Governor Linda Lingle is inviting Kaua’i residents to apply to serve as volunteers on the newly formed Governor’s Kaua’i Advisory Committee.
The committee will serve as an advisory group to the governor on community issues, as well as provide the public an avenue for participation in state government.
The committee will hold open meetings to encourage public discussion on issues residents feel are important to bring to the attention of state government.
In addition to the Kaua’i committee, advisory committees are being established for Maui County, East Hawai’i County and West Hawai’i County.
“I promised to establish advisory committees to give the neighbor islands a stronger voice and to help restore trust and integrity to government by opening up the process,” Lingle said in a prepared statement.
She is a former neighbor island mayor and councilmember from Maui.
“I know first-hand the difficulty of having your concerns heard and addressed by decision-makers who live on another island,” she said. “These committees will provide an opportunity for people to be heard and to tell government what is important to them. They are a direct link to my administration and will help government better serve the public.”
“This is the first time a governor has asked the public to openly discuss the issues and needs that are most important to our community,” said Laurie Yoshida, the Governor’s Liaison for Kaua’i. “I encourage the public to take advantage of this new, open process by getting involved in the advisory committee and sharing their ideas for improving government and enhancing our quality of life,” said Yoshida, who will oversee the advisory committee.
Residents interested in serving on the advisory committee for their community should submit their resum by March 14 to the Governor’s Liaison Office in the State Building on Eiwa Street in Lihu’e.
For more information call 274-3100.