Urgent Advisories & Town Meeting Schedule 2017

Mahalo to all who came to the May 4, 2017 WCA Town Meeting! Please go to town meeting announcements (center column of this Home page) and click on the eyebrow that links to the May 4 Town Meeting announcement for a link to the handout provided by Parker Ranch.

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

June 1
July 6 (might be moved to avoid holiday)
August 3
Sept. 7
Oct. 5
Nov. 2
December (often cancelled due to Christmas parade sponsorship so TBD)


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


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.



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):  


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


March 9, 2017: Hawai’i 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


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


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


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



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

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):  



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.



Mayor Harry Kim & Waimea Council Reps Headline Jan. 5, 2017 WCA Town Meeting

WCA JANUARY 2017 TOWN MEETING:  5:15-7 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 5.  Waimea School cafeteria.  It’s a new year and new County Administration and we are pleased to welcome re-elected and newly sworn-in Mayor Harry Kim, and also our newly elected and sworn in Council representatives – Council Chair Val Poindexter (District 1) and Tim Richards (District 9) for an overview of their County responsibilities and priorities.

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

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Military Convoys Between Hilo and PTA, beginning Friday 1-6-17.  Service members are scheduled to convoy between Keaukaha Military Reservation, Hilo, and Pōhakuloa Training Area (PTA), beginning this Friday.  Scheduled convoy times are Jan. 6 from, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and Jan. 8, from 7 a.m.-9 a.m.

Convoys will use Hilo Airport Road, Kanoelehua Avenue (Highway 11), West Puainako Street, Komohana Avenue, Puainako Extension Route 2000, and the Daniel K. Inouye Highway.

Motorists are advised to be alert and drive with care. The Hawaii Police Department will escort the convoys.  The PTA Department of Army police are working closely with local authorities and military units to coordinate this activity in support of unit training.

Questions, contact the U.S. Army Garrison-Pohakuloa Public Affairs Office at (808) 969-2411.  PLEASE SHARE THIS.

Also, Please also mark your calendar for a very important February WCA Town Meeting – Thurs., Feb. 2, 2017, 5:15-7 p.m.:

‘ACTIVE SHOOTER AWARENESS PRESENTATION’:  Waimea School Cafeteria.  WCA’s February Town Meeting will be devoted entirely to this important presentation by  Lt. Thomas A. Shopay III with the Hawai’i County Police Department’s Special Response Team.  This presentation should be attended by all adults and while we’d all prefer to think it couldn’t happen here, given the world we live in today, we’re foolish not to be prepared.  Also joining us for the evening will be newly appointed Hawai’i County Police Chief Paul Ferreira.  

Free and all invited.



MAHALO to all for a fabulous – and safe – Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade!

MAHALO to all who participated in, contributed to, or attended our 56th Annual Waimea Christmas Twlight Parade – Dec. 3, 2016!

pwo-navigator-shorty-bertelmannWe thank our Grand Marshall “Shorty” Bertelmann and the wa’a community who joined us – making it a “chicken skin” “Starlight Christmas” tribute to this community’s remarkable voyaging heritage!  This includes all of the students, staff and families from various Waimea schools who walked with “Shorty”!  

We also thank Waimea Community Association’s many partners who worked with Parade Co-Chairs Lani Olsen-Chong and Kalae Kawamura to bring together nearly 1,000 parade participants to celebrate a “Starlight Christmas”!

These include the Rotary Club of North Hawai’i, Rotary International, Big Island Giving Tree, Puna Plantation Hawai’i/Waimea Center & KTA Super Stores, Kamuela Ace Hardware, Parker Ranch Center, West Hawai’i Concrete, Waimea’s beloved truckers, Around The Clock, North Hawai’i Community Hospital, Big Island Portables, Waimea Middle School, Parker School, Mana Christian ‘Ohana, New Hope Christian Fellowship, Imiola Church, W.M. Keck Observatory, Canada-France-Hawai’i Telescope, Lex Brodie, First Hawaiian Bank, Costco-Kona, and the County of Hawai’i (Department of Parks & Recreation & South Kohala Community Policing).

