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   Hawaiian Acres                                        2011                                               Email:
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                       THE BOARD PRESIDENT’S REPORT
                                                         BY   DIANA MILLER
Aloha to everyone,                                                   working with them in our efforts to provide services to
   Once again, I would first like to thank our HACA mem-             the community and property owners.
bers for their continued support. We could not provide                    The HACA board meets the second Monday of every
services to the community and property owners without                month at 6:30 PM, except for the months of membership
your continued support.                                              meetings. These meetings are held on the second Sun-
   This is the newsletter following our bi-annual election,          days of the month at 2 PM in Jan, Apr, Jul and Oct. If you
so thank all of you who                                                                                  are in the area during
participated in our elec-                                                                                the time of our meet-
tion process. We posted                                                                                  ings, you are welcome
the newsletter with the                                                                                  to stop in to see what is
candidate information                                                                                    going on. We are al-
online, and mailed bal-                                                                                  ways looking for volun-
lots/proxies out to our                                                                                  teers, as well.
members so we could                                                                                       If you’ve read any of
have the election re-                                                                                    our previous newslet-
sults announced at the                                                                                   ters, you probably have
annual meeting. The                                                                                      noticed a trend in the
ballots were locked in a                                                                                 types of articles that I
mailbox that we hired                                                                                    write. I am interested in
specifically for the elec-                                                                               the preserving this
tion and our election                                                                                    great environment of
committee chair had                                                                                      ours, so I’ve written an
planned to pick up the                                                                                   article about the native
ballots on Saturday, Jan                                                                                 ohi’a lehua tree, the
8, the day before our                                                                                    most common tree in
annual meeting. That                                                                                     our rainforests. (Yes, I
was the plan.                                                                                            suppose you can call me
   What wasn’t in the                                                                                    a “tree-hugger.”) I also
                                                         ʻOhiʻa Lehua
plan was that no-notice closure on Saturday,         Metrosideros polymorpha     wrote an article about a Biosphere Reserve.
Jan 8, of the facility that housed our mailbox-           by Diana Miller        This is an idea being advocated by the Volcano
for-hire. After putting forth great effort trying                                community in the draft of the Puna Community
to contact the owner, we decided to have the annual                  Development Plan (PCDP).
meeting on the planned date, but deferred the announce-                    The 2010 census results were recently released and
ment of the election results to the February meeting.                our subdivision has grown in population by 52% in the
Needless to say, we will not use the same mailbox facility           past ten years. There are still many undeveloped lots
for the next elections.                                              here, so we still retain much of the rural feel many of us
    So back to our election… I’m am here once again writ-            living here enjoy. But, that will change if the trend con-
ing the president’s report, and have the honor of serving            tinues. Individuals will determine the future of our sub-
as the president of this community association for an-               division. Please try to preserve the forested areas if/
other term. Thank all of you for your support. We have a             when you develop.
great group of people on our board, and I look forward to               That’s about all for now. Be safe and have a great year,
                                                             BY OLÉ FULKS
                                          FORMER PRESIDENT, BIG ISLAND BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION

      Have you noticed any honeybees lately? The spring blos-                The adult beetles themselves do no harm to the hive, and
soms are out and our farms should be abuzz. But they’re not.           residents of a strong, healthy hive will effectively chase them out.
      Well, the tale runs something like this… The European hon-       But we don’t have strong, healthy hives (see above). So the bee-
eybee has thrived in these islands since the early 1800’s, integrat-   tles move in by the hundreds, and lay their eggs on the combs.
ing well with native flora and fauna and supplying pollination to      These combs make ideal environments for beetle larva develop-
the many new crops coming here from around the globe. In re-           ment and they flourish, destroying the hive.
cent times (the last 50 years), bees worldwide have been under               Pollen the bees have gathered to feed their own young is
siege from one devastation after another, severely depleting feral     perfect food for young beetle maggots, and they soon turn the
colonies and constantly challenging                                                                  entire hive into a stinking, oozing,
beekeepers to adopt new manage-                                                                      rotting, slimy brown mess. The adult
ment techniques.                                                                                     bees are forced to vacate, the young
      As this saga played out, we in                                                                 bees die, the honey is ruined, and
Hawaiʻi have watched as we would a                                                                   the hive just becomes an expensive
Hollywood disaster movie, feeling                                                                    disposal problem.
