More Questions Posed to the 5th District Candidates

While the debate did have it’s limitations, I do believe it’s important for those who did ask questions to have their opportunity to be heard.

I have emailed the following questions that were left out of the debate to the candidates and it is up to them if they feel the need to answer them.

  • What specifically will you do to bring more police officers and firefighters to Puna?
  • How would you describe the way that you intend to interact with fellow County Council members and the county administration in trying to get more county programs, schools, libraries, services and private commercial businesses in Puna?
  • The 5th Council District contingency relief fund now is $100,000 per year. How will you use the fund?

TODAY: Obama’s Sister Maya To Attend Big Island Rally TODAY

I got a flier from Frankie Stapleton a while back about the Big Island’s Democratic Party’s Grand Rally.

She also mentioned that Obama’s Sister Maya would be attending.

TODAY: Friday, September 19

Hilo’s Mooheau Park 4 PM

Live music, free chili and hot dogs, face painting and other keiki activities, speeches, and picture taking with candidates among other things.


Today’s KO

This guy wanted to be knocked out:


Former Aloha Planes Sold to Nigerian Based Company Afrik Air

No… this is not a Nigerian Scam.  According to this site:

…There are also re-spraying experts on site. Aloha Airlines, from Hawaii, shipped several aircraft to Southend Airport after it went bust in March this year.

The planes have been sold to Afrik Air, based in Nigeria, and will be re-painted in the company’s livery before being moved on…

The Questions Posed at the Debate

The questions posed at todays debate were asked by members of Friends of Puna Future and Pahoa Main Street Association.  A committee ciphered through the questions and decided which questions would be asked.  There were more questions on the list, however, with limited time they could only get in the following questions.

  • How involved were you in the Puna Community Development Plan process? And if elected, how would you support implementation of the CDP? Please be specific in each part of the question.
  • Recent figures from the county’s Finance Department show that Puna’s tax base is the third largest in the County and the largest in East Hawaii , and considering Puna’s ranking as the fastest growing district in the County, what will you do to insure that Puna gets it fair share of county funds?
  • How do you see the future of medical care in the 5th Council District? What would you do as Council member to improve the level of medical care available in Puna?
  • What are your initiatives for improving and expanding the recreational opportunities for our families and especially our youth in Puna makai?
  • How should the county solve its solid waste problem?


One candidate specific question was asked of each:

  • (EMILY) Do you have any regrets about your first two years in office? Would you have done anything differently?
  • (JOSEPH) If you could not overcome the corporation counsel’s control of the Ethics Board in four years, how can you be an effective and strong advocate for Puna over the next two years.
  • (STOCKSDALE) At various forums and public speaking opportunities you have said yourself that you were unprepared for some of the questions you were asked. How can you assure voters that you will be prepared to represent them adequately over the next two years?
  • (GUMAPAC) How can voters be assured that the agenda you set as a County Councilman would be in the best of all Puna residents and not the Kanaka Council?
  • (SAFARIK) Why should voters return you to office now after rejecting you soundly in the last election? What evidence can you provide that anything has changed?


  • What are your views on the enforcement of laws that restrict and regulate the use of marijuana, and on the use of helicopters in the enforcement of marijuana laws?
  • What are your ideas to improve public transportation in Puna Makai?
  • What is your view of the future of geothermal energy development in Puna to serve the energy needs of the Big Island ?

I might be emailing some of the questions that were left off directly to the candidates.

BigIslandVideoNews will be posting the footage of the event soon enough.

Live From the Debate

Through the magic of technology… I can still post.

I’m currently at the Debate working as the timer… buzzing candidates out if they exceed their 60 seconds or 90 seconds allotted depending on response or rebuttal.

But why are you here reading this…when you should be at here at the debate?

Palin at UH HILO… Why Doubt?

Today’s Tribune Herald has more on the possible Palin UH HILO link:

While school officials have no record that Palin ever enrolled at UHH, they concede it is a possibility…

My question is, why is there any doubts?

Who would possibly put down UH HILO as one of their schools if it wasn’t true?

It’s not like it’s some world class institution or something… Not to knock UH HILO.

I myself refused to go there because of the lack of programs and classes available and instead went to UH Manoa.

I doubt Palin would have known the following:

Retired UHH registrar Patrick Omori confirmed that students who stayed three weeks or less were expunged from school records.

“You needed to be in classes for three weeks before withdrawing. If they withdrew prior to those three weeks, we wipe out the record,” he said….