WAIKIKI NEIGHBORHOOD BOARD NO. 9
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2018
WAIKIKI COMMUNITY CENTER
CALL TO ORDER - Chair Robert Finley called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.; quorum was established with 12 members present. Note: This 17-member Board requires nine (9) members to establish quorum and to take official board action.
Board Members Present - Jerome Bautista, Helen Carroll, Louis Erteschik, Gordon Fahey, Robert Finley, Walt Flood, Grant Giventer, Kathryn Henski, Jeffrey Merz, Patricia Shields, Mark Smith, Kenneth Wilder.
Board Members Absent - Jeff Apaka, Robery Boyack, Laura McIntyre, Nicola Perez-Garreaud.
Guests - Sergeant R. Oakes (Honolulu Police Department); Mark Yonamine (Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative); Councilmember Trevor Ozawa and Kim Ribellia (Councilmember Ozawa's Office); Brian Gallagher (Board of Water Supply); Matthew Gonser (Office of Climate Change, Sustainability, and Resiliency); Lynn Fallin (Governor David Ige's Representative); Representative Tom Brower; Raytan Vares (Senator Brickwood Galuteria's Representative); Rick Egged (Waikiki Improvement Association); Tom Schnell (PBR Hawaii); Nicole Hori (Honolulu Aerial); Brian Bagnall (Outdoor Circle); Nelson Lampert (St. Patrick's Day Parade); Timothy Dunne, Jacob Kenski, Robin Henski, Lloyd Yonenaka, Denise Boisuet, Pam Walker, Guiseppe Mottola, Nehy Hax, Beth Schippers, Dave Schippers,Rachel Linden (residents); David Jones (Videographer); and Dylan Whitsell (Neighborhood Commission Office).
Opening Announcements - Chair Finley reported the following:
VACANCY SUB DISTRICT 1 - There were no nominations to fill the vacancy for Sub-district 1; this item was deferred until the next meeting.
Vote on Three (3) Absences of Board Member Gordon Fahey - The Board took no action; Board member Fahey remains on Waikiki Neighborhood Board No. 9.
CITY MONTHLY REPORTS
Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) - No representative was present, no report was given.
Honolulu Police Department (HPD) - Sergeant Oakes reported the following: January 2018 Crime Statistics - There were 8 robberies, 17 burglaries, 194 thefts, 30 unauthorized entries into motor vehicles (UEMV), 33 assaults, and 1 sex crime. There were also 5 speeding warnings and 139 citations, 561 parking citations, 7 loud muffler citations, and 140 park closure warnings and 156 citations. Total calls for service were 4,364.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Follow-up - Shields asked and Sergeant Oakes responded that last month's HPD representative was not on duty so follow up questions to him could not be answered.
2. Loud Mufflers - Shields asked and Sergeant Oakes responded that traffic infractions such as loud mufflers do not require court attendance. A motorist with a loud muffler can be continually cited and pay a fine, but there is nothing to stop them from continuing to use the loud muffler.
3. Assaults - Smith asked and Sergeant Oakes responded that there were 33 assaults in February 2018, however he did not have a breakdown of if those assaults were on locals or tourists. Sergeant Oakes stated that more information on statistics can be found at www.honolulupd.org.
4. Gang Wars - A resident asked and Sergeant Oakes responded that there is no organized gang war in Waikiki that he is aware of.
5. Police Patrols - A resident stated that she often does not see police officers on foot or on bicycle patrols and she believes it would be much more effective to help deter crime in Waikiki. The resident also noted that there are often petty infractions that occur in Waikiki that do not necessitate police using squad cars and could be handled by foot patrols or officers on bicycles.
6. Clarification - Sergeant Oakes clarified that community policing team (CPT) are often plain clothes personnel that coordinate and organize with communities.
7. Body Cameras - A resident asked and Sergeant Oakes responded that he is not sure when body cameras will be standard issue.
8. Seaside Businesses - A resident asked that the police have a presence on Seaside Avenue and Kuhio Avenue around vacant businesses. Chair Finley clarified there were about ten businesses given eviction notices.
