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Kaneohe Neighborhood Board No. 30






CALL TO ORDER: Chair Roy Yanagihara called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m., with eight (8) members present. Note - This 17-member Board requires nine (9) members to establish quorum and take official Board action. Chair Yanagihara announced that public safety/military reports would be given until a quorum of nine (9) members is met.


Members Present - John Flanigan, Marie Gavigan, Kekoa Kaluhiwa, Carol Makainai, Tina Mueller, Bill Sager, Felipe San Nicolas, Patty Yamashiro-Hironaka, and Roy Yanagihara.


Members Absent - Chad Kaukani, Maurice ※Mo§ Radke, Daniel Siangco, and Larry Zdvoracek.


Board Vacancies - There are four (4) vacancies in Sub districts 2, 3, 7, and 9 (one seat each).


Guests - Maj. Alan Krauss (Marine Corps Base Hawai'i), State Senator Jill Fukuda, State Representative Pono Chong, Erin Conner (State Senate), Sam Moku (Mayor's Representative; Director, Department of Community Services); J.D. Aweau (Councilmember Ikaika Anderson's Office staff), Acting Captain Paul Ball (Honolulu Fire Department), Lt. Dave Eber (Honolulu Police Department, District 4, Kaneohe); Anna Tanaka, Alicia Rogan, Aaron Kim, Natalie Gasper, and Paul Carlson (Halemuku Way); Chris Aguinaldo (Hawai'i Pacific University), Jess and Elahim Williams (Kahiko St.), Sharon LaFortuna, Jody Solbach (Traditional Houses Foundation), Ben Baniaga, Ted Kanemori, Lorraine Miranda, Steve Irvin (Pali View Baptist Church), Kevin K., Suzzi Chilson, Doug Dykstar (Windward Community College), and K. Russell Ho (Neighborhood Commission Office staff).






Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) - Acting Captain Paul Bass reported the following:

  • August 2011 Statistics - Included 3 structure, and 1 rubbish fires; 129 emergencies, 4 search/rescues, 15 miscellaneous, no major incidents, and multiple drowning at Kualoa.
  • Fire Safety Tip - In a fire, medical, or other emergency, it is critical that emergency responders quickly identify the correct location. Fire, building, and U.S. postal codes and City ordinances state that property owners shall place their house numbers so it is legible and readily visible from the street. This will assist first responders in quickly locating your house in the event of an emergency. If the property is difficult to locate and/or access, provide 911 dispatchers with additional information to assist them in locating the property during an emergency.


Honolulu Police Department (HPD) - Lt. Dave Eber reported the following:

  • August 2011 Statistics - Included 6 assaults, 12 auto/motorcycle thefts, 20 burglaries, 6 drugs/narcotics, 1 graffiti, 0 robberies, 45 thefts, 9 unauthorized entries into a motor vehicle (UEMV).


Comments followed:

A resident was concerned about burglaries.


Marine Corps Base Hawai'i (MCBH) - Maj. Alan Krauss reported the following:

  • Hours of Operation - Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. - midnight; Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed Sundays and Holidays. Exceptions: August 7 - 11, 24-hour operations.  On Saturday, September 17, large aircrafts are expected to arrive as late as 9:00 p.m.
  • Events -

         September 20 - Windward Civil/Mil Council meeting, at the Club at Koa Malina; lunch at 11:00 a.m.



         September 23 - 24 - Marines Hosting Kalaheo High School JROTC aboard the base for training and leadership camp.

         September 24 - Marines supporting the Aloha Festival floral Parade with color guard and marching unit.

         October 3 - 18 - Combined Federal Campaign (Aloha United Way).

  • Deployments - Units include 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment; 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment; and Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363; HMH-463 is expected to return home from Afghanistan this week.
  • Announcements -

         Visit or call 254-7632 for information regarding career opportunities.

         HMH-463 ※Pegasus§ 每 Welcomed four new CH-53e Super Stallions last week to replace their CH-53D Sea Stallions.

