Very Exciting District 9 Hawaiian Homelands Projects: Waimea and Kawaihae: Read more and you are sure to be inspired.Submitted by margaretwille on Mon, 10/29/2012 - 3:09pm
Waimea Nui Regional Community Development Initiative: "Pathways to Self-Sufficiency": See project brochure attached below as "Waimea Nui Community Development" and UH Hilo Chancellor Straney's Report at his Website HERE
[photos of Celebration to be added] SEE BROCHURE ATTACHED BELOW ALSO SEE THE SERIES OF PHOTOS FOLLOWING THE SECTION ON KAWAIHAE KAILAPA COMMUNITY WELLNESS PARK
Kailapa Community Proposed Community Wellness Park: featured below from its brochure:
WAIMEA NUI COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CELEBRATION
Please don't bury the Lower Hamakua Ditch! First we need a deliberative conversation about the future of the Ditch.Submitted by margaretwille on Fri, 10/19/2012 - 1:55pm
The State currently wants to set pipes (sewer type pipes - not pressurized pipes) into the Lower Hamakua Ditch - leaving open only the areas before and after each tunnel. I have been helping folks who are concerned about this plan and who seek to have a more deliberative discussion about the Ditch and its future - one that provides for meaningful involvement of interested community members. A presentation to the County Council was organized by members of the Hamakua community -- in which I participated.
HERE IS RECENT NEWS ARTICLE ABOUT THE DITCH:
Tribune-Herald, "Group aims to stop Hamakua Ditch project"
County Council District 9 Candidate Forums: Margaret Wille and Sonny Shimaoka- Waimea, Kona, WaikoloaSubmitted by margaretwille on Fri, 10/12/2012 - 1:48pm
3. Link to KONA - KOHALA FORUM (KONA -KOHALA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE)
1.IMMEDIATELY BELOW IS POSTED THE Waimea Forum 10/10/12 for Council District 9: Margaret Wille vs Sonny Shimaoka
Be sure to watch when at about 19 minutes into the video --
Sonny comments "Based on all that Margaret has done, I am tempted to vote for her myself."
SUMMARY OF QUESTIONS ASKED at the Waimea forum:
-- Most important issues to the community now and long term?
-- What unique skills do you bring to the table?
-- How would you rectify the Hawaii County elections debacle?
-- How to address Waimea Traffic problems?
-- How to adddress the Community Development Plan issues?
-- How to address County agriculture issues?
-- How to address the County landfill - trash dilemma?
-- Closing Statements?
Sonny Shimaoka comes in second place with 27.8% of the votes
Bill Sanborn - third place
Robert (Bob Green) fourth place.
This means Margaret Wille and Sonny Shimaoka advance to the General Election.
North Kohala Political Forum: 8/4/12: State Senate Candidates & US House of Representatives CandidatesSubmitted by margaretwille on Fri, 08/10/2012 - 8:21pm
North Kohala Political Forum 8/4/12: Here are the State Senate and US House of Representative Debates:
State Senate Candidates:
West Hawaii Today endorses Margaret Wille and here's why...
County Council Dist. 9
"Waimea attorney Margaret Wille is another candidate who has been involved in county political processes for much longer than her candidacy. She has drafted legislation for and litigation against the county. Wille would be an effective representative for the North Hawaii region, increasingly so as she focuses and distills her efforts, understanding that sometimes, less is more."
Wille: Increase effectiveness, revenue sources
Hawaii County government isn’t as effective as it could be because it’s trying to do too much with too little, says Waimea resident Margaret Wille, a candidate for the open Hawaii County Council District 9 seat.
“The county has very little money with a lot of responsibility,” Wille said.
Wille, 64, proposes the county focus on its core responsibilities and bring in more revenues through outside funding such as federal and private grants. She cites her work lobbying for $3.3 million in state funds for North Hawaii Community Hospital as an example. The county should also work with state lawmakers to cut funding to the state Hawaii Tourism Authority and return more of the transient accommodations tax to the counties, she said.
In the area of energy, Wille said the county “should put our foot down” with Hawaiian Electric Co., the parent of the Big Island’s Hawaii Electric Light Co., and require it to put more renewable energy sources into the grid. The county, through working with the state Legislature and the Public Utilities Commission, should also require HECO to disclose more information about its costs and profits, she said.
“HELCO is acting as a very profitable monopoly,” Wille said. “The county and state need to work together. We just need to take a more hard-line position.”
Wille says the county needs to increase recycling, and she says it’s insulting to imply that the public is too lazy to sort materials more before throwing them out.
“We must look at our trash as an asset,” Wille said, citing Maui County’s success soliciting proposals for a comprehensive waste stream management process that resulted in 60 proposals.
The key is to make it comprehensive, she said, so contractors don’t cherry pick the most profitable components and leave out the rest.
“Don’t give one little part to one contractor,” she said.
There’s no need to truck East Hawaii’s garbage to the West Hawaii landfill, she said, stressing that a comprehensive approach needs to include the Hilo landfill, as well.
Wille opposes furloughs and she’d look to cut staff through attrition in departments that have less work because of the economic downturn, on a case-by-case basis.
“People start thinking their government job is a part-time job and there’s a different mentality about it,” she said. “There are a lot of other ways to balance the budget and I’m not in favor of furloughs generally.”
Wille said it’s incumbent on each council member to know the concerns of his or her district, while acting in a way that benefits the county as a whole. Other issues will be countywide ones that require a thorough understanding and collaboration, she said.
“I would support our districts in the context of islandwide needs,” Wille said. “North and South Kohala’s interest is what I’d bring to the table and I would expect others to bring their interests to the table, too.”
Link to read entire article: HERE
Link to the entire list of State wide
North Kohala District 9 Candidate
^A melodious thrush and some other residents from Waimea