Next Waimea Town Meeting:

Normally the first Thursday of every month at 5:15 p.m. Most often at Waimea School Cafeteria but please check below to confirm!

There is no December meeting. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, January 8, 2015

Everyone is invited to town meetings. A recent bylaw amendment changed the definition of membership so that it is no longer dependent on paying annual dues. Now, membership in the association includes all people or businesses who live, work or are involved in the Waimea community. We depend on contributions from community members, but those contributions, which can be any amount you care to donate, will no longer be called "dues." Contributions will support association programs such as this website and the annual Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade, which is always from 6-7 p.m. on the first Saturday of December.

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Leadership


President:
Sherm Warner
885-1725
wcapres@hawaiiantel.net

Vice-President:
Patti Cook
937-2833

Secretary:
Nancy Carr-Smith

Treasurer/Dues:
Paul Johnston

Directors:
John Edney
Wayne Higaki
Bill Sanborn
Riley Smith

Our mailing address:

Waimea Community Association
P.O. Box 2655
Kamuela, HI 96743

IMPORTANT!

Critical Meeting of

The Commission on Water Resource Management

Regarding the Designation of the

Keauhou Aquifer

DATE: December 10, 2014

TIME: 9:00 am
PLACE: West Hawaii Civic Center

Council Building A, Council Chambers

74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740

 

A hearing to accept public testimony will be held by the Commission on Water Resource Management (CWRM), which will make a decision on the petition filed by the National Parks Service to designate the Keauhou Aquifer as a Ground Water Management Area, a decision that will significant consequences that reach far beyond Keauhou Aquifer watershed, including:

  •  On 7/10/14, DWS provided a letter stating that if the Keauhou aquifer (Hokulia to Makalawena) is designated, they will stop issuing water meters in North Kona. Their concern is that their priority is to their existing customers. If designation occurs, they will need to re-apply to CWRM for their twelve existing wells that serve their customers. It is likely that CWRM will cut back on the amount of water that DWS will be allowed to pump from the aquifer. NPS will likely intervene on every re-application. On Maui (Iao Aquifer), the re-approval process has continued from 2003 till now (and it’s still not done). So, in an abundance of caution, they will not issue a water meter to a new customer, unless they are assured they will have enough water for their existing customers. This may take from now (2015) till 2026 (based on the Iao/Maui timeline)
  • On Oahu/Maui, when similar designations occurred, water was pumped in from adjacent areas (windward Oahu and on Maui; Waiehu, Waihee, Wailuku, Waikapu). On Hawaii Island, it is not feasible to pump in water from the adjacent aquifers of South Kona (Honaunau) or Waikoloa.
  • So, if designated, many Government projects are at risk of not having water available. This includes:
  1. UH/Palamanui
  2. Kona Airport expansion including the proposed Life Flight hanger (air ambulance)
  3. NELHA expansion (NELHA is a high water user to replenish water that has evaporated in their ponds)
  4. Kona Judiciary (DAGS is very active in opposing this NPS petition)
  5. Kamakana Villages (Forest City’s affordable housing project on HHFDC lands)
  6. DHHL/Laiopua Village 4: under construction right now
  7. County Kona Regional Park (on the former Kealakehe golf course site)

 

Click this link to see the meeting agenda.

 

Click this link to read statements and positions opposing the National Park Service’s petition for a State Water Management Area Designation for the Keauhou Aquifer.

 

Click this link to read a comprehensive response from the Hawaii County Department of Water Supply opposing designation.

 

Click this link to read a statement opposing designation from the State of Hawaii Department of Accounting and General Services.

 

Click this link to read a Petition Requesting a Contested Case Hearing before the Commission on Water Resource Management, filed by the Water Board of the County of Hawaii.

 

Click this link to download a template for a letter of testimony to the Commission on Water Resource Management and instruction for its submission.

 

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WAIMEA WELCOMES 2014 CHRISTMAS SEASON & ‘BIG ISLAND GIVING TREE’! 

THE BIG ISLAND GIVING TREE (BIGT), started by Waimea community volunteers several years back to support those in need during the holidays, has transformed into a source of hope for those facing difficult times year-round and also now provides donors with the benefit of making a tax deduction. BIGT will again serve our North Hawai’i seniors during the coming holiday season and they also step up to help families in crisis due to fires, illness and unexpected tragedies. Donations payable to BIGT can be mailed to Box 2786, Kamuela 96743. Questions or to help in other ways, call Rhonda Bell (880-1984). Several major Waimea events during December will focus attention on BIGT beginning with the tree lighting at Parker Ranch historic homes Dec. 4, the 54th Annual Christmas Twilight Parade Dec. 6, which is led off by a “bucket brigade” of volunteers, and more – see coming events.

