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Courthouse Dog Program

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Courthouse Dog Program Logo


East Hawai’i — The Office of the Prosecuting Attorney is implementing the Courthouse Dog Program, which offers vulnerable witnesses, victims, and other traumatized individuals therapeutic support from a trained service animal.

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May 23, 2014

The Office of the Prosecuting Attorney approached Councilman Ilagan to support the installation of a therapeutic dog to assist with interactions with traumatized children and adults. Resolution No. 343-14, was approved in Council on April 1, 2014. This resolution transfers $3,287 of District 4 contingency funds to the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney for costs associated with maintaining this therapeutic animal.

Background Information

Courthouse Dog Program

The Office of the Prosecuting Attorney seeks to mitigate emotional challenges that victims and witnesses encounter throughout the Judicial process and to treat each individual with compassion, sensitivity, and respect.

Since 2003, the national Courthouse Dog Program has provided trained canines to comfort sexually abused children, victims of violent crimes, and traumatized witnesses in order to promote justice with compassion.

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Thank You

The Office of the Prosecuting Attorney | Mayor Billy Kenoi

Child & Family Service Supplies

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East Hawai’i — Child and Family Service (CFS), a nonprofit, provides our island families with harm-reduction, family strengthening and alternatives to violence training and counseling. They also operate two domestic 24/7 abuse shelters in the County.

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May 16, 2014

On May 1, 2014, the Council approved Resolution 386-14, which provides $1,995 of District 4 contingency funds to CFS to purchase 1,330 bus tickets for individuals who utilize the Domestic Abuse Shelter in Hilo. This same day, the Council also approved Resolution 395-14, which transmits $1,712.14 to the CFS program for the purchase of basic supplies and hygiene items for women and children who arrive at the shelter with nothing. Women and children who escape domestic violence often flee their homes without basic necessities.

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Child & Family Service Supplies

Child & Family Service (CFS), a nonprofit 501(c)(3), operates two domestic abuse shelters in Hawai’i County which assist victims of domestic violence by providing advocacy, safety planning, and access to services such as counseling, temporary lodging and food, tutoring for children unable to attend school, obtaining temporary restraining orders, housing, financial aid and more.

The domestic abuse shelters operate twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and need assistance with providing basic supplies such as blankets, shoes, school supplies, and hygiene items to victims and their children.

Free transportation is necessary to assist with housing, counseling, legal and academic appointments. Individuals who utilize shelter services also need basic supplies to live at the abuse shelter and attend school. Councilman Ilagan approached CFS and the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney to support CFS Domestic Abuse Shelter, program functions.

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Thank You

Child & Family Service | Mayor Billy Kenoi | Hawai’i County Mass Transit Agency | Office of the Prosecuting Attorney

Parks & Recreation Equipment

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Pāhoa Neighborhood Facility


Puna, Hawai’i — Puna’s quickly growing populace heavily utilizes County owned and maintained parks and recreational facilities.

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May 15, 2014

Resolution No. 337-14 supports our County parks and facilities by giving $7,000 of District 4 contingency funds to the Parks and Recreation Department to replace aged equipment, and augment necessary program supplies. This resolution was approved in Council on April 1, 2014.

Councilman Ilagan worked with Parks and Recreation, and spoke to staff at Pāhoa’s Neighborhood Facility, Hawaiian Beaches Pavilion, and the Pāhoa Aquatics Center, to understand the needs at these venues.

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Parks & Recreation Equipment

The Department of Parks and Recreation is responsible for the oversight, management and maintenance of nearly 200 recreational sites, cemeteries and other County owned and operated facilities. Puna is the fastest growing district in Hawai`i County, which causes heavy usage of recreational facilities such as the Pāhoa Neighborhood Facility, Pāhoa Aquatics Center, and the Hawaiian Beaches Pavilion.

Recreational facilities need to augment existing equipment and/ or replace aged inventory such as metal folding chairs, pop-up tents, tables, folding chair carts, a Craftsman gas blower, and an ADA compliant stove and refrigerator.

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Thank You

Department of Parks and Recreation Director, Clayton Honma | Mayor Billy Kenoi | Pāhoa Neighborhood Facility Staff Members | Pāhoa Aquatic Center Staff Members

Pana’ewa Equestrian Center

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Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo & Equestrian Center Sign


Kea`au, Hawai’i — The Pana’ewa Equestrian Center in Kea`au was in need of drainage upgrades to improve use and function of the center.

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May 12, 2014

On April 1, 2014 the County Council approved Resolution No. 341-14 relating to the release of District 4 contingency funds for the purpose of drainage improvements to the popular Pana’ewa Equestrian Center. The Department of Parks and Recreation worked with Councilman Ilagan to bring this needed upgrade to the island’s residents and equestrian enthusiasts.

This $6,000 injection of funds will help to mitigate hazardous muddy conditions at the Pana’ewa Equestrian Center Rodeo Arena, creating a safer site for rodeo competitions and exhibitions.

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Pana’ewa Equestrian Center

The Pana`ewa Equestrian Center is used to stable horses and is a venue for rodeo competitions and exhibitions. Inadequate drainage creates muddy, hazardous conditions at the rodeo arena. Contingency Relief funds from Council District 4 will be appropriated to the Department of Parks and Recreation to redirect runoff and improve drainage.

