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District 4 - Lower Puna

Thank you for visiting the website for Hawaii County Council Member Eileen O’Hara of District 4. Please use this site as an informational resource regarding our Lower Puna Community and relevant Hawaii County Council information. 

Council Member Eileen O’Hara, District 4 - Lower Puna

Council Member Eileen O’Hara

Dr. Eileen O’Hara was elected as the District 4 Council Member for the 2016-2018 Hawai’i County Council.  She currently serves as the Chair of the Environmental Management Committee, Vice Chair of the Agriculture, Water and Energy Sustainability Committee, and Vice Chair of the Planning Committee.

A comprehensive list of her education, work, and volunteer history can be found here.


       Staff

Legislative Assistant: Barbara Lively
(808) 965-2713

Council Aide: Kendra Tidwell
(808) 965-2712 

District 4 - Lower Puna, Hawaii County

Hawaii County Council District 4 covers the Lower Portion of Puna, including Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaiian Beaches, Hawaiian Shores, Nanawale, Leilani, Kapoho, and Pohoiki, as well as Pahoa Village makai of the main road.

This  map shows the entirety of District 4

Legislation Sponsored & Certificates Awarded

  • In September of last year, Bill 13 passed, which places a ban on polystyrene take-out containers.  Styrofoam take-out containers will not be allowed for use in locally packaging food in Hawaii County starting in 2019.  Before the ban goes in to effect, the Department of Environmental Management will roll out an educational program relating to this ban, and hopes to combine that with the launch of an island-wide anti-litter campaign.
  • Resolution 374 was introduced in November to ensure the Hawaiian Paradise Park 20-acre County Park Master Plan is completed before March 17, 2018.  The project is now on track!
  • Bill 81 passed, which renames the Pahoa Skate Park to the ‘Ginny Aste Skate Park’, after Virginia Aste, who worked diligently to build the skate park.

 

Council Presentations Requested

 

  • 8/1: State Department of Health on Rat Lungworm
  • 10/3: University of Hawaii at Hilo Marine Sciences presentation on Staphylococcus in Hilo Bay
  • 10/3: Department of Health Wastewater Program Manager on discharge of non-disinfected wastewater
  • 9/6: Update on Mass Transit Master Plan

 

Recognitions Given at Council

 

  • 11/2: Small Business Development center (SBDC) for promoting Small Business Saturday
  • 12/5: United States Army Civil Affairs Company D for assessing emergency preparedness and providing technical support to lower Puna
  • 1/4: Ginny Aste, for Pahoa Skate Park

Contingency Funds Granted (Fiscal Year 2017-2018):

 

  • Ohia Love Festival $6,500
  • Pride Parade $3,000
  • Rat Lungworm Awareness Event $4,000
  • Hawaiian Sanctuary Plant Aloha Program $5,000
  • Hawaii Island United Way $1,500
  • All Nations Powwow $1,600
  • Success Factory (STEM Program) $1,500
  • Hokulea Mahalo Sail for Puna Keiki $1,800
  • Filipino-American Heritage Month Celebration $500
  • Mass Violence Training $1,000
  • Veterans Day Parade $600
  • Prosecutors Office Microsoft Licenses upgrade $3,000
  • Outstanding American Luncheon $1,000
  • Self Discovery Through Art $2,500
  • Hui Aloha O Puna Makai (multiple workshops on traditional cultural practices) $2,500
  • PCMC (to cover uninsured patients) $5,000
  • KWXX Hoolaulea $1,000
  • Malama O Puna - Rat Lungworm Research $2,750
  • Pahoa Food Pantry (Food Basket Inc.) $1,000
  • Hui Pono Hoololona $1,500
  • HPP Neighborhood Watch Food Pantry $800
  • Puna Police Cameras $1,500
  • Pahoa Skate Park $1,500
  • Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary $3,000
  • Neighborhood Watch $1,000
  • Pahoa High School Grad Night $1,500
  • Kua O Ka La $2,000
  • YMCA $1,500
  • Tropic Care $3,000
  • Keaau High School Grad Night $1,000
  • CERT 360 $800

 

Contingency Funds Granted (Fiscal Year 2016-2017):

 

  • Malama O Puna Community Resource Center $2,000
  • SNAP Double Bucks at Maku’u Market $2,500
  • Forest Restoration at Keau’ohana $5,000
  • Rapid Ohia Death Research using IMOs $5,000
  • Hui Aloha O Puna Makai Kupuna Workshops at Pohoiki $1,500
  • Camp Agape, for children with incarcerated family members $2,500
  • HAAS Arts & Science Center, for video equipment $4,500
  • Hawaii Police Department HIPAL Football Clinic for keiki $1,000
  • Bodacious Ladies for Food Pantries $2,500
  • Big Island Invasive Species Committee (BIISC), for control of albizia and little fire ants $5,500
  • Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary, for spay and neuter clinic $3,500
  • Forest Roots Hunting Tournament and Rapid Ohia Death public awareness event $2,500
  • Hawaii Police Department training on safe streets and better interactions with the public $7,000

District 4 News & Upcoming Events

Notes from April 23rd Pahoa Community Meeting Available Here!  Click to View

 

June

Special Event in June: TROPIC CARE 2018 June 18-20, 22-23, 25-28 - 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Keaau High School: For all ages, no I.D. or insurance needed!  Free services offered including school sports physicals, dental services, eye exams, hearing screenings, nutritional services, prescription eye glasses, medical health screenings, and more.  Click here to view the flyer for details.

Wednesday the 20th, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: American Job Center sharing program and service information at the Pahoa Community Center.  Click here to see what relief may be available.

Saturday the 23rd, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Free legal clinic at Keaau High School.  Click here to view the flyer for details.

Friday the 29th, 5:00 p.m.: Candidate Forum for County Council Districts 4 & 5 at the Hawaiian Shores Stables.  Click here to view the flyer for details.

 

July

Tuesday the 10th, 9:00 a.m.: Committee meetings in the Hilo Council Chambers.

Wednesday the 11th, 9:00 a.m.: County Council meeting in the Hilo Council Chambers.

Friday the 13th, 5:00 p.m.: Candidate Forum for Office of Hawaiian Affairs at the Hawaiian Shores Stables.  Click here to view the flyer for details.

Tuesday the 24th, 9:00 a.m.: Committee meetings in the Kona Council Chambers.

Wednesday the 25th, 9:00 a.m.: County Council meeting in the Kona Council Chambers.

 

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