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January 22, 2009 Neighborhood News Volume 1, Issue 1

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Wainaku-Kaiwiki Community Association (WKCA)

Neighborhood News                         Volume 1, Issue 1

January 22, 2009


Meet Rep. Mark Nakashima

Recently elected Hawaii State Legislature 1st District Representative Mark Nakashima, will be at our February 14 community meeting. Come meet Mark, hear what’s planned for our district, and address your issues and concerns.
Date: February 14, 2009
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Kaiwiki Park
This will be a meeting/pupu ‘n dessert potluck. Soft drinks will be provided. We hope you will join us!

Clean-Up Day Set for Jan. 31, Saturday – A 2nd Kaiwiki Road Clean-Up Day is scheduled to collect rubbish tossed along our roadway from the bottom of the hill to the last mail box on the route.

The problem continues with no end in sight. The County Highways Dept. reports this is an island-wide problem.
We need your help. We can work in Teams (if desired) to pick up the trash. We’ll provide latex gloves & trash bags which will be available at Kaiwiki Park from 9 a.m. The trash bags left on the side of the road will be collected by volunteers later in the day.

Date: Jan. 31, Saturday
Time: 9—11 a.m.

Join the fight with concerned neighbors to keep our neighborhood clean and beautiful. Mahalo!


Hamakua Community Development Plan (CDP)


Council member Yagong and the Rural South Hilo Community Association (representing the Hamakua coast area) needs your support. Please write or email Mayor Billy Kenoi now to ask for his support to include the Hamakua
Community Development Plan
in his administration’s proposed budget for this year.

Your help is urgently needed to make our needs known and addressed. Encourage Mayor Billy Kenoi and others to make the Hamakua Community Development Plan a top priority this year. Their addresses are listed below.
Billy Kenoi, Mayor
County of Hawaii
25 Aupuni Street
Hilo, HI96720

Nancy Crawford, Finance Dept. Director
County of Hawaii
25 Aupuni Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Daryn Arai, Planning Dept. Director
County of Hawaii                         
Aupuni Center
101 Pauahi Street, Suite 3
Hilo, Hawaii 96720


State Rep. Mark Nakashima
1st Representative District
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 319
415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

State Sen. Dwight Takamine
1st Senatorial District
Hawaii State Capitol, 204
415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
We cannot let another budget cycle go by without the proper funding in place for this important community process. Please take time to write.


Community Meeting Schedule
(through April ‘09)

Date/Day Time Location Topics
February 14 Saturday 1:00 p.m. Kaiwiki Park Meet Rep. Mark Nakashima
(House of Representatives) ** Pupu ‘n dessert potluck
March 12
7:30 p.m. Wainaku Gym Annual MeetingBoard Elections
Foster Care Presentation with
Michele Carvalho, Hui Ho’omalu
April 11
1:00 p.m. Kaiwiki Park Meet Bob Fitzgerald, new County
Parks and Recreation Director (tentative-invitation extended 1/09)

Alternative Evacuation Routes

Following last February’s downed tree incident which knocked out electrical power and blocked road access on lower Kaiwiki Road for 11+ hours, we’ve asked Council member Dominic Yagong to help us develop emergency evacuation routes on both lower and upper Kaiwiki Roads. With only one road in and out, the need for alternative exiting routes is necessary in case of emergency. Two routes are needed in the event that:

1) lower Kaiwiki Road is blocked at the bottom of the hill, and
2) upper Kaiwiki Road’s 16-ton bridge should be come damaged and/or destroyed.

On Thursday Council member Yagong held a meeting with Cindy and Gene Inoue (representing our Association), the Fire Dept. Chief, Public Works Director, County Corporation Counsel, Steve Shropshire (land owner) and select County staff to discuss our request. Everyone agreed that a lower Kaiwiki Road exit was the first priority. Public Works will conduct a road site visit to ascertain the condition of a proposed exit road; legal counsel will explore liability issues; Steve Shropshire will confer with his associates; and Council member Yagong will have a conversation with Leonard Cardoza (landowner). We are optimistic that a cooperative agreement will be developed this year.

Cindy also raised this issue with Sen. Dwight Takamine and Rep. Mark Nakashima at their recent community meeting suggesting the need for a Hamakua coast master plan. They were receptive to pursuing these issues with Council member Yagong.


Did you Know?   Dept of Public Works is scheduled to repaint the center divider lines on lower Kaiwiki Road in March-April.


City Watch Program – – The Hawai’i County Civil Defense Agency has acquired a new mass emergency notification system which allows for County agencies to easily notify the public in the event of emergencies. This new program is called City Watch, an electronic notification system that can notify residents about evacuations or other emergency measures via phone or email. Hawai’i County residents need to register for the City Watch notification messages by either mailing in your contact information to:

County of Hawai’i Civil Defense Agency
920 Ululani Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720

or go online at: http://www.citywatchonline.com/CSBSignUp/HawaiiSignUp.asp.

To register please give your name, street address (no P.O. boxes please), city, zip code, home phone, cell phone, cell phone carrier name and email address. This service is free to all residents.


Association Board Elections


At our March 12, Thursday meeting elections will be held for the Wainaku-Kaiwiki Community Association (WKCA) Board of Director positions. The Board consists of 9 individuals, four (4) of which shall be officers of the organization (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer). Terms are for 12 months starting April 1 and ending March 31. The Board meets at least once every three months and plans the community meeting schedule. Duties include:

President: preside & direct meetings, follow up on action items, delegate duties, attend various meetings/represent the Association . File annual registration statement; develop and coordinate distribution of the newsletter and other flyers with the Newsletter Editor, etc.

Vice-President: take the place of the President when s/he is not available, post meeting banners and notices, generally assists the Association, as needed.

Secretary: take and maintain minutes of board and community meetings; maintain records of the Association, post announcements and notices.

Treasurer: manage all financial matters relating to the Association, including Excel records of dues-paying members, issue checks/maintain checking account, develop and issue monthly financial statements.

5 Board of Directors: The Board of Directors serve as directors-at-large (advisory group), serve as committee chairpersons and project leads, attend Board and community meetings, assist the Board in carrying out their duties.

Consider volunteering to become an officer and/or nominate a neighbor who wants to make a difference in our community!

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Our Vision … people working together to promote a friendly, safe, healthy, and supportive neighborhood for residents of all ages…


Wainaku-Kaiwiki Community Association
Board of Directors
Cindy Inoue, President
Mike Kingston, Vice-President
Bill Lowe, Treasurer
vacant, Secretary
Directors: Tom Brookman, Marcia Cooley,
Gene Inoue, Ernest Pacheco, Charles Pavao
Dan Lindsay, Newsletter Editor


Want to Receive More Information? Get on our email group list to receive periodic updates in-between our newsletters. Send your name and email address to Cindy at cindykondo@msn.com



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