|Kaʻū's member in Congress Jill Tokuda, fourth in front row, at the swearing-In for Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus of the 118th Congress, hosted by Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies on Tuesday night in Washington, D.C. Photo from Tokuda|
KAʻŪ'S REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS Jill Tokuda was sworn in as a member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus of the 118th Congress Tuesday night. She also issued a survey for all of rural Hawai'i, the Second Congressional District. The survey asks constituents to identify their most important issues. Those listed are: Affordable Housing, Reproductive Health and Justice for Women; Campaign Finance Reform and Fighting Corruption; Paid Family and Medical Leave Programs; Diversifying Our Economy and Making Hawai'i A Renewable Energy Leader; quality Universal Childcare and Early Education Programs; Increasing Access to Quality Health and Mental Health Services; Community Safety and Gun Reform; Protecting The Environment and Fighting Climate Change; Reforming the U.S. Supreme Court; Supporting Our Veterans; Improving and Fully-funding K-12 Education and Other.
Rural issues such as affordable housing, farm worker housing, assistance to farmers and ranchers to fight pests and grow more crops, sustainable food production, water resources and conserving important lands and natural resources are missing from her list. However, Tokuda, a Kaneohe resident who represents her area as well as Kaʻū and all of Hawai'i Island, Maui, Moloka'i, Lana'i, Kaho'olawe, Kaua'i and Ni'ihau ends her survey with "What issues are important to you? And why?" She also asks What would you like Jill to know?"
Take the survey to inform Kaʻū's congresswoman at:
Consideration was based on the description of the project, the number of beneficiaries, and the level of food security in the location of the household as indicated on the Food Insecurity Index, calculated by Conduent Healthy Communities Institute using data from Claritas, 2021. The index which maps food insecurity by zip code may be found at: https://www.hawaiihealthmatters.org/indexsuite/index/foodinsecurity
Of the 579 grants awarded, 347 were on Oʻahu, 67 on Maui County, 32 in Kauaʻi County and 133 on Hawaiʻi Island. All the grant awards are posted on the State Procurement Office website at: https://hands.ehawaii.gov/hands/awards (search under “micro-grants”)
Examples of proposals that were funded included projects for:fencing to protect crops and seedlings from axis deer damage; purchasing of seeds and tree crops; purchasing of soil amendments, compost, tools, and irrigation systems; refrigeration/freezing capacity and canning supplies for food preservation;
Grant awardees have been notified via email and must submit a W-9 tax form (Internal Revenue Service). Awardees will also be sent a contract, which must be signed electronically and returned to the MDB. The contract also includes the terms and conditions of the micro-grant. Once the W-9 and contract forms are submitted, the funds will be disbursed.
There have been 21 major accidents so far this year compared with 15 during the same period last year, an increase of 40 percent. There was one fatal crash, resulting in 1 fatality, compared with one fatal crash, resulting in one fatality for the same time last year. Police promise that DUI roadblocks and patrols will continue island wide.
|Royal Order of Kamehameha|
uniform stolen. Photo from police
The police statement says, "The victim reported that numerous items were removed from a storage locker at the facility, including pieces of the uniform worn by members of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I. Also reported stolen was a family heirloom necklace that has a walrus ivory Palaoa pendant attached. The necklace was stored in a black hard plastic lockbox.
Police ask anyone with information on this theft or the stolen items to call the police department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or contact Officer Chester Franco at Chester.firstname.lastname@example.org.