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Thank You

Family and Friends of the Pana`ewa Rainforest Zoo and Equestrian Center | Department of Parks and Recreation | Mayor Billy Kenoi | Councilman Dennis “Fresh” Onishi and Staff

Bond Authorization Bill

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County of Hawai’i Seal


Puna, Hawai’i — General Obligation Bonds are utilized to invest in County infrastructure. These bonds enable the County government to boost the local construction industry while investing in parks, roads and other important projects to better serve our communities, especially in rapidly growing areas such as Puna.

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Project Update

May 7, 2014

On January 27, 2014, Bill 156, Draft 02 was approved by the Council. This bill appropriates a total of $61,494,010 to fund 26 island-wide projects; four of which are in the Puna area. Approved amendments (Communication 532.001) to Bill 156 included the addition of three projects in the Ka’u district.

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Bond Authorization Bill

Approved Projects in Puna:

  • Pāhoa Park Expansion: $20,000,000

    This project represents the largest single investment in recreation for Puna in Hawai`i County history. Lower Puna is the fastest growing area of the island, and this community needs facilities for our children and families. The plans for the county-owned property in Pāhoa Village include three covered play courts, lit baseball fields for Pony League and high school play, two multipurpose fields, two comfort stations, and two playgrounds.

  • Pāhoa Town Center Land: $1,260,000

    This land purchase will allow the County to acquire nearly four acres in central Pāhoa Village for development as a possible town square. When fully developed, the area will include a public parking lot, restrooms and other pedestrian- oriented enhancements.

  • Pāhoa Sewer Feasibility Study: $300,000

    This will fund a feasibility study for the development of a sewage collection and treatment system to serve the Pāhoa Regional Town Center area. The study will include recommendations for financing strategies, phased development, and locations of a treatment plant and lines.

  • Pāhoa Regional Town Center Master Plan: $150,000

    The master plan for the Pāhoa Regional Town Center will be developed with public participation to prepare for a sustainable, pedestrian-oriented town center. The plan will define appropriate commercial and residential growth to provide goods, services, employment and educational opportunities for the surrounding communities. It will address the need for improvements including wastewater, water and traffic infrastructure required to support growth.

Total Funding for Puna Projects: $21,710,000

*For a complete list of all approved projects, please see Ordinance 2014-011. Project summaries can be located within Communication 532.000.

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Kea’au Project Grad Night

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Kea’au High School: Home of the Cougars


Kea’au, Hawai’i — Project Grad Night was created to provide a fun overnight, drug and alcohol free event to graduating seniors to prevent and/or reduce drug and underage alcohol use and induced tragedies.

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Project Update

May 6, 2014

Resolution No. 335-14, relating to providing funds for the Kea`au High School Grad Night, was discussed and approved in Council on April 1, 2014. Resolution No. 335-14 appropriates $5,000 of District 4 Contingency Funds to the Kea`au High School Booster Club to assist with the event. There will be 201 Seniors graduating from Kea`au High School in 2014.

Councilman Ilagan feels it is necessary to offer Puna’s hard-working graduates a healthy, safe and fun alternative when celebrating their successes together.

Background Information

Kea’au Project Grad Night

Kea’au High School (KHS) has participated in Project Grad Night from 2008 to 2012, and this year 201 seniors will be graduating and have been invited to attend this alcohol and drug-free event designed to engage youth and offer safe and healthy alternatives to graduation celebrations.

KHS Project Grad Night will take place on campus on May 23, 2014, and includes a luau dinner for graduates and their families, activities, games, dancing, a morning-after breakfast, memorabilia, and more.

On April 1, 2014, Councilman Ilagan will introduce Resolution No. 335-14, which will appropriate $5,000 of Contingency Relief Funds from Council District 4 to the Department of Liquor Control to provide a grant to the Kea’au High School Booster Club to assist with expenses associated with Kea’au Project Grad Night.

The Kea’au Cougars Athletic Boosters is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), which promotes and supports the health and wellness of all students in the Kea’au Complex Community by providing material and financial resources. The Department of Liquor Control has provided grant funding for Project Grad Night in the past for schools throughout Hawai`i County to assist with events and programs for students that promote alternatives to drug and alcohol use.

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Thank You

Family and friends of the graduating Seniors | Kea`au High School | Kea`au High School Booster Club | Department of Liquor Control | Mayor Billy Kenoi

Pāhoa Project Grad Night

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Pāhoa High and Intermediate School: Home of the Daggers


Pāhoa, Hawai’i — Project Grad Night was created to provide a fun overnight, drug and alcohol free event to graduating seniors to prevent and/or reduce drug and underage alcohol use and induced tragedies.

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May 5, 2014

On April 1, 2014, the County Council discussed and approved Resolution No. 338-14, which appropriates $2,000 of District 4 contingency funds to assist with Pāhoa High School’s Project Grad Night. The Department of Liquor Control will disburse the funds to the nonprofit, Malama O Puna to assist with Project Grad Night.

According to Pāhoa High School, approximately 80 Seniors will graduate this year. Councilman Ilagan feels it is necessary to offer Puna’s hard-working graduates a healthy, safe and fun alternative when celebrating their successes together.

Background Information

Pāhoa Project Grad Night

Pāhoa High School’s (PHS) graduating class of 2014 is comprised of approximately 80 Seniors. PHS Project Grad Night is a drug and alcohol-free event designed to engage youth and offer safe and healthy alternatives to graduation celebrations.

On April 1, 2014, Councilman Ilagan will introduce Resolution No. 338-14, which will appropriate $2,000 of Contingency Relief Funds from Council District 4 to the Department of Liquor Control to provide a grant to Malama 0 Puna to assist with expenses associated with PHS Project Grad Night.