Special thanks too, to community members and churches who helped pickup trash along the parade route both immediately after the parade and at 5:30 a.m. Sunday morning!  This includes Mana Christian ‘Ohana and New Hope Christian Fellowship!

We also thank parade spectators who dug into their pockets to contribute to the Big Island Giving Tree Bucket Brigade!  In all, your dimes and quarters and dollars added up to more than $1,600 to help BIGT be sure no one is forgotten this holiday season, especially our kupuna!

We also especially thank Santa for stopping in, and the staff at North Hawai’i Community Hospital for creating a float for him – complete with nurses in red scrubs to give him a quick check up to be sure he will be in top shape throughout the busy holiday season!

The 57th Annual Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade will be Sat., Dec. 2, 2017!~ Mark your 2017 calendar today and plan to join us! 




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


New Waimea Community Leaders & Significant Projects Top Town Meeting Agenda Thurs., Nov. 3, 2016

Two significant new Waimea/North Hawai’i organizational leaders – for North Hawai’i Community Hospital (NHCH) and Pohakuloa Training Area – and two equally significant projects – WWII unexploded ordnance (UXO) cleanup and Google’s Makani Wind Energy Kite project – will top the agenda for Waimea Community Association’s Town Meeting from 5:15-7 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 3, 2016 in Waimea School Cafeteria. 

As always, the entire community is invited and there is no charge to attend though WCA membership is urged. WCA is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit so membership is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Topping the agenda will be introduction of Cindy Kamikawa, MS, RN, NE, who is now President of NHCH.  Ms. Kamikawa was named to assume all day-to-day management responsibilities for the hospital effective August 1, 2016 by Queen’s Health Systems.  She was scheduled to be introduced at the community association’s September meeting, which was cancelled due to two approaching hurricanes. Ms. Kamikawa is no newcomer to NHCH, having been involved since the hospital became affiliated with Queen’s in January 2014.  She brings to her new role more than 30 years of experience at Queen’s, beginning as a staff nurse to her most recent role as QHS Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer.

Also scheduled to be introduced is LTC Christopher M. Marquez, the new Garrison Commander of  Pohakuloa Training Area.

Also on the agenda will be updates on both continuing cleanup progress of WWII UXO by the US Army Corps and State Department of Health, and then, looking to the future, an update on
Google’s Makani Wind Energy Kite project.

There also will be an update on the long standing South Kohala Traffic Safety Committee by Interim Chair James Hustace, who will review the committee’s purpose coupled with an invitation to attend its monthly meetings at 4 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at Waimea Civic Center conference room.  There’ll also be an update on the 56th Annual Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade at 5:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 3, 2016.

As always, the program also will include County Council business updates by Council members Val Poindexter and Margaret Wille.

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



Come Celebrate Near-Completion of Waimea District Park & Thank Our Mayor & Administration!


Don’t recognize this?  Not surprising – few have had an opportunity to see this stunning new playing field that’s part of our still-under-construction $24 million Waimea District Park!  But those who participated in our WCA “sneak peak” Oct. 6 saw it first hand…and more!  Please mark your calendars – the official completing is set for Nov. 30, 2016.  Stay tuned!  And thank you, thank you – to everyone who helped make this dream become the real deal for our keiki, families and entire community!  Awesome!


Sneak peakers gather inside the new open-air covered courts – three side-by-side – to learn more about how it will serve multiple needs – basketball, volleyball and tennis!  


Thanks, Mayor Billy Kenoi and County Administration for keeping this project moving forward – expected completion: Nov. 30, 2016!