 

‘LIGHT UP A LIFE’ MEMORIAL TREE ORNAMENTS:  Remember your loved ones with an ornament from North Hawai’i Hospice to be hung on the Memorial Tree at Parker Square. Ornaments available for a suggested $5 donation per ornament at North Hawai’i Hospice office starting Dec. 1, and also outside the Waimea General Store on Saturdays and Sundays thru Dec. 14 and at Waimea Town Market at Parker School on Saturdays, Dec. 6 & 13. Info: 885-7547.

WEST HAWAI’I COUNTY BAND MINI-CONCERT:  4 p.m., Sat., Dec. 6.  Parker Ranch Center.  Then they will scoot over to the park to march in the parade!

ANNUAL PARKER RANCH GIANT COOKE PINE TREE LIGHTING: 5-7 p.m., Thurs. Dec. 4 at Pu’uopelu Historic Homes. Note: There will only be one tree lighting ceremony this year here in Waimea and it’s this one at Parker Ranch. You may have noticed that the top light was turned on Nov. 12 to remember the late Richard Smart’s death anniversary. Yes, Parker School will be lighting their beautiful tall tree but no festivities – we are combining our efforts at Parker Ranch and the event will be the formal kickoff for the Big Island Giving Tree ingathering. Entertainment will include HPA Handbell Choir and other keiki groups, emceed by Darde Gamayo of KAPA FM and Leighton Bell. Parker Ranch will continue their tradition of offering free h9ot chocolate and cookies to everyone.  Dinner also will be available of beef stew, rice, baked goods and coffee, with proceeds benefiting the Big Island Giving Tree’s 2014 focus on “Our Kupuna…Our Kuleana.”  Contributions welcome to include cash or checks (yes, it’s tax deductible), or gift cards for local stores such as KTA, Foodland, Longs Drugs/CVS or Costco. Free and all invited!

 

FIRST SATURDAY FLEA MARKET, ARTS & COLLECTIBLES: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sat., Dec. 6.  New Hope Gym.  A free indoor market open to community groups and individuals to raise funds and also contribute to the Gymnasium Improvement Fund.  Offers antiques, collectibles, crafts, plants, Hawaiiana, clothes, books, food, art, rummage, jewelry, toys, etc.  Space available – call Skip (989-4422). Parking behind gym or along Cherry Blossom Park.

 

CHRISTMAS CLEARANCE & CONTAINER SALE AT WAIMEA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THRIFT SHOP:  8 a.m. to noon, Sat., Dec. 6.  Several generous donors have gifted a tempting array of collectibles, clothing, kitchen appliances, oriental tea cups, holiday decorations, costume jewelry and more, making this a great place to find very reasonable – often new – gifts, household items, clothing and keepsakes!  All proceeds benefit Waimea public school children. Located near the back entry to the elementary school campus – park behind the post office and walk in. Look for signage. Regular hours 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, and 1-3 p.m., Wednesdays.

 

‘WAIMEA ROCKS!’ – AN UPCOUNTRY CHRISTMAS FAIR WITH ALL-DAY ENTERTAINMENT, GIFTS AND ONO FOODS:  10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sat., Dec. 6.  KTA’s Waimea Center.  Holiday arts, crafts and gifts with 30+ sidewalk sale vendors combined with four hours of award-winning entertainment and food choices, hosted by Waimea’s own Penny Keli’i Vredenburg. Show begins at 10 a.m. with the Beamer-Solomon Halau O Po’ohala, followed at 11 with Nino Ka’ai, Noon with Michael Strand’s upcountry paniolo music, 1 p.m. by Darlene Ahuna and 2 p.m. with Kevin Haleamau and Friends. Also free Keiki-Make-And-Take Crafts with Miss Loretta. No charge and everyone invited and donations to the Big Island Giving Tree are the reason for this celebration.  Donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.  Info:  Rhonda Bell (880-1984) or Nancy Carr Smith (896-2239).

 

40+ CHRISTMAS CRAFTERS & VISITS WITH SANTA AT PARKER RANCH CENTER:  Crafters all day Sat., Dec. 13 & 20. Santa visits and photos from noon to 3 p.m.  Photos free but a donation encouraged to Waimea Lions Club and North Hawai’i Hospice.  Info: Frank Zablan (960-2548).

