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Big Island Visitors Bureau executive director George Applegate to address governor’s West Hawai‘i council


HONOLULU – The Governor’s Council of Neighbor Island Advisors for West Hawai‘i will meet on Wednesday, February 10 at 5:30 p.m. at the Natural Energy Laboratory Gateway Conference Room, 73-4460 Queen Ka‘ahumanu Hwy., Kailua-Kona. The public is invited to attend.

George Applegate, Big Island Visitors Bureau executive director, will give a presentation and update on Big Island tourism, as well as marketing and sales initiatives planned. After the presentation, there will be time for questions and answers, including public testimony.

“The Governor encourages the public to attend to share any concerns they may have regarding state government,” said Andy Smith, the Governor’s West Hawai‘i Liaison.

Governor Linda Lingle created councils of neighbor island advisors to give neighbor island residents a stronger voice in state government. The Governor’s Council of Neighbor Island Advisors for West Hawai‘i holds monthly public meetings to seek community input, advise the Governor of important issues and make recommendations for state boards and commissions.

Members of the Governor’s West Hawai‘i Community Council are Rick Vidgen, Estela Halverson, Glennon Gingo, Elaine Watai, Jon Adams, Gunner Mentch and Rodney Ito.

Anyone requiring special assistance or accommodations to participate at this meeting may call (808) 327-4953. For additional information on neighbor island councils of advisors, including meeting minutes and agendas, visit the Governor’s Web site at

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