SMA Minor Construction
New BMPs as designed in the SMA Minor permit were put in place before any sitework commenced. The construction of the SMA Minor is nearing completion. Landscaping is nearly complete including the planting of grass in the bioswales and the rain garden in front. All construction materials have been removed from the site. We are awaiting the completion of the landscaping and the final inspection to close out the construction. Four signs were posted directing pedestrians to use the crosswalk at Pupukea Road - three facing Kamehameha Highway and one facing internal traffic at the entry drive. Hanapohaku submitted a fence permit for the remaining portion along Pahoe Road on May 19th. The permit was issued on July 7th. Construction will be starting on this portion of the fence as soon as materials arrive on site.
All trucks completed their required two moves in June. Single-use plastics, plastic straws, and non-reef-safe sunscreen continue to be prohibited for all tenants. Tour buses continue to be prohibited from the site. All tenants have been notified to remind customers to use the crosswalk at Pupukea Road when crossing Kamehameha Highway. Any signs within 30 feet of the highway have been removed.
Baseline Inspection Report and Compliance
Inspectors from DPP visited the property unannounced in February, and conducted a baseline inspection of the entire property. Hanapohaku and others received the report on February 23rd. Hanapohaku has since reviewed the report including the photos and required changes described in it. All tents required to be removed were immediately taken down. The signs included in the report have all been removed. The electrical violations have been addressed and are awaiting a final inspection at the completion of the SMA minor construction.
On July 7th Hanapohaku received the fence permit from DPP for the continuation of the chain link fence along Pahoe Road.
All Hotline inquiries have been posted to the website. Communication thread with responses posted below. A monthly update with all required information was posted to the website on July 31, 2021.
Name: John Thielst
This morning Monday 7/5/21 at approximately 10am a white med size tour bus was parked right in front of the Cove jewelry shop dropping off tourist that were walking straight up your entrance driveway. Not a complete count but there as at least 15 to 20 tourist. Did not completely see a name on the bus but believe it was something like Aloha tours Inc. Not enough is being done to discourage tourist drop off's and is going against the agreement .
John - Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We have been extremely clear with the tenants that no tour buses are allowed on the property (as specified in the settlement) and, to our knowledge, this has been followed. We further clarified this with tenants with a message today and also that all pedestrians should be directed to the crosswalk at Pupukea Road. We have posted signs facing inward and outward directing pedestrians to the crosswalk. While we cannot 100% control the actions of bus drivers not on our property we hope that you can appreciate that we are doing what we can to ensure safety on Kamehameha Highway. Regards, Hanapohaku
Name: Chelsey Lowe
Hi, I wanted to reach out about the upcoming plans for Sharks Cove commercial area. I live here in North Shore and currently teach yoga full time. I teach beach yoga classes and community classes throughout North Shore. I was wondering if there would be any opportunity in the upcoming commercial plans to allow for a yoga studio or space for fitness. Thank you! Chelsey Lowe
We are considering having a yoga/fitness component in the future center. We will be sure to keep you posted as we move forward and when we begin leasing. Thanks, Hanapohaku
Name: Denise Antolini
Aloha HP, On behalf of a concerned community member, I am writing to ask your kōkua regarding the sale of “pineapple tiki drinks” and the other litter generated by tourist-customers on your property. I am emailing this to you as well as pasting it into the McCully’s Corner Hotline website page. Because your website does not yet accept photos, I have emailed the seven photos (taken in June 2021) regarding this complaint and ask that you include them in the next monthly report: Photo 1. Sign advertising “Fresh Pineapple Tiki Drinks” outside of North Shore Tacos food truck Photo 2. Sign advertising the “Pineapple Drink” Photo 3. Pineapple displayed on the ordering counter of North Shore Tacos food truck. Also visible is a single-use plastic bottle of water. Photo 4. Customer with “Fresh Pineapple Tiki drink” Photo 5. Same customer (as in Photo 4) crossing Kamehameha Highway with “Fresh Pineapple Tiki drink” Photo 6. Empty Dole pineapple box at Food Truck Photo 7. Two pineapples drink discards in bus stop trash can by the Pūpūkea trash Fire Station As the photos indicate, the sale of these “pineapple tiki drinks” are 1. advertising and catering to tourists, and 2. causing litter at Pūpūkea Beach Park. The pineapple discards (see Photo 7) along with all the customers discarding food debris from the five food trucks create increased burdens on the City Department of Transportation (at the bus stop) and on the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) at the Park trash collection sites across from HP. We ask that you 1. discontinue the sale and advertising of such touristy drink items, and 2. contain all customer litter such as plates, utensils, drinks, and the pineapple discards on-site to eliminate the burden that is currently being placed on public trash collection. Mahalo for ensuring that business on your property does not have an adverse impact on the North Shore residential community and the natural environment at Pūpūkea Beach Park. Denise Antolini Pūpūkea Resident
