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Loose dogs and solutions to skyrocketing electric bills to top Waimea Community Association Oct. 3 Town Meeting

Waimea Community Association Town Meeting in Waimea school cafeteria will address two very different but troubling issues impacting the community – loose dogs and the high cost of electricity — on Thursday, Oct. 3 .

First will be a panel discussion on recent incidents involving loose dogs. Panel members will include a representative of the Hawaii Island Humane Society, the police department and County Prosecutor’s Office as well as community members who have been victims of bad dog incidents. The intention of the panel is to educate the public on the laws pertaining to dogs, enforcement procedures and consequences – and whether changes are needed.

Second will be a discussion led by Parker Ranch President and CEO Dutch Kuyper about developing an integrated resource plan to explore how its energy resources may benefit the communities of Waimea, North Kohala and possibly the Island of Hawaii. Kuyper will present the rationale for adopting a holistic approach for conducting this research and development effort.

The opening announcements will include an update on Waimea’s Big Island Giving Tree annual holiday season donation drive to ensure that the children, seniors and working families of this community are all remembered during the holiday season. This year’s Big Island Giving Tree project will begin officially with the 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5, lighting of the giant Norfolk Pine tree on the front lawn of Parker School. Everyone is invited to the tree lighting that will include entertainment and a simple but delicious light dinner. Donations to the Giving Tree are welcome.

Big Island Giving Tree volunteers collaborate with Waimea Community Association’s 53rd Annual Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7.

All are invited to attend WCA Town Meetings and there is no charge for membership, though donations are encouraged to support the organization’s ongoing programs. Starbucks will provide fresh hot coffee. To support the local Food Pantry, in addition to cash and checks (receipts always available), WCA accepts donations of KTA Sav-a-Tapes and Foodland Maika’i Rewards and any extra produce that may be shared including citrus, greens and avocados. For information, call WCA President Sherman Warner at 885-1725 or visit