Urgent Advisories & Town Meeting Schedule 2017

2017 WCA TOWN MEETING SCHEDULE: 5:15-7 p.m., Thursdays - usually in Waimea School Cafeteria (unless notified):

Oct. 5 - Relocated to HPA Upper Campus eLab!

Nov. 2 - Potluck mahalo gathering for our First Responders
December (often cancelled due to Christmas parade sponsorship so TBD)

Jan. 4, 2018

Feb. 1, 2018

March 1, 2018

Thurs., Oct. 5, 2017 WCA Town Meeting: HPAʻs eLab! Check Out Amazing Student STEM Projects!

5:15 p.m. – Special Location:  HPAʻs eLab – Upper Campus!

Not to be missed – a glimpse of the amazing projects HPA students are undertaking using state-of-the-art STEM technology!

Special thanks to HPA for again hosting a WCA Town Meeting.  Please come a bit early – enter via the more northern gate and you will be directed to parking.  Please bring a flash light (or your phone w/ flashlight) – itʻll be dark when walking back to your car.

More on the program to come.

 

FOLLOW-UP ON OUR SEPTEMBER TOWN MEETING ON HOMELESSNESS: 

Mahalo to all who attended WCAʻs September Town Meeting on Homelessness and Houselessness.  Special thanks to the panel for sharing a wide ranging perspective on this complicated, challenging, heartbreaking issue thatʻs very much here in our community as well as across the state and country.  No easy solutions but our goal was learning more about how to help one person, one family at a time and some very good suggestions were shared.   Also, thereʻs excellent – mostly volunteer – work already going on here in Waimea and North Hawaiʻi and we thank each of these volunteers, churches, businesses and individuals for “walking the walk.”  
 
They welcome our help — please consider lending a hand or otherwise contributing.
 
Perhaps one of the best things to come of the evening was generating even more conversation and collaboration between faith-based groups, non-profits, and our public officials.  Also, there was clear evidence of a shared community “will” to continue working together on this.  
 
This includes each of us specifically being asked to help the organizations involved by being their “eyes and ears.”   If you know of someone who is homeless or houseless, or who is perilously close to becoming so, please reach out to Hope Services — this is our primary point of contact – Brandee Menino – 938-3050 (or one of their staff).  
 
If the individual is a Veteran, thereʻs even more help available right here in Waimea — an experienced outreach counselor is here on the ground in our community every day of the week and has resources to assist.   (This is rather new and something to cheer for!) 
 
Also, Big Island Giving Tree continues to do amazing outreach and these volunteers led by Rhonda Bell are making a difference…and welcome your help.  
 
Here are key contacts:
 
Hope Services:  Brandee Menino 938-3050
 
Big Island Giving Tree:  Rhonda Bell 937-9439  (texting works too)
 
Veterans Administration – Kona:  David Willard 329-0574
 
Community Policing – May Lee 887-3080
 
County of Hawaii – Special Assistant to the Mayor on Homelessness Lance Niimi 961-8866 or 938-2694
 
Care Hawaiʻi – Jeramy Madrid 990-4079 or 327-6500

Weekly Community Meal @ St. James – Tim Bostock 382-3290 or eat@sthameshawaii.org

Annunciation Catholic Church Food Pantry – Ann Lum 885-0879

Kokua Christian Ministries – Weekly Lunch on Wednesdays – Laurie Ainslie – 885-6144  (a collaboration of Mana Christian ʻOhana, Imiola Congregational Church and New Hope Christian Fellowship)

 
 
Bottom line: There are no easy answers, but please reach out if you know of someone who needs assistance. 
 
Also, please talk to your elected representatives – County, State & Federal – (candidates too as we approach the 2018 elections) to be sure they know that addressing homelessness and houselessness is a community priority.  
 
There will be more on this in coming weeks/months.  
 
PS: Special kudos to our WCA Board members Mike Donnelly, Frankie Pang and Nancy Carr Smith for organizing last nightʻs Homelessness panel discussion.  They personally invested a lot of time in getting to know more about this.  Thanks, too, to North Hawaiʻi News Editor Landry Fuller and writer Chris Dunlap for their news features in West Hawaii Today that have helped educate us about homelessness and raise awareness.

