Aloha Kakou!

 

With summer right around the corner, it’s time to stir up something fresh in the kitchen. Let’s start with a something we can all appreciate: jam. Jam is a truly wonderful thing. It can be sweet, savory, tart, you name it. Completely delicious, jam is something that we wouldn’t like to live without. And since it’s usually made from fruit, we would like to think that it’s healthy, right? After all, everyone knows that fruit is healthy. Why not jam?

Unfortunately, this is not entirely true. Most of the jam on the market today is loaded with high fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners, which to many is known to be quite unhealthy. Of course, there are many alternatives to eating ‘junk’ jams. There are organic, sugar sweetened jams that are quite nice. But they are expensive for everyday consumption, upwards of four dollars for one jar. Surely there are other options!

Good news: jam is able to be made at home! Before people became so reliant on the store for all of their condiments,  jam was made at home. Most likely, your grandmother made her own. So what’s to stop you from doing the same?

One thing to consider, though, is how jam is usually made. Cut or mash, stir, add, jar and cook. Not only can cooked jam be a messy hassle, it kills many, if not all, of the live beneficial enzymes in the fruit. So how d we avoid destroying the best part of the fruit?

Quite simple, really. You make No-Cook jam.

Also known as freezer jam, No-Cook jam is a welcome, healthy change from the ordinary store jams you’re used to. Despite what you may have heard, no cook jam is not difficult to make, and does not require a freezer to set. Freezing is a method of preserving the jam for future use without canning or cooking. And unlike cooked jam, No-Cook jam can be used in smoothies and better yet, on ice cream.  Freezer jam is compatible with any cooked jam recipe as well.

So what’s in it?  No-Cook jam generally calls for a few standard main ingredients (they vary from one recipe to another): fresh or pre-frozen fruit,  sweeteners (sugar, honey, etc.), and pectin.

            ~ Some notes on Pectin~

  • Pectin is a natural substance found in some fruits that makes the jam thicken, a must-have if making no cook jam. Pectin is released by cooking the fruits- which obviously doesn’t happen with no cook jams. Thus to achieve the desired thickness characteristic of jam, pectin must be used, or you will end up with runny jam. As said above, certain fruits have naturally occurring pectin levels high enough to not use packaged pectin at all, regardless of  not cooking them. They will gel if you add sugar or an acid to them, with no additional pectin required. Some fruits that have a higher amount of naturally occurring pectin, and are self-gelling, are as follows: (Chart courtesy of www.pickyourown.org )

Group I: If not overripe has enough natural pectin and acid for gel formation with only added sugar.

Group II:  Low in natural acid or pectin, and may need the addition of either acid or pectin.

Group III: Always needs added acid, pectin, or both.

 

Group I: Apples, sour Blackberries, sour Crabapples, Cranberries, Currants, Gooseberries, Grapes (Eastern Concord), Lemons, Loganberries, Plums, (not Italian), Quinces, Raspberries, Citrus skins (oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, lemons, limes, etc.-the pectin in high in the skin but low in the fruit.)

Group II: Apples, ripe Blackberries, ripe Blackberries, ripe Cherries sour Chokecherries, Elderberries, Grapefruit, Grape Juice (Eastern Concord),Grapes (California), Loquats, Oranges.

Group III: Apricots, Blueberries, Cherries, sweet Figs, Grapes (Western Concord), Guavas, Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, Plums (Italian), Pomegranates, Strawberries.

(Available fruits will vary by your location.)

Please note: Guavas and most other tropical fruits such as those found here in Hawai`i must be cooked for jam because of their high acid content. Raw Guavas and Lilikoi will not allow the pectin to coagulate, leaving a runny mess instead of jam.

The best match for fresh jam is dry, no-sugar pectin packages or the low methoxyl pectin type. The first is standard commercial pectin that allows you to make your jam with no sugar, using Xylitol, Stevia, or as the name implies, no sugar. This is a very common variety and can be found at your local supermarket.  The second type is an all natural sugar derived pectin that uses calcium to jell the jam. It is also a sugar/no sugar pectin. It is purchasable online only. Most regular pectin types are for cooked jams ONLY. Unless the package specifically says that it can work with uncooked freezer type jams (sometimes called Quick and Easy recipes.  For a healthier version, sans the corn syrup), DO NOT use for this purpose. To avoid any mistakes, please buy one of the pectin types described above.

What utensils will I need to make it?

             A bowl, large strainer for washing the fruit; potato masher or fork, large spoon, a

ladle, occasionally a saucepan, and  canning jars.  Regardless of cooking, freezing or

neither, canning jars are the most convenient  method of storing your jam.

How do you make this jam?

Here are a few fresh jam recipes for you to try! Instructions are given with the recipes. All recipes property of their respective websites (Credits given after recipe, with working links.)

 

- No Cook Strawberry Jam Recipe

*Makes  5-8 oz. Jars

1 pkg. Fruit Pectin 1 ½ cups cane sugar

4 cups fresh strawberries

Directions: Wash and hull strawberries, the crush gently with a potato masher in a 9×13 baking dish.

In a dry, large mixing bowl, stir together packet of pectin and sugar until well blended. Stir in crushed strawberries. Stir for 3 minutes more. Ladle or spoon into jars, leaving ½ – ¾ inches of headspace. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes or until thickened. Refrigerate for up to 3 weeks or freeze for up to 1 year.

(Recipe Source: sparkpeople.com, Homemade No-cook Strawberry Freezer Jam, viewable @ http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=1125792 .)

 

- No cook Strawberry Pineapple Jam

2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries, quartered

2 cups fresh diced pineapple (about half a pineapple)

1 ½ cups cane sugar (adjust to taste)

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 package  jam pectin

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, with a potato masher, slightly mash the fruit. Add the sugar and lemon juice. Stir to blend and let stand for 15 minutes.
  2. Add the pectin and stir for 3 minutes. Let stand for five minutes. Pack in jars. After 30 minutes, serve or store in refrigerator or freezer.
  3. Will keep for 3 weeks in the refrigerator or 1 year in the freezer.

(Recipe source: Ricardo Cuisine viewable  @ www.ricardocuisine.com/recette-detaillee.php?id=4127.

Note: scroll to bottom left of page for English button.)

 

-    Best No-Cook Raspberry Jam

4 cups crushed fresh or frozen raspberries (do not puree)

1 ½ cups granulated sugar

1 package no-cook jam pectin

Directions: Place prepared fruit in a large mixing bowl. Gently stir in sugar and allow to stand for 15 minutes. Slowly sprinkle gelling powder (pectin) a little at a time onto the fruit mixture while stirring for 3 minutes. Allow to stand for 5 minutes. Gently stir again for one minute. Pour jam into jars, leaving one inch head space. Jam is ready to eat! No standing time required. Store in refrigerator for up to 6 weeks, or store in freezer for up to one year. Yield is approx. 4 ½ cups.

Note: Works well with blackberries, too!

(Recipe source: Raspberry depot article, Favourite Raspberry Freezer Jam Recipe, Best No Cook Raspberry Jam viewable @  www.raspberry-depot.com/raspberry-freezer-jam-recipe-favourite.html.)

 

- No Cook Blueberry Jam

4 pints of blueberries (Or substitute frozen ones)

2/3 cup of organic cane sugar

The zest of one lemon and its juice

1 package of pectin

Directions: Mash berries well. Add the zest and juice of one lemon, then add the organic cane sugar. Stir in well, then add pectin, one tablespoon at a time. Stir until all pectin is thoroughly distributed throughout the blueberry mixture. Keep stirring for 3-4 minutes and then  pour into jars. Let sit for 30 minutes until the jam is set. Store in the fridge for 4-6 weeks or 1 year in the freezer.

(Recipe source: Dianne’s Dishes. Article: No cook Blueberry Jam. Viewable @ www.diannesdishes.com/2009/07/no-cook-blueberry-jam.html.)

Enjoy!

Until next time,

A hui hou!

*Ka`u Anamei*


 

Aloha, and happy new year!

During the Ka’u CDP Steering Committee meeting in December, Chair Leina`ala Enos recapped where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going.  Aunty Leina’ala covered:

The foundations of the CDP process: balanced perspectives, appropriate roles, and strategic decision points informed by community input
The step-by-step CDP process affirmed by the Steering Committee: identify the community vision, learn about Ka’u, develop the CDP, adopt the CDP, and take action
The building blocks of the CDP, based on community input: values, vision, community objectives, policies, and action steps
The draft CDP table of contents and examples of CDP strategies under development
The process underway to produce the first draft of the CDP
Current and future plans for community outreach.

The presentation slides and the draft meeting minutes are available at www.kaucdp.info in the “Steering Committee” section.

After some discussion, the Steering Committee agreed that changes to the CDP process aren’t necessary at this point and that time is needed to complete the current step in that process — produce an initial draft of the CDP for community and Steering Committee review.  Recognizing that the draft CDP will be completed more quickly if the project manager is allowed to focus on the analysis and writing required, the Steering Committee agreed to schedule its next meeting in April.  That decision has already borne fruit — since the holidays, I’ve been able to devote most of my time to completing the draft CDP.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be on Tuesday, April 10, at 5:30pm, at the Pahala Community Center.

As always, find more information about the Ka`u CDP at www.kaucdp.info or contact your Steering Committee members, Community Planning Assistance Nalani Parlin, or me if you have any questions or suggestions.

Mahalo,
Ron

Ron Whitmore
Long Range Planner
Hawai’i County Planning Department
101 Pauahi, Suite 3
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 961-8137
Fax: (808) 961-8742
rwhitmore@co.hawaii.hi.us


 

Aloha Friends,

Here’s the agenda for the next redistricting meeting this Thursday (12/22) in Hilo. For more information, please see the message below:

Aloha,

The Redistricting Commission will be holding their next meeting on:

Thursday, December 22, 2011
10:00 a.m.
Hilo Council Chambers


Videoconference will be available in the Kona, P?hoa, and Waimea Council offices.

The Agenda is attached.

If you have any questions, please give me a call.

