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Waianae Coast Neighborhood Board
Committee meeting minutes attached:
Parks and Recreation
Makua-Kaena State Beach Park
WAIANAE NEIGHBORHOOD BOARD NO. 24
CALL TO ORDER: Chair Cynthia Rezentes called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. with a quorum present. Chair Rezentes opened the meeting with a moment of reflection and remembrance in light of the September 11 tragedies and welcomed Ben Kama, Executive Secretary, Neighborhood Commission Office.
MEMBERS PRESENT: Karen Awana, John Kaopua III, Albert H. Silva, Patty Teruya, Aulani Ahmad, Harry Choy, Terry Morris, Sunday Paris, Neddie Waiamau-Nunuha, Paulette Dibibar, Denton Kissell, James Nicholson, Cynthia Rezentes, Alvin Awo, Dick Boddy, Georgette Jordan, Chrysanthea Morgan, Carol Curry, David Escalante, James Manaku Sr., Frank Slocum, Mark Suiso.
Frank Slocum called a point of order and stated that the Waianae Neighborhood Board has always opened it's meetings with the Pledge of Allegiance. Chair Rezentes stated that the pledge of allegiance is optional and has not been on the board agenda but has been done for a number of years. She also stated that an issue was bought to her attention of a strong objection by a community member insisting a Board member, exercising the right about not standing during the Pledge of Allegiance, should be made to stand. Rezentes reminded the Board that each individual has the option to stand or sit. Rezentes stated that she would rather protect the individual's right to not stand during the pledge of allegiance even if it meant not having the pledge of allegiance, than to subject the individual to any problems for not standing.
Chair Rezentes questioned if Escalante would accept the modification of his motion to add the Pledge of
Filling of One Vacancy in Subdistrict 2 (Maili): Chair Rezentes announced that there is a vacancy in subdistrict two and a vacancy for a representative to the Telecom Hui, a cooperative effort between Leeward Community College, Waianae Searider Productions, and Olelo. The floor was opened to volunteers. Terry Morris volunteered be the Board representative to the Telecom Hui. There were no volunteers to fill the vacancy in subdistrict two. Chair Rezentes will keep the item on the agenda until the vacancy in subdistrict two is filled.
REPORTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Honolulu Police Department _ Lt. Pugliese reported the following for the month of September 2001: (1) There were 5,878 911 calls responded to by District 8 police officers, 1,349 written police reports, and 273 arrests (197 adults, 76 juveniles). (2) Halloween Safety Tips: (3) In response to concerns of drug activity taking place at Pokai Bay Beach Park, Sgt. Pugliese stated that the CRU (Crime Reduction Unit), made three arrests, and the Narcotics Vice arrested made two arrests.
Questions, comments, and answers: (1) Broome questioned the number of adults arrested in September being much lower than usual. Lt. Pugliese stated that the Kapolei Station is now open, so the statistics for arrests in September includes only the arrests made in Waianae area. (2) Rapoza questioned the amount of teenagers arrested for underage drinking. Rapoza stated that there are groups of teenagers who repeatedly visit the Waianae Harbor when school is not in session and on weekends, to hang out and consume alcoholic beverages. Rapoza added that he would like to see underage drinkers arrested and the problem brought to the attention of their parents. Sgt. Pugliese will check follow-up on the problem. (3) Waiamau-Nunuha stated that the communities' job is to help the police department fight crime. (4) Kaopua questioned if drivers racing cars on the highways are being cited. Lt. Pugliese stated that several drivers were cited for racing and reported that police officers are driving decoy cars that are modified to look similar to those racing on the highways. (5) Paris also stated that community involvement to help the police department is needed.
Honolulu Fire Department - Captain Pablo reported the following for the month of September 2001: (1) There were 70 medical responses and 35 fires. (2) Safety Tip of the Month: (3) Fire Prevention Week is October 7 through 13. Fire Prevention demonstrations will be done at Waianae Elementary School on October 13. (4) Donations are being collected for the victims at the World Trade Center in New York. Checks may be dropped off at any fire station on Oahu.
Questions, comments, and answers: Waiamau-Nunuha thanked the fire department for responding to an emergency call she made.