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Sept. 7, 2017 Waimea Town Meeting: Exploring How Our Community Can Make A Difference For The Homeless

5:15 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 7, 2017 – Waimea School Cafeteria

A panel discussion discerning the range of issues around homelessness and houselessness with presenters deeply involved, experienced and committed to helping our community explore how we can make a difference.  

Homelessness, houselessness, and individuals and families struggling on the edge are increasingly of major concern throughout the state, and it’s true right here in upcountry Waimea.

But what exactly is homelessness?  What are the causes?  And how do we help?  Is it good to give money to people begging on the corner?  What should we do – or not do?

It doesn’t take long to learn that it’s a very complex issue – there are multiple causes and variable, potential solutions, and what might work with one person, may not for others.  But it’s heartbreaking and worrisome, and our community wants to do all that is possible to improve the situation.

So what should Waimea be doing about this?  What is already in motion – programs, projects, possible strategies?  And what more is needed?

WCA Board members have talked about and been approached on the issue for the past several months and decided we as a community need to understand the issues better and how better than to hear from those who work with and for homeless and struggling families every day and every week.  For some, it’s their passion – to help the less fortunate.  For others, it’s their job.  No matter why they’re involved, it’s challenging.

Thus, the 5:15 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 7 Waimea Town Meeting in Waimea School Cafeteria will facilitate a panel discussion exploring the range of issues around homelessness with presenters who are deeply involved, experienced and committed to making a difference.

Panel members will include Lance Niimi, who is Hawaii County’s leader on homelessness from the Office of Housing; Rhonda Bell with Big Island Giving Tree, a non-profit that provides a range of support and assistance for homeless individuals and families; Brandee Menino, CEO of Hope Services, a not-for-profit funded by the state and private donors that provides a wide array of outreach services, Jeramy Madrid, an experienced community-based case manager for homeless needing mental health services, Waimea Community Policing Officer May Lee, Tim Bostock, a volunteer co-leader of the every-Thursday Waimea Community Meal at St. James; and David Willard with the Veterans Administration.

Facilitating the panel with WCA Vice President Mike Donnelly, who has helped coordinate the presentation with WCA Board Secretary Nancy Carr Smith and WCA Director Frankie Pang.

All presenters are being asked to describe the services and assistance their organization provides, and then to share specific calls to action for the community.

The spotlighted community non-profit for the evening will be the Food Pantry at Annunciation Catholic Church.  Ann Lum, who is the program’s volunteer lead for the church’s every-Tuesday morning pantry, will share insight into their experience and how it has evolved.  The program is supported by a host of congregation and community volunteers and donations.  As has become a monthly custom at town meetings, attendees will be encourage to make a tax deductible donation to this program.  .

As always, the entire community is invited to WCA Town Meetings.  There is no charge but membership is encouraged. 

 

Also as always, Waimea’s two Hawai’i County Council members will provide an update on Council business and Community Policing Officer May Lee will report on recent incidents and coming events.

Steaming hot Starbucks and cookies will be provided.

More info: www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation, or call Patti Cook (937-2833) or email cookshi@aol.com

 

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August 3, 2017 Waimea Town Meeting To Welcome Home Waimea Members of the Hokule’a Worldwide Voyage!

Mahalo to Waimea’s own Hokule’a crew members for a most memorable presentation!  You make us soooooo proud!  

(L-R) Captain Pomaikalani Bertelmann and Navigator Ka’iulani Murphy — both of Waimea — brought home the Hokule’a on its final leg of the worldwide voyage.  Capt. Pomai along with PWO Navigator Chadd Paishon and other Waimea crew members from throughout the 42,000-mile voyage will join us to reflect on the experience, lessons learned and what to expect moving forward.                                                                                — Photo Courtesy of the Polynesian Voyaging Society

5:15-7 p.m., Thurs., Aug. 3, 2017.  Waimea School Cafeteria – Please join us! 

This will be a memorable meeting to welcome home Waimea members of the Hokule’a worldwide voyage crews!   Waimea PWO Navigator and Capt. Chadd Paishon, Capt. Pomaikalani Bertelmann and other Waimea crew members will share reflections about the 42,000-mile Malama Honua worldwide voyage — “Ah, ha!” moments, challenges, life lessons, global climate and environmental observations, cultural encounters and more.  They also will talk about coming voyages. 

