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
A hot topic for our Upcountry residents is converting our cesspools to septic tanks by the year 2050. The costs will vary from $20,000 on up. I am concerned about our kupuna with fixed incomes and our young families with limited incomes! Many of our residents already work two or more jobs to make ends meet.
On January 9th, the State of Hawaii Department of Health held a community information meeting. The 250+ residents who attended expressed many frustrations about this issue.
The State Department of Health conducted tests on drinking water and found higher nitrate levels in private wells in the Upcountry area.
On January 17th, at the Legislature Opening , I met with Representative Kyle Yamashita and Senator Kalani English and they are working with the Department of Health to establish standards and reviewing this issue. I will keep abreast with the State Department of Health and our Legislators to find solutions for our residents.
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One of my top priorities is to support building affordable housing for our working families. Hawaii has a huge shortage of affordable homes! Government has to be part of the solution.
Maui's goal is build 1,395 new homes per year.
Maui News, Lokahi Pacific, Mokuhau Project
December 2017: Blessing of Lokahi Pacific's Mokuhau Affordable Housing Subdivision in Happy Valley -- a 16-units, two story, three bedroom, two bath, housing project. The homes are in the mid $300,000 price range, for first-time homebuyers, with 25 - year affordable agreements. According to Lokahi Pacific this project took 20 years to build.
All nine council members are members of this committee. We consider policy items as well as issues involving two or more committee members, and Charter amendments. The PEA committee oversees the departments of Fire and Public Safety, Police, Liquor Control and Management; the Office of Economic Development; and the Maui Metropolitan Organization.
It is a busy Committee and in early February, the PEA committee will be reviewing over 60 nominees from the Mayor for confirmation to our Boards and Commissions.
We heard your vote! In November 2016, the voters approved Charter amendments to allow the Council to approve the Mayor's nominations of certain Department Directors. Further, the voters mandated that qualifications be developed, by ordinance, for these Directors. The PEA Committee is working on the qualifications for these 11 Department Directors.
Through these charter mandates, as Chair of the PEA Committee, we confirmed Mark Walker as the new Director of Finance and recommended that the Director of Water Supply not be removed and be put-back-to-work.