 

ʻBRIGHT AT TWILIGHTʻ AT PARKER RANCH CENTER!   Receive a free Flashing Light Cowboy Hat with any $10 purchase from Center Tenants (while supplies last), beginning at 3 p.m., Sat., Dec. 6.

 

HAWAI’I-MADE ‘CRAFTY HANDS & GIFTS, TOO!’:  9 a.m.– 4 p.m., Sat., Dec. 6.  Thelma Parker Gym.  Featuring locally made items by dozens of island artisans.  Free and includes plate lunches and other food, plus lucky number drawing throughout the day.  Food donations suggested for Annunciation Pantry.  Christmas music too.  Info: Benita Salazar (960-9944).

 

WAIMEA OUTDOOR CIRCLE’S ANNUAL WREATH MAKING WORKSHOP: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat., Dec. 6. Ulu La’auWaimea Nature Park. $35 for medium sized wreath; $45 for large wreath – includes all materials needed including form. Participants should bring clippers and gloves. WOC members will meet at park at 9 a.m., Fri., Dec. 5 to carpool to upslope Mauna Kea to gather greens with a permit. Volunteers welcome to join them for gathering but necessary to participate in this to come to wreath-making workshop.  RSVP strongly recommended for wreath-making by emailing:WOCHawaii@gmail.com.

 

WAIMEA OUTDOOR CIRCLE FREE TREE SEEDLING GIVEAWAY:  Sat., Dec. 6 from 5 p.m. throughout paradeuntil all 250 baby trees are given away on front lanai of Waimea Preservation Association’s “home” in the historic Waimea tax office at the main intersection across from Bank of Hawaii. Just stop by to pick-up a seedling that’s suit to growing well in Waimea. WOC has given away thousands of trees during past Waimea Christmas parades but concerned that many do not seem to make it into the ground to grow…so these volunteers are now asking community who will commit to planting and caring for a tree to stop by to pick one up!

 

SNEAK PREVIEW OF HISTORIC SPENCER HOUSE’S SOON-TO-OPEN WAIMEA WELCOME CENTER: 3-5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6. After a year of hard work, the all-volunteer Friends of Historic Spencer House are ready to open this beautiful 160+-year-old home to the community. A gathering place, the Welcome Center features exhibits that tell Waimea’s stories, past, present and future. These displays are based on original research, including interviewing kupuna, tracking down oral histories, old books, and documents, and visiting the State Archives. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to stop by before the Waimea Christmas Parade. Will open formally later in the month with volunteer docents and small gift shop. For more info on the historic home, use of meeting and event facilities, the Open Office and office space, go to: http://historicspencerhouse.org/, “Like” us on Facebook, or contact Paul Johnston (938-4540) or email: PEJ1000@aol.com.

 

54th ANNUAL WAIMEA CHRISTMAS TWILIGHT PARADE: Sat., Dec. 6, 2014. Parade from 5:30-6:45 p.m.  Expect traffic delays during the parade as only emergency vehicles will be able to pass through town center. Theme: “Our Kupuna…Our Kuleana!” As always, Waimea’s famous Christmas parade (the second oldest in Hawai’i) includes a Santa float, dozens of units representing Waimea keiki to kupuna including churches, schools, youth groups, community organizations, farms, ranches and businesses, plus a huge brigade of festively lighted trucks. As always, Santa has promised to again ride in our parade and afterwards, visit with keiki at Parker Ranch Center’s Fireside Food Court. All invited to participate both in the parade and Big Island Giving Tree donation collection! Info:  Parade Co-Chairs Lani Olsen-Chong (936-0670) and Kalae Kawamura (936-4376). More info and for parade applications, rules, etc. go to www.WaimeaTown.org.

 

  • TRAFFIC ADVISORY – Road Closure:5:30-6:45 p.m. Expect delays!

 

  • Public Safety & Respecting the ‘Aina:  Please watch keiki and stay on the curb – emergency vehicles may need to pass.  Absolutely no candy throwing.  Please respect the ‘aina – don’t park on landscaped areas at hospital & shopping centers, pick up rubbish and no tents on private property except for permitted food booths.

