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Hamakua CDP updated

Here is the summer update for the Hamakua Community Development Plan, with the news of June 4 Steering Committee meeting.

The committee reviewed the Draft CDP Outline, the CDP Timeline, and the Executive Summaries for the subsections of the Draft ‘Aina (Natural and Cultural Resources) Analysis section.

The Steering Committee also discussed how to review and gather community feedback for the next sections of the Draft Analysis Document (the Community and Economy sections) as they become available.

It was announced that the Draft Analysis Document will be released in sections from July through October, starting with the ‘Aina section and followed by the Community and Economy sections.

Check out the “Steering Committee Meeting” folder of the CDP website or click the following link:, to see the Meeting’s Agenda, Information Packet, including the Executive Summaries of the ‘Aina Analysis section, and the slideshow presentation from the June 4 meeting.

The Next Steering Committee Meeting will be Oct. 1 in Honokaa.

Stay tuned for the coming releases of draft documents and your opportunities to give input on the CDP process!


Benjamin Moore’s month-long Paint What Matters online community voting campaign is winding down and ends today.

Downtown Hilo is still in the running! If you haven’t heard about the campaign, visit www.paintwhatmatters to learn more and while you’re there, please vote for Hilo! Voting is easy. Just go to www.paintwhatmatters.com2 and click on the islands of Hawaii on the map; click on “Hilo” on the left sidebar; and then just click on the “Vote Now” image to cast your vote.


The 51st Annual Parker Ranch July 4th Rodeo & Horse Races starts at 9 a.m. and goes until noon on Thursday at the Parker Ranch Arena in Waimea.

It is hosted by Hawaii’s oldest and largest ranch, with paniolo from all islands taking part in traditional and unique-to-Hawaii events, plus thrilling horse races! So ‘git’ out your gear, wear your paniolo-Western wear!

Tickets are available in advance at Parker Ranch Store for $5, or $6 at the gate, with children 10 and under free.

For more information, call 885-7311 or go to


Fire Chief Darren Rosario announced that fireworks permits are being issued for the upcoming 4th of July celebration at one site: Pinky’s store in Papaikou. Call 964-5858.

Each permit costs $25 and will entitle the holder to purchase up to 5,000 individual firecrackers. Permits will be issued to persons 18 years of age or older and are non-transferable, and non-refundable. Setting off of fireworks is allowed only between the hours of 1 and 9 p.m. on July 4.

Permits should be visibly displayed at the site of use on July 4th, at the time of the firing.

Permits are not required for novelties and paperless firecrackers. Fireworks sales will end at 8 p.m. on July 4.

The ban on consumer fireworks on Oahu does not affect Hawaii County. Please be advised that it is unlawful to buy, sell, possess, or set off any Aerial Luminary Device such as Sky Lanterns and Hawaii Lanterns. Any person in possession of any Aerial Luminary Device, who would like to dispose of it with amnesty, can contact the Fire Department at 932-2912.


Kokolulu is pleased to welcome shakuhachi flutist Grand Master Riley Lee back to Hawaii Island. The North Kohala facility also will be honoring Fred Soriano, noted kalai ki‘i pohaku, or stone carver. These noted artists are celebrating the ancient shakuhachi (bamboo flute) melodies and an exhibition of carvings celebrating nature, the elements, as they infuse their work with the philosophy of Zen and “wabi sabi.” Carvings of stone lanterns, jizos, Buddhas, water basins and Hawaiian deities will be on display.

Today’s event presents an opportunity to view the newly refurbished guest rooms of Kokolulu Farm and Cancer Retreats. Top island interior designers and others have donated their services, along with furniture, wall and window coverings, time and materials.

The concert will feature Lee’s original music, plus some Hawaiian favorites and traditional Japanese music. Showtime for his performance is 3 p.m. in Kokolulu’s Chinese Temple. Seating is limited; $25 donation.

This event is a fundraiser for Kokolulu’s Cancer Retreats Scholarships. Kokolulu provides week-long cancer retreats free of charge to Hawaii Island residents affected by cancer. Today’s event runs from noon until 5 p.m. For reservations, call 889-9893.

Carol Yurth’s column is published every Sunday and spotlights activities on the Hilo-Hamakua coast. She welcomes items for her column. Reach her by mail (46-1250 Kalehua Road, Honokaa HI 96727) at least 10 days before the requested publication date, call her at 775-7101, or e-mail


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