Wildfires, fentanyl and mass transit top WCA town meeting

An array of hot topics — from wildfires to smuggled deadly fentanyl to Hawaii County’s Mass Transit plans — will top Waimea Community Association’s Virtual Town Meeting agenda from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Guest presenters include Hawaii County Mass Transit Administrator John Andoh, Dr. Kimo Alameda, who is Hawaii County’s Fentanyl Task Force leader, and Nani Barretto and Elizabeth Pickett with Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization.


As usual, the town meeting will be streamed “live” on via the assocaition’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Links can be found at waimeatown.org. The meeting will be saved to Facebook and YouTube for on-demand viewing thereafter.

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

Also providing updates will be Tammi Muranaka about the Oct. 18 Pink It Up Waimea! remembrance to support those struggling with or who have succumbed to breast cancer, and Luala’i subdivision’s re-launch of its popular Halloween Spook-Tacular trick-or-treat event from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

Other speakers will include an update on plans to re-start Waimea’s 62-year-old Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade on Dec. 3 by co-chair Lani Olsen Chong, followed by General Election information from Rosemarie Muller with League of Women Voters.

Also on the virtual town meeting agenda will be an update by Hamakua’s re-elected Council Member Heather Kimball and from Waimea Community Policing representatives.

For more info about the meeting or community association, email WCA President James Hustace at waimeacommunityassociation@gmail.com or go to waimeatown.org.

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