A bigger piece of the TAT pie

  • A panel of county department heads field questions at the Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce Focus Luncheon Thursday at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel.

  • A panel of county department heads including Deputy Police Chief Kenneth Bugado, left, Mass Transit Administrator Maria “Sole” Aranguiz, Acting Public Works Director Allan Simeon, Finance Director Deanna Sako, DWS Manager-Chief Engineer Keith Okamoto, and Director of Parks and Recreation Roxcie Waltjen field questions at the Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce Focus Luncheon Thursday at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • A panel of county department heads field questions from a packed house at the Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce Focus Luncheon Thursday at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel.

  • Deputy Police Chief Kenneth Bugado fills in for Chief Paul Ferreira at the Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce Focus Luncheon Thursday at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. (Photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Hawaii County Managing Director Will Okabe fills in for Mayor Harry Kim, the slated keynote speaker at the Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce Focus Luncheon Thursday at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Hawaii County Managing Director Wil Okabe fills in for Mayor Harry Kim, the slated keynote speaker at the Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce Focus Luncheon Thursday at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — Hawaii Island Mayor Harry Kim was taken aback after he received a call Tuesday night from House Speaker Scott Saiki asking him to testify on a measure to increase Hawaii County’s share of the Transient Accommodations Tax by more than $12 million annually for at least the next dozen years.