Karen
Karen Eoff
Redistricting Commission Secretary
323-4264
keoff@co.hawaii.hi.us


Mahalo,

Office of Hawai‘i County Councilmember Brittany Smart
District 6 –
Upper Puna, Ka’u, South Kona
25 Aupuni Street
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 961-8536

hccdistrict6@gmail.com

 


 

On November 15th, 2011 our congress passed S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act Fiscal Year 2012. This bill is now law even though (in my opinion) violates our constitutional rights. What is this bill you ask? This is a bill that has been passed every year by our congress for almost 50 years. The original bill was designed to allow our government using our military to capture and indefinitely detain anyone they deem a terrorist or any threat to the US and the government. With the exception of US citizens. Because of our constitutional rights we have to be exempted from this. However, this year this bill now allows for the military to capture and indefinitely detain American citizens without charge or trial. This means that if you are a conservative and we have a socialist government the military can come pick you up and take you away. Never to be heard from again. Sound familiar? Does this sound like communist Russia, China, Iran (and many others)?

I am now risking my life by writing this. Yes I am paranoid. While it may not happen in my lifetime I believe it will at least begin in my lifetime. The gun grabbing is next by the way. And if you think I am crazy then explain why the day after this bill became law that KBR, Inc. (formerly Kellogg Brown & Root) sent out a document to various entities regarding the establishment of a  National Quick Response Team for their current contracts with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) as well as for “anticipated future contracts.”

The nature of this quick response team is highly unusual given that it is built around a 72 hour period for initial setup and 24 hours for incremental services, meaning that the contractors would have to set up equipment within 72 hours and be operational within 24. Most of this does not need to be done this quickly as we usually have plenty of warning before a disaster.

These contracts are designed to set up internment camps inside the US. Why do we need these camps? For emergencies of course. But the timing is very suspect to me. I believe that these letters were held until the bill became law because they are designed to go together. I believe our government is preparing for civil unrest on a large scale.

Where are the news agencies reporting this? This should be front page news. I encourage everyone to look this stuff up for yourself and see how bad this new law is and decide for yourself why our government needs to do these things. Am I paranoid? You be the judge. I welcome your comments.


 

Aloha Friends,

Please see the message below from the Redistricting Commission for a special meeting that is scheduled for this Friday, December 16th at 1:30pm in Hilo at the County of Hawaii’s Council Chambers Room (25 Aupuni Street):
The Redistricting Commission will hold a Special Meeting on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 1:30 pm in Hilo.
Videoconferencing will be available in Kona, Waimea and P?hoa Council Offices.

Attached please find the agenda and related meeting documents.

You may also visit the Redistricting Commission web page for additional information.
http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/redistricting-commission/

If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call.
Karen Eoff
SecretaryRedistricting Commission
323-4264
keoff@co.hawaii.hi.us

Mahalo,

Office of Hawai’i County Councilmember Smart
District 6 – Upper Puna, Ka’u, South Kona
25 Aupuni Street
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 961-8536
hccdistrict6@gmail.com


 

Aloha,
 
The Ka’u CDP Steering Committee is continuing its November 8 meeting next Tuesday, December 13, at 5:30pm at the Na’alehu Community Center.
 
Draft minutes from the November 8 portion of the meeting and the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting are available in the Steering Committee section of www.kaucdp.info.
 
Please note that the single business item on the agenda is the CDP process.  Specifically, the Steering Committee will be discussing the role of the Steering Committee and the community in the CDP production process.  The likely outcome of the discussion will be recommendations to the Planning Director for how to best complete the first draft of the CDP (and the supporting analysis) for review by the community and the Steering Committee. 
 
The Steering Committee will not be discussing the content of the CDP, including strategies under development or the related analysis.  There will be many opportunities in the future to discuss draft CDP strategies, and they will be publicized on this email list and through many other avenues.
 
Tuesday’s meeting is a business meeting.  So that the Steering Committee can focus on its agenda, public comment at the meeting will be limited to agenda items.  If you are not interested in the agenda items but have questions or concerns about CDP content or other issues in Ka’u, you are always welcome to contact the Planning Department or Steering Committee members. 
 
Below is information about a few “hot topics” in Ka’u and where to go for more information.  Please direct comments about these issues to the appropriate source.
 
Ocean View Readjustment Strategy (explored by the County Planning Department): The concept is not being pursued any further.  See the Planning Director’s October 20 memo.
 
Kahuku Village/Nani Kahuku Aina (proposed private development): The comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) closed November 6.  The Draft EIS is available at the State’s Office of Environmental Quality Control website.  When the Final EIS is published, more public comment will be invited.  No development can begin until the EIS is accepted and several permits are secured.  The next step will likely be amendments to the County General Plan and to State land use districts, which require public hearings.
Aina Koa Pono Biofuels Project (proposed private development): The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) rejected the HELCO contract.  See the Aina Koa Pono “Frequently Asked Questions” handout. 
Ka‘? Forest Reserve Environmental Assessment (State Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife): Ron Terry of Geometrician Associates (969-7090, geometricianassociates.com) is inviting public comment on the Ka`u Forest Reserve Management Plan that is under development.
 
Volcanoes National Park Draft Plan/EIS for Managing Non-Native Ungulates: The comment period for the Draft Plan and EIS continues through January 20. 
Kawa Drainage Environmental Assessment (State Dept. of Transportation): The comment period for the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) continues through December 23.
 
As always, lots more information is available at www.kaucdp.info.  Feel free to also contact Steering Committee members or me if you have any questions about the CDP.
 
Mahalo,
Ron
Ron Whitmore
Long Range Planner
Hawai’i County Planning Department
101 Pauahi, Suite 3
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 961-8137
Fax: (808) 961-8742
rwhitmore@co.hawaii.hi.us


 

Aloha Friends,

Please see the message below for information on free workshops being offered by Hawaii State’s Public Access Room (PAR). If you have any questions, please contact the Public Access Coordinator, Ms. Marinelli:

Suzanne Marinelli,
Public Access Coordinator, Public Access Room
Phone:  Toll-free from Hawaii Island 974 4000 x 7-0478
[Local on Oahu: (808) 587-0478]

(For TTY device, use ext. 7-0749)
Email Address:  par@capitol.hawaii.gov
Website:  http://hawaii.gov/lrb/par

“We the Powerful!”

Discover the Public’s Power in the Legislative Process

FREE WORKSHOP

·   Easy ways to add your voice & ideas to the process that determines State laws

·   Overview of the people at the Capitol, what they do there, and how and when lawmaking takes place

·   Handy tips for finding the information you need

·   Assistance in writing and delivering effective testimony – at the Capitol or from your home on the Big Island

Honolulu, Hawaii – 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, Dec. 12, 6:00PM – Mt. View Public Library
  • Tuesday, Dec. 13, 5:00PM – Hilo Public Library
  • Wednesday, Dec. 14 5:30PM – Waimea Thelma Parker Library Conference Room
  • Thursday, Dec. 15, 6:00PM – Na’alehu School Cafeteria
  • Saturday, Dec. 17, 12:00PM – Kailua-Kona, West Hawaii 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.

 

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Public Access Room (PAR)

 

A Division of the Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB)

 

State Capitol, Room 401

 

415 S. Beretania St.

 

Honolulu, HI  96813


Mahalo,

 

 

 

Office of Hawai‘i County Councilmember Smart
District 6 –
Upper Puna, Ka’u, South Kona
25 Aupuni Street
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 961-8536

hccdistrict6@gmail.com


 

PRESS RELEASE                                      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Dec. 1, 2011
 
 
HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IGNORES DANGEROUS ROCKFALL CONDITIONS FOR OVER A DECADE
Trial in Hilo Will Help Make Hawaii’s Roads Safer
 
Hilo, Hawaii
 
Residents and tourist have faced unknown dangers while driving along the coast of the island of Hawaii for over ten years and now the State of Hawaii may be forced to pay millions in compensation to victims of another tragic rockslide that could have been prevented. According to court documents filed by plaintiffs in a new case heading to court this week in Hilo, the State of Hawaii is accused of being too slow to fix a potential rock fall hazard along a major Highway and in doing so, created a “potential kill zone.”  It is not the first time the State has been accused of ignoring public safety. In 2003, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that the state did not adequately warn visitors about potential rock slides at Sacred Falls on O`ahu and the state was forced to pay the families of 8 deceased victims 8.56 million dollars. The court found that the state had ignored warnings, including a rockslide at the same water fall in 1982 that killed a four-year-old girl.
 
This time, the court case involves a tragic car accident that nearly killed two Hawaii Department of Education employees while returning home from work in March of 2007. At approximately 6pm, Michael Patrick O`Grady and his wife Leiloni were driving northbound on Highway 11, in the remote Kahuku Ranch area on the island of Hawaii when a giant boulder weighing in excess of one hundred tons rolled onto the highway and struck their car, flipping it on its roof and sending it sliding upside down.
“I remember hanging upside down in the seatbelt, trying to breath,” says Patrick. “I was laying on the road and one of my students came up and said oh my God, Mr. O`Grady.” The car was totaled and both Mr. and Mrs. O`Grady suffered extensive and permanent injuries.
 
According to the plaintiffs, represented by Ka`u Attorney Ron Self,  the State of Hawaii was well aware of the dangerous rocks perched over the highway as far back as 1999.  Among the plaintiff’s evidence is a highway safety report completed in 2004, that defined the slope along the highway where the boulder fell as a “high” rock fall potential slope. But the state did nothing to remediate the danger. The plaintiffs claim that this is in violation of Hawaii Statutory law that makes the state responsible for constructing and maintaining its highways in a safe manner, including a duty to prevent rock falls onto its road-ways. Even after the horrible boulder accident, the state did nothing to fix the area in question until 2010, three years after the boulder came crashing down and crushed the O`Grady’s car.
 
For the plaintiffs Patrick and Leiloni, it has been four long years of financial ruin and physical agony. Medical bills have drained the O`Grady’s finances and Leiloni will never fully recover.  Once, an active employee for the Hawaii Department of Education, today she is unable to work and suffers constant extreme physical pain and discomfort due to the physical injuries suffered in the 2007 accident. The O`Gradys hope their case can be settled soon and that when it does, it will bring about real change in how the State of Hawaii protects it residents and visitors. As educators, they fear for the safety of students. They cannot stop thinking of the school buses that use Highway 11 where the boulder fell and how unknowingly thousands of children are taking a ride on Hawaii’s “kill zones” every day.
 
The trial of O`Grady vs the State of Hawaii begins Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 at the state court house in Hilo, HI at 9am.
 
For information about the case and trial contact:
Ronald G. Self, Esq
(Attorney for the Plaintiffs)
808-938-2218


 

Aloha Friends,

Here is some information on a few Board and Commission vacancies that District 6 residents may be interested in applying for:

With the Pension Board, there are two vacancies and there is no district requirement for that commission.