  • Community Notes -

         Noise Complaints - To report noise complaints call the PAO at 287-8832 with date, time of the incident. If a message is left please consider leaving a name and phone number for a reply.

         Future Events - (1) Next summer, RIMPAC. (2) Next fall the Kaneohe Bay Air Show featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.


Gavigan arrived at 7:15 p.m. The meeting was official called to order; a quorum of 9 members present.


FILLING OF BOARD VACANCIES: Four Seats in Sub-districts 2, 3, 7 and 9 (one seat each) (Call for persons interested in filling Kaneohe Neighborhood Board No. 30 vacancies. Please bring proof of residency address to the meeting.) - There were persons present interested in filling the vacancies.




APPROVAL OF TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2011 AGENDA PLANNING AND COMMITTEES* MEETING MINUTES - Flanigan moved Yamashiro-Hironaka seconded that the Kaneohe Neighborhood Board No. 30 APPROVE the September 6, 2011 Agenda Planning and Committees* Meeting minutes as circulated.  The motion was ADOPTED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 9-0-0 (AYE: Flanigan, Gavin, Kaluhiwa, Makainai, Mueller, San Nicolas, Yamashiro-Hironaka, and Yanagihara).




  1. Complete Streets Project - Visit the City Department of Transportation Services (DTS) website for more information.




Mayor Peter Carlisle's Representative - Sam Moku reported the following:

  • Asia Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) - The APEC conference is scheduled for November 7 - 14, 2011. The community was reminded to be aware of road closures, traffic delays, and to check the City*s traffic cams daily for updates. Meetings will be held at the Convention Center and at Ko Olina.
  • Re-Painting of Red Curbs - It was asked and clarified that the Department of Transportation Services (DTS) conducted an investigation and will be issuing a work order to the Department of Facility Maintenance to repaint the curbing red at the official bus stop along Kaneohe Bay Drive at Hako Street. 
  • City Bus Schedule Near Kaneohe Marine Corps Base - TheBus Route 70 provides mid-day service within Marine Corps Base Hawaii connecting with other routes in Kailua town and also serving the communities of Lanikai and Maunawili.  Route 56 runs along Kaneohe Bay Drive with stops near the H-3 base access and Aikahi Park Shopping Center, as well as in Kailua town, traveling between Kaneohe and Downtown Honolulu.  Morning and evening express service to and from Honolulu is available near the Aikahi Shopping Center as well.  Complete information is available anytime at or by calling 848-5555 every day between 5:30 AM and 10:00 PM.  Timetables and maps are available at Libraries, Satellite City Halls, shopping malls and other locations.
  • Request for Yellow Blinking Lights at the Mid-Block Crosswalk on Paia Road - The DTS would like clarification on the location of the mid-block crosswalk.
  • Request for Replacement of 10 Miles Per Hour Signs - The DTS will work with Councilmember Anderson*s staff to clarify the location and investigate the concern regarding the missing signs.




  • Foul Smell by Castle High School - The Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) will check and respond back next month. More specific location will be appreciated. DFM is only responsible for the stream area behind the school and will assume this is the stream area, if not please let them know.
  • Board Request on Mitigating Odors Update -The Department of Environmental Services is currently investigating the on-going operation which includes regulating pump flow rate, maintaining carbon filters in

manholes and adding nitrates to the sewage as appropriate. An on-going consultant planning study is developing alternatives for long-term improvements. More information will be available as the work proceeds.

         Trucking of Raw Sewage from Sand Island to Other Wastewater Treatment Facilities - The trucking of sludge from Sand Island to the Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment Plant 9WWTP) system specifically to the Waipahu WWPS started on an experiment basis in mid-August. Technically speaking, this is not raw sewage, as it is material that has gone through various treatment processes, i.e. screening, grit removal, primary setting, and gravity thickening. The sludge has not been truck to either Kailua or Waianae. Trucking to other WWTP would be considered after any requirements for an Environmental Assessment (EA) are met, which is scheduled in 2012.

