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

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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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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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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May 1 Waimea Community Association town meeting

Hear about “eye-opening” introduction to rural health
as part of UH School of Medicine program
to recruit/retain physicians for Waimea
Recruiting and retaining physicians for rural communities such as Waimea is a huge challenge, so a pilot program to address this will be a part of Waimea Community Association’s Town Meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in Waimea School Cafeteria.
Special guest will be Mark Pilar, a third year medical student who was brought to Waimea for a six-month clinical rotation to learn about and experience “rural medicine” as part of the John A. Burns School of Medicine’s (JABSOM’s) North Hawai’i Medical Education Program. The experience, says Mark, has “put a very real face on the problem.”
After several months of working here in Waimea under the supervision of a number of community physicians across a variety of medical specialties, Mark says that the experience is very different from downtown Honolulu and other major urban centers, but it hasn’t scared him away.
“I am interested in primary care with a focus on internal medicine and psychiatry, and-although an Oahu boy-I see myself moving to the Big Island in the future. This six-month experience in Waimea has reaffirmed my desire to pursue rural medicine on the Big Island and sparked an interest in public health so I can also help plan healthcare services in areas like North Hawai’i.”
As always, everyone is invited to all WCA Town Meetings, and there is no charge, though donations are always welcome to support association activities.
Also on the May 1 Town Meeting Agenda will be:
  • An update on Pohakuloa Training Area by Commander Eric P. “Tubby” Shwedo,
  • A briefing on American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge Hawai’i capital campaign to build a home-away-from-home in downtown Honolulu for patients/caregivers to stay free of charge when undergoing treatment,
  • A report on the newly established Waimea Canine Task Force, and
  • A preview of the 7th Annual Hawai’i Horse Expo set for August 23-24 at Paniolo Preservation Society’s Paniolo Heritage Center at Pukalani Stables.
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 Sherm Warner (885-1725) or go to www.waimeatown.org
To learn more about JABSOM’s program to train future physicians in Waimea, email Elaine Evans at elaine.evans@uhfoundation.org  or call 808-692-0991.
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Introduction of New North Hawai’i Community Hospital Acting President to top Waimea Community Association Town Meeting agenda Thursday, February 6, 2014

 The new affiliation between Queen’s Health Systems and North Hawai’i Community Hospital that officially began January 15, 2014 included naming Kenneth D. Graham, MPH, RHIA, FACHE as Acting President of North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH). Graham will be introduced to the community by Queen’s Health Systems President Art Ushijima at the Waimea Community Association Town Meeting at 5:15 p.m., Thursday, February 6, 2014 at Waimea School Cafeteria.

Graham previously served as System Integration Advisor in the Office of Queen’s CEO Ushijima, supporting hospital planning, clinical integration, corporate alignment, and neighbor-island health. He also provided team support for activation of The Queen’s Medical Center-West Oahu and the affiliation with NHCH. He is the former President and CEO of El Camino Hospital, a 542 bed district owned not-for-profit hospital, located on two campuses in the heart of Silicon Valley. Under his leadership, El Camino was named “the most technologically advanced hospital in the world” by Popular Science Magazine in December 2009.

As always, everyone is invited to all WCA Town Meetings, and there is no charge, though donations are always welcome to support association activities.

Also on the Feb. 6 Town Meeting Agenda will be:

    • An emergency preparedness briefing by the County Civil Defense Director;
    • A briefing on County Council business by Council members Margaret Wille (Dist. 9) and Valerie Poindexter (Dist. 1);
    • A presentation about Ho’oNani Place, a senior day care program here in Waimea that is planning to add live-in services;
    • An introduction of new-to-Waimea cardiologist Lawrence Derbes, M.D., who is sponsoring a “Food Is Powerful” nutrition lecture Feb. 28 at Kahilu Town Hall;
    • An update on bi-weekly backyard composting workshops here in Waimea;
    • An announcement about vacancies on the County CDP Action Committee; and
    • A preview of the 2nd Annual ‘Pride In Hawaiian Arts’ all-day culture and arts festival Feb. 22 at Kahilu Town Hall sponsored by the Royal Order of Kamehameha Moku O KohalaAs always at WCA Town Meetings, food pantry donations are suggested.

Attendees are urged to bring either 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 and any 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 Vice President Patti Cook (937-2833), or go to www.WaimeaTown.org

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