Board of Water Supply (BWS) - Brian Gallagher reported the following:
• BWS Update - As part of our commitment to keep water affordable, BWS is considering changes to how rates are structured. This will include the possibility of creating a new rate tier that would be for "Essential" needs and enough water for customers' basic uses at a low cost. With this type of change, customers who use the least amount of water would see their bill either stay the same or even decrease a bit. We recognize that it is our kuleana to keep doing what we can to help our customers who may struggle at one time or another to stay current paying their water bill. To help with this, in addition to our tiered rate structure, we already have moved to monthly billing. We provide zero interest, case-by-case payment plans. We use multiple steps and accommodations to avoid turn-off. We provide bill adjustments for underground leaks. We offer referrals to community social-service support organizations like Helping Hands and Catholic charities. With full commitment to an open and transparent process, the BWS has been meeting with our Stakeholder Advisory Group since 2015. All their meetings and Board Meetings are publicy noticed and open to all. We recently conducted a survey for customers and stakeholders and provide their opinions about important issues related to the water rate study. The top three (3) findings are:
o Over 55% believe we should have a very low rate to ensure affordability and reward conservation.
o 66% want to see a decrease in water main breaks.
o 80% believe it is very important to replace more pipeline to prevent the number of breaks from rising.
• More Information - To view all the results, go to boardofwatersupply.com and there is a link on the home page that will take you to the results.
Discussion on State Department of Defense/Emergency Management
False Missile Alert - Chair Finley stated that a resolution was suggested regarding the firing of staff involved with the Saturday, January 13, 2018 false missile alert. However as most of the staff have since been relocated, he provided an alternative resolution distributed to the Board stating that the "Waikiki Neighborhood Board No. 9 has lost confidence in the State of Hawaii Emergency Management Division of the State of Hawaii Department of Defense and requests that through Governor Ige the Hara Commission fully determine the problems and take action to resolve our confidence in the Department."
Flood moved and Henski seconded the motion.
1. Clarification - Chair Finley noted that there is not much that can be done at this point but to at least let the responsible parties know that the residents were terrified and would like to see the community's confidence restored.
2. Support - Erteschik noted his support for the resolution but stated that the community should also be involved in a more proactive plan such as what the community can do or where to go in the event of a real threat.
The resolution was adopted by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 12-0-0; (AYE: Bautista, Carroll, Erteschik, Fahey, Finley, Flood, Giventer, Henski, Merz, Shields, Smith, Wilder; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None).
• Mopeds - A resident noted that mopeds are now required to have license plates and to call the police if a moped without plates is spotted.
• Denny's Restaurant - Rachel Linden requested a letter regarding notification for the application of a liquor license at the Denny's restaurant on 2538 Kuhio Avenue. Chair Finley clarified that due to an administrative error, no letter was received by the Board and no discussion took place regarding the matter. Chair Finley noted however that condominium associations within 500 feet of the facility should have been duly notified of the matter as per the law's criteria.
• Cartwright Road - A resident voiced concerns about street vendors on Cartwright Road which cause issues such as impeding pedestrians and traffic. Chair Finley noted that Cartwright Road has been discussed by the Board in the past but it is a private road so finding solutions can be difficult. However the Board will continue to monitor issues related to the street.
• Rideshare - A resident raised concerns about Uber and Lyft riders causing traffic congestion by stopping on Kalakaua Avenue.
• Liquor License ??? Rachel Linden formally requested a copy of the notification of the liquor license applied for by Diamond Head Den Restaurants Inc. Chair Finley reiterated that due to an administrative issue, he did not receive a notice. Chair Finley clarified that at the November 2017 regular board meeting, owners requested Denny's be placed on the agenda to discuss a property upgrade but not to discuss a liquor license. He noted that their application is not on the Liquor Commission's website as well, and read that the license has been withdrawn. Linden asked if she could obtain a copy of the Dean and Deluca liquor license notice and Chair Finley stated he would provide it if he had it. Linden asked if this item could be placed on the next meeting's agenda and Chair Finley stated he would if he received a copy of the notice.