         Board Request for Periodic Updates on the Oneawa Hills Gravity Tunnel Project - City Departments of Design and Construction and Environmental Services are willing to provide periodic updates on the project. The project is ※Kaneohe/Kailua Sewer Tunnel§, and is included in the City*s six-year Capital Improvement Project (CIP) program and budget. Currently, additional soil borings are being conducted. The next appropriate time to provide an update will probably be in four to six months.


Councilmember Ikaika Anderson - J. D. Aweau reported the following

         Real Property Tax Deadline - September 30, 2011 is the deadline for the submission of all real property tax exemption and credit forms.

         Community Support for Traffic Calming - Last month Councilmember Anderson*s office along with Senator Tokuda and Representatives Ito and Chong canvassed the Keaupuka Subdivision to inform and survey area residents of the City*s proposed ※traffic calming§ measures.

         Council Committee Changes - The Planning and Zoning committees have been merged into a single commit on Zoning and Planning. The Transportation and Transit Planning committee has been renamed Transportation.

         3TALKS - The next 3TALKS is scheduled for Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at the Kaneohe Community & Senior Center from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

         Repainting Red Curbs on Kaneohe Bay Drive - Currently the city is not repainting curbs red. Alternatives are being sought.

         Signage - Speed limit signs on Kokokahi Place will be replaced shortly.

         Pedestrian Safety at Pahia Road and Kamehameha Highway - The Department of Transportation Services (DTS) is looking into the matter.


Governor Neil Abercrombie*s Representative - No representative present or report provided.


U.S. Representative Mazie Hirono - No representative present or report provided.


State Senator Jill Tokuda - Newsletter provided.


State Senator Clayton Hee - No representative present or report provided.


Representative Ken Ito - No representative present or report provided.




Hope Chapel - No representative present or report provided.


Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) - Chris Aguinaldo reported the following:                                        

  • Fall Semester - Instruction began on September 6, 2011.
  • Shuttle Service between Windward and Downtown Campuses - Students using the intercampus shuttle service got an upgrade in comfort and accessibility. A [professional commercial transportation company is now HPU*s exclusive provider for the intercampus shuttle service. For more information visit Services/Commuter Services/.
  • Hall of Fame Athletes - Benny Agbayani and Tita Ahuna will be included in the Athletes Hall of Fame.


  • S.H.A.R.X. Benefit - This event celebrating 30 years of Sea Warrior Tradition will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2011, 5:30 p.m. at the Ko'olau Ballrooms, Kaneohe.


Questions, comments, and concerns: Crosswalks - Concern was raised regarding crosswalks across Pali Highway to the Hawaii Loa Campus.


Windward Community College - No representative present or report provided.




Koolaupoko Watershed Management Plan (KPWMP) Summary - Bruce Tsuchida, Townscape, Inc. reported the following:

  • Purpose of the Management Plan - KPWMP is a long-range 20-year plan to the y4ear 2030, for the preservation, restoration, and balanced management of ground water, surface water, and related watershed resources in the Ko'olau Poko District on the island of Oahu. The public review draft was posted on the Board of Water Supply website at in December 2010.
  • Changes to the KPWMP Plan - A flyer was circulated with changes made to the public review draft of September 12, 2011.
  • Packet - Included in the Executive Summary was information about the purpose, the KWPMP and Ko'olau Poko Sustainable Communities Plan, the planning process,  goals and objectives of the KPWMP, summary profile of the district, water use and projected demand, and projects and strategies. The Board was asked to review the plan; input is welcome.
  • Approval - The plan must be approved by the City Council and State Water Commission.


Questions comments and concerns:

  1. Desalinization - It was asked and clarified that BWS is study the matter if desalinization would destroy the aquifers in the Kapolei not the Windward area.
  2. Future Water Needs - BWS is looking into future water needs for agriculture and development.
  3. Reservoirs - It was asked if the water reservoirs in Central O'ahu and the North Shore would take the excess Wai芋hole/Waikane water for use not storage.