Malama 0 Puna is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that actively promotes and supports social awareness, community service, and youth education programs with community outreach and engagement. The Department of Liquor Control has provided grant funding for Project Grad Night in the past for schools throughout Hawai`i County to assist with events and programs for students that promote alternatives to drug and alcohol use.

For more information, please visit the following links:

Thank You

Family and friends of the graduating Seniors | Malama O Puna | Pāhoa Grad Night Committee | Pāhoa High School | Mayor Billy Kenoi | Department of Liquor Control

Unpaved Road Materials

Government Beach Road

Government Beach Road in Pāhoa


Puna, Hawai’i — Unpaved roads in lower Puna such as Wa’a Wa’a and Government Beach Road are in need of restoration.

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March 24, 2014

Resolution 325-14, Draft 2 was read and unanimously approved by the Council on March 19, 2014. (*Note: Amendment made to correct the amount of aggregate materials that will be purchased.)

March 18, 2014

Resolution 325-14 will be introduced by Councilman Ilagan during the Council meeting scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at the West Hawai’i Civic Center.

Background Information

Unpaved Road Materials

The Department of Public Works (DPW), Highways Division, is tasked with maintaining county roadways across 4,028 square miles of Hawai’i County. The Highways Division assists with certain unpaved Roads-In-Limbo (RIL), which do not have regular maintenance schedules. In Hawai’i County, there are 408.9 miles of RIL and 122.6 miles of existing roads recognized as government or unpaved homestead roads.

Resolution 325-14 will appropriate $5,000 of District 4 Contingency Relief Funds to the Department of Public Works, Highways Division, to purchase 200 tons of aggregate material to repair certain unpaved roads in the Puna District.

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Permaculture Workshops

Permaculture Farm

Permaculture in Hawai’i Island


Puna, Hawai’i — Puna’s agriculturally rich environment creates incredible possibilities and growth potential in sustainable farming, agribusiness, and agritourism.

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March 11, 2014

Resolution 312-14 was read and unanimously approved by the Council on March 7, 2014.

March 6, 2014

Resolution 312-14 will be introduced by Councilman Ilagan during the Council meeting scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014 at the Hilo Council Chambers.

Background Information

Permaculture Workshops

Kalani Honua Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) operating in Kalapana with a mission to foster, support and promote health and well-being. They offer opportunities for community education with workshops and yoga seminars, and have created a year-long series of permaculture workshops for the community to engage in.

Councilman Ilagan is working with Puna’s farming community, Kalani Honua Inc., and the Department of Research and Development to foster agricultural industry growth in Puna and Hawai’i County at-large. Resolution 312-14 encourages agricultural efforts, agribusiness and agritourism in Puna by providing $10,000 of District 4 Contingency Relief Funds for Kalani Honua’s series of permaculture workshops.

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Albizia Trees

Albizia trees along a Puna road

Albizia trees along a Puna road


Puna, Hawai’i — The tree that ate Puna has been wreaking havoc island-wide. According to the Big Island Invasive Species Committee (BIISC), Puna has the worst inundation of Albizia trees in the state.

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Project Update

May 9, 2014

On April 16, 2014, HB2521 was scheduled for a Conference Committee meeting to be held on April 17 at 3:00 p.m. This meeting was postponed and the Conference Committee was unable to reconvene and vote prior to the close of the 2014 State legislative session on May 1, 2014.

April 14, 2014

On April 3, 2014, the Senate Ways and Means Committee (WAM) recommended passage of HB2521 on third reading, as amended. On April 10, the House disagreed with the amendments made by Senate. As of April 14, both the House and Senate have appointed conferees to further discuss this measure.

(*Note: Conferees are appointed to serve on conference committees. They are expected to try and uphold the Senate/House position on measures during negotiations regarding legislation that is disagreed upon.)

On January 23, 2014, SB2941 was referred to the Energy and Environment (ENE), Higher Education (HRE) and Ways and Means (WAM) Committees, but did not go any further in the legislative process.

February 27, 2014

Resolution 289-14 was read and unanimously approved by the Council on February 19, 2014

February 16, 2014

Resolution 289-14 will be introduced by Councilman Ilagan during the Council meeting scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at the West Hawai’i Civic Center Chamber.

Background Information

Albizia Trees

Property damage and safety issues continue to plague residents and visitors as hazardous trees and/or limbs fall atop homes, driveways and roadways. Albizia also cause power disruptions and/or outages. Resolution 289-14 is Councilman Greggor Ilagan’s county-level push to support House Bill No. 2521 and Senate Bill No. 2941. These bills appropriate monies to fund the removal and/or treatment of hazardous trees in Hawai‘i.

Senator Russell Ruderman generated Senate Bill No. 2941, which would appropriate $5 million for the removal of hazardous Albizia trees. Senator Ruderman’s bill specifically describes removal and/or treatment services in the Puna District.

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Puna EMS

Emergency Medical Services Vehicle

Emergency Medical Services Vehicle


Puna, Hawai’i — Puna’s growing populace, challenging geographical expanse, and limited access to healthcare and emergency services, create ongoing public health and safety issues.

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Project Update

May 8, 2014

On April 16, 2014, SB2348 was scheduled for a Conference Committee meeting to be held on April 17 at 12:30 p.m. This meeting was postponed and the Conference Committee was unable to reconvene and vote prior to the close of the 2014 State legislative session on May 1, 2014.

