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Mahalo to all who helped elect me to represent Lower Puna at the County Council in 2016!  I have lived in Lower Puna with my family for 38 years where I have been active in community, government, education, and local agriculture business.  What has been most important to me during the time I have lived here, is that Puna be served appropriately and passionately.  That is why I decided to run as your County representative in 2016 and that is why I am running again.

As your Council Member, I’ve worked to champion solutions to the issues we face in our district:

Our ocean and marine life, and our water table must be kept pure and clean.  I have worked hard and we were successful in passing the polystyrene ban on take-out containers.  This work must continue.

Waste is a serious and complex issue affecting our community and our environment by seeping into our water stream.  I have been focused on several environmental goals as Chair of the Environmental Management Committee on the County Council regarding waste.  I was instrumental in getting the administration to rescind its cancellation of the Greenwaste/Composting contract to get us two benefits.  By continuing this contract we will convert all compostables including foodwaste into high quality compost while reducing waste entering our landfills.

Community safety is one of my priorities.  I heard you loud and clear that our community does not feel safe.  I’m actively working on this issue by expanding police services which are severely needed for our community.  We are also working on adding a police mini-station at Pohoiki, as well as a full-service police station for Upper Puna to relieve stress on our Lower Puna station outside Pahoa.

Our people need viable, inexpensive transportation to work and to school.  Our road connectivity plan for Lower Puna includes better bus services.

We’ll soon be starting the Master Plan for Pahoa Regional Town Center; a cornerstone action of the Puna Community Development Plan (CDP).  Road work on Post Office Road will commence soon as will improvements to the County-owned major boulevards in the Lower Puna subdivisions.

I humbly ask for your support to continue this work as we’re back on the campaign trail for the 2018 elections.  If you wish to help in the campaign, click here to Contact us to indicate how you can help (sign waving, phone banking, even support).  You can make a campaign donation by clicking here to visit the Contribute page via Paypal or credit card.  Finally, click here to follow us on Facebook, and get the word out about this race!  Our local races are generally decided in the Primary Election which is Saturday, August 11th.  I humbly ask for your vote.

Mahalo for your support! – Eileen O’Hara