safe and secure behind our large                                                                     Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), an
moat (the Pacific Ocean). Well, my                                                                   unexplained malady currently sweep-
friends, the moat has failed us.                                                                     ing the U.S. and Europe causing dev-
Within just a very few short years the                                                               astating crop losses, has not yet
coincidence(?) of a triple whammy                                                                    been identified in Hawaiʻi. Nor has
has hit the Big Island.                                                                              the Africanized bee. So the excite-
      First came the nosema cerana                                                                   ment ain’t over yet, folks!
virus, quietly, hardly noticed. We’d                                                                 But this year we may see a serious
had a non-lethal form of nosema here for many years. Some peo-         decline in fruit production. And consider the hidden economy:
ple would treat for it to improve colony health and honey produc-      backyard and wild fruits feed local people, freeing them from
tion. Others would just live with it, it didn’t kill the colony. The   buying much imported food. That money never goes through the
new nosema cerana did increase colony losses and requires a            economy so it is never registered in the statistics.
different treatment, but most weren’t even aware that it was here.           Now we come to my proposed response to the above as-
      Then about 2 years ago the varroa mite arrived, as was           sault on our security and well-being: more beekeepers! Beekeep-
planned in the late 90’s (another good story). Another saga could      ing is a lot more work now, and more expensive with less return
be written about the fruitless battle to eradicate but these de-       in honey. But with small beekeepers in every neighborhood, our
structive mites; bottom line, we lost. Varroa mites have seriously     backyard crops can continue to flourish. And therefore, these
weakened bee populations island-wide, especially the feral colo-       small beekeepers deserve community support. The old model of
nies.                                                                  large pollination services won’t work well here. We need to create
      Last year, we received the killer punch. The small hive bee-     a new model. Think small. Think diversity. Think globally, act
tle arrived on our shores. These pests can fly 10 miles at a clip      locally.
and live on rotting fruit, so they are not dependent upon bees for
survival. But they do love beehives!

                        SEEKING SURPLUS FRUIT
     Do you have surplus fruit? Want to help feed Hawaiʻi’s hungry families? Hawaiʻi Harvest is a
volunteer group that seeks to get surplus food to our island’s hungry. Once monthly, we pick
donated fruit to be delivered to the Hawaiʻi Island Food Basket in Hilo.
     From there it is distributed to the various organizations (middlemen) that help feed Hawaii’s
hungry. Anything that you can donate is appreciated.
     If you are tired of the gnats attracted to your overripe fruit, or just can’t use all that you
have, please consider donating that produce. We accept anything, from red hot chili peppers to
lychee, citrus, avocados, mangoes, bananas, pretty much anything. We usually pick on Saturday
mornings, once monthly. If you have fruit or produce to donate, please call Sandra at 345-3250.
                                        Mahalo for your kokua!
                                            Aloha, Sandra
     BIOSPHERE RESERVE? WHAT’S THAT?                                                  HACA WISH LIST
                          BY DIANA MILLER
      I was recently introduced to the concept of Biosphere Re-         Hi all, it's Abby in the HACA Office, in the HACA Center, corner
serve. A portion of a draft Puna Community Development Plan             of 8 and C Roads. One of my favorite of the questions that I get
(PCDP) document describes how this concept could apply to the           asked is: ‚Besides cash, what is it that the HACA Community
                                                                        Center needs?‛ Thus, here is a list of some items that we con-
Volcano area. I think this idea could apply to our subdivision as
well. For those of you unfamiliar with the PCDP, the website at         tinually need: will provide a lot of           1: Toilet paper
information to include history of this planning process, and upcom-      2: Paper towels
ing meeting announcements if you’d like to get involved.                 3. Hand soap
      The Biosphere Reserves are areas recognized by the United
                                                                         4. Plastic garbage bags
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s
(UNESCO’s) Man and the Biosphere Program for protection of bio-          5. Pens
logical diversity and ecological integrity and for research, monitor-    6. Printer paper
ing, and education that support the perpetuation of native ecosys-       7. Ink for a 6500 HP color printer
tems. Biosphere reserves are also designated as potential models         8. Toner for a HP M2727 copier
of sustainable economic development.                                     9. Tape, duct and regular scotch kind
      A quote from the draft PCDP document states the following:        10. More book shelves
      ‚Many residents of Volcano desire legal recognition of the        11. Pancake mix, butter, syrup and frozen juice concen-
greater Volcano area as part of an International Biosphere Reserve,
                                                                        trate, coffee and fixin’s for our free Saturday morning
in association with Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. The result
would serve to protect the native forests and biodiversity of the       breakfasts
Volcano community. This includes maintaining its rural landscape        12. Dish soap
and formal protection of remnant and stands of native forest trees,     13. Bottled water or 5 gallon jugs of filtered water
particularly the dominant species, `ohi`a lehua and associated na-      14. Tacks, staples and paperclips
tive trees, shrubs, ferns, and herbs. ‚                                 15. Enthusiastic volunteers!
