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Public Invited to Discussion on Water System Plans for Upper Puna

The Department of Water Supply Manager-Chief Engineer, Quirino Antonio, Jr. together with his Engineering Staff will present the water system plans for upper Puna at the next meeting of the Mountain View Village Planning Committee.

Quirino Antonio, Jr

Quirino Antonio, Jr

Please join us on May 8, 2014, 6:00 p.m., in the Cafeteria of the Mountain View Elementary School. Everyone is invited to attend.

 

Coming Up – Kahumoku ‘Ohana Hawaiian Music and Lifestyle Workshop

Amateur musicians can indulge their love of Hawaiian music at the Kahumoku ‘Ohana Music and Lifestyle Workshop to be held on the Big Island of Hawai‘i in early November. Featuring award-winning musicians like Herb Ohta, Jr, Sonny Lim, Reverend Dennis Kamakahi, and James Hill, the weeklong event is an opportunity for attendees to learn from the masters. Daily ‘ukulele and slack key guitar classes cover beginning and advanced music theory, strumming, and picking skills. Other classes feature lessons in song writing, steel guitar, and stick bass.

Kahumoku Ohana

The event’s organizer, five-time Grammy award winner, Keoki Kahumoku, shares his music and knowledge of the Hawaiian culture from the heart. His wish is to ho‘omau – or share the tradition – of Hawaiian slack-key guitar and ‘ukulele.

“If each student takes what he learns and shares it with one other person, the music is perpetuated,” he says earnestly.

While music is the focus of the workshop, the Kahumoku family works to perpetuate other Hawaiian traditions as well. Each morning, students gather to practice a traditional chant, or oli, written specifically to honor this event. Meals introduce visitors to island fare with dishes like kalua pork, sashimi, poi, and laulau. Other cultural opportunities include Hawaiian language, hula, lei making, lauhala weaving, and traditional food preparation. The event closes with a community concert and makahiki events.

The Kahumoku ‘Ohana Music and Lifestyles Workshop will be held November 5-12, 2011 at the Pahala Plantation. For more information or to register, please visit http://www.konaweb.com/keoki. To schedule an interview with Keoki Kahumoku, contact Tiffany Crosson at (808) 938-6582.

Statement from Kauai Mayor Bernanrd Carvalho on SB 1186 (TAT)

Media Release:

County of Kaua’i Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr. commented today on the latest draft of Senate Bill 1186, which would reduce the amount of transient accommodations tax (TAT) revenues that would be distributed to the counties:

Kaua'i Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr

Kaua'i Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr

“Although we understand the need for a temporary cap, the counties are very concerned about the Senate’s proposal to lower the cap on TAT distributions to $85 million. Such a drastic cut would have significant impacts for us, as the TAT is our second largest source of revenue behind real property taxes. At this point I endorse the House position, which would cap TAT distribution to the counties at the 2010 level, or roughly $102 million,” stated Mayor Carvalho, adding that any cap on the TAT should be temporary until the state’s fiscal position improves.

The TAT was established in 1986 under Act 304, Session Laws of Hawai’i and imposes a tax on the gross revenues derived from the furnishing of transient accommodations. In 1990, in recognition of the profound impact tourism has on county services, the state began to distribute a significant portion of the TAT to the counties on an annual basis.