risk Management Project. Councilmember Formby also noted that they are hoping to have town hall meetings scheduled to talk about this issue.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Resolution 19-33 Support: Board member Merz noted his support of this resolution.
2. More Bike Lanes: Board member Garrity noted that Waikiki is a great place to walk but feels the reason that there are so many bicycles on the sidewalk is that cyclists are afraid of riding on the roads and stated the need for more dedicated bike lanes.
3. PIG: Chair Finley requested to be notified when the PIG meets so he can relay the information to the Board members.
Senator Sharon Moriwaki - Senator Moriwaki reported the following:
• Half Way: Senator Moriwaki noted that the Legislative session is half way and the legislature is working on many different bills including affordable housing and homelessness, Kupuna care programs and many bills has crossed over to the House of Representatives. Senator Moriwaki also noted that she is learning a lot of how the budget works.
• Senate Bill (SB) 77: Senator Moriwaki noted that this bill is regarding the Ala Wai Watershed program which provides matching funds for a federal appropriation of $345 million to plan and construct a flood risk management system. Senator Moriwaki also noted that many residents who live in the affected area oppose going forward with the project noting the feeling of being excluded from the planning process.
• Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 184: Senator Moriwaki introduced this resolution in response to community input. This resolution establishes a working group to explore matters related to the Ala Wai Canal Flood Risk Management Project. If anyone has testimony regarding this project, please write to the Legislature with your concerns.
• Grant in Aid (GIA): Senator Moriwaki noted a GIA program that each legislator could request funds. If anyone has suggestions for the GIA, please let her know.
• Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor: Senator Moriwaki noted that they have convened a group of stakeholders regarding the condition of the harbor. DLNR admits that they have struggled to maintain the harbor so a group of stakeholders are working on doing some of the maintenance work.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. SCR184: Board member Erteschik noted that he thinks this resolution is a great idea and wonders if Neighborhood Board members could be part of the group. Senator Moriwaki noted that this resolution has not passed yet but they are still working on who should be in this group.
2. Ala Wai Wall: Board member Nigro asked which wall will receive the $1.8 million. Senator Moriwaki noted the wall she was referring to is a section of the Ala Wai canal wall near to Ala Moana Boulevard. Resident Rick Egged noted that the $1.8 million is an emergency appropriation for the repair of a section of a wall that was not included in the initial $22 million for the original dredging and repair contract.
House Representative Tom Brower - Representative Brower stood on his written report.
Waikiki Improvement Association (WIA) - Chair Finley requested that this report be moved to the NEW BOARD BUSINESS on the agenda. Hearing no objections this item was moved to NEW BOARD BUSINESS.
APPROVAL OF THE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2019 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
As there were no objections, the Tuesday, February 12, 2019 regular meeting minutes were APPROVED AS CORRECTED BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 16-0-0 (Aye: Apaka, Bagnall, Bautista, Boyack, Carroll, Erteschik, Finley, Flood, Garrity, Giventer, Henski, Merz, Nigro, Shields, Smith, and Wilder; Nay: None; Abstain: None).
Correction as follows: Chair Finley noted that there has been a correction to the guest list prior to the meeting by resident Natalie Iwasa.
NEW BOARD BUSINESS
133 Kaiulani (King's Village/Hilton Time Share) Update - Tim Middleton reported that the Hilton Grand Vacations Incorporated (HGV) is recognized as a leading global timeshare company. The company manages two (2) club membership programs: Hilton Grand Vacations Club and the Hilton Club. HGV owns five (5) Oahu properties and this will be its sixth property in Honolulu. On Wednesday, September 26, 2019, HGV announced that it has purchased a 1.05-acre site which includes King's Village and plans to develop a 32 story tower on this site. This project will increase HGV total count to 1,429 units. Construction will begin in the second quarter of 2019 and occupancy begins in the first quarter of 2022. This project will have 191 units, 6 floors of parking, two (2) retail spaces not HGV and a Pocket Park on Prince Edward Street that will be open to the public. As part of the project entitlements, Kaiulani Avenue will become a two way street from Kalakaua Avenue to Koa Ave and there are also $1 million in community benefits that will be determined by the City Council. The construction schedule is to start demolition in April 2019 and be at substantial completion by November 2021. The contractor on this project is Nordic Construction PCL which has been in business for 80 years. The contractor noted the different staging areas for the project and also noted that the employees will be parking at International Market Place.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Several Concerns: Board member Henski shared her concerns about the staging area for the cement trucks noting the elementary school and a Biki bike rack in the proposed area. Henski also noted that the proposed area is already very congested which makes it unfeasible. The contractor noted that they may have to purchase some meters during construction. Henski also noted some historical markers at the current King's Village sites such as celebrity hand prints in cement and asked if they will be preserved. Middleton responded that they are aware of the historical markers and are working on preserving them by relocating the markers to the Pocket Park. Henski asked to be updated on the subject of the historical markers.