 

  • Lighted Trucks, Santa & Kupuna Floats: These are “signatures” of our Waimea parade, and this year we honor the memory of two incredibly generous and talented community contributors that we recently lost – Pua Garmon and Gloriann Akau. Their families are entering a unit to celebrate these loved ones.  Also, we love our truckers but they can be noisy!  If noise is difficult for you or for infants, find a spot near the Church Row or Keck narrator stations; trucks are asked not to blow horns until they pass the hospital. Mahalo to NHCH staff and Brailey Pastorino for our annual Santa float! Mahalo, too, to our parade Grand Marshals who will be a gathering of our community’s beloved kupuna!

 

  • ‘Big IslandGiving Tree’ & Bucket Brigade:  All of our Waimea Christmas festivities both welcome the season and encourage community generosity – this year focused on serving the needs of our many kupuna!  Suggested contributions include a check (payable to Big Island Giving Tree – fully tax deductible!), a gift card from KTA, Foodland, Longs, Costco, Wal-Mart or local gas stations.  Donations are welcome throughout the year now with special focus on the holidays so that no kupuna is forgotten and hundreds may also enjoy a warm Christmas dinner, thanks to BIGT donors and sponsors and with the kokua of dozens of volunteers and Sansei Restaurant.  All parade entries asked to contribute and also a brigade of volunteers will walk the parade route for BIGT donations beginning about 5 p.m.  Please be generous – our kupuna deserve our aloha and kokua! Absolutely no other organizations are permitted to collect donations along the parade route.

 

  • 8 Narrator Stations: For a third year, the parade will begin on the east (Hamakua) end of historic Church RowPark – not the west end as in the past.  A narrator station will be located mid-way on the south (soccer field) side of the highway facing Church Row Park – a great location for enjoying the parade, especially for those who are noise sensitive.  As always, there will also be narrator stations fronting Keck, Ace Hardware, Radio Shack, Waimea Community Education, Bank of Hawaii and on Lindsey Road – near the Chevron Station (new location) and Parker School.

 

  • Ono Foods Along Parade Routewill benefit Waimea educational programs and support the Giving Tree!  (Prior permission required to have a parade booth and a BIGT donation required.  At this time all spaces are booked.)  Foods to be offered include:

o         HOT SAIMIN & HOT COCOA at Historic Spencer House, served by Kamehameha School’s West Hawai’i Association of Teachers and Parents.

o         FRIED BEEF TACOS & WATER at Bank of Hawaii corner, served by Waimea Middle School Leadership Students.

o         KANAʻiʻS ONO BOX LUNCHES at the Shell Station corner.

o         BURGERS, HOT DOGS, BEVERAGES & TREATS, served by Parker School ‘ohana on front lawn.

 

  • Luas: Portaluas will be placed along the parade route.  On parade day, North Hawai’i Community Hospital is unable to provide public restrooms.

 

  • SPONSORS & EVENT PARTNERS: Waimea Community Association, Waimea Center, Puna Plantation Hawai’i, Ltd., KTA SuperStores, Rotary Club of North Hawai’i, Rotary International, Parker Ranch Center, Waimea’s beloved truckers, Around The Clock, North Hawai’i Community Hospital, Big Island Portables, W.M. Keck Observatory, Canada-France-Hawai’i Telescope, Costco-Kona, Waimea Instant Printing, Securitas, Waimea Outdoor Circle, S&R Trucking, Waimea Middle School, Parker School, Parker School Trust Corp. DBA Waimea Community Education, American Savings Bank, New Hope Christian Fellowship, Ace Hardware, Mana Christian ‘Ohana and the County of Hawai’i (Department of Parks & Recreation & South Kohala Community Policing).

 

WINTER STARGAZING PARTY AFTER WAIMEA CHRISTMAS PARADE:  7-10 p.m., Sat., Dec. 6 at Canada-France-Hawai’i Telescope’s Waimea headquarters. CFHT astronomers and members of the West Hawai’i Astronomy Club to host Open House and “Ask An Astronomer” talks.  Free and all invited – includes warm refreshments. Info: Mary Beth Laychak (885-3121).

 

PARKER RANCH CENTER’S ‘BIG ISLAND GIVING TREE’ CELEBRATION:  Noon-3 p.m., Sun., Dec. 7.  PRC’sFireside Food Court.  Emcee Penny Keli’i Vredenburg will welcome community to enjoy entertainment including the HPA Hand Bell Choir, Aulani’s hula halau and Youth Rock North – all delightful youth groups.  Throughout the program, donations to the “Giving Tree” will be accepted and pictures with Santa will be taken by the Waimea Lions and North Hawai’i Hospice.  Info:  Rhonda Bell (880-1984) or Nancy Carr Smith (896-2239).  All invited!

