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November 4, 2013
Puna Pono Alliance
Letting Puna be Puna

We, the people of the Big Island, told Big Energy to "Frack off"!

A huge thanks to Councilwoman Brenda Ford for her well thought out Bill 129 to ban Fracking on the Island of Hawaii. 

Well done the people of Puna for your respectful, excellently presented testimony on this Bill. It was great to see the number of people who gave up their time to testify in person either in Hilo or in Pahoa at the Community Center. 

At this time fracking or enhanced geothermal is banned on The Big Island. However we can expect a fight on this issue and or an attack on Home Rule at the State level in the 2014 legislative session.

Anti GMO Bill 113, Draft 3 needs your testimony this Tuesday!

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!

There will be a special meeting of the Hawaii County Council this Tuesday November 5 - 2:00pm for the first reading of Bill 113 draft 3. We are expecting a big turnout of the pro-GMO lobby...please be there if you can.

The Council will be meeting in Hilo for this meeting. 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.

 We Are Powerful!

We are CALLING FOR VOLUNTEERS to help with the "We are Powerful" presentation at the Pahoa Community Center in December. (Date to be announced).

At this event we will learn thru the Neighbor Island Out Reach Program of the State of Hawaii all about the Legislative Process, How to Use the Legislatures Website and then we will "Dig Deeper" to learn How we can put this knowledge to use in our community.  To volunteer 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.


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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