2. Commitments: Board member Merz noted that he is glad that Kaiulani Avenue will become a two way street but asked if utility lines could be relocated underground on Prince Edward Street. Mertz also noted that this project could provide more public parking if HGV does not require owners to purchase a parking stall. Merz also noted that he is glad that HGV has incorporated sea level rise in their design and also asked what the community giveback will be but gave appreciation to HGV for coming back to present to the Board again. Chair Finley noted that the Board could give feedback to the City Council regarding what to do with the $1 million.
3. $1 Million: Flood asked about the $1 million in community benefits. Chair Finley noted that the Board will be working with the City Council.
4. Black Sand Concern: A resident noted that she is impacted by this project and asked if they were still going to use the same black sand design. The contractor noted there were no changes to the plan.
5. Drainage Concern: Board member Nigro asked about watering and drainage during this project. The contractor noted that the water will be self-contained on the site and they will probably using a well for construction purposes only and any storm water runoff will be diverted to the pocket park.
6. Parking: Board member Shields asked about 35 parking stalls by the Food Pantry being affected by several construction projects in the area at the same time. This will only be an issue during construction.
7. Changes: Board member Henski asked how the residents will know of any changes to the plan. Middleton noted that they will have a website noting any changes and will also inform the Neighborhood Board.
8. Height: A resident asked what the height of building and number of stalls is. The height is 368 feet and stalls are 181 with room for expansion.
9. Memorabilia: A resident asked how a historical bell and other memorabilia at King's village will be preserved. Middleton noted that the items will be re-appropriated as much as possible.
10. Noise and Dust: A resident asked what happens if noise and dust affects the neighborhood. The contractor noted that they will have a website and phone number set up during construction that residents can call with their issues.
11. Lighting: A resident also asked about the lighting in the stairwells noting problems with the Ritz Carlton project. Senator Moriwaki asked what type of lighting will be used, how will they block the lights in open stairways and at what hours will be lights be dimmed. Moriwaki also asked what will be the lumens on the lighting. The contractor noted that they are aware of the problems with the Ritz Carlton and have lighting controls and shielding in the stairways and there will be dimming of the lights as much as possible and are working on some design changes to address the lighting issues. He did not know the lumens off hand.
12. Lanais: A resident asked if there will be lanais on both sides of the building noting that she does not remember that in the original plan. The contractor stated that the plan for lanais on both sides has not changed.
13. Number of Units: Board member Flood questioned the number of timeshare units and noted another time share project which is now selling for only $1.
Board member Apaka departed the meeting at 8:45 p.m. There are now 15 members present.
Street Usage Proposal (Bill 8) - Rick Egged of the Waikiki Improvement Association (WIA) distributed a handout and noted the following:
Bill 8: The Waikiki Improvement Association (WIA) strongly supports Bill 8 (2019),"RELATING TO PARADES
AND ACTIVITES". The bill will reduce the cap on total number of parades and activities that require a road closure in Waikiki from 15 to 12. The cap does not apply to Legacy events or First Amendment events. The bill also strengthens the language of the provision which requires the street closure event "serves a public purpose".
The bill is necessary because of the growing number of events in Waikiki that appear to be "for profit events". Closing our public streets and therefore reducing public access is a privilege allowed for important events that celebrate Hawaii's culture and traditions. Legacy events, those held for 15 consecutive years or more, such as Aloha Festivals, the Pan Pacific Festival and the Honolulu Festival, benefit visitors and locals alike. These events promote our communities' diverse culture and perform the important function of making Waikiki a "Gathering Place". A March 1, 2019 editorial in the Star Advertiser characterized the issue well: "A lightning rod for complaints has been Millwood Ohana Productions, a prolific promoter of Waikiki street festivals whose website exhorts: "Join us as we shut down Kalakaua Avenue for our Waikiki Block Festivals!" Over the years, Ohana Productions has managed to obtain a lion's share of nonspecific permits for its various events, which are primarily booths set up to provide entertainment and sell products like food and arts and crafts. The company handles the logistics and charges vendors from $100 to $800 per booth. It pays the city nothing for use of the street.
Do these "Waikiki Block Festivals" serve a legitimate public purpose? Or has a private company simply found a way to operate its business, rent-free, on one of the busiest and most expensive commercial strips in Hawaii?"