Also providing brief updates will be:

1) North Hawaii Community Hospital President Cindy Kamikawa, RN, and Dr. Natalie Kehau Ah-Yin Kong, a new-to-Waimea Family Practice Obstetrician

2) County Council member Dr. Tim Richards

3) Community Policing Officer May Lee   

4) South Kohala Traffic Safety Committee Chair James Hustace will provide a brief overview of a recent community survey about perspectives, issues and concerns related to traffic safety in the South Kohala district.

There is no charge and everyone is welcome; WCA membership is suggested. 

Steaming hot Starbucks coffee and cookies will be provided.  More info:  www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation, or call Patti Cook (937-2833) or email cookshi@aol.com

 

Future Town Meetings: 

Thurs., Sept. 7, 2017 – 5:15-7 p.m. – Our Homeless and Houseless – A Panel Discussion Discerning The Range of Issues And What’s Being Done…Where Are the Gaps?  

Thurs., Oct. 5, 2017 – 5:15-7 p.m. – HPA eLAB Student Presentation. Note: Meeting moved to HPA upper campus.)

Thurs., Nov. 2, 2017 – 5:15-7 p.m. – Annual Waimea First Responders Mahalo Potluck Dinner – All invited – please bring a potluck item to share! WCA will provide plates, utensils, napkins and cups!

 No December Town Meeting to prepare for the 57th Annual Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade – 5:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 2, 2017

Thurs., Jan. 4, 2018 – 5:15-7 p.m. – 2018 Legislative Preview

 Thurs., Feb. 1, 2018 – 5:15-7 p.m. Briefing by Hawaiian Ethos – the licensed medical marijuana producers/distributors here in Lalamilo Farmlots.

 

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Special Waimea Town Meeting: Tuesday, July 11 To Discuss North Hawaii Community Hospital

The affiliation of North Hawaii Community Hospital and The Queen’s Health Systems, as well as quality of care, available services, finances, and community expectations, will be the focus of a special Waimea Community Association Town Meeting at 5:15 p.m., Tues., July 11, 2017, in Waimea School Cafeteria.

The entire community is invited.

Leading the discussion will be Art Ushijima, Chair, North Hawaii Community Hospital Board of Trustees, and President and CEO, The Queen’s Health Systems, who will be joined by Cindy Kamikawa, RN, President, North Hawaii Community Hospital, Dr. Gary Goldberg, who is the hospital’s Chief Medical Officer, and Dr. Lyn Lam, who is the hospital’s Ambulatory Services Medical Director. They will discuss Queen’s affiliation and quality of care, vision and mission, the evolving healthcare landscape, hospital staffing challenges and progress, physical facilities upgrades, addressing community needs, and clarifying expectations.

The entire meeting will be dedicated to North Hawaii Community Hospital; there will not be any other presentations.  There will be time for questions and answers.

The meeting is being facilitated by Waimea Community Association, which hosted a series of community discussions in 2013 and 2014 when the hospital was experiencing severe financial challenges including questions about its ability to meet payroll, specific areas of care provided, and the condition of the aging facility, coupled with needed upgrades of internal systems and equipment. Community concerns also included a rapidly growing challenge to handle the volume of patients in the emergency room.

Info: www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation, or call Patti Cook (937-2833) or email cookshi@aol.com.

News Coverage of the 7/11/17 Town Meeting: 

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WHT – July 12, 2017 — http://westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/queen-s-nhch-administrators-face-questions-concerns-community-meeting

Hawaii News Now – July 13, 2017 – http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/35873304/waimea-community-and-queens-meet-over-concerns-at-north-hawaii-community-hospital

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Pohakuloa Training Area Update Tops Waimea Town Meeting Agenda Thurs., July 6, 2017

June 28, 2017 Pohakuloa Training Area Groundbreaking – Courtesy of US Army.

5:15-7 p.m., Thurs., July 6, 2017.  Waimea School Cafeteria.