Upcoming Events - Chair Finley announced the following events:
• Honolulu Festivals Parade - Sunday, March 11, 2018, 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
• Saint Patrick's Day Parade - Saturday, March 17, 2018, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
• Prince Kuhio Day Parade - Saturday, March 24, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
• Celebration of Youth Parade - Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
• Liquor License Applications - None were received this month.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative - Mark Yonamine, Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Deputy Director, reported the following:
• Summer Fun Applications - The Department of Parks and Recreation's (DPR) Summer College Student Employment Program is recruiting applicants for the 2018 Summer Fun program. College students who want to develop management and programming skills, recreation and child development skills, or enjoy working with children between the ages of five (5) and 13 are encouraged to consider working as a Summer Aide at the 2018 Summer Fun program. The program runs from the end of May 2018 to the end of July 2018. The pay rate is 12 dollars per hour or 14 dollars per hour. Information can be found online at www.honolulu.gov/parks/dprsummerfun or by calling (808) 768-3020.
• Missile Launch False Alarm - As you know the State of Hawaii, Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) issued a false missile launch warning on Saturday, January 13, 2018. The City and County of Honolulu responded accordingly and we are working with HI-EMA to ensure improvements. Since Saturday, January 13, 2018, the City has been evaluating the response and communications actions both internally with City departments and externally with HI-EMA, other stakeholders and the general public. The City wants our residents to be informed and prepared for a possible ballistic missile launch as well as for other disasters that can affect us. Disaster preparedness and planning is crucial for all community levels including individuals, families, the elderly/disabled community as well as businesses. Please see the following links for more information on ballistic missile preparedness and planning.
o Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Ballistic Shelter Guidance to help you pick the most appropriate shelter: https://dod.hawaii.gov/hiema/files/2017/12/HI-EMA-guidance-analysis-nuclear-detonation-JUN-2017-1.pdf
o Ballistic Missile Threat and Frequently Asked Questions: https://dod.hawaii.gov/hiema/files/2017/08/HI-EMA-BMD-Question-and-Answer-SEP-2017.pdf
o To sign up to receive emergency emails and text messages from the City and County of Honolulu go to the following link: https://hnl.info/alerts/register.php
o If you have further questions regarding the false missile launch warning please call HI-EMA at 808-733-4300 extension 0.
• Blaisdell Center Project Update - The Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) responded: The Blaisdell Center Master Plan is being finalized after the third public workshop that was held on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. The overall site plan renovates the historic Arena and Concert Hall, replaces the Exhibition Hall and parking garage with larger, improved facilities, and adds new venues and attractions to create a more active, 21st-Century campus. The Master Plan is based on market and technical studies, intensive stakeholder engagement, and best practices for cultural and performing arts venues. The design phase of the project will begin in early 2018, and the first phase of construction is expected to begin in early 2020. Additional project information is available at www.imagineblaisdell.com.
• Facilities on Waikiki and Kuhio Beach - The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) responded: Thank you for your concern. There is only one comfort station in Waikiki that is open 24 hours for public use, and it is located behind the HPD substation. DPR does not have a work shift to service the comfort stations between 11:00 p.m. and 6 a.m. It would be helpful if the organizers of major events in Waikiki would notify DPR of their event's schedule so that we could coordinate any concerns. In the meantime, our staff will be reminded to turn off the irrigation during large events and gatherings.
??? Condominium Sprinkler Update - Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) responded: Bills that were introduced by Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the Honolulu City Council to retrofit high-rise residential buildings with automatic fire sprinkler systems are still under consideration. The next Honolulu City Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 31, 2018.
• Princess Kaiulani Statue Maintenance - Mayor's Office of Culture and Arts (MOCA) responded: The sculpture, "Princess Kaiulani" by Jan Gordon Fisher, located in Kaiulani Park is a regular maintenance schedule. Its last maintenance was on September 21, 2017, and its next maintenance is scheduled for Thursday, March 22, 2018.
??? Bus Stop Lights - The Department of Transportation Services (DTS) responded: DTS will be assessing the feasibility of installing lighting at bus stops to improve visibility during night hours. As with other kinds of bus stop improvements, site selection decisions must take into account resource availability and relative needs among all communities. The Department of Design and Construction (DDC) responded: Street lights illuminate our roadways and portions of the adjacent sidewalks. If there are bus stops in the sidewalk area of Waikiki, where residences feel the need for better lighting, please provide us with their specific locations. We will then investigate.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Sprinkler Systems - Henski asked and Deputy Director Yonamine stated that Mayor Caldwell does support overall safety for apartment buildings regarding sprinkler systems but understands that there are concerns regarding costs for residents as well as discussions that need to be held regarding certain housing criteria.
