Urgent Advisories & Town Meeting Schedule 2017

2018 WCA TOWN MEETING SCHEDULE: 5:15-7 p.m., First Thursdays - usually in Waimea School Cafeteria (unless notified):

NOTE: WCA will host two Primary Election Candidate Forums this year. Please save these dates:

Thurs., June 7, 2018 will be a Gubernatorial & LG Candidates Forum - 5 p.m., Waimea School Cafeteria.

Thurs., July 12, 2018 will be a "Speed Dating" Candidate Forum at 5 p.m. at HPA's Taylor Commons featuring candidates running for U.S. Congress District 2, State Senate, State House and Hawai'i County Council. Please mark your calendar and join us!

Hawai'i's Primary Election is Sat., Aug. 11, 2018. Most major races will be decided that day. New election laws permit individuals to walk in and register to vote up until Aug. 11.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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