      Hawaiian Acres is located about 15 miles from Volcano Vil-
lage. Our subdivision is over 10,000 acres and is adjacent to the             These basic items keep us up and running, so if you have
Wao Kele O Puna, a protected lowland native forest of nearly            the inclination, please feel free to make a donation.
28,000 acres.                                                                 The office in our Community Center is open 9 am — 1:30
      Some of the same issues that Volcano community is striving        pm Monday thru Thursday to answer questions, provide assis-
for could also be applicable to our subdivision. We are on the Kila-    tance, receive donations, and accept HACA membership dues.
uea volcano, at a lower elevation. We do have large areas of intact           Looking forward to meeting you all in person, Abby
lowland rainforest within our subdivision and the largest remaining
intact lowland rainforests adjacent to our subdivision.                       Thanks to everyone (and to the stalwart board members
      The draft PCDP goes further in ‚advocating designation of the     who printed and posted the copies!) who participated in the
greater Volcano community as a Biosphere Reserve Buffer Zone            informal survey conducted by the HACA board to find out what
that would link the community landscape with that of the Hawai‘i        people thought about the possibility of a county park in or near
Volcanoes National Park. Recognition of Volcano as an International     our subdivision. Brittany Smart, Fred Blas and Jeff Krepps came
Biosphere Reserve would oblige the community to promote three           to the Acres to meet with Diana Miller, president of the board.
characteristics: 1) ensure conservation of native forest landscape,     They discussed the various possibilities and options, and Diana
the ecosystem and biological diversity that it supports; 2) provide a   told them about our survey. Everyone agreed that more com-
model of a community striving for economic and social sustainabil-      munity input was needed, so let us know what YOU think.
ity; and 3) establish learning sites for scientific research and sus-
tainability of the natural and social environment.‛
      The concerns of the Volcano community are similar to those
of many residents in Hawaiian Acres.                                      HAWAIIAN ACRES NEWS
      Through the PCDP process, Volcano residents are trying to               Published twice annually, the next issue of the HA News
guide their growth to be compatible with the biological treasure of     will be ready in November 2011. Submission deadline is Sep-
native forests that nearly surround them. Do the Hawaiian Acres         tember 15th, so please get your wonderful articles, advertise-
residents and property owners want to strive to protect the rural       ments, reports, tasty community news nuggets, favorite recipes
environment and life style that so many of us enjoy? Or are we on       or whatever, in by then! This is our community newsletter, so
the road to loss of native forest habitat and this unique environ-      share your stuff and get published!
ment?                                                                         Please submit materials to Abby at the HA Community
      I think our rural, biologically-diverse native environment is     Center in person, by mail or by email, and call her at 966-9892
worth protecting, and I think we should join the efforts of the Vol-    if you need further information. Mahalo for your support!
cano community. What do you think?                                                           — Kate Schuerch, Editor
                   AREA 2 REPORT                                                         TREASURER’S REPORT
          BY JULIE JACOBSON, HACA AREA 2 REPRESENTATIVE                                               BY PHILIP TAIT
March 2011                                                                          The financial condition of HACA continues to be diffi-
                                                                             cult due to the reduction in income, largely due to the con-
Greetings Hawaiian Acres Community and friends,
                                                                             tinuing recession. Accordingly, we continue to focus on
       I am happy to be back in beautiful Hawai`i after three weeks
                                                                             keeping costs down and confining our expenditure to core
visiting my mom in chilly and snowy Minnesota. I woke up this                needs.
morning and felt a great appreciation for the quiet forest and the                  Those are:
absence of heating and cooling equipment. Today it was sunny                        Maintaining the assets of HACA, namely the Com-
and clear with really sweet smelling air. At tonight’s Hawaiian                        munity Center building and land. We ensure that
Acres Community Association (HACA) meeting I get to see my                             the building gets necessary repairs and is kept se-
friends on the board and address issues that serve our great com-                      cure and the landscaping is kept up.
munity. The board works well together and keeps taking on issues                    Staffing the office, so that members have a place to
to protect members’ interests while continuing to serve our com-                       go for information and assistance.
munity. We’re currently working on long-term building rental use
                                                                                    Additionally, we support activities that meet important
rules. We need to serve the community but we also need to en-
sure that HACA gets timely payments and proper care of the facili-
                                                                             needs in the community. Among these are:
ties. I think we’ve gotten to the point where we’ve balanced the                    The Saturday morning ‚farmers’ meeting‛, which
contract well.                                                                         continues to be well-attended.