2. Pressure Washers - Shields voiced her support for the contractors power washing the bus stops in Waikiki as it is a great hygiene improvement. She noted they power wash the bus stops three (3) times a week.
3. Security Cameras - Smith asked and Deputy Director Yonamine responded that he will follow up on the status and installation and repair of video cameras.
Governor David Ige's Representative - Lynn Fallin, Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) Behavior Health Services Administration Deputy Director, circulated a newsletter and reported the following:
• Vendor Permits - Regarding a concern from the last meeting, Deputy Director Fallin clarified that when a street vendor applies for a permit to sell food items, they are required to use a certified kitchen. Deputy Director Fallin discussed the matter with the DOH branch handling this matter and their response was that if a vendor is using raw ingredients such as shrimp, for example, the preparation, cleaning, and marinating must be done in a certified kitchen and the food items must be handled in a safe and controlled manner, under refrigeration until cooked. If the vendor is using pre-prepared food items and only cooks and serves at the site, a permit is needed but may not require a certified support kitchen unless the event lasts for a long period of time that requires cleaning and sanitizing equipment. Deputy Director Fallin asked what documentation is needed regarding a certified kitchen and the determines the validity of a certified kitchen by having the owner sign off on an application through the DOH. Deputy Director Fallin did note that unless it is a very large event, department staff may not check to see if a kitchen is certified. Those concerned can contact the DOH and it is best if the DOH can be notified of an event and/or vendors in advance in order to schedule a site visit.
• False Alarm Missile Alert - Deputy Director Fallin state that there has been an investigation as well as a recommendations have been provided. Deputy Director Fallin provided information on where to see the recommendations. Deputy Director Fallin reiterated that the communities need to begin discussing preparation in the event of any major disaster that may affect the island.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Kaka'ako Waterfront Park - Merz noted that the State has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to repair Kaka'ako Waterfront Park but many homeless persons have returned. Merz raised concerns regarding spending money on an issue that does not seem to be improving. Deputy Director Fallin stated she would follow up with the Director of Housing. Merz stated he would like to see a representative of the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) attend the meeting.
2. Vendors - Henski noted that a vendor on Cartwright Road has returned who may not be using a certified kitchen.
Councilmember Trevor Ozawa - Councilmember Ozawa reported the following:
• Sprinkler Bill - Councilmember Ozawa noted that the sprinkler bill affects Waikiki the most due to its housing density. Councilmember Ozawa noted that after the Marco Polo fire, he initially thought that sprinklers in all housing units was a good idea. However, as he began meeting with residents, as well as discussing the matter in a Permitted Action Group (PIG) with Councilmember Obayashi and Councilmember Fukunaga, they realized that there were many buildings that have already taken great steps to comply with fire safety standards. Councilmember Ozawa referenced a grading system in which buildings are judged to determine how safe they are regarding fires. Councilmember Ozawa did move the bill forward however voted no on it. He stated a bill is being worked on that would not require sprinklers in every single building unit. Councilmember Ozawa thanked the community for helping educate him on the impact the bill would have in the community.
• Kiosk Bill - A bill will be heard to help curb kiosk activity on Kalakaua Avenue. There have been many complaints regarding kiosks in Waikiki in general. The bill will be heard on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.
• Bus Stop Bill - Bill 99 (2017) CD1 regarding prohibiting people laying down at bus stops passed the third reading at a Full Council meeting.
• Monster House Moratorium Legislation - Bill 110 (2017) which establishes a moratorium on the issuance of building permits for large residential structures or "monster houses" in residential districts is currently being considered by the City Council. The purpose of this ordinance is to provide City Administration, the Planning Commission, and the Council sufficient time to fully explore and evaluate the rapid rate in which these large detached dwellings are being developed in residential areas. The moratorium provides additional time to develop amendments to the Land Use Ordinance bill attached to Resolution 17-276 CD1 which Councilmember Ozawa introduced and the City Council adopted in late 2017. The moratorium will be in place for two (2) years or until a new law is drafted. The bill prohibits the Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) from accepting or issuing building permits for a new large detached dwelling or conversion of an existing structure into a large detached dwelling.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Bus Stop Bill - Merz thanked Councilmember Ozawa for introducing the bus stop bill. He noted that this bill helps to solve a loophole in previous legislation. Chair Ozawa noted that the only Councilmember to vote no on this bill was Councilmember Elefante but otherwise the bill faced no opposition.
