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Published on May 6, 2013
Gov in Hilo: Governor Neil Abercrombie made a quick trip to Hilo on Sunday to formally announce his 2014 re-election campaign. Speaking to a crowd of supporters outside the Tech Works building on Kekuanaoa Street near the Hilo Shopping Center, the governor acknowledged taking on the tough issues and making decisions that weren't always popular, but said that "the days of fiscal chaos" are over. MORE: http://www.hawaiiscoops.com/2013/05/0...
Property tax hike: Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi is looking to raise property taxes 10%, as his final budget proposal for fiscal year 2013-14 has been sent to the Hawai'i County Council. Kenoi says the balanced budget includes estimated revenues and appropriations of over $394 million dollars. The administration stresses the budget is $8,886,474 less than the budget in effect when this administration began in 2008. Now, its all in the hands of the council.
Ka'u Coffee Fest: Ka'u was percolating on Saturday during the ho'olaulea held on the grounds of the Pahala Community Center, part of the annual festival celebrating the region's decorated coffee crop. Organizers say the event has been growing, like the value of the product. This is 5th year of Ka'u Coffee Festival.
Honalo Bazaar: The highly anticipated annual Daifukuji Soto Mission Bazaar drew a crowd in Kona this weekend. Billed as a building fund bazaar, the Sunday event featured food, preserves, baked goods, and fresh produce. There were also orchids & plants, crafts, a rummage & "white elephant" sale, clothing, massage and even live entertainment.