This month’s meeting will feature an update on Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) by Cmdr Christopher Marquez to include current training activities at PTA, the recently started $26 million construction of septic and storm water systems as the first phase of a long-term facilities improvement (not expansion) plan, and a mutual aid agreement for firefighting, emergency response and law enforcement.  There will be time for questions.

This month’s spotlighted community service organization will be the United Services Organization (USO), which recently had one of its storage containers at Kawaihae broken in to and kayaks, snorkel gear, fishing poles, tackle boxes, paddleboards, food and an ‘ukulele and guitar were stolen – equipment used for recreation for troops training at PTA.  We will pass the hat to help with replacement of this gear – checks can be made payable to the USO and are tax deductible.

As always, Waimea’s two Hawai’i County Council members will provide an update on Council business and Community Policing Officer May Lee will report on recent incidents and coming events, including a Sat., July 15, 2017 9 a.m.-noon volunteer work day at Waimea Nature Park to remove underbrush and growth that shelters an encampment on park land behind Longs.  The community is urged to kokua with the work day.  Equipment including chain saws, weed wackers and heavy duty clippers would be helpful but not essential.  A chipper is being donated for the work day by Rainy Day Landscaping.

There is no charge to attend WCA Town Meetings and everyone is welcome; membership is suggested.  Steaming hot Starbucks and cookies will be provided.

More info; www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation, or call Patti Cook (937-2833) or email cookshi@aol.com

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PŌHAKULOA TRAINING AREA – JULY 2017 UPDATE:  Military units are scheduled to conduct various types of training here that may be heard or observed by surrounding communities.  This monthly schedule is produced to alert neighbors of upcoming training activities that are louder in nature and may be heard outside the military installation. This information is provided for general awareness and may not include all training activity; times and dates are subject to change:

  • July 5-11 (Army): Helicopter gunnery.

  • July 7-Aug. 6 (Army): Mortar live-fire training.

  • July 17-31 (Army): Unmanned Aerial Vehicle operations.

  • July 31-Aug. 5 (Army): Artillery live-fire exercises.

The military in Hawaii appreciates the understanding and continued support of its local military training. To report concerns related to noise or training, contact the PTA Public Affairs Officer, Eric Hamilton, either by calling (808) 969-1966, or emailing eric.m.hamilton6.civ@mail.mil. For monthly PTA training updates, email eric.m.hamilton6.civ@mail.mil with the subject line: “Subscribe Training”.* * * * *

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SPECIAL WAIMEA TOWN MEETING:   TUES., JULY 11  TO DISCUSS NORTH HAWAII COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

The affiliation of North Hawaii Community Hospital and The Queen’s Health Systems, as well as quality of care, available services, finances, and community expectations, will be the focus of a special Waimea Community Association Town Meeting at 5:15 p.m., Tues., July 11, 2017, in Waimea School Cafeteria.

The entire community is invited.

Leading the discussion will be Art Ushijima, Chair, North Hawaii Community Hospital Board of Trustees, and President and CEO, The Queen’s Health Systems, who will be joined by Cindy Kamikawa, RN, President, North Hawaii Community Hospital, Dr. Gary Goldberg, who is the hospital’s Chief Medical Officer, and Dr. Lyn Lam, who is the hospital’s Ambulatory Services Medical Director. They will discuss Queen’s affiliation and quality of care, vision and mission, the evolving healthcare landscape, hospital staffing challenges and progress, physical facilities upgrades, addressing community needs, and clarifying expectations.

There will be time for questions and answers.

The meeting is being facilitated by Waimea Community Association, which hosted a series of community discussions in 2013 and 2014 when the hospital was experiencing severe financial challenges including questions about its ability to meet payroll, specific areas of care provided, and the condition of the aging facility, coupled with needed upgrades of internal systems and equipment. Community concerns also included a rapidly growing challenge to handle the volume of patients in the emergency room.

The entire meeting will be dedicated to North Hawaii Community Hospital; there will not be any other presentations.

Info: www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation, or call Patti Cook (937-2833) or email cookshi@aol.com.

Questions may be submitted ahead of time by emailing lscully@queens.org but there will be a Q&A session at the meeting.