2. Monster House Moratorium - Wilder asked and Councilmember Ozawa responded that monster houses are not adding to inventory of residential housing. Councilmember Ozawa noted that they are in fact taking away from residential housing. He noted an example of a monster house in Makiki significantly increased the property taxes of neighboring home owners. Councilmember Ozawa clarified that the moratorium is not a solution but a temporary solution to be able to reevaluate the situation. Wilder voiced his concerns that people are opting to use monster houses in the first place as a result of continuing rises in housing costs as well as affordable housing not being actually affordable.
3. Bus Stop Bill (continued) - Flood inquired whether the power washing of the bus stops could coincide with the time in which the bus stop prohibition is not in effect, during the hours between 1:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. Councilmember Ozawa stated that this may be a question for the Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM).
4. Sprinkler Bill - Erteschik noted that he too held a different opinion regarding the sprinkler bill however has since taken other factors into consideration regarding the financial impact it would have on residents.
5. Left Turn - Councilmember Ozawa added that he is still looking into adding a left turn into Waikiki at McCully Street and Kapiolani Boulevard during afternoon times.
6. Street Events - Rick Egged stated he appreciates Councilmember Ozawa's interest in looking at current law regarding a maximum number of street events being able to be held in Waikiki. Councilmember Ozawa also noted the impact of kiosks which avoid paying rent which has an unfair impact on other businesses.
Representative Tom Brower - Representative Brower circulated a newsletter and reported the following:
• Kahauiki Homeless Village Tour - Two (2) weeks ago, members of the Housing, Finance, Human Services committees and House leadership attended a private tour of this innovative housing project at Sand Island. Kahauiki Village is currently in Phase 1 of construction. Ultimately, 153 units will be built to house 600 adults and children representing 54% of Oahu's homeless families in transitional shelters.
• Homeless Related Bills - House Bill (HB) 2269 appropriates funds to purchase, staff, and operate two (2) mobile clinics to serve the homeless population. HB 2752 appropriates funds to the Judiciary to conduct and evaluation study to assess the impact of the community court outreach project in reducing the administrative burdens within the judicial system and for any staff and technology necessary for conducting the community court at community sites. HB 2636 increases penalties for simple trespass and criminal trespass in the second degree for individuals who ender or remain unlawfully in or upon private residential premises.
• Denny's Restaurant - Representative Brower noted that there are many other establishments that sell liquor near the Denny's development and so if the Board would be interested in looking into the situation with other establishments to contact his office.
• Bus Stop Bill - Representative Brower noted that with the help of City Council the sit-lie ban was passed.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Ala Wai Harbor - Carroll asked and Representative Brower clarified that the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is interested in putting up structures that will benefit the harbor, boat users, and visitors including restaurants, retail establishments, administrative offices and maintenance repair facilities. DLNR is asking for a height maximum requirement of (4) stories, with no intent to allow high rises. DLNR has asked the community to voice their comments and concerns on the issue.
2. Existing Structures - Henski voiced her concerns regarding building new structures while current structures need repair. Representative Brower stated that a public-private partnership may be considered in order to develop new structures. Henski stated that she believes there are enough businesses at the harbor and suggested hiring a new harbor manager and management team. Henski asked and Representative Brower responded that he is not in favor of additional development of the harbor but believes no development is not realistic. If development must occur, he would prefer low rise buildings, three (3) stories or less.
Senator Brickwood Galuteria - Raytan Vares circulated a newsletter and reported the following:
• Ala Wai Canal - On Friday, February 9, 2018, Governor Ige released $19 million dollars for the dredging of the Ala Wai Canal. Senator Galuteria helped secure the funding for this reoccurring project for the last two (2) years. Going forward, the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is awaiting approval by Governor Ige after receiving the endorsement of the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR).
• Year of the Hawaiian - As a result of a Senate resolution Senator Galuteria authored last year, Governor Ige will declare 2018 "Year of the Hawaiian" at a ceremony at Washington Place in Downtown Honolulu. The proclamation will recognize the achievements of the Native Hawaiian community in the last 30 years.
• Legislative Priorities - Some of Senator Galuteria's legislative priorities include Senate Bill (SB) 2713 relating to providing an income tax credit to a tax payer who purchases or modifies a personal vehicle for use by a person with a disability. SB2714 excludes the weight of lifts and ramps, motors to operate them, and vehicle chassis reinforcements from the determination of net weight for non-commercial vehicles for purposes of levying the state and county motor vehicle weight tax. SB2715 extends the authorization to issue special purpose revenue bonds to assist Kaiuli Energey, LLC, with the financing of the planning, design, and construction of a seawater air conditioning district cooling facility and chilled water distribution system.
• Ala Wai Harbor - Vares noted that Senator Galuteria's office met with DLNR and DLNR stated they have no intention of building large structures, with the highest being four (4) stories.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Seawater Air Conditioning Project - Smith raised concerns about the project as he noted it has not been successfully done in Downtown Honolulu. He noted that Waikiki's seawater project would be bringing in water outside of Waikiki beach and asked how it would impact tourists, surfers, and other users of Waikiki Beach. Vares stated that there are legitimate concerns regarding the project but noted renewable energy and conservation as a benefit. Smith noted that he and the Board may be interested in learning more details about the project at a future meeting.
Waikiki Improvement Association (WIA) - Rick Egged reported the following:
• Thanks - Egged thanked Senator Galuteria for regarding helping to secure funding for the Ala Wai dredging project.
• Kiosk Bill - Egged stated his support for restrictions of commercial business kiosks. He noted sidewalks should be for accessibility and their purpose is not for private commercial endeavors. Freedom of speech should be honored but it should not allow for sidewalks to be obstructed.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Parades - Flood noted that parades may be more successful if they were spaced out more evenly. He suggested having a couple of parades in April, as opposed to having four (4) parades in March alone. Egged responded that there needs to be structures and laws that serve the community's interests.
APPROVAL OF THE NOVEMBER 14, 2017 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
The Tuesday, January 9, 2018 regular meeting minutes were APPROVED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT, 12-0-0; (AYE: Bautista, Carroll, Erteschik, Fahey, Finley, Flood, Giventer, Henski, Merz, Shields, Smith, Wilder; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None).
Board member Shields departed the meeting at 8:45 p.m.; 11 Board members present.
NEW BOARD BUSINESS
Discussion of Oahu's Resilience Strategy - Matthew Gonser from the Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency (CCSR) circulated a handout, provided a presentation, and reported the following:
• CCSR History - The CCSR was established by Oahu voters in 2016 when supporting Charter Amendment 7. The focus of the Office is to build partnerships between City departments, the State, and private entities to increase sustainability and address climate change in Oahu.
• 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) - 100RC, created by the Rockefeller Foundation, is an organization dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. From nearly 1200 applicant cities across the globe, Honolulu was selected to be one (1) of 100 cities in the 100 RC network. This network provides funding, technical expertise, and a framework for Honolulu.
• Climate Change - Gonser described the greenhouse effect and how the trapping of heat in the atmosphere has resulted in climate change. Notable climate changes recorded between 2015 to 2016 included rising sea levels, 11 days of record rainfall, 24 days of record heat, and nine (9) months of drought. Hawaii has experienced reduced trade winds, reduced overall rainfall, and increased sea levels.
• Resilience - Gonser defined resilience as the capacity to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of stresses and shocks Hawaii experiences.
• Oahu Resilience Survey - CCSR provided a survey to collect public input on how Oahu can become more resilient by determining and addressing what areas residents believe to be most vulnerable in order to shape a Resilience Strategy to guide the CCSR???s efforts for the coming years.
• Additional Resources - Additional resources can be found online at www.resilientOAHU.org and by following the CCSR on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at ResilientOAHU.
Denny's Building Progress - Don Horner provided the following update:
• Withdrawal - A withdrawal form regarding the liquor license was filed. A liquor license may or may not be applied for again however a new process including proper notification and community outreach would need to be done again if another license is applied for.
