|Abolish the PLDC became background lighting at the Democratic rally in Hilo before the General Election. |
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|Future Council Chair J Yoshimoto|
Newly elected council members take their posts with a swearing in on Dec. 3 in Hilo.
Announcement of new County Council committee chairs came after a closed-door meeting among the council members-elect who attended either in person, by phone or by Skype last weekend. The organizing led to the selection of J Yoshimoto as Chair of the council. Vice Chair will be Karen Eoff.
Agriculture, Water and Energy Sustainability will be chaired by Margaret Wille. Valerie Poindexter will be vice chair.
Finance will be chaired by Poindexter. Greggor Ilagan will be vice chair.
Human & Social Services will be chaired by Eoff. Poindexter will be vice chair.
County Housing Agency will be chaired by IIagan. Onishi will be vice chair.
Planning will be chaired by Zendo Kern. Wille will be vice chair.
Public Works will be chaired by Dru Kanuha. Onishi will be vice chair.
|Local 5 protested the PLDC at this weeks hearing on O`ahu|
Hawai`i County Council and Kaua`i County Council issued a resolution asking for the PLDC to be abolished, stating erosion of home rule and local planning, as well as concern about environmental protection.
|Former County Council member |
Kiko Bonk's name is used in
the anti-PLDC battle cry.
The Derrick DePledge story quotes Outdoor Circle Executive Director Martha Townsend: “"Good planning is not a burden. It is a requirement…Good public engagement is not a burden. It's a requirement."
The story also reports on testimony by former Big Island County Council member Kiko Bonk: She “testified on behalf of her mother, Fumi Bonk, who was sitting in a wheelchair in the front row of the small meeting room. Bonk described the PLDC as a ‘developer plot’ that ‘goes against every process that we have in place in Hawai`i.’ Bonk asked her mother whether she had anything else to say to the PLDC. ‘God damn you,’ Fumi Bonk said to cheers.”
See more of the DePledge story at staradvertiser.com.
| PLDC has become the subject of art, cartoons and posters. |
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The newspaper editors also call for “more hearings on the neighbor islands — many of the potential projects of PLDC could involve underutilized public land on those islands — to give residents there a voice on the rules and on the agency itself.” See more at staradvertiser.com.
|U.S. Attorneys Office in Honolulu is the workplace of|
Derrick Kahala Watson who is nominated to become a
federal judge. Photo from DOJ
Obama issued a statement on the seven nominees for federal judgeships around the country. They have “talent, expertise and fair-mindedness.” He said his nominations are an effort to “ensure that the judiciary resembles the nation it serves.”
Watson, the son of a police officer, has been working at the U.S. Attorney’s office for five years in Honolulu. Previously, he worked as a U.S. District Attorney in northern California and for private law firms in San Francisco.
He was also a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves and an attorney with JAG Corps.
|Sen. Dan Inouye|
THE 13TH ANNUAL INVITATIONAL WREATH EXHIBIT opens to the public Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Gallery artists, working in a wide variety of media, materials and techniques, present their concepts of “wreath,” from the whimsical to the traditional through Sunday, Jan. 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Park entrance fees apply. For more, visit volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-7565.
KAHUKU JUNIOR RANGER `OHANA DAY is set for this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kahuku Unit of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Keiki of all ages are invited to explore the park’s newest addition with their `ohana. Participants walk in the footsteps of kupuna to experience the `aina; connect ancient traditions through stories, `oli, GPS and compass; hear mo`olelo of Pu`u-Enuhe and Pupuhuluena; create hu, kukui nut top and `ohe kapala, bamboo stamped canvas bag. For more, call 985-6019.
PALM TRAIL HIKE is Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. within the Kahuku Unit of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, between miles 70 and 71 on Hwy 11. This relatively easy, guided 2.6-mile loop crosses scenic pasture along an ancient cinder cone with some of the best panoramic views Kahuku has to offer. For more, call 985-6011.
|Hawai`i Wildlife Fund and volunteers clean up the coast this Saturday.|
Photo by Sean King
KA`U SCHOOL OF THE ARTS hosts its Fall Fling this Saturday at Punalu`u Bake Shop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event includes music, hula, creative corner, talent contest and an arts and crafts sale. For more information, call Ms. Davis at 967-7565.
OCEAN VIEW COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION is gearing up for its annual Keiki Christmas Party. Keiki Christmas Coordinator Sandy Honnold says, "Christmas is coming and the star trees are out." She encourages community members to find a star tree, pick a star, buy a gift for a child and return the unwrapped gift with the star to the Ocean View Community Center or the store at which the star was picked from. "We need your generous donations of gifts for the keiki so... Be a Star!"
Star trees can be found at the following locations: Aloha Dreams Computer, Malama Market, Ocean View Community Center, Kahuku Country Market, Ocean View Ace Hardware, Ocean View Pizzaria, South Hawai`i Realty, Solarworks, Ocean View Auto Parts, Ocean View Market, St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Spin Zone Wash Laundromat, Coffee Grinds Cafe, and South Point U-Cart.
For more, contact Sandy at 557-9847.