Pictures from the Community Meeting on Geothermal at Pahoa High School

Last night at Pahoa High School, five members of the Hawaii County Council came to Pahoa to listen to residents testify about their experiences with geothermal in the Puna District.

Hawaii County Council members listen to residents concerns.

I didn’t even arrive at the meeting until 11:30 at night and residents were still testifying in three minute increments since the meeting had begun earlier in the evening.

A Puna resident talks about her breathing problems

From what I understand, earlier in the evening the cafeteria was actually packed with folks and people began to leave after they had a chance to testify.

Former legislative assistant "Sativa" speaks out against geothermal

However, many folks stuck it out until the end of the meeting just so they could put in their two cents.

Most of the folks in attendance seemed to oppose geothermal in their neighborhood.

I have to say I’m pretty impressed with our council members for sitting through such long and repetitive testimony at times.

Members of the council listen patiently

I left right as Hawaii County Council Candidate James Weatherford was addressing the council at about 11:50 and there were still more people scheduled to testify.

County Council Candidate James Weatherford testifies

2 Responses

  1. hahaha AND IKE PAYNE IS GOING TO WIN COUNTY COUNCIL, WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER WISHY WASHY ONE THE COUNCIL WE HAVE ENOUGH OF THAT ALREADY, TAKE A POSITION AND STICK WITH IT!!!!!!!!!!! DON’T WALK THE FINE LINES BETWEEN ISSUES.

  2. ooh, too bad the pics don’t capture the hundreds in attendance!!

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