 

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3 HIGH IMPACT ISSUES FOR NORTH HAWAI’I SHARE TOWN MEETING SPOTLIGHT

Thursday, June 1, 2017 – 5:15-7 p.m. – Waimea School Cafeteria

 

Three high impact issues on quality of life in North Hawai’i will share the spotlight during Waimea Community Association’s Town Meeting this Thursday in Waimea School cafeteria.

Scope of the meeting will range from the latest scientific findings and concerns regarding Rapid ‘Ohi’a Death (ROD) – most notably how to prevent it from spreading into North Hawai’i watersheds, to projected environmental-social-cultural impacts of extending the Daniel K. Inouye Highway (aka Saddle Road) further west to Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway, to Hawai’i county rules, enforcement and advocacy around liquor control.  As always, everyone is welcome to WCA Town Meetings and there is no charge though membership is encouraged.

Staff from Hawai’i County Liquor Control will begin the evening by reviewing the division’s responsibilities, educational advocacy around safety and abuse prevention, and also enforcement activities.

Then, planner Ron Terry will briefly review the published Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Saddle Road Extension and the approaching June 7, 2017 deadline for comment to the state Office of Environmental Quality Control Commission (OEQC).  Copies of the DEIS are in all public libraries including the Thelma Parker Memorial Library here in Waimea.  It is also accessible online by selecting the April 23, 2017 edition of the OEQC Environmental Notice at: http://health.hawaii.gov/oeqc/   Comments about the DEIS may be sent to Hawaii State Department of Transportation, 869 Punchbowl Street Room 301, Honolulu HI 96813 or email Darell.young@hawaii.gov.  Info: Call Darell Young (808-587-1835).  Or consultant Ron Terry (808-969-7690) or email rterry@hawaii.rr.com.

Terry will quickly review the DEIS process and findings for what is projected to be a $63-74 million project, depending on the final route.  There is, at present, no established construction timetable. Approx. 80% of the funding is expected to be provided by the federal government.

The final portion of the meeting will be Dr. Flint Hughes, a respected Research Ecologist with the US Forest Service, who will share the latest research, policy decisions and recommendations to control spread of ROD.  Dr. Hughes will continue to share specific strategies for the North Hawai’i community to become meaningful “protectors of the Kohala forest” which, to date, does not appear to have been infected.

As always, County Council members will provide an update on Council business.  This month’s featured not-for-profit will be Kipuka o ke Ola (KOKO) with Dr. Claren Kealoha Beaudet and Dr. Franco Acquaro, Ph.D., providing an update on this federally accredited Independent Rural Health Clinic that focuses on addressing Native Hawaiian health disparities.  KOKO’s mission and program intents to seamlessly blend care from numerous health practices including primary care services, psychological services, and psychiatric services.  KOKO expects in the near future to add traditional Native Hawaiian healing arts (laʻau lapaʻau, lomi lomi, and hoʻoponono) to its array of services.

As always at WCA Town Meetings, steaming Starbucks coffee and cookies will be provided.

Info: www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation, or call Patti Cook (937-2833) or email cookshi@aol.com

 

IMPORTANT ADVISORY:  The South Kohala Traffic Safety Committee is conducting a ‘Community Traffic Safety Priorities Survey’ to gather information from individuals and businesses of South Kohala to better understand community needs when it comes to road and traffic safety issues. Results will be shared with interested parties, especially elected officials and State and County employees.  Everyone is asked to take a few minutes to respond to this survey:  https://goo.gl/ZL3N9C

Questions:  Please contact SKTSC Chair James Hustace:  sktscsecretary@gmail.com  (920) 540-3983

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Our Island’s Kupuna ‘Safety Net’ & Parker Ranch Waimea Town Center EA Promise Far-Reaching WCA Town Meeting Thurs., May 4, 2017

Mahalo to all who came to the May 4, 2017 WCA Town Meeting!  

Here is the handout provided to attendees by Parker Ranch.  

PR Letter to WCA 20170504

How a community treats its kupuna (seniors) and its keiki (children) says a great deal about its values, and Waimea Community Association’s 5:15 p.m., Thurs., May 4, 2017 Town Meeting in Waimea School Cafeteria will look at both ends of the spectrum as well as the quality of life for those in between.

