|Dominic Yagong, Harry Kim and Billy Kenoi vie for Hawai`i County mayor in tomorrow's primary election.|
TOMORROW IS PRIMARY ELECTION DAY, with polls open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Polling places in Ka`u are at Pahala School Cafeteria, Na`alehu Elementary School and Ocean View Community Center. Closer to Kona, polling places are at Miloli`i Halau, Ho`okena Elementary School and St. Benedict Catholic Church. In Volcano, votes are cast at Cooper Center. Another polling place is at Mt. View Elementary School.
See yesterday’s news briefs for state House and Senate candidates. Here are candidates for Hawai`i County mayor and County Council District 6 on the ballot tomorrow:
HAWAI`I COUNTY MAYOR:
INCUMBENT BILLY KENOI lists his priorities and accomplishments on his website. These include continuing “to provide core county government services to the people of Hawai`i Island while shrinking the size and cost of government,” “improving the efficiency of government and sound fiscal management,” securing more than $115 million in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for projects like the Ane Keohokalole Highway in Kona, expanding the Hele-On Bus system, opening and improving parks and playgrounds, taking care of vulnerable neighbors, friends, and family by preserving social safeguards under Social Services and continuing to invest in public safety infrastructure and equipment. See billykenoi.com.
HARRY KIM, former two-time Hawai`i mayor and former county Civil Defense director, bases his campaign on refraining from taking any more than $10 a person for campaign donations. During his term as mayor he also refused the typical freebies, even lunch at such nonpolitical events as credit union meetings where he was giving public speeches. Kim recently re-entered public debate over the state’s proposal to exempt geothermal drilling from environmental reviews. He flew to Honolulu and gave an impassioned speech objecting to such exemptions, leading to the state Department of Health’s Environmental Council rejecting the exemptions. Kim said he is not against geothermal and other alternative energies for the Big Island but wants to make sure they are done safely for people and the environment. He is also campaigning against continued use of landfills, saying he would like to see a garbage-to-energy plant on the island, according to a report at bigislandnow.com.
COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBER DOMINIC YAGONG’S website outlines his plans. He wants to develop a public/private partnership for government services “that produces jobs in the private sector.” Regarding the county budget, Yagong wants to reduce government perks and entitlements, redirect money to core county services and reduce the number of high-salaried positions. He supports sustainable agriculture and wants to make public lands available at affordable terms for farmers. Yagong promotes renewable energy development including solar, hydro, wind, ocean biofuels and geothermal. He also wants to create a public/private partnership to achieve maximum recycling and diversion from landfills. See dominicyagong.com.
COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 6:
|Maile David, who works for the County Council's legislative office, seeks|
a first term as County Council member. Photo by Charles Tobias
|Three-time County Council member Brenda Ford seeks office in the new|
District 6. Photo by David Howard Donald
|Lee McIntosh, a landscaper, cartoonist and volunteer, seeks a first term as|
County Council member. Photo by Charles Tobias
|Bradley Westervelt, former County Council legislative assistant and|
former owner of PT Cafe, seeks a first term.
Photo by David Howard Donald
|Kawa Flats Final EA is available online.|
LEILEHUA YUEN AND MANU JOSIAH present a 50-minute narrated demonstration of the preparation, protocol and offering of traditional hula and chant tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at the hula platform near Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Hands-on cultural demonstrations take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the gallery’s porch. Donations are welcome, and park entrance fees apply.
SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS AT PAHALAPLANTATIONCOTTAGES.COM AND KAUCOFFEEMILL.COM.