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Senator Kahele and Highway District Engineer Sal Panem in Puna Last Night

Dec 2, 2011 No Comments ›› admin

Hawai’i Islands State Senator Gil Kahele hosted a Highway 130 update in Puna last night at the Pahoa Neighborhood Facility. Approximately 60 members of the Puna community attended to hear
the latest updates on Highway 130 from Sal Panem, Hawai’i Island’s District Highway Engineer, and the lead on the multi-million dollar projects slated to begin next year in Puna. Several other legislators
were in attendance including Puna Councilman Fred Blas as well as State Representative Faye Hanohano. Major topics that were discussed were a roundabout planned for Keaau-Pahoa road intersection at Old Government Road as well as the entire Keaau-Pahoa road widening to 4 lanes. Ironically, while the meeting was being conducted a major accident occurred on Highway 130 right next to the Longs in Pahoa that shut the major highway down for 30 minutes. State Highway 130, known as one of the deadliest in the State is a major focus for the State DOT as they quickly try to improve the safety of the highway for the thousands of residents of Puna that commute on the highway every day.


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Senator Gilbert Kahele Announces Education Forum in Hilo

Nov 30, 2011 No Comments ›› admin

This Friday at Waiakea High School in Hilo, State Senator Gilbert Kahele and Hawai’i Island’s Board of Education member and Vice Chairman Brian DeLima will be hosting a education forum and Q&A session. DeLima, who was among nine members appointed by Governor Abercrombie will give an update on current Board of Education issues that will include the recent NAEP assessment, finance and infrastructure, and future plans for education on Hawai’i Island. The forum will also present an opportunity for those attending to voice their concerns about the HSTA contract and any other education related issue affecting Hawai’i Island.
“This forum will give me an opportunity to hear the concerns and issues that are affecting our teachers, parents and students on Hawai’i Island and throughout the State. As the 26th legislative session approaches in January the feedback I hope to receive will help shape the legislation and discussions that my colleagues and I will have and introduce in the Senate. This is also an opportunity for members of the community to engage in thoughtful discussion with the Vice Chairman of the BOE, Brian DeLima” Senator Gil Kahele
155 West Kawili Street, Hilo, Hawai’i, 96720, 
December 2nd 2011, 5:30-7:30PM 

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Nov 22, 2011 No Comments ›› admin

Hawai’i Island’s District 2 State Senator Gilbert Kahele is hosting a Highway 130 update in Puna on December 1st 2011.

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Building upon the recently completed DOT forum held in September, Hawai’i Island’s District 2 State Senator is using this forum to specifically address all State Highway 130 projects in Puna and to help clarify some of the issues that were addressed in September at the DOT Town Hall held in Keaau. Sal Panem, Hawai’i Island’s District Engineer will be the featured speaker and is expected to give a comprehensive report on Highway 130 and all transportation projects associated with the Puna Highway. Mr. Panem will also give a  current status update and time line for both short term and long term projects.

“Highway 130 is my #1 priority in Puna. The feedback I received from the Transportation Town Hall I hosted in September was that those that attended felt not enough time was spent on Highway 130 and the information that was provided was not clear and concise. Several members of the community who have spent a significant amount of time on Highway 130 said they felt confused and unsure of the projects time line and specific details. I discussed this with the State DOT directors and we were all in agreement that we should go back to Puna and provide a presentation focused exclusively on Highway 130, and we are doing just that. We have decided to go into the heart of Puna and host this forum at the Pahoa Neighborhood Facility on December 1st. My one request is that the community come out and attend this important meeting and we get as much participation and attendance from the forty thousand plus residents of the Puna District. Tell your family, friends, neighbors and community associations, if Highway 130 is important to you come out and attend this meeting, I am providing you, my constituents of Puna the opportunity to be heard, I hope to see you there” Senator Gil Kahele

Senator Kahele’s Highway 130 update with Hawai’i DOT District Engineer Sal Panem


December 1st 2011, 6:00-8:00PM

If you have a specific issue you want addressed in regards to Highway 130 email your issue(s) to:

or call/fax in your issue to:

1-808-586-6760 (Office)

1-808-586-6689 (Fax)

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