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!

For more day-to-day news/events, visit our Facebook page.


2019 Officers:

President:                 Patti Cook / 937-2833 /                  


Vice President:       Michael Donnelly / 398-9407 / 


Secretary:                 Nancy Carr Smith / 896-2239 /


Treasurer:                Lewis Dubois / 885-8820 /


2019 Directors:

Riley Smith / 936-7129 / rsmith@lanihau.net

David Greenwell / 960-3035 / tgreenwell@hawaii.rr.com

Lani Olsen Chong / 936-0670 / olsenchong@gmail.com 

Llewellyn Kumalae / 885-7070 / 

Frankie Pang / 896-8846 / 808frankp@gmail.com

James Hustace / 920-540-3983 / jameshustace@gmail.com


  • To preserve, maintain, enhance and protect community values by embracing our diversity and sense of place;
  • To gather and present information and facilitate communication and discussion of issues affecting Waimea;
  • To promote open participation in the development of policies and legislation affecting Waimea;
  • To inform community members about how and where to make their voices heard, individually or collectively; and
  • To encourage new generations of leaders to continue Waimea’s tradition of community building and community service.

Brief Overview:

WCA began in the early 1960s as the Waimea-Kawaihae Community Association, but the early 1990s, the Kawaihae community had grown and opted to form their own organization.

WCA holds monthly Town Meetings – usually on first Thursdays from 5:15-7 p.m. – and usually at Waimea School Cafeteria.  All are invited – there is no charge – but membership in the association is urged to support the modest costs required to support this all-volunteer organization with communications, website and other modest expenses.  We thank Waimea Elementary and Middle School for hosting the monthly meeting location at no cost to the community.

WCA’s Annual Dues are $15/Individual; $25/Family.  WCA is a 501(c)3 so dues are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.  Donations to WCA always welcome.

Information about town meetings is posted on the website and Facebook in advance.  There also is an ongoing community calendar of coming events posted on the website and eblasted to interested community members. All community events that are of community service, education and/or benefit may be included in the calendar.  Information for the calendar should be emailed as soon as possible to: cookshi@aol.com.

WCA’s Planning & Design Review Committee is an advisory group organized and coordinated to advise the County Planning Department on implementing the Waimea Design Plan, which was adopted by County Council Resolution in 1986.  For more information and a copy of the design plan, please see the website.

WCA also supports the volunteer committee that organizes the annual Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade.  Everyone is invited to participate in the parade. For more information on this now five+-decade-long tradition, including rules and application process, please see the website.

New Logo:

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As with most things in Hawai’i, this new logo has a kaona – hidden or more subtle meanings.

  • The dark red color was chosen for the meaning of Waimea (red water).
  • The words WAIMEA and ASSOCIATION are very bold vintage style – reminding us of our rich paniolo heritage, and the word COMMUNITY is in a script to symbolize a continuous flow. The outline of an abstract cowboy hat brim holds our beloved pu’u above the word COMMUNITY.

The design was created by Monica Parker, who says, “Waimea is so special to me.  Six generations of my family (both mom’s and dad’s side) were born and raised here. I could never live anywhere else.”


Planning & Design Review Committee

WCA’s all-volunteer Planning & Design Review Committee strives to implement the Waimea Design Plan, which was adopted by County Council Resolution 214 86 in 1986. The committee is advisory to the Hawai’i County Planning Department regarding planning proposals, development applications and building permits for all commercial and light industrial properties in Waimea that are required to follow the County’s Plan Approval process.  This does not include single family detached residences, agricultural buildings, and permits for renovations.  Expansions of existing buildings are within the area of review and input only if the Planning Director determines that the expansion will have a marked impact on the community.

WCA has worked with the County of Hawai’i Planning Department for now more than 30 years and is deeply grateful for the staff’s collaboration and willingness to engage in community input.  

Over the years, many community residents have dedicated hundreds of hours to WCA’s Planning & Design Review Committee process — beginning in the early years with the late Francine Duncan, and including Ken Melrose, Roger Harris, Sherman Warner, Bob Hunter, David Gomes, the late Mike Luce and many more.  We thank them and all who have sat thru long meetings and thoughtful discussions to make this community-driven process a meaningful contributor to the sense of place and beauty of Waimea.  It’s not perfect, but Waimea is a better place to live, work and play, thanks to their dedicated gift of time and wisdom.

Committee Members (2018)

Kurt Klimt, AIA

Dr. Billy Bergin

James Hustace 

Patti Cook, President of WCA 

Waimea Design Plan: 



21017: O’Reilly Auto Plan Approval Application 

O’Reilly Auto Plan Approval Application

WPDRC O’Reilly Auto 2017 0526 FINAL

hpm building facade facing mamalahoa hwy 052817

2016:  HPA Proposed Covered Play Area – Village Campus 

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2016: KTA Parking Lot Expansion & HELCO EV Station Application  

KTA Plan Approval Application 2015_Pkg-EV Station

6-5-005-004 and 007 KTA Waimea Additional Parkinglot(PA) (2)

HELCO-KTA EV Charging Station Application 2-26-16

2011-2016: Mana Christian ‘Ohana Plan Approval Applications 


12-16-11 MCO Plan Approval FINAL Correspondence


WPDRC Mana Christian Ohana 2016 1020_FINAL

2010: Parker School Special Use Permit Application




Hawai’i County Sign Ordinance: