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Friends of Puna’s Future endorses revised Plan 40 for Redistricting Hearing Saturday (Oct 15)

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The second Puna Redistricting Hearing will take place Saturday, October 15th, 2:00 pm, at the Kea’au Community Center. This hearing is a crucial event in determining Puna’s redistricting results for the next ten years.

We hope to have good representation from Upper Puna/Puna Mauka, as well as numerous citizens from Lower Puna/Puna Makai to demonstrate Puna’s solidarity in support of key goals presented at last Tuesday’s Pahoa Meeting.

To HPP and other citizens attending last Tuesday’s Pahoa Hearing: Please plan to attend this second hearing as well – to help us demonstrate that Puna means business!

KEY POINTS supported by a diverse group from Puna at Tuesday’s Hearing:

– Two council districts for Puna with no divided communities between districts

– Keep all 3 of the major towns in Puna (Volcano, Keaau, Pahoa) within one or the other of those two districts

Friends of Puna’s Future (FoPF) Endorses Revised Plan 40:

FoPF has combined their original Revised Plan 27 with Margaret Wille’s (Waimea) refined West Hawaii plan, Revised Plan 40, to create a new version which incorporates important goals set by citizens of both East and West Hawaii. The Puna section of Revised Plan 40 remains very similar to the Puna map presented for revised Plan 27, meeting the citizens’ criteria for Puna’s redistricting (above) while also presenting a solution that meets all of the stated conditions set forth by the Redistricting Committee.

A hard choice faces all redistricting plans being submitted due to Puna’s population numbering 45K and redistricting limits being set between 20–21K per district. In other words, a segment of Puna’s population must be placed outside the boundaries of the 2 new Puna districts.

Acknowledging the goal of keeping Pahoa, Kea’au and Volcano within the same 2 districts, FoPF has taken the position of including all incorporated subdivisions in Revised Plan 40. Revised Plan 40 does not include the area of Puna north of Highway 11 in either of the two proposed Puna districts; if these areas were to be included, Volcano or Kea’au would have to be dropped.

WE NEED A CROWD at Saturday’s Kea’au Hearing to bring Puna’s Redistricting goals on home! Drop-in’s are welcome and you do not need to testify unless you want to. We hope to see you there!

To reach the community center, turn by the police station (a little past the shopping center and across the street) and drive all the way to the end. Parking is on the left.

Friends of Puna’s Future
Board of Directors

One Response to “Friends of Puna’s Future endorses revised Plan 40 for Redistricting Hearing Saturday (Oct 15)”

  1. Patrice says:

    You split upper puna to include Volcano. Very skewed viewpoint. Upper puna is. :
    Panaewa to Steinbeck . We in district 6 are keeping kurtistown , mountainview and glenwood is more important for .PUNA. All puna Villages do not go to HILO. Your plan removes our votes. Volcano is always been Ka’u.
    Hilo district 3 has prevented us from any Cdp Plan-because it is hilo. Pahoa needs to go with Hpp :
    All Steinbeck needs to stay in upper puna.

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