Next WCA Town Meeting: Thurs., Oct. 6, 2016.  Note special arrangements below:

  • 4:30 p.m. Sneak Peak at the still-under-construction Waimea District Park
  • 5:3o p.m. Town Meeting & Mahalo Talk-Story & Potluck Dinner

Please join us to Mahalo Mayor Billy Kenoi and his administration for all they have done for Waimea/North Hawai’i and our County over the past eight years.  This includes our now-under-construction,  long-dreamed-of Waimea District Park – a $24 million investment in health and wellness for our children and entire community by the County and State Legislature — not counting the land donation by Parker Ranch!  This will be one of our last opportunities to formally recognize Mayor Kenoi and his administration before his term in office concludes.

Pre-Town Meeting sneak peak of the new District Park construction site begins at 4:30 p.m.  Participants asked to park on Ala ‘Ohi’a and must wear sturdy, covered shoes and long slacks/pants or skirts – this is a construction site and it not ADA-friendly – yet!  Group must stay together.new-waimea-district-park-sign-2016

Then, the Town Meeting will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. in Waimea School Cafeteria for a talk-story with the Mayor and some of his cabinet, followed by a community potluck dinner.

Everyone is invited to both the construction site visit and town meeting.  For the potluck dinner, please bring a salad, entree or dessert to share.  If possible, bring a card to let others know what the dish is and its ingredients. WCA will provide plates, utensils, cold drinks and Starbucks will provide hot coffee.

As always, the entire community is invited to WCA Town Meetings and there is no charge to attend though WCA membership is urged. WCA is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit so membership is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Also, continuing the association’s new commitment to support a different not-for-profit community service organization monthly, will be a brief presentation about this monthʻs spotlighted group – United Service Organization (USO), the 75-year-old international organization that recently opened a rest area at Pohakuloa Training Area – the first of its kind on Hawai’i Island.  Intended to provide active and retired military personnel and their families with a comfortable retreat, support, and entertainment when not on active duty, the USO is funded by private donations to honor and thank military personnel including veterans.  The USO presentation will also include some flashback memories about the USO’s presence and contribution in Waimea during WWII.  Donations to the USO will be accepted.

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

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ABOVE:  Waimea District Park Under Construction – Sept. 2, 2016 – photo courtesy of Melissa Samura

BELOW:  At last…after 30+ years of dreaming and heavy lifting, our Waimea District Park began to take shape with a formal groundbreaking on November 16, 2015!  Mahalo to all who have contributed to making this possible…State and County elected officials – past and present – County Parks & Rec staff, Parker Ranch, project consultants, and most important, our dedicated community leaders who never gave up and met as a volunteer hui week after week, month after month…a group that came to be known as the Waimea Park Builders, led by Mel Macy!




Aug. 4 Town Meeting Focuses On County Boards & Commissions

5:15-7 p.m., Thurs., Aug. 4, 2016.  Waimea School Cafeteria. 

Boards and Commissions provide critical community advice, transparency and accountability for County departments, agencies and services so several current board and commission members representing Waimea/South Kohala will share their thoughts and experiences.

Also, Char Shigemura, who is Mayor Billy Kenoi’s Executive Assistant, will provide an overview of the responsibilities of various boards and commissions to enhance community understanding of how residents can participate in County government and ensure that our community remains the special place it already is.

Also, Waimea historian-author Dr. Billy Bergin will preview his next book about the cultural heritage of this ranching community.  All welcome.

New this month is a shift in the association’s monthly giving focus to now support a variety of not-for-profit community service organizations.  The August recipient of support will be the Big Island Giving Tree, which is currently working to provide back-to-school supplies for children.  Tax deductible donations welcome.

MEETING RECAP:  Thoughtful voices of the community were shared at our Aug. 4, 2016 WCA Town Meeting – mahalo to all who shared their experiences serving on important County Boards and Commissions! Mahalo, too, to Mayor Kenoi and his cabinet members for coming to support community volunteers whose service on commissions ensures that our grassroots voices, needs and concerns are heard and addressed…and that county agencies and programs are responsive, transparent and accountable! 

Read more here from West Hawaiʻi Todayʻs North Hawaiʻi News section: