Center Offers Mediation Training

Hilo’s Ku`ikahi Mediation Center still has room for more enrollees in its next Basic Mediation Training, which will take place over two weekends, September 12-13 and 19-20, at the Aging and Disability Resource Center, 1225 Kinoole St., Hilo. The 30-hour training session, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays, “offers instruction in the process of mediation and how to apply advanced communication skills–such as active listening, summarizing and reframing, and using open-ended questions–in order to help people resolve their differences.” Participants learn how to use mediation techniques to manage and resolve conflict, communicate more effectively, become more effective negotiators and problem solvers, and contribute to conflict resolution in their homes, business places and communities.
“People in conflict often focus on each other as the problem, going head to head. Mediation helps people focus on the issues, not on each other, so they can see that they have a joint problem to solve,” noted an e-mail flyer on the training. “Whether you want to improve your peacemaking and communication skills or want to become a mediator, this training gives you the tools you need to start resolving conflict in a peaceful and lasting way.
No particular background or personality is needed–all are welcome!”
The course will be taught by Diane Petropulos & Catherine Lampton. Cost, including training materials, is $295 but partial scholarships are available; to get an application form, e-mail For more information, call (808) 935-7844
ext. 9.

Kawaihae Harbor Community Meeting

Representative Cindy Evans will be holding a meeting regarding South Kawaihae Recreational Harbor and North Kawaihae Recreational Harbor on Saturday September 19 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Kawaihae Canoe Club. 

 Officials from the Department of Land and Natural Resources Boating Division will give an overview of the South Kawaihae Harbor and future plans for the North Kawaihae Harbor. Community input is encouraged and there will be a Q & A to follow.

 Some of the items that will be discussed are: damages from flooding, anything outstanding with the US Corps of Engineers, the boat ramp for South Boat Harbor, security measures, possibility of mooring buoys at South Boat Harbor, update on road, waterline, and master plan for South Kawaihae Harbor, breakwater at North Kawaihae harbor, needs for North Kawaihae Harbor, and storm water runoff at North Kawaihae Harbor

 Working with her Hawaii Island colleagues,  Evans shepherded a $400,000 appropriation this past legislative session for North Kawaihae Boat Harbor.

 “This meeting is an opportunity to identify what improvements are needed to make the harbor safe and more functional for the enjoyment of all who enjoy the ocean.  And I strongly encourage the public to come to the meeting to provide their thoughts on issues and priorities they feel are important for the harbor,” said Evans.

 Evans serves as House Majority Floor Leader and represents House District 7 (North Kona, South Kohala, and North Kohala).

Letter: Council Resolution would Support Amendment to Counter Citizen’s United

Dear One,

We worked HARD to get CLEAN ELECTIONS for our island. And it was GREAT! Now Karen Eoff is proposing a Resolution to get rid of Citizens United through the nationwide group: MOVETOAMEND.
Please come on Wed. Sept 2nd to the County building and testify in support of this resolution. Municipalities and states all over the nation are starting this groundwork to amend the US Constitution to clarify that Corporations are not “people” and that money is not speech. The future of our democracy depends on our getting this cleared up. Please pass on this message to your progressive friends. Aloha,

Noelie Rodriguez



Editor’s Note:  The Council meeting takes place in Hilo starting at 9 a.m. with live connections for video testimony at the Council’s satellite offices around the island.  Text of the resolution is below:


WHEREAS, the United States Constitution was written and approved with the intention of protecting the rights of individual human beings (“natural persons”); and

WHEREAS, corporations are not mentioned in the Constitution, and the people of the Unites States (“The People”) have never granted constitutional rights to corporations, nor decreed that corporations have authority that exceeds the authority of The People; and

WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court, in Austin v. Michigan Chamber of commerce (1990), recognized as a threat to a republican form of government “the corrosive and distorting effects of immense aggregations of wealth that are accumulated with the help of the corporate form and that have little or no correlation to the public’s support for the corporation’s political ideas”; and

WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010) (“Citizens United”) reversed the decision in Austin by rolling back legal limits on corporate spending in the electoral process and allowing unlimited corporate spending to sway votes and influence elections, candidate selection, and policy decisions; and