       Though we had a spate of earthquakes the day of the Japa-                    The Wifi hotspot service, which is a great help to
nese disaster, none were damaging or exceeded a 4.5 level.                             the majority of members who otherwise only have
Some Kona coastal properties had damage from the tsunami but                           the option of dial-up Internet access.
Hawaiian Acres is sufficiently distant from the ocean to escape                     Last year, it became clear that we needed a new audi-
damage. Our hearts go out to the Japanese who are struggling to              tor. The Board has selected Guy Shepard, who was the
cope with the loss and devastation after their 9.1 earthquake and            treasurer of another community association in Puna for a
enormous tsunami.
                                                                             number of years, so he well understands the operations of
       Our (mine and my husband Bob’s) tea farm is thriving. Tea
                                                                             an organization like ours. He will provide audited financial
needs lots of rain and Hawaiian Acres is a good climate for tea..
We are starting to produce enough for us to drink and cook into              statements for 2010 that will be presented at the next
some of our home cooking. Still, we have a couple more years                 Membership meeting, where we hope to have enough mem-
before we get into a production phase. Hawaiian Acres is a great             bers present to be able to approve him as HACA auditor.
place to grow tea and other agricultural products. It is also a won-                HACA still has uncommitted reserves exceeding $30k.
derful place to preserve natural native rain forest. I wish all of you       It is this Treasurer’s position that the reserve shall be main-
reading this, whether you reside in Hawaiian Acres or elsewhere a            tained intact to ensure we can meet unexpected expenses,
peaceful and satisfying 2011.                                                or fund a deficit should our income fall short of budget. We
                                                                             have a duty to think long term: the Community Center is
Aloha, Julie Jacobson, Area 2 Representative
                                                                             likely to need major refurbishment in the decades to come.
                                                                             We must ensure that there are funds available to keep the
                    AREA 4 REPORT                                            doors open as long as people continue to use its facilities.
      Aloha All —
      It’s been a tumultuous year so far, and we here in the Acres
                                                                                              ASK A LAWYER
are so fortunate to be here! My heart goes out to those who are                    Do you have a legal question? Need some
suffering in the aftermath of the earthquakes in Japan and the               information about a point of law? This is your big
tsunami that followed as devastation crossed the Pacific; also to                chance to get some free legal answers from a
those whose homes and communities have been destroyed by                         friendly local lawyer! In the next issue of the
the tremendous floods and tornadoes in middle America and by                  HACA News, we will introduce Ask a Lawyer,
the still-spreading fires in Arizona. It is so important to reach out
                                                                               in which attorney and Hawaiian Acres resident
in whatever ways we can to help those in need, both here at
home and those far away, remembering always that we are all
                                                                              Paul E. Booth will answer legal questions sent in
part of the greater global community.                                           by readers. So please email your questions to:
      Area 4 is doing well, if somewhat soggy, for now.                with Ask a Lawyer in
 A hui hou,                                                                   the subject line, or mail or bring your handwrit-
Kate                                                                             ten questions in to Abby at the HACA office.
                                                             AREA 3 REPORT
                                                    BY MARK VAN DOREN, AREA 3 REPRESENTATIVE
      Aloha fellow Hawaiian Acres property owners! Once again it's time for a little update on the neighborhood. The Hawaiian Acres Com-
munity Association (HACA) is often criticized by the vocal minority out here for "doing nothing."
      Some of us take that for a compliment that we are doing our jobs well. Because the primary issue of debate all over Hawaii is devel-
opment vs. conservation. People who make a studied decision to live or retire here in Hawaiʻi usually greatly value the abundance of
natural beauty and comparatively rural lifestyle of the islands. But others see open and wild areas as just another bare space that needs
to be "tamed" and developed.