WIA respectfully requests the support of the Waikiki Neighborhood Board No. 9 for Bill 8 (2019). Egged noted that the current law allows for 15 lottery street closure events per year but Bill 8 will reduce this number to 12 events per year and better define the term public purpose. Egged also noted that he has been working with Councilmember Mike Formby and Neighborhood Board Chair Finley regarding Bill 8 and closing down a public street for an event is a privilege and should be for the benefit of the community or has a "public purpose" and not be used by a private company to make money. Egged asked the Waikiki Neighborhood Board No. 9 for their support on the passage of Bill 8.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Full Disclosure Wanted: Board member Henski noted her questioning of the Millwood Ohana group about their donations to the community but has not gotten any follow up and asked how this ordinance can be enforced. Egged noted that this bill will require the promoters to disclose how their event fulfills the public purpose and the enforcement should come through DTS who issues the permits and requires the event promoter to report back or the promoter will be disqualified from getting permits the following year.
2. Support: Board members Henski and Merz noted their support of Bill 8.
3. Number of Events: Board member Giventer noted that Bill 8 could reduce the number of events to eight (8) per year based on the 2018 events. Chair Finley noted that he would like to see the number reduced to just six (6) per year and include blackout dates. Finley also noted that he is in full support of the first amendment events, veteran's events, Pearl Harbor events and Mayor Kirk Caldwell has the authority to add events if wanted.
4. Input Wanted: Councilmember Formby noted that he appreciates the input of the Board and if the Board agrees that the number of events be reduced to six (6) then he will take their testimony to the Council.
5. Number of Permits: Board member Erteschik noted his concern of how one (1) company acquired so many permits and can a bill be written to prevent this from happening. Egged noted that DTS already restricts the number of event permits that a group can acquire and this bill will tighten up the guidelines by requiring proof of public purpose and a full disclosure.
6. Personal Testimony: Chair Finley noted that he did give personal testimony in front of the City Council.
7. Appreciation: Board member Garrity noted that he appreciates the effort and language of the bill and feels this will assist the DTS Director in granting permits. Garrity also noted that Waikiki is the main location for island wide events and is a special place and feels that the number of events should be decreased incrementally but respects the opinion of the Board. Garrity also noted that he would like to see traffic banned from Waikiki and convert Kalakaua Avenue to a promenade.
8. Supports Six (6): Board member Smith noted that he supports only six (6) lottery events because there are already 14 regularly scheduled parades each year for a total of 20 events per year.
9. Boundary for Events: Board member Nigro noted that events used to go further into Waikiki. Egged noted that in 2016 that all events must stay Diamond Head of Seaside Avenue and traffic has improved since the rule change.
10. 60 Events: Chair Finley noted that in the past there used to be up to 60 events in Waikiki some years but the City Council allowed a reduction of events.
Henski moved and Giventer seconded the motion to Support Bill 8 with a reduction of lottery events to six (6) per year. THIS MOTION PASSED BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 15-0-0 (Aye: Bagnall, Bautista, Boyack, Carroll, Erteschik, Finley, Flood, Garrity, Giventer, Henski, Merz, Nigro, Shields, Smith, Wilder; Nay: None; Abstain: None).
Legislation Update - Vice Chair Erteschik provided the Board with a handout of current legislative Bills and gave a brief synopsis of the bills. He asked if anyone has any questions regarding his handout noting the time constraint, please let him know and he will follow up.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: HB1032: Board member Henski shared her experience with living on boats and noted her concern with some discrepancies in the bill. Senator Moriwaki noted that the DLNR cannot sell the slips. Chair Finley noted that Henski could submit her concerns in writing to Senator Moriwaki. Henski noted that they have been meeting.
Treasurers Report - The Board retains a balance of $164.03 for February 2019.
Sub-District 1 Report - Board member Merz reported that he had drafted a letter regarding the upcoming Kalakaua water system improvement project and listed some suggestions for the project.
Sub-District 2 Report - Board member Flood noted that the metered parking spaces seems empty since the City raised the on-street parking rate to $3 an hour. Chair Finley noted the increase has been proposed for a while but there is work being done regarding a reduced rate for Waikiki residents.
Sub-District 3 Report - Board member Smith noted an incident with a broken water main a few months ago.
Chair's Report - Next month we have an update on the Ala Wai Watershed Project and the Rotary Park Project.
• The next Waikiki Neighborhood Board No. 9 meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
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ADJOURNMENT - The meeting adjourned at 9:32 p.m.
Submitted by: Naomi Hanohano, Neighborhood Assistant
Reviewed by: Janelle Nomura, Neighborhood Assistantt
Final Review: Chair Robert Finley
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