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

Pohakuloa Training Area Update Tops Waimea Town Meeting Agenda Thurs., July 6, 2017

June 28, 2017 Pohakuloa Training Area Groundbreaking – Courtesy of US Army.

5:15-7 p.m., Thurs., July 6, 2017.  Waimea School Cafeteria.

This month’s meeting will feature an update on Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) by Cmdr Christopher Marquez to include current training activities at PTA, the recently started $26 million construction of septic and storm water systems as the first phase of a long-term facilities improvement (not expansion) plan, and a mutual aid agreement for firefighting, emergency response and law enforcement.  There will be time for questions.

This month’s spotlighted community service organization will be the United Services Organization (USO), which recently had one of its storage containers at Kawaihae broken in to and kayaks, snorkel gear, fishing poles, tackle boxes, paddleboards, food and an ‘ukulele and guitar were stolen – equipment used for recreation for troops training at PTA.  We will pass the hat to help with replacement of this gear – checks can be made payable to the USO and are tax deductible.

As always, Waimea’s two Hawai’i County Council members will provide an update on Council business and Community Policing Officer May Lee will report on recent incidents and coming events, including a Sat., July 15, 2017 9 a.m.-noon volunteer work day at Waimea Nature Park to remove underbrush and growth that shelters an encampment on park land behind Longs.  The community is urged to kokua with the work day.  Equipment including chain saws, weed wackers and heavy duty clippers would be helpful but not essential.  A chipper is being donated for the work day by Rainy Day Landscaping.

There is no charge to attend WCA Town Meetings and everyone is welcome; membership is suggested.  Steaming hot Starbucks and cookies will be provided.

More info; www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation, or call Patti Cook (937-2833) or email cookshi@aol.com

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PŌHAKULOA TRAINING AREA – JULY 2017 UPDATE:  Military units are scheduled to conduct various types of training here that may be heard or observed by surrounding communities.  This monthly schedule is produced to alert neighbors of upcoming training activities that are louder in nature and may be heard outside the military installation. This information is provided for general awareness and may not include all training activity; times and dates are subject to change:

  • July 5-11 (Army): Helicopter gunnery.

  • July 7-Aug. 6 (Army): Mortar live-fire training.

  • July 17-31 (Army): Unmanned Aerial Vehicle operations.

  • July 31-Aug. 5 (Army): Artillery live-fire exercises.

The military in Hawaii appreciates the understanding and continued support of its local military training. To report concerns related to noise or training, contact the PTA Public Affairs Officer, Eric Hamilton, either by calling (808) 969-1966, or emailing eric.m.hamilton6.civ@mail.mil. For monthly PTA training updates, email eric.m.hamilton6.civ@mail.mil with the subject line: “Subscribe Training”.* * * * *

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SPECIAL WAIMEA TOWN MEETING:   TUES., JULY 11  TO DISCUSS NORTH HAWAII COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

The affiliation of North Hawaii Community Hospital and The Queen’s Health Systems, as well as quality of care, available services, finances, and community expectations, will be the focus of a special Waimea Community Association Town Meeting at 5:15 p.m., Tues., July 11, 2017, in Waimea School Cafeteria.

The entire community is invited.

Leading the discussion will be Art Ushijima, Chair, North Hawaii Community Hospital Board of Trustees, and President and CEO, The Queen’s Health Systems, who will be joined by Cindy Kamikawa, RN, President, North Hawaii Community Hospital, Dr. Gary Goldberg, who is the hospital’s Chief Medical Officer, and Dr. Lyn Lam, who is the hospital’s Ambulatory Services Medical Director. They will discuss Queen’s affiliation and quality of care, vision and mission, the evolving healthcare landscape, hospital staffing challenges and progress, physical facilities upgrades, addressing community needs, and clarifying expectations.

There will be time for questions and answers.

The meeting is being facilitated by Waimea Community Association, which hosted a series of community discussions in 2013 and 2014 when the hospital was experiencing severe financial challenges including questions about its ability to meet payroll, specific areas of care provided, and the condition of the aging facility, coupled with needed upgrades of internal systems and equipment. Community concerns also included a rapidly growing challenge to handle the volume of patients in the emergency room.

The entire meeting will be dedicated to North Hawaii Community Hospital; there will not be any other presentations.

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

Questions may be submitted ahead of time by emailing lscully@queens.org but there will be a Q&A session at the meeting.

 

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