      The majority rules. And the majority of people in Hawaiian Acres so far have voiced their desire to keep the Acres’ "country" and "rain-
forest" life-style quality intact. So rather than keeping a busy schedule of paving, bulldozing and development, HACA usually works to
maintain the status quo here in one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the world.
      But now is one of those times when the importance of a community association comes to bear. There is currently a debate over the
placement of a public park in Hawaiian Acres. It may be a moot point because talk of plans by the Hawaii County Mayor's office to create
a park in Puna may well not have Hawaiian Acres in mind at all. But just in case, HACA has been busy trying to gauge the lot-owner's and
residents opinions on this issue.
      The lot across from the HACA building is currently for sale and has been mentioned as a possible site for a park, while others have
always maintained that parks if placed at all, should be placed along the perimeters of the Acres, such as the open area at the top of
Ainaloa Blvd. or at the bottom of South Kulani Road where it meets 1 Road.
      But before selecting a site for a park we have to first consider whether lot owners and residents even WANT a park here. It is more of
an issue than just having a park. Because such a facility would entail maintainance and operation by the County of Hawaiʻi it would also
bring the County into what has been a pretty autonomous neighborhood.
      Many (most?) Hawaiian Acres lot owners and residents do not want the County of Hawaiʻi defining our life-style any more than they
already do through Building Codes, etc.
      What do you think? Let us know! But I want you to think about another issue while you consider this one...
      The county is currently debating the different plans to widen the Keaʻau-Pahoa Highway, perhaps the busiest motor corridor on the
Big Island. They are NOT debating WHETHER they should widen the corridor, just HOW.
      There was once an important highway study done that basically said the more you facilitate traffic in an area, the more growth you
encourage, thereby needing more highways. I grew up in Los Angeles and that, unfortunately is what happened. The result is very little
public transportation but 16-lane behemoth freeways everywhere enabling MILLIONS of cars to travel at rush-hour speeds up to 20 MPH!
      Very few people really think long-term. But once you pave an area or develop a highway, you never go back. Is that REALLY what we
want here? Some may not see the analogy between the Keaʻau-Pahoa Highway and a park in Hawaiian Acres. But it is something to con-
sider. We have a treasure here in the Acres. When I go to Hilo I always feel greatly relaxed when I re-enter the forest as I come down
South Kulani and turn into 1 Road. It's truly beautiful. In Los Angeles, only the most elite neighborhoods have forested areas where you
might see horses, etc.
      So I think it is important to carefully consider any encroachment by the county or anyone else. The longest journey begins with the
first step. The bursting of a dam can begin with a small hole. And the end of life as we know it in Hawaiian Acres could begin with a small
incursion by the County.
      Please consider the issue carefully. If it turns out the county never had any intention of placing the Puna park here, the discussion is
still worthy for future battles.
      Meanwhile, life is good in Hawaiian Acres.

       We're looking for musicians            Join HACA, the Hawaiian Acres Community Association
to come liven up our Social Satur-
day morning Swap Meet/Pancake              Get involved with YOUR Hawaiian Acres community! An annual membership in
Breakfasts. If you have a band, or        HACA is only $30 - such a deal!!! Come to our monthly board meetings and
just like to pick and sing, we'd          quarterly potluck general membership meetings, share your thoughts, take ac-
love to have you join us. Meet
your neighbors, surf the internet
                                          tion for your community, use the free-to-members
and check your e-mail with the            WiFi, meet your neighbors, participate in planning
WiFi, enjoy some delicious coffee         and working together to help keep Hawaiian Acres
and pancakes, and show us your            such a wonderful place to live!
stuff!                                     For more information, call Abby in the HACA Office
     Mahalo, :-), Sharon Justice
                                          at 966-9892.
                 SAVE THE ʻOHIʻA LEHUA
                             BY DIANA MILLER

       Many parts of Hawaiian Acres still have forests comprised
mostly of the native ʻohiʻa lehua. This tree is endemic, meaning
that it evolved here on the islands to be a species unique to
Hawaiʻi. The ʻōhiʻa lehua (scientific name Metrosideros polymor-
pha), is a species of slow-growing flowering evergreen tree that can
grow up to 80 ft tall. Many native Hawaiian traditions refer to the
tree and the forests it forms as sacred to Pele, the volcano god-
dess, and to Laka, the goddess of hula.
