Puna Disaster and Recovery Assistance Centers Announced

This is a Civil Defense message.

This is a Community Assessment and Assistance information update for Tuesday August 12at 7:00PM.   

Cots were set up in various parts of the Pahoa Community Center today.

Cots were set up in various parts of the Pahoa Community Center today.

HELCO crews continue to work on restoring power in the affected areas. About 6,800 customers remain without power. Thank you for your patience and understanding with this effort. Please do not interfere with the operations of the HELCO crews.

County, National Guard, and private crews continue to clear debris from roadways. All subdivisions currently have access to highways and main roadways, however there may be debris and obstructions within the subdivision roadways. Crews report that access to Wood Valley in Pahala has been cleared. Remember that all downed power lines should be treated as energized and avoided to ensure safety.

Hawaiian Shores reports that their water system is now operational and safe to drink.

Community Assistance Centers will be open tomorrow, Wednesday from noon to 4 P.M. at Community Centers in Hawaiian Shores, Leilani Estates, and Nanawale, as well as the Kalani Retreat Center.

These centers will offer water, ice, and other supplies while they last. Bring a container for ice or water as bags or bottles may not be available. If you are able to get to a retail store to get your supplies, we encourage you to do so and leave these supplies for those who cannot get to a store.

Damage assessments are ongoing and being conducted by the County Office of Housing and Community Development and the Hawai‘i National Guard.

The Hawai‘i State Emergency Management Agency and the County of Hawai‘i will set up Disaster Assistance and Recovery Centers on Hawai‘i Island to provide information and services to people whose property was damaged by the storm.

The schedule and location for the Disaster Assistance and Recovery Centers is:

  • Thursday August 14 and Friday August 15 from 8:00am to 8:00pm at the Pahoa Community Center
  • Saturday August 16 and Sunday August 17 from 8:00am to 8:00pm at the Mountain View Gym

For more information on the Disaster Assistance and Recovery Centers, contact the Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency at (808)733-4300 or askcivildefense@scd.hawaii.gov

Pahoa Town Meeting on Proposing Amendments to Hawaii County Code

The Pahoa Regional Town Center Steering Committee will be hosting a public talk story meeting where a draft ordinance proposing amendments to Chapters 3 and 25 of the Hawaii County Code to create a Pahoa Village District in the Zoning Code (Chap. 25) that includes the requirement for compliance with architectural design guidelines being proposed for concurrent adoption by resolution.

Future site of the Pahoa Office Plaza

Future site of the Pahoa Office Plaza

The ordinance further proposes to create a separate article establishing signage standards in the Pahoa Village District.

You can view the proposed documents:

The talk story will be on Wednesday Evening, August 21st from 6 p.m. till 7:30 pm. at the Pahoa Community Center.  For more information, please contact PahoaPlan@gmail.com

Pahoa Facilities Get Fenced In

The Pahoa Senior Center which was the former fire station here in Pahoa, had been having a problem with homeless people sleeping at the facilities during the evenings and the Pahoa Neighborhood Facility (Pahoa Community Center) has long been a problem for the parks workers.

Last week fencing went up around the facilities:

The new gate to the Pahoa Senior Center

A lot of fencing was used in this project as it looked like they tried to encircle the entire park.

This fencing will really assist in keeping the troubled elements out of the community center at night.

County Parks Maintenance worker Alfred Pestrello mentioned how the folks that work at the park, take great pride in the park and that this will really make there job easier.

County worker Alfred Pestrello puts on some finishing touches to the fencing as a security guard looks over the facilities.

Wordless Wednesday – Big Island Mayoral Forum at the Pahoa Community Center

I stopped in for a few minutes at last nights Big Island Mayoral Forum at the Pahoa Community Center and here are a few pictures from the event.

I actually forgot all about the forum and was ordering food from Luquins when I was reminded of the forum.

I would have stayed longer… but I had food in my car and had to return in home to a couple hungry campers waiting for it.

It was good to see that the main contenders for the office of Mayor were present for this forum.  It must be draining on the candidates to continue campaigning despite some of them not even having a shot at getting elected.  I give props to all folks that run for office.


Dog Whisperer Carl Oggus to Speak About Dangerous and Vicious Dogs in Pahoa

Councilmember Fred Blas is hosting a public meeting on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 to discuss “Dangerous and Vicious Dogs” at Pahoa Community Center from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm.