April 15, 2014

On February 4, 2014, HB1722 passed it’s second reading as amended and was referred to the Finance (FIN) Committee, but did not go any further in the legislative process.

On January 27, 2014, HB2360 was referred to the Health (HLT) and Finance (FIN) Committees, but did not go any further in the legislative process.

On April 2, 2014, the House passed SB2348 at it’s third reading. On April 10 the Senate disagreed with the amendments made by the House. As of April 14, both the House and Senate have appointed conferees to further discuss this measure.

(*Note: Conferees are appointed to serve on conference committees. They are expected to try and uphold the Senate/House position on measures during negotiations regarding legislation that is disagreed upon.)

February 27, 2014

Resolution 288-14 was read and unanimously approved by the Council on February 19, 2014

February 16, 2014

Resolution 288-14 will be introduced by Councilman Ilagan during the Council meeting scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at the West Hawai’i Civic Center Chamber.

Background Information

Puna EMS

Puna House Representative, Faye Hanohano and Kona Senator, Josh Green M.D., have authored measures to augment emergency medical services in the Puna and North Kona areas of Hawai‘i County. House Bill No. 1722 and 2360, and Senate Bill No. 2348 are currently being considered in the State Legislature.

The purpose of Councilman Greggor Ilagan’s Resolution 288-14 is to provide the State Legislature with a united message from Hawai‘i County, which supports efforts to bring our community greater access to life-saving services.

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Puna Library

Pāhoa Public and School Library

Pāhoa Public and School Library


Puna, Hawai’i — Safe public spaces that promote literacy, academic achievement and pro-social activities are sorely needed in Puna.

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April 29, 2014

House Bill No. 1700, relating to the State Budget, was passed by the State Legislature and has been transmitted to the Governor, for his approval. This measure appropriates $800,000 for the planning, design, ground and site improvements, equipment and accessories for this library.

78.03. PUNA DISTRICT REGIONAL LIBRARY, HAWAII

PLANS AND DESIGN FOR A NEW REGIONAL LIBRARY LOCATED IN PAHOA IN THE PUNA DISTRICT OF HAWAII; GROUND AND SITE IMPROVEMENTS; EQUIPMENT AND APPURTENANCES.

PLANS: $250,000

DESIGN: $550,000

TOTAL FUNDING: $800,000

March 31, 2014

A Puna District Regional Library is Senator Russell Ruderman’s priority as a Capital Improvement Project. House Bill No. 1700, Senate Draft 1, relating to the State Budget, appropriates $800,000 for planning, design, ground and site improvements, equipment and accessories for this library.

78.01.PUNA DISTRICT REGIONAL LIBRARY, HAWAII

PLANS AND DESIGN FOR A NEW REGIONAL LIBRARY LOCATED IN PAHOA IN THE PUNA DISTRICT OF HAWAII; GROUND AND SITE IMPROVEMENTS; EQUIPMENT AND APPURTENANCES.

PLANS: $250,000

DESIGN: $550,000

TOTAL FUNDING: $800,000

Senate Bill No. 3067 was referred to the Education (EDU) and Ways and Means (WAM) Committees, but did not go any further in the legislative process.

February 27, 2014

Resolution 287-14 was read and unanimously approved by the Council on February 19, 2014

February 16, 2014

Resolution 287-14 will be introduced by Councilman Ilagan during the Council meeting scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at the West Hawai’i Civic Center Chamber.

Background Information

Puna Library

The Puna District is the fastest growing area in the State of Hawai‘i with an approximate population of 45,000 people. A library offers everyone a place to discover and delight in the world around them via books, CD’s and DVD’s. The Pāhoa Public and School Library is the third most utilized library in the County and has a collection size of 37,000 pieces.

Senator Russell Ruderman of the Puna District, has written Senate Bill No. 3067, which will appropriate $350,000 in General Revenues for a Puna library feasibility study. This study will include plans for design, site improvements and construction. Councilman Greggor Ilagan’s Resolution 287-14 asks fellow council members to support this needed improvement project in Puna.

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Pāhoa Roundabout

Roundabout Sign

Roundabout Sign

Puna, Hawai’i — Pāhoa’s increasing population will create further congestion and traffic issues. New infrastructure will mitigate traffic challenges that plague the community.

*Note: The Pahoa Roundabout is a State funded project. Due to the large volume of requests our office has received from the public regarding this project, we will do our best to keep the community informed as updated information is obtained.

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*Project updates are provided to the district 4 office by Sal Panem, District Engineer with the State Highways Division.

April 7, 2014

The Department of Transportation, State Highways Division shared this information guide for those who are interested in learning more about roundabouts.

March 11, 2014

The bidding process has ended for this project. Isemoto Contracting submitted the lowest bid at $4,819,150.00.

February 27, 2014

Here is the anticipated schedule for this project:

  • Open Bids: March 6, 2014
  • Estimated Start of Construction: Fall 2014
  • Estimated Project Duration: 12 Months

Background Information

Pāhoa Roundabout

The Pāhoa roundabout will go out for bid as of March 2014. This approximately $4.5 million project will begin construction in 2014, with a projected end date in 2015. District Engineer Sal Panem of the Department of Transportation, State Highways Division related that weather may affect the completion date.

The roundabout includes bike and pedestrian paths, saves some existing landscaping, and creates new areas for fauna.

