|Diversified agriculture thrives near the proposed site for a biofuel refinery off Wood Valley Road. Photo by Julia Neal|
Company officials claim they will meet any required noise regulations and plan a road to Hwy 11 through macadamia orchards to avoid trucks coming through Pahala.
The public hearing will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at the Hawai`i State Building Conference Rooms A,B and C at 75 Aupuni Street in Hilo and on the same day at 4 p.m. at the West Hawai`i Civic Center at 74-5044 Keohokalole Hwy, Community Meeting Hale, Building G in Kailua-Kona.
|New Habitat for Humanity home in Ocean View for Kealoha|
and Deanna Martin. Photo by Margo Tanaka
“This grant will help us to significantly increase our capacity to address the chronic need for affordable housing in West Hawai`i,” says Patrick Hurney, executive director for the West Hawai`i affiliate.
Habitat affiliates selected to receive a portion of the grant will help rebuild and revitalize neighborhoods and improve the lives of residents by creating affordable housing opportunities through community development. Each affiliate is expected to increase their house production by at least 15 percent over three years and to match their grant funds by a ratio of four to one. The selected affiliates will also have access to continuing education to enhance their technical and administrative capabilities.
|Rep. Bob Herkes and Sen. Gil Kahele both support the act|
for Native Hawaiians signed today. Photo by Julia Neal
Sen. Gil Kahele served on the joint conference committee on Hawaiian affairs with Solomon and Senate chair Brickwood Galuteria, co-chairs Sen. Clayton Hee and Sen. David Y. Ige, House co-chairs Rep. Faye Hanohano and Rep. Gilbert Keith-Agaran, Rep. Chris Lee and Rep. Blake Oshiro.
“Every generation of Native Hawaiians since the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom in 1893 has struggled with not legally being recognized as equals,” Solomon said. “So many have given so much; many have fought in World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam – some losing their lives – for a country that doesn’t recognize them. While much has been done including the creation of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act in 1921, formation of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs in 1978, and the signing of the ‘Apology Resolution’ by President William Clinton in 1993, we are still not equals in our own land,” she said. It is intended to move in concert with the efforts by Senator Akaka and Hawai`i’s Congressional delegation to achieve federal recognition of Native Hawaiians.
It is a commitment to acknowledging and recognizing the first people of Hawai`i, while preserving the diversity that has made Hawai`i home to so many. “Hawaiians are very different from the American tribes; we had a kingdom that was recognized by the United States and many other nations around the world before the overthrow,” Solomon continued. “Many of us today are directly connected to this history and heritage through our parents, grandparents and great grandparents. This new law will begin the healing.”
The new law will require the governor within 180 days to appoint a five-member Native Hawaiian Roll Commission within the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for administrative purposes. Funding to facilitate the activities of the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission will be provided by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
|A value-added farm, where pigs are raised by the Shibuyas. Photo by Julia Neal|
• Grants of up to $100,000 each to develop business plans and feasibility studies (including marketing plans) to establish viable marketing opportunities for value-added products; or
• Grants of up to $300,000 each for working capital to operate a value-added business venture or alliance.
The agency estimates it will make about 250 awards, announced by the end of November and that the average-size grant award will be $116,000. In the last round of awards, 41 percent of total awards were under $50,000.
Applicants may propose any time frame for the project provided it does not exceed three years.
KUA O KA LA VIRTUAL ACADEMY, a New Century Public Charter School, hosts a question-and-answer meeting today at 5:30 p.m. at Na`alehu Community Center. The school’s hybrid program offers place-based, Hawaiian culture-focused electives coupled with an online academic program. For more information, call 808-342-0611.
HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK’S 31st Annual Cultural Festival takes place this Saturday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kahuku Unit, located between mile markers 70 and 71 on Hwy 11. The free event celebrates Hawaiian culture with music and demonstrations of traditional arts and crafts. Call 985-6011 or visit nps.gov/havo for more information.