Waimea to host Virtual Town Meeting this evening

Waimea’s Virtual Town Meeting gets underway at 5:30 p.m. with updates from the Kawaihae Canoe Club, Hope Services, Pohakuloa Training Area, Hamakua-Kohala Health and others.

The 90-minute meeting will be livestreamed via the association’s YouTube page: Waimea Community Association.

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According to organizers, the highlight of the meeting will be a tribute to Kawaihae Canoe Club, which is celebrating its remarkable 50-year legacy of perpetuating the paddling traditions of Hawaii while nurturing, mentoring, celebrating, and cherishing literally thousands of family and friends. Special guests Kala Akima Akau and Uncle Pete Hendricks will speak about the club’s history and its legendary coach, Uncle Manny Veincent.

Also on the agenda is a briefing on the results of the recent Point In Time Count, presented by Brandee Menino of Hope Services as well as a briefing on the Pohakuloa Training Area Environmental Impact Statement process and how to participate with Lt. Col. Kevin Cronin.

In addition, Hamakua-Kohala Health’s CEO Irene Carpenter will discuss recent expansion of services coupled with an update on COVID-19 pandemic news and advisories. Liza Ryan Gill will also provide an advisory about a statewide survey to build digital equity as part of the planning to address broadband and related services being led by the Hawaii State Library System.

There will also be an announcement of a National Trails Day event involving the Waimea Trails and Greenways project with Clem Lam, as well as an update from police and county council members.

Questions are welcome, preferably in advance, via email to waimeacommunityassociation@gmail.com. Questions can also be typed into the YouTube “chat” during the meeting and will be addressed as time permits.

Info: Email WCA President James Hustace at waimeacommunityassociation@gmail.com or visit waimeatown.org.