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.

Friday, June 16, 2017

News about our June 15 meeting, from KITV:

Neighborhood board supports
resolution to keep Haiku Stairs
The Kaneohe neighborhood board voted in support of a resolution that would reopen the popular Haiku Stairs, under a controlled and managed access plan, on Thursday.
"All the board is asking and that's what this resolution is asking... is that the option that's preferred in the EIS is a managed access plan not demolition," chair of the Kaneohe Neighborhood Board, Mo Radke said.
Click here for the full text of the news report.
Board Chairman Mo Radke (left) comments on resolution.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Nursing Facility, Zoning Change And Haiku Stairs On Agenda For Kaneohe Neighborhood Board

The agenda is set for our meeting on Thursday, June 15, and we hope you will join us. Details are below. To review the complete agenda online, click on this link.

Avalon Health Care Group: A representative will present information about a proposed skilled nursing facility to be built on Hawaii State Hospital property. The facility is planned for 5 acres adjacent to Windward Community College. Avalon representatives told our agenda planning meeting that the facility will have 150 beds. They said it will provide skilled nursing care for a mix of elderly, medically complex and non-violent psychiatric patients.  Representatives told our meeting that the facility is expected to create 290 jobs during a 14-month construction period, followed by 168 fulltime staff jobs. The project still must receive state approval. (Corrected from original version, which said federal approval also was required.)

Zone Change: Richard Maruya is scheduled to present information about a zone change he is requesting for property at 44-740 Kaneohe Bay Drive. The Bay Drive Market currently occupies the site. Mr. Maruya  told our agenda planning meeting that he wants to change the zoning from an R-5 residential designation to B-2, which is for businesses serving several neighborhoods.

Haiku Stairs: We are scheduled to consider a resolution about the future of the stairs. The Board of Water Supply, which manages the stairs, is developing an environmental impact statement focused on removing them. Our May meeting included extensive testimony from community members who favor removal and those who favor preserving the stairs for hiking.  In a commentary about the meeting, Neighborhood Board Chairman Mo Radke wrote that he supports a managed access plan as a way to preserve hiking opportunities while relieving the neighborhood near the base of the stairs from persistent disruptions by trespassing hikers.

Other Business: Our agenda always includes time for reports from the Fire and Police Departments, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, elected officials from the state and local levels, community organizations, and our Board committees.

Details: The Board meeting will take place in the cafeteria of Benjamin Parker Elementary School, 45-259 Waikalua Road, starting at 7 p.m. Click on this link to read the full agenda and find more information about agenda topics. Also, the minutes of our May meeting are now available. Click on the highlighted link to read them.

We welcome your comments, in person and online
Please join us for all of our meetings. The agenda always includes time for comments by community members. If you are unable to attend, you may provide testimony online and contact Neighborhood Board members directly.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Join Us For Our June Meetings

Agenda Planning Meeting
Tuesday, June 6, 7 p.m.
Kaneohe District Park
45-660 Keaahala Road
                                    
Regular Board Meeting
Thursday, June 15, 7 p.m.
Benjamin Parker Elementary School
45-259 Waikalua Road

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

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