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Highway 130 Shoulder Lane Conversion

Highway 130 Traffic

Highway 130 traffic

Kea’au-Pāhoa, Hawai’i — Roads and infrastructure needs grow as the Puna community quickly expands. More people equate to more cars; easing traffic congestion began in August 2013, with a $15 million dollar project to widen the Kea`au to Pāhoa roadway.

*Note: The Highway 130 Shoulder Lane Conversion is a State funded project. Due to the large volume of requests our office has received from the public regarding this project, we will do our best to keep the community informed as updated information is obtained.

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Project Update

*Project updates are provided to the district 4 office by Sal Panem, District Engineer with the State Highways Division.

April 11, 2014

Sal Panem shared the following information in regard to Phase II:

  • The traffic signal on Shower/Pohaku Drive-Route 130 is not included under the current Shoulder Lane Conversion Project (Phase I).
  • Phase II of this project will be the installation of a traffic signal at Shower/Pohaku Drive.
  • There is no set schedule for Phase II, as they are working on acquiring the property at this intersection. High voltage electrical lines will also need to be relocated. Approval from the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will need to be obtained prior to these electrical lines being moved.

March 18, 2014

The expected completion date for this project is: May 2015

Background Information

Highway 130 Shoulder Lane Conversion: Phase I

The Pāhoa to Hilo bound shoulder lane between Shower Drive and the Humane Society is being converted into a full-time traffic lane with shoulder lane. Construction is taking place simultaneously on the Kea’au Bypass to Shower Drive.

Construction includes two 12-foot lanes and an 8-foot shoulder lane in the inbound direction, and one 12-foot lane and a 10-foot shoulder lane in the outbound direction. Lane shifts and road closures will interrupt the normal flow of traffic between mile markers 2 and 4.1. Speed limits have been reduced to 35 mph.

Heavy traffic congestion during peak travel hours will continue while this section of road is widened.

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Certified Organic Tax Incentive

Hawai'i Island Farm

Hawai’i Island Farm


Hawai’i Island — Bill 185 defines certified organic operations as another designation to receive agricultural use tax incentives.

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February 7, 2014

Bill 185 was referred to the Real Property Tax Stakeholders Task Force for further review and comment.

January 31, 2014

Bill 185 will be introduced by Councilman Ilagan during the Finance Committee meeting scheduled to begin at 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at the Hilo Council Chamber.

Background Information

Certified Organic Tax Incentive

Bill 185 reforms the assessment for certified organic farmers at the same land value as pasture, which is the lowest assessed value per acre for agricultural use.

Bill 185 is based on more intensive agricultural use with limited County agency oversight due to third party enforcement and site inspections for certified organic farms. The annual recertification process requires an inspector to conduct an annual on-site inspection, which will reduce abuse.

Bill 185 will help to enable new farmers to start, and established small farms to continue farming by reducing the burden of certification costs, which ranges from a few hundred to several thousand dollars, and relatively high production costs due to the increased labor requirements.

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Fire Boots

Pāhoa Fire Station

Pāhoa Fire Station


Puna, Hawai’i — Volunteer firefighters serve and protect our island’s inhabitants and the environment. In October 2013, Fire Department Chief Darren Rosario contacted Councilman Greggor Ilagan and requested assistance to purchase protective gear for 17 volunteers located in District 4.

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December 4, 2013

Resolution 225-13 was read and unanimously approved by the Council.

Background Information

Fire Boots

The Hawai‘i Fire Department did not have an allocated budget for wildland boots needed for volunteer firefighters. Fire Chief Rosario identified the need for volunteers in Hawaiian Beaches, Wa`a Wa`a and Paradise Park to have protective footwear.

The National Fire Protection Association approved wildland boots have certain shoe construction elements which reduce fatigue, increase heat resistance, protects against punctures and redistributes impacts.

Councilman Ilagan committed $3,800 of District 4, contingency funds to assist with providing enhanced protective footwear for Hawai‘i County’s volunteer firefighters. On December 4, 2013, Councilman Ilagan introduced Resolution 225-13 which transferred contingency funds to the Fire Department for the purpose of purchasing wildland boots.

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Vacationland Land Trust

Vacationland

Vacationland


Puna, Hawai’i — Vacationland Land Trust’s coastal lands are culturally rich, environmentally sensitive areas in need of preservation and protection.

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Vacationland Land Trust

Vacationland Land Trust is a 322 acre parcel which contains lowland forest, native plants, and marine sanctuaries along Puna’s coastline. Federally endangered wildlife such as the ‛I‛o (Hawaiian Hawk, and the ‛Ōpe‛ape‛a (Hawaiian Hoary Bat) reside at this site. Also found on this property are several native water birds such as the ‛Auku‛u (Black Crowned Night Heron), ‛Ua‛u Kani (Wedge-tailed Shearwater), and ‛A‛o (Newell’s Shearwater- a species which has been considered threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since 1975).

Acquisition of Vacationland Land Trust would preserve the land and coastal shoreline, preserve water quality for the Wai‛Opae Tidepools, and provide protections for the state’s second largest commercial fishery.

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Bryson Cinders

Bryson Cinders project site

Bryson Cinders project site


Pāhoa, Hawai’i — The Bryson Cinders development is underway. Pāhoa’s new commercial center will develop 9.93 acres of private land along Pāhoa Village Road. This $20 million center will have 104,326 square feet of leasable space, and is likely to include a family medical clinic, dental clinic, super market, restaurants, hardware store, garden center and more.

