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November 10th, 2013
Puna Pono Alliance
Letting Puna be Puna

Get geared up for a powerful Legislative performance in 2014

Mark December 16th on your calendar as a day not to miss. 
PPA will be hosting a "We the Powerful" presentation at the Pahoa Community Center.
Come and learn or sharpen your skills regarding the legislative process and how to use the Legislatures website. 
Next years legislature will be a powerful determinate of the future of Geothermal in Puna - WE NEED TO BE READY! 

See you at 6pm, Dec. 16th,  for this important event!

 We need some volunteers to promote and set up for this meeting please call Steve Sparks at 965-7061.

Mark December 7th on your calendar...PPA is holding a pot luck and a social gathering that day as our final event for the year...details to follow. Dec 7th is the same day as the Pahoa Christmas Parade - we are hoping to hold this event in Pahoa so folks can enjoy both.

Support for Senator Russell Ruderman

As the year is coming to an end we thought we'd give a rundown of what Russell has achieved for Puna and the Big Island since we voted him in as our Senator in November last year.

He has directly supported Puna Pono Alliance on the the following issues since taking office as a freshman Senator earlier this year:
  • Abolishing the PLDC and Act 55
  • The introduction of a Bill to ban Enhanced Geothermal Fracking at the State level. The Bill did not pass during the last session although a modified resolution was passed paving the way for further work in that area during the 2014 session. Russell's Bill did however have a very interesting effect. It flushed the Enhanced Geothermal proponents out and brought the issue of Geothermal Fracking to center stage.                                  It is likely there will be more to come on this topic at the state in the 2014 session. Watch this space!
  • The introduction of a Bill to abolish Act 97 and restore contested cases. Russell fought hard for Puna and Bill 106. However the practice of 'gut and replace' in the end made it necessary to scuttle Bill 106 rather have the bill turned into something it was never intended to be
  • Support and solid testimony for the ground breaking, recently passed Anti Fracking Bill at the Hawaii County Council.
  • Several in-person testimonies in strong support of Bill 113 to regulate GMO on the Island of Hawaii. Ongoing, see below...
  • Several, in person, testimonies in strong support of the Bill 113 to regulate GMO's on the Island of Hawaii. Ongoing, see below…
He has also championed many other causes for Puna which you can read about at   under Issues.

The Friends of Russell Ruderman are holding a fundraising dinner next Saturday Nov 16th. See flyer below for this event.

Puna Pono Alliance is taking the unusual step of posting  this flyer here. We wanted to acknowledge the work that Russell has done in his first year and is continuing to do. We also wanted to offer you our members the opportunity to support Russell by attending this interesting event or perhaps making a donation.

We understand there are some tickets left. If you are interested in attending or making a donation please use this link.

Flyer for Nov 16 4

Your help is needed get the new District 4 Pahoa Office open

PPA's Joyce Folena has been doing a great job liaising with the County Council about the new Pahoa Office. She reports we need many community members to email David Yamamoto, the Division Chief of the Building Department at  Joyce is requesting that we tell him how much the community wants and needs the new Council District 4 Office in Pahoa to open.  Please be polite to Mr Yamamoto.

Anti GMO Bill 113, Draft 3 needs your testimony again on November 18th!

The special session of the Council held last Tuesday Nov. 5th heard almost 4 hours of testimony in the absence of Chairman Yashimoto. He finally arrived around 5.30pm with amendments to the Bill, then promptly called a recess.

Testimony will resume at 9am on November 18th. 

We need to be there in attendance to ensure these tactics do not gut or cause further delay of this bill.

While Bill 113 Draft 3 might not be the bill we had hoped for, it does go a long way towards preventing further GMO expansion and it regulates this industry to some degree. Its a great start and certainly way better than we have at present which is a free reign!

The County has installed skype in the Pahoa Neighborhood Center (Community Center) until the new Pahoa office is finished for the purpose of accepting testimony in Pahoa. 

Giving testimony at Hawaii County Council may be done using the following methods:

Video Public Testimony: 
Those submitting video testimony may email a complete web address (url) to before 12:00 noon the day before.
The email should include the following: date of the meeting, the name of the Committee, e.g. "Public Safety and Mass Transit," agenda item (the communications and bill numbers are listed on the county website here for Committees Committee Agenda & Actions and here for full County Council Council Agenda & Actions), and the number of testifiers on the video submittal. 
Send SEPARATE VIDEOS for each agenda item. Video submittals may contain up to three (3) individual testifiers and shall each be up to three (3) minutes in length. 
Video testimony will not be played during the meeting; it will be distributed to Council Members prior to the meeting. If submitted after the deadline, Council Members will receive the video testimony after the meeting. 
The Office of the County Clerk reserves the right to refuse testimony containing inappropriate content or that is not in compliance with Council Rule 13 (Public Statements and Testimony), please be polite but passionate if you feel passionate.
Allowable video formats are to be internet-based, downloadable, and accessible to the council office and the general public; e.g. YouTube being the most commonly known but any, of similar functionality and format they can access and review, is acceptable.

Written Public Testimony: The deadline for submission of written public testimony is before 12:00 noon the day before the meeting.
The Office of the County Clerk will accept receipt of your written public testimony by mail to the Office of the County Clerk at 25 Aupuni Street, Hilo, HI 96720, by facsimile to (808) 961-8912 or by e-mail to

Please submit SEPARATE WRITTEN TESTIMONY FOR EACH AGENDA ITEM you wish to give testimony on.

Written Public Testimony Submitted Past Deadline: 
If you miss the deadline for written public testimony, the Office of the County Clerk will accept your written public testimony at the Committee meeting. When submitting written public testimony at a Committee meeting, please see a Committee Services staff person stationed at the front entrance of the Council room and provide them with your written public testimony. The Office of the County Clerk advises that you bring fourteen (14) copies of the written public testimony to expedite distribution to the Council members during the meeting.

You can also bring a few extra copies for any media present and hand them a copy after you have given testimony.

If you wish to stay informed about geothermal community action, receive the Puna Pono Alliance Newsletter and Bob Petricci''s Updates directly, email with NEWSLETTER in the subject line.

Visit our website for information about Fracking (Enhanced Geothermal), Geothermal, making testimony at the Senate, House, and County,'s a great resource!

We sometimes ask for people to come out and support us with testimony, especially when important legislation is being passed. This can be done in person, in writing, by email or video.
If you have never given testimony but would like to, we can guide you in this process. It's an empowering thing to do and an action that is of immense value when it comes to passing legislation. When the 'we the people speak' en masse, the politicians listen! 

Visit the Puna Pono Alliance booth at Maku''u Market on Sundays, and pick up information and a T shirt. Talk to your neighbors, work colleagues, family and friends about the future you want for Puna. 

If you have an organization that you are a part of and would like to have PPA do a presentation please email with details. 

If you want to get involved, there are lots of ways to help. Come to the Tuesday Meeting at HAAS, 15-1397 Homestead Road, Pahoa, at 4.30pm and get involved.
If you have a skill that would be useful, have questions, or want information, please contact the secretary at or 808 339 4344.

Puna Pono Alliance needs funds to keep up the fight for Puna, please contribute by credit card or Paypal at or by check to PO Box 492-668, Keaau, HI 96749. All checks should be made out to Puna Pono Alliance.

Puna Pono Alliance
A Community group working for Puna and Hawai''i

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