Here is a link for the County of Hawaii’s Board and Commissions Vacancies website where you can find more information and an application: http://www.co.hawaii.hi.us/mayor/boards_&_commissions.htm

Mahalo,

Office of Councilmember Brittany Smart
Hawai’i County Councilmember
District 6 – Upper Puna, Ka’u, South Kona
25 Aupuni Street
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 961-8536
hccdistrict6@gmail.com


 

Aloha Friends,

Here is information on two upcoming public hearings for you to give your testimony on the Redistricting Commission’s DRAFT PLAN (attached). Please see the message below from Ms. Karen Eoff for more information and feel free to contact her if you have any questions.

Aloha All,

I have attached the Commission’s DRAFT PLAN which was decided on at the 11.10.11 meeting of the Redistricting Commission.

The Commission will hold two public hearings to give the public a chance to testify on this DRAFT PLAN. 

The Public Hearings are scheduled for:

 
November 21, 2011
(Monday) 6:00 p.m. @ Council Chambers, West Hawai‘i Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohok?lole Hwy. Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

November 22, 2011 (Tuesday) 6:00 p.m. @ Hilo Council Chambers, 25 Aupuni Street, Hilo, HI 96720.

 

Large Scale Maps of the Commission’s Draft Plan, showing detail of the Council District Boundaries, will be available for viewing at the Public Hearings.  The Draft Plan is also available on the Redistricting Commission’s web page: http://www.co.hawaii.hi.us/council/reapp/index.htm

Videoconferencing will be available at the above Hilo and Kona locations, as well as:

  • ·                     Kona Council Office, West Hawai‘i Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohok?lole Highway, Building A
  • ·                     Waimea Council Office, Holomua Center, 64-1067 M?malahoa Highway, Suite 5
  • ·                     P?hoa Council Office, P?hoa Marketplace, 15-2660 P?hoa Village Road, Room 105


The Commission will meet again on November 30, 2011 @ 10:00 a.m. in the Hilo Council Chambers to finalize the Plan. 

This meeting will also be available by videoconference from the above locations.

If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call.

Thank you,

 

 Karen Eoff

Secretary,

Redistricting Commission

323-4264

keoff@co.hawaii.hi.us

 

Mahalo,

Office of Hawai‘i County Councilmember Smart
District 6 –
Upper Puna, Ka’u, South Kona
25 Aupuni Street
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 961-8536

hccdistrict6@gmail.com


 

Aloha Friends,

Here is a message from the Redistricting Commission on the next meeting set for November 10th at 10:00AM. For more information, please contact Karen Eoff at (808) 961-4264 or keoff@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Aloha,

 

Attached is the agenda for the 11.10.11 Meeting of the Redistricting Commission.

The meeting is on Thursday the 10that 10:00 a.m. in the Hilo Council Chambers. Videoconference will be available in Waimea, Kona and P?hoa Council Offices.

The Commissions DRAFT Plans “A” and “B” are attached

(Please keep in mind these are “works in progress” and represent different concepts.  Plans are still being worked on, and a Draft Plan will be finalized at the 11.10.11 meeting)

More information can be found on the Redistricting Commission’s Web Page:

http://co.hawaii.hi.us/council/reapp/index.htm

If you have any questions please feel free to give me a call.


Karen Eoff

Secretary,

Redistricting Commission

323-4264

keoff@co.hawaii.hi.us

 


Mahalo,

Office of Hawai’i County Councilmember Smart

District 6 – Upper Puna, Ka’u, South Kona
25 Aupuni Street
Hilo, HI 96720

(808) 961-8536

hccdistrict6@gmail.com


 

Aloha Kakou,

By now, most everyone in Ka`u knows about the Nani Kahuku `Aina resort proposal.
This is a very serious proposition with strong support on both sides of the controversy. The effect that this development will have on the area is not fully understood.

Numerous groups have stepped forward with concerns about the effect the development will have on the pristine Ka`u coastline, while others worry about off-shore fishing conditions or of the unwitting (or otherwise) destruction of currently unknown archeological/cultural sites on the selected land parcel, which is currently conservation land.

Pro resort groups or individuals have based their support of the project on the economic benefits the communities of Ka`u will receive, due to both the future influx of tourists and the conveniences the resort will have to offer to the Kama`aina, or residents of the area.

This disagreement appears to be far from over.

Tomorrow is the deadline for comments on the project. Regardless of your position on the development, please take the time to state your opinion. This affects all of us. We will be seeing the effect that this decision will have for years to come. Let us take time to reflect on both sides of the argument, and make our voices heard.

Please contact:
bsmart@co.hawaii.hi.us
dikeda@co.hawaii.hi.us
donishi@co.hawaii.hi.us
fblas@co.hawaii.hi.us
jyoshimoto@co.hawaii.hi.us
wkenoi@co.hawaii.hi.us
bford@co.hawaii.hi.us
dyagong@co.hawaii.hi.us
phoffmann@co.hawaii.hi.us
apilago@co.hawaii.hi.us
counciltestimony@co.hawaii.hi.us
senkahele@capitol.hawaii.gov

Testimonies must be received by November 6, 2011.

