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Grand Marshal and Special Olympics Gold Medalist Louie Perry leads Parade

Dec 5, 2011 No Comments ›› admin

HILO, Hawai’i – Senator Kahele participated in the 2011 Pahoa Holiday Parade themed “Jingle Bell Rock” this past Saturday in Puna. The parade was led by Puna’s own four-time Special Olympics gold medalist Louie Perry who was honored as this years grand marshal. The parade featured the Hawai’i County Band and the Paradise Roller Girls and ran through historic Pahoa Village. Mayor Billy Kenoi and his ‘ohana were also part of the parade which attracted hundreds of spectators and was a great way to kick off the holiday season in Puna and Pahoa town.

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Kahele and Delima host Education Forum at Waiakea High School

Dec 3, 2011 No Comments ›› admin

HILO, Hawai’i – Friday night at Waiakea High School was the site of the last fall forum of 2011 hosted by Senator Gil Kahele and it’s focus was education. Hilo attorney Brian Delima, Vice Chairman for the Board of Education who was appointed by Governor Neil Abercrombie in January gave a comprehensive report on the State of Education in Hawai’i. Delima covered various topics that the appointed board has dealt with in the last year and topics of discussion included the Laupahoehoe Charter School, new achievement standards for Hawai’is students and parents and the goals for the DOE by 2018 set forth by the BOE. Delima noted one of the biggest differences in the previously elected board to the newly appointed board was the streamlining of the board’s budget and staff. The elected board had a annual operating budget of 1.5 million dollars and a full time staff of 13 and the appointed board has a new annual budget of $300,000 and a full time staff of 3 effectively saving the State 1.3 million dollars. He also noted instead of the board meeting over 100 times a year as the old board did the newly appointed board just meets 24 times per year thereby increasing its efficiency and decreasing the bureaucracy, something Delima was very proud note. Prior to the meeting Kahele and Delima had an opportunity to talk to the Waiakea High School Warrior wresting team as they prepared for the upcoming BIIF championships and they conveyed how important it was to “study hard and prepare for life after High School. They also wished the team luck for the remainder of the season.


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Mayor Kenoi declares December “Think Local Buy Local” month

Dec 2, 2011 No Comments ›› admin

HILO, Hawai’i – Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi is urging Big Island residents to shop locally by declaring December “Think Local, Buy Local” month. Yesterday at the Mo’oheau Park Bandstand Senator Kahele joined Mayor Kenoi to thank local businesses for their efforts in being the “backbone” of the Hilo economy and directing a renewed focus on Hawai’i Island produced goods. The Think Local, Buy Local initiative is being launched in downtown Hilo in partnership with the Hilo Downtown Improvement Association and 40 locally owned businesses. The Mayor and the Senator were joined by Randy Kurohara, director of the Department of Research and Development for the Hilo Downtown Improvement Association. In Hilo, residents may use a buy local button which costs $5 to receive discounts at participating locally owned business. See links below for more information.

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