Friday, April 19, 2019

2019 Neighborhood Boar Elections

2019 Neighborhood Board Elections

Online Voting Period, Friday, April 26-Friday, May 17

One week prior to the election you will be sent a passcode to vote online. Access your ballot at
If you don't have access to a computer any library can help you vote and a voting site is available at the Key Project in Kahaluu.
For more information visit
or call 768-3710

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

HECO Sustainability Plan

Hawaiian Electric is developing a sustainability plan for Windward Oahu. Their focus is on improving the reliability of our electrical grid. However, HECO recognizes that to have a truly resilient community will take everyone working together.

Their plan is holistic and involves input from key leaders in emergency preparedness, business and community groups. For more information as their plan develops click here.

Sunday, December 9, 2018



WHEREAS, the Revised Ordinances of Honolulu, Chapter 25, Section 25-3.2 (a) (4) Special Management Area review guidelines States: Alterations to existing land forms and vegetation, except crops, and construction of structures shall cause minimum adverse effect to water resources and scenic and recreational amenities and minimum danger of flood, landslides, erosion, siltation or failure in the event of earthquake.

WHEREAS, the original dwelling at that location was a small beach cottage, and now there are two structures that are three stories high and one that is two stories high, totaling 7,611 SF with 10 parking stalls, a pool, a basement and a deck extension for the pool all built on adobe clay soil near the shoreline for a single resident; and

WHEREAS, this new development was built in large part either without permits or without following approved plans that were permitted, or at best with permits obtained after construction; and

WHEREAS, without a permit, Mr. Wong removed a mangrove 50’ wide and 150’ long “to make way for the basement”. After the fact, he says that he received permission to remove the mangrove from DLNR under an “Emergency Clean Up Order”. But, there was no emergency; and

WHEREAS, there is an unresolved Notice of Violation dated Nov. 18, 2014 for not following the permitted plans and requiring the verification survey of the location of new rock masonry walls, heights & setbacks for front, side yard spacing along with 55 feet shoreline set back. The survey is also to show grade changes, along with new envelope heights for the dwelling structure. And States that If a building permit cannot be obtained, the walls and the alterations must be removed and restored to its approved State and orders Mr. Wong to take immediate measures to stabilize the site and protect abutting properties; and

WHEREAS, this development is in a Special Management Area and these set back requirements need to be adhered to in order to protect the shorelines; and

WHEREAS, the change in grade made to Mr. Wong’s property, keeps storm water runoff from reaching the bay via his property. This increases the run-off load onto his neighbors’ properties; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Wong dug down 13 feet on his property and built a basement and an endless pool and a pool deck without permits; and

WHEREAS, there is an unresolved Notice of Violation dated May 12, 2014 for the added basement, the new deck and for alterations to the structure at the front of the property that were not being done in accordance with the approved plan; and

WHEREAS civil fines for these unresolved violations are currently in excess of $400,00 is evidence of Mr. Wong’s inability or unwillingness to bring his project into compliance; and

WHEREAS permitting this type of development in this Special Management Area would set a precedent that would multiply these adverse effects to water resources and increase the danger of flood, landslides, erosion, siltation or possibly failure in the event of earthquake.

BE IT RESOLVED by the Kaneohe Neighborhood Board that the Special Management Area Use Permit be denied.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Director of Planning and Permitting enforce the orders as Stated on the May 12, 2014 Notice of Violation and proceed as Stated, to have the required work done by the City and the cost thereof charged to the owner.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Director of Planning and Permitting enforce the orders as Stated on the November 18, 2014 Notice of Violation and proceed as Stated, to refer the matter to the Prosecuting Attorney and/or Corporation Council for appropriate action.

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that this resolution and the copies of the Notices of Violation attached hereto, be delivered on or before October 22, 2018 as testimony at the Public Hearing on October 23, 2018 regarding 2018/SMA-45(AB) application for a Special Management Area Use Permit by Charles Tsu Yew Wong property at Tax Map Key 4-6-001:007 to the Department of Planning and Permitting to the attention of Alex Beatty, Staff Member and Kathy Sokugawa, Acting Director and Timothy Hiu, Deputy Director and Eugene Takahashi, Deputy Director as well as to all members of the Council of the City and County of Honolulu.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s Report October 2018

Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s Representative – Director Lori Kahikina reported the following:
• Old Kaneohe Bay Drive: In response to concerns with potholes along Kaneohe Bay Drive, the Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) responded that the issue is under the jurisdiction of the State Department of Transportation (HDOT). The issue was transmitted to HDOT.
• Traffic Calming: In response to requests for traffic calming along certain portions of Haiku Road, a DTS study concluded that traffic calming is not warranted. DTS recommended that the removal of restricted parking might assist in the issues that generated the traffic calming requests.
• Pua Alowalo: In response to concerns with traffic and pedestrian risks at Pua Alowalo, DTS responded that more time is needed to conduct necessary studies. Director Kahikina added that she requested DTS to attend the next meeting to discuss the concerns with affected residents.

Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Pahia Crosswalk: Chair Radke asked and Director Kahikina responded that she will provide an update related to Pahia crosswalk at another time.
2. Kaneohe Christmas Parade Path: A resident and representative from the Kaneohe Christmas Parade requested that the dip in the road on Kamehameha Highway near the Fire Station be repaired prior to the Saturday, December 1, 2018 parade. In addition she requested the Haiku Road Wastewater project be completed by then or at least impacts to the parade be mitigated.
3. Old Kaneohe Bay Drive: Vice Chair Sager expressed concerns with the dilapidated condition of Old Kaneohe Bay Drive due to the potholes, specifically between Mikiola Drive and MCBH. He asked if the dilapidated condition would require a complete replacement of the road. Transportation Committee Chair Sevier commented that it may be postponed pending a Complete Streets analysis of the area.
4. Kamehameha Highway: Collins expressed concerns with the faded painted lines along Kamehameha Highway and requested restriping.

Neighborhood Commission Office (NCO) Public Relations Update:

Neighborhood Commission Office (NCO) Public Relations Update: Public Relations Assistant James Skizewski of the NCO reported the following:

• Neighborhood Board Elections – Elections for the Neighborhood Board will take place in 2019. Candidate and voter registration runs from December 2018 to February 2019. Voting runs from April 2019 to May 2019. Results will be released in June 2019 and the new Boards will be implemented in July 2019. Additional information related to the Election were encouraged to call James Skizewski at 768-3705 or email

• Public Outreach: The NCO is always looking to improve public Awareness of the Neighborhood Board System. NCO visits communities across the island putting up posters around the community with the neighborhood's respective board contact information, as well as brief information about the function of the Board. Residents interested in a poster or who know of community organizations that would like more information were encouraged to contact the NCO.

• Online Board Member Training: NCO has developed an online training program for neighborhood board members to improve their understanding of the Neighborhood Plan, Sunshine Law, and Robert’s Rules of Order. All training exercises are posted on the NCO website.

• Social Media: NCO is in the process of posting promotional videos, public service announcements, and follow-up videos where the effectiveness of requests made at neighborhood board meetings will be demonstrated. These videos and other neighborhood-related updates will be posted on the NCO’s social media pages.

Residential Youth Services and Empowerment (RYSE) Hawaii

Residential Youth Services and Empowerment (RYSE) Hawaii – Lee Miyashiro of RYSE Hawaii provided an update from the previous report at the Thursday, September 20, 2018 regular meeting.

Donation Wish List

At the request of the Board to provide a donation wish list, Miyashiro provided a donation wish list as follows: socks, underwear for both genders, towels, razors, big hygiene items (soap, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.), musical instruments, milk, eggs, butter, yogurt, utensils, cups, bowls, 39 gallon trash bags, laundry detergent, paper towels, toilet paper, gift cards, movie tickets, saimin, and spam.


Those interested in donating are encouraged to contact RYSE at 498-5180.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Public Access Room Training

This is for anyone who wants to testify or track legislation at the Legislature. Learn how to be an effective advocate.

I am writing to let you know that The Public Access Room (PAR) will be conducting presentations on the legislative process around Oahu beginning December 5th (this Wednesday). Please find attached a flyer listing the dates, times, and locations of our public outreach (I have also included this information below).

We will be offering two new presentations this year. The first presentation is geared towards newcomers and will provide an introduction to the state legislative process to get new participants ready for session. The second presentation was created for those that already understand how laws are made. For this presentation, we will provide advanced advocacy tips and discuss often overlooked online resources.  "How-To" guides, informational handouts, and other resources will be available. 

If you're interested in learning about how laws are created in our state or what you can do to have a say in that process, attend one of our training sessions.

Oahu Schedule

Windward Community College, Hale Kuhina 106; 45-720 Kea'ahala Road
Wednesday, December 5th
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Intro to the Legislative Process
6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.  Advocating at the Capito