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.

Sept. 7, 2017 Waimea Town Meeting: Exploring How Our Community Can Make A Difference For The Homeless

5:15 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 7, 2017 – Waimea School Cafeteria

A panel discussion discerning the range of issues around homelessness and houselessness with presenters deeply involved, experienced and committed to helping our community explore how we can make a difference.  

Homelessness, houselessness, and individuals and families struggling on the edge are increasingly of major concern throughout the state, and it’s true right here in upcountry Waimea.

But what exactly is homelessness?  What are the causes?  And how do we help?  Is it good to give money to people begging on the corner?  What should we do – or not do?

It doesn’t take long to learn that it’s a very complex issue – there are multiple causes and variable, potential solutions, and what might work with one person, may not for others.  But it’s heartbreaking and worrisome, and our community wants to do all that is possible to improve the situation.

So what should Waimea be doing about this?  What is already in motion – programs, projects, possible strategies?  And what more is needed?

WCA Board members have talked about and been approached on the issue for the past several months and decided we as a community need to understand the issues better and how better than to hear from those who work with and for homeless and struggling families every day and every week.  For some, it’s their passion – to help the less fortunate.  For others, it’s their job.  No matter why they’re involved, it’s challenging.

Thus, the 5:15 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 7 Waimea Town Meeting in Waimea School Cafeteria will facilitate a panel discussion exploring the range of issues around homelessness with presenters who are deeply involved, experienced and committed to making a difference.

Panel members will include Lance Niimi, who is Hawaii County’s leader on homelessness from the Office of Housing; Rhonda Bell with Big Island Giving Tree, a non-profit that provides a range of support and assistance for homeless individuals and families; Brandee Menino, CEO of Hope Services, a not-for-profit funded by the state and private donors that provides a wide array of outreach services, Jeramy Madrid, an experienced community-based case manager for homeless needing mental health services, Waimea Community Policing Officer May Lee, Tim Bostock, a volunteer co-leader of the every-Thursday Waimea Community Meal at St. James; and David Willard with the Veterans Administration.

Facilitating the panel with WCA Vice President Mike Donnelly, who has helped coordinate the presentation with WCA Board Secretary Nancy Carr Smith and WCA Director Frankie Pang.

All presenters are being asked to describe the services and assistance their organization provides, and then to share specific calls to action for the community.

The spotlighted community non-profit for the evening will be the Food Pantry at Annunciation Catholic Church.  Ann Lum, who is the program’s volunteer lead for the church’s every-Tuesday morning pantry, will share insight into their experience and how it has evolved.  The program is supported by a host of congregation and community volunteers and donations.  As has become a monthly custom at town meetings, attendees will be encourage to make a tax deductible donation to this program.  .

As always, the entire community is invited to WCA Town Meetings.  There is no charge but membership is encouraged. 


Also 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.

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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