Mayor Kenoi Urges Council to Scrap Budget Ammendments

*Note… Tonights meeting was pretty frustrating for me… as I had received the budget proposal in advance and even posted the information on my blog about it a few weeks ago. I raised my hand at the beginning of questioning… and kept raising it throughout questioning… I finally up and left in disgust asking Mayor Kenoi’s aide Hunter Bishop to come outside with me where I told him I was not happy that I was not being called upon.

Mayor Kenoi talks about the budget at tonights community meeting in Pahoa

From the Mayors Office:

Mayor Billy Kenoi today expressed disappointment with budget amendments offered by minority members of the Hawai`i County Council, pointing out that these Council members want to raise tipping and other fees that will hurt small businesses and consumers. Other misguided proposals by some Council members would reject grant funding now flowing into the County to pay for activities such as issuing disabled parking permits or providing airborne emergency medical evacuations.

“Many of these last-minute proposals make no sense, and demonstrate that some on the Council don’t understand how to cut the budget while preserving public safety and essential services,” Mayor Kenoi said. “Refusing grant money that helps to fund medical evacuations or pays for disabled parking passes that benefit thousands of County residents does nothing to balance the budget. These proposals by Council members would eliminate important services for our residents while actually reducing the flow of money into County coffers. That is no help to anyone.”

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Na Hoku Festival – The Workshops

The Entrance at the Convention Center

I had a great time stopping in and watching as many workshops as I could squeeze in on my three day’s over on Oahu attending the Na Hoku Festival.

Haku Mele: Moon Kauakahi, Dennis Kamakahi and Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett

This was the first year that they had three days of workshops that went along with the actual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.

There were lots of Hula Exhibitions:

Natalie Ai first sung for us then gave us an “International Hula Experience”

They had everything from how to write a “story or a song” classes

Slam Poet Champion and Kid Sensation: Kealoha

They even had social media classes taught by social media extraordinaire Roxanne Darling.

Nice blog site on the screen!

Roxanne actually gave four separate classes.  One each on Twitter, Facebook, Blogging and Podcasting and the uses that could be used in Hawaiian music.

I had fun at all the workshops I did attend.  My only grumble, was that many of the ones that I wanted to attend… were happening at the same time!

HARA Board Member Keola Donaghy with Kenny Loggins

You can click on the pictures below to see more pictures from the workshops.

Wordless Wednesday – Kuhao, Nalani and Sig

Kuhao Zane (left) celebrates his recent Na Hoku Hanohano Award presented by the Na Hoku Festival for Best Graphics with his parents Nalani and Sig Zane,

From the New York Times:

…Mr. Zane opened his first store in 1985. With its emphasis on Hawaiian design elements, this shop on Kamehameha Avenue is, in its way, the cultural epicenter of Hawaii’s retail world. Dramatic new prints of plants important to the Hawaiians appear in pareus, or Polynesian sarongs. They also show up in aloha shirts, dresses, handbags and even baseball caps…

…Mr. Zane’s background reflects his affinity with Hawaiian culture. He is an accomplished hula dancer, known as a kuma hula, as well as designer. His wife, Nalani Kanakaole, is one of the most revered hula masters in the world. And their son, Kuhao, a vital force in the family business, represents the urban-chic element of a family otherwise rooted in tradition…