        Despite the introduction of many non-native species into our
subdivision, ʻohiʻa lehua is still probably the most common tree
                                                                          HAWAIʻI COUNTY COUNCIL TIP LINE
found in the area. The tree is easily recognized. It has a rough bark     Aloha Friends,
and oval shaped leaves that are generally smooth dark green. The
tree typically does not form a canopy in the forest. The leaf buds        Hawaiʻi Council Chair Dominic Yagong has a special message for
(liko) can range in color from pale green to pink to red. The pow-        those who wish to express their concerns but would like to re-
der puff like flowers are most often a shade of red, but yellow,          main anonymous. Please read on for more information:
pink, orange and salmon colored blossoms are also found.
        So why am I writing an article titled ‚Save the ʻOhiʻa Lehua?‛    "Phone number 932-2999 has been set up as a County Council
Because Hawaiian Acres, a subdivision of nearly 10,000 acres still        Tip Line to provide county employees and the general public the
has a lot of intact native forest. The most common tree in the na-        opportunity to call anonymously (if they choose) to report any
tive forest is the ʻohiʻa. It is a special tree for many reasons. It is   concerns, impropriety or suggestions on how we can improve
endemic, unique to Hawaiʻi, as previously stated. It is a major food      County operations. It is my hope that many great ideas can come
source for many of our native birds. ʻOhiʻa is also the pioneer tree      forward, and if there is a potential problem we can be pro-active
on our lava flows. It can take root in cracks of lava rock and grow       and help address issues important to our employees and county.
(and thrive) on a lava flow (that has cooled, of course.) We do not       The phone is located in my Chairman’s Office in Hilo, and people
have an recent lava flows on Hawaiian Acres land (yet), but if you        can leave their message with a name and number if they want a
go to Kalapana where the east rift zone eruption is flowing towards       return call. However, calls can also be placed anonymously if you
the sea, you can see small ʻohiʻa lehua trees that are growing in         so desire.
lava from the 1990 flows. Anywhere you have a seed base and
water (rainfall), lava will support native species such as the ʻohiʻa.    It is my intention to provide a monthly report to council at an
And if what I mentioned is not enough to classify the ʻohiʻa as a         executive session for their review. Names and phone numbers (if
special tree, it also has small pores called stomata that close when      provided) will be redacted from the report. If a caller wishes not
the air quality is poor (such as when volcanic gases blow over the        to be part of the executive session report, please indicate so on
tree.)                                                                    the message and your call will not be included.
        There are many things that are impacting the health of the
ʻohiʻa lehua within the subdivision. The forests in Hawaiʻi have          This service is being implemented at NO ADDITIONAL COST
been invaded by a myriad of alien tree species to include straw-          to the taxpayers. We took one phone line that was assigned to
berry guava, albizia, cecropia. Other species such as Indian rhodo-       the Chairs staff (former # 961-8017) and replaced with a pre-
dendrum (that big bush with the pink flower – a relative of mico-         assigned number provided to the County of Hawai‘i. No additional
nia), tibouchina, clidemia (Koster’s Curse) are also negatively im-       phones were purchased and there will be no increase to our
pacting the native forest environment. I’ve been working on remov-        County Clerk budget due to this service.
ing the invasive alien species from my lot for years and it has made
a positive difference for the health of the ʻohiʻa on my property. In     If you have any questions regarding the County Council Tip Line,
other words, it is a lot of work, but you can restore the native envi-    please do not hesitate to call me at 961-8264.
ronment to your property.
        Besides the alien species impacting the ʻohiʻa, non-selective     Warmest Aloha - Council Chair Dominic Yagong"
land clear also has an obvious impact to the health of the native
ʻohiʻa. A bulldozer grinding down the native forest is not good for       Mahalo,
its health. ʻOhiʻa lehua trees send roots throughout the cracks of
lava rock, so even trees within 10-20 ft from a bulldozer’s track         Brittany Smart
may be damaged or killed. Many of the trees in the forests are            Hawai'i County Councilmember
several hundred years old. ʻOhiʻa grow one inch in diameter every         District 6 - Upper Puna, Ka'u, South Kona
20 years, so that 12 inch diameter tree on your lot is probably over      25 Aupuni Street
a hundred years old. If you plan on developing a vacant lot, please       Hilo, HI 96720
consider selective land clearing in order to preserve some of the         (808) 961-8536
native ʻohiʻa and surrounding native environment.               
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 Hawaiian Acres Community Association Center                               Please submit camera ready ads to
           Located on the corner of                                  the HACA office with a check payable to HACA.
