September 21, 2017

Hawaii’s Healthcare Options: Doctor Shortages, High Costs …No Access!

6pm   -   8pm
West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers

Speakers

Josh Green 1Sen. Josh Green, MD
Senate, District 3
Rep CreaganRep. Richard Creagan, MD
House, District 5
Cary Koike-HMSACary Koike
HMSA, Director, Strategic Network Relations

– the State of Healthcare on Hawai’i Island – 500 doctors short! Living in a ”paradise” and in a first-world economy belies Hawaii’s limited outer island medical options — limitations that could be hazardous to your health.    If you’re lucky enough to have a family doctor, will he or she be there for you […]


July 20, 2017

Department of Water Supply Apologizes …questions remain

6pm   -   8pm
West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers

Moderator

SherryBracken-3Sherry Bracken
Mahalo Multimedia
bill-bugbee-west-hawaiiBill Bugbee
Community Forums

Speakers

Keith picKeith Okamoto
Department of Water Supply
Kawika picKawika Uyehara
Department of Water Supply
Kurt picKurt Inaba
Department of Water Supply
Clyde Young-picClyde Young
Department of Water Supply
Mayor KimMayor Harry Kim
Mayor of Hawai'i County

…“the current conditions are critical and we need to act now to prevent a potential catastrophe.” State Senator Josh Green “Vital infrastructure that is poorly administered is a public hazard. When it’s our water system, that hazard is not to be taken lightly.”   West Hawaii Today, Editorial, July 20th. SPECIALLY SCHEDULED FORUM ~ Due […]


June 15, 2017

Beyond Oil – Hawaii’s Clean Energy Promise

6pm   -   8pm
West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers

Moderator

bill-bugbee-west-hawaiiBill Bugbee
Community Forums

Speakers

Isaac Moriwake2Isaac Moriwake, Esq.
Attorney, EarthJustice, Mid-Pacific Office
Jose Dizon-2Jose Dizon
General Manager, Paniolo Power
Henry CurtisHenry Curtis
Life of the Land
Noel pic-2Noel Morin
Big Island Electric Vehicle Association

Why does a transition to clean energy matter to Hawaii’s economy and environment? Studies on the emerging global clean energy economy project the addition of millions of related jobs by 2030. Renewable energy now employs nearly 10 million people worldwide, according to a new report. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) said Wednesday in its […]


May 25, 2017

New Mayor, New County Budget Priorities, Higher Taxes!

6pm   -   8pm
West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers

Moderator

SherryBracken-3Sherry Bracken
Mahalo Multimedia

Speakers

Frank DeMarco-2Frank DeMarco
Director of Public Works, Hawai'i County
Charmine KCharmaine Kamaka
Director of Parks and Recreation, Hawaii County
Mayor KimMayor Harry Kim
Mayor of Hawai'i County
Collins Tomei - Finance DirectorCollins Tomei
Director of Finance, Hawaii County
Deanna SakoDeanna Sako
Deputy Director of Finance, Hawaii County
Michael-Yee-283x300Michael Yee
Director of Planning, Hawai'i County

AUDIENCE COMMENTS & FEEDBACK ON THIS FORUM “Great moderating trying to get presenters to focus on the topic and asking tough questions.” — “The County Presenters should have been more prepared.” — “Departments heads did not answer the question as to what possible cuts in for departments”– “Too little about budget.  Too much about what we do.” […]


April 20, 2017

Hawai’i Island’s Wastewater — Problems, Plans, Clean Water?

6pm   -   8pm
West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers

Moderator


Speakers

Wiliiam K-3William Kucharski
Director, Department of Environmental Management, Hawai'i County
Rick GaffneyRick Gaffney
President, Rick Gaffney & Associates, Inc.

Is Hawaii County violating the U.S. Clean Water Act, polluting West Hawaii’s marine and reef environments?  A 2008 U.S. Geological Survey report found Kealakehe effluent seeping into Honokohau Harbor and surrounding coastal areas. Near Queen Kaahumanu Highway and Honokohau Harbor, surrounded by reddish brown lava rock and a chain link fence, is a County sign “Do […]


March 30, 2017

2017 Hawai’i Legislative Outlook

6pm   -   8pm
West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers

Moderator

bill-bugbee-west-hawaiiBill Bugbee
Community Forums

Speakers

Rep.Nicole Lowen-1Rep. Nicole Lowen
House, District 6
Josh Green 1Sen. Josh Green, MD
Senate, District 3
lorraineSen. Lorraine Inouye
Senate District 4
Rep Cindy Evans1Rep. Cindy Evans
House District 7
Rep CreaganRep. Richard Creagan, MD
House, District 5

Join us and hear the priorities your state representatives have set for the upcoming 2017 legislative session. This West Hawai’i Forum is your opportunity to speak directly with your State and West Hawaii County representatives…  Share your thoughts on the issues and priorities for Hawai’i that’s important to you, your family, and the Community. Various […]


February 16, 2017

Vog, Hawaii island’s Number One Health Hazard?

