Community meeting

Aloha,

I would like to invite you to a community meeting to speak with me about the work I have been doing in my capacity as a council member to advocate on behalf of constituents since my recent decision to refrain from legislating until the County Council’s attorney assures me that I am not incurring criminal liability for war crimes.

Date: Monday, October 15th

Time: 6pm

Place: Keaʻau Community Center

The meeting stems from an announcement that I made on August 21st stating that I had come to understand that I may be in violation of my oath of office to uphold the U.S. Constitution.

During my last town hall I made a presentation explaining the legal framework I am complying with and the work I have been doing to fulfill my duties as a council member. I had announced that I would be holding frequent town halls to keep everyone updated on how I am advocating for the rights of protected persons and my district, and putting every agent of the United States on notice concerning the rights of protected persons. I handed out copies of the letter I sent to Queen’s Hospital and 32 Hawaii circuit court judges concerning foreclosures.

I welcome you to bring your questions as there will be time reserved to ask questions and comment on this complex topic with profound implications.

While many understand the importance of what I am doing and why, there are almost just as many who do not understand why I do not just simply resign if I cannot legislate. This is a very reasonable position, and before looking into the law, I would agree with them. Plus, in all honestly, resigning would certainly be a lot easier for me personally. Based on my Oath, however, resigning would not be the legally appropriate action for me to take. Here’s how:

I swore to defend and uphold the U.S. Constitution; Article 6, is where my oath comes from. Article 6 is also the supremacy clause which says treaties are the supreme law of the land of which I, as a legislator, am bound to uphold. The Hague and Geneva Conventions are treaties the U.S. ratified. Even Title 18 of U.S. Code defines “war crime” as any breach to U.S. ratified international treaties and makes specific mention to Geneva.

Please also see for yourself that Corporation Counsel did not assure me, (consistent with the legal definition of “assure”), that I will not be incurring criminal liability for legislating. He also did not dispute Hawaii’s illegal occupation, or the commission of war crimes against protected persons. Because of this I have now been put in the position as a whistleblower. There are legal guidelines that I must follow now as an agent of the U.S. and the treaties I am bound to; I display these in the presentation. According the Geneva convention I must go through the greatest pains ensure respect for the convention in all circumstances and advocate for the rights of protected persons, which I am doing every day. Resigning would disregard my duty to ensure respect for the Geneva Convention and would my duty to advocate for protected persons as an agent of the U.S. Resigning would not be in alignment with supporting and defending the U.S. Constitution.

If you were not able to attend my last town hall here is the video of my presentation. The presentation is about 40 minutes. I encourage you to watch it if you didn’t get a chance. I also welcome you to send me any questions you might have.

I am continuing to work in my office, continuing to take phone calls, emails, and meetings, and continuing to serve as a liaison between my constituents and the various government departments to find solutions to our complaints. I am advocating for the rights of my constituents as protected persons, which include Americans, while putting every agent of the U.S. concerning the rights of protected persons on notice. I will be holding frequent town halls and publishing press releases to keep everyone informed on what I am working on. Every action I am taking is diligently in compliance with the laws that dictate my responsibility as a council member.

Here is a link to the U.N. Human Rights Office of High Commissioner’s memorandum. It is one and a half pages. The United States sat on this council when Dr. deZayas was elected, the U.S. did not dispute his appointment, probably because he’s actually an American and a Harvard graduate. He uses the terms “plundering,” “enabling,” and “colluding.” This was sent to Hawaii State Judges in February of this year. I do not take it lightly, resigning and/or continuing to legislate U.S. law and sticking my head in the sand, I believe, is not what I was elected for.

Thank you for taking the time to try and understand this complex issue, and again, if you have any questions, I welcome you to email me back, or call my office at 808-961-8263.

Sincerely,

Jen

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Monday Town Hall

Aloha,

I hope this finds you well on this sunny Tuesday I would like to invite you to an important community meeting I am hosting to give you the opportunity to speak with me or just listen about the recent decision I made to refrain from legislating until the county attorney can assure me that I am not committing war crimes.

This meeting stems from an announcement that I made on August 21st stating that I had come to understand that I may be in violation of my oath of office to uphold the U.S. Constitution and may be incurring criminal liability under both U.S. federal law and international law.

