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WAIKIKI NEIGHBORHOOD BOARD
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, JULY 8, 2003
WAIKIKI COMMUNITY CENTER
CALL TO ORDER: Chair Robert Finley called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. with a quorum present.
MEMBERS PRESENT: Jeffrey Apaka, Tom Brower, Dolores Cook, Norman Duncan, Louis Erteschik, Robert Finley, Walt Flood, Raymond Gruntz, John Kaimi, David McCulloch, Dave Oshiro, Mike Peters, Jim Poole, Rachel Simmons, Mary Simpson.
MEMBERS ABSENT: Leslie Among, Neil Carmody.
GUESTS: Barbara Kim Stanton (Mayor’s Representative – Department of Planning and Permitting), Daniel Morin (Councilmember Charles Djou’s Office staff), Councilmember Charles Djou, Puna Chai (Representative Scott Nishimoto’s Office staff), Nicholas Hahn (Representative Galen Fox’s Office staff), Frank and Linda Vargo (Senator Gordon Trimble’s Office staff), Senator Gordon Trimble, Lieutenant Tim Boswell (Honolulu Police Department – Waikiki Station), Captain Gerald Komine and Fire Fighter Corey Silva (Honolulu Fire Department – Waikiki Station), Scot Muraoka (Board of Water Supply), Trish Glancey and Eric Griffith (Waikiki Health Center), Steven Haraner, Joan Nagua (Waikiki Community Center), Bill and Helen Sweatt, John and Karen Van Tine, Anna and Horst Brown, Jane and Steve Haky, Joe and Mary Cowing, Rex and Brenda Powell, Pat Lee (Pat Lee & Associates), Kate Diggle, Brian Lee, C.R. Bronson, Louis Xigogianis, Inga Vaas, Jan Bappe, Barbara Selchow, Daisy Murai, Michael Mueller, Mike and Doris Miller, Felix Navarro, Stefan Fekete, Charles Benson, Marilee Leach, Dianne Tippett, Karen Procter, Corey Dillman, T.G. Thompson, Dalila Ayoun, Tom Meskan, Ronica Monk, Nic Hahan, Lillian Hong (Olelo) and Mahealani Hanohano (Neighborhood Commission Office staff).
ESTABLISH A QUORUM: A quorum was determined to be present.
APPROVAL OF JUNE 10, 2003 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES: The following corrections were made:
Page 2, under Vote to Approve Video Taping Contract, the motion should read: “…a rate of $250 per meeting for 11 meetings.”
Page 3, 1st paragraph, 3rd line, should read: “…pay Hong $250 per meeting for 11 meetings.”
Page 7, 2nd paragraph, item 1), should read: “Gruntz noted that funding was not drastically cut, as the Mayor and his representatives are saying. Only one Sunset on the Beach per month was cut.”
McMculloch moved and Peters seconded to approve the June 10, 2003 Regular Meeting Minutes as corrected. The motion carried unanimously, 14-0-0.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Peters noted that due to a change of personnel at the Neighborhood Commission Office a current Treasurer’s Report has not been completed yet. He noted that the Neighborhood Commission Office has not paid Lillian Hong, of Olelo, for services rendered from March to June 2003.
VARIANCE FOR “HAWAIIAN PEDDLER” A VEHICLE RENTAL COMPANY – McCulloch moved and Flood seconded to support a variance so that the required structure for five rental jeeps is not needed for the “Hawaiian Peddler”.
Apaka arrived at 7:05 p.m. (15 members present).
Discussion followed: 1) McCulloch explained that the owner of “Hawaiian Peddler”, Steven Haraner has received a notice of violation from the City for not having his five rental jeeps in a required structure. 2) Board members that live in the area stated that before Haraner’s moped and jeep rental business moved into the area the site located near Lewers Street and Kuhio Avenue, next to “Blackflies” was notorious for drug dealing and prostitution and since then the “Hawaiian Peddler” has enhanced the appearance of the area. 3) Simmons stated that she looked into the matter and the Department of Planning and Permitting’s (DPP), Waikiki Special Design District’s has indicated that the business is operating illegally, and that a variance would not be granted. Chair Finley stated that the City has accepted the variance application. 4) Discussion ensued regarding an event that occurred at “Blackflies” over the weekend.