WHEREAS, the majority decision in Citizens United was recognized as a serious threat to self-government by the four dissenting justices. Corporations have special advantages not enjoyed by natural persons, such as limited liability, perpetual life, and favorable treatment of the accumulation and distribution of assets. These advantages allow them to amass and spend prodigious sums on campaign messages that often have far greater reach and influence than messages from individuals; and

WHEREAS, federal courts in Buckley v. Valeo (1976) and in v. FED (2010) overturned limits on independent expenditures because the “corruption or perception of corruption” rationale was only applicable to direct contributions to candidates; and

WHEREAS, Unites States Supreme Court in Justice Stevens observed in Nixon v. Shrink Missouri Government PAC (2000) that “money is property, it is not speech”; and

WHEREAS, Article V of the United States Constitution allows The People of the various states to amend the U.S. Constitution to correct those egregiously wrong decisions of the United States Supreme Court that challenge our democratic principles and the republican form of self-government; and

WHEREAS, there is widespread opposition to the Citizens United ruling that money is speech and that independent corporate campaign spending cannot be limited; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE COUNTY OF HAWAI‘I that it urges Hawai’i’s congressional delegation to propose and pass an amendment clarifying that corporations are not people with constitutional rights, and that unlimited campaign spending is not free speech.

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the County Clerk shall forward copies of this resolution to United States Senator Brian Schatz, United States Senator Mazie Hirono, United States Representative Mark Takai, United States representative Tulsi Gabbard, Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr., Governor David Y. Ige, State Senate President Ronald D. Kouchi, and Speaker of the State House of Representatives Joe Souki, and the Honorable Mayor William P. Kenoi.


Flash Flood Watch Extended; Puna Council Meeting Cancelled

From Hawaaii County Civil Defense at 6:15 p.m., Monday, August 24:

The National Weather Service Flash Flood Watch for Hawaii Island remains in effect.  Due to unstable weather conditions and very moist air across the state, the flash flood watch will remain in effect through 6:00PM tomorrow.

Currently heavy rains and occasional thunder and lighting can be expected across all areas of the island.

With the ongoing upper slope rains and runoff, Highway 11 near the Whittington Beach Park in Ka’u is experiencing intermittent road closure due to flooding conditions.  Presently the highway is open to one lane traffic; however, motorists are advised to avoid the area and to use alternate routes if possible.

All other major highways and roadways are opened at this time however motorists are advised to drive carefully and to be prepared for hazardous conditions, ponding, and runoff, and to anticipate traffic delays.

Lastly, in consideration of the hazardous road conditions, the joint Puna Council public meeting scheduled for tonight at the Mt. View School has been cancelled.

Big Island Press Club Sponsors Presentation on The Transparency Initiative

The Big Island Press Club invites the public to a luncheon talk on Thursday, June 18, from noon until 1:30 p.m. at Restaurant Kenichi to hear about The Grassroot Institute’s Transparency Initiative.

The  initiative has broken new ground in shedding a light on holding government in Hawaii accountable. Grassroot has been able to uncover amazing information, which will be uploaded for journalists and the public at

Among the findings:
? The top ten highest state public pensions for retirees last year.
? The average pension and base salary for every state department.
? The salaries, overtime, and bonus pay, and other information for every county.

Through a series of open records requests, and with the help of the Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest, and the Office of Information Practices, Grassroot President Keli’i Akina and policy analyst Joe Kent will review the work that Grassroot Institute has done for a better government, economy, and society in Hawaii.

The institute’s speakers also will share of its struggles to advance transparency in Hawaii, especially with regard to Hawaii County, which has been one of the least transparent counties in terms of salary and overtime pay. In addition, the speakers will review their transparency work with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and the Employee Retirement System, among other agencies.

“A society built on democracy rests on an informed public. Now more than ever, it’s important that we say “E Hana Kakou, let’s work together,” toward an open and transparent government.,” Akina said.

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is a nonprofit 501(c)3 public policy think tank, dedicated to advancing individual liberty, the freemarket, and limited, accountable government.

Reservations are required. The cost of the buffet lunch (chicken katsu, furikake panko salmon, yakisoba, salad, vegetable, beverage) at Restaurant Kenichi, 684 Kilauea Ave., Hilo, is $20.