Here’s how:  The meeting will begin with an overview of the County Parks and Recreation’s Coordinated Services programs for seniors with guest speaker Roann Okamura, followed by Dr. Kimo Alameda from County Office of Aging. Also, Waimea Seniors’ President Pat Lewi will briefly review the popular club’s activities and focus.

Then, planning consultant Bill Moore will provide an overview of the recently completed Parker Ranch Waimea Town Center Environmental Assessment (EA).  The EA was required to allow development of infrastructure improvements to support the build-out of the planned and approved Waimea Town Center Project (originally know at Parker Ranch 2020).  Moore will review the EA’s key findings based on wide-ranging consultant reports.  The EA was required before any work can begin on several significant projects including the connection of Ala ‘Ohi’a to Mamalahoa Highway, the extension of Lindsey Road from Mamalahoa Hwy to Ala ‘Ohi’a, and essential sewer improvements.

Joining Moore for the presentation and Q&A will be Parker Ranch CEO Dutch Kuyper.

EA findings are expected to foster community dialogue about center-of-town plans and opportunities over the next 10-20-30 years – a discussion and action planning that will set the course for what Waimea will be like for the next generations of residents.

Also on the agenda will be a brief recap of County Council business by Council Chair Val Poindexter and Waimea Council Member Dr. Tim Richards.  Also, South Kohala Traffic Safety Committee Chair James Hustace will introduce a community survey initiated by the committee to solicit grassroots input into traffic safety and planning concerns, priorities and opportunities.

In keeping with WCA’s new monthly spotlight on a community non-profit, Tim Bostock will talk briefly about the every-Thursday Community Meal that has been served for the past 20+ weeks to Waimea residents including kupuna, homeless and many children by the congregation of St. James in partnership with the Big Island Giving Tree, numerous farms, ranches and Waimea businesses, and dozens of volunteers including students from HPA and boy scouts.

As always, everyone is welcome to WCA Town Meetings and there is no charge, though WCA membership is encouraged.  Complimentary hot Starbucks coffee and cookies will be offered to attendees.

For more information, call Patti Cook (937-2833) www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation.

 

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Hawai’i State Attorney General Doug Chin To Speak at Waimea Town Meeting Thurs., April 6

 

Our April 6, 2017 WCA Town Meeting was exceptional — the full presentation by State AG Doug Chin may be viewed on Big Island Video News (mahalo BIVN):  

http://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2017/04/07/video-taking-on-trump-ag-chin-gets-standing-ovation-in-waimea/

On the heels of securing the first-in-the-country temporary restraining order (TRO) from a federal judge to block the second immigration travel ban executive order by the President of the United States from taking effect nationwide, and more recently, having the TRO converted by the same judge into a preliminary injunction, Hawai’i State Attorney General Doug Chin will speak at Waimea Community Association’s Town Meeting, 5:15-7 p.m., Thurs., April 6, 2017 in Waimea School Cafeteria.

As always, the entire community is invited to attend.

As the state’s chief legal counsel, Chin will discuss what his office is doing in reaction to and anticipation of possible changes in federal programs, funding or other services and support related to Hawai’i residents.

Chin, the son of Chinese immigrants, graduated from Stanford University and received his law degree from UH-Manoa.  He joined the Honolulu prosecutor’s office in 1996, where he tried approximately 50 jury cases to verdict.  Chin’s most notable cases resulting in convictions as charged included a brutal rape-murder committed by the victim’s neighbor and a serial rapist of Honolulu prostitutes.  He was recognized with a “Top Gun” award for winning the most trials in a calendar year out of 100 Honolulu prosecutors.  In 2006, Chin was appointed first deputy prosecutor and later acting city prosecutor.

From 2010 to 2013, he served as managing director for the City and County of Honolulu, where he was directly responsible for 23 municipal government and public safety agencies and approximately 10,000 employees with an annual operating budget of $2 billion.  In 2011, Chin oversaw city operations when Honolulu became the first U.S. city to host the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit since 1992, an event attended by the leaders from 22 economies, including the United States, China, Russia and Japan. Chin also negotiated tough matters ranging from public employee contracts to energy sustainability initiatives.