To ensure all of your questions will be answered my attorney who I worked with to draft the letter to our county attorney will also be present along with Dr. Keanu Sai. Dr. Sai, a Puna constituent, is a scholar and expert in international law as well as United States constitutional law. Heʻs been admitted as an expert in international law and the continued existence of the Hawaiian Kingdom in several criminal and civil court cases in the State of Hawai‘i. Dr. Sai is serving as the lead agent for the Hawaiian Kingdom in international arbitration proceedings before the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague, Netherlands.

I want to be transparent in my reasoning and explain what prompted me to take this action so will be providing copies of the letter from the United Nations Human Rights Council, and other relevant handouts, and educate you on your status as a protected person. I would also like to share the work I have been doing to continue to represent and advocate on behalf of our district. Time will be reserved for your questions, feedback, and comments on this profoundly implicating topic. Snacks will be provided.

Date: Monday, September 24th

Time: 6pm to 7:30pm

Place: Kea`au Community Center (16-186 Pili Mua St.)

Hope to see you there.

Sincerely,

Jen Ruggles

Hawaii County Council

District 5, Puna

808-961-8263

Final Meeting for Pahoa Scholarship Fundraiser-Wednesday 9-20 at 8:30 am

Aloha All,

Tomorrow is the final organizational meeting for the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Pahoa Schools Scholarship Fund….the steak and vegan feast.

Please step up and get involved, if only thru your credit card. This is important stuff.

Attached you will find the poster for the event…..Saturday, September 30th, at Sacred Heart Church from 10am to 2pm…. full steak or vegan lasagna meal for only $15.

You can purchase or donate at: https://squareup.com/store/mainstreetpahoa

Mahalo Nui to Leslie at Kaleos Bar and Grill for her most-generous donation of $5,000 to the scholarship fund….helping graduating Seniors from HAAS, KUA O KA LA and Pahoa…..PLEASE step up and help the keiki…

My most sincere thanks for your consideration…this is important stuff…

Mahalo Nui….

Mark Hinshaw

Chair

Pahoa Booster Club and Scholarship Fund

County Council and Committee Meetings – Kona Sept 19 & 20

Agendas for the upcoming meetings

Aloha!

You’ll find below links to the agendas for the 4 Committee Meetings of the County Council to be held in Kailua-Kona at the County’s West Hawaii chambers. The Committee Meetings on on Tuesday, Sept. 19th and the Council meeting is on Wednesday, Sept. 20th. You can also testify remotely by email to counciltestimony and from any of the remote video conferencing sites (Pahoa Council Office, Waimea Council Office, Kohala, and Na`alehu.

Bill 13 – The limited polystyrene ban is up for its 2nd read on Wed. Sept 20th. It passed first read with a 7:2 vote, so let’s hope it fares as well on its second read!

Eileen O’Hara, Councilmember
Hawaii County Council, Dist 4

Tuesday Sept 19th Committee Agendas & Times
Planning Committee – 9:00 AM
Human Services and Social Services Committee – 9:30 AM
Agriculture, Water and Energy Sustainability Committee – 10:30 AM
Finance Committee – 1:00 PM

Wednesday Sept. 20th County Council Meeting
Council Meeting – 9:00 AM

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Farmer’s Markets in our Public Parks

Aloha e Kakou,

Councilmember Jen Ruggles will be taking testimony on Bill 47, a proposed Bill that would expand Farmer’s Markets to our Public Parks around the Island, including Pahoa’s new park. Currently only Kailua-Kona, Waimea and Honoka’a parks are allowed to have farmer’s markets. This needs to be expanded to include most all of our Parks. This allows locally grown produce to be sold locally within our communities.

Bill 47 was introduced by County Council Chair Valerie Poindexter and Seconded by Vice-Chair Karen Eoff.

We ask that you take a couple of minutes and support this very important Bill 47. You may write a simple letter of support to: Counciltestimony

Time is of the essence. All testimony must be submitted by July 5th. Following is the Agenda for the Parks and Rec Committee chaired by Jen Ruggles. https://docs.google.com/gview?url=https%3A%2F%2Fhawaiicounty.granicus.com%2FDocumentViewer.php%3Ffile%3Dhawaiicounty_f34c9e9d3be49c60cb4bb8a29eec36f9.pdf%26view%3D1&embedded=true

Mahalo for your consideration.