Register with a credit card at ($2.09 processing fee) or contact Robert Duerr or 808-937-9104. Those interested may also send check to BIPC P. O. Box 1920, Hilo HI 96721, to arrive no later than June 16. Parking is available at Aupuni Center, across the street, for 25 cents per hour.

The Big Island Press Club has been dedicated to journalism and the public’s right to know about the workings of government, business and communities on Hawaii island since 1967.

Big Island Invasive Species Committee To Host Albizia Workshops

With news that the National Weather Service expects a more severe hurricane season than usual, Big Island residents–especially those in lover Puna–may be recalling the purgatory created by albizia trees during Tropical Storm Iselle, when the large, invasive, brittle trees fell by the thousands and isolated entire neighborhoods.

With the prevention of similar future experiences in mind, the Big Island Invasive Species Committee is hosting a series of workshops on how to lessen the albizia menace.

“At the workshops, we focus on providing information to teams and individuals who want to take action on a specific area of their neighborhood,” notes the BIISC announcement for the workshops.   “Working with the community organizer, these leaders will address both hazard and non-hazard trees in their selected area.  Trees that directly threaten roads, structures or utility lines should only be removed by a certified arborist.  At the workshops, you will be provided with resources to help you contact private landowners to notify them about hazard trees.  You will also learn how to safely and effectively use small amounts of herbicide to treat non-hazard trees and stop the spread of the “keiki” albizia that are popping up.”

In addition to the informational session, the BIISC albizia  control crew will give residents hands-on training to community volunteers. Those who wish to participate in the training should wear sturdy, closed toe shoes, long pants, and a long sleeved shirt, and bring their own water bottles (Water refills will be provided).  Also recommended, in case the crew runs into little fire annts:   “a hat and towel or cloth you can use to protect your neck and collarline,”  since disturbed ants may fall out of the trees.


May 9 Hawaiian Shores Community Center (“The Stables”) 9 a.m.-12 p. m.

June 6 Leilani Estates 9 a.m. Community Center- Info Table / 10 a.m. – Demo & Workshop

June 20 Hawaiian Paradise Park Community Center – 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

June 20 Nanawale Estates – 9 a.m. The Longhouse


Those who wish to sign up for a workshop or need more information can contact

Pohakuloa’s Commander to Address Memorial Day Service

Lieutenant Colonel Jacob A. Peterson, Commander of the U.S. Army Garrison-Pohakuloa, will be the keynote speaker at a Memorial Day Service s sponsored by VFW Post 3830 and Ladies Auxiliary at Veterans Cemetery #1 in Hilo on Monday, May 25 beginning at 10 a.m. The public is welcome to participate. Aloha attire is suggested.

“This is the first time VFW 3830 is hosting the Memorial Day Service in Hilo,” noted spokesperson Jan Kama. “We invite you to attend and participate in paying tribute to those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.”

\Peterson began his career in 1991 as an artilleryman in his local Colorado National Guard unit. After an appointment to West Point, he was commissioned in the Infantry in 1996. Prior to assuming command at Pohakuloa, he served as Air and Missile Defense Division chief the U.S. Army Central Command in Leavenworth, Kansas, and worked as Southeast Asia counter-terrorism officer at U.S. Army-Pacific Command on O’ahu.




Mediation Center Offers Workshop on Making Conflict Constructive

Dr. Gay Barfield is offering  a workshop entitled “From Conflict to Connection,” sponsored by Kuikahi Mediation Center, at the Neighborhood Place of Puna,  16-105 Opukahaia Street, Kea’au, on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

“Many of us are terrified of conflict as being inevitably harsh & harmful,” notes the press release for the workshop. “Due to our past experiences with anger & upset, we are used to conflicts fraught with fear, failure & fractured relationships. The result? Even normal arguments or differences create reactions in us of avoidance, placating, or sudden escalation. Would you like become more competent in handling conflict? Do you long for resolution and renewal? Does the idea of transforming conflict into a pathway toward intimacy and peace seem oddly unrealistic?
Then join us to discover how constructive conflict is possible!”

Among the topics covered: How to engage in spirited fighting (while maintaining personal integrity); how to  make the first move toward reconciliation; Increasing compassion and caring; fostering a sense of ease at home, in the workplace and across cultures, and setting personal aims for making change.

