Mayor’s Office Announces Student Mālama Award Winners

The Office of Mayor Billy Kenoi is pleased to announce the winners of the first Hawai‘i Island Student Mālama Award, a program that highlights and celebrates student stewards of sustainability on Hawai‘i Island. Outstanding student leaders and groups in this field will be awarded $500 scholarships.

Mayor Kenoi spoke at the morning’s Mayor’s Breakfast Fellowship and said the following on his Facebook page, “Mahalo to the Exchange Club of Hilo for a morning of food, friends, song, and prayer at the this morning’s Mayor’s Breakfast Fellowship!”

Eligible projects included, but were not limited to topics such as renewable energy and energy efficiency; agriculture, such as school gardens and local foods; resource management, such as zero waste; community-based volunteerism, social and community service; and environmental projects, such as conservation and preservation of the ocean, land and forest.

Click for application form

Scholarships will be awarded to winners in K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 grade categories. The following is the list of winners in each grade category:

Elementary:  Kahakai Elementary Green Team

Intermediate:  Kua O Ka La Intermediate School Hui Lokahi

High School:  Makana Agcaoili, Pahoa Intermediate and High School Green Club President

“Mahalo to all the students, schools, teachers, families, and community members who supported this year’s projects,” said Mayor Billy Kenoi. “We look forward to honoring more great projects that mālama our unique and beautiful home, Hawai’i Island.”

Beginning Today: Waimea and Pahoa Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

WAIMEA & PAHOA Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events:

Today  (Waimea) and Tomorrow (Pahoa), 2009 8:30am3:30pm

Bring your automotive fluids, chemicals and cleaners and other hazardous household wastes to the Waimea Transfer Station  collection area on March 7th and the Pahoa Transfer Station collection area on March 8th.  For full details on what materials are and are not accepted please visit Household Hazardous Waste.

Premier of South Australia’s Message to Me… Banning Plastic Bags in Australia

Just yesterday, I mentioned how Australia’s Government Officials were going to be using Twitter to announce official Government Business.  Well it looks like the Australian Government Officials actually communicate with the people on Twitter.  I’m not even an Australian resident and he’s twittering with me.  (Don’t think Barack, Lingle, or Kenoi… would ever do the same and they are local officials)

Australia is a leader in Zero Waste policies.


South Australia’s Premier Mike Rann (like a Governor I guess?) just tweeted me the following message:

@damontucker We have Zero Waste here. My Enviro adviser is from Hawaii. We’re banning plastic shopping bags here.

I hope I can continue this dialog between me and Premier Mike Rann.

I just sent him the following message:

@PremierMikeRann That is great news.The shopping bag ban is going through some heavy fights here in Hawaii… But Hopefully we get em banned

Council Members Comments on Zero Waste Plan for Big Island… Administering and Funding Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan Update

On February 3rd, the Council Representatives listened to probably the same thing I listened to at the Pahoa meeting for public input on the Counties Zero Waste plan.

This is what three of the Council members commented on the plan according to the minutes of the meeting:

Pete Hoffman – doesn’t want two plans (Zero Waste and Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan). If conflict, he thought County should follow ISWMP.
Brenda Ford – how will the two plans be integrated? Mike explained that he met with consultants for both plans for 3 hours today. Some options are already in both plans and some are not. We’ll work through how best exactly to reconcile and come up with an implementation plan supported by SWAC, public and Council.
Pete Hoffmann – supports the zw philosophy but doesn’t want two plans. Also, he’s not in favor of experimental alternative technologies. Is trucking waste from East to West Hawaii still on the table? *Dan said yes, which will no doubt be opposed by many stakeholders.

Dan elaborated a bit on how the remaining chapters of the plan would come together and how the details of integrating the zw and ISWMP efforts would take place.

You can view the Counties Updated (Feb 2-3, 2009) Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan Here

Zero Waste Public Input Meeting in Pahoa… Pictures & Video

“Zero Waste” (Taxonomy) is a philosophy and a way of life that promotes the goal to reduce the amount of material we throw away. Through small shifts in our daily activities, we can greatly reduce how much rubbish we generate, protecting Hawai’i Island’s natural environment, preserving our resources, and saving our community tax dollars.”

Tonight was Pahoa’s turn to have “Public Input” on the Counties Zero Waste Implementation Plan.


I asked Dr. James Weatherford for a brief summary of what Zero Waste meant for Pahoa and this was his response:


The meeting was filled with about 20 – 25 people.  Former Council Bob Jacobson is one of the spearheaders of this plan and he took notes for the group.

Former Councilman Bob Jacobson

Former Councilman Bob Jacobson

Councilwoman Emily Naeole showed up about half way through the meeting because she had prior arrangements, however, legislative aide R.J. Hampton sat in for her and took notes while she was gone.

Legislative Aide RJ Hampton listens to Paul J. Buklarewicz of Recycle Hawaii

Legislative Aide RJ Hampton listens to Paul J. Buklarewicz of Recycle Hawaii

The Mayors office of course is very interested in what is going on these days.

Hunter Bishop, Public Relations Specialist to the Mayor for the County of Hawaii Listens to the Plan

Hunter Bishop, Public Relations Specialist to the Mayor, Listens to the Plan

An example was shown of just how much garbage could actually be reused.

Just some of the tons of rubbish dumped

Just some of the tons of rubbish dumped

Community members were given a chance to give their public input, but many choose to remain quiet.

Community members listen intently

Community members listen intently

Here are some things you can do to reach our Zero Waste goal (from the Hawaii Zero Waste website):

  1. Buy products that can be reused or recycled.
  2. Avoid buying items that are made of or packaged in non-recyclable materials, for example, styrofoam.
  3. Ask your favorite take-out restaurant to use biodegradable containers and utensils. Take them home and compost them.
  4. Products and packaging can be redesigned to use less materials, last longer and not create pollution. Hawai’i residents can choose to buy these products. This will encourage producers to offer products with less overall packaging and use more recyclable and recycled-content materials.
  5. When you go to a store take reusable shopping bags.
  6. Buy products in bulk or with less packaging.
  7. Recycle used materials.
  8. Take your green waste to be made into mulch.

I’m hoping to get the power point presentation mailed to me.  When/if I receive it… I’ll post it then.

BIVN has video of Thursdays Hilo meeting here.