|Gov. David Ige giving the State of the State Address on Monday. Photo from Office of the Governor|
The governor also announced the state is working to maximize federal funding for Broadband and is proposing the largest investment in technology in state history – a total of more than $400 million. "We're calling it Apakau Ka La, 'spreading of the sun's rays' -- and it will support critical infrastructure for the future, connecting all of the main Hawaiian Islands. This initiative will not only close the digital divide between the haves and the have-nots, but it will also strengthen us as a community," said the governor.
|Gov. David Ige referred to the Hawai'i State Seal, which says in|
Hawaiian, "The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness."
|Grassroot Institute of Hawai'i supports tax refund by|
State of Hawai'i. Photo from Grassroot Institute
In any case, said Kent, "there still would be plenty of room to lower state taxes, which would be a refreshing change from the deluge of tax-hike proposals we see each year."
Akina also urged that the governor and Legislature look for ways to lighten Hawai'i's exceptionally high tax burden. "What we need most are policies that would lower the cost of living in Hawai'i, and that begins with more responsible budgeting and spending. By proposing the return of excess funds to the taxpayers, Gov. Ige has demonstrated that he is listening to the people."
According to the Hawai'i Police Department, on Sunday, Jan. 16, at 9:54 a.m., police responded to a report of an unidentified man who was captured on video surveillance within a residence on Prince Kūhiō Blvd. in the Hawaiian Ocean View Ranchos Subdivision. The suspect, later identified as Travis Leka, left the area on foot prior to the officers’ arrival, but was later located by police on Hawai`i Blvd. in the Hawaii Ocean View Estates Subdivision.
|Travis Leka, 33, has been arrested|
for thefts, assaults and other crimes
in Ocean View. Photo from HPD
Later Sunday evening and after conferring with the County Prosecutor’s Office, police charged Leka for one count of first-degree burglary in connection with the Jan. 16 incident on Prince Kūhiō Blvd. He was also arrested and charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, unlawful imprisonment, and abuse of a family/household member stemming from a December 7, 2021, incident on Tiki Lane involving a 26-year-old Ocean View woman; second-degree assault against a 46 year-old Ocean View man with a crowbar at a Walaka Dr. address on Dec. 8; second-degree burglary of a structure on Pineapple Parkway also on Dec. 8; and two counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle involving a truck and van that were taken from a Bamboo Lane property on Dec. 31.
His total bail, including his warrants, was set at $80,000. Leka had his initial appearance in Kona District Court on Tuesday Jan. 18, and was held on bail and remanded to the custody of the Hawai‘i Community Correctional Center pending a preliminary hearing that was held Thursday Jan. 20, in Hilo District Court.
Anyone with any information on these incidents is asked to call the police department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Donovan Kohara of the Area II Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 326-4646 Ext. 267; or via email at email@example.com.
Citizens who wish to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300 and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential and does not record any calls or subscribe to caller ID.
A SCHOLARSHIP FOR VOLCANO STUDENTS is offered by the Volcano Community Foundation. The Foundation will award at least one $1,000 scholarship for the 2022-2023 school year. Applicants must maintain their primary residence in Volcano and be graduating high-school seniors who will be full-time students at an accredited two or four-year college or university in Fall of 2022. Recipients will be selected
Applications have been sent to area high schools. To receive an application, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 808--895-1011. Complete applications must be received no later than Friday, April 1.
Additional scholarships will be awarded if funding is available. Those who would like to support this community effort can make tax-deductible donations. Send to Volcano Community Foundation, P.O. Box 94, Volcano, HI 96785.
|Summer Fun is usually held a the county gym in Pāhala|
and Community Center in Nāʻālehu. Photo by Julia Neal
The Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is a four-week online class led by healthcare professionals about diabetes management, including nutrition, exercise, and medication. Classes will be held on Wednesdays from Feb. 2 to 23 at 5 p.m. -7 p.m.
The Hypertension Management Program is a 3-week online class about hypertension (high blood pressure) and management. Classes will be held on Wednesday from Feb. 9 to 23 at 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Classes will be online via computer or smartphone. Call-in option available upon request. To sign up, visit hmono.org/services.