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Bryson Cinders

This development project has welcomed feedback and testimony during Committee and Council meeting days. It is estimated that a total of 300 full-time jobs will be created and is likely to be the community’s major source of employment. Additionally, traffic congestion for commuters going to Hilo from Pāhoa, may be reduced when employment is found closer to home.

Developers have plans to minimize dangerous traffic conditions at the Kahakai Boulevard-Pāhoa Village Road intersection. Safety will be directly addressed with the construction of a traffic light and four pedestrian crosswalks at the intersection. No public funds will be used for the project and its necessary roadway improvements.

The rezoning applications for this project were approved by the Hawai’i County Council on November 20, 2013.

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New Puna Office

New Puna office space

New Puna office space

Pāhoa, Hawai’i — The former District 4 office was located at the Malama Marketplace of District 5, in Pāhoa. The monthly rental fee for that location was $2,200. Councilman Ilagan eliminated the monthly rent and relocated his office within his district. The new District 4 office will be located at the old Pāhoa Police Substation (15-2879 Pāhoa Village Road).

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Project Update

March 29, 2014

Councilman Greggor Ilagan reopened his Puna office, now located at 15-2879 Pāhoa Village Road. Hours of operation are Mondays through Fridays, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays. We look forward to welcoming you at our new office.

Background Information

New Puna Office

Rent for the Malama Marketplace County Office was drawn from the geothermal asset fund. Councilman Ilagan wanted to find a more economical way to stay in his district and represent his constituents effectively. After speaking with the Planning Director at the time, Bobbie-Jean Leithead Todd, Mayor Billy Kenoi, and the Council Chairperson J Yoshimoto, it was decided that the Pāhoa Police Substation was a viable and economical choice.

Puna Watch

Councilman Ilagan and Puna Community Police Officers host the first Puna Watch meeting on November 21, 2013

Councilman Ilagan and Puna Community Police Officers host the first Puna Watch meeting on November 21, 2013

Puna, Hawai’i — Neighborhood Watch Groups throughout Puna gather and meet once a month to share information, receive training and exchange ideas on how to effectively protect their communities. Prior to the creation of Puna Watch, Neighborhood Watch groups operated with minimal interaction with each other. “By working together we can make our communities safer,” said Councilman Ilagan. This desire to increase security in Puna’s neighborhoods fueled the creation of Puna Watch.

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Project Update

May 19, 2014

The next Puna Watch meeting is scheduled to take place at the Kea’au Community Center on June 5, 2014, at 6 p.m. This meeting will be facilitated by the Hawaiian Paradise Park Neighborhood Watch Group.

April 28, 2014

The next Puna Watch meeting is scheduled to take place at the Kea’au Community Center on May 1, 2014, at 6 p.m. This meeting will be facilitated by the Leilani Estates Neighborhood Watch Group.

March 25, 2014

The next Puna Watch meeting is scheduled to take place at the Kea’au Community Center on April 3, 2014, at 6 p.m. This meeting will be facilitated by the Hawaiian Paradise Park Neighborhood Watch Group.

February 27, 2014

The next Puna Watch meeting is scheduled to take place at the Kea’au Community Center on March 6, 2014, at 6 p.m. This meeting will be facilitated by the PAKA Neighborhood Watch Group (Hawaiian Paradise Park).

January 30, 2014

The next Puna Watch meeting is scheduled to take place at the Kea’au Community Center on February 6, 2014, at 6 p.m. This meeting will be facilitated by the Black Sand Estates Neighborhood Watch.

December 23, 2013

The next Puna Watch meeting is scheduled to take place at the Kea’au Community Center on January 9, 2014, at 6 p.m.

Puna Watch held its first meeting on Thursday November 21, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Kea’au Community Center. This community safety meeting was facilitated by Councilman Ilagan, of District 4 and involved the Hawai’i Police Department and Puna’s Neighborhood Watch Groups.

Background Information

Puna Watch

A Neighborhood Watch Program is the most effective and least expensive tool for improving the safety and quality of life. By working with local law enforcement, neighborhoods can empower themselves to reduce crime in their community.

Community Police Officers (CPOs) are responsible for developing partnerships within the community in an effort to create a safe and secure environment.

Community Police Officers for Puna, 965-2716

  • CPO William Brown
  • CPO Davy Kamali’i
  • CPO James Pacheco
  • CPO Marcos Santos

School Resource Officer for Pahoa Intermediate and High School

  • SRO Robert Pule

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Abandoned Animals

Abandoned animals being fed

Abandoned animals being fed

Kea’au, Hawai’i — The Kea’au Transfer Station continues to be a dumping ground for unwanted animals. Hui Pono Holoholona, a non-profit spay and neuter organization, is committed to humanely managing this growing population of animals. Councilman Ilagan is working with this community non-profit, the Department of Environmental Management, and W.H. Shipman Ltd., to resolve this ongoing issue. “Animal abandonment is a cruel and unnecessary practice, punishable by fines,” said Councilman Ilagan.

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May 14, 2014

On April 1, 2014, Resolution 342-14 relating to signage deterring animal abandonment, was approved in Council. The Department of Environmental Management (DEM), Solid Waste Division will receive $5,000 of District 4 contingency funds to purchase and install signs for solid waste and recycling sites in Puna. Animal abandonment is animal cruelty; it is a fineable offense of up to $500.

Hui Pono Holoholona is a nonprofit challenged with reducing the abandoned animal and feral cat populations on the island, in a humane manner. The nonprofit worked with Councilman Ilagan and DEM to mitigate the cruel practice of animal abandonment.

