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Can Hawaii Attain Food Security?
LWV and KITV Present Election Debate (Pearl Johnson)
Big Island Public Finance Campaign Trial (Beppie Shapiro)
Public Access Room: 20 Years of Great Service (JoAnn Maruoka)
Jean Aoki Addresses Hawaii County Meeting (Helen Hemmes)
Happy 90th Anniversary (Piilani Kaopuiki)
LWV-HI Banner Ad: 'Vote Openly on HB 444' (JoAnn Maruoka)
Forum on Supreme Court decision on Campaign Finance (JoAnn Maruoka)
Lessons Learned from Vote Count (Sue Irvine)
The 2010 Legislative Session (JoAnn Maruoka)
Big Island Report (Helen Hemmes)
We're Cleaning Out
Healthcare Bill (Joy Marshall)
Honolulu League Welcomes New Members
Weekly Obtains Rail Final EIS (Pearl Johnson)
Allow citizens to register and vote on same day (Les Ihara)
League Supports Governor's Rail Review (Charles Carole)
Calendar of Events

Big Island Report

In keeping with its focus on voter access, voter education, and sunshine in government, the LWVHC’s quarterly meeting held on Saturday, January 23, in Honoka’a featured Mr. Levi Hookano, the Charter Commission’s assigned attorney, as guest speaker on the topic of proposed Charter amendments.

Members Sue Dursin, Marian Wilkins, Sue Irvine, and Helen Hemmes met with County Clerk Kenny Goodenow and his staff for a lively discussion about the County’s current system for processing petitions.

Sue Dursin led the LWVHC’s testimony supporting Charter Amendment (CA)-16, which would amend the Hawai’i county charter to make the requirements for an elector-initiated charter amendment follow the same process and requirements as for initiative and referendum. CA-16 failed due to concerns raised by the Commission’s attorney and the lack of time for an additional reading given the Charter Commission’s schedule.

LWVHC ran an election for school conversion to charter status (see related article this issue), raising awareness of the League’s role in voter counts. We are now fielding inquiries from two community associations for vote counts this spring.

Donna Oba, Membership Chair, reports that as of March 20 we have 51 members including seven national members.

Helen Hemmes

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