Hawaiʻi Governor David Y. Ige appointed Chin as the state’s Attorney General in January 2015.

Outside of work, Chin has served on the board of the local YMCA and American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO).  He was awarded Honolulu AYSO’s “Volunteer of the Year” Award for two consecutive years.

Also on the WCA agenda will be brief updates on Hawai’i County Council business by Council Chair Val Poindexter (District 1) and Waimea Council Member Dr. Tim Richards, introduction of the newly appointed South Kohala Police Capt. Randall Ishii, and a public safety report by Waimea Community Policing Officer May Lee. The spotlighted community not-for-profit for April will be Family Support Services of West Hawai’i.

All WCA Town Meetings are open to all, and there is no charge, though WCA membership is encouraged.  Complimentary hot Starbucks coffee and Tropical Dreams ice cream and cookies will be offered to attendees.

For more information, call Patti Cook (937-2833) or go to www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation.

 

To read more about Hawai’i State AG Chin and recent court actions:

February 2017:  Hawai’i sues Trump to block new immigration policy

 http://www.civilbeat.org/2017/02/hawaii-sues-trump-to-block-new-immigration-policy/?mc_cid=0cdcb7be21&mc_eid=365fe84d80

March 9, 2017: Hawai’i becomes first state to sue to block Trumps revised travel ban

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/03/09/hawaii-news/hawaii-becomes-first-state-to-sue-to-block-trumps-revised-travel-ban/

Quoted from news story:  But state Attorney General Doug Chin said he doesn’t see much in the way of change.

“This second executive order is infected with the same legal problems as the first order — undermining bedrock constitutional and statutory guarantees,” the complaint says.

Specifically, the modified order violates the First and Fifth Amendments to the Constitution, as well as the Immigration and Nationality Act and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, among other regulations, the suit says.

March 10, 2017:  State’s legal tab to fight travel ban

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/03/10/hawaii-news/states-legal-tab-to-fight-travel-ban-may-be-150k/

Hawaii State Attorney General Doug Chin:  “I believe in this case. I think the courts need to hear from Hawaii…They need to hear that there’s a state where ethnic diversity is the norm, where people are welcomed with aloha and respect. I believe that argument needs to be front and center.”

This news story explains how the case will be handled including the hearing Wed., March 15, 2017.]

March 15, 2017: Hawaii Judge Halts Trump’s Travel Ban Nationwide

http://www.civilbeat.org/2017/03/hawaii-judge-to-rule-on-challenge-to-travel-ban-before-it-takes-effect/

March 21, 2017:  Hawai’i Asks Judge To Double-Down Against Trump’s Travel Ban 

http://www.civilbeat.org/2017/03/hawaii-asks-judge-to-double-down-against-trumps-travel-ban/

March 29, 2017:  Hawaii Judge Refuses To Back Down, Extends Ruling Against Travel Ban

http://www.civilbeat.org/2017/03/hawaii-judge-refuses-to-back-down-extends-ruling-against-travel-ban/?mc_cid=07a477da64&mc_eid=365fe84d80

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COMMUNITY INPUT REQUESTED: Essential Air Service For Kamuela – Deadline April 27, 2017

URGENT:  As followup to our March 2, 2017 WCA Town Meeting where two applicants for federal Essential Air Service (EAS) support to service our Kamuela Airport shared their plans, WCA received the following email requesting community input:

I would like to update you on the Essential Air Service (EAS) situation at Kamuela/Waimea, as well as give you an opportunity to offer any comments for the formal record before we submit a recommendation to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs.  As you may know, the Department issued Order 2017-2-4, on February 13, 2017 (attached), requesting proposals from air carriers interested in providing EAS at your community, for a new term beginning October 1, 2017.  In response to the Department’s request, Makani Kai Air and Mokulele Airlines submitted proposals for consideration.
 