The motion carried, 12-2-1. Aye: Apaka, Brower, Cook, Erteschik, Flood, Kaimi, McCulloch, Oshiro, Peters, Simpson, Simmons, Finley. Nay: Duncan, Poole. Abstain: Gruntz.
CHAIR ANNOUNCEMENTS: Chair Finley reviewed the following:
1) The American Society of Association Executives Annual Meeting and Exposition presentation will be deferred to next month.
2) The Snickers Soccer Tournament that was held in June 2003 was a success.
3) The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organization (AFLCIO) Labor Day Parade will be held on September 1, 2003 and is requesting Board support. Of the 20 parades held in Waikiki this past year this has been the only one requesting Board support. The matter to look into what the process and requirements are for parades held in Waikiki was referred to the Mayor’s representative.
4) The Legislative Special Session is ongoing tonight.
HONOLULU FIRE DEPARTMENT (HFD): Captain Gerald Komine, of the Waikiki Station, introduced Fire Fighter Corey Silva and he reported the following for the month of June 2003: 1) There were 4 structure, 15 alarm activation, 3 rubbish and 1 vehicle fire related; and 85 medical, 2 search/rescue and 1 miscellaneous emergency calls for response. 2) Fire Safety Tip: “Use the appropriate light bulbs and the specific wattage should be based upon the manufacturer’s recommendation. If you are unsure, use a 40-watt bulb.”
Discussion followed: 1) The Waikiki Fire Station did not respond to the fire at the Ala Wai Boat Harbor. 2) The number of “Ice” manufacturing related fires was unknown. The matter was referred to HPD.
HONOLULU POLICE DEPARTMENT (HPD): Lieutenant Tim Boswell distributed copies of crime statistics for June 2003 and reported the following: 1) He was unaware of any “Ice” manufacturing related fires. 2) Several auto theft arrests were made this month due to reports and statements made by concerned citizens.
1) Flood expressed concern regarding a promoter that uses glue to post event advertisements on area telephone poles. He noted that during a neighborhood clean up at least 50 posters were removed. Lieutenant Boswell stated that there is an ordinance that bans this method of promoting, but HPD needs to observe the person placing them. Chair Finley noted that the promoter’s name is on the posters.
2) Duncan noted that vehicles have been cited at the parking lot on Paoakalani Avenue, across of Lemon Street, although there are no signs or painted red lines indicating “No Parking”. Lieutenant Boswell stated that the City no longer paints curbs red to indicate no parking. He noted that on-street parking in Waikiki on streets that have marked stalls are only allowed in the stalls.
3) Chair Finley noted that a resident was injured when swerving their vehicle to avoid hitting a pedestrian that stepped into the street when trying to look at a street performer’s art. It was noted that the artist was painting with his back towards Kalakaua Avenue. Lieutenant Boswell stated that the artist was arrested last night.
4) Duncan expressed concern regarding the theft of the pedestrian crossing buttons on traffic lights on Kalakaua Avenue.
5) Peters noted that a business owner on the corner of Kaiulani and Kuhio Avenues has been having a problem with loitering and possible drug dealing in front of her store. She indicated that after requesting that the loiterers move, they broke her store window. Lieutenant Boswell stated that there are no laws against loitering in Hawaii, but stated that plain-clothes officers will monitor the area.
6) Flood expressed concern regarding the blocking of the sidewalks on Kalakaua Avenue by viewers of the break-dancer street performers. Lieutenant Boswell will look into the matter.
7) Frank Vargo stated that his daughter was beat up in the Ala Wai Boat Harbor area on July 4, 2003 after requesting that party-goers stop popping fireworks near their boat. He stated that HPD responded quickly on that evening, but there has been no follow-up. Lieutenant Boswell discussed the matter with Vargo privately.
8) Lieutenant Boswell will follow up on the homicide investigation of the death from someone falling from a building on June 26, 2003.
9) Gruntz suggested the use of empty video cameras as a deterrent for prostitutes.
10) HPD has been citing for noise violations on a nightly basis.
