In this issue, we talk about Complete Streets ‘Bulb-outs’ Curb Extensions in Downtown/Chinatown and Increased Noise Complaints over Chinatown Street Activity.
My colleagues and I had the honor of recognizing and congratulating the members of the Narcissus Court with honorary certificates during the February 28th Council meeting at Honolulu Hale. This year’s Narcissus Court were crowned during the Narcissus Coronation Ball on February 10, and includes Queen Jami Zhong, 1st Princess Kristina Pollock, 2nd Princess Tyler Ordenstein, 3rd Princess Tiffany Chen, and 4th Princess Katherine Kaw.
In February, I attended Kalihi-Palama Health Center (KPHC) Downtown Clinic’s celebration of a decade of providing health and social services to the Downtown-Chinatown community. Since 2008, this clinic has provided quality medical and dental care services to Downtown/Chinatown residents and business people, assisting thousands of residents each year.
To update my January report on discussions with HPD Chief Susan Ballard regarding complaints about illegal and disruptive behavior throughout Downtown-Chinatown, Chief Ballard has provided the following budget proposal for Project HELP:
After this past month’s Mardi Gras celebration on “Fat Tuesday,” my staff and I received complaints about excessively loud noise levels from either a DJ booth on the street or from the Hank’s Cafe premises. We learned that almost no advance notice of this week night street festival had been provided to abutting residents. Pre-event notice of the festival was presented to Neighborhood Board #13 during the “Public Concerns” portion of the February 1, 2018 agenda, which meant that NB members could not take any actions regarding the event. Nearby residents were also precluded from attending the meeting to raise questions or concerns.