I have attached those proposals to this email and expect them to be uploaded on www.regulations.gov sometime this afternoon.  I request that you review the proposals and submit any comments you may have as soon as possible, but no later than April 27th.  Please send your comments directly to me via e-mail at:scott.faulk@dot.gov.  Also, please forward this to all relevant parties that I have not included in this email. 
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
 
Kind Regards,
Scott Faulk
Transportation Industry Analyst
U.S. Department of Transportation
Office of Aviation Analysis
EAS & Domestic Analysis Division
202-366-9967

Federal DOT_Kamuela 2017 RFP

Makani Kai EAS proposal for Waimea 2017

Mokulele Kamuela_EAS MW final

 

 

WCA Town Meeting:  2017 Legislative Update, Essential Air Service Proposals for Kamuela Airport, and a Sneak Peak of Waimea Middle Schoolʻs Under-Construction STEAM Building 

Thurs., March 2, 5:15-7 p.m. at Waimea School Cafeteria. 

North Hawai’i State Senator (District 4) Lorraine Inouye and North/South Kohala State Rep. (District 7) Cindy Evans will provide an overview of the current legislative session, discuss their priorities and be available for Q&A.  As always, County Council member Tim Richards will update attendees on Council business.

There also will be a brief discussion about federally subsidized Essential Air Service (EAS) bidding by at least two airlines – Mokulele Air and Makani Kai Air – and attendees will be asked to express preferences in terms of numbers of flights a week, flight destinations (ie., Kamuela-Maui, Kamuela-Honolulu, etc.) and cost.

In addition, attendees are invited to come early that afternoon – 4:30-5:15 p.m. for a sneak peek walk-through of Waimea Middle School’s still-under-construction $16 million, 9-classroom STEAM Building, which is envisioned as “a hub for STEAM teaching and learning for Waimea.”

Building in progress - Hula Hooping Contest 9-15-16_Cropped(STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, ‘Aina/Arts & Math). 

If participating in the walk-thru, please park near the building on the south side of campus (please drive with extreme caution on campus) or walk back to the building from the school cafeteria parking lot for tour.  Closed shoes recommended, please.

Also, West Hawai’i Mediation Center will be the feature non-profit of the month, with Executive Director Zaheva Stevens Knowles speaking briefly about their good work. We will collect donations for this worthy program, which supports our community on many levels.  All invited.

More info: www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation/, or email Patti Cook (cookshi@aol.com) or call (808) 937-2833.
To learn more about WMS’ STEAM building, here’s a recent news feature by West Hawai’i Today (Friday, Jan. 27, 2017):  

http://westhawaiitoday.com/north-hawaii-news/nhn-news/full-steam-ahead
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‘ACTIVE SHOOTER/ACTIVE VIOLENCE’ AWARENESS PRESENTATION

5:15-7 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 2, 2017.  Waimea School Cafeteria. 

Waimea Community Association’s February Town Meeting will be almost entirely devoted to an “Active Shooter/Active Violence’ awareness presentation by Lt. Thomas A. Shopay III with the Hawai’i Police Department’s Special Response Team.  This is a presentation that is recommended for all adults.

“We would all prefer to think something like this would never happen in Waimea/Hawai’i Island, but given the world we live in today, we foolish not to be prepared.  Please join us,” said Patti Cook, WCA President.

“When we first started planning this, it was called “active shooter” awareness but Lt. Shopay advises us that the terminology is evolving to “active violence” because incidents are now occurring without the use of firearms, but rather with other means – vehicles, edged weapons, etc.  The principles discussed in the presentation will apply to all active violence encounters, not just active shooters, said Lt. Shopay.

An “active shooter” or “active violence” situation involves an individual engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.  In most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.  Active shooter/active violence incidents are often unpredictable and evolve quickly.  In the midst of the chaos, anyone can play an integral role in mitigating the impacts of such an incident.

During the presentation, video clips will be shared depicting incidents in a workplace, public area such as a food court or shopping center, and at a college.

The meeting will begin with an introduction of Hawai’i County’s newly appointed Police Chief Paul Ferreira, who will be introduced by Waimea’s volunteer Police Commissioner Guy Schutte.

Also included in the meeting will be brief updates on Hawai’i County Council business by Council Chair Val Poindexter and District 9 Council Member Tim Richards, followed by an announcement about the 24th Annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival on Sat., Feb. 4, 2017.

WCA Town Meetings are free and all are welcome.  Info: contact Patti Cook (937-2833) or go to www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation.

 

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