|Wahine dance for the fundraiser concert for Demetrius|
on Sunday at KAHU Radio Station.
TODAY IS SWEARING-IN DAY FOR THE NEW COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBER FOR DISTRICT SIX, stretching from South Kona through Ka`u and into Puna. Brittany Smart was set to take the oath at ceremonies beginning at noon at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo. She has promised transparency and more connectivity with constituents. She will chair the Environmental Committee and co-chair the Governmental Relations Committee. Also on the new council are Council Chair Dominic Yagong, Vice Chair Pete Hoffman, Dennis Ikeda, J Yoshimoto, Fred Blas, Brenda Ford, Fresh Onishi and Pete Hoffman.
OUTGOING COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBERS Guy Enriques, Kelly Greenwell and Vice Chairwoman Emily Naeole are the subject of thankful resolutions today for their "personal dedication, leadership, integrity, commitment to excellence, and outstanding public service.” The new council members are Fred Blas, Angel Pilago and Brittany Smart.
A NEW DAY, with people cooperating to create a positive future, is the theme for Neil Abercrombie taking office today as governor of Hawai`i. The Abercrombie inauguration was set for Iolani Palace at 11 a.m. Neighbor Island confirmation ceremonies will take place around the state later in the week. On the Big Island the ceremony will be at Pahala Plantation House this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and on Monday, Dec. 13 in Waimea. Everyone is invited.
WHO WILL BE OUR NEXT Senator from Ka`u into Hilo? Who will replace Senator Russell Kokubun, who has been nominated by Governor Neil Abercrombie to head the state Department of Agriculture? Abercrombie will pick Kokubun’s replacement from a list of three names provided by the Democratic Party.
|Doug Sensenig, of the Hawai`i Island Land Trust,|
presents a $25,000 challenge from The Nature
Conservancy for an endowment for the
Kipuka Mosaic Project.
|Lehua Lopez offers a chant at the gathering where|
The Nature Conservancy offered $25,000 in
matching funds for an endowment for the
new Kipuka Mosaic program, which
started in Volcano neighborhoods.
A $25,000 challenge from The Nature Conservancy has been announced to the community to create a $50,000 endowment for the new Kipuka Mosaic Program that seeks to conserve the treetops in the housing development areas between Volcanoes National Park and state forest preserves. A celebration of easements on two properties in Volcano was held last Saturday. The fund would help pay for the legal fees to establish such easements for individual property owners who want preservation of the rainforest as their legacy.
|Leka keeps the beat for the fundraiser for Demetrius|
for critical surgery for his health, with Big D at right.
A fundraising challenge is to raise $5,000
by tomorrow, December 7.
THE FUNDRAISER FOR KAHU RADIO station manager Demetrius Oliveira for surgery to restore his health is moving toward its goal of raising at least $5,000 to match a challenge from the Olson Trust by tomorrow, December 7. Local musicians came together yesterday at the radio station for live music, food and gifts sold for the fundraising. Donations can be dropped off at the radio station on Maile Street in Pahala or at Ka`u Federal Credit Union in Na`alehu, Pahala and Ocean View. Checks can be made out to the Demetrius Oliveira Medical Fund.
THE KA`U CHAMBER OF COMMERCE meets tonight at 7 p.m. at Ocean View Community Center. Mayor Billy Kenoi's Public Information Officer Hunter Bishop will talk about the new temporary transfer station at the county Kahuku Park, which is open each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Plans for a permanent recycling and transfer station for rubbish will be discussed.
|The history of Kahuku Ranch|
is the topic at tomorrow's
After Dark in the Park.
AFTER DARK IN THE PARK this Tuesday will feature the history of Kahuku Ranch based on the new book by Marge and Dennis Elwell. From the first rancher, Captain Robert Brown through Parker Ranch, Glover and the Damon Estate, the history describes the paniolo tradition. The program is at Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium at 7 p.m.
THE ANNUAL HANA HOU Christmas Party will be held this Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Hana Hou Restaurant in Na`alehu. There will be a free buffet dinner and free photo taking with Santa and the kids. Each child will receive a grab bag of candy, and lucky numbers will be given out for bicycles and other gifts. Bobby Gomes will be Santa this year.