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Ka`u News Briefs Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014

All three District Six candidates for County Council campaigned in Na`alehu's Fourth of July parade and forums in Volcano, Pahala and South Kona, wrapping up before the Aug. 9 primary with a forum at Ocean View Community Center on Monday, Aug. 4 at 6 p.m.
HUI MALAMA OLA NA `OIWI, WITH AN OFFICE IN NA`ALEHU, is one of six Native Hawaiian health care centers across the state to benefit from an award of $12,339,016 in U.S. Department of Health & Human Services grant funding.
Funding for Hui Malama Ola Na `Oiwi is coming from U.S. Department
of Health & Human Services. Photo by Julia Neal
      The grants support continued operation of health care centers, enabling them to pay for rent, salaries and various overhead expenses, as well as assist in providing medications for qualified patients.
      “Native Hawaiian health care centers are a crucial thread in the fabric of our island communities. This funding will go to Papa Ola Lokahi and the Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems on each island, which provide vital services for Hawai`i’s indigenous population,” said Sen. Mazie Hirono. “I will continue to advocate for this and other programs aimed at improving the health and well-being of Native Hawaiians.”
      The funding is being distributed through the Native Hawaiian Health Care Act, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Sen. David Ige have unveiled their proposed plans for the state for the next four years.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie held a confirmation ceremony at Pahala Plantation House
after his election in 2010. Photo by Julia Neal
GOV. NEIL ABERCROMBIE’S PLAN IS TITLED Charting Tomorrow: A Plan for a Brighter Future in Hawai`i
      The plan describes the foundation laid in Abercrombie’s first four years and his vision for the state’s economy and fiscal management, education, the environment, health and human services.
      The plan calls for investing in infrastructure and transportation to create jobs and improve the economy; providing preschool for all children; providing accessible and affordable higher education; providing more care, services and financial relief for kupuna; creating a more financially resilient and fiscally responsible government; reducing greenhouse gases by increasing clean energy;  and protecting the environment while still supporting the needs of a growing population through clean energy, local food production and responsible development.
      “It is a priority of our Administration to steward our environment and natural resources through partnerships to protect and restore our core watershed areas and reefs; support healthy fisheries, freshwater security and biodiversity; and ensure effective waste management,” the document states. “Hawai`i is also planning for the impacts of climate change by making sure that our critical infrastructure, natural resources, and food system are resilient.”
      Regarding invasive species, the plan states, “Hawai`i is facing a biological crisis due to invasive species. We are committed to protecting Hawai`i’s economy, agriculture, environment, health and way of life from the devastating impacts of invasive species by strengthening biosecurity at our borders and between our islands, supporting on-the-ground control efforts in each county and watershed, and effectively working across departments for effective response.”
     The full plan is available at neilabercrombie.com/charting-tomorrow-plan-for-hawaii.
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Sen. David Ige, who made a campaign stop in Pahala on Monday, has released
his plan for Hawai`i, if he becomes governor. Photo by Julia Neal
IN HIS PLAN TITLED ENGINEERING HAWAI`I’S FUTURE, state Sen. David Ige lays out his agenda on issues including tourism, technology, environment, energy, agriculture, homelessness and open government. 
      One of the senator’s top priorities would be growing the state’s economy, and tourism is a cornerstone of that initiative. His plan calls for creating another international entry point at Kona International Airport to relieve federal Customs Service congestion at Honolulu International Airport.
      Ige’s plan also calls for working closely with Hawai`i’s congressional delegation to improve the visa issuance process in China and customs and pre-clearance for visitors from Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Korea.
      As governor, he plans to implement state-of-the-art technology to increase efficiency and effectiveness at state agencies. He wants technology to be used to its full advantage, such as encouraging online tax filing.
      Preserving Hawai`i’s natural environment through responsible economic growth and planning is another key component in Ige’s plan. He would direct the Pacific-Asia Institute for Resilience and Sustainability to help mitigate risks from natural and man-made hazards and develop solutions for sustainable economic growth and adaptive plans for climate change.
      To reduce Hawai`i’s $6 billion a year dependence on imported oil, the senator would aggressively tackle goals set by the Hawai`i Clean Energy Initiative.
      To increase local food production, Ige would identify and preserve up to 200,000 acres of prime agricultural land.
      Ige would support counties’ efforts to address homelessness. He also fully supports the Housing First initiative, which provides transitional and permanent emergency housing, referral services for mental illness, addiction and job training and other social services.
      Ige’s plan discusses open government, calling for active citizen participation, transparency and accountability. He would hold weekly press conferences and ensure that appointees to state boards and commissions are committed to conducting government affairs in an open manner.
      See davidige.org/action-plan.
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Hurricane Iselle is expect to weaken as it approaches Hawai`i next week.
Map from National Hurricane Center.
HURRICANE ISELLE IS HEADING WEST-NORTHWEST after forming in the Eastern Pacific. National Weather Service reported it is now a Category Two storm with maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour. NWS expects it to strengthen more over the next couple of days, but then weaken as it encounters cooler sea surface temperatures and drier, more stable conditions.
      To track the storm, see weather.gov.
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EVAN ENRIQUES, OF PAHALA, IS PARTICIPATING in the 2014 NORCECA Men’s U21 Continental Championship as a member of the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team. In the team’s victory over Mexico on Thursday, Enriques led the U.S. in digs with 11. Scores were 25-18, 25-21, 17-25, 25-11. The team also won its quarterfinal match against El Salvador yesterday and moves on to play Canada in the semifinals. Scores were unavailable at publication time. 
      Teams in the championship, taking place in Colorado Springs, CO, are members of the North America, Central America and Caribbean volleyball federation.
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KAHUKU UNIT OF HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK offers its free `Ohi`a Lehua program tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. Participants bring lunch and learn about the vital role of `ohi`a lehua in native Hawaiian forests, the many forms of the `ohi`a lehua tree and its flower.
      For more information, call 985-6011.

WALK-IN VOTING CONTINUES NEXT WEEK, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Primary Election Day is a week from today, Saturday, Aug. 9. Any candidate for Countil Council receiving at least 50 percent plus one vote becomes the winner in the non-partisan election. If no one dominates, there will be a runoff in November between the top two candidates.

Ocean View Community Center hosts a County Council candidate
forum Monday at 6 p.m.
OCEAN VIEW COMMUNITY CENTER PRESENTS a candidate forum Monday at 6 p.m. County Council candidates Richard Abbett, Maile Medeiros David and Jim Wilson participate in this final forum before the primary election next Saturday, Aug. 9.
      Call 939-7033 for more information.

PARTICIPANTS IN FRIENDS OF HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK’S Forest Restoration Project on Friday, Aug. 8 should register by Monday evening. The project takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kahuku Unit of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, where volunteers remove invasive plants in a kipuka of native `ohi`a forest with a mix of other native trees and understory. 
      Register at forest@fhvnp.org or 352-1402.


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