Mahalo to all of the employees of the County of Hawaii who helped with storm relief efforts by collecting and donating 809 pounds of food, water and supplies for Kokua Puna, a drive for those affected by Tropical Storm Iselle. On Friday, Aug. 22, people gave 723 pounds of food and water, and 86 pounds of nonfood supplies, along with donations of $220. Collected items were given to Hawaii Island United Way and the Hawaii Food Basket for distribution in Puna.
I want to thank all employees who donated from the following departments and divisions: Department of Environmental Management (administrative division), Department of Finance (Treasury, Real Property, Accounts); Fire Department (administration); Department of Parks and Recreation (Elderly Activities, Culture and Arts); Department of Human Resources (Health and Safety); Department of Public Works (Building, administration, Engineering); Planning Department; Office of the Mayor, the Office of the Clerk (Council, Support Services), and the office of Rep. Mark Nakashima.
Thank you for thinking of the people of Puna and for helping them to get back on their feet.
I especially want to thank the volunteers from the Retired Senior Volunteer Program for helping: Sal Hagiwara, Helen Matsui, Ed Madamba, Charles T. Ikeda; Leslie Mirseyedi, Mo Mirseyedi, Fumi Maeda; and RSVP staff, Kaui Paleka-Kama and Kathleen Azevedo. We couldn’t have done this without you. Thank you also to American T-Shirt Company for giving a discount on the T-shirts that were printed “Kokua Puna” and given to people who donated.
Dennis “Fresh” Onishi