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Save Punaluu Press Releases http://www.malamapunaluu.org/press Important news and action alerts for efforts to save Punaluu Wed, 20 Feb 2008 22:11:06 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.2 en NEW DVD: THE PUNALU`U EXPERIENCE RELEASED http://www.malamapunaluu.org/press/?p=21 http://www.malamapunaluu.org/press/?p=21#comments Wed, 20 Feb 2008 22:03:03 +0000 admin http://www.malamapunaluu.org/press/?p=21 Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/savepuna/public_html/press/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 74
TO ORDER AND PREVIEW THE DVD: GO TO WWW.KAUPRESERVATION.ORG The newly released DVD “The Punalu`u Experience” invites you to journey into the world of the honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles), sacred fishing grounds and ancient heiau (temples) of Hawai`i Island’s famous Punalu`u Black Sand Beach. The DVD of the 28 minute film, produced by Ka`u Preservation and [...]]]>
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TO ORDER AND PREVIEW THE DVD: GO TO WWW.KAUPRESERVATION.ORG

The newly released DVD “The Punalu`u Experience” invites you to journey into the world of the honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles), sacred fishing grounds and ancient heiau (temples) of Hawai`i Island’s famous Punalu`u Black Sand Beach.

The DVD of the 28 minute film, produced by Ka`u Preservation and made possible by a grant from the Hawaii Community Foundation: Pikake Fund, will be given to every public school and library in the state of Hawai`i. The film is designed to allow students across the state to discover Punalu`u - a thriving Hawaiian cultural treasure on the Ka`u Coast — Hawai`i’s longest undeveloped coastline.

The film blends inspiring interviews with local residents whose families have lived there for centuries with beautiful cinematography of this natural oasis that is home to some of the rarest animals in the world and a nesting site for the critically endangered honu `ea (Hawaiian hawksbill turtle).

The film was produced and directed by award winning filmmaker, Danny Miller who lives just a few miles from Punalu`u in Pahala. He started work on the film in the summer of 2004. According to Miller. “I wanted to tell a story that would allow the viewer to experience the spirit and mana (power) of Punalu`u through the personal stories of students and kumu (teachers) who practice the Hawaiian tradition of Ho`o hana lima (hands on learning) at Punalu`u. Their experiences reveal why so many are working to malama (care for) this sacred `aina (land).”

The film features interviews with local Punalu`u Kupuna Pele Hanoa and her son, Pali Kapu Dedman and daughter Keolalani Hanoa who grew up at Punalu`u. Keolalani passed away in March of 2006 before the film was completed. According to Miller, “Keola inspired me to tell this story so that more and more people would understand why it is so important to protect this sacred place.”

Interviews with marine biologists George Balazs of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Jason Turner of the University of Hawai`i, Hilo, demonstrate how Punalu`u has become a “living classroom and laboratory” for students and researchers from around the world. The film also shows students of all ages learning Hawaiian traditional practices through the Kukulu Kumuhana O Ka`u Hawaiian immersion educational program at Punalu`u that was started by Keolalani Hanoa over fifteen years ago. According to Miller, “The children rely on Punalu`u as a
place of learning. This is the most important reason to protect and preserve the open space of Punalu`u where students can learn through hands on experiences.”

The film features a music score composed by Demetrios Oliveira who was born and raised in Pahala, near Punalu`u and who has written several songs about the area with his band, “Ka`u.” The score also includes music selections from the soundtrack of the Oscar winning film, “A Beautiful Mind,” composed by Academy Award Winning Composer, James Horner. Both Demetrios and Universal Studios donated the music to the film.

The DVD of the film is available to the public through Ka`u Preservation, a non-profit
501c3 organization working to protect Punalu`u and the entire coastline of Ka`u. All of the proceeds from the sale of the DVD will go towards the preservation of the sacred lands of Ka`u. The DVD is available for a donation of $25 (includes shipping and handling) and can be ordered by sending a check or money order to Ka`u Preservation, PO Box 472, Naalehu, HI 96772. Or you can order a copy through the website: www.kaupreservation.org. For more information about the film call: 808-928-8144.

