Saturday, July 22, 2017

KNHB Meeting July 29, 2017

These are unofficial notes about discussions at the Kaneohe Neighborhood Board Meeting.
Board. 10
Public. 118
Officers Appointed
Chair. Mo
Vice Chair  Sager
Sec. Jon Hanks
Treas. Jeremiah Sander 

Volunteered and were appointed to the Board.
Haiku. Holly Sevier
lilipuna Brandy Berklie 

HFD says prep for hurricane season. 
Plan to shelter in place or with friends. Red Cross has limited shelter availablility. Have supplies (food, water, meds) for two weeks) If going to shelter, take what you need for 3 days.
85. Asked cost of haiku rescue
Doesn't know

HPD Lt yu. 
June Report
Haiku Community. Trespass by Haiku Stairs trespassers continues to be a problem. Neighborhood Watch is trying to bring trespassers to court. One trespasser was  shot with Pellet gun and someone attempted use their car to run over with hiker.
Tosh Ostro, "we have over 100 trespassers every week pass through my yard.
Mo asked about need for cop to see trespasser and asked if property owner rights and trespass arrest procedures could be posted online about the law.
Katrina Marina, "I call cops all the time."
Tosh Ostro, "people making money driving hikers to neighborhood. Can they be arrested for facilitating a crime.

Marine Corp Base Hawaii
Kmac pilot was tazed and temporarily blinded. Serious accident was averted.
Tradewind triathalon for Keiki and for adult. For more information http://mccshawaii.com/races/

Board Business:

Meeting time the same

No recess, Christmas potluck

should we contract with Olelo to video tape our meetings or use the funds for an annual news letter? No to taping meetings.  Follow up on newsletter.

3 minute rule for community concerns will be continued. Guideline for presentation 15 minutes presentation 15 minutes Q&A

Resident and community concerns
Citizen asked if separate meeting for big issues can happen.
Haiku Stairs task force is such a group. Says Mo
Haiku Stairs task force was organized by Councilman Anderson and is not a KNB Project although Chair Radke represents KNB on that Committee. 

The sound system wasn't working which made communication with a room full of 120 people difficult. 

Mahealani asked Neighborhood Assistent to test the sound system before bringing it to the meeting to make sure sound system works.

Travis Counsell, 36th Annual Honolulu century ride coming 9/24 will be passing through Kaneohe from 9-12pm. Police will be directing traffic. For more information:  https://www.hbl.org/honolulucenturyride/

Lisa pang please changes vote for haiku Stairs. Objects to Board support for managed access.

Janice Lai announce that Kaneohe will hold our Christmas Parade on the 1st Saturday of December.

For Hawaiians, cheap spay and neuter. $5 for cats, $20 for dogs.

Sager, noted citizen concern that albizia trees may fall on Pali, Like Like and H3 during a wind storm and may block traffic between town and Windward Oahu, requests danger tree survey by arborist or professional forester with a report on necessary action recommendations. 

Public Officials

Rod Becker, govs rep
Resurface Pali, and installation of improved lighting.
Information Mtg to be held on 7/26 at 6:30 Nuuanu Elem School.

Lori Kahikina, C&C
Phillis Jones issue, no permit for road has been issued. One will be need one.
Laura, bm, asked about criteria for repaying private roads by the county. To qualify, a private road must have at least six tmks and must be open for public use. 
How is road repair being prioritized. City is working on roads not starting to deteriorate. By sealing a cracking surface, major repair expense can be avoided. Badly deteriorated road are being addressed in another funding program.
A citizen asked when Waikalua road paving will be complete?
Citizen complained the C&C tore out old fence on Keneke Way and asked when will repairs be made?

Councilman Anderson 
Reported that the Environmental Assesment for the Wong residence was rejected and fines continue.

Sen. Tokuda.
Has been assigned Chair of Labor Committee. 
Laura asked if there will be special session. Jill, Don't know yet
Can't say how long a special session will last.
Nancy asked, "if someone wants to introduce legislation when should the start promoting it."  Jill Tokuda: no time like the present. It is best to introduce yourself to legislators during the interem because that is when you have time to get acquainted and strategize. Visit your legislators now and often.

