Urgent Advisories & Town Meeting Schedule 2019

5:15 – 7 p.m. – Waimea School Cafeteria
Always First Thursdays

September 5
October 3
November 7
No December Meeting

There is no charge to attend WCA Town Meetings and everyone is welcome. However, membership is encouraged and supports our not-for-profits’ modest operating expenses. (We are all volunteers so overhead is extremely low.)

WCA Membership: Dues $15/person; $25/family/year. Please join!

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Happy New Year! Our First Waimea Town Meeting will be Thurs., Jan. 3, 2019 – 5:15 p.m. Please join us!

What’s On Your Mind, Waimea, for the 2019 Legislature?  Plus – Meet New Waimea Family Court Judge Mahilani Hiatt, Catch Up On Recent Vandalism & Learn About Essential Air Service Proposals for Kamuela Airport

It’s a new year and time to think about our community’s needs, concerns, aspirations when it comes to the 2019 State Legislature that begins on Wed., Jan. 16.  Our re-elected State Senator Lorraine Inouye, and newly elected State Representative David Tarnas will share their thoughts about the coming session – and welcome your mana’o.

Also, newly sworn in Family Court Judge Mahilani Hiatt will be introduced — many know her because she has lived in this community many years and is an active coach in youth sports.

We have asked the Hawai’i County Police Department for an update on the recent, very disturbing vandalism sprees and also invited the Small Business Development Council for a briefing on the services they provide.  And there’s more.  Our re-elected County Council members – Val Poindexter (District 1) and Dr. Tim Richards (District 9) will provide insight about the newly sworn in Council and leadership.

Equally important will be a briefing on two airlines’ response to the US Department of Transportation’s Request For Proposals to provide federally subsidized Essential Air Service (EAS) to Kamuela Airport for the residents of North Hawai’i.  Presentations will be made by both Mokulele Airlines and Makani Kai Air. The discussion will include each of the airlines’ service proposal, cost and community “match” as required now by relatively new federal rules related to subsidized service to airports such as Kamuela’s that are less than 40 miles from a major hub.

As always, the meeting will begin at 5:15 p.m. in Waimea School Cafeteria.  Starbucks will again provide steaming hot coffee and the WCA Board provides cookies or other snacks.

BUT…before 2018 comes to a close, we wish to convey a warm mahalo first to our WCA Officers and Board for organizing a meaningful series of community discussions and forums throughout the past year.  We thank all of the presenters who have helped inform us and also we thank everyone who attends our meetings for their involvement!

AND…we thank those who have opted to become formal members!  Membership in WCA is encouraged; we are a 501(c)3 and entirely volunteer run, so dues pay for the modest expenses incurred for this website, printing agendas and other modest meeting expenses and our enewsletter.  Membership dues are $15/person; $25/family and are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Mahalo to all.  Have a wonderful, safe holiday season — and Happy New Year!


PS:  Here are links to the two proposals submitted by Mokulele Air and Makani Kai Air to provide Essential Air Service to Kamuela Airport.  The deadline to comment on these RFPs to the USDOT is January 22, 2019.  Please send your comments directly to Scott Faulk, Transportation Industry Analyst, U.S. Department of Transportation – Office of Aviation Analysis:  scott.faulk@dot.gov

Mokulele Flight Services Kamuela_EAS Cover2018

Schuman Aviation Makani Kai EAS proposal for Waimea 2018


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