Lingle seeking new Community Advisory Council volunteers

Gov. Linda Lingle is establishing six temporary Neighbor Island community advisory councils that will help the Lingle-Aiona administration continue to identify issues of importance to the residents of each island, as well as recommend ways to improve state government.

The governor is asking residents to apply to serve as volunteers on the community advisory councils.

The Neighbor Island Community Advisory Councils for West Hawai‘i, East Hawai‘i, Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i and Kaua‘i will gather information and provide the governor with a list of short-and long-term issues and goals that should be addressed by state government.

The advisory councils will also identify program priorities, as well as recommend potential nominees from the Neighbor Islands to serve on state boards and commissions.

The councils will hold monthly public meetings and seek comments from residents.

The community advisory councils follow the Neighbor Island advisory committees and Neighbor Island councils of advisors established in 2003 and 2005, respectively.

“The previous advisory committees and councils of advisors have played key roles in providing my administration with input on what is important to Neighbor Island communities,” said Lingle, in a press release. “The community advisory councils will help ensure that the Neighbor Islands have a voice in state government. Through monthly public meetings, they are designed to keep Neighbor Island residents engaged and actively involved in the process of improving the quality of life for all the people of Hawai‘i.”

The advisory council for Kaua‘i will each consist of nine members appointed by the governor.

To the extent possible, the councils will include individuals with expertise in business, education, native Hawaiian issues, social services, arts and culture, agriculture and the environment.

The members will serve as volunteers and will receive no compensation, but will be entitled to reimbursements for related expenses while attending the meetings and carrying out the council’s responsibilities. The governor’s Neighbor Island liaisons will assist each council in carrying out its functions.

Residents who are interested in serving on the advisory council for Kaua‘i should submit a letter and resume to the Kaua‘i liaison office by June 8.

Send letter and resumes to Laurie Yoshida, 3060 Eiwa St., No. 106, Lihu‘e, HI 96766.

Resumes may be sent via e-mail to kauaigoc@hawaii.gov.

Faxes can be sent to 274-3103.

Call 274-3100 for more information.

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