|The rodeo in Na`alehu continues today to celebrate Independence Day. Photo by Julia Neal|
|Ka`u Auto Repair & Towing joined the police at the|
Na`alehu Parade yesterday, warning: Don't Drink and
Drive this holiday weekend. Photo by Julia Neal
Hoffmann also noted that the Council had recommended that any savings that might occur in on-going union negotiations be used to pay into the county retirement benefits fund – payments that the mayor’s budget defers until next year.
Said Hoffmann, the mayor’s budget, which survived a veto-override last week, “fully funded the current payroll scale for all County employees, so there is some hope that actual expenses will be less. I trust that if some savings are realized, the Mayor will act on the Council’s recommendation and some payment made to the GASB-45 account.
“In summary, let’s get on with business. There’s much to be done, and although this budget is finished, the County’s economic distress remains,” said Hoffmann.
|Rep. Bob Herkes and his wife walk with their|
Nene each year in the Na`alehu and Volcano
parades. Photo by Julia Neal
`AINA KOA PONO, which plans a refinery between Pahala and Wood Valley to process biomass into biofuel, says it too has the capability to deal with county trash – using large microwave processors to vaporize it into gasses that would be turned into auto, aviation, car and truck fuel as well as fuel for oil burning power plants owned by Hawaiian Electric Light Co.
Engineer Sandy Causey said such waste-to-energy plants, however, would be placed at the landfill sites and that garbage would not be trucked to Ka`u for processing.
|County Council member Brittany Smart (center) with|
staff and crew. Photo by Julia Neal
|Miss Ka`u Coffee Brandy Shibuya graces the Na`alehu|
Parade on July 2. Photo by Julia Neal
THE INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE yesterday saw much community participation from public officials such as Sen. Gil Kahele, Rep. Bob Herkes, and County Council member Brittany Smart. The County Band marched through, along with Ka`u Coffee queens and princesses, children’s groups and motorcycle riding groups. It was sponsored by `O Ka`u Kakou.
|Gil Kahele in his first Independence Day Parade in|
Na`alehu as senator. Photo by Julia Neal
VOLCANO VILLAGE’S FOURTH OF JULY festivities happens tomorrow, with the parade beginning at 9 a.m. and traveling down Old Volcano Road from the post office to Cooper Center on Wright Road, where the celebration continues.