Speaker: Carl Oguss Dog Psychology (the Pahoa Dog Whisperer recently featured in the Wall Street Journal)

Click to read the Wall Street Journal Article on Mr. Oguss

Public testimony will be taken with a three minute limit per individual

Pahoa Residents Come Out in Force for Mayor Kenoi’s Community Meeting

Last night at the Pahoa Community Center, Mayor Kenoi and many County of Hawaii department heads attended a talk story meeting to an overflow crowd of about 150 people.

There was no space left in the room and residents literally listened from outside.

Mayor Kenoi himself was running a bit late so Parks and Recreation Director Bob Fitzgerald started the meeting out by welcoming the crowd and allowing the department heads a chance to introduce themselves.

Parks and Recreation Director Bob Fitzgerald addresses the crowd.

Mayor Kenoi arrived as a lady was just beginning to go off and Kenoi tried his best to calm the lady down before addressing the crowd.  Kenoi talked about the improvements that the Pahoa area has seen in the last few years such as the newly paved town road and the new police and fire stations before taking questions from the crowd.

Mayor Kenoi addresses the crowd

Puna resident Aurora Martinovitch had very strong emotions tied to Puna Geothermal Ventures as did many others and complained about the county not relocating her and a few others fast enough.

Aurora Martinovitch talks about her ongoing problem with Puna Geothermal Ventures

Mayor Kenoi took offense with some folks saying that he wasn’t supporting Puna and mentioned how he was from Puna and that even part of his middle name was “Puna”.

I filmed the first part of Mayor Kenoi’s talk story and as you can see from the video… emotions were quite high in the room.


Pahoa Community Comes Out in Support of New Community Park

Tuesday night at the Pahoa Community Center, Councilman Fred Blas and members of the Hawaii County Parks Department discussed plans for the proposed 56 Acre Community Park that will be located in Pahoa.

The Pahoa Community Center was packed with community members

Parks official talked about the plans for the 56 acre park that included three multi-use covered tennis courts.

Park officials show the blueprint to the multi-use tennis courts

Folks talked about how the parks gave their children opportunity to expand and how the Pahoa community badly needed the facility.  In this video, community leader Aunty Maave talks about how much this is needed.


I asked County Council Candidate James Weatherford what he thought of the proposal and he said:

Pahoa and the surrounding Puna communities need recreation facilities that offer well-rounded opportunities —  indoor and outdoor activities, sports and arts, for families young and old and in between.

The proposed indoor playcourts and athletic field fulfill part of that need.

The perimeter trail, the arts and cultural center, and the keiki play area identified as community priorities are also part of that need and must be funded sooner rather than later.

Community members listen to the presentation and testimony

It seemed as though all of the speakers were very much in support of the park, although one resident discussed the concerns that there was no plans for restrooms which brought a silence to the crowd.

Community member Rene Siracusa spoke up in favor of the park

Bruddah Kuz Youth Jamm Another Success in Pahoa

Yesterday was the annual Bruddah Kuz Youth Jamm held at the Pahoa Community Center.

Bruddah Kuz

When I arrived there around 3 o’clock there were about 200 folks checking things out.

The upper playground area was set up as young kids area.

There was a waterslide and a bouncer

As well as a mini train!

The event lasted from 12 in the afternoon until 10 at night, however I wasn’t able to stay very long because of other commitments.

Mayor Kenoi Talk Story Session at the Pahoa Community Center

There will be a community meeting with Mayor Billy Kenoi at the Pahoa Community Center on Wednesday, March 2nd at 6:30 pm.

Mayor Kenoi and his cabinet are scheduled to be there for a talk story session.

Mayor Kenoi and Staff to Attend Talk-Story Meeting in Pahoa

From the Mayors Office:

Mayor Billy Kenoi and members of his staff will attend a community talk-story meeting on Wednesday, June 2, 6-8 p.m. at the Pahoa Neighborhood Center . The focus of the meeting will be the proposed County budget. The public is invited to attend and ask questions. For information, call the Mayor’s office, 961-8211

Pahoa Youth Concert Next Friday


On August 13th there will be a youth Concert at the Pahoa Neighborhood Facility (Pahoa Rec. Center) from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.


Bands performing: Defiance, Pss Fitt, OHDH (Old Habits Die Hard), Scar, and Drip Dry.

This is an Alcohol Drug Free event partly sponsored by Pahoa Weed and Seed Youth Council.

A donation of $5.00 to help defray cost would be appreciated.

This concert is put together by our Youths.