         8 (Moho) & C (Po’ola) Roads                                          For more information, please
                      966-9892                                              call the HACA office at 966-9892

                                                                               New Transfer Station Hours
 COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD                                         Hawaiʻi County’s nearby Puna Transfer Station hours:
                                                                     Pahoa and Keaʻau will be open 6am to 6pm
 Enthusiastic volunteers needed to help out with the HACA           Glenwood: Sunday, Tuesday and Friday 6am to 6pm
   Center playing field, so the keiki have more room to run
                                                                     Volcano: Monday, Thursday and Saturday 6am to 6pm
   around and play.
 Building a house? There is a new building code commit-          The Pahoa Transfer Station has been completely revamped and
   tee, with members from other subdivisions also, that is        massive concrete has now replaced the mud. Keaʻau is under
   scrutinizing proposed new county building code changes,        renovation now. However, there is currently no site to take our
   and is organizing to educate the community about them.         e-waste to! Please contact your state and local legislators, Hawaiʻi
   Please call the HACA office for more info, 966-9892.           County, Recycle Hawaiʻi, and ??? to encourage the setting up of a
                                                                  permanent e-waste site! Do they really think people are going to
                                                                  MAIL their dead TV’s, etc., back to the manufacturer???
HAWAIIAN ACRES NEWS                                                  SPRING & SUMMER 2011

       AND MEETINGS IN THE                                           REPRESENTATIVES
    CORNER OF MOHO (8) RD.                                     Diana Miller
                                                                                                  Vice President:
                                                                                                  Ken Cutting
                                                               P. O. Box 1295                     P. O. Box 574
        & PO’O LA (C) RD.                                      Kurtistown, HI 96760               Kurtistown, HI 96760
                                                               808-982-7722                       808-938-5881
                                                               Secretary:                         Treasurer:
                          AA                                   John Lehnert                       Philip Tait
               Wednesdays 4:30 — 6:30 pm                       P. O. Box 781                      P. O. Box 368
                                                               Kea’au, HI 96749                   Kurtistown, HI 96760
           Together Time Home School                           808-968-7443                       808-982-8393
          1st and 3rd Fridays, 1:00 pm — 4:00 pm               secretary@haca.hawaiian            treasurer@haca.hawaiian
       VIP (Violence Intervention Program)                     Area 1 Representative:             Area 3 Representative:
 twice a week, Generally Tuesdays & Thursdays 5 — 7 pm         Russ Wichman                       Mark Van Doren
       Contact Lonnie Large 968-6212 for interview             P. O. Box 766                      P. O. Box 943
                                                               Kurtistown, HI 96760               Kurtistown, HI 96760
                        Yoga                                   808-895-5744                       808-968-7393
            Once a Week: Thursday, 9 — 11 am                               cell 808-896-3913
                 Contact Sara 937-1023                                                  
  Farmers Meet Artists Free Pancake Breakfast                  Area 1 Representative:             Area 3 Representative:
                Saturdays 8 am — 1 pm                          Benedick Howard                    Sharon Justice
                                                               P. O. Box 368                      P. O. Box 368
 Hawaiian Acres Community Association (HACA)                   Kurtistown, HI 96760               Kurtistown, HI 96760
         Once a month, 2nd Monday at 6:30 pm                   808-966-9892                       808-966-9892
     Hawaiian Acres Road Corporation (HARC)
         Once a month, 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 pm
                                                               Area 2 Representative:             Area 4 Representative:
                   Kids’ Kung Fu:                              Julie Jacobson                     Kate Schuerch
               Thursdays following Yoga                        P.O. Box 900                       P. O. Box 615
                                                               Kurtistown, HI 96760               Kurtistown, HI 96760
                      Kung Fu:                                 808-966-8831                       808-966-9892
            Wednesday and Friday, 7 — 8:30 PM           
            Volunteer Fire Department                                            Fred Hofer
           Once a month. First Tuesday at 4 PM.                                  P. O. Box 335
            Community Watch Program                                              Kurtistown, HI 96760
          Once a month. 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 PM.                        

        Does anyone have an unwanted small, wall-hung bathroom sink with faucets looking for a new home?
                     Or perhaps a newish, Energy-Star compliant refrigerator, no longer needed?
          If so, please call Abby at the HACA office, as the HACA Center is in dire need of just such items!

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