Mahalo,

*Ka`u Anamei*


 

Aloha,
Following-up on the message below, the agenda for next Tuesday’s Ka`u CDP Steering Committee meeting is attached.
Note that the meeting is focused on the CDP production process.  Though members of the public are welcome to comment about whatever they’d like, the Steering Committee will NOT be discussing CDP strategies for HOVE, any other potential CDP strategies, or the proposed Kahuku Village project. 
There will be many opportunities in the future to discuss draft CDP strategies, and they will be publicized on this email list and through many other avenues.
FYI, public comment on the Kahuku Village Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be received or postmarked by this Sunday, November 6.  Information about where to send comments is available here: http://oeqc.doh.hawaii.gov/Shared%20Documents/Environmental_Notice/Archives/2010s/2011-09-23.pdf
Mahalo,
Ron

Ka`u CDP Steering Committee Agenda


 

Aloha!

I’m writing with information about the October 11 and November 8 Ka`u CDP Steering Committee meetings:

OCTOBER 11 STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING: Draft minutes from the meeting are available in the “Steering Committee” section of www.kaucdp.info.

HOVE READJUSTMENT CONCEPT: Information about the draft concept for HOVE is available in the “CDP Input” section of www.kaucdp.info.  A related memo from the Planning Director is attached.  Note that the Planning Department is not pursuing the HOVE readjustment concept any further at this point.

NOVEMBER 8 STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING: The next Steering Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, at 5:30pm at the Ocean View Community Association (OVCA) center on Leilani Circle.  The agenda will be published next Wednesday, and we’ll distribute it through this email list.  The focus of the meeting will be the role of the Steering Committee and the community during the CDP production process.  Because the HOVE readjustment concept is not being pursued, it will not be discussed during the meeting.

Additional CDP information is available at www.kaucdp.info.  Information about recent activities and links to related information can always be found in the “Where are we? And what’s next?” section at the top of the page.

As always, feel free to contact Steering Committee Chair Leina‘ala Enos (929-8641; lenos@qlcc.org), other Steering Committee members, Community Planning Assistant Nalani Parlin (217-6893, kaucdp@gmail.com), or me for additional information.
Mahalo,

Ron


 

Aloha Friends,

Here is an opportunity we are helping get the word out for beginning farmers and ranchers. For more information, please contact:

National Program Leader:
Dr. S. (Suresh) Sureshwaran
.
ssureshwaran@nifa.usda.gov

Phone:
(202) 720 – 7536
Fax: (202) 401 – 6070

Program Synopsis: Beginning Farmers and Rancher (March 1, 2011)

Authorization

The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) was authorized in the 2008 Food, Conservation, and Energy Act (Pub .L. No. 110-234, Section 7410,) amending Section 7405 of the previous Farm Bill.  Approximately $18 million will be available to support training, education, outreach, and technical assistance initiatives for beginning farmers or ranchers in fiscal year 2011.

Funding Priorities

In accordance with the authorizing legislation, Priority will be given to partnerships and collaborations led by or including nongovernmental and community-based organizations with expertise in new agricultural producer training and outreach.  At least 25 percent of the funds will support programs and services that address the needs of limited resource beginning farmers or ranchers; socially disadvantaged beginning farmers or ranchers; and farm workers desiring to become farmers or ranchers.  The term “farmer” is used in the broadest sense and should be interpreted to include traditional agricultural farmers, ranchers, and tree farmers.  As far as possible, geographical diversity will also be ensured.

Since its inception, BFRDP has funded sixty five Standard Projects to train, educate, and provide outreach and technical assistance to beginning farmers on one or more of the following topics:

  1. Production and management strategies to enhance land stewardship by beginning farmers and ranchers.
  2. Business management and decision support strategies that enhance the financial viability of beginning farmers and ranchers.
  3. Marketing strategies that enhance the competitiveness of beginning farmers and ranchers.
  4. Legal strategies that assist beginning farmers with farm or land acquisition and transfer.
  5. Other Priority Topics to enhance competitiveness and sustainability of beginning farmers and ranchers for the next generation.

Based on stakeholder feedback, forestry has been included as an acceptable topic.

Three Educational Enhancement Team Projects and one Clearinghouse grant were funded in FY 2009.  The purpose of an Educational Enhancement Team grant is to assemble a team of experts to review beginning farmer and rancher curriculums and programs, identify gaps, and develop and disseminate recommendations and materials to address these gaps.  The Educational Enhancement Teams will not train beginning farmers and ranchers but may train-the-trainers and help enhance funded and non-funded beginning farmer and rancher education programs in the nation.  The USDA National Agricultural Library received the Clearinghouse grant and is now establishing an electronic library of for all beginning farmer and rancher education programs and opportunities in the nation.

Eligibility

BFRDP program recipients must be a collaborative State, tribal, local, or regionally-based network or partnership of public or private entities, which may include: a state cooperative extension service; a Federal, State or tribal agency; a community-based and nongovernmental organization; college or university (including an institution awarding an associate’s degree) or foundation maintained by a college or university; or any other appropriate partner, as determined by the Secretary.

Types of Projects

There will be two types of projects: (a) Standard Projects: to new and established local and regional training, education, outreach and technical assistance initiatives that address the needs of beginning farmers and ranchers in selected areas; and (b) Educational Enhancement Projects: To help develop seamless beginning farmer and rancher education programs by conducting evaluation, coordination and enhancement activities for Standard Projects and other non-funded beginning farmer programs.

The Awards Process

Awards will be made through a competitive grants process, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

Grants will fund projects limited to 3 years, budget requests must not exceed $250,000 per year. Farm Bill provisions require all applicants to provide funds or in-kind support from non-Federal sources at least 25 percent of the Federal funds requested.

NIFA anticipates releasing the FY 2012 Request for Applications (RFA) in the summer of 2011, with a 60-day open period.  The RFA will be posted on-line at http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/funding.cfm All applications for funding must be submitted electronically through www.Grants.gov  This process requires pre-registration and can take up to one month. We encourage all potential applicants to begin the registration process as soon as possible.

Reviewers from universities, government, CBOs, for-profit and non-profit organizations and from the farming community will provide peer assessment and recommend applications for funding.   More information on the review process is available at http://www.nifa.usda.gov/business/competitive_peer_review.html.

Post Award Monitoring

Projects are required to acknowledge USDA-NIFA funding in all presentations, publications, news releases, etc.

Projects are required to collect and submit outcome based data to USDA-NIFA through annual reports.

The annual Project Directors meeting provides opportunities for networking and sharing of best practices.

The National Agricultural Library is establishing an electronic BFRDP Clearinghouse for all beginning farmer and rancher education programs and opportunities in the nation.

Mahalo,

Office of Hawai‘i County Councilmember Smart
District 6 – Upper Puna, Ka’u, South Kona
25 Aupuni Street
Hilo, HI 96720

(808) 961-8536

hccdistrict6@gmail.com


 

Media Advisory

 

Contact:

Sarah Ferreira

Public Relations Representative

Bay Clinic, Inc.

224 Haili Street, Building B

Hilo, HI 96720

Phone: (808) 895-5872

Email: paradisepublicrelations@gmail.com

 

October 14, 2011

 

Bay Clinic to Hold Community Blessing for First New Health Center

 

WHAT 

Before construction begins on a new health center in Ka`u, a blessing ceremony and reception will be held to commemorate a new day for Bay Clinic and for health care on Hawai`i Island.

 

WHEN

Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.

 

WHERE

The Bay Clinic Ka`u Family Health Center

95-5583 Mamalahoa Highway

Naalehu, HI 96772

 

WHO

Presenting speakers include: Paul Strauss, Bay Clinic CEO; Mike Gleason, Bay Clinic Board President and The Arc of Hilo President and CEO; Monica Adams, Bay Clinic Director of Development and Regulatory Affairs; Raylene Moses, Bay Clinic Board Member and ‘O Ka`u Kakou Board Treasurer.  Traditional Hawai`ian blessing conducted by Kauila Clark, National Association of Community Health Centers Board Chair and Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center Board Member.  Musical aloha provided by Keoki Kahumoku, Grammy Award-winning, fifth generation slack-key Guitarist and Founder of the Center for Hawaiian Music Studies.

 

WHY

As a source of health care for Ka`u’s 5,800 residents, Bay Clinic’s Ka`u Family Health Center struggles to care for all who seek services with limited and outdated clinical space consisting of only 4 exam rooms and a mobile dental van. Residents of Ka`u are in great need of a more modern and comprehensive medical and dental center to help reduce the many health care disparities faced in this beautiful rural community.

 

With the support of our community, Bay Clinic is addressing this need.  Once completed, the Ka`u Family Health and Dental Center will be equipped to provide greater services with 8 medical exam rooms, 2 dental rooms and 2 patient and family counseling rooms to care for 3,400 additional patients with 8,500 additional visits.  Along with providing greater access to health care for our southernmost `ohana, this new project will create jobs, provide community services and serve as a beacon of hope for a healthier future on Hawai`i Island.

 

MEDIA INTERVIEWS

For questions, to RSVP or to schedule an interview and/or photograph following the ceremony, please contact Sarah Ferreira at 808-895-5872 or paradisepublicrelations@gmail.com.

 

MORE WAYS TO CONNECT

Facebook Event Page – facebook.com/event.php?eid=279708048716318

Twitter Feed – @BayClinicInc

Twitter Hashtag – #BCIKAU

We hope you will join us November 5th.

 

With aloha,

Sarah Ferreira


 

Aloha Friends,

Here is some information below on upcoming public redistricting meetings from the Redistricting Commission:

Attached please find the agenda and related communications for the October 21, 2011 meeting of the Redistricting Commission.

The meeting will be held in Hilo at the Council Chambers at 10:00 a.m.

Videoconference will be available at the Waimea and Kona Council Offices.

For additional information, please visit the Redistricting Commission’s web page:

http://co.hawaii.hi.us/council/reapp/index.htm

If you have questions, please feel free to give Ms. Karen Eoff a call.


Karen Eoff
Secretary,
Redistricting Commission
323-4264
keoff@co.hawaii.hi.us

 

Mahalo,

Office of Hawai‘i County Councilmember Smart

District 6 – Upper Puna, Ka’u, South Kona
25 Aupuni Street
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 961-8536

hccdistrict6@gmail.com


 

Aloha,

The next Ka’u CDP Steering Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 11, at 5:30pm, at St. Judes Episcopal Church in Ocean View. The church is located at 92-1572 Keaka Parkway, at Paradise Circle. The agenda is attached.

Additional information about the CDP and the Steering Committee is available at www.kaucdp.info, including draft minutes from the September 13 Steering Committee meeting. You are also welcome to contact Steering Committee Chair Leina‘ala Enos (929-8641; lenos@qlcc.org), other Steering Committee members, Community Planning Assistant Nalani Parlin (217-6893, kaucdp@gmail.com), or me.

Mahalo,
Ron

Ron Whitmore
Long Range Planner
Hawai’i County Planning Department
101 Pauahi, Suite 3
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 961-8137
Fax: (808) 961-8742
rwhitmore@co.hawaii.hi.us


 

Aloha Friends,

Please see the information below from the Department of Environmental Management regarding e-waste collection. The attached press release has more specific details on exact drop-off times and locations:

 

The County of Hawai`i Department of Environmental Management will begin collecting residential e-waste this Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011.“We?re very pleased to provide this convenient e-waste collection service on a regular schedule for our residents,” said Dora Beck, acting Director of the Department of Environmental Management. “The demand for this service has been steadily increasing and we appreciate that many people have been holding on to their e-waste until this safe and appropriate means of diversion became available.”

E-waste collection sites will be staffed with attendants to assist residents with the proper disposal of e-waste and other items.

“Our department is working very hard to help keep our island clean, healthy and safe,” said Beck.Residential e-waste collection sites will accept TVs, monitors, laptops, VCRs/DVD players, stereo receivers/amplifiers, UPS systems, cameras, cellular and landline telephones.

The County will collect commercial e-waste from businesses and government agencies by appointment only on the last Friday of each month at the Hilo Sort Station. TVs, computers, monitors, laptops, VCRs/DVD players, stereo receivers/amplifiers, UPS systems, cameras, cellular and landline telephones, fax machines and copies will be accepted. Tipping fees will apply. For an appointment, call 961-8270.

Residential and commercial e-waste collection is also available at Mr. K?s Recycling and Redemption Center, 815 Kinoole St., Hilo (895-4471) though charges may apply to dispose of certain e-waste items.

For more information, please visit www.Hawai`iZeroWaste.org.

Mahalo,

Office of Hawai‘i County Councilmember Brittany Smart
District 6 – Upper Puna, Ka’u, South Kona
25 Aupuni Street
Hilo, HI 96720

(808) 961-8536

hccdistrict6@gmail.com


 

Aloha,

Here is some information on upcoming redistricting public hearings and regular meetings that are open to the public. If you have any questions about these meetings, please contact Karen Eoff at (808) 323-4264 or by email at keoff@co.hawaii.hi.us.

 

September 23, 2011, (Friday) – WHCC, Kona @ 10:00 a.m. – Regular Meeting

 

October 1, 2011 (Saturday) 9:00 a.m. @ Papa’aloa Gym, 35-1994 Government Main Road, Laupahoehoe, HI 96764 – Pub. Hearing

 

October 1, 2011 (Saturday) 2:00 p.m. @ Waimea Community Center, 65-1260 Kawaihae Road, Kamuela, HI, 96743 – Pub. Hearing

 

October 6, 2011 (Thursday) 6:00 p.m. @ Kamana Senior Center, 127 Kamana Street, Room 1, Hilo, HI 96720 – Pub. Hearing

 

October 11, 2011 (Tuesday) 6:00 p.m. @ Pahoa Neighborhood Center, 15-2710 Kauhale Road, Pahoa, HI 96788 – Pub. Hearing

 

October 12, 2011 (Wednesday) 6:00 p.m. @ Na’alehu Comm. Cntr, 95-5635 Mamalahoa Hwy, Na’alehu, HI 96772 – Pub. Hearing

 

October 15, 2011 (Saturday) 9:00 a.m. @ Hilo Council Chambers, 25 Aupuni Street, Hilo, HI 96720 – Pub. Hearing

 

October 15, 2011 (Saturday) 2:00 p.m. @ Kea‘au Community Center, 16-186 Pili Mua Street, Kea‘au, HI 96749 – Pub. Hearing

 

October 17, 2011 (Monday) 6:00 p.m. @ WHCC, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy. Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 – Pub. Hearing

 

October 20, 2011 (Thursday) 6:00 p.m. @ Yano Hall, 82-6156 Mamalahoa Hwy. Captain Cook, HI 96704 – Pub. Hearing – PLEASE NOTE:  CORRECTION TO OCTOBER 20TH PUBLIC HEARING AT YANO HALL MEETING TIME IS 6:00 PM (NOT 2:00 PM AS PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN)

 

October 21, 2011, (Friday) – Hilo, @ 10:00 a.m. – Regular Meeting

 

November 3, 2011, (Thursday) – Hilo, @ 10:00 a.m. – Regular Meeting

 

November 10, 2011, (Thursday) – Hilo, @ 10:00 a.m. – Regular Meeting (Decide on Draft Plan)

 

November 21, 2011 (Monday) 6:00 p.m. @ WHCC, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy. Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 – Pub. Hearing

 

November 22, 2011 (Tuesday) 6:00 p.m. @ Hilo Council Chambers, 25 Aupuni Street, Hilo, HI 96720 – Pub. Hearing

 

November 30, 2011, (Wednesday) – 10:00 a.m. – Regular Meeting (Decide on Final Plan)


Mahalo,

 

 

Office of Hawai‘i County Councilmember Smart
District 6 – Upper Puna, Ka’u, South Kona
25 Aupuni Street
Hilo, HI 96720

(808) 961-8536

hccdistrict6@gmail.com