Malama Pono Punalu'u Invites More Volunteers
A few Malama Pono Punalu'u volunteers gathered for orientation last Friday. They man a daily watch until sundown, after the lifeguards leave Punalu'u, to ensure that beachgoers keep their distance from green sea turtles and hawksbill turtles. Green sea turtles live at the beach and are a big attraction for tourists to take their photos. Hawksbill turtles come in periodically to nest. Anyone interested in joining Malama Pono Punalu'u, call organizer Guy Enriques at 808-217-2253 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. See story: http://kaunewsbriefs.blogspot.com/search?q=Malama+Pono+Punalu%27u.
Photo from Malama Pono Punalu'u
He said he wants mandatory term limits for Representatives and Senators in the Hawaiʻi State Legislature. "Such term limits should be as agreed to by the members of the legislature. They should be equal to those already in place for the other elected positions within the state- such as, but not limited to Governor, Lieutenant Governor, County Council, County Mayors."
Last said he "will not now, nor ever solicit or accept contributions to further my campaign. To believe in myself and what I can do for the people of Hawaiʻi is enough motivation for me. I think that it is not the job of anyone else to ensure my success, aside from their voting for me. I never will be, 'The best politician money can buy!'"
Last promised to "never accept bribes, regardless of what it is called. It is illegal. Just ask Senator English or Representative Cullen (among former public officials.)"
|Michael Last in a previous July 4 parade|
when he ran for state Senate. Now he is
running for House. Photo by Julia Neal
Last recommends that Hawaiʻi legalize all forms of gambling, "Period! I and no one else should dictate how another person spends their money, or not. It might be against someone's better judgment, however that doesn't mean you have a right to tell others how to live. Unless gambling and other 'vices' have a negative impact on non-participants, what is the problem? Just to make things clear as to where I stand on this issue- I don't partake in any form of gambling. Maybe that is why so many others go to Las Vegas for the same reason I do... the food! And never the games of chance."
Those with comments or questions about where the Libertarian candidate stands, "or anything else-please call me," said Last. "My home telephone number is 808-929-8422."
|Gov. David Ige announced Monday his intent to veto 30 bills that passed the 2022|
Hawaiʻi Legislature. Photo from Office of the Governor
The governor said, "There was a late amendment to the definition of 'flavored tobacco product' in this bill which exempted certain FDA approved tobacco products. This amendment essentially renders the bill ineffective since very few products would actually be included in this ban. In addition, the bill contains subjects that may go beyond its title in violation of the Hawaiʻi State Constitution."
The governor said, "While the intent of this bill is appreciated, its wording is vague and may allow insurance providers to restrict access to telephonic services. The vague wording can be construed to either restrict when a health plan may voluntarily provide coverage or provide purely permissive authority for health plans to provide coverage. This may prompt health insurance plans to restrict or exclude coverage for telephonic services due to concerns of compliance with this bill. This could especially impact patients in rural and underserved areas, those with limited digital skills, or those with limited access to reliable internet service."
See The Kaʻū Calendar June edition at www.kaucalendar.com.
VOLCANO VILLAGE FOURTH OF JULY PARADE welcomes walking and riding groups and individuals. It is sponsored by Volcano Community Association in Volcano Village from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Monday, July 4 parade starts at the Post Office at 9 a.m. and ends at Cooper Center on Wright Rd., followed by Cooper Center's Independence Day celebration packed with live entertainment, craft and food vendors, keiki games and a large silent auction from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Parking maps can be found at www.thecoopercenter.org. (No parking at Cooper Center except handicap permitted vehicles with prior reservation.)
BECOME A SPONSOR AT THE 3RD ANNUAL EXPERIENCE VOLCANO FESTIVAL on Saturday, July 30th and Sunday, July 31st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Last year, over 2,500 visitors attended and over 40 events were featured during the EVH festival. Sign up as a sponsor at experiencevolcano.com. If you have questions, contact email@example.com. All vendor locations are taken.
SIGN UP FOR KAʻŪ COFFEE TRAIL RUNS with a change of date from July 3 to Sept. 17. Registration deadline for the annual event is Sept. 14. Organized by Hawaiʻi Island Racers, the 50K begins at 6 a.m., Half Marathon at 7 a.m., and 5K at 7:15 a.m., all starting from Kaʻū Coffee Mill at 96-2696 Wood Valley Road in Pāhala. Proceeds go to support ʻO Kaʻū Kākou. For more details on the event and registration fees, visit https://www.kaucoffeetrailruns.com/.
SEE EVENTS IN KAʻŪ & VOLCANO at https://kaunewsbriefs.blogspot.com/2022/04/upcoming-events-for-kau-and-volcano.html
LEARN MORE ABOUT SPONSORS OF THE KAʻŪ CALENDAR