Urgent Advisories & Town Meeting Schedule 2019

5:15 – 7 p.m. – Waimea School Cafeteria
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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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Thurs., March 1, 2018 Town Meeting: ‘Blowing Clouds’ Panel Discussion & Update on Rapid ‘Ohi’a Death – 5:15 pm – Waimea School Cafeteria

Electronic Smoking Devices (ESDs) – or e-cigs – are not “new” but they’ve exploded on the scene in Waimea with now three operating vape shops including a “vaping lounge” near three schools.  Also, some Waimea schools report a sharp increase in students bringing to campus vaping paraphernalia, which the State Department of Education considers “contraband” at Hawai’i public schools. 

Like cigarettes, ESDs are kapu on K-12 school campuses and the number of confiscated items that have resulted in suspensions is on the rise.  Further, as of 2012, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 1.78 million school kids had at least tried e-cigarettes.

So what exactly is an ESD?  And what does it mean in terms of health and wellness for North Hawai’i, where many volunteers are working together to become a “Blue Zone Approved” region – a place where residents live longer better due to healthier choices that are supported by public policies, programs, services and infrastructure.    

Uncertainty about e-cigs – and numerous phone calls from Waimea families alarmed about the close proximity of a vape shop to several schools – prompted Waimea Community Association to plan a panel discussion themed “Blowing Clouds – Getting Smart When It Comes to Vaping” as the main agenda item at its 5:15 p.m., Thurs., March 1, 2018 Town Meeting in Waimea School Cafeteria.

The March 1 town meeting panel discussion about vaping will include two Waimea vape shop operators, plus Dr. Gary Goldberg, Chief Medical Officer at North Hawai’i Community Hospital, Kohala Elementary School Principal Danny Garcia, Sally Ancheta with Hawai’i Public Health Institute and a representative of Hawai’i County law enforcement. 

The discussion will include recent scientific studies about the “popcorn effect,” and the use of e-cigs in combination with tobacco products and cannabis. 

Also on the agenda will be an update on Rapid ‘Ohi’a Death (ROD), which has now been confirmed in the Kohala watershed. Corie Yanger, ROD Educational/Outreach Specialist with the UH College of Tropical Agriculture will share details related to ROD samples from a single private property in Kohala that are confirmed to have Ceratocystis Sp. A, the more virulent of the two species currently found in Hawai’i ʻōhiʻa.  She will share the latest strategies to prevent the spread of ROD and what is being done. 

As always, there will be a brief County Council business update and public safety report by a Waimea Community Policing Officer. Starbucks will provide coffee and the association board will provide cookies.

Everyone is welcome to Waimea Town meetings and there is no charge to attend though membership in the association is urged.  Dues for 2018 are due. Annual WCA membership is $15 for individuals and $25 for families, and as a not-for-profit 501(c)3, dues are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

WCA will help facilitate a second Waimea town meeting during March to discuss a 0.05% increase in the General Excise Tax proposed by Mayor Harry Kim and that the County Council is considering.  The meeting will be from 6-8 p.m., Mon., March 12, 2018 in the school cafeteria.  Mayor Harry Kim and staff from the County Finance Department will share data related to the county budget and proposed tax increase.

For more info: go to www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation, or call Patti Cook (937-2833) or email cookshi@aol.com.  


NOTE:  SPECIAL WAIMEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION TOWN MEETING WITH MAYOR HARRY KIM RE: PROPOSED GENERAL EXCISE TAX INCREASE:  6-8 p.m., Mon., March 12, 2018.  Waimea School Cafeteria.  Meeting facilitated by WCA for Mayor Kim and County Finance Department Staff to discuss 0.05% increase in the GET proposed by the Mayor and that the County Council is considering.  Please note a change from our usual meeting time.  Mayor Kim and staff will share data related to the County budget and proposed tax increase.  There will be time for Q&A.  All invited.   


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