• Development - The building is still low impact and the project is currently on target. Horner provided building specifications but noted that in the next two (2) or three (3) weeks there should be roof tiling and stucco finish. Trees and grass will be planted for beautification and a small parking lot will be installed for drop off and delivery purposes.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Controversy - Erteschik noted the controversy around the Denny's liquor license. He stated that the business has the right to apply for permits and follow the legal process but noted that there does seem some suspicion regarding the lack of notice to the Board as well as stating withdrawal but potentially reapplying for a new license. He requested that Horner please provide the Board of a proper notice if the restaurant does apply for a new license. Erteschik noted he is not necessarily opposed to the license but feels that the community should have the chance to be duly notified at the Neighborhood Board meeting if a new license is applied for. Horner clarified that he is not the applicant for the liquor license. Horner noted that he was unaware of the Board not receiving a notice. However, he stated that the applicant complied with regulations for notifying neighbors in November 2017.
2. Clarification - Horner clarified that initially a full license was applied for. Due to feedback, the applicant significantly reduced the alcohol serving hours as well as there being no bar in the restaurant itself. These types of considerations were made with the help of community feedback. Erteschik stated that those types of restrictions are reasonable but requested that if a liquor license application is reapplied for, to please let the Board know. Horner stated he would make sure to notify the Board if another license is applied for.
3. Restrictions - Henski thanked Horner for listening to concerns of the community.
4. Liquor License - Rachel Linden stated that she lives next to the Denny's restaurant, which is also across the street from Jefferson Elementary School. She asked if withdrawing the liquor license would be for the second time, as the Monday, January 4, 2018 public hearing from the Liquor Commission, she stated the withdrawal was withdrawn. She stated this was a procedural anomaly and not legal. Horner clarified that it is not his application. Horner clarified that on the application, amendments have been added to place restrictions based on community input. Linden stated that if amendments are made a new application needs to be submitted. Linden asked how much longer the restaurant would like to go against the community. Horner reiterated that it is not his liquor license application.
5. Clarification - Henski asked and Horner responded that a liquor license does not go to a property owner but the person applying for the license. From his understanding, if a property is sold and the owner is the holder of the liquor license, the new tenant would have to apply for their own liquor license.
6. Color - Horner stated that the building color is planned to be earth tones of green, beige, and brown.
7. Noise - Smith asked and Horner responded that there are plans to help mitigate noise issues. Except for some outside tables, restaurant on-goings will take place contained within the structure itself which will help to mitigate noise.
8. Patio - Horner stated that from his understanding the Denny's restaurant will be open 24 hours but the patio will close for service at 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
9. Security - Horner noted that there will be hired security to help mitigate issues and they will have gone through thorough training.
Legislative Report - Erteschik stated that for any Board members who would like to submit bills to be discussed to let him know to be placed on the agenda for the next meeting for discussion.
Treasurer's Report ??? Chair Finley reported a remaining balance of $513.00.
Sub District One (1) Report - No report.
Sub District Two (2) Report - Flood discussed comfort/service animals and suggested that those looking to apply for comfort/service status for their pets to look into the regulations regarding granting comfort and service status for animals.
Sub District Three (3) Report - Smith noted that issues regarding Cartwright Road are being addressed on an ongoing basis.
Chair's Report - Chair Finley reported that OliverMcMillan (apartment building on the Food Pantry site) has been bought by Brookfield Residential Properties of Canada, and is unsure of the impact of the project. Chair Finley is working with the WIA on addressing the number of Kalakaua events held annually in Waikiki. Chair Finley plans to testify on the kiosk bill as an individual as the Board has not held a vote on the issue.
• The next regular Waikiki Neighborhood Board No. 9 meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
• View this meeting on Olelo Channel 49 at 9:00 p.m. on the 4th Tuesday each month, and at 6:00 a.m. on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. View online at: http://olelo.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=30
ADJOURNMENT - The meeting adjourned at 9:30 p.m.
Submitted by: Dylan Whitsell, Public Relations
Reviewed by: Jackson Coley, Neighborhood Assistant
Final Review: Chair Robert Finley
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