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PUNALU`U BEACH CLEAN UP AND CELEBRATION THIS SATURDAY, OCT. 13th http://www.malamapunaluu.org/press/?p=20 http://www.malamapunaluu.org/press/?p=20#comments Wed, 10 Oct 2007 06:52:12 +0000 admin http://www.malamapunaluu.org/press/?p=20 Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/savepuna/public_html/press/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 74
COME AND CELEBRATE THE PASSAGE OF RESOLUTION 169-07, 10AM TO SUNDOWN Please join the Ka`u Community for a Punalu`u Beach Clean Up (starting at 10am) and Celebration for the passage of Resolution 169-07 — at the Punalu`u Pavilions on Sat., October 13th. Come and enjoy the mana and beauty of Punalu`u that so many on the [...]]]>
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COME AND CELEBRATE THE PASSAGE OF RESOLUTION 169-07, 10AM TO SUNDOWN

Please join the Ka`u Community for a Punalu`u Beach Clean Up (starting at 10am) and Celebration for the passage of Resolution 169-07 — at the Punalu`u Pavilions on Sat., October 13th. Come and enjoy the mana and beauty of Punalu`u that so many on the island and throughout the state have worked so hard to protect. Bring music, aloha and something to eat/drink to share (potluck.) Bring trash bags for the clean-up too. This is going to be a FUN, family event for everyone. For more information you can call 808-928-8144.

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MONK SEAL SIGHTED AT PUNALU`U http://www.malamapunaluu.org/press/?p=19 http://www.malamapunaluu.org/press/?p=19#comments Fri, 05 Oct 2007 18:42:42 +0000 admin http://www.malamapunaluu.org/press/?p=19 Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/savepuna/public_html/press/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 74
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED MONK SEAL IS ONE OF ONLY 2 FEMALE SEALS ON ISLAND – STAY AT LEAST 150 FEET FROM SEAL – PUNALU`U IS IMPORTANT HABITAT FOR MONK SEALS – PASSAGE OF RESOLUTION 169-07 PROTECTS HABITAT According to Dr. Jason P. Turner, Assistant Professor Department of Marine Science University of Hawai’i at Hilo: “We need everyone’s help in [...]]]>
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YOUR HELP IS NEEDED

MONK SEAL IS ONE OF ONLY 2 FEMALE SEALS ON ISLAND
– STAY AT LEAST 150 FEET FROM SEAL
– PUNALU`U IS IMPORTANT HABITAT FOR MONK SEALS
– PASSAGE OF RESOLUTION 169-07 PROTECTS HABITAT

According to Dr. Jason P. Turner, Assistant Professor Department of Marine Science University of Hawai’i at Hilo: “We need everyone’s help in monitoring an endangered monk seal female that has recently been hauling out around Punalu’u. I developed the Hilo Marine Mammal Response Network in conjunction with NOAA and DAR and have several UH-Hilo students monitoring monk seals throughout the Big Island. The pup that was sighted at Punalu’u was born at Papaikou last summer and is one of only 2 female seals known to inhabit Hawaii Island. It is essential that we collect information regarding her whereabouts and protect her from well meaning visitors and tourists.

Any information people can provide regarding where the seal is located would be greatly appreciated. You can contact me directly at 808-217-6812 (cell) or 808-933-3114 (office) or call the student network coordinator Melissa Netze (808-756-5961 -cell). Melissa will be surveying Punalu’u and areas around South Point tomorrow (Thursday 9/20) and would appreciate any information anyone can provide. She also plans to be down at the beach on Thurs., Sept 20th. Thanks and again I appreciate any help you can provide.”

STAY AT LEAST 150 FEET FROM SEAL
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While seldom seen along the shores of Punalu`u, the Hawaiian monk seal (Ilio-holo-i-ka-uaua) is known to use the area as a habitat and has been sighted along the coast of Ka`u. Researchers are discovering that the population of monk seals in the main Hawaiian islands is less than fifty, but may play a critical role in the survival of the species. The Hawaiian monk seal, Monachus schauinslandi, is Hawaii’s only pinniped. It is a species that is considered endemic to the islands and is believed to have evolved there. The monk seal is one of Hawaii’s two endemic mammals. Hawaii’s only other endemic mammal is the Hoary bat.

PLEASE STAY AT LEAST 150 FEET FROM SEAL

Learn More About Monk Seals

PUNALU`U IS IMPORTANT HABITAT FOR MONK SEALS
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The population of the Hawaiian monk seal is currently estimated to be between 1,500 and 1,200 individuals. They are considered an endangered species and nearly all live and breed in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The monk seal is extremely sensitive to human activity. Mothers often abandon preferred pupping and haul out areas and even their pups prior to weaning, when disturbed by human visitors. Therefore, in order to help protect the species, it is important to enjoy monk seals from a distance, and give them the solitude they need to survive. Scientist believe the population in the main Hawaiian islands may be increasing, making the isolated and sandy coves around Punalu`u critically important to the monk seal’s survival as it is one of the last undeveloped beaches left in Hawai`i.

