I write this as a commentary because 1. I am biased in favor of BIPC being a Â member myself 2. I want to complain about the cost of the event set for 5:30 p.m., Friday, July 31, 2009.
Granted, $28 accesses you to a smorgasbord of mahimahi, chicken, kalua, pork, lomi salmon, poi, rice, and cake at the Hilo Seaside Hotel’s Coconut Girl and the pleasantry of Mayor Billy Kenoi. Â
“Kenoi hasn’t said what his topic will be, but do we need to ask?” Rod Thompson wrote. “The mayors of all counties, plus the governor, have been deeply involved in trying to figure out how to keep the state and county governments at least partly operational, while cutting back on government employee incomes in one manner or another. Â Some questioning from the audience may also be directed toward the mayor’s feelings about the recent County Council reorganization…Is all of this way too serious? Listen. The economy is still in a mess. But Billy Kenoi is a funny guy. Come.”Â
Fine, I’ll fork up nearly $30 that I could be spending on diapers for my kid. Â Journalists are commoners and we should not be acting so high maka maka by charging so much for our events. Â Actually, I’m just giving the board of directors a hard time.Â They know me as a perennial complainer about the cost of BIPC functions. Â Â I reality, I begrudgingly pay the cost of the dinners arranged by the board, trying not to miss the few functions we have throughout the year; it’s always a good time seeing fellow members.Â
Okay, now that I’ve stepped off my soapbox about the need for us to charge less for BIPC functions, Â I have to tell you that this dinner is for a great cause. Â BIPC scholarships will be awarded to promising young students who will pursuing a degree in journalism. Â
Regarding Mayor Billy Kenoi, I sure hope he knows he’ll be standing in a room full of journalists and others interested in the public’s right to know and he won’t be able to dodge questions about his view on the Council reorganization. Â
Did you saw today’s letter to the editor from Likeke Ric Bumanglag, of Kailua-Kona? Her letter is a great illustration for why the mayor needs to come out with a definitive statement about the reorganization and try to calm the storm brewing to split the island.Â
“Why have we in West Hawaii not heard adequate responses from all of our Hawaii County politicians in regards to to all the East Hawaii/West Hawaii county split rhetoric? Â Billy Kenoi, we â€” as ohana of our county â€” put you and our elected officials in office to serve all of our people. Â This also means addressingÂ ALL concerns regardless of what side of the island a county representative “represents.”
Â We are one county, not only politically but also culturally. We split our county (virtually or otherwise), we split our aloha. We split our aloha, we split our ‘aina; and indeed we split our ‘aina we split our people! Auwe!
Do your jobs by explaining your actions that have caused a lot of frustration and discomfort to many of our ohana. A positive step is to have ALL council members respond as a responsible team directly to voters in West Hawaii. Failure to communicate effectively to our people means you are all not worthy of holding office! That being the case, voters must then find the-leadership that will heal our island — not split OUR island!
Likeke Ric Bumanglag
Suffice it to say, I sure hope the mayor decides to come out with a message about “J And The We’re-Walking-On-Sunshine Boys” either before or at the $28 BIPC dinner! You can bet your bottoms I’ll be raising my hand to ask him, if someone doesn’t beat me to it.
If you would like to support my favorite club and attend the scholarship dinner, call (808) 982-6631 or emailÂ firstname.lastname@example.org. Â If you RSVP and you are a no-show, don’t think you can’t pay the $28. Â As Rod pointed out in his notice, “the restaurant will have already bought the food for you, so you must pay even if you don’t show.”