 

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Sherry Bracken interviews Roy Hardy about the Keauhou Aquifer

Below are links to a two-part interview regarding the Keauhou Aquifer with Roy Hardy, the ground water program manager for the Commission on Water Resource Management. The National Park Service has filed to have the aquifer designated as a state water management area, a move which will have major consequences for the future of Kona.

Part 1

Part 2

 

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Waimea Town Meeting Date Changed To Thursday, Nov. 13, For Panel Discussion On Significant Keauhou Aquifer Petition That Impacts All Of West Hawai’i

Waimea Community Association (WCA) is changing its monthly meeting from the first Thursday in November to the second Thursday – Nov. 13, 2014 – to present a facilitated panel discussion about the National Parks Service (NPS) petition to the Hawai’i State Commission on Water Resource Management regarding the Keauhou aquifer.

While the Keauhou aquifer is not directly connected to the Waimea region, the petition could have significant impact on all of West Hawai’i, so the WCA Board has confirmed NPS’ Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park Superintendent Tammy Duchesne as a panel member to discuss the first-ever for Hawaiʻi Island petition to designate an aquifer as a water management area.

Duchesne says NPS “filed a petition in September 2013 because our mission requires us to act, and acting now offers everyone the best opportunity to balance water protection with water use for future economic growth.”  The State Water Resource Management Commission is expected to make a determination on the petition this December.

Riley Smith, president of Lanihau Properties, will speak against the petition as the representative of an 80-plus-year kama’aina company with extensive landholdings in the Honokohau region. Smith, an engineer by training, will discuss hydrology studies by the late Steve Bowles and others including the County Department of Water Supply which conclude that there is no evidence that existing pumping of water from the aquifer has adversely affected the resource. Further, he and other North Kona landowners believe a water management designation will have significant adverse economic and social consequences for everyone who lives and works in, or otherwise depends on Kona for goods, services, health care, education and even air transportation.

Duchesne, who has headed up Kaloko-Honokohau NHP since August 2013, has a BA in anthropology, MA degrees in teaching and Micronesian studies, and a graduate certificate in Museum Studies. She began her park service career as Curator and then Chief of Cultural Resources at War in the Pacific National Historical Park on Guam and American Memorial Park in Saipan.

Smith, a lifelong resident of Hawaiʻi, has a Bachelors in civil engineering and a Masters in business administration, and is former Deputy Chief Engineer for the County of Hawaiʻi Department of Public Works and former Hawaiʻi County Water Board Chair.  He also served on the Steering Committee for the South Kohala Community Development Plan.

Moderating the panel discussion will be Hawai’i Island news woman Sherry Bracken with Hawai’i Public Radio. She also is Public Affairs Director for Mahalo Broadcasting and host of the Sunday interview show “Island Issues” for LAVA 105.3fm and KKOA 107.7fm.

The panel discussion will provide time for attendees to ask written questions.

Also on the Nov. 13 Town Meeting Agenda will be a briefing on County Council business by Council Members Margaret Wille (Dist. 9) and Valerie Poindexter (Dist. 1), and an update on the 2015 Waimea Ocean Film Festival.

As always at WCA Town Meetings, food pantry donations are suggested.  Attendees are urged to either contribute cash or by check, though non-perishable food items are also welcome. Checks may be payable directly to the food pantry so the donation is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.  To support our local Food Pantry, in addition to cash and checks (receipts available), KTA Sav-a-Tape receipts and Foodland Maika’i Rewards, extra produce such as citrus, greens or avocados are welcome.  If residents are unable to attend the WCA Town Meeting, donations to the food pantry may be delivered to Annunciation Church office during business hours.

For information, call WCA Vice President Patti Cook (937-2833)

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54th Annual Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade

Saturday, December 6, 2014 – 5:30 p.m.

This year’s theme: “Our Kupuna…Our Kuleana”

2010 Waimea Christmas Parade

Important information. To participate in the parade, please download and complete the forms listed below.

Application

Liability Waiver

Narrative

Rules

VENDORS WELCOME:  There’s still room for crafters at various events around Waimea Dec. 6:

  • Parker Ranch Center – Frank Zablan (960-2548)
  • New Hope Waimea’s First Saturday Flea Market – Skip (989-4422)
  • Hawai’i-Made “Crafty Hands & Gifts, Too!” – Benita Salazar (960-9944)

Note: All spots along the parade right are taken — no additional vendors permitted. All participating vendors are contributing to Big Island Giving Tree’s holiday collection for our community’s kupuna.

