SMA Minor Construction
New BMPs as designed in the SMA Minor permit were put in place before any sitework commenced. At the direction of the DPP inspector we have removed BMPs where the construction is complete and the grass is in place. The construction of the SMA Minor is nearing completion. The final electrical work was completed this month and we are awaiting a final inspection from HECO and DPP to close out the permit and remove all remaining BMPs. Signs were posted facing both inside and outside the property directing pedestrians to use the crosswalk at Pupukea Road. Hanapohaku submitted a fence permit for the remaining portion along Pahoe Road on May 19th. The permit was issued on July 7th. In accordance with the settlement agreement, construction began in August and was completed on August 19th. Landscaping has been put in place around this new portion of fence. Based on a comment from the hotline we continue to monitor the vegetation around the new fence and ensure that any dangerous invasive plants are under control
All trucks completed their required two moves in November. 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.
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 November 30, 2021.
Name: John Thielst
Good evening Castor bean plants were mentioned last month. You responded that you would have a look and take care of them, which you didn’t do. The plants are now seeding, so more will be sprouting up. As mentioned last month caster bean plants are very poisonous to animals and Potentially to humans. Can you do what you said and remove and maintain them. Thank you
Hi John - When we received your previous email we immediately took action and reached out to our groundskeeper who coordinated with our landscaper. We just talked to him again to make sure this issue is addressed. Please see his message below.
Last month we removed all the castor bean plants we found. Friday I walked around the property again with our landscaper and we found a few and removed them. I asked our landscaper to be extremely vigilant in removing them as they pop up continuously. This will be a continuous effort. Per my research on this plant, it is an aggressive invasive weed that’s all over the North Shore….
Both the landscapers and I are very aware of the situation and are continually attempting to rid the property of this plant.
Name: John Thielst
Thank you, There are at least 3 to 4 tall Castor plants that can be seen from Pahoe rd. about hald way and three quarts way up along fence line. Thanks John
Thanks John - We will pass this info along so that these plants can be removed.
Name: Larry McElheny
HP Concerns / November 29, 2021 HP In the spirit of open communication and cooperation, I am bringing to your attention 4 concerns: Tenant Mix--I am not aware of a single permanent or portable structure on your property that houses an enterprise that primarily serves the needs of the surrounding residents. Not one--zero, zip, zilch. This fact totally, directly and flagrantly contradicts the purpose and intent of a Rural Community Commercial Center as defined in the NSSCP and the B1 zoning. Planter Boxes--Although plants in some sections of the planter boxes were doing quite well initially, something seems to have gone awry. It appears as though the once thriving kalo plants are suffering and that the planter boxes are no longer serving their primary intended purpose--which is to block the view of the tacky, circus-like food truck and equipment rental operations. PA System--The loud and obnoxious PA system that one of your tenants is using to notify customers when their orders are ready is audible to at least the east end of Pahoe Road and to beyond the fire station and well into the beach park. This is way beyond the 30 foot limit allowed by law. Taco Sign--The extra large and intrusive "Best Fish Tacos" sign is a horrible example and could establish a really bad precedent. If itʻs OK on that food truck, whatʻs to prevent all other businesses from having similar size signs ? One can only imagine how much worse the location would look with 6-8 more signs of that size in place. Certainly you are already aware of these and other concerns that violate the Settlement Agreement. Please explain why no remedies have been provided. Mahalo Larry McElheny
Larry - Thanks for your inquiry. We take these issues very seriously and they have all been addressed throughout the permitting and construction process. We are in full compliance with city and state requirements as well as the settlement agreement, including the mandatory mediation provision. We will continue to monitor compliance on the land and follow up on every legitimate concern.