11) Stefan Fekete expressed concern regarding car alarms that are set off by vibrations. Lieutenant Boswell stated that a car could be cited if a car alarm does not get shut off after a certain amount of time.
12) Erteschik expressed concern regarding loitering and drinking at the public parking area on Kailou Drive and Kuhio Avenue and requested that the area be monitored.
13) Discussion ensued regarding commercial vehicles that have not been getting cited for parking in a “No Parking” zone on Seaside Avenue and Aloha Drive.
COMMUNITY CONCERNS: There were no other community concerns at this time.
BOARD OF WATER SUPPLY (BWS) – Scot Muraoka reported the following for June 2003: 1) There were no main breaks. 2) There are no new water projects scheduled to begin in July 2003. 3) Summer is traditionally a time of high water consumption. The month of June began with an all time record high of more than 180 million gallons of water used per day on Oahu (15 gallons more per day than in the same time last year). Since then water use has gone down to 167 million gallons per day. Residents should practice water conservation at home and report water waste to BWS. 4) BWS will participate in the Hawaii State Farm Fair beginning July 18 and continuing for three consecutive weekends ending on Sunday, August 3, 2003. 5) The Halawa Xeriscape Garden Open House and Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, August 2, 2003, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 6) Regarding Gruntz’s inquiry about the feasibility of installing a new water main in the Dewey Lane area to be coordinated with the Hilton Hawaiian Village road-widening project: no BWS water lines are in Dewy Lane. 7) The Ala Wai Harbor area is served by a meter in Holomoana Street and Ala Moana Boulevard. The water pressure in the area is relatively high and suggested that the low water pressure at the public showers may be due to damaged water pipes.
Gruntz expressed concern that a former City & County of Honolulu City Council member was hired by BWS for a new position that was not advertised to the public.
WAIKIKI HEALTH CENTER MOVE OF HOMELESS PROGRAM TO 407 KAIOLU DRIVE – Trish Glancey introduced Eric Griffith and they reported the following: The Waikiki Health Center (WHC) is currently conducting the following programs at their 421 Launiu Street location: Wellness Program, Friendly Neighbor Program and the Care-A-Van Program. The program mainly provides medical care, but also provides social services and housing referrals. They are planning to move their programs to 407 Kailou Drive, which is across from the Four Paddle Condominium. The Waikiki Health Center works with HPD to mitigate any problems and has done clean up and landscaping on the site which was formerly an eyesore. The reminded residents that clients would not be living at the facility and will be encouraged to complete their business at the facility and leave.
1) Flood expressed concern regarding the decrease in property values of the surrounding homes if the program is moved to Kaiolu Drive. He noted that a homeless program in Santa Monica attracted over 3,000 homeless, which could easily happen in Waikiki. It was noted that its current location is behind the Four Paddle Condominium.
2) Griffith stated that the site has been abandoned for many years and illicit activity has been occurring since the building was not occupied. Since WHC has moved into Kaiolu Drive large trash bins have been removed, vegetation has been cut back, new plants sowed, and there are more improvements to follow.
3) Only the bottom floor, which is about 4,500 square feet will be used by WHC.
4) The pay phone fronting the site will be removed due to the illicit activity that it attracts.
5) Erteschik supported the program. Glancey stated that there will be no changes in the operation of the programs at the new location. The new facility is smaller and not all of the programs that were at the old facility will be transferred.
6) Marilee Leach, resident manager of a Kailou Drive apartment, expressed frustration that during the clean up of the WHC new site large items were left in front of her building. Griffith noted that when he was aware of the situation the rubbish was removed. He noted that neighboring residents also piled trash in front of the facility. He stated that he will continue to leave bulky trash items in their designated areas on the street. Anna Brown noted that Leach cleaned and trimmed vegetation from the site twice without the help of WHC.
7) Leach expressed concern that the facility will not have evening security and that having the program on Kaiolu Drive would attract distasteful people into their neighborhood. Griffith stated that these types of people are already in the area and the program is positive. He noted that before moving into the building drug dealing and prostitution were going on in the abandoned building. He suggested that residents call 911 if they observe illicit activity in the area. Glancey stated that installation of security lighting for the evening hours is being discussed.
8) Glancey stated that the Kaiolu Drive location is only temporary and they are looking for a permanent site.