6 pm   -   8 pm
West Hawaii Civic Center

Moderator

SherryBracken-3Sherry Bracken
Mahalo Multimedia
bill-bugbee-west-hawaiiBill Bugbee
Community Forums

Speakers

john-peardJohn Peard
Hawaii State Dept. of Health (HEER Office)
tamar1Tamar Elias
U.S. Geological Survey, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
Elizabeth TamDr. Elizabeth Tam
University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine in Honolulu

This forum will explore the health consequences of long term exposure to volcanic emissions, how topography and trade winds direct Vog and create pollution pockets in West Hawaii; how best to live with Vog; and new multi-agency Vog monitoring and reporting tools now available on-line to the public. Living on Hawai’i island with its active […]


November 17, 2016

Hawaii’s Climate Change Challenge

6 pm   -   8 pm
West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers

Moderator

john-defries-picJohn DeFries
Director, Department of Research and Development

Speakers

Bruce AndersonBruce S. Anderson, PhD.
DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR)
bill-bugbee-west-hawaiiBill Bugbee
Community Forums
scott-glennScott Glenn, AICP
State of Hawaiʻi Office of Environmental Quality Control
abby-frazierAbby G. Frazier, Ph.D.
Pacific Islands Climate Science Center (PICSC)

How prepared is Hawai’i for the climate changes now underway that affect our daily lives — the environment on which we depend and an economy based on historic assumptions that may no longer work. The Earth is warming rapidly, following 2015, this year is on track to be the hottest year on record. Hawai’i is […]


October 13, 2016

Hawai’i County Roads, the good, the bad, and the ugly…

6pm   -   8pm
West Hawaii Civic Center

Moderator

West-hawaii-forum-pete-hoffmannPete Hoffmann
Community Enterprises

Speakers

ed-sniffen-dot-hiEd Sniffen
Hawaii's Highways Division
avatarBrandon Gonzalez
Department of public Works, Hawai'i
ken-obsneki2Ken Obenski
Hawaii County Highway Safety Counsel

This important Forum topic that affects every resident of the County – our island’s roads.   This West Hawaii Community Forum will focus on the state of the County’s roads, the maintenance, development priorities, plans and funding of our road system. Hawai’i recently sold more than $200 million in State highways revenue bonds.  Over  $22 million […]


September 15, 2016

What’s Ahead for HELCO and Hawaii’s Clean Energy Future?

6pm   -   8pm
West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers

Moderator


Speakers

Isaac Moriwake2Isaac Moriwake, Esq.
Attorney, EarthJustice, Mid-Pacific Office
team_marco_mangelsdorf2Marco Mangelsdorf
Hawai'i Island Energy Cooperative

On July 15th, 2016 Hawaii’s Public Utility Commission announced its rejection of Florida-based NextEra Energy Inc.’s $4.3 billion take-over bid of Hawaiian Electric Co. (HEI). What are HELCO’s energy plans and options for Hawaii County now that NextEra is no longer in the picture? What role will HELCO serve in Hawaii’s clean and independent energy […]


June 22, 2016

Meet the 2016 Hawaii County Mayoral Candidates

6 pm   -   8 pm
Kealakehe High School (cafeteria), Kona

Moderator

SherryBracken-3Sherry Bracken
Mahalo Multimedia

Speakers


NEWS UPDATE: Mayor-elect Harry Kim was elected to office in a record low Hawai’i county voter turn-out during the August 2016 primary.  In a crowded field of 13 mayoral candidates, Kim won with 51% margin over his nearest rival, Wally Lau.  But less than 15% of the County’s registered voters placed their ballot check mark […]


May 12, 2016

Hawai’i County Budget Review, FY 2016-17

6pm   -   8pm
West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers

Moderator

SherryBracken-3Sherry Bracken
Mahalo Multimedia

Speakers


Learn how your hard earned tax dollars will be applied to County-established budgetary priorities for the fiscal year of 2016-17. Mayor Billy Kenoi and members of his cabinet will explain the new County budget and spending priorities for Hawai`i County.  Joining the Mayor will be Department of Finance Director Deanna Sako, along with Susan Akiyama – […]