Learn More About the Critical Habitat at Punalu`u

PASSAGE OF RESOLUTION 169-07 PROTECTS HABITAT
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Just two days after the Monk Seal was sighted at Punalu`u, the Hawaii County Council passed Resolution 169-07 that will protect this important habitat at Punalu`u forever.

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PRESS RELEASE: RESOLUTION 169-07 PASSES! http://www.malamapunaluu.org/press/?p=18 http://www.malamapunaluu.org/press/?p=18#comments Fri, 05 Oct 2007 18:36:55 +0000 admin http://www.malamapunaluu.org/press/?p=18 Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/savepuna/public_html/press/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 74
5 TO 4 VOTE BY COUNTY COUNCIL SAVES SACRED PUNALU`U FOREVER A MAJOR WIN FOR HAWAII`S SACRED LANDS – OVER ONE HUNDRED PEOPLE GATHER FOR HISTORIC DECISION – COUNCIL APOLOGIZES TO KA`U PRESERVATION – MAHALO TO EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTED THIS RESOLUTION At aprox. 5:30pm, Wed., Sept. 19th at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort, the Hawaii County Council passed Resolution 169-07 [...]]]>
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5 TO 4 VOTE BY COUNTY COUNCIL SAVES SACRED PUNALU`U FOREVER

A MAJOR WIN FOR HAWAII`S SACRED LANDS
– OVER ONE HUNDRED PEOPLE GATHER FOR HISTORIC DECISION
– COUNCIL APOLOGIZES TO KA`U PRESERVATION
– MAHALO TO EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTED THIS RESOLUTION

At aprox. 5:30pm, Wed., Sept. 19th at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort, the Hawaii County Council passed Resolution 169-07 with a 5 to 4 vote in favor of the Resolution. This resolution will allow the county to begin negotiations for the purchase of 150 acres at Punalu`u that will protect all lands at Punalu`u within 2,000 feet from the shoreline.

The passage of this resolution is an important first step in protecting all of the sacred lands at Punalu`u.

OVER ONE HUNDRED PEOPLE GATHER FOR HISTORIC DECISION
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Testifying from across the island, via video in Hilo and in person at the Council Meeting in Kona, over one hundred people came to voice their opinion on the Resolution. Although the developer’s agents bussed in over 70 people to testify against the resolution and even after the completion of a hundred page report by James Kent and Associates that attempted to destory the grass roots movement and volunteer spirit of Ka`u Preservation, the Resolution passed.

Council Members Emily I. Naeole, Bob Jacobson, Brenda Ford, Angel Pilago and Pete Hoffmann voted in favor of the Resolution.

Use this Link to Say Mahalo to these Five Council Members

COUNCIL APOLOGIZES TO KA`U PRESERVATION
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Before the vote was taken, council members apologized to Pele Hanoa, President of Ka`u Preservation for the contents of the report by Jame Kent and Associates that made false and untrue statements about Ka`u Preservation. The report cost county tax payers over $80,000 and was an attempt by pro-development agents to stop the Resolution.

WATCH VIDEOS ABOUT PUNALU`U ON YOUTUBE

MAHALO TO EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTED THIS RESOLUTION
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Mahalo to the thousands of people across the islands and the world who came together to help pass this resolution and protect the sacred lands of Ka`u — the last great open space in Hawaii. With this historic decision now final, we can now work together to create a long term management plan for Punalu`u that will guarantee the protection of this invaluable cultural and natural resource for future generations FOREVER.

The vision and dream of beloved Keolalani Hanoa has become a reality. Her vision of a living classroom for children and students from around the world has come true. Punalu`u is saved. In the words of Keola — Ku`e!