To Learn More About the Big Island Giving Tree and its 2014 focus on “Our Kupuna…Our Kuleana” click here.  

also join us for a traditional and festive lighting of the giant Cooke Pine at Puupopelu – Parker Ranch Historic Homes – to help welcome the season and kick off this year’s BIGT in-gathering for the holidays!

ANNUAL PARKER RANCH GIANT COOKE PINE TREE LIGHTING: 5-7 p.m., Thurs. Dec. 4 at Pu’uopelu Historic Homes. Note: There will only be one tree lighting ceremony this year here in Waimea and it’s this one at Parker Ranch. You may have noticed that the top light was turned on Nov. 12 to remember the late Richard Smart’s death anniversary. Yes, Parker School will be lighting their beautiful tall tree but no festivities – we are combining our efforts at Parker Ranch and the event will be the formal kickoff for the Big Island Giving Tree ingathering. Entertainment will include HPA Handbell Choir and other keiki groups, emceed by Darde Gamayo of KAPA FM and Leighton Bell. Parker Ranch will continue their tradition of offering free h9ot chocolate and cookies to everyone.  Dinner also will be available of beef stew, rice, baked goods and coffee, with proceeds benefiting the Big Island Giving Tree’s 2014 focus on “Our Kupuna…Our Kuleana.”  Contributions welcome to include cash or checks (yes, it’s tax deductible), or gift cards for local stores such as KTA, Foodland, Longs Drugs/CVS or Costco. Free and all invited!

 

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October 2014 Waimea town meeting agenda

Parker Panch’s “Paniolo Power” progress and PUC intervention, plus exploration of Waimea becoming a ”Blue Zone” to top Thursday, October 2 Waimea Community Association town meeting agenda

Dutch Kuyper, CEO of Parker Ranch, will return to the Waimea Community Association Town Meeting Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at 5:15 p.m. in the Waimea School cafeteria to provide a progress update on the ranch’s energy plans. Paniolo Power, a new subsidiary of Parker Ranch, recently filed a motion to intervene in the docket opened by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to review the power plans filed by the HECO Companies, including HELCO. Kuyper also will introduce attendees to the newly hired General Manager of Paniolo Power, Jose Dizon, who is an experienced utility executive with past working experience at both HECO in Honolulu and HELCO on the Big Island.

Also on the agenda will be a brief review of a community meeting, taking place earlier the same afternoon, which will explore what would be involved for Waimea to become a “Blue Zone” – replicating places in the world where people live longer, happier lives with lower rates of chronic diseases and a higher quality of life. The “Blue Zones” Project by Healthways has been brought to Hawai’i by HMSA. Everyone is welcome to either the focused 2-hour meeting on “Blue Zones” Thursday, October 2, at 3 p.m. in the Hualalai Learning Theatre at Keck Observatory Headquarters or to learn about the program and possible “next steps” for Waimea at the Town Meeting.

Also on the October 2 Town Meeting Agenda will be a briefing on County Council business by Council Members Margaret Wille (Dist. 9) and Valerie Poindexter (Dist. 1).

As always at WCA Town Meetings, food pantry donations are suggested. Attendees are urged to either bring non-perishable food items or contribute via cash or check.  Checks may be payable directly to the food pantry, so the donation is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. To support our local Food Pantry, in addition to cash and checks (receipts available), KTA Sav-a-Tape receipts and Foodland Maika’i Rewards, extra produce such as citrus, greens or avocados are welcome. If residents are unable to attend the WCA Town Meeting, donations to the food pantry may be delivered to Annunciation Church office during business hours.

For information, call WCA President Sherman Warner (885-1725), or go to www.WaimeaTown.org

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Waimea Alive! Amateur Photo Contest Winners Unveiled This Thursday, 9/18

Come Celebrate The Fascinating World We Live In At Historic Spencer House!

You gotta come see this – Waimea Alive!’s Amateur Photo Contest entries (over 150 of them) will be unveiled this Thurs., Sept. 18 in Historic Spencer House — Please join us!  The Exhibit begins at 3 p.m. and the Awards Reception will be at 5 p.m., with refreshments and loads of prizes contributed by generous Waimea businesses.

