MISSING… REWARD – Coffee Cup Lost at Pahoa Community Center

I have gotten word from a friend that she has lost her beloved coffee cup that she has had for more then 10 years.  She is offering a $20.00 reward for this lost coffee cup!

Signs are now being seen around Pahoa!

Mayor Kenoi Urges Council to Reveal Budget Proposals

From the Mayors Office:

Mayor Billy Kenoi today urged the Hawaii County Council to tell the public immediately where it intends to cut $23 million from the administration’s proposed budget.

“The public deserves a fair hearing,” said Mayor Kenoi. “If Council members intend to cut $23 million from the budget, I think we all deserve to know where they intend to do that. Which programs and services are going to take the hit? The Council must present its budget cuts in an open, transparent manner to give the public a fair and reasonable opportunity to comment.

“My administration and I have studied this budget, our current economy and the critical needs of our island, and created the fairest, most balanced budget we could that maintains our core County services.

“I don’t know where the Council will find areas to cut $23 million out of the budget without hitting vital public services and affecting the welfare of our residents,” Mayor Kenoi said. “The cuts will have to be deep, and they will be devastating. A decision of this magnitude will affect almost every resident and family in our community. The public has a right to know with enough time for review and comment.”

The Council on May 19 gave preliminary approval to the County budget without detailing any of the cuts it intends to make. The Council has scheduled a final vote on the budget for June 7. Budget proposals made that day by Council members also may be adopted by the Council that day.

“The County Council has been studying my administration’s balanced budget proposal since March, but has yet to propose any substantive cuts or adjustments. Meanwhile, my administration and I have been on the road to explain it to residents at community meetings held around the island.

“I respectfully urge the Hawaii county Council to immediately provide full disclosure of its alternate plans to cut $23 million from the proposed budget. The Council owes it to the community to provide ample opportunity for the public to fully understand the dramatic impacts these cuts would have on our island.”

How big is $23 million in the context of the County’s $376 million budget?

To give you an example, cutting the County’s budget by $23 million covers all of the following programs and services provided by the County of Hawai`i (FY 2010-2011 estimated):

  • All election operations in the County of Hawai`i ($1,097,695)
  • The entire County Civil Defense Agency ($1,678,137)
  • The entire Hele-On County bus system ($5,667,336)
  • All County grants to non-profit agencies ($1,500,000)
  • All programs within the Department of Parks & Recreation’s recreation division ($2,295,147)
  • All summer fun programs ($525,017)
  • The entire county Aquatics Division for County pools ($2,240,118)
  • All school-based DARE police anti-drug programs ($34,125)
  • The entire volunteer firefighter training program ($427,126)
  • All Fire Department building inspections to ensure compliance with County Fire Code ($2,025,087)
  • All lifeguard services at County beach parks ($1,845,340)
  • All Elderly Activities services including RSVP, Coordinated Services for seniors and senior nutrition programs ($3,425,258)

Total: $22,760,386

*UPDATE* Big Island Teenager Enters Hawaii State House of Representative Race… Youngest in the United States to File

*UPDATE* I just found out this is Syd Singer’s son and anyone that is the son of a holder of a coqui breeder sanctuary… I can’t support!

*Press Release (Note I’m only posting this because of the kids age!)*

At age 18, Solomon Singer is somewhat of a novelty as the youngest candidate in the United States. But if elected, it won’t be the first time the people in the Puna district of Hawaii elected someone of unusual age. Helene Hale held this seat until age 88 as the eldest representative in the country, when she retired in 2006.

According to information on his biography at www.VoteForSinger.com, Solomon is part Tarzan, part aviator, part horseman, part electronics wiz, and part surfer.

Solomon was raised on a remote farm and nature preserve on the Puna coast of the Big Island, home schooled by his parents, medical anthropologists and authors, Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer. His curriculum was life, his classroom the real world, and his peers were horses, dogs, cats, chickens, geese, ducks, sheep, goats, and the few kids (human kind) he would see at the beach.

Instead of a diploma, Solomon earned licenses. He paid for his licenses and training with money he earned as a farrier, horse trainer and riding instructor. At age 13 he became an Amateur Radio operator, and by age 14 earned his Amateur Extra license, the highest in amateur radio. At age 16 he began training in aviation science and earned his private pilot license. And at age 17 he was awarded the highest FCC radio license, the General Radiotelephone Operators License (GROL), and the same year passed the test for his Aviation Ground Instructor license.

What makes him believe he can represent the people of Puna? “Animals taught me about clear, honest communication”, Solomon explains, “ and growing up and working with animals has taught me compassion and responsibility.”

But from the animal world to the political world? “People are animals, too”, Solomon says with a smile. “Right now people are frightened and distrustful of those who are leading them. They feel they are being led to slaughter. I believe I can restore their faith and trust in the future.”

His platform, aptly enough, is about youth and the future. “Kids today are feeling helpless and hopeless. That’s a real problem, because they are the future. We need to invest in the future by helping the kids of today”, Singer insists.

Among his many talents, this young man can also juggle, do acrobatics, install and repair alternative energy systems, raise honeybees, and is an inventor. He says his wide range of interests and experience will help him as the representative for Puna.

“I think my age is an asset. No strings. No biases. No hidden agendas. Just honest representation of the people of Puna.”

To see more about Solomon Singer, go to www.VoteForSinger.com, or contact Solomon at 808-443-4750.