About Town 9-23-13


Development plan discussed Wednesday

The Kona Community Development Plan Action Committee is holding a public meeting at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the West Hawaii Civic Center, Building E, second floor. A discussion about concurrency is on the agenda.

There are vacancies on the committee; anyone interested in serving the community in this volunteer capacity should contact Terry Dunlap at the Department of Planning at 323-4770 or tdunlap@co.hawaii.hi.us. The committee is also seeking volunteers to serve on its subcommittees.

The KCDP cannot be accessed online at this time because of Americans with Disabilities Act compliance issues, but DVD copies are available at the county Department of Planning for $5. Other information can be found at hawaiicountycdp.info/north-and-south-kona-cdp.

Keiki story time slated Wednesday

With the help of the American Association of University Women, Kona Stories bookstore hosts a story time for children ages 2 to 6 at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. This month’s story time theme is “Corduroy,” featuring stories from the famous books about the bear in the department store shelf who had sat there a long time until one day Lisa found him. It was first published in 1968. Story time also includes crafts and snacks.

There is a $5 participation fee to cover crafts and snack. Space is limited to 30 children; reservations are recommended. Check in 10 minutes early at Kona Stories Book Store.

Story time is held in the courtyard of the Keauhou Shopping Center. For more information, call 324-0350.

Diabetes walk participants sought

Big Island residents are invited to help in finding a cure for diabetes by forming a Walk to the Cure team to represent the Big Island at the event beginning at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 2 in Honolulu. Organizers are looking for people who want to participate in the walk and pledge donations and donations of frequent flyer miles to help with flight costs.

For more information, call 881-4832.

Kona residents address cuts to kidney care program

Pamela and Clayton Punihaole of Kailua-Kona joined dozens of fellow advocates from across the country on Sept. 10 to brief members of Congress on threats to Medicare’s critical kidney care program. These patients, who depend on a 40-year-old government-funded health care program to stay alive, aimed to draw attention to a proposal to cut nearly $1 billion from the nation’s kidney care infrastructure.

The Punihaoles visited federal representatives in Washington, including Sens. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, and Saxby Chambliss, R-Georgia, to raise awareness of kidney disease and the special role that Medicare plays providing life-sustaining treatment to some 2,769 dialysis patients in Hawaii.

Eglacas completes basic combat training

Army National Guard Pvt. Frank Eglacas III has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

Eglacas is the son of Jamey Eglacas and stepson of Thomas White, both of Hilo.

Hilo author honored for historical book

Louis Doody, Betty Kikumi Meltzer and Malki Museum are recipients of an American Association for State and Local History Leadership in History Award of Merit for their book, “Losing Ground: The Displacement of San Gorgonio Pass Cahuilla People in the 19th Century.”

Doody resides in Hilo and is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Kikumi Meltzer was born and raised on Kauai and now lives in Cherry Valley, Calif.

After retiring as teachers in Riverside County, Calif., the authors made it their mission to address a scarcity of historical resources on the Cahuilla people and make their findings available to schools in that area.

“Losing Ground” and its smaller companion volume, “Glimpses of History,” are available at malkimuseum.com or amazon.com. For more information, contact Doody at 935-7381.

Horner recognized for Army fiscal work

Pohakuloa Training Area assistant executive officer Lori Horner has been named Employee of the Quarter for the third quarter of 2013.

Horner manages PTA’s fiscal resources and was recognized for her fiscal work and command initiatives.

“Lori Horner was an easy choice for employee of the quarter,” said Louis Roach, deputy garrison commander. Horner ensured the accuracy of critical audit and fiscal reporting programs at PTA.