Governor’s Maui Council of Neighbor Island Advisors to Focus on Issues Facing Maui Farmers

The Governor’s Council of Neighbor Island Advisors for Maui meets today, Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 5 p.m. at the Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center. 

Guest speakers will include:

Anna Mae Shishido, Maui port supervisor, Plant Quarantine Branch, Department of Agriculture, will speak on the agricultural inspection services on Maui.

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Warren Watanabe, president of the Maui Farm Bureau, will address issues facing Maui farmers.

Henry Oliva, deputy director, State Department of Human Services (DHS), and Sandie Hoback, a consultant, will speak on the DHS proposal for a reorganization of public assistance eligibility processing functions.

Governor Linda Lingle created councils of neighbor island advisors to give neighbor island residents a stronger voice in state government. The Governor’s Council of Neighbor Island Advisors for Maui holds monthly public meetings to seek community input, advise the Governor of important issues and make recommendations for state boards and commissions.

The members of the Governor’s Council of Neighbor Island Advisors for Maui are: Madge Schaefer (chair), Kathryn Ghean, John Henry, Lori Ululani Sablas, Gail K. Takeuchi and Leona Rocha Wilson.

Molokai To Get Update On State Health Drug Prescription Program

Molokai residents will be updated on the status of the state’s health drug prescription program.  Kimberly Svetin, the president of Molokai Drugs, Inc., will be the guest at the upcoming meeting of the Governor’s Council of Neighbor Island Advisors for Moloka‘i.

There, she will provide an update on the status of state Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund issues and how they impact residents of Molokai.

The meeting is set for 3 p.m., Tuesday, January 12, 2010, at the Kulana ‘Oiwi, DHHL / OHA Conference Room, 600 Maunaloa Highway, Kaunakakai.  The public is invited to attend.

Governor Linda Lingle created councils of advisors to give neighbor islands a stronger voice in state government. The council of neighbor island advisors holds monthly public meetings to seek community input and advise the Governor of important issues on Moloka‘i.  The council also identifies and recommends potential nominees for state boards and commissions.

The members of the Governor’s Council of Neighbor Island Advisors for Moloka‘i are Robert Granger, Janice Kalanihuia, Jersula Manaba, Marlene Purdy and James Feeter.