Department of Parks and Recreation _ There was no representative present.
Board of Water Supply _ Wayne Tello reported the following for the month of September 2001: (1) There were no water main breaks. (2) Roadwork is expected to begin in October fronting Garden Groves and McDonalds in Nanakuli. (3) General Water Announcement: Residents have been asking about what the Board of Water Supply has been doing to protect our water supply. Our facilities are equipped with intrusion alarms and their status is monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Should the intrusion alarm sound, our procedures call for the immediate dispatch of BWS staff and Honolulu Police Department personnel upon verification. Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, BWS has increased its surveillance of all water facilities, with special attention to major water sources. This surveillance has included the posting of HPD personnel where possible. Our water sources are underground aquifers that have minimal exposure to outside contamination, unlike many Mainland communities that depend upon surface water sources. However, our employees have been asked to prioritize security concerns and issues, particularly on protecting the integrity of our water supplies, as they perform their daily task and responsibilities. BWShas also suspended public tours of certain facilities until potential risks can be addressed and resolved.
Questions, comments, and answers: (1) Escalante questioned if anything was done to address the three water main breaks in August on Kili Drive and if residents should expect potential breaks in the future. Tello stated that the problem of the three main breaks has been addressed. (2) Slocum questioned the status of work to be done on Lahilahi Street. Tello stated that BWS has started working on Makaha Valley Road beginning mauka and ending makai.
Army - Colonel Stine reported the following: (1) Make a Difference Day is still scheduled for October 27, the military will be participating with the community.
Questions, comments, and answers: Suiso questioned the status on the Makua issue. Colonel Stine reported that a decision has not been made on whether or not the Army will be allowed to practice in Makua Valley. Question was raised as to whether or not the Board supports the Army in its efforts to practice in Makua. Chair Rezentes stated that the issue has been brought before the Board in the past but the Board has never been able to take a position in which 13 Board members would vote in favor or against. It was requested that the item be added to next month's agenda.
Navy _ Captain McLawhorne reported the following: (1) As a security measure, Kolekole Pass is temporarily closed. (2) Hunting has been suspended on the facility.
(1) Mary Aipoalani announced that the 5th Annual “Christmas on the Avenue” is on Saturday, December 15 from 4 p.m. to 12 p.m. on Nanakuli Avenue.
Abandoned vehicles dumped at City Parks _ Jordan expressed concern of abandoned vehicles being dumped at City Parks. Jordan added that it is not until months after that the vehicles are removed and requested that if anyone sees the dumping taking place, to call 911. Clinton Jamile requested a list of the City Parks in which the abandoned vehicles were left and volunteered to help Jordan in contacting the agencies to remove it.
Community support of homelessness in Waianae _ Sparky Rodrigues mentioned concerns regarding the first welfare cut in November. It is expected to affect 1,500 families of the Waianae Coast. He stated that the help of the community is needed with homelessness, giving those less fortunate a safe place to live without being harassed by HPD. Chair Rezentes referred the matter to the Health and Human Services and Public Safety committee.
Welcome Back Dick Boddy _ Board members, and guests welcomed back Boddy after recovering from anemergency surgery.
Patriotism on the Waianae Coast _ A resident raised concern about patriotism in Waianae. She added that her son was re-enlisted in the military and would like to see more displays of patriotism. Waiamau-Nunuha stated that she is a strong supporter of the military, also being that her grandson was deployed overseas. Rapoza, a Vietnam Veteran, expressed his feelings of being a proud American and added that the few individuals of the Waianae Coast who feels differently does not represent everybody.
Governor's Report _ The Governor's Report was distributed but a representative was not present.