April 21, 2016

Soil and Water Management Challenges in Southwest Hawaii County

6 pm   -   8 pm
SPECIAL VENUE: Konawaena High School Cafeteria

Speakers

Mary RobbleeMary Robblee
Kona Soil and Water Conservation District
Steve Sakala 2Steve Sakala
Hawai'i Farmers Union United

Southwest coastal areas of Hawai’i County face unique watershed and soil management issues. Experts will explore the problems and potential solutions for area residents and the surrounding agricultural community. The Big Island, being geologically very young, is without many defined waterways.   As a result, some drainage areas throughout the Island often overflow during rainstorms. […]


March 10, 2016

Hawai’i County’s General Plan in Review

6pm   -   8pm
West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers

Moderator

SherryBracken-3Sherry Bracken
Mahalo Multimedia

Speakers

Duane Kanuha.Duane Kanuha
County of Hawai'i
Bo KahuiBo Kahui
La'i'Opua 2020

Hawai’i County’s General Plan, approved in 2005 by the County Council represents the County government’s overall plans and policy direction for Hawai’i Island.  Under the General Plan, the County engages in a process of revising and adopting a Community Development Plan (CDP), most recently in 2015 that will affect communities throughout our island home. Hawai’i County’s CDP […]


February 11, 2016

Blue Zones and Beyond, Healthy Living in Hawai’i

6pm   -   8pm
West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers

Speakers

Carol - Blue ZonesCarol Ignacio
Blue Zones Project, Hawaii
Jack EbnerJack Ebner
Healthy Seminar Series
Maya-2Maya Parish
Maya Parish Yoga
RandyRandy Kurohara
County of Hawai‘i

Hawai’i County is one of more than 20 communities across the U.S. now taking part in the Blue Zones movement of well-being, one that promises a healthier life for all.   Hear from healthy living experts from both in and outside the Blue Zones who will discuss lifestyle and nutritional changes, and techniques that offer […]


November 19, 2015

2016 Hawai’i Legislative Outlook

6pm   -   8pm
West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers

Speakers

Josh Green 1Sen. Josh Green, MD
Senate, District 3
Rep.Nicole Lowen-1Rep. Nicole Lowen
House, District 6
Rep CreaganRep. Richard Creagan, MD
House, District 5
Rep Cindy Evans1Rep. Cindy Evans
House District 7

Join us and hear the priorities your state representatives have set for the upcoming 2016 legislative session. This West Hawai’i Forum is your opportunity to speak directly with your State and West Hawaii County representatives…  Share your thoughts on the issues and priorities for Hawai’i that’s important to you, your family , and the Community. […]


October 15, 2015

Homeless in Hawai’i County

6pm   -   8pm
West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers

Speakers

Brandee MenioBrandee Menino
HOPE Services Hawaii
greg paytonGreg Payton
Mental Health Kokua
Mitch RothMitch Roth
County of Hawaii
Susan K Akiyama1Susan Akiyama
County of Hawaii
avatarVance Rodrigues
HOPE Services

The Department of Human Services (DHS) Point in Time 2015 Survey Results indicate an overall 30% increase in homelessness in Hawai’i County from 2014.   Hear experts discuss the problem, challenges, and solutions for homeless individuals and families in our community.


September 17, 2015

Energy Independence, Hawai’i Style

6pm   -   8pm
West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers

Moderator


Speakers

RyanRyan Hanley
Solar City
Rep.Nicole Lowen-1Rep. Nicole Lowen
House, District 6
Vincent Paul Ponthieux - photoVincent Paul Ponthieux
Blue Planet Research
Will RolstonWill Rolston
County of Hawai'i

In the second part of the West Hawaii Forum series on Energy hear from experts and professionals who are making a difference in Hawaii’s transition to clean and homegrown energy independence. Presenters will explore the prospects and opportunities of this fundamental energy transition. OPENING REMARKS: Rep. Nicole E. Lowen, Vice Chair, Energy and Environmental Protection […]


June 18, 2015

All About Electricity

6pm   -   8pm
West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers

Speakers

Henry CurtisHenry Curtis
Life of the Land
team_marco_mangelsdorf2Marco Mangelsdorf
Hawai'i Island Energy Cooperative

We use it around the clock and complain about its cost. We all need electricity. What will NextEra’s $4.3 billion purchase of Hawaii’s multi-island private electric utility, Hawaii Electric Inc., mean to the state’s clean energy future and to the utility’s customers of Hawai’i County?


