Open Space Commission Seeks Suggestions for Lands to be Permanently Preserved
Do you know of a special property in Hawai‘i County that should be permanently 
preserved?  The County of Hawai‘i Public Access, Open Space and Natural 
Resources Preservation Commission (PONC) is seeking suggestions from the public 
regarding lands that should be preserved because of cultural or historic 

Properties might qualify for preservation because they offer opportunities for 
education, public access to beaches or mountains, and outdoor recreation. Such 
nominations for preservation could be beaches, coastal areas, forests, places 
of natural beauty or involve the protection of natural resources lands and 
watersheds for general benefits to the public. Suggestion forms are due by 4:30 
p.m. on February 28, 2019.

To obtain a form to suggest properties, click on PONC 2019 Suggestion 
 , or mail your request for a form at County Property Management Division, 25 
Aupuni Street, Suite 1101, Hilo, HI  96720.

Past open space purchases total 4,450.8655 acres. Properties acquired were: 
Waipi‘o Lookout in Hāmākua; Kahua Olohu in Nā‘ālehu; Kahuku Coastal and Kāwā 
oceanfront parcels in Ka‘ū; Hale O Kaili, Hāwī Banyan Trees, Kaiholena, Pa‘o‘o 
properties in North Kohala; Kīpapa Park, ‘O‘oma, White Sands Mauka, in North 
Kona; Pohoiki Bay in Puna.

The PONC funds are derived from 2% of Hawai‘i County’s annual real property tax 

The Commission meets every other month at the Hilo County Building or the West 
Hawai’i Civic Center, and public testimony is welcome.  For information on the 
property selection process, click on this link: Process for Property 
Acquisition with Funds from the PONC Fund 

For further information, please contact Maxine Cutler, Property Management 
Division, at (808) 961-8069 or click on this link:  County of Hawaii, PONC 
Public Website 
East Hawai'i CERT Basic Training Course Hilo 2019

January 12
January 19
January 26
February 2

Location: Aupuni Center Conference Room, Hilo

Time: 8:15 AM - 4:30 PM

Community Emergency Response Team Training Provides you with knowledge and 
skills to prepare for and properly respond to an emergency impacting yourself, 
your family, and your community.

When a disaster strikes your area, will you know what to do?
Is a comprehensive program including modules on:
-  Emergency Preparedness
-  Fire
-  Emergency Medical
-  Light Search and Rescue
-  Incident Command Organization
-  Disaster psychology
-  Emergency Communications
-  CERT & Terrorism
-  Classroom & Hands –On experience
Classes are free

For more information on CERT, visit


To reserve a space in the class:

Aupuni Conference Room
101 Pauahi St.
(near the DMV Hilo)


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