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FIRE SEEN NEAR PUALANI ESTATES
A mid-afternoon fire was spotted makai of Pualani Estates on January 19. From a distance, it appeared to be in an area of past fires between the Queen Kaahumanu Hwy and Kuakini. With the dry conditions on the Big Island, everyone must be careful not to cause fires or fire hazards.
ANNUAL HOMEOWNERS MEETING SCHEDULED
The Annual Meeting of Pualani Estates at Kona Community Association will be held on Monday, March 23, 2015, beginning at 5:30p.m. at the Kona Outdoor Circle, 76-6280 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua Kona. [See map below.]
The meeting will include the election of Board Board Members and vote on any other business that may properly come before this meeting.
Any property owner desiring to be a nominee for the Board of Directors should submit their names, no later than January 31, 2015, to:
Pualani Estates at Kona Community Association
c/o Pacifica Realty Management, Inc.
75-1029 Henry Street
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740
You should also submit a statement which shall be limited to black text on white paper and shall not exceed one-hundred words, indicating your qualifications to serve on the Board or reasons for wanting to receive proxies.
For more information, contact the Association's Managing Agent, Pacifica Realty Management, Inc. (See contact info at left column.)
COMMUNITY WILDFIRE PROTECTION PLANNING
Community Wildfire Protection Planning Meeting will be held for
North Kona communities.
Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization will hold community input meetings for the North Kona Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) at the following locations:
Tuesday, January 27th, 6:00 – 7:00 pm at the Pu'uanahuluCommunity Center (Mamalahoa Hwy.)
Thursday, January 29th, 3:00-4:00 pm at the West Hawaii Civic Center Council Chambers
(74 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Building A)
Thursday, January 29th, 6:00-7:00 pm at the Kealakehe Intermediate School
(74-5062 Onipaa St., Kona 96740)
Community input is critical to the CWPP process in determining priority wildfire concerns, needs, and action steps to better prepare and protect fire-prone areas from wildfires. The CWPP meeting will identify and prioritize projects to reduce the threat of wildfire to North Kona area communities.
North Kona is a federally listed community-at-risk. Wildfires have great impacts on North Kona residents and all Hawaii Island natural resources, affecting:
• Daily life (road closures, traffic, evacuations, tax payer dollars)
• Human health and safety (dust, smoke, water quality, burned homes and structures, resident and firefighter safety)
• Ecosystem health and resilience (watersheds, forests, coral reefs, fisheries)
CWPPs are a great planning tool for communities and have become a prerequisite in order to receive federal funding for wildfire protection projects. A CWPP assists a community in identifying and prioritizing areas for hazardous fuel reduction treatments, and supports communities to take action. The plan assesses values at risk such as safety, natural resource protection, recreation, scenic values, and economic issues. CWPPs are a collaborative effort with input from community members, firefighting agencies, and related organizations. These plans are becoming increasingly important in Hawaii. They bring wildfire hazard information and planning/action opportunities to all who are affected, making it possible to address wildfire more effectively. As drought episodes increase and land uses continue to change, working at all levels to mitigate wildfire has become essential.
Hawaii County Fire Chief Darren Rosario explains, "The number one defense against the effects of a wildfire to your community is prevention. The Hawaii Fire Department stands ready to respond to the needs of our community. This includes responding through prevention and collaborative efforts to reduce the threat of wildfires to your community. We are a proud team member with the Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization, and your community, in providing you with information and assistance in the sustainability of your community through fire prevention efforts."
"CWPPs are meant to tie into existing or planned projects," says Elizabeth Pickett, Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization Executive Director. "Many communities are developing disaster plans or long-range community plans, and the CWPP is meant to complement those plans. It will be a useful tool for community members to help make North Kona communities and natural areas fire-safe. Wildfires tie into many natural resource, municipal, and community issues, so this is an important opportunity for communities to learn, have their voices heard, and get involved."
Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization (HWMO), a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting communities and natural resources from wildfire, will facilitate the meetings. HWMO's partners include Hawaii County Fire Department, the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension, large landowners, ranchers, scientists, and community members. (Check out www.hawaiiwildfire.org). For more information regarding the informational meetings or the Community Wildfire Protection Plans for Hawaii island, contact Ilene Grossman, HWMO CWPP Project Manager, email@example.com; or Elizabeth Pickett, HWMO Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (808) 885-0900.
The CWPP project is made possible through support provided by the Cooperative Fire Program of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Pacific Southwest Region.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING SCHEDULED
The next scheduled Board of Directors' Meeting will be held on February 11, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at Pacifica Realty Management, Inc. 75-1029 Henry Street, #202 Kailua Kona, HI 96740
The purpose of the meeting will be to address any business that may properly come before the Board.
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM CRIMINAL ACTIVITY
On this web site, we post the weekly crime report from the Kona Police Department. Click on the link above marked "KONA POLICE CRIME BLAST REPORT - Read More"
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BECOME A VOLUNTEER!
Your Association is always in need of more volunteers! Please consider joining one of our community committees! We ALL BENIFIT from lending a hand now and then--even if it is for just one year!