(BIVN) – The first quarterly event “Revitalize Puna” will be held from Wednesday June 9 at the pavilion and community center of Leilani Estates.
The event, hosted by the Hawaii County Disaster Recovery Division and County Council District 4, will run from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. According to a county press release:
This community activation event is focused on building community resilience in the aftermath of the 2018 Kuelauea eruption and is an opportunity for residents to get up-to-date information on recovery, engage and find ways to contribute to recovery through resilience action teams. These teams, identified in the Kīlauea Recovery and Resilience Plan as recovery working groups, will encourage and promote community actions that receive county support in times of need.
“Revitalize Puna is an opportunity to bring county and community members together to build trust, collaboration and foster collective action,” said Ashley Kierkiewicz, Board Member, District 4. “By activating the teams of resilience action, we align the resources and actions that will guide our community forward.
To accommodate Covid-19 protocols, including social distancing, participants are encouraged to register for one of three time slots starting at 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
The event is organized around five categories of resilience – social, cultural, economic, natural environment and built environment – with a dedicated station for each. These stations will present a series of projects that residents can learn more about and connect with. Participation at each station will last one hour.
“It takes everyone to recover from a natural disaster and build community resilience,” said Douglas Le, County Disaster Recovery Officer. “We encourage the residents of Puna to join us at this event, learn more about recovery and resilience activities, and participate in building a stronger Puna.”
At the end of the event, participants will be asked to contribute to a ‘wall of reflection’ explaining how they can contribute to Puna’s resilience. In addition, there will be financial assistance and housing services available, keiki activities and food trucks.
To register, visit recovery.hawaiicounty.gov or call (808) 961-8026. The community center is located at 13-3441 Moku St. in Leilani Estates.
The county provided this additional information on some of the topics that will be featured at the event:
Vision: “Maintain our cultural values, our places, our institutions and our practices. Nourish our identity as islanders – our roots and our culture. Preserve and promote our history and our diverse heritage.
- Subjects: mālama iwi kūpuna and wahi pana; story of talking about Hawaiian knowledge and
scientific reflection on the volcanism of Kīlauea; setting up.
Vision: “Develop local economic networks. Strengthen “ohana self-sufficiency and sustainable local economies”.
- Topics: economic development strategies; Painting the city of Pāhoa; business planning and
support for the development of entrepreneurship.
Resilience of the natural environment
Vision: Sustainable use of land and management of natural resources. Manage our native ecosystems and biodiversity. Improve understanding of the impact of hazards on the environment and how the environment protects us from natural hazards. Adapt to long-term climate resilience.
- Topics: mitigation of invasive species; efforts to protect and restore native ecosystems / forests; climate resilience.
Resilience of the built environment (for informational purposes only)
Vision: Promote the resilience of critical infrastructure and buildings. Improve efficiency in planning, engineering and construction. Protect our physical capital in the face of rapid environmental change.
- Topics: roads; public transportation; the water; waste; Launching ramp.