District Six Community Meetings for June

Aloha Friends,

This month there will be more District 6 Matters (D6M) community meetings to gain public input and opinions on a couple different subjects that affect Ka‘u.

District 6 Matters & Resolution 60-11:
Thursday, June 9th at 7:00 PM at the Na’alehu Community Center
This is a public meeting to discuss proposed Resolution 60-11, which delays Hawai‘i County Council action on any rezoning or general plan amendments in Ka‘u until a Community Development Plan (CDP) is completed and in place, or December 31, 2012, whichever comes first. Questions and statements are encouraged, light refreshments will be served.

District 6 Matters & PATH:
Wednesday, June 8th at 7:00 PM: Ocean View Community Association
Wednesday, June 29th at 7:00 PM: Cooper Center (Volcano)
Councilmember Brittany Smart will host the District 6 Matters (D6M) meetings with special guest Executive Director of the People’s Advocacy for Trails Hawaii (PATH) Laura Dierenfield.

Ms. Dierenfield will be discussing Complete Streets, the Bike Plan Implementation Plan as well as having open dialog on pedestrian and bicycle safety and needed infrastructures. Direct questions and comments are welcome on any subject dealing with pedestrian and bicyclist issues. Light refreshments will be served.


Brittany Smart
Hawai’i County Councilmember
District 6 – Upper Puna, Ka’u, South Kona

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 23-year-old Hilo Man

6/6/11 UPDATE: He has been found safe and unharmed
Media Release:

Big Island police are searching for a 23-year-old Hilo man who was reported missing.

Zachary Boggess, also known as Zachary Dutro

Zachary Boggess, also known as Zachary Dutro, who has no permanent address, frequents the Hilo area. He was last seen by friends in the area of the Suisan Bridge in Hilo during the early morning hours on Wednesday (June 1).

He is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-8 and about 180 pounds with brown eyes, short brown hair and a tattoo on his upper left arm.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Town Hall Meeting and Legislative Update Next Tuesday

WHAT: The community is invited to attend a town hall meeting and legislative update hosted by state Representatives Mark Nakashima (District 1 – North Kohala, South Kohala, Hamakua, North Hilo, South Hilo); Jerry Chang (District 2 – South Hilo, Waiakea Kai, Kaumana, Keaukaha); Clift Tsuji (District 3 – South Hilo, Panaewa, Puna, Keaau, Kurtistown); and Bob Herkes (District 5 – Puna, Ka’u, South Kona, North Kona.)

House Finance Chair, Rep. Marcus Oshiro, will also be in attendance to discuss the state budget bill, closing the budget deficit, and how this will impact the public.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: University of Hawaii at Hilo – UCB 127 (Ho’oulu Terrace)

WHY: District representatives will report and take questions on the key bills passed by the 2011 Legislature including the state budget, capital improvements, mortgage foreclosures and updates on Big Island issues.

If and When It Gets Really Bad… An Excerpt

I found this interesting write up by former Big Island resident Charles “Buc” Fitch on the Radio World Blog and I thought I’d move an excerpt of it over here:

….The first time I really got into this weighty issue was in 1970 when I attended disaster planning meetings on the Big Island of Hawaii. We were one of only four radio stations on the island.

We recognized the following emergency events that could seriously affect the populace, in descending order:

Violent volcanic eruption with resulting unpredictable lava flows
Pestilence (this included plague, rampant disease, water quality issues, etc.)
Invasion (including fallout)

(Pestilence was not a joke but a real fear. When you’re on an island, you’re in an incubator. Half the indigenous Hawaiian population had been wiped out by diseases brought by missionaries.)

We focused on ways to keep our civilization running if weather or lava took out power generation, road connections, airport operations, communication microwave systems to the other islands, port facilities and the phone cable to the mainland.

Our station was near clear channel on 850, but the transmitter and studio were right on the water — definitely in the line of any tsunami that might come in our direction.

Given our modest resources, this is what we decided should be done:

-First, since the warning time for a major water inundation event was limited, the word “tsunami” would never be used on air except in the context of emergency announcements, period. The word was off-limits for humor, as a comparative, in advertising as a superlative and the like. We wanted people to pay attention when they heard the word “tsunami.”

-PSAs and issue programming would focus on how warnings for all events would be issued and what people should do in response to those warnings. What reasonable preparations should be accomplished in advance? How many gallons of potable water per person in the household should be kept on hand, batteries for radios, etc.?

-On the station side, we would evacuate along with everyone else, and move outside the tsunami impact zone and above the high wave level of previous hurricanes.

-The station would continue running with program input from the Civil Defense (remember CD?) emergency offices via dialup POTS. That would be my new duty post. Since the entire phone system in Hilo was hardwire DC with central battery, the phone system could run on for nearly two days without power; and if we were lucky enough for our radio station to stay on, our battery-powered mixer could provide program output for that period.

-If the radio station was wiped out, we all had backup assignments. I was to report to the chief engineer of the phone company to help in the restoration of their radio links.

Forty years later, circumstances are different all over the radio industry. For instance, almost every station has generators…

Full article here “If and When It Gets Really Bad