9) Griffith stated that WHC will not be responsible for crime that goes on at the site in the evenings. Charles Benson noted that there have been loitering problems at the Launiu Street site during the evenings.
10) Residents indicated that they would like the program to move out of Waikiki into another neighborhood. Griffith noted that other communities feel the same way and reminded the audience that most of the homeless that the program services consider Waikiki their home.
11) Michael Mueller and Erteschik supported the program and Mueller stated that it is the humanitarian thing to do. He noted that just because someone is homeless does not mean that they are bad and that Waikiki is their home too. He expressed frustration towards the residents on coming down on the WHC when everyone should take a part in helping Hawaii’s homeless. Glancey requested that Board members and guests have compassion for those less fortunate.
12) Glancey stated that WHC has other programs that are not located at the Kaiolu Drive site and that most of their funding comes from the federal and state government. If clients have medical insurance, the insurer is billed, if not the funding comes from the federal or state grants.
13) Glancey stated that most of the resources are used for the homeless program. About 15 clients utilize the Wellness Program and about 60-100 clients utilize the Homeless Program daily. She stated that some clients come from as far as the North Shore.
14) WHC started their programs in 1987 at the Waikiki Community Center, but needed a larger facility once the programs expanded. Most clients come to the facility for acute care due to skin infections from assaults.
15) It was noted that WHC will pay the property owner $1 per month rent, but all of the renovations will belong to the owner once the program moves facilities.
16) Leach noted that it may be improper to have the program on Kaiolu Drive due to the numerous amount of drug dealing that occurs on the street making drugs more accessible to the clients. She also noted that having a well-lit facility would deter drug dealing and other crime.
AM PARTNERS PRESENTATION ON PARK AND SEASIDE AND ALOHA DRIVE – Deferred.
SENATOR GORDON TRIMBLE – Frank Vargo distributed Senator Trimble’s report and stated that Senator Trimble is disappointed that Board members are not at the Legislative Special Session this evening.
Discussion followed: 1) Erteschik stated that the results of the Special Legislative Session demonstrated partisan politics within both the Democratic and Republican parties. He took issue with the implication from Senator Trimble and Representative Fox that this was simply a political effort by the Democratic Party. He noted that many Republicans in fact voted in favor of the bills during the regular session of the legislature but changed their vote during the Special Session after Governor Lingle vetoed these measures. He also noted that the Governor had stated that she wanted to work with the Legislature but vetoed approximately fifty Legislative Bills. Erteschik also felt that the Governor had vetoed funding for necessary social services and stated that he supported the effort of the Legislature to override these vetoes. 3) Erteschik indicated that Governor Lingle could still restrict funding from vetoed bills that the Legislature may override.
REPRESENTATIVE GALEN FOX – Nicholas Hahn distributed Representative Galen Fox’s report and was available for questions.
Gruntz requested that Governor Lingle support free parking for the surfers and canoe paddlers, etc. at the Ala Wai Marina Parking Lot at the Ala Wai Boat Harbor.
REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT NISHIMOTO – Puna Chai distributed Representative Scott Nishimoto’s monthly report and highlighted the following: 1) Representative Nishimoto has been working with HPD to establish a Neighborhood Security Watch Program to address concerns regarding the growing crime and drug problem in Waikiki. A meeting will be held on Tuseday, July 15, 2003, 6:00 p.m. at the Kaimuki High School Auditorium for HPD to provide the community with information to increase education and awareness of the problems within the community and the specifics of establishing a Neighborhood watch Program. 2) A Hawaii 3R’s Project will be conducted at Jefferson Elementary School on Friday, July 18, 2003. The project will extend over four days and will entail cleaning the court surface, patching cracks, resurfacing and repainting court lines and surrounding basketball backboards.