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ACTION ALERT: YOU ARE NEEDED AT THE COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING WED., SEPT. 19TH http://www.malamapunaluu.org/press/?p=17 http://www.malamapunaluu.org/press/?p=17#comments Thu, 13 Sep 2007 04:33:32 +0000 admin http://www.malamapunaluu.org/press/?p=17 Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/savepuna/public_html/press/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 74
PLEASE COME AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR PUNALU`U MEETING STARTS AT 9AM IN KONA (at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ COUNCIL TO VOTE ON RESOLUTION 169-07 – YOU CAN TESTIFY AT THE MEETING OR IN HILO AND WAIMEA VIA VIDEO – SPREAD THE NEWS – READ THE LATEST NEWS ABOUT PUNALU`U Please come and show your support for PUNALU`U, Wed., Sept. [...]]]>
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PLEASE COME AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR PUNALU`U
MEETING STARTS AT 9AM IN KONA (at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort)
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COUNCIL TO VOTE ON RESOLUTION 169-07
– YOU CAN TESTIFY AT THE MEETING OR IN HILO AND WAIMEA VIA VIDEO
– SPREAD THE NEWS
– READ THE LATEST NEWS ABOUT PUNALU`U

Please come and show your support for PUNALU`U, Wed., Sept. 19th at 9am at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort. The County Council will be voting on Resolution 169-07. This resolution will allow the county to begin negotiations for the purchase of 150 acres at Punalu`u that will create a 2,000 feet buffer between future development and the shoreline.

The passage of this resolution is an important first step in protecting sacred Punalu`u.

YOU CAN TESTIFY AT THE MEETING OR IN HILO AND WAIMEA VIA VIDEO
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Everyone can testify at the meeting and voice their support for the Resolution. Arrive early to sign up. You can just say simply, “I am a resident of Hawai`i and I support the passage of Resolution 169-07 because it will help protect the sacred lands of Punalu`u.” Each person will have up to 3 minutes to testify.

You can also testify via video from: Hilo Councilroom at the Ben Franklin Building, Second Floor; and Waimea Council Office at the Holomua Center. Testimony may also be submitted (1) by mail to the County Clerk’s Office in Hilo at 25 Aupuni St., Hilo, Hawai’i 96720, (2) by facsimile to (808) 961-8912, or (3) by e mail to counciltestimony@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Learn More about the Resolution by Clicking on the Link

SPREAD THE NEWS
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PLEASE send this email to all you know. We need everyone who loves Punalu`u to come to this important meeting. This meeting will decide the fate of Punalu`u and your voice must be heard.

Mahalo for your support!

READ THE LATEST NEWS ABOUT PUNALU`U
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Pele Hanoa, President and Founder of Ka`u Preservation is featured on the cover of this week`s issue of the Big Island Weekly. The issue includes 3 important stories about Punalu`u.

Read about Punalu`u in the Big Island Weekly by Clicking here!

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THOUSANDS ATTEND THE MALAMA PUNALU`U MUSIC AND CULTURE FESTIVAL http://www.malamapunaluu.org/press/?p=16 http://www.malamapunaluu.org/press/?p=16#comments Wed, 05 Sep 2007 07:56:33 +0000 admin http://www.malamapunaluu.org/press/?p=16 Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/savepuna/public_html/press/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 74
–SEPT. 1ST IS NOW PELE HANOA DAY! –MAHALO TO EVERYONE! Thousands attended the Malama Punalu`u Culture and Music Festival Sept. 1 and 2 in Na`alehu and celebrated the beauty and mana of the sacred lands of Ka`u and Hawaii with amazing, powerful hula, incredible music and inspiring demonstrations of the Hawaiian culture. Over 2,000 attended the festival each day, including hundreds of children who enjoyed [...]]]>
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–SEPT. 1ST IS NOW PELE HANOA DAY!
–MAHALO TO EVERYONE!

Thousands attended the Malama Punalu`u
Culture and Music Festival Sept. 1 and 2 in
Na`alehu and celebrated the beauty and mana
of the sacred lands of Ka`u and Hawaii with
amazing, powerful hula, incredible music and
inspiring demonstrations of the Hawaiian
culture. Over 2,000 attended the festival
each day, including hundreds of children who
enjoyed the Keiki Hawaiian Craft tent. Ohana
from all across
the islands came together to show their
support for the protection of sacred Punalu`u.

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SEPT. 1ST IS NOW PELE HANOA DAY!
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At 5:30pm on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007, Pele
Hanoa, President of Ka`u Preservation was
presented a proclamation from Governor Linda
Lingle and Lt Governor Aiona that proclaimed
September 1st - WINIFRED PELE HANOA DAY
throughout the state of Hawaii, in honor of
Pele Hanoa’s dedication to the protection of
the sacred lands of Hawaii and her lifelong
efforts to preserve the Hawaiian Culture.