Ahu O Laka, New Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Regulations - Bill Aila, Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) - No representative present or report provided.


Representative Pono Chong - Representative Pono Chong distributed his report and was available for questions.


Presentation on Proposal for Several Halfway Houses in Kaneohe - Chair Yanagihara made an introductory statement saying that the next item on the agenda was a presentation by Jody Solbach and was a required informational briefing that he had to make to the Board as the first step in applying to the City for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) that he needs in order to increase the occupancy limits of the group homes that he is already operating in residential neighborhoods.


Chair Yanagihara further stated that Neighborhood Boards are no longer permitted to make recommendations in support or in opposition to the drug or alcohol rehabilitation groups homes located in residential neighborhoods as a result of a change in state law several years ago.


Solbach began his presentation by stating that he is the operator of several halfway houses in Kaneohe and gave the addresses of each house for the record - 45-692 Halemoku Way, TMK: 450-10017; 45-679 Waiawi Street, TMK: 450-52014; and 45-504 Koolau View Drive, TMK: 450-54026.


Three halfway houses, now under the Tradition House Foundation, are owned by Solbach. The homes assist men with drug, alcohol, or other issues. Most of the residents are either in treatment or just-completed treatment. No sex offenders are permitted. However, a person was recently evicted, when it was found out that he is a sex offender. Girlfriends are restricted from sleepovers. Some residents have mental issues and must take regular medication. Churches and other civic organizations help with counseling, etc. There are 34 employees, 26 of which reside at the homes, which now come under the Tradition House Foundation, a 501-(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. The foundation does accept monetary donations. Most of the residents are employed at Solbach*s landscaping company. Plans are to submit an application for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and a Major Variance Permit with the City Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) to bring the halfway houses up to code.


Questions, comments and concerns:

  1. Operations - The houses have been operating as halfway houses for three or four years without permits, with a manager at each location. Contact number is - 722-6584; or Solbach, direct at - 699-7551.
  2. Nature of Occupants - Nearly all residents are court referred. As the operator of the halfway houses, Solbach is responsible for screening residents for houses and doesn*t have to take all persons referred to him. Solbach stated that he does not accept sex offenders or persons with a history of violence. Some residents in attendance pointed out, however, that at least two (2) residents were determined to be sex offenders and were found to be listed on the state sex offender website.
  3. Residents - Solbach indicated that there are currently at least 12 people residing at each of halfway houses he operates.  Chair Yanagihara noted that City ordinances allow only six (6) unrelated individuals to live in one residence and that a special permit is needed to allow more people to live in one house and that is what he is seeking by this presentation.  After some questioning by Chair Yanagihara, Solbach admitted that he has been cited by the City for violation of the City occupancy ordinance.
  4. Omnibus Crime Bill - Representative Chong relayed that in 2007 the State enacted a law which takes away City authority to regulate halfway houses. Many people, including this Neighborhood Board, opposed the Omnibus Crime Bill. The City can only check for compliance with building codes relating to health and safety factors. Chair Yanagihara noted that the neighborhood board cannot render an opinion on the issues, and as mentioned earlier, this presentation is for informational purposes. It was recommended to seek the assistance of area legislative officials.
  5. Halemoku Residence - An application will be submitted to expand this home to 16 individuals.
  6. Parking - Chair Yanagihara also asked Solbach if each resident was allowed to have a car and Solbach responded ※yes."  When asked whether there was enough parking at each house to accommodate the cars for the residents* cars Solbach indicated that residents are allowed to park their cars on neighborhood streets.  When questioned about the impact of having so many additional cars parked in already congested neighborhood areas, Solbach indicated that he would be willing to set limits on the number of cars allowed at each house.
  7. Health and Safety - When asked about the adequacy of health and safety facilities available to accommodate more than the permitted number of persons for each residence, Solbach indicated that he believe the facilities were adequate and stated that he had no plans to enlarge the houses or make major improvements to the existing dwellings.
  8. Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) Hearing - It was reported that a hearing with the State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is scheduled for the request of a Major Variance Permit.
  9. Comment - It was noted that the rules have changed and donations are being ask for through the Tradition House Foundation. It was asked would be in charge of the care of the sex offenders and mentally disabled people; and noted that the house manager was one of the recovering addicts at that time.
  10. Traditional House - This foundation owns and operates five (5) clean and sober traditional living houses in Kaneohe. Plans are to bring Solbach*s three (3) properties up to code.
  11. Comment - It was asked and clarified that it has been a first that two (2) sex offenders were residing in the halfway houses. More details checks will be done in the future.

