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WHO: Farmers, ranchers, foresters, and anyone interested in climate change.
WHAT: Round-table discussion about Soil & Water Resources Conservation Act (RCA).
WHEN: Thursday, December 11, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: North Conference Room of The Kunia Village & Agri-Business Complex located at 92-1780Kunia Road, Kunia, HI. (See driving directions at the bottom.)
Free to attend and lunch will be provided by the Farm Foundation.
WHY: Established by law in 1977, the RCA requires USDA to gather public input on natural resources conservation policy issues. The goal is to safeguard the nation’s natural resources to meet current and future agricultural needs, improve delivery of conservation services to landowners and communities, and expand participation in conservation programs.
HOW: Details are online at https://secure.farmfoundation.org/np/clients/farmfoundation/eventRegistration.jsp?event=369&
Discussion in each roundtable session will address three core topics:
- Water resource management
- Soil health
- Resilience of soil/water resources to climate change & extreme weather events
Directions to Kunia Village & Agri-Business Complex NORTH Conference Room
Driving west on H-1, you’ll pass the Waikele off-ramp on your right. Take the next exit, 5B H1-750 KuniaNorth.
The exit puts you onto Kunia Road heading north; move to your left.
After driving approximately 5 to 6 miles through mainly open fields, the speed limit reduces to 35 mph (you will already have passed a golf course on your right).
Next you will see a flashing overhead yellow light and a sign on the left that says “Kunia Village & Agri-Business Complex SOUTH.” Keep driving past this intersection.
Proceed past a yellow gate entrance on your left and, at the end of the tree line on your left, there will be another sign saying “Kunia Village & Agri-Business Complex NORTH.” Turn left at this road and pass through the gate straight ahead and then turn left again.
The conference room is set back and to the left of the large warehouse as you enter this property. Park anywhere; parking area is obvious. The address is 92-1780 Kunia Road, but there are no visible address signs to go by. If you get to a traffic light, you have gone too far. You will be at a military installation.
Please call 621-1350 or 621-1351 if you get lost.
Natural Resources Conservation Service
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For myself, it has been a great pleasure meeting old friends as we sailed across the central Pacific and to introduce new crew members to the many island communities we visited. One thing remained consistent throughout all three legs of the journey, the energetic spirit and enthusiasm each crew member brought to the voyage and its mission.#MalamaHonua #WorldwideVoyage #Hokulea #1Ocean1Earthhttp://www.hokulea.com/kalepa-baybayan-the-navigators-journey/
Aloha Statewide Homestead Leaders!
Since August of this year, a dozen homestead leaders from around the state have contributed to the drafting of the FIRST ever, beneficiary generated strategic plan for DHHL. Last week at the CNHA convention, during the SCHHA caucus meeting, the plan was fully vetted, with additional items added. The updated plan, adopted by the SCHHA and by the CNHA Policy Center is attached, and it will be hand delivered to each of the campaigns for Governor. Mahalo Michelle and Blossom!
Hundreds of hours are represented in this document, and frankly, 95 years of homesteader experience is reflected as well. As homesteaders, it is not hard to say that we know better than anyone what the solutions are for the Hawaiian Home Land Trust, for ourselves, for those on the waitlist, and on how our trust can fulfill its mission while giving a major economic boost to the state’s economy. There is no one the Governor-Elect can appoint that has the knowledge or expertise of a homesteader. However, any appointee, homesteader or not, with this plan in hand, has a greater chance for success.
I want to thank the homestead dozen that spent 10 weeks drafting it, and the SCHHA caucus in vetting this plan. It represents how the trust can only be successful with beneficiaries at the table, not under it. DHHL, the Governor, the Legislature, cannot save it, they need us, the beneficiaries to be engaged. This plan embraces that truth – like never before.