The proclamation was read by Skylark Rosetti
and presented by Robert K. Lindsey Jr.
Trustee, Hawaii, OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS,
councilman Bob Jacobson (pictured above with
Pele Hanoa) and Event Chairman, Jim Spielman
who also presented Pele Hanoa with the Ka`u
Preservation Founder`s Award.

LINK TO OFFICIAL FESTIVAL WEBSITE - http://www.malamapunaluu.org

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MAHALO TO EVERYONE!
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Mahalo to everyone who joined in the effort
to make the Malama Punalu`u Festival an
amazing, inspiring and successful event!

A special mahalo to our sponsors, HAWAIIAN
ISLAND JOURNAL, KAPA RADIO, HILO BAY
PRINTING, HAWAII COUNTY, OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN
AFFAIRS and HEALING OUR ISLAND GRANT.

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Contact Information
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email: danny@kaupreservation.org
phone: (808) 928-8144
web: http://www.kaupreservation.org
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PRESS RELEASE: GOV. OF HAWAII PROCLAIMS SEPT 1ST PELE HANOA DAY http://www.malamapunaluu.org/press/?p=15 http://www.malamapunaluu.org/press/?p=15#comments Wed, 05 Sep 2007 07:47:52 +0000 admin http://www.malamapunaluu.org/press/?p=15 Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/savepuna/public_html/press/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 74
–OVER 1,500 ATTENDED FESTIVAL –FESTIVAL CONTINUES SUNDAY, SEPT. 2 At 5:30pm on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007, Pele Hanoa, President of Ka`u Preservation was presented a proclamation from Governor Linda Lingle and Lt Governor Aiona that proclaimed September 1st - WINIFRED PELE HANOA DAY throughout the state of Hawaii, in honor of Pele Hanoa’s dedication to the protection [...]]]>
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–OVER 1,500 ATTENDED FESTIVAL
–FESTIVAL CONTINUES SUNDAY, SEPT. 2

At 5:30pm on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007, Pele Hanoa, President of Ka`u Preservation was presented a proclamation from Governor Linda Lingle and Lt Governor Aiona that proclaimed September 1st - WINIFRED PELE HANOA DAY throughout the state of Hawaii, in honor of Pele Hanoa’s dedication to the protection of the sacred lands of Hawaii and her lifelong efforts to preserve the Hawaiian Culture.

The proclamation was read by Skylark Rosetti and presented by Robert K. Lindsey Jr. Trustee, Hawaii, OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS, councilman Bob Jacobson and Event Chairman, Jim Spielman who also presented Pele Hanoa with the Ka`u Preservation Founder`s Award. OVER 1,500 ATTENDED FESTIVAL

The announcement capped off an exciting first day of the Malama Punalu`u Music and Cultural Festival that continues Sunday, Sept. 2, from 10am to 6pm at the Na`alehu Park in Na`alehu in the heart of Ka`u. Over 1,500 attended the FREE event Saturday that included some of the best in Hawaiian Music and Hula and over 20 cultural practitioners.

Go to: www.malamapunaluu.org for all the details on the festival.

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PRESS RELEASE: MAYOR ANNOUNCES HIS VISION FOR PUNALU`U: “I HAVE A DREAM” http://www.malamapunaluu.org/press/?p=14 http://www.malamapunaluu.org/press/?p=14#comments Wed, 05 Sep 2007 07:41:30 +0000 admin http://www.malamapunaluu.org/press/?p=14 Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/savepuna/public_html/press/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 74
VISION FOCUSES ON EDUCATION AND PRESERVATION MAYOR COMES TO KA`U TO MAKE ANNOUNCEMENT – WATCH VIDEO FROM MAYOR’S SPEECH ON YOUTUBE – MAYOR’S VISION DOES NOT INCLUDE HOUSING PROJECT – SPEECH COMES 2 DAYS AFTER THE MALAMA PUNALU`U FESTIVAL Hawaii Island Mayor Harry Kim announced his vision for Punalu`u at the Ka`u Chamber of Commerce meeting at the Pahala Community [...]]]>
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VISION FOCUSES ON EDUCATION AND PRESERVATION
MAYOR COMES TO KA`U TO MAKE ANNOUNCEMENT
– WATCH VIDEO FROM MAYOR’S SPEECH ON YOUTUBE
– MAYOR’S VISION DOES NOT INCLUDE HOUSING PROJECT
– SPEECH COMES 2 DAYS AFTER THE MALAMA PUNALU`U FESTIVAL

Hawaii Island Mayor Harry Kim announced his vision for Punalu`u at the Ka`u Chamber of Commerce meeting at the Pahala Community Center, Sept 4th. He said he waited to announce his vision for Punalu`u so it would not influence the people of Ka`u. His vision described “a place of learning” located between the two national parks in Ka`u at Volcano and Kahuku.

