Community input sought
Those who want the County of Kaua’i to hear their concerns about the community in which they live now have a meeting to go to near where they live.
The “Leo ‘O Kaua’i” community discussions are part of Mayor Bryan Baptiste’s concept of government being honest with its citizens, and open to communication among residents.
“The purpose of these meetings will be to reconnect government decision makers to the people they serve,” Baptiste said.
The new mayor is adamant that the meetings not turn into “gripe sessions.” Rather, people who want to share community concerns or issues are asked to also share solutions.
“To do this, we’ll have county representatives there to listen, to listen again, and then to listen some more,” Baptiste said in a written statement.
The mayor has asked his staff and department heads to attend the meeting for the community in which they live.
Communication specialists Gordon Doo and Beverley Pang, and Office of Economic Development Director Vida Mossman will serve as meeting coordinators for the North Shore, central Kaua’i and the Westside, respectively. A meeting facilitator will attend the first few meetings and train the coordinators.
The monthly meetings will be held simultaneously at three locations on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through November, from 7 – 9 p.m. The March meeting schedule follows:
Tuesday, March 4:
Hanalei School (Hanalei, Ha’ena)
War Memorial Convention Hall (Nawiliwili, Niumalu, Ulu Kukui, Ulu Ko, Ulu Mahi, Pua Loke and Pua Ko)
Wednesday, March 5:
Kapa’a Armory (Kapa’a)
Kapa’a Neighborhood Center (Wailua Homesteads, Kalaheo)
Kalaheo Neighborhood Center (Kalaheo)
Wednesday, March 12:
Anahola Courthouse (Anahola)
Lihu’e Neighborhood Center (Isenberg Tract, camp 6, Molokoa, Lihue Town Estates, Kalapaki Villas, Lihue Court, Lihue Town Houses, Kupolo)
Hanapepe Armory (‘Ele’ele, Hanapepe)
Tuesday, March 18:
St. Catherine’s Church (Kapahi)
War Memorial Convention Hall (Li’hue)
Kaumakani Neighborhood Center (Kaumakani, Pakala)
Wednesday, March 19:
Prince Club (Princeville)
Koloa Neighborhood Center (Koloa)
Waimea Neighborhood Center (Waimea)
Tuesday, March 25:
Kapa’a Neighborhood Center (Wailua Houselots)
Koloa Neighborhood Center (Po’ipu)
Kekaha Neighborhood Center (Kekaha)