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Kahele to give Highway 130 update (Dec. 1)

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Hawaii Island’s District 2 State Sen. Gilbert Kahele is hosting a Highway 130 update at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 in Puna.

Building upon the DOT forum in September, Kahele will specifically address all State Highway 130 projects in Puna and to help clarify some of the issues that were addressed in September at the DOT Town Hall held in Keaau.

Sal Panem, Hawaii Island’s District Engineer, will be the featured speaker and is expected to give a comprehensive report on Highway 130 and all transportation projects associated with the Puna Highway.

Panem will also give a a current status update and time line for both short term and long term projects.

“Highway 130 is my No. 1 priority in Puna. The feedback I received from the Transportation Town Hall I hosted in September was that those that attended felt not enough time was spent on Highway 130 and the information that was provided was not clear and concise. Several members of the community who have spent a significant amount of time on Highway 130 said they felt confused and unsure of the projects time line and specific details. I discussed this with the State DOT directors and we were all in agreement that we should go back to Puna and provide a presentation focused exclusively on Highway 130, and we are doing just that. We have decided to go into the heart of Puna and host this forum at the Pahoa Neighborhood Facility on Dec. 1. My one request is that the community come out and attend this important meeting and we get as much participation and attendance from the 40,000 plus residents of the Puna District,” Kahele said.

Kahele will host an Education Forum, featuring the Hawaii County’s State Board of Education (BOE) Vice-Chairman Brian De Lima at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 at Waiakea High School Cafeteria (155 W. Kawili Street).

De Lima, who is among nine members appointed by the governor to the newly formed BOE earlier this year, will give an update on current Board of Education issues followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

“This forum is an opportunity for constituents to express their concerns regarding issues surrounding our state education system,” Kahele said. “This is a chance for residents to engage in a thoughtful discussion with Mr. De Lima.”

If you have a specific issue you want addressed in regards to Highway 130 email: senkahele@capitol.hawaii.gov

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