He described it as a dream and hoped the right developer would be found that would work with the community to create it.

WATCH VIDEO FROM MAYOR’S SPEECH ON YOUTUBE
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You can watch the video of the Mayor announcing his vision of Punalu`u on YOUTUBE:

In the speech the Mayor said, “I have a dream that someplace in this world there’s a place that people will start to talk about, you want to go to this place to teach to learn to touch of nature, to look at the beauty of open space, of the water, the turtles and say wow, this is special.”

MAYOR’S VISION DOES NOT INCLUDE HOUSING PROJECT
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In the speech, the Mayor DID NOT include a housing project as part of his “vision” for Punalu`u. This is in direct contrast to the Sea Mountain Development that calls for over 1,000 luxury homes.

The Mayor said his vision was inspired by a trip to Crater Lake National Park. According to the Crater Lake National Park Website, “Crater Lake National Park has been recommended as a wilderness preserve, a place where we may forget ourselves for a time and enjoy a surge of healthy outdoor exploration. Here, we may rediscover ourselves and learn that material things do not necessarily constitute our richest possessions. This blue gem of the Cascades certainly moves us deeply when we imagine the awesome power which created this wonderful place.” The park is also home to Crater Lake Lodge, a small 71 room hotel and dining room, a camp store and laundry facility, 2 campgrounds with 225 sites and a small motor lodge, located 7 miles from the lake.

Learn More About Crater Lake National Park

SPEECH COMES 2 DAYS AFTER THE MALAMA PUNALU`U FESTIVAL
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The Mayor’s speech came just 2 days after the Malama Punalu`u Festival that helped raise awareness about Punalu`u and the potential for an educational center there. Over 2,000 people attended the event each day. It was one of the largest festivals ever held in Ka`u.

Ka`u Preservation’s vision for Punalu`u, like the Mayor’s is focused on education and preservation. The vision comes from Ka`u Preservation Founder, Keolalani Hanoa. Keola’s vision includes a cultural center and open air market showcasing local art and products, but does not include ANY hotels in order to protect Punalu`u’s fragile ecosystem and sacred sites. Instead, it calls for a “world-class” educational center or “living classroom” where guests and students would camp at Punalu`u and enjoy educational programs in a unique outdoor setting. Some Ka`u residents have suggested putting small locally owned hotels in Pahala and Na`alehu to provide lodging for visitors to Punalu`u and the National Park. The hotels in Na`alehu and Pahala and the Educational and Cultural Center at Punalu`u could provide hundreds of jobs for Ka’u residents while protecting the sacred lands of Ka`u.

Learn More About Punalu`u as a LIVING CLASSROOM

Contact Information
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email: danny@kaupreservation.org
phone: (808) 928-8144
web: http://www.kaupreservation.org
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PUNALU`U BEACH CLEAN UP AND GATHERING THIS SATURDAY http://www.malamapunaluu.org/press/?p=11 http://www.malamapunaluu.org/press/?p=11#comments Tue, 07 Aug 2007 03:33:15 +0000 admin http://www.malamapunaluu.org/press/?p=11 Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/savepuna/public_html/press/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 74
PUNALU`U BEACH CLEAN UP AND POT LUCK, 8/11 10AM TO 7PM ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ – PUNALU`U PU LIKE KAKOU (GATHERING FOR PUNALU`U) AND BEACH CLEAN UP, SATURDAY, AUGUST 11TH 10AM TO 7PM – SPREAD THE WORD PUNALU`U PU LIKE KAKOU (GATHERING FOR PUNALU`U) AND BEACH CLEAN UP, SATURDAY, AUGUST 11TH 10AM TO 7PM ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Please join us at the Punalu`u Pavilions [...]]]>
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– PUNALU`U PU LIKE KAKOU (GATHERING FOR PUNALU`U) AND BEACH CLEAN UP, SATURDAY, AUGUST 11TH 10AM TO 7PM
– SPREAD THE WORD

PUNALU`U PU LIKE KAKOU (GATHERING FOR PUNALU`U) AND BEACH CLEAN UP, SATURDAY, AUGUST 11TH 10AM TO 7PM
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Please join us at the Punalu`u Pavilions on Sat., August 11th for a Beach Clean Up (starting at 10am) and Gathering to express your support for the protection of the mana and beauty of Punalu`u. Come and bring music, aloha and something to eat to share (potluck) and enjoy the beauty of Punalu`u. Bring trash bags for the clean-up too. At 2pm. there will be pule (prayer) for Punalu`u that everyone can participate in.