The entries were hung throughout several rooms of the 160-year-old Historic Spencer House today.  They will now be judged “blind” – judges will NOT know who shot the pictures.  Judges include North Hawai’i News Managing Editor Lisa Dahm, freelance photographer Anna Pacheco, Harbor Gallery owner Gunner Mench, and renowned wildlife photographer Paul McCormick.  Judging will be based on who best captures the theme, “Images of Life On the Big Island.”

More than 50 amateurs photographers ranging from 10-year-olds through seniors have entered the contest.  Their “views” of our island home reflect an extraordinary diversity of perspectives.

Come check it out for yourself – either Thursday between 3 and 6 p.m….or from noon to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday, Sept. 19-21 and also before the start of the Paniolo Parade Saturday morning, Sept. 20.

We promise that some photos will make you laugh, some sigh, some shake you up a bit.  There is everything from spiders and bug-eyed Jacksons to a 4-seasons glimpse across a stunning Waimea pasture…from a “GoPro” camera’s eye view of curling monster waves…to a reflective scene of floating candles on a glassy sea at a Hospice memorial. There are selfies, a cow with a runny nose, and a tempting local style plate lunch. Plus a chicken-skin view of Waimea’s ancient rock walls as mist rolls in.

No question, you will see the Big Island from many new perspectives and come away with a new appreciation of how fortunate we are to live here — definitely worth a look-see!

We want to offer a huge mahalo to our partners and another to the photographers who “took chance” to share their “view” of our world!

For more about Waimea Alive! and Historic Spencer House, go to www.waimeaalive.org or check out Historic Spencer House’s Facebook page.

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Waimea Town Meeting, September 2014

Please Join Us
At Waimea’s Town Meeting
Thursday, September 4
5:15 To 7:00PM

Waimea seniors featured in ‘Kupuna CrossFit’ program will “star” at WCA Town Meeting, plus updates on hospital, EVs, CERT ham radio training, Spencer House, County Council, CDP, plans for “Bric-a-Brac,” and converting WCA into a 501(c)(3)

Only In Waimea — Kupuna CrossFit — Waimea kupuna Kameichi Yawada celebrated turning 100 recently by starring in a full-length documentary and also a commercial about CrossFit strength training that was released during the national CrossFit Games in July and aired nationally on ESPN! Other Waimea kupuna in the documentary include Chiyoko Pai and Betsy Kansaku.

  1. Our Kupuna will also be in the spotlight for the Big Island Giving Tree & the 54th Annual Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade (Sat., Dec. 6)
  2. North Hawai’i Community Hospital-Queen’s Health Systems Merger – An update by Acting President Ken Graham
  3. Electric Vehicles & Smart Grid Technology by Douglas Teeple and Doug March
  4. County Council News for Districts 1 & 9
  5. Renovation plans for Bric-A-Brac, the historic building in town center
  6. CERT-Sponsored prep class for Amateur Radio Technician Class (For Beginners) – especially timely given recent Eselle storm that slammed parts of our island.
  7. South Kohala CDP Action Committee Vacancies
  8. Historic Spencer House News – “Waimea Alive! – Images Of Life on the Big Island” Amateur Photography Contest (Entry Deadline Sept. 10)  and Introduction of Coworking to Waimea
  9. Waimea Middle School’s “We’re Going Places!” LAP Fun Run/Walk – 4 p.m., Fri., Sept. 12.

Some of these will be very brief; several more complete.  Please join us.

Also, WCA’s Board is recommending that our organization apply to the IRS to become a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity. WCA is currently a Hawai’i non-profit corporation, but lacks the tax advantages that 501(c)3 determination confers. Obtaining this status would allow WCA to solicit tax-deductible community donations and facilitate our pursuit of grants and other contributions. The Board believes that becoming a 501(c)3 will help with the long-term sustainability of WCA and will also help WCA to become an even more meaningful contributor to “building community” here in Waimea.  To move forward with the 501(c)3 application requires a majority of the WCA membership to approve this action. We will vote on this matter at the September Town Meeting.

Questions about WCA becoming a 501(c)(3), please call Treasurer Paul Johnston (938-4540).  Other questions about WCA, please call President Sherman Warner (885-1725) or Vice President Patti Cook (937-2833).

 

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Governor Abercrombie and Senator Ige will square off at Waimea Candidate Forum on Wednesday, July 23

 Neil Abercrombie and Senator David Ige, the leading candidates in the Primary race for governor, will appear side by side for the first time on Hawai’i Island on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The two veteran Democrats will field questions at an evening Gubernatorial Forum from 5-7 p.m. at the Waimea School cafeteria.

