At my next Policy, Economic Development and Agriculture Committee Meeting the Technology Division will present updates our county preparedness for cyber security! At this conference I learned more in depth about this important protection for the county. So awesome! Learning soooooo much here in Washington D.C.
Washington D.C. memories visits, got into the newest museum African American and also saw the newly released portraits of Michelle Obama and President Obama. Our HAWAII State Association of Counties visited Representatives Tulsi Gabbard, Colleen Hanabusa, Senators Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono. I asked each to please keep the Soil and Water Conservation funding $8M as we hear the it may be deleted from the Trump FY 2019 budget (Maui County receives $1.5 m) and I asked for EPA direction on the cesspool conversion by 2050. This has residents concerned. @ Washington, District of Columbia
Historic day to break ground for the Upcountry Skatepark in Pukalani park! It was four years in the making with Councilmembers Mike White, Gladys Baisa planting the initial seeds to make this happen! As a new Councilmember I helped by finding more funds to ensure it happened! The thought was dreamed by two seniors at king Kekaulike high school. The community spoke for the kids and construction begins on March 15th. Thank you Goodfellow Brothers for your commitment to the community! Success! #dreamshappen
Searching for answers about why 7400 cesspools Upcountry must change to septic tanks by 2050! Our State representatives were present and they also heard from many about our search for facts about why we are the “priority upgrade area” because of the rise of nitrate levels in private wells. I know the discussion will continue! More discussion ahead and I want to be included in the solutions! @ Kula, Hawaii
Sharing the Maui News article about the February 21 meeting at the Kula Community Center, put on by the Kula Community Association. Lots of frustrations. Read this which gives us the magnitude of this situation. I have a cesspool too and personally walk with the community on this. We will find solutions.
The Year of the DOG, also known in this cycle as the Yang Earth Dog, 4716 on the Chinese Lunar Calendar, begins with the second New Moon after the Winter Solstice, the new moon at midnight, Friday, February 16, 2018, and lasts to February 4, 2019. Other Dog Years are: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, and 2006.
Here's wishing all of your a wonderful and prosperous Chinese New Year!
Symbol of the Dog
The Dog, the eleventh animal of twelve to reach the Jade Emperor, is renown in Chinese literature, myth, and legend. In Journey to the West, a Doghelped the hero Erlang Shen and the Monkey-King Sun Wukong defeat a nine-headed insect monster by biting off the monster’s head. During an eclipse, the Tiangou (“Heavenly Dog”) is thought to eat the Sun or the Moon until frightened away. Various ethnic groups credit the Dog with saving the seeds of a variety of grains, thereby providing the seed stock of today’s crops, and so, in some Harvest celebrations, dogs are the first to be fed. Associated with benevolence and good fortune, there is a Chinese proverb that says if a strange dog follows you home, and you treat it well, your house will be blessed with prosperity. In everyday life, no other animal of the Celestial Zodiac is as devoted to the well-being of their human companions, especially those who are physically or psychologically impaired or threatened by catastrophe, with no reservations or judgment of the wealth, station, or circumstances of those persons.
Significance of the Year of the Dog
The Year of the Yang Earth Dog will be overflow with energy, both positive and negative, and thus be very demanding. The challenge will be to proceed with vigor and enthusiasm anyway, with perseverance and fully prepared to meet the ups and downs of work, life, and love, instead of hesitating, hiding, or procrastinating, thereby forging one’s character and spirit in the fires of failure and misfortune and, ultimately, achieving success.
(2018 Fortune Designs Collection Corp.)
The Dog personality
The Dog epitomizes faithfulness and devotion and hard work, with a playfulness and joy of life. At the same time, the Dog must be mindful of stubbornness and aggression. So when developing one’s personality, one must bear in mind the teaching of Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer: First comes exercise, then comes discipline, and only then comes affection, and do likewise in training themselves.
XIN NIAN KUAI LE! GONG XI FA CAI!
Research and written by John Tam
This past Saturday had to be the busiest day I've ever experienced at the Upcountry Farmers Market! Grammy and Na Hoku Hanohano Award winning singer, Kalani Pe'a agreed. He and his 'ohana are "usuals" up at the market, they come every weekend for his favorite palio bread and almond butter.
I'm so happy for all of the Maui makers and growers. I'm pretty sure they all went home with a lighter load. I'm also really happy that Rep. Kyle Yamashita was able to join me. He was able to answer a lot of your state side concerns.
Send supportive testimony for House Bill 2601! Purpose is a tax on rental cars on Maui for Maui roads. Paia by-pass and Lahaina by-pass roads! Let us send in supportive testimony. — at Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center & Upcountry Pool Parks
The kids from Maui Economic Opportunity and the Tobacco Free Hawaii Coalition selected smoke free cars as their top priority project for 2017. The law would protect minors from second hand smoke in vehicles.
On January 4th, the PEA Committee passed a proposed ordinance and over 38 kids from Maui and Molokai testified to support this legislation.
On January 19th this bill passed 1st reading, where 60 high school students from Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus attended the meeting, to support the passage. Second and final reading is anticipated for February 2nd for final passage.
I support our youth!
Maui Now, No Smoke in Cars