May we all come together and unite for the protection of Punalu`u and the sacred lands on this island.

STAY TUNED TO: WWW.SAVEPUNALU`U.ORG

SPREAD THE WORD
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Help us spread the word. Send this email to all you know.

MAHALO for all your support!

Contact Information
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email: danny@kaupreservation.org
phone: (808) 928-8144
web: http://www.kaupreservation.org
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Punalu`u Black Sand Beach

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ACTION ALERT: TWO EVENTS IN AUGUST FOR PUNALU`U http://www.malamapunaluu.org/press/?p=10 http://www.malamapunaluu.org/press/?p=10#comments Tue, 31 Jul 2007 22:46:41 +0000 admin http://www.malamapunaluu.org/press/?p=10 Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/savepuna/public_html/press/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 74
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR PUNALU`U – ISLAND WIDE SIGN WAVING CAMPAIGN, FRIDAY, AUGUST 3RD 3:30PM TO 6PM – PUNALU`U PU LIKE KAKOU (GATHERING FOR PUNALU`U) AND BEACH CLEAN UP, SATURDAY, AUGUST 11TH 10AM TO 7PM – SPREAD THE WORD We need to show Hawaii County Council Members Yagong, Hoffman, Ikeda, Higa and Yoshimoto and the Mayor that it is [...]]]>
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SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR PUNALU`U
– ISLAND WIDE SIGN WAVING CAMPAIGN, FRIDAY, AUGUST 3RD 3:30PM TO 6PM
– PUNALU`U PU LIKE KAKOU (GATHERING FOR PUNALU`U) AND BEACH CLEAN UP, SATURDAY, AUGUST 11TH 10AM TO 7PM
– SPREAD THE WORD

We need to show Hawaii County Council Members Yagong, Hoffman, Ikeda, Higa and Yoshimoto and the Mayor that it is time stop the delays and to listen to the people of Ka`u and the island of Hawaii and support resolution 169-07 that calls for the protection of the invaluable natural and cultural resources at Punalu`u and Ninole. They need to know that the people who elected them want the sacred lands of this island protected. The people of Ka`u and the island have spoken through surveys, thousands of letters, petitions and countless hearings and each time it has been demonstrated that a clear majority or the people of Ka`u and the island want Punalu`u protected.

We are organizing two events in August that will help demonstrate the depth of support the resolution has across the island and in Ka`u that everyone can be a part of:

ISLAND WIDE SIGN WAVING CAMPAIGN, FRIDAY, AUGUST 3RD 3:30PM TO 6PM
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Where ever you live, all over the island, show your support for Resolution 169-07 by creating a sign and between 3:30pm and 6pm, on Friday, Aug. 3rd go to a major intersection in your area and wave your sign for Punalu`u with aloha. There will be a mass gathering of sign wavers in Hilo on Southbound Hwy 19 @ Panaewa St. (near the exit for the Zoo).

Please be safe and do not interfere with traffic. Send pictures and video of your sign waving to: danny@kaupreservation.org and we will post them online.

PUNALU`U PU LIKE KAKOU (GATHERING FOR PUNALU`U) AND BEACH CLEAN UP, SATURDAY, AUGUST 11TH 10AM TO 7PM
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Please join us at the Punalu`u Pavilions on Sat., August 11th for a Beach Clean Up (starting at 10am) and Gathering to express your support for the protection of the mana and beauty of Punalu`u. Come and bring music, aloha and something to eat to share (potluck) and enjoy the beauty of Punalu`u. Bring trash bags for the clean-up too. At 2pm. there will be pule (prayer) for Punalu`u that everyone can participate in.

May we all come together and unite for the protection of Punalu`u and the sacred lands on this island.

SPREAD THE WORD
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Help us spread the word. Send this announcement to all you know.

MAHALO for all your support!

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