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What the Hecht? Lack of Water for Planned Build Out – Public Meeting

Commentary:

The state Water Use Plan has not been updated since 1990, now we have a 2010 plan.  The article in West Hawaii Today states that:

 “…the aquifer that feeds Kona and the surrounding area…should the area see full build-out.. water demand would exceed the sustainable water yield.. by 4 or 5 times.”

South Kona, Waimea and Kohala will also not have enough water to provide to new residents at build out.

See the whole article: http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/sections/news/local-news/state-seeks-input-water-use-plan.html

PUBLIC MEETINGS:  Wednesday, August 3rd, at 6 pm Konawaena High School’s cafeteria and Thursday, August 4th, 6 pm at Waiakea’s HS cafeteria to discuss the Plan dated August 2010.

To view the report:  http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/cwrm/planning/wudpha2010.pdf

QUESTIONS to ASK of our PUBLIC OFFICIALS:

  1. WHAT is responsible development?
  2. If everything was built in the Kona/ South Kona/ Kohala areas tomorrow that’s allowed by current zoning and approved subdivisions, how many new homes would there be?
  3. Where would the water come from?
  4. Would existing residents be required to pay for new or updated water systems for new residents buying new homes?
  5. At what point in population growth do we put a cap on how many people can we provide with water?
  6. On the other side of the equation (excuse the pun) how much sewage can our soils absorb?  What is the limiting factor?
  7. Do we need legislation to guarantee that each new home have water for 50 years?

Mahalo for caring about our island!

Debbie Hecht

Zipline Canopy Tour at Big Island Eco Adventures

Today I had the opportunity to go zip-lining with a group of media folks from the mainland at Big Island Eco Adventures in Hawi on the Kohala coast of the Big Island.

We met at Luke’s Place where they checked us in and got us fitted with our gear.

Getting suited up

We then climbed into a six wheel pinzgauer that would take us about 20 minutes away from the restaurant and about 6 miles up into the Kohala Jungles.

Off roading it!

We started the day off with a couple smaller ones so that we could learn how to turn.  Since I’ve gone ziplining a few other times… I had no problem jumping up on the platform first.

First up!

Here is a video of the third zipline we went on.

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The Kohala jungle was great… I tried to be brave and cross this suspension bridge like Indiana Jones would… but the next thing I knew… the guides were bouncing me around and I just wanted to get across the buggah!

The Suspension Bridge

After we went on six of the ziplines… we stopped off at the Mac Nut Hut, where they had snacks consisting of banana bread, fruit kabobs, juice and trail mix.

Grinds!

We stayed there for about 20 minutes taking in the views and catching our breath.

The view from the "Mac Nut Hut"

The weather held up great for us and although we were in a jungle… I was amazed that I didn’t get bitten up by mosquitoes as they normally attack me in environments like this.

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We went on one more zip line before we came to the grand finale which was 1047 feet long and had a pretty good decline.

The final zipline

I took this video of the final ride, however, I wasn’t looking in the view finder and I got turned around so it didn’t turn out the way I was hoping it would.

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Big Island Eco Adventure is offering a Kama’aina rate of $139.00 bucks right now.

Mayor Kenoi to Meet With Residents in Kohala and Waimea

Mayor Kenoi and Carey Hiroyuki Tagawa talking at the recent Big Island Film Festival

From the Mayors Office:

Community meetings with Mayor Billy Kenoi will be held in Kohala on June 8, and in Waimea on June 15.

Each of the community meetings is open to the public.

The meeting on June 8 will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Kohala Intergenerational Center , hosted by David Fuertes.

The meeting on June 15 will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at New Hope Waimea Church , hosted by Sonny Shimaoka.

Refreshments will be served at both meetings.

For more information, call the Office of the Mayor in West Hawai ‘i, 327-3602.

Pahoa Loses Division II Title Game to Kohala

Hawaii 24/7 has an excellent pictorial of tonights Pahoa vs. Kohala basketball game for the Division II title in which Kohala squeaked by to take the crown 59-43.

For some great pictures of the game, click here

Tornado Off Big Island Yesterday???

Did anyone in the Kohala area see a possible Tornado or weird wind system on that side of the Big Island yesterday?

I was working yesterday, so I am only now catching up with some of my Twitter Feeds.

I just noticed this series of Tweets from Big Island Video News yesterday:

# just missed filming tornado about 20 hours ago from mobile web

# small one of Kohala coast… could see it from Kohala Mountain… NOT confirmed about 20 hours ago from mobile web

# looked like the harbor area… I’ll try to confirm with mayor in a few minutes. Looked just like Oahu tornado. about 20 hours ago from mobile web

Mayor Kenoi to Meet With North Kohala Community

Media Release

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi’s policy of bringing government to all parts of Hawaii Island will continue on Friday, Feb. 13, 12:30 p.m., when he meets with members of the North Kohala community.

The two-hour talk story meeting will be held at the Intergenerational Center makai of Hisaoka Gym at Kamehameha Park in Kapaau.  Among the topics to be discussed are the long-awaited repairs to Hisaoka Gym and an update on the status of the pavilion at Keokea County Beach Park.

Light refreshments will be served.

Applications Due Friday, February 13, 2009 for the North and South Kohala Community Development Plan Action Committees

Media Release

The County of Hawaii Planning Department will be accepting applications for the North and South Kohala Community Development Plans Action Committees until Friday, February 13, 2009.  The Action Committees will be part of an exciting new process – the Kohala communities and county government working together to implement the community visions for the future.

All residents of North and South Kohala are encouraged to apply.  The goal is to have Action Committees that provide representation for the districts of North and South Kohala and represents the many perspectives of the community.

Volunteers who serve on the Action Committees will be asked to attend monthly meetings, meet with supporting partners, participate in training workshops and or retreats, help organize and attend public involvement meetings, workshops and or charrettes, and serve as a source for promoting and sharing information about the North and South Kohala Community Development Plans with individuals and community groups.

Applications and additional information can be downloaded at:

http://www.hcrc.info/community-planning/community-development-plans

Applications can also be picked up at the Hilo or Kona offices of the County of Hawaii Planning Department located at 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 3, Hilo and 75-5706 Kuakini Hwy, Ste., 109, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.

Deadline to submit an application is February 13, 2009 4:30PM