|Residents and visitors enjoyed the Acoustic Hawaiian Music Jam sponsored by Ka `Ohana O Honu`apo|
at Honu`apo Park yesterday. See Ka `Ohana's website at honuapopark.org. Photo by Julia Neal
THE NEW PUBLIC LAND REDEVELOPMENT CORP., which could lead to state lands being developed outside of county zoning and state Land Use Commission classification, has hit a snag, according to a report this morning on CivilBeat.com. Enabling legislation passed by the state Senate and House of Representatives during the 2011 Hawai`i Legislature lacks a mechanism to transfer land from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources to the Development Corp, according to the attorney general’s office. Civil Beat reporter Sophie Cocke quotes Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz as saying he disagrees and plans to visit the attorney general’s office. Dela Cruz has called the new effort to develop state lands “an out-of-the-box opportunity for businesses and entrepreneurs to partner with the state to get the economy going again,” according to the Civil Beat story.
THE KA`U COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN STEERING COMMITTEE will meet tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at St Jude’s Episcopal Church in Ocean View. The church is located at 92-1572 Keaka Parkway at the corner of Paradise Circle.
|Soil sampling at the old Pahala sugar|
mill site. Photo by Julia Neal
THE PUBLIC HEARING ON NEW COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT lines is this Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Na`alehu Community Center at 6 p.m. Six maps show different district lines for council member representation.
District lines will change, as required by law, since the county has experienced a population growth rate of almost 25 percent in a decade.
Concerning state redistricting, Ka`u residents have been lobbying to prevent the Ka`u district from being split in half. A preliminary redistricting plan would put state Rep. Bob Herkes with Puna, as he lives in Volcano. People living between Honu`apo and Ocean View would be represented by a district that would run all the way to Kona, and Herkes would no longer be able to represent them.
KUMU MAILE YAMANAKA OFFERS lessons in hula, lei making and `ukulele tomorrow at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. The lessons are free, and park entrance fees apply. Call 967-8222 for more information.