Ken Ito, Special session, no clue
Deb asked about homeless funding for Windward side, how does State give funds.
 She is concerned with lack of service providers on Windward side
Ito response, we have a statewide coordinator, ask the govs rep.

Windward Hoolaulea, Windward Oahu's biggest community celebration is 10/7 at WCC Any vendor who wants a booth should go to htts://windwardhoolaulea.com/booths and apply.

Bluezone Brandy gave overview of Blue Zone Project and announced a big get together at the Windward Mall July 28th starting at 6pm.

Ray Cabrera ask the Board to support restricted night time parking in the Haiku community to help minimize parking for trespassers. Recommends a system similar to that implemented in Kalihi. Board to request report from DOT 

Mahealani expressed concern about restrictinge parking on public street.
Deb asked, "If police cant control trespassing can, they control parking.
Donald Dawson replied, "It is easy to ticket cars,"  
Laura makes motion to ask dot to explore restricted parking, 9 for, 2 abstentions motion passes.

Scheduled Business

Hawaii Memorial Park Expansion
Grading and drainage questions. Community expressed concern that they would be subject to mud flows during heavy rain.
HMP has 830 signatures, and 1800 letters of support for the project.
Community has over 1000 signatures in opposition.

The first stem is to ask the City Council for a zone change, the request the Land Use Commission to approve cemetary use. An EIS will be required. The EIS process provides another opportunity for public input.  

Drainage, HMP created a drainage plan. Implementation of the plan will Result in a nineteen percent reduction in run off from a ten year storm. The HMP project will be designed to contain a 100 yr storm with a rainfall rate of 4.63inch per hour.
Plan conformed to city's new Best Management Practices that go into effect in three weeks.

Sediment basins will collect and retain runoff. Basins will prevent storm water from flowing off the property during peak runoff. Containment features are designed to drain within 48 hours. Any overflow will be piped into the C&C sewer system.

Sager uncomfortable making a final decision before EIS is available. 
Ezer responded, "We're asking for you to support the concept, so we can go on to the next step."
Sager, can we reword this to reflect what you just said but consultant offered no help in doing so.
Sure.
Sager, asked by mo to introduce the motion, Bill reluctant to do so as written. 
Reso is distributed and read by Mo.
Sager moves to change wording to "with the understanding that the final decision on the project will depend on an evaluation of the EIS." 

Mo asked when EIS comes out
Not tilL next year after approval by City Council, ETA late first quarter 2018.
Bill concerned that approving the reso will facilitate move community growth boundary.
Watson, this is not final,
Mahealani proposes amendment to Bill's amendments.
Vote on amendments to reso does not pass, 5 abstentions 
Lauri asks what's impact if vote is no?
Scott Ezer replies that he does not know if there will be an impact.
Sager moves to table reso until review of EIS
Mahealani against Sager's motion, concerned it's not fair to HMP. We've put them off since 2007.
Mo has something to say, "I heard the residents who spoke against the plan. The fact that HMP heard from the community, and revised the plan to what you  see know. ....as a business I have to say thank you to HMP because not a lot of businesses would do that."

Mo Asked grant to speak.
Grant, spoke about rare Black Damsel fly on the property, about concerns over excessive grading, visual impacts and potential flooding.

Numerous community objections:
1000 signatures against expansion
HNP has applied for boundary change several times and been turned down
If you pass this resolution the city council will be more likely to approve Community Boundary change.
HMP has an alternate 22 acres across the park they can use instead.
Before you reconsider the plan ask yourself does it benefit the living people and visitors.

Jay Morford, 41000 family's interned  "We Listened to the community with true diligence and a caring heart."

Al chock, Pohinani resident. "Hawaii is a very small island, not Texas, main concern is flooding. Don't hold Heiau as hostage to this plan."

Smith, vanity Rae, gold star daughter in favor of expansion.

Rocky Kahahiwa, my family has been in Kaneohe for two hundred years, they gave to the vets, is important to them.
Reso is tabled due to lack of time per Mo

Mahealani asked for field trip to HMP, Mo likes the idea, sunshine law questions. Will have to establish a Public Information Group.

Motion to support and Emergency Preparedness presentation at the Windward Hoolaulea approved.



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Find out more about the Blue Zone Project - Live longer, better and happier

SAVE THE DATE:
Spend Aloha Friday with Dan!