Background Information

Abandoned Animals

Hui Pono Holoholona works passionately to address animal overpopulation issues in a kind and humane manner. They can be reached at (808)968-8279. This non-profit organization believes in responsible and loving ownership of domesticated animals, and advocates tirelessly for affordable or no-cost, spay and neuter programs. Volunteers continue to combat animal cruelty with a feeding (spay and neuter) program at various sites island-wide.

Kea’au Transfer Station is an identified site for problematic animal abandonment. Hui Pono Holoholona is challenged with the large stray and feral population, and approached Councilman Ilagan to assist with problem-solving.

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Thank You

Frannie Pueo & Tina Bounds from Hui Pono Holoholona | Mayor Billy Kenoi | Department of Environmental Management Director, BJ Leithead Todd | Department of Public Works, Traffic Division Chief, Ron Thiel

Bus Stops

Hele-On Bus

Hele-On Bus



Hawaiian Beaches, Hawai’i — There are delays in bus routes due to the frequent bus stops in Hawaiian Beaches. Councilman Ilagan would like to work towards designating bus stops in Hawaiian Beaches to consolidate multiple pick-up points.

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May 13, 2014

Resolution No. 339-14, relating to bus signs in Hawaiian Beaches was approved in Council on April 1, 2014. This resolution transfers $2,114.86 of District 4 contingency funds to the Department of Public Works (DPW) for the purpose of purchasing and installing bus signs in Hawaiian Beaches.

Multiple bus stops create delays in bus service and increase wear and tear on the vehicles. Designated bus stops will also promote safe organized access to public transportation in Puna. Bus ridership in Puna communicated their needs with Councilman Ilagan, Mass Transit and DPW to identify areas in Hawaiian Beaches that needed signage.

Background Information

Bus Stops

Councilman Greggor Ilagan surveyed bus riders for a week while riding to and from work on different routes. After compiling a total of 136 surveys and discussing public transportation concerns with the community, Director Tiffany Kai, from the Department of Mass Transit, and Councilman Ilagan explored viable solutions to reduce transit delays.

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Thank You

Bus Riders | Mayor Billy Kenoi | Department of Public Works, Traffic Division Chief, Ron Thiel | Hawai’i County Mass Transit Administrator, Tiffany Kai

Ag Talk Story

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Pāhoa, Hawai’i —“Cultivating and encouraging agricultural development is necessary for our community, our island and our state, to not only survive, but thrive,” said Councilman Greggor Ilagan. On March 22, at 5:30 p.m., the community was invited to attend an agricultural talk-story session with Bruce Mathews, PhD, Interim Dean of University of Hawai‘i at Hilo College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management (CAFNRM).

Mathews holds a doctorate in Agronomy and answered questions from a large audience with a myriad of concerns which ranged from: soil science, food sustainability, seed banking, food-webs, invasive species, pesticide use, transgenic crops, educational opportunities from the UH, available support services, and more.

Attendees seemed very interested in learning how the University could assist with farming efforts in their community and asked about workshops and continuing education programs. “We want to get to know your [Puna’s] concerns and needs, and offer our assistance to farmers in vital agriculture sectors,” said Mathews. He also related information about vermicomposting and cited Horticulturist Dr. Norman Arancon of UHH, as the expert offering workshops and to learn more about vermicomposting workshops email Dr. Arancon at normanq@hawaii.edu.

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Pāhoa, Hawai’i — Puna’s farmers and agricultural enthusiasts gathered at the Pāhoa Neighborhood Facility to talk to ag experts, share experiences and exchange ideas. “Puna’s resources are heavily tied to the land and the local farmer. Let’s continue to learn more ways to uplift our community through sustainable agriculture,” said Councilman Greggor Ilagan.

The evening’s speakers included County Administrator, Russell Nagata, University of Hawai‘i College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Extension Service (C-TAHR); Clive Cheetham, long-time farmer; and Steven Lund, founder of Hawaiian Sanctuary.

It was a fun and informative night full of community and information exchange. It was also a rather tasty event. Cheetham brought farm-fresh treats to sample and taro keiki for attendees to plant at home. He spoke on responsible farming practices and regenerative agriculture. Administrator Nagata discussed tools that C-TAHR utilizes within the community, and Steven Lund explained his philosophy on farming with educating and promoting farming to future generations.

Council Member Greggor Ilagan speaking to the Puna Community IMG_1639 IMG_1608

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Thank You

Jerry Chang | Clive Cheetham | Department of Parks & Recreation | Steven Lund | Bruce Mathews, PhD | Russell Nagata | Michael Pankowski | Chancellor Donald Straney

Hawai’i Football Club

Hawai'i Football Club assembly held at Pahoa High School

Pāhoa, Hawai’i —There is an incredible need for Puna’s youth to be engaged in positive, pro-social recreation that is affordable, or entirely free. Constituents and Councilman Greggor Ilagan discussed ongoing challenges facing our youth. Soon, the councilman was in discussions with school principals and community police officers regarding possible projects and programs involving keiki in Puna. “It is our responsibility to invest and engage our youth.”, said Councilman Ilagan.

Community School Resource Officer Robert Pule, of the Hawai‘i Police Department, discussed the Hawai‘i Football Club program with the councilman, and requested assistance with their youth football camp. Officer Pule explained that the football program focuses on nurturing life champions by building upon positive behavioral and academic successes.