COUNCILMEMBER CHARLES DJOU – Dan Morin distributed Councilmember Charles Djou’s report and the Councilmember highlighted the following: 1) Thanked Board members and residents for attending the Waikiki Beach Cleanup. 2) He has returned from U.S. Army Reserve training. 3) Will work with the newly appointed City Auditor Leslie Tanaka. 4) Bill 23 relating to prohibiting the carrying or displaying, in a public place, replica guns, was passed and awaits the Mayor’s signature. 5) The City Council passed Resolution 145 that urges the administration to impliment improvements to online updates of Capital Improvement Program (CIP) projects. 6) He requests the removal of Director Michael Amii, of the Department of Community Services, due to his misuse of taxpayer resources. 7) Thanked HPD for working to mitigate the illegal parking problems at Jefferson Elementary School. 8) The 15th Airlift Wing of the U.S. Air Force will host Friends and Neighbors Weekend on August 9 and 10, 2003. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are scheduled to perform at Hickam Air Force Base.
Discussion followed: 1) Gruntz agreed with Councilmember Djou regarding the removal of Amii. 2) Fekete expressed concern regarding the number of parades held in Waikiki. He noted that Kalakaua Avenue was closed 25 times last year for parades. The matter to look into what the process and requirements for parades held in Waikiki was referred to the Mayor’s representative. 3) Laws against noise pollution are already in effect and the matter lies in enforcement and HPD resources. HPD has increased the number of noise citations issued.
MAYOR’S REPRESENTATIVE – Barbara Kim Stanton distributed her report and highlighted the following: 1) She noted that Amii works between 60 and 70 hours per week for the City and indicated that the Administration will put the matter behind them and move forward for the betterment of the City. 2) Bill Sweatt is the Project Champion of the Aloha Dirve/Seaside Avenue Park that will be approximately 33,000 square feet. The matter regarding the fair market value purchase of the property is still in court, but the City has used its power of eminent domain to acquire it. 3) Brunch on the Beach will be held on Sunday, July 20, 2003, 9:30 a.m. on Kalakaua Avenue. 4) Sunset on the Beach will be held on July 12 and 13, 2003. “Tuck Everlasting” will be shown on Saturday and “How to Loose a Guy in 10 Days” on Sunday.
Discussion followed: 1) McCulloch requested that the municipal parking lot on Kaiolu Drive be better maintained. 2) Gruntz reiterated his concern that a former City & County of Honolulu City Council member was hired by BWS for a new position that was not advertised to the public. Brower noted that there is more than one former City Councilmember currently working for the City. Discussion ensued.
GOVERNOR’S REPRESENTATIVE – Erteschik distributed the Governor’s report.
CHAIR’S REPORT: There was no Chair’s report but Chair Finley reported the following tentative list of Committee Chairs:
LIVABLE WAIKIKI – Committee Chair McCulloch reported the following: Duncan attended the public meeting held on June 11, 2003 regarding HECO’s proposal to interconnect the Kamoku and Pukele substations with 138 kV lines to provide a third line to Pukele in case the two lines currently in service go down. He stated that all three proposals would service Waikiki and reminded the Board that in the past the Board has taken action in support of the matter.
PARKS – Committee Chair Peters directed Board members and residents to view the Honolulu Advertiser as an update on the Aloha Drive Park.
LEGISLATION – Committee Chair Erteschik announced that the Legislative Session is over.
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT BUDGET – Chair Finley stated that he would work with Committee Chair Kaimi and area Legislators on the matter.
WEB MASTER – Committee Chair McCulloch announced that the Board’s website has been updated.
TRANSPORTATION – Chair Finley appointed Cook to Chair the Transportation Committee.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Chair Finley reviewed the following:
1) Director Tim Steinberger, of the Department of Design and Construction, replied to the Board’s letter regarding the beatification project plans that indicated that something would be blocking the loading zone at 430 Keoniana Street. The letter indicated that adjustments to the project were made to accommodate the loading zone.
2) The Liquor Commission hearing for Takenoya Restaurant at 2250 Kalakaua Avenue (Waikiki Shopping Plaza) will be held on July 17, 2003, 4:00 p.m.
3) The Liquor Commission hearing for a Category 2 license (live and recorded entertainment provided) for La Cucaracha Restaurant at 2446 Koa Avenue will be held on August 14, 2003, 4:00 p.m.
4) The Neighborhood Board Parliamentary Procedure Workshop will be held on Saturday, July 12, 2003, 8:30 a.m. at Kapolei Hale.
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 9:10 p.m.
Submitted by: Mahealani Hanohano, Neighborhood Assistant
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