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Dr. James Weatherford Announces His Candidacy For 2012 Hawaii County Council

This is to make public my intention to be a candidate for Hawaii County Council, District 4, in 2012.

4th District Hawaii Council Candidate Dr. James Weatherford

My candidacy derives from my passion for and commitment to public service, and the desire to serve this community that has given me so much.

Puna faces many challenges and opportunities in the coming years. It would be an honor to serve as County Council member for this community, to work on these challenges, and to help Puna realize the opportunities that are possible.

My campaign will neither solicit nor accept any private campaign contributions and will be funded solely from the Hawaii Election Campaign Fund.

I look forward to discussing constituent concerns and growing a common vision for Puna during the campaign and when in Council.

James Weatherford

Hawaiian Paradise Park

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Get a Lawmaker to Pass a Law for You… Big Island Informational Sessions

Between December 12 and December 17, the Public Access Room (the “PAR”) will conduct a series of free neighborhood workshops entitled, “We the Powerful!”  These 1½-hour meetings are designed to demystify the State lawmaking process, and will demonstrate ways that people can speak out at the legislature without ever having to leave home.  All are welcome.  No registration or prior experience is required.

The PAR, a division of the State of Hawaii’s non-partisan Legislative Reference Bureau, is the public’s office at the State Capitol and has long been devoted to assisting residents as they engage in State legislative government. There is never a fee for services.

PAR’s workshops are designed to be useful to both newcomers and veterans of the legislative process.  Covered topics will include an overview of the Legislature’s newly-redesigned website, understanding the legislative process, delivering effective testimony, and making sense of the calendar and deadlines.  Renewed inspiration to be part of the solution will be the overriding theme.

The schedule of PAR’s December presentations is as follows:

  • Monday, December 12th – 6:00 p.m.  Mountain View Public Library
  • Tuesday, December 13th – 5:00 p.m.  Hilo Public Library
  • Wednesday, December 14th – 5:30 p.m. Waimea Thelma Parker Library Conference Room
  • Thursday, December 15th – 6:00 p.m. Naalehu School Cafeteria
  • Saturday, December 17th, 12:00 noon Kailua-Kona Civic Center’s Liquor Control Conference Room

For additional information, or to arrange for individual tutorials or group workshops, residents are invited to contact the Public Access Room toll free from the Big Island at 974 4000 ext.7-0478 or via email at par@capitol.hawaii.gov. Please contact PAR directly to make arrangements if special assistance or services such as sign language interpreters are needed.

Pictures from the 2011 Pahoa Christmas Parade

The 2011 Pahoa Holiday Christmas Parade was held today and nearly 70 groups participated in one of the larger Pahoa parades in recent memory.

Here is what Mayor Billy Kenoi had to say as the parade was just about to begin:


I was trying to “Tweet” the parade but two groups before the end of the Parade I got this message from Twitter: ”

“You are over the daily limit for sending Tweets. Please wait a few hours and try again. Learn more”

Here is what I was able to Tweet and below that is more pictures from the parade.

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Ouch motorcycle accident in the #PahoaParade http://pic.twitter.com/KqkIgaw3
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Hawaii Horse owners association #PahoaParade pic.twitter.com/0bpQtTmc
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Pahoa Community Health Center with Dan Domizio #PahoaParade pic.twitter.com/zAGvTgrr
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Redistricting chairperson Rene Siracusa #PahoaParade pic.twitter.com/GtxpMX3N
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Oldest Big Island resident Sarah Mae #PahoaParade pic.twitter.com/bHjPmhke
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Everyone loves a wiener dog #PahoaParade pic.twitter.com/N4dvoMWz
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Oh my I had no idea my son was going to be in the #PahoaParade pic.twitter.com/aJjp6Fr1
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Car club just rolled through #PahoaParade pic.twitter.com/YE2TvFO5
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Its @MayorKenoi Senator Kahele and #PahoaParade Grand Marshall Louie Perry pic.twitter.com/dkJHLx6x
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Its Police Officer Amaral… One of our good guys at #PahoaParade pic.twitter.com/XMYwEPec
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Puna Panthers concession stand at #PahoaParade pic.twitter.com/E38vO8wy
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Pre #PahoaParade entertainment. Actual parade starts at 10:00 pic.twitter.com/szIlqOI5
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Don’t forget about the Ho’olaule’a after the #PahoaParade at the school. pic.twitter.com/W3VizYQ0
Feel free to right click on the images below to “view image” in a larger format:

Updates From Hulihe’e Palace

Hulihe’e Palace is increasing hours of operation for 2012. New hours for self-guided tours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

In December, the Daughters of Hawai‘i and Calabash Cousins present a free Afternoon at Hulihe’e 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 to honor Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop (1831-1884). Enjoy the voices of the Merrie Monarchs and Hawaiian performing arts by Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his hula halau, Na Pua U‘i O Hawai‘i. Kindly bring a beach mat or chair as seating won’t be provided.

Princess Bernice Pauahi is most well known as the benefactress of Kamehameha Schools. A great-granddaughter of Kamehameha I, she came of age during the Victorian Era. She was well liked and very private. When her cousin, Kamehameha V, chose her as his successor in 1872, she declined. Her refusal ended the Kamehameha Dynasty.

During her lifetime, the princess witnessed the physical and social decline of Hawaiians. Some foreigners brought disease—the native population dwindled from 400,000 in 1778 to fewer than 45,000 a century later—and controlled most commerce. Missionaries introduced a new value system.

“Distressed by the plight of her people, Princess Pauahi created a will in 1883 as an instrument of change,” says Casey Ballao, Hulihe‘e Palace docent coordinator. “She believed education could be the answer to help her people.”

The document established a charitable land trust overseen by trustees to improve the well being of Hawaiians. It operates as Kamehameha Schools today, one of the largest, private trusts in the nation.

“The will was the princess’s way to malama ka ‘aina—practice the ethical, prudent and culturally appropriate stewardship of land and resources,” adds Ballao.

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