Hear from Blue Zones Project® founder and National Geographic fellow Dan Buettner on what you can do to improve your well-being and live a healthier, happier life! 

Friday, July 28
6 – 9 p.m.

Windward Mall Center Court

46-056 Kamehameha Highway
Kaneohe, HI 96744

 


Blue Zones Project Koolaupoko is hosting a FREE event with live entertainment so you can downshift and head into the weekend
relaxed and reenergized.


PLEASE JOIN US!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Join Us For Our July Meetings

Agenda Planning Meeting
Tuesday, July 11, 7 p.m.
Kaneohe District Park
45-660 Keaahala Road
                                    
Regular Board Meeting
Thursday, July 20, 7 p.m.
Benjamin Parker Elementary School
45-259 Waikalua Road

Note that our agenda planning meeting will be a week later than normal because of the July 4 holiday. The meeting will return to its regular day and time – the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. – in August.

If you are unable to attend a meeting, you may provide testimony online and contact Neighborhood Board members directly.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Help Our Community Thrive -- Join The Volunteer Team For The Kaneohe Neighborhood Board

Times are changing for the Kaneohe Neighborhood Board, but one thing remains the same: We welcome volunteers.

The changing times involve the end of the current two-year Board term and the departure of some of our valued colleagues.

The term ends June 30, and we will be saying goodbye to the following Board members:
Warren Ditch – At Large
Felipe San Nicolas – At Large
Marie Gavigan – Sub-District 1, Ali’I Landing/Ali’I Shores
Holly Sevier – Sub-District 3, Haiku Village/Plantations
Stuart Saito – Sub-District 4, Keahala

With the beginning of the 2017-19 Board term on July 1, we will welcome two new Board members:
            Daniel Kaanana – At Large
            Lora Burbage -- Sub-District 4, Keahala

MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
Daniel, Lora and our departing Board colleagues are all volunteers. They give their time to help keep our community the amazing place that it is. And you can help, too.

For example, five Board seats had no candidates in the recent election and will be unfilled when the new Board term begins. The sub-districts are:
Sub-District 1 -- Ali’I Landing/Ali’I Shores
Sub-District 2 -- Crown Terrace
Sub-District 3 -- Haiku Village/Plantations
Sub-District 5 -- Lilipuna/Kahanahou
Sub-District 6 -- Waikalua

The recently elected Board members will be authorized to fill those seats by appointment after their terms begin.

JOIN A COMMITTEE
If serving on the Board isn’t your thing, then please consider helping out on one of the Board’s committees. We currently have three special committees and 13 standing committees. 

As an example of the volunteer opportunities they offer, consider this announcement from the Community Engagement Committee:
VOLUNTEER NEEDED
The Community Engagement Committee of the Kaneohe Neighborhood Board is seeking a communications volunteer. This person will coordinate with the committee to develop content for the Board’s blog, Facebook page and news media. The volunteer also will meet with other committee members on a regular basis to plan communication messages, strategies and new directions for the Board’s community engagement work. Contact Bill Sager at 808-375-1114.

Or, maybe one of the committees below will appeal more:

SPECIAL COMMITTEES: Haiku Stairs Special Task Force, Emergency Management Planning Committee, State Legislative Monitoring Committee.

STANDING COMMITTEES: State Legislature Committee, City and County Ordinance Committee, Public Health and Safety Committee, Safety Committee, Planning Committee, Transportation Committee, Education Committee, Environmental Committee, Windward Civilian/Military Committee, OMPO Citizen Advisory Committee, Kaneohe Bay Regional Council, Homelessness Committee, Hawaii State Hospital.