Councilmember John DeSoto _ Donna Broom reported the following: (1) Constituent follow-up: (a) Kalaaupuni/Maliona is being looked at by DTS for a possible 4_way stop. Stop signs are now only on Maliona. A work order was submitted to replace a crossing sign that is off its foundation. (b) The large boulders blocking the empty property next to Leihoku Elementary School is used to address complaints received from the school and residents of bike riders using the area. (c) Rubbish pick-up on the private road next to Princess Kahanu Estates may be done if more than six homeowners live there, the road is paved, a turnaround provided, and the electrical wires lifted to 14' above the roadway. Currently there are about 8 to 10 renters and 1 owner. Automated rubbish pick-up may be established providing the containers are placed along Farrington Highway on pick-up days and removed when emptied. Should the containers not be removed or stolen, regular pick-up will resume. (d) The crosswalk across Tesoro's in Nanakuli was moved in front of the bus stop, which the bus is now stopping on when picking up passengers. The riders exiting the bus are trying to cross the street by walking in the back of the bus. There were a few close calls, so it was requested that the bus company move the bus stop away from the crosswalk. (e) A riser was submitted to the Mayor's office to look into why rubbish containers picked up by the automated trash trucks are left on Hakimo Rd. causing a traffic hazard. Residents are unable to retrieve their trash containers after pick-up because they have already left for work. (2) Pending Issues: (a) Turning into Hakimo Road from Farrington Highway _ The State and the City is still working on the issue and it is believed that monies to fund the project is the main priority. (b) Legal Corporation Counsel regarding speed humps/bumps on private roads _ Broome is awaiting legal opinion on issue. (c) Radios for Waianae Civil Defense _ 10 radios is expected to be received by the Waianae Civil Defense. (d) Bunkers at beach parks _ issue is still pending. (2) Councilmember DeSoto introduced Resolution #01-266, which establishes a solid waste policy to immediately develop and implement alternative methods of solid waste disposal. The objective is to better manage solid waste and reduce the need for landfills by diverting all municipal solid waste and exploring and exhausting all viable technologies and management opportunities.
Questions, comments, and answers: Silva stated that public safety should be the priority at the Hakimo Road and Farrington Highway intersection. Question was raised as to why the lights are roadway at the Hakimo Road and Farrington Highway intersection dug up. Chair Rezentes stated that it is a part of the Ulehawa Beach Park Improvement project. A concern was raised of the requirement to show a photo ID upon entering a City building being inconvenient.
Senator Colleen Hanabusa _ Senator Hanabusa distributed her report and highlighted the following: (1) Legislation is tentatively scheduled for a Special Session on October 22. (2) A HUD grant was received for an intergrated LCC, Olelo, and Waianae High School's Searider Productions. (3) Waianae Intermediate School has been selected a pilot project school for the 3Rs School Repair & Maintenace Program. Volunteers to help with the painting of the general areas of the schools buildings are needed on Community Participation Day Saturday, October 20 at 8:00 a.m. (4) The Felix Investigative Committee will reconvene its public hearing on October 3 at 9 a.m., October 5 at 1 p.m., and October 6 at 9 a.m. All hearings will be take place in conference room 325 at the State Capitol. (5) Comment sheets and petitions were distributed to those interested in opposing the expansion of Waimanalo Gulch. (6) It is not understood why photo ID's must be shown upon entering all City buildings. There is no such requirement at the State Capital.
Questions, comments, and answers: Kaopua questioned if there are any alternate sites to have a landfill. Hanabusa stated that alternate sites were chosen, with the top three being either on the Waianae Coast ornext to it. Suiso questioned if the Waianae Boat Harbor masterplan the first step to fix up the Harbor. Senator Hanabusa stated that it is hoped to be the first step to the fix up, however what was funded during the last session was everything that was asked. Kama stated that the requirement to show a picture ID upon entrance of a City building is done for a reason and noted police officers are also located in the building. Kama added that bad economics is not associated with the Waimanalo Gulch in any way. In response, Senator Hanabusa stated that she is not blaming the expansion of Waiamanalo Gulch as the cause of bad economics. She stated that the State must maintain at least $1.2 billion in the private sector alone to keep an economic balance and KoOlina is one of the major construction projects. Teruya invited all interested to attend the Planning & Zoning Committee meeting where the major discussion is another proposed landfill in Maili.
Representative Emily Auwae _ Representative Auwae distributed her report and highlighted the following: (1) A special session is tentatively scheduled for October 22.
Questions, comments, and answers: Suiso stated the position of the Neighborhood Board and the Makaha Ahupuaa was to support the movement of Farrington Highway fronting Makaha Beach mauka. Suiso questioned if Representative Auwae can pursue this project to help it move a little quicker.