Mark Hinshaw

Chair

Pahoa Regional Town Center Planning Committee

Hawaii County Committee & Council Meeting May 2-3

Aloha,
Attached are the agendas for the Hawaii County Council Committees & Meeting for May 2nd and May 3rd. These meetings will be held in Kona although you can testify remotely from the Hilo County Bldg., the Pahoa Satellite office, and from Ka`u and Kohala as noted in the attached agendas. You can also email or mail in testimony. I have 4 Resolutions for Contingency funds pending at the May 3rd Council meeting:

  • support the Police Football Clinic & Youth Football Tournament,

  • provide funding for the Bodacious Ladies Feeding program,

  • funding for Big Island Invasive Species Committee, and

  • funding to Rainbow Friends for spay and neuter clinics.

Council will have meetings in Hilo May 16 & 17.
Planning Committee Agenda (2:00PM 5/2/17)
Finance Committee Agenda (2:30PM 5/2/17)
Council Agenda (9:00AM- 5/3/17)

Eileen O’Hara, Councilmember, Dist. 4
(808) 965-2712

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Rat Lungworm Disease Prevention Tips For Tourists in Hawaii

There has been a spike in confirmed rat lungworm cases recently in Hawaii. Puna, on the Big Island,  has been dealing with threats of rat lungworm disease since 2004, and now Maui has seen recent cases of rat lungworm disease (tragically, two of these recent cases was a couple on their honeymoon!). The introduction of the invasive semi-slug species in Puna is correlated with rat lungworm disease cases.

Rat lungworm is a parasite that humans can contract by ingesting infected slugs and snails. The rat lungworm parasite lives out its life cycle between rats and slugs and snails. The slugs eat rat poop which contains the parasite, and in turn, the rats eat slugs/snails. When a human gets infected, the parasite travels up the spinal cord into the brain where it lives out its life cycle (i.e., you have worms growing in your brain trying to find a way out). There is no cure and it is difficult to diagnose, and it is thought that there are many unreported or unconfirmed cases. Symptoms can be debilitating and severe- and can even lead to death or permanent disability. The disease can cause meningitis, excruciating nerve pain, paralyses, inability to urinate, and more.

Luckily, with a little bit of awareness, rat lungworm disease can be relatively easy to prevent. Here are some tips/info for avoiding rat lungworm disease during your Hawaii vacation:

  • If you prepare your own food and eat raw local greens, thoroughly wash and check each INDIVIDUAL leaf  for slug slime or slugs. Those of you staying in vacation rentals with kitchens will need to have extra awareness if you prepare your own meals.
    • Remove each leaf by hand- do not cut first- you can accidentally cut a little slug in half and not notice it that way. Baby slugs are very tiny and hard to spot. Rinse, repeat, and rinse again with potable water.
    • Some greens like kale are really difficult to clean thoroughly- I would recommend not eating kale raw unless if you are meticulous about checking every little fold in the greens.
    • Washing with vinegar does NOT kill the parasite.
    • Some have recommended soaking greens in ice water before cleaning, which helps harden any slugs and makes them fall off. Couldn’t hurt to try, as long as you wash each leaf by hand after.
    • Wash any fruits or vegetables you eat- don’t eat fruit right off the tree or veggies right from the garden.
    • Always wash with potable water. If you are staying at a vacation rental that is on catchment water, don’t use it as drinking water. Buy bottled water or refill water jugs with city water (there are public water stations around that you can fill up at).
  • Cooking or freezing greens kills the parasite. If you’re into kale smoothies, why not just throw your kale into the freezer for a day? Then you’ll know for sure that it is safe to ingest. Or, cook them! This way you can still eat healthy and also rest assured that you will not have any risk of rat lungworm disease.
  • Do not handle slugs with your bare hands or walk barefoot in the jungle. We know that the parasite can travel through abrasions on the skin, so theoretically, if you have cuts on your hands and you handle a slug and the slime goes into your cut, you could be infected. A small number of the parasites can be found in the slime of slugs and snails.
  • Be careful eating salads at restaurants and any potlucks/gatherings. You might want to ask the waiter if they use local greens and if they use rat lungworm prevention strategies. Most typical restaurants will use greens from Costco which are imported from the mainland, so the risk of contamination is a lot less.
  • Don’t stress out too much about it or cancel your trip! If you are aware, you can avoid the parasite. The State of Hawaii Department of Heath has not done a good job at helping spread awareness of this terrible parasite which they should be ashamed of. If tourists are aware of the parasite, they can know to take necessary precautions!