Everyone is invited to the free community event. It is the only gubernatorial forum scheduled on Hawai’i Island before the start of walk-in absentee voting on July 28.

There is keen interest in the forum, as the incumbent Governor and his State Senate challenger are locked in a tight Primary race.

The candidate forum is sponsored by the Waimea Community Association. Other co-hosts include Waimea’s Lalamilo Farmers, Friends of the Future, Tutu’s House, Mala’ai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School, North Hawai’i Rotary, Parker School, Waimea Town Market, Waimea Preservation Association, Coqui Free Waimea, Habitat for Humanity – West Hawai’i and Waimea Middle School.

The forum will be moderated by Hawai’i Island newswoman Sherry Bracken. She reports regularly on Big Island news and issues for statewide Hawai’i Public Radio. Bracken is also the Public Affairs Director for Mahalo Broadcasting and host of their Sunday interview show “Island Issues” for LAVA 105.3fm and KKOA 107.7fm.

Questions for the forum will primarily address issues impacting Hawai’i Island and will come from the co-sponsoring groups. The community is also invited to submit questions before 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 23. Questions may be emailed to cookshi@aol.com. Due to time constraints, not all questions will be addressed.

The forum will be taped by Big Island Video News and Na Leo ‘O Hawai’i Community Television for later viewing.

Both candidates have been invited to bring candidate literature to share with the public. However, no candidate signs or banners are permitted as the forum is a voter education event, not a rally.

As always at WCA Town Meetings, complimentary hot coffee will be provided by Starbucks and snacks will be provided by sponsoring groups. Also, as usual, attendees are urged to support the Waimea Food Pantry with donations. Cash, checks or non-perishable foods are welcome and receipts will be available.

For more information, go to www.WaimeaTown.org, or call WCA President Sherman Warner (885-1725) or Patti Cook (937-2833).

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WAIMEA-NORTH HAWAI’I COMMUNITY GROUPS HOST TWO CANDIDATE FORUMS

To encourage voting in the all-important August 9 Primary Election, when many races are expected to be effectively decided, Waimea Community Association (WCA) and more than a dozen other community groups are collaborating to co-host two candidate forums in coming weeks. Both will be from 5-7 p.m. in Waimea School Cafeteria, and all residents are encouraged to participate.

Co-sponsoring groups confirmed to date include WCA, Lalamilo Farmers, Friends of the Future, Tutu’s House, Mala’ai School Garden, North Hawai’i Rotary, Parker School, Waimea Town Market, Waimea Preservation Association and Waimea Middle School.
Both forums will be facilitated by Hawai’i Island news woman Sherry Bracken with Hawai’i Public Radio and LAVA 105.3fm and KKOA 107.7fm.

Forums include:

Thurs., July 17: Will spotlight three important district races – the newly established Senate District 4 (North Kona to North Kohala including Waikoloa, Puako and Kawaihae, Waimea and Hamakua to North Hilo), and County Council District 1 (east Waimea-Hamakua) and District 9 (west side of Waimea-North Kohala-Kawaihae-Puako-Waikoloa).

Candidates in the Senate Dist. 4 race who are confirmed include Lorraine Inouye and Malama Solomon.

Candidates in the Council Dist. 1 race who have been invited include Larry Gering and Val Poindexter (confirmed).

Candidates in the Council Dist. 9 race who are confirmed include Ronald Gonzales, Oliver “Sonny” Shimaoka and Margaret Wille.

This forum will begin with introductions and rapid-fire questions and answers, and then shift to a “speed dating” format with candidates moving from group to group around the room for an up close and personal talk to address attendees’ priorities.

Wed., July 23: Will spotlight the two top contenders in the August 9 State Gubernatorial Democratic Party Primary Election. Both Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Sen. David Ige are confirmed. The forum will begin with introductions and then Q&A facilitated by Sherry Bracken, incorporating questions suggested by co-sponsoring groups as well as those submitted in writing by those inattendance. Candidates at both events are invited to bring literature and other information about why they are seeking public office, however, no candidate signs or banners — please, this is a voter education event, not a rally. As always at WCA Town Meetings, hot coffee will be provided by Starbucks and food will be provided by sponsoring groups.

Also, as always at WCA meetings, attendees are urged to support the Waimea Food Pantry with cash or checks (receipts available) or non-perishable food donations.  For more information, go to www.WaimeaTown.org, or call WCA President Sherman Warner (885-1725) or Patti Cook (937-2833).

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