Lawmakers listen: Hawaii Island Representatives and House leadership hear community input

  • State Reps. Scott Saiki, Mark Nakashima, Dee Morikawa, and David Tarnas gather with Waimea School staff and faculty to tour the Waimea Middle Public Conversion Charter School STEAM building. The building was constructed using $16 million of State Capital Improvement funds, and has been hosting project-based learning, community meetings, and professional development classes, among other programs, since opening in 2017. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)
  • State Reps. David Tarnas, Dee Morikawa, and Scott Saiki present certificates from the state Legislature to Waimea Middle School teachers Shelby Loo (left) and Nau’i Murphy (right). (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • In the upper floor of the Waimea Middle School STEAM building, staff member Steven Smith shows state representatives (left to right) Mark Nakashima, Dee Morikawa, Scott Saiki, and David Tarnas photos of recent flooding in the building’s upper level. Tarnas is advocating this year for an additional $1 million of Capital Improvement Project funds to complete safety, security, and weatherproofing upgrades to the building, which experiences severe flooding during heavy rain and wind. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Rep. David Tarnas speaks to the crowd in Waimea. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

WAIMEA — More than 100 community members attended a Lawmakers Listen town hall meeting hosted by State Rep. David Tarnas and House leadership at the Waimea School Cafeteria on Tuesday evening.