It also includes a credible budget, one that calls on the State to simply fund its own employees and infrastructure as Uncle Dickie Nelson has been asking for, and let our beneficiary trust funds do the rest. Our land trust can be financially sustainable, for the purposes of the trust, not for the operations of a state agency. This plan calls on the state to fund $9M for its own staffing, $15M for the operations of its agency, $35M in GO Bonds to continue building infrastructure that creates incredible jobs for all of Hawaii’s residents, and it calls on our trust funds and federal grants we receive to carry the rest. A modest budget when compared to other state agencies that do not have a constitutional mandate!
This plan corrects errors of the past, and lifts up that which has worked. Most importantly however, this plan implements what Prince Kuhio originally envisioned, it marches to the intent of the HHCA, it does not bend that vision for other purposes, it embraces the full intent of the HHCA, that we do for ourselves by owning homes, farms and ranches………….and to own and operate mercantile and business ventures on our trust lands…..and that the State DHHL, do for itself, being funded by state funds for its employees and operational costs.
This plan follows the theme of Consult ~ Reform ~ Deliver ~ Together. My prayer is that the candidates for Governor, and the eventual new Governor that will be elected in 3 weeks, will take a serious look at this plan, debate it with us, and seek our help to reach the full potential of our land trust. Without the people, there is no Hawaiian Home Land Trust. It is truly the people, that know exactly what to do. I am on my 7th DHHL Director. I know many of you are on your 10th! There is no substitute for living and breathing the trust, we must come to the table and help the next Governor, and the next DHHL director, to get it right. And we pray that the next Governor and the next DHHL Director have the humility of inclusion of beneficiaries, and the courage of Kuhio’s convictions so beautifully spelled out in the HHCA in totality.
Mahalo Ke Akua. Robin Danner, SCHHA Policy Chair
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Aloha! Here is the agenda for the informational briefing on solar programs.
Please register by Friday, October 24, 2014.
Contact: Kimberly Costa at 457-4689 or Kimberly.Costa@hud.gov
Please join us for an informational briefing…
|Renewable Energy Options for Hawaii’s Affordable Housing:
An Informational Briefing on Hawaii’s Solar Programs, Financing Models, and Implementation Strategies
|Date||Tuesday, October 28, 2014|
|Place||HUD Honolulu Field Office1132 Bishop Street, Suite #1400|
|9:00||Welcome and Introductions||HUD|
Energy Initiatives, Renewables and Policy Incentives
|Wayne Waite, Moderator|
Hawaiian Solar Hot Water Programs
|Lauren Carson, Pacific Built|
|9:35||Financing Innovations: On Bill Financing||John REI, Hawaii Energy|
Ground Breaking Vision for Underserved Markets
|Cyd Miyashiro, DBEDT|
|10:10||Financing Solar PV:
Demystifying Solar Leases and How They Work
|Scott Sarem, Everyday Energy|
|10:25||Grid Interconnections: Energy Storage Strategies||Scott Peattie, Solar City|
|10:40||Questions, Discussion and Next Steps|
Ramona K. Mullahey
Senior Analyst – Field Policy & Management
U.S. Department of Housing and
Honolulu Field Office
1132 Bishop Street, Suite 1400 [new address]
Honolulu, HI 96813
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National Endowment for the Arts Releases 2015 Our Town Grant Guidelines
New Our Town guidelines are now available to support creative placemaking projects that contribute towards the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, equitable, and resilient places with the arts at their core. Now in its fifth year, the Our Town program will continue to support place-based arts engagement, cultural planning, and design projects. The NEA is also offering a new project category this year, funding up to five projects carried out by arts or design service organizations, or other national or regional membership organizations, that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based work. The goal is to expand the knowledge base about creative placemaking to their members and the field.
- Grant guidelines: http://arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town/introduction
- Archived webinar about Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects: http://arts.gov/video/our-town-guidelines-oct-1-2014-webinar
- Upcoming webinar on October 6 for Projects that build Knowledge about Creative Placemaking: http://arts.gov/videos/webinars
- Deadline to apply: December 15, 2014, 11:59pm ET
- Questions: Email email@example.com
The NEA is a federal partner dedicated to the Promise Zone initiative, and welcomes applications from designated Promise Zone communities and those that are currently seeking designation.
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Engagement
U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development