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Community Forum on Kona Water Restrictions – One Year to Fully Restore Water Service

Due to the emergency nature of the current and prolonged water restrictions in North Kona and the greater Kona area, we have scheduled this special forum event during the normal West Hawaii Forum series summer break of July-August.

During this forum, we expect officials from DWS to explain the how and why of the current water emergency.

We will also explore, with the help of our community forum audience;

  1. why the agency was not better prepared for critical equipment failures and service disruptions,
  2. why it will take nearly an entire year to fully restore water service to the Kona area,
  3. the lessons learned from this experience and prevention plans to avoid potential future service disruptions and impaired operations.
  4. And we will also explore DWS power dependency and relationship to customer water supply services.

The seriousness of the current area water emergency cannot be emphasized enough.

The Forum’s featured speakers include:

  • Keith Okaomoto, Manager and Chief Engineer of Department of Water Supply

Additional forum presenters will be announced in the coming days.

This forum will feature a new and improved audio listening experience. We look forward to seeing you there.

WEST HAWAII FORUM DATE: Thursday, July 20th, 2017

TIME & PLACE: 6 – 8 PM, WHCC

EVENT DETAILS:  http://www.westhawaiiforum.org/event/department-of-water-supply-apologizes-questions-remain/

West Hawaii Forum – Hawaii Island’s Wastewater: Problems, Plans, Clean Water?

Hawaii’s coastline is threatened by land-based pollutants, including sewage, which affect water quality, coastal habitats. Recent beach closures in both Hilo and Kona due to water contamination illustrate the scope of water pollution problems facing Hawai’i County.

Join us this Thursday, April 20th, for the West Hawai’i Forum on Wastewater and learn about Hawai’i Island’s options and share your concerns about a growing water pollution problem with ramifications for the Community’s overall growth management and sustainability goals.

  • DATE: April 20th (Thursday)
  • TIME: 6 PM – 8 PM
  • WHERE: West Hawaii Civic Center, Council Chambers

Doors will open at 5:30 pm. This program is free and open to the public. Special thanks and acknowledgements to Scout Troop 79 and Robert Leopoldino of McDonalds for their event support.

The Kealakehe Wastewater Treatment Plant in Kona processes 1.7 million gallons daily of so-called graywater — this beginning point is not the final destination of treated sewage and graywater effluent which sweeps in Hawaii’s pristine marine environment.

Wastewater outlets impact water quality in Hawaii Island’s coastal waters and have consequences for critical habitat areas and marine species. These impacts also extend to the island’s local economy, including; tourism, coastal recreation, fisheries, and property values.

Learn about Hawai’i Island’s options in addressing a water pollution problem with ramifications for the Community’s overall growth management and sustainability goals.

West Hawaii Forum Presenters:

  • William Kucharski – Director, Department of Environmental Management, Hawai’i County
  • Rick Gaffney – President, Rick Gaffney & Associates
  • Karen Eoff – Councilperson, Hawai’i County Council, District 8
  • Maile David – Councilperson, Hawai’i County Council, District 6

Moderator:  Jamie Borromeo Akau Community Enterprises

Join the discussion online at http://www.westhawaiiforum.org/event/wastewater‐treatment/

West Hawaii Forum – Hawaii’s Climate Change Challenge

How prepared is Hawai’i for the climate changes now underway that affect our daily lives?climate-changeSea level rise, super storms, flooding of shoreline and low lying island areas, erratic and decreasing trade winds, declining rainfall, warming temperatures with agricultural consequences, impacts to Hawaii’s marine ecosystem and fisheries; and the list of impacts goes on.

Don’t miss this all important November 17th forum from 6pm – 8pm at the West Hawaii Civic Center, Council Chambers. For more details visit: http://www.westhawaiiforum.org/event/hawaiis‐climate‐change‐challenge/

Forum Presenters

  • Bruce S. Anderson, PhD., DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) Administrator
  • Henry Curtis, Executive Director, Life of the Land
  • Abby G. Frazier, Ph.D., Pacific Islands Climate Science Center (PICSC)
  • Scott Glenn, AICP, Director, State of Hawaiʻi Office of Environmental Quality Control

Forum Moderator

  • Bill Bugbee, Director, Community Enterprises

Join the Community on Thursday, November 17th, as experts explain the challenges that Climate Change poses and the near-term actions Hawai’i County and the state may take.

West Hawaii Forum: Hawaii County Budget Review, FY 2016-17

Learn how your hard earned tax dollars will be applied to County-established budgetary priorities for the fiscal year of 2016-17 on May 12th from 6-8 pm at the West Hawaii Civic Center, Council Chambers (Doors Open at 5:30).

Kenoi Budget

Mayor Billy Kenoi and members of his cabinet will explain the new County budget and spending priorities for Hawai`i County.

Joining the Mayor will be Department of Finance Director Deana Sako, along with Susan Akiyama – Director, Office of Housing and Community Development, Clayton Honma – Director, Department of Parks and Recreation, Warren Lee – Director, Department of Public Works, and  Tiffany Kai – Director, Mass Transit Agency.

Karen Eoff, County Council member for District 8 and Chair of the Committee on Finance, will provide the Forum’s opening remarks and explain the budget development process and how spending and revenue priorities are established.

This informational Forum will be moderated by Sherry Bracken of KKOA, LAVA, and KOA radio.