Councilman Ilagan poses with former NFL players A slide on bullying Former NFL players provide photo ops and sign autographs for Hawai'i Football Club youth

Councilman Ilagan worked closely with Officer Pule and the Department of Parks & Recreation to assist with this community activity. On October 18, former NFL players were brought from O`ahu to Pāhoa High School to inspire keiki with their personal stories of challenge and triumph. Officer Pule also presented anti-bullying information and encouraged Aloha on campus and at home.

On November 20, Resolution 215-13, regarding the transfer of $800 of contingency funds, was brought before the Council. The resolution was unanimously accepted and approved.

Officer Robert Pule poses with youth Former NFL players speaking to youth Former NFL player with Hawai'i Football Club member

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Thank You

Department of Parks & Recreation | Finance Department | Hawai‘i Football Club | Mayor Billy Kenoi | Officer Robert Pule | Pāhoa High School

HPP Bus Route

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Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawai’i — It was no joke; prior to April 1, 2013 approximately 12,000 people in Hawaiian Paradise Park (HPP) had no bus route. Residents walked dangerous distances to access public transportation along hazardous roadways day and night. This was a safety and quality of life issue that Councilman Greggor Ilagan wanted to rectify immediately.

“The community needs this bus service to access necessary social and medical services,” said Council Member Ilagan. He worked closely with the Hawaiian Paradise Park Owners Assocation (HPPOA) Board of Directors, Mass Transit Administrator Tiffany Kai, and Mayor Billy Kenoi to bring a dedicated bus route through the community.

Public transport in Puna Hele-On the bus Councilman Ilagan at work on the bus

The Hilo-bound bus turns off of Highway 130 down Maku’u Drive to 16th, across to Paradise Drive, and back up to Highway 130. The Pāhoa-bound bus turns down Paradise, across 16th, and up Maku’u before continuing on Highway 130 toward Pāhoa town. A dedicated bus stop is located at the HPP Activity Center, and flag-stopping is honored where and when it’s appropriate.

Councilman Ilagan resurrected and renewed prior efforts to bring this badly needed service to Puna. The six-month pilot program for this bus service began April 1st, and service was confirmed to continue permanently three months later. “We thank our riders for supporting our Hele-On Bus system,” said Administrator Kai.

HPP Signage Councilman Ilagan riding the bus to work in Hilo Pahoa's bus routes

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Thank You

Corporation Counsel William ‘Bill’ Brilhante | Pua Brown | HPPOA Board of Directors: Larry Brennan, June Conant, Joan Galante, Francis Ganon, Merrill ‘Skip’ McAlister, Theresa ‘Terry’ Michels, William ‘Bill’ Newman, Tom Nickerson, Verne Presnall, Judy Sumter, Elizabeth Weatherford | Administrator Tiffany Kai, Mass Transit | Mayor Billy Kenoi | Michael Pankowski

PREP Fair

Getting ready for the PREP Fair

Kea’au, Hawai’i — In June, the Puna community began planning for its 1st Annual Puna Regional Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Fair. Civil Defense Administrative Officer, Bill Hanson and community member Marlene Hapai, co-chaired and coordinated the fair. Hapai contacted Councilman Greggor Ilagan, who utilized Contingency Relief Funds to support the project. He worked closely with Civil Defense and the PREP planning committee to create the resolution to fund the event.

On August 31, 2013, the Kea’au High School was an emergency prep playground as hundreds of participants experienced interactive activities, completed surveys, competed for door prizes, and perused 14 presentations and 45 exhibits. Attendees learned about their evacuation routes, alternate roadways and engaged in mapping. The day-long fair was a testament to the strength in this community as generous donations were received from businesses, and 229 volunteers gave 1,529 hours of their time.

Keiki at the fire prevention booth (L): Marlene Hapai with PREP Fair volunteers (L-R): Civil Defense Admin. Darryl Oliveira & Admin. Officer Bill Hanson

“It was an amazingly successful event,” said Hapai. Councilman Ilagan visited the booths and spoke with the community, public safety agencies and organizations. “Puna’s challenging geography and lack of infrastructure make emergency planning vitally important,” said Councilman Ilagan.

On September 5, 2013, Councilman Ilagan introduced Resolution 163 13, which was supported by Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira and was approved by Council. After working with Civil Defense and PREP Fair organizers, Resolution 163 13, which disbursed $3,000 of Contingency Relief Funds to Civil Defense, was introduced and passed in Council. Administrator Darryl Oliveira and Hapai spoke in support of the resolution.

Learning fire safety techniques Air National Guard at the PREP Fair Life-saving information presented to PREP Fair participants

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Thank You

Air Guard and National Guard | American Red Cross | Big Island Amateur Radio Club | Boy Scouts of America | Church of the Latter-Day Saints | Civil Air Patrol | Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) | Department of Environmental Management | Department of Water Supply | Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) | Hawai’i Community College School of Nursing | Hawai’i County Civil Defense Administration | Hawai’i County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney | Hawai’i County Police and Fire Departments | Hawai’i Island National Guard Youth Challenge Academy | Hawai’i Survival Mom | Kalani Honua | Kea’au Elementary School | KTA Superstores | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration | National Weather Service | Neighborhood Watch | Office of Aging and Disability | Pahoa High & Intermediate School | Puna Emergency Radio Club | Saint Joseph School | State Departments of Agriculture and Health | State Department of Defense | University of Hawai’i at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy and Computer Science Department | University of Hawai’i at Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources and Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes | U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory | Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)