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December 1st, 2013
Puna Pono Alliance
Letting Puna be Puna

Celebrate our successes & hear what's planned for the New Year!

Community Gathering Dec 7th, 2013, 12 – 3pm, Pahoa High School Cafeteria.

Join us after Pahoa Holiday Parade for a community celebration, music and speakers:


Tiana Malone Jennings, Singer and Ukulele Musician

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*  Senator Russell Ruderman

*  Bob Petricci - Plans to Storm the Legislature 2014

*  Steve Sparks - PPA'S "FLASH NETWORK"

*  Teri Hapeahi - Pele Defense Fund

*  Blake Watson - GMO Free Hawaii

*  Geoff Last - Bring your HELCO bill

We would like to acknowledge our community’s accomplishments, hear feedback and inform on the plans for the 2014 State Legislative session – Community will be a crucial part of it!!

Let’s celebrate the victories of the last year that wouldn’t have been possible without YOU, our strong and visionary Puna community! Here are some: Night Drilling ban, Fracking ban, March on Helco, Intervention with PUC on Helco’s IRP/RFP (50 MW geothermal bid process), EPA/DOH/Civil Defense communication and influence, Adler Study Group, PGV Hydrogen Envir. Assessment review, Maku’u Market education booth, 2013 State Legislation influence, Hawaii Alliance (statewide grassroots org.) support.

Join us for fun, music and talk story!!

Get geared up for a powerful Legislative performance in 2014!!!

Mark December 16th on your calendar!
PPA is 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. Come and hear about the new "FLASH NETWORK" join and get ready to be vitally important to our success in 2014.
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.

Anti GMO Bill 113

After hearing hours of testimony on this Bill the Hawaii County Council passed it 6 - 3.
Those voting against the bill were Councilmembers Yashimoto, Onishi and sadly Ilagan 
The bill has gone to Mayor Kenoi. He has until December 6 to either sign the bill into law, do nothing and it will become law or veto it.

Word has it around the council office that the Mayor is under great pressure from the GMO seed companies to veto the bill.

Now is a good time to write polite letters and emails to the Mayor asking him to do the will of the people and let the bill become law.

Please also consider signing the following petitions and forward them to your family, friends and networks.

Write a Letter Asking Mayor Kenoi to Sign Bill 113 (and ask others to also write letters)

Honorable William P. Kenoi Mayor, County of Hawaii
Hilo: Hawai`i County Building
25 Aupuni Street, Hilo, HI 96720
Tel: (808) 961-8211
Fax: (808) 961-6553
TDD: (808) 961-8521

Kona: West Hawai`i Civic Center
74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy.,
Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i 96740
Tel: (808) 323-4444
Fax: (808) 323-4440
TDD: (808) 327-6003



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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