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SpeakOut Events Happening Oct. 4-5

Post Date:10/04/2019

Hawaiʻi Island residents are invited to attend SpeakOut events today (Friday) and Saturday to help guide the 2018 Kīlauea eruption recovery efforts.

Both events will be held at the Pāhoa High and Intermediate School cafeteria. 

Youth SpeakOut

The first event, a Youth SpeakOut, will be held from 4:45-8 p.m. today (Friday)

It will feature a panel of high school students from across Puna. Mayor Harry Kim and Council members Ashley Kierkiewicz and Sue Lee Loy will be in attendance. There will also be food and STEM Activities. 

Participants can collect stamps from visiting each recovery station, which will make them eligible for fun giveaways. 

Students, ‘ohana and school faculty and staff are welcome to attend and lift up the voices of youth to work towards a more resilient future for all. 

Community SpeakOut

The Community SpeakOut will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Residents can drop in at any time. 

This event focuses on Phase III of Kīlauea eruption recovery: identifying strategies and actions. The Hawaiʻi County recovery team will provide a report back about ongoing engagement efforts and interactive activities related to recovery strategies and decision making.

At the event, participants also can talk story with elected officials, and discussions will be held on pono place making/community-based tourism and traditional land use.

Additionally, the Food Basket is sponsoring a “Passport to Resilience” activity. Those who receive enough stamps by participating in various stations will receive a free food bag. 

County staff and consultants are developing a Recovery Strategic Plan. The plan is expected to be available around the end of the year and will include ways the County can support the community post-eruption and mitigate future risks.

Input from these SpeakOut events will help guide recovery strategies and opportunities. 

Art contest

Additionally, the County is organizing an art contest for students attending high schools in Puna. Students are asked to design an image reflecting what being “Puna and Hawaiʻi Island Strong” means to them. 

The top three entries will be awarded Individual Development Accounts (IDA) in amounts of $500, $750 or $1,000. The deadline for entry is Oct. 21.

Prize sponsors are: Tetra Tech ($1,000 IDA), SSFM International ($750 IDA), and Hawai‘i Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development ($500 IDA).

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