Gay Barfield, Ph.D., Lic. MFT, is a human relations educator, trainer, consultant, and therapist specializing in Carl Rogers’ person-centered approach to diversity, conflict dialogue, and listening across differences at work, at home, cross-culturally, and between genders. Dr. Barfield was a Fellow of Center for Studies of the Person for nearly 30 years where she created one of the first Women’s Centers in San Diego and the Living Now Institute. With Carl R. Rogers she founded and co-directed the Carl Rogers Institute for Peace, a project applying person-centered principles to real and potential crisis situations. Currently semi-retired, Dr. Barfield continues to offer workshops internationally, mentor young therapists, and write about her experiences over the past 40 years as a “gatherer,” social activist, and stubborn idealist.

Tuition for the workshop is $50. Partial scholarships are available .To register, contact Executive Director Julie Mitchell at:

101 Aupuni Street, Suite PH 1014 B-2 • Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720
Phone: (808) 935-7844 x 116 • Fax: (808) 961-9727
Email: • Web:

Letter: Drilling Report from PGV

Aloha mai kakou,

 An update on PGV drilling activities:

 We recently completed our third phase of drilling to a depth of 5,008 feet.  We reached our drilling depth on March 31, 2015.  Compared to our most current schedule, we are about ten days or so ahead.

 We are currently scheduled to start drilling of the next phase by this coming Wednesday, 8 April or so.  If all goes well, this will be our last phase of drilling at KS-16.

 For our continued discussion on the drilling activities, we are planning to hold a community meeting on Tuesday, 7 April, 6:30 pm at the Pahoa Community Center.  Confirmation for this next meeting will be sent out on Monday, 6 April.

 We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding and look forward to having a productive conversation at our next community meeting.

Happy Easter to all.

Mahalo nui, Mike.

Civil Defense Lava Meeting Cancelled in Order to Cancel Lava Emergency

From Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira:

I apologize for the late notice however we will be postponing the Pahoa Community Meeting scheduled for tonight at 6:30 at the Pahoa High School cafeteria. The County and our partner agencies are meeting with FEMA this morning to discuss the closing of the lava flow incident and there will be many questions asked as to what the implications may be with regards to the various projects and expenses incurred in response to the lava flow threat. It is our goal and desire to provide the community with this information and to share how the federal reimbursement program will apply to the projects and costs. Realizing that for some questions FEMA may need to internally have further discussion as well as for some of the applicant representatives at the meeting there may be a need to provide additional information or to review with their executives; it would be prudent to obtain the final answers and outcomes and share that information at the community meeting. Therefore the meeting will be postponed pending the final outcome of the public assistance program application review and approvals. We apologize for this inconvenience and look forward to sharing all information with the community.

Thank you,

Darryl J. Oliveira

Commentary: Water Resource Protection Plan Meetings Tonight in Kona, Monday in Hilo

If you care about your water – you may want to attend…..


KONA: March 24 – West Hawaii Civic Center, Rm. next to the ‘rotunda’ 6:30pm

HILO: March 30 – Aupuni Center – 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 1 6:30pm

Additional information can be found at:…/planning/hiwaterplan/wrpp/wrpp2014/

via Janice Palma-Glennie

The outcome of these meetings will affect everyone in Hawai`i.

In Kona, there is huge future demand for water. Nothing in the existing Water Resources Protection Plan (WRPP) — the topic of the meetings — directly mentions or protects the ecological and cultural significance of our near shore natural and cultural resources.

The WRPP is one part of the “Hawai`i Water Plan” that was established by the State Water Code. It was created as part of the code with the idea that careful planning would allow the Water Commission, as Trustees of the Public Trust in Water, to first ensure that water was protected, while allowing careful and proper development of water for economic use.

This code/plan is supposed to be updated every five years. The last time the WRPP was updated was in 2008.

The Water Resources Protection Plan (WRPP) is the keystone of the “Hawai`i Water Plan”. It is where the commission sets sustainable yields for groundwater; where it is supposed to establish policies for the protection of Public Trust uses of water, including leaving water in its natural state for recreational uses and the perpetuation of the Traditional and Customary Practices of Native Hawaiians. All the other parts of the plan are supposed to rely on the WRPP for guidance. These parts include the Agricultural Water Use and Development Plan (the plan for water needs for agriculture), the Water Quality Protection Plan (to protect water quality statewide), the State Water Projects Plan (providing water for state facilities like schools, airports, DHHL), and the all important County Water Use and Development Plans (where the Counties plan out how they will develop water for future growth while protecting public trust uses of water).