Representative Mike Kahikina _ Merrie Aipoalani reported the following: (1) Cameras will be installed at the intersection of Farrington Highway, Haleakala and Nanakuli Avenues to address speeding problems. Police officers will also be patrolling the Avenues to issue citations to those who are caught speeding. (2) Representative Kahikina requested information on Medquest and how September 11 has affected the community. An informational briefing will be held.
Questions, comments, and answers: A question was raised as to what the Governor is doing to biologically protect the community. Slocum rquested if Representative Kahikina can make a commitment to the Board to co-sponsor Senate bill 495, which will give the community input on the placing of half way houses. Aipoalani stated that Representative Kahikina has followed up on the request, and found out that the bill is still in committee and requests have been made to hear bill 495.
Questions, comments, and answers: Questions were raised regarding the status on teacher shortage and the procedure needed to utilize a school facility. Sumile stated that there is still a teacher shortage and an application must be completed to utilize a school facility. Waiamau-Nunuha questioned why the staff at Waianae High School was given a letter indicating that a picture ID is needed when they return to school. Sumile was unsure.
Questions, comments, and concerns: Question was raised regarding the cleaning of pipes when it is installed into the trench. Tanaka stated that the pipes are thoroughly flushed and chlorinated when it is installed. Suiso questioned the policy on bone discovery. Tanaka stated the BWS is working with the State Historic Preservation Office and submitted a mitigation plan in addition to having an archeologist on site.
Dibibar left the meeting. (21 members present)
C&C Presentation regarding update on Ulehawa BP improvements _ There was no representative present.
Recommendation to request DLNR review rules regarding tow-in surfing in West Oahu Ocean Recreation Management Area (WO ORMA) _ Awana read a recommendation to request that the Department of Land and Natural Resources amend the current thrill craft rules to allow tow-in surfing in non-designated areas 500 feet offshore or fringing reefs. Chair Rezentes stated that the Board is being asked to send a letter to DLNR to review their rules for tow-in surfing for the West Oahu Ocean Recreation Management area.
Questions, comments, and answers: It was stated the reason for not allowing tow-in surfing on Waianae Coast is because it is non-designated area. A suggestion was made to first designate an area to allow tow-in surfing. Awo suggested that a height limit to practice tow-in surfing be set to ensure the safety of others. A question was raised if tow-in surfing is designated for tow-in surfing, how will affect others who is interested in utilizing the same area. Sam Pae stated that the tow-in surfers must stay 200 feet away from others who are in the same area. Chair Rezentes suggested that the Board review the rules regarding tow-in surfing and contact the interested persons of the community.
Silva moved seconded by Curry to support the recommendation to request that the DLNR review the current thrill craft rules to allow tow-in surfing. The motion carried unanimously. 20-0-0 Aye: Awana, Kaopua, Silva, Teruya, Choy, Morris, Waiamau-Nunuha, Kissell, Nicholson, Rezentes, Awo, Boddy, Jordan, Morgan, Curry, Escalante, Manaku, Slocum, Suiso, Paris.
Approve CIP list to submit to C&C _ Jordan distributed her copy of the Capital Improvement Project list for FY 2001 & 2002 and Suiso distributed the Legislative Committee minutes which included additional CIP projects that were not on the CIP list. The Board was asked to approve the CIP lists without prioritization because of time limitations.
Questions, comments, and answers: Question was raised as to why area pools are needed, with the many beaches on the Coast. Chair Rezentes stated that Jackie Spencer of the Department of Parks and Recreation requested the pools because it would be easier to control the children and activities. Waiamau- Nunuha stated that there would also be a cost to maintain the pools. Chair Rezentes stated that the Makaha Park Community Park masterplan may be removed because it is on the Vision Team list. Suiso stated that there are projects listed on both the CIP and the Vision Team lists and feels that all projects should be listed on all lists to ensure that the project will be done. Chair Rezentes stated that beyond the $2 million allocated for the Vision Team, the administration is allocating another $1 million to the Neighborhood Boards to prioritize improvement projects in the community.
