Urgent Advisories & Town Meeting Schedule 2017

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

Sept. 7
Oct. 5 - Relocated to HPA Upper Campus eLab!
Nov. 2 - Potluck mahalo gathering for our First Responders
December (often cancelled due to Christmas parade sponsorship so TBD)
Jan. 4, 2018

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

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

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

Federal DOT_Kamuela 2017 RFP

Makani Kai EAS proposal for Waimea 2017

Mokulele Kamuela_EAS MW final

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://westhawaiitoday.com/north-hawaii-news/nhn-news/full-steam-ahead
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