12.  Comments - (A) It was suggested that the resident manager of the house go door-to-door, introducing his/her self to the neighbors. (B) Concern was raised that there are new occupants every three months, which is unfair to the neighbors and lack of respect. (C) Concern was raised regarding the honesty of the foundation and homeowner, because this is the first the resident has heard about the halfway houses, which have been operating for the last four years. (D) The issues, being caused in the neighborhoods, are outrageous.

13.  Koolau View Drive Comments - (A) At one time 16 people resided in the home. (B) Occupants were witnessed at least three times jumping over a neighbor*s fence and peeing into another home while a lady was changing her clothes. When confronted the perpetrator ran to the halfway house. The neighbor was asked to disregard a police report on the incident. Other peeping tom incidents were relayed. (D) It was reiterated that the house manager does not a police report filed. (E) Recently, two occupants were reported to the manager when they were witnessed smoking marijuana and paraphernalia left inform of the residence. (E) Break-ins of other two elderly residents were reported, as well as neighbors being robbed while moving in.

14.  Notification - When Solbach was asked by Chair Yanagihara what he did to notify residents about this meeting he stated that he had the residents of the halfway houses distribute flyers in the neighborhoods.  Several residents in attendance stated that they only learned about meeting by word of mouth from other residents and they stated they had less than a day*s notice before the meeting. Surrounding neighbors were not notified or given a brochure about the halfway house or tonight*s neighborhood board meeting. In response, all neighbors were notified on September 12, 2011 and messages were left.


15. Parole - (A) No people on parole are allowed to reside at the halfway homes. (B) However, residents reported that a few occupants did say that they were on parole.

16.  Health and Safety Concerns - Residents of one of the houses are often seen urinating in plain sight of children who attend a preschool next door.  Residents pointed out that these incidents raises concerns of the good moral character of the people living in the houses and also whether the existing facilities are adequate for the people currently housed and cast doubt on whether those houses should be allowed to accommodate even more people.

17.  Increase in Occupants - It was asked if the houses can accommodate 16 people each; and if the bathroom facilities adequate. It was answered that the homes have he stated that each house has at least three (3) bedrooms and two (2) bathrooms each. Solbach did not indicate any plans to enlarge any of the houses he operates.

18.  Halemoku Way - After hearing the concerns, a resident noted that the owners of the halfway house must do their job including have no more sex offenders. He noted that everyone in the neighborhood works hard and stated that the patrons should be helped but not at the expense of the community.

19.  Representative Pono Chong - Representative Chong reported that he, Senator Tokuda and Councilmember Anderson have been working for two years on legislation regarding the State law and placement of residential treatment facilities and regulations. The owners can be cited for several violation and fines could be compounded on a daily basis. According to City regulations, no more that five unrelated people can reside in one house. The presenter is asking to add more bodies to the halfway houses. The situation is to get the required permits, pay the violation fined or the property taxes or driver*s license could be affected. If not, the City could imposer harsher fines.

20.  Comment - A person in attendance indicated that he was the operator of a preschool that was located next door to one of the halfway houses and questioned whether it was permitted for such operations to be located next to a school. The fact that a resident was discovered to be a convicted sex offender was also raised as a concern regarding proximity to the school. It was asked how many feet away from schools must a sex offender be.

21.  Other Comments That Were Made By Attendees:

※At one halfway house a pet dog kept by the resident manager is allowed to defecate in common areas and they fail to clean up after it.§

※Residents at the halfway houses help themselves to the fruit on the trees of neighbors without first obtaining permission.§

※The residents of the halfway houses take up all of the available on-street neighborhood parking.§

※Residents at the halfway houses often appear unclothed and indecent in public view.§

※Residents of the halfway houses are often seen urinating outside the houses in public view.§

※Mr. Solbach failed to provide a contact point to receive complaints from neighbors.§

※Resident managers do not seem responsive to neighbors* complaints.§

※Residents of the halfway houses have been caught in the act of peeping tom activities at neighbors* houses.§

22.  Permits - It was reiterated that a Major Variance Permit is being applied for. DPP focuses on a Conditional Use Permit (CUP). DPP may consider elements when deciding on issuing the permits. The community was encouraged to summit comments/concerns to DPP.

23.  Halfway Houses Locations - It was reiterated that the homes are located on Halemoku Way, on Koolau View Drive and on Waiawi Street (TMK: 450-52014).

24.  Chair Yanagihara - Noted that up until now, the surrounding residents have been tolerant and report violations to the property manager. However, the property manager is not taking accurate counts of the residents. Future violations should be reported to Representative Chong, Senator Tokuda, or Councilmember Anderson who will contact DPP. It was noted that when attending hearing to stick to the facts. Emotions will not stop the permits from being issued. If no HPD reports are made, it was suggest that pictures of incidents be taken.


Discuss Committee Chair Nominees and Make Appointments - Chair Yanagihara appointed Gavigan to be Chair of the City & County of Honolulu Ordinance Committee.




Annual Kaneohe Christmas Parade - Sager moved and Flanigan seconded that the Kaneohe Neighborhood Board No. 30 fully supports the 2011 Annual Kaneohe Christmas Parade and the Kaneohe Neighborhood Boar No. 30 encourages the public to attend the parade. The motion was ADOPTED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 9-0-0 (AYE: Flanigan, Gavigan, Kaluhiwa, Makainai, Mueller, Sager, San Nicolas, Yamashiro-Hironaka, and Yanagihara).


William Henry Road Sidewalk Project Presentation - Deferred






  • Windward Ho'olaule'a 2011 - The 10th Windward Ho'olaule'a 2011 will be on Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Kaneohe Neighborhood Board No. 30 will be educating the public about Emergency Preparedness and the Neighborhood Board System.
  • Next Agenda Planning & Committees* Meeting - The next Agenda Planning & Committees* Meeting will be held on October 4, 2011, Kaneohe Community and Senior Center, 7:00 p.m.
  • Next Kaneohe Neighborhood Board No. 30 Regular Meeting - The next Kaneohe Neighborhood Board No. 30 regular meeting will take place at the Benjamin Parker School Cafetorium on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS.


ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 9:21 p.m.


Submitted by:

K. Russell Ho and Nola Frank

Neighborhood Assistants


Reviewed by:

Bill Sager

Secretary and

Roy Yanagihara, Chair


Resolution in Support for the 49th Annual Kaneohe Christmas Parade


WHEREAS, the Kaneohe Neighborhood Board No. 30 heard a presentation on the Annual Kaneohe Christmas Parade by Kuulei Olsen Richardson at its Thursday, September 15, 2011 regular meeting; and


WHEREAS, this year marks the 49th anniversary of this popular Christmas season event on the first Saturday in December, on December 3, 2011, starting at 9:00 a.m.;


THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Kaneohe Neighborhood Board No. 30 fully supports the 2011 Annual Kaneohe Christmas Parade and the Kaneohe Neighborhood Board No. 30 encourages the public to attend the parade.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be sent to the Mayor of the City & County of Honolulu, all City Councilmembers and the organizers of the Annual Kaneohe Christmas Parade.


This resolution was ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY by the Kaneohe Neighborhood Board No. 30 at its Thursday, September 15, 2011 regular meeting.


Submitted by:

Roy Yanagihara


Kaneohe Neighborhood Board No. 30



Last Reviewed: Thursday, November 10, 2011