Name: Denise Antolini
Aloha HP, I am writing on behalf of concerned community members regarding what appear to be insufficient COVID-19 preventative public health measures on your property. Particularly with the risks posed by the surge in the Delta variant, they asked me to bring these issues to your attention now. I have attached to the email version of this communication the following photos taken in June 2021: Photo 1. Unmasked customer at North Shore Tacos food truck borrows an iPhone charger and waits to order. Photo 2. Unmasked customers traversing dining area at North Shore Tacos food truck at distances that appear to be less than 6 feet despite the signage. Photo 3. Unmasked customer traversing dining area at North Shore Tacos food truck with customers at table not using masks while not eating or drinking. Photo 4. Long line of mostly unmasked customers ignoring social distancing signs as they wait in line to order from North Shore Tacos food truck. Photo 5. Unmasked customer coughs into his hand as he waits to order. Other mostly unmasked customers cluster in line behind him. Under the Mayor’s Emergency Order No. 2021-09 (effective July 2, 2021), Order 5 indicates that “all individuals shall wear face coverings over their noses and mouths when in public settings.” In addition, the 6-foot social distance requirement applies to you roperations: Order 5: “4. Six (6)-foot distances. All persons shall maintain a minimum of six (6)- feet of physical distance from all other persons who are not members of the same household/living unit or group allowed under this Order. Essential Businesses and Designated Businesses and Operations, (to the degree applicable) shall designate with signage, tape, or by other means six (6)-foot spacing for employees and customers in line to maintain appropriate distance. Employees shall monitor and enforce the six (6)- foot distancing requirement set forth in this Order, whether outside waiting lines or as customers move about inside a facility.” (Emphasis added.) Furthemore, under Tier 4 required conditions for businesses operating within the City and County of Honolulu (see Subsection 11(a)(vii)), “operation[s] that [sell] and [serve] food or beverages (or both) for on premises consumption” must “fully [sanitize] tables and chairs after each group (or individual customer) leaves.” Observations of activities on the property indicate that this requirement is not being fulfilled. What is the employee protocol for sanitizing tables and chairs, and how is it monitored? While your customers may fall under the “while outdoors” exception (see Subsection J of Order 5), and D (“While eating, drinking, smoking, as permitted by applicable law”), your customers are clustering in specific areas and under tents, and it does not appear that the mask requirement is being followed when customers are not in the act of eating or drinking, that sanitization is regularly being done, or the 6-foot social distancing requirement is being enforced. Many customers on your property have been observed not wearing masks in line or while ordering at the window (see photos listed above sent by email). The hand-painted “Masks Required” sign at the entrance of your parking lot does not seem to be acknowledged or recognized by patrons of your establishment. Do you have other signs encouraging mask wearing on your property? Please note that Subsection 11(e) encourages operations such as yours to do the following: (i) “Have customers enter and exit through different entries using one-way traffic, where possible;” (ii) “Start or continue entryway, curbside, and home delivery;” (iii) “Encourage making reservations… and ordering for contactless pickup and delivery either by telephone or other remote means;” and (iv) “Implement cashless and receiptless transactions.” Please let the community know your response on these issues as we are seeking to ensure better compliance with the COVID-19 public health measures and respond to the surging Delta variant threat.
Dear Denise: HP is in receipt of your two complaints submitted to the hotline on July 27th regarding concerns about “insufficient COVID-19 preventative public health measures” and “the sale of ‘pineapple tiki drinks’ and the other litter generated by tourist-customers” on HP’s property. First and foremost, HP is very concerned about making sure its food truck operators adhere to applicable public health rules and protocols to minimize the risk of spreading the virus. In that regard, HP has reached out to each operator to remind them of their obligations to comply with all applicable statutes, ordinances, rules and regulations governing their operations, which includes the federal, state and local laws and rules concerning COVID-19.
Concerning the sale of pineapple tiki drinks, HP believes that this single offering does not create an atmosphere on its property that caters primarily to tourists. Certainly, many “locals” enjoy pineapple and pineapple juice served in a pineapple, just as they enjoy coconuts and coconut water served in a coconut. Indeed, this is the very reason tourists also enjoy such drinks. In regards to your complaint that the discarded pineapples are left in the public trash receptacles, HP has little control over that. HP and its food truck operators provide ample trash receptacles on-site. In an effort to mitigate your concern, HP will request its food truck operators to encourage its customers to utilize such receptacles instead of the public ones.