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House Break-in

On November 4, 2015 a resident on Aipo’ola Street reported that a break-in had occurred and several items were taken. If you have any information about this incident please contact Honolulu Police Department using police report number 15-440462.

Accessory Dwelling Units: New City and County of Honolulu Ordinance 15-41 Not Allowed in WLF

On September 14, 2015 Mayor Caldwell sign into law Bill 20 (2015), CD1:

To amend chapter 21, revised ordinances of Honolulu 1990, as amended (The land use ordinance), relating to accessory dwelling units (ADUs). The purpose of this ordinance is to establish ADUs as a permitted use in all residential zoning districts, to encourage and accommodate the construction of ADUs, increase the number of affordable rental units and alleviate the housing shortage in the City, and to establish land use standards for those ADUs.

Fortunately or unfortunately depending on your point of view, the West Loch Fairways DCC&Rs do not allow the membership to add an ADU to their property, as noted below:

Article III Section 3.02 Residential Lots: Uses and Restrictions (a) Subject to subsection 3.02(ii) below, only one Family (including domestic servants and transient guests) shall occupy each Lot, and each Owner shall construct only one detached or duplex single-family Residence (which may include a guest room without a kitchen connected to the main dwelling) on any Lot designated for single-family residential purposes.

The September  20, 2015 edition of the Honolulu Star Advertiser included an ADU Q&A  article: Accessory dwelling units zero in on housing woes, by Andrew Gomes, which answers most questions one would have regarding an ADU. Honolulu Star Advertiser’s Kokua Line also provides information in its article  Rules of a homeowners hui override city ADU precepts.

Our Messy Monkey Pod Trees Are Making Us Healthier

I am sure most of us have grumbled one time or another about the tree rubbish found throughout our neighborhood.  After reading the linked articles and scientific study you may find that removing that gummy monkey pod from your slipper or sweeping the piles of leaves that build up in your yard isn’t such a bad thing after all.

A study published last month in the journal Scientific Reports suggest that people who live in areas with higher street tree density report better health perception and fewer cardio-metabolic conditions compared with their peers living in areas with lower street tree density. According to the study, improving health perception and decreasing cardio-metabolic conditions by planting 10 more trees per city block is equivalent to increasing the income of every household in that city block by more than $10,000.

Scientific Reports Article – Neighborhood greenspace and health in a large urban center

Washington Post Article or PDF

LA Times Article or PDF

First Annual West Loch Fairways Appreciation Concert

Concert Band (1280x853)Music in the Park is a nice way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon here in West Loch Fairways!

We were entertained big time with the talents given to us by the Band of the Pacific joint Base Pearl Harbor/Hickam group called “Hana Hou”. It was a one hour blast of upbeat music.

The band’s back drop, stage and seating were set up by your WLF Board members: Tom Hiltner, Michael Nii, and Richard Ashley and my family.

Tom and his wife lugged a 10×20 foot tent from their home, and set it up so that older residents could sit comfortably on chairs and be out of the sun.

Michael my son and our daughter-in-law Kathy helped hold the 19×9 foot flag while Richard and my husband secured the flag. They also helped setting-up and taking down 75 chairs and three tables.

I must give special acknowledgment to the support and patience my husband Larry! He always goes out of his way to do the things a 5”1” old lady cannot do, either too weak or too short for the task.

The WLF Site Manager delivered fliers to various homes as his time allowed, and also is the one who posted the banner and notice on the Bulletin Board.

All of these people are responsible for making this event successful. I appreciate them all, and everyone who attended.

We will continue to come up with more Association Events aiming to please and hoping to generate participation from our Membership.

Always interested in your thoughts about bringing our community together.

Call me anytime.

Yvonne Dembinski

WLF Social Chairperson 681-5373

The First Annual West Loch Fairways Appreciation Concert HH1

When : JUNE 7, 2015

2:00pm – 3:30pm

Where : West Loch Fairways

TOT LOT PARK 

 

Bring your blankets and picnic eats and enjoy great LIVE music provided to us by a group of musicians from the Air Force Band of Pearl Harbor/Hickam called Hana Hou.   This is to kick off the celebration of Flag Day, and this group we will hear is very, very entertaining, they play everything from rock to top 40’s hits as well as Hawaiian and Patriotic.  It is a mixture of brass, guitar, drummers and even a female vocalist!     Some chairs will be provided also, but you may just want to lay back on your blankets and relax.

 

WLF Community Yard Sale

Yard SaleMany people reported a great turnout to the WLF community sale that took place on April 25, 2015. Almost 40 Members participated. The Social Committee plans to hold this event annually and asks for your input to make this event even better. Please use the Ask a Question form on this website to submit your suggestions using the subject line “Community Sale”. We would like to Thank Yvonne Dembinski and the Social Committee for volunteering their time to make this event such a success.

Community Yard Sale Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 8:00am to 2:00pm.

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