|The sugar plantation's old water system came down the mountain in wooden flumes to transport cane to the mill.|
Now in pipes, it is used for irrigation and will be used to produce electricity. Photo by Julia Neal
|Keaiwa Reservoir is drained for repair. Photo by Julia Neal|
HAWAI`I SUSTAINABLE ALLIANCE is asking for support to amend the county building code to allow what it calls more eco-friendly communities and buildings. A resolution is set to go before the County Council this week.
Council member K. Angel Pilago said the resolution requests the county Department of Public Works to “establish minimum requirements for owners/builders of rural dwellings on agricultural parcels, through waiver or exemption from existing codes, which will allow the use of substitute materials, procedures and alternatives, to the extent that a reasonable degree of health and safety is provided.”
According to the Alliance, “thousands of Big Island residences have been constructed without Hawai`i County building permits, particularly in rural areas where the cost of house and outbuilding construction in accordance with current Building Code is out of the financial reach of many residents, especially during these dire economic times. In addition, Hawai`i’s need to create and support more sustainable paradigms in order to insure a healthy future is obvious...and, in fact, has been mandated by the state goal of becoming more self-reliant and sustainable by the year 2050.” See more at hawaiisustainablecommunity.org.
|Detail of Akebono Ka`u, Kathleen Kam's winning|
art for The Directory 2012 cover, showing
plantation history and the new
|Homecoming Court members Talai Ke, Jennifer Haalilio, Alika Kaopua, Rochelle Koi, Mark Cuison and|
Eunice Longakit performed following the Trojans' win.
|Trojan fans gathered on the field following the win.|