Hilo Community Players Present: It’s a Wonderful Life

Media Release:

In the years before everyone had a TV set, many hit movies were adapted for radio, including the Christmas season favorite, “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Now that radio-play, originally broadcast in 1947, will be presented on stage by the Hilo Community Players (HCP) in old-time radio style – with scripts in hand, live music, and sound-effects.

Performances will be given at the East Hawaii Cultural Center (EHCC) December 3, 4 and 5;

In “It’s A Wonderful Life,” George Bailey is a small-town guy who dreams of seeing the world, but never gets a chance to leave home. When his family business and everything else starts to fall apart, he wishes he’d never been born. But an angel shows him what his family, his friends and his home town would have been like without him, and George realizes how important and wonderful his life really is.

Opening the program will be a short radio-play: a 1952 episode from the popular radio sitcom “My Friend Irma.” Irma is a dizzy dame who tries to earn money for Christmas presents and gets everything wrong . . . almost!

Hilo playwright Hal Glatzer is the producer of these programs. Last
December, he presented three radio-play mysteries under the title “Murder on the Air” at EHCC and KMC. And for Halloween, this year, he put on his own adaptation of the science-fiction radio-play “War of the Worlds” at the Palace Theater. His mystery stage plays have also been presented at EHCC:
“The House Without A Key” in 2009, and “Sherlock Holmes & The Volcano Horror” in 2010.

The EHCC performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday December 3 and 4; and at 2 p.m. on Sunday December 5.

Tickets for all performances are $10 ($8 for EHCC, HCP or KDEN members). For advance sales for the Dec. 3, 4 or 5 performances at EHCC, please phone the Box Office at 961-5711.

Councilman Hoffman “Observations on a Bond Float”

“The County Council action to delay final approval of the administration-proposed $56M bond float so that the in-coming Council can discuss the matter is a proper decision in my opinion.  Although I am a firm advocate of using the bond-issuing power of County government, so long as it is judiciously handled and does not endanger the County’s bond rating (and I do support most of the Mayor’s arguments even in the current appalling economic crisis), it was apparent that a clear majority of residents felt the new Council should be given the opportunity to debate the issue.


Councilman Pete Hoffman

Apart from this aspect, the bond float debate is a microcosm of several disturbing matters that have plagued the Council and administration for the past two years.  The following lists some of those concerns:

Despite significant public testimony to the contrary, the administration continued to ‘stonewall’ any opposing recommendation and forged ahead with no attempt at a compromise or cooperative solution.  It appears the Mayor simply doesn’t appreciate the depth of current public irritation.  When will the administration recognize that too many residents have lost fundamental trust and confidence in the Council and his administration?

Some of the public’s displeasure regarding the float might have been tempered if the administration amended Bill 311 to include a breakdown of funds requested by specific project.  Need I point out there’s an underlying element of transparency, or absence of it, manifested throughout this debate?

Too many e-mails as well as oral testimony indicate a real lack of understanding of the bond float process and the nature of the County’s financial liability.  That misunderstanding generates incorrect assumptions and conclusions County-wide.  The fault lies with both the Council and administration.  Both entities, I feel, have a responsibility to better explain/educate the public on matters of this nature.  Failure to do so leads to bad input and does nothing to enhance the effectiveness of public participation.  This is similar to many misperceptions regarding the County’s operating budget, the impact fee proposal, zoning issues, etc.

Politics and political agendas are part of government at any level.  Right or wrong, the inclusion of some of the projects mentioned as part of the float, were viewed by many individuals only as an effort to enhance the political futures of two Council members engaged in close campaigns during the recent General Election.  Whether one accepts that view or not, the perception remained and the administration did little to dispel that feeling.  I suggest that in these difficult economic conditions, the Mayor and Council refrain from using the budget and related topics as a political battleground and work towards true cooperation. For certain, the public would be better served.

As noted previously, the 30 November Council decision to delay final determination on Bill 311 serves many practical purposes.  I’m optimistic that the new Council will see this as an opportunity to set a positive tone for the next two years.  In the same vein, I would encourage the administration to alter its prior approach to the Council and work to eliminate the sense of frustration and irritation that prevails in the public domain.  The County’s needs are too pressing to continue to have our constituents voice a lack of trust and confidence in their elected officials.”

Councilman Pete Hoffman