To learn more about opportunities for volunteers, contact our current Board Chairman, Mo Radke, or attend a Board meeting. We meet at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month in the cafeteria of Benjamin Parker Elementary School, 45-259 Waikalua Road.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Progress On State Hospital Modernization Is Outlined For Kaneohe Neighborhood Board

The Hawaii State Hospital was an important topic during our June meeting.
We learned that Gov. David Ige has approved the final environmental impact statement for the hospital’s new patient and campus master plan development. And we learned that the hospital has started the bidding process for the new facility, which will provide housing and treatment for 144 high-risk patients. (For more information, contact Project Engineer Brian Isa at brian.s.isa@hawaii.gov.)
The facility and the master plan are part of a long-term effort to upgrade buildings that are more than 80 years old and over capacity.
Hospital Administrator William May (right) and
consultant Kira Downing of the DTL strategic planning
firm outline plans for the Hawaii State Hospital.
In addition to the high-risk facility, the hospital is working with Avalon Health Care Group to build a skilled nursing facility on 5 acres of hospital property adjacent to Windward Community College. That facility will have 150 beds to serve a mix of elderly, medically complex and non-violent psychiatric patients.  
During the meeting, there were questions about security measures to protect the hospital’s neighbors. Hospital representatives outlined multiple security features planned for the building that serves high-risk patients, including better monitoring stations inside and enhanced fencing outside.
Representatives also said they will send alerts in the event of security issues such as escapes. Residents can receive text and email alerts about hospital issues from the city’s new HNL Info service. HNL Info replaces the Nixle service, which the city had used for several years. To sign up for HNL Info, click here.
During the meeting, Neighborhood Board members also asked for information about the extent to which drugs will be used in providing behavioral care and questioned operating a private business on state land.
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Blue Zone Project News

The Blue Zone Project is asking for volunteers to help with their various projects and presentations. The Kaneohe Neighborhood Board sponsored one of the first projects in Hawaii. The Koolaupoko Blue Zone Project is going strong but their 4 person staff needs your help. Contact Jenna Murphy, Jenna.Murphy@sharecare.com, for more information.

Click here to see their current event news post.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Text Of Kaneohe Neighborhood Board’s Resolution On Reopening Haiku Stairs With Management Plan

Here is the text of the resolution on Haiku Stairs, approved by the Board on a 9-0 vote with one abstention, on June 15:
SUPPORTING REOPENING THE HAIKU STAIRS TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC UNDER A CONTROLLED AND MANAGED ACCESS PLAN
WHEREAS, removing the Ha'ikū Stairs will destroy a historic structure, eligible for listing in the National Registry of Historic Places because of their integral role in the defense of the Pacific during WWII; and
WHEREAS, the Ha'ikū Stairs represent one of the safest hiking trails in Hawaii, there having been no documented serious injuries or deaths resulting from accidents on the Stairs; and
WHEREAS, almost all reported rescues attributed to the Ha'ikū Stairs are linked to hikers coming up from the Moanalua side or trying to get to the Stairs by trespassing on adjoining land in adverse hiking conditions; and
WHEREAS, a business plan drawn up by the Friends of Ha'ikū Stairs (FHS) has demonstrated that funds raised from fees to access the Stairs would cover expenses such as security, maintenance, insurance, and staffing; and
WHEREAS, reopening the Stairs under managed access would provide unique educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities; and
WHEREAS, partnership with the Koolau Foundation can expand educational and cultural opportunities to resident keiki; and
WHEREAS, partnerships with the University of Hawaii and the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum and their botanists provide a unique opportunity for researchers to document and study native and invasive plant species and their effects; and
WHEREAS, continued trespassing and disrespect for the property privacy expectations of private residents of the Haiku neighborhood are not acceptable and must cease sooner rather than later; and
WHEREAS, removing the Ha'ikū Stairs would destroy the priceless opportunities for hikers to experience the multiple microclimates they pass through as they climb to the summit; and
WHEREAS, at least two plausible access points are available that would entirely avoid the neighborhood at the base of the Stairs; and
WHEREAS, profits from managed access could be used to restore the land surrounding the Omega Station and support development of a Cultural Park in Ha'ikū Valley; now, therefore
BE IT RESOLVED, the Kaneohe Neighborhood Board supports the option contained in the Environmental Impact Statement Preliminary Notice (EISPN) contracted by the Board of Water Supply to reopen the stairs under a controlled and managed access plan that respects the privacy rights of private residents of the Haiku neighborhood; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Friends of Haiku Stairs submit a formal business plan for inclusion into the EIS process and the Board of Water Supply review that plan in a manner that supports a preservation option and now,
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, this resolution be forwarded to the Board of Water Supply, the Mayor of the city and county of Honolulu and all elected officials of the Koolaupoko moku.