Funding for planning and design of a wastewater collection system at Puako

Aloha y’all,

I just got some great news from Representative David Tarnas. The Legislature will include funding in the State Budget for planning and design of a wastewater collection system at Puakō. This is an outstanding affirmation that our lawmakers understand how important our public trust clean coastal waters are for all of us in West Hawai’i and across the state.

Hi Chad,

Great news!  We are able to include funding in the State Budget for planning and design of a wastewater collection system at Puako! 

The funding comes with a requirement for the County to provide matching funds equaling ten percent of the state funds appropriated for the project. 

Once plans and design are complete, and an agreement is in place with a wastewater treatment plant to take the wastewater, then we’ll need to go back to the legislature and request funding to construct the system. 

Then individual homeowners would need to pay for their own connection from their home to the sewer.

The description and amounts of funding in the State CIP budget are as follows:

Project Name:  Clean Water for Reefs Puako Hawaii

Description:  Plans and Design for a sewer system for a priority cesspool replacement area, provided that the County of Hawaii shall provide matching funds equaling ten percent of the State funds appropriated for the purpose of this project.

FY 20:  $200,000  (General Obligation Bond funding) + $40,000 (County Funds)

FY 21:  $1,300,000 (General Obligation Bond funding) + $260,000 (County Funds)

There’s lots more work to do on this important project. But, this is a great step forward. 

Please forward this information to all your contacts in Puako.  People can contact me for more information.  Thanks!

Aloha, David

Representative David A. Tarnas

District 7 – North Kohala, South Kohala, North Kona

Hawaii State Capitol

415 S. Beretania Street, Room 328

Honolulu, HI 96813


Rep. Tarnas is open and available to share more or answer you questions and can be reached at

This is the budget in HB 1259 SD1 CD1 for those who are tracking bills.

I’m very excited about this important step because of the potential for a design that can address wastewater at the most appropriate scale for the beaches, community, and reefs of the Puakō region.  I think that a high-impact plan will secure the necessary resources for implementation and that there are a number of options and solutions for connection fees after the best design is determined.

Thanks to Rep. Tarnas and Erica Perez and her team at CORAL, and big thanks to the tenacious and capable members of the Puakō community who have and will continue to find ways to keep this project moving forward toward the eventual goal of cleaner water and healthier reefs. Please share this good news with your neighbors.

Thank you,

Chad Wiggins

The Nature Conservancy


Aloha Oe Peter Hackstedde

Aloha Ohana of Peter Hackstedde,

Last Saturday morning our beloved Peter Hackstedde left us in his sleep.  He was 66 years old, father of Susie Hackstedde, and cherished ku’uipo of our mother, Holly O’Riordan.

He was a bright light in our community, or as Narand Patel put it, a “man pillar.”  Through Alcoholics Anonymous, the Puako Community Association, and by being a friendly advocate for the community, Peter was a force for good.  He was everywhere all the time, supporting during disasters (Fires, tsunamis, floods), engaging with authorities over new projects, and stopping by the General Store many times a day, often to pick up a popsicle.

He did so many little things to keep the community well-cared for and supported.  He also did some major things, especially by leading the construction of the firebreak behind the community. He made incredible efforts to support us all.

We are heartbroken because we loved Peter so much.  Our mom Holly feels it the most, as she and Peter were high school sweethearts.

We so appreciate your thoughts, condolences, flowers, food, drinks, special gifts, and the incredible outpouring of love we have felt in recent days.  That is a testament to the impact Peter had on all of us, and the love we all had for him.

Holly is entering a new, as yet unknown chapter.  Her daughter Katelyn is due to give birth to a baby girl on April 3rd, so for a little while Holly will be tutu on Maui.  Beyond that, the future is a mystery.

The Puako community was the bedrock of Holly and Peter‘s life together, and love for Holly from neighbors and friends is most appreciated during this transitional time.

Information will be forthcoming about a celebration of life for Peter, sometime in 2019, when we can come together and celebrate this amazing man.  Peter wanted us to paddle out and deliver his remains to the Puako ocean, so that is what we will do.

If you would like to give a monetary gift to contribute to Peter‘s memorial celebration, feel free to make donations here through venmo( to this private, non-social account: @Holly-ORiordan.

Thank you all for your love for Peter and your support of Holly in the coming weeks and months.

Andrew and Katelyn O’Riordan

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Thefts in the last 3 weeks in Puako

Aloha Puako Neighbors,

Unfortunately there have been some small thefts in the last 3 weeks in Puako in our block and the next block:
-last night gas stolen from a car with a locked gas cover, parked in a drive next to the condos
-out of an open garage someone stole a backpack with camera equipment
-stolen out of an unlocked trunk prescription sunglasses.
Someone is lurking around.  Please keep an eye out for anyone suspicious and report to the police 935-3311.
And remember to lock up.
Sara your Neighborhood Watch Block captain

Theft on the south end of Puako Beach Drive

Aloha Puako Community,
Yesterday Sunday Oct 28, 2018 a theft occurred at a mauka home on the South end of Puako Beach Drive. Thief came in thru a back door that no one remembers if it was locked or not.  This occurred while no one was at home between 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
Stolen were credit cards, IPAD and a small stereo. The thieve used the cards at 2 stores in Kona. The Police were called.
Please be careful about locking up and to report any suspicious behavior to Police  at 935-3311.
Puako Neighborhood Watch

Break-ins this week

Aloha Puako Community,
There have been 3 break-ins and robberies sometime around Wed. 8/22/2019:
1)-A Puako owner heard something in his closet and found a guy in there.  The burglar then stole the home owner’s car keys and drove off with the car.
2)-A Puako couple noticed their neighbor’s door was open.  Neighbors are away.  A gun was reported stolen, Police called.
3)-After Police left this home that the gun was stolen from, the burglar came back and stole more items.  Wooden shutters ripped off, door kicked in, home ransacked.
Please keep an eye out for unusual activity in your neighborhood and report to Police immediately.
Puako Neighborhood Watch

Wishing for Peaceful Sundays

Dear Puako Association,

Our kamaaina family used to own a house down here, but having sold it a few years ago, I now come every winter and rent from a friend. I still receive your newsletters and bulletins, and enjoy so much hearing about this little piece of paradise that i love! Cesspools/septic systems and all!

This is a gentle plea to homeowners: PLEASE consider not having your yard workers come on Sundays! There is a house across the street from me whose yard person arrives every Sunday morning, and uses his leafblower for nearly an hour! I literally have to leave the house to get away from the noise. Then today (Sunday), the neighbor next to that house started up their blower, thankfully for only about 20 minutes. I have neighbors who work all week, and they don’t enjoy it any more than i do. Absentee owners may not even be aware of when their workers come. Please, it would make it so much more peaceful, if only for one day a week!

Keep up the good work, and continue to protect this special place on earth.

Aloha nui,
Maggie Woods
formerly of 111 Puako, the “Rat Shack” (gone, but not forgotten)