May 13, 2015

Higher Education Opportunities in West Hawaii

6pm   -   8pm
West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers

Update on the UH system has made to improve opportunities for residents of West Hawaii to receive higher education services from the UH System. Speakers David Lassner, UH President John Morton, VP for Community Colleges UH Hilo and UH Community College officials


April 19, 2015

DOT Projects in West Hawaii

6pm   -   8pm
West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers

Information about the current and future plans by the State Department of Transportation in West Hawaii which includes a status report on existing projects and concerns. Speaker Ford Fuchigami, State DOT director


March 12, 2015

Money in Politics: Corporate Political Power in America

6pm   -   8pm
West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers

Explore the role of money in politics and how that affects our public policies and, ultimately, democracy in America. Speakers Gary Hooser, Kauai councilman and former State Senator Marvin Feldman, economist Louise Feldman, educator Una Greenwell, farmer


January 15, 2015

Legislative Briefing by West Hawaii State Legislators

6pm   -   8pm
West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers

Legislators will discuss Committee assignments and their priorities for legislation affecting the State and West Hawaii in particular. Speakers Rep. Nicole Lowen Rep. Richard Creagan Rep. Cindy Evans Senator Josh Green


November 11, 2014

Higher Education in West Hawaii: The Palamanui Center

6pm   -   8pm
West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers

Discuss post-high school education opportunities in West Hawaii with a particular focus on the role of the facilities at Palamanui. Speakers Dr. Sandra Scarr Dr. Walter Kunitake Dr. Marty Fletcher Pete Hoffman


October 16, 2014

Real Property Tax Assessment – 101

6pm   -   8pm
West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers

Focus on Hawaii County Real Property Taxation and highlight the work of the Hawaii County Real Property Taxation Task Force. Speakers Stan Sitko, Hawaii County Real Property Tax Manager Councilmember Margaret Wille Councilmember Karen Eoff


October 15, 2014

Earthquakes in Hawaii: What we should all know and do

6pm   -   8pm
West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers

An overview of damaging earthquakes in Hawaii, including current theories on where and why they occur and what you can do to keep you and your family safe. Speaker Wes Thelen, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Seismologist.  


September 8, 2014

Kona Roads Improvement

6pm   -   8pm
West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers

What’s being done to improve our roads? Speakers Jiro Sumada, Deputy Director, State DOT Warren Lee, Director of the Hawaii County Public Works Dept.


May 13, 2014

Update on the Palamanui Campus

6pm   -   8pm
West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers

To learn more about the State activities and projects affecting West Hawaii.  To provide update of current educational opportunities and potential future programs at the upcoming Palamanui Campus. Speakers Representatives Richard Creagan, Nicole Lowen and Senator Malama Solomon Dr. Marty Fletcher, West Hawaii Director for the University of Hawaii programs.


April 8, 2014

County Update by Mayor Billy Kenoi and cabinet

6pm   -   8pm
West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers

To learn more about current activities and projects of our county. Update on issues before the Hawaii County Council. Speakers Mayor Billy Kenoi Councilman Dru Kanuha


March 11, 2014

USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Scientists

6pm   -   8pm
West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers

Virtual trip from Ka’u to North Kona, recounting the volcanic history and stories of lava flows along Highways 11 and 190. Speakers Jim Kauahikaua, USGS scientist Janet Babb, USGS scientist


January 13, 2014

West Hawaii Legislators and County Council Report

6pm   -   8pm
West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers

To learn what the State legislators will be working on during the upcoming legislative session and for the county council to report and discuss county activities Speakers Representatives Nicole Lowen, Cindy Evans and Richard Creagan


October 15, 2013

Health Care – Part 2

6pm   -   8pm
West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers

Focus on the implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act Speakers Tom Matsuda, Implementation manager of the Affordable Health Care Act in Hawaii Coral Andrews, executive director of the Hawaii Health Connector Joan Danielly of Kaiser Permanente Senator Dr. Josh Green


September 7, 2013

Health Care – Part 1

6pm   -   8pm
West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers

Focus on critical health issues in West Hawaii and specific actions that are being taken by West Hawaii health providers to address them. Speakers Dr. Sharon Vitousek, former director of North Hawaii Outcome Project Susan Hunt, director of Hawaii Island Beacon Project Jay Kreuzer, CEO of Kona Community Hospital Richard Taaffe, executive director of the […]


June 23, 2013

Kona Community Development Plan

6pm   -   8pm
West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers

Speakers Michael Matsukawa, attorney and CE board member Ken Melrose, chairman of the Action Committee for KCDP Margaret Wille, Councilwoman, District 9 Nancy Pisicchio, KCDP Steering Committee facilitator Bo Kahui, executive director for Laiopua 2020