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S.P.A.C.E. supporters rally and petition the county to resume activities


Video by David Corrigan | Big Island Video News

By Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7

A community meeting Saturday morning (March 6) at SPACE (Seaview Performing Arts Center for Education) focused on the recent cease and desist order issued by the county Planning Department curtailing some activities at the center.

Leading the rally of supporters in the video above is HVC (Hawaii Volcano Circus) Founding Member and Executive Director Graham Ellis.

According to an e-mail notice and HVC Web site, the organization was granted a SUP (Special Use Permit) in 2001 in Seaview for a community arts center and home for the Hiccup Circus. The SPACE facility was later built to host the growing number of classes and events. SPACE has also been hosting weekly farmer’s markets, night bazaars, community meetings and charter school activities.

Messages in the online forum Punaweb cite noise, the influx of people, vehicles and parking issues in the residential community, extending beyond the private property and SUP as the impetus for the cease and desist order by the county.

Because of the order SPACE has cancelled the farmer’s markets and night bazaars, although charter school activities will continue as Mayor Billy Kenoi has made activities at the center by HAAS (Hawaii Academy of Arts and Sciences) exempt from the order.

SPACE supporters have started a petition to urge Kenoi to revoke the cease and desist order.

— Find out more:

SPACE Web site: hvcircus.org/arts_center.htm

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