Waiamau-Nunuha left the meeting. (18 members present)
A request was made to add whether or not the Board supports an EIS for the Makua Military Range be added to next month's agenda. Chair Rezentes will put it on the next agenda.
With no objections the meeting was adjourned at 10:35 p.m.
Makua-Ka`ena State Beach Park
The following Neighborhood Board members were in attendance: Al Awo, Mark Suiso, David Keawe, Cynthia K. L. Rezentes, Jo Jordan.
I. The meeting was convened at 7:32 p.m. by committee chair Jo Jordan.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:20 p.m.
Minutes submitted by: Cynthia K. L. Rezentes
Parks and Recreation Committee Minutes
Attendees: See attendance list for attendees.
. Waimanalo Gulch Landfill Revised SEIS comments are due by November 20, 2001.
. Bunkers - C&C still getting with SHPD (State) for permission to have removed prior to Rezentes asking Army for evaluation of whether they can be removed as part of their training exercises.
Ulehawa Beach Park Phase 1: 1) Completed with the exception of the 4-way lights at Hakimo Rd. and Farrington Highway. Still under contract and not turned over to the C&C. Jordan to check and determine if the 4-way stop will be a modified mauka turn light or if they will have enough room to add a mauka turn storage lane.
Ulehawa Beach Park Phase 2: Nanikai - Working on the 4-way light at Hookele and Farrington Highway. Changes to the original approved Master Plan includes: 1) changing the bus turn around configuration and making it more of a circle than an oval, 2) changing parking lot to add trees interspersed between parking stalls instead of along the
Wai`anae Complex Gym Floor - Still looks as if completion will be late October/early November. Floors look complete. There is a question regarding the security aspects of the doors and are being investigated by the City. Final inspection still needs to be held.
Park Adoptions - Mauna Lahilahi Beach Park - Berna Ming to adopt up to the canal, looking for others to adopt the rest of the park. Makaha Community Park - Reed Tamashiro from a Samoan church group may be willing to adopt this park. Lualualei Beach Park #1 - Is being adopted by Ho`onani Mau. Lualualei Beach Park #2 - willbe adopted later after landscaping projects are worked out with the C&C and installed.
Kea`au Beach Park Septic Systems/Leach Fields - The installation is complete and the area needs to have the landscaping completed. When the grass was seeded, the area was not blocked and therefore the grass could not come back in, this is still in contractors 60-day rest period.
Pili O Kahe Beach Park - HECO has installed a gate on the Wai`anae entrance to the stone wall. They have the poles to install for the makai side (beach) to stop people from driving vehicles into the park from the sand. Have all irrigation plans have been drawn up and materials are being ordered. When the materials are received, they will work with Nanakuli High School to do the installation. Gabe of Milo Nursery will donate some trees and help with the landscaping of the project.
New, Improved, or Proposed Facilities:
Mauna Lahilahi Beach Park Shore Protection: Still waiting for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Note: Rezentes to verify if there was an official board position and convey that information to the USACE.
This has now been resolved and C&C is now working with the contractors on an escalation price on the contract since so much time has passed, once the price is resolved work can be scheduled on the ball field.
Capital Improvement Dollars - The CIP list was reviewed again. (Same as last month.)
Poka`i Bay - Bayview Drainage design plan is being completed and $1M will be requested to do the construction thru C&C Design CIP 2002-2003.
Ulehawa Beach Park “Circle of Rocks” - Archaeologically sensitive area was identified prior to the landscaping program. Apparently, C&C worked with the State and Burial Council to determine how to handle the area. It is reported that a plaque will also be installed. There was a question as to why attention should be called to the area. No one present had any response to that question.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:50 p.m.
Minutes submitted by: Cynthia K. L. Rezentes
WAI'ANAE COAST NEIGHBORHOOD BOARD
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE MINUTES
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2001
ATTENDEES- Denton Kissel, Al Awo, Pat Patterson, Mark Suiso, Betty Waller, Emily Auwae, Susan Endo, Calvin Endo, Art Frank, Morris Quel, Patrick Garcia
CALL TO ORDER- 6:30 PM
COUNTY LEGISLATION- BILL 77
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