|Ka`u Beach Cleanups are sponsored by Hawai`i Wildlife Fund. Photo by Bill Gilmartin|
The map was drawn after meetings and public hearings. Few people attended the public hearing recently held in Na`alehu. The two who testified were from Volcano. While one said Volcano should be part of Ka`u, the other said Volcano belongs in the same district as Puna.
According to the Stephens Media story, Ford said she has been working for a decade to make a legal plan, “a plan that’s fair and legal, and this is a pretty good plan. I’ve got to say, this is pretty darn good.”
More redistricting meetings will be held Nov. 3 and Nov. 10 in Hilo, but the commission is reaching the end of its redistricting work which is required every ten years after the federal government conducts the census, which counts who lives where on the island.
Department of Land and Natural Resources wildlife experts said they expect fewer available game because of the recent and lingering drought.
For the Rules Regulating Game Bird Hunting see hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw. They include a valid hunting license, even for private lands; checking in and out of check stations; and obtaining permission when hunting on private land. The state also encourages prevention of wildfires, including refraining from parking in high grass where ignition could start a blaze. More information is available at Division of Forestry and Wildlife offices in Hilo.
The maps show few tsunami risks to homeowners in Ka`u as most dwellings, with the exception of Punalu`u condominiums, are out of the flood zone. The new maps are being checked for accuracy and can be seen at http://gis.hawaiinfip.org/fhat/.
Members of the public have until Jan. 12 to make comments or object to the descriptions of their properties that place them in or out of flood zones.
Comments are being taken by the county Department of Public Works in Hilo.
|This photo from the STS Pallada shows a|
Japanese fishing boat found near Midway.
Over the years, Hawai`i Wildlife Fund has identified debris washing ashore in Ka`u from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, Hawai`i, California, Oregon, Washington State, the Soviet Union, Russia, Scotland and others. The next cleanup dates are Saturdays, Nov. 12 and Jan. 14. Call Lamson at 769-7629, see Hawai`i Wildlife Fund on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The organization has been cleaning up the Ka`u coast since 2005.
|Friends & Neighbors Wes Awana (l), Nona Wilson and |
Ti Chun perform at After Dark in the Park on Tuesday.
Photo courtesy NPS/Dean Gallagher
SHORT FILMS BY LOCAL YOUTH will be debuted at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park’s third annual Digital Mountain youth film festival next Saturday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. in Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium. This year’s theme is “It’s My Trail.” The public is encouraged to attend and to vote for their favorite film in advance. The public is also invited to participate in a potluck dinner preceding the festival at 5 p.m.
Awards, including MacBook Pro laptops and Olympus digital cameras, will be presented at the event to winners selected by a weighted combination of judging by a variety of professionals and popular voting. See films and vote on YouTube: www.youtube.com/itsmytrail.
People may vote once each day for their favorite film on YouTube or by emailing email@example.com.
The Digital Mountain youth film festival is free. For more information, contact Laura Williams at 985-6304 or firstname.lastname@example.org.