If an important use of water is not listed and protected in the Water Resources Protection Plan, the other plans will not mention nor protect it.

The Water Commission staff will be asking people to bring up their “one issue” that they are concerned about, and then break into small groups to discuss items. Based on the feedback from these meetings, they will be preparing a draft document. Now is a great time to speak up for our public trust interests in water.

Potential talking points:

Describe how you use or enjoy resources up and down the coast (e.g. coral reefs and fish that are adapted to fresh water flows, swimming / surfing in clean water, etc).
Talk about your concern for the future of the resources and the community that depends on them.

Mention that the calculation of sustainable yield has no scientific basis for determining how much and where water should continue to flow from mauka to makai.

Tell them their plans need to have proactive tasks to implement: the days should be long gone when the Water Commission can just sit back, waiting for a complaint from the community or when a problem has reached a crisis point .

Mahalo and hope to see you there,
Janice Palma-Glennie

Moku Loa Group -Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation Big Island Hawai`i Chapter – Kona Kai Ea, Surfrider Hilo Chapter, Surfrider Foundation Hilo Chapter

Phone No., Password, Documents Released for Tomorrow’s DU Meeting

Those wishing to participate via free teleconference phone at the Army/Nuclear Regulatory Commission meeting about depleted uranium at Pohakuloa and Schofield Barracks should call 888-957-9862 and give the following password:  4982130.  The call is toll free.

Senior Project Manager Amy Snyder of the NRC has provided the following additional information about documents that the Army has provided the NRC and where to find them online:

“Documents that will be discussed can be reviewed at the links below beginning Friday, March 20:

View ADAMS P8 Properties ML15078A094

Open ADAMS P8 Package (Draft Documents from Army Regarding March 24, 2015 Meeting on Depleted Uranium from the Davy Crockett Weapon System)

“Draft Documents from Army Regarding March 24, 2015 Meeting on Depleted Uranium from the Davy Crockett Weapon System:
ML15078A092 DRAFT National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document
ML15078A099 DRAFT Decommissioning Funding Plan
ML15078A114 DRAFT Programmatic Approach for Preparation of Site-Specific Environmental Radiation Monitoring Plans
ML15078A115 DRAFT Proposed Amendments to Conditions of NRC SML # SUC-1593
ML15078A118 DRAFT “Radiation Safety Plan for IMCOM Ranges Affected by M101 Davy Crockett Spotting Round Depleted Uranium.”

“These documents are located in package No. ML15078A094…. The package No. is not declared- so please use the individual ML numbers provided above. They are now publicly available. The Army said that they will have one more draft document by Monday, March 23. The NRC staff may not have enough time to review this draft so the NRC staff may not be able to have a detailed discussion on documents received late- in which case we may be in the listening mode.”

Letter: Roaring Lions Variety Show Supports Vision Screening for Kids

Aloha Tiffany!

The Lions of East Hawaii need your help!  We have received Federal approval for the Big Island Lions Foundation as a 501(c)(3) public charty and we are holding our first fund raiser on March 26 at the Palace. 

It promises to be a fantastic night with generous performances given to this event by some of East Hawaii’s great performance artists. 

·         Kawaimaluhia and Nani Naope & Friends

·         The Masoe Family

·         Merahi, the award winning Tahitian dancers

·         Ke Ola Makanio Mauna Loa Halau

·         Ben Kaili & Friends

·         Special Guest Diane Aki

 The Kamehameha Chorus will perform in the lobby before the show!

 Please help spread the word!  If you would like tickets to sell, I am glad to be able to help you.  Tickets are $20, available at my office or at the box office the night of the show.

 This year, the East Hawaii Lions introduced cameras to our vision screening for school children.  The cameras make the process faster and more accurate, allowing us to work with more children.  The best feature is that we can now do younger preschool children because the cameras do not require the children to have developed speech and social skills.  It relies on the reflection of light from the inner eye.  The vendor has allowed us to work with a demonstrator but now we need to purchase at least two cameras for our work.  Each camera costs